My quote collection

I read news and commentary voraciously and I've come across countless insightful quotes. Here are the ones I've taken the time to write down, as of September 2015. You can also find them compiled in a Google Doc here:


He looks like he’s sleeping, his little round head resting on the pillow of sand.


He looks like my son who once fell asleep on the living room floor in the middle of a game.


But his little pudgy baby cheeks won’t fade as he grows into a teenager.


His impish smile, baby teeth framed by a huge grin, topped by twinkling eyes, won’t charm his audience anymore.


He wasn’t born here, like my son. But his parents loved him as much as I love mine.


Seeing him there rips my heart out.


Where has my country gone?




"You don't need any special expertise (to hack)," Strong said. "Just lots of patience. And it's worth it."



I’m fascinated by how societies change over time, and this is about how everyone-for-themselves capitalism has become the only acceptable political position, when there used to be more alternatives. For instance, I had no idea about this:

            In the presidential election of 1912, nearly a million Americans - 6 per cent of the electorate - cast ballots for the Socialist Party candidate, Eugene Debs. There were two Socialist members of Congress, dozens of Socialist state legislators, and more than a hundred Socialist mayors. The leading Socialist newspaper, the Appeal to Reason, had more than 500,000 subscribers. And this was only a portion of a much broader swathe of the electorate who considered themselves Progressives or Populists rather than Socialists, but were just as committed to challenging concentrated corporate power in the name of a ‘co-operative commonwealth’.



The review, and the book, look at how left-leaning beliefs have disappeared in the US, mostly over the first half of the 20th century, the Overton Window of mainstream politics moving rightward and shrinking considerably. Capitalism, and a narrow variation of it at that, now appears to be the only possible choice. Anything else is unnatural:

            In Fraser’s account, Americans acquiesce in plutocratic rule because they can no longer imagine alternatives to it. In the first Gilded Age, the impact of capitalism was new and strange. Its strangeness made it easier to resist. Attachments to fellow workers and ways of working, memories of an older notion of the public good: they all undergirded popular protest against the capitalist transformation of everyday life. Now the attachments have attenuated, the memories have faded and capitalism has come to seem part of the natural order of things. This growing sense of inevitability has promoted a shift towards what Fraser calls ‘a sensibility of irony and even cynical disengagement rather than a morally charged universe of utopian yearnings and dystopian forebodings’. Now the forebodings persist but (apart from the vague menace of ‘climate change’) they tend to be focused on personal catastrophe: job loss, ruinous illness, economic freefall - all spectres that reinforce compliance with the capitalist order of things. Except on the pseudo-libertarian right, ideological fervour has gone out of fashion.

Much of which sounds familiar in England and Wales too, with big-bank-friendly, social-programme-cutting, privatising policies seen as the only possible “responsible” behaviour among those who lead mainstream parties. The recasting of working peoples’ place in society is, objectively, fascinating, if saddening.

            …the few remaining unions have become magnets for resentment, protectors of privileges no longer available to the rest of the population. The ruling class, meanwhile, has redefined itself as ‘the successful’ - a meritocracy that deserves to lead. The widespread acceptance of that notion can be traced, Fraser believes, to the marketing success of three ‘fables of freedom’: emancipation through consumption, freedom through the ‘free agency of work’ and freedom through the heroism of entrepreneurial risk. Together they constitute a collective fantasy that allows many Americans to perceive dispossession as liberation, even as they remain haunted by fears of future insecurity.



It wasn’t long ago that buying a purely digital piece of music — downloading a file rather than paying for a piece of holdable plastic — seemed terribly modern. But already I feel like an old fool when I visit Amazon or 7Digital to pay for an MP3. These days, a several-megabyte file on my computer is starting to feel as much of a burden, as much of a physical thing to cart around for the rest of my life, as a CD or a cassette or a record.


Now that I can stream, at no or little cost, most of the music I’d want from services like Spotify, why am I paying for “physical” files? What is it that I’m buying?


What is it, in fact, that I’ve already bought? I have 19,471 tracks in iTunes, something the 14 year-old me, having spent Christmas record tokens on his first two vinyl albums (No Jacket Required and Brothers in Arms, since I like to imagine you asking), would barely be able to imagine. But 19,471 tracks is nothing compared to the several million available on Spotify.


Looking at the costs objectively there’s no comparison. If each track I own is, for the sake of argument, worth 50p my music collection would cost nearly £10,000. That’s 83 years of Spotify premium membership.


If we look at Spotify as a subset of all available music, and my iTunes library as a much, much smaller subset of that, then I’ve spent thousands of pounds on nothing but a playlist.


OK, there are differences, that help make my library worth spending on.


There are many things in my library that aren’t available on Spotify and never will be.

There is still something important, to me, about owning the music, that particular selection of music. Barring disaster, it will be with me for the rest of my life.

My library has history, layers, a gradual accumulation over my life. It’s not just a playlist but a timeline that in itself is important.




Since ripping all my CDs and only buying MP3s, I’ve missed the ability to easily browse my albums when deciding what to play. While I don’t hate iTunes as much as many people seem to, it still turns music into a joyless spreadsheet.



Because the staff have been hired to be part of Google or Facebook or AOL, they are now part of that company’s grander scheme, a scheme that rarely includes whatever website or service the start-up was originally developing. Consequently, the initial blog post starting:


            We’re thrilled to announce that is now part of the Facebook family!


is soon followed by:


            The service will be closing in two weeks and all your photos, writing, updates, check-ins and contacts will be deleted at that time.

            Thanks for coming with us on our incredible journey!


Sometimes these announcements will be years, months, or weeks apart. Sometimes they are part of the same announcement, an artful blog post featuring both joy and authoritarian warnings.


Our Incredible Journey is cataloging these announcements. There are many from the past to catch up on, and new ones will feature as they occur. Let me know via Twitter if you think of one that should be included.


In part the website is simply angry, fuelled by a frustration that so much stuff is deleted, so many communities destroyed, after people have taken a punt on a service and started using it. Yes, people have been using a free service, but they’ve also put some level of trust in the enthusiasm and hopes of those creating the service, trust that is too often mis-placed.


But I’m also trying to raise bigger questions. Is this the best way to structure and grow new businesses? Is this the best long-term model for keeping people interested in making and doing amazing things on the internet? Why do almost no websites or online services (my own included) have plans for what happens to their users’ content over the long term? If we should accept that no website or online service, particularly “free” ones, will last a lifetime or longer, what can we do about managing peoples’ expectations better?


I’m not saying, “these companies should keep their services operational forever.” That’s unworkable and we’d end up with millions of barely-used websites, all maintained at the expense of developing anything new. There is no simple answer, and some of these now-shuttered services have handled things as best they can: providing some (although rarely much) notice; offering downloads of data; preparing easy ways to transfer data to other, similar services.


But there is something fury-inducing and, I would say, morally wrong in start-ups persuading thousands of people to devote their time and energy to using a service that is summarily erased once the owners have been paid off. Yes, the owners may have worked hard, but without those users’ efforts they would not have their payday.





Eat your own dogfood. Whatever you build should be for yourself. If you aren't depending on it, why should anybody else? We call that selfdogfooding. More importantly, build the indieweb around your needs. If you design tools for some hypothetical user, they may not actually exist; if you build tools for yourself, you actually do exist. selfdogfooding is also a form of "proof of work" to help focus on productive interactions.


• 📓 Document your stuff. You've built a place to speak your mind, use it to document your processes, ideas, designs and code. At least document it for your future self.

• …

• 📐 UX and design is more important than protocols, formats, data models, schema etc. We focus on UX first, and then as we figure that out we build/develop/subset the absolutely simplest, easiest, and most minimal protocols & formats sufficient to support that UX, and nothing more. AKA UX before plumbing.

• 🌐 Build platform agnostic platforms. The more your code is modular and composed of pieces you can swap out, the less dependent you are on a particular device, UI, templating language, API, backend language, storage model, database, platform. The more your code is modular, the greater the chance that at least some of it can and will be re-used, improved, which you can then reincorporate.

• 🗿 Longevity. Build for the long web. If human society is able to preserve ancient papyrus, Victorian photographs and dinosaur bones, we should be able to build web technology that doesn't require us to destroy everything we've done every few years in the name of progress.




Professionally our methods of transmitting and reviewing the results of research are generations old and by now are totally inadequate for their purpose.


— Vannevar Bush, in As We May Think, from the Atlantic Magazine

This situation has not changed a whole lot since then. Yes, we have computers and digital documents now, but we are still stuck in the same publishing paradigm. It can still take one or two years to get a research paper published! And then, we only publish our research conclusions. While conclusions are important, research is more than conclusions. Conclusions are only a small part of the story. Most of our research process is not being published and ends up lost.


Why is our sharing process still so limited? Why do we limit scholarly publication to catatonic research papers, when sharing the entire journey of discovery would be more beneficial for everyone? Research is a rich experience that should be shareable.


Traditionally, universities and other large research organizations have contributed the vast majority of research to the world. While these organizations may continue to play a large role, we believe that practitioners and amateurs will lead the way in the research of the future. In addition, modern research and e-research systems will lower the entry barrier for quality research contributions, making it possible for more people to contribute to high-quality research projects.





The battle between the spiritual and the empirical has always been less the work of the alleged combatants themselves than of the fights other people want to pick between them.



There’s the smugness of a Bill Maher declaring, “Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking,” or a Christopher Hitchens, arguing that “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”



But the world, to say nothing of the universe, has never been as binary as all that. Religion and science have always wrestled with many of the same questions: birth and death, beginnings and endings, creation and annihilation. If there’s a lack of rigor in the theologian who argues that all creation is the work of God, so stop asking impertinent questions, there’s a lack of wonder in the scientist who can look out at the universe—or back at the Earth from the distant moon—and see nothing but physics and geology.

The fact is, the greatest leaders in both the science and faith camps have often been the ones best able to look across the imaginary gulf that separates them and see merit on the other side. “I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist,” wrote Albert Einstein in a 1949 letter. “I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.”




Jesuits are smart and they understand the difference between leading and preaching. They don't hide behind blind faith nor hellfire and condemnation.





Anders has said that despite all the training and preparation for an exploration of the moon, the astronauts ended up discovering Earth.




“What about you? What are you going to do?”




“The dynamics are this,” he continued. “There are anywhere from two to four dozen members who don’t have an affirmative sense of governance. They can’t get to yes. They just can’t get to yes, and so they undermine the ability of the speaker to lead. And not only do they undermine the ability of the speaker to lead, but they undermine the entire Republican conference and also help to weaken the institution of Congress itself. That’s the reality.


Charlie Dent



World War I was "useless slaughter"



But the political press demands drama. If it is not given a plot, it will create one. As Mamet argues, this is hardly unique to reporters. Humans are hardwired to turn mundane experiences into dramatic ones. “It is in our nature to dramatize,” he writes. “We dramatize the weather, the traffic, and other impersonal phenomena by employing exaggeration, ironic juxtaposition, inversion, projection, all the tools the dramatist uses to create, and the psychoanalyst uses to interpret, emotionally significant phenomena.”

A political campaign that is organized around a drama has an immediate advantage over one that is not.



Dogs are sent by god to teach human how to love.





But to me they symbolize the dreams and aspirations of this university from 1861 to the present—that out of the wilderness would rise a great seat of learning, and that, like the original columns, it would be preserved for future generations.





Carl Gould's 1915 campus plan and his insistence on one architectural standard for its buildings



Brilliantly bold


How do we show our bold spirit and boundless determination photographically? Composition is king. A unique perspective or point of view sets a bold tone. A strong sense of depth and distance creates a boundless feel — think expansive. We see the world differently here, so share that perspective. Eye-level is great, but it is okay to see things from above, below, inside, etc. to make the viewpoint more intriguing. Share unseen moments; show the audience a sneak peek into a moment of brilliance. When showing UW people and places, keep as much scenery/landscape in the photo as possible. Try looking beyond the horizon to convey the University’s confidence and optimism. Show that everyone can Be Boundless in his or her life. Bold is not busy; keep everything open, simple.

            • DEPTH: Horizon and beyond, see full picture

            • SPACE: Open, simple, expansive

            • PERSPECTIVE: Above, below, etc.

            • UNIQUE: Behind-the-scenes, unseen moments, asymmetry



Ramirez was able get a comprehensive overview of what it takes to make a company of that size and scale run — from a behind-the-scenes look at the roasting facility, to actually talking with the store managers and baristas who serve the coffee. “It was far more educational than it was vocational,” he says. “It was all about learning.”




 mi April 21, 2015

Libertarianism, like socialism, capitalism, etc. is just that, an "ism'. These "isms" appeal to young people during their formative years but are usually discarded upon the discovery that such intellectual purity is not workable in the real world.





 Seattle, WA August 11, 2015

People don't want or need "liberty" (in the Libertarian sense) as much as they need and want peace, community and to be allowed to purse their own individual happiness. This is why I kind of like Bhutan as an example of good governance. They emphasize the gross national happiness as a measure of good governance. 


The liberty people want in our modern world is the liberty afforded by wealth to do and travel in peace and comfort. The "Free Markets" Libertarians offer are not free. They come with a price and the price is usually peace of mind, community and ultimately happiness.



Anchoring is the "fixation of points within, or construction of walls around, the liquid fray of consciousness". The anchoring mechanism provides individuals with a value or an ideal that allows them to focus their attentions in a consistent manner. Zapffe also applied the anchoring principle to society, and stated "God, the Church, the State, morality, fate, the laws of life, the people, the future" are all examples of collective primary anchoring firmaments.



The infinite qualitative distinction (German: unendliche qualitative Unterschied), sometimes translated as infinite qualitative difference, is a concept coined by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. The distinction emphasizes the very different attributes of finite and temporal men and the infinite and eternal qualities of a supreme being. This concept is fundamentally at odds with theological theories which posit a supreme being able to be fully understood by man. The theologian Karl Barth made the concept of infinite qualitative distinction a cornerstone of his theology.[2]

For Kierkegaard, direct communication with God is impossible, as the idea of God and man are infinitely different. He argues that indirect communication with God is the only way of communication. For example, in Christian belief, the Incarnation posits that Jesus Christ is God incarnate. The infinite qualitative distinction is opposed to rational theology in the sense that, whereas the latter argues one can prove empirically Jesus is God incarnate, the former argues that empirical evidence is ultimately insufficient in making that conclusion. The paradoxical nature of the Incarnation, that God is embodied in a man, is offensive to reason, and can only be comprehended indirectly, through faith.[3]



"Whoever thou mayest be, beloved stranger, whom I meet here for the first time, avail thyself of this happy hour and of the stillness around us, and above us, and let me tell thee something of the thought which has suddenly risen before me like a star which would fain shed down its rays upon thee and every one, as befits the nature of light. - Fellow man! Your whole life, like a sandglass, will always be reversed and will ever run out again, - a long minute of time will elapse until all those conditions out of which you were evolved return in the wheel of the cosmic process. And then you will find every pain and every pleasure, every friend and every enemy, every hope and every error, every blade of grass and every ray of sunshine once more, and the whole fabric of things which make up your life. This ring in which you are but a grain will glitter afresh forever. And in every one of these cycles of human life there will be one hour where, for the first time one man, and then many, will perceive the mighty thought of the eternal recurrence of all things:- and for mankind this is always the hour of Noon".




The German prefix über can have connotations of superiority, transcendence, excessiveness, or intensity, depending on the words to which it is prepended.Übermensch





 New York, NY 1 hour ago

Ok, please state the first word that comes to mind.


person of middle eastern heritage with an electronic device - BOMB!

person of asian heritage with technical info - ESPIONAGE!

man of african heritage with anything - GUN!

drunk white neighbor with assault weapon - SAFE!



I see this university is a lot like many others, full of highly educated stupid people.





 NYC 2 hours ago

We're paying multi-million dollar salaries to basketball/football/soccer coaches. We're building monuments to the egos of famous architects. We have college education available for only those who can afford it - and debt servitude for those who can't. For the rest, we have a burgeoning prison industrial complex that needs to be fed with warm bodies courtesy of our secondary school training camps. We have lost sight of what makes a country and society great.

But don't worry - just turn on the idiot box to some Justin Bieber-esque Disneyfied cultural icon and all will be well.





You may recall that the NY Times plunged to new depths of self-parodying trend baiting earlier this month when they declared the monocle was back in fashion (for the sixth time). After a minimum amount of fact-checking, it turned out there was little evidence of any such trend






 New York, NY August 1, 2015

While I enjoy meditation and dinner parties, something about this seems insufferable. Will Gen X be the final generation who enjoyed a sense of "self", as in "I'm confident in who I am, I'm able to be alone sometimes and find it enjoyable, and I do not have to surround myself with people EXACTLY like me."?





 Georgia August 1, 2015

“We live in a super-disconnected city that has tons and tons of people, but it can feel really lonely here.”


Funny that constantly being connected to others has led to this "super-disconnected" feeling. Look up from your screens every so often. There's an entire world out there!




if there's one thing realtors and tech entrepreneurs love, it's taking old, utopian ideas, and hawking them as fresh moneymaking schemes with a utopian sheen. Want to host travelers at your apartment? Why not make money doing it? Want to hire out your personal car as a cab? Why not give Silicon Valley a cut?





For all its flaws, the NY Times remains the greatest newspaper in America. But that doesn't change the fact that the NY Times also has a weakness for self-parodying trend-baiting, masochistic Millennial obsessing, and the perverse lifestyles of the filthy rich.





David T

 Bridgeport, CT 2 hours ago

This is the inevitable result of the consumer choice "market-based" system that replaced the idea of higher ed as a public good. Until the 1980s, public universities were directly subsidized by taxpayers. Legislators provided money that was used to fund, for the most part, academics.


Reaganomics scrapped that in favor of a free-market solution. Subsidies were reduced (some public schools receive as little as 5-8% of their funding from the state) and the cost was shifted to students and parents. Public universities then began to compete for those tuition dollars.


Unfortunately, students and parents make their decisions based not on academic facilities or professors, but on peripherals like buildings and amenities. Alumni who haven't visited campus in a few decades would be shocked. Gone are the utilitarian accommodations that they remember -- cinder-block dorm rooms with community baths, assembly line cafeterias serving barely edible foods and spartan gyms. In their place are luxury suites, shopping-mall-style food courts, high-end athletic centers and elaborate student unions.


Unfortunately, these amenities are very effective marketing tools, but they are expensive, and the cost is passed along in tuition. Free-marketeers claim that student loans distort the "market", but the problem really is that we have created a "market" for a public good that is then subsidized in the form of loans and grants ... the worst of both worlds.





A second Washington State faculty member, Selena Lester Breikss, has warned students in her “Women & Popular Culture” course this semester that they risk “failure for the semester” if they use the terms “male” or “female.”

Breikss, a taxpayer-funded graduate assistant, apparently, who does not have a faculty page, declares in her syllabus that the words “females” and “males” constitute “gross generalizations” and “derogatory/oppressive language.”





“Open dialogue, vigorous debate and the free exchange of ideas, as well as the language used to convey these ideas, are at the core of who we are as a higher education institution,” he said.


Jon Harrison

 Poultney, VT 6 hours ago

After death we either continue in some way, or there is nothing. If we continue in some way, preservation is unnecessary and, indeed, foolish. If there's nothing, well then, there's nothing to fear.



But death is part of life; to live forever would be a fate worse than death.


I'm not an old man yet, but I've reached an age at which I can hear death calling in the distance. I'm not ready to go yet; there are still things to do. But I accept that I will come an end, and I'm not going to fight it.



Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.


Ludwig Wittgenstein




 U.S. 6 hours ago

This is nothing but sad. It's impossible not to see this as a story of narcissism, ego, delusion, and ultimately, tragedy. How many vaccinations, hot lunches, or school books could $80,000 have paid for instead of freezing a head? Seriously, leave a legacy of love, kindness, or generosity.





It's also tragic that our culture makes it so painful and hard for us to accept death.




TN in NC

 North Carolina 6 hours ago

It would be a lot simpler just to believe in life after life--in the preservation of one's consciousness one way or another--and that loved ones will see each other again in the hereafter (whatever it is).


There's plenty of evidence that such a continuation of existence is real, and not much evidence that consciousness can be re-animated from the preserved brain of a previously live body.



But technology can never come close to doing what nature can. The simulation isn't the reality. There's no harm done here, I suppose; this couple was willing to bear the costs and the gruesomeness of the required procedures. But it's hardly something to emulate or strive towards. We all need to get off the stage at some point and make room for others. Kim was hauled off too early, but she's not going to come back as herself.








On August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, turning them into cities of death within a second.

The atomic bombs deprived so many people of their lives. A total of 210,000 people were killed by the end of that year. It was an act of indiscriminate massacre regardless of age, sex, and occupation. Some were killed instantly, without knowing what had happened. Some were burned alive. Many victims still remain unidentified. We cannot forget the heaps of dead bodies, those who died vomiting blood, and others who died in agony. Still today, the atomic bombs continue to take lives away from many survivors and to torment them physically and mentally.

Through our own experiences, we Hibakusha have told people what the atomic bombs have done to us. We have declared that atomic weapons are weapons of the devil whose only purpose is destruction, and that they can never coexist with human beings.



“It is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances”



“The only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons will never be used again is through their total elimination”





"We do not have to live in an idealized world to reach for those ideals that will make it a better place."







In it, Nagel argues that materialist theories of mind omit the essential component of consciousness, namely that there is something that it is (or feels) like to be a particular conscious thing.





 Lincoln 15 minutes ago

There was an incredibly important paper written in 1974 that people still have not fully grasped. In it, Nagel argued that being is not simply a program, it is not something that can be simulated, copied or replicated. Being conscious, being human is, in Satre's terminology, being-for-itself. That means being human involves having all the physiology associated with the human condition. Consequently, a synthetic consciousness, while possible (although probably not with binary transistors), could never actually be human.






 San Francisco 14 minutes ago

We all die sometime, none of us are as unique as we think we are. We're more like the smallest ripples on the surface of he ocean, rising into individuality for just a few seconds, changing the immediate environment ever so slightly. Yet we want to be more, to last longer, to experience what lies beyond the horizon. Kim's wish to be resurrected in a world and form neither she nor Josh could imagine, is no different from the wish we all have to see beyond our mortal horizon. Their leap into cryonics is no different than the leaps into belief in an afterlife, or reincarnation, that billions have taken when there was no technological alternative to choose from. Just a statement of faith and hope that life is not temporary after all.





 Kalispell, MT 9 minutes ago

One of the key messages I hammer into my two kids is, "people will try to tell you your whole life that they KNOW the answers to the many unanswerable questions and beliefs surrounding life here on earth."





I guess I'm just not into such degrees of experimentation... and while I know better than to "never say never," it does seem that faith in science occasionally prompts man to overreach into domains better left alone.





 Columbus 2 hours ago

When you die, your body falls away from you. You are not the same thing as your body. While "alive" you and your body work together, but your body is not necessary for your existence. Your body helps define/refine who you are and will be --- forever. After death, you keep your memories within you. You keep your humor or lack of it. You keep your love or hate. You keep the words you have spoken and the songs you have song. They are in you not your body. There may be a residual echo in the body that can be exploited later but it is not the same. You will always be recognizable as you forever. The body that you had occupied will not.




She may have already met the Creator of Everything and is now busily at work exploring the depths of the Universe. Who knows. Really. We don't know anything.




I realized a few years ago that the only thing that bothered me about that is the complete end and disappearance of my memories, most of which are good with some even terrific. But I realized that they are *my* memories, nobody else that has ever lived or will ever live can have my memories.




Is the moment of death separable from the qualities that make us a person?





 Indiana 1 hour ago

What is consciousness - self awareness? It is the most fundamental and vital facet of our existence, yet we are clueless about what it is, where it resides, or whether it can be preserved. We may never know.






 New York 40 minutes ago

I think ultimately what will be required will be an atomic level simulation of an brain (and perhaps even portions of the rest of the body), which includes mapping all the genes, proteins, and then building the cells, and then getting the connectome. Knowledge discovered along the way (gene sequences, expresson profiles, protein structures, functions, and even the connectome) can be used to augment the model. But I think at least atomic (classical) level of detail is necessary and there may even be some quantum mechanical phenomena we have to consider. At least that's where my bets are. And I think the computing power to do this will be possible within the next 50-150 years. The knowledge however may be able to keep up or may be lagging. But this is where I've placed my bets. 


I think you need the entire physical hierarchary tangled (cf. Hofstadter's strange loops) to generate a mind. I personally don't care one way or another if my own brain is preserved since I think my original identity will be lost once I die but this is a fun goal and I think is likely to lead to the singularity.



No human being escapes Death, even Hell and Death must die, they will be the last to do so.







 Finland 40 minutes ago

This is sort of a technical way of looking at what it is to be a human being. If the heart fails, we change it, if your liver fails, you get a new one.





 Westchester County, NY 32 minutes ago

Here is the thing, Kim, you are still alive. You live on now in all the special thoughts and memories that Josh, your dad, and all your friends hold in their hearts every day. And, even this discussion shows that you still have a vibrant presence that is touching many lives. Your mistake is to think that once your bodily shell ceases to exist that you do too. Not so. We are so much more than just bones and flesh. Each life, no matter how short or long, has a unique value. You are testament to that.






 Orlando 2 minutes ago

Very sad, but as someone who had an nde awhile back, I know that when you go to the other side, you are assured that everything you were holding onto on earth was temporary, and you (or at least I was) perfectly fine with that. I didn't want to come back. Most people who have these experiences are depressed when they come back.








Ad-hominem attacks: "you're stupid" "you're ugly" etc. will never be helpful or useful because they teach your child that whatever angered you is beyond their control yet still their fault, it's just a way to vent your rage. A healthy interaction focuses on problem behaviors and ways to change them.




Kathy Wendorff

 Wisconsin 10 hours ago

"Because of Obamacare I’m still on my parents’ health plan." This is what many "job producer"-loving conservatives don't seem to understand -- a decent social safety net promotes the kind of entrepreneurial risk-taking they value. There are huge risks in starting any new business -- people with ideas are more likely to try, if they know they'll be able to recover from failure and try again.


Guy New Jersey 1 hour ago

One value of the op-ed journalism in the NYT is that it mostly does not make up facts or completely ignore them. This might seem pretty basic, but not after you look at some of the opinion journalism out there on the Web and elsewhere.


Maybe this comes from being rooted in the fact-based environment of a serious newsroom, with most editorial writers having started out as daily reporters. In that way, I think, there is a connection between news and opinion and I'm glad of it. Keep up the good work.



“Governor Walker thinks because he busts unions, starves universities, guts public education, demeans women, scapegoats teachers, nurses and firefighters, he is some kind of tough guy on his motorcycle — a real leader,” she said.




PuciferSan Francisco

Ah, here come the "Social Darwinists," never missing an opportunity to remind us that the poor deserve to be poor because they are "unskilled," lazy and/or stupid. On the contrary, they are poor because unscrupulous employers get away with underpaying them. Anyone who works full time should be paid a living wage.

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The same way that ordering some piece of merchandise online and having it delivered (Amazon) is some earth-shattering innovation that demands the best minds of our generation, etc, etc. The grandiosity of the "new economy" is to the point of delusional.




 NY 28 minutes ago

The GOP contenders just aren't learning! There is no possibility of shaming Donald Trump. He thrives on having no compunction. There is no possibility of taking on Donald Trump's egregiousness. The more shock appeal in his statements, the higher his ratings go. There is no possibility in critiquing Donald Trump's policies, because he has none. The more generalities and feel-good appeal his plans have, the louder his applause. The inability of any Republican rivals to distinguish themselves (at least in a positive way) looks pathetic. Kasich at least has a dignified comportment, but no particular selling points for national office. None of the 17 (at my last count) deserves to be President.




Faith sees strongest in the dark.


— Kierkegaard via Biden



In the Site Selection section of the Hyper Building project webpage, Soleri shows how he has a unique way making statements with his projects which his express his core frustration with American life. Soleri seeks to put forward the Hyper Building as a way to consider to the two excesses of modernity Hyper-Materialism and Hyper-Hedonism which are represented in the twin cities representing excess and avarice: Las Vegas and Los Angeles. As a way to metaphorically challenge their reign, he suggests locating one of these massive Hyper Buildings in the most desolate part of the Mojave Desert right between the two cities that are so influential on the formation of the American Dream.

This from his perspective and what he has developed as Arcology Theory is the ideal place to formulate a Lean Alternative. One idea that Soleri has put forward is that you build on the most desolate spaces (such as the mesa at Arcosanti) and leave the most pristine land for natural corridors and also agricultural production.




“I have to brainstorm while grieving,” says Ana Juan, whose cover, “Reflections,” commemorates the tenth anniversary of 9/11. “Since I’m an emotional person, I discover things about myself I never imagined before.”







What you need to be aware of when you are looking at a map is how it lies to you; it is a seductress. You think because it represents reality you can better understand reality, which is true only to a point. But when combined with the power and ambition of Robert Moses the maps seduction warped him and let him think that a line across the map represented far less chaos and destruction than he perceived. Adjusting lines on a map is easy and because a map is a visual design adjusting lines seems like a good way to clean up the map. But the lines on a map hide the fact that they represent something real, a street that needs to be moved, houses that need to be knocked down, families and businesses that need to be kicked out. I’m not saying that Moses wasn’t aware of these things, in fact he was keenly aware. But it was so easy and sexy to clean up the map that he was willing to do whatever it took to draw his maps to be permanent.




If you start with the premise that people have good intentions, you can find common ground.


— Jeb Bush, Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert




 Chicago 2 hours ago

I still can't fathom how "religious liberty" includes denying legal rights to others you don't like.



So regardless of whether a criminal lawyer's client is guilty of the crime he or she is being tried for or wrongly accused, the defense attorney's job doesn't change: make the prosecution prove its case with sound arguments, real evidence, and reliable testimony. In a sense, the real client of a defense attorney isn't truly the defendant at all but the integrity of democracy and the justice system.



We have to understand when the situation seems almost irreversible even a few steps forward are a great help.




An Ordinary AmericanTexas

Having lived in Prague most of the past 15 years (my wife is Czech), I am delighted to see how serious everyone seems to be taking the Liberland adventure. Czechs have a terrific sense of sly humor (usually referred to as black humor) and surreal comedy. The Liberland project certainly shows the absurdity of political behavior almost everywhere. This is great theater, both comedic and tragic at once... a perfect reflection of the human condition. And I, for one, am enjoying the performance.

Aug. 11, 2015 at 3:11 p.m.

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Fox has always been an entertainment channel, not news. This is just another example. The star of the moment was offended because he was challenged for the first time, and threatened to quit providing his entertaining interviews, so of course Ailes had to fight to keep him coming. 


Ailes and Kelly know full well that keeping their viewership happy with an endless supply of racially charged, misogynistic, factually challenged GOP talking points laced with a little bit of religious grandiosity, is what pays the bills, (and lines the Murdoch family's pockets) not reporting the facts.





What I saw on these two video segments was an experienced, thoughtful politician telling a young black man that our racial problems will linger on and on into the future if he's willing to do nothing more than demonize white people. She suggested to him, to his face, that he supplant his rants with workable plans that everyone, black and white together, can implement to solve the social and economic problems of blacks.

I was lukewarm toward Hillary before watching these video segments. Now I'm on her side. I wish all politicians would have enough confidence and conviction in whatever they believe to behave in public as she has done.




I do think the argument that attempts to equate women's and men's breasts as the same is disingenuous. Women's breasts are - depending on the context - of an erotic significance that men's breasts do not rival, at least not in this culture. Pretending otherwise seems ludicrous.



LKNew York, N.Y.

Glad to see some edge in Times Square again. Tourists should encounter things in NYC that jar them, things they won't find at home (in between shopping at the Hershey store and eating at Olive Garden). As for the poor little children, well, as we say in New York: they'll live.





Ralph Nader gave us George Bush II because he could see no difference between his friends and enemies. All he saw was his own outrage. Is that where this column is heading?

Aug. 19, 2015 at 11:53 p.m.

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So the drive to unionize was thwarted because it might disturb the stability of the labor market and might upset the competitive balance in college sports. Disturbing the stability of the labor market is just what unions are supposed to do. Maintaining the status quo is certainly going to preserve stability at the expense of the workers. Much better to keep labor in it's place. This applies equally well to any employment situation.




Our government is allowing hugee companies making billions in profits to pay slave wages. This is wrong. On top of that, our economy is barely functioning due to the fact that too few people have money to spend, even on basic living needs.


An economy shouldn't be a game of "survival of the fittest".

An economy needs to be designed to allow for a stable society and culture.

America's god is money, built on a foundation of greed, corruption, and and selfishness.

Most countries in the world work on the same formula - a few at the top have the lions share of the money, and the rest get by as best they can.

The U.S. Is no better, and in many cases worse. 


How many homeless people does it take to create a billionaire?




the entire concept of the minimum wage is rooted in the political argument that employment should be associated with a minimum of human dignity and should not lead to abject poverty.




While no barriers to traffic fail to please the editorial writers of the Times and Manhattan elites who look down their noses at drivers from the tellingly labeled "outer boroughs,




A Link To The Past is a testament to the power of imagination and ambition in video games 





There is an increasing tendency to use terms like"data driven" to justify poor treatment of employees. We see it here at Amazon and also in areas like education where "data driven" testing and consequences demanded by the No Child Left Behind have turned the teaching profession into a miserable experience for some.


People tend to over-value things that can be easily measured because comparing numbers is easy and applying judgement entails risk. Unfortunately, over-reliance on numbers at the expense of good judgement leads to situations like we see here at Amazon.


Albert Einstein famously said, "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."




“If something should happen to me, I want you to know I’ve never been happier. You made my life.”


The Real Heroes Are Dead - The New Yorker

via Instapaper




In New York, no one has a franchise on anything,” Moss said. “We have competition in museums, in operas, in universities.




About 35 years ago, America took a wrong turn down a filthy road of 'individualism' that demonized government as a bad problem.





I have long felt that the Republicans have a strategy of baiting the Democrats on social issues, including abortion, because it distracts from the real game, which is hogging the economic benefits of our society.






Between us sprang the kind of instant intimacy fostered by open personalities in tight quarters.


This meeting was just a romantic interlude from our real lives. And if it did mean anything, we were college students; we knew how to pretend it didn’t.


Mass media has a fascination with hookup culture among people around my age (21) meriting in-depth investigations and contentious opining about what it all means. But they often miss a simple fact: There’s nothing particularly new about trying to avoid getting hurt.

It’s just that my generation has turned this avoidance into a science, perfecting the separation of the physical from the emotional. We truncate whenever possible: texting over calling, meeting over apps rather than in person. We leave in the early morning without saying goodbye. Being casual is cooler than intimacy and vulnerability. Or so we think.

Having the last word was once a sign of one’s wit and smarts. It meant that your comment had gravitas and staying power. But today, having the last word is the ultimate in weakness: It means being the person who doesn’t merit an answer. Better to leave them hanging than risk the same happening to you. Keep it shallow so your heart isn’t on the line.

Being aware of all this does not grant immunity from its effects.


One night, my roommate’s hookup rolled over in the dark and asked her in a half-murmur, “Is this a special thing?”

Confused, rubbing the sleep from her eyes, she asked him to repeat himself. She wasn’t certain she had heard him correctly.

“Never mind,” he said.

Later, she worried she had missed a crucial moment, one she would never get back. But if she had misunderstood, she risked showing her hand by revealing that she wanted him to stick around in the morning. It was too scary a prospect, so she never said anything.

Was my airplane interlude a special thing? Would things have been different if one of us had had the courage to say something other than goodbye before heading to our trains?

On the platform, walking away from him, I had decided that the whole affair was just one of many half-formed romantic liaisons that trail you in your youth. But maybe that attitude was also the problem.


I don’t know what else could have happened. But I wonder what we collectively lose as we try so hard not to care. We pretend that it doesn’t matter, that we have time, that because we are young we are invulnerable.





GOAlamo, CA

Charming piece. As as 62-year-old having lived through the sexual revolution and the advent of birth control things are not really that different. "Back in the day" when I was in college as a female you were supposed to be cool with numerous one-night-stands and to show "independence" by not expecting to hear from the guy ever again. There were just telephones that never rang. The technology is just different but humans are pretty much the same. I look back on those angst filled years with humor now, knowing that magically (at least for me) love does come along and the experience and heartbreak you get along the way help you to understand yourself and other humans better.

Aug. 9, 2015 at 10:36 a.m.





Millennials aren't any more vulnerable than previous generations; they are just more exposed to more people, with an array of engaging avenues for avoidance leading up to the same thing: missed connections. Lots of them.

Aug. 9, 2015 at 9:59 a.m.




DeborahMontclair, NJ

Brava Emma! for your honesty and expression. Ancient and irrelevant as it might sound, I think hook-ups are most problematic in being unethical. One or both individuals is generally being used as a means for the ends of another, i.e. as object rather than subject. We say all is fair in love and war, but we don't mean it re: war, and we shouldn't when comes to love. It's human nature to seek our own ends, fueled by hormones, ego, and often alcohol or drugs, but we shouldn't be surprised if the next morning our triumph feels empty, and we're queasy, not just from the hang-over. 


Maybe "being cool" is simply the latest rationale (not the last or only) by which, after the fact, we explain to ourselves why we let our bodies be used for ends our emotions and/or conscience wouldn't agree to. This kind of thing happens as often in the boardroom as the bedroom, where it is called being "strategic" or "tough-minded" or "savvy" as 60 year olds who won't find another job are laid off, or toxic mortgages are sold to unsuspecting buyers.


Life-long commitments aren't necessary or advisable at 21. But serial monogamy (or I suppose polyamory if that is your bent), with the opportunity to know, love (or not) and leave (or not) another person(s), has more rewards, in spite of the potential for greater pain. And as Dominique Browning's fine article in today's paper say, good and satisfying work has a lot to offer while you bypass hook-ups until a relationship comes along. She's right.





Fun and lovely piece to read. Though, I echo some who have argued that this vulnerability has more to do with youth and the perceived abundance of time still left to meet and yearn. I was a vulnerable 20-year-old college student once upon a time, too, in the far-off (!) land of London. I met a boy at a club and thought, this is too cliche to be anything but embarrassing. I decided to be coy when he asked for my number. Isn't that just what people did, with no real meaning, perhaps like connecting on social media today. Instead, I said, "you can't write my number down, but it you can remember it, you can call me." Little did I know that this accounting student with the near-photographic memory would very easily be able to carry out this playful, little request of mine. Oh, gotta go. I hear our children waking up!





So sad. Full of pathos. So much sex, so little love. That's the millennial's curse. You work so hard to avoid what would do you the most good. No wonder there is so little contentment, there is so little commitment. A brave and good life thinks of others first and gets deep satisfaction as a result.






Good article. Finding love in life can be a crap shoot and you never know where or when it will happen. Sorry curmudgeons, I believe in luck. We met a thousand miles away from each of our respective homes on summer jobs, were together for a week, I asked, she said yes, we went off to our separate graduate schools 3000 miles apart, spent a total of 29 days together in the same location over the next 3 years (we saw each others parents for about 4 days each), finally were able to schedule a wedding around our respective research schedules, and here we are, 35 years later, still happily married.



the internet as narcissistic power spot - I control my (tiny) universe - I can unfriend / swipe left on anyone - harrumph !


instant electronic communications - strengthen strong bonds (always in constant contact with significant others) but weaken loose bonds (ignore strangers)



last year in a crowd waiting for a ferry an old woman struck up a friendly conversation with me which I enjoyed participating in - turned out she was from my home state - we had a lovely time chatting - while I noted all around looking at us like - huh - how come two strangers are just talking to each other like friends - how does that happen ... ?





This was stunning. As a not quite 20 year old, I relate to this deeply. My generation has turned vulnerability into something of shame. It is better to risk nothing than to take the chance of being hurt. Thank you for this piece Ms. Court.




Diane EpsteinMaui Hawaii

If I knew then what I know now, I would say this: if you feel something, say something. There is nothing to lose. What you really want to see is if you can truly be "met" by the other person. That is what we are seeking: true love. It begins with one small step, like any journey. If you are too insecure to take that step, regardless of the outcome, then your work is clear: cultivate more confidence and the ability to accept rejection. No big deal, really! And the reward could be a great relationship, which takes courage and inner strength. Exhibit the behavior you would like to see in others. That is the best advice I have after living many years.

Aug. 8, 2015 at 1:04 p.m.




He was tender and tough. He was constantly renegotiating his public self, drawing people in and then pushing them away.




W. FreenNew York City

The opposite of political correctness isn't being a racist, misogynist, foul-mouthed, crude jerk. It's being thoughtful and honest. This is lost on Trump and his supporters.






Tom CuddyTexas

The most innocent sex entertainment Times Square has ever seen. Even the NYT noticed that making Manhattan unoffending for Middle American tourists makes the City boring.





I'm no prude, but let's call a spade a spade, there will always be hustlers, be they needy individuals or needy corporations, who will prey on the gullible. The cacophony of opinions over this issue is typical, in a country where "my stupidity is equal to your genius" (Isaac Asimov) and exploitation is the our essential philosophy .


Ironically, this "scandal" is taking place in Times Square, the showcase for hypocritical corruption by companies via billboards that "entertain" us into buying, buying until we feel good - which of course, the corporations know will never happen. And in all this fury, a poor woman is showing her breast for tips to earn a living.


Times Square is as American as apple pie. It's complicated (yes, families have rights, as do individuals, as long as they don't break laws); The convergence of Broadway and Seventh Avenue is the gaudy manifestation of the essence of life in America: Reality as Reality TV, where everyone is swept up in the ballyhoo, whether they want to or not, of the feeling of feeling good, whether they do or not - while spending money. 


A woman baring her breast in Times Square for tips is and is not an issue, it's a symptom of something deeper in our psyche and it's playing out on the stage of crass commercialism, Times Square, the place where anything goes except common decency, a complicated concept, but its essence is at the heart of it.




KatherineNew York

Gen X here: Why precisely is the apathy of the millennials something that anyone else should care about? What, are you promising to save the world if we can only help you get past your navel-gazing apathy?




I find nothing shameful in the human form.







There is a legitimate place for nude beaches. There is also a legitimate place for family beaches.


The editors' insistence that the Constitution mandates that a single standard must govern all places is narrow-minded, and destructive to the creation of common urban spaces.  


Mayor De Blasio's idea of minimizing common spaces in order to solve the problem of minimizing constitutional problems is also destructive.








Americans see too many things through the lends of its entertainment value, from school (is my teacher fun?) to debates (was it exciting to watch?)






So many problems with this ideology.


It encourages a delusional and dystopic hegemony of corporations, who cannot have private or public interests and remain profitable. the situation depicted, would never coexist, and could never coexist. the hypothetical relies on existing infrastructures like police, detection methods, and definitions of law and crime, that would not exist in the extemperaneous "free market".


there would never be the same decisions made in the public interest to generate police, justice or societies if the situation were privatised rather than government organised and administered.


the problem is not in establishment, it is in administration of any of these agencies that offer value, in the face of profit, all of a private market's collective actions over time would change laws, performance, and jurisdictional areas to suit performance and profit. 


And because there's no common actuarial data on the emotional impact of crime, some crimes that have no injury to another, may be removed, and others obscenely ratified, such as preventing someone from obtaining a job by someone already being in that position.


it could also employ and engender confidence schemes as corporate policy, or have employees obtain lists of people, who then leverage those indentured debtors to make people commit more serious crimes or force them into work, illegal or immoral acts in another nation or country with different corporate standards of law.


1) free markets tend towards equilibrium and entropy, and rarely, hegemony. Multiple corporations don't compete for resources for long, they form a stalemate in an industry, and the competing energy shifts to affecting consumers rather than trying to find niche or socially voted upon ideals.


if you have noticed, companies don't compete for price when they can lock their customers into contracts for service and enforce those contracts with secondary and tertiary agencies. 


You could create a sort of crazy ideology of balance by forcing certain companies to divide along competing public philosophies, and that would work instead of a reason-based ideology, but you're using a religion or belief system beyond capital or performance alone.


Perhaps eventually one faulty choice, a risk, or one employees actions would cause a shift in the economic or social imbalance, and PR would force one of the hegemony partners in this dystopic fantasy to fold or have the assets sold to another corporation in the same market to resolve their debts and employees interests, rolling multiple competing firms into large vertical and horizontal behemoths that handled everything from justice to manufacturing, prisons to interior decorating etc.


Yes, you'd still have boutiques and custom agents able to process at the same level,but it would not be able to change collective policy, unless they had the ability to work around the system.


2) false positives in justice would not be weeded out by competing firms, because they would be profitable regardless of motive or detection or arbitration or auditing. especially if the companies became hostile to non-friendly agencies and refused regulation, or integrated regulation into the existing service, assuming that an internal review would bring problems to light before they happened. 


yes, you could have a free market, if you removed the influence or the belief of people who were involved in administrating or operating any of the mechanisms within it.


Firms that were efficient, would also be forced to integrate this system's depth of selective legal options, into singular mega-corps, vertically, so the insurer, investigators, sales and marketing, arbitration, judges,  the prison, the indentured servitude/slave workforce would all eventually be run by the same corporation, who would only be biased towards the cheapest recovery and the quickest standard of processing.


And horizontally integrated, so that competition could be reduced, and features could be integrated by buying the infrastructure of other companies to offer a similar or cost-effective version of a competing boutique, e.g. in the way that apple, google, microsoft buy boutiques to provide unique services, then decimate them to fit into an ecosystem. 


3) if these corporate firms had the access to hold people in prisons or into indentured work paying off debts, then they could also apply that debt to a family. entire generations of debt forcing families into processed debt.


Slavery could become a cost effective workforce for a corporation, that would be hard to compete or fight against. Especially when the definition of crime would also be altered to suit those secondary market slave/Indentured workforces that require specialists in certain fields, and have a hard time finding criminals that can paint portraits, maintain aircraft engines or can plan architectural changes to a 50 story residential building.


Much like the higher education system places people into debt now, an entirely privatised market would be forced to tier and recognise only a small number of elite schools. Education would be a sign of priviledge, and the costs would also rise as value decreased.


Children born to debtors would have to live in their collective shame / caste and also have to pay off their family's collective debt, never being able to remove their shame or caste unless they learned to deceive others or set themselves up as new people. which is just shifting the problem in a very dystopic way.


and this is only what i could think of while watching the video for 10 minutes. 





While you're killing time, time is killing you 

— Announcement in super market around Knickerbocker / Jefferson



We have a number of Catholic Presidential candidates - Jeb!, Rubio, Santorum, Christie - who identify strongly by their religion, but whose vision of living the faith shares little with Pope Francis'. In fact, even these politicians' concept of 'respecting life' extends only in utero; not to the death penalty, war, the hungry, the sick, the immigrants, the poor, or otherwise.







"In Japan no one believes they deserve monetary incentive for doing a good job. It's considered just a natural thing to do."






The term Brahminrefers to the highest ranking caste of people in the traditional Hindu system of castes. In the United States, it has been applied to the old, wealthy New England families of British Protestant origin which were influential in the development of American institutions and culture. The term effectively underscores the strong conviction of the New England gentry that they were a people set apart by destiny to guide the American experiment as their ancestors had played a leading role in founding it. The term also illustrates the erudite and exclusive nature of the New England gentry as perceived by outsiders, and may also refer to their interest in Eastern religions, fostered perhaps by the impact in the 19th century of the transcendentalist writings of New England literary icons such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, and the enlightened appeal of Universalist Unitarian movements of the same period.



Ed Thöne 5 months ago (edited)

'homeowners associations' would build the roads? wow that is really funny. makes for a cute video, but really naive. you should work for or with a homeowners association or any small local govt and you would very quickly see that there would be no commerce or infrastructure to support commerce beyond your local subdivision or village much less any interstate commerce. small, local govt is too short sighted and never goes beyond their own local interests. Without a decent central govt the US would have to become not only 50 small states, but each state would have to devolve into many smaller states probably down to about the township level. If that is your aim, then fine, but don't pretend state or national infrastructure would not be drastically reduced to almost nothing without a decent central govt. No magical market forces or construction companies would magically build roads without a central govt planning at a larger and longer term level that local govts are incapable of. Again, if you had any experience with local govts you would actually understand this. it's a cute idea and makes for a cute video, but it's very, very naive.

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Alrune La Brune 3 months ago

No State at all = No Country at all = No more nations. Companies and big businesses would simply replace the governments as supreme authorities and all cultures will have to be utterly destroyed since the only goal would be to make the world into a huge marketplace, where everything and everyone has a price and can be bought. A plutocracy disguised as some utopian meritocracy where a bunch of oligarchs make all the decisions once more while everyone will enjoy the illusion of freedom.


gary morrison 1 year ago

Capitalism is the rule of force


Labmath Mathgeek 1 year ago

To each according to his worth. Justice as a commodity makes the rich saints.



Dethcrush 11 months ago

 "Firms" are a statist concept. In a stateless society, you could just have a network of people working together without imaginary company borders.



Polycentric law does not work (and Im a libertarian) because those with more property are able to "buy the law" or do essentially anything they like. "Economically efficient law" does not = good law, just profitable law. Take Bad Co for example.





the site’s easy-to-use interface allows members to get another look at the network of people they’ve written off in the past for not being attractive, intelligent, interesting, polite, active, hygienic, or stable enough to meet their standards





Indeed, before you change Malik to Mike on your resume, consider the potential downside. If you downplay your minority identity, you’re running the risk of joining an organization with a culture of racism, sexism, elitism, or simply one in which you can’t be your authentic self.



But he says that he often tells gay students that if they out themselves on their resumes, they will reduce their chances of being hired by a homophobic firm and potentially suffering because of it.

Individual respondents in the Deloitte study reported regret that they didn’t interview with more authenticity. For instance, black women who straightened their hair to fit the dominant culture in a corporation later felt constrained if they wanted to go natural.



Indeed, psychologists say that most people hold unconscious stereotypes and biases because our brains rely on these cognitive shortcuts to navigate everyday life. The key is to prevent those unconscious beliefs from influencing our actions, which could lead to discriminatory behavior.



A video game review that's actually good




Age of Empires II: The Forgotten originally started as a modding project back in 2011, called Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires. The project got gradually out of hand to the point where we felt confident on showing our mod to Microsoft, hoping there might be room to breathe new life into the decade old classic that Age of Empires II is.

Little did we know they were already working on their own revival of the series with a HD reboot of the game. After this proved to be successful we were offered the chance to turn our modding project into an official part of the series. An offer we couldn’t possibly refuse.


Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings -- no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women's health, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.



Untamed by conventional wisdom




 Boston MA 8 hours ago

While running in circles with their hair on fire, many investment advisors and investors overlook two fundamentals. First, stocks continue to be wildly overvalued. The old formula for valuing stocks - what is this company worth? does it make a good product? is the company poised for growth? - long ago ceased to be relevant.






'AOL is likely to shutter' Joystiq, reports Recode. Hey, wait a minute... that's us! Well, we may as well handle this the same way we've been covering the video game industry for ten years.


"We do not comment on rumor and speculation," one staffer told us, wishing to remain anonymous, preparing for their lucrative PR career. Others are still trying to figure out next steps. Another anonymous staffer said, "We're still working until we can't."


Sources tell Joystiq that the staff is aware of the closure, but corporate hasn't officially told them, so they are unable to acknowledge anything out of concern that it will cause immediate shutdown. We've reached out for more information. We will update, as we always have, when we know more.




"I tend not to worry too much about this, because these things are volatile and hard to predict," NYU's Lantz said. "Who can explain pop culture super phenomena? Network effects, historical quirks, media politics, all these things are hard to account for.



In some ways, the first StarCraft (with add-on Brood War) is a victim of its own success. The game was out for a whopping 12 years before its sequel hit store shelves, and for many players—particularly in Korea—no sequel could have ever lived up to an experience that took over more than a decade of their lives. When you've been playing nothing but StarCraft for 12 years, it's hard to move onto something else, no matter how good that something else is.




It's not fun to play ranked matches that affect a ladder ranking. Why on earth would you play a game that gives you ladder anxiety?


Like many insecure people (I used to be one of them), he wanted to be "told what to do." He wanted no part in assuming responsibility for his choice to continue with, or stop, therapy.



I wouldn't trade anything for my time growing up obsessed with BroodWar. And you know what? My enjoyment never had anything to do w/ the popularity of the game

I feel similarly about SC2. No rise or fall in popularity will change how much I enjoy examining strategy or seeing people do cool moves. If I really like something, I trust that.



Not all therapists are capable of this. This patient needs a strong voice, one that leaps across his moat of isolation, that expresses the potential for confidence and strong connections to decisions, to reality, by embodying that.

The patient here is depressed and anxious, traits that make a mess of decision-making and attachment. Every positive thought is immediately countered by an equal and opposite negative. His every declarative mental statement is met by a question. And so he does nothing. And sinks deeper into his condition.




Lucian Roosevelt

 Barcelona, Spain 3 hours ago

Let me play devil's advocate to all the Trump bashers who dismiss him as a flamboyant attention seeking jerk. 


That may be true, but what is also true is that he graduated from Wharton, founded and built a company that employees tens of thousands of people, has built up a real estate portfolio worth billions of dollars, written several best-selling books, created a number of world-class golf resorts and starred in one of the most successful and profitable television shows of the last decade. 


Nobody can accomplish any of that without leadership skills, street smarts, a tremendous work ethic, a ver high EQ and IQ, extremely high standards, excellent negotiating skills and a very deep knowledge of finance.





Wayne Lipman 11 months ago

I still remember where I was when I first beat the final boss... In first period during senior year...






Good article, totally agree except for you labeling them as "progressives." They are not and this is not part of any mainstream progressive agenda. They may or may not align themselves politically but that's an irrelevance. They are freaks is what they are, they like to bully and intimidate and are, therefore, the exact opposite of progressives who like to think and understand.





The Department of Justice's blueprint for " Understanding Community Policing" suggests:"Effective community policing depends on optimizing positive contact between patrol officers and community members. Patrol cars are only one method of conveying police services. Police departments may supplement automobile patrols with foot, bicycle, scooter, and horseback patrols, as well as adding “mini-stations” to bring police closer to the community. Regular community meetings and forums will afford police and community members an opportunity to air concerns and find ways to address them."






This reminds me of how many hours of my life that people say were "wasted" but I say was life changing.




The extent to which the subjects of summer’s most enviable photos are actually enjoying themselves is difficult to gauge. But on platforms like Instagram, the point is rarely to depict reality. Filters soften harsh lighting and captions hint (often vaguely) at fun that can’t be captured in words.

“People try to create their most desirable selves online,” said Max Wedding, 24, who has been stuck working one full-time and two part-time jobs in Portland, Ore., this summer and has watched longingly as his friends and family made time for long and short trips away. “They want to create a self that looks like it’s having as much fun as possible. The mundane middle ground is lost.”


A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General in February measured the emotional effects of Facebook use, finding that passively using the platform (scrolling through your feed and looking at people’s posts the way you would on Instagram) enhances envy, which in turn makes people feel worse over all.

Ethan Kross, 35, a researcher on the study and an associate professor and director at the Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory at the University of Michigan, said: “There’s a tendency to curate the way we appear online. Constantly seeing all these positive developments in people’s lives is not necessarily good for one’s emotional well-being.”



“What we find is that interacting with other people directly, face-to-face or talking to someone on the phone, has the exact opposite effect on how people feel,” Dr. Kross said. “It’s an improvement of well-being.”

The cure for Instagram-induced vacation envy, it seems, is a return to pleasures IRL (In Real Life).





 San Jose 10 hours ago

"Everybody at Amazon is highly competent; the company doesn’t tolerate deadwood."


And how do you know this, Mr Nocera?


Do you think that stack-ranking, encouraging back-stabbing via an anonymous complaint mechanism, tons of data about everything an employee does and the like imply that the deadwood is correctly identified and disposed of? I don't think so.


I suspect that these things lead to a dysfunctional workplace, in which those who master the political game thrive, and those who don't perish no matter how competent they may be. Certainly my experience in a formerly exceptionally successful company points to it, and so do the experiences of many of my former colleagues, many of whom were extraordinarily competent.


They're all at other companies now.


It's distressing to see such a willingness to blindly accept the idea that brutality and stress produce exceptional results; usually the opposite is true. This is management pap at its worst.




Bruce Rozenblit

 Kansas City 13 hours ago

How desparate have Americans become that anyone would want to work for Amazon? Self respect has been replaced with servitude. I remember when I first started working and a co-worker bragged to me, that in a previous job he held, people worked 60 hours a week. I asked him why and he said because it was expected. I came from a union household and I thought to myself as a 22 year old, this guy is bragging about being taken advantage of. Why would anyone be proud about getting shafted?


Now we have people working 85 hours a week under much worse conditions and they are still bragging about it. There must be some kind of perverse psychological mechanism that causes people to justify abuse. This must be similar to people trapped in abusive relationships where they refuse to admit it or seek help. It's some kind of sickness.


I wouldn't last three hours at Amazon. (They would never hire me anyway). Apparently subservience is highly valued trait which I do not possess.


I have worked for myself for 20 years now. The Amazonians probably make more money. How can you put a price tag on freedom, independence and self-respect? All three are mine which I cherish each day.  


Something very sinister has happened in the American workplace where my three treasured joys are viewed as detrimental qualities in an employee.


Our nation has lost its way and Amazon is leading us down a non virtuous path. We used to own people. Now people want to be owned. Find another job.





 New York, NY 2 hours ago

Great editorial. Puts things in perspective. The messiness and performance of Times Square is part of the charm of this city, it's quirkiness and resilience. I've walked through Times Square and never, ever been harassed by anyone. If anything, the tourists are the ones who flock to the creatures, the characters, the Desnudas. Let me throw in a contrarian view -- maybe the characters of Times Square represent the absurd, over-the-top, performative hustle of New York City. Maybe that's why we hate them. They are the parts of ourselves we can't face.




Rocket • 6 hours ago

Mary Barra, head of GM, said something like: any workplace will take more and more from you, and not feel bad about it. Only you can draw the line.

So she limits her hours and continues to be a wife and mother. At many workplaces, that would lead to being fired. In that case, you can be sure that you've escaped an abusive relationship.




greyskies • 7 hours ago

I've stopped spending my money at places like Amazon and Walmart. The 50 cents I would save by shopping there today is not worth the long-term damage I would be doing to myself and the rest of the country.

You don't only vote at the polls - you vote with your dollars as well. Why should we continue to enrich and empower these ruthless sociopaths?




 is a trusted commenter Virginia 13 minutes ago

The arguments in favor of companies with work cultures similar to Amazon are basically a variation on the following: Since the Chinese communists have turned their 1.4 billion subjects into slaves working nonstop for transnational corporations, American employees must resign themselves to working in similar conditions...because capitalism. 


I'd like to think the USA is capable of doing better than racing to the bottom with corrupt plutocrats in Beijing who shrug their shoulders when a virtual nuclear bomb goes off in the port area of Tianjin due to lax regulations...because capitalism. 


Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a "naturally existing" market economy that grows like a tree out of the ground. Every economy that has ever existed has been an artificial, human-made construct.




 Riveside, CA 47 minutes ago

Brainwashed...soulless...lacking perspective - these are the works that come to my mind as I read this piece about Amazon. This company sells consumer goods, for god's sake! It's not curing cancer, helping the less fortunate improve their lives, or creating peace.




Richard H. McCargar

 Portsmouth, Va 39 minutes ago

I never minded working 80 hour weeks to build my businesses, but I would never do it to build one for some other person. I never required my employees to destroy their personal lives to help me grow the company, and they all received shares in the company.


Amazon is one way to do it, but it isn't the only way, nor the right way.




Jane Genova

 Tucson, Arizona 37 minutes ago

This brutality is unnecessary. At Chrylser, during the Lee Iacocca turnaround, we accomplished as much innovation and concrete results as Amazon. It was through social cohesion. We were all one team, trying to save all the jobs insider Chrysler and associated with the suppliers.





 Seattle 37 minutes ago

When the Amazonians walk around their South Lake Union neighborhood, they tend to take over the whole sidewalk and move like a herd, running other people into the gutter, as if unaware that an urban sidewalk wasn't supposed to accommodate two-way walking. I used to think it was because they were a bunch of stupid kids who grew up in the suburbs and thought everything was like a mall, but now I'm thinking it might be because

they just turned mean from abuse -- like dogs.




The politics is the same as any other company. Your ideas are not your ideas but your manager's idea. There are inefficient people all over who are not qualified to be managers but still are. Information is still hidden, you have to work the politics to get anywhere.



Not worth my time or anyone else who values themselves or their ideas.




Jim R.

 California 33 minutes ago

Some words I didn't see in the article or the comments that seem appropriate: white collar sweat shop. Gleefully turning people against each other, and not even necessarily in pursuit of profits. That Amazon isn't trying to develop an Ebola vaccine, or a cure for Alzheimers, or training for or performing surgery. They're selling everyday stuff and merely seeking to make a customer's life a little easier. Well, I confess I had no idea Amazon was this bad, but they can relax a little, b/c they now have one fewer customer to force people to jump thru hoops for. I won't be a part of enabling the abuse of bright, young Americans solely in pursuit of one more dollar. I'm all for speed, flat organizations, quick decision-making, working hard, and holding people accountable. But I will not be a party to turning people into work automatons who thrill in tearing down their peers. To enriching a company that offers line employees vacations, then refuses to let people relax. And one that consciously seeks to tear people apart. 





 new york 33 minutes ago

The most primitive and basic desire of self preservation and destructive behavior I've ever read about in the new capitalist order. Call the Amazon work force machines, slaves, cogs of machinery. Raw unfettered capitalism at its worst. Kill or be killed, with no emotions or feelings for others. Profits at all costs. Let society deal with the human toll of what's left after we've stripped bare all that it means to be a human being.



Amazons workers have become prisoners to their careers , only to be thrown out of a job like yesterday's garbage when they can't measure up.





I have always gotten the best out of my colleagues and subordinates by fostering a collaborative, supportive, collegial environment.




Humans did not evolve to create wealth for a few but to serve each other. That need has been subsumed into the weird self-sacrificial culture of Amazon.



Will employees keep genuflecting to the demand that they be nothing more than economic agents for their supervisors?



This kind of capitalism is all about externalizing the costs of your doing business to others.



To workers who need to question whether work is the only thing they wish to devote their lives to.




Late stage American capitalism exemplified by Bezos has a single goal: the maximization of the surplus value of each labour unit, aka person, to flow to the capitalist.

Its result was foretold by Marx: a bestial society of grotesque inequality that will fall to revolution.




And besides, this stuff isn't sustainable, Amazon won't go on like this forever. Intense competition rewards high achievement. It also rewards cheating, lying, backstabbing, abuse of subordinates and internal conspiracy...many of which are already poisoning the place. The buoyancy of a new expanding industry has papered over the faults so far; when growth stops, it'll become more apparent.

If just berating and pushing people brought about the perfect company, it would have happened centuries ago when bosses could just whip the staff and really do it right.






 planet earth 26 minutes ago

Advice to recent graduates: Avoid Amazon like the plague. Learn how to create value without dehumanizing yourself or others.


Advice to consumers: Avoid Amazon like the plague. Find the joy of bantering with a shopkeeper





 Los Angeles, CA 23 minutes ago

I work in medicine and I work long hours. I look back at my life and think those extra hours were worth it for patient care. I can certainly understand working hard and handing over your life to a greater good. I'm sure that's the case also in law, education, journalism, and probably some other fields. However, it's a sad commentary when people hand over significant portion of their life just to make sure that customers can consume more material goods that ultimately lead to no real satisfaction. I feel sorry for these employees who will look back on their lives when they are older and realize that they worked so hard just to make sure a customer received his package of lawn darts two days earlier than a competitor.





 Miami, Florida 23 minutes ago

I used to work for a company like this, only much worse. Their turnover approached 90% a year in some departments. I did learn a lot, but left after being burned out. It was, at the end good because it prompted me to open my own place and I never worked for anyone else ever.





 charleston sc 20 minutes ago

Great reporting. And we wonder why the disparities in incomes between classes continues to grow wider. People keep on applying, trying to improve their own lot in life and, it sounds anyway, that most leave quite disappointed. Right around 100 years ago Freud remarked it was 'the age of anxiety'. When we treat people like rats in a caged experiment knowing full well they are easily disposed of and replaced, should we wonder if there is any relationship to goings-on such as random shootings from the (presumed) disenfranchised?





 Ireland 19 minutes ago

Sadly this is just an extreme example of the (mostly) North American corporate culture poisoning the world of work. Whats the point of working 80 hour weeks and never taking a holiday. You work all your life, maybe earning a lot money, but never having the time to enjoy it. Then you retire and you're too worn out to enjoy your retirement. I know a lot of people in the USA think Europeans are lazy but the attitude here is that we work to live, not live to work. Many US companies are good employers over here and don't work their staff to death but still manage to make healthy profits. The system Amazon employs suits the narcissists and self promoters, not the decent majority. This is why the right/big business is trying to destroy organised labour as they see unions as an obstacle in their drive to turn people in unquestioning robots. How much profit is enough?





 East Village, NYC 10 minutes ago

Noam Chomsky calls corporations "private tyrannies." The business titans who want to own and run and rule everything everywhere like emperors and tyrants of old should review history to remind themselves that sometimes the tyrants lost their heads -- actually! There is a limit to the abuse, peonage, quasi-indentured servitude, super exploitation and in some cases plain outright slavery that can go on before something or someone breaks. I guess we haven't reached that point yet in the new American finance capital feudal order that is being created before our eyes, but it seems to be going that way. Sooner or later the pitchforks will be brandished. Bezos, better keep your head down, and be a little nicer and less egotistical!





 Western, US 4 minutes ago

If you take care of your customers and you take care of your employees, your organization will flourish beyond belief.






 SoCal 4 minutes ago

These attitudes make it almost impossible for us to have any forward creative movement or growth in writing, or any related form of entertainment. We're already limited to less than 250 feature films a year, now almost 100% licensed superhero, Disney factory, or old TV show remakes. The algorithms are busting down anything good the publishers might attempt and the authors who succeed are similar to their better-compensated Ambot counterparts. Anyone who'd make these choices for a paycheck to enrich someone else is hardly the person who's going to write something human or humane.







 New York, NY 3 minutes ago

I am a former employee in Amazon's legal department. Prior to working there I spent 5 years on Wall Street working for a top law firm - a demanding and challenging workplace by any measure. But even that didn't prepare me for the workplace hell of Amazon's corporate offices.


From day one at Amazon the workflow is overwhelming and employees are constantly undermined by a culture of vicious backstabbing. The designed attrition is real and celebrated, with longer term employees seeing themselves as sitting atop a Darwinian pyramid that chews up and spits out those less willing to sacrifice all other aspects of their lives advancing the Amazon principles. They view their job not so much as trying to help new employees succeed, but as the second phase of a weeding out (the first phase being the hiring process). I'd say that less than half of the lawyers they hire last more than a year there, and virtually all begin planning their exit strategy within months of arrival.






I am not a believer in negative reinforcement. It works on very few, and makes the majority miserable.





C. Hart

 San Diego 5 minutes ago


I'm retired now. During my working years I, too, bought into the culture of working 80+ hours a week and weekends to move up the ladder and to prove my commitment. Along the way I racked up a few accomplishments. Today I have no warm fuzzy feelings about any work/career accomplishments. Instead, I regret sacrificing time with family and friends, the lost opportunities for a well rounded life.


Corporations are not people, my friends. With the possible exception of Jeff Bezos, no one wishes on their death bed that they worked longer hours in a hostile work environment.




            PHIL-UA 103 Topics in Metaphysics & Epistemology 

            Careful study of a few current issues in epistemology and metaphysics. Examples: skepticism, necessity, causality, personal identity, and possible worlds.




Though there will be many shorter selections read and discussed, as well, this course will be primarily concerned with what’s presented in Professor Unger’s brand new (2014) book, Empty Ideas: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy. This book is an expose of how terribly little has been accomplished in, or, really, even attempted in, the core of academic philosophy – in metaphysics, and in the most metaphysical parts of, or aspects of, epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. For philosophical sophisticates, this will seem shocking: Most academic philosophers are under the impression that, with the work of such brilliant thinkers as Saul Kripke, David Lewis and Hilary Putnam, mainstream philosophy has made some real contributions to our understanding of how things are, in certain quite deep and general respects, with concrete reality - with the likes of water and gold, and tables and chairs, and sentient beings, too. But, as Empty Ideas explains, that’s all just an illusion, pretty easily recognized as such, when, as the book tries to make happen, philosophical sophisticates are awakened from their dogmatic slumbers. As Professor Unger greatly hopes, you will greatly enjoy being awakened from any and all of your own dogmatic slumbers, whatever yours may be.





desperate people are easily swayed. A few intelligent, but sociopathic minds can prey on desperation and, unfortunately, tend to use religion or nationalism to convince vulnerable minds to do atrocious things. Even in our country, people have, and still do, conveniently use religion to commit violence against those whom are different. Ignorance and fear of the unknown are the primary psychological drivers of violence.



Mr. Kasich has a blunt, acerbic sense of humor that can be well-received among seen-it-all New Englanders.



I’m sick and tired of nostalgic products that take us backwards rather than looking ahead. We need to create an optimistic view of the future and we as a society are failing to do that.




As a designer, the Leica T’s immense sense of restraint is something I find admirable. It’s easy to make a product that does everything. Focusing on the essential is what’s difficult.




When he was asked about doing consumer research during his time at Braun, he simply said, “Never. We wanted to change the world.”



Yes. We're the Unitarian Universalists. We've been around for a long time, and we've attracted some of the most significant and independent thinkers in history: Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Susan B. Anthony, Dorothea Dix, Henry Thoreau, Clara Barton, Isaac Newton, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Adlai Stevenson, Dr. Linus Pauling, Elliot Richardson, Robert Fulghum... and many others.



In this great clip, comedian Louis CK says "Everything's Amazing & Nobody is Happy"It got us pondering, what if faith could help us re-capture a sense of wonder and appreciation for life?



The defining theology of Universalism is universal salvation; Universalists believe that the God of love would not create a person knowing that that person would be destined for eternal damnation. They concluded that all people must be destined for salvation.



Going to Church is like going to the gym.  Hard to actually get there, but once you're done, you're glad you went.



What happened is that American higher education, along with everything else in the USA, became a profit center. Every-man-for-himself economics sold as trickle-down snake oil undermined and finally displaced altogether the feeling and ethos of unity and shared investment that knit the nation together during the recovery from the Great Depression and waging WWII.




Steve Fankuchen

 Oakland, CA 4 minutes ago

We need to keep in mind that other countries, in this case China, do not necessarily have the same values and objectives we do. America really does hold business as both a fundamental value in and of itself, but also as a way to achieve a better and freer life for its people. (Forget the dislocations, functional hypocrisies, and other such for the moment.)


China, on the other hand, has no such fundamental values. The collective welfare as determined and engineered by a tightly controlled political structure defines how policies are designed and carried out. Corporate business is merely a tool, and liberty is at best irrelevant, more commonly a subversive no-no. 


As individualism is not part of the Chinese sociocultural makeup as it is here, the government/Communist Party is evaluated by the people more on results than on how the results are obtained. In America, on the other hand, the "how" comes into play frequently, whether it's states rights, the 2nd amendment, the separation of powers, or tensions between internal security and individual rights.





can something frustrating and painful lead, almost in spite of itself, to positive ends—to even better ends, perhaps, than its more admired counterpart? Not all envy, we are learning, is created equal, and while some flavors leave nothing but a bad aftertaste others may inspire us to reach new heights of achievement.



Admiration can be a pleasant feeling, in large part because we think of the people we admire as being unlike ourselves. But people we benignly envy seem to be a lot like us. That realization hits closer to home—and hurts. The differences between benign and malicious envy, meanwhile, are stark: the two spur us to act in very different ways. In a followup, van de Ven asked his subjects, every evening for two weeks, whether they’d experienced envy that day; if they had, he probed the specific contours of the emotion and asked them to report how it had made them act. He found that the more closely their feelings aligned with malicious envy the more they complained about the person they envied. (They didn’t do anything about it; they were just nasty.) By contrast, if they felt benign envy they worked harder. Benign envy may be unpleasant, but it’s a driver of change for the better.



The unextraordinary house to which you return nightly? It’d be someone’s future ur-house. It’d be the place that someone would remember, decades hence, as a seat of comfort and succor, its rooms rendered larger and grander, exalted, by memory. This sofa, those lamps, purchased in a hurry, deemed good enough for now (they seem to be here still, years later)—they’d be legendary to someone.

Imagine reaching the point at which you want a child more than you can remember ever wanting anything else.



For Paul, the crowds he generated were misleading. Yes, every single person who turned out for him was willing to do anything to see him elected. The problem? The people who showed up were almost all of the people that were for Paul.  As in, the energy and excitement he generated was real but it wasn't nearly widespread enough to elect him or even come close to electing him.

Think of it this way: Paul was the most popular band in your high school. EVERYONE loved them and thought they were going to be the biggest thing ever. Everyone in your high school.  Not everyone in the world. Obama in 2006, on the other hand, was like seeing the Beatles at the Cavern Club in 1961. There was something coming, something big, and though you might not have been able to grasp then how big it was going to be, you knew you were there at the beginning of something.



subway riders need information presented clearly, simply, and consistently seven days a week. Instead, has a split personality.

the regular weekday site is another thing altogether: dull and cluttered, conventional in every way. It reminds me, in fact, of the post-Vignelli subway map—accurate in a literal sense, but with too much information presented in no clear hierarchy of importance, so you end up feeling confused, not enlightened. 

Vignelli’s 1972 map wasn’t just lovely to look at. Its obsessive clarity turns out to be the perfect basis for digital information. It’s more modern looking than any of the maps that followed it.



“Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.”



She detects, among those she might once have considered ideological allies, “an aggressive, illiberal impulse to silence people,” which often takes the form of meta-intolerance—that is, intolerance of any view that is judged to be intolerant.



Jim Dallas, Texas 35 minutes ago

Bernie Sanders = George McGovern =

Electoral College Disaster = 2-3 New Scalia Cloned Appointees to the U.S. Supreme = 50+ Years of Progressive Judicial Decisions Down the Toilet, not to mention previously passed Public Laws governing the environment and social programs that could be eviscerated or defunded if a super majority of the Republican party was swept into office.


For some strange reason, there's a segment of the Democratic Party that would rather go down with the ship preserving his or her ideological purity than nominating someone that can actually win.


I've been there; done that; and would rather "win and govern" than to sit around and tell stories about how stupid the majority of the country was NOT to vote for our losing candidate.


Notafan New Jersey 1 hour ago

The lumpen lemming left. They don't get it. He is not helping he is hurting. Hurting who? Well first Hilary Clinton but really them, the Sanders supporters.


The 2016 presidential election is a choice between two not 22. It is a choice between Mrs. Clinton and whichever candidate the Republican Party finally vomits up out of the messy stew of its primary field.


If the next president serves two terms she or he will choose the next five justices of the Supreme Court because five of them are going to die or retire by January 20, 2025.That's what the election will be about, whether Mrs. Clinton makes those nominations or a Republican does.


If the Republicans elect a president and keep their three of the five, Thomas, Kennedy and Scalia, and add the seats now held by Ginsburg and Breyer they will have a 7-to-2 majority not for 4 or 8 pr 10 ten but for 30 years and more. And then it will not matter what a Democratic president or a leftwing candidate proposes.


If that is what you want support Sanders now and enjoy being angry and oh so right about being left.


But if the thought much less the risk of that 30-year rightwing Supreme Court majority makes you shudder then come to your senses now and tell Sanders -- who by the way is not a Democrat and never used his campaign funds to support a Democratic Senate majority -- to get out the way and not jeopardize the election of the one and only Democrat who can decide the next five seats on the high court.

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“We tend to think the strong will survive,” Mr. Dediu said. “But a virus is a very small thing that kills big things.”



People’s assessments of who won the debate — and their evaluations of the candidates more generally — were affected by which media outlet they were assigned to watch after the debate. The favorability of the coverage changed voters’ minds about the debate they had just seen only moments before.

Even interested and attentive voters are swayed by how reporters frame and summarize events.




As a psychiatrist who treats patients with personality disorders, many of whom struggle with chronic suicidality, I was dismayed to read Rachel Aviv’s article about the use of medical euthanasia on depressed people in Belgium (“The Death Treatment,” June 22nd). To compare a depressed patient’s wish to die with that of someone suffering from advanced terminal cancer is a mistake. The rate of recovery from chronic depression is significant—one study, of patients who suffered from a form of the illness for an average of fifty-two months, found that almost three-quarters of them got better. It is also important to recognize the tremendous ambivalence—as is depicted in Hamlet’s “To be, or not to be” soliloquy—that surrounds patients’ suicide attempts and the relief that follows when they fail. For a patient, choosing to kill herself in a Belgian self-annihilation clinic is one of the only suicide methods guaranteed to be lethal. In addition, thoughts of suicide can be fostered or hindered by cultural and environmental factors. In providing access to suicide, Belgium is likely complicit in the deaths of people who may have gone on to lead meaningful lives after their depression ended. It is important not to let a sense of futility obscure a hopeful reality.

Mallay Occhiogrosso, M.D.

Weill Cornell Medical College



"Paulbot," a portmanteau of "Ron Paul" and "robot", is the most common nickname for the devoted, drone-like supporters of the former Congressman. They usually scan online platforms for mentions of Ron Paul and then descend on those discussions with hostile invective and over-the-top praise for him, accompanied with various rude behavior including shouting down disagreement and accusing anyone who disagrees with them of being a statist or fascist. Despite being real people (with real cognitive issues) they have been called 'bots' because their comments often have the non sequitur-like quality of computer-generated spam. Many Paulbots are often conspiracy theorist cranks as well, and believe that Paul was the only "hope" America had of not going down the path of a New World Order, but since the American sheeple were too distracted by Obama and his bread and circuses to consider reading up on and hence voting for the almighty Paul, this New World Order will now be inevitable.



I'm curious how many people that insist it's easy to get an ID, and that IDs should be presented when voting, are in favor of similar safeguards for gun sales.




No Man’s Sky was inspired by classic sci-fi

• Especially those amazing, vibrant book covers, which presented a vision of a future that wasn’t grim and in which technology and exploration were points of hope.


Four people built what we showed for the announcement

• Since then, the No Man’s Sky team has grown, but only a little, to 13 people. We like it real small.



we've probably discarded 10 times the number of puzzles as have made it through, and many a darling has been killed—but it was the only way to get to where we are now. The greatest difficulty has been finding our way to a place where we understand what we want out of a level, and having to throw so many ideas away in the process. You can't force creative thought; it has to be given room to blossom, so if you have the luxury of having the time, then use it.



Many people feel like their life is over with the loss of a child, Joe may feel that way, but perhaps in that pain he found a greater calling - to change the world for the better.






I was preparing to transition beyond my first post-college job, and like many 23-year-olds, wasn’t sure exactly to what



The right and the left just fundamentally think of this stuff differently. The goal of the left is to make it realistically doable for people to get out of poverty. The goal of the right is much more narrow. They only want to remove what they perceive as governmental barriers to success. If factors outside of government keep you in poverty, like a medical condition, a lack of jobs, bad luck, etc., then you being in poverty is, in their view, the natural outcome of the free market and so that is where you should remain.



His entire 'right to rise' theory must be that if he keeps on putting more and more obstacles in front of the poor, minorities, single mothers and immigrants, that the constant fight to overcome those obstacles will somehow make them stronger... a sad, sick platform…



“We really used our best and brightest to unlock the secrets of the atom that, in a way, still hold the world hostage to this incredible terror.”



c2396 SF Bay Area 33 minutes ago

I haven't watched the Olympics in years, after having attended (and loved) the Olympics in LA in 1984. These days, it's nothing but a gigantic, corrupt corporate farce and reeks of ego, corporate greed, and dishonesty. If you watch it on network TV, you get hammered with ads that are almost indistinguishable in tone from the actual "games" themselves.


I think the reason so many of these events are held in "emerging" countries is that the governments there are dictatorial and can simply bulldoze the homes of people who are in the way of the white elephants that the IOC requires be built. Also, the governments of these places spend money to stoke the desires of the rulers, not to support their people.


The Olympics should be held in the same place each time to avoid the stupid expense of building expensive hulks every four years and leaving taxpayers/governments to pick up the tab for them. Athens for the Summer Olympics, Switzerland for the Winter Olympics. And the IOC should pick up the entire tab.


Boston got it right. But China's no Boston. Boston proud...China cowed.







Asking yes or no on a question that we spent four decades discussing is probably not a fair way to ask the question. The most important thing that we have to figure out is when life begins. I think when life begins, there is a role for the state in preventing one individual from aggressing against another. I’m an ophthalmologist, and some of the babies that I examine are sometimes one and two pound babies in the neonatal nursery, and once they are born everybody agrees that those babies have rights, and that mothers, fathers, grandfathers, nurses, doctors, nobody is allowed to harm that baby without repercussions from the state. These are really tiny babies, one and two pound babies. The question then becomes when does life begin? So I think we haven’t really discussed this in a meaningful fashion.



My Ramblings

In many ways, this is an exhaustive approach to getting to know a place. By the time I’m finished, I’ll have seen as much of New York as anyone ever has. And yet, the sum total of my experiences over these thousands of miles will be just a tiny speck, imperceptible against the immensity of this city.


What kind of truth can I hope to find? Every step I take will be deeply colored by many transient factors — the weather, the time of day, my mood, the people around me. I could go back to any given spot the next day and have an entirely different experience. Who knows how many fascinating things I’ll totally overlook? Maybe I’ll be facing the other way as I pass by, or maybe the fascination lies in some story or context that I won’t be aware of. There are countless indoor spaces that I’ll never see. My walking experience will be largely confined to street level, even though much of what makes New York New York exists above the first floor.


If you try to make this quest into a conquest — an attempt to subjugate the vast potential of this metropolis beneath the well-worn heels of my boots — then perhaps it seems dispiriting to contemplate how little of the city I’ll have actually seen and experienced after my extensive journey. But why would you ever want to know a place completely? The excitement of New York, and the whole world for that matter, is that there’s always something else to see, and something else to learn, no matter how long you’ve been around. To me it is profoundly encouraging to think of how many secrets will still lie undiscovered after I’ve walked every last one of these goddamned streets. At its core, my walk is an oxymoron: an exhaustive journey through an inexhaustible city.




It's a beautiful language. As my favorite book, Le Petit Prince, says, "L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."


The essential is invisible for the eyes


 Katelyn Lamson






Reader Ryan Felix sent us his subway map, which he describes as a “fantasy map of the TTC” in 2050. Felix says it was “created in hope to influence people to become pro-transit, and to give a vision that Toronto can have a world-class transit system.”



When making a point, it always helps to get personal, to show the effect of one set of policies in its physical impact on one human being.



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The general nature and tone of your posts will, in a sense, set the rules of engagement on your site. A pleasant, positive, playful tone creates an atmosphere where aggressive negativity or attacks will seem out of place. In this scenario, it’s even possible that your other followers will come to your defense so you don’t have to. On the contrary, avoid sounding like an authority and never be a smart aleck, as the internet is always smarter.





Social media is just like any other social experience to the extent that there is never a clear answer, it is chaotic and unpredictable just like any other social experience.



How to be Confident.


So a little background about myself, in high school I was so deep in the closet that I even denied to myself that I was gay. My social anxiety was so cripplingly severe, I couldn’t own my own opinions for fear of judgement. I had to gauge the general consensus on what my peers thought about a song, artist, movie, etc. before I could speak on it and other people’s opinions influenced or even dictated my own. Then college happened. I lost a bunch of weight and I started getting noticed by others in a way I’ve never been before. I got the courage to come out of the closet. I started to have opinions and I made them known. I thought I was gaining confidence through all of that but I eventually realized I was just getting arrogant and I was still insecure. I didn’t know why until I realized I was still relying on other people’s opinions to influence and dictate my opinions. In other words, other people’s opinions about me dictated how I felt about myself. I needed to make people laugh. I wanted more attention. I craved validation. And then I realized that even though I drastically got more “attractive”, my social anxiety never went away. Then I had epiphany #1. Self-confidence, self-worth and self-love can only come from my SELF and not other people via popularity, compliments, sex or relationships. And that was the key for me to break away from my crippling social anxiety.


I’m 25 now. I graduated from college. I’ve been getting cool jobs here and there. I’m in the best shape of my life but I know it’s not the most important thing about me. I’m single, not that sexually active and yet surprisingly not lonely and very fulfilled. I thought I was good with my confidence…until I started pursuing acting and taking classes… As it turns out, self-doubt and insecurities are what is holding me back during my performances and in life. There’s still a part of me that still cares about what other people think, and that can’t ever fully go away. And I realized because of class, there is a part of me that fears openly feeling emotions and looking stupid. I only cry like once a year and when I do, it’s extreme and might involve hyperventilation. I know it’s damaging to my mental health to live that way so now I’m finding ways to trigger and release my emotions in healthy doses. Why was this a habit in the first place? It’s because adults, especially men, are trained to suppress their emotions. Which brings me to Epiphany #2. Society is insidiously evil and it controls EVERYONE. 

A girl friend of mine stopped shaving her armpits, mostly out of laziness. She was insecure about it at first because of the social pressures and gender norms that say women with body hair are unacceptably gross. However, instead of caving in to pressure and shaving, she rebelliously fought the insecurity even further and dyed her armpits pink (yes!!! lolol). Guess what happened next… Strangers, mainly other women on social media, started ridiculing her. I told her to stand her ground and not to give in to the pressure to delete the silly pictures or even shave her body hair. Those women are offended by something that is none of their business. They are so influenced by the social “norms” that they’re being controlled by society like puppets. We all are in some way or another. It’s why I constantly go to the gym. We are puppets. We are sheep. Society tells us exactly how to live…

Grow up. Go to church. Go to college. Find heterosexual love. Get married. Have kids. Be beautiful. Don’t dress like that. Wear make up. Don’t be a slut. Take off your make up. Be attractive. Love your body. Bleach your skin. Control your hair. Go to the gym. Be honest. Tell the truth. Don’t say that. Don’t talk like that. Don’t be a thug. “Act” white. “Look” white. Hide your secrets. Stay in the closet. Get a job. Make money. Be happy. Don’t cry. Man up. Grow up.


And if you deviate from what society says is “normal” or “acceptable”, you could get shamed, judged, criticized, ridiculed, hurt, even killed. Talk about terrorism. Which leads me to Epiphany #3. The people who do all the shaming, judging and terrorizing are the most afraid and most insecure of all. They are puppets to society. They are most likely to succumb to society’s “rules,” most likely to follow the trends, and most likely to hate what is different. Yet ironically it’s the people who are fearlessly different who rewrite the rules and start new trends. People fear what they don’t understand, and they don’t understand what is “different” but they forget to focus on what is the same. That unarmed black victim experienced the same emotions, fears and will to survive as the corrupt white cop. If you think about it, being afraid of someone who is afraid of you is as pointless and destructive as a snake eating itself. Which quickly leads me to Epiphany #4. Fear is a state of mind. It’s all in your head. Fuck social pressures, fuck social norms, fuck society, fuck what anybody thinks of you and LIVE YOUR TRUTH. and if others try to shame you for being different, it’s out of fear. STAND YOUR GROUND. Even if your parents kick you out of the house, even if you lose your friends, even if an entire community turns against you, even when you feel alone, stand your ground. Stand by your beliefs. Own your opinions. Own yourself. Don’t withdraw and retreat. Don’t give in to social pressures, Don’t be a puppet to society. The more adamant you are, the more convincing you will be. Remember, the insecurity of the masses makes them susceptible to influence. Others will eventually succumb to the power of your confidence and accept your differences. Maybe not all at once, maybe not overnight, but progress will be made. Your courage will wake people up. You will inspire others to be brave. People will join you. The world will change.


Fuck what anyone else thinks. Look how you want to look, dress how you want to dress, act how you want to act, and live how you want to live. Do it with pride and with courage, under the condition that you give other people the courtesy to do the same without judgment and without fear.


And that is how to be truly confident.


At U.S.C., traditional art education has been replaced by a more corporate emphasis on technology and innovation.



Having made it through her first year — the 60-something on her calculus midterm, graded on a curve, ended up netting her an A minus — she has become a lot more relaxed about her grades, her life and her future. “I’m probably going to major in psychology,” she said. Her career plans are up in the air, an uncertainty that would have been intolerable to her former self.

“I need some experience before I make the decision. It’s nice to have the freedom not to know.”


Numerous other alarms have been sounded over helicopter parenting, and how it robs children of opportunities to develop independence and resiliency, thereby crippling them emotionally later in life.



In meetings with students, she would ask what she considered simple questions and they would become paralyzed, unable to express their desires and often discovering midconversation that they were on a path that they didn’t even like.



“They could say what they’d accomplished, but they couldn’t necessarily say who they were,” said Ms. Lythcott-Haims



Eventually she came to view her students’ lack of self-awareness, inability to make choices and difficulty coping with setbacks as a form of “existential impotence,” a direct result of a well-meaning but misguided approach to parenting that focuses too heavily on external measures of character.



It also recognized a potentially life-threatening aspect of campus culture: Penn Face. An apothegm long used by students to describe the practice of acting happy and self-assured even when sad or stressed, Penn Face is so widely employed that it has showed up in skits performed during freshman orientation.


While the appellation is unique to Penn, the behavior is not. In 2003, Duke jolted academe with a report describing how its female students felt pressure to be “effortlessly perfect”: smart, accomplished, fit, beautiful and popular, all without visible effort. At Stanford, it’s called the Duck Syndrome. A duck appears to glide calmly across the water, while beneath the surface it frantically, relentlessly paddles.


“Nobody wants to be the one who is struggling while everyone else is doing great,” said KahaariKenyatta, a Penn senior who once worked as an orientation counselor. “Despite whatever’s going on — if you’re stressed, a bit depressed, if you’re overwhelmed — you want to put up this positive front.”

Citing a “perception that one has to be perfect in every academic, cocurricular and social endeavor,” the task force report described how students feel enormous pressure that “can manifest as demoralization, alienation or conditions like anxiety or depression.”



social comparison theory, which posits that we try to determine our worth based on how we stack up against others.

In the era of social media, such comparisons take place on a screen with carefully curated depictions that don’t provide the full picture. Mobile devices escalate the comparisons from occasional to nearly constant.


Gregory T. Eells, director of counseling and psychological services at Cornell University, believes social media is a huge contributor to the misperception among students that peers aren’t also struggling.






 Missouri 1 hour ago

Can anyone tell me: what is the end "product" in the Olympics - and other sporting events - that makes them so "valuable" to our society? How much food is generated to feed the poor? How many medicines are invented and given to those who need them? How many children are educated to provide a better life? Are the Olympics becoming as corrupt as FIFA?


The huge amount of resources spent on sports is indicative of a skewed society similar to the Romans. It seems apparent to me that most sports now exist to concentrate the wealth into the hands of the few by providing a stimulus (drug?) to the masses which keeps them from seeing that goal. Why should people spend billions in public funds building stadiums to keep "their team" owner's cash flow in the stratosphere?



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It’s like what Homer Simpson said about alcohol: It’s the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”




Ariél Breána I lift weights and follow a healthy diet. I'm fit. I have muscle, and low body fat. But according to my BMI I am overweight. BMI is bullshit. Never pay attention to your scale or your BMI. Pay attention to how you feel and look.



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Mr. Rodríguez wants to start redefining tourism.





reggiedogDec 16th 2014


The communists spent decades wrecking civil society in that country, destroying people's faith in anything but themselves, now they're stuck with the results. Good luck.



J. Tse

 Flushing, NY December 16, 2014

Their goonish behavior accurately reflects the spoiled and entitled culture of elite Chinese rulers, rich and uneducated (see news stories about rich officials' princelings kids getting away with everything from hit-and-runs to rape and murder). 


Make no mistake, this is common behavior in mainland China. This is what Kong Kong people and assimilated ethnic Chinese abroad have had to deal with. New money, narcissistic, with no consideration for others outside of their own group.




 USA December 17, 2014

All manners are animated by consideration for others, a virtue noticeable by its absence in China, and something which Chinese themselves openly agonize about on social media. The inconsiderate acts by Chinese tourists in the article are simply a continuation of their bad behavior back home as anyone who has lived in China can tell you. (Go to a second or third tier city for full effect.) China's central government would do more to correct the social problem by distributing a booklet on how to behave in a civilized manner at the airport when the tourists return. But I see China's vulgarians as victims of their own culture as much as offenders. First came the destruction of traditional values when Mao unleashed the Red Guard to destroy "the four olds:" old manners, old customs, old habits, old ideas. Celebrate the peasants. Kill the intellectuals. Second came the Only Child policy. When the world revolves around you, who cares about others? Third came a me-first capitalism to rival anything in American history. Doubtless there are other factors (I don't pretend to be Max Weber,) but these must be among them. Maybe these considerations will temper your anger the next time you see a Chinese tourist butting in line or behaving like an ass.



j. von hettlingen

 is a trusted commenter switzerland December 18, 2014

When tourists travel abroad in groups, they allow themselves to behave as if they were at home. Tourist groups from Asia have a bad reputation in Europe. They know nothing about the essence of European culture and have no sense of history. People working in the tourist industry welcome Asian tourists because of the cash they bring, but have no regard for them because they lack sophistication.



Charlie Farquarson

 Earth December 26, 2014

This isn't news to me after the places I've lived in Asia, and it's not limited to China. You'll find a lot of this amongst most confucianist countries (China, Korea, Taiwan). Whereas in western countries and Japan people worry about how other people think about them in public and are less formal among friends and family, the reverse is true for confucianists.  


They believe they only have to show respect for people in their social circles (home, friends, school, workplace). In the presence of strangers, the attitude is "me first, you don't exist", which you can also see in their driving habits. They don't care if others are offended because they don't know the people they are offending. It would only matter to them if those affected were people they are required to respect, if their behaviours come back to bite them.


It's also interesting how the Asian concept of "face" gets thrown out the window in the presence of non-orientals. If you get upset or angry in public in those countries (including Japan), you "lose face", but in the presence of white, black, south Asian or other people, that doesn't seem to apply. (Westerners have "face" too, but ours is based on honesty and ethics, not appearances.)



 “[c]onsumers worry that if they engage in [hedonic] activities alone, observers will infer that they could not find friends to accompany them.”

There were ways to make people feel more comfortable, though — “Cues that reduce the degree to which an activity is perceived as hedonic (e.g., reading a book while at a coffee shop) or reduce the anticipated number of observers increase interest in engaging in public activities alone.” This suggests that there's nothing inherently uncomfortable about sitting alone in a coffee shop for some people; rather, what’s uncomfortable is the idea of other people seeing and judging — a fear that largely dissipates in the presence of a “reason” to be there, such as a book or magazine to read.



consumers who forego hedonic activities alone are missing out on opportunities for rewarding experiences.



Americans are spending more and more time alone — there's a reason the paper is titled "Inhibited from Bowling Alone," a reference to the famous Robert Putnam book about Americans' declining membership in the sorts of groups and organizations that help people form meaningful social ties.



Ratner and Hamilton think that, whether or not concerns of being seen as a loner are well founded, solo-outing-phobia could contribute to a vicious cycle among those who really do lack sufficient companionship. After all, they write, attending events alone is a prime way to meet new people. 



The Saturday night alone, Friday night alone would feel harder for the very reason that people would be making stronger inferences — or I’d be thinking they’d be making stronger inferences.



we’re probably underestimating the likelihood of both having a good time and meeting other people. “Don’t put your life on hold until you have people to do things with,” she said.


 "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."



Lonely people do understand social skills, and often outperform the non-lonely when asked to demonstrate that understanding. It’s just that when they’re in situations when they need those skills the most, they choke.



Previous research echoes these new results: Past studies have suggested, for example, that the lonelier people are, the better they are at accurately reading facial expressions and decoding tone of voice. As the theory goes, lonely people may be paying closer attention to emotional cues precisely because of their ache to belong somewhere and form interpersonal connections, which results in technically superior social skills.



But like a baseball pitcher with a mean case of the yips or a nervous test-taker sitting down for an exam, being hyperfocused on not screwing up can lead to over-thinking and second-guessing, which, of course, can end up causing the very screwup the person was so bent on avoiding. It’s largely a matter of reducing that performance anxiety, in other words



there are other ways to change your own thinking about anxiety. One of my recent favorites is from Harvard Business School’s Alison Wood Brooks, who found that when she had people reframe their nerves as excitement, they subsequently performed better on some mildly terrifying task




Mike Daniels • 14 minutes ago

And the rest of the educated world wonders just how it is that someone acting like a high school girl who was jilted at the prom is at the top of the GOP dung heap.



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                        AT  Mike Daniels • 11 minutes ago

It's not really that surprising.

The average American is an educated, intelligent, hard-working individual. Americans are a dumb pack of baboons that like to laugh at clowns and shriek about the weather. It's why it's so important that they avoid that kind of collectivist behavior.





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            Half-Breed  AT • 6 minutes ago

The default state of human gathering is the cult...


China began loosening severe travel restrictions only about 25 years ago, and the rapid rise of the middle class has sent curious — but often naïve, rude or even destructive — visitors throughout Southeast Asia.


Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

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Grover Norquist CBO says that the top 1 percent of taxpayers already pay 24 percent of all federal taxes, and has an average federal total tax rate of 29 percent. Why do you want to raise taxes even higher?

Your defense of the world's most well-off people is truly touching. #BillionaireLivesMatter


Stephen S 3 months ago

I definitely get angry when people I meet completely shut me out of their lives without explanation; stop texting me, completely ignore my attempts to reach out to them. This has happened to me a couple times with people I've started dating and getting to know. It's really disappointing and makes me think "maybe I did something wrong, maybe I'm not the right fit for this person." I think the most important truth to take away though, is that we are all developing as people and at very different rates. Sometimes people are just not compatible. Although I have had best intentions with the people I have gotten to know who have left me high and dry, I try to respect whatever is going on in their lives that keeps them avoiding me. I try to also take people's lack of communication with a grain of salt. I think we live in a culture where people would rather shut out a problem than face it or talk about it. Avoidance isn't everyone's main objective, but some people do go that route and being as over-digitalized as we are I think it's easy to forget the WHOLE PERSON behind the phone/computer and perceive each person as simply a thumbnail or contact in a phone. That's just one effect of the digital age. Anyway, this was a tangent. I just want you to know that I feel that anger you expressed- about being tossed aside- and I can definitely understand where it comes from.




SugarVenom 4 months ago <>

I get angry when people I care about leave me without an explanation. I think this comes from my childhood when my best friends totally shut me out after I stopped being "cool". So now when I have friends who just stop talking to me, or recently someone that was my first love left me without a single word or explanation. I get so angry and feel very hurt inside. Now I've gotten to the point to where I've shut everyone out since they are going to leave me eventually anyway. I don't want to be this way but I don't know how to get better.



I don't care what age you are. There is always something to be learned. The second that you think you have life figured out, it will send you for a loop. Don't let anger cast a shadow over you like a constant raid cloud. Your feelings are valid. Your experiences that caused you to lead up to how you feel; understandable. But if you never take time to deal with those feelings, you're going to stay angry. You're always going to have that pit of your stomach feeling. Release yourself.


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travelers across the world have been indulging in what officials and travel experts describe as an epidemic of narcissism and recklessness, as they try to turn vacation hubs and historic sites into their personal video and photography props.


In recent months, there have been numerous instances in which tourists have insulted local sensibilities — and often caused extensive damage — in the course of taking enormous risks to try to capture themselves in a memorable travel moment that they can post on social media.



Some experts say the obnoxious behavior reflects a modern, egotistic view of travel.

“Travel today is very cheap and people think they can do whatever they want in a globalized world,” said Mark Watson, executive director of Tourism Concern, a London organization that promotes ethical tourism, offering guidelines such as knowledge of and respect for local communities. “It’s changed from a holiday where you engage with different cultures to an opportunity to drink alcohol very cheaply and get very drunk.”



The “quiet zones” are emblematic of the Danish philosophy toward tourists: They should blend in with the Danish way of life, not the other way around. The Danes have prohibited foreigners from buying vacation cottages on their seacoasts; devised their famous bicycle-friendly transportation system to include tourists; and strictly limited bars and restaurants from taking over Copenhagen.



Outraged by tourists’ boorish and disrespectful behavior, and responding to the complaints of their constituents, local officials around the world have begun to crack down on tourism



Recently moved to Tokyo to be a designer. Since I have a (slightly) obsessive passion for simplifying things, I've decided to start this channel on how stuff works in Japan. Stuff that will be talked about are:

1. How things work in Japan (Metro System, Getting an Apartment, etc)

2. How to do stuff in Japan (Study Japanese, Aikido, etc)

3. Traveling around Japan and random places in Tokyo (going to Sendai, visiting random Metro stations in Tokyo, etc)


“I disagreed with the Cuban system and all of that, but it seemed to me we could have accomplished more through dialogue than through simply refusing to talk, maintaining a constant embargo and really just a totally hostile policy,” Smith said. “But that’s what we did, year after year after year, the same old thing, and it gained us nothing.”



After his life-support machines had been removed and Mr. Rodham lay in a coma at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, a scrum of news cameras and reporters waiting outside for any updates, Mrs. Clinton traveled to Austin, Tex., to deliver a speech she felt obligated to give.

It became one of the more unusual addresses ever delivered by a first lady. Ms. Caputo, who accompanied Mrs. Clinton on the trip, described the stream-of-consciousness speech — about the meaning of life, death and the need to remake civil society, delivered without a script — as “cathartic.”

“When does life start? When does life end? Who makes those decisions? How do we dare to impinge upon these areas of such delicate, difficult questions?” Mrs. Clinton asked the crowd.


She never mentioned her father, but quoted Lee Atwater, the Republican strategist who wrote that America was suffering from a “spiritual vacuum,” caught up in its “ruthless ambitions and moral decay,” before he died of cancer at age 40 in 1991.

“You can acquire all you want and still feel empty,” Mrs. Clinton said. “What power wouldn’t I trade for a little more time with my family?”

Hugh Rodham died the next day.



Once you have that level of friendship, there’s higher levels of trust,” he said. “Communication is better; you can send emails without fear of being misinterpreted; people do favors for one another.”


The idea that all voices in an organization are equally valuable is antithetical to the way most companies are run. Inexperienced employees, the conventional wisdom goes, should learn from managers who know what they’re doing.

By contrast, Mr. Hsieh and other proponents of Holacracy argue that by marginalizing large swaths of the organization, important issues go unresolved and potential goes untapped.



Anne-Marie Hislop

 is a trusted commenter Chicago 4 hours ago

I have to wonder what is missing in Trump's life that he craves so much attention, so much money, so many memorials to himself and is never satisfied. Pathological narcissism is a cover for low self-esteem. The man is always striving for that which he can never seem to find; a buffoon saying increasingly ridiculous things in bids to shock others into praise and awe of his wonderful self. He must have such an emptiness in his soul, but looks in all the wrong places in trying to fill it. 



Then we will hear about his next grand scheme and the next and the next until his life fizzles out - like the rest of us, he cannot take it with him.



Humans have long been drawn to and demonstrated a love of the new, but I think this is as much about combating boredom and predictability as it is about an embrace of the unknown. After all, the details of our day-to-day lives can get real old, real quick: the meals we eat, the outfits we wear, the jobs and partners we align ourselves with, all of which we may attempt to trade in for newer and seemingly improved models. And let’s not forget how much our obsession is shaped and fueled by modern marketing: Novelty is what helps keep manufacturers and advertising agencies afloat; it’s part of what powers the multibillion-dollar technology industry, where entrepreneurs, under the guise of “changing the world,” add a shiny gloss to old demands like transportation services or the labor of personal assistants and errand boys.

Implicit in our obsession with newness is, of course, an element of FOMO, or “fear of missing out”; the anxiety that the conversations and experiences of the here-and-now, the trendy, the innovative, the fashionable and fresh, are imperative to our survival.



We can let ourselves waste away in the quest for the new or mount our small rebellions.



“It is all one spectacle of forces running to waste, of people who use and do not replace, the story of a country hectic with a wasting aimless fever of trade and moneymaking and pleasure-seeking.” This may sound contemporary, but it comes from a book more than a century old



Wells’s novel, published in 1908, is one of the earliest attempts to capture in fiction the convergence of standardized goods, mass media, speculative finance and global trade that created modern culture’s insatiable obsession with the new, centered largely around the act of consumption. But even if Wells was already aware of the sterility in what, on the surface, appears full of enterprise, he could not have imagined our age.

New products and services are available 24/7, at our fingertips, on our computers and phones. Nor is the onrush of the new limited to our roles as consumers. As workers, we are constantly subjected to new interfaces, strategies, measures and goals, while even our personal interactions have become a matter of the endlessly renewed feed on social media, offering one more fresh update about our friends in a collage of disaster, bliss, insight and banality.



Caught in this Tantalus’ feast that is a perpetual famine, we can let us ourselves waste away in the quest of the new or mount our small rebellions. A backlash against newness is surely a reason for the popularity of historical fantasy among both children and adults. Whether it is the seven-volume “Septimus Heap” series or “Game of Thrones,” such books seem to offer immersion in a world working along rules different from ours, their swords and wands signaling a realm where meaning comes from character, action and the transhuman forces of magic, religion and social order, rather than from the next product or update.



Against this, we can dissent with something of the curmudgeonly spirit of Thoreau railing against the “improved means to an unimproved end” represented by the allure of the new. We shouldn’t reject the new by any means, but we can cultivate greater indifference to it. We can choose from both the new and the old, with the knowledge that work, thought and love are required to give meaning to what we hold in our hands.





“The government of the future needs to look more like Thumbtack, to be honest with you: lower cost, higher quality, focused on outcomes, really focused on citizens, or in your case, the customers.”


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“When our Alexis felt weird after hearing someone discuss an idea that did not conform to her personally held beliefs, she had no place to turn,” said Arnold Stigmore, standing outside the $2 million space that reportedly features soothing music, neutral-colored walls, oversized floor cushions, fun board games, and a variety of snacks. “God forbid any of you, in your years at this institution, are ever confronted with an opinion you do not share. But if you are, you will have a refuge on this campus.”



As they have done often over the years, the Stigmores spoke openly about the time their daughter attended a class in which her political science professor “completely ambushed” her with standard course material that did not fit comfortably within her world outlook. Feeling unsettled, the college student reportedly had no way of coping with the challenging position that did not require her to consider the opinion, analyze its shortcomings, and think of possible counterarguments.

Alexis, then a dean’s-list student in her junior year, described spending 40 harrowing minutes of class in a distressed state, forced to look at the world through the eyes of a set of people she disagreed with.

“I’ll never forget the morning my daughter called and told me in a trembling voice, ‘Mom, my professor said some stuff today I didn’t like,’” recounted an emotional Cassie Stigmore, who also remarked that Alexis was left further traumatized upon looking at the course syllabus and finding it contained a book she did not want to read because it was written by an author whose politics she opposed. “


After pausing to regain her composure, she continued, “If this safe space had been here then, my Alexis would have been able to surround herself immediately with people who would have reiterated and reinforced all the views she had when we first sent her to college—but sadly, it wasn’t, and she was left to deal with that new, unwanted idea on her own.”



Reddit says that it prioritizes “open and honest discussion,” rather than free speech. But it seems clear that when anyone is allowed to say anything, the conversation is not actually open. Hate speech does incite harm against others, even if it is not physical.



Filipovic, the former editor of the blog Feministe, says that, although her skin has thickened over the years, the daily need to brace against the online onslaught has changed her. “I doubt myself a lot more. You read enough times that you’re a terrible person and an idiot, and it’s very hard not to start believing that maybe they see something that you don’t.” She also finds it harder to let her guard down. “I have not figured out how to spend all day steeling against criticism — not just criticism, but really awful things people say to you and about you — and then go home and 30 minutes later you’re an emotionally available, normal person.”





There is this cadre of incredibly enraged men who have all found each other.


because of the nonstop harassment that feminist writers face online, if she could start over, she might prefer to be completely anonymous. “I don’t know that I would do it under my real name,” she says she tells young women who are interested in writing about feminism. It’s “not just the physical safety concerns but the emotional ramifications” of constant, round-the-clock abuse.



One of life’s truths is that we all tend to become more like ourselves the older we get.



The foundations of the Internet were laid on free expression, but the founders just did not understand how effective their creation would be for the coordination and amplification of harassing behavior. Or that the users who were the biggest bullies would be rewarded with attention for their behavior. Or that young people would come to see this bullying as the norm — as something to emulate in an effort to one-up each other. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which was founded to help protect Internet civil liberties, concluded this year: “The sad irony is that online harassers misuse the fundamental strength of the Internet as a powerful communication medium to magnify and co-ordinate their actions and effectively silence and intimidate others.”







How many times have I told myself that being single is ultimately for the greater good (and the greater God)? How many times have I thought that finding someone for an actual relationship was so horrible and gross and sinful? (I should mention that in this stupid hierarchy of mine I saw flings as less bad. Somehow.)



And I’m done. It’s about time that I at least put myself out there. And yeah, I have done it before, but in such a halfhearted, half-assed sense…because if I actually went through with it it would open up a massive can of worms (snakes?) that I didn’t want to deal with.

But now? Bring it. Cuz I know damn well I’d make it work somehow.  And honestly, I know I’d spoil him and love him to the best of my ability. If you think I spoil my friends, well….






People who live in poverty without hope need their paranoia to rise above the anger and frustration that grips them.



"people need to remember, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights should be written in stone. You cannot subject them to the popularity. They are there to protect unpopular things, like the First Amendment. The First Amendment is to protect unpopular speech simply because popular speech doesn't need to be protected. It's as simple as that. And you can't, you know, bend the Constitution to the blowing winds of whatever polls might say, otherwise it's a worthless, useless document which in many ways they're turning it to that anyway."



it must have been Tzara’s marginality that enabled him to do what he did: founding an artistic movement meant to deride systematically a civilization whose blind trust in instrumental rationality and fetishization of technology had pushed it into one of the most destructive wars the world had ever seen. For Dadaism the center — be it artistic, philosophical, intellectual, economic or political — was not worthy of anything but mockery. Tzara could afford the gesture; coming from the furthest margins, he didn’t have any qualms about crying out loud against and smashing the conventions of the center, exposing its damaging lies, and turning the dismantling of its pious proclamations into a prolific career.

Tzara’s case is not isolated. Indeed, there is a strong sense that not only Dada but also avant-garde in general is very much about a rebellion of the margins against the center




Put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations from any consideration of religion or belief. Put aside an effort that has been a communications disaster, reducing a rich, complex and beautiful faith into a public obsession with sex.




Consider a different culture war, one just as central to your faith and far more powerful in its persuasive witness.

We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Millions of kids live in stressed and fluid living arrangements. Many communities have suffered a loss of social capital. Many young people grow up in a sexual and social environment rendered barbaric because there are no common norms. Many adults hunger for meaning and goodness, but lack a spiritual vocabulary to think things through.

Social conservatives could be the people who help reweave the sinews of society. They already subscribe to a faith built on selfless love. They can serve as examples of commitment. They are equipped with a vocabulary to distinguish right from wrong, what dignifies and what demeans. They already, but in private, tithe to the poor and nurture the lonely.

The defining face of social conservatism could be this: Those are the people who go into underprivileged areas and form organizations to help nurture stable families. Those are the people who build community institutions in places where they are sparse. Those are the people who can help us think about how economic joblessness and spiritual poverty reinforce each other. Those are the people who converse with us about the transcendent in everyday life.




The more practical struggle is to repair a society rendered atomized, unforgiving and inhospitable. Social conservatives are well equipped to repair this fabric, and to serve as messengers of love, dignity, commitment, communion and grace.


— David Brooks




In a piece titled “Reflections on a Dying Society,” he declared that the United States was virtually going to hell in a handcart. Its food was laden with chemicals; its environment was being ruined; the threat of nuclear annihilation or “death by poison gas” was increasing; people were suffering from malaise and “psychosomatic disease”; citizens were being coerced and duped by the government and the advertising industry; and the economy was based on “useless” goods “designed to break down or used for the slaughter of people.”

“The general social situation, to say the least,” he wrote, “does not look good.”



I don’t know why they buy the ticket or come to the theater if they can’t let go of the phone. It’s controlling them. They can’t turn it off and can’t stop looking at it. They are truly inconsiderate, self-absorbed people who have no public manners whatsoever. I don’t know what to do anymore. I was hired as an actor, not a policeman of the audience.



The playwright Richard Foreman once described people with cathedral-like personalities — with complex, inner density, people with distinctive personalities, and capable of strong permanent attachments. These days that requires an act of rebellion, among friends who assign one another reading and set up times to explore narrative and cultivate crystallized intelligence.


David Brooks has nailed the notion of "crystallized intelligence" very well. As a college professor, I enter a classroom projecting on the students what I deem I have--a crystallized intelligence, i.e. an ability to read contexts, make connections between disparate things, "yoking heterogenous" ideas together, and see a pattern or narrative emerging. Lo and behold, in the first two weeks of class, my crystallized intelligence expectation meter goes kaput as it registers a resounding "zero" in its readings. My experience with teaching "millennials" tells me that I'm projecting the wrong kind of intelligence on them and I need to adapt and adjust my curriculum around this new form of intelligence, an emergent one--the "fluid" intelligence. Are we headed in a direction where overall understanding of life as it unfolds will become a thing of the past?



as the Irish say, the highest compliment you give someone is he was a good man




I talked about how the film “Advantageous“uses the qualities of emptiness and quiet to convey the silent desperation of the millennial generation in the face of a “jobless recovery.” “The Sisterhood of Night,” written by Marilyn Fu and directed by Caryn Waechter (a contributor to the crowdsourced documentary tour de force “Life in a Day“), uses similar tools to address the world outside of work–the way technology has transformed our social lives and relationships, the way our lives are paradoxically filled with digital noise yet we ache for the sound of a real human voice–the kind of paradox Paul Simon sang about decades ago.


The nonstop deluge of professional emails has trained us to ignore messages irrelevant to us (or, often, delete them without even reading). Other easily dismissed digital communication — texts, tweets, Instagrams — have also dulled our response skills. If it’s fully permissible to trash upon receipt an intraoffice email from human resources, it seems fine to blow off a friend’s check-in (or to reply curtly). Fifteen years ago, this would have been considered rude. But now, Mr. Freeman said, even people who don’t work in film “know what the ‘L.A. no’ is: that silence is a reply.”




Now, hunger to hear from others can often be sated by bite- and byte-size portions of a thousand different petits fours from acquaintances’ status updates, rather than email’s intimate candlelit dinner for two. As Ms. Allen said, “If you have the curiosity to get the vague outlines of what a friend has been doing, you can do it by perusing Facebook.”




He’s completely leapfrogged over passing messages back and forth. There’s a real shame in that because there are some things that can only be expressed in something reflective and lengthy.”



“But I know from experience, and I was reminded of it again, 29 days ago, that no words can mend a broken heart,” he said. “No music can fill a gaping void. At least in my experience, only faith, and sometimes, as all the preachers here would know, sometimes even faith leaves you just for a second. Sometimes you doubt.”






If we reduce the number of employees for better short-term financial results, however, employee morale will decrease, and I sincerely doubt employees who fear that they may be laid off will be able to develop software titles that could impress people around the world," he said when asked about the lack of corporate restructuring by a shareholder. "I also know that some employers publicize their restructuring plan to improve their financial performance by letting a number of their employees go, but at Nintendo, employees make valuable contributions in their respective fields, so I believe that laying off a group of employees will not help to strengthen Nintendo's business in the long run."




"He needs to come down here and tell the story about beating the unions. That’s the kind of person we need to stand up for America.”


Ah, the self-replenishing well-spring of Republican logic. Get Walker to expound upon his success at ensuring that blue-collar workers have no job security or protection, and no leverage whatsoever to improve their wages or their lives. In the world of reality, this would be a shameful secret for a presidential candidate about to go on the hustings to speak to millions of--you guessed it--blue-collar workers; in the Republican mind, it's an asset because the right-wing electorate can be depended upon to vote for things that will harm their own lives, while benefiting the Kochs, the Adelsons, and their one-percent ilk.


American politics stopped being a debate among the most qualified in 2008, and the reason has nothing to do with politics: right-wing voters' racism and conspiracy paranoia are more compelling to them than is their desire to have competent, educated, reasonable people at the helm of government. It's the Republican advantage, and the bewildering array of delusional, narcissistic careerist candidates on the right are counting on it. Tragically, it might work.



"I think you'll find that the things people tend to love in life are those that meant something to them when they needed it the most."



No crying until the end

— Mother 3



Corporate America takes a different overall view of its workers than in Europe. There, you are considered an asset to be cultivated. Here we are liabilities to start and only with a gargantuan workaholic ethic are you recognized for a job well done.



Larry Roth

 upstate NY 17 hours ago

The parallels between the U.S. and the justifications for the looting of Greece turn on a similar narrative: sin must be punished. But who defines what is sin? 


There's a moral inversion going on here: if you are rich, it can only be because you are virtuous - you've worked harder, you've been smarter than everyone else. If you're not wealthy, if you're in debt, that means you are unworthy and a sinner, ipso facto. And therefore, you do not deserve what little you have; it's making you lazy so you must pay a price.


This simple narrative ignores the effects of concentrated wealth, the consequences of inequality and a rigged economic system. It ignores the shadow agenda of so-called deep government, the unelected elites who operate largely without public oversight or accountability. It's a license to loot and plunder, whether it be individuals or nations in the crosshairs of this twisted morality play.


This is how class warfare is waged by the top against the bottom - they call it reform, whether here in the U.S., in the European Union, or anywhere else democracy is being financialized to death. 


There's an old saying "Never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence." Well, given the determined effort to push economic policies that have been demonstrated to be a disaster time and time again, perhaps that observation needs to be inverted as well. "Do not allow the appearance of incompetence to blind you to the possibility of actual malice."




Richard Head

 Mill Valley Ca 9 hours ago

My well to do friends, most are conservative are constantly rfeferring to those who don't have material goods to support themselves and family as deserving their fate since they are lazy and looking for a handout ( from them of course). These lazy folks do not need to be encouraged by bleeding hearts to become further dependent on 'hand outs". it is interesting how many of these same folks brag about their tax dodges, their ability to hide income, the deals they make with hired help to get low hourly wages. They are obsessed with making sure they get services at the lowest price and are furious if a welfare mom gets children's aid or food stamps. They do nor see the welfare given to big Corps with subsidies and tax loopholes.




Longislander2East Coast

God help us if this man is elected, along with a Republican Congress. Canada will have to put up a wall along its U.S. border to keep us all out.


My mother had no short- or long-term memory at the end of her 100-year life. But she lived perfectly in the moment: no past and no future. She did not know my dad or my sister or her parents had died; she did not know that she was going to die. She lived in a splendid nursing home with staff who had worked there a long time and knew her, and they taught me that fiblets,, as they called them, were ok--like talking as if my dad was still alive. Once an aide asked me if my mother had always been so cute, and my reply was that "cute" was never a word I would have used to describe her. What brought me to terms with her condition was when my nephew's wife asked how my mom was. I said she thought she had gone into Boston with my Dad, took the bus home, and then visited her parents. "Well," replied Anne, "it sounds as if she is with everyone she loves." And that was the sentence that turned around how I viewed my mom. I realized that she was okay in her world, and that was the best possible way for her to live.



Once again, the Republican Party's unenviable task will be to thread a 'political needle' -- find a candidate irrational and inflammatory enough to get nominated by placating the ideologically self-serving corporate-controlled conservative base as well as the homophobic extremists of the Religious Right, the racist Confederacy-loving white Southerners, the xenophobic Latino-bashing anti-immigrant crowd, and the secession-happy Tea Party loons ... yet rational enough to satisfy the rest of America in order to win in the general election.


“”1. "Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings or otherwise moves units."

2. "Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough."

3. "Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it."

—Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free, Charles Pierce



The analysis of the one dollar bill has so many errors and flaws in it that I can’t take its claim seriously.  That’s just what the Illuminati would want. For the conspiracy theorist, there is no better proof of the existence of the Illuminati than shoddy evidence. Clearly the Illuminati disseminated the dollar-bill theory in order to discredit the idea that the Illuminati exist, making it that much easier for the shadowy group to stay out of view.



And, indeed, when The New York Times reviewed Pinterest in 2012, they rightly referred to it as "female-oriented," but when the CEO of a 74 percent male social network resigns after facing intense criticism from its users—much of it laced with misogyny—they somehow forget to label Reddit, in turn, as "male-oriented." Reddit too often passes in the media as unmarked and neutral territory while sites like Pinterest get pigeonholed as girly.



“My job is not to just look at the trend today. My job is to look at what’s beyond the horizon,”





I've found lately that anything from film to nearly everything but theatre gets the soft soap treatment if it's less than stellar. Rather than review we get a plot description.



we shouldn't consider the phenomenon to be unique to seattle but rather as a characteristic of northwest culture at large. indeed, the crux of the article can be simply altered to expand its consideration beyond seattle and describe the region at large (or any of its larger cities)



And if you arrive here open and ebullient, you're bound to lose your confidence and spark after enough cold shoulders. After all, why even bother going to that party when you know it will just be more nonchalant chitchat that will never go anywhere?


Popper argued that totalitarianism was founded on "conspiracy theories" which drew on imaginary plots driven by paranoid scenarios predicated on tribalism, chauvinism, or racism.



Latour notes that about 90% of contemporary social criticism in academia displays one of two approaches which he terms "the fact position and the fairy position." (p. 237) The fact position is anti-fetishist, arguing that "objects of belief" (e.g., religion, arts) are merely concepts onto which power is projected; Latour contends that those who use this approach show biases towards confirming their own dogmatic suspicions as most "scientifically supported." While the complete facts of the situation and correct methodology are ostensibly important to them, Latour proposes that the scientific process is instead laid on as a patina to one's pet theories to lend a sort of reputation high ground. The "fairy position" argues that individuals are dominated, often covertly and without their awareness, by external forces (e.g., economics, gender). (p. 238) Latour concludes that each of these two approaches in Academia has led to a polarized, inefficient atmosphere highlighted (in both approaches) by its causticness. "Do you see now why it feels so good to be a critical mind?" asks Latour: no matter which position you take, "You’re always right!" (pp. 238–239)


“We consider the Eucharist to be a party,” she said. “You don’t leave a party with a long face. Here the Mass is more vivacious.”



 Mich. 1 minute ago

How many of his supporters are the same cranky white male purists who voted for Nader? How many of his supporters are men who can't bear the thought of voting for the unfeminine middle-aged woman who is so smart and accomplished compared to them? Just what does a woman have to do to be worthy of the male vote?


dapepper mingori

 austin, tx 42 minutes ago

Just what this race (and country needs.) Bernie Sanders, the Donald Trump of the left.


Remember how enamored the NYTimes and self righteous liberals were about Ralph Nader in 2000? After eight years of Democratic presidency the far left wasn't happy enough and so we wound up with George W. Bush.


Bernie Sanders is another egotist, like Trump, Bachman, Cruz and Jindal on the right. Fine if he asks Hillary Clinton some difficult questions. Nightmarish if anyone is serious about his candidacy.


Keep it up, left-wing wing-nuts.. Eight years of Jeb Bush comin' at ya.



The man is a sociopath who makes use of his intelligence to swindle, manipulate, frustrate, confuse. Sociopaths lack empathy but can "read" others for the purpose of manipulating.



Another graduate from the Vince Lombardi school of life, who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.




Until all economists agree on the One True Tax Rate and all politicians on the One Best Form of Government, games will inevitably favor one set of theories and beliefs over another.

Ultimately, the question boils down to whether games influence political beliefs in the same way that they allegedly induce violence. Just think of all those budding economists playing Sim City, or aspiring politicians and policy-makers building empires in Civilization. “Videogames can disrupt and change fundamental attitudes and beliefs about the world, leading to potentially significant long-term social change,” writes games scholar Ian Bogost in his book Persuasive Games. Bogost co-designed the Howard Dean for Iowa computer game to drum up support for Dean in the 2004 election.



But the most likely answer for the relationship between video games and politics is that there won’t be a definitive answer at all. Proving causality between virtual and real violence is hard enough, but at least violence manifests itself in some measurable physical action such as murder. How do you prove that someone changed their vote from Democrat to Republican because they played Sim City? How do you prove that playing Civ converted someone to a realist, or a neo-con, or a progressive belief in politics?


Beliefs are the most intangible and fluid of things to measure. They are formed and shaped by all sorts of forces, from parents and coworkers to books and television ads. However, high-level strategy games like Civ and Sim City have one unique attribute: They let us get hands-on with things we could never hope to control in real life.


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One reason for Civ’s quarter-century popularity is that it captures the sweep of human progress like no other game. How captivating it is—and this writer spent many a late night being captivated—to watch your nation progress from the invention of the wheel to dispatching starships to Alpha Centauri. Indeed, Civ designer Sid Meier told me last year that parents and teachers have thanked him for getting their children interested in history.

Civ is also addictive because it is the ultimate political sandbox. Players can mix and match ideologies and economic systems to create a nation just the way they like it. You can have an eco-green police state, a pacifist monarchy, a fascist state with freedom of speech or a free-market theocracy. Call it curiosity, megalomania or a touch of control freak, but humans are fascinated by the chance to shape the fabric of an entire society.




In contrast, the smokestack-like protuberances that now disrupt the skyline of midtown Manhattan signify the steadily widening worldwide gap between the unimaginably rich and the unconscionably poor. Those of us who believe that architecture invariably (and often unintentionally) embodies the values of the society that creates it will look upon these etiolated oddities less with wonder over their cunning mechanics than with revulsion over the larger, darker machinations they more accurately represent.




It felt like the type of thing our readers crave: the deepest possible reporting and the best possible writing on a surprising subject.



ThatJulieMiller Seattle 2 hours ago

Mr. Cox, I'm sure, thinks that his dedication to 'an eye for an eye' justice will make his county a safer place. But in the United States, there's never been even a scrap of credible evidence, not even one study documenting that the availability and use of the death penalty deters violent crime.


Killing people who kill satisfies a basic human impulse for atonement, but as for preventing more suffering, it just feeds the cycle of violence.


Per the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr:


“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.


Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”


To me, therapy is about figuring out how to get what you want from your life. Sometimes, people have trouble achieving balance in their lives due to long-standing patterns of relationships and/or learned styles of thought and behavior. My goal is to help you look at your patterns of relationships, both past and present, and to shift your thoughts and behaviors so that you can achieve increased satisfaction with life.

I provide a combination of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. I have over fifteen years of experience working with a wide variety of people struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, GLBT identity issues, anger management problems, relationship issues, parenting issues, and trauma. I work with adults and adolescents.






 Los Angeles, CA 47 minutes ago

There's something deeply disturbing amount much of America's seeming blood lust. It's often seen hand in hand with the religious right, a world in which punishment is supremely important. Please note, I specifically say 'punishment' rather than 'justice'. Yes, those passionate about killing invoke justice, but really mean punishment, this return of pain for pain, as though this were a worthy value for people supposedly wrapped in the merciful glow of Christ. Never mind the sixth commandment. As recent events have shown, religious people who use the Bible to support their bigotry have a great capacity for selectivity when it comes to which verses they choose to honor, and which they do not.



For Inafune, a surplus of ideas remains one of the strengths of Japanese game creators even if, as he puts it, they aren't always able to fully deliver on those ideas. "In a good way, we Japanese creatives bring to the table these fluffy ideas of world and character settings," he says. "Sometimes it's just a mood, or tone or ambiance that we verbalise. But it takes a little while for the team to understand. I'm generalising, but when I see successful Western games, there's a sense of scale: a big world and big things. But when it comes down to themes or core ideas, I feel like there is way too much of the same thing. There are small differences in sequels, but it never strays far from the core successful ideas. Perhaps it's the variety of entertainment interests in Japan that allow us to start from a different place, to have somewhat greater diversity."


Inafune believes that this narrowness of subject matter in Western video games - the guns, the explosions, the warzones - is the result of the financial conservatism of publishers. "When a particular game is a success, publishers tend to use it as a template to guarantee further success. So we end up with many studio games that follow this narrow path. If this continues, and investment continues to flow in that direction, we will never widen what games are and can be."


Inafune tugs at the brim of his cap. "You know, I think the true meaning of game design has been lost in recent years. If you're an aspiring game designer and you join large team most likely you will be told: 'Here's our template. Your job is to make it more... splashy.' That is not real game design! Things are better in the independent scene - although not everyone there is doing inventive work. But I do see more of a desire to make new types of games in new types of ways. The more creators we have from that side, the better chances our industry has for broadening its overall portfolio, the spread of genres. God, I hope our industry can support those efforts. We need a wider variety of games to play."




Because if Suzuki doesn't comply then the internet will be ablaze with keyboard warriors looking to make it their next 'I'm so outraged!!!' witchhunt of a well known figure.



"[inaudible] make love easier, but you're missing the whole point. It's not supposed to be. It's supposed to test you, break you down, and hurt like Hell. But who you choose to go through that with — that's what's really important."

— Character played by Aaron Yoo, Everything Before Us (movie by Wong Fu Productions)


However, in the Republic, the philosopher keeps wandering outside the city and needs to get away from its demands for conformity, its anti-philosophical busyness, and its lack of thought. This is why philosophers are usually unavailable for politics--they have wandered away. So they must be dragged back into and and forced to serve.





S.A. Traina

 Queens, NY 7 hours ago


If your argument is that the cutting edge of philosophy resides in the vital, vibrant immediacy of a metropolis and that this very vibrancy and urgency in turn shatters the project of philosophy and leaves one's notions in a state of intellectual wonder and chaos and flux, and, finally, that this is all to the good, to the beautiful, and to the true, then might I suggest that if one spends a portion of his life in the city, and another in the country, and yet another amidst the wilderness of the mountains, and perhaps yet another in the pursuit of the arts - in a word, if one should spend life kaleidoscopically in terms of her experience, might not her philosophy go beyond the satisfactions and the insights achieved by Socrates in his metropolitan peregrinations?




"Deciding why one should live is the only real philosophical problem worth considering."



J. Cornelio

 Washington, Conn. 7 minutes ago

There are sheeple everywhere --- city, country, 'burb and beyond. And the only thing we've ever learned from the sheeple who call themselves philosophers is how to be better sheeple.


One influential thinker (too influential as we now obsess far more about the man than about his message) is reported to have said something to the effect of, 'I am in this world but not of it.'


Transcending the bundle of fears and wants which govern so much of what we not-quite-yet-fully-evolved animals think, do an say is reserved for those who have rejected everything that most others hold dear. Because that is so difficult to do (fear/wants, after all, are fundamental to survival and, thus, powerfully embedded in our genes) that oftentimes occurs only after someone has lost what they once though of as essential to their happiness." Freed from that delusion, they are also freed to become truly great (but oftentimes ignored) philosophers.





It gets down to a greater truth about not only this city, but all great metropolis: the unknowable sprawl, where the urban space is painted as eternally indifferent.





I’m inclined to view Thomas Jefferson in similar terms: He understood perfectly well that the nature of his personal fortune (to say nothing of his private life) was at odds with his supposed principles; his life as a statesman and thinker was a series of failed efforts to reconcile the two, to make himself into a better person than he was.



I read the inner conflict of Jefferson differently: This is a first-class mind and a great writer we’re talking about. He knew exactly what he was doing, which was, as I said earlier, challenging himself to stand for values he did not fulfill personally. Throughout our nation’s history, those who resisted the end of slavery, equal rights for women, the Civil Rights struggle and the fight for marriage equality — and who now, openly or otherwise, resist universal principles of human rights, national sovereignty and self-determination – have essentially embraced the guilt and hypocrisy of Thomas Jefferson, rather than his efforts to transcend them.



how much murder and mayhem has been enabled by the garbled syntax of the one-sentence Second Amendment, which reads like a cut-and-paste error from the 18th-century version of Microsoft Word?





I don't know if this was fortunate or unfortunate, because I don't know what those terms can mean at this point.  But millions of Greeks voted courageously and proudly against further humiliation at the hands of the global 1% in the forms of the ECB, the IMF and various other external creditors.  And I have to salute that. In the end, I suspect, it will become an important turning point toward greater democracy in Europe -- whether Greece stays in the Union or not.  I extend a hand to the Greeks on our own Independence Day weekend.





“We’ve reached our limit,” Mr. Chryssochoidis said. “This is not a society of beggars.”






CarolynSaint Augustine, Fla.

The best thing for Greece was exactly how the Greek people voted: no. Yes, they will see hardship, but they would anyway. Now, at least the Greek people have reclaimed their dignity and in a way, their soul which will make bearing the financial burden tolerable by virtue of their national commitment and reclaiming their place as human beings, not beggars or debtors. Very few can function rationally when squeezed under a boot. Because of this vote, they are standing. Greece has a long and wonderful history. It's the western birthplace of the humanities and democracy itself, which in character, makes her less inclined to value hard, cold capitalistic cash over human concerns. The Greek people will manage and ultimately prevail, poorer but ultimately, more content within their own culture and national concerns. I wish Spain would follow suit.



So let's talk about the truth of the thing, which is that we actually love America! We're harsh and critical about it, but that's because we love it so much. We wouldn't bother writing these stories that urge it to be better if we didn't have some deep abiding love for it.


But at the same time, America has this idea of itself—rightly, wrongly—of becoming better, never settling, never being comfortable, always at war with the concept of "doing good"—and that makes it really interesting from an outsider's perspective.


I do like the stakes involved in the project of America though: "We've done awful shit. We'll keep doing awful shit. But we also think of ourselves as the best country on Earth, so we have to hold ourselves to a higher ideal." I mean, what a crazy motherfucking insane project that is.


BD: Nietzsche said that everyone tells themselves the story of their life. That's true about countries, too. We're constantly telling ourselves the American story.

JW: Americans are especially good at framing a personal narrative, and then putting it on a path to redemption. Right, the same is true for the country.


America got a really bad wrap in recent years around the world for obvious reasons. And it made people kind of…"bigoted" against Americans. Certainly there was this feeling that American culture is crass, debased, somehow inferior. But actually I've only ever found the opposite: a culture that is genuinely open to people and ideas, in the pursuit of creating something cool. In my case, writing and videos. But there's never any hesitation to welcome an idea in any field, from my experience. Americans are natural storytellers, and therefore natural listeners, alert to things and excited by them. That's a really fun culture to be around.


Like any adventurer, he was testing the limits of possibility to more clearly understand what the limits were.



Thoreau sought a decluttered life because he thought it would lead to a decluttered mind. The abiding lesson of “Walden” is that only in occasionally standing offstage from our daily routines can we grasp what is really important to ourselves, our family, our country. 



But in a quiet hour away from fireworks, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we can still, like Thoreau, connect with the brightest gift of our republic — the freedom to follow a thought wherever it might lead us.




The common thread over and over? A bold act of risk. If movement was the tidal surge that filled the West with hopefuls, then the laying down of a wager after that — trying something new rather than moving again — was the illusive force that kept them. And then they kept betting, through losses and long odds that chased others off.


In a piece titled “Reflections on a Dying Society,” he declared that the United States was virtually going to hell in a handcart. Its food was laden with chemicals; its environment was being ruined; the threat of nuclear annihilation or “death by poison gas” was increasing; people were suffering from malaise and “psychosomatic disease”; citizens were being coerced and duped by the government and the advertising industry; and the economy was based on “useless” goods “designed to break down or used for the slaughter of people.”


Migration, for some at least, was just a prelude to the grit that really defined them.

That grit — the tendency to sustain interest and effort in very long-term goals — is intimately linked to achievement, according to a growing body of psychological research.


MikeSanta Clara, CA

Walker will do and say anything, tailoring his "message" to what his current audience wants to hear. He will try and tact back to the center if he wins the nomination. This "strategy" is based on his perception that the electorate are ignorant and he can pretty much say whatever he wants to as circumstance warrants. He should ask Mitt Romney and the 47% how well that worked for him.


Put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations from any consideration of religion or belief. Put aside an effort that has been a communications disaster, reducing a rich, complex and beautiful faith into a public obsession with sex.


Consider a different culture war, one just as central to your faith and far more powerful in its persuasive witness.

We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Millions of kids live in stressed and fluid living arrangements. Many communities have suffered a loss of social capital. Many young people grow up in a sexual and social environment rendered barbaric because there are no common norms. Many adults hunger for meaning and goodness, but lack a spiritual vocabulary to think things through.

Social conservatives could be the people who help reweave the sinews of society. They already subscribe to a faith built on selfless love. They can serve as examples of commitment. They are equipped with a vocabulary to distinguish right from wrong, what dignifies and what demeans. They already, but in private, tithe to the poor and nurture the lonely.

The defining face of social conservatism could be this: Those are the people who go into underprivileged areas and form organizations to help nurture stable families. Those are the people who build community institutions in places where they are sparse. Those are the people who can help us think about how economic joblessness and spiritual poverty reinforce each other. Those are the people who converse with us about the transcendent in everyday life.


The more practical struggle is to repair a society rendered atomized, unforgiving and inhospitable. Social conservatives are well equipped to repair this fabric, and to serve as messengers of love, dignity, commitment, communion and grace.



The gospel of prosperity turns Christianity into a vapid bless-me club, with a doctrine that amounts to little more than spiritual magical thinking: If you pray the right way, God will make you rich.


Prosperity teaching prohibits God from working on His own, meaning that God is not Lord of all because He cannot work until we release Him to do so. Faith, according to the Word of Faith doctrine, is not submissive trust in God; faith is a formula by which we manipulate the spiritual laws that prosperity teachers believe govern the universe. As the name “Word of Faith” implies, this movement teaches that faith is a matter of what we say more than whom we trust or what truths we embrace and affirm in our hearts.




To save one life is to save the world.

— Talmud


selfies, snarky tweets and endless Facebook updates recount every unnoteworthy moment of most people's lives


Chef BDallas

As the child of a man who grew up in Sudetenland and then Prague and escaped the horrors of Nazi Germany, I know that Sir Nicolas is standing before God and being told "Well done my good and faithful servant"

God bless him. Im sure Heaven is embracing him

July 1, 2015 at 2:29 p.m.


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Jack MNY

"Some people revel in taking risks, and some go through life taking no risks at all.”


Something to think about. What a beautiful person.




If you’re truly lucky in this life, you might have many relationships that “embody,” in varying degrees, “the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” whether or not those relationships include sex. Better yet, these relationships might give you a general feeling of dignity, well-being and justice.

Being single doesn’t mean that the world is empty and awful. Senator Graham reminded people that his life was not destitute without a wife: “I’ve got a lot of friends. We’ll have a rotating first lady.”

What Justice Kennedy, and everyone else too, needs to remember is that simply being yourself — your single self — is already the fundamental form of dignity. Founding your dignity on something as flimsy and volatile as a sexual connection insures dignity’s precariousness as it enshrines your inherent unworthiness as a single individual.


Mike WilsonDanbury, CT

While being a Marginal is emotionally exhausting, it is also exhilarating to watch a project evolve. The project becomes an intimate extension of self, a creative release from the failure of the mainstream.

June 30, 2015 at 7:59 a.m.


it must have been Tzara’s marginality that enabled him to do what he did: founding an artistic movement meant to deride systematically a civilization whose blind trust in instrumental rationality and fetishization of technology had pushed it into one of the most destructive wars the world had ever seen. For Dadaism the center — be it artistic, philosophical, intellectual, economic or political — was not worthy of anything but mockery. Tzara could afford the gesture; coming from the furthest margins, he didn’t have any qualms about crying out loud against and smashing the conventions of the center, exposing its damaging lies, and turning the dismantling of its pious proclamations into a prolific career.

Tzara’s case is not isolated. Indeed, there is a strong sense that not only Dada but also avant-garde in general is very much about a rebellion of the margins against the center





After decades of studying the concept of “mate value,” social scientists finally have the data necessary to explain the romantic choices in “Knocked Up” and “Pride and Prejudice.”

The flabby, unkempt Seth Rogen is no one’s dream date, especially when he’s playing the unemployed guy in “Knocked Up” who spends his days smoking pot and ogling naked celebrities. He has none of the obvious qualities that make a mate valuable: good looks, money, social status.

Yet somehow this slacker eventually winds up with a successful television journalist, played by the gorgeous Katherine Heigl. You could dismiss this as a pathetically absurd fantasy by male screenwriters, but the film is plausible enough to audiences to have grossed over $200 million.

The schlub-gets-babe is a reliable formula at the box office — Adam Sandler has made a career of it. And the mismatched couple isn’t just a male dream.

There are hundreds of romance novels in a category that some have named “Plain Jane and Hot Stud,” a theme that was equally popular when Jane Austen wrote “Pride and Prejudice.” Tall and good-looking, endowed with a “noble mien,” Mr. Darcy initially denigrates Elizabeth Bennet’s appearance: “She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me.” He notes “more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form.”

Even worse for the rich Mr. Darcy, her family’s social status is “so decidedly beneath my own.”

His initial reactions make perfect sense to evolutionary psychologists, because these preferences can improve the odds of passing on one’s genes. Beauty and physical symmetry are markers of a mate’s health and genetic fitness; status and wealth make it more likely that children will survive to adulthood.

It seems logical for people with high mate value to insist on comparable partners, and there’s some evidence that they do. By observing singles pursuing one another at online dating sites and in speed-dating experiments, researchers have found that people tend to end up with those of similar mate value.

That pattern also occurs in married couples: Attractive, well-educated, high-earning people tend to marry people like themselves. In fact, economists say that this growing trend of “assortative mating” is a major cause of income inequality, because a household with two high earners makes so much more money than a household with two low earners (or only one earner).

But just how ruthlessly superficial are people in assessing the value of potential mates? To investigate, psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin asked students to rate the romantic appeal of their opposite-sex classmates.

At the start of the semester, the students pretty much agreed on who in their class was most desirable. But when they were asked again three months later, after spending a semester in a small class together, their judgments varied widely on who was hot and who was not.

“Perceptions of mate value change the more time that people spend together,” said Lucy Hunt, a graduate student who published the study last year with Paul Eastwick, an assistant professor of human development and family sciences.

“Sometimes you get that Seth Rogen happy story, where an unattractive person comes to seem more attractive to one person in particular,” Ms. Hunt said. “But the opposite is just as likely to happen, too. Someone can become less attractive.”

These changes in attitudes, Dr. Eastwick noted, should mean that there are fewer losers in the mating game, because everyone isn’t vying for the same Mr. or Ms. Right. “As the consensus about who is attractive declines, competition should decline, because the person I think is especially desirable might not be the person you think is especially desirable,” he said.

To test this effect, the Texas researchers joined with Eli Finkel, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University, in a study of couples that was published online this month in Psychological Science.

Some of the couples had been married for five decades; others had been dating for just a few months. Some had known one another for a while before starting a romantic relationship; others had started dating as soon as they met. After being videotaped talking about their relationships, all were rated for physical attractiveness by a group of judges who viewed each partner separately.

When the ratings for partners were compared, there was a clear pattern based on how long the people had known one another before they had begun dating.

If they’d begun going out within a month of meeting, then they tended to be equally attractive physically. But if they’d been acquaintances for a long time, or if they’d been friends before becoming lovers, then someone hot was more liable to end up with someone not so hot.

This gradual change in feelings seems to occur quite often, said the anthropologist Helen Fisher of the Kinsey Institute, who works with on its annual survey of a representative sample of single adults in America.

In the 2012 survey, people were asked a version of the famous question in Christopher Marlowe’s 16th-century poem: “Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?”

A great many, it turns out. In the survey, 33 percent of men and 43 percent of women answered yes when asked if they had ever fallen in love with someone they did not initially find attractive. Dr. Fisher terms this process “slow love,” and says it is becoming more common as people take longer to marry.

“Everyone is terrified that online dating is reducing mate value to just a few superficial things like beauty — whether you swipe left or right on Tinder,” she said in an interview. “But that’s just the start of the process. Once you meet someone and get to know them, their mate value keeps changing.”

When the survey respondents were asked what had changed their feelings, the chief reasons they gave were “great conversations,” “common interests,” and “came to appreciate his/her sense of humor.” All of those factors contribute to Mr. Darcy’s change of heart in “Pride and Prejudice.”

As he converses with Elizabeth and enjoys her playful wit, she even starts to look different: “But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she hardly had a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes.” He eventually proclaims her “one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance.”

Of course, those beautiful eyes can’t change her lowly social status, so Mr. Darcy keeps struggling to resist her. He reminds himself of her family’s “inferiority” and of the “degradation” he would endure in a marriage. But then he gives up and revises his mate value calculations yet again.

“In vain I have struggled,” he tells Elizabeth. “It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”




The occasion was a bond hearing, the first court appearance of the suspect, Dylann Roof, for the murders, thought to be racially motivated, of nine black men and women during Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night.

It was as if the Bible study had never ended as one after another, victims’ family members offered lessons in forgiveness, testaments to a faith that is not compromised by violence or grief. They urged him to repent, confess his sins and turn to God.



But if the gunman set out to stir up hostility between races, Charleston was having none of it, and the families appearing in court helped set a tone of unity.





But most important for the traditional game studio is making mobile games that matter to its development teams, and not just chasing the money: "It still has to come from a developer, somebody who's going to think, 'This is a thing I can make great and it will be really fun,' because when you hit those problems, if they don't believe in it, then the solutions they're going to come up with are going to suck," said Hines.



Hmm this is probably the hardest thing(saying who you are when you're still trying to figure out who you are)


— Michael on Tinder (in self-description)


James Lee

 Arlington, Texas 13 hours ago

One of the poignant features of progress in human relations is that the change always comes too late to benefit some people. But I sense that, for you, Mr. Blow, there is some consolation in the courage with which your cousin defied those who sought to marginalize him, to expel him from the community. A similar tribute is due those black soldiers who returned from WWI (and even WWII), proud of the achievements bought by their courage, only to face the rage of a lynch mob, and to hang for the capital offense of wearing an army uniform while black. Their bravery and their stubborn refusal to to permit white bigots to define their position in society, nevertheless, helped to fuel the civil rights movement. The demise of Jim Crow serves as a fitting monument for these men who, by their example, became the shock troops in the war against racism. Your cousin, in his own way, played a similar role, even if it took decades for that to become clear.



 California 8 hours ago

In Victorian England people were executed for stealing a handkerchief - and streets were crawling with pickpockets. It has been proven that captal punishment does not act as deterrent to crime: all the countries where it is practiced today have higher levels of violence than those that don't. The idea that execution gives some satisfaction to the families of the victims seems to me dubious psychologically - but even if it is true, justice system does not exist to provide satisfaction to anybody but to dispense justice and enhance public safety. Knowing that the state endorses killing coarsens the public sensibilities and loosens the psychological brakes on people who are predisposed to violence. After all, if the state can put down a man like a dog, why should not an individual do the same?



I’ve been rejected so much I feel absolutely numb


Specifically, our new model has helped us discover a strong positive correlation among three personality traits in children, and the creation of large fortunes, especially Wall Street fortunes. In brief:

1) Self-importance. From his public comments we have learned that Mr. Schwarzman, at age 17 or 18, was so certain Harvard had made a mistake in refusing him admission that he called the dean directly, to tell him.

In the past this sort of behavior has caused many at Harvard to shudder. In the future we must shudder with pleasure and anticipation. The odds that a child will make outlandish sums of money when he grows up turns out to be strongly correlated with his willingness to challenge adult authority when that authority does not give him exactly what he wants. At bottom, he does not accept any authority higher than himself.






No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.



A police officer who responded to the 911 call would later testify, “Though his face was caked in blood, his face was clean where streaks of tears had washed the blood away.”



Ghosting is a sad sign of how utterly selfish some people are these days. Let another person suffer for weeks or months, perhaps worried that you may have had a bad accident, and unsure if they should move on with their lives, because you do not want to deal with thirty seconds of mild displeasure and send a clear signal.



I've been "ghosted" a few times, in the years before electronic devices existed, and found the experience to be very painful, as well as disorienting. Each time, it left me feeling confused, and robbed of any feedback I might have found useful in the lifelong journey of learning to be a better friend. Each incident has remained a wound that never fully healed. I think (I hope) these experiences have made me less likely to treat others in a similar way.



Having been ghosted at least once, I found it leaves one confused as to what happened and why it ended - it often has a passive-aggressive element in that it denies the other party the modern psychological balm of "closure." It tends to reflect an interior narcissistic personality.



I find this so cowardly. I'm a millennial too, but I think why not just tell the other person that you don't think this is going to go anywhere? It's really not that hard. It's treating the other person like a human being, and although it may sting them temporarily, you aren't leaving them plagued with uncertainty for a longer period of time. Also for those who think they are doing this to save face, the ghostee is not going to hold you in high regard this way either.



nykerNew York, NY

It's the cruelest possible way to end a relationship. The person who was ghosted is left worried at first, then unable to respond in any way.


James L.NYC

So-called ghosting is perfectly designed for avoidance, and contributes to our selfish need for approval. What it truly does, however, is deny each party a valuable confrontation with reality. However unpleasant it may be to communicate with someone, by thoughtfully reaching out and, importantly, being honest even one last time, one can advance his or her own skill set in grace, forgiveness and reconciliation. Ghosting is just cowardice (not attractive). Stepping up to the plate is a hallmark of self-confidence (most attractive). What legacy do you want to leave behind?

June 27, 2015 at 8:10 a.m.




Karen HealyBuffalo, N.Y.

Well if this happens to you or anyone you care about you can take comfort in the thought that anyone who would do this is not worth grieving over. You haven't been rejected you have been relieved of a relationship with a passive agressive coward.

June 27, 2015 at 9:34 a.m.




UpstaterBinghamton NY

"Ghosting" is all about what is convenient for the person ending the connection and it's not limited to romantic relationships. Friends have done this to me, and I've comforted other friends who have been ghosted by someone they care deeply for. This is about an appalling lack of empathy, an unwillingness to put oneself in the other person's shoes. How would the "ghoster" feel if they were the one who felt more, wanted more, and the object of their love/desire acted as if they'd ceased to exist? However painful ghosting can be, it does teach a powerful lesson about relationships: You were wrong about this cowardly individual so don't waste any more precious time on them.



Danny PWarrensburg 

That has to be one of the most painful things a person can ever do to another person I have ever heard of. That's like cutting out the heart of the person that loved you, putting it in a box, and taking it to the storage shed with the rest of your stuff you're never going to use again. It's like if the person they loved suddenly died, only worse because you don't even have the closure of knowing what happened...




It was an act that drew on a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches, not random, but as a means of control, a way to terrorize and oppress. An act that he imagined would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. An act that he presumed would deepen divisions that trace back to our nation’s original sin. Oh, but God works in mysterious ways. God has different ideas.





What a good man. Sometimes I think that’s the best thing to hope for when you’re eulogized – after all the words and recitations and resumes are read, to just say someone was a good man.






suddenly I was brought up short by an appalling vision: me running away forever



his young heroes were always asking themselves, ‘‘Do I dare disturb the universe?’’ before ultimately deciding that yes, they did dare



Eventually the bruises and the rage faded, but not the fear. The fear remained. An awful withering dread that coiled around my bowels — that followed me into my dreams.



To disappear after that is confusing,” she said, adding, aptly: “Breakups can haunt you."



social media enables the avoidance of difficult conversations. “As people have gotten less and less comfortable talking face to face about hard things, it’s become easier to move on, let time pass and forget to tell the person you’re breaking up with them,” she said.





I didn’t know how else to extricate from relationships. It was me being young and not knowing how to disappoint.” She theorized that people who fade away do so out of a desperate need to be loved, even after a breakup. “If you disappear completely, you never have to deal with knowing someone is mad at you and being the bad guy,” she said.





People don’t hold themselves accountable anymore because they can hide behind their phones.





Robert KulandaChicago, Illinois

When I read the Supreme Court's verdict on subsidies for the Affordable Care Act, I bowed my head and thanked my maker, for such compassion and good fortune. And now, I want to thank The Supreme Court. Because of your decision today, I can continue to seek work and function in society. Without many of the medications that I take, I would not be able to get up in the morning and use the talents that the good Lord gave me. I never thought my life would come to this. I also never thought that a single public policy would have such an astounding effect on my life. Yet, like many other Americans, you're decision is the difference maker for many families. Today is the first day, in a long while that I am proud to be an American!

June 25, 2015 at 2:11 p.m.




We are in tears for happiness. This was the ultimate Right Decision from the Supreme Court.


As an RN Case Manager, who worked in the trenches of patient rooms, patients who did not have health care insurance before the Affordable Care Act, this is a huge victory. This is not only a victory for President Obama and all those who worked diligently to help provide the means for people to receive health care, whether chemo therapy, joint replacements, heart surgeries, vision surgeries, but for many health care needs --- this is a victory for all of humanity, for all Americans.


It is difficult to express the deepest gratitude to the Supreme Court. It is breath taking. Supreme Court justices, you are human - and we thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.



 USA 5 minutes ago

Hopefully all who voted for change, who felt elated at a "first" in a presidential race in the 21st century will carefully reflect on the Manchurian Candidate now sitting in the White House. It would be cynical to let understandable disappointment over the actions of an elected leader now desperately attempting to salvage a presidency whose promises and performance has fallen far too short of the mark. 


The passage of fast track authority puts ordinary Americans on notice they are under attack and they must be exceedingly careful at who they choose to support. Democrat or Republican are just masks which serve to distract and divide. The two new political parties in America are increasingly obvious and inescapable. Fortunately, the new political identities do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual oreintation or religion. And it is the economic gurrerilla war secretly waged for decades against one of these idenities by the other which compels a vigorious self defense for survival. 


In actuality these two political identities are not unique to America or to the 21st century. These "parties" have contested for dominance in societies throughout the world and the ages of human existence. When one dominates peace and relative prosperity flourish, pluarlity and democracy are the common experience. When the other prevails increasingly chaos, injustices and inquities increasinly predominate


The two new parties are;


The HAVES and the HAVE NOTS.......






花鳥風月 (Kachou Fuugetsu) Literally: Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon

Meaning: Experience the beauties of nature, and in doing so learn about yourself.


Anonymous BoschCaguas, PR

"On several occasions since President Obama took office, efforts by government agencies to conduct research on right-wing extremism have run into resistance from Republicans, who suspected an attempt to smear conservatives."


The fact that Republicans are suspicious of government research into right-wing extremism says more than they probably intended. Whether conservatives want to admit it or not, the constant barrage of inflammatory rhetoric from political pundits and public officials--with words like "moocher class," "takers and makers," and "culture wars"--only adds fuel to a volatile mixture of outrage, fear, and righteous indignation.


Thanks to wage stagnation, inflation, and the Great Recession, millions of Americans are either struggling financially, or face uncertainty and instability. They are angry, and rightly so, looking for someone to blame. And into the breach, steps the Internet and 24-hour news cycle.


Here, from breatheless, sensationalist reports by bloggers and pundits, they learn who is "really" to blame: religious/ethnic/racial minorities, immigrants, the government, the opposing political party, "gender warriors," "sexual deviants," and conspiracies ad nauseum. So the fear continues, disproportionate to the reality of the threat. The anger lingers, and in time, festers into hatred. And into this milieu of fear and resentment, guns (both legal and illegal) abound.


Is it any wonder then, when tragedy strikes?

June 24, 2015 at 11:25 a.m.


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 MA 3 minutes ago


This is a huge problem in the USA. We are growing an ignorant society, who will listen to the people who have the most money to spend on advertising. It used to be that the "news" gave us all perspectives. But now that the "news" organizations are run by people who have the most money...well, we get stories about pets, every night, and a slant to every story. No in depth reporting, because the news industry has become entertainment, and the average American can't be bothered. Welcome to the New World!




Blair Halverson 2 months ago (edited)

Never have I felt a song say: "Hey, it's been awhile, welcome back." and "We'll see each other soon, I promise." Forged from tears, happiness, nostalgia, and angels.





Joshua Waddle 2 months ago

Man I haven't heard that song since FFIV and when I started up this game one night for the first time I was next to the fireplace because it was cold, wrapped up in a blanket while everyone else was sleeping. I sat there for a good 2-3 minutes reminiscing when I last heard prelude. I've never fallen in love with a game before it's even loaded up before. Good shit man



ex wall streeter

 Chicago 5 hours ago

Face it, those years of a plump egalitarian middle class were an aberration. This country is a greed driven plutocracy. Didn't the great recession prove the doctrines of "socialism for the rich" and "too big to fail". Need more proof, how about the Monsanto indemnity act or the fact that not a single banker went to jail over multiple billion dollar frauds, in fact they got to keep the profits! You miserable 99% are destined for an even poorer future. A "Dickensonian" future awaits your wretched offspring .The future generation of indebted wage slaves will toil for minimum wages competing against other slave /peasants and machines in a bifurcated, perpetually at war police state, that will be crumbling down all around . Oh wait, oops I am confused that is the present!!!!!!





 Shanghai, China 7 hours ago


This writer cites stuff that clearly shows the American model of the multi-national corporation is seriously amiss. "Our" corporations have sold their souls to the bottom line. They pit the bottom line against any inclination to work for the common good, the public interest, the stakeholders other than upper management and the stock- share-holders. The lower-level employee stakeholders have zero reason to hold any loyalty to their masters, who will in turn throw them under the bus to improve their bottom line and CEO compensation without so much as the slightest twinge of conscience. Thus goes America, its democracy, its moral standing in the world. Ain't much left, folks.



 New York City 18 days ago

If I understand correctly that American tech workers were replaced at Disney by foreign tech workers of equal skills now doing those same jobs for less money, then unless checked, American corporate greed has turned into the terminal cancer that will end our noble and long-lasting experiment of American democracy. 


It was a magnificent run while it lasted, a beacon of light for the rest of the world. I say Citizens United has proven to be an important turning point that has helped promote today's brazen impunity in the pursuit of maximal profits regardless of social cost.


We are the many, they are the few. We can turn this around, but only when greater numbers of us become better educated and more informed about the political process; and how we can still work together as a large social net working for the common good of all. Not just the very few.



EK MonaghanBranford, CT

Finally! Finally a conservative commentator has had the moral courage to admit that one of the greatest dangers to right-wing ideology is the teachings of Jesus Christ and those who actually attempt to put them into practice.


Mr. Brooks confirms what I have long suspected, that right-wing Republicans are essentially anti-Christian, viewing believers are useful idiots who can be manipulated to advance their cause and seeing the mantle of religiosity (see also the Supreme Court) as useful camouflage.


The best interests of capitalism are always diametrically opposed to moral teachings. 


It is up to us as humans to rise above our tendencies and do the write thing regardless of its economic impact.


Innocence, a peaceful soul, an appreciation for the web of life, a belief that humans have an obligation to protect our environment need no government intervention to translate such beliefs into action. On the other hand, the free market will pollute, period. There is hardly anything in the free market "philosophy" that would cause an individual company to clean up its waste if it could get away with dumping it into the environment for free, thus reducing overhead and increasing profits. We have seen plenty of that, which is why the government must step in and attempt to prevent it.


But it is so refreshing to read something so different from our usual political discourse, and so courageous. This is hardly a typical environmental screed. It came from the centuries, and it was written for the centuries, including those who will live hundreds of years from now. It doesn’t easily fit into the world that we have come to know. That’s a good thing.





The word “radical” is often misused, deliberately, to scare people—the way Spiro Agnew used to. But here, there is some cause to return to a word that means more than we think. “Radical” comes from the Latin word for “root,” and it is exactly the roots that Francis wants to show us. He seeks “the deepest roots of our present failures,” not just the current symptoms.


Paul Smith

 Austin, TX 9 hours ago

Nice story! I often catch wasps, beetles, and cockroaches I find in my house and workplace so that I can liberate them outdoors. I believe that God experiences the world through the eyes of all living creatures, so we should treat them all with respect, and avoid killing them whenever possible.



William ParkLA

Conservative (especially southern) Republicans have always walked a tightrope in condoning the racist views of many of their constituents while pretending otherwise to independents and minorities. It's what speaking in "code" is all about.


We at Harvard must abandon our stale ideas of “desirable qualities” in a child. Chief among these is the nebulous age-old concept of “character.” We forgive virtually any behavior in the billionaires who give us money. How can we not forgive the same behavior in the children who will become them?


The very qualities in children most likely to lead them to great financial fortune also render them predisposed, as adults, to giving those fortunes to rich universities, instead of, say, charitable organizations that actually need the money. They weren’t put on earth to alleviate human suffering, or to make it a different and better place. They were put on earth to erect a building with their name on it, in a place it can be seen and admired by other people like them!




Assumption #3 is that human lives are simply lines on a balance sheet. Whether our government helps people afford health care isn't about budgets and saving tax dollars. It's about saving lives. The person whose cancer is diagnosed and treated early thanks to a no-copay cancer screening, the child whose parents can afford her asthma medication, and the person who goes to the doctor when she has chest pains instead of just waiting to see if it'll go away because she can't afford a medical bill are human beings, not financial figures. 24 million human beings, who, given a chance to have their health taken care of, contribute to American society every day. And, with medical care, might live long enough to spend even more money in the U.S. economy, which apparently is all that matters in determining whether their lives are worth saving.



His (unintended) role as a designer must be acknowledged and celebrated by the one collection—MoMA’s—that has always celebrated elegance, economy, intellectual transparency, and a sense of the possible future directions that are embedded in the arts of our time, the essence of modern.


Bill Appledorf

 is a trusted commenter British Columbia 5 hours ago

People who love what they do and feel satisfied by their role in the world are happy, energetic, and welcoming. They like to see other people achieve and grow in their little corner of the universe and enjoy helping them.


People who resent how unsatisfied all the money they grub and the things they consume leave them take out their anger on people have less power in relationships with them than they do.


The issue for a tin-pot tyrant is not "incivility." It is using one's power to make other people feel bad as cold compensation for being a miserable ingrate. The vast majority of people I have worked for were arrogant sad sacks. The few who were following their bliss, not chasing money, were a pleasure to be around.



"They" are confused about the difference between a leader and a tyrant. A leader is somebody who knows how to get the best out of people. Most managers these days only want to enforce obedience and conformity. They pay lip service to inventiveness and problem-solving, but in fact they feel threatened by those qualities, the outcomes of which aren't easy to predict and control.



Still, this workplace and others operate under a stifling veneer of civility that's often just more obscurantist process. You can demoralize and dehumanize employees while remaining so rigidly polite that no real communication occurs.


Right now I'm working for a small start up and while we don't have a lot to give in terms of rewards at least I'm getting some credit and my mind is no longer rotting. My previous supervisor could not understand or didn't care that I wanted to learn new things, to be involved. These people do and it's nice.





The problem with Prosperity Theology is not that it promises too much, but that it aims for so little. What God promises us in Christ is far above anything that can be measured in earthly wealth — and believers are not promised earthly wealth nor the gift of health.


álvaro malo

 Tucson, AZ 11 minutes ago

"Be Praised," Francis.


With intellectual precision and relentless courage, you have addressed the possible origin and purpose of human presence on earth:


• Economy, ‘from Greek ‘oikos’ = dwelling, household; nomos’ = management, stewardship — good housekeeping at any scale, from your own home, to the village, to ‘blue dot’ earth, management of energy, materials and resources, including all animate species and ourselves

• Ecology, from Greek ‘oikos’ = dwelling, household; ‘logos’ = rational discourse, knowledge — rational [not superstitious or mythical] understanding of our residence on earth resulting in ideas, communication, precepts and abidance by natural laws

If the pundits, the politicians and the ‘raiders of spaceship Earth’ want to make hay of your encyclical pronouncement for their own gain or vanity, let that be their epitaph. This is not a temporal document — it is a timeless manifesto.


They may ignore it at their own risk. But you have reminded us that this earth is not ours to keep and exhaust, but to steward with reason and affection and pass on with care and love to future generations of all living species.


“In his book ‘A Hidden Wholeness,’ Parker Palmer writes about the two ways in which our hearts can be broken: the first imagining the heart as shattered and scattered; the second imagining the heart broken open into new capacity, holding more of both our own and the world’s suffering and joy, despair and hope. The image of the heart broken open has become the driving force of my life in the years since my wife’s death. It has become the purpose to my life.”


"In Europe, stability is prized,” Professor Moser said. “Inequality is much less tolerated. There’s a culture of sharing. People aren’t so cutthroat. Money isn’t the only thing that matters. These may be good things.” But Europeans can’t have it both ways. She said that successful innovators quickly discover it’s hard to break through these cultural norms.




Gandhi having divined how important the press and public opinion could be in politics had taught himself how to write most effectively.


The vision that Francis outlined in the 184-page encyclical is sweeping in ambition and scope: He described a relentless exploitation and destruction of the environment, for which he blamed apathy, the reckless pursuit of profits, excessive faith in technology and political shortsightedness.


CurtCleveland, Ohio

This is what Christian (not just Catholic) theology should be. The Christ described by the Bible advocated all of the best things in human relationships: love, forgiveness, responsibility, charity, and humility. (The only time Jesus did anything remotely violent was against the money changers in a temple... perhaps not a fan of bankers?) Pope Francis really gets "it" and is a reason for hope in a very messed-up world.

June 18, 2015 at 8:06 a.m.


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“You have to be interesting, you have to have interests away from the narrow thing of what you do,” he said. “You have to be somebody who somebody else wants to talk to.”


It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die. A fat man will feel his heart burst and call it beautiful. Who knows? If there is, in fact, a heaven and a hell, all we know for sure is that hell will be a viciously overcrowded version of Phoenix — a clean well-lighted place full of sunshine and bromides and fast cars where almost everybody seems vaguely happy. Except for the ones who know in their hearts what is missing. And being driven slowly and quietly into the kind of terminal craziness that comes with finally understanding that the one thing you want is not there.


Street art in Williamsburg



This foul world is not worth saving. But as long as something in it still is, I will fight to the end to protect it.




3. You show a new Metroid on Wii U. Even if it’s a 5 seconds CG we don’t care and a big effin’ logo during the whole speach. E3 is not here to tell people what’s gonna be released in 2 weeks, it’s to make us dream. You can make announcements for late 2017 (see Shenmue 3) and it works.



This is, from all the movies, all the books, all the games, by far, the most beautiful story I have ever lived.




she turned her nose up at its lineup of logo-stamped satchels and tote bags.

“It looks a little trashy,” Ryan said. “It’s better to be subtle.”

“Today, it’s really about understated luxury,”

Newly affluent Chinese customers are no longer clamoring for flashy Louis Vuitton luggage or Gucci sunglasses. It was a remarkably fast change in tastes.

“What took maybe 20 to 30 years for consumers in the U.S. — for the Chinese consumers, it took only two or three years,” said Olivier Abtan, global leader for luxury at consulting firm BCG.




He shall appear from a far eastern land across the sea,

A young man who has yet to know his potential,

This potential is a power that could either destroy him or realize his will,

His courage shall determine his fate,

The path he must traverse, fraught with adversity, I await whilst praying,

For this destiny predetermined since ancient times,

A pitch black night unfolds with the morning star as its only light,

And thus the saga...begins...




Among other things, the shocking variety of poetry, philosophy, vulgarity, politeness and amusing idiosyncratic translations gave the English versions of Shenmue a reputation for memorable quotations.




SuperGamer87 13 minutes ago

I will always prefer Japanese games.  Western games never come close this to this level of imagination, aesthetics and wonder.  I like Western games, but I love the art of Japan.



Alex Diamond you have to separate the modern GOP into three parts: the politicians, the media, and the citizen voter rabble. all three are conformist, disciplinarian, neo-puritan pro-authority sheeple. they hate critical thinking. they think saying anything other than your immediate gut reaction is phony and putting on airs. it's a screwy culture. the whole purpose of their philosophy is to assuage and deny guilt for black enslavement and indian genocide and worldwide white supremacy. their tool is propaganda. they lie and slander the opposition, and obfuscate or duck the question when challenged. it's all in Animal Farm. the pigs want to enslave control and exploit, if not outright kill, everyone except rich white christian men. even the women support this. of course they all are in denial about that since martin luther king jr. changed what is acceptable public discourse for white america. they are in denial and repressed. be glad you're who you are. happy, and not filled with blinding rage that clouds your thinking, resulting in wicked or irresponsible actions. that's a conservative now. maybe in the goldwater 60s conservatives were more realistic, but winning the cold war has gone to their heads and made them drunk with power. the police and judges and politicians are egomaniacs who are euro centric in their thinking and dismissive at best of anything not Western in origin. It's sick. They're just dumb. They idolize not Jim Morrison, but George Washington. Real dorks.




 Albany, NY 5 hours ago

Why is Goldman Sachs even still a company? It's a parasitical institution surviving off numerous bailouts by taxpayers and is continuing to receive ongoing indirect bailouts by the federal reserve. It creates nothing and provides no social value, only manipulating money to make the economic royalists wealthier.



Thoughtful Woman

 Oregon 7 hours ago

In the battle for hearts and minds that has divided America in recent years, Scott Walker has done well for himself by going after public sector unions.


These are painted as filled with lazy, incompetent employees, who--because of "liberals"--have managed to procure themselves pensions and benefits at the expense of state taxpayers who toil in the trenches with no such perks.


The mindset is: "If I can't have a decent salary, job stability, secure health coverage and a chance eventually to retire--then neither can you." Resentment is a strong motivator and conservatives are great at stirring resentment over such bogeys as those Eastern elites, Jewish bankers, welfare queens and folks with a homosexual agenda.


In such a climate, unions need to turn the tables. They need to remind Americans that unions fought for a living wage, for a safe workplace, for job stability, to shorten the work week and work day to what is humanly possible, for policies that support workers damaged in the workplace, and to create a future cushion towards retirement when a hard working union member is worn out and nearing the end of life.


If unions can't make themselves relevant in today's economy where the Big Boss extorts a heavy workload out of an increasing number of precariously-positioned part-time and contract workers, then the unions deserve to lose.


Those who sing "I'm sticking with the union" have a fairer, more just story to tell. Don't let those who stick it to the union win this.




Red Lion

 Europe 3 hours ago

The possibilities for Jeb's slogans are myriad and wondrous: 


'Jeb -- less incompetent than his brother!'


'Jeb -- so far not a war criminal!'


'Jeb -- the brother who was supposed to be President years ago!'


Then again, GOP Presidential candidate slogans in general could be loads of fun this time:


'Rand Paul -- less obviously racist and crazy than his father.'


'Rick Santorum -- because contraception is icky and sanity is so overrated.'


'Chris Christie -- isn't it time for an angry bully to have his fingers on the nuclear trigger?'


'Scott Walker -- teach those college-boys snots a lesson!'


'Carly Fiorina -- I ruined Hewlett Packard, I can ruin America!'



It is of great value to have a Christian leader heeding the core teachings of his religion, which a simple reading of the four gospels reveals to be important, rather than the wealth and power of the edifice he has come to lead. Remarkable, even. Stewardship is indeed a primary teaching of his church. (full disclosure: I am not a church person)


Many complain about the Catholic hierarchical absolutism about women and birth control, and it is an issue, but within that framework it seems this Pope is choosing the art of the possible and is less closed than most.



carolinajoeNorth Carolina

Conservatism, particularly American conservatism whith its toxic focus on individual and selfish consumption, with no regards for common good, is immoral.



carolinajoeNorth Carolina

Interesting coalition of Catholic Church and world enviromentalism, progressivism and other democratic forces. Conservation, regulation and social fairness is a holy grail for the new moral majority.


I have always thought that conservatism and money is a hellish alignment, utterly immoral, and American religious conservatism will pay a price for it.


Reality BasedFlyover Country

Jeb is clearly just unleashing his inner Civil War Re-enactor, devoted as he is to the Big Bad Federal Government Lost Cause mythology, and Bring-Back-the-Plantation economic theories.I'm surprised he isn't announcing his campaign from Philadelphia, Ms, like Red State hero Ronald Reagan. You know, the town where the three civil rights workers were murdered. Say, are the Reactionaries still flying their Slave Flag over the state capitols down there? And talking about how it's really all about their "heritage".


No, it's really all about a culture of white supremacy, and locked in-concrete-inherited wealth. At least George Wallace was honest about his motivation, unlike modern Republicans. "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever. " Republicans accomplish the same thing today with voter suppression campaigns and deliberately re-segregating schools through privatization and voucher schemes. They just cover it all up with a mountain of lies about what they are really doing.



Tim Cook's 2015 commencement speech at George Washington University






I visited Reddit for about two minutes last night before the virulent casual racism drove me off. In fact, I have never seen the internet so hopelessly turned over to racism as it is right now. I have never seen things so toxic in my life. You can't visit any sort of a website without getting into a fight. And internet fights, honestly, just don't do it for me anymore. You're not trying to change minds. You're brawling in public to score imaginary points in a game that doesn't exist.


I want to spend the rest of my life everywhere, with everyone, one to one, always, forever, now. -Damien Hirst



"I’ve been called many things by many people, quitter is not one of them."

Hillary Clinton



I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself.

Brittany Renee



This man lies shamelessly. He despises democracy and worships power. He cannot be trusted. Be warned.


Sexual rejection is awful but it’s not going to break you.



You’re in the mood so you want to keep pushing, hoping he’ll change his mind, but is that really what you want? At this point you know that, for whatever reason, he doesn’t want to have sex with you, so how satisfying would it be if he caved? Would you really feel satisfied emotionally and physically to know that you ‘convinced’ him to be intimate with you? Somehow I doubt it would be what you hoped for, even if you were successful.


Sexual rejection is an issue most men I know deal with on a consistent basis. It’s why most of us are reluctant to approach a women for a date or even approach our wives for physical companionship. Rejection in any form is difficult for any of us, but sexual rejection is something that really tends to hit home for men, so here’s a quick insight into why your man may take it so personally when as a wife, you’re just not “in the mood.”

Men tend to bury their emotions and subsequently store all of those unsaid words and unresolved issues right into their phallic counterparts. Simply consider how often we associate peak male sexual performance with aggression. Much of the frustration, pressure, and basic life burden men must carry must also be disguised under a veil of seeming strength, composure, and alpha-male egoism in order to maintain the public face. Many of us only express our “true” or aggressive selves and allow that pressure to be almost literally released behind closed doors with a person we hope accepts all of our publicly imperfect forms.

When we attempt to make that connection with our significant other, only to be consistently pushed away or rejected, it is very difficult for us to separate the physical act from the personal identity association. In other words, when our spouse rejects our physical advances, they fully reject us as a man – at least in our eyes. I know many women who feel this interpretation by men is totally ridiculous. I’ve heard women say phrases as, “I don’t know why he takes it so personally, I’m not rejecting him, I just don’t want to have sex with him.”



When the 99% of the world's populace is reduced to slave labor, just who is supposed to buy all of the cheap Nikes, flat screens and lawn mowers? What do they plan on doing with all this excess humanity?


Jack WilliamsChicago, Illinois

At one time, there was intelligence in the US Government. At that time, imports were limited. Unions were common. The economy was robust and supported by the government in which the company resided - the United States. At that time, our government understood the importance of manufacturing, technology development, family wages, economic stimulation, road projects, infrastructure improvements, etc. At that time, we were a super power with a bright future that was planned and methodical. We cared about our country and our future - not the future of third world countries. Our interests were not in exploitation, monopolization or occupation. Our interests were in the development of cities like Long Beach, California or Detroit, Michigan... Our country provided jobs that equally employed the uneducated and the educated with amazing opportunities that provided family wages - wages that empowered people to have families, buy homes, provide for their families without complication... Now our government wants to go further into the abyss. Good luck with that.


My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet . . . is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.


Taylor Swift




A taste for quality journalism will inevitably return, just as a preference for quality in food and drink has returned. The Times just needs to hang in there for a few more years when everyone is sick of sensationalism and clickbait.



Hugh CCBudapest

I agree that readers will be watching carefully and will make their opinions known. I have not once, though, seen or heard any indication that Times' editors are listening.  


Every complaint by the Public Editor is met with pro forma responses by Times staffers about how great they are and how great the paper is followed by the impenetrable reasons why they did what they did. And so, thanks for your input but...bye.


"Tell us what YOU think" has become one of the most cynical phrases in the English language.


As emerging adults move from job to job, relationship to relationship and city to city, they have to figure out which of their meanderings are productive exploration and which parts are just wastes of time. This question is very confusing from the inside, and it is certainly confusing for their parents.

Yet here is the good news. By age 30, the vast majority are through it. The sheer hardness of the “Odyssey Years” teaches people to hustle. The trials and errors of the decade carve contours onto their hearts, so they learn what they love and what they don’t. They develop their own internal criteria to make their own decisions. They fear what other people think less because they learn that other people are not thinking about them; they are busy thinking about themselves.

Finally, they learn to say no. After a youth dazzled by possibilities and the fear of missing out, they discover that committing to the few things you love is a sort of liberation. They piece together their mosaic.

One thing we can tell young grads and their parents is that this is normal. This phase is a thing. It’s a not a sentence to a life of video games, loneliness and hangovers. It’s a rite of passage that makes people strong.


Regardless of what the label may be, I just don’t know if we’re defining it with one another, which is the only thing that matters. Instead, we wander around this nebulous space trying to avoid and earnest and fearless conversation and filling ourselves with excuses. “It’s too soon to have that conversation,” “I don’t want to scare them.” Yeah, yeah. It’s never too early to express your feelings. If the person your dating is frightened by your words, tell him or her to grow the hell up and get a night light.



“I’m tired of humorless activist people decreeing that we only use these words and never those, and that we “check our privilege,” in case we say the wrong thing and “trigger” someone,” he writes. “Across the country, the sexist office asshole has been replaced by the flat-affect, dead-eyed, modern-day Puritan. Both groups — the old-school assholes and the neo-Puritans — share a common goal: to wipe the smile off everyone’s faces.”



"High really about preparing young people for the incredibly messy and complex world we live in."


No wiser words were ever spoken by an educator. And no amount of standardized testing will get you there.




“That bridge crumbling under the weight of the locks is a metaphor of modern love, overloaded with high expectations. We expect the spouse to be perfect, perfect father, mother, lover, worker, socially valorizing. This also explains why so many couples divorce for want of accepting the imperfection of the other. We value love so much that we love love instead of the persons.”


thruthneverhurtsMay 25, 2015

I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the great contributions that the black community has made to American society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. 


Their quiet and calm behavior in restaurants as to not disturb other diners and the generous gratuity they leave after dining is an example that all diners should strive to achieve. Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. 


Real estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into a neighborhood due to their caring and respectful nature for their own property as well as their community, an example of all that they have achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by their unmatched work ethic. 


Their hands on, hard work and a self-reliant can-do attitude nurtures a culture of integrity and honor.Without their industrious and creative drive, we truly would be lesser of a nation.


If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.

Criss Jami, Killosophy



What is hell? Hell is oneself. 

Hell is alone, the other figures in it 

Merely projections. There is nothing to escape from 

And nothing to escape to. One is always alone.

T.S. Eliot



I was always holding onto people, and they were always leaving.

Lili St. Crow, Jealousy (Strange Angels, #3)


A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke

Vincent van Gogh






So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them."



Sylvia Plath, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams: Short Stories, Prose and Diary Excerpts




When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.

Audrey Hepburn



The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.

Mother Teresa



Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.

Janet Fitch, White Oleander



The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.

Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper




Job done. He'll go to a crazy house for 30 days, move to an artist loft in Bushwick and become a world class performance artist. New York... the big city of dreams!!!


Last year, he was asked about his secret to happiness. He said slow down. Take time off. Live and let live. Don’t proselytize. Work for peace. Work at a job that offers basic human dignity. Don’t hold on to negative feelings. Move calmly through life. Enjoy art, books and playfulness.


Ya know, because people are poor doesn’t mean they don’t work hard. Because people are poor doesn’t mean that — it sometimes means they couldn’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps at some point in time. The most important thing for this legislature to think about: put yourself in somebody else’s shoes.”

“Put yourself in the shoes of a mother and a father with an adult child that’s struggling. Walk in somebody else’s moccasins. Understand that, ya know, poverty is real, and that when people are poor… I’ll tell ya somethin’, I had a; I had a comment; I had a conversation with a, one of the leaders… wasn’t one of the leaders, but one of the members of the legislature the other day.”

“I said, ‘I respect the fact that you believe in small government. I do too. I also happen to know that you’re a person of faith. Now, when you die and get to the, get to the, uh, to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not gonna ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor. Better have a good answer.

John Kasich, Republican governor of Ohio


“The most painful element of my life is composing because sometimes nothing comes to mind. It is very hard and very difficult. Sometimes the result is zero, but I go to bed and I feel something and some idea is born. So in the end there might be a composition, but the experience is often most painful.”


The type designer works letter by letter but also with a concept of the whole; the art resides in a multifaceted aesthetic that considers the shapes of letters (does the capital G, for example, have a horizontal ledge?); modulations in the thickness of a letter’s lines (an o with its sides wider than its top and bottom curves); and the relationship of the letters to one another (should the vertical line of a lowercase b or d rise as high as a capital letter?).


Mr. Carter said that Mr. Zapf’s genius lay in his solutions to the central problem that type designers, like industrial designers, face: expressing creativity while being circumscribed by practicality.




Solitary confinement is cruel, unusual and barbaric punishment that should be banned. Even if a prisoner poses a risk to himself, others or needs to be protected from other prisoners, there is no need to keep that prisoner locked up for twenty three hours a day. 


Give them a TV. A computer. Books, room to move and less time in his jail. Mental help. Cruelty by man to his fellow man never ceases to amaze me, and we wonder about the cruelty of groups like ISIS? It seems like there is some ISIS in all of us.



The problem unfortunately is sometimes things get repeated so often that people begin to believe them, and I am sure if you asked their jailers, they would insist you and I don't get it and this is the only way to deal with such prisoners. 



Those of you who don't care fail to understand that when those men have finally served their time and are let loose on the streets, they are damaged, bitter men who pose a threat to everyone. 

June 9, 2015 at 8:07 a.m.



psychoanalysis is a frame through which I have permission to pay close attention to peripheral vision, to things that are out of focus and not so conscious. Enigmatic dreams, childhood memories and mourning are all welcome, and they open me to my own feelings and to a wider range of human experiences.


Black Americans are the moral conscience of the United States. In her book by the same title, political theorist and legal scholar Lani Guinier described black folks as a type of “miner’s canary” for a democracy that is still very much a work in progress: a country whose origins are in the twin crimes against humanity that were the genocide of First Nations people and the murder and enslavement of millions of blacks held as human chattel, and one that still struggles to perfect a “more perfect union” in the face of a resurgent White Right, a plundering plutocrat class and the terror of neoliberalism and the politics of human disposability.


J. CornelioWashington, Conn.

One can't help but be astounded by the talent (and $10 billion) required to build that engineering marvel known as the LHC, a microscope to surpass all microscopes. Or to build/launch/repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Or, as described in this article, to build/deploy an array of telescopes to explore the supernatural phenomenon known as "black holes."


I say "supernatural" because, at the center of a black hole, Einstein's equations dictate that space/time shrinks to be infinitely small and infinitely dense (a/k/a/, a singularity). And, as any physicist will tell you, the laws of physics break down at the singularity. And that is a text-book definition of supernatural (forget unicorns and pixie dust, here's the real thing).


'Course, it's also as a result of the fealty to Einstein's equations that physicists proclaim the existence of bizzaro phenomenon like "dark" matter and (even more bizzaro) "dark" energy, though neither have been measured nor is there a plausible candidate for the particle/force comprising either (and the proposed "dark" energy violates the "LAW" of the conservation of energy).


My point is that, though we have discovered/built astounding things, to elevate scientific achievements as anything more than a stab-in-the-dark is to fall prey to the same need for certainty and metaphysical assurance that have caused fear-filled mortals to genuflect to cartoon gods and reassuring dogma throughout history.


Instead, let's embrace the unknowable mystery.






Cabel Sasser@cabel

I will always find keynote mornings exciting, always. I guess it’s just in my blood.





DeeBeeRochester, Michigan

Walker is what a lot of people in America want as many continue to vote against their own economic interests. But the flip side is that unions do an incredibly poor job of communicating their benefits.


Too many times unions are portrayed as just as bad as the executives - greedy, short-sided, "hey, my uncle used to work at a union job and would sit around all day doing nothing", etc. When are unions going to go on the offensive instead of living in the 1950s?

June 8, 2015 at 7:55 a.m.


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Being age 70 in the South, I live in a land where fighting for slavery was considered noble two of my lifetimes ago. Possibly one-third of the Old South still thinks so and many more could be easily convinced it wouldn't be a bad idea. Never underestimate the power of right wing talk radio, which permeates all over red state land. These hosts have been vented well, audience tested preachers of half truths to an uneducated, angry population of low wages and few, if any, benefits. So, understandably, they are jealous of "liberal" teachers living on those fat $20,000 per year years and those fat $50,000 year salaries. Their conservative religion teachers a a narrowly focused morality, that misinforms them that voluntary donations, church work is sufficient or that the gap could be fulfilled only if more folks went to church.


Pope Francis criticizes the church not for its unwillingness to rebuke sinners but for ignoring the weak and vulnerable.

Of the two approaches — Franklin versus Francis — the one taken by the pope is not only more popular but also better reflects Christ’s example. Jesus confronted sin, not to be censorious but because it puts us at enmity with God, one another and our true nature. “Go and sin no more” were words meant to produce greater human flourishing. Yet time and again in the Gospels we read about Jesus embracing those denounced by the religious elite of his day.

The authorities were constantly at odds with Jesus because he hung out with the “wrong” people — the despised, the outcast, the ceremonially unclean — and he claimed the authority of God in doing so. Jesus was condemned for being “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” and for consorting with prostitutes. His anger was directed most often against the proud, the hypocritical and the self-righteous. The powerful hated him, while those who were broken flocked to him.

In the words of the New Testament scholar Richard B. Hays, “What the Bible does say should be heeded carefully, but any ethic that intends to be biblical will seek to get the accents in the right place.”

That is where Mr. Graham and those evangelicals he speaks for have veered off track. He obsesses on some issues while ignoring others, speaks with stridency rather than mercy, and thereby creates a distorted impression of Christianity, one that is at odds with Jesus’ approach.

Pope Francis, on the other hand, understands that Jesus’ main mission was to persuade a world in need of God’s love and mercy. If the pontiff speaks of the church primarily as a field hospital, Mr. Graham sees it as a sentencing court.

Steve Hayner, one of the baby boom generation’s most respected evangelical leaders and my spiritual mentor, died earlier this year. The last time I saw him, he told me that the central characteristics of God are love and grace — and that therefore the central mission of Christians is to extend his hand of grace to others. What God has given to us, we owe to others. “If what you’re doing in your life is leading toward reconciliation and redemption,” he once told me, “then you’re most likely headed in the right direction.”



When he is high, he said, he will see men on the street or train and hope to have sex with them. “Whatever is on your mind, that is what your desire is going to be,” he said. “When you get that desire, you’re just going to be looking and looking.”

But more than lust is driving him, and he sees that. “Sometimes I feel hopeless and all of that stuff,” he said. “Lonely. Loneliness will make you want to do it.” And disappointment and boredom, too, he said.




Labels of Republican and Democrat are less meaningful these days. Instead, we have crazies, extremists, independents, interest groups, shortsighted self-centered, moderates, obsessive columnists and self-regarded pundits. The list goes on and on.


Sadly, there are also puppet masters and opinion shapers. At the turn of the century, the moral conservatives convinced America that individual problems and family issues are the same as national interests and societal justices. And the country has been paying for it since. 


Just because President Clinton was being pragmatic, or opportunistic if you like, he incurred the wrath of the DOMA opponents. Some never forgive for what they deemed a betrayal. But the truth of the matter is that there is no perfect justice for everyone. Politicians do pivot and renege their promises. To them, fighting losing battles for just some interest groups is just not enough. To be clear, there are things worth fighting for and there are things not worth maintaining. The greatest good for most people. After all, they try to appeal the 99% and not the 1%




Secretary Clinton will be a suitable successor to President Obama.


No one anticipated the wall of obstruction Republicans agreed to on the evening of his 2009 inauguration, which they have maintained with chilling effectiveness. Playing to old prejudices against black people and mouthing idiotic slogans that grow farther and farther from any facts, Republicans have slowed our national progress during the Obama administration.


Secretary Clinton is having good success speaking plainly against Republican propaganda positions that most people do not support--she endorsed a path to legal status for the undocumented and expressed strong support for voting rights come quickly to mind--speaking to issues that most of us know need to be resolved. Her economic advisers are taking surprisingly progressive positions. 


She will attract a winning coalition that expands the winning Obama coalition, and, with luck, will change the composition of the Congress. In some other reality, there might be a happier situation, but this is the reality we've got.


Spaces between places

Some places are neither here nor there, neither where you’re going to or where you’ve been. Spaces between places. This railway station is one of them.

But I’m not going anywhere, I’m waiting for someone, and there’s a pounding in my chest and a dizzy euphoria in my head, that owes nothing to cheap energy drinks and everything to the knowledge that in a few minutes, She will be here.

The train drags itself in and spits its passengers out onto the cold platform and I’m scanning faces, waiting for the moment when… and there She is.

Through the ticket barrier and our eyes meet, and with a rapid-fire slow-motion kick in the guts, everything else, the passengers, the pigeons and the litter, blink out of existence and for one brief infinite moment the entire universe is her.

And I say “Hey, hows it going?”


It was life-altering,” Mr. Chafee said of learning a new craft and dealing with rejection before getting his blacksmithing break. “The confidence it gave me has served me for the rest of my career.


on the most basic level he was a storyteller, one whose narratives are “pure potentiality, without resolution.”

“It’s a resistance to any kind of codification or narrative closure,” she said, “and a resistance to — how do I say this nicely? — an art world that wants quick fixes



That Mr. Parreno was, when mounting the Paris show, still recovering from cancer treatments made it seem like even more of a feat, a bombastic act of resistance.



Testing the limits of materiality, Barry produced this poster for an exhibition that had neither a location nor a date. The address is a post-office box, and the telephone number for the gallery is an answering service with a recorded message describing the “work.” The work was the release, by the artist, of five measured volumes of odorless, colorless, noble gasses into the atmosphere in various locations surrounding Los Angeles, where they would diffuse and expand naturally into infinity. While documentary photographs were taken of the action of the releases, the only physically tangible evidence of the work would remain the poster, published by the New York art dealer Seth Siegelaub, who stated, “He has done something and it’s definitely changing the world, however infinitesimally. He has put something into the world but you just can’t see it or measure it. Something real but imperceptible.”


"He isn’t the kind of artist who wants to put something on the wall,” said Tom Eccles, the executive director of Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies and a consulting curator for the Armory project. “He wants to take down the wall and put up his own wall. There’s almost a kind of wanton provocation to push art institutions as far as they can go."



The effect, which has made them among the most influential artists of their generation in Europe, is the creation of exhibitions conceived as works of art unto themselves. Objects, music, film, performance and architecture are woven together, so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Like their Conceptualist forebears in the 1960s and 1970s, these artists question objects as the sole conveyors of art, and their work is heavily shaped by the theoretical. (“Ideas alone can be works of art,” as Sol LeWitt said.)



 Western Lands 1 day ago

"What to be afraid of"? Absolutely nothing. Fear does no one any good. It reduces perception, disables analysis, and leads to irrational actions. Attentiveness is a far better response to risks in the world, whatever they are. There's no point in being afraid of buses: look out for them.



Life is full of risk. Every day brings a minor calculation with the possibility of mortality: cross the street on red, get on a plane, jog in the heat.


The rapacity of American colleges and universities is turning social mobility, the keystone of American freedom, into a commodified farce.


Moneyed stumbles never seem to have much consequence. Tax fraud, insider trading, almost criminal nepotism — these won’t knock you off the straight and narrow. But if you’re poor and miss a child-support payment, or if you’re middle class and default on your student loans, then God help you.


Or maybe, after going back to school, I should have gone into finance, or some other lucrative career. Self-disgust and lifelong unhappiness, destroying a precious young life — all this is a small price to pay for meeting your student loan obligations.


I learned that work is work, meaning that what I do to earn a living was not a definition of who I am as a person; it was simply a costume that I put on.

Things can change in a heartbeat – I know,” Mr. Biden told graduating seniors at Yale University last month, recounting the crash that took his wife and daughter. “Many people have gone through things like that, but because I had the incredible good fortune of an extended family, grounded in love and loyalty, imbued with a sense of obligation imparted to each of us, I not only got help, but by focusing on my sons, I found my redemption.


For Mr. Biden, it is another tragedy in a public life marked by loss and shaped by resilience in the face of deep pain.


I know that others find it too brutal or forbidding, but I think it’s beautiful in its monumentality and starkness.



Rudolph’s work is pure, but the beauty is in its austerity. There are no additions to make it polite or cute. It is what it is.”


Red HowlerNJ

The capital markets and the federal government are completely dependent upon Chinese investment in our economy to keep us afloat. We have painted ourselves into a fiscal corner with the brush of greed by giving away our factories, impoverishing our workers, and destroying the middle class. And there's not a thing the government dares to do (or admit or discuss), lest the sweet Chinese teat be withdrawn. We must wean ourselves from dependence on cheap consumer goods. Let's start by buying American or not at all.




It was seen as a rejection of the neighborhood, the Marais, and of Paris itself.




On the people who build a great company

SiteCompli's explosive growth has been built on the caliber of people we hire - thoughtful, inquisitive, intellectually curious superstars who want their contributions to make an impact.


On tenure



Skanik-- Tenure, (which is very hard to earn -- and whose criteria include extremely high levels of productivity) is intended to ensure that the content of one's ideas is not used as grounds for dismissal. It preserves a sector -- the professoriate -- who are charged with seeking knowledge, asking difficult, sometimes controversial or uncomfortable questions without fears of political recrimination. Peer review then adjudicates the rigor of the research behind the ideas. I am a tenured professor and I work sixty hours a week during the academic year and probably thirty a week during the summer months (though like most professors I am paid a 9 month salary). That said I might go shopping or do an errand in the middle of the day, just as I usually do some work on weekends, and late into the evening, I begin work at 5 am. We have flexible schedules. The time in the classroom is only element of a week's work (and preparing for the classroom takes many hours). You are right, there are some of us who are not hard working, but if we sacrifice tenure to deal with that small group, we will have imperiled the freedom of thought that is so critical to our society. Imagining that politicians could control the content of knowledge production is very scary. I agree with you, if the problem is cost containment, the place to begin is with the problem of administrative bloat.



On tenure


HowardLos Angeles 

Tenure isn't justifiable solely as job protection -- but that's not what it's for. Tenure protects faculty members when their views, including their research findings and what state-of-the-art teaching, may not agree with the views of politicians or governing boards. And this matters, because universities are centers for independent thought. Get rid of independent thought, and all there will be for new ideas are political think tanks and commercial enterprises. There will be no long-term basic research, no cutting-edge political analysis, no objective information if it challenges powerful corporations and powerful people. They used to have that in the Soviet Union; is that what we want for our country?


“Taking a stand is not everything. We need to create the ethical world we want to live and work in."





It was with those questions in mind that I set out to examine the inner workings of the Yelp community. I quickly discovered that many people find reviewing an incredibly satisfying creative endeavor. The most prolific Yelp reviewers, in fact, treat their write-ups as a kind of art form, and approach them with care and pride.



"For people whose jobs don’t give them a platform for self-expression, Yelp is often treated as a creative outlet," Camilla Vasquez, a linguistics professor who studies consumer reviews, tells me. "Yelp reviewers often feel a sense of ownership over their work. They enjoy the feeling that they are an author, that their voice matters and that they are being clever in their style."



Of all of the sites, however, she found that Yelp is most likely to draw out reviewers’ creativity. "Yelp has a very specific kind of ethos," she says. "It is the only site that asks readers to rate reviews on the basis of being not only useful but also funny and cool. That presupposes that reviewers are taking a specific kind of position as a writer: they are trying not only to be useful but also to be engaging and entertaining."

When I spoke to active Yelp reviewers, I found that creativity figures into the reviewing process in many ways. For some, developing a unique perspective and translating an experience into words is a rare opportunity for self-expression.

Wong’s job requires him to travel frequently, so he has made a bit of a game of checking out eclectic hidden gems in each city and writing about them on Yelp. Doing this requires him to process his experiences differently because he has to find an angle about each restaurant he visits and translate his experiences into succinct prose. Hearing him describe it, this approach sounds like an abbreviated version of what I do as a journalist. Vasquez tells me that while reviews appear simple and straightforward, reviewers must still articulate their experiences in narrative form, much like journaling and storytelling.

Wong has developed a distinct style. His language isn’t flowery or funny: he gets to the point quickly, telling his reader whether it is worth the visit and what they should eat.

Garcia appeals to his readers by elevating the simple review into elaborate works of creative writing, usually with a magic-realism flair.

"I am always treading the line between what people would find acceptable," he says. "It’s fun to take two distinct things—comedy and reviewing—and force them together. The limitations on what you’re able to do presents bigger challenges, which pushes you to be creative in new ways." Garcia’s reviews are always based on real locations, even though the storytelling sometimes takes bizarre turns like visits to other dimensions or time travel. In some ways, his reviews are tributes to shops or restaurants that he likes. 

These weird and whacky reviews don’t particularly bother the Yelp as a company, as long as they are not disruptive. "We encourage our community members to contribute useful reviews that are truthful and based on firsthand experiences," Yelp's Cheesman tells me. "As long as a review fits that criteria, Yelpers can get as creative as they want. In fact, a lot of users view Yelp as a lifestyle blog: everybody’s writing style is a bit different."

But he’s by no means the only reviewer who is pushing the boundaries of the traditional review. Hundreds of other Yelp members are taking a stab at trying new approaches. (One guy, in fact, supposedly scored a book deal after a particularly riveting Yelp restaurant review, though further news of the book has proven elusive.) Chase C. is chronicling his love life through Yelp reviews. Farzan K. used punctuation marks to create a cartoon strip about an unfortunate experience at McDonald's. There is also an entire genre of Yelp reviews entirely in Haiku form.

Camilla Vasquez, the linguistics professor, says creative expression is only one, albeit powerful, driving force for Yelp reviewers. "Some people are motivated by a sense of altruism and a desire to help others," she says. "They don’t want others to make their same mistakes and they want to offer useful insider tips. And, of course there are also people who want a forum to vent about an unsatisfying experience they have had: Yelp can be a catharsis for them."


“Hype is a difficult taskmaster."





The problem nagged at him, until he found an equation, published in 2003 by a Belgian plant geneticist named Johan Gielis. The simple equation can describe a large number of natural forms—the contours of diatoms, starfish, spiderwebs, shells, snowflakes, crystals. Even Gielis was amazed at the range when he plugged it into modelling software. “All these beautiful shapes came rolling out,” he told Nature. “It seemed too good to be true—I spent two years thinking, What did I do wrong? and How come no one else has discovered it?” Gielis called his equation the Superformula.




The design allows for extraordinary economy in computer processing: the terrain for eighteen quintillion unique planets flows out of only fourteen hundred lines of code.





In this way, the system combines entropy and structure: if two players begin with the same seed and the same formulas, they will experience identical environments.



To build a triple-A game, hundreds of artists and programmers collaborate in tight coördination: nearly every pixel in Grand Theft Auto’s game space has been attentively worked out by hand. Murray realized early that the only way a small team could build a title of comparable impact was by using procedural generation, in which digital environments are created by equations that process strings of random numbers. The approach had been used in 1984, for a space game called Elite, which Murray played as a child. Mark Riedl, the director of Georgia Tech’s Entertainment Intelligence Lab, told me, “Back in those days, games had a lot of procedural generation, because memory on computers was very small; it was largely forgotten, but now it is being rediscovered.” (Minecraft, an expansive world that was designed by only one person, also uses the technique.)




Murray and his co-founders had joked that they would one day make an ambitious game, which they called Project Skyscraper. The following day, he told Duncan and Ream, “We’re doing it.” He had created only a small patch of sample terrain, without a clear sense of what it would be, and Ream told me, “The thing was quite abstract, and we were like, What are you doing?” Duncan was skeptical.




“I was in the studio on my own, and I just started programming. I was furious, and I kept working until three in the morning. Looking back, I think I had the equivalent of a midlife career crisis. What is the point of these games? Like, Joe Danger—how impactful is it?”



While American exceptionalism in recent decades has centered around the exercise of American power and influence in the world, Obama’s conception is more inwardly focused. It’s a patriotism that embraces the darker moments in American history and celebrates the ability of the unsung and the outsiders to challenge the country’s elite and force change.




“From what I’ve seen, all of the evidence, and my own personal experience, says that the most important and impactful thing we can do for our public schools is to recruit, support and retain the highest-quality educators,” Mrs. Clinton said before a question-and-answer session with teachers, according to the union, which released her remarks.

“It is just dead wrong to make teachers the scapegoats for all of society’s problems,” she said. “Where I come from, teachers are the solution.”






“The creative workers of the Internet are a force. I’d rather be on their side than that of the soulless conglomerates so many of them work for.”


On grieving


Let me not die while I am alive.

Jewish prayer,



Our culture is depressingly resistant to acknowledging real emotion and real grief.



 It's just that grief will catch up with you at the oddest times and without warning.. when you least expect it, waves of emotions and loss can possess you and you just have to ride with it. It is how the process works. Be grateful you loved deeply enough to grieve this deeply.


I know that I am not alone in finding much wanting to our American lack of depth and comprehension of the real human feelings that are, or should be, common to us all. I can say that a friend who was widowed 5 years before me was repeatedly told by friends that her grief lasted too long - when would she get over it? and this at 2 or 3 months in. I experienced similar comments..but not from my friends from abroad; somehow they got it. 



Well, I see in the Empire Building something else – passionate skill, arduous and fearless idealism. The tallest building is a victory of imagination. Instead of crouching close to earth like a beast, the spirit of man soars to higher regions, and from this new point of vantage he looks upon the impossible with fortified courage and dreams yet more magnificent enterprises.



Let cynics and supersensitive souls say what they will about American materialism and machine civilization. Beneath the surface are poetry, mysticism and inspiration that the Empire Building somehow symbolizes. In that giant shaft I see a groping toward beauty and spiritual vision. I am one of those who see and yet believe.



From every one except my blind friend I had received an impression of sordid materialism – the piling up of one steel honeycomb upon another with no real purpose but to satisfy the American craving for the superlative in everything. A Frenchman has said, in his exalted moments the American fancies himself a demigod, nay, a god; for only gods never tire of the prodigious. The highest, the largest, the most costly is the breath of his vanity.



For imagination creates distances and horizons that reach to the end of the world. It is as easy for the mind to think in stars as in cobble-stones.



 New York 14 hours ago

There seems to be a pathological fixation in this country not on thrift or fiscal responsibility, but cheapness. Layoffs, outsourcing, offshoring and automation are passed off as ways for companies to be nimbler and advanced, and they are cited as examples of how advanced, flexible and sophisticated the American economy is. But let's call it what it is: being too cheap to invest in workers, value their skills or pay them a living wage. 


And it's reflected in our political system as well, as entire ideologies - chiefly libertarianism and Tea Party conservatism - are dedicated to underinvestment and low balling infrastructure, education, science, public health and even disaster relief and prevention. 


Meanwhile, Western Europe, China, Japan, Canada and others aren't so hampered by these foolish dogmas, and they have reaped the benefits of their greater wisdom and will continue to do so.


George Peng

 New York 14 hours ago

I can't imagine the humiliation of being forced by the economic uncertainty and fear to train your replacement, after which the company tells you you're not needed and should simply go away, to where they don't care.


We speak a lot in this country about teamwork, esprit de corps, patriotism, group identity, all in the context of American exceptionalism. But what we're really good at is ignoring those lofty ideals and chasing the dollar, all the while convincing people who we're going to take advantage of to keep waving that flag while we leave them, uninterested in what happens next, because they're somebody else's problem.





I’d wonder how her reaction will be, but like most people, it’s all, all the emotions are in the anticipation of meeting you. Once they meet you and they spend five minutes with you, they go, Oh, O.K., I get it, big deal, let’s go on with life.



On class warfare at restaurants


DrwalPortland, OR

Another reason to stay home. We are not only expected to tip a minimum 20% or more, but now get nickle and dimed some more. I envision: a dish washing surcharge, along with ever decreasing size of tables and space between them, together with plastic utensils and no knife, unless appropriate premiums are paid in advanced and screening at the door ensures we are the right type of customer.



There are other things I should be doing, such as working. -- but anyway thank you NYTimes for allowing an engaging dialog for arts, philosophy, world news, etc... that are not related to narrow fields of work.)


 Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy.

—Gerald Ford, Swearing-in Ceremony speech[7]


The feminism I identified with as a student stressed independence and resilience. In the intervening years, the climate of sanctimony about student vulnerability has grown too thick to penetrate; no one dares question it lest you’re labeled antifeminist. Or worse, a sex criminal. I asked someone on our Faculty Senate if there’d been any pushback when the administration presented the new consensual-relations policy (though by then it was a fait accompli—the senate’s role was "advisory"). - See more at:


Lastly: The new codes sweeping American campuses aren’t just a striking abridgment of everyone’s freedom, they’re also intellectually embarrassing. Sexual paranoia reigns; students are trauma cases waiting to happen. If you wanted to produce a pacified, cowering citizenry, this would be the method. And in that sense, we’re all the victims. - See more at:



What we see now on college campuses is the consequence of "fairness" that many (not all) of these young adults were coddled with during their youth. Many were given (rather than earned) trophies for participation so not to hurt their feelings for striking out or not winning. Many are raised by "helicopter" parents that coddled them in every aspect including getting SAT tutors, writing "personal" essays etc. 


These children are now in college environments that are run by academics and administrators who have for decades limited free speech on campuses - generally allowing only a "liberal narrative" to be spoken/professed. 


This is logical manifestation of coddled adult children in environment that allows only a very narrow construct for "free thought." Life is unfair. People will say things you don't like. Deal with it but, except in the extremes, do not censor or suppress it.



Muriel Strand, P.E.Sacramento CA

in high school classics class, i was informed that back in those days, there was no such thing as libel or slander. if someone insulted you, the prescribed remedy was to insult them right back. of course, too much of this is not what you would call sociable.


i would recommend that historically oppressed groups take a deep breath and take responsibility for their own upset. even internalized oppression is primarily within the power of the oppressed person to delete, tho it does take time and effort.


and laughter is the best revenge.

June 2, 2015 at 12:06 p.m.




AdamNew York

Funny. Usually Brooks complains about moral relativism on campus, but today he's complaining about moral crusades there. Perhaps Brooks can reflect more on this complexity in college students' moral thinking that allows them to be so zealous in their pursuit of some moral causes while claiming to be relativists about morality in general.



Somehow I don’t see the publishing industry instituting codes banning unhappily married editors from going goopy over authors, though even with such a ban, will any set of regulations ever prevent affective misunderstandings and erotic crossed signals, compounded by power differentials, compounded further by subjective levels of vulnerability?


The question, then, is what kind of education prepares people to deal with the inevitably messy gray areas of life? Personally I’d start by promoting a less vulnerable sense of self than the one our new campus codes are peddling. Maybe I see it this way because I wasn’t educated to think that holders of institutional power were quite so fearsome, nor did the institutions themselves seem so mighty. Of course, they didn’t aspire to reach quite as deeply into our lives back then. What no one’s much saying about the efflorescence of these new policies is the degree to which they expand the power of the institutions themselves. As for those of us employed by them, what power we have is fairly contingent, especially lately. Get real: What’s more powerful—a professor who crosses the line, or the shaming capabilities of social media? - See more at:


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But what do we expect will become of students, successfully cocooned from uncomfortable feelings, once they leave the sanctuary of academe for the boorish badlands of real life? What becomes of students so committed to their own vulnerability, conditioned to imagine they have no agency, and protected from unequal power arrangements in romantic life? I can’t help asking, because there’s a distressing little fact about the discomfort of vulnerability, which is that it’s pretty much a daily experience in the world, and every sentient being has to learn how to somehow negotiate the consequences and fallout, or go through life flummoxed at every turn.

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But I also believe that the myths and fantasies about power perpetuated in these new codes are leaving our students disabled when it comes to the ordinary interpersonal tangles and erotic confusions that pretty much everyone has to deal with at some point in life, because that’s simply part of the human condition. - See more at:


However, we were warned in two separate places that inappropriate humor violates university policy. I’d always thought inappropriateness was pretty much the definition of humor—I believe Freud would agree. Why all this delicacy? Students were being encouraged to regard themselves as such exquisitely sensitive creatures that an errant classroom remark could impede their education, as such hothouse flowers that an unfunny joke was likely to create lasting trauma. - See more at:


It was also an excellent education in not taking power too seriously, and I suspect the less seriously you take it, the more strategies you have for contending with it. - See more at:


Perhaps overprogrammed children engineered to the specifications of college admissions offices no longer experience the risks and challenges that breed maturity,”



The confusion is telling, though. It shows that while keeping college-level discussions “safe” may feel good to the hypersensitive, it’s bad for them and for everyone else. People ought to go to college to sharpen their wits and broaden their field of vision. Shield them from unfamiliar ideas, and they’ll never learn the discipline of seeing the world as other people see it. They’ll be unprepared for the social and intellectual headwinds that will hit them as soon as they step off the campuses whose climates they have so carefully controlled. What will they do when they hear opinions they’ve learned to shrink from? If they want to change the world, how will they learn to persuade people to join them?



“Kindness alone won’t allow us to gain more insight into truth,” he wrote. In an interview, Mr. Shapiro said, “If the point of a safe space is therapy for people who feel victimized by traumatization, that sounds like a great mission.” But a safe-space mentality has begun infiltrating classrooms, he said, making both professors and students loath to say anything that might hurt someone’s feelings. “I don’t see how you can have a therapeutic space that’s also an intellectual space,” he said.



On almost every page of the New York Times I find information that is troubling and goes against my dearly and closely held beliefs. For God's sake, I just read Ross Douthat's column. Rather than suck my thumb and retreat to a "safe" room full of kindergarten toys, I was glad to read it and learn what conservatives think, because only then can I understand that reality and know how to counter it, or defend myself against it.  


Education occurs when you're exposed to the world, and shielding yourself from it means that you're not receiving an education. If there are things that you find too sensitive to bear, then you shouldn't attend that meeting or take that course. Stay at home, in your room, with the windows shut and the TV off. But don't expect a university to alter its core mission in some misguided attempt to prevent people from being exposed to reality. If this were to happen, the students who were the most afraid of knowledge who would be setting the curricula. What kind of education would that provide?



Marge KellerChicago

Mr. Brooks got it right today. Society has gotten itself into a real trick bag – the First Amendment guarantees Freedom of Speech, but at the same time, “everybody walks on egg shells” because “political correctness” has been allowed to the point of people becoming paralyzed from fear of reprisal for being honest. We want it both ways, but only when it suits us. I can say whatever mean & vaguely deceptive words about you, but hold on if YOU do the same to me.  


Rudeness has become a core problem because it has been tolerated and viewed as an acceptable form of behavior. It’s okay to say and do nasty things to someone because I feel better in the end? No it’s not! It’s a thin line between saying what one feels vs. being a bully. Somehow manners, respect and knowing when to listen instead of constantly yapping in the background have been kicked to the curb.  


Part of my college experience was to learn how to debate and take tangible action against issues like women’s issues, bigotry, gay/lesbian equal rights, etc. which is why I majored in social work. I wanted to make a difference and bring about positive change in the world. That was the kind of moral fervor kids like me encountered back in the 70s. There are so many “causes” today in which college kids could engage and foster that moral fervor. Perhaps a first step could be to stop saying everything’s about “me, me, me” and start listening and learning what someone else has to say and share.


The problem is that the campus activists have moral fervor, but don’t always have settled philosophies to restrain the fervor of their emotions. Settled philosophies are meant to (but obviously don’t always) instill a limiting sense of humility, a deference to the complexity and multifaceted nature of reality. But many of today’s activists are forced to rely on a relatively simple social theory.

According to this theory, the dividing lines between good and evil are starkly clear. The essential conflict is between the traumatized purity of the victim and the verbal violence of the oppressor.

According to this theory, the ultimate source of authority is not some hard-to-understand truth. It is everybody’s personal feelings. A crime occurs when someone feels a hurt triggered, or when someone feels disagreed with or “unsafe.” In the Shulevitz piece, a Brown student retreats from a campus debate to a safe room because she “was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against” her dearly and closely held beliefs.

Today’s campus activists are not only going after actual acts of discrimination — which is admirable. They are also going after incorrect thought — impiety and blasphemy. They are going after people for simply failing to show sufficient deference to and respect for the etiquette they hold dear. They sometimes conflate ideas with actions and regard controversial ideas as forms of violence.



There will always be moral fervor on campus. Right now that moral fervor is structured by those who seek the innocent purity of the vulnerable victim. Another and more mature moral fervor would be structured by the classic ideal of the worldly philosopher, by the desire to confront not hide from what you fear, but to engage the complexity of the world, and to know that sometimes the way to wisdom involves hurt feelings, tolerating difference and facing hard truths.


“The most successful and happiest people I’ve known understand that a good life, at its core, is about being personal. It’s about being engaged. It’s about being there for a friend or a colleague when they’re injured or in an accident,” Biden told the Yale crowd, adding: “It all seems to get down to being personal. That’s the stuff that fosters relationships. It’s the only way to breed trust.”



"There will come a day, I promise you and your parents, as well, when the thought of your son or daughter or your husband or wife brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. It will happen. My prayer for you is that day will come sooner or later.. But the only thing I have more experience than you in is this: I’m telling you it will come.”

Joe Biden,


“We mentioned Pixar a lot, because their work is colorful but not childish,”

Stephen Bosco

 Holyoke, Mass. 3 hours ago

Many of Dr. Ehrlich's dire predictions have not come true, but that doesn't mean that we don't have a population problem.  


Even with billions of earth's occupants living in appalling poverty, we humans are still causing a wide range of environmental damage. Elevating earth's poorer folks to a better standard of living entails more consumption of resources that are already overtaxed.  


When we confidently state that earth can handle seven or eight or nine billion occupants, we should be prepared to answer the question of what kind of standard of living we expect those multitudes to have.

Space was presented as a romantic frontier, sublime in its vastness, where ships and futuristic architecture scaled to monumental proportions could appear simultaneously awesome and diminutive.



No Man’s Sky’s references may be dime-store fiction, but the game reimagines the work with a sense of nostalgia and a knowing style that is often more sophisticated than the original. “One thing a lot of video games are missing is a very confident sense of style,” Frank Lantz, the director of New York University’s Game Center, told me. “No Man’s Sky has a personality.”



 Maryland 9 hours ago


Folks, this is what happens when you vote Republican ideologues into office. Guess what: if you want good public infrastructure and good public services, you actually have to pay for them.





 Verona, N.J. 8 hours ago


Thank you, Republican nihilists, for burning down America with your tax cuts to nowhere for the rich.




Ben W.

 New York, NY 7 hours ago

I am overwhelmed with pride in my home state right now, not only because they have abolished the death penalty, but also why they abolished it. To honor their principles this deeply, and show that their creed is more than something they repeat on Sunday, is a truly inspiring step by these legislators. I hope that more politicians on both sides of the aisle will follow this example, put aside petty partisan positions, consider data as well as their own understanding of moral justice, and act in a way that truly advances the societies they call home.


One, that our awareness of death creates tremendous potential for anxiety or terror. Two, that we learn to manage that terror by embedding ourselves in a cultural worldview that imbues reality with order, meaning, and stability. Three, that we gain and maintain psychological security by sustaining faith in that worldview and living up to the values it conveys. - See more at:




 Arkansas 2 hours ago


What's wrong with Republicans? Why so toxic? Why so mad? Why so racist? Why so bigoted? Why so misogynistic? Why so greedy? Why so truth challenged? The slightest investigation into Huckabee's last term as Arkansas governor would land him in prison from now on.....but no one looks, the media just jumps at the chance to print & talk about inflammatory statements Huck is prone to handing out daily. He's willing to die on the cross for the Duggar kid today, the NRA tomorrow, anti-gay legislation the next day.....what's wrong with Republicans?


I ask these questions as a former Republican & former Baptist, so I know of which I speak.



Tess Harding

 The New York Globe 2 hours ago

While in high school, I had the privilege of working at FAO after school, helping during the holiday season. I remember that I got to sell train sets, which for me was like going to heaven.

Christmas is a magical time in the city, and it was even more so each time I stepped through the doors at FAO; it felt like I had been transported to some magical old-world city out of an artist's fantasy.

It is both lamentable and infuriating to see a big-box chain like Toys R Us destroying this New York landmark for their almighty shareholders, thus making it impossible for today's kids to experience the warmth and comfort of a world where their gifts weren't scanned and shoved at them from an anonymous cashier at an anonymous check-out



 The West 3 hours ago

F.A.O. Schwarz has been dead ever since it moved from Fifth and 58th. They are just burying the body.


It's another step in the franchising of America: a few big, soulless retailers paying minimum wages and selling what is mostly junk from China. The hundreds of thousands of mom-and-pop stores, with their American-made merchandise, fueled the middle class in this country, providing millions with decent jobs and hopes for the future.


And every town and city was unique with its own unique businesses and restaurants. Traveling through America back then was an adventure. Now it's an exercise in boredom: same, same, same.


The franchising of this country is one of the saddest developments of my lifetime.




 Florida 3 hours ago

New York City is in danger of becoming a caricature of its former self. Shinier and pretty but vacuous. Even upscale, prosperous but distinctive stores find the exorbitant rents unmanageable. They are now being replaced by the generic internationally franchised monoliths that populate every other corner in NY and every other city. Ultra gentrification is homogenizing life in NYC and in our culture. Its difficult to offer a plausible solution to the trend when everyone's primary goal is "top dollar". At this time, cities like Detroit and those in the Rust Belt seem eminently more interesting and seem to hold more promise for innovation in the future.


Anxiety has become emblematic of the current generation of college students, said Dan Jones, the director of counseling and psychological services at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Because of escalating pressures during high school, he and other experts say, students arrive at college preloaded with stress. Accustomed to extreme parental oversight, many seem unable to steer themselves. And with parents so accessible, students have had less incentive to develop life skills.

“A lot are coming to school who don’t have the resilience of previous generations,” Dr. Jones said. “They can’t tolerate discomfort or having to struggle. A primary symptom is worrying, and they don’t have the ability to soothe themselves.”

Social media is a gnawing, roiling constant. As students see posts about everyone else’s fabulous experiences, the inevitable comparisons erode their self-esteem. The popular term is “FOMO” — fear of missing out.




“Changing people’s deeply held views,” he added, “is the hardest thing to do in politics and in life.”

Commencement speakers are always telling young people to follow their passions. Be true to yourself. This is a vision of life that begins with self and ends with self. But people on the road to inner light do not find their vocations by asking, what do I want from life? They ask, what is life asking of me? How can I match my intrinsic talent with one of the world’s deep needs?

Their lives often follow a pattern of defeat, recognition, redemption. They have moments of pain and suffering. But they turn those moments into occasions of radical self-understanding — by keeping a journal or making art. As Paul Tillich put it, suffering introduces you to yourself and reminds you that you are not the person you thought you were.

The people on this road see the moments of suffering as pieces of a larger narrative. They are not really living for happiness, as it is conventionally defined. They see life as a moral drama and feel fulfilled only when they are enmeshed in a struggle on behalf of some ideal.

This is a philosophy for stumblers. The stumbler scuffs through life, a little off balance. But the stumbler faces her imperfect nature with unvarnished honesty, with the opposite of squeamishness. Recognizing her limitations, the stumbler at least has a serious foe to overcome and transcend. The stumbler has an outstretched arm, ready to receive and offer assistance. Her friends are there for deep conversation, comfort and advice.

External ambitions are never satisfied because there’s always something more to achieve. But the stumblers occasionally experience moments of joy. There’s joy in freely chosen obedience to organizations, ideas and people. There’s joy in mutual stumbling. There’s an aesthetic joy we feel when we see morally good action, when we run across someone who is quiet and humble and good, when we see that however old we are, there’s lots to do ahead.

The stumbler doesn’t build her life by being better than others, but by being better than she used to be. Unexpectedly, there are transcendent moments of deep tranquillity. For most of their lives their inner and outer ambitions are strong and in balance. But eventually, at moments of rare joy, career ambitions pause, the ego rests, the stumbler looks out at a picnic or dinner or a valley and is overwhelmed by a feeling of limitless gratitude, and an acceptance of the fact that life has treated her much better than she deserves.

Those are the people we want to be.


Light and easily broken ties are what I neither desire theoretically nor could live for practically.

George Eliot,


We all go into professions for many reasons: money, status, security. But some people have experiences that turn a career into a calling. These experiences quiet the self. All that matters is living up to the standard of excellence inherent in their craft.


Character is defined by how deeply rooted you are. Have you developed deep connections that hold you up in times of challenge and push you toward the good? In the realm of the intellect, a person of character has achieved a settled philosophy about fundamental things. In the realm of emotion, she is embedded in a web of unconditional loves. In the realm of action, she is committed to tasks that can’t be completed in a single lifetime.


It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love?

We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light. Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.

But if you live for external achievement, years pass and the deepest parts of you go unexplored and unstructured. You lack a moral vocabulary. It is easy to slip into a self-satisfied moral mediocrity. You grade yourself on a forgiving curve. You figure as long as you are not obviously hurting anybody and people seem to like you, you must be O.K. But you live with an unconscious boredom, separated from the deepest meaning of life and the highest moral joys. Gradually, a humiliating gap opens between your actual self and your desired self, between you and those incandescent souls you sometimes meet.




Yet, astoundingly, others actively seek boredom out. “You have to sit around so much doing nothing,” Gertrude Stein wrote on developing creative genius. F. Scott Fitzgerald thought boredom was necessary for writing: “You’ve got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges.” The poet Mary Ruefle speaks of “the vital necessity of wasting time, of loafing and doing nothing.” Two recent studies lend scholarly weight to such claims: People who have been bored demonstrate increased creativity, and are better at associative thinking than those who have just been relaxing. 

For every Whitman loafing at his ease, there’s someone else deeply depressed by the specter of empty time. Boredom seems to result in creativity only when given the right conditions. Yet at the same time, creative thinking is what makes boredom tolerable: A factory employee dreams up home redecorations on the assembly line, a salmon fisherwoman plans the evening menu while hauling nets, a medical salesman decides in a meeting to start raising bees. 

So what turns doing nothing into creative fuel? While there are no conclusive studies on this, therapists and psychoanalysts I’ve interviewed tend to agree that the best way to really use boredom is to allow our bored minds to wander freely and to pay close attention to where they go, like watching a Ouija board supply answers under our own fingertips.

Sometimes boredom serves as empty ground on which to build new ideas, while other times it acts as a guide to our true desires. You have to wait and see; above all, boredom is the master of the long con.


A chief tenet of the Internet age is belief in the natural proliferation of democracy and decentralization, in the ability of distributed networks of everyday people to achieve what once required top-down hierarchies and a great concentration of power. When you contribute to a Kickstarter campaign that funds an album or a documentary, you’re participating in the creation of cultural value outside the risk-averse bureaucracies of mass cultural production. You’re kicking in to cut out the middlemen of music labels or Hollywood studios.




LANNAN: It’s built into Patrick’s journey. He begins the show with the idea that you can either have sex in the woods or settle down and get married. As the show goes on, he realizes that those aren’t the only two choices—that there’s this whole world of options.

HAIGH: It speaks to a universal concern that all of us have, which is the two poles of security and freedom. That’s what Patrick’s dealing with. He’s torn between complete freedom and complete security, and I think we all can understand those dual desires.




Even though social historians believed themselves purveyors of truth, they also tended to be explicit about their political positioning. This was because they were hyperattentive to how their scholarship was a radical departure in the discipline. As Nash argued, historians could no longer deny the simple fact that “we read, think, and write selectively and in ways that reflect our cultural biases.” The key to this recognition was that social historians were not the only biased scholars. Their traditionalist adversaries were equally compromised, if not more so for their refusal to recognize their own prejudices. Following in the footsteps of those who pioneered black, ethnic, and women’s studies, social historians helped normalize the idea that historical writing, like all forms of knowledge, was value laden.



“We will simply not allow you the luxury of continuing to call yourselves politically neutral. We are in the libraries, writing history, trying to cure it of your partisan and self-congratulatory fictions, trying to come a little closer to finding out how things actually were.”



Howard Zinn, who did more than any single individual to popularize a leftist version of American history, advised that historians could encourage radical change by giving voice to history’s voiceless.



Bruce Bartlett (CNN)

On “Reliable Sources” this weekend, a conservative historian who served in both the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations minced no words about what he believes is making the average Republican increasingly removed from reality — Fox News.


Host Brian Stelter read from a paper Bruce Bartlett published earlier this month, in which he claimed that “[i]t can almost be called self-brainwashing — many conservatives now refuse to listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.”

Bartlett defended his thesis, saying “I don’t think that word ['self-brainwashing'] is too strong — I think many conservatives live in a bubble, where they watch only Fox News on television, they listen only to conservative talk radio — Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, many of the same people.”



"When they go on to the Internet,” he piled on, “they look at conservative websites like National Review, Newsmax, World Net Daily, so they live in a universe in which they hear the same exact ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data, repeated over and over again — and that’s brainwashing.”


On social science



The WandererLos Gatos, CA

We need another word to describe wandering around or calling on the phone asking random people questions, expecting them to give honest answers, expecting those asking the questions to honestly report those answers, and then drawing some sort of conclusion from it. I don't know what it is, but it is not science.

May 26, 2015 at 8:03 a.m.




Quiet ThinkerPortland, Maine

This now-defrocked scholar told people something they wanted to hear: he was widely applauded for it and ultimately rewarded for it with a plum job at Princeton.  


The question it brings up for me is: how do we treat scholars that tell us things we *don't* want to hear, but which may nonetheless be true?



The broad decline of institutions leaves many people betrayed, lonely and broken — not only unaffiliated with religion but unaffiliated with family, with community and with all the commitments that give meaning to freedom.

He continued: “At that moment, I realized that Sadness was the key. We were trying to push her to the side. But she needed to be the one going on the journey. Joy needed to understand that it’s O.K. for Sadness to be included at the controls once in a while. It’s only the interaction and complexity of all of these emotions that brings a real connection between people.”



That, he says, is how Pope Francis hopes not just to bring people to the Catholic Church, but to bring the Church to the people. Rather than ministering only to the officially worthy, minister to everyone—gay, divorced, disenchanted—and then worry about making them worthy. “Don’t lead with the chin, don’t lead with controversy,” Dolan said. “Don’t even lead with the mouth. Lead with the heart and you’re going to win a lot of people.”

That, of course, is not exactly how the Church worked before Francis came to town. During the last two pontificates, the rules came first, and often they tightened in response to cultural advances in the secular world. To many Catholics struggling with the pressures of real life in that real world, those rules meant Catholicism was an ever-more exclusive club where traditionalist prelates and Catholic fundamentalists could blackball anyone who couldn’t live by the rules. It was a Church in which homosexuals were “intrinsically disordered” and divorced and remarried Catholics were “adulterers.”



Unlike Francis, who lamented to the Jesuit America Magazine that “the church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules,” traditionalists believe that there is no room in the pews for anyone who can’t see things the way they do.



Cardinal Kasper said that to feel mercy—this word changes everything. A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”


“Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude…while God always forgives, Creation never forgives and if we destroy Creation, in the end it will destroy us!”

Pope Francis



That's very different than US pastors. I even heard one guy say it was man's duty to fuck up the earth because that's why God gave it to man....or something like that. Then again, the only real God of Christian conservatism is the dollar. Sooner or later I won't be surprised if they contort Christianity even more so that only the rich go to heaven...and they'll probably say if you're poor, you're going to hell....or it's a sin to defy your boss, etc. It will be something though will definitely be something.




As happens so often in romantic life, craziness can keep you hooked while sanctimony just makes you stop paying attention.




“I think you just have to get sick of hearing the accommodation in your approach to things,” she said in 2010. “As there begins to be less time ahead of you, you want to be exactly who you are, without making it easier for everyone else.”


Meryl Streep,




We think small in America, so therefore we do small things.



All bets are off when the people who make the money also make the rules. We’ve become inured to the absurd idea that certain people are worth millions, or tens of millions, of dollars each year. C.E.O.s famously make five hundred to more than a thousand times the pay of one of their employees. This has nothing to do with worth, especially when highly-paid executives fail in some spectacular way and make more in severance than any 10 people I know would earn in a lifetime of competent performance.


We seem comfortable with the idea that there is an elite class that deserves outrageous compensation. The recent economic meltdown bubbled with stories of hedge fund managers who bilked the system for millions, and then got bonuses on top of their ill-gotten gains. We found it difficult to talk about, mostly because we didn’t have the vocabulary to parse the difference between their “legitimate” absurd salaries and the money they blatantly scammed from investors.


In this context, the money Hillary panhandles for her presidential run is a babbling brook compared to the torrent that the Koch brothers control, and yet the Clintons appear have more money than God. There seems to be a theology of wealth with its own rituals and prayers and sacraments that are hidden from us. Some people appear to be making the proper propitiations to Mammon, because it seems their prayers are always answered.



The psychological meaning of clothing is something academics have been curious about for more than a century, particularly the influential Harvard psychologist William James, who believed the clothes you wear ranked just under your physical body, but above your immediate family, in contributing to your understanding of who you are.



Specifically, they found that people who felt more formally dressed than the people around them were more likely to think abstractly. “And by that we mean, basically, holistic or big-picture thinking — so not focusing on the details but seeing bigger ideas, seeing how things connect from a more high-level perspective,”



One, being more formally dressed than those slobs around you probably makes you feel a bit surer of yourself, which, in turn, might make you feel more in control, or more like a leader.


And when people feel powerful, they’re more likely to engage in abstract thinking, previous research has shown. It also just makes intuitive sense, Slepian said. “Someone who is a leader has a big picture of where they want their team to go, what they want their team to be working on,” he explained. They have the big picture, and they have to figure out how to implement it. That’s why power leads to abstract thinking — when you’re in a position of power, you don’t have to focus on the details.”





Can't get nothing in this world without being heard.

St. Vincent



She's a lady of the night.

What's that?

One of the more honest ways to make a living.

St. Vincent



mdBerkeley, CA

I'm not religious but I must say that Pope Francis' talk, values and practice ironically sound fresh in the current cacophony of voices justifying violence, terror and perpetual warfare, drones,surveillance, capital concentration and global expansion, the focus on making money, the urge of constant consumption, the ubiquitous advertisement, the public's bombardment with endless and trivial information and misinformation. It is exhausting. It all feels like an juggernaut crushing our "souls," silencing and diverting other voices that raise the great suffering brought about the problems of unemployment, global and domestic immiseration, global immigration, climate warming, etc. Maybe it is time to open our eyes and particularly our hearts to these issues. Does it take a pope to do it, to legitimate other agendas? At least a figure in the "limelight" of the global world is speaking and validating "new"--and "old"--talk, not merely in religious language, but in modern ethical and secular terms too. We listen respectfully dropping as much as possible religious, national and political discursive barriers.



Thomas PayneCornelius, NC

The Pope's "christianity" is a direct odds with the political "christianity" which is practiced here in the USA. I see serious trouble ahead as the useless and burdensome tenents of Peace, Love, Hope, Charity, and Compassion are challenged by those who seek only salvation from Jesus as this allows them unfettered pursuit of their love for Mammon.




How wonderful that this revival of Liberation Theology, along with the Beatification of Blessed Cardinal Romero, comes on the very day when Ireland celebrates a historic inclusion of all its citizens in its Constitutional understanding of marriage.


Call it pure chance, if you will. But the same Pope Francis who revived the cause of Cardinal Romero's Beatification, is the one who, when questioned about homosexuality, responded: "Who am I to judge?" And this issue of unwillingness to judge surfaced over and over in the comments of deeply Catholic Irish voters, who recognized a solidarity with extending the right to marry to ALL citizens, gay or straight, using very similar words to those of the Pope.


Pope Francis is a God-send in our day: His focus on the poor, the outcast, the disabled, and his welcoming of persons of all religions or none, along with his call to care for the environment are a blessing and a call to action in our day.



 Burleson, TX 1 hour ago

It'd good that Archbishop Romero is finally getting the recognition he deserves for speaking out against the atrocities of the USG and particularly the shadow government of Oliver North, Reagan and John Negroponte. That shameful chapter in our history has never been duly accounted for. This at least honors someone who deserves honor, unlike those irresponsible men.


Whether or not one believes in a supreme being, a messiah, heaven, hell or any other issues of faith, this Pope, Francis, is the first in living memory, and perhaps in all of history to humbly emulate the actions of Joshua of Nazareth, aka. Jesus.


While the comparison with Jesus of Nazareth might not be useful for some, the basic precepts of loving one another, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, and the desire and will to help those in poverty, want and hopelessness shows strongly in this man's actions and words.


His willingness to humble himself among the poor, the sick, and people of all faiths while rejecting the opulence and bunkery of the office is commendable. 


No, he is not perfect, and he has not solved with several important issues within the RC church, but somehow I feel he is a loving and reasonable man who seeks justice and fairness for all. 


I wish Francis was younger with more time to serve.






 Idaho 45 minutes ago

I traveled in Central America in the 1980s and in San Salvador I went to the huge cathedral with its bare, unfinished concrete walls -- because Oscar Romero decided that using the money to serve the poor was more important than beautifying the church to impress the rich.


For this kind of simple recognition of reality, and our shared responsibility to care for the earth and all who inhabit it, he was assassinated.


I came back to the States to my city with its huge over-decorated churches - often empty of all but the elderly and a few new parents bringing their kids, more out of tradition than any personal commitment. I have always since defined myself, whatever my church or religion, as an adherent of Liberation Theology, because it's not just an attentive reading of the gospel, it's the only logical response to the abuse by the powerful of all who have less -- the poor, women, people of color, rural families, and all the other species on our earth.


It is interesting that "When I feed the poor, they call me a saint; but when I ask what keeps them poor, they call me a communist" (to slightly paraphrase Brazil's Dom Helder Camara). It's the American -- and often, Vatican -- response to call every critical inquiry into the causes of poverty "communist". Yet the totalitarianism that is meant is displayed not only by Stalinist states, but also by the state of greed that rules the U.S. today.

YoandelBoston, Mass.

The allegiance of the Church, and of every Christian and non-Christian, and even of non-believer that nevertheless believes in reason, is an allegiance to do good --to exercise the Golden Rule, to follow the Kantian Imperatives, towards Tikun Olam, the healing of the world --and, yes, away from intolerance, oppression, and exploitation.


So indeed, the allegiance is to the poor, as much of their suffering is not caused by what they control --and because aiding your fellow man, and the natural world, makes you closer to divinity, so indeed we grow closer to God. 


But an allegiance to the poor is not exclusive --the Church (and all of us) can also pledge allegiance to knowledge, to the natural world, and to animals so horribly abused, but also to the sick, and to the despairing, to minorities, and as Ireland showed us, to the LGBT community --regardless of their wealth. 


Indeed, so is the responsibility of the Church to preach among and to the wealthy, to the majorities in power, and to our leaders, because at the end of the day love and compassion should know no bounds.


Argentina’s financial crisis in the early years of the 21st century also shaped his views, as he “began to see that economic systems, not just individuals, could be sinful,” Mr. Vallely added.

Since becoming pope, Francis has expressed strong criticism of capitalism, acknowledging that globalization has lifted many people from poverty but saying it has also created great disparities and “condemned many others to hunger.” He has warned, “Without a solution to the problems of the poor, we cannot resolve the problems of the world.”


Alt Mode, as in: alternate modalities (working title), is a body of musical works written by composer/producer RYAT (Christina McGeehan), reconstructed into a performance that integrates dance, live electronic music, video mapping, interactive media and set design. Directed and choreographed by Kate Watson-Wallace, and composed and designed by RYAT, the work asks questions about what it means to be a woman on stage, radical female presence in a popular context and equity within the form. In this work, RYAT and Watson-Wallace continue to explore how they wear their identities, working with themes of doubleness, drag, the other, pleasure and melancholy, as sources of power. They explore ecstatic states, state-shifting, and pleasure as revolution, as ways to propose new futures.


Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. 

Through the leadership of its Trustees and staff, The Museum of Modern Art manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art; by presenting exhibitions and educational programs of unparalleled significance; by sustaining a library, archives, and conservation laboratory that are recognized as international centers of research; and by supporting scholarship and publications of preeminent intellectual merit.

Central to The Museum of Modern Art's mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves.

To achieve its goals The Museum of Modern Art recognizes:

That modern and contemporary art originated in the exploration of the ideals and interests generated in the new artistic traditions that began in the late nineteenth century and continue today.

That modern and contemporary art transcend national boundaries and involve all forms of visual expression, including painting and sculpture, drawings, prints and illustrated books, photography, architecture and design, and film and video, as well as new forms yet to be developed or understood, that reflect and explore the artistic issues of the era.

That these forms of visual expression are an open-ended series of arguments and counter arguments that can be explored through exhibitions and installations and are reflected in the Museum's varied collection.

That it is essential to affirm the importance of contemporary art and artists if the Museum is to honor the ideals with which it was founded and to remain vital and engaged with the present.

That this commitment to contemporary art enlivens and informs our evolving understanding of the traditions of modern art.

That to remain at the forefront of its field, the Museum must have an outstanding professional staff and must periodically reevaluate itself, responding to new ideas and initiatives with insight, imagination, and intelligence. The process of reevaluation is mandated by the Museum's tradition, which encourages openness and a willingness to evolve and change.

In sum, The Museum of Modern Art seeks to create a dialogue between the established and the experimental, the past and the present, in an environment that is responsive to the issues of modern and contemporary art, while being accessible to a public that ranges from scholars to young children.


"When people are really close with each other, they use each other as soundboards because they’re the other person’s best friend.”


"When you make other people feel different because of what they’ve conditioned themselves to feel about the subject, it made me look at her and think she’s made life choices that she’s willing to stand by—and in a place where people would do what they felt like other people would expect them to do, instead of going on their feelings."




 SF 6 hours ago

Of course you shouldn't call it a bubble, you should call it a Ponzi scheme. The dirty little secret about tech valuations is that their based on a shell game. Uber and Airbnb operate illegally or in grey zone at best and believe that smart lobbying will convince lawmakers that they are actually special. Snapchat, Pinterest, FB and every other mobile platform is still based on advertising revenues. Last time I checked no one was minting new advertising dollars. In addition, outside the rarified air of SF and NY, the average American doesn't have much more disposable income with which to purchase the goods that are being advertised. So everyone is still chasing the same ad dollars, the only thing that has changed is tv dollars are being reallocated to mobile devices. Overseas expansion is dubious proposition since in many countries consumers would rather use their own versions of these tech companies (see Tencent, Baidu etc.) and overseas regulators are not nearly impressed by Silicon Valley tech companies as Silicon Valley is (see Google in Europe). So, at the end of the day, what exactly are these valuations based on? Yes, I thought so.



There may be no clear evolutionary advantage to female infidelity, but sex has never just been about procreation. Cheating can be intensely pleasurable because, among other things, it involves novelty and a degree of sensation seeking, behaviors that activate the brain’s reward circuit. Sex, money and drugs, among other things, trigger the release of dopamine from this circuit, which conveys not just a sense of pleasure but tells your brain this is an important experience worth remembering and repeating. And, of course, humans vary widely in their taste for novelty.


In a 2010 study of 181 young, healthy adults, Justin R. Garcia, then at Binghamton University, found that subjects who carried a variant of one dopamine receptor subtype, the D4 receptor, were 50 percent more likely to report sexual infidelity. This D4 genetic variant has reduced binding for dopamine, which implies that these individuals walk around at baseline feeling less stimulated and hungrier for novelty than those lacking this genetic variant.




For some, there is little innate temptation to cheat; for others, sexual monogamy is an uphill battle against their own biology.




4 hours ago

Do I still live in the United States of America? That democratic bastion, beloved of ordinary folks? Remember the country that was so blessed? But today we can't seem to stop selling off our uranium deposits, oil, water, elections to the highest bidders, aided and abetted by a Supreme Court which has styled Corporations as "people".


Today I learned that after having the chance at last to read and comment on the trade agreement the President had been pushing from behind closed doors, Senator Warren has challenged, rightfully, the idea that the U.S. would sign a trade deal that would give CORPORATIONS "the right to challenge regulations in member nations that harm the value of their investments". If this trade bill stands as it is currently written, and we adopt it, corporations will be not only people, but the most important people.


Mr. President, over the past six years you've been asking me (ad nauseam, quite frankly) if I have your back. Today I think I'd best incorporate myself, if I expect you to have mine.






Elizabeth Warren is the Wayne Morse of her generation. Morse was one of just two Senators who voted against the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in 1964 that gave President Johnson carte blanche to escalate U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The result was a disaster, the defoliation of Vietnam's landscape with chemical weapons (napalm) and millions dead or maimed for life. Laos ended up becoming the most heavily bombed country per acreage in the history of the world. What on earth for?  


Here we are 51 years later and it appears nothing can stop another huge mistake from occurring. Again, why sensible people like Morse in 1964 and Warren in 2015 end up time and again being lonely voices in a crowd of U.S. politicians willing to go along with a really bad policy is a question Americans need to urgently ask themselves. 


I feel like the entire world is on the verge of coming to resemble Haiti or a Chinese sweatshop or a miserable Pakistani city teeming with millions of angry, impoverished residents while landowning elites party away in their barricaded estates patrolled 24 hours a day by armed guards. If the value of human labor on this planet is going to approach zero while GDP remains constant or increases, the most urgent question to address is the best method to ensure wealth redistribution.



inchinchiliMadison, MS

I think of all the mostly unsubstantiated aspersions hurled at our current President from the right in their endless attempt to vilify him, and then watch as this current crop of candidates flagrantly sell off our government to the highest bidders, it makes me wonder if Americans even know the difference between right and wrong anymore. 


Americans have abdicated their democratic responsibilities in exchange for not having to think about politics and the governing of our nation. We're not a free, self-governing nation anymore. It only feels like we still are because the oligarchs that actually determine the policies we're governed by are wily enough to know how to keep us from rising up. Policies that would pave the way for a fairer, more equitable economic landscape are defined as redistributing wealth, something Americans are uncomfortable with. The climate change discussion is injected with just enough angles of doubt that it enables our country as a whole to justify doing little about our dying planet. Any attempt at creating a healthcare system that would best, and most efficiently, serve all of the American public is defined as socialism and overwhelmingly impossible here in the US. The wall of distortion is so thick that the American people simply don't have the tools to tear it down.


During this next election cycle I would suggest that all Americans stay focused on one single issue: campaign finance reform. Until that happens, we the people are not a free people.



As she grew up, Ms. Orlandersmith came to understand the sources of her mother’s pain, its roots in her failed career as a dancer and, more broadly, the love of music and books that was both a solace and a frustration: the world they evoked being such a great distance from the harsh environment in which she fought to live.



And yet Ms. Orlandersmith relates the grimmest details of her youth from the perspective of the accomplished writer and performer who transcended them. She can access the pain and the fury, and bring it alive for us with spellbinding immediacy, but at least some of the wounds have been healed through the process of creation, or re-creation.


New York Theater Workshop

through May 31

The writer and performer Dael Orlandersmith delivers an elegy with a knife-sharp edge in this haunting solo show about her fraught relationship with her abusive, alcoholic mother, who nevertheless awakened in Ms. Orlandersmith a hunger for the solace of art.



PaulLong island

The so-called "email-gate" (aka "Benghazi-gate") is just another political ploy, as the the experts say, to drive up Secretary Clinton's "negatives" in order to reduce voter turnout in the 2016 Presidential election. That's probably the only viable strategy the Republicans have to win given their extremist positions on most issues that matter to the electorate. And that why Mrs. Clinton urged the release of all the emails "as soon as possible" so as to put this kerfuffle behind her. And then, of course, it's on to "Foundation-gate" another magical-thinking Republican misdirection tactic to distract from the issues and the fact that most of them have already been bought by a billionaire backer.



Madeline ConantMidwest

Here we go again. The Republicans continue their incessant demands for investigation after investigation of the Clintons. Have we sifted through the Clintons' bathroom trash can yet? How about Hillary's high school homework assignments? Surely, SURELY, there is scandal to be found somewhere if we just keep looking.  


They simply can't bear it that she is going to be elected president.

May 21, 2015 at 6:13 a.m.




People deeply invested in endless political dung throwing may have an interest in more Libya scandal, but I think that the majority of Americans are weary of it. It's not much a vote-turner, despite the Republicans' obsessive fantasy. Everyone knows that chaotic crises like this happen, everyone knows that all politicians, right or left, must try to cover their backsides when things go wrong, and everyone's much more concerned about things that will affect them directly. On that front the Republicans are particularly vulnerable. 

May 21, 2015 at 5:35 a.m.






JEBAustin, TX

The only reason for releasing these emails is the right-wing mania that is never satisfied with the operations of government unless the Republicans are in power, which leads to countless investigations of supposed scandals that are never scandals at all. At times, the New York Times has bought into this, stoking the fires of suspicion by assuming that such investigations are valid. The more the partisan investigations, the more the government must spend its time defending itself instead of carrying out its normal functions. The more the partisan investigations, the greater the public distrust of government. All of which serves the purpose of the Republican party well, which constantly runs against government and therefore wants the government to function as poorly as possible whenever they are not in control. Thus the anti-Clinton machine, thus the anti-Obama machine. But of course if you are driven by ideology, and not by the obligations of responsible citizenship, you will see only what you want to see and complain about the Clintons or Obama over and over again, without admitting to your own fictions.

May 21, 2015 at 6:27 a.m.



Right. Because a girl/Woman would go through all of this just for the oh SO positive attention, right?? 

Heavens ....the sheer misogyny, hatefulness and simple mind-bending obsession some people have to NOT WANTING BELIEVE that rape is something that happens, that is a reality. No sure ...they are all liars ... (even in cases where the crime was caught on camera, was shared by the perpetrators on social media etc.) Because THAT is a much more realistic explanation than the fact that parents, teachers, administrations failed their daughters, sisters, female students etc. because they never taught a bunch of entitled, cuddled rich boys and jocks that NO means NO ...even if the girl is drunk, dressed in a way THEY thing is provocative, has slept with them before, is sexuall active etc. (really could that Amy Schumer skit have been more on point????) 

Ohh ...but you can’t go around accusing your rapist ...because that might “ruin” a bright, young man’s future, right? Who cares about the girl, her future, her reputation. 

I mean come on. She is strong. They did not break her ....she can’t have been raped, right? She’s not traumatized enough, she’s still fighting, standing up for herself ... not conforming to some sick, broken, hysterical, indoctrinated picture of how “a victim” should behave ..... OF COURSE she is lying! 

Really, this system is so so so rigged in favor of the men/boys ...... HOW else is it possible that someone could go ahead and do this ...without any fear of consequences: Putting up posters and banners calling her a liar?

This makes me sick! And it makes me even sicker that people can get away with it ....let alone the actual crime of raping her, but basically raping her AGAIN in this way, demeaning her, hurting, defaming her. And there are actual living, breathing people out there who don’t just condone it, they support it. What a world .....


It’s not that people think that women lie about rape. It’s that people think that women lie about EVERYTHING. Women don’t ever misspeak, embellish or create. They just lie. That is why people turn to your boyfriend to ask them the same question they just asked you and you just answered. These MRAs and their kin aren’t really angry about being accused of rape. Remember, they don’t actually think there’s anything wrong with rape. If they did, they would become ashamed and drop out of school at the rate of rape victims when accused. They’re angry that women’s eyewitness testimony is being treated, by anyone, like a valid truth claim. They’re angry that someone, who they see as unworthy to comment on reality, is speaking. 

I gaurantee you that if you had a window into the inner discourse of a man like Nungesser it would go like this: “Ok. I fucked her. But she can’t prove I fucked her. She shouldn’t be saying things that she can’t prove. She’s a liar.”




 bc 16 hours ago


The modern consumption driven economy has always been a kind of shell game - people buying things they don't really need with money they don't really have for reasons they don't really understand and in most cased actually doing themselves and the world harm in the process.


Until and unless we find a new model for what we value and how we relate to ourselves, each other, and the world we depend on for survival the future looks bleak. Of course, if you want to fix a problem you first have to admit you have a problem and that doesn't seem likely to happen anytime soon.  


Then again, if people started realizing we are all in the same lifeboat that needs everyone rowing together to survive things might be different, and the answers pretty obvious.


craig geary

 redlands, fl 15 hours ago

And what are the republicans of the Inane Clown Posse proposing?

Perpetual war in the Middle East to please Adelson, AIPAC and profiteering defence swindlers.

Polluting the planet to death to please the Koch brothers, Exxon, Peabody Coal.

Imposing christian shariah to please the cowtown ayatollahs.

Gutting Social Security and Medicare to please the corporate welfare Empresses.

Enacting a hugely regressive flat tax to please the .01%.




Workers’ share of the economic pie has been shrinking for decades, as the gains from labor productivity have flowed increasingly to profits rather than pay. A result has been an economy that is less resilient and more unequal. Low-wage workers who have been demonstrating for higher pay are leading politicians where they need to go, and the real leaders among those politicians are following the workers.



"No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country".


Franklin Delano Roosevelt





 High Desert Oregon 6 hours ago

Agreed. If a business cannot afford to pay non-family, non-owner employees a living wage, our society cannot afford that business. Why should the rest of us subsidize businesses that produce their profits on the desperation of low-income workers? Enough is enough.

The arguments against raising the minimum wage coming from plutocrat-funded think tanks and politicians should be called out as the immoral, self-interested rationalizations they are. We should be keeping a list.





 Hot Springs, AR 6 hours ago

I think it's reprehensible that companies like our very own Walmart here in Arkansas pay such low wages that their employees must apply for food stamps and other governmental assistance just to get by. This is nothing but corporate welfare under a different guise, and it should stop. Board members of these companies should feel ashamed when they look in the mirror, but of course that'll never happen. As for the republicans who denigrate those who need assistance, are they even aware of these full-time workers who STILL require pubic assistance to get by? Do these republicans have no shame either? It makes you wonder...




As FDR said the night before he signed the bill in one of his fireside chats "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."


The modern day 'calamity-howlers' are still out there crying economic murder as workers will get a few more dollars that were previously stolen from them by the executive-shareholder class.







 Pittsburgh, PA 6 hours ago

When will Americans wake up on this issue.


Too many of us buy into the argument that WE will have to pay more if minimum wages are raised.


In fact, WE are ALREADY paying and big time when big businesses pay minimum wages to their workers. Forbes profiled a report showing that Walmart workers alone were collecting literally billions of dollars in food stamps, heating assistance, medical care and flat out welfare because they cannot survive on what they make as an "associate." And Walmart is hardly alone in this....big corporations like Darden (restaurant chains) and McDonalds follow the same practices.


If WE paid decent wages directly to workers instead of feeding too little to them after the fact in the form of inefficient and time-consuming and expensive welfare bureaucracy, those same workers would be spending those increased earnings rapidly for better housing, transportation, day care, food, meals out, and even an occasional movie or trip.  


We the taxpayer right now are subsidizing massively profitable corporations who will not pay a living wage to their workers. I'd rather pay a bit more for fries or a pizza directly at the store than through taxes for welfare.


Ron Landsman

 Garrett Park, Maryland 13 hours ago

Those exorbitant presidential salaries ARE administrative costs that need cutting. If Lee Bollinger's salary were a measly $1 million, that would free up $2.4 million -- enough for 48 adjunct profs to get an additional $50,000 each.


But plainly, this is all part of a larger, social/ economic phenomenon, all of a piece with the dog-eat-dog social-political-economic philosophy that Ronald Reagan dressed up as new American frontierism.


Count me as an old New Deal Democrat (born in 1949) who sees little improvement except in civil rights, health care and the CFPC since 1938, and plenty of losses, probably high-lighted by the repeal of Glass-Stiegel (hmm, am I spelling it right?).




 milwaukee 13 hours ago

Students are drowning in debt, and faculty are demonized, as if we sit around doing nothing for our salaries, which the general public mistakenly thinks are high.



Dead Fish

 SF, CA 15 hours ago

Maybe it is time for a maximum wage. That maximum wage could be set at what the President of the United States makes, which is $400,000, and no federal money for any institutions that pays any employee of theirs anymore. After all being POTUS is probably mankind’s most important job, with more responsibility and power than any other, so is anyone really more valuable or worth more than the President? Why should federal dollars be subsidizing wages for anyone over what Obama makes?!





 Michigan 53 minutes ago

The humans I meet that are diagnosed as mentally ill are mostly just exhibiting human behavior. We rush to judge illness when it may be that humans are just mostly abnormal. Whatever abnormal really is. You can't medicate everybody, or can you?


David DAtlanta

"Privatisize" is a GOP buzz word for give it to the wealthy. That invariably leads to horrific cost cutting and collapse services to everyone else in the country. It's disgusting.


JMMSF Bay Area

Any illusion that these businesses work will somehow trickle down and be useful across a broad base of society is just that, an illusion.

The world's citizens do not need the talented creating apps for themselves and their precived 'needs' while they contribute to a wider equity gap. Rather, they need to apply their technology skills to problems that are scuttling our very existence on this or any other planet.

May 20, 2015 at 9:19 a.m.


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Empirical ConservatismUnited States

I fear that this bodes ill for the culture of San Francisco. A place that we all cherished for its freaky, sweet inclusiveness is becoming an enclave for people who are prematurely narrow, mean and exclusive: Dallas by the Bay.






As the parent of millennial children, I am sorry to say that it seems to me that most young women (and young men) - even well-educated at "top" colleges and universities - have little interest in civic/political issues and mostly don't bother to vote. Check out the affluent 20-somethings working in tech or media or finance in SF or NYC etc - and see how many have any knowledge and/or care. But they are certainly current about cool bars and instant food delivery etc. Really scary for our future.


Through some strategic alchemy, the organizers hoped the gathering would turn the fast-food workers’ fight for a $15 hourly wage into a broad national movement of all low-wage workers that combined the spirit of Depression-era labor organizing with the uplifting power of Dr. King’s civil rights campaign.


A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining. Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it's just basically another word for equality.




 Sydney 1 hour ago

If you can't afford to pay your staff, then it's not a viable business. Enriching yourself at the expense of underpaid employees can't be called 'business'. The correct term is 'slavery'.


E. Rodriguez

 New York, NY 1 hour ago



If this country wasn't so obsessed with destroying unions $15 would be considered a pittance instead of a god send. We've been brain washed to believe we're all worth less than what we deserve and that the almighty CEO deserves to make 200x more than even the median wage.



 1104 3 hours ago

this relentless pursuit of an elusive 'perfect security' causes more harm than it has ever prevented...


let's reward and empower every phobia... and still, there will be no end to unreasonable fear…



Larry LDallas, TX


People in the financial industry always find ways to justify their pay. They are not smarter. They are just less ethical.





Wall Street will never regulate itself; it will never what's good for the economy, only what's good for itself; it will reward itself for incestuous financial alchemies, completely removed from anything to do with the productive economy of the nation. Wall Street will most certainly never limit its greed, or its size, or its wealth (syphoned from the real economy).


Elizabeth Warren is right. This is a monster that can only be tamed with brutal determination and no pity whatsoever. 

May 18, 2015 at 11:52 a.m.




hen3ryNew York 

Americans don't value education. We do value celebrity, liars, cheaters, bigots who say what we want to hear, politicians who tell us we're a great nation (though they never say great in comparison to what other nations), and the idea that someday we'll get rich too, just like the Koch Brothers. It's those pesky regulations, social safety net programs, and taxes that are in the way. So we'll cut taxes, pay teachers less, let school buildings rot, let the roads go, allow our public spaces to become disgraceful but with less taxes to pay we're on the way to being rich. And if you're rich who cares about a little thing like usable roads, good schools, clean public spaces, affordable medical care? Rich means never having to worry about paying for anything.



A RennekBrooklyn

The way the world economy works: first-world banks lend to developing countries. Rich people and government officials in developing countries siphon off the money through corruption and invest the money in first-world countries, and eventually move to those countries. Instead of the money being used for schools, tap water systems and roads that would be useful for the majority of people the money is invested in high rise condos in Brooklyn and for luxury cars, etc...

May 17, 2015 at 6:37 p.m.


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On the big picture in politics

The back-and-forth resulted in a three-minute video clip that Republican opponents could use against Mr. Rubio in the future, given that he came across as a politician used to debating fine points and nuances in the United States Senate — a problem that then-Senator John Kerry faced in his presidential run in 2004 — rather than as a seasoned leader used to giving clear statements.


daLos Angeles

The abused shouldn't be so gleeful in becoming the abusers. Those who make that choice (and I do believe it is a choice, if simply a lazy, passive one psychologically) should take a good hard look at themselves in order to evolve out of abusive patterns, not perpetuate them. That's real maturity. This, on the other hand, is sad and pathetic, essentially evidence of a childhood narcissism that was never grown out of. 

May 16, 2015 at 7:36 p.m.


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I'm disappointed that I even read this article. What people focus on, often driven by or deepened by a voracious tabloid-like media, and further, how they act, presumably driven by pettiness and lack of respect for others (much less themselves), paints a sad picture of America. The same people "throwing shade" are the same ones who can probably tell you a lot about nothing important and little about everything that is important. 


Even the NYT, a normally high-minded news source, is getting tainted on the edges by the need to report on this useless pop rubbish. At least its readers can tell the difference between the Kardashian's and Kazakhstan.





Sounds a lot like just simple incivility to me, underneath all the trappings of high art being thrown about here. The ugly side of human nature - - throwing barbs instead of building each other up. Not interested in playing.




I’m trying to delight them and confound them, and not frustrate and irritate them,” he said. “I don’t want them to walk away angry.” And yet: “I don’t want to pander to them.”


SocratesVerona, N.J.

President Mike Huckabee will take our nation 'back to Christ'.


President Rick Santorum will counsel pregnant rape victims to accept their 'gift from God'.


President Rick Perry's incompetence will make George W. Bush seem like Stephen Hawking.


President Bobby Jindal will declare homosexuality a federal 'sin' and use federal money to bail out the state of Louisiana that he just bankrupted with his governorship.


President Ted Cruz will shut down the government until someone crowns him as King of the United States.


President Chris Christie will shut down Baltimore's BWI airport for a week and a half because Maryland didn't vote for him.


President Rand Paul will declare the Civil Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional and then start accepting new ophthalmology patients in his new White House office.


President Ben Carson will eradicate the slavery of universal healthcare so Americans can be free once again to drop dead in large numbers from a lack of affordable health insurance.


President Jeb Bush will consult with Vice-President-again Dick Cheney about the best date to invade Iran where the U.S. will be 'welcomed as liberators'.


President Marco Rubio will re-implement the failed Cuban embargo -- explaining to Americans that "it just needs 50 more years to work".


President Scott Walker will rename the Lincoln Bedroom the Koch Brothers Bedroom.


President Trump's hair will travel in a separate car in the motorcade.


There is not a single coherent mind in the GOP clown car.

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CJGCCambridge, MA 

More death. Very sad. I don't see how it helps those who were severely injured nor comforts the families of those who died.


The news of the death penalty could even be counter productive. Will we all be safer? I don't see how.


No chance for redemption. More blood on all our hands.

May 15, 2015 at 4:12 p.m.


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Ronald CohenWilmington, N.C. 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has killed and the tenets of his religion and Western religions say such merits his own death in return. Horrific as Tsarnaev's crimes are, killing is a everyday business, largely of men in suits or uniforms who never face their target victims and, as in the case of the killing on Osama bin Laden, watch it on live video feed. The strategists, the pilots, the base support crews in Korea, Vietnam, the WWII theaters of war rained death upon non-combatants. Is, for example, Bomber Harris less culpable than Goering? Is Harry Truman and J. Robert Oppenheimer to be brought into the dock along with Adolf Eichmann for mass murder. Do they not, all, deserve to die too? Barack Obama ordered a drone strike to kill and American in the Middle East. Should he not also stand in the dock? When do we evolve beyond murder?

May 15, 2015 at 3:49 p.m.


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Somehow our society still harbors this primordial desire for bloody vengeance

Serge in Seattle


Mark YoungSan Francisco, CA

One more thought: Unless you are prepared to do your executions in public with full media access, you have no right to execute the innocent and the guilty. (We would never allow such access because the vengeful could not control the spectacle of public insanity brought to the surface.)

May 15, 2015 at 3:08 p.m.



Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain.

So I'm using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard.



Concerned CitizenNew York, NY

I just don't believe in the death penalty, no matter how heinous the crime. Why we give the state power to commit the same acts as murderers is beyond me. And I have to admit that feeling also comes from the Christianity that I was raised in. Just as it's a sin to commit murder, it's a sin to steal from God the possibility of that murderer's salvation. From a religious standpoint, it's not our duty to choose when people die.


That's why we have prisons; to separate those who cannot live peaceably in a civil society. It's not supposed to be for punishment or vengeance.




 is a trusted commenter 

4 minutes ago

I look forward to the day the United States joins other civilized nations in saying "no death penalty." Otherwise, we do not say loudly or forcibly enough that murder is never, under any circumstances, acceptable. 


That our society says it is sometimes "okay," or justifiable is exactly the logic terrorists use. They are righteous, and other human beings worthy of destruction. Our entire society contributes to this twisted logic of the moral "kill."







“There’s something in some ways about being unsuccessful that can be liberating,”


We’ve all spent a lot of time playing games where the goal is to kill things and break stuff down. It’s nice to finally play a game about building something up. Reshaping a pristine landscape into new world using your own two hands while things try to kill you isn’t just an amazingly rewarding gaming experience, it’s a clever retelling of human history. In a way, this is what we’re all instinctively driven to do, and Minecraft captures it brilliantly on new-gen systems.



In 2006, frustrated by the impersonal quality of corporate game development, Murray left a successful career with Electronic Arts, one of the largest manufacturers of video games in the world. He believes in small teams and in the idea that creativity emerges from constraint, and so, in 2008, he and three friends founded a tiny company called Hello Games, using money he raised by selling his home.


"pixel art's impressionistic, expressive, minimalist qualities"


William Zinsser, a writer, editor and teacher whose book “On Writing Well” sold more than 1.5 million copies by employing his own literary craftsmanship to urge clarity, simplicity, brevity and humanity, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 92.


George N. Wells

 Dover, NJ 4 hours ago

In our society there is only one acceptable measure of success - the accumulation of wealth and power. Yet, study-after-study tells that accumulating wealth and power rarely leads to a happy life. Perhaps it is time to rework the definition of success.


Of the many rewards associated with becoming a lawyer — wealth, status, stimulating work — day-to-day happiness has never been high on the list. Perhaps, a new study suggests, that is because lawyers and law students are focusing on the wrong rewards.

Researchers who surveyed 6,200 lawyers about their jobs and health found that the factors most frequently associated with success in the legal field, such as high income or a partner-track job at a prestigious firm, had almost zero correlation with happiness and well-being. However, lawyers in public-service jobs who made the least money, like public defenders or Legal Aid attorneys, were most likely to report being happy.

Lawyers in public-service jobs also drank less alcohol than their higher-income peers. And, despite the large gap in affluence, the two groups reported about equal overall satisfaction with their lives.


David Korten

The battle is far from over. Hopefully this may be a first step toward reversing the insanity of corporate rights agreements like NAFTA and TPP that transfer the sovereignty of people and nations to transnational corporations. There is much work ahead to craft international agreements that strengthen corporate responsibilities rather than corporate rights and that support democracy, living people, living Earth, and the right of every person everywhere to a full, meaningful, and prosperous life.



Michael BainNew Mexico

This is great news for Middle America.


A huge Thank You to the Democrats who stood their ground on this vote—we desperately need more Democrats like you.


Let’s now move toward trade agreements that take care of workers while promoting true competition. A fair-for-everybody (but the greedy) trade agreement would include:


• Global wage price parity

• Global throughput price parity

• Global environmental cost parity (pollution parity)

• Don’t tax value-added (innovation, labor)

• Executive pay capped at 15 times the parity minimum wage for each country

• Increases in shareholder dividends tied to match percentage increases in the wage price parity for each country.


This would allow plenty of wealth to be generated, but tie it to the plight of the wage earner. The better the wage earner does, the better the shareholder and executive fairs. Firms will seek the more skilled employee as they can add more value to the company and thus more value to the shareholder and the executive. Low-skill employees will have a huge incentive to improve their skills and productivity as it will not be taxed, only the throughput would be taxed. Throughput becomes more expensive, spurring innovation and reducing the environmental impact of production.


It’s a positive, non-exploitive view of business and trade we desperately need to address climate change and income inequality.


Please tell me, exactly, why this system would not work.


Michael Bain

Glorieta, New Mexico



LarsBremen, Germany

"Free" Trade over the past 30 years has left millions of American manufacturing workers "free to pursue other opportunities", such as part time, benefit free, low paid service work. The meat was sucked out of our pay & benefit packages long ago, and sent up the hill to fatten up the "job creators." Just the facts.



America's economic power in the fifties and Sixties surged from innovation and manufacturing; we can use other nation's cheap labor to make us cheap gadgets, but in the long run we will lose technology, craftsmanship, and the tradition of both. 



Humans are unforgivably rapacious.




Hang in there, People, and hang tough. What is left of this Planet is far too beautiful to be ruined in the name of greed, pillage, and obscene profit.



Even so, the philosopher Walter Benjamin’s lament in the 1930s about death still rings true. By avoiding the sight of the dying, he felt, one misses the moment when the meaning of a life is completed and illuminated in its ending. The denial of death then leads to the demise of the art of storytelling. He called his contemporaries “dry dwellers of eternity” because they “live in rooms that have never been touched by death.”



The mission of is to raise the level of civil discourse to a place where solutions are more persuasive than talking points, and participation is not conditioned on your party affiliation.



While movements can indeed survive without leaders, they cannot be energized without them — think about what Ron Paul and Sarah Palin did for the tea party, and think about how Occupy Wall Street fizzled out a few months after no prominent statesman stood up to lead it.



Ideas drive history, and until the moderate center can establish its own ideas factory and start churning out positive approaches rather than mere compromises, its voice will forever be suppressed by the howls of partisanship.



The bombings also tied the wounded to one another, to the caregivers who saved their lives and to strangers who were nearby, forming relationships that have given them solace in their transformed lives.


“Those bonds especially forged through trauma, forged through disaster, are enduring bonds,” said Kermit A. Crawford, a clinical psychologist who directs the Massachusetts Resiliency Center, which has worked with many of the survivors. “They come together determined to make it better, for others and themselves, and that reinforces their recovery.”




As the presidential race kicks into gear, Democrats would do well to remember this. For too long the GOP has controlled the moral narrative in this country. Conservatives have wisely appropriated the language of values, but they’re rarely challenged on this front. When Ted Cruz or Ben Carson or Rick Santorum bloviate about family values, someone should ask: What, precisely, are your values? And what are their effects in the real world?

Most conservatives (in today’s GOP, at least) exalt life in the abstract, but they don’t defend it in practice. Whether it’s abortion or capital punishment or contraception or civil rights, they consistently advocate policies that degrade life and run counter to their own values. Despite their avowed humanitarianism, they’ve little regard for human suffering. And that’s because they’re not interested in serving life or other people; they’re dogmatists masquerading as moralizers.

Conservatives, for instance, admonish liberals for not protecting the sanctity of life.

But these same conservatives are often indifferent to the struggles of real people living real lives here and now. They’re not particularly concerned with poverty or inequality or torture or war crimes or a hundred other ethical issues. And they’re never compelled to explain the widening gap between their rhetoric and the political reality they’ve helped create.

The GOP, in its current manifestation, is incapable of dealing with its disjointedness. The religious wing of the party thinks only in terms of doctrine. Whether it’s abortion or climate change or marriage equality, reality always gives way to dogma. Because so much of conservative discourse is tinged with fundamentalist rhetoric, compromise or change is virtually impossible.

People like the Koch brothers have artfully hijacked social conservatism in order to peddle a particular brand of libertarianism. As a result, we see Christian politicians (like Paul Ryan) professing their love of Ayn Rand, whose philosophy could not possibly be more antithetical to Christianity. Many of the “value voters” (most of whom are Christian and Republican) similarly conflate economic libertarianism with Christianity, as though one follows from the other. This is an absurd contradiction, and it shouldn’t go unchallenged.

there’s a much better case to be made that alleviating poverty, reducing inequality, and promoting social justice are Christian causes rooted in fundamentally Christian values.



Are all lives equal, all around the world? Does body count matter? Does the death of a person in Iraq matter as much as the death of a person in the U.S.? Chomsky advocates for a moral universality - all lives all around the world are equally valuable.

In philosophical models, perhaps intent is all. But when the death toll of opposing sides is different by a factor of hundreds, it’s a moral imperative to take note of body count. And when leaders’ professed intentions can’t be trusted, Chomsky’s moral universality is a far more reliable beacon.

we treat 9/11 as one of the most horrendous acts ever to take place – which it is – but regard crimes with comparable or greater death tolls, routinely inflicted by powerful nations against weak ones, as a fact of life hardly worth mentioning.



On sweatshop labor

In contrast to Nike, Lululemon Athletica, which produces yoga wear, is a company that takes full responsibility for working conditions in its overseas factories. The Lululemon company has established a strong “workplace code of conduct” that lists the company’s “non negotiables”. These include no child labor, forced labor, harassment or abuse. In addition the company strictly enforces wage and benefit minimums, reasonable work hours, and “workplace health and safety”. 



While the Nike company complains that it is impossible to enforce work standards in all of its foreign factories, Lululemon Athletica takes all the steps necessary to ensure that its factory workers in their original factory in Canada, as well as China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Cambodia and other locations are treated decently. The Lululemon company conducts formal third party audits at each of its factories twice a year as well as numerous visits by company staff on a yearly basis. In addition to keeping a close watch on how its overseas factories are treating workers, the company also has a “corrective action plan” in place to implement changes whenever inspectors discover that a factory is not meeting high standards in its treatment of workers. 


As the contrasting descriptions of the Nike Converse plants and the Lululemon factories illustrate, there are clear differences in the way that companies monitor how workers are treated. If you walk into a store to buy Converse sneakers, your shoes may well have been made by underpaid workers facing physical and verbal abuse. In buying a Converse product you are inadvertently condoning and supporting this abuse. On the other hand, you can purchase yoga wear with a Lululemon label with a clear conscience knowing that the company carefully monitors the working conditions in its overseas factories while protecting worker’s rights. 



Dieter Rams: lifestyle more important than things

That’s why, if I had something to do in this world again, I would not want to be a designer. Because I believe, in the future, it will be less important to have many things and more important to exercise care about where and how we live.


Dieter Rams: technology is necessary but also comes with responsibility

That’s why new technologies are extremely important. We should not condemn them or detest them. We have to live with new technologies. But, please, they shouldn’t be wasted or used to kill one another. Instead, they should be used to improve our lives on this planet.


Unfortunately, this is the end result of "student as customer." Lord, how I cringed every time a university administrator uttered that phrase.


Students do not earn a degree through contemplation, introspection and the pursuit of knowledge -- they shop around and buy one. All aspects of higher education suffer -- including student / professor relationships -- when the fundamental values of learning are corrupted by consumerism.


-- ex-prof


We're a dumber society with artificial confidence. If one reads the simple minded posts in social media (one who has an educated mind) he or she can see that. Many, if not all, of those posters have college degrees, but cannot reason. 


There was a lot of competition in the '60's... competition in the ability to make a convincing argument. It started young. If a kid said something stupid, his parents would advise him or her that it was stupid. Teachers would concur, but, not only that, older kids in the neighborhood would criticize as well. Teachers chided one to do well. There was no political correctness so one could chide. And parents supported the chiding teachers. 


There was no political correctness, and there was no Adderall. But there was a draft. There was a notion that others were better than you were, and the way to succeed was to acquire those capabilities. Good grades weren't gifts. 


I suspect that today, there are some smart kids in this society. But it's a different playing field. As a society, we may be dumb, and we can vote for any dumb fool we want to. And the Chinese are probably as dumb as we are, and also have some percentage of smart kids who compete in the world. But they *can't" vote for any dumb fool they want to. 


It's as it always has been. There is a small percentage of intelligent kids who attend the schools that form centers of thought. For the rest, schools are degree mills. Professors have to deal with them.


But while they’re content with teachers, students aren’t much interested in them as thinkers and mentors. They enroll in courses and complete assignments, but further engagement is minimal.



I asked if student unrest back then included disregard of the faculty. Not at all, he said. Nobody targeted professors. Militants attacked the administration for betraying what the best professors embodied, the free inquisitive space of the Ivory Tower.



The American Freshman Survey, which has followed students since 1966, proves the point. One prompt in the questionnaire asks entering freshmen about “objectives considered to be essential or very important.” In 1967, 86 percent of respondents checked “developing a meaningful philosophy of life,” more than double the number who said “being very well off financially.”


Naturally, students looked to professors for moral and worldly understanding. Since then, though, finding meaning and making money have traded places. The first has plummeted to 45 percent; the second has soared to 82 percent.



When college is more about career than ideas, when paycheck matters more than wisdom, the role of professors changes. We may be 50-year-olds at the front of the room with decades of reading, writing, travel, archives or labs under our belts, with 80 courses taught, but students don’t lie in bed mulling over what we said. They have no urge to become disciples.


Sadly, professors pressed for research time don’t want them, either. As a result, most undergraduates never know that stage of development when a learned mind enthralled them and they progressed toward a fuller identity through admiration of and struggle with a role model.



You can’t become a moral authority if you rarely challenge students in class and engage them beyond it. If we professors do not do that, the course is not an induction of eager minds into an enlarging vision. It is a requirement to fulfill. Only our assistance with assignments matters. When it comes to students, we shall have only one authority: the grades we give. We become not a fearsome mind or a moral light, a role model or inspiration. We become accreditors.

But Mr. Hamby also disliked a lot of what he saw on the campaign trail in 2012. He writes that social media forced both reporters and campaigns “to adapt to a treacherous media obstacle course that incentivized speed, smallness and conflict, leaving little room for good will or great journalism — but plenty of tweets.”

The gist of Mr. Hamby’s complaint is that the hyperactive metabolism of today’s media and the general lack of access to the candidates have produced a lot of shallow, self-involved reporting. Can he reverse this trend working for an app whose multibillion-dollar valuation is built on the back of technology that makes selfies disappear after 10 seconds?

The result was that the players, not surprisingly, didn’t digested this workaround so well. It’s a solution that completely removes the persistence from the game in a similar way to what happens with randomly generated content. In a world and a game that relies heavily on the immersion, the world itself becomes “virtual”, potential. Every spawn represents a “possibility”, and not a fixed state. This type of virtuality has the direct consequence of removing the history. The mobs are “replaceable”, things do not exist. The world outside becomes pretentious, faked. You know that no matter where you go, every dungeon is tailored around you. The distance and space within the world cease to exist, because the world simply “walks with you”.

Here what is broken is the discovery. In a immersive game you explore the territory, discover treasures, get to know characters and stories. Think to the original Ultima series. YOU are the one who is ported to another world, you are then asked to move, explore and learn. That word exists with or without you. The fun is in the “roleplay” as immersion. You are a stranger in a strage land. So the player experiencing the discovery through the character. Make experience of the world.

The world is an essential part of these games and its value is in its history, its objectivity. Its independent state, autonomous from your character. PvE implies the fact that your character is detached from the world he discovers. This discovery implies the fact that the two sets don’t overlap and remain separate. PvE implies an identity, and, as an identity, autonomous from the one of your character. “Identity” is the opposite of “virtuality”. Virtual defines a possibility: something else, somewhere else and in a different time. Identity defines something that cannot be modified, a state. And history is part of an identity.


The underlying problem, then, is not that most Americans are “worth” less in the market than they had been, or that they have been living beyond their means. Nor is it that they lack enough education to be sufficiently productive. The more basic problem is that the market itself has become tilted ever more in the direction of moneyed interests that have exerted disproportionate influence over it, while average workers have steadily lost bargaining power—both economic and political—to receive as large a portion of the economy’s gains as they commanded in the first three decades after World War II. As a result, their means have not kept up with what the economy could otherwise provide them.

To attribute this to the impersonal workings of the “free market” is to disregard the power of large corporations and the financial sector, which have received a steadily larger share of economic gains as a result of that power. As their gains have continued to accumulate, so has their power to accumulate even more.


Under these circumstances, education is no panacea. Reversing the scourge of widening inequality requires reversing the upward distributions within the rules of the market, and giving workers the bargaining leverage they need to get a larger share of the gains from growth. Yet neither will be possible as long as large corporations and Wall Street have the power to prevent such a restructuring. And as they, and the executives and managers who run them, continue to collect the lion’s share of the income and wealth generated by the economy, their influence over the politicians, administrators, and judges who determine the rules of the game may be expected to grow.

The answer to this conundrum is not found in economics. It is found in politics. The changes in the organization of the economy have been reinforcing and cumulative: As more of the nation’s income flows to large corporations and Wall Street and to those whose earnings and wealth derive directly from them, the greater is their political influence over the rules of the market, which in turn enlarges their share of total income.

The more dependent politicians become on their financial favors, the greater is the willingness of such politicians and their appointees to reorganize the market to the benefit of these moneyed interests. The weaker unions and other traditional sources of countervailing power become economically, the less able they are to exert political influence over the rules of the market, which causes the playing field to tilt even further against average workers and the poor.

Ultimately, the trend toward widening inequality in America, as elsewhere, can be reversed only if the vast majority, whose incomes have stagnated and whose wealth has failed to increase, join together to demand fundamental change. The most important political competition over the next decades will not be between the right and left, or between Republicans and Democrats. It will be between a majority of Americans who have been losing ground, and an economic elite that refuses to recognize or respond to its growing distress.


Worse yet, the ensuing debate over the merits of the “free market” versus an activist government has diverted attention from how the market has come to be organized differently from the way it was a half-century ago, why its current organization is failing to deliver the widely shared prosperity it delivered then, and what the basic rules of the market should be. It has allowed America to cling to the meritocratic tautology that individuals are paid what they’re “worth” in the market, without examining the legal and political institutions that define the market. The tautology is easily confused for a moral claim that people deserve what they are paid. Yet this claim has meaning only if the legal and political institutions defining the market are morally justifiable.


On interacting with nature

But if we are no longer permitted to touch, what chances are there that anything will be felt?


On Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"There’s a counterintuitiveness. We have a particular vision of someone who’s a badass — a 350-pound rapper. And she’s this tiny Jewish grandmother. She doesn’t look like our vision of power, but she’s so formidable, so unapologetic, and a survivor in every sense of the word."


Souvenirs vs. meaningful things


Emotional intelligence and manipulation


On the love of same sex couples


But it’s important to step back and remember what this is really about: the most exquisite emotion that any of us can have, the most exalted bond, and whether we’re content to tell one group of Americans that their love is less dignified — and less worthy of celebration — than another group’s.

There’s no alternate message for gays and lesbians to read into prohibitions against same-sex marriage, because our society, like so many others, decided long ago that marriage was the most formal recognition of love, the ultimate blessing bestowed on it.

Less than 1 in 10 American workers is the member of a union. Perhaps the path to employment protection lies in joining unions, for despite the wishful thinking of free-market dogmatists, employers rarely make progressive changes out of the sheer kindness of their hearts. In practice, the invisible hand of the market rarely produces vicious competition and beneficent social change without prompting from either government or labor.


“I’m an atheist,” she says.

“Me too,” I reply. “But I still can’t help but think there’s some sort of order to the universe.”

“You’re right,” she says. “It’s an entity bigger than a God could ever be.”

We wonder aloud: How did we get to where we are? And where do we go from here? We comfortably exchange our little bits of wisdom, shaking hands before she departs. And with that, we go on with our lives. Perhaps to the same reality we arrived from. Or perhaps to another stoop.



 Brooklyn 23 hours ago

Maybe God is a good name for that bigger entity. Humans limited God as small and petty in our image. God is the biggest possible picture. God's laws would then include things like gravity.


But all those songs that weren’t actually relatable in the strictest sense to someone who’d never been on a date still rang true. They didn’t need to reflect any reality I’d actually experienced. So much of teen life is about imagining—what might be, what should be, what could have been, what if, what if, what if. Making up a history.




Emotions are categorically uncool. Cool is effortless, cool is not caring too much. If emotion is inside the bar making a heartfelt toast, cool is outside loitering with its shirt untucked, a cigarette in its mouth, and a neutral, sleepy expression on its face. In real life, the rules of cool allow some feelings, sure, but in moderation. Or better yet, in private. Happiness could be cool; glee could not. Sadness could be cool, especially if it takes the form of brooding, but despair, probably not. I'm trying to think of an emotion that, in large quantities, could still be “cool.” Ennui?



Be “chill” in your relationships, be professional at work. When someone asks how you are, the acceptable answers are “good,” “fine,” or if your entire life is falling apart, “OK.”



Emotion wasn’t cool. You know what was cool? Pretention.



But there’s an impulse to sneer at emotion, and particularly teen emotion. Yes, maybe as an adult you realize that your unrequited crush from 9th grade wasn’t such a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a big deal at the time. Are feelings less valid if you’re embarrassed by them later? Do your small problems really merit such grand language? Isn’t it all a little ridiculous?



The debate over the merits of Dashboard and its emo compatriots reminds me of the hand-wringing over self-absorption that blankets the Internet today. Why must people write about themselves (in essays, on Facebook, in songs) when X terrible thing is happening in the world? Isn’t there something better, nobler, more worthy for them to spend their time doing? Yes, probably. But the problem with equating “first-person” and “narcissism” is that it implies the self is not a worthy subject of examination. As Adrienne LaFrance wrote in The Atlanticearlier this year, “first-person narratives have emerged as markers of authenticity” in modern culture.



“Emotional” has, in a lot of ways, come to be the unofficial opposite of “reasonable.” My impulse now, in writing and in life, is always to caveat, to qualify, to contextualize. Dashboard Confessional’s music is a relic of an earlier, more earnest self, who would sometimes overshoot, whose emotions sometimes reached the level of unreasonable, unseemly, uncool. But so what? There’s a bravery in just saying how you feel, especially in a culture where norms are put in place to discourage it. Or, as Carrabba might say, “our sidestepping has come to be a brilliant dance where nobody leads at all.” Tell me that doesn’t make you feel something.


“Benedict was an ivory-tower academic. He wrote books and hoped they would persuade by reason. But Pope Francis knows how to sell his ideas. He is engaged in the marketplace.”


Japan, in the Japoniste imagination, was a country preserved in amber – unchanged over its two-and-a-half centuries of isolation. It was a place where daily life still had the beauty and the purity that industrialisation had blasted from European society.


“I’m an atheist,” she says.

“Me too,” I reply. “But I still can’t help but think there’s some sort of order to the universe.”

“You’re right,” she says. “It’s an entity bigger than a God could ever be.”

We wonder aloud: How did we get to where we are? And where do we go from here? We comfortably exchange our little bits of wisdom, shaking hands before she departs. And with that, we go on with our lives. Perhaps to the same reality we arrived from. Or perhaps to another stoop.


Mike Echo

Philadelphia, PA

NYT Pick


This is a sad day. Over the past few years, as the Tea Party gained strength and as the attacks on regular working people became more common, I have felt more and more alienated from my own country. I want a society that looks after its poorest people; I believe in a government that takes care of its citizens. These are now "radical" least, according to the right-wing media. The only hopeful aspect to the situation in Wisconsin is to see how many people have come out to protest. Hopefully -- eventually -- a majority of voters will see that bare bones government is not so great, and we'll see a re-emergence of that great American value of COMPASSION.



William LeGro

"Deranged motivation" is right. If scientists can do something, anything, they will. There will always be some whose overwhelming urge to be first obliterates any sense of ethics, morals or common sense. Of course, that is sociopathic behavior. 


Critics will certainly refer to these scientists as Franksteins, and they will be right. Horribly right. Like another commenter here, my first thought was, "I'm glad I won't be around when science is designing humans to fit the requirements of society and economics." But then, this deranged motivation is going to catch on fast, and the inevitable is almost certainly closer than I think.


Laws should be passed worldwide to forbid such work - not discourage but forbid - and scientists who pursue it anyway should be imprisoned. Drastic? Not as drastic as what they're doing.




Diana Moses

Science and technology don't sufficiently take into account flawed human judgment, it seems to me. All kinds of powerful tools have been developed, apparently on the assumption that they will only be used by people with good judgment.



In conclusion, the true measure of your zen isn't never getting upset or complaining, but getting upset and complaining about the right things, and then doing something about them.


ON STRESS - this too shall pass

Reflect often upon the rapidity with which all existing things, or things coming into existence, sweep past us and are carried away. The great river of Being flows on without a pause; its actions forever changing, its causes shifting endlessly, hardly a single thing standing still; while ever at hand looms infinity stretching behind and before, the abyss in which all things are lost to sight. In such conditions, surely a man were foolish to gasp and fume and fret, as though the time of his troubling could ever be of long continuance.



Why doesn't gentrification look different everywhere? Maybe it's because it has the same basic ingredients in each place: students and artists and gays looking for an affordable place to live, and the small business owners they attract who cater to their tastes. Or more likely, because a lot of gentrification is engineered by property owners and banks working from the same template, and it's a lot easier to copy a place which has produced investment returns, like Williamsburg, than it is to try a new idea. Or, ultimately because capitalism is all about commodification, even when the commodity that's being sold is authenticity. That's some next-level post-modern Marxist critique right there!

Please, though, remember what I said: you're probably never likely to need any of this advice, and thinking constantly about your safety and the security of your possessions is one of the main tools the forces of darkness use to get you to avoid focusing on our society's real problems. While you're busy worrying about getting jacked, the rich actually are stealing your money, making your housing less-affordable, and trying to get you obsessed with stereotypes about violent poor people and minorities, so you don't direct your very justifiable anger where it really belongs, at The Republican Party and the billionaires pulling their strings. They are the real enemy of your safety and security. Fight them!

Louis: Eckhart saw Hell too. He said: The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you, he said. They're freeing your soul. So, if you're frightened of dying and... and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth.


Hamid Varzi

The reason why Americans are so reluctant to "soak the rich" is because they have been brainwashed from birth into accepting the Law of the Jungle. Anyone who doesn't "succeed" (which in the U.S. has an almost exclusively materialistic definition) has only him-/herself to blame. If you inherit neither brains nor wealth you are destined to live out your life among Les Misérables.


In non Anglo-Saxon Europe, on the other hand, there is a pervading sense of 'fairness', overt demonstrations of wealth are frowned upon and safety nets are compulsory even if they are abused by some members of the population. Unemployed workers are retrained, enormous sums are spent on infrastructure and education (which is free from school to university) and everyone has health insurance.


The price of European 'largesse' is slower economic growth, but also socio-economic justice and living standards most Americans can only dream of. It is time for Americans to press for greater fairness and social justice. The existing economic jungle is an anachronism.

one thing about rejections, you will certainly get it until you stop asking. either you end up being by yourself or being with the one(s) you are happy with. it's a waste of time trying to convince people to be interested. they are either open to it or they aren't.

Rejections are part of life. Don't let those negative people deter you from finding your love and happiness.


Corporate decisions should be made by stakeholders (e.g. employees) instead of shareholders (investors)


On the benefits of a living wage:

one thing about rejections, you will certainly get it until you stop asking. either you end up being by yourself or being with the one(s) you are happy with. it's a waste of time trying to convince people to be interested. they are either open to it or they aren't.

Gabriella Rios-Georgio on October 22, 2011

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I'm an Aerospace Engineer. That said, this book DOES NOT read like a typical science text book, which is great.


The authors lay out fundamental concepts in a very succinct way, instead of overloading the reader with indepth expositions of natural laws. Basically, I'm not resorting to a guilt-trip to power me through the book or making bargains with myself on the acceptable length of time I will give the book until I finally put it down for good.


Quantum Enigma is compelling while outlining the basic physical theories and their history, lays down the frame work and structure of quantum theory and then BAM! Shows you the amazing boundary between modern physics and, well...what we may regard as mysticism in today's day and age. On it's own, it's also a great "intro" to the basics of what is known and affirmed within physics and quantum theory. Instead of discouraging inquiry (as somebooks do, solely by trying to impress the reader with "difficult" concepts that don't get fully explained), Quantum Enigma will make you want to know more through highly accessible writing that tells an awesome story.

Bruce Rozenblit

 Kansas City 3 minutes ago

The video is so horrible that it isn't suitable for public display. The crime of this cold blooded execution is so horrible that the video must be seen.


What have we become? Have we all lost our minds? Has worship of the gun become so manifest that the trigger is pulled out of obligation instead of necessity? Is it just too difficult for a young police officer to chase after an overweight 50 year old man? From the shape of his body and slowness of his speed, Mr. Scott would have run out of gas in 20 yards and had to start walking. 


People make mistakes. People are impulsive. People panic. We are all emotional. Just because someone has a minor tussle with a police officer and flees is no justification to use lethal force.


That's the problem with guns. They deliver lethal force. When the last solution becomes the first, people die for nothing. Enough!!


 Canada 1 hour ago

I'm left shaking. It's hard to process what I just watched. As a Black woman, it hurts, really hurts. I can't scream or cry, I'm just numb. Our lives do matter.


Every time I see this stuff - I grimace - then think hard about American denial and delusion. In a country that is obsessed with guns, military intervention, aggressive brute force in our sports - in a country that has vast income inequality, institutional racism and rampant sexual abuse - why do we think our police officers are any different than our neighbors, much less ourselves? It's not the cops - it's our society. Racism is everywhere - inequality is everywhere - sexism is everywhere. To think that somehow police officers are somehow not affected by our culture and "above the fray"- is to live in fantasy land. Americans love their fantasy land - at the expense of our citizenry.


Change the culture - the cops will follow.


12:56 PM PDT

            republicans believe in a "cafeteria Constitution."  


            Each one gets to pick and choose which laws they will follow and which ones they are allowed to ignore.  


            Nice to see republicans take a "wide stance" on the issues when it suits them...

EVERY day in obituaries, you will find combat metaphors about people who have died of cancer. “After a heroic battle against cancer,” “valiant fight against melanoma.” And so on. News stories routinely refer to “weapons” against the illness, the “arsenal” of drugs, “victories.”

Following on Susan Sontag’s crusade against the metaphorization of illness in general and Barbara Ehrenreich’s denunciation of some aspects of the militant (and also cutesy) “culture” of breast cancer, especially over the last decade, many psychologists, doctors and cancer patients have raised objections to the military trope for the disease.

They say that putting the experience into martial terms means that those who die are by definition, at least figuratively, losers. Not just of their lives — as if their lives weren’t enough — but of personal wars. That they gave up. Dr. Andrew Weil says that “it’s not the best way” to think of cancer. Cancer patients writing online and bloggers have also deplored this linguistic habit. “Does it mean that if I croak it’s my fault?” one asks.

Many Americans may believe early risers are more successful and that people can learn to live on little sleep, Lockley said, but that notion is neither true nor healthy.

“There’s no training people to live without sleep,” Lockley said. “It’s like trying to train people to live without food.”

“The premise to remember is [that] all light after dusk is unnatural,” Lockley said. “All of us push our sleep later than we actually would if we didn’t have electric light.”

A study from 2013 found that people who spent a week camping in the Rocky Mountains, exposed to only natural light and no electronic devices, had their circadian clocks synchronized with the rise and fall of the sun. Although there were only eight campers, they all reacted in the same way, whether they considered themselves early birds or night owls.

American males enter adulthood through a peculiar rite of passage - they spend most of their savings on a shiny piece of rock. They could invest the money in assets that will compound over time and someday provide a nest egg. Instead, they trade that money for a diamond ring, which isn’t much of an asset at all. As soon as you leave the jeweler with a diamond, it loses over 50% of its value. 

Americans exchange diamond rings as part of the engagement process, because in 1938 De Beers decided that they would like us to. Prior to a stunningly successful marketing campaign 1938, Americans occasionally exchanged engagement rings, but wasn’t a pervasive occurrence. Not only is the demand for diamonds a marketing invention, but diamonds aren’t actually that rare. Only by carefully restricting the supply has De Beers kept the price of a diamond high.

Countless American dudes will attest that the societal obligation to furnish a diamond engagement ring is both stressful and expensive. But here’s the thing - this obligation only exists because the company that stands to profit from it willed it into existence.  

So here is a modest proposal: Let’s agree that diamonds are bullshit and reject their role in the marriage process. Let’s admit that as a society we got tricked for about century into coveting sparkling pieces of carbon, but it’s time to end the nonsense.


"Japan did something very, very wrong," says Gavin Moore, producer on Sony's Japan Studio's distinctive platformer Puppeteer. "They forgot who they were. They saw these big-selling western titles and they tried to make these big-selling western titles, and they didn't have the staff and were slow to get used to the technology. They didn't use any middleware, and for those titles you have to. They spent a lot of money on it, and it bit them - and then they retreated and thought that the west didn't like their games anymore."

If you talk to gamers in the west they love Japanese games, and they don't want Japanese gamers to make western style games," says Moore. "That's what they were trying to do, but now they're coming round to the idea of doing what they want to do.


"You take something like Demon's Souls - you think that could have been made in the west, but no one would have the balls to make that in the west. No one would make it that difficult - it's only that Japanese mentality, that old-school sense of clearing the game. And everyone in the west thought that game was awesome." 

James Mielke thinks along similar lines. "What Japan has always done best is in conjuring up fantastical environments, creatures and characters. I don't think, with the exception of thatgamecompany, that you'd ever see a western developer come up with an Ico, or a Panzer Dragoon. Japan takes those things and does a good job making them cool. Of course this is a matter of perception, but Japanese devs need to get back to knowing what they do well, and embrace that."


In the past I've tried to make things that are targeted for overseas, but that hasn't always worked out so well. My intention is to make something Japanese-like, and do it well - and then people will follow."

"There’s no magic bullet for this sort of situation," says Mielke of Japan’s cultural resistance. "But then you will get the mavericks, the people who say ‘Yeah, that’s cool but I don’t give a shit, this is what I want to do.’ That’s where you’re going to get the guy that does the amazing thing."

"Q-Games is a Japanese company," says Cuthbert. "We kind of use the Japanese methods mixed in a little with the Western methods, but we tend to use the Nintendo style of making games. You cut a lot of stuff out. You don’t fall in love with something so much that you keep it in there forever. Quite often in the West a game will have everything but the kitchen sink. If you look at a Nintendo game, it’s much more of a minimalist style of game design. You take the core idea and you push them to the max within that minimal set of values."


Apr 13, 2008, 2:19 PM

A deep anime to me would generally be any anime which thoroughly explores all aspects it deals with. For example, a deep romance would realistically portray the psychology of the main characters, their actions, thoughts and worries. Societal, financial, temporal and spatial aspects could also be considered. The more intertwining between different faces of the same topic, the better, at least for me.

Stories are the only enchantment possible, for when we begin to see our suffering as a story, we are saved.


“I have explained—in regard to entertainment in general—that if development of products that thrive on creative uniqueness is dictated by those who prioritize sales and profits, the possibilities for the future of entertainment will be limited,” says Miyamoto.

“I have said in the past that because movies and novels are passive mediums, creators in these mediums can control how their stories are unveiled to their audiences, even irrespective of the audience’s expectation of what should happen next,” he explains. “All I intended to say was that in comparison it is more difficult for us to create entertainment by forcing players to embrace our own expectations regarding how they should experience game stories because video games are an active medium where players themselves think independently about which action to take next.”

“Whichever media we are talking about, inspiring the audience’s imagination beyond what they have actually read or seen, and having them embrace that, is a fundamental essence of entertainment. I recognize that because novels are expressed solely by words on a page, they actually have the power to unlock the readers’ limitless imaginations more so than movies and video games, which present the audience with actual images, while visual images have the distinct ability to deliver messages to a broader audience more easily.”

“Video games, on the other hand, have the unique ability to etch those images into the player’s memory because of their active role in choosing the path that led them to those images. It is this area that I think I am good at, so I am not under the illusion that I could ever become a novelist or film director myself [laughs].”

"If you want me to make decisions that have a clear R.O.I., then you should get out of the stock, just to be plain and simple.”

I think people who are highly creative are emotionally driven

I've never really understood if Peter is a genius visionary who intends to make his claims come true, is a compulsive liar, just fantastically eager to please or perhaps even a crazy megalomaniac who believes his own hyperbole," said ex-Bullfrog employee Mike Diskett. "I suspect it's a little of all of the above."


Clairette Rose

 San Francisco 1 hour ago

A most disturbing aspect of many comments here is that they actually still question the oppressive nature of the Ferguson police and city government, they see President Obama, the White House, Eric Holder and the DOJ as "race baiters," and they seem comfortable with the notion that if African Americans receive a disproportionate number of traffic citations or are killed disproportionately in confrontations with the police, it is because, somehow (they of course don't come out and say this directly) African Americans are just not behaving the way other Americans do.


These comments seem to confirm the argument presented by the report, "Rage on the Right," published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report documents how, in the past five years or saw, there has been enormous growth in the number of hate and extremist groups in the US, and how their rhetoric is increasingly entering the mainstream.


The SLP is not alone in this view.


Efforts to de-legitimize our first African-American president, whether by claiming he is a Muslim, or wasn't born in the US, or by political thwarting of his legislative and, most recently, diplomatic goals, are not simply the work of right wing crazies, but the life blood of main stream politicians. 


There is a connection between this state of affairs and what is happening in Ferguson


Dan Kravitz

 Harpswell, Me 1 hour ago

You can be a vicious, primitive, savage racist without hanging an African-American from a tree. You don't even need to speak the 'n' word out loud.

Jack McHenry

 Charlotte, NC 1 hour ago

Racism involves one group having power over another in a way that allows them to impede the progress of that group or enjoy equal access to the benefits conferred by society while claiming those benefits for itself. African Americans cannot be racist by this definition because they have no power to deprive white Americans of society's goods or impede their progress. African Americans can be prejudiced but only whites can be racist. America was founded on the notion of white supremacy. Why would anything have changed since then?



 New York, NY 12 hours ago

We live in a nation where anyone can easily acquire a gun and terrorize anyone they feel like. And as far as I can tell, the vast majority of Americans are okay with that, or at least not so upset about it as to demand action from their political representatives. Why do so many commenters consider it suddenly so surprising and destabilizing that a "bad guy with a gun" would use a firearm against the police in the toxic cauldron of Ferguson, Missouri? It's an example of what happens every day, multiple times a day in an armed society, which evidently is not turning out to be the "polite society" that the NRA claimed it would be.



Amongst all of the comments back and forth, few want to acknowledge one incontrovertible fact. We are the most violent industrialized country in the World--by far.


Our police kill more citizens and we have more murders than any other country--by a long shot. At the same time, we have a gun lobby that controls policy and forces this violence down the throats of the majority who would like to live in a less gun violent world. A country that is sick of living under a militarized police force and a country that is sick of people shooting at police.  


If guns made a Country safer and less violent we would lead the world in both categories. But obviously they don't and it is long past time we recognize that fact and do something about it.


Of course, if you can have over 20 elementary students gunned down without bringing about any change in gun laws, you have little hope of actually becoming a civilized society. 



Ive also ruminates on his shared perspective on design with Jobs, saying, “He and I could talk philosophically about aspects of design in ways we couldn’t with other people. I would get self-conscious if I had to talk in such philosophical terms before a group of engineers, who are brilliantly creative, but when you go on and on about the integrity and meaning of what they are building, well, that’s just not their focus.


Wordsworth from Wadsworth

People deprecate the quality of information and data we have. For instance, Bill Maher bemoans the quality of music produced nowadays. We have all the music ever produced at our fingertips, but contemporary artists are found to be lacking, less well-honed, and insipid.


Alas, this is true of most any information or entertainment that has been rendered digitally. The problem is not qualitative so much as quantitative. There is so much stuff to go through that even historians and critics cannot suss out the wheat from chafe. Thus, we are all diminished.


Getting at the truth is much more arduous; Trying to find the poetic or transcendent is a waste of time. Science killed god; Computers obviated any way to the transcendent.

More Constraints

I said I’d discuss five things you need less of, but there is one thing you need more of: Constraints. All this less is really about more constraints. That’s where you’re forced to be creative. That’s where you’re squeezed to make better use of your money, your people, your time. And out of this squeeze will come better software, more satisfying software, and simpler solutions. The truth is this: There are a million simple problems that need to be solved before you should even consider trying to solve the complex ones. Less software solves simpler problems. Let your competitors kill themselves trying to solve the big complex problems. Solving those problems are really hard, really expensive, and riddled with bad odds. Stay simple, build simple, and solve simple.



A. StantonDallas, TX

"In November, Yik Yak closed a $62 million round of financing led by one of Silicon Valley’s biggest venture capital firms, Sequoia Capital, valuing the company at hundreds of millions of dollars."


Just one more example of the type of unregulated and wholly unjustified speculative behavior without any redeeming social qualities whatsoever that, soon enough, is going to bring the roof down on all of our heads.


Be Honest About What You Want

When you expect other people to read your mind, it often leads to disappointment. If you’re on OkCupid because you’re in search of something serious, let people know. If you’re on Tinder for casual sex, be honest (but not entitled), because others may have different intentions. If you’re on eHarmony for some milk-fetish stuff, you probably need to start getting honest with yourself.

Send a Real Message

No one wants an inbox full of the same two-word messages. At the same time, long messages can be tedious. Your opening lines need to be eye-catching and confident. And funny. And smart, but not pretentious.

Be Patient

Patience is always a virtue, but with online dating it’s a necessity. Remember: true love can take time.

Don’t Close Yourself Off

Online dating is rife with unrequited messages and unsuccessful dates—each a fresh leak in the life raft of your hapless heart. That sounds bad enough to make anyone hide behind towering walls of sarcasm. But you can’t; you need to be open to love.

Enjoy the Journey

Online dating is like your fifth glass of whiskey. It may complete you, but it may also make you cry. It may make choices such as “I’ve known this person four total hours; I think I’ll invite him into my apartment and turn off all the lights” seem sound. It’s a journey on which you can lie and say that your sinless Grammy just died, simply so that you don’t have to talk to your date for one goddam second longer. So get out there and enjoy it!




Yamauchi purchased the team, he said, as a thank you to the city of Seattle for being so welcoming of his company's American headquarters. At the time, the franchise was playing the outdated and unsightly Kingdome, and had the team been sold to other interests it almost certainly would have been moved to Florida.

Under Nintendo's ownership, the Mariners (formed in 1977) have made all of their four postseason appearances, opened the retractable-roof stadium Safeco Field, and in 2001 won 116 games, tying a 95-year-old Major League record. Ichiro joined the club that year, becoming only the second player to win both the the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season. He is still active, playing with the Miami Marlins.






Unfortunately this is only a temporary retreat in mankind's war on the environment, the only war humanity is fighting that really matters, the war against our own survival as a species.



Mary ScottNY 

I was recently admitted to the hospital for a brief stay and the care was excellent and the professionalism and expertise of the entire staff, at all levels, was quite remarkable. What was most striking was the diversity of the staff, how well they performed together and how little country of origin, religious and cultural differences matter when all are engaged in the same mission, in this case, caring for the sick and saving lives.


Disrespect for non-whites and people from different cultures & class is a current that runs through enough Republican voters and even some Democratic ones, that it's become the most divisive and unjustified element of our political system and indeed, our civic duty to work together, despite our differences, in moving our country forward to the benefit of all of us.




Nobody ever gets punished. Nobody is ever held accountable. Nobody ever gets prosecuted. Pay a fine, fix the problem and then it's back to business as usual. The CEOs will continue getting their ginormous salaries and bonuses. And they will find new ways to cheat us. Because it doesn't end up costing them much. A drop in the bucket.  


Meanwhile, try selling a loose cigarette on Staten Island and you end up dead. Ride your bicycle on the sidewalk in front of your own house and the cops will beat you senseless. Broken tail light? You're in for a punch in the face. But if you're the CEO of a corporation and you've presided over the deaths of 124 people, the authorities will negotiate with you. If you've lied and cheated, your lawyers will talk to their lawyers and the whole thing will go away. There's income inequality and there's justice inequality. This is both.




Herbert Kohl, in 1992, commented that a number of neoconservatives who promoted the use of the term "politically correct" in the early 1990s were former Communist Party members, and, as a result, familiar with the Marxist use of the phrase. He argued that in doing so, they intended "to insinuate that egalitarian democratic ideas are actually authoritarian, orthodox and Communist-influenced, when they oppose the right of people to be racist, sexist, and homophobic."[1]



The transition of consensus towards neoliberal policies and the acceptance of neoliberal economic theories in the 1970s are seen by some academics as the root of financialization, with the financial crisis of 2007–08 one of the ultimate results.[13][14][15][16][17]



Communism is NOT, as theorized, supposed to be practiced with an "iron hand."  That is what was accomplished by Lenin and his successors in the first major communist revolution, and that was practiced elsewhere.


The progenitors of communism envisioned that the people themselves would want the system - that it was a natural evolution of society that started with tribal units, went on to feudalism, then industrial capitalism, then socialism, then communism.  They believed that the actions of capitalists would speed the revolution, not the urgings of subversives and revolutionaries.   The development of a worker consciousness could not be forced.  You can not reason with someone to convince them of their own exploitation.  They have to realize it themselves.


Engels said that communism could only occur in developed countries Germany, Britain, the USA - not Russia or China where feudal systems were still in place or in countries that were held as colonies that were undeveloped. Those places were not ready.  Engels even said that communism was compatible with democracy and that a democratic form of governance would probably work within it.  


Communism didn't work but it was never tried in the way that its progenitors said it should.  Before you attack me for saying that, ask yourself this, does capitalism work the way it's "supposed" to?  Before you get all self-righteous about the benevolence of capitalism, take a look at the tags on your clothes and the labels on your goods.  Do you know the manner in which they were manufactured?

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Moreover, one of the driving concepts of the university campus is academic freedom, the right to inquire broadly, to question and to promote an environment where wrong answers, seemingly absurd ideas and unconventional thought are not just permitted but even encouraged.





We are drowning in information but thirsty for knowledge




The Tea Party Republicans are a classic example of "The Evening Wrote a Check that the Morning Could Not Cash."


They have done little to stop the spending and this idea that every time they get a chance they threaten to dine and dash on their creditors is symptomatic of their larger problem. 


They can't control themselves. They can't stop spending. They can't stop complaining about their spending and they can't stop long enough to think about the consequences of running out of the figurative restaurant without paying the bill.



Problem #2 is that most of the public no absolutely nothing about the issues. Their "knowledge" is driven by their ideology, not by any facts or evidence. Meanwhile the ideology of candidate will be whatever serves to enhance her or his personal gain.



Those supposed "progressives" joining the Party of the Plutocracy in their Hillary-bashing can only be helping those who have spent twenty years doing exactly the same thing.




There is no shame in admitting you were wrong. There is shame in doing the wrong thing when in your heart you know it to be wrong.



Religious liberty does not entitle the bearer to line-item vetoes for essential job functions.



““Trump exposes a lot of what Germans particularly hate about the United States,” he said, “a rather narrow-minded worldview, a brutal form of capitalism and a militaristic approach to various crises in the world.””


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I had seen many patients with more severe head injuries who, with time and the brain’s ability to compensate for injury, had regained most of their intellectual powers.



NotafanNew Jersey

Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat but he will destroy the chances for a Democratic presidency.


Joe Biden is from Delaware, incorporation capital of America, so what would anyone have expected him to do in and for a state that gets thousands of jobs from just that use by American business.


And Hilary Clinton is still going to be the nominee unless maybe, maybe, maybe Joe Biden gets in, but even then probably yes she will be.


This isn't about being right on every last issue. It is not about passing an Elizabeth Warren test. It is not about hating banks and bankers. It is not about the this and that the that that's most left.


This is about the winning the White House because if to lose it is to lose everything --the entire government and the entire federal judiciary including the Supreme Court.


Remember Adlai Stevenson? Remember George McGovern? Remember their landslide losses? Well most of you are not old enough to remember either but I am AND SO IS BERNIE SANDERS WHO IS PUTTING US ON THE ROAD TO SUFFER THE EXACT SAME POLITICAL EXTINCTION.


This isn't about being right; or should I say being left. It is about winning because if you lose the White House you lose everything, everything, everything. 


Say that in your prayers every night you on the left because if you persist in left wing purity you will rue the day there is a 7-to-2 Republican right wing majority on the United States Supreme Court -- not for four years but for for the next 30.

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China demonstrates the complete stupidity of greed, uncontrolled economic growth, zero regulation and the love of money over clean air, clean water, clean earth and clean ethics.





The complaints by corporations about "the cost of regulations" never amount to anything other than whining.



What is it about executive thinking that always goes down this dark path? Why not simply do what you are suppose to do and avoid the bad press and the lawsuits? Are these people not capable of thinking of anything farther ahead than next week?




Asians are high achievers because they have far too great a sense self-worth -- and too much smarts -- to make an issue of something petty like this. Ah, but the media slimeballs scream about something like this, because their aim in life is sowing discord;.




International politics is about doing the best you can; it's not about rejecting any option that is imperfect.





As the child of Holocaust refugees, I deeply resent the cheapening of the Holocaust and its horrors when the term is overused, which happens every time it is applied to political and social disagreements. Disagreement does not turn your opponent into a Nazi, and saying that it does demonstrates an utter failure to understand what it means when someone is, in fact, a Nazi. Overuse also makes a concept commonplace. Does any of us want this to happen with the Holocaust and genocide? I hope not.





This has been going on a long time, this is nothing new, there has been a bifurcation that has become a lot more visible. On one side you have AAIPAC/AJC, where if as a Jew you criticize Israel for policies or especially the Likud/ultra right wing vision of Israel, you are an anti semite (that it is leveled at non Jews is not surprising, but at fellow Jews tells you how low things have gotten). Those on the left, often in response, have maintained that the pro Israel people are racists and share Netanyahu's vision of non Jews or that they only see Israel , which is the classic anti semitic claim that Jews can never be loyal citizens. Sadly, this reflects the greater divide in the US, where you have "real Americans" and "liberal elites", or "intelligent people" and "rednecks", where much of the effort is demeaning people who support a different position, rather than arguing about the position.



We have to decide if the weekly mass shootings are the new normal or if we want to have a society where personal safety matters more than assuaging the fears of deranged ammosexuals.



 "What the hell is wrong with the USA? Is the convenience of a neighborhood Whole Foods, the easy availability of Apple products, and a back yard pool really a good trade off for the fact that you, your family, and friends might be gunned down at a moments notice?"




The freedom of Americans to be randomly slaughtered by an imbalanced male with limited coping skills and gun fetishes shall not be infringed.



We need to wipe out the whole scam that is Wall Street.



The market is and always will be a cancer on humanity and the world.





The market has been up for months apparently based on investor confidence arising from Wall Street hype. and it has now awakened to the fact that much of the hype is only hot air from fund managers trying to make themselves look good with their clients. The stock market is not the economy. It is only the part of the economy owned by all the inherited fortunes that have accumulated over the years to provide a playground for Wall Street opportunists. So let us keep a steady outlook and not let the artificial conniptions in the stock market delude us into thinking that the sky is falling when it is only the wails of the fat cats we are hearing.

Aug. 25, 2015 at 7:21 p.m.




Note that absolutely nothing of any value is created in these transactions.


The spider spinning her web, the busy bee collecting pollen and nectar - they all create something.


By contrast, these parasites create NOTHING. Further, they know nothing because they cannot predict with any degree of certainty the future value of any stock or share at any time or place. 


Yet, they are amongst the richest humans on the face of the earth. Something is fundamentally, badly wrong here. Cannot the NYT's reporters see and report on this stark truth?





Daily commerce in the stock market has very little to do with the fundamentals and everything to do with massaging the details so that the game can go on. Eventually, however, the game is absolutely connected to the fundamentals and consequences can't be avoided.


The fact that, ultimately, nothing real is actually being produced by the game will become obvious. Only when the "winners" who have laughed all the way to the bank, try to cash in their poker chips for a share in the real economy will they realize they can't eat their money. I have a huge German banknote, huge so that all the zeroes can fit, to show my grandchildren. This is what it cost to buy a loaf of bread once upon a time. 


What's real these days? A deficit everywhere you want to look - fiscal, environmental, educational, and moral. We can spend our time pretending that is not so, play the game a little while longer until there really is nothing left, or we can try to turn this thing around. 


There is another way to live on this planet. Those of us who are already living this way know how simple, pure, and real it can be. You don't even have to change all that much. For starters, just downsize. Want what you need instead of need what you want. Go from there. Changing your world changes the world. 


Yes, I know, its an odd thing to be posting on a thread called DEALBOOK. Can't help it. Gotta do it. Somewhere someone says, Hey! And if it rankles the others, that's good too.

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The only thing an attention-seeking causehead wants more than a platform for his ideas is a platform to complain that his ideas are being censored.



George MandanisSan Rafael, CA

I am a democrat and I have hoped Governor John Kasich would enter the race for President from the beginning of this election cycle, when he was not even listed among the prospective GOP candidates. My reason: positive recollections from the days when he served nine terms as a member of the United States House of Representative. His tenure in the House included six years as chairman of the House Budget Committee, and he was a key figure in the passage of welfare reform and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Even though I did not agree with several of his positions, he impressed me as a highly responsible and capable public servant. His record as governor of Ohio sustains my perception of him as a well-informed politician focused on the needs of people rather on advancing his political career. I will vote for Hillary Clinton for President and I hope that Governor Kasich will be her opponent because he is best position to articulate the conservative point of view as a true statesman. A contest between these two outstanding individuals would advance the goals we aspire for our democracy.









War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength




God’s radical welcome to everyone



"IMO"? Please. Backbone.



And I saw for the first time that even when I was in the depths of despair about my looks, I had been beautiful.



What matters most is the work. Does it give you pleasure, or hope? Does it sustain your soul? My work as a climate activist is the hardest and most fascinating I’ve ever done. I’m too old for the dark forces, for hopelessness and despair. If everyone just kept their eyes on the ball, and followed through each swing, we’d all be more productive, and not just on the golf course.

The key to life is resilience



And, I might add, resilience is the key to feeling 15 again.



But I am too old to try to change people. By now I’ve learned, the very hard way, that what you see in someone at the beginning is what you get forevermore. Most of us are receptive to a bit of behavior modification. But through decades of listening to people complain about marriages or lovers, I hear the same refrains.



It’s easier all around to accept that friendships have ebbs and flows, and indeed, there’s something quite beautiful about the organic nature of love.



Sometimes, unaccountably, a new person walks into your life, and you find you are never too old to love again. And again. (See resilience.)

One is never too old for desire. Having entered the twilight of my dating years, I can tell you it is much easier to navigate the Scylla and Charybdis of anticipation and disappointment when you’ve had plenty of experience with the shoals and eddies of shallow waters. Emphasis on shallow. By now, we know deep.


Take a pass on bad manners, on thoughtlessness, on unreliability, on carelessness and on all the other ways people distinguish themselves as unappealing specimens. Take a pass on your own unappealing behavior, too: the pining, yearning, longing and otherwise frittering away of valuable brainwaves that could be spent on Sudoku, or at least a jigsaw puzzle, if not that Beethoven sonata you loved so well in college.




Trump is the logical conclusion to the fear, anger and resentment that the GOP has been stoking over the past several years, especially among white males, who appear to need to believe that but for the unfortunate existence of "certain people," America could one day be great again. More to the point, it's called fascism.




Shaun NarineFredericton, Canada

Trump is a boor and clown, but he is also the logical result of where the Republican Party has been going for the past few decades. The GOP is the party of stupid. It is the party of racism, bigotry and ignorance. Trump is popular because he appeals to the absolute worst in people who are angry, scared of change, and too ignorant to know any better than to be angry and fearful. But that is what the modern GOP appeals to as well. This is the party that denies climate change and even aggressively tries to destroy the environment. This is the party that considers Benjamin Netanyahu its inspiration and sees war as the first resort of foreign policy, no matter how many wars the US loses and how many millions of lives it takes. The GOP spreads fantasies about Obama's heritage in barely-coded racism. Don't complain about Donald Trump. Acknowledge that he is a carnival sideshow that reflects the GOP back at itself. The party should be asking how and why it has degenerated into this mess. 

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richard pelsNY, NY

It often been noted that how you phrase a concept can strengthen it or leave it open to derision.




ParkerOakland, MI

This is just the latest side show distraction for a doomed GOP. Their white male exceptionalist core values run directly counter to the changing demographics of our democracy. They stumble with women, blacks, Latinos, etc. because they, like Donald Trump, conflate actual people into the dismissive rhetorical category called "political correctness." They dismiss people. They don't seem to get this.




FloodgateNew Orleans

I think the final quote in this article by Trump about 'political correctness killing our country' is a widely held view across all socio-economic classes. But it's usually specifically voiced by white, made independent votes who have at least a college education (but of course is a view of other groups, e.g., 'tea party' etc.). The fact that he was recently disinvited by a conservative gathering is an opportunity to reflect on this mantra, i.e., 'political correctness is annoying, etc.,

Really what underlies this mantra is a covert way of saying that the lines drawn by 'political correctness' , e.g. about women, about the poor, about immigrants, about spectrum of sexual differences among LGTB 'community, are annoying because the lines limit my freedom of thought and expression ( to vent my own pet views on these groups.) In effect, the mantra is a way to ask for permission to ignore what ethical and moral progress our society has made, often though Supreme court case decisions, and attack the underpinning of the current social contract -- a contract that constantly needs readjustment and compromise. The mantra wants to get rid of most thoughtful reflections on how we as a pluralist society continue to resolve conflict and arrive at criteria for what passes for a just society. Those who invoke this mantra need to think what principles they would endorse if they assume that they will be at the bottom of the ladder. (See John Raws' thoughts in A Theory of Justice).

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Questions we could hear from the FOX "journalists":


If elected President...


What will you do to defeat the War on Christmas?


When will you prosecute the Benghazi Scandal as an Act of Treason?


Are there any circumstances where the opinions of Bibs Netanyahu do not supercede the President's?


Should firearm magazine capacity be unlimited, or limited to 200 rounds per weapon?


Should Stand Your Ground Laws be a Constitutional Right?


When will you outlaw the term "Evolution" in America's schools?


Should Bible Study be mandatory course work in public universities?


Which is more powerful? The NRA Oath or the Grover Norquist pledge?


In what month will taxes on billionaires be outlawed?


What are your plans to prevent brown people from voting?


When will the Art of Cooking and Cleaning be made mandatory for America's girls?


Should the term "minimum wage" be outlawed in public?


Should the southern border fence be electrified, booby-trapped, or both?



“But in order to do something interesting, you sometimes have to be crazy.”



The best way to succeed in Vic's ecosystem is to be speedy. He has a bias for action. He may need to do more work on strategy.



Rick Gagemt dora

Republicans on medicare decry those seeking government assisted medical insurance. Republicans on social sec. decry those seeking government assistance to supplement their salaries. Republicans decry gov't debt while putting two wars on credit cards. Republicans decry gov't intrusion in personal beliefs but have no problem interferring in a women's right to choose. Republicans decry voter fraud but have no problem defrauding the public by exagerating the facts about voter fraud. Republicans decry the dishonest debate about abortion and they have a heavily edited video to prove that dishonesty. Republicans decry the smearing of a war hero's record unless it's the Democrat John Kerry's war record. Donald Trump doesn't need a script because the Republican parties script is endlessly malleable.




MichaelLos Angeles 

How does one of the wealthiest men in the world attract voters when he is full of contempt for most people? Many voters are aspirational, I think. They identify with this rich man as if they will become rich. They don't currently have any net worth, but they worry about estate taxes. They receive more in Medicare and Social Security than they ever put in, but they worry about income redistribution. They have more debts than savings, but they worry about inflation. The Republicans have convinced many of low or average means that the economic agenda of the wealthiest applies to them, too. They would like to be rich, so they support a rich man.



The problem was never that I didn’t understand what the finance guys were doing. The problem was that I understood exactly what the finance guys were doing.




The finance guys argue that if you’re never in the club, you can’t understand it. But I think they have it backwards. Not being in the club means not drinking the Kool-Aid.






lamplighterThe Hoosier State

The opposition from the U.S. Chamber of Coomerce and the GOP to any attempt to protect our planet from the long-term effects of climate change due to man's activities sadden me greatly. I'm a supporter of Obama's initiatives to protect our planet. Here is what I will never understand... if I am wrong, and that efforts to save the planet are unnecessary, then money will have been spent unnecessarily on the project. And yes, jobs will be lost no doubt, although most of those jobs are "old school" and will shortly be rendered obsolete anyway. I might add that my former employment sector, automotive, has went through this shakeout, losing thousands of jobs, so I'm very sympathetic, but you retire, you retrain, you move on. New technologies open new opportunities, especially for a new generation.


But if I am right... our planet is in peril, and this will be the last best chance to save Earth from catastrophic climatic events. It will be more than just a particular sector of jobs lost, and there will not be a second chance to undo these events. 


I'll never understand the mind of a businessperson, i guess, especially when it seems that our Chamber of Commerce seems to be so stuck on game-planning only for the next business quarter and not for the long run. It really HAS to be apparent to these folks, yet they persist, literally putting a gun to the planet's head, spinning the cylinder and pulling the trigger.


It doesn't make sense.

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unless Christianity is acting as a helpful crutch to prop up libertarian fiscal policies, it’s more or less a joke



“When you die and get to the . . . meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not gonna ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor,”


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This is how you get elected as a Republican. You show the money people, the Kochs, Sheldon Adelson, et al, that you can persuade enough people to vote against their own best interests, to vote on anger and hatred and fear, that you will be able to support policies and enact laws that strengthen the positions favored by the .1%.





Howie LisnoffMassachusetts 

What's left to debate among this group of reactionary crazies? Which group to hate more? Which group of Americans to deny more benefits to such as Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security? How to further damage the environment? What foreign entanglements to add more military action to? How to free the very, very wealthy from any constraints on their wealth?



But it's easy to forget just how dangerous and unjust "mob justice" is while it's targeting someone you despise. The more this behavior is normalized, the more likely it is to be deployed against targets who might not necessarily deserve to have their lives destroyed — including, perhaps one day, against you.



People who get respected don’t demand it. They earn it by giving people respect first.



People don’t treat people like humans anymore.

Thanks to a myriad supply of anonymous suitors (via apps like Tinder and Hinge), there just isn’t any time, desire, or need to treat everyone like the special butterfly they are, she explained. Ghosting is so tantalizingly easy, it makes the "It's not you, it's me" breakup seem like rocket science.

Last year, a 25-year old app user named Chelsea (herself a ghost and a ghostee) wrote in a Huffington Post article(link is external): 

            “Even after one or two dates they are still just a profile to you, not a person. I don’t feel the normal empathy I would for someone I met organically.”



            Back to my own problem I told Danielle, “But, she texted me twice that morning. Why go through all that trouble if you are planning to disappear later that day? Wouldn’t it be easier never to plan anything at all? Or to ghost my initial email?”

            “There is no rhyme or reason to ghosting,” she said. "It’s usually an impromptu decision.” (This is in fact the case for many of the many inexplicable ghosting stories in a recent The New York Times(link is external) piece on the phenomenon.)

            “But don’t they care that they look like terrible people?” I ask. 

            Danielle answers stoically: “To them, texting you back to cancel, postpone, apologize or whatever puts them in a negative light. They essentially are admitting they did something wrong, so they’re going to feel bad about it. Ghosting, however, lets them off the hook. They never have to send: ‘I’m sorry I have to cancel.'"


            To them, it’s not worse, because they never have to admit anything,” Danielle coolly replies. “Silence is better than having to admit any kind of wrongdoing.” 

            She’s right: People hate saying they messed up. It’s why you can scroll through pages and pages of inane debates on Twitter or comment boards. Acknowledging mistakes feels too much like losing or admitting failure. No one appreciates defeat.


            I prefer the old days, when rejections took place in person (or even via text!). A week after I’ve been ghosted, the rejection still haunts me.









But there is a counter example that is, for a change, really good news. In Rwanda, the government has taken a different approach to species preservation that appears to be working. Not long ago, the entire population of wild mountain gorillas was believed to have fallen to the extremely low number of some two hundred and fifty individuals, most of which lived in the nearly impenetrable jungle peaks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rather than sell hunting permits, Rwanda now sells expensive ecotourism permits, enabling tourists to hike into the endangered species’ habitat with expert guides and see them at close range.

Ecotourism has incentivized the neighboring communities to protect rather than poach the animals, much more effectively than the hunting permits. The Rwandan guides are trained and employed by the government. They are accompanied by local porters, some of whom are former poachers, who earn better wages than they would otherwise by helping the tourists navigate the difficult terrain.





All they've brought us is a bland, homogenous world that is deadening.




There is a black hole at the heart of modern American capitalism and Mr. Price has exposed it by doing the simplest of things. The vitriol spewed his way is flabbergasting and sickening. Paying people a livable wage is akin to an evil act? What is happening here? I'm running out of things to be shocked at anymore.




Dave KCleveland, OH 

Thanks Obama!


No, seriously, thanks. By not letting the Paul Ryan budget become reality, you saved millions of peoples' livelihoods, and gave more than a few people I know who had given up on life a chance to work again.




Conspiracy theorizing is the only recourse if you dont like data



the National Casino (a.k.a. Wall Street)



You've been there, done that and want to find someone who is tired of all the childish games and ready for something real









Growth: Since the 1970s, polite society's way to say that the rich are getting even richer, and the rest are falling further behind. An obsession for politicians and the media. 


Distribution: Since the 1970s, a significantly more meaningful measure than growth for the daily lives of average Americans. Seldom addressed by politicians and the media.



For several years, Jeffrey Stake, a professor at the Indiana University law school, has run a Web site called the Ranking Game. It contains a spreadsheet loaded with statistics on every law school in the country, and allows users to pick their own criteria, assign their own weights, and construct any ranking system they want. 

Stake’s intention is to demonstrate just how subjective rankings are, to show how determinations of “quality” turn on relatively arbitrary judgments about how much different variables should be weighted. For example, his site makes it easy to mimic the U.S. News rankings. All you have to do is give equal weight to “academic reputation,” “LSAT scores at the 75th percentile,” “student-faculty ratio,” and “faculty law-review publishing,” and you get a list of élite schools which looks similar to the U.S News law-school rankings:



Donald Trump’s campaign is built on hate mongering and discord, while a growing body of surveys, polls, focus groups, and an analysis of demographic trends shows that Americans are embracing the progressive ideals in our Constitution



But this is Reddit. To the site’s super-dedicated core, an overwhelmingly male group of very vocal power-users whose understanding of progressive politics is limited to the idea that their pirated ecchi torrents have just as much a right to bandwidth as Netflix, few things are more offensive than being told what to do by a woman. And when harassment was banned and their fat-hating subreddit was shut down, they plugged their ears and screamed and stomped and spammed swastikas until they got their way.



The truth is that no one can run Reddit, because Reddit already has a boss: an organized, malignant band of the adolescent and adolescent-at-heart



To the Reddit shock troops, a common-sense policy against sexual harassment and violation was nothing less than the trampling of liberty. 



the idea of sacrificing the divine right to mock the obese was unfathomable, too much to bear.



To this increasingly vocal coterie, anything resembling compromise away from adolescent male white mores is seen as the fascistic social justice agenda. Never mind that no one is being asked to do anything more than grow up: Fucking grow up, you don’t really need giant jiggling breasts in your Xbox games. Fucking grow up, it’s obnoxious, boring and lazy to make fun of obese strangers.



fumigate Reddit sufficiently for advertisers while placating a hostile militia of superusers that can’t seem to distinguish between mild rules and a prison sentence on Robben Island.



a petri dish for the web’s dullest, dumbest impulses, a lowest common denominator clearinghouse of lazy memes, stolen porn, casual racism, a recruiting ground for hate groups, and an overall bummer. Because Reddit is a place for cowards, run by cowards afraid to take responsibility for the machine they engineered, populated by cowards who won’t reckon with the adult world around them.



Far too few have understood, or even now understand, that the religious extremism in the region has been far less about actual RELIGIOUS PURITY, and far more about POLITICS.  Have the Taliban been really following the Koran and been devout "good Muslims?"  Has ISIS?  Has Boka Harem? Hardly!  This has really been all about angry,  disempowerred young men with little to no real future breaking out, rising up, and DOING SOMETHING with their rage and disaffection.  Notice how such groups enslave and overpower those weaker than them.  Notice how they usually find some excuse or other to sexually enslave, rape, or capture and terrorize women?  Is this any form of true Islam?  When women are taken and raped for some flimsy excuse, or handed out as some kind or reward or "prize" to the "brave fighters" - who is really fooled by such actions? This is base, vile, beastly behavior!


Like the countless angry disaffected rampagers of centuries past, they have liitle real governance skill, or foresight.  Terror techniques and brute intimidation fills the gap caused by lack of vision and ability.  Life under such regimes is almost certain to be horrific, brutal, uncertain, and short.  Today it's Christians... tomorrow it will be fellow Muslims.  ISIS is already proving the Hard Truth of this.



proffexpertLos Angeles

In a truly advanced country, elementary school teachers and social workers would make more money than "petroleum engineers" --isn't that just a fancy name for "fracking"?--who are really just prolonging our enslavement to the Saudi Arabian oil princes. Why do those who pollute and poison our world make more money than those who engage in more humanitarian pursuits?

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Nothing new here, it's been obvious for many years that the only degrees worth pursuing (from an employment perspective) are those in engineering, math, or hard sciences - and that's regardless of what you want to do for a career. I've been in the tech sector for over 20 years, and life has been good, even during downturns and layoffs, my technical background always enabled me to bounce back. Not so my many friends and colleagues with less rigorous educations, such as psychology and similar fields that focus more on "learning" than on "problem solving." It's a little discussed but critical business today there is no patience - ZERO - for people who can't contribute, right out of the gate. Of course my statements are somewhat a generalization, but they are true. Young people considering a career path are strongly encouraged to major in a hard technical field. Forget about acquiring your dream job and focus on getting A job...competition is extremely tough, and those poor souls with nothing on their resume but a degree in Brit Lit, Female Studies, History, or the like will not get far, unless they seek careers in academia, in which case they better have near 4.0 GPA's and hope for a grad school scholarship! (P.S. my degree is in engineering, I never really liked it, found it extremely difficult, but for 30 years it kept me employed and enabled me to do and pursue my "dreams" beyond career-focused stuff - and yes there's so much more to life than your job!)




Politicians are elected by the majority which in this case is the lowest common denominator. So what does one expect? The electorate is far too preoccupied to be concerned about governance. They might miss the next episode of Duck Dynasty.



CitzenPhiladelphia PA

China is nothing to admire, respect or look up to. It's who our politicians have been selling us down to the river to for the past 40 years now. They are no friend of the planet or humanity. They have no respect or regard for safe environmental practices, will happily build and destroy anything on the planet to make a nickel and are even more imperialistic than America if anyone can believe that is possible. 


They have no standards for ethical treatment of humans or animals and will sell or do business with anyone on the planet regardless of their record of abuse. Once they have a powerful military it's over. We need to go to war now and put an end to them while we can.



William NeilMaryland

In all of human history, has any major super power ever paved the way, with diplomatic, economic and legal blessings, the rise of a rival power which is now replacing it? Congratulations "free-traders," you have raised tens of millions of Chinese peasants out of poverty, as the US industrial base and its blue collar workers descended.  


MIT, U of Chicago, Milton Friedman, Harvard, Princeton, additional kudos. You left the story of "power" out of the trading equations.  


When William Greider pointed out in 1997, in "One World Ready or Not," that no nation had ever given up a manufacturing base without disastrous consequences - Spain, Holland and Great Britain - he was mocked by people like Paul Krugman for not having the proper mathematical models - only interviews, mere "journalism." (Kevin Phillips made similar points; where are you now Kevin?) 


May we thank you all; we can only hope the Chinese treat us well, and I have my doubts after reading this.  


This, not Mr. Trump's bombastic comments, should be the central discussion (and for the Clinton campaign too, since Bill rolled out the "red" carpet.) although I believe Mr. Trump is reaping, in an indirect way by targeting immigration, the anger that has risen over the decades of industrial decline here, and I include the black urban ghetto as part of that terrible process. 


American citizens, the bottom 60% at least, should be angry. It's another variation on what the "best and brightest" brought us.




traceymorristown, nj

The Chinese are only interested in doing what is best for the Chinese without regard or respect for the environment or the people they encounter along the way. They are not going to make the world a better place.






HummmmmIn the snow

I am curious about the tactic of flooding the country with possible GOP candidates. One reason I can see is where they are all getting air time to repeat the GOP mantra, governed by the Koch Brothers (who are willing to spend 1 billion dollars on the project), developed by Frank Luntz, PhD. word smith and master manipulator. Luntz uses words to evoke strong emotional response without presenting the facts of the issues at hand. Examples would be “death tax” vs “estate tax”, “climate change” vs “global warming”, and he encouraged Republicans to "speak like Newt" by describing Democrats and Democratic policies using words such as “corrupt,” "devour," "greed," "hypocrisy," "liberal," "sick," and "traitors." Then throw in the Joseph Goebbels’ philosophy “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.” “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.” “We do not want to be a movement of a few straw brains, but rather a movement that can ”conquer” the broad masses. Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths.” The GOP are not about ”truth” or ”facts” only influence

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Fred J. KillianNew York

Sure, make millions of people unemployed for the sake of ideological purity. Bet none of those jobs will come from the miitary-industrial complex. Government does the jobs that corporations find unprofitable but which need to be done to ensure a smooth system. Are they perfect? No. But no human system can be. Curbing lobbying, yes, that's a good idea but federal jobs have been slashed enough under President Obama. There's work that needs doing that nobody's doing. Let's start with that.



One thing that may turn a player off is the mountain of Japanese pop culture this game bathes in. There’s more love for otaku culture here than a westerner gripping a love pillow in the centre of Tokyo's Akihabara district.



“Parisian love” presents searching as eros, the desire to connect in the most fundamental way possible.


It is characteristic of sacred things to be easily desecrated; profane things are more robust, more accustomed to dirt.



Google also picks up on the long romance that mathematicians have had with infinite and ultimate things. “The respective interpretation of the symbols 0 and 1 in the system of logic are Nothing and Universe,” wrote George Boole. This was a variant of Leibniz’s view of digital notation as shuttling between creation and the abyss—indeed, in the space where Google likes to shuttle.



SocratesVerona, N.J.

The United States of Guns lays five more victims of gun violence to rest in this incident - 82 Americans will die every single day by gunshot today and every day of the year.


In this incident, another presumably mentally unstable hater - Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez - was free to shoot away on open society because of the exceptional American 'freedom' to be randomly slaughtered by a psychopath.


So much for American 'freedom'.


We're all prisoners of the NRA and the gun fetishizers roaming the countryside with few coping skills besides guns, bullets and untreated anger toward the general population.


We don't need prayers for the dead - it's too late to help them.


We need less guns and bullets.


America is a giant prison filled with gun nuts of all faiths. 

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Despite what we are going to hear from them in their public pronouncements, I am sure there is celebration going inside the NRA head offices. Gun sales are going to rise, gun profits will shoot up. Hallelujah! Our marines will have died in that most noble of causes, service to the Almighty Bottom Line and the Most Holy Greenback. USA! USA! USA! USA!



Dan StackhouseNYC

Uber should, hopefully, go down in flames. It is a get-rich-quick scheme, based on using its employees without giving them paid time off, health benefits, or anything else one deserves from an employer. It is a service only for the affluent, too costly for the lower middle class or below to use on a frequent basis. It's cutting into the business of legitimate, licensed taxi companies. And it doesn't follow the laws, not just employment law, but its vehicles are not inspected, its drivers are not tested, background checks are not done, and it's not insured for accidents. More and more these things have been happening, like the rapes by Uber drivers in India and Los Angeles (and there will be more), that demonstrate why it's not good to have an unlicensed, unregulated business with no oversight, serving the public.


So I hope the city manages to either get them to follow the law, or ban them. I hope people harmed by Uber sue them, employees and customers both. And I hope the business, built by a batch of hipsters hoping to become instant millionaires, dies a messy death.


It's like when you can't remember if you locked the front door of your house in the morning, and instead of reasoning that you probably did, you spend the whole day obsessing. You envision intruders stomping around your bedroom, setting fire to your keepsakes and tucking your family’s iPads into their satchels. Except imagine it’s every day, and with one of the biggest political battles of your lifetime weighing in the balance.


Charmaine Yoest is a soft-spoken mother of five who wears shin-length skirts with her blazers. She’s also the president of Americans United for Life, and when it comes to the group’s national strategy on abortion, she’s as calculating as a chess grandmaster.

“I have my favorite chess board over there,” Yoest said, gesturing to a corner of her sunny office. “In terms of social change you have to think about what's the next move. You're not going to capture the queen in one fell swoop.”

AUL doesn’t engage much in these splashy guerrilla tactics. Instead, it focuses on a quiet legislative strategy that, though it garners less attention, might be far more effective at actually limiting abortions.

The group has scored its legal checkmates by breaking ranks with the other, more idealisticbranch of the pro-life movement—the one that aims to end abortion entirely. This more absolutist flank has faltered, since the majority of Americans think abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances, even if they disagree with the practice on moral grounds.

The AUL, meanwhile, pursues a more pragmatic “incrementalist” strategy, in which pro-lifers chip away at the total number of abortions by helping to enact new constraints.

“States can't outlaw abortion,” McConchie responded. “That does not mean there's a constitutional right to abortion being convenient.”

A major part of AUL’s strategy is to connect pro-life beliefs to women’s rights and other of-the-moment social issues. “The pro-abortion side has tried to force a false premise onto the public, which is to say you're either for women and for abortion, or you're for the unborn child and therefore against women. And that's a lie,” said Ovide Lamontagne, the group’s general counsel. “The reality is being pro-life is being pro-woman.”

The group also ranks states based on how pro-life it considers them to be. Louisiana is the “best,” in AUL’s estimation, and Washington State is the worst. The ranking stokes a sense of competition among the states, McConchie says. Legislators will ask him, “Okay, how do I get to number one?” he said.



"Why are we complaining about a culture that sticks to economic stability, fiscal responsibility and hard work?"


Because they are narrow minded and short-sighted! Let me give you an historical analogy. In 1947, when George Marshall proposed that the U.S. provide economic assistance to Europe to allow it to rebuild (what became the Economic Recovery Act of 1948), the U.S. was essentially committing itself to investing in Europe with no immediate possibility for repayment. If they had, instead, demanded that the European countries cut back on all kinds of expenditures in order to pay back the U.S., the effect of that policy would have been very limited if not extending economic depression ad infinitum.

Instead, the U.S. took a long-term view that rebuilding the European economies would help cement the peace, create conditions whereby conflicts would be much more contained and that, in addition, the U.S. would eventually be repaid.


Germany, in particular, is not thinking like that. They are committed to creating a European economic union, but without a fiscal union. Further, they don't have a long-term financial perspective on it. If they want this to occur, they need to support investment in the weaker countries of the EZ (like Greece, Spain, Portugal) and take a long view (a very long view) of this process. 

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When it comes to love, this generation is filled with cynics — people who despise relationships, who are petrified of being vulnerable, who have a hard time learning to trust someone new after they’d been hurt.



Everyone thinks it’s cool to be cynical, to be guarded, to be aloof.

It’s cool to not bother with emotions or to express your vehement opposition to feelings, as if feelings were the worst things to happen to the human race.

You’re happy to win by caring less; I’m happy to lose by caring more

Every Millennial knows the whoever-cares-less game is the most important game one can play in romance.

Those who act the most uninterested and distant are the ones who end up “winning” the “game,” and those who care too much are seen as too desperate, too hopeless, too obvious about the fact that they’re not working to maintain that air of aloofness that’s necessary to hold someone else’s interest.

This is definitely not a game I want to play. And if I’m forced to play it  — and I am, unfortunately — I’m really happy losing.

Because to me, a real win is when you’re honest with yourself and with someone else about how you feel.

If doing that means I lose, then, whatever. I lose. Boo hoo.

People who are cynical fear vulnerability.

They fear letting someone in, expelling their innermost secrets, allowing another person to really get to know them on a level that nobody else has before.

But I crave that. In fact, I actively seek it out. I love finding opportunities to self-disclose, to bear my soul to another human being and give him exclusive access to my most private thoughts.

I love the feeling of closeness that comes from it. There’s nothing that makes me feel more at peace than when I think someone knows me inside and out because I’ve given him permission to.


You see it as a one-night stand; I see it as a potential for a relationship

I have a hard time with one-night stands. Often, my vision of what will follow one doesn’t always match up with someone else’s vision, which is that it’s supposed to be just a one-time thing. Oops.

During my senior year of college, a friend of mine actually had to coach me into preparing myself for a guy I hooked up with the night before to see our hookup as a one-night stand.

She knew how my brain worked; she knew it would definitely want something more.

I’ll admit this mindset comes with its downfalls, but I can’t snap myself out of it. And nor do I want to.

Because while you see every person you have sex with as disposable, I see a human being, one whom I could really, truly connect with. I’d rather that any day.

When my cynical friends are on the path toward a new relationship, they often tell me they immediately think about how it won’t last, how it’ll go wrong, how they’ll get hurt.

This leads into a self-sabotaging cycle of destroying connections that had such great potential.

You’re happy to be numb; I’m not afraid to feel

While others might try to protect themselves from potentially getting hurt in relationships, I allow myself to feel with reckless abandon.

I know that part of being a human being is embracing every single emotion I have, so I don’t think twice about doing something that might upset me if there’s a chance it’ll also make me happy.

I also don’t think twice about doing something that might make me happy if there’s a chance it’ll also upset me. I take the good with the bad, the yin with the yang.

I welcome any feeling that my heart throws at me.

That’s the beauty of being a hopeless romantic: Feelings don’t scare you. They empower you.






A. SimonNY, NY

Germany was forgiven more debt than any country in the history of the world, and was loaned more money than any country in the history of the world on top of the debt forgiveness. 


Germany was loaned so much, and then forgiven so much, and had so much investment by the United Stated and Europe, including Greece and Spain, that it became the economic "miracle" it is today. 


All of this occurred after Germany started two world wars and killed tens of millions of civilians, including wiping out 10% of the Greek population and stealing its gold (never paid back) and outright raiding the National Bank of Greece (forced loan, never paid back).


I will be polite here: Germany needs to pound sand. 


Greece is our ally and a peaceful democracy of decent family people. As an American I am deeply offended by Germany's treatment of Greece, and of German sanctimony and hypocrisy regarding debt. 


Enough torturing Greece and the Greek people. Forgive most of the debt and help them rebuild after six grueling years of a Great Depression. They know they made mistakes, and they are accepting more painful austerity, and that should be enough for decent people of the world. 

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Romeo PapaMaryland

There’s a scene in the movie “Michael Clayton” that applies: a financier is apprehensive at home, after fleeing his hit-and-run. He is startled by a late-night phone call.


“Is it the police?” the financier asks.


“The police don’t call” lawyer Michael Clayton responds.


Neither does the military.



sdcga161northwest Georgia

I've simply come to the conclusion that there is something in the conservative mind that, in some instances, simply precludes ration and evidence taking hold. Just this morning I heard two co-workers lamenting the state of the nation because of marriage equality and the removal of the Confederate flag, both of which affect neither of them in the least. But it is a sign, to them, that we are in the end of days. It must be terribly sad to live with this mindset, in which everyone is out to get what you have, your country is unrecognizable, and the government is pure evil. I may be a middle-aged white southern man myself, like many of those mentioned in this article, but I thank God everyday for giving me intelligence and empathy and an open mind. 

July 15, 2015 at 12:21 p.m.

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Adirondaxmid-state New York

We live in an era where propaganda has triumphed. 


The good people of West Texas who parrot the lines provided to them by Fox News look for answers anywhere they can find them. An administration headed by a man of mixed race is a good and obvious place to start.


What do they want to know, and what are they asking?


They can't figure out what happened to America, the land of opportunity that their parents once knew.


Where are the good jobs at the local plant? The ones that allowed them to form bowling leagues and have cook outs on a summer Saturday night?


That this prosperous way of middle class life is gone, and has been gone for the better part of a generation, is a mystery. Why wouldn't it be?


No one has explained to them in terms they can get their arms around, that the very people that they vote for work hard to do the bidding of the very same people who took these manufacturing jobs and sent them to China, or other slave wage labor countries. Instead these folks are swathed in feel good phrases trumpeting "liberty, the Constitution, and our rights," all of which have literally nothing to do with the fact that they got thrown under an economic bus by the .1% .


What do these good folks have to fall back on? As Obama put it in the '08 campaign, "their God and their guns."


Who can blame them?

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The cultures, amenities, and attractions of cities, suburbs, exurbs, and open country are manifestly different but complement each other. The sanest, best-balanced people are those who spend part of the year in each area and do not stay continuously under urban pressure. In that way they get the best of the city and of the more or less open spaces. A shack nearby or shelter in some vast wilderness will shortly be within the reach of most families.


This notion that the worth of our human existence is measured by how "productive" we are from a free-market capitalism perspective is obscene.



But even if you believe that this particular mob made the correct decision in both identifying the targets and meting out punishments, the way its members reached these decisions — arbitrarily, based on what they thought would feel good to punish — should worry you.



A formal justice system, at least in theory, determines the severity of a crime based on objective factors such as its impact on society and how it compares with other crimes. The internet mob determines the severity of a crime based on subjective factors, such as how unlikable they find the alleged criminal to be, how likable they find the victim, and the degree to which the alleged crime fits into their preconceived beliefs. You'll notice that most of these trace back not to the crime's impact on society, but rather the degree to which punishing the crime will feel good for the punishers.



This gets to one of the root problems with mob justice: It is not primarily about punishing the crime or the criminal, but rather about indulging the outrage of the mob and its thirst for vengeance.



Mob justice, meanwhile, is derived from the collective feelings of whoever happens to be participating. The mob's case law is limited to whatever its participants happen to remember and care about in that moment. Its rules of evidence privilege anything that shares easily on social media and that confirms the preexisting belief system of the mob participants.



the mob is not about justice in the abstract sense of furthering society's collective good. Rather, it is about pursuing vendettas — for example, Gamergate's fury at the growing role of women in technology, or Reddit's open hatred of people who are overweight — or about simply indulging the mob's desire for blood



That puts all of us in danger. The mob is free to decide on its own what does and does not constitute a crime — being a woman who works in technology or journalism, for example, or having the wrong religion —and any one of us could someday be implicated in such an "offense."