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Pinwheels draw awareness to child abuse

Medina Gazette - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:56
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Exploring on Earth Day

Medina Gazette - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:56
Bob Sandrick y The Gazette
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Pinwheels draw awareness to child abuse

Medina Gazette - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:56
Bob Finnan y The Gazette
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Exploring on Earth Day

Medina Gazette - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:56
Bob Sandrick y The Gazette
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Medina graduate specializes in dorm decor

Medina Gazette - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:51
The Gazette
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Sally's 400th visit is special occasion

Medina Gazette - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:51
Marina Malenic y The Gazette
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Medina graduate specializes in dorm decor

Medina Gazette - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:51
The number 329 is special to Emily Beal.
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Sally's 400th visit is special occasion

Medina Gazette - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:51
Marina Malenic y The Gazette
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Open thread for night owls: How to deal with a psychopath

Daily Kos - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:30
Today the Associated Press published the transcript of a Friday interview with Donald Trump with such a high a concentration of lunacy per unit word you could be forgiven for wondering if it was a hoax. Alas, it was not.

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Hours later, and apropos of nothing in particular, Time magazine tweeted a link to an October 2016 article by Eric Barker that someone on Time’s weekend shift presumably thought readers would be interested in today: 5 Ways to Deal With a Psychopath.

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Among the embedded tips culled from a variety of works on the subject: There are many psychopaths out there whose “intelligence, family background, social skills, and circumstances permit them to construct a facade of normality.” Though obsessively narcissistic and devoid of empathy, they are experts at manipulating others by pretending to “share similar qualities.” As managers, they are eager to “create conflicts and rivalries” among those surrounding them for the purpose of “keeping them from sharing information that might uncover [their] deceit.” They tend to “kiss up and kick down”, belittling those with little power while flattering those with power or status they can use. And they lie, a lot, and all the time. “Two [lies] may involve a serious mistake. But three lies says you’re dealing with a liar, and deceit is the linchpin of conscienceless behavior.”

Huh, Time magazine was right. That was a helpful article.

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2010Arizona governor to sign regressive anti-immigrant bill into law:

No surprise, since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer faces a tough primary challenge, but still disappointing: she has just announced her intention to sign SB 1070.

The soon-to-be law allows Arizona police to challenge anyone they think might be undocumented, and demand immigration papers.

It also allows residents to sue their municipalities if they believe local cops aren't doing enough to target and jail undocumented immigrants. You better believe that within a year, virtually every town and county in the state will be getting sued by xenophobic teabaggers.

Obama has already promised to monitor the situation closely for violations of civil rights, which are inevitable. And this new law will create additional impetus for a comprehensive national solution to the problem of undocumented workers in our country.

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Comment Issues, Open Thread

Balloon Juice - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:09

Hearing from Adam that there’s some issues with comments, I changed one thing but it’s bedtime, so I won’t be up to see if commenting improves tonight or not.  I did upgrade the WordPress version this afternoon, so I’m sure that’s had some side-effect and made our anti-spam engine twitchy.

So…for whatever reason, our connection to Akismet’s anti-spam service is suddenly wonky and so comments aren’t being treated normally. I’m sorry for the inconvenience but I suspect it’ll right itself shortly. I’ve tried to rescue hundreds of comments from trash/hell and hopefully new ones won’t be so-consigned overnight while I sleep.

 

Meanwhile, open thread!

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Ask Slashdot: Do You Like Functional Programming?

Slashdot - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 21:52
An anonymous reader writes: Functional programming seems to be all the rage these days. Efforts are being made to highlight its use in Java, JavaScript, C# and elsewhere. Lots of claims are being made about it's virtues that seem relatively easy to prove or disprove such as "Its use will reduce your debugging time." Or "It will clarify your code." My co-workers are resorting to arm-wrestling matches over this style choice. Half of my co-workers have drunk the Kool-Aid and are evangelizing its benefits. The other half are unconvinced of its virtues over Object Oriented Design patterns, etc. What is your take on functional programming and related technologies (i.e. lambdas and streams)? Is it our salvation? Is it merely another useful design pattern? Or is it a technological dead-end? Python creator Guido van Rossum has said most programmers aren't used to functional languages, and when he answered Slashdot reader questions in 2013 said the only functional language he knew much about was Haskell, and "any language less popular than Haskell surely has very little practical value." He even added "I also don't think that the current crop of functional languages is ready for mainstream." Leave your own opinions in the comments. Do you like functional programming?

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If Trump in the White House can't stop Democratic circular firing squads, we really are finished

Daily Kos - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 21:00

So this is now a thing. Last Tuesday, the day of the special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, Bernie Sanders was asked about the leading Democrat in the race, Jon Ossoff—who came within two points of winning an outright majority and avoiding a runoff.

One source, the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, quoted Sanders as saying, of Ossoff, “he’s not a progressive.” However, multiple other journalists covered the Sanders comments, and no other article quoted him saying that. The rest all had the same quotation, namely that when Sanders was asked if Ossoff was a progressive he answered: “I don’t know.” That’s the quotation from the original source—Sanders’ interview with the Wall Street Journal:

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These comments led to a revival of primary war fever, as well as to quite a bit of ink being spilled in the mainstream media on the matter of Bernie’s supposedly “strange behavior.” Here’s the thing: Mr. Ossoff himself—who is doing a terrific job in his campaign, and whom every anti-Trump person should support—denied that he was a progressive on the very day before Sanders made his comments. You can see the video for yourself.
 

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Quote of the Day: I Only Said NATO Was Obsolete Because I Didn't Know Anything About NATO

Kevin Drum - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:14

From Donald Trump, explaining why he said NATO was obsolete during the campaign:

I was on Wolf Blitzer, very fair interview, the first time I was ever asked about NATO, because I wasn't in government. People don't go around asking about NATO if I'm building a building in Manhattan, right? So they asked me, Wolf ... asked me about NATO, and I said two things. NATO's obsolete — not knowing much about NATO, now I know a lot about NATO — NATO is obsolete, and I said, "And the reason it's obsolete is because of the fact they don't focus on terrorism."

This is not the first time Trump has said something like this. I wonder if he even realizes that it sounds bad when he admits he was just blathering during the campaign because he didn't know what he was talking about?

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Liberation is in the little things

Yoga quotes - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:01
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ISS Solar Transit

xkcd - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:00
I guess it's also the right setting for pictures of the Moon at night.
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Your steps leads away from it

Yoga quotes - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 19:59
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Joy and peace

Yoga quotes - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 19:56
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Love is the greatest resolution

Yoga quotes - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 19:54
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Love is the greatest resolution

Yoga quotes - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 19:51
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Realization of moving

Yoga quotes - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 19:47
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