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Friday, October 24, 2014

Plutocrats Against Democracy

Plutocrats Against Democracy:

It’s always good when leaders tell the truth, especially if that wasn’t their intention. via Pocket

Beyond Hope

Beyond Hope:

THE MOST COMMON WORDS I hear spoken by any environmentalists anywhere are, We’re fucked. via Pocket

Monday, October 20, 2014

When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 3

When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 3:

SOME white Americans may be surprised to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu describe Bryan Stevenson, an African-American lawyer fighting for racial justice, as “America’s young Nelson Mandela. via Pocket

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The No. 1 Cause of Traffic Fatalities? It’s Not Texting

The No. 1 Cause of Traffic Fatalities? It’s Not Texting:

I don’t yet have a copy of Matt Richtel’s new book, A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention. via Pocket

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

John Oliver explains why the U.S. drone program is so terrifying

John Oliver explains why the U.S. drone program is so terrifying:

Host John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight criticized the U.S. government’s drone program for inflicting fear in children. Oliver uses a segment to discuss U.S. drone program and the legacy President Barack Obama will leave behind. via Pocket

Monday, October 06, 2014

Polarization in America is here to stay. What now?

Polarization in America is here to stay. What now?:

By now, it’s obvious to everyone that U.S. political life has become extremely polarized. Not only are lawmakers further and further apart, but the American people are too, geographically and ideologically. via Pocket

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Debate About the Role of Government in The Republican City of Somerset, Kentucky

The Debate About the Role of Government in The Republican City of Somerset, Kentucky:

When two politicians debate the role of government, its almost always Democrat vs. Republican. Which is why it was so refreshing and instructive to read of the debate taking place among Republicans in a small city in southeastern Kentucky. via Pocket

Who Had It Easier, Reagan or Obama?

Who Had It Easier, Reagan or Obama?:

OVER the past few weeks I’ve been reading Ken Adelman’s fascinating history “Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War.” Adelman, who led Reagan’s arms control agency, was an adviser at Reagan’s 1986 Iceland summit meeting with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. via Pocket

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Is last year's model better? iPhone 6 creates a storage space dilemma

Is last year's model better? iPhone 6 creates a storage space dilemma:

The new iPhone offers several features over its 5S predecessor: a faster processor, bigger screen, near field communications for payments, and purportedly longer battery life.

But it has the same base storage (16 GB) as the iPhone 3G, which premiered 5 years ago! (In that time, storage costs for solid state drives have fallen by 80%).

Apps have grown significantly in size, to take advantage of many new features and higher resolution screens. And data plans have become limited, requiring more local storage for those not constantly on wifi.

For a customer signing a new 2-year contract with a wireless provider, the iPhone 6 will cost $199. But for $50 less, the same person could last year’s flagship phone, iPhone 5S, with double the storage capacity - 32GB. To get more than that on the new phone model, you have to get the 64 GB upgrade for a total of $300, twice what the 5S costs.

There are probably enough people with grandfathered unlimited data plans for whom the cloud (via a cellular data connection) can supplement the measly 16 GB base storage. But Apple’s refusal to increase the base storage for it’s flagship phone is pretty cheap, and I wonder if it will drive some Apple phone purchasers to last year’s model in search of a better deal.

10 reasons why you shouldn't vote for a vet

10 reasons why you shouldn't vote for a vet:

Maryland Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas Gansler committed a campaign faux pas this week when he intoned that his opponent, Lieutenant Governor and Iraq war veteran Anthony Brown, was not as prepared to do a “real job.” The situation is full of peculiarities. via Pocket

After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less

After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less:

MANY white Americans say they are fed up with the coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A plurality of whites in a recent Pew survey said that the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves. via Pocket

The Slow Motion Lynching of President Barack Obama

The Slow Motion Lynching of President Barack Obama:

I’ve watched liberal and right wing commentators alike blame the president for being lynched. They say “he’s not reaching out enough” or “he’s too cold.” It’s the equivalent of assuming that the black man being beaten by a couple of thug cops must have “done something.” via Pocket

Test If Your Batteries Are Dead By Dropping Them on a Hard Surface

Test If Your Batteries Are Dead By Dropping Them on a Hard Surface:

Skip the battery tester and use this quick and easy way to test if your batteries are dead: Just drop them. The video above by electrical engineer Lee Hite explains why dead batteries bounce, in very thorough scientific detail. On YouTube, he says: via Pocket

'The US Economy Performs Better Under Democratic Presidents. Why?'

'The US Economy Performs Better Under Democratic Presidents. Why?':

In case you missed this research from Blinder and Watson: The US economy performs better under Democratic presidents. Why?, by Alan S. via Pocket

Growing Pressure on Obama to Do Something Stupid

Growing Pressure on Obama to Do Something Stupid:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Arguing that his motto “Don’t do stupid stuff” is not a coherent foreign policy, critics of President Obama are pressuring him to do something stupid without further delay. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C. via Pocket