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Letting neural networks be weird • Aw yeah it’s time for cookies with neural networks http://aiweirdness.com/post/180892528177/aw-yeah-its-time-for-cookies-with-neural-networks

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"One neural network I use, called textgenrnn, tries its best to imitate any kind of text you give it. I’ve given them paint colors, band names, and even guinea pig names and in each case their results are somewhat… mixed. (Paint colors called Stanky Bean, Stargoon, and Turdly, for example) The problem is that it doesn’t know what any of these words mean - it’s just picking letter combinations that seem likely to it. This is what happened when I gave it all the cookies from a list of American recipes. This is what human cookies sound like to a neural network."

 ‎· JustDuckie 1
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I could go for some fluffin coffee drops.

 ‎· LibSkrat 1
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I think Hecate might like an Apricot Dream Mole.

 ‎· Galen Charlton 1
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I bet a hand buttersack is good with coffee.

 ‎· orgmonkey 5
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I'd 100% try a " Lord's Honey Flight"

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Tokyo Disneyland Is Getting a Beauty and the Beast Ride With Animatronics That Look Like Living Cartoons https://io9.gizmodo.com/tokyo-disneyland-is-getting-a-beauty-and-the-beast-ride-1830897206

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"Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast will be a dark ride, where visitors sit in vehicles that carry them through a series of animated vignettes recreating scenes from the classic Disney animated film. The actual vehicles will be giant teacups that can navigate autonomously without the need for a track, allowing them to follow unique paths and even repetitively circle a room, which is a technology that has become incredibly popular in the company’s overseas theme parks. The Beauty and the Beast ride will even let visitors dance along with Belle and the Beast in the movie’s much-loved ballroom scene, which will undoubtedly be one of the ride’s highlights."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"The ride will also recreate the catchy “Be Our Guest” dinner table sequence (which is probably now stuck in your head), but it’s the animatronic characters that will be the most advanced part of the attraction. They’re designed to look and move exactly like the animated characters from the movie, and the fluidity demonstrated in this behind-the-scenes sneak peek from Disneyland Tokyo is absolutely astonishing."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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I foresee many screaming children. That’s ALL the uncanny valley right there.

 ‎· LibSkrat
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I wonder though. Relatively, will it be more uncanny valley than trad animatronics? Remains to be seen. What about children for whom this is their first/only physical animation experience? it might not seem that weird. The real feel of dystopia will come from real-time hacking—when suddenly Belle is delivering OP instructions from Anonymous.

 ‎· Micah 3
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Weirdly, Belle doesn't bother me but the horse freaks me out a little. I think it's because Belle's hair is plastic and the features are clearly cartoonish, while for the horse I'm like WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIS EEEEEEYES?

 ‎· JustDuckie
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Texas family's Christmas lights bop to 'Baby Shark' https://www.guidelive.com/holidays/2018/12/06/texas-christmas-lights-baby-shark-video-cute

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"So, parents, if you love to hate "Baby Shark," here's a reason to love it just a bit more: One Texas family has set its Christmas decorations to the ubiquitous "Baby Shark" song. It's 90 seconds of adorable."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"At the Hinojosa's display this year, the songs will be synced to "Baby Shark" as well as songs by Selena, the Disney movie Coco, and Christmas songs. "

 ‎· JustDuckie
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I do not think I would enjoy being this man's neighbor

 ‎· Soup 1
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BREAKING: My Cat Is Being So Cute Right Now! http://reductress.com/post/breaking-my-cat-is-being-so-cute-right-now/

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"In a shocking turn of events that is rattling the nation, sources confirm my cat Matilda is currently doing that thing where she puts her paw on her nose while she sleeps and it’s the cutest thing I have ever seen. While there is some controversy over whether this is extremely cute or just sort of how cats are, mainly from people that clearly haven’t seen what Matilda is doing right now, those who are close to the story know my cat is seriously so fucking cute."

 ‎· JustDuckie 1
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"Experts on both sides of the aisle agree that you need to get here and see this right now, but ultimately if you don’t this cat never stops being the light of my life and entertaining beyond belief so you can really tune in anytime."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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@cogscilibrarian

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Jewish Punk Gets Tattoo of Upside-Down Star of David https://thehardtimes.net/culture/jewish-punk-gets-tattoo-of-upside-down-star-of-david/

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"“I know my relatives say I can’t get buried in a Jewish cemetery now or whatever,” explained frontman Isaac Schreiber. “But my drummer’s rabbi said he’s fine with tattoos… not that I need permission. That’s why I got the inverted star: it’s just about rebellion for me. If people get offended, feh!”"

 ‎· JustDuckie 1
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"As for the design’s striking resemblance to a regular Star of David, tattoo artist Marco Armendarez was diplomatic. “It’s not my place to give input on a client’s design, except for practical purposes,” Armendarez stated. “Does it look like a normal Star of David? Sure, maybe some people would say that. All I care about is making my clients happy. That’s why I listened when [Schreiber] asked me to rotate the transfer 180 degrees before applying it to his skin.”"

 ‎· JustDuckie 1
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He brought it in on a piece of paper, and it was already upside down when he handed it to the tattoo artist, telling him to turn it upside down, which resulted in him being tattooed with it right side up, and he didn't know it. :P

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The Everyday Ballet (by Justin Peck) https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/05/magazine/great-performers-everyday-ballet.html

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" I spend a lot of my time observing people in New York for these kinds of moments. And if I look closely enough, there are constant snippets of movement to draw from. I’m not the first choreographer to search for inspiration in the city. Merce Cunningham was said to peer down from his studio window in the West Village at the street below to observe how pedestrians moved through space. George Balanchine spoke of the elegance of the waiters circulating through the Russian Tea Room. Maybe this study of the mundane is just part of the choreographer’s instinct. That instinct became the jumping-off point for this series of Great Performers films simple gestures drawn from the everyday. Sometimes I combined those with comedic nods to films from the Hollywood Golden Age (Gene Kelly dancing joyously through a downpour; Fred Astaire in his signature top hat and cane). Humor in dance is tough to pull off, but it can be so satisfying; it’s one of the most honest and bright human expressions. "

 ‎· JustDuckie
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Re: the short dances in https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/05/magazine/great-performers-justin-peck-dance.html

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Don’t mind us! We are just making the voting more fair. - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/12/06/dont-mind-us-we-are-just-making-the-voting-more-fair/?utm_term=.7d09dcf30516

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"Sometimes, due to some kind of confusion or flaw in the system, voters do not select Republicans. It is this strange tendency of hundreds of thousands — nay, millions! — of Democratic ballots to appear in boxes each Election Day that has left us so unshakably convinced that voter fraud is rampant. But do not worry: We are taking steps to fix that. One way you can tell something has gone wrong with voting is if the Democratic candidate gets enough votes to win. That is a sign that the process has failed."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"One thing Americans have historically loved about America is how if you live in a Place That Is Very Large on a Map, you get at least a slightly bigger share of votes than in Places That Are Very Full of People. This allows for things Americans love, such as big maps colored red, as well as a sense of vague powerlessness that, when you have lived with it long enough, becomes kind of freeing. It is time we put some caps on these city voters. We can all agree: If big groups of people get more votes than smaller groups of people, that is bad and unrepresentative. Besides, people in cities are confused and do not know what they want. In their befuddlement, they sometimes vote straight-ticket Democrat or scrawl D’s on their ballots. This comes of being packed too tightly together. A D is just an R someone did not have room to add the little legs to because they were cramped in close urban quarters."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"There are several solutions to the unrepresentative mess that is our state. One is that any district not already shaped like an electrocuted salamander should be quickly redrawn so that it does. People love to live in a district with a festive shape! It makes them feel like they are part of something. The best thing about that festive shape is it brings people into contact with people with whom they disagree. This exposes them to new ideas, such as the idea that their votes are probably not worth casting, because the district is now shaped in such a manner that no candidate of their party can win. This frees up a Tuesday evening in November, which is a great boon. They will appreciate the opportunity to use it for shopping or sending emails."

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Killer Whales https://therumpus.net/2018/12/killer-whales/

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"The morning after we first call my family to tell them I’m pregnant, my husband awakes from an awful dream. I’m sitting in the kitchen rebooking our plans for his upcoming birthday, a weekend trip we’ve rescheduled to avoid traveling to a beach where the Zika virus has been reported. When he walks into the kitchen, I look up from my computer and his face is ashen. He tells me he dreamed I was standing at the edge of a pier when a killer whale lunged from the ocean and swallowed me whole."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"Two hours after I’ve booked a new hotel and dinner plans on Lake George and three hours after my husband has told me he dreamed of killer whales, I am putting the final touches on syllabi for fall classes that will begin in one week and I am finishing up my daily word count on a new novel when my body begins to pass the first streaks of bright-red blood."

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"Researchers believe the mother orca who carried her dead calf for seventeen days endured two miscarriages before the infant was finally born. Part of a community of seventy-five orcas that scientists have tracked for decades, the mother birthed one calf in 2010 and not another until the female calf this summer. The unusual term of eight years between pregnancies, as well as the duration of time the mother clung to her dead calf, signifies to researchers that the mother had reached a capacity, that she’d already endured two unseen intervals of grief."

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"There is a reason ocean researchers grew worried about the mother orca beyond her lengthened display of grief. In fact, the entire pod’s population is at a thirty-year low. Due to increasing food scarcity and human overfishing, no new calves have survived in the pod across the past three years. Miscarriages are common. Over seventy-five percent of newborn orcas die. As a result, the mother orca’s loss is also common."

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Americans Value Equality at Work More Than Equality at Home https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/upshot/americans-value-equality-at-work-more-than-equality-at-home.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=The Upshot

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"While women are doing more paid work, men aren’t doing that much more domestic work. In the new study, one-fifth of men born between 1946 and 1980 said women should be more equal at work than at home — which for the men would mean benefiting from a second household income without doing any extra chores. “At home, men are more resistant to that change because it really means surrendering privilege,” said David A. Cotter, a sociology professor at Union College who has studied gender attitudes. “This way, they don’t have to do more laundry.” "

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"By a slight margin, millennials said that women were more equal at home than at work, the only generation to express that view. The difference between the groups is small, so the researchers cautioned against concluding too much from it. One reason for some millennials’ belief that workplace equality isn’t as high as in the home, Mr. Scarborough said, might be that many started their careers during the recession and its aftermath. When there is high unemployment, people tend to revert to believing that men should be breadwinners. Another reason, Ms. Risman said, is that young women were raised to believe they could achieve anything they wanted at school and work — and faced a rude awakening when they entered the professional world and found that sexism and harassment were still rampant. "

 ‎· JustDuckie
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Such a weird way to phrase it. The inequality at work is why I'm so broke now (on top of the disability, of course).

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Police called as dancing aunties take over hotel lobby to take shelter from smog https://shanghai.ist/2018/12/04/police-called-as-dancing-aunties-take-over-hotel-lobby-to-take-shelter-from-smog/

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"The hotel had no interest in turning its lobby into a dance studio and accused the dozen or so aunties of trespassing, but security guards soon found themselves powerless to stop the women from boogieing down. Eventually, workers were forced to call the police, according to a report from Knews."

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"However, officers appeared at first to be similarly unable to reason with the aunties who said that they were merely “borrowing” the lobby for a bit because of all the smog, noting that the government had warned them to limit the time they spend outdoors. They argued that since the hotel was part of their community, it was only fair that they should use the space in their time of need."

 ‎· JustDuckie 1
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O.o

 ‎· Soup 1
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Dancing aunties in China are a force of nature.

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50 Of The Funniest Scottish Tweets Of 2018 https://www.buzzfeed.com/jamiejones/funniest-scottish-tweets-of-2018?bfsource=cleanhpcontrol

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Pocket Princesses 264: Snack Stash http://amymebberson.tumblr.com/post/180669163639/pocket-princesses-264-snack-stash-please-reblog

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A Famous Alpha Wolf’s Daughter, Spitfire, Is Killed by a Hunter https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/science/wolf-spitfire-killed.html

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"A wild wolf known as 926F, dear to the hearts of wolf watchers who visit Yellowstone, was killed by a hunter as it wandered just outside the park last weekend. A member of the Lamar Canyon pack in the national park’s northeast region, 926F was the daughter of 832F, an alpha female that had become a celebrity, famous for her hunting prowess and for her frequent appearances along the road traveled by tourists in the park’s Lamar Valley. While wolf biologists called the mother 832F, the she-wolf was famously known as “06” for the year she was born. The subject of the book “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West,” she was killed by a hunter as well."

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"The shooting occurred near cabins and was within hunting laws; Montana has permitted hunting of wolves since 2011, and a few hundred are killed each year. “A game warden checked with the hunter and everything about this harvest was legal,” said Abby Nelson, a wolf management specialist with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. But the killing has renewed calls for a buffer around the park so wolves that live within the safe harbor of Yellowstone and that have little fear of humans cannot be shot if they wander beyond the park’s invisible boundary. "

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"Leo Leckie, a guide for Yellowstone Wolf Tracker, a group that offers to take visitors to see the wolves, keeps a family history of Yellowstone wolves on Ancestry.com. He believes the hunting of wolves has made it harder to see them. The killing of Spitfire “will undoubtedly hurt our business,” he said. And there are questions about how sporting it is to hunt animals that have learned that humans are safe. “Wolf hunters talk about seeing a pack of park wolves outside the boundary and being able to pick the one they want,” said Doug Smith, the park’s wolf biologist. “They just stand there and have no fear.”"

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"Spitfire, or 926F, was killed just a few miles outside the park in Montana near the northeast entrance to the park, between the tiny communities of Silver Gate and Cooke City, Mont. She left behind a daughter that wolf watchers have named Little T, so-called because of a small white marking. Another wolf, Small Dot, is the male, and for the first time in three years a litter of five pups was born to the Lamar Canyon pack. "

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Georgina Pazcoguin on Eliminating Asian Stereotypes in Ballet https://www.pointemagazine.com/georgina-pazcoguin-final-bow-for-yellowface-2621756066.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

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"What are your thoughts on NYCB's changes to the Tea variation? While the variation has removed the caricature, it now lacks some of the character. I think there is opportunity to explore more character development, but in a respectful way. It is the Kingdom of the Sweets after all; why not lean into a more confectionary direction?"

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"Phil and I worked with dance historian Doug Fullington at Pacific Northwest Ballet, who was able to go back to the Stepanov notation from the early 20th century and recreate the original Chinese dance. To see it on live bodies, even on film, was very powerful for me. The variation is fun, spritely, crisp, wickedly difficult and dazzling. The best part was there was not a whiff of caricature at all. It just demonstrated that so much of what we have put into the ballet over the years, like the problematic "Fu Manchu" depictions, has come from outside the original choreography. Seeing the playfulness in the original helped me regain my faith in the ballet."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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Oh yaaaay! There's a link to the SFBallet variation with the dragon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgbiZjK4wlA&feature=youtu.be

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Former Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Indicted for Murder in Botham Jean Shooting https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/dallas-county-grand-jury-indicts-amber-guyger-for-murder-11395826

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"Defense attorney and former Dallas County prosecutor Pete Schulte told the Observer earlier this week that the grand jury was more likely to indict Guyger for murder than manslaughter, if it indicted her at all, because she intended to shoot Jean. "If there is an indictment, it will be a murder indictment," Schulte said. "I don't think there's any in-between. At the time the force was used — because that's what we look at in all criminal cases, whether it's a police officer or anybody else — when the force was used, her intent was an act clearly dangerous to human life. She fired a gun in the direction of a person she knew was standing in front of her.""

 ‎· JustDuckie 2
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I don't know if it affects anything, but the DA will be different for the trial. The one that originally decided on the manslaughter charge was voted out in the blue wave on Nov. 6.

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Website Getting on Just Fine After Laying of Copyeditor https://thehardtimes.net/culture/website-getting-just-fine-laying-copyeditor/

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" Popular review website GearJam.com “said goood bye to there steemed copyeditor” Devin Warren last month due to falling ad revenue from Facebook’s recent algorithm change, but are “getting along just fine,” optimistic sources within the company confirmed. “I Started GearJam eight years ago from my college dorm room, and we’ve always believed in giving our employees a dependable place to, launch their carears. Butt cracks eventually showed up in our gameplan,” said CEO Ian McBride in a written statement. “We aren’t immune to the problems a lot of independent publishers are have, but we are carrying on good.”"

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"McBride admitted in his statement that there were “defiantly some dumps in the road after we let Deven go.” He contends, however, that everyone in the office has taken up the challenge of editing themselves, and are getting “some really good first hand-job experience threw this.”"

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*snort*

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5 Weeks and Counting: Dutch Church Holds Worship Marathon to Protect Migrant Family https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/29/world/europe/bethel-church-netherlands-deportation.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

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"The church and its parent denomination, the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, are taking advantage of a Dutch law that, under most circumstances, prevents the authorities from conducting operations in a place where a religious service is being held. Their strategy is deceptively simple: Shelter the immigrant family in the church, and make sure a service is always being held."

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"At the outset, doing so was a serious logistical challenge, with a handful of people organizing things and asking clergy members to take shifts and plug holes in the schedule. But as the effort has captured the nation’s attention, it has also become steadily easier to manage. “There are already more than 450 different priests, pastors, deacons, elders from around the country, every denomination, wanting to be put on the rotation to participate in this service,” Axel Wicke, Bethel’s pastor, said in an interview on Thursday. “Even from abroad we’ve gotten help — there have been sermons held in English, French and German,” he said. “It’s quite moving to us. I often see a pastor handing over the service to another pastor of another denomination who they would ordinarily not have anything to do with, liturgically.”"

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"The Tamrazyan family — two parents and their three children, ages 21, 19 and 14 — have said that they left Armenia after receiving death threats over the father’s political activism. The people working with the family declined to say what political causes he was involved in, or who might want to harm him; the organization Freedom House rates Armenia, a small nation in the Caucasus, as “partly free,” with democratic institutions but limited political freedom or freedom of expression. Derk Stegeman, a Protestant Church pastor who has acted as a spokesman for the Tamrazyans, said they were talking with Dutch officials, holding out some hope that the government would reverse course."

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“Mississippi Goddam” http://bittersoutherner.com/from-the-southern-perspective/mississippi-goddam

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"Cindy Hyde-Smith was nearly school-age when white supremacists assassinated Medgar Evers in Jackson, mainly due to his advocacy for black voting rights. Even more striking, an infant Phil Bryant rocked in a cradle in Moorhead, Mississippi, the same day racists murdered 14-year-old Emmett Till just 40 minutes down the road in Money. Hyde-Smith, Bryant, and their entire peer group well know of their state’s intensely violent history — they lived through much of it."

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"Although Phil Bryant was born in the Delta, by the time he was a teen his family had moved to the capital city of Jackson. After the U.S. Supreme Court forced Mississippi to desegregate schools in 1969, Bryant — like Cindy Hyde-Smith and so many other white children of economic privilege — began attending private schools. Just a few short years after Robert Kennedy had toured the Delta, pleading with Americans to take real and abiding action against poverty in America, Bryant began attending high school at Council McCluer. Known as a “segregationist academy,” Council McCluer was operated by the White Citizens’ Council. The school’s treasurer, W.J. Simmons, was one of Mississippi’s most vocal segregationists."

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"Mississippi is 46th in unemployment, 47th in higher education attainment, 48th in hunger and food insecurity, 49th in teen birth rate, 50th in assets and savings. To make matters even worse, at least 22 percent – approaching a quarter of the state’s population – had no insurance at any time in 2017. Simply put, Mississippi is the poorest, sickest state in the U.S."

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"Thus, as if the misery of a state awash in poverty, pain, and suffering — its residents denied health care and often denied a chance at escape, whether from poverty or locale — wasn’t enough, Mississippi also has the second highest rates of fetal deaths among all the states. When it comes to black infant mortality, however, Mississippi has the odious distinction of ranking first. Ranking first in the deaths of black infants: a fitting designation for a state ruled by people devoid of empathy, let alone the most basic tenets of morality. "

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"White Southerners like Bryant and Hyde-Smith may care about the abortion of the unborn, yet as soon as the infant emerges from the womb, the feigned morality stops. They care about the fetus, but not the baby. They care about the pregnancy, but not the pregnant. They care about their children, but not all children. And now, once again, white Mississippi politicians will help carry on the legacies of racism and Jim Crow, will worship at the altar of the slaveholders’ Confederacy, and will keep their state’s people ensnared in extreme poverty. The time for moral outrage — and concerted action — is now. Mississippi Goddam, indeed."

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The Black Entrepreneurs Smashing Stereotypes http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1003262/the-black-entrepreneurs-smashing-stereotypes

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"In 2017, after noticing that black entrepreneurs in China often struggle to get the exposure needed to grow their businesses, Nadine and Sserwadda decided to start up Black Expo. They also hoped to show Chinese and expats alike that products created by black entrepreneurs aren’t exclusively for black people, says Nadine. She mentions shea butter, an African product, as an example; during Beijing’s dry winters, the plant-based skin moisturizer can be used by people of any background. “Because [these black entrepreneurs] make such high-quality products, everyone — regardless of whether they’re black, white, Asian, Hispanic — likes and appreciates it,” says Nadine. “If it’s a high-quality product, that’s what we want to highlight — not only because [the business owners are] black, but because they’re doing successful, creative things, and we just want to create that space to expand the capacity.”"

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"Participants also see such events as helping to break down pervasive racial stereotypes held in China against black people, who are often assumed to be musicians or athletes rather than businesspeople. While the experiences of African entrepreneurs in the southern Chinese port city of Guangzhou have been well-documented in recent years, Kontoh maintains that this is just a small piece of the picture. “Those guys are just trade people — buying and selling — but there’s a vast number of Africans [and other] black people in different parts of China … trying to make it out here,” he says."

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Winter Vegetables: What ‘Baicai’ Means to Northern China http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1003259/winter-vegetables-what-baicai-means-to-northern-china

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"In one widely shared video from this year, a vendor proudly reports that he sold 150,000 kilograms of baicai — a weight equivalent to approximately 20 full-grown African elephants — in just 11 days. His clients lend credibility to his account. One middle-aged woman tells the interviewer that she’s buying 50 kilograms for her and her husband to share, while a grandfatherly old man says he’s bought between 100 and 150 kilograms every winter four years in a row. One article from last year went so far as to liken this early November stock-up to the country’s “Double Eleven” shopping holiday — a kind of Black Friday for cabbages."

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"Winters in northern China are typically cold and dry, and unlike in the south, residents of the region historically did not have access to much in the way of fresh vegetables after early November. Cabbage, which is both inexpensive and easy to store, was a natural solution to the problem. Indeed, baicai — which as recently as last winter sold for just 0.9 yuan ($0.13) per kilogram in Beijing — is so famous for being cheap that the phrase “baicai price” can be used as shorthand for any unreasonably good deal. Meanwhile, the cabbage’s thick foliage ensures that even if the outer layers go bad, the inner leaves will remain edible."

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Opinion | Trump’s New Wall to Keep Out the Disabled https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/29/opinion/trumps-disability-public-charge.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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"Harkening back to the dark history of anti-immigration policies, the public charge proposal spells out five “heavily weighed negative factors” that would make having a disability a strong basis for denial. In typical Trump fashion, the proposal privileges wealth, fast-tracking individual applicants who can provide evidence of annual incomes 250 percent above the federal poverty line, which for a family of four is about $63,000 annually. Thus, the proposal’s fundamental injustice of deliberately excluding people with disabilities, who are disproportionately likely to live in poverty, is compounded by the abuse of equating wealth with worth."

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"Mr. Trump’s assault on the disability community isn’t confined to immigrants. All Americans with disabilities — immigrants and citizens alike — would be harmed by the public charge regulation, because of its consequences for the health care and personal care provider work force. According to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, about one-fourth of direct care workers in America are immigrants. And about 40 percent of all direct care workers meet their own basic needs with help from Medicaid, SNAP or other public programs. If finalized, the public charge regulation will mean fewer people able to provide the care that seniors and people with disabilities need to live full lives and contribute to their communities."

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"Children would also be hit especially hard by the public charge regulation — again, citizen and immigrant alike. One-fourth of children in America have at least one immigrant parent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Though most are not immigrants themselves — an overwhelming majority were born in the United States — they would suffer the denial of basic needs alongside their parents. Children eat at the same table as their parents, and they sleep under the same roof, so if parents are too afraid to apply for help, their children will be no less hungry and no less homeless. The proposal also weighs childhood as a “negative factor” because children are not self-sufficient. Since children with disabilities are often judged as incapable of growing into self-sufficient adults, they would be considered a public charge more often than their nondisabled peers. "

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"All Americans have a right under the law to speak our minds on federal regulations. And the law requires the Trump administration to consider what we say. Our organizations are taking a stand against the public charge regulation and urging others to speak out, too, by leaving a comment on the proposal before the Dec. 10 deadline."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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Opinion | You are in Melania Trump’s nightmare forest. Keep to the path. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/11/28/you-are-in-melania-trumps-nightmare-forest-keep-to-the-path/?utm_term=.bea2be05279e

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"Listen to me. The trees in the White House were all green when I got here. They were all green as recently as Monday. But the trees have turned. Walk faster. Don’t be afraid. The trees would smell it."

 ‎· JustDuckie 1
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"This year everything is red. It is perfectly natural that the trees are red. The trees are red (the Internet says) as a handmaid’s cloak. Do not think of blood. Keep walking. Has anyone seen or heard from Scott Pruitt? Don’t look startled. Has anyone seen or heard from Jared Kushner? Do people even remember that there is such a person as Jared Kushner? Then what does his voice sound like? Can you remember ever hearing it? Keep walking. Look straight ahead."

 ‎· JustDuckie 1
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"If you keep walking and do not count the trees as you pass them, sometimes you will come across Jeff Sessions making a pair of dainty shoes, working his tiny hammer and adze so deftly that you can scarcely believe your eyes. Or you will happen upon the hut deep in the forest that stands on chicken’s legs and plays “Fox & Friends.” It wants you to come in. It has a cooking show. Don’t go in. It is not a cooking show. You know what it is."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"Deeper still in the scarlet wood, Matt Whitaker awaits in a chalet made entirely of Muscle Milks. Standing sentry is the Rat King. He will ask you to dance. He will ask to appear on a panel at your festival of ideas. You must keep walking."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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Now That I'm Divorced, I'm Never Cooking for a Man Again https://www.glamour.com/story/now-that-im-divorced-im-never-making-dinner-for-a-man-again?fbclid=IwAR03krlxMfRkA2qTGmDl_OtryBxQ2dWnXnn0IC1uxF26fC6inYhveq3Qta4

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"When we first married and moved to Iowa, I couldn't find a job. I spent my days cooking. I worked my way through The Joy of Cooking—mastering pastry dough for beef Wellington, rolling tortillas on a cutting board on the kitchen floor of our apartment because there was no counter space. I cut open chicken breasts and stuffed them with blue cheese. I braided challah and pinched gnocchi. I made all sorts of pie—lemon, French silk, apple, so many kinds of apple—their molten insides burning my fingers and my tongue as I sampled them hoping they'd turn out well. Hoping that when he came home, my husband would sit down and taste them and say, "Thank you." Inspired by online recipe sites, he'd sit down to dinner and then let me know what rating I earned. "If I give you five out of five, you'll quit," he joked. And I laughed because when I was in my 20s, I believed that you were supposed to laugh when someone hurt your feelings. I thought you were constantly supposed to be trying harder."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"I remember once, when the kids were little, I begged him to bring home food. "Just do it," I said. "Just come home with a rotisserie chicken or a pile of one-dollar hamburgers from McDonald's, anything." "But what if you've already planned something?" My nipples were raw from breastfeeding. My brain numb from lack of sleep. I laughed, thinking about whatever failed casserole or half-hearted pasta I'd thrown together the night before. "I'd be so happy.""

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"That year of unraveling, we were still in the same house and he still came home every day. "What's for dinner?" he asked every time. And every time, I'd stare at him. The energy it takes not to give someone the finger is enormous. So I'd just stay silent and eat from my salad, while he stood there, confused about what to do. I stopped cooking because I wanted to feel as unencumbered as man walking through the door of his home with the expectation that something (everything) had been done for him. I wanted to be free of cutting coupons and rolling dough and worrying about dinner times and feeding. I wanted to rest. To be just like him and sit with the kids and play. I wanted to lie on the couch and watch Curious George and snuggle tiny arms, tiny hands. I wanted to watch TV or order in. Or forget dinner and have popcorn instead. So I did."

 ‎· JustDuckie 3
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This feels kinda familiar, yeah. (SO GLAD I shut the door on kids.)

 ‎· LibSkrat 3
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I also felt this one: https://www.glamour.com/story/the-divorce-registry-should-exist (Nobody take up a collection, I'm through almost all my shopping list and I'm fine financially. But yeah, the last few months have been pricey.)

 ‎· LibSkrat 2
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Defense ministry launches contest to name advanced supersonic jet trainer - Taipei Times http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/11/28/2003705073

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"The military is launching a contest to come up with a name for its advanced supersonic jet trainer aircraft currently under development."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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*Googles the Chinese term for "Jetty McJetface"*

 ‎· JustDuckie 7
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Sonic McBoom.

 ‎· bentley 5
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"Winnie the Pooh's mama"?

 ‎· Spidra Webster 1
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Catapult | Every Day is a Writing Day, With or Without an MFA | Emily O'Neill https://catapult.co/stories/what-failure-taught-me-that-an-mfa-couldnt

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"I worked full time while attending college full time. It was the only way I could afford to be there. I’ve had a job since I was twelve. I’ve been writing the entire time. This isn’t a superpower, but it does require discipline. The MFA system of training to be a writer imposes an external structure and reward system on a writer than can be incredibly beneficial, but after the MFA, you’ll most likely return to your life with a single model of how a writer lives, a certainty that to write you must constantly be surrounded by other writers and employed as a writing instructor. But there are far more writers ringing up your groceries, writers pulling your daily espresso shot, writers in the laundries of hotels and security tagging jeans at the mall and filling your prescriptions and pouring your beer into a clean cold glass. I am not unserious at writing for not refusing the rest of the world. Writing need not be the only thing you do, lest it become the only thing you have to write about. "

 ‎· JustDuckie 1
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"It’s time to talk about writing as a function of experience instead of writer as a static title. Every day is a someday for something. Writers don’t stop writing even when they’re not active the way capitalism has forced us to imagine active: acclaimed, tenured, protected by external insistence on their importance. Calling a manuscript complete is locking a door, but unlocking another."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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I keep expecting that picture to be a painting.

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