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This Cat Is The Most Dedicated Cuddler We've Ever Seen https://www.buzzfeed.com/saoriibuki/committed-kitty-cuddles?u...
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"ICYWW, this furry little batch of snuggles is named Yamada, and he's 13 years old." ‎· JustDuckie
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I bet Velcro could give him a run for his money. ‎· MoTO Babycakes ‎· 1
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‘Shut Up, Satan’: Rome Course Teaches Exorcism, Even by Cellphone https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/world/europe/exorcism-cath...
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"Cardinal Simoni, who is Albanian, also said that fasting sometimes helped the possessed, but that often you had to play hardball with Beelzebub by saying things like “shut up, Satan.”" ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
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“Conservative” Catholics need to crawl back under the rock Reagan lifted. ‎· Spidra Webster ‎· 2
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Taiwan Fact Checking Center to open in July - Taipei Times http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/04/20/20...
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"The Taiwan Fact Checking Center (台灣事實查核中心), a partnership between the Taiwan Media Watch and the Quality News Development Association, is scheduled to begin operations in July. The center would fact-check alleged fake news reported by social media users to media platforms or reported directly to it, and would work to verify news of public interest, Quality News Development Association chairman Hu Yuan-hui (胡元輝) said. “We will adopt a three-stage approach that has been used by many established fact-checking organizations to verify the authenticity of information,” he said." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Four full-time staffers would be hired initially, and each allegation of fake news would be handled by at least three fact-checkers, he said. Fact-checkers would be required to have relevant education and experience to help them determine the accuracy of the information, and they would also conduct interviews with experts if needed, he said. After a news item is vetted by one fact-checker, a second fact-checker would review the documents and the information used by the first one and then the third fact-checker would conduct a final review on the words and logic used in the item in question as well as the documents used for verification purposes, he said. If there are still disputes about veracity, the center would seek assistance from its consultants, Hu said, adding that it could also host experts’ meetings." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Although Facebook has taken action to address fake news in other nations, it has been reluctant to do so in Chinese-speaking countries, Hu said. Such measures include labeling certain new items as fake news and using algorithms to slow down the transmission of the information labeled as fake news, he said. “The center does not receive any funding from Facebook” as the firm does not sponsor or provide funding to any fact-checking agency in the world, he said. “We are not asking Facebook to sponsor the center’s operations. We are only asking it to handle news items on its platform if they are being vetted,” he said. “We hope that Facebook can work with information specialists in Taiwan so that the technology can be used to tackle fake news as well,” Hu said." ‎· JustDuckie
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Acclaimed Russian ballerinas denied entry into US https://pagesix.com/2018/04/18/acclaimed-russian-ballerinas-d...
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"Organizers of a Lincoln Center gala where Olga Smirnova and Jacopo Tissi were due to dance on Monday believe the Department of Homeland Security’s decision may be motivated by the myriad tensions between the superpowers — and say that Smirnova is so revered in Moscow that her treatment could create a Russian backlash." ‎· JustDuckie
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"The immigration service’s objection appears to be that the organizers applied for a visa usually granted to groups of entertainers, but since Smirnova and Tissi were planning to perform at the “Stars of Today Meets the Stars of Tomorrow” gala as individuals, rather than alongside the rest of the Bolshoi company, they’re not eligible for it. But we’re told that YAGP has got the same visa for dancers — including Smirnova — in the past. Morse told us she “definitely” thinks the move could create political resentment in Russia. “Olga is considered the number one ballerina in the world right now,” said Morse, “and to refuse her visa is striking. It’s alarming.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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Soul on Ice: Beyoncé’s Ivy Park Honors Figure Skating of Harlem  https://theglowup.theroot.com/soul-on-ice-beyonces-ivy-park-h...
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"Beautiful black baby girls on ice skates is a sight to behold. Perhaps that’s why Beyoncé just blessed Figure Skating of Harlem, the only organization in America that offers ice skating and academic mentoring to girls of color, with workout gear from her line, Ivy Park. On its website, Ivy Park stated, “We donated bc these girls embody our motto #strongbeyondmeasure.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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"Figure Skating of Harlem was founded in 1997 as a direct response to Harlem’s need for enriching athletic and academic mentoring for girls ages 6-18. FSH established itself as a safe space, but more than anything, it’s also a place where these young ladies can get out of their comfort zones and into another world for the pursuit of excellence—on and off the ice. " ‎· JustDuckie
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"To qualify, students have to show evidence that they are striving for an A average, consistently maintain a B average or get extra homework tutoring with a C average. Figure Skating Harlem helps to provide academic as well as athletic instruction for its students’—who often come from low-income communities—success for life. Combating poverty through financial literacy is also part of FSH’s year-round academic program" ‎· JustDuckie
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Wow, that sounds like amazing program ‎· Soup
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You can donate to both the Harlem and Detroit programs here: https://figureskatinginharlem.org/donate/ ‎· Soup ‎· 1
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SkyKnit: When knitters teamed up with a neural network http://aiweirdness.com/post/173096796277/skyknit-when-knitter...
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"The knitters helped me crowdsource a dataset of 500 knitting patterns, ranging from hats to squids to unmentionables. JC Briar exported another 4728 patterns from the site stitch-maps.com. I gave the knitting patterns to a couple of neural networks that I collectively named “SkyKnit”. Then, not knowing if they had produced anything remotely knittable, I started posting the patterns." ‎· JustDuckie
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"The knitters didn’t follow SkyKnit’s directions exactly, as it turns out. For most of its patterns, doing them exactly as written would result in the pattern immediately unraveling (due to many dropped stitches), or turning into long whiplike tentacles (due to lots of leftover stitches). Or, to make the row counts match up with one another, they would have had to keep repeating the pattern until they’d reached a multiple of each row count - sometimes this was possible after a few repeats, while other times they would have had to make the pattern tens of thousands of stitches long. And other times, missing rows made the directions just plain impossible. So, the knitters just started fixing SkyKnit’s patterns." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Knitters are very good at debugging patterns, as it turns out. Not only are there a lot of knitters who are coders, but debugging is such a regular part of knitting that the complicated math becomes second nature. Notation is not always consistent, some patterns need to be adjusted for size, and some simply have mistakes. The knitters were used to taking these problems in stride. When working with one of SkyKnit’s patterns, GloriaHanlon wrote, “I’m trying not to fudge too much, basically working on the principle that the pattern was written by an elderly relative who doesn’t speak much English.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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Rare Concept Art for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Goes Up For Auction https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/extremely-rare-concept-art-fo...
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"Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction opened in 1969. But the ride was in development for years because Disney designers couldn’t quite figure out whether it should be terrifying or cute. In the end, they settled on the mixture of the two that we see today. And the auction, which takes place on April 28th at 11am PT both online and in person, gives us a fascinating glimpse at what could’ve been." ‎· JustDuckie
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Beto O'Rourke in Statistical Dead Heat With Ted Cruz in Quinnipiac Texas Senate Poll http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/texas-senate-race-dead-hea...
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"U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso got some good news Wednesday from one of the first major nonpartisan polls of his U.S. Senate contest with incumbent Ted Cruz. According to Quinnipiac University's polling department, O'Rourke trails Cruz by just three points, 47 percent to 44 percent, within the poll's 3.6 percentage point margin of error." ‎· JustDuckie
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"O'Rourke's competitive showing stems in large part from his performance with Texans under 35, a cohort whose registered voters favor him by a 50-34 margin. O'Rourke also leads Cruz 47-43 among Texas' female voters and 78-18 among black voters." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
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"Beyond the headline number, the Quinnipiac survey also paints an unexpectedly rosy picture of Democrats' chances against incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Both contenders in the ongoing Democratic primary runoff, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston businessman Andrew White, are within 10 points of Abbott, according to the survey. Abbott leads White 48 percent to 41 percent and Valdez 49 percent to 40 percent. As is the case with O'Rourke, both Valdez and White get their strongest support from voters under 35, who support Valdez by a 51-30 margin and White by a smaller but still formidable 48 percent to 31 percent." ‎· JustDuckie
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Send money if you got it. ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 2
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Hot damn. ‎· Meg Vmeg ‎· 1
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Seeking Orchestras in Tune With Their Diverse Communities https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/arts/music/symphony-orches...
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"Orchestras are among America’s least racially diverse institutions. African-American musicians accounted for only 1.8 percent of the nation’s orchestra players in 2014, according to an industry study, which found that the figure had not grown in over a decade. Three national organizations aim to change that, announcing on Wednesday that they are joining forces to try to help more African-American and Hispanic musicians audition for and land coveted orchestra jobs." ‎· JustDuckie
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(I am now imagining Shuri as a cellist. But it'd have to be an electric one.) ‎· Kirsten ‎· 5
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'Very Angry Badger' Seizes Part Of A 500-Year-Old Scottish Castle https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/badger-castle-scotland_u...
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"The tunnel at Craignethan Castle was closed last week because of the animal, said Historic Scotland, which manages the property. The badger apparently wandered in from the nearby forest, per the BBC. It’s not clear what the animal did to leave the impression that it was “very angry”:" ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 4
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:)))) ‎· скулптрица ‎· 1
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Badgers have good reason to be angry: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/04/badger-cu... ‎· John B. ‎· 2
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Badger badger badger badger... ‎· bentley ‎· 4
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^ ...castle, castle! ‎· 9000 ‎· 8
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Enormous, Real-Life Bear Oversees Kickoff Of Russian Soccer Match https://deadspin.com/enormous-real-life-bear-oversees-kickoff...
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"This circus bear, whose slave name is “Tim” per the BBC, was the guest of honor at Saturday’s third division match between Mashuk-KMV and Angusht. You can watch along in the video above as this once proud and ferocious beast, now looking sad and docile, is instructed by his master to stand and clap for the delight of the crowd before he holds the game ball and hands it over to the referee. A bizarre spectacle that would only make sense in the wild land that is Russia." ‎· JustDuckie
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"If this is what a random weekend of lower league soccer in Russia has to offer, we can’t even imagine the chaos awaiting this summer’s World Cup." ‎· JustDuckie
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o.O ‎· JustDuckie
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The Art of Dressing Mannequins in Rare and Historic Garments https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dressing-museum-mannequins
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"The placement appears simple, like the mannequins people encounter as they shop in retail stores. Yet, the art of dressing a mannequin, no matter the setting, is not as easy as it seems. When it comes to historic garments, like the gown above, the mounting process is a bit more complicated, and involves several pairs of hands." ‎· JustDuckie
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"“As conservators, we create the form to fit the garment rather than changing the garment to fit a mannequin,” says Kiefer. The process requires conservators and curators to take measurements of the garment and assess its points of fragility, such as a worn seam or zipper, that might need some extra padding or foam for support. The conservators, collection manager, and mount maker will also determine the important design aspects they want to highlight to convey the garment’s historic silhouette, such as the inside of a gown slit or the length of a swooping bridal train." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 3
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHnifVTSFEo sorry, couldn't resist ‎· Halil ‎· 1
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So cool! Thank you! Used on my Fashion Theory blog: https://www.facebook.com/fashionthat/posts/1757974607574905 ‎· self-driving potato ‎· 1
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FUNNY WOMEN: Introducing Femail, the Email System for Women http://therumpus.net/2018/04/funny-women-introducing-femail-t...
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"Meet your new email system Femail, for the woman who emails. Sign up today to start taking advantage of our revolutionary features:" ‎· JustDuckie
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"Chat, video, and more: Chat with your co-workers about starting a coven, or host a video meeting with Femail Hangouts. Femail Hangouts are perfect for talking about wine, the best place for jazz brunch (where the jazz is cool but the coffee is hot!), and the latest fool not returning your texts. You can also sync your periods around the full moon using Femail’s Calendar feature." ‎· JustDuckie
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"2-hour customer support: Femail’s customer support is modeled off typical bra support." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Language Check: Femail includes a specialized linguistic check that corrects sexist language in incoming emails, and then emails the sender a revised version, i.e. “How many of you guys can make it to the pick-up basketball game?” will be replaced with “I’d love to see if any of you wonderful folks can join me for tonight’s book club.” Language Check will respond to any emails that include sexist insults with the entire text of Roxane Gay’s latest book." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Social media filter: Femail deletes any social media notifications that include #notallmen, #mentoo, #genderbiasedlaws, #feminazi, #MRA, or #bestlife." ‎· JustDuckie
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In Homogeneous Japan, an African-Born University President https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/world/asia/japan-african-u...
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"Dr. Sacko, who is believed to be the first African-born president of a Japanese university, segued elegantly into fluent Japanese, invoking Hannah Arendt, Edward Said, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Malian writer Amadou Hampâté Bâ. The university, Dr. Sacko said, was “diversifying and internationalizing,” and he wanted the students to “recognize your difference from others.” In this island country that is sometimes less than welcoming to immigrants, Mr. Sacko is an outlier. A resident for 27 years, he obtained Japanese citizenship 16 years ago and worked his way up through the ranks of a Japanese institution." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Dr. Sacko says he believes Japan needs to allow in more outsiders, simply as an act of self-preservation. “Japanese people think they have to protect something,” he said during an interview in English before a reception recently to celebrate his appointment. But, “someone who has a broad view from outside on your culture can maybe help you objectively improve your goals,” he said, occasionally interrupting the interview to greet his guests, switching effortlessly between English, French and Japanese." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Dr. Sacko, the eldest son of a customs officer and homemaker, grew up in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. A strong student, he won a scholarship from the Malian government to attend college abroad. He had never been anywhere other than the neighboring country of Senegal. With 13 other students from Mali, he was assigned to study in China and landed in Beijing in 1985 to study Mandarin before embarking on a degree in engineering and architecture at Southeast University in Nanjing. On a vacation to Japan after obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1990, Dr. Sacko found himself enchanted by what he observed as strong community ties and the hospitality toward guests. Although he had begun graduate studies in China, he was frustrated that a government minder always shadowed him when he conducted field research in local villages. He had also met and started to date a Japanese woman, Chikako Tanaka, whom he later married and with whom he has two sons." ‎· JustDuckie
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Asia’s Bastion of Free Speech? Move Aside, Hong Kong, It’s Taiwan Now. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/world/asia/china-taiwan-ho...
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"“Hong Kong was originally the first choice for the Asia bureau,” said Wu’er Kaixi, an emeritus member of the group’s board, and a student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen protests who escaped from China via Hong Kong. “But today China doesn’t just suppress its own people, it is now increasingly exporting that suppression to Hong Kong.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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"In 2016, China’s abduction and detention of five Hong Kong-based publishers of critical and often salacious books about Chinese leaders seemed a death knell to Hong Kong’s free speech. Lam Wing-kee, one of the five, who said he was held in solitary confinement for five months and pressured into a public confession, is now planning to reopen his bookshop, which had been in Hong Kong until he shut it down, in Taiwan. “We Hong Kong people look to Taiwan for lessons,” Mr. Lam said. “And people in Taiwan look to see how the Chinese mainland controls Hong Kong.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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"While Taiwan is relishing its new reputation as the center for free speech in the Chinese-speaking world, there have also been instances when Taiwan has appeared to compromise on its political values to avoid angering Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its territory. Last year, Taiwan returned a Chinese activist seeking political asylum to China. Some Chinese say it is also getting harder for mainland activists to enter Taiwan to attend workshops or conferences. Zhao Sile, a Chinese journalist and author who writes about civil society in China, said Chinese activists have told her that it has become more difficult in the past two years to obtain visas from Taiwan. Ms. Zhao, now in Taipei as a guest of National Chung Cheng University, said in an interview that she knew of multiple cases in which nongovernment groups or universities that invited a Chinese participant used medical visas as a workaround. The visas, which are easier to obtain than normal visas, are intended for medical tourists coming to Taiwan for plastic surgery." ‎· JustDuckie
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British Book Publishers Fear Brexit Will Bring a U.S. Invasion https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/books/brexit-british-book-...
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"Much of the worry stems from a looming fight with American publishers over sales in Continental Europe. For decades, the British have had this market to themselves, selling English-language editions of books in France, Italy and every other country in the European Union. That helped turn Britain into the largest book exporter in the world, with total sales equivalent to $6.8 billion per year, according to the Publishers Association, a British trade group. Just over half of that revenue came from exports, and the biggest export market is Europe. Access to this market, without tariffs or the serious competition that comes with being part of European Union, has been a financial boon. Were British publishers to lose a substantial chunk of sales or face added costs on the Continent, the fallout could be dire." ‎· JustDuckie
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"“Our domestic market is tiny compared to the U.S.,” said Clare Alexander, a literary agent with Aitken Alexander Associates. “So given our reliance on exports, what we’re talking about with Europe is a fight for the survival of British publishing.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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"Part of it is a concern that Britain will cease to serve as one of the world’s great cultural hubs. London in particular has been a huge attraction for foreign artists in fields like contemporary dance and theater. “Those people are based here because they can come and go,” said Andrew Franklin, co-founder of Profile Books, a London publishing house. “The same is true of literary culture. It’s hugely dependent on new voices coming in from other places, and I worry that as this place puts up walls, the literary culture will become more isolated, with a consequent effect on publishing.” Mr. Franklin thinks the biggest threat posed by Brexit is the harm it may cause to the British economy, which could reduce disposable income, hurt book sales and result in the closing of both libraries and book shops. There are smaller and more practical worries, too, like the impact on British writers who lose access to Europe’s grants and literary prizes. Plus, the United Kingdom has a robust intellectual property regime that publishers are eager to sustain." ‎· JustDuckie
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"If Europe becomes a place where American and British publishers compete, the losers might be authors, Ms. Alexander said. While best-selling authors — the Grishams and Rowlings — may well command even larger advances in possible bidding wars, new writers and ones with middling sales records might wind up earning less. “The book industry in Europe is going to look more like Hollywood,” she said. “It’s going to push further the idea that a book needs to be a blockbuster. That will mean smaller advances for excellent books that are more niche.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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Had yet another disagreement with some Labour canvassers on Saturday about Brexit and (2nd) referendum...I'm so disillusioned! Interestingly I was debating with a social scientist, he kind of dropped that mid-debate, lol. ‎· Halil ‎· 1
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Horns Honk, and Censors in China Get a Headache https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/business/china-bytedance-d...
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"Officially, the app, Neihan Duanzi, was shut down for hosting “vulgar” jokes and videos. But it and another app, Douyin, which helps users make goofy music videos, have brought together legions of fans who make themselves known to one another in the real world. That has led some to wonder whether the platform’s tightknit user community, with its own subculture and obscure vocabulary, had angered the authorities. China’s ruling Communist Party has a history of cracking down on groups that seek to organize citizens outside its sphere of control. Users of both apps put decals with the apps’ names on their car windows. They hold meet-ups where they chant invented slogans — “Sky king covers earth tiger, stewed chicken with mushrooms!” one goes — and do things like arrange their cars to spell the name of their city. They also honk rhythmically at crowded intersections, prompting rebukes from the police in several Chinese cities recently. No ideology appears to link the apps’ fans, although their online videos suggest that sports cars and community service are common enthusiasms." ‎· JustDuckie
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"“It’s almost like there’s a war on humor and fun,” said Joshua Rosenzweig, a Hong Kong-based adviser at Amnesty International. “And the only things that are allowed are the things that fit into the official propaganda messages: the ‘China Dream,’ the ‘Belt and Road.’ It has to be connected to what the party wants people to be concerned about.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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"Internet crackdowns are nothing new in China. But the latest seems more specifically aimed at making sure there is not too much online that might vie with the government’s messaging for people’s attention, Mr. Rosenzweig said. “They want to do more, I think, to proactively shape people’s thinking through the media,” he said, “and they can’t have this kind of competition.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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Opinion | Paul Ryan can’t possibly have made a deal with the Devil https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2018/04/12/pa...
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"His piano-playing has not improved. He has not become any wiser. He has not been able to travel widely and see the great sights of the present and past. Helen of Troy has not made him immortal with a kiss, and he has not gotten to go to a single witches’ sabbath (although he has heard continually about witch hunts). He has not become able to fly. (Scott Pruitt has, and Tom Price has, often, and at great expense.) There is no picture of him in a closet that ages and becomes hideous while he himself remains boyish. The picture of him that has become more and more embarrassing to look at is the one that appears on TV, every day, where everyone can see it." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Some mornings he looks in the mirror and wonders whether it was worth it, just to increase the deficit. Sometimes — he is almost too afraid to voice the thought aloud — he thinks that increasing the deficit was not always his cherished wish. That it was something different. Something to do with Jack Kemp, maybe. (He got to see Jack Kemp, once, in a dream, but Jack just looked disappointed and turned away.) Undermining the institutions of this democracy? Was that the wish? He does not think that was the wish. If he was doing this to protect the institutions, then what were all these hearings casting vague suspicion on the FBI? He tries to remember." ‎· JustDuckie
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"At least Ryan managed to preserve the integrity of his beloved Republican Party, a party of ideas, not of people who are banned from malls and want to do unspeakable things to schoolchildren in the name of the Second Amendment. He has lost himself, maybe, but he has protected his party’s image as a group of people who were united by something more than greed or identity. And at least the majority has been preserved. Why does he hear laughter? Is none of this true? Has there been some horrible mistake?" ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
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"No, there can have been no deal with the Devil. The Devil at least makes a point of giving you something you want in return. Trump has no such scruples. He is happy to take your labor, for months, and then walk away, leaving you with a shattered reputation and an agreement with no signature on it. Ryan may have given away his soul, but he has started to wonder, as Stormy Daniels did, whether Trump even bothered to sign his side of the thing." ‎· JustDuckie
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Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding among Olympians on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2018/04/13/tonya-harding-adam-r...
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"Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding, Mirai Nagasu, Jamie Anderson, Jennie Finch and Chris Mazdzer will be on “Dancing with the Stars” this season, marking the most Olympians in the show’s 26-season history. They make up six of the 10 contestants on an all-athlete season. The premiere is April 30. The other four are NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NFL cornerback Josh Norman, retired baseball star Johnny Damon and Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale." ‎· JustDuckie
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People looking to beat pimples head to Changhua temple - Taipei Times http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/04/12/20...
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"A county-level historical heritage, the small Buddhist temple was founded in 1724 and its main deity is Avalokitesvara bodhisattva, but at some point during the Qing Dynasty, it began to venerate Lord and Lady Pox (痘公痘婆), Changhua Mayor Chiu Chien-fu (邱建富) said." ‎· JustDuckie
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"According to folklore, Lord and Lady Pox were a physician couple who miraculously cured people with smallpox before vanishing from the area without a trace, Chiu said. In gratitude, residents began worshiping the couple as gods at the temple and the belief that they would help people with acne developed later, he said." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Worshipers of Lord and Lady Pox typically bring offerings of lotions and makeup powders to their altar, while a bouquet of flowers is the customary token of gratitude for those who have recovered from acne, they said." ‎· JustDuckie
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New Online Spanish-Language Bookstore Comes to U.S. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/pu...
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"A new online Spanish-language bookstore is set to launch in the U.S. this month. Libros in Español (www.librosinespanol.com) will take off on April 15 with “a couple of thousand” physical Spanish-language titles, according to founder Filipe Silva, all of which will be published in the U.S., Spain, or Latin America. Books will reflect competitive pricing, and customers will receive special offers throughout the year, as well as free shipping for orders of $25 or more and a Libros in Español membership program that will launch in the near future." ‎· JustDuckie
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International mail order works only if the source is online, accepts payments from US banks/credit cards, and is willing to ship abroad. I've run into problems with the last two on multiple occasions. ‎· Anna C.
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"The hearse is the somber focus of a funeral procession. For a family in mourning, it carries literal and symbolic weight: the body of the deceased as well as the heft of a final goodbye. Once the procession is over, the hearse moves on to the next before being retired or junked like any other car—but some, eventually, enter the world of curators, scholars, and collectors. The specialized vehicles can be seen and treated as design objects—ornate, even ostentatious. And to transportation historians, they help tell the story of how America became a country of cars." ‎· JustDuckie
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"The horse-drawn hearse, from around 1875, for instance, points to the evolving—and increasingly elaborate—set of rituals that came to surround death in America. With its glass panes and ruched curtains, it’s a far cry from earlier, more utilitarian wagons used to transport simple coffins. It is one facet of the transformation that also resulted in rambling, grassy cemeteries dotted with grand tombstones and monuments, the museum writes." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Telling those stories is a delicate task, Anderson adds, because displaying hearses—particularly those that carried famous bodies—can easily tilt into the macabre or sensational. Exhibiting them also runs the risk of reducing someone’s life to the way it ended. For that reason, he says, collecting hearses from high-profile funerals adds a fresh challenge: “How do you display and interpret it sensitively?” To hear DeRamus tell it, though, restoring the Cadillac hearse from Memphis was key to keeping its story from rotting away in that storage shed, rusty and forgotten. “It would not have been saved if I had not bought it,” he says. “Period.”" ‎· JustDuckie
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I wish I had known about the museum when I went to Houston. ‎· LB: three assignments to go! ‎· 1
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Nothing from Ghostbusters? ‎· Julian ‎· 3
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Matsu temple sells EasyCards suffused with incense ashes - Taipei Times http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/04/07/20...
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"The transportation cards, which are being produced in collaboration with the company, are manufactured from materials mixed with holy ashes from the temple’s incense burner, and ritually blessed and purified before sale, the temple said. The cards feature a photograph of the temple’s Matsu statue and bear the name of the temple printed with luminescent ink, the temple said, adding that divinations showed that the goddess approves of the project." ‎· JustDuckie
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"Eighteen premium cards that also have lucky serial numbers are to go on presale on May 1, with the proceeds going to charities designated by the temple, the company said." ‎· JustDuckie
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