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    British public wrong about nearly everything, says the Independent, missing the bit in their own story where the ED of the Royal Statistical Society says:

    the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise

    I'd like to see more crosstabs even in the published topline report, available here, but some of the misconceptions, while expected, are troubling. (I'm assuming that the proportion voting question is of voting age population; note that the 65% 2010 turnout in the UK compares to 57.1% 2008 and estimated 57.5% 2012 for US presidential elections.)

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    So there's another white supremacist on Rand Paul's staff. Not exactly shocking news. Then things get weird:

    Jack Hunter, who co-authored Rand Paul’s 2011 book and now directs new media for the Kentucky senator, has a past alter ego as the “Southern Avenger,” a provocative radio personality known for wearing a luchador mask emblazoned with the Confederate flag and for making outrageous comments about race and Southern secession, Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon reveals today.

    As the arguably white nationalist Southern Avenger, Hunter praised the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, saying he “raise[s] a personal toast every May 10 to celebrate John Wilkes Booth’s birthday,” compared Lincoln to Saddam Hussein, and suggested the great American president would have had a homosexual relationship with Adolf Hitler, had the two ever met. He also advocated against Hispanic immigration and in favor of white pride, warning that a “non-white majority America would simply cease to be America.”

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    After we topple the NSA, we need to wage a war on psycho-hucksters...What kind of shithead culture would define nostalgia—or just plain thinking about shit you did in the past—as a disorder. Reminds me of Obama's decision to "look forward" and not prosecute Bush era financial crimes.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/science/what-is-nostalgia-good-for-quite-a-bit-research-shows.html?ref=science?src=dayp&_r=0

    SOUTHAMPTON, England — Not long after moving to the University of Southampton, Constantine Sedikides had lunch with a colleague in the psychology department and described some unusual symptoms he’d been feeling. A few times a week, he was suddenly hit with nostalgia for his previous home at the University of North Carolina: memories of old friends, Tar Heel basketball games, fried okra, the sweet smells of autumn in Chapel Hill.

    His colleague, a clinical psychologist, made an immediate diagnosis. He must be depressed. Why else live in the past? Nostalgia had been considered a disorder ever since the term was coined by a 17th-century Swiss physician who attributed soldiers’ mental and physical maladies to their longing to return home — nostos in Greek, and the accompanying pain, algos.

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    For the North Carolina Bureau: My ol' tovarisch Lee Fang has a nice bullet-point rundown of a bunch of lavish Big Business-funded par-tays for Raleigh lawmakers to celebrate and reward the shitbagfull of 19th C. legislation they're pushing through. NC used to be a hotbed of southern populism; now, Jesse Helms would probably be a liberal there.

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    I, for one, can't wait for the inter-office reactions to this piece.

    http://valleywag.gawker.com/sarah-lacy-is-a-free-market-monster-701255630

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    FEEDBACK (braggin' on hubby):

    From: EH Subject: Boko Haram- Maiduguri Date: July 6, 2013 9:04:02 PM PDT To: [email protected]

    Hey all,

    I'm hoping this message finds its way to Gary Brecher. I recently read his article entitled "Nigeria's Inevitable Mess," and I wanted to say thank you for it. I enjoyed the background information, and I was pleased to see that it was linked on Reddit so that many (including myself) could read the article and learn a bit about Boko Haram.

    Boko Haram is not a new name for me. I was recently a Peace Corps volunteer in the Far North of Cameroon, very close to the Nigerian border (in a large town called Mokolo). Maiduguri is about 2 hours away from where I was living. I noticed that in the article it was called Maiguduri, but really, the d should come first- MaiDuGuri (pronounced "my do grrrr E") I've attached a picture of a millet sack from Maiduguri for reference. I appreciate that some Western media- small and mighty as it is- takes the time to report on what is going on in the North of Nigeria.

    Obviously, Peace Corps pulled all of the volunteers from the region, and my most recent update on Mokolo news was that "baby Emily is walking, it is raining a lot, and everything is wonderful except I miss you and Boko Haram." When I asked "what's going on with Boko Haram?" all I got was "ca va, ca va!" (It's okay!)

    But, the situation is not quite ca va, and I really appreciate that you are taking the time to get contextual information out there. Thank you for that.

    Best, EH [imagine photo of millet sack here -- not sure how to attach pictures]

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    Snowden the Sandinista? This keeps getting better. He really should have invested in Sea Steading so he could remain ideologically pure.

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    The Chalkavist Guy who "faced" 13 years in prison for threatening to topple the banking system by chalk-mocking slogans on a San Diego sidewalk... acquitted of all charges, much to baggertarian drama queens' disappointment.

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    Guy says "Pizdets!" and rocket goes down in flames. Guy says "Pizdets" again and it explodes on the ground. Then somebody laughs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zl12dXYcUTo

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    Same problem everywhere: no politics leads to pointless failed revolutions every time. The color revolutions I saw always turned into neoliberal hell, because the only politics that they rest of the crowd was for was technocratic: rule-of-law, anti-corruption, less voter fraud.

    This is a good piece: "Egypt, Brazil, Turkey: without politics, protest is at the mercy of the elites"

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    Room of the Jackal! I'm in my featureless hotel room in Mexico City, laying out the lethal tools of the trade like Luca Brazzi: Two large bottles of Coke Zero and a bag of "Japones Tostado Clasico" peanuts from the Oxxo shop on the corner. I'm so deep in tradecraft the hotel didn't even have a reservation for me.

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    Drone strikes kill 10 times more civilians than manned aircraft bombings? I smell military-industrial complex bullshit here. Reminds me of the War Nerd pieces on how corrupt contractors hate drones because they're too low-budget. Also, it's written by that Wired hack Spencer Ackerman, who's a sucker for anything leaked to him by men in uniform.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/02/us-drone-strikes-afghan-civilians

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    The latest from the Old North State. Senate tacks sweeping abortion restrictions onto sharia law bill.

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    Well whaddaya know! Canada Day plot in Victoria (B.C.) "inspired by al Qaeda ideology" http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/rcmp-set-announce-details-terror-arrests-british-columbia-154632185.html

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    Massive report for print edition about to arrive. My head is in bits after writing this.

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    Has Snowden considered living on the internet? He can spend bitcoins, eat 3d-printed food and enjoy the delights of 4chan using Linux.

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    Internet atheists having a go at me on Twitter and proving they don't have a clue what they're talking about. Irksome.

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    Speculative: assuming libertarian kids grow up (which is far from guaranteed—many contemporary socialists do, but others get worse), and further assuming that Hans Hermann Hoppe's craziness doesn't totally infect libertarianism, is there any chance that today's internet generation will push back against interference in private life by both business and government? (Ron and Rand do not count, the Republican party may become more "libertarian", but even if they were sincere it's still fundamentally a conservative party.)

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    Is Greenwald's eagerness to ride the Snowden train just in order to give him a new excuse not to return to the US in case the DOMA ruling is one of the last crumbling planks before the whole anti-gay marriage movement slides into the sea like a poorly-constructed rollercoaster? “Because they won't let my partner stay” becomes “because the NSA* will put things in my coffee”.

    * ignoring that they probably have people in Brazil. They certainly have coffee.

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    Well at least the time I spent fighting with that retarded bagarcho-capitalist wasn't a total waste:

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    Eileen,

    Great piece on Pixar, which is definitely in a slump. Cars 2 was a cash grab and Brave was the answer to the "why no girlie heroes, fellas?" Unfortunately, the answer wasn't clever, but it was heavy on the deus ex machina magic spell and a bear suit.

    I beg to differ on one point, about Monsters Inc. (a film I like much more than you):

    You write, "They’re all as cute as cuddly stuffed animals, which makes sense, because the company’s got the merchandizing to think of, so the monsters all get sold as stuffed animals or some kind of toy anyway, like everything Pixar makes. Sully, the lead monster, is a tall furry bearlike creature, aquamarine with pink spots, and his sidekick Mike looks like a one-eyed green six-ball that’s a fugitive from a game of pool, with dangly arms and legs."

    Having rewatched it again this week as prep work for taking our daughter to her first ever multiplex, it's important to note that Sully isn't scary except when performing his job as a "scarer." He's a sweet kindhearted man, James Gandolfini in aqua and purple fur. (Godspeed, Tone.) However, there is a key plot point in which Sully goes into full scarer mode (as a Shining example of how it's done right) and frightens the hell out of the little girl, Boo. And my daughter. The story only works if Sully's monstrosity comes as a surprise to Boo and the audience.

    Side notes: --Mike Wazowsky is technically Sully's assistant, the door-fetcher and not a scarer. He's cuddly 'cuz he can be.

    --I would argue that the Steve Buscemi shapeshifting lizard thing is at least generally creepy, and the James Coburn multiple crab legs and shitloads of eyeballs will haunt your dreams. (Mine anyway, always had a fear of a body filled with eyeballs.)

    The rest of you can handle Russia, oligrachs, the Koch Brothers, libtards, and War. I'm all over the furry animated creatures.

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    Was at an Empowering Women Through Secularism conference today. Some powerful stuff came up, including serious criticism of the left for not supporting its traditional universal values.

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    Congress, not to mention the ACLU, NAACP and others interested in voter's rights have ample data to craft reasonable measures of sustained voter abuse. Hell, they can even make a case for these BS Voter ID laws. VRA is still constitutional in all its provisions and proscriptive measures. But when will Congress act? In response to Shelby County v. Holder - Sen. Harry Reid said the Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will be conducting 'wide-ranging hearings' but he did not say when he expected Leahy’s hearings to produce legislation for the Senate to vote on.

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    Aggressively humanist (unsurprisingly), but nonetheless entertaining look at specialty bibles.

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    At long last! What was once notoriously difficult, collecting semen from parrots just got easier.

    (A team of German biologists describe the new technique in Tuesday's publication of Scientific Reports; above link directs you to a nice review of the piece. With pictures.)

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    So Julian Assange took on board and actively defended an FBI informant in return for his "total loyalty." Of course, any snitch worth their salt is also a grade-A sycophant, so that was a perfect fit.

    At this point I think Assange is more-than-ripe for an anti-self help "Bad Leadership Guide" or a "What would Assange do?" multiple choice cartoon. Seriously, whatever else he is, he's certainly a terrible leader and organizer.

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