"Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim."

George Santayana, Life of Reason

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hellstarfantasy:

just let him have the pizza

Guy needs the calories. I mean, look at him: he’s not even just skin and bones. He’s just bones. And I guess cartilage and ligaments.

hellstarfantasy:

just let him have the pizza

Guy needs the calories. I mean, look at him: he’s not even just skin and bones. He’s just bones. And I guess cartilage and ligaments.

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actual-jewish-magical-girl:

ultrafacts:

Source If you want more facts, follow Ultrafacts

So the Union Jack is a result of a threeway between three flags?

Conceptually, it is a beautifully advanced standard for any era, more so when one remember it dates from the early 18th Century. Among recent designs, I think only post-Apartheid South Africa’s is as sophisticated.

actual-jewish-magical-girl:

ultrafacts:

Source If you want more facts, follow Ultrafacts

So the Union Jack is a result of a threeway between three flags?

Conceptually, it is a beautifully advanced standard for any era, more so when one remember it dates from the early 18th Century. Among recent designs, I think only post-Apartheid South Africa’s is as sophisticated.

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stevey226:

thepianoblog:

cactus-empress:

Old scores are so rude and stuck up I love it

It’s always the Beethoven scores! I have a book from the late 1800’s and the commentary at the front of each Sonata is quite passive aggressive. They make great points though.



I’ve yet to hear any excellent effect emanate from a Broadwood.

stevey226:

thepianoblog:

cactus-empress:

Old scores are so rude and stuck up I love it

It’s always the Beethoven scores! I have a book from the late 1800’s and the commentary at the front of each Sonata is quite passive aggressive. They make great points though.

I’ve yet to hear any excellent effect emanate from a Broadwood.

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arcadine:

By Erica Kuschel

Peru in a photoset

"I shall sing you the song of my people," says the lama.

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SD Police Say Tasing 8-Year-Old Native Girl Was Justified, Family Sues

I would never demand an officer of the law take unnecessary risks to life and limb. But tasing an eight-year old for holding a paring knife?! When there were four cops on the scene? That’s somewhere between sadistic and lazy. There was no risk of injury to any cop trying to physically disarm her; they just couldn’t be bothered to exert themselves by doing their job the right way, so they reached for the easiest solution, which is to use a potentially lethal instrument on a prepubescent girl. 

Bunch of thugs.

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mapsontheweb:

Countries you can’t visit with an Israeli stamp on your passport

To review: they’re not just refusing entry to those with an Israeli passport; they’re refusing entry to anyone who has simply visited Israel. That’s how petty the Israel hate and refusal to recognize is.

mapsontheweb:

Countries you can’t visit with an Israeli stamp on your passport

To review: they’re not just refusing entry to those with an Israeli passport; they’re refusing entry to anyone who has simply visited Israel. That’s how petty the Israel hate and refusal to recognize is.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Does Gillibrand Have A 'Responsibility' To Name Her Harassers?

Yes, it’s important to hold harassers accountable, but given the potential risks to reputation and the plain sensitivity of the subject, I think that’s very much a matter for the victim to decide.

The world would be a better place for names to be named, I’d like to hear who they are, regardless of party affiliation, but to say Sen. Gillibrand has a responsibility or obligation to do so negates her agency and autonomy every bit as much as do her harassers.

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Mr. Putin Tests the West in Ukraine

I sure as hell hope all those left-wing Russia apologists who dismissed the Maidan protests and their aftermath as a fascist coup, out of a reflexive preference for anyone who represents opposition to our own national and regional interests, feel very, very ashamed of themselves for having been a tool of an aggressive, expansionist strongman far worse than our own leadership could ever try to be.

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Researchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Now Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn't Exist

Less “Science. It works,” than scientific method: it works. Basing worldviews on a small-scale preliminary study is about as rational as accepting uncritically a thousands year-old divine revelation. There is a process of expanding scope of research, or verification and repeatability, of cross-checking in different circumstances, and of peer review, that is necessary before a theory can be constructed with any degree of authority or comprehensiveness.

It’s usually best to wait for the process to pan out before swallowing whole anything one study says - that one result may not be ready or safe for human consumption.

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Inequality Is a Drag

Specifically, if you look systematically at the international evidence on inequality, redistribution, and growth — which is what researchers at the I.M.F. did — you find that lower levels of inequality are associated with faster, not slower, growth. Furthermore, income redistribution at the levels typical of advanced countries (with the United States doing much less than average) is “robustly associated with higher and more durable growth.” That is, there’s no evidence that making the rich richer enriches the nation as a whole, but there’s strong evidence of benefits from making the poor less poor.

But how is that possible? Doesn’t taxing the rich and helping the poor reduce the incentive to make money? Well, yes, but incentives aren’t the only thing that matters for economic growth. Opportunity is also crucial. And extreme inequality deprives many people of the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

As in all things, there is a point of diminishing returns. In the case of class incentives, these are cancelled out when inequality reduces opportunities for upwards mobility more than it creates a desire for mobility. And that’s where we find ourselves today, in a vicious cycle of hereditary inequality that costs the nation more in productivity losses than we’d ever be likely to spend to expand opportunity by counteracting economic inequality.

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memegop:

‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue‬

memegop:

‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue‬

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The Fall of France

I’m curious about how Europe fell into such thrall with austerian orthodoxy. It would seem, you’d imagine, to go against so many other European attitudes and norms: the importance of the safety net, greater comfort with deficit spending than the US, greater reliance on non-partisan, non-ideological technocrats.

Might they have taken the benefits of these characteristics for granted, and ceased to associate those benefits with the policies that offered them? Had they forgotten how bad life can be, and how self-destructive it can be to one’s economy, to forsake Keynes and his observations? Or at the first sign of unexpected crisis, did they just reflexively jump to do the opposite of what they’d been doing before?

It is notable that the countries demanding European austerity are the ones who have maintained the strongest safety nets, and imposed the least austerity on themselves, while the victims of austerity had always been the least generous to their citizens. So is it all just a matter of the stronger nations throwing their weight around to ensure the perpetual dependence of the lesser ones, in which case the arguments - mere window-dressing - matter less than the effects?

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nprfreshair:

Staircase, Prague.
Dennis Fischer via My Modern Met 

That gives me an idea…

nprfreshair:

Staircase, Prague.

Dennis Fischer via My Modern Met 

That gives me an idea…

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