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Trump Admits Wall Will Cover Less Than Half of Border

Trump Admits Wall Will Cover Less Than Half of Border:  Donald Trump conceded his much-touted southern wall along the US-Mexican border may end up covering less than half of the 2,000-mile frontier.  Hell, if they scale down this frigg'n wall any further, even Gary Busey might be able to pay for it.  My only question is, if only half the wall will is gonna be built, will it be the part on the Mexico side or the US side?…

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Added by Johnny Robish on July 14, 2017 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Daily Show repost - The Translators

An excellent point is made in this hilarious skit - much of the world only hears Trump through a translator.

https://youtu.be/7qL1un6NPZA

Added by MV Neland on July 14, 2017 at 5:07pm — 3 Comments

Struck by Verse Again

Something about Steve's passing has triggered something in me that likes to write poetry. I can't quite explain that, but I feel as though some emotional constipation has been released somehow....but I don't publish poetry on Facebook and Satya asked me to post this one here for people to read. 







let us murder our memories together

assassinate the histories behind us

raze the ground on which the present stands

and make mock of future's aspirations

we're…

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Added by Alan Milner on July 14, 2017 at 12:49pm — 9 Comments

“Has the American dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?” The debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr

A riveting exchange between two intellectual giants on the most pressing social issue of that or perhaps any time in American history.

The debate on the question occurred at the Cambridge Union, Cambridge University, England in 1965.

I am requesting that you reserve comments until you've…

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Added by Ron Powell on July 14, 2017 at 7:00am — 26 Comments

An Awkward Moment With My Former Spinning Instructor

Fridays are the day when I take a break from cardio and work with weights.  You need to vary your routine if you want to get the most out of your workouts.  I know, I read it on the internet, so it must be true.…

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Added by Con Chapman on July 14, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments

So Very Far Round That Bend [On The Plane Home, w Reporters]

...from the NYT


On the visit to France:…

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Added by Jonathan Wolfman on July 14, 2017 at 3:46am — 13 Comments

1 Photo: The Co-Conspirators



(...and veer iss moose & squirrel?)

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from artist Don…

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Added by Jonathan Wolfman on July 14, 2017 at 3:15am — 8 Comments

Researchers 3D Print Soft Artificial Heart That Pumps Blood

Researchers 3D Print Soft Artificial Heart That Pumps Blood:  A team of researchers at ETH Zurich have created what they say is the first artificial heart that’s entirely soft, with its pumping mechanism achieved by causing the silicone ventricles to pump just like a real…

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Added by Johnny Robish on July 13, 2017 at 9:17pm — 8 Comments

Trump's invisible border wall by declaration is taken to court by asylum seekers

Laws reflect and uphold our freedom to live and express our agreed upon values as a plurality of people. The latest wave of anti-immigration proponents are, once again, about to be reminded of that.…

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Added by MV Neland on July 13, 2017 at 6:50pm — 5 Comments

Making Way for New Dreams

There is a saying that time heals all wounds. When you've been depressed for a long time you tend to disbelieve pat little statements such as this because it doesn't seem to be a truism for you. And then one day you think about something that used to break your heart, and you realize that it no longer hurts. It took me by surprise when that happened this week, and I realized that it's part of the reason for…

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Added by Phyllis on July 13, 2017 at 5:52pm — 5 Comments

When I Was Offered Dirt on An Opponent I Did the Right Thing

When I ran for Safety Patrol at Shoemaker Elementary School a boy called Georgi Natsoskaya, an "exchange 4th grader" offered me good dirt on my opponent, Bobbie B. I listened, and then, after homework that night, I called the Philadelphia office of the FBI. Georgi was deported.

Added by Jonathan Wolfman on July 13, 2017 at 2:42pm — 10 Comments

BIG

In a white centered nation, non whites feel their non whiteness keenly.  In a Christian nation, non Christians feel the overwhelming presence of Christian norms.  And in a nation of average sized folks, tall folks feel left out too.

I…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 13, 2017 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

Question for a Thursday

In a recent interview on MSNBC, Senator Bernie Sanders lays it out plain and simple: So, here's the question:

If no one else emerges as an effective standard bearer for the Democratic Party, should Bernie Sanders make another run at the White House in 2020?

Added by Ron Powell on July 13, 2017 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

A Dare in the Dark

I wonder, sometimes, how I survived my youth.

Dared to do risky things, I never wimped out of semi-dangerous gut games like:   “Who can stand closest to that freight train speeding by?”  Or:  “Dare you to swim to the end of the pier at midnight.”  Or even: “Bet you can’t get your dad’s car to go over 100 on I-95.”

It was a convertible Oldmobile with a V-8. So. No problem.

There is one dare I will never forget.

In my late teens, I dated  JC, the son of a…

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Added by Linda Lenzen Treiber on July 13, 2017 at 10:12am — 8 Comments

My New Morning Brew

Added by Jonathan Wolfman on July 13, 2017 at 7:12am — 11 Comments

Why Trump Can't Govern

"There are 556 key positions that require Senate confirmation.

Approximately 80% of these positions remain unfilled.



When it comes to the real functioning of government, there are a host of crucial lower-profile jobs that are not only still empty, but have no one in line to fill them.



Though many of these empty jobs might sound obscure—deputies, assistant secretaries, general counsels—they're often critical to Trump actually delivering on his promises. Cabinet…

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Added by Ron Powell on July 13, 2017 at 6:30am — 12 Comments

Join the French Foreign Legion of Coffee

Lately, a lot of people want to know my name. The “barista” at Starbucks. The guy behind the counter at Peet’s Coffee. “Can I have a name for that order?” he asks. I look around the place at 6:30 in the morning. I’m the only one there, but I give in and tell him my name. It’s just easier.

Boston is the city that had the fictional bar–Cheers–where everybody knew your name. I’ve been in the real-life counterpart of Cheers–the Bull & Finch Pub–and not only did no one besides…

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Added by Con Chapman on July 13, 2017 at 4:40am — No Comments

In Memorium

Thanatopsis

...So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan which moves
To that mysterious realm where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon; but, sustain'd and soothed
By an…
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Added by Token on July 13, 2017 at 4:19am — 4 Comments

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