The cutoff to be a guest on Kids Say the Darndest Things was eight years old. Which means that, not long ago, our culture agreed that eight years old is the point at which ignorance stops being cute. Before eight, unqualified authority, circuitous logic, and denial of science are downright adorable.
The Guardians of the Great New America invite YOU to join the exciting craze that’s sweeping the nation! An old idea refreshed for your pleasure!
Yes that’s right. Now you can bathe in the vindictive glory of the new American ethos. We have your back. Put some hurt on!
Punishment rarely effects any real change and it almost always leaves [...]
Wonderful. Stories with ideas you don't just consider for a moment, but return to again and again.
What if you could remember your future? What if heaven, hell, angels and miracles are real, but reward for your faith is completely arbitrary?
If I knew this, I'd forgotten it, so I was happy to discover that the story "Story of Your Life," was the basis for the film "Arrival." Probably my favorite film of the last few years. Imagine a language that requires knowledge of the future in order to be properly contextualized.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Archiving the memories of a society that has decided real human experience is too dangerous is an interesting concept. I understand this is a book for younger folks but I would have liked to see the premise unpacked a bit more.
The idea that it's possible to ramp down or suppress human nature and still maintain the sophisticated interactions necessary for a society to survive is not a given. It's unlikely that depth of experience can be managed on a simple linear scale.
However our continuing singular reliance on rule of law does suggest that we haven't stopped trying.
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When the Trump administration sought to identify persons who had come from the banned countries and engaged in terrorism, it was able to cite one sole suspect who came from Somalia and was eventually convicted of providing material support to a terrorist group. But he came to the US when he was a toddler and was convicted a decade and a half later. That’s hardly evidence of a national security crisis.
By contrast, the evidence that the ban was targeted at Muslims was overwhelming; the president openly admitted as much on the campaign trail, and pursued that purpose once in office. Indeed, no one on the court even disputed that the president had acted with anti-Muslim animus; the only real dispute was about the legal implications of that intent. The lower courts had ruled that the ban violated the Establishment Clause, which requires government to maintain strict neutrality among religions and deems invalid any government action that a “reasonable observer,” aware of all the publicly available facts, would view as intended to promote or denigrate a particular religion.
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
—Charles de Montesquieu
I believe all we need are simple things. I think simple things have all the answers which is why people find them beautiful.
Daily Design Inspiration is one of my favorite things to check in my RSS feed. It’s a guaranteed way of ensuring you see something beautiful and well crafted every day. Check it out.
Grid shapes by Claudio Salas.
From the National Geographic article:
Over the past few decades, genetic research has revealed two deep truths about people. The first is that all humans are closely related—more closely related than all chimps, even though there are many more humans around today. Everyone has the same collection of genes, but with the exception of identical twins, everyone has slightly different versions of some of them. Studies of this genetic diversity have allowed scientists to reconstruct a kind of family tree of human populations. That has revealed the second deep truth: In a very real sense, all people alive today are Africans.
Whatever you spend your time on, it’s all you have.
– watchmaker Faramarz
Fronted by the great Jackie Wilson.
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing everyday.
—Winnie The Pooh (A.A. Milne)
Dave Winer’s post about what Google is up to now. If you’re seeing this on my site and you’re using Chrome you can see what he’s talking about in the address bar where my ‘favicon/site icon’ is supposed to be.
I don’t even have a mailing list sign-up form on my site, and Google makes it sound like visiting [...]
The textual detail is impressive. Rhinos are struggling against extinction. So are humans. Maybe because we are encumbered…
One morning the God of our universe
waved a soapy cosmic wand about himself
and dragged our stars into existence.
He stood contemplating the large bubble of light
as it undulated and shimmered,
drifting towards the edge of his vision.
He was pondering what possible futures it might have
when he was distracted by his friend [...]
NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre has expressed concern that the percentage of guns and ammunition included in aid shipments to Puerto Rico is too low. “I think it’s important to remember that if you’re going to rebuild an infrastructure from scratch, you make sure the basics are in place first. Roads, medical supplies, and food and [...]
The United States flag is a the chosen symbol of a people who have formed a great union. Thirteen stripes to represent the original revolutionary colonies. Fifty stars to represent all the states bound together on a common background.
After that its meaning is open to interpretation. There is no official document stating its exact meaning although [...]
Walking or driving around New York City, especially walking, I am of two principle minds.
The first is engaged in managing the interaction between three types information. That which I have carefully organized as my truth, that which has been flung haphazardly into storage, and that which is flooding in through my senses like refugees looking for [...]
Faith and Reason are tired of warring.