There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-Up Label

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.

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People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing everyday.
– Winnie The Pooh (A.A. Milne)

Google and HTTP

Google logo. Jail cells. (Encrypt the content you want everyone to read, or someone might read it.)

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 [...] 

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…And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

Pepe LaPue (Wayne LaPierre) (Wayne LaPierre wants the best for Puerto Rico.)

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 [...] 

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Flag On The Play

US flag and football referee.

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 [...] 

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One of Your Nicer Behemoths

NYC skyline. (Always with the making. NYC view from the north end of High Line Park looking east.)

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 [...] 

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