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  • The Brain, DNA, Language; Which Words Matter The Most When We talk--Psych of language

    04/22/2018 5:02:56 PM PDT · by JockoManning · 77 replies
    BufferApp ^ | 21 MAR 2013/30 SEP 2016 | Leo Widrich; Jocko Manning
    One of the things I fuss about a lot (especially at Buffer) are words—very simple words, in fact. Should it say “Hi” or “Hey?” Should it be “cheers” or “thanks?” How about “but” or “and?” There are many occasions when Joel and I sit over one line and change it multiple times, until we feel it really sits right. This is partly to improve our metrics for click rate and others. It is also to simply create the right emotion. The one key question we ask ourselves is: “How does this make you feel?” The question might sound very...
  • How to (legally) protect a small inheritance from the IRS?

    04/22/2018 12:37:24 PM PDT · by lee martell · 160 replies
    April 22 2018 | Lee Martell
    Remember that song by Tom Jones; "I who have nothing!". That pretty much describes me. I'm near 62 y/o, working part time. I hope to keep working at least for the next eight to ten years, then start taking my Social Security. I have no savings to speak of. I will always owe the IRS something from unpaid student loans or wrongly filed tax statements. Most times I don't receive any return at all, it's simply 'absorbed' and paid out to the Govt. The one bright spot is that due to a sibling's death last year, I have received about...
  • Comey book cannot take in bad reviews

    04/20/2018 11:02:29 AM PDT · by GOP Congress · 31 replies
    Rush Limbaugh had a caller that said that he couldn't give a bad review (one-star) on the Amazon site for James Comey's ghostwritten piece of excrement, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," based upon substance. He is a verified buyer of the book, so it wasn't a spam posting. Limbaugh's staff went ahead and tried to post, each having purchased the book, but weren't allowed to post either. The only reviews are 4- and 5-star reviews (though there's one or two 1-star reviews that must have sneaked through the algorithm). Go ahead and try this. If you have Kindle,...
  • Classic FR Posts 'for the ages' Archive Thread

    04/20/2018 5:32:53 AM PDT · by JockoManning · 57 replies
    FR ^ | 20 APR 2018 | JockoManning
    Second mistake this year. You do know you can go to the mistake exchange and buy error credits from those of us who never make mistakes. We have surplus error credits banked from past years of mistake free living. That way, when you use up your allotted three annual mistakes, you can merely purchase more on the Error Exchange so you can continue going through life free from worry about those little oopsies that plague the error prone "Imperfects," as we perfect people call you, our customers. You can buy Error Credits singly, which have a one-month use-by expiration, or...
  • Sarah Palin: Breitbart News Is ‘Writing and Publishing the Truth’ About Facebook Censorship

    04/11/2018 6:36:57 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Apr 2018 | ROBERT KRAYCHIK
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin praised Breitbart News’s coverage of Facebook management’s political machinations, offering her comments during a Tuesday interview with SiriusXM host Rebecca Mansour on Breitbart News Tonight. Palin declared, “The reason that I did want to call was to thank Breitbart for covering so fully and so intelligently this whole Facebook stuff and to also explain it to people.” Palin also said, “I feel that with things like today, with Facebook, such a liberal group of people who are trying to control and regulate and make sure that we the people don’t get back in control of...
  • Here's What Would Happen Right After Trump Fired Mueller

    04/11/2018 1:54:39 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 89 replies
    Vice ^ | 4/11/2018 | Matt Taylor
    The idea that Donald Trump might fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and in so doing spark some kind of constitutional crisis has been gaining traction for months now. Political junkies, especially on the liberal side of the spectrum, have breathlessly discussed the scenario in neighborhood bars and on approximately 1,000 different podcasts. Protests against the firing have been preemptively organized by progressive advocacy groups. Even though Trump's 2016 campaign was marked by a contempt for the rule of law and bursts of actual violence, and even though he abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey last year (prompting Mueller's appointment), sacking...
  • K-12: Let's Listen to a Real Educator

    04/09/2018 6:34:30 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    Renew America ^ | January 13, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I think it's a fair suspicion that our Education Establishment lie much too often. If not that, their ideas are narrow, their horizons limited. Most children, they seem to believe, are mud, lacking any special gifts. Last week I met a different kind of educator, a Roman named Quintilian, 35-100 AD. (He and Cicero, 106-63 BC, have long been considered the two great masters of oratory, language, and education.) All it took was a few quotes and I knew that Marcus Fabius Quintilianus was brilliant, big-minded, and bold. If we had a dozen guys like this, the ed games are...
  • Communism at "Peace"

    04/08/2018 5:14:45 PM PDT · by Bogle · 6 replies
    Vanity ^ | April 8, 2018 | Bogle
    Here's an annual reminder... If you have a son or daughter who thinks Bush killed more people than Stalin or that socialism is better than capitalism, then please send them to the reference site "Communism at 'Peace'" ( ). In 2 minutes, they'll understand the insanity of unchecked liberalism. Sadly, they'll probably learn more about communism than they would learn in 16 years of tax-funded schools.
  • Ham / GMRS 400-1000mhz PC board antenna PCB LDPA review by Survival Comms

    04/06/2018 11:25:47 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 12 replies
    SurvivalComms ^ | Jul 29, 2016 | SurvivalComms
    Antenna review by Survival Comms
  • How to Delete not Deactivate your Facebook Account

    04/05/2018 7:55:27 AM PDT · by klimeckg · 52 replies
    04-05-2018 | Mw
    Deletion is not Deactivation. Facebook makes it difficult to locate the Account Deletion settings. Many Web searches also use the term delete but lead you to the deactivate settings. Login to your Facebook account, then click on this link which will bring you to the Delete Account page.
  • ‘Minnesota Gun Rights’ Group Holding Rally In St. Paul

    03/31/2018 6:12:57 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 4 replies
    WCCO.COM ^ | 31 MARCH 2018 | WCCO.COM
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A group of gun rights activists are rallying at the Minnesota capitol Saturday. The group, Minnesota Gun Rights, says it rejects the notion that new gun control laws will save lives, and is rallying at the capitol to voice its displeasure with the state legislature. “Speaker Daudt and his leadership team have completely dropped the ball for gun owners,” said Minnesota Gun Rights Director Ben Dorr. “Instead of passing pro-gun legislation that would actually save lives, like Stand-Your-Ground law, they’ve tucked their tails and run away.”
  • Literacy Experts: Are They Ready To Apologize Yet?

    03/30/2018 4:13:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | March 13, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    “There is one question I'd really love to ask (One Heart!): Is there a place for the hopeless sinner, Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own beliefs? Bob Marley The people in charge of literacy in most English-speaking countries are literacy’s worst enemies. This counterintuitive turn-about has to be one of the planet’s more bizarre stories. The official experts praise a method, often called Whole Language, that doesn’t work. They insist that young teachers use this useless method. The teachers in turn force their students to embrace the method, and they make the parents tolerate the method....
  • Trump - Russia Collusion in German

    03/20/2018 2:55:05 PM PDT · by Auslander154 · 14 replies
    I found this great summary of the Russian Collusion story written in German at It would be a great reference to send to any German speaking friends you have. Our German friends most likely do not get this kind of summation in Das Bild or Der Spiegel. I have tried to decipher it into English so that you have an idea of what you are sending. It is interesting that the German version goes into fuller detail than the English rendition on The Epoch Times. They even had a bit of fun with Obama talking about him discovering...
  • FBI Employment Agreement (FD-291 (Rev. 9-15-2015))

    03/19/2018 8:59:29 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    FBI Government Repository ^ | 01/30/2014 | FBI Staff
    As consideration for my employment, or my continued employment, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Department of Justice, I hereby agree to be governed by and to comply with the following provisions: --SNIP-- 3. I will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient ---SNIP--- 7. Violations of this employment agreement may constitute cause for revocation of my security clearance, subject me to criminal sanction, disciplinary action by the FBI, including dismissal, and subject me...
  • Tyranny

    03/18/2018 8:17:35 AM PDT · by Scooter100 · 2 replies
    The changing definition of "Tyranny" over the past 77 years. Webster's Collegiate Dictionary - 5th Edition - (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1941) 1. The government or authority of a tyrant; the office, tenure, or system of administration, of an absolute ruler called a tyrant. 2. Hence, arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; despotism. 3. A tyrannical act. 4. Severity; rigor. Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary - 7th Edition - (Merriam-Webster, 1971) 1. (a) a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler; esp: one characteristic of an ancient Greek city-state (b) the office, authority, and administration...
  • The Zombie Amendments To The Constitution You've Probably Never Heard Of

    03/11/2018 6:03:22 AM PDT · by Fzob · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | March 10, 2018 | Ron Elving
    The first 10 changes to the Constitution were easy. Since then, it has been an uphill battle every time, and some of those battles are, at least technically, still undecided. We are speaking of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and those first 10 are, of course, better known as the Bill of Rights. They provide some of the most important guarantees of freedom associated with the U.S. Constitution — even though they were added years after the Constitution was first written in the summer of 1787. It wasn't that the framers of the Constitution didn't believe in freedom of...
  • The Media Bias Chart (Check your bias?)

    03/09/2018 11:00:33 AM PST · by rpierce · 25 replies
    I ran across this "Media Bias" chart today out on the interwebs. My first response upon examining it closely was that I had entered some kind of reality distortion field. I decided to go to the source to check out the thinking and methodology. It's worth reading through as an intellectual exercise. The author/creator Vanessa Otero, an admittedly "moderately liberal" patent attorney in Denver, has created the All Generalizations are False site supporting the chart. While finding much to disagree with in her finished product, I found her writing interesting, reasonable, and instructive. Here's a MarketWatch article that gives their...
  • Amelia Earhart mystery solved? Scientist '99 percent' sure bones found belong to aviator

    03/07/2018 11:29:46 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 21 replies
    Fox News, AP ^ | 3/7/2018 | James Rogers
    A scientific study claims to shed new light on the decades-long mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart. Richard Jantz, an emeritus anthropology professor at the University of Tennessee, argues that bones discovered on the Pacific Island of Nikumaroro in 1940 were likely Earhart’s remains. The research contradicts a forensic analysis of the remains in 1941 that described the bones as belonging to a male. The bones, which were subsequently lost, continue to be a source of debate. Earhart, who was attempting to fly around the world, disappeared with navigator Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937, during a flight from...
  • H.R.5087 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

    03/04/2018 1:54:53 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 45 replies ^ | (Introduced 02/26/2018) | 115th congress
    Shown Here: Introduced in House (02/26/2018) 115th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5087 To regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of assault weapons, and for other purposes.
  • English is Weird: Starting With the Word 'UP'

    02/24/2018 9:45:32 AM PST · by V K Lee · 59 replies ^ | 3/1/18 | Lee Densmer
    English is weird, hard to learn, and often hard to translate. An article on this showed UP in my email inbox this week, and I thought I’d share it with you. While I didn't dream it UP, I found out, after looking it UP on the web, that the article's content might originally come from here. I enjoyed reading UP on it, and I made UP the parallel between the uses of the word and localization. (It gets worse from here). UP can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and preposition. This two-letter word in English has more meanings than...