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The statue of Baphomet... is seated and accompanied by two smiling children. The Church of Satan (previously) has deployed a statue of "a goat-headed, winged creature" in Little Rock, Arkansas, right near the Capitol building. The idea is to challenge the government for recently erecting a Ten Commandments statue. Satanic Arkansas cofounder Ivy Forrester, who helped organize the rally, said "if you're going to have one religious monument up then it should be open to others, and if you don't agree with that then let's just not have any at all." According to KARK, A sign below the rally's makeshift stage on the flatbed read: "Future home of the Baphomet monument Presented in the spirit of religious pluralism by: The Satanic Temple with a special thanks to Senator Jason Rapert." In June a driver knocked over the 10 Commandments statue, but it was reinstalled. Previously.

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I'll be moving from the East Coast to the Midwest at the end of the month. I don't have a whole lot of money for moving expenses, but have been considering using a cube moving company. Does anyone have any experience with these, and would you recommend it? My budget is up to $1,000.The distance will be more or less D.C. to more or less Milwaukee.

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David Lee Roth as microwave popcorn. Ozzy Osbourne as windshield wipers. Michael Stipe getting a friend's attention in a busy restaurant. Prince sips a cup of really bad coffee. Stevie Nicks as a VCR, rewinding a tape. John Mellencamp enjoying a summertime snack. [potentially NSFW] More at Show Bits: "Animated Nonsense. Literally (and lovingly) objectifying celebrities."

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Crypto developers and investors are moving to Puerto Rico , attracted by lucrative tax regimes They plan to regenerate the island using blockchain technology. But not all of the locals support their bold plans. SLGuardian, leading to SLYT.

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One tribe caught up in Colombia's armed conflict "We used to be many here, but now we are few," he says. "There has been conflict in our ancestral territory for a long time now. It has impacted the community a lot. It has changed the way the younger generation sees things."

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Here's the First Trailer for the Next Star Wars Animated Series, Resistance [YouTube] Take to the skies.

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The spirit of the dead must live its life one more time in an accelerated fashion before departing to the realm of the ancestors. . . . It is believed that doing what was once done frees the living from the dead and vice versa. Ancestor Work In Street Basketball, an excerpt from Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball by African-American scholar Dr. Onaje X.O. Woodbine (interview).

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I'm having a backyard cookout birthday party next weekend. I would love to play some summer jams to enhance the mood. I do not have any kind of sound system speaker situation, I don't have music on my phone. What do I need to get to make this happen?Difficulty level: I live next to a big grocery store parking lot and the back of my yard butts up against an alley where the trucks are always coming and going so things can get noisy. Some kind of little stereo/boombox/whatever that can overcome this without totally blowing out the sound quality would be ideal. How do people make playlists these days? Can I input Doja Cat's "Mooo!", Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up" and like, a bunch of Bombay Dub Orchestra somewhere and an algorithm will generate a three hour playlist for me? And I can throw some money at it to remove ads? I have a pixel 2 and am willing to mess around with music on it for this but don't really know where to start. Mostly at home I listen to podcasts, complete operas and whole albums, and for background buzz I put on some of the somafm stations, but that's too ambient for this occasion. I either use my built in mediocre computer speakers or my swanky comfy sennheiser over ear headphones, neither of which is going to work either. How do regular folks (who aren't snobby luddites like me) put on music outdoors for a party?

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Please help me think of or discover songs along the lines of the following examples so's I can keep on rocking!Looking for stuff that rocks hard but is fun and danceable in the right situation.. party type stuff with a bit of an aggressive edge to it. Examples would be... Supersuckers - The Fight Song Buckcherry - Lit Up Bif Naked - Twitch Silvertide - Not Coming Home Shinedown - Sound of Madness Faith No More - Epic Basically anything by Danko Jones... alright what else?? Seems like late 90's/early 2000s is when this stuff was at its peak, and while I'm open to other eras, but please lets avoid your AC/DCs, your Aerosmiths, your Motley Crues, those awful hair metal bands etc... help me dig deep and find some forgotten gems of rock! THANKS!!!

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"The prison organizing has coincided with a movement that has taken hold across the country as teachers go on strike and protest slashed education budgets in their states. The hope is that the prisoners may eventually be able to build a coalition with the teachers and potentially even coordinate their strikes." - LOUISIANA PRISONERS DEMAND AN END TO 'MODERN-DAY SLAVERY'. Another nationwide Prison Labor strike planned for August 21st.

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I asked this question last year about cool and quirky things to do with older teens in NYC for a week. Now we're going to hang out in Philly - but just for a day. I've only been to Philadelphia a handful of times so I'm kind of stumped for ideas. Hence this question!My nieces are 14 and 17 and super fun kids who are thankfully easy to please. It was their idea to come to Philly since they've never been there before (and it's not hard to get there from NYC). They're psyched to go to the Mütter Museum (I've been there and loved it), and I figured we'd go to the Reading Terminal Market for some good grub. But that's about as far as I've gotten! They're into thrift stores and record stores and anything LGBTQ. Younger Niece is really into John Waters and Rocky Horror and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (so if there's anything from the show to visit that would be top on the list). We're all into walking through fun neighborhoods (especially if they have lots of dogs). Novelty food joints are also a plus (they loved getting cookie dough at DŌ last year). The tricky part is that we'll be there just for a day - most likely the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. And part of that day will be commuting the two hours back and forth from NYC. (I'm guessing we'll be there from maybe 10 AM to 6 PM.) So we won't want to go TOO far from the Greyhound station. I imagine we'll walk everywhere but we can take a Lyft if there's something really fun a little further out. I am really excited to take this trip with them and am looking forward to any suggestions you all may have. Thanks!

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Classic: I'll take the polls, plus all the "fundamentals": fundraising, past voting in the district, historical trends and more." 538's new forecasting models for the 2018 House elections are out. Nate Silver: How FiveThirtyEight's House Model Works Nathaniel Rakich: 25 Districts That Could Decide The House In 2018 Nate Silver & Galen Druke: Politics Podcast: Let's Talk About The 2018 House Forecast Nate Silver: The 5 Big Takeaways From Our House Forecast Some excerpts from the "Big Takeaways" article: ...There are a couple of exceptions — indicators that are a little out of the consensus — but both of them fall on the better-for-Democrats side of the consensus. First, Democrats have done really impressively in fundraising...Meanwhile, the results of special elections have been very good for Democrats. Our model doesn't actually use special election results in its forecasts, but they're part of a coherent alternative narrative in which there's upside for Democrats relative to what our forecast shows. Donating money and voting in special elections are tangible indicators of voter engagement, and it's possible that they point toward a Democratic enthusiasm advantage that could become clearer later on in the cycle. ... We have only 215 seats rated as favoring Democrats — "lean Democrat" or stronger — which is fewer than the 218 they need to take the House. Nonetheless, Democrats are favored to win the majority if current conditions hold because they'll have a bunch of opportunities, even as underdogs, to win those extra seats: 14 toss-up races, 19 "lean Republican" races and 53 "likely Republican" contests. Those are a lot of lottery tickets to punch, even if Democrats aren't necessarily favored in any individual race. But Democrats would have a problem if there's a shift in the national climate toward Republicans, or even if there's a relatively modest systematic polling error in the GOP's favor on Election Day. All of the sudden, they'd lose most of the toss-up races along with some of the "lean Democrat" races... The flip side to this is that if the political environment gets better for Democrats, their seat gains could pile up at an accelerating rate. There are a plethora of districts that are 10 to 20 points more Republican than the country as a whole, a lot of which were gerrymandered to be "safe" for Republican candidates — but where the gerrymanders could fail in the event of a large enough wave. ... At earlier points in the cycle, Democrats had appeared to need more like a 7- to 8-point advantage in the national popular vote to be favored to claim the majority of seats. Since then, the Republican edge has been eroded by retirements, by Pennsylvania's redistricting, and by the relatively weak GOP incumbency advantage... The models will be updated as polling and other new data comes in. A Senate forecasting model is in the works. More 538 stuff:generic ballot pollster ratings Meredith Conroy, Mai Nguyen & Nathaniel Rakich's analyses of the 2018 Democratic primary niminations: We Researched Hundreds Of Races. Here's Who Democrats Are Nominating. We Looked At Hundreds Of Endorsements. Here's Who Democrats Are Listening To. Please keep in mind guidelines for US political discussion on MetaFilter. Also: This thread is about the upcoming 2018 US elections, polling and election forecasts. Please take news about Trump, White House leaks, the Manafort trials, etc. to the the latest catch-all thread.

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Sean T. Collins writes: ALL HAIL THE MONUMENTAL-HORROR IMAGE - "How striking scenes from 'The Shining,' 'The Wicker Man,' 'The Exorcist,' and other iconic horror movies make an indelible mark on us." Collins draws on his senior essay from Yale [PDF] from 1999 to develop his theory of the monumental-horror image in movies from The Wicker Man to Eyes Wide Shut and Unedited Footage Of A Bear, from Adult Swim

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I'm currently picking between AT&T and Spectrum and both seem awful from a multitude of perspectives. Do you have insight on either their labor or their consumer ethics and practices? Not just whether they have crappy customer service, but if they are bilking customers or have shady accounting. I will be reading through what the Communications Workers of America has to say, but would appreciate any info, anecdotes, etc.

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I am completely obsessed with the Todrick Hall song, Dem Beats (see 52 sec). It literally has my booty shaking anytime I listen to it. Give me some suggestions for fun, sexy music with that bpm and I'm yours.

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I've installed Git, and Curl, and followed every tutorial that I could find, and so far all I have to show for it is a sore butt from three days of googling, "installing Vim plugins on Windows" and similar. Help!

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My almost 11-year-old has decided that her leg hair is no longer baby-fine, and she wants to start shaving her legs. Help me help her to do this correctly and with no blood, please.I did not get, uh, any advice on this when I was in my daughter's situation, and suspect that I have developed incorrect/sub-optimal habits in shaving. I need kid-friendly concrete advice--tutorials, photos, best practices, suggested products--to help me get her on the right track from the start. Neither of us likes blood. Nair-style products are not an option. It's 90 degrees and she insists on wearing long pants because of her leg hair and ugh, does that make me crazy. At the same time, I dread the idea of seeing my baby cut herself up and she sometimes chooses to make high drama of small injury. Help? Please?

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25 years ago this month, Ian Murdock announced a brand new Linux release. Today, it's one of the most important projects in the free software movement. That's right, Debian/GNU Linux is 25 years old! Bonus - Debian on the space station - All you ever wanted to know about Debian codenames - Google likes using Debian - some opinions as to why you should use Debian - Debian on a Psion Mx5 - Debian on the Nintendo Switch

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My new condo has a screen door. I hate it, and want it gone. Do I really need a screen door, and are there ones out there I could buy that aren't terrible?I've checked my condo docs to ensure that I'm not required to have one, so that's good. My current screen door is obviously cheap and poorly sized to my actual door frame, so it will be removed/replaced no matter what. But I don't know if I really need one at all? I have lots of big windows, so I don't really miss the light coming in. And I'm not inclined to leave the actual door open, since I have an escape-artist cat. What I particularly hate about this screen door is it's tendency to slam back closed on me and bash my achilles tendon, particularly if I'm wrestling to get in with an umbrella, packages, etc. It actually drew blood the other day! If there's one out there that would close gently and not injure me, I would consider it, but I'm not keen on being slammed into. So is there some great value to screen doors that I'm missing?

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Hi there! I'm using Outlook 2011 for Mac*. I've set up a couple series of meetings for my team that I only attend based on my availability. I would like the time to appear as busy on everyone else's calendar but free on my own. Is there a way to do this?*This is the calendar I must use at work, so answers suggesting different software or upgrades won't apply

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Need to balance my company's ultra-paranoia about their IP against the need to distribute and share documents to a large audience.My company produces educational materials - curriculum, lesson plans, PPT files for lessons, stuff like that. These are our main products, in addition to training and educational management in support of our curricula. It NEEDS to be shared. If it cannot get into the hands of the teachers who are to use it, it is useless. I WOULD LIKE it to be able to be shared electronically. Easier to publish and update. If we were to set up some online form of file sharing, what options could make the materials a little less easy to be stolen and widely distributed outside the client network? I know, this is kind of a stupid question! And we cannot put some kind of cumbersome DRM scheme into the files... well I mean, we could, but past experience tells me this would bring a whole bunch of other hassles, acting as tech support for legit clients who cannot get access... In some ways I really just want to placate my bosses and let them think their IP as "safe"... I was thinking that creating PDF files of the docs which are just full page photos, to avoid easily getting the text into electronic format? What about color schemes that make photocopying harder? Or is that now an obsolete idea given current levels of technology? I would really like to avoid what my bosses are leaning towards, which is distribution by physical hard copy only... we are producing stuff that will ideally be revised and updated very frequently. Sorry I know there are a bunch of different rambling questions here. Maybe the larger and better question is: Should I think about this whole concept differently? Is there some way to make the case about IP such that my bosses will change their perspective? Is there some weird magic trick that will make this whole issue go away? This is in China.

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After a month out of town, I came home to a bathroom filled with mold due to a leak from behind the walls. I need help getting my (university) landlord to do the right thing for my four year old child and I. Details below!I teach at a university and live in university housing. My 4 year old daughter and I went out of town for a month, and we came back a few days ago (at 1am) to a moldy bathroom with about a half inch of standing water and seriously, the strongest odor I've ever smelled which knocked me down. I honestly didn't know if it was safe to use the toilet. I opened a window, closed the door again, and called maintenance at 7am the next morning. The culprit was a leak from behind the wall, and it's been fixed, but I'm facing trouble getting them to deal with mold remediation. So maintenance came over right away and then called their plumber. The plumber, who was very nice, worked all day to figure out the problem. While he did this, he kept the door open and he brought out my stuff from the bathroom and laid it in the living room. Now I'm worried about the air quality in the rest of the apartment. The plumbing issue has been fixed. I insisted on a meeting with the environmental health people because I think it's important to deal with mold remediation (without being a fear-monger). They grudgingly agreed to place a dehumidifier in the bathroom, and are planning on fixing the plaster and painting with some kind of fungicide today, but so far have refused to do any kind of air scrubbing/purification, cleaning of the house beyond the bathroom, and testing of the air quality once they're done. I think they should simultaneously test outdoors and indoors to be sure mold is at similar levels. I also think they should have one of their cleaners deep clean the whole house. Are these things unreasonable? I'm unhappy that they did not contain all of the work they did, and that moldy items have been sitting out in my living room. It smells a bit moldy when I walk in the apartment, though of course maybe I'm sensitive and my mind is playing tricks with me. I'm concerned that I'm putting my child's health at risk by moving back into the building. I think part of the problem is that they never saw/smelled it at its worst, since I opened the window. The smell had gotten much better by the next day. How can I make sure they do the right thing? Or do I need to just move? It is subsidized and I'd prefer to stay there if possible, my kid's community is there, etc. Thanks, MF.

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I just almost accidentally started a kitchen fire and I'm wondering how far out of the norm this is.I wanted to use the timer on the microwave but instead I turned it on with nothing inside and didn't notice it was running. About five minutes later this was pointed out to me. Microwave is likely broken and smells slightly of smoke, this was definitely unsafe. It's now unplugged and moved. But I do this sort of thing every so often and I don't know how to feel about it. Do I need medical help? Do I need to never cook again? WTF, brain? Or is this the kind of thing that just happens every so often to most people? I'd say it's about once a year or once every two years that I make this kind of mistake: leave the oven on overnight, leave a burner on low instead of turning it off, something like that. I've only set something on fire in the kitchen once and it was in a different context while actively cooking many years ago. I am currently effectively medicated for anxiety. I hold a job in which I don't forget things most of the time. I have systems in place to stay organized at work. I have managed to keep children alive and safe for several years while managing a complex and stressful family schedule. It seems like the kitchen is the only place I mess up. I meditate for stress reduction several times a week. I don't really get enough sleep. How big a deal is this? Should I seek medical attention? Should I stay out of the kitchen?

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I am travelling to Burgundy in a month. As this is one of the most popular wine regions, I'd like to learn more about wines. My intention is to pay for a wine tasting events in a winery or two. Reading through articles, I've come to a conclusion that those are worth the money. The one I found appropriate is Chateau de Pommard wine tasting. The price is 20 euros for 45 minutes. Is this a good price? I read positive reviews, it seems to be informative and professional, yet casual - which is exactly what I need.

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Among aficionados of the music of Jonathan Round there is some debate over where his particular genius is best exemplified by his transformation of already popular songs into his unique style, or through his own songwriting where his own lyrical gift is given full voice. Either way, Round's music is something not to be missed. Sadly, the eponymous 1971 album was his only release and it remains mostly unknown. Perhaps he was too far ahead of his time, but his legacy can still be heard online. In addition to the two above tracks the remaining tracks are: Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home Tolu To Love Somebody Travelin' Mama Blues Young Sadie (Dancing Lady) Train-a-comin' Unfortunately the final track, And I Will Not Be Moved, isn't available online currently as the Youtube poster put up a double of Young Sadie in its place by mistake. In lieu of that, here is a brief blog post about Round's cover of Sympathy for the Devil with a response by Jonathan about the album and his other unreleased works. As an aside, the album itself is pretty nifty. It was roundish in shape and was claimed as having a revolutionary dust free jacket that didn't require an album sleeve as it had a fold-over cover. The, um, striking images on the album can be seen in the song links. In that inimitable early seventies style the album noted Jonathan was a triple Aquarian which helped explain his genius. Make of that what you will.

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