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Fair Warning Review: Democracy or Data Entry? Jonas Lund's Fair Warning

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As 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache stood at attention during his West Point commencement on Saturday, he was overwhelmed with emotion. After West Point shared the photo, by Army Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant, on its Instagram account, Idrache commented: I want to thank everyone for your kind and thoughtful comments on this picture. SSG Bryant captured a moment that I will never forget. At this moment, I was overwhelmed with emotions. Three things came to mind and led to those tears. The first is where I started. I am from Haiti and never did I imagine that such honor would be one day bestowed on me. The second is where I am. Men and women who have preserved the very essence of the human condition stood in that position and took the same oath. Men who preserved the Union is a dark period of this country's history. Men who scaled the face of adversity and liberated Europe from fascism and nazism. Women like CPT Griest, LT Haver, MAJ Jaster [the first women to graduate from the Army's Ranger school] who rewrote the narrative and challenged the status quo to prove themselves worthy of being called Rangers. The third is my future. Shortly after leave, I will report to FT. Rucker to start flight school. Knowing that one day I will be a pilot is humbling beyond words. I could not help but be flooded with emotions knowing that I will be leading these men and women who are willing to give their all to preserve what we value as the American way of life. To me, that is the greatest honor. Once again, thank you. A comment on the Washington Post's Facebook page (which shared this article) noted that the star on Idrache's collar indicates he is graduating in the top 5% overall (based on academics, physical fitness, and military ratings) out of his class of 950. The Post article notes he was West Point's top graduate in physics. He immigrated to the United States from Haiti in 2009, and before graduating earned his citizenship and served for two years in the Maryland Army National Guard.

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Twenty years after Jonathan Larson's posthumous triumph arrived on Broadway, the cast and creative team relive the rise of a musical that changed theater.

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Fans don't need to get what they want, and much of the time, they probably shouldn't. Sometimes, they will; it's unrealistic to expect that every piece of art or pop culture with any kind of dedicated following can find a way to satisfyingly sidestep or subvert the expectations of every person in that following. (slAVClub)

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Rebecca Burgess' Comic Redesigns the Autism Spectrum to Crush Stereotypes : "I want people to understand that autistic people don't all fit a stereotype, and show people the consequences of stereotyping," Burgess, from the U.K., told The Mighty in an email. "[Stereotyping leads to] underestimating the skills of autistic people or not believing someone [who is on the spectrum]."

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I'm wanting to go back to studying briefly for the sake of a planned change in career, but my understanding of the UK education system is limited, so I can't figure out if the college I'm looking at is reputable.I've found this, with the big scary warning "if a UK university or college isn't officially recognised, there's no guarantee that your degree will count when you're looking for a job", and the college I'm looking at is not listed there; but a different college I know is reputable is also not listed, so that can't be the only way. For what it's worth, the college I'm looking at is this, and the course I'm looking at says it would provide "Hove College Diploma and OCN Level 4 Certificates", but that's Greek to me. Even if you can just tell me if that particular college is a reputable place to study at, that would be great, but I'd like to be able to figure this kind of thing out by myself in case I end up wanting to go elsewhere instead. I'm just confused and not wanting to waste time and money.

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I'm looking for a small, lightweight kit that can hold a toothbrush, shaver, shaving cream, toothpaste and not much else. I'm having trouble finding this in stores or online. I've googled 'pencil pouches' which is more of the form factor I'm going for, and I'm not wanting to use zip locks. Must be gender neutral/male focused (if that makes sense). Thoughts?

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What could be causing an internal furnace-like heat on the left side of my body? And more importantly, how can I get rid of it?YANAD and YANMD. :) On May 15, I started feeling an internal heat in my left leg, mainly in the hamstring area, but definitely feeling it down to my foot. In the first few days, lifting the left leg, bringing the thigh closer to my abdomen, caused immediate cramping in my lower abdomen. Lowering the leg would stop the cramping. That symptom went away after a few days. When touching the skin, it doesn't feel any hotter or cooler than other parts of my body. On May 19, the leg became sensitive to touch in that anything touching the leg made me itch. This symptom I still have, to a lesser degree. On May 20, I noticed the heat was still in my leg, but had also moved up to my glutes and mid-back, all still on the left side. I also noticed that the muscles in my leg were sensitive to pressure. The pressure sensitivity has gotten better since then. On May 22, I noticed that it felt like I had decreased sensation on the leg. I was shaving my legs and felt that it was like there was a thin film over the leg preventing me from completely feeling the razor. This symptom has not gone away. On May 23, I went to my GP, who prescribed me prednisone and took blood work (from what I can remember, the blood work tested (among other things) lipids, kidney function, thyroid function, and inflammation levels). All blood work came back as normal. She told me that the prednisone should help with the heat sensation within 24 hours. It has not helped in the slightest. The heat is the worst when I have something touching my body. So I'm wearing clothes and right now, my shirt is making my back feel like I have a furnace radiating off of the left side of me. Even wrapping a towel around me after I shower increases the heat sensation. I'm currently waiting on a referral from my GP's office to a neurologist, but wanted to see if there were any theories out there for my symptoms. Maybe I'm googling the wrong things, but Google hasn't helped me this time. Other info: I'm 34, female, in good health, living in the U.S. I work out about 2 times a week (my workouts since May 15 have been at lower intensity levels, especially with the legs; working out does increase the heat sensation, but that doesn't surprise me). No change in appetite or sleep. I still have full range of motion in my leg and there's no pain. If you need any clarification, let me know. Thanks.

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What three decades in journalism has taught me about the persistence of racism in the US [slGuardianLongRead]. The intersection between America's age-old race problem and the crisis of race in journalism takes two forms. The first is a simple failure of integration: the news organisations that have traditionally comprised "mainstream" journalism have done little to welcome or encourage African-Americans, who are substantially underrepresented by comparison to their numbers in the overall population. This problem is obvious to anyone who cares to look – and it has become sufficiently embarrassing for a number of publications to make sporadic but ultimately ineffectual efforts to redress it. As soon as one or two hires are made, attention inevitably shifts elsewhere, much as the focus of the press drifted away from racial bias in the criminal justice system once a whiff of the campaign season could be sensed in the air. But the second and more subtle issue is a persistent problem of typecasting – a deeply embedded view that regards certain topics as "black" and the rest as "white". Those black people who make their way into the business are heavily concentrated in stereotypical roles. This has meant sport, entertainment and especially what is euphemistically called urban affairs, often meaning reporting on black people. By contrast, there are very few black journalists writing about politics and national security, international news, big business, culture (as opposed to entertainment) or science and technology – they are essentially absent from large swaths of coverage, and even more sparsely represented among the ranks of editors. This is not a trivial matter, or a subject of concern solely to journalists: the overwhelming whiteness of the media strongly but silently conditions how Americans understand their own country and the rest of the world.

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This is the prettiest question I've asked and I feel pretty crap asking it. However, I'm a student about to enter the working world for the first time, so I don't know what the rules are around this kind of thing. Help please?I have a classmate that I don't really like. We have very different personalities, but more annoyingly, she has done things that not many in our cohort consider kind (i.e., throw someone under the bus so she could get published first, blame someone else for a work mistake that she told us she actually did) so I just don't mesh well with her. We are all about to graduate and are looking for jobs. Last summer, I landed this internship with a government agency by some miracle. I gained contacts and got a good review from my preceptor, they encouraged me to apply for a job when I graduated and would provide references. I did apply for a fellowship there, but was not qualified. I'm pretty embarrassed, and didn't want to disappoint my preceptor, so I haven't talked to her since. Everyone knows where we go for our internship, so this classmate, C, texted me yesterday. We all know she wants to work for this agency and I distinctly (and bitterly) remember her comment that she was surprised I got the internship and not her. Now, she wants me to give her the email of my preceptor. I haven't yet, and then she followed up with "I'm going to apply for a position there and I want you to give a good word with your preceptor. Can you give me her email? And email her about me. Thanks." The petty side of me wants to do neither. But I know there's some kind of obligation I have here to my classmates, right? Like being fair. Or that thing where if I wanted to know an email of someone, it would be good karma to do the same. I also don't know why she wants an email address from me, it's very easy to find on LinkedIn or from our program director. Someone tell me that I'm being petty and I should just give the email address and the...recommendation. I think I feel so hesitant because I'm not fond of her and because I'm afraid she will take the opportunity to get a job there while I, the failure intern, didn't. What is the proper thing to do here?

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UK Healthcare: Is there a way of remaining registered with your GP when recently homeless and staying with friends in other cities? Or accessing GP services generally without a permanent address?I'm hosting a friend of mine from another city, who is recently homeless. They have some ongoing medical issues which involve renewing some repeat prescriptions, and also mean that they'd like to stay with their current GP, who's familiar with their history. For various reasons, they plan to alternate between friends' places in different towns (say, Aberystwyth and Bath) until they can find a new place in their original city (Carlisle). - Going back to Carlisle just to get a repeat prescription from their GP's office will be expensive and cost a decent amount of time/energy after what has already been a pretty disruptive time. It will also involve lying, at least by omission, about where they're living at the moment, which they'd find stressful and rather not do. - Getting an emergency prescription refill from a doctor here in Aberystwyth is possible but, again, will involve lying about the living situation. - Telling the truth about where they're living now (alternating between Aberystwyth and Bath) will mean being dumped by their preferred GP in Carlisle. Plus, because both of the hosts get the council tax discount for living alone, doing anything that has my friend officially living with one of us will significantly increase our individual council tax bills and, possibly, rent. (I don't mind doing this, but my friend strongly dislikes this idea because no matter what I say they'll feel guilty about not being able to pay me back). What options are we missing? Is there a way to e.g. convince the NHS that my friend is on an extended holiday in this part of the country, and fill/renew prescriptions without deregistering from their old GP and re-registering here? How would registering for a GP even work if you have no proof of address, and it's just a friend's house you're staying at? Bonus points: Similar question, but for registering to vote in the EU referendum. (All this is in England, if it's relevant to your answers. Specific city names were picked arbitrarily to be A, B, C...)

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I'm looking for a pack of images, each one of a number from 0 to 99. PNG format would be best, but if that's not available I'm not fussy. If there was also a way that I can script this in Photoshop or in Automator (Mac), or some other way to create them. I'd like to download something to test an idea, but eventually will have to make the images to my own specs.It would be best if they were named regularly too, like this 00.png (an image of "0" or "00") 01.png (an image of a number 1) ... 99.png This seems like the kind of work that many people on the internet have done, and hopefully uploaded for others to use. (I tried a Google search, but didn't turn up anything).

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"I was asked recently by a friend to meet some people from her church in the US who were visiting Uganda on a mission trip. The aim of the meeting was to convince them that supporting and visiting orphanages was doing more harm than good." Mark Riley's article is part of the Better Volunteering, Better Care group's #StopOrphanTrips campaign, against international volunteering in orphanages. Their position paper is here (pdf): In some cases, residential care centres are being used as a solution to rural poverty by well-intentioned individuals or organisations who wish to support communities, and do not realise that other types of care are not only cheaper, but also much more positive solutions for children. In other cases, residential care centres are created as businesses; generating income from people willing to volunteer their time and donate their money to help "orphans". In addition, in countries such as Nepal, there is evidence of residential care centres being linked to child trafficking. Another perspective from Bekka Ross Russell, in Tanzania: So I hate orphanages, because they mean that family preservation and reunification work has failed - or more frequently, hasn't even been tried. And I also partner with and fund a local orphanage that has existed for many decades, because it is deeply loving and embedded in the community, and without its existence, many children would have died. I hate that foreign organizations are building new facilities everywhere, and yet I am building a children's village for the orphanage children as they grow up, because it keeps them in family-style homes with consistent caregivers in their own community. And more on 'voluntourism' and orphanages, by Lamorna Byford: A quick canvas amongst my friends elicited quite a different response – "well someone needs to look after those poor kids". After several attempts to argue that voluntourism isn't the best way to support these children and their communities, I gave up. I won't rehash the arguments for or against voluntourism here. What I want to explore instead, is why my intelligent, culturally aware friends are so willing to accept that allowing un-vetted individuals into institutions with vulnerable children is a good idea.

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I was hit by another driver, who sped off and likely won't be caught (no plate). I have coverage for this but it took nearly three weeks for my insurance company to approve the estimate from the shop. The first adjuster assigned to the claim wasn't local to the area and tried to do everything by phone/email and the company wasn't particularly communicative about the process. Is this run-of-the-mill feet-dragging for insurance companies or does mine suck?The only other time I've received a settlement from my own insurance company was a different company, years ago, for an economy compact car that was totaled out (so no reason to haggle on repair costs). This time it's a new car (less than six months old), high-end and German, and the repair shop is the dealership's collision center, so I can understand the price being much higher, but it seems like it took a long time to reach the point where repairs would actually start. If anyone's had experience similar to mine, I'd love to know how long this part of the process took for you. I don't mind waiting while the car's being fixed but I do mind waiting while the car's not being fixed and I'm wondering if I have better options. As I mentioned, the first adjuster assigned to the claim wasn't local. He lives/works an hour away (optimistically, this being southern California) and tried to handle everything over the phone/by email. I had to contact him directly to get updates and eventually he told me the price was higher than the company would like so he'd have to go investigate the car in person. After not hearing from him for another few days, I called for an update and found out a different adjuster had been assigned. He seemed to think I would know this from our previous conversation despite that he had said he would drive out to do it. I never managed reached the second adjuster and the company's main claims line could only leave a message for him to get in touch with me. I finally found out everything had been settled from the shop before relevant documents were available via my insurance company's website. I can understand the insurance company trying to pay less to handle the claim but I'm surprised by how long it took, that the first adjuster assigned wasn't local, and that I had to get updates on my own. That said, I've never really dealt with this kind of situation before, so I'm just wondering if this is to be expected from any insurance company or if mine was particularly bad with this claim. If it's relevant, I filed the claim and a police report immediately following the accident and the car was towed to the shop later the same day.

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Ukulele-playing mefites, please give me your best recommendations on an electric solid-body ukulele.I started playing ukulele a year ago and I would like a new toy. For some reason I have become obsessed with playing AC/DC's Thunderstruck on the ukulele. But it just doesn't sound the same on my acoustic concert uke. So, gentle mefites, which electric solid-body uke should I get? What's the difference between steel and nylon strings, if any? Will steel strings shred my fingers? Will I need to learn to use a pick? Budget preferably under $400 USD. And I'm in Australia, for shipping purposes. Prettiness/rock cred a plus.

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I remember reading a humorous article about a 4 year old arguing with her parent about whether she can have a cookie*, but I can't seem to find it in google. *I might have the age and cookie parts wrong.

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I'm almost too ashamed to name which ones, but the one I watch the most is one of the more popular franchises on that network. And Top Chef. Yeah, that one. So I have Netflix and Amazon Prime already. I just signed up for the free trial of Hulu and discovered they don't stream Real Housewives unless you have a specific cable provider. I have Comcast, which they don't even accept and which I plan to cancel once I can find something to replace it.

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Women of Metafilter : have you ever given a guy the head-dodge (or the cheek-turn) at the end of a first date, and then actually wanted them to ask you out on a second date?End of first date. I lean in for the kiss. I get the dreaded head-dodge or cheek-turn. Not a good sign. Wondering if this is just a universal signal for "not interested", or if some women actually do this and still want the guy to ask her out again.

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Brendon Small confirms there will be no Metalocalypse series finale. What did you think of that campaign where they wanted people to fax in to save the show? >Oh that? I actually talked to Adult Swim and said 'what are you doing this for? You already said no to me, I know you're not going to make this show, and now you're just antagonizing all these fans.' Back in October 2015: Brendon Small, creator of the popular show Metalocalypse has launched a new campaign to finally release the show's finale, which he has already written but couldn't release before Adult Swim pulled the plug on the show. As Hulu now owns the rights to stream the show, Smalls is trying to get them to partner with Adult Swim to make the finale a reality and he's asking for the help of every fan out there to let them know we want to see it.

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I love this old Dixieland tune "Sing On" and in the chorus I can hear "Sing On," but I can't find the lyrics anywhere. There are other songs called this and Google has a lot of red herrings. Anyone have a clue where I can find the words? Here is a classic example

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A day after #GiveSteveRogersABoyfriend trended worldwide on twitter, readers of Captain America were treated to a much different surprise. (spoilers for Captain America: Steve Rogers #1) - Fans on twitter respond with #SayNoToHYDRACap - Writer Nick Spencer: Why I Turned Steve Rogers into a Supervillain - Everyone, Please Stop Freaking Out About That Ridiculous Captain America Reveal

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I made a trailer for a math class using Battle Without Honor or Humanity (not very creative, sorry). Now I'm embroiled in a copyright claim and I'd like to know how to respond. I checked some old asks, but they're three years old or so.I got a claim right away saying I couldn't monetize the video, which is fine by me. Then recently (a few years later), I received another claim: "Your video might contain copyrighted content. Copyright owners can choose to block YouTube videos that contain their content." I disputed it, saying that I searched the song on youtube and verified it was freely usable, and also saying that it was an educational video (which it is). Unfortunately for me, "After reviewing your dispute, SME has decided that their copyright claim is still valid." There's a link about appealing but google threatens me with "strikes" or something when I click on it, and those sound bad so I think I'd like to avoid them. So anyway, I was wondering which if the following things I should do: 1) Appeal, 2) Embed the video on my website so my friends and students can still see it, 3) Never show anybody the video again, as I will get sued, or 4) Other? Thanks in advance!

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Recently I've seen occurrences that are basically "name, verbing the thing," where the second part is a sad thing. I think this sometimes shows up as a call and response, where one person says one name and a sad thing they did, and the other person names someone else who did a sadder thing (typically related to the first.) What is this and where did it come from?I saw it in this week's GoT thread, but can't find the example. I think it's somewhat new. In my memory, it's used for people (usually fictional?) who made some great sacrifice. I can't believe I'm spending a question on this, but the cadence of the phrase has been echoing in my head ALL DAY.

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Just what it says. A cat. Watching a movie. Belonging to the horror film genre. [SLYT]

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We have a super chill year-old doxie named Poppy. In a couple weeks, Poppy's NEW BABY SISTER is moving in!Baby Sister doesn't have a name yet, so I am turning to you! Our new puppy is an e-red piebald doxie. She won't be a dark red and has a white chest with white spots on her nose and the top of her head. Her feet show some white, but will likely darken. She is a miniature, but we aren't sure how petite she will be. Her sister is 11 pounds of fun. Names we are tossing around: Lola the Lovebug, Ruby, Stella, Olive, Lulu. Hope us, mefites!. Something with a little panache and possibly glitter would be fun to consider, as would a multi-name name.

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