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BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down federal marriage law in win for gay rights

BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down federal marriage law in win for gay rights | spirituality, current events, art, baroque, clandestine, | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a central portion of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for the gay rights...

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Awesome!! There's no better word for their decision.

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Rating Obama’s NSA Reform Plan: EFF Scorecard Explained

Rating Obama’s NSA Reform Plan: EFF Scorecard Explained | spirituality, current events, art, baroque, clandestine, | Scoop.it
Earlier today, President Obama announced a series of reforms to address abuses by the National Security Agency. We were heartened to see Obama recognized that the NSA has gone too far in trampling the privacy rights of people worldwide.

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It would be nice if a link were provided for the rating criteria but such is the way in "free media." One gets what one pays for and blah blah blah...

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 22, 2014 10:22 PM

EFF scores the president 3.5 out 12. Be sure not to miss the description of each category that follows the scorecard and see if you agree with that score.

Greg Russak's curator insight, January 22, 2014 10:23 PM

EFF scores the president 3.5 out 12. Be sure not to miss the description of each category that follows the scorecard and see if you agree with that score.

Greg Russak's curator insight, January 22, 2014 10:28 PM

EFF scores the president 3.5 out 12. Be sure not to miss the description of each category that follows the scorecard and see if you agree with that score.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down federal marriage law in win for gay rights

BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down federal marriage law in win for gay rights | spirituality, current events, art, baroque, clandestine, | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a central portion of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for the gay rights...

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Awesome!! There's no better word for their decision.

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31 Charts That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

31 Charts That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity | spirituality, current events, art, baroque, clandestine, | Scoop.it

Some good news in data form. 

Lately, it feels like the news has been dominated by tragedies: natural disasters, evil people, and sometimes just carelessness.

But it would be a mistake to become cynical.



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/charts-that-will-restore-your-faith-in-humanity-2013-5#ixzz2UD8h5FZM


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Victoria Loewengart's curator insight, May 24, 2013 8:04 AM

Some "happy" data analytics for a change!

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11 Infographics About Infographics

11 Infographics About Infographics | spirituality, current events, art, baroque, clandestine, | Scoop.it

People who create infographics do their work partly because they believe infographics are a great way to communicate information.


Since the people in this field also need to communicate information about their work, it was inevitable that infographics about infographics would eventually be created. Here are 11 of those meta infographics.


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Ignasi Alcalde's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:49 AM

Buenas bases inforgráficas.

Berengere Promerat's curator insight, February 27, 2013 3:46 AM

Infographics about... infographics

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Good for partisan extremists, bad for America: Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s strategy worked

Good for partisan extremists, bad for America: Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s strategy worked | spirituality, current events, art, baroque, clandestine, | Scoop.it

Excerpt from Ezra Klein article in The Washington Post puzzling at the logic behind rewarding the Tea Party Congress for hyper-partisanship and ideological extremism...

 

Congressional Republicans really have been implacably opposed to working with Obama and that’s meant Obama hasn’t been able to get much done since Boehner was sworn in as speaker. At times, it’s been even worse than gridlock. The Sentinel notes that “with Obama in charge, the federal government came perilously close to a default last year.”


It was, of course, the Republicans who pushed the country to the brink — Obama would’ve signed a clean debt-ceiling increase at any moment, and he ended up making more concessions than any president in history to sign the final debt-ceiling increase — but it’s true that congressional Republicans wouldn’t have done that if a Republican was occupying the White House. So vote Romney.
Obama ran for president promising to break the gridlock and overcome the partisanship that paralyzes Washington. But it wasn’t up to him. The minority won’t cooperate with the majority unless they see it’s in their interests. And the Republican minority didn’t see it that way.


“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” Mitch McConnell said. “The purpose of the minority is to become the majority,” said Rep. Pete Sessions, head of the National Republican Campaign Committee.
These endorsements are proving Republicans right. As they show, the Republican strategy to deny the president any cooperation and make his Washington a depressing and dysfunctional place has done Obama enormous political damage. In that way, the endorsements get the situation backwards.


While it’s true that President Romney could expect more cooperation from congressional Republicans, in the long term, a vote against Obama on these grounds is a vote for more of this kind of gridlock. Politicians do what wins them elections. If this strategy wins Republicans the election, they’ll employ it next time they face a Democratic president, too, and congressional Democrats will use it against the next Republicans. Rewarding the minority for doing everything in their power to make the majority fail sets up disastrous incentives for the political system.


There are good reasons to endorse Mitt Romney for president. But if you want the political system to work more smoothly, endorsing McConnell and Boehner’s strategy over the last four years is folly. [READ full article]


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Lust: A Hidden Influence on Foreign Policy - The National Interest Online

Lust: A Hidden Influence on Foreign Policy - The National Interest Online | spirituality, current events, art, baroque, clandestine, | Scoop.it
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Lust: A Hidden Influence on Foreign Policy
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“Many a good man has been put under the bridge by a woman,” states Charles Bukowski's alter ego Henry Chinaski at the beginning of his novel, Women.
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True! Many have commented on the "phallic" nature of the missiles used to hurt other people from afar and the same can be said of firearms and of knives and clubs...

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Review: Thirty Seconds To Mars - LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS [Album] - Altsounds.com

Review: Thirty Seconds To Mars - LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS [Album] - Altsounds.com | spirituality, current events, art, baroque, clandestine, | Scoop.it
Altsounds.com Review: Thirty Seconds To Mars - LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS [Album] Altsounds.com Up until the release of their newest album LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS, This Is War was the only Thirty Seconds To Mars album that I actually listened to as...
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Hope soon to listen to this but I love the graphic design.

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Does meme count as culture?

Does meme count as culture? | spirituality, current events, art, baroque, clandestine, | Scoop.it
The ubiquitous internet meme comes in many forms -- from iterations on top of iterations of a viral video to a random picture of a cute animals with an ironic white Impact caption.
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The question of how the Internet may affect global affairs is not just a matter for historians-of-the-present but also a metaphysical puzzle being pieced together in real time.

 

Great quesion, evasive answer. DEFINITELY MAYBE and let's see how this all plays out, eh?

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A 400-Year History of Cryptanalysis

A 400-Year History of Cryptanalysis | spirituality, current events, art, baroque, clandestine, | Scoop.it
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Report on code-breaking from professionals in the craft.

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The Sin Collector: Jessica Fortunato,Dolly Ries,Susan Fortunato,Juliana Fortunato: Amazon.com: Kindle Store

The Sin Collector: Jessica Fortunato,Dolly Ries,Susan Fortunato,Juliana Fortunato: Amazon.com: Kindle Store (Sloth, Envy, Lust, Greed, Wrath, Pride, Gluttony.
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