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Republican – I hate everything about him but he’s gonna appoint pro-life judges so I will vote for him.

Democrat – I like everything about Hillary but she gave a speech to Goldman Sachs so I’m not going to vote for her.

Given the margin, that’s the 2016 Election in a nutshell.

White Californians were much more likely to emphasize GPA when they perceived black people as their competition. However, when they compared themselves to Asian applicants and were told that Asian students are overrepresented on college campuses, white Californians deemphasized the importance of GPA.

Source: Vox. Ha! You can’t use the merit-based excuse when you’re squeezed from the top by stereotypical Asian-Americans raised by tiger moms.

It has to do with resting metabolism, which determines how many calories a person burns when at rest. When the show began, the contestants, though hugely overweight, had normal metabolisms for their size, meaning they were burning a normal number of calories for people of their weight. When it ended, their metabolisms had slowed radically and their bodies were not burning enough calories to maintain their thinner sizes.

Source: NY Times. The body has an amazing mechanism to adapt to…keep things as they were?

An excellent refutation or rather expression of skepticism of Bernie Sander’s top hits. Even from my professional point of view, the ‘free college’ promise is fundamentally wrong.

What ‘I Fucking Love Science’ actually means is ‘I Fucking Love Existing Conditions.’ But because the word ‘science’ still pings about between the limits of a discourse that depends on the exclusion of alternate modes of knowledge, the natural world of I Fucking Love Science is presented as being essentially a series of factual statements.

Plus a takedown of everyone’s favorite scientist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Cling to your self-righteousness all you want, but be very clear that only some people can afford this kind of sacrifice.

Although I don’t think these people will make much of a difference but the holier-than-thou attitudes of people cited are infuriating none the less. I’m a realist and I’m rooting for Hillary Clinton in this election.

Since the signature of the Schengen Agreements in 1985, the borders of most of the European continent have been erased little by little from the landscapes and people’s imaginations.

In spite of what’s happening in Europe right now, these photos of erased borders by Valerio Vincenzo are wonderful.

“…sexual harassment—from customers, coworkers, and management—can be traced back to this whole culture of forcing women to make their income based on pleasing the customer.” [Source]

Kids, these days! Hrmph! It turns out the kids are just all right and in fact, are doing much better than you may have in your teens.

Comedy, more often than not, shapes our culture and society these days. Vulture dissects comedy and takes a look at 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy.

I was just Public Policy graduate student there (so probably we were the black holes) but I’m proud of my alma mater’s role in making one of the most significant discoveries in the world of physics. I still have to read the content of this article half a dozen times before I begin to understand it.

Unsplash is a good site to get royalty-free high-resolution photos that photographers have discarded (or donated).

I love vintage art and we’ve a set featuring national parks framed in our family room. So when I saw this set of space travels as envisioned by NASA’ Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech, I immediately downloaded them for printing.

A good set of solutions informed by data, research and human rights principles that may work in improving social injustice and build trust between the police and the communities they’re expected to serve.

As more and more people become cordcutters, it’s useful to know how to watch the Super Bowl if you don’t have cable. Fortunately (or not), for the first time, they’ll be streaming the commercials while they’re shown on TV.

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