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November 28, 2014
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  • Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress
     
    A little more than half a century after [the ruling on the unconstitutionality of separate public schools for black and white students affirming African Americans’ rights as citizens], the election of Obama gave hope to the country and the world that a new racial climate had emerged in America, or that it would. But such audacious hopes would be short-lived. A rash of voter-suppression legislation, a series of unfathomable Supreme Court decisions, the rise of stand-your-ground laws and continuing police brutality make clear that Obama’s election and reelection have unleashed yet another wave of fear and anger.
  • Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies
     
    “The universe may be a lonelier place than previously thought. Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. Everywhere else, stellar explosions known as gamma ray bursts would regularly wipe out any life forms more elaborate than microbes. The detonations also kept the universe lifeless for billions of years after the big bang, the researchers say.” c/o warren ellis

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November 27, 2014
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  • Public Enemy Reveal Origins of Name, Crosshairs Logo
     
    Hardly a big reveal – I remember them talking about the logo back in the early 90’s, but tragically still apt:
     
    “The crosshairs logo symbolized the black man in America,” he says. “A lot of people thought it was a state trooper because of the hat, but the hat is one of the ones that Run-DMC wore. The B-Boy stance and the silhouette was more like the black man on the target.”

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November 17, 2014
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  • 9 Things You Need To Write A Novel
     
    Here, though, is the ultimate and very simple secret of writing a novel: If you write 1,000 words a day for 75 days, at the end of those 75 days you will have a novel-length-thing. This novel-length-thing may not be a great novel, or even a good novel, or even a novel, but it’s a lot closer to being all three than the nothing you had before.
     
    c/o warren ellis

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November 13, 2014
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November 8, 2014
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  • Chinatown – Westbank variant
     
    “Jay taught the game to us from memory as he had no English rules available.  He did teach some things incorrectly … but after several subsequent playings (including some with the correct rules), I (and several others) have found that we actually enjoy the game better with Jay’s misinterpreted rules.”

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