William O. Pate II’s quotes, page 3

William O. Pate IiS Quotes, Page 3

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    I believe that most people employed in the United States Government have a conscience. But I don’t think the coaching staff has a soul. In the entire time that I’ve been alive, neither Party’s offensive strategy has ever prioritized th…

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    …d to advise those in power think about the poor save as monolithic voting blocs to be placated with platitudes and shallow promises.

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    …e frathouse shitball whose shitball dad brings his shitball friends around to seven-figure dinners. The halls of our Congress are lined with the fresh, young faces of the bourgeoisie. And their collective mediocrity becomes our iron law.

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    And they are right. It is not what you approve of that makes the world. It is what you tolerate.

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    …evil old twatters who have the time and leisure to spend their entire day on twitter only make up a minuscule part of the entire population. That’s why the OWS slogan of we are the 99%” is so powerful. We need get together to take our Dem…

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    I need the freedom to just write without worrying about other people’s privacy or my own. The truth is my writing isn’t getting any better, despite all the writing advice that says practic…

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    …g him to go down on me doesn’t fix those issues — it’s only a Band-Aid that makes it worse, because it’s forceful, not caring.

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    …. We need strong political leadership to invigorate the economy. We need legislation to embrace the gig economy, enable business investment, and encourage market participants.

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    …been in the woods somewhere in the county. I knew that I was adopting him and now I was going to be a girl with a dog, which is exactly what I’d wanted for years.

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    …ditions, shared hobbies and interests. Killing time and doing things together, building memories.” It’s scary how many people can step into that role.

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    Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.

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    The Alt-Left Is Becoming The Democrats’ Tea Party — And They Must Be Stopped

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    Maybe, you should get a watch. A wristwatch I mean.” She laughed. He laughed but only after a fact and before a fashion. Never having anticipated that it was a joke but once the realization settled wondering quite queer…

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    …merits of life insurance. But putting pragmatism aside, there is one thing I’d urge everyone to do. Stop just assuming you have a full lifetime to do whatever it is you dream of doing. I know it sounds ridiculously cliched, and of course you never think it will happen to you, but let…

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    …sper-voiced retired pediatric neurosurgeon was being overshadowed by an eighth person at the table: his wife, Candy. An energetic former real-estate agent who is an accomplished violinist and has co-authored four bo…

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    This present moment is our greatest and most valuable gift, and the deliberate choice around what we do with each moment is one of the greatest gestures we can give ourselves — and others.

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    …a comparison of ideas one with another, as they come before the mind, and a systematizing of them.” This is the second great failure of computer education: It tends us away from the creative recognition of a whole” into which all our various knowledge parts fit.

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    …erience of Newman’s practical point: The facts and arguments of the present page have a history and whole into which they fit. This radical physicality symbolizes and supports the process of true education…

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    …s — data lords, electricity providers, software engineers, hardware manufacturers and all the rest. We rent our digital texts from the wealthy — and so our texts are not individualized by our reading them. They sink back into perfect nonentit…

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    As we find a more polarized, suspicious, and resentful America, it’s important we recognize the potential benefits of even our smallest actions.

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    …ls for days. Don’t praise me for being Black at the right time and take a dump on my achievements — as if you could handle being a Black boy in America for five minutes. Don’t respond with assurances of unity and support when you don’t quite get why we talk about this …

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    The City of San Antonio owns the Cenotaph and plans to repair this monument to the Defenders. Cenotaph means empty tomb.” There are no ashes or remains of the Defenders in it, and it does not mark the place where their bo…

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    …se to get mad about it, because it ain’t like The Man gives a fuck if the blacks and women are mad. The Man already knows who’s mad, and it ain’t him, so fuck it.

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    …se to get mad about it, because it ain’t like The Man gives a fuck if the blacks and women are mad. The Man already knows who’s mad, and it ain’t him, so fuck it.

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    …is follower, because he’s a raging asshole who lets people do incredibly horrible shit in his name. If he can’t even convince his followers who avidly study up on him and his kid to act like decent human beings, what’s the point?

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    …dicalized rightwingery around here. Can’t we find ways to bridge these gaps?” they’re saying — but they’re asking the gap-bridgers to be the ones who have the most to lose, the ones who risk the most in such efforts, and who already know that’s a lost cause.

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    …t, misogynist, xenophobic, whatever — every time we don’t hold people socially accountable for that, every time we equate people’s right to say horrible and even inciting things with the constitutional right to criticize the government, we’re giving the seeds of those awful viewpoints soil, and sun, and water, and room to grow and flourish.

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    Yes, your emotions are real — nobody is telling you you aren’t allowed to feel what you feel. Absolutely, acknowledge everything that you feel if that makes you feel good. But acknowledging that you feel something doesn’t mean those feelings need to be acknowledged and honored by everyone else.

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    Some shit should be self-managed.

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    In an internal CIA memo released under the FOIA, former CIA director Brennan wrote some in Congress don’t get the gravity” of Russia election meddling.

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    … abortion rights look different to those with good jobs and education and those who are struggling. To women like myself, they are the bare minimum of human rights. To working-class women, who often see motherhood, not work, as the key source of social honor, obsession with abortion rights among well-off women is selfish, exemplifying lack of an adequate devotion to family. Seen in this light, opposition to abortion rights becomes, for high-school educated women, a way of claiming social honor.

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    No. I have no pity for these men. Not one bit. For their dreams have always been false. Their tales of meritocracy promoted effort without result for the worker. The hardest working were only the best exploited.

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    The feel-good of Merit was a carrot used to exploit the smartest and most driven, by blinding them to the reality that he who was the most connected, most wealthy, and most crooked routinely outperformed anyone no matter their talent.

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    Rugged individualism kept everyone isolated, alone, and vulnerable to the predation of their wolfen masters of mind control. They sold dreams dressed as opportunity teaching competition as the only merit.

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    Rather than supporting the many, they prized the one. To make the rest of the rabble run harder, chasing their singular example. Fools, one and all.

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    We will not be replaced.” You are correct. If we are wise. We will not replace you with new overlords for old. We will choose kinder leaders, who realize the value of the future lies not in how many lives you can sacrifice, but in the lives you can save. We will choose people who recognize each life is a singular event, with the potential to change the world, if nurtured with vision beyond exploiting them for their basest efforts.

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    Kay, in a loving relationship, abuse in unacceptable. You should not have to tolerate any abuse to be loved.

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    And they may both want emotional or financial security, but the genuine cool girl builds it herself.

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    They free you. They relinquish you back into the universe, so at least you have a fighting chance at happiness.

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    A final consideration is Amazon’s strategic direction. Jeff Bezos moved to Seattle to found an online bookseller because of its deep pool of engineers and access to a large book wholesaler in Oregon. Are there si…

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    It wasn’t and isn’t— it pervades all investment banks. This knowledge that some of the most intelligent graduates of the universities across America are dedicated daily to gaming the system should be the starting point, the very foundation, for any economic policy regarding banks. But major economists remain deaf and blind to the true nature of the highly paid banker.

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    I like your face, what can I say? And the cheeks are especially veal-like.

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    I like your face, what can I say? And the cheeks are especially veal-like.

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    …to give them a better future. Now, the banks — just like they did to farmers during the Depression —are foreclosing on the futures of his sons’ and daughters’ children.

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    Fewer companies are asking for a degree.

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    The government has made student loan debt the only debt you can’t escape without confiscation.

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    …s pervasive, but that the usefulness of the degree is dying, and in many cases, it’s entirely dead. Most people just don’t realize it yet.

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    …the real revolution comes not when more people choose careers that never involved college, but when people realize that they don’t need degrees for most of the jobs they thought did.

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    Mobilize members to increase voter turnout → We need to develop training, tools, and technologies that empower our members to increase voter tu…

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    There’s really a bigger work culture message here about structured work weeks — if we’re working more than a structured 40 hours, we should be getting more than a structured 2 days + 2 weeks + bank holidays off.

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    …re were many drivers but few riders and raising prices when there were few drivers but many riders. This arrangement always tends toward an equilibrium in which just enough drivers are present for just the right number of riders.

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    …occur at minimum wage. In practice, this has dipped below minimum wage (factoring in car expenses), meaning that people value flexible hours and being their own boss more than the marginal increase in pay afforded by the minimum wage.

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    Money won’t get you any of these intrinsic motivators, but money allowed you to have them manifest themselves. It created an open horizon of possibilities by lowering the barrier of entry. Money gives you that …

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    However, there is not need to justify and exaggerate your drive by diminishing the significance of money — the main contributor that gives you the freedom to act.

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    At the Garden, we’re all equals, in awe of the plants, the sweet smells, the sun.

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    …orians have long suspected. The first Mardi Gras in North America was celebrated in, what is today, D’Iberville, Ms.

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    …re than 50 per cent; and the imposition of sanctions on Russia following military action in Crimea. Yet another change came in November 2014, when the UK government increased the amount of money needed to get a Tier One golden visa” from £1m to £2m, and then in April 2015 applied tougher anti-money laundering rules on applicants’ source of wealth. Whether they were priced out, or didn’t want their finances combed through, in the 12 months to March 2016, the number of foreign investors moving to Britain dropped more than 80 per cent on the year before, according to Home Office figures. From China alone, successful applicants fell from 488 to 35.

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    Driving through Ohio — where I spent time talking to common working people — was a salutary experience. Ohio defines the trend of deindustrialized states such as Michigan, Wi…

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    …uld force its policies on the Chinese state is beyond naive. No, to my mind this matters because it creates a precedent for an approach to capitalism that puts profit before principle, regardless of externalities or long term consequence. And that should concern us all.

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    The story behind Trump’s rise to power is a tale of competing and contradictory narratives. Many low-paid workers opted to support Trump; millions of neglected Americans with no real economic prospects, like those I met in the downscale…

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    In a world with few laws governing how data is used, some of the ashes of Cambridge Analytica already are being resurrected in a new firm, with some of the same key people, in a British company, Emerdata.

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    …ilt environment where higher income households can afford to consume added transportation expenses: owning and insuring more cars, buying more gas to drive more miles, better maintaining them to keep them running. It’s an enormous benefit to higher earners. Conversely, lower income households face grueling choic…

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    You don’t have to be the next Uber.

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    …rd to tell companies to take a chance because they think it means compromising standards. It’s not. We should be the engine for change by going into these schools that we’d normally ignore, finding the bright diamonds in the rough, the creative people who right now might not yet see themselves as being very talented. Based on who you know, what you know, what networks you’re in, I think new opportunities can open u…

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    There’s context behind where you grew up. A lot of people don’t understand that for many people who can’t see themselves in a field like design, it’s because they haven’t seen anyone like them doing this work before. The only limit is the limit you put on yourself. You can be a driven person, but there is a need fo…

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    Inability to act on what you want — or inability to discern what you want in the first place.

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    …e the Eagles song Hotel California, you can check-out anytime you like, but you can never leave!’. By our own device, social media is inadvertently increasing our anxiety and, in turn, reducing our willingness to tak…

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    I don’t think they see this. I think they’d just call it a way of life,” in the same way the northeast doesn’t really realize they’re pissed off all the time.

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    This finding is a bit counterintuitive, considering we were told by our teachers and coaches growing up to set our goals, share our goals, hold ourselves accountable.

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    Which, in a properly progressive city, shouldn’t be too much of a lift. But of course, this is Austin, the blueberry in the tomato soup whose land use policies are still dominated by conservative homeowners who not infrequently stake out positions not entirely inimical to those of the Trump-led Republican Party.

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    *The Legislature has not updated the school finance formula dedicated to our economically disadvantaged students for thirty-four years. At that time, the average home was $85,000 and Apple’s first personal computer was on sale. Our school finance formula should not predate the students it intends to serve.

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    *Leadership matters. Strong, ascending schools usually have strong leadership. You can also visit a school and ascertain…

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    …ances I made at the beginning of each one — many educators mentioned the power and influence of the textbook lobby and lamented that the money allocated for textbooks would be better spent on other resources, namel…

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    That might seem like a bigger deal for Texas than it does for the rest of the country, but the New York Times estimates there will be nearly 30 …

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    Uber has the opportunity and momentum to consciously uncouple from some of the disturbing aspects of the…

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    It’s for the same reason we do garage sales. We don’t just go to them, we love organizing them. We won’t donate our stuff to Salvation Army or give it away for free, we try to make a dollar or two out of stuff we don’t want. And unless we’re selling a rare antique or the crown jewels, we’re not going to make more than $100…

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    Skirting the lines of legality is hardly news in the history of labor, but Silicon Valley is imbued with a unique kind of techno-libertarian hubris. A sense that the law…

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    …be world changer reply that the company is pre-legal.” That’s code for we can make a lot of money before the law catches up.” For some of the more arrogant, there is the additional implication and when the law finally catc…

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    … inevitable, but the specific changes brought about are the direct consequence of human initiative. It’s a weak dodge, but their responsibility is to the shareholders,” not to society.

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    … what we do as magical, when it isn’t at all. Anyone can code for God’s sake. How does one become a technical advisor for a politician? I don’t mean run a tech savvy campaign, I mean advise them in AI, cyberwarfare, and even the techn…

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    Selling your company, the IPO is selling your soul to the devil.

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    …thward, and across a hemisphere, finishing it in a powerless hostel in Manila during typhoon Hiyan. I was at a low point in my psyche and with the world, the most emotionally isolated I’d felt in five years. The book alternately sent me into panic spirals, questioning the entire foundation of my relationsh…

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    …tting yourself off from social media might have a worse effect — if you have no idea how your peers outside of your intellectual group of friends are thinking, how can you hope to reach them through your art?

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    … the norm? Yet my experiences are not unique. Several of my Black friends and colleagues agree that Austin does not feel like the blue dot in a red state that Adam described. Instead, we are Blacks dots in a white sea.

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    I’m not advocating for silence, by any means. There are still plenty of instances when I think it’s appropriate to stand up, to use my assortment of privileges to help stop the mistreatment of disenfranchised groups, and to speak truth to power, but that’s not what I was doing. I was just arguing, and it was never for the good of others.

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    …g for, if not myself, and if what I was doing was honestly helping those people. The answer was no. Arguing about race on Facebook wasn’t doing anything to stop black men from being unjustly gunned down by police. Arguing about the economic consequences of single-payer health care wasn’t doing anything to save a sick, uninsured person’s life. And arguing about the Biblical ethics of homosexuality wasn’t doing anything to help LGBTQ youth struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

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    I feel — logic be damned — like not wanting kids is wrong. I don’t want to, but I do.

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    … and from getting more clicks on ads. That’s just how the Valley and the tech industry are set up. As Jeffrey Hammerbacher, a former Facebook executive, told Bloomberg, The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.”

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    Uber vs. Lyft: Which Ride-Hailing App Is Better?

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    But more recently, social media dialogues about entrepreneurship and the freelance gig economy promote a culture of workaholism that glorifies busyness, personal sacrifice, and overwork as desirable lifestyle choices. These recent trends don’t promote hard work as a necessity for productivity toward specific professional objectives, but instead celebrate hard work and busyness for their own sake.

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    And while these dialogues do promote a set of behaviors about work that, yes, can lead to the possibility of entrepreneurial success, the attitude and mentality behind these behaviors more often lead to disappointment, health problems, and burnout.

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    From a security standpoint, the market fragmentation of CAs is a feature, not a bug.

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    …ider. However, FALC is clearly and simply fully-fledged communism, remarketed for the 21st century. History shows us that communism fails because of natural human hierarchies and desires, and there’s no reason to think that complex technological systems and the space-mining companies o…

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    Michael Wendling is an editor at BBC News and author of Alt-Right: From 4chan to the White House. Instagram is currently in the same position Facebook was two or three years ago, where they are struggling to monitor things. Conspiracy theorists who h…

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    … deliberately designed to be a black box. This secrecy allows the commercial titan to be ruthlessly competitive, delivering cheaper items faster than rival stores. But it also makes it harder for consumers who w…

May 30, 2022

Why we need to save the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Why We Need to Save the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

by Jeff Sovern, Ann L. Goldweber and Gina M. Calabrese, St. John’s University

Why We Need to Save the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

by Jeff Sovern, Ann L. Goldweber and Gina M. Calabrese, St. John’s University

Republicans in Congress and the White House have been very blunt about their desire to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — and the threats to it are mounting.

The agency was launched in 2011 in the aftermath of the financial crisis as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The goal was to protect consumers from deceptive or misleading practices in the financial industry.

At the moment, Republicans seem focused on blocking CFPB rules they don’t like, such as one that would have prevented the use of arbitration clauses in financial contracts, making it easier for people to band together to sue banks for wrongdoing.

The Trump administration, which has been heavily critical of the CFPB, now has an opportunity to reshape it from the top because its founding director, Richard Cordray, plans to step down by the end of November.

So what would you miss if the agency suddenly disappeared or was weakened?

In short, a lot. We base this conclusion on the work the three of us have done in recent decades. One of us (Sovern) has been writing about consumer law for more than 30 years, while the other two of us direct a legal clinic that represents elderly consumers. We’ve seen the worst of what financial companies can do, and we’ve also witnessed how the CFPB has begun to reverse the tide.

John Stumpf, far left, lost his job as CEO of Wells Fargo as a result of the scandal over fraudulent accounts. Reuters/Gary Cameron

Life Before CFPB

If you are one of the more than 29 million consumers who have collectively received nearly US$12 billion back from misbehaving financial institutions because of the CFPBs efforts, you already know its value. But even if you are not, you have probably benefited from the bureau’s existence.

Before Congress created the bureau, there was no federal agency that made consumer financial protection its sole mission. Rather, consumer protection was rolled into the missions of a bunch of different agencies. And, as we saw during the financial crisis, regulators often gave it a back seat.

Congress, for example, gave the Federal Reserve the power to bar unfair and deceptive mortgage lending in 1994. Yet the central bank considered consumer protection a backwater and didn’t use that power until 2008 — too late to prevent the Great Recession. Congress took it away two years later when it passed Dodd-Frank.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency regulates banks but was so preoccupied with ensuring lenders were safe that it failed to protect consumers from their predatory subprime mortgages — so much so that it prevented states from doing so too. And now President Trump has put a former bank lawyer in charge of it. The Federal Trade Commission, which is tasked with fighting deceptive business practices, lacked the power to prevent such dangerous lending.

This meant consumer protection on financial matters fell through the cracks.

Wells Fargo’s recent fraud scandal is a case in point. In the early 2000s, Wells Fargo employees began opening fake accounts in clients’ names without permission, leading in some cases to lower credit scores and a variety of fees. The bank ultimately opened millions of fraudulent bank and credit card accounts before the scheme came to an end last year.

But as early as 2010, before the CFPB was set up, regulators at the OCC were increasingly aware of what was happening at Wells Fargo thanks to hundreds of whistleblower complaints. The OCC even confronted the bank, yet failed to take any action despite many red flags, according to an internal audit.

It wasn’t until the Los Angeles city attorney and the CFPB became involved years later that Wells Fargo took forceful action to stop the fraud. The regulators fined Wells Fargo a total of $185 million and forced it to refund fees it had charged customers and hire an independent consultant to review its procedures.

More importantly, they sent a clear message to other financial institutions: Cheat consumers and you will face the consequences.

Republicans have been opposed to the CFPB since it was created. Reuters/Joshua Roberts

Protecting Consumers

Since its inception, the bureau has acted repeatedly to stop financial institutions from harming consumers.

It blocked debt collector attorneys from suing consumers based on false information. It discovered systemic problems with consumer credit reports and forced companies to correct errors. It compelled credit card companies to refund illegal fees. It protected borrowers from unlawful student loan servicing practices. It made lenders repay consumers they discriminated against. It recovered money for veterans who complained of abusive financial practices.

When the bureau began publishing consumer complaints on its website, companies that might previously have ignored negative feedback paid attention. Financial institutions have responded to complaints to the CFPB more than 700,000 times, often by providing a remedy to the consumers.

Besides protecting consumers, however, Congress had a second motive in creating the bureau: to help prevent the kind of mortgage lending that helped cause the Great Recession.

To that end, the bureau has adopted rules that help consumers to understand their mortgages — something that often wasn’t possible under the previously misleading mortgage disclosures. It also issued regulations to prevent consumers from taking out mortgages that they couldn’t repay. And after borrowers take out a mortgage, CFPB servicing rules establish the procedures servicers must follow when communicating with borrowers, correcting errors, providing information and dealing with loan modification requests.

Two of us have personal experience with one of the bureau’s new mortgage rules, which powerfully illustrates the value of the CFPB.

In 2014, Alice, a client of our law school clinic, was struggling to pay the mortgage on her home — which she had refinanced a few years earlier — after a stroke forced her into retirement. Our clinic helped her apply for a modification of her loan.

But within weeks, instead of acknowledging Alice’s application, the loan servicer summoned her to court to begin foreclosure proceedings in violation of CFPB servicing rules. Fortunately, our clinic was able to rely on those rules in getting the foreclosure action dismissed. Alice got her loan modified and remains in her home.

Demonstrators tried to draw attention to the subprime mortgage crisis back in early 2008. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Protecting the Vulnerable

This reveals how the bureau is particularly important to protect vulnerable consumers, like the elderly, who are frequently targeted by fraudsters and predatory lenders because of their cognitive and other impairments and because they often have accumulated substantial assets. The CFPB is the only federal agency with an office specifically dedicated to protecting the financial well-being of older adults.

The bureau has brought cases against companies that attempted to take advantage of seniors by, for example, misrepresenting the interest rates on pension advance loans or deceptive advertising. In 2015 alone, consumer complaints to the CFPB brought relief to more than 600 older Americans just through debt collection problems.

The bureau has also worked to prevent financial abuse of the elderly, estimated to cost seniors as much as $36 billion annually. The CFPB has educated financial institutions, nursing facilities and others about recognizing and stopping elder financial abuse and exploitation.

Consumer Protection in Peril

Given Alice’s ill health, the consequences for her might have been disastrous if she had been thrown out of her home. But now she — and all of us — face the loss of the CFPBs aid.

The CFPB is under attack from Republican members of Congress who believe more in lifting bank regulations than in protecting consumers. Some members have proposed eliminating the agency altogether.

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would cripple the CFPB by, for example, taking away the power it used to fine Wells Fargo for opening illegal accounts and concealing its complaint database from public view. In other words, it would force the bureau to sit idly by as financial institutions lie to consumers.

Even if the bureau survives, it may be less protective of consumers when current director Richard Cordray leaves, which he said he plans to do by the end of the month. Then we might see a former banker or bank lawyer put in charge, just as has happened at the Treasury Department and comptroller’s office. Those officials opposed the CFPBs arbitration rule and seem far less interested in protecting consumers than Cordray. It is even possible that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin himself might become the interim leader of the CFPB.

Nearly every American has or will have a loan or bank account, a prepaid card, credit card, a credit report or some combination of those, and so has dealings with a financial institution policed by the CFPB. But few of us read the fine print governing these things or can understand it when we do. That gives the companies that write these agreements the ability to draft them to suit their own interests at the expense of consumers.

Similarly, we do not always know when a financial institution takes advantage of us, just as Wells Fargo customers did not always know that it had opened unauthorized accounts that lowered their credit scores.

Consumers need protection from misbehaving companies. If the bureau is eliminated, significantly weakened or starts protecting banks rather than consumers, all consumers will suffer.

This is an updated version of an article originally published on July 10, 2017.


Jeff Sovern, Professor of Law, St. John’s University

Ann L. Goldweber, Professor of Clinical Education, St. John’s University

Gina M. Calabrese, Professor of Clinical Education, St. John’s University


Disclosure statement
Along with three co-authors, Jeff Sovern received a $29,510 grant from the American Association for Justice Robert L. Habush Endowment and by a grant from the St. John’s University School of Law Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution in 2014 to study arbitration. It resulted in an article. Along with Professor Kate Walton, he received a grant from the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education to study debt collection, resulting in another article. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

Ann L. Goldweber is affiliated with NACA as a member.

Gina M. Calabrese is affiliated with the National Association of Consumer Advocates, New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former chair, Committee on the Civil Court).


Originally published by The Conversation. Read the original story.

May 30, 2022

William O. Pate II’s quotes, page 1

William O. Pate IiS Quotes, Page 1

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    Many still see UX designers (or Product Designers or UI Designers) getting one thing done: creating nice wireframes on sketch or photoshop so they can help engineers …

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    Even worse, some still today see design as veneer. Just make it pop” or Just make it beautiful” are some phrases that come to mind from my consulting days.

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    Design, at its core is about solving problems and building relationships. If the interface has no interface it still needs to be designed. And great designers will still have a role to play to create those experiences.

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    Great designers advocate for human benefit. They create a better future because they understand that whenever you build something on the internet, it can touch the lives of billions of people, people whom they are trying to serve by creating incredible products.

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    … pitch to a former coworker who had expressed interest in being interviewed. Despite my request for secrecy, she passed it along to her boss. Soon, because Senate offices are the organizational equivalent of…

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    …g the first rule of writers’ rooms, fight clubs, and political offices everywhere: confidentiality. Confidentiality always seems to be particularly convenient for men.

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    …orm of discrimination. The piece was going to be anchored in my experience working for two leading, unnamed Democratic senators, and include lots of interviews with other women on the Hill.

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    …orm of discrimination. The piece was going to be anchored in my experience working for two leading, unnamed Democratic senators, and include lots of interviews with other women on the Hill.

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    … pitch to a former coworker who had expressed interest in being interviewed. Despite my request for secrecy, she passed it along to her boss. Soon, because Senate offices are the organizational equivalent of…

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    …g the first rule of writers’ rooms, fight clubs, and political offices everywhere: confidentiality. Confidentiality always seems to be particularly convenient for men.

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    …he cushy-seeming soft discrimination” to the delicious sugar-coated discrimination.” Names aside, this kind of treatment creates a Sisyphean task for young women. In the past society may have told us, Don’t hurt your pretty self trying to lift that rock, sweet thing.” Now, women enjoy the basic presumption that we are smart and plenty mighty. Yet we still can’t seem to get to the top of the hill.

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    Today, we can clearly see that Trump’s white working class base is not moved by neoliberalism, and looking through a historical context, we can see that neoliberalism wasn’t what motivated the white working class to move towards the Republican Party over the past half century either. The same trend that pushed southern whites to the Republican Party in the 1960s — a fear of white interests being subverted in favor of nonwhites — is happening all over the country today.

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    What percentage of Trump’s base supports the racist comments made by Steve King? How many were voting directly for a society that is defined by that outlook? Those are the questions we have to face as a country.

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    If neoliberalism isn’t what is moving the white working class, then it follows that Democrats embracing universal healthcare and free college isn’t going to win those voters back. Voxs Zack Be…

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    Democrats can’t win over Trump voters with universal social programs like free healthcare and free college because Trump’s voters were never voting on those issues anyway. Trump’s base is concerned with a return to the demographics and social structure of a pre-Civil Rights America. Since the white working class isn’t voting on economics, Democrats should understand that economic …

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    Sorry.”
    No no no no no. Don’t say this (unless you legitimately did something horrible, but asking someon…

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    …nly experience moral failings under the influence of men is degrading and reductive in the extreme. By depriving women of the agency to be evil and do evil things, women are entirely dehumanized. For feminism to be a successful and valuable movement it must accept that women are just as prone …

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    …ons to be a reflection that I was ugly, and would basically make the whole situation worse by going Oh my god, what’s wrong? Why aren’t you hard? IS YOUR DICK BROKEN? ARE YOU NOT ATTRACTED TO ME? WHAT IS HAPPENING? JUSTIFY YOUR LACK OF ERECTION IMMEDIATELY!”

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    …nager.” One male friend, in particular, has lamented several times that he never sex as a teenager, which is actually sort of offensive because I took his virginity when he was 18. I’ve brought this up, and he’s been like you don’t count. What he said he means was, he wished he …

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    …years ago have been like remember the sex we used to have? It was ah-may-zing,” and I’ve been like I was there, it seemed fairly ordinary, perhaps even sub-par.” And, ok, one explanation is that it was amazing for him and sub-bar for me, but I also remember my …

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    …remembering the refried version of it. We’re remembering things that probably didn’t really happen. Even worse, if you’re someone who has the tendency to compare your present with your past, your present will always be tainted by disappointment. Your initial sexual experiences had the benefit of having no refried memories to compete with. Ofte…

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    …t to say you shouldn’t do the things you like over and over; it’s just to say, as much as possible, you should hold each experience (even one that is similar to many others) as its own without comparing it.

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    …rted to happen was I began to appreciate all the ordinary feelings that I was feeling all the time. Part of why I had been depressed is that I was constantly comparing how I felt to what I wanted to be feeling, and was always disappointed. That perpetual disappointment was numbing everything, and turning my world grey. Eventually, when I…

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    Is a fully appreciated ordinary reality as good” as that feeling I imagined? I can’t tell, because just by considering that question, I make my experience worse. I will never be able to evaluate that question, and that’s at the heart of the paradox. Was it the right decision to abandon the pursuit of a deeply hedonistic view of enlightenment to fully appreciate the here and now? I don’t know, I will never know, and I cannot know. But, I do know that I have no regrets.

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    I would settle just for horny experienced men. Just one; preferably someone who lasted longer than five minutes. Minute rice is ok, but a minute man…um…es no bueno…no good. Hahaha…

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    …his friend has always to me represented, like, something that is deeply wrong with liberal culture. The desire to be open minded simply for the sake of being open minded, not because you have come up against a situation that requires it, seems fairly toxic. Additionally, the belief that by dealing with something in the abstract, that by reading enough art…

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    we value masculinity more than femininity. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be a woman; it was that I had to suffer so much indignity because I was one. We assume women who wear makeup aren’t smart, or that caring, nurturing work is less valuable than…

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    Basically, a real woman is one who serves men, whose existence is to be available for the pleasure of and consumption by m…

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    A degree is information. Information is an incredibly valuable resource in the market. But in the case of th…

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    2D image of one of his books on his website, so she sent him a 3D rendering of it he could use for free. She ended by saying she hopes her book promotion and the image are useful to him, and if he wants …

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    … better ways. Oh, and as a general rule, the more interesting the company, the less they care about degrees.

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    Yet we should also be conscious of the hubris involved in stating something as a design question. As strategic designers in particular, we should be careful of being hoist on our own petard, of be…

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    Yet we should also be conscious of the hubris involved in stating something as a design question. As strategic designers in particular, we should be careful of being hoist on our own petard, of bec…

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    … in them, with a different order of meaning, and thus warrant a physical, face-to-face interaction. Naming your child is not like opening a bank account, booking a flight or ordering on Amazon Prime.

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    … will thus prove to be counterproductive at best, and hurry along the horrors depicted by Curtis in Hypernormalisation at worst.

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    If you find yourself going on and on, you should probably question whether what you’re writing has already been written (often in much the same phrasing) once or twice before in the same piece. Unless you’re writing about a really complex subject or the piece is otherwise especially noteworth…

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    But creative and entrepreneurial dreams don’t come with a monthly salary that allows you to earn, spend and save fixed amounts…secure in the knowledge that the future is ta…

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    Yes, the monthly salary is an addiction… The most Zen detached souls think they are incapable of succumbing to it, but they do. Just seeing…

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    …At first, we tried to replicate the church experience with candles, worship songs and readings, and the kids really pushed back on the whole offering plate concept, so it took some work.

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    … consider this Twelve Step-py” or more Romans 12:15, it was a great way to get all of us talking.) In this time, the kids learned that we, too, had things in our lives that challenged us or energized us.

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    … The Last Word is already doing about the perceived problem, What we have with our bar family is a shuttle service that works on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday that will shuttle you between our four family bars. Th…

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    If we consider ourselves to live in one big apartment building, too many of us are pounding on our neighbors’ doors demanding they conform to our ideas instead of allowing them to just keep their door closed.

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    No one ever died of being asked questions. I recognize my own personal vantage point is a pinhead compared to how millions of others live and…

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    …if everyone has destroyed themselves, relationships, and the planet in the process. There are still scientists who believe in their evidence that black people are inferior and girls can’t ever learn math. I believe we, as a society, need to connect on the levels we share…

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    Rage Against Anti-Intellectualism

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    Further reading:

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    After all, everybody believes weird things. That being said, making the acceptance of beliefs that run counter to reason and plain evidence is a hallmark of how both cults and authoritarian governments operate.

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    I think many of us with a fundamental obsessive compulsive disorder to convey exactly what we mean within the confines of our grammar and language can be so in love wi…

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    These trees!! They must know! These trees were here for all of the picnics, the skipping rocks lessons, the star-gazing, and the failed fishing lessons given to a weird, vegan daughter who mourned the death of fish like they were kin. I want to shake these trees so hard that they give up the secret memories I can no longer find. C’m…

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    …so deeply feel, I miss the calculations of your life and advice. I used to know what you’d tell me, but I can’t hear it anymore.

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    …so deeply feel, I miss the calculations of your life and advice. I used to know what you’d tell me, but I can’t hear it anymore.

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    … I used to be able to hear’ you and know what you’d tell me but its fading with each passing year. I don’t want to forget, but you are fading —

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    I wonder if some part of his DNA exists somewhere in this place. Did one of those grains of sand touch his toes? Did his peeling sunburned skin fall into the soil …

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    I wonder if some part of his DNA exists somewhere in this place. Did one of those grains of sand touch his toes? Did his peeling sunburned skin fall into the soil …

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    … memories, I do know what you’d say — you are here. Your DNA doesn’t need unearthing in this place. It is already here in me. My blue eyes are your blue eyes viewing all the life you lived and are still living in me.

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    … memories, I do know what you’d say — you are here. Your DNA doesn’t need unearthing in this place. It is already here in me. My blue eyes are your blue eyes viewing all the life you lived and are still living in me.

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    I go home. I make a peanut butter sandwich — our favorite.

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    … If we’re all here prove we care about writing and reading, why the fuck are so many people writing self-help and what I call business self-help?

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    … If we’re all here prove we care about writing and reading, why the fuck are so many people writing self-help and what I call business self-help?

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    …example, recently: I was annoyed by a friend, felt disengaged at work, complained a lot and ordered half a dozen donuts from GrubHub for $18. All of these actions make me feel terrible — I should show compassion for my annoying friend; I sh…

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    …t work, complained a lot and ordered half a dozen donuts from GrubHub for $18. All of these actions make me feel terrible — I should show compassion for my annoying friend; I should be deeply focused at work; I should be …

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    What I realized when I woke up this morning was that my deeply human actions serve as a good reminder of what my values are and what I could stand to improve in my life. None of the behaviors I listed would have bothered me if I didn’t place powerful importance on kind…

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    … her status like candidate one. She didn’t even stop at demonstrating her value like candidate two. She actually created value specifically for him.

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    They use it in the absence of something better. But if you have something better, it trumps the degree immediately. Companies (especially HR departments) aren’t always super creati…

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    …ery much alive and in some cases even still young. (Full disclosure: I was there to see the opener, Dashboard Confessional, but Jenkins and Co. were way, way better.)

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    There’s no shame in nostalgia being the driving factor behind Third Eye Blind’s success and continued existence — few bands last this long without a defined Golden Era to trade upon and constantly relive. But th…

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    …would never occur to someone like Sunstein that it was even possible to find an alternative at all; consensus is the water to a fish. We don’t even know it’s there. Asking Sunstein to consider an alternative to the neoliberal economic consensus would be like asking him to find an alternative to the weather.

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    …ir and efficient, but put in practice needs correcting at the margins to avoid egregious imbalance. Left-neoliberalism therefore defines itself by the degree and nature of interference required to ensure fair outcomes — it is the Affordable Care Act.

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    Yes, capitalism by definition creates inequality; it reproduces inequality and misery through generations based on birth; but people have smartphones and penicillin.”

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    …s expressing itself in spats over details like messaging, and tactics, and emphasis, and personnel. But these skirmishes are getting nasty exactly because there is a big question left unresolved, an elephant in the room, the tackling of which will leave the combatants bloody and with little personal reward or esteem.

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    … white supremacy, and then hope that the conditions of your birth don’t determine your lot in life. Capitalism is the system through which society distributes wealth; it commodifies every aspect of human activity, and determines our individual values — it is the distribution channel that both patriarchy and white supremacy rely on to punish and rew…

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    … challenge. In fact this is something that the left, even left-neoliberals, understand intuitively; the idea that powerful elites stoke social issues” (“cling to their Bible and guns”) to insulate wealth from redistribution is a cornerstone of the liberal worldview. It is not a mistake that rather than turn their attention to capitalism itself, they instinctively …

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    Thinness does not always equal success, no matter how much that message is ingrained in our brains. Thinness might be the result of grieving for a loved one, of being ill, of being too stressed out t…

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    Thinness does not always equal success, no matter how much that message is ingrained in our brains. Thinness might be the result of grieving for a loved one, of being ill, of being too stressed out t…

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    …r country’s teacher preparation programs were on par with the world’s top-performing countries like Singapore and Finland, where admission into teacher education programs is extremely competitive and all the programs are …

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    … universal and rigorous bar that gauges mastery of subject-matter knowledge, much like the bar exam lawyers must take before they can enter the legal profession, and demonstrates competency in how to teach,”…

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    Correction: An earlier version of this essay stated the incorrect answer to the first math problem. The answer is D.

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    All bad writers are in love with the epic.” — Ernest Hemingway

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    Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.” — Isabel Allende

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    Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write.” — Joan Didion

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    A writer’s work is the product of laziness.” — Jorge Luís Borges

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    To make your life being a writer, it’s an auto-slavery … you are both the slave and the task-master.” — Susan Sontang

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    Or maybe for more exposure that would get me more offers to write for free.

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    I live on Social Security, $1205 per month. If I’d been paid one dollar for every read I’ve had on Medium I’d be (in my life)…

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    …t-bro shorthand…some women [treat] loves DFW as synonymous with is one of those motherfuckers’” (hi, it’s me). When conservative Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch cited Wallace in a hearing, The New Republic…

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    …ch a long period that they’ve mutated into deeply felt opinions about Wallace himself: namely, that he was an overly self-aware genius who needed a better editor and that I’d hate his writing.

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    …rallied against multinational beverage corporations, listened to The Mountain Goats, and told me to read Infinite Jest.

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    …e man, but many of my favorite books are about sad white women (The House of Mirth, White Oleander, The Yellow Wallpaper, The Torn Skirt). My issue with many self-indulgent works by white men (the ones I’ve read, the one…

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    Now, the male editor of this website has asked me to read Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and write about it for money. This I can relate to.

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    …f this website has asked me to read Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and write about it for money. This I can relate to.

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    …ing in an essay (as in the interviews, where the hideous men are the only characters we hear from). Either these Wallace-recommending men don’t realize that they’re the hideous men in question, or they think self-awareness is the best anyone could expect from them.

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    …ing in an essay (as in the interviews, where the hideous men are the only characters we hear from). Either these Wallace-recommending men don’t realize that they’re the hideous men in question, or they think self-awareness is the best anyone could expect from them.

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    …). Either these Wallace-recommending men don’t realize that they’re the hideous men in question, or they think self-awareness is the best anyone could expect from them.

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    …s I can tell, men are far less likely to idolize those authors, aspire to their cultural status, or blatantly copy their stylistic idiosyncrasies. More mundanely, I’ve never heard a woman express shock or horror on hearing that a man has never r…

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    It doesn’t get better. These feelings will increase over time. Someday you will break. We thought we were strong too, but we ended up transitioning. Delaying only makes it worse. It was this or suicide. We thought we could keep our transition private, but the need to present publicly became unbearable…

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    … for the rest of my life and living in a way that doesn’t feel at all desirable while bringing down scorn and ridicule on my head in the process.

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    Written in and unedited since 2000.

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    Every door
    was closed to me,
    no woman and no lover,
    to take my hand to comfort me
    to lead my heart to cover.

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    . . . weighed down with a load of designing dependents . . .

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    …female authors don’t have enough vocal proponents. My biggest takeaway from your article will be to recommend more female authors to everyone. If I must, I will do it over, and over, and over, and over, and over again until they finally read…

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William O. Pate II’s quotes, page 2

William O. Pate IiS Quotes, Page 2

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    …female authors don’t have enough vocal proponents. My biggest takeaway from your article will be to recommend more female authors to everyone. If I must, I will do it over, and over, and over, and over, and over again until they finally read…

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    …t being able to make up for it through insurance, long-term disability or any other safety net, and through no lack of trying on my part, barely making ends meet with multiple part-time jobs, numerous failed crowdfunding campaigns, and …

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    P.S. Poverty doesn’t happen due to bad work ethic, mindset or discipline. Case in point: my darling angel father, the hardest working human being I will ever know, spent the…

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    …e having a disability for which SSI welfare benefits hardly makes a difference in monthly expenses (in NYC, rent is the price you pay to compete in hell), exploring entrepreneurship, saving more, spending less, earning more, and creating as many cash f…

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    …e having a disability for which SSI welfare benefits hardly makes a difference in monthly expenses (in NYC, rent is the price you pay to compete in hell), exploring entrepreneurship, saving more, spending less, earning more, and creating as many cash f…

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    …preneurship, saving more, spending less, earning more, and creating as many cash flows as possible. Bills don’t care about any of this.

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    In other words, we hadn’t had enough quality time together.

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    The email is titled Your 1600 Daily,” and on some occasions it even has a subtitle (more on that later).

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    …King’s arc of the moral universe is indeed long, but perhaps it doesn’t bend toward justice at all, just bends.

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    …King’s arc of the moral universe is indeed long, but perhaps it doesn’t bend toward justice at all, just bends.

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    … Thing if he were made out of bratwursts. The church has always been America’s favorite floor show. And it doesn’t matter if Jones is performing or not, frankly, because he probably has no idea if he is or isn’t.

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    There are so many issues Canadians, and other countries, need to sort out and being high, legally, should fall way, way, way down on our list of collective priorities. It’s like a bunch of rowdy, poorly-parented yokels are running this country while we cheer for the right to disconnect from all of it. This is not a step toward freedom. It’s a step to distraction.

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    Is there one thing you focus on for months and/or years? Intensely focus on? If so, you’re much closer to OCD.

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    We talk about how suicide is selfish,’” a friend said to me a few weeks ago. But that means that people who are suicidal but struggling to live are doing something incredibly selfless, every day. Why don’t we talk about that?

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    … that people who wrestle with suicidal ideation pour into staying alive — labor that they engage in not for themselves, for the most part, but because they know how much their deaths would devastate family and friends. There’s not much in the way of resources or aid available to those doing their ultimate best to avo…

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    The majority of people just live, without thinking about not dying. For them, staying alive is sort of like an involuntary muscle, one that expands and contracts at e…

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    Beneath mind’s storm,
    The cacophony of consciousness,
    Within the marrow,
    A quiet intelligence,
    A bureaucracy of cells,
    Communicates,
    Soldiers on,
    Building, mending,
    Detecting, cleansing,
    That I might live
    To think aga…

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    In short, the grey hairs got theirs and don’t care to understand why those younger can’t just do the same thing. They didn’t miss iPhones and laptops, or the rising rents in new urban corridors, but they complete…

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    In short, the grey hairs got theirs and don’t care to understand why those younger can’t just do the same thing. They didn’t miss iPhones and laptops, or the rising rents in new urban corridors, but they complete…

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    … Instead they blame youth today, schools, colleges, foreigners and trade deals, taxes, regulations, but not their neglect and decades of cashing in on their parents’ and grandparents’ labor, and saddling new generations with debt they expected to disappear with voodoo economics.

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    …als today earn 20% less than boomers did when they occupied the same rung of the corporate ladders. Even five years ago, economists got worried that boomers were basically insistent on spending on themselves in their prime earning and golden years to the dire detriment of generations to follow. Yet, blowing off years of expert reports pointing out their economic parasitosis of younger generat…

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    …to take it out on someone in what has long become a vicious circle of chronic gratuitous assholism; they do it because your being different is a threat to the validity of their decision to conform; they do it because they’re frustrated; they do it because they, in turn, feel the need to pry on th…

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    A 2005 study suggested that increased demands of decision-making and visual processing” in text with links reduced reading comprehension — a challenge we face every day as we try to parse the web’s infinite information.

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    …. a dollop of creme and a bit more sugar in the coffee. hours spent peeling the paint from a table. the urge to create overridden by the ease of stagnation.

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    WE’RE A MERITOCRACY

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    …stake. I’m not a painter, I’m a writer. I make mistakes while writing. I make changes as a painter. Or I apply more paint. One can’t apply more words to fix” a problem. Indeed, applying more words to make a change often results in something less than that with which …

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    Knowing that time is more valuable than money, why don’t more people ask for more time off or the ability to work remotely instead of a raise?

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    …ing user names as real” or fake.” In one culture — comprising the majority of the training data — real names might be short and common, while in another they might be long and unique. As a result, the classic machine learning objective of good performance on average,” may actually …

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    …t the risk of stating the obvious—it’s because data of this sort brings up issues regarding ethics, privacy, bias, fairness, and inclusion. In turn, these issues make people uncomfortable because, at least a…

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    We Call It Heat Lightning

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    I am one of those people who has The Sims but spent all of their time building houses — except for that time I built a house with no door and placed a replica of someone I was mad at in it until he wet himself repeatedly and then died. I still feel guilty about that. I tell myself that I only did it to see what would happen in the ga…

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    But in the end, if I live to be an old lady who spent the bulk of her life making lots of stuff that no one ever bought, living a life full of making things that meant something to me, making things that brought me joy, making things that constantly taught me about myself and the world, making things that fed my curiosity and helped me grow, and making things that allowed me to live in that transcendent flow state of mind for as much as possible, while STILL providing for myself?

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    I’d say that would be a pretty successful life.

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    …….) Instead, he took the easy road and made any exploration of what being an outsider really means. By putting me on the spot, he silenced me, tokenized me, othered me, and created a situation where anything I could say would be simply adding to my outsider status. I was already different”, and he called attention to my difference, rather than turning the attention to the system that made me that way.

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    …kered important introductions and vouched for your work. They bragged about living in Brooklyn even though they whitewashed the borough where I grew up with their faux grit, expensive eyewear, F-train polemics, and dog-eared copies of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, The Corrections, Infinite Jest —anything written by a Jonathan or a Dave.

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    …d Theory of Guy Fieri, the Guy From Smash Mouth, and the Guy From Insane Clown Posse Being the Same Person (and/or Clones)

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    Here comes the truth: NO, they didn’t, NO, it didn’t, and, NO, it only made me see that daily blogging is the fastest way to becoming a lousy writer I’d rather not be.

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    …fore the experiment, and it had nothing to do with how often I blogged (about six times per month). What mattered most was the content, where I published it, and a host of other factors and algorithms I have little or no control over.…

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    …fore the experiment, and it had nothing to do with how often I blogged (about six times per month). What mattered most was the content, where I published it, and a host of other factors and algorithms I have little or no control over.…

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    Why did this happen in only two weeks? I guess I wasn’t able to continuously produce posts of the quality high enough to satisfy my readers at such a maddening pace. I was running out of steam, and my writing had more grammatical errors. For the first time, my rea…

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    The truth is, it takes time to produce high-quality posts. You cannot and should not rush the process. The readers prefer to get a few good stories a month t…

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    …ce they are so focused on the idea of having to post daily, this leaves them with no time to think. So they write whatever just to be able to hit the publish’ button by the end of the day.

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    Bukowski wrote about what he knew, the desperate lonely men in their apartments and rented rooms. The perpetual bachelors. The drifters from menial job to menial job. The barflys. The alimony groaners. The fathers who haven’t seen their son in…it must be…five years now? The unpromoted for six years. The regular faces at the bar. The college drop outs. The family failures unmentionable at Christmas. The dreamers with a new get rich scheme every week. The embarrassing uncles. The two sentence obituaries in the local newspapers. Paul Davis, 64. Mr Davis worked at Car-u-Rite for seven years as an administrator. He lived in Los Angeles for twenty years”. The van drivers. The carpet salesmen. The fifteen-year-old car owners. The obsessive sports fans.

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    …ed, not only because it is my birthday today, but also because I am announcing the first release of HiddenWallet, which I believe is a major step down the road of making Bitcoin anonymous again.

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    Getting more women, more people of colour, more trans people and more disabled people presenting at conferences is important, but it’s an interim step. It’s accepting that powerful people are the …

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    … technology and care about diversity and inclusion, then as well as all the things you know about — hiring inclusively, addressing your cognitive bias, not encouraging people to have sex at work, and organising better …

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    I can’t promise I’ll always be here. I can’t swear I’ll never leave. I can’t assure him I won’t break his heart or otherwise fuck him over, and it seems like we don’t do that sort of thing to people we love.

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    I can’t promise I’ll always be here. I can’t swear I’ll never leave. I can’t assure him I won’t break his heart or otherwise fuck him over, and it seems like we don’t do that sort of thing to people we love.

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    William Patterson, originally father of three, but now of two, said, We had to leave the weakest behind. It was a no brainer. My youngest, Zack, and my mother-i…

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    … the house — it’s about the trees, the drive, the time, the space, which nobody else has ever seen. He gets things I don’t share with any others, but sort of rejects them and then gets grabby about not seeing enough.” And that’s hard.

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    … the house — it’s about the trees, the drive, the time, the space, which nobody else has ever seen. He gets things I don’t share with any others, but sort of rejects them and then gets grabby about not seeing enough.” And that’s hard.

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    Why your design team should hire a writer

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    Politicians are almost certainly useless at driving an economy. In fact the only people worse than politicians are central bankers and their lackey economists. Politicians are at least partially grounded in reality because they have to get elected.

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    …in Holland in the 1600s to the stock market bubble in the 1920s to the housing bubble in the 2000s. Future generations are exceptionally good at repeating past mistakes. Even if we focus just on the Fed’s official dual mandate, financial crises can cause very high unem…

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    Every day at school I see the cleaning lady. If I had to start over at zero, I would be more than happy to go out and get a job like hers.

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    … is by maximizing AI for efficient distribution of assets and management in nonlinear complexities. In effect we need to remove our species from much of our administration while retaining our essential abilities in creativity and innovation. The problem to me is our evolutionary inability to manage without emotion based failure. We always …

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    …it can be demonstrated that markets fail to provide the needed goods or services or fail to meet an important societal goal.

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    …it can be demonstrated that markets fail to provide the needed goods or services or fail to meet an important societal goal.

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    According to Brenda, her religious and political leanings required personal responsibility” — including responsibility for one’s mood…

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    I think what bothered me most about the letter is that Brenda has a degree in psychology and is teaching psychology in college now. I wonder what her students are learning from her.

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    …atter which side of the political spectrum you came down on. There was a recognition that even with governmental safety nets and economic prosperity, there were limits as to what one should and could expect from the governme…

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    Talk to the government, they are the ones who gave away the store and asked me to pay for it, so you could have a bigger b…

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    …ble to leave the welfare rolls and other forms of dependency and have productive, family-sustaining jobs.

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    …A, an afterthought? He tells me there’s no one else, he’s not mad, he’s just really comfortable and doesn’t know if he’ll ever change. Essentially, this is how it’s going to be. I feel dull shock at how forward he’s being about his r…

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    If the traditional American Dream is defined by potential for success, mine is defined by the avoidance of failure. I don’t see my life in terms of success” vs mediocrity”. I see only security” and insecurity”. …

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    I barely wear makeup, cut my hair like once a year, and wear the same outfit (jeans and solid, fitted cotton tanks) like…

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    Again, its pretty easy: be sane. Don’t be insane.

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    …ere to put your efforts when it comes to marriage material, you’re almost always better off being a sane-as-fuck 7 than a crazy 9.

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    If you want to chalk it up as boring,” I mean… you do you. But I will happily take a little boredom if I what I get back is the same exa…

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    …iscussion assignments. The thing is, I do enjoy researching anything into the Earth, especially for law related classes because I want the answer that will save my fake client and create a case that is irrefutable, yet …

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    …t come back on. Once you start getting to a certain level of comfort, there’s no going back to but how does she keep her skin so soft??” moisturizer mystique.

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    …wer, listening for when you turn it off and then painstakingly slick the water from your body so as to keep your towel as dry as possible. (Sometimes I imagine you angrily eying my wet towel, hanging to dry, as you do this, like who is …

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    …lugs I’ve been clutching to silence out your snores, and then flip over more or less onto my belly. (Regardless of which direction I go, it always feels like I went the long way.)

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    …nd actually develop a cogent and rational response. This unhinged irrational projectile hatred that William O. Pate II and Ivanka Veznek are such fangirls over just doesn’t cut it.

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    To a large extent, power to these people means something more like: having the upper hand, having final say, never being ma…

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    …o force your way into woman only spaces. Some of us want vagina woman only spaces and thats ok too. Especially when rewriting bathroom laws leaves us open to predators.

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    I will call you by your pronoun, I will fight for your right for safety, surgery, trans safe spaces and even trans- inclusory women’s spaces, but you also have to be ok with me wanting my language and my cis only spaces. Its hypocritical if you don’t. We are both facing struggles, and I cannot imagine what you are going through, but you cant imagine my reality either.

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    …es and ability to access vital services — and while you cry out that our rights as women are under (at this point largely hypothetical) attack, legislatures all around the country are trying to make it illegal for me to pee in the sam…

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    Despite the fact that our generals wanted him to work out a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government so we could leave troops there, Obama wanted political credit for getting all our troops out of the country and he didn’t much car…

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    … those horrors combined will pale to the long-term damage to this country Obama has caused with his reckless spending. But more frightening is that he unleashed the genie from the nuclear weapons bottle in the Middle …

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    …ecades. As one member wrote, his Order lost a strong argument” for recruiting new members when the government started providing similar services.
     
    But government does not just compete with civil society in the material realm, through the provis…

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    Government crowds out civic groups by competing with them to perform similar social functions. Robbed of purpose by a competitor they cannot outspend, these civic groups wither, leaving behind a…

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    …ination of roads might not have been necessary to help spark the Industrial Revolution; that is, it might have been possible for such standardization to emerge through purely private actions (in much the s…

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    …lity of markets. Yes, markets can result in homogeneity; but the market process is also a driver of creative experimentation and innovation. Too much bland standardization, and markets provide incentives for entrepreneurs to create product…

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    …rning! More specifically, it isn’t about learning how to learn. It’s about learning how to conform. Predictability is the ultimate goal.

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    …lly thought to be higher than any other country at the time, but it was still way below the current 99%.

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    …with shouting at our opponents in all caps on Twitter, but living in community with others requires good manners.
     
    A renewed focus on local governance would also encourage innovation in public policy. States are…

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    Fighting over chores is fucking stupid

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    … recent data science conference, the keynote address seemed to set the atmosphere of the room— that data science is the best thing to ever happen to an organization and that other outdated” analytical methods are just getting in the way. As much as I believe in the merits of big data and machine learning, I refuse to believe that data science is the silver bullet solution to all the world’s problems, especially not in the policy space.

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    …ss are interdisciplinary and complex. People have been working on these issues for generations, and we should aim to learn about the historical, legal, socioeconomic underpinnings of the policy area in question before presenting a data science solution. The nuances of reality are difficult to capture in words, not to mention models, so the best we can…

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    …de. So what” questions are often hardest to answer: How is data science helpful in this situation? What inherent assumptions and biases will be built into the model? Who will use it, and what will they do with it? Whose lives will be impacted by the outcome? Only …

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    Data science is a privilege

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    Don’t be a regular. Most bartenders would rather keep their regulars than sleep with you. Don’t shit where you eat.

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    … but unconditional love and support for all of his dumb undertakings, including but not limited to: adult D&D, adult skateboarding, adult hopscotch, and animal porn.

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    Now there’s no need for all that rigmarole. Just highlight any sentence on Medium and click the tweet button. We’ll build you a pretty screenshot and pop open a tweet box in which you can insert your witty observation. Give it a try!

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    Love is letting. Love has no leash. Love is loose. Love has a wide berth.

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    …at tickles at the edge of their tongues — yet they don’t quite know what to call it. I’ve called it late-stage capitalism and this resonated with hundreds of thousands when I wrote about it last year. The depth and tenor …

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    …it possible for the first time since the birth of civilizations to coordinate with transparency and trust at larger scales of society. Yet we remain divided into political tribes, fighting amongst each oth…

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    I can assure you sir, the credit reporting machine does not lie and it is never wrong. He tilted his head in the same angle at which the paper had been deployed. And you madam,” With a …

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    Millennials are Tired of Watching Old People Double Down on Batshit and Evil

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Who is the government, again?

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