Includes short overview of the development of “qualified immunity” which started in the late 1980s. granting many government officials and police broad extra-powers over citizens. For more information on Qualified Immunity and its history starting in 1982: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/qualified_immunity As Mike Pompeo convenes a group to change what “unalienable rights” means, there is a strong probability that citizens will have less soon, further widening the gap. Follow this carefully.

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I read Pinker’s “Language Instinct” in the 1990s and as long as I overlooked his obsession with “hard-wired”, it was pretty good stuff … but… …as the years went on, I started to realize he REALLY believes that hard-wired stuff and found that he was anti-connectionism. Now, I know the downsides of EXCESSIVE connectionism (singularity) which I stay away from but he was way too far in the opposite direction with far more in common with Chomsky’s linguistics than he may even notice…. and THEN…. …i started noticing his politics. Oh lord, who IS STEVEN PINKER? The more he strayed from linguistics and into politics, opinions about gender and evolution and purpose and the “society today – everything’s great except for those who think it’s not” attitude, I realized “I had no idea what this guy’s about”. So now this. Am I surprised that he’s a myth away from Jordan Peterson and a rape’s only sex away from “just a smidgen of pedophilia can’t hurt you” Dawkins? Not now. And the whole, “Everybody hates me for controversy which means I’m right” attitude’s getting stale. I’m a nobody. But watching a potential hero crash slowly was a weird experience for 25 years. Rewriting his own history is probably the saddest bit here but his tenure’s secure and his base is solid. He doesn’t need defending. But it confirms for me that I should’ve paid more attention to his hard-wired stance. It would’ve saved me an awful lot of little surprises.

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No. What I mean is: facilities have always been in place. Fewer have been crossing since a peak in 2010 if I remember right – and that was due to a different situation at that time. What has happened since what’s-his-face (not Trump but that other guy) announced zero tolerance? THAT’S when the crisis began.

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West Virginia has always been Union Democrat. But, desperate and ignored for a while, they hitched a failed ride with 2nd Term Reagan, went back to Democrat, more or less stayed, and hitched a desperate ride with Republican and then Trump too, to more disappointments. The great underground mining city between China and USA that’ll pretty much end up going under ALL of W. Va is a thing that’s not stopping for Trump or whoever comes next after he’s ancient history. W. Va is simply screwed and it’s been for a long time.

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Found this while looking at my library’s e-books: History of medical imaging, from X-Ray in 1896 (which was immediately accepted and adopted without question) to all of X-Ray’s daughters that we use today. Saw a few pages and I *know* I’ll thoroughly enjoy reading this. It’s something I’ve been curious about for a long time and this writer is approachable in her style. [hopefully my library at home access allows me to get it through legit means]

Found this while looking

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