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  1. His divorced parents probably spend their time on their iphones and trashing each other.
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    Lawyer sets himself on fire to decry pollution

    He acknowledged it himself in his letter.
  3. Prominent Lawyer in Fight for Gay Rights Dies After Setting Himself on Fire in Prospect Park By JEFFERY C. MAYS APRIL 14, 2018 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/nyregion/david-buckel-dead-fire.html A lawyer nationally known for being a champion of gay rights died after setting himself on fire in Prospect Park in Brooklyn early Saturday morning and leaving a note exhorting people to lead less selfish lives as a way to protect the planet, the police said. The remains of the lawyer, David S. Buckel, 60, were found near Prospect Park West in a field near baseball diamonds and the main loop used by joggers and bikers. Mr. Buckel left a note in a shopping cart not far from his body and also emailed it to several news media outlets, including The New York Times. Mr. Buckel was the lead attorney in Brandon v. County of Richardson, in which a Nebraska county sheriff was found liable for failing to protect Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Falls City, Neb. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Mr. Teena in the 1999 movie “Boys Don’t Cry.” While serving as marriage project director and senior counsel at Lambda Legal, a national organization that fights for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Mr. Buckel was the strategist behind important same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa. Friends said that after he left the organization, Mr. Buckel became involved in environmental causes, which he alluded to in his note as the reason he decided to end his life by self-immolation with fossil fuels. “Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather,” he wrote in the email sent to The Times. “Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.” In his note, which was received by The Times at 5:55 a.m., Mr. Buckel discussed the difficulty of improving the world even for those who make vigorous efforts to do so. Privilege, he said, was derived from the suffering of others. “Many who drive their own lives to help others often realize that they do not change what causes the need for their help,” Mr. Buckel wrote, adding that donating to organizations was not enough. Noting that he was privileged with “good health to the final moment,” Mr. Buckel said he wanted his death to lead to increased action. “Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death,” he wrote. The police said Mr. Buckel was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. in what they said was a suicide. Susan Sommer, a former attorney for Lambda Legal who is now the general counsel for the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, said Mr. Buckel was “one of the architects of the freedom to marry and marriage equality movement.” “He deserves tremendous thanks for recognizing this was in many ways at the heart of what it meant to be gay for many Americans and making it a priority,” she said. “I learned so much from him about the emotional center of what it means for a gay person not to be able to have all the protections for the person they love and that it’s worth fighting for.” Catherine Varous, a neighbor of Mr. Buckel’s, said he was very active in gardening, and together they worked on the Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition. She said she often saw Mr. Buckel and his partner at the Park Slope Food Co-op and a farmer’s market. “He was the quieter of the two,” she said, referring to Mr. Buckel. “He was definitely more serious.” Amy Orr, a kindergarten teacher who lives in the neighborhood, was out for her regular weekend jog at about 6:25 a.m. when she saw police officers standing over something that was smoldering. She said she first “thought it was a pile of garbage because of the shopping cart” but then she saw the outline of a human body. Runners and bicyclists continued to pass. But as more police officers and firefighters gathered, they all looked “dumbfounded,” Ms. Orr said. “Nobody could believe it.” By 11 a.m., the authorities had removed Mr. Buckel’s body, leaving a blackened patch and a circular indentation around which parks officials placed two orange cones. The grim scene stood in stark contrast to the rest of the park, which brimmed with activity. Several youth baseball games continued nearby and participants in PurpleStride, a walk dedicated to ending pancreatic cancer, strode along the bike path with runners and joggers. The field where Mr. Buckel died would ordinarily be filled with activity, too. Warren Beishir, a graphic designer, said it was used for volleyball, soccer and barbecuing. Mr. Beishir sat across from the field under a tree with his wife, Susan Stawicki, their 2-year-old daughter and their neighbors. They live across from the park and were awakened by sirens and flashing lights. “How do you do that to yourself? It’s a terrible way to go, and I don’t want to think about it after today,” Mr. Beishir said. “I hope they are at peace,” Ms. Stawicki said.
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    Is MDNA tour her best ever?

    The best one? That wouldn't explain all the downcast, dispirited people after the show The set list was a mess, and almost the whole show was dubbed. There were some great performances though. But it pales in comparison to other tours like the GS or DW, or Confessions, which are much more artistic, to me anyway. MDNA certainly is more flashy, but it lacked an emotional connection.
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    MASS Brawl at Ascot.

    there's a horse-racing world? Wow.
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    Lawyer sets himself on fire to decry pollution

    I don't think his family will take great comfort in that. To me, he was ideologically possessed and in a downward spiral of madness. I see nothing to admire about what he did. It's a horrible tragedy.
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    Tracey Thorn new album out now !

    Wow, I love Queen! Temperamental was my "first love" album. nice flashback for me here.
  8. I can certainly see why one could think that. I find it riveting, because I do have taste.
  9. Only one of my favorite bands ever. Dummy is a wonderful album. It always resonated with me very strongly, and I only saw them live once, years later, in 2013 maybe. They are a true talent. It was an incredible show. They did one of Dummy's best songs, Wandering Star, which they did every show of that tour I think.
  10. September 8th release
  11. Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents Kevin Hong By Rachel Botsman Saturday 21 October 2017 On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System". In the way of Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy and rather dry affair, but it contained a radical idea. What if there was a national trust score that rated the kind of citizen you were? Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not). It's not hard to picture, because most of that already happens, thanks to all those data-collecting behemoths like Google, Facebook and Instagram or health-tracking apps such as Fitbit. But now imagine a system where all these behaviours are rated as either positive or negative and distilled into a single number, according to rules set by the government. That would create your Citizen Score and it would tell everyone whether or not you were trustworthy. Plus, your rating would be publicly ranked against that of the entire population and used to determine your eligibility for a mortgage or a job, where your children can go to school - or even just your chances of getting a date. A futuristic vision of Big Brother out of control? No, it's already getting underway in China, where the government is developing the Social Credit System (SCS) to rate the trustworthiness of its 1.3 billion citizens. The Chinese government is pitching the system as a desirable way to measure and enhance "trust" nationwide and to build a culture of "sincerity". As the policy states, "It will forge a public opinion environment where keeping trust is glorious. It will strengthen sincerity in government affairs, commercial sincerity, social sincerity and the construction of judicial credibility." for the rest: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/chinese-government-social-credit-score-privacy-invasion
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    China will rate its citizens

    I have a certain fondness for opinionated Brits with big guns.
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    China will rate its citizens

    So he's your number one? I get it.
  14. CzarnaWisnia

    China will rate its citizens

    That's fine. To finally be complete, I just need to find a 04. You busy tonight?
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    China will rate its citizens

    I find a 07 is often underrated in other key areas, like cooking or holding doors.
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    China will rate its citizens

    Damn, I don't like the sight of those zeroes. Oh well, only 93 points more to perfection. Gotta have goals.
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    China will rate its citizens

    From Doting to Doxxing: A History of Madonna Fan Boards. An Unlikely Romance.
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    China will rate its citizens

    We should pay hommage to this upcoming new world utopia, sure to raise both awareness and some much needed obedience, by rating each other here on MNation.
  19. Lawmaker who led #MeToo push accused of firing aide who wouldn't play spin the bottle by Kristine Phillips, February 20, Washington Post California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, one of the leading voices behind the #MeToo movement, is facing accusations that she sexually harassed staffers — including one who said she fired him after he refused to play a game of spin the bottle with her. David John Kernick, a former field representative for Garcia, said the Democratic lawmaker from Southern California approached him after a 2014 fundraiser at a whiskey bar and suggested that they play spin the bottle in her hotel room, according to a complaint filed Saturday with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Kernick said he was written up for insubordination after he questioned the appropriateness of Garcia’s suggestion and was fired two days later. The complaint also says that it was “extremely stressful” working for Garcia, who represents Bell Gardens, Calif., and holds numerous leadership positions in the state legislature. “Ms. Garcia was very disparaging to the staff and others, used vulgar language, discussed topics inappropriate for the workplace and showed herself to be very vindictive in nature,” the complaint says. Kernick’s complaint is the latest in a series of sexual misconduct allegations against Garcia, who has denied that she behaved inappropriately “Over the last weeks, there have been several claims accusing me of inappropriate conduct in my role as a California State legislator. In each case, these accusations are simply not true and are inconsistent with my personal value system and how I seek to conduct myself as an elected official,” Garcia said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I believe these accusations are part of a concerted effort to discredit my person and record as a legislator.” The allegations began to surface on Feb. 8, when Politico reported on another former staffer’s accusation that Garcia had groped him. Daniel Fierro told The Washington Post’s Derek Hawkins that Garcia approached him after an assembly softball game in 2014, squeezed his buttocks and tried to touch his crotch. He said Garcia was visibly intoxicated. Fierro, who was 25 at the time, did not report the incident because he worried about the long-term consequences of accusing the powerful lawmaker of misconduct. Garcia heads the Legislative Women’s Caucus and also chairs the assembly’s Natural Resources Committee. But in January, Fierro reported the incident to his former boss, state Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), who referred the matter to the assembly panel that is now investigating Garcia. On Wednesday, attorney Dan Gilleon unveiled new sexual harassment allegations from four anonymous former staffers during a news conference on the steps of the state capitol in Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reported. The former staffers alleged that Garcia talked about her sex life in front of employees; drank alcohol at work; and told staffers that they were expendable, Gilleon told The Post. Gilleon said his clients decided to come forward after Fierro went public with his allegations in January. He also said he is prepared to take legal action if there is any retaliation against his clients. “They decided to come out not for themselves … but also to let everybody know what it was really like working for her,” Gilleon said. “Had Fierro not come out, my clients would not have talked.” One of those clients is Kernick, who revealed his identity in the newly filed complaint. Garcia has taken a voluntary, unpaid leave of absence and said she will address each of the allegations after the investigation is closed. On Wednesday, she wrote on Facebook: “I will add that in order for legislators to accomplish all we want for the people of our districts and the people of California, we need talented staff who feel empowered to do their work. … I am confident I have consistently treated my staff fairly and respectfully.” In her statement, Garcia said someone had hired a private investigator in an effort to smear her reputation. Tenants at properties she owns reported to her last November that the private investigator had knocked on their doors asking questions about her ethics as a landlord, Garcia said. Former staffers also told her that they had received calls from the investigator asking if she was an abusive boss, or whether they would believe allegations that Garcia had committed a sexual misconduct and had problems with alcohol, she said. (...) Garcia was also among the dozens of “silence breakers” featured by Time magazine in December. “The Silence Breakers,” or those who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment, are Time’s Person of the Year for 2017. “I didn’t know I was part of the story. That I was pictured and added to a timeline of this reckoning. It’s an awkwardly humbling experience, but I am proud of this work and the company I am in,” Garcia tweeted in response to her inclusion. She used the hashtags #MeToo and #WeSaidEnough. Garcia also was a strong critic of male colleagues who had been accused of sexual misconduct. “I believe the victims who’ve broken their silence on the actions of Mendoza & Dababneh,” Garcia tweeted in December, referring to state Sen. Tony Mendoza and Assemblyman Matt Dababneh. “They have nothing to gain and everything to lose. Let alone it’s multiple victims who’ve come forward. Both members should resign.” Mendoza (D-Artesia) was accused of making sexual advances toward three interns. Dababneh (D-Encino), who has since resigned, was accused of sexually assaulting a lobbyist. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/02/19/lawmaker-who-led-metoo-push-invited-staffer-to-play-spin-the-bottle-complaint-says/?utm_term=.fa89cf185bde
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    Another day. Another mass shooting in America.

    The Trump Deterrent in Action caption: "It's just me! I dropped my ruler!!"
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    songs with a KILLER beat

  22. I hope Goop takes this up. "Diarrhetic cleanse"
  23. ^^ there are holes around his t-shirt
  24. This Hotel person makes the world suddenly seem hopeful and bright. And that girl... yikes! Shameless!
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    Sad Songs