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Nostalgia is the most potent of drugs. Getting only stronger with time.

Hanukkah-timed news
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Report: Mossad Agent Infiltrated Hezbollah's Upper Echelons

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/188736#.VJciIF4AMC

According to the latest dramatic report, the Mossad infiltrator had managed to climb the ranks within Hezbollah to become the deputy head of the terrorist group's "foreign operations apparatus", known as Unit 910.

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Heartless is a Scandinavian show about teenage life-force vampires.

Everything about that description makes me utterly convinced that it is going to be unrelentingly depressing.

Why the fuck do I do these things to myself?
... ah, yes. The procrastination of actual work. I remember now.

Question of the month
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How many times can I rewatch Guardians of the Galaxy, before I get sick of it?

Stay tuned, America.

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Shit, if this Marco Polo thing is setting the standard for Netflix original programming, the rest of the TV-verse better step up its game.

Also, presumably, bodes well for the MCU shows about to hit the air. Good. Because, I am increasingly skeptical about Agent Carter. Hopefully wrongly so. But AoS also had all the ingredients for being a badass of a series. And yet here we are.

US Dept of Justice Report on Sexual Assault Among College Age Females, 1995-2013
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http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/rsavcaf9513.pdf

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Lost Girl is coming back tonight for, presumably, the last season. Sadly declined from the peak but still.

And The Librarians! Man, I hope that doesn't suck...


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American journalism just keeps covering itself with glory: The Rolling Stone edition.

Do they still teach about avoiding confirmation bias, before hiring reporters or editors, or has that been consigned to the dustbin of history and our reactionary past? Or, for that matter. about the investigative part of the investigative journalism?

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So far the three most constructive things I've seen happening in Ferguson (or as consequence of)

1. The final nail in the argument to equip cops with body cameras. It's not ideal on any number of levels, but at least from the 'surveillance state' pov - it's been a lost debate ever since cell phones came equipped with the video cameras. And since it's apparently beyond our capabilities as a state to educate our police force that no, it's not, in fact, illegal for citizens to video tape them - we may as well wire them all up.

2. The effort by the St. Louis Tea Party and various kickstarter type organizations to put together a fund for the local businesses burned out/looted during the riots.

3. Oathkeepers providing training for the Ferguson locals. Much like (2) this addresses the long-term consequences. Without outside funding the economic structure (already pretty sparse) and the middle class (same-same) will flee and Ferguson becomes essentially irreclaimable. Given the dynamic between the locals and the cops, it's likely that both will be be very wary about police presence in the neighborhood in the near future. Absent some sort of self-run alternative, you will get explosion in criminality (you already see that to a great degree, as the looters from outside the neighborhood converge to take advantage of the vacuum in the law enforcement environment) negating any potential rebuilding efforts and creating the same self-reinforcing negative spiral.

Personally, I am pretty pessimistic though, as far as the future of this specific zipcode goes. I suspect that you will have demographic re-framing, as those who can - get out and those who can't get stuck in the situation that will mostly likely keep spiraling downward economically and socially. Microcosm of Detroit or Baltimore, basically.

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1. I was always pretty lukewarm toward both, with a slight edge of hostile annoyance going toward Star Trek. Abrams converted me on the latter, so I am willing to give him a lot of slack with this whole Star Wars thing.

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It should be glaringly self-evident at this point, but I'll say it anyway. Now that I've mastered this whole screen-capture thing, the internet is pretty much screwed.

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