The Election-Rigging Conspiracy

Facing nearly certain defeat at the polls, and unwilling to acknowledge his own weaknesses as a candidate, Donald Trump has raised the spectre of a rigged election. Trump's mental surrogate Scott Adams is confident this will happen.

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Weekend Reads 10/22/16

The Great Republican Revolt

The angriest and most pessimistic people in America are the people we used to call Middle Americans. Middle-class and middle-aged; not rich and not poor; people who are irked when asked to press 1 for English, and who wonder how white male became an accusation rather than a description.

'Planet Nine' Can't Hide Much Longer, Scientists Say

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Eight Degrees of Giving

Some nine hundred years ago, Jewish scholar Moses Maimonides idenified eight levels of charity. Giving of ourselves is good, but only insofar as we try to respect and preserve the dignity of the recipient. Charity, according to Maimonides, could be money or other forms of assistance.

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Pity the Sad Rich White Cartoonist

Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams has become a target. In his blog Adams laments, "Late last week my Twitter feed was invaded by an army of Clinton trolls (it’s a real thing) leaving sarcastic insults and not much else on my feed."

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Weekend Reads 10/8/16

Beer Company Develops Edible Six-Pack Rings That Feed, Rather Than Kill, Marine Life

The rings are created from beer by-products during the brewing process, such as barley and wheat, and are completely safe for humans and fish to eat. In addition, the invention is 100% biodegradable and compostable.

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Partisan Economics

Steve Benen, writing for the Rachel Maddow blog, boasts about deficit reduction in Barack Obama's presidency. Responding to Republican criticism that the deficit is "out of control", Benen asserts, "Keep in mind, in the Obama era, the deficit has shrunk by $1 trillion."

But has it, really?

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Weekend Reads 10/1/16

What Happened When I Moved My Company To A 5-Hour Workday

In exchange, though, I had a big ask: I needed each of my team members to be twice as productive as the average worker. We had a high bar of productivity to clear before this, and that didn't change. I told them they just needed to figure out how to do it all in just five hours now—but there'd be support: we'd all need to figure it out and were in this together.

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Gil Fulbright, the Honest Politician

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Weekend Reads 9/24/16

What It's Like To Quit Your Job To Be A Competitive Drone Racer

Finding practice space can be difficult. Pilots sometimes practice in abandoned, graffitied warehouses, factories or other buildings — in part for the dramatic footage — or parks when they're not crowded. Zachry Thayer, one pilot at the DR1 race, said he was from California but recently moved to Colorado with another pilot, in part because the airspace was less crowded.

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