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Democracy 2.0: technology can improve how we elect leaders

Political distances among contacts of Moroccan nationalists between 1930-1950
The system we use to elect our leader was designed before we had electric lighting, much less computers and advanced communication systems. Sure, we've tinkered around the edges to improve things with technology (mostly with electronic vote-recording and vote-counting system that have been complete disasters), but what about the system itself? With computers and the internet, we could be much more scientific and rational about the way we actually decide on a leader.
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Kill them! Kill them all!

An Eyewitness Account of the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre by François Dubois
"Kill them!" screamed Charles, "Kill them all!!" He was twenty-two years old. He was King of France. And it was late at night, he was tired and angry, and he feared for his mother's life. His mother, Catherine, had been desperately trying to hold together a country where religious tensions had been mounting for years. But we all know it is impossible to legislate tolerance.
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The problem with calling things “offensive” (Facebook Video)

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I've started something new. I've posted a quick, 90-second video to Facebook. It's just me talking to the camera: simple, very little editing, some of my quick off-the-cuff thoughts about people calling things "offensive". I'm seeing more and more people do short videos in this format, and I like the idea of adding this for a little variety. So follow me on Facebook, check out these videos, and let me know what you think.
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My thoughts on Killing an Arab

Killing an Arab promotinal poster, The Cure
The song "Killing an Arab" by The Cure is an homage to the existential novel L'Étranger (The Stranger) by Albert Camus. The original novel is a classic, read by many a high school student in Advanced Placement English classes and many a freshman philosophy student in college. It is a complicated story of a man who is detached and seemingly incapable of feeling emotion. But, then there's that issue with the title....
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Did I deal with this beggar correctly?

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I was heading into Walgreens when a woman with two small children approached me. "Sir? Sir... can you help?" Her voice was raspy, and she had a piece of paper that she held out to me. In small, shaky script was a story about her children being sick and her having lost her job. I don't remember all of the details. I said, "I don't have any cash." She replied, "Please sir, we are hungry... we just need food. Maybe some diapers." So I told her to follow me into the store.
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What feminism got right and wrong, in the 60’s and today

1976 News Story about what feminism got right and wrong in the 1960's
My aunt Rosemarie celebrated her 80th birthday recently, and dozens of family members spanning three generations gathered to celebrate and reminisce with her. Somewhere in the three days of stories about family antics, Rosmarie's professional accomplishments, and her love for attractive gentlemen, I learned that she was also on the front lines of early feminist activism. There were great stories about some of her early battles in feminism in the 60's and 70's; but even more interesting were her opinions about what feminism has gotten right, and what it has gotten wrong...
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Your self help book is problematic

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
This is how conservatives avoid taking good advice: "You can't tell me what to do! Muh freedom!" This is how liberals avoid taking good advice: "How dare you degrade me by implying that I'm not perfect the way I am! Oppressor!" Knee-jerk reactions only get in the way of your own growth, but they are something we all do from time to time. What are some of the things you do that keep yourself from considering good advice?
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