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"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?"

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We're on the same page. I'm actually thinking about writing an Op-ed. My local paper and its audience is heavily Democrat, so I would be preaching to the choir. But what about another paper? I can still try to go for the Baltimore Sun, the paper with the highest likelihood of acceptance since I'm a hometown boy and its a 2nd tier paper. But what about the WSJ or NYTimes, for example? All their guidelines mandate the submission be exclusive to their publication, so it's a single bet.

What do you think? NB: I don't intend this as my only effort but as a complement.

    Fun fact: The NEAH got $149m last year, or $30m less than Ivanka sleeping in NY will cost us yearly.

The country signed itself up for a complete kleptocracy. And not just the sheer expense of the Trumps' jet-setting and security detail, but also the fact that he surrounds himself at Mar-a-Lago with the stakeholders in industries his policies will demonstrably affect. A little flattery Donald's way and he, as a matter of his only principle, will reward those closest to him.

And Republican Congressmen can't be counted on to do anything to check Trump preemptively since they'll be destroyed in their district's primary by an opponent running on Trump's coattails. Thus in my mind, the only question is how bad will it have to get before a tipping point is reached and the country demands Trump's ass. I posted something on the night of the election (feeling guilty later for somehow jinxing the outcome, silly as that sounds). And it was Americans will always do the right thing… after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives. I was wrong then. Now I wonder if it'll ever come to pass before an irreparable amount of damage is done.

In the meantime, so long AmeriCorps. Which--not that anyone here doubts the esteem in which I hold the program--changes lives, costs the tiniest fraction of the budget, and provides an important source of willing labor doing work the market doesn't find profitable. And also worth noting, the program provides the increasingly important function of mixing disparate populations from those so-called balkanized realities that practically everyone agrees is accelerating how quickly to-hell-in-a-handbasket and useless our political discourse has become.

Baltimore is no greener than big ol' Denver.

HAVE FUN! Eagerly awaiting selfies

"SPLC loses the plot" indeed.

I went over to the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Journalist's Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremist's" entry for Maajid Nawaz. Tabling all else that Nawaz brings up in his article, the Law Center's reasons for labeling him an anti-Muslim extremist seem to set the bar very low for being labeled an anti-Muslim extremist. Sharing an image of Mohammed should count towards his own stated goals of reforming the religion and its adherents to align more with Western ideals of free expression. That may in some world count as anti-Muslim, but should not count as "anti-Muslim extremism." And Nawaz's point that Islamists and jihadists share the same goal--a worldwide caliphate ruling by sharia law, for example--but they disagree on tactics, seems a reasonable characterization. People disinclined to agree should look at what the stated goals of Islamists and jihadists are then.

Look. I appreciate that anyone the SPLC label as an extremist will steadfastly deny it and defend their position as principled and nuanced, not hateful. But I believe their brush is overbroad here. Under what circumstances can someone criticise Islam? I said at the top that SPLC is losing the plot because neutralizing reformers who would seek to mollify extremism in their own camp... furthers extremists.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 15, 2017

How's Google Keep? Is it easy to organize with? I used an early version a few years ago and I didn't take to it. But I'm open to trying again. I use simplenote (nvALT on my mac desktop) and it's too basic. A scrolling list down the lefthand side of the program without a good way to organize further.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 15, 2017

Even though I rarely lose things these days (knock on wood), I feel nervous having everything in one place that's not backed up. That said, I make so many physical lists on these 7x3 inch legal pads that I have a zipper envelope to carry them all around. I love writing and indenting and making arrows and crossing things out.

But it'd kill me if I lost it midway through the semester.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 15, 2017

You know I hate books :p

So I actually own a copy. The top review in Amazon nailed the issue on the head for me: The book is 80% filler. Page after page of rehashing detracted from my motivation to finish it when I picked it up last year. But I'm a lot more motivated to glean its lessons now that I'm roughly 10 times busier. I'll crack it open.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 15, 2017

Oh my goodness. Yea, the screenshot alone has me balking. Formatting text in hubski is the extent of my coding skills. That's only half a joke. But it looks cool! Props to you.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 15, 2017

This really resonates with me. I have too many disparate places for stuff. Like three apps and a physical pad. The physical pad is for redundancy because I don't trust my system and can't relax unless everything is in one place in front of me.

Thanks Lil, I'll start condensing.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 15, 2017

What's the best way people keep track of their thoughts and obligations? A physical to-do list? An app? My system is showing strain and I have a lot of psychic weight I'd like to unload. I'm all ears and eyes to your recommendations.

Tomorrow marks the first day of the spring soccer season for the men's club team at my school. I can't wait.

Wow wait, so this is a softball for Trump to resolve easily and score brownie points at home?

I was on an academic game show called It's Academic! in high school. It was hosted in Baltimore's CBS affiliate studio and so we were in the TV studio for the day, poking around and watching how the sausage got made. It was a total riot. The anchor I met seemed like a robot, and I think I decided right around then that TV hosting was not for me. I of course assumed that that door was always open to me if only I decided on it.

Life has been good! It's been a little while since I've seen some hubski faces. I'm on semiannual fix.

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