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Why I unapologetically support the Trump Presidency. | Turtle Writes
I struggled with this at first, but they make a good argument and I might be convinced.
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yesterday by andrewheiss
Reid: No group is harder on me than fellow Mormons | The Salt Lake Tribune
Your Sunday read: "I've had a lot of opposition in my 50 years in politics, but no group has been more difficult and hard on me than [LDS] church members — sending letters to my bishop saying I shouldn't get a recommend. There came a time in Las Vegas where the church encouraged kids not to go trick or treating for Halloween for fear of violence or crime but to go trunk or treating. One member of the church had in his trunk a picture of Harry Reid and the devil. My children and grandchildren saw them. It was not funny. I've tried to teach my children by example that's not who we are. Even though some people choose to put their politics above the church, that doesn't mean we are going to."
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yesterday by andrewheiss
www.yahoo.com
For this final Sunday during Obama's presidency. "But a look back through eight years of Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast speeches, his remarks at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast that began as a new tradition during his first term, and the heartbreaking number of eulogies he has delivered following mass shootings reveals a president who has spoken about faith not only with great frequency but also with uncommon depth. “This is a president who is very comfortable with deep reflection and discussion around the theological implications of faith.”"
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8 days ago by andrewheiss
We Are on the Verge of Darkness | Foreign Policy
Crucial reading from Human Rights Watch… "The global rise of populists poses a dangerous threat to human rights — which exist to protect people from governments. Yet today, a new generation of populists is reversing that role. Claiming to speak for “the people,” they treat rights as an impediment to their conception of the majority will, a needless obstacle to defending the nation from perceived threats and evils. Instead of accepting that rights protect everyone, they encourage people to adopt the dangerous belief that they will never need their rights against an overreaching government claiming to act in their name. … Values are fragile. Because the values of human rights depend foremost on the ability to empathize with others — to recognize the importance of treating others the way we would want to be treated — they are especially vulnerable to the demagogue’s exclusionary appeal. A society’s culture of respect for human rights needs regular tending, lest the fears of the moment sweep away the wisdom that built democratic rule. We all have a duty, and we must not delay in getting to work."
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10 days ago by andrewheiss
From Tape Drives to Memory Orbs, the Data Formats of Star Wars Suck (Spoilers) | Motherboard
Sarah Jeong killing it with Star Wars analysis. Data storage mediums vs. data access ports in Rogue One and the rest of the canon movies. "What on earth is being stored on that magnetic tape cassette? Is it 5000 .bmp images loaded into slides in Powerpoint with accompanying animations? Why is DEATH_STAR_final_final__FINAL.dwg.doc.gif.pdf so big?"
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17 days ago by andrewheiss
Was 2016 especially dangerous for celebrities? An empirical analysis.
In-depth statistical proof that 2016 was a horrible year for celebrity deaths. (based on Wikipedia data)
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17 days ago by andrewheiss
Did Inadequate Women’s Healthcare Destroy Star Wars’ Old Republic? | Motherboard
Solid argument here. "Maybe Anakin is just extremely stupid (an explanation we can’t ignore), but given that we’ve established that Padme never got an ultrasound, it seems more likely that there were no medical options that they could turn to before his thought processes went straight to “Betray The Jedi Order And Everything I Believe In.” In a galaxy of bacta tanks that can heal grievous wounds, and highly advanced cybernetic prosthetics to replace limbs, reproductive health is stuck in the middle ages. At the end of Episode III, Anakin gets three limbs chopped off and then falls into hot lava. He lives. His wife has babies, under medical supervision. She dies."
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19 days ago by andrewheiss
The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does
Remember that genie movie "Shazam" with Sinbad in it back in the 90s? Me too. BUT, you actually don't remember it because IT DOESN'T EXIST. This is possibly as earth shattering as the Berenstein/Berenstain Bears thing.
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Leaked photos from the Rogue One sequel (Mainly Speculation - Possible Spoilers) - Album on Imgur
These are so good. "Here we can see Vader dueling with an unnamed Jedi, played by Sir Alec Guinness. This might be the Jedi referenced by Mon Mothma and Bail Organa in Rogue one." "This scene depicts the Mark Hamill character still in uniform and probably takes place very early in the movie."
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Why I got arrested at the NC General Assembly | News & Observer
Fantastic work by incredible Sanford faculty in the face of the GOP's burn-everything-down-on-the-way-out strategy. "Anyone who knows me will tell you that breaking the rules was not a normal thing for me to do. But these are not normal times. We scholars evenhandedly weigh evidence — but as citizens we should never be “evenhanded” about democracy. We are supposed to protect democracy, within the system if we can but through nonviolent dissent if we must. This is the rule we learn from our history; it is the rule I have always taught my students; it is the rule that, as a scholar second but a citizen first, I will always follow."
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Heissatopia: Heiss Holiday Humbug 2016
Behold, the 2016 edition of the Heiss Family Christmas Poem! (yay Nancy!) PDF version here: http://j.mp/2gVFwVy
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
How Trump is paving the way for a revival of the ‘religious left’ - The Washington Post
Excellent article on the rise of the religious left "Still, the United States has a long history of embracing ethical exemplars in times of crisis. As such, the left wing of America’s faithful is well positioned to offer a more progressive religious vision for the millions of Americans dissatisfied with the incoming administration. The precise dimensions of this vision are still being defined, but Barber offered a none-too-subtle hint at its focus in a sermon delivered shortly after the election. “The role of the church is to engage in the dangerous ministry of telling the truth,” he said."
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
www.nytimes.com
Strong words from McMullin here "As a C.I.A. officer, I saw firsthand authoritarians’ use of these tactics around the world. Their profound appetite for absolute power drives their intolerance for any restraint — whether by people, organizations, the law, cultural norms, principles or even the expectation of consistency. For a despot, all of these checks on power must be ignored, undermined or destroyed so that he is all that matters. Mr. Trump has said that he prefers to be unpredictable because it maximizes his power. During his recent interview with The New York Times, he casually abandoned his fiery calls during the campaign for torture, prosecuting Hillary Clinton and changing libel laws. Mr. Trump’s inconsistencies and provocative proposals are a strategy; they are intended to elevate his importance above all else — and to place him beyond democratic norms, beyond even the Constitution."
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Donald Trump’s Cabinet assembly instructions - The Washington Post
Alexandra Petri has been spying on Trump "33. Treasury. You know you promised the American people something about the Treasury and Goldman Sachs, but you can’t remember what. 34. Just in case, appoint a former Goldman Sachs executive secretary of the treasury. Okay, great. Progress."
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Great Smog of London - Wikipedia
Just learned this was a thing. 12,000 people dead in 4 days. #thanksnetflix
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
www.nytimes.com
Neat visualizations here
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
‘It’s unprecedented in our history’: Trump’s election inspired millions in nonprofit donations - The Washington Post
Welp, at least the election provided an exogenous shock for future nonprofit studies research designs…
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Donald Trump Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Could Face His Own Conflict-of-Interest Questions - WSJ
Or, for instance, this article, which was published 6 minutes before Trump's flag burning tweet.
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
GSA's Trump Hotel Lease Debacle - Promising Practices - Management - GovExec.com
See, for instance, this hugely important story where soon he'll be his own landlord.
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, dies at 90 - The Washington Post
One of the authors of The Post’s obituary for Castro is J. Y. Smith, who himself died a decade ago.
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8 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Post-Election College Paper Grading Rubric - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
"Feels compelled to justify argument with evidence and cited material. Utterly neglects repetition of slogans. Fails to mention lawsuit altogether."
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8 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Live Presidential Forecast – Election Results 2016 – The New York Times
NYT's election return visualizations are incredible (and anxiety inducing! watch the needles bounce in real time)
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10 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Andrew Heiss - Wherein saying "cheese" sounds like an... | Facebook
Wherein saying "cheese" sounds like an impending poop. #wordsarehard
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10 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Master of Her Domain… Name | This American Life
The best, clearest story of the e-mail thing. Plus Squirrel Cop. You can't beat Squirrel Cop.
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11 weeks ago by andrewheiss
media1.giphy.com
nooooooooo How To Do Everything is ending this is horrible
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11 weeks ago by andrewheiss
My view: Have more respect for each other | Deseret News
"My peers found out my mom is running as a Democrat. They were pretty surprised at first. The information about my mom spread throughout the school rapidly. Kids give me a hard time on the bus and before and after classes. Lunch is sometimes tough. One day in the cafeteria, I was quietly and happily eating my peanut butter and jelly sandwich when two kids walked over to our table. One of them asked, “Paul, isn’t your mom a Democrat?” I hesitated, thinking of what could happen if I told them the truth. I decided to face whatever they were about to do because I thought they wouldn’t make a big deal about it. I was wrong. “Yes,” I replied. They started to chant loudly, “Democrat! Democrat!” over and over again, and some other kids joined in, attracting unwanted eyes from multiple corners of the lunchroom. I felt awkward and like an outsider. I didn’t feel like I fit in at all. … They had to have learned this somewhere. I think they are learning this kind of talk in their homes, and I would hope we could have more respect for each other. I would never mock someone because his or her parent was running for office."
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11 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Fall GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY
Just looked at Blue Book value of van 😂😂😂
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11 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Trump boasts about his philanthropy. But his giving falls short of his words. - The Washington Post
Amazing story. Trump crashed a charity event for kids with AIDS, sat on stage, danced the Macarena, left without giving a dime. (David Farenthold's faux-Trump-philanthropy beat has been incredible this year)
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12 weeks ago by andrewheiss
The Halloween Parent Tax – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
Time to implement my new tax policy: pilfer from whichever container I see.
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12 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Donald Trump Is the Best Thing to Happen to American Women in Decades | Foreign Policy
Valerie Hudson on the post-Trump political landscape for feminism. "Business as usual is over in American politics, by which we mean that misogyny is now a widely accepted disqualification for political office. This is not only on the right, where the GOP has been shocked into understanding that its female base will no longer stand up for misogynistic conservatives, but also on the left. If Bill Clinton were running for president in 2016, he would not be electable, period. This is a sea change for all with political ambitions in the United States."
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12 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Exclusive: Tim Kaine: Why religious mission service matters to America | Deseret News
Tim Kaine in the Deseret News on religious service "They say that nobody comes back from serving a mission the same person, and that was certainly true of me. My time in Honduras became my North Star, a crucible of my values. It has influenced everything I’ve done in public life since: as a civil rights lawyer, city councilman, mayor, lieutenant governor, governor, and now, a senator. What I learned in Honduras can be summarized in three words: Fe, familia y trabajo — faith, family and work. Today, I recognize selfless leadership in all corners of our nation, by people in all kinds of clothing, and of all skin colors, religions and incomes. And I take courage in the fact that men and women from all backgrounds still come together in good faith to address the challenges we face."
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october 2016 by andrewheiss
If you want a more powerful President Trump, impose term limits on Congress - The Washington Post
Helpful roundup of polisci research on legislative term limits (takeaway: they're dumb)
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october 2016 by andrewheiss
Arabic billboard mocks Donald Trump's fear of Muslims | US news | The Guardian
This is delightful: "Donald Trump can’t read this, but he is scared of it"
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october 2016 by andrewheiss
RNC halts Victory project work for Trump - POLITICO
RNC halts its ground game operations for Trump. He's been relying pretty much solely on their support. The end is nigh.
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october 2016 by andrewheiss
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