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Liberals Need to Take Their Fingers Out of Their Ears - The New York Times
Given the triumph of contemporary conservatism, it may be time for liberals to take a look at the vulnerabilities of their own orthodoxies.
Democrats who yearn for President Trump to be taken down should examine this list of Republican strengths: victories in all three contested special elections for the House of Representatives this year; Trump’s 82 percent approval rating among Republican voters; his success with the current tax bill; his swift evisceration of key regulatory policies; the Gorsuch appointment to the Supreme Court; economic growth of over 3 percent in the last two quarters; the Dow Jones topping 24,000; and the unemployment rate dropping to 4.1 percent.
gov2.0  politics  Dems  nytimes 
yesterday by rgl7194
Accused of Sexual Harassment, Andrea Ramsey Ends Kansas Congressional Run - The New York Times
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Ms. Ramsey is the rare — perhaps the only — woman in public life to face consequences from a sexual harassment accusation in the weeks since journalistic exposés spawned the #MeToo movement.
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metoo  nytimes  weinstein  harassment  caesar  caesarswife 
2 days ago by mjs
Agrarian-Scale Kubernetes: Part 1 – Times Open
Visit the Kubernetes homepage, and one of the first things you’ll see is the promise of “Planet Scale.” The S-word is plastered across the pitch for Google’s managed version of Kubernetes as well…
nytimes  kubernetes  gke 
2 days ago by pinterb
What the Tax Bill Would Look Like for 25,000 Middle-Class Families - The New York Times
The 25,000 dots on the chart above each represent an American household in the broadly defined middle class. The vertical axis represents income; the horizontal axis represents how big a tax cut (or tax increase) each household would get under the bill in 2018, according to a New York Times analysis using the open-source tax-modeling program TaxBrain. (For details on how we did this analysis, including how we defined the middle class, see the note at the end of this article.)
tax  interactive  nytimes  personalisation  scatterchart 
3 days ago by paulbradshaw
Facts Have a Well-Known Liberal Bias - The New York Times
There are two central facts about 21st-century U.S. politics. First, we suffer from asymmetric polarization: the Republican Party has become an extremist institution with little respect for traditional norms of any kind. Second, mainstream media – still the source of most political information for the great majority of Americans – haven’t been able to come to grips with this reality. Even in the age of Trump, they try desperately to be “balanced”, which in practice means bending over backwards to say undeserved nice things about Republicans and take undeserved swipes at Democrats.
This dynamic played a crucial role in last year’s election; it’s one of the reasons major news organizations devoted more time to Hillary Clinton’s emails than to all policy issues combined. But it has been going on for years. It’s the whole story of Paul Ryan’s career: journalists trying to be centrists desperately wanted to show their neutrality by praising a Serious, Honest, Conservative, and promoted Ryan into that role even though it was obvious from the beginning that he was a con man.
And it’s still playing out, as we can see from what looks like a looming debacle in Facebook’s efforts to institute fact-checking.
factcheck  politics  bias  nytimes  gov2.0 
3 days ago by rgl7194
How Did Luke Skywalker Become the Last Jedi? - NYT Watching
So who exactly is the last Jedi?
Luke Skywalker.
That’s it, no need to go any further. (Just kidding, please keep reading.)
When the title for Episode VIII, “The Last Jedi,” was first announced, fans wondered whom it might refer to. Rey? Kylo Ren? Leia? BB-8? And wait, is “Jedi” plural?
No matter. In a September interview with The New York Times, the film’s director, Rian Johnson, revealed the truth to be the most obvious answer. (Also the one referenced in the opening crawl of “The Force Awakens.”) Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi, he said.
In fact, Luke has been the last Jedi since “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” when Yoda died.
But there used to be many Jedi, who were trained in the ways of the Force from childhood. The Force is not inherently good or inherently bad: It has a dark side and a light side. Here’s a brief history of how Luke Skywalker inherited his lonely responsibility.
star_wars  movies  nytimes 
3 days ago by rgl7194
How to Get Your Mind to Read - The New York Times
Americans are not good readers. Many blame the ubiquity of digital media. We’re too busy on Snapchat to read, or perhaps internet skimming has made us incapable of reading serious prose. But Americans’ trouble with reading predates digital technologies. The problem is not bad reading habits engendered by smartphones, but bad education habits engendered by a misunderstanding of how the mind reads.
Just how bad is our reading problem? The last National Assessment of Adult Literacy from 2003 is a bit dated, but it offers a picture of Americans’ ability to read in everyday situations: using an almanac to find a particular fact, for example, or explaining the meaning of a metaphor used in a story. Of those who finished high school but did not continue their education, 13 percent could not perform simple tasks like these. When things got more complex — in comparing two newspaper editorials with different interpretations of scientific evidence or examining a table to evaluate credit card offers — 95 percent failed.
There’s no reason to think things have gotten better. Scores for high school seniors on the National Assessment of Education Progress reading test haven’t improved in 30 years.
howto  brain  reading  nytimes 
3 days ago by rgl7194
The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death. - The New York Times
The internet is dying.
Sure, technically, the internet still works. Pull up Facebook on your phone and you will still see your second cousin’s baby pictures. But that isn’t really the internet. It’s not the open, anyone-can-build-it network of the 1990s and early 2000s, the product of technologies created over decades through government funding and academic research, the network that helped undo Microsoft’s stranglehold on the tech business and gave us upstarts like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix.
Nope, that freewheeling internet has been dying a slow death — and a vote next month by the Federal Communications Commission to undo net neutrality would be the final pillow in its face.
Net neutrality is intended to prevent companies that provide internet service from offering preferential treatment to certain content over their lines. The rules prevent, for instance, AT&T from charging a fee to companies that want to stream high-definition videos to people.
broadband  fcc  gov2.0  internet  net_neutrality  politics  title_ii  ISP  nytimes 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S. - The New York Times
Last spring, Swedes got a tantalizing offer: If they subscribed to Sweden’s biggest telecom provider, Telia Company AB, they could have unlimited access on their mobile phones to Facebook, Spotify, Instagram and other blockbuster apps.
Swedish regulators tried to put a stop to it. They argued that the arrangement violated the so-called net neutrality rules in the European Union, which require internet providers to offer equal access to all web content. Essentially, once a user’s data cap was reached, Telia would restrict other apps, but not the big ones.
The issue is now working its way through the courts. As it does, the offer is still available.
Such deals may be gaining momentum in the United States.
broadband  fcc  gov2.0  internet  net_neutrality  politics  title_ii  ISP  europe  nytimes 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Football Among the Old Believers, in Alaska - The New York Times
Keeping a high school football team together is tough, between a Russian
Orthodox sect leery of the outside world and the chores of life in an isolated village
alaska  voznesenka  football  sports  nytimes  oldbelievers 
4 days ago by brendanmcfadden

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