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Oversized Wednesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry


Amazon Snags $2 Billion in Bribes and Tax Credits From New York and Virginia

“But Amazon's decision to put it's new headquarters in Arlington and Queens also shows it wasn't all about the money.”

Amazon Scammed America’s Hurting Cities



USC Education Student Filed a Title IX Complaint Because Another Student’s Answer Offended Her

“Rossier School of Education student also created a petition to require racial sensitivity training.”

The Sorry State of FOIA



Libertarian Critiques of Democracy Can't be Refuted by Showing that it's Better than Dictatorship

“Democracy is clearly superior to despotism. But libertarians are still right to worry about voter ignorance and advocate tighter constraints on government power.”

The FBI Says Hate Crimes Rose 17% in 2017, But That Doesn’t Mean Things Are Actually Getting Worse



Lack of sunspots to bring record cold, warns NASA scientist

You mean that there's something besides CO2 that influences climate and weather? Imagine that!

Motel 6 Agrees to $7.6 Million Settlement After Giving Guest Information to ICE



Police Fatally Shoot Black Security Guard Who Detained Shooting Suspect



All adults should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use, new guidelines say

This seems illegal.

Farm Bills: When 'Free Market' Types Are Revealed As Hypocrites



5 Reasons Why Sinema Won Arizona



Be Especially Careful When Media and Pundits "Teach" You the History of Nazi Germany



Because I Say So

“More and more people regard human identity as infinitely flexible—and woe to those who disagree.”

Schadenfreude-a-Palooza: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrives early for congressional duties, leads sit-in at office of… Nancy Pelosi



U.S. farmers scramble to contain trade-war damage, find new markets



1 million Americans live in RVs. Meet the 'modern nomads.'


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NeoNote — What makes a hate crime worse?

I've never gotten a straight answer.

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NeoNote — SPLC

No one person and no one group has all the answers. No one group should be vested with THE moral authority to decide who is and is not a hate group.

The SPLC needs competition.

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Forgive

“How hate and debate came to a Connecticut mosque”

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Hate crime

I'm still waiting for you to make the case how a hate crime is worse than a non-hate crime for the same “transgression.”
     — NeoWayland
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from crux № 9 — Testing ideas

We need our beliefs and convictions tested by people who don't agree with us.

It's how we learn if our ideas can stand on their own. It's how our ideas can be made better even if we didn't see all the angles.

And if someone can't stand that, then they shouldn't be talking. The reason why conservatism didn't die is because some conservatives and some libertarians got very very good at debate and defending their ideas.
     — NeoWayland
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from crux № 1 — hate crimes

I've never agreed with the “hate crime" nonsense.

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Black & Blue & hate crimes

Louisiana and Kentucky have both passed laws that add police and emergency responders to the hate crime laws.

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