Homicide as Normal

How the media normalizes death as a spectator delight

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After Australia trial, Facebook wants Canadians to upload nude pics to fight revenge porn – National |

The program allows users who want to protect themselves from ‘revenge porn,’ to share intimate images privately with Facebook and Instagram ahead of time.
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Unless you are a bona fide Naturist/Nudist and don’t give a fig who sees you nude, why do it in the first place? Or give others access?

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The end of grief

After one has lost two children to SMA Type 1, and two survived, life takes on a significantly precious meaning. You move from ”zippy’ to ‘coasting’, and ever mindful of the power and frailty of human life. You move closer to that microcosm community of loyal friends, and become more philosophical and mellow about life in general, and fearful and sometimes pessimistic about life in specific (as reported in the media on a daily basis). Your surviving children are your energizers.

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Is there an end to grief? Or do we just learn to conceal it better? Society believes that after a few months or even a year, parents who have lost their child won’t be grieving anymore. They are wrong.

When I spoke about this to a friend, who sadly lost her daughter to the same condition a few weeks before Sophie was diagnosed, she found that people shut her down. That suddenly nearly two years on from loosing her daughter, no one wanted to hear about her daughter anymore. As if it was so long ago that no one remembered it or understood her need to still talk about her daughter. Time moves on at an incredible pace but for parents who have lost a child, this pace seems almost to be approaching the speed of light. Every significant date takes them further from their child. Think about how you…

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Wheels within wheels. Hush money for the GOP? (Ad)venture capitalism at work.

Michael Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, negotiated a $1.6 million payment with a former Playboy model who said a top Republican donor and fundraiser impregnated her last year, the donor acknowledged Friday. Cohen handled the settlement to the woman for Elliot Broidy, a venture-capitalist, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Broidy…

via President Trump’s Lawyer Negotiated $1.6 Million Payment After RNC Official Allegedly Impregnated Playboy Model — TIME

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Freedom to Write and Writing for Free: when the capitalist ethic meets the altruistic ethic. I’m writing this for free because I feel my blogs may make the world a better place, in some miniscule way. I like to write. Some of us who write have to. We have bills to pay. The payoff is that money can be an incentive to continue, even when you have “writers’ block”. If we unearth the true motivation for writing however, we often find that there is some ‘purpose’ behind it other than strictly profiting financially from it. We like it because it allows us to use our knowledge and imagination for benefits beyond ourselves. There is something ‘cosmological’ about communicating with hundreds or thousands of people we don’t know or may never meet. Writing is a journey in space and time, that just might improve the human condition. I hope you enjoy the article that follows. I welcome your feedback. You can follow my blogs at, or

cropped-hpim1144.jpgThe blog Lifehacker just posted a piece entitled “Why You Should Write For Free,” in which writer Nick Douglas (on staff, note) explains when he believes writing for free is appropriate — and when it is not. The headline alone is enough to fluff me up with righteous fury, as my own, consistent refusal to […]

via No, In Fact, You Should Not Write For Free — Whatever

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Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer: ‘We Believe She’s Free to Talk’ — Variety Women’s rights in action, Mr. Trump.

WASHINGTON — The attorney for Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels, says he believes she’s “free to talk” about her relationship with Donald Trump. She filed a lawsuit against Trump to declare a $130,000 pre-election “hush” agreement null and void. “Mr. Trump did not sign. We believe that that was so […]

via Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer: ‘We Believe She’s Free to Talk’ — Variety

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Trump: Is his golf as bad as his leadership? Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall…

As a candidate for U.S. president, some of Donald Trump’s most notorious campaign platform items were his controversial ideas on foreign travel and immigration. One was his so-called “Muslim ban” (ultimately Executive Order 13769, which was blocked by the courts and superseded by Executive Order 13780, which was blocked by the courts then supplemented by […]

via The Trump Wall: A Progress Report — longitudes

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Who Guards the Guardians? AI and Ethics: some excellent thought-provoking ideas presented here.


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Former DOJ Officials Ask for Inquiry Into Trump Interference in AT&T-Time Warner Case — Variety Trump’s now hanging by a thread it seems. The white House is in a shambles, and America’s reputation around the world is at its lowest point in history.

WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen former Justice Department officials want the federal judge to allow an inquiry into potential White House interference in the government’s decision to try to block AT&T’s proposed merger with Time Warner, given President Donald Trump’s professed disdain for the deal and CNN. The group of Justice Department veterans, including former…

via Former DOJ Officials Ask for Inquiry Into Trump Interference in AT&T-Time Warner Case — Variety

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Osteoporosis: best to start with a bone density scan after you see your physician. Then move on to remediation if necessary.

via What is Osteoporosis?

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Something for everyone here.

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Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Was Just Downgraded. Stephen Colbert Has Jokes. — TIME The crumbling Trump empire can’t strike back.

Stephen Colbert is well-known for his quips about President Donald Trump, but on Tuesday night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the late night funnyman honed in on another prominent member of the Trump administration, White House senior adviser and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Kushner recently had his security clearance downgraded from…

via Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Was Just Downgraded. Stephen Colbert Has Jokes. — TIME

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Donald Trump Paid Higher Ad Prices Than Hillary Clinton, Facebook Says — TIME

Facebook Inc. wants to set the record straight: presidential candidate Donald Trump spent slightly more per ad on the site than his rival Hillary Clinton did ahead of the general election in 2016. The revelation comes after a former employee wrote an article for Wired that posited a theory: since Facebook ads are sold through…

via Donald Trump Paid Higher Ad Prices Than Hillary Clinton, Facebook Says — TIME

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