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Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. For more info, © 2012 California Federation of Teachers
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All the republican money will come like a waterfall for the next 30 days, pummeling Obama so hard that the campaign won't be able to react fast enough.  Crazy fucked up stuff on TV, radio, flyers on the street.

The day before any debate they'll come up with some fucked up crazy claim so that the debate becomes a discussion of the new lie instead of policy (When Romney is honest about his policies, he loses votes).

Democrats will stay home because they figure Obama has it "in the bag".

Romney will win by 1% in just enough states to put him over the top.

So this is what I ask of you:

Think about how you will feel the day after the election when Romney has won.  What will you be saying to yourself? "I wish I had volunteered to go door-to-door" or  "I wish I had donated $X dollars" or something like that?

Ok, go and do that thing.  Now.
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I'm going to be in Los Angeles, CA in October!
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My parents did some of these 5 things. I wonder if they knew it was good for me or just tradition.
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August 24-25

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To all my NYC friends: Come see my sister's musical! 6 shows only!

See our video preview here:
Read the Arnie feature in Time Out New York:

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) Presents
Six shows only beginning tonight - July 13th

BY PHONE: CALL 212- 352- 3101
IN PERSON: at the NYMF Hub, 330 West 42nd Street

Arnie will be at the PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street:
Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Saturday July 14th, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Wednesday July 18th, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, July 21st, 2012 at 11:00 am
Saturday July 21st, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Arnie, a lovable chocolate-frosted doughnut with rainbow sprinkles, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's selected to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing trues to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives! Embark upon a hilarious quest to redefine human/doughnut relations in this unexpectedly original new musical that both kids and adults will enjoy. An Official Selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival's Next Link Project.


Featuring Tom Deckman as Arnie (Spamalot, Good Vibrations, South Pacific, It Should Have Been You), with Thomas Poarch, Jane Blass, Stephanie Fittro, and Jennifer Wren.

Visit Arnie's Website:
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Like our page on Facebook:
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This is your chance to feel like a New York Producer -- Donate Now!

Be a part of Arnie's journey -- help bring joy to countless families!
Thanks to an outpouring of support from friends and fans all over the country, we have raised over $25,000 or our $50,000 goal.
Your donation is 100% tax deductible, and goes toward paying for actors, designers, musicians, costumes, scenery, and more.
By Check: Make your check out to NYMF with ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT in the memo line, and send to Frances Limoncelli, P.O. Box 180318, Chicago, IL 60618.

Online: Online donations are accepted via the NYMF website at
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According to Wikipedia's homepage today...

Today in 2009 – Carol Ann Duffy was elected Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly bisexual person to hold the position, as well as the first laureate to be chosen in the 21st century.
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Zimmerman attorneys say that Treyvon wasn't shot because he is black or wearing a hoodie but because Treyvon made the mistake of smacking Zimmerman in the face so hard he broke his nose.

That's only half the story. Yes, he absolutely made that mistake but he also made another mistake. He made the mistake of breaking the nose of someone who has super magical powers and is able to go from broken nose bleeding all over the place to absolutely fine in only a few minutes. The fact that he Treyvon picked on someone with magical blood that disappears and doesn't stain clothing is a huge mistake on Treyvon's part.

And how do we know Zimmerman has magical healing ability?

Because the police video a few minutes later showed no such injury:
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[Note: "Early-bird" price ends in 3 days! Don't lose the discount! PICC is May 11-12, 2012 in NJ]

The PICC committee is excited to announce our closing keynote speaker:

Rebecca Mercuri on "The Black Swan and Information Security"

Dr. Mercuri is the lead forensic expert at Notable Software, Inc.
Her caseload has included matters from contraband, murder, viruses
and malware, and election recounts (most notably Bush vs. Gore).
She has testified on the federal, state, and local level as well
as to the U.K. Cabinet.

Talk abstract:
The economic theories proposed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book
"The Black Swan" have strong parallels in information security.
Indeed, the concepts of robustness and risk assessment mentioned
in Taleb's writing are also well known to those who design software
and systems intended to withstand attack. Such assaults on computers,
networks and data are now so commonplace that if these threats all
suddenly vanished, this would likely constitute a Black Swan Event.
But whether a successful and novel attack should also be considered
a Black Swan may be debatable. This talk will compare the shortcomings
of bell curve (Mediocristan) and power law (Extremistan) event
models. The idea that outlier occurrences should be considered more
"normal" will shed insight on new methods for recovery mitigation.
Attendees need no formal knowledge of statistics or economics in
order to appreciate the concepts discussed in this talk.

Register now and avoid the rush!

Space is limited! Register now!

Note: The opening keynote speaker will be announced in a few days.
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One of the best parts of Obamacare is that health insurance companies can no longer reject you because of "pre-existing conditions". Did you have an auto accident 10 years ago? No healthcare for you. Did you buy allergy medicine once? No coverage for you. Did you (or your wife/girlfriend/mother) have a baby or see a doctor about her cycle? Some companies use that as an excuse to deny coverage.

What is it like to be denied coverage? Sometimes it means that you can't even become their customer. Other times it means you've just got some live-saving surgery and when the bill comes your insurance provider replies, "hey, I know you've been paying your monthly bill on time but we just realized you have a pre-existing condition so.... f--- you we've decided not to pay."

This is no longer legal due to Obamacare.

Romeny and Santorum both promise to repeal 100% of Obamacare. Really? They're going to remove this part too? Up to half of Americans under 65 and as many as 17 million children suffer from a pre-existing condition. That means your parents plus your children, nieces or nephews will be hurt by a repeal.

If you care about this issue please forward this link to your friends that are undecided about voting for Romney and/or Santorum.
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Used to be a player, couldn't be trusted
But still in all, I never got busted
A girl in every part of New York City
I thought it was funny, it used to look witty
I had 'em all spread out, even one next door
I had it like that, so what ya askin' for?
4 to 5, you see, was my minimum
And every day, I used to go and get with 'em
One for every hour on the hour
One on the way while I was in the shower
It sounds kinda crazy, it sounds kinda bugged
But you see, Afrika was the one they loved
So you see, it got to a point
where they didn't care
They didn't wanna give me up,
so they agreed to share


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Short version:

  • In 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.
  • In February he spoke at Drew University (I would attend 23 years later).
  • You can hear his speech here:
  • An interesting point about the speech: it was given 5 days before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed. The speech ends with a call to action similar to what we hear today ("call your congressperson").
  • I heard a recording of that speech when I was working on the New Jersey LGBT civil rights bill in 1991. It changed my life.
  • A few months later, in July 1964, protests broke out in the town because of a racist barbershop. Soon after NJ passed a law saying that barber's could not discriminate.

Now you can hear Martin Luther King, Jr's speech:

Longer version:

In 1964, in Madison, New Jersey: So, this racist barber refused service to black people. He didn't have the balls to admit publicly that he was a racist so he cowardly claimed "I just don't have the tools or knowledge to cut that kind of hair".

It was not housing, however, but haircuts that brought Madison to national attention in the spring of 1964. When a black man was refused service in a local barbershop (on the grounds that the white barber did not know how to cut black hair), Drew [University] students and others began picketing the barbershop. It was not long before national television networks sent their cameras and the "barbershop incident" was in full bloom. There was pressure exerted on Grace Church to take some official stance, but action came from Drew students. The Drew civil rights group which had been using meeting rooms in Grace was the subject of an extensive discussion at a vestry meeting
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Later that year New Jersey passed a law that to receive a barber license you had to be able to cut hair of white and black people, thus removing this frivolous and cowardly excuse.

While I can find a number of accounts of "the barbershop controversy" I can't find a single one that points out that MLK, Jr. had given a major speech just a few months earlier. I would think there would be a connection.
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First Place: Mitt "I abused my dog" Romney -- Well the party insiders are doing well at maintaining their candidate. The D.C. insider "conventional wisdom" is that it is "Mitt's turn". Sadly he lies constantly and everyone knows it, is stiffer than Gore, conservatives hate him and fundamentalists consider his religion "a cult".

Second Place: Ron Paul. If gay people dream of moving to the utopia that is San Francisco, Libertarians dream of moving to New Hampshire. So, of course he did well here. But... wait... it is an "open primary" which means you don't have to be a Republican to vote it the Republican primary here. So it is estimated that nearly 50% of voters weren't Republican. And he got a distant second? Did you know there is a webcrawler that finds new webpages on the internet that mention Ron Paul and post automated pro-Paul propaganda if there is a comments section? I guess that strategy didn't win the votes people expected.

Third Place: Huntsman. His "I'm the only non-crazy person running" theme is doing well with the voters. I actually like this guy... except that he's so anti-choice that he makes... hmm... damn, I need a good analogy here. I bet Archer would have the perfect thing to say. I actually think this guy is the only person that would have a chance at beating Obama.

Fourth Place: Newt Gingrich. Sadly the SuperPACs he is running against him used what could only be described as "political hate speech" in a flood of TV adverts and that really hurt him. "Political Hate Speech" is a recent thing. It didn't exist 20-30 years ago. It was invented in the 1990s by a guy who not just invented it, but he wrote about it and gave private Republican-only trainings on how to do it. He said "every time there is a camera in front of you call your opponent a traitor and un-American". Fellow Republicans that refused his advice were scolded and called "old fashioned" and were pushed from the party. Sadly that guy was basically kicked out of the party in a financial scandal combined with an adultery scandal. What ever happened to that guy? Oh wait, it was Newt Gingrich! Gosh, blow-back is a bitch!

Fifth Place: Santorum. If you hate everyone, you'll love Santorum. Especially if you hate gays... well, not all gays, just the ones that are going to destroy the world because they want Marriage Equality.

Sixth Place: Perry. Remember when he joined the race and conservatives said he's a clone of George Bush, Jr. and would go all the way? With 1% of the vote, why is he even staying in the race?

There ya have it.

Oh wait...

You may have noticed that I mentioned that Mitt Romney abused his dog. Was that unfair? He did strap his dog to the top of his car and drive from Mass to Canada at 60-70 miles per hour "as punishment for what the dog had done". That has about as much to do with whether or not he'd be a good president as the fact that Obama's middle name is "Hussein". So, we should only mention this dog thing as often as Republicans mentioned that Obama's middle name is Hussein... right? Oh wait, they gave Obama's full name every... fucking... time... they... could while on the campaign trail.
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In 2008 someone from Chicago told me, "Obama lucked out and never happened to be elected in a year that a major gay rights vote was happening. He won't do anything for gays if he's elected to be president. Never has. Never will."

Well, my friend was wrong 71 different ways:

In its first 35 months, the Obama Administration has...
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He appointed a magnificent Secretary of State, killed Osama Bin Laden, decimated the top ranks of Al-Qaeda, ended the war in Iraq, brought all those troops home as he said he would, set a timetable to end the war in Afghanistan, helped to inspire the Arab Spring, led the world in toppling Qaddafi – rather more cost-effectively than his predecessor toppled Saddam – restored America's standing among the community of nations, signed the new START Treaty, was pictured on the cover of New York Magazine as “The First Jewish President” yet improved our standing with Muslims.

He sextupled the number of stem cell lines available to researchers whose work may one day save your child’s life, appointed the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer, averted depression, saved the auto industry, cut taxes for small businesses, cut taxes for the middle class, signed Dodd-Frank, signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, lifted the Global Gag Rule on family planning, removed the co-pay for contraception, appointed two progressive women to the Supreme Court, extended health insurance to tens of millions of Americans an estimated 45,000 of whom were dying each year for lack of it, paid for that additional coverage with a surtax on high-income individuals, doubled the CAFE standard, kick-started alternative energy technology, promulgated the first mercury/arsenic air pollution regulations; launched an educational ‘race to the top,’ ended the college-loan bank boondoggle, extended college affordability, launched the national database of volunteer opportunities, launched to disclose Recovery Act outlays and accept public reports of fraud or waste, advanced LGBT equality 71 different ways, has us poised to cut the military budget, ramped up regulation of credit cards, ramped up FDA authority over tobacco, launched the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, opened the White House visitor log to public scrutiny, refused all federal lobbyist and PAC money . . . all this, and more, in the face of the most truculent opposition in living memory that kept us from accomplishing even more with less compromise.

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"According to Rick, what we really need in the White House is someone delusional who thinks that an ancient caveman text gives him the right to discriminate against patriotic American soldiers and use government resources to indoctrinate children into his caveman cult. Or something. Maybe I’m not smart enough to understand but that’s what it sounds like to me, anyhow."

Best quote EVAR!
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Michele Bachmann: U.S. Embassy In Iran (Which Doesn't Exist) Would Be Closed Under My Watch

We haven't had an embassy there since 1980.

So, my questions for Michele Bachman are:

1. Since the embassy was closed in 1980, do you mean you would build a time machine and go back to the 1970s and close it down earlier? What year would you close it down?

2. When you said this it got a huge amount of applause. Will you repeat the line even though you know it is misguided because you know it gets a lot of applause? What does this say about the people coming to your rallies?

3. What other things that don't exist would you shut down?

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I was in high school in the 1980s. If you recall, there were some highly visible suicide attempts and it was a hot topic in educational circles. One high school had a circle of friends attempt suicide the same week and rumors of "suicide pacts" among students were blown out of proportion. If you said "I couldn't live without my best friend" you were rushed to the school shrink.

In reaction to all this, school across the country adopted "suicide education" programs. I know my high school did. Heath class added a 2-week segment where we learned all about suicide. Why people do it. How many people do it. How people do it. The 5 most common ways to do it (in graphic detail... including facts like which techniques don't work and are just "a way to get attention" vs. the techniques that really, really work!) Intense stuff!

And what happened? The number of suicides skyrocketed! Yes, it back-fired. Being in high school sucks for most people but it's just "a bad day" and you move on. Unless, of course, you've just gone through half a month of instruction on that includes graphic details of which direction to slice your wrist for the greatest dammage (yes, Ms. Lally my teacher gave us that detail).

As you can imagine, schools panicked but eventually changed the curriculum. The new curriculum focused on teaching kids to identify the signs that a friend might be suicidal, how to talk with them about getting help, and where those sources of help are. That's what finally reduced the suicide rate.


When you are being bullied you don't believe it will ever end and you believe it has no solution. I'm not a shrink but shrinks have told me that people in that situation talk about suicide but don't do it because they are so depressed that they don't believe they will be successful. Nothing else is going right, why would that? It's ironic but people tend to commit suicide when things get a little better, they feel empowered, and that empowerment lets them do something they've been wanting to do for ages. Sad but true.

The videos were saying, "you're right... but it gets better if you wait it out". If I had been told that when I was being bullied I would not be here today. It just re-enforces the futility of it all. "You're saying I'm right that it really doesn't have a solution?? OMG! I have to wait until I'm an adult? That's centuries from now!" Remember when you were 15-16 and it felt like adulthood was a million years away?

Luckily when I was bullied I was given different advice. My next door neighbor was a police officer. I don't know if my parents arranged this or if he decided to do it on his own, but he took me aside and gave me two bits of advice. First, bullies only respect other bullies. Second, a punch to the nose doesn't damage a person permanently but a nosebleed is super dramatic and everyone will remember it. It's red and messy and looks really impressive. As a kid that got a lot of nosebleeds I totally understood what he was saying. He gave me a quick lesson on how to throw a punch, instructing me that every punch should be aimed at the nose, anything else is a waste of energy. One good hit, a little blood, and nobody will ever pick on your again.

So the next week at the bus stop when Keith and Landon came to pick on me I was ready. I "put up my dukes" and started hopping side to side. I saw an opening and threw a punch. I didn't connect, but my fist in his face shocked the hell out of him. "That kids CRAZY!" Keith said. "You could have hurt someone! Daaaaamn! We were just kidding!" said Landon. Oh yeah, "kidding"... months of picking on and hitting me was "kidding". Nice rationalization, guys.

For the rest of the year Keith and Landon, two of the biggest bullies in the neighborhood, stayed on the opposite side of the bus stop each morning and never came near me.

Four years later I got picked on again. Locker room. Swing and connect. Nosebleed. Principle's office. He looked at the two of us, assumed the effeminate kid (me) couldn't possibly have been the trouble maker so I was off the hook.

So, here's why I never made my own "it gets better" video. I didn't want to say "it gets better... just wait for it". I didn't want to be Ms. Lally with the well-intentioned but back-firing advice. I wanted to explain how to throw a good punch. Let some blood splatter. Make a statement.

But in the middle of seeing all those videos with the happy adults I figured... well... maybe I should wait 6 months and then make my video.

Oh, and by the way... the next town over from where I live a gay teen committed suicide on Thursday. She was head of her school's Gay/Straight Alliance. No exactly the bullied, down-trodden, lacking-for-support kid you'd think would end it all.

I didn't know her but I wish I could have taught her to throw a punch.

Tom Limoncelli, Nov 21, 2011

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[Note: I've hurt my shoulder and typing is painful. This will be terse and I may not correct typos.]

I thought this would be directly in the Gnu Public License but I don't see it anywhere.

How soon after I write the code (i.e. make changes to a GPL-licenced work) do I need to release the change?  Obviously "immediately" doesn't make sense... how soon is now?  After each keystroke?  No.  After I save the file?  no.  After I'm fairly sure it works as expected?  (I could just use the excuse "it isn't ready yet" over and over and never actually release the change).

I had heard it was 12 months (or was it 6 months?) but I don't see that in the license.  (I admit I skimmed it, but I also grepped for the words "day" "month" and "year")

The FAQ says:

So, I assume it is "as soon as you release it to the public" but is there precident for waiting some amount of time?

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