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My 2019 New Year's resolution is to take Lady Bracknell's advice 

1. I will not educate myself, or give anyone real assistance in their education. "Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone."

2. I will not acquire real estate. "Land has ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure."

3. I will not sing French songs. "People always seem to think that they are improper, and either look shocked, which is vulgar, or laugh, which is worse."

uspol 

This is the best ad for the Sanders campaign I've seen yet. If centrist Democrats want Bernie to win, they should keep this up.

nytimes.com/2019/04/16/us/poli

uspol, random fact 

If Bernie Sanders wins the 2020 election, he will be the first member of the Silent Generation become president of the U.S.

There have been no U.S. presidents who were born between 1925 and 1945. The four most recent presidents have been Baby Boomers. The previous eight presidents served in uniform in WW2.

food (+) 

I just learned about powder douce. I want to put it on everything now.

The version I used was a mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, powdered ginger, and honey (which I substituted for sugar).

medievalcookery.com/recipes/do

Chinese politics 

Some people say Xi Jinpeng looks like Winnie the Pooh. I say he looks like Mao Zedong.

chinamediaproject.org/2019/02/

The China Media Project is a research program at the University of Hong Kong.

My 2019 New Year's resolution is to take Lady Bracknell's advice 

4. I will always act without hesitation. "Hesitation of any kind is a sign of mental decay in the young, of physical weakness in the old."

5. I will not speak disrespectfully of Society. "Only people who can’t get into it do that."

6. I will never be quite accurate about my age. "It looks so calculating."

7. I will avoid arguments of every kind. "They are always vulgar, and often convincing."

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My 2019 New Year's resolution is to take Lady Bracknell's advice 

1. I will not educate myself, or give anyone real assistance in their education. "Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone."

2. I will not acquire real estate. "Land has ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure."

3. I will not sing French songs. "People always seem to think that they are improper, and either look shocked, which is vulgar, or laugh, which is worse."

tumblr 

I was just informed that if your Tumblr blog gets falsely flagged as "explicit" and the option to unflag the blog as explicit is grayed out, you can fix this by inspecting element and removing a few lines of code.

This is incredible.

"I am not young enough to know everything."

-- J. M. Barrie

I blame the Norman Conquest for all of my personal problems.

If you have a problem with another user, please report them and explain the problem instead of encouraging other users to dogpile them. This isn't Tumblr or Twitter; there are actual moderators here who will try to handle disputes.

French pol 

France is in political turmoil. Fortunately, Macron has a recipe for the economic success of the working class.

monpetitfour.com/reine-de-saba

I know I said I wouldn't do that this year. I made it to November.

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I blame Henry II of England for my personal problems.

uspol (post for US voters) 

"Don't boo. Vote."
--Barack Obama

economics, Rousseau 

Pursuit of social status is the number one reason people do shitty things.

If everybody could get their needs met no matter what their social status was, people would be less inclined to do shitty things in pursuit of social status.

This fact is obvious, but people in positions of power often have a strong incentive to forget it.

Warning. If you get the currently offered flu vaccine there is a very good chance you won't get the flu this year.

How did "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" become the typical sentence that contains all letters of the alphabet and not "sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow" which is objectively a million times cooler

prison in the US, statistics 

The average American male spends a year of his life in prison.

The incarceration rate in the U.S. in 2013 was 716 per 100,000. The male incarceration rate is higher, around 1.35%. Over 90% of prisoners are male (or classified as male), and males are slightly less than half of the population.

Male life expectancy at birth is currently 76.9 years.

Of course the average is not the median.

Masto meta (CWs on personal criticism) 

Reading posts containing sharp personal criticism of other people makes me unhappy.

There are a lot of posts in my timeline containing sharp personal criticism of people I don't know. Some of these posts have CWs. (Yay!) Some don't.

I am going to unfollow, and maybe also block, anyone who posts or boosts un-CWd personal criticism.

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