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We Are All Paying the Price for America’s Reckless War Spending | The Nation

tags: nation, budget, cost, war
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In the name of the fight against terrorism, the United States is currently waging “credit-card wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. Never before has this country relied so heavily on deficit spending to pay for its conflicts. The consequences are expected to be ruinous for the long-term fiscal health of the United States, but they go far beyond the economic. Massive levels of war-related debt will have lasting repercussions of all sorts...

url: https://www.thenation.com/article/paying-price-americas-reckless-war-spending/

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Berkeley Carbon Footprint Map Shows Cities How to Fight Climate Change - CityLab

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By focusing on emissions from goods consumed in a city, Berkeley researchers paint a more accurate picture.

The nations of the world committed to slashing carbon emissions at the COP21 summit in Paris last month, and now cities and communities must figure out how to actually do that. In order to pull it off, local leaders will need to pinpoint the geographical sources of greenhouse gases and figure out what activities produce them...

url: https://www.citylab.com/environment/2016/01/berkeley-climate-change-map-cities/423753/

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JavaScript Symbols, Iterators, Generators, Async/Await, and Async Iterators — All Explained Simply

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Some JavaScript (ECMAScript) features are easier to understand than others. Generators look weird — like pointers in C/C++. Symbols manage to look like both primitives and objects at the same time.

So in this article, I’ll cover symbols,global symbols,iterators, iterables, generators , async/await and async iterators. I’ll explain “why” they are there in the first place and also show how they work with some useful examples.

url: https://medium.freecodecamp.org/some-of-javascripts-most-useful-features-can-be-tricky-let-me-explain-them-4003d7bbed32

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ActivityPub

W3C The ActivityPub protocol is a decentralized social networking protocol based upon the [ActivityStreams] 2.0 data format. It provides a client to server API for creating, updating and deleting content, as well as a federated server to server API for delivering notifications and content.

url: https://www.w3.org/TR/activitypub/

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Gerrymandering - 99% Invisible

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The way we draw our political districts has a huge effect on U.S. politics, but the process is also greatly misunderstood. Gerrymandering has become a scapegoat for what’s wrong with the polarized American political system, blamed for marginalizing groups and rigging elections, but there’s no simple, one-size-fits-all design solution for drawing fair districts.

url: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/gerrymandering/

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Hating Gerrymandering Is Easy. Fixing It Is Harder. | The Cook Political Report

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As politics in the U.S. has polarized along geographic and racial lines, drawing political maps has become a partisan arms race. Even the smallest decisions about where to draw district boundaries can alter the power dynamic in Congress — without a single voter switching parties or moving.

url: https://www.cookpolitical.com/analysis/national/fivethirtyeight/hating-gerrymandering-easy-fixing-it-harder

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Monitorama 2018 PDX

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Last year was an unforgettable experience. Where else do you get to see real-time failover in action? Join us again to hear talks from industry experts and community leaders discuss the newest approaches in monitoring and observability. Find out which tools and techniques are in use at some of the largest web architectures in the world.

url: http://monitorama.com/

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Home - The Flying Barrel

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Are you looking to make your own beer or wine, but don't know where to start? Do you need to brew a larger batch than your system can handle? Our shop has a fully-equipped brew house where you can make your very own batch. If you’re just starting out, we can even guide you through the process, so you learn more and worry less.

url: https://www.flyingbarrel.com/

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The Distributed Developer Stack Field Guide

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The definitive source for mainstream technology practitioners to discover and understand the tools and concepts prominent in the shift to the distributed development stack (DDS).

url: http://sites.oreilly.com/odewahn/dds-field-guide/

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FairVote

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Our Mission: FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.

url: http://www.fairvote.org/

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The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion - Scientific American Blog Network

tags: data, survey, religion
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Since 1990, the fraction of Americans with no religious affiliation has nearly tripled, from about 8 percent to 22 percent. Over the next 20 years, this trend will accelerate: by 2020, there will be more of these "Nones" than Catholics, and by 2035, they will outnumber Protestants.

url: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-u-s-is-retreating-from-religion/#

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Using reason and evidence to do the most good - Effective Altruism

Effective Altruism

Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most?

Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on.

But it's no use answering the question unless you act on it. Effective altruism is about following through. It's about being generous with your time and your money to do the most good you can.

url: https://www.effectivealtruism.org/

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Linux Action News

tags: podcast, Linux
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Stay up to date on the latest news and developments in Linux and open source. Chris and Joe bring their experience and perspective to the week's events.

Born from the ashes of the Linux Action Show with a mission to focus on high quality coverage and discussion.

url: http://linuxactionnews.com/

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UBports | A Ubuntu Touch Community

tags: touch, phone, Linux, Ubuntu
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Ubuntu Touch is the touch-friendly mobile version of the well-loved Ubuntu operating system. Originally designed and developed by Canonical, it now lives on in the UBports community.   Ubuntu Touch offers a completely refreshing approach to the mobile experience. Thanks to the intuitive interface, members of the Ubuntu Touch community report a very 'natural' experience. With a gentle swipe from the edge of the screen, you have access to all of the device...

url: https://ubports.com/

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About | elplatt.com

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Hi, I'm Ed. I research and create technology for cooperation and social good. I'm also an artist, a hacker/maker, and a neuroscience fan-boy. I'm currently a PhD student at the University of Michigan School of Information.

url: https://elplatt.com/

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2017 State of DevOps Report, presented by Puppet and DORA

tags: report, devops, Puppet
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Over the past six years and more than 27,000 State of DevOps survey responses, we’ve found clear evidence that DevOps practices yield remarkable results for IT teams and organizations.

This year we also discovered new findings about transformational leadership, automation practices, continuous delivery, lean product management, and DevOps in not-for-profits and organizations that use off-the-shelf software.

url: https://puppet.com/resources/whitepaper/state-of-devops-report

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