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People often say “don’t fix what isn’t broken.” Said another way, keep doing what has worked before. The problem with this mentality is that what worked in one context may no longer work in the next. People often fail to update their assumptions and change their actions which is why I think many…

"Your assumptions about the lives of others are in direct relation to your naïve pomposity. Many people you believe to be rich are not rich. Many people you think have it easy worked hard for what they got. Many people who seem to be gliding right along have suffered and are suffering. Many people who appear to you to be old and stupidly saddled down with kids and cars and houses were once every bit as hip and pompous as you.

When you meet a man in the doorway of a Mexican restaurant who later kisses you while explaining that this kiss doesn’t ‘mean anything’ because, much as he likes you, he is not interested in having a relationship with you or anyone right now, just laugh and kiss him back. Your daughter will have his sense of humor. Your son will have his eyes.

The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.

One Christmas at the very beginning of your twenties when your mother gives you a warm coat that she saved for months to buy, don’t look at her skeptically after she tells you she thought the coat was perfect for you. Don’t hold it up and say it’s longer than you like your coats to be and too puffy and possibly even too warm. Your mother will be dead by spring. That coat will be the last gift she gave you. You will regret the small thing you didn’t say for the rest of your life. Say thank you."

Cheryl Strayed,  Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar 

The useless days will add up to something. […] These things are your becoming.

(via stoweboyd)


Comcast: Decodedly NOT Customer First


Adrianne Jeffries on why Comcast customer service reps are such pushy creeps:

Metrics-obsessed reps are therefore highly motivated to get every customer to not only continue service, but keep the same number of subscriptions — phone, internet, Xfinity — or add more. Essentially, these reps are trying to reach a predetermined outcome in the call, and they’re trying to do it in under 11 minutes. Comcast has turned its customer service reps into sales reps.

"Comcast likes to pretend to be "customer first," txmadison writes. "But then they turn around and provide an entire incentive structure that is decidedly NOT customer first."

No surprise there. Not only does Comcast not find such behavior problematic, they actually very directly encourage it.

But please, by all means let Comcast buy Time Warner Cable to ensure even more customers get such service.


When the Human Rights Campaign invited me to participate in #weareHRC and #rightsideofhistory on Instagram, I was like, “Yes. Yes, I would like to do that right now.” We’re all capturing and cataloging our little histories online every day; I’m proud that mine represents a message of love and equality. (at West Hollywood, California)


When the Human Rights Campaign invited me to participate in #weareHRC and #rightsideofhistory on Instagram, I was like, “Yes. Yes, I would like to do that right now.” We’re all capturing and cataloging our little histories online every day; I’m proud that mine represents a message of love and equality. (at West Hollywood, California)


@congressedits is a bot shadowing Wikipedia editing in the US Congress


Ed Summers set up @congressedits to surface what the Congress is doing on Wkipedia, because internet, and people are following:

In less than 48 hours the @congressedits Twitter account had more than 3,000 followers. My friend Nick set up gccaedits for Canada using the same software … and…


Senator Maria Cantwell’s Epic 19-Chart Stand for the Export-Import Bank

Senator Cantwell is a great legislator and am proud she represents me and the State of Washington.


The Amazing Amount of Consensus on the Supreme Court


Click here to embiggen this image. Graphic created by David Mendoza.

By David Mendoza

The Supreme Court ended its term last week by handing down two controversial split decisions that invalidated the contraception mandate and weakened unions. The acrimonious media coverage these cases and others received confirmed the polarized nature of the Supreme Court for many Americans. However, this perception belies the level of consensus that actually exists on the court.

In spite of the many conspicuous examples of disagreement, most cases decided by the Supreme Court don’t have any justices voting in the minority. According to figures compiled by SCOTUSblog, the high court ruled unanimously on 66% of cases adjudicated on the merits this term. Combining data from SCOTUSblog and the Supreme Court Database, the GIF above shows that this was the highest percentage of cases decided by the court without a dissent in over 25 years.

However, before we credit this trend entirely to the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, it is important to note that since 1946, a plurality of cases decided by the Supreme Court were ruled on unanimously. So this is not a new trend. The Roberts court, however, has been marginally more united in its disposition of cases than its predecessors. Between 1946 and 2013, the court arrived at a unanimous decision just over 40% of the time. The Roberts court has performed better with approximately 46% of cases decided without a dissent.

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"The medallion owners seem to be of the opinion that they are entitled to indefinite appreciation of their asset. The taxi medallion in the U.S. was the best investment you could have made in the last 30 years. Will it go up forever? No. And if they expected that it would, that was their mistake."

Corey ­Owens, Uber’s head of global public policy, speaking to Emily Badger. (via parislemon)


Cable TV Boxes Become 2nd Biggest Energy Drain In Homes


Ralph Vartabedian on cable boxes:

The seemingly innocuous appliances — all 224 million of them across the nation — together consume as much electricity as produced by four giant nuclear reactors, running around the clock. They have become the biggest single energy user in many homes, apart from air conditioning.

A set-top cable box with a digital recorder can consume as much as 35 watts of power, costing about $8 a month for a typical Southern California consumer. The devices use nearly as much power turned off as they do when they are turned on.

Insane. The title, however is incorrect. The correct title should be: Piece of Shit Cable TV Boxes Become 2nd Bigger Energy Users In Many Homes.

As if people needed another reason to get rid of #Comcast or #TimeWarner (or as Time Warner is soon to be know: Comcast).


Watershed Moment for Marriage Equality: Most Same-Sex Couples Can Now Marry


By David Mendoza

The United States reached an important milestone yesterday: for the first time ever, a majority of same-sex couples can now legally marry.

Illinois became the sixteenth state to recognize same-sex marriages when Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act last November. However, most same-sex couples in the Prairie State couldn’t receive a marriage license until June 1. Illinois is home to over 24,000 same-sex couples, according to the 2012 American Community Survey. These same gay and lesbian couples make up 3.9% of all such couples in the United States. And it was this 3.9% that pushed America over the half way point on the road to full marriage equality.

I explain how I reached my results and provide more context about the state of same-sex marriage in America below.

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