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LOL! My Wife just referred to Paul Ryan as: El Ojete con Ojitos

The asshole with the pretty eyes.

'How Democracies Die' Authors Say Trump Is A Symptom Of 'Deeper Problems'

Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt are experts in what makes democracies healthy — and what leads to their collapse. They warn that American democracy is in trouble.

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross, who's off today. If watching President Trump and listening to American political discourse these days makes you feel something's gone wrong, our guests today will tell you it's not your imagination. Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent years studying what makes democracies healthy and what leads to their collapse. And they see signs that American democracy is in trouble.

In a new book, they argue that Trump has shown authoritarian tendencies and that many players in American politics are discarding long-held norms that have kept our political rivalries in balance and prevented the kind of bitter conflict that can lead to a repressive state. Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt are both professors of government at Harvard University. Levitsky's research focuses on Latin America and the developing world. Ziblatt studies Europe from the 19th century to the present. Their new book is called "How Democracies Die."


Is it just me, or does Lindsey look genuinely worried and exhausted today? nt

Here's the problem with merit based immigration (IMHO)

If only the best qualified are allowed to immigrate to the US, then they will compete only for the best, highest paying jobs available. Leaving the menial jobs, the low paying jobs, the back breaking jobs, for the native born.

Is that really what we want?

How good are you at picking lettuce?

Why Does Time Exist at All?

Godel's Incompleteness Theorem - Numberphile

That should be Gödel, but can't have umlauts in thread titles. Oh, well...

Are Orange-Americans genetically predisposed to brain rot? nt

Family demand release of man found snoring on autopsy table after being pronounced dead

The family of a Spanish prisoner who was pronounced dead by three doctors before waking up as he was being prepared for autopsy have demanded he immediately be released from jail.

Gonzalo Montoya Jimenez, 29, began snoring on an autopsy table in a morgue in Asturias four hours after his death was certified at a local prison on Sunday morning. The man - whose body had already been marked up for the procedure - was on Tuesday awake and recovering in hospital as authorities opened investigations into the mysterious case.

The prisoner was discovered in his cell by guards at around 8am on Sunday, seated in a chair, blue, and showing no signs of life, according to officials. His death was certified first by the doctor on the overnight shift, then a second on duty that morning, and finally by a forensic specialist before he was transported to the morgue.

My thoughts,

He's already been pronounced dead, so his sentence has been served, however long it may have been.


A touching story. Don't know where to begin.

My spouse is a substitute teacher in South Texas. We live in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the poorest if not the poorest area of the United States. The demographics are, for all intents and purposes, 100% Mexican-American. Today, she substituted as an assistant at an elementary school that cares for children with special needs.

I want you to let that sink in. One of the poorest areas of the country, dealing with children with special needs from families of very limited resources.

On her way out the door today, speaking with the teacher in charge of the class, she found out she was in a hurry to get home because she had guests waiting.

- Oh, you have family visiting?
- Well, no. Actually, these are three people I've been sheltering for the last few days. They're a brother and sister in their 20's, and the girl has a young boy of about three. I found them sleeping under a bridge and decided to take them in and help them out. They'll be leaving in another day or so, but right now I have to get home to feed them.

The people staying with her came down from up-north, around Pennsylvania. How they got here, why they came here, what their plans are my wife does not know and I do know even less.

But here is the kicker; the family is black.

This Hispanic teacher, with a child of her own, living in one of the poorest areas of the country, didn't give a second thought to taking in a back family off the street, sheltering them in her home, and feeding them for days to help them reach their destination safely, wherever that may be.

I just can't describe how touching this is for me.

What would you have done in those circumstances?

First Space Shuttle Launch - worth seeing

Godspeed, John Young, commander of the first Space Shuttle flight.

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