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How to Handle All That News

So much news, so many sources, so much to read, so where does one start? If you are a news junkie as I am this is the ultimate question of our times (tad exaggeration).

My system for trying to keep up is not complicated, but it works for me and something similar might work for you. First I have 3 “old media” sources that I subscribe to so I read those as you would have in 1950 at the kitchen table. Those would be The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. These three are also the only news apps that I allow to send me notifications on my phone, breaking news only of course!

The next bit is how I take in the rest. It pretty much works like this. I see a link in a number of places and save it to Pocket. There are a few services that allow you to save items to read later, but Pocket works everywhere and has the best tools. Then a few times a day I go into Pocket on my phone or PC and read away.

I have two primary ways to find stuff I want to send to Pocket. That would be my RSS app (RSS explainer) and Twitter. Since the death of Google Reader I have used Feedly as my RSS service. I do however use third party apps to use Feedly though they provide more than adequate first party apps. On the MAC and iOS I use Reeder, and on Windows I like Nextgen Reader. Both apps do a great job of syncing with the Feedly service and most importantly make it easy to save to Pocket. For Android I still have not found anything better than Feedly for Android.

Those that know me understand I like and use Twitter a lot. While the social stuff is fun, I have found it be a useful place to see what news is breaking in the now. With the right Twitter app you can save anything that looks interesting with one quick click. On the Mac and iOS I use Tweetbot, on Android I like Talon, and on Windows I like Tweetium.

While a setup like this can take time to curate it is quick and easy to use. During the day or when I am busy I just quickly scan my Twitter and RSS feeds. If I see a headline or lede that draws my attention, I just click save to Pocket. Then when I have a few minutes I open Pocket and read!

Like anything the news is only as good as the sources you choose to follow and read. Don’t just read the sites and authors who you know you will agree with. Push your boundaries, remember there is a world outside of the borders you live within, and become an informed citizen.


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The Time for the Gun Debate Was Yesterday

What to Bring to the Gun Fight | Crooked Media

Republicans have defined the terms of the debate on guns and instead of trying to change those terms, we have resigned ourselves to playing on their turf. The Democratic approach to guns is one of the last vestiges of the mushy strategic applesauce that dominated 1990s DLC-style centrism—the only way to beat Republicans is to try to sound more like them. It is a defensive posture borne of a defeatist mindset that is more a product of Democratic psychology than of political reality. Democrats speak softly and carry a small stick to the gun fight because they have convinced themselves that Republicans have the law, politics, and a presumption of victory on their side. The truth is less daunting, but unless Democrats come around to that truth, the presumption of Republican victory will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.


Glad to see a group of writers actually writing. This is an important read.

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Sports is Not Enough

The First Vegas Hockey Game Was Proof That Sports Can’t Heal Tragedy – VICE Sports

After the largest mass shooting in American history, all the horror of the real world was displayed on the ice Tuesday night. First responders, many reluctantly accepting cheers from the crowd as they walked onto the ice, were there to receive thanks from the fans. But they were also a reminder of how everything can and will go bad in a moment’s notice.

The problem is that something needs to actually come of their presence. What needs to follow is more than just a hockey game. We need to see this parade of heroes, take the next step and say to ourselves, “It would be great if these men and women didn’t have to be heroes as often as they do. Let’s do something about it.”


Dave is exactly right. The Vegas Knights did everything right last night, but this should not be on them nor any other group of athletes. This is on all of us to demand more be done.

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Your Next Supreme Court Justice

Reported Gorsuch Statements Show Disqualifying Disregard for Women’s Workplace Rights – NWLC

Author: Emily Martin

“Judge Gorsuch outlined how law firms, and companies in general, had to ask female interviewees about pregnancy plans in order to protect the company. At least one student countered that an employer could not ask questions about an interviewee’s pregnancy plans. However, Judge Gorsuch informed the class that was wrong. Instead Judge Gorsuch told the class that not only could a future employer ask female interviewees about their pregnancy and family plans, companies must ask females about their family and pregnancy plans to protect the company.”


This from the guy who apparently is too qualified to try and stop. While the Democrats can’t stop this in the end they should force the GOP to get rid of the filibuster. The idea they should wait for the next one is wrong as the GOP will blow it up anyway.

Hearings start today so watch this space.

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Read These Two Things

First, read this….

Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul D. Manafort.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/politics/donald-trump-ukraine-russia.html?smid=tw-share

Then read this….

But now we learn that Sater is still very much in the Trump orbit and acting as a go-between linking Trump and a pro-Putin Ukrainian parliamentarian pitching ‘peace plans’ for settling the dispute between Russia and Ukraine. (Artemenko is part of the political faction which Manafort helped build up in the aftermath of the ouster of his Ukrainian benefactor, deposed President Viktor Yanukovych.) Indeed, far, far more important, Cohen – who is very close to Trump and known for dealing with delicate matters – is in contact with Sater and hand delivering political and policy plans from him to the President.

Were Cohen not involved, one might speculate that Sater is just up to yet another hustle, looking to parlay his one-time association with Trump into influence with the new President. Cohen hand delivering his messages to the President changes the picture considerably. How or why Cohen would do this, if for no other reason than the current massive scrutiny of Trump’s ties to Russia and Sater’s scandals, almost defies belief. But here we are.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/a-big-shoe-just-dropped

 

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Defending the Law

Standing up for ‘so-called’ law – The Boston Globe

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/02/10/standing-for-called-law/VLbDYmrwpdjCn8qs5FPJaK/story.html

We are deans of respected law schools. We have dedicated our professional lives to the proposition that law overrides violence with reason. Law stands for what we have in common, not merely what divides us. Law respects disagreement; it patiently considers evidence and advocacy; it engages with the views of all. Each person — not just each citizen — is equal before the law. Created in ancient times to terminate endless cycles of vengeance and retribution, law substitutes official, publicly justified sanctions for animosity and enmity.

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Spicer Goes Full Spicer

US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russia dossier – CNNPolitics.com

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/10/politics/russia-dossier-update/index.html

Evan Perez

Reached for comment this afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “We continue to be disgusted by CNN’s fake news reporting.”

Spicer later called back and said, “This is more fake news. It is about time CNN focused on the success the President has had bringing back jobs, protecting the nation, and strengthening relationships with Japan and other nations. The President won the election because of his vision and message for the nation.”

This is a quote that will live in infamy.

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We are a Banana Republic

North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

Author: ANDREW REYNOLDS

In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. If it were a nation state, North Carolina would rank right in the middle of the global league table – a deeply flawed, partly free democracy that is only slightly ahead of the failed democracies that constitute much of the developing world.


While we look at Russian hacking, we take our eye off the ball here in the US. While Russian propaganda played a part in our last election, the GOP war on voters played a bigger part. In states like North Carolina and Wisconsin lawmakers made it their goal to stop people of color, young people, and other more liberal leaning voters from actually voting.

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Dust Off Your Pantsuits

Radio City Rockettes ‘Appalled’ Over Trump Inauguration Command Performance

Author: Itay Hod

“Most of the Rockettes do not want to perform at the inauguration,” posted Duarte, whose Facebook page identifies her as the creator, producer and host of Dead Darlings. “AGVA, their union, has put in writing to the full time Rockettes that they must accept the inauguration gig or they will lose their jobs. It’s perfect, actually. What could be more fitting for this inauguration than forcing a group of women to do something with their bodies against their will?”


When I saw the news yesterday that the Rockettes would be performing I assumed their parent company signed them up. Some will resist, and could lose their job. I hope it does not come to that, instead the dancers who have come to represent the holidays in New York City should do their routine in white pantsuits. I don’t think the owner of MSG who agreed to have them perform will be checking out the act during rehearsal!

Trump is going to be our President, so go and send your message. That is how America works!

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Michelle Obama’s Message

This video is really good, and the sad part is that it did not need that much editing. This is the discussion we are having in 2016? Trump did his best to call into question the validity of the first African American president, and now even after his coming loss in a few weeks he has called into question the validity of the first woman president.

via GIPHY

Well Mr. Trump here is a message for you. Yes there will be a portion of the population that will never recognize a woman or a black man as the leader of their nation because they are just “deplorable” people. The reality is that 25 years ago when the first Clinton was running for president you needed a portion of those people to win. Not anymore Donald, you and your loathsome group of supporters are a shrinking minority. In a few weeks you will be nothing but what you always have been, a loser who was born on third base and is now standing on first. Bye Felicia….

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