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I stuck with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD even when some friends gave up, because I know Joss Whedon often takes some time to get going, and I figured Jed might need the same.
Then it started to get pretty good.
Then Captain America: The Winter Soldier happened.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is amazing, and I’m glad I stuck with it. No judgement on those who left: you can catch up pretty easily, and enjoy the show with me.

I stuck with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD even when some friends gave up, because I know Joss Whedon often takes some time to get going, and I figured Jed might need the same.

Then it started to get pretty good.

Then Captain America: The Winter Soldier happened.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is amazing, and I’m glad I stuck with it. No judgement on those who left: you can catch up pretty easily, and enjoy the show with me.

(Source: daricemoore)

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wilwheaton:


[I]f the Republicans want to spend the entire next six months or year talking about repealing a bill that provides millions of people health insurance without providing any meaningful alternative, instead of wanting to talk about jobs and the economic situation of families all across the country, that’s their prerogative. At some point I think they’ll make the transition. That’s my hope, anyway. If not, we’re just going to keep on doing what we’re doing, which is making it work for people all across the country.
I’m sorry, I’m going to say one last thing about this, just because this does frustrate me: States that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You’ve got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states—zero cost to these states—other than ideological reasons. They have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens. That’s wrong. It should stop. Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else.
- President Obama

Most of the states with Republican governors who have opted out of the Medicaid expansion have very poor people living there, too. These governors are deliberately hurting their own citizens because they don’t like the president. That’s just wrong.

wilwheaton:

[I]f the Republicans want to spend the entire next six months or year talking about repealing a bill that provides millions of people health insurance without providing any meaningful alternative, instead of wanting to talk about jobs and the economic situation of families all across the country, that’s their prerogative. At some point I think they’ll make the transition. That’s my hope, anyway. If not, we’re just going to keep on doing what we’re doing, which is making it work for people all across the country.

I’m sorry, I’m going to say one last thing about this, just because this does frustrate me: States that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You’ve got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states—zero cost to these states—other than ideological reasons. They have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens. That’s wrong. It should stop. Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else.

- President Obama

Most of the states with Republican governors who have opted out of the Medicaid expansion have very poor people living there, too. These governors are deliberately hurting their own citizens because they don’t like the president. That’s just wrong.

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What’s that? Movies featuring women don’t actually do worse than movies not featuring women? Even internationally? Those claims are based on faulty or circular reasoning? You don’t say.

The footnotes are interesting, too.

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When “i” is replaced with “we” even illness becomes wellness.
Malcolm X (via amorestavivo)

(Source: nargessi)

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April Fools’ Day is amateur hour for people who aren’t funny the other 364 days of the year. It’s much like New Year’s Eve for people who don’t party or Valentine’s Day for people who aren’t romantic. They feel like they have to do this on this exact day, which of course leads to an embarrassing situation for everybody.

The crushing lameness of April Fools Day on the Internet.

Hacker News user jedrek speaks truth.

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There are two ways to explain what’s missing in this picture: French social theory and Dr. Seuss.

No, Nate, brogrammers may not be macho, but that’s not all there is to it

I missed the backstory, having seen nothing from Nate Silver nor Emily Bell, so my endorsement of this article has nothing to do with them. I find myself challenged by this article because I realize that I do think of myself as “an outsider, basically,” and yet by a panoply of objective measures, I’m not. Not mostly. Not any more.

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We pretend love is complicated, but it’s actually really simple. That other stuff, it isn’t love at all.

We pretend love is complicated, but it’s actually really simple. That other stuff, it isn’t love at all.

(Source: mollyalicehoy)

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I would be more excited about this if it weren’t replacing a dead drive.

I would be more excited about this if it weren’t replacing a dead drive.

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Abortion rates in Europe and Russia

I started off thinking that if nothing else, this chart demonstrates just how unhappy people seem to be in the red countries. That is, I don’t think a country of women who choose to end more than half of all pregnancies can be said to be happy with the conditions under which they live.

But then I noticed that the color for 30.0-49.9% is the same as the color for 50.0-66.6%, so I started digging around for data. I found a list with some slightly more up-to-date data.

So Russia is at 39.9%, nearly twice the United States, but no country quite hits 50% any more.

Abortion rates in Europe and Russia

I started off thinking that if nothing else, this chart demonstrates just how unhappy people seem to be in the red countries. That is, I don’t think a country of women who choose to end more than half of all pregnancies can be said to be happy with the conditions under which they live.

But then I noticed that the color for 30.0-49.9% is the same as the color for 50.0-66.6%, so I started digging around for data. I found a list with some slightly more up-to-date data.

So Russia is at 39.9%, nearly twice the United States, but no country quite hits 50% any more.

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The parallels between bitcoins and frequent flyer miles are staggering.

Except frequent flyer miles are more stable in value, because there’s a small group of central authorities: the airlines.