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THE WIND — A WINDOW INTO THE WOODS

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What shall we do about the wind when it blows us over there and back again? We could call ourselves a kite but I really think I might just go with it and call it being “Zen”.

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The Women Pilots History Forgot

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(CNN)More than 100 years after Harriet Quimby broke down barriers as the first woman to earn a pilot certificate, there are still very few women who choose flying as a career. Worldwide, only 3% of airline pilots are women, the Royal Aeronautical Society said earlier this month. Now, there’s a move to change that.  And the obvious place to begin is by highlighting the achievements of the long-forgotten queens of the air — the women who ignored the men who scorned them, broke through the restrictions society placed on them, and paved the way for Amelia Earhart.

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Learn about the world’s greatest flying machine – Antonov An-225 — Journal Edge

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The original Antonov An-225 requirements warranted building the largest aircraft in the world. It was originally designed to function as a Russian Space Shuttle carrier aircraft, assisting the Bura… Source: Learn about the world’s greatest flying machine – Antonov An-225

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Tom Hanks says America is “going to be all right” with President Trump — “The future of the United States is never determined by one man alone. We believe in something much better than that.” — Peace and Freedom

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. “We will take everything that has been handed to us as Americans,” Hanks concluded. “And we will turn our nation and we will turn the future and we will turn all the work that we have before us into some brand new thing of beauty.” CBS News Tom Hanks attends the 2016 Museum Of […]

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First Brexit, Then Trump. Can Italy Avoid a Populist Uprising in Crucial Referendum? — TIME

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2016 is shaping up to be a year of electoral surprises, with Britain voting to leave the E.U. and the U.S. sending Donald Trump to the White House. On Dec. 4, it’s Italy’s turn as a crucial constitutional reform referendum could decide the future of the country — and the fate of its young Prime…

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Ford Campervan conversion ideas — RadVanAdventures.com

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Our Introduction to DIY Campervan Conversion Our VanLife journey started with a used 2007 Ford E-350 van (15-passenger). Our Ford van (named “RadVan 1”) was our introduction to VanLife. It served us well, and I learned a ton about DIY van conversion. We’ve since moved on to a Sprinter 170 (RadVan 2), but I wanted to […]

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Opinion Today

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Many of the things that keep our democracy healthy don’t appear in the Constitution or any federal law. President Obama made this point Monday when talking about an orderly transition from one presidency to the next:
“It’s not something that the Constitution explicitly requires but it is one of those norms that are vital to a functioning democracy, similar to norms of civility and tolerance and a commitment to reason and facts and analysis.”
The last few words of that sentence were the ones that caught my attention, and I started thinking about them again after reading an Op-Ed by Zeynep Tufekci.
Tufekci, a University of North Carolina professor, makes the case that Facebook is in denial about its role in spreading misinformation. During the presidential campaign, Facebook helped spread falsehoods — the Pope endorsed Trump! — to millions of people. Those falsehoods appeared in fake news articles, and Facebook did nothing to inform their users that the material in them was simply made up.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has said it’s “pretty crazy” to believe that fake news influences people in any significant way, but Tufekci persuasively lays out evidence to the contrary. Multiple studies have shown — and common sense backs up — that Facebook influences opinions and behavior.
“These are not easy problems to solve, but there is a lot Facebook could do,” Tufekci wrote. “When the company decided it wanted to reduce spam, it established a policy that limited its spread.” The step that Facebook announced Monday— refusing to display advertisements in fake stories — isn’t sufficient.
The media is in the midst of a historical transition right now. Some old news sources are shrinking or disappearing, and others — many of which rely on Facebook — are rising. There is nothing wrong with this change. Our country has survived the fading of news powerhouses, like the Saturday Evening Post, Life magazine and live radio broadcasts, before.
But whatever forms the new information sources take, they do need to provide “reason and facts,” neither of which is partisan. A healthy democracy depends on it. As Thomas Jefferson said, the people need “full information of their affairs.” Zuckerberg, by believing that Facebook is staying neutral, has in fact made a damaging choice.
The full Opinion report from The Times follows, including Geoff Dembicki on generational war and climate change.
David Leonhardt
Op-Ed Columnist.  NY Times

 

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