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There’s No Security in ‘White Privilege’

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As my best friend and I were preparing for a recent trip overseas, he warned me that security on our airline was significantly tighter than I was accustomed to via the TSA. I waved off this warning nonchalantly. I mean honestly, I’m a friendly and open small-town girl with barely a traffic ticket on my record. How bad could it be? I was soon to find out. It was, to say the least, a rude awakening, and a lesson that was a long time coming.

Bethlehem

Israel had me at both shalom & marhaban

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Since my return I’ve been asked a lot of questions about my trip, but two in particular keep recurring: did I feel safe there, and what was the best part of my trip. Both questions I can easily answer. Despite the newly-inflamed tensions growing in the country, I never felt as though I were in danger. I felt as safe there as I do in my own city.

GOP Medical Display

Help! My Doctor is a Conservative.

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My doctor, as it turns out, is a Republican. And not just any Republican. He is, it appears, one of the GOP’s go-to guys in their war against the Affordable Care Act. He has testified before Congress, written several op-eds for prominent conservative publications and blogs, and is a frequent guest on right-wing radio. This guy is no lightweight. I felt a sinking feeling in my gut, and the more I read, the worse that feeling became.

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Microsoft Announces Quarterly Earnings Release Date

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Microsoft Corp. will publish fiscal year 2015 second-quarter financial results after the close of the market on Monday, January 26, 2015 on the Microsoft Investor Relations website at http://www.microsoft.com/investor. A live webcast of the earnings conference call will be made available at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time on the Microsoft Investor Relations website at http://www.microsoft.com/investor.

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The Pirate Bay sets sail, on the cloud.

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Swedish based file-sharing site The Pirate Bay (#TPB : #PirateBay) which was raided yesterday stopped operating for a short time, but despite continuing coverage of the closure, the Pirate Bay is back online, with some outlets claiming it has moved to Costa Rica. In fact the torrent sharing web-site, created as a platform of protest and recently disowned by one of its founders has moved, but closer to home than Central America.

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