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Matrim Fox Cauthon

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  1. Matrim Fox Cauthon

    College Basketball 2018-2019: A star studded season

    When talking about any young athlete's health, particularly when college athletes are treated like garbage by the NCAA system, then I wish Zion Williamson a speedy and full recovery. When it comes to Duke, however, then it's difficult for me to feel pity for their loss (even somehow putting my UNC fandom aside) when they still have 3 of the top 15 of the freshmen class still on the floor afterwards.
  2. I suspect that he (and his Russian-backed bots) wants to take advantage of an overly-crowded field of Democratic candidates.
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    IMHO, Dark Night would have been a much stronger film without Two Face. There is no need for the rush to jump cut from Harvey Dent into the origins of Two Face, but instead give Harvey Dent more initial screen time or introduce him as the DA in the previous film. Also Nolan's films kinda ignores that one of the big recurring motifs of Harvey Dent/Two-Face's character is Bruce Wayne/Batman's commitment to redeem him.
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    US Politics: Ready, Set, Announce! Bookering the Odds

    Yes, but that was clearly because Hillary Clinton would have been SO MUCH WORSE! She would have been more of the same policies that didn't separate families, put kids in cages, turn our country into an international joke, benefit Russia, surround herself with the morally bankrupt and corrupt, and increase the deficit while enriching her pockets.
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    The Earthsea Series by Ursula K. Le Guin

    This is one of my favorite series. It has stuck with me in ways that many other fantasy series have not. And the more years I accumulate, the more that I appreciate the prose and themes of the books. I recently bought the Complete Illustrated Edition of Earthsea. It's a mammoth of a bible, but well worth it.
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    US Politics: Out in the Cold

    Didn't it also turn out that a lot of the Bernie or Bust sentiment was engineered by Russian bots on social media?
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    UK politics: The tale of an old (Ber)crow who flew down from the cuckoo's nest...

    Half the household agrees, they all want a singular pet for the house. But one wants a dog, but not a cat. And one wants a cat, but not a dog. One wants a hamster. And one wants a boa constrictor. The other half does not want a pet at all.
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    Writing style guides

    I wrote mostly in MLA for high school and undergrad. Yeah, footnootes are not as much of a thing for MLA.
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    Writing style guides

    I understand that footnotes can look unseemly for publishers wanting something that makes for more casual reading, particularly for lay people, but my eyes are trained now to look for footnotes and then jumping back seemlessly into reading. Endnotes disrupt that reading flow. Footnoting is super helpful when there are (1) long lists of relevant works being referrenced, and (2) when the author wants to add side comments about the references or additional background information that would otherwise disrupt the main text. So I may footnote a comment about scholarly disagreements on an issue, and then say, "Hey for scholars who hold traditional Position A, see List A of sources; for scholars who hold more reasonably nuanced Position B, see List B of sources; for scholars who hold completely idiotic, fringe position C (but who for some reason keep getting cited), see List C of sources." This would be incredibly disruptive to read as part of a main text.
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    Writing style guides

    My academic field mostly writes in Chicago/Turabian Style (at least in North America). The German-speaking sphere has its own style guides. We also have a supplemental style guide for our field (i.e., The Society of Biblical Literature Handbook of Style) for dealing with our own set of jargon, abbreviations, transliterations, citations, and even fonts for writing in non-Latin scripts (e.g., Hebrew, Greek, etc.), etc. It follows Chicago unless otherwise noted. Styles may vary from publisher to publisher, but Chicago is generally regarded as the standard, at least until the publisher says otherwise. I just loathe any Endnotes.
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    Should we lower the age of adulthood in the US to be 16?

    Honestly, I'm more worried about minorities in the criminal justice system if the age of adulthood was lowered than notions of appropriate ages for substance use, voting, military service, and the like.
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    U.S. Politics: 5.7 Billion Problems But The House Ain't One

    So in the day after, it seems as if most media outlets, conservative and liberal alike, are spinning this as a Trump loss and/or a Democrat (Nancy Pelosi) win. Even if this is only a three week stop gap measure, this seems like a pretty big blemish on Trump's bargaining power going forward. Democrats may not be so lucky as to have such an easy mark issue next time, but this sets an incredible tone going forward.
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    U.S. Politics: 5.7 Billion Problems But The House Ain't One

    Even Stone knew that this was a longtime coming. But this is at least some good news that the Mueller probe advances.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    AOC is the Anita Sarkeesian of elected officials.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Not yet. There is an upcoming hearing, possibly today, regarding the investigation. And Mark Harris (the douchebag Republican in question) is suing because he feels that he is entitled to the Congressional seat he "won," and argues that even if illegal cheating wasn't involved, he would have won. Or something to that effect.