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White supremacists, misogynists, and anti-Semites see the ancient Mediterranean as a touchstone: "Hate Groups Love Ancient Greece and Rome. Scholars Are Pushing Back."
(Plus- the champion of cooperation)
“O teach me how I should forget to think”*…

Correct your corollaries:

Eight ways that inequality impacts economic performance: "How Inequality Makes Us Poorer"
(Plus- François Quesnay)
“Everybody’s talkin’ about hard times / Like it just started yesterday”*…

The greater good is, in fact, good:

Risk management-- a life-long conservative opponent of climate action explains: "What Changed My Mind About Climate Change?"
(Plus- the first long-distance power line)
“Not taking risks one doesn’t understand is often the best form of risk management”*…

Be a good ancestor:

Unintended consequences and the neglect of legacy physical structures: the perils of techno-optimism
(Plus- the Sack of Rome)
“Any solution is all too likely to become the next problem”*…

A plea for perspective:

How did hunger for the humble vanilla pod lead to greed, crime and riches? "Vanilla Fever"
(Plus- Colonial Jack's very long walk)
“The exchangeable value of all commodities rises as the difficulties of their production increase”*…

Rethink your Starbucks order at:

How cartography made early modern global trade possible: "First you make the maps"
(Plus- the Catacombs of Rome)
“The map? I will first make it.”*…

Find your way:

Why snoozers are, in fact, losers
(Plus- Voltaire)
“To sleep, perchance to dream”*…

Ruminate on rest:

The case to rejoin science and philosophy... lest we seek knowledge at the expense of wisdom: "Natural philosophy redux."
(Plus- Nobel's will)
“The average scientist unequipped with the powerful lenses of philosophy, is a nearsighted creature, and cheerfully attacks each difficulty in the hope that it may prove to be the last”*…

Seek ever-higher ground:

How the Milwaukee Bucks and a former wedding DJ won the T-Shirt Cannon arms race
(Plus- Jell-O)
“It’s all part of life’s rich pageant”*…

Make yourself a target at:

Lawrence Wilkinson @lhwilkinson

The author of Robinson Crusoe, who dealt with ups and downs as an entrepreneur, also wrote one of history’s most read business manuals: "Daniel Defoe’s hard-earned lessons on business and life"
(Plus- Believe It or Not Ripley)
“I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.”*…

Consider the source at:

Delight in the detective work recounted at "The English Word That Hasn’t Changed in Sound or Meaning in 8,000 Years"...
(Plus- Lord Monboddo)
“I like good strong words that mean something”*…

Celebrate continuity:

The underground network of microbes that connects trees—charted for first time: "Wood Wide Web: trees' social networks are mapped"
(Plus- the namesake of the dahlia)
“In the end everything is connected”*…

Contemplate connection:

Proselytizing, pseudoscience, and shaming--all committed in the name of turning women into mothers: "A Brief History of Bullying Women to Have Babies"
(Plus- Helen Taussig)
“No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother”*…

Cherish choice:

Credentialed authorities are comically bad at predicting the future. But reliable-- at least more reliable-- forecasting is possible: "The Peculiar Blindness of Experts"
(Plus- Lorenz and Chaos Theory)
“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future”*…

Ponder prediction:

Music of the Squares: David Ramsay Hay and the reinvention of Pythagorean aesthetics
(Plus- Mary Cassatt)
“In so far as the mind sees things in their eternal aspect, it participates in eternity”*…

Excavate the essential:

Once local and irregular, time-keeping became universal and linear in 311 BCE. History would never be the same again: "A Revolution in Time"
(Plus- Galerius)
“‘For a while’ is a phrase whose length can’t be measured”*…

Mark time:

The Frankfurt Kitchen changed how we cook—and live
(Plus- the men behind Cap'n Crunch)
“Housework won’t kill you, but then again, why take the chance?”*…

Dwell on the domestic:
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Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts, and above a threshold, have never failed: "The '3.5% Rule': How a small minority can change the world.
(Plus- John Stuart Mill)
“It’s not an effective protest if it’s not pissing people off”*…

Take it to the streets:

America is aging, but not evenly: "7 maps that tell the incredible story of aging in America"
(Plus- My Generation)
“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected”*…

Size up senescence:

Is today Ted Danson's birthday?
(Plus- Louie Louie, cleared)
“A very merry Unbirthday to you!”*…

Go to The Good Place:

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Refactor Camp

Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

Kinda/sorta sponsored by the Ribbonfarm Blogamatic Universe.

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