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The Ferguson Masterpost: How To Argue Eloquently & Back Yourself Up With Facts

Originally posted on [smut & sensibility]:

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Introduction From The Curator

Updates & Notes After Initial Publication

Note (11/30/14 at 12:35 PM EST): This was initially meant to be a smaller post, but I feel a duty to keep updating and fleshing it out. Still, I won’t be able to go past a certain point. That said, I hope it’s still helpful to y’all in whatever iteration is final & that you continue the conversation.

Note (11/29/14 at 8:00 PM EST): Holy moly, this got a ton of traction. Thanks to all the folks sharing, commenting, and helping us correct typos…

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“Be Thankful” (Author Unknown)

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

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Travis Shrugged: The creepy, dangerous ideology behind Silicon Valley’s Cult of Disruption


I love Uber, but this is undeniably scary…

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

“On bad days, I look at our revenue graph.”
- Travis Kalanick

When Uber was forced to shut down its yellow cab hailing service in New York last week, founder Travis Kalanick threw a fit that PandoDaily’s Nathaniel Mott described as “downright adolescent… just short of [Kalanick] stamping his feet.”

In fact, as Mott explains (and as sources close to the negotiations have independently confirmed), there was precisely one reason why UberTaxi failed to take Manhattan: Travis Kalanick himself. For one thing, the TLC is bound by contracts with existing vendors not to allow any other credit card processing in NY cabs until next February. Likewise, changing laws on handheld devices and pre-booked pickups cannot happen overnight. But unlike in Washington and Boston, where the company has also fought with regulators, New York was more than amenable to the idea of innovation. A compromise was on the horizon.


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Is it just me or do most pharmacists tend to be on the grouchy and ornery side? Is there something about being around all those millions of dollars of drugs that’s depressing or soul-sucking? Is being a pharmacist like being a doctor but without the warm patient-doctor connection? Is it too transactional to allow the joy that comes from caring for another human to be present? Perhaps it’s the fluorescent lighting and the Top 40 music and announcements from above that Safeway, Walgreens, and all other corporations insist on playing just slightly too loud…