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Donald Trump doesn't want to soil his beautiful mind with reading, or knowledge

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[See also: What's So Wrong with Being Absolutely Right: The Dangerous Nature of Dogmatic Belief by Judy J. Johnson. *RON*]

By Mark Sumner, Daily KOS, 18 July 2016

It's taken a while to understand just how Donald Trump could be the best at everything. How could he know more about ISIS than the generals, more about the economy than economists, and more about how he's always right than all those videos showing he was wrong?

The secret of Trump’s brilliance is simple. Really simple: Don't learn anything.

He has no time to read, he said: “I never have. I’m always busy doing a lot. Now I’m more busy, I guess, than ever before.”

Trump thought about reading a presidential biography, just so he would understand all about how other people did it wrong—but really, what's the point?

There's a loophole in Article 50 that lets Britain back into the EU whenever we want

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[Interesting. See also: It is time to accept the fact that Brexit may never actually happen. *RON*]

Jim Edwards, Business Insider, 21 July 2016

In early June, no one knew what "Article 50" was. Now, everyone knows: It is the piece of EU law in the Lisbon Treaty that will trigger Britain's exit from the European Union.

We do not know when prime minister Theresa May will formally trigger Article 50. It could come as soon as this year, or 10 years from now. Almost everyone assumes that once the UK's Article 50 request is made, that's it. We're out. No going back.

But ... there is a little-known loophole in Article 50 that would keep the UK in the EU even after the request is triggered. Basically, the UK can change its mind after the Article 50 request is made as long as no final agreement on Brexit has been reached.

Three positive steps toward ending poverty in Canada

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[Some relief that some things continue to move in the proper direction under Trudeau. *RON*]
By David MacDonald, rabble.ca, 21 July 2016
In 1989, when the House of Commons voted unanimously to end child poverty by the year 2000, there was much applause.

But as the years started to pass, political inaction fuelled a deepening sense that government commitments to reduce poverty were mere words.

It's 2016 and Canada is a long way from ending poverty, but three promising developments are about to lift almost half a million people above the poverty line.

U.S. Considers "Pause" In Supplies For Group Beheading Sick Child

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[US merely thinks about stopping supplies, briefly, until we forget about it. Which is typically much less than a week according to Google Trends. See also: Gruesome Film Shows US-Funded Syrian Rebel Group Behead Child. *RON*]

Posted by "B", Moon of Alabama, 20 July 2016

Yesterday some ten year old kid in Syria was beheaded by U.S. supported "moderate rebels".

The "rebels" alleged that the boy was a fighter for a Palestinian group on the Syrian government side. But the boy looks very small and weak, has infusion tubes in his arm and no military attributes like a uniform or weapons.

There is now additional information about the case:
8:08 AM - 20 Jul 2016 Elijah J. Magnier @EjmAlrai. #Palestinian child, Abdullah Issa, was at Hospital, beheaded by Mateen al-Nahlawee coz his father is a militant.

Student Loan Debt: Your Complete Guide to the Crisis — And Getting in Control

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[From the land of the blood-sucking vampire squid. First, this article which documents the living $1.2 trillion hell that student debt has become for 41 million Americans. Then this piece: Student Debt Helps, Not Harms, the U.S. Economy, White House Says. Then this one: Amazon enters student loan business in partnership with Wells Fargo. *RON*]

By James Dennin, Money.Mic, 18 July 2016

If you ask virtually any millennial about their biggest money woe, odds are they'll point to their student loans.

"I do feel like I got a little ripped off," said Serena Berry, who graduated from Wesleyan University in 2015 with a double major in Film Studies and Art.

Like many recent graduates, she took out federal student loans to fund her education, to the tune of about $19,000. Now in the real world, Berry's found that most entry-level jobs in her industry are effectively unpaid, she said. So she's now not so sure all the private college lux…

Jimmy Carter Defends Edward Snowden, Says NSA Spying Has Compromised Nation’s Democracy

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["'America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time,' Carter said... No American outlets covered Carter’s speech..." *RON*]

Nick Wing, The Huffington Post, 19 July 2016


Former President Jimmy Carter announced support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this week, saying that his uncovering of the agency’s massive surveillance programs had proven “beneficial.”

Speaking at a closed-door event in Atlanta covered by German newspaper Der Spiegel, Carter also criticized the NSA’s domestic spying as damaging to the core of the nation’s principles.

“America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time,” Carter said, according to a translation by Inquisitr.

No American outlets covered Carter’s speech, given at an Atlantic Bridge meeting, which has reportedly led to some skepticism over Der Spiegel’s quotes. But Carter’s stance would be in line with remarks he’s made on Snowden and the issue of civil lib…