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How to Help Immigrant and Muslim Neighbors

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People are turning their frustrations with the Trump administration into actions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of vulnerable community members.

Lornet Turnbull, Bill Moyers Journal, 8 February 2017

This post originally appeared at Yes! magazine.

On Orcas Island in the Washington San Juans, a group of local residents is working with immigrants to create contingency plans for what will happen to children if their parents are unexpectedly picked up, detained or deported.

A Running List of Good Books that are Selling More Copies Because of Trump

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[Donald Trump: Inadvertent friend to literature? I also read that many people are buying books just to send them to Trump, prompting another article letting you know better places to donate books than to the Donald. *RON*]
Emily Temple, Literary Hub, 6 February 2017


Last week, Donald Trump was roundly mocked after taking a break from congratulating himself during his remarks about Black History Month to note: “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed.” Does Trump know that Frederick Douglass is dead? wondered current and former fifth-graders across America. Does he even know who he was? But every idiot has a silver lining: Broadly has reported that sales of the Yale University Press edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave have gone up since Trump’s comment—and this uptick in sales is only the latest in a series of national Trump-fueled …

Austerity in Theory and Practice

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[This one's on my to-read list; I plan to get to it in the next couple of months. *RON*]

Lawrence Klepp, The Weekly Standard, 6 February 2017

Philosophers once preached what they practiced. Socrates, Diogenes the Cynic, Epicurus, and the Stoics not only devoted themselves to living simple, abstemious lives; it was the essence of their philosophy. Some of the most important modern philosophers—Spinoza, Kant, Thoreau, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein—maintained the tradition of a spare, detached, often solitary way of life, but by now it has largely been lost, along with its importance. Most philosophers today are frazzled, multitasking academics, and they don't write about simplicity, they write about "Quantifier Variance and Ontological Deflationism" or "Modally Plenitudinous Endurantism."

Federal loan to Bombardier not enough, say critics

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[Quebec company was seeking $1B US in funding from Ottawa. Disappointed corporate welfare queens, aka "the Liberal Base." *RON*]
Sabrina Marandola, CBC News, 7 February 2017
Bombardier is getting a boost of $372.5 million from the federal government in the form of a loan, but critics — both in Quebec and in the rest of Canada — are calling it a "disappointment."
Federal government to give $372.5M in loans to Bombardier

For many in Quebec, the sum is nowhere close to the $1 billion in federal funding the aerospace company had been seeking since the end of 2015.

Trump's Education nominee DeVos confirmed as Pence casts historic tie-breaking vote

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[I wonder if a candidate has ever been greeted with less enthusiasm? *RON*]

Jacob Pramuk & John W. Schoen, CNBC, 7 February 2017

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, needing an unprecedented tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence to push through the divisive nomination.

The Senate vote on President Donald Trump's choice ended in a 50-50 tie. Pence then became the first vice president to break a Senate stalemate in a Cabinet confirmation vote. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber, but two moderate GOP senators voted against DeVos amid a flurry of constituent complaints, forcing the move.

One-Third Don’t Know Obamacare and Affordable Care Act Are the Same

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[Ignorance and apathy are fundamental flaws in democracy. *RON*]

Kyle Dropp & Brendan Nyhan, New York Times, 7 February 2017
A sizable minority of Americans don’t understand that Obamacare is just another name for the Affordable Care Act.

This finding, from a poll by Morning Consult, illustrates the extent of public confusion over a health law that President Trump and Republicans in Congress hope to repeal.