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On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014

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Lane Becker - Just like Michael Brown, comedian and commentator W. Kamau Bell is six feet four inches tall. And he knows it. I am afraid of the cops. Absolutely petrified of the cops. Now understand, I’ve never ...

The Illipsis: on Ferguson, riots and human limits -- Fusion

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Tim Carmody - In this second installment of The Illipsis, Jay Smooth looks back at the week’s events in Ferguson and asks how we can truly apply Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s advice that “riots are the langua...

Reza Aslan: Sam Harris and “New Atheists” aren’t new, aren’t even atheists -

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Reza Aslan - Not long ago, I gave an interview in which I said that my biggest problem with so-called New Atheists like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins is that they give atheism a bad name. Almost immediately, I...

Ferguson Woman Gets More Than $170,000 In Donations To Rebuild Beloved Bakery

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BuzzFeed - It was a devastating situation: Natalie Dubose, a single mother of two young children, poured her life savings into her dream of opening a bakery in Ferguson, Missouri this June. This week, amid th...

Richard Scarry's Busy Town in the 21st Century - Boing Boing

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Kevin Smokler

Author of "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books Your Haven't TOuched Since High School." Crazy about publishing, media, journalism, our times, and animal group names. Prone to oversharing.