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I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground.

~ Abraham Lincoln, after stopping to return a fledgling to the nest


My mother was long dead when she finally got her horse. Though she lived on a farm the last 20 years of her life—a farm with an enormous red barn and a fenced pasture for cattle and acres of hills and woods to ride in—her husband stood firm on the word no. Horses, he said, were nothing but a cash drain. Yet inexplicably, two years after my mother died, I came home for a visit to find Tess, an elegant chestnut brown mare, living alone in a stall in my mother’s old red barn.

This week I went to the Kentucky Horse Park to see my first Hunter Jumper competition. Having never been to a horse show, or…

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There’s Good People EVERYWHERE

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There's Good People EVERYWHEREWhat a fun exercise in help this afternoon!

After visiting mom for some delicious lunch, I’m driving down the road in a bright green shirt, my bro’s girl brought me back from Mexico. All of a sudden, I see this girl pushing a car along the side of the road. It’s like a million degrees and humid here in Maryland, so I stop and run back towards them thinking “please don’t think I’m a killer.”

I figured my bright green shirt and smurf blue chucks made me look OK.

We pushed the car, English was translated into Spanish by one of them, a call was made to my car expert bro, a random dude stops with some jumper cables, halts traffic so I could whip my car around the WRONG WAY on the highway, and…we jump start that car!

The ladies putter off, I move the car the wrong way…

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Bad Brains Mixed Punk with a Positive Mental Attitude


Marking their progression was 1983’s Rock for Light, the band’s second album, produced by Cars frontman Rick Ocasek. “He used to listen to the ROIR cassette on tour to hide himself up to go out and play,” muses [Bad Brains bassist Darryl] Jenifer. “You would never think that this cat would listen to the ROIR cassette to get energy going so he could go out and play some pop!” Nevertheless, Ocasek took a shine to the group, buying them gear, giving me the amps, and taking them into the studio to record their follow-up to their explosive debut.

“When we first came out, [punk] was kind of on some vulgar shit,” recalls Jenifer. “We started kicking PMA in our music, and the message was different than the regular punk rock. You know, a punk rocker can write a song about hate─I hate my mom or some shit, you know?…

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‘Who Cares about Your Jetpack?’ On the Lack of Women Futurists


When we think about futurism, more often than not it’s robots and hoverboards that spring into our minds. Writing for the Atlantic, Rose Eveleth wonders if our limited vision of the future is a result of white, male geeks dominating the field. What questions would futurism ask were it to become more inclusive?

There are all sorts of firms and companies working to build robotic servants. Chrome butlers, chefs, and housekeepers. But the fantasy of having an indentured servant is a peculiar one to some. “That whole idea of creating robots that are in service to us has always bothered me,” says Nnedi Okorafor, a science fiction author. “I’ve always sided with the robots. That whole idea of creating these creatures that are human-like and then have them be in servitude to us, that is not my fantasy and I find it highly problematic that it would be anyone’s.”

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Another Supreme Court Death Penalty Ruling, Issued 43 Years Ago Today


In a headline-making decision issued earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled against three Oklahoma death row inmates in Glossip v. Gross, upholding the use of a sedative called midazolam for lethal injections. Interestingly, Glossip v. Gross isn’t the first time the court has issued a major death penalty decision on June 29.

43 years ago today, the Supreme Court issued another 5-to-4 death penalty opinion, albeit one with very different results: 1972’s Furman v. Georgia ruling found a number of death penalty statutes to be unconstitutional, effectively halting executions in America for four years. Some context on the landmark case, from a 2013 New York Times article by David Oshinsky:

Furman v. Georgia is among the oddest Supreme Court cases in American history. Decided in 1972, it struck down every death penalty statute in the nation as then practiced without outlawing the death penalty itself. The ruling, based on the constitutional protection against “cruel and unusual punishment,” stunned even the…

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