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Swedish crown jewels: Speedboat thieves steal priceless treasures

Source: BBC

Police in Sweden have launched a manhunt after thieves swiped some of the country's crown jewels from a cathedral and escaped by speedboat.

Two priceless crowns and an orb belonging to a 17th Century king and queen were taken at around midday on Tuesday in Strängnäs, near Stockholm.

Witnesses said they saw two men running from the cathedral, which was open to the public and hosting a lunch fair.

They were seen motoring off into Lake Malaren, and have not been seen since.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45028732



Stealing is bad yes, but won't y'all be thinking 'but this was a pretty cool way to do it'?

Radosh: Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez are losing the way home

Many here will remember Michael Harrington, the great socialist thinker who helped inspire the Kennedy-Johnson war on poverty, and a few may remember long time democratic socialist Ronald Radosh. Radosh recently penned a piece about what Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are getting wrong in their campaigns in the heartland and elsewhere, and says Harrington never would have approved of their approach that could help elect repubs.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/democratic-socialists-gain-momentum-and-lose-their-way?ref=home

Tomasky: Bogus Dems in disarray media narrative belies positive news for November

Tomasky points out that the numbers for November are better for Dems than for repubs in the Tea Party year and that the media has grealy overblown Democratic infighting:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/democrats-in-disarray-no-thats-the-myopic-media?ref=home

Trump has turned words winto weapons. And he's winning the linguistic war

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Trump knows the press has a strong instinct to repeat his most outrageous claims, and this allows him put the press to work as a marketing agency for his ideas. His lies reach millions of people through constant repetition in the press and social media. This poses an existential threat to democracy.
Language works by activating brain structures called “frame-circuits” used to understand experience. They get stronger when we hear the activating language. Enough repetition can make them permanent, changing how we view the world.

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Even negating a frame-circuit activates and strengthens it, as when Nixon said “I am not a crook” and people thought of him as a crook.

Scientists, marketers, advertisers and salespeople understand these principles. So do Russian and Islamic State hackers. But most reporters and editors clearly don’t. So the press is at a disadvantage when dealing with a super salesman with an instinctive ability to manipulate thought by 1) framing first 2) repeating often, and 3) leading others to repeat his words by getting people to attack him within his own frame.


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/13/how-to-report-trump-media-manipulation-language

My take:
I wish people would listen to Lakoff, not just journalists but also Democratic leaders, about how to win the message wars. Much of this is about understanding how the brain works.


James Shaw is such an impressive young man

The Waffle House hero who doesn't want to be called a hero. Why? Because he is being honest and saying he was trying to save himself. But with his courage he saved many others.

He was just on Anderson Cooper. He went to the hospital to comfort victims. He promoted a gofundme page for the victims.

He didn't need to tout himself, he cares about others and has tremendous courage. The young man has the kind of personal qualities every parent should hope their children will have. Totally the opposite of you know who.

ARIZONA SPECIAL HOUSE ELECTION WILL BE TIGHT ACCORDING TO NEW POLL

Source: Newsweek

A new poll published by Emerson College on Monday says that a special House election in Arizona next week will be tight.

The poll has Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni in a “statistical dead heat” with Republican Debbie Lesko for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. Tipirneni had a slight lead, 46 percent to 45 percent. The Emerson poll is a swing from previous polling. A poll last week by OH Predictive Insights had Lesko up 10 percent.



Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/hiral-tipirneni-debbie-lesko-conor-lamb-donald-trump-887807



This is a solid repub district but Franks (the incumbent) and Lesko (the repub nominee) both have ethical issues. Plus, Democrat Hiral Tipirneni is a likable, smart new face.

To help her, go to:
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/specialelection-az-08

Just wanted to say hi

Just joined thanks to Mary. I live in the Prescott area (hence the handle). I have volunteered for both the Sinema and Brill (he's running against the awful Gosar) campaigns. Just happy to be in Arizona.

Watching the Obamas talk about Jackie Robinson

Last night in Ken Burns' bio of Jackie it resounded like a shot reinforcing something we already knew: how classy these two people are. They have many other qualities as well, obviously, but class is one that stood out the most from their comments.

Of course the polar opposite contrast to the pig in the White House was impossible to ignore.

Scientists link brain damage, religious fundamentalism

Interesting read that may have more genral implications.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/scientists-established-link-brain-damage-religious-fundamentalism/

Why are the Florida students so good at this? Excellent school programs in ...

... journalism, drama and speech is one reason. It shows the power of a comprehensive education, and especially why we need to keep strong programs in those areas.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/02/the-student-activists-of-marjory-stoneman-douglas-high-demonstrate-the-power-of-a-full-education.html
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