One imagines that somebody saw her on the Super Bowl, went online to follow the fuss, and saw an astounding video of women in burkas dancing, see-through cars cutting through the night, and M.I.A. filing her nails atop a skiing BMW. They didn't care who paid for it, when the album was dropping, who "Madonna" was, or what a truffle fry tasted like. They just watched and felt amazement that this was happening somewhere else in the world.
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The point is, The Next Generation depicts a strict military hierarchy acting with great moral clarity in the name of civilization, all anti-postmodern, "conservative" stuff — but the values they're so conservatively clear about are ideals like peace and open-mindedness and squishy concern for the perspectives of different cultures. "Liberal" ideals, in other words. You could say, roughly, that the Enterprise crew is conservative as a matter of method and liberal as a matter of goal.
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Scientists had an easier time designing digital brains that could produce atom bombs or navigate lunar landings than they did fashioning a machine that could play chess worth a darn. Plainly, until relatively recently, chess was too complicated for computers.
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On the other hand, I've seen a race of electronically linked humanoids who share information in a vast decentralized net to which they all have access; who see data as a kind of neutral atmosphere, like air; who use technology to share thoughts and impressions at all times; who are never out of contact with one another; and who react to the briefest removal from their shared consciousness with an itchy, frantic eagerness (cf. "Hugh") to get back. Remind you of anyone? They fly around in giant cubes and occasionally wipe out whole civilizations, like Apple Maps.
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Q&A: Dirk Nowitzki on the Mavs' Struggles, His Favorite Shot Artist, and Refusing to Watch Shark Tankgrantland.com
I wish I knew 10 years ago what I know now about the game. When you're older and get more experience, the game slows down for you. I know exactly what spot to get to where I can always get my shot off no matter who's guarding me. I know when the double-team comes, either swing it or get a quick shot off. And now, when you're coming off injury, your brain is trying to do all that stuff, but your body just doesn't respond quick enough. My mind is all, "Spin right here and split the double-team," but nothing is coming.
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"As much as we want to think that these are just people behind computer screens, those people are living next door to you," he says. "They are people behind computer screens in schools. In hospitals. Working in Washington, D.C. These are real people. How many times does this stuff have to happen before we admit something really disturbing is going on here? I think one person tweeting 'Fuck you, go kill yourself' is disturbing. But when you get into the hundreds of those tweets? The thousands of those tweets?
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But I think it just sort of reminded me of the kind of bond that sports creates in people. People — for all our differences politically, regionally, economically — most folks understand sports. Probably because it’s one of the few places where it’s a true meritocracy. There’s not a lot of BS. Ultimately, who’s winning, who’s losing, who’s performing, who’s not — it’s all laid out there.
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By voting any way except for Omar, in other words, you’re effectively casting a vote for one side or another of a binary good/evil axis and against nuance. Omar, as someone who illustrates The Wire’s moral universe by transcending it, is all nuance.
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Balotelli was gone. He hadn't died or skipped town, nothing as dramatic as that. Instead, Mario Balotelli, troubled but talented young striker for Manchester City, had been replaced by MARIO BALOTELLI!!, lurid media construct and certified sports lunatic.
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