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  • politics of the united states

    there are three branches - executive (president), legislative (senate and house), and judicial (supreme court).

    the house has 435 districts, and you vote for one representative for your district. each state gets the number of districts based on its population compared to the country as a whole - some states only have one, and california has the most - around 50. representatives get 2-year terms.

    the senate every state gets exactly 2 senators, for 100 total. population doesn't matter. senators get 6-year terms, and each state's senators are elected in different years.

    when you vote for the presidency, each state has "electoral votes" equal to the total number of representatives and senators that state has. whoever gets the most votes in your state wins all of the state's electoral votes, and whoever gets the most electoral votes becomes the president. the president gets a 4-year term, and the maximum is two terms.

    laws are passed as follows: the house has to pass it, then it goes to the senate. if the senate passes it, it goes to the president. if the senate doesn't pass it, it goes back to the house for changes, until there is something both houses pass.

    the senate has an unusual rule called the filibuster, where one or more senators who want to block a bill being discussed can just keep talking and talking and not stop to allow a vote on the bill - it takes 60% of the senate to vote to stop a filibuster. so if you have 41% of the senate opposed to a bill, you can effectively block it - this gives the minority party a lot more power than it would normally have.

    once the president gets a bill that has been approved by the house and senate, he can sign it, and it becomes law, or he can veto it, which means that it goes back to the house and senate and it fails unless they both pass it by a 2/3 vote (called "overriding a veto").

    even if the house, senate, and president agree to pass a law, the supreme court can strike the law down if the law violates the constitution.

  • koi no yokan

    the japanese phrase "koi no yokan" means knowing you are eventually going to fall in love with someone after you've just met. i think it's a combination of love at first sight and falling in love slowly over time.

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  • love

    rabbi abraham twerski talks about the difference between selfish love and true love, which must be a love of giving and not of receiving.

    transcript:

    "'young man. why are you eating that fish?' the young mans says, 'because i love fish.' he says, 'oh. you love the fish. that's why you took it out of the water and killed it and boiled it.' he says, 'don't tell me you love the fish. you love yourself, and because the fish tastes good to you; therefore, you took it out of the water and killed it and boiled it.'

    "so much of what is love is fish love. young couple falls in love. young man and young woman fall in love. what does that mean? that means that he saw in this woman someone who he felt could provide him with all of his physical and emotional needs, and she felt in this man somebody she feels that she can write, that was love, but each one is looking out for their own needs. it's not love for the other. the other person becomes a vehicle for my gratification.

    "too much of what is called love is fish love. an external love is not on what i'm going to get but i'm going to give. we had an ethicist rabbi dessler, who said, 'people make a serious mistake in thinking that you give to those whom you love, and the real answer is you love those to whom you give.'

    his point is if i give something to you, i've invested myself in you. since self-love is a given, everybody loves themselves, now that part of me has become in you, there's part of me in you that i love. true love is a love of giving, not a love of receiving.'

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    after awhile you could get used to anything.

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  • 21/90 rule

    the 21/90 rule states that it takes 21 days to make a habit and 90 days to make it a permanent lifestyle change.

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    if you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.
    plato

  • cafune

    the act of caressing or tenderly running fingers through a loved one's hair.

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    love people so much if you want to lose them.

  • margaret mead

    anthropologist.

    a student once asked anthropologist margaret mead, “what is the earliest sign of civilization?” the student expected her to say a clay pot, a grinding stone, or maybe a weapon.

    margaret mead thought for a moment, then she said, “a healed femur.”

    a femur is the longest bone in the body, linking hip to knee. in societies without the benefits of modern medicine, it takes about six weeks of rest for a fractured femur to heal. a healed femur shows that someone cared for the injured person, did their hunting and gathering, stayed with them, and offered physical protection and human companionship until the injury could mend.

    mead explained that where the law of the jungle—the survival of the fittest—rules, no healed femurs are found. the first sign of civilization is compassion, seen in a healed femur.”

  • reynolds school of journalism

    one of best ta ever taught there.

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    keeping silent sometimes looks like broken glass pieces! they fill your mouth. if you remain silent, they hurt you; if you speak, they make you bleed…

    oguz atay

  • john steinbeck

    one of the greatest –nobel prize winner– american authors. his letter to his son on love is as fascinating as his novels.

    --spoiler--
    ...and don't worry about losing. if it is right, it happens — the main thing is not to hurry. nothing good gets away.
    --spoiler--

    dear thom:

    we had your letter this morning. i will answer it from my point of view and of course elaine will from hers.

    first — if you are in love — that's a good thing — that's about the best thing that can happen to anyone. don't let anyone make it small or light to you.

    second — there are several kinds of love. one is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. this is the ugly and crippling kind. the other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. the first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn't know you had.

    you say this is not puppy love. if you feel so deeply — of course it isn't puppy love.

    but i don't think you were asking me what you feel. you know better than anyone. what you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that i can tell you.

    glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

    the object of love is the best and most beautiful. try to live up to it.

    if you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

    girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

    it sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

    lastly, i know your feeling because i have it and i'm glad you have it.

    we will be glad to meet susan. she will be very welcome. but elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. she knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than i can.

    and don't worry about losing. if it is right, it happens — the main thing is not to hurry. nothing good gets away.

    love,

    fa

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    even the worst outcome is better than uncertainty.

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