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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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The expert, Kathleen Belew, says call it what it is ...

The "white power" movement... (she starts at 4:48 with quote starting at 6:29 on the PBS Newshour video.)



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“Belew’s book helps explain how we got to today’s alt right.”—Terry Gross, Fresh Air

The white power movement in America wants a revolution. Its soldiers are not lone wolves but highly organized cadres motivated by a coherent and deeply troubling worldview made up of white supremacy, virulent anticommunism, and apocalyptic faith. In Bring the War Home, Kathleen Belew gives us the history of a movement that consolidated in the 1970s and 1980s around a potent sense of betrayal in the Vietnam War and made tragic headlines in Waco and Ruby Ridge and with the Oklahoma City bombing and is resurgent under President Trump.

Returning to an America ripped apart by a war they felt they were not allowed to win, a small group of veterans and active-duty military personnel and civilian supporters concluded that waging war on their own country was justified. They unified people from a variety of militant groups, including Klansmen, neo-Nazis, skinheads, radical tax protestors, and white separatists to form a new movement of loosely affiliated independent cells to avoid detection. The white power movement operated with discipline and clarity, undertaking assassinations, armed robbery, counterfeiting, and weapons trafficking. Its command structure gave women a prominent place and put them in charge of brokering alliances and birthing future recruits.

Belew’s disturbing and timely history reminds us that war cannot be contained in time and space: grievances intensify and violence becomes a logical course of action. Based on years of deep immersion in previously classified FBI files and on extensive interviews, Bring the War Home tells the story of American paramilitarism and the birth of the alt-right.

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http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674286078
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Mar 16, 2019, 01:13 PM (4 replies)

Governor Cooper Launches Initiative to Increase Broadband Connectivity

Governor Cooper Launches Initiative to Increase Broadband Connectivity

Executive Order No. 91 Continues North Carolina’s Work to Implement High-Speed Internet Across the State

Raleigh

Mar 14, 2019

Governor Cooper today issued Executive Order No. 91,

PDF download here: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO91_BROADBAND-TASK_FORCE_ON_CONNECTING_NC.pdf

to increase internet access across North Carolina including through a new Governor’s Task Force on Connecting North Carolina. The order directs state government leaders to identify and remove barriers to affordable, high-speed internet access, eliminate the homework gap that results from students not having internet access, and facilitate private-sector deployment of last-mile infrastructure.

“In today’s schools and workplaces, high-speed internet is not optional. Too many North Carolinians lack internet access they need to apply for jobs, do homework or run a small business. We must address this digital divide to give every community in North Carolina an equal opportunity to thrive using today’s technology,” said Governor Cooper.

The creation of the Connecting NC Task Force follows specific recommendations Governor Cooper laid out in his budget proposal, Investments for a Determined North Carolina, to expand access to high-speed internet.

Governor Cooper’s budget includes $35 million for efforts to expand access to broadband internet service. To encourage private providers to bring broadband service to underserved areas, the Governor’s plan allocates $30 million for the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) program. His budget also creates a program to help close the homework gap for students across the state without home internet access by investing $5 million in grants to provide mobile hotspots and devices such as laptops or tablets. Read more about Governor Cooper’s plan to connect North Carolina online.

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PDF download:
http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=&msgid=0&act=111111&c=1346310&destination=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.nc.gov%2Fgovernor%2Fdocuments%2Ffiles%2FBroadband_Budget_Fact_Sheet_.pdf

More at the link.

https://governor.nc.gov/news/governor-cooper-launches-initiative-increase-broadband-connectivity

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Contact Information
Ford Porter
govpress@nc.gov
919-814-2100

Contact Information
North Carolina Office of the Governor

20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
(919) 814-2000

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"Eric Boyette, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and State Chief Information Officer, will chair the new task force."

Eric Boyette

Secretary and State Chief Information Officer
Eric Boyette serves as Secretary and State Chief Information Officer for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology. He was appointed to the position in April 2017 by Governor Roy Cooper and confirmed by the state General Assembly soon thereafter. In this role, he leads the state department responsible for all IT procurement, state cybersecurity, operational services, broadband infrastructure, solutions division, data analytics center, the 911 Board, and strategic IT planning.

Eric has over 20 years of experience in state government. Prior to his current role, he held several leadership roles in the North Carolina Department of Transportation, including Chief Information Officer, Inspector General, and Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner. He has also served as the DIT Deputy State Chief Information Officer for Solution Delivery.

He currently serves as Chair of the North Carolina 911 Board; as an executive committee member for the National Association of State CIOs; and is a member of both the Governor’s North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation and the Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.

Boyette earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Barton College and resides in Kenly, N.C., with wife, Dana; son, Jay; and daughter, Morgan.

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Contact
North Carolina Department of Information Technology
PO Box 17209
Raleigh, NC 27619-7209

919-754-6000
Toll Free
800-722-3946
@NCDIT on Twitter

https://it.nc.gov/about/leadership/eric-boyette
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Mar 15, 2019, 04:01 PM (0 replies)

Lulu, To Sir With Love, 1967

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:07 AM (2 replies)

Listening to the music you love will make your brain release more dopamine, study finds


By ERIC W. DOLAN February 2, 2019

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This study shows for the first time a causal role of dopamine in musical pleasure and motivation: enjoying a piece of music, deriving pleasure from it, wanting to listen to it again, being willing to spend money for it, strongly depend on the dopamine released in our synapses”

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Much more at the link.

https://www.psypost.org/2019/02/listening-to-the-music-you-love-will-make-your-brain-release-more-dopamine-study-finds-53059
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 13, 2019, 10:08 AM (11 replies)

Listening to the music you love will make your brain release more dopamine, study finds

By ERIC W. DOLAN February 2, 2019

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This study shows for the first time a causal role of dopamine in musical pleasure and motivation: enjoying a piece of music, deriving pleasure from it, wanting to listen to it again, being willing to spend money for it, strongly depend on the dopamine released in our synapses”

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Much more at the link.

https://www.psypost.org/2019/02/listening-to-the-music-you-love-will-make-your-brain-release-more-dopamine-study-finds-53059
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 13, 2019, 10:07 AM (1 replies)

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper proposes offshore wind study in budget

Elizabeth Ouzts March 12, 2019

The proposal to legislators asks for $300,000 to study the state’s potential role in the offshore wind industry.
A small line item tucked into North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s $25 billion budget proposal would have a big impact on wind energy’s future in the state, industry experts say.

If approved by state legislators, a one-year, $300,000 study will analyze the state’s potential to manufacture, ship and service offshore wind turbine components: enormous towers, blades and other specialized parts that are now imported from Europe.

Mid-Atlantic and New England states that have conducted their own such assessments are starting to corner the nascent U.S. offshore wind market, said Katharine Kollins, the president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition.

“This has already been done by a number of states who are much further ahead in Northeast,” Kollins said. The study, she said, “is really just about North Carolina keeping up with other states and maintaining competitive advantage.”

More at the link.

https://energynews.us/2019/03/12/southeast/n-c-gov-roy-cooper-proposes-offshore-wind-study-in-budget/
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 13, 2019, 09:08 AM (0 replies)

Commentary: 4 Ways To Reduce Plastics And Other Single-Use Disposables In Your Kitchen

Commentary: 4 Ways To Reduce Plastics And Other Single-Use Disposables In Your Kitchen
March 10, 20197:00 AM ET

The 40 days of Lent, which began last week, are a time when many Christians around the world decide to voluntarily give up bad habits or luxuries. This year, it might be time we all consider how to give up – or at least reduce – our reliance on disposable products.

A year ago, I decided to create a more environmentally friendly and sustainable kitchen, focusing particularly on reducing my use of disposable products such as plastic sandwich bags, aluminum foil and paper towels.

It's worth the effort: Americans toss 185 pounds of plastic per person each year while also going through 13 billion pounds of paper towels as a nation. Aluminum foil sounds like a "natural" alternative to a lot of people, but it can actually take a hundred years or more to biodegrade. If composting kitchen scraps or reusing old coffee grounds for a body scrub seems like a step too far, there are a few simple ways to reduce the environmental footprint of your kitchen without sacrificing modern conveniences.

I'm not going to sugarcoat my experience. It takes commitment and a willingness to change long-held habits. In creating my sustainable kitchen, I tried a lot of different alternative products and some plain old common sense; the result, however, has been worth the effort. I'm recycling more and relying less on single-use products. The kicker: I'm saving money too.

More at the link.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/03/10/701684123/commentary-4-ways-to-reduce-plastics-and-other-single-use-disposables-in-your-ki
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 13, 2019, 08:56 AM (4 replies)

TILLIS IS MORE VULNERABLE THAN HISTORY SUGGESTS

BY ALEXANDER H. JONES | MAR 11, 2019

The pattern of North Carolina Senate races has been fairly stable since the decline of the “Solid South.” The elections are always hard-fought–by some measures, the most competitive in America–but Republicans prevail more often than not. 2014’s race followed that trajectory, putting GOPer Thom Tillis in office after a savage $120 million brawl. History would seem to point toward his reelection if the 2020 race obeys established trends.

At least from a superficial perspective, Tillis occupies a similar position to his senior colleague, Richard Burr, four years ago. He’s a Republican incumbent in a presidential year. Historically, that’s been a pretty good place to be in North Carolina Senate races. But next year’s election isn’t bound to be a replay of Burr’s last run. For one, Burr is a quietly gifted vote getter–whereas Tillis ran well behind expectations in 2014. The dynamics of national politics may also be different.

Furthermore, historical patterns in North Carolina show signs of breaking down. During the years when they congealed, NC was not competitive at the presidential level. It’s now at least a second-tier swing state. As goes the top of the ballot, downballot races usually follow. Democrats can and may turn the state blue in 2020, which would place Tillis’ reelection bid in serious jeopardy.

The 2016 governor’s race provides further evidence of change in North Carolina’s political culture. No incumbent governor should lose in a growing economy. Yet Pat McCrory nevertheless fell to Roy Cooper, ensuring his historical discredit. At the same time, McCrory’s party gained ground on the Council of State. NC politics is just getting incredibly competitive and unpredictable.

More at the link.

https://www.politicsnc.com/tillis-is-more-vulnerable-than-history-suggests/
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Mar 11, 2019, 11:03 PM (0 replies)

Gov. Cooper Names Supreme Court Associate Justice

Gov. Cooper Names Supreme Court Associate Justice

Raleigh
Mar 11, 2019
Today, Gov. Roy Cooper named Judge Mark Davis as Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

“I know Judge Davis is dedicated to his work and to serving the people of North Carolina, and I know he will continue to serve with distinction as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court,” said Gov. Cooper.

Judge Davis intends to hear oral arguments when the Supreme Court convenes on April 8, 2019, and will be on the ballot in 2020 to serve an eight-year term.

Judge Davis was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2012 and was elected to a full eight-year term in 2014. Prior to that, he served as a Special Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice for five years. He spent thirteen years as an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, now Womble Bonds Dickinson, where he was a member of the firm in the Litigation Section, and also served as General Counsel in the Office of the Governor for approximately two years.

More at the link.

https://governor.nc.gov/news/gov-cooper-names-supreme-court-associate-justice
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Mar 11, 2019, 10:56 PM (0 replies)

Your Brain Is Constantly Searching for Problems to Fix

Your Brain Is Constantly Searching for Problems to Fix

When something becomes rare, we tend to see it in places more than ever.

By David Levari

Why do many problems in life seem to stubbornly stick around, no matter how hard people work to fix them? It turns out that a quirk in the way human brains process information means that when something becomes rare, we sometimes see it in more places than ever.

Think of a “neighborhood watch” made up of volunteers who call the police when they see anything suspicious. Imagine a new volunteer who joins the watch to help lower crime in the area. When they first start volunteering, they raise the alarm when they see signs of serious crimes, like assault or burglary.

Let’s assume these efforts help and, over time, assaults and burglaries become rarer in the neighborhood. What would the volunteer do next? One possibility is that they would relax and stop calling the police. After all, the serious crimes they used to worry about are a thing of the past.

But you may share the intuition my research group had—that many volunteers in this situation wouldn’t relax just because crime went down. Instead, they’d start calling things “suspicious” that they would never have cared about back when crime was high, like jaywalking or loitering at night.

More at the link.

https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/qvmdkw/your-brain-is-constantly-searching-for-problems-to-fix?utm_source=vicefbus
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Mar 11, 2019, 10:51 PM (0 replies)
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