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The Commandant by Rudolph Hoess (Book Review)

Rudolph Hoess was the SS Commandant over the concentration camp at Auschwitz during World War II. Under his direction well over a million would die (Eichmann claimed 2.5 million!). These were not primarily enemy combatants but civilians – men, women, and children (primarily Jews). Hoess wrote about his time at Auschwitz, not only what he …

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Stay Informed: Why College Tuition Has Increased So Much

A topic which has garnered significant attention in recent years – and especially during the presidential campaigns – is the significant increases in college tuition and the consequent backbreaking increases in student debt. Doug Webber (Temple University) has written an interesting analysis of the cause(s) of this situation for FiveThirtyEight (aka, Nate Silvers & co.). …

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Local Production Environment Choices for WordPress: DesktopServer

DesktopServer This product is essentially a WAMP / MAMP application that has been extended to include some additional WordPress oriented functionality. In its free version the customizations that stood out to me are its inclusion of Xdebug, support for Domain Name Mapping, auto-creation of Apache Virtual Hosts, and its auto-install of WP. I was surprised to …

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Setting Up A Development Workstation on Windows

What Is This? I wrote this primarily for myself – sometimes I don’t remember everything I do when setting up a workstation for development purposes…it may be of interest to others. You’ll note that there are several areas missing from this arena – no build automation, task runners, etc. Maybe I’ll get around to adding …

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Infographic: How Childhood Trauma Affects Adult Life

I believe that childhood trauma has a significant and formative impact on who we become as adults. The impact can be mitigated by a supportive community during and following the trauma, but such support seems to be the exception rather than the rule. In adulthood we can work to heal the wounds trauma inflicted upon …

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