Login now

Not your profile? Login and get free access to your reports and analysis.

Tags

Sign in

No tag added here yet.
You can login on CircleCount to add some tags here.

Are you missing a tag in the list of available tags? You can suggest new tags here.

Login now

Do you want to see a more detailed chart? Check your settings and define your favorite chart type.

Or click here to get the detailed chart only once.

Kee Hinckley has been shared in 124 public circles

You can see here the 50 latest shared circles.
If this is your profile, you can check your dashboard to see all shared circles you have been included.

AuthorFollowersDateUsers in CircleCommentsReshares+1Links
Aahana Priyadarsinee22,011COOKIES CIRCLE SHARE: AVATAR #2!Yeah its The cute COOKIES CIRCLE share this time!The circle is ready for its second journey...only difference is it got biggerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!:DYeah yeah! I know it doesn't contain any sort of yummy cookies ....but a good number of interesting ENGAGERS on GOOGLE+! These people and pages are just so sweet like cookies that one cant avoid them but follow there much interesting pages!So friends, lets enjoy our time on G+!If you wish to get featured in the next circle share kindly do the following :1)Add me i.e. +Aahana Priyadarsinee  and my page +Magnetix Circles!  to your circle!2)+1 , comment and publicly share this circle in your stream.3)Grab a cookie and smile while eating it!@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ #circle   #awesomepeopleongplus   #aahanapriyadarsinee   #bestcircle   #bestcircleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlemenow   #circlesharing   #circlemeup   #dcircle   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagerscircleshare   #followback   #followme   #follow4follow   #googlepluscircles   #googlepluscircleshare   #ripplescircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #topcircleshare  2014-10-01 19:46:08429635
Becky Collins12,812Small Business Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-08 05:12:1542311513
Aahana Priyadarsinee9,780Another Great circle Share from me!ENGAGER CLUSTER: VERSION 5!Hey friends ENGAGER CLUSTER is ready to be shared, you to get MORE FOLLOWERS! This circle features some of the coolest GOOGLE + engagers who love keeping us engaged with their cool posts!Just to the following to feature in the next Edition of this Awesome Circle share:1. +1 this post!2.Publicly share this circle and if possible leave a comment behind!3.Don't forget to add me i.e. +Aahana Priyadarsinee 4.Keep smiling and enjoy the weekend! #saturday   #saturdayshare   #topsharedcircle   #awesomepeople   #aahanapriyadarsinee   #engagerspeople  2014-07-04 22:45:17400171221
Eli Just1,549Are you an avid reader or want to connect with avid readers? Share and add this awesome circle of BOOK LOVERS who read and support authors. Lots of great connections in here that I enjoy hearing from daily.To be added to this circle--please add it, +1 it, comment on and share it!  #reader #readers #readersrocks #readingisfun #readinglist #authors #authorsupport #avidreaders #readinglist #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #isupportauthors  2014-06-27 14:09:34390200
Aahana Priyadarsinee7,415Featuring a COOL CIRCLE OF TOP GOOGLE PLUS ENGAGERSTo be included in this circle just do the following:1)Add me to your circles!2)+1, share and comment on my posts!3)+1 and Share this circle publicly in your stream!4)If possible please leave a comment behind so that I can know you have done the above steps!Enjoy your weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #fridaycircle   #fridayfun   #fridaycircleshared   #funcircle  #sharedcircle   #publiccircleshare     #circleshare     #circleoftheday  #circleshares     #circlesharing     #circlesshare    #publicsharedcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleoftheweek     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircle   #todayspublicsharedcircle  #todayssharedcircle     #publiccircle   #circle     #circles    #awesome   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #shareyourcircle     #bestengagers   #followers   #followback     #awesomecircles  #topsharedcircle   #topsharedcircle     2014-06-20 18:30:4740115615
Ryan Johnson6,972These are some of the most active and interesting users on Google Plus. If you want to join the list please do the following:1) Plus one this post2) Share this circle PUBLIC3) Leave a message at the original post#bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing 2014-06-18 12:53:45486623171
John Nuntiatio36,773#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #football #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-19 21:53:11494136
Kristin Milton9,730Hi everyone, This is a starter circle for +Ben Milton.It's mostly my 'most relevant' circlers, heavily weighted for sciency content.Enjoy :)2014-05-13 12:51:4398105
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:58:15230002
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:53230022
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:28230003
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:04230022
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:56:44231305
Ole Olson39,934This is my newest political circle. If you know that there are solutions to the problems that we face, and understand that standing united to move forward is the answer, this circle is for you. These folks are intelligent commenters, good engagers, activists at heart, and have a progressive stream of posts that are fun to read.2014-02-10 02:52:51181227
Jane Ellen43,979I call this one my Big Ball-0-Fun.  I started with Dede's Fundies, thank you +Dede Craig King and added smaller circles I had made, along with a science circle from +Ray Sanders ,  and some small circles from +Lynette Young and +Carter Gibson and I don't even know who else.  So I haven't organized circles in two years.  You wanna make sumpin' of it? #sharedcircles   #circleshare  #newbies 2013-09-06 17:42:0642925629
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335
Alex Grossman56,667G+ Engagers CircleIt's been a while since I shared a circle, so here's a small circle of people I recommend following. They are great to engage with, full of energy and opinions and fun, with very little anger, disrespect, or poor manners. Hope you enjoy all of them as much as I do. They certainly make my time in G+ lots of fun. :)2013-08-22 03:31:187510711
Uniikii0Uniikii's networking #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   #sharedcircles                 #2013-08-14 15:07:53483309
Domus Vitae Inc.153Shared Circle of #entrepreneurs  www.domusvitae.ca   #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   2013-08-05 19:31:504824114
Jack C Crawford67,189So you all might remember the Angels circle, right?This one has 440 cool guys (caveat emptor ... my preferences may differ from yours ... I like all of these gentlemen).So here's to the men!G+{I added myself just because ...}2013-07-10 20:10:59441913783
Richi Jennings42,921Sunday Circle Share of Awesome... :: A big HELLO to all the new Plussers I met last week (plus a few I reconnected with).In the main, these folks are engagers, not passive consumers, so do add them if you're looking for interesting conversations here on G+.Also, feel free to share this publicly. Spread the love! For last week's share, see: plus.google.com/u/0/117220625678034723010/posts/SSmyG6BtuMN2013-06-16 13:19:51406241069
Jack C Crawford63,736Here's another truly awesome circle of additional Google plus folks who will enrich you personally.2013-05-18 00:35:523268320
Dede King0Star Stuff Circle"We are all connected: To each other, biologically; To the earth, chemically; To the rest of the Universe, atomically."  - Neil Degrasse Tyson...And through G+, algorithmically. Thanks for the relevance. If you're new to G+, this is a pretty good circle if you want to liven up your stream or you're in the mood to pop a blood vessel or two. IJS. Have a happy Friday. #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   2013-05-17 14:34:4948121641208
Mohammad Rahimi3,102I am sharing  this circle of very nice and engaging peopleIf you want to be included in the next circle do the following:1- Add the circle 2- Publicly share it3-Comment under this postNote: those who get notification are included.2013-05-04 10:52:39171522
Dede King0The Fundie CircleIt's round. I've hand picked the ones I interact with not because they're relevant to me or because of what they post, but because I could pick them out of a line-up, state their name and at least one fact about them and they're generally wonderful people to know. The top 10 I'd probably bail out of jail and take a bullet for, but that's neither here nor there. One thing none of them can be accused of, is being soporific. As a disclaimer: Circle with caution or stalk quietly as the circle is filled with every type of G+ user that might not appeal to all tastes including:1. Photo fundies2. Meme fundies3. Gif fundies4. News link reshare fundies5. Art fundies6. Science fundies7. Music fundies8. Narcissistic fundies9. Selfie shot fundies10. Food fundies11. Passive-aggressive one liner vague posting fundies12. Contrarian fundies (not trolls, just opinionated)13. Long form post fundies14. Leg humper fundies15. Lastly, the G+ fundies (they know everything about G+ and will tell you how to Internet)16. High Voltage Noms (+A.V. Flox)17. Low Voltage Noms (+Jake Kern)18. Cat fundies (+Bobbi Jo Woods)19. Sine Wave Noms (+fan tai)It's not really a circle meant to be shared, just my way of saying hey to all of you that make this place worth while <3 No hard feelings if I forgot anyone, it happens. Have a wonderful day.2013-04-17 15:28:3834742831130
Richi Jennings35,045Sunday Circle Share... :: Hello to all the new Plussers I met last week (plus a few I reconnected with).Mainly, these folks are engagers, not passive consumers, so add them if you're looking for interesting conversations here on G+.Also, feel free to share this with your circles. Spread the love! (Or not, as you wish.)For the previous circle: plus.google.com/u/0/117220625678034723010/posts/9MDWKhJQ7uZ2013-03-31 08:35:47348331643
Matthew Shuey1,381Socially Influential Google+ UsersThis is a hand picked circle of highly influential Google+ Users.To be added tho this or other circles do the following.1. Share this circle publicly2. Make sure your profile description is complete and country are visible in your profile3. Leave a comment4. Have a wonderful experience! #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-03-18 22:46:5842726913
Matthew Shuey1,289Socially Engaged Google+ Users Updated 3-15-13Shared public circle of socially engaging and socially influential Google+ users.Feel free to add and share. To be added to this or other circles please do the following.1. Share this circle2. Confirm your share by leaving a comment on this postThis is a hand picked circle. #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles Enjoy!2013-03-15 20:29:3641813515
Matthew Shuey880Socially Engaged Google+ Users UpdatedThis circle contains socially influential and socially engaging  Google+ users.2013-03-08 04:24:2537411310
Matthew Shuey734Socially Engaged Google+ Users #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  2013-03-03 16:20:563541368
Bob Mulholland12,616Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware #InformActShareStayAware  #InternetFreedom   #SharedCircle  *Part 1 of 2*With the impending #Anonymous  day of action tomorrow #PM2012 , here's a Circle of people who care about internet freedom.+1 or share to be added.2012-12-20 18:51:28490916
Annika O'Brien61,941This is my shared circle of inventors, makers, and DIY hobbyists (not all are robot builders). Let me know if I forgot to add someone or have mistakenly added someone who doesn't belong. #sharedcircles2012-12-10 20:57:3612414322
Bob Mulholland12,239#InternetFreedom   #SharedCircle  [Part 1 of 2]+1 to be added. I don't notify anymore, but all #InternetFreedom  related posts have this added:Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware #InformActShareStayAware 2012-12-04 15:15:2349251011
Dave Tozier0+Danial Hallock originally shared this post:The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 17:22:28295000
Danial Hallock4,767The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 15:47:332941172383
Danial Hallock4,130The Three HundredRough DraftA few weeks ago I posted a rather lengthy post about how I was changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).  This is the first rough draft of that circle, minus a few ninjas that prefer not to be shared out.  As such, the landscape of this circle will change drastically over the next few months; but I wanted to give the people who are following this circle a glimpse of what to expect.  As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream? :D #thethreehundred   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring  2012-10-22 15:52:142971191078
Alex Grossman27,422Last time I shared a relevancy circle was back in July. From then until now (October 19), it's only changed by 7 people, and most but not all of that was near the end of the list. So, it's remarkably consistent.These 99 users are on top of my relevance list (plus me since I'm relevant to myself, so a total of 100). I excluded Pages that were in there so as to only have people.Most of these folks are engaging with me through posts or comments (though some are clearly more by e-mail, such as a family member) and the Circle is definitely more accurate now than last time. Does the algorithm get better over time due to more data? I still suspect that as you go down you end up with a number of close calls in which the algorithm can go either way. If anybody has more details on the relevancy algorithm, I'd still be curious and interested to learn more about it.Anyway, these people are relevant to me and truly help me enjoy my time sharing, talking, discussing, and hanging out on G+. So, thank you to all of you :)TGIF and have a great start to the weekend!P.S. - Typical inconsistent G+ - I could share the Movie Lovers Circle earlier today with about 130 people being notified. However, by mid-morning I couldn't notify the 99 people in this Circle. Now, I can again. But it appears that instead of setting a limit on the number of people in a circle, maybe they've set a limit on the number of people you could notify in a set period of time? Very strange. If anybody has any clue as to why this is, please let me know.2012-10-20 03:24:2710023124
Alex Grossman27,364It's TGIF so hope you have a great day. Here's a Circle I thought I'd share today for Follow Friday - Movie Lovers Circle. This Circle is by request only and filled with people who love to talk about movies, all kinds, all genres, languages, you name it - the point is to have fun and share. If you're interested in joining in to the discussions, engaging with others, sharing and exchanging comments, please let me know and I can try and add you to this Circle (notification limits permitting). If you're a member of this circle, you agree to participate in a respectful manner. Due to the changing and, at times uncertain, notification restrictions Google has in terms of number of people you can notify with a post I've split this up into two Circle. The overflow from this Circle can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/Ad9LJFo9PLrFYI - you can find today's movie thread at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/RDDzuGdsvLX #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #movies   #film  2012-10-19 14:01:4110111219
Bob Mulholland9,885#InternetFreedom #CircleShare #SharedCircles  Part 1 of 2+1 the post to be included, +1 my first comment to also be notified (although these types of posts are becoming less and less common)2012-10-01 02:46:474983213
Andrew Eva2,872Thought for #followfriday   I'd share my "Makes me Think" circle.These folks all post things, or engage in my posts, with comments and thoughts that make me think. If I find myself at home, hours later, still thinking about a comment, or post, or idea that was being discussed, one of these individuals was most likely part of that discussion or triggered the thought.I hope they all challenge you to think as well.2012-09-28 17:25:226233626
Alex Grossman26,573For another Follow Friday Circle for today, here is my Music Lovers Circle. This Circle is by request only and filled with people who love to talk about and listen to music. All kinds, all genres, languages, you name it - the point is to have fun and share. Unlike other circles, not all shares will be public since some people don't want to see playlists or song shares in their stream. So, articles and discussions of artists, software, the industry, etc will be public and playlists from Spotify or songs may (but not always) be shared to Circles only. If you're interested in joining in to the discussions, exchanging comments back and forth, sharing music, please let me know and I can add you to this Circle. You only need to agree that if you do participate that you do so in a respectful manner.For a playlist I shared today, go to:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/7vrRYxfXr4c #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #playlist   #music  2012-09-28 14:23:558512112
Alex Grossman26,002It's TGIF so hope you have a great day. Here's a Circle I thought I'd share today for Follow Friday - Movie Lovers Circle. This Circle is by request only and filled with people who love to talk about movies, all kinds, all genres, languages, you name it - the point is to have fun and share. If you're interested in joining in to the discussions, engaging with others, sharing and exchanging comments, please let me know and I can try and add you to this Circle (notification limits permitting). If you're a member of this circle, you agree to participate in a respectful manner.FYI - you can find today's movie thread at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/4Mfu1vAyyzg #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #movies  2012-09-07 20:52:151001449
Kurt Smith530Quality Circle ShareHere's a quality group of Plussers to circle. There are some active posters in here and many whom will circle you back. #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  2012-08-07 00:19:0778305
Alex Grossman24,371My Top 99 circle - is Relevancy Accurate?These are the 99 users who are on top of my relevance list (plus me since I'm relevant to myself). I excluded Pages that were in there so as to only have people.Most of these folks are engaging with me through posts or comments (though some are clearly more by e-mail, such as a family member) and the Circle is surprisingly accurate until the last bit of it when some names appeared and others were left off. I suspect that as you go down you end up with a number of close calls in which the algorithm can go either way. If anybody has more details on the relevancy algorithm, I'd be curious to continue the discussions I've seen on other similar threads this week.Want to create your own? (instructions borrowed/stolen from +Max Huijgen )► Click circles on the tab on the right► Make sure relevance is selected (default)► Select the top 99 users. (Drag a box around them)► Drag the whole group to "drop here to create new circle"► The new circle will open up. Make sure its 99 and adjust it if needed► Share it and use the hashtag #top99  and #sharedcircles   #top99   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  +Shared Circles on G+ +CircleCount If you got notified you are one of the 99.2012-07-26 17:22:4510040731
Alex Grossman24,072It's TGIF so hope you have a great day. Here's a Circle I thought I'd share today for Follow Friday - Movie Lovers Circle. This Circle is by request only and filled with people who love to talk about movies, all kinds, all genres, languages, you name it - the point is to have fun and share. If you're interested in joining in to the discussions, engaging with others, sharing and exchanging comments, please let me know and I can try and add you to this Circle once I whittle it down a bit (it's at the limit for notifications currently). If you're a member of this circle, you agree to participate in a respectful manner.FYI - you can find today's movie thread at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/Yab31kVxMux #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #movies  2012-07-20 15:39:381017312
Alex Grossman24,072For another Follow Friday Circle for today, here is my Music Lovers Circle. This Circle is by request only and filled with people who love to talk about and listen to music. All kinds, all genres, languages, you name it - the point is to have fun and share. Unlike other circles, not all shares will be public since some people don't want to see playlists or song shares in their stream. So, articles and discussions of artists, software, the industry, etc will be public and playlists from Spotify or songs may (but not always) be shared to Circles only. If you're interested in joining in to the discussions, exchanging comments back and forth, sharing music, please let me know and I can add you to this Circle. You only need to agree that if you do participate that you do so in a respectful manner.For a playlist I shared today, go to:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/2XVUsmDQ86M #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #music   #playlist  2012-07-20 15:25:0683722
Alex Grossman24,072For my second Circle today for Follow Friday, here is my Respectful Politics Circle. This Circle is by request only and not for the faint of heart. It's filled with people who are passionate about politics and issues that impact society and come from across the political spectrum - the point is to have fun, learn and share. If you're interested in joining the discussions, please let me know and I can add you to this Circle. No commitment to share your own posts, but it is preferred that you at least comment semi-regularly so as to encourage discussion. Just keep in mind that if you do participate that you do so in a respectful and civil manner. Let your passion fill you, but always temper it with manners, respect and politeness. Bullies will not be tolerated. The point is not to "win" but to learn. #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #politics  2012-07-20 15:10:0498901
Bob Mulholland7,562Sorry it's been a couple weeks, but Melissa is going to have the baby any day now and my focus now needs to be offline most of the time.After Zane has been born, my posts will become regular again.#InternetFreedom   #CircleShare  [part 1 of 2]Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware+1 if you want in+1 my first comment if you also want notifications. #InformActShareStayAware  2012-07-17 17:15:194947211

Activity

Average numbers for the latest posts (max. 50 posts, posted within the last 4 weeks)

3
comments per post
1
reshares per post
7
+1's per post

526
characters per posting

Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 54

posted image

2014-10-26 02:57:03 (54 comments, 21 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Retailers blocking NFC payments in preference of their own debit system die next year.

Ugh.

Most reshares: 21

posted image

2014-10-26 02:57:03 (54 comments, 21 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Retailers blocking NFC payments in preference of their own debit system die next year.

Ugh.

Most plusones: 91

posted image

2014-10-26 02:57:03 (54 comments, 21 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Retailers blocking NFC payments in preference of their own debit system die next year.

Ugh.

Latest 50 posts

posted image

2014-10-31 05:54:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm the Welsh Bus Driver Who Had His Life Ruined by 'Tiger Porn' which sounds funny, but is anything but.

A great example of how government overreach and idiocy can ruin someone's life (lost job, physically attacked...) with no recompense.

I'm the Welsh Bus Driver Who Had His Life Ruined by 'Tiger Porn' which sounds funny, but is anything but.

A great example of how government overreach and idiocy can ruin someone's life (lost job, physically attacked...) with no recompense.___

posted image

2014-10-31 05:51:11 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-30 16:00:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-30 15:59:40 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-30 15:50:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

200+ ethnically diverse refugee youth from Burma need your help to publish this timely, deeply personal and impactful book.
 
❝ Even if you can’t afford to make a financial pledge (reward options are listed on the right, starting at the top), you can help spread the word! We are more than half-way to reaching our goal of $12,000. As of now, we have raised $7,886. Your help - pledging financial support and/or urging others to pledge - would be greatly appreciated.

Forced to Flee is designed to mobilize support for those who have fled violent conflict and persecution in Burma, help ensure that their voices are heard before Burma's 2015 general election, and promote peacebuilding efforts in Burma's most marginalized and vulnerable communities. ❞

200+ ethnically diverse refugee youth from Burma need your help to publish this timely, deeply personal and impactful book.
 
❝ Even if you can’t afford to make a financial pledge (reward options are listed on the right, starting at the top), you can help spread the word! We are more than half-way to reaching our goal of $12,000. As of now, we have raised $7,886. Your help - pledging financial support and/or urging others to pledge - would be greatly appreciated.

Forced to Flee is designed to mobilize support for those who have fled violent conflict and persecution in Burma, help ensure that their voices are heard before Burma's 2015 general election, and promote peacebuilding efforts in Burma's most marginalized and vulnerable communities. ❞___

posted image

2014-10-30 15:46:06 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Ebola nurse says she'll fight Maine quarantine authority

Apparently Gov. LePage doesn't understand the meaning of voluntary. I've got to hand it to this woman. She's fighting like hell for a sane recognition of basic medical science.

Ebola nurse says she'll fight Maine quarantine authority

Apparently Gov. LePage doesn't understand the meaning of voluntary. I've got to hand it to this woman. She's fighting like hell for a sane recognition of basic medical science.___

2014-10-30 14:43:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The "strings" command has exploitable buffer overflow bugs. Next up, remote "cat" exploits.

(If you're not a unix geek, you can safely ignore this post. If you *are* a Unix geek, you should be suitably disgusted.)

h/t +Phil Budne 

The "strings" command has exploitable buffer overflow bugs. Next up, remote "cat" exploits.

(If you're not a unix geek, you can safely ignore this post. If you *are* a Unix geek, you should be suitably disgusted.)

h/t +Phil Budne ___

posted image

2014-10-30 14:33:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

"So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."—Tim Cook, Apple CEO

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-10-30/tim-cook-im-proud-to-be-gay "So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

good on ya Tim.___"So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."—Tim Cook, Apple CEO

posted image

2014-10-30 14:29:02 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Government rules could cut funding for vocational schools whose students don't actually get a vocation.

I wonder though if they schools will just stop claiming they are vocational. I worry too that someone will start trying to rate general education based on vocation. But OTOH, someone's got to stop this scam.

❝ Many for-profit schools get 90 cents of every dollar of their revenues from taxpayer-funded student loans. That taxpayer money is being spent inefficiently: a two-year degree that costs $8,300 on average from a community college will cost $35,000 at the average for-profit school, according to a Senate report. The schools commit far more resources to sales than to the classroom, spending a billion dollars more per year on recruiting than on educating students. ❞

___Government rules could cut funding for vocational schools whose students don't actually get a vocation.

I wonder though if they schools will just stop claiming they are vocational. I worry too that someone will start trying to rate general education based on vocation. But OTOH, someone's got to stop this scam.

❝ Many for-profit schools get 90 cents of every dollar of their revenues from taxpayer-funded student loans. That taxpayer money is being spent inefficiently: a two-year degree that costs $8,300 on average from a community college will cost $35,000 at the average for-profit school, according to a Senate report. The schools commit far more resources to sales than to the classroom, spending a billion dollars more per year on recruiting than on educating students. ❞

posted image

2014-10-30 14:10:00 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

1,000 Years of Scientific Texts From The Islamic World Are Now Online

❝ Between the 9th and 19th centuries, Arabic-speaking scholars translated Greek, Latin and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy, fostering a vibrant scientific culture within the Islamic world. Some of the most influential texts are now available at the Qatar Digital Library. ❞

___1,000 Years of Scientific Texts From The Islamic World Are Now Online

❝ Between the 9th and 19th centuries, Arabic-speaking scholars translated Greek, Latin and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy, fostering a vibrant scientific culture within the Islamic world. Some of the most influential texts are now available at the Qatar Digital Library. ❞

posted image

2014-10-30 14:03:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

When does it take light 13 billion years to travel 3 billion light years?

Pretty much all the time, actually.

How far way are the most distant galaxies? That depends on what you mean by distance.___When does it take light 13 billion years to travel 3 billion light years?

Pretty much all the time, actually.

posted image

2014-10-30 06:12:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

New post has been published on Informed Comment: BDS Success: Israeli Firm Sodastream Leaves Palestinian West Bank after Boycott http://goo.gl/yKupbP

New post has been published on Informed Comment: BDS Success: Israeli Firm Sodastream Leaves Palestinian West Bank after Boycott http://goo.gl/yKupbP___

posted image

2014-10-30 06:10:20 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-30 05:38:23 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"100+ instances of verbal street privilege took place in ten hours."

___"100+ instances of verbal street privilege took place in ten hours."

posted image

2014-10-30 05:08:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In a development that will surprise no one, the actress in the NYC catcall PSA video's harassment is now continuing online.

In a development that will surprise no one, the actress in the NYC catcall PSA video's harassment is now continuing online.___

posted image

2014-10-30 05:00:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-30 04:53:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Wow. This is a far better (and frightening) video of the explosion than the official one.

shockwaves are a bitch ;-)___Wow. This is a far better (and frightening) video of the explosion than the official one.

posted image

2014-10-29 13:53:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-29 13:43:02 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

There's nothing quite as frightening as the absolute certainty that your way is right. This call for an American Jihad is about as frightening as they come. Twisted history and a certainty bordering on insanity.

There's nothing quite as frightening as the absolute certainty that your way is right. This call for an American Jihad is about as frightening as they come. Twisted history and a certainty bordering on insanity.___

posted image

2014-10-29 04:26:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Ambition: An awesome video introduction to the Rosetta mission to catch a comet.

Ambition: An awesome video introduction to the Rosetta mission to catch a comet.___

posted image

2014-10-29 04:05:36 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-29 03:49:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

No caption required.

No caption required.___

posted image

2014-10-29 00:48:34 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

http://jezebel.com/watch-a-woman-experience-100-instances-of-street-harass-1651800051

Today was the day I explained to Peo that some women get this kind of treatment all the time.

We were talking about how special +Sun Dragon is as a martial arts studio in having girls/women-only classes, because it's important to have classes where girls and women can learn without feeling like men are staring at them all the time.  I said, "Many women will feel more comfortable doing martial arts in a class where they know they won't get hit on."

But Peo is nine.  To her, it made no sense that you'd go to a karate class with no hitting.  She didn't know the phrase in any other context.

I had to explain to her that "being hit on" is not being physically hit.  I told her it's when someone wants to date you or kiss you or maybe even havesex ... more »

http://jezebel.com/watch-a-woman-experience-100-instances-of-street-harass-1651800051

Today was the day I explained to Peo that some women get this kind of treatment all the time.

We were talking about how special +Sun Dragon is as a martial arts studio in having girls/women-only classes, because it's important to have classes where girls and women can learn without feeling like men are staring at them all the time.  I said, "Many women will feel more comfortable doing martial arts in a class where they know they won't get hit on."

But Peo is nine.  To her, it made no sense that you'd go to a karate class with no hitting.  She didn't know the phrase in any other context.

I had to explain to her that "being hit on" is not being physically hit.  I told her it's when someone wants to date you or kiss you or maybe even have sex with you.  She's still disgusted by those notions so she assumed "being hit on" was always unwelcome.  I said no, that sometimes maybe you want to find a date or someone to kiss or have sex with, and that two people can be mutually hitting on each other and it can be entirely positive for both of them.

But then I told her how some women get hit on constantly, to the point of not being able to live life without men hitting on them at every turn.

I said, "You'd think it'd be a compliment if someone tells you you're pretty, right?  Well what if dozens and dozens of men told you that every day, every time you tried to read a book in the library, every time you got on the bus, every time you went grocery shopping, all the time everywhere, judging you on your looks, expecting you to be pretty for them, telling you to smile, and getting mad if you don't take it as a compliment each and every time?"

The mere notion of having her reading interrupted by lots of boys and men telling her she's pretty was enough to infuriate her.

I don't want to show her this video.  It's too skeevy.  It's too creepy.  Plus seriously?  She's going to find out all too soon what it's like.  There's no need to foist this on her.

But a lot of you out there need to watch and see just how much this sucks.

It's not a compliment.  It's not okay.  If you do this, quit it.  Look at what douchecanoes these guys are.  They're not being nice to this lady.  They're not brightening her day.  They're demanding her attention.  They are taking, not giving, and anyone who thinks otherwise is very foolish.

Stop it.  Stop letting your friends get away with it.  Enough is enough.___

posted image

2014-10-28 16:49:18 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

How likely is it that one angry ex, and three former partners, would all collude to lie about non-consensual BDSM?

#t

How likely is it that one angry ex, and three former partners, would all collude to lie about non-consensual BDSM?

#t___

posted image

2014-10-28 16:20:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-28 14:11:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-28 14:01:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

1952: 'Win the weight of your baby in tripe!' pic.twitter.com/cqR6k4lsMz via @Colvinius @greatdismal #austerity

1952: 'Win the weight of your baby in tripe!' pic.twitter.com/cqR6k4lsMz via @Colvinius @greatdismal #austerity___

posted image

2014-10-28 04:51:35 (16 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Popehat with ten short meta issues with the gamergate discussion.

One of the more balanced critiques I've read.


Popehat with ten short meta issues with the gamergate discussion.

One of the more balanced critiques I've read.
___

posted image

2014-10-28 04:30:14 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

___

2014-10-28 03:42:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

RT @KevinCarson1 @vruz William Gibson laments "boys' club" nature of science fiction, mentions Ursula LeGuin &amp; Andrea Martin as influences http://t.co/xUcUVTHTf3

RT @KevinCarson1 @vruz William Gibson laments "boys' club" nature of science fiction, mentions Ursula LeGuin &amp; Andrea Martin as influences http://t.co/xUcUVTHTf3___

posted image

2014-10-28 03:37:06 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-27 23:26:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hong Kong is flirting with a "right to be forgotten" in Google autocomplete.

Hong Kong is flirting with a "right to be forgotten" in Google autocomplete.___

posted image

2014-10-27 14:02:28 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Mandatory rehab sounds good, but is it really? Consider how it plays out across class and race.

And if we really want people to go to rehab, why aren't we funding it? Prevention is far cheaper.

❝ Meanwhile, one group of drug users is especially underserved by policies focused on treatment as an incarceration alternative: those who wish to enter treatment entirely of their own accord. Even as enthusiasm rises for sending people to treatment centres instead of prison, in many places it’s still quite expensive to get good electivecare for addiction. As a former New Jersey drug court prosecutor put it, “The only way you can get the state to pay for drug treatment is to commit a crime and thereafter be sentenced to drug court.” If our leaders want to – as Chris Christie put it – “give people the tools to save their lives,” those tools need to be made available to allpeople who feel... more »

Mandatory rehab sounds good, but is it really? Consider how it plays out across class and race.

And if we really want people to go to rehab, why aren't we funding it? Prevention is far cheaper.

❝ Meanwhile, one group of drug users is especially underserved by policies focused on treatment as an incarceration alternative: those who wish to enter treatment entirely of their own accord. Even as enthusiasm rises for sending people to treatment centres instead of prison, in many places it’s still quite expensive to get good electivecare for addiction. As a former New Jersey drug court prosecutor put it, “The only way you can get the state to pay for drug treatment is to commit a crime and thereafter be sentenced to drug court.” If our leaders want to – as Chris Christie put it – “give people the tools to save their lives,” those tools need to be made available to all people who feel their health is in danger. ❞___

posted image

2014-10-27 13:55:37 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

❝ F.B.I. officials refused to tell even the Justice Department’s own Nazi hunters what they knew about 16 suspected Nazis living in the United States. ❞

❝ F.B.I. officials refused to tell even the Justice Department’s own Nazi hunters what they knew about 16 suspected Nazis living in the United States. ❞___

posted image

2014-10-27 04:35:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

❝ About 30 percent of adults in the United States get their news on Facebook ❞

❝ About 30 percent of adults in the United States get their news on Facebook ❞___

posted image

2014-10-27 04:12:33 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

❝ just asking about the Bank Secrecy Act requires every bank teller to file a secret report flagging them as suspicious. ❞

❝ just asking about the Bank Secrecy Act requires every bank teller to file a secret report flagging them as suspicious. ❞___

posted image

2014-10-27 01:10:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Art often interfaces with science, but not quite like this.  As reported by Adam Rogers (my former ArchiTECHS co-star) in WIRED, it seems that the special effects team for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming (and much-awaited) film INTERSTELLAR consulted with another friend of mine — Caltech’s brilliant Kip Thorne, who supplied  equations that Nolan’s team crunched and crunched… in order to show us what (according to Thorne) a Black Hole “will actually look like.”
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/astrophysics-interstellar-black-hole/

This isn’t the first time that art rendered a best-image for science!  One small, personal example: my doctoral dissertation, predicting how dust layers on comets would affect their activity, has been proved yet again with recent missions.  But it was the novel HEART OF THE COMET that nailed the size and shape of Halley’s Comet, just before Europe’sGiotto mission confirme... more »

Art often interfaces with science, but not quite like this.  As reported by Adam Rogers (my former ArchiTECHS co-star) in WIRED, it seems that the special effects team for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming (and much-awaited) film INTERSTELLAR consulted with another friend of mine — Caltech’s brilliant Kip Thorne, who supplied  equations that Nolan’s team crunched and crunched… in order to show us what (according to Thorne) a Black Hole “will actually look like.”
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/astrophysics-interstellar-black-hole/

This isn’t the first time that art rendered a best-image for science!  One small, personal example: my doctoral dissertation, predicting how dust layers on comets would affect their activity, has been proved yet again with recent missions.  But it was the novel HEART OF THE COMET that nailed the size and shape of Halley’s Comet, just before Europe’s Giotto mission confirmed both within 20%.

But this is just plain terrific. If you are like me, you are bouncing against walls with eagerness to see INTERSTELLAR!  Both as fans and for what it may do to shatter the stunning cowardice toward new ideas that dominates today’s studio-Hollywood.___

2014-10-26 17:54:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

A change in my social media usage, and a favor I'd like to ask of those on the G+ side of things.

I generally only use social media from my phone. And although I have push notifications turned off, the ongoing conversations are always on my mind, and it's incredibly easy to bring it up when I'm walking down a side walk, taking a tea-break, stuck on some issue at work, or (ahem) at a stop light. That's particularly true as we approach the US elections, and there are so many issues I'm concerned with.

I recently ran into an issue where the Facebook and Google+ cache files were eating up over 2GB of space on my phone, and the only way to clear them was to temporarily delete the apps. So I did. But as soon as I did, I felt this huge weight lifted off my chest (and my phone was a lot lighter with all those 1s gone), and I realized that it was time for me to take a break.... more »

A change in my social media usage, and a favor I'd like to ask of those on the G+ side of things.

I generally only use social media from my phone. And although I have push notifications turned off, the ongoing conversations are always on my mind, and it's incredibly easy to bring it up when I'm walking down a side walk, taking a tea-break, stuck on some issue at work, or (ahem) at a stop light. That's particularly true as we approach the US elections, and there are so many issues I'm concerned with.

I recently ran into an issue where the Facebook and Google+ cache files were eating up over 2GB of space on my phone, and the only way to clear them was to temporarily delete the apps. So I did. But as soon as I did, I felt this huge weight lifted off my chest (and my phone was a lot lighter with all those 1s gone), and I realized that it was time for me to take a break. So I didn't reinstall them.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not off completely. I still have the apps on my iPad (yes, I'm a walking office--I travel virtually everywhere with a phone, and iPad, and a 17" laptop). And I can still share via the mobile web-apps. But accessing social media on my iPad is more intentional, and that's important to my well-being. The iPad is not always in my pocket, and it's something I tend to use most when I'm sitting down to relax and am actually ready to read the news and see what my friends are up to.

I'll also keep sharing things I find when I am online. And that's where the favor comes in. I'm not going to be as engaged in the conversation threads on my posts. But I do get email when someone mentions me. (And it turns out that Google's new Inbox nicely categorizes that for me.) So if you see one of my posts in need of a little moderation, please plus-mention me and I'll take a look. Or alternatively, just be nice to each other and don't assume that someone who disagrees with you, no matter how ridiculous they sound, is a troll or an idiot. We are all rational actors within our own frameworks.

In the meantime, I hope stepping out of the "10 minutes here, 20 minutes there" access to social media lets me work on a few longer term projects that have been sitting on the back burner. I'd like to get my blog back up so I can write some long-form posts. I'm way overdue for one on how multiple generations of white privilege have gotten me to where I am. I also would like to do a series about how I feel the left and right in the US are talking past each other on key issues where compromise and even outright agreement should be possible—or at least where the arguments of persuasion should be different. There's this urban fantasy novel I need to finish writing, and I'm starting to lay out some ideas for a "programming for non-programmers" book. And of course, there's this thing called "work" which I really enjoy doing, and happens to pay the bills.

Anyway, if I seem to be a bit less responsive, and posting a little less (or posting in flurries and then not engaging), that's why. I don't love drive-by posting/commenting, but I may have to. We'll see if this experiment works. I hope so, because the alternative would be a full moratorium, and that would suck, because I really enjoy discussing things with you folks.
___

posted image

2014-10-26 17:24:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

It's come to my attention that I haven't yet made a public statement specifically about #GamerGate. But as it's come up in a few threads, at this point, I think it's about time that I made my position on this matter absolutely clear.

"GamerGate" is a lie from beginning to end. It has exactly three parts to it: it has its core, which is and has been from the very first day about allowing and preserving a "gamer culture" which is actively hostile to women (among others), and preserving it by means of threats, harassment, and violence towards anyone who ever suggests that it should be otherwise.

It has its bullshit layer, which is that it is about ethics in journalism. If it were about ethics in journalism, then you would see people talking about actual ethical questions in journalism, and you would have seen it from the beginning. But from its first... more »

It's come to my attention that I haven't yet made a public statement specifically about #GamerGate. But as it's come up in a few threads, at this point, I think it's about time that I made my position on this matter absolutely clear.

"GamerGate" is a lie from beginning to end. It has exactly three parts to it: it has its core, which is and has been from the very first day about allowing and preserving a "gamer culture" which is actively hostile to women (among others), and preserving it by means of threats, harassment, and violence towards anyone who ever suggests that it should be otherwise.

It has its bullshit layer, which is that it is about ethics in journalism. If it were about ethics in journalism, then you would see people talking about actual ethical questions in journalism, and you would have seen it from the beginning. But from its first days, its only ties to this notion were the use of bizarre (and provably false) accusations from Zoe Quinn's ex-boyfriend to accuse game journalists of being in a cabal to destroy the "gamer culture" of its core layer, and one listserv thread (as covered on http://goo.gl/3B0wcc) where professional journalists did, indeed, have a serious discussion about journalistic ethics: about whether the newsworthiness of this blog post outweighed the potential harm to its subjects. But rather than portray this as journalists doing what ethical journalists do, Milo Yiannopoulos instead portrayed this as a conspiracy by journalists to support the Secret Feminist Cabal. That is, his article itself was bollocks from beginning to end, as has been the entire argument.

And it has its fellow-travelers, people who either actually believe the bullshit layer or do so vocally and disingenuously in order to confuse others and add a shroud of legitimacy.

How do I know that this is true, and that there is not a legitimate discourse mixed in with the violence and so on? That I am not unfairly tarring all of GamerGate's proponents with the same brush?

It's really simple. I have not once seen a proponent of GamerGate actually distance themselves from the hatred and violence, or excoriate it, or say that it is fundamentally wrong and that they do not agree with either its means or its ends.

What I have seen is lots of people coming up with ways in which they, too, are being harassed, and so claiming a false equivalency. I got to watch an excellent example of this on one of my own threads earlier today; there, one of its proponents argued that the movement being called a bunch of scum (as it had been by someone else) is a form of harassment, and perfect evidence of how “there are trolls on both sides.” Yet he elides the difference between that and people being chased out of their homes, people waking up every day to death threats, to real and meaningful impact on people's lives. This is not a serious argument: it is an attempt to lie and to confuse the issue.

The other argument I have kept hearing is “I never distance myself from acts I have never associated myself with.” That is, people claim that they are under no obligation to distance themselves from the acts of the rest of GamerGate, even while they hoist its banner. Sorry: when a movement is known, first and foremost, for its violence, then to associate yourself with it does associate you with its acts. You cannot say “I support al-Qaeda. They’re really about the US military presence in Saudi Arabia,” or “Hey, the KKK has done a lot of great community service work,” and not thereby associate yourself with everything those organizations are really known for. Sorry; you lie down with pigs, you’ll get covered in mud. You keep doing that, and people will have every reason to assume that you like it.

The fact is that there is no meaningful way to "recapture" the GamerGate tag for anything honest, both because it was never tied to that in the first place, and because it has become far too polluted to do so. If someone actually feels like having a conversation about ethics in journalism, they should by all means do so -- depending on what they say, I may even support them in this. But they should not do so in the company of villains, because that simply obscures any real discussion they might want to have with filth.

This is not behavior worthy of human beings. It is vile, it is violent, and if there is anything legitimate at all inside GamerGate, it needs to get its ass out of there right now and clearly separate itself from the bloodthirsty mob. Because right now, anyone who walks around with that label is painting themselves as being open supporters of it, and anyone who supports that is someone that I wouldn't piss on if they were on fire.___

posted image

2014-10-26 06:47:08 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

RT @blackgirlinmain: Intolerance in Maine, first hand account. Our largest city isn't as welcoming as many think http://t.co/j7QIBuy7Jc

RT @blackgirlinmain: Intolerance in Maine, first hand account. Our largest city isn't as welcoming as many think http://t.co/j7QIBuy7Jc___

posted image

2014-10-26 06:39:47 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

MSF nurse being held outside in NJ, in an unheated tent, in paper scrubs.

This is idiocy.

MSF nurse being held outside in NJ, in an unheated tent, in paper scrubs.

This is idiocy.___

posted image

2014-10-26 06:34:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Ultra Orthodox vs. The Israeli Army: Israel's Other Religious War (VICE)

New post has been published on Informed Comment: The Ultra Orthodox vs. The Israeli Army: Israel's Other Religious War (VICE) http://goo.gl/k1LVqr___The Ultra Orthodox vs. The Israeli Army: Israel's Other Religious War (VICE)

posted image

2014-10-26 06:31:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-26 05:37:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"misdirected transparency catalyzes further oppression"

A few days ago, +David Brin shared a post about GamerGate, in which he opined that this is a problem which would be solved by greater transparency: "It is only anonymity that lets bastards like this operate," he says, "Accountability is the light that sears most kinds of badguys, whether they operate in criminality or in high places."

I disagree with his analysis, and this disagreement is rooted in part in my experience of information-revelation policies on social networks. (e.g., name requirements) While there was an expectation that people would behave better when their activity was tied to their own identity, as that identity is presumably a highly valuable and non-renewable resource to them, the evidence weighed against it: people seem quite willing to be jerks under their own identities.

In practice, the forced revelation of information makes individual privilege and power more important. When everyone has to play with their cards on the table, so to speak, then people who feel like they can be themselves without consequence do so freely -- these generally being people with support groups of like-minded people, and who are neither economically nor physically vulnerable. People who are more vulnerable to consequences use concealment as a method of protection: it makes it possible to speak freely about controversial subjects, or even about any subjects, without fear of harassment.

(A classic experiment which you can easily replicate is to change your profile photo to that of a young woman for a few weeks. Change nothing else, even your name, and see what happens to your interaction pattern. I've seen quite a few people run this test and the results are, shall we say, quite visible)

GamerGate is one example after another of why transparency has asymmetric effects. The worst-case consequence for members of the mobs is fairly minimal: they won't face social ostracism by their friends (who after all, support them), they are highly unlikely to be placed in any physical danger (the police will protect them), and their jobs are not likely to be affected either -- and if they are, they can find others. Conversely, the threats against women in the field were physical and real, and (as you'll see if you ever experience the real ability of local and federal law enforcement to deal with harassment and threat cases, for manifold reasons) there is reason to believe that they do not have access to adequate police protection.

Essentially, transparency of this sort removes a tool which is normally used to equalize power gradients within a society. So while the notion of "sousveillance" (at the heart of Brin's vision of a transparent society, where everyone has surveillance powers over everyone else) as applied to the powerful is important, I would always apply two strong qualifiers to it:

(1) Power is not a single real number; some people are powerful on some axes but very vulnerable along others. (cf the recent leak of nude photos of celebrities)

(2) Transparency directed at the powerless increases power gradients, whereas transparency directed at the powerful decreases it. 

Which is to say, a misdirected transparency catalyzes further oppression, rather than relieves it. And I think that the example you give here falls precisely into that category: the perpetrators of GamerGate are relatively immune to consequences compared to its victims, and so transparency would heighten rather than relieve the problem.

(This post is adapted from a comment I made on that thread)___"misdirected transparency catalyzes further oppression"

posted image

2014-10-26 05:33:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In science news, the genome of a man who lived 45,000 years ago in Siberia has been successfully sequenced. There are quite a few fascinating things we can learn from this.

First, his DNA is more like that of non-Africans than that of Africans, but it is no more like Europeans than Asians: that is, he is part of the original migration out of Africa which ultimately branched off into all of the non-African branches of humanity, but before any of that branching occurred. We have here a genetic record of that first group of people. 

Second, his DNA contains much longer sequences of Neanderthal DNA than that of modern non-African humans, indicating that their intermixing with the Neanderthals was much more recent. In fact, we can use this to estimate the date of this mixing as being between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. 

And third, this DNA offers good evidence that modernn... more »

In science news, the genome of a man who lived 45,000 years ago in Siberia has been successfully sequenced. There are quite a few fascinating things we can learn from this.

First, his DNA is more like that of non-Africans than that of Africans, but it is no more like Europeans than Asians: that is, he is part of the original migration out of Africa which ultimately branched off into all of the non-African branches of humanity, but before any of that branching occurred. We have here a genetic record of that first group of people. 

Second, his DNA contains much longer sequences of Neanderthal DNA than that of modern non-African humans, indicating that their intermixing with the Neanderthals was much more recent. In fact, we can use this to estimate the date of this mixing as being between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. 

And third, this DNA offers good evidence that modern non-African populations are in fact descended from this group, which seems to have moved out of Africa around 60,000 years ago, interbred with the Neanderthals, and spread widely. This suggests that either these were the first humans out of Africa, or that the earlier out-of-Africa migrations (some of which are hypothesized to have happened as early as 200,000 years ago) failed, and modern humans outside of our ancestral continent all came from this last, successful, exodus. 

This is the second major finding using this set of techniques for getting DNA out of very old human fossils, the first being the sequencing of a Neanderthal genome last year. Hopefully, this method will continue to prove useful in other fossils, and we'll end up with a much clearer picture of how humans evolved and spread across the world.

So why do I find this interesting? Because there were so many lives and civilizations (I use this term in the loose sense, not the technical anthropological sense) in our distant past. If there were indeed multiple out-of-Africa migrations, as there appear to have been multiple migrations into the Americas, then our society is built upon an incredibly rich set of layers of ruins of older societies still. We have a chance to imagine the worlds of people who arrived in areas genuinely never encountered by humans before; of people who arrived in areas which had been inhabited long before, but later returned to the wild; and perhaps even of people who arrived and encountered other humans, profoundly different from themselves. Our history contains all the elements of good science fiction.___

posted image

2014-10-26 03:33:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Ferguson, like so much of contemporary America, remains very much the town that racist social engineering built, one in which the unspoken assumption is that black people can never be equal members of their own community.

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/25/jim_crow_persists_how_ferguson_case_leaks_revive_a_shameful_tradition/

Ferguson, like so much of contemporary America, remains very much the town that racist social engineering built, one in which the unspoken assumption is that black people can never be equal members of their own community.

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/25/jim_crow_persists_how_ferguson_case_leaks_revive_a_shameful_tradition/___

posted image

2014-10-26 02:57:03 (54 comments, 21 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Retailers blocking NFC payments in preference of their own debit system die next year.

Ugh.

Retailers blocking NFC payments in preference of their own debit system die next year.

Ugh.___

posted image

2014-10-25 22:49:56 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

___

posted image

2014-10-25 21:04:12 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

It took three tries, but Texas finally allowed someone with two moms to get a drivers license.

Since Texas refuses to use as ID anything involving gay marriage, the girl's birth certificate was rejected. They had to go back three times before they talked them into it. It probably didn't hurt that one of the moms was the mayor of Houston.

Texas is setting itself up for a major failure in the courts. There is no way they can keep rejecting identification from other states.

It took three tries, but Texas finally allowed someone with two moms to get a drivers license.

Since Texas refuses to use as ID anything involving gay marriage, the girl's birth certificate was rejected. They had to go back three times before they talked them into it. It probably didn't hurt that one of the moms was the mayor of Houston.

Texas is setting itself up for a major failure in the courts. There is no way they can keep rejecting identification from other states.___

posted image

2014-10-25 20:58:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

“The Torah scroll we used was probably created for just this purpose, for Jews who were banned from publicly celebrating Jewish rituals and ceremonies in the past,”

“The Torah scroll we used was probably created for just this purpose, for Jews who were banned from publicly celebrating Jewish rituals and ceremonies in the past,”___

Buttons

A special service of CircleCount.com is the following button.

The button shows the number of followers you have directly in a small button. You can add this button to your website, like the +1-Button of Google or the Like-Button of Facebook.






You can add this button directly in your website. For more information about the CircleCount Buttons and the description how to add them to another page click here.

Kee HinckleyTwitterFacebookLinkedInCircloscope