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Ole Olson53,148It has come to light that Google has started funding and supporting some of the most vile right wing extremist collectives and corporate front groups in America. Join us by changing your avatar and boycotting every single Google service for one day in protest.  *On Wednesday, December 11th make a serious attempt to not use anything Google.* No Google Searches. No Google+. No gmail. No Youtube. No Google Calendar. No Blogger. No Google Maps. No Google Photos. No Google translate. No Google reverse image search. No Google Play. No Google Drive. No Google Books. No Google Shopping. Nothing.  (Android is immune since it is Open Source).  If nothing else, just think of this as a challenge to see if you are able to spend a day on the internet without using a single Google product or service or just take the day off and enjoy the real world for a change.  _Google, many of us are your most loyal users, and we love the technical direction everything is heading by rolling all services into Google+_ but it must be understood in no uncertain terms that we vehemently disagree with your decision to start to fund proto-fascist, right wing extremist, anti-environmental, anti-worker, and anti-science shock fronts like: •ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) •American Conservative Union •Americans for Tax Reform •CATO Institute •Federalist Society •George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center •Heritage Action •Mercatus Center •National Taxpayers Union •R Street Institute •Texas Public Policy Foundation ________________________________________________ *More information:* Don’t Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/04/dont-be-evil-google-funding-a-slew-of-right-wing-groups/ Tell Google CEO Larry Page to Cut Ties with ALEC http://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14651 Tell Google: Don't Be Evil With ALEC http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8648 #ShameOnGoogle  #Google    #DontBeEvil  One Day Boycott of ALL Google Products2013-12-11 07:00:00159  

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Damon Kinney2,585Circle share text>I’m Dishing out another circle share Active - Engaging G+'ers Group number 2... #circleshare     for my #marketing     friends online.This is a shared circle of people that have followed me and have influence in the marketing industry.They vary from successful and just starting out but all are incredibly good people. Without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google Plus experience as they add you to their circles, plus, share and comment on your posts.▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼If you would like to be included on my next Circle share, just follow these simple steps1. Make sure you have already added me into your circles2. Plus, Comment and Re-share this post* in Public*Please make sure you Plus, re-share and comment on the Original Post otherwise I may miss it (and we don’t want that)▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲If you do not want to be included in a Google Circle share please shoot me a message. I don’t want you to feel like you are being spammed :)2015-04-23 12:37:0820812914
Simon Weiner6,3701.23 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #hillaryclinton   #president   #hillary2016  2015-04-20 07:39:36500005
Damon Kinney918I’m Dishing out another circle share Active - Engaging G+'ers Group 2 #circleshare     for my #marketing     friends online.This is a shared circle of people that have followed me and have influence in the marketing industry.They vary from successful and just starting out but all are incredibly good people. Without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google Plus experience as they add you to their circles, plus, share and comment on your posts.▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼If you would like to be included on my next Circle share, just follow these simple steps1. Make sure you have already added me into your circles2. Plus, Comment and Re-share this post* in Public*Please make sure you Plus, re-share and comment on the Original Post otherwise I may miss it (and we don’t want that)▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲If you do not want to be included in a Google Circle share please shoot me a message. I don’t want you to feel like you are being spammed :)2015-04-17 02:35:13204000
Allan watson24,768Active users on Google+. Circle ShareIf you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#Boston #Boston #February #Michigan #MI #Lansing #Detroit #January #Minnesota #MN #St #Paul #Minneapolis #May #Mississippi #MS #Jackson #Jackson #December #Missouri #MO #Jefferson #City #Kansas #City #August #Montana #MT #Helena #Billings #November #Nebraska #NE #Lincoln #Omaha #March #Nevada #NV #Philadelphia 2015-04-01 07:32:52372033
Ole Olson51,746This is my circle 1 of Google+ progressives2015-03-07 18:26:233561014
Noah Wesley20,488Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-02-25 08:21:55498331651
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest 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 ?2014-10-29 05:09:314303512
John Wood18,041This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing   #circleshare2014-10-28 10:03:57409162449
Tessa Schlesinger21,767This is my inner core circle  - the people from whom I share frequently. Sometimes, if someone hasn't been posting for a while, I will put them into another circle. I divide my circles into:1. Inner core ; people whose posts I share more often than others.2. Engagers: people with whom I engage and visa versa.3. My science circle. Geeky info that I like to read.4. My temporary circle; when I try out new people.2014-08-30 16:22:3688535
Nick Warner645Check out these awesome Crowdfunders2014-08-07 16:05:31470102
Hadrian Micciche20,993All of my posts today are shared from some of the people I follow. They may not have me in their circles, but I don't care. I want to see what they post and almost always find it informative and entertaining. These select few are in this circle.People who have either shared my posts, commented on them, or both, are also included. These are people who have engaged with my content and are likely to do the same for you. All of these folks are worthy of being added to your circles.Want to be added ? I don't do the typical "plus, comment, and share this circle" circle jerk. You know, of course, that folks always include themselves in a shared circle. I don't need you to indiscriminately promote me by sharing this circle. Just share or comment on any post of mine you find worthy and you'll be added to my circles. Offer void where prohibited by you posting:1. Only shares of other people's posts. I need to see original content, please.2. Blind links AKA link litter -- that is, not providing any commentary with your posts.3. Too many cat pictures -- if only done sparingly and other posts are informative and entertaining, no problemo.4. Too many pictures of your lunch, your overstarched shorts, or other inanities. That's what Facebook is for. :)5. Too many memes.6. Too many cat pictures. 7. Too many cat pictures.(Did I mention cat pictures?)8. Slurs or slander about LGBT folk, racism, sexism...9. Mistaking your fears for reality.10. Mistaking reality as a left-wing conspiracy.Yes, I'm a picky SOB --  but know this. None of the people in this circle do any of that stuff. Want to add people who have been vetted, have engaging content, and will engage with yours? Add this circle. 2014-07-13 16:53:56216223
Ryan Johnson9,043* Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle and follow*Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #sharecircle   #circles   #sharecircleoftheday   #follow   #followback   #sport   #betting  2014-07-10 10:49:37492262053
Ole Olson46,666This is my original circle of progressives on G+. Add it for some hard hitting, unapologetic political information geared toward activating forward progress in America. 2014-06-28 03:56:553636518
Tessa Schlesinger20,569This is the circle of people I follow. I am not in it (so I'm not promoting myself). I follow them because they are interesting, sincere, have good stuff. Some of them have been here with me from day one.  They don't always interact every day, but I think it really depends on what you're looking for on G+. If you want people to interact with you, well, nobody can interact with everybody who adds them. There just isn't enough time to do that. On the other hand, if you'd like to read someone because they present informative, interesting, entertaining stuff, then this circle is interesting. I think it would appeal to atheists, agnostics, people who love beauty, travel, occasional humor, who are visual, intellectual, thinkers, humanist, and/or liberal. :)2014-05-08 15:31:52186503
Mark Anderson591This is a shared circle of people that have followed me and have an influence in the marketing industry. They vary from successful and just starting out but are all incredibly good people. Without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google Plus experience as they add you to their circles, plus, share and comment on your posts.#GooglePlus #CircleShare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles   #circlesharing  #circleshared  #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles #engagers #circleshare #engagerscircle #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #peopletofollow #publiccircle #socialnetworking #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #publiccircles  #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare2014-04-11 01:45:4749416919
Armando Lioss44,378“Active Engagers Shared Circle” 6.1Also known as the “Circle of Rivals” conformed by G+ users ready to stand for their points of view in an educated discussion and/or extending the discussion to their own streams... if you are looking into making your stream more dynamic, these are the guys you want to include... they are a diverse bunch of great plussers that includes liberals, progressives, conservatives, libertarians, religious, agnostics, atheists… from all around the world.In this shared circle you will find some interesting people to add to your circles, all of these G+ users currently actively engage my stream as well as other G+ users posts, so you can be sure they are getting involved in the Google Plus community.This “Active Engagers Shared Circle” version has been built with an improved algorithm that will filter occasional users and those that use hate speech or other nuisances to the common user. The main purpose of this series of Shared Circles is to expose new G+ users that are active engagers, but you may find even first generation ones in them.If you do not wish to be included in my future shared circles, please let me know with a comment to this post. I will remove you from any future shared circle I create, but I will keep you in my G+ circles.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3Thank you for your help making Google Plus adventure and exhilarating one… #activeusers   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #commenters   #topcircles  #circlesunday  Disclaimer: I don’t necessarily share or identify with the views of these G+ users, in fact with some of them we have completely antagonistic points of view and dissimilar interests…2014-04-07 15:38:3241991214
Becky Collins2,634Learning and Knowledge Management Circle - Feb22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:31:49991012
Claire Galczyk43,082I'll make this Simple....My only Shared Circle..Do what you want..2014-02-19 02:35:34136202
Brian Mcquillan2,5921. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream#techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles   #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery   2014-02-11 07:29:252644211
Ole Olson38,548٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶If you're looking for some of the BEST engagers on Google+, this is it.Top notch commentary, good content support, and some out of this world posts to boot. =========================================I sculpted this circle personally over the last year, and this is it's first full release. The Top Engagers is guaranteed to make your G+ experience better. =========================================    #publicsharedcircles       #publiccircle       #circle         #circles    #thebigcommunity   #kingcircle #topcircleshare   #awesome       #awesomepeople       #shareyourcircle    #circleoftheday         #circleshare       #circlesharing           #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-01-27 09:48:552507711
Carlos Esteban32,281ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish. I will appreciate it. Have a nice day!Carlos 2014#3#circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle2014-01-16 13:53:50491129123179
Fabian Weiland619#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #neuroscience #psychology #science  2013-11-06 14:19:18139000
Tessa Schlesinger12,664These are the people I follow. If you would like to follow these people, feel free. There is no guarantee that they will add you if you do. You will be following them because you would like to hear what they have to say. There is no need to plus it, add a comment, and then share it in order for you to be added to some new circle which will be shared. This is the way we shared circles for the first two years. So feel free to add, or not. And I'm not in it so it isn't promoting myself. It's a gift to you, if you would like it. And, I suppose it's a gift to those who are in the circle that I freely give with no expectation of return.2013-11-03 12:52:17133335
Marie Axelsson9,706Hello and Thank you for the month of October!My month long project, with who interacts with me. Today the circle reached 500 people, but due to some bugs of G+ that I don't understand it doesn't say 500 anymore. However, here you all are. These are 500 people, who over the course of a month would have interacted with me. 500 people out of 9431 followers is a nice sum. :)Something I noticed is that some of the people weren't actually following me, but likely interacted due to someone else sharing their +1 activites on G+, which is a neat effect. Next month I will make another type of circle, not 100% sure yet, and there might actually end up being two for two purposes. They will of course both be shared. :D Good luck and enjoy each other's company! ;) 2013-10-31 16:57:1649855399
Sharing Circle765MORE A CIRCLETo be included in close, just:1 - do +1 t the post;2 - comment the post;3 - include the circle among your circles;4 - share the circle (include yourself).Thanks..-#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #sharingmeansthankyou #topcircles #freakingawesome   2013-08-02 21:56:3850091026
Jan Havrda15,046This is Awesome circleVery vivid, visual and witty.Entertain yourself! #AwesomeCircle   #Awesome   #Circle2013-07-29 20:11:314307515
Steven Krohn5,460Here's a circle by someone that knows as much about circle sharing as anyone does.  +Jorgen Poulsen knows exactly what he's doing and this circle is his creation.  If you want in, please add and share before it gets too big because it will be growing quickly. Jorgen PoulsenShared publicly  -  Yesterday 4:36 AM #jpsharedcircles  ######################################G+ Captains and wannabe G+ Captains shared circleVersion 1: 20 July, 2013######################################This circle is purposely small so that new people who understand the concept of plussing, sharing and commenting can get in.If you’re already in this circle but don’t plus, share and comment then you will be removed next time it’s shared.To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:1) Plus the original post2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete!Note: Add this circle weekly so you can get the new members!You can find all my shared circles by using #jpsharedcircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share   #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share   #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle   #socialmedia2013-07-21 22:39:161619418
Remi Vlăduceanu2,988Add yourself and share this Circe to grow. Happy Friday!2013-07-05 18:08:3215710010
Mithu Hassan24,721Happy Friday to you all !!1) Add circle to grow yourself2) Share Circled publicly to expand yourself3) Thanks to +Jorgen Poulsen to get favor you back. #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircles #publiccircle #fridaycircle2013-07-05 08:27:2215715840
Jorgen Poulsen15,429* G+ Veterans and G+ Newbies Shared Circle – Must Add*Let’s not forget that we all started with a big fat ZERO. Let’s help these newbies get some more followers.EVERYONE in this circle has engaged with me very recently. 1. If you’re already in the circle you know the drill. Plus and share.2. If you want to be in the circle then please leave a comment, plus the post and share it to Public, Your Circles and Extended Circles and I’ll add you in the next one.Feel free to connect with me at www.xeeme.com/jorgenpoulsenHere’s my latest blog: http://thecatalystpartnership.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/why-content-marketing-kicks-ss-infographic/#sharedcircle #circleshare #circlesharing #awesomepeople #sharedcircles #circles2013-07-05 08:07:54155424046
Frank Gainsford1,991 To help you decide if and whom you would like to include in your own stream, I’m adding some comments about these great people Warning: this contains information about each individual in the handpicked circle, so it’s long! ;-)Susanne Ramharter took the time to list everybody and explain their place in her circle.  this circle was orignaly shared by  +Susanne Ramharter and passed along by +Mark Traphagen  I added myself and shared again with you.  I blog about SEO  and  FUFISM at http://4ubrand.blogspot.combelow is Susanne's explanation of her circle to put you in the picture of who is in this shared  circle and why...My Google+ Mentors - people who are knowledgeable about Google+ and not only post great tips, but are always happy to engage and help out:++Denis Labelle  - Denis is a charming gentleman from Canada, who shares news, tips and helpful information about #Google +, #Technology and #Culture .+Euro Maestro - Euro Maestro is one of my ‘oldest’ companions here on Google+ and is passionate about Technology as well as social causes, which makes him especially important to me.+Jaana Nyström - Jaana is another one of the first people I met here, she is a wonderful, warm person who has done incredible work to help promote #Google + and its users and is not afraid to post the occasional cat photo - huzzah!+John Rakestraw -  John hosts hangouts on air to discuss various topics, many to do with the ‘human element’ of social media. He is a wonderful host and is kind enough to invite me to many of his #HOA .+Lee Smallwood - In addition to being a warm, yet also cool guy, Lee is editor of +imassera and the driving force behind +NOD3x, an excellent source of information about Google+ activities+Mark Traphagen - Mark impresses with his in-depth knowledge of marketing, social media and willingness to share it in a kind and friendly manner.+martin shervington - After much banter on posts and comments, Martin lured me into one of his hangouts about 18 months ago and has been a never ending source of information (do check out his videos!) , help, fun, and intriguing conversation ever since.+Ronnie Bincer - speaking of videos, Ronnie is my absolute ‘go-to’ guy when I need information or help with #video , #hangouts or #communities .+Thomas Morffew - Thomas is another great source of information about Technology and Google+ while lightening his stream with amusing lighter pieces to brighten the day.My fellow #Art Lovers and Artists:+Abigail Markov, +Lena Levin, +Marie Hélène Visconti, and +Marilyn Fenn are four intelligent, fantastic women, all artist in their own rights, who won’t spam your stream with their work, but provide regular information, stories, and inspiration about art and artists.2013-06-02 14:35:0551628
Susanne Ramharter50,233This can only happen on Google+:  Wow, and Thank You!I am not a celebrity, not a prolific photographer, nor a social media “guru”. And yet suddenly, I find myself in the circles of more than 50 Thousand people. Wow, and thank each and every one of you for your vote of confidence!Many of you who have added me to your circles in the last few weeks are fairly new to Google+.  To help you find great content, and as a way of saying Thank you to some of my “oldest friends” here on Google+, I’m going to indulge myself and share my “Must Read” circle. This circle contains people whose posts I don’t want to miss and it’s open in one of my tabs on Chrome whenever I’m online. To help you decide if and whom you would like to include in your own stream, I’m adding some comments about these great people Warning: this contains information about each individual in the handpicked circle, so it’s long! ;-)My Google+ Mentors - people who are knowledgeable about Google+ and not only post great tips, but are always happy to engage and help out:++Denis Labelle  - Denis is a charming gentleman from Canada, who shares news, tips and helpful information about #Google +, #Technology and #Culture .+Euro Maestro - Euro Maestro is one of my ‘oldest’ companions here on Google+ and is passionate about Technology as well as social causes, which makes him especially important to me.+Jaana Nyström - Jaana is another one of the first people I met here, she is a wonderful, warm person who has done incredible work to help promote #Google + and its users and is not afraid to post the occasional cat photo - huzzah!+John Rakestraw -  John hosts hangouts on air to discuss various topics, many to do with the ‘human element’ of social media. He is a wonderful host and is kind enough to invite me to many of his #HOA .+Lee Smallwood - In addition to being a warm, yet also cool guy, Lee is editor of +imassera and the driving force behind +NOD3x, an excellent source of information about Google+ activities+Mark Trapha2013-06-02 11:35:5650852856
Ole Olson14,742Leaders of Google+ in #progressive   #politics  Add this circle for a well vetted collection of thought leaders that post a high degree of quality political content. The focalizers here are also excellent engagers. I have been sculpting this circle since G+ began. Other public circles I've shared that you might like:The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/PETHgTMqpcDVisual and/or Fun content https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/DbBUtg3f8q8Top Science Circle https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/WYqn7FXjsAmProgressive Media on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/1t3HVRfNhuCForward Thinking Journalists on Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/4h7jniYWcxaMy Top Circler Circle https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/cjSWip8ayqH #Liberal   #Green   #SharedPublicCircles   #Occupy   #CircleOfTheDay   #Environment   #PublicCircle   #activism   #CircleSharing   #Unions   #Feminism   #HumanRights   #LGBT   #secular   #science  2013-05-21 17:23:0549516413
Ole Olson12,447This is my main political circle. It contains people that post a high ratio of left leaning political content. If you are not progressively inclined and would like to be removed from this circle, please let me know.  #SharedCircles   #Liberal   #progressive   #politics  2013-04-12 16:31:0349016213
Ole Olson11,096The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+  This is the best of the best forward thinkers that I've found here on Google+. To be in this very small circle, I've set a few basic guidelines:1. High quality and volume of progressively oriented political posts from a variety of sources and topics2. Long history of activism on G+ and steady activity3. Strong Engagment (+1's, shares, comments) on other people's posts  I'm pretty sure I've missed out on a lot of folks that should be in this circle, but this is the best I can do for the time being, so don't feel slighted if you're not in there. This is a work in progress, but I can guarantee that you will enjoy adding this circle.  #Gplus   #Politics   #progressive   #liberal   #activism   #SharedCircles  2013-03-18 17:30:17589312
Susanne Ramharter31,019Top 99 Engagers Circleby special request, here is the circle of my 'most relevant' engagers on Google+, without pages or people that only engage via a page or hashtag.These are all people that I regularly see on Google+, either in Hangouts, or in threads of either their posts or my own. You will find people interested in:- Art- Photography- Social Issues- Business (Management, Organisations)- Internet, Social MediaI personally vouch for each and every one and recommend them all wholeheartedly!+Shared Circles on G+ +Shared Circles on G+ +CIRCLES on Google+ +Sharing is Caring on G+ 2013-01-30 16:19:099832537
Slavo Herman180I'd like to share with you the circle in which a little surprisingly I discovered my name. It is a circle with people who got one nomination to "Best of Google Plus 2012" created as the Circle No. 3 by +Kurt Smith.(He also created two more circles, No. 1 and 2, containing people with more nominations - you can find them at http://goo.gl/tAePD and http://goo.gl/7IBkV respectively :)2013-01-07 16:40:4448423115
Trever McGhee18,273+Take2seconds to click the add button on this circle!Last week +Kurt Smith asked people to name 5 people they thought should be named the 'Best of Google Plus 2012'.  He received 1,308 nominations for 730 Plussers.We were honored to be among them, so we've created two circles to honor those chosen.This is the second of 2 circles from that list.Their all worthy of a follow .. a circle  to see what they bring to your stream.Check them out for a week...keep the ones that you like at the end of the week and then put the rest aside for another time :-))))People always ask me to add them or another person to the next circle when I share circles from other people to help them connect with others...Well I can't add you to their circle but what I can do is create another circle for you.So if you would like to be in the next one or would like to recommend someone,1st. please leave a comment of why you or they should be in the next circle, why people should circle you back.2nd. please share this circle to the public stream to help these people connect with others.I'll create a circle once a week with your suggestion.P.S. if your in the above circle and would like to be in the next one, just let me know. #bestofgoogleplus   #bestofgoogleplus2012   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedmycircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publicshare   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomecircle   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   2013-01-02 20:58:1649052330
Kurt Smith21,124Here's The 'Best of Google Plus 2012' Circle Share (Circle 3 of 3)Last week I asked other plussers to name 5 Plussers they think should be named the 'Best of Google Plus 2012'. They nominated others based on what they think makes a really good Google Plusser - original & quality content; makes you think, laugh, & enjoy Google Plus more; engages with others; shares and helps others; etc. We got 1,308 nominations for 730 Plussers.This is the third of 3 Circle Shares of those named the 'Best of Google Plus' - this circle contains those who got 2-3 votes. These are plussers other plussers think are among the Best on Google Plus and I believe we should all circle and consider following them because other quality plussers we can trust recommend following them.Like the other circles I've curated ('Thought Provokers' & 'Plussers Who Give A Boost') you can only get in these circles on the recommendation of another plusser (no "add me" going on here). So this is a quality group that should be recognized for making Google Plus better for all of us.Let's encourage quality on G+ and the best way we can do that is to Add & Share these circles. It took some work to put this together, so the best 'thank you' you can give me (and the nominees) is to add, share and encourage your followers to do the same.Circle 1 (those who got 4+ nominations): http://goo.gl/tAePDCircle 2 (those who 2-3 nominations): http://goo.gl/7IBkVWondering who nominated you? Here's the original post to find out: http://goo.gl/0gHFk#bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus2012 #circle #circles #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #publicshare #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #addmetoyourcircles #awesomecircle #awesomeness #awesomepeople 2012-12-31 15:55:53486535266
Ivan Raszl6,155Here is my #atheist #circle . Feel free to follow these fine folks (or unfollow depending on your views ;). Unfortunately only 500 people can be shared at one time. Reshare this post and add a comment if you want to be included! #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing   #atheism   #religon   #secular   #humanism   #gsm   #brights   #nogod   #god   #freethinker   #freethought   #freethinking  2012-10-19 18:59:50501805
Zachary Roovenback1,335Sharing my Atheist and Fellow Freethinkers circle again.  Almost 1,800 strong.  You can only add 500 a day, so let me know if you need it shared again.Stay thinking, my friends.2012-08-10 04:29:445016310
Tim Brooks3,886Now releasing the long awaited, newly updated, circle of Anti-theists and people who actively oppose religion.This is the most active atheist circle on Google+ as far as we know, there are others but not like this :) If you are an anti-theist or someone who actively opposes religion please feel free to comment on this post to be added.Add this circle. Enjoy this circle. Share this circle.  #atheism   #antitheism   #nogod   #antitheist   #atheist #SharedCircle #circleshare  2012-08-02 21:00:1723814418
Jeff Jockisch18,43275 Non-IdiotsI haven't done a circle share recently to let you know who I'm interacting with a lot.  This is half of my top 150 most relevant.  I couldn't stop at 50 or 100 -- too many good people here :)  Look for the other half of the 150 most relevant share as 75 Non-Ghosts2012-07-25 01:43:317521327
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
Daniel Simons14,510New circle - Academic PsychologistsOver the past few weeks I've been compiling a circle of academic psychologists on Google+. It includes faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in psychology, all of whom are working in a university setting and most of whom do research in psychology. Many of them post about research in psychology on a regular basis (most post on other topics as well). Please feel free to share this circle/post widely. If you have suggestions for others to include, please add them in the comments on this post. (I will +1 each comment once I've added them), and I will re-share it on occasion as I add more people to it. I hope you find the circle useful.2012-07-16 16:25:3811215810
Lamar Jamieson0Quite an interesting circle. You will find here a great variety of people. From artists, writers and photographers to business people. Please add & share!2012-07-04 12:30:44190717
Craig Froehle4,629467 Plussers Well Worth FollowingSome curated recommendations to make your Tuesday a bit more interesting. I kept this circle largely free of celebrities, pages, and organizations, so these should (nearly) all be actual people. Enjoy!By the way, topic-wise, it's a bit of a potpourri, but with emphasis on technology, science, progressive politics, skepticism, and other fascinating things.Note that I don't always agree with everyone in this circle, so don't take this as an endorsement of their ideas...merely that they tend to be thoughtful when presenting them.2012-07-03 14:29:094671718
Daniel Simons14,199Psychologists and Neuroscientists on G+A shared circleIt has been a while since I last shared my Psychologist/Neuroscientist circle, and a number of people have been added since my last share.For those of you who have been around since the early days of G+, this was a circle I created of people who self-classified as psychology or neuroscience researchers. It is not a curated list, but there are many active G+ people in this circle. Free free to re-share. 2012-06-26 20:38:14203258
Bea Wellman287This is a great circle of people that I enjoy following.  Some of these posters are not for the faint of heart...er I guess that should be "faith" of heart.   My fellow Freethinkers / Atheists / Secular Community / and the obligatory badasses.  I have another circle with more of the same - but this is the circle that tends to share the most.For all of you that are in this circle - thanks for sharing and making me realize what a great community of thought I belong to.2012-06-26 04:14:29496113
Robert „Big Daddy“ Mosko1,841I don't normally share circles.  However I was planning to share this circle tomorrow for #circlesharefriday  .  I will not be available tomorrow, but this is a good thing for me.This circle is highly diverse in views and humor.  It is full of wonderful people who share and engage.  I hope this circle will enhance your G+ experience as much as it does mine.2012-06-21 20:21:462431205

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2015-05-11 22:12:02 (24 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

24/7 surveillance: It's not just for the NSA anymore

Now your employer can do it too.

Most reshares: 20

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2015-05-16 20:45:55 (16 comments, 20 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Once again, the rich are above the law

thanks, +Natasha 

Most plusones: 35

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2015-05-24 01:00:48 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Well done JC Penny... Well done...
#Doubledown

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2015-05-27 13:28:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A glimpse inside ALEC

You are probably already aware of what ALEC is. But I, at least, was unaware of just how devious and pernicious their tactics are. Here's a snippet:

When trying to verify that with in-person reporting, Keefe was turned away and, in fact, "kicked out with the aid of off-duty police officers on orders from ALEC staff." But not before seeing Bethanne Cooley, Director of State Legislative Affairs for CTIA—the Wireless Association in the room—talking to Georgia Rep. Ben Harbin. Cooley is not a registered lobbyist in Georgia, but here she was working with that state's lawmakers. Under the auspices of ALEC, a non-profit educational 501(c)3, Cooley talking about or even actually writing legislation—which is what ALEC does—doesn't have to be reported as lobbying, and neither does the "scholarship" money they provideto legi... more »

A glimpse inside ALEC

You are probably already aware of what ALEC is. But I, at least, was unaware of just how devious and pernicious their tactics are. Here's a snippet:

When trying to verify that with in-person reporting, Keefe was turned away and, in fact, "kicked out with the aid of off-duty police officers on orders from ALEC staff." But not before seeing Bethanne Cooley, Director of State Legislative Affairs for CTIA—the Wireless Association in the room—talking to Georgia Rep. Ben Harbin. Cooley is not a registered lobbyist in Georgia, but here she was working with that state's lawmakers. Under the auspices of ALEC, a non-profit educational 501(c)3, Cooley talking about or even actually writing legislation—which is what ALEC does—doesn't have to be reported as lobbying, and neither does the "scholarship" money they provide to legislators to travel to these meetings, or the food and drink and hotel costs that are covered. When the station tried an open records request to get receipts and reimbursement records for legislators' travel to ALEC-sponsored events, they were denied. [emphasis mine]

That's right: They use off-duty cops as thugs and they get around the law by declaring themselves to be an educational organization.

Orwellian, much?___

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2015-05-27 00:51:30 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Armando Lioss 

___thanks, +Armando Lioss 

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2015-05-26 22:21:33 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

On the truth behind school "reform"

Blaming teachers is good for profit and power.

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman 

Before getting to the big news, let’s review the dominant fairy tale: As embodied by New York City’s major education announcement this weekend, the “reform” fantasy pretends that a lack of teacher “accountability” is the major education problem and somehow wholly writes family economics out of the story (amazingly, this fantasy persists even in a place like the Big Apple where economic inequality is particularly crushing). That key — and deliberate — omission serves myriad political interests.

It's not about reform. It's about providing taxpayer money to political cronies. ___On the truth behind school "reform"

Blaming teachers is good for profit and power.

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman 

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2015-05-24 21:10:33 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Thanks to +Ole Olson for this very fitting Memorial Day post.

___Thanks to +Ole Olson for this very fitting Memorial Day post.

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2015-05-24 18:01:01 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Some good news... for now

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

McConnell doesn't seem to be very good at his job, or at least very, very out of touch with the electorate.___Some good news... for now

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

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2015-05-24 01:00:48 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

I shall go out of my way to shop at JC Penny

thanks, +Pragmatic Progressive 

Well done JC Penny... Well done...
#Doubledown___I shall go out of my way to shop at JC Penny

thanks, +Pragmatic Progressive 

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2015-05-22 03:55:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Making sense of your place in history

A weirdly and extremely insightful piece from, of all places, cracked.com.

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

Cracked. Oh wow, they really take on the heavy stuff, don't they. If only the damned pages weren't cluttered by ads - and the irony of saying that after reading that article does not escape me. ___Making sense of your place in history

A weirdly and extremely insightful piece from, of all places, cracked.com.

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

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2015-05-22 01:50:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

+Pamela Zuppo summarizes the irony beautifully.

I chortle when ignorant trolls peg Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and other progressive liberals as communists, when in fact, communists hate liberals.

However, right under their ignorant noses, our so-called "capitalist" system is a facade because it more resembles communism than democracy.

To wit:

World Governments Subsidize the Burning of Fossil Fuels to the Tune of $10 Million a Minute

According to a new IMF study, we’re subsidizing the digging of our own graves.

That amounts to $5.3 trillion a year in taxpayer money that is intensifying climate change at the very time humanity needs to be reversing it. This $5.3 trillion is also contributing to millions of deaths, heart attacks, asthma cases, and other health effects of local air pollution in the United States and countries around the world. Through the wrongheaded policies of our political “leaders,” we humans are subsidizing the digging of our own graves.

*If that isn't communism, then explain. The central characteristic of communism is a central government funding industries, as opposed to free-market capitalism.

Eliminate these subsidies, the IMF calculates, and you cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent immediately. That is a giant step toward the 40 percent reductions by 2025 that scientists say are needed for humanity to have a fair chance of limiting average global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, eliminating these subsidies—which flow overwhelmingly to some of the richest corporations and individuals on earth—would also eliminate the need for further renewable energy subsidies. The market price of fossil fuels would finally come closer to reflecting their actual cost to society, which would further accelerate the already spectacular global boom in solar, wind, and other forms of non-carbon energy.

Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF

‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments

The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused to local populations by air pollution as well as to people across the globe affected by the floods, droughts and storms being driven by climate change.

Nicholas Stern, an eminent climate economist at the London School of Economics, said: “This very important analysis shatters the myth that fossil fuels are cheap by showing just how huge their real costs are. There is no justification for these enormous subsidies for fossil fuels, which distort markets and damages economies, particularly in poorer countries.”

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/18/fossil-fuel-companies-getting-10m-a-minute-in-subsidies-says-imf

US taxpayers subsidising world's biggest fossil fuel companies

Shell, ExxonMobil and Marathon Petroleum got subsidises granted by politicians who received significant campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry, Guardian investigation reveals

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/12/us-taxpayers-subsidising-worlds-biggest-fossil-fuel-companies




#FossilFuelSubsidies   #Communism   ___+Pamela Zuppo summarizes the irony beautifully.

2015-05-20 23:28:56 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The rich are absolutely above the law

Craig's question is right on target: If you or I had committed a crime that had cost one billionth as much as these bastards did (e.g., stealing a loaf of bread), we'd be thrown in a private prison and all that entails.

What does it say about our society that these "people" can can steal a billion times that much and get no punishment whatsoever?

What does it say about our society that absolutely nothing they do (not murder, not rape, not mass murder [which they have committed], not stealing billions from everyone) is held against them?

What can we, the 99% do about such a society? (I think the French in the 18th century knew the answer to this question.)

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

#TooBigToJail , apparently?

Seriously, why are there not dozens of executives headed for lengthy prison terms ON TOP OF these fines? If there are, and the NPR story doesn't mention it, I'd love to know how they're going to identify them and whether or not the CEOs of these banks are also at risk of being jailed. We can't incarcerate a corporation, but we can certainly toss the people making up the corporations (at least those involved in the lawless behavior) in jail.___The rich are absolutely above the law

Craig's question is right on target: If you or I had committed a crime that had cost one billionth as much as these bastards did (e.g., stealing a loaf of bread), we'd be thrown in a private prison and all that entails.

What does it say about our society that these "people" can can steal a billion times that much and get no punishment whatsoever?

What does it say about our society that absolutely nothing they do (not murder, not rape, not mass murder [which they have committed], not stealing billions from everyone) is held against them?

What can we, the 99% do about such a society? (I think the French in the 18th century knew the answer to this question.)

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

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2015-05-20 12:28:13 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

One domain in which our robot overlords will not soon replace us...

Folding laundry.

Yes, it eventually succeeds. And the video looks pretty impressive. But note that the video has been sped way up: it takes the robot 10 minutes to fold one towel.

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

Shared mainly for the GIF of a robot staring at a towel being slowly (and I do mean s-l-o-w-l-y) twirled around. The AIs might be out to get us sooner than we expect, but the robots are going to have a hard time defeating us -- all we have to do is throw wadded-up socks at them and they'll be stumped for hours.___One domain in which our robot overlords will not soon replace us...

Folding laundry.

Yes, it eventually succeeds. And the video looks pretty impressive. But note that the video has been sped way up: it takes the robot 10 minutes to fold one towel.

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

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2015-05-18 22:25:50 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Government subsidies for fossil fuel companies exceed $5 trillion per year

Government subsidies for fossil fuel companies exceed $5 trillion per year___

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2015-05-18 20:35:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Restoring youthful plasticity to adult brains

thanks, +Hans Youngmann 

"Much like older muscles lose their youthful flexibility, older brains lose plasticity. But in the Gandhi study, the transplanted GABA neurons created a new period of heightened plasticity that allowed for vigorous rewiring of the adult brain. In a sense, old brain processes became young again."___Restoring youthful plasticity to adult brains

thanks, +Hans Youngmann 

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2015-05-18 20:07:50 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Sessions exposes contents of TPP. And, no surprise, it isn’t good for the American people

All the members of Congress need to read, understand and oppose this disastrous trade agreement. 

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is one of the few members of Congress who has taken the time to jump through the hoops and read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But, he has gone a step farther than other members - he told members of Congress what he read. He told the truth about what the TPP says and why Congress should oppose it in a five page letter to his colleagues.

Sessions' action flies in the face of the threats made by the US Trade Representative to prosecute elected officials who tell people what is in the trade agreement. Others should follow his example and get out the truth about the TPP.

We are in the critical phase of debate about the Trans-PacificPart... more »

Sessions exposes contents of TPP. And, no surprise, it isn’t good for the American people

All the members of Congress need to read, understand and oppose this disastrous trade agreement. 

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is one of the few members of Congress who has taken the time to jump through the hoops and read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But, he has gone a step farther than other members - he told members of Congress what he read. He told the truth about what the TPP says and why Congress should oppose it in a five page letter to his colleagues.

Sessions' action flies in the face of the threats made by the US Trade Representative to prosecute elected officials who tell people what is in the trade agreement. Others should follow his example and get out the truth about the TPP.

We are in the critical phase of debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other rigged corporate trade agreements.  While Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) has promised to publish all bills before they are voted on, he has not even read the TPP and definitely has not required it be made public.  While the fast track bill can be read, the TPP is different; elected officials have limited access to it and they are not allowed to discuss what they read.  So, the Congress is tying its hands on the TPP and other deals, without knowing what is in them and thereby shirking their constitutional responsibility under the Commerce Clause which directs Congress "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations."

The president has claimed that his deals are the most progressive trade agreements ever and fix the problems of NAFTA "by making labor and environmental provisions actually enforceable." Yet, a leak of the environmental chapter actually shows the opposite - there is no environmental enforcement and the protections are weaker than agreements during the George W. Bush era.

The president also makes the claim that "no trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws." This is an outrageous claim because all previous trade agreements have required the US to harmonize its laws with the agreement.  How can they not? The TPP, according to leaks, changes laws around patents and trademarks. How can the TPP say one thing about intellectual property and US law say another? They must be harmonized. Elected officials who have read the text can explain differences between US law and the TPP - what laws will have to change? For example will popular laws favoring buying American products survive the TPP? The Finance Committee refused to approve an amendment that would protect Buy America.___

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2015-05-17 23:10:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A wonderful summary of the real state of slavery in the US by +Rugger Ducky 

thanks, +Admiral Taptap 

I am a citizen of a nation in which slavery is legal. 

That’s a very hard thing for me to say, and a harder thing still to hear. Hard for me to say, because I have lived my life fighting for the idea that all citizens of our country are equal. Of course, I’ve always had the privilege of having white skin to hide me from the truth. Harder still to hear, because in a nation where slavery is accepted, no one is ever truly a free citizen. 

But I can’t hide from the truth anymore. Even the UN Report on Human Rights in the United States pulled no punches when released last week. 

http://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/document/united_states/session_22_-_may_2015/a_hrc_wg.6_22_l.10.pdf

I’m a lifelong, passionate student of history, and dreamer of the future. The song Imagine was released just before my birth. Born to an anti-Vietnam War hippie mom, who surely sang along to me in my crib the words of her favorite musician. I grew up listening to stories of those who had fought long and hard for equality. I read everything I could get my hands on about the struggles of this country to truly represent the freedom and rights enshrined in our laws. 

Slavery was stricken as constitutionally legal with the 13th Amendment. Yet the text itself left former slave owners with everything they needed to ensure they could continue prospering under the enforced labor of others. 

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

The system continued with Jim Crow laws. The “former” slaves were kept indebted to the land in the form of sharecropping. Requiring them to only get goods and seeds from the store associated with the landowner, and pay it off at the end of each growing season kept them too poor to leave. And if they did think about leaving, that’s when the laws against certain jobs, living in certain areas, shopping in certain places all applied. It was oh so easy to keep slavery going, because they had the force of law. A black man unknowingly breaking a Jim Crow law would find himself either lynched or imprisoned for a very long term. Almost certainly to work on a chain gang. 

And those prison jobs have always benefited the small local county sheriffs and police. They used the prisoners to staff their homes, care for their yards, and do labor for associates. While any profits were immediately pocketed by the police or sheriff. 

When Jim Crow officially ended, it was still decades before many could vote, or take any rights of citizens. 

But that pesky line in the 13th Amendment stayed there. 

The same sheriffs and police that fought to keep Jim Crow alive and well never left their cash cow behind. They stayed in office, and simply continued their normal practices. 

As a result, we now have a country that imprisons a far greater percent of our population than any other. That uses terms like “stop and frisk” as an acceptable practice to continue the enslavement and unfair imprisonment. 

You might say “Oh, what’s the harm in checking someone to see if they’re breaking the law?”. 

The harm comes in the violation of their 4th Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure. And in the overwhelmingly hard-handed use of these tactics against people of color. Even in “liberal” areas like the Bay Area.

http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28084891/sjpd-data-show-san-jose-cops-detained-greater

A young white man is just as likely to be carrying marijuana as a young black man. Yet that young black man is many more times likely to be arrested for it. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/04/the-blackwhite-marijuana-arrest-gap-in-nine-charts/

We’ve grown our prisons for many reasons. For profit prisons are thriving, and have created a huge lobby. That lobby does much to push for “mandatory sentencing”, to ensure that minor crimes or even victimless crimes are punished far longer--so there is more profit per prisoner to be had. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/28/how-for-profit-prisons-have-become-the-biggest-lobby-no-one-is-talking-about/

Private prisons especially, but also many publicly run ones are continuing to be heavily used for their free/cheap labor. Your business have call center needs you don’t want to pay much for, or outsource overseas? Here’s the place for you! They even take the time to point out to racists that these prisoners speak English!! And their services include a great note Furthermore our agent turnover rate is less than half of the industry norm and the absenteeism rate is practically zero. Because there’s no such thing as a sick day or personal day in prison, and the average prison term is longer than most people can tolerate working in a call center environment outside the prison industry. 
http://www.convictionleads.com/services/

The Sheriff’s Union and Police Unions continue to rake in their profits, and have absolutely no incentive to hand over power. And since prosecutors depend on police cooperation to do their jobs, the police don’t get prosecuted for breaking the laws and violating civil rights of citizens. When citizens do try and speak up about the injustice, its easy to shut them down when you control all the power. 

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/05/06/3654931/sheriffs-threaten-cut-off-prisoner-phone-calls-cant-get-kickbacks

Slavery is, and always has been, a monetary system. There’s huge profit in enforced labor. Black lives in this country have only mattered as far as the monetary gain that can be stolen from their labor. 

And the answer to young black men and others of color is still the same as what it was for Jim in To Kill a Mockingbird. If you refuse to be stopped and imprisoned, if you refuse to be held any longer for crimes you haven’t committed, but merely for the color of your skin, that’s an immediate death penalty offense. 

Slavery or death. That’s the inevitable choice of people of color in the US. ___A wonderful summary of the real state of slavery in the US by +Rugger Ducky 

thanks, +Admiral Taptap 

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2015-05-17 23:02:37 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Funny how the republicans aren't making a big deal of this...

thanks, +Valkyrie and +The Bitchy Pundit 

Why isn't anyone screaming AMMMMMTTTTRRRRHHAAAAZZZZZIIIII?___Funny how the republicans aren't making a big deal of this...

thanks, +Valkyrie and +The Bitchy Pundit 

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2015-05-17 22:54:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 


Another reason to vaccinate your kids

As though you needed one.

Back in the 1960s, the U.S. started vaccinating kids for measles. As expected, children stopped getting measles.

But something else happened.

Childhood deaths from all infectious diseases plummeted. Even deaths from diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea were cut by half.

"We found measles predisposes children to all other infectious diseases for up to a few years," Mina says.

Like many viruses, measles is known to suppress the immune system for a few weeks after an infection. But previous studies in monkeys have suggested that measles takes this suppression to a whole new level: It erases immune protection to other diseases, Mina says.


Another reason to vaccinate your kids

As though you needed one.

Back in the 1960s, the U.S. started vaccinating kids for measles. As expected, children stopped getting measles.

But something else happened.

Childhood deaths from all infectious diseases plummeted. Even deaths from diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea were cut by half.

"We found measles predisposes children to all other infectious diseases for up to a few years," Mina says.

Like many viruses, measles is known to suppress the immune system for a few weeks after an infection. But previous studies in monkeys have suggested that measles takes this suppression to a whole new level: It erases immune protection to other diseases, Mina says.___

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2015-05-17 21:16:38 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

The awful truth about climate change no one wants to admit

There has always been an odd tenor to discussions among climate scientists, policy wonks, and politicians, a passive-aggressive quality, and can be traced to the fact that everyone involved has to dance around the obvious truth, at risk of losing their status and influence.

This trepidation, incipient two decades ago, has become rank and file of the climate change denialists, even in the face of escalating climate chaos and in the 21st century, replete with advanced scientific discoveries and technologies. The problem is, the denialists are our policy makers who live lives of cognitive dissonance, picking and choosing which science data fits the narrative that will garner them campaign dollars.  

The obvious truth about global warming is this: barring miracles, humanity is in for some awful shit.

The image below are a number of climate models, developed by climate scientists. The black line is carbon emissions to date. The red line is the status quo — a projection of where emissions will go if no new substantial policy is passed to restrain greenhouse gas emissions.

We recently passed 400 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere; the status quo will take us up to 1,000 ppm, raising global average temperature (from a pre-industrial baseline) between 3.2 and 5.4 degrees Celsius. That will mean, according to a 2012 World Bank report, "extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, and life-threatening sea level rise," the effects of which will be "tilted against many of the world's poorest regions," stalling or reversing decades of development work. "A 4°C warmer world can, and must be, avoided," said the World Bank president.

But that's where we're headed. It will take enormous effort just to avoid that fate. Holding temperature down under 2°C — the widely agreed upon target — would require an utterly unprecedented level of global mobilization and coordination, sustained over decades. There's no sign of that happening, or reason to think it's plausible anytime soon. And so, awful shit it is.

Nobody wants to say that. Why not? It might seem obvious — no one wants to hear it! They want to hear that it is still possible to limit temperature to 2°C. Even more, they want to hear that they can do so while avoiding aggressive emission cuts in the near-term — say, until they're out of office.

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/15/8612113/truth-climate-change___thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-05-17 21:08:29 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

24% of American 15-year-olds fail this test

Talk to your kids about math.

24% of American 15-year-olds fail this test

Talk to your kids about math.___

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2015-05-17 02:16:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

In case there was any doubt

(No, there wasn't.)

This is only one example. But it's only one of many.

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

Just proves a point about how minorities are treated in this country by the police, especially when it comes to things such as Open Carry laws. The white guy was just talked to by the police. The black man was ordered to the ground, generated a multi-unit response, including a K-9, and had his weapon confiscated. I will say this, in proving this point, that man was quite brave since in many other instances black men have just been shot for doing the same.

h/t +David Houggy ___In case there was any doubt

(No, there wasn't.)

This is only one example. But it's only one of many.

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

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2015-05-17 02:06:00 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The A face of profits uber alles

What pure, unadulterated greed looks like. 

thanks, +Valkyrie 

You shouldn't be buying bottled water, anyway. If you need filtered water, buy a freaking Zero Water or Britta pitcher.

If you’re wondering which bottled water to avoid in the grocery store, Nestle’s California drought water is sold under the Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water brand. If the environment isn’t enough incentive for Nestle, maybe plummeting sales will be.___The A face of profits uber alles

What pure, unadulterated greed looks like. 

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2015-05-17 01:52:46 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The oil industry really wants to quash renewables

What? Do they think we can move to another planet? No. They just want to maximize tomorrow's profits, whatever the cost to whomever for however long.

thanks, +Eduardo Ramirez 

___The oil industry really wants to quash renewables

What? Do they think we can move to another planet? No. They just want to maximize tomorrow's profits, whatever the cost to whomever for however long.

thanks, +Eduardo Ramirez 

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2015-05-16 20:45:55 (16 comments, 20 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Once again, the rich are above the law

thanks, +Natasha 

Once again, the rich are above the law

thanks, +Natasha ___

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2015-05-16 16:56:05 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Perspective

Nowadays it's more like 0.1%, but same idea...

thanks, +Xenophrenia 

but see: http://www.civilwarcauses.org/stat.htm

thanks, +Ken Wills and +Russ Abbott 

Truth ___Perspective

Nowadays it's more like 0.1%, but same idea...

thanks, +Xenophrenia 

but see: http://www.civilwarcauses.org/stat.htm

thanks, +Ken Wills and +Russ Abbott 

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2015-05-16 15:53:09 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Militarizing ourselves back to the Dark Ages

“What struck me” journalist Christian Parenti said in a recent Truthout interview, referring to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, “was the fact that these local towns and states around the region were sending the only resources they had to New Orleans: weapons and militarized gear.

“After 30 years of the War on Drugs and a neoliberal restructuring of the state at the local level, which is not a reduction of the public sector but a transformation of the public sector, the only thing local governments had were weapons.”



Instead of dealing with real, complex social issues with compassion and intelligence, our major institutions seem to be fortifying themselves – with ever-increasing futility – against their imagined demons.

… “So, less money for public housing, more moneyfor private prisons... more »

Militarizing ourselves back to the Dark Ages

“What struck me” journalist Christian Parenti said in a recent Truthout interview, referring to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, “was the fact that these local towns and states around the region were sending the only resources they had to New Orleans: weapons and militarized gear.

“After 30 years of the War on Drugs and a neoliberal restructuring of the state at the local level, which is not a reduction of the public sector but a transformation of the public sector, the only thing local governments had were weapons.”



Instead of dealing with real, complex social issues with compassion and intelligence, our major institutions seem to be fortifying themselves – with ever-increasing futility – against their imagined demons.

… “So, less money for public housing, more money for private prisons. It’s a literal transfer of resources to different institutions, from a flawed social democratic institution like public housing, to an inherently evil, but still very expensive and publicly funded institution, like prison.”

As American society militarizes, it dumbs itself down.



What’s not surprising is the corporate-FBI alliance to stand tough against “environmental extremists” or the agency’s lumping of environmental protests with other “domestic terrorism issues” – its pathological fear, in other words, of peaceful protest and civil disobedience and its inability to see the least bit of patriotic value in their cause.

This is the case despite the long, honored tradition of protest and civil disobedience in the United States and the widespread public awareness of the need to protect our environment. Doesn’t matter. In the realm of law enforcement, a simple moralism too often prevails: Get the enemy.



What I see our powerful, status-quo institutions doing is arming themselves against the future. Consider the enemies: poor people, immigrants, protesters of all sorts . . . whistleblowers.___

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2015-05-16 02:11:14 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Occupy The Polls 

#Sanders2016 ... #Taxes___thanks, +Occupy The Polls 

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2015-05-15 17:23:10 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

On the virtue of taxes

Well-spent, taxes are the supply-end of the economic side of cooperation.

Cooperation is why social species (like humans and dolphins) out-compete non-social species (like fish).

Conservatives would have you believe that humans are a species of loners; individuals with no connection to one another. Their philosophy is deeply, fundamentally wrong. (These same conservatives would then tell your daughter what she can do with her body. A decidedly non-loner thing to say. Conservatives tend to have no grasp of logic. Hence religion. But I digress.)

We need to embrace our social nature as a species and start cooperating intelligently in the US. It works brilliantly in civilized countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Germany, France...

Let's become civilized. It starts with collecting reasonable, progressive... more »

Taxes are not a bad thing. Used well. I live in Denmark, one of the most highly taxed nations on the planet. We pay 37% income tax and 25% VAT on many items. Know what?

I have far more disposable income. A public transport system that works. Medical care free. Subsidised education for life. My mortgage, travel, and other expenses are offset against taxes. We have a beautiful road network, and an equally beautiful and comprehensive bicycle and foot path system.  We make a large part of our electricity via renewable systems and are going for 100%.  

We have a social safety net that ensures everyone eats, everyone has a place to sleep. You have to work really hard to be down and out here.   Innovation is rampant. Almost everyone has a small business. Libraries are well stocked and everywhere. There are citizen music,arts, and science programs. There is more, but you get the idea.

I am more than happy to pay that level of tax. More than happy.
Why? Because I see that the money is being used well. Something I never felt in the US. 50% on military spending? No.

This heavily taxed nation of @6 million people is ranked 21st in the world based on GDP per capita. The US is 10th with 60 times the people and 223 times the land.

Finally, Denmark is always in the top 10 (usually the top 5) of the Best/Happiest places to live.  Satisfaction in Denmark rides around the 75-85% level.

As an American, I grow weary of the greedy and the selfish, the ignorant and the apathetic, telling us that it can not be done in the good old USA. Nonsense.

Social Democracy works.

#sanders2016  ___On the virtue of taxes

Well-spent, taxes are the supply-end of the economic side of cooperation.

Cooperation is why social species (like humans and dolphins) out-compete non-social species (like fish).

Conservatives would have you believe that humans are a species of loners; individuals with no connection to one another. Their philosophy is deeply, fundamentally wrong. (These same conservatives would then tell your daughter what she can do with her body. A decidedly non-loner thing to say. Conservatives tend to have no grasp of logic. Hence religion. But I digress.)

We need to embrace our social nature as a species and start cooperating intelligently in the US. It works brilliantly in civilized countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Germany, France...

Let's become civilized. It starts with collecting reasonable, progressive taxes.

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman 

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2015-05-15 17:07:35 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

(Part of) Why you should oppose the TPP

Quoting +Russ Abbott's highlights:

"Joseph Stiglitz explains what's wrong with the dispute resolution provision in the TPP.

First of all, what's it all about? The problem is that corporations want their investments protected against government takeovers. Suppose you invested in Russia before Putin and then found yourself powerless when Putin came to office and seized your company's assets. The dispute resolution process would allow you to sue the country that took your property. An arbitration panel would adjudicate the case. If you won and the country didn't pay up, trade sanctions would be imposed. 

What's wrong with that?

There have been very few expropriations in recent decades, and investors who want to protect themselves can buy insurance from the Multilateral Investment... more »

Free trade agreements? Not really. More like corporation takeover of countries.___(Part of) Why you should oppose the TPP

Quoting +Russ Abbott's highlights:

"Joseph Stiglitz explains what's wrong with the dispute resolution provision in the TPP.

First of all, what's it all about? The problem is that corporations want their investments protected against government takeovers. Suppose you invested in Russia before Putin and then found yourself powerless when Putin came to office and seized your company's assets. The dispute resolution process would allow you to sue the country that took your property. An arbitration panel would adjudicate the case. If you won and the country didn't pay up, trade sanctions would be imposed. 

What's wrong with that?

There have been very few expropriations in recent decades, and investors who want to protect themselves can buy insurance from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, a World Bank affiliate (the US and other governments provide similar insurance).

So there is no need enshrine this mechanism in a trade deal.

But that's not the real reason many corporations want this provision. The agreement would allow companies to sue if a country's regulations threatened future damages. The real intent of these provisions is to impede health, environmental, safety, and, yes, even financial regulations meant to protect America’s own economy and citizens. Companies can sue governments for full compensation for any reduction in their future expected profits resulting from regulatory changes.

This is not just a theoretical possibility. Philip Morris is suing Uruguay and Australia for requiring warning labels on cigarettes. [The two countries mandated] the inclusion of graphic images showing the consequences of cigarette smoking.

The labeling is working. It is discouraging smoking. So now Philip Morris is demanding to be compensated for lost profits.

In the future, if we discover that some other product causes health problems (think of asbestos), rather than facing lawsuits for the costs imposed on us, the manufacturer could sue governments for restraining them from killing more people. The same thing could happen if our governments impose more stringent regulations to protect us from the impact of greenhouse-gas emissions. ...

Worse still, corporations in advanced countries can create subsidiaries in member countries through which to invest back home, and then sue, giving them a new channel to bloc regulations.

Furthermore, if such a mechanism were a good idea, why not let citizens, unions, environmental organizations, etc. sue countries that are not living up to their agreements?

There has been no suggestion that this is the case.

Rules and regulations determine the kind of economy and society in which people live. They affect relative bargaining power, with important implications for inequality, a growing problem around the world. The question is whether we should allow rich corporations to use provisions hidden in so-called trade agreements to dictate how we will live in the twenty-first century. I hope citizens in the US, Europe, and the Pacific answer with a resounding no."

thanks, Russ

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2015-05-15 16:34:53 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Look at how much harm a socialist like Sanders could do if he got elected

Frightening, really.

thanks, +Admiral Taptap 

Socialism is clearly, far and away, better than Capitalism by every measure. It just is. That has been mathematically proven.

#Socialism #Capitalism  ___Look at how much harm a socialist like Sanders could do if he got elected

Frightening, really.

thanks, +Admiral Taptap 

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2015-05-15 00:59:26 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!

Remember this before you vote republican.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

Right Wing Watch:

It seems that radical right-wing conspiracy theorists have the ear of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who recently ordered the Texas National Guard to monitor a U.S. military exercise called Jade Helm 15. According to many of these far-right activists, Jade Helm 15 is part of a secret effort to take over conservative states like Texas, impose martial law, confiscate people’s firearms, round up “patriotic men,” force people into cattle cars and lock them up in Wal-Marts that have been converted into FEMA camps.
___Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!

Remember this before you vote republican.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2015-05-14 21:32:38 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

As always, +Pamela Zuppo nails it.

One thing we do know for sure is that, for decades now, the United States has been allowing its public infrastructure to decay. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers issued a report saying that it would take roughly $3.6 trillion worth of repairs and retrofitting merely to return the nation’s roads, railways, and airports to a safe and durable state. For example, about one in nine bridges in the U.S. were structurally deficient, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

And that’s just transportation infrastructure. Many of America’s schools, sewage systems, and parks could do with an upgrade, too. A couple of years ago, a survey by the World Economic Forum ranked the United States twenty-fifth globally in overall quality of infrastructure, behind such nations as Spain, Oman, and South Korea.

 That’s hardly surprising. In my neighborhood in Brooklyn, where townhouses are now selling for millions of dollars, the sewers, which were built more than a century ago, sometimes back up after a heavy rainstorm.

It’s no mystery why much of our public infrastructure is overloaded and crumbling. America is a growing country, and investment in infrastructure has failed to keep up with expanding needs. According to the Congressional Budget Office, in the nineteen-fifties and sixties we spent close to five per cent of G.D.P. on new transport and water projects, and on maintaining existing systems. European nations still spend about that much today, while China and other rapidly developing Asian countries spend close to twice as much. In the United States, however, spending on infrastructure is only about half of what it used to be, relative to G.D.P.

This situation is a direct product of politics, and the conservatives have looked at the problem backwards. As entitlement spending has grown and pressure to cut the federal budget has increased, infrastructure spending has been tightened. The squeeze was relaxed for a few years as a result of President Obama’s stimulus program, but it’s now back in effect. Take the federal Highway Trust Fund, which historically has paid for about a third of public-transportation projects around the country.

It is almost always operating in the red, largely because the gasoline tax that finances the fund hasn’t been raised since 1993. Over the next ten years, it is facing a financial shortfall of about a hundred and seventy billion dollars, according to the Congressional Budget Office, but Republicans in Congress are blocking efforts to raise more revenues.

Amtrak, too, is perennially short of funds. As one of the largest and costliest public-transportation systems in the country, it has long been a target of conservative, anti-government types. This despite the fact that is increasingly popular with riders Since 2000, the number of passengers using Amtrak each year has risen by almost half, to more than thirty million, and new, faster services, such as the Acela, have proven to be big successes. Close to eleven million people travelled on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor routes alone last year. To be sure, the company still loses money, but that’s true of virtually all public-transportation systems the world over. As most countries recognize, accounting profits (or losses) don’t take account of the broader social and economic benefits that such systems provide.

If Amtrak had the resources to invest in new equipment—particularly newer, straighter tracks—it could be a lot more popular and successful, as well as safer. 

The company estimates that trips between New York and Washington, and from New York to Boston, could be reduced to about an hour and a half. And with upgrades south and west of the Northeast Corridor, there is no reason why Florida and Chicago couldn’t be within a morning or afternoon’s train ride from Penn Station.

Instead of trying to make this vision a reality, and doing what's best for the country and its citizens, Congress continues to chisel away at Amtrak, and public infrastructure generally. On Wednesday, according to a report at Politico, a panel of the House Appropriations Committee was considering a funding bill that “would slash Amtrak’s funding to $1.13 billion, less than the roughly $1.4 billion it typically receives." President Obama, by contrast, has proposed a transportation bill that would dedicate almost five hundred billion dollars, over six years, to repairing existing infrastructure projects and building new ones. So far, the bill hasn’t gotten anywhere.

#FuckRepublicans  Republicans have destroyed this country and squandered trillions of tax payer dollars. They need hammered by every citizen, especially the families of those who died in the Amtrak accident as well as all deaths related to crumbling infrastructure. History has clearly revealed that investment in our infrastructure not only creates millions of good-paying jobs, but makes our country stronger as we transition into the future.___As always, +Pamela Zuppo nails it.

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2015-05-14 13:42:14 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

In freak accident, US House of Representatives accidentally takes step in the right direction

It's only a small step...

while the House version of the bill would take the government out of the collection business, it would not deny it access to the information. It would be in the hands of the private sector — almost certainly telecommunications companies like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, which already keep the records for billing purposes and hold on to them from 18 months to five years.

... but it's a step nonetheless. The Senate is going to be harder to bring onboard. And the House may well come to its "senses" before that happens.

In freak accident, US House of Representatives accidentally takes step in the right direction

It's only a small step...

while the House version of the bill would take the government out of the collection business, it would not deny it access to the information. It would be in the hands of the private sector — almost certainly telecommunications companies like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, which already keep the records for billing purposes and hold on to them from 18 months to five years.

... but it's a step nonetheless. The Senate is going to be harder to bring onboard. And the House may well come to its "senses" before that happens.___

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2015-05-14 02:10:13 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

McConnell is a very skilled sociopath.

Listening to his speech, you'd never know what a complete monster he is. He sounds so reasoned, so in favor of the American people, as he argues for putting the noose around our necks.

thanks, +PoliticusUSA 

Obstructionist Hypocrite Mitch McConnell Throws A Tantrum After Democrats Block TPP

This the same Mitch McConnell who as Minority Leader in 2012,blocked his own debt ceiling bill. The Mitch McConnell, who is decrying obstruction as Majority Leader, openly, and gleefully shunned bipartisanship since President Obama took office.

#StopTheTPP #Payback  #UnregulatedTrade___McConnell is a very skilled sociopath.

Listening to his speech, you'd never know what a complete monster he is. He sounds so reasoned, so in favor of the American people, as he argues for putting the noose around our necks.

thanks, +PoliticusUSA 

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2015-05-13 01:58:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Good news for now

Good news for now___

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2015-05-12 16:16:00 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Of course it's wrong: Boehner said it

Start to worry if he acknowledges that the Earth orbits the sun.

Of course it's wrong: Boehner said it

Start to worry if he acknowledges that the Earth orbits the sun.___

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2015-05-12 04:40:00 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Scott Walker encourages doctors to lie to women to keep them from having abortions

Ask your yourself what kind of sick fuck would be capable of that.

I wish I could say "Only Scott Walker", but the horrifying truth is that there are a hell of a lot of them (many, like Scott, owned by the Kochs).

thanks, +Jack Malchow 

Scott Walker encourages doctors to lie to women to keep them from having abortions

Ask your yourself what kind of sick fuck would be capable of that.

I wish I could say "Only Scott Walker", but the horrifying truth is that there are a hell of a lot of them (many, like Scott, owned by the Kochs).

thanks, +Jack Malchow ___

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2015-05-12 02:11:15 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Bail as a vehicle for (unconstitutional) debtor's prison, and yet another way to keep minorities and poor folk in jail

How can we reduce the enormous populations of our country's local jails?
...
About 85 percent of those at Rikers haven't been convicted of any offense; they're just awaiting trial, sometimes for as long as hundreds of days.
...
Why are so many people - particularly poor people of color - in jail awaiting trial in the first place?

Usually, it is because they cannot afford bail. According to a 2011 report by the city's Independent Budget Office, 79 percent of pretrial detainees were sent to Rikers because they couldn't post bail right away.

This is a national problem. Across the United States, most of the people incarcerated in local jails have not been convicted of a crime but are awaiting trial. And most of... more »

Bail as a vehicle for (unconstitutional) debtor's prison, and yet another way to keep minorities and poor folk in jail

How can we reduce the enormous populations of our country's local jails?
...
About 85 percent of those at Rikers haven't been convicted of any offense; they're just awaiting trial, sometimes for as long as hundreds of days.
...
Why are so many people - particularly poor people of color - in jail awaiting trial in the first place?

Usually, it is because they cannot afford bail. According to a 2011 report by the city's Independent Budget Office, 79 percent of pretrial detainees were sent to Rikers because they couldn't post bail right away.

This is a national problem. Across the United States, most of the people incarcerated in local jails have not been convicted of a crime but are awaiting trial. And most of those are waiting in jail not because of any specific risk they have been deemed to pose, but because they can't pay their bail.

In other words, we are locking people up for being poor. This is unjust. We should abolish monetary bail outright.

But what about the common justification for bail -- that it is necessary to prevent people from fleeing before trial?

Some will argue that bail is necessary to prevent flight before trial, but there is no good basis for that assumption. For one thing, people considered to pose an unacceptable risk of flight (or violence) are not granted bail in the first place.

Oh. That.

Moreover, 

There is also evidence that bail is not necessary to ensure that people show up for trial. In Washington, DC, a city that makes virtually no use of monetary bail, the vast majority of arrestees who are released pretrial do return to court, and rates of additional crime before trial are low.

Oh. How about that.

And then there's this.

In addition to being unjust and unnecessary, pretrial incarceration can have harmful consequences. Not only do those who are in jail before trial suffer the trauma of confinement, but in comparison with their bailed-out counterparts, they are also more likely to be convicted at trial. As documented in a 2010 Human Rights Watch report, the legal system is substantially tougher to navigate from behind bars. People in jail face more pressure to accept plea bargains - often, ones that aren't to their advantage - than do those confronting their charges from home.

That's right: Keeping a person in jail pre-trial is a way to prevent them from mounting an effective defense. And whom does this policy affect? The poor, of course.

Bail is basically a mechanism for denying equal justice to the poor.

As if the deck weren't stacked against them enough in the first place.___

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2015-05-11 22:12:02 (24 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

24/7 surveillance: It's not just for the NSA anymore

Now your employer can do it too.

24/7 surveillance: It's not just for the NSA anymore

Now your employer can do it too.___

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