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Ole Olson47,408It 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=14651Tell 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 07:00:00163G+

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Nick Warner645Check out these awesome Crowdfunders2014-08-07 16:05:31470001CC G+
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 16:53:56216223CC G+
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 10:49:37492262053CC G+
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 03:56:553635517CC G+
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 15:31:52186503CC G+
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 01:45:4749416919CC G+
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 15:38:3241991214CC G+
Becky Collins2,634Learning and Knowledge Management Circle - Feb22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:31:49991013CC G+
Claire Galczyk43,082I'll make this Simple....My only Shared Circle..Do what you want..2014-02-19 02:35:34136202CC G+
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 07:29:252644211CC G+
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 09:48:552507811CC G+
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 13:53:50491129124180CC G+
Fabian Weiland619#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #neuroscience #psychology #science  2013-11-06 14:19:18139000CC G+
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 12:52:17133335CC G+
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 16:57:16498553100CC G+
Fabian Weiland531#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #research #learning #communications  2013-10-31 09:13:1597104CC G+
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 21:56:3850091026CC G+
Jan Havrda15,046This is Awesome circleVery vivid, visual and witty.Entertain yourself! #AwesomeCircle   #Awesome   #Circle2013-07-29 20:11:314307515CC G+
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 22:39:161619418CC G+
Remi Vlăduceanu2,988Add yourself and share this Circe to grow. Happy Friday!2013-07-05 18:08:3215710010CC G+
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 08:27:2215715840CC G+
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 08:07:54155424046CC G+
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 14:35:0551628CC G+
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 11:35:5650852956CC G+
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 17:23:0549516413CC G+
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 16:31:0349016213CC G+
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 17:30:17589312CC G+
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 16:19:099832537CC G+
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 16:40:4448423115CC G+
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   #awesomecircle  +Circles 2013-01-02 20:58:1649052430CC G+
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 15:55:53486535266CC G+
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 18:59:50501805CC G+
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 04:29:445016310CC G+
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 21:00:1723815517CC G+
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 01:43:317521327CC G+
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 15:10:0498901CC G+
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 16:25:3811215810CC G+
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 12:30:44190717CC G+
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 14:29:094671718CC G+
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 20:38:14203267CC G+
Bea Wellman0This 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 04:14:29496114CC G+
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 20:21:462431205CC G+
Haroon Abbasi155Nice collection googlist+Shared Circles on G+  #sharedcircles  2012-06-21 18:39:04361916CC G+
Susanne Ramharter12,084Circle recommendation for new Google+ UsersIf you are wondering about what's the big deal about Google+ because your stream is empty then look no further. This is my crazy, mixed-up, circle of great people. You will find professors, authors, artists, class clowns, serious people, spiritual people, social media types, business people and some are here because they are just so nice.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3+Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You , +Best Shared Circle,  #circleshare   #circles  2012-06-21 18:24:2918934830CC G+
Henry A. Otero (Hanko9)9,525Google+ Engagers Circle #1... created by YOU!!! Everyone included in this circle was recommended by someone in the circle. These are YOUR favs!!!Here are the other 500 people from Circle #2 (there are NO duplicates).https://plus.google.com/117412175333096244275/posts/jPhkmiP8Fdf#circlemonday #circleshare #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles +Nothing but Circles 2012-06-18 15:16:08500371552CC G+
Angela Estrada5,066I reached over 5000 followers last night ....So its time for a circle share. ;)My Top 500I follow only 578 people...so if you were left out..I don't know who you are and you may be removed soon.  I did leave out a couple of my favorites..because I feel they would of not of wanted to be shared. ;)ENJOY2012-06-14 13:11:2750118717CC G+
Tim Brooks3,572*Updated*Here is the new and updated, long awaited update of the Google+ infamous circle of Anti-theists and people who actively oppose religion.This is the most active atheist circle on Google+ and can easily provide you with all the atheism related discussion you will need.Circle. Enjoy. Share.If you would like to be added to this circle just leave a message in the comments. (on original post)#antitheism #atheist #nogod #atheism #antitheist #circleshare #thevoice #religion #religiousdiscussion #fathersday2012-06-13 23:09:3322043718CC G+
Tim Brooks3,552Here is the new and updated, long awaited update of the Google+ infamous circle of Anti-theists and people who actively oppose religion.This is the most active atheist circle on Google+ and can easily provide you with all the atheism related discussion you will need.Circle. Enjoy. Share.If you would like to be added to this circle just leave a message in the comments. (on original post)#antitheism #atheist #nogod #atheism #antitheist #circleshare #thevoice #religion #religiousdiscussion #fathersday2012-06-12 19:25:12201921019CC G+
James Bowie0Based on the feedback I am getting from the people in it I must share again. People are reporting over 300 people in 5 days!! That is how we keep #googleplusisawesome I consider most of these people real friends now it is fantastic! Add them to your circle you will see what I mean!Yes, every one matters equally on G+, but these are the folks that #influence and are #engagers who in one way or another have helped me or have directly made my G+ experience more than awesome. They also have intelligent things to say and produce quality content. Most of them have less than 2000k followers with some exceptions you might recognize. Again, ALL deserve respect.That is how we keep #googleplusisawesome I consider most of these people real friends now it is fantastic! Add them to your circle you will see what I mean!If you would like to be added please share the circle and plus 1 it also make a request in the comments so I can see. THX!We have #youtubers #filmmakers #science #technology and just great #peopletofollow #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #circleplusIf you would like to be added please share the circle and plus 1 it also make a request in the comments so I can see. THX!We have #youtubers #filmmakers #science #technology and just great #peopletofollow #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #circleplus2012-05-04 02:11:20450237CC G+
Susanne Ramharter8,399Friday is for sharing circles - here are my hand picked Top Engagers this is my 'go to' circle - it is hand picked and, if I had to limit my contacts to just one circle of 500, though I would certainly miss many people - this group would have absolute priority in my personal circle of 500.This group is international, smart, funny, and most of all, extremely nice and friendly, always ready to help someone new, speak words of encouragement, provide food for thought or just intelligent jokes. (very few cat pictures - but, occasionally....)Check them out, I can honestly recommend every single one!feel free to share, or recommend people that are your favorites2012-04-27 15:19:1512724316CC G+

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2014-08-21 15:39:58 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)

A scale model of the solar system, with the moon as one pixel wide

Most models of the solar system depict objects and the distances between them at different scales (with the objects way too big compared to the distances). In this model, astronomical bodies are rendered to scale, along with the distances between them. As result, the model gives a better feel than any other I have seen for the sheer vastness and utter emptiness of space. It provides a whole new -- and really counterintuitive -- perspective on the geometry of our solar system.

thanks, +Scott Wyant 

A scale model of the solar system, with the moon as one pixel wide

Most models of the solar system depict objects and the distances between them at different scales (with the objects way too big compared to the distances). In this model, astronomical bodies are rendered to scale, along with the distances between them. As result, the model gives a better feel than any other I have seen for the sheer vastness and utter emptiness of space. It provides a whole new -- and really counterintuitive -- perspective on the geometry of our solar system.

thanks, +Scott Wyant ___

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2014-08-21 13:49:50 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

More evidence that socialism is a fiscal disaster

Wait... what?

thanks, +paul beard 

On sovereign wealth funds:

Only 5 million people live in Norway, but thanks to the country’s careful management of its oil wealth, the country runs the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world. Everything about the fund is big. Very big.

Reported assets, for example, totaled $890 billion at the end of June—that’s $178,000 for every Norwegian. And the fund holds around 1% of all the stocks and bonds in the world.

Sounds liked a good idea. ___More evidence that socialism is a fiscal disaster

Wait... what?

thanks, +paul beard 

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2014-08-21 13:01:53 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)

Metric vs. Imperial ("American") measuring systems

thanks, +Patrick O'Shea 

A gram is a unit of mass not of weight , but Violet clearly knows her Newtonian physics. ___Metric vs. Imperial ("American") measuring systems

thanks, +Patrick O'Shea 

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2014-08-20 14:06:11 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Great comedy always reveals a truth

thanks, +Darryl Barnes 

#raceinamerica #policeintheblackcommunity  

This is pretty much the mentality in the African American Community in regards to the police Absolute Genius and Spot on. 

Every black dude in this room is a certified paralegal n shit. If we "even start to do something wrong a old black dude a pop out (Nigga don't do that that's 5 to 10)"

 Either way. This standup is over a decade old and not much has changed. It's funny, but it's not - because it's also true. But it's funny.___Great comedy always reveals a truth

thanks, +Darryl Barnes 

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2014-08-20 13:52:24 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

Ignorance is bliss: Nation remains willfully ignorant of stats on police shootings

News reports of officer-involved shootings are fairly regular across the country, but there are no national, comprehensive statistics on these incidents, so it is impossible to say how frequently they happen.

The FBI collects data from police departments on all kinds of crimes, including hate crimes violence against police officers, but the bureau is not required to compile statistics on officer-involved shootings.

Perhaps this is because they don't regard officer-involved shootings as crimes -- or even potential crimes.

However,  _the Center for Policy Equity at the University of California, Los Angeles has received a grant to compile a national database on profiling by police, which would include data on officer-involved shootings._

This kind of research will take... more »

___Ignorance is bliss: Nation remains willfully ignorant of stats on police shootings

News reports of officer-involved shootings are fairly regular across the country, but there are no national, comprehensive statistics on these incidents, so it is impossible to say how frequently they happen.

The FBI collects data from police departments on all kinds of crimes, including hate crimes violence against police officers, but the bureau is not required to compile statistics on officer-involved shootings.

Perhaps this is because they don't regard officer-involved shootings as crimes -- or even potential crimes.

However,  _the Center for Policy Equity at the University of California, Los Angeles has received a grant to compile a national database on profiling by police, which would include data on officer-involved shootings._

This kind of research will take decades to make a difference (if it ever does), but at least it's maybe kinda a tiny start. At this point, however, anything resembling hope would be premature.

thanks, +Rod Wagner and +Susan Stone 

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2014-08-20 02:25:26 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Thanks to +Horton Copperpot, who notes, "What Steve doesn't say is that, if taken to other urban areas of Missouri, this voter drive can turn Missouri Blue virtually overnight. There's nothing the GOP fears more than increased voter participation in Red and contested states. What we've seen in North Carolina, Florida and Virginia, as well as in Indiana in 2008, can counteract any gains they've made in Arkansas and West Virginia because of racism and in other states because of voter list manipulations. Missouri and Wisconsin should be the primary battlefields for voter registration and GOTV efforts."

I published another dozen new items today -- Tuesday, August 19, 2014 -- and here are some highlights:

* The executive director of the Missouri Republican Party called a voter-registration drive in Ferguson this way: "I think it's not only disgusting but completely inappropriate." It's worth appreciating exactly why he's wrong (http://on.msnbc.com/1pY2hbx).

* Americans may be watching the same crisis unfold in Ferguson, but we're not all seeing through the same eyes. The differences in perceptions based on race and party affiliation are pretty extraordinary (http://on.msnbc.com/VCAaE6).

* As if tensions in the area weren't already running at a dangerously high level, there was another officer-involved shooting this afternoon in St. Louis, not far from last week's shooting in Ferguson (http://on.msnbc.com/XyGAWh).

* When President Obama talks about Ferguson, even briefly and cautiously, his critics on the left will say he isn't going far enough, while his critics on the right say he's going too far. Karl Rove, in particular, has a bizarre perspective (http://on.msnbc.com/1tjzyiM).

* As Attorney General Eric Holder travels to Ferguson, let's not forget: in some racially charged situations, sometimes Holder will say things President Obama won't (http://on.msnbc.com/VDpmWj).

* It hasn't gotten much attention, but efforts to rid Syria of its chemical weapons are going extremely well. It looks like a big win for the United States and the Obama administration -- despite all the predictions to the contrary (http://on.msnbc.com/VDq2Le).___Thanks to +Horton Copperpot, who notes, "What Steve doesn't say is that, if taken to other urban areas of Missouri, this voter drive can turn Missouri Blue virtually overnight. There's nothing the GOP fears more than increased voter participation in Red and contested states. What we've seen in North Carolina, Florida and Virginia, as well as in Indiana in 2008, can counteract any gains they've made in Arkansas and West Virginia because of racism and in other states because of voter list manipulations. Missouri and Wisconsin should be the primary battlefields for voter registration and GOTV efforts."

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2014-08-19 20:58:28 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)

The experiment; the data

And you can hardly ask for a better-controlled comparison.

thanks, +Douglas County DFL 

Why vote Democratic this year? Proven Economic Success.

Compare MN vs WI to see where policies take us. It isn't even close: progressive Democratic-Farmer-Labor economics are kicking butt while conservative GOP policies are doing poorly next door. Case in point, the median household income in Wisconsin is now $6,000 less than Minnesota.

#Economics   #Politics   #Minnesota   #Wisconsin   #Democrats   #Progressive  ___The experiment; the data

And you can hardly ask for a better-controlled comparison.

thanks, +Douglas County DFL 

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2014-08-19 16:40:40 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

There are things the for-profit model does not do best

Higher education is among them.

(Others include health insurance, police, fire, infrastructure, news/information...)

thanks, +Susan Stone 

___There are things the for-profit model does not do best

Higher education is among them.

(Others include health insurance, police, fire, infrastructure, news/information...)

thanks, +Susan Stone 

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2014-08-19 14:59:21 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)

ALEC is a lobby (in some ways, the uber lobby) and should be treated as such under the law

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +Tina Vigilante 

___ALEC is a lobby (in some ways, the uber lobby) and should be treated as such under the law

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +Tina Vigilante 

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2014-08-18 22:09:00 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

In case you were thinking the relatively cool summer in the American east and midwest is evidence against global warming...

"In places where it should be seasonably hot - the eastern and southern United States and western Europe - it's just been warm. In places where weather is usually mild in the summer - northern Europe, the Pacific coast of North America - it has been ridiculously hot."

"In 2013, global temperatures continued their long-term rising trend as the planet hit new records for greenhouse gases, Arctic heat, warm ocean temperatures and rising global sea levels."

And it's worse than just heat: "Peak water"

"Irrigated areas on the planet tripled to 700 million acres between 1950 and 2000, but after decades of constant and rapid increase, growth has slowed dramatically. This, coupled with a... more »

In case you were thinking the relatively cool summer in the American east and midwest is evidence against global warming...

"In places where it should be seasonably hot - the eastern and southern United States and western Europe - it's just been warm. In places where weather is usually mild in the summer - northern Europe, the Pacific coast of North America - it has been ridiculously hot."

"In 2013, global temperatures continued their long-term rising trend as the planet hit new records for greenhouse gases, Arctic heat, warm ocean temperatures and rising global sea levels."

And it's worse than just heat: "Peak water"

"Irrigated areas on the planet tripled to 700 million acres between 1950 and 2000, but after decades of constant and rapid increase, growth has slowed dramatically. This, coupled with a dramatic depletion of underground water resources, comprises an example of how "peak water" is likely upon us."

"Speaking of conflicts over water, in India, armed bandits were recently threatening villagers with death unless they delivered 35 buckets of water a day. This is due primarily to..."___

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2014-08-18 21:30:21 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)

John Oliver on Ferguson and the militarization of the police

Brilliant, as always.

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

___John Oliver on Ferguson and the militarization of the police

Brilliant, as always.

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

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2014-08-18 13:34:29 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

This is the police, "learning a lesson"

thanks, +Greg S. 

Who the hell thought it was a good idea to let the Ferguson/StL PD back in??

http://gawker.com/chaos-erupts-in-ferguson-as-police-launch-abrupt-offens-1623108362___This is the police, "learning a lesson"

thanks, +Greg S. 

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2014-08-18 13:17:27 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Seed libraries under legal attack

Why should you care?: Seed libraries serve the important function of preserving biodiversity in our food crops. Think: Insurance against disease, drought, terrorism, etc. We rely on plants for our survival. It's important therefore to take steps to keep them around.

Who could possibly have a motivation to attack seed libraries? Use your imagination. A library gives stuff away. Who could possibly oppose that? The folks who sell the same things for profit. And whom do those not-so-disinterested-or-philanthropic folks own? Oh, right. The lawmakers.

thanks, +Cindy Brown and +Edward Morbius 

Just How "Legal" Are Seed Libraries? (PostCarbon Institute)

After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a community seed library, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law. According to PA regulators, in order to give out member-donated seeds, the Simpson Seed Library in Cumberland County would have to put around 400 seeds of each variety through prohibitively impractical seed testing procedures in order to determine quality, rate of germinability, and so on. The result of the PA crackdown is that the library can no longer give out seeds other than those which are commercially packaged.


http://www.postcarbon.org/article/2339769-just-how-legal-are-seed-libraries___Seed libraries under legal attack

Why should you care?: Seed libraries serve the important function of preserving biodiversity in our food crops. Think: Insurance against disease, drought, terrorism, etc. We rely on plants for our survival. It's important therefore to take steps to keep them around.

Who could possibly have a motivation to attack seed libraries? Use your imagination. A library gives stuff away. Who could possibly oppose that? The folks who sell the same things for profit. And whom do those not-so-disinterested-or-philanthropic folks own? Oh, right. The lawmakers.

thanks, +Cindy Brown and +Edward Morbius 

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2014-08-18 01:06:29 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)

The nation's worst governors

With the federal government paralyzed, state governments are having more influence than ever on the nation's (mis)direction. Here is a list of the six worst of the 18 worst. Yes, they're so bad, they have to be organized hierarchically.

thanks to +Pamela Zuppo, who also notes in a comment on her original post, "Interestingly, seventeen of the 18 listed are republicans. The lone Democrat is Andrew Cuomo."

The Worst Governors in America Report

CREW's report on the nation’s worst governors includes 18 — six of whom are the worst of the lot, six others whose conduct raises serious questions about their leadership, and six others who engaged in some action suspect enough to suggest their decisions merit close scrutiny.
 
Some governors on the list essentially turned their authority and regulatory agendas over to special interests. Others abused their office in return for gifts and campaign contributions. Many appointed donors to key positions and gutted transparency measures. All failed to live up to the public trust.
 
Until publishing its first report on the nation’s worst governors in 2010, CREW primarily focused on the ethics of federal government officials. CREW chose to look at governors because their actions have a major impact on public welfare, but state ethics issues often escape attention.
 
Now, with Washington mired in partisan gridlock, much of the legislative action takes place at the state level. As a result, it is critical that governors’ conduct be beyond reproach.

The Ringmasters:
Nathan Deal - Georgia
Paul LePage - Maine
Bob McDonnell - Virginia 
Rick Perry - Texas
Rick Scott - Florida
Scott Walker - Wisconsin

CREW assessed the governors based on the following criteria:

~ Corruption: Has there been outright corruption? Did a governor violate state ethics laws or campaign finance laws, or did the governor use his or her position to influence the awarding of state contracts?

~ Transparency: Did a governor block access to records that state law deems discoverable? Similarly, did the governor oppose legislation to make public records more accessible or promote measures to make government less transparent? Finally, did the governor take steps to foil transparency, such as, for instance, using private e-mail accounts for public business?

~ Partisan politics: Did a governor appear to put partisan politics above the interests of the citizens of his or her state?

~ Pressuring public officials: Has a governor attempted to pressure or intimidate other state officials in an inappropriate manner?

~ Cronyism: Did a governor abuse his or her position to reward family, friends, or major donors with state employment or other benefits?

~ Self-enrichment: Did a governor use his or her position for personal financial enrichment?

~ Scandal: Was a governor involved in a personal scandal that clearly distracted from his or her ability to govern effectively?

~ Mismanagement: Did a governor fail to discharge his or her duties responsibly and in the public interest?

CREW attempted to confine research to the governors’ actions while in office or running for office. In a few cases, however, investigations into a governor’s actions before taking office raised substantial questions or have had an impact on the governors’ ability to govern, forcing exceptions.

http://www.citizensforethics.org/worst-governors-in-america

Read the report:
http://www.citizensforethics.org/page/-/PDFs/Reports/CREW_Worst_Governors_in_America_fullreport.pdf?nocdn=1

Watch the video:
The Worst Governors in America___The nation's worst governors

With the federal government paralyzed, state governments are having more influence than ever on the nation's (mis)direction. Here is a list of the six worst of the 18 worst. Yes, they're so bad, they have to be organized hierarchically.

thanks to +Pamela Zuppo, who also notes in a comment on her original post, "Interestingly, seventeen of the 18 listed are republicans. The lone Democrat is Andrew Cuomo."

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2014-08-17 01:48:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Petition: the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act

thanks, +G. Gibson 

US Petition : Pass the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. No more Fergusons!___Petition: the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act

thanks, +G. Gibson 

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2014-08-17 01:26:15 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 35 +1s)

Thank you to +Pamela Zuppo for an excellent summary.

One American's Rant of the Sheer Injustice Playing Out in Ferguson, Missouri. I share it because it parallels my perspective of this racist fiasco as well. Clearly, it would be in the best interest of everyone to immediately relieve Ferguson's Police Chief Thomas Jackson of his duties and never permit him to deface the honor of civic duty again:

I am scratching my head over how it is humanly possible to be as clueless as the St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments. To make one mistake is understandable but to have EVERYTHING you do be a complete fuck up is astounding.

1.    Officer kills an unarmed black teen in the street.

2.    Officer who kills the teenager requests assistance but does not inform his  commanders of what happened. Instead, they learn it on the news like everyone else.

3.    The scene is left in the hands of the officer’s own colleagues who allow the officer to leave the scene of the crime. His vehicle is also allowed to leave the scene – presumably breaking the integrity of the chain of evidence.

4.    Victim is left lying in the road for four hours – inflaming the community and presumably destroying evidence.

5.    Witnesses say that the killing officer never bothered to check for a pulse once his victim went down. None of the other officers arriving on the scene checked for a pulse. Bystanders in the medical field were not allowed to attempt CPR.

6.    Rumor has it that the cellphones of possible witnesses were confiscated.

7.    Police launch campaign to protect the officer at all costs - including the destruction of the community of Ferguson.

8.    Police launch a full military invasion of the traumatized town of Ferguson.

9.    Police caught on international TV screaming “Bring it! Bring it you fucking animals!”.

10.    The response to a community protesting police brutality is the imposition of ‘martial law’ complete with authoritarianism, tear gas, rubber bullets, flash grenades and sound grenades.

11.    Police throw the Constitution out the window and arrest, assault and teargas journalists.

12.    Police arrest a well-known public figure for the "crime" of "failing to listen".

13.    Chief of Police praises his officers for showing incredible restraint.

14.    After days of shocking behavior that caught the attention of the world, police finally release Killer Cop's name - while concurrently launching a smear campaign against his victim. This decision to reignite the fuse of the powder keg is not run up the chain of command - despite pledges from the Governor that there is a new Sheriff in town.

15.    Chief of Police specifically says that he is not interested in talking to the community he has been victimizing.

16.    Chief of Police holds multiple press conferences in which he contradicts himself repeatedly.

17.    Chief of Police makes a statement PRAISING the Killer Cop while concurrently smearing the dead teenaged victim at the center of the nation’s outrage.

"He was a gentle, quiet man," Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Friday, referring to Wilson. "He was a distinguished officer. He was a gentleman. ... He is, he has been, an excellent officer."

Police Chief Thomas Jackson, you have got to be the STUPIDEST MORON on the face of the planet. To call you “stupid” is in fact an insult to stupid people.

I hold you 100% responsible for every bit of this national tragedy.

YOU allowed a culture that has consistently dehumanized and discriminated against African Americans and, by so doing, YOU laid the groundwork for the murder of Michael Brown.

YOUR officers referred to a traumatized community as “fucking animals” on international TV.

YOU shielded a man who killed a fleeing teenager, at the expense of an entire community.

YOU have consistently demonstrated that you will go to almost any length to protect one of your own.

YOU have praised a killer and smeared a teenager whose biggest crime in life was possibly stealing a pack of cigarettes.

YOU threw the law out the window and declared war on the very people you are paid to serve and protect.

YOU have demonstrated that you are prepared to lie in order to protect a killer.

YOU are an asshole who should not be in any position of authority.

You don’t have the sense or integrity to do the job required.

So many ways for you to have handled this tragedy and you, without fail, have consistently chosen the worst option.

This entire fiasco is like watching a modern day version of In the Heat of the Night. It is tragic and disgusting and infuriating

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/16/1322091/-Dumbest-Police-Chief-in-America?detail=email#

Remember, all shit flows down from the top. Police departments with racist police chiefs will permeate and infect the entire police force.___Thank you to +Pamela Zuppo for an excellent summary.

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2014-08-16 17:22:02 (13 comments, 6 reshares, 32 +1s)

Yo, republicans: How does it feel to sound exactly like these guys?

I know you can't see it, but you are these guys.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Fred Ora 

They sound like #REPUBLICANS  

#gopFAIL #FF #p2 #p2b #tcot #tlot #TeaParty #Democrats #Republicans #OWS #Veterans #RWNJ #ACA #FollowSaturday___Yo, republicans: How does it feel to sound exactly like these guys?

I know you can't see it, but you are these guys.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Fred Ora 

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2014-08-15 21:00:30 (22 comments, 3 reshares, 45 +1s)

What could possibly go wrong, indeed

Lest you think the danger is fictitious or overblown, here's a link to the previous incident:
http://globalnews.ca/news/1490361/tailings-pond-breach-at-mount-polley-mine-near-likely-bc/

thanks, +Armando Lioss 

___What could possibly go wrong, indeed

Lest you think the danger is fictitious or overblown, here's a link to the previous incident:
http://globalnews.ca/news/1490361/tailings-pond-breach-at-mount-polley-mine-near-likely-bc/

thanks, +Armando Lioss 

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2014-08-15 20:49:43 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

Lying a way of life for Ferguson cops

Police misconduct has come to the fore with the Ferguson incident, but as many citizens -- especially African Americans and other minorities -- know all too well, the Ferguson incident that finally got our attention is just business as usual for far too many American cops.

Indeed, the Ferguson cops are probably all scratching their heads asking, "WTF did we do?? We do this stuff every day, and now people are pissed off about it?"

If you have not personally had a run-in with the cops, read this and get a glimpse of what life is like inside the police station.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

What do the Ferguson cops do best? Demonize the victim. It's in their history and today they have again lied to cover their ugly racist asses. Shame on Ferguson police....liars, racists, and disrespectful of the rule of law. Stay the FUCK OUT OF FERGUSON IF YOU'RE A BLACK MAN.___Lying a way of life for Ferguson cops

Police misconduct has come to the fore with the Ferguson incident, but as many citizens -- especially African Americans and other minorities -- know all too well, the Ferguson incident that finally got our attention is just business as usual for far too many American cops.

Indeed, the Ferguson cops are probably all scratching their heads asking, "WTF did we do?? We do this stuff every day, and now people are pissed off about it?"

If you have not personally had a run-in with the cops, read this and get a glimpse of what life is like inside the police station.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2014-08-15 15:17:54 (21 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)

An interesting historical perspective on the militarization of the police

Not surprisingly, it started with 9/11.

Not stated in the article:
>The events of 9/11 were not the reason; they were the excuse.
>Just good business: If your buddies are getting paid to make weapons and the demand for weapons declines world-wide, you do not make fewer weapons. Instead you distribute the weapons domestically: You get to keep making weapons, the police are better able to brutalize anyone who would dare to dissent. Everybody (who matters) wins!

As perfectly as this little plan has worked for the last 13 years, people are starting to wake up to the... down side.

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

If the police are trained and equipped like the military, they will act like it. Policing and military actions are very different and we want to stress one and not the other with people who are there to serve and protect our local communities.___An interesting historical perspective on the militarization of the police

Not surprisingly, it started with 9/11.

Not stated in the article:
>The events of 9/11 were not the reason; they were the excuse.
>Just good business: If your buddies are getting paid to make weapons and the demand for weapons declines world-wide, you do not make fewer weapons. Instead you distribute the weapons domestically: You get to keep making weapons, the police are better able to brutalize anyone who would dare to dissent. Everybody (who matters) wins!

As perfectly as this little plan has worked for the last 13 years, people are starting to wake up to the... down side.

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

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2014-08-14 20:56:12 (45 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

The right-wing take on the Ferguson happenings

Are they concerned about the militarization of domestic police forces or about systematic police targeting of minorities? (Of course not! What do you think this is, some kinda alternate up-is-down universe?)

No. They're worried about the Black Panthers. Or more accurately, they're trying to keep you worried about the Black Panthers.

Typical. Completely and utterly disgusting, predictable and typical. And the right-wing sheep will swallow it just like a great big [censored]

thanks, +Media Matters for America 

Instead of talking about Michael Brown and protestors in Ferguson, this is what Fox News did: ___The right-wing take on the Ferguson happenings

Are they concerned about the militarization of domestic police forces or about systematic police targeting of minorities? (Of course not! What do you think this is, some kinda alternate up-is-down universe?)

No. They're worried about the Black Panthers. Or more accurately, they're trying to keep you worried about the Black Panthers.

Typical. Completely and utterly disgusting, predictable and typical. And the right-wing sheep will swallow it just like a great big [censored]

thanks, +Media Matters for America 

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2014-08-14 15:09:12 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)

Police militarization affecting press freedom

Nothing new, but perhaps more unabashed -- or perhaps just more visible -- than we're used to.

As incidents of police misconduct (a polite choice of words) grow more egregious and more common, it seems to me we're nearing a tipping point:

Either they are going to learn that they can get away with absolutely anything or we are going to teach them that they cannot. Restraint is not coming -- and will not come -- from those who give the orders.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Jim Feig 

___Police militarization affecting press freedom

Nothing new, but perhaps more unabashed -- or perhaps just more visible -- than we're used to.

As incidents of police misconduct (a polite choice of words) grow more egregious and more common, it seems to me we're nearing a tipping point:

Either they are going to learn that they can get away with absolutely anything or we are going to teach them that they cannot. Restraint is not coming -- and will not come -- from those who give the orders.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Jim Feig 

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2014-08-14 14:44:26 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)

The American Police State

Whom does it serve? (Answer: Not you unless you're part of the .1%.) And how? (If you can't answer this, read Orwell or world history.)

thanks, +Ole Olson 

___The American Police State

Whom does it serve? (Answer: Not you unless you're part of the .1%.) And how? (If you can't answer this, read Orwell or world history.)

thanks, +Ole Olson 

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2014-08-13 14:55:11 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

The vanishingly thin line between libertarians and theocrats

thanks, +paul beard 

Ever wonder why so-called libertarians and conservatives often sound like theocrats?

What a lot of those who instinctively think of conservative Christians as hostile to libertarian ideas of strict government persistently miss is that divinizing untrammeled capitalism has been a growing habit on the Christian Right for decades. Perhaps more importantly, the idea of the “secular-socialist government” being an oppressor of religious liberty, whether it’s by maintaining public schools that teach “relativism” and evolution, or by enforcing the “Holocaust” of legalized abortion, or by insisting on anti-discrimination rules that discomfit “Christian businesses,” has made Christian conservatives highly prone to, and actually a major participant in, the anti-government rhetoric of the Tea Party. Beyond that, the essential tea party view of America as “exceptional” in eschewing the bad political habits of the rest of the world is highly congruent with, and actually owes a lot to, the old Protestant notion of the United States as a global Redeemer Nation and a “shining city on a hill.”

So perhaps the question we should be asking is not whether the Christian Right and other “traditional” conservatives can accept a Rand Paul-led “libertarian” takeover of the conservative movement and the GOP, but whether “libertarians” are an independent factor in conservative politics to begin with. After all, most of the Republican politicians we think of as “libertarian”--whether it’s Rand Paul or Justin Amash or Mike Lee--are also paid-up culture-war opponents of legalized abortion, Common Core, and other heathenish practices.___The vanishingly thin line between libertarians and theocrats

thanks, +paul beard 

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2014-08-12 23:37:42 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)

Facts = Ammunition

thanks, +AATTP 

Piss off a conservative by using FACTS!

#Economy   #Data   #Obama  ___Facts = Ammunition

thanks, +AATTP 

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2014-08-12 23:07:52 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)

Only surprise here is that the SWAT team is "under investigation" for this incident

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +Armando Lioss 

SWAT Team Barges in Assaults Two Children, Smashes Everything. Whoops Wrong House
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/swat-team-barges-assaults-children-smashes-everything-whoops-wrong-house/___Only surprise here is that the SWAT team is "under investigation" for this incident

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +Armando Lioss 

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2014-08-12 22:46:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Stopping TPP and TAFTA

The TPP and TAFTA represent a new era of deception and back-room dealing to pass laws that have nothing to do with trade, but that hand even greater power to multinational corporations to profit from everything no matter the consequences for the health of people and the planet.

Betrayed by democrats in congress: Democratic Party leaders in Congress are getting the message out to inside-the-beltway activists groups that they are unifying to support giving President Obama some form of Fast Track. (If this is what the democrats are doing, we can only imagine what the republicans are doing. Actually, they're probably just sitting back, rubbing their hands together and basking their glee as the POTUS and democrats are doing their work for them.)

Stopping TPP and TAFTA

The TPP and TAFTA represent a new era of deception and back-room dealing to pass laws that have nothing to do with trade, but that hand even greater power to multinational corporations to profit from everything no matter the consequences for the health of people and the planet.

Betrayed by democrats in congress: Democratic Party leaders in Congress are getting the message out to inside-the-beltway activists groups that they are unifying to support giving President Obama some form of Fast Track. (If this is what the democrats are doing, we can only imagine what the republicans are doing. Actually, they're probably just sitting back, rubbing their hands together and basking their glee as the POTUS and democrats are doing their work for them.)___

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2014-08-12 21:40:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Media complicit in police corruption

It took three whole days for any media outlet to report any version of events other than the police's.

This distorted coverage is not an aberration for dominant media outlets. Cops and mainstream media are intertwined in a symbiotic relationship that began with the inception of the nightly news, and because of the construction of traditional contemporary journalism, reporters often become (sometimes inadvertent) flaks for police versions of events.

Police corruption is an old problem…

Harassment and brutality partially stem from feelings of immunity from accountability, which themselves stem from institutionalized corruption. And given this country's long, consistent history of police-perpetrated killings, beatings and unlawful searches and seizures, it is not conjecture, or even controversial, tos... more »

Media complicit in police corruption

It took three whole days for any media outlet to report any version of events other than the police's.

This distorted coverage is not an aberration for dominant media outlets. Cops and mainstream media are intertwined in a symbiotic relationship that began with the inception of the nightly news, and because of the construction of traditional contemporary journalism, reporters often become (sometimes inadvertent) flaks for police versions of events.

Police corruption is an old problem…

Harassment and brutality partially stem from feelings of immunity from accountability, which themselves stem from institutionalized corruption. And given this country's long, consistent history of police-perpetrated killings, beatings and unlawful searches and seizures, it is not conjecture, or even controversial, to suggest that police corruption in the United States is endemic and pervasive.

… made worse by the militarization of the police.

The inculcation of a "warrior" mindset within the police, and the extreme militarization of police forces thanks to federal anti-drug and terror programs that slather departments with cash and weapons, only embolden a feeling of invulnerability that leads to itchy trigger fingers like the one that killed Brown.___

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2014-08-11 18:20:24 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)

Fracking industry fighting reality and losing

... but lying and cheating in a desperate attempt to conceal reality and brand those who oppose them as "terrorists". (Oh yes: Of course they played the terrorism card.)

Fortunately, people aren't buying it. 

thanks, +Truthout 

Would banning fracking be disastrous for local economies, as the industry claims? One study shows that a ban in Denton, Texas would only cost a 0.06% loss in revenue.___Fracking industry fighting reality and losing

... but lying and cheating in a desperate attempt to conceal reality and brand those who oppose them as "terrorists". (Oh yes: Of course they played the terrorism card.)

Fortunately, people aren't buying it. 

thanks, +Truthout 

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2014-08-10 20:18:15 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)

On the militarization of US domestic law enforcement

One House representative, Chris Stewart, wants to put an end to it, or at least slow it down. That will never happen.

However, this article is interesting if only for the summary/evidence it provides for the militarization of UD domestic law enforcement.

Before anyone cites this report as evidence that "See! Citizens need to arm themselves!", step back and ask yourself honestly: Do you and your imitation AK47 stand any chance against this kind of firepower (much less predator drones, chemical weapons, tanks, etc.)? No, you don't. But that's OK, because the people you're really most likely to shoot are unarmed anyhow.

thanks, +Valkyrie . 

___On the militarization of US domestic law enforcement

One House representative, Chris Stewart, wants to put an end to it, or at least slow it down. That will never happen.

However, this article is interesting if only for the summary/evidence it provides for the militarization of UD domestic law enforcement.

Before anyone cites this report as evidence that "See! Citizens need to arm themselves!", step back and ask yourself honestly: Do you and your imitation AK47 stand any chance against this kind of firepower (much less predator drones, chemical weapons, tanks, etc.)? No, you don't. But that's OK, because the people you're really most likely to shoot are unarmed anyhow.

thanks, +Valkyrie . 

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2014-08-10 20:02:10 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)

Even Wall Street is worried about income inequality

Even Wall Street is worried about income inequality___

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2014-08-10 16:35:10 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

Want to deport "unAmerican" immigrants?

First, you must be able to define what makes someone an "American". Before your knee jerks and your mouth spits out, "you have to be born here!", realize it's not that simple. (For example, many members of our government weren't born here.)

A thought-provoking essay on what makes someone an "American". Multiple questions; multiple answers.

thanks, +Katie Hyde 

Great article!

http://www.stonekettle.com/2014/08/america-youre-still-using-that-word.html___Want to deport "unAmerican" immigrants?

First, you must be able to define what makes someone an "American". Before your knee jerks and your mouth spits out, "you have to be born here!", realize it's not that simple. (For example, many members of our government weren't born here.)

A thought-provoking essay on what makes someone an "American". Multiple questions; multiple answers.

thanks, +Katie Hyde 

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2014-08-09 18:36:35 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)

More evidence that conservative economic policy is an abject failure

Not just kinda bad; not just sub-par; complete, utter, abject failure.

And not just theory. In Kansas we have hard data. (See also Minnesota [progressive governor, strong economic health] vs. Wisconsin [staunch-conservative governor, economic train-wreck] for additional data.)

thanks, +PoliticusUSA 

Republicans and their teabagger cohort have claimed they want to take the country back to an era of wonderment, morality, and prosperity if only they controlled both houses of Congress and the White House. Their Koch brother funders claim, like Republicans, that if Americans could only understand the beauty of their libertarian vision for America, they would vote en masse for Republicans and watch the country thrive and prosper economically in a socially conservative promised land where religion and Koch ideology rules.___More evidence that conservative economic policy is an abject failure

Not just kinda bad; not just sub-par; complete, utter, abject failure.

And not just theory. In Kansas we have hard data. (See also Minnesota [progressive governor, strong economic health] vs. Wisconsin [staunch-conservative governor, economic train-wreck] for additional data.)

thanks, +PoliticusUSA 

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2014-08-09 16:43:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

The economy consistently does better under democratic than republican leadership. But why?

This article reports an investigation of this question and concludes that the answer is largely a mystery, although part of the answer seems attributable to factors the author calls "luck": The occurrence of "oil shocks" (economic downturns resulting from a rise in the global price of oil) and "productivity shocks" (economic upturns attributable to increases in worker productivity, as happened with the dawn of the internet).

My own non-economist take on these "luck" factors is that they may not be so much luck as simply indirect.

For example, the Bush oil shock was a direct result of his hawkish foreign policy. Perhaps the reason this factor looks like "luck" is because of the mistaken assumption that the only factors that affect economic... more »

___The economy consistently does better under democratic than republican leadership. But why?

This article reports an investigation of this question and concludes that the answer is largely a mystery, although part of the answer seems attributable to factors the author calls "luck": The occurrence of "oil shocks" (economic downturns resulting from a rise in the global price of oil) and "productivity shocks" (economic upturns attributable to increases in worker productivity, as happened with the dawn of the internet).

My own non-economist take on these "luck" factors is that they may not be so much luck as simply indirect.

For example, the Bush oil shock was a direct result of his hawkish foreign policy. Perhaps the reason this factor looks like "luck" is because of the mistaken assumption that the only factors that affect economic activity are those that are on-their-face economic.

Similarly with "productivity shocks". Innovation, which leads to productivity increases, seems, intuitively at least, to be a function of things like investment in science, research and development -- activities that are anathema to right-wing hyper-religious 12th-century thinking.

thanks, +Horton Copperpot 

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2014-08-08 23:35:30 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)

Straight from the horse's mouth:
Karl Rove's lessons on how to argue with (not debate intelligently with) liberals

To note: It's all about intimidation and obfuscation: That is, "winning" by cheating.

Do you suppose this might also be the recipe book for the whole republican propaganda wing?

thanks to +Nate McD and +Ole Olson 

and thanks to +Woozle Hypertwin and +Edward Morbius for finding the following link for anyone who wants to check the authenticity:

https://web.archive.org/web/20120629234512/http://www.theyoungturks.com/story/2011/8/26/151725/396/Diary/TACTICS-FOR-EFFECTIVE-CONSERVATIVE-BLOGGING-By-Karl-Rove

Ever notice how whenever a conservative is legitimately criticized that trolls show up and repeat the same things?
  This is deliberate. It is a purposeful tactic to derail a good conversation where evidence is used to make a point. You can visit nearly any major political discussion thread to see right wing sheep doing this en masse. When confronted with facts, they usually resort to name calling, although the slippery ones will shift to a different tactic or logical fallacy.

TACTICS FOR EFFECTIVE CONSERVATIVE BLOGGING
By Karl Rove

Engage
Demand an elaborate, time-consuming comparison / analysis between your position and theirs.
 
Entangle
Insist that the Liberal put their posts in their own words. That will consume the most time and effort for the Liberal poster. They will be unable to spread numerous points on numerous blogs if you have them occupied. Allowing a Liberal to post a web link is too quick and efficient for them. Tie them up. We are going for delay of game here.
 
Demoralize
Dismiss their narrative as rubbish immediately. Do not even read it. Once the Liberal goes through the trouble to research, gather, collate, compose and write their narrative your job is to discredit it. Make it obvious you tossed their labor-intensive narrative aside like garbage. This will have the effect of demoralizing the Liberal poster. It will make them unwilling to expend the effort again, and for us, that is a net win.
 
Attack
Attack the source. Any Liberal website or information source must be marginalized, trivialized and discounted. Let the blogosphere know that Truthout.org, thinkprogress.org,the nation and moveon.org are Liberal rubbish propaganda. Discredit Liberal sources of information whenever possible.
 
Confuse
Challenge the Liberal position with questions, always questions. The questions need not be relevant. The goal is to knock the Liberal poster off their game, and seize control of the narrative.  Once you have control you can direct the narrative to where you want it to go, which is always away from letting the Liberal make their point. Conversely, do not respond to their leading questions. Don't rise to their bait.
 
Contain
Your job is to prevent the presentation and spread of Liberal viewpoints. Do anything you must do to prevent a Liberal poster from presenting a well-reasoned argument or starting a civil discussion. Don't allow a Liberal to present their dogma unchallenged EVER.
 
Intimidate
Taunt the Liberals. If you find yourself in a debate with a Liberal where you are losing a fact-based argument then call them a name to derail their diatribe. Remember your goal is to prevent a meaningful exchange of views and ideas which may portray Liberalism in a positive light. Your goal as a conservative blogger is to stop the spread and advance of the Liberal agenda. Play upon any identifiable idiosyncrasies, character flaws, physical traits, names, to their disadvantage . Monitor other posts for vulnerabilities you can exploit. Stay on the offensive with Liberal wimps. Don't let up.
 
Insult their Movement
Assign as many character and moral flaws to Liberals as you can. You must portray Liberals as weak, vacillating, indecisive, amoral, baby killers, unpatriotic, effete snobs, elitists, Leftists, Commies, sense of entitlement, promiscuous, union lovers, tax raisers, Welfare Queens, Socialists, lazy, sex-obsessed, druggies, Jesus haters, moochers, troop hater,.etc. Always use these negative epithets when referring to, or describing Liberals / democrats. 
 
Deceive
Identify yourself as a moderate, centrist or independent. It will also cause Liberals to lower their guard a bit, which gives you an effective opening. This may also have the effect of aligning conservative viewpoints with the real moderates we are attempting to reach. It may serve to influence some moderates over to the Republican side.
 
Patriotism
Always claim the high ground of pro-military, low taxes, strong defense, morality and religion. We own those virtues. Learn how to exploit them when debating. 
 
Demean
Always refer to the other side as Liberals, Lefty Liberals, Libbies. Never assign them the status of a bona-fide political party. Hang Liberalism around their neck like a burning tire. Make Liberalism appear as a moral turpitude or a character flaw. They are NEVER, NEVER to be referred to as the Democratic Party. At best it is the democrat party. Never assign them respect. 
 
Opportunity
Be alert for ways to insert our catch phrases into your narrative. You will receive your daily list of talking points and topics that we want you to cover. Consistent, persistent repetition and inculcation will drive our talking points home and so will neuro-linguistic programming. Stick with it and our talking points will become truth. If they debunk your talking point, ignore it, and move on as if you didn't hear it.

http://www.theyoungturks.com/story/2011/8/26/151725/396/Diary/TACTICS-FOR-EFFECTIVE-CONSERVATIVE-BLOGGING-By-Karl-Rove

#Politics   #ReichWingTrolls  ___Straight from the horse's mouth:
Karl Rove's lessons on how to argue with (not debate intelligently with) liberals

To note: It's all about intimidation and obfuscation: That is, "winning" by cheating.

Do you suppose this might also be the recipe book for the whole republican propaganda wing?

thanks to +Nate McD and +Ole Olson 

and thanks to +Woozle Hypertwin and +Edward Morbius for finding the following link for anyone who wants to check the authenticity:

https://web.archive.org/web/20120629234512/http://www.theyoungturks.com/story/2011/8/26/151725/396/Diary/TACTICS-FOR-EFFECTIVE-CONSERVATIVE-BLOGGING-By-Karl-Rove

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2014-08-08 23:05:29 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)

Germany backing away from TTIP

In a victory for people over corporations, Germany is expressing well-founded reservations over the TTIP (a "free trade" agreement in the same family as TPP, NAFTA, etc. that would make corporations de facto governments).

Once again, Germany is leading the world in progressive, forward thinking.

thanks, +Ming Kuo 

Germany backing away from TTIP

In a victory for people over corporations, Germany is expressing well-founded reservations over the TTIP (a "free trade" agreement in the same family as TPP, NAFTA, etc. that would make corporations de facto governments).

Once again, Germany is leading the world in progressive, forward thinking.

thanks, +Ming Kuo ___

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2014-08-08 15:37:31 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)

Here we go...

Don't break it unless you're prepared to buy it, US.

Here we go...

Don't break it unless you're prepared to buy it, US.___

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2014-08-07 15:44:23 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)

If Monty Python did the conflict in the Middle East

thanks, +Fidem Turbāre 

This video is worth watching.  It brings some needed relief to the usual "doom and gloom" clouds that float menacingly in the warring Islamic regions throughout the Middle East and surrounding areas.

(Thank you to +Robert Watson for sharing this video, here:  https://plus.google.com/103691857527322960593/posts/hY7QA4x75o7 )

Video duration:  1 minute 45 seconds.___If Monty Python did the conflict in the Middle East

thanks, +Fidem Turbāre 

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2014-08-06 16:06:29 (49 comments, 13 reshares, 43 +1s)

The next time a conservative repeats the lie that "we can't afford to help the poor," remind them of the truth.

thanks, +Brian Locke 

___The next time a conservative repeats the lie that "we can't afford to help the poor," remind them of the truth.

thanks, +Brian Locke 

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2014-08-06 15:50:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

It's about time...

thanks, +Taosnadh Spòrsach 

Big business realizes it's bad business to ignore Climate Change. ___It's about time...

thanks, +Taosnadh Spòrsach 

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2014-08-05 19:02:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)

Another massive toxic waste spill polluting an important waterway

Prepare to count on all the toes of your left hand the number of people who will be held responsible, the number of policies that will change and the number of minutes of coverage this event will get in the media.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

A horrific toxic mine waste containment failure in Canada dumped millions of tons of mine waste into salmon streams yesterday.

The resulting river of pollution is threatening local lakes and drinking water sources: http://bit.ly/1qRuJee

Take action! Protect salmon streams in Alaska from a similar fate: http://bit.ly/Final_BB

h/t Earthworks___Another massive toxic waste spill polluting an important waterway

Prepare to count on all the toes of your left hand the number of people who will be held responsible, the number of policies that will change and the number of minutes of coverage this event will get in the media.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2014-08-04 21:42:10 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 31 +1s)

An American conservative's wet dream

If you're a conservative, this guy is the total package: "Carrying a weapon? Check! Attempted rape? I'll bet the bitches were asking for it! (Plus, as we know if the rape is legitimate, they can't get pregnant anyhow.) Voluntary manslaughter? I'll bet the guy he killed was totally asking for it! Plus, he's a good christian! He's the complete package!"

To you and me, this guy looks laughably unelectable. To modern American conservatives, he looks like a gift from their god.

We underestimate the depths of our competition's depravity at our own peril. California progressives: Show up and vote in November: This guy's supporters will.

thanks, +Lawrence McNaughton and +Tina Vigilante 

___An American conservative's wet dream

If you're a conservative, this guy is the total package: "Carrying a weapon? Check! Attempted rape? I'll bet the bitches were asking for it! (Plus, as we know if the rape is legitimate, they can't get pregnant anyhow.) Voluntary manslaughter? I'll bet the guy he killed was totally asking for it! Plus, he's a good christian! He's the complete package!"

To you and me, this guy looks laughably unelectable. To modern American conservatives, he looks like a gift from their god.

We underestimate the depths of our competition's depravity at our own peril. California progressives: Show up and vote in November: This guy's supporters will.

thanks, +Lawrence McNaughton and +Tina Vigilante 

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2014-08-04 18:52:19 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)

Hitchens answers the question, "If you don't believe in god, then why do you spend so much of your time speaking against it?" -- a question many atheists have had to endure from theists. Not surprisingly, his answer is brilliant.

thanks, +Brenda Schouten-Beckett 

___Hitchens answers the question, "If you don't believe in god, then why do you spend so much of your time speaking against it?" -- a question many atheists have had to endure from theists. Not surprisingly, his answer is brilliant.

thanks, +Brenda Schouten-Beckett 

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2014-08-04 18:42:05 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)

A little reminder in case you're planning to vote republican in November

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo and +Tina Vigilante 

h/t +Tina Vigilante ___A little reminder in case you're planning to vote republican in November

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo and +Tina Vigilante 

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2014-08-04 18:17:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

America's surveillance state alive and well. And growing.

Among other things, city governments, local police and private business have become arms of the security state.

"… this surveillance binge is dually facilitating the pseudo-nationalization of the country’s police force. All NSI participants, be they city, county, state or tribal departments—or Walmart—have to share their intelligence with the feds."

"Suspicious activity reporting is poised for a boom in the United States.  And we’re not alone..."

thanks, +AlterNet 

Thirteen years after the attacks on the World Trade Center, the amorphous and costly war on terror continues unabated. But now we aren’t just worried about threats from overseas. Republican House leaders, the media and the intelligence community have fixated on a new menace: so-called homegrown terrorists. As global intelligence firm Stratfor put it in a July headline, “ Domestic Terrorism Is No Joke.”___America's surveillance state alive and well. And growing.

Among other things, city governments, local police and private business have become arms of the security state.

"… this surveillance binge is dually facilitating the pseudo-nationalization of the country’s police force. All NSI participants, be they city, county, state or tribal departments—or Walmart—have to share their intelligence with the feds."

"Suspicious activity reporting is poised for a boom in the United States.  And we’re not alone..."

thanks, +AlterNet 

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2014-08-04 16:25:58 (37 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

BBC pushing a pro-Israeli agenda

Not that anyone expected the BBC to be fully impartial, but this...

BBC pushing a pro-Israeli agenda

Not that anyone expected the BBC to be fully impartial, but this...___

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2014-08-03 16:00:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Wall Street traders leaving banks for hedge funds

""... hedge funds offer them better pay and less regulation.”

As laws make it harder for them to screw us in one venue, they just change venues.

It is time to convince them that the best way to screw us is from beyond the grave: "Just imagine the enormous buckets of cash you'd accumulate as a ghost! There are no laws whatsoever regulating how ghosts can speculate on the market!" I'm sure there are many of us who would be happy to move them into that new venue free of charge.

thanks, +Jim Feig 

___Wall Street traders leaving banks for hedge funds

""... hedge funds offer them better pay and less regulation.”

As laws make it harder for them to screw us in one venue, they just change venues.

It is time to convince them that the best way to screw us is from beyond the grave: "Just imagine the enormous buckets of cash you'd accumulate as a ghost! There are no laws whatsoever regulating how ghosts can speculate on the market!" I'm sure there are many of us who would be happy to move them into that new venue free of charge.

thanks, +Jim Feig 

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2014-08-01 23:57:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Some good news via +cecilia FXX.

A month ago, the Supreme Court struck down the 2007 Massachusetts Buffer Zone law as unconstitutional, leaving millions seething at the utter stupidity of our judicial system. Yesterday, Governor Deval Patrick signed a new bill, An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, to take the place of the former Buffer Zone law.


A blow against religious wackos.___Some good news via +cecilia FXX.

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2014-08-01 18:59:59 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

Rhetorical question

(If you don't already know the answer, then you don't understand how the system works.)

thanks, +RemainAnonymous.org 

___Rhetorical question

(If you don't already know the answer, then you don't understand how the system works.)

thanks, +RemainAnonymous.org 

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2014-08-01 18:40:38 (3 comments, 9 reshares, 45 +1s)

The moral crisis of our age

The crisis our politicians won't talk about.
The crisis our police will beat you for talking about.
The crisis our courts will imprison you for talking about.

Why do you suppose they're so touchy about it?

thanks, +G. Gibson and +Victoria Robin 

___The moral crisis of our age

The crisis our politicians won't talk about.
The crisis our police will beat you for talking about.
The crisis our courts will imprison you for talking about.

Why do you suppose they're so touchy about it?

thanks, +G. Gibson and +Victoria Robin 

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