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Ole Olson51,710It has come to light that Google has started funding and supporting some of the most vile right wing extremist collectives and corporate front groups in America. Join us by changing your avatar and boycotting every single Google service for one day in protest.  *On Wednesday, December 11th make a serious attempt to not use anything Google.* No Google Searches. No Google+. No gmail. No Youtube. No Google Calendar. No Blogger. No Google Maps. No Google Photos. No Google translate. No Google reverse image search. No Google Play. No Google Drive. No Google Books. No Google Shopping. Nothing.  (Android is immune since it is Open Source).  If nothing else, just think of this as a challenge to see if you are able to spend a day on the internet without using a single Google product or service or just take the day off and enjoy the real world for a change.  _Google, many of us are your most loyal users, and we love the technical direction everything is heading by rolling all services into Google+_ but it must be understood in no uncertain terms that we vehemently disagree with your decision to start to fund proto-fascist, right wing extremist, anti-environmental, anti-worker, and anti-science shock fronts like: •ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) •American Conservative Union •Americans for Tax Reform •CATO Institute •Federalist Society •George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center •Heritage Action •Mercatus Center •National Taxpayers Union •R Street Institute •Texas Public Policy Foundation ________________________________________________ *More information:* Don’t Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/04/dont-be-evil-google-funding-a-slew-of-right-wing-groups/ Tell Google CEO Larry Page to Cut Ties with ALEC http://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14651 Tell Google: Don't Be Evil With ALEC http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8648 #ShameOnGoogle  #Google    #DontBeEvil  One Day Boycott of ALL Google Products2013-12-11 07:00:00160 

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Noah Wesley20,488Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-02-25 08:21:55498223
Nolan Harvey218More friend today #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #morefollowers  2014-11-05 16:59:40501138
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-29 05:09:31430002
John Wood18,041This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing   #circleshare2014-10-28 10:03:57409223
Tessa Schlesinger21,767This is my inner core circle  - the people from whom I share frequently. Sometimes, if someone hasn't been posting for a while, I will put them into another circle. I divide my circles into:1. Inner core ; people whose posts I share more often than others.2. Engagers: people with whom I engage and visa versa.3. My science circle. Geeky info that I like to read.4. My temporary circle; when I try out new people.2014-08-30 16:22:3688534
Nick Warner645Check out these awesome Crowdfunders2014-08-07 16:05:31470001
Hadrian Micciche20,993All of my posts today are shared from some of the people I follow. They may not have me in their circles, but I don't care. I want to see what they post and almost always find it informative and entertaining. These select few are in this circle.People who have either shared my posts, commented on them, or both, are also included. These are people who have engaged with my content and are likely to do the same for you. All of these folks are worthy of being added to your circles.Want to be added ? I don't do the typical "plus, comment, and share this circle" circle jerk. You know, of course, that folks always include themselves in a shared circle. I don't need you to indiscriminately promote me by sharing this circle. Just share or comment on any post of mine you find worthy and you'll be added to my circles. Offer void where prohibited by you posting:1. Only shares of other people's posts. I need to see original content, please.2. Blind links AKA link litter -- that is, not providing any commentary with your posts.3. Too many cat pictures -- if only done sparingly and other posts are informative and entertaining, no problemo.4. Too many pictures of your lunch, your overstarched shorts, or other inanities. That's what Facebook is for. :)5. Too many memes.6. Too many cat pictures. 7. Too many cat pictures.(Did I mention cat pictures?)8. Slurs or slander about LGBT folk, racism, sexism...9. Mistaking your fears for reality.10. Mistaking reality as a left-wing conspiracy.Yes, I'm a picky SOB --  but know this. None of the people in this circle do any of that stuff. Want to add people who have been vetted, have engaging content, and will engage with yours? Add this circle. 2014-07-13 16:53:56216223
Ryan Johnson9,043* Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle and follow*Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #sharecircle   #circles   #sharecircleoftheday   #follow   #followback   #sport   #betting  2014-07-10 10:49:37492262053
Ole Olson46,666This is my original circle of progressives on G+. Add it for some hard hitting, unapologetic political information geared toward activating forward progress in America. 2014-06-28 03:56:553636518
Tessa Schlesinger20,569This is the circle of people I follow. I am not in it (so I'm not promoting myself). I follow them because they are interesting, sincere, have good stuff. Some of them have been here with me from day one.  They don't always interact every day, but I think it really depends on what you're looking for on G+. If you want people to interact with you, well, nobody can interact with everybody who adds them. There just isn't enough time to do that. On the other hand, if you'd like to read someone because they present informative, interesting, entertaining stuff, then this circle is interesting. I think it would appeal to atheists, agnostics, people who love beauty, travel, occasional humor, who are visual, intellectual, thinkers, humanist, and/or liberal. :)2014-05-08 15:31:52186503
Mark Anderson591This is a shared circle of people that have followed me and have an influence in the marketing industry. They vary from successful and just starting out but are all incredibly good people. Without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google Plus experience as they add you to their circles, plus, share and comment on your posts.#GooglePlus #CircleShare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles   #circlesharing  #circleshared  #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles #engagers #circleshare #engagerscircle #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #peopletofollow #publiccircle #socialnetworking #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #publiccircles  #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare2014-04-11 01:45:4749416919
Armando Lioss44,378“Active Engagers Shared Circle” 6.1Also known as the “Circle of Rivals” conformed by G+ users ready to stand for their points of view in an educated discussion and/or extending the discussion to their own streams... if you are looking into making your stream more dynamic, these are the guys you want to include... they are a diverse bunch of great plussers that includes liberals, progressives, conservatives, libertarians, religious, agnostics, atheists… from all around the world.In this shared circle you will find some interesting people to add to your circles, all of these G+ users currently actively engage my stream as well as other G+ users posts, so you can be sure they are getting involved in the Google Plus community.This “Active Engagers Shared Circle” version has been built with an improved algorithm that will filter occasional users and those that use hate speech or other nuisances to the common user. The main purpose of this series of Shared Circles is to expose new G+ users that are active engagers, but you may find even first generation ones in them.If you do not wish to be included in my future shared circles, please let me know with a comment to this post. I will remove you from any future shared circle I create, but I will keep you in my G+ circles.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3Thank you for your help making Google Plus adventure and exhilarating one… #activeusers   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #commenters   #topcircles  #circlesunday  Disclaimer: I don’t necessarily share or identify with the views of these G+ users, in fact with some of them we have completely antagonistic points of view and dissimilar interests…2014-04-07 15:38:3241991214
Becky Collins2,634Learning and Knowledge Management Circle - Feb22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:31:49991013
Claire Galczyk43,082I'll make this Simple....My only Shared Circle..Do what you want..2014-02-19 02:35:34136202
Brian Mcquillan2,5921. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream#techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles   #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery   2014-02-11 07:29:252644211
Ole Olson38,548٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶If you're looking for some of the BEST engagers on Google+, this is it.Top notch commentary, good content support, and some out of this world posts to boot. =========================================I sculpted this circle personally over the last year, and this is it's first full release. The Top Engagers is guaranteed to make your G+ experience better. =========================================    #publicsharedcircles       #publiccircle       #circle         #circles    #thebigcommunity   #kingcircle #topcircleshare   #awesome       #awesomepeople       #shareyourcircle    #circleoftheday         #circleshare       #circlesharing           #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-01-27 09:48:552507711
Carlos Esteban32,281ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish. I will appreciate it. Have a nice day!Carlos 2014#3#circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle2014-01-16 13:53:50491129123180
Fabian Weiland619#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #neuroscience #psychology #science  2013-11-06 14:19:18139000
Tessa Schlesinger12,664These are the people I follow. If you would like to follow these people, feel free. There is no guarantee that they will add you if you do. You will be following them because you would like to hear what they have to say. There is no need to plus it, add a comment, and then share it in order for you to be added to some new circle which will be shared. This is the way we shared circles for the first two years. So feel free to add, or not. And I'm not in it so it isn't promoting myself. It's a gift to you, if you would like it. And, I suppose it's a gift to those who are in the circle that I freely give with no expectation of return.2013-11-03 12:52:17133335
Marie Axelsson9,706Hello and Thank you for the month of October!My month long project, with who interacts with me. Today the circle reached 500 people, but due to some bugs of G+ that I don't understand it doesn't say 500 anymore. However, here you all are. These are 500 people, who over the course of a month would have interacted with me. 500 people out of 9431 followers is a nice sum. :)Something I noticed is that some of the people weren't actually following me, but likely interacted due to someone else sharing their +1 activites on G+, which is a neat effect. Next month I will make another type of circle, not 100% sure yet, and there might actually end up being two for two purposes. They will of course both be shared. :D Good luck and enjoy each other's company! ;) 2013-10-31 16:57:1649855399
Sharing Circle765MORE A CIRCLETo be included in close, just:1 - do +1 t the post;2 - comment the post;3 - include the circle among your circles;4 - share the circle (include yourself).Thanks..-#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #sharingmeansthankyou #topcircles #freakingawesome   2013-08-02 21:56:3850091026
Jan Havrda15,046This is Awesome circleVery vivid, visual and witty.Entertain yourself! #AwesomeCircle   #Awesome   #Circle2013-07-29 20:11:314307515
Steven Krohn5,460Here's a circle by someone that knows as much about circle sharing as anyone does.  +Jorgen Poulsen knows exactly what he's doing and this circle is his creation.  If you want in, please add and share before it gets too big because it will be growing quickly. Jorgen PoulsenShared publicly  -  Yesterday 4:36 AM #jpsharedcircles  ######################################G+ Captains and wannabe G+ Captains shared circleVersion 1: 20 July, 2013######################################This circle is purposely small so that new people who understand the concept of plussing, sharing and commenting can get in.If you’re already in this circle but don’t plus, share and comment then you will be removed next time it’s shared.To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:1) Plus the original post2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete!Note: Add this circle weekly so you can get the new members!You can find all my shared circles by using #jpsharedcircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share   #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share   #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle   #socialmedia2013-07-21 22:39:161619418
Remi Vlăduceanu2,988Add yourself and share this Circe to grow. Happy Friday!2013-07-05 18:08:3215710010
Mithu Hassan24,721Happy Friday to you all !!1) Add circle to grow yourself2) Share Circled publicly to expand yourself3) Thanks to +Jorgen Poulsen to get favor you back. #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircles #publiccircle #fridaycircle2013-07-05 08:27:2215715840
Jorgen Poulsen15,429* G+ Veterans and G+ Newbies Shared Circle – Must Add*Let’s not forget that we all started with a big fat ZERO. Let’s help these newbies get some more followers.EVERYONE in this circle has engaged with me very recently. 1. If you’re already in the circle you know the drill. Plus and share.2. If you want to be in the circle then please leave a comment, plus the post and share it to Public, Your Circles and Extended Circles and I’ll add you in the next one.Feel free to connect with me at www.xeeme.com/jorgenpoulsenHere’s my latest blog: http://thecatalystpartnership.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/why-content-marketing-kicks-ss-infographic/#sharedcircle #circleshare #circlesharing #awesomepeople #sharedcircles #circles2013-07-05 08:07:54155424046
Frank Gainsford1,991 To help you decide if and whom you would like to include in your own stream, I’m adding some comments about these great people Warning: this contains information about each individual in the handpicked circle, so it’s long! ;-)Susanne Ramharter took the time to list everybody and explain their place in her circle.  this circle was orignaly shared by  +Susanne Ramharter and passed along by +Mark Traphagen  I added myself and shared again with you.  I blog about SEO  and  FUFISM at http://4ubrand.blogspot.combelow is Susanne's explanation of her circle to put you in the picture of who is in this shared  circle and why...My Google+ Mentors - people who are knowledgeable about Google+ and not only post great tips, but are always happy to engage and help out:++Denis Labelle  - Denis is a charming gentleman from Canada, who shares news, tips and helpful information about #Google +, #Technology and #Culture .+Euro Maestro - Euro Maestro is one of my ‘oldest’ companions here on Google+ and is passionate about Technology as well as social causes, which makes him especially important to me.+Jaana Nyström - Jaana is another one of the first people I met here, she is a wonderful, warm person who has done incredible work to help promote #Google + and its users and is not afraid to post the occasional cat photo - huzzah!+John Rakestraw -  John hosts hangouts on air to discuss various topics, many to do with the ‘human element’ of social media. He is a wonderful host and is kind enough to invite me to many of his #HOA .+Lee Smallwood - In addition to being a warm, yet also cool guy, Lee is editor of +imassera and the driving force behind +NOD3x, an excellent source of information about Google+ activities+Mark Traphagen - Mark impresses with his in-depth knowledge of marketing, social media and willingness to share it in a kind and friendly manner.+martin shervington - After much banter on posts and comments, Martin lured me into one of his hangouts about 18 months ago and has been a never ending source of information (do check out his videos!) , help, fun, and intriguing conversation ever since.+Ronnie Bincer - speaking of videos, Ronnie is my absolute ‘go-to’ guy when I need information or help with #video , #hangouts or #communities .+Thomas Morffew - Thomas is another great source of information about Technology and Google+ while lightening his stream with amusing lighter pieces to brighten the day.My fellow #Art Lovers and Artists:+Abigail Markov, +Lena Levin, +Marie Hélène Visconti, and +Marilyn Fenn are four intelligent, fantastic women, all artist in their own rights, who won’t spam your stream with their work, but provide regular information, stories, and inspiration about art and artists.2013-06-02 14:35:0551628
Susanne Ramharter50,233This can only happen on Google+:  Wow, and Thank You!I am not a celebrity, not a prolific photographer, nor a social media “guru”. And yet suddenly, I find myself in the circles of more than 50 Thousand people. Wow, and thank each and every one of you for your vote of confidence!Many of you who have added me to your circles in the last few weeks are fairly new to Google+.  To help you find great content, and as a way of saying Thank you to some of my “oldest friends” here on Google+, I’m going to indulge myself and share my “Must Read” circle. This circle contains people whose posts I don’t want to miss and it’s open in one of my tabs on Chrome whenever I’m online. To help you decide if and whom you would like to include in your own stream, I’m adding some comments about these great people Warning: this contains information about each individual in the handpicked circle, so it’s long! ;-)My Google+ Mentors - people who are knowledgeable about Google+ and not only post great tips, but are always happy to engage and help out:++Denis Labelle  - Denis is a charming gentleman from Canada, who shares news, tips and helpful information about #Google +, #Technology and #Culture .+Euro Maestro - Euro Maestro is one of my ‘oldest’ companions here on Google+ and is passionate about Technology as well as social causes, which makes him especially important to me.+Jaana Nyström - Jaana is another one of the first people I met here, she is a wonderful, warm person who has done incredible work to help promote #Google + and its users and is not afraid to post the occasional cat photo - huzzah!+John Rakestraw -  John hosts hangouts on air to discuss various topics, many to do with the ‘human element’ of social media. He is a wonderful host and is kind enough to invite me to many of his #HOA .+Lee Smallwood - In addition to being a warm, yet also cool guy, Lee is editor of +imassera and the driving force behind +NOD3x, an excellent source of information about Google+ activities+Mark Trapha2013-06-02 11:35:5650852856
Ole Olson14,742Leaders of Google+ in #progressive   #politics  Add this circle for a well vetted collection of thought leaders that post a high degree of quality political content. The focalizers here are also excellent engagers. I have been sculpting this circle since G+ began. Other public circles I've shared that you might like:The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/PETHgTMqpcDVisual and/or Fun content https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/DbBUtg3f8q8Top Science Circle https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/WYqn7FXjsAmProgressive Media on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/1t3HVRfNhuCForward Thinking Journalists on Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/4h7jniYWcxaMy Top Circler Circle https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/cjSWip8ayqH #Liberal   #Green   #SharedPublicCircles   #Occupy   #CircleOfTheDay   #Environment   #PublicCircle   #activism   #CircleSharing   #Unions   #Feminism   #HumanRights   #LGBT   #secular   #science  2013-05-21 17:23:0549516413
Ole Olson12,447This is my main political circle. It contains people that post a high ratio of left leaning political content. If you are not progressively inclined and would like to be removed from this circle, please let me know.  #SharedCircles   #Liberal   #progressive   #politics  2013-04-12 16:31:0349016213
Ole Olson11,096The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+  This is the best of the best forward thinkers that I've found here on Google+. To be in this very small circle, I've set a few basic guidelines:1. High quality and volume of progressively oriented political posts from a variety of sources and topics2. Long history of activism on G+ and steady activity3. Strong Engagment (+1's, shares, comments) on other people's posts  I'm pretty sure I've missed out on a lot of folks that should be in this circle, but this is the best I can do for the time being, so don't feel slighted if you're not in there. This is a work in progress, but I can guarantee that you will enjoy adding this circle.  #Gplus   #Politics   #progressive   #liberal   #activism   #SharedCircles  2013-03-18 17:30:17589312
Susanne Ramharter31,019Top 99 Engagers Circleby special request, here is the circle of my 'most relevant' engagers on Google+, without pages or people that only engage via a page or hashtag.These are all people that I regularly see on Google+, either in Hangouts, or in threads of either their posts or my own. You will find people interested in:- Art- Photography- Social Issues- Business (Management, Organisations)- Internet, Social MediaI personally vouch for each and every one and recommend them all wholeheartedly!+Shared Circles on G+ +Shared Circles on G+ +CIRCLES on Google+ +Sharing is Caring on G+ 2013-01-30 16:19:099832537
Slavo Herman180I'd like to share with you the circle in which a little surprisingly I discovered my name. It is a circle with people who got one nomination to "Best of Google Plus 2012" created as the Circle No. 3 by +Kurt Smith.(He also created two more circles, No. 1 and 2, containing people with more nominations - you can find them at http://goo.gl/tAePD and http://goo.gl/7IBkV respectively :)2013-01-07 16:40:4448423115
Trever McGhee18,273+Take2seconds to click the add button on this circle!Last week +Kurt Smith asked people to name 5 people they thought should be named the 'Best of Google Plus 2012'.  He received 1,308 nominations for 730 Plussers.We were honored to be among them, so we've created two circles to honor those chosen.This is the second of 2 circles from that list.Their all worthy of a follow .. a circle  to see what they bring to your stream.Check them out for a week...keep the ones that you like at the end of the week and then put the rest aside for another time :-))))People always ask me to add them or another person to the next circle when I share circles from other people to help them connect with others...Well I can't add you to their circle but what I can do is create another circle for you.So if you would like to be in the next one or would like to recommend someone,1st. please leave a comment of why you or they should be in the next circle, why people should circle you back.2nd. please share this circle to the public stream to help these people connect with others.I'll create a circle once a week with your suggestion.P.S. if your in the above circle and would like to be in the next one, just let me know. #bestofgoogleplus   #bestofgoogleplus2012   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedmycircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publicshare   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomecircle   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle  +Circles 2013-01-02 20:58:1649052430
Kurt Smith21,124Here's The 'Best of Google Plus 2012' Circle Share (Circle 3 of 3)Last week I asked other plussers to name 5 Plussers they think should be named the 'Best of Google Plus 2012'. They nominated others based on what they think makes a really good Google Plusser - original & quality content; makes you think, laugh, & enjoy Google Plus more; engages with others; shares and helps others; etc. We got 1,308 nominations for 730 Plussers.This is the third of 3 Circle Shares of those named the 'Best of Google Plus' - this circle contains those who got 2-3 votes. These are plussers other plussers think are among the Best on Google Plus and I believe we should all circle and consider following them because other quality plussers we can trust recommend following them.Like the other circles I've curated ('Thought Provokers' & 'Plussers Who Give A Boost') you can only get in these circles on the recommendation of another plusser (no "add me" going on here). So this is a quality group that should be recognized for making Google Plus better for all of us.Let's encourage quality on G+ and the best way we can do that is to Add & Share these circles. It took some work to put this together, so the best 'thank you' you can give me (and the nominees) is to add, share and encourage your followers to do the same.Circle 1 (those who got 4+ nominations): http://goo.gl/tAePDCircle 2 (those who 2-3 nominations): http://goo.gl/7IBkVWondering who nominated you? Here's the original post to find out: http://goo.gl/0gHFk#bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus2012 #circle #circles #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #publicshare #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #addmetoyourcircles #awesomecircle #awesomeness #awesomepeople 2012-12-31 15:55:53486535266
Ivan Raszl6,155Here is my #atheist #circle . Feel free to follow these fine folks (or unfollow depending on your views ;). Unfortunately only 500 people can be shared at one time. Reshare this post and add a comment if you want to be included! #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing   #atheism   #religon   #secular   #humanism   #gsm   #brights   #nogod   #god   #freethinker   #freethought   #freethinking  2012-10-19 18:59:50501805
Zachary Roovenback1,335Sharing my Atheist and Fellow Freethinkers circle again.  Almost 1,800 strong.  You can only add 500 a day, so let me know if you need it shared again.Stay thinking, my friends.2012-08-10 04:29:445016310
Tim Brooks3,886Now releasing the long awaited, newly updated, circle of Anti-theists and people who actively oppose religion.This is the most active atheist circle on Google+ as far as we know, there are others but not like this :) If you are an anti-theist or someone who actively opposes religion please feel free to comment on this post to be added.Add this circle. Enjoy this circle. Share this circle.  #atheism   #antitheism   #nogod   #antitheist   #atheist #SharedCircle #circleshare  2012-08-02 21:00:1723814418
Jeff Jockisch18,43275 Non-IdiotsI haven't done a circle share recently to let you know who I'm interacting with a lot.  This is half of my top 150 most relevant.  I couldn't stop at 50 or 100 -- too many good people here :)  Look for the other half of the 150 most relevant share as 75 Non-Ghosts2012-07-25 01:43:317521327
Alex Grossman24,072For my second Circle today for Follow Friday, here is my Respectful Politics Circle. This Circle is by request only and not for the faint of heart. It's filled with people who are passionate about politics and issues that impact society and come from across the political spectrum - the point is to have fun, learn and share. If you're interested in joining the discussions, please let me know and I can add you to this Circle. No commitment to share your own posts, but it is preferred that you at least comment semi-regularly so as to encourage discussion. Just keep in mind that if you do participate that you do so in a respectful and civil manner. Let your passion fill you, but always temper it with manners, respect and politeness. Bullies will not be tolerated. The point is not to "win" but to learn. #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #politics  2012-07-20 15:10:0498901
Daniel Simons14,510New circle - Academic PsychologistsOver the past few weeks I've been compiling a circle of academic psychologists on Google+. It includes faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in psychology, all of whom are working in a university setting and most of whom do research in psychology. Many of them post about research in psychology on a regular basis (most post on other topics as well). Please feel free to share this circle/post widely. If you have suggestions for others to include, please add them in the comments on this post. (I will +1 each comment once I've added them), and I will re-share it on occasion as I add more people to it. I hope you find the circle useful.2012-07-16 16:25:3811215810
Lamar Jamieson0Quite an interesting circle. You will find here a great variety of people. From artists, writers and photographers to business people. Please add & share!2012-07-04 12:30:44190717
Craig Froehle4,629467 Plussers Well Worth FollowingSome curated recommendations to make your Tuesday a bit more interesting. I kept this circle largely free of celebrities, pages, and organizations, so these should (nearly) all be actual people. Enjoy!By the way, topic-wise, it's a bit of a potpourri, but with emphasis on technology, science, progressive politics, skepticism, and other fascinating things.Note that I don't always agree with everyone in this circle, so don't take this as an endorsement of their ideas...merely that they tend to be thoughtful when presenting them.2012-07-03 14:29:094671718
Daniel Simons14,199Psychologists and Neuroscientists on G+A shared circleIt has been a while since I last shared my Psychologist/Neuroscientist circle, and a number of people have been added since my last share.For those of you who have been around since the early days of G+, this was a circle I created of people who self-classified as psychology or neuroscience researchers. It is not a curated list, but there are many active G+ people in this circle. Free free to re-share. 2012-06-26 20:38:14203258
Bea 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 04:14:29496114
Robert „Big Daddy“ Mosko1,841I don't normally share circles.  However I was planning to share this circle tomorrow for #circlesharefriday  .  I will not be available tomorrow, but this is a good thing for me.This circle is highly diverse in views and humor.  It is full of wonderful people who share and engage.  I hope this circle will enhance your G+ experience as much as it does mine.2012-06-21 20:21:462431205
Haroon Abbasi155Nice collection googlist+Shared Circles on G+  #sharedcircles  2012-06-21 18:39:04361916
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 18:24:2918933830
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 15:16:08500371552
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 13:11:2750118717

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2015-02-20 15:39:07 (185 comments, 15 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

How Americans appear to the rest of the world

We are: fat; ignorant to the point of dangerously misinformed; arrogant, bombastic bullies; we are sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic and hyper-patriotic; we are dupes who vote and act against our own best interests and those of the rest of the world; we are hyper-religious, anti-science and incapable of reason. 

In short, we are Rush Limbaugh (or, if female, perhaps a fatter Sarah Palin).

Not all of us are like this, obviously, but enough of us are — and those who are, are visible enough and vocal enough — to earn us this reputation in the rest of the world.

How did we get to be this way?

I suspect it is in part an unintended consequence of corporatist America’s war on public education and its explicit attempt to push religion in the place of science and reason in the mindsof Ame... more »

Most reshares: 15

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2015-02-20 15:39:07 (185 comments, 15 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

How Americans appear to the rest of the world

We are: fat; ignorant to the point of dangerously misinformed; arrogant, bombastic bullies; we are sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic and hyper-patriotic; we are dupes who vote and act against our own best interests and those of the rest of the world; we are hyper-religious, anti-science and incapable of reason. 

In short, we are Rush Limbaugh (or, if female, perhaps a fatter Sarah Palin).

Not all of us are like this, obviously, but enough of us are — and those who are, are visible enough and vocal enough — to earn us this reputation in the rest of the world.

How did we get to be this way?

I suspect it is in part an unintended consequence of corporatist America’s war on public education and its explicit attempt to push religion in the place of science and reason in the mindsof Ame... more »

Most plusones: 73

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2015-02-20 15:39:07 (185 comments, 15 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

How Americans appear to the rest of the world

We are: fat; ignorant to the point of dangerously misinformed; arrogant, bombastic bullies; we are sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic and hyper-patriotic; we are dupes who vote and act against our own best interests and those of the rest of the world; we are hyper-religious, anti-science and incapable of reason. 

In short, we are Rush Limbaugh (or, if female, perhaps a fatter Sarah Palin).

Not all of us are like this, obviously, but enough of us are — and those who are, are visible enough and vocal enough — to earn us this reputation in the rest of the world.

How did we get to be this way?

I suspect it is in part an unintended consequence of corporatist America’s war on public education and its explicit attempt to push religion in the place of science and reason in the mindsof Ame... more »

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2015-03-05 23:55:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Denialist thinking

No, they really aren't any smarter than this.

(I hope I piss off some denialists with this. At least it would mean they saw it. Bring it, losers.)

thanks, +Cindy Brown 

Thanks +reddit for the laughs. "When people say climate change isn't happening because it's snowing where they are."

http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/2xzzkd/when_people_say_climate_change_isnt_happening/___Denialist thinking

No, they really aren't any smarter than this.

(I hope I piss off some denialists with this. At least it would mean they saw it. Bring it, losers.)

thanks, +Cindy Brown 

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2015-03-05 23:49:53 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Ferguson: Worse than you imagined. More typical than you imagined. And in that even More Worse than you imagined.

Wasn't it the SCOTUS who declared that the role of the police isn't to protect and serve the community, but simply to enforce the law? Ferguson is the logical conclusion of their opinion: The police are not here for us but for the oligarchs. (Who makes and benefits most from the laws, after all?)

Many of their other opinions -- like most other trends in modern society -- have logical conclusions that bring us right back to the draconian, oligarchic world the founders of the US revolted to overturn. In case you hadn't noticed, that world is the one to which we are rapidly returning.

The police in Ferguson are merely a reflection of the police everywhere, who are merely a reflection of governments everywhere (local, state and federal), who... more »

This points out something I keep saying: you can't just "starve the beast" because it will feed on its masters before it dies.

"...these people weren’t there to serve and protect, they were there to skim off as much cream from the community as they could. This wasn’t a police department, it was a racist extortion racket, oozing corruption. [...] There were people raking in the cash on this operation, and it isn’t just the salaries of the police officers that matter. You know that one of the things that fed this corruption was policy at the state level: starve the civil service, make them scavenge their funding from the people they serve, and let the Republican leadership bask in the glory of cutting taxes."

...and then after you've killed your domesticated guard-and-work beast, the non-domesticated beasts in the woods can get at you.

Only Republicans still seem to think that cutting taxes on the rich is a good idea. Can we nuke them from orbit now, please?

from +PZ Myers .___Ferguson: Worse than you imagined. More typical than you imagined. And in that even More Worse than you imagined.

Wasn't it the SCOTUS who declared that the role of the police isn't to protect and serve the community, but simply to enforce the law? Ferguson is the logical conclusion of their opinion: The police are not here for us but for the oligarchs. (Who makes and benefits most from the laws, after all?)

Many of their other opinions -- like most other trends in modern society -- have logical conclusions that bring us right back to the draconian, oligarchic world the founders of the US revolted to overturn. In case you hadn't noticed, that world is the one to which we are rapidly returning.

The police in Ferguson are merely a reflection of the police everywhere, who are merely a reflection of governments everywhere (local, state and federal), who exclusively represent the interests of the wealthy.

Welcome to 1984 (or the Brave New World, as you prefer). 

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

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2015-03-05 18:30:50 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Super-massive (like 12 billion suns massive), very old black hole discovered

Challenges cosmologists' current understanding of the formation of black holes.

For clarification: I think it would be clearer if the sentence (near the beginning) that reads, "It's not the biggest black hole ever found, but it's astonishingly young," [emphasis mine] instead read, "... but it has been that size since it was astonishingly young"

Another interesting tidbit: The quasar surrounding this black hole is brighter than our entire galaxy.

Super-massive (like 12 billion suns massive), very old black hole discovered

Challenges cosmologists' current understanding of the formation of black holes.

For clarification: I think it would be clearer if the sentence (near the beginning) that reads, "It's not the biggest black hole ever found, but it's astonishingly young," [emphasis mine] instead read, "... but it has been that size since it was astonishingly young"

Another interesting tidbit: The quasar surrounding this black hole is brighter than our entire galaxy.___

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2015-03-05 14:47:47 (34 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

NRA-sponsored law in Florida prevents pediatricians from discussing gun safety with children

This law is not about preventing gun ownership. This law prevents doctors from even talking about gun safety with their patients.

Think about it: A gun lobby is now telling your physician what s/he can talk about with you.

Since when are these political hacks qualified to dictate medical practice? (Of course, they've also been doing it for years with women's reproductive rights.) And what happened to free speech?

How could the NRA be so depraved and so powerful to get this law passed?

There is a push in 11 other states to pass similar laws.

Dude: Where's my country?

NRA-sponsored law in Florida prevents pediatricians from discussing gun safety with children

This law is not about preventing gun ownership. This law prevents doctors from even talking about gun safety with their patients.

Think about it: A gun lobby is now telling your physician what s/he can talk about with you.

Since when are these political hacks qualified to dictate medical practice? (Of course, they've also been doing it for years with women's reproductive rights.) And what happened to free speech?

How could the NRA be so depraved and so powerful to get this law passed?

There is a push in 11 other states to pass similar laws.

Dude: Where's my country?___

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2015-03-04 13:01:30 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The implications of Netanyahu's and American conservatives' (not so) hidden agenda on Iran
-- or -- 
The real problem with Netanyahu's speech is not that it insults Obama 

The media has focused attention on the rude way that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu made his appearance in the U.S. this week, as though the real issue is hurt feelings between him and President Obama. This is a mistake that misleads many into thinking that the problem is about respect for our president or concern that Netanyahu is using this trip to promote his election chances in Israel,…

The real story is far more worrisome.  Netanyahu is here to push the U.S. toward another Middle East war in which the U.S. would be the proxy for what Netanyahu (mistakenly) thinks is Israeli interests. And Americans are going to have to stand up and say “NO” both to Netanyahu and to themilitari... more »

"If Netanyahu succeeds, it will be a disaster for all Americans, and an even greater disaster for American Jews..."___The implications of Netanyahu's and American conservatives' (not so) hidden agenda on Iran
-- or -- 
The real problem with Netanyahu's speech is not that it insults Obama 

The media has focused attention on the rude way that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu made his appearance in the U.S. this week, as though the real issue is hurt feelings between him and President Obama. This is a mistake that misleads many into thinking that the problem is about respect for our president or concern that Netanyahu is using this trip to promote his election chances in Israel,…

The real story is far more worrisome.  Netanyahu is here to push the U.S. toward another Middle East war in which the U.S. would be the proxy for what Netanyahu (mistakenly) thinks is Israeli interests. And Americans are going to have to stand up and say “NO” both to Netanyahu and to the militarists in both parties who are all too happy to generate another war, this time against Iran.  If Netanyahu succeeds, it will be a disaster for all Americans, and an even greater disaster for American Jews.

The war hawks' intentions with respect to Iran, if realized, would backfire spectacularly:

The irony here is that the escalation of sanctions at this point would strengthen those in Iran who do not wish to make any accommodations to the U.S., which it quite reasonably sees as mostly doing Israel’s bidding in the Middle East.  If we escalate the sanctions, there are two predictable consequences: A.) The anger that many Iranians feel toward the oppressive regime of the mullahs would be redirected against Israel and the U.S., thereby strengthening the Islamic extremists as national pride replaces concerns about democracy and human rights, and weakening those who, I hope, will someday be able to non-violently overthrow the human-rights denying regime of the mullahs; and B.) Iran would move quickly to escalate its nuclear capacities and turn them toward military use, understanding the deepening sanctions as an act of war that might soon be followed by military attacks either from Israel or the U.S. (in short, actually creating the situation that Netanyahu says he fears, but which does not currently exist).

Now Netanyahu and his cheerleaders in both parties of the U.S. Congress are no dummies. They can see this same plausible outcome. So why would they be advocating it?  Sadly, the answer is that they actually want another war, this time with Iran. For some Israelis, a war led by the U.S. against Iran would be a perfect way to get rid of a state that has been funding Islamic groups closer to Israel like Hezbollah (though Iran has actually been attacking supporters of ISIS—the self proclaimed Islamic State whose barbarism rightly frightens most civilized people). For some American capitalists, the securing of Iranian oil reserves will give Big Oil several more decades of flourishing. For some right-wing Christians, fighting a war to rid the Middle East of Israel’s most significant competitor for regional influence is a way of alleviating their guilt from past failures to save the Jews. And for still other right-wing Christians, a war that decimated Iran would be a major step toward the Apocalypse that they hope will yield a return of their messiah to earth.

So, from the hawks' perspective, the war, itself, wouldn't be the backfiring. It would be the goal, in their short-sighted, oil-craving, messianic way. The backfiring would be in the outcome of the war:

We’ve already seen what this kind of a war looks like—we just barely are ending the Iraq war, which cost us a trillion dollars and led to the emergence of the ISIL/Islamic state. The dismantling of the regime in Iran (if not done, as I hope it someday will be, by a powerful internal Iranian movement just as the Soviet Union was dismantled by its own people and not by an invasion by the U.S.) would likely yield power to forces even worse than the current Iranian regime and more likely like the Islamic state in Iraq . It is unwinnable, and it will lead to the loss of many lives, the possibility of terrorism being spread to the U.S. as many people around the world see and resent the U.S. once again intervening in a country that is not intervening here in the U.S.

And this will be a huge disaster for the Jewish people. Americans will quickly see that the resulting war was brought about by those who wanted to put the supposed (though mistaken) interests of Israel above the interests of Americans. The outcome could well be a new flourishing of anti-Semitism in our society that has, since the end of the Second World War, managed to keep our home-grown anti-Semites out of positions of power. As American casualties increase, and Iranian terrorists strike inside the U.S., the anger will almost certainly explode against Jews, whereas it should be only directed at the militarists who once again lead us into war.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2015-03-04 01:51:06 (36 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

In case you thought sanity had (for once) prevailed in this country in the form of net neutrality...

... fear not. Insanity still rules.

(They are the ones with the money.)

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

It appears that even though the FCC backed net neutrality the plutocrats may decide to nuke it.

https://www.techdirt.com/blog/netneutrality/articles/20150302/08162630183/hysterical-facts-optional-assault-fccs-new-neutrality-rules-has-commenced.shtml___In case you thought sanity had (for once) prevailed in this country in the form of net neutrality...

... fear not. Insanity still rules.

(They are the ones with the money.)

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

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2015-03-02 04:20:49 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Gov. Chris Christie, Mafioso

Like all of his criminal behaviors (Remember his vengeful bridge-closures during rush hour? No. Of course not. That's the point.), this will be forgotten by the public by the time he runs for president.

Christie settles what should have been a $9 billion settlement for one quarter of a billion dollars. Somebody's getting his "little self" sucked for this favor. Maybe even twice.

But, again, come election time, no one will remember; so really, it never even happened.

thanks, +Jim Fawcette 

Why Did Chris Christie Settle so Cheap?
Multi-billions in damages quietly yields only $250 million

Gov. Chris Christie's settlement of his state's lawsuit against Exxon gets curiouser and curiouser as details slip out. Settlement still requires judicial approval. 

NYT.com: "A long-fought legal battle to recover $8.9 billion in damages from Exxon Mobil Corporation for the contamination and loss of use of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows and waters in northern New Jersey has been quietly settled by the state for around $250 million."

But back in November, Christie said the issue was major. "“The scope of the environmental damage resulting from the discharges is as obvious as it is staggering and unprecedented in New Jersey,” the administration of Gov. Chris Christie said in a court brief filed in November."

Here are the damages: "The state had set the cost of primary restoration of the sites at $2.6 billion; the state also sought $6.3 billion for what it described as compensatory or “loss of use” damages, intended “to make the public whole.”___Gov. Chris Christie, Mafioso

Like all of his criminal behaviors (Remember his vengeful bridge-closures during rush hour? No. Of course not. That's the point.), this will be forgotten by the public by the time he runs for president.

Christie settles what should have been a $9 billion settlement for one quarter of a billion dollars. Somebody's getting his "little self" sucked for this favor. Maybe even twice.

But, again, come election time, no one will remember; so really, it never even happened.

thanks, +Jim Fawcette 

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2015-03-02 03:52:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Jimmy Kimmel and MDs on getting your kids vaccinated

(Excellent.)

thanks, +Adam Liss 

My opinion of +Jimmy Kimmel Live​ just improved a few notches. Be sure to stick around to watch the doctors at the end.___Jimmy Kimmel and MDs on getting your kids vaccinated

(Excellent.)

thanks, +Adam Liss 

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2015-03-02 02:54:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Union thug

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +Katie H. 

___Union thug

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +Katie H. 

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2015-03-01 04:35:56 (31 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"Obamacare" a republican idea from the start.

Like, from Nixon.

The only reasons the current republicans oppose it are (a) Obama is black, (b) they feel compelled to oppose anything at all Obama supports, (c) see (a) and (b) (these people are fucking crazy. They have no goal in life except to screw you and screw Obama.)

A friend of mine has described Obamacare as a massive gift to the insurance companies.

Without the Single Payer system, I frankly fear he was right. (Single Payer, in case you don't remember, or couldn't quite understand it, was the idea that the insurance companies should be removed from the whole process, with a single payer [the government] insuring everyone. Works in the rest of the civilized world. Would work, but will never happen in oligarch-controlled America.)

And a massive gift to the insurance companies is what it is. But... more »

right-wing democratic president.___"Obamacare" a republican idea from the start.

Like, from Nixon.

The only reasons the current republicans oppose it are (a) Obama is black, (b) they feel compelled to oppose anything at all Obama supports, (c) see (a) and (b) (these people are fucking crazy. They have no goal in life except to screw you and screw Obama.)

A friend of mine has described Obamacare as a massive gift to the insurance companies.

Without the Single Payer system, I frankly fear he was right. (Single Payer, in case you don't remember, or couldn't quite understand it, was the idea that the insurance companies should be removed from the whole process, with a single payer [the government] insuring everyone. Works in the rest of the civilized world. Would work, but will never happen in oligarch-controlled America.)

And a massive gift to the insurance companies is what it is. But it does have some small benefits to the average American. (Most of them, anyhow.)

But the fact that it was passed by a Black Man!?! rather than one of the republicans (like Mitt Romney in Mass.) who was supposed to pass it!

Well, that makes it Unamerican! So the republicans (none of whom can think their way out of a wet paper bag) fucking Hate it! Never realizing it was their idea all along.

Oh, it would be so much fun to observe the pathetic human species from the outside, if only I didn't have to be part of it.

thanks, +richard chu 

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2015-02-28 16:42:32 (31 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

The other difference being that you actually need one of them. I'll let you contemplate which one that is. (But here's a hint: People don't generally try to take from you things with no value.)

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Being Liberal 

(S) Here's your daily reality check, courtesy of +LOLGOP. ___The other difference being that you actually need one of them. I'll let you contemplate which one that is. (But here's a hint: People don't generally try to take from you things with no value.)

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Being Liberal 

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2015-02-28 03:03:47 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Republican hero

Love him, morons. He destroys your kids' lives before they're even born. But he says all the right things to appeal to your fears and prejudices.

Reflect on what this says about your values: This guy fucks you up the ass and all you do is ask for more. (And you oppose gay marriage?)

thanks +Admiral Taptap 

"Governor Chris Christie is settling his state's $8.9 billion lawsuit against ExxonMobil for just $250 million. The reduced settlement comes after ExxonMobil gave Christie's Republican Governors Association $1.9 million in contributions. Christie also appointed a former ExxonMobil lawyer to serve as his state's Attorney General from 2010-2012. The Attorney General's office oversaw the case."

#corruption #bribery #ChrisChristie___Republican hero

Love him, morons. He destroys your kids' lives before they're even born. But he says all the right things to appeal to your fears and prejudices.

Reflect on what this says about your values: This guy fucks you up the ass and all you do is ask for more. (And you oppose gay marriage?)

thanks +Admiral Taptap 

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2015-02-27 02:37:39 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Alan Atkins 

___thanks, +Alan Atkins 

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2015-02-27 02:25:36 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Republicans rejecting evolution because democrats believe it

Time for democrats to come out in favor of breathing.

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

Conservative Tribalism post 3: if liberals are for it, they are against it. Facts be damned.___Republicans rejecting evolution because democrats believe it

Time for democrats to come out in favor of breathing.

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

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2015-02-26 01:21:52 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Christian extremists whine that they are the victims

A glimpse into the christian propaganda designed to convince their followers they they are still a persecuted minority.*

This would be laughable if it were not so effective and therefore dangerous.

Poor christians.

Raise your hand if you can remember christians:

Restricting gay rights
Restricting women's rights
Bombing abortion clinics
Demanding tax-free status for spreading their ignorance...
... while illegally engaging actively in politics
Hampering children's education with nonsense about "intelligent design"
Stunting children's development with fairytales one must abandon all capacity for logical thought to believe
Torturing, flaying and mutilating minorities (a common occurrence as recently as the 1960s, known as "lynching")
Burning... more »

Christian extremists really are masters at portraying themselves as a subjugated, abused minority, despite that being the exact opposite of reality. The American Family Association [cough] has a new "Bigotry Map" out to document those they say are oppressing them and threatening their freedoms! What I find hilarious is the list of offenders includes the "homosexual agenda" (snort) and "humanists" (what? they like critical thinking and physical evidence?!? those bastards!!) as well as such diabolical groups like the Human Rights Campaign (how dare people demand equal rights!) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (which, incidentally, has officially designated the AFA as an anti-gay hate group). All told, it's the best example of Poe's Law I can imagine.

Link: http://www.afa.net/bigotrymap# (now I feel dirty)___Christian extremists whine that they are the victims

A glimpse into the christian propaganda designed to convince their followers they they are still a persecuted minority.*

This would be laughable if it were not so effective and therefore dangerous.

Poor christians.

Raise your hand if you can remember christians:

Restricting gay rights
Restricting women's rights
Bombing abortion clinics
Demanding tax-free status for spreading their ignorance...
... while illegally engaging actively in politics
Hampering children's education with nonsense about "intelligent design"
Stunting children's development with fairytales one must abandon all capacity for logical thought to believe
Torturing, flaying and mutilating minorities (a common occurrence as recently as the 1960s, known as "lynching")
Burning witches
Burning and torturing "heretics"

And now some people think maybe they're wrong!

Poor, poor, victimized christians.

Thanks to +Craig Froehle, who posted this yesterday.

*This propaganda is worth studying. One can learn a great deal about the enemy by studying his propaganda.

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2015-02-25 19:36:24 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Andrea Lindsey 

With the population accepting the patriot act we have lost all freedoms under the Constitution, And we accept it, for what? To give the Government absolute control who are run entirely by billion dollar corporations. We need REAL solutions, let us unite. ___thanks, +Andrea Lindsey 

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2015-02-24 23:34:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

On income inequality: If they could choose, most Americans -- even republicans -- would live in Sweden

This is an oldish article (from last year) but one worth reconsidering.

Americans polled on what they think income inequality is, and on what they think it out to be are wildly out of touch with reality (orders of magnitude out of touch).

The world republicans say would be best is the opposite of the world they demand.

The world they demand is, basically, the world we have: The top 0.1% control 50% of everything.

The world republicans want is Sweden: Ironically, probably their most reviled "socialist enemy".

Republicans, it's time to wake up: The people you think you would be like in a just world are the same people your masters have taught you to hate most. What does that... more »

On income inequality: If they could choose, most Americans -- even republicans -- would live in Sweden

This is an oldish article (from last year) but one worth reconsidering.

Americans polled on what they think income inequality is, and on what they think it out to be are wildly out of touch with reality (orders of magnitude out of touch).

The world republicans say would be best is the opposite of the world they demand.

The world they demand is, basically, the world we have: The top 0.1% control 50% of everything.

The world republicans want is Sweden: Ironically, probably their most reviled "socialist enemy".

Republicans, it's time to wake up: The people you think you would be like in a just world are the same people your masters have taught you to hate most. What does that tell you about your masters?___

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2015-02-24 17:33:07 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Bush, fracking and conflicts of interest

No surprises here: Bush, following his family tradition, has his fingers in all-things-oil, including fracking. So it’s no surprise that in his highly-paid political speeches, ol’ Jeb has frequently sung the praises of Frack, baby, Frack!

Nonetheless, it is interesting to see just how deep the conflicts of interests — and the perversions of power — run in the Bush family when it comes to oil interests, on the one hand, and positions of power that allow them to ruthlessly pursue those interests. Just one little tidbit to whet your appetite:

Similarly, fracking is not just a Jeb Bush investment, but also a Jeb Bush family affair.

Son George P. Bush, 38, was elected Texas land commissioner last year, two years after helping found Fort Worth-based FracStar Logistics, providing sand for fracking.

Didyou cat... more »

Bush, fracking and conflicts of interest

No surprises here: Bush, following his family tradition, has his fingers in all-things-oil, including fracking. So it’s no surprise that in his highly-paid political speeches, ol’ Jeb has frequently sung the praises of Frack, baby, Frack!

Nonetheless, it is interesting to see just how deep the conflicts of interests — and the perversions of power — run in the Bush family when it comes to oil interests, on the one hand, and positions of power that allow them to ruthlessly pursue those interests. Just one little tidbit to whet your appetite:

Similarly, fracking is not just a Jeb Bush investment, but also a Jeb Bush family affair.

Son George P. Bush, 38, was elected Texas land commissioner last year, two years after helping found Fort Worth-based FracStar Logistics, providing sand for fracking.

Did you catch that? Jeb’s son, George, who helped found a fracking company, was elected Texas land commissioner. Now, I’ll admit I don’t know the intimate details of Texas… “governance”?… but this little arrangement strikes me as more than just a little… convenient.
And there are other, similar tidbits, too. Just one more, to show that Jeb is not simply a one-act-pony: He has investments in education too!:

His work as an education reformer coincided with his financial stake in Academic Partnerships, an online higher education company. Bush severed ties with the company late last year and his team has noted he did not invest in K-12, which has been his policy focus.
Armed with that thought, let us contemplate what Jeb would do with the presidency. Oh wait, no need to contemplate: We need only reflect on what his brother did with it.

Seeking positions of political power that allow them to pursue their (very ambitious) personal wealth interests is a long tradition in the Bush family. Ol’ Jeb is simply doing what the dynasty expects of him. Part of that expectation is using the full power of the government (Texas, Florida or US) to do their wealth-amassing bidding. Then again, I suppose this hardly sets them apart from most politicians. Still, some are more effective and more dangerous at this game than others. And the Bush clan seems to be an especially egregious offender.___

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2015-02-23 18:02:59 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

The pedophiles in charge of the daycare

Cruz and Rubio, who head Senate Science Committees, are not simply scientifically illiterate (which would be unacceptable enough). They are actively hostile to science, and to knowledge more generally.

Having these prosimians in charge of anything related to science is like having a pedophile in charge of a daycare.

thanks, +Admiral Taptap 

#GOPproud  ___The pedophiles in charge of the daycare

Cruz and Rubio, who head Senate Science Committees, are not simply scientifically illiterate (which would be unacceptable enough). They are actively hostile to science, and to knowledge more generally.

Having these prosimians in charge of anything related to science is like having a pedophile in charge of a daycare.

thanks, +Admiral Taptap 

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2015-02-23 17:47:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Class warfare

The next time some entitled, wealthy brat psychopath complains that "the poor are committing class warfare" (whatever the hell it would mean for the unarmed poor to "commit warfare" against the armed-to-the-teeth rich), remind them of incidents like this.

The waterfront park with its stunning views of Old Tampa Bay is too valuable for a bunch of ramshackle trailers.

”We're going to put condos there,'' said Maurice Wilder of Clearwater-based Wilder Corp. "We're moving the people out.’’

Wilder said his company plans mid-rise buildings with as many as 300 condos in the $300,000 range — almost 1,000 times what the trailers rent for.

… they are angry they are getting so little notice, especially when they have so little money. “I pay $380 a month, where are you going to go for thatprice?'... more »

Class warfare

The next time some entitled, wealthy brat psychopath complains that "the poor are committing class warfare" (whatever the hell it would mean for the unarmed poor to "commit warfare" against the armed-to-the-teeth rich), remind them of incidents like this.

The waterfront park with its stunning views of Old Tampa Bay is too valuable for a bunch of ramshackle trailers.

”We're going to put condos there,'' said Maurice Wilder of Clearwater-based Wilder Corp. "We're moving the people out.’’

Wilder said his company plans mid-rise buildings with as many as 300 condos in the $300,000 range — almost 1,000 times what the trailers rent for.

… they are angry they are getting so little notice, especially when they have so little money. “I pay $380 a month, where are you going to go for that price?'' said Walter Maga, 61, who has to be out of his trailer by March 31.___

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2015-02-23 17:23:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

More on the nature of (some) Americans

The (In)Complete Field Guide to American Extremists.

thanks, +Chris Conger

More on the nature of (some) Americans

The (In)Complete Field Guide to American Extremists.

thanks, +Chris Conger___

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2015-02-23 16:55:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Koch brothers... (you ready for this?) lie! (surprised?) to kill solar

When you see reports coming out from, or citing, "The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA)", approach them with a very skeptical eye. The statistics they cite are... fanciful at best.

thanks, +G. Gibson 

The Koch brothers' front group, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, released a report which asserts the US solar industry receives $39 billion in annual subsidies. How can that be? How can an industry with a US market value of $15 billion receive $39 billion in annual subsidies? The answer: it doesn't.___Koch brothers... (you ready for this?) lie! (surprised?) to kill solar

When you see reports coming out from, or citing, "The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA)", approach them with a very skeptical eye. The statistics they cite are... fanciful at best.

thanks, +G. Gibson 

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2015-02-23 16:31:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The money behind the anti-vax movement

You knew someone had something to gain from this. His greed has cost hundreds or thousands of lives.

… journalist Brian Deer found that Wakefield [the "doctor" who published the fraudulent "link" between vaccines and autism] had worked out several business deals with the Royal Free Medical School in London involving the vaccine debate he conjured up, and they even came up with numerous products to sell to those who believed him, including “safer vaccines,” and diagnostic testing kits. Deer reportedly said that Wakefield expected to make as much as $40 million annually from his dealings.

By creating a controversy where there was none, he could conveniently sell the solution back to a scared public. By rocking the people’s confidence in health care systems, Wakefield found a way for himself, and other medicalprofess... more »

Ach …

The root of the problem, and the anti-vaccine movement at large, can be traced back to Andrew Wakefield, a doctor who famously linked vaccination to increased risk of autism. This sent parents into a panic, although Wakefield’s work was found to be an “elaborate fraud”. He was discredited, had his medical licensing revoked, and medical professionals around the globe have warned that he shouldn’t be taken seriously. But that didn’t stop many parents, whose lack of trust in the government and pharmaceutical industry combined with a knowledge of Wakefield’s work solidified the foundation for a manufactured “debate” as to whether or not vaccines truly are safe.

Knowing that Wakefield’s work has been discredited and that he himself has been found to be a fraud, it’s fair to wonder what motivated him in the first place. As you may have guessed, his motivation looks to have been financial gain.

According to a report from Discovery News, investigative journalist Brian Deer found that Wakefield had worked out several business deals with the Royal Free Medical School in London involving the vaccine debate he conjured up, and they even came up with numerous products to sell to those who believed him, including “safer vaccines,” and diagnostic testing kits. Deer reportedly said that Wakefield expected to make as much as $40 million annually from his dealings.

By creating a controversy where there was none, he could conveniently sell the solution back to a scared public. By rocking the people’s confidence in health care systems, Wakefield found a way for himself, and other medical professionals of his ilk, to make a lot of money.

#Impfen #Impfgegner #Impfung #Profit #Geld  ___The money behind the anti-vax movement

You knew someone had something to gain from this. His greed has cost hundreds or thousands of lives.

… journalist Brian Deer found that Wakefield [the "doctor" who published the fraudulent "link" between vaccines and autism] had worked out several business deals with the Royal Free Medical School in London involving the vaccine debate he conjured up, and they even came up with numerous products to sell to those who believed him, including “safer vaccines,” and diagnostic testing kits. Deer reportedly said that Wakefield expected to make as much as $40 million annually from his dealings.

By creating a controversy where there was none, he could conveniently sell the solution back to a scared public. By rocking the people’s confidence in health care systems, Wakefield found a way for himself, and other medical professionals of his ilk, to make a lot of money.

thanks +Gerhard Torges 

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2015-02-23 00:04:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

It's still the 1960s in Mississippi many parts of the US

Toward the end, the judge expresses some optimism: Today we take another step away from Mississippi's tortured past ... we move farther away from the abyss. Indeed, Mississippi is a place and a state of mind. And those who think they know about her people and her past will also understand that her story has not been completely written. Mississippi has a present and a future. That present and future has promise.

I wish I could share it.

It's still the 1960s in Mississippi many parts of the US

Toward the end, the judge expresses some optimism: Today we take another step away from Mississippi's tortured past ... we move farther away from the abyss. Indeed, Mississippi is a place and a state of mind. And those who think they know about her people and her past will also understand that her story has not been completely written. Mississippi has a present and a future. That present and future has promise.

I wish I could share it.___

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2015-02-22 23:37:32 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Huxley vs. Orwell: Who was more prophetic about the current dystopian state of the US?

thanks, +Chris Conger 

Huxley vs. Orwell: Who was more prophetic about the current dystopian state of the US?

thanks, +Chris Conger ___

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2015-02-22 23:35:05 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

This statement from +paul beard is the perfect response to the shrill, knee-jerk and frequently-heard right-wing accusation that "liberals do not love this country":

Au contraire, you reprehensible wig on a stick. It's your country we're not fans of. The repressive nation of your mind, a seething mass of hatred, division, and wrenching poverty overseen by a few fatcats you'll do anything for if it keeps you out of the pit — that's what we're opposed to. 

Well it's settled then. ___This statement from +paul beard is the perfect response to the shrill, knee-jerk and frequently-heard right-wing accusation that "liberals do not love this country":

Au contraire, you reprehensible wig on a stick. It's your country we're not fans of. The repressive nation of your mind, a seething mass of hatred, division, and wrenching poverty overseen by a few fatcats you'll do anything for if it keeps you out of the pit — that's what we're opposed to. 

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2015-02-20 15:39:07 (185 comments, 15 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

How Americans appear to the rest of the world

We are: fat; ignorant to the point of dangerously misinformed; arrogant, bombastic bullies; we are sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic and hyper-patriotic; we are dupes who vote and act against our own best interests and those of the rest of the world; we are hyper-religious, anti-science and incapable of reason. 

In short, we are Rush Limbaugh (or, if female, perhaps a fatter Sarah Palin).

Not all of us are like this, obviously, but enough of us are — and those who are, are visible enough and vocal enough — to earn us this reputation in the rest of the world.

How did we get to be this way?

I suspect it is in part an unintended consequence of corporatist America’s war on public education and its explicit attempt to push religion in the place of science and reason in the mindsof Ame... more »

How Americans appear to the rest of the world

We are: fat; ignorant to the point of dangerously misinformed; arrogant, bombastic bullies; we are sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic and hyper-patriotic; we are dupes who vote and act against our own best interests and those of the rest of the world; we are hyper-religious, anti-science and incapable of reason. 

In short, we are Rush Limbaugh (or, if female, perhaps a fatter Sarah Palin).

Not all of us are like this, obviously, but enough of us are — and those who are, are visible enough and vocal enough — to earn us this reputation in the rest of the world.

How did we get to be this way?

I suspect it is in part an unintended consequence of corporatist America’s war on public education and its explicit attempt to push religion in the place of science and reason in the minds of American citizens: Our corporate leaders want us ignorant so we are easier to control. They want us hyper-patriotic so that we will not question the myth that “each gets what he has earned”; that “success is only the result of hard work and smarts” (that luck — including the fortunes of birth — are never a factor) and that therefore “if you are poor, it is only because you are lazy”.

The corporatists have successfully instilled these beliefs in American society; as a side-effect, they have created a society full of Rush Limbaughs, Sarah Palins, Michelle Bachmans, Pat Robertsons, Ted Cruzs, Ted Nuggets and “Joes the Plumber”. And the rest of the world noticed, even if we didn’t.___

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2015-02-19 13:50:28 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Illinois's Rauner would cut $2 billion from state employee pensions; cut taxes of the 1% by $2 billion; calls this massive transfer of wealth from the working class to the 1% "fiscal responsibility"

"Fiscal responsibility" is republican code for "transfer wealth from the working people to the wealthy".

So, yes, I suppose as long as you define "fiscal responsibility" this way, republicans really are the party of "fiscal responsibility."

Republicans, as Orwell predicted, have similarly redefined "progress", "free market", "personal responsibility" and too many other terms to list here.

Edit: Oh yeah, and this "pro-education" governor wants to cut funding for the public universities by (are you ready for this?) 30%. Keep 'em poor and ignorant.

Illinois's Rauner would cut $2 billion from state employee pensions; cut taxes of the 1% by $2 billion; calls this massive transfer of wealth from the working class to the 1% "fiscal responsibility"

"Fiscal responsibility" is republican code for "transfer wealth from the working people to the wealthy".

So, yes, I suppose as long as you define "fiscal responsibility" this way, republicans really are the party of "fiscal responsibility."

Republicans, as Orwell predicted, have similarly redefined "progress", "free market", "personal responsibility" and too many other terms to list here.

Edit: Oh yeah, and this "pro-education" governor wants to cut funding for the public universities by (are you ready for this?) 30%. Keep 'em poor and ignorant.___

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2015-02-19 02:46:55 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Minnesota vs. Wisconsin as an experiment in the effects of progressive vs. conservative policies

As summarized by +Ole Olson:  Here is a few of the DFL accomplishments in Minnesota:
•One billion dollar budgetary surplus
•4.5% unemployment rate (vs. 6.1% US average)
•The first property tax cut in a decade
•Truly balancing the budget without any shady gimmicks
•Expanded Local Government Aid to help rural Minnesota
•All Day, Everyday Kindergarten
•Paying back the money Republicans confiscated from schools 
•Freezing tuition to help students deal with education incurred debt
•Cutting unemployment taxes for ALL employers in Minnesota
•Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes
•Established MNsure to help people get health insurance with lowest rates in nation
•Eliminating sales taxes for counties
•Investments in infrastructure andeducation
•5th fastest g... more »

Proof that progressive policies work far better than conservative policies: MN vs. WI

Two years after the tax hike, Minnesota's economy is booming. The state added 172,000 jobs during Dayton's first four years in office. Its 3.6 percent unemployment rate is among the lowest in the country (Wisconsin's is 5.2 percent), and the Twin Cities have the lowest unemployment rate of any major metropolitan area. Under Dayton, Minnesota has consistently been in the top tier of states for GDP growth. Median incomes are $8,000 higher than the national average. In 2014, Minnesota led the nation in economic confidence, according to Gallup.

Minnesota has even pulled ahead of Walker's Wisconsin, leapfrogging its neighbor to the east on measure after measure.

#Minnesota   #Progressive   #Politics  ___Minnesota vs. Wisconsin as an experiment in the effects of progressive vs. conservative policies

As summarized by +Ole Olson:  Here is a few of the DFL accomplishments in Minnesota:
•One billion dollar budgetary surplus
•4.5% unemployment rate (vs. 6.1% US average)
•The first property tax cut in a decade
•Truly balancing the budget without any shady gimmicks
•Expanded Local Government Aid to help rural Minnesota
•All Day, Everyday Kindergarten
•Paying back the money Republicans confiscated from schools 
•Freezing tuition to help students deal with education incurred debt
•Cutting unemployment taxes for ALL employers in Minnesota
•Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes
•Established MNsure to help people get health insurance with lowest rates in nation
•Eliminating sales taxes for counties
•Investments in infrastructure and education
•5th fastest growing state economy in the US
•8th best state for business

This is what the Republicans have done to Wisconsin:
•6.5% unemployment rate
•Heavily gerrymandered districts to cheat democracy and ensure a GOP legislature
•Restricted collective bargaining rights for workers
•Cut education funding
•Voter Suppression, including curtailing early voting and forcing govt issued IDs
•Turning Judicial elections into partisan contests
•Starved revenue with tax cuts to the rich and big corporations
•Shredded environmental protections
•Selling out public utilities to the Koch brothers
•Refused a state health insurance exchange or to expand Medicaid, rates 21% higher than US
•Cut state funding to K-12 schools by more than 15%
•Wisconsin ranks in the bottom half for business climate

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2015-02-19 02:35:13 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Bernie Sanders 

___thanks, +Bernie Sanders 

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2015-02-19 02:30:58 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A clear solution to our financial problems

But it gets conservatives' rocks off victimizing and then blaming the poor instead.

As noted by +Allan Masri: _The military-industrial complex is still stealing money from programs where people need it more. Conservatives like John McCain are rallying their supporters to fight ISIL. But ISIL seems to be losing without US troops on the ground.

Besides, the weapons systems favored by the Military-Industrial Complex are high-tech weapons that would be useless against a low-tech enemy like ISIL. Consider for a moment. Do we need an anti-missile system? No. ISIL has only primitive missiles, otherwise they would be shooting down our planes. Do we need more supersonic jet fighters? No, the ones we have are way ahead of those ISIL has, if they have any. Do we need more advanced tanks? No. ISIL appears to have few tanks, otherwise they would... more »

___A clear solution to our financial problems

But it gets conservatives' rocks off victimizing and then blaming the poor instead.

As noted by +Allan Masri: _The military-industrial complex is still stealing money from programs where people need it more. Conservatives like John McCain are rallying their supporters to fight ISIL. But ISIL seems to be losing without US troops on the ground.

Besides, the weapons systems favored by the Military-Industrial Complex are high-tech weapons that would be useless against a low-tech enemy like ISIL. Consider for a moment. Do we need an anti-missile system? No. ISIL has only primitive missiles, otherwise they would be shooting down our planes. Do we need more supersonic jet fighters? No, the ones we have are way ahead of those ISIL has, if they have any. Do we need more advanced tanks? No. ISIL appears to have few tanks, otherwise they would have attacked the Turkish tanks arrayed against them on the Turkish border._

The military powers in the region are adequate to defend themselves from ISIL, with a little logistical support from Europe and the US.

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2015-02-18 02:29:49 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Republicans and taxes

Right-wingers are not anti-tax; they just want to make sure only the poor pay taxes.

Once again quoting +Pamela Zuppo,

Those who continue to be fleeced by republicans actually suffer the most, since the vast majority of the below-poverty-line citizens live in hell-hot red states. How fucking stupid can people actually be?

As stupid as their conservative masters want them to be.

Ever wonder why education is slashed first in their austerity plans? Perhaps the dimwits who vote repubilcan should give that a bit of a ponder

Her word-choice may offend your delicate fucking sensibilities, but you cannot disagree with her message and be right.

thanks also +Armando Lioss 

___Republicans and taxes

Right-wingers are not anti-tax; they just want to make sure only the poor pay taxes.

Once again quoting +Pamela Zuppo,

Those who continue to be fleeced by republicans actually suffer the most, since the vast majority of the below-poverty-line citizens live in hell-hot red states. How fucking stupid can people actually be?

As stupid as their conservative masters want them to be.

Ever wonder why education is slashed first in their austerity plans? Perhaps the dimwits who vote repubilcan should give that a bit of a ponder

Her word-choice may offend your delicate fucking sensibilities, but you cannot disagree with her message and be right.

thanks also +Armando Lioss 

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2015-02-18 02:21:19 (17 comments, 4 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Indeed. What is this, 1810?

thanks, +Bernie Sanders 

___Indeed. What is this, 1810?

thanks, +Bernie Sanders 

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2015-02-17 15:26:46 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

There is a simple solution to the student debt crisis

As America's student debt crisis continues to worsen, researchers at the University of Michigan and Elon University believe they have a solution—let the federal government, rather than private banks, handle student loans.

Gee… I wonder why this solution hasn’t been adopted…

Sources have identified persistent problems with the performance of servicers, the extent and nature of which indicate serious structural shortcomings and conflicts of interests in the present contractual arrangement. [emphasis added]

… oh, right. that.

thanks, +Chris Conger 

There is a simple solution to the student debt crisis

As America's student debt crisis continues to worsen, researchers at the University of Michigan and Elon University believe they have a solution—let the federal government, rather than private banks, handle student loans.

Gee… I wonder why this solution hasn’t been adopted…

Sources have identified persistent problems with the performance of servicers, the extent and nature of which indicate serious structural shortcomings and conflicts of interests in the present contractual arrangement. [emphasis added]

… oh, right. that.

thanks, +Chris Conger ___

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2015-02-17 02:48:09 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Yes, Why is nobody talking about this?

Oh right, because our media are owned by big (right-wing) business.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

Despite their virtues, many conservative Republicans have an unfortunate habit of picking on the weak and disadvantaged, slandering the people least able to fight back. We saw a glimpse of this callousness in Mitt Romney’s disparagement of the “47 percent” who are “takers” living off the hard-working “makers.” The newly empowered GOP majority in Congress is going down the same road—targeting the millions of sick or injured Americans who receive Social Security disability payments.

This is a favorite old canard of self-righteous right-wingers. They label these unfortunate people as shiftless and suggest none too subtly that many are faking their injuries and illnesses. The GOP has been pushing this cold-hearted slander for at least thirty-five years, ever since the glorious reign of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s (who remembers Reagan’s imaginary “Welfare Queen” who drove to pick up her welfare check in a Cadillac?).

McConnell-Boehner Republicans are now reviving the Gipper’s big lie, claiming the Social Security system is in crisis because of swollen disability benefits. Allegedly to save the system, these so-called fiscal conservatives intend to cut benefits and throw out those supposedly able-bodied slackers. Once again, their facts are bogus. Never mind, their story line is concocted to arouse anti-government resentment among people who are themselves strapped for income.

#FuckRepublicans   #psychopaths  ___Yes, Why is nobody talking about this?

Oh right, because our media are owned by big (right-wing) business.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-02-16 23:56:53 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The American habit of placing school children in solitary confinement

and otherwise physically restraining them.

These are usually kids with special needs; kids who cannot understand why they are being put into solitary or being tied down.

For a social species, solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment. And especially for a child who cannot even understand what s/he did "wrong" it is just bewildering torture -- as barbaric and ineffective as any other form of torture.

From the article:

The report found one child was restrained more than 700 times over the course of a year.

700 times: if you figure that a kid is in school about 200 days per year, that's roughly 3.5 times in isolation per day (three times one day, four times the next). Solitary confinement is, for a social species, cruel and unusual... more »

The American habit of placing school children in solitary confinement

and otherwise physically restraining them.

These are usually kids with special needs; kids who cannot understand why they are being put into solitary or being tied down.

For a social species, solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment. And especially for a child who cannot even understand what s/he did "wrong" it is just bewildering torture -- as barbaric and ineffective as any other form of torture.

From the article:

The report found one child was restrained more than 700 times over the course of a year.

700 times: if you figure that a kid is in school about 200 days per year, that's roughly 3.5 times in isolation per day (three times one day, four times the next). Solitary confinement is, for a social species, cruel and unusual punishment.

Now, it's true that this is just one case (but read the article to see that it's not an isolated or unique one). But even one case of this kind of treatment -- of anyone, but especially of children -- is too many.

Excessive use of restraint and seclusion goes far beyond Connecticut schools. An investigation last year by ProPublica and NPR based on government data showed the practices were used at least 267,000 times nationwide in just one school year.

The actual number of incidents is almost certainly much higher.



Restraints aside, the watchdog agency also took issue with the spaces used for seclusion, which often include storage and utility closets as well other "cell-like" spaces.

And in addition to being cruel sub-human, it is (like other forms of torture)  ineffective:

There is consensus among experts that pinning children down or isolating them in small rooms involuntarily are ineffective ways to manage the behavior of students, particularly those with special needs. These types of interventions can often be traumatic for children, intensifying behavioral challenges in the long run.___

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2015-02-15 23:15:52 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Why you should be extremely wary of the "Internet of Things"

Having, say, an intelligent thermostat that speaks to the internet and learns (and anticipates) your heating and cooling habits sounds great. Could save you lots of trouble, not to mention saving energy.

But then…

… imagine an Arab Spring-type situation in a country with very cold winters, universal Nest thermostat adoption and a dictator with no qualms about mass surveillance of web and mobile data communications. On the first day of a mass uprising the security services can stick fake mobile signal towers up around the public square of the capital and hoover up the unique identification addresses from the smartphones of every single protester there. (These towers exist, even here.) That night, as the temperature drops to its bitter coldest, every single protester finds their heating system remotelydis... more »

In this very interesting article  Ian Steadman offers an illuminating view of the coming Internet of Things and why we ought to start having an informed and imaginative conversation, now. For example: "… last year the New York Times reported that dozens of people across the United States are now waking up each day to find that their cars won't start. They've fallen behind on their monthly payments, and so dealers are able to remotely disable their vehicles as an "incentive" to fix their debts."

Of course the uproar over the latest Samsung televisions, with their voice command feature that can send eavesdropped conversation to their "partners," shows that one or another Orwellian pitfall lies right in our path. The author quotes liberally from fine and prescient science fiction, including Phil Dick's UBIK, which add layer and nuance to an interesting piece.

http://www.newstatesman.com/sci-tech/2015/02/we-give-doors-and-toasters-sentience-we-should-decide-what-were-comfortable-first___Why you should be extremely wary of the "Internet of Things"

Having, say, an intelligent thermostat that speaks to the internet and learns (and anticipates) your heating and cooling habits sounds great. Could save you lots of trouble, not to mention saving energy.

But then…

… imagine an Arab Spring-type situation in a country with very cold winters, universal Nest thermostat adoption and a dictator with no qualms about mass surveillance of web and mobile data communications. On the first day of a mass uprising the security services can stick fake mobile signal towers up around the public square of the capital and hoover up the unique identification addresses from the smartphones of every single protester there. (These towers exist, even here.) That night, as the temperature drops to its bitter coldest, every single protester finds their heating system remotely disabled. Hypothermia takes care of the dictator's problem.

This is not science fiction. It's entirely possible with existing technology, and only made unrealistic because that technology hasn't reached universal rates of adoption. This is the upcoming Internet of Things, if we're not careful.

This is not hypothetical:

… last year the New York Times reported that dozens of people across the United States are now waking up each day to find that their cars won't start. They've fallen behind on their monthly payments, and so dealers are able to remotely disable their vehicles as an "incentive" to fix their debts.



why the Internet of Things should worry all of us: it means a world where everything we do is tracked by everything we touch; where opting out is near-impossible; where the databases holding that tracking data are often vulnerable to hackers, thieves and governments; and where mundane objects like doors and cars can rebel against us if we break the terms and conditions laid down in a contract we will have had no choice but to accept.



Think of what happens if we let companies make pacemakers with Wi-Fi and then they go out of business. Who's responsible for firmware updates that would otherwise block remote hacks? And what choice does someone have if the pacemaker that saves their life turns out to be a pretty effective tracking device for an authoritarian regime? What the hell happens to that person's data when the company legally responsible for protecting it doesn't exist any more?

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

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2015-02-15 22:45:10 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Being Liberal 

(C) From Citizens Untied.___thanks, +Being Liberal 

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2015-02-15 22:19:30 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

More evidence of interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans

More evidence of interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans___

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2015-02-15 19:57:24 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Steve Withers 

 Nobody could believe THAT!___thanks, +Steve Withers 

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2015-02-15 17:11:57 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

In December, two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, pushed Congress and the president into giving away what could amount to over $130 billion in public property.

thanks, +Being Liberal 

(C) "Just this once, let’s stop this scheme to steal this valuable resource of the people, by the people and for the people away from us."___In December, two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, pushed Congress and the president into giving away what could amount to over $130 billion in public property.

thanks, +Being Liberal 

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2015-02-14 22:39:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

For the dads out there

I was primed to look for this by something I heard on NPR. Don't listen to it in front of your partner or kids... unless you like them seeing you cry.

For the dads out there

I was primed to look for this by something I heard on NPR. Don't listen to it in front of your partner or kids... unless you like them seeing you cry.___

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2015-02-14 21:07:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Neither prayer nor legislation is the cure for abortion

thanks, +Nate McD and +Katie H. 

___Neither prayer nor legislation is the cure for abortion

thanks, +Nate McD and +Katie H. 

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