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Sarah Rios has been at 2 events

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Mandarin Practice Hangouts113,268*You must circle the Page to receive invitations to the Hangouts* When you receive the Event Invitation you must click Yes or Maybe to join the hangout when it begins.   At the time of the Hangout, you may enter the hangout one of three ways:  click the "Join Hangout" button or  "Join Google+ Hangout" link or "Hangouts" link to join. ATTENTION: This is NOT a class. This is a free form conversation for people already learning Mandarin who have an intermediate or advanced level and want to practice with others.  Native Speakers are always welcome to join!Mandarin Practice Hangout With Rick Ho ( Upper Beginner level - Children's Day)2014-06-01 20:00:0019  
Sarah Rios41,812*WHOVIANS* Mark your calendars... and your arms. http://imgur.com/lP0i5Xj (Original post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101453162215777563254/posts/ED4yBRm41su) *Edit:* Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/150522868436180THE SILENCE2013-04-23 08:00:001271  

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Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 27

2015-07-17 13:02:46 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

DIY MINIONS

Have any of you stripped and painted kitchen cabinets before? Are the DIY guides accurate in their time estimates?

The kitchen cabinets in the newly bought house will be white. Oh yes, they will. I'm just trying to decide exactly how and when that will happen.

Most reshares: 12

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2015-07-02 11:23:13 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

EVIL DEAD MINIONS

Groovy, baby.

Most plusones: 78

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2015-07-24 03:41:18 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

NEW HOUSE

Freeeeeeeeeedooooooooom!

(They might be a little excited. A little.)

Latest 50 posts

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2015-08-01 14:31:12 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Nedthing Is Weird

So Nedthing works nights, and he has trouble sleeping during the day, partly because it's too light. So I suggested, jokingly, that he sleep in the closet in the guest bedroom.

Guys. A twin mattress actually fits in there.

Nedthing is actually going to sleep in the closet today.

I am lol.

Nedthing Is Weird

So Nedthing works nights, and he has trouble sleeping during the day, partly because it's too light. So I suggested, jokingly, that he sleep in the closet in the guest bedroom.

Guys. A twin mattress actually fits in there.

Nedthing is actually going to sleep in the closet today.

I am lol.___

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2015-07-31 13:57:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

LINGUISTIC MINIONS

These maps have an interesting.

(Also good for writers!)

via +Yonatan Zunger​

Lots of interesting regional trends in these maps. (Warning: contains strong language, which is the point.)

https://stronglang.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/mapping-the-united-swears-of-america/___LINGUISTIC MINIONS

These maps have an interesting.

(Also good for writers!)

via +Yonatan Zunger​

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2015-07-27 13:12:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

SCIENCE IS AWESOME

And the solar system is so weird.

via +Jaime Cooper 

___SCIENCE IS AWESOME

And the solar system is so weird.

via +Jaime Cooper 

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2015-07-25 18:13:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

Okay this is really neat.

3d printing with glass
#3dprinting #glass  ___MINIONS

Okay this is really neat.

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2015-07-24 23:25:31 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

STORAGE UNIT ADVENTURES

So it was a little humid in the storage unit the past two months.

Couch was not wrapped. Mattress was wrapped.

STORAGE UNIT ADVENTURES

So it was a little humid in the storage unit the past two months.

Couch was not wrapped. Mattress was wrapped.___

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2015-07-24 19:01:22 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

PSA

via +Lindsey Clements 

+Jacob Zolt - Saw this on imgur today.___PSA

via +Lindsey Clements 

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2015-07-24 03:41:18 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

NEW HOUSE

Freeeeeeeeeedooooooooom!

(They might be a little excited. A little.)

NEW HOUSE

Freeeeeeeeeedooooooooom!

(They might be a little excited. A little.)___

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2015-07-22 16:35:26 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

This gives me a happy. I needed a happy today.

via +Tejas Richard and +Bliss Morgan 

Awesome response to overt racism.___MINIONS

This gives me a happy. I needed a happy today.

via +Tejas Richard and +Bliss Morgan 

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2015-07-21 18:37:16 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Random LOLs

+Cindy Grotz​​ should get an especially good kick out of these.

___Random LOLs

+Cindy Grotz​​ should get an especially good kick out of these.

2015-07-17 13:02:46 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

DIY MINIONS

Have any of you stripped and painted kitchen cabinets before? Are the DIY guides accurate in their time estimates?

The kitchen cabinets in the newly bought house will be white. Oh yes, they will. I'm just trying to decide exactly how and when that will happen.

DIY MINIONS

Have any of you stripped and painted kitchen cabinets before? Are the DIY guides accurate in their time estimates?

The kitchen cabinets in the newly bought house will be white. Oh yes, they will. I'm just trying to decide exactly how and when that will happen.___

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2015-07-17 00:49:09 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

THE PUDDIN'

Guess who turns 2 tomorrow and had celebratory frozen yogurt for the occasion? :)

THE PUDDIN'

Guess who turns 2 tomorrow and had celebratory frozen yogurt for the occasion? :)___

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2015-07-16 12:58:28 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

FOODIES

I'm down with bacon flavored seaweed. Bring to mama.

New Seaweed Tastes 'Like Bacon' and Is Healthier Than Kale... I'd give this a shot.___FOODIES

I'm down with bacon flavored seaweed. Bring to mama.

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2015-07-16 12:57:24 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

FOODIES

I just had breakfast tacos, and now I find this. It's like the universe is speaking to me.

Tacooooooooos.

Via +Chris Payne​

Holy Jamoly!!!
This NEEDS me. Oh yes, this NEEDS me bad, sooo f'n bad.
#TacoAllTheThings  ___FOODIES

I just had breakfast tacos, and now I find this. It's like the universe is speaking to me.

Tacooooooooos.

Via +Chris Payne​

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2015-07-13 11:22:40 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

CHEMISTRY MINIONS

Dem puns, though.

Via +Irreverent Monk​

#chemistry #pun___CHEMISTRY MINIONS

Dem puns, though.

Via +Irreverent Monk​

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2015-07-12 12:46:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

MUSIC BOMB

Oh no I have a new favorite song :D

+Lindsey Clements Bitch, you're Madonna.___MUSIC BOMB

Oh no I have a new favorite song :D

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2015-07-11 14:48:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

+Bruce Shark​ pls respond

+Bruce Shark​ pls respond___

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2015-07-11 11:32:59 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

EVIL DEAD MINIONS

eeeeEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Oh yeah.___EVIL DEAD MINIONS

eeeeEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

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2015-07-11 11:27:19 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Random Post Is Random

I love you, internet Toronto.

#GoneButNotForgotten
#DeadRaccoonTO




(Via the private poster)___Random Post Is Random

I love you, internet Toronto.

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2015-07-11 03:50:01 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

RANDOM LOLs

I feel these would get the best use on FB ;)

Via +Lindsey Clements​

FALLACY REF is the best collection of memed logical fallacies in the history of memed logical fallacy collections.

I did some quick Google sleuthing and could not find the original source, but to whomever it is...you have my sincerest thanks.

Now go. Share. Fill the internet with logic awareness. Future generations will thank you.

H/t to +Jane Skau for bringing this wonderfulness to my attention!

#logicalfallacies   #meme  ___RANDOM LOLs

I feel these would get the best use on FB ;)

Via +Lindsey Clements​

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2015-07-10 11:41:38 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

MARVEL FOODIES

Well now I know the first thing I'm making in my new kitchen.

Via +Lawrence Hults II​

I AM... Grootcakes! Dancing Baby Groot Cupcakes by /u/EdynViper: http://j.mp/1HbplfE___MARVEL FOODIES

Well now I know the first thing I'm making in my new kitchen.

Via +Lawrence Hults II​

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2015-07-10 01:19:10 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

WHOVIANS

Eh... Maybe... Ooooo, dat guest star.... Okay stronger maybe.

DOCTOR WHO - Season 9 Teaser Trailer

Oh yeah... oh yeah... 

"YOU!?!"  <shiver>___WHOVIANS

Eh... Maybe... Ooooo, dat guest star.... Okay stronger maybe.

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2015-07-09 18:50:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

SCIENCE IS AWESOME

And so are science games!

via +Bliss Morgan 

WANT

http://itbboardgames.com/our-games/molecular-the-strategic-chemistry-tile-game/___SCIENCE IS AWESOME

And so are science games!

via +Bliss Morgan 

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2015-07-08 12:04:00 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Random Post Is Random

#lipwar what?

+Cyndi S. Jameson​

Random Post Is Random

#lipwar what?

+Cyndi S. Jameson​___

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2015-07-07 23:24:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

SCIENCE IS AWESOME

And so is Pluto!

With less than nine days to go in its nine-year journey, NASA's New Horizons probe is set to take the first-ever up-close images of the dwarf planet Pluto. And as those images are received on Earth, they are set to air on the Science Channel.___SCIENCE IS AWESOME

And so is Pluto!

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2015-07-07 17:18:39 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

POLITICS / EDUCATION

Of interest.

Ahhhh revisionist history___POLITICS / EDUCATION

Of interest.

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2015-07-07 00:34:39 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Random Post Is Random

Via +Mz Maau​

Via +Judy McClintock 

I like this.___Random Post Is Random

Via +Mz Maau​

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2015-07-06 22:47:16 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

MFW TORNADO

Got home ahead of the storm but those clouds behind me are swirling aggressively.

MFW TORNADO

Got home ahead of the storm but those clouds behind me are swirling aggressively.___

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2015-07-06 00:44:59 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

POLITICS

In other news, water is wet.

Since 2009, Colorado has had the single most effective anti-abortion program in the country. In its first four years (for which we now have full data), it reduced abortions by 42%, and teen pregnancies by 40%. And there is nothing particularly startling about the success, because it was done by the most obvious means possible: give contraception to women who want it but can't get access to it, namely teenagers and people who can't afford it. 

"Startlingly," this turns out to work quite well, quite inexpensively, and make basically everyone happy. ("Startlingly" is in quotes because I suspect that if I asked someone who knew nothing about American politics, "what would you do to decrease the rate of unwanted pregnancies?," they would probably guess pretty much exactly what Colorado did, and be not at all startled that it worked) 

(This is not actually a horribly new story, there are just some more numbers out. We've known that this has been working well for quite some time.)___POLITICS

In other news, water is wet.

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2015-07-05 15:03:39 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

READER MINIONS

Why did no one tell me that they were making a movie of this book? YOU ALL HAVE FAILED THIS CITY YOUR RIOS.

+Bliss Morgan​ I know you don't like Austin bUT OMG DID YOU READ THIS PARODY IT IS GOLD.

READER MINIONS

Why did no one tell me that they were making a movie of this book? YOU ALL HAVE FAILED THIS CITY YOUR RIOS.

+Bliss Morgan​ I know you don't like Austin bUT OMG DID YOU READ THIS PARODY IT IS GOLD.___

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2015-07-02 11:48:09 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Random LOLs

This should not be that funny. And yet I'm five years old.

Via +Lars Fosdal​

My kind of humor..___Random LOLs

This should not be that funny. And yet I'm five years old.

Via +Lars Fosdal​

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2015-07-02 11:23:13 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

EVIL DEAD MINIONS

Groovy, baby.

EVIL DEAD MINIONS

Groovy, baby.___

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2015-07-02 02:59:22 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

I remember reading something similar with a classroom of "troubled teens." The teacher gave them permission to make little origami stars any time they couldn't concentrate or got frustrated (basically any time they would have lashed out), and then they put the stars in a jar on his desk and continued their work. Incidents in the classroom plummeted.

Looking forward to organizing in the new house. Lots of "everything in its place" to do there once we move in. Relaxes me and makes me feel accomplished.

Yep.___MINIONS

I remember reading something similar with a classroom of "troubled teens." The teacher gave them permission to make little origami stars any time they couldn't concentrate or got frustrated (basically any time they would have lashed out), and then they put the stars in a jar on his desk and continued their work. Incidents in the classroom plummeted.

Looking forward to organizing in the new house. Lots of "everything in its place" to do there once we move in. Relaxes me and makes me feel accomplished.

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2015-07-02 02:42:05 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Random LOLs

___Random LOLs

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2015-07-02 02:41:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

Things like this give me hope for other positive things, like not going extinct.

I'm definitely not Catholic, but I have no problem saying that Pope Francis knows whats up. Let's all be more like him, yeah? ___MINIONS

Things like this give me hope for other positive things, like not going extinct.

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2015-07-02 01:22:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Random LOLs

ehehehehe... +Tejas Richard​

Random LOLs

ehehehehe... +Tejas Richard​___

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2015-07-02 00:12:36 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

FLOWER A DAY

I took a picture of some flowers at my step-grandparents farm over the weekend to share with +Anthony Deaver​, and Google decided to auto awesome it for me. Enjoy :)

FLOWER A DAY

I took a picture of some flowers at my step-grandparents farm over the weekend to share with +Anthony Deaver​, and Google decided to auto awesome it for me. Enjoy :)___

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2015-07-01 13:24:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

For all your map making needs.

I am doing FANTASY MAPS! for $450 each. I usually paint them to look like this one with big castles and such, but i'm open to any type. All I need is a drawing (it can be ugly) with a rough idea and the titles clearly printed as well as any other instructions. 

Please contact me at jeffbrown67@gmail.com and take a look at my other work at www.jeffbrowngraphics.com. I would appreciate it very much if you could share this with anyone interested!___MINIONS

For all your map making needs.

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2015-06-30 16:10:20 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Random LOLs

Are you guys aware yet? No? More glitter needed? ;)

I fully support this campaign (and any others that raise awareness of safe sex).

#Sparklescheisse___Random LOLs

Are you guys aware yet? No? More glitter needed? ;)

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2015-06-28 23:04:45 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

I heart all my little minions <3

I just thought I would mark today with a post I made four years ago, welcoming everyone on board just a few minutes after we flipped the switch and launched Google+. 

Over the course of the week that followed, I decided to try something a bit crazy and not really "traditional Google:" I spent lots of time running around the service, talking to everyone I encountered, and welcoming them aboard. What I found was that there were tremendous numbers of people out there who wanted to talk: not just about the service, but about all the things they cared about in their lives, from their pets to geopolitics. And the results changed my life.

It's been an amazing four years here: I've seen the project grow from a crazy idea to a giant, thriving community, spread around the world.  I've had so many conversations on so many subjects, and learned so much in the process, that I can't even count. I've learned to write much more effectively, and what it is to have a real conversation about incredibly sensitive subjects where people nonetheless treat each other with respect and seriousness. I've made an amazing group of friends here, people I love and trust and talk to every day. And I even met the love of my life, my brilliant and beloved wife, through the service.

So looking back on four years of what we've built here, I can say: this is going really well. I'm exceptionally glad to have met all of you, and to have had some part in building this community we share, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the next four years take us!___HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

I heart all my little minions <3

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2015-06-26 19:39:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

LGBT / POLITICS

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS! Go forth and wedding! All of you! (And invite me to celebrate!)

via +Cindy Grotz​

It's official: love wins.

(Trolls be warned. The ban hammer is at the ready.)___LGBT / POLITICS

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS! Go forth and wedding! All of you! (And invite me to celebrate!)

via +Cindy Grotz​

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2015-06-25 00:59:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

FLOWER A DAY

For +Anthony Deaver​

FLOWER A DAY

For +Anthony Deaver​___

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2015-06-24 22:20:20 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Random Post Is Random

Psst +Cindy Grotz​

Via +Charles Stacy II​

+Bruce Shark___Random Post Is Random

Psst +Cindy Grotz​

Via +Charles Stacy II​

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2015-06-24 21:18:51 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

FOODIES

YES GOOD.

I'll take twelve!___FOODIES

YES GOOD.

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2015-06-23 23:26:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

And now there's another place I must add to my bucket list.

This region of forest in Basque country has been harvested for charcoal for many years, not by clearcutting, but by systematic pruning. This has caused the trees to grow with very long, spidery branches, even as the forest itself remains intact – and the resulting setting is haunting. Oskar Zapirain's photos are well worth the look.___MINIONS

And now there's another place I must add to my bucket list.

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2015-06-23 19:52:47 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

SPIDER MINIONS

And there you have it. 

SPIDER MINIONS

And there you have it. ___

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2015-06-20 17:30:46 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

MINIONS


WE HAVE A NEW PROJECT FOR THE SUMMER OMG.

Via +Paul Spoerry​

4WD Remote Control Lawn Mower In Action
http://www.gadgetify.com/4wd-remote-control-lawn-mower/___MINIONS


WE HAVE A NEW PROJECT FOR THE SUMMER OMG.

Via +Paul Spoerry​

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2015-06-20 12:42:53 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

POLITICS

Yes good.

Percival Everett worked adamantly for the removal of the confederate flag over the state house. When that didn't work, he had a better idea. 

Don't take it down, take it over. 

This is option two. ___POLITICS

Yes good.

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2015-06-18 23:23:37 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

POLITICS

Yep.

The perpetrator of yesterday's terrorist strike was captured a few hours ago, and the bodies of the dead have not yet been buried, and already I'm seeing a refrain pop up in news coverage and in people's comments: How do we understand this killer? What made him turn out this way? Was he mentally ill, was he on drugs, was he abused, was he influenced by someone in his life? Were his motivations about politics, religion, personal relationships, psychological? We can't form opinions about why he did this yet; we shouldn't assume that, just because [insert thing here], it was about race.

You might mistake this, at first, for a genuine interest in understanding the motivations that would turn a young man into a terrorist and a mass murderer. But when other kinds of terrorists -- say, Muslims from Afghanistan -- commit atrocities, the very same people who are asking these questions are asking completely different ones: Why are Muslims so violent? What is it in Islam that makes them so prone to hating America, hating Christianity, hating Freedom?

I think that there are two, very important, things going on here. The more basic one is that, when terrorists are from a group you've never met, it's far easier to ascribe their behavior to the whole group; if it's from a group you know, and you know that the average member of that group isn't malicious or bloodthirsty, then people start asking individual questions. 

But the more important one is that the group that this terrorist belonged to was not merely familiar: it's the same group to which most of the people asking the questions belong. Not merely the same broad group -- "Muslims" and "Christians" are groups of over a billion people each, groups far too broad to have any deep commonalities -- but a far narrower group, a group with a common culture. And there's a reason that people don't want to ask "What is it about this group that caused it:" because in this case, there's a real answer.

The picture you see below is of the Confederate flag which the state of South Carolina flies on the grounds of its state house, and has ever since 1962. (That's 1962, not 1862: it was put there in response to the Civil Rights movement, not to the Civil War) Today, all of the state flags in that state are at half mast; only the Confederate flag is flying at full mast.

The state government itself is making explicit its opinion on the matter: while there may be formal mourning for the dead, this is a day when the flag of white supremacy can fly high. When even the government, in its formal and official behavior, condones this, can we really be surprised that terrorists are encouraged? (Terrorists, plural, as this is far from an isolated incident; even setting aside the official and quasi-official acts of governments, the history of terror attacks and even pogroms in this country is utterly terrifying)

Chauncey DeVega asked some excellent questions in his article at Salon (http://goo.gl/3AZWy7); among them,

1. What is radicalizing white men to commit such acts of domestic terrorism and mass shootings? Are Fox News and the right-wing media encouraging violence?

6. When will white leadership step up and stop white right-wing domestic terrorism?

7. Is White American culture pathological? Why is White America so violent?

8. Are there appropriate role models for white men and boys? Could better role models and mentoring help to prevent white men and boys from committing mass shootings and being seduced by right-wing domestic terrorism?

The callout of Fox News in particular is not accidental: they host more hate-filled preachers and advocates of violence, both circuitous and explicit, than Al Jazeera. 

There is a culture which has advocated, permitted, protected, and enshrined terrorists in this country since its founding. Its members and advocates are not apologetic in their actions; they only complain that they might be "called racist," when clearly they aren't, calling someone racist is just a way to shut down their perfectly reasonable conversation and insult them, don't you know?

No: This is bullshit, plain and simple. It is a culture which believes that black and white Americans are not part of the same polity, that they must be kept apart, and that the blacks must be and remain subservient. That robbing or murdering them is permissible, that quiet manipulations of the law to make sure that "the wrong people" don't show up in "our neighborhoods," or take "our money," or otherwise overstep their bounds, are not merely permissible, but the things that we do in order to keep society going. That black faces and bodies are inherently threatening, and so both police and private citizens have good reason to be scared when they see them, so that killing them -- whether they're young men who weren't docile enough at a traffic stop or young children playing in the park -- is at most a tragic, but understandable, mistake.

I have seen this kind of politics before. I watch a terrorist attack on a black church in Charleston, and it gives me the same fear that I get when I see a terrorist attack against a synagogue: the people who come after one group will come after you next.

This rift -- this seeing our country as being built of two distinct polities, with the success of one having nothing to do with the success of the other or of the whole -- is the poison which has been eating at the core of American society for centuries. It is the origin of our most bizarre laws, from weapons laws to drug policies to housing policy, and to all of the things which upon rational examination appear simply perverse. How many of the laws which seem to make no sense make perfect sense if you look at them on the assumption that their real purpose is to enforce racial boundaries? I do not believe that people are stupid: I do not believe that lawmakers pass laws that go against their stated purpose because they can't figure that out. I believe that they pass laws, and that people encourage and demand laws, because consciously or subconsciously, they know what kind of world they will create.

We tend to reserve the word "white supremacy" for only the most extreme organizations, the ones who are far enough out there that even the fiercest "mainstream" advocates of racism can claim no ties to them. But that, ultimately, is bullshit as well. This is what it is, this is the culture which creates, and encourages, and coddles terrorists. And until we have excised this from our country, it will poison us every day.

First and foremost, what we need to do is discuss it. If there's one thing I've seen, it's that discussing race in my posts is the most inflammatory thing I could possibly do: people become upset when I mention it, say I'm "making things about race" or trying to falsely imply that they're racists or something like that. 

When there's something you're afraid to discuss, when there's something that upsets you when it merely comes onto the table: That's the thing you need to talk about. That's the thing that has to come out there, in the open.

We've entered a weird phase in American history where overt statements of racism are forbidden, so instead people go to Byzantine lengths to pretend that that isn't what it is. But that just lets the worm gnaw deeper. Sunshine is what lets us move forward.

And the flag below? So long as people can claim with a straight face that this is "just about heritage," that it isn't somehow a blatant symbol of racism, we know that there is bullshit afloat in our midst.

The flag itself needs to come down; not with ceremony, it simply needs to be taken down, burned, and consigned to the garbage bin.___POLITICS

Yep.

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