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Volkan DOBRİCELİ15Mobile PhotographersMobile Photography -- or as I call it  #Mobilography  -- is an artform that, happy to report, has flourished here on Google+. This circle of mobile photographers is not food and cats. It is art, it is creativity, it is beauty and content. Some of the individuals in this circle are film and DSLR photographers as well. The phone camera though is a regular and equally legitimate camera to use in their photography and documentation of their worlds.If you have been notified of this post, you are in the circle.Crowd SourcingI am taking suggestions for people to add to this circle for the future. If you are a mobile photographer, or know a mobile photographer, that isn't in this circle, please mention them here and include a link to a gallery of work.You are not required to share this circle to get into it. I can't stand that gimmick. Share it if you want people to know about our work.#MobilePhotography   #Mobilography   #Mobilographers   #MobilePhotographers   #CircleShare   #SharedCircle  2015-03-26 15:02:26471000
Technology Pools990Join the Gathering Circle !! Full of nice and active friends #Engagers #EngagersCircle #SocialMedia #Google+ #SharedCircle #Marketing #SocialMediaMarketing  #Shared  #Social #GooglePlusTips #circles2015-03-25 10:28:31501000
Technology Pools990Join the Gathering Circle !! Full of nice and active friends #Engagers #EngagersCircle #SocialMedia #Google+ #SharedCircle #Marketing #SocialMediaMarketing  #Shared  #Social #GooglePlusTips #circles2015-03-25 10:27:32501000
Wayne Marinovich28,496Writers / Authors / Publishers / Bloggers circleTime to share one of my favourite circles. It has grown quite a bit in the past few months and I will be starting a second one because I am on the 500 mark here. Let me know if you want to be included.Please share to pass on the love. Thanks and write well.2015-03-25 08:21:36499000
Jomar Cabillo0✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦ONCE AGAIN HERE'S SMILE VERSION  OF MY SHARED PUBLIC Great Great CIRCLE .. I wish to be a friend to all of ya guys.. cheerz with us.. and cheerz with them.. GUYS JUST WANNA SAY, THANKS FOR THE CIRCLE AND HOPE COULD BE FRIENDS AT ANY CIRCLE, FRIENDS, PHOTOGRAPHY, ACQUAINTANCES, FOLLOWING ETC.. THANKS LOVE YOU ALL GUYS..  GOD BLESS.Like-Comment-and SHARE.. UPDATED FRIDAY 7/12/2014✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦GREAT reshares last week! INSANE! Let's keep it going!➤ 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 complete4) Add the circle weekly so you can get the new members! Thank A lot Guys..Love You all#Qhuilouah Aquino  #circle  #circles #public   #publiccircle    #circleshare   #circlesharing    #sharedcircles    #sharedcircle    #morefollowers   #sharingcircles    #circleshare    #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedpublicircles    #sharedcircle    #photography   #photographer #bestphotographer    #topphotographer    #AddCircle   #FindCircles   #awesome    #AwesomePeople    #AwesomeCircle   #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle   #addpeople    #circlemeup   #circlesdisc2015-03-05 14:53:30448001
Ryan Johnson26,592This circle contains people who are very active on Google+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 #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday 2015-03-05 07:52:194247711
Robert Best2,617Google+ Relevance CircleWhat people of "relevance" do we have in common? Care to share?This big shared circle contains my most "relevant" circles according to G+. It also only contains people/profiles who post publicly (Either occasionally or prolifically).Do you recognize others in the list? (I think the probability is high)As far as I know, the visual beside the "Add people" button below shows you the 8 people from this circle who are most "relevant" to you. Also, if you click that add people button, the list inside is also ordered by "relevance".Some people in this circle I know very well... others I haven't met at all (Besides interfacing with what they share publicly on G+) I'm curious, what circles do we share of high relevance? Give a few people shout outs! Let's have a random chat.You were likely notified of this post... I normally don't share to any of my specific circles, so as to avoid sending out unwanted notifications... But since I have you and your attention here... HELLO! Have we talked before? Why do you think I have you circled? What's of relevance for you? (Besides people on G+) If we do know each other... Have we been in touch lately? If not, let please catch up!2015-03-03 01:03:39455000
Paul Hutchinson2,176A G+ #FF post ... Here's my "Science" circle (at least 501 of the 1105 people in the circle)#tw #fb2015-02-27 21:06:56501000
Brian Mcquillan23,952Boost 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 circle, then well done.If 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!#circles #Gif #Cute #Anime #Animals #Online #Life #CatLovers #Cat #FunnyPics #Quote #Art #CaturdayEveryday #QuoteOfTheDay #Truth #Dog #Dogs #XD #Meme #LOL #Humor #Cute #Anime #Gif #Animals #Cat #CatLovers #Art #Online #Cats #Life #FunnyPics #CaturdayEveryday #Dog #Quote #Dogs #Truth #Manga 2015-02-27 10:33:26381133
Technology Pools198If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle. If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!#sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #bristol #somerset #london #britain"2015-02-07 05:54:12405001
Crazy Cats29 Public #circleshare   January 20, 2015Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This #cirlce  !!!***************************************************************Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Follow me here : http://goo.gl/7rWIEVTo 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 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.Special Invite :+A Tech Buzz +Axel Kratel +Andrea Gervasi +Andrew Sowerby +Anette Mossbacher +Brett Szmajda +Andrew Sowerby +Irina Sadokhina +Sean Carroll +Michael Sonntag +Mighty Dragon Studios +Eric Delcour +2015-02-01 10:25:324744411
Natasha Velicia475Get More Google+ Follower with  +TubeDEVILZ  January 15, 2015*****************************************************************HERE'S OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLE*****************************************************************Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!,Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!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 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.**************************************Follow Me Here : http://goo.gl/c18bpxAnd Subcribe : http://goo.gl/NT0MCkSpecial Invitation (Please +1 and Share) :+Alfina Dewi +Agus Septiann +Dini Ashanti +Amy Cesario +Sergii Daniloff +Danis Sanju +Lieven Damman +dini iftita +Lincoln Harrison +Riskhha Nur Hayati +Nanang Hendro +Hanste2015-01-16 20:15:35473419
Xtreme Videos0#CircleSharing#SharedCircles#Circle#CircleOfTheDay#SHARE#SharedPublicCircles#TeamElite#circlesdiscovery#Shared#ADD#Friends#Google#PublicCircle#teamelitecircle#teameliteengagercircle#dontconfusethecircles#SocialMedia#SocialMediaMarketing#EliteInnerCircle#Engagement#love#couple#cute#adorable#TagsForLikes#kiss#kisses#hugs#romance#forever#girlfriend#boyfriend#gf#bf#bff#together#photooftheday2015-01-16 16:26:1950161410
Ryan Johnson23,295This circle contains people who are very active on Google+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 #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday 2015-01-16 13:00:35472236
Moan Lisa49,682MOAN LISA's Circle Share14 January, 2015add & share.2015-01-14 19:00:493003413
RuMuZ NeYiMe1,336good morningadd friends list..#addcircle #addcircles #addpeople #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besharable #besocial #bestcircle #bestcircles #bestengagers #circleadd #circleall #circleme #circlemenow #circlemeup #circlenetwork #circleplus #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circleshares #circlesharing #circleup #circleyoushare #coolpeople #engagerscircle #engagerscircles #findcircle #findcircles #follow4follow #followback #followme #fullcircleshare #influencermarketing #internetmarketing #morefollowers #networkcircle 2015-01-12 08:56:27466002
John Sean10,506This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If 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!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-01-12 06:41:19465171632
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov2,751SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FRIENDS : Circle V.1.11. Link to my own scientific research topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212005/  To be included in future circle-editions, please ENGAGE: add me to your own circles/+1/re-share/comment on the original circle-post, or on some of the other science-related posts on my wall (this is needed since the number of people that could be circled is limited from Google – and therefore I am forced to keep included just the most active users). Currently featured science-related GOOGLE PLUS post:https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/8LU6LVz75jxI would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #nutrition    #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology    #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   #artists   #foodies   #cars   2014-11-27 06:30:22451423271
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,950SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.8; maintained by +Atanas Georgiev Atanasov  ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   2014-11-17 05:24:2236226837
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,633SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.7; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   #cars2014-11-13 05:47:40346101
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,550SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.6; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   2014-11-10 06:22:16330123
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,294SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.5; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   2014-11-06 08:10:3436954038
Nolan Harvey218More friend today #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #morefollowers  2014-11-05 16:59:40501138
Sharon Caroline1,691Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-05 08:31:58463203
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : Circle V.3, maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies 2014-11-05 07:02:42362515
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,127Science and Technology +Friends: Circle 2014 V.2 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars 2014-11-04 06:51:44407103
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,054Science and Technology Circle 2014 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA   #Space #Innovation   #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists 2014-11-02 08:37:19453526
Sunny CT2,281Increase your following with our Amazing CirclesNext circles to include only those resharing thisEven if you are included in this circle,  Add me, +1 , comment and share this to be included in next 2 circles (after 12 Hours)Want to grow your follower list? Need more followers? Join my circles now To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post(Comment on the original post so that I know you have shared)#powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #powercircle #sharedcircle 2014-09-15 09:05:4950111313
Becky Collins16,373Young Adult Authors 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 ?2014-09-13 05:03:59465138
Sunny CT1,994Fresh AdditionIncrease your following with our Amazing CirclesNext circles to include only those resharing thisEven if you are included in this circle,  Add me, +1 , comment and share this to be included in next 2 circles (after 12 Hours)Want to grow your follower list? Need more followers? Join my circles now To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post(Comment on the original post so that I know you have shared)#powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #powercircle #sha2014-09-12 13:14:5050111415
Sunny CT1,994Fresh AdditionIncrease your following with our Amazing CirclesNext circles to include only those resharing thisEven if you are included in this circle,  Add me, +1 , comment and share this to be included in next 2 circles (after 12 Hours)Want to grow your follower list? Need more followers? Join my circles now To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post(Comment on the original post so that I know you have shared)#powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #powercircle #sha2014-09-12 07:07:225017313
Colin Wilson56Increase your following with our Amazing CirclesThis is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post #circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-09-08 06:25:20459111619
Joe Ford8,291My circle of Geeks. Sharing for +Mark Reid - a noob to these parts. But also as part of #followfriday  of course.2014-08-15 13:48:29265213
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
Becky Collins13,270Space Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-17 07:18:063893010
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990719
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812
khairul efendi0 Keep this simple!1. ADD the circle2 Share the post3. Plus the post.4. Comment to be added. BAM that is all easy right!? #circleshare  #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #snowballcircle #hyberballcircle #publicsharedcircles      #ownsocialmedia   #socialmediamarketing   #circlesharingpages   #sharingcircles   #whatshot   #followers   #googleplustips #CircleSharing #CircleShare #CircleOfTheDay #Circle #SharedCircles #Google #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #AddCircle #ADD #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircle #Circles #Shared #Friends #Blogging #SharingCircles #CircleofFriends #Blogger #Engagers2014-06-20 07:31:49501215
DEVILZART2,249 This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and +1 'sBoost 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 +DevilzArt More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #publicsharedcircles   #wordpress   #seo   #affiliatemarketing    #googleplus   #googleplusupdate   #blogger   #bloggers   #blogging     #internet   #socialmedia   #socialmediatips   #socialnetworking   #internetmarketing   #seo   #seotips   #bloggingtips   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingtipsandtricks   #googleplustips   2014-06-15 02:13:005014415
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001
Becky Collins10,439Super Science 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 ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211
Becky Collins10,282Mobile 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 ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
Irina Sadokhina21,822Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle. This #circle is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle. Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle, May the 12, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlecirclecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #plusmastermind   #crazycircles   #hyperball   #circleoftheweek  2014-05-05 14:19:144595737106
Andrea Orselli5,603Hi! Here is my circle. Please click "ADD PEOPLE" button to add the whole circle and help increase each others connection. +1 and share will be greatly appreciated.#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles    #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle    #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle    #topsharedcircl2014-04-30 20:05:53443426
Shashi S6,305SOME GREAT PHILOSOPHER'S AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Philosopher's I found at Google Plus, selected over the years, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   2014-04-21 08:26:26310114
Shashi S5,879Circle of Authors & Poets_____________________________________This is one of the most interesting group of Authors and Poets, selected from my years on Google Plus, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and after reviewing your profile, I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN NEXT SHARE.... ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR A POET :-) Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...This circle also includes many of upcoming writers who are Top Google + Users, who share unique and original content. They are kind of the early trend setters..With this team, you will be able to grow in your own community, with fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plus5 - YOU HAVE TO BE, AT LEAST, AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR POETThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     2014-04-16 06:47:374134213
Irina Sadokhina19,423Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle   . This #circle    is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle  . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle   . Apr. 21st, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circlecirclecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #circleshare   #hyperball   #plusmastermind   #crazycircles   #circleoftheweek  2014-04-14 16:53:094558052121
Adam Black6,732Transhumans CircleBy popular Demand,  I am sharing some of my Circles. This is +Mark Bruce  Transhumans Circle  Plus Others Ive been adding.If you are tagged,  you are in it.Web Link for Mobile https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/6iQmLpEj1Zm #sharedcircles   #GeekCulture   #ScienceSunday #Transhumans #Transhumanism #HumanPlus  2014-04-13 06:25:0424521733
Irina Sadokhina18,499Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle  . This #circle is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle  . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle   . Apr. 14th, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circleshare   #circlescirclescircles   #circlecircle   #circlecirclecircle   #circles   #hyperball   #plusmastermind   #crazycircles  2014-04-08 12:47:424927248106
DEVILZART1,310#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers   #followback #paulaawesomecircle   #awesomecircles #paulateshima #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle 2014-04-04 17:15:22500141023

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2015-03-09 19:23:35 (196 comments, 12 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

I’m curious.  Can anyone point to a single positive item on the Republicans’ agenda, now that they control Congress? (Other than Keystone XL, which will give the US zero actual oil.)  It’s one thing to disagree over agendas.  It’s another to have NO agenda, except versions of “no.”

Again, the challenge — name one positive-assertive republican goal. Just one. Even one.

Banish the Export Import Bank that gave taxpayers a net profit all but one year out of the last forty?  Sure, it benefits exporters of goods and services, not resource extractors, so off-with-its head! But that’s a negative.  

Reverse Obamacare? (Without offering the 6-years-promised replacement?) Ambitious… but negative.  

Same with reversing Obama’s immigration moves. He said he’d stop them the instant Boehner puts a credible bill on the floor, like one the GOPleadership agreed-to, six y... more »

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2015-03-12 03:32:35 (15 comments, 41 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

 
This video is wonderful! Hermit crabs line up to exchange shells. Nature is amazing and here’s proof that mutual benefit can be compellingly practical.  (But after watching the cool video, read the whole article, all the way to the end.)

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/03/09/elaborate-hermit-crab-shell-exchanges-aid-in-survival/#.VP_LP0u3jgV

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2015-03-26 18:56:18 (63 comments, 29 reshares, 165 +1s)Open 

Alarm bells that don’t go off.  Ted Cruz declared on TV that “satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years, there’s been zero warming.” And immediately my Specificity Alarm went off.  What?  You don’t have a specificity alarm?  Well you need one, because it helps you to detect when damned liars are at least trying to weasel a way  out of speaking direct falsehood.  Like a kid proclaiming: “Who broke your window half an hour ago, Mrs. Smith? Can’t be me, cause I’ve been waaaay over here for 26 minutes!

Seventeen years? Hm… why 17 years?  And why “satellite data”?  Read this article. It proves this fellow to be far, far worse than a damned liar.  He’s a damned, lying lawyer.

Oh... btw... 
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2015-03-27 18:22:42 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Here’s an interesting missive …by David Roberts about why journalists keep trying for “balance” regarding climate change…  though Roberts is preaching to the choir.  What he does not go into is all the myriad ways to get around the "he said, she said" dichotomy version of "journalism."  Find some aspects of the problem that are undeniable -- like ocean acidification, which is blatantly happening, is blatantly caused by nothing other than human generated increases in atmospheric CO2, and blatantly harmful.   Denialists shout "squirrel!" and point elsewhere to change the subject.  Because if/when they get into a Fox-style "he said" over ocean acidification, they are left with nothing to say, just embarrassed, seething silence. 

 Recall this especially choice and indicative rant by Rush Limbaugh:      

“We really live, folks,in two worlds. There ... more »

Here’s an interesting missive …by David Roberts about why journalists keep trying for “balance” regarding climate change…  though Roberts is preaching to the choir.  What he does not go into is all the myriad ways to get around the "he said, she said" dichotomy version of "journalism."  Find some aspects of the problem that are undeniable -- like ocean acidification, which is blatantly happening, is blatantly caused by nothing other than human generated increases in atmospheric CO2, and blatantly harmful.   Denialists shout "squirrel!" and point elsewhere to change the subject.  Because if/when they get into a Fox-style "he said" over ocean acidification, they are left with nothing to say, just embarrassed, seething silence. 

 Recall this especially choice and indicative rant by Rush Limbaugh:      

“We really live, folks, in two worlds. There are two worlds. We live in two universes. One universe is a lie. One universe is an entire lie. Everything run, dominated, and controlled by the left here and around the world is a lie. The other universe is where we are, and that’s where reality reigns supreme and we deal with it. And seldom do these two universes ever overlap. …      “The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.”

As David Roberts commented about this Limbaugh rant: “To reject mainstream government, academia, science, and media is to reject mainstream thought entirely. This is what scholars Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein meant when they characterized today’s GOP as “un-persuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science.” If you reject the practices and institutions that have developed to vouchsafe knowledge, if you can just build parallel institutions modeled along ideological lines, then anything goes.”___

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2015-03-27 16:25:42 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

How cool!  Watching the behavior od stars and gasses in collisions of clusters of galaxies… and using gravitational lensing to measure the dark matter… enables astronomers to learn something fundamental about the nature of dark matter.  

How cool!  Watching the behavior od stars and gasses in collisions of clusters of galaxies… and using gravitational lensing to measure the dark matter… enables astronomers to learn something fundamental about the nature of dark matter.  ___

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2015-03-26 18:56:18 (63 comments, 29 reshares, 165 +1s)Open 

Alarm bells that don’t go off.  Ted Cruz declared on TV that “satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years, there’s been zero warming.” And immediately my Specificity Alarm went off.  What?  You don’t have a specificity alarm?  Well you need one, because it helps you to detect when damned liars are at least trying to weasel a way  out of speaking direct falsehood.  Like a kid proclaiming: “Who broke your window half an hour ago, Mrs. Smith? Can’t be me, cause I’ve been waaaay over here for 26 minutes!

Seventeen years? Hm… why 17 years?  And why “satellite data”?  Read this article. It proves this fellow to be far, far worse than a damned liar.  He’s a damned, lying lawyer.

Oh... btw... 
ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... oceanacidification... ocean acidificat... more »

Alarm bells that don’t go off.  Ted Cruz declared on TV that “satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years, there’s been zero warming.” And immediately my Specificity Alarm went off.  What?  You don’t have a specificity alarm?  Well you need one, because it helps you to detect when damned liars are at least trying to weasel a way  out of speaking direct falsehood.  Like a kid proclaiming: “Who broke your window half an hour ago, Mrs. Smith? Can’t be me, cause I’ve been waaaay over here for 26 minutes!

Seventeen years? Hm… why 17 years?  And why “satellite data”?  Read this article. It proves this fellow to be far, far worse than a damned liar.  He’s a damned, lying lawyer.

Oh... btw... 
ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... ocean acidification... and 
ocean acidification... 

You cannot escape that one. It is blatantly happening.  You can measure it yourself. It can have zero POSSIBLE causes other that human caused increases in atmospheric CO2, and it is killing fisheries and coral and helping spread jellyfish everywhere.  And those who shrug that off, slipping their minds elsewhere to go back to denialist chants, are vastly worse than cynical liars like Cruz. They are simply loco.___

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2015-03-26 17:28:34 (24 comments, 6 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

I have published a pop-sci essay about the Fermi Paradox – why we seem to see no sign of extraterrestrials – on the site for the new, Aeon IDEAS endeavor. 

I have published a pop-sci essay about the Fermi Paradox – why we seem to see no sign of extraterrestrials – on the site for the new, Aeon IDEAS endeavor. ___

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2015-03-25 20:13:59 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

In part III of my series on Avatar... Let me reiterate that I quite like the film ….but I believe that it could have offered a more realistic and effective vision, rather than a berating ruiner-of-confidence. In fact, I believe Avatar's moral flaws could be fixed with only minimal alterations! Maybe five minutes worth of footage, added to a "director's cut," might alleviate many of the problems outlined in my earlier postings….

In part III of my series on Avatar... Let me reiterate that I quite like the film ….but I believe that it could have offered a more realistic and effective vision, rather than a berating ruiner-of-confidence. In fact, I believe Avatar's moral flaws could be fixed with only minimal alterations! Maybe five minutes worth of footage, added to a "director's cut," might alleviate many of the problems outlined in my earlier postings….___

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2015-03-25 17:50:36 (19 comments, 13 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Brian Lacki of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey, has done calculations to ask: Has an advanced alien civilization built a black-hole-powered particle accelerator to study physics at "Planck-scale" energies? If such an accelerator exists, it would produce yotta electron-volt (YeV or 1024 eV) neutrinos that could be detected here on Earth. As a result, Lacki is calling on astronomers involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) to look for these ultra-high-energy particles. This is supported by SETI expert Paul Davies of Arizona State University.

Brian Lacki of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey, has done calculations to ask: Has an advanced alien civilization built a black-hole-powered particle accelerator to study physics at "Planck-scale" energies? If such an accelerator exists, it would produce yotta electron-volt (YeV or 1024 eV) neutrinos that could be detected here on Earth. As a result, Lacki is calling on astronomers involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) to look for these ultra-high-energy particles. This is supported by SETI expert Paul Davies of Arizona State University.___

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2015-03-24 19:20:49 (38 comments, 16 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

O-o-okay... folks at CERN now say they might make micro-black holes after all.  And there's nothing to worry about!  In fact, my logical side is not worried.  But still... I described one potential outcome... in EARTH. 

O-o-okay... folks at CERN now say they might make micro-black holes after all.  And there's nothing to worry about!  In fact, my logical side is not worried.  But still... I described one potential outcome... in EARTH. ___

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2015-03-24 16:29:27 (29 comments, 9 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

An “interesting bio-piece on Peter Thiel - law professor, libertarian philosopher and investor: “One way you can describe the collapse of the idea of the future is the collapse of science fiction,” Thiel said. “Now it’s either about technology that doesn’t work or about technology that’s used in bad ways. The anthology of the top twenty-five sci-fi stories in 1970 was, like, ‘Me and my friend the robot went for a walk on the moon,’ and in 2008 it was, like, ‘The galaxy is run by a fundamentalist Islamic confederacy, and there are people who are hunting planets and killing them for fun.’ ” 

An “interesting bio-piece on Peter Thiel - law professor, libertarian philosopher and investor: “One way you can describe the collapse of the idea of the future is the collapse of science fiction,” Thiel said. “Now it’s either about technology that doesn’t work or about technology that’s used in bad ways. The anthology of the top twenty-five sci-fi stories in 1970 was, like, ‘Me and my friend the robot went for a walk on the moon,’ and in 2008 it was, like, ‘The galaxy is run by a fundamentalist Islamic confederacy, and there are people who are hunting planets and killing them for fun.’ ” ___

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2015-03-23 23:02:15 (12 comments, 5 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Monday's posting continues with part II of my series on James Cameron's sci fi epic AVATAR, whose well-intended moral lessons were largely spoiled by some unnecessary-but-self-indulgent mistakes.  It would have taken so little to avoid those trip-ups! It all still might work as he intended.  But only if he faces up to them.  (And even if he doesn't... YOU could be part of a revolution against lobotomizing Hollywood cliches!)

Monday's posting continues with part II of my series on James Cameron's sci fi epic AVATAR, whose well-intended moral lessons were largely spoiled by some unnecessary-but-self-indulgent mistakes.  It would have taken so little to avoid those trip-ups! It all still might work as he intended.  But only if he faces up to them.  (And even if he doesn't... YOU could be part of a revolution against lobotomizing Hollywood cliches!)___

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2015-03-23 17:30:30 (22 comments, 34 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

The money now spent on developing “artificial intelligence” or AI for finance, equities or commodities trading etc vastly exceeds the AI research budgets at the top 100 universities, combined.  And nearly all of it is done in secret, to develop programs whose ferocious drives are predatory, parasitical and all-devouring insatiable. That’s some combination!  As I have said repeatedly, “Skynet” won’t come out of the military.  It will come out of the portions of our economy that win every political battle and every tax break.  Indeed, what better clue that our AI overlords have already… come awake?

The money now spent on developing “artificial intelligence” or AI for finance, equities or commodities trading etc vastly exceeds the AI research budgets at the top 100 universities, combined.  And nearly all of it is done in secret, to develop programs whose ferocious drives are predatory, parasitical and all-devouring insatiable. That’s some combination!  As I have said repeatedly, “Skynet” won’t come out of the military.  It will come out of the portions of our economy that win every political battle and every tax break.  Indeed, what better clue that our AI overlords have already… come awake?___

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2015-03-22 16:57:44 (26 comments, 30 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

Watch this new short/proof of concept by Irish filmmaker Ruairí Robinson. The Leviathan takes place in the early 22nd century, after humans have colonized multiple worlds, and are now on "the hunt" for a whale-like species that naturally collects the dark matter needed by space drives.  Kewl! How much better if set in the Startide Rising universe, though?

Watch this new short/proof of concept by Irish filmmaker Ruairí Robinson. The Leviathan takes place in the early 22nd century, after humans have colonized multiple worlds, and are now on "the hunt" for a whale-like species that naturally collects the dark matter needed by space drives.  Kewl! How much better if set in the Startide Rising universe, though?___

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2015-03-21 18:07:45 (45 comments, 8 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Well it seems we're all going back to Planet Pandora - with the proclamation of a coming sequel to the blockbuster sci-fi epic Avatar -- no, make that three sequels… But of course, Avatar was about more than special effects. Director-producer James Cameron wants to entertain everyone, but also to make members of the audience think. Hence, it is the lessons of Avatar that I plan to engage and dissect in my blog... This version of “Dances with Others”  is set not in the past like Dances with Wolves, but in a future where humans have not improved -- the most relentless preaching in Avatar is about the moral and esthetic superiority of the Na’vi, along with the beyond-all-redemption vileness of every aspect of western civilization.

Well it seems we're all going back to Planet Pandora - with the proclamation of a coming sequel to the blockbuster sci-fi epic Avatar -- no, make that three sequels… But of course, Avatar was about more than special effects. Director-producer James Cameron wants to entertain everyone, but also to make members of the audience think. Hence, it is the lessons of Avatar that I plan to engage and dissect in my blog... This version of “Dances with Others”  is set not in the past like Dances with Wolves, but in a future where humans have not improved -- the most relentless preaching in Avatar is about the moral and esthetic superiority of the Na’vi, along with the beyond-all-redemption vileness of every aspect of western civilization.___

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2015-03-20 16:18:46 (24 comments, 9 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

In a step forward toward illuminating the origin of life, some chemists report that a pair of simple compounds, which would have been abundant on early Earth, can give rise to a network of simple reactions that produce the three major classes of biomolecules—nucleic acids, amino acids, and lipids—needed for the earliest form of life to get its start. the team created nucleic acid precursors starting with just hydrogen cyanide (HCN), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), and ultraviolet (UV) light. Conditions that produce nucleic acid precursors also create the starting materials needed to make natural amino acids and lipids.

Of course it gets frustrating. Each time we take a step forward on the long trail of “solving f(l)” (the Drake Equation term for the fraction of water worlds that might develop life), it just shows that there’s a next step, and a next one!  True, every step revealed so far hasproved to ... more »

In a step forward toward illuminating the origin of life, some chemists report that a pair of simple compounds, which would have been abundant on early Earth, can give rise to a network of simple reactions that produce the three major classes of biomolecules—nucleic acids, amino acids, and lipids—needed for the earliest form of life to get its start. the team created nucleic acid precursors starting with just hydrogen cyanide (HCN), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), and ultraviolet (UV) light. Conditions that produce nucleic acid precursors also create the starting materials needed to make natural amino acids and lipids.

Of course it gets frustrating. Each time we take a step forward on the long trail of “solving f(l)” (the Drake Equation term for the fraction of water worlds that might develop life), it just shows that there’s a next step, and a next one!  True, every step revealed so far has proved to be very, very easy for nature to have achieved, on the ancient Earth.  Those who deny evolution then backpedal, move the goal posts and show “well the NEXT one will prove too hard to achieve, just by chance!”  Perhaps. So? We’ll just keep marching down field. ___

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2015-03-19 17:56:27 (24 comments, 4 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

According to new research, just a bit of DNA explains human's big brains: The 5% or so DNA difference between chimps and humans is being explored, bit by bit. Indeed, it now seems so simple to insert human-style neo-cortex genes into chimpanzees that the very idea that someone, somewhere won’t do it is simply laughable. 

But…which science fictional scenario are we on the verge of unfolding? Resurrection of past species? (Not dinosaurs but perhaps Mammoths and Neanderthals, as in Existence.)  No, that’s not what this is about. Augmentation of higher animals, as in my Uplift  Series?  Oh certainly there will be some eager beavers who will splice human hare5 genes into chimps — get ready for that fire storm! Other scenarios leap to mind. Like, well, have any of you read Poul Anderson’s novel Brain Wave? Seriously. What if this spread to all mammals? Then we had better get smarter,too. An outco... more »

According to new research, just a bit of DNA explains human's big brains: The 5% or so DNA difference between chimps and humans is being explored, bit by bit. Indeed, it now seems so simple to insert human-style neo-cortex genes into chimpanzees that the very idea that someone, somewhere won’t do it is simply laughable. 

But…which science fictional scenario are we on the verge of unfolding? Resurrection of past species? (Not dinosaurs but perhaps Mammoths and Neanderthals, as in Existence.)  No, that’s not what this is about. Augmentation of higher animals, as in my Uplift  Series?  Oh certainly there will be some eager beavers who will splice human hare5 genes into chimps — get ready for that fire storm! Other scenarios leap to mind. Like, well, have any of you read Poul Anderson’s novel Brain Wave? Seriously. What if this spread to all mammals? Then we had better get smarter, too. An outcome both to be desired… and to keep us up at night with fretful imaginings.___

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2015-03-18 19:05:36 (17 comments, 12 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Danny Hillis in 2013 warned that it really is possible to break the Internet. This article discusses some of the potential failure modes we should be discussing. “And yet, every day the internet gets bigger and more indispensable. The truth is, we need the internet so much that no-one wants to think about it not being there. But maybe, one day, that may come back to haunt us.” 

Danny Hillis in 2013 warned that it really is possible to break the Internet. This article discusses some of the potential failure modes we should be discussing. “And yet, every day the internet gets bigger and more indispensable. The truth is, we need the internet so much that no-one wants to think about it not being there. But maybe, one day, that may come back to haunt us.” ___

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2015-03-18 16:39:11 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

A new entry in the space-tourism sweepstakes, without the rush (or danger) of a rocket launch. Recently,  World View completed an unmanned flight that took its balloon 100,000 feet in the air, and safely landed it using a parafoil.Team leader Jane Poynter predicts by the time it’s ready for launch as early as 2016, World View will have spent less than $100 million on development. That means tickets aboard a World View balloon—$75,000 each—will also cost less than half as much as a ticket on one of Virgin Galactic’s flights, she says.

A new entry in the space-tourism sweepstakes, without the rush (or danger) of a rocket launch. Recently,  World View completed an unmanned flight that took its balloon 100,000 feet in the air, and safely landed it using a parafoil.Team leader Jane Poynter predicts by the time it’s ready for launch as early as 2016, World View will have spent less than $100 million on development. That means tickets aboard a World View balloon—$75,000 each—will also cost less than half as much as a ticket on one of Virgin Galactic’s flights, she says.___

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2015-03-18 01:08:48 (20 comments, 16 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Disney is “betting a billion dollars on a magical wrist band.” A new ticketing method that will let each member of your family get personalized treatment from the instant you enter the park, always welcomed into the correct line, walking out of stores with merchandise paid for without visiting a cashier, ordering food before arriving at a restaurant and sitting at any table, knowing the food will arrive….

Disney is “betting a billion dollars on a magical wrist band.” A new ticketing method that will let each member of your family get personalized treatment from the instant you enter the park, always welcomed into the correct line, walking out of stores with merchandise paid for without visiting a cashier, ordering food before arriving at a restaurant and sitting at any table, knowing the food will arrive….___

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2015-03-16 20:33:21 (24 comments, 25 reshares, 146 +1s)Open 

Phil Plait is increasingly our go-to guy for space news and perspectives.  Here he shows Senator Ted Cruz's agenda, as chairman of the Senate committee overseeing NASA.  You conservatives who still rationalize that - somehow - there is no War on Science... would you please stop moving the goal posts? Set a level of insanity now. "If it reaches this level, I will throw up my hands and admit it. My movement has been hijacked by barbarians."

Phil Plait is increasingly our go-to guy for space news and perspectives.  Here he shows Senator Ted Cruz's agenda, as chairman of the Senate committee overseeing NASA.  You conservatives who still rationalize that - somehow - there is no War on Science... would you please stop moving the goal posts? Set a level of insanity now. "If it reaches this level, I will throw up my hands and admit it. My movement has been hijacked by barbarians."___

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2015-03-16 17:25:49 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

My Monday posting goes back to climate change and the NAS report, supporting limited research into possible "Plan B" ways to  reduce the damage through "geoengineering," since some guys actually think they can sabotage science and that we won't remember their names, when the Earth kicks us back.

A central point I make, this time.  Who bears the BURDEN OF PROOF, when questioning a "standard model" in science?

My Monday posting goes back to climate change and the NAS report, supporting limited research into possible "Plan B" ways to  reduce the damage through "geoengineering," since some guys actually think they can sabotage science and that we won't remember their names, when the Earth kicks us back.

A central point I make, this time.  Who bears the BURDEN OF PROOF, when questioning a "standard model" in science?___

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2015-03-16 01:33:54 (111 comments, 3 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

A right wing journal nevertheless offers an interesting (if biased)  view of “21 Democrats who might replace Hillary.”  What it leaves out is this: so long as democrats have SOME positive outcomes to point to, and Republicans have absolutely and perfectly zero, and no positive agenda items other than a pipleline, the 2016 election will be about simple self-interest, no matter who the dems run. 

A right wing journal nevertheless offers an interesting (if biased)  view of “21 Democrats who might replace Hillary.”  What it leaves out is this: so long as democrats have SOME positive outcomes to point to, and Republicans have absolutely and perfectly zero, and no positive agenda items other than a pipleline, the 2016 election will be about simple self-interest, no matter who the dems run. ___

2015-03-15 16:41:34 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

An amazingly cogent concise explanation of the three main concepts underlying the debate over international trade. I do not agree with the crispness of these definitions. For example, Neo-Keynsians (NKs) are not as dogmatic as the Neo-Classical economists (NCs), who keep insisting that there is nothing wrong with oligarchy. Many NKs are pragmatists who would go along with (or at least negotiate with) the "third approach" called "innovation economics" (IE). But have a look. Though simplistic, this brief article does cover some of the core points.

An amazingly cogent concise explanation of the three main concepts underlying the debate over international trade. I do not agree with the crispness of these definitions. For example, Neo-Keynsians (NKs) are not as dogmatic as the Neo-Classical economists (NCs), who keep insisting that there is nothing wrong with oligarchy. Many NKs are pragmatists who would go along with (or at least negotiate with) the "third approach" called "innovation economics" (IE). But have a look. Though simplistic, this brief article does cover some of the core points.___

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2015-03-14 21:19:10 (29 comments, 11 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

What America would look like without gerrymandering. Not just congressional but also the insane system of gerrymandering state boundaries. (We have TWO Dakotas? Why? Except that Republicans were cheaters in the 1890s, as well as now?) In fact, this kind of algorithmic approach is no good.  It ignores too many human and geographical factors.

What would I do?  Simple. A law stating that the state legislature can gerrymander all it wants!  But that the State Assembly and State Senate and Congressional districts should have minimal OVERLAP.  They should be as little the same as possible.

The upshot? They can only be callously cheating-partisan in one of the three houses.  The others will represent the people in inherently different ways. 
http://www.vox.com/2014/5/8/5695350/this-is-what-america-would-look-like-without-gerrymandering

What America would look like without gerrymandering. Not just congressional but also the insane system of gerrymandering state boundaries. (We have TWO Dakotas? Why? Except that Republicans were cheaters in the 1890s, as well as now?) In fact, this kind of algorithmic approach is no good.  It ignores too many human and geographical factors.

What would I do?  Simple. A law stating that the state legislature can gerrymander all it wants!  But that the State Assembly and State Senate and Congressional districts should have minimal OVERLAP.  They should be as little the same as possible.

The upshot? They can only be callously cheating-partisan in one of the three houses.  The others will represent the people in inherently different ways. 
http://www.vox.com/2014/5/8/5695350/this-is-what-america-would-look-like-without-gerrymandering___

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2015-03-14 17:09:30 (8 comments, 6 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting goes back to cop-cams and news (from Texas to Tijuana) about how this ongoing battle ebbs and flows.  This is the front line in the fight for freedom and civilization.  If we can promote professionalism by riding the force of thug-cops... and ridding our schools of awful teachers... then we'll prove we can look past the dogmas of left and right, and strive instead for -- civilization.

My weekend posting goes back to cop-cams and news (from Texas to Tijuana) about how this ongoing battle ebbs and flows.  This is the front line in the fight for freedom and civilization.  If we can promote professionalism by riding the force of thug-cops... and ridding our schools of awful teachers... then we'll prove we can look past the dogmas of left and right, and strive instead for -- civilization.___

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2015-03-13 04:06:38 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Tijuana cops turn on body cameras -- and turn off corruption, bribes? Sure you cynics, there will be ways around it and only the stupid half will get caught this way… at the start.  But eliminating the stupid-corrupt cops is a bad ideas… how? And this is only the beginning.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2015/03/12/392553611/with-mixed-feelilngs-tijuana-police-turn-on-the-body-cameras

Tijuana cops turn on body cameras -- and turn off corruption, bribes? Sure you cynics, there will be ways around it and only the stupid half will get caught this way… at the start.  But eliminating the stupid-corrupt cops is a bad ideas… how? And this is only the beginning.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2015/03/12/392553611/with-mixed-feelilngs-tijuana-police-turn-on-the-body-cameras___

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2015-03-12 03:32:35 (15 comments, 41 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

 
This video is wonderful! Hermit crabs line up to exchange shells. Nature is amazing and here’s proof that mutual benefit can be compellingly practical.  (But after watching the cool video, read the whole article, all the way to the end.)

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/03/09/elaborate-hermit-crab-shell-exchanges-aid-in-survival/#.VP_LP0u3jgV

 
This video is wonderful! Hermit crabs line up to exchange shells. Nature is amazing and here’s proof that mutual benefit can be compellingly practical.  (But after watching the cool video, read the whole article, all the way to the end.)

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/03/09/elaborate-hermit-crab-shell-exchanges-aid-in-survival/#.VP_LP0u3jgV___

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2015-03-11 22:46:27 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

My midweek posting talks about how we are learning to forgive and forget our embarrassing indiscretions and pictures, online.  In part by learning to shrug... but also by realizing how volatile our computer memories are becoming, and unreliable! 

Plus more on TVs that eavesdrop on you!  And more....

My midweek posting talks about how we are learning to forgive and forget our embarrassing indiscretions and pictures, online.  In part by learning to shrug... but also by realizing how volatile our computer memories are becoming, and unreliable! 

Plus more on TVs that eavesdrop on you!  And more....___

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2015-03-11 18:39:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

In the Year 2525: Big Science, Big History and the Far Future of Humanity
I’ll be speaking at the Skeptics Conference, May 29 to 31 in Pasadena, CA – along with Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Gregory Benford, Michael Shermer, and Esther Dyson. Registration now open…

In the Year 2525: Big Science, Big History and the Far Future of Humanity
I’ll be speaking at the Skeptics Conference, May 29 to 31 in Pasadena, CA – along with Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Gregory Benford, Michael Shermer, and Esther Dyson. Registration now open…___

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2015-03-10 21:28:52 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

This could turn out to be worth watching ... At least it seems vivid.  Even if it also appears to be another damned “chosen one” story. 

In sharp contrast, we watched “Big Hero Six” at home, last night.  Yes… I lag a bit!  But it is just intensely good!  With a delight in tech and nerdiness and optimism that we badly need. About characters who aren't "fated" or destined" or mutant demigods... but merely way above average.  Like some kid you might have, some day.  Oh, and hilarious!

This could turn out to be worth watching ... At least it seems vivid.  Even if it also appears to be another damned “chosen one” story. 

In sharp contrast, we watched “Big Hero Six” at home, last night.  Yes… I lag a bit!  But it is just intensely good!  With a delight in tech and nerdiness and optimism that we badly need. About characters who aren't "fated" or destined" or mutant demigods... but merely way above average.  Like some kid you might have, some day.  Oh, and hilarious!___

2015-03-09 23:33:19 (13 comments, 7 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

George Orwell's wonderful advice to writers of English prose. It is 95% spot on and valuable for those who want to communicate, instead of being pompous!

http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit/

Still, as you read this excellent (if elderly) article, note that I have a few slight disagreements.  He begins by offering  five examples of bad prose, then follows with this:

“Each of these passages has faults of its own, but, quite apart from avoidable ugliness, two qualities are common to all of them. The first is staleness of imagery; the other is lack of precision. “

Huh.  What I found objectionable in all five was something else entirely — a clear lack of empathy with the hurried reader.

In each example, the writer seemed to demand that the reader scan his words slowly, carefully and several times, in order to parse asentence... more »

George Orwell's wonderful advice to writers of English prose. It is 95% spot on and valuable for those who want to communicate, instead of being pompous!

http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit/

Still, as you read this excellent (if elderly) article, note that I have a few slight disagreements.  He begins by offering  five examples of bad prose, then follows with this:

“Each of these passages has faults of its own, but, quite apart from avoidable ugliness, two qualities are common to all of them. The first is staleness of imagery; the other is lack of precision. “

Huh.  What I found objectionable in all five was something else entirely — a clear lack of empathy with the hurried reader.

In each example, the writer seemed to demand that the reader scan his words slowly, carefully and several times, in order to parse a sentence-meaning!  When, in fact, that multiple re-read and care is the duty of the writer, not the reader. In each of the five examples, long sentences could have been broken into several, allowing the reader to build comprehension in digestible bites, instead of pedantic lumps.

Yes, Orwell does much better. His subsequent paragraph is well-crafted and easy to read/understand.  His points are well-taken and persuasive… and he appears to miss the very trait that his paragraph displays! The trait that marks this article as DIFFERENT  from his benighted examples.

Distilling it: Orwell (or any good writer) views the reader as a collaborator in the goal and process of comprehensible communication.  You can even SKIM Orwell and get a gist of his intent, something a bad writer hates and makes deliberately difficult, but that a good writer like Orwell doesn't mind

The writers of those five examples appear to view the reader as an adversary, to be pummeled into submission.

I agree with Orwell's comment about metaphors… though only as a general warning.  In fact, most of the “old” metaphors he mentions are still fine for use in 2015! Just with some care.

The rest is vivid and persuasive. Indeed, I would add several more categories! I used to demand that my students write a story with No Adjectives or Adverbs!  To see if they could still create a vivid scene.  Then to know that you can ADD adjectival description like frosting.

So here’s the trick.  Go minimize all the faults Orwell describes - as a habit of spare and direct writing…

… then choose to break any rule on a case-by-case basis, for some color here.  For a little appropriately pretentious prose there!  You learn from his rules good habits.  Then - when you have used them to become skilled -- BREAK em whenever you see fit!___

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2015-03-09 19:23:35 (196 comments, 12 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

I’m curious.  Can anyone point to a single positive item on the Republicans’ agenda, now that they control Congress? (Other than Keystone XL, which will give the US zero actual oil.)  It’s one thing to disagree over agendas.  It’s another to have NO agenda, except versions of “no.”

Again, the challenge — name one positive-assertive republican goal. Just one. Even one.

Banish the Export Import Bank that gave taxpayers a net profit all but one year out of the last forty?  Sure, it benefits exporters of goods and services, not resource extractors, so off-with-its head! But that’s a negative.  

Reverse Obamacare? (Without offering the 6-years-promised replacement?) Ambitious… but negative.  

Same with reversing Obama’s immigration moves. He said he’d stop them the instant Boehner puts a credible bill on the floor, like one the GOPleadership agreed-to, six y... more »

I’m curious.  Can anyone point to a single positive item on the Republicans’ agenda, now that they control Congress? (Other than Keystone XL, which will give the US zero actual oil.)  It’s one thing to disagree over agendas.  It’s another to have NO agenda, except versions of “no.”

Again, the challenge — name one positive-assertive republican goal. Just one. Even one.

Banish the Export Import Bank that gave taxpayers a net profit all but one year out of the last forty?  Sure, it benefits exporters of goods and services, not resource extractors, so off-with-its head! But that’s a negative.  

Reverse Obamacare? (Without offering the 6-years-promised replacement?) Ambitious… but negative.  

Same with reversing Obama’s immigration moves. He said he’d stop them the instant Boehner puts a credible bill on the floor, like one the GOP leadership agreed-to, six years ago. But no.

Have a look at what’s on their agenda. Just… getting…a… budget is completely impossible. With American politics killed-dead (deliberately murdered) we’ve been operating on continuing resolutions for ages. Now even those are impossible.  And so we lurch. Lurching is the new normal.

It’s hilarious and sob-inducing to watch a sane conservative blink and try to talk sense. Take Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma, who said he hoped his colleagues had learned to “stop making the perfect the enemy of the good.”  “You make the progress and the deals you can. You’re going to have to bargain, and that means the other side has to get something, and in this House, you have to understand that beating on the table and yelling doesn’t turn 54 into 60.”

Poor Mr. Cole sounds like a republican of the Eisenhower days.  Heck, Nixon negotiated.  Even Reagan did. Mr. Cole is like a sincere missionary urging zombies to use a knife and fork while eating braiiins.

I keep issuing these “name one counter-example” challenges and none of you guys ever even try to answer them!  Worse, it never occurs to you that it means the obvious.  Your “side” is no longer recognizably “conservative” in any American senses.  It has gone completely insane.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/09/us/politics/after-first-budget-measure-fissures-show-in-republican-caucus.html?_r=0___

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2015-03-09 06:04:28 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Here’s a really good essay by author Justina Robson about gender in both Science Fiction novels and as an influence on reader buying habits.  Her solution is the best of all possible solutions. That resentment is a sucker’s game. Get more girls and women into SF — reading what pleases or interests or challenges them. The genre will then shift just fine, satisfying demand.  And couples will toss books across the bed, saying: “read this one, expand a bit, and I’ll make it worth your while.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/justina-robson-women-give-science-fiction-a-chance-10092027.html

Here’s a really good essay by author Justina Robson about gender in both Science Fiction novels and as an influence on reader buying habits.  Her solution is the best of all possible solutions. That resentment is a sucker’s game. Get more girls and women into SF — reading what pleases or interests or challenges them. The genre will then shift just fine, satisfying demand.  And couples will toss books across the bed, saying: “read this one, expand a bit, and I’ll make it worth your while.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/justina-robson-women-give-science-fiction-a-chance-10092027.html___

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2015-03-09 00:07:05 (35 comments, 18 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Google's vice president -- the great and mighty and dapper Vint Cerf -- has warned internet users to print out treasured photographs or risk losing them.  Digital storage has ballooned, mostly for the good, but the media for storage has grown ever more volatile and -- well -- unreliable. This was made worse by the retirement of optical drives (though CDs and DVDs did have their own longer-term problems.)

In what may be an historical tragedy of mis-timed technology, the Flash Memory revolution came (I believe) just one year too early! If my old Hughes Aircraft office mate Eli Harari had founded San Disk just 12 months later, we would have had an interim storage technology of real value, that at least a few of us would have leaped to buy!

I am talking about BLUE RAY read-write drives, capable of storing up to 100 gigabytes in non-volatile - though still somewhat perishable – form.Th... more »

Google's vice president -- the great and mighty and dapper Vint Cerf -- has warned internet users to print out treasured photographs or risk losing them.  Digital storage has ballooned, mostly for the good, but the media for storage has grown ever more volatile and -- well -- unreliable. This was made worse by the retirement of optical drives (though CDs and DVDs did have their own longer-term problems.)

In what may be an historical tragedy of mis-timed technology, the Flash Memory revolution came (I believe) just one year too early! If my old Hughes Aircraft office mate Eli Harari had founded San Disk just 12 months later, we would have had an interim storage technology of real value, that at least a few of us would have leaped to buy!

I am talking about BLUE RAY read-write drives, capable of storing up to 100 gigabytes in non-volatile - though still somewhat perishable – form. These were in the offing. They would have replaced onboard DVD-RW drives in laptops and desk-tops.  I’d have loved to have that, as one more storage option. Alas.

In any event, Vint raises a good point. (He was speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in San Jose, California… where I also was on the program, talking about the Search for ET Intelligence: SETI.  Having dinner with Vint was the highlight of the weekend.) We should be researching strongly non-volatile memories, such as I depicted in EARTH. Hard-etched storage systems that can be relied upon, for decades, even centuries or more.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11410506/Print-out-digital-photos-or-risk-losing-them-Google-boss-warns.html___

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2015-03-08 19:34:43 (34 comments, 6 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

It now seems so simple to insert human-style neo-cortex genes into chimpanzees that the very idea that someone, somewhere won’t do it is simply laughable.  (Coincidence, last night we watched “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” - better than expected!) We need to discuss this now, and not from the reflexive left or right-handed puritanical perspective, but beginning the long , pragmatic discussion over HOW to do it right, minimizing bad outcomes.  Maximizing “good.” But above all, keeping it in the open, where mistakes can be caught.  Driving it underground is a sure fire way to get exactly your simplistic, Hollywood-Crichtonian nightmares.

http://today.duke.edu/2015/02/bigbrain

What I find strange is that no one sees this as a two way street.  How egotistical and contemptuous to assume that chimps have been doing no evolving of their own, during the last 6 million years! Me? I want the... more »

It now seems so simple to insert human-style neo-cortex genes into chimpanzees that the very idea that someone, somewhere won’t do it is simply laughable.  (Coincidence, last night we watched “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” - better than expected!) We need to discuss this now, and not from the reflexive left or right-handed puritanical perspective, but beginning the long , pragmatic discussion over HOW to do it right, minimizing bad outcomes.  Maximizing “good.” But above all, keeping it in the open, where mistakes can be caught.  Driving it underground is a sure fire way to get exactly your simplistic, Hollywood-Crichtonian nightmares.

http://today.duke.edu/2015/02/bigbrain

What I find strange is that no one sees this as a two way street.  How egotistical and contemptuous to assume that chimps have been doing no evolving of their own, during the last 6 million years!  Me? I want their gene for different ligament attachment points, making them twice as strong as humans.  What? We do uplift and get nothing in return?

Oh, and please find for me where you saw THAT ever mentioned, before. If not, then let’s call it the Brin Swap. ;-)___

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2015-03-08 06:13:12 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

A dour and cynical but very enlightening review of the new movie “Merchants of Doubt” — about the War on Science.  The author doubts we can maintain science against such forces. Interesting.  Though screw’im, too.

Oh, then there's this... For decades, economists have tracked the "misery index," a simple formula that adds the unemployment rate to the inflation rate. The result equals how miserable — or not — you feel.  The misery index is now at its lowest level in 50 years.

Reply?  Sure, the U.S. economy has gotten too complicated for such a simple formula. It was always a piece of polemic.  But it was used with abandon by Ronald Reagan when it seemed to blow against democrats and what fits the goose… seriously, just add this to the towering pile of facts that our friends on the right must hysterically ignore.  Like the utter, utter lack intheir ability to ci... more »

A dour and cynical but very enlightening review of the new movie “Merchants of Doubt” — about the War on Science.  The author doubts we can maintain science against such forces. Interesting.  Though screw’im, too.

Oh, then there's this... For decades, economists have tracked the "misery index," a simple formula that adds the unemployment rate to the inflation rate. The result equals how miserable — or not — you feel.  The misery index is now at its lowest level in 50 years.

Reply?  Sure, the U.S. economy has gotten too complicated for such a simple formula. It was always a piece of polemic.  But it was used with abandon by Ronald Reagan when it seemed to blow against democrats and what fits the goose… seriously, just add this to the towering pile of facts that our friends on the right must hysterically ignore.  Like the utter, utter lack in their ability to cite ONE metric of US national health that does not ALWAYS do better across a democratic administration than across republication ones.

(Okay there were a few, under Reagan. A few.)___

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2015-03-08 02:14:16 (32 comments, 24 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

The utilities industry and its fossil-fuel supporters are waging a determined campaign to stop a home-solar insurgency that is rattling the boardrooms of the country’s government-regulated electric monopolies.  e.g. an Arizona utility voted to impose a monthly surcharge of about $50 for “net metering,” a common practice that allows solar customers to earn credit for the surplus electricity they provide to the electric grid.

Yes, it is true that the shared grid must be maintained and has real value. We need a conversation how to do that.  But there is pure guilt-by-association, here.  So long as this campaign is pushed and financed by carbon barons, we can safely assume that the utilities’ excuses are feigned and that they have chosen alliance not with us or our children, but with the devil.
http://w... more »

The utilities industry and its fossil-fuel supporters are waging a determined campaign to stop a home-solar insurgency that is rattling the boardrooms of the country’s government-regulated electric monopolies.  e.g. an Arizona utility voted to impose a monthly surcharge of about $50 for “net metering,” a common practice that allows solar customers to earn credit for the surplus electricity they provide to the electric grid.

Yes, it is true that the shared grid must be maintained and has real value. We need a conversation how to do that.  But there is pure guilt-by-association, here.  So long as this campaign is pushed and financed by carbon barons, we can safely assume that the utilities’ excuses are feigned and that they have chosen alliance not with us or our children, but with the devil.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/utilities-sensing-threat-put-squeeze-on-booming-solar-roof-industry/2015/03/07/2d916f88-c1c9-11e4-ad5c-3b8ce89f1b89_story.html___

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2015-03-07 23:37:53 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

A theorized cell membrane, composed of smaller organic nitrogen compounds and capable of functioning in liquid methane temperatures of 292 degrees beneath zero, might be the basis for “living” cells on Titan. The analogue to Earthly, water based liposomes (the basis of our own cells), published in Science Advances, shows the exact same stability and flexibility that Earth's analogous liposome does.  One component - Acrylonitrile -- a colorless, poisonous, liquid organic compound utilized in the manufacture of acrylic fibers, resins and thermoplastics -- is present in Titan's atmosphere.

http://www.thebeaconreview.com/science/life-maybe-not-as-we-understand-it-potential-on-saturns-moon-titan-h1715.html

A theorized cell membrane, composed of smaller organic nitrogen compounds and capable of functioning in liquid methane temperatures of 292 degrees beneath zero, might be the basis for “living” cells on Titan. The analogue to Earthly, water based liposomes (the basis of our own cells), published in Science Advances, shows the exact same stability and flexibility that Earth's analogous liposome does.  One component - Acrylonitrile -- a colorless, poisonous, liquid organic compound utilized in the manufacture of acrylic fibers, resins and thermoplastics -- is present in Titan's atmosphere.

http://www.thebeaconreview.com/science/life-maybe-not-as-we-understand-it-potential-on-saturns-moon-titan-h1715.html___

2015-03-07 21:19:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Wow... an article about a science fiction author... a CHINESE sci fi author... in the New Yorker. Did I say the 21st Century begins in 2015?  I did.  Here's a sign.

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/chinas-arthur-c-clarke?mbid=social_facebook

Wow... an article about a science fiction author... a CHINESE sci fi author... in the New Yorker. Did I say the 21st Century begins in 2015?  I did.  Here's a sign.

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/chinas-arthur-c-clarke?mbid=social_facebook___

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2015-03-07 19:53:46 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Three items! First yay!!!  Paramount is attempting to nail down the rights to The Stars My Destination, one of the greatest classics in the science fiction genre. When he heard this, our youngest son - at 18 - went ecstatic. Seriously.  Bring this. 

This lovely manga about two gal-roomies-dealing-with-life is utterly sweet and fun. A mutual fan also alerted me that one of the strips refers to me and my work. As a must-purchase to be weighed against buying food! Well now, there’s a tradeoff I hope none of you ever face! Still, if you ever do, I hope you’ll choose wisely. ;-)  http://www.mangaeden.com/en-manga/collectors/12.007/5/

And this Don Quixote. The Only Physicist In Congress Finally Able To Join Science Committee, Vows To Explain Science To Colleagues.
Um, yeah. And Dr. Livingstone preached to cannibals.
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Three items! First yay!!!  Paramount is attempting to nail down the rights to The Stars My Destination, one of the greatest classics in the science fiction genre. When he heard this, our youngest son - at 18 - went ecstatic. Seriously.  Bring this. 

This lovely manga about two gal-roomies-dealing-with-life is utterly sweet and fun. A mutual fan also alerted me that one of the strips refers to me and my work. As a must-purchase to be weighed against buying food! Well now, there’s a tradeoff I hope none of you ever face! Still, if you ever do, I hope you’ll choose wisely. ;-)  http://www.mangaeden.com/en-manga/collectors/12.007/5/

And this Don Quixote. The Only Physicist In Congress Finally Able To Join Science Committee, Vows To Explain Science To Colleagues.
Um, yeah. And Dr. Livingstone preached to cannibals.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/03/03/the-only-physicist-in-congress-finally-able-to-join-science-committee-vows-to-explain-science-to-colleagues/___

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2015-03-07 01:37:41 (153 comments, 30 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

Weekend posting moves us onward from Harry Potter to another fantasy... the stunning notion that "democrats favor freedom in the bedroom and republicans favor freedom in the marketplace." Of all the truthy truisms that are untrue, this one is a corker!  In this blog I appraise who deregulated railroads, trucking, airlnes, telecom and the Internet, as well as GPS, while ending Prohibition and breaking up Ma Bell and lately easing off the Drug War. In not one of these areas did the removal of onerous and excess regulation come from republicans.

Care to guess which is the ONE industry that the GOP has ever, ever actually deregulated?  come on by! And see charts showing how the middle class did across the FDR-Truman-Ike-JFK era... vs how they did after we got "supply side."  Are you an honest person?  Care to re-evaluate based on huge, blatant facts?
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Weekend posting moves us onward from Harry Potter to another fantasy... the stunning notion that "democrats favor freedom in the bedroom and republicans favor freedom in the marketplace." Of all the truthy truisms that are untrue, this one is a corker!  In this blog I appraise who deregulated railroads, trucking, airlnes, telecom and the Internet, as well as GPS, while ending Prohibition and breaking up Ma Bell and lately easing off the Drug War. In not one of these areas did the removal of onerous and excess regulation come from republicans.

Care to guess which is the ONE industry that the GOP has ever, ever actually deregulated?  come on by! And see charts showing how the middle class did across the FDR-Truman-Ike-JFK era... vs how they did after we got "supply side."  Are you an honest person?  Care to re-evaluate based on huge, blatant facts?

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/03/deregulating-gpsand-internet.html

And again, the challenge is out there... do you dare to re-evaluate based on actual OUTCOMES?  No wonder there's a War on Science!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/06/so-do-outcomes-matter-more-than-rhetoric.html

(PS the Harry Potter riff is still up!  Just scroll down a bit! ;-)___

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2015-03-06 22:10:55 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

The nominees for his year’s Nebula Award for best novel are especially strong.  You have seen me write frequently about two of my favorites — Charles Gannon’s thought-provoking TRIAL BY FIRE which extends his hard SF saga about interstellar First Contact and styles of intelligence… and THE THREE BODY PROBLEM by Liu Cixin, the most remarkable work of hard SF ever to come out of Asia, well-rounded and rooted in deep-thinking about our place in the cosmos.

Also on the list and well worth reading, ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer takes you into a swampy “Area X” that is being taken over by mysterious forces, a moody, evocative exploration of the incomprehensible, akin to LOST or the works of JG Ballard. Anne Leckie’s ANCILLARY SWORD takes her further along the much appreciated path of reviving real space opera; mix McCaffrey’s “The Ship Who Sang” with that TV show “Andromeda”with the verve of Lois M... more »

The nominees for his year’s Nebula Award for best novel are especially strong.  You have seen me write frequently about two of my favorites — Charles Gannon’s thought-provoking TRIAL BY FIRE which extends his hard SF saga about interstellar First Contact and styles of intelligence… and THE THREE BODY PROBLEM by Liu Cixin, the most remarkable work of hard SF ever to come out of Asia, well-rounded and rooted in deep-thinking about our place in the cosmos.

Also on the list and well worth reading, ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer takes you into a swampy “Area X” that is being taken over by mysterious forces, a moody, evocative exploration of the incomprehensible, akin to LOST or the works of JG Ballard. Anne Leckie’s ANCILLARY SWORD takes her further along the much appreciated path of reviving real space opera; mix McCaffrey’s “The Ship Who Sang” with that TV show “Andromeda” with the verve of Lois Mc Master Bujold, and you get an idea.

Jack McDevitt’s COMING HOME is both lyrical and mysterious as a passionate collector seeks to plumb the mysterious disappearance of thousand year-old artifacts from the early human space age. And fantasy is represented by The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette), in a setting that is far less magical (cheating) than about transition from feudalism to enlightenment, from superstition to science.  And in that respect (along with fine writing) I hope this influences the fantasy side of the genre.  Its love affair with feudalism - the ancient enemy of all human progress - is critiqued in this tale, and I hope some folks are provoked to think about where their hopes should lie.

The Nebulas will be awarded by SFWA in June, in Chicago.  And then there are the Hugos.

About these books:
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/04/science-fiction-ii-literary-stuff.html
https://bradrtorgersen.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/catching-up-with-charles-e-gannon/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annihilation_%28VanderMeer_novel%29
http://www.npr.org/2014/10/07/353265333/ancillary-sword-examines-life-on-the-fringes-of-a-galactic-empire
http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/10/coming-home-jack-mcdevitt-excerpt
http://io9.com/goblin-emperor-has-one-of-the-most-lovable-characters-w-1580180709___

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2015-03-06 20:04:49 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Humanity - via NASA - has arrived in orbit around Ceres! Go to this link and watch the video. Wowzer.  What a year it's been, with landings on comets and discoveries near Saturn and approaching Pluto and discovering scads of extrasolar planets and finally getting satellites out there to study the Earth (after a previous administration sabotaged science)...  amazing times of which we should be proud!

Indeed, the most amazing thing is that we... aren't!  The cult of fear-mongering cynicism has grown so intense that hardly anyone can stand up, anymore, and shout out the window "I AM A MEMBER OF A CIVILIZATION THAT DOES STUFF LIKE THIS!"

Watch my rant about how we need to (aggressively!) fight cynicism with pride and joy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i275AvgVvow

Humanity - via NASA - has arrived in orbit around Ceres! Go to this link and watch the video. Wowzer.  What a year it's been, with landings on comets and discoveries near Saturn and approaching Pluto and discovering scads of extrasolar planets and finally getting satellites out there to study the Earth (after a previous administration sabotaged science)...  amazing times of which we should be proud!

Indeed, the most amazing thing is that we... aren't!  The cult of fear-mongering cynicism has grown so intense that hardly anyone can stand up, anymore, and shout out the window "I AM A MEMBER OF A CIVILIZATION THAT DOES STUFF LIKE THIS!"

Watch my rant about how we need to (aggressively!) fight cynicism with pride and joy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i275AvgVvow___

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2015-03-06 01:13:10 (24 comments, 13 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

My mid-week posting will be of NO interest to most of you! (Move along, now.  Move along.)  It has to do with Eliezer Yudkowsky’s brilliantly popular-if-weird, episodic fanFiction novel: “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.” I know some of you have enjoyed it as much as I have, all the more so, since this deliberate re-imagining of J.K. Rowling’s epic fantasy universe is logical, well-written, compelling… and Eliezer can never make one slim nickel from it!
 
(In this alternate world, Harry is raised by a scientist to be a math-sci prodigy before the Hogwarts letter arrives. He goes to the magical academy determined to study the underpinnings of magic and to find out what the HECK is going on!)
 
(Yudkowsky's Harry Potter! Sounds a bit like Jodorowsky's Dune?)
 
Here is the beginning of this fun riff off a beloved universe, taking it in directionsvery different... more »

My mid-week posting will be of NO interest to most of you! (Move along, now.  Move along.)  It has to do with Eliezer Yudkowsky’s brilliantly popular-if-weird, episodic fanFiction novel: “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.” I know some of you have enjoyed it as much as I have, all the more so, since this deliberate re-imagining of J.K. Rowling’s epic fantasy universe is logical, well-written, compelling… and Eliezer can never make one slim nickel from it!
 
(In this alternate world, Harry is raised by a scientist to be a math-sci prodigy before the Hogwarts letter arrives. He goes to the magical academy determined to study the underpinnings of magic and to find out what the HECK is going on!)
 
(Yudkowsky's Harry Potter! Sounds a bit like Jodorowsky's Dune?)
 
Here is the beginning of this fun riff off a beloved universe, taking it in directions very different from the original.
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-Methods-of-Rationality  
HPMoR is finally coming to a close. In fact, Eliezer went to great lengths to show - by episode 113 - a stunningly clever Lord Voldemort anticipating and neutralizing every possible gambit that might be tried by Dumbledore or (this super-smart version of) Harry to thwart him.  E.Y. sets up a graveyard confrontation in which there appears to be no way out! Harry is doomed!…
 
… Then Eliezer challenges his readers to come up with a solution!  One that culminates Harry’s year long efforts to understand and utilize magic… using rationality.
 
See that penultimate scene, followed by Eliezer’s challenge and his rules.
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/113/Harry-Potter-and-the-Methods-of-Rationality  
Okay, I couldn’t help it. After reading the dire chapter 113 and Eliezer’s challenge/dare to his readers, I took maybe half an hour and dashed off my own proposed way-out for Harry, to both save his own life and thwart the Dark Lord’s sadistic plans.

Take off from here at:
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-quick-informal-post-on-yudkowskys.html___

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2015-03-05 18:59:54 (41 comments, 38 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

Twitter  trolls getting their comeuppance when a vigorous (and empowered) dad hunts them down and names them?  Sure, it's straight from The Transparent Society​, but even earlier Vernor Vinge's story "True Names.  In fact this is a good thing. We need a society that forgives (in wary stages) youthful indiscretions.  But these guys have shown us they are the sorts of fellows who MIGHT be bullies, if not held accountable.  Most of us aren't.  We deserve better lifelong credibility than you do, putz. And accountability will flow.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/03/05/twitter-troll-fired-another-suspended-after-curt-schilling-names-and-shames-them/

Twitter  trolls getting their comeuppance when a vigorous (and empowered) dad hunts them down and names them?  Sure, it's straight from The Transparent Society​, but even earlier Vernor Vinge's story "True Names.  In fact this is a good thing. We need a society that forgives (in wary stages) youthful indiscretions.  But these guys have shown us they are the sorts of fellows who MIGHT be bullies, if not held accountable.  Most of us aren't.  We deserve better lifelong credibility than you do, putz. And accountability will flow.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/03/05/twitter-troll-fired-another-suspended-after-curt-schilling-names-and-shames-them/___

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2015-03-05 00:36:43 (17 comments, 6 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Simmering in the background news is the apparent destruction of an older US Defense Department weather satellite, spewing yet more debris into low earth. The news stories blame a decaying battery that might have overheated and exploded. But take a closer look. This satellite was in approximately a sun-synchronous orbit, at about 846x837 km altitude…near the center of the band congested with both large debris (mostly Russian) and small debris, mostly untracked, from China's 2007 Fengyun/A-sat (anti-satellite weapon) test — the two biggest sources of destructive space debris. According to one prominent space engineer I know: “I strongly suspect that the satellite was hit by untracked Fengyun debris smaller than 10 cm.”

In other words, the peril that we were shown in the movie GRAVITY is very real, indeed.
http://www... more »

Simmering in the background news is the apparent destruction of an older US Defense Department weather satellite, spewing yet more debris into low earth. The news stories blame a decaying battery that might have overheated and exploded. But take a closer look. This satellite was in approximately a sun-synchronous orbit, at about 846x837 km altitude…near the center of the band congested with both large debris (mostly Russian) and small debris, mostly untracked, from China's 2007 Fengyun/A-sat (anti-satellite weapon) test — the two biggest sources of destructive space debris. According to one prominent space engineer I know: “I strongly suspect that the satellite was hit by untracked Fengyun debris smaller than 10 cm.”

In other words, the peril that we were shown in the movie GRAVITY is very real, indeed.

http://www.smnweekly.com/tracking-company-reveals-demise-of-20-year-old-military-satellite/19310/___

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2015-03-04 22:26:47 (42 comments, 20 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

Are you kidding me? This comes as a surprise? “The Bank of England has joined the growing ranks of those warning of the financial risk posed by a "carbon bubble," which will occur if urgently needed climate change regulations (and efficiency improvements) render coal, oil, and gas assets worthless.” This is, of course 100% the reason why the coal barons and petro-sheiks have funded the Denialist Cult, which strenuously blocks even moderate-compromise efforts at energy efficiency.  Why else would the Fox-line be “absolutely no science and no compromise, ever!”

"As the world increasingly limits carbon emissions, and moves to alternative energy sources, investments in fossil fuels and related technologies—a growing financial market in recent decades—may take a huge hit."  Moreover: “Leaving aside the ethics of divestment and pursuing a purely rational economicanalysis, the c... more »

Are you kidding me? This comes as a surprise? “The Bank of England has joined the growing ranks of those warning of the financial risk posed by a "carbon bubble," which will occur if urgently needed climate change regulations (and efficiency improvements) render coal, oil, and gas assets worthless.” This is, of course 100% the reason why the coal barons and petro-sheiks have funded the Denialist Cult, which strenuously blocks even moderate-compromise efforts at energy efficiency.  Why else would the Fox-line be “absolutely no science and no compromise, ever!”

"As the world increasingly limits carbon emissions, and moves to alternative energy sources, investments in fossil fuels and related technologies—a growing financial market in recent decades—may take a huge hit."  Moreover: “Leaving aside the ethics of divestment and pursuing a purely rational economic analysis, the cold hard numbers of putting money into fossil fuels don't look good."

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/03/03/bank-england-issues-warning-over-looming-carbon-bubble-threat___

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2015-03-04 01:28:05 (24 comments, 35 reshares, 163 +1s)Open 

The value of sousveillance has been demonstrated again: "A Louisiana man was paid $50 to deliver a summons in a brutality case to a police officer, as he left a courthouse. The man was arrested and charged with assaulting the officer; the claim was that he had fought with the officer, striking him hard enough to move him back several feet. Charges were supported by two ADAs at the scene. For two years, prosecution against the man proceeded.

"Unfortunately for these particular, conniving officers, the ADAs, and the DA, the man had asked his wife and nephew to film him delivering the summons so he could prove he had done so. Eventually, the case came to the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State AG's office - where all charges were promptly dropped. The man is currently pursuing a civil-rights lawsuit against the law enforcement officials involved."

Good cops need to... more »

The value of sousveillance has been demonstrated again: "A Louisiana man was paid $50 to deliver a summons in a brutality case to a police officer, as he left a courthouse. The man was arrested and charged with assaulting the officer; the claim was that he had fought with the officer, striking him hard enough to move him back several feet. Charges were supported by two ADAs at the scene. For two years, prosecution against the man proceeded.

"Unfortunately for these particular, conniving officers, the ADAs, and the DA, the man had asked his wife and nephew to film him delivering the summons so he could prove he had done so. Eventually, the case came to the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State AG's office - where all charges were promptly dropped. The man is currently pursuing a civil-rights lawsuit against the law enforcement officials involved."

Good cops need to erase any sense of protectiveness toward bastards like these.  Most cops are heroes, doing a very hard job!  If they want to be viewed that way, they must adapt to this new era and help to eliminate the thugs. Our trust will then be their own best defense.

http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/local/investigations/mike-perlstein/2015/02/26/charges-crumble-after-cell-phone-video-uncovered/24039559/___

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2015-03-03 23:43:03 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Proof that the Democratic Party contains some folks who are almost as dopey as the entire US right has become. Still, the word "contains" is different from the word "entire" and that's the real difference. An anecdote does not compare to the Sea of Fox.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2976923/Karl-Marx-best-candidate-right-Video-shows-Americans-duped-thinking-father-communism-running-president.html

Proof that the Democratic Party contains some folks who are almost as dopey as the entire US right has become. Still, the word "contains" is different from the word "entire" and that's the real difference. An anecdote does not compare to the Sea of Fox.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2976923/Karl-Marx-best-candidate-right-Video-shows-Americans-duped-thinking-father-communism-running-president.html___

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2015-03-03 19:48:35 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

A reminder to you nit-pickers out there that I am willing to live by the principles that I preach! I have talked a lot about how we need “accountability for those who claim to predict. Actually, my fans have noticed the unusual number of "hits" or predictive successes that seem to have been scored in EARTH. These  accurate foretellings... and some that were embarrassingly off-target(!) are now being tracked at
http://earthbydavidbrin.pbworks.com/w/page/15607643/FrontPage

Feel free to suggest ways in which I have been wrong or right!  Not just in that one novel.

Here’s my essay on why we should be doing this for everyone!  Especially politicians and cable news pundits and merchants of fear.
http://www.davidbrin.com/predictionsregistry.html

A reminder to you nit-pickers out there that I am willing to live by the principles that I preach! I have talked a lot about how we need “accountability for those who claim to predict. Actually, my fans have noticed the unusual number of "hits" or predictive successes that seem to have been scored in EARTH. These  accurate foretellings... and some that were embarrassingly off-target(!) are now being tracked at
http://earthbydavidbrin.pbworks.com/w/page/15607643/FrontPage

Feel free to suggest ways in which I have been wrong or right!  Not just in that one novel.

Here’s my essay on why we should be doing this for everyone!  Especially politicians and cable news pundits and merchants of fear.
http://www.davidbrin.com/predictionsregistry.html___

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2015-03-03 04:57:32 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Wow, I am not sure I know what to make of this. At one level it seems a vastly multilayered "weather report" that starts with the sun and moves through almost every look at Earth that can be packed into five minutes of distilled instrumentation data, gorgeously rendered. Sure, alarm bells went off when it seemed to correlate some things that... well, solar coronal holes and earthquakes in the Caribbean stretched my credulity.  On the other hand, it does illustrate the truly vast amounts of information that science is starting to give us. And - if not this guy, then someone else, soon. That an amateur compilation should weave together so much pro-data is... well... tasty to this coiner of the term "Age of Amateurs."

There is an overall lesson. ALL of the people who created these wonders are declared enemies of the Murdochian cult. So boys.  Show us YOUR smartest people. JamesI... more »

Wow, I am not sure I know what to make of this. At one level it seems a vastly multilayered "weather report" that starts with the sun and moves through almost every look at Earth that can be packed into five minutes of distilled instrumentation data, gorgeously rendered. Sure, alarm bells went off when it seemed to correlate some things that... well, solar coronal holes and earthquakes in the Caribbean stretched my credulity.  On the other hand, it does illustrate the truly vast amounts of information that science is starting to give us. And - if not this guy, then someone else, soon. That an amateur compilation should weave together so much pro-data is... well... tasty to this coiner of the term "Age of Amateurs."

There is an overall lesson. ALL of the people who created these wonders are declared enemies of the Murdochian cult. So boys.  Show us YOUR smartest people. James Imhofe?  Ted Cruz? Sean Hannity.  Oh, I believe you.  They probably are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUmNf3PRcCI&app=desktop___

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2015-03-03 01:00:01 (5 comments, 12 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Monday's posting goes back to the arguments over secrecy, surveillance and all that, yet again.  Holding up the banner for assertive citizenship, rather than sniveling-hiding or putting your trust in shadows. I link to Bruce Schneier's new book, that has a lovely title and is filled with interesting facts... and the same tediously wrongheaded prescription that has never worked once, in the decades it's been tried.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/03/what-elites-do-to-us-is-more-important.html

Monday's posting goes back to the arguments over secrecy, surveillance and all that, yet again.  Holding up the banner for assertive citizenship, rather than sniveling-hiding or putting your trust in shadows. I link to Bruce Schneier's new book, that has a lovely title and is filled with interesting facts... and the same tediously wrongheaded prescription that has never worked once, in the decades it's been tried.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/03/what-elites-do-to-us-is-more-important.html___

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

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






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

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