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Jürgen Hubert27,234Text hangout for the "Doomed Slayers" fantasy role-playing game setting as well as the ongoing playtest for its second edition. "Doomed Slayers" examines the social context of traditional fantasy "adventurers" and how they can exist as their own distinct social class in traditional pseudo-medieval fantasy worlds. The playtest files can be found under the attached link.Doomed Slayers Hangout2015-01-13 20:00:002  

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Most comments: 40

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2016-02-02 08:29:13 (40 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Most reshares: 12

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2016-01-31 07:27:34 (14 comments; 12 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Friends, strangers, friends of strangers, etc, etc. Please take a minute and read this post, and the follow-up one here: http://inkandfeet.com/how-to-help-someone-with-depression
This is some 100% life and mind saving stuff right here. If you are the type that wants to fix things or help people or understand stuff, this is 100% worth your time. If you are or love or even just like a person who is susceptible to bouts of the "weird energy-sucking flu", read these. Repost as you wish. Thanks.

Most plusones: 70

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2016-01-30 20:36:56 (29 comments; 7 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

This is something that bears thinking about.

http://www.social2.com/i-was-honestly-moved-while-reading-this/

Latest 50 posts

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2016-02-10 07:36:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Well, the latest results from #MyFavoriteSoapOpera are in, and as far as I am concerned they are pretty much on track - with Trump reaffirming his front-runner status and Kasich becoming the new "not-Trump" candidate for a short time before inevitably sliding back into the pack.

Some time ago, my guesses for the outcome of the Presidential election was a 33% of Clinton, a 33% chance of Sanders, and a 33% of Trump. I still stand by that - I give Sanders a somewhat higher chance of snagging the Democratic nomination, but he will have a harder time in the general election as the oligarchic establishment will go all-out against him in a way they wouldn't against Clinton. No matter how much they despise Trump, they really don't want a self-described Socialist enter the White House. We have already seen first hints of this, with Bloomberg threatening to run as a spoiler for Sanders -... more »

Well, the latest results from #MyFavoriteSoapOpera are in, and as far as I am concerned they are pretty much on track - with Trump reaffirming his front-runner status and Kasich becoming the new "not-Trump" candidate for a short time before inevitably sliding back into the pack.

Some time ago, my guesses for the outcome of the Presidential election was a 33% of Clinton, a 33% chance of Sanders, and a 33% of Trump. I still stand by that - I give Sanders a somewhat higher chance of snagging the Democratic nomination, but he will have a harder time in the general election as the oligarchic establishment will go all-out against him in a way they wouldn't against Clinton. No matter how much they despise Trump, they really don't want a self-described Socialist enter the White House. We have already seen first hints of this, with Bloomberg threatening to run as a spoiler for Sanders - and personally, I would expect a lot of "hanging chads" and similar things if Sanders gets the nomination.

Anyway, stay tuned - this year is going to be very interesting indeed.___

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2016-02-09 18:50:55 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

The Hive.

(Via +Justin Aquino)

The Hive.

(Via +Justin Aquino)___

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2016-02-09 07:30:03 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Interesting.

I’ve been made aware of a cool thing called PlacingLiterature, which does… well, what I’m planning to do as part the Karavansara Reading Challenge 2016: make a map, plot book scenes on it. Placing Literature is the global clearinghouse for location-based…___Interesting.

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2016-02-09 05:54:13 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

So now that Rubio has self-destructed, who do you think will be the next Republican "establishment candidate"?

#MyFavoriteSoapOpera

So now that Rubio has self-destructed, who do you think will be the next Republican "establishment candidate"?

#MyFavoriteSoapOpera___

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2016-02-09 05:27:30 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

If you have missed the most recent Republican debate of #MyFavoriteSoapOpera ...

If you have missed the most recent Republican debate of #MyFavoriteSoapOpera ...___

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2016-02-08 19:53:09 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

You missed this, +Sarai Pahla.

Carnival float in Dusseldorf, Germany (Imgur):
http://imgur.com/eUcTHkp___You missed this, +Sarai Pahla.

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2016-02-08 19:49:55 (14 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

A decent overview.

Incredibly long ("near Infinite Jest -length"), data-heavy Vox post about the present and future economies of solar plus improved storage batteries. I didn't read this, but somebody out there will love it.

http://www.vox.com/2016/2/5/10919082/solar-storage-economics___A decent overview.

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2016-02-08 19:15:30 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

I just finished reading "War Nerd", and can recommend it if you are interested in the topic of modern warfare. You might not like the author's attitude, but he does have a firmer grasp of wars than any eight current Republican presidential candidates you'd care to name - together.

I've started on the sequel, "War Nerd Dispatches". Unfortunately, his current column is hidden behind a paywall (I think he should seriously consider a Patreon setup for his work), but hopefully he will release those columns in book form as well.

I just finished reading "War Nerd", and can recommend it if you are interested in the topic of modern warfare. You might not like the author's attitude, but he does have a firmer grasp of wars than any eight current Republican presidential candidates you'd care to name - together.

I've started on the sequel, "War Nerd Dispatches". Unfortunately, his current column is hidden behind a paywall (I think he should seriously consider a Patreon setup for his work), but hopefully he will release those columns in book form as well.___

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2016-02-08 12:43:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-08 10:11:45 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Das muss man ja wohl noch mal sagen dürfen.

(Via +Sarai Pahla)

___Das muss man ja wohl noch mal sagen dürfen.

(Via +Sarai Pahla)

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2016-02-07 19:55:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Or so they claim.

___Or so they claim.

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2016-02-07 09:12:27 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

#MyFavoriteSoapOpera , folks!

From AlterNet, Oct 2013: "In a sermon last year at an Irving, Texas, megachurch that helped elect Ted Cruz to the United States Senate, Cruz' father, Rafael Cruz, indicated his son was among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as 'kings' to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the 'Seven Mountains' mandate, and 'bring the spoils of war to the priests,' thus helping to bring about a prophesied 'great transfer of wealth' from the 'wicked' to righteous gentile believers."

http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/brucewilson/ted-cruzs-father-suggested-his-son-anointed-bring-about-end-time-transfer___#MyFavoriteSoapOpera , folks!

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2016-02-06 20:37:22 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Recruits +Jürgen Hubert, +Joshua Smith, +James Yee, and +Ethan Smith reporting for duty.

If you want to join the Google+ #XCOM2 Army, follow the instructions in this Google Drive folder:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bxgz8bn-uAEeakJjRWxOWVZ5a0E

Recruits +Jürgen Hubert, +Joshua Smith, +James Yee, and +Ethan Smith reporting for duty.

If you want to join the Google+ #XCOM2 Army, follow the instructions in this Google Drive folder:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bxgz8bn-uAEeakJjRWxOWVZ5a0E___

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2016-02-06 12:32:34 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

It begins...

So +Jürgen Hubert had this great idea of sharing versions of ourselves in each other's games and share what's going on. So I was stoked to see his name come up as a new recruit. Woo!

Gonna kick some alien ass.... as an engineer cleaning the ship...

LOL well done man, way to get out of fighting the aliens with me! :)

Now I just need +Ethan Smith to get in on this so I can have him cleaning toilets or something instead of shooting aliens. :D

___It begins...

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2016-02-05 16:49:47 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Experiments with curry.

Experiments with curry.___

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2016-02-05 11:08:28 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

The new bread!

The new bread!___

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2016-02-05 09:29:44 (19 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

One of the fun things about #XCOM2 is the ability to customize your soldiers' appearance and backstory. I have recreated myself as an XCOM 2 character, and I suspect others will do the same.

For this reason, I have created a shared Google Drive folder where other Google+ users can upload their own recreations (instructions are included). I will periodically update a shared Character Pool file with all contributions, which can then be used in XCOM 2.

The folder can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bxgz8bn-uAEeakJjRWxOWVZ5a0E&usp=sharing

One of the fun things about #XCOM2 is the ability to customize your soldiers' appearance and backstory. I have recreated myself as an XCOM 2 character, and I suspect others will do the same.

For this reason, I have created a shared Google Drive folder where other Google+ users can upload their own recreations (instructions are included). I will periodically update a shared Character Pool file with all contributions, which can then be used in XCOM 2.

The folder can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bxgz8bn-uAEeakJjRWxOWVZ5a0E&usp=sharing___

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2016-02-05 05:52:47 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Obergefreiter Jürgen Hubert, reporting for duty.

EDIT: As I suspect that the "shareable pools" don't work yet, if you want to use that character you can download the file from:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bxgz8bn-uAEeNzFPb1doMkFqZXc

and put it into your:

C:\Users\[User]\Documents\My Games\XCOM2\XComGame\CharacterPool

folder, where it should show up in a pool entitled as "RPGNet".

If you do use the character, please tell me what happened to him. ;)

Obergefreiter Jürgen Hubert, reporting for duty.

EDIT: As I suspect that the "shareable pools" don't work yet, if you want to use that character you can download the file from:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bxgz8bn-uAEeNzFPb1doMkFqZXc

and put it into your:

C:\Users\[User]\Documents\My Games\XCOM2\XComGame\CharacterPool

folder, where it should show up in a pool entitled as "RPGNet".

If you do use the character, please tell me what happened to him. ;)___

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2016-02-04 20:33:31 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Just what we need - yet another faction in Syria so that nobody can tell friend from foe.

On the other hand, I guess the odds of Saudi ground troops being anywhere near what are laughably called the "front lines" in this conflict are low - the Saudi government has traditionally preferred to pay other people to fight their wars for them.

Just what we need - yet another faction in Syria so that nobody can tell friend from foe.

On the other hand, I guess the odds of Saudi ground troops being anywhere near what are laughably called the "front lines" in this conflict are low - the Saudi government has traditionally preferred to pay other people to fight their wars for them.___

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2016-02-04 19:35:52 (10 comments; 4 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Back in my youth, I would sometimes watch "Captain Planet". At the time I thought that the villains were horribly cliche and absurdly exaggerated.

These days, I'm not so sure.

(Via +Charles Moore)

Back in my youth, I would sometimes watch "Captain Planet". At the time I thought that the villains were horribly cliche and absurdly exaggerated.

These days, I'm not so sure.

(Via +Charles Moore)___

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2016-02-04 17:19:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I am currently trying to expand the "government" section of the Arcana Wiki. Does anyone want to help out? (Wikidot.com registration is required for editing.)

Basically, the goal is to give a description of all known basic forms of government - both "real" and fictitious - and then some advice for game masters and world builders on how to best use them in role-playing games.

I am currently trying to expand the "government" section of the Arcana Wiki. Does anyone want to help out? (Wikidot.com registration is required for editing.)

Basically, the goal is to give a description of all known basic forms of government - both "real" and fictitious - and then some advice for game masters and world builders on how to best use them in role-playing games.___

2016-02-04 15:16:05 (25 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

My thoughts on Israel:

On one the one hand, Israel is a safe refuge for a group of people who have been subject to many, many pogroms and even attempts of genocide over many centuries.

On the other hand, Israel is the last European colony in the Arab world, with all that implies.

Both are true. And you cannot honestly talk about one side while simultaneously dismissing the other.

My thoughts on Israel:

On one the one hand, Israel is a safe refuge for a group of people who have been subject to many, many pogroms and even attempts of genocide over many centuries.

On the other hand, Israel is the last European colony in the Arab world, with all that implies.

Both are true. And you cannot honestly talk about one side while simultaneously dismissing the other.___

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2016-02-04 08:13:32 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

#MyFavoriteSoapOpera , folks!

Wow. Not The Onion. Or any other source of satire.

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/please-clap-jeb-bush-begs-crowd-to-applaud-after-speech-is-met-with-total-silence/___#MyFavoriteSoapOpera , folks!

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2016-02-04 07:43:24 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

More bad news from Australia.

Good thing we don't need scientists any more. Hallelujah!
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-04/climate-science-on-chopping-block-as-csiro-braces-for-shake-up/7139224___More bad news from Australia.

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2016-02-03 20:36:29 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Compare and contrast to the Palisades Rathouse:

http://www.laweekly.com/news/palisades-rathouse-unchallenged-by-health-officials-elderly-twins-fed-local-vermin-population-2154632

"Ever since, the rat ship has been missing at sea."

http://gawker.com/abandoned-cruise-ship-full-of-starving-rats-headed-for-1507439976___Compare and contrast to the Palisades Rathouse:

http://www.laweekly.com/news/palisades-rathouse-unchallenged-by-health-officials-elderly-twins-fed-local-vermin-population-2154632

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2016-02-03 20:28:49 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Not good.

And another reason why we can't have nice things... the Anti-Science Movement is not isolated to American politics.

The influence of right-wing religious activists, combined with nationalist and racial supremacist ideologies are rolling back half a century of social and educational progress in the fastest growing developing nation in the world.

And before you shake your head with the confidence that it could never happen here. A few things to note: The Indian Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, religion, and equal protection under the law. In other words, at their core, they have the same rights and protections that we do to enshrined in their governmental structure... as long as the people in the government respect that.

It only took one election for India to start sliding into this pit of irrational superstition and oppression. One... election.___Not good.

2016-02-03 20:17:02 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

So, now I am considering getting some project management certification. IPMA and ITIL seem to be the most common certifications mentioned in the job offers that interest me. Before I go to my unemployment agency and attempt to get them to pay for this stuff, can anyone explain to me what the relative merits of each are?

So, now I am considering getting some project management certification. IPMA and ITIL seem to be the most common certifications mentioned in the job offers that interest me. Before I go to my unemployment agency and attempt to get them to pay for this stuff, can anyone explain to me what the relative merits of each are?___

2016-02-03 09:58:09 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I now deeply regret not buying an ergonomic chair for my apartment when I had the money.

I now deeply regret not buying an ergonomic chair for my apartment when I had the money.___

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2016-02-02 21:16:44 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Well, Fantasy Grounds is - the Virtual Tabletop platform.

I've never used one of those, since I've always had a local gaming group to scratch my gaming itch. I am curious, however - has anyone here used it?

(Via +John Stavropoulos)

Well, Fantasy Grounds is - the Virtual Tabletop platform.

I've never used one of those, since I've always had a local gaming group to scratch my gaming itch. I am curious, however - has anyone here used it?

(Via +John Stavropoulos)___

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2016-02-02 21:05:13 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

More German stuff for +Sarai Pahla.

Youtube in Germany

via +Karen Reilly ___More German stuff for +Sarai Pahla.

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2016-02-02 20:46:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Wonder what they talk about us?

http://nyti.ms/1OUllE2___Wonder what they talk about us?

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2016-02-02 20:46:21 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

More strange German stuff for +Sarai Pahla.

(Via +Sarah Perry-Shipp)

http://nyti.ms/1OUllE2___More strange German stuff for +Sarai Pahla.

(Via +Sarah Perry-Shipp)

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2016-02-02 10:16:46 (29 comments; 4 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Unfortunately, this is a very German sign.

Only Germans will understand…

To anticipate the obvious pun: Here is the translation

Gewobau playground
Tenants only
Playtimes:
8-13 and
15-19
PRIVATE PROPERTY
[blah blah]
Cycling, ball play and dogs are forbidden___Unfortunately, this is a very German sign.

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2016-02-02 08:52:41 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

More analysis for #MyFavoriteSoapOpera .

It would be very, very dangerous to dismiss Trump as "stupid". He knows exactly what he is doing.

More analysis for #MyFavoriteSoapOpera .

It would be very, very dangerous to dismiss Trump as "stupid". He knows exactly what he is doing.___

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2016-02-02 08:29:13 (40 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

An interesting perspective. I hadn't paid as much attention to American politics then as I do now, this being the pre-Internet era for me...

___An interesting perspective. I hadn't paid as much attention to American politics then as I do now, this being the pre-Internet era for me...

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2016-02-02 08:02:58 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

For +Sarai Pahla, via +Andres Soolo.

Translation note: "Nudelmesse" could be translated as either "Noodle Mass" (in the liturgic sense) or "Noodle Fair" (in the trade fair sense).

Heh...};-) "In Germany, many town limits proudly display signs noting the times at which official church services take place. Such is the case for the town of Templin, which received a distinctly modern addition to its ecclesiastical welcome wagon in 2014: signs officially listing the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster alongside Christianity's most stalwart houses of worship.

What makes this seemingly innocuous arrangement all the more entertaining is a teensy fact about Templin itself; the small town of only 16,000 residents is home both to Germany's lead "Pastsafarian," Rüdiger Weida (aka "Bruder Spaghettus") and none other than Germany's pragmatic conservative, Chancellor Angela Merkel."___For +Sarai Pahla, via +Andres Soolo.

Translation note: "Nudelmesse" could be translated as either "Noodle Mass" (in the liturgic sense) or "Noodle Fair" (in the trade fair sense).

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2016-02-02 05:47:10 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Hating on children and the noise they make unfortunately is a rather common attitude in Germany. One of the strongest NIMBY reactions you will get in residential areas is when someone attempts to build a playground.

(Via +Joel Arellano)

Hating on children and the noise they make unfortunately is a rather common attitude in Germany. One of the strongest NIMBY reactions you will get in residential areas is when someone attempts to build a playground.

(Via +Joel Arellano)___

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2016-02-01 20:33:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Seriously, if you have a Twitter account try this:

When you come across a Clickbait article in your Social Media stream (here on Google+ or elsewhere), rewrite the headline slightly to make it fit for D&D and then publish the result on Twitter with the #DnDClickbait hashtag.

That's what I've been doing for a few days, and it has been a lot of fun.

Seriously, if you have a Twitter account try this:

When you come across a Clickbait article in your Social Media stream (here on Google+ or elsewhere), rewrite the headline slightly to make it fit for D&D and then publish the result on Twitter with the #DnDClickbait hashtag.

That's what I've been doing for a few days, and it has been a lot of fun.___

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2016-02-01 19:26:39 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

A history lesson.

Brief History

The history of the South African Mint dates back to more than 110 years ago when the first state mint in South Africa was established in Pretoria in 1892. With the discovery of gold in the Gauteng area (Johannesburg) in 1886, the then President Paul Kruger soon realized that the ZAR Republiek needed its own coins. The first coins were designed by Otto Schultz and were struck at the Berlin Imperial Mint in 1892. The Mint was built on the northwesterly corner of Church Square in Pretoria and was officially opened on 6 July 1892. When the British forces occupied Pretoria in 1900, the Mint was closed. An attempt was made to establish a mint at an abandoned goldmine near Pilgrims Rest using soft hand-cut dies and an improvised fly press. The “veldponde” (field pound) coins produced are among the most precious historical treasures today. 

After the Anglo Boer War, the British currency became legal tender in the Transvaal and the Orange Free State. British currency was the accepted currency in South Africa when the four provinces became the Union of South Africa in 1910. There was a strong feeling amongst the mining and banking community that South Africa should have its own refinery and mint as this would negate the need to send South African gold overseas and import it as coinage. After many requests, dating as far back as 1902, the Pretoria Mint Act of 1919 provided for the establishment of a Royal Mint branch in Pretoria. The Royal Mint Pretoria, located at the corner of Visagie and Bosman Streets, was established when Prince Arthur of Connnaught struck the first gold pound on 3 October 1923. In 1941 the South African Government took over the Royal Mint and in 1961 a decimal coinage system was released. 

During the eighties, the Government initiated the deregulation of State activities and the South African Mint was privatized, with the South African Reserve Bank as the holding company. The South African Mint Company (RF) (Pty) Ltd was established on 1 September 1988 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank. It was clear that the Mint in Visagie Street would be inadequate to meet the future demand for coinage and as the premises did not lend themselves for further expansion, a decision was taken to relocate the Mint. The new Mint at Gateway, Centurion was completed in October 1990 and officially opened during October 1992. ___A history lesson.

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2016-02-01 08:34:39 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

I have four years of project management experience in R&D projects related to:

- Renewable energies
- Energy management
- Energy efficiency
- Demand response

and am currently looking for a new job. My preference would be for another project management position in these or related fields, but I would be open to other positions suitable to my qualifications.

I am willing to relocate within Europe, though I am not ruling out positions outside of Europe if the position is especially interesting. Please share this with anyone who might know suitable positions or companies offering such positions. I would also appreciate any advice for European job boards suitable for such jobs.

I can provide work certificates - the German equivalent of references - upon request, the latest of which is in English.

I have four years of project management experience in R&D projects related to:

- Renewable energies
- Energy management
- Energy efficiency
- Demand response

and am currently looking for a new job. My preference would be for another project management position in these or related fields, but I would be open to other positions suitable to my qualifications.

I am willing to relocate within Europe, though I am not ruling out positions outside of Europe if the position is especially interesting. Please share this with anyone who might know suitable positions or companies offering such positions. I would also appreciate any advice for European job boards suitable for such jobs.

I can provide work certificates - the German equivalent of references - upon request, the latest of which is in English.___

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2016-02-01 06:57:58 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

For future reference.

The evolutionary tree of #myths & #religions___For future reference.

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2016-02-01 05:36:00 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Voter suppression has a long history in the United States.

(Via +Josie Walker)

___Voter suppression has a long history in the United States.

(Via +Josie Walker)

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2016-01-31 17:24:45 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

So they can form social units!

Attn. +Mz Maau ___So they can form social units!

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2016-01-31 16:11:11 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

The new bread!

The new bread!___

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2016-01-31 07:40:33 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

This is... depressing.

I would say something stronger, but stronger worlds would feel equally insufficient.

I don't have time to write an explainer for this, so you'll just have to settle for the raw news. Short version: In the past few months, a large number of street kids, mostly refugees from Morocco, have been living near Stockholm's main train station. The police have been wanting more powers to get rid of them, but haven't gotten much. Last week, they announced that the main train station was now "unsafe" and had been "taken over" by said street children. 

Yesterday, a group of about 200 masked men stormed the station, distributing leaflets and beating anyone who "didn't look Swedish." This action was coordinated by the NMR (a local Nazi group), and a follow-up rally was held this morning in Stockholm by the SDP (a far-right party, think the Swedish version of Donald Trump). 

Police made no attempt to stop the attack. Three people were arrested, one for punching a plainclothes cop, another for possession of brass knuckles; all have been released. The official police statement is that they "could not confirm that violent attacks took place.”

For a little context, the presence of far-right groups and their readiness for actions like these is not even remotely secret, and the police statement that the area was now unsafe and there was nothing they can do was widely read as a coded message that vigilantes were welcome. (There's a whole history of complicated interplays between Swedish police, the local and national government, and these groups, with "if you don't let us do something, I guess it'll just have to be them" being a classic negotiating tactic)

Important notes here are the extreme coordination of the group (200 people showing up on schedule, dressed in black with balaclavas, literature ready to distribute, and ready for an organized attack), and the tacit cooperation of the police.

NB that violence against immigrants, Muslims, and Jews has been on a sharp rise across all of Europe, and far-right parties have been making significant political inroads, but this is the first highly coordinated attack. Earlier attacks have primarily been by small groups (3-5 people) on individuals, and haven't shown signs of organization, uniforms, etc.

There's lots more that could (and should) be written here, to give context about just why there were so many refugees living there, the six-month ramp-up of the conflict, and the political shifts within Sweden and more broadly within Europe as a result, but I'll have to leave those for someone else to write.

Useful additional coverage: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/sweden/12131460/swedish-far-right-migrant-attack-stockholm.html

(And yes, I realize that I just linked the Daily Mail as the primary source below. Going through English-language coverage of the story, theirs was actually the most thoroughly researched and informative, and didn't have any egregious biases that I could spot. Damned if I know why their coverage was the best, but it was. Normally the Mail is mostly suitable for wrapping fish in.)___This is... depressing.

I would say something stronger, but stronger worlds would feel equally insufficient.

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2016-01-31 07:33:06 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Oh, wow!

(Via +Ralph H.)

I. Don't. Even. #dankeBILD? http://www.messynessychic.com/2016/01/29/meet-lilli-the-high-end-german-call-girl-who-became-americas-iconic-barbie-doll/___Oh, wow!

(Via +Ralph H.)

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2016-01-31 07:27:34 (14 comments; 12 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

More people need to understand this.

Friends, strangers, friends of strangers, etc, etc. Please take a minute and read this post, and the follow-up one here: http://inkandfeet.com/how-to-help-someone-with-depression
This is some 100% life and mind saving stuff right here. If you are the type that wants to fix things or help people or understand stuff, this is 100% worth your time. If you are or love or even just like a person who is susceptible to bouts of the "weird energy-sucking flu", read these. Repost as you wish. Thanks.___More people need to understand this.

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2016-01-30 20:36:56 (29 comments; 7 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

Too many people forget that.

This is something that bears thinking about.

http://www.social2.com/i-was-honestly-moved-while-reading-this/___Too many people forget that.

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2016-01-30 20:32:22 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Anscheinend bezieht sie das auf illegale Grenzübertritte.

Jetzt rastet die Irre komplett aus. ___Anscheinend bezieht sie das auf illegale Grenzübertritte.

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