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Armando Lioss0“Active Engagers Shared Circle” 2.2In this shared circle you will find some interesting people to add to your circles, all of these GPlussers currently are actively engaging with my posts as well as with other GPlussers’ posts, so you can be sure they are getting involved in the G+ community.The main purpose of this series of Shared Circles is to expose new GPlussers, but you may find even first generation ones in them, in order to give everybody an opportunity this version include only GPlussers that have not been included in previous “Active Engagers Shared Circle” 2.X, if you are looking for a more comprehensive list of active engagers you may want to review these lists as well:AESC 2.0: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/KVJLKb25SatAESC 2.1: https://plus.google.com/111635150542674847021/posts/hhnjPfBmvMgIf you do not wish to be included in my future shared circles, please let me know with a comment to this post. I will remove you from this and any future shared circle I create, but I will keep you in my G+ circles.Furthermore, with each version I try to include new active engagers that are looking to meet other GPlussers to interact with, but I understand the old users may not have as much interest to meet new users and won’t circle them back, so I will prefer including users that really want to interact with new users.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3Thank you for your help making Google Plus adventure and exhilarating one…#SharedCirecles #CircleShare #ActiveUsers #Engagers #Commenters #TopCircles PS: I don’t necessarily share or identify with the views of these GPlussers, in fact with some of them we have completely antagonistic points of view and dissimilar interests…2012-04-14 16:44:003555513CC G+
Wilco Wings2,066Updated Chromebook shared circleUpdated with the responses of this post...ChromeBook ( Chrome OS ) with a Desktophttps://plus.google.com/u/0/112144785911700169746/posts/WzkqzEkQbXyIf you want to be in this circle, let me know. I'll post an update later this week. #Chromebook #ChromeOS #Chromebooks #Chrome #Chromium #ChromiumOS2012-04-10 16:04:052751015CC G+
Amy McLeod1,986Ok, I have recently expanded my articulate and engaged circle with circles other people have given out of people that are interested in or actively participating in the Occupy movement. I'm not guaranteeing everyone I'm sharing here, as 900 odd people is a bit much to go through. These are people who would normaly be all over the political spectrum, but all interested in the the problems with out of control finance and it's corruption of goverment, they will certainly hold many views totally contrary to yours on many issues, but on this issue they are the 99%. I can't even guarantee that everyone in this circle is what I've stated above, I just took on trust the circles that have been shared to me and added them to people I had circled as articulate and engaged before Occupy took off, some of them may even be incomprehensible and disinterested, feel free to sort through them yourself if you have time, but I'd urge you not to exclude anyone just because their views are the polar opposite of yours on other issues. 99% is more important than any other divide and on this one thing both left and right should be united.First 500 are here.Amy McLeod shared a circle with you.2011-10-19 15:12:51500301CC G+

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2014-07-16 06:38:21 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Did the Israel-Palestinian conflict start as a response to the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel in 1947, and it's perceived illegitimacy by Arabs? Short answer: No

To look into the root of the conflict, I read the Wikipedia article on Mandatory Palestine which was a state administered by the British from 1920 - 1948. Although "Palestine" as a geographical region existed since ancient times, an official nation/state of Palestine never existed before 1920. The region of Palestine was under the Ottomans before that. So the British defined the state of Palestine, when there was none before.

From what I'm reading this conflict has always been about the refusals of Arabs to live with Jews. And these Jews are not the dislocated, stateless people who were running away from the Holocaust, the Holocaust did not happen yet. The Holocaust started... more »

Most reshares: 3

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2014-08-02 21:09:11 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)

I have nothing to add to this.
#gaza


Most plusones: 15

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2014-08-11 23:23:38 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)

RIP Robin. 

Latest 50 posts

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2014-09-01 05:01:15 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Oh, I thought it was only MRSA.. the future of mankind doesn't look too bright anymore.

10 most dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria
The global problem of antibiotic resistance is fast becoming one of the major scientific issues of modern times. The development of new antibiotics is slow and difficult work but bacterial resistance is decreasing our arsenal of existing drugs posing a catastrophic threat as ordinary infections become untreatable.

Source and further reading:
http://www.longitudeprize.org/blog-post/10-most-dangerous-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria

#bacteria   #antibiotics   #medicine  ___Oh, I thought it was only MRSA.. the future of mankind doesn't look too bright anymore.

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2014-08-30 18:33:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

Getting married this year?

So are millions of girls – against their will.

One in three girls in developing countries is married by the age of 18. Join Catapult's crowdfunding platform for girls’ rights and you can support people on the ground who are working to end child marriage: http://ow.ly/AT7Us

Getting married this year?

So are millions of girls – against their will.

One in three girls in developing countries is married by the age of 18. Join Catapult's crowdfunding platform for girls’ rights and you can support people on the ground who are working to end child marriage: http://ow.ly/AT7Us___

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2014-08-29 19:14:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Chemosynthesis is the biological process of converting energy from chemicals, instead of of sunlight (photosynthesis). This generally occur in the deep ocean floor, where sunlight is not available.

Giant tube worms, shown in the video is one example of the organisms that employs chemosynthesis. (The main reason I am sharing this is because this video made me fail to close my mouth in awe from start to finish - a very rare event)

Wikipedia: They have a highly vascularized, red "plume" at the tip of their free end which is an organ for exchanging compounds with the environment (e.g., H2S, CO2, O2, etc.). The tube worm does not have many predators, as few creatures live on the sea bottom at such depths. If threatened, the plume may be retracted into the worm's protective tube. The plume provides essential nutrients to bacteria living inside a specialized organ within... more »

Chemosynthesis is the biological process of converting energy from chemicals, instead of of sunlight (photosynthesis). This generally occur in the deep ocean floor, where sunlight is not available.

Giant tube worms, shown in the video is one example of the organisms that employs chemosynthesis. (The main reason I am sharing this is because this video made me fail to close my mouth in awe from start to finish - a very rare event)

Wikipedia: They have a highly vascularized, red "plume" at the tip of their free end which is an organ for exchanging compounds with the environment (e.g., H2S, CO2, O2, etc.). The tube worm does not have many predators, as few creatures live on the sea bottom at such depths. If threatened, the plume may be retracted into the worm's protective tube. The plume provides essential nutrients to bacteria living inside a specialized organ within its body (i.e., trophosome) as part of a symbiotic relationship. They are remarkable in that they have no digestive tract, but the bacteria (which may make up half of a worm's body weight) turn oxygen, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, etc. into organic molecules on which their host worms feed." 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_tube_worm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemosynthesis___

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2014-08-29 15:22:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

The reddest part are the north-east US, Western Europe, and the west coast of the Malay peninsula. (I would have expected South Korea and Japan to be redder than how it appears here.) 


via +Ricardo Blanco 

This is a map of all devices on the internet according to @achillean https://twitter.com/achillean/status/505049645245288448___The reddest part are the north-east US, Western Europe, and the west coast of the Malay peninsula. (I would have expected South Korea and Japan to be redder than how it appears here.) 


via +Ricardo Blanco 

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2014-08-27 02:57:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

"Of the 147 patients who claimed that they had gluten-sensitivity, 75% didn't meet the criteria, despite having made the self-diagnosis or been given it, most often by non-physicians." 

"Of the 147 patients who claimed that they had gluten-sensitivity, 75% didn't meet the criteria, despite having made the self-diagnosis or been given it, most often by non-physicians." ___

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2014-08-25 14:10:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Preach it.
via +Roy Ngan 

___Preach it.
via +Roy Ngan 

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2014-08-24 03:39:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

And don't let me start about the massive amounts of dihydrogen monoxide that the corporations are injecting into our water supply all this time!

This made me giggle :)___And don't let me start about the massive amounts of dihydrogen monoxide that the corporations are injecting into our water supply all this time!

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2014-08-23 16:34:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Ironic, as the Middle East was actually flourishing during the Middle Ages. 

Chappatte

NY Times___Ironic, as the Middle East was actually flourishing during the Middle Ages. 

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2014-08-23 14:32:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

This.

Source: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/2014/08/21/quantum-gravity-expert-says-philosophical-superficiality-has-harmed-physics/

This.

Source: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/2014/08/21/quantum-gravity-expert-says-philosophical-superficiality-has-harmed-physics/___

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2014-08-23 01:50:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

It's the same way for meatbags

It's the same way for meatbags___

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2014-08-18 05:39:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

This was an awesome video to watch from the good guys at +Kurzgesagt . It will only take about 7 minutes of your time. 

This was an awesome video to watch from the good guys at +Kurzgesagt . It will only take about 7 minutes of your time. ___

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2014-08-18 01:58:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

#Monday #breakfast

#Monday #breakfast___

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2014-08-15 01:50:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Not surprised at all.

Not surprised at all.___

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2014-08-15 01:01:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

What the fuck is wrong with white people, especially this guy. You're using your own incapability of identifying differences in non-white people to spread your stupid conspiracy theories.

There's no similarities at all, take my word, I'm brown. I can distinguish the differences.

Abu al Baghdadi alias Elliot Shimon . Head of so called ISIS . Is that why they haven't been bombed to death. McCain picture in Syria showing his support for savagery.___What the fuck is wrong with white people, especially this guy. You're using your own incapability of identifying differences in non-white people to spread your stupid conspiracy theories.

There's no similarities at all, take my word, I'm brown. I can distinguish the differences.

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2014-08-14 07:19:03 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

September 1957: President Dwight Eisenhower sent federal troops to guarantee the safety of African American students after Arkansas governor Orval Faubus sent the states' national guard to support the segregationist movement in Little Rock Central High School.

I'm reminded of this event due to what is happening in #Ferguson now. It seems to me that any federal intervention now would be very timely.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Rock_Nine
Pic source: http://abhmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ABHM-LRCH-9-25-57.-Remember-Little-Rock-p42.jpg

September 1957: President Dwight Eisenhower sent federal troops to guarantee the safety of African American students after Arkansas governor Orval Faubus sent the states' national guard to support the segregationist movement in Little Rock Central High School.

I'm reminded of this event due to what is happening in #Ferguson now. It seems to me that any federal intervention now would be very timely.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Rock_Nine
Pic source: http://abhmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ABHM-LRCH-9-25-57.-Remember-Little-Rock-p42.jpg___

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2014-08-13 22:32:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

"Szklarki" most wonderfull waterfall in Karkonosze National Park, Poland. .

"Szklarki" most wonderfull waterfall in Karkonosze National Park, Poland. .___

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2014-08-12 11:06:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Big reductions in Malaysia and Thailand. I guess people are getting sick of Touchwiz.

Samsung may be the world’s biggest smartphone maker, but it’s losing ground in Asian markets such as China, India and Southeast Asia. Here’s how the company is targeting one of the fastest-growing cellphone regions in the world: http://on.wsj.com/1uJxX69___Big reductions in Malaysia and Thailand. I guess people are getting sick of Touchwiz.

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2014-08-11 23:23:38 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)

RIP Robin. 

RIP Robin. ___

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2014-08-11 19:29:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Supper, in progress.

Supper, in progress.___

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2014-08-10 19:14:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Want a chance to create your own solar system? Head on to Chaotic Planets here: http://goo.gl/7HKG3f . The website, MinuteLabs, is founded by the same guy who brought you the Minute Physics videos on Youtube. There are other fun science simulators as well on the website.

In Chaotic Planets, you can introduce numerous bodies to the system, and you are able to determine the mass, velocity, and initial position of each body. The paths of each of the body will be shown, as shown in the image that I have shared. I created two sets of binary stars which orbits each other. 

If you find yourself having too much fun, then explore this as well: http://www.nowykurier.com/toys/gravity/gravity.html
This is another gravity simulation game, but way, way older compared to Chaotic Planets. Each bodies doesn't have different colors, so its less striking, but you're able to moveth... more »

Want a chance to create your own solar system? Head on to Chaotic Planets here: http://goo.gl/7HKG3f . The website, MinuteLabs, is founded by the same guy who brought you the Minute Physics videos on Youtube. There are other fun science simulators as well on the website.

In Chaotic Planets, you can introduce numerous bodies to the system, and you are able to determine the mass, velocity, and initial position of each body. The paths of each of the body will be shown, as shown in the image that I have shared. I created two sets of binary stars which orbits each other. 

If you find yourself having too much fun, then explore this as well: http://www.nowykurier.com/toys/gravity/gravity.html
This is another gravity simulation game, but way, way older compared to Chaotic Planets. Each bodies doesn't have different colors, so its less striking, but you're able to move the frame, unlike in Chaotic Planets, so you're actually having unlimited space to play with. The only downside though is that the Gravity Toy is always live, you have to change the mass and direction while everything is already moving, effectively giving you less power to manipulate the system. 

If you love physics, you should play with both!___

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2014-08-10 04:31:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Great message from +John Baez.

Both rectangles are moving at constant speed

At least that's what the creator of this illusion says!  It looks like the yellow and blue rectangles are taking turns going forward - one step at a time.

This is an illusion that's so good it's hard to believe it's an illusion. When the black and white lines disappear, it's easy to see the rectangles are moving at constant speed.  But before that they seem to be taking turns, and pausing when they reach each new line.

Could the creator of this illusion be cheating - fooling you into thinking there's an illusion?   How can you tell, except by making your own version of this animated gif?

Hide one rectangle with your hand.  Then look closely at the other.  Try not to look at the black and white lines.  I think you'll see the rectangle is moving at constant speed.

But if you look away, and watch the rectangle with your peripheral vision, it will seem to move in steps.

We don't just "see what's there".  We construct a mental model of reality from sensory data.  We need  to do this.  But people can manipulate this. 

It's not optical illusions we need to worry about.  It's political illusions, economic illusions, social illusions.  We think we're just seeing what's there... but we're actually constructing a model of reality.  And politicians and other people are busy trying to shape your model, so you'll do what they want.  Escaping their illusions is much, much harder than escaping this optical illusion.

You can probably think of many examples of other  people who are fooled by politicians, ideologies, doctrines and dogmas.   Now list the ways in which you are being fooled.

Oh, you think you're better than average?  Join the club.

Puzzle 1: name the biggest way you've been fooled by an ideology, political or religious illusion.

Puzzle 2: name a way you're just starting to realize that you're being fooled by such an illusion.

For Puzzle 2, it should be just as hard to really believe you're being fooled as it is with this optical illusion.  For example: right now I'm just starting to realize that I'd been fooled into wanting to be a 'bigshot': well-known, and seemingly 'important'.  But it's hard to break out of this belief.  Even now, I'm trying to get you to pay attention to me.

#illusion  ___Great message from +John Baez.

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2014-08-10 01:03:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Only 4 individuals listed here: Genghis Khan, Timur Lenk, Mao Zedong and Josef Stalin.

The 20 worst things people have done to each other.

Every front page of every site around the world is full of death and destruction. And there seems to be such little hope in each of the current conflicts.

While this solves nothing, it is helpful context to realize that humans are killing fewer humans over time. Particularly notable in the graph below are the illustration of "equivalent deaths today" (in gray). The orange displays deaths at that time.

Let's hope this trend continues, let's hope the military industrial complex loses some of its influence. For our country, let's hope we have a number two choice for our action in other countries - at the moment the only choice we seem to have is to bomb them.

Graph Source: http://goo.gl/R5G6ng___Only 4 individuals listed here: Genghis Khan, Timur Lenk, Mao Zedong and Josef Stalin.

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2014-08-08 17:57:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Will anyone give a damn if the killing was not done by Jews?

Panic has taken hold in north-western Iraq as tens of thousands of people flee areas where Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants are continuing their advance. Our Senior Crisis Response Adviser, Donatella Rovera, is currently on the ground in Northern Iraq covering the situation. You can find her updates in our Storify: http://bit.ly/1pgMiX3___Will anyone give a damn if the killing was not done by Jews?

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2014-08-06 22:24:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

#ISIS   #Slavery   #Iraq  

#ISIS   #Slavery   #Iraq  ___

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2014-08-05 20:57:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

I generally endeavour to keep an open mind when watching any TED videos, but this has reached my personal threshold of too much crap. This guy apparently is a leading proponent of "panpsychism" - where everything is supposed to have consciousness - including photons. He has no data/citations to support his claim, of course. Because using data is reductionist - this is supposed to be bad. 

This is the modern embodiment of trying to anthropomorphize everything around you, i.e, to make the human the center of the universe, where everything needs to be explained in human terms. In ancient times, this was how god was created. Now we got this guy. 

I think anthropomorphism is an innate biological trait, and we will never be able to run away from it (I don't have data to support this, of course, I don't want to commit the sin of reductionism!), so there will always bep... more »

I generally endeavour to keep an open mind when watching any TED videos, but this has reached my personal threshold of too much crap. This guy apparently is a leading proponent of "panpsychism" - where everything is supposed to have consciousness - including photons. He has no data/citations to support his claim, of course. Because using data is reductionist - this is supposed to be bad. 

This is the modern embodiment of trying to anthropomorphize everything around you, i.e, to make the human the center of the universe, where everything needs to be explained in human terms. In ancient times, this was how god was created. Now we got this guy. 

I think anthropomorphism is an innate biological trait, and we will never be able to run away from it (I don't have data to support this, of course, I don't want to commit the sin of reductionism!), so there will always be people like this. ___

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2014-08-04 22:05:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

It's not everyday that you see a great photo in Google+ that is posted by the photographer itself. +Ina Gat takes really great pictures.

Geiranger Fjord
unshifted___It's not everyday that you see a great photo in Google+ that is posted by the photographer itself. +Ina Gat takes really great pictures.

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2014-08-04 17:24:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

I find this totally agreeable. 

Absolutely! 😌___I find this totally agreeable. 

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2014-08-04 07:59:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

More carbon released into the atmosphere = bad news for planet earth humans living on planet earth.

Siberian craters formed by methane eruptions

Russian scientists have determined that a massive crater discovered in a remote part of Siberia was probably caused by thawing permafrost. The crater is in the Yamal Peninsula, which means “end of the world.” It caught hold of the media spotlight in mid-July when it was spotted by oil and gas workers flying over the area. At roughly 200 feet wide and seemingly bottomless, speculation abounded about the cause …”

Since this first discovery, two other smaller craters have been spotted in the surrounding regions, fueling even more armchair conjecture. Russian scientists sent to the site are now providing first-hand data showing that unusually high concentrations of methane of up to 9.6 percent were present at the bottom of the first large crater shortly after it was discovered on July 16. … [T]hat air normally contains just 0.000179 percent methane.

… [T]he release of large quantities of greenhouse gases from melting permafrost is existentially daunting. A study from earlier this year found that melting permafrost soil, which typically remains frozen all year, is thawing and decomposing at an accelerating rate. This is releasing more methane into the atmosphere, causing the greenhouse effect to increase global temperatures and creating a positive feedback loop in which more permafrost melts.

… “It will be a chronic source of emissions that will last hundreds of years.”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/01/3466466/siberian-craters-permafrost-climate-change/___More carbon released into the atmosphere = bad news for planet earth humans living on planet earth.

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2014-08-04 02:29:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)

Priorities.. some people get it, some people don't.

Via +Ole Olson

If the pic on the left shocks you more than the one on the right, you need to revise your views on immorality. #lgbt___Priorities.. some people get it, some people don't.

Via +Ole Olson

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2014-08-03 18:50:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

I know, right?
#Whisper

I know, right?
#Whisper___

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2014-08-03 17:34:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Is there an imminent threat of major war, World War III? This article explores the possibilities based on current events in Europe and also in East Asia. I think a better analysis should have included the perpetual Jewish-Arab, and Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East as well.

Some excerpts:

The unimaginable can occur. That is a notion at once banal and perennially useful to recall. Indeed, it has just happened in Crimea, where a major power has forcefully changed a European border for the first time since 1945.
...
The international system does not look particularly stable. The Cold War’s bipolar confrontation, despite its crises, was predictable. Today’s world is not. It features a United States whose power is dominant but no longer determinant; a one-party China that is a rising hegemon; an authoritarian Russia giddy on nationalism and the idea of a restoredimp... more »

Is there an imminent threat of major war, World War III? This article explores the possibilities based on current events in Europe and also in East Asia. I think a better analysis should have included the perpetual Jewish-Arab, and Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East as well.

Some excerpts:

The unimaginable can occur. That is a notion at once banal and perennially useful to recall. Indeed, it has just happened in Crimea, where a major power has forcefully changed a European border for the first time since 1945.
...
The international system does not look particularly stable. The Cold War’s bipolar confrontation, despite its crises, was predictable. Today’s world is not. It features a United States whose power is dominant but no longer determinant; a one-party China that is a rising hegemon; an authoritarian Russia giddy on nationalism and the idea of a restored imperium; and a weak, navel-gazing, blasé Europe whose pursuit of an ever closer union is on hold and perhaps on the brink of reversal.
...
The ghosts of repetition reside alongside the prophets of progress. From the “rush and swirl” of 1938 where “distance has been annihilated” would follow in short order the slaughter of Stalingrad, the mass murder of European Jewry, the indiscriminate deaths in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the anguish of all humanity. We should not lightly discard a well-grounded pessimism or the treaties it has produced.___

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2014-08-03 02:43:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

My previous iteration of fried rice made with Basmathi turned out pretty good, so another pot of Basmathi is going to join this mixture shortly. This time I experimented by adding ready-made tandoori spice paste, I'm curious how its going to end up.

My previous iteration of fried rice made with Basmathi turned out pretty good, so another pot of Basmathi is going to join this mixture shortly. This time I experimented by adding ready-made tandoori spice paste, I'm curious how its going to end up.___

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2014-08-02 21:09:11 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)

It is telling that most Muslims around the world support Palestinians, and most Jews support Israel. This, of course, is natural -- but it's also problematic. It means that this is not about who's right or wrong as much as which tribe or nation you are loyal to...  It means that the principles that guide most people's view of this conflict are largely accidents of birth -- that however we intellectualize and analyze the components of the Middle East mess, it remains, at its core, a tribal conflict.

I have nothing to add to this.
#gaza
___It is telling that most Muslims around the world support Palestinians, and most Jews support Israel. This, of course, is natural -- but it's also problematic. It means that this is not about who's right or wrong as much as which tribe or nation you are loyal to...  It means that the principles that guide most people's view of this conflict are largely accidents of birth -- that however we intellectualize and analyze the components of the Middle East mess, it remains, at its core, a tribal conflict.

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2014-08-01 09:50:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

#commentwin

#commentwin___

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2014-07-26 06:06:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

KL - AOR, going to take at least 8 hours with Raya traffic.
#balikkampung

KL - AOR, going to take at least 8 hours with Raya traffic.
#balikkampung___

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2014-07-26 05:26:16 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

50 minutes of listening to music - and the battery is still at 100%. I'm still amazed by this phone. #LG #G2 #balikkampung

50 minutes of listening to music - and the battery is still at 100%. I'm still amazed by this phone. #LG #G2 #balikkampung___

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2014-07-24 05:58:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Aside from working at Starbucks and being art students, there seems to be a really rare breed of hipsters that can make good music. I've been listening to the music from Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (Edward Sharpe is not actually anyone in the band) for about one week now - from two albums. They don't just make one hit wonders, that's for sure. I think you'll like them if you enjoy music from The National, Kings of Leon and Foster the People.

Included is the obligatory Letterman compliment on the drum set. 

Aside from working at Starbucks and being art students, there seems to be a really rare breed of hipsters that can make good music. I've been listening to the music from Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (Edward Sharpe is not actually anyone in the band) for about one week now - from two albums. They don't just make one hit wonders, that's for sure. I think you'll like them if you enjoy music from The National, Kings of Leon and Foster the People.

Included is the obligatory Letterman compliment on the drum set. ___

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2014-07-21 17:16:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

The rare moment when you achieve transcendence and someone captures it on camera. 

Via +Dane Findley 

___The rare moment when you achieve transcendence and someone captures it on camera. 

Via +Dane Findley 

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2014-07-20 13:18:21 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)

This week's KAL's cartoon http://econ.st/Wn9Uyy

This week's KAL's cartoon http://econ.st/Wn9Uyy___

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2014-07-20 03:07:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

We can blame the government for a lot of bad things, but just not this. #MH17 

Via +Andrew G

Airlines that have recently flown most often across Ukraine. Four others come before Malaysia Air.

Don't blame Malaysian Airlines, they were following the rules.

http://m.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/07/dont-blame-malaysia-airlines/374713/___We can blame the government for a lot of bad things, but just not this. #MH17 

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2014-07-18 17:27:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Blasphemy! #whisper

Blasphemy! #whisper___

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2014-07-18 03:51:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Fried rice, made with basmathi rice. #totallynotbriyani

Fried rice, made with basmathi rice. #totallynotbriyani___

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2014-07-17 22:20:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Posted on #Whisper
#Israel #Palestine

Posted on #Whisper
#Israel #Palestine___

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2014-07-17 20:06:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

#MH17 wreckage, 295 dead

Source: http://live.reuters.com/Event/World_News

HRABOVE Ukraine (Reuters) - A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides.

Ukraine accused "terrorists" - militants fighting to unite eastern Ukraine with Russia - of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with a heavy, Soviet-era SA-11 ground-to-air missile as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.



#MH17 wreckage, 295 dead

Source: http://live.reuters.com/Event/World_News

HRABOVE Ukraine (Reuters) - A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides.

Ukraine accused "terrorists" - militants fighting to unite eastern Ukraine with Russia - of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with a heavy, Soviet-era SA-11 ground-to-air missile as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

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2014-07-17 16:44:58 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)

Shooting down a civillian aircraft, act of war, no?
And poor MAS, it seems unable to avoid getting caught in bad publicity again and again.

I can foresee that the Malaysian government is not going to be able to handle this well. 

#MH17

Shooting down a civillian aircraft, act of war, no?
And poor MAS, it seems unable to avoid getting caught in bad publicity again and again.

I can foresee that the Malaysian government is not going to be able to handle this well. 

#MH17___

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2014-07-17 03:16:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Apparently the research shows that there is no difference between organic and regular (calling them inorganic is going to be stupid) food in terms of safety, nutrition, or your health.

And millions of people are still hungry in the world, and that is why you need pesticides. 

Apparently the research shows that there is no difference between organic and regular (calling them inorganic is going to be stupid) food in terms of safety, nutrition, or your health.

And millions of people are still hungry in the world, and that is why you need pesticides. ___

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2014-07-16 19:10:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

This land is mine because god said so. Protip: Putting the prefix 'Holy' to the name of your place is most probably going to make sure that it will never be peaceful. This animated video is the best way to close on what I wrote in my previous post on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

#Israel   #Palestine  

This animated short by filmmaker Nina Paley, creator of the acclaimed "Sita Sings the Blues", presents a concise and bloody recap of how a tiny strip of land in the Middle East changed hands over thousands of years.

More about her work here: http://blog.ninapaley.com/___This land is mine because god said so. Protip: Putting the prefix 'Holy' to the name of your place is most probably going to make sure that it will never be peaceful. This animated video is the best way to close on what I wrote in my previous post on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

#Israel   #Palestine  

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2014-07-16 06:38:21 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Did the Israel-Palestinian conflict start as a response to the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel in 1947, and it's perceived illegitimacy by Arabs? Short answer: No

To look into the root of the conflict, I read the Wikipedia article on Mandatory Palestine which was a state administered by the British from 1920 - 1948. Although "Palestine" as a geographical region existed since ancient times, an official nation/state of Palestine never existed before 1920. The region of Palestine was under the Ottomans before that. So the British defined the state of Palestine, when there was none before.

From what I'm reading this conflict has always been about the refusals of Arabs to live with Jews. And these Jews are not the dislocated, stateless people who were running away from the Holocaust, the Holocaust did not happen yet. The Holocaust started... more »

Did the Israel-Palestinian conflict start as a response to the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel in 1947, and it's perceived illegitimacy by Arabs? Short answer: No

To look into the root of the conflict, I read the Wikipedia article on Mandatory Palestine which was a state administered by the British from 1920 - 1948. Although "Palestine" as a geographical region existed since ancient times, an official nation/state of Palestine never existed before 1920. The region of Palestine was under the Ottomans before that. So the British defined the state of Palestine, when there was none before.

From what I'm reading this conflict has always been about the refusals of Arabs to live with Jews. And these Jews are not the dislocated, stateless people who were running away from the Holocaust, the Holocaust did not happen yet. The Holocaust started in 1941. This fundamentally dispels the notion that what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians now is just revenge for what they experienced during the Holocaust. The conflict has started before that.

Nor are the Jews the "original" people of the land. The World Zionist Organization was founded on 1897 (Before the creation of Mandatory Palestine in 1920) with the objective for the creation of a "Jewish Homeland" in Palestine. Try to imagine if they decided to name their state simply as Palestine in 1948, what would people call the conflict today? Yes, it would be termed the Jewish-Arab conflict (Not Jewish-Islam conflict, because from day one the Arab-Christians was also into the game of Jew-hating). 

Back to the story. So the implication to the foundation of the Zionist organization was obviously an increase in Jewish immigration to the Palestinian area. The Arabs were not amused. (Before anyone start to use this to say that this proves Israel's illegitimacy, remember that this is basically how the USA and Australia came to be - immigration, and historically the Arabs and Mongols has been doing basically the same thing - spreading their people through military expansion). The British provided the blessing to the Zionist movement with the Balfour Declaration of 1917. What this means is the same entity that defined the State of Palestine also supported the idea of a Jewish state in Palestine. 

Again, the Arabs were not amused by this. From Wikipedia: " In 1922 the British-mandated Palestine Order in Council established a Legislative Council, which was to consist of 23 members; 12 elected, 10 appointed and the High Commissioner. Of the 12 elected members, eight were to be Muslim Arabs, two Christian Arabs and two Jews. Arabs protested against the distribution of the seats, arguing that as they constituted 88% of the population, having only 43% of the seats was unfair. Elections were held in February and March 1923, but due to an Arab boycott, the results were annulled and a 12-member Advisory Council was established." The Arabs (Muslims and Christians) was practically guaranteed a majority in the elected seats, but they still refused the admission of two Jewish representatives. This clearly signalled on how bad things are going to be, moving forward.

An Arab militant movement, the Black Hand (Not to be confused with the guy that was killed by Don Corleone in The Godfather) was founded in 1930 to violently oppose the British occupation and Jewish settlement. This was first blood. Wikipedia: The ensuing terror campaign began with the ambush and murder of three members of Kibbutz Yagur, 11 April 1931, a failed bombing attack on outlying Jewish homes in Haifa in early 1932, and several operations that killed or wounded some four members of northern Jewish settlements. It climaxed with the deaths of a Jewish father and son in Nahalal, from a bomb thrown into their home, on 22 December 1932.

This may sound childish, but as a matter of fact, the Arab started the violence first. The Black Hand was not just a typical independence movement, they did not only attack the British, they also violently attacked the Jewish immigrants. It is important to note that the British colonialist also introduced a large number of immigrants to other countries that they occupied, for instance, Malaya - and the independence fighters rarely targeted the immigrants. The violence was not just about anti-colonialism, it was racist at its very core.

Jew hatred
The core of the problem has always been this: Everyone hated the Jews. The term "anti-Semitism" is incorrect here, because the Arabs are technically Semites too. Not really everyone, but everyone that matters: The Christians in Europe, and the Christians and Muslim Arabs in West Asia/Levant/Arab world. The three religion are basically related to each other, but they really, really hate each other. This has always been about religion. Not politics, not economics, not because of isolated cases of 'evil' in certain individuals, no, it has always been about religion, specifically the Abrahamic religions. 

Hitler did not start the Jew hatred in Europe. Blaming and isolating Hitler is a very convenient way of ignoring European history. The Catholics Monarchs in Spain ordered the expulsion of Jews in 1492. The reason being: "Jews were accused of trying to subvert their holy Catholic faith and trying to draw faithful Christians away from their beliefs." (Wikipedia). This is how early it started. The first modern wave of Jewish immigration to Palestine started in 1881 while the area was under the Ottoman Empire. This happened due to Pogroms being held in Eastern Europe which was basically an attempt at ethnic cleansing. There were three consequent waves of Jewish immigration to Palestine after that, which began in 1904, 1919, and 1924 respectively. The fifth wave, starting in 1930 was the largest, and this was primarily due to the rise of Nazism.  

So, the Jews ran away from Europe because Christians hated them and tried to kill them, and the Arabs refused to accommodate them because simply, they were Jews. This hatred against Jews can even be justified by Quranic verses. For instance, verse 5:51 states: "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.". 

So it is safe to say that the real root of the problem is Jew hatred, justified because of religion, both by the Christians and also Arabs. 

If you remove the religion from the equation - none of this would have happened. 

Note: This should not be taken as a moral justification for any act of violence on both sides that are currently happening.

People who I think might be interested in reading this: +Aida Hazlan +Gunther Furlong +Simons Mith +Yonatan Zunger (pushing my luck)

Sources / further reading: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandatory_Palestine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izz_ad-Din_al-Qassam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Fanucci

#Israel #Palestine___

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2014-07-15 05:33:29 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Apparently, the dumbest people in the world lives in Malaysia. #palmface

Apparently, the dumbest people in the world lives in Malaysia. #palmface___

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2014-07-14 00:57:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

This was posted three days ago.

We think Germany will win the World Cup. But this isn't about us picking winners, it's about what you can do with Google Cloud Platform. Check out how you can run the numbers for youself on our blog: http://goo.gl/fWQtUp___This was posted three days ago.

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