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Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche15,429┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v22  CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________*●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v22 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:   +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen: +Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos:  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #circleshare   #patagonia   #hotel   #owardjohnson   #trenqueelauquen   #Ruta5  2015-01-22 09:46:27500457
Rian Sigap475Get 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 20:15:35473000
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 16:26:19501012
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 06:41:19465012
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 06:30:22451433271
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 05:24:223625111
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 Atanasov1,228SCIENCE 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 #cars #sharingiscaring  #Liver#sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia  #sports #Smartphones#tablets 2014-11-06 08:10:34369051
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 06:51:44407101
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 12:15:324990718
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 06:25:0424522733
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 17:15:22500151025
Irina Sadokhina17,311Hello 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. 7th, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circlecirclecircle   #circles   #circlescirclescircles   #circleshared   #crazycircles   #hyperball   #plusmastermind   #circleoftheweek  2014-03-31 18:07:204536655108
Irina Sadokhina16,720Hello 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   , March 31st. just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circlecirclecircle   #circlecirclecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #hyperball   #crazycircles   #plusmastermind   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheweek   #circleoftheday  2014-03-24 18:59:534707753123
STEM on Google+ Community14,148Here are the "Movers & Shakers" in the STEM Community!February--March, 2014!Here's the latest updated edition of people & pages whose posts and comments appeared in the STEM on Google+ Community.  There are both science content creators and science readers here, and they are all active and interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math.  Add this circle to your stream!Click here to enter the community >>https://plus.google.com/b/112166434848553337850/communities/110555615319066448343  Get involved in science discussions in the STEM community and you'll be in the next circle!If you received notification for this post, you are included in the circle!  If you do not wish to be notified, or shared in this (or other) circles, please let me know.~+Malthus John #sciencecircle   #stemcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #scienceeveryday   #sciencessunday   #stem   #gpluscommunities   #science   #technology   #engineering   #mathematics   #engagement  2014-03-24 17:43:08235232368
Matthew J Price8,236It's been some time since I shared my favorite circle: Accelerated Thinkers.  These 91 people are the ones I trust with bringing me the good news every day, and leading the conversation about the future of humanity.  Thank you so much!2014-03-22 04:25:4591103
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203
Irina Sadokhina15,346Hello my dear friends!!!HELLO! 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   , March 17th just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circlecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #hyperball   #rustyball   #crazycircles   #plusmastermind  2014-03-11 16:53:09467664993

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2015-01-07 18:06:40 (167 comments, 29 reshares, 161 +1s)Open 

Reading this NYTimes article, it was all I could do not to choke and sputter.  --  “After years of sparring with the White House, Republicans are eager to demonstrate productivity and some level of bipartisan ­cooperation with Obama and the Democrats…. “On the things where we agree, the goal will be to make a law, not just put something on [Obama’s] desk,” incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-taking-control-of-congress-eager-to-reshape-policy-and-strike-deals/2015/01/03/158c2b24-9296-11e4-ba53-a477d66580ed_story.html

“We will see if there is an opportunity for a fourth quarter for President Obama that actually moves the country in the direct we’d like to go,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), who also will be responsible for helping reelect GOP senators in 2016.
“Reagan did it ageneration ago working... more »

Most reshares: 57

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2015-01-25 23:11:15 (15 comments, 57 reshares, 140 +1s)Open 

A fascinating article about a whole new realm of microbes. These strains must be grown on a cathode, not in a petri dish. And they indicate an immense and largely alien ecosystem here on Earth. The National Science Foundation calls it the “dark energy biosphere” and is funding studies of this parallel microbial universe, in which some bacteria can use electrons directly, instead of taking them from glucose… or deposit electrons by converting magnesium dioxide, instead of dumping them into Oxygen.

http://www.popsci.com/have-we-found-alien-life

This discovery may be related to an earlier bacterial talent that I told you about…  the ability to connect into sausage-link cables thousands of cells long. “As yet there is no indication whether Rowe’s electric bacteria form these kinds of cables… but (a researcher) speculates that the cables are like drinking straws, allowingbacteria burie... more »

Most plusones: 389

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2015-01-10 20:22:29 (50 comments, 27 reshares, 389 +1s)Open 

Spacex accomplished the day's main task, getting the dragon capsule off to the ISS safely.  The secondary mission, to land the first stage on a barge?  Damn close.  And in this biz, when you've got telemetry to solve problems and try again, next time?  Hell yes, they get a cigar.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30752515

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2015-01-30 17:42:32 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I found this interesting and well-written, The topic is fraught with implications that should be weighed with both a scientific and a moral caution. But thought provoking about things we are discovering about human origins.

 http://tremblethedevil.com/?p=2595

I found this interesting and well-written, The topic is fraught with implications that should be weighed with both a scientific and a moral caution. But thought provoking about things we are discovering about human origins.

 http://tremblethedevil.com/?p=2595___

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2015-01-30 14:56:16 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Fake or low class medical "journals" are ripping off doctors in poor countries by suckerng them into paying$500 publication fees for an "accepted and peer reviewed" paper -- that fools the victims into thinking they have an acceptable academically credible publication. This fellow tested these "journals" with a fake article about "Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!"

http://www.fastcompany.com/3041493/body-week/why-a-fake-article-cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs-was-accepted-by-17-medical-journals

Fake or low class medical "journals" are ripping off doctors in poor countries by suckerng them into paying$500 publication fees for an "accepted and peer reviewed" paper -- that fools the victims into thinking they have an acceptable academically credible publication. This fellow tested these "journals" with a fake article about "Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!"

http://www.fastcompany.com/3041493/body-week/why-a-fake-article-cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs-was-accepted-by-17-medical-journals___

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2015-01-30 02:35:31 (28 comments, 14 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

Pretty much exactly as I predicted... The top-two primary system has elected a moderate in a heavily-Republican district. And as we have seen for several years since the system was also instituted in California, replacing radical dems and goppers with moderates in both parties.
........."Newhouse’s victory over Didier in Yakima may be the clearest evidence yet that a top-two primary system can work to marginalize, rather than incentivize, the political fringe."

Just as they did a century ago, the Pacific Coast states are leading the way in rejecting narrow partisanship and the cheats of the political caste, eliminating gerrymandering and making parties far less important as districts vote more for individuals who speak to voters like grownups, instead of sheep, to be whipped up with fear.
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Pretty much exactly as I predicted... The top-two primary system has elected a moderate in a heavily-Republican district. And as we have seen for several years since the system was also instituted in California, replacing radical dems and goppers with moderates in both parties.
........."Newhouse’s victory over Didier in Yakima may be the clearest evidence yet that a top-two primary system can work to marginalize, rather than incentivize, the political fringe."

Just as they did a century ago, the Pacific Coast states are leading the way in rejecting narrow partisanship and the cheats of the political caste, eliminating gerrymandering and making parties far less important as districts vote more for individuals who speak to voters like grownups, instead of sheep, to be whipped up with fear.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-washington-state-can-teach-us-about-gridlock-in-the-other-washington/___

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2015-01-29 22:51:59 (38 comments, 5 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

A "warrant canary" is a method by which companies like Google can - in theory - let you know when the government has served a warrant for your information under a gag order.  If the company sends you daily messages "We have not been served any warrants for your data… today."  Then when the notifications stop… You get the idea.
...And I would count on it about as far as I can drop kick an NFL linebacker. Geez  some folks will believe anything. Like that crypto actually hides a damn thing. There's one born every minute.


http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/01/29/warrant_canaries_a_way_for_tech_companies_to_get_around_government_gag_orders.html

A "warrant canary" is a method by which companies like Google can - in theory - let you know when the government has served a warrant for your information under a gag order.  If the company sends you daily messages "We have not been served any warrants for your data… today."  Then when the notifications stop… You get the idea.
...And I would count on it about as far as I can drop kick an NFL linebacker. Geez  some folks will believe anything. Like that crypto actually hides a damn thing. There's one born every minute.


http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/01/29/warrant_canaries_a_way_for_tech_companies_to_get_around_government_gag_orders.html___

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2015-01-29 18:50:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Livestream of our exciting NIAC (NASA Innovative & Advance Concepts group) meeting at Cape Canaveral. Catch a glimpse of Buzz Aldrin! And me, doing what I do best -- asking questions!
 http://new.livestream.com/viewnow/NIAC2015

Livestream of our exciting NIAC (NASA Innovative & Advance Concepts group) meeting at Cape Canaveral. Catch a glimpse of Buzz Aldrin! And me, doing what I do best -- asking questions!
 http://new.livestream.com/viewnow/NIAC2015___

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2015-01-28 19:36:09 (16 comments, 5 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

My mid-week posting: "Fairness on the Airwaves" is about whether we can long maintain democracy if half the populace lives in one or another echo chambers, never hearing or encountering any facts that rebut or refute the pablum they are being spoon-fed by dogmatic propagandists.  The 1930s era Nuremberg rallies and Cold War era uniform communist propaganda show how worrisome the result might be.

Our system is supposedly based on fair ARGUMENT between folks who understand the need to weigh alternatives, give-and-take, etc. What happens when that has vanished?  In EARTH I forecast this era and discussed possible solutions. But our parents in the Greatest Generation had a method that worked pretty well. SO why does one end of our political "spectrum" so despise even the idea that its foot troops should see any kind of rebuttal?

Have a look.
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My mid-week posting: "Fairness on the Airwaves" is about whether we can long maintain democracy if half the populace lives in one or another echo chambers, never hearing or encountering any facts that rebut or refute the pablum they are being spoon-fed by dogmatic propagandists.  The 1930s era Nuremberg rallies and Cold War era uniform communist propaganda show how worrisome the result might be.

Our system is supposedly based on fair ARGUMENT between folks who understand the need to weigh alternatives, give-and-take, etc. What happens when that has vanished?  In EARTH I forecast this era and discussed possible solutions. But our parents in the Greatest Generation had a method that worked pretty well. SO why does one end of our political "spectrum" so despise even the idea that its foot troops should see any kind of rebuttal?

Have a look.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/fairness-on-public-airwaves.html___

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2015-01-28 18:07:35 (64 comments, 24 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Yipe too plausible!  And deeply scary. As China rises and Russia's population declines, will China cast its eye right next door… on Siberia?  "Siberia – the Asian part of Russia, east of the Ural Mountains – is immense. It takes up three-quarters of Russia's land mass, the equivalent of the entire U.S. and India put together. It's hard to imagine such a vast area changing hands. But like love, a border is real only if both sides believe in it. And on both sides of the Sino-Russian border, that belief is wavering." Indeed, increasingly, Chinese-owned factories in Siberia churn out finished goods, as if the region already were a part of the Middle Kingdom's economy.
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/01/14/the-most-debated-room-for-debates/why-china-will-reclaim-siberia-21

Yipe too plausible!  And deeply scary. As China rises and Russia's population declines, will China cast its eye right next door… on Siberia?  "Siberia – the Asian part of Russia, east of the Ural Mountains – is immense. It takes up three-quarters of Russia's land mass, the equivalent of the entire U.S. and India put together. It's hard to imagine such a vast area changing hands. But like love, a border is real only if both sides believe in it. And on both sides of the Sino-Russian border, that belief is wavering." Indeed, increasingly, Chinese-owned factories in Siberia churn out finished goods, as if the region already were a part of the Middle Kingdom's economy.
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/01/14/the-most-debated-room-for-debates/why-china-will-reclaim-siberia-21___

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2015-01-27 20:39:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Livestream of our exciting NIAC (NASA Innovative & Advance Concepts group) meeting at Cape Canaveral. Catch a glimpse of Buzz Aldrin! And me, doing what I do best -- asking questions!
 http://new.livestream.com/viewnow/NIAC2015

Livestream of our exciting NIAC (NASA Innovative & Advance Concepts group) meeting at Cape Canaveral. Catch a glimpse of Buzz Aldrin! And me, doing what I do best -- asking questions!
 http://new.livestream.com/viewnow/NIAC2015___

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2015-01-27 19:45:56 (44 comments, 12 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

This is too easy to do. "The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists."

What is your reaction. Outrage? Want to ban this?  Fool.  Yeah, that's gonna work, as cameras get smaller, faster, better, cheaper faster than Moore's law. Endlessly. Think TEN years ahead. Try some imagination.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-spies-on-millions-of-cars-1422314779?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

Driving this kind of activity underground will only empower elites and make them hire nasty-secretive henchmen to do all this in secret. On the other hand, if we stay calm, we can instead be militant for something that works… keeping public supervision representatives and public-accesscam... more »

This is too easy to do. "The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists."

What is your reaction. Outrage? Want to ban this?  Fool.  Yeah, that's gonna work, as cameras get smaller, faster, better, cheaper faster than Moore's law. Endlessly. Think TEN years ahead. Try some imagination.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-spies-on-millions-of-cars-1422314779?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

Driving this kind of activity underground will only empower elites and make them hire nasty-secretive henchmen to do all this in secret. On the other hand, if we stay calm, we can instead be militant for something that works… keeping public supervision representatives and public-access cameras in the control rooms of these systems! Require that operator-henchmen in such systems change jobs after 5 years and go to places where they can be encouraged to tell if there had been abuse. These are deterrence vs abuse of sight, which is possible. Deterring sight itself is not.

Worrying about what others KNOW is inherently insane, because you can never verify what someone else does not know!. But you can verify what others DO with their knowledge. Preventing others from DOING bad things is possible, if we can see.

What boggles me is that this very way of thinking appears to be impossible for most folks. There is an addiction to cynically demanding that we solve info age problems by REDUCING the amount and flow of light. By shouting at others "don't look!"  That approach is not only hopeless, it is illogical and utterly stupid. Show me one example, across 6000 years, of it ever having worked.

We became free by INCREASING flows of light. By saying to elites: "You will inevitably see. But we demand the right and power to see (and supervise) YOU!"  Can someone explain to me why this is so hard for folks to understand?___

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2015-01-27 19:01:39 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Another workshop site for new writers to share stories and offer mutual crit, online. They also run contests.  http://www.inkitt.com/

Another workshop site for new writers to share stories and offer mutual crit, online. They also run contests.  http://www.inkitt.com/___

2015-01-25 23:23:59 (17 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This interesting article about surveillance follows the standard pattern. Starting out informative, it moves on to gloomy dudgeon, and concludes with a general armwave call for unsepecified actions, in directions that cannot possibly work.

“In response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, the U.K. government is redoubling its efforts to engage in mass surveillance. Prime Minister David Cameron wants to reintroduce the so-called snoopers’ charter—properly, the Communications Data Bill—which would compel telecom companies to keep records of all Internet, email, and cellphone activity. He also wants to ban encrypted communications services.”
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/mass-surveillance-is-ineffective-at-fighting-terrorism-and-makes-us-less-safe-says-tech-expert/

France has blanket electronic surveillance. It didn’t avert the Charlie Hebdo events. They process vastamounts of i... more »

This interesting article about surveillance follows the standard pattern. Starting out informative, it moves on to gloomy dudgeon, and concludes with a general armwave call for unsepecified actions, in directions that cannot possibly work.

“In response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, the U.K. government is redoubling its efforts to engage in mass surveillance. Prime Minister David Cameron wants to reintroduce the so-called snoopers’ charter—properly, the Communications Data Bill—which would compel telecom companies to keep records of all Internet, email, and cellphone activity. He also wants to ban encrypted communications services.”
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/mass-surveillance-is-ineffective-at-fighting-terrorism-and-makes-us-less-safe-says-tech-expert/

France has blanket electronic surveillance. It didn’t avert the Charlie Hebdo events. They process vast amounts of imperfect intelligence data and do not have the resources to monitor all known suspects 24/7. “The French authorities lost track of these extremists long enough for them to carry out their murderous acts.”

Good point!  (Though it ignores the likelihood (with real evidence) that many other attacks were staunched by national protector castes.  Notice that the possibility is never reaised by the writer, that this is a matter of ratios, not black and white.

Only then, alas, the pattern repeats yet again. The author reaches exactly the wrong conclusion: “It is statistically impossible for total population surveillance to be an effective tool for catching terrorists.”

Sorry, but this article, while informative and important, is also wrongheaded… the way nearly all earnest and sincere journalism on the topic of surveillance is wrongheaded. Always, we see the same thing: a smart person, knowledgable and committed to enlightened civilization, bemoaning some trend that appears likely to empower Big Brother — some Orwellian nightmare of top-down control by elites of government, of wealth, of corporatcy, criminality or tech-wizardry. Always, these alarums are spot-on correct —

— till we get to the end of each piece, when the pundit recommends… nothing useful, whatsoever.  

Either the article dissipates into hand-wringing that someone oughta do something, or else vague notions that we should STOP the encroachment of cameras and data sifters, somehow, despite the unstoppable trend (sometimes called “Brin’s Corollary to Moore’s Law”) that cameras get smaller, faster, cheaper, more numerous and more mobile every year.

For nigh onto 20 years I have pointed out that nothing can stop this tsunami of eyes, swarming across the world. Those who try to stand, like King Canute, in the face of this wave, shouting “stop!” reveal nothing but their own myopia.

Elites will see — name one counter example across recorded history, when they willingly gave up a method of intelligence gathering.  If we panic, passing laws to forbid surveillance, all we will accomplish, in the prophetic words of science fiction legend Robert Heinlein, will be to “make the spy bugs smaller.”

There is another approach, a trend that is happening all around us and one that may save freedom, despite the fact that our pundits refuse to look at it.  The trend is “sousveillance,” or assertively using these new technologies to look BACK at power.  The effects are already being seen in police departments across America, as lapel cameras become standard on cop uniforms and as citizens get used to applying their now-entrenched right to record authority.  This is the trend that will save us…

…yet the hand-wringers cannot glimpse anything that doesn’t fit their narrative.

https://us-mg204.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.partner=sbc&.rand=9241tpdh13jip#mail___

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2015-01-25 23:11:15 (15 comments, 57 reshares, 140 +1s)Open 

A fascinating article about a whole new realm of microbes. These strains must be grown on a cathode, not in a petri dish. And they indicate an immense and largely alien ecosystem here on Earth. The National Science Foundation calls it the “dark energy biosphere” and is funding studies of this parallel microbial universe, in which some bacteria can use electrons directly, instead of taking them from glucose… or deposit electrons by converting magnesium dioxide, instead of dumping them into Oxygen.

http://www.popsci.com/have-we-found-alien-life

This discovery may be related to an earlier bacterial talent that I told you about…  the ability to connect into sausage-link cables thousands of cells long. “As yet there is no indication whether Rowe’s electric bacteria form these kinds of cables… but (a researcher) speculates that the cables are like drinking straws, allowingbacteria burie... more »

A fascinating article about a whole new realm of microbes. These strains must be grown on a cathode, not in a petri dish. And they indicate an immense and largely alien ecosystem here on Earth. The National Science Foundation calls it the “dark energy biosphere” and is funding studies of this parallel microbial universe, in which some bacteria can use electrons directly, instead of taking them from glucose… or deposit electrons by converting magnesium dioxide, instead of dumping them into Oxygen.

http://www.popsci.com/have-we-found-alien-life

This discovery may be related to an earlier bacterial talent that I told you about…  the ability to connect into sausage-link cables thousands of cells long. “As yet there is no indication whether Rowe’s electric bacteria form these kinds of cables… but (a researcher) speculates that the cables are like drinking straws, allowing bacteria buried deep in sediment to breathe from the top of the pile by pushing electrons up through the tube, from one cell to the next.”___

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2015-01-25 06:28:01 (11 comments, 18 reshares, 111 +1s)Open 

Today, Elon Musk tweeted that he’s named two of his spaceport drone ships in the most fitting way: after ships from science fiction writer Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels. How way cool is that!!  

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/elon-musk-iain-m-banks-just-read-the-instructions

Today, Elon Musk tweeted that he’s named two of his spaceport drone ships in the most fitting way: after ships from science fiction writer Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels. How way cool is that!!  

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/elon-musk-iain-m-banks-just-read-the-instructions___

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2015-01-25 00:27:57 (45 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Sometimes people just plain blow a good thing.  Take one of the most powerful symbols of the last 70 years, the so-called “Doomsday Clock” of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists --  http://thebulletin.org

“It is 3 minutes to midnight. In a statement released today during a press conference in Washington, DC, members of the Science and Security Board said: "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists does not move the hands of the Doomsday Clock for light or transient reasons."

Of all the stupid, stupid, stupid misuses of good symbolism, this one takes the cake.  In order to make a sanctimonious “dire warning” this month, this week, they have used up their wad, made it impossible to point to trends that might happen later on… in the… um… future.

I was so impressed when, in the early nineties, after one of the post-Cold War treaties, an earlier andvastly more savvy ... more »

Sometimes people just plain blow a good thing.  Take one of the most powerful symbols of the last 70 years, the so-called “Doomsday Clock” of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists --  http://thebulletin.org

“It is 3 minutes to midnight. In a statement released today during a press conference in Washington, DC, members of the Science and Security Board said: "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists does not move the hands of the Doomsday Clock for light or transient reasons."

Of all the stupid, stupid, stupid misuses of good symbolism, this one takes the cake.  In order to make a sanctimonious “dire warning” this month, this week, they have used up their wad, made it impossible to point to trends that might happen later on… in the… um… future.

I was so impressed when, in the early nineties, after one of the post-Cold War treaties, an earlier and vastly more savvy set of BULLETIN editors actually cranked back the second hand on the clock, all the way to 20 minutes-till.  By grabbing that opportunity, they gave themselves space to then be able to focus public attention twenty times, if necessary.

All these dopes have done is wreck their credibility and waste a symbolic tool that was of some real value to us all.___

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2015-01-24 01:28:58 (12 comments, 7 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

A week ago, I explored the complex matter of Robert A. Heinlein. Now, for this weekend's posting, let's dive deeply for a close look at another of our field's Grand Masters...  about whom I am officially an expert!  
      The secret and vigorous motivating forces behind the life and works of... ISAAC ASIMOV!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-robots-and-foundation-universe.html

A week ago, I explored the complex matter of Robert A. Heinlein. Now, for this weekend's posting, let's dive deeply for a close look at another of our field's Grand Masters...  about whom I am officially an expert!  
      The secret and vigorous motivating forces behind the life and works of... ISAAC ASIMOV!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-robots-and-foundation-universe.html___

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2015-01-23 23:47:36 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Mr. Vladimir Putin’s adaptability and willingness to use any method can be seen in this article about the formerly rebellious province of Chechnya, for many years a hotbed of anti-Kremlin rebel and terror activity, fiercely and violently repressed. The other side of the coin? Catering to local religious zealotry:

“Chechnya’s nominally secular institutions are now thoroughly Islamicized. Public schools have instructors who teach Islam. Each district administration has a qadi, or Islamic judge, who wields de facto power in the district. Shariah courts function in the guise of state courts. Women are ordered to keep covered in public places, and the consumption of alcohol is prohibited. During his “virtue campaign,” Mr. Kadyrov openly declared that a woman is a man’s property and defended “honor killings.””
http://www.nyti... more »

Mr. Vladimir Putin’s adaptability and willingness to use any method can be seen in this article about the formerly rebellious province of Chechnya, for many years a hotbed of anti-Kremlin rebel and terror activity, fiercely and violently repressed. The other side of the coin? Catering to local religious zealotry:

“Chechnya’s nominally secular institutions are now thoroughly Islamicized. Public schools have instructors who teach Islam. Each district administration has a qadi, or Islamic judge, who wields de facto power in the district. Shariah courts function in the guise of state courts. Women are ordered to keep covered in public places, and the consumption of alcohol is prohibited. During his “virtue campaign,” Mr. Kadyrov openly declared that a woman is a man’s property and defended “honor killings.””

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/opinion/chechnya-and-charlie-hebdo.html?_r=0___

2015-01-23 00:17:25 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Any science fiction related bookstores or fan communities in the following areas:? Boulder Colo. Scottsdale Az.  El Paso Tx.  Las Cruces New Mexico? Contact info?

Any science fiction related bookstores or fan communities in the following areas:? Boulder Colo. Scottsdale Az.  El Paso Tx.  Las Cruces New Mexico? Contact info?___

2015-01-22 06:59:59 (24 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

 “Cicret Bracelet".  This device was invented in Israel and is not yet available on the open market. In fact, I doubt it will be for a while yet.  Still, its patents are probably worth billions. And I want it as my first smart phone.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/9J7GpVQCfms

 “Cicret Bracelet".  This device was invented in Israel and is not yet available on the open market. In fact, I doubt it will be for a while yet.  Still, its patents are probably worth billions. And I want it as my first smart phone.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/9J7GpVQCfms___

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2015-01-22 01:41:09 (70 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Do you have “political fused spine disease?”  Are you only able to see Big Brother looming from the elites that you hate… but not at all from your favorite elites?  If you can only stare in one direction… at foes of the “left” or of the “right” on the stupid-lobotomizing so-called left-right political “axis”… then maybe you (or else your dogmatic uncle) need to read this posting of mine from exactly a year ago.

We will be destroyed, if we do not regain the ability to turn our heads! Only people whose political spines are flexible will have the agility to negotiate with each other. Even if you think the Left (or the Right) has all the answers, this will make you better able to understand your foes!  Even if you think the right (or the left) contains all wisdom, this will enable you to correct and refine your own side’s flaws.

See a political chiropractor andlearn to turn your heads! ... more »

Do you have “political fused spine disease?”  Are you only able to see Big Brother looming from the elites that you hate… but not at all from your favorite elites?  If you can only stare in one direction… at foes of the “left” or of the “right” on the stupid-lobotomizing so-called left-right political “axis”… then maybe you (or else your dogmatic uncle) need to read this posting of mine from exactly a year ago.

We will be destroyed, if we do not regain the ability to turn our heads! Only people whose political spines are flexible will have the agility to negotiate with each other. Even if you think the Left (or the Right) has all the answers, this will make you better able to understand your foes!  Even if you think the right (or the left) contains all wisdom, this will enable you to correct and refine your own side’s flaws.

See a political chiropractor and learn to turn your heads!  

Start here:
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/01/turn-your-heads.html___

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2015-01-20 17:40:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Doomsday Clock Announcement is scheduled for 11am EST on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Watch the Live Stream on Thursday here.  I don't always agree with their estimates. But the polemical value of this symbol is inarguable.
http://thebulletin.org

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Doomsday Clock Announcement is scheduled for 11am EST on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Watch the Live Stream on Thursday here.  I don't always agree with their estimates. But the polemical value of this symbol is inarguable.
http://thebulletin.org___

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2015-01-20 02:36:14 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Monday's blog posting - "SETI and Libertarianism" - links you to my recent work musing on whether some of the issues that vex us... like freedom and oligarchy... might bear on the question of why we so (so far) no sign of "others" out there!  Note that next month I will be speaking and debating on this issue both at the AAAS conclave in San Jose and at the nearby SETI Institute.

Big Issues!!! For big minds.  All about the biggest thing of all.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/seti-and-libertarianism.html

Monday's blog posting - "SETI and Libertarianism" - links you to my recent work musing on whether some of the issues that vex us... like freedom and oligarchy... might bear on the question of why we so (so far) no sign of "others" out there!  Note that next month I will be speaking and debating on this issue both at the AAAS conclave in San Jose and at the nearby SETI Institute.

Big Issues!!! For big minds.  All about the biggest thing of all.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/seti-and-libertarianism.html___

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2015-01-20 01:25:15 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I thought the phrase "I'm just sayin'" was this latest generation's topmost contribution to the vernacular. (In fact, I don't like very much the way it's used to deflect blame for rudeness -- though at times it is effective.) Kind of like the way we hippies provided "No way!"  After which the Bill&Ted genXers offered the perfect rebuttal -- "Yes, way!"

Only now I just recalled where I first heard: "I'm just sayin'..."  In the 1966 Steve McQueen- Robert Wise film THE SAND PEBBLES.  (An under-appreciated and historically vivid movie, by the way.)  Can anyone cite an earlier widely-seen use?  Maybe the phrase has been around forever.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sand_Pebbles_%28film%29

I thought the phrase "I'm just sayin'" was this latest generation's topmost contribution to the vernacular. (In fact, I don't like very much the way it's used to deflect blame for rudeness -- though at times it is effective.) Kind of like the way we hippies provided "No way!"  After which the Bill&Ted genXers offered the perfect rebuttal -- "Yes, way!"

Only now I just recalled where I first heard: "I'm just sayin'..."  In the 1966 Steve McQueen- Robert Wise film THE SAND PEBBLES.  (An under-appreciated and historically vivid movie, by the way.)  Can anyone cite an earlier widely-seen use?  Maybe the phrase has been around forever.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sand_Pebbles_%28film%29___

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2015-01-19 21:45:30 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Last year, California's booming economy (now rising faster than China) surpassed Russia and Italy. This year, the Golden State -- under the nation's by-far best governor - is expected to surge past 7th place Brazil.  Budgets are balanced and a big reserve fund is being built, amid the best universities on the planet and more entrepreneurship than most of North America... all of it while absorbing half of the nation's immigrants and footloose young people crashing on couches, in Hollywood.

Brown-Warren in 2016!

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-capitol-business-beat-20150119-story.html  (Scan down through the article.)

Last year, California's booming economy (now rising faster than China) surpassed Russia and Italy. This year, the Golden State -- under the nation's by-far best governor - is expected to surge past 7th place Brazil.  Budgets are balanced and a big reserve fund is being built, amid the best universities on the planet and more entrepreneurship than most of North America... all of it while absorbing half of the nation's immigrants and footloose young people crashing on couches, in Hollywood.

Brown-Warren in 2016!

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-capitol-business-beat-20150119-story.html  (Scan down through the article.)___

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2015-01-18 21:33:32 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

After serving as a science consultant during some planning phases, I came away from watching the three-night miniseries ASCENSION mostly impressed. We had a viewing party here at our place with Sheldon Brown and Richard Dreyfuss.

Everyone saw the main plot twist coming. But the two extra-twists at the end were real surprises and tasty.

Sure, one can see why the “stewardess” thing got inflated in order to have a sexy ambiance to attract audience numbers for renewal.  Must have helped sell it to executives as “Mad Men in Space.”  Another sore point? It did disappoint me how much the people aboard seemed more like ocean liner passengers than crew. (I recommended the “upper-lower-decks” problem be more nuanced.)

In the final crisis scene, a well-drilled crew should have all rushed to emergency stations. The fact that they weren't well-drilled suggests theCaptain may n... more »

After serving as a science consultant during some planning phases, I came away from watching the three-night miniseries ASCENSION mostly impressed. We had a viewing party here at our place with Sheldon Brown and Richard Dreyfuss.

Everyone saw the main plot twist coming. But the two extra-twists at the end were real surprises and tasty.

Sure, one can see why the “stewardess” thing got inflated in order to have a sexy ambiance to attract audience numbers for renewal.  Must have helped sell it to executives as “Mad Men in Space.”  Another sore point? It did disappoint me how much the people aboard seemed more like ocean liner passengers than crew. (I recommended the “upper-lower-decks” problem be more nuanced.)

In the final crisis scene, a well-drilled crew should have all rushed to emergency stations. The fact that they weren't well-drilled suggests the Captain may not be right for the job, after all.

But the overall look and feel were terrific and the notion of science fiction in the background was tempting.  One can easily imagine such things getting greater emphasis, as a real series develops.  I hope that if the show is renewed,, some of its potential for real sci fi can be developed. A little more EUREKA and a bit less MAD MEN or FIRESTARTER... though those aspects were fun!

http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/scifi-author-david-brin-explains-real-science-syfys-ascension.html   On SyFy…  Author David Brin Explains The Real Science Behind the new show Ascension.___

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2015-01-18 01:57:59 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting is about Robert Heinlein, whose biography is now available from Tor Books. I have long felt that RAH is unfairly treated today, even by his supporters, who buy into a simplistic version of his writings and goals and even his politics... which were all (in fact) rather complex. I have my criticisms! Including the pattern of storytelling that almost always left his books petering-out at the end. But with examples, I attempt to show what's truly amazing about one of the cantankerous but ultimately wonderful "dads" of science fiction.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/robert-heinlein-and-looking-beyond-this.html

My weekend posting is about Robert Heinlein, whose biography is now available from Tor Books. I have long felt that RAH is unfairly treated today, even by his supporters, who buy into a simplistic version of his writings and goals and even his politics... which were all (in fact) rather complex. I have my criticisms! Including the pattern of storytelling that almost always left his books petering-out at the end. But with examples, I attempt to show what's truly amazing about one of the cantankerous but ultimately wonderful "dads" of science fiction.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/robert-heinlein-and-looking-beyond-this.html___

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2015-01-18 01:05:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Another phone-audio interview I gave recently. Mostly familiar topics like “self-preventing prophecies.” Still… of if you’re tired of Spotify…

http://techemergence.libsyn.com/finding-quicksand-the-purpose-of-fiction-in-building-a-better-future-with-david-brin
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Another phone-audio interview I gave recently. Mostly familiar topics like “self-preventing prophecies.” Still… of if you’re tired of Spotify…

http://techemergence.libsyn.com/finding-quicksand-the-purpose-of-fiction-in-building-a-better-future-with-david-brin
===___

2015-01-17 23:50:28 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Heh. Greg Bear passes along this media rumor: “I hear the new Ace Doubles channel on cable is going to do the Old and New Testaments, but with different titles:
MASTER OF CHAOS and THE THING WITH THREE SOULS.

"Old one, but still good.”

Heh. Greg Bear passes along this media rumor: “I hear the new Ace Doubles channel on cable is going to do the Old and New Testaments, but with different titles:
MASTER OF CHAOS and THE THING WITH THREE SOULS.

"Old one, but still good.”___

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2015-01-17 23:22:49 (34 comments, 1 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Who is on your side?  “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred.”
How many such events before you libertarians admit “they aren’t both the same”?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/holder-ends-seized-asset-sharing-process-that-split-billions-with-local-state-police/2015/01/16/0e7ca058-99d4-11e4-bcfb-059ec7a93ddc_story.html

Who is on your side?  “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred.”
How many such events before you libertarians admit “they aren’t both the same”?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/holder-ends-seized-asset-sharing-process-that-split-billions-with-local-state-police/2015/01/16/0e7ca058-99d4-11e4-bcfb-059ec7a93ddc_story.html___

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2015-01-17 19:20:34 (20 comments, 3 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Google is to launch a phone with bolt-on modules, which it says will increase the handset's lifespan and allow users to customize their device. Project Ara… decidedly reminiscent of the “lego-phone” that was outlined in a 48 hour design project I headed, a decade ago for one of Mark Anderson’s Future in Review (FiRe) conferences.  "Modules can include cameras, speakers, batteries, displays, the application processor, wireless connectivity, blood-sugar monitors, laser pointers, pico projectors, or any number of items that will be held into the shell by magnets.”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30835529

Kewl intro video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=intua_p4kE0

Puerto Rico will get it first.

Watch or listen to the 2007 “CTO Challenge to design a modular cell phone” way back in 2007.  Visit this page and scroll to the bottom. http://www.stratn... more »

Google is to launch a phone with bolt-on modules, which it says will increase the handset's lifespan and allow users to customize their device. Project Ara… decidedly reminiscent of the “lego-phone” that was outlined in a 48 hour design project I headed, a decade ago for one of Mark Anderson’s Future in Review (FiRe) conferences.  "Modules can include cameras, speakers, batteries, displays, the application processor, wireless connectivity, blood-sugar monitors, laser pointers, pico projectors, or any number of items that will be held into the shell by magnets.”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30835529

Kewl intro video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=intua_p4kE0

Puerto Rico will get it first.

Watch or listen to the 2007 “CTO Challenge to design a modular cell phone” way back in 2007.  Visit this page and scroll to the bottom.  http://www.stratnews.com/media/fire/more/#2007___

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2015-01-17 06:11:37 (33 comments, 6 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Might future villagers in a fallen world worship the mystical visions of today’s science fiction authors?  
Sayeth Damien Walters in The Guardian  : “We’re only a few centuries and a small apocalyptic event away from isolated communities of huddled believers worshipping the gospels of Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, and Le Guin. If a future society based on the eccentric thinking of sci-fi writers seems outrageous, it’s no stranger than a society founded on Genesis, Exodus and Revelations.”  

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/jan/16/sci-fi-21st-century-religion-universe-hubble

Might future villagers in a fallen world worship the mystical visions of today’s science fiction authors?  
Sayeth Damien Walters in The Guardian  : “We’re only a few centuries and a small apocalyptic event away from isolated communities of huddled believers worshipping the gospels of Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, and Le Guin. If a future society based on the eccentric thinking of sci-fi writers seems outrageous, it’s no stranger than a society founded on Genesis, Exodus and Revelations.”  

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/jan/16/sci-fi-21st-century-religion-universe-hubble___

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2015-01-17 00:21:00 (30 comments, 13 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting is about Robert Heinlein, whose biography is now available from Tor Books. I have long felt that RAH is unfairly treated today, even by his supporters, who buy into a simplistic version of his writings and goals and even his politics... which were all (in fact) rather complex. I have my criticisms! Including the pattern of storytelling that almost always left his books petering-out at the end. But with examples, I attempt to show what's truly amazing about one of the cantankerous but ultimately wonderful "dads" of science fiction.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/robert-heinlein-and-looking-beyond-this.html

My weekend posting is about Robert Heinlein, whose biography is now available from Tor Books. I have long felt that RAH is unfairly treated today, even by his supporters, who buy into a simplistic version of his writings and goals and even his politics... which were all (in fact) rather complex. I have my criticisms! Including the pattern of storytelling that almost always left his books petering-out at the end. But with examples, I attempt to show what's truly amazing about one of the cantankerous but ultimately wonderful "dads" of science fiction.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/robert-heinlein-and-looking-beyond-this.html___

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2015-01-16 21:16:09 (15 comments, 15 reshares, 120 +1s)Open 

Amazing video footage of the "almost!" failure of Elon's SpaceX first stage to land on the barge.  Clearly there are faults, but correctable ones, which makes this a case of "Hell yes, you get a cigar!"

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/17/science/space/spacex-founder-releases-photos-of-rockets-crash-landing.html?_r=0

Amazing video footage of the "almost!" failure of Elon's SpaceX first stage to land on the barge.  Clearly there are faults, but correctable ones, which makes this a case of "Hell yes, you get a cigar!"

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/17/science/space/spacex-founder-releases-photos-of-rockets-crash-landing.html?_r=0___

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2015-01-16 20:09:58 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

We need maps.  This one isn't quite as unambiguous as -say - the ones for teen sex, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, alcoholism, obesity, gerrymandering and so on.  But add it to the pile.

http://news.yahoo.com/map-shows-america-s-changing-crime-rate-201122013.html

We need maps.  This one isn't quite as unambiguous as -say - the ones for teen sex, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, alcoholism, obesity, gerrymandering and so on.  But add it to the pile.

http://news.yahoo.com/map-shows-america-s-changing-crime-rate-201122013.html___

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2015-01-16 20:04:06 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Ah… Texas Sen. Ted Cruz now heads the Senate committee overseeing NASA. He is making a show of supporting "exploration" but his pals and party kept trying to order NASA to drop the word "Earth" from all documents and mission statements and to trash all Earth-sensing , environment and resource programs.  His "emphasis on exploration" has one goal, to renew that Bush era scheme, diverting all NASA eyes toward the Moon's useless desert and away from the only oasis of life that we know.

http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-ted-cruzs-epic-plan-for-nasa-2015-1

Ah… Texas Sen. Ted Cruz now heads the Senate committee overseeing NASA. He is making a show of supporting "exploration" but his pals and party kept trying to order NASA to drop the word "Earth" from all documents and mission statements and to trash all Earth-sensing , environment and resource programs.  His "emphasis on exploration" has one goal, to renew that Bush era scheme, diverting all NASA eyes toward the Moon's useless desert and away from the only oasis of life that we know.

http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-ted-cruzs-epic-plan-for-nasa-2015-1___

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2015-01-16 05:53:34 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Another “they are taking away privacy!” lament, without any hint or suggestion what to do about it.  Do not expect deep thought here.
http://www.psmag.com/navigation/nature-and-technology/case-surveillance-97895/

Another “they are taking away privacy!” lament, without any hint or suggestion what to do about it.  Do not expect deep thought here.
http://www.psmag.com/navigation/nature-and-technology/case-surveillance-97895/___

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2015-01-16 01:21:38 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

A fascinating look at our disruptive “anthropocene” geologic era: “Millions of years from now, a stripe in the accumulated layers of rock on Earth's surface will reveal our human fingerprint just as we can see evidence of dinosaurs in rocks of the Jurassic or the explosion of life that marks the Cambrian. Our influence will show up as changes in the chemistry of the oceans, the loss of forests and the growth of deserts, the damming of rivers and the retreat of glaciers. The fossil records will show the extinctions of various animals and the abundance of domesticates, the chemical fingerprint of artificial materials, such as aluminum drinks cans and plastic carrier bags and the footprint of projects like the Syncrude mine in the Athabasca oil sands of north-eastern Canada, which moves twice as much earth every year than flows down all the rivers in the world in that time.

“In theAnthrop... more »

A fascinating look at our disruptive “anthropocene” geologic era: “Millions of years from now, a stripe in the accumulated layers of rock on Earth's surface will reveal our human fingerprint just as we can see evidence of dinosaurs in rocks of the Jurassic or the explosion of life that marks the Cambrian. Our influence will show up as changes in the chemistry of the oceans, the loss of forests and the growth of deserts, the damming of rivers and the retreat of glaciers. The fossil records will show the extinctions of various animals and the abundance of domesticates, the chemical fingerprint of artificial materials, such as aluminum drinks cans and plastic carrier bags and the footprint of projects like the Syncrude mine in the Athabasca oil sands of north-eastern Canada, which moves twice as much earth every year than flows down all the rivers in the world in that time.

“In the Anthropocene, humanity has become a geophysical force on a par with the earth-shattering asteroids and planet-cloaking volcanoes that defined past eras. Earth is now a human planet. We decide whether a forest stands or is razed, whether pandas survive or go extinct, how and where a river flows, even the temperature of the atmosphere. We are now the most numerous big animal on Earth, and the next in line are the animals we have created through breeding to feed and serve us. Four-tenths of the planet's land surface is used to grow our food. Three-quarters of the world's fresh water is controlled by us. It is an extraordinary time. In the tropics, coral reefs are disappearing, ice is melting at the poles and the oceans are emptying of fish because of us. Entire islands are vanishing under rising seas, just as naked new land appears in the Arctic.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gaia-vince/gaia-vince-age-of-humans_b_6349788.html

Concluding with: “The Anthropocene requires us to look at the world -- and engage with it -- from a new perspective. Only then will we design ways to produce food, water and energy and create livable conditions for the Earth's species.”___

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2015-01-16 00:58:01 (13 comments, 11 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Cool preview to SyFy's new series THE EXPANSE,  based on the "James Corey" series of rollicking space operas.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2015/01/15/the-expanse-trailer/

Cool preview to SyFy's new series THE EXPANSE,  based on the "James Corey" series of rollicking space operas.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2015/01/15/the-expanse-trailer/___

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2015-01-15 18:46:56 (107 comments, 32 reshares, 176 +1s)Open 

Your civilization did this.  Yours.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAL48P5NJU
Also: http://www.cnet.com/news/sweep-through-nasa-andromeda-image-of-millions-of-stars/

Cynical despair is just plain dumb.

Your civilization did this.  Yours.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAL48P5NJU
Also: http://www.cnet.com/news/sweep-through-nasa-andromeda-image-of-millions-of-stars/

Cynical despair is just plain dumb.___

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2015-01-14 19:04:30 (87 comments, 24 reshares, 133 +1s)Open 

ANOTHER CHALLENGE: Name ONE assertively positive item on the GOP's agenda.  --  Look, I know some of you loyal Republicans are sincere.  You actually believe that the GOP is pro-enterprise (even though entrepreneurship plummets under GOP rule and skyrockets under dems)... and that the RP favors deregulation (name ONE industry other than petro and Wall Street they ever deregulated: dems deregulated TEN)... and you know I could go on and on...  But...

...but seriously.  Look at the announced agenda items on the GOP's plate, now that they control Congress. Repeal Obamacare. Roll back Obama's easing of family deportations.  Repeal the Dodd Frank reforms, so that Wall Street will go back to the practices that led to the Second Depression. Negative after negative.

Any positives?  Certainly NOT the Infrastructure Bill to repair 10,000 decaying bridges and put 100,000 men towork, ... more »

ANOTHER CHALLENGE: Name ONE assertively positive item on the GOP's agenda.  --  Look, I know some of you loyal Republicans are sincere.  You actually believe that the GOP is pro-enterprise (even though entrepreneurship plummets under GOP rule and skyrockets under dems)... and that the RP favors deregulation (name ONE industry other than petro and Wall Street they ever deregulated: dems deregulated TEN)... and you know I could go on and on...  But...

...but seriously.  Look at the announced agenda items on the GOP's plate, now that they control Congress. Repeal Obamacare. Roll back Obama's easing of family deportations.  Repeal the Dodd Frank reforms, so that Wall Street will go back to the practices that led to the Second Depression. Negative after negative.

Any positives?  Certainly NOT the Infrastructure Bill to repair 10,000 decaying bridges and put 100,000 men to work, generating high velocity, demand side economic activity. If that had passed 3 years ago, we'd be all the way into a boom, by now and the last election results... oh, I get it.  Pretty clever, guys.  Treason. But clever.

Keystone.  That's it.  The only positive-assertive thing. Subsidize petro zillionaires to ship Canadian tar over the most vulnerable and precious agricultural aquifer in the world and stink our air, to they can ship it to China... and what's OUR cut?  Zero.

Now they want to retract theair OWN "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) and weaken its testing standards, leaving each test to the state. Why?  Because All the red states (except Utah) are doing worse in the testing than predicted because their schools have been torched. They test far worse than most Blue States and it's getting worse(r) daily. NCLB lays out the embarrassment clear, so they must now abandon their own baby...

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gop-financial-reform-attack-20150114-story.html

...as they abandoned their OWN health care bill, benefiting insurance companies... "Heritage Care" that became Gingrich Care that became Romney Care... suddenly reversing and declaring it to be evil Communism, as soon as Obama picked it up and adopted it and gave it cooties. (Remember: it was ... you... own... damn... plan.)

(Join the petition to restore West Virginia's science standards in schools. http://www.wvsta.org )

And Mr. Obama lets them attach such things to must-pass budget extensions. (The GOP Congress has not passed an ACTUAL budget in ages.)  Me? I'd veto every single thing till they reinstate the Congressional Office of Science and Technology Assessment.  Destroying OSTA  was the smoking gun that this was no longer Barry Goldwater's GOP.___

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2015-01-13 00:31:06 (9 comments, 10 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Do manatees need spacesuits? The lead image in this article about the  may remind some of you of the first chapter of SUNDIVER.  But these fellows have more than enough delightful craziness of their own. The"Nonhuman Autonomous Space Agency," is a whimsical futurist speculation built on top of a serious thought experiment.

http://io9.com/why-do-manatees-need-space-suits-1679085554

Do manatees need spacesuits? The lead image in this article about the  may remind some of you of the first chapter of SUNDIVER.  But these fellows have more than enough delightful craziness of their own. The"Nonhuman Autonomous Space Agency," is a whimsical futurist speculation built on top of a serious thought experiment.

http://io9.com/why-do-manatees-need-space-suits-1679085554___

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2015-01-12 22:01:53 (5 comments, 24 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

Everybody watch these 90 seconds.  You get to be a member of a civilization that does stuff like this.

  http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/01/12/animating_the_universe_space_suite_1.html

Everybody watch these 90 seconds.  You get to be a member of a civilization that does stuff like this.

  http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/01/12/animating_the_universe_space_suite_1.html___

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2015-01-12 19:41:47 (23 comments, 7 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Wow. Real grist for discussion — and a choice piece of well-named counter-propaganda. To highlight the negative impacts of anti-technology initiatives, ITIF (the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation) is presenting the 2014 Luddite Awards, a Top Ten List of the “worst of the worst” from the past year. Please vote on what you believe is the most egregious anti-innovation action/proposal of the year, and for more details on each action/proposal see the ITIF report "The 2014 ITIF Luddite Awards". The "winner" will be announced on February 5.

    http://www.itif.org/publications/2014-itif-luddite-awards

Wow. Real grist for discussion — and a choice piece of well-named counter-propaganda. To highlight the negative impacts of anti-technology initiatives, ITIF (the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation) is presenting the 2014 Luddite Awards, a Top Ten List of the “worst of the worst” from the past year. Please vote on what you believe is the most egregious anti-innovation action/proposal of the year, and for more details on each action/proposal see the ITIF report "The 2014 ITIF Luddite Awards". The "winner" will be announced on February 5.

    http://www.itif.org/publications/2014-itif-luddite-awards___

2015-01-11 22:14:48 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Mark your calendars and pre-order! Old Venus will be published in March.  Sixteen all-new stories about the sister world of jungles and swamps and wondrous beasts that filled our dreams… till 1962… now about to reappear out of the mists of imagination! "Tales by science fiction’s top talents" (including, ahem) collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and editor Gardner Dozois.

http://www.amazon.com/Old-Venus-George-R-R-Martin/dp/0345537289/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420831171&sr=1-1&keywords=old+venus+george+r.r.+martin

Mark your calendars and pre-order! Old Venus will be published in March.  Sixteen all-new stories about the sister world of jungles and swamps and wondrous beasts that filled our dreams… till 1962… now about to reappear out of the mists of imagination! "Tales by science fiction’s top talents" (including, ahem) collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and editor Gardner Dozois.

http://www.amazon.com/Old-Venus-George-R-R-Martin/dp/0345537289/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420831171&sr=1-1&keywords=old+venus+george+r.r.+martin___

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2015-01-10 20:22:29 (50 comments, 27 reshares, 389 +1s)Open 

Spacex accomplished the day's main task, getting the dragon capsule off to the ISS safely.  The secondary mission, to land the first stage on a barge?  Damn close.  And in this biz, when you've got telemetry to solve problems and try again, next time?  Hell yes, they get a cigar.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30752515

Spacex accomplished the day's main task, getting the dragon capsule off to the ISS safely.  The secondary mission, to land the first stage on a barge?  Damn close.  And in this biz, when you've got telemetry to solve problems and try again, next time?  Hell yes, they get a cigar.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30752515___

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2015-01-09 23:02:45 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting "Omniveillance and Ubiquitous Law Enforcement" is about how the spread of surveillance does not - by itself -- lead to Big Brother.  But it will leave only one added ingredient, for his reign to begin.  Come for strong doses of... ideas!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/omniveillance-and-ubiquitous-law.html

I also link to a fascinating article whose first half is epic-good... and criticize the 2nd half.

My weekend posting "Omniveillance and Ubiquitous Law Enforcement" is about how the spread of surveillance does not - by itself -- lead to Big Brother.  But it will leave only one added ingredient, for his reign to begin.  Come for strong doses of... ideas!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/omniveillance-and-ubiquitous-law.html

I also link to a fascinating article whose first half is epic-good... and criticize the 2nd half.___

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2015-01-09 22:00:55 (57 comments, 20 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

This article shows the dawning of a new and badly-needed type of transparency… the hunting down and holding-accountable of internet trolls. “It is generally no longer acceptable in public life to hurl slurs at women or minorities, to rally around the idea that some humans are inherently worth less than others, or to terrorize vulnerable people. But old-school hate is having a sort of renaissance online, and in the countries thought to be furthest beyond it. The anonymity provided by the Internet fosters communities where people can feed on each other’s hate without consequence.”

Follow this Swedish journalist who tracks and exposes Internet trolls on his television show Trolljägarna (Troll Hunter). The author reminds us that “attempts to curb online hate must always contend with the long-standing ideals that imagine the Internet’s main purpose as offering unfettered space for freespeech and m... more »

This article shows the dawning of a new and badly-needed type of transparency… the hunting down and holding-accountable of internet trolls. “It is generally no longer acceptable in public life to hurl slurs at women or minorities, to rally around the idea that some humans are inherently worth less than others, or to terrorize vulnerable people. But old-school hate is having a sort of renaissance online, and in the countries thought to be furthest beyond it. The anonymity provided by the Internet fosters communities where people can feed on each other’s hate without consequence.”

Follow this Swedish journalist who tracks and exposes Internet trolls on his television show Trolljägarna (Troll Hunter). The author reminds us that “attempts to curb online hate must always contend with the long-standing ideals that imagine the Internet’s main purpose as offering unfettered space for free speech and marginalized ideas.”

“Anonymity online is possible, but it’s frail,” says one researcher who has exposed cryptic neo-Nazis.  One lesson from this article — perhaps not intended — is to make clear the need for an intermediate, win-win solution that will promote poseudonymity — the purchase of vetted IDs from trusted sources that also convey meta-data about credibility and allowing accountability. This would be easy to accomplish, using some of the same methods as BitCoin.  The resulting billion dollar industry could give us the best of both worlds.

http://www.technologyreview.com/photoessay/533426/the-troll-hunters/___

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2015-01-08 23:56:51 (68 comments, 5 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

I'm not the only one suggesting that all of you - especially liberals who misunderstand him and conservatives who betray him - should rediscover the real Adam Smith.  ==> How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness, by Russ Roberts, research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

http://www.amazon.com/Adam-Smith-Change-Your-Life/dp/1591846846/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=contbrin-20

And see my own take on it: 
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2013/11/liberals-you-must-reclaim-adam-smith.html

I'm not the only one suggesting that all of you - especially liberals who misunderstand him and conservatives who betray him - should rediscover the real Adam Smith.  ==> How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness, by Russ Roberts, research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

http://www.amazon.com/Adam-Smith-Change-Your-Life/dp/1591846846/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=contbrin-20

And see my own take on it: 
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2013/11/liberals-you-must-reclaim-adam-smith.html___

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2015-01-08 01:50:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Your next online addiction. Juice Rap News… from down under.  
http://thejuicemedia.com

Oh, and note my mid-week blog about "Three Laws" of Corporatics? Also from science fiction, do we face a "cool" world war of sabotage? And the worst danger of all... an end to politics.

Lots of interesting "items"!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/three-laws-of-corporatics-world-war-of.html

Your next online addiction. Juice Rap News… from down under.  
http://thejuicemedia.com

Oh, and note my mid-week blog about "Three Laws" of Corporatics? Also from science fiction, do we face a "cool" world war of sabotage? And the worst danger of all... an end to politics.

Lots of interesting "items"!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/three-laws-of-corporatics-world-war-of.html___

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2015-01-07 18:29:18 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

My mid-week posting starts with a riff off Asimov on how to control a form of artificial life that's much more dangerous than mere robots: Do we need  "Three Laws" of Corporatics? Also from science fiction, do we face a "cool" world war of sabotage? And the worst danger of all... an end to politics.

Lots of interesting "items"!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/three-laws-of-corporatics-world-war-of.html

My mid-week posting starts with a riff off Asimov on how to control a form of artificial life that's much more dangerous than mere robots: Do we need  "Three Laws" of Corporatics? Also from science fiction, do we face a "cool" world war of sabotage? And the worst danger of all... an end to politics.

Lots of interesting "items"!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/01/three-laws-of-corporatics-world-war-of.html___

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2015-01-07 18:06:40 (167 comments, 29 reshares, 161 +1s)Open 

Reading this NYTimes article, it was all I could do not to choke and sputter.  --  “After years of sparring with the White House, Republicans are eager to demonstrate productivity and some level of bipartisan ­cooperation with Obama and the Democrats…. “On the things where we agree, the goal will be to make a law, not just put something on [Obama’s] desk,” incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-taking-control-of-congress-eager-to-reshape-policy-and-strike-deals/2015/01/03/158c2b24-9296-11e4-ba53-a477d66580ed_story.html

“We will see if there is an opportunity for a fourth quarter for President Obama that actually moves the country in the direct we’d like to go,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), who also will be responsible for helping reelect GOP senators in 2016.
“Reagan did it ageneration ago working... more »

Reading this NYTimes article, it was all I could do not to choke and sputter.  --  “After years of sparring with the White House, Republicans are eager to demonstrate productivity and some level of bipartisan ­cooperation with Obama and the Democrats…. “On the things where we agree, the goal will be to make a law, not just put something on [Obama’s] desk,” incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-taking-control-of-congress-eager-to-reshape-policy-and-strike-deals/2015/01/03/158c2b24-9296-11e4-ba53-a477d66580ed_story.html

“We will see if there is an opportunity for a fourth quarter for President Obama that actually moves the country in the direct we’d like to go,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), who also will be responsible for helping reelect GOP senators in 2016.
“Reagan did it a generation ago working with Democrats. Clinton did it almost two decades ago with welfare reform and deficit reduction,” he said. “So it can be done — if the president is disposed to move in that direction.”

Ummmmmmm.... say what????  Those who expect anything at all from a republican run Congress have to face realities like the Hastert Rule, which has been openly declared for 20 years, that any Republican office holder who tries to actually negotiate with their opponents is to be punished.

Newt Gingrich tried it. Just one year since 1945 has a republican Congress actually negotiated with and compromised with a democratic president... the anno mirabilis or miracle year 1995, when Newt and Clinton got us both the wildly successful Welfare Reform bill and the Budget Act that wrought major surpluses. Newt's reward from his own party? Savage slander by Fox and then ejection by Hastert, DeLay, Boehner and the rest of the new wave of murdochian republican leaders.

It has never ever happened again. President Obama has been filibustered and had more appointments blocked than in the entire rest of the history of the US combined. Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives since 1998 -- except for the two Pelosi years -- has been the laziest in US history, holding the fewest hearings and introducing the fewest bills since 1792. Other than a pipeline to let Canadian oil moguls skip their oil over US territory to send it to China, can you name ONE other assertive, positive GOP goal? One?

It is not the same the other way. Democratic Congresses do fight with GOP presidents, but always aiming at resolution. They do not freeze the government. Scalia and Thomas, two of the most pro-feudalism judges in history, got passed. Always, GOP presidents -- even despised ones like GW Bush -- get a lot of what they asked for. Because they... were... the ... president.

But the Confederacy has never thought that way, ever since it flounced off in fury that Lincoln had been elected.  Expect more of the same as the GOP holds both houses. Watch and see if they actually act on anything POSITIVE, instead of simply railing negatives.___

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