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David Brin has been shared in 255 public circles

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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 09:05:4950111312
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 13:14:5050111414
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 13:48:29265212
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 12:15:324990617
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 17:43:08235202565
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 16:53:09467695295
Ryan Johnson45#CircleSharing#SharedCircles#Circle#CircleOfTheDay#SharedPublicCircles#Google+#buy_GooglePlus_followers#Google#GooglePlusTips#Engagers#EngagersCircle#Circles#SocialMedia#SharedCircleOfTheDay#PublicCircle#PublicSharedCircles#TeamElite#SnowballEffect#Marketing#SocialMediaMarketing2014-03-11 11:15:07501101213
shinigami kurai109This 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 +shinigami kurai2014-03-09 02:04:4450110313
DEVILZART386This 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 2014-03-08 15:58:55501191428
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216
DEVILZART103This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost 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 circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circulo   #kreise   #kreis   #круг   #круги   #круглим   #кругляши  #blogger   #blogging   #bloggers#サークル   #界   #cercle   #دائرة   #kring   #kringen   #nederland  +Circles +Circle Circle Circle +Circles by DzjieDzjee +Selected Circles 2014 +Awesome Circles +Socialize circles +Circles & Circles & Circles +Google+ Categorized Circles +Circles Circles Circles +Curating Content on Google+ +Team Circle Share +Shared Circles +Circle Shares Notifications +Urkel's Shared Circles +Shared Circles Magic G+ +Shared Circles on G+ +SharedCircles #googleplus #circle #sahrecircle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleshared #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday 2014-02-25 06:41:2550014721
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724
Jimmy James6,807Futurists#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #hyperballmaster #hyperballcircle2014-01-08 18:02:321560214
Sam Sager3,743Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers CircleIt's been a very long time since I've shared this circle. It is long over due. This is a great group of writers to follow. They range from the very well known to the aspiring, but all are worth following. I learn something new and am very entertained by these people everyday.If you or someone you know is a science-fiction or fantasy writer and would like to be a part of this circle please let me know.2013-12-22 01:05:22308413
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910046117
Kyle Pearce116A great Google+ Circle of Educators!  2013-11-24 15:10:12501606
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115
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Tiberiu Igrisan448Science (part 1)#science #sciencecircle #sharedcircles  2013-10-14 18:53:04257123
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103

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2014-09-23 17:44:04 (203 comments, 28 reshares, 176 +1s) 

I predicted that, once the tepid and minimal “healthcare reform” called “Obamacare” kicked in, it would start applying market forces that would work fairly well, reducing both the ranks of the uninsured and the rates of increase of US medical costs… all of which is happening.  At which point (I also predicted) GOP pundits  - who had been proclaiming the sky would fall and America would collapse into the stone age - would simply DROP the subject, hoping that their viewers would forget their chicken little end-of-the-world ravings. (And given their viewership, that amnesia is pretty much guaranteed.)

 Indeed, I said that after using this “issue” to lock down and destroy all political processes in the United States of America, that suddenly GOP politicians would start pragmatically adapting to the ACA and even… claiming it as their own.
http://www.msnbc... more »

Most reshares: 166

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2014-09-27 04:32:57 (100 comments, 166 reshares, 99 +1s) 

Republicans should not bemoan the fact that Obamacare is working, indeed, far better than even optimists had hoped.  GOP members should, in fact, be crowing “See?  It was our own damn plan all along!” (Which it was.)  See these charts, which are devastating to the chicken-littles who predicted falling skies.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/upshot/medicare-not-such-a-budget-buster-anymore.html?abt=0002&abg=0

Also: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2014/September/03/health-costs-inflation-cms-report.aspx

Mind you, there are limits to how much improvement can happen under the Republicans’ Plan - created by the Heritage Foundation and called “Gingrichcare, when Newt proposed it as the alternative to Hillary’s Plan, then which spent ten years on the GOP’s official pratform and was the basis for Romneycare … and now it is called Obamacare.  It was never thefirst choice of l... more »

Most plusones: 318

2014-09-22 23:38:26 (56 comments, 21 reshares, 318 +1s) 

Dang the fools who claim the Secret Service showed incompetence, for not gunning down a mentally ill Iraq War vet armed with just a knife in his pocket, who ran across the White House lawn and was tackled just inside one of the doors. The President and his family weren't even there! No bulky clothes that might conceal a bomb. So, instead of slaughtering a citizen who was likely (and proved to be) unbalanced but no real threat, the scene commander decided to use old-fashioned football tackling? I say the commander and his crew deserve bonuses!

Sure, there are always lessons.  An auto-tazer above the fenceline, perhaps?  I still believe Pennsylvania Ave should be trenched and then given back to the city, but that's another story...  But those who are dissing the Secret Service for calmly telling the snipers to relax for a couple of minutes -- so that we can isolate and care for, insteadof... more »

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2014-10-01 16:32:43 (32 comments, 85 reshares, 232 +1s) 

Important mind-brain-eye training!  This artist video is - at one level - stunning and beautiful magic — waving two big LED screens around at the end of a pair of 6-axis arms and presenting stunningly well-planned visual illusions.  At another level, it’s pretty important that you be able to, with a mental turn, choose to SEE that it’s just a pair of flat screens.  The illusions never leave the boundaries of those screens, which would be plain to viewers at any angle except that of the camera.  We need to immerse ourselves in these grand new arts.  AND we need to be able to spot that man behind the curtain.

http://vimeo.com/75260457

Important mind-brain-eye training!  This artist video is - at one level - stunning and beautiful magic — waving two big LED screens around at the end of a pair of 6-axis arms and presenting stunningly well-planned visual illusions.  At another level, it’s pretty important that you be able to, with a mental turn, choose to SEE that it’s just a pair of flat screens.  The illusions never leave the boundaries of those screens, which would be plain to viewers at any angle except that of the camera.  We need to immerse ourselves in these grand new arts.  AND we need to be able to spot that man behind the curtain.

http://vimeo.com/75260457___

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2014-10-01 03:00:31 (1 comments, 10 reshares, 78 +1s) 

The Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) may have been modest in cost, but it carries real scientific instruments… and moreover orbits high enough in its apoapsis to start a pipeline of full-hemisphere images never before available.  See the first of these.  Amazing.  MOM… turned around… is WOW!

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/09290843-mars-orbiter-mission-delivers.html

The Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) may have been modest in cost, but it carries real scientific instruments… and moreover orbits high enough in its apoapsis to start a pipeline of full-hemisphere images never before available.  See the first of these.  Amazing.  MOM… turned around… is WOW!

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/09290843-mars-orbiter-mission-delivers.html___

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2014-09-30 23:35:10 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s) 

Microsoft is now looking to invest more heavily in its ability to predict the future. This week it's opening the Microsoft Prediction Lab, which includes a website that conducts polling that's meant to predict the upcoming US congressional and gubernatorial races. Excitement bubbled after MS digital assistant Cortana interacted with a few million users and appeared to successfully predict 15 World Cup games.

Reaction#1: there is less to this than meets the eye.  MS is doing a more sophisticated version of what used to be called “Delphi” forecasting based on polling users. It’s fairly effective, in limited ranges where large groups have fairly complete knowledge.

#2… see my own decades old prediction that prediction itself would become a major area of research.  Especially one aspect that has been neglected, that’s the ONLY aspect we can certainly achieve: successratings for ... more »

Microsoft is now looking to invest more heavily in its ability to predict the future. This week it's opening the Microsoft Prediction Lab, which includes a website that conducts polling that's meant to predict the upcoming US congressional and gubernatorial races. Excitement bubbled after MS digital assistant Cortana interacted with a few million users and appeared to successfully predict 15 World Cup games.

Reaction#1: there is less to this than meets the eye.  MS is doing a more sophisticated version of what used to be called “Delphi” forecasting based on polling users. It’s fairly effective, in limited ranges where large groups have fairly complete knowledge.

#2… see my own decades old prediction that prediction itself would become a major area of research.  Especially one aspect that has been neglected, that’s the ONLY aspect we can certainly achieve: success ratings for predictors!  Giving them scores for how often they do (or do not) happen to be right.  This one criterion would help us parse who to listen-to — ranging from Mr. Always-Wrong William Kristol, all the way to… well… modesty forfends! ;-)

http://www.davidbrin.com/predictionsregistry.html___

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2014-09-30 21:31:37 (28 comments, 27 reshares, 107 +1s) 

Cory Doctorow reports (without any details) that Kim Stanley Robinson’s agent/producer (and mine) - Vince Gerardis - has “picked up” KSR’s famous (and fabulous) Mars Trilogy for some kind of cinematic or television adaptation.  If so, terrific!

http://boingboing.net/2014/09/25/kim-stanley-robinsons-mars-b.html?utm_source=SNSINEWS-new&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SNS+iNews+Highlights+for+September+29+2014

Cory Doctorow reports (without any details) that Kim Stanley Robinson’s agent/producer (and mine) - Vince Gerardis - has “picked up” KSR’s famous (and fabulous) Mars Trilogy for some kind of cinematic or television adaptation.  If so, terrific!

http://boingboing.net/2014/09/25/kim-stanley-robinsons-mars-b.html?utm_source=SNSINEWS-new&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SNS+iNews+Highlights+for+September+29+2014___

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2014-09-30 18:43:30 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s) 

My new posting continues the theme of our era. After reviewing the anti-transparency novel The Circle (last time), let's now zoom over to China and see how mesh networks are affecting the democracy movement, how civilian and cop cameras are affecting relations in the U.S., and yes something about Ray Rice... and reminders that there truly are some methods offered - on the table - that would simultaneously protect our freedoms, restore trust... and let civil servants get on with their jobs. 

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/you-will-be-watched.html

My new posting continues the theme of our era. After reviewing the anti-transparency novel The Circle (last time), let's now zoom over to China and see how mesh networks are affecting the democracy movement, how civilian and cop cameras are affecting relations in the U.S., and yes something about Ray Rice... and reminders that there truly are some methods offered - on the table - that would simultaneously protect our freedoms, restore trust... and let civil servants get on with their jobs. 

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/you-will-be-watched.html___

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2014-09-30 05:20:14 (93 comments, 20 reshares, 68 +1s) 

Members of Congress have been talking to U.S. generals behind the scenes and urging them to publicly resign “in a blaze of glory” if they disagree with how the White House is handling conflicts in the Middle East, according to U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado. “During a question-and-answer portion of the forum, a service member urged Lamborn to work with his congressional colleagues in both parties to “support the generals and the troops in this country despite the fact that there is no leadership from the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House.””

Want irony?  First, I can tell you from conversations with many retired officers… and a few serving ones, (though most won’t talk, God-bless-em)… that no US president in a lifetime has been as hated by the US Officer Corps as George W. Bush, closely followed by his father, both of whom ignored professional advice and treated our menand women like Dun... more »

Members of Congress have been talking to U.S. generals behind the scenes and urging them to publicly resign “in a blaze of glory” if they disagree with how the White House is handling conflicts in the Middle East, according to U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado. “During a question-and-answer portion of the forum, a service member urged Lamborn to work with his congressional colleagues in both parties to “support the generals and the troops in this country despite the fact that there is no leadership from the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House.””

Want irony?  First, I can tell you from conversations with many retired officers… and a few serving ones, (though most won’t talk, God-bless-em)… that no US president in a lifetime has been as hated by the US Officer Corps as George W. Bush, closely followed by his father, both of whom ignored professional advice and treated our men and women like Dungeons and Dragons play pieces.  By the end of W’s reign, not one US Army or Marine brigade was left fully combat ready and many of them were shells, with the reserves and National Guard tottering wrecks.  Under Clinton, readiness had been 100%, a level that is approaching, again, under BHO.

Second… are you kidding me?  Do you remember when Donald Rumsfeld suddenly resigned? To be replaced by Gates and Muller… at which point Bush was commander in chief in name only and we all got to sigh in relief?  What the HECK do you think happened to bring that…. oh, never mind.  Just please… never let those monsters be in charge of our serving men and women, ever again.  Not till the GOP again brings forth people like Eisenhower.

https://medium.com/war-is-boring/republican-congressmen-are-urging-military-officers-to-rebel-against-obama-7c1485220d29

Oh, see the differences between how Democrats and Republicans wage war.  It is night vs day.  And it isn’t what you think.
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-democrats-and-republicans-wage-war.html___

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2014-09-30 03:56:42 (23 comments, 35 reshares, 121 +1s) 

Throngs of pro-democracy protesters continue to organize in Hong Kong's central business district, despite government actions to limit access to both cell phone and Wifi,  They are doing this using self-organizing “mesh networks”… the kind of technology I’ve been berating everyone from Google to the US Government to Qualcomm to get behind, for twenty years.  To be clear, systems like FireChat rely upon bluetooth, which has short range. There’s  a critical mass issue and it is not proof against being tracked by authorities or even, in theory, jammed.  Still, according to the FireChat makers: "Once you build a mesh network ... now you have a network that is resilient, self-healing, cannot be controlled by any central organization, cannot be shut down and is always working.”

That's optimisticall utopian.  It is an important step, but any one such approach is vulnerable,which is why Qua... more »

Throngs of pro-democracy protesters continue to organize in Hong Kong's central business district, despite government actions to limit access to both cell phone and Wifi,  They are doing this using self-organizing “mesh networks”… the kind of technology I’ve been berating everyone from Google to the US Government to Qualcomm to get behind, for twenty years.  To be clear, systems like FireChat rely upon bluetooth, which has short range. There’s  a critical mass issue and it is not proof against being tracked by authorities or even, in theory, jammed.  Still, according to the FireChat makers: "Once you build a mesh network ... now you have a network that is resilient, self-healing, cannot be controlled by any central organization, cannot be shut down and is always working.”

That's optimisticall utopian.  It is an important step, but any one such approach is vulnerable, which is why Qualcomm’s cellular peer-to-peer capability, built into their next LTE systems, will also be vital — assuming we can coerce the cell-cos like Verizon and ATT to turn it on.  These alternatives are not only vital to freedom in transition states, but also to Resilience in developed and democratic nations. When we have mesh and peer-to-peer backups, the inherent robustness will help civilization stay connected, even if (when) some disaster strikes.  

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/09/29/352476454/how-hong-kong-protesters-are-connecting-without-cell-or-wi-fi-networks___

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2014-09-29 18:23:43 (45 comments, 27 reshares, 101 +1s) 

Track this. My friends over there think it could be historic: "The protests, with no single identifiable leader, bring together a mass movement of mostly tech-savvy students who have grown up with freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/29/us-hongkong-china-idUSKCN0HN03Q20140929

Track this. My friends over there think it could be historic: "The protests, with no single identifiable leader, bring together a mass movement of mostly tech-savvy students who have grown up with freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/29/us-hongkong-china-idUSKCN0HN03Q20140929___

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2014-09-29 16:46:33 (9 comments, 11 reshares, 34 +1s) 

Annalee Newitz delivers another terrific article - this time about dystopian in high end science fiction novels.  I have my own take on why the helpful trend of critical, self-preventing warning tales has turned into a plague of cynical gloom, undermining our faith in a can-do civilization.

 http://www.davidbrin.com/idiotplot.html.

But fight back!  By buying the Hieroglyph anthology, filled with great stories about winning back our confidence. 

http://hieroglyph.asu.edu/

Annalee Newitz delivers another terrific article - this time about dystopian in high end science fiction novels.  I have my own take on why the helpful trend of critical, self-preventing warning tales has turned into a plague of cynical gloom, undermining our faith in a can-do civilization.

 http://www.davidbrin.com/idiotplot.html.

But fight back!  By buying the Hieroglyph anthology, filled with great stories about winning back our confidence. 

http://hieroglyph.asu.edu/___

2014-09-29 05:34:38 (30 comments, 5 reshares, 29 +1s) 

The Ghostery browser plug-in tells you which companies are tracking you via cookies etc. Transparency is only goofd for us if it goes both ways.
https://www.ghostery.com/en/

read about it here:
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/26475-it-s-time-for-a-real-debate-on-reader-privacy

The Ghostery browser plug-in tells you which companies are tracking you via cookies etc. Transparency is only goofd for us if it goes both ways.
https://www.ghostery.com/en/

read about it here:
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/26475-it-s-time-for-a-real-debate-on-reader-privacy___

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2014-09-29 04:31:40 (51 comments, 20 reshares, 83 +1s) 

Three new ways the Koch brothers are screwing America.
What is so hard to understand about the motives, here?  Our diamond-shaped, middle class society of enlightenment processes, like science, democracy, and flat-fair markets has been vastly more productive of human success/happiness and every other desirable thing than ALL past feudal societies put together.  But it is not stable, the way those pyramid-shaped hierarchies were, with lords crushing those below and making sure their sons would own your daughters.

Every generation in our Great Experiment has had to renew it, against the impulses of the "bad" oligarchs... who want (driven by basic darwinian instinct) harems and to become the next set of lords.  It is a constant battle against human nature!  And I do not so much blame the Koch-Murdoch-Saudi lords as understand exacrly where they are coming from...

Whileama... more »

Three new ways the Koch brothers are screwing America.
What is so hard to understand about the motives, here?  Our diamond-shaped, middle class society of enlightenment processes, like science, democracy, and flat-fair markets has been vastly more productive of human success/happiness and every other desirable thing than ALL past feudal societies put together.  But it is not stable, the way those pyramid-shaped hierarchies were, with lords crushing those below and making sure their sons would own your daughters.

Every generation in our Great Experiment has had to renew it, against the impulses of the "bad" oligarchs... who want (driven by basic darwinian instinct) harems and to become the next set of lords.  It is a constant battle against human nature!  And I do not so much blame the Koch-Murdoch-Saudi lords as understand exacrly where they are coming from...

While amazed that HALF of our billionaires - mostly the inventive ones who got rich through goods and services, not corrupt resource extraction - are on our side in this!  But human nature is not on our side.  Nor is Fox.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/three-new-ways-the-koch-brothers-are-screwing-america-20140604___

2014-09-29 01:31:28 (77 comments, 11 reshares, 99 +1s) 

A fascinating quotation from George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four." --
""...it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction — indeed, in some sense was the destruction — of a hierarchical society. In a world in which everyone worked short hours, had enough to eat, lived in a house with a bathroom and a refrigerator, and possessed a motor-car or even an aeroplane, the most obvious and perhaps the most important form of inequality would already have disappeared. If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction. It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike,the... more »

A fascinating quotation from George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four." --
""...it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction — indeed, in some sense was the destruction — of a hierarchical society. In a world in which everyone worked short hours, had enough to eat, lived in a house with a bathroom and a refrigerator, and possessed a motor-car or even an aeroplane, the most obvious and perhaps the most important form of inequality would already have disappeared. If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction. It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realize that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance..."

That is, indeed, what would be lords fear most. The trend after world war two to create a diamond-shaped society, with an empowered and educated middle and working class so large that it outnumbers the poor and politically dominates the rich... this was key to every piece of good news since civilization's nadir in 1943.  It led to all fine things, from science and moon landings to the plummets in world poverty and (per capita average) violence.

  It would lead, eventually, to Star Trek and to a society in which a person might get rich - through smithian competition and new goods or services... but there would be no way for him or her to pass on to children the kind of obligate lordship that was the fiercely obsessive goal of every generation of brutal men, during millennia leading to our Enlightenment Experiment.

It cannot be allowed!  And yet, Orwell was crude in his interpretation of method. War, as a means of keeping society pyramidal, instead of diamond-shaped?  Well, sure... but it is a chaotic, unreliable, destructive method, especially when an educated populace, if even 5% of it truly understands, will have the technological means to shatter everything.

No... here is the fellow who got it right.  Who will win the old argument.  Aldous Huxley.  Tyrannies in the future will have to fool the majority into thinking they are still in charge.  Distracting them, not with pain, but with pleasure.___

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2014-09-28 22:19:22 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 29 +1s) 

Watch this interview, offering wondrous wisdom from the great science fiction author Greg Bear, waxing philosophical and lyrical next to his lake, especially offering insights into SF authorship.  Ninety minutes of fascination. And please, everybody cast good vibes to Greg for full recovery (the signs are good!) from his recent surgery.  Live forever Greg!

http://www.singularityweblog.com/greg-bear-singularity/

Watch this interview, offering wondrous wisdom from the great science fiction author Greg Bear, waxing philosophical and lyrical next to his lake, especially offering insights into SF authorship.  Ninety minutes of fascination. And please, everybody cast good vibes to Greg for full recovery (the signs are good!) from his recent surgery.  Live forever Greg!

http://www.singularityweblog.com/greg-bear-singularity/___

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2014-09-28 19:17:54 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s) 

My weekend posting - largely reviewing the anti-transparency novel The Circle - has been updated, as I realized where I have seen Dave Eggers's method before.  Stephen Colbert!  Relentlessly channeling an exaggerated version of the point of view that you despise.  A fascinating look behind the curtain at some wizardly polemic!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/watching-watchers-of-watchers.html

My weekend posting - largely reviewing the anti-transparency novel The Circle - has been updated, as I realized where I have seen Dave Eggers's method before.  Stephen Colbert!  Relentlessly channeling an exaggerated version of the point of view that you despise.  A fascinating look behind the curtain at some wizardly polemic!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/watching-watchers-of-watchers.html___

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2014-09-28 18:20:21 (125 comments, 28 reshares, 191 +1s) 

Bill Maher has cred.  He regularly takes on the madness that has hijacked American conservatism. But he and Jon Stewart and others know that just because one side has a majority of the lunacy, it does not have a monopoly. (I, too, often remind liberals that their far-left allies are a different, alien and somewhat dangerous species.) Now click over to watch - or read - Maher eviscerate Tolerance Fetishism, where absolutely anything done by a non-western culture is cool, because it's "their way."

Call it the Klingon Effect.  Or the 300 Spartans Effect. Brutal slavemasters are endearing in their macho bluster, because cultural diversity trumps our own, parochial standards of decency, rights, diversity and justice. They have a perfect right to keep doing things their way, oppressing their own women and slaves -- and to guilt-trip us, if we demur.  Even though they express contemptfo... more »

Bill Maher has cred.  He regularly takes on the madness that has hijacked American conservatism. But he and Jon Stewart and others know that just because one side has a majority of the lunacy, it does not have a monopoly. (I, too, often remind liberals that their far-left allies are a different, alien and somewhat dangerous species.) Now click over to watch - or read - Maher eviscerate Tolerance Fetishism, where absolutely anything done by a non-western culture is cool, because it's "their way."

Call it the Klingon Effect.  Or the 300 Spartans Effect. Brutal slavemasters are endearing in their macho bluster, because cultural diversity trumps our own, parochial standards of decency, rights, diversity and justice. They have a perfect right to keep doing things their way, oppressing their own women and slaves -- and to guilt-trip us, if we demur.  Even though they express contempt for us, for being so spineless in the first place.

The last thing you will ever get a far-leftist to admit is that this truly is a kind of war.  If 100 years from now, we have a world culture of tolerance, diversity, justice and peace, it will have meant that many recalcitrant, older-style ways of life that oppressed women and minorities etc and maintained inherited lordship and all the things that OUR ancestors also did, before we started changing... that those cultures also had to change... or die.

You right wingers, glued to Limbaugh/Beck/Fox hate-fests, do not draw comfort from the fact that Maher and Stewart and yours-truly are able to turn our heads and notice insanity in all directions.  Your fused political spines are nothing to be proud of.  You are marching, lockstep, to the drum beat of far worse enemies of our western enlightenment experiment.  So long as you sieg to their hypnotizing Nuremberg rallies, you are the bigger problem.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/09/27/maher_rips_liberals_over_islam_if_were_giving_no_quarter_to_intolerance_shouldnt_we_start_with_honor_killers.html#ooid=9oaDhxcDrhQ8kEGORS-dIkUzNtLltD7U___

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2014-09-28 05:47:09 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s) 

Tip to the wise. Those 9 volt batteries? Before and after use, store them properly so jostling won’t bring two of them in contact near something flammable.  Even used ones can start a fire, so tape those over till they go to the recycler.

http://videos.komando.com/watch/4910/kims-picks-something-you-have-in-your-home-started-this-fire

Also see my latest posting... about progress being made in "watching the watchers"... and my review of the transparency-suspicious novel The Circle.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/watching-watchers-of-watchers.html

Tip to the wise. Those 9 volt batteries? Before and after use, store them properly so jostling won’t bring two of them in contact near something flammable.  Even used ones can start a fire, so tape those over till they go to the recycler.

http://videos.komando.com/watch/4910/kims-picks-something-you-have-in-your-home-started-this-fire

Also see my latest posting... about progress being made in "watching the watchers"... and my review of the transparency-suspicious novel The Circle.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/watching-watchers-of-watchers.html___

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2014-09-28 01:13:27 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s) 

My Saturday posting - "Watching the Watchers of the Watchers" - takes a look at transparency developments.  I also capsule review - with some critical eye - Dave Eggers's new best seller about enforced transparency ending all privacy -- The Circle.   Come on by and discuss the one factor that may determine whether we are oppressed by a Big Brother, by millions of nosy "little brothers"... or we retain and enlarge our ability to say "MYOB!"

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/watching-watchers-of-watchers.html

My Saturday posting - "Watching the Watchers of the Watchers" - takes a look at transparency developments.  I also capsule review - with some critical eye - Dave Eggers's new best seller about enforced transparency ending all privacy -- The Circle.   Come on by and discuss the one factor that may determine whether we are oppressed by a Big Brother, by millions of nosy "little brothers"... or we retain and enlarge our ability to say "MYOB!"

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/watching-watchers-of-watchers.html___

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2014-09-27 23:56:36 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 58 +1s) 

I have long called for a predictions registry that could track the simplest but most important metric of a public figure’s credibility… whether they turn out to be right a lot… or seldom!  

Now Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com gives you an A through F score for pollsters over the last decade,,, which ones have some credibility and which seem relentlessly biased or do poorly.
http://fivethirtyeight.com/interactives/pollster-ratings/

See my overall predictions registry call.
http://www.davidbrin.com/predictionsregistry.html

I have long called for a predictions registry that could track the simplest but most important metric of a public figure’s credibility… whether they turn out to be right a lot… or seldom!  

Now Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com gives you an A through F score for pollsters over the last decade,,, which ones have some credibility and which seem relentlessly biased or do poorly.
http://fivethirtyeight.com/interactives/pollster-ratings/

See my overall predictions registry call.
http://www.davidbrin.com/predictionsregistry.html___

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2014-09-27 04:32:57 (100 comments, 166 reshares, 99 +1s) 

Republicans should not bemoan the fact that Obamacare is working, indeed, far better than even optimists had hoped.  GOP members should, in fact, be crowing “See?  It was our own damn plan all along!” (Which it was.)  See these charts, which are devastating to the chicken-littles who predicted falling skies.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/upshot/medicare-not-such-a-budget-buster-anymore.html?abt=0002&abg=0

Also: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2014/September/03/health-costs-inflation-cms-report.aspx

Mind you, there are limits to how much improvement can happen under the Republicans’ Plan - created by the Heritage Foundation and called “Gingrichcare, when Newt proposed it as the alternative to Hillary’s Plan, then which spent ten years on the GOP’s official pratform and was the basis for Romneycare … and now it is called Obamacare.  It was never thefirst choice of l... more »

Republicans should not bemoan the fact that Obamacare is working, indeed, far better than even optimists had hoped.  GOP members should, in fact, be crowing “See?  It was our own damn plan all along!” (Which it was.)  See these charts, which are devastating to the chicken-littles who predicted falling skies.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/upshot/medicare-not-such-a-budget-buster-anymore.html?abt=0002&abg=0

Also: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2014/September/03/health-costs-inflation-cms-report.aspx

Mind you, there are limits to how much improvement can happen under the Republicans’ Plan - created by the Heritage Foundation and called “Gingrichcare, when Newt proposed it as the alternative to Hillary’s Plan, then which spent ten years on the GOP’s official pratform and was the basis for Romneycare … and now it is called Obamacare.  It was never the first choice of liberals, who wanted something more like the rest of the world does, instead of a bill that (the Heritage Institute designed to) serve insurance companies before patients.  See a chart here showing how far the US has to go.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/09/08/the-chart-that-shows-not-just-how-but-why-other-countries-spend-less-on-health-care-than-we-do/

The question here is not whether dems and goppers sometimes have partially good plans.  The question is when we will end our civil war and go back to negotiating in good faith and picking and choosing the best ideas from all sides.  Both partisan groups carry some blame for the end to American pragmatic negotiation.  Though one side is far, far more to blame.___

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2014-09-27 00:28:24 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s) 

Looking for a way to make a difference with your small donations, this coming (U.S.) mid-term elections? CROWDPAC is a new site that aims to match folks with politicians who are leaders in various issues or parts of the the “spectrum.”  “Don't leave politics to the big donors and special interests. Use our unique data on politicians to find and support candidates that match your priorities. This is the new politics.“   https://www.crowdpac.com/

You know that I have long preached “proxy power”… how each of us should pick and choose to match our opinions… but that doing so, with a tithe of maybe a tenth of a percent to make a better world, via easy methods like Crowdpac... or groups raning from the Sierra Club to Amnesty to micro-lending that pays you back -- seems reasonable to ask.  Especially if you want those singularity-descendants of yours to emulate revive you in anice place!
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Looking for a way to make a difference with your small donations, this coming (U.S.) mid-term elections? CROWDPAC is a new site that aims to match folks with politicians who are leaders in various issues or parts of the the “spectrum.”  “Don't leave politics to the big donors and special interests. Use our unique data on politicians to find and support candidates that match your priorities. This is the new politics.“   https://www.crowdpac.com/

You know that I have long preached “proxy power”… how each of us should pick and choose to match our opinions… but that doing so, with a tithe of maybe a tenth of a percent to make a better world, via easy methods like Crowdpac... or groups raning from the Sierra Club to Amnesty to micro-lending that pays you back -- seems reasonable to ask.  Especially if you want those singularity-descendants of yours to emulate revive you in a nice place!

http://www.davidbrin.com/proxyactivism.html___

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2014-09-26 22:55:55 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s) 

New York area fans of the future! The Hieroglyph anthology will have its grand opening on Tuesday, September 30, starting at 6:00pm, at Tumblr headquarters in Manhattan.  Meet authors! Get autographs! Get great stories! Learn more about this volume which is the leading tip of our counter-attack against dystopias and stylish cynicism, standing up - instead - for a tomorrow filled with hope.

BTW, I have a pretty good story in this volume, too!

http://hieroglyph.asu.edu/

New York area fans of the future! The Hieroglyph anthology will have its grand opening on Tuesday, September 30, starting at 6:00pm, at Tumblr headquarters in Manhattan.  Meet authors! Get autographs! Get great stories! Learn more about this volume which is the leading tip of our counter-attack against dystopias and stylish cynicism, standing up - instead - for a tomorrow filled with hope.

BTW, I have a pretty good story in this volume, too!

http://hieroglyph.asu.edu/___

2014-09-26 18:34:04 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s) 

I’m coming to Kansas! Giving talks in both Lawrence (near KC) and Wichita.  First “The Dangerous Impudence of Speculative Fiction” at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, on Monday October 13 at 4 pm…

http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/news.htm#106

Then “Neutralizing Nightmares: How We Prevent Dark Tomorrows...by Imagining Them,” at Newman University Oct. 14 at 7 pm.

http://news.newmanu.edu/renowned-author-futurist-david-brin-speak-art-looking-ahead-newman-university-oct-14/

Oh!  I’ll be in New York just before that.  Perhaps spending one day at New York Comicon!

I’m coming to Kansas! Giving talks in both Lawrence (near KC) and Wichita.  First “The Dangerous Impudence of Speculative Fiction” at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, on Monday October 13 at 4 pm…

http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/news.htm#106

Then “Neutralizing Nightmares: How We Prevent Dark Tomorrows...by Imagining Them,” at Newman University Oct. 14 at 7 pm.

http://news.newmanu.edu/renowned-author-futurist-david-brin-speak-art-looking-ahead-newman-university-oct-14/

Oh!  I’ll be in New York just before that.  Perhaps spending one day at New York Comicon!___

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2014-09-26 05:03:42 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s) 

The Tōhoku earthquake struck just before three on a Friday afternoon. Massive earthquake damage was followed by tsunamis rising to heights of 40 meters that swept up to 10km inland, scouring the land of homes, school, communities, and people.
The earthquake and tsunami alone were disasters of incredible proportion, resulting in over 15,000 deaths, over 100, 000 buildings destroyed, and economic losses estimated as high as $235 billion by the World Bank.  And that was only the natural disaster. The manmade disaster began the same day, as the tsunami swept over the seawall of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, flooding the facility and destroying much of its equipment, including its onsite emergency power generators. Cut off from all external power sources, the reactors and spent fuel-rod assemblies began to overheat.  This fascinating story… and the intense aftermath, is brought alive by anew bo... more »

The Tōhoku earthquake struck just before three on a Friday afternoon. Massive earthquake damage was followed by tsunamis rising to heights of 40 meters that swept up to 10km inland, scouring the land of homes, school, communities, and people.
The earthquake and tsunami alone were disasters of incredible proportion, resulting in over 15,000 deaths, over 100, 000 buildings destroyed, and economic losses estimated as high as $235 billion by the World Bank.  And that was only the natural disaster. The manmade disaster began the same day, as the tsunami swept over the seawall of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, flooding the facility and destroying much of its equipment, including its onsite emergency power generators. Cut off from all external power sources, the reactors and spent fuel-rod assemblies began to overheat.  This fascinating story… and the intense aftermath, is brought alive by a new book: “On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi,” by Ryūshō Kadota, with translation by Simon Varnam.

http://www.kurodahan.com/mt/e/catalog/jp0043cate.html___

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2014-09-26 03:36:13 (62 comments, 6 reshares, 47 +1s) 

Will we uplift other species to sapience? That's the topic of today's posting. For once, I don't think I need say anything more, to promote it.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/will-we-uplift-other-species-to-sapience.html

Will we uplift other species to sapience? That's the topic of today's posting. For once, I don't think I need say anything more, to promote it.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/will-we-uplift-other-species-to-sapience.html___

2014-09-26 03:35:34 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Wow... for you amateur rocket junkies!
http://api.smugmug.com/services/embed/3562860923_LvQVqXn?width=640&height=360&albumId=4601741&albumKey=HfkT6f

Wow... for you amateur rocket junkies!
http://api.smugmug.com/services/embed/3562860923_LvQVqXn?width=640&height=360&albumId=4601741&albumKey=HfkT6f___

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2014-09-25 19:34:42 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s) 

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Will we uplift other species to sapience? That's the topic of today's posting. For once, I don't think I need say anything more, to promote it.

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Will we uplift other species to sapience? That's the topic of today's posting. For once, I don't think I need say anything more, to promote it.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/will-we-uplift-other-species-to-sapience.html___

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2014-09-25 18:05:38 (25 comments, 13 reshares, 39 +1s) 

Details about iPhone's new encryption.
Apple announced that it would no longer be able to turn iPhone data over to cops.

Ah but don't absolutely count on it.

http://gizmodo.com/cops-have-no-right-to-be-angry-about-apples-improved-se-1638256237?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Details about iPhone's new encryption.
Apple announced that it would no longer be able to turn iPhone data over to cops.

Ah but don't absolutely count on it.

http://gizmodo.com/cops-have-no-right-to-be-angry-about-apples-improved-se-1638256237?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow___

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2014-09-25 04:04:41 (57 comments, 54 reshares, 148 +1s) 

Wow!  They are making a movie of the classic Heinlein story.  THE classic time travel story.  From this trailer, it seems they have tried very very hard to stay faithful to the basic structure and logic of RAH's tale.  Though from what I can see, they embellished several added layers of plot.  Nothing wrong with that, per se!  You have to, in order for a movie to work.  (Just as you must CUT layers from a novel, to go to film.) And from the clues, it seems likely they've done so pretty well.  I am looking forward to this.

Still, the tasty way this story - and other great stories - leave you breathless and hanging, with a TONE reverberating in the air... that aspect cannot survive the expansion.  All you can do is hope there will be enough filmic art to make up for that.  They are different works. They are different works. They are different works. They are different works. Theyare diffe... more »

Wow!  They are making a movie of the classic Heinlein story.  THE classic time travel story.  From this trailer, it seems they have tried very very hard to stay faithful to the basic structure and logic of RAH's tale.  Though from what I can see, they embellished several added layers of plot.  Nothing wrong with that, per se!  You have to, in order for a movie to work.  (Just as you must CUT layers from a novel, to go to film.) And from the clues, it seems likely they've done so pretty well.  I am looking forward to this.

Still, the tasty way this story - and other great stories - leave you breathless and hanging, with a TONE reverberating in the air... that aspect cannot survive the expansion.  All you can do is hope there will be enough filmic art to make up for that.  They are different works. They are different works. They are different works. They are different works. They are different works. They are different works. They are different works.

http://youtu.be/UHU6MImo0t8___

2014-09-25 03:50:05 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

My recent podcast interview-discussion with Allen Steele and rising author Dan Haight.

http://flotillaonline.com/new-sci-fi-podcast-appearance-david-brin-allen-steele/

My recent podcast interview-discussion with Allen Steele and rising author Dan Haight.

http://flotillaonline.com/new-sci-fi-podcast-appearance-david-brin-allen-steele/___

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2014-09-25 00:31:35 (73 comments, 16 reshares, 71 +1s) 

Fox News regular Ann Coulter wants to drown voters who might be inclined to support a Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate. Here’s what she wrote in a recent column:  “If you are considering voting for the Libertarian candidate in any Senate election, please send me your name and address so I can track you down and drown you.”

http://reason.com/blog/2014/09/18/anne-coulter-wants-to-drown-libertarians

I spoke at Freedom Fest a few months ago and was appalled by the pervasive reflex that libertarians MUST be some deviant, mad-cousin version of republicans who will come back, like prodigal sons, come election day. Almost no one (other that me) pointed out that the GOP betrays EVERY libertarian principal, top to bottom, (though giving lip service to a couple. While the dems disagree with at-most a third of sane libertarian ideas.  Especially if libertarians return to wantingcompeti... more »

Fox News regular Ann Coulter wants to drown voters who might be inclined to support a Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate. Here’s what she wrote in a recent column:  “If you are considering voting for the Libertarian candidate in any Senate election, please send me your name and address so I can track you down and drown you.”

http://reason.com/blog/2014/09/18/anne-coulter-wants-to-drown-libertarians

I spoke at Freedom Fest a few months ago and was appalled by the pervasive reflex that libertarians MUST be some deviant, mad-cousin version of republicans who will come back, like prodigal sons, come election day. Almost no one (other that me) pointed out that the GOP betrays EVERY libertarian principal, top to bottom, (though giving lip service to a couple. While the dems disagree with at-most a third of sane libertarian ideas.  Especially if libertarians return to wanting competitive markets... and break away from the Fox-preached adoration of oligarchy.

So long as monsters like Coulter represent not a fringe but the mainstream CORE of the New Confederacy, there is but one hope for the party of Lincoln and Ike and even Reagan...

... to be crushed into exile and re-evaluate whether they really want to be the party that hates science and the future.___

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2014-09-24 18:33:27 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 27 +1s) 

Blizzard is canceling its huge science fictional MMO code-named “Titan.”  I guess that takes me off the hook to speak up and say that I consulted on this project… and thought it brilliant! All the more so since the team really seemed interested in making good use of outside ideas  Sure, it would have been better — and more attractive to gamers — if a couple of my other suggestions got taken-up. But I’ve got no call for complaints.  It would have been a fantastically fun and engaging universe to play in.  And I hope some indie outfit gets their hands on it.  If that ever happens… I still have notes!

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/477385/blizzard-cancels-titan-mmo-after-7-years/

Blizzard is canceling its huge science fictional MMO code-named “Titan.”  I guess that takes me off the hook to speak up and say that I consulted on this project… and thought it brilliant! All the more so since the team really seemed interested in making good use of outside ideas  Sure, it would have been better — and more attractive to gamers — if a couple of my other suggestions got taken-up. But I’ve got no call for complaints.  It would have been a fantastically fun and engaging universe to play in.  And I hope some indie outfit gets their hands on it.  If that ever happens… I still have notes!

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/477385/blizzard-cancels-titan-mmo-after-7-years/___

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2014-09-24 04:57:26 (16 comments, 22 reshares, 80 +1s) 


Kurzweil & co give us a sneak peak at the forthcoming movie Autómata, “Starring Antonio Banderas, here we have a believable future (2044, 30 years from now) in which desertification is threatening society, and a single company is leading the way in intelligent robotics.” says one George Mason university blogger.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/automata-a-believable-robot-future?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4fc2441621-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147a5a48c1-4fc2441621-281972889


Kurzweil & co give us a sneak peak at the forthcoming movie Autómata, “Starring Antonio Banderas, here we have a believable future (2044, 30 years from now) in which desertification is threatening society, and a single company is leading the way in intelligent robotics.” says one George Mason university blogger.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/automata-a-believable-robot-future?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4fc2441621-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147a5a48c1-4fc2441621-281972889___

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2014-09-23 22:27:44 (14 comments, 8 reshares, 20 +1s) 

My postings have been calm and science-y, lately, so time to get uninhibited. This one is a "drunkard's walk" among political topics that deserve all-out rants! Over-the-top? Maybe. But you may find ammo for the coming political silly season!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-drunkards-walk-amid-silly-people-left.html

My postings have been calm and science-y, lately, so time to get uninhibited. This one is a "drunkard's walk" among political topics that deserve all-out rants! Over-the-top? Maybe. But you may find ammo for the coming political silly season!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-drunkards-walk-amid-silly-people-left.html___

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2014-09-23 17:44:04 (203 comments, 28 reshares, 176 +1s) 

I predicted that, once the tepid and minimal “healthcare reform” called “Obamacare” kicked in, it would start applying market forces that would work fairly well, reducing both the ranks of the uninsured and the rates of increase of US medical costs… all of which is happening.  At which point (I also predicted) GOP pundits  - who had been proclaiming the sky would fall and America would collapse into the stone age - would simply DROP the subject, hoping that their viewers would forget their chicken little end-of-the-world ravings. (And given their viewership, that amnesia is pretty much guaranteed.)

 Indeed, I said that after using this “issue” to lock down and destroy all political processes in the United States of America, that suddenly GOP politicians would start pragmatically adapting to the ACA and even… claiming it as their own.
http://www.msnbc... more »

I predicted that, once the tepid and minimal “healthcare reform” called “Obamacare” kicked in, it would start applying market forces that would work fairly well, reducing both the ranks of the uninsured and the rates of increase of US medical costs… all of which is happening.  At which point (I also predicted) GOP pundits  - who had been proclaiming the sky would fall and America would collapse into the stone age - would simply DROP the subject, hoping that their viewers would forget their chicken little end-of-the-world ravings. (And given their viewership, that amnesia is pretty much guaranteed.)

 Indeed, I said that after using this “issue” to lock down and destroy all political processes in the United States of America, that suddenly GOP politicians would start pragmatically adapting to the ACA and even… claiming it as their own.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/obamacare-sea-change-gop-governor-boasts-about-aca-benefits

Which… they are somewhat justified to do!  Since “Obamacare” was cloned from “Romneycare” and “Gingrich-care” and the standard, Heritage-Foundation-designed Republican Healthcare proposal on every GOP platform for ten years.  Watch as that fact is suddenly remembered!  But do not let them forget the hell they put us through, the hysterics and frozen American political life.  The screeching.___

2014-09-22 23:38:26 (56 comments, 21 reshares, 318 +1s) 

Dang the fools who claim the Secret Service showed incompetence, for not gunning down a mentally ill Iraq War vet armed with just a knife in his pocket, who ran across the White House lawn and was tackled just inside one of the doors. The President and his family weren't even there! No bulky clothes that might conceal a bomb. So, instead of slaughtering a citizen who was likely (and proved to be) unbalanced but no real threat, the scene commander decided to use old-fashioned football tackling? I say the commander and his crew deserve bonuses!

Sure, there are always lessons.  An auto-tazer above the fenceline, perhaps?  I still believe Pennsylvania Ave should be trenched and then given back to the city, but that's another story...  But those who are dissing the Secret Service for calmly telling the snipers to relax for a couple of minutes -- so that we can isolate and care for, insteadof... more »

Dang the fools who claim the Secret Service showed incompetence, for not gunning down a mentally ill Iraq War vet armed with just a knife in his pocket, who ran across the White House lawn and was tackled just inside one of the doors. The President and his family weren't even there! No bulky clothes that might conceal a bomb. So, instead of slaughtering a citizen who was likely (and proved to be) unbalanced but no real threat, the scene commander decided to use old-fashioned football tackling? I say the commander and his crew deserve bonuses!

Sure, there are always lessons.  An auto-tazer above the fenceline, perhaps?  I still believe Pennsylvania Ave should be trenched and then given back to the city, but that's another story...  But those who are dissing the Secret Service for calmly telling the snipers to relax for a couple of minutes -- so that we can isolate and care for, instead of slaughter, a confused American vet who once served his country -- those fools are revealing themselves to be the real monsters.___

2014-09-22 23:05:22 (12 comments, 8 reshares, 37 +1s) 

Gamma Ray Bursters as cullers of life. “Only at the outskirts of the Milky Way, at more than 10 kpc from the galactic center, this probability drops below 50%. When considering the Universe as a whole, the safest environments for life (similar to the one on Earth) are the lowest density regions in the outskirts of large galaxies and life can exist in only ~ 10% of galaxies. “  On the role of GRBs on life extinction in the Universe, by Tsvi Piran, Raul Jimenez.

   http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.2506

Gamma Ray Bursters as cullers of life. “Only at the outskirts of the Milky Way, at more than 10 kpc from the galactic center, this probability drops below 50%. When considering the Universe as a whole, the safest environments for life (similar to the one on Earth) are the lowest density regions in the outskirts of large galaxies and life can exist in only ~ 10% of galaxies. “  On the role of GRBs on life extinction in the Universe, by Tsvi Piran, Raul Jimenez.

   http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.2506___

2014-09-22 20:38:29 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s) 

A podcast poses  questions about writing to the great Sci Fi author Allen Steele and me and rising star Dan Haight in an hour-long interview.  And yes, after the first 10 minutes or so I do calm down!

http://flotillaonline.com/new-sci-fi-podcast-appearance-david-brin-allen-steele/

A podcast poses  questions about writing to the great Sci Fi author Allen Steele and me and rising star Dan Haight in an hour-long interview.  And yes, after the first 10 minutes or so I do calm down!

http://flotillaonline.com/new-sci-fi-podcast-appearance-david-brin-allen-steele/___

2014-09-22 18:19:39 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s) 

Matthew Burrows, author of the new book The Future Declassified (for which I provided a cover blurb) has an article on Slate describing the work he has done in the past for National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends report, which explores changes that may take place over the next 15 to 20 years.  I have read many of these reports and found them very useful cogently laying down a range of possible futures that policy-makers and implementers may have to face as we weave the minefield of the near future.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/09/my_decade_writing_the_national_intelligence_council_s_global_trends_report.single.html

Matthew Burrows, author of the new book The Future Declassified (for which I provided a cover blurb) has an article on Slate describing the work he has done in the past for National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends report, which explores changes that may take place over the next 15 to 20 years.  I have read many of these reports and found them very useful cogently laying down a range of possible futures that policy-makers and implementers may have to face as we weave the minefield of the near future.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/09/my_decade_writing_the_national_intelligence_council_s_global_trends_report.single.html___

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2014-09-22 18:07:25 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 42 +1s) 

The coolest part of science fiction is not the gadgets but the ideas!  Especially those that lead to cultural change. A nice article in Slate surveys some of this influence on our can-do belief that we can change.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/09/project_hieroglyph_gadgets_aren_t_the_coolest_part_of_sci_fi.html

The coolest part of science fiction is not the gadgets but the ideas!  Especially those that lead to cultural change. A nice article in Slate surveys some of this influence on our can-do belief that we can change.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/09/project_hieroglyph_gadgets_aren_t_the_coolest_part_of_sci_fi.html___

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2014-09-21 19:23:51 (10 comments, 9 reshares, 32 +1s) 

My Sunday posting - "Peering into the Future: AI and Robot brains" - takes you on a tour of recent developments and controversies regarding all the myriad ways that folks are trying to bring other forms of sapience to life!  You really get your money's worth, in this issue.  Singularities, super-intelligence, uplifting animals?  Do you want to know more?

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/peering-into-future-ai-and-robot-brains.html

My Sunday posting - "Peering into the Future: AI and Robot brains" - takes you on a tour of recent developments and controversies regarding all the myriad ways that folks are trying to bring other forms of sapience to life!  You really get your money's worth, in this issue.  Singularities, super-intelligence, uplifting animals?  Do you want to know more?

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/peering-into-future-ai-and-robot-brains.html___

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2014-09-21 04:44:49 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s) 

We just watched the Amazing Spiderman 2 flick. Alas, it seemed slow, illogical, over-long, illogical, the characters had murky motivations... oh and I could not find any logic in the strung together plot elements.  Does that mean I hated it?  Well... no.  There were amiable scenes. And like its 4 predecessors, AS2 continued a love affair with New York.

My personal bugaboo is flicks that portray civilization as useless. This film stuck with the Spiderman tradition and frequently showed New Yorkers being brave and doing their jobs.  I like that.

In the first four films, spidey spent 90% of the time saving New Yorkers, but there was always a scene in which New Yorkers saved Spiderman.  That didn't happen in this one. Alas.  Still the sensibility was there.  And for that I forgive a lot.  Still, this one is a mishmash.  They couldn't have spent a sawbuck for a scienceadviser,... more »

We just watched the Amazing Spiderman 2 flick. Alas, it seemed slow, illogical, over-long, illogical, the characters had murky motivations... oh and I could not find any logic in the strung together plot elements.  Does that mean I hated it?  Well... no.  There were amiable scenes. And like its 4 predecessors, AS2 continued a love affair with New York.

My personal bugaboo is flicks that portray civilization as useless. This film stuck with the Spiderman tradition and frequently showed New Yorkers being brave and doing their jobs.  I like that.

In the first four films, spidey spent 90% of the time saving New Yorkers, but there was always a scene in which New Yorkers saved Spiderman.  That didn't happen in this one. Alas.  Still the sensibility was there.  And for that I forgive a lot.  Still, this one is a mishmash.  They couldn't have spent a sawbuck for a science adviser, to help with the puerile techno-blather?  Oh, and illogical. Alack.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Spider-Man_2___

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2014-09-21 04:21:16 (4 comments, 21 reshares, 85 +1s) 

Wow. Watch the eruption of the Mount Tavurvur volcano on Aug. 29 in Papua New Guinea, and the sonic boom that followed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/world/sonic-boom-follows-volcanic-eruption-in-papua-new-guinea/2014/09/08/724e8ca8-3788-11e4-a023-1d61f7f31a05_video.html

Wow. Watch the eruption of the Mount Tavurvur volcano on Aug. 29 in Papua New Guinea, and the sonic boom that followed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/world/sonic-boom-follows-volcanic-eruption-in-papua-new-guinea/2014/09/08/724e8ca8-3788-11e4-a023-1d61f7f31a05_video.html___

2014-09-20 22:26:12 (25 comments, 11 reshares, 82 +1s) 

In honor of the staggering number of "greater fools" who actually poured money into Alibaba, try this:  "People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage. Intellectual myopia, often called stupidity, is no doubt a reason. But the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-given right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing compared with that of the rich."  – John Galbraith, The Age of Uncertainty

 And: "Malinvestment occurs when people do stupid things with free money. One of the characteristics of malinvestment is its dominance; i.e., other investments have little chance of competing. Malinvestments always bust and end in liquidation."  –  Joan McCullough

Or just this: "SupplySide (Vo... more »

In honor of the staggering number of "greater fools" who actually poured money into Alibaba, try this:  "People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage. Intellectual myopia, often called stupidity, is no doubt a reason. But the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-given right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing compared with that of the rich."  – John Galbraith, The Age of Uncertainty

 And: "Malinvestment occurs when people do stupid things with free money. One of the characteristics of malinvestment is its dominance; i.e., other investments have little chance of competing. Malinvestments always bust and end in liquidation."  –  Joan McCullough

Or just this: "Supply Side (Voodoo) Economics (SSVE) predicted that the wealthy would invest well the tax gifts we were talked into lavishing on them.  Instead (as Adam Smith would have predicted) they poured most of it into asset bubbles and silliness.  It is the middle classes that know about budgets and careful investments.  They are the font of society's wisdom."  -- me___

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2014-09-20 19:29:21 (65 comments, 16 reshares, 60 +1s) 

This article on Al Jazeera, about the growth of “trust-like” monopolies or duopolies in American business, illustrates why Fox News so hammers hate onto the word “progressivism”… in fretful worry that the movement of a century ago — to break up excessive concentrations of economic-coercive power and restore true market competition — might regain momentum.  What I find puzzling is how such forces actually believe they can stave off a return of anti-trust radicalism.  Indeed, the longer it is delayed, the more inevitably intense will be the demands for bona fide “trust-busting.”  

Seriously fellows.  Better another Roosevelt tomorrow than a Castro a few years later.  Think about it.

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/9/back-to-the-futurewithmonopolycapitalism.html?utm_content=opinion&utm_campaign=ajam&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=SocialFlow

This article on Al Jazeera, about the growth of “trust-like” monopolies or duopolies in American business, illustrates why Fox News so hammers hate onto the word “progressivism”… in fretful worry that the movement of a century ago — to break up excessive concentrations of economic-coercive power and restore true market competition — might regain momentum.  What I find puzzling is how such forces actually believe they can stave off a return of anti-trust radicalism.  Indeed, the longer it is delayed, the more inevitably intense will be the demands for bona fide “trust-busting.”  

Seriously fellows.  Better another Roosevelt tomorrow than a Castro a few years later.  Think about it.

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/9/back-to-the-futurewithmonopolycapitalism.html?utm_content=opinion&utm_campaign=ajam&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=SocialFlow___

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2014-09-20 03:30:21 (14 comments, 8 reshares, 24 +1s) 

Moderate Republicans, fighting back, at last?  This article says it’s happening. But I will believe it when I see it.

see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-when-moderates-fight-back/2014/09/07/42c08a86-352b-11e4-9e92-0899b306bbea_story.html

Meanwhile, see my Friday posting explaining the eight phases of the American Civil War. (We are embroiled in the latest, as we speak.)The world needs an America that is pragmatic, with a can-do, problem-solving attitude. We are nasty and not very useful, when we go through these intervals of getting mired in dogma.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/phases-of-american-civil-war.html

Moderate Republicans, fighting back, at last?  This article says it’s happening. But I will believe it when I see it.

see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-when-moderates-fight-back/2014/09/07/42c08a86-352b-11e4-9e92-0899b306bbea_story.html

Meanwhile, see my Friday posting explaining the eight phases of the American Civil War. (We are embroiled in the latest, as we speak.)The world needs an America that is pragmatic, with a can-do, problem-solving attitude. We are nasty and not very useful, when we go through these intervals of getting mired in dogma.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/phases-of-american-civil-war.html___

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2014-09-20 00:07:27 (12 comments, 13 reshares, 24 +1s) 

My Friday posting satisfies a request by many of you that I explain the eight phases of the American Civil War. (We are embroiled in Phase Eight, as we speak.)  It is kind of sad that most of us do not even know about half of these phases, and we often misinterpret the others.  What is vital, however, is that we understand THIS phase! The world needs an America that is pragmatic, with a can-do, problem-solving attitude.  We are nasty and not very useful, when we go through these intervals of getting mired in dogma.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/phases-of-american-civil-war.html

My Friday posting satisfies a request by many of you that I explain the eight phases of the American Civil War. (We are embroiled in Phase Eight, as we speak.)  It is kind of sad that most of us do not even know about half of these phases, and we often misinterpret the others.  What is vital, however, is that we understand THIS phase! The world needs an America that is pragmatic, with a can-do, problem-solving attitude.  We are nasty and not very useful, when we go through these intervals of getting mired in dogma.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/phases-of-american-civil-war.html___

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2014-09-19 21:34:59 (35 comments, 38 reshares, 94 +1s) 

“After six years and over one billion dollars in development, the FBI has just announced that its new biometric facial recognition software system is finally complete. Meaning that, starting soon, photos of tens of millions of U.S. citizen's faces will be captured by the national system on a daily basis.”  Sound terrifying?  Then chill.  Breathe.  Inhale and exhale. As usual I must point out that there is absolutely nothing you or anyone else will accomplish by whining and railing against this.  If we panic and BAN the databases they will simply go underground.  Elites will have them. Elites will see us.  

The one and only way to keep this from becoming Big Brother is to insist — with ferocious militancy — on our ability to look back at elites.  That is not only possible, it is what gave us the freedom we already have.
http://gizmod... more »

“After six years and over one billion dollars in development, the FBI has just announced that its new biometric facial recognition software system is finally complete. Meaning that, starting soon, photos of tens of millions of U.S. citizen's faces will be captured by the national system on a daily basis.”  Sound terrifying?  Then chill.  Breathe.  Inhale and exhale. As usual I must point out that there is absolutely nothing you or anyone else will accomplish by whining and railing against this.  If we panic and BAN the databases they will simply go underground.  Elites will have them. Elites will see us.  

The one and only way to keep this from becoming Big Brother is to insist — with ferocious militancy — on our ability to look back at elites.  That is not only possible, it is what gave us the freedom we already have.

http://gizmodo.com/the-fbi-just-finished-its-insane-new-facial-recognition-1634851705___

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2014-09-19 18:02:04 (11 comments, 18 reshares, 71 +1s) 

In his blog Rejected Princesses, each week, former DreamWorks animator Jason Porath adds a new illustration and write-up about a woman who is, as the blog says, "too awesome, awful or offbeat for kids' movies." One of his favorite examples is the aforementioned Soviet tank commander, Sergeant Mariya Oktyabrskaya. Porath says Oktyabrskaya's husband was killed by the Nazis, so she sold all of her belongings in order to buy a tank and fight. She named the tank "Fighting Girlfriend." The illustration shows her sitting atop her tank, anthropomorphized in Cars-like fashion, amid a battle.

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/06/346358836/no-tiara-no-problem-rejected-princesses-have-stories-worth-telling

In his blog Rejected Princesses, each week, former DreamWorks animator Jason Porath adds a new illustration and write-up about a woman who is, as the blog says, "too awesome, awful or offbeat for kids' movies." One of his favorite examples is the aforementioned Soviet tank commander, Sergeant Mariya Oktyabrskaya. Porath says Oktyabrskaya's husband was killed by the Nazis, so she sold all of her belongings in order to buy a tank and fight. She named the tank "Fighting Girlfriend." The illustration shows her sitting atop her tank, anthropomorphized in Cars-like fashion, amid a battle.

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/06/346358836/no-tiara-no-problem-rejected-princesses-have-stories-worth-telling___

2014-09-19 03:26:54 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s) 

Scientific American asks: “Conspiracy theorists may wonder, why does NASA’s next major telescope director need top secret clearance?” Interesting indeed.  “The Webb telescope is being planned as a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and will peer at some of the farthest reaches of space and time. The $8.8-billion observatory is due to launch in 2018.” Past Space Telescope directors did not need clearance.  But in fact, I believe that this event has little to do with the Webb Telescope.  Remember that NASA just took delivery of two Hubble class Keyhole space telescopes, no longer needed by the NRO.  I guess they want to be sure that in converting those scopes for scientific work, sensitive tech does not leak .  On the other hand, what if the Webb is being used as a civilian cover operation for spook craft, just as the Hubble had been?  An even bigger reason.  
http://www.sci... more »

Scientific American asks: “Conspiracy theorists may wonder, why does NASA’s next major telescope director need top secret clearance?” Interesting indeed.  “The Webb telescope is being planned as a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and will peer at some of the farthest reaches of space and time. The $8.8-billion observatory is due to launch in 2018.” Past Space Telescope directors did not need clearance.  But in fact, I believe that this event has little to do with the Webb Telescope.  Remember that NASA just took delivery of two Hubble class Keyhole space telescopes, no longer needed by the NRO.  I guess they want to be sure that in converting those scopes for scientific work, sensitive tech does not leak .  On the other hand, what if the Webb is being used as a civilian cover operation for spook craft, just as the Hubble had been?  An even bigger reason.  

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nasa-james-webb-space-telescope-director-top-secret-clearance/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140917___

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2014-09-18 18:02:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s) 

The Planetary Society will celebrate the MAVEN mission’s arrival at Mars with KPCC Radio in a live event (in Pasadena CA) on September 21.  Planetary Radio Live: MAVEN Arrives at Mars  Sunday,  6:00 p.m. PDT.  Tune in or check out how to attend in person! 

http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/events/2014/planetary-radio-live-maven.html

The Planetary Society will celebrate the MAVEN mission’s arrival at Mars with KPCC Radio in a live event (in Pasadena CA) on September 21.  Planetary Radio Live: MAVEN Arrives at Mars  Sunday,  6:00 p.m. PDT.  Tune in or check out how to attend in person! 

http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/events/2014/planetary-radio-live-maven.html___

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