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Andreas Schou has been at 1 events

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Nicholas Kristof1,309,252The issue of the moment is Syria, so I'm delighted to host a Google+ hangout in which we'll be able to pose questions to Secretary of State John Kerry about Syria policy. I'll be joined by +Lara Setrakian, a journalist whom I've long admired who specializes in Syria. Andrew Beiter, a social studies  teacher and a regional education coordinator for the Holocaust Memorial Museum, will also be in the Hangout. Most of all, we'll be joined by all of you--so jump into the conversation on this page and leave us your questions. In particular, with this Hangout we want to involve teachers and students, so spread the word in the schools, please, and student questions are particularly welcome!This kind of online interview is something of an experiment, and we're still figuring out how to make it work best. So we also welcome your suggestions and guidance before and criticisms after. Syria: Weighing the U.S. Response2013-09-10 20:00:007027G+

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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 05:16:12476207CC G+
Moan Lisa31,837Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle06 June, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-06-06 14:31:022928478102CC G+
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 05:03:174777219CC G+
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 16:53:094558155121CC G+
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 12:47:424927150105CC G+
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 18:07:204536759107CC G+
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 18:59:534707754122CC G+
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 16:53:09467695296CC G+
Константин Вишневский44,825Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow2014-02-12 15:12:36462483276CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky64,592Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-02-07 07:45:58497553385CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky76,199Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-15 08:21:34499531881CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky61,999Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-14 04:50:25498451579CC G+
Artur Mashnich43,991A Very Social CircleCircle of the Most Active Users of Google+Круг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-11 14:37:57478411671CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky61,336Good morning / evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг / This social circle #EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-09 04:51:54498392368CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky59,714This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-29 11:29:4447830959CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky73,777This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-29 11:02:20500341261CC G+
Константин Вишневский39,554Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. После того как вы сделали это, дайте мне знать в комментарияхIf you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!2013-12-29 06:03:17464422473CC G+
Vladimir Samsonov23,289Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-05 12:35:51501543279CC G+
Константин Вишневский35,785Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. После того как вы сделали это, дайте мне знать в комментарияхIf you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-24 15:07:31464422170CC G+
Jan Havrda20,092Deep Thinkers.2013-11-15 00:06:31141216CC G+
Matteo Pelucchi3,024Circle of #topengagers  1. Plus this post. (Original post)2. Comment on this post.3. Reshare this circle publically to your stream.4. Don’t be a blue head.Have a wonderful Wednesday increasing your #popularityTnks to +Alessandro Folghera and +Rusty Ferguson  #tuesdaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback#circle #googleplus    #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles     #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles    #circleshare    2013-09-11 07:31:19397441746CC G+
Alessandro Folghera12,080Another special #sharedcircle  to be added among your circlesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircles), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)      (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful weekend and a better popularityKeep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104   #saturdaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou         #followme     #followers #followback #circle #googleplus    #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #afo #myseoissocial     #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles    2013-09-07 15:52:43397351953CC G+
Richard Green25,294Engagers Showcase Circle, September 5 2013If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. Because I ran out of room, some of the engagers on very recent posts will be included next time.As always, reshares are appreciated, and I look forward to seeing everyone's links. Thanks for reading my posts!2013-09-06 01:37:50501254131248CC G+
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu4,968A circle based on +Richard Green's last creation! Add it to yours, share it! They all have some wonderful spark in them!If you're notified, you're in! Sorry to disturb you with the notification! If you want out, just say so :)2013-06-19 09:59:4539032733CC G+
Steven Krohn1,616The Popular Choice Circle________________________Richard Green originally shared:Here's version 2 of my Popular Choice circle. The members of this circle were nominated for inclusion here (http://goo.gl/vY07d). Anecdotal evidence suggests that this circle is a pretty good one to add: after the last share, somebody that I follow made the comment:I have to admit I have never had so many people add me back so shortly after adding a shared circle.As guest members of the circle this time, I'm including everyone who has created a circle with me in it in the last four weeks, including +Chris Cota, +Steven Krohn, +Marlo Angelo Tito, +Leo Walsh, +Cesare Riccardo, +Michael Bennett, +1212Scenery, +Daniel Mihai Popescu, +Gai Xinh, +Mithu Hassan, +Daniel Stock, +Marino Puletti, +Christy Sandhoff, +Johnathan Yesson, +Roleta Anedotas, +Linda Dee, +Mariusz Zapart, +César Bustíos Benites, +Andrea Orselli, +Katherine Vucicevic, +Networx, +Rome Heels, +Thumb up your Followers ►, +AyJay Schibig, +Zbynek Kysela, +Ewart Corrigan, +Hamilton Carter, +Don Dobbie, +Brian Buckley, +Wajahat Khan, +Crazy Circles, +Laurent Jean Philippe, +Maria Leoni and +Wolfgang Wodeck.  I'd especially like to thank +Scott Buehler, +Ludovic Moreeuw and +Science on Google+: A Public Database for including me in some particularly exciting circles: the Hyperball, the VIIP Circle and the Smokin' Science Circle, respectively.And now the surprise feature: I invite everyone to leave a comment on (the original post of) this circle share containing a link to one of your own posts. Ideally, this should be something that you posted recently and that you are particularly pleased with. (Don't post spam though; I will delete it.)2013-06-18 14:06:1838425937CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu4,802I have added version 2 of +Richard Green's  Popular Choice, re-freshed with my nucleus of Invincible circle and brushed of inactive accounts :)If you are notified, you're in, of course :)Thank you for sharing!2013-06-17 10:29:4338924937CC G+
Richard Green16,268Here's version 2 of my Popular Choice circle. The members of this circle were nominated for inclusion here (http://goo.gl/vY07d). Anecdotal evidence suggests that this circle is a pretty good one to add: after the last share, somebody that I follow made the comment:I have to admit I have never had so many people add me back so shortly after adding a shared circle.As guest members of the circle this time, I'm including everyone who has created a circle with me in it in the last four weeks, including +Chris Cota, +Steven Krohn, +Marlo Angelo Tito, +Leo Walsh, +Cesare Riccardo, +Michael Bennett, +1212Scenery, +Daniel Mihai Popescu, +Gai Xinh, +Mithu Hassan, +Daniel Stock, +Marino Puletti, +Christy Sandhoff, +Johnathan Yesson, +Roleta Anedotas, +Linda Dee, +Mariusz Zapart, +2013-06-17 04:33:32384693082CC G+
Christy Sandhoff10,119Richard Green originally shared:Remember the Much Better than the Average Circle circles I used to share?  Well, this circle is much better even than those.  The people in this circle were recommended for inclusion in response to my call for nominations, and there are some really interesting profiles in here.  If you've never added a circle before, this one would make a good Starter Circle.I'd especially like to thank +Dirk Talamasca, +Ed Ross, +Korinne M Jackman, +Nina MJ and +Tim Utzig, each of whom suggested a large number of profiles for the circle.  I think I added everyone who was tagged in the nomination post; sorry if I missed anyone.And here's the circle.2013-06-04 04:14:1033821830CC G+
Richard Green15,407Remember the Much Better than the Average Circle circles I used to share?  Well, this circle is much better even than those.  The people in this circle were recommended for inclusion in response to my call for nominations, and there are some really interesting profiles in here.  If you've never added a circle before, this one would make a good Starter Circle.I'd especially like to thank +Dirk Talamasca, +Ed Ross, +Korinne M Jackman, +Nina MJ and +Tim Utzig, each of whom suggested a large number of profiles for the circle.  I think I added everyone who was tagged in the nomination post; sorry if I missed anyone.And here's the circle.2013-06-02 14:20:43338532176CC G+
AyJay Schibig16,440ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-04-13 06:43:023024213CC G+
AyJay Schibig15,217ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-03-02 11:23:44245206CC G+
Mohammad Rahimi2,027I would like to share this circle of people i follow their posts.2013-02-25 05:38:581061928CC G+
Ian Herndon8,223Shared Circle Time! - G+ Community Moderators (4 of x)Re-Share to help moderators easily connect with one another!Now that Google has launched Communities there has been a ton of activity by people to create communities relating to their interests, join ones created by others, and meet other creators in an effort to learn more and more new ways to build and contribute to G+ Communities. +Community Moderators is an example of a page/community dedicated specifically to having a single place where all moderators can join in discussion around just that.I have been hard at work creating Circles that consist of Community Moderators and Owners only. My hope is to be able to help others expand their network of friends to also include like minded people dabbling in the Community space too. In the near future I intend to eventually group these moderator circles into smaller more targeted ones tailored to specific interests. So with that said, here's our circles!G+ Community Moderators & Owners Circle (1 of x) - 12/31/2012https://plus.google.com/u/0/110099838681495349209/posts/ETe6deLAMq2G+ Community Moderators & Owners Circle (2 of x) - 12/31/2012https://plus.google.com/u/0/110099838681495349209/posts/7i2DXeQpknnG+ Community Moderators & Owners Circle (3 of x) - 12/31/2012https://plus.google.com/u/0/110099838681495349209/posts/j1rsi9YGGVgG+ Community Moderators & Owners Circle (4 of x) - 1/12/2013https://plus.google.com/u/0/110099838681495349209/posts/VFUjZcifXPQ#Community   #Moderators   #Owners   #Communities   #Circle   #SharedCircles   #CircleShare2013-01-12 15:28:345005210CC G+
AyJay Schibig13,588ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2013-01-10 07:15:50257003CC G+
Nils Tschampel2,828The Cream of the Crop of December 2012What's this?On +CircleCount everyday some very interesting persons are choosen and recommended. These are persons without hundreds of thousands of followers but with a lot of interesting content. You won't find silent people here leading the rankings, but interesting people that are worth to be followed.You can find the Cream of the Crop daily here:http://www.circlecount.com/daily/Past Cream of the Crop circles:November 2012: http://goo.gl/LSQjcOctober 2012: http://goo.gl/ohdceSeptember 2012: http://goo.gl/ie3VNAugust 2012: http://goo.gl/5vUUPJuly 2012: http://goo.gl/oAemEJune 2012: http://goo.gl/YZt1yMay 2012: http://goo.gl/4Tq43April 2012: http://goo.gl/NvbKjMarch 2012: http://goo.gl/3auLoFebruary 2012: http://goo.gl/TWYpKJanuary 2012: http://goo.gl/HBdHbDecember 2011: http://goo.gl/RBCpgNovember 2011: http://goo.gl/x6TJkOctober 2011: http://goo.gl/2xVn92013-01-08 19:52:4728412410CC G+
AyJay Schibig12,717ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-21 06:26:433277010CC G+
AyJay Schibig12,080ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-12 04:23:1442210216CC G+
Zbynek Kysela1,918BEST SHARED CIRCLE - Share, share, share!===================================HOW TO BE PART OF IT: 1) Add this circle to your circles -> Add circle2) Share added circle with option "include yourself in shared circle". Done. You're welcome :) ZbynekMy entire social presence:*****************************http://xeeme.com/bouchac*****************************2012-12-07 20:33:1441920625CC G+
Kurt Smith14,400Thought Provokers Circle Share - Who's Made You Think Lately?Who's Made You Think Lately? Are they in this circle? For me, +Dede Craig King had me really going last Monday, +Lacerant Plainer always gets me thinking, and just a few days ago it was +Randy Hilarski.Here's latest round of the Thought Provokers Circle. This is an #awesomesauce  circle of great plussers who will make you think (we're all trying anyway). The cool thing about this circle is that you had to be recommended by someone else to get in.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. Current members please update your circle. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and tell why they make you think. #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharepubliccircle   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles  2012-12-04 15:53:26287703062CC G+
Brunner Nathan0Some people that comment and follow back.Don't forget to give a share and a plus one.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle #circles2012-11-29 18:03:5327515317CC G+
Mj Bedford0Shared Circle Saturday My #peace   #circle  Thank you allI circle people who circle meand I refresh this circle Peace2012-11-11 04:03:07258426CC G+
Kurt Smith6,542Thought Provokers Circle Share -- Plussers Who 'Make You Go Hmm...'Next round of the Thought Provokers Circle. An amazing circle of great plussers who will make you think, well maybe. Here's some of the people and wisdom inside:"And a few of us that make you go "HUH???" from +Bearman Cartoons. " Ummmm.... I suddenly feel like I'm back in grade school again and the entire class is giving me the look... You're going to get your arse kicked at recess!!!! said +Frank Garufi Jr.. Check out and discover some new people - I've met +Dede Craig King, +Susanne Ramharter, +MommyLovesTech.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. Current members please update your circle. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and why they make you think.#circles   #circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  +Full Circle +Circles +CIRCLES on Google+ 2012-10-31 14:11:37275933482CC G+
Kurt Smith4,603Thought Provokers Circle -- Plussers Who 'Make You Go Hmm...'Round 2 of the Thought Provokers Circle. An amazing circle of great plussers who will make you think! New additions include +Thomas Power, +Bobbi Jo Woods and dozens of others.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and why they make you think.#circles   #circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   +Full Circle +Circles +CIRCLES on Google+ 2012-10-17 13:52:172561193675CC G+
Tim Moore23,874My Go To Circle when I'm using +Google+ from my mobile --- which is a lot!IF you use +Google+ from your mobile device and want GREAT CONTENT, then this is a money circle for you.  All the guys and gals in here are fantastic and post very shareable items.Created for the circle when you want to reliably find and share great content quickly from your mobile!>>> Help your friends who may be new here to +Google+ - share this circle with them.  They will love you forever......... or at least until payday. :) #greatcontent   #sharing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Public Circles +CircleCount +Nothing but Circles  #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday  +Shared a circle with you +Full Circle  #mobile  2012-10-02 19:10:48484723561CC G+
Kurt Smith3,250Plussers Who 'Make You Go Hmm...' Circle ShareHere's round 1 of the Thought Provokers Circle. Last week I asked who people follow because their posts make you think. The post (  http://bit.ly/WdN9HG) snowballed and here's the result - an amazing circle of great plussers who wil make you think!Add them and check them out, and discover some really cool new people to follow on G+. Please reshare with your followers to expand the thinking.If you'd like to join in, suggest 3-5 people and why they make you think. #circles   #circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles  #publicsharedcircles  +Full Circle +CIRCLES on Google+  +Circles 2012-10-02 13:37:49218505056CC G+
Alister Macintyre9,520Here is my circle of people who like to (and have demonstrated capability of) having a civilized conversation about Current Events from a Progressive point of view.2012-09-11 06:05:57252533CC G+
Ronald Gainey0+r brett mothershead checked in on Google+ the other day, only to complain that all he saw was something about Britney Spears' uncle. I told him he needed to broaden his horizons and said I could share some circles. I'm actually too lazy and distracted to curate a distinct, public circle of my own, so I'm borrowing this old circle I took from +Andreas Schou. Two slight tweaks to this circle 1) I added Andreas himself to the circle, because I don't think you show up in your own circles, and 2) I was in the original version of this circle, but I think I was dropped for the same reason.  (#2 may well be a reason to discount the judgment of the original curator.)2012-08-25 14:59:2318301CC G+
Circle Plus3,318Circle update: CP-4+Circle Plus#addcircle #sharedcircles #googleplus #googlepluscircles #circleplus #sharecircle #googleplusmembers #plusmembers #page #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare   #publiccircles  #publicsharedcircles  #sharingcircle  #BestSharedCircle2012-07-28 11:21:35475000CC G+
Andreas Schou3,113It's been a while since I shared this circle. But this is the circle I have turned up to full-blast. In any case, if you're just joining us: my feed is generally more esoteric than the circle which probably sent you here. While I'm interested in politics, I normally don't have a lot to say about the horse race. Most of what you'll get here will be policy, plus economics, law, history, neuroscience, medicine, and large block quotes from late 18th-century documents. I'm also read by a lot of people who disagree with me. I'd describe my general political outlook as 'pragmatic left-libertarian.' But if you encounter someone you disagree with, or disagree with me, then (a) don't feed the trolls, and (b) practice bad-faith good-faith. Pretend you're responding to the most reasonable interpretation of the post you just read. I'll do the same for you, and will expect everyone else in the crowd to do the same.In any case, hi. Who are you and what brought you here?2012-07-17 15:58:5559501CC G+

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2014-06-28 16:30:47 (197 comments, 102 reshares, 459 +1s)

Q: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

A: In his house in R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.

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2014-06-28 16:30:47 (197 comments, 102 reshares, 459 +1s)

Q: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

A: In his house in R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.

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2014-07-28 19:41:48 (26 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)

Trivium: More Israelis (42) have died in the retaliatory incursion into Gaza than have died in more than a decade of rocket attacks (28). 

Idiocy in foreign policy continues apace. 

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2014-07-28 19:16:07 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

This sort of complaint has always been baffling to me.

The headline "Novel Contracts Screw Artists to Benefit Rights-Holders" is universally applicable. When such things were novel, it applied to sheet music, radio, recordings, video, MP3s, and now streaming music. And the reason is relatively simple: record companies are unfaithful agents.*

At present, Spotify pays 70% of its gross revenues out to the rights-holders, leaving 30% for everything else -- infrastructure, salaries, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. As a result, it only had its first profitable quarter this year. Over the last year, WMG increased its share of revenues from digital from 33% to 37%, largely on the strength of streaming revenues. The same patterns hold true industry-wide.

In essence, monopsony buyers of music rights are selling huge rights bundles, then using poorly-negotiated new contract... more »

2014-07-28 19:03:37 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

We would have far fewer problems in the Middle East if, in the 19th century, the Ottoman government had had the presence of mind to displace unwanted ethnic groups by exporting them to the United States rather than using more traditional means of repression and control.

In fact, if the US had retained open immigration through midcentury, the Palestine conflict would possibly have been resolved by the steady emigration of Palestinian Arabs into the US rather than waiting in refugee camps or joining terrorist factions. Additionally, if, in this alternate past, the Israelis had the presence of mind the Ottomans should have had, Israel would have booked their passage.

At the end of this process and the death of the displaced generation, everything would be fine both because no one could realistically alter the situation and none of the Palestinian Arabs who grew up in the US would actually... more »

2014-07-25 21:53:16 (65 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)

It's slightly baffling that people keep insisting that the revolt in Eastern Ukraine is some sort of organic ethnic revolt by Russians. The Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic is a Russian citizen and former FSB officer who, when not the leader of the People's Republic, lives in Moscow. His chief advisor is a Russian military intelligence officer who, similarly, lives in Moscow.

Neither, as far as I can tell, has ever lived in any part of Ukraine.

There are a fair number of Russo-Ukrainians among the rebels. But by and large, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine is a conflict between the Ukrainian military and the Russian military, not a conflict between Ukrainians and Russo-Ukrainians.

2014-07-24 19:27:13 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)

With the European boycott of American executions drying up supplies of drugs traditionally used in lethal injections, several states have begun campaigns to find replacements by testing new, secret combinations on death row inmates. This execution was also the center of a recent stay by the 9th Circuit, demanding that Wood's attempt to verify the source and efficacy of the drugs Arizona intended to use must go forward. The Supreme Court, however, vacated both the stay and, we find today, its own credibility. Jan Brewer and other Arizona officials have taken to outright lies defending the troubled execution.

It is barbarism. Nothing more.

2014-07-24 16:14:46 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)

Hamas demands the destruction and territorial annexation of Israel by a hypothetical Palestinian state, and the deaths of a large number of Israelis. Israel, at least on paper, advocates for the creation of a Palestinian state from the land now occupied by Palestinians.

Intentions don't matter as much as +Ari Kohen thinks. Impunity does. 

Despite the fact that Hamas has unmistakably worse intentions than Israel, Israel has essentially unlimited power to wreak havoc inside the Gaza Strip. Which is what they're presently doing. If Israel couldn't do so with impunity -- e.g., if Hamas could inflict roughly equivalent casualties inside Israeli territory -- then there would be increased pressure toward a negotiated solution. Which, of course, is why Hamas continues its futile and criminal attacks on Israeli territory: dead civilians and raining rockets ratchet up the pressuret... more »

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2014-07-24 04:31:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

"LA" is a patchwork of cities and towns across three-to-five counties containing about 18 million people, or roughly half the population of California. The City of Los Angeles is less than 4 million of these people with a government that is dominated by its council, it is explicitly a weak mayor system. That Villaraigosa spent little time on city government or was corrupt isn't hugely consequential: his major role is to serve a ceremonial purpose, put out honors and encomiums, and just generally manage the Office of Baby-kissing, Banquets, and Key Ceremonies.

I just. I wasn't a big fan of Villaraigosa, but, seriously, the only likely impact of his corruption and excess was to determine the order of seats at a charity function in Beverly Hills, not even part of his city.

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2014-07-24 02:11:10 (12 comments, 24 reshares, 99 +1s)

Point of order: if you're at Normandy, and you're on defense, then you are literally Nazis.

2014-07-23 19:37:53 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)

Something that hasn't been pointed out in detail yet: Halbig is essentially a result of the filibuster.

In late 2009, Ted Kennedy died, and Scott Brown was elected in his place. At that point, the Affordable Care Act had already passed the Senate and the House. So, problem solved, right? 

No.

Almost without exception, the House and Senate pass different versions of the same bill. Those two versions are reconciled in a conference committee, which comes to a draft text which both houses of Congress agree to. This is the the stage at which the bill is seriously proofread, and any unusual quirks in the wording worked out. 

In this case, the Senate's inability to call the conference bill to the floor prevented any rewording (other than wording with Byrd Rule-compliant budgetary impact) from passing. Which means that nonsense like the wording at issue inH... more »

2014-07-22 19:50:23 (31 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)

A note on the transcendent stupidity of both the Israeli incursion into Gaza and the rocket attacks that provoked it:

Regarding Israel: Hamas rocket attacks are spectacularly nonfatal. The regular shelling this year has caused precisely no fatalities. By comparison, you might expect a single Israeli to have died of a lightning strike this year. The attacks in response, however, have been spectacularly fatal. More Palestinians died in the first day of the invasion than have died in ten years of rocket attacks. Similarly, more Israelis have died responding to the rocket attacks than have died in five years of rocket attacks.

Regarding Hamas: Hamas rocket attacks are spectacularly nonfatal. Iron Dome knocks over almost everything that flies over the border. Similarly, Israeli overreaction destroys infrastructure and kills Palestinians. Is the propaganda coup really worth... more »

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2014-07-22 19:39:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

Did Ukraine Airliner Disaster Catalyze Re-Opening of British Spy Death Inquiry?

Remember the Soviet defector that died a horrible death from Polonium poisoning? The British government is apparently reversing its position that state secrets were at risk and allowing courts to continue an inquiry many believe will lead right to Putin. 

NYT.com: "Mr. Litvinenko became a bitter foe of Mr. Putin in 1998 when the Russian leader, a former K.G.B. officer, refused to investigate Mr. Litvinenko’s allegations of corruption and malfeasance in the ranks of the F.S.B., the domestic successor to the K.G.B. At the time, Mr. Putin was the newly appointed head of the F.S.B.

"Mr. Litvinenko, 43, who fled to Britain with his family in 2000, died an excruciating death in November 2006, after drinking tea from a pot laced with polonium 210, at a hotel in central London. TheBr... more »

2014-07-22 19:31:29 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

In which Suderman underscores Obamacare's success:

(1) Exceeded its target with 8 million signups and is well within rounding error of 7 million enrollments. Remember, too, that many commentators thought that it would fail entirely on these measures. But with 8 million signed up and 80% to 90% paying their premiums, it looks like success.

(2) Managed a cohort of 18 to 35s totaling 28% of all enrollees which is, while well below the desired 35%, well above the predictions given by various commentators which ranged between nil and nobody.

(3) Nearly half of all states met or exceeded their own enrollment targets, with some states exceeding them by nearly double.

(4) When push came to shove, the administration got the job done. They pulled in administrative workers to complete sign-ups by hand, fired the contractor in charge, and made a stunning move by enlisting... more »

2014-07-17 06:52:07 (28 comments, 9 reshares, 76 +1s)

Complaints about the weirdness of female Thor should probably take into account that Loki transformed himself into a mare, was impregnated by a stallion, and gave birth to the eight-legged horse-monster which his own father now rides. 

Gender fluidity: Norse mythology has it in spades. 

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2014-07-16 20:26:55 (16 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)

In the moment, I often wish that I could erect an institutional monument to my beliefs at that point in time.

Once my beliefs became a church, I could be assured from that point on that everything was right with the world, and that difficult, foundational questions had canonical answers. I would be guaranteed to hold the same foundational beliefs as those I share my life with. The desire for shared ritual and deep foundations are not unique to religious believers: everyone -- especially those most prone to doubt -- occasionally wishes for a firm place to stand. 

So, why not join a church? Or wish -- in a very real sense -- for one to be formed wherever it is that I'm standing?

Scott Alexander is right, in a sense, that the Church did not completely stifle internal debate: after Aquinas, there was ample room to debate a range of issues. But the central criticism of the... more »

2014-07-15 21:00:55 (19 comments, 8 reshares, 21 +1s)

When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcominga... more »

2014-07-15 20:43:58 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)

Suggested headline: Does Betteridge's Law of Headlines Apply to This Headline?

2014-07-15 19:22:35 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

+Yonatan Zunger asked me to share this as its own post, so here it is.

There is a part of this which has always fascinated me. People today wildly underestimate the Church. You hear people routinely say things like "The Church is a bunch of backwards old men and will collapse into irreverence within a few more years. Maybe a generation or two."

The Church has outlasted two Roman empires, a few European empires, the Caliphate, and every totalitarian dictator since Nero. She has a depth of systematized philosophy underpinning her worldview that has already dealt with every variation of every objection your internet forum will ever come up with, probably spelled out in excruciating detail between 500-1500 years ago. She maintains traditions and ceremonies from so long ago that whole language groups have risen since they were formalized, but she also has a history of... more »

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2014-07-11 21:31:05 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)

A few days ago, the Washington Post reported on a dump of 160,000 communications intercepted by the NSA, talking about the number of people being deliberately targeted versus the number of people incidentally monitored, the intimacy of the conversations and images captured, and so on.

Today, they did something even better, which I wish newspapers would do more often: reported Bart Gellman goes into great detail about how the story was reported, how editorial and phrasing decisions were made, and exactly what was behind the story. It's long, but if you want to understand how things like this are reported on by a careful journalist, this is a great read.

2014-07-11 20:54:20 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

I think I agree with +Andreas Schou's proposition: Palestinian rocket attacks are a way to embezzle money from Saudis. The rocket attacks are very unsuccessful and actually rare considering their logistics. But they may be sufficient to garner support from wealthy Saudis and other peninsulars with most of that money siphoned off into other projects which probably don't involve the Israelis much, like fighting with other jihadis for political or criminal control in Gaza.

2014-07-11 20:11:50 (17 comments, 18 reshares, 71 +1s)

I don't think the NSA is full of terrible people. I think it's full of decent people* trying to do their jobs well. I don't think that matters.

The NSA's job is to protect Americans from foreign threats. Virtually everyone in the NSA is promoted based on their progress toward this goal, and virtually everyone who works there -- including those in the inspector general's office and general counsel -- comes form a background where they have only had adversarial exposure to people who are at all concerned with privacy. 

Winning wars while minimizing the loss of life, saving lives, solving crimes, and advancing American diplomatic interests are all worthwhile goals. But those goals are monitored systemically, and privacy is monitored personally. Even in a system where every individual person cares deeply about a particular objective, that objective will be set aside... more »

2014-07-10 16:17:54 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

More than 1,000 distinct “minimization” terms appear in the files, attempting to mask the identities of “possible,” “potential” and “probable” U.S. persons, along with the names of U.S. beverage companies, universities, fast-food chains and Web-mail hosts. [...] A “minimized U.S. president-elect” begins to appear in the files in early 2009, and references to the current “minimized U.S. president” appear 1,227 times in the following four years

Dear NSA,

Anonymization does not work that way.

Sincerely, 
Andy

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2014-07-09 19:22:44 (10 comments, 11 reshares, 49 +1s)

In totally unsurprising news, the US citizens under surveillance include politicians, activists, journalists, and lawyers representing people accused of terrorism, none of whom have been accused or even suspected of crimes. 

It's almost as though vast dragnet surveillance carries some risk of abuse.

2014-07-09 02:07:33 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

Oblique Commentary On My Life: 07/08/2014

I am perfectly fine working in systems with either a great deal or very little structure. Unexpectedly running up against a blank wall in a system with very little structure, and not knowing whether to interpret it as a structured subsystem or an indication that people at large have decided that I've had a very bad idea and need to rethink my whole plan, provokes an unpleasant amount of worry and useless dithering.

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2014-07-08 22:41:30 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

One coalition between more and less radical revanchists comes together in the Transjordan, and another coalition between more and less radical revanchists falls apart. Good news all around.

2014-07-08 21:25:15 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

Hey, Brazil? If you want to call in another country to halt Germany's relentless advance, why don't you try the US? Seems to have worked well in the past.  #TimHowardForPresident  

2014-07-08 21:09:57 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 48 +1s)

All Exit; No Voice

I have tried very hard not to tilt at this particular windmill -- the number of neoreactionaries is very small and their positions are very crazy* -- but please excuse a slight diversion down this rabbit hole.

Mencius Moldbug, quite reasonably, suggests that all of the problems believed to be solved by democracy could, instead, be solved by a very large number of cultural microclimates and an unlimited capacity for exit. In the event that you have a problem with the culture you live in, or the sovereign who owns you*, you can just pick up and leave for another place. 

This sounds like a perfectly plausible alternative. Who cares about a voice in government when you can just pick another government?

Unfortunately, this solution (like almost all of the solutions neoreactionaries propose) are, in fact, problems which are sufficiently far in... more »

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2014-07-07 19:45:28 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 50 +1s)

Medieval/Cyberpunk Fact of the Day

Back in 2011, the City of London police listed the Occupy movement as a terrorist group. 

First,, the "City of London Police" isn't the police force of what most people think of as London. That's the Metropolitan Police Service. The "City of London Police" is essentially the quasi-private police force of the City of London Corporation -- the government of London's downtown financial district.

Because the City of London proper consists mostly of skyscrapers and banks, very few natural persons actually live there. So who runs the government? Banks and insurance companies. Since the 1200s, corporate persons headquartered in the City of London have had the right to elect their own Lord Mayor, who exercises limited municipal sovereignty on their behalf. This includes appointing the commissioner of the... more »

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2014-07-07 16:19:34 (53 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)

In other news, it turns out that if you operate a giant garbage pipe which ships anything that crosses an international border into a giant data center, you will end up with a datacenter full of garbage. Where "garbage" includes innocent people's sexts, medical records, and baby pictures. 

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2014-07-03 07:25:03 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)

I thank God, I shall never again visit a slave country. To this day, if I hear a distant scream, it recalls with painful vividness my feelings, when passing a house near Pernamabuco, I heard the most pitiful moans, and could not but suspect that some poor slave was being tortured, yet knew that I was as powerless as a child even to remonstrate. I suspected that these moans were from a tortured slave, for I was told that this was a case in another instance. Near Rio de Janeiro I lived opposite an old lady, who kept screws to crush the fingers of her female slaves. I have staid in a house were a young household mulatto, daily and hourly was reviled, beaten, and persecuted enough to break the spirit of the lowest animal. I have seen a boy, six or seven years old, struck thrice with a horse-whip (before I could interfere) on his naked head, for having handed me a glass that was not quite clean; I saw his father... more »

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2014-07-03 07:25:02 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)

I thank God, I shall never again visit a slave country. To this day, if I hear a distant scream, it recalls with painful vividness my feelings, when passing a house near Pernamabuco, I heard the most pitiful moans, and could not but suspect that some poor slave was being tortured, yet knew that I was as powerless as a child even to remonstrate. I suspected that these moans were from a tortured slave, for I was told that this was a case in another instance. Near Rio de Janeiro I lived opposite an old lady, who kept screws to crush the fingers of her female slaves. I have staid in a house were a young household mulatto, daily and hourly was reviled, beaten, and persecuted enough to break the spirit of the lowest animal. I have seen a boy, six or seven years old, struck thrice with a horse-whip (before I could interfere) on his naked head, for having handed me a glass that was not quite clean; I saw his father... more »

2014-07-01 20:17:04 (45 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)

"The extreme wealth disparity we're experiencing in SF as a result of tech can make living here as an artist straight-up oppressive, but I think having a song that speaks to that oppression and makes you want to get up and dance anyway can negate any feeling of self-pity, even if you're living under constant threat of eviction while there's trained German Shepherd acting as an elevator operator at the Google office," Day wrote me when I asked about her inspirations. "It's something they can't take away from you."

wat

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2014-06-30 19:23:53 (54 comments, 15 reshares, 56 +1s)

Two things about this decision:

(1) Its theory of corporate personhood is backward.

A corporation is not its shareholders. It is not its management. It is not its board of directors. Nor is it its workers, its creditors, or its customers. A corporation is a distinct legal entity which only has the properties which the law gives it -- this being why managers and shareholders are not vicariously liable for the acts of the corporation, and the why corporations can be held liable for acting in its owners' interest.

This is less clear for closely-held corporations than those that are public. But if a minority shareholder in a closely-held corporation sued to prevent it from implementing an onerous and costly religious duty, the corporation would be liable -- it's wasting corporate resources for purposes unrelated to the pursuit of profit. The majority apparently... more »

2014-06-28 21:27:43 (68 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)

Hey, +Yonatan Zunger. What else was probably going on in the universe when the ambient temperature was high enough to allow the existence of liquid water? Were there too few heavy elements for life? Was the universe too radioactive? Were large structures constantly detonating and screwing up any complex chemistry?

Based on present constraints, it seems like we may be living in an era long after the ideal conditions for life -- but maybe not, and I'm not sure what other constraints might exist.

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2014-06-28 19:23:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)

This is a picture of some of the people who built Google+, but they are not the ones who make it. Those of you reading this do. And I want to thank you all for spending time with us and making this place your own. We've got a lot of exciting things planned for the future and it's been a blast hanging out with you for the last three years.  

Whether you’re into star gazing, boy bands, or football: you’ve all made Google+ an amazing place to explore the things you love, with the people who love them too. To celebrate our community, create a post and tell us: who are your people on Plus?

Here are mine:

+Michael B. Stuart, +Robin Griggs Wood, and +Wesly Smith. These are some of my many people on Plus.

Three years ago today we started the Google+ project. Back then I took the occasional smartphone photo, but that was about it. It was folkslike ... more »

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2014-06-28 16:30:47 (197 comments, 102 reshares, 459 +1s)

Q: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

A: In his house in R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.

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2014-06-28 16:27:42 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 27 +1s)

An excellent demonstration that capitalism is an optimisation strategy, not an ethical system. Setting the rules of the game, the box within which the economic system functions, is separate from how you choose whether to have a planned economy, capitalism, potlatch, or anarcho-syndicalism.

NB An excellent point that +Erika Rice Scherpelz pulled out: demand for social services is directly driven by how much workers have (or don't). Less pay-> more demand. More pay-> less demand. We have quite a bit of data supporting this, in fact.

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2014-06-26 19:16:17 (11 comments, 17 reshares, 39 +1s)

This Brookings Institution study has made the rounds, claiming that the student debt crisis is not nearly as bad as it's claimed. Note the weird graph below, which shows only modest increases in the median quantity of student debt. 

Note the other weird graph here, which shows a huge increase in the aggregate quantity of student debt: http://goo.gl/I1LBw0. How do we reconcile the two graphs? Maybe a huge increase in the number of students? No, not that, either. 

So what the hell is up with this graph? A couple things.

This is a study of aggregate student debt held by households headed by a person between the ages of 20 and 40. And that's all it is. And that's a problem. Here's why:

(1) The study is blind to college graduation. Roughly 40% of the people who acquire student debt do not, in fact, end up with a college degree. In addition,st... more »

2014-06-26 16:34:37 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)

I'm getting really tired of this "the IRS is hypocritical for losing those emails when they expect the rest of us to hold onto everything" meme. No, they aren't hypocritical, not at all—not that the reason is anything even close to praiseworthy.

Haven't you ever noticed that the IRS generally expects paper records, and if you have electronic records you have to convert them into paper—or into "electronified paper" like faxes or static PDF's—to use them as substantiation for claims? If not, count yourself lucky, as it just means you haven't been audited or worked on corporate tax returns yet.

The IRS simply wouldn't—no, not even today—ever think of keeping anything that they expected to need retention for in purely electronic form. I understand some IRS top managers still have their admins print their emails out so they can respondto and fi... more »

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2014-06-24 19:19:05 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

Here, Jason Brennan's evil twin Jason Brennan complains that the Baby Boomers are at fault for their failure to save enough money for retirement, and that they should probably die. Okay.

Let's talk about the history of retirement:

Before the 19th century, people generally died before they retired; those that did not die lived with their children. No problem. In the late 19th century, we invented "living until old age," and simultaneously invented the defined-benefit pension. Most people over the age of 70 still worked. Defined-benefit pensions became quite common in the mid-20th century, at which point we also invented social security. 

Things continued as usual for the next twenty years, at which point corporations invented raiding pension funds to pay shareholders, and -- not coincidentally -- the defined-contribution pension. This latter innovation was,... more »

2014-06-24 17:57:15 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Which is more nutrient dense, romaine lettuce or arugula?

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2014-06-23 20:16:12 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 32 +1s)

Step One: Buy zero-day vulnerabilities in widely deployed software.

Step Two: Fuck it. Introduce vulnerabilities into widely deployed software.

Step Three: Sell the vulnerabilities you paid to have introduced back to the companies which are vulnerable.

Step Four: Profit to the tune of a million dollars a month.

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2014-06-20 16:11:32 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 31 +1s)

As someone who has worked in nonprofits, this is profoundly true: unless you (a) can dedicate 10 or so hours a week to volunteering, in a position where that amount of time is useful or (b) have important domain knowledge in the role you're volunteering for, you should probably be giving money rather than time. The overhead associated with getting someone up to speed on a new role actually makes most volunteers a net loss of time and money for the organization they're volunteering for.

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2014-06-19 22:48:55 (25 comments, 7 reshares, 11 +1s)

> I submit that the unifying core, the essence of jerkitude in the moral sense, is this: the jerk culpably fails to appreciate the perspectives of others around him, treating them as tools to be manipulated or idiots to be dealt with rather than as moral and epistemic peers. This failure has both an intellectual dimension and an emotional dimension, and it has these two dimensions on both sides of the relationship. The jerk himself is both intellectually and emotionally defective, and what he defectively fails to appreciate is both the intellectual and emotional perspectives of the people around him. He can’t appreciate how he might be wrong and others right about some matter of fact; and what other people want or value doesn’t register as of interest to him, except derivatively upon his own interests. The bumpkin ignorance captured in the earlier use of ‘jerk’ has changed into a type of moralignoran... more »

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2014-06-19 17:29:04 (28 comments, 47 reshares, 58 +1s)

More on this later, but the TL;DR version is that while the Supreme Court declined to kill software patents altogether, they did invalidate all patents which use a computer to implement an otherwise unpatentable concept.

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2014-06-18 20:57:54 (53 comments, 9 reshares, 59 +1s)

Q: So, the PTO canceled the Redskins' trademark. What's that about?

A: The Redskins' trademark is in a racial slur. Racial slurs are not entitled to trademark protection.

Q: It isn't racist.

A: First, that's not a question. Second, you would never call a Native American that to their face, and you'd be offended if your grandfather did. Third, see the following: http://goo.gl/ufrk8k. 

Q: There are nonracist uses. People used it all the time in the 1800s.

A: Does that really matter? Even if it was no more offensive than the word Indian when it was in common use, there was a time where there  were no words to refer to Native Americans which weren't horrifyingly loaded. We're now past that point.

Q: But it's a violation of the Redskins' free speechri... more »

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2014-06-18 05:47:55 (32 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)

Shorter Phillip Klein: When you measure access to healthcare, or the cost of that healthcare, or the outcomes of that healthcare, America fails miserably. But it's socialism to care about whether people are dying of preventable diseases! What we should really be measuring is the right to choose bullshit which doesn't measurably improve outcomes, or, alternatively, the availability of novel bullshit which doesn't measurably improve outcomes.

In other words, the means justify the ends. 

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2014-06-17 19:50:09 (10 comments, 10 reshares, 23 +1s)

The Fires of Hatred

This is one of those posts that I'm not sure I should publish, because it's personal, and the topic is complicated, and I don't feel that I have the historical/political expertise to do this any justice. But staying silent is harder so...here goes.

I am a Sri Lankan citizen, and I am ethnically a Sinhalese. A few years ago, Sri Lanka ended a brutal civil war that some of you may have heard about on the news. Sometimes I get asked about the war in Sri Lanka, and what it was like growing up with it. Answering that question is always hard for me. I suspect it's hard for a lot of people in my position, because the answer, the right answer, consists of a lot of words, and the person asking the question tends to want answers in the form of an easily digestible summary: "well, you have your Nazis on the one side, doing bad things like killing... more »

2014-06-17 19:38:43 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

The entire argument is speculative. We actually don't have any evidence that these programs have, as a whole, improved American security. The premier argument against the national security state is that the curtain pulls back every so often and we discover it to be a monumental waste of time, money, and legitimacy. To a first approximation, the US has no enemies, even, in fact, especially, its self-declared ones.

We have rivals in various matters of international politicking best left to the more benighted peoples of the world. I'd rather the British and French jockey with the Russians over some oil contract in a crumbling former SSR without us. I can think of few good uses of our expansive military beyond clearing the seas of piracy and extending assurances of defense to democratic states. Very little else is in our national interest and we'd do well to keep it that way.

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2014-06-16 21:35:29 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Everything Old Is New Again, or We Already Know Why The Hyperloop Won't Work

In 1914, Russian physicist Boris Weinberg proposed an electromagnetic vacuum train that could move an individual passenger from New York to San Francisco in half a day. Reasoning that air resistance and friction are the greatest enemies to speed, Weinberg envisioned using electromagnets to suspend a car in a tube from which the air had been partially exhausted. An individual passenger would lie prone in a 300-pound iron cylinder drawn along by a series of solenoids. New passengers could be introduced into the system through an airlock at a rate as high as 12 per minute, “the whole proceeding being not unlike that of feeding cartridges from a belt or clip to a machine gun.”

Weinberg estimated a maximum speed of 500 mph. “Think what that means!” he wrote in The Popular Science Monthly.“New Yo... more »

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2014-06-16 05:15:12 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)

By 2024, according to conservative pundits, there will be more than 40 million uninsured -- roughly 10% more than today. Why, that's awful.

Gone unmentioned: by 2024, there will be more than 50 million additional Americans -- roughly 17% more than today. Roughly 14 million of those 40 million Americans will be uninsured because they are illegal immigrants.

So.

Uh. 

There's a large net improvement in the raw numbers. And we can slash the predicted number by about 40% by allowing illegal immigrants to pay in for insurance. That... uh... sounds pretty great.

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