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Ben Langhinrichs (Midas guy)

Ben Langhinrichs (Midas guy) 

If we don't tilt at windmills, the windmills win.

Occupation: Software Developer (Genii Software (Chief Honcho))

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beatstone2,119,318*September 25th we kick off the 2013 AITP Online Music Festival week. The fun all starts when Artists from all over the globe start arriving in LA. This event bringing you close to hundred emerging Artists worldwide. In person and virtually using Google Hangouts.  Is also part of this year's Social Media Week in Los Angeles.*   *Live from Village Studios* We will be bringing you live performances from thirty of your favorite Artists In The Plus musicians, streamed on YouTube worldwide.  In every decade since its founding, The Village has produced the favorite songs of all time. As the look and sound of music changes, so does The Village. From legends like Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, B. B. King and Bob Dylan to current artists like Coldplay, Taylor Swift and John Mayer you would be hard pressed to find an artist who hasn't recorded here.  *Live from Bergen* We have a special live event in Bergen, Norway Saturday September 28th, brought to you by the new European division of Artists In The Plus! You can join us in Bergen with performances by Madcraft, Ilona, and Artist Of The Year 2012 Myrna Braza from the beautiful Biblioteket Bar!  *12 Hours a day of Hangout On Air Performances!* We’ll have dozens of artists from _all over the world_ live on Youtube as well via Hangouts On Air.  *Los Angeles Photo Walk* We also will have Jordan Oram in LA with us, and he is planning a photo walk for the event on Monday September 30th! Contact Jordan if you would like to join us. *Unfamous AITP POST-FEST* Join us at *The Roxy Theater* 9009 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. World famous live music venue on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood since 1973. This event will run Monday September 30th 9pm-2am    *Artists In The Plus RECORDING CONTEST WITH GRAMMY WINNING PRODUCER Val Garay!*  You can help one of your favorite Artists get the opportunity to have a song recorded with Val Garay. The Artists In The Plus panel and Val Garay will narrow those submissions down to five finalists. Those finalists will be announced live at Village Studios during the Online Music Festival. Then is up to you the fans, who gets a chance to record with Val Garay at his studio. He’s garnered over 100 gold & platinum records with total record sales over 125,000,000 worldwide. He’s been Nominated for Grammy’s on 9 different occasions and won for the “Record of the Year & Song of the Year” with Bette Davis Eyes in 1981 and an Emmy Nomination for Neil Diamond’s TV Special, “Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight”. *Luna Guitars and Artists In The Plus are giving away two guitars during the AITP Online Music Festival!* One Artists in The Plus fan will win a beautiful TRI PAR (Trinity Parlor)  Luna Guitar during the Artists In The Plus Online Music Festival. On Saturday September 28th fans can add a special catch phrase to any comment on YouTube, or or Facebook and Google+ event pages. This will make them eligible for the random drawing of a winner. They can simply add the phrase *“Artists In The Plus Online Music Festival 20132013-09-27 20:00:00574  

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2016-02-12 14:53:14 (28 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Make your own choices
I believe in Hillary Clinton and choose to vote for her, but don't ever let somebody else tell you that you owe somebody your vote. It is up to you and you alone, no matter your gender or race or religion or family.

Most reshares: 2

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2016-05-01 21:33:11 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

My PSA for the day
#supportauthors #supportlibraries  

Most plusones: 11

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2016-02-12 14:53:14 (28 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Make your own choices
I believe in Hillary Clinton and choose to vote for her, but don't ever let somebody else tell you that you owe somebody your vote. It is up to you and you alone, no matter your gender or race or religion or family.

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2016-07-27 16:27:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

How can anybody consider this man fit for office?
Encouraging a foreign power to espionage because it might hurt your opponent. Encouraging a foreign power to meddle in U.S. elections. Do any of you actually find that acceptable?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/us/politics/donald-trump-russia-clinton-emails.html

How can anybody consider this man fit for office?
Encouraging a foreign power to espionage because it might hurt your opponent. Encouraging a foreign power to meddle in U.S. elections. Do any of you actually find that acceptable?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/us/politics/donald-trump-russia-clinton-emails.html___

2016-07-25 18:23:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

If you prize your privacy, but celebrate the loss of privacy for others
Just wait a little bit. You'll get your chance to be an "other" too.

If you prize your privacy, but celebrate the loss of privacy for others
Just wait a little bit. You'll get your chance to be an "other" too.___

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2016-07-22 17:52:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Poem 4 - A Giant Feast
As I wait for the #PitchWars submission window, and try with desperation to narrow down my list of potential MG mentors, I'm sharing a poem a day (or so - I'm a busy guy!) about my MG Fantasy novel, Danger Tastes Dreadful , which stars two 11yo trolls, Bern...

Poem 4 - A Giant Feast
As I wait for the #PitchWars submission window, and try with desperation to narrow down my list of potential MG mentors, I'm sharing a poem a day (or so - I'm a busy guy!) about my MG Fantasy novel, Danger Tastes Dreadful , which stars two 11yo trolls, Bern...___

2016-07-21 19:11:12 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"Better WWIII than Hillary"
The title is from a commenter on Trump's interview questioning whether he would defend fellow NATO countries if they were attacked. If you support Trump, ask yourself what it is about Hillary Clinton, emails or scandals or husband or whatever, that you find less frightening than a President who would give what amounts to an invitation to the President of Russia to invade countries around him. I'm not suggesting you find a reason to like her, but is she really worse than an aggressive Russia unleashed? Can you articulate to yourself what she has done that is more important than world security?

"Better WWIII than Hillary"
The title is from a commenter on Trump's interview questioning whether he would defend fellow NATO countries if they were attacked. If you support Trump, ask yourself what it is about Hillary Clinton, emails or scandals or husband or whatever, that you find less frightening than a President who would give what amounts to an invitation to the President of Russia to invade countries around him. I'm not suggesting you find a reason to like her, but is she really worse than an aggressive Russia unleashed? Can you articulate to yourself what she has done that is more important than world security?___

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2016-07-19 15:49:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

This is the right way to move forward
I hope many other police departments and BLM groups embrace this kind of outreach, as it serves both short term needs (peaceful engagement) and long term (humanizing each other so that interactions are less likely to end badly).

This is the right way to move forward
I hope many other police departments and BLM groups embrace this kind of outreach, as it serves both short term needs (peaceful engagement) and long term (humanizing each other so that interactions are less likely to end badly).___

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2016-07-14 15:18:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Poem 3 - Trouble that Starts with T and Stands for Tish
As I wait for the #PitchWars mentor blog hop, I'm sharing a poem a day about my MG Fantasy novel, Danger Tastes Dreadful , which stars two 11yo trolls, Bernie & Tish. I wrote the third poem this morning. It describes Tish, who likes nothing more than causin...

Poem 3 - Trouble that Starts with T and Stands for Tish
As I wait for the #PitchWars mentor blog hop, I'm sharing a poem a day about my MG Fantasy novel, Danger Tastes Dreadful , which stars two 11yo trolls, Bernie & Tish. I wrote the third poem this morning. It describes Tish, who likes nothing more than causin...___

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2016-07-13 20:12:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Poem 2 - Trolls Smell
As I wait for the #PitchWars mentor blog hop, I'm sharing a poem a day my MG Fantasy novel, Danger Tastes Dreadful , which stars two 11yo trolls, Bernie & Tish. I wrote the second poem this morning (see below). It shows a way that my trolls are special. Tro...

Poem 2 - Trolls Smell
As I wait for the #PitchWars mentor blog hop, I'm sharing a poem a day my MG Fantasy novel, Danger Tastes Dreadful , which stars two 11yo trolls, Bernie & Tish. I wrote the second poem this morning (see below). It shows a way that my trolls are special. Tro...___

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2016-07-12 18:50:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Poem 1 - Three Billy Goats Yum!
As I wait for the #PitchWars mentor blog hop, I thought perhaps I could share a few poems about my MG Fantasy novel, which stars two 11yo trolls, Bernie & Tish. The first poem is included below, and is the poem which first started me thinking about trolls a...

Poem 1 - Three Billy Goats Yum!
As I wait for the #PitchWars mentor blog hop, I thought perhaps I could share a few poems about my MG Fantasy novel, which stars two 11yo trolls, Bernie & Tish. The first poem is included below, and is the poem which first started me thinking about trolls a...___

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2016-07-08 01:49:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Pimp My Bio
I've never been much of a joiner, even in school, so when I read (today) about Pimp My Bio for #PitchWars mentees, I hesitated. But I have learned a few things since school... as an adult, as an author, as a socially awkward middle aged man in a virtual roo...

Pimp My Bio
I've never been much of a joiner, even in school, so when I read (today) about Pimp My Bio for #PitchWars mentees, I hesitated. But I have learned a few things since school... as an adult, as an author, as a socially awkward middle aged man in a virtual roo...___

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2016-07-08 00:45:25 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Not the least bit surprising, but still
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-jason-chaffetzs-business-card-lists-gmail-address/story?id=29368587

Not the least bit surprising, but still
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-jason-chaffetzs-business-card-lists-gmail-address/story?id=29368587___

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2016-07-07 02:28:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Every time I think Trump can't get more stupid...
Jumping the shark is his daily pastime.
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/750865499660091393

Every time I think Trump can't get more stupid...
Jumping the shark is his daily pastime.
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/750865499660091393___

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2016-07-03 19:59:49 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Beautiful rendering of a street view image. Wow!

►Baddidaroch Rd, #Scotland :) :)
#artisticgoogle +Artistic Google by +Jan McCartney, +Rob Robinson, +Hazel C., +Patrick Sheeran, +Jamal Masood.
This is a digitally processed version of a #googlestreetview -
the original GSV is at: https://goo.gl/byPz7m.
Editing: +Iva Pas___Beautiful rendering of a street view image. Wow!

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2016-06-21 21:02:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Trump's FEC filing makes for interesting findings
For example, payments to ad firm Draper Sterling.
https://twitter.com/brianbeutler/status/745249462818312192

Trump's FEC filing makes for interesting findings
For example, payments to ad firm Draper Sterling.
https://twitter.com/brianbeutler/status/745249462818312192___

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2016-06-21 12:54:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Expressing good will to others is not "sick"
It is humane. It is tolerant. It is, just as a matter of note, what the Bible says that Christians should do.
...you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”  No caveats. No 'if he/she is Christian too'. Just 'Love your neighbor as yourself'.

Trump supporters can't wrap their heads around the idea of "tolerance..."___Expressing good will to others is not "sick"
It is humane. It is tolerant. It is, just as a matter of note, what the Bible says that Christians should do.
...you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”  No caveats. No 'if he/she is Christian too'. Just 'Love your neighbor as yourself'.

2016-06-10 20:31:40 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Before you denigrate Hillary Clinton's accomplishment as the first woman nominated to a major party, do a little bit of research. You may love third parties. Great. But as far as I can tell, no woman has ever been nominated to a party that has ever received even 5% in a single Presidential election. This is a major step forward, whether you are a Clinton fan or not.

Before you denigrate Hillary Clinton's accomplishment as the first woman nominated to a major party, do a little bit of research. You may love third parties. Great. But as far as I can tell, no woman has ever been nominated to a party that has ever received even 5% in a single Presidential election. This is a major step forward, whether you are a Clinton fan or not.___

2016-05-20 18:38:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I've avoid doing so before, as I try to stay open to different opinions, but I am uncircling those who unquestioningly accept that anyone who disagrees with Bernie Sanders is inherently corrupt. They have had long enough to see through that specious reasoning, and at this point are being willfully blind to it. This does not apply to those who like Sanders but seem reasonable about the pros and cons of different candidates.

I've avoid doing so before, as I try to stay open to different opinions, but I am uncircling those who unquestioningly accept that anyone who disagrees with Bernie Sanders is inherently corrupt. They have had long enough to see through that specious reasoning, and at this point are being willfully blind to it. This does not apply to those who like Sanders but seem reasonable about the pros and cons of different candidates.___

2016-05-18 14:08:30 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I am a life-long Democrat. I want my party to support and encourage women to be strong, successful leaders in business and elsewhere without fear that they will be labeled as "corporate whores". I want my party to support and encourage women to compete on an equal playing field with men for influence, including commanding the top fees for speeches, without being labeled as "bought and paid-for shills". I want my party to support and encourage women to break through barriers in science, technology and politics without being labeled as "ambitious bitches". I support opportunity, not purity tests or artificial limits or scathing innuendo.

I support women and men of any color or religion being all that they can be, not only those things which seem acceptable and suitable to progressive purists. If that makes me "part of the Establishment", then so be it.... more »

I am a life-long Democrat. I want my party to support and encourage women to be strong, successful leaders in business and elsewhere without fear that they will be labeled as "corporate whores". I want my party to support and encourage women to compete on an equal playing field with men for influence, including commanding the top fees for speeches, without being labeled as "bought and paid-for shills". I want my party to support and encourage women to break through barriers in science, technology and politics without being labeled as "ambitious bitches". I support opportunity, not purity tests or artificial limits or scathing innuendo.

I support women and men of any color or religion being all that they can be, not only those things which seem acceptable and suitable to progressive purists. If that makes me "part of the Establishment", then so be it. I'll wear the badge proudly.___

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2016-05-10 12:42:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

So cool!

h/t to +Kimberly Chapman, who found the artist's Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllNaturalArts

___So cool!

h/t to +Kimberly Chapman, who found the artist's Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllNaturalArts

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2016-05-01 21:33:11 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

My PSA for the day
#supportauthors #supportlibraries  

My PSA for the day
#supportauthors #supportlibraries  ___

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2016-04-22 17:16:27 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

First Look - retrieving Domino data including rich text in JSON
Blog post: http://planetlotus.org/da5624

First Look - retrieving Domino data including rich text in JSON
Blog post: http://planetlotus.org/da5624___

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2016-04-07 17:02:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

In the Galleries - Weeks 4 and 5
Two different pieces this week, one a re-do of Week 4's piece, Edward Hopper's "Hills, South Truro" and another of Claude Monet's "Gardener's House at Antibes". The latter was a lot of fun, and I thought I captured the feel fairly well given that I was usin...

In the Galleries - Weeks 4 and 5
Two different pieces this week, one a re-do of Week 4's piece, Edward Hopper's "Hills, South Truro" and another of Claude Monet's "Gardener's House at Antibes". The latter was a lot of fun, and I thought I captured the feel fairly well given that I was usin...___

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2016-04-06 20:13:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

A meta post about sharing links on Facebook (and Google+)
Just an fyi, in case this helps you as well.

A meta post about sharing links on Facebook (and Google+)
Just an fyi, in case this helps you as well.___

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2016-04-05 16:19:58 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Judge email fidelity from Notes for yourself
Rather than watch demos, fill out a form and see how your emails from Notes/Domino are rendered, and how they could be rendered. You decide. Blog post: http://planetlotus.org/d9f60c

Judge email fidelity from Notes for yourself
Rather than watch demos, fill out a form and see how your emails from Notes/Domino are rendered, and how they could be rendered. You decide. Blog post: http://planetlotus.org/d9f60c___

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2016-03-25 00:20:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Data mining with MD5 hash value (IBM Notes/Domino)
See my blog post for more details: http://planetlotus.org/d9a918

Data mining with MD5 hash value (IBM Notes/Domino)
See my blog post for more details: http://planetlotus.org/d9a918___

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2016-03-22 02:32:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

This badge is for you

Blog post: http://planetlotus.org/d9939c

This badge is for you

Blog post: http://planetlotus.org/d9939c___

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2016-03-14 17:49:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

In the Galleries - Week 1
While not doing pitch contests and running my international software business, I have signed up for another art class. This one is called Drawing in the Galleries, which means I get to spend one morning a week in the galleries of the magnificent Cleveland M...

In the Galleries - Week 1
While not doing pitch contests and running my international software business, I have signed up for another art class. This one is called Drawing in the Galleries, which means I get to spend one morning a week in the galleries of the magnificent Cleveland M...___

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2016-03-08 16:27:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Pitch Madness - Lessons learned
As anybody following me on Twitter can't have missed, I participated in Pitch Madness this year. It was my first Twitter/online pitch contest, and I mostly did it for the experience. I had fun and might do it again, though I fully expect to get an agent the...

Pitch Madness - Lessons learned
As anybody following me on Twitter can't have missed, I participated in Pitch Madness this year. It was my first Twitter/online pitch contest, and I mostly did it for the experience. I had fun and might do it again, though I fully expect to get an agent the...___

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2016-03-08 15:17:15 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Pitch Madness - Lessons learned
As anybody following me on Twitter can't have missed, I participated in Pitch Madness this year. It was my first Twitter/online pitch contest, and I mostly did it for the experience. I had fun and might do it again, though I fully expect to get an agent the...

Pitch Madness - Lessons learned
As anybody following me on Twitter can't have missed, I participated in Pitch Madness this year. It was my first Twitter/online pitch contest, and I mostly did it for the experience. I had fun and might do it again, though I fully expect to get an agent the...___

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2016-03-06 20:18:59 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-03-03 18:01:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Growing the Roadmap for Verse and More
Major new functionality being added in Coexlinks Fidelity V4.
Blog post: http://planetlotus.org/d93258
#ibm #socbiz #ibmverse  

Growing the Roadmap for Verse and More
Major new functionality being added in Coexlinks Fidelity V4.
Blog post: http://planetlotus.org/d93258
#ibm #socbiz #ibmverse  ___

2016-03-02 19:06:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

A  whole lot of denial floating around
Not arguing, just pointing it out. Math is math, and shouting doesn't magically make it less mathy.

A  whole lot of denial floating around
Not arguing, just pointing it out. Math is math, and shouting doesn't magically make it less mathy.___

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2016-03-01 00:39:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Pitch Madness - Hopping in feet first
With my middle grade fantasy, Reach for the Sky , finally ready for querying, I am jumping in feet first with a Twitter challenge called Pitch Madness. Since this is also an opportunity to meet some fellow authors swimming along with me in the waters that a...

Pitch Madness - Hopping in feet first
With my middle grade fantasy, Reach for the Sky , finally ready for querying, I am jumping in feet first with a Twitter challenge called Pitch Madness. Since this is also an opportunity to meet some fellow authors swimming along with me in the waters that a...___

2016-02-26 15:14:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Adding some major new functionality to CoexLinks Fidelity.
Stay tuned for an announcement next week. (Hint: those moving toward IBM Verse may be especially interested.)
#ibm #ibmverse  

Adding some major new functionality to CoexLinks Fidelity.
Stay tuned for an announcement next week. (Hint: those moving toward IBM Verse may be especially interested.)
#ibm #ibmverse  ___

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2016-02-25 16:06:11 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Pro tip
If you see any political meme for or against any candidate with a comparison, graph, chart, list or diagram, it is almost certainly biased and false. #dataviz  

Pro tip
If you see any political meme for or against any candidate with a comparison, graph, chart, list or diagram, it is almost certainly biased and false. #dataviz  ___

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2016-02-18 02:47:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2016-02-17 14:25:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Hyuro, Perpignan, France.

streetsmart319.blogspot.com

Hyuro, Perpignan, France.

streetsmart319.blogspot.com___

2016-02-17 01:35:46 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Government is controlled by the wealthy. So what?
Every election in U.S. history has likewise come about when the wealthy had a lot of control. It is the nature of government that those with wealth tend to have undue power, and those who have power tend to get wealth. (I'm a cynical political science/history major.) But what of it? That isn't going to change. The Russians, Chinese and Cubans all thought they would change it through revolution, and they went a lot farther than the tepid political revolution Bernie Sanders talks about. So, what do you see in all three countries? The wealthy are powerful and the powerful are wealthy. What you don't see is democratic institutions like ours.

Saying that the wealthy have too much power is, frankly, trite. The question is, what are you going to do about it? Take Sanders as an example. He is about as pure a social radical as you... more »

Government is controlled by the wealthy. So what?
Every election in U.S. history has likewise come about when the wealthy had a lot of control. It is the nature of government that those with wealth tend to have undue power, and those who have power tend to get wealth. (I'm a cynical political science/history major.) But what of it? That isn't going to change. The Russians, Chinese and Cubans all thought they would change it through revolution, and they went a lot farther than the tepid political revolution Bernie Sanders talks about. So, what do you see in all three countries? The wealthy are powerful and the powerful are wealthy. What you don't see is democratic institutions like ours.

Saying that the wealthy have too much power is, frankly, trite. The question is, what are you going to do about it? Take Sanders as an example. He is about as pure a social radical as you get, and as soon as he sees a hint of a chance that he might gain power, he starts getting sloppy all over the place about things like endorsements and taking advantage of data leaks and other ways of cutting corners. I'm not saying anything particularly negative about Sanders, but rather about the nature of power. It corrupts, and it leads people to want to keep it and get more. Same with wealth. So, we are essentially guaranteed to have a system not unlike we do now, or perhaps worse. You could have a real political revolution, and within a few years you would have simply replaced one set of powerful and wealthy with another. I'm not buying that it would change all that much, as history has proven again and again. The only thing it might change as our democracy, and not for the better. Ask others in the world. They might not like everything about us, but they envy our stability and democracy.

I'd prefer to work within the system we have, to respect that it tries hard to mute or balance the natural problems inherent with power, and elect people who don't want to overturn it, but simply shove it gently in the right direction. Revolution sounds exciting, but unless you plan a violent overthrow, the people who will wield power afterwards will be the same ones wielding power now. Even if you have a violent overthrow, all you get is a new group of powerful (and soon wealthy), but what you lose is the democratic institutions which hold them back. No thanks.

Now, this doesn't mean we can't fight income inequality, but that isn't going to happen with a revolution. It is going to happen with an arduous process of political negotiation. I know, no fun, but that is what works. Revolutions just leave a lot of dead bodies.___

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2016-02-16 22:47:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Self portrait - making some real progress
My self portrait from art class today. I feel really good about this. The mouth seems a little off, but that is what I looked like in the mirror. I especially like how the glasses worked with the white. It was interesting doing this on dark paper, as it mak...

Self portrait - making some real progress
My self portrait from art class today. I feel really good about this. The mouth seems a little off, but that is what I looked like in the mirror. I especially like how the glasses worked with the white. It was interesting doing this on dark paper, as it mak...___

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2016-02-12 14:53:14 (28 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Make your own choices
I believe in Hillary Clinton and choose to vote for her, but don't ever let somebody else tell you that you owe somebody your vote. It is up to you and you alone, no matter your gender or race or religion or family.

Make your own choices
I believe in Hillary Clinton and choose to vote for her, but don't ever let somebody else tell you that you owe somebody your vote. It is up to you and you alone, no matter your gender or race or religion or family.___

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2016-02-12 01:33:01 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

While Clinton has hired a lot of experts
...there are more out there. I strongly encourage Bernie Sanders to start snapping up some of the talent, as he will need it in the campaign, and it will provide a foundation to build on if he becomes President. Foreign policy may not be at the top of voter priority lists, but is one of the most important tests a new President often faces (see 9/11 for recent example, Bay of Pigs for another). The world doesn't wait for the President to ramp up, so he should start building a team of experts now.

While Clinton has hired a lot of experts
...there are more out there. I strongly encourage Bernie Sanders to start snapping up some of the talent, as he will need it in the campaign, and it will provide a foundation to build on if he becomes President. Foreign policy may not be at the top of voter priority lists, but is one of the most important tests a new President often faces (see 9/11 for recent example, Bay of Pigs for another). The world doesn't wait for the President to ramp up, so he should start building a team of experts now.___

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2016-02-11 14:39:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

My favorite 404 error page of the day
from Writer's Digest website

My favorite 404 error page of the day
from Writer's Digest website___

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2016-02-11 13:46:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

This was posted by the Working Families Party yesterday
Even with the logo, it is unclear if the Sanders campaign authorized it. But if they did, it might explain a bit why POCs are wary about him.

This was posted by the Working Families Party yesterday
Even with the logo, it is unclear if the Sanders campaign authorized it. But if they did, it might explain a bit why POCs are wary about him.___

2016-02-09 21:24:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Imagine a small boat and a raging river.
Beside the river is a large pile of heavy dreams. You can row the dreams across one at a time, risking a couple falling overboard and the whole thing taking longer than you would like. Or, you can pile them all in the boat and have the whole boat likely sink as soon as you push off.

We may all have the same destination in mind, but your choice determines how likely any of us are to make it there.

Imagine a small boat and a raging river.
Beside the river is a large pile of heavy dreams. You can row the dreams across one at a time, risking a couple falling overboard and the whole thing taking longer than you would like. Or, you can pile them all in the boat and have the whole boat likely sink as soon as you push off.

We may all have the same destination in mind, but your choice determines how likely any of us are to make it there.___

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2016-02-07 02:07:28 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The Goldman Sachs speech that Sanders keeps saying proves Clinton is in the pocket of Wall Street
What I hear is Clinton advocating for women, not some nefarious shill. But listen for yourself, and try to relate this in any way to his comments.

The Goldman Sachs speech that Sanders keeps saying proves Clinton is in the pocket of Wall Street
What I hear is Clinton advocating for women, not some nefarious shill. But listen for yourself, and try to relate this in any way to his comments.___

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2016-02-04 18:57:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Well said. Clinton and Sanders are both strong, progressive candidates, and buying into the right wing hate machine's endless efforts to take her down because you want one or the other? You're playing right into their hands.

"In this column, I want to address this notion that Hillary Clinton is somehow a “dishonest corporatist Wall Street shill” or some other such gullible nonsense."___Well said. Clinton and Sanders are both strong, progressive candidates, and buying into the right wing hate machine's endless efforts to take her down because you want one or the other? You're playing right into their hands.

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2016-02-03 02:57:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

It’s a Tuesday
#pascalcampion
Reading graphic novels, relaxing, being proactive at enjoying different facets of life....

It’s a Tuesday
#pascalcampion
Reading graphic novels, relaxing, being proactive at enjoying different facets of life....___

2016-02-02 22:25:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Next time you say someone supports Clinton because she's a woman, consider that that implies you are a Sanders supporter because he's a man.

Next time you say someone supports Clinton because she's a woman, consider that that implies you are a Sanders supporter because he's a man.___

2016-02-02 16:13:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Coin flips did not determine outcome of Iowa
I asked the folks at FiveThirtyEight.com explicitly, since that is the kind of stuff they like to answer. The response I got was: No. the coin flips determined precinct delegates, of which there were about 11,000. those in turn elect the 1,600 county delegates, which in turn go on to nominate the actual 44 delegates from iowa for the national convention.

A switch in 6 of 11,000 precinct delegates would have made no difference at all to end result.

Coin flips did not determine outcome of Iowa
I asked the folks at FiveThirtyEight.com explicitly, since that is the kind of stuff they like to answer. The response I got was: No. the coin flips determined precinct delegates, of which there were about 11,000. those in turn elect the 1,600 county delegates, which in turn go on to nominate the actual 44 delegates from iowa for the national convention.

A switch in 6 of 11,000 precinct delegates would have made no difference at all to end result.___

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