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Ole Olson52,435It has come to light that Google has started funding and supporting some of the most vile right wing extremist collectives and corporate front groups in America. Join us by changing your avatar and boycotting every single Google service for one day in protest.  *On Wednesday, December 11th make a serious attempt to not use anything Google.* No Google Searches. No Google+. No gmail. No Youtube. No Google Calendar. No Blogger. No Google Maps. No Google Photos. No Google translate. No Google reverse image search. No Google Play. No Google Drive. No Google Books. No Google Shopping. Nothing.  (Android is immune since it is Open Source).  If nothing else, just think of this as a challenge to see if you are able to spend a day on the internet without using a single Google product or service or just take the day off and enjoy the real world for a change.  _Google, many of us are your most loyal users, and we love the technical direction everything is heading by rolling all services into Google+_ but it must be understood in no uncertain terms that we vehemently disagree with your decision to start to fund proto-fascist, right wing extremist, anti-environmental, anti-worker, and anti-science shock fronts like: •ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) •American Conservative Union •Americans for Tax Reform •CATO Institute •Federalist Society •George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center •Heritage Action •Mercatus Center •National Taxpayers Union •R Street Institute •Texas Public Policy Foundation ________________________________________________ *More information:* Don’t Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/04/dont-be-evil-google-funding-a-slew-of-right-wing-groups/ Tell Google CEO Larry Page to Cut Ties with ALEC http://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14651 Tell Google: Don't Be Evil With ALEC http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8648 #ShameOnGoogle  #Google    #DontBeEvil  One Day Boycott of ALL Google Products2013-12-11 07:00:00160  

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Damon Kinney2,585Circle share text>I’m Dishing out another circle share Active - Engaging G+'ers Group number 2... #circleshare     for my #marketing     friends online.This is a shared circle of people that have followed me and have influence in the marketing industry.They vary from successful and just starting out but all are incredibly good people. Without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google Plus experience as they add you to their circles, plus, share and comment on your posts.▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼If you would like to be included on my next Circle share, just follow these simple steps1. Make sure you have already added me into your circles2. Plus, Comment and Re-share this post* in Public*Please make sure you Plus, re-share and comment on the Original Post otherwise I may miss it (and we don’t want that)▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲If you do not want to be included in a Google Circle share please shoot me a message. I don’t want you to feel like you are being spammed :)2015-04-23 12:37:0820812914
Simon Weiner6,3701.23 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #hillaryclinton   #president   #hillary2016  2015-04-20 07:39:36500005
Damon Kinney918I’m Dishing out another circle share Active - Engaging G+'ers Group 2 #circleshare     for my #marketing     friends online.This is a shared circle of people that have followed me and have influence in the marketing industry.They vary from successful and just starting out but all are incredibly good people. Without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google Plus experience as they add you to their circles, plus, share and comment on your posts.▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼If you would like to be included on my next Circle share, just follow these simple steps1. Make sure you have already added me into your circles2. Plus, Comment and Re-share this post* in Public*Please make sure you Plus, re-share and comment on the Original Post otherwise I may miss it (and we don’t want that)▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲If you do not want to be included in a Google Circle share please shoot me a message. I don’t want you to feel like you are being spammed :)2015-04-17 02:35:13204000
Allan watson24,768Active users on Google+. Circle ShareIf you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#Boston #Boston #February #Michigan #MI #Lansing #Detroit #January #Minnesota #MN #St #Paul #Minneapolis #May #Mississippi #MS #Jackson #Jackson #December #Missouri #MO #Jefferson #City #Kansas #City #August #Montana #MT #Helena #Billings #November #Nebraska #NE #Lincoln #Omaha #March #Nevada #NV #Philadelphia 2015-04-01 07:32:52372033
Ole Olson51,746This is my circle 1 of Google+ progressives2015-03-07 18:26:233561014
Noah Wesley20,488Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-02-25 08:21:55498331651
Nolan Harvey218More friend today #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #morefollowers  2014-11-05 16:59:40501138
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest 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 ?2014-10-29 05:09:31430002
John Wood18,041This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing   #circleshare2014-10-28 10:03:57409162449
Tessa Schlesinger21,767This is my inner core circle  - the people from whom I share frequently. Sometimes, if someone hasn't been posting for a while, I will put them into another circle. I divide my circles into:1. Inner core ; people whose posts I share more often than others.2. Engagers: people with whom I engage and visa versa.3. My science circle. Geeky info that I like to read.4. My temporary circle; when I try out new people.2014-08-30 16:22:3688535
Nick Warner645Check out these awesome Crowdfunders2014-08-07 16:05:31470102
Hadrian Micciche20,993All of my posts today are shared from some of the people I follow. They may not have me in their circles, but I don't care. I want to see what they post and almost always find it informative and entertaining. These select few are in this circle.People who have either shared my posts, commented on them, or both, are also included. These are people who have engaged with my content and are likely to do the same for you. All of these folks are worthy of being added to your circles.Want to be added ? I don't do the typical "plus, comment, and share this circle" circle jerk. You know, of course, that folks always include themselves in a shared circle. I don't need you to indiscriminately promote me by sharing this circle. Just share or comment on any post of mine you find worthy and you'll be added to my circles. Offer void where prohibited by you posting:1. Only shares of other people's posts. I need to see original content, please.2. Blind links AKA link litter -- that is, not providing any commentary with your posts.3. Too many cat pictures -- if only done sparingly and other posts are informative and entertaining, no problemo.4. Too many pictures of your lunch, your overstarched shorts, or other inanities. That's what Facebook is for. :)5. Too many memes.6. Too many cat pictures. 7. Too many cat pictures.(Did I mention cat pictures?)8. Slurs or slander about LGBT folk, racism, sexism...9. Mistaking your fears for reality.10. Mistaking reality as a left-wing conspiracy.Yes, I'm a picky SOB --  but know this. None of the people in this circle do any of that stuff. Want to add people who have been vetted, have engaging content, and will engage with yours? Add this circle. 2014-07-13 16:53:56216223
Ryan Johnson9,043* Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle and follow*Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #sharecircle   #circles   #sharecircleoftheday   #follow   #followback   #sport   #betting  2014-07-10 10:49:37492262053
Ole Olson46,666This is my original circle of progressives on G+. Add it for some hard hitting, unapologetic political information geared toward activating forward progress in America. 2014-06-28 03:56:553636518
Tessa Schlesinger20,569This is the circle of people I follow. I am not in it (so I'm not promoting myself). I follow them because they are interesting, sincere, have good stuff. Some of them have been here with me from day one.  They don't always interact every day, but I think it really depends on what you're looking for on G+. If you want people to interact with you, well, nobody can interact with everybody who adds them. There just isn't enough time to do that. On the other hand, if you'd like to read someone because they present informative, interesting, entertaining stuff, then this circle is interesting. I think it would appeal to atheists, agnostics, people who love beauty, travel, occasional humor, who are visual, intellectual, thinkers, humanist, and/or liberal. :)2014-05-08 15:31:52186503
Mark Anderson591This is a shared circle of people that have followed me and have an influence in the marketing industry. They vary from successful and just starting out but are all incredibly good people. Without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google Plus experience as they add you to their circles, plus, share and comment on your posts.#GooglePlus #CircleShare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles   #circlesharing  #circleshared  #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles #engagers #circleshare #engagerscircle #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #peopletofollow #publiccircle #socialnetworking #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #publiccircles  #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare2014-04-11 01:45:4749416919
Armando Lioss44,378“Active Engagers Shared Circle” 6.1Also known as the “Circle of Rivals” conformed by G+ users ready to stand for their points of view in an educated discussion and/or extending the discussion to their own streams... if you are looking into making your stream more dynamic, these are the guys you want to include... they are a diverse bunch of great plussers that includes liberals, progressives, conservatives, libertarians, religious, agnostics, atheists… from all around the world.In this shared circle you will find some interesting people to add to your circles, all of these G+ users currently actively engage my stream as well as other G+ users posts, so you can be sure they are getting involved in the Google Plus community.This “Active Engagers Shared Circle” version has been built with an improved algorithm that will filter occasional users and those that use hate speech or other nuisances to the common user. The main purpose of this series of Shared Circles is to expose new G+ users that are active engagers, but you may find even first generation ones in them.If you do not wish to be included in my future shared circles, please let me know with a comment to this post. I will remove you from any future shared circle I create, but I will keep you in my G+ circles.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3Thank you for your help making Google Plus adventure and exhilarating one… #activeusers   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #commenters   #topcircles  #circlesunday  Disclaimer: I don’t necessarily share or identify with the views of these G+ users, in fact with some of them we have completely antagonistic points of view and dissimilar interests…2014-04-07 15:38:3241991214
Becky Collins2,634Learning and Knowledge Management Circle - Feb22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:31:49991012
Claire Galczyk43,082I'll make this Simple....My only Shared Circle..Do what you want..2014-02-19 02:35:34136202
Brian Mcquillan2,5921. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream#techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles   #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery   2014-02-11 07:29:252644211
Ole Olson38,548٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶If you're looking for some of the BEST engagers on Google+, this is it.Top notch commentary, good content support, and some out of this world posts to boot. =========================================I sculpted this circle personally over the last year, and this is it's first full release. The Top Engagers is guaranteed to make your G+ experience better. =========================================    #publicsharedcircles       #publiccircle       #circle         #circles    #thebigcommunity   #kingcircle #topcircleshare   #awesome       #awesomepeople       #shareyourcircle    #circleoftheday         #circleshare       #circlesharing           #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-01-27 09:48:552507711
Carlos Esteban32,281ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish. I will appreciate it. Have a nice day!Carlos 2014#3#circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle2014-01-16 13:53:50491129123180
Fabian Weiland619#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #neuroscience #psychology #science  2013-11-06 14:19:18139000
Tessa Schlesinger12,664These are the people I follow. If you would like to follow these people, feel free. There is no guarantee that they will add you if you do. You will be following them because you would like to hear what they have to say. There is no need to plus it, add a comment, and then share it in order for you to be added to some new circle which will be shared. This is the way we shared circles for the first two years. So feel free to add, or not. And I'm not in it so it isn't promoting myself. It's a gift to you, if you would like it. And, I suppose it's a gift to those who are in the circle that I freely give with no expectation of return.2013-11-03 12:52:17133335
Marie Axelsson9,706Hello and Thank you for the month of October!My month long project, with who interacts with me. Today the circle reached 500 people, but due to some bugs of G+ that I don't understand it doesn't say 500 anymore. However, here you all are. These are 500 people, who over the course of a month would have interacted with me. 500 people out of 9431 followers is a nice sum. :)Something I noticed is that some of the people weren't actually following me, but likely interacted due to someone else sharing their +1 activites on G+, which is a neat effect. Next month I will make another type of circle, not 100% sure yet, and there might actually end up being two for two purposes. They will of course both be shared. :D Good luck and enjoy each other's company! ;) 2013-10-31 16:57:1649855399
Sharing Circle765MORE A CIRCLETo be included in close, just:1 - do +1 t the post;2 - comment the post;3 - include the circle among your circles;4 - share the circle (include yourself).Thanks..-#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #sharingmeansthankyou #topcircles #freakingawesome   2013-08-02 21:56:3850091026
Jan Havrda15,046This is Awesome circleVery vivid, visual and witty.Entertain yourself! #AwesomeCircle   #Awesome   #Circle2013-07-29 20:11:314307515
Steven Krohn5,460Here's a circle by someone that knows as much about circle sharing as anyone does.  +Jorgen Poulsen knows exactly what he's doing and this circle is his creation.  If you want in, please add and share before it gets too big because it will be growing quickly. Jorgen PoulsenShared publicly  -  Yesterday 4:36 AM #jpsharedcircles  ######################################G+ Captains and wannabe G+ Captains shared circleVersion 1: 20 July, 2013######################################This circle is purposely small so that new people who understand the concept of plussing, sharing and commenting can get in.If you’re already in this circle but don’t plus, share and comment then you will be removed next time it’s shared.To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:1) Plus the original post2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete!Note: Add this circle weekly so you can get the new members!You can find all my shared circles by using #jpsharedcircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share   #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share   #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle   #socialmedia2013-07-21 22:39:161619418
Remi Vlăduceanu2,988Add yourself and share this Circe to grow. Happy Friday!2013-07-05 18:08:3215710010
Mithu Hassan24,721Happy Friday to you all !!1) Add circle to grow yourself2) Share Circled publicly to expand yourself3) Thanks to +Jorgen Poulsen to get favor you back. #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircles #publiccircle #fridaycircle2013-07-05 08:27:2215715840
Jorgen Poulsen15,429* G+ Veterans and G+ Newbies Shared Circle – Must Add*Let’s not forget that we all started with a big fat ZERO. Let’s help these newbies get some more followers.EVERYONE in this circle has engaged with me very recently. 1. If you’re already in the circle you know the drill. Plus and share.2. If you want to be in the circle then please leave a comment, plus the post and share it to Public, Your Circles and Extended Circles and I’ll add you in the next one.Feel free to connect with me at www.xeeme.com/jorgenpoulsenHere’s my latest blog: http://thecatalystpartnership.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/why-content-marketing-kicks-ss-infographic/#sharedcircle #circleshare #circlesharing #awesomepeople #sharedcircles #circles2013-07-05 08:07:54155424046
Frank Gainsford1,991 To help you decide if and whom you would like to include in your own stream, I’m adding some comments about these great people Warning: this contains information about each individual in the handpicked circle, so it’s long! ;-)Susanne Ramharter took the time to list everybody and explain their place in her circle.  this circle was orignaly shared by  +Susanne Ramharter and passed along by +Mark Traphagen  I added myself and shared again with you.  I blog about SEO  and  FUFISM at http://4ubrand.blogspot.combelow is Susanne's explanation of her circle to put you in the picture of who is in this shared  circle and why...My Google+ Mentors - people who are knowledgeable about Google+ and not only post great tips, but are always happy to engage and help out:++Denis Labelle  - Denis is a charming gentleman from Canada, who shares news, tips and helpful information about #Google +, #Technology and #Culture .+Euro Maestro - Euro Maestro is one of my ‘oldest’ companions here on Google+ and is passionate about Technology as well as social causes, which makes him especially important to me.+Jaana Nyström - Jaana is another one of the first people I met here, she is a wonderful, warm person who has done incredible work to help promote #Google + and its users and is not afraid to post the occasional cat photo - huzzah!+John Rakestraw -  John hosts hangouts on air to discuss various topics, many to do with the ‘human element’ of social media. He is a wonderful host and is kind enough to invite me to many of his #HOA .+Lee Smallwood - In addition to being a warm, yet also cool guy, Lee is editor of +imassera and the driving force behind +NOD3x, an excellent source of information about Google+ activities+Mark Traphagen - Mark impresses with his in-depth knowledge of marketing, social media and willingness to share it in a kind and friendly manner.+martin shervington - After much banter on posts and comments, Martin lured me into one of his hangouts about 18 months ago and has been a never ending source of information (do check out his videos!) , help, fun, and intriguing conversation ever since.+Ronnie Bincer - speaking of videos, Ronnie is my absolute ‘go-to’ guy when I need information or help with #video , #hangouts or #communities .+Thomas Morffew - Thomas is another great source of information about Technology and Google+ while lightening his stream with amusing lighter pieces to brighten the day.My fellow #Art Lovers and Artists:+Abigail Markov, +Lena Levin, +Marie Hélène Visconti, and +Marilyn Fenn are four intelligent, fantastic women, all artist in their own rights, who won’t spam your stream with their work, but provide regular information, stories, and inspiration about art and artists.2013-06-02 14:35:0551628
Susanne Ramharter50,233This can only happen on Google+:  Wow, and Thank You!I am not a celebrity, not a prolific photographer, nor a social media “guru”. And yet suddenly, I find myself in the circles of more than 50 Thousand people. Wow, and thank each and every one of you for your vote of confidence!Many of you who have added me to your circles in the last few weeks are fairly new to Google+.  To help you find great content, and as a way of saying Thank you to some of my “oldest friends” here on Google+, I’m going to indulge myself and share my “Must Read” circle. This circle contains people whose posts I don’t want to miss and it’s open in one of my tabs on Chrome whenever I’m online. To help you decide if and whom you would like to include in your own stream, I’m adding some comments about these great people Warning: this contains information about each individual in the handpicked circle, so it’s long! ;-)My Google+ Mentors - people who are knowledgeable about Google+ and not only post great tips, but are always happy to engage and help out:++Denis Labelle  - Denis is a charming gentleman from Canada, who shares news, tips and helpful information about #Google +, #Technology and #Culture .+Euro Maestro - Euro Maestro is one of my ‘oldest’ companions here on Google+ and is passionate about Technology as well as social causes, which makes him especially important to me.+Jaana Nyström - Jaana is another one of the first people I met here, she is a wonderful, warm person who has done incredible work to help promote #Google + and its users and is not afraid to post the occasional cat photo - huzzah!+John Rakestraw -  John hosts hangouts on air to discuss various topics, many to do with the ‘human element’ of social media. He is a wonderful host and is kind enough to invite me to many of his #HOA .+Lee Smallwood - In addition to being a warm, yet also cool guy, Lee is editor of +imassera and the driving force behind +NOD3x, an excellent source of information about Google+ activities+Mark Trapha2013-06-02 11:35:5650852856
Ole Olson14,742Leaders of Google+ in #progressive   #politics  Add this circle for a well vetted collection of thought leaders that post a high degree of quality political content. The focalizers here are also excellent engagers. I have been sculpting this circle since G+ began. Other public circles I've shared that you might like:The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/PETHgTMqpcDVisual and/or Fun content https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/DbBUtg3f8q8Top Science Circle https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/WYqn7FXjsAmProgressive Media on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/1t3HVRfNhuCForward Thinking Journalists on Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/4h7jniYWcxaMy Top Circler Circle https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/cjSWip8ayqH #Liberal   #Green   #SharedPublicCircles   #Occupy   #CircleOfTheDay   #Environment   #PublicCircle   #activism   #CircleSharing   #Unions   #Feminism   #HumanRights   #LGBT   #secular   #science  2013-05-21 17:23:0549516413
Ole Olson12,447This is my main political circle. It contains people that post a high ratio of left leaning political content. If you are not progressively inclined and would like to be removed from this circle, please let me know.  #SharedCircles   #Liberal   #progressive   #politics  2013-04-12 16:31:0349016213
Ole Olson11,096The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+  This is the best of the best forward thinkers that I've found here on Google+. To be in this very small circle, I've set a few basic guidelines:1. High quality and volume of progressively oriented political posts from a variety of sources and topics2. Long history of activism on G+ and steady activity3. Strong Engagment (+1's, shares, comments) on other people's posts  I'm pretty sure I've missed out on a lot of folks that should be in this circle, but this is the best I can do for the time being, so don't feel slighted if you're not in there. This is a work in progress, but I can guarantee that you will enjoy adding this circle.  #Gplus   #Politics   #progressive   #liberal   #activism   #SharedCircles  2013-03-18 17:30:17589312
Susanne Ramharter31,019Top 99 Engagers Circleby special request, here is the circle of my 'most relevant' engagers on Google+, without pages or people that only engage via a page or hashtag.These are all people that I regularly see on Google+, either in Hangouts, or in threads of either their posts or my own. You will find people interested in:- Art- Photography- Social Issues- Business (Management, Organisations)- Internet, Social MediaI personally vouch for each and every one and recommend them all wholeheartedly!+Shared Circles on G+ +Shared Circles on G+ +CIRCLES on Google+ +Sharing is Caring on G+ 2013-01-30 16:19:099832537
Slavo Herman180I'd like to share with you the circle in which a little surprisingly I discovered my name. It is a circle with people who got one nomination to "Best of Google Plus 2012" created as the Circle No. 3 by +Kurt Smith.(He also created two more circles, No. 1 and 2, containing people with more nominations - you can find them at http://goo.gl/tAePD and http://goo.gl/7IBkV respectively :)2013-01-07 16:40:4448423115
Trever McGhee18,273+Take2seconds to click the add button on this circle!Last week +Kurt Smith asked people to name 5 people they thought should be named the 'Best of Google Plus 2012'.  He received 1,308 nominations for 730 Plussers.We were honored to be among them, so we've created two circles to honor those chosen.This is the second of 2 circles from that list.Their all worthy of a follow .. a circle  to see what they bring to your stream.Check them out for a week...keep the ones that you like at the end of the week and then put the rest aside for another time :-))))People always ask me to add them or another person to the next circle when I share circles from other people to help them connect with others...Well I can't add you to their circle but what I can do is create another circle for you.So if you would like to be in the next one or would like to recommend someone,1st. please leave a comment of why you or they should be in the next circle, why people should circle you back.2nd. please share this circle to the public stream to help these people connect with others.I'll create a circle once a week with your suggestion.P.S. if your in the above circle and would like to be in the next one, just let me know. #bestofgoogleplus   #bestofgoogleplus2012   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedmycircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publicshare   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomecircle   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle  +Circles 2013-01-02 20:58:1649052430
Kurt Smith21,124Here's The 'Best of Google Plus 2012' Circle Share (Circle 3 of 3)Last week I asked other plussers to name 5 Plussers they think should be named the 'Best of Google Plus 2012'. They nominated others based on what they think makes a really good Google Plusser - original & quality content; makes you think, laugh, & enjoy Google Plus more; engages with others; shares and helps others; etc. We got 1,308 nominations for 730 Plussers.This is the third of 3 Circle Shares of those named the 'Best of Google Plus' - this circle contains those who got 2-3 votes. These are plussers other plussers think are among the Best on Google Plus and I believe we should all circle and consider following them because other quality plussers we can trust recommend following them.Like the other circles I've curated ('Thought Provokers' & 'Plussers Who Give A Boost') you can only get in these circles on the recommendation of another plusser (no "add me" going on here). So this is a quality group that should be recognized for making Google Plus better for all of us.Let's encourage quality on G+ and the best way we can do that is to Add & Share these circles. It took some work to put this together, so the best 'thank you' you can give me (and the nominees) is to add, share and encourage your followers to do the same.Circle 1 (those who got 4+ nominations): http://goo.gl/tAePDCircle 2 (those who 2-3 nominations): http://goo.gl/7IBkVWondering who nominated you? Here's the original post to find out: http://goo.gl/0gHFk#bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus2012 #circle #circles #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #publicshare #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #addmetoyourcircles #awesomecircle #awesomeness #awesomepeople 2012-12-31 15:55:53486535266
Ivan Raszl6,155Here is my #atheist #circle . Feel free to follow these fine folks (or unfollow depending on your views ;). Unfortunately only 500 people can be shared at one time. Reshare this post and add a comment if you want to be included! #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing   #atheism   #religon   #secular   #humanism   #gsm   #brights   #nogod   #god   #freethinker   #freethought   #freethinking  2012-10-19 18:59:50501805
Zachary Roovenback1,335Sharing my Atheist and Fellow Freethinkers circle again.  Almost 1,800 strong.  You can only add 500 a day, so let me know if you need it shared again.Stay thinking, my friends.2012-08-10 04:29:445016310
Tim Brooks3,886Now releasing the long awaited, newly updated, circle of Anti-theists and people who actively oppose religion.This is the most active atheist circle on Google+ as far as we know, there are others but not like this :) If you are an anti-theist or someone who actively opposes religion please feel free to comment on this post to be added.Add this circle. Enjoy this circle. Share this circle.  #atheism   #antitheism   #nogod   #antitheist   #atheist #SharedCircle #circleshare  2012-08-02 21:00:1723814418
Jeff Jockisch18,43275 Non-IdiotsI haven't done a circle share recently to let you know who I'm interacting with a lot.  This is half of my top 150 most relevant.  I couldn't stop at 50 or 100 -- too many good people here :)  Look for the other half of the 150 most relevant share as 75 Non-Ghosts2012-07-25 01:43:317521327
Alex Grossman24,072For my second Circle today for Follow Friday, here is my Respectful Politics Circle. This Circle is by request only and not for the faint of heart. It's filled with people who are passionate about politics and issues that impact society and come from across the political spectrum - the point is to have fun, learn and share. If you're interested in joining the discussions, please let me know and I can add you to this Circle. No commitment to share your own posts, but it is preferred that you at least comment semi-regularly so as to encourage discussion. Just keep in mind that if you do participate that you do so in a respectful and civil manner. Let your passion fill you, but always temper it with manners, respect and politeness. Bullies will not be tolerated. The point is not to "win" but to learn. #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #politics  2012-07-20 15:10:0498901
Daniel Simons14,510New circle - Academic PsychologistsOver the past few weeks I've been compiling a circle of academic psychologists on Google+. It includes faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in psychology, all of whom are working in a university setting and most of whom do research in psychology. Many of them post about research in psychology on a regular basis (most post on other topics as well). Please feel free to share this circle/post widely. If you have suggestions for others to include, please add them in the comments on this post. (I will +1 each comment once I've added them), and I will re-share it on occasion as I add more people to it. I hope you find the circle useful.2012-07-16 16:25:3811215810
Lamar Jamieson0Quite an interesting circle. You will find here a great variety of people. From artists, writers and photographers to business people. Please add & share!2012-07-04 12:30:44190717
Craig Froehle4,629467 Plussers Well Worth FollowingSome curated recommendations to make your Tuesday a bit more interesting. I kept this circle largely free of celebrities, pages, and organizations, so these should (nearly) all be actual people. Enjoy!By the way, topic-wise, it's a bit of a potpourri, but with emphasis on technology, science, progressive politics, skepticism, and other fascinating things.Note that I don't always agree with everyone in this circle, so don't take this as an endorsement of their ideas...merely that they tend to be thoughtful when presenting them.2012-07-03 14:29:094671718
Daniel Simons14,199Psychologists and Neuroscientists on G+A shared circleIt has been a while since I last shared my Psychologist/Neuroscientist circle, and a number of people have been added since my last share.For those of you who have been around since the early days of G+, this was a circle I created of people who self-classified as psychology or neuroscience researchers. It is not a curated list, but there are many active G+ people in this circle. Free free to re-share. 2012-06-26 20:38:14203258
Bea Wellman287This is a great circle of people that I enjoy following.  Some of these posters are not for the faint of heart...er I guess that should be "faith" of heart.   My fellow Freethinkers / Atheists / Secular Community / and the obligatory badasses.  I have another circle with more of the same - but this is the circle that tends to share the most.For all of you that are in this circle - thanks for sharing and making me realize what a great community of thought I belong to.2012-06-26 04:14:29496113

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2015-04-18 16:16:41 (118 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Nothing inevitable about Clinton

An interesting perspective on Clinton's prospects and challenges as a contender for the Democratic nomination and, ultimately, presidency.

… based on recent history, “an American male is 4,582 times more likely to become an Army general if his father was one; 1,895 times more likely to become a famous C.E.O.; 1,497 times more likely to win a Grammy” and that it is “8,500 times more likely a senator’s son” will become a senator himself.

But based on historical precedent, here is how likely it is for a president’s wife to become president herself: zero times more likely. It’s never happened before.
So while it is fair to feel critical of the advisors, strategies, and policies deployed by both Hillary and Bill Clinton during the years they have each wielded political power, it is not fair or accurate to suggesttheir familial ... more »

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2015-04-24 15:38:32 (104 comments, 11 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

Unsurprisingly, Obama was cool as a cucumber in the veto; all the emotion, fanfare and, of course ranting, came from the republicans:

Obama vetoed the bill in private with no fanfare, in contrast to the televised ceremony Republican leaders staged earlier this month when they signed the bill and sent it to the president. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Republicans were "not even close" to giving up the fight and derided the veto as a "national embarrassment."

Most plusones: 113

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2015-04-24 15:38:32 (104 comments, 11 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

Unsurprisingly, Obama was cool as a cucumber in the veto; all the emotion, fanfare and, of course ranting, came from the republicans:

Obama vetoed the bill in private with no fanfare, in contrast to the televised ceremony Republican leaders staged earlier this month when they signed the bill and sent it to the president. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Republicans were "not even close" to giving up the fight and derided the veto as a "national embarrassment."

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2015-04-27 20:15:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Some really outstanding material here

The whole thing is well worth watching, but be sure to catch between about 17:30 and 18:30.

Edit: It is clear from this video that he has been compelled to conceal is intellect for six years.Finally, he is at liberty to release it a bit.

thanks, +PoliticusUSA 

Obama Takes Down Dick Cheney and The Koch Brothers At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Obama leveled Dick Cheney, “A few weeks ago Dick Cheney said he thinks I am the worst president of his lifetime, which is interesting because I think Dick Cheney is the worst president of my lifetime.”___Some really outstanding material here

The whole thing is well worth watching, but be sure to catch between about 17:30 and 18:30.

Edit: It is clear from this video that he has been compelled to conceal is intellect for six years.Finally, he is at liberty to release it a bit.

thanks, +PoliticusUSA 

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2015-04-27 18:58:36 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Armando Lioss 

___thanks, +Armando Lioss 

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2015-04-27 17:42:35 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

A bit of history and linguistics

A bit of history and linguistics___

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2015-04-26 15:46:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

In case there was any doubt...

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

___In case there was any doubt...

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

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2015-04-26 03:42:26 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Common Core: Yet another corporate power-grab

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

I loathe Common Core. It's just another big corporate grab, but now our country's children are the high-risk takers, not the big corporations - as usual. That's how those psychopaths operate. And if their design to grab more tax dollars fails, then the next step is to demonize the teachers and the parents.

Our federal Department of Education and President Obama have viciously let our children down while each are attacking the very foundation of this country's future: Our children.

Below is a letter written to Diane Ravitch by a very experienced teacher in New York. The focus of her letter is to explain how Common Core is hurting her students.

She writes:

(Un)Intended Consequences

Today was the first day of the NYS ELA tests. I must state right from the outset that my students do not take these tests. Not yet. But in two short years, they will. And yet, these tests had an effect on my students today and will continue to do so in the days to come. You see, these tests have a ripple effect. The immediate effect is that my students who receive services such as reading and resource will not receive these services for the next TWO WEEKS since the teachers who provide these services are proctoring the state tests. They will also lose services when some of these same teachers are pulled out to score the tests in the subsequent weeks. (They will lose out again when we begin the SLO testing in May, but that is for another post). The longer term effects are more devastating. You see, their education has been hijacked by these tests. Although my “Firsties” are not taking these tests yet, they are preparing for them and will continue to do so throughout their Elementary years.

When I started teaching oh so many years ago, we focused on thematic instruction and integrating all subject areas so that our students had opportunities to make connections. We taught in ways that honored many learning styles, student’s individual differences and developmental stages, along with their individual needs. We understood (and still do) that each child has different intelligences and learning styles. My walls and windows of my classroom were covered with songs and poems, student artwork and artifacts of student learning. My little ones sang and read and played. We taught using literature with rich language and focused on building background knowledge. Children were encouraged to synthesize knowledge and draw conclusions using what they knew and what they were learning. We used a tremendous amount of glitter and paper and encouraged children to express themselves in ways that played to their strengths. We did projects and had lots of hands-on learning with manipulatives. I assessed through observation and working directly with students.

Over the years, we have had to move away from what we know is right for kids to what we are told we must do in order to prepare students for the tests.

At first, teachers knew that we could use those tests to help identify areas where students needed further instruction and where we could improve our teaching. We accepted that our 4th and 8th grade students would be tested and we knew how to prepare them. We focused on those areas and we saw growth. We didn’t like “No Child Left Behind” but we could work within it.

Fast forward to “Race To The Top” and Common Core and the use of the tests to evaluate teachers. Without going into all that is wrong with this, let me just say how it has affected my little ones:

My walls are no longer covered with songs and poems and artwork. That has been replaced with “anchor charts”, “I can statements” and “Learning targets”. We barely use construction paper and I have not purchased glitter in 3 years. There is no time for art projects or creative expression. Children can no longer choose their learning. They write to prompts and must write different genres at certain times. Math is done on paper and manipulatives are few and far between (except when I pull out the old stuff). Reading is “close reading” and answers to questions are to be solely based on the text, without synthesis of prior knowledge.

Assessment is daily and must be documented along with being scripted (because Big Brother is watching). Modules are scripted, teacher led and boring for little ones. We have to have 50% of text presented as informational text. Students have to write essays before they even have automaticity of letter formation. ALL THIS IS DONE SO THEY CAN PREP FOR THE TESTS. My students will take keyboarding in 3rd grade so they can take the tests online…BEFORE SOME OF THEM EVEN HAVE THE PHYSICAL HAND SPAN TO USE A KEYBOARD.

Our littlest learners are preparing for these tests as soon as they enter school. We know that. We know that our colleagues in grades 3-8 depend on us to lay the foundation. We know that our little ones are being used as weapons to help destroy public education. We know that they cannot possibly do well on these tests as they are written 2-3 grade levels above their current grade level and that an arbitrary “cut score” will be determined AFTER the tests are scored to manipulate the data. We know that we cannot discuss these tests and that they cannot be used to inform instruction nor to inform us of our students’ progress. These tests are solely being used to create false data about our students and our schools. They are being used to make our public schools look as though they are “failing” and that our teachers are incompetent. They are creating a pressure cooker atmosphere.

Our Bully of a governor wants to turn our public schools into For-profit Charter schools (which are little more than test prep factories that do NOT have transparency of finances). He is beholden to his hedge fund donors and his big $ donors. In addition, he has publicly stated that he wants to break the teacher’s union. Our children’s education has been hijacked. Our teachers are being abused by an agenda that puts money over what is right for kids. Our society’s future is being manipulated to create a country where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, both in terms of dollars and education and opportunities.
  
The simple fact that the private schools where the children of the elite attend do not have to participate in these tests or this curriculum, is very telling.

Today’s refusal numbers are encouraging. This is a lesson in civil rights and civil disobedience. We are teaching our children that they have a way of changing what is wrong in our government and our society through nonviolent means. We are teaching them that they have a voice. We are showing them that we can all create change. We are also showing them how to stand up to Bullies. And THAT is a great lesson that no amount of test prep can compare to.

http://dianeravitch.net/2015/04/23/first-grade-teacher-how-common-core-tests-affect-my-students/___Common Core: Yet another corporate power-grab

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-04-26 00:51:56 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

It is possible to invest in the future

thanks, +G Kochanski 

People should have low-carbon mutual fund options.___It is possible to invest in the future

thanks, +G Kochanski 

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2015-04-26 00:38:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Misogyny runs deeper than homophobia in American culture

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

It's not a good one.___Misogyny runs deeper than homophobia in American culture

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

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2015-04-26 00:29:38 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Is the republican propaganda machine faltering?

thanks, +Valkyrie 

Old, but schadenfreude is not date-limited :)___Is the republican propaganda machine faltering?

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2015-04-25 22:59:20 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

following +Armando Lioss (as usual)

___following +Armando Lioss (as usual)

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2015-04-25 22:35:35 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Damned straight.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +The Bitchy Pundit 

This.___Damned straight.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +The Bitchy Pundit 

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2015-04-25 22:07:48 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The United States is the only advanced economy in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate

… a woman giving birth here is twice as likely to die than in Saudi Arabia and three times as likely than in the United Kingdom.

The problem is particularly acute in the South.

(Are you surprised?)



Risk varied drastically by race: The rate for black women, 54.7, was much higher than the rate for white women

(Surprised yet?)



… nearly half of related deaths in the country each year are preventable...

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

___The United States is the only advanced economy in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate

… a woman giving birth here is twice as likely to die than in Saudi Arabia and three times as likely than in the United Kingdom.

The problem is particularly acute in the South.

(Are you surprised?)



Risk varied drastically by race: The rate for black women, 54.7, was much higher than the rate for white women

(Surprised yet?)



… nearly half of related deaths in the country each year are preventable...

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

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2015-04-25 21:57:17 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

It's not just worrying.  Just like the pressure on girls to behave in a certain way is damaging, pretending you aren't intelligent so that people around you aren't constantly intimidated by you is incredibly draining.___thanks, +Betsy McCall 

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2015-04-25 02:16:52 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Good f-ing point

thanks, +Fred O 

___Good f-ing point

thanks, +Fred O 

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2015-04-25 02:14:14 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Some perspective on the anti-vax issue

thanks, +Being Liberal 

(S) Not that this will change the minds of anti-vaxxers...___Some perspective on the anti-vax issue

thanks, +Being Liberal 

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2015-04-24 18:57:40 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The shocking state of our union

thanks, +Marla Caldwell 

Only two nations still refuse to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: South Sudan and the United States.

America is working hard to improve the number of homeless children: "For every two homeless children in 2006, there are now three."

Here's how huge accumulation of private wealth helps to reduce child poverty: https://www.solveforx.com/search/moonshots___The shocking state of our union

thanks, +Marla Caldwell 

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2015-04-24 15:38:32 (104 comments, 11 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

Unsurprisingly, Obama was cool as a cucumber in the veto; all the emotion, fanfare and, of course ranting, came from the republicans:

Obama vetoed the bill in private with no fanfare, in contrast to the televised ceremony Republican leaders staged earlier this month when they signed the bill and sent it to the president. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Republicans were "not even close" to giving up the fight and derided the veto as a "national embarrassment."

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

Unsurprisingly, Obama was cool as a cucumber in the veto; all the emotion, fanfare and, of course ranting, came from the republicans:

Obama vetoed the bill in private with no fanfare, in contrast to the televised ceremony Republican leaders staged earlier this month when they signed the bill and sent it to the president. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Republicans were "not even close" to giving up the fight and derided the veto as a "national embarrassment."___

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2015-04-23 15:17:24 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Kansas Republican idiocy never ceases

thanks, +Phalinex 

___Kansas Republican idiocy never ceases

thanks, +Phalinex 

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2015-04-22 22:57:50 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

On the lighter side

unless you're a London sewer worker.

(To note in the photo: The sewer worker appears not to be wearing gloves. WTF?) <-- As noted in the comments below, I believe I was incorrect in this assertion.

On the lighter side

unless you're a London sewer worker.

(To note in the photo: The sewer worker appears not to be wearing gloves. WTF?) <-- As noted in the comments below, I believe I was incorrect in this assertion.___

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2015-04-22 04:57:00 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

This would be funny. Except that it isn't.

Walker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.

He was a wise purchase for the Kochs inasmuch as he is incapable of independent thought, so he is fully their puppet.

He was an unwise purchase inasmuch as they might want their robot to occasionally act as though he can have a thought of his own.

Be on the lookout for Walker 2.0, coming to elections soon!

thanks, +Liberal Effects 

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/kochs-defend-purchase-of-scott-walker___This would be funny. Except that it isn't.

Walker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.

He was a wise purchase for the Kochs inasmuch as he is incapable of independent thought, so he is fully their puppet.

He was an unwise purchase inasmuch as they might want their robot to occasionally act as though he can have a thought of his own.

Be on the lookout for Walker 2.0, coming to elections soon!

thanks, +Liberal Effects 

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2015-04-21 03:04:50 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Ole Olson 

What you should know about vs. what the US "News" tells you about

HT to +Julian Lennon for this. You need to come back to Google+!___thanks, +Ole Olson 

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2015-04-20 22:32:45 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Who knew the design of the aluminum can was so cool?

(Well, this guy, obviously. But I never appreciated the complexity and ingenuity before.)

thanks, +Liz Quilty 

The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can by my friend +Bill Hammack  The Engineer Guy ___Who knew the design of the aluminum can was so cool?

(Well, this guy, obviously. But I never appreciated the complexity and ingenuity before.)

thanks, +Liz Quilty 

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2015-04-20 14:16:04 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Oil dispersant, used legally on oil spills, may do more harm than good

Oil dispersant, used legally on oil spills, may do more harm than good___

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2015-04-20 01:22:17 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

Joining forces across a wide range of movements has been the missing link, until NOW.

Representing more than 2 million active members from their respective organizations in more than 32 states, the four members of a new coalition—*the Campaign for America's Future, National People's Action, US Action, and the Alliance for a Just Society*—say that the nation's numerous and interwoven crises have drawn them together during a historic moment that demands a populist response. 

"We're in a populist moment here in America," said Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future, on a Thursday press call. "Even conservative Republicans are telling us that and average Americans nod in agreement when Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells us that our economy and our government have been rigged in favor of the wealthy and the big corporations."

According to Hickey, the 12-point agenda the group has unveiled—which will be featured prominently at the Populism2015 Conference running through this weekend in Washington, DC—goes well beyond what any politician is now offering. "It is an integrated platform to create jobs and sustainable prosperity," he said.

Isaiah Poole, CAF's communications director, says the agenda—officially titled, _Populism 2015 Platform: Building A Movement for People and the Planet_— was designed to put "on notice politicians who offer workers patches and palliatives to soften the blows of actions that have served to shrink the middle class and concentrate wealth at the top. This is not about remediation. The demand is for restructuring."

"The ideas in our agenda create a clear line in the sand for all candidates. At the end of the day the question is simple: do you stand with everyday people or do you stand with big-monied corporate interests?" 
—George Goehl, National People's Action

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/04/17/can-new-populist-agenda-harness-passions-create-movement-below

#ProgressivePopulism  ___thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-04-18 22:00:08 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Understanding the American right wing

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

Gosh, this sounds awfully familiar:

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Early in Reconstruction, white and black working people sometimes made common cause against their common enemies in the aristocracy. But once it became clear that the upper classes were going to keep their ill-gotten holdings, freedmen and working-class whites were left to wrestle over the remaining slivers of the pie. Before long, whites who owned little land and had never owned slaves had become the shock troops of the planters’ bid to restore white supremacy.

Along the way, the planters created rhetoric you still hear today: The blacks were lazy and would rather wait for gifts from the government than work (in conditions very similar to slavery). In this way, the idle planters were able to paint the freedmen as parasites who wanted to live off the hard work of others.

...

The essence of the Confederate worldview is that the democratic process cannot legitimately change the established social order, and so all forms of legal and illegal resistance are justified when it tries. [...] No process, no matter how orderly or democratic, can justify fundamental change.

When in the majority, Confederates protect the established order through democracy. If they are not in the majority, but have power, they protect it through the authority of law. If the law is against them, but they have social standing, they create shams of law, which are kept in place through the power of social disapproval. If disapproval is not enough, they keep the wrong people from claiming their legal rights by the threat of ostracism and economic retribution. If that is not intimidating enough, there are physical threats, then beatings and fires, and, if that fails, murder.
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This very much mirrors the unspoken belief behind much right-wing rhetoric. It took spelling it out like this for me to see it clearly, because I automatically rejected it every time it occurred to me. How could someone living in the United States of America really believe that? But I think they really do.

Today's political scene makes so much more sense if you simply posit that the powermongers of the South never really surrendered, but instead just changed tactics and have retained much of their dominance through terrorism -- and have now arguably been given an advantage by the information age, due to their superior skill at lies and propaganda.

This is what we're up against. We need to stop pretending that the opposition is civil and will follow their own rules; they believe their cause is right by definition, and therefore no amount of harm or rule-breaking in its service is unjustified.

One of our biggest challenges will be how to stop them without becoming them -- without resorting to the same hang-em-up-boys, scorched-earth tactics. They'd win again.

We need to be better organized.

via +PZ Myers http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2015/04/17/traitors-in-our-midst/ .___Understanding the American right wing

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

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2015-04-18 16:27:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

+Ole Olson  beautifully summarizes the pros and cons of Clinton vs. Sanders

Why I am supporting Bernie Sanders For President
With all due respect to Hillary supporters, I cannot enthusiastically support her bid at this time, and will be #WaitingForBernie  to announce (likely within a couple weeks). 

Sanders is the only real progressive in the race. Sanders understands that the pillaging of working Americans by corporate demons and the ruling elites is the worst it has ever been in this country, and that it takes truly bold reforms to fight back against this onslaught. Bernie Sanders has the clarity of our situation, the strength of conviction to fix our problems, and the solutions we need.

Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for President of the United States of America a week ago. If she ends up getting the parties endorsement, I will support her 100% since every single Republican who has or will potentially declare is a regressive monster who will do horrific damage to America. But until that time I support Sanders.

Hillary is pro-choice, pro-LGBT marriage equality, pro-equal pay for women, pro-education, pro-science, pro-green energy, pro-infrastructure repair, pro-immigration reform, pro-voting rights, pro-civil rights, pro-conservation, etc. However she also has uncomfortably close ties to Wall Street, corporate tyrants, and the bloated military-industrial complex. Even though conservatives to the right of Hitler will name call Hillary a "soicalst!!" like they did with Obama, the truth is that Hillary is at best a centrist, probably even leaning center-right when everything is accounted for. 

However, I will be waiting for Bernie Sanders to announce his candidacy for POTUS, and will give him my full support. Bernie Sanders is a true progressive and a strong leader. He speaks truth to power and deserves our unwavering support.

+Bernie Sanders - On the Issues
http://berniesanders.com/issues/

#Politics   #DemocraticParty   #Progressive   #BernieSanders   #Sanders2016   #Progressivism  ___+Ole Olson  beautifully summarizes the pros and cons of Clinton vs. Sanders

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2015-04-18 16:16:41 (118 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Nothing inevitable about Clinton

An interesting perspective on Clinton's prospects and challenges as a contender for the Democratic nomination and, ultimately, presidency.

… based on recent history, “an American male is 4,582 times more likely to become an Army general if his father was one; 1,895 times more likely to become a famous C.E.O.; 1,497 times more likely to win a Grammy” and that it is “8,500 times more likely a senator’s son” will become a senator himself.

But based on historical precedent, here is how likely it is for a president’s wife to become president herself: zero times more likely. It’s never happened before.
So while it is fair to feel critical of the advisors, strategies, and policies deployed by both Hillary and Bill Clinton during the years they have each wielded political power, it is not fair or accurate to suggesttheir familial ... more »

Nothing inevitable about Clinton

An interesting perspective on Clinton's prospects and challenges as a contender for the Democratic nomination and, ultimately, presidency.

… based on recent history, “an American male is 4,582 times more likely to become an Army general if his father was one; 1,895 times more likely to become a famous C.E.O.; 1,497 times more likely to win a Grammy” and that it is “8,500 times more likely a senator’s son” will become a senator himself.

But based on historical precedent, here is how likely it is for a president’s wife to become president herself: zero times more likely. It’s never happened before.
So while it is fair to feel critical of the advisors, strategies, and policies deployed by both Hillary and Bill Clinton during the years they have each wielded political power, it is not fair or accurate to suggest their familial circumstances are equivalent to those of the Bushes, the Roosevelts, the Adamses, the Kennedys, or the Cuomos. If you want to compare them to the Tayloe Rosses, the Wyatt Carraways, or the Chase Smiths, that’s cool. But it doesn’t pack quite the same punch.



Do not listen to anyone who tells you that partisan gridlock, the rightward-lean of the Democratic party, or Hillary’s own brand of galling centrism add up to there being no difference between political parties or between candidates: it matters very much to the future of this country who the next president will be.___

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2015-04-18 03:15:06 (22 comments, 4 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Katie H. and +Darwin Hawke 

Yep.___thanks, +Katie H. and +Darwin Hawke 

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2015-04-18 03:14:03 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

And now for something completely different...

The title says it all. I don't recommend watching the video. (It's not worth the 30 sec. of advert at the beginning.) But the one paragraph of text is worth the read.

And now for something completely different...

The title says it all. I don't recommend watching the video. (It's not worth the 30 sec. of advert at the beginning.) But the one paragraph of text is worth the read.___

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2015-04-17 22:41:00 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

In case this wasn't clear...

thanks, +Ole Olson 

#Quote  of the day: "Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but the right to exist without persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn’t a Straight Pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one."

#LGBT   #EqualRights   #MinorityRights   #HumanRights  ___In case this wasn't clear...

thanks, +Ole Olson 

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2015-04-14 02:12:12 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

You are paying the wages of low-paid workers. Shouldn't their employers be paying their wages?

... the taxpayers, are paying $153 billion per year to supplement the very low wages paid to our fellow working Americans by many large, profitable corporations. That is an amount roughly equal to the entire annual budget of the US Department of Agriculture.

It is one thing to say, "Fast food workers don't deserve $15 per hour." But realize that what you are saying really amounts to, "I prefer to pay the difference between what fast food workers earn and what they need to live myself, rather than making their employers pay it." Framed that way, some Americans might start thinking about this wage issue a bit differently.

thanks, +galen stone 

You are paying the wages of low-paid workers. Shouldn't their employers be paying their wages?

... the taxpayers, are paying $153 billion per year to supplement the very low wages paid to our fellow working Americans by many large, profitable corporations. That is an amount roughly equal to the entire annual budget of the US Department of Agriculture.

It is one thing to say, "Fast food workers don't deserve $15 per hour." But realize that what you are saying really amounts to, "I prefer to pay the difference between what fast food workers earn and what they need to live myself, rather than making their employers pay it." Framed that way, some Americans might start thinking about this wage issue a bit differently.

thanks, +galen stone ___

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2015-04-13 03:17:15 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Funny, this.

thanks, +Brian -White Knight- Williams 

~JD___Funny, this.

thanks, +Brian -White Knight- Williams 

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2015-04-13 01:44:16 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

The question

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Bernie Sanders 

___The question

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Bernie Sanders 

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2015-04-13 01:10:54 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Wolf Revels and +Armando Lioss 

___thanks, +Wolf Revels and +Armando Lioss 

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2015-04-13 00:44:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Conservatives try to incite liberals to violence for political purposes. And fail.

thanks, +Horduck Wingman 

Conservatives try to incite liberals to violence for political purposes. And fail.

thanks, +Horduck Wingman ___

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2015-04-13 00:24:09 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

thanks +Ole Olson and +The Bitchy Pundit 

"It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months." Remember that?

We've seen this movie before and we know how it ends.___thanks +Ole Olson and +The Bitchy Pundit 

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2015-04-12 00:34:30 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Why does this sentiment make me a "liberal"? In a sane country, it would just make me... normal.

thanks +Katie H. 

Absofreakinglutely!___Why does this sentiment make me a "liberal"? In a sane country, it would just make me... normal.

thanks +Katie H. 

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2015-04-12 00:00:31 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A very quick review of (some of) what the Hubble has taught us

thanks, +Jaana Nyström 

Expect the unexpected

"NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most powerful scientific instruments ever conceived. Hubble’s most important discoveries have provided answers to questions that astronomers did not yet know how to ask, and found objects that were not yet imagined.

This installment of the "Hubble at 25" series looks at how Hubble far exceeds its original science goals and unveiled an even more complex and mysterious universe than once envisioned..."

+Hubble Space Telescope    #Space     #Science  ___A very quick review of (some of) what the Hubble has taught us

thanks, +Jaana Nyström 

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2015-04-11 05:34:08 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The people are starting to wake up

thanks, +Russ Abbott 

We all know that what most Americans want has little to do with what Congress does. Nevertheless, it's interesting to see what we do want wrt taxes.

o The public isn’t too keen on the current federal tax system, with 59% saying there is so much wrong that Congress should completely change it (38% say it works pretty well and needs only minor changes).

o Almost two-thirds (64%) say they are bothered a lot by the feeling that some corporations aren’t paying what’s fair in federal taxes.

o 61% say the same about some wealthy people. 

o Just 20% say they are bothered a lot by the feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share. 

o A greater share – 44% – say the complexity of the tax system bothers them a lot.

o While four-in-ten (40%) say they pay more than their fair share considering what they get from the federal government, 53% say they pay about the right amount. Just 4% say they pay less than their fair share. Opinion varies considerably based on annual family income. Among those making $100,000 or more, 54% think they pay more than their fair share; among adults with incomes less than $30,000, just 27% say this.

via +Craig Froehle ___The people are starting to wake up

thanks, +Russ Abbott 

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2015-04-11 00:31:43 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Florida House Overwhelmingly Passes Religious ‘License To Discriminate’ Adoption Bill

On Thursday afternoon, the Florida House of Representatives voted 75-38 to pass a bill (HB 7111) that would allow the state’s adoption agencies to engage in any kind of discrimination if serving a particular family violates its “religious or moral convictions or policies.” The state contracts with several private agencies to manage its child-placement services, some of which are religiously affiliated. Under the bill, the state could not revoke a license nor refuse any funding to these agencies based on their decision not to place children with certain families.

Racists, sexists, homophobes, and generally haters-of-everyone-remotely-different-from-themselves once again using religion as an excuse to spew hate and justify discrimination.

(When you think about it, whatelse is r... more »

I'm sorry, were we not LOUD enough about this bullshit happening?___Florida House Overwhelmingly Passes Religious ‘License To Discriminate’ Adoption Bill

On Thursday afternoon, the Florida House of Representatives voted 75-38 to pass a bill (HB 7111) that would allow the state’s adoption agencies to engage in any kind of discrimination if serving a particular family violates its “religious or moral convictions or policies.” The state contracts with several private agencies to manage its child-placement services, some of which are religiously affiliated. Under the bill, the state could not revoke a license nor refuse any funding to these agencies based on their decision not to place children with certain families.

Racists, sexists, homophobes, and generally haters-of-everyone-remotely-different-from-themselves once again using religion as an excuse to spew hate and justify discrimination.

(When you think about it, what else is religion for, really? Oh right: Taking money from other racist, sexist homophobic other-haters.)

Some reasonable people might say, "This is untrue. Religious freedom is not freedom to hate."

But in America, the cry for "religious freedom" has become synonymous with -- indeed, code for -- freedom to hate.

What else could the call for "religious freedom" possibly mean in the US?

In what other sense is religious freedom at all repressed in this country (other than for groups such as Satanists and Pastafarians, who have a legitimate claim for repression but, ironically, no legal representation)? The major faiths are all free to do whatever whatever crazy bullshit they want and get a tax-free ride to boot (in spite of raking in billions per year): Westborough Baptist Church is free to victimize the families of dead soldiers in the name of their "religious freedom" with no government interference or sanction. This is freedom to hate.

The call for "religious freedom" is thus not a call to have the same rights and freedoms as everyone else. It is a call to have more rights than everyone else.

The people who scream about "religious freedom" want the (exclusive) right to discriminate against others. And today, they are getting it in many places (witness Indiana and Alabama, as well as other states). Tomorrow, they will want to kill (witness California). The next day, it will be full-blown Spanish Inquisition-style torture.

For the major religions in the US, the call for "religious freedom" could not possibly mean anything but the freedom, not only to hate, but to persecute. In the name of their religion, of course.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2015-04-11 00:00:20 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Conservatives taking credit for liberal ideas

It kinda mystifies me that conservatives even want to take credit for Lincoln. After all, he abolished slavery, which, if you could get them to speak to you honesty, they would tell you they want reinstated. Perhaps it's just that they realize everyone else admires him, so they figure they ought to get on the bandwagon -- and then try to take credit for it.

thanks, +Katie H. 

___Conservatives taking credit for liberal ideas

It kinda mystifies me that conservatives even want to take credit for Lincoln. After all, he abolished slavery, which, if you could get them to speak to you honesty, they would tell you they want reinstated. Perhaps it's just that they realize everyone else admires him, so they figure they ought to get on the bandwagon -- and then try to take credit for it.

thanks, +Katie H. 

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2015-04-10 02:35:03 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Antony Warren 

___thanks, +Antony Warren 

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2015-04-10 01:26:17 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Meet the front-man for anti-science, pro-business propaganda (is there a stronger word than propaganda?)

His is pretty much the face of pure evil. (Study it: Part of its secret is that it looks perfectly ordinary.)

This guy's job? Systematically misinform people in order to harm them and the rest of us.

The formula for misleading the public:

… form seemingly independent (and always very academic-sounding) groups that can then go out and do the dirty work that big companies can’t do for themselves.

And these people lie ruthlessly and with impunity (remember: he and his ilk own all the [well-paid] lawyers; nothing they say can be "false"):

To wit:

.. journalists exposed that over the last year, Berman (also known by the moniker “Dr. Evil”) has “secretly routed funding for at least 16 studies andlaunched ... more »

This man is behind every climate denial media blitz. He is getting rich at the expense of our environmental future. Dr. Evil is truly unscrupulous.___Meet the front-man for anti-science, pro-business propaganda (is there a stronger word than propaganda?)

His is pretty much the face of pure evil. (Study it: Part of its secret is that it looks perfectly ordinary.)

This guy's job? Systematically misinform people in order to harm them and the rest of us.

The formula for misleading the public:

… form seemingly independent (and always very academic-sounding) groups that can then go out and do the dirty work that big companies can’t do for themselves.

And these people lie ruthlessly and with impunity (remember: he and his ilk own all the [well-paid] lawyers; nothing they say can be "false"):

To wit:

.. journalists exposed that over the last year, Berman (also known by the moniker “Dr. Evil”) has “secretly routed funding for at least 16 studies and launched at least five front groups attacking Environmental Protection Agency rules cutting carbon dioxide from power plants.” The criticisms launched by these kinds of front groups are typically dirty and dishonest, but Berman spends little time worrying about such concerns.  In a secretly recorded speech to oil and gas industry executives this past June, Berman told his potential funders, “you can either win ugly, or lose pretty.”

thanks, +Annette Cleary 

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2015-04-09 03:39:47 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I would say, "Only difference is, police aren't generally as smart," but that would get me in trouble. (Some police are smart. I hear.)

thanks, +Peter van der Linden 

___I would say, "Only difference is, police aren't generally as smart," but that would get me in trouble. (Some police are smart. I hear.)

thanks, +Peter van der Linden 

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2015-04-09 03:12:45 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

One of the three most important issues of our time

The environment and income/wealth inequality being the other two. And if you think these three are not deeply intertwined, then you aren't paying attention.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

Criminalize Corruption

The American Anti-Corruption Act makes it illegal to purchase political influence, and puts power back in the hands of the People.
 
The American Anti-Corruption Act is model legislation that sets a standard for city, state and federal laws that prevent money from corrupting American government. It fundamentally reshapes the rules of American politics and restores The People as the most important stakeholders in our political  system.

An Anti-Corruption Act has three primary outcomes:

~ Stop political bribery by overhauling lobbying and ethics laws
~ End secret money by dramatically increasing transparency
~ Give every voter a voice by creating citizen-funded elections

Represent.Us is building a movement to pass Anti-Corruption Acts in cities, states, and federally. Each Act is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of locales across the country.

http://anticorruptionact.org/___One of the three most important issues of our time

The environment and income/wealth inequality being the other two. And if you think these three are not deeply intertwined, then you aren't paying attention.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-04-07 14:18:43 (38 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Creepy and interesting

thanks +Alan Atkins 

___Creepy and interesting

thanks +Alan Atkins 

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2015-04-06 21:55:23 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

33 minutes very well spent with John Oliver

thanks, +matthew rappaport 

John Oliver on The Patriot Act and talks to #EdwardSnowden  !
http://bit.ly/1FvSa5q

You just never know where John will go .. amazing video

#lastweektonight  ___33 minutes very well spent with John Oliver

thanks, +matthew rappaport 

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2015-04-06 17:44:30 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Tom Cotton is not only a fool, he's a dangerous zealot

thanks, +Daily Kos 

Tom Cotton will try to block Iran deal at any cost. He'd prefer war. http://trib.al/rIdhsO3___Tom Cotton is not only a fool, he's a dangerous zealot

thanks, +Daily Kos 

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