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Ole Olson50,898It 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=14651Tell 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 07:00:00161 

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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 10:03:57409223
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 16:22:3688534
Nick Warner645Check out these awesome Crowdfunders2014-08-07 16:05:31470001
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 06:31:49991013
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 Wellman0This 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 04:14:29496114
Robert „Big Daddy“ Mosko1,841I don't normally share circles.  However I was planning to share this circle tomorrow for #circlesharefriday  .  I will not be available tomorrow, but this is a good thing for me.This circle is highly diverse in views and humor.  It is full of wonderful people who share and engage.  I hope this circle will enhance your G+ experience as much as it does mine.2012-06-21 20:21:462431205
Haroon Abbasi155Nice collection googlist+Shared Circles on G+  #sharedcircles  2012-06-21 18:39:04361916
Susanne Ramharter12,084Circle recommendation for new Google+ UsersIf you are wondering about what's the big deal about Google+ because your stream is empty then look no further. This is my crazy, mixed-up, circle of great people. You will find professors, authors, artists, class clowns, serious people, spiritual people, social media types, business people and some are here because they are just so nice.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3+Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You , +Best Shared Circle,  #circleshare   #circles  2012-06-21 18:24:2918933830
Henry A. Otero (Hanko9)9,525Google+ Engagers Circle #1... created by YOU!!! Everyone included in this circle was recommended by someone in the circle. These are YOUR favs!!!Here are the other 500 people from Circle #2 (there are NO duplicates).https://plus.google.com/117412175333096244275/posts/jPhkmiP8Fdf#circlemonday #circleshare #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles +Nothing but Circles 2012-06-18 15:16:08500371552
Angela Estrada5,066I reached over 5000 followers last night ....So its time for a circle share. ;)My Top 500I follow only 578 people...so if you were left out..I don't know who you are and you may be removed soon.  I did leave out a couple of my favorites..because I feel they would of not of wanted to be shared. ;)ENJOY2012-06-14 13:11:2750118717
Tim Brooks3,572*Updated*Here is the new and updated, long awaited update of the Google+ infamous circle of Anti-theists and people who actively oppose religion.This is the most active atheist circle on Google+ and can easily provide you with all the atheism related discussion you will need.Circle. Enjoy. Share.If you would like to be added to this circle just leave a message in the comments. (on original post)#antitheism #atheist #nogod #atheism #antitheist #circleshare #thevoice #religion #religiousdiscussion #fathersday2012-06-13 23:09:3322043718

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2015-01-26 05:11:23 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Who owns your government? Who owns you

This woman has effectively been banned from going outside her house because she opposed the fracking practices of big oil companies.

So, apparently, it is now against the law to speak against the practices of powerful corporations.

It has been for quite  a while, actually.

Who owns our government?

Vera Scroggins, an outspoken opponent of fracking, is legally barred from the new county hospital. Also off-limits, unless Scroggins wants to risk fines and arrest, are the Chinese restaurant where she takes her grandchildren, the supermarkets and drug stores where she shops, the animal shelter where she adopted her Yorkshire terrier, bowling alley, recycling center, golf club, and lakeshore.

In total, 312.5 square miles are no-go areas for Scroggins under a sweeping court order granted by a local judge... more »

Fracking companies are out of control!

"In total, 312.5 square miles are no-go areas for Scroggins under a sweeping court order granted by a local judge that bars her from any properties owned or leased by one of the biggest drillers in the Pennsylvania natural gas rush, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation."

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/01/fracking-company-banned-woman-her-grocery-store___Who owns your government? Who owns you

This woman has effectively been banned from going outside her house because she opposed the fracking practices of big oil companies.

So, apparently, it is now against the law to speak against the practices of powerful corporations.

It has been for quite  a while, actually.

Who owns our government?

Vera Scroggins, an outspoken opponent of fracking, is legally barred from the new county hospital. Also off-limits, unless Scroggins wants to risk fines and arrest, are the Chinese restaurant where she takes her grandchildren, the supermarkets and drug stores where she shops, the animal shelter where she adopted her Yorkshire terrier, bowling alley, recycling center, golf club, and lakeshore.

In total, 312.5 square miles are no-go areas for Scroggins under a sweeping court order granted by a local judge that bars her from any properties owned or leased by one of the biggest drillers in the Pennsylvania natural gas rush, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.

thanks, +Andrew Seymour 

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2015-01-26 04:59:48 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Criticizing Fox "News"

thanks, +Jack Malchow 

___Criticizing Fox "News"

thanks, +Jack Malchow 

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2015-01-26 04:49:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Check and mate

thanks, +Marla Caldwell 

#tpp___Check and mate

thanks, +Marla Caldwell 

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2015-01-25 18:12:50 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

thanks, +AlterNet 

Why the Toxic Myths Rich People Believe About the Poor Are So Dangerous

American politics are dominated by those with money. As such, America's tax debate is dominated by voices that insist the rich are unduly persecuted by high taxes and that low-income folks are living the high life. Indeed, a new survey by the Pew Research Center recently found that the most financially secure Americans believe "poor people today have it easy." The rich are certainly entitled to their own opinions , but, as the old saying goes, nobody is entitled to their own facts. With that in mind, here's a set of tax facts that's worth considering: Middle and low income Americans are facing far higher state and local tax rates than the wealthy. In all, a comprehensive analysis by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that the poorest 20 percent of households pay on average more than twice the effective state and local tax rate (10.9 percent) as the richest 1 percent of taxpayers (5.4 percent). ITEP researchers say the incongruity derives from state and local governments' reliance on sales, excise and property taxes rather than on more progressively structured income taxes that increase rates on higher earnings. They argue that the tax disconnect is helping create the largest wealth gap between the rich and middle class in American history. "In recent years, multiple studies have revealed the growing chasm between the wealthy and everyone else," Matt Gardner, executive director of ITEP, said. "Upside-down state tax systems didn't cause the growing income divide, but they certainly exacerbate the problem. State policymakers shouldn't wring their hands or ignore the problem. They should thoroughly explore and enact tax reform policies that will make their tax systems fairer." The 10 states with the largest gap between tax rates on the rich and poor are a politically and geographically diverse group --- from traditional Republican bastions such as Texas and Arizona to Democratic strongholds such as Illinois and Washington. The latter state, reports ITEP, is the most regressive of all. Four years after billionaire moguls such as Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer funded a campaign to defeat an income tax ballot measure, Washington now makes low-income families pay seven times the effective tax rate that the rich pay. That's right, those in the poorest 20 percent of Washington households pay on average 16.8 percent of their income in state and local taxes, while Washington's 1-percenters pay just 2.4 percent of their income. Like many of the other regressive tax states, Washington imposes no personal income tax all. "The problem with our state tax systems is that we are asking far more of those who can afford the least," concludes ITEM's state director Wiehe. By contrast, the states identified as having the smallest gap in effective tax rates are California, Delaware, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont --- all Democratic strongholds and all relying more heavily on progressively structured income taxes. Montana is the only Republican-leaning state ITEP researchers identify among the states with the least regressive tax rates. Of course, if you aren't poor, you may be reading this and thinking that these trends have no real-world impact on your life. But think again: In September, Standard & Poor's released a study showing that increasing economic inequality hurts economic growth and subsequently reduces public revenue. As important, the report found that the correlation between high inequality and low economic growth was highest in states that relied most heavily on regressive levies such as sales taxes. In other words, regressive state and local tax policies don't just harm the poor -- they end up harming entire economies. So if altruism doesn't prompt you to care about unfair tax rates and economic inequality, then it seems self-interest should.
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#ClassWarfare___thanks, +AlterNet 

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2015-01-25 16:16:17 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Know what your "representatives" are doing

thanks, +Brenda Schouten-Beckett and +Pamela Zuppo 

Edit: Here's the link:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/23/1359748/-These-are-the-Democrats-who-voted-against-abortion-coverage-Wall-Street-reform-and-the-environment#

These are the Democrats who voted against abortion coverage, Wall Street reform, and the environment

Yesterday, the House voted on a bill to codify a ban on federal funding for abortion, but with a new twist that would essentially exclude abortion coverage from ACA plans.

Three House Democrats voted for this bill:
Dan Lipinski of Illinois,
Henry Cuellar of Texas
Collin Peterson of Minnesota

As it so happens, all three of these Democrats also voted with Republicans on approving the Keystone pipeline and gutting Wall Street reform.

What will they vote for next?___Know what your "representatives" are doing

thanks, +Brenda Schouten-Beckett and +Pamela Zuppo 

Edit: Here's the link:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/23/1359748/-These-are-the-Democrats-who-voted-against-abortion-coverage-Wall-Street-reform-and-the-environment#

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2015-01-24 20:26:32 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

These high school kids present a wonderful critique of Faux News

The good news is that kids like this can give us a glimmer of hope for the future of our country. The bad news is Why do so many full grown adults fail to see these points?

thanks, +Adam Liss 

One of the things I love about the way we teach our kids today is the relevance of the lessons to real life. Our middle school doesn't teach shop; it offers a class called "Professional Design Challenge" that involves designing a project to meet specifications, building it, and then testing it (in one case by racing CO2-powered balsa cars down the hall). Social Studies involves writing a constitution for a new country, campaigning and holding elections, writing and proposing a new local ordinance to the mayor, and creating household budgets.

And here's an excellent lesson in professional ethics in journalism. Or, rather, lack thereof. These teenagers made the most of a bad example and turned it into a creative and effective lesson.

I wonder if +Fox News​ has the integrity to respond in a similarly intelligent and professional manner to the people who may very well replace them in a few years.

The gauntlet is thrown.___These high school kids present a wonderful critique of Faux News

The good news is that kids like this can give us a glimmer of hope for the future of our country. The bad news is Why do so many full grown adults fail to see these points?

thanks, +Adam Liss 

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2015-01-24 01:48:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The event is arguably unremarkable, but +Earl Matthews' take on it is perfect:

Wow. The paper magazine that you could only read while flying in a plane and sold overpriced crap you don't need went out of business.

Good thing my buggy whip and typewriter repair business is sustainable.

Also the picture is perfect. I imagine the woman is yelling "Amazon.com motherfucker!"

Have you heard? SkyMall just filed for bankruptcy. http://boingboing.net/2015/01/23/skymall-files-for-bankruptcy.html___The event is arguably unremarkable, but +Earl Matthews' take on it is perfect:

Wow. The paper magazine that you could only read while flying in a plane and sold overpriced crap you don't need went out of business.

Good thing my buggy whip and typewriter repair business is sustainable.

Also the picture is perfect. I imagine the woman is yelling "Amazon.com motherfucker!"

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2015-01-23 04:02:38 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Excellent point

thanks, +Ronald Conrad 

Whatever your religion.....___Excellent point

thanks, +Ronald Conrad 

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2015-01-23 03:34:17 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The damage done by one falsified scientific paper and all the idiots who were primed to believe it's specious conclusions.

I hope the asshole who faked those data in The Lancet is fully aware of the damage he's caused. And I hope all his neighbors and (ex-)friends are as well.

thanks, +Dan Eastwood 

___The damage done by one falsified scientific paper and all the idiots who were primed to believe it's specious conclusions.

I hope the asshole who faked those data in The Lancet is fully aware of the damage he's caused. And I hope all his neighbors and (ex-)friends are as well.

thanks, +Dan Eastwood 

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2015-01-22 23:40:48 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

A wee bit of good news

thanks, +Jack Malchow 

Republicans across the country are furious.

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/in_stunning_reversal_gop_forced_to_pull_anti_abortion_bill_for_being_too_extreme___A wee bit of good news

thanks, +Jack Malchow 

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2015-01-22 05:20:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

In case you doubted that the American religious right are basically the Taliban...

thanks, +Ed Dylan Goff 

More than any other country, Pakistan provides Americans with a clear example of the outcome of a such a short-sighted policies. Without any other options, more young Pakistani women are dying from illegal abortions. In the name of protecting the unborn, the lives of more newly-born babies will be put at risk. And to those unwanted children that are born and who manage to survive, more than half will face a life trapped in a generational cycle of poverty.   

http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com.tr/2015/01/taboo-you-how-islamic-pakistan-is.html#sthash.YHG2ClnZ.dpuf___In case you doubted that the American religious right are basically the Taliban...

thanks, +Ed Dylan Goff 

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2015-01-22 05:07:43 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

An interesting and informative bit of research by +Pete McGowan.

MSNBC had a real time graphic that showed Democrats, Republicans, and Independents real time opinions of the State of the Union speech, essentially sentence by sentence.  This graphic was available for about 40% of the speech in the format below.  I recorded the speech, and then watched it again with my wife so that we could record the specific words or phrases that seemed to cause a significant differential (words that evoked negative responses from Republicans) between Republican and the other opinions.  Its quite an interesting list, so I've included a summary below, followed by the list of the words/phrases that evoked a negative Republican response.

Republicans railed at any mention of working together.  (we, together, all of us, republicans and democrats, building coalitions, work with me)

They also railed at anything that painted a positive future (brighter future, broad vision, imagine)

They railed at women and healthcare. (women, women or gay, womens access to healthcare)

They railed at the concept of helping others. (to help our neighbors, our brothers and sisters keeper)

They don't like urban America or factory workers.  (city, assembly lines)

They don't like climate change talk. (climate change, 2014 was the warmest year on record)

They don't like facts. (truth,  understand, 2014 was warmest year on record)

They don't like personal observations/actions by the President. (I beleive its best for America, I want, I swore an oath, thats what makes us exceptional, Ive seen America at its best, I've mourned, embrace, make this country strong)

They don't like mentioning moral flaws. (harassment, basic decency, cynicism)

They don't like mentioning voting rights (voting rights act)

They don't like mentioning on non Republicans (independents)

They don't like China (Beijing)
 
List of words/phrases that evoked a negative response from Republicans:

we
together
women
won election
I believe it is best for America
work with me
city
I want
(applause by house)
brighter future
2014 was warmest year on record
climate change
Beijing
defending privacy
I won both elections (joke)
I swore an oath
broad vision
work with me
make this country strong
truth
to help our neighbors
cynicism
our policies
women or gay
thats what makes us exceptional
building coalitions
independents
I have seen America at its best
I’ve mourned
assembly lines
our brothers and sisters keeper
we, all of us
arguing on cable shows
imagine
understand
embrace
basic decency
womens access to health care
republicans and democrats
voting rights act
harassment___An interesting and informative bit of research by +Pete McGowan.

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2015-01-22 04:20:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

In Koch-puppet Walker's Wisconsin, oligarchs win a victory in the Supreme Court

One more step.

How many are we gonna let them take?

thanks, +Jim Feig 

___In Koch-puppet Walker's Wisconsin, oligarchs win a victory in the Supreme Court

One more step.

How many are we gonna let them take?

thanks, +Jim Feig 

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2015-01-20 22:17:08 (30 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

+Craig Froehle  on the meaninglessness of the dictate to "respect others' beliefs"

Read this before you tell someone to "respect someone's beliefs", or even nod approvingly when someone else says it.

The dictate is at best meaningless; on any non-vacuous interpretation, it's downright dangerous.

What exactly does "respect others' beliefs" mean?

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, social media and the press have lit up as people debate the killings. On one extreme, a minority of people defend the murderers' response as legitimate in light of Charlie Hebdo's repeated mockery of Islam. On the other end of the spectrum are those who defend mockery and criticism of religions (among other subjects) as instances of the exercise of free speech rights that civilized societies value.

Then there are the fence-sitters who wish to have it both ways. They claim to value freedom of expression, but then qualify that by saying things like, "You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. There is a limit." (Pope Francis, Jan. 15, 2015). Or, as Canon Pat Browne said in his January 19 homily regarding the latest Charlie Hebdo cover (which featured another drawing of Muhammad): "To get a sense for what I am saying; how would you feel if people spoke like that about Jesus, or about your mother. As the Pope said this week in the Philippines, if someone insults my mother they can expect a thump. No, he wasn’t saying we shouldn’t turn the other cheek but he was saying no one has the right to provoke me like that." No, Canon Browne, that is precisely what "turn the other cheek" meant, and the Pope's threat to punch someone who insults his mother is about the most un-Christ-like thing I can recall a Pope stating he would do. But I digress.

It is unclear what these requests to "respect" the religious beliefs of others actually mean. There are many ways one might conceivably "respect" another person's religious beliefs, so which, if any, are these public figures, journalists, and random Netizens demanding we all do?

Let's examine some interpretations of "respect" in order of declining burden on the non-believer.

First, respect could mean for non-believers to follow along and behave the same way as the believers. For example, people often say "respect the rules" of, say, a sport or an institution, when advising someone to modify his behavior in order to comply. So, if a group believes that, for example, receiving a blood transfusion, even in a life-saving emergency situation, is sinful and must not happen (as Jehovah's Witnesses do), am I disrespecting their belief when I donate blood? Should I then, in the interest of respecting their belief, not donate blood? How can I simultaneously donate blood and respect their belief if "respect" requires that I comply with the mandates of their belief? If respect requires compliance, then I am most certainly not respecting many Muslims' and Jews' beliefs when I eat a ham sandwich. No one being permitted to draw a picture of Muhammad because Muslims believe that doing so is forbidden would be an example of this interpretation of "respecting" others' beliefs. Clearly, this puts a gross, if not untenable, burden on everyone and simply cannot be deemed a reasonable interpretation.

Second, a less-encumbering interpretation of "respect" could mean for non-believers to not criticize the beliefs of believers. One often hears that "respectful" children don't talk back and never critique their parents or other adults. This interpretation of respect seems similar to the approach taken by the US Supreme Court in Thomas v. Review Board (1981) when the ruling said, "religious beliefs need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others in order to merit First Amendment protection." Even if a religious belief is outlandish, bizarre, foolish, or even dangerous, it must be respected enough to warrant receiving protection under the US Constitution's First Amendment. If respecting religious beliefs means that they may not ever be criticized, we must then accept that there will be some people who refuse medication for their children, routinely resulting in the unnecessary deaths of babies and kids. This result should not be criticized if "respect" for others' beliefs means that we hold their beliefs above reproach. Similarly, the ritual murder of young women who are raped (because Abrahamic religions specify this) must be respected and accepted, even while we non-believers do not practice it ourselves, if "respect" means that no criticism must be levied on others' beliefs. I suspect never criticizing those beliefs that cause needless harm is not something most people would find reasonable.

Third, an even less-encumbering interpretation of "respect" for others' religious beliefs could mean to not, in the words of Pope Francis, provoke, insult, or make fun of others' beliefs. This interpretation is a subset of criticism in general in that it is a specific kind of criticism: It uses provocational, caustic, or comedic language when criticizing. This is what many "moderate" leaders accuse Charlie Hebdo of. Their claim is often that rights come with responsibilities, so if freedom of expression is a right, then the responsibility is to not use that speech to provoke or insult or mock others. There are two problems with this approach. One problem is that it is beyond the control of the speaker how others react to his speech. How can I ever know for sure that no one will perceive what I say to be inflammatory or insulting? To require that level of self-censoring would essentially mean the death of public speech. The other problem is that it levies on the speaker responsibility for the actions of those who hear his speech. Person A draws a picture of Muhammad or says "Hey, look, it's Jesus!" while pointing at his toast in a crowded cafeteria, then person B, outraged by A's disrespect, pulls out a handgun and kills 10 people. In this interpretation of "respect," person A is responsible for person B's actions. Under this interpretation, we may never mock others' beliefs because of the chance that their reaction may cause harm, destruction, or death to innocents. Clearly this is misguided as it releases the believer from the responsibility of acting in a civilized manner and encumbers the speaker with that responsibility for both of them. While there are cases of people purposefully trying to incite and inflame, drawing the line between that and biting satire is something not even the most gifted communicators always get right. Are we willing to eliminate satire and parody and other potentially inflammatory literary devices? That is what is required if "respect others' beliefs" involves this third interpretation of "respect."

Ultimately, we, the people of this planet, must realize, assert, and affirm that violence is never (ever) an appropriate response to criticism or mockery. No matter how offensive something is, violence can not be justified. And we must continually remind ourselves that it is not the fault of the criticizer or mocker if someone who was criticized or mocked uses violence to retaliate. 

If someone criticizes or mocks you, you have several reasonable options, none of which involves violence: 
  1) Ignore them -- often easier than you might think
  2) Criticize or mock them back -- it's what social media was invented for
  3) Consider the underlying reason for the criticism or mockery and determine whether it actually has some merit -- personal growth could be yours for the low, low price of some ego
  4) Alert the authorities -- if you think it has crossed a line, then let the people who are paid to take care of these things take care of it
  5) Sue them in court -- it probably won't accomplish anything except to enrich some lawyers, but it's almost always an option
  
To conclude, it seems clear that almost no one who says "respect their beliefs" actually knows what he means. There does not appear to be a way that "respect" can coexist with freedom of speech and expression. To paraphrase the old saw, free speech protections are intended for unpopular speech, since popular speech needn't be protected. The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated that, "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." Notice there is no asterisk stating "except when others object." If that is indeed a universal human right, why are we letting people reduce its scope in a fruitless attempt to avoid conflict? Liberty cannot be exchanged for security; the result is always the loss of both. 

Image source: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=820___+Craig Froehle  on the meaninglessness of the dictate to "respect others' beliefs"

Read this before you tell someone to "respect someone's beliefs", or even nod approvingly when someone else says it.

The dictate is at best meaningless; on any non-vacuous interpretation, it's downright dangerous.

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2015-01-20 03:32:50 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Facts can be so... pesky

Economics is no reason for people not to get a free education.

There's a different reason conservatives don't want you educated.

I invite you to ponder what that might be.

thanks, +Being Liberal 

#sotu   #POTUS  - +Barack Obama's free community college plan.  
Listen tomorrow to State Of The Union Address - Tuesday, 9pm ET

#education  ___Facts can be so... pesky

Economics is no reason for people not to get a free education.

There's a different reason conservatives don't want you educated.

I invite you to ponder what that might be.

thanks, +Being Liberal 

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2015-01-19 22:32:42 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

A lovely and counterintuitive example of symbiosis

thanks, +Russ Abbott 

Nature is awesome ___A lovely and counterintuitive example of symbiosis

thanks, +Russ Abbott 

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2015-01-19 02:00:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A song worth a listen

Not life-changing, just good. Listen to it on a good stereo or with good headphones.

A song worth a listen

Not life-changing, just good. Listen to it on a good stereo or with good headphones.___

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2015-01-18 22:49:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

fMRI, machine classification of brain signals, "mind reading" and pure chance

A wee reminder of the importance of statistics for neuroscientists.

Being a "neuroscientist" tends, in my experience, to breed a bit of... arrogance, which breeds sloppiness, which leads to mistakes and errors of reasoning, all of which are far too common in the very sexy field of neuroscience. Guys, even you need to learn math.

thanks, +John Clevenger 

fMRI, machine classification of brain signals, "mind reading" and pure chance

A wee reminder of the importance of statistics for neuroscientists.

Being a "neuroscientist" tends, in my experience, to breed a bit of... arrogance, which breeds sloppiness, which leads to mistakes and errors of reasoning, all of which are far too common in the very sexy field of neuroscience. Guys, even you need to learn math.

thanks, +John Clevenger ___

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2015-01-18 07:25:36 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Michelle Bachmann out, Joni Ernst in.

 It's like some kind of sick "conservation of RW stupidity" principle.

What? Does the Universe hate us?

thanks, +Sabeena LoBello 

GOP must have picked her to nullify the President's SOTU. ___Michelle Bachmann out, Joni Ernst in.

 It's like some kind of sick "conservation of RW stupidity" principle.

What? Does the Universe hate us?

thanks, +Sabeena LoBello 

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2015-01-18 01:17:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Tavis Smiley criticizes Obama, GOP at the Commonwealth Club of CA

I have followed and admired Tavis Smiley for many years, but I have never heard him be as direct, honest, on-point and brutal (to both the GOP and Obama) as he is in this program.

In this address/interview, from September, 2014, Smiley speaks the truth about the political realities in this country -- including but not limited to race relations, voter suppression and income inequality --  how the GOP has worked to perpetuate them and how Obama has failed to stand up to them.

Bravo, +Tavis Smiley 

Tavis Smiley criticizes Obama, GOP at the Commonwealth Club of CA

I have followed and admired Tavis Smiley for many years, but I have never heard him be as direct, honest, on-point and brutal (to both the GOP and Obama) as he is in this program.

In this address/interview, from September, 2014, Smiley speaks the truth about the political realities in this country -- including but not limited to race relations, voter suppression and income inequality --  how the GOP has worked to perpetuate them and how Obama has failed to stand up to them.

Bravo, +Tavis Smiley ___

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2015-01-17 23:05:47 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

And now for something completely different...


thanks, +Armando Lioss 

This cop loves his job...___And now for something completely different...


thanks, +Armando Lioss 

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2015-01-17 22:38:01 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

If apocryphal, this should be true

Regardless, it's wonderful!

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +Geoffrey Snyder 

___If apocryphal, this should be true

Regardless, it's wonderful!

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +Geoffrey Snyder 

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2015-01-17 21:51:10 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

On healthcare and the pursuit of the "American Dream" the difference between what America is and what the founders intended it to be

Why healthcare is a right implied by the words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

That, right there, is the national hood ornament, the first thing you see, the first thing you learn when you study up on the country, and the thing you remember forever after the first time you hear it.

… even in the age of the Affordable Care Act - a piece of legislation that is helpful to many to some degree or another, but is also the greatest boon to the insurance industry in the history of thec... more »

On healthcare and the pursuit of the "American Dream" the difference between what America is and what the founders intended it to be

Why healthcare is a right implied by the words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

That, right there, is the national hood ornament, the first thing you see, the first thing you learn when you study up on the country, and the thing you remember forever after the first time you hear it.

… even in the age of the Affordable Care Act - a piece of legislation that is helpful to many to some degree or another, but is also the greatest boon to the insurance industry in the history of the concept of insurance - I consider the very idea that health care in the United States is a multi-billion-dollar for-profit industry to be among the most repugnant phenomenons going.

Here's the rub, summed up very simply:

Without health, there is no Life...because you're dead from a disease you can't afford the treatment for.

Without health, there is no Liberty …because you're trapped in a sick body, and in a sick bed, because your insurance doesn't cover your condition, so sorry, condolences to the family.

Without health, there is no pursuit of Happiness …because you're sick, and also broke from spending all of your money on trying not to be sick any more.

The same could be said about food, and shelter.

The conclusion:

Let's live up to the ideals we've been trained to take for granted, the ideals that have been besmirched and folded and spindled and mutilated in the name of peddling "America" as a brand. This is not a brand; this is a country.___

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2015-01-16 23:26:37 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I'll just leave this here for (my fellow) parents of kids who grew up on Harry Potter

thanks, +Cindy Brown 

“And before you start, Miss Granger, this is not about sexism. It’s about ethics in magic teaching.”

That line made me laugh out loud. ___I'll just leave this here for (my fellow) parents of kids who grew up on Harry Potter

thanks, +Cindy Brown 

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2015-01-16 21:44:37 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Can human impact on the Earth be managed? And if so, how?

What role can/should scientists, as international agents, play in this process?

As quoted by +Lev Osherovich : Ultimately, there will need to be an institution (or institutions) operating, with authority, above the level of individual countries to ensure that the planetary boundaries are respected. In effect, such an institution, acting on behalf of humanity as a whole, would be the ultimate arbiter of the myriad trade-offs that need to be managed as nations and groups of people jockey for economic and social advantage. It would, in essence, become the global referee on the planetary playing field.

Here the planetary boundaries framework reaches its logical conclusion with a political scenario that is as unlikely as it is unpalatable. There is no ultimate global authority to rule over humanity or the... more »

Can human impact on the Earth be managed? And if so, how?

What role can/should scientists, as international agents, play in this process?

As quoted by +Lev Osherovich : Ultimately, there will need to be an institution (or institutions) operating, with authority, above the level of individual countries to ensure that the planetary boundaries are respected. In effect, such an institution, acting on behalf of humanity as a whole, would be the ultimate arbiter of the myriad trade-offs that need to be managed as nations and groups of people jockey for economic and social advantage. It would, in essence, become the global referee on the planetary playing field.

Here the planetary boundaries framework reaches its logical conclusion with a political scenario that is as unlikely as it is unpalatable. There is no ultimate global authority to rule over humanity or the environment. Science has a tremendously important role to play in guiding environmental management, not as a decider, but as a resource for deliberative, evidence-based decision making by the public, policy makers, and interest groups on the challenges, trade-offs and possible courses of action in negotiating the environmental challenges of societal development (DeFries et al 2012). Proposing that science itself can define the global environmental limits of human development is simultaneously unrealistic, hubristic, and a strategy doomed to fail.

And as one final note, allow me to highlight the tiny mention of phosphorus briefly mentioned near the beginning of this article: "… for vital-sign-style parameters like levels of greenhouse gases, flows of nitrogen and phosphorus and loss of biodiversity."

Phosphorus is indeed a vital sign. One you have most likely never thought about. You should. Start here:

http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2013/04/01/phosphorus-essential-to-life-are-we-running-out/

thanks, Lev___

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2015-01-15 23:13:30 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

A datapoint the gun nuts will be ignoring

Even though they gathered the data.

thanks, +Rob Salzman 

oops___A datapoint the gun nuts will be ignoring

Even though they gathered the data.

thanks, +Rob Salzman 

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2015-01-14 17:48:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A looming bailout for frackers?

Could there possibly be a more pathetic statement about our nation? What else could possibly represent our nation so accurately?

thanks, +WT Gator 


What could be more odious than the bank bailouts? How about bailouts for oil frackers due to the falling price of oil. It's a house of cards and it needs to fall sometime.___A looming bailout for frackers?

Could there possibly be a more pathetic statement about our nation? What else could possibly represent our nation so accurately?

thanks, +WT Gator 

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2015-01-14 17:00:36 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Well, isn't this charming...

Time to rethink that wireless keyboard.

thanks, +Adam Liss 

This is getting much too easy.___Well, isn't this charming...

Time to rethink that wireless keyboard.

thanks, +Adam Liss 

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2015-01-14 16:52:48 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Robert Reich on why American wages aren't rising

As summarized by +Ole Olson,   That's just the way ruling elites and their conservative/corporate allies want it to be: making people work longer, harder, and faster for less so the rich can get richer. Your labor and lives are little more than a crop to be harvested in their eyes, which is why the USA is ground zero in the fight against global corporate tyranny.

Ole's absolutely right; read the article to learn the details of what makes this possible.

Robert Reich: Jobs are coming back but wages aren't rising

"Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t. The median wage is still below where it was before the Great Recession. Last month, average pay actually fell."___Robert Reich on why American wages aren't rising

As summarized by +Ole Olson,   That's just the way ruling elites and their conservative/corporate allies want it to be: making people work longer, harder, and faster for less so the rich can get richer. Your labor and lives are little more than a crop to be harvested in their eyes, which is why the USA is ground zero in the fight against global corporate tyranny.

Ole's absolutely right; read the article to learn the details of what makes this possible.

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2015-01-11 18:59:22 (41 comments, 3 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Robert Reich nails it.

thanks, +Annette Cleary 

___Robert Reich nails it.

thanks, +Annette Cleary 

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2015-01-11 18:17:21 (22 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Councilman threatens journalist; journalist responds in excellent fashion

(I don't know what's up with the picture below. This post is NOT about football.)

You've heard the story by now: When a journalist in Frederick County, MD, used local councilman Kirby Delauter's name "without his permission" he threatened her with legal action. Here's a brief recap, in case you need a reminder:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/06/375436143/kirby-delauter-who-didnt-want-his-name-in-a-news-story-is-now-a-story?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20150111&utm_campaign=mostemailed&utm_term=nprnews

Well, she wasn't intimidated, and wrote this hilarious response in an editorial. Although the piece starts off satirical, around the middle, it goes to some important issues regarding freedom... more »

Councilman threatens journalist; journalist responds in excellent fashion

(I don't know what's up with the picture below. This post is NOT about football.)

You've heard the story by now: When a journalist in Frederick County, MD, used local councilman Kirby Delauter's name "without his permission" he threatened her with legal action. Here's a brief recap, in case you need a reminder:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/06/375436143/kirby-delauter-who-didnt-want-his-name-in-a-news-story-is-now-a-story?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20150111&utm_campaign=mostemailed&utm_term=nprnews

Well, she wasn't intimidated, and wrote this hilarious response in an editorial. Although the piece starts off satirical, around the middle, it goes to some important issues regarding freedom of the press and the so-called "liberal bias" in the media. One little taste:

Discernibly, though, Kirby Delauter's ignorance of what journalism is and does is no joke, and illustrates one disturbing aspect too prevalent in conservatives’ beliefs: That the media are all-liberal stooges hell bent on pursuing some fictional leftwing agenda. Generally this "fact" is bleated when the facts on the ground differ from conservative talking points. [emphasis mine]

In Delauter's response to the media, I am of course reminded of recent events in Paris. In Europe, they have violent extremists to suppress freedom of the press; in the US, it seems, our politicians do it for them.___

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2015-01-11 06:54:28 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Quoting +David Markham, "Ah yes the smaller government people!"

Thanks, +AATTP 

Emboldened By Their Senate Majority, Republicans Introduce New Round of Extreme Anti-Choice Laws

Condemning the newly proposed measures, Planned Parenthood released a statement on Thursday, saying that it’s just another example of the GOP trying to wrestle away a woman’s ability to make her own medical decisions:

#ProChoice #ProWoman  #WarOnWomen #GOPsexism___Quoting +David Markham, "Ah yes the smaller government people!"

Thanks, +AATTP 

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2015-01-11 05:29:42 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A bizarre and wonderful demonstration of linguistic processing

Have this playing in the background while you're talking with someone else. It sounds just like a song sung in English: You can't understand the words, of course, because you're not paying attention they're not words.

thanks, +paul beard 

The lyrics in Italian singer Adriano Celentano’s 1972 single “Prisencolinensinainciusol” sound like American English, but they’re gibberish.

“Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did,” he told NPR in 2014. “So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate. And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything.”

http://fixyt.com/watch?v=Y5up86JJD5s

via http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FutilityCloset/~3/6MaEEif-pjU/___A bizarre and wonderful demonstration of linguistic processing

Have this playing in the background while you're talking with someone else. It sounds just like a song sung in English: You can't understand the words, of course, because you're not paying attention they're not words.

thanks, +paul beard 

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2015-01-11 03:11:57 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Well, that's pretty direct. And accurate.

thanks, +Jack Malchow 

I have no respect for your God___Well, that's pretty direct. And accurate.

thanks, +Jack Malchow 

2015-01-11 00:35:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Thank you for the invitation, +Horton Copperpot! I very much look forward to interacting with the people here.

Thank you for the invitation, +Horton Copperpot! I very much look forward to interacting with the people here.___

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2015-01-09 16:32:08 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

One thing (along with corn and soybeans, also from Illinois) that the US does export to China: Higher education

American taxpayers politicians are unwilling to pay for our public universities, so we are exporting our services, at a premium, to the overseas market.

And UIUC is indeed popular with wealthy Chinese students: The number of very high-end sports cars (e.g., Ferraris, etc.) on campus has increased markedly in recent years, all of them driven by young Asian men.

h/t +Duane Watson 

One thing (along with corn and soybeans, also from Illinois) that the US does export to China: Higher education

American taxpayers politicians are unwilling to pay for our public universities, so we are exporting our services, at a premium, to the overseas market.

And UIUC is indeed popular with wealthy Chinese students: The number of very high-end sports cars (e.g., Ferraris, etc.) on campus has increased markedly in recent years, all of them driven by young Asian men.

h/t +Duane Watson ___

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2015-01-09 06:47:45 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Obvious

Thanks, +Admiral Taptap 

#StatingTheObvious___The Obvious

Thanks, +Admiral Taptap 

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2015-01-09 05:47:23 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Citizenfour is an extremely important movie

This documentary about Edward Snowden's massive leak of NSA documents paints an extremely compelling and informative picture of what the NSA is up to, what Edward Snowden's motivations were for leaking the documents, and what he, Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and others went through to get the documents out to the press. It is also a chilling tale of what happens to someone who rubs the American government the wrong way. The picture it paints of the NSA's reach, and its illegal and unconstitutional activities, is eye-opening, to put it politely. If you didn't think Snowden was a hero before, you likely will after watching this movie. The NSA's activities were and are positively unAmerican.

I was surprised to find, by the way, that the movie consists of actual footage of the main characters involved, including... more »

Citizenfour is an extremely important movie

This documentary about Edward Snowden's massive leak of NSA documents paints an extremely compelling and informative picture of what the NSA is up to, what Edward Snowden's motivations were for leaking the documents, and what he, Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and others went through to get the documents out to the press. It is also a chilling tale of what happens to someone who rubs the American government the wrong way. The picture it paints of the NSA's reach, and its illegal and unconstitutional activities, is eye-opening, to put it politely. If you didn't think Snowden was a hero before, you likely will after watching this movie. The NSA's activities were and are positively unAmerican.

I was surprised to find, by the way, that the movie consists of actual footage of the main characters involved, including Snowden, Greenwald, Binney, Applebaum, MacAskill and others. (Everyone except Poitras, who runs the camera.) 

I don't do product placements here on G+, but the information contained in this movie is stuff every American -- every citizen of the world -- really needs to know.___

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2015-01-09 04:05:23 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Brian Williams 

#MitchMcconnell #Economy #Republicans #GOP #Conservstives___thanks, +Brian Williams 

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2015-01-08 21:22:11 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Faux news, insightful as always, weighs in on how to prevent episodes such as yesterday's killing in Paris

Faux news, insightful as always, weighs in on how to prevent episodes such as yesterday's killing in Paris___

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2015-01-08 21:14:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Alan Williamson 

"Yesterday’s bloodbath at Charlie Hebdo begat another tragedy: Not since Comedy Central heavily censored an episode of South Park in 2010, to stave off reprisals from angry Muslims, has so much media cowardice been so nakedly on display."___thanks, +Alan Williamson 

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2015-01-08 18:14:12 (29 comments, 6 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Valkyrie, +Armando Lioss and +Bernie Sanders 

___thanks, +Valkyrie, +Armando Lioss and +Bernie Sanders 

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2015-01-08 06:00:08 (38 comments, 5 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

The best that can come of this event is that it will awaken the people to the True threat of Islamic extremism: The threat to free speech and thought

Islamic terrorists use violence to impose their medieval ideas on others. Their methods are repugnant beyond words, and we are right to revile -- even hate -- them. They are a real threat to our liberties unless we act as a society to stop them and stop tolerating their barbaric practices (not just murder, but their treatment of women, children, "infidels", etc.) on the grounds of "religious tolerance". ("Religious tolerance" is bullshit we have to give up across the board, not just with regard to Muslims.)

But let's put this into perspective.

Our governments use "terrorism" as a threat against us. They use it to control us.

The threat they use is death:... more »

Expect to see a lot more posts about this outrage - we're just getting started.

~JD___The best that can come of this event is that it will awaken the people to the True threat of Islamic extremism: The threat to free speech and thought

Islamic terrorists use violence to impose their medieval ideas on others. Their methods are repugnant beyond words, and we are right to revile -- even hate -- them. They are a real threat to our liberties unless we act as a society to stop them and stop tolerating their barbaric practices (not just murder, but their treatment of women, children, "infidels", etc.) on the grounds of "religious tolerance". ("Religious tolerance" is bullshit we have to give up across the board, not just with regard to Muslims.)

But let's put this into perspective.

Our governments use "terrorism" as a threat against us. They use it to control us.

The threat they use is death: "The terrorists will kill you!" Yes, the terrorists want to kill you. (I'm quite certain they would want to kill me.) In response to this threat, they create the TSA; they give us "orange" and "red" "terror alerts". They make us take off our shoes at the airport. They place cameras everywhere and monitor our movements, our phone calls, our email, our G+ posts. Why do they go on about terrorism? Because it keeps us compliant and makes us give up our liberties "willingly".

The governments' emphasis on "terrorism" is all pretense to keep us under their mantle. The governments and the terrorists may as well be sucking one another's dicks, they're helping each other out so much.

The terrorists would like to suppress our activities and the government would like to monitor every aspect of them "in the interest of fighting terrorism, of course". 

I suspect only the government understands how much the two of them are in cahoots.

The terrorists must never be allowed to quiet or speech or curtail our activities; but neither must the government ever be allowed to do these things in the guise of preventing the terrorists from doing them.

But as scary and horrible as the terrorists are (I personally think they should be treated with no mercy), ask yourself: Which poses a greater real threat to your liberties? If you live in the US or Europe, the answer is a no-brainer.

thanks, +Godless 

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2015-01-07 23:13:09 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Evidence that cops really, fundamentally, just don't get it

(They are hired for their stupidity, after all -- well, that in combination with their propensity for violence.)

Hey, cops, let me help you guys out a bit: "I can't breathe" is a metaphor, an idiom. That means it is a symbol of something else. In this case, what it is a symbol of is police brutality and their impunity in the practice of same, especially in regard to minorities.

Sorry, cops, that was a long sentence. Let's try again: It means you guys are murderers who are allowed to get away with it. The words on the t-shirts don't really mean that the people with the t-shirts can't actually breathe at this moment. So there's no need to give them breathing advice.

Scientists have succeeded in training chimps on a very limited form of symbol comprehension; maybe... more »

Indiana Cop Creates “Breathe Easy, Don’t Break the Law” T-Shirts

___Evidence that cops really, fundamentally, just don't get it

(They are hired for their stupidity, after all -- well, that in combination with their propensity for violence.)

Hey, cops, let me help you guys out a bit: "I can't breathe" is a metaphor, an idiom. That means it is a symbol of something else. In this case, what it is a symbol of is police brutality and their impunity in the practice of same, especially in regard to minorities.

Sorry, cops, that was a long sentence. Let's try again: It means you guys are murderers who are allowed to get away with it. The words on the t-shirts don't really mean that the people with the t-shirts can't actually breathe at this moment. So there's no need to give them breathing advice.

Scientists have succeeded in training chimps on a very limited form of symbol comprehension; maybe it's time to see whether we can train cops. Nah! Just kidding! It'll never work.

P.S., This post is sure to offend many cops and family members of cops. If it offends you, then just assume (or hope) it doesn't refer to you or your particular cop.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2015-01-07 22:45:17 (19 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

The truth of this statement is difficult to overstate

Even Bernie Sanders, himself, understated it. When you reject science, not only do you become the laughing stock of the world (that's just a symptom of the real problem). The real problem is that when you reject science, you are rejecting reality.

Reality won't feel offended if you reject her (she's not religious, after all). But she will completely fuck you up. If you don't believe me, then reject gravity and jump off a 100 meter cliff; reject chemistry and drink antifreeze; reject biology/psychology and attack a bear cub in front of his mother; or reject climate science and raise the global temperatures beyond historical highs. Oh wait, good for us: We've already done the last one! But only a little, so far, and we're already experiencing the effects.

But of course Congress rejects science: What else... more »

Science!___The truth of this statement is difficult to overstate

Even Bernie Sanders, himself, understated it. When you reject science, not only do you become the laughing stock of the world (that's just a symptom of the real problem). The real problem is that when you reject science, you are rejecting reality.

Reality won't feel offended if you reject her (she's not religious, after all). But she will completely fuck you up. If you don't believe me, then reject gravity and jump off a 100 meter cliff; reject chemistry and drink antifreeze; reject biology/psychology and attack a bear cub in front of his mother; or reject climate science and raise the global temperatures beyond historical highs. Oh wait, good for us: We've already done the last one! But only a little, so far, and we're already experiencing the effects.

But of course Congress rejects science: What else do you expect when the House Science Committee contains not a single scientist, but instead consists exclusively of fundamentalist religious science deniers? You may as well put a Christian Scientist in charge of curing your Ebola.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Progressives of Google + Page 

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2015-01-07 21:26:44 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

On society's pathetic response to Islamic death threats

Addendum:

"Terrorism" has two faces in modern society:

One is a tool the elites use to keep the plebes (that's us) in line. This is absolutely true. This is the TSA at the airport; the taking off of one's shoes at security checkpoints; the constant reminders that you are in danger and we must protect you.

The other is the "tolerance" face: The one addressed in this video: The "you cannot judge another by his religion" face.

To first appearances, these two faces of the "terrorism threat" seem to have opposite effects: One appeals to fear, our conservative side, and makes us give up our basic freedoms to defend against it. The other appeals to tolerance, our liberal side, and makes us want to understand it as a manifestation of religious/cultural... more »

Charlie Hebdo: Pat summed it up pretty well. ___On society's pathetic response to Islamic death threats

Addendum:

"Terrorism" has two faces in modern society:

One is a tool the elites use to keep the plebes (that's us) in line. This is absolutely true. This is the TSA at the airport; the taking off of one's shoes at security checkpoints; the constant reminders that you are in danger and we must protect you.

The other is the "tolerance" face: The one addressed in this video: The "you cannot judge another by his religion" face.

To first appearances, these two faces of the "terrorism threat" seem to have opposite effects: One appeals to fear, our conservative side, and makes us give up our basic freedoms to defend against it. The other appeals to tolerance, our liberal side, and makes us want to understand it as a manifestation of religious/cultural differences. Because of the latter, we tolerate the former; but because of the former, we never feel secure. And this is why we tolerate increasing intrusions of the state.

thanks, +Alan Williamson 

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