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Ole Olson49,877It 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 07:00:00162 

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Nolan Harvey218More friend today #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #morefollowers  2014-11-05 16:59:40501001
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 11:35:5650852956
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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2014-12-12 22:12:17 (28 comments, 7 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

The end game is leaving the rest of us to fight for the scraps while they're protected by law enforcement.

#onepercent #wealthy #capitalism #poverty #workingpoor #libertarians

Most reshares: 7

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2014-12-12 22:12:17 (28 comments, 7 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

The end game is leaving the rest of us to fight for the scraps while they're protected by law enforcement.

#onepercent #wealthy #capitalism #poverty #workingpoor #libertarians

Most plusones: 35

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2014-12-12 22:12:17 (28 comments, 7 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

The end game is leaving the rest of us to fight for the scraps while they're protected by law enforcement.

#onepercent #wealthy #capitalism #poverty #workingpoor #libertarians

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2014-12-22 00:06:00 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Katie Hyde 

___thanks, +Katie Hyde 

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2014-12-22 00:03:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Authoritarianism creeping up on America

This is not a small problem. It is how Nazism crept up on the Germans. Gradually, quietly, bit by bit. This is the path we are on, America.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

Pulled over for Playing the Wrong Song? Authoritarianism Is Creeping Up on America

We need to retrieve our values from the trash-heap of history where Bush and Cheney threw them.

...Cesar Baldelomar's Thanksgiving Day run-in with the police isn't just another example of abuse of power.

It's a symptom of a much larger problem in the US: growing levels of authoritarianism. Authoritarianism is a disease. It moves and grows gradually, but inexorably. Eventually, it grows to the point where it has completely taken over society.

The US is dangerously close to that point. Think about it.

~ Authoritarianism rears its ugly head in the US every time a police officer uses excessive force.

~ It rears its ugly head every time we stop ourselves from saying jokes while waiting in airport security lines, and self-censor ourselves when interacting with police officers and figures of authority.

~ And it rears its ugly head every time we think twice about what to say in our emails and text messages, because we realize that someone might be reading them.

Fortunately, we can stop the spread of authoritarianism in the US, but first we must understand just how insidious it is, and how easily it can spread.

The story of how the Nazis took over Germany, and much of Europe, is a classic example of how authoritarianism spreads:

Slowly but surely, the government begins to grow its police, surveillance and military power. People begin to accept it. They learn to live it. It becomes the new normal. And by then it's too late.

We can't let authoritarianism continue to grow and become the new normal in the US.

More importantly, we need to retrieve our own American values from the trash-heap of history where Bush and Cheney threw them.

We need to assert that we don't need to torture people, we don't need to spend more money on defense than every other country in the world combined, and we don't need to be the world's police.

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/pulled-over-playing-wrong-song-authoritarianism-creeping-america?akid=12603.962807.PS83lV&rd=1&src=newsletter1029041&t=11&paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark___Authoritarianism creeping up on America

This is not a small problem. It is how Nazism crept up on the Germans. Gradually, quietly, bit by bit. This is the path we are on, America.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2014-12-21 17:59:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Losing weight contributes to global warming

A little factoid to help you feel better when you fail to live up to that New Year's resolution.

Losing weight contributes to global warming

A little factoid to help you feel better when you fail to live up to that New Year's resolution.___

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2014-12-21 17:53:43 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

For your Stuff I Already Knew But It's Nice to See Confirmed file

For your Stuff I Already Knew But It's Nice to See Confirmed file___

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2014-12-21 06:23:09 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Ebola as a crisis created by capitalism, perpetuated for capitalism

Ebola as "collateral damage" of capitalism ("it's just business"): _Since it first surfaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1976, there have been 22 outbreaks, all of them in western and central Africa. Incidentally, viruses like Ebola and HIV first jumped from animals to humans in the DRC during a period of rapid deforestation at the hands of rapacious multinational timber and mining companies. Habitat loss pushed chimpanzees and bats into closer contact with humans and, eventually, became vectors for HIV and Ebola, respectively. From the perspective of free market capitalists, ecological devastation and disease epidemics are simply collateral damage with no impact on the bottom line. _

Ebola as perpetuated by capitalism:   A number of commentators have... more »

Ebola as a crisis created by capitalism, perpetuated for capitalism

Ebola as "collateral damage" of capitalism ("it's just business"): _Since it first surfaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1976, there have been 22 outbreaks, all of them in western and central Africa. Incidentally, viruses like Ebola and HIV first jumped from animals to humans in the DRC during a period of rapid deforestation at the hands of rapacious multinational timber and mining companies. Habitat loss pushed chimpanzees and bats into closer contact with humans and, eventually, became vectors for HIV and Ebola, respectively. From the perspective of free market capitalists, ecological devastation and disease epidemics are simply collateral damage with no impact on the bottom line. _

Ebola as perpetuated by capitalism:   A number of commentators have speculated that, had Ebola landed on US shores sooner, a vaccine would already be available. Big Pharma executives, driven by fear of contagion, would have invested in vaccine research even if it wouldn't be profitable. After a handful of domestic Ebola cases, we now see a rush to start human trials of a vaccine that was created 10 years ago, tested successfully on monkeys, then shelved for lack of a profitable market.

In short, the lack of an Ebola vaccine - and the wildfire spread of the virus - are a direct result of private-sector control over vaccine development and the absence of public health infrastructure that could have contained the outbreak.

There is no vaccine for Ebola because our economic system vests virtually all decision making in the private sector. We do so knowing that for-profit companies exist to maximize profits. It doesn't matter if they're selling medicine, gasoline, soda pop or credit default swaps - the corporations that make these products do so for one and the same reason.

Read the article.

Conservatives have used Ebola to indict Obama, and liberals generally.

The opposite is true: The Ebola crisis is an object lesson in everything that's wrong with conservatism, from blind faith in "the market" to blind faith in "faith". It was conservatives who cut funding for the government agency researching diseases and how to control them (the CDC).___

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2014-12-21 01:05:46 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Warren takes on the TPP

Maybe now we'll start to see some progress fighting this fascist take-over (no, that was not hyperbole) of government power and human rights.

Provisions that could appear in secretly negotiated trade deal would boost corporate power while making it harder to prevent another financial crisis, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has stated.

The deal in question is the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), still under negotiations, which President Obama has called a "high priority."_
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"We are concerned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could make it harder for Congress and regulatory agencies to prevent future financial crises," the senators write.

...

As watchdog group Public Citizen has summed up, with the investor-state dispute settlement process, "foreign investors can skirt domestic courts and... more »

___Warren takes on the TPP

Maybe now we'll start to see some progress fighting this fascist take-over (no, that was not hyperbole) of government power and human rights.

Provisions that could appear in secretly negotiated trade deal would boost corporate power while making it harder to prevent another financial crisis, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has stated.

The deal in question is the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), still under negotiations, which President Obama has called a "high priority."_
...
"We are concerned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could make it harder for Congress and regulatory agencies to prevent future financial crises," the senators write.

...

As watchdog group Public Citizen has summed up, with the investor-state dispute settlement process, "foreign investors can skirt domestic courts and laws, and sue governments directly before tribunals of three private sector lawyers operating under World Bank and UN rules to demand taxpayer compensation for any domestic law that investors believe will diminish their 'expected future profits.'"

Did you catch that? Corporations can sue governments (read: taxpayers) for any domestic laws that could hurt profits.

To wit: "Including such provisions in the TPP could expose American taxpayers to billions of dollars in losses and dissuade the government from establishing or enforcing financial rules that impact foreign banks. The consequence would be to strip our regulators of the tools they need to prevent the next crisis," the senators write.

Now, if that's not a complete corporate takeover, I have a hard time imagining what would be.

And the jaw-dropping facts just keep coming.

If you're not already horrified by the TPP (and its Atlantic sibling, the TTIP), then read the article and learn a little about it. If no one succeeds in killing these monstrosities, then they will be affecting your life.

thanks, +Josh Nunya and +Susan Stone 

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2014-12-20 20:07:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

And now for something completely different...

thanks, +G Kochanski 

The technology of the Salmon Cannon.___And now for something completely different...

thanks, +G Kochanski 

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2014-12-19 00:50:43 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Jeb Bush, "businessman"

thanks, +Horton Copperpot 

It seems, Jeb is as much of an entrepreneur as his two idiot brothers. The whole family -- in this generation, at least -- appears to suffer from reverse Midas Touch. Everything get their hands on turns to shit. Their mother's genetics seem to have been passed on. The rest of the family that build a fortune -- not so much.___Jeb Bush, "businessman"

thanks, +Horton Copperpot 

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2014-12-18 19:59:22 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

An extremely damning (and sobering) indictment of the American finance industry

Short story: It is a net loss to the American economy

They would cost us less if we simply sent them all home and put them on welfare.

thanks, +James Salsman 

Each dollar a research worker earns expands the US economy by an average of $5. Every dollar a finance industry worker earns shrinks the US economy by about $0.60.___An extremely damning (and sobering) indictment of the American finance industry

Short story: It is a net loss to the American economy

They would cost us less if we simply sent them all home and put them on welfare.

thanks, +James Salsman 

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2014-12-18 19:49:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The disconnect between science and the courts

That the legal system fails to understand science is not surprising: These people are trained as lawyers, not scientists; they are trained to argue more than to think; and they are paid to fight for a particular outcome, not the truth. (In the case of cops, they are all too often trained not to think.)

The disconnect between science and the law is extremely important and disturbingly under-appreciated. Ignoring science means ignoring reason, which almost always leads to disaster. (And if it doesn't lead to disaster, then that's only because you got lucky.)

From the article,

Hundreds of innocent people have been convicted by bad science, permitting an equal number of perpetrators to go free. It’s impossible to know how often this happens, but the growing number of DNA-related exonerations points to false convictions ast... more »

Framed by Forensics: Junky, out-of-date science fuels jury errors and tragic miscarriages of justice. How can we throw it out of court? http://aeon.co/magazine/society/how-can-we-rid-the-legal-system-of-bad-science/ ___The disconnect between science and the courts

That the legal system fails to understand science is not surprising: These people are trained as lawyers, not scientists; they are trained to argue more than to think; and they are paid to fight for a particular outcome, not the truth. (In the case of cops, they are all too often trained not to think.)

The disconnect between science and the law is extremely important and disturbingly under-appreciated. Ignoring science means ignoring reason, which almost always leads to disaster. (And if it doesn't lead to disaster, then that's only because you got lucky.)

From the article,

Hundreds of innocent people have been convicted by bad science, permitting an equal number of perpetrators to go free. It’s impossible to know how often this happens, but the growing number of DNA-related exonerations points to false convictions as the collateral damage of our legal system. Part of the problem involves faulty forensics: contrary to what we might see in the CSI drama shows on TV, few forensic labs are state-of-the-art, and they don’t always use scientific techniques. According to the US National Academy of Sciences, none of the traditional forensic techniques, such as hair comparison, bite-mark analysis or ballistics analysis, qualifies as rigorous, reproducible science. But it’s not just forensics: bad science is marbled throughout our legal system, from the way police interrogate suspects to the decisions judges make on whether to admit certain evidence in court.

Although this article is primarily about forensics, a related problem concerns eyewitness testimony, which the science has shown is incredibly unreliable (so unreliable as to be virtually worthless), and yet lawyers, judges and juries eat it up as though it were a direct line to absolute truth.

thanks,  +Steve Yuan

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2014-12-18 17:58:06 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

A creative approach to prosecuting CIA torturers

Don't go after them for torture (they have various kinds of immunity against that); go after them for human experimentation.

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

I'm sure that Dick Cheney will say that no, human experimentation is what was done on 9/11 by 19 guys with airline tickets and box cutters, or some other such crap. Prosecute them all.___A creative approach to prosecuting CIA torturers

Don't go after them for torture (they have various kinds of immunity against that); go after them for human experimentation.

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

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2014-12-18 04:13:49 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

What really happened when W looked into Vlad's eyes...

thanks, +Jack Malchow 

So there really was a model for the Ukraine.___What really happened when W looked into Vlad's eyes...

thanks, +Jack Malchow 

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2014-12-18 04:10:27 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Republicans won't get this

thanks, +Liberal Effects and +Katie Hyde 

___Republicans won't get this

thanks, +Liberal Effects and +Katie Hyde 

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2014-12-18 03:43:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Sony canceling opening of "The Interview" in theaters...

... over threats of attacks on said theaters.

Why is the US not calling this "terrorism"?

Oh, right, because it's not convenient to their purposes. Sorry for asking.

Sony canceling opening of "The Interview" in theaters...

... over threats of attacks on said theaters.

Why is the US not calling this "terrorism"?

Oh, right, because it's not convenient to their purposes. Sorry for asking.___

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2014-12-18 02:13:35 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

American use of torture: It's worse than you think

The US used torture, not to get "valuable intelligence" from prisoners (they must have known that torture was worthless for that purpose; just look at the resources they had at their disposal).

Instead, they used it, like the Chinese did during WWII, to extract useful false confessions from prisoners.

This is Old School: If you're in charge, you don't care about the "truth"; you care about what's Useful.

Former senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the interrogation issue said that Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld demanded that the interrogators find evidence of al Qaida-Iraq collaboration…

For most of 2002 and into 2003, Cheney and Rumsfeld, especially, were also demanding proof of the links between al Qaida andI... more »

American use of torture: It's worse than you think

The US used torture, not to get "valuable intelligence" from prisoners (they must have known that torture was worthless for that purpose; just look at the resources they had at their disposal).

Instead, they used it, like the Chinese did during WWII, to extract useful false confessions from prisoners.

This is Old School: If you're in charge, you don't care about the "truth"; you care about what's Useful.

Former senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the interrogation issue said that Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld demanded that the interrogators find evidence of al Qaida-Iraq collaboration…

For most of 2002 and into 2003, Cheney and Rumsfeld, especially, were also demanding proof of the links between al Qaida and Iraq that (former Iraqi exile leader Ahmed) Chalabi and others had told them were there.”

I was initially surprised by this (primarily in the sense that I was surprised that I had not suspected them of it before). But we, the American people, are fools to be surprised by this. Think about it: Should we have expected anything different from Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush? No, we shouldn't have.

thanks, +Yie-Ming Chen ___

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2014-12-17 21:18:29 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

+Phalinex  sums it up nicely

The cons are focused on their Koch brothers/Wall St. agenda. 
So far they've held America hostage in order to reverse Wall St. regulations that could have avoided another collapse and Wall St. bailout.
They've opened the flood gates to dark money in order to sell the government to the highest bidder.
And now they're focused on ramming their filthy Koch tar oil pipe down our throats.
Thanks a lot you brainless teabaggers. Is there anything else you morons want?___+Phalinex  sums it up nicely

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2014-12-17 18:57:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The banks win. You lose. Again.

Congress has passed, and President Obama has said he would sign, a budget bill that allows banks to use your savings when they make giant financial bets called derivatives. Again.


And because those savings are insured by the federal government, you, the taxpayer, would be on the hook if those bets go south. Again.

This isn’t arcane financial stuff we can ignore. These are the exact financial mechanisms that led to the global crisis just six (short!) years ago. The Dodd-Frank reform law that was passed in the wake of that crisis forbade this from ever happening.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

___The banks win. You lose. Again.

Congress has passed, and President Obama has said he would sign, a budget bill that allows banks to use your savings when they make giant financial bets called derivatives. Again.


And because those savings are insured by the federal government, you, the taxpayer, would be on the hook if those bets go south. Again.

This isn’t arcane financial stuff we can ignore. These are the exact financial mechanisms that led to the global crisis just six (short!) years ago. The Dodd-Frank reform law that was passed in the wake of that crisis forbade this from ever happening.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2014-12-17 18:27:03 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Good news for New Yorkers (and their neighbors)

Let's hope some other governors follow suit.

Good news for New Yorkers (and their neighbors)

Let's hope some other governors follow suit.___

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2014-12-17 14:30:31 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Koch propaganda machine in action

A glimpse into the propaganda machine. Unsurprisingly, this piece of Koch propaganda is shameless.

But from the perspective of someone observing how American culture works, it is also fascinating -- as well as horrifying, when one contemplates how effective it is likely to be.

It is also interesting from a cognitive scientific perspective: Note the use of analogy in this propaganda: "EPA rules do to American citizens what torture does to prisoners." It's a false analogy, and from a formal perspective it's also a bad analogy (i.e., it is based on a very weak mapping). However, it's interesting because analogies are a famously common tool in persuasion (political and otherwise). And the propaganda's target audience won't notice that it's a bad analogy anyhow (yes, that was meant to be an insult). Combined with... more »

Koch-Funded Group Creates Cartoon Comparing EPA Rules to CIA’s Torture Tactics

http://ecowatch.com/2014/12/16/epa-rules-compared-to-cia-torture-tactics/___The Koch propaganda machine in action

A glimpse into the propaganda machine. Unsurprisingly, this piece of Koch propaganda is shameless.

But from the perspective of someone observing how American culture works, it is also fascinating -- as well as horrifying, when one contemplates how effective it is likely to be.

It is also interesting from a cognitive scientific perspective: Note the use of analogy in this propaganda: "EPA rules do to American citizens what torture does to prisoners." It's a false analogy, and from a formal perspective it's also a bad analogy (i.e., it is based on a very weak mapping). However, it's interesting because analogies are a famously common tool in persuasion (political and otherwise). And the propaganda's target audience won't notice that it's a bad analogy anyhow (yes, that was meant to be an insult). Combined with the effects of confirmation bias, those who already hate the EPA will undoubtedly find this analogy very persuasive.

Expect to hear conservatives spewing it in the near future.

thanks, +EcoWatch 

PS As a general policy, I never repost anything that says "Please share". I made an exception in this case because this little tidbit is just so interesting politically, culturally and scientifically.

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2014-12-16 15:07:32 (12 comments, 5 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Kee Hinckley 

#torture   #torturepractices   #torturereport   #waterboarding  ___thanks, +Kee Hinckley 

2014-12-16 07:04:26 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Either someone at Google just screwed up G+ Notifications, or my computer is mysteriously misbehaving.

Anybody else finding that their Notifications are... deeply messed up... as in, hanging around on the the right hand side of the screen, unable to make go away,and thus interfering with the reading of posts?

Either someone at Google just screwed up G+ Notifications, or my computer is mysteriously misbehaving.

Anybody else finding that their Notifications are... deeply messed up... as in, hanging around on the the right hand side of the screen, unable to make go away,and thus interfering with the reading of posts?___

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2014-12-15 20:16:53 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Whoops!

Not to worry, "W": Nothing will ever come of it anyhow. You're just as above the law as you always were.

thanks, +PoliticusUSA 

Dick Cheney Flips and Provides Evidence That George W. Bush Committed War Crimes

Cheney repeatedly tried to hide behind 9/11. He went as far as defining torture as 9/11.

#torture #Humanrights  #warcrimes___Whoops!

Not to worry, "W": Nothing will ever come of it anyhow. You're just as above the law as you always were.

thanks, +PoliticusUSA 

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2014-12-15 13:25:56 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

NRA logic, taken to its utterly absurd conclusions

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +The Femi-Liberal 

NRA marketing at it's finest. Promoting no #GunSense one lost child at a time.___NRA logic, taken to its utterly absurd conclusions

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +The Femi-Liberal 

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2014-12-15 13:23:22 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

This letter nicely summarizes my, and I suspect many others', feelings about the recent "Cromnibus" bill, as well as, in a great many respects, large swaths of Obama's whole presidency

thanks, +Valkyrie 

I wish to be clear that I have been an ardent supporter of President Barrack Obama for six years and believe racist bigoted White Men have acted in a most appalling manner towards our President from day one of his administration.

This morning I sent the following email to the president concerning the Omnibus Bill just passed Sunday night by the Senate for the presidents signature.  I directed much of my letter towards the Crowd below, our dear Senate and our dear House of Representatives.  This satirical picture says it all about the fat cats that have stolen our government from the People, the Public.

The Email:

Smarting from Treachery

Dear Mr. President:

We are most disappointed with the passage of this Omnibus due to several of the provisions within the bill which have little or nothing to do with the Well Being of the Public.

You need to VETO this monstrosity and travesty of a bill and start over with the knowledge that We the People will be heard loudly and clearly on these matters until you limp out of office under the weight of this Plutocratic bill, parts of which were literally written by Citigroup for the Child Tyrants that have apparently offered you a deal you couldn't resist.

I never dreamt that I would oppose your judgments in any fashion until this bill was passed for the Greedy, Intolerant and Exploiters We refer to as the Reactionary Rabid Right Republican Party composed of liars and those who love lies and who foster and then foist their will upon the American Public with hate speech and fear with the lies vomiting from their mouths of which you have been a repeated recipient.

If anyone should get this nonsense and failure of politics you are expected to sign, it is you, who have been verbally abused and tormented by more people than actually have ever lived up to the Civil War and the truly courageous, President Abraham Lincoln. Where is the governance We deserve?

If you do not veto this criminal act of a bill, I personally will see to it that you never hear the end of this very poor decision to sign this treachery with every syllable I write and word I speak unless proven otherwise. I see no recourse, unfortunately, and will not resign my intent without proof of the contrary.

We are not remotely pleased with the criminal minds who voted for this bill in either House because that is what is proved in deed and intent with regard to Dodd-Frank, not to mention the Pension Reductions that are coming and god knows what else We have not been transparently informed, nor allowed to debate, from the pen of silly White Men of deep abiding bigotry and desirous of greed to control all, The Public.

It is your sole job to keep the Public safe and secure and for the life of me, I am unable to see how your signing this mutated legislation will benefit us all. The bill as originally represented was likely a very good product with much in it that would provide for the common good, but no longer.

What We will obtain from this event if realized is Revolution by pen and peaceful protest, ad nauseam.

When will you finally develop a spine or acquire a set of balls and actually do something that stops the Greed, Intolerance and Exploitation of these Sociopaths of Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex that obtains 60% of the monies for their exploits that create the conditions for perpetual low to mid intensity warfare? I really want to know from my Commander in Chief as a disabled veteran!

Give me that money and I will build a Public University for the Synthesis of Knowledge and make it impossible to defraud the Public again and bring Peace to a War Loving World from the worship of its ignorant weapons with knowledge for all, transparently.

Go ahead and sign the damn thing and see what someone with a pen is capable of doing to your legacy.

The very bill, Dodd-Frank, you signed into law is now apparently located in your circular file in great part due to the symbology of your timid retreat from your own principles. Hyporacy is unbecoming of an intellect of your magnitude, a genius!

If you feel you must sign this mess into law, I hope in the deepest recesses of your mind that you have a clear conscience and that it truly is in the best interests of the Public. We defer to your good judgment and intelligence in this matter.

Where is Teddy up on my Monument when We need him? Who will break up these Cabals and Trusts of Greed and Power?

Political calculations of the future do not mitigate deferred facts of law that exist now. We choose not to work or compromise with those who seek to enslave us with every syllable they utter from their lying mouths.

We would rather have a long overdue confrontation with Power and Corruption than give one more inch of our Liberty to choose, affect and effect a better life for our children despite the irrational Child Tyrants who We will bring down, broken into their various parts for All to See by facts and truth.

I am ashamed and deeply disgusted of your behavior in this matter and will not get over this deep sense of treachery, your, signing of the bill portends if found to be as detrimental to the Public as it appears it will.

We the People are weary and completely fed-up of the politics and failure to govern normatively of the politicians of Washington D. C. and your signature will become the icing on the cake, Sir.

Where, I say, are the Stateswomen and Statesmen? Are they the ones who deferred voting for this atrocity of law, perhaps? Where are the Daughters and Sons of the Revolution?

Most sincerely,

Jack Sanders___This letter nicely summarizes my, and I suspect many others', feelings about the recent "Cromnibus" bill, as well as, in a great many respects, large swaths of Obama's whole presidency

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2014-12-14 06:00:32 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Basic math

Who profits from this? (It ain't you or me.)

tanks, +Nate McD and +Armando Lioss 

___Basic math

Who profits from this? (It ain't you or me.)

tanks, +Nate McD and +Armando Lioss 

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2014-12-14 05:34:53 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Americans deserve -- must demand -- a better choice

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

The Left Must Derail Hillary Clinton in the Primaries

As a presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush in 2016 appears ever more likely, it’s a good moment to ask what alternative exists to lying down and letting such a campaign drown the body politic.

Time is short. The queen of cynics, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, already has pronounced her gorgon’s judgment on the inevitability of Hillary versus Jeb. “The looming prospect of another Clinton – Bush race makes us feel fatigued,” yawns the perpetually bored Dowd, who, on the contrary, relishes a future of easy columns mocking America’s two leading political dynasties.

What about the rest of us? Is it inevitable that we swallow the nomination of the neo-liberal Clinton, whose support of Bush’s Iraq madness (not to mention Obama’s Afghan and Libyan stupidity) and her husband’s recklessly pro-“free trade,” pro-banker, pro-deregulation politics ought to send reasonable liberals fleeing? Is it predestined that principled conservatives accept the anointment of the thoroughly fraudulent Jeb, whose support of his brother’s interventionist folly, along with his own outrageous meddling as governor of Florida to “rescue” brain-dead Terri Schiavo, should give pause to even the greediest oil baron seeking patronage from a Republican administration?

http://billmoyers.com/

http://billmoyers.com/2014/12/12/left-must-derail-hillary-clinton-primaries/___Americans deserve -- must demand -- a better choice

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2014-12-14 02:43:26 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

1800s? 2014? What's the diff?

Well done, conservatives. You're winning. The way things are going, within a year or so, we'll be burning witches, blood-letting and not knowing how a steam engine works.

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +The Femi-Liberal 

Can you believe this 19th Century illustration by A. B. Frost still applies today? What does that say about us as a society?

#Racism #RacismInAmerica ___1800s? 2014? What's the diff?

Well done, conservatives. You're winning. The way things are going, within a year or so, we'll be burning witches, blood-letting and not knowing how a steam engine works.

thanks, +Admiral Taptap and +The Femi-Liberal 

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2014-12-14 02:38:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Godless 

~JD___thanks, +Godless 

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2014-12-14 01:38:02 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

American conservatives, I know you love hypocrisy (without being able to either define or spell it), but this is really beyond the pale

thanks, +Jack Malchow, whose post you should see for some excellent comments on this issue.

https://www.facebook.com/athousandwordsgraphics___American conservatives, I know you love hypocrisy (without being able to either define or spell it), but this is really beyond the pale

thanks, +Jack Malchow, whose post you should see for some excellent comments on this issue.

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2014-12-14 01:32:25 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Think you matter?

(Think again.)

thanks, +Annette Cleary 

___Think you matter?

(Think again.)

thanks, +Annette Cleary 

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2014-12-13 22:31:05 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 


On private (corporate) love or hate for public involvement, as convenient

Capitalists love to hate public activities (think: post office; infrastructure), except when they don't. But their memories, like their foresight, are terribly, conveniently short.

When private enterprises collapsed and begged for government bailouts, demonizing government and promoting privatization were temporarily suspended. When the crisis passed, they resumed. For example, deficits incurred to bail out capitalists in 2008-2009 were recast in 2009 -2010 as wasteful government spending on public services and employees instead. Conservatives insisted that "overfunded" services and "overpaid" employees (rather than costly capitalist bailouts) had somehow and suddenly caused public budget deficits. Their conclusion was to demand corrective "austerity" budgets.... more »


On private (corporate) love or hate for public involvement, as convenient

Capitalists love to hate public activities (think: post office; infrastructure), except when they don't. But their memories, like their foresight, are terribly, conveniently short.

When private enterprises collapsed and begged for government bailouts, demonizing government and promoting privatization were temporarily suspended. When the crisis passed, they resumed. For example, deficits incurred to bail out capitalists in 2008-2009 were recast in 2009 -2010 as wasteful government spending on public services and employees instead. Conservatives insisted that "overfunded" services and "overpaid" employees (rather than costly capitalist bailouts) had somehow and suddenly caused public budget deficits. Their conclusion was to demand corrective "austerity" budgets. Conservatives' resumed demonization of government provided the ideological cover for resumed privatization to reverse (undo) the crisis-driven, private-to-public enterprise shifts.



Critics of capitalism need not embrace some left-wing counter fundamentalism that public was and is always better than private. Government enterprises (usually with officials in the position of de-facto owners and operators) typically exploit their employees. Their behavior usually replicates that of private share-owners and private boards of directors. The reality of most public enteprises to date has been state capitalism. It is different from private capitalism, but both are forms of capitalism. Both have typically kept the workers themselves from operating and directing their enterprises. And state capitalism has often concentrated far too much power in the state.

Critics of capitalism need to go beyond battles over public versus private enterprises, private versus state forms of capitalism. The point is to criticize both in the interest of moving beyond them. That is why we advocate the internal transformation of enterprises so that neither private individuals nor state officials occupy the position of capitalist, of receiver of the surplus or profits produced by the workers. Workers self-directed enterprises are the institutional form - the social base - of movement beyond either private or state capitalism. Socialized ownership of means of production and socialized economic planning may be necessary, but they are certainly not sufficient conditions for a genuine transition beyond capitalism. Economic democracy inside all enterprises has been a key missing element in socialism's appeal as well as a missing component of the conditions for successful transition beyond capitalism. That is our era's issue, not secondary disputes over the division of production between private and state enterprises.

Today's choices are not limited to forms of capitalism: monopolist versus competitive; crony versus meritocratic; Anglo-American versus social democratic; national versus international; Christian versus Islamic versus secular; and so on. Nor are we trapped in a choice between public versus private enterprises or state versus private capitalism. The alternative that Thatcher, Reagan and neoliberals could neither imagine nor understand - nor banish - is to move beyond all forms of capitalism. That requires transforming the internal organization of all forms of enterprise so that the workers become the democratic collective that directs the enterprise. On that basis, we can finally and genuinely democratize the economy and society.

Seems optimistic. But it might be right.___

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2014-12-13 02:15:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

On the permanence of our plastic garbage

Told from the perspective of the garbage: "I wish you had created me so that I could die."

thanks, +Jeff Green 

On the permanence of our plastic garbage

Told from the perspective of the garbage: "I wish you had created me so that I could die."

thanks, +Jeff Green ___

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2014-12-13 01:56:03 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Crazy is much more hilarious when it's no longer making laws

thanks, +Cyrus Brooks and +Pamela Zuppo 

You just cannot even make up this shit

Bat-Shit Crazy's Farewell Rant
Michele Bachmann (R-MN), goes out with the same display of ignorance she showed when she come into the House by saying that the Speaker of the House is under the authority of Moses, something that comes up neither in the Bible nor in the Constitution. Moses of all people!

http://www.politicususa.com/2014/12/12/michele-bachmann-bible-constitution-wrong-speech.html

Michele Bachmann: God gave Moses the Ten Commandments so America would be rich
 In her farewell speech on the House floor, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said that the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is “under the authority” of the ancient biblical figure Moses.

Check it out. Seeing is believing:___Crazy is much more hilarious when it's no longer making laws

thanks, +Cyrus Brooks and +Pamela Zuppo 

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2014-12-13 01:32:51 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Damn! This captures both the GOP and G. "W" Bush perfectly

He turned out to be the exact opposite of every single value for which Republicans claim they stand. Yet they proudly voted for him anyway - twice.

Bush epitomizes everything about the GOP. He’s someone who ran on promises of conservative values, fiscal responsibility, economic prosperity and keeping America safer – yet he didn’t accomplish any of that._

thanks, +Valkyrie 

___Damn! This captures both the GOP and G. "W" Bush perfectly

He turned out to be the exact opposite of every single value for which Republicans claim they stand. Yet they proudly voted for him anyway - twice.

Bush epitomizes everything about the GOP. He’s someone who ran on promises of conservative values, fiscal responsibility, economic prosperity and keeping America safer – yet he didn’t accomplish any of that._

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2014-12-13 01:02:23 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

I have noting to add, except thanks, +Tim Elkins.

Enhanced American History___I have noting to add, except thanks, +Tim Elkins.

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2014-12-13 00:39:01 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Uruguay, awesome as usual

Remember Uruguay? The country with the inspiring president?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_Uruguay

It's doing great and remaining an example for the rest of us. Here's just a wee snippet from the article:

_For the past 10 years, Uruguayans have been conducting a left-leaning experiment in economic and social democracy, turning themselves into a Latin American version of Switzerland in the process. Under the leadership of the left-leaning Broad Front party, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports that Uruguay has enjoyedannual economic growth of 5.6 percent since 2004, compared to 1.2 percent annual growth over the last five years in Switzerland. The Swiss have decriminalized marijuana and gay marriage. Uruguay has legalized both. Prostitution is legal in both countries, and each provides universal health... more »

Uruguay, awesome as usual

Remember Uruguay? The country with the inspiring president?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_Uruguay

It's doing great and remaining an example for the rest of us. Here's just a wee snippet from the article:

_For the past 10 years, Uruguayans have been conducting a left-leaning experiment in economic and social democracy, turning themselves into a Latin American version of Switzerland in the process. Under the leadership of the left-leaning Broad Front party, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports that Uruguay has enjoyedannual economic growth of 5.6 percent since 2004, compared to 1.2 percent annual growth over the last five years in Switzerland. The Swiss have decriminalized marijuana and gay marriage. Uruguay has legalized both. Prostitution is legal in both countries, and each provides universal health care. According to the Happy Planet Index, Uruguay has the same low per capita environmental footprint as Switzerland, with a similarly widespread sense of well-being among its people in spite of significantly lower per capita GDP.

But there is a dark side. And it doesn't come from Uruguay:

… Uruguay has become a prime target for the wrath of multinational corporations and the London bankers who fund them.

Uruguay is a petri dish, an experiment on how to run a just society and what happens to you when you try.___

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2014-12-12 23:19:53 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Orwellian American turns of phrase

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

___Orwellian American turns of phrase

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

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2014-12-12 22:18:39 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

On the differences (psychological and other) between conservatives and liberals

Thom Hartmann sums it up nicely.

thanks, +Josh Nunya 

O_o ___On the differences (psychological and other) between conservatives and liberals

Thom Hartmann sums it up nicely.

thanks, +Josh Nunya 

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2014-12-12 22:12:17 (28 comments, 7 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

"Class warfare"

thanks, +Josh Nunya 

The end game is leaving the rest of us to fight for the scraps while they're protected by law enforcement.

#onepercent #wealthy #capitalism #poverty #workingpoor #libertarians___"Class warfare"

thanks, +Josh Nunya 

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2014-12-12 18:29:48 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture

-- or --

Why you should never carry anything of value in your car

-- or --

Dude, where's my country?

This is a multi- billion dollar "industry".

John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture

-- or --

Why you should never carry anything of value in your car

-- or --

Dude, where's my country?

This is a multi- billion dollar "industry".___

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2014-12-12 00:59:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The jaw-dropping mass of plastic waste accumulating in our oceans

… the weight of it is more than the entire biomass of humans

… researchers predict the volume will increase due to rising production of throwaway plastic, with only 5% of the world’s plastic currently recycled.

thanks, +Mark Phelan 

___The jaw-dropping mass of plastic waste accumulating in our oceans

… the weight of it is more than the entire biomass of humans

… researchers predict the volume will increase due to rising production of throwaway plastic, with only 5% of the world’s plastic currently recycled.

thanks, +Mark Phelan 

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2014-12-11 23:28:01 (28 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

A handy summary of actual American values

("Actual", meaning "as practiced" rather than "as paid lip service to".)

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

___A handy summary of actual American values

("Actual", meaning "as practiced" rather than "as paid lip service to".)

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

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2014-12-11 22:40:43 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Just when you thought the US couldn't get any more Orwellian...

Edit: To note in the article: The cops tried to encourage the protestors to loot businesses. The Cops did this! Leading one to wonder who did the looting in Ferguson.

thanks, +paul beard 

I hope he's not really a cop, given his poor technique. That rotated hold is straight out of the movies, not the academy or the firing range. ___Just when you thought the US couldn't get any more Orwellian...

Edit: To note in the article: The cops tried to encourage the protestors to loot businesses. The Cops did this! Leading one to wonder who did the looting in Ferguson.

thanks, +paul beard 

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2014-12-11 22:16:22 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Why we as a people/society fail to act on climate change

thanks, +Ole Olson and +Chris Mooney 

Decided to pull the research together into a list 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/11/the-7-psychological-reasons-that-are-stopping-us-from-acting-on-climate-change/___Why we as a people/society fail to act on climate change

thanks, +Ole Olson and +Chris Mooney 

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2014-12-11 17:48:42 (20 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Lest the CIA torture practices remain a benign abstraction in your mind...

It is too easy to hear about the CIA torture practices, think "Yeah, that's really bad," and then move on, the real implications of what the CIA did in our names remaining an uncontemplated, not-really-understood abstraction in our minds.

This article should help disabuse you of that attitude.

In case it helps to drive home even more the gravity of what the CIA did "in the name of freedom", imagine them doing this to your child. All the people they tortured were someone's children.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo and +Nate McD 

And for the record, having somebody jam something up your ass against your will is rape.___Lest the CIA torture practices remain a benign abstraction in your mind...

It is too easy to hear about the CIA torture practices, think "Yeah, that's really bad," and then move on, the real implications of what the CIA did in our names remaining an uncontemplated, not-really-understood abstraction in our minds.

This article should help disabuse you of that attitude.

In case it helps to drive home even more the gravity of what the CIA did "in the name of freedom", imagine them doing this to your child. All the people they tortured were someone's children.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo and +Nate McD 

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2014-12-11 05:40:04 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is sane, and it values human life over corporate profits. Which is precisely why the US will never adopt it.

As machines replace more and more of us (and as AI advances, they will, further and further up the economic ladder: I'm lookin' at you bankers and professors), the American Profit Uber Alles ethic will ensure that we crumble as a society before embracing the fact that this model is good for noone but the 0.01%.

We are not up to it, people. Too many of us are disposable.

But the solution is easy, it's right in our faces, and it works. We just have to be willing to question our deeply-held assumptions.

In the words of +paul beard: "So this happened. Contrary to lifelong federal dollar recipients like Paul Ryan (R-entitlement), there is no disincentive to work under a basic income model. There is reduced pressure to make poor choices ine... more »

"Mincome was an experimental Canadian basic income project that was held in Dauphin, Manitoba during the 1970s.

The purpose of this experiment was to determine whether a guaranteed, unconditional annual income caused disincentive to work for the recipients, and how great such a disincentive would be.

A final report was never issued, but Dr. Evelyn Forget conducted an analysis of the program in 2009 which was published in 2011.

She found that only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less. Mothers with newborns stopped working because they wanted to stay at home longer with their babies, and teenagers worked less because they weren't under as much pressure to support their families, which resulted in more teenagers graduating.

In addition, those who continued to work were given more opportunities to choose what type of work they did. Forget found that in the period that Mincome was administered, hospital visits dropped 8.5 percent, with fewer incidents of work-related injuries, and fewer emergency room visits from car accidents and domestic abuse. Additionally, the period saw a reduction in rates of psychiatric hospitalization, and in the number of mental illness-related consultations with health professionals."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mincome

#basicincome   #basicincomeguarantee   #canada   #mincome   #manitoba   #endpoverty   #poverty  ___This is sane, and it values human life over corporate profits. Which is precisely why the US will never adopt it.

As machines replace more and more of us (and as AI advances, they will, further and further up the economic ladder: I'm lookin' at you bankers and professors), the American Profit Uber Alles ethic will ensure that we crumble as a society before embracing the fact that this model is good for noone but the 0.01%.

We are not up to it, people. Too many of us are disposable.

But the solution is easy, it's right in our faces, and it works. We just have to be willing to question our deeply-held assumptions.

In the words of +paul beard: "So this happened. Contrary to lifelong federal dollar recipients like Paul Ryan (R-entitlement), there is no disincentive to work under a basic income model. There is reduced pressure to make poor choices in exchange for money, with reduced costs on healthcare, both emergency room visits and other services, higher graduation rates, and stronger family support. 

Why would we want any of that when we could buy a war or three on credit and shovel more money into the overflowing vaults of the 1%?"

Thanks, Paul.

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2014-12-11 05:19:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The beauty of a molting tarantula

At least this one survives the process. According to John Alft, some do not. Watching this, you'll see why. (Be glad you don't molt.)

thanks, +John Alft 

Tarantula molts to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
This is a Xenesthis Sp. Blue (Giant Blue Bloom Birdeater)
We had three pet tarantulas, and somewhere we have a bog bottle full of their molted skins. Molting is like giving birth to yourself, an extreme event and often the spider does not survive.___The beauty of a molting tarantula

At least this one survives the process. According to John Alft, some do not. Watching this, you'll see why. (Be glad you don't molt.)

thanks, +John Alft 

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2014-12-10 22:36:03 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The grim state of our union

A sobering but informative analysis of the relations between corporations, government, police, prisons and our liberties by Chris Hedges.

thanks, +AlterNet 

The Corporate State Gets Stronger Every Time a Cop Kills a Citizen with Impunity

Corporations have captured every major institution, including the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, and deformed them to exclusively serve the demands of the market. They have, in the process, demolished civil society. Karl Polanyi in “The Great Transformation” warned that without heavy government regulation and oversight, unfettered and unregulated capitalism degenerates into a Mafia capitalism and a Mafia political system. A self-regulating market, Polanyi writes, turns human beings and the natural environment into commodities. This ensures the destruction of both society and the natural environment. The ecosystem and human beings become objects whose worth is determined solely by the market. They are exploited until exhaustion or collapse occurs. A society that no longer recognizes that the natural world and life have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, commits collective suicide. Such societies cannibalize themselves. This is what we are undergoing. Literally.___The grim state of our union

A sobering but informative analysis of the relations between corporations, government, police, prisons and our liberties by Chris Hedges.

thanks, +AlterNet 

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