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2015-07-25 16:28:58 (108 comments, 20 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

#alllivesmatter If you think that makes sense, then perhaps you should read this cartoon.

http://chainsawsuit.com/comic/2014/12/08/all-things-considered/

I've also heard this expressed as addressing an imbalance by giving both sides the same number of coins. Oddly enough, the imbalance doesn't go away.

h/t +God Emperor Lionel Lauer

Most reshares: 20

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2015-07-25 16:28:58 (108 comments, 20 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

#alllivesmatter If you think that makes sense, then perhaps you should read this cartoon.

http://chainsawsuit.com/comic/2014/12/08/all-things-considered/

I've also heard this expressed as addressing an imbalance by giving both sides the same number of coins. Oddly enough, the imbalance doesn't go away.

h/t +God Emperor Lionel Lauer

Most plusones: 35

2015-07-27 01:56:56 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

I'm in a plane over America, headed west. She's in the back of a truck in Thailand headed east. And we're chatting like we were next to each other. On opposite sides of the world heading towards our rendezvous. The future is f*****g amazing. 

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2015-07-29 04:28:14 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-29 04:01:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-29 03:06:20 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Violence, like most things, is economic. Offer a better economic alternative, the violence drops.

Another argument for Basic Income.___Violence, like most things, is economic. Offer a better economic alternative, the violence drops.

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2015-07-29 00:42:46 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-28 22:38:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

For decades now, I have been haunted by the grainy, black-and-white x-ray of a human skull.

It is alive but empty, with a cavernous fluid-filled space where the brain should be. A thin layer of brain tissue lines that cavity like an amniotic sac. The image hails from a 1980 review article in Science: Roger Lewin, the author, reports that the patient in question had “virtually no brain”. But that’s not what scared me; hydrocephalus is nothing new, and it takes more to creep out this ex-biologist than a picture of Ventricles Gone Wild.

What scared me was the fact that this virtually brain-free patient had an IQ of 126.

Briefly, a hypothesis. 

Most of the volume of your brain consists of white matter: a fatty substance the texture of semi-firm tofu, composed of glia, myelin, and the long tails of axons further up in the brain. It can tolerate a fair amount ofdamage... more »

For decades now, I have been haunted by the grainy, black-and-white x-ray of a human skull.

It is alive but empty, with a cavernous fluid-filled space where the brain should be. A thin layer of brain tissue lines that cavity like an amniotic sac. The image hails from a 1980 review article in Science: Roger Lewin, the author, reports that the patient in question had “virtually no brain”. But that’s not what scared me; hydrocephalus is nothing new, and it takes more to creep out this ex-biologist than a picture of Ventricles Gone Wild.

What scared me was the fact that this virtually brain-free patient had an IQ of 126.

Briefly, a hypothesis. 

Most of the volume of your brain consists of white matter: a fatty substance the texture of semi-firm tofu, composed of glia, myelin, and the long tails of axons further up in the brain. It can tolerate a fair amount of damage before causing serious effects: as we age, its volume shrinks considerably without affecting IQ, and although diffuse white-matter injuries can have horrifying effects, small ischemic strokes can take chunks out of it without the patient noticing.

Most of what's missing in this guy is white matter. 

But even if you're completely lacking white matter, there's a second route between parts of the brain: across the surface of the grey matter. In most anatomically normal people, the routes across the surface of the brain are fairly slow and unreliable, as they only directly interconnect adjacent parts of the brain. But presuming that whatever deprived him of most of his white matter didn't impair axon recruitment between lobes -- and it looks like it might not have, as one of the few interior structures that's still intact is the corpus callosum -- it's possible that his brain is simply more space-efficient than the rest of Homo sapiens.

Which did not, I might remind you, undergo a design review process to prove that its brain is constructed efficiently.___

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2015-07-28 15:04:44 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

What Does Islam Say About Being Gay?

What Does Islam Say About Being Gay?___

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2015-07-28 15:01:22 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Bishop Comes Out As Gay After 'A Lifetime Of Denying' The Truth

Bishop Comes Out As Gay After 'A Lifetime Of Denying' The Truth___

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2015-07-28 02:14:37 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

What Google's New Changes to Google+ and YouTube REALLY Mean

http://lauren.vortex.com/archive/001114.html

In a pair of blog posts today, Google announced major changes in the operations of their Google+ (G+) and YouTube services:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/everything-in-its-right-place.html

http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2015/07/youtube-comments.html

There are a number of changes noted, but my executive summary would be that Google is ending the enforced connection of Google+ user profiles to other Google services, notably YouTube.

The popular clickbait analysis appearing on many sites today is that this is the death knell of Google+, proof that it cannot compete with Facebook.

This is incorrect. 

Taking the longer view -- and my experience with networked social media reaches back to the dawn... more »

What Google's New Changes to Google+ and YouTube REALLY Mean

http://lauren.vortex.com/archive/001114.html

In a pair of blog posts today, Google announced major changes in the operations of their Google+ (G+) and YouTube services:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/everything-in-its-right-place.html

http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2015/07/youtube-comments.html

There are a number of changes noted, but my executive summary would be that Google is ending the enforced connection of Google+ user profiles to other Google services, notably YouTube.

The popular clickbait analysis appearing on many sites today is that this is the death knell of Google+, proof that it cannot compete with Facebook.

This is incorrect. 

Taking the longer view -- and my experience with networked social media reaches back to the dawn of the ARPANET and the earliest email lists -- my own analysis is that the changes are great both for YouTube AND for Google+.

In fact, I believe that these changes indicate Google is actually ahead of the curve regarding the future of social networking, and has already learned lessons that other social media sites -- notably Facebook -- have yet to fully understand, likely to their own long-term peril.

The linkage of G+ profiles to other Google services came during a time when a particular theory -- taken to extremes by Facebook -- was in ascendancy.

Simply put, this premise -- part of a general anti-anonymity concept at the time -- was that forcing users to only post under their ostensibly true identities would result in higher quality posts, with less trolling or other posting abuses.

Experience quickly demonstrated that this was far too simplistic an idea, tangled with immense potential for collateral damage.

Many abusive posters and commenters by and large seem happy to spew their venom under their actual names -- a twisted badge of honor, perhaps.

At the same time, real-name linkage requirements caused all manner of problems for many innocent parties. 

There are all sorts of reasons why posting with your own name can be immensely problematic in various cases -- in some situations even dangerous. This is especially true when discussing controversial issues, medical conditions, and all manner of other issues that reflect one way or another on your personal life.

The underlying reasons for this dilemma relate in large part to life contexts.

For example, when you're posting or commenting about highly controversial political matters, you're operating in a very different context than when you're trying to give advice about a problem someone is having with their child.

Similarly, there are no logical reasons why your discussions regarding technical matters must be intertwined with your posts regarding alternative lifestyles or other personal concerns -- unless you voluntarily choose to connect them in this way.

Contextual issues play a major role in the YouTube/Google+ arena as well.

YouTube-side commenters tend to gather around particular YouTube videos and YouTube uploaders/channels of interest. Google+ users who happen to share specific YouTube videos are much more often speaking to an audience that has no continuing interest in those particular videos, but rather are following the varied postings of an individual or other profile on G+ over time.

As someone with nearly 400K G+ followers, I can tell you from experience that the conflation of YouTube and G+ comments wasn't only confusing to many users, but could trigger some nasty situations as well, when YouTube uploaders viewed a G+ share as an "intrusion" into the comments on their channel. I quickly learned to avoid sharing YouTube videos relating to any controversial topics on G+ (especially with my own preamble text that might be critical of a particular video). Otherwise, I could end up spending hours afterwards cleaning up the mass of troll comments -- and on some occasions even threats -- that spewed in from the YouTube side.

But YouTube users' complaints about this were not entirely without merit, since the commenting contexts were intrinsically entirely different. in a perfect world we might hope that this would be a recipe for expanded points of view and teachable moments, but in reality it tended to trigger trolling and conflicts -- and as I noted above, confusion as well.

Confusion is indeed another key point. I love Google+, but it became increasingly difficult for me to convince existing Google users -- or new potential Google users -- to create G+ profiles. Often they were convinced -- based on inaccurate stories they'd heard -- that activating G+ would cause their Gmail accounts to suddenly be exposed, searchable, and tied to their real names. This was never true, but the perception was widespread, likely helped along by various of Google's adversaries.

I'm not a fan of Facebook for a whole bunch of reasons. One of these is that Facebook so often seems to be a place where users feel obligated to be because their friends and families are there -- rather than somewhere they really want to be.

On the other hand, I love Google+. I'm constantly meeting new people from all walks of life around the planet, and am able to engage in a range of discussions with them across a wide scope of topics. Are there some trolls mixed in there as well? Sure. But overall the scope of intelligent and fascinating G+ users utterly swamps the relatively small number of trolls who are comparatively easily dealt with on G+.

I'm convinced that the changes Google announced today will not only make YouTube users happy, but will be great for the organic growth of G+ and other Google services. These changes reduce confusion and bring clarity to these offerings, and that's good for users and good for Google.

Kudos to the Google teams involved!

-- Lauren --
I have consulted to Google, but I am not currently doing so. All opinions expressed here are mine alone.___

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2015-07-27 23:16:43 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Spoiler: they foiled the ransomware. Secondary spoiler: your crypto is only as good as its keys and the management thereof. Foiling ransomware makes the schadenfreude extra satisfying.

In early 2013, an organization approached us for help recovering their data after their server was infected with a version of the ACCDFISA ransomware. The malware had combed through every file on every drive and encrypted all the important files. Restoring from backups was out of the question because the backup drives had been mounted on the server—the malware got to them, too. It was a total loss.
One way to defeat encryption is to attack the “pseudo-random number generator” (PRNG), and that’s exactly what we decided to do.

Spoiler: they foiled the ransomware. Secondary spoiler: your crypto is only as good as its keys and the management thereof. Foiling ransomware makes the schadenfreude extra satisfying.

In early 2013, an organization approached us for help recovering their data after their server was infected with a version of the ACCDFISA ransomware. The malware had combed through every file on every drive and encrypted all the important files. Restoring from backups was out of the question because the backup drives had been mounted on the server—the malware got to them, too. It was a total loss.
One way to defeat encryption is to attack the “pseudo-random number generator” (PRNG), and that’s exactly what we decided to do.___

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2015-07-27 22:20:36 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-27 22:19:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Today's the birthday of Myrtle Lawrence -- sharecropper and labor organizer who worked within biracial Southern Tenant Farmers' Union from 1936 to 1943, and was honored on the 1976 Bicentennial Freedom Train Exhibition.

Shortly after joining the union, she and her husband were informed by their landlord that they would be forced to leave their home, claiming he was changing his rental agreement. Convinced that they were being evicted because they joined the union, she responded in the best possible way saying, "Mr. Block, you've done yourself the worst day's business you ever did when you didn't give me a crop. Because if I'd have had it, I'd have had something to keep me busy part of the time, but now I'll have nothing to do all year but sign up all your tenants in the Union, and I'll do it, too."

And she did.

Today's the birthday of Myrtle Lawrence -- sharecropper and labor organizer who worked within biracial Southern Tenant Farmers' Union from 1936 to 1943, and was honored on the 1976 Bicentennial Freedom Train Exhibition.

Shortly after joining the union, she and her husband were informed by their landlord that they would be forced to leave their home, claiming he was changing his rental agreement. Convinced that they were being evicted because they joined the union, she responded in the best possible way saying, "Mr. Block, you've done yourself the worst day's business you ever did when you didn't give me a crop. Because if I'd have had it, I'd have had something to keep me busy part of the time, but now I'll have nothing to do all year but sign up all your tenants in the Union, and I'll do it, too."

And she did.___

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2015-07-27 20:23:17 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Wherein the US government develops a warhead full of rubberized rocket-fuel superballs designed to careen through secure facilities, breaking down doors, superheating the air, and generally making a giant mess of things.

Wherein the US government develops a warhead full of rubberized rocket-fuel superballs designed to careen through secure facilities, breaking down doors, superheating the air, and generally making a giant mess of things.___

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2015-07-27 20:01:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Hindu Temple in Bagan, Myanmar

I kept meaning to pull together a travelogue of my trip to Myanmar, but I think instead of that, I'll just occasionally pull together selected photos and post them in small groups.

The Bagan area of Myanmar has over 2000 temples scattered across the landscape. Some recent. Some dating back over a thousand years. Some come from the same age as the city of Angkor Wat in Cambodia (and in fact, there are a few statues taken in raids on Angkor Wat). Most of the temples are Buddhist, but a few are not, and this is one of the exceptions.

Buddhist temples in Myanmar are a combination of place of worship, pilgrimage destination, tourist destination, and market. Realistically, I suspect that's been the case for most religious monuments throughout the ages. But where many such destinations in Southeast Asia have been reclaimed by the... more »

Hindu Temple in Bagan, Myanmar

I kept meaning to pull together a travelogue of my trip to Myanmar, but I think instead of that, I'll just occasionally pull together selected photos and post them in small groups.

The Bagan area of Myanmar has over 2000 temples scattered across the landscape. Some recent. Some dating back over a thousand years. Some come from the same age as the city of Angkor Wat in Cambodia (and in fact, there are a few statues taken in raids on Angkor Wat). Most of the temples are Buddhist, but a few are not, and this is one of the exceptions.

Buddhist temples in Myanmar are a combination of place of worship, pilgrimage destination, tourist destination, and market. Realistically, I suspect that's been the case for most religious monuments throughout the ages. But where many such destinations in Southeast Asia have been reclaimed by the jungle, here I think the continuous presence of Buddhism has kept these temples alive and maintained despite the many wars and migrations over the past thousand years.

The pictures taken out the windows show some of the other temples in the area. I'll post some panoramas later that show them in more detail.

I've created a Myanmar collection, so if you want to track my posts about the region independent of the other things I post, feel free.

#Myanmar #Burma #Bagan #Hindu___

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2015-07-27 19:38:43 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Iranian-Armenians pray at Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran.

https://instagram.com/p/5pPyIfH_-p/

Iranian-Armenians pray at Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran.

https://instagram.com/p/5pPyIfH_-p/___

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2015-07-27 14:14:31 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The lack of carrier and manufacturing interest in patching android flaws is going to burn them someday.

But probably not until some writes a virus that texts everyone in your phone and then bricks it. Then they'll suddenly realize that there is a cost to not patching things.

The lack of carrier and manufacturing interest in patching android flaws is going to burn them someday.

But probably not until some writes a virus that texts everyone in your phone and then bricks it. Then they'll suddenly realize that there is a cost to not patching things.___

2015-07-27 04:09:59 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Isn't it odd that you never hear that someone took a job at Walmart to support their drug habit?

Isn't it odd that you never hear that someone took a job at Walmart to support their drug habit?___

2015-07-27 01:56:56 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

I'm in a plane over America, headed west. She's in the back of a truck in Thailand headed east. And we're chatting like we were next to each other. On opposite sides of the world heading towards our rendezvous. The future is f*****g amazing. 

I'm in a plane over America, headed west. She's in the back of a truck in Thailand headed east. And we're chatting like we were next to each other. On opposite sides of the world heading towards our rendezvous. The future is f*****g amazing. ___

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2015-07-27 00:48:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

From Burma to Nagasaki: the man who walked through hell

From Burma to Nagasaki: the man who walked through hell___

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2015-07-26 21:22:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Why the Political Press Totally Didn't See Donald Trump's Surge Coming

With poll after poll showing Trump racing to the front of the GOP pack, journalists are trying to make sense of it all.

Why the Political Press Totally Didn't See Donald Trump's Surge Coming

With poll after poll showing Trump racing to the front of the GOP pack, journalists are trying to make sense of it all.___

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2015-07-26 21:08:09 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Myopia is dramatically on the increase. It's not spending time on the computer, but it turns out that's related.

Very interesting study results. And its not just that it causes myopia. Myopia itself is a precursor of other diseases.

h/t to +Johanna Bobrow for the pointer___Myopia is dramatically on the increase. It's not spending time on the computer, but it turns out that's related.

Very interesting study results. And its not just that it causes myopia. Myopia itself is a precursor of other diseases.

2015-07-26 20:06:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

If Trump stays Republican, it may be the mainstream GOP that runs an independent candidate. :)

If Trump stays Republican, it may be the mainstream GOP that runs an independent candidate. :)___

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2015-07-26 19:51:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

"Dependent contractors". A concept which doesn't exist in the U.S.--but better soon if Uber wants to survive.

stop with the euphemisms ... it's a market and there isn't any 'sharing' going on ...___"Dependent contractors". A concept which doesn't exist in the U.S.--but better soon if Uber wants to survive.

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2015-07-26 19:45:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"They said, ‘It would be cool if you lit yourself on fire,’ and I thought, might as well. So I went in to Red Bull and I said, 'Hey I want to light myself on fire and go in to a barrel at Teahupo’o,' and they looked at me like … Are you for real?" http://nbcbay.com/UQi7Q8e

"They said, ‘It would be cool if you lit yourself on fire,’ and I thought, might as well. So I went in to Red Bull and I said, 'Hey I want to light myself on fire and go in to a barrel at Teahupo’o,' and they looked at me like … Are you for real?" http://nbcbay.com/UQi7Q8e___

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2015-07-26 15:34:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Babies' first spring. https://instagram.com/p/5moa36H_z4/

Babies' first spring. https://instagram.com/p/5moa36H_z4/___

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2015-07-26 14:27:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-26 14:24:17 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-26 14:04:53 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

You could devote an entire section of The Onion just to Pat Robertson. Buddhism is contagious.

You could devote an entire section of The Onion just to Pat Robertson. Buddhism is contagious.___

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2015-07-26 13:18:38 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

https://instagram.com/p/5mR1maDsrd/

https://instagram.com/p/5mR1maDsrd/___

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2015-07-26 03:37:16 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Palestinian girls taking a selfie.

Palestinian girls taking a selfie.___

2015-07-26 02:06:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The time a u-boat attacked Cape Cod.

The time a u-boat attacked Cape Cod.___

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2015-07-26 01:23:15 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This just gets weirder and weirder. $5m worth of legal weapons? 8 cars, including a Toyota meant for underwater driving?!

I'm guessing the latter is just a Land Cruiser with a snorkel, but still.

"The name is Lash, Jeffrey Lash."___This just gets weirder and weirder. $5m worth of legal weapons? 8 cars, including a Toyota meant for underwater driving?!

I'm guessing the latter is just a Land Cruiser with a snorkel, but still.

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2015-07-25 22:00:02 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Help me out here. What is this? Keychain, yes. But what the heck is that soft part? Pull toy for hamsters? Monocle for Green Lantern? Keychain holder for a night watchman at a harem? If it opens bottles, I haven't figured out how. It can squeeze over a bottle top fine, but when you pull it just slides off, and gets scratched up in the process.

Help me out here. What is this? Keychain, yes. But what the heck is that soft part? Pull toy for hamsters? Monocle for Green Lantern? Keychain holder for a night watchman at a harem? If it opens bottles, I haven't figured out how. It can squeeze over a bottle top fine, but when you pull it just slides off, and gets scratched up in the process.___

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2015-07-25 20:15:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The ISIS-chan googlebomb effort.

I'll have to see if I can recruit +shadi fotouhi into this. :)

You know, I really dig this idea. There's lots of complex history scrambled up in my head that explain why I like the concept so much, but detangling that right now is proving difficult.

So, excerpts from the article:
The goal? Hijack the terrorist group’s message and replace it with a girl that’s oh-so-adorable.

ISIS-chan wears the terrorist group’s black clothing. She has green eyes and dark hair. She’s 19. And if she’s holding a knife, it’s only because she loves to slice and eat delicious melons.

“They did it to make these people — who try to be terrifying — look ridiculous,” GenKnoxx told CNNMoney. “That’s the idea. To de-fang ISIS.”

The group does have some simple rules: No insulting Islam — or showing its religious symbols. Always respect images of hostages. No gore. No porn.

So, artists, who all can add art for #ISIS-chan?
#CallToArt

Via +TDB Gryffyn​___The ISIS-chan googlebomb effort.

I'll have to see if I can recruit +shadi fotouhi into this. :)

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2015-07-25 19:33:21 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

A nice article about how the Suck Fairy attacks old books. Written by Jo Walton, whose books on my shelves have never been breached by the Suck Fairy.

The Attack of the Suck Fairy

Jo Walton writes of the Suck Fairy, the creature that creeps into old books you used to love and spreads suckitude around in them so that, when you reread them ... they suck.

http://www.tor.com/2010/09/28/the-suck-fairy/

I notice it more myself with TV shows of my childhood days (especially when sharing them with my daughter) than with books, but it's been known to happen there, too, more than once. Stuff I ate up like candy, books I thought were fantastic, stories that took me to places I couldn't have imagined and left me with a big smile on my face ... have become wooden, or hackneyed, or over-florid, or full of problematic stuff (courtesy of the Suck Fairy's cousins the Racism Fairy, the Sexism Fairy, the Message Fairy, the Trope Fairy, the Homophobia Fairy ...).

Sometimes fond memories of the past, or significant counterbalancing virtues in the writing can overwhelm the Suck Fairy's best efforts (I'm looking at you, Robert E. Howard); sometimes even nostalgia gets the life sucked out of it by the Suck Fairy (sorry, Lester Dent).  

You can't step into the same river again. It's rare that you can step into the same book again. Fortunately, the Suck Fairy can't be everywhere, and sometimes, even from a more mature perspective, the things we once loved escape the Suck Fairy's deadly touch.

(And sometimes, best of all, the Suck Fairy's Arch-Nemesis, the Oh-I-Get-It-Now Fairy visits. But that's another story.)

(h/t +Shannon Turlington)___A nice article about how the Suck Fairy attacks old books. Written by Jo Walton, whose books on my shelves have never been breached by the Suck Fairy.

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2015-07-25 16:28:58 (108 comments, 20 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

#alllivesmatter If you think that makes sense, then perhaps you should read this cartoon.

http://chainsawsuit.com/comic/2014/12/08/all-things-considered/

I've also heard this expressed as addressing an imbalance by giving both sides the same number of coins. Oddly enough, the imbalance doesn't go away.

h/t +God Emperor Lionel Lauer

#alllivesmatter If you think that makes sense, then perhaps you should read this cartoon.

http://chainsawsuit.com/comic/2014/12/08/all-things-considered/

I've also heard this expressed as addressing an imbalance by giving both sides the same number of coins. Oddly enough, the imbalance doesn't go away.

h/t +God Emperor Lionel Lauer___

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2015-07-25 15:16:16 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

❝ The culture that encourages police officers to engage their weapons before gathering information promotes the mind-set that nothing, including citizen safety, is more important than officers’ personal security. That approach has caused public trust in law enforcement to deteriorate. ❞

I would go even further. This isn't about police safety. Gathering information first would be safer for everyone; citizens and police. This is about an addiction to power. This is about turning police work from a boring job to one that is exciting. About getting the bad guy after an adrenalin rush. Who wouldn't want that?

Lost in the shuffle is that the first priority is people's rights. The second priority is getting the bad guy. And with today's investigative tools, getting the bad guy after the fact is really not that big a deal. This is all a farce.

And really. Thisis wh... more »

Well worth your time to read. ___❝ The culture that encourages police officers to engage their weapons before gathering information promotes the mind-set that nothing, including citizen safety, is more important than officers’ personal security. That approach has caused public trust in law enforcement to deteriorate. ❞

I would go even further. This isn't about police safety. Gathering information first would be safer for everyone; citizens and police. This is about an addiction to power. This is about turning police work from a boring job to one that is exciting. About getting the bad guy after an adrenalin rush. Who wouldn't want that?

Lost in the shuffle is that the first priority is people's rights. The second priority is getting the bad guy. And with today's investigative tools, getting the bad guy after the fact is really not that big a deal. This is all a farce.

And really. This is what we've come too? A full out, guns drawn, raid on an apartment because someone in another apartment thought someone might be sleeping there illegally? That's insane. Literally insane.

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2015-07-25 15:06:13 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

+Nina Paley visits the Creation Museum so you won't have to. The art and design is surprisingly nice. Would that real museums had that kind of funding. The content, OTOH...

I visited the Creation Museum so you don't have to! Extensive photodocumentation on my blog.___+Nina Paley visits the Creation Museum so you won't have to. The art and design is surprisingly nice. Would that real museums had that kind of funding. The content, OTOH...

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2015-07-25 03:55:58 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-25 02:34:04 (3 comments, 18 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-25 02:26:42 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Voluntourism: More Harm than Good

Voluntourism: More Harm than Good___

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2015-07-25 02:15:29 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Men kill women so often that it's not even news. 14 gun-based murder suicides in the past week.

❝ there were 14 other gun-based murder-suicides in the past week in this country, resulting in the loss of 36 lives. If you look down the list of the killings, an unmistakeable pattern pops out: "shot and killed his 37-year-old wife... shot and killed his ex-wife... shot and killed his 62-year-old wife... shot and killed his 23-year-old girlfriend..." and so on. Most of these killings involve men killing women that they were in a relationship with, had lost a relationship with, or likely wanted a relationship with, but were rejected. ❞

Oh, but if only their wives had been armed...

Fuck the Patriarchy.___Men kill women so often that it's not even news. 14 gun-based murder suicides in the past week.

❝ there were 14 other gun-based murder-suicides in the past week in this country, resulting in the loss of 36 lives. If you look down the list of the killings, an unmistakeable pattern pops out: "shot and killed his 37-year-old wife... shot and killed his ex-wife... shot and killed his 62-year-old wife... shot and killed his 23-year-old girlfriend..." and so on. Most of these killings involve men killing women that they were in a relationship with, had lost a relationship with, or likely wanted a relationship with, but were rejected. ❞

Oh, but if only their wives had been armed...

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2015-07-25 01:56:49 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-25 01:22:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

❝ We have a romantic view of the church. In Montgomery there are about 100 or so black churches - less than a dozen participated in the bus boycott. In Birmingham, there are upward of 500, and less than a dozen participated in the marches.

I think a church has a role to play, but this idea of the Church, with a big C, I think is obsolete. The young people in the street disturb our religious respectability and sensibility. Queer woman, single moms, pants sagging, tattoos - it disrupts the very character that the church presents to the world. I'm not terribly hopeful for the church. I think queer, black, poor women are the church's salvation. They don't need to get saved. The church needs to get saved. ❞

This was an enlightening read,  the spirit was contagious and uplifting!  Enjoy!___❝ We have a romantic view of the church. In Montgomery there are about 100 or so black churches - less than a dozen participated in the bus boycott. In Birmingham, there are upward of 500, and less than a dozen participated in the marches.

I think a church has a role to play, but this idea of the Church, with a big C, I think is obsolete. The young people in the street disturb our religious respectability and sensibility. Queer woman, single moms, pants sagging, tattoos - it disrupts the very character that the church presents to the world. I'm not terribly hopeful for the church. I think queer, black, poor women are the church's salvation. They don't need to get saved. The church needs to get saved. ❞

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2015-07-25 01:14:35 (105 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

As +John Poteet commented. Never trust someone who reads just one book.

Don't get me wrong. I have no issue with any religion. I have an issue with people who believe there is only room for one religion.


Edit: read the comments. Some interesting context to the photos and how they are both being twisted.

You know the right wing in this country look down upon the woman on the bottom left, but think the one on the top left is great... That is the problem with blinded hypocrisy. Personally, I think they are both awful. Another sad part is, I'm sure they see a problem with the person on the right as well. That is why we are the laughingstock of the Western world.___As +John Poteet commented. Never trust someone who reads just one book.

Don't get me wrong. I have no issue with any religion. I have an issue with people who believe there is only room for one religion.


Edit: read the comments. Some interesting context to the photos and how they are both being twisted.

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2015-07-24 23:24:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Cancer Immunotherapy

Since I started working at +Cancer Research UK, one of the first questions I asked the Scicomms team was "why aren't you doing Google HOAs on the amazing research that CRUK funds?". Because I've had a few years of experience hosting science HOAs and because of the thriving science communities on G+ would love this, I proposed a partnership between +Science on Google+ and +Cancer Research UK to produce and host a cancer HOA. The first topic we picked was Cancer Immunotherapy. 

Working for an organisation as large as CRUK that funds some of the best research in the world allowed me to access two of the world leading experts on the topic of cancer immunotherapy. After months of coordinating with various teams in Press, Social Media, and Scicomms, we finally did it! +Ben Willcox  and +Frances Balkwill  were fantastic guests, clearlyexplai... more »

Cancer Immunotherapy

Since I started working at +Cancer Research UK, one of the first questions I asked the Scicomms team was "why aren't you doing Google HOAs on the amazing research that CRUK funds?". Because I've had a few years of experience hosting science HOAs and because of the thriving science communities on G+ would love this, I proposed a partnership between +Science on Google+ and +Cancer Research UK to produce and host a cancer HOA. The first topic we picked was Cancer Immunotherapy. 

Working for an organisation as large as CRUK that funds some of the best research in the world allowed me to access two of the world leading experts on the topic of cancer immunotherapy. After months of coordinating with various teams in Press, Social Media, and Scicomms, we finally did it! +Ben Willcox  and +Frances Balkwill  were fantastic guests, clearly explaining how important immunotherapy is, and how it works. It was also fun to tag team the questions with my co-host +Kat Arney. In case you missed the live broadcast, you can watch the discussion on YouTube here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5McTl469Wo

Feedback would be much appreciated, because I hope this will be the first of many HOAs on cancer research. On a final note, it's been absolutely wonderful to hear from the patients and families who are directly benefiting from these new drugs (via comments on the Event Page https://goo.gl/HdRWDr). It's inspiring to hear from them, and motivates me to keep doing outreach this way. 

#ScienceEveryday   #CRUKHOA  ___

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2015-07-24 22:34:39 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Georgia brings a copyright lawsuit against Carl Malamud—for publishing state laws.

Georgia brings a copyright lawsuit against Carl Malamud—for publishing state laws.___

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2015-07-24 22:30:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-24 22:19:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-24 20:00:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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