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Daria Musk3,763,069*IT'S OUR FIRST HANGOUTIVERSARY* _G+niuses, I'm so thrilled to announce this biG+ concert celebration! Last summer I met you in my first Hangout Concert and you changed my life overnight. Now it's one year later and whether you're in New York City or around the world on Aug 10th, I want to see your faces and sing your praises, like alwayses. ❤ Details below!_ *JOE'S PUB GOES PUBLIC* On August 10th we're going rock out and hangout live from on of New York City's most famous stages - Joe's Pub! It might sound like the name of a little dive bar like the one I was lugging my amps through the rain to play this time last year, but it's actually an incredibly beautiful music spot, widely-known as the best sounding venue in the city. It's a part of The Public Theater (think Shakespeare In The Park). Adele, Bono, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and many more have sung from its stage..._And now we're taking that stage together with a giant on-stage Hangout!_ _It'll be the first live-interactive global show in the venue's storied history. We're crashing the party guys! ;)_ *READY TO CELEBRATE?* Here's details to come be there live in person - _Hugs! Cupcakes! Bubbly Toasts! Balloons!_ and if you can't get to NYC here's the details to join the hangout live and a guest-star on stage. _BE THERE IN PERSON:_ ♬ Get Tickets: www.joespub.com or 212.967.7555 ♬ Address: 425 Lafayette St, NYC ♬ Doors open at 9pm  ♬ Show starts at 10pm ♬ Raise a glass, sing along, rush the stage, celebrate the night away with me and our nyc family _Note: I hope to be joined by some other awesome musicians who you know from Hangouts here! Special guests TBA!_ _HANGOUT FROM AROUND THE WORLD:_ ♬ Comment here to be added to the first-invite circle! (We'll rotate like always) ♬ Find the Hangout on my G+ Page: +Daria Musk and my YouTube page: www.youtube.com/dariamusk ♬ Global Times: http://bit.ly/P0Rwzu *Thank You For The Best Year Of My Life* This relationship is getting serious G+. We've spent every waking minute together for a year. You've changed my life. You've changed my heart. I've written you love songs. You've met my mama. And now it's time to celebrate our first anniversary together. See you there. XO, DariaDaria Musk :::: Hangoutiversary Concert :::: Live In NYC2012-08-10 22:00:00110  

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2015-11-27 05:20:13 (36 comments; 2 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

It isn't enough that Donald Trump mocked a NY Times reporter for his disability, he's now turning the tables and asking the NY Times for lying about his mocking and accusing the reporter of grandstanding about his disability.

I don't know what Donald Trump is like in person. Maybe he's a really sensitive and sweet guy. But, publicly, he's about as far away from Presidential material as you can get. His public statements, as far as I'm concerned, tell me that he fails really really badly at being a decent human being.

Most reshares: 9

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2015-09-17 15:28:15 (10 comments; 9 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Chauffeur knowledge vs Planck knowledge

I like this post from Shane Parrish's excellent blog Farnam Street. This post talks about the difference between "Planck knowledge" and "chauffeur knowledge". The (possibly apocryphal) anecdote below talks about how these terms came about. 

The mistake many people, including myself, make is mistaking chauffeur knowledge for Planck knowledge. The thing about being a generalist as I have been most of my life is that I've ended up with chauffeur knowledge in a few areas but not the Planck knowledge that only comes about by thinking deeply about a connected set of issues/problems over a prolonged period of time. Chauffeur knowledge is a nice party trick which can make for nice conversation but it's really not all that great for getting stuff done.

My programming skills are probably an example... more »

Most plusones: 35

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2015-12-31 23:33:16 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

No, Canada, no!!!!

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2016-02-05 10:28:06 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Despite the opposition from the left and from the right in all the 11 countries, the TPP has been ratified by all signatory countries.

Despite the opposition from the left and from the right in all the 11 countries, the TPP has been ratified by all signatory countries.___

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2016-02-04 04:38:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Malaysia's PM Najib Razak, despite the scandal surrounding money that he received in his personal accounts, is practically invincible.

While Malaysia is nominally a democracy and the Prime Minister is technically the head of government and not the head of state, in reality, he has all the powers of a feudal overlord. As PM and finance minister, he is responsible for doling out billions of dollars in contracts. The contracts typically go to MPs and other power brokers in his party which keeps them in line. As chairman of the National Security Council, he can unilaterally declare a state of emergency throughout the country and suspend the usual parliamentary checks and balances. This allows him to head off any serious opposition.

In theory, he could lose an election but let's face it, Malaysians have never voted out a sitting government. The only way he could go is if... more »

Malaysia's PM Najib Razak, despite the scandal surrounding money that he received in his personal accounts, is practically invincible.

While Malaysia is nominally a democracy and the Prime Minister is technically the head of government and not the head of state, in reality, he has all the powers of a feudal overlord. As PM and finance minister, he is responsible for doling out billions of dollars in contracts. The contracts typically go to MPs and other power brokers in his party which keeps them in line. As chairman of the National Security Council, he can unilaterally declare a state of emergency throughout the country and suspend the usual parliamentary checks and balances. This allows him to head off any serious opposition.

In theory, he could lose an election but let's face it, Malaysians have never voted out a sitting government. The only way he could go is if there's an internal palace coup, i.e. the economy gets bad enough that the gravy train stops and someone from within his party stabs him in the back.___

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2016-02-03 13:23:56 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

I've always found it terribly difficult to understand what Sarah Palin is saying. According to this article, that might be because what she says "sounds like poorly translated Latin."

Maybe Mrs. Palin or her speechwriters think the convoluted sentence structure makes her sound smart. Maybe they think it makes her sound heroic, like the orators of the past. Or maybe all those extra clauses are just a really good way to load up a sentence with praise or insults. Here’s Mrs. Palin using both a dependent clause and a participial phrase to attack President Obama on Jan. 19:

And he, who would negotiate deals, kind of with the skills of a community organizer maybe organizing a neighborhood tea, well, he deciding that, “No, America would apologize as part of the deal,” as the enemy sends a message to the rest of the world that they capture and we kowtow, and we apologize, and then, we bend over and say, “Thank you, enemy.”___I've always found it terribly difficult to understand what Sarah Palin is saying. According to this article, that might be because what she says "sounds like poorly translated Latin."

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2016-02-02 16:23:00 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Boy attends a mosque in his village. The cleric asks, "Who among you is a follower of Muhammad?" Boy raises his right hand.

The cleric then asks, "Who among you doesn't believe in the teachings of the Holy Prophet?"

Boy mishears and raises his right hand again.

Cleric accuses boy, witnessed by the congregation, of blasphemy. Ashamed at this, the boy goes home and cuts off his offending right hand. Boy then becomes a local hero for his "act of love for the Prophet".

Only in Pakistan...........

Boy attends a mosque in his village. The cleric asks, "Who among you is a follower of Muhammad?" Boy raises his right hand.

The cleric then asks, "Who among you doesn't believe in the teachings of the Holy Prophet?"

Boy mishears and raises his right hand again.

Cleric accuses boy, witnessed by the congregation, of blasphemy. Ashamed at this, the boy goes home and cuts off his offending right hand. Boy then becomes a local hero for his "act of love for the Prophet".

Only in Pakistan...........___

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2016-02-02 14:50:23 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

The biggest annual migration of the human race has begun..

The biggest annual migration of the human race has begun..___

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2016-02-02 04:32:45 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Ted Cruz has an unparalleled ability to lay on the rhetoric mayonnaise really thick. The sad part is that 27.7% (so far) of Republican voters fall for that shit.

“And the federal government’s role, the federal government’s responsibility, is to defend those fundamental rights, to defend us.”

“I want to remind you of the promise of scripture. Weeping may endure for a night. But joy cometh in the morning.

“Tonight, Iowa has proclaimed to the world, Morning is coming. Morning is coming.”

Ted Cruz has an unparalleled ability to lay on the rhetoric mayonnaise really thick. The sad part is that 27.7% (so far) of Republican voters fall for that shit.

“And the federal government’s role, the federal government’s responsibility, is to defend those fundamental rights, to defend us.”

“I want to remind you of the promise of scripture. Weeping may endure for a night. But joy cometh in the morning.

“Tonight, Iowa has proclaimed to the world, Morning is coming. Morning is coming.”___

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2016-02-01 13:44:32 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Braised rice

Dinner a couple of days ago. Rice braised together with an onion gravy and topped with chopped up sausage, meat, egg, lettuce and mushrooms. Looks fearsome but, according to their accounts, the place churns out 100 plates of these per hour. It's not the elegant plating that's keeping people coming.

Braised rice

Dinner a couple of days ago. Rice braised together with an onion gravy and topped with chopped up sausage, meat, egg, lettuce and mushrooms. Looks fearsome but, according to their accounts, the place churns out 100 plates of these per hour. It's not the elegant plating that's keeping people coming.___

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2016-01-30 02:15:21 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

I think Malaysians must just content themselves with the fact that the money is gone.

The Swiss can't do anything about it, the opposition can't do anything about it, the courts and the government prosecutors won't do anything about it, and the people are too concerned about making ends meet on their own to care about it.

I think Malaysians must just content themselves with the fact that the money is gone.

The Swiss can't do anything about it, the opposition can't do anything about it, the courts and the government prosecutors won't do anything about it, and the people are too concerned about making ends meet on their own to care about it.___

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2016-01-26 23:40:54 (19 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

The sad thing about all this apart from the harrowing experiences that all these refugees must go through is that, for some fleeting years, one really had hopes that the European Union really would bring together hitherto warring nations into a huge progressive bloc of countries that would have the best chance of exemplifying human rights. Instead, as the financial crisis and now the refugee crisis has shown, national interests are reasserting themselves and the darker impulses of Europeans are showing again.

The sad thing about all this apart from the harrowing experiences that all these refugees must go through is that, for some fleeting years, one really had hopes that the European Union really would bring together hitherto warring nations into a huge progressive bloc of countries that would have the best chance of exemplifying human rights. Instead, as the financial crisis and now the refugee crisis has shown, national interests are reasserting themselves and the darker impulses of Europeans are showing again.___

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2016-01-25 14:52:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

This is why conservatives like Ted Cruz and that ilk are living in "la la land" when it comes to Iran. As soon as sanctions on Iran have been lifted, European leaders are clamouring to be first in line to cut lucrative deals with Iran. Iranian president Rouhani will be in Rome where, amongst other deals, Iran is hoping to buy 114 aircraft from Airbus.

This is why conservatives like Ted Cruz and that ilk are living in "la la land" when it comes to Iran. As soon as sanctions on Iran have been lifted, European leaders are clamouring to be first in line to cut lucrative deals with Iran. Iranian president Rouhani will be in Rome where, amongst other deals, Iran is hoping to buy 114 aircraft from Airbus.___

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2016-01-24 12:57:15 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

I'm pleased to say there's none of that white stuff down in my part of the world. And a picture of the pepper soup I had for lunch earlier on today. Perfect for warming up the belly... not that I needed it. ;)

I'm pleased to say there's none of that white stuff down in my part of the world. And a picture of the pepper soup I had for lunch earlier on today. Perfect for warming up the belly... not that I needed it. ;)___

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2016-01-14 05:29:34 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

The first major terrorist attack in Jakarta since the 2009 bombings of the Marriott and Ritz hotels. Still ongoing...

The first major terrorist attack in Jakarta since the 2009 bombings of the Marriott and Ritz hotels. Still ongoing...___

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2016-01-13 03:07:53 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Bernie Sanders is one of the most genuine candidates in US that I can remember seeing for a long time. And it seems that many are waking up to that fact.

Because integrity.___Bernie Sanders is one of the most genuine candidates in US that I can remember seeing for a long time. And it seems that many are waking up to that fact.

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2016-01-05 14:44:46 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

In today's bizarre news from Malaysia Airlines. They've banned all check in baggage for passengers to Europe except for 7 kg for economy class (and 14 kg for business class) due to "unseasonably strong head winds".

In today's bizarre news from Malaysia Airlines. They've banned all check in baggage for passengers to Europe except for 7 kg for economy class (and 14 kg for business class) due to "unseasonably strong head winds".___

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2016-01-02 03:03:07 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

The opera Turandot by Puccini tells the story of a cruel princess who orders all potential suitors who fail to answer her three riddles to be beheaded. One day, the besotted Prince of Tartary, answers all three of her riddles. Defeated, she asks if he will take her by force. The prince declares that he has a riddle for her instead and that if she can figure out his real name by sunrise, he will die. Otherwise, they will marry.

The aria Nessun dorma which is the background track to this video, is the part of this opera in which Princess Turandot declares that none of the citizens of Peking will sleep that night and that all will die if the Prince's name is not discovered by morning.

I don't think Trump's supporters thought this through completely when they chose this aria to promote their candidate.....

The opera Turandot by Puccini tells the story of a cruel princess who orders all potential suitors who fail to answer her three riddles to be beheaded. One day, the besotted Prince of Tartary, answers all three of her riddles. Defeated, she asks if he will take her by force. The prince declares that he has a riddle for her instead and that if she can figure out his real name by sunrise, he will die. Otherwise, they will marry.

The aria Nessun dorma which is the background track to this video, is the part of this opera in which Princess Turandot declares that none of the citizens of Peking will sleep that night and that all will die if the Prince's name is not discovered by morning.

I don't think Trump's supporters thought this through completely when they chose this aria to promote their candidate.....___

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2015-12-31 23:33:16 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Happy new year! It's already 2016 where I am but for the Americans who are still in 2015, heed this friendly warning from your northern neighbour.

No, Canada, no!!!!___Happy new year! It's already 2016 where I am but for the Americans who are still in 2015, heed this friendly warning from your northern neighbour.

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2015-12-29 03:00:16 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

h/t +Tessa Schlesinger 

It is difficult to fathom the amount of ignorance some people can display. I'm not a huge fan of Pope Francis but to suggest that Donald Trump can even hold a candle to the Pope is ridiculous.

___h/t +Tessa Schlesinger 

It is difficult to fathom the amount of ignorance some people can display. I'm not a huge fan of Pope Francis but to suggest that Donald Trump can even hold a candle to the Pope is ridiculous.

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2015-12-27 02:05:35 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

h/t +Irreverent Monk 

The only plausible solution of course would be to put heavily armed security guards in each McDonald's and to ensure that every McDonald's restaurant worker is similarly well-armed. In essence, having sufficient "good guys with guns" to stop "bad guys with guns".

___h/t +Irreverent Monk 

The only plausible solution of course would be to put heavily armed security guards in each McDonald's and to ensure that every McDonald's restaurant worker is similarly well-armed. In essence, having sufficient "good guys with guns" to stop "bad guys with guns".

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2015-12-25 03:17:27 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

I've only just discovered Emily King. She sings beautifully.

I've only just discovered Emily King. She sings beautifully.___

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2015-12-19 01:53:18 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Because learning to write Arabic is an act of terror and justifies schools being closed down. Americans......

Because learning to write Arabic is an act of terror and justifies schools being closed down. Americans......___

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2015-12-17 14:05:35 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Pharmabro, who rose to notoriety in September for raising the prices of Daraprim by 5000%, has been arrested and charged with securities fraud in a totally unrelated matter.

Couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke..

Pharmabro, who rose to notoriety in September for raising the prices of Daraprim by 5000%, has been arrested and charged with securities fraud in a totally unrelated matter.

Couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke..___

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2015-12-08 02:50:34 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The National Security Council Bill, which has just passed Parliament over 2 days, creates a National Security Council (NSC) chaired by the Prime Minister and 5 other members who report to the PM. 

Ostensibly to combat "terrorism", the PM will have the sole discretion to designate an entire area as a "security area" for 6 months initially and then indefinitely at the discretion of the PM. Within the security area, police and the military will be able to detain, search, seize property, and arrest individuals without a warrant.

I don't think I need to tell you why this development has got a lot of people wringing their hands in worry...

The National Security Council Bill, which has just passed Parliament over 2 days, creates a National Security Council (NSC) chaired by the Prime Minister and 5 other members who report to the PM. 

Ostensibly to combat "terrorism", the PM will have the sole discretion to designate an entire area as a "security area" for 6 months initially and then indefinitely at the discretion of the PM. Within the security area, police and the military will be able to detain, search, seize property, and arrest individuals without a warrant.

I don't think I need to tell you why this development has got a lot of people wringing their hands in worry...___

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2015-12-02 03:36:13 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Interesting article here by Barbara Ehrenreich on why blue collar whites in the US seem to be dying off at an alarming rate. In essence, economic opportunities are narrowing in part because a lot of the unionised manual labour jobs have disappeared. Additionally, the rock that the blue collar white group used to be able to stand on -- a white privilege which meant that they could at least point to the "coloureds" as people who are worse off and hated more than they -- is shrinking beneath their feet.

A cautionary tale here, though: it's not just the blue collar whites who are losing ground, the same story could probably be made for all professional jobs in all high wage countries like the US.. and Europe, Australia, and the rest of the developed world.

Thanks to technology, there is a huge cohort of people from the developing world who are able and willing... more »

Interesting article here by Barbara Ehrenreich on why blue collar whites in the US seem to be dying off at an alarming rate. In essence, economic opportunities are narrowing in part because a lot of the unionised manual labour jobs have disappeared. Additionally, the rock that the blue collar white group used to be able to stand on -- a white privilege which meant that they could at least point to the "coloureds" as people who are worse off and hated more than they -- is shrinking beneath their feet.

A cautionary tale here, though: it's not just the blue collar whites who are losing ground, the same story could probably be made for all professional jobs in all high wage countries like the US.. and Europe, Australia, and the rest of the developed world.

Thanks to technology, there is a huge cohort of people from the developing world who are able and willing to take the place of developed world citizens. I should know, I'm one of them. Although this is a highly diverse cohort, there are sufficient people in this cohort who are able to produce work to the same standard as anyone else in the developed world. Further -- and this is the crucial point -- because of lower living costs, they are willing to do this for a far cheaper price compared to the average developed world citizen.

To put this into perspective, the sort of work I do typically requires a Masters degree. I would be very happy to ask for $3,000/month in return for my 35 hour per week attention. I can do this because my living costs are less than half of that. I don't think this is possible anywhere in the US.

I'm afraid I don't know the solution to this huge problem unless, of course, the developed world "skills up" in a significant way such that it would take decades for the developing world to catch up. But that sort of change requires a painful adjustment process and is one in which a lot of people will end up falling between the cracks.___

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2015-12-01 12:35:34 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

This is Malaysia for you.

This isn't about "foreigners" in general, the people who put up this sign will probably have no quarrel with anyone from more developed countries. Signs like these are typically directed at foreigners from less developed countries: Africans, Filipinos, Indonesians, Bangladeshis and so on.

It is sad but many people in Malaysia believe that there is a strict hierarchy of "superior" or "inferior" races with people from the developed countries at the very top, their own ethnicity somewhere in the middle, and everyone else below them. It's hokum but there are enough people who believe in it to give rise to signs like these.

This is Malaysia for you.

This isn't about "foreigners" in general, the people who put up this sign will probably have no quarrel with anyone from more developed countries. Signs like these are typically directed at foreigners from less developed countries: Africans, Filipinos, Indonesians, Bangladeshis and so on.

It is sad but many people in Malaysia believe that there is a strict hierarchy of "superior" or "inferior" races with people from the developed countries at the very top, their own ethnicity somewhere in the middle, and everyone else below them. It's hokum but there are enough people who believe in it to give rise to signs like these.___

2015-11-29 14:00:18 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Why I am a progressive

Someone asked me in a comment why I am a Democrat. It might have been a throwaway comment but it led me to quite a few thoughts.

Let's clear a few things up first. I'm not a Democrat. I have never voted Democrat -- for obvious reasons. However, many of the positions I have taken tend to be shared by Democrat politicians. To get to the heart of the matter, I think the question is all about why I am progressive, in other words why I am not Conservative.

You'll notice I capitalised Conservative. This is because I want to distinguish US Conservatives from the broader implications of the word "conservative". I know conservatives. I live in a society conservative in many ways. The society I live in, for example, still strongly frowns upon pre-marital sex, inter-racial dating, and let's not even talk about same... more »

Why I am a progressive

Someone asked me in a comment why I am a Democrat. It might have been a throwaway comment but it led me to quite a few thoughts.

Let's clear a few things up first. I'm not a Democrat. I have never voted Democrat -- for obvious reasons. However, many of the positions I have taken tend to be shared by Democrat politicians. To get to the heart of the matter, I think the question is all about why I am progressive, in other words why I am not Conservative.

You'll notice I capitalised Conservative. This is because I want to distinguish US Conservatives from the broader implications of the word "conservative". I know conservatives. I live in a society conservative in many ways. The society I live in, for example, still strongly frowns upon pre-marital sex, inter-racial dating, and let's not even talk about same sex marriage. 

But it is a type of conservative that I understand. The types of conservatives that I would encounter are those who would cringe at the thought of same sex marriage, but if I were to mention my support of it, would simply dismiss my support as one of my many little eccentricities. I wouldn't expect any strong reactions, no condemnation for "supporting sin".

The US Conservatives, from my POV, are characterised by how negative they are. In many ways, they appear to be "anti-progressive". There don't seem to be many positive messages emanating from that position. So, for example, the position of "upholding the institution of marriage" doesn't seem to be displayed positively in ways like promoting better spousal ties, or addressing the many variegated issues that lead to dissolution of marriages. Instead, it is expressed negatively in the form of "don't let those gays marry."

Since I've already brought up same sex marriage several times, let me say a few more words about how the same sex marriage issue alone is one of the many gulfs that separate the Conservative position from my own.

Firstly, I've tried to understand why Conservatives hate the idea of same sex marriage. The only logical explanation I can find for the opposition towards same sex marriage is the notion that same sex marriage may be somehow "unnatural" -- which, let's face it, is code word for "ungodly". Thus, the objection towards sex marriage is a religious objection, i.e. "God hates it so I hate it too."

The fact is the God concept plays a minuscule role in my life. Maybe God exists. Maybe God doesn't. I don't know the answer and, at this point, I don't care. I feel very little personal obligation towards following the dictates of an entity who I can't see, who I can't touch, and whose existence I can't even confirm. So, the entire concept of God hating homosexuality doesn't phase me. It would be like telling me that vampires hate the sunlight... so what?

Secondly, since God's dictates don't phase me in the least, I wondered if I would hate the idea of same sex marriage because it is actually unnatural. And I've thought about it hard. Ultimately, I simply cannot be disgusted by the idea of same sex marriage. Ordinarily, my opinion of same sex marriage might very well be "meh". I'm not homosexual. It doesn't affect me in the least. If two men want to get married to each other, bully for them. If two women want to get married to each other, that's fine by me too. And if any two to n individuals wish to get into any long-term bonding relationship with one another, and all of the individuals involved consent fully to this, good for them. None of this actually affects me. Why would I hate it?

Why I do support same sex marriage is because I have homosexual friends and being able to be married to the partners they want to marry means a lot to them. And their happiness means a lot more to me than the possible disapproval of a hypothetical entity whose existence I cannot confirm.

So, yes, this is why I'm progressive. I cannot be Conservative because I can only explain a lot of Conservative behaviour by the whole "God" argument and since God plays an infinitesimal role in my life such that my actions are not dictated by a fear of God or a desire for God's approval, I simply cannot hold Conservative views.___

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2015-11-27 05:20:13 (36 comments; 2 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

It isn't enough that Donald Trump mocked a NY Times reporter for his disability, he's now turning the tables and asking the NY Times for lying about his mocking and accusing the reporter of grandstanding about his disability.

I don't know what Donald Trump is like in person. Maybe he's a really sensitive and sweet guy. But, publicly, he's about as far away from Presidential material as you can get. His public statements, as far as I'm concerned, tell me that he fails really really badly at being a decent human being.

It isn't enough that Donald Trump mocked a NY Times reporter for his disability, he's now turning the tables and asking the NY Times for lying about his mocking and accusing the reporter of grandstanding about his disability.

I don't know what Donald Trump is like in person. Maybe he's a really sensitive and sweet guy. But, publicly, he's about as far away from Presidential material as you can get. His public statements, as far as I'm concerned, tell me that he fails really really badly at being a decent human being.___

2015-11-24 15:37:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Intellectual dullness is at the bottom of that vacuity of soul which is stamped on so many faces, a state of mind which betrays itself by a constant and lively attention to all the trivial circumstances in the external world. This is the true source of boredom — a continual panting after excitement, in order to have a pretext for giving the mind and spirits something to occupy them. The kind of things people choose for this purpose shows that they are not very particular, as witness the miserable pastimes they have recourse to, and their ideas of social pleasure and conversation: or again, the number of people who gossip on the doorstep or gape out of the window. It is mainly because of this inner vacuity of soul that people go in quest of society, diversion, amusement, luxury of every sort, which lead many to extravagance and misery. Nothing is so good a protection against such misery as inward wealth,t... more »

Intellectual dullness is at the bottom of that vacuity of soul which is stamped on so many faces, a state of mind which betrays itself by a constant and lively attention to all the trivial circumstances in the external world. This is the true source of boredom — a continual panting after excitement, in order to have a pretext for giving the mind and spirits something to occupy them. The kind of things people choose for this purpose shows that they are not very particular, as witness the miserable pastimes they have recourse to, and their ideas of social pleasure and conversation: or again, the number of people who gossip on the doorstep or gape out of the window. It is mainly because of this inner vacuity of soul that people go in quest of society, diversion, amusement, luxury of every sort, which lead many to extravagance and misery. Nothing is so good a protection against such misery as inward wealth, the wealth of the mind, because the greater it grows, the less room it leaves for boredom. The inexhaustible activity of thought! Finding ever new material to work upon in the multifarious phenomena of self and nature, and able and ready to form new combinations of them — there you have something that invigorates the mind, and apart from moments of relaxation, sets it far above the reach of boredom.

-- Arthur Schopenhauer, The Wisdom of Life___

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2015-11-24 09:58:42 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

So this has happened. Oh dear... I suspect this is going to be quite a problem for the Turks.

So this has happened. Oh dear... I suspect this is going to be quite a problem for the Turks.___

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2015-11-24 02:51:04 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

I used to work in IT and, believe me, this isn't nearly as uncommon as the article suggests. I still have some of my scripts. They make life easier.

Amazing.___I used to work in IT and, believe me, this isn't nearly as uncommon as the article suggests. I still have some of my scripts. They make life easier.

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2015-11-19 11:14:54 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I'm not sure whether this is meant to be satire or not. But, anyway, it seems that artisanal pencil sharpening is a thing. David Rees even has a book that is claimed to be "the standard to which all future pencil-sharpening textbooks must now aspire."

I don't know why but I kind of want this book.

I'm not sure whether this is meant to be satire or not. But, anyway, it seems that artisanal pencil sharpening is a thing. David Rees even has a book that is claimed to be "the standard to which all future pencil-sharpening textbooks must now aspire."

I don't know why but I kind of want this book.___

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2015-11-17 04:23:51 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

I am not okay with this. Whatever happened in Paris was a terrible, terrible thing. But suspending Schengen is the thin end of the wedge and strikes at the very heart of the whole purpose of the EU. If one, admittedly horrible, terrorist attack is all it takes to do this, I am worried for the European integration project.

I am not okay with this. Whatever happened in Paris was a terrible, terrible thing. But suspending Schengen is the thin end of the wedge and strikes at the very heart of the whole purpose of the EU. If one, admittedly horrible, terrorist attack is all it takes to do this, I am worried for the European integration project.___

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2015-11-14 13:55:16 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

These barbarians must have their heads stuck further up in the 7th century than I thought if they believe that taking credit for these activities bolsters their terrorist credentials. The more they commit these outrageous acts, the more it strengthens the resolve of the civilised world to see them wiped out. 

These barbarians must have their heads stuck further up in the 7th century than I thought if they believe that taking credit for these activities bolsters their terrorist credentials. The more they commit these outrageous acts, the more it strengthens the resolve of the civilised world to see them wiped out. ___

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2015-11-12 01:16:04 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

This is probably the only time you'll ever find me linking to a post on Breitbart.

But there is likely never to be another manufactured controversy that so epitomizes the tendency for those who identify as "conservatives" to blow an issue completely out of proportion that there is with the Starbucks "Cup-gate".

Sometimes, a red cup is just a red cup. It isn't, as some comments suggest, a tabula rasa on which the de-Christianization of America or some deeper, darker agenda too unspeakable to mention. I once believed in deep dark conspiracies too but, in my defense, I was 14 and I grew up. 

This is probably the only time you'll ever find me linking to a post on Breitbart.

But there is likely never to be another manufactured controversy that so epitomizes the tendency for those who identify as "conservatives" to blow an issue completely out of proportion that there is with the Starbucks "Cup-gate".

Sometimes, a red cup is just a red cup. It isn't, as some comments suggest, a tabula rasa on which the de-Christianization of America or some deeper, darker agenda too unspeakable to mention. I once believed in deep dark conspiracies too but, in my defense, I was 14 and I grew up. ___

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2015-11-09 06:59:49 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Now this isn't something I expected to see today.

Now this isn't something I expected to see today.___

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2015-11-08 15:01:59 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Behind the image of caring and selfless healers, what are doctors really like? Turns out a not insignificant proportion of them trash talk their colleagues, insult their patients behind their backs, and describe women as "unfit surgeons, both because they were assumed to lack manual skills and because they would never put surgery before parenting".

Behind the image of caring and selfless healers, what are doctors really like? Turns out a not insignificant proportion of them trash talk their colleagues, insult their patients behind their backs, and describe women as "unfit surgeons, both because they were assumed to lack manual skills and because they would never put surgery before parenting".___

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2015-11-07 00:28:35 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Democrats really don't know how to create jobs.

Democrats really don't know how to create jobs.___

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2015-10-21 10:20:17 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I'm convinced that the British government has completely lost the plot. The Immigration Bill 2015-2016 will require all landlords to conduct "right to rent" checks on their potential tenants including checking their immigration status to ensure they are in the UK legally. And if it is subsequently found that the tenant was an illegal immigrant, there will be tough sanctions against the landlords for having let to them in the first place.

What the hell? 

In the first place, your average landlord is no expert in immigration law and is probably not going to be well qualified to check whether the tenant that (s)he may be lending to is legally in the UK or not. It's going to cost the landlord real money to get a professional to do it and if that doesn't happen properly, the landlord is still going to be legally responsible.

To top it all off, I'm... more »

I'm convinced that the British government has completely lost the plot. The Immigration Bill 2015-2016 will require all landlords to conduct "right to rent" checks on their potential tenants including checking their immigration status to ensure they are in the UK legally. And if it is subsequently found that the tenant was an illegal immigrant, there will be tough sanctions against the landlords for having let to them in the first place.

What the hell? 

In the first place, your average landlord is no expert in immigration law and is probably not going to be well qualified to check whether the tenant that (s)he may be lending to is legally in the UK or not. It's going to cost the landlord real money to get a professional to do it and if that doesn't happen properly, the landlord is still going to be legally responsible.

To top it all off, I'm willing to bet a small fortune that this will mean that many landlords are simply not going to bother with the hassle and will simply redline someone with a name like "Muhammad Ali"... or maybe "U-Ming Lee".... whether they are legally in the UK or not.

A bad idea all around, methinks.___

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2015-10-19 07:27:11 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Quotes from the British media of how earthquakes feel sorted by strength on the Richter scale. If you've ever wanted to know how an earthquake measuring 3.8 feels like, well, you would expect your mugs to fall off the shelf.

Quotes from the British media of how earthquakes feel sorted by strength on the Richter scale. If you've ever wanted to know how an earthquake measuring 3.8 feels like, well, you would expect your mugs to fall off the shelf.___

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2015-10-13 15:17:17 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

It is the "Nine Emperor Gods" festival celebrated by many people, primarily of Chinese descent, throughout Southeast Asia. Throughout this period, adherents do stuff like eat vegan food and practice self-mutilation.

I think I'll pass, thanks.

It is the "Nine Emperor Gods" festival celebrated by many people, primarily of Chinese descent, throughout Southeast Asia. Throughout this period, adherents do stuff like eat vegan food and practice self-mutilation.

I think I'll pass, thanks.___

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2015-10-10 19:12:51 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

On +Tony Catano's recommendation, I went out to watch The Martian. Here's my review.

Mark Wahlberg plays an astronaut named Mark Whitney in this true story of a Mars mission that goes awry. Mark Whitney is left on Mars after the other members of his away mission mistakenly believe he is dead. They leave on their ship, the USS Enterprise, and Mark must fend for himself on a planet hostile to human life. Mark ultimately survives after the loneliness causes him to hallucinate about a man named Ben Kenobi who teaches him how to "use the Force" to rescue himself from Mars.

Also making appearances in this film are Kate Mara and Sean Bean whose characters, in a departure from tradition, do not die.

I rate this film 10/10.

On +Tony Catano's recommendation, I went out to watch The Martian. Here's my review.

Mark Wahlberg plays an astronaut named Mark Whitney in this true story of a Mars mission that goes awry. Mark Whitney is left on Mars after the other members of his away mission mistakenly believe he is dead. They leave on their ship, the USS Enterprise, and Mark must fend for himself on a planet hostile to human life. Mark ultimately survives after the loneliness causes him to hallucinate about a man named Ben Kenobi who teaches him how to "use the Force" to rescue himself from Mars.

Also making appearances in this film are Kate Mara and Sean Bean whose characters, in a departure from tradition, do not die.

I rate this film 10/10.___

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2015-10-10 07:23:36 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

So it's come to this. Taxi drivers are performing citizens' arrests on Uber and Grabcar drivers and handing them over to the police. I'm not a huge fan of some of Uber's business practices but taxi drivers dishing out vigilante justice on their drivers is beyond the pale.

So it's come to this. Taxi drivers are performing citizens' arrests on Uber and Grabcar drivers and handing them over to the police. I'm not a huge fan of some of Uber's business practices but taxi drivers dishing out vigilante justice on their drivers is beyond the pale.___

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2015-10-08 02:33:44 (29 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Yup.

h/t +Irreverent Monk 

This deserves great recognition. slow clap starts 
Source → http://bit.ly/1VyCVhO___Yup.

h/t +Irreverent Monk 

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2015-09-30 17:51:10 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

It is the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Over the past two decades, about a billion people were pulled out of extreme poverty. Almost 700 million of those came from China alone, something I think many Chinese would be rightfully proud of.

It is the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Over the past two decades, about a billion people were pulled out of extreme poverty. Almost 700 million of those came from China alone, something I think many Chinese would be rightfully proud of.___

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2015-09-30 13:41:01 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Three months ago, the Malaysian Land Transport Commission (SPAD) ruled that Uber is providing an illegal service and cannot be permitted in Malaysia. Now, they've started seizing Uber cars and charging drivers for unlicensed ferrying.

Seems just a little heavy handed to me...

Three months ago, the Malaysian Land Transport Commission (SPAD) ruled that Uber is providing an illegal service and cannot be permitted in Malaysia. Now, they've started seizing Uber cars and charging drivers for unlicensed ferrying.

Seems just a little heavy handed to me...___

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2015-09-27 02:19:06 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

I've never paid SEP that much attention in the past but this article on holes actually intrigued me. This snippet here in particular blew my mind...

Further problems arise from the ambiguous status of holes in figure-ground displays (Bozzi 1975). Thus, for example, though it appears that the shapes of holes can be recognized by humans as accurately as the shapes of ordinary objects, the area seen through a hole typically belongs to the background of its host, and there is evidence to the effect that background regions are not represented as having shapes (Bertamini & Croucher 2003; Bertamini & Casati 2014). So what would the shape of a hole be, if any?

I've never paid SEP that much attention in the past but this article on holes actually intrigued me. This snippet here in particular blew my mind...

Further problems arise from the ambiguous status of holes in figure-ground displays (Bozzi 1975). Thus, for example, though it appears that the shapes of holes can be recognized by humans as accurately as the shapes of ordinary objects, the area seen through a hole typically belongs to the background of its host, and there is evidence to the effect that background regions are not represented as having shapes (Bertamini & Croucher 2003; Bertamini & Casati 2014). So what would the shape of a hole be, if any?___

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2015-09-17 15:28:15 (10 comments; 9 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Chauffeur knowledge vs Planck knowledge

I like this post from Shane Parrish's excellent blog Farnam Street. This post talks about the difference between "Planck knowledge" and "chauffeur knowledge". The (possibly apocryphal) anecdote below talks about how these terms came about. 

The mistake many people, including myself, make is mistaking chauffeur knowledge for Planck knowledge. The thing about being a generalist as I have been most of my life is that I've ended up with chauffeur knowledge in a few areas but not the Planck knowledge that only comes about by thinking deeply about a connected set of issues/problems over a prolonged period of time. Chauffeur knowledge is a nice party trick which can make for nice conversation but it's really not all that great for getting stuff done.

My programming skills are probably an example... more »

Chauffeur knowledge vs Planck knowledge

I like this post from Shane Parrish's excellent blog Farnam Street. This post talks about the difference between "Planck knowledge" and "chauffeur knowledge". The (possibly apocryphal) anecdote below talks about how these terms came about. 

The mistake many people, including myself, make is mistaking chauffeur knowledge for Planck knowledge. The thing about being a generalist as I have been most of my life is that I've ended up with chauffeur knowledge in a few areas but not the Planck knowledge that only comes about by thinking deeply about a connected set of issues/problems over a prolonged period of time. Chauffeur knowledge is a nice party trick which can make for nice conversation but it's really not all that great for getting stuff done.

My programming skills are probably an example of my chauffeur knowledge. I don't talk about it much but I spent about 3 years of my life doing programming work. I've never written a computer program of note. I can't even figure out how to implement a bubble sort or a merge sort in C which is the sort of thing any decent computer science major could manage in a few minutes. My chauffeur knowledge gives me the ability to talk about it but not the skills to do it.

After receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918, Max Planck went on tour across Germany. Wherever he was invited, he delivered the same lecture on new quantum mechanics. Over time, his chauffeur grew to know it by heart: “It has to be boring giving the same speech each time, Professor Planck. How about I do it for you in Munich? You can sit in the front row and wear my chauffeur’s cap. That’d give us both a bit of variety.” Planck liked the idea, so that evening the driver held a long lecture on quantum mechanics in front of a distinguished audience. Later, a physics professor stood up with a question. The driver recoiled: “Never would I have thought that someone from such an advanced city as Munich would ask such a simple question! My chauffeur will answer it.___

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2015-09-16 10:09:02 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

I'm not that bright so I can only put this out there.

Siemens is looking for bright ideas.  And we have lots of bright people here on Google Plus  
The categories are:
1. Water and waste water.
2. Energy.
3. Sheltering
4.Healthcare
5. Food and agriculture
6.Education
7. Waste management
8.Information and communication.
Details to enter: http://goo.gl/7Y7s5n___I'm not that bright so I can only put this out there.

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