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Daria Musk3,843,367*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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2016-06-08 02:56:19 (41 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Yes, I know it isn't technically over yet. California's votes still have to be counted. DC hasn't voted yet. And, of course, the superdelegates haven't voted either and won't do so until the convention.

But the idea that the superdelegates can be convinced to switch their support from Clinton to Sanders is, if you ask me, a bit of a Hail Mary. In a system which favours the insider, Hillary is the consummate insider while Sanders has spent a bit too long in the political wilderness to be hugely effective in convincing superdelegates to switch their support.

I'm sorry, I like Sanders but if I were a betting man, my money would be on Clinton.

Most reshares: 7

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2016-07-07 02:34:49 (20 comments; 7 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

This is not the first time that the West seems to have shrugged off massacres in predominantly Muslim countries. But the relative indifference after so many deaths caused by the very groups that have plagued the West is more than a matter of hurt feelings.

One of the primary goals of the Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups is to drive a wedge between Sunni Muslims and the wider world, to fuel alienation as a recruiting tool. And when that world appears to show less empathy for the victims of attacks in Muslim nations, who have borne the brunt of the Islamic State’s massacres and predatory rule, it seems to prove their point.

“Why isn’t #PrayForIraq trending?” Razan Hasan of Baghdad posted on Twitter. “Oh yeah no one cares about us.”

Most plusones: 79

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2016-05-03 02:51:35 (40 comments; 7 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Apparently, the Taliban feels they are too good for McDonald's.

Yes, I know McDonald's and its food but we will never eat it. We don't even consider it as a food. This isn't our food ... We live in the rough, tough mountainous areas and need energy and power to fight against the enemy

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2016-09-29 15:21:43 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Except all of you in those countries that nobody gives a damn about.

The smug satisfaction I get from serving up this video about smug satisfaction is very smugly satisfying.___My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Except all of you in those countries that nobody gives a damn about.

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2016-09-09 03:17:12 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Some spectacular pictures here but better her than me.

Some spectacular pictures here but better her than me.___

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2016-09-07 01:47:01 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

I think there's more than a little dissonance going on. It seems a little strange that Silicon Valley, whose ethos elevates rational thinking and data-driven decisions, tends to be fingered as the industry in which ageism is rampant.

I’m lucky enough to get my tech support from JK Scheinberg, the engineer at Apple who led the effort that moved the Mac to Intel processors. A little restless after retiring in 2008, at 54, he figured he’d be a great fit for a position at an Apple store Genius Bar, despite being twice as old as anyone else at the group interview. “On the way out, all three of the interviewers singled me out and said, ‘We’ll be in touch,’ ” he said.

I think there's more than a little dissonance going on. It seems a little strange that Silicon Valley, whose ethos elevates rational thinking and data-driven decisions, tends to be fingered as the industry in which ageism is rampant.

I’m lucky enough to get my tech support from JK Scheinberg, the engineer at Apple who led the effort that moved the Mac to Intel processors. A little restless after retiring in 2008, at 54, he figured he’d be a great fit for a position at an Apple store Genius Bar, despite being twice as old as anyone else at the group interview. “On the way out, all three of the interviewers singled me out and said, ‘We’ll be in touch,’ ” he said.___

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2016-09-06 16:08:11 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

For every writer like JRR Tolkien who took 16 years to complete the Lord of the Rings, or Victor Hugo who took 12 years to write Les Miserables, we have R L Stevenson who took 6 days to write the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or 3 weeks for Anthony Burgess to pen A Clockwork Orange.

Feeling very unaccomplished right about now...

For every writer like JRR Tolkien who took 16 years to complete the Lord of the Rings, or Victor Hugo who took 12 years to write Les Miserables, we have R L Stevenson who took 6 days to write the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or 3 weeks for Anthony Burgess to pen A Clockwork Orange.

Feeling very unaccomplished right about now...___

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2016-09-04 03:05:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

He was a right bastard but he was our bastard and that makes all the difference.

I don't see why people are so surprised by this. I mean, if you're going to have a terror war, wouldn't you want someone who boils people alive on your side? That's pretty scary! I'd also want people who eat eyeballs, and maybe those little bug things that get caught under your toenails, you know the ones with the little claws that—

What? A war against terror?

Oh. Oh, that's different.

Nevermind.

</litella>___He was a right bastard but he was our bastard and that makes all the difference.

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2016-08-31 02:56:14 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I nearly choked on my coffee when reading this.

“Marianne has a naked breast because she is feeding the people! She is not veiled, because she is free! That is the republic!” he thundered at a government rally.

I nearly choked on my coffee when reading this.

“Marianne has a naked breast because she is feeding the people! She is not veiled, because she is free! That is the republic!” he thundered at a government rally.___

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2016-08-25 09:33:26 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I have a number of people in my circles asking how... just how... Filipinos could elect a man like Rodrigo Duterte who's basically pledged to kill suspected drug addicts and dealers whether or not they're guilty.

It sounds ludicrous from the perspective of privileged outsiders like me (or, I suspect, like the people in my circles). So let's hear it from a field researcher in the Philippines.

But why killings? Why can’t there be support for humane ways of being “tough” on crime?

Part of the reason has to do with a criminal justice system that has failed over the years. Arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning drug pushers is so slow, so bureaucratic and so prone to corruption that it has discredited the democratic virtue of due process.

What is the point of putting drug dealers behind bars if everyone knows the maximum-security prison has become afiefd... more »

I have a number of people in my circles asking how... just how... Filipinos could elect a man like Rodrigo Duterte who's basically pledged to kill suspected drug addicts and dealers whether or not they're guilty.

It sounds ludicrous from the perspective of privileged outsiders like me (or, I suspect, like the people in my circles). So let's hear it from a field researcher in the Philippines.

But why killings? Why can’t there be support for humane ways of being “tough” on crime?

Part of the reason has to do with a criminal justice system that has failed over the years. Arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning drug pushers is so slow, so bureaucratic and so prone to corruption that it has discredited the democratic virtue of due process.

What is the point of putting drug dealers behind bars if everyone knows the maximum-security prison has become a fiefdom run by convicted drug lords? In 2014, media reports revealed that prison cells had been converted to strip clubs, private gyms, recording studios and drug laboratories, with the occasional jacuzzi installed. Jail wardens were either too corrupt or too afraid to confront the felons.___

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2016-08-20 08:48:17 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Human creativity

Liberated from the tyranny of rigorously enforced health and safety regulations, this gentleman found a creative solution to the problem of transporting large tires when equipped with only a small motorcycle.

Human creativity

Liberated from the tyranny of rigorously enforced health and safety regulations, this gentleman found a creative solution to the problem of transporting large tires when equipped with only a small motorcycle.___

2016-08-17 02:44:57 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

h/t +Emlyn O'Regan 

I agree wholeheartedly with this. I dislike phone calls with a passion. Whenever the phone rings, my pulse races, I feel my core temperature rise, and my first instinct is to switch the phone off so that the damned ringing/vibrating will go away. Because I am always doing something or thinking about something and phone calls interrupt my train of thought.

Phone Calls are Rude

If you're 30 or over, you may remember how back in the 80s and 90s, calling during dinner hours was considered rude. The hours between 5-7 were for the family, and you'd never have your meal interrupted by a phone call. But, maybe that was just a Midwest thing.

Prior to the phone, the main way to contact someone was via a letter. The first asynchronous form of human communication. Along comes the phone, and it basically kills most personal mail by fixing the latency problem. In fact, I don't think I've written a personal letter in my entire life. However, calls were a step backwards in a sense: phone calls are synchronous, you need to answer them and interact, or not get the message at all (answering machines aside).

With the Internet being so pervasive; email, texting, and instant messenger is in the progress of killing the phone. The only phone calls I make now seem to be to customer service departments. I don't even call for takeout/delivery anymore, now that you can do that online. Obviously, the need for live communication will never disappear, but there are plenty of better, unintrusive ways, to contact people that let them respond on their own time and leisure.

When I get a phone call now, I interpret it as someone saying: Stop doing whatever you are doing now, because whatever I am calling about is more important than that. Chances are, it really wasn't. Phone calls are rude.



Obviously, family and close friends are exempt... usually.___h/t +Emlyn O'Regan 

I agree wholeheartedly with this. I dislike phone calls with a passion. Whenever the phone rings, my pulse races, I feel my core temperature rise, and my first instinct is to switch the phone off so that the damned ringing/vibrating will go away. Because I am always doing something or thinking about something and phone calls interrupt my train of thought.

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2016-08-15 16:35:09 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

+Kooi Hwei Lee +Gene C 

In my humble and unbiased opinion, the author has it completely right.

Bottom line: The food in Penang makes the food in KL look like glorified leftovers for the tenants at the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

+Kooi Hwei Lee +Gene C 

In my humble and unbiased opinion, the author has it completely right.

Bottom line: The food in Penang makes the food in KL look like glorified leftovers for the tenants at the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.___

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2016-08-12 14:11:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

h/t +John Hardy not a Turnbull fan 

The Thai government originally claimed that the bombs were set by local criminal elements but that's a bit of a tall order considering the coordinated nature of the bombings.

This is horrific.

___h/t +John Hardy not a Turnbull fan 

The Thai government originally claimed that the bombs were set by local criminal elements but that's a bit of a tall order considering the coordinated nature of the bombings.

This is horrific.

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2016-08-11 02:02:52 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

No no, there isn't any sexual assault going on in Nauru according to Peter Dutton. That's all a cry for attention from people desperate to get into Australia by any means necessary.

The self-harming and the self-immolation? That's just a sign people are so desperate to get out of their situation that they'd love to get in to Australia as a charred corpse.

Christ...

No no, there isn't any sexual assault going on in Nauru according to Peter Dutton. That's all a cry for attention from people desperate to get into Australia by any means necessary.

The self-harming and the self-immolation? That's just a sign people are so desperate to get out of their situation that they'd love to get in to Australia as a charred corpse.

Christ...___

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2016-08-07 15:56:49 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Pokemon Go's only been out in Malaysia for a day or two and already the religious bodies are talking about making it haram for Muslims because it is a threat to the public order and might sway their faith in Islam (or something)

Pokemon Go's only been out in Malaysia for a day or two and already the religious bodies are talking about making it haram for Muslims because it is a threat to the public order and might sway their faith in Islam (or something)___

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2016-08-07 01:33:12 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

The broader lesson to be drawn is not to shy away from confronting the dominance of the political system under the management of the two major parties. Rather, challenges to it need to be issued with a full awareness of their possible consequences. This includes the recognition that far right victories not only impose terrible suffering on the most vulnerable segments of society but also function as a powerful weapon in the hands of the establishment center, which, now in opposition can posture as the “reasonable” alternative. A Trump presidency, should it materialize, will undermine the burgeoning movement centered around the Sanders campaign, particularly if it is perceived as having minimized the dangers posed by the far right.

The broader lesson to be drawn is not to shy away from confronting the dominance of the political system under the management of the two major parties. Rather, challenges to it need to be issued with a full awareness of their possible consequences. This includes the recognition that far right victories not only impose terrible suffering on the most vulnerable segments of society but also function as a powerful weapon in the hands of the establishment center, which, now in opposition can posture as the “reasonable” alternative. A Trump presidency, should it materialize, will undermine the burgeoning movement centered around the Sanders campaign, particularly if it is perceived as having minimized the dangers posed by the far right.___

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2016-08-03 09:17:17 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Bersih 5 is on

So, once again, people will be taking to the streets to protest the way the country is being run. And, once again, the events are going to unfold in pretty much a predictable way.

1. Before the rally, some hitherto unheard of "ultra" group is going to warn people from attending the rally because there will be a counter-rally and "things could get bloody." Of course, one day or so before the rally, they'll cancel the counter-rally.

2. The day of the rally will see thousands of people turning central Kuala Lumpur into a giant parking lot. Accountants, lawyers, bankers, engineers (mostly of Chinese descent) will flood the city relishing the opportunity for epic photo ops.

3. Online, Facebook profiles will turn a sea of yellow (and the rare red). Instagram will be flooded with "live pics" as many of the rally... more »

Bersih 5 is on

So, once again, people will be taking to the streets to protest the way the country is being run. And, once again, the events are going to unfold in pretty much a predictable way.

1. Before the rally, some hitherto unheard of "ultra" group is going to warn people from attending the rally because there will be a counter-rally and "things could get bloody." Of course, one day or so before the rally, they'll cancel the counter-rally.

2. The day of the rally will see thousands of people turning central Kuala Lumpur into a giant parking lot. Accountants, lawyers, bankers, engineers (mostly of Chinese descent) will flood the city relishing the opportunity for epic photo ops.

3. Online, Facebook profiles will turn a sea of yellow (and the rare red). Instagram will be flooded with "live pics" as many of the rally attendees take the rare opportunity to show their Facebook friends that they really care about things other than food or baby pics.

4. The day after everything settles down as rally attendees bask in the warm and self-righteous glow of having "stood up for something".

5. Most importantly, politically speaking, nothing changes.

If you ask me, another rally in Kuala Lumpur is essentially preaching to the converted. The vast majority of Malaysian urbanites are sick of the government. But changing the government by voting the ruling party out is not going to work unless you have strong support from the voters in the rural heartlands, and neither the NGOs nor the opposition parties have made serious inroads in those parts of the country in the past few years.

But at least the pictures will be epic.___

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2016-08-02 07:46:49 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I saw this news article and did a double take. Apparently, Malaysian military secrets are so juicy that even non-human higher order primates are tempted to steal them.

I saw this news article and did a double take. Apparently, Malaysian military secrets are so juicy that even non-human higher order primates are tempted to steal them.___

2016-07-29 17:03:18 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Four years ago, I learned for the first time that American dining etiquette calls for the "zig zag" method in which one cuts the food with the knife in the right hand and then transfers the fork to the right hand to spear the food.

Today I learned the economic reason for this. TL;DR, in colonial America, there was a shortage of forks and Americans had to make do with a spoon and a rounded knife to eat with. The spoon was used in the left hand to steady food while cutting (with the rounded knife) and then the spoon was transferred to the right hand to enable more efficient eating.

Four years ago, I learned for the first time that American dining etiquette calls for the "zig zag" method in which one cuts the food with the knife in the right hand and then transfers the fork to the right hand to spear the food.

Today I learned the economic reason for this. TL;DR, in colonial America, there was a shortage of forks and Americans had to make do with a spoon and a rounded knife to eat with. The spoon was used in the left hand to steady food while cutting (with the rounded knife) and then the spoon was transferred to the right hand to enable more efficient eating.___

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2016-07-28 07:36:50 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

h/t +John Hardy not a Turnbull fan 

I expect this is an apt portrayal of the US presidential elections according to how supporters of democratic socialism (on the left) and libertarianism (on the right) see it..

___h/t +John Hardy not a Turnbull fan 

I expect this is an apt portrayal of the US presidential elections according to how supporters of democratic socialism (on the left) and libertarianism (on the right) see it..

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2016-07-23 13:47:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Didn't see this one coming.

Overall support for marijuana legalisation is at 55% yes and 33% no but the real surprising statistic is that, for the first time, Republicans have come out in support of legalisation 45% to 42%.

Didn't see this one coming.

Overall support for marijuana legalisation is at 55% yes and 33% no but the real surprising statistic is that, for the first time, Republicans have come out in support of legalisation 45% to 42%.___

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2016-07-21 03:37:55 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Liberated from a private share.

I find this a most uplifting tale. Unlike the protagonist of a certain fictional series, this Turkish prosecutor did not let death end his watch. He found the time and the dedication to continue in his prosecuting duties and to plot a coup despite the mild inconvenience of having been deceased for 2 months. How he found the activation energy to do this I will never know. But I for one am inspired to try harder in my work from this example.

Liberated from a private share.

I find this a most uplifting tale. Unlike the protagonist of a certain fictional series, this Turkish prosecutor did not let death end his watch. He found the time and the dedication to continue in his prosecuting duties and to plot a coup despite the mild inconvenience of having been deceased for 2 months. How he found the activation energy to do this I will never know. But I for one am inspired to try harder in my work from this example.___

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2016-07-20 17:14:54 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Fantastic. Why is this person still single?

From the Dark Corners of the Internet.___Fantastic. Why is this person still single?

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2016-07-15 14:16:44 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

In a world with many bad things going on, it's nice to share a feel good story once in a while...

In a world with many bad things going on, it's nice to share a feel good story once in a while...___

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2016-07-15 02:40:37 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

80 dead (so far) on a Bastille Day attack. No words....

80 dead (so far) on a Bastille Day attack. No words....___

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2016-07-14 15:36:57 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

There's a lot of talk about Boris Johnson being made Foreign Secretary and how he's going to have to face up to the consequences of what he's done.

But, among his many duties, he will also be in charge of the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI6. Which means, in effect, he's in charge of Britain's top spies.

I'll let that sink in.......

There's a lot of talk about Boris Johnson being made Foreign Secretary and how he's going to have to face up to the consequences of what he's done.

But, among his many duties, he will also be in charge of the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI6. Which means, in effect, he's in charge of Britain's top spies.

I'll let that sink in.......___

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2016-07-13 16:40:10 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Exeunt David Cameron..

Exeunt David Cameron..___

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2016-07-11 17:05:30 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Britain is set to get a new Prime Minister in a day or so in Theresa May who made her career by consistently voting for war in Iraq, while opposing human rights legislation at home, and voting against regulations aimed at preventing climate change.

Britain is set to get a new Prime Minister in a day or so in Theresa May who made her career by consistently voting for war in Iraq, while opposing human rights legislation at home, and voting against regulations aimed at preventing climate change.___

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2016-07-07 02:34:49 (20 comments; 7 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

This is not the first time that the West seems to have shrugged off massacres in predominantly Muslim countries. But the relative indifference after so many deaths caused by the very groups that have plagued the West is more than a matter of hurt feelings.

One of the primary goals of the Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups is to drive a wedge between Sunni Muslims and the wider world, to fuel alienation as a recruiting tool. And when that world appears to show less empathy for the victims of attacks in Muslim nations, who have borne the brunt of the Islamic State’s massacres and predatory rule, it seems to prove their point.

“Why isn’t #PrayForIraq trending?” Razan Hasan of Baghdad posted on Twitter. “Oh yeah no one cares about us.”

This is not the first time that the West seems to have shrugged off massacres in predominantly Muslim countries. But the relative indifference after so many deaths caused by the very groups that have plagued the West is more than a matter of hurt feelings.

One of the primary goals of the Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups is to drive a wedge between Sunni Muslims and the wider world, to fuel alienation as a recruiting tool. And when that world appears to show less empathy for the victims of attacks in Muslim nations, who have borne the brunt of the Islamic State’s massacres and predatory rule, it seems to prove their point.

“Why isn’t #PrayForIraq trending?” Razan Hasan of Baghdad posted on Twitter. “Oh yeah no one cares about us.”___

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2016-07-05 15:40:32 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

No reasonable prosecutor would pursue a case, according to the article. But Hillary was, of course, being "extremely careless". Tsk tsk.

No reasonable prosecutor would pursue a case, according to the article. But Hillary was, of course, being "extremely careless". Tsk tsk.___

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2016-07-01 16:14:39 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Yes, let us use Brexit as an opportunity to scrap those pesky labour market regulations, emissions trading regulations, and indeed regulations of all sorts. Let Britain join in free trade deals like the TPP. Let Brexit usher in a new, golden age of deregulation!

"We should scrap EU-mandated labour market regulations and social protections as fast as possible. There is no reason why we should accept European limits on how many hours people do in the office - so long as we have a minimum wage in place, which we do, then it is up to every individual how long a shift he or she wants to put in. Issues such as parental leave can be freely agreed between companies and staff. Employers who want to hire lots of young women, the best educated, most skilled part of the workforce, will be generous; others less so. But business can decide for itself."

Looks like the citizens of the UK have lots to look forward to in their bright, new, post-Brexit future!___Yes, let us use Brexit as an opportunity to scrap those pesky labour market regulations, emissions trading regulations, and indeed regulations of all sorts. Let Britain join in free trade deals like the TPP. Let Brexit usher in a new, golden age of deregulation!

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2016-07-01 15:40:49 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

What interests me about these 1993 commercials from AT&T is that some of the things they advertise as "possible in the future" look quite outdated from the perspective of 2016. Who needs phone booths nowadays?

What interests me about these 1993 commercials from AT&T is that some of the things they advertise as "possible in the future" look quite outdated from the perspective of 2016. Who needs phone booths nowadays?___

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2016-07-01 06:52:58 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Taking a break from all the Brexit posts, we have today the thoroughly endearing example of the new president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, urging the killing of drug addicts (not just traffickers) on his inauguration day.

If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.

Taking a break from all the Brexit posts, we have today the thoroughly endearing example of the new president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, urging the killing of drug addicts (not just traffickers) on his inauguration day.

If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.___

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2016-06-27 02:06:44 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The NHS probably won't be getting the promised £350 million a week, immigration will probably not be drastically cut, and now an admission that there is no post-Brexit plan.

I can kind of... sort of... understand if you believed that taking Britain out of the EU is justifiable. But to push for a Brexit without a proper plan on what to do if it does happen is just the most appalling cynicism.

It is rather criminal that those who led the Brexit Leave campaign had no plan on how to address policy changes in the event they won. Yet another sign that the Leave campaign has led the country astray.___The NHS probably won't be getting the promised £350 million a week, immigration will probably not be drastically cut, and now an admission that there is no post-Brexit plan.

I can kind of... sort of... understand if you believed that taking Britain out of the EU is justifiable. But to push for a Brexit without a proper plan on what to do if it does happen is just the most appalling cynicism.

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2016-06-26 16:11:19 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

h/t +Joanna Jane Doe 

Depending on how events unfold in the weeks and months ahead, there is a non-trivial chance that this will end up being a real thing.

___h/t +Joanna Jane Doe 

Depending on how events unfold in the weeks and months ahead, there is a non-trivial chance that this will end up being a real thing.

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2016-06-25 15:20:29 (18 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

A second referendum is not impossible

Key point here is that the Brexit referendum so far is merely "advisory" and isn't legally binding. Technically, neither David Cameron nor his successor needs to push the red button. Granted, it would be politically very tough to walk back from the line...

A second referendum is not impossible

Key point here is that the Brexit referendum so far is merely "advisory" and isn't legally binding. Technically, neither David Cameron nor his successor needs to push the red button. Granted, it would be politically very tough to walk back from the line...___

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2016-06-25 13:50:37 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

David Cameron being the irresponsible prat as always. Because the idea of cleaning up the mess he made is beneath him.

David Cameron being the irresponsible prat as always. Because the idea of cleaning up the mess he made is beneath him.___

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2016-06-24 10:04:39 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

It definitely didn't take Nigel Farage long to walk back one of the key promises of the Exit campaign: that there would be an extra £350 mn a week for the NHS.

Politicians are used-car salesmen in fancier suits.___It definitely didn't take Nigel Farage long to walk back one of the key promises of the Exit campaign: that there would be an extra £350 mn a week for the NHS.

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2016-06-24 06:55:09 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

A part of me wishes that David Cameron would do the right thing now, refuse to invoke Article 50, refuse to honour the results of the referendum, recall Parliament and put it to a Commons vote. Declare something like "the future of the United Kingdom is too important to be left to the decision of a fickle electorate". He might as well do it too, either way his future as PM has become untenable and he will likely be the most reviled PM since Neville Chamberlain.

It's entirely possible that we're seeing the end of the United Kingdom as we know it. There is likely to be considerable movement towards the calling of a second Scottish independence referendum and, in the event that polling suggests strong support for leaving, I see no reason why Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP won't push for it.

A part of me wishes that David Cameron would do the right thing now, refuse to invoke Article 50, refuse to honour the results of the referendum, recall Parliament and put it to a Commons vote. Declare something like "the future of the United Kingdom is too important to be left to the decision of a fickle electorate". He might as well do it too, either way his future as PM has become untenable and he will likely be the most reviled PM since Neville Chamberlain.

It's entirely possible that we're seeing the end of the United Kingdom as we know it. There is likely to be considerable movement towards the calling of a second Scottish independence referendum and, in the event that polling suggests strong support for leaving, I see no reason why Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP won't push for it.___

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2016-06-24 02:17:07 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Traders say they haven't seen such dramatic moves since the financial crisis of 2008.

Oh dear me, Britain, what have you done?

Traders say they haven't seen such dramatic moves since the financial crisis of 2008.

Oh dear me, Britain, what have you done?___

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2016-06-12 15:26:10 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

How the 1% spend it. +Tom Moncho probably relevant to your interests.

How the 1% spend it. +Tom Moncho probably relevant to your interests.___

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2016-06-08 02:56:19 (41 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Yes, I know it isn't technically over yet. California's votes still have to be counted. DC hasn't voted yet. And, of course, the superdelegates haven't voted either and won't do so until the convention.

But the idea that the superdelegates can be convinced to switch their support from Clinton to Sanders is, if you ask me, a bit of a Hail Mary. In a system which favours the insider, Hillary is the consummate insider while Sanders has spent a bit too long in the political wilderness to be hugely effective in convincing superdelegates to switch their support.

I'm sorry, I like Sanders but if I were a betting man, my money would be on Clinton.

Yes, I know it isn't technically over yet. California's votes still have to be counted. DC hasn't voted yet. And, of course, the superdelegates haven't voted either and won't do so until the convention.

But the idea that the superdelegates can be convinced to switch their support from Clinton to Sanders is, if you ask me, a bit of a Hail Mary. In a system which favours the insider, Hillary is the consummate insider while Sanders has spent a bit too long in the political wilderness to be hugely effective in convincing superdelegates to switch their support.

I'm sorry, I like Sanders but if I were a betting man, my money would be on Clinton.___

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2016-06-05 10:23:29 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

What does cloud Margaret Thatcher portend? Ominous times ahead, I fear...

What does cloud Margaret Thatcher portend? Ominous times ahead, I fear...___

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2016-05-31 14:00:19 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

This paragraph, taken from this New Yorker article*, is the best summary of the differences between the UK and the US I've seen in a long time.

* http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/04/25/sharon-horgan-the-brutal-romantic-behind-catastrophe

This paragraph, taken from this New Yorker article*, is the best summary of the differences between the UK and the US I've seen in a long time.

* http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/04/25/sharon-horgan-the-brutal-romantic-behind-catastrophe___

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2016-05-18 04:12:57 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

I always thought that, except for very specific circumstances, governments cannot stop their citizens from leaving and re-entering the country. I checked and saw it right there in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Which, of course, Malaysia has not signed...

So, seeing this is a public post, I would like to applaud the Malaysian government on their wisdom of barring people who are critical of the government from travelling out of the country.

I always thought that, except for very specific circumstances, governments cannot stop their citizens from leaving and re-entering the country. I checked and saw it right there in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Which, of course, Malaysia has not signed...

So, seeing this is a public post, I would like to applaud the Malaysian government on their wisdom of barring people who are critical of the government from travelling out of the country.___

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2016-05-12 05:47:30 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Just when you think he's hit rock bottom...

Just when you think he's hit rock bottom...___

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2016-05-09 02:11:55 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

The front runner in the Philippines presidential elections boasts about Viagra-fuelled affairs, joked about raping a missionary, openly encourages extrajudicial killings, and talks about conducting mass executions if he is elected president.

And you thought Donald Trump was over the top...

The front runner in the Philippines presidential elections boasts about Viagra-fuelled affairs, joked about raping a missionary, openly encourages extrajudicial killings, and talks about conducting mass executions if he is elected president.

And you thought Donald Trump was over the top...___

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2016-05-03 02:51:35 (40 comments; 7 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Apparently, the Taliban feels they are too good for McDonald's.

Yes, I know McDonald's and its food but we will never eat it. We don't even consider it as a food. This isn't our food ... We live in the rough, tough mountainous areas and need energy and power to fight against the enemy

Apparently, the Taliban feels they are too good for McDonald's.

Yes, I know McDonald's and its food but we will never eat it. We don't even consider it as a food. This isn't our food ... We live in the rough, tough mountainous areas and need energy and power to fight against the enemy___

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2016-04-21 04:09:29 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The greatest spectator sport

It's now mathematically impossible for Ted Cruz to gather around enough delegates to win the nomination outright. But Ted Cruz really really wants to be the nominee so Ted Cruz will probably do what Ted Cruz does best: fuck shit up.

Although Ted Cruz can't win outright, he can work hard to deny Donald Trump the 1,237 delegates he needs to be the party's nominee. Hell, he could work with Kasich to form the "Grand Alliance to Restore the Constitution" (conservatives aren't known for their aversion to hyperbole) to this effect.

In a contested convention, previously bound delegates become unbound in successive rounds until a definitive nominee is found. At this point, wheeling and dealing becomes the order of the day and candidates compete to make "promises" to delegates to win their support. Trump (and Cruz... more »

The greatest spectator sport

It's now mathematically impossible for Ted Cruz to gather around enough delegates to win the nomination outright. But Ted Cruz really really wants to be the nominee so Ted Cruz will probably do what Ted Cruz does best: fuck shit up.

Although Ted Cruz can't win outright, he can work hard to deny Donald Trump the 1,237 delegates he needs to be the party's nominee. Hell, he could work with Kasich to form the "Grand Alliance to Restore the Constitution" (conservatives aren't known for their aversion to hyperbole) to this effect.

In a contested convention, previously bound delegates become unbound in successive rounds until a definitive nominee is found. At this point, wheeling and dealing becomes the order of the day and candidates compete to make "promises" to delegates to win their support. Trump (and Cruz to some extent) have made their names as "outsiders" and aren't likely to be favoured by delegates.

Of course, if someone other than Trump wins, I could see Trump wailing on about how the nomination was "stolen from him" and run as an independent candidate. If, on the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton takes the nomination, Bernie Sanders could very well see that the right wing vote would be split and decide to run as an independent. Then, we might have progressive independent/Democrat (Sanders) taking on centre right-wing Democrat (Clinton) and two right-wing loons of the fascist (Trump) or Dominionist (Cruz) persuasion.

Now who said politics isn't fun?___

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2016-04-20 09:39:03 (34 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

I like Bernie Sanders just as much as about 80% of the people in my stream but, at some point, he is going to have win and win big in the remaining states. Hillary Clinton's win in the New York primary gives her 31 more delegates than Bernie Sanders (so far), which effectively wipes out the gains that Bernie got from Hawaii, Alaska, and Idaho collectively (i.e. 3 of the last 7 states he won).

I like Bernie Sanders just as much as about 80% of the people in my stream but, at some point, he is going to have win and win big in the remaining states. Hillary Clinton's win in the New York primary gives her 31 more delegates than Bernie Sanders (so far), which effectively wipes out the gains that Bernie got from Hawaii, Alaska, and Idaho collectively (i.e. 3 of the last 7 states he won).___

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2016-04-13 09:40:39 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Now this is worthy of a reshare. h/t +Richard Durham

Math joke and a pun, you're welcome. #pundayeveryday___Now this is worthy of a reshare. h/t +Richard Durham

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2016-04-12 07:51:28 (12 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

The newest "crusade" by the Royal Malaysian Police.... poppy seed cakes. Seriously. Are there no other crimes in Malaysia that deserve more police attention?

The newest "crusade" by the Royal Malaysian Police.... poppy seed cakes. Seriously. Are there no other crimes in Malaysia that deserve more police attention?___

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