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Greg Strandberg942Sci-Fi and Fantasy Readers CircleWant to connect with #fantasyauthor  and #scifiauthor  ?This #circleshare  has those folks and chances are you'll get some interesting things in your feed. #circlesharing   #googleshare   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #fantasywriters   #sciencefictionfantasy   #scifi  2014-07-10 23:13:52173000
Ryan Johnson9,043* Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle and follow*Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #sharecircle   #circles   #sharecircleoftheday   #follow   #followback   #sport   #betting  2014-07-10 10:49:37492262053
Doug Hyatt3,412(DH4)  HERE IS THE LATEST CIRCLE - 6/30/2014CIRCLE SHARING IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GROW YOUR FOLLOWING ON GOOGLE+  SIMPLY ADD THE CIRCLE, THEN ADD YOURSELF, THEN RE-SHARE USING THE HASHTAGS PROVIDED HERE.  WATCH HOW FAST YOU GROW! ENJOY  #DOUGHYATTCIRCLESHARING #CircleSharing #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #Share #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircles #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #Google #ShareCircle #SocialMedia #AddCircle #ADD #Marketing #Engagers #SocialMediaMarketing #EliteInnerCircle #Friends #PublicCircle #buy_GooglePlus_followers2014-06-30 16:34:05401014
Doug Hyatt3,234Part 4  MANY NEW PEOPLE WHO WILL PLUS 1 and RESHARESimply ADD yourself to this circle, copy the #HASHTAGS, and REPOST#circles   #circlemania   #circletoday   #circleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #CircleSharing   #sharecircle   #sharecirclethis   #worldsharecircle   #pleasecircleaddme   #circleoftheday   #newgenerationcircle  #monstercircle   #usacircle   #bestofthecircle   #shareofthecircle   #pleasecircle   #newbestcircl  add circle add circle * best share circle * share please pleaseplease add circle * best share circle * share please please#add #circle   #addcircle   #pleasecircle   #bestcircle   #mostcircle  #bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle   #circleoftheday   #circledaily   #nicecircle   #photography   2014-06-29 13:03:00400104
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519
Carms Perez47,102Here's a circle with amazing women to follow on G+! My most recent find is+Kristen Macready  who is very engaging and always has a positive and uplifting word to say! Do you know any other amazing G+ women that I'm missing in this circle? Please mention them in the comments! :) #ns  2014-02-26 23:30:07425809
Alex Grossman56,667G+ Engagers CircleIt's been a while since I shared a circle, so here's a small circle of people I recommend following. They are great to engage with, full of energy and opinions and fun, with very little anger, disrespect, or poor manners. Hope you enjoy all of them as much as I do. They certainly make my time in G+ lots of fun. :)2013-08-22 03:31:187510711
Jack C Crawford69,267Gender wars! Here's the latest share of some quite amazing persons.Angels, you have been emailed - please let me know if that is still OK with you.It is has now hit the maximum sharable circle size of 500.  Stay tuned for circle 2 in the future.2013-08-02 23:24:0450016435150
AyJay Schibig23,085ENGAGERS  CIRCLE 7.28.13Welcome to the latest  Release of my Engager's Circle.  Feel free to add  and re-share this circle  of Active G+ Engagers !Also see  my other curated Circles. athttp://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-07-28 22:48:4638810314
Jake Olimpi731Returning the favor to all of those who have added me! Simply:1) Add me2) +13) Share4) Comment and..5) Add!Keep the sharing going!!!#SHAREthelove  #circleshare  #g+ #oneforall  2013-07-22 01:14:35451608
AyJay Schibig21,387ENGAGERS  CIRCLE 7.7.13Welcome to the latest edition of my Engager's Circle.  Feel free to add  and re-share this circle with these Active G+ Engagers !Also see  my other curated Circles. athttp://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-07-08 01:06:353396220
Alessandro Folghera4,993Thanks to +Jack C Crawford for this #talentedcircle  I liked this #sharedcircle  and I decided to share it too. #ladiescircle   #fashionstyle  2013-07-03 04:31:334456216
Jack C Crawford66,439It's Ladies Night on Google+'s 2nd year anniversary.  Without them, all us dudes would here alone talking about androids and football.I am especially thankful to this growing list (440 and counting) of incredibly wonderful, talented and generous souls.This is a periodically notified circle. If you were notified, you are in this circle. Please let me know if you prefer not to be notified in the future. Thank you!2013-06-29 01:10:5344015627150
Jack C Crawford63,736Here's another truly awesome circle of additional Google plus folks who will enrich you personally.2013-05-18 00:35:523268320
Bob Mulholland15,429Love the way these new Circle Shares look!Anyway, the good people inside this circle just can't get enough of everybody's favorite sci-fi show: Star Trek[waits for backlash on the above statement]So click +1 if you want to hang out with the cool kids in this groovy looking Circle.  #StarTrek   #SharedCircles   #CircleShare  2013-05-15 23:18:174846315
Bob Mulholland15,049#StarTrek   #SharedCircle  Beam these awesome Trekkies into your Circles. Want to be assimilated? No Tribble at all, just +1 this post and I'll pull you in with my tractor beam.Energize.2013-05-03 23:43:2447511516
Matthew Shuey1,381Socially Influential Google+ UsersThis is a hand picked circle of highly influential Google+ Users.To be added tho this or other circles do the following.1. Share this circle publicly2. Make sure your profile description is complete and country are visible in your profile3. Leave a comment4. Have a wonderful experience! #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-03-18 22:46:5842726913
Matthew Shuey1,289Socially Engaged Google+ Users Updated 3-15-13Shared public circle of socially engaging and socially influential Google+ users.Feel free to add and share. To be added to this or other circles please do the following.1. Share this circle2. Confirm your share by leaving a comment on this postThis is a hand picked circle. #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles Enjoy!2013-03-15 20:29:3641813515
Matthew Shuey880Socially Engaged Google+ Users UpdatedThis circle contains socially influential and socially engaging  Google+ users.2013-03-08 04:24:2537411310
Matthew Shuey734Socially Engaged Google+ Users #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  2013-03-03 16:20:563541368
Kimberly Crawley5,631Yay! I'm #relevant  ! Thanks, +Mathew Tyler ... #sharedcircles  2013-02-22 23:08:5012414514
Mathew Tyler15,118rĕlˈə-vəns circle February 2013/ˈrɛləvəns/My relevance circle based on Google's suggestions  A small fraction of the #awesome  and #amazing  people on Google+ that I have had the pleasure of interacting with.Notified?  That's because you're #relevant ! (aka you're in it). #2013February   #February2013   #MathewTyler   #relevance   #2013Relevance   #Relevance2013   #CircleShare  2013-02-22 22:51:24123106942
Bob Mulholland13,387Bob's G+ To-Do listMonday: Share my Don't Panic Circle ✔Tuesday: Share my Star Trek Circle ✔Wednesday: Share my Discover Indie CircleThursday: Share my Frank Zappa Fans CircleFriday: Share my Bacon Lovers Circle+1 today's Circle to get hooped.2013-02-19 18:22:1646516421
Gideon Rosenblatt23,489Social Media FolksIt's been a long time since I shared a circle, and particularly since I shared this one. I'm just curious to see what happens these days when you share a circle. This one is made up of people involved in social media. Most of the circling I did for this was in the first half of 2012, so it will tend to be people who've been here for a while. 2013-01-30 15:55:0823211421
Jason Hurtado Daniels13,131Wonderful Women of Google+I have put together a circle with 499 women I follow and who follow me. Priority has been given to women who are interactive and who share interesting content.I just passed 13,000 followers yesterday, so even at 500 this is a select group. I have not screened each person individually, so there may be some surprises!A few days ago I sent out a private version of this circle to give people an opportunity to opt out. Please let me know if you want to be added or deleted in the next version. I have included myself in this circle, so I can be associated with this great group. I hope this circle helps you to expand your network and to enrich your stream.Have a great weekend!Jason#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #circlesharing #publiccirclecirclecount.com2013-01-19 05:03:12500724
Jason Hurtado Daniels13,055Wonderful Women of Google+I have put together a circle with 499 women I follow and who follow me. Priority has been given to women who are interactive and who share interesting content.I just passed 13,000 followers yesterday, so even at 500 this is a select group. I have not screened each person individually, so there may be some surprises!A few days ago I sent out a private version of this circle to give people an opportunity to opt out. Please let me know if you want to be added or deleted in the next version. I have included myself in this circle, so I can be associated with this great group. I hope this circle helps you to expand your network and to enrich your stream.Have a great weekend!Jason#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #circlesharing #publiccirclecirclecount.com2013-01-18 22:49:24500403
Bob Mulholland12,616+Dammit Jim! It's #StarTrek   #SharedCircle  time!Resistance is futile. We are Trekkies. We will assimilate you. You will click +1 or you will share this Circle, and you will be assimilated. We are Trekkies. We will assimilate you. Resistance is futile. Happy holidays, gang!2012-12-20 19:27:024668619
Bob Mulholland12,239Live long and add this Circle #StarTrek   #SharedCircle  +1 to get beamed in.I don't notify anymore, but I add the  #StarTrek  hashtag to all Trekkie posts. Don't forget to add my Page +Dammit Jim! 2012-12-04 15:24:0045810414
Alex Grossman27,422Last time I shared a relevancy circle was back in July. From then until now (October 19), it's only changed by 7 people, and most but not all of that was near the end of the list. So, it's remarkably consistent.These 99 users are on top of my relevance list (plus me since I'm relevant to myself, so a total of 100). I excluded Pages that were in there so as to only have people.Most of these folks are engaging with me through posts or comments (though some are clearly more by e-mail, such as a family member) and the Circle is definitely more accurate now than last time. Does the algorithm get better over time due to more data? I still suspect that as you go down you end up with a number of close calls in which the algorithm can go either way. If anybody has more details on the relevancy algorithm, I'd still be curious and interested to learn more about it.Anyway, these people are relevant to me and truly help me enjoy my time sharing, talking, discussing, and hanging out on G+. So, thank you to all of you :)TGIF and have a great start to the weekend!P.S. - Typical inconsistent G+ - I could share the Movie Lovers Circle earlier today with about 130 people being notified. However, by mid-morning I couldn't notify the 99 people in this Circle. Now, I can again. But it appears that instead of setting a limit on the number of people in a circle, maybe they've set a limit on the number of people you could notify in a set period of time? Very strange. If anybody has any clue as to why this is, please let me know.2012-10-20 03:24:2710023124
RaMGoN GaLLaGHeR1,483            === Social Media Circle ===#sharedcircles   #sharingcircle   #socialmedia   #socialmediamarketing   #socialnetworks   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleday   #saturdaynightlight  2012-10-13 21:51:21498104
Bob Mulholland9,885#SharedCircles  It's #StarTrek #CircleShare time!Resistance is futile+1 to get beamed in.2012-10-01 03:09:384495525
Jenna Orlikowski462let me know if you want to be included for the next share and THANK YOU to the great people in this circle.2012-09-25 13:25:17246306
Nina Pelletier11,765I have been requested to share my writers circle many times over the last year, but I never felt right doing it. After 2 emails I received yesterday asking so kindly that I share it yet again, I figured it's time to do so.I have over 500 writers in my writers circle because, hey, that's why I'm here right? But sadly only 500 of them can be shared at once. So you won't get all of the wonderful writerly people I have met on this lovely world we call Google+, but here are 500 of them.  Enjoy and share.If I've missed any writers, please feel free to add them in the comments below.Thank you to this awesome community of literary quirkiness and genius. ♥  #writershelpingwriters   #writers  2012-09-12 15:13:0750121411
Fulvio Gerardi6,387Thanks to a circle share from +Euro Maestro, I realised its been a while since I've shared my #Whovian circles. And yes, the new series is coming soon.In case you've forgotten, there are three circles.... Guys, Gals, and Overflow (pages, androgynous, smurfs, and more guys). "Dead" Plussers have been removed, so these should all be active people.This is the Girls.2012-08-22 14:48:34347101
Scott Leffler1,814With the new season of Doctor Who coming up, I thought I'd share my circle ... but it only lets you share 500 people? WTH? Anyway ... here's 500 +Doctor Who fans ...2012-08-10 22:04:09501103
Kurt Smith530Quality Circle ShareHere's a quality group of Plussers to circle. There are some active posters in here and many whom will circle you back. #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  2012-08-07 00:19:0778305
Chris Cota336**ADD YOURSELF AND THEN RE SHARE PUBLICLY**Social Media / Social Networks Circle #sharedcircle   #snowballeffect   #socialmedia   #coolpeople  This circle is made up of people who spend a significant portion of their week working on social media and social networks - as part of their job. It's an update of a circle I shared in January. Here's what I can tell you about this circle:* It has a bunch of really good people in it; lots of intelligence on the topic of social media. * It's 90% people actually ...From +Gideon Rosenblatt 2012-07-30 12:42:05198305
Alex Grossman24,371My Top 99 circle - is Relevancy Accurate?These are the 99 users who are on top of my relevance list (plus me since I'm relevant to myself). I excluded Pages that were in there so as to only have people.Most of these folks are engaging with me through posts or comments (though some are clearly more by e-mail, such as a family member) and the Circle is surprisingly accurate until the last bit of it when some names appeared and others were left off. I suspect that as you go down you end up with a number of close calls in which the algorithm can go either way. If anybody has more details on the relevancy algorithm, I'd be curious to continue the discussions I've seen on other similar threads this week.Want to create your own? (instructions borrowed/stolen from +Max Huijgen )► Click circles on the tab on the right► Make sure relevance is selected (default)► Select the top 99 users. (Drag a box around them)► Drag the whole group to "drop here to create new circle"► The new circle will open up. Make sure its 99 and adjust it if needed► Share it and use the hashtag #top99  and #sharedcircles   #top99   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  +Shared Circles on G+ +CircleCount If you got notified you are one of the 99.2012-07-26 17:22:4510040731
Bob Mulholland7,770#StarTrek Fans  #CircleShare  +1 to get beamed into the Circle+1 the first comment if you want to get notified of #awesome  Trek-related posts.2012-07-22 06:26:524168321
Bob Mulholland7,562Sorry it's been a couple weeks, but Melissa is going to have the baby any day now and my focus now needs to be offline most of the time.After Zane has been born, my posts will become regular again.#StarTrek   #CircleShare Make it so.+1 if you want in+1 my first comment if you also want notifications.2012-07-17 17:21:0741424026
Carms Perez22,447G+ amazing women that you can't miss out on!! Add any lady that belongs here and isn't here yet!! No stream would be great without them!! =D Enjoy & share this circle!2012-07-06 05:28:214071016
Alister Macintyre7,782My Science Fiction circle includes both fans and creators of SF, including literature, movies, games, music, a spectrum of media.  Note comments I will soon add.2012-07-02 04:31:5533219310
Bob Mulholland7,105#StarTrek   #CircleShare  I've beamed +George Takei into the Circle, too!Folks, you know the drill by now:+1 this post if you aren't in this awesome Circle yet.+1 my first comment if you want to be hailed when I share Trekkie posts.Don't forget to Circle my +Dammit Jim! Page to keep up on one of my side projects, too. 2012-06-29 19:39:114088014
John Ward4,989This is a circle I have set up for people who enjoy Science Fiction or Fantasy. If you'd like to be added to the circle, please let me know in the comments. Also, make sure you guys add the circle as well; so you can see other people's recommendations on the subject. Feel free to re-share this post. #circlesharesunday  2012-06-24 22:05:395014938
Bob Mulholland6,967#StarTrek   #CircleShare  Now with 10% more +George Takei for the same price!!!!!Folks, you know the drill by now:+1 this post if you aren't in this awesome Circle yet.+1 my first comment if you want to be hailed when I share Trekkie posts.2012-06-23 15:41:584022211
João Serrano5,250Well it seems only appropriate that I share my Star Trek circle today.Of course already with the new addition to +Google+ family the incomparable, you know who, +George Takei. Now joining his illustrious Captain Kirk, I mean +William Shatner in this ship :)Enjoy it. #startrek   #syfy   #circlesharing   #georgetakei   #shatner  2012-06-20 17:08:553179112
Alister Macintyre7,220This is a circle of people who discuss Legal Implications of things, might be good resources to communicate how to deal with emerging challenges like in the #MayasVoiceApp replacement effort.2012-06-15 04:04:251531003
Alister Macintyre7,220My copy, of this circle of people interested in our Economy and how come it is in a mess, is over 600 people, but I can only share 500.  Some day, I will split the people here into smaller circles of secondary interests, or maybe installments.2012-06-15 03:15:52501314

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Meanwhile, a growing number of #Republicans have signed a pledge – sponsored by the multi-billionaire #KochBrothers — to oppose any climate-change legislation that might raise government revenues by taxing polluters.

Officially known as the “No Climate Tax Pledge,” its signers promise to “oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”

By now 411 current office holders nationwide have signed on, including the entire #GOP House leadership, a third of the members of the House as a whole, and a quarter of U.S. senators.

#ClimateChange

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BP should have never been permitted to do business in the United States again after the first oil spill! We don't need them! 

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The year has started well. Torrent by Lindsay Buroker. First in a series. Fun, light romp that combines Dr. Jones and trek fandom. A new author for me.

The year has started well. Torrent by Lindsay Buroker. First in a series. Fun, light romp that combines Dr. Jones and trek fandom. A new author for me.___

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Comcast in Parkrose part of Portland is having an outage.

Comcast in Parkrose part of Portland is having an outage.___

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But of course. 

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It looks like the government shutdown could go on until a larger deal is made combining the budget resolution with the upcoming debt ceiling crisis.

Meanwhile, Republicans continue their efforts to deflect the blame, insisting it’s the Democrats who won’t be reasonable. The government is shut down because House Speaker John Boehner won’t bring the Senate’s resolution to the floor for a vote, but that compromise, a clean CR at the Republican budget level, isn’t enough for Republicans, who have redefined ‘compromise’ to mean that they get everything they want.

In terms of what they want, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) had this to say: “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

After the much-publicized incident at the World War II memorial in Washington, Rep. Randy Neugebauer(R-TX) confronted a p... more »

It looks like the government shutdown could go on until a larger deal is made combining the budget resolution with the upcoming debt ceiling crisis.

Meanwhile, Republicans continue their efforts to deflect the blame, insisting it’s the Democrats who won’t be reasonable. The government is shut down because House Speaker John Boehner won’t bring the Senate’s resolution to the floor for a vote, but that compromise, a clean CR at the Republican budget level, isn’t enough for Republicans, who have redefined ‘compromise’ to mean that they get everything they want.

In terms of what they want, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) had this to say: “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

After the much-publicized incident at the World War II memorial in Washington, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) confronted a park ranger, saying “The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves” for closing the memorial, as if he himself hadn’t voted to close it.

It’s like being back in high school.

Republicans continue to insist that they get something in return for not destroying the country, with some talks centering on repealing the medical device tax, which has bipartisan support. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “I’m for changing the medical device tax, but I will not do it with a gun to my head.”___

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I like calling the local bookstore to order a new by an author in common. Robin McKinney's Shadow

I like calling the local bookstore to order a new by an author in common. Robin McKinney's Shadow___

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Ideas/delusions?

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Oil change

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Here's some interesting science for your day. Remember that famous experiment that rats, once addicted to heroin, will keep pushing the lever to get more heroin, no matter what, until they die? The experiment that gets cited all the time in DARE and similar anti-drug classes as proof that, if ever you touch drugs, you will instantly die a horrible death? Turns out that it's not that simple.

The rats in Goldstein's original study lived in small, cramped cages. Bruce Alexander of Simon Fraser University decided to test if that had something to do with it, and so built "Rat Park," a facility 200 times the size of a standard laboratory cage, occupied by 16-20 rats of both sexes, with food, balls and wheels to play on, and all the things you need in life to be a normal rat. It turns out that rats in this environment -- even when they had been deliberately dosed with morphine for... more »

Here's some interesting science for your day. Remember that famous experiment that rats, once addicted to heroin, will keep pushing the lever to get more heroin, no matter what, until they die? The experiment that gets cited all the time in DARE and similar anti-drug classes as proof that, if ever you touch drugs, you will instantly die a horrible death? Turns out that it's not that simple.

The rats in Goldstein's original study lived in small, cramped cages. Bruce Alexander of Simon Fraser University decided to test if that had something to do with it, and so built "Rat Park," a facility 200 times the size of a standard laboratory cage, occupied by 16-20 rats of both sexes, with food, balls and wheels to play on, and all the things you need in life to be a normal rat. It turns out that rats in this environment -- even when they had been deliberately dosed with morphine for 57 days in a row prior to putting them into the rat park, something which you would think is pretty certain to create addiction -- preferred ordinary water to water laced with morphine. The control group of rats, kept in small cages, still loved the drugs.

So it turns out that the relationship between drugs and addiction isn't as simple as "you take it, you're hooked on it, then you die." Rats locked in a small prison cell and given nothing but morphine for entertainment do, rather unsurprisingly, get pretty seriously into drugs -- but given the choice between being continuously stoned and having an actual rat life, most rats would prefer to just be rats. And importantly, this is true even for rats who had already taken plenty of drugs; apparently, most rats don't consider this to be the be-all and end-all of rodent existence.

Which isn't really surprising; after all, if people didn't overall prefer not to be on drugs than to be on drugs, our society would be a lot more high than it is. I mean, if you're reading this right now -- are you feeling an urge for some smack? Are you thinking, "why am I reading yet another one of Yonatan's posts, when I could be shooting up?"

It's possible that you are, in which case I should probably pep up my writing style. But if you aren't, then here's some science to help clarify why.

Edited to add: +Harald Wagener provided a link to an excellent comic by Stuart McMillen telling you much more about the Rat Park experiment: http://www.stuartmcmillen.com/comics_en/rat-park/

via +Aleatha Parker-Wood and +Chris Wassman.___

2013-09-18 16:22:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Signal boost

Signal boost___

2013-08-24 16:18:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Well past time. Shaggy hair

Well past time. Shaggy hair___

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2013-08-19 07:58:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I needed the reminder today

___I needed the reminder today

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2013-08-11 17:01:36 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

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2013-08-11 15:52:11 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

signal boost

Remember the nineteen firefighters who died in Arizona earlier this summer? Young men, many of them leaving widows and orphaned children behind.

Thinking about that, you realize that those firefighters may have, unbeknownst to them, given more than their own lives. They may have impoverished their own families, in their efforts to save someone else's property, property that was insured. Or should have been.

I'm willing to bet that every hotshot and smokejumper in America is watching Arizona. I'm certain it's a topic of dinner-table and late-night conversation in many households. And in the end, their financial reality, their fiscal responsibility, may very well mean that it's time to get a safer job, or at least one that leaves their widows and orphans with the resources to rebuild their lives.

Or at the very least, it should make the field commanders think hard about the risk to their crew vs the value of a building. ___signal boost

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2013-08-05 00:15:01 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Helping withe free-sole sock trial. Pattern by Zillborog(h)

Helping withe free-sole sock trial. Pattern by Zillborog(h)___

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2013-08-02 16:13:58 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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2013-07-18 09:14:53 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

An academic has found a correlation between declining rates of children being spanked and subsequent decreases in violent crime. This is one of the most intriguing theories to explain the ongoing decline in violent crime in Germany, Europe and much of the developed world, and one with vast implications for America in particular http://econ.st/190QK4Y 

An academic has found a correlation between declining rates of children being spanked and subsequent decreases in violent crime. This is one of the most intriguing theories to explain the ongoing decline in violent crime in Germany, Europe and much of the developed world, and one with vast implications for America in particular http://econ.st/190QK4Y ___

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2013-07-14 08:32:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2013-07-14 08:24:22 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2013-07-08 17:06:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

snerk

snerk___

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2013-07-08 02:17:28 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Tax to discourage

Meanwhile, a growing number of #Republicans have signed a pledge – sponsored by the multi-billionaire #KochBrothers — to oppose any climate-change legislation that might raise government revenues by taxing polluters.

Officially known as the “No Climate Tax Pledge,” its signers promise to “oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”

By now 411 current office holders nationwide have signed on, including the entire #GOP House leadership, a third of the members of the House as a whole, and a quarter of U.S. senators.

#ClimateChange___Tax to discourage

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2013-07-05 17:45:38 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Listen & enjoy

Listen & enjoy___

2013-07-05 17:45:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Listen & enjoy

Listen & enjoy___

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2013-06-29 03:39:12 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Sad

One resident said, “They are really putting the gun to your head now.” We could suggest a stimulus package, but that might be too socialist for a red state. Remember Republicans calling for ‘painful cuts’?___Sad

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2013-06-26 15:02:59 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Goodbye DOMA! http://thkpr.gs/12jZJK9

Goodbye DOMA! http://thkpr.gs/12jZJK9___

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2013-06-17 04:50:31 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

O yes indeed

h/t +George Takei ___O yes indeed

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2013-06-11 02:38:07 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

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2013-06-09 20:41:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

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2013-06-09 02:20:50 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Lunch is over

#caturday  ___Lunch is over

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2013-06-05 06:41:18 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Signal boost

And that's it in a nutshell.

For reasons beyond me, there are actually human beings who think that business is more than a human construct and that it should be put above everything else. Actually, business is the servant of humanity - not its master.___Signal boost

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2013-06-05 03:38:00 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Ummm, no thanks

I'm bringing sexy back!
http://wp.me/p1JxHW-No___Ummm, no thanks

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2013-06-04 06:13:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Sweet

Cary Grant
Anyone know what movie this was from?___Sweet

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2013-06-02 03:29:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Sunstruck by Laura Aylor

Sunstruck by Laura Aylor___

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2013-05-26 02:06:03 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A useful word

There's a word for that!  Who knew?___A useful word

2013-05-24 18:58:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Time for a trim. & beer

Time for a trim. & beer___

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2013-05-24 17:25:14 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2013-05-22 15:44:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Blocked & waiting to have ends trimmed. Sunstruck via ravelry

Blocked & waiting to have ends trimmed. Sunstruck via ravelry___

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2013-05-19 05:33:29 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

off to St ives

off to St ives___

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2013-05-17 04:40:01 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Indeed

___Indeed

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2013-05-17 02:10:43 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Just saw the best pic on FB..

Just saw the best pic on FB..___

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2013-05-16 02:42:14 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

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