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Google+8,612,278The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0034047 

Daniel Voisin has been shared in 50 public circles

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Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche11,603┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v12 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v12 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:       De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen: +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen   Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos:  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #Patagonia   #Bariloche   #SanMartin   #LaAngostura   #SantaRosa   #LaPampa   #TrenqueLauquen   #ruta5   #Hotel   #howardJohnson   #alojamiento  2014-12-21 18:56:4249810814
Natural Remedy for Diabetes1,975Share Circle2014-12-14 18:12:22499111
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche10,286┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊WORLD GEMS v3 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the WORLD GEMS v3 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen   www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #circleshare   #patagonia   #hotel   #HowardJohnson   #TrenqueLauquen  2014-12-12 20:16:07499293450
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche9,995┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊WORLD GEMS v2 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the WORLD GEMS v2 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:  +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen   www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #circleshare   #patagonia   #TrenqueLauquen   #Hotel   #howardJOhnson   #bariloche   #SantaRosa                           2014-12-11 16:35:50499215
michael Addi012/10/2014   #CircleShare  And have a good night/morning!2014-12-11 04:11:52400494474
michael Addi0#CircleShare   12/5/2014Have a good day everyone.2014-12-05 14:44:4343215718
michael Addi0Today's Circle Share - 11/19/2014 #circleshare  Great people and pages in this circle. Have a great day! 2014-11-19 13:55:35429211229
Tarık Bulut238#growthcircle   #circleshare   This is my 21st circle share of this circle and I hope to get over 400+ shares and continue to grow this as time goes on.  This should increase Google Plus comments and plus ones.  This is a circle I created a few months ago and am now sharing with you in hopes that we can all benefit and grow our online presence.  This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..  #GrowthCircle   For all you SEO and social media marketing needs visit my company  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery 2014-07-02 14:40:215015816
Tarık Bulut238Free google Plus FollowersTo 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______________________________________ #CircleSharing #Circle#Share#CircleOfTheDay#ShareCircle#Google+#ADD#SharedPublicCircles#Google#SharedCircles#Friends#GooglePlusTips#SocialMedia#AddCircle#Marketing#SocialMediaMarketing#Engagers#AddPeople#PublicSharedCircles#teamelitecircle2014-07-02 12:08:3430010712
Tarık Bulut78 #growthcircle   #circleshare   This is my 21st circle share of this circle and I hope to get over 400+ shares and continue to grow this as time goes on.  This should increase Google Plus comments and plus ones.  This is a circle I created a few months ago and am now sharing with you in hopes that we can all benefit and grow our online presence.  This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..  #GrowthCircle   For all you SEO and social media marketing needs visit my company  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery 2014-07-01 19:46:105015510
michael Addi0If you're receiving this notification then you are in this circle!6/27/2014This circle has a great group of active users on G+, they also share some great content as well.  #circleshare  If you'd like to stay included in this circle, then I ask you to please share this original post.If you want to be excluded, please let me know and you will no longer be included.2014-06-27 18:04:52385112
Maria Morisot34,675Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle27 June, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-06-27 10:54:53299106112154
Tessa Schlesinger20,569This is the circle of people I follow. I am not in it (so I'm not promoting myself). I follow them because they are interesting, sincere, have good stuff. Some of them have been here with me from day one.  They don't always interact every day, but I think it really depends on what you're looking for on G+. If you want people to interact with you, well, nobody can interact with everybody who adds them. There just isn't enough time to do that. On the other hand, if you'd like to read someone because they present informative, interesting, entertaining stuff, then this circle is interesting. I think it would appeal to atheists, agnostics, people who love beauty, travel, occasional humor, who are visual, intellectual, thinkers, humanist, and/or liberal. :)2014-05-08 15:31:52186503
Shashi S5,567Circle of Great Engagers________________________There is no doubt this is one of the most powerful group of engager's who will make your time of exploring worthwhile in Google Plus. Share and enjoy...Sorry if I missed anyone. Please comment I'll include you in the next shared circle. :)Also, This is a Great Circle and includes Google+   #TopEngagers : really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.Top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you: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 - share the circle (include yourself) *3 - add +1 to the post4 - *Start something new and share with the world of google plusMore you share more you get!__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #sundaycircle  2014-04-11 10:40:52294211430
Ole Olson38,548٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶If you're looking for some of the BEST engagers on Google+, this is it.Top notch commentary, good content support, and some out of this world posts to boot. =========================================I sculpted this circle personally over the last year, and this is it's first full release. The Top Engagers is guaranteed to make your G+ experience better. =========================================    #publicsharedcircles       #publiccircle       #circle         #circles    #thebigcommunity   #kingcircle #topcircleshare   #awesome       #awesomepeople       #shareyourcircle    #circleoftheday         #circleshare       #circlesharing           #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-01-27 09:48:552507711
Nina Pelletier16,409Thought today would be a good day to share my Canadian Circle .  Some of the very best Canucks are right here on G+ with us :)2014-01-25 19:12:58471215
Ole Olson20,256Top Circlers on the GooglesphereI've been sharing one and only one circle per day lately, picking the most interesting ones I've found. My goal is to share a diverse selection of circles, some based on topics like the environment, or interests like scifi, or well designed share circles. Probably about time I share one of my OWN circles for a change!Below is my recently updated Top Circles circle. These folks have a good track record of forging excellent share circles. Add them immediately.  #HashtagZoo  (concept courtesy of +Peter Edenist) #Circles   #Sharedcircles   #PublicCircles   #topcircles   #circlequeen   #circlemaster   #SharingIsCaring  2013-08-15 08:12:489515820
Shawna Mac22,734Canadian Circle Share - Evening EditionHappy Friday!  Last week there were a few Canadian circle shares and I was circled by a bunch of new Canucks, so I'm sharing mine this week as it is brimming with fresh, active Canadians and will help those new to G+ get some great content in their streams.  Slight emphasis on Nova Scotians mebbe.If you are a Canadian or a new circler and want me to add you, please comment below and I shall be happy to do so (but please have your about me filled out with something other than Viagra ads!)I <3 my Canadians (and I'm notifying you so you know where all the new people are coming from)#Canada #Canadiana #NovaScotia #circleshare #circlesharefriday2013-05-11 00:08:5950128920
Ole Olson13,134My Top Circler CircleSpecial thanks to these people on G+ who have shared me in one of their circles. I don't say it very often, but I really do appreciate it.  As I went over the list on +CircleCount last night, I realized some of these folks had vanished from my own circles, which happens on G+ occasionally, but that has been rectified. These are all fine folks with an eclectic mix of quality posts. Add this circle for some outstanding engagers.   And for others, sculpting quality circles and SHARING them is a very important part to G+. Don't share a circle every day, but do it once in a while to help others find who is important to you on here. Dirk TalamascaAndrey MashnichJack C CrawfordCircleCountEuro MaestroSusanne RamharterMark SDaniel HarringtonPaul MeulmanRandy HilarskiJUSTIN MATTHEW (shouting!)Gideon RosenblattTrever McGheeArmando LiossMike ClancyJohn HardyRob SalzmanJason Hurtado DanielsAlister MacintyreTina ValeJohn KelldenBob MulhollandDaniel SandsteinJari HuomoGabriel FitzpatrickGiovanni TotaroRae OuztsDaniele VegaMelissa WalkerKimberly CrawleyShaun WheldenRichard Greenjohn sawyerWes ForsterMarko Shiva PavlovicWataru TengaDavid BeeAtheismJohn DoeMelisa BeliwiczErik BarrettAmy McLeodAaron StanleyJeffrey HarringtonJason MDaniel VoisinBill SewardAndrew HartwellJoys Maclaurinmatt vovakiss #CircleShare   #SharedCircles   #SharedPublicCircles   #CircleOfTheDay   #Engagers  2013-04-23 13:27:015013615
Bob Mulholland12,616Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware #InformActShareStayAware  #InternetFreedom   #SharedCircle  *Part 1 of 2*With the impending #Anonymous  day of action tomorrow #PM2012 , here's a Circle of people who care about internet freedom.+1 or share to be added.2012-12-20 18:51:28490916
Trever McGhee17,563+Take2seconds to check out this circle of amazing people made up of great Artists and Art lovers that +Nicolas Green has found, along with some other extraordinary people that I've added that share inspiring posts.+Take2seconds today and everyday to click the +1...the share button on positive posts that make you smile, for it's guaranteed to make someone else smile as well when you share it on the public stream.Share circles of people that are making a difference with their posts, with their shares.+Nothing but Circles +CircleCount  #SharedCircles   +Best Shared Circle    #circle   #share   #publiccircle   +Public Circles 2012-12-20 17:58:02444512237
Bob Mulholland12,239#InternetFreedom   #SharedCircle  [Part 1 of 2]+1 to be added. I don't notify anymore, but all #InternetFreedom  related posts have this added:Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware #InformActShareStayAware 2012-12-04 15:15:2349251011
Brian Buckley0Sharing my first group of awesome Canadians. I had to cap it at <500 so I could share. My next post will be the second smaller circle that has grown out of folks who connected after I shared the first one. Are you a Canadian want to be to be added? Send me a comment, +1, or circle me.2012-10-28 17:16:3449110111
Brian Buckley0Here is my circle of amazing Canadian plussers. I actually have 521 but G+ has limited the share to 500. I'll meed to split it into 2 groups. If you're not in this circle and would like to be comment and I'll add you into one of my two circles - If you are in fact Canadian. Be awesome if you want to re-share. You may be one of the 21 G+ cut out.2012-10-13 17:20:45500736
Anna Mannino2,231Whether you have told me you write, or you participated in #NaNoWriMo last year, this is my circle of writers. Strangely only 500 people can be shared at a time, so this is only most of you.If you'd like to be in my writers circle, let me know. I mostly post around and about NaNoWriMo stuff. I try to also do a lot of hangouts to help those who need the support of a local meetup but can't make their local meetups for whatever reason, or just prefer talking to strangers on the internet as opposed to strangers in a coffee house. (Whatever, I don't judge).2012-10-02 04:30:31501501
Bob Mulholland9,885#InternetFreedom #CircleShare #SharedCircles  Part 1 of 2+1 the post to be included, +1 my first comment to also be notified (although these types of posts are becoming less and less common)2012-10-01 02:46:474983213
Alister Macintyre9,520Here is my circle of people who like to (and have demonstrated capability of) having a civilized conversation about Current Events from a Progressive point of view.2012-09-11 06:05:57252533
Zachary Roovenback1,335Sharing my Atheist and Fellow Freethinkers circle again.  Almost 1,800 strong.  You can only add 500 a day, so let me know if you need it shared again.Stay thinking, my friends.2012-08-10 04:29:445016310
David Waddington2,256An updated Canadian's on Google+ circle.Feel free to share.If you are a Canadian and would like to be added to this circle just make a comment. When I plus 1 your comment you have been added.These are not just photographers. This is a mix of many interests.2012-07-27 23:54:124301015
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.#InternetFreedom   #CircleShare  [part 1 of 2]Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware+1 if you want in+1 my first comment if you also want notifications. #InformActShareStayAware  2012-07-17 17:15:194947210
David Waddington2,233I am sharing my circle for Canadians that are on Google+I try to add as many as I can. If you are not in this circle and wish to be added just make a comment. If your comment gets plus 1'd by me then you have been added. I will share this circle again at a later date with new additions.I also have a circle for users in Edmonton. If you are in Edmonton and wish to be added just note in your comment that you are in Edmonton.  I have added quite a few users from Edmonton in the last while. One thing I have noticed is many haven't filled out their profile. If you wish to have people follow you it's a good idea to fill out a profile and put it in why people might be interested in following you.Lets grow our circles!  :) #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #circleshared  2012-07-16 00:35:063512004
Bob Mulholland5,392Do you want to #StopCISPA ?So do these people. This is my Internet Freedom Circle. If you aren't in this Circle but should be, click +1 and I'll add you to it.If you also want to be notified when important posts regarding Internet Freedom are shared, click +1 on my first comment. (no more than 5 per day, usually only one or two)Edit: Sorry, I got distracted by something shiny and forgot to comment. Look for comment number 6 or 7.2012-04-20 13:46:4424021626
Bob Mulholland5,230Inform | Act | Share | Stay AwareIt's a little late this week, but here's this week's share of my Internet Freedom Circle. You know the drill by now, folks:If you're not already here and you want to be added to this Circle, click +1 on either of the first two comments. UPDATED: Oopsie! I got distracted by a funny picture and forgot to make the comments, so look for comments 6 and 7[clicking +1 on the main post does not automatically get you included in the Circle]2012-04-17 12:58:24228707
Mike Norton2,517SWTOR Circle ShareWe are a bit overdue for a SWTOR Circle share. So here it is :)Please be sure to mention in your profile somewhere you play SWTOR to help others circle you back.Please reshare.2012-04-13 14:35:23500312
Mark Gesswein3,076Maybe this #sharedcircle already came across your way. Otherwise I recommend to take a closer look at it, cause you will find some inspiring people. Of course you can also simply follow the whole circle :-)Happy Easter!#sharedcircles #HighQualitySharingPeopleOfG+2012-04-09 14:56:14164223
Marc Jansen17,871Sharing the LoveI freely admit that +Bearman Cartoons came up with this idea first (Hell, I'd better own up to that, considering that I publicly proclaimed my desire to steal borrow this idea on his thread!)This circle is made up of all of the people who've included me in very nearly 150 publicly-shared circles, as captured by +CircleCount.com.There are, or course, a lot of the Usual Suspects here, people like +Peter G McDermott , +Michael Anderson, +stephanie wanamaker , and +Eoghann Irving.What I found most enlightening is that fact that I actually found a handful of names that I didn't recognize here. People who have apparently taken some level interest in me without me even realizing it. People like +Fred Wierda, +Nate Smith, +tam frager, and +Zach Harper, to name a few.I just wanted to follow +Bearman Cartoons lead and thank each of these people and to repay the favor. THIS JUST IN: It seems that I missed +Shay Dougan and +Kevin Medeiros when I put this together - my apologies to both of you for the oversight!(Oh, and lest anyone cares to give me a hard time for adding myself, +CircleCount tells me that I somehow managed to share myself out at least once... ;-) )2012-03-24 03:37:2075717
Shane Pitre2,308Canadian 1 - is now full!Starting a Canadian 2 Circle.If you're Canadian, and you're awesome, and you want to be hooped; +1, comment, share, kick me, whatever.My goal is to see how many Canadians we can get in shared circles.Please make sure your profile is filled out+Shared Circles on G+ #sharedcircles #circleshare #canada #canadian2012-03-13 23:19:04501101117
Shane Pitre2,172CanadiansIf you're Canadian, and you're awesome, and you want to be hooped; +1, comment, share, kick me, whatever.My goal is to see how many Canadians we can get in shared circles.Please make sure your profile is filled out+Shared Circles on G+ #canada #canadian #sharedcircles2012-03-11 16:30:414399910
Mike Norton2,353SWTOR Circle Share 2 of 2Please share these circles of awesome people who play or follow Star Wars the Old Republic. Also please help others who discover you by putting somewhere in your profile that you are interested in SWTOR.2012-02-01 02:47:09376003
Mike Norton2,227SWTOR Circle Share 2 of 2Please put somewhere on your profile that you are interested in SWTOR so everyone knows what circle to put you in.2012-01-17 15:01:13364000
Mike Norton2,060SWTOR Circle Share Circle 2 of 2 of the main circle.Please add SWTOR somewhere to your profile so others will know where to add you when they come looking :)2011-12-29 15:14:05319000
Mike Norton1,943SWTOR Circle Share 2 of 2This is the main SWTOR Circle.Please put somewhere in your profile that you are interested about SWTOR or TOR so people will know where to put you.2011-12-13 18:09:00284410
Daniel Voisin45This is half my atheist circle. Enjoy the conversation and share about!2011-12-10 14:50:335011712
Mike Norton1,896SWTOR Circle Share 2 of 2Please be kind and add SWTOR or TOR somewhere on your profile so others know to add you.2011-12-09 14:29:38240100
Mike Norton1,871SWTOR Circle Share 2 of 2Please help others re-circle you by putting SWTOR somewhere in your profile.2011-12-06 18:08:04215001
Wataru Tenga0Latest Progressive Politics circle2011-11-12 11:51:482281132
Anna Mannino (GoNoAMMo)213This is my current count of the NaNoWriMo challengers this year. I know there are more of you!Remember, there will be an ongoing Google+ hangout the entire month, as well as live streaming, you can pop in and out as needed and get a support group for your Novel no matter what you're writing about!Let me know if you would like to be added in. ^_^Anna Mannino shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 20:54:004541843
Michael Jacobs0Mike Norton's "Starwars circle"Michael Jacobs shared a circle with you.2011-10-27 21:14:434541317
Wataru Tenga0Progressive PoliticsWataru Tenga shared a circle with you.2011-10-27 11:34:351761439
Mike Norton1,079Updated SWTOR Circle share. Pass it on and update it with your SWTOR circle.Mike Norton shared a circle with you.2011-10-20 14:09:38455201

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2014-11-02 04:47:20 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Is Sam being objective here or is he being an Israeli apologist? I can't see why he extends so much charity here. 

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2014-12-16 01:15:09 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Tonight's winner of the internet award goes to......

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2014-11-02 04:47:20 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Is Sam being objective here or is he being an Israeli apologist? I can't see why he extends so much charity here. 

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2014-12-22 13:30:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Dan's Morning Poop

Today's cranium crap deals with freedom of speech and how I think the way we approach the ideal is archaic. In today's global world we need to start considering other perspectives and stop defending the right to spew shit from our brains whenever we want.


Shane Arsenault
Nuke fight over a 2 1/2 star movie?

+Shane Arsenault That's actually a point I've been trying to make.

Freedom of speech should be held as important because of how much it can facilitate freedom for the people. We need to be able to say what we want so we can freely speak out against the people we entrust to govern on our behalf and keep them in check. We need to be able to spread new ideas, to innovate, and to keep moving forward to better things.

We do not need it to protect immature fools when they want to make a terrible movie that sellsi... more »

U.S. President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumours of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."___Dan's Morning Poop

Today's cranium crap deals with freedom of speech and how I think the way we approach the ideal is archaic. In today's global world we need to start considering other perspectives and stop defending the right to spew shit from our brains whenever we want.


Shane Arsenault
Nuke fight over a 2 1/2 star movie?

+Shane Arsenault That's actually a point I've been trying to make.

Freedom of speech should be held as important because of how much it can facilitate freedom for the people. We need to be able to say what we want so we can freely speak out against the people we entrust to govern on our behalf and keep them in check. We need to be able to spread new ideas, to innovate, and to keep moving forward to better things.

We do not need it to protect immature fools when they want to make a terrible movie that sells itself on being idiotically controversial.

Knowing how the people of North Korea view their leader, and knowing we live in a global connected community, we should be grown up people about these things and consider the impact it has on them. We should ask if what we're defending is worth defending and ask if it has any purpose beyond making money for fools.

From everything I've seen and read of this movie, it isn't sophisticated enough to be called satire, at least by any decent standard. It doesn't address anything of importance and doesn't make a point about anything really at all.

So why are we defending it? On the Internet no one likes when someone knowingly aggravates other people with the sole goal of just pissing them off. We call it trolling.

So why are we defending trolls? If we want to have a good, productive, and useful global conversation it's going to mean doing the same thing any group on the Internet does to deal with trolls: moderation.

That means when we have reactions to our media like this we listen and we consider how they interpret it. Just the same when politically active groups release a movie like the Innocence of Muslims (is that what it was called?) we don't defend it and pretend it isn't just propoganda made to incite rage and violence.

It's astounding to think we could literally starts a war over the work of jerk off half ass comedians. 

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2014-12-20 16:28:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I want people to think about this for a moment.

A while ago coca cola introduced a diet drink that used a weird cheap chemical sweetener instead of sugar. They called it diet coke.

The most logical market for that drink was women. Calories were all the rage and diet coke was marketed on not having any. It worked really well.

But, in time, diet coke became associated with women almost exclusively. To the point that ordering a diet coke was a bit unmanily.

Seeing this, coke released a new product, called coke zero. It comes in a black can, looks cool, and is targeted toward men. (Many of which likely have diabetes after years of drinking coke.)

It worked like magic. Coke zero is taking a bigger share of the market and competitors are following the trend.

The reason it's important to hear that story is because that's the story of the Wild rose party.... more »

Danielle Smith is defending her decision to cross the floor to Alberta's Progressive Conservatives, calling it a "victory" for the Wildrose Party, in an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio's The House: http://cbc.sh/u7M7sKF___I want people to think about this for a moment.

A while ago coca cola introduced a diet drink that used a weird cheap chemical sweetener instead of sugar. They called it diet coke.

The most logical market for that drink was women. Calories were all the rage and diet coke was marketed on not having any. It worked really well.

But, in time, diet coke became associated with women almost exclusively. To the point that ordering a diet coke was a bit unmanily.

Seeing this, coke released a new product, called coke zero. It comes in a black can, looks cool, and is targeted toward men. (Many of which likely have diabetes after years of drinking coke.)

It worked like magic. Coke zero is taking a bigger share of the market and competitors are following the trend.

The reason it's important to hear that story is because that's the story of the Wild rose party. Except of course we're not talking just about men and women, although the fact most of the leaders of Wildrose are women and the PC are not so popular with women might mean we are, but it's the same idea: rebrand with slightly different flavour, but still remain essentially the same.

That sort of political manipulation should come as no surprise since there are close ties between Alberta conservatives and American conservatives. Both get advice and funding from the same oil interests and both share the same long-term interests.

But it's a bit unethical isn't it? Knowingly tricking people? Is that really the type of leader that represents Canadian values? Should it be?

In America much of the same thing is happen with the Republican party, the tea party, and the libertarian movement. Three distinct brands to fit any taste.

Hopefully Albertans reject this sort of behaviour and contradict the smug attitude from the east that they're just a bunch of hicks too stupid to know when they're being bamboozled.

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2014-12-20 15:57:01 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Dan's Morning Poop

Another day off today started with evacuation of the bowels and brain. Today I critically hit +Moontanman​ with a wall of text over something I've been thinking about how the last few days. Specifically the direction of influence between religion and politics.

I say there is more, in the modern day at least, coming from politics toward religion. Moreover I think the people doing the majority of the influencing, the right, consciously try to sell the idea it's the other way to remain palatable to atheists. In the end they're lying.

Here's the poop:

They're not trying to infiltrate the government. You've got it backwards and I have to say something about it because it's critically important for people to understand the problems with religions in our societies (because every country in the world, event... more »

Dan's Morning Poop

Another day off today started with evacuation of the bowels and brain. Today I critically hit +Moontanman​ with a wall of text over something I've been thinking about how the last few days. Specifically the direction of influence between religion and politics.

I say there is more, in the modern day at least, coming from politics toward religion. Moreover I think the people doing the majority of the influencing, the right, consciously try to sell the idea it's the other way to remain palatable to atheists. In the end they're lying.

Here's the poop:

They're not trying to infiltrate the government. You've got it backwards and I have to say something about it because it's critically important for people to understand the problems with religions in our societies (because every country in the world, even the very secular ones, is dealing with it to some degree) comes not from the churches but from the politicians building their own power by using the churches.

During the late seventies conservatives made a conscious choice to sell their political ideology to people by melding it with religious narratives. In America this resulted in the evangelical revival and in Saudi Arabia it resulted in Wahhabi Islam.

Both of these religions are very much about control, domination, and obedience. They are heavy on dogma, they are puritanical, they are misogynistic, and they are very much about making people accept getting screwed without complaining. They introduce stark binary thinking and frame everything as a battle of good versus evil so everything in the world can be framed the same way. (With them taking the role of the hero.)

We even see the same thing in Pakistan. Now they're getting fucked by the escapade as the far right religious groups they used to control are breaking free and doing things such as killing the children of the wealthy people who once sponsored them. ( Same thing happened in Afghanistan to the Americans when their pet Taliban broke loose and again in Syria more recently.)

Here's a link for even more on the subject: http://www.salon.com/2014/02/22/reagans_christian_revolt_how_conservatives_hijacked_american_religion/

If you study sociology you'll realise pretty quickly that people behave together even in groups as big as societies or civilizations. It happens quite naturally and it's because we happen to be little more than hairless apes.

But the direction can be steered if you know how. Most famously we saw this happen during world war one when public in the west, America and Canada specifically, didn't want to partake. The governments used propaganda on a national scale and found it worked wonders. After the war the people involved took those skills into the public sector and the advertising industry was born.

Today political parties still use propaganda (which you can call advertising or marketing if the propaganda around the word propaganda turns you off) all the time. Often they found institutes, called think tanks, to craft it and figure out how to best sell their message.

These think tanks were used to great effect to get Bush into power. A reign that did massive damage to America in a multitude of ways, but specifically when it comes to concerns of atheists they launched the religious right into a position of power that had been receding under Clinton.

It was in these think tanks that they decided to focus on gay marriage or abortion or the war on Christmas as means to gather support so they could do other things like invade Iraq, give more money to Israel, further pressure Iran to keep them weak, etc.

The result has been issues that hadn't used to play a major role in Christian identity became central to it. Just as being Republican has in a good many ways become central to it.

The reason I say all this is because these think tanks are still operating and still trying to use their association with Christianity to sell their political ideology and gather votes.

However, they don't just focus on the Christian demographic or use social issues like abortion to tug at people's emotions, they also use an old conservative favorite: xenophobia. Today that includes specific rhetoric about Muslims, just as it did after nine eleven, and that's important because criticism of Muslims is a place where atheists and Christians often agree.

So it's no surprise they employ various atheist speakers at those think tanks to go forth and preach the truth about Muslims while also fitting in a thing or two about conservative values. They sell the idea that only conservatives are strong enough to fight the Muslims and stand up courageously to the imminent invasion.

That these atheists share an office with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfield makes me question their integrity. It also makes me worried that we could be heading toward a future for atheism that mirrors present day Christianity. A future where politicians work with the media to create and control an atheist message. To essentially create an atheist message.

Which might be fine if they were gone people. But they're not. They're war criminals without a drop of respect for the idea of a republic or the idea of freedom.

Hell I've already seen the reaction from people when I happen to say Sam Harris is wrong. When I contradict the atheist message. I'm called a Christian or apologist and cast out of the atheist group to be an other. Seeing that makes me very worried. ___

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2014-12-19 20:10:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Better, let's help them see with clarity.

#skepticism   #openmindedness   #antitheism   #superstitions   #carlsagan  

Better, let's help them see with clarity.

#skepticism   #openmindedness   #antitheism   #superstitions   #carlsagan  ___

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2014-12-18 19:28:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Sigh....

See, sadly, we have a government that made a deal with a Republican think tank or two to get some help winning the elections up here, and part of they meant importing some American style political rhetoric. Specifically some of the gun stuff.

So now guns are a thing, a part of a person's identity, a badge of honor. Which is bound to happen when people watch and absorb American media almost exclusively.

These ideas about guns and liberty and government don't just make their way into people's heads from political speeches. They are woven into movies and television. Coincidentally it happens every serious fan of Sons of Anarchy I've met is also sympathetic to the gun cause.

Hopefully it never really catches on.

Why is Santa delivering an AR-15 rifle for Christmas? Many Canadians are questioning the National Firearms Association's new holiday ad.___Sigh....

See, sadly, we have a government that made a deal with a Republican think tank or two to get some help winning the elections up here, and part of they meant importing some American style political rhetoric. Specifically some of the gun stuff.

So now guns are a thing, a part of a person's identity, a badge of honor. Which is bound to happen when people watch and absorb American media almost exclusively.

These ideas about guns and liberty and government don't just make their way into people's heads from political speeches. They are woven into movies and television. Coincidentally it happens every serious fan of Sons of Anarchy I've met is also sympathetic to the gun cause.

Hopefully it never really catches on.

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2014-12-17 13:25:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Dan's Morning Poop

Most mornings I don't have to work I wake up, make some coffee, and poop. While I'm sitting there I usually respond to a comment at length that stirs something in me. It's a mental poop to clear my mind and get me thinking about something.

Today's was a response to a bigot:


+Jack Cade No. But you seem to think that these people represent every Muslim on the planet for some reason. If you're going to use that standard with them, use it with yourself, because your own civilization has done more than its fair share of killing and mayhem.

As for you being English and changing the fact, of course not, we can't change the past. We can however use what we've done in the past to help make better decisions on the future.

Sadly, people such as yourself would much rather make their decisions based on feeling than... more »

Peshawar attack: Taliban kill 135 people, mostly students in school attack
#PeshawarAttack   #Pakistan  ___Dan's Morning Poop

Most mornings I don't have to work I wake up, make some coffee, and poop. While I'm sitting there I usually respond to a comment at length that stirs something in me. It's a mental poop to clear my mind and get me thinking about something.

Today's was a response to a bigot:


+Jack Cade No. But you seem to think that these people represent every Muslim on the planet for some reason. If you're going to use that standard with them, use it with yourself, because your own civilization has done more than its fair share of killing and mayhem.

As for you being English and changing the fact, of course not, we can't change the past. We can however use what we've done in the past to help make better decisions on the future.

Sadly, people such as yourself would much rather make their decisions based on feeling than thought, so the required self reflection to use history and logic to make decisions isn't there. There is too much simple minded pride and devotion to your own culture and own sense of identity. You hold on to it like a child holds on to a comforting blanket or bear.

Meanwhile, savvy politicians who are as fully aware of your insecurity as I am, but you likely never will be, see a chance to pull your strings to dance their way. They position themselves as champions ready to defend you against them.

They do this because more than anything they don't want you to realize many of the problems you're facing, many of the sacrifices you've been having to make, many of the lives lost to madmen, are all a result of their policy and their ambition. Ambition toward enriching and strengthening the already rich and powerful.

It's a pattern that has been repeating itself for centuries.

If we were really interested in fixing the situation in Pakistan we'd start asking tough questions of their government and dangling any aid we give them with ample stipulations.

For example, why is it the government didn't invest any money into education in the areas where the Taliban are the strongest? The Taliban have been running schools, clincs, security, and so on. Mainly because the money that was supposed to be used for those things was eaten up by corrupt military and government officials.

So even if I don't agree with the reality the Taliban wants to create or the garbage they want to teach, I do understand why they'd fight the military and government. They're corrupt and not taking care of the people.

If your government was squandering all the tax money while your children couldn't access doctors or teachers what would you do? You wouldn't fight? 

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2014-12-16 20:29:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-16 11:32:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

#torture   #torturepractices   #torturereport   #waterboarding  

#torture   #torturepractices   #torturereport   #waterboarding  ___

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2014-12-16 01:15:09 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Tonight's winner of the internet award goes to......

Tonight's winner of the internet award goes to......___

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2014-12-16 01:12:04 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

You know America, you better watch out, if America finds out you're torturing people they'll be on your door step with a democracy package, ready to defend liberty and spread you some freedom, the American way. Meaning they'll likely use torture. 

You know America, you better watch out, if America finds out you're torturing people they'll be on your door step with a democracy package, ready to defend liberty and spread you some freedom, the American way. Meaning they'll likely use torture. ___

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2014-12-14 16:23:18 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Islam and Politics: Crash Course World History

If you haven't seen them before, +CrashCourse​ produce short videos on history, biology, psychology, and literature that are some of the best I've seen. While they might not be in depth enough to give the entire story, they give a good introduction, and they encourage honest history from a global perspective.

As far as atheism and secularism is concerned, if everyone could watch the entire series, I think we'd have a lot more atheists. In fact, these core subjects could be seen as a sort of canon for Humanism, a foundation to build from.

Let's not forget the idea of humanist education comes from a man interested in educating his daughter in a time when little girls were meant to be sewing and getting ready to breed. Like all good Christian girls at the time. It would in time become the standard education oft... more »

Islam and Politics: Crash Course World History

If you haven't seen them before, +CrashCourse​ produce short videos on history, biology, psychology, and literature that are some of the best I've seen. While they might not be in depth enough to give the entire story, they give a good introduction, and they encourage honest history from a global perspective.

As far as atheism and secularism is concerned, if everyone could watch the entire series, I think we'd have a lot more atheists. In fact, these core subjects could be seen as a sort of canon for Humanism, a foundation to build from.

Let's not forget the idea of humanist education comes from a man interested in educating his daughter in a time when little girls were meant to be sewing and getting ready to breed. Like all good Christian girls at the time. It would in time become the standard education of the west and would eventually lead to the secular democracies that stand as bastions of free thought and liberty around the world.

I say all this because I know the content of the video doesn't align with the view of Islam we see in the mainstream media or all too often on the Internet. I know people are going to brush it off as apologetics or liberal garbage.

But I want to ask a few questions in all seriousness:

Why should I reject the seemingly balanced view contained in this video for a view that is propagated by right wing think tanks like the Enterprise Institute?

Why should I not trust the integrity of the people involved in crash course, which includes financing by the atheist Bill Gates who presumably sees value in the project, to give unbiased information?

What good reason is there for me to trust a think tank like the Enterprise Institute, whose members oversaw the invasion of Iraq and lied about the reasons for invading; who oversaw the creation of the NSA and unprecedented expansion of their legal power for protection from a threat that might not even exist (since we have to take their word for it); who oversaw a torture program that we now have solid evidence for, yet they still deny exists, still deny was torture, and still defend as just? Think tanks that helped unify and strengthen Christianity in America, question the principles of secularism, and foster the religious revival that lead the Bush administration to power.

I personally don't see any good reason at all to reject critical thought and to reject outright the work of professional historians and academics in favour of brainless political rhetoric coming from legitimate war criminals. I see no reason why I should pretend like anything coming from the mouths of immoral American fascists who see life as valueless and cheap is anything besides propaganda meant to advance their own agenda and tell the masses who give them undue respect what to think. ___

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2014-12-12 17:54:09 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-12 06:19:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Watch it. 

Watch it. ___

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2014-12-12 04:45:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Calling out the doctors who abetted #CIA torture. http://boingboing.net/2014/12/11/calling-out-the-doctors-who-ab.html

Calling out the doctors who abetted #CIA torture. http://boingboing.net/2014/12/11/calling-out-the-doctors-who-ab.html___

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2014-12-11 23:40:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"No free and open society can long sustain this kind of rising economic inequality. It has never happened."

"No free and open society can long sustain this kind of rising economic inequality. It has never happened."___

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2014-12-09 13:25:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This agrees with what I've been saying for a while now. The problem is one of meaning, purpose, and identity. Specifically finding those things in our Western societies. From the article:

“I assume at one point that man was fed up, perhaps bored of our society and felt he didn’t perhaps fit in with our society,” said Bélanger. “That would be my hypothesis. And that led to a quest for personal significance.

Where I do disagree is that it's boredom. It makes it sound as though soccer may be an antidote. It echoes with the sentiment of idle hands being the devil's plaything.

Instead I think many people know that our nations commit immoral actions against people on the other side of the world and then market it to the public as something needed for the greater good. They start to doubt the rhetoric around Islam and are drawn to its message of respect andcompassi... more »

This agrees with what I've been saying for a while now. The problem is one of meaning, purpose, and identity. Specifically finding those things in our Western societies. From the article:

“I assume at one point that man was fed up, perhaps bored of our society and felt he didn’t perhaps fit in with our society,” said Bélanger. “That would be my hypothesis. And that led to a quest for personal significance.

Where I do disagree is that it's boredom. It makes it sound as though soccer may be an antidote. It echoes with the sentiment of idle hands being the devil's plaything.

Instead I think many people know that our nations commit immoral actions against people on the other side of the world and then market it to the public as something needed for the greater good. They start to doubt the rhetoric around Islam and are drawn to its message of respect and compassion for the poor and down trodden. A message they can't seem to hear in a political atmosphere more interested in telling the most effective lie to trick people into voting for them instead of saying what needs to be said.

I also disagree when the expert suggests we shouldn't air these types of videos publicly for fear of them acting as an instructional aid. Not only should we air them, we should also assume they will convince some people we are not quite so angelic as we claim to be, and we should address the criticisms contained in them to stop this. Not by giving flimsy ideological explanations, but by engaging in collective self reflection.

Of course the problem here is for such a thing to happen we'd need the services of an ethical and free press. We'd need journalists willing to stay neutral and work as journalists instead of public relations people. We'd also need a way to finance such a thing in time where we are increasingly moving toward an unregulated future where we are likely to see more private financing of political propaganda as news instead of less.

The best I think we can do is continuing to talk about this issue outside of the official framework in a rational and educated manner. Maybe in time people will start to listen and will start to see radicalization as a sign of collective failure on our part to build a society worth engaging in and cherishing. ___

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2014-12-05 23:32:38 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-05 15:55:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

New post: Kitchener's Christkindl Market.

New post: Kitchener's Christkindl Market.___

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2014-12-04 01:18:32 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Whenever you write something the first thing you should think of is audience. Who is going to read it and how it will resonate with them. You have to anticipate their reaction by using a little logic and little imagination.

In this case it seems the people organizing the AANC is either ignorant of this very fundamental concept, thus effectively illiterate, or purposefully trying to make people despise atheists evermore greatly in time for the holidays.

Because if you keep a Christian audience in mind when writing the above billboard it could be translated like this:

Church is stupid and people who go are like stupid kids.

The purpose of this sort of thing is my question. What's the good here? What's trying to be achieved?

Why not a sign that reads like this:

Dear Christians,

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. All the best.... more »

My family celebrates Christmas down to dinner and setting out milk and cookies when they were small . The excitement in their faces is not measured in all the wealth in the world . I'm simple and easy to please nature , bird sounds , the beauty of my wife .
I told my boys of Santa because my wife was Christian as well so it would be a smack in the face to ignore her traditions . Now it is not a religious event in my family but more regular tradition . Today I'm driving down the interstate ,there is a big sign I only caught the end of . Then the media around here saw it and BAM ! They are all over it . Guess it is a little rude to kids that believe in Santa , but I cannot deny it's immense impact on this city .
Is it right to use freedom of speech this way or do you think we should not let people display their opinion for others to scrutinize ! ___Whenever you write something the first thing you should think of is audience. Who is going to read it and how it will resonate with them. You have to anticipate their reaction by using a little logic and little imagination.

In this case it seems the people organizing the AANC is either ignorant of this very fundamental concept, thus effectively illiterate, or purposefully trying to make people despise atheists evermore greatly in time for the holidays.

Because if you keep a Christian audience in mind when writing the above billboard it could be translated like this:

Church is stupid and people who go are like stupid kids.

The purpose of this sort of thing is my question. What's the good here? What's trying to be achieved?

Why not a sign that reads like this:

Dear Christians,

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. All the best.

Cheers,
_The AANC_

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2014-12-03 14:19:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Are you not a robot? Google would like you to promise you are human.

Are you not a robot? Google would like you to promise you are human.___

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2014-12-03 00:55:15 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Found this during an image search. Seems to be a kid's perspective of America. 

Found this during an image search. Seems to be a kid's perspective of America. ___

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2014-12-03 00:24:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-28 20:12:06 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A while back philosopher +Alain de Botton​​ made a proposal that caused a bit of controversy. He's of the opinion that religion is finished, the fight is all but won, and we should start plundering the rubble for useful bits to build something good without God.

Many people reacted negatively, arguing we don't need another religion to tell us what to do, and that there isn't anything useful in religion anyways. Others loved the idea and didn't see anything wrong with cherry picking out the best parts while we let the rest dry up in the sun and blow away.

I was quite naturally excited by the proposal. Any type of project by a philosopher would be one more interested in arming you, the individual, with the tools to create a good purpose rather than tell you what that purpose is like religions tend to do.

The videos below and the channel it'sadv... more »

A while back philosopher +Alain de Botton​​ made a proposal that caused a bit of controversy. He's of the opinion that religion is finished, the fight is all but won, and we should start plundering the rubble for useful bits to build something good without God.

Many people reacted negatively, arguing we don't need another religion to tell us what to do, and that there isn't anything useful in religion anyways. Others loved the idea and didn't see anything wrong with cherry picking out the best parts while we let the rest dry up in the sun and blow away.

I was quite naturally excited by the proposal. Any type of project by a philosopher would be one more interested in arming you, the individual, with the tools to create a good purpose rather than tell you what that purpose is like religions tend to do.

The videos below and the channel it's advertising for are the first results of his project. And I have to say I'm not disappointed. It's giving access to something I think everyone should have: education in the humanities. The foundation of Humanism.

What do people think? Were the critic is right, has Alain crested a Trojan horse for religion or been excessively kind to it here, or has he created something of value that secular people like us can use to think a little deeper about ourselves and our lives? ___

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2014-11-28 20:06:41 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A while back philosopher +Alain de Botton​ made a proposal that caused a bit of controversy. He's of the opinion that religion is finished, the fight is all but won, and we should start plundering the rubble for useful bits to build something good without God.

Many people reacted negatively, arguing we don't need another religion to tell us what to do, and that there isn't anything useful in religion anyways. Others loved the idea and didn't see anything wrong with cherry picking out the best parts while we let the rest dry up in the sun and blow away.

I was quite naturally excited by the proposal. Any type of project by a philosopher would be one more interested in arming you, the individual, with the tools to create a good purpose rather than tell you what that purpose is like religions tend to do.

The videos below and the channel it's advertisingf... more »

A while back philosopher +Alain de Botton​ made a proposal that caused a bit of controversy. He's of the opinion that religion is finished, the fight is all but won, and we should start plundering the rubble for useful bits to build something good without God.

Many people reacted negatively, arguing we don't need another religion to tell us what to do, and that there isn't anything useful in religion anyways. Others loved the idea and didn't see anything wrong with cherry picking out the best parts while we let the rest dry up in the sun and blow away.

I was quite naturally excited by the proposal. Any type of project by a philosopher would be one more interested in arming you, the individual, with the tools to create a good purpose rather than tell you what that purpose is like religions tend to do.

The videos below and the channel it's advertising for are the first results of his project. And I have to say I'm not disappointed. It's giving access to something I think everyone should have: education in the humanities. The foundation of Humanism.

What do people think? Were the critic is right, has Alain crested a Trojan horse for religion or been excessively kind to it here, or has he created something of value that secular people like us can use to think a little deeper about ourselves and our lives? ___

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2014-11-28 20:05:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A while back philosopher +Alain de Botton​ made a proposal that caused a bit of controversy. He's of the opinion that religion is finished, the fight is all but won, and we should start plundering the rubble for useful bits to build something good without God.

Many people reacted negatively, arguing we don't need another religion to tell us what to do, and that there isn't anything useful in religion anyways. Others loved the idea and didn't see anything wrong with cherry picking out the best parts while we let the rest dry up in the sun and blow away.

I was quite naturally excited by the proposal. Any type of project by a philosopher would be one more interested in arming you, the individual, with the tools to create a good purpose rather than tell you what that purpose is like religions tend to do.

The videos below and the channel it's advertisingf... more »

A while back philosopher +Alain de Botton​ made a proposal that caused a bit of controversy. He's of the opinion that religion is finished, the fight is all but won, and we should start plundering the rubble for useful bits to build something good without God.

Many people reacted negatively, arguing we don't need another religion to tell us what to do, and that there isn't anything useful in religion anyways. Others loved the idea and didn't see anything wrong with cherry picking out the best parts while we let the rest dry up in the sun and blow away.

I was quite naturally excited by the proposal. Any type of project by a philosopher would be one more interested in arming you, the individual, with the tools to create a good purpose rather than tell you what that purpose is like religions tend to do.

The videos below and the channel it's advertising for are the first results of his project. And I have to say I'm not disappointed. It's giving access to something I think everyone should have: education in the humanities. The foundation of Humanism.

What do people think? Were the critic is right, has Alain crested a Trojan horse for religion or been excessively kind to it here, or has he created something of value that secular people like us can use to think a little deeper about ourselves and our lives? ___

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2014-11-28 01:24:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

“The police shooting of Michael Brown resonates on a personal level with me,” Eric Drooker says about September’s cover, which was inspired by images from the scene.* (One of the most iconic was by Scott Olson, a Getty photographer, who was detained by police there.)

“An artist friend of mine was killed by a cop in lower Manhattan, back in 1991. He happened to be black, and the police officer was never indicted.” Drooker continues, “As a resident of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, I witnessed the blurring distinctions between the police and military during the Tompkins Square riots of the eighties. I’ll never forget the day the N.Y.P.D. showed up in a military tank to evict nonviolent squatter friends from buildings on Avenue B and Thirteenth Street, where I grew up. This incident triggered a vivid childhood memory of the police driving a similar armored tank on East Fourteenthstreet, in 1968... more »

“The police shooting of Michael Brown resonates on a personal level with me,” Eric Drooker says about September’s cover, which was inspired by images from the scene.* (One of the most iconic was by Scott Olson, a Getty photographer, who was detained by police there.)

“An artist friend of mine was killed by a cop in lower Manhattan, back in 1991. He happened to be black, and the police officer was never indicted.” Drooker continues, “As a resident of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, I witnessed the blurring distinctions between the police and military during the Tompkins Square riots of the eighties. I’ll never forget the day the N.Y.P.D. showed up in a military tank to evict nonviolent squatter friends from buildings on Avenue B and Thirteenth Street, where I grew up. This incident triggered a vivid childhood memory of the police driving a similar armored tank on East Fourteenth street, in 1968, to quell possible ‘disturbances’ after Martin Luther King was assassinated.

“Of course, rubber bullets, tear gas, and Tasers have been used for a while—on nonviolent anti-war protests at the dawn of the Iraq invasion, not to mention Occupy—but the U.S. media has often chosen to ignore these images. Now that billions have been spent and the equipment is in place throughout the country, the intensive militarization of America’s police forces is finally being acknowledged after the horrors of Ferguson.”___

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2014-11-27 22:51:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is likely one of the most revealing excerpts from an article in last month's Harper's titled How The Islamic State Was Won.

It's short. And the author is obviously only giving the most pertinent points and information.

What you'll find is religion and virgins is not the thing that's at the top of his mind. It's utopia. 

This is likely one of the most revealing excerpts from an article in last month's Harper's titled How The Islamic State Was Won.

It's short. And the author is obviously only giving the most pertinent points and information.

What you'll find is religion and virgins is not the thing that's at the top of his mind. It's utopia. ___

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2014-11-27 12:04:10 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Man... Go America... :)

Man... Go America... :)___

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2014-11-26 22:51:07 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Scaremongering..

Scaremongering..___

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2014-11-26 13:31:54 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Interesting article by the mother of a young Canadian radical. She reveals one of the biggest issues religion is facing today: politicization.

It's also interesting that the same distinction she describes between the Islam she grew up with and the one her son was drawn to is the same as you'd find in modern Christian movements:

They provided him with religious licence to follow his desires, permission to ignore inconvenient facts and common sense, and the right to judge others.

Isn't that right there is essence of the problem with the religious right?

It's no coincidence at all that this allowance to ignore all but what the holy man tells you took hold, with Christianity, in the American South with the help of the Republicans. It's also not a coincidence these same people helped advise Saudi Arabia during the eighties. Using a religion as a... more »

Interesting article by the mother of a young Canadian radical. She reveals one of the biggest issues religion is facing today: politicization.

It's also interesting that the same distinction she describes between the Islam she grew up with and the one her son was drawn to is the same as you'd find in modern Christian movements:

They provided him with religious licence to follow his desires, permission to ignore inconvenient facts and common sense, and the right to judge others.

Isn't that right there is essence of the problem with the religious right?

It's no coincidence at all that this allowance to ignore all but what the holy man tells you took hold, with Christianity, in the American South with the help of the Republicans. It's also not a coincidence these same people helped advise Saudi Arabia during the eighties. Using a religion as a vehicle for political ideals is very effective:

Our imams initially received support from Saudi Arabia in the 1960s and early 1970s, but when subsequent funding came with strings attached, most community leaders cut overseas ties with the Wahhabis. As African-Americans, we found them racist, xenophobic and doctrinaire. The Islam they promoted was not practical or respectful of our indigenous American Muslim culture, which lent a beneficial influence to the communities in which we were established.

Over the past 40 years, I have observed two parallel versions of Islam develop in North America: one integrated into society, nearly invisible, without overseas financing, and scorned by more recent, Salafi-influenced immigrant Muslims. The second, a foreign-born, Saudi-financed version that crept in during the 1980s, gained prominence in the 1990s and attempted to rebrand itself after 9/11. In the 1990s, when my son was being indoctrinated, they preached aggressively and openly. Now, they let the Internet do most of their dirty work and try to pass themselves off as moderates.

So I think we can say the problem with both these movements is not the religion, but the politicians meddling with it and turning it into essentially political rhetoric. Therefore if we are interested in fixing this problem of religion, which is really a problem of politics, we should be pointing our fingers at the people knowingly funding these movements and knowingly creating radicals. 

Not at the religions themselves like the very same people who are manipulating the religions keep telling us to.___

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2014-11-26 13:30:56 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Interesting article by the mother of a young Canadian radical. She reveals one of the biggest issues religion is facing today: politicization.

It's also interesting that the same distinction she describes between the Islam she grew up with and the one her son was drawn to is the same as you'd find in modern Christian movements:

They provided him with religious licence to follow his desires, permission to ignore inconvenient facts and common sense, and the right to judge others.

Isn't that right there is essence of the problem with the religious right?

It's no coincidence at all that this allowance to ignore all but what the holy man tells you took hold, with Christianity, in the American South with the help of the Republicans. It's also not a coincidence these same people helped advise Saudi Arabia during the eighties. Using a religion as a... more »

Interesting article by the mother of a young Canadian radical. She reveals one of the biggest issues religion is facing today: politicization.

It's also interesting that the same distinction she describes between the Islam she grew up with and the one her son was drawn to is the same as you'd find in modern Christian movements:

They provided him with religious licence to follow his desires, permission to ignore inconvenient facts and common sense, and the right to judge others.

Isn't that right there is essence of the problem with the religious right?

It's no coincidence at all that this allowance to ignore all but what the holy man tells you took hold, with Christianity, in the American South with the help of the Republicans. It's also not a coincidence these same people helped advise Saudi Arabia during the eighties. Using a religion as a vehicle for political ideals is very effective:

Our imams initially received support from Saudi Arabia in the 1960s and early 1970s, but when subsequent funding came with strings attached, most community leaders cut overseas ties with the Wahhabis. As African-Americans, we found them racist, xenophobic and doctrinaire. The Islam they promoted was not practical or respectful of our indigenous American Muslim culture, which lent a beneficial influence to the communities in which we were established.

Over the past 40 years, I have observed two parallel versions of Islam develop in North America: one integrated into society, nearly invisible, without overseas financing, and scorned by more recent, Salafi-influenced immigrant Muslims. The second, a foreign-born, Saudi-financed version that crept in during the 1980s, gained prominence in the 1990s and attempted to rebrand itself after 9/11. In the 1990s, when my son was being indoctrinated, they preached aggressively and openly. Now, they let the Internet do most of their dirty work and try to pass themselves off as moderates.

So I think we can say the problem with both these movements is not the religion, but the politicians meddling with it and turning it into essentially political rhetoric. Therefore if we are interested in fixing this problem of religion, which is really a problem of politics, we should be pointing our fingers at the people knowingly funding these movements and knowingly creating radicals. 

Not at the religions themselves like the very same people who are manipulating the religions keep telling us to. ___

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2014-11-26 01:28:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Perfect timing for this article, as I've been noticing this a lot on my Nexus 5 recently.

Initially I thought it was a bug in Action Launcher, but I discovered last night that manually closing a bunch of items via the Recents screen fixes the problem. Considering there's no 'close all' option in Recents, this is a laborious process.

With Lollipop, I had adopted a "don't bother closing stuff via Recents - just let the system manage it all" attitude. Seemingly the OS* is not currently up to the task in this regard, and actually requires manual intervention to keep the system running efficiently**. Not good.

* I've only used Lollipop heavily on my Nexus 5, so I can't say if this is a general 5.0 issue or a device specific Nexus 5 issue.
** I guess it's possible it's a rogue app causing this issue, bit you'd like to think... more »

Perfect timing for this article, as I've been noticing this a lot on my Nexus 5 recently.

Initially I thought it was a bug in Action Launcher, but I discovered last night that manually closing a bunch of items via the Recents screen fixes the problem. Considering there's no 'close all' option in Recents, this is a laborious process.

With Lollipop, I had adopted a "don't bother closing stuff via Recents - just let the system manage it all" attitude. Seemingly the OS* is not currently up to the task in this regard, and actually requires manual intervention to keep the system running efficiently**. Not good.

* I've only used Lollipop heavily on my Nexus 5, so I can't say if this is a general 5.0 issue or a device specific Nexus 5 issue.
** I guess it's possible it's a rogue app causing this issue, bit you'd like to think the system could handle that itself.___

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2014-11-25 23:00:16 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Canada teetering on the brink of economic collapse if Harper continues.

Canada teetering on the brink of economic collapse if Harper continues.___

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2014-11-20 20:13:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Waiting in line to pay and I get this surprise! That wasn't too long of a wait at all. ( For the update. Line is taking forever.) 

Waiting in line to pay and I get this surprise! That wasn't too long of a wait at all. ( For the update. Line is taking forever.) ___

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2014-11-18 02:04:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Have an idea but I'm far too lazy to do anything about it.

Start a petition to have John Green removed from the list of those undesirable to Canada. 

Then make him a honorary citizen. The educational impact he's had on my son, a ten year old history buff, is immense. Crash Course videos should be added to the standard curriculum across the country. He's exactly the type of role model our kids need exposure to as we head into the future. 

Have an idea but I'm far too lazy to do anything about it.

Start a petition to have John Green removed from the list of those undesirable to Canada. 

Then make him a honorary citizen. The educational impact he's had on my son, a ten year old history buff, is immense. Crash Course videos should be added to the standard curriculum across the country. He's exactly the type of role model our kids need exposure to as we head into the future. ___

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2014-11-18 00:31:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Handing your device off to the little one? #Nexus9 with #AndroidLollipop now has screen pinning to keep your stuff safely tucked away from tiny, tap-happy hands.

Handing your device off to the little one? #Nexus9 with #AndroidLollipop now has screen pinning to keep your stuff safely tucked away from tiny, tap-happy hands.___

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2014-11-17 14:10:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

And BTW … this tax cut I’m defending?

Not gonna see a nickel.

Oh, I don't know, I'm sure you'll see something for the crap you just spewed into the world with the article.

As usual there isn't a mention of the cuts only applying to fifteen percent of people. Instead we're told the reason anyone would be against them is because they're dirty hippies. Not quite. 

And BTW … this tax cut I’m defending?

Not gonna see a nickel.

Oh, I don't know, I'm sure you'll see something for the crap you just spewed into the world with the article.

As usual there isn't a mention of the cuts only applying to fifteen percent of people. Instead we're told the reason anyone would be against them is because they're dirty hippies. Not quite. ___

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2014-11-17 13:58:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Ah, yes, the Western response to crisis that lets us feel good and forget about the problem. Buy the single and you can feel like you've done your part plus make sure these noble celebrity types get the exposure they deserve for being so very kind and socially active.

I've even heard many read entire articles all about ebola in preparation. 

Ah, yes, the Western response to crisis that lets us feel good and forget about the problem. Buy the single and you can feel like you've done your part plus make sure these noble celebrity types get the exposure they deserve for being so very kind and socially active.

I've even heard many read entire articles all about ebola in preparation. ___

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2014-11-15 01:10:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

If you know anyone on the right side of the political spectrum this is a fantastic article for them to read. It's not a warning coming from an arrogant liberal, it's from the military, and it says some pretty revealing things about how serious the problem really is.

It should also make people question how we are letting ourselves be governed. Both on the left and right.

People on the right should be asking why the advice of generals and military experts, the people who sacrifice everything to protect us, has been given second fiddle to the advice of bankers and oil tycoons. The lives of soldiers should never be gambled on the interests of the few. We do not live in a monarchy.

People on the left should be asking why our governors have been more interested in inking deals and getting their fingers into the emerging green industry instead of trying everything in... more »

If you know anyone on the right side of the political spectrum this is a fantastic article for them to read. It's not a warning coming from an arrogant liberal, it's from the military, and it says some pretty revealing things about how serious the problem really is.

It should also make people question how we are letting ourselves be governed. Both on the left and right.

People on the right should be asking why the advice of generals and military experts, the people who sacrifice everything to protect us, has been given second fiddle to the advice of bankers and oil tycoons. The lives of soldiers should never be gambled on the interests of the few. We do not live in a monarchy.

People on the left should be asking why our governors have been more interested in inking deals and getting their fingers into the emerging green industry instead of trying everything in their power to compromise or advocate. An issue of this proportion is one that should be energising to left into a frenzy. Instead it feels like they've sold out as to not be excluded. There isn't any passion.

Hopefully an article like this appearing in Forbes is a another sign of the establishment finally admitting they've been deluded. I'm still worried they don't yet understand the biggest sacrifice will have to come from them. ___

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2014-11-13 22:59:00 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Thanks for the invite. I'm intrigued enough by all the positive messages being passed around to see how this all turns out.

The video captures my personal philosophy pretty closely. I'm a Canadian living in a paradise I'd love to share with the world and I believe Bertrand is explaining the essence of making that work.

I'm also very argumentative, verbose, and a bit of a contrarian. I believe our beliefs, no matter what they may be, need to be challenged, tempered, matured, and refined.

At the same time I really enjoy all sorts of people and really strive, in real life at least, to be kind in word and action. The world has enough cruelty and spite that it doesn't need some more from me. 

Thanks for the invite. I'm intrigued enough by all the positive messages being passed around to see how this all turns out.

The video captures my personal philosophy pretty closely. I'm a Canadian living in a paradise I'd love to share with the world and I believe Bertrand is explaining the essence of making that work.

I'm also very argumentative, verbose, and a bit of a contrarian. I believe our beliefs, no matter what they may be, need to be challenged, tempered, matured, and refined.

At the same time I really enjoy all sorts of people and really strive, in real life at least, to be kind in word and action. The world has enough cruelty and spite that it doesn't need some more from me. ___

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2014-11-06 20:11:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"I like Islamic State because they pursue Sharia and kill infidels, non-Sunnis and those who converted from Islam," he says.

"The people killed by Islamic State are American agents. We must behead them as Allah said in the Koran."

In any if these cases you'll find there are two forces at work: religious and political.

Notice the boy hasn't just been taught to love Islam, he's also been taught to hate the west. Further in the article you'll see more examples of people talking about this conflict as being against the west, with the fall of the west as the primary goal, mainly to get them out of the middle east.

Yet over here we don't focus that much on our own culpability in the situation, instead relying on analysis that keeps our hands clean, and puts the blame squarely on them. The most popular being to blame their... more »

"I like Islamic State because they pursue Sharia and kill infidels, non-Sunnis and those who converted from Islam," he says.

"The people killed by Islamic State are American agents. We must behead them as Allah said in the Koran."

In any if these cases you'll find there are two forces at work: religious and political.

Notice the boy hasn't just been taught to love Islam, he's also been taught to hate the west. Further in the article you'll see more examples of people talking about this conflict as being against the west, with the fall of the west as the primary goal, mainly to get them out of the middle east.

Yet over here we don't focus that much on our own culpability in the situation, instead relying on analysis that keeps our hands clean, and puts the blame squarely on them. The most popular being to blame their religion and making up to them to change their ways while we continue to exploit and abuse them. ___

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2014-11-06 15:06:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Morning off so I rambled a lengthy reply to this young fellow. As follows: 

Feeding the paranoia of religious extremists, and deliberately misrepresenting how atheists feel about religious people is counter productive.

Now since when did Mr. Harris become elevated in the ranks of the Atheist Clergy? 

I don't say this to argue I think atheism is a religion with a unified belief, I say it to question why you would want to imply exactly that, since Andrew is raising criticism against Harris' words and not atheists in general. If your in-group/out-group sense is tingling maybe you've been taking your atheism a little too seriously, as something beyond just a lack of belief, into full blown certainty to the point of cognitive bias. 

Andrew Brown offers no way to unite the religious and non religious to tackle extremism. Rather, he promotes that atheistsar... more »

Morning off so I rambled a lengthy reply to this young fellow. As follows: 

Feeding the paranoia of religious extremists, and deliberately misrepresenting how atheists feel about religious people is counter productive.

Now since when did Mr. Harris become elevated in the ranks of the Atheist Clergy? 

I don't say this to argue I think atheism is a religion with a unified belief, I say it to question why you would want to imply exactly that, since Andrew is raising criticism against Harris' words and not atheists in general. If your in-group/out-group sense is tingling maybe you've been taking your atheism a little too seriously, as something beyond just a lack of belief, into full blown certainty to the point of cognitive bias. 

Andrew Brown offers no way to unite the religious and non religious to tackle extremism. Rather, he promotes that atheists are quite prepared to become mass murderers on the basis of other's religious beliefs (just like plagiarist CJ does). Without specifying the context of what Sam Harris was saying about actions caused by beliefs that threaten humanity.

You're right Brown doesn't say much, not explicitly at least, about possible solutions. He does however imply one, that we should start being even headed and honest in our analysis, instead of being swept up by negative emotion. 

He's also not attacking atheism in the article at all. Like I said above, your cognitive bias is showing, and you're not being critical. If you read the linked article on mass killings by communist states, you'll see the majority were ideological, they were not motivated by race, nor even religion. Even then the real intention was to solidify power. It was motivated less by an enduring love of Communism and more for pragmatic and practical reasons. 

Mind you the people were sold on allowing this immorality as a means of self defense against an unreasonable and vicious enemy. Kill or be killed.

The body count is far higher for muslims killed by fundamentalists than it is for non muslims, when we look at the modern day blood bath playing out. The fundamentalist view that people are inseparable from their religion is one Brown is endorising.

Modern day is how long of a time span? One news cycle? Maybe two?

Like Brown said in his article:

I remember George W Bush explaining that we were not going to war with the Iraqi people, but with the Iraqi government. Since then, something like a million of the Iraqi people have died as a result of our not going to war with them. The distinction is no doubt a great comfort to their surviving relatives but it’s not very useful for predictive purposes.

I also remember lots of pundits telling me we were going to war to fight an ideology. To promote freedom, dispose a dictator, and plant the seeds of AWESOME with a capital America. To free the downtrodden, liberate the women, and give the children a future that looks exactly like a Western life with camels. To fight people who can only be fought because they are so twisted and brainwashed by their sick ideology.

They ensured us any "collateral damage" was worth it in the long run because they were committed to creating a strong democracy and none of it, not a bit, had anything to do with oil. It was all done for the best of intentions and in a few years things would be magical. It's not like they were just thinking about securing the resources and expanding their influence.

At the time a lot of people disagreed vehemently. They knew full well that Iraq had nothing to do with terrorism, that they posed no real risk to America or the West directly, and that despite the super secret intelligence no one was allowed to see they didn't have massive stockpiles of WMDs. Those people warned any type of invasion was absurd, that it would destabilize the entire region, and lead to even larger terrorist groups.

But their voices were effectively silenced in the cacophony of "experts" and pundits pushing the point that religion is the real problem here, that we can't possibly reason with people that fanatically religious, and we need to go to war. Doing otherwise would be asking for another 9/11 that would make the first look like a scrapped knee. 

Finally to that point I'll say this Muslim on Muslim violence you mention is very often violence that results from political instability. It's you and the media that attribute it to religion when you could equally attribute it to politics. 

Far right extremists need challenging because they promote discrimination (from immigration controls to no mosques being built) on back of religious critique debate. Secularism matters because it treats people regardless of their beliefs as equal citizens before the law and with the same universal human rights.

If you actually believe this why are you so eager to defend Harris?

Politicians of all strips employ propaganda. World War I saw the first mass scale use of propaganda, which after the war slowly grew into what we know today as public relations or marketing, and has achieved a very high level of sophistication.

Harris is a high level propagandist. His function is to convince the people that the actions of the establishment are just, good, and worthy of support. However, because he does this from a very public and very mainstream position, his rhetoric needs to be measured, ambiguous, and superficially defensible. He needs to be able to say something like “there are some beliefs so terrible that we are justified in killing people just for holding them” and be able to back peddle enough that people don't seriously question him. Enough that his celebrity appeal, wit, superficial charm, and air of rationality keep people feeling he's right. (Let's not forget his atheist status and his ability to trigger in-group feelings from people like you.)

On the fringe we'll find more explicit, more violent, and more hateful rhetoric. It will seem absurd, irrational, and offensive. It will not seem anything like what Harris is saying or doing. It's an illusion.

At the core of that far right wing extreme though, you'll find more moderate right wing thought, like that killing people on the basis of their ideological beliefs, and what those beliefs can lead to, is justifiable if you can't capture them. (As if capturing militants is even a possibility to began with. It really isn't.) From there they blend in xenophobia, racism, and play off ignorance to further vilify Muslims, blame them for all the problems their own right wing backwards thinking is causing, and convince them to keep voting for the right because they are the only ones able to protect them from the terrifying Muslims.

The rhetoric is all the same and all used for the same purpose: get people to vote for the right. What changes is who the rhetoric is aimed at. The audience. If you're trying to talk to red neck Christians you obviously use someone red neck Christians will listen to. Just like if you're trying to get across to one of the fastest growing demographics in America, the non-religious, you use an atheist like Sam Harris. 

In the end it doesn't matter who says it, the ideology behind it is the same, and leads to the same results. People like Tony Abbot, Stephen Harper, David Cameron, or the epitome of them all, George W. Bush, are people opposed to secularism, human rights, and freedom. In every case of them being in power they have lead as away from these things instead of toward them. They openly support the religious right and people who would love to take the justified killing on the basis of belief to mean atheists too.

Yet you don't see this because, why, Sam Harris says he's an atheist? Why don't you judge Harris' words as coming from a devout Christian or Jew waving the Republican flag and see if you agree they are just honest criticism and not actually meant to "promote discrimination (from immigration controls to no mosques being built) on back of religious critique".___

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2014-11-04 15:22:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-02 04:47:20 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Is Sam being objective here or is he being an Israeli apologist? I can't see why he extends so much charity here. 

Is Sam being objective here or is he being an Israeli apologist? I can't see why he extends so much charity here. ___

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2014-10-31 15:55:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Don't think I'll be showing this to the kids... 

Don't think I'll be showing this to the kids... ___

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2014-10-31 14:50:14 (28 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This might be a longer video, but I hope people give it a watch. At least partly.

I've found increasingly that when it comes to the direction we need to take to advance secularism in the world a good many people have found answers from people like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, or Hitchens. Some people even call this direction and the people interested in following it New Atheists because it diverges from the direction Old Atheists were taking.

Robert Wright does a good job here pointing our many of the problems. Essentially it comes down to politics. 

Right wing politics won't take us into a brighter future because our future demands we question not just our religious traditions, but our political and economic traditions as well. Conservatism is not willing to do this as they are the force in our societies that argues for keeping things the same.

Proof of... more »

This might be a longer video, but I hope people give it a watch. At least partly.

I've found increasingly that when it comes to the direction we need to take to advance secularism in the world a good many people have found answers from people like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, or Hitchens. Some people even call this direction and the people interested in following it New Atheists because it diverges from the direction Old Atheists were taking.

Robert Wright does a good job here pointing our many of the problems. Essentially it comes down to politics. 

Right wing politics won't take us into a brighter future because our future demands we question not just our religious traditions, but our political and economic traditions as well. Conservatism is not willing to do this as they are the force in our societies that argues for keeping things the same.

Proof of this need to move beyond our old systems is clear when you see the effect liberal policies have had in creating peaceful secular countries. The Nordic countries got where they are today by being brave enough to say, yes, we will sacrifice what we've earned to raise all people up instead of just ourselves. They were brave enough to stop deluding themselves into thinking a healthy wealthy class will rain down prosperity on the people. In fact they were brave enough to question if a wealthy class is needed at all.

That's why I don't like Sam. Not because he criticizes Islam, but because he's not acknowledging his political bias toward maintaining the establishment when doing it. I don't find him being honest, I find him making excuses. ___

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2014-10-31 12:56:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Lol.

That was the point of your movement in the first place. To get you to vote for Republicans. Libertarians are Republicans. They're just too deluded to catch on.

Up next will be the Republican party pandering to atheists. Actually, that's already started, with the whole New Atheism thing. 

Curious that so many of those New Atheists are Libertarians too. Hmmmm...

Libertarians must unite with Republicans to save the Republic

When Democrats/Progressives/Socialists win elections, it's a tribute to the divided egos of those against them. It's time to vote a united front to stop the decline of our Republic. Dividing a freedom vote is just handing over the reigns of government to everything we all deplore. It's got to stop.

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If there is any chance to salvage some semblance of constitutional limited government, it must be tried. After 40+ years, it’s obvious the Libertarian Party, while serving as an educational platform, cannot win a major political office. The Republican Party is, faults and all, our only hope.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/10/why_its_time_for_libertarians_to_vote_for_republicans.html#ixzz3HdvMvEdv___Lol.

That was the point of your movement in the first place. To get you to vote for Republicans. Libertarians are Republicans. They're just too deluded to catch on.

Up next will be the Republican party pandering to atheists. Actually, that's already started, with the whole New Atheism thing. 

Curious that so many of those New Atheists are Libertarians too. Hmmmm...

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2014-10-31 12:41:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

My baby girl heading off to scare the crap out of her classmates on birthday/Halloween number 7.

I remember being a little less enthused about her birth than my son's. I was worried there wouldn't be the same bond with her as with him. 

Turns out I was wrong. I'm completely and utterly in love with this little creature. I'm not sure how I'm going to handle the inevitable transition away from me and into the big scary world. I don't want to ever let her go, but love her enough to know I have to. 

My baby girl heading off to scare the crap out of her classmates on birthday/Halloween number 7.

I remember being a little less enthused about her birth than my son's. I was worried there wouldn't be the same bond with her as with him. 

Turns out I was wrong. I'm completely and utterly in love with this little creature. I'm not sure how I'm going to handle the inevitable transition away from me and into the big scary world. I don't want to ever let her go, but love her enough to know I have to. ___

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