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John Blossom123,134End of the Mayan calendar got you down? Celebrate the destruction of the universe on this On-Air Hangout! What are your predictions for the end of time? What will you do with all that spare time? Come join us - if we're all still here...Celebrate the Apocalypse on 12-21-12!2012-12-21 18:30:0010 

John Hardy didn't vote for Abbott has been shared in 167 public circles

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Noah Wesley19,929Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-02-18 05:12:27359333
Noah Wesley16,318This is a public circle of Photographers and Photography loversTo increase your chances of inclusion in future circles please leave a comment when sharing the circle.If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include +ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC PHOTOGRAPHERS  • Comment on this postIf you like what you find in this circle, please share it with your followers to help these individuals reach a wider audience. I will share more circles of those I find Inspiring in the future#beautifulpictures #beautifulplaces #amazingphotos #port_moresby #papua_new_guinea #wasu #ominican_republic #dominican_republic #santo_domingo #jamaica #jamaica #kingston #jamaica #montego_bay #puerto_rico #puerto_rico #san_juan #costa_rica #costa_rica #san_jose #guatemala #guatemala #guatemala_city #mexico #mexico #acapulco #mexico #cancun #mexico #guadalajara #mexico #mexico_city #mexico 2015-01-06 06:54:13473333
Christian kaysen2,781↦ follow me (so I can include you)↦ ↦ share the circle (public or to a public community)↦ ↦ if you want, delete the last circle share↦ ↦ no plussing, no comments, no obligation,↦ just share it and circle the profile above#Circle#Sharers#Engagers#Followers#AddCircle#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#круглим #кругляши #обмен   #круги   #crazycircles   #hyperball  2015-01-01 13:23:26233011
Михаил Пушкарев420#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-01-01 08:18:41500203
Михаил Пушкарев420#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-01-01 08:18:30500005
Михаил Пушкарев301#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2014-12-20 08:13:59500103
Михаил Пушкарев0#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2014-12-13 08:06:48496213
Susannah Birch5,126AUSTRALIAN FRUIT SALAD CIRCLEHere is a selection of interesting and active people on Google Plus. You'll find a mix of politics, humor, bloggers, businesses, photographers and who knows what else! Enjoy!  #Aussie   #Australia   #Circle  #Circles #Sharing #Engagers  2014-11-18 23:41:0343111
Michael Junghans10,859A big thank you. Great to be connected with you :-)Please share | +#sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #teamelite   #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle    #sharedcircle #cerchiacondivisa   #condividicerchia   #cerchiadiitaliani   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #circleshare  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare 2014-10-26 18:14:54501839
Becky Collins17,256Entrepreneurs & Freelancers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-07 05:03:534473015
Able Lawrence100,166100K Engagers Celebration Circle Thank you all those who have followed me and engaged with my posts and taking me to the milestone of 100,000 followers. Goolge+ has been an exhilarating journey of 3 years and I would like to thank all those who have followed me and engaged on my posts whether they were on Science or Birds or Technology. The circle has been created using  * +Circloscope * which is the work of +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh All of you are free to share your favorite posts in the comments and also reshare this circle. If you are included in the circle, you will get a notification.  2014-07-17 17:22:18340491787
Ole Olson46,666This is my original circle of progressives on G+. Add it for some hard hitting, unapologetic political information geared toward activating forward progress in America. 2014-06-28 03:56:553636518
Michael Ginsburg284#sharedcircle  of #Australians  on Google+. Over 1400 people in the circle but Google+ only allows to share 500 at a time.If you want to be added to the circle, please like and comment (so I am not accused of spamming) and also I need to be able to verify you are in #australia . Pages welcome provided again they are #Australian  and I can verify that. If there is a lot of interest from pages, I might consider starting a separate circle for #Australian pages.2014-05-22 00:25:16501414
Paul Snedden16,109Advance Australia ShareThe CircleWhat an absolutely amazing response I got after I asked for your favourite #Aussie  G+ers. Here is the circle, as promised, with 372 amazing reasons why I love this great country of ours.There's a lot of people to thank, so here goes.The Contributors+Mz Maau +Charles Strebor +Jaana Nyström +Kamal Tailor +Lady Fran W +Clint Fudge +Kära Cathryn +Stephen Lord +Phillip Tyson +Kathryn van Nieuwkerk +Belinda Kamel +Paul Pavlinovich +Alizah MacLeod +James Brown +Chris Anderson +Neale Oxley +Aleta Curry +Shinae Choi Robinson +2014-05-11 11:36:433721662548
andi steven320please add me my profile in your circle,Reshare if you like! Please plus to tell me you have seen it! *There is no need to thank me, this is me thanking you! *1. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-05-09 04:02:2150111514
Maksim Tauzhnyanskiy1,193#1 Делюсь с вами активным кругом! Хотите много общения и +1? тогда этот круг для вас ;)Активные пользователи которыми я горжусь! ;Р__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddMeToYourCircles #AddPeople #Affiliate #afo #AllSortsOfPeople #Art #AstroPhotography #AuthorCircle #Authorshelpingauthors #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomeIdeas #AwesomeIndividuals #AwesomeJuice #AwesomeNess #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #Best #bestengager2014-05-08 07:40:55482271431
Tourej Ansari16,188My new Worldwide circle of travelerPlease plus, comment add and share! These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content you produce. This circle contains people who have Plussed my posts within the last few weeks.#CircleShare #SharedCircles #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #SharedPublicCircles #GooglePlusTips #Google+ #Google #teamelitecircle #Hearingaids #Hearing #PublicCircle #SocialMedia #Engagers #TeamElite #Circles #EliteInnerCircle #HearingLoss 2014-05-05 10:00:50483241545
Ryan Johnson2,352sharedcircle   #publiccircleshare     #circleshare     #circleoftheday  #circleshares     #circlesharing     #circlesshare    #publicsharedcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleoftheweek     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircle   #todayspublicsharedcircle  #todayssharedcircle     #publiccircle   #circle     #circles    #awesome   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #shareyourcircle     #bestengagers   #followers   #followback     #awesomecircles  #topsharedcircle   #topsharedcircle     #myseoissocial     #besocial     #socializethesocial     #trust   #circles   #sharedcircle     #followers      #social     #socialnetworking     2014-04-16 05:12:352629212
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
John Nuntiatio33,101#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health #tennis #europe   #asia   #america   #africa   #australia   #football   #golf   #basketball   #news  2014-04-09 06:25:5632961213
John Nuntiatio32,035#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health2014-04-02 19:40:104824125
Alister Macintyre42,106Do not confuse this circle with the one I have on Native American Indian interests.  My India Circle has people whose lives have either passed thru the great nation of India, are there now, or interested in India.  My interests range world wide, some nations more than others.  I recently started an Asia circle, and tried to pour into it my circles for Australia, China, Japan, India, some other countries, but bumped into another of G+ silly ceilings.  I have circles for several major regions of the world, including Middle East, Eu-W, and Eu-other.  I also have circles for specific nations like Germany and Haiti.2014-03-27 18:26:53148002
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:45475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:00475125
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:45:28475014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:44:37475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:43:264755010
John Nuntiatio29,392#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health  #entertainment #news2014-03-10 06:55:19356117
John Nuntiatio29,392#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health  #entertainment #news2014-03-10 06:55:003561094
Alister Macintyre41,863Here is my circle of people interested in Asia or actually there.  I tried to add more to this circle (My India circle is bigger) but sometimes G+ won't let me do some things.While I follow the story of MH 370 flight down in Asia, I will be sharing my updates with this circle, and a few others.2014-03-09 23:08:58183212
John Nuntiatio29,361#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health  #entertainment #news2014-03-09 11:43:13251109
Ian Archibald16,093Circle of Google PlussersSo, I often get asked Who should I circle?  I say whomever strikes your interest. Find topics of interest and connect with those people who share that interest.I would very much like to share with you "my" circle of Plussers of whom I LOVE to engage with.  There are people in science, sports, networking, technology, comics, art and medicine found inside, and likely some others as well.  I've been spending the last couple years curating this list.I hope that you will connect with some of these folks!Have a great weekend everyone!2014-02-15 01:16:53326182225
Ian Archibald14,517Google PlussersThis would be my circle of other awesome people who I have connected with over the past couple years here on Google+. Some awesome people here!As the cool kids say, These kids are dopeI don't take requests to add to this circle. To be added, engage with me, and the others here. You'll be noticed, trust me.2014-01-27 23:35:29320221629
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
CircleCount67,537Profiles/Pages having a CircleCount link on their about page.This is the follow up link to this post: https://plus.google.com/+CircleCount/posts/Uoru6vQw9gnThanks for the idea +Luc Suy, these are all awesome people/pages ;)Thanks for using CircleCount to all!2014-01-06 21:45:0633721424
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,563My Christmas Circle Share...have a great christmas and holidays everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-26 03:38:50501314
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,563My Christmas Circle Share...have a great christmas and holidays everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-26 03:37:41494222
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,473My Friday Late Friday Circle Share...have a great weekend everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-22 01:27:26500204
Justin Hart7,625Circle Share for December 20th...nice circle with a great variety of people and content...enjoy! 1. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-21 03:58:12501181134
David Leonhardt2,546I built on the Sunday Circle by +Ian Archibald to spread it even further.Recommended:1. Plus the circle.2. Leave a comment3. Save the circle as one of your own circles (Click on "Add people" to do this).4. Share the circle as I am doing now (but don't forget to "Include yourself" when sharing).5. Get offline for a while, too.  :-).#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing#followers #social #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshared    #sharedcircleoftheday #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomepeople   #circlecount  #newfollowers   #googleplus  2013-12-16 01:30:4323211213
Ian Archibald9,118Sunday Circle Share of Google PlussersThis is my top circle filled with some of the top Google Plussers, Engagers, and Educators.  You will also find some people you likely don't know, but should.You all know people like +Mike Allton +Michael Q Todd +Christine DeGraff and +Billy Funk who bring the awesome every day. But do you know +Rusty Ferguson +Milan Pavlovic +Steven Krohn +David Oldenburg or +Brandee Sweesy ?  All of whom are simply awesome people who have a lot of great content, and engage!.Add this circle to your own today.  If you have other Engagers, add them to the circle, share it out and tag me in your share. Always looking for more engagers!I would be honoured if you would +1, Comment and Share this circle.Hope you all have a fantastic week!!2013-12-15 14:08:26229221330
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,322Another round of #topengagers  !(Be sure to click READ MORE, it is important if you want to be included in this circle next time)These people shareThese people +1These people create original contentThese people make G+ BetterIf you add this circle, you will, without a doubt, see your engagement soar through the roof.  Guaranteed.  If you were notified, you guessed it, you are already in.To be included in the NEXT top engagers circle this week is easier than ever.1.) Add  +Best Cars 2.) Share this post3.) Keep engaging#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown2013-12-15 05:39:26494202
Brett Gibson5,754It's been a while since I've shared my "Australia" circle (probably 12 months) - *But I do keep it up to date. *Inactive people or Brands are kicked out. New ones are added. So here are the 100+1 (me) Australian's I think that are worth following on G+cc: +Paul Snedden +Kamal Tailor Cheers Gibbo.2013-12-12 03:08:26101938
Francesco Zambelli527#circlesharing   #circleshare   #topengagers   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   a very good circle is being built... to be included you have to1) share this circle2) +1 to this post3) comment it.2013-11-07 19:36:45198117
Johnny Huntington0#webdesign #sharedcircles #webdevelopment  Here is a great shared circle of Professional Web Designers.2013-11-04 13:45:45501003
J.T. Smith40These are all people I was recommended to follow! They are currently in my Temporary circle, and I'll follow them permanently based on their engagement with me in the next day or so! #circleshare    #sharedcircles   #publiccircle   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circlemaster   #circle   #addmetoyourcircles   #addmetocircles   #addmenow   #addmepleasethanks  2013-10-19 19:57:21492207
Silvio De Rossi2,696It's a Circle Time my Google+ #friends! :DThis is super #Sharedcircle of #topengagers, a group of interesting people who share unique and original content. The name of this Circle is #ExplorerCircle!What are you waiting to add them to your circles? :)To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1) Do +1 t the post2) Comment the post and specify your "category" (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3) Include the circle among your circles4) Share the circle (include yourself)5) Smile to life, sun in sunshine.Special thanks my dear #friends and #followers:+Raffaele Romeo Arena +Tancredi Matranga +Jasmina Brozović +Sam Stormborn OrmandyHave a good life!#topsharedcircle   #facciamolastoria   #leonardo   #deroplus   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial  #trust #circles  #circleshare  #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social   2013-10-13 18:10:20494712665
Doroteya Delcheva1,214A nice circle to explore G+: ...  to meet people; to discover places; to appreciate the nature; to approach arts, science and technologies; … (updated October 11th, '13)#circles  #circleshare  #sharedcircle  #circlesharing #followers #social2013-10-11 17:09:36490774083
Mario Falcetti20,881A nice circle to explore G+: ...  to meet people; to discover places; to appreciate the nature; to approach arts, science and technologies; … (updated October 11th, '13)#circles  #circleshare  #sharedcircle  #circlesharing #followers #social2013-10-11 16:43:11491279133240
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

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2015-02-28 06:59:39 (52 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The next run of the Large Hadron Collider particles will be accelerated up to energies of 6 TeV (6^12 electron volts) and then smashed into particles with energies of 6 TeV coming from the other direction!

To put that into terms a lay person can relate to, that's the equivalent of 12 times the kinetic energy of a slow moving ant.

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2015-03-01 22:34:47 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Great article. Via +Baun Johltz​

Most plusones: 30

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2015-03-04 06:09:33 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-06 11:24:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-06 11:24:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-06 10:07:40 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Our cocksure PM.

TONY ABBOTT OUR PRIME MINISTER
caption competition...

#dunkpunked   #tonyabbott   #primeminister  ___Our cocksure PM.

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2015-03-06 05:45:07 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I had one of these, almost exactly the same as the set up in this picture. RF connected to a black & white TV set and a 16K expansion block sticking inelegantly off the back. I didn't have the thermal printer though.

I think I subconsciously recognised the look of the display and text even before I realised what this picture was about. That's no doubt due to the many hours I spent in 1982 on this thing. It even had a characteristic smell when it ran for a while. Something toxic probably.

via +Richard Frost 

On this day:
At 5th March of 1981, the 'Timex Sinclair ZX81 Computer' was released.

The ZX81, Sinclair's third computer, sparked a popular mania for computing following its launch in 1981. The machine was shipped in two versions: as a traditional self-assembly kit and, more popularly, as a ready-assembled machine which only needed to be connected to a television and power supply before it could be used. In modern terms it was one of the first "plug and play" computers.

By today's standards the ZX81 is laughably primitive: only 1K of memory, no colour or sound and a notably unresponsive touch-sensitive keyboard. Even by the standards of the time, its technology was basic. The ZX81 owed its success not to its capabilities but to that most elusive quality, being the right product in the right place at the right time. It attracted a great deal of attention by Sinclair's traditional sales route, mail-order - 300,000 ZX81s were sold that way by the end of January 1982 - but its key breakthrough was on the British high street.

It seems strange these days, when shops selling computers are so ubiquitous, but back in 1981 there were very few shops selling computer equipment. The ZX81 could not have succeeded in the way that it did without the fortuitous involvement of the British newspaper chain W.H. Smith. The company was a long-established high street presence which had gone somewhat stale by the early 1980s. 

Seeking to reinvigorate its business, Smiths agreed to stock ZX81s in selected stores across the UK. The response was phenomenal, tapping into a previously unsuspected mass market for home computing. By February 1982, Sinclair Research was making over 40,000 ZX81s a month and still could not keep up with the demand. Within two years of release, the ZX81 had sold over a million units.

The huge success of the ZX81 virtually created the British home computer market. Many competitors sprang up to take advantage of the tidal wave of public enthusiasm for home computers. Hundreds of software and hardware manufacturers sprang up almost overnight to support the new market. 

More seriously for Sinclair, a flurry of rival computer manfacturers entered the market. Most were seen off relatively quickly - machines such as the Oric-1 and Dragon 32 failed to make much impact - but some of the competitors, such as Acorn (itself founded by ex-Sinclair employees), survived and prospered.

ZX81s were exported to the United States in considerable numbers - 15,000 a month - suggesting that, as in Britain, there was a huge untapped market. The ZX81 was actually manufactured by an American company, Timex Inc., operating from its factory in Dundee, Scotland. From the outset it was clear that Timex was the ideal partner for Sinclair to use in its attempt to crack the crucial United States market. Between 1981-83, the Timex/Sinclair partnership produced two modified versions of the ZX81 for the US market.

The Timex saga came to an unhappy end in late 1983 when Timex, burdened with huge losses and a series of costly failures of its products, pulled out of the home computer market and dropped its tie-in with Sinclair. However, a further twist to the story occured when the Portuguese subsidiary produced a number of unauthorised clones of the Timex Sinclair machines (calling them "Timex Computers"), keeping the line alive until as late as 1987.

#Onthisday   #TimexSinclairZX81Computer
#PC   #Computer 
#80sTechnology   #RetroComputing 
#Oldschool   #Sinclair
#ZX81___I had one of these, almost exactly the same as the set up in this picture. RF connected to a black & white TV set and a 16K expansion block sticking inelegantly off the back. I didn't have the thermal printer though.

I think I subconsciously recognised the look of the display and text even before I realised what this picture was about. That's no doubt due to the many hours I spent in 1982 on this thing. It even had a characteristic smell when it ran for a while. Something toxic probably.

via +Richard Frost 

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2015-03-06 01:45:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Blazing gyoza

Blazing gyoza___

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2015-03-05 23:04:00 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

What else do you think people would be wearing on a space station orbiting the moon?

#throwbackthursday lol___What else do you think people would be wearing on a space station orbiting the moon?

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2015-03-05 22:54:37 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

As +John Poteet​ says: Once again The Onion confuses everybody by reporting the truth as if it was some sort of joke. 

___As +John Poteet​ says: Once again The Onion confuses everybody by reporting the truth as if it was some sort of joke. 

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2015-03-05 21:49:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Promises are better than callbacks but they still have limitations which make asynchronous code tortuous. ECMAScript 6 has generators and with those you can write asynchronous code more directly. 

Promises are better than callbacks but they still have limitations which make asynchronous code tortuous. ECMAScript 6 has generators and with those you can write asynchronous code more directly. ___

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2015-03-05 21:18:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Pigment Tax

The Pigment Tax___

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2015-03-05 21:14:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, cytosine, and thymine, three key components of our hereditary material, in the laboratory. They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces these essential ingredients of life.

NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, cytosine, and thymine, three key components of our hereditary material, in the laboratory. They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces these essential ingredients of life.___

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2015-03-05 21:08:54 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

John Carpenter's Frozen

John Carpenter's Frozen___

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2015-03-05 11:33:01 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

NEW! 1970s public information. 'Municipal bouncy castles & trampolines of death'. More info: http://scarfolk.blogspot.com/2015/03/bounce-of-death-public-information-1976.html

NEW! 1970s public information. 'Municipal bouncy castles & trampolines of death'. More info: http://scarfolk.blogspot.com/2015/03/bounce-of-death-public-information-1976.html___

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2015-03-05 10:36:39 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

In celebration of strong female protagonists for International Women's Day, I present to you Lady Ching Shih (1775–1844) a prominent pirate in Qing China who terrorized the South China Sea in the early 19th century.

She commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000-40,000 pirates. Another estimate has Ching's fleet at 1,800 and crew at about 80,000 men, women, and even children. She challenged the empires of the time, such as the British, Portuguese and the Qing dynasty.

Undefeated, she would become one of China and Asia's strongest pirates, and one of world history's most powerful pirates.

She was also one of the few pirate captains to retire from piracy.

In celebration of strong female protagonists for International Women's Day, I present to you Lady Ching Shih (1775–1844) a prominent pirate in Qing China who terrorized the South China Sea in the early 19th century.

She commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000-40,000 pirates. Another estimate has Ching's fleet at 1,800 and crew at about 80,000 men, women, and even children. She challenged the empires of the time, such as the British, Portuguese and the Qing dynasty.

Undefeated, she would become one of China and Asia's strongest pirates, and one of world history's most powerful pirates.

She was also one of the few pirate captains to retire from piracy.___

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2015-03-05 09:08:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The intergenerational report is a load of bollocks.



The intergenerational report is a load of bollocks.

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2015-03-05 08:32:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The idea that budget deficits constitute ‘robbing our children’ remains a staple in calls for reform. In fact, intergenerational inequity was resolved in the 1990s

The idea that budget deficits constitute ‘robbing our children’ remains a staple in calls for reform. In fact, intergenerational inequity was resolved in the 1990s___

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2015-03-05 08:23:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Via +Banter Maestro​

http://qz.com/356233/apples-capitulation-to-china-undermines-obamas-tough-talk-on-snooping/___Via +Banter Maestro​

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2015-03-05 02:33:50 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Interesting observations of the presidential style of government which despite having worked so well in the US and for so long can be said to be inherently unstable and flawed by design.

I've always found it interesting that the Framers of the Constitution decided to go for this model (which creates a kind of "king" role for the president) instead of adopting the British Westminster system of the time where the king's power was effectively neutered and where the parliament is sovereign. This has led to a schizoid duality in American politics which at least to an outsider seems prone to weird logjams and constitutional crises.

Via +Peter Kelley​​

As dysfunctional as American government may seem today, we've actually been lucky. No other presidential system has gone as long as ours without a major breakdown of the constitutional order. But the factors underlying that stability — first non-ideological parties and then non-disciplined ones — are gone.___Interesting observations of the presidential style of government which despite having worked so well in the US and for so long can be said to be inherently unstable and flawed by design.

I've always found it interesting that the Framers of the Constitution decided to go for this model (which creates a kind of "king" role for the president) instead of adopting the British Westminster system of the time where the king's power was effectively neutered and where the parliament is sovereign. This has led to a schizoid duality in American politics which at least to an outsider seems prone to weird logjams and constitutional crises.

Via +Peter Kelley​​

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2015-03-05 02:08:11 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Stop spocking the Wilfrid.

Via +Chris Kunzler​

Bank of Canada is pleading with Star Trek fans to stop “Spocking” its five dollar bills. Since Leonard Nimoy’s death, Canadian folks have been “Spocking” the hell out of the five dollar bill that features a portrait of Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier.___Stop spocking the Wilfrid.

Via +Chris Kunzler​

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2015-03-04 12:34:59 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

#israel #congress

#israel #congress___

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2015-03-04 09:13:46 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Tony Abbott is finally popular – with dogs
This is the best selling chew toy at Pup N Pussy on Campbell Street, Surry Hills. The manager says he's sold hundreds!

Tony Abbott is finally popular – with dogs
This is the best selling chew toy at Pup N Pussy on Campbell Street, Surry Hills. The manager says he's sold hundreds!___

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2015-03-04 09:06:58 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Via +Joshua Alvarez​​

#capitalism
https://medium.com/the-nib/capitalism-it-just-works-2a362dd0ab8e___Via +Joshua Alvarez​​

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2015-03-04 06:09:33 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

A similar correlation can be found for the use of the word "energy" and Physics.

Via +Patrick Elliott-Brennan​​

___A similar correlation can be found for the use of the word "energy" and Physics.

Via +Patrick Elliott-Brennan​​

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2015-03-04 06:04:23 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A broad church of douche.

Oh. My. God. This was Tony's response in question time today, when asked about a men-only club being paid to host tomorrow's International Women's Day event. They let women in all the time, you moron. If they have a man. But they don't let women become members.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2015/mar/04/tony-abbott-admits-indonesias-position-hardening-on-bali-nine-duo-politics-live?CMP=share_btn_tw___A broad church of douche.

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2015-03-03 21:16:35 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Vatican efficiency and cost cutting guru, Cardinal Pell. We of course all know him as knockabout Georgie Pell from Ballarat. Also known as former Archbishop Pell author of the "Melbourne Response" for doubly-screwing over victims of child sex abuse by Catholic priests.

The man is a saint, a cricket buff, a climate-change sceptic, a theological reactionary and also a good friend of our prime minister, Tony Abbott.

Vatican efficiency and cost cutting guru, Cardinal Pell. We of course all know him as knockabout Georgie Pell from Ballarat. Also known as former Archbishop Pell author of the "Melbourne Response" for doubly-screwing over victims of child sex abuse by Catholic priests.

The man is a saint, a cricket buff, a climate-change sceptic, a theological reactionary and also a good friend of our prime minister, Tony Abbott.___

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2015-03-03 09:26:37 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

the more things change ...

the more things change ...___

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2015-03-03 09:21:49 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The word you are looking for is vexillophilia.

The word you are looking for is vexillophilia.___

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2015-03-03 09:04:08 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Tony's still flagging in the poles.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/australia-news-blog/2015/mar/03/surge-in-poles-tony-abbotts-flag-count-hits-a-new-high via +Qítiān Dàshèng Sūn Wùkōng​

Tony's still flagging in the poles.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/australia-news-blog/2015/mar/03/surge-in-poles-tony-abbotts-flag-count-hits-a-new-high via +Qítiān Dàshèng Sūn Wùkōng​___

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2015-03-03 05:01:47 (34 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I'm not quite ready to make that call yet but it's certainly hard to see how this will succeed beyond the early-adopter set.

The only thought I had was that this area is set to evolve fast and that the processor and electronics will need replacing within a year or two. What are you going to do with your fancy gold watch casing unless Apple plans to upgrade your electronics in the same way people currently replace watch batteries.

Bingo:

Apple may have built out the watch to satisfy the urges of a designer who has become more obsessed with Bentleys and Rolexes than making attractive, functional technology that will actually make life better for the 99%

You have to be at least a bit concerned when Tim Cook is touting stuff that Apple Watch might do sometime in the future only days before its launch...___I'm not quite ready to make that call yet but it's certainly hard to see how this will succeed beyond the early-adopter set.

The only thought I had was that this area is set to evolve fast and that the processor and electronics will need replacing within a year or two. What are you going to do with your fancy gold watch casing unless Apple plans to upgrade your electronics in the same way people currently replace watch batteries.

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2015-03-03 03:35:57 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Surprised?

Source:
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-thrown-lifeline-in-fairfaxipsos-poll-20150302-13ryao.html

#ausstralia   #auspol   #tonyabbott  ___Surprised?

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2015-03-03 03:25:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Hipster NSA
Hipster NSA was into data before they got big.
Hipster NSA only taps underground cables.
Hipster NSA says you don’t really collect data until you listen to it.
Hipster NSA stopped 50 terrorist attacks. You’ve probably never heard of them.

Words by +Peter da Silva​​​ in 2013​​, picture suggested by +God Emperor Lionel Lauer​​​​​. Rescued from the memory hole by +Yonatan Zunger​​​​​

Hipster NSA
Hipster NSA was into data before they got big.
Hipster NSA only taps underground cables.
Hipster NSA says you don’t really collect data until you listen to it.
Hipster NSA stopped 50 terrorist attacks. You’ve probably never heard of them.

Words by +Peter da Silva​​​ in 2013​​, picture suggested by +God Emperor Lionel Lauer​​​​​. Rescued from the memory hole by +Yonatan Zunger​​​​​___

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2015-03-03 03:16:28 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

PATRIOT: More flags than Pauline Hanson!
Truly, Abbott is a scoundrel of the first water.

Wow, all those flags! That's it, I'm changing my mind. He really DOES have our best interests at heart. ;-(  (The stage is set for Abbott's presser today.)___PATRIOT: More flags than Pauline Hanson!
Truly, Abbott is a scoundrel of the first water.

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2015-03-02 22:06:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Repost

UKPM tells it like it is.___Repost

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2015-03-02 10:25:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Emergency hotline.

Emergency hotline.___

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2015-03-02 10:25:02 (17 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

BREAKING NEWS: old guy in plane sees ice.

BREAKING NEWS: old guy in plane sees ice.___

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2015-03-02 10:07:59 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-02 00:57:52 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Is that a rhetorical question?

Is that a rhetorical question?___

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2015-03-01 22:34:47 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Great article. Via +Baun Johltz​

Great article. Via +Baun Johltz​___

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2015-03-01 22:02:01 (37 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

There's too much truth in this. In 2015 we still can't be fighting the battles of 1815

There's too much truth in this. In 2015 we still can't be fighting the battles of 1815___

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2015-03-01 00:09:19 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Catching up on the week...

Catching up on the week...___

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2015-02-28 13:21:50 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Reminded of this by +Marcelo Camelo​​​. Needs to be shared more widely.

The Cluetrain Communist Manifesto updated for the 21st century. I really don't see anything here to disagree with.

A different cluetrain by Charlie Stross

Right now, I'm chewing over the final edits on a rather political book. And I think, as it's a near future setting, I should jot down some axioms about politics ...

1 We're living in an era of increasing automation. And it's trivially clear that the adoption of automation privileges capital over labour (because capital can be substituted for labour, and the profit from its deployment thereby accrues to capital rather than being shared evenly across society).

2 A side-effect of the rise of capital is the financialization of everything—capital flows towards profit centres and if there aren'tenough o... more »

Reminded of this by +Marcelo Camelo​​​. Needs to be shared more widely.

The Cluetrain Communist Manifesto updated for the 21st century. I really don't see anything here to disagree with.

A different cluetrain by Charlie Stross

Right now, I'm chewing over the final edits on a rather political book. And I think, as it's a near future setting, I should jot down some axioms about politics ...

1 We're living in an era of increasing automation. And it's trivially clear that the adoption of automation privileges capital over labour (because capital can be substituted for labour, and the profit from its deployment thereby accrues to capital rather than being shared evenly across society).

2 A side-effect of the rise of capital is the financialization of everything—capital flows towards profit centres and if there aren't enough of them profits accrue to whoever can invent some more (even if the products or the items they're guaranteed against are essentially imaginary: futures, derivatives, CDOs, student loans).

3 Since the collapse of the USSR and the rise of post-Tiananmen China it has become glaringly obvious that capitalism does not require democracy. Or even benefit from it. Capitalism as a system may well work best in the absence of democracy.

4 The iron law of bureaucracy states that for all organizations, most of their activity will be devoted to the perpetuation of the organization, not to the pursuit of its ostensible objective. (This emerges organically from the needs of the organization's employees.)

5 Governments are organizations.

6 We observe the increasing militarization of police forces and the priviliging of intelligence agencies all around the world. And in the media, a permanent drumbeat of fear, doubt and paranoia directed at "terrorists" (a paper tiger threat that kills fewer than 0.1% of the number who die in road traffic accidents).

7 Money can buy you cooperation from people in government, even when it's not supposed to.

8 The internet disintermediates supply chains.

9 Political legitimacy in a democracy is a finite resource, so supplies are constrained.

10 The purpose of democracy is to provide a formal mechanism for transfer of power without violence, when the faction in power has lost legitimacy.

11 Our mechanisms for democratic power transfer date to the 18th century. They are inherently slower to respond to change than the internet and our contemporary news media.

12 A side-effect of (7) is the financialization of government services (2).

13 Security services are obeying the iron law of bureaucracy (4) when they metastasize, citing terrorism (6) as a justification for their expansion.

14 The expansion of the security state is seen as desirable by the government not because of the terrorist threat (which is largely manufactured) but because of (11): the legitimacy of government (9) is becoming increasingly hard to assert in the context of (2), (12) is broadly unpopular with the electorate, but (3) means that the interests of the public (labour) are ignored by states increasingly dominated by capital (because of (1)) unless there's a threat of civil disorder. So states are tooling up for large-scale civil unrest.

15 The term "failed state" carries a freight of implicit baggage: failed at what, exactly? The unspoken implication is, "failed to conform to the requirements of global capital" (not democracy—see (3)) by failing to adequately facilitate (2).

16 I submit that a real failed state is one that does not serve the best interests of its citizens(insofar as those best interests do not lead to direct conflict with other states).

17 In future, inter-state pressure may be brought to bear on states that fail to meet the criteria in (15) even when they are not failed states by the standard of point (16). See also: Greece.

18 As human beings, our role in this picture is as units of Labour (unless we're eye-wateringly rich, and thereby rare).

19 So, going by (17) and (18), we're on the receiving end of a war fought for control of our societies by opposing forces that are increasingly more powerful than we are.

Have a nice century!

Afternotes:

a) Student loans are loans against an imaginary product—something that may or may not exist inside someone's head and which may or may not enable them to accumulate more capital if they are able to use it in the expected manner and it remains useful for a 20-30 year period. I have a CS degree from 1990. It's about as much use as an aerospace engineering degree from 1927 ...

b) Some folks (especially Americans) seem to think that their AR-15s are a guarantor that they can resist tyranny. But guns are an 18th century response to 18th century threats to democracy. Capital doesn't need to point a gun at you to remove your democratic rights: it just needs more cameras, more cops, and a legal system that is fair and just and bankrupts you if you are ever charged with public disorder and don't plead guilty.

c) (sethg reminded me of this): A very important piece of the puzzle is that while capital can move freely between the developed and underdeveloped world, labour cannot. So capital migrates to seek the cheapest labour, thereby reaping greater profits. Remember this next time you hear someone complaining about "immigrants coming here and taking our jobs". Or go google for "investors visa" if you can cope with a sudden attack of rage.___

2015-02-28 12:33:42 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I suppose it's nice that Putin is investigating the death of the guy he had whacked. 

#ft  

I suppose it's nice that Putin is investigating the death of the guy he had whacked. 

#ft  ___

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2015-02-28 11:17:47 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Will Greece win Europe's economic war?

JOHN QUIGGIN 

At the end of last week, it seemed that the great European economic crisis might finally come to a head, with the enforced exit of Greece from the eurozone, the repudiation of Greek debt and the emergence of open economic warfare within Europe, including the threat of deliberate attempts to destroy the Greek economy.

In reality, as nearly always happens in modern European politics, a temporary compromise was reached, allowing the problems to be kicked down the road for another four months.

But how did things come to this? On the official view of the European bureaucracy, dominated for all practical purposes by the German government, the problem is one of profligate spending by successive Greek governments, who evaded the Maastricht rules meant to constrain government debt. Their folly having caughtu... more »

Will Greece win Europe's economic war?

JOHN QUIGGIN 

At the end of last week, it seemed that the great European economic crisis might finally come to a head, with the enforced exit of Greece from the eurozone, the repudiation of Greek debt and the emergence of open economic warfare within Europe, including the threat of deliberate attempts to destroy the Greek economy.

In reality, as nearly always happens in modern European politics, a temporary compromise was reached, allowing the problems to be kicked down the road for another four months.

But how did things come to this? On the official view of the European bureaucracy, dominated for all practical purposes by the German government, the problem is one of profligate spending by successive Greek governments, who evaded the Maastricht rules meant to constrain government debt. Their folly having caught up with them, the Greeks are now seeking to shift the burden to the long-suffering taxpayers of Northern Europe, and, in particular, Germany. The only solution is to get debt and deficits under control through deep cuts in public spending.

There is a grain of truth in this, as in the parallel view that the the mortgage crisis in the United States, which kicked off the global financial crisis (GFC), was due to the irresponsibility of borrowers who took on loans they could not realistically hope to service. But in reality the financial tsunami that engulfed the world in 2008 did not discriminate between the prodigal and the prudent.

Countries like Spain, which were running budget surpluses before the crisis were hit just as hard as Greece. The only consistent outcome was that the banks and bankers responsible for the crisis were not only protected, but given even more wealth and power than before.

The GFC, and the subsequent recession and banking crisis made it impossible for Greece and other national governments to service their debts, given reduced revenue and the need to rescue domestic banks. They were therefore forced to accept bailouts on conditions imposed by a "Troika" comprising the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission (EC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The core condition was the acceptance of a program of "austerity", that is, deep cuts in public spending. The underlying theory, based on some sketchy research and a lot of wishful thinking was that such cuts would allow room for the private sector to grow, thereby generating tax revenue and assisting in the "financial consolidation" needed to reduce debt and deficits.

Austerity proved a disastrous failure in practice, to the point where the IMF concluded that it did not work as intended and was in fact highly contractionary. Even the ECB, by adopting a massive quantitative easing program in January, has effectively admitted the failure of the policies it has pursued since the GFC.

But that didn't affect the position of the Troika that, in effect, followed the line dictated by the German government.

Despite its disastrous effects, national governments in the peripheral European countries saw no alternative but to accept austerity. In Greece, the program was pushed through by the centre-right New Democracy (ND) party, which had been responsible for the most egregious pieces of irresponsible borrowing. ND was supported by its historic rival, the social-democratic PASOK party,which entered coalition with ND after 2012.

After five years of disastrous austerity, Greek voters had had enough, and threw the coalition out. ND lost ground to more radical right-wing parties, notably the Independent Greeks (ANEL) and the neo-fascist Golden Dawn. But the real disaster befell PASOK, seen as having betrayed its working-class constituency. PASOK received 4.7 per cent of the vote, less even than the Greek Communist Party.

The winner, displacing PASOK as the representative of the Greek left, was Syriza. The name is an acronym for "Coalition of the Radical Left", the operative word being "coalition" rather than "radical". Syriza's program called for Greece to remain within the eurozone, but demanded an end to the austerity program imposed by the Troika. The German government, represented by finance minister Wolfgang Schauble was unimpressed, saying that the elections didn't change anything and that no change in the austerity program could be considered.

As negotiations reached a critical point last Friday, it seemed that the only alternatives were a humiliating climb-down by Syriza or the expulsion of Greece from the eurozone. Instead, there was a compromise in which the current bailout was extended for four months, but under conditions that enabled Syriza to propose an alternative reform program to the austerity regime previously imposed by the Troika.

It remains to be seen how the compromise deal will play out. Opinions differ, largely in line with pre-existing views. Supporters of continued austerity see the deal as a climb-down by Syriza, sugar-coated with some softer language. This view is shared by those on the left who favour an immediate exit from the euro and repudiation of "odious" debt.

Syriza supporters (of whom I am one) see it as a backdown by the Troika, paving the way for at least moderate fiscal expansion and a shift away from austerity. Only time will tell.

Professor John Quiggin is an ARC Laureate Fellow in economics at the University of Queensland.___

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2015-02-28 10:28:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Amused that there are actual real antivaxxers in the comments of the original post. Also amused that tea party libertarian types are getting in on this as well as the unpasteurised goat milk drinkers. Apparently preventing communicable diseases is communism. Measles = FREEDOM!!

___Amused that there are actual real antivaxxers in the comments of the original post. Also amused that tea party libertarian types are getting in on this as well as the unpasteurised goat milk drinkers. Apparently preventing communicable diseases is communism. Measles = FREEDOM!!

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2015-02-28 10:22:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-02-28 06:59:39 (52 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The next run of the Large Hadron Collider particles will be accelerated up to energies of 6 TeV (6^12 electron volts) and then smashed into particles with energies of 6 TeV coming from the other direction!

To put that into terms a lay person can relate to, that's the equivalent of 12 times the kinetic energy of a slow moving ant.

The next run of the Large Hadron Collider particles will be accelerated up to energies of 6 TeV (6^12 electron volts) and then smashed into particles with energies of 6 TeV coming from the other direction!

To put that into terms a lay person can relate to, that's the equivalent of 12 times the kinetic energy of a slow moving ant.___

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2015-02-28 06:18:35 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

This has resonances with the deep anti- intellectualism of conservatives elsewhere. The highly educated and privileged elite which tends to lead the conservative parties does not see education as a social good, valuable in its own right, and always seeks to devalue and limit access to it by the lower classes. This is a perfectly good way to build and reinforce a social hierarchy of haves and have nots. It is also a good way to destroy the dynamism of the economy that they so often claim to be better at running. Access to education is not merely about "job training", it's also about building a society in which all its citizens are participants and not mere bystanders.

___This has resonances with the deep anti- intellectualism of conservatives elsewhere. The highly educated and privileged elite which tends to lead the conservative parties does not see education as a social good, valuable in its own right, and always seeks to devalue and limit access to it by the lower classes. This is a perfectly good way to build and reinforce a social hierarchy of haves and have nots. It is also a good way to destroy the dynamism of the economy that they so often claim to be better at running. Access to education is not merely about "job training", it's also about building a society in which all its citizens are participants and not mere bystanders.

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2015-02-28 02:49:46 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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