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God Emperor Lionel Lauer has been at 8 events

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Hanna Silver30,072+The Prince Of Seagulls is a band consisting of +Hanna Silver and +Paul Harmon . A crowd funding campaign is being run to release their new album at http://pozible.com/tpos . If we get 25 supporters by Saturday 1.30pm (Melbourne time), Hanna will do a special crab dance to one of the new Prince Of Seagulls songs!$10 gets you a digital download of the album.$20 gets you the CD mailed to you.Plus more perks for high rollers!Hanna dances for The Prince Of Seagulls crowd funding campaign!2014-05-31 05:30:0037 
STEM Women on G+105,396Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to Dr.  +Yonatan Zunger on how men can help with the issues of gender inequality in STEM fields. Yonatan is the Chief Architect of Google+ and also has a PhD in Physics with a strong engineering background. He is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM, and will talk to us about what we can do to encourage women in STEM.This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe   and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  , and you can tune in on Sunday March 2nd at 12.30 PM Pacific/ 8.30PM GMT. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel(http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.Follow us on Twitter @stemwomen and on www.stemwomen.netSTEM Women: How Men Can Help with Dr Yonatan Zunger2014-03-02 21:30:0096 
Imagine Science Films443,923Join us to kick off the 2014  Experimenta Series! For the first episode of the year, we are excited to welcome guest Kelley Remole for a conversation about the mind, brain and behavior.  Post questions on the event page and join us Thursday on air at 11am. We hope to see you there! Kelley Remole, PhDDr. Remole is the Director of Neuroscience Outreach at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University. She obtained her doctorate in neuroscience from Columbia University in the laboratory of Dr. Holly Moore, specializing in hippocampal alterations in a rodent model of schizophrenia. Concurrent with her scientific training, she developed a program to place graduate students in New York City public school classrooms to bring knowledge and interest of the brain to children. In her current role at the Zuckerman Institute, she works with scientists, educators and the public to create outreach programs for all ages.  She also helps lead the local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Under her leadership, the chapter produced braiNY, the New York City celebration of Brain Awareness Week, bringing together a dozen cultural groups and academic institutions to host coordinated public events about the brain. Dr. Remole was the Sackler Brain Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History from 2011 to 2013, where she developed and taught brain-based classes to youth and adult audiences.  She consults formally and informally on brain education initiatives in a variety of contexts. She received the Society for Neuroscience’s Next Generation award in 2011 in recognition of her work bringing brain science to the public.Experimenta: Mind, Brain & Behavior with Kelley Remole2014-01-16 17:00:0061 
GLAAD124,766Millions wear purple on #SpiritDay in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Getting involved is easy! Take the pledge now at http://glaad.org/spiritday to wear purple and go purple online on October 17th and help create a world in which LGBT youth are celebrated and accepted for who they are.Add a photo of you wearing purple on 10/17 and use the hashtag #SpiritDay! Spirit Day: Wear purple on October 17 to stand up against bullying! #SpiritDay2013-10-17 06:00:00217 
NASA1,591,964Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station---------Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth.During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions.SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONSTo ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event.WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUTTo join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA.During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008354 
Lady Fran W7,059Can you make an ordinary running kitchen tap look fab?This challenge came about following a conversation in a thread with +Megan Huddle (thanks for the inspiration babe!). Whilst on a recent trip to New Zealand, I got my very first 'soft milky water' shot of a stream, and purely by luck. I had no ND filter, no tripod, just good light and a little bridge to lean the camera on. See here - http://goo.gl/Vpz58I'm now obsessed with trying out this kind of photography wherever I go. I'm searching for streams, waterfalls, beaches, you name it. +Megan Huddle suggested I could make anything look good (uber flattered). .. and so the challenge came about. A camera, an idea, and a plain old running tap in the kitchen sink.    Can you make it look fab?   I think you can. Work your magic. Show us what you’ve got.Any camera, and setting, any processing.It’s all open to your imagination and creativity.Sooooo, why not give it a go?  There's no prizes I'm afraid. No rewards. (Unless some super generous sponsor out there wants to throw something in as incentive.) Otherwise, it's all about the glowing recognition, compliments and praise from your G+ peers. Due date: 11:30pm, Friday 8 December Saturday 9 December -----------------------------------------------------------PS PUBLIC EVENT! - Apparently one can't invite large numbers of guests to an event (ie big circles), soooo, please feel free to forward this around and get people involved. =)Photo challenge - A simple tap2012-12-08 13:30:0072 
Melbourne Photowalkers1,144The Melbourne walk for the +Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk is announced. Register quickly as there are only 50 places. Extra people are welcome but won't be able to submit images or enter the prize draw.This walk is Sat Oct 13 from 2pm to 4pm and begins at Federation Square and ends at the old Treasury Building. Of course being +Melbourne Photowalk there is bound to be a dedicated sunset group walking long into Sunday!Make sure you sign up on this place to enter the prize draw... don't just say "I'm going" to this event!http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/melbourne-vic-australia-federation-square/Note that +Frank Yuwono has a Docklands walk in the wings too so keep an eye out. Be cool if yours was in the AM Frank, that way we can all do both :).Federation Square - Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk2012-10-13 14:00:0072 
Google Australia152,520The Hangout on Air has ended. Watch the recorded session on +Deakin University or on youtube.com/deakinuniversity.Hangout with the PM was brought to you by +Deakin University, Fairfax and +OurSay Australia powered by +Google+ Hangouts and +YouTube.Hangout with the PM2012-07-21 03:00:00361 

God Emperor Lionel Lauer has been shared in 304 public circles

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steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019955046
Becky Collins16,515Hot and spicy foods 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 ?2014-09-15 05:16:26463004
Becky Collins15,992Herbal, Health and Gardening 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 ?2014-09-05 05:06:044302212
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919678367
Gerard Blacklock23,700Gerry's Australian Photographers Circle Version 3Hey Aussie togs, this is a pretty big update to this circle from the last one, this time I have been more selective in the fact that inactive glus members get booted, the circle was over 600 and as such I needed to comply with 'the less than 500 requirement' hence culling was needed.Note, this is the only circle I share since I really have a interest in local content.Feel free to reshare as you see fit, the main purpose is to facilitate more engagement between local aussie togs.Please feel free to comment and let me know if you know anyone (or if you are indeed one) who is a quality, active and interesting Australian based photographer.Two great communities/themes to get involved with if you like Australia content is #photomaniaustralia +Photo Mania Australia and Australian Landscape Photography https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/1060822645285719679572014-08-13 02:56:2844714219
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Maria Morisot35,573Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle07 July, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-07-07 10:34:533009099132
Cher Fauvél426This is my Elite Raw Rocks Shared Circle!This is my circle for anyone interested in raw, organic, vegan nutrition!May be you just wanna investigate raw living a little? You will find the leaders in this circle.Please G+ and share if you would like to be added :)Be sure to share the original post.Welcome to Raw Rocks Shared Circle!  #rawliving  #rawfood #rawfoodlifestyle #organic   #rawnutrition  2014-07-05 15:20:52500313
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Rodney Pike2,538,148Best Artist Circle on G+It's been a long time since I've shared this artist circle. It's way overdue. You'll find some of the finest artists and some of the most influential people on Google+ here. My newest addition is a friend from facebook, +Shannon Maer. Please welcome her and share!!2014-06-11 22:02:2248615824
Shivakant Tripathi1,773IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#sharedcircle #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   2014-06-05 23:05:224351048
John Nuntiatio37,244#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle  #photography #health #weightloss 2014-05-28 09:17:58496328
Maria Morisot30,654Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle24 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-24 17:43:08300678596
Tourej Ansari17,611Another great circle of photographers1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #fashion   #fashionblogger   #fashionblog   #pinterest   #pictures   #fashionstyle   #photography   #photo   #photographer   #photooftheday   #photooftheweek2014-05-23 13:12:444527412
Rosie Taylor229WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS A Circle of Women You re-share is appreciated! Follow and add to your circles  and  you will find why these women are wonderful innovative creators with a gentle touch.To be considered for this circle, please:1- Share this circle in your stream.2- Ask to be included in the comments section of the original post.3- Make sure you've added our page to your circles.4- You must post your own original work in your stream.Thanks#circle   #share   #addfriends   #addcircles   #addpeople   #circlesharing  2014-05-19 16:35:00301526
Maria Morisot30,275Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle19 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-19 14:12:213008389118
Maria Morisot30,124Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle15 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-15 16:03:413006589115
curator Circle0Circle Curator Edition 5All promised last week this is the #CircleCuratorEdition  5. In the circle, I hand picked those that shared the Edition 4 of my circle share, those that showed their interest to be included in this new edition by commenting the relevant post (based on their thematic fit) and some of the best #photographers  and #active   #entrepreneurs  on Google+.As usual, if you receive this message, it means that you are in. Therefore here are the rules; obviously, make sure you add me in your circles if you haven't done so yet.1. Plus the circle and re share if you want to be included in the next one.2. Comment to ask for inclusion if you are not in. The next Edition (6) will be shared by the end of the week.2014-05-13 15:12:48456193017
Kristin Milton9,730Hi everyone, This is a starter circle for +Ben Milton.It's mostly my 'most relevant' circlers, heavily weighted for sciency content.Enjoy :)2014-05-13 12:51:4398105
Tourej Ansari16,880News Update CIRCLE SHARESRe-share this circle in your stream Plus and comment#sharedpubliccircles #TechNews #EntertainmentNews #SportsNews #WorldNews #USNews #BusinessNews2014-05-12 10:46:52476231041
Maria Morisot29,925Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle11 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-11 12:15:14300527389
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
Walter Gawronski27,725Here's my Oz Shooters circle +Paul Snedden feel free to reshare.2014-05-10 22:05:45413705
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474
Maria Morisot29,785Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle08 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-08 14:41:26300425684
Maria Morisot29,655Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle07 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be included.moanlisa.org2014-05-07 18:00:513007891102
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111
Shivakant Tripathi1,650IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not. (。◕‿◕。)#sharedcircle #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 2014-04-16 21:12:284362111
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
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
Cableicous2,524Two Years of #Cableicous: Thank you, thank you and thank youTwo years - we've now been sharing #Cableicous  beautaliciousness for two years here on geeplus: thanks muchly to all of you who have contributed your +Cableicous imagery over these two years and I look forward to more of your cable beauty.Very much so.It must be time for a drink to celebrate.Very much so.And cables - many, many more cables.Very much so.#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-03-26 09:26:12433478125
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-03-14 21:47:1917682566
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 #news2014-03-10 19:56:08471227
John Nuntiatio29,392#circles  #sharedcircles  #circlesharing  #circle  #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health #news2014-03-10 19:55:42471336
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
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519
steph wanamaker99,599#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2014-02-28 20:13:431691406
Jay Carter7,522Haven't shared a Circle in 2 years so... This is my "Haven't Sorted" circle which generally means people I find have great sense of humour and are all interesting :-) 2014-01-26 21:27:3117920034
Artur Mashnich44,824Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-17 02:01:13468522384
Maria Morisot22,945Moan Lisa's Circle BombRESHARE if you want to be included15 January, 2014moanlisa.org2014-01-15 14:21:503002812842
Hung cuavan607Get in More CirclesWhen You reshare with a circle, you should also explain the benefits of participating in shared circles. Explain the BenefitsExplain that when they add the circle many people in the circle will add them back. Also,Explain that if they re-share your post that the circle creator may add them to their future shared circles. If you do these two simple things you will increase your re-share rate. You’ll get in more circles and you’ll improve your own statistics.2014-01-15 09:38:5450020837
Mikhail Petrovsky62,004Good morning / evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг / This social circle #EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-15 08:27:365006234110

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2014-09-21 12:51:32 (113 comments, 22 reshares, 142 +1s) 

Feature comparison: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy s5
The features that really matter!.
http://www.theonion.com/articles/iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5,36969/
Via +Peter da Silva 

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2014-09-21 12:51:32 (113 comments, 22 reshares, 142 +1s) 

Feature comparison: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy s5
The features that really matter!.
http://www.theonion.com/articles/iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5,36969/
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2014-09-21 12:51:32 (113 comments, 22 reshares, 142 +1s) 

Feature comparison: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy s5
The features that really matter!.
http://www.theonion.com/articles/iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5,36969/
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2014-09-22 06:09:36 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

"Age of entitlement" certainly isn't over for LNP ministers & cronies:
How do you feel about $30,000 of your tax money being spent on giving Pyne & his partner a holiday to see the Pope, rather than on schools, etc?
http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/questions-arise-over-christopher-pynes-taxpayerfunded-trip-with-his-wife-to-london-and-rome-20140922-10k6zr.html
#straya   #oz   #australia   #auspol   #auspolitics   #lnpfail  

"Age of entitlement" certainly isn't over for LNP ministers & cronies:
How do you feel about $30,000 of your tax money being spent on giving Pyne & his partner a holiday to see the Pope, rather than on schools, etc?
http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/questions-arise-over-christopher-pynes-taxpayerfunded-trip-with-his-wife-to-london-and-rome-20140922-10k6zr.html
#straya   #oz   #australia   #auspol   #auspolitics   #lnpfail  ___

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2014-09-22 05:16:54 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s) 

It really is traditional.
http://dilbert.com/2014-08-11/
#softwaredevelopment   #nerdhumor  

It really is traditional.
http://dilbert.com/2014-08-11/
#softwaredevelopment   #nerdhumor  ___

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2014-09-21 18:55:02 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 37 +1s) 

No, you're not. :) 

For all those people who survived the lonely days as children, and continue to do so as adults, by escaping into the world of literature.
You are not alone.
Xoxo ___No, you're not. :) 

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2014-09-21 15:21:51 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Meet the newly discovered Sparklemuffin Peacock Spider
(Yes, seriously!)
Via +ScienceSunday 

The Dance of the Peacock Spider

A fascinating 5.5 minute video segment on #sciencefriday  about Australia's dancing male Peacock Spiders.

#nature   #science  ___Meet the newly discovered Sparklemuffin Peacock Spider
(Yes, seriously!)
Via +ScienceSunday 

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2014-09-21 12:51:32 (113 comments, 22 reshares, 142 +1s) 

Feature comparison: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy s5
The features that really matter!.
http://www.theonion.com/articles/iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5,36969/
Via +Peter da Silva 

Feature comparison: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy s5
The features that really matter!.
http://www.theonion.com/articles/iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5,36969/
Via +Peter da Silva ___

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2014-09-21 11:53:29 (63 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Why do Americans talk about 'tuna fish'?
I mean, is it a common scenario to be a served a tuna-dog sandwich if you don't make it 100% clear that you want fish?

Why do Americans talk about 'tuna fish'?
I mean, is it a common scenario to be a served a tuna-dog sandwich if you don't make it 100% clear that you want fish?___

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2014-09-21 04:52:23 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s) 

If programming languages were vehicles. This is much better than these things usually are.
Via +Brian Wolfe 

If programming languages were vehicles...

Yes, vehicles.

http://crashworks.org/if_programming_languages_were_vehicles/___If programming languages were vehicles. This is much better than these things usually are.
Via +Brian Wolfe 

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2014-09-20 14:50:35 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s) 

Well, we get similar turnouts in Australia for Federal elections, & we still elect people who screw us over, although to be fair, Abbott is the first one to do as thorough a job of it as the Repubs do in the USA, so maybe we'll do better in the next election.

There's a reason why it's just republicans who are trying to make it harder to vote. There isn't a shred of data that supports the assertion that we have wide spread voter fraud so that's not the problem they're attempting to solve.___Well, we get similar turnouts in Australia for Federal elections, & we still elect people who screw us over, although to be fair, Abbott is the first one to do as thorough a job of it as the Repubs do in the USA, so maybe we'll do better in the next election.

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2014-09-20 12:45:16 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s) 

If you didn't already know, there are neo-Nazis on Plus. I recommend blocking & reporting him for hate speech.
The screencap is a typical example of his posts.
#racism   #neonazi   #antisemitism   And at his suggestion: #nationalsocialist  

If you didn't already know, there are neo-Nazis on Plus. I recommend blocking & reporting him for hate speech.
The screencap is a typical example of his posts.
#racism   #neonazi   #antisemitism   And at his suggestion: #nationalsocialist  ___

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2014-09-20 11:56:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s) 

Why it's hard to sell insurance to philosophers

Why it's hard to sell insurance to philosophers___

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2014-09-20 11:42:09 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s) 

Bill Bailey, on being processed by Customs at an Australian airport
Most furriners do find it a pretty surreal experience. And it's not far from the truth either, although I'm surprised that he didn't mention the questions about sausages, or other commonly smuggled smallgoods.
#oz   #straya   #australia   #comedy   #billbailey  

Bill Bailey, on being processed by Customs at an Australian airport
Most furriners do find it a pretty surreal experience. And it's not far from the truth either, although I'm surprised that he didn't mention the questions about sausages, or other commonly smuggled smallgoods.
#oz   #straya   #australia   #comedy   #billbailey  ___

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2014-09-20 11:00:53 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s) 

Looks like it's home-made too. Hm. I might try making one of these.

Okay. Who wants one?
#baturday ___Looks like it's home-made too. Hm. I might try making one of these.

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2014-09-20 08:18:47 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s) 

The secret is to make the content so sucky that nobody wants it.
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140919/06494028571/u2-claims-its-working-with-apple-new-music-format-that-cant-be-pirated.shtml

The secret is to make the content so sucky that nobody wants it.
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140919/06494028571/u2-claims-its-working-with-apple-new-music-format-that-cant-be-pirated.shtml___

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2014-09-20 06:04:58 (30 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s) 

if you think that commercial sexual abuse of children only happens in third world hellholes, you're wrong.
I can confirm this this happens in Australia too, as I knew kids at one of my schools who were living this nightmare at the time. At least two of them were dead from suicide/overdoses, last I heard, & I never heard of any of the abusers even being investigated, much less jailed.
WARNING: Triggers for childhood sexual abuse:
http://www.cracked.com/article_21538_5-things-i-learned-as-sex-slave-in-modern-america.html
#rapeculture   #childabuse   #sexualabuse   #sexualabusebywomen  

if you think that commercial sexual abuse of children only happens in third world hellholes, you're wrong.
I can confirm this this happens in Australia too, as I knew kids at one of my schools who were living this nightmare at the time. At least two of them were dead from suicide/overdoses, last I heard, & I never heard of any of the abusers even being investigated, much less jailed.
WARNING: Triggers for childhood sexual abuse:
http://www.cracked.com/article_21538_5-things-i-learned-as-sex-slave-in-modern-america.html
#rapeculture   #childabuse   #sexualabuse   #sexualabusebywomen  ___

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2014-09-20 05:53:51 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s) 

Someone tests Cleverbot on the Cthulhu Mythos.
Seems legit.
Via +Mz Maau 

Cleverbot (http://www.cleverbot.com/) is a chatterbot that learns how to mimic human conversations by talking to humans themselves. 

Cleverbot differs from traditional chatterbots because it uses an algorithm that selects a sentence has previously written for him by a human from its database. 

I played Cthulhu as an initial matter. Look what happened ...

...

User: Cthulhu.
Cleverbot: Cthulhu??
User: Horror from space. Deep in the ocean.
Cleverbot: Thank you, cultist.
User: Cthulhu fhtagn!
Cleverbot: Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
User: Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Cleverbot: Cthulhu fhtagn Do not worry, darling, it will all be over soon. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn Ia Ia! Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
User: Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
Cleverbot: Cthulhu is master of all.
User: Indeed.
Cleverbot: And what do you think about chupacabras?
User: Don´t believe in myths.
Cleverbot: That's unfortunate, they believe in you.
...

So I stopped talking to the machine because I lost a point of sanity.___Someone tests Cleverbot on the Cthulhu Mythos.
Seems legit.
Via +Mz Maau 

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2014-09-20 05:20:34 (93 comments, 7 reshares, 23 +1s) 

Racist gun-nuts claim they're going to go armed to Wisconsin polling places to intimidate likely Democrat voters out of voting:
https://www.facebook.com/wisconsinpollwatchers
Shouldn't people be reporting this to the FBI?
H/T: +Pamela Zuppo 
#ammosexuals   #wingnuts   #racism  

Racist gun-nuts claim they're going to go armed to Wisconsin polling places to intimidate likely Democrat voters out of voting:
https://www.facebook.com/wisconsinpollwatchers
Shouldn't people be reporting this to the FBI?
H/T: +Pamela Zuppo 
#ammosexuals   #wingnuts   #racism  ___

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2014-09-20 04:43:02 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Today's responsible gun owner
To top it all off, he didn't even shoot the 'right' dog.
http://www.alternet.org/banker-shoots-corgi-front-horrified-neighbors

Today's responsible gun owner
To top it all off, he didn't even shoot the 'right' dog.
http://www.alternet.org/banker-shoots-corgi-front-horrified-neighbors___

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2014-09-19 03:34:40 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Today's 'responsible' gun owner.

___Today's 'responsible' gun owner.

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2014-09-18 06:11:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s) 

Stephen King, on teaching kids to write.
This bit cracked me the hell up:
The best thing—maybe the only thing—is to tell the student that telling the truth is the most important thing, much more important than the grammar. I would say, “The truth is always eloquent.” To which they would respond, “Mr. King, what does eloquent mean?”

Stephen King, on teaching kids to write.
This bit cracked me the hell up:
The best thing—maybe the only thing—is to tell the student that telling the truth is the most important thing, much more important than the grammar. I would say, “The truth is always eloquent.” To which they would respond, “Mr. King, what does eloquent mean?”___

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2014-09-17 16:43:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

The backstory to this is that I was posing as a sexy girl for a short while a couple of years ago. Apparently, I broke this guy's heart.

The backstory to this is that I was posing as a sexy girl for a short while a couple of years ago. Apparently, I broke this guy's heart.___

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2014-09-17 14:31:32 (83 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s) 

Gosh. I had no idea I was such a heart-breaker. I guess this will teach me not to toy with men's affections in future.
Bob: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107930758893139892849

Gosh. I had no idea I was such a heart-breaker. I guess this will teach me not to toy with men's affections in future.
Bob: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107930758893139892849___

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2014-09-17 14:08:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s) 

Heh, nicely summarised.
Via +Pamela Zuppo 

I, Roseanne Roseannadanna, say this makes sense!___Heh, nicely summarised.
Via +Pamela Zuppo 

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2014-09-17 12:01:38 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s) 

This article about gangs in maximum security prisons was surprisingly interesting.
Viz the quote, you should feel sorry for Galaxy owners.
http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/09/how-gangs-took-over-prisons/379330/

This article about gangs in maximum security prisons was surprisingly interesting.
Viz the quote, you should feel sorry for Galaxy owners.
http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/09/how-gangs-took-over-prisons/379330/___

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2014-09-17 11:58:14 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s) 

Any bets on what magazine this is? My money's on Scientific American.

Complaint of the month.
#Fail  ___Any bets on what magazine this is? My money's on Scientific American.

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2014-09-17 09:37:51 (28 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s) 

Guys, next time you feel the urge to say something to some random woman in public, remember this video.

What Should Happen To Men Who Tell Women To Smile

Made of win.

Also: don't read the YouTube comments.  Just...don't.___Guys, next time you feel the urge to say something to some random woman in public, remember this video.

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2014-09-17 09:04:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s) 

The charming story of the man who invented karaoke
http://theappendix.net/issues/2013/10/voice-hero-the-inventor-of-karaoke-speaks
I just saw the opening of a movie called Karaoke, which is all about me. The actor who plays me is six feet tall. I’ve never been six feet tall before! My higher vantage point has given me a whole new perspective on my life. My wife says that the actress who plays her part is quite beautiful, but that she was much better looking at that age.
Via +David Gerard 

The charming story of the man who invented karaoke
http://theappendix.net/issues/2013/10/voice-hero-the-inventor-of-karaoke-speaks
I just saw the opening of a movie called Karaoke, which is all about me. The actor who plays me is six feet tall. I’ve never been six feet tall before! My higher vantage point has given me a whole new perspective on my life. My wife says that the actress who plays her part is quite beautiful, but that she was much better looking at that age.
Via +David Gerard ___

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2014-09-17 08:45:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

History will record the Hobby Lobby decision as the pivotal moment when America finally became a theocracy.
Via +Cindy Brown 

#WTF  ___History will record the Hobby Lobby decision as the pivotal moment when America finally became a theocracy.
Via +Cindy Brown 

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2014-09-17 06:41:03 (25 comments, 2 reshares, 44 +1s) 

Seriously. You can believe whatever the hell you want to, but that doesn't give you the right to impose it on others without some solid evidence behind it.
Via +Greg S. 

  #neildegrassetyson   What say you?___Seriously. You can believe whatever the hell you want to, but that doesn't give you the right to impose it on others without some solid evidence behind it.
Via +Greg S. 

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2014-09-17 06:10:43 (23 comments, 6 reshares, 26 +1s) 

I have no idea how I missed this hilariously apt story at the time.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/02/it-is-now-possible-to-buy-tulips-with-bitcoin/283797/
#bitcoin   #dunningkrugerrands   #tulips  

I have no idea how I missed this hilariously apt story at the time.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/02/it-is-now-possible-to-buy-tulips-with-bitcoin/283797/
#bitcoin   #dunningkrugerrands   #tulips  ___

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2014-09-17 04:46:49 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s) 

AN IMPORTANT WARNING!!11!!!1!!
Via +Greg S. 

The truth about your Pumpkin Spice Latte... ___AN IMPORTANT WARNING!!11!!!1!!
Via +Greg S. 

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2014-09-17 04:45:52 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s) 

And you thought that the Paleo Diet was extreme:
Via +Mz Maau 

The Spirit of Halloween

There are those who say that you can achieve anything your mind can conceive.  If the conception is self-mummification?  Dare to dream!

From the 11th to the 19th centuries a sect of Buddhist monks in Japan practiced sokushinbutsu:  a lifestyle of extreme austerity designed to lead to death and mummification.  

Sokushinbutsu monks embarked on 1,000-day-long regimen of eating just seeds and nuts and engaging in rigorous physical exertion to deplete bodily fat.  Then began a 1,000 day cycle of eating just bark and roots.  Finally, a monk would drink a poisonous tea that induced vomiting, causing dehydration, further fat loss, and a build up of toxins in the tissues to deter postmortem insect infestation.

As the end neared for a monk he would enter a small stone tomb with just a breathing tube and a bell.  He would assume the lotus position while his brother monks sealed him in the tomb.  Once a day the entombed and dying monk would ring his bell.  After a day with no bell's peel the monk's breathing tube was removed and tomb completely sealed.

After another 1,000 days, the tomb was opened.  If the monk's corpse had become mummified (versus putrefied) he was thought to have achieved perfect enlightenment and become a Buddha.  Buddha mummies were placed in the temple to receive prayers, offerings and veneration.

Putrefied bodies were left in place, their tombs resealed.  Better luck next life.  Of the potentially hundreds of monks over the centuries who attempted sokushinbutsu, only 28 mummies exist.  That's a lot of sealed tombs.

The practice was seen as so creepy that it was outlawed by the Japanese government in the late 19th century.  You know something is jiggity when even the Japanese find it too extreme.

Happy Halloween.

//___And you thought that the Paleo Diet was extreme:
Via +Mz Maau 

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2014-09-17 00:41:16 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s) 

In a development that will surprise almost nobody, Libertopia Chile turns out to have been a scam.
Never mind, guys, the sacred Free Market will undoubtedly sort that stuff out, right?
Via +David Formosa 
#libertarian   #libertardianism  

Libertarianism is the right-wing equivalent of communism: it's GREAT in theory but fails miserably when put into practice...

Libertarian ‘Utopia’ Styled After Ayn Rand Book Spectacularly Falls Apart Almost Immediately: http://bit.ly/YPcwX6___In a development that will surprise almost nobody, Libertopia Chile turns out to have been a scam.
Never mind, guys, the sacred Free Market will undoubtedly sort that stuff out, right?
Via +David Formosa 
#libertarian   #libertardianism  

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2014-09-16 16:15:47 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 42 +1s) 

Without comment.

For +Jim McCloskey and +Johnny Zed, Peanutomorph in action.

By Dave Mishra:
http://davemishra.deviantart.com/art/Alien-Tribute-206767189

If #XenoTuesday doesn't exist, it does now.
#Xenomorphs___Without comment.

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2014-09-16 09:41:30 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s) 

Quick! Florida needs Pastafarian & Discordian kids' books!
Via +Peter da Silva 

Bible-pushing Christians open the door for Satanic activity books in Florida schools___Quick! Florida needs Pastafarian & Discordian kids' books!
Via +Peter da Silva 

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2014-09-16 03:47:08 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s) 

Dating show
http://www.happletea.com/comics2/smooth-operator/

Dating show
http://www.happletea.com/comics2/smooth-operator/___

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2014-09-15 16:45:06 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s) 

Yes, this. In the last few days, I've been astonished by how many gamers I've run into who've been claiming that Sarkeesian has been 'making up' the threats & abuse that've been hurled at her.
It's bullshit, because I've seen the IRC chatlogs where attacks on her & Quinn have been organised, & seen numerous cowardly assholes right here on Plus saying that while they personally wouldn't send death threats, etc, they're such liars, etc, that it's understandable that they're getting harrassed this way. You pricks are just as bad as the people making the threats, because you enable & support them, & you are the cancer that is killing gaming - not feminists, or SJWs, YOU.
H/T: +Dirk Reul 
#gamergate  

Go figure: The biggest problem women face on the internet isn't the harrassers (these sexist fools are a minority), but the majority of men who don't believe women when they express the severity of the harrassment they recieve.___Yes, this. In the last few days, I've been astonished by how many gamers I've run into who've been claiming that Sarkeesian has been 'making up' the threats & abuse that've been hurled at her.
It's bullshit, because I've seen the IRC chatlogs where attacks on her & Quinn have been organised, & seen numerous cowardly assholes right here on Plus saying that while they personally wouldn't send death threats, etc, they're such liars, etc, that it's understandable that they're getting harrassed this way. You pricks are just as bad as the people making the threats, because you enable & support them, & you are the cancer that is killing gaming - not feminists, or SJWs, YOU.
H/T: +Dirk Reul 
#gamergate  

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2014-09-15 15:39:53 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s) 

Ayup.
Via +Brian Wolfe 

Daily Kos___Ayup.
Via +Brian Wolfe 

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2014-09-15 15:34:10 (47 comments, 7 reshares, 49 +1s) 

Dear Principal: if you find pubescent girls in shorts & tank-tops 'distracting' or 'dangerous', I would argue that it's not actually them who are the problem; also that you should probably consider changing careers to something that doesn't involve working around little girls.
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/09/15/3567291/dress-code-staten-island/
Via +Brian Wolfe 
#rapeculture  

Dear Principal: if you find pubescent girls in shorts & tank-tops 'distracting' or 'dangerous', I would argue that it's not actually them who are the problem; also that you should probably consider changing careers to something that doesn't involve working around little girls.
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/09/15/3567291/dress-code-staten-island/
Via +Brian Wolfe 
#rapeculture  ___

2014-09-15 03:26:08 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Speaking of renewable energy costs:

Fossil fuels are cheap...

...if you ignore the externalities of fossil fuels, like climate change, pollution-related illness, war and political turmoil, and the destruction of the raw materials needed to produce plastics, medicines, fertilizers, and other chemicals we rely on. And don't forget about the opportunity cost of investing in an energy source that can only become more expensive as time goes on.___Speaking of renewable energy costs:

2014-09-14 21:47:00 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s) 

Dear male gamers, most especially those of you who've been whining & stamping your little feet about Anita Sarkeesian & Zoe Quinn. Congratulations, you dickheads! You've done a better job of making the mainstream media aware of all the issues that Anita raised than she did. You've also done a better job than Jack Thompson did of making the mainstream media think of gamers as being dangerous psychos! Just think; thanks to you, there are probably going to be parents all over America taking their kids consoles away from them.
And for those of you still bleating about corruption in the gaming press? (As though you ever gave enough of a shit to make a fuss about it before it became an excuse to rag on a pretty girl. LOL) Well, read the article below to see what effect your hysteria has had on corruption in gaming:
#gamergate   #gamersunite   #gamers   #gamersunited  #sa... more »

Hi. I make games. I write about games. I get paid to make games. I used to get paid to write about games. I walked away from paid writing about games, because it was a pretty shitty, corrupt, jaded process that really flew in the face of why I wanted to write about games. 

I've talked to a lot of pro- #GamerGate  people over the past few days. I've tried to hear out as many as I could. It was hard. I want to first address why that was hard, then I want to try to address some of the trends between the reasonable, cool people I spoke with. 

First off, it's very difficult to wade through the hate. The signal to noise ratio is not good. In fact, it's terrible. If you're reasonable, and you want to have a conversation, it's difficult to do that when the person is hearing ten death threats and thirty insults for every single reasonable message. That mars any perception of credibility for a group that's invested heavily in credibility and ethics. 

Now, I've heard a few people say, "Point out the threats and insults when they happen! We'll report those people! They don't speak for us!" I've seen numerous people pointing these threats and harassments out. A couple of very bad times, I saw some people jump in, report, and otherwise shut down the threats. But more often than not (by a wide margin) what I saw was apologism and excuses for the threats and harassment. I saw a lot of "but this time it's warranted!" style messages. That doesn't help anyone. That doesn't build dialogue. 

So, if you want to know why there are prominent journalists right now talking about how gamer culture is toxic, and how gamers as a label are dead, this is why. Because even if you're rational, passionate, and wanting good things, your voice is being drowned out by loud, hateful, toxic people. 

A couple of days ago, I posted an email from the San Francisco Police Department verifying a police report placed by Anita Sarkeesian. Why? Because a muckraker accused her of lying, and drummed up a BUNCH of hate. His message had over six hundred reshares. His thread had dozens of people talking about how she needs to be imprisoned, how she needs to be shot, and how she's... you get the picture. So, I fact-checked. And I posted the results of that fact-checking. Did I get six hundred people recanting their threats, insults, and accusations? No. I got a couple dozen people threatening me, and a fuckton of people insulting me for DARING to fact-check a journalist. When, mind you, the Gamergate movement is supposedly about holding journalists accountable. Do you know how many messages came up to the effect of, "Oh. I shouldn't have jumped the gun and accused her without the facts?" None. None at all. 

So understand why a lot of us say, "This group of people is toxic." It's because a large majority of what we're experiencing is people doing very toxic things. There are some reasonable voices. But from where we stand, they're a stark minority. The movement is about accountability and ethics in journalism, yet the ONLY reaction I got from fact-checking a journalist was hate, denial, threats, and insults. From where I stand, calling Gamergate toxic and hateful isn't a far stretch at all, because it appears to be doing toxic and hateful things.

Yes, there's some positive. Yay, charities. But that's drowned out. And ironically, when we hear about a charity or otherwise positive thing, it's universally used as a method of attack. For example, there was a period where the Gamergate folks had it in their head that Zoe Quinn was lying about charitable donations. They'd trot out, "We aren't lying con artists! We really donate to charities!" Essentially, weaponizing charity. Then, I also heard a lot of people bragging when Zoe's donations were verified officially by the charities, because a group of (allegedly) thousands of people were able to donate more than a single independent game designer. Like seriously, very petty shit. 

So, corruption in journalism. Can I let you in on a secret? 

We want to have that conversation. We all do, with maybe a couple of exceptions. This is a conversation we've tried to have, and wanted to have for years. 

But why aren't we just sitting down and talking it over and smiling and playing games and shutting up about the feminisms? Basically, it's because we're having two completely different conversations. One's an insider conversation, informed about the industry. The other is an outsider conversation, based on half-truths, misunderstandings, and what we see as skewed priorities. 

On our side, a lot of journalists hate the nepotism, and most importantly, they hate the relationship the industry has with journalism. Because a while back ago, "games journalism" was essentially coopted as a marketing arm for certain AAA publishers. At that point, AAA publishers became gatekeepers for success in games journalism. It's awful, because we want to be talking critically. We want to be looking at games in different lights. We want to approach these works of art as works of art, and not just as the next success or flop. But that can't happen on any large scale, because of that corruption, because of the commercialism of it all. 

The way a lot of the Gamergate stuff looks to us really looks like some strange bizarro world where the games industry works completely different than it really does.

The biggest targets of Gamergate have been people who are frankly powerless in the games industry. People like Zoe Quinn and Phil Fish, they are not gatekeepers. They are not able to enact any real, significant influence on the industry. Most independent game jams, awards, and exhibitions are small groups of people, trying to make names for themselves in their little ponds. That's how independent artists work in pretty much every creative field. They can't compete with the game industry, so they're trying to carve out their own little micro industry, where they do their own things and have a captive audience. 

The people being targeted the most are small names, on the fringe of the industry. Even if these people all pat each other on the proverbial backs and promote each other into the ground with the corruption of a thousand watergates, their games will NEVER be as successful as even moderately popular indie games like Castle Crashers. We're talking about games that won't pay a single basic salary if successful. To these games, success doesn't look a lot different than failure. 

"SJWs" aren't affecting widescale change in video games. There's some minor change here and there. But most of it is shit that, if you weren't aware was changed, you wouldn't know was any different. If they get what they want, and that's a big if, the end result will be a few more games featuring a little more diversity, and maybe less rape and objectification. This will never, ever approach social justice change in major titles like Call of Duty. The SJWs know that. The Call of Duty developers are making Call of Duty. Nobody expects them to make something else. There's room for Call of Duty. Nobody is trying to take it away. Fuck, the ideal is ultimately MORE GAMES. This is a good thing. Experimental games move the industry forward, and make your core games better. Those games get to be the testing ground where we try out new ideas in a less risk adverse environment. 

Anita Sarkeesian? So far, a writer for an already very diverse game was influenced to cop to a trope in his games, and say he won't be using it again. Fundamentally, the game is still a manshooter game. Just, one story element will be swapped out for something else in the future, instead of recycling the same old thing. That's pretty much as far as her influence has gone. 

Here's why: She's not trying to enact and force change. She's pointing out trends, the way an art critic does. Some people might look to what she's saying, and ask for more exceptions from that trend. Some developers might see those trends in their work, and shift away. But she's never once said that games featuring sexist tropes should not be made. She even makes explicitly clear in every one of her videos that playing games with sexist tropes is okay, it's not wrong to have fun with those games. But, certain trends do influence attitudes, according to numerous scientific studies. She doesn't say these games will make you sexist. That would be stupid, since she, and numerous SJW types, have played these games. If she was saying that, and she's not, she would have to follow up her videos with, "I played this game. It made me sexist." 

Do you know what else this focus on Anita's doing? It's making your games worse. And I'm not saying, "Oh, if you leave Anita alone, she'll make games better". No. But right now, AAA game executives see people like Anita calling for diversity in games, and they're seeing people like Gamergate attacking them vehemently. They see SO much hate. They see 650 people retweeting the guy claiming she lied about a police report. This tells them that the market doesn't want diversity. This tells them to double down on boring, scruffy 30-something male protagonist with a dark past, blah, blah. When we look at games like Watch Dogs, and we think they could have done better if they were a little more ambitious, understand that people shitting on "SJWs" causes that risk averse, milquetoast game design. 

You can have discussions about Anita's points. But understand that she's making critique. A lot of it is subjective. A lot of it relies on specific definitions that she gives. For example, it's popular to attack her use of Hitman as an example of Women as Background Decoration. However, the only way it's not a valid example is if you're not actually using her definition. Essentially, you're throwing out her thesis and applying a different thesis to her examples. That's not fair, and it's not academically sound.

But have these discussions! Just focus on the art, the trends, and the culture. Don't focus on the person. Because if your goal is debunking her, you've already lost. Right now, people are throwing so much shit at her, hoping it sticks. Seriously. A journalist literally investigated whether or not she actually made a police report when people were threatening her life, and another prominent blogger demanded police report numbers from her. Neither of these people are entitled to that information. They're trying so hard to catch her up in a lie, that they're losing sight of what they're doing, and how silly and unethical it looks. Why does Anita have to be discredited, if her points are not valid? If her arguments are wrong, discuss them. 

Right now, publishers are buying reviews. Right now, publishers are giving large amounts of money and other perks to journalists in order to skew the public perception and influence, both positively and negatively, game sales. Right now, Metacritic is being used to determine whether or not designers get to keep their jobs. Right now, AAA executives are cutting women and LGBT characters out of games in development, because of "the core demographic". These are huge problems. These are problems we want to talk about. These are problems we want to fix. 

We aren't going to smile and nod while hundreds of people dogpile a couple of people's sex lives. We're not going to cheer you on while muckrakers are hounding people for answers to stupid, invasive questions they shouldn't be asking. We want a better industry. But we feel that what we're seeing, or at least the bulk of what we're seeing is making a worse industry. ___Dear male gamers, most especially those of you who've been whining & stamping your little feet about Anita Sarkeesian & Zoe Quinn. Congratulations, you dickheads! You've done a better job of making the mainstream media aware of all the issues that Anita raised than she did. You've also done a better job than Jack Thompson did of making the mainstream media think of gamers as being dangerous psychos! Just think; thanks to you, there are probably going to be parents all over America taking their kids consoles away from them.
And for those of you still bleating about corruption in the gaming press? (As though you ever gave enough of a shit to make a fuss about it before it became an excuse to rag on a pretty girl. LOL) Well, read the article below to see what effect your hysteria has had on corruption in gaming:
#gamergate   #gamersunite   #gamers   #gamersunited   #sarkeesian  

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2014-09-14 19:49:36 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s) 

And another horribly geeky pun.
I usually prefer to inhibit the growth of this kind of culture, but this one was too good to pass up.
Via +ScienceSunday 

In +Coqui Negra's lab.

#punday #PundaySunday #SciencePunday #BiologyHumor #ScienceSunday +ScienceSunday___And another horribly geeky pun.
I usually prefer to inhibit the growth of this kind of culture, but this one was too good to pass up.
Via +ScienceSunday 

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2014-09-14 18:36:33 (25 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s) 

Not that this is much sillier than the whole virgin-birth thing.
#sacredsunday  

Presented for your #SacredSunday pleasure:http://www.happletea.com/comics2/the-talk/

#Egyptology #ThatsWhereBabiesComeFrom

Via the ever-delightful MonkeyKitten.___Not that this is much sillier than the whole virgin-birth thing.
#sacredsunday  

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2014-09-14 17:50:50 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s) 

This one confuses me too.
Via +Pamela Zuppo 

'Merica. #GunControl #Ammosexuals #NotOneMore

- MK___This one confuses me too.
Via +Pamela Zuppo 

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2014-09-14 17:09:36 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 42 +1s) 

I can't figure out whether this is evil or wonderful.

#grammar___I can't figure out whether this is evil or wonderful.

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2014-09-14 09:43:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

And no, this isn't from The Onion, it's a legit news story.
<Insert obligatory crappy British cooking joke here>
http://kitchenette.jezebel.com/dead-lion-found-in-freezer-during-uk-restaurant-health-1634421128/+ishaaran
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And no, this isn't from The Onion, it's a legit news story.
<Insert obligatory crappy British cooking joke here>
http://kitchenette.jezebel.com/dead-lion-found-in-freezer-during-uk-restaurant-health-1634421128/+ishaaran___And no, this isn't from The Onion, it's a legit news story.
<Insert obligatory crappy British cooking joke here>
http://kitchenette.jezebel.com/dead-lion-found-in-freezer-during-uk-restaurant-health-1634421128/+ishaaran
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2014-09-14 09:42:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

And this is the person who a significant percentage of American voters wanted in the second-highest elected position in the nation.
"The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that [daughter] Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly."
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/sarah-palin-family-alaska-brawl-reports?CMP=ema_632
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And this is the person who a significant percentage of American voters wanted in the second-highest elected position in the nation.
"The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that [daughter] Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly."
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/sarah-palin-family-alaska-brawl-reports?CMP=ema_632
#WashingtonHillbillies   #teabillies   #teabaggers  ___And this is the person who a significant percentage of American voters wanted in the second-highest elected position in the nation.
"The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that [daughter] Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly."
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/sarah-palin-family-alaska-brawl-reports?CMP=ema_632
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2014-09-14 09:41:26 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Be careful buying sperm online - it might not be what you were expecting...
(Reposted, because I accidentally posted it Private the first time.)

Be careful buying sperm online - it might not be what you were expecting...___Be careful buying sperm online - it might not be what you were expecting...
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2014-09-14 09:12:23 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Sad dads at a One Direction concert
Guys, you know you could've just waited in the parking lot & saved yourself the price of a ticket? And Protip: I know you think your daughter is the prettiest girl in the world & stuff, but seriously, she's in zero danger of being hit on by any of the band members.
http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashvillecream/archives/2014/08/20/slideshow-sad-dads-at-one-direction
Via +David Gerard 

Sad dads at a One Direction concert
Guys, you know you could've just waited in the parking lot & saved yourself the price of a ticket? And Protip: I know you think your daughter is the prettiest girl in the world & stuff, but seriously, she's in zero danger of being hit on by any of the band members.
http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashvillecream/archives/2014/08/20/slideshow-sad-dads-at-one-direction
Via +David Gerard ___

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2014-09-14 04:09:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Calling all Tea Party Patriots!
Via +Tim S 

Spread the word!___Calling all Tea Party Patriots!
Via +Tim S 

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2014-09-14 04:00:40 (36 comments, 7 reshares, 65 +1s) 

Those of you who look down on service workers from the majestic heights of your desk job in coding or whatever, should ask yourselves how you're going to feel about a minimum wage that isn't enough to keep a roof over your head when the One Percent outsource your industry to India.
Via several people in my circles

Possibly the best response ever.___Those of you who look down on service workers from the majestic heights of your desk job in coding or whatever, should ask yourselves how you're going to feel about a minimum wage that isn't enough to keep a roof over your head when the One Percent outsource your industry to India.
Via several people in my circles

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