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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
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
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335
Ole Olson14,742Leaders of Google+ in #progressive   #politics  Add this circle for a well vetted collection of thought leaders that post a high degree of quality political content. The focalizers here are also excellent engagers. I have been sculpting this circle since G+ began. Other public circles I've shared that you might like:The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/PETHgTMqpcDVisual and/or Fun content https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/DbBUtg3f8q8Top Science Circle https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/WYqn7FXjsAmProgressive Media on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/1t3HVRfNhuCForward Thinking Journalists on Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/4h7jniYWcxaMy Top Circler Circle https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/cjSWip8ayqH #Liberal   #Green   #SharedPublicCircles   #Occupy   #CircleOfTheDay   #Environment   #PublicCircle   #activism   #CircleSharing   #Unions   #Feminism   #HumanRights   #LGBT   #secular   #science  2013-05-21 17:23:0549516413
Ole Olson12,447This is my main political circle. It contains people that post a high ratio of left leaning political content. If you are not progressively inclined and would like to be removed from this circle, please let me know.  #SharedCircles   #Liberal   #progressive   #politics  2013-04-12 16:31:0349016213
Ole Olson11,096The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+  This is the best of the best forward thinkers that I've found here on Google+. To be in this very small circle, I've set a few basic guidelines:1. High quality and volume of progressively oriented political posts from a variety of sources and topics2. Long history of activism on G+ and steady activity3. Strong Engagment (+1's, shares, comments) on other people's posts  I'm pretty sure I've missed out on a lot of folks that should be in this circle, but this is the best I can do for the time being, so don't feel slighted if you're not in there. This is a work in progress, but I can guarantee that you will enjoy adding this circle.  #Gplus   #Politics   #progressive   #liberal   #activism   #SharedCircles  2013-03-18 17:30:17589312
Alister Macintyre9,520Here is my circle of people who like to (and have demonstrated capability of) having a civilized conversation about Current Events from a Progressive point of view.2012-09-11 06:05:57252533
Hek Waves775In August, it was about one year I started my „Hek Waves“ stream on G+. In the meantime, I had the opportunity to “circle up” with a considerable group of people sharing interesting, amazing, sometimes critical and – if it’s needed – also a bit odd and jolting content. But – and that’s the point – it has always been a valuable, friendly, enlightening and engaging contribution to my personal G+ stream. Therefore, I think, that the first G+ anniversary is a good opportunity to say thanks to some of the top influencers of my stream and the best way to say Thank You on G+ is sharing carefully selected circles to the public. So, let me start with a first ”Thank You Circle”:This circle contains a first selection of people sharing social, political or environmental content on G+. It’s a pretty colorfull circle, so it doen’t address a single social direction or opinion. But it always contains people with a valuable point of view. And that’s, what makes G+ so unique. #ThankYouCircle   #reshare   #sharingiscaring   +Shared Circles on G+ BTW: Special thanks to +Susanne Ramharter  and +Andrew Hartwell  for the foundations to this circle.2012-09-02 12:33:1513724521
Craig Froehle4,629467 Plussers Well Worth FollowingSome curated recommendations to make your Tuesday a bit more interesting. I kept this circle largely free of celebrities, pages, and organizations, so these should (nearly) all be actual people. Enjoy!By the way, topic-wise, it's a bit of a potpourri, but with emphasis on technology, science, progressive politics, skepticism, and other fascinating things.Note that I don't always agree with everyone in this circle, so don't take this as an endorsement of their ideas...merely that they tend to be thoughtful when presenting them.2012-07-03 14:29:094671718
Anouar OUALI ALAMI1,064I would like to share with you this circle: i name it : e-great people :)2012-06-27 08:47:47298200
Gregory Esau9,648My Community Intelligence CircleI use the term community here pretty broadly, in that my community, the global community, and G+ all blur together in ways that make boundaries somewhat meaningless. Therefor, this is my Community Intelligence circle. Reading and engaging with these people will raise your intel (so to speak) of the world around us, the world of Google Plus, maybe your world, and the dots that connect them. For the many people who have circled me over the last few months (and thank you!!), these are the people that raise my IQ and EQ.2012-05-31 23:58:0014220210
Alex Diaz (alexdiazeco)2,406I call this one IdeasThat's how interesting these folks are to engage with. As with the green circle I just shared, this one's bigger than 500 so not everyone is here. And just as with the greenies, let us know if you think you should be in it. The common denominator here is interesting content of no particular bent. Just plain fascinating. I can sit and go through this stream all day. Great people one and all.2012-04-07 19:19:005002234
Chris Lion5,871oh and by the way, here is my MUSIC CIRCLE :D2012-03-20 12:48:495011329
Susanne Ramharter3,133Fridays are for sharing circlesto the new people who have put me in their circles: many thanks! Some of you I have already had contact with, to the rest, I would like to reciprocate with this circle. It is hand-picked, and contains people who are funny, intelligent, knowledgeable, and engaged.You will find information about social media, google+, as well as cognitive science, books, travel and art, some agitation against encroaching on civil liberties (SOPA, ACTA, censorship - mostly from me ;-) inspirational as well as snarky things, and yes, the occasional cat. But everyone here is friendly and has great things to contribute, so feel free to share the circle if you like.Have fun!2012-03-09 15:46:5631329719
Marc Di Malta4,220Music Circle !! +Shared Circles on G+ . Add and share ;) #sharedcircles #Music2012-02-17 11:56:15500552
Andrew Hartwell1,189My G+ Left Wing Politics CircleI shared my right wing politics circle the other day, so I may as well share my leftist circle as well. Democrats, liberals, socialists, even a few anarchists: you'll find them all here. Lots of folks sharing interesting things, check it out! And I'm always trying to expand my G+ political circles, so let me know if you want to be included!2012-02-14 02:18:42501312
Mitchel Rodwell0+Duncan Hayes , +Hanii Leigh this is a big circle, which I call "Political". You'll find people with strong political views here, as well as political news and people who care about politics. I'd advise you add one or the other out of this and my other circle, "Intellectual" because they're both pretty big and I don't want to give you guys too much before you're ready :)2012-01-23 13:48:07366405
Alister Macintyre1,990+Grizwald Grim Here is circle of VBT participants ... there's 549 in my circle, but G+ only lets me share 500 of what is here.2011-12-29 05:20:385011104
Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative440Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative Circle. This is being posted mostly as a thank you to the people who have followed our new Google+ page. In the brief time since we set this up, more than 400 people have added it to their circles and are following our posts. Clearly something we are doing has inspired, or at least intrigued, a good number of people here. We really appreciate this vote of confidence and will continue to explore ways we can use a bit of the extra brain power we all have to help each other. These projects will be announced on the VBT Google+ page, so be sure to add that to your circles if you have not yet done so, and also on the network we are building at http://VirtualBrainTrust.org. Some of our more advanced projects will be lauhched on that site, so please consider adding a profile there if your interest is more than casual. It is possible this may be one of the last times we are able to share this circle - we are getting close to Google's 500 member limit and shared circles have limited utility for what we are doing anyway. Still, there are some great people to follow here, They all believe in the spirit of cooperation and have offered to at least consider using a bit of their extra brainpower - their skills, intelligence and creativity to help other people. If you are looking for people who are both smart and considerate, this is a great place to start.2011-12-09 16:58:254291798
Rima Regas30My Art circle has reached over 1400 wonderful artists of different disciplines, as well as some art lovers like me. Each artist is delightful in his or her own way. I thought I would share them with you this evening.2011-12-06 05:11:14500413
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2014-10-24 14:16:16 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Shaenon K. Garrity nails #GamerGate . Original source here:

http://www.shaenon.com/ladygaming2.jpg

#TeamSJW  

Most reshares: 4

2014-10-16 12:54:51 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Everyone please note: Please replace the word conservative with regressive. It is more accurate.

Conservative denotes a false positive distinction - when it is abundantly clear that what is being conserved is privilege: white privilege, male privilege, hetero privilege, affluent privilege, christian privilege.

Denying others equal treatment is the process in which privilege is destructive. This informs racism, misogyny, homophobia, and all other stripes of bigotry.

This is why conservatives/regressives pine for "the good ole days." This is when the above privileges held more sway than they do now.

Regressive is more descriptive because it more clearly denotes their objective: moving backwards.

Regressive has a more obvious negative connotation because backward is not usually the reasonable path to take.

And yet,... more »

Most plusones: 18

2014-09-16 15:43:35 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I am skeptical about the intentions of Libertarians who have recently added me.

In case you don't know where I stand, here is a brief list of reasons I loathe libertarians.

1) Libertarians are dishonest when it comes to historical research. They omit, distort, or simply refuse to examine peer reviewed sources. For example, their commentary on the Federalist Period is anachronistic.

2) Libertarians are unaware of historiography and why it matters for making historical assertions. When it comes to law and the US Constitution, libertarians are ignorant about basic concepts of judicial review, jurisprudence, and legal history.

3) Many Libertarian philosophers and politicians worked directly with or admire bigots, tyrants, and fascists. This includes Mises, Hayek, Friedman, Rockwell, and Ron Paul.

4) Many libertarians are simply promoting rhetorical... more »

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2014-10-25 17:35:22 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The pervasive link between many mass shootings and violence against women.

There is so much wrong here___The pervasive link between many mass shootings and violence against women.

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2014-10-25 05:12:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Fuck GamerGate.

Geek feminism on how Gamergate has been effective in silencing them.

Fuck Gamergate.

#gamergate #harassment #misogyny___Fuck GamerGate.

2014-10-24 21:24:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-24 20:59:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The internet has been set ablaze with all the talk about GamerGate, and Danni has some thoughts about why comic book readers should be concerned as well.

The internet has been set ablaze with all the talk about GamerGate, and Danni has some thoughts about why comic book readers should be concerned as well.___

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2014-10-24 14:54:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Important read.

More police thuggery.

" I think that night in jail removed from my mind the last vestige of any thought that I would be treated differently by the police because of the content of my character. I am a lawyer and law professor. I had a neon green hat on, and I stood to the side in silence, taking pictures. But watching and pretending to be neutral did not protect me. Having my dress slacks on pulled up around my waist did not protect me. In the eyes of the police, I was one thing: a young black male."___Important read.

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2014-10-24 14:16:16 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Team SJW for the win. So good.

Shaenon K. Garrity nails #GamerGate . Original source here:

http://www.shaenon.com/ladygaming2.jpg

#TeamSJW  ___Team SJW for the win. So good.

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2014-10-23 22:42:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

It's time to fight for justice in my newest shirt!
http://teespring.com/sjwarrior

It's time to fight for justice in my newest shirt!
http://teespring.com/sjwarrior___

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2014-10-23 21:45:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

#GamerGate  in a nutshell 

#GamerGate  in a nutshell ___

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2014-10-23 02:18:32 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Of course they went after Felicia. When will the madness end?

Felicia Day wrote a post saying how Gamergate made her sad and frightened. Then about an hour later apparently somebody doxxed her on Twitter.

Felicia Day, a longtime gamer, may now join the three other targets that the Gamergate movement harasses and refers to contemptuously as "literally who X" for some value of X.

Felicia's anti-Gamergate blog post:

http://thisfeliciaday.tumblr.com/post/100700417809/the-only-thing-i-have-to-say-about-gamer-gate

Below is a Twitter image purporting to show the tweet where she was doxxed.

This post will be updated as and when the facts (which are highly tentative at present) are clarified.

#gamergate #harassment #misogyny___Of course they went after Felicia. When will the madness end?

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2014-10-22 14:32:48 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Double standards. Sorry folks, racism is not "over."

Double standards. Sorry folks, racism is not "over."___

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2014-10-22 01:35:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

YES

YES___

2014-10-21 22:23:18 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I just had a conversation with a visiting researcher at work at the National Academy of Sciences. She's from Austria.

When I explained that "Austrian Economics" was a big deal to a vocal minority of right wingers here in the US, she laughed and thought this was hilarious because:

1) Austrians almost unanimously value social spending and programs.

2) Austrians are stricter than many other European countries when it comes to business regulation - particularly in pharmaceuticals.

3) She had never heard of libertarians or "Austrian Economics" and doubts that many of her fellow Austrians have any idea what it means or would support it if they did.

Yeah. 

I just had a conversation with a visiting researcher at work at the National Academy of Sciences. She's from Austria.

When I explained that "Austrian Economics" was a big deal to a vocal minority of right wingers here in the US, she laughed and thought this was hilarious because:

1) Austrians almost unanimously value social spending and programs.

2) Austrians are stricter than many other European countries when it comes to business regulation - particularly in pharmaceuticals.

3) She had never heard of libertarians or "Austrian Economics" and doubts that many of her fellow Austrians have any idea what it means or would support it if they did.

Yeah. ___

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2014-10-20 20:54:34 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Poor insecure guys. It's obviously everyone else's fault that they're terrible human beings.

Heh. Looks like the #gamergaters  picked a fight with the wrong site
http://gawker.com/the-d-list-right-wingers-whove-turned-gamergate-into-th-1648410811
#gamerghazi   #stopgamergate2014   #gamergate   #notyourshield   #notyourshill  ___Poor insecure guys. It's obviously everyone else's fault that they're terrible human beings.

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2014-10-20 17:20:03 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-19 14:59:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Gamergate continues to be full of it. Surprise surprise.

Does "sacrificial lamb" mean anything to these guys?___Gamergate continues to be full of it. Surprise surprise.

2014-10-17 21:24:32 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Transgender people are human beings, not the punch line to your bigoted joke. 

Transgender people are human beings, not the punch line to your bigoted joke. ___

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2014-10-16 15:47:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is a more articulate version of what I've been arguing about with libertarians for years: economists are not the people you should turn to in order to understand history (and predict the future).

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/16/thomas_piketty_cant_save_us_alone_why_bad_economists_are_destroying_american_lives_partner/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

This is a more articulate version of what I've been arguing about with libertarians for years: economists are not the people you should turn to in order to understand history (and predict the future).

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/16/thomas_piketty_cant_save_us_alone_why_bad_economists_are_destroying_american_lives_partner/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow___

2014-10-16 12:54:51 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Everyone please note: Please replace the word conservative with regressive. It is more accurate.

Conservative denotes a false positive distinction - when it is abundantly clear that what is being conserved is privilege: white privilege, male privilege, hetero privilege, affluent privilege, christian privilege.

Denying others equal treatment is the process in which privilege is destructive. This informs racism, misogyny, homophobia, and all other stripes of bigotry.

This is why conservatives/regressives pine for "the good ole days." This is when the above privileges held more sway than they do now.

Regressive is more descriptive because it more clearly denotes their objective: moving backwards.

Regressive has a more obvious negative connotation because backward is not usually the reasonable path to take.

And yet,... more »

Everyone please note: Please replace the word conservative with regressive. It is more accurate.

Conservative denotes a false positive distinction - when it is abundantly clear that what is being conserved is privilege: white privilege, male privilege, hetero privilege, affluent privilege, christian privilege.

Denying others equal treatment is the process in which privilege is destructive. This informs racism, misogyny, homophobia, and all other stripes of bigotry.

This is why conservatives/regressives pine for "the good ole days." This is when the above privileges held more sway than they do now.

Regressive is more descriptive because it more clearly denotes their objective: moving backwards.

Regressive has a more obvious negative connotation because backward is not usually the reasonable path to take.

And yet, that's exactly what regressives want.

Join me in changing our language and thanks for listening.___

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2014-10-15 21:59:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Here is today's (unfortunate) "That's about the size of it!"

http://deadspin.com/the-future-of-the-culture-wars-is-here-and-its-gamerga-1646145844

#gamergate   #quinnspiracy   #sarkeesianeffect   #sarkeesianderangementsyndrome   #notyourshield  

Here is today's (unfortunate) "That's about the size of it!"

http://deadspin.com/the-future-of-the-culture-wars-is-here-and-its-gamerga-1646145844

#gamergate   #quinnspiracy   #sarkeesianeffect   #sarkeesianderangementsyndrome   #notyourshield  ___

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2014-10-15 19:28:16 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Interesting and less skepticism inducing than the E-Cat. Still don't like Lockheed-Martin, but if they help build some momentum for an energy revolution, maybe I'd reconsider my opinion of them.

Unlike the E-Cat scam that was making the rounds earlier this week, this new announcement from Lockheed-Martin -- that their Skunk Works team has been working on a compact fusion reactor which may be at the working-prototype reactor stage within five years, and productionizable a few years after that -- is actually quite interesting. They haven't broken any laws of physics: this is a magnetic-confinement fusion reactor, and their advances have been clever engineering and coming up with smarter ways to shape the confinement fields. 

(For those who know the subject: the details aren't 100% clear to me, but it looks like they're building a pair of magnetic cusps facing one another, and using a Polywell-like approach to "bounce" plasma off of those and into the center where the fusion happens. Which is not an insane design)

Rather nicely, the people doing this design have actually thought through how it would fit into existing power architectures. (Very few people working on fusion have any experience with that) They expect the units to stay around the size of the device you see in the photo below -- truck-transportable nodes, each producing around 100MW. One could run a ship; a building full of them, or perhaps more conveniently, several different buildings in different places, could run a city. (As my experience in deploying big hardware has taught me, having your system take the form of a bunch of identical medium-sized nodes is really wonderful. If the nodes are too small, you spend all your time dealing with how to wire thousands of things up; if they're too big, then your smallest quantum of deployable capacity is a pain in the ass. 100MW is just about perfect for power generation.) 

If this system works, it would have nearly immediate commercial viability; opex plus fuel for such a device is very low (less than any other kind of power plant running, even if you consider dumping pollutants into the air as absolutely free). Capex for early generations won't be cheap but won't be prohibitive, either, as you can buy in 100MW increments and easily scale up. Maintenance is straightforward. Direct pollutants are zero: the only waste product is Helium. (Probably not enough to be worth selling, but you could fill some party balloons) There's an indirect pollutant, in that the neutron absorber shell which gathers the energy from the reaction will gradually be activated and turn radioactive; this shell will probably have to be replaced every twenty years or so, but (especially with clever choice of materials) isn't actually that radioactive and isn't that much material, either.

There have been lots of fusion designs which have seemed promising in the past, but this one seems to have a lot of engineering good sense behind it, and contact with practicalities. That makes me interested.

So it's still far too early to be popping the champagne corks, but it's a promising design being put together by serious people, and so I'd say that it has a decent chance of actually going somewhere. ___Interesting and less skepticism inducing than the E-Cat. Still don't like Lockheed-Martin, but if they help build some momentum for an energy revolution, maybe I'd reconsider my opinion of them.

2014-10-14 18:43:05 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Here, let's create a post once and for all, +Mike Noyes. You think you know about states and state formation? You want to discuss interactions between humans and the state?

I maintain you are operating from an anti-intellectual position. You have not actually studied the history of states or philosophies related to nations and how they function.

I am going to create a short list of scholars and theories I have encountered studying history professionally. Let's see if you can actually add anything to this discussion.

See, I have noticed that you often moderate the Libertarian page - a closed group for libertarian ruminations. I don't see a lot of any of what I'm about to mention, which gives me the sneaking suspicion that you are very much uninformed about states.

This also leads me to the conclusion that you have no business speaking with... more »

Here, let's create a post once and for all, +Mike Noyes. You think you know about states and state formation? You want to discuss interactions between humans and the state?

I maintain you are operating from an anti-intellectual position. You have not actually studied the history of states or philosophies related to nations and how they function.

I am going to create a short list of scholars and theories I have encountered studying history professionally. Let's see if you can actually add anything to this discussion.

See, I have noticed that you often moderate the Libertarian page - a closed group for libertarian ruminations. I don't see a lot of any of what I'm about to mention, which gives me the sneaking suspicion that you are very much uninformed about states.

This also leads me to the conclusion that you have no business speaking with authority about the interactions between humans and states.

But, I am not an expert. Only a fifth year PhD student. Perhaps you do more. We all specialize. Also, because of the beauty of G+, I have several other scholars in my network who may wish to weigh in.

If you believe I have labeled you unfairly, +Mike Noyes - as a leading libertarian here on G+ who does not appear to know what they are talking about, then here is your opportunity to offer a corrective.

Let's find some common ground in our discussion.

Ground rules for this thread: Mike, you are a serial cut-and-paster. Please synthesize your ideas on your own, rather than plagerizing them. Cite sources. [Consult the CRAP test if you don't want said sources mocked]

If trolls show up, they will be mocked and ejected.

I will try to be nice, but I don't mince words about the brutality of human beings in various situations.

Will our libertarian friend shrink from this challenge? Let's see.___

2014-10-13 12:25:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Happy Indigenous People's Day: Where we remind ourselves that the market economy has no social contract.

Happy Indigenous People's Day: Where we remind ourselves that the market economy has no social contract.___

2014-10-13 03:35:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Happy de Las Casas Day!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolom%25C3%25A9_de_las_Casas

Happy de Las Casas Day!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolom%25C3%25A9_de_las_Casas___

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2014-10-08 23:12:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This.

/r/mensrights? I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.

http://shulamithbond.tumblr.com/post/99459468946/total-queer-move-look-its-every-single___This.

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2014-09-26 21:37:37 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I saw this in my feed and I can't stress enough that a historical correction needs to be made.

To folks posting quotes from Eisenhower about domestic and military spending.

Please remember to review the context in which he made his statements about the "military-industrial complex."

Eisenhower built the military industrial complex.

His quote about hunger and war was extremely disingenuous. He was primarily aiming his statement at Republicans in his party clamoring for a balanced budget during a period of the highest military spending in peacetime up to that point.

The Cold War had begun, and Eisenhower was waging it with ferocity. But how to balance the budget?

His administration came up with a great idea: Replace expensive conventional weapons and troops with an insanely large arsenal of nuclear weapons.

He called this program the... more »

___I saw this in my feed and I can't stress enough that a historical correction needs to be made.

To folks posting quotes from Eisenhower about domestic and military spending.

Please remember to review the context in which he made his statements about the "military-industrial complex."

Eisenhower built the military industrial complex.

His quote about hunger and war was extremely disingenuous. He was primarily aiming his statement at Republicans in his party clamoring for a balanced budget during a period of the highest military spending in peacetime up to that point.

The Cold War had begun, and Eisenhower was waging it with ferocity. But how to balance the budget?

His administration came up with a great idea: Replace expensive conventional weapons and troops with an insanely large arsenal of nuclear weapons.

He called this program the "New Look" policy. Isn't that cute?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Look_%28policy%29

Even better for Republicans, Eisenhower's Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was a corporate lawyer who had represented companies that manufactured the above nuclear weapons.

So we're talking about making the world drastically more unsafe and profiting off it at the same time. Sound familiar?

One thing here is obvious: Eisenhower was very good at promoting an image of himself as above politics and portraying a dramatically contradictory image to actual events. A prominent historian of his administration, Fred Greenstein, called it the "Hidden-Hand Presidency."

Massive nuclear armament. Political Assassinations. Brutally overthrowing regimes in Guatemala, Iran, and Congo. Attempting to overthrow regimes in Cuba, Indonesia, and Vietnam. War in Korea. A climate of extreme xenophobia and fear with McCarthy. This is another characterization of Eisenhower's tenure based on my reading of primary and secondary historical sources.

So...may I make a humble suggestion?

Please critically evaluate quotes floating around the internet by Eisenhower and remember to consult the historical context.

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2014-09-26 16:09:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

On the solar side, small scale consumables appears to have some movement, too.

Wow! 3D printed solar panels that can be cranked out every 15 min. Now if we can just start printing windmills at the same speed, we can convert over to renewable power almost over night!___On the solar side, small scale consumables appears to have some movement, too.

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2014-09-26 16:07:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

One of my fantasies is low cost renewables that I could plug and play in/on my own living space as I can upgrade them. Slowly, this seems to be happening.

This 3D-printed wind turbine puts 300W of clean power in your backpack! Read my Inhabitat story for more.___One of my fantasies is low cost renewables that I could plug and play in/on my own living space as I can upgrade them. Slowly, this seems to be happening.

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2014-09-26 16:03:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This isn't the "holy grail" quite yet. But we seem to be closer to much more efficient batteries. This appears to be another bottleneck to scaling up renewable resources. Better power storage is an important piece of that equation.

“Stanford creates ‘Holy Grail’ lithium battery, could triple smartphone and EV battery life”

http://bit.ly/1rBPQls

“They’ve done it again: The battery barons of Stanford, led by Yi Cui, have created what those in the industry call the “Holy Grail” of lithium-ion battery design. In specific, they’ve finally worked out how to create a rugged lithium electrode that can increase the capacity of a lithium-ion battery by three to four times — as in, this lithium electrode, on its own, could increase the battery life of your smartphone by three times, or significantly reduce the size and cost of an electric car’s battery pack.”___This isn't the "holy grail" quite yet. But we seem to be closer to much more efficient batteries. This appears to be another bottleneck to scaling up renewable resources. Better power storage is an important piece of that equation.

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2014-09-26 16:00:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The way I understand it, more efficient power inverters are one of the bottlenecks to scaling up our use of renewable energy.

+Google is launching the Little Box Challenge, an open competition to build a much smaller power inverter. Currently inverters are the size of coolers, but if they were scaled down we could have more solar powered homes, bring electricity to remote parts of the world, and much more. If you can find a way to shrink the inverter down to smaller than a small laptop Google will give you 1 million dollars. If you're interested be sure to register your team by September 30th. http://ow.ly/zvXfa___The way I understand it, more efficient power inverters are one of the bottlenecks to scaling up our use of renewable energy.

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2014-09-26 15:54:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I promised a friend I would share some of the tech news items I've seen in the last six months that have me excited about the future. Here's one:

Plantagon: LARGE-Scale Urban Greenhouses In Sweden http://ow.ly/enHYK___I promised a friend I would share some of the tech news items I've seen in the last six months that have me excited about the future. Here's one:

2014-09-25 20:07:12 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

For most of my grad student pals, this research advice isn't new - but it's always nice to meditate on good practices.

I instantly fell in love with the Circle Jerks link at the end.

http://www.stuartschrader.com/advice-graduate-students-embarking-archival-research

For most of my grad student pals, this research advice isn't new - but it's always nice to meditate on good practices.

I instantly fell in love with the Circle Jerks link at the end.

http://www.stuartschrader.com/advice-graduate-students-embarking-archival-research___

2014-09-25 16:38:34 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Fellow researchers: What is your favorite digital camera for archival research? I need something affordable and dependable.

Fellow researchers: What is your favorite digital camera for archival research? I need something affordable and dependable.___

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2014-09-24 12:49:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I'm sure we'll get it right this time.

+Daily Kos! Cartoon!___I'm sure we'll get it right this time.

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2014-09-23 21:30:54 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I'm not sure how much we should commend the Rockefellers. Don't get me wrong - this decision is very positive; however, it is also a rational, economic one.

I'm resisting the urge to wax philosophical about how the seeds of a paradigm's destruction are planted within their frameworks...but I guess we can talk about Thomas Kuhn later. 

___I'm not sure how much we should commend the Rockefellers. Don't get me wrong - this decision is very positive; however, it is also a rational, economic one.

I'm resisting the urge to wax philosophical about how the seeds of a paradigm's destruction are planted within their frameworks...but I guess we can talk about Thomas Kuhn later. 

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2014-09-23 20:58:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

My life until the dissertation is done:
Image below is Diego Rivera's "Glorious Victory" depicting the Dulles brothers' overthrow of the Arbenz government in Guatemala in the 1950s.

My life until the dissertation is done:
Image below is Diego Rivera's "Glorious Victory" depicting the Dulles brothers' overthrow of the Arbenz government in Guatemala in the 1950s.___

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2014-09-22 20:26:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This was not a pleasant article to write; however, the topic is important to me for both personal and professional reasons. Feedback is welcome.

This was not a pleasant article to write; however, the topic is important to me for both personal and professional reasons. Feedback is welcome.___

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2014-09-22 19:54:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Wow. This is a boon to intelligence historians, or so it would seem.

___Wow. This is a boon to intelligence historians, or so it would seem.

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2014-09-22 11:03:48 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

John Boehner's view on why there is unemployment:

"Last week John Boehner, the speaker of the House, explained to an audience at the American Enterprise Institute what’s holding back employment in America: laziness. People, he said, have “this idea” that “I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around.” Holy 47 percent, Batman!"

It is not surprising that the leader of the republican party blames unemployment on the unemployed. The fact that there are not enough jobs (i.e. 3 job seekers for every job opening) doesn't matter. Im sure what Boehner really wanted to say was that "Black and Hispanic people don't really want to work", but that would be racist and not just incredibly offensive. 

Of course this line of thinking has led to unprecedented cuts in unemployment benefits bythe republicans ... more »

John Boehner's view on why there is unemployment:

"Last week John Boehner, the speaker of the House, explained to an audience at the American Enterprise Institute what’s holding back employment in America: laziness. People, he said, have “this idea” that “I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around.” Holy 47 percent, Batman!"

It is not surprising that the leader of the republican party blames unemployment on the unemployed. The fact that there are not enough jobs (i.e. 3 job seekers for every job opening) doesn't matter. Im sure what Boehner really wanted to say was that "Black and Hispanic people don't really want to work", but that would be racist and not just incredibly offensive. 

Of course this line of thinking has led to unprecedented cuts in unemployment benefits by the republicans especially at the state level:

"The result is that most of the unemployed have been cut off. Only 26 percent of jobless Americans are receiving any kind of unemployment benefit, the lowest level in many decades. The total value of unemployment benefits is less than 0.25 percent of G.D.P., half what it was in 2003, when the unemployment rate was roughly the same as it is now. It’s not hyperbole to say that America has abandoned its out-of-work citizens."

Why the disdain and meanness to the less fortunate? 

"My question for today is instead one of psychology and politics: Why is there so much animus against the unemployed, such a strong conviction that they’re getting away with something, at a time when they’re actually being treated with unprecedented harshness?"

"Is it race? That’s always a hypothesis worth considering in American politics. It’s true that most of the unemployed are white, and they make up an even larger share of those receiving unemployment benefits. But conservatives may not know this, treating the unemployed as part of a vaguely defined, dark-skinned crowd of “takers.”

Yes it is race. The Tea Party republican party has run on a core platform of racism, misogyny, and homophobia for the last few elections. Despite the fact that a disproportionate percentage of people currently receiving unemployment benefits are white, the racist republican governors have convinced their followers that somehow the Blacks and Hispanics are the moochers who are too lazy to work. Somehow poor whites receiving unemployment benefits and food stamps have been brainwashed by what Professor Krugman refers to as "the closed information loop of the modern right" i.e. Fox News into believing that they have more in common with wealthy white 1%-ers (who view them as moochers and takers) than with low-income Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians.

Using their thinly-veiled (and sometimes just out-in-the-open) racism, the Tea Party republican party has convinced poor and middle income whites that it is a good idea to cut benefits for the Poor and Middle Class so that we can give tax cuts to the 1% (really 0.01%).___

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2014-09-21 19:46:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Around noon

#peoplesclimatemarch   #climatemarch   #peoplesclimate   #climatechange   #activism  

Around noon

#peoplesclimatemarch   #climatemarch   #peoplesclimate   #climatechange   #activism  ___

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2014-09-17 17:44:16 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

A story about my friend Ryan in the Metro today!

http://www.metro.us/boston/news/2014/09/17/cambridge-resident-suing-cia-fbi-public-records/

A story about my friend Ryan in the Metro today!

http://www.metro.us/boston/news/2014/09/17/cambridge-resident-suing-cia-fbi-public-records/___

2014-09-16 15:43:35 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I am skeptical about the intentions of Libertarians who have recently added me.

In case you don't know where I stand, here is a brief list of reasons I loathe libertarians.

1) Libertarians are dishonest when it comes to historical research. They omit, distort, or simply refuse to examine peer reviewed sources. For example, their commentary on the Federalist Period is anachronistic.

2) Libertarians are unaware of historiography and why it matters for making historical assertions. When it comes to law and the US Constitution, libertarians are ignorant about basic concepts of judicial review, jurisprudence, and legal history.

3) Many Libertarian philosophers and politicians worked directly with or admire bigots, tyrants, and fascists. This includes Mises, Hayek, Friedman, Rockwell, and Ron Paul.

4) Many libertarians are simply promoting rhetorical... more »

I am skeptical about the intentions of Libertarians who have recently added me.

In case you don't know where I stand, here is a brief list of reasons I loathe libertarians.

1) Libertarians are dishonest when it comes to historical research. They omit, distort, or simply refuse to examine peer reviewed sources. For example, their commentary on the Federalist Period is anachronistic.

2) Libertarians are unaware of historiography and why it matters for making historical assertions. When it comes to law and the US Constitution, libertarians are ignorant about basic concepts of judicial review, jurisprudence, and legal history.

3) Many Libertarian philosophers and politicians worked directly with or admire bigots, tyrants, and fascists. This includes Mises, Hayek, Friedman, Rockwell, and Ron Paul.

4) Many libertarians are simply promoting rhetorical fig leaves and abstractions for preserving power & privilege structures that already exist: white, male, affluent.

5) Libertarians reject information literacy tools such as evaluating sources and peer review. They often retreat to anti-intellectual positions when asked to verify their sources.

Beyond this, I'm generally disgusted with the libertarian cheerleading of selfishness, neglect of those that need help, and enthusiastic promotion of the removal of civil protections for minorities.

I believe these views flow from willful ignorance of history.

The only libertarian whose views I would respect would be one that would disavow the bigots in their midst and would know enough about history to back up their assertions.

Unfortunately, in the hundreds and possibly thousands of conversations I've had with libertarians, I've never met one who possessed these attributes. ___

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2014-09-02 03:43:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Happy Labor Day!

human highway

Happy Labor Day!

human highway___

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2014-09-01 23:47:14 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2014-08-31 20:09:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This.

This.___

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2014-08-31 16:18:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Reminds me of IT libertarian dudes. There's probably a lot of overlap here.

A gaming nerd rants about the awful state of gaming nerds.

You know what this is going to be about. Nevertheless Arthur Chu manages to keep it entertaining and informative.

#Sarkeesian #FeministFrequency #ZoeQuinn___Reminds me of IT libertarian dudes. There's probably a lot of overlap here.

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2014-08-31 04:12:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Derp

Derp___

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2014-08-31 03:27:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Bribery. It's what free markets crave.

___Bribery. It's what free markets crave.

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2014-08-25 18:15:47 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Libertarians want to protect privilege. Period. They aren't even particularly good at their rhetorical contortions trying to cover that up.

Rand Paul is a douchenozzle.___Libertarians want to protect privilege. Period. They aren't even particularly good at their rhetorical contortions trying to cover that up.

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2014-08-25 15:50:30 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2014-08-23 18:52:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This paper provides eight different types of studies indicating that smaller body size is better for human longevity. By deemphasizing growth, public health programs can emphasize healthful and moderate calorie nutrition with special focus on fetal, childhood and adolescent growth periods. The evidence, based on a variety of studies and ethnic groups, is presented
in this paper. In addition, 11 mechanisms are identified that explain why smaller body size provides a biological advantage.

This paper provides eight different types of studies indicating that smaller body size is better for human longevity. By deemphasizing growth, public health programs can emphasize healthful and moderate calorie nutrition with special focus on fetal, childhood and adolescent growth periods. The evidence, based on a variety of studies and ethnic groups, is presented
in this paper. In addition, 11 mechanisms are identified that explain why smaller body size provides a biological advantage.___

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