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Now that I am allowed to PIN a profile post, I will use it as my old "Story"
I don't work for Google but I am a Google Top Contributor for Google+, meaning I get to work for free but I don't have secret contacts to make things happen. For more information go to http://www.google.com/get/topcontributor/
Born in Argentina
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina
Lived in 3 different countries
Blood type: Red
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_Atl%C3%A9tico_Independiente
Married, 2 kids.
Accountant.
Personal Computer user since 1981
Internet user since 1995.
Social network user since 2007.
Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
Have driven on both sides of the road.
Bilingual: Spanish and English
Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
Favourite music: Too many to make a list.
These days I listen to 97.3fm Brisbane.
www.973fm.com.au
Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution.
Don't be disappointed if I ignore your hangout request. I can't be available 24 hours and I can't have long conversations. I mostly use hangouts with family. Private posts are the best alternative if you don't want to post public questions

My favourite quotes
LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
"Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)

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I am a proud user of Google+ since July 1st, 2011.
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July 28, 1966
Plane lost in Cuba, found in Bolivia
The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed "Dragon Lady", is an American single-jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, high-altitude (70,000 feet; 21,000 m), all-weather intelligence gathering. The U-2 has also been used for electronic sensor research, satellite calibration, and communications purposes.
Early versions of the U-2 were involved in several events through the Cold War, being flown over the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, and Cuba.
On July 28, a U-2 piloted by Captain Robert D. Hickman, had departed Barksdale Air Force Base, just outside Shreveport, Louisiana, on a reconnaissance mission to Cuba. His mission profile required that he check in as he passed over New Iberia. When he failed to check in, a U.S. Navy F-4 Phantom II was launched from Key West, Florida, to intercept the rogue U-2, and the Joint Aerial Reconnaissance Control Center at Key West cleared the navy pilot to fire on the spy plane after his back-seater spotted it. However, the Navy pilot reported he could not close on the target, which was out of Sparrow missile range, before it entered Cuban airspace.
Captain Hickman’s U-2 continued over the island without any response from Cuban air defense forces. It flew until it ran out fuel, then spiraled down and crashed on a plateau near Oruro, Bolivia. Hickman’s body was recovered, and investigators determined that lack of oxygen had caused him to lose consciousness, then to suffocate.
Investigators suspected that an oxygen system failure caused Hickman to lose consciousness but as the pilot had also reported severe headaches, they could not rule out a medical cause.
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Thanks for refreshing my memory! I remember Dragon Lady, but didn't know about the reasons of this incident.
But back then I was 9 yrs. old.☺
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July 27, 1966
Brown Pelican adopted by Louisiana.
The brown pelican became Louisiana's official bird on July 27, 1966. It nests from South Carolina to Brazil. Pelicans are famous for their large bill, the lower portion of which has a pouch which may be greatly extended.
The pelican is featured on Louisiana's flag and state seal, and one of Louisiana's nicknames is "The Pelican State." This bird has been a symbol of Louisiana since the arrival of early European settlers who were impressed with the Pelican's generous and nurturing attitude toward their young.
The birds, depending almost entirely on fish for food, scoop up quantities of water into their pouches as they seize prey from salt water. As the bill is elevated the water dribbles from the mandibles, and the pouch contracts as fish are swallowed. Five pounds of fish a day is the average consumption of a one-month old pelican.
The use of pesticides caused the Brown Pelican, native to the area, to stop nesting along the Gulf coast in the 1960s. By 1966, the bird had disappeared in Louisiana. In 1968, Louisiana began importing fledglings from Florida in an attempt to repopulate the coastline and, in 1970, the Federal Government declared the Brown Pelican an endangered species. Protection of the Brown Pelican's habitat along with repopulation efforts resulted in the Federal Government's declaration, in 1995, that the bird had "recovered" in Louisiana.
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July 25, 1966
You can't hurry love released by The Supremes.
Written and produced by Motown's main production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, it is one of the signature Supremes songs, and also one of Motown's signature releases. It was based on a gospel song entitled "You Can't Hurry God"
The single became The Supremes' seventh number-one hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks, from September 4, 1966 to September 17, 1966, and reaching number one on the soul chart for two weeks. The group performed the song on the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, September 25, 1966.
The Supremes' version of the song is honored by inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's permanent collection of 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll.
The Supremes also released a version sung in Italian: "L'amore verrà" ("Love Will Come").
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If Diana wasn't a selfish person , & had not left the group in January '70 they coud have EASILY had most #1 songs in the history of music !!
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July 23, 1966
Saddam Hussein escapes from prison.
Saddam Hussein, Deputy Secretary of Iraq's Ba'ath Party, escaped from prison after almost two years of incarceration, where he had been held on charges of conspiracy to assassinate President Abdul Rahman Arif.
Saddam and a fellow prisoner were being transported to Baghdad court for a trial, and according to some versions convinced the guards (others say bribed) to stop at a restaurant for lunch.
Too bad the guards haven't heard about snickers
During the meal he went to the bathroom and slipped out of the back door (others say that he slipped out of the truck) and escaped in a waiting car.
Two years later, Saddam would help lead a coup that overthrew President Arif and, in 1979, would become President of Iraq. And it didn't get any better after that.
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July 21, 1966
World population growth
In 1966, it was estimated close to 3.4billions.
50 years later adding approximately 80 millions per year we are 7.4billions. By 2050, this number could rise to more than 9 billion (see chart "World Population Growth, 1950-2050")
Anthropologists believe the human species dates back at least 3 million years. For most of our history, these distant ancestors lived a precarious existence as hunters and gatherers. This way of life kept their total numbers small, probably less than 10 million. However, as agriculture was introduced, communities evolved that could support more people.
World population expanded to about 300 million by A.D. 1 and continued to grow at a moderate rate. But after the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, living standards rose and widespread famines and epidemics diminished in some regions. Population growth accelerated. The population climbed to about 760 million in 1750 and reached 1 billion around 1800.
World population growth accelerated after World War II, when the population of less developed countries began to increase dramatically. After millions of years of extremely slow growth, the human population indeed grew explosively, a billion people were added between 1960 and 1975; another billion were added between 1975 and 1987. Throughout the 20th century each additional billion has been achieved in a shorter period of time.
Human population entered the 20th century with 1.6 billion people and left the century with 6.1 billion.
The overall effects of this growth on living standards, resource use, and the environment will continue to change the world landscape.
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July 29, 1966
Bob Dylan motorcycle accident
Bob Dylan has always been a motorcycle enthusiast, a habit he picked up after acquiring his first two-wheeler—a Harley 45—during his teens. After achieving his early success and moving to Woodstock, New York from Greenwich Village in 1963, he bought a 1964 Triumph T100, a quick and light 500cc, which became his main form of transportation for the next several years.
On July 29, 1966, it almost was the end for Dylan, when he wrecked his treasured Triumph on Striebel Road on the outskirts of Woodstock.
Nobody really knows what caused the wreck other than Dylan and his new wife Sara Lowndes, who was driving behind him after leaving his manager Albert Grossman's house in nearby West Saugherties. Dylan later told biographer Robert Shelton that an oil slick caused him to lose control. But according to playwright Sam Shepard, Dylan said the sun blinded him and he got thrown by the bike.
In his memoir Chronicles, Dylan wrote, “I had been in a motorcycle accident and I'd been hurt, but I recovered. Truth was that I wanted to get out of the rat race. Having children changed my life and segregated me from just about everybody and everything that was going on. Outside of my family, nothing held any real interest for me and I was seeing everything through different glasses.”
Much to the dismay of his fans, it would be eight years before he'd take it back on the road. During his hiatus, however, he did come out of hiding for the occasional live performance, playing a total of four shows over that eight-year span, including the fabled Isle of Wight festival in 1969 and George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.
For years following the accident, there was a lot of controversy about the accident. Did it really happen? Was Dylan making it up just so he could take a much-needed rest? One rumor even held that the accident was a cover, and that in reality Dylan went into rehab to kick drugs. Even today, the crash is still hotly debated, with fans and scholars still referring to Dylan's career in terms of “Pre-Accident” and “Post-Accident.”
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US Election Prediction
This is my prediction for November 8, 2016.
Come back on that day and see how accurate I was.
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July 26, 1966
Mississippi ends prohibition.
Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 (18th ammendment to the constitution) to 1933 (21st ammendment of the constitution).
It was not a ban on drinking but if you couldn't make it or buy it, how were you supposed to drink it?
In Mississippi the prohibition started in 1907
And ended almost 60 years later in July 1966 (33 years later after the nationwide ban was removed).
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July 24, 1966
First BASE jump.
On this day in 1966, Michael Pelkey and Brian Schubert, a couple of 26-year-old skydivers from Barstow, California, completed what is considered to be the very first BASE jump.
BASE jumping is a very extreme activity in which daredevils jump from a fixed object and slow down by releasing a parachute.
BASE is an acronym for the four most popular fixed objects of Buildings, Antennae, Spans, Earth. It is very different from skydiving from a plane, as the distance you fall is far less, and so you have far less time and space to open your parachute in time.
Michael Pelkey and Brian Schubert both leapt off the cliff of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, a 975-metre tall granite monolith and the second highest unbroken cliff anywhere in the world (the tallest is Mount Thor on Baffin Island, Canada). Both of them were injured upon landing; especially Schubert, who broke both his legs.
Their antics inspired other thrill-seekers, and the sport of BASE jumping officially began 12 years later.
On October 15, 2006 Michael Pelkey and Brian Schubert decided to jump off the 275-metre tall New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia, where BASE jumping is legal for six hours every year.
It was only to be their third and second ever base jumps respectively, a full 40 years after their descent down El Capitan. Tragically, Schubert took too long to open his parachute, and fell to his death at the age of 66.
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July 22, 1966
Quaker Instant Oatmeal.
In 1877 Quaker Oats registered as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal. The trademark was registered with the U.S. Patent Office as "a figure of a man in 'Quaker garb.'" Both former owners, Henry Seymour and William Heston, claimed to have selected the Quaker name as a symbol of good quality and honest value.
In 1890, the American Cereal Company runs a special all-Quaker Oats train from Cedar Rapids, IA to Portland, OR and introduces the first ever "trial-size samples." 1/2 oz. sample boxes of Quaker Oats are delivered to every mailbox in Portland, OR.
In 1966, Quaker Instant Oatmeal is introduced.
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Wow....this a business story to emulate...as back as 1890...interestingly
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G+ Web Preview Update July 20
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* 182 bugs fixed
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  • I don't work for Google but I am a Google Top Contributor for Google+, meaning I get to work for free but I don't have secret contacts to make things happen. For more information go to http://www.google.com/get/topcontributor/
  • Born in Argentina 
  • Lived in 3 different countries
  • Blood type: Red
  • Married, 2 kids.
  • Accountant. 
  • Personal Computer user since 1981
  • Internet user since 1995. 
  • Social network user since 2007.
  • Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
  • Have driven on both sides of the road.
  • Bilingual: Spanish and English
  • Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
  • Favourite music: Too many to make a list. Watch what I am listening to.
  • Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
  • Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution. 
  • LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
  • "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
  • "Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
  • "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
  • "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)
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I am a user of Google+ since July 1st, 2011. I have been adapting to the changes since then.
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