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This wildlife bridge (ecoduct) provides a safe crossing path for wildlife amidst the danger of highways. We can be kind by using our intelligence to live with nature and not just in it.

Location : Highway A50, Netherlands
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I'm not a Google employee, nor am I eating donuts, but I felt compelled to share this pic someone posted on FB:
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WTF is wrong with people? And by people I mean robots. And by robots I mean the mindless folk running many of the companies in this world.

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Generally speaking, the U.S. is a great place to live. However, we occasionally have to stand up and say something when politicians are completely irresponsible and, in a zombie-like manner, plod towards foolish lawmaking without even comprehending what they're signing away. PLEASE read this and contact your representative.
In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.

Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.

Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don't believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.

This is why I signed on to the following open letter with many other founders - http://dq99alanzv66m.cloudfront.net/sopa/img/12-14-letter.pdf
See also: http://americancensorship.org/ and http://engineadvocacy.org/

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I love Amazon reviewers. They're the best reviewers on the planet. The reviews of pepper spray only prove it.

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Random interesting trivia of the day: I had to look up where .za was from, and here's the wiki-xplanation for why it means South Africa:


[...] None of the official names for South Africa can be abbreviated to ZA, which is an abbreviation of the Dutch Zuid-Afrika. This is a legacy of when Dutch was an official language in South Africa, before being replaced by Afrikaans, in which the name of the country is Suid-Afrika. [...]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.za

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I feel bad for this guy. Apparently he's been hanging from the Tappan Zee by a long wire since 10:45 this morning, protesting local govt corruption. I feel bad because the way things are shaping up, his cause will soon be forgotten and he'll be branded as "The Dangler". Nobody needs that nickname.
http://www.thedailygreenburgh.com/news/dangling-protester-hangs-tappan-zee-bridge
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