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Get some lovelies!!
 
Hey - it seems somehow trivial to be promoting my writing, but given how full of hatefulness everything political has turned into, here's a chance to answer a little quiz and have a chance to win some lovely ceramic work.

Deadline is August 1. The questions are fun. Or at least not deadly serious. And that's something we need more of right now.

http://goo.gl/forms/qBan7EPsn8yPOebk1
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Freeeee eeeeeebook!

And happy birthday, +Daniel Swensen​!
 
It's my birthday, so I'm giving away my book today. My fantasy novel, Orison, is free today only at the Nine Muse Press store! The file is a zip containing the book in .mobi, epub, and PDF formats. Here's what people have to say about the book:

"Orison is a wonderfully written fantasy novel that interweaves the perspective of three great characters: a thief named Story, a banished wizard named Wrynn, and a guard of the queen named Ashen. Each of these characters struggles to navigate the dangers of a city fraught with conspiracies of powerful people who have no qualms about using Story, Wrynn, and Ashen as disposable pawns. Orison is an engaging novel with complex characters that leave me hoping that Swensen will be writing more."

"I've been waiting for a fantasy book like this since I finished Jim Butcher's 'Codex Alera.'"

"Daniel Swensen creates a world and a city that is vivid and a cast of characters that are easy to like and understand. I stood with Story, the protagonist, on the roof tops of Calushain and we watched the mischief below as if it had been painted by Picasso."

"This book is exactly what I love about writing. I love how Swensen just gets into the world seamlessly, where I just felt it was normal. Story, the MC, is a girl that I can see pieces of myself in and is truly someone I want to root for. I loved the pace of the story and the overall development of the different story lines. Once I got past the first chapter, I was hooked and finished the book in a few days."

Please spread the word if you're so inclined! Thanks!

http://ninemusepress.com/books/orison/
by: Daniel Swensen Calushain. A grim, dirty city, with no opportunities for a young female thief, so it’s no surprise Story wants to leave. Yet when she acquires the orison, an artifact with the po…
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+Ambra Vanderpool I really hope you enjoy it!
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Beautiful plus beautiful.

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Carnevale At The “Acqua Alta” Bookstore In Venice

Every year during Carnevale di Venezia, the world’s best costumed models and the world’s best photographers meet in Venice. The models have spent months designing and making their own costumes with the expectation that they will meet the best photographers who will reward them with brilliant photos. Usually, no payment is required and for most people, everyone meets at dawn at San Marco Square, with most people leaving by 10AM, when the tourists arrive.

For the more popular models and photographers, private shoots are the way to go. Details of the costumes are traditionally kept a secret, although some models will leave their favourite photographers clues or even send them pictures of the costumes before hand so that the epic photo shoots can be planned.
This is the first in a series of guest post by Robin Yong. Robin is a travel photographer from Singapore who specializes in people portraits in locations like Italy, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and many others. Every year, he comes to Venice for the Carnival and has built an impressive collection of photographs and stories from that charming event. In this post, Robin ... Read More
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No context for you.

I'd eat a bear monster's heart to get witch powers, yo. Think about how much I could save on tp if I was running around tearing stuff up and pooping in the woods.
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TIL: no.

Sadly, they are just normal eggs. Lame.

http://www.snopes.com/flamingo-egg-yolks-are-pink/

Eff you, flameenkos for destroying my instant excitement about this"fact" by having normal eggs. I hate you now, you shrimp-sucking, backward-kneed, savannah chacken.
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OH, ffs. I know what makes them pink. I didn't know whether their diet affected the color of their egg yolk. Diet does affect the color of yolk (to some degree: pale to a deep orange-red) in chickens. It was worth looking up.
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Photography pals, something you may be interested in.

 
Fellow photographers! My friend and one of my mentors is selling some photo equipment. He's a canon user so this is outside of my world.

If you're interested let me know! Or message him on instagram!

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Skimming the Cream, or A Horror Story in Two Acts

From the end of the war to the mid- to late 70s, average worker compensation in the U.S. increased linearly with productivity. That is, increases in productivity were generally shared across the firm, and a healthy middle class emerged. This is still most people's image of the country -- America circa 1980.

But in the mid-70s, we hit a period of "stagflation," when the economy was flat yet prices were still increasing. Traditional Keynesian (demand-side) economics had trouble explaining this, and supply-side economics became in vogue, particularly with the Right, who like anything that says giving the owners more is better for all.

Since then, increases in productivity have pretty much all gone to those at the very top. Where productivity has increased almost 140%, average compensation barely increased at all in the high single digits.

Over the same time period, the base 90% of households saw their share of the total economic pie drop from a modest 36% (which still isn't all that great considering we're talking about 90% of the population) to the low 20s, now on par with the top 0.1%. The top one-tenth of one percent of all households eat as much of the pie as the bottom 90% combined.

This did not happen in a vacuum. And it did not happen by accident.

As I keep saying, it's NOT that there's no money to be made, or that it's all going overseas. Some of it is, certainly. And these two graphs will of course simplify what is a very complex reality. For example, adjusting for inflation, basic household goods (like food) have dropped in price -- even though it may not seem like it -- such that the average household today is able to buy more stuff than that 9% would indicate. In other words, this isn't ALL the story.

But it is the premise of the story. Average workers are not sharing in economic gains. Period. And not all complicating factors argue in favor of the supply-side model. Taking food as an example, yes, it's cheaper. It's also far shittier and way less healthy. And the household data is often skewed because over this time there's been a BIG increase in the number of two-income families, where both parents need to work in order to tread water.

If you don't remember things being this bad, that's because they weren't.

Now, this is intended to be an economics lesson more than a political post. I'm not arguing for any particular response. Just that there should probably be one that doesn't involve giving corporations and the wealthy even more.
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I can imagine the conversation now between big execs as a secret meeting: "We will use fear and intimidation with our workers. We will make them believe that they have no other employment possibilities. We will throw paltry 3% raises there way while increasing their workload by 10%."
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Elbows off the table! With raisins.
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+Bruce Shark , I didn't know you had exotendons and your skinparts were basically one giant speed-making machine. TIL: your skin tendons are called mysosepta and they are AWESOME. They basically make you into one big slinky speedster.

YOU ARE AWESOME! And so is my shark biology course on +edX .
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Same, sweet sharkface. Same.
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I am thankful as well. Look at the real world example I have to use when I discuss plagiarism and ethos.

#teacherwin 
Teachers and academics discuss plagiarism following Melania Trump's speech
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