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If you are in support of the Second Amendment, we should have a real discussion.

1. What counter-evidence would it take for you not to be in support of private ownership of firearms?

2. What evidence (anecdotes and facts) in recent history can you provide that demonstrate a positive impact on society from the private ownership of firearms?

I squarely fit into the camp to eliminate private ownership of all firearms. However, we can and should have a discussion about your opinion. To have an open discussion, you and I must be willing to change our minds. To facilitate I'm ripping a page from ‪#‎onrac‬ ‪#‎OhNoRossAndCarrie‬: (http://ohnopodcast.com/investigations/2011/8/1/ross-and-carrie-go-mormon-part-2-what-no-underwear.html 44m) "If this is going to be a conversation, we both have to be willing to be wrong. And that means if I have really strong counter-evidence for your claims, you have to be willing to say, 'Okay. I've been wrong. I'm walking away from my faith.' And if you convince me that there's enough evidence for what you're saying, then I have to be willing to give up my doubts and go with it. Otherwise this is a monologue." To have a real discussion and to avoid the endless monologues on social media, I ask you the two questions above.

If you are in support of elimination of private ownership of firearms, you should think about the inverse. What counter-evidence would it take for you to be in support of private ownership of firearms? (Or you can take mine.)

We need to have real discussions about this and many other issues. And if you or I are not open and willing to change, then we have a problem.
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Good article. "A cherished myth of American politics (indeed, of democracy generally) is that it's fundamentally about persuasion, the contest of ideas. But in a political system already biased against action, in which members of both parties are becoming more ideologically and even psychologically distant, persuasion on issues that activate tribal identities is all but impossible."
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Praise both my child's results and her efforts. Foster an environment that's destined for success but accepts failure. Fuel the internal passion for learning and growing above all else. 

Much easier said than done but the first step is to get my bearings. 

"Above all else, we taught her to fear failure. That fear is what has destroyed her love of learning." http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/08/when-success-leads-to-failure/400925/

Also, this sounds akin to employee-management issues for developers. 
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This is such a tough one, +Andre Alforque! 
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Hard work. Proper training. Practice. 
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You should be very excited about this documentary on Uranium not only because it sounds utterly fascinating but also because +Veritasium is your host! 

Documentary Dates:
US: PBS, July 28 & 29 @ 10pm ET / 9pm Central
France & Germany: July 31 @ 10pm
Australia: August 6, 13, 20 @ 8:30pm EST

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First attempt to view comet with binoculars fails. Even chimping the camera proves futile. I resort to photo processing to view the comet Lovejoy amid the light pollution of Chicago city lights. 

Reference: http://earthsky.org/space/watch-for-comet-lovejoy 
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Progress in America
To Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Mark Kirk, and Representative Mike Quigley,

In light of US Attorney General investigations into Chicago PD, I want to know what is being done to protect both the rights of citizens and the lives of our law enforcement person...
To Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Mark Kirk, and Representative Mike Quigley, In light of US Attorney General investigations into Chicago PD, I want to know what is being done to protect both the rights of citizens and the live...
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Review: Scrum by Jeff Sutherland
Quick book review:  http://amzn.com/038534645X This book inspires me to be a better Scrum Master for the team. It provides solid advice to incrementally improve not only our team performance but also my personal skills. Biggest takeaways: Work as a team in ...
Quick book review:  http://amzn.com/038534645X This book inspires me to be a better Scrum Master for the team. It provides solid advice to incrementally improve not only our team performance but also my personal skills. Bigge...
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Dear Daughter,

This Father's Day I'd like to reflect on the father I am. 

First and foremost, I am not perfect. Nobody's perfect, but parents especially feel pressure, both internal and external; they are relied upon as responsible guardians of their children.

As an introvert, you will find me behind-the-scenes. While Mommy does a great job planning and executing fun activities and vacations, I'm at my best doing chores around the house, keeping your clothes and shoes fit as you grow, changing your wet diaper no matter the situation and location. I'm perhaps most comfortable behind the lens of a camera, removed from the action. I love and cherish our one-on-one time, like quick trips to the playground or occasional visit to the ice cream shop.

I completely condone and actively pursue experimental methods. I do my best to learn from failure: the method is as successful as it is painful. It's especially painful when I raise my voice to get your attention to keep you safe; you react with painful tears. But it's almost always my own failure of getting you into bad situations or habits, or a lapse in my attention. I do my best to learn from my own failures, to find effective ways to help you learn and experience the world in a safe and responsible manner.

I am more logical than most, quickly finding the B's and C's between A-to-D's. But as you grow and mature, you constantly challenge my theories. Although causing an insane amount of confusion, it continually reminds me to acknowledge and check my biases. A child's B's and C's are simple, but based off such a smaller set than adults that I often cannot find that seemingly magical path right when it's plainly in front of my eyes. This serves a reminder that other adults have different ways of thinking than I know; that even in adult life I must assume nothing.

I love you for the person you are, and will love you for the person you will be. Your growth and maturity are both my responsibility, and my own source for growth and maturity. You make me the father I am, and will be.

Love,
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Straight from the heart.  Alexis is blessed you are her Dad.
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"You're looking at the world with a bias whether you think you are or not." +SmarterEveryDay

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Blizzard-like conditions in Chicago. So it's like a blizzard but not an actual one. In other words, it's snowing outside. :p
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Huge props to +Derek Muller for not only sticking to his ideas and the science, but also expressing his feelings towards the matter. 
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Andre Aguto Alforque
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  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Computer Science, 1996 - 2000
  • Paraclete High School
    1992 - 1996
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
    1986 - 1992