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TL;DR: "Addiction is an adaptation. It's not you. It's your cage."
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....
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Strangely, I wonder why I am addicted to the Internet. Though only when I am bored...

Interestingly I wonder if alcohol is an exception. What I hear from alcoholics is that it is strongly physiological, and even very positive social situations involving alcohol can trigger a relapse.

The drugs mentioned in the article are direct reward triggering drugs, so it may be that reward drugs can be substituted by a reward situation.
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Snowden continues to impress. Well worth your reading time:
Mass surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden sat down with journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald for a Reddit AMA (ask me anything).
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Android Wear has the depth and flexibility to let you build a unique wearable experience. #androidwear   #developers  
Check out this updated overview of the Android Wear platform by +Timothy Jordan. There's a lot more to come, but this is the picture today as you start or continue developing your groundbreaking Android Wear user experiences.

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As a measles outbreak spreads across the US, with 14 states now affected, the advocates of letting deadly epidemics run wild are finding themselves suddenly unpopular:

Members of the anti-vaccine movement said the public backlash had terrified many parents. “People are now afraid they’re going to be jailed,” said Barbara Loe Fisher, the president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a clearinghouse for resisters. “I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s gotten so out of hand, and it’s gotten so vicious.”

This is not, to be honest, an unreasonable fear: it turns out that when you recklessly engage in conduct which places another person (or the general public) in danger of death or serious bodily injury, you may well have a reason to fear that people might want you to go to jail. The technical term is "reckless endangerment." And when people -- especially children -- start actually dying because of your actions, you may well have reason to fear that your neighbors may suggest that you find some other neighbors, starting right away.

The reaction to this outbreak has, however, offered me some real hope. I suspect that as soon as people remember just why people were so terrified of these diseases, the popularity of the "anti-vaccine" movement is likely to plummet, largely at the hands of people who don't feel like being put in mortal danger by their neighbors' fears. Hopefully, this movement will be gone and forgotten before too many people die. (But I want to be honest here: people are going to die. Mostly kids.)

We should recognize that there are real access problems in some parts of the country: the government pays for vaccines but not the doctor's time, and if you get paid by the hour and don't have a car, simply the time to go to the doctor is a major factor. But we know how to fix these problems: the mobile vaccination stations that helped end the polio epidemic of the 1950's are proof of that.

The best proof by far, though, is that some states are doing a great job to this day. It turns out that the winner is Mississippi, which has managed to achieve a 99.7% immunization rate for the most serious diseases! They've done this through a combination of a strong public health program and not messing around with their laws. You can read more about what they've done, and how they stack up against other states, at .

I suggest a three-point strategy:

(1) Make sure that the CDC-approved vaccine schedule is available to every person. Task an agency with achieving as close to 100% coverage as possible; the only people who shouldn't be getting these are people for whom there is a medical reason not to.

(2) Educate the public about what's going on and why. Don't be afraid to pull out the old videos and show people of just why measles is not a "thing you just get over." 

(3) Starting in areas where vaccination is already reliably available, and ultimately spreading to all areas of the country, impose criminal liability for the deliberate failure to vaccinate without medical reason, under existing laws for reckless endangerment and/or child endangerment. 

My parents and their generation got to watch their families and their friends die from these diseases. I don't want to do the same.

h/t to +Kyla Myers for the WaPo article about Mississippi's success. Another very interesting article to read is, from the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, which goes through the reasons why people aren't getting vaccinated and proposes several ways to help fix it. Thanks to +James Salsman for that one.

Special thanks to +Steve Esterly for his thorough critique of a previous version of this post, and in particular catching that I had misinterpreted the JAAPA article in a rather important way. 
As officials in 14 states grapple with a measles outbreak, the parents at the heart of America’s anti-vaccine movement are being blamed for a public-health crisis.
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Oh, that explains the women in SA that were referred to terror court for driving.  Everything becomes clear.
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"We discovered a dev-friendly world with scant traces of the Android horror stories we had in the backs of our minds." Via +Matias Duarte
Good short read. h/t +Cheryl Lindo Jones​
Information Architects Inc. designs and builds interactive products. Focusing on the essence, our sites and apps outgrow the competition. iA runs offices in Tokyo and Zurich.
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Yes! A thousand times yes. I was just thinking about how regional planning and taxes would benefit the Bay Area. And it turns out that Minneapolis-St. Paul instituted this a generation ago and have thrived at all socioeconomic levels as a result.

It's time to act, Bay Area.

Question: what's the next step?
No other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well. What’s its secret?
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"Crazy comparisons"
Wow. There are quite a few people talking about yesterday’s Canalys estimate of 720,000 Android Wear shipments in the last six months of 2014. And most of that talk is ridiculous, with little to no perspective on the market itself. All of the doom and gloom I’m reading about Android Wear may yet come to pass, but to…
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Why the smart home revolution is still nascent: "only 36 percent of people under the age of 35 own their own homes"
IOTAS wants to help renters get onboard the Internet of Things by selling smart home equipment to their landlords.
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+Chacho Jones - not from the perspective of smart phone manufacturers. They would like more people to own their homes so that people could customize them more.
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The cities more amenable to building housing should stop being so nice to the cities least likely to build housing. I wonder where this goes...
San Francisco lets Silicon Valley push it around like the school bully in an '80s teen comedy. We're at each other's throats trying to cope...
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I think SF should sue Google for treating their SF office like an ugly stepchild.
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