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2048 is a stupid, annoying, horribly addictive game. And after lots of cursing and swearing and more hours than I'd like to admit, I've beaten it. Yay me!
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Getbatman would be even more addictive!!! www.weriff.com/getbatman combine superheroes until you get Batman :D
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Almost certainly so.  
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This article offers the clearest, most incisive and most damming account of the current drive for military action in Syria. This is a 'must read' article.
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Topher Field has produced a brilliant video arguing that stopping or reducing climate change is 50 times more expensive than adapting to the effects of climate change.  Watch this video here :

The 50 to 1 Project

For more, visit http://www.50to1.net
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Following on from the Lavabit shutdown, I'm very sad to read that P.J. has decided to shutter Groklaw too.

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20130818120421175

For those who don't know Groklaw; way back in 2003, the SCO group made the explosive claim that some of their proprietary code had been included in Linux in violation of their copyright.  According to SCO, all linux users, whether private or commercial, were breaking the law.  SCO was not willing to disclose which code was in violation but they were offering to sell licences to Linux users so that they could protect themselves against future litigation.  Many lawsuits ensued.

As a Linux user and a paralegal professional, P.J. started Groklaw to keep users informed on the progress of the legal battle.  While initially concerned with the SCO / Linux legal battle, Groklaw's scope expanded over the years and for me it became the go-to place for up-to-date information on any IT related lawsuit in the US.

I'm very sad to see Groklaw close but I understand her reasons for doing so.  This is a sad day for freedom.
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Following on from the Lavabit shutdown, I'm very sad to read that P.J. has decided to shutter Groklaw too.

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20130818120421175

For those who don't know Groklaw; way back in 2003, the SCO group made the explosive claim that some of their proprietary code had been included in Linux in violation of their copyright.  According to SCO, all linux users, whether private or commercial, were breaking the law.  SCO was not willing to disclose which code was in violation but they were offering to sell licences to Linux users so that they could protect themselves against future litigation.  Many lawsuits ensued.

As a Linux user and a paralegal professional, P.J. started Groklaw to keep users informed on the progress of the legal battle.  While initially concerned with the SCO / Linux legal battle, Groklaw's scope expanded over the years and for me it became the go-to place for up-to-date information on any IT related lawsuit in the US.

I'm very sad to see Groklaw close but I understand her reasons for doing so.  This is a sad day for freedom.
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News outlets have reported that a senior White House official has been sacked following an investigation that revealed he was making unfavourable posts about the government on Twitter.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24637160

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/10/nsc-aide-admits-twitter-attack-on-white-house-175722.html

According to the reports, Jofi Joseph was the man behind the twitter identity @natsecwonk. From this Twitter account (which has since been deleted), Jofi posted a string of highly critical and sometimes very offensive comments regarding his colleagues and bosses at the White House.  Jofi's identity was discovered following a months long probe to identify the owner of the account.

While employers ought to have the right to sack employees who bring them into disrepute, I think there is much more worrying edge to this story.  The White House is not a regular employer.  The White House is the head of the American Government.  The sacking of Jofi Joseph appears to have come following an investigation by the very highest authority in the USA to discover the identity of the person behind a few unfavourable but not apparently illegal twitter posts.

This story reveals that the White House, the State Department and other government agencies have devoted governmental resources to discover the real-world identity of a pseudonymous critic.  If they have investigated this dissident, have they investigated others?  Are they investigating all?  Anyone who values freedom of speech, or indeed freedom of any kind, ought to be very worried by this revelation.
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This is worth sharing.  Thanks to +Tom de Lorenzo, +Amanda BillyRock and most especially, Marjane Satrapi, for this so often neglected truth.
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+RT has published a disturbing article by Tony Gosling ( http://rt.com/op-edge/west-us-nazi-war-syria-210/ ).  I'm not sure how much credence to give it but as a non-mainstream view of post-war history it does raise some interesting avenues of thought.
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I just watched +Larken Rose very insightful video - "The Jones Plantation".  You don't abolish slavery by changing the words.

Thank you, Larken Rose.
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Just to the right of the bank, Rowans is a clean and friendly cafe/restaurant. They offer a selection of cooked breakfasts, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, pastas, and classic cooked dinners like shepherds pie or liver and baron. Prices range from £1.20 for toast to £10.95 for a sirloin steak. Wifi is available. Stop here if you are in the area. You won't go away disappointed.
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