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News show host and newspaper publisher.
  • Google Plus Week & Newspaper Publisher
    Host, 2011 - present
  • McDermott Report
    Host, 2011 - 2012
  • Warren County Report Newspaper
    Publisher, 2006 - 2012
  • Frederick County Report Newspaper
    Publisher, 2009 - 2012
  • The Lynchburg Times
    Publisher, 2010 - 2012
  • U.S. Embassy London, England
    Grunt, 1985 - 1986
  • The Washington Star
    Paper boy, 1980 - 1981
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
    Teacher then Dir. of Communications, 1990 - 1999
  • Deltek Systems
    Programmer, 1993 - 1994
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Bentonville, Va.
Dacca, Bangladesh - Okinawa, Japan - London, England - Brussels, Belgium - Kifisia, Greece - New Dehli, India - Monrovia, Liberia - Lynchburg, Va. - Manassas, Va. - Fairfax, Va. - Islamabad, Pakistan
Host of Google Plus Week
I'm the host of the web TV show Google Plus Week and the publisher of three newspapers in Virginia: Warren County Report, Frederick County Report and The Lynchburg Times. They have a combined readership of about 70,000.

I also host daily News & Technology shows on Google+ and YouTube Live

If you are looking for information on my studio setup click here.

I am a former teacher and director at Randolph-Macon Academy where I oversaw the school's installation of internet connectivity in every dormitory room and classroom on campus in the mid 90s. We were the first school in the nation to do so. I also founded the school's low-cost internet service R-MA OnLine.

In 1993 I left R-MA for a year to work as a database programmer and write a computer game that sold over 110,000 copies.

I am a former radio talk show host who still fills in from time to time for the noon hour on WFTR and WZRV in Front Royal.

I am the son of a U.S. foreign service officer and was born in Okinawa, Japan. I have lived in more than 20 countries, mainly in Europe, Asia and Africa.

I am a classic example of a creative person with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a curse I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy and the greatest gift I have ever received.
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I had a cameo as "the evil print reporter" in Real Housewives of Washington, D.C. I have lived all over the world from poverty-stricken countries in between civil wars to the fanciest neighborhood on Abbey Rd. in London. I prefer something in between.
  • Fork Union Military Academy
    1983 - 1986
  • Fork Union Military Academy
    1983 - 1986
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Border Crisis: Palin vs. Obama

I discussed Sarah Palin's call for the impeachment of President Obama and the causes of the crisis on the US-Mexican border on The Weekend Show with Kenny Shelton Saturday July 12, 2014. We also discussed President Obama's use of executive orders to implement portions of the Dream Act and how his use of executive authority compares to previous presidents. I'm on the show every Saturday right after the 11 am Eastern/8 am Pacific network news.

Tune in every Saturday from 10am to 12pm for The Weekend Show with Kenny Shelton on Lynchburg's Talk Station 100.9 WIQO and 106.3 FM in Danville, and Talk Radio for the New River Valley, 102.5 WBZS. Learn about the events going on in your area!

You can also listen live on your phone, tablet or desktop computer by visiting

I can be found lurking on Google+ at
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+Dan McDermott you got your facts right and you spectacularly mislead people with them at the same time.   I agree with you that Sarah Palin doesn't get her facts right most of the time and that that rarely gets in the way of her standing in front of a camera.   I hope she would just disappear from the scene because she is a distraction.  Sad too, because she has charisma and could have helped the cause.
The quantity of executive orders is not the salient point.   All presidents have used them to varying degrees.  That's not what matters and what disturbs many people about Obama's use of the device.   He implements in executive orders what are laws that congress wouldn't pass.  He creates legislation by executive fiat, not simply ordering implementations of enacted laws.  Deciding not to enforce laws that have been passed by congress and signed by a president is a failure to perform his responsibilities.   The number of E/O's is not what matters, it's the nature and content of the specific orders that are flagrant violations of the people's rights and the separation of powers.
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Here's a cool story in our new issue about some adorable red panda cubs born in town

The Smithsonian's main endangered species research facility is in Front Royal.
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FREE TO READ: The Late July 2014 Issue of Warren & Frederick County Report Newspaper!

Enjoy! It's right on the home pages of and
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That time a British guy got drunk in France (via my dad)

This happened to an Englishman in France who was totally drunk.
The French policeman stops his car and asks the gentleman if he has been drinking.  With great difficulty, the Englishman admits that he has been drinking all day, that his daughter got married in the morning to a French man, and that he drank champagne and a few bottles of wine at the reception and a quite few glasses of single malt thereafter. 

Quite upset, the policeman proceeds to alcotest (breath test) him and asks the Englishman if he knows under French Law why he is going to be arrested.

The Englishman answers with humour: "No sir, I do not!  But while we're asking questions, do you know that this is a British car and my wife is driving... on the other side !!

Special for my mates +Mike Downes and +Lord Parker :-)
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Ha ha ... Stoopid Frenchies.... you;d have thought the observant among us would have noticed a lack of a steering wheel.. I bet he doesn't make Detective Grade
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LIVE HD VIDEO: Our Android Week 7/07/2014  (Please comment and we’ll read them live!)  

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00:00  •  Samsung Gear Fail? 
00:00  •  Amazon UK launches a dedicated storefront for wearable devices

00:00  •  Flying to the US? Make sure your devices are charged

00:00  •  LG G Watch available from AT&T July 11 for $229 (less 50% discount if you also by an LG G3) 


00:00  •  Samsung to shut down its Video and Media Hub August 1 

00:00  •  Google will keep absolute control over the look and feel of Android Wear

00:00  •  Android L developer preview ported to the Nexus 4 
00:00  •  Android Wear App Section Added To the Google Play Store, Including A Ton Of Updated Apps [Update: 10 More] 
00:00  • [Bug Watch] Paid Apps Cannot Be Installed On Android Wear, Play Store Encryption Likely At Fault

00:00  • Google adds ‘Occasionally’ reminder option to Google Now 

Coming up Friday on Google Plus Week
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Your keyboard example is fine except for one thing... Keyboards are installable and can be changed at will. TouchWiz cannot.

I agree that Google is learning from developers of 3rd party apps. That's how OS development goes. Stuff gets added that was part of some 3rd party innovation. Nothing I'm saying would stop that. I just want OEMs to differentiate with their hardware and services. Leave the OS itself alone. Or at least follow the guidelines for a consistent platform experience.
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Two of my friends hit YouTube milestones yesterday.

Kudos to +Audrey Scherer for hitting the 10,000 subscriber mark and to +Craig Shipp for snagging 6,000. Well earned!
+Audrey Scherer's video channel hit 10,000 subscribers today: and my channel hit 6,000 on the same day! - your thoughts +Dan McDermott and +Brad Chasenore?   
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+Craig Shipp sorry for late reply  good on you mate  :) well done. 
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LIVE VIDEO: Google Plus Week 7/11/2014 (Please comment!)

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0:00:00  •  Welcome the panel 

Google and Google+

0:00:00 • Way to screw up Google Drive 

0:00:00 • . shutting down Orkut on Sept. 30

0:00:00 • Larry Page tells his employees to eat cake 
0:00:00 •  compares Google’s product approach to Apple’s and more

0:00:00 • In Google Newsroom, Brazil Defeat Is Not A Headline 

0:00:00 • .Inside Google’s Big Plan to Race Amazon to Your Door

0:00:00 •  After short revival, Google service disruptions in China return 

0:00:00 • Use Your Mind to Control Google Glass 

0:00:00 • Google Maps Update Lets You Measure Distances (or Aimlessly Doodle) 
0:00:00 • .Google creates geography game (and it’s fun!)

0:00:00 • Google, Dropbox band together to fight patent trolls 

0:00:00 • Google gently tells users to blame ISPs for poor YouTube performance

Other News

0:00:00 • 'Practical' Google exec caught in fatal sex web 
0:00:00 •  Facebook tries to explain motives for secret user experiments

0:00:00 •  Guy launches kickstarter to raise $10 to make potato salad. It went well

0:00:00 •  Steven Spielberg didn’t really kill a dinosaur
0:00:00 •  Wal-Mart's Future Fleet of Transformers is BADASS

Monday on Our Android Week

0:00:00 •  Correct Google Now with 'No, I said' command 
0:00:00 •  Mirror your Android screen to the TV with Chromecast 
0:00:00 • .Kyocera adopting sapphire crystal for upcoming smartphone? 
0:00:00 •  Global tablet shipments decline for first time, large screen phones to blame?
0:00:00 •  LG's new wearable is a child tracker that lets parents listen in
0:00:00 •  FTC accuses T-Mobile of intentionally lying to customers, excessive charges

0:00:00 •  *How was your Google Plus Week?*
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You totally missed the flappy bird potato salad story, this show is slipping...
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Hmm... So one of my computers which runs Windows XP is still getting updates...
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For your future security  , The title say it all : Shut Down Windows
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<rant>Serious Question: Why do conservative sites have SO MUCH more spam and pop-ups than liberal sites?</rant>

The post below is a classic example. You get there and there is an auto-play video (GRRRRR) that adds absolutely NOTHING to the story. It's some monotone guy reading three paragraphs from the story you are about to read. (After a 30 second ad, of course. The video itself is 36 seconds. Of nothing.) [As an aside, one of the most helpful things +Google Chrome ever did was add the little speaker icon in tabs so you could tell "WHERE IS THE SOUND COMING FROM??????"]

I see a general trend in newspaper sites where they do a horrible video (even big sites like The +Washington Post) that adds nothing to the text of the story. It's just a play for an ad. A 90 second throw-away video. But I see sites like the conservative paper +The Washington Times doing awful things like pop-ups and just billions of crazy ads.

I know they are trying to make money and most of these sites aren't. And I really appreciate the ability to read good quality content without paying for it. (I know every trick in the book to avoid paywalls.) And I support ads. I don't use an ad blocker. I want them to make money and to keep producing good content. But I read sites from all political viewpoints and I definitely see a pattern. The liberals are definitely better at not pissing off readers than the conservatives.
Glenn Beck said bringing soccer balls, teddy bears, and hot meals to illegal immigrants who have been detained along the U.S.-Mexico border will be the most right thing he has ever done.
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I've noticed that as well.  I have a lot of conservative friends on facebook, and their linked articles are always a mess.   Perhaps they assume that since their audience tends to be a bit older, they can get away with bad design and ads.
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Prince William County police offer drug suspects treatment while they're being arrested.

Very interesting. Tired of arresting the same offenders over and over again, the police offer to have a chaplain drive them immediately to a treatment center.

What is so surprising to me is that this is very unusual.
After arresting dozens of people, the police arranged to get them into drug treatment immediately, an unusual step for law enforcement.
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I think prisons should work to pay for themselves. This would help train the prisoners with job skills and relieve burden from tax payers.

They should also have facilities for detox, rehab, and have classrooms setup to allow prisoners to enroll in both high school diploma programs and online degree programs. Although I'm not sure how the degree programs should be paid for, since I doubt very many prisoners would take on extra duties to cover it themselves, which puts it back on the tax payers.

In short, make prison a hand up system instead of making it extra baggage on their life. Still needs to be a punishment too though, so they need to work for it.
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Some awesome annual visitors in my backyard. Wild raspberries! They're all over the place. Even in the middle of the lawn. And yes, they're delicious!

Might have to make some preserves before the birds and black bears eat them all. 
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I suppose it's their garden at that point but yes. Also wild turkeys, deer, raccoon, squirrels, groundhogs and cougars, although the cats are rare and hard to spot.
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Google Europe and the "right to be forgotten"
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A redacted file. How I loath thee
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