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G+ isn't letting me plus 1 things today. So all you lovely folks consider your posts plus 1'd one more time.
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well, it just let me plus 1 your comment.

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The local grocery store managed to over charge me more than $10 on a $40 order. Multiple items that were advertised on sale (and had signs hanging in the store) run up either not at all on sale or on much less of a sale than advertised. I caught one at the time of check out and just swung by the customer service desk on my way out to get it corrected. The lady working the service desk knew exactly what I was talking about as soon as I mentioned it. Which seems a little suspicious.

Then after I got home I spotted some more error. I needed to fill up my car with gas, and I have a tire that's a little low on air, so I planned to get back out anyway. And on that trip I ran back by. This was a different lady at the service desk. But she also seemed to know exactly what I was talking about, what the proper price was, what the item actually rang up as, etc.

This sort of thing has happened several times at this store before. But this time I noticed that it was almost like the customer service people had been trained on it. They are aware enough of the problem to be able to quickly fix it when I show up to complain. But not aware enough of the problem to actually fix it?

I have a feeling this is being done intentionally. It is Super Bowl weekend. And we're also hosting the Pond Hokey National Championships this weekend. So there are a lot of tourists about.

http://adulthockey.usahockey.com/news_article/show/607809?referrer_id=706923

I bet if I go back tomorrow and buy another bag of Frito's they'll still ring up full price.
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Is it a local store or a chain? Because the latter has far less control than you probably imagine.

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They made it sound a lot worse than it was in the video.

Actually you know what, I'd love to see some research where they have a computer evaluate the emotions displayed in a scene and then compare it to what political blogs said they saw. Someone sciency get on that!

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This reminded me I need to phone in a refill at my local pharmacy. 
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The first time Norma saw these she thought she was going crazy. It doesn't get cold enough for this to happen back in Tennessee. And it's not exactly common here in northern Wisconsin either.
 
Light Pillars over Alaska
What's happening behind those houses? Pictured here are not auroras but nearby light pillars, a nearby phenomenon that can appear as a distant one. In most places on Earth, a lucky viewer can see a Sun-pillar, a column of light appearing to extend up from the Sun caused by flat fluttering ice-crystals reflecting sunlight from the upper atmosphere.

Usually these ice crystals evaporate before reaching the ground. During freezing temperatures, however, flat fluttering ice crystals may form near the ground in a form of light snow, sometimes known as a crystal fog. These ice crystals may then reflect ground lights in columns not unlike a Sun-pillar. The featured image was taken in Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks in central Alaska.  

Image & info via APOD
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Light Pillars - Read & Learn:
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/lpil.htm

Image Credit & Copyright: Allisha Libby

#naturalphenomena   #lightpillars  
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Who needs an action deck for Set Rising?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/steveminty/anubis-and-osiris-luxury-playing-cards-by-steve-mi

Also, the new G+ interface doesn't seem to let me pick a sub-topic for the community other than Rules & Advice? 
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Brad Beek, who does some (most? all?) of the music for Gravity Falls has posted lots of stuff on SoundCloud.

https://soundcloud.com/bradbreeck
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I'll check it out later

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Men are attracted to the idea of dating intelligent women - but don't actually like the reality of it. That's according to researchers who carried out several studies into what men find desirable in women. The findings, to be published in the November edition of ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’, concluded that men find the propect of dating intelligent women intimidating.
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The comment below the article raises some good points, no matter how anecdotally true I find the headline to be.

Fortunately my wife is much smarter than I am..

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How to stop the sexual harassment of women in science: reboot the system
My latest for +The Conversation: There have been several high-profile cases of renowned scientists who have been found to have acted against sexual harassment legislation for up to 10 years. In one case, a prominent astronomer forced students to attend work meetings in strip clubs; in other cases, famous scientists physically groped students or tried to pressure them to reciprocate their sexual and romantic feelings.

For the most part, institutions simply give these men one-off training. One university suspended a serial harasser for one year - he is due to come back to work in July. Meanwhile, nine of his students have left due to his harassment, bullying and erratic behaviour over recent years.

In these cases, the universities involved carried out investigations finding that the professors were in violation of sexual harassment law. These men went from one high profile position to another whilst continuing their abuse of power. One professor was even granted an honorary Emeritus Professorship after the university's investigation was made public.

The system is telling us that we'd rather lose bright, junior women scholars, in order to protect so-called academic "superstars."

I also show that the issue of abuse is broader, with senior scientists attacking vulnerable students of minority backgrounds when they speak out against racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination.

It's time to reboot the culture in science. In this article, I discuss strategies that everyone can use to end harassment, including:

* Speaking up when you see someone being harassed
* Leading by example
* Providing easier ways to report, such as through information escrows
* Ensuring anti-harassment policies are working, through confidential consultation and a thorough evaluation of impact
* Making safety a daily priority, especially for managers
* Strategic planning
* Taking a collective stance against harassment.

There are national and regional programs that aim to transform how universities and research organisations make gender equity and diversity a priority, including the program that I'm managing in Australia, +Science in Australia Gender Equity. Half of the higher education sector is involved in making changes to eliminate discrimination, harassment and bias, and creating a more inclusive culture. Ending harassment is one important piece of the puzzle. 

Read more about the issue and solutions in my article.

Commenting Policy
Note that I do not allow abuse, personal attacks, or denialism of harassment. My article and my various other writing details the research showing that sexual harassment is a major problem, particularly for women researchers who feel unsafe at work, and fearful of reporting formally. If you want to contribute to a discussion on solutions in a respectful way, let's have a conversation! If not, I will delete comments that violate my commenting policy.  

Individuals who want to question the definition or severity of harassment are not welcome, because the entire internet is filled with spaces where you can sprout such ignorance. My threads are not such a place. The law is clear: sexual harassment is defined as someone making an “unwelcome sexual advance, or an unwelcome request for sexual favours, to the person harassed.” Sexual harassment is also legally defined as person engaging “in other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature in relation to the person harassed,” including actions or words that lead to offence, humiliation or intimidation. 

My article: https://theconversation.com/how-to-stop-the-sexual-harassment-of-women-in-science-reboot-the-system-53210

Legal definition of sexual harassment, Sex Discrimination Act, Commonwealth of Australia: https://goo.gl/8lE9YR

Resources for individuals, managers and workplaces, by the Australian Human Rights Commission: https://goo.gl/SfJu7Q 

Research on the impact of sexual harassment, by the +International Labour Organizationhttp://goo.gl/9l5Hl5

Impact on women who speak out about sexual harassment, by +STEM Women on G+ http://goo.gl/Xv3m3c

Investigation on why women in science choose not to report sexual harassment (Part 1 of 3), by Dr +Janet D. Stemwedelhttp://goo.gl/R7xKfq

How professional science societies can end harassment, by Dr Erika Marín-Spiotta & colleagues for the +American Geophysical Union (AGU)https://goo.gl/btwvUx

#stemwomen   #womeninstem  
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