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On the other side of the world from Greece, Puerto Rico’s Governor Says Island’s Debts Are ‘Not Payable’.

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Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said that his administration would probably seek significant concessions from its creditors on a $72 billion debt load.
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Social media is still primarily about having a public square and topic boards that enable people to talk to one another.  And G+ actually isn't a bad place for these conversations, indeed.

See our recent publication discussing this:

Google+ Communities as Plazas and Topic Boards
Michael J. Brzozowski, Phil Adams, Ed H. Chi
Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15), ACM, New York, NY (2015), pp. 3779-3788
http://research.google.com/pubs/pub43453.html
 
I just thought I would mark today with a post I made four years ago, welcoming everyone on board just a few minutes after we flipped the switch and launched Google+. 

Over the course of the week that followed, I decided to try something a bit crazy and not really "traditional Google:" I spent lots of time running around the service, talking to everyone I encountered, and welcoming them aboard. What I found was that there were tremendous numbers of people out there who wanted to talk: not just about the service, but about all the things they cared about in their lives, from their pets to geopolitics. And the results changed my life.

It's been an amazing four years here: I've seen the project grow from a crazy idea to a giant, thriving community, spread around the world.  I've had so many conversations on so many subjects, and learned so much in the process, that I can't even count. I've learned to write much more effectively, and what it is to have a real conversation about incredibly sensitive subjects where people nonetheless treat each other with respect and seriousness. I've made an amazing group of friends here, people I love and trust and talk to every day. And I even met the love of my life, my brilliant and beloved wife, through the service.

So looking back on four years of what we've built here, I can say: this is going really well. I'm exceptionally glad to have met all of you, and to have had some part in building this community we share, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the next four years take us!
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I have not been able to delete unwanted contacts in my G+. I enjoy what you guys have created. It Will be a lot more enjoyable without the corrupt contacts. 
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It was an oh-shit day.
 
I don't normally post straight-up news bulletins, but today has been a day of so many events and changes that you may have missed some of the key things that happened.

If you're in the US, the two biggest stories were the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and the President's powerful eulogy for Clementa Pickney. 

The other story likely to be very important was a sharp drop in the Chinese stock markets: 7.4% for the Shanghai Composite, 7.9% for the Shenzhen Composite. We've known for a while that these markets are likely to be in a bubble, but a one-day drop like this could well mean that the bubbles have popped. The consequences of this are likely to be very significant, as this could easily plunge China into a recession just as it's trying to figure out how to balance between an increasing urban/rural economic divide. (For comparison, the 1987 "Black Monday" crash which precipitated a serious economic crisis in the US was a one-day, 22% drop)

Beyond this, ISIS' call for terror strikes during the month of Ramadan appears to be being heeded: an attack on a mosque in Kuwait killed 27, an attack at a seaside resort in Tunisia killed 39, and in France, a man decapitated his employer and then set off a bomb. 

Rather depressingly, today's death toll of 67 dead only makes this the bloodiest day of terror attacks since January of 2014, when Boko Haram massacred 85 people in Kawuri. (There have been higher-death-toll attacks since, but they were spread out over several days; you can thank Boko Haram for those, as well)

(Stories:
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/06/26/world/middleeast/ap-ml-kuwait.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/world/africa/gunmen-attack-hotel-in-sousse-tunisia.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/world/europe/french-factory-lyon-attack-isis.html)

So it's been quite a significant day around the world.
Two major indexes fell sharply on Friday. Analysts had been warning for months about the risks of a stock market bubble.
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+Jilin Chen Yes, I believe there is some truth to what you said.  Again and again, the Chinese economy proves to be a weird mix of capitalism and state enterprises with rich elites controlling everything (Note: not that we're not different from that statement here; just that it's a different weird mix that I'm not used to.)
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Things just went from bad to worse in Greece.
It's in Europe's interest to make things as hard as possible for Greece
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+Greg Batmarx That's a fairly good exposition of the dilemmas, and I agree with your assessment on where the free-market capitalism seems to failing.  Looking at your country, I wonder if we aren't being slowly boiled like a frog in a pot by some of the economic policies going on here in the US.  

Things really can't get any sadder in Greece: trust in the economy and the gov't is hard to build, and easy to tear down.  European politicians should remember that they had a hand in creating this disaster; ordinary Greek citizens are suffering and weren't part of the corrupt policies of the past Greek gov't.
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Interesting new data infrastructure project from MIT for big data analytics.
 
There's a lot of data-systems research focused on solving the "three Vs" of Big Data (volume, variety, velocity). But what about the "U"? Learn how the DataHub research project at +CSAIL MIT is putting the "you" (usability) in data systems, in this new blog post by +Anant Bhardwaj of CSAIL.  
By Anant Bhardwaj, MIT CSAIL*. Everyone continues to chase “Big Data” ─ from businesses to start-up companies to academic researchers. To understand better the changing landscape of data systems, I spent the last few months trying to learn about every data project I could find from research, ...
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Thanks, good afternoon, from a sunny UK:)
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Google launches free music streaming ahead of Apple Music debut.

Interesting development. Music business online is very competitive.

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Kiva loans helps.

If you haven't visited some of these countries, you should. I remember feeling how blessed we are with material goods when I visited Cambodia. 
A portion of the loan helped a member to buy fertilizers and seeds for her cassava.
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From +Fernando Pereira 's comment on the original post:
"EU institutions fixed the balance sheets of German, Dutch, and French banks by converting their junk loans into public debt of the target countries. Talk about the moral hazard of alleviating Greece's predicament is hypocritical when these forced transactions were designed to bail out German, Dutch, French, and other lenders who should have known better."

I would agree.  The Greeks joined the grand Euro experiment, and got access to great borrowing rates (read: free lunch), but when the asset bubble burst due to exuberance in 2008 (read: again, caused by the free lunch in joining the Euro experiment), they were forced to take on the junk loans as public debt, and down the spiral they went.  Ouch!
 
The best explanation I've seen of the Greek dilemma.
Eurozone membership has either been great or a disaster, depending on how you look at it.
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IT IS easy to forget that adultery was a crime in Spain until 1978; or that in America, where gay marriage is allowed by 37 states and may soon be extended to all...
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Words are mightier than the swords. These words are indeed powerful.
 
A beautiful paragraph you must read. 
Wow. This is simply a beautiful ending to today's historic decision.
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+Jilin Chen Sort of.  The exception is that, when you finally do have children, you realize that it is the real path to freedom and happiness.  They're the joy of our lives, and the real individualism at its apex.  Having children, as it turns out, is the ultimate selfish gene.
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Can game theory explain the Greek debt crisis?

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The Greek finance minister is a game theory expert. Does this reveal how eurozone negotiations will turn out?
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Lighting in photography and the future Taiwanese president on the cover of Time magazine. 
Photographer Adam Ferguson explains his approach
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  • University of Minnesota
    B.S., minor in Math, 1992 - 1994
  • University of Minnesota
    M.S., minor in Scientific Computation, 1994 - 1996
  • University of Minnesota
    Ph.D., 1996 - 1999
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Staff Research Scientist at Google (embedded in Google+) focusing on HCI and Social Computing
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Disclaimer: This is my personal G+ account, and represents mainly my own personal opinions, and does not represent Google in any official way.

Ed H. Chi is a Staff Research Scientist at Google, working on the Google+ project.  Ed was the Area Manager and a Principal Scientist at Palo Alto Research Center's Augmented Social Cognition Group. He led the group in understanding how Web2.0 and Social Computing systems help groups of people to remember, think and reason. Ed completed his three degrees (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) in 6.5 years from University of Minnesota, and has been doing research on user interface software systems since 1993. He has been featured and quoted in the press, including the Economist, Time Magazine, LA Times, and the Associated Press.

With 20 patents and over 80 research articles, his most well-known past project is the study of Information Scent --- understanding how users navigate and understand the Web and information environments. Most recently, he leads a group of researchers at PARC to understand the underlying mechanisms in online social systems such as Wikipedia and social tagging sites. He has also worked on information visualization, computational molecular biology, ubicomp, and recommendation/search engines. He has won awards for both teaching and research. In his spare time, Ed is an avid Taekwondo martial artist, photographer, and snowboarder.

In 2012, Ed was the Technical Program Chair for ACM CHI2012 conference, the premier conference on Human-Computer Interaction research. 

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Came here as part of a company offsite with close to 30 people. The service was efficient and professionally conducted. The guide offered plenty of explanation of the wildlife and was friendly and kept an eye on time. I only wish we could have paddled harder, but understate that they must accommodate abilities of all levels during a big group like ours.
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This is the best restaurant in Barcelona when we recently visited the city. Reservations must be made 2 months in advance on the website at midnight CEST time, and I'm glad we did. This was not only a culinary experience that we remember, but I can already tell that we will keep telling the story of the amazing food here for years to come.
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Good value, but quality seems to be going down some over time. My visit tonight left a bit of bad taste in my mouth given the amount of MSG and grease used in the cooking. Will likely to start avoid going here.
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Good food and good service after coming down from the mountain. What else do you want? Had the squash bisque and the Lamb chops. Both well done and yummy. With 12 people at our table, service was good and prompt. Food came out at the right times. When we needed to add a wine, the service was swift.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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