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Hermann Loose
Wherever you go there'll be love, love, love ...
Wherever you go there'll be love, love, love ...

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I want the people who, in the past, called for moderate Muslims to denounce terrorism to step up and denounce hate crimes. Loudly. Repeatedly. Immediately.

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How does one say "your reactionary, hypocritical, medieval laws are disgusting" in French?


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No 350 million pounds per week for the NHS, no radical decline in immigration.

I love that they are backtracking from their campaign promises in such blatantly obvious ways. So many people for probably the first time ever are given an unambiguous example of how a professional politician will promise you absolutely anything without the slightest intention of keeping their word, much less a quantum of shame as result, in order to get what they want.

Such a valuable lesson. I hope it is a simple enough one for the Leave voters who were "shocked" and "disappointed" with the results.

My almost three-year-old son and I just built a rocket out of Duplo bricks.

I am like "it's finished!" and he is like "now we need to build the ship!"



#awyeah #spacex #elonmusk #growingupinthefuture

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Project Sunroof is awesome!

I love this new 20% project from Google. They take a bunch of high-resolution Google Earth data and figure out how much sunlight individual houses get. Currently, this is live for the Bay Area and Fresno in California, plus the Boston area. So you can get a pretty good estimate of whether solar panels would save money on your house. Hint: solar makes sense for a lot more people than you'd think!

You can even connect directly with several different solar panel providers if you'd like to start saving money now. I hope that Google expands this even more widely at some point.

Edit: By the way, here's one more reason why this kicks butt. The price of solar is dropping so much that the cost of solar panel modules isn't the primary factor as much anymore. Instead, the overall cost of solar installation, including cost for solar installers to find customers, is one of the larger factors now. If Project Sunroof can help solar customers and solar installers find each other more easily, that just pushes solar to be even cheaper and more widely accessible. If you're interested, see for a little more about this.

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This is what many of our engineers look like. #ILookLikeAnEngineer 

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"I just can’t believe it ... it’s just so odd. The family that used to live there moved because they said the house was haunted so I guess that makes sense now." said a neighbor who had lived next door for 33 years.

The police recovered over $500,000 worth of lab equipment stolen from the university, along with 3 hand guns, an assault rifle, 50 years’ worth of military grade rations and twelve 55 gallon barrels (including three almost empty barrels) of what DEA labs have identified as pure liquid Lysergic acid diethylamide, a powerful hallucinogenic drug more commonly known by the street name LSD or Acid.


I sincerely hope they don't (have to) lock the guy up and he will be able to share with the world what it is like to be tripping in the basement for 30 years.

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Fragen wir einmal so: Wenn die Notaufnahme eines Krankenhauses erführe, es seien nach einer verheerenden Explosion 1000 Opfer auf dem Weg in die Ambulanz, und sich herausstellte, dass dort leider nur zwei Assistenzärzte und vier Krankenschwestern Dienst tun: Man könnte erwägen, das Problem durch "Bekämpfung des Rettungstransportwesens" zu lösen und den Betreibern des örtlichen Krankentransports durch Schüsse in die Reifen das Handwerk zu legen.

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"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone."

There it is. The UK going full Nazi.
In "Not the Onion" news, thanks to +David Knell for the pointer. The money quotes here are:

The plans would allow the police to ask the higher court to order extremists to be banned from broadcasting and send every tweet, Facebook post or other web communication to the police for approval. That would include posts from users telling friends and followers that their communications were now being vetted, or ones denying the extremism claims that led to them being charged under such measures.

Introducing the powers, Cameron will say: "For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.”

At last, our long national nightmare of tolerance is over.

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The question game!
Teaching kids to ask smart questions

Think about it: A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions - in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions - and more importantly, why don't we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?

I've been just reading Die Kunst des klugen Fragens by Warren Berger who suggests that there are three main questions which help in problem solving: why questions, what-happens-if questions, and how questions.

Regardless of the question, the question needs to be phrased openly and positively in order to achieve positive results - a closed or negative question only raises bad feelings against each other.
 - Why questions help to find the root of a problem.
 - What-if questions open up the floor for creative solutions.
 - How questions focus on developing practical solutions.
So, perhaps, this lesson can be adapted to help trigger young children to start solve problems early too and stop accepting whatever the kindergarten teacher says to be fact? And perhaps, continue to keep up these inquiring and probing abilities later on in life? Well, here goes, let's give it a try...

Introducing the Question Game
Preparation: print out the figure in the illustration, cut it out and glue the tabs together to form a cube.

Pick up your favorite illustrated fairy tale book - the kind of book you'd read a two-year-old for bedtime stories. On each page, roll the cube and answer the question together. I'll bet you'd be surprised by what turns Little Red Riding Hood can take... and more importantly, I'll bet that after a while, you and your child will both start asking these questions more often than not!

#Geist   #Education   #Learning   #Questions   #ProblemSolving  
The Question Game
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