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John Hummel
Works at U of Illinois
Attended U. of Minnesota
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Good f-ing point

thanks, +Fred O 
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Oh, they're working all right.

Just not for you.
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The shocking state of our union

thanks, +Marla Caldwell 
 
Only two nations still refuse to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: South Sudan and the United States.

America is working hard to improve the number of homeless children: "For every two homeless children in 2006, there are now three."

Here's how huge accumulation of private wealth helps to reduce child poverty: https://www.solveforx.com/search/moonshots
The callousness of America's political and business leaders is shocking once you start looking at the numbers.
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Unsurprisingly, I think you're dead-on, +Jared Garner.
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On the lighter side

unless you're a London sewer worker.

(To note in the photo: The sewer worker appears not to be wearing gloves. WTF?) <-- As noted in the comments below, I believe I was incorrect in this assertion.
Most people don’t go mucking around in the sewer, but if you were asked what went on down there you would assume it wasn’t pretty. If you needed empirical evidence that falling down a manhole and getting trapped in the sewer was, in fact, nightmare-worthy, well, now you have it....
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Thanks, +Richard Pattee, +Amy Rothstein and +Rubi Hammer. I consider myself corrected.
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This would be funny. Except that it isn't.

Walker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.

He was a wise purchase for the Kochs inasmuch as he is incapable of independent thought, so he is fully their puppet.

He was an unwise purchase inasmuch as they might want their robot to occasionally act as though he can have a thought of his own.

Be on the lookout for Walker 2.0, coming to elections soon!

thanks, +Liberal Effects 
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Who knew the design of the aluminum can was so cool?

(Well, this guy, obviously. But I never appreciated the complexity and ingenuity before.)

thanks, +Liz Quilty 
 
The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can by my friend +Bill Hammack  The Engineer Guy 
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My response to it exactly, +Chris Conger.

Oh, that and: Who knew one could simply stretch aluminum with such freedom? All that molding done from a single disk without additional melting. Amazing!
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Joining forces across a wide range of movements has been the missing link, until NOW.

Representing more than 2 million active members from their respective organizations in more than 32 states, the four members of a new coalition—*the Campaign for America's Future, National People's Action, US Action, and the Alliance for a Just Society*—say that the nation's numerous and interwoven crises have drawn them together during a historic moment that demands a populist response. 

"We're in a populist moment here in America," said Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future, on a Thursday press call. "Even conservative Republicans are telling us that and average Americans nod in agreement when Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells us that our economy and our government have been rigged in favor of the wealthy and the big corporations."

According to Hickey, the 12-point agenda the group has unveiled—which will be featured prominently at the Populism2015 Conference running through this weekend in Washington, DC—goes well beyond what any politician is now offering. "It is an integrated platform to create jobs and sustainable prosperity," he said.

Isaiah Poole, CAF's communications director, says the agenda—officially titled, _Populism 2015 Platform: Building A Movement for People and the Planet_— was designed to put "on notice politicians who offer workers patches and palliatives to soften the blows of actions that have served to shrink the middle class and concentrate wealth at the top. This is not about remediation. The demand is for restructuring."

"The ideas in our agenda create a clear line in the sand for all candidates. At the end of the day the question is simple: do you stand with everyday people or do you stand with big-monied corporate interests?" 
—George Goehl, National People's Action

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/04/17/can-new-populist-agenda-harness-passions-create-movement-below

#ProgressivePopulism  
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Some perspective on the anti-vax issue

thanks, +Being Liberal 
 
(S) Not that this will change the minds of anti-vaxxers...
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Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

Unsurprisingly, Obama was cool as a cucumber in the veto; all the emotion, fanfare and, of course ranting, came from the republicans:

Obama vetoed the bill in private with no fanfare, in contrast to the televised ceremony Republican leaders staged earlier this month when they signed the bill and sent it to the president. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Republicans were "not even close" to giving up the fight and derided the veto as a "national embarrassment."
WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.
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+Seldom Seen so why bother with the pipeline? Sell it out of Canada.
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Kansas Republican idiocy never ceases

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Stop voting for these crooks and get your friends to do the same.  Voting matters!
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What you should know about vs. what the US "News" tells you about

HT to +Julian Lennon for this. You need to come back to Google+!
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+John Hummel Let me know if you see a difference in NPR since they started taking money from the Koch Bros...I listened to a show on the environment and was dismayed they didn't even bring up that humans or Corporations had anything to do with the destruction. Even when it was blatantly obvious.  Then the credits came and Koch was a contributor.  I was very sad :((
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Oil dispersant, used legally on oil spills, may do more harm than good
After the offshore rig sank into the sea, the oil flowed for months before anyone could stop it. Millions of gallons of crude tainted the Gulf of Mexico. To try to dissipate it before it reached shore, the rig's owner sprayed an unprecedented amount of chemical dispersant on the slick.
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If you noticed, I didn't say how they should protect the shoreline. Dispersing bacteria in accordance with the amount of oil on the surface seems like a good alternative. They'll probably figure it out in the near future. bioengineering?
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  • U of Illinois
    Prof. of Psychology, 2005 - present
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    Prof. of Psychology, 1991 - 2005
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Professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Illinois.
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To a computer scientist, I look like a neuroscientist. To a neuroscientist, I look like a psychologist. To a psychologist, I look like a computer scientist. Evading responsibility like a master.
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  • U. of Minnesota
    PhD, Experimental Psychology, 1986 - 1990
  • U. of Mary Washington
    BS, Experimental Psychology, 1982 - 1986
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