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John R. Ellis
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I just joined Facebook and Minds* too.

The crazy rumours are true - I joined Facebook yesterday!   No, I didn't have a stroke, and I'm not dying any more than usual, nor is G+ (although it's in the Summer Slump again as every year). It's just time for me to see what all the Fuss is about, learn the pros and cons of another social network platform, and I'm tired of every podcast (except Domestic Hell) saying they "will post the links or information or to contact them or the only place you can find them is Facebook". I have no idea how it works with Walls and Timelines and Friends and Likes, but if you use FB - feel free to go ahead and Circle me there:

If your FB name is not the name I know you by on G+ - leave a comment so I'll know who you are. Likewise, if we have not interacted much - give me a head's up in the comments here. I exceeded my Dunbar number several thousand circlers ago.

*Post about joining Minds:
Direct Invite link to Minds social media:

#Facebook   #ghosttown   #socialmedia   #Minds  
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2016 USA Voting Flowchart

This should simplify the discussion a bit. Can't argue with a flow chart.

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This is perfectly accurate. 
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Bacon on Minds

For those of you who have migrated to Minds social media, I have set up a Bacon community there for your bacony pleasure.

If you have not already joined Minds, here is an Invite Code:

All things Bacon
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"Risky" Casting For Season 33

The guy who left High School to play Survivor is technically Generation Z, but who's counting?

Survivor has a secret. Usually when the show trots out heavily hyped themes like Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty, or White Collar vs. Blue Collar vs....
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Going down in flames

I saw this great Terminator .gif today, in a comment thread that included this comment by a G+ old timer:
"It's with a heavy heart that I say this... but I am pretty sure at this point I quit Google Plus with that last comment....

This is not the "I'm taking my toys and going home" ranting of an entitled butthurt neckbeard. This is a serious thing, and I've been thinking about it for some time now.

I've been with G+ since the very very very beginning. Since it was "invite only" and you could sneak people in by tagging them in a post. I loved Google Plus. I ate and breathed G+. I didn't get my (at my peak) 25k followers by sitting idly by.

And I've stood with G+ through a lot of the changes. Through the poorly-designed android app, to the scrapping of the black bar across the top, to the "hey, let's make this shit look like Pinterest" two column thing, all the way to this.

I loved my Circles. I curated. I shared. I cross-posted, and looked at my Ripples. We were a better place than Facebook. Facebook was for people you already knew (but sometimes wished you didn't), Twitter was for people you met but didn't really know, and Google Plus was for people you didn't know yet... but really should.

The problem... I suspect... was that Google has never really seemed to care about the people they already had, they've always been more interested in the people that they didn't have yet but wanted to have. They hurt their hardcore user base so much with the FORCED signup and integration, the hard line name policy, the FORCED YouTube inclusion - all in an attempt to get people who didn't want to use G+ to use it, and almost in defiance of the people who already did.

With this most recent change, they have essentially destroyed the concept of "The Circle", which was one of the core components of G+ and one of the big things that made it stand out from Facebook. Finding your Circles, viewing content by Circle, putting people in Circles - it's gone from the mobile app, and it's damn near hidden from this web interface.

There's a bunch of people on here who I'm going to miss, but anymore it's nearly impossible to find your posts through the flotsam and jetsam of their new design and despicable sorting algorithm.

If any of you want to join me over on... ugh ... Facebook, you are more than welcome.?"
I agree with most or all of the sentiment expressed here. I've joined FB and Minds recently and will likely cut WAY back on G+ when the Classic View is retired. I'm not naive - the goal of G+ is to continually get NEW members in, to suck Big Data out of them for profit - not to make old members happy. Still, it's sad to watch G+ go down this way.

H/T: +John R and +matt derpson and +Stephen L 
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Patriot Day in USA

WE will never forget - but in 50 years, no doubt some nutters will claim it never happened. "9/11 Truthers" have been working on distorting it all since September 12, 2001.

And happy Grandparents Day, everyone! Sharing is Caring.

[ Posting to FB, G+, and Minds - let the comment battles begin. ]
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Epic confrontation Fail

A Millennial learns a real life lesson about the value of his "opinions".

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The Mind Voyager on Blasphemy

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[3:15] Nearly 1/4 of the world it is a crime to be a blasmepha. [Video source: Seeker Daily YouTube link] Comments
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+John R. Ellis lol i googled '"big clickbait" and bigThink was the first link. How accurate!
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Advocacy  - 
I've created a similar Group to this one on Minds social media:

So far there are 19 Skeptic and/or atheist Communities there that I know about. If you have not yet joined minds, here is an invite link for that:

A listing of the various Atheist-related and Skeptic-related Groups (Communities) on Minds. Please limit posts to links to Groups, not posts about atheism or skepticism. Thanks.
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+Docktor Carlo Landzaat I clicked the link here (Desktop PC, Chrome) and it took me straight to the Minds Group listed here.
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So cute, and too True too

Go to the link to see about a dozen truths from kittens. Feel free to comment on the hard truths and lessons you have learned, whether depicted by these kitties or not. Misery loves company. ;-)

#Truths   #caturdayeveryday  
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sooooooo nice
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To New Friends on G+, and Lost Friends from Life

Star Trek original TV show premiered 50 years ago last week. Time flies - so many new and lost friends since then. Cheers to those still around to see this post.
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They were the same age? Kelley must have had a terrifying paper round.
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Not to mention apophasis - my favorite paralipsis. And you can't Reason with Delusion.

Communities radically changed how G+ works.  I post almost exclusively to Public and Private Communities.  That's why I (usually) leave my Community posts visible on my Post's page.  If you know me in real life - please notify me when you circle me!

Which Circle?  If I were putting me into my Circles, I'd choose my Favorites circle, my Skeptics (Consumer Protection Advocates who use Science and Reason to debunk harmful frauds and scams) Circle, and/or my Atheists (people who have not found any credible evidence of any gods, angels, devils, ghosts, or souls) Circle.  I doubt there will be a major theme to my occasional original posts or re-shares - just what strikes me as interesting at the time - but that is more likely to be related to Neuroscience or Technology.  Here is a list of the Podcasts I subscribe to, which indicates what I'm most interested in:

As a general rule, I don't believe in banning, blocking, censorship, or flagging. "John Stuart Mill argued that silencing an opinion is "a peculiar evil." If the opinion is right, we are robbed of the "opportunity of exchanging error for truth"; and if it's wrong, we are deprived of a deeper understanding of the truth in its "collision with error." If we know only our own side of the argument, we hardly know even that: it becomes stale, soon learned by rote, untested, a pallid and lifeless truth." - Carl Sagan  It is most unlikely that you will offend me with posts or comments, unless you post moronic idiocy, of course, or try to convince me that Your God really exists, and Your Religion actually knows her, or you post only Spam or Spam my posts.  If you circle me and want to be Notified of my rather infrequent posts, put me in a Circle where you have Notifications set to On. 

Getting started in G+.  Add this entire circle linked below to gets lots of interesting posts and interactions in your Home Stream:

And here is a circle of Pages that Share circles - you can visit them to see what sorts of circles they post that might interest you and add them, or have them add you to the circles some of them maintain on certain topics.

Next - go to Communities and enter in some topics that interest you into the Search bar to find Communities built around those topics.  Join a few of them that show active Owners and Mods, a good number of Members, and lots of recent posts.  Read the rules, and then start commenting on those posts or posting your own contributions to the topic.  Before long, you'll want to throttle down the firehose of information coming your way!

This Community will tell you most all you need to know about how G+ works:

What is G+?  (Explanation for the newly invited). The usual uninformed answer is that it is Google's version of Facebook or Myspace.  But it's not like that at all - it is more comparable to Twitter microblogging, but instead of mostly vapid < 140 character tweets, you get a Stream of thoughtful content, links, videos, and articles from people you choose to follow because they share things that interest you.  Which makes it addictive and time-consuming, because if you follow enough People and Pages and Communities, you get a nearly continuous Stream of things you want to know about.  Plus some occasional other stuff you might not even know you are interested in until you've been exposed to it.  And by using Circles and hashtag searches appropriately, you can check out other people or things Topic by Topic.  In summary, Facebook is about people, Twitter is about trends, and G+ is about Content and Information.  While most people use G+ to microblog, it is well suited to full blogging too - you just won't get paid for your work here, but also are not paying for the blog hosting.  Your blog here is more likely to get a lot more eyeballs and comments.  Or you can use G+ to microblog a link to your professional blog, but most people will be too lazy to do that extra click.

G+ is designed to be Addictive!  Almost like playing a Slot Machine - maybe the NEXT Post in your Stream will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, ask a question you know the answer to, or reveal the Secret of Life.  All while your red Notifications box keeps dinging that someone has thought of you.  Be sure to blink every hour, and get up from your chair at least daily.

How Do Circles and Sharing Work on G+?  Explained here:

Sharing is not Sending! I went ahead and made a post of how G+ Sharing and Circling works, based on what I slowly learned on my own through trial and error:

How Sharing/Posting and Circles work on G+

Well if Circles are used to block people from seeing posts, then what does blocking do?

What the Hell is Atheism Minus?

As founder and Spiritual Leader of Atheism Minus - this should answer the FAQs I get:

Copyrights:  Feel free to use any post or statement or idea of mine in an open source, creative commons way.  Credit me if you like - or not.  BTW: that long "rights" thing you see on a lot of About Pages here and on Facebook is legally meaningless.

Disclaimers:  My posts or G+ comments are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Or Legal advice.  Or Stock Market advice.  Or Dietary advice.  Or Political advice.

If you have a concern about any posting or comment being factually incorrect, please contact me. Please provide details of who you are, how I can contact you, what your interest is, and what your concern is. If something has been written that is factually incorrect (and was not sarcasm), it will be addressed. Anonymous complaints will be ignored.

GloMar Response:  We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of the information requested or records or data on the subject matter responsive to your request - but hypothetically, if such records or data did exist, such subject matter would be classified and could not be disclosed or released to you... 
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Survived Erythroblastosis fetalis. Also backpacked across the Arctic, then ran the Mount Marathon race in Seward, AK. Survived that too. A little worse for wear from all of those. More recently, I was blocked on G+ by SGU's RW, for being an intelligent man with an opinion differing from her clique, which she won't tolerate. Well excuuuuse me... Also, I am Founder and Spiritual Head of the largest Atheist Movement of all time - Atheism Minus (A-). It is comprised of all New Atheists, Old Atheists, and Agnostics who are not members of A+. NTTIAWWT, of course. Supreme Skunk Dick Mims H. Carter has publicly called me a Skunk Dick Squared. I score very high on online Asperger tests, which the NTs might not think is something to brag about, but we know better, as usual. I am Owner of the Advocates - For All the Things! private Community, and of the Irreverent Skeptics ( #IrrSkep ) public Community for fans and Hosts of Skeptical and/or Atheist Podcasts, and Own or Mod many more Communities. Find them in Community Search or links below.
  • Rice University
    Psychology, Electrical Engineering, 1974 - 1978
  • Rice University
    Master of EE, 1978 - 1979
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    MD, 1979 - 1982
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Neurology, 1982 - 1986
  • Universal Life Church
    Ordained Minister, 2000
  • Irreligiosophy
    PhIrrD, 2010
  • Thunderwood
    Numerous, 2011
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