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It's gif as in gift. LOL
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Chase your dreams; don't wait for them to come to you. #MondayMotivation
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Helps to be rich, white and in charge.

Otherwise you're just a threat to less competent, white, rich, superiors ;-)
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What's the hottest pepper you've eaten? While I'm personally not tempted to try the Carolina Reaper, this +BuzzFeed Video reaction is HILARIOUS, and, surprisingly insightful.
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In re: Greece

It's no secret that the Greek economy has collapsed and the scene worsens everyday - meanwhile Greeks in recent months have been forced to rely on extremely low incomes, there's been a steady 50% youth unemployment rate, in recent days Greeks been prohibited from withdrawing more than €60 per bank account, per day (if the ATMs have enough cash) and banks remain closed.

Meanwhile, the country's creditors have come knocking at the door for cash and Greece cannot afford to pay. And, surprising to some, Greeks have rejected the conservative proposals from its creditors. There's a lot of finger-pointing in Europe and despite the Greeks' overwhelming "No" vote against further austerity, creditors cannot find a way to get their cash back and have seemingly forced Greece into a wall.

Greece's options are minimal and opportunities for negotiation become increasingly more difficult each day. Here are some of the big ideas floating around, ICYMI:
- Greece drop-out/kicked-out of the Eurozone. If Greece doesn't bow out of the Euro, its creditors may try to force it out in a rather unprecedented deal. This would enable Greece to return to its own currency, the drachma. Economists suggest that this will have severe dramatic implications, but may result in a stronger Greek economy in the long-run. However, one big concern here is whether Greece can remain in the European Union if it breaks from the eurozone and returns to the drachma. 
- Greek returns to the drachma. If Greeks can somehow negotiate a return to the native drachma currency as opposed to the euro, it seems that they'd be able to do boost their economy over an extended period of at least a decade or so, supported by some austerity programs. 
- Greece finds new partners. European leaders are building a coalition against the current Greek government. The leaders want their money back and they want Greece to follow their austerity program proposals. Greek hasn't enough cash to make its monthly installment this month of €1.6 billion, so it seems unlikely that any Eurozone country will offer any financial assistance. Therefore, Greeks may seek out the support of non-Eurozone countries for financial support.
- Greeks can start selling their inventory. Greece can begin selling off some of its high-grade military weaponry (much of it German) and find other items for an "international yard sale".
- Negotiate a better deal. A majority of Greeks, including over 80% youth, have rejected creditors' austerity proposals. The Greek government, however, may ramp up its own PR campaign and negotiate a better deal. It may even try to negotiate a deal that puts the Greek exit from the Eurozone on the table as part of the deal, too. 

Regardless, what Greece needs now is the support of the international community. There are 11 million people whose government is under increased global scrutiny and everyone has an opinion. Many reports from on-the-ground in Greece suggest that the situation doesn't look nearly as severe as it is - and that's a good thing. Greece needs options, debate, and constructive criticism that respects its right to self-determination, not finger-pointing and name-calling.
#Greece   #InternationalAffairs   
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"Ironically, some are arguing that the E.U. should be most worried about Greece succeeding on the drachma" - I feel this is the reason behind most of the scaremongering, like most bankruptcies there is a short period of hardship followed by a rapid period of improved circumstances. The EU and the IMF are worried Greece pulls off an Iceland and makes them look stupid and wrong with regards to austerity which never seems to work as it stifles growth.
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Are you listening, BBC? America Needs You -- 
Why America Needs Question Time:

There's no shortage of Americans available to remind you that elected politicians often forget who put them in office. Once elected, priorities change, constituencies often differ (neighbors and constituents vs. lobbyists, etc.), and relationships change. Elected politicians have an obligation to the government in which they represent, and sometimes -- as unfortunate as it may be -- change is made best from the outside.

That being said, politicians far too often are not held accountable by the people who elected them, and faith and distrust of government will continue to grow as long as politicians remove themselves from the most integral part of the political process: debate.

Now, while the UK has got its own problems to sort -- and believe me, that list is long, just like any other industrialized nation -- a popular UK television program(me) called Question Time finds a brilliant way of holding politicians and political individuals accountable to the public; at the very least, via a public debate.

In case you've not seen an episode of Question Time, here's a roundup: the program is produced by public broadcaster, BBC, which invites five individuals to participate in a panel debate in front of a live studio audience, who ask questions and deliver comments to the panel. While members of the panel represent different aspects of UK politics: government representatives, authors, pundits, candidates, scholars -- they are each treated fairly and in the same regard. There's a degree of respect amongst the panel without any ridiculous hierarchy and ego-inflating rubbish commonly found in American television. Members of the panel realize that their titles are not as important as the content coming from their mouths.

In American politics, as opposed to productive debate, Americans, unfortunately, witness only the public arguments and nicety that hasn't gotten us anywhere. The real debate happens behind-the-scenes in the so-called "backroom" (see: Albany, NY). Americans are disinterested in public policy, ill-informed in the affairs of government, and have been too excluded from the democratic process to care very much about the issues we face -- a dilemma that will only worsen. When as few as 1 in 10 Americans support the Congress and when as many as 60-70% disagree with the work of the government, there is much to be done. After all, governments only work when they have the consent of the governed, right?

One is not advocating a series of "President's Questions", in which the President would sit on Capitol Hill and answer compromising questions from the opposition. 

But, America, you need Question Time. You deserve it. Americans deserve an opportunity to see our political leaders defend their beliefs. Americans deserve an opportunity to see political leaders challenged in an open and respectful environment. If trust is ever to be resotred between the public and the government, political leaders will need to be held accountable for their beliefs, their political actions, and the affairs of their government. In an era in which petty politics dominates the news coverage, it's time for national media to make a (literally) smart investment and give it a fair shot. 

A daily program on a major broadcast network (like CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC) or perhaps a digital revolutionary like YouTube (are you listening, Google? ;)) would go a long way. Cable networks featuring programs with political pundits are entertaining, but do not challenge the decision makers. Current programs do not create a fair, legitimate platform for putting decisionmakers and pundits on the spotlight. The right kind of spotlight - where stories are generated with substance. 

Programs today have not thus far met this need. Are you listening, networks and platforms? It's time to empower Americans and light the fire anew. America needs a program that empowers viewers, not the political mouthpieces.

Any of you G+ers watch #BBCQT  too? What're your thoughts?
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+Fireicer Cooper they set themselves up perfectly with iPlayer to transition into the digital age, they could charge for access globally and have a large American uptake. Drop a few of the expensive to run terrestrial channels. Cut the reruns (on demand takes care of that) and just have solid content that's value for money. Instead they went for restriction and enforced licence fee. It's not like iPlayer is worth £145+ a year. 
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"The fact that we live in a world [where] we have to deploy strategies to not be murdered or killed or assaulted by police unlawfully is absurd. ... Black people have a right to assert their dignity in public, and just because it doesn't cohere with what police want doesn't mean they're being arrogant or disrespectful." Marc Lamont Hill

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"The fact that we live in a world [where] we have to deploy strategies to not be murdered or killed or assaulted by ANYBODY is NOT absurd"
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FAREWELL, DEGRASSI: The end of an era

This week marks the beginning of the end of Degrassi's 35 year run in broadcast television. After thirty years educating American and Canadian families, Degrassi High School will shut its doors to television broadcast... but, fortunately, +Netflix has picked up the series!

Degrassi respectfully and sensitively approached controversial subjects, including divorce, death, sex, abortion, genuinely inclusive LGBT issues, love, weight, bullying, cyberbullying, politics, and everything else relating to teenage angst. 

Farewell for now, Degrassi! (BTW, we're still grieving over JT Yorke's death!). 
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"With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country" - Winnie Mandela
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Kentucky: This is What Discrimination Looks Like

VIDEO: Morehead, KY Clerk Refuses to Grant Marriage License to Same-Sex Couple

The Supreme Court of the United States has instructed all states to issue marriage license to same-sex couples. The Governor of Kentucky has event instructed all clerks to do so. Meanwhile, this Clerk thinks that they she is immune to the law and allowed to discriminate against two individuals as she pleases.
#equality   #marriageequality  
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+Daughter Of God Stifle yourself, "daughter of god"
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Kids React to Gay Marriage Ruling

Two years ago, the then-5-year-old boy said that he opposed marriage equality. Today, he has proudly evolved. Here's what he said about why he initially opposed: Last time I was concerned. I am in a higher grade. I read more books, get more information about stuff. I feel different now. My dad and my mom told me about it, 'there's a new law that boy and boy, and girl and girl can get gay and get married. And I just want you to know that it's okay to do that.

This is why the SCOTUS ruling matters. Follow his example and "read more books and get more information about stuff", people! #LoveWins   #LGBT   #marriage  
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kids are their own wonders..
did you see the flag flying young lady...!!!


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"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again." - Quaker Proverb

Kenn is a young media professional in the Greater NYC area. He is a graduate of political science and legal studies. He's interested in communications and media production. 

He's passionate about civics education, youth empowerment and human rights. A strategist and aide to leading local, national, and international political figures, he is driven by his dream of a more compassionate and empathetic world. 

"Well, you're gonna win.... Or you're gonna lose. Either way the sun's gonna come up the next morning." Coach, Friday Night Lights

Kenn enjoys learning about cultures and individual's life experiences (a reader of biographical accounts). Google+ is a brilliant forum to broaden cultural and international understanding, and foster communication between individuals that may never have the opportunity to meet vis-a-vis. 

Oh, and please call him Kenn. ;) 


Television Series to Watch:
  • Extant, CBS*
  • The Good Wife, CBS
  • How To Get Away With Murder, ABC
  • State of Affairs, NBC*
  • Empire, NBC*
  • Transparent, Amazon Studios
  • Looking, HBO
  • Downton Abbey, PBS
*Denotes must-watch series.
**Updated 3/23/2015
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