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[Updated Sep 2, 2015]
I am now routinely disabling comments on my G+ posts referencing politically controversial topics, with limited exceptions -- Sorry gang. This situation is unfortunate, since spirited, intelligent discussion and discovery are major parts of what makes G+ so great. However, the reality is that with available moderation tools that only permit inspecting comments after they've already gone public, the amount of time -- and frankly, emotional effort -- it's taking to deal with the influx of trolls, racists, idiots, and other slime that are attracted to some of my threads has become unmanageable, especially in the morning when the threads have been attacked by vermin all night long while I sleep. I am unwilling to just post threads and let them roll on their own and rot, becoming playgrounds for comment abuse.

Properly maintaining comments on this class of controversial topic postings  -- especially since this effort does not contribute to keeping the lights on and the animals fed -- is no longer practical for me given almost 400K followers, absent significant improvements in the time/income ratio around here.

I welcome input on this decision, and again my apologies, but this is the way it's going to have to be for the time being. Thanks as always for your continuing support. Take care, all.

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+Mark Wallace There is no such thing as self-moderation at these follower levels. It only takes a relatively handful to destroy any thread. 

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This story dates from late July. But circulating on FOX News and other right-wing outlets currently, are new stories attempting to suggest that this find destabilizes Islam and makes a liar or plagiarist of Mohammad. Anything to try make Islam look bad. In fact, the original story shows that the radiocarbon dating actually confirms traditional dates, given the variations in dating accuracy ranges, and the fact that the dated parchment might not have been immediately used. Basically, we now have the right wing evangelical contingent doing their usual hate game, though this time with a bit more subtlety than usual.
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The pieces of the manuscript, which were found in the library of the University of Birmingham, are probably at least 1,370 years old, researchers say.
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I can tell you based on the queries to me that this new round of stories on baby monitors has triggered -- in fact I was called an hour ago and booked to talk about it on radio shortly tonight -- that this topic drives parents absolutely nuts. It terrifies them. It always does. There are basically two ways to deal with this to calm parents down. In my opinion the wrong way is to try convince them that their fears are unfounded. Though statistically that will certainly be true in the overwhelming majority of cases, most parents will view that argument as arrogantly belittling their concerns. So along with politely noting that actual bad happenings from these issues are extraordinarily rare, I choose to put the main emphasis on how you can secure these devices (and other devices in the home -- it's a great teachable moment). That way, you have given them specific action items to perform, rather than being seen as belittling their fears. In my experience, this results in action and thanks, rather than angry push-back.
 
This reasoning also applies to privacy. There is no single definition of what the right level of privacy is, nor does every privacy issue affect everyone.
Safe from what? I woke up this morning to a headline news story on CBC's website: Is your baby monitor safe? According to a literal reading of Betteridge's law of headlines, the answer to this question should be "no", although if you consider the spirit of the law — as a commentary on ...
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+DragonDon Belmore​​​ No, even without Taco Bell.
With something like a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, one can detect gases that comprise just a few parts per trillion of your sample.

Specifically, humans emit hydrogen cyanide (in tiny quantities), a very nasty and toxic gas. http://www.researchgate.net/publication/51539299_Background_levels_and_diurnal_variations_of_hydrogen_cyanide_in_breath_and_emitted_from_skin

E.G. for measurement techniques http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/1999JD900345/full

And the point is that we can detect toxins in such tiny quantities that there is no reason to believe anyone noticed their health impacts.
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Another likely hire for the Trump for President campaign.
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Nathan Ener of Hemphill, Texas, posted a video on Facebook calling for a deadly solution to black groups who want to come to 'your town'. Ener, according to his Facebook page, is a bounty hunter and a retired officer. Eners. After a backlash, Ener took the video down but Amin Muhammed captured ...
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Exactly what it says on the tin.
True cat-ness comes in many shapes and sizes.
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aaaand many unmanly sounds were heard from my room.
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Trump's Jorge Ramos comedy was darker than it looked -- and Europe's deepening crisis is closer than we think
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Why would anyone expect a racist blowhard monster like Trump to abide by any pledge he makes on this issue? The RNC is fooling itself. // Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances. The challenge, confirmed by multiple campaigns, is aimed squarely at Donald Trump. And the timing of the pledge suggests an agreement has been reached. //
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// • McKinley was originally named Denali until 1917 when it was changed in honor of President William McKinley. If the GOP is concerned with, say, the traditional definition of marriage, shouldn’t they also be interested in the traditional name of a mountain?

• The Alaska Geographic Board has actually used “Denali” as Alaska’s official name for the mountain since 1975.

• The National Park that includes Denali has been known as “Denali National Park and Preserve” since 1980.

• Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell noted, “President McKinley never visited, nor did he have any significant historical connection to, the mountain or to Alaska.” The curator of the Ohio’s William McKinley Presidential Library confirmed what Jewell said: “McKinley didn’t see it, didn’t travel there, didn’t do anything for the people of Alaska — it wasn’t a state yet.” //

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Trump was the highest profile critic of the Obama administration decision to restore a mountain's original name
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The people of Alaska wanted the name changed.  It is people of McKinley home state that are complaining the loudest.

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// Donald Trump’s insulting remarks and actions regarding Univision’s network anchor Jorge Ramos at a press conference in Iowa (last) Tuesday predictably increased Latino disgust over his presidential campaign. It also gave Hispanics a new hero in battling a presidential candidate who blatantly preaches racial intolerance. Univision is the most-watched Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S. and Ramos is said to be the country’s best known Spanish language news anchor. // Comments on this post are closed. For more info regarding closed comments, please see: https://plus.google.com/+LaurenWeinstein/posts/QBmRxhy5tZ3
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// The Republican Party lost the 2016 presidential election a few days ago, Aug. 25, when Donald Trump at his press conference had Univision anchorman and journalist Jorge Ramos thrown out of the room. // Comments on this post are closed. For more info regarding closed comments, please see: https://plus.google.com/+LaurenWeinstein/posts/QBmRxhy5tZ3
The Republican Party lost the 2016 presidential election a few days ago, Aug. 25, when Donald Trump at his press conference had Univision anchorman and journalist Jorge Ramos thrown out of the room. Ramos, long-time journalist for the leading Spanish-language television network in the United ...
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Technology Systems & Policy Analysis: Internet, Privacy, plus Other Sundry Topics.
Introduction
Lauren is co-founder of PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility, co-founder and moderator of NNSquad - Network Neutrality Squad -- and founder of the PRIVACY Forum. He created the PRIVACY Forum in 1992, and has been involved with Internet and other technology issues for over 40 years, including at the first site on the ARPANET (the ancestor of the Internet), which was located at UCLA.  Lauren is also the founder of the Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance - GCTIP.  

His focus is both policy and engineering issues related to the Internet, privacy, the interaction of technology with society, and a range of other areas..

Lauren is widely quoted regarding such matters by newspaper, magazine, and other articles.  He participates in numerous radio and television news programs, talk shows, and other venues where these important issues are under discussion.

Lauren is a member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Committee on Computers and Public Policy, and has consulted to Google.

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