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Maria Stepanov Sommerfield
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‪#‎TBT‬ ‪#‎TBTMusic‬

If I had a song
I'd sing it in the morning
I'd sing it in the evening
all over this land
I'd sing out danger
I'd sing out a warning
I'd sing out love between
my brothers and my sisters
all over this land
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I rather enjoyed that! Thank you Maria for posting it.
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This is really strange.
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This! Everything, I love about the internet summed up by David Bowie. This is the interview where he talks about how he went into music because it was subversive, but now the subversive artistic medium is the internet. ""It carries the flag of being subversive and possibly rebellious and chaotic and nihilistic,"

Yes, absolutely, the internet is a tool, you can use it to sell things,  work, or look up information but it is also an artistic medium, one which the artist can engage with his audience in a new and amazing way. And as he says, the potential of the internet is unimaginable, we are just now, only on the very cusp of all the things that will come. 

For me that is what is so exciting about the internet, not anything that has happened up till now, but the idea of all the amazing things that have yet to come.
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Wow, Paxman was a naive, non-visionary and it shows that Bowie WAS one of the visionaries and realising the potential for the internet being much more than a book ordering system or news-site.
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I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful ‚
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.
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so hot

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I was walking around the Frye Art Museum in Seattle today. 
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Don't you know it's gonna be alright.

Every time I hear this song I cry.
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Have her in circles
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How great is it that there is a rivalry going between Bezos and Musk over space travel? This is the best kind of rivalry to have. In this case, we all win. #StuffMariaThinks
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+Pam Adger right
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"The red was something none of them could contain."

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Hi Maria
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Let's put on our red shoes and dance the blues.

RIP to one of the world's greatest artistic geniuses. 
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Dats funny bc I have red shoes
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LOL, no +Steve Case , I read that one every day.  I don't know what that says about me...
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HAH! I could high five the person who said it!
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Bal Harbour is a village of 2,500 people just outside Miami. In 2010, budget crunches were affecting its police department badly. They had tried egregious misuse of civil forfeiture (for which they were ultimately investigated by the DoJ, leading to the chief's resignation in 2013) but it simply wasn't enough to do more than pay their salaries.

The result was a brilliant sting operation: knowing that the Miami-Dade area is a huge hub of international drug trafficking, they teamed up with the Glades County Sheriff's Department (that being a mostly rural county just across Lake Okeechobee from Bal Harbour), posed as money launderers, and started to make deals with cartels to clean their money. Three years later, they had processed (by the latest audits) over $83M and returned it to the cartels, and netted a profit of at least $2.4M, of which over $1M simply vanished into individual officers' pockets, never to be heard from again.

If you're wondering "wait, where's the 'sting' part?," then you're not alone: federal prosecutors are wondering the same thing. Because not only were there no arrests, there wasn't even evidence being collected. The Bal Harbour Police Department hadn't set up a "sting" so much as a "money laundering business."

The Miami Herald's exposé is a fascinating read.

Via +Steve S and +Andres Soolo.
It began in a trailer in the shadows of one of Florida's most elegant malls, a brazen plan by two small police agencies to take on the hemisphere's most dangerous drug cartels. Forming their own task force, members of the Bal Harbour police and Glades County Sheriff's Office struck deals with criminal organizations across the country in what grew into the largest state undercover money-laundering investigation in years.
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It's no wonder the US publics trust of the government/authorities is so badly erroded with stuff like this happening.
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Digitally Exploring the Cyber Universe

 I have been digitally exploring the online Universe since 1997.  I am using Google+ as a blog as well as a creative outlet

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I am a mother of three small children and a wife of over 10 years; this is one of the most important parts of my identity and while I don't often write about my family this does not mean they are not an extremely important part of my life.  I have a degree in computer science, and am a certified systems administrator.  I love technology and the internet, and have been actively participating in social media before anyone even came up with that term.  I am a very avid reader, and I am fairly athletic.  I enjoy running and yoga as well as any outdoor activity.  I study mycology as a hobby and have been a ballroom dancer for many years, although lately I don't have a lot of time for dancing.   I have recently become a vegan and am experimenting with a plant based diet.

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  • San José State University
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