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Mark Shannon ONeill
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Fascinated with the Possibilities of Google+
Fascinated with the Possibilities of Google+

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Glory To the Sons of the Party! 1961: "A desirable, seldom offered poster featuring a smiling Khrushchev flanked by Gagarin and Titov on the tribune of Lenin's Mausoleum."
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Fascinating, in depth follow up story about Dan Rather in Texas Monthly:

Truth or Consequences by Joe Hagan

"Eight years ago, Dan Rather broadcast an explosive report on the Air National Guard service of President George W. Bush. It was supposed to be the legendary newsman’s finest hour. Instead, it blew up in his face, tarnishing his career forever and casting a dark cloud of doubt and suspicion over his reporting—and that of every other journalist on the case. This month, as Rather returns with a new memoir, Joe Hagan finally gets to the bottom of the greatest untold story in modern Texas politics, with exclusive, never-before-seen details that shed fresh light on who was right, who was wrong, and what really happened."
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Los Angeles: It is in love with its limitless horizontally, as New York may be with its vertically.

There is nothing to match flying over Los Angeles by night. A sort of luminous, geometric, incandescent immensity, stretching as far as the eye can see, bursting out from the cracks in the clouds. Only Hieronymus Bosch's hell can match this inferno effect. The muted fluorescence of all the diagonals: Wilshire, Lincoln, Sunset, Santa Monica. Already, flying over San Fernando Valley, you come upon the horizontal infinite in every direction. But, once you are beyond the mountain, a city ten times larger hits you. You will never have encountered anything that stretches as far as this before. Even the sea cannot match it, since it is not divided up geometrically.

The irregular, scattered flickering of European cities does not produce the same parallel lines, the same vanishing points, the same aerial perspectives either. They are medieval cities. This one condenses by night the entire future geometry of the networks of human relations, gleaming in their abstraction, luminous in their extension, astral in their reproduction to infinity. Mulholland Drive by night is an extraterrestrial's vantage-point on earth, or conversely, an earth-dweller's vantage-point on the Galactic metropolis.

Dawn in Los Angeles, coming up over the Hollywood hills. You get the distinct feeling that the sun only touched Europe lightly on its way to rising properly here, above this plane geometry where its light is still that brand new light of the edge of the desert. Long-stemmed palm trees, swaying in front of the electronic billboard, the only vertical signs in this two-dimensional world.

At 6 a.m. a man is already telephoning from a public phonebox in Beverly Terrace. The neon signs of the night are going out as the daytime ones become visible. The light everywhere reveals and illuminates the absence of architecture. This is what gives the city its beauty, this city that is so intimate and warm, whatever anyone says of it: the fact is it is in love with its limitless horizontally, as New York may be with its vertically.

Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. America, "Astral America" (1986; tr. 1988).
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"Periods to Make Money - produced more than 100 years ago it correctly called the bubble top in 1999 and then the second peak in 2007. It predicts a bottom for the markets in 2012" From I Love Charts http://roi.ms/yA13I6
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I was thinking of posting the Google link myself. I'll share +Linda Lawrey's since I don't think I could write a more eloquent comment. Well said.
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BRAVO +Google+ Brilliant. Thank you. #Google #SOPA #PIPA
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