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Martin Graney
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Attended University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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The arrogance of religion never ceases to amaze me. Every religion claims it is the "one true faith", that its followers are somehow "special", "anointed", "chosen", etc.
Even the "nice" religious folks that thankfully ignore the more regressive aspects of their faith, still believe they have somehow chosen the right one out of the countless religions humans have. [Even though their "choice" is more to do with geography and ethnicity than anything else]
This book is taught to Jewish children in after school religious activities. It is not that dissimilar to the views of the after school CCC I went to during primary school in Northern England during the 70s, where I was taught how exceptional and fortunate I was to be Christian and not Jewish or Muslim, as they would burn eternally in hell, while I sat laughing with Jesus.
Who's laughing now?
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Also, the real take away here is how God makes some people slaves because he wants some people to be slaves. Which is taught to little kids. Who then become adults in a society where slavery is 'abolished'.

I don't see how this cognitive dissonance could backfire. Nope.
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The London Police, Amsterdam. #streetart
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The Ij brewery in Amsterdam is built into an old windmill.
Before being a brewery, the windmill was used for many years as a public bath house, where amsterdammers that were not blessed with indoor plumbing could avail themselves of a soak.
The brewery also has a proeflokaal, tasting room, where you can partake of their beers. However, as it is a proeflokaal and not a bar, the opening times are quite different.
Check before visiting.
#amsterdam   #windmill   #brewery  
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Atheists are starting to annoy me

Let me start by saying that I am an atheist, and have no problem with self-identifying as such, but recently I have started to get annoyed by some of the denizens in the atheist community. I will go over the types of atheists that have started to get my…
Let me start by saying that I am an atheist, and have no problem with self-identifying as such, but recently I have started to get annoyed by some of the denizens in the atheist community. I will g...
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Follow the money!
Wakefield et. al. get much more money being deniers than they would ever get being pro-vaccine.
#antivaxxers  
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I, for one, welcome our new vaginal overlords!
 
It is a problem that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago. Until the 1960s boys spent longer and went further in school than girls, and were more likely to graduate from university. Now, across the rich world and in a growing number of poor countries, policymakers are worried that boys are falling behind. In just a couple of generations, one gender gap has closed, only for another to open up http://econ.st/1w6rPtB
“IT’S all to do with their brains and bodies and chemicals,” says Sir Anthony Seldon, the master of Wellington College, a posh English boarding school....
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Why does everyone seem to think drugs are legal in the Netherlands?
Even legislators, who should have done their background research before making such stupid passing references?
Drugs are tolerated, considered to be a health issue, and low on governmental and police priorities, but they are still illegal.

As such, when visiting and partaking of the devil's lettuce, you should always ask at bars if you can do a J, as not all bars are OK with illegal activities on their premises.
Just lighting up everywhere and anywhere because you incorrectly think drugs are legal can get you into trouble, and also makes you look like an ignorant asshole.

This approach to personal drug use is an example of Dutch pragmatism (or if you are more cynical, Dutch apathy)
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A cute piece of street art in the east of Amsterdam.
#amsterdamoost  #streetart 
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Seriously #wakeupamerica  and realise that it is your cosy cultural myopia that denies the LRA killing in the name of Christ, or the 969 movement killing in the name of Buddhism, is part of the problem of facing up to religious extremism. These are not things that happened 1,000 years ago but they are happening today
Both the LRA and Boko Haram have wiped out villages in the name of their respective faiths, but Christians and Muslims use the same insipid rationale of not in my name & not my faith. This no true Scotsman denialism needs to stop and people of faith need to take a hard look into the mirror and accept that Obama had it even more right than he would care to admit.
There is something deep down within religious faith that gives succour to such bigotry, violence and intolerance.
#obama   #religionpoisonseverything  
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Introduction
What labels can be applied to the biological entity that is me?
  • I am fervently pro-science, as this is the humblest philosophy that humans have come up with so far. It starts with the premise that we know nothing and then tries to work things out from there.
  • I am fervently anti-superstitious. This includes, but is not limited to, spiritual, religious and political ideologies. Believing in something simply because it feels right immediately sets off my alarm bells and makes me frown. If you want to convince me of any position, use reason and facts not emotion and anecdote.
  • I am quite the cynic. I often say "I am an atheist like Diogenes of Sinope, rather than Dawkins of Oxbridge". Whereas Diogenes believed humankind was a total mess because we were divorced from our true nature I believe humankind is a total mess because of our true nature. [Read: Logical Fallacies and Cognitive Bias for the grounding for these beliefs] 
  • I love technology. However, it is now difficult for me to perceive the future as we are currently living in it. 
  • I love Japan. I fell in love with Japan as a kid thanks to 70s anime, and also the whole bubble economy thing in the 80s. When I was a teen everything cool came from Japan. I have visited Japan every other year since 2005 and I love it. The food, countryside and culture are quite enjoyable.
  • I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. Having travelled widely, and lived as an expat in the USA, Spain and the Netherlands, I realise that meaning is often difficult to convey, even between people of the same native language. Humans may have developed language, but we are still pretty bad at it. It usually takes more than mere words to offend.
  • I am not politically correct. Due to my belief that words and meanings are only tenuously related, I tend to use direct speech. Living in the Netherlands has probably led to, or at least accentuated, this. Look for the meaning behind my words before flying off the handle on my word choice.
  • I believe in freedom and equality. Those who claim that one is more important than the other undermine both. These are coincident concepts and we need to strive to support them with gusto.
  • I am pragmatic. I may well have strong ideological views, and I do, but something that actually works, that delivers a tangible benefit in the real-world that my views currently have not, will always get my support over such views.
  • I can often play the Devil's advocate. Sometimes I will put forward an argument that is not something to which I personally subscribe. This is usually done when I feel the argument being presented is weak. Such as implying a causation where none exists. I do not always point out when I act in such a manner.
  • I favour evolution over revolution. Revolutions are, on the whole, messy and destructive. They have also been shown to, on the whole, albeit temporarily, lead to far worse situations than the old order that they are used to replace. Evolution, however, is a very gradual change towards a brighter future. It has been shown to be constructive and additive.
  • I am a hypocrite. We all are. However, I am quite aware of most of my hypocrisy whereas most people, especially those so called idealists, are seemingly not aware of any of their own. 
  • I have lax moderation on my threads. As I am the owner of the threads I post on G+ I am the one with the authority of moderation. This goes for public as well as restricted posts. However I am a lax moderator. This means that I will remove the truly-deeply offensive, or the truly-deeply off-topic comments, but will leave most things that engender an open discussion.

Education
  • University of Northumbria at Newcastle
    Electrical Engineering, 1990 - 1994
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Graney
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Software Architect, Techinical Lead, Application Developer, Software Developer, Systems Integrator, Web, Hacking, etc.
Employment
  • Nomads Agency
    Technical Architect, 2015 - present
  • Grey POSSIBLE
    Technical Architect, 2011 - 2014
    Architecting online marketing and ecommerce solutions for a global agency network.
  • Blast Radius
    Application Developer
    Developer of online marketing and ecommerce solutions for various global telcos.
  • RIOT/180amsterdam
    Techical Lead
    Technical lead overseeing CMS and platform integration for adidas online sports marketing websites.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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UK - Spain - USA
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