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Martin Graney
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Attended University of Northumbria at Newcastle
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The BBC proving their liberal bias by justifying their use of the formerly neutral word 'migrant'./s
However, the word has seen such excessive use in the media recently that I feel it has completely lost its neutrality. It has charted the same downward path towards bigotry as the Dutch word 'allochtoon'. 
Originally allochtoon meant 'a person whose native language, or the language they use in their home, is not Dutch'. Now it is simply used to mean 'brown people'. People who have Dutch passports, speak Dutch natively, whose family have been in the Netherlands for generations, are still called 'allochtoon', because they are 'brown people'. Whereas I, a genuine allochtoon, confuses a lot of Dutch, simply because I am white.
As the word migrant has been used so much, and also become a derogatory label used by the extreme right, UKIP, etc, it has ceased its neutrality and become a burden to the conversation on migration within the EU.
These people are refugees. They are seeking refuge from persecution and death. They are fleeing for their lives. Primarily from the Islamic State and its network of brutal allies, but also from African Christian extremists and Asian Buddhist extremists. They naturally seek refuge in places that are far more stable and relatively easy to get to, like the EU.
I am a migrant, economic or social take your pick, and so genuinely represent the demographic that the vile anti-migrant rhetoric is ostensibly directed towards, and I do take it personally, even though what is actually behind the rhetoric is simple old-school european racism. 
Very few of the anti-migrant politicians and talking-heads in Europe would ever call me migrant, in just the way that a lot of Dutch find it difficult to call me 'allochtoon'. 
They will instead use the word 'expat', simply because I am both western and white. [And then go blue in the face denying that their rhetoric has anything at all to do with race.]
#sapirwhorf   #racism   #immigration #migrant
Some believe the term migrant is no longer neutral.
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So... like Google Wave? 
The very tech journos that derided, and essentially killed, Google Wave are now calling for a solution to the very problem that Wave solved far more elegantly and democratically than WeChat or Facebook Messenger ever could. The main issue with these new one-stop-shop messaging apps/services is that, unlike SMS and Email, they are controlled in their entirety by a single company. 
Which leads to a lack of transparency, competition and individual freedom. Your ISP or mobile carrier cannot censor your use of these antiquated technologies, because they are universal, but Facebook and Weibo can easily do so as the tech is totally owned by them. 
Google Wave overcame this concern by making its underlying tech a federated protocol. Anyone could send waves, and any company could run the service. Just like email. And as it was extensible, so bolting on other wave types, like commerce, was a matter of simply agreeing upon a common standard. 
Wave failed, and these tech journos danced on its grave. Perhaps if they had the foresight and vision to support it we would still have a million messaging apps, but they would all be able communicate with each other.
#techjournalism #googlewave #reinventthewheel 
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Google Wave has been resurrected as Rizzoma. While Wave looked okay, Rizoma looks worse, sadly. Are you aware of any other similar technology?

Currently I use Rizoma with my friend for in depth conversation because you can respond within a message with a sub message. Crucial for coherent conversations.
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A few people in the atheist community are starting to sound awfully a lot like this guy. And that concerns me.
I believe in a strong, robust, honest, and direct critique of Islam, and the horrors it enables, but some seem to be using such critiques as a veil for a vile racist ideology. All muslims are terrrorists is merely a cipher for all brown people are subhuman, that somehow is considered acceptable. They disgust me and they do atheists a disservice. 
#atheism   #concern   #antifacist  

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/25/zack-davies-racist-guilty-attempted-murder-dentist
Zack Davies told onlookers that he had carried out the assault on Dr Sarandev Bhambra in revenge for the death of the soldier Lee Rigby
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Changed my profile picture across the board to show my strong support for the STAY campaign in the UK's EU membership referendum.
As a Brit living in NL I have benefitted from the rights afforded me as an EU citizen and I find it thoroughly appalling that I will have absolutely no involvement in the decision to strip these rights away.
Democracy, eh.
#brexit   #eustay   #EUReferendum #VoteStay  
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Come ON uk stay
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"In 1880, the age of consent was set at 10 or 12 in most states, with the exception of Delaware where it was 7."
Whenever I hear the usual reactionary bigotry about "Aisha's age" from christian anti-muslims, and also some of the less careful members of the skeptic community who watch a little too much Fox News, I know that they are totally fucking ignorant of the historical fact that the age of consent in western Christian societies of around 17(ish) is a 20th Century change and not something that happened way back in the Middle Ages.
The societal impact of industrialisation and secularism in the 19th Century lead to a far more humane treatment of women in western societies, they even ceased to be considered the property of their fathers or spouses, well, for the most part, much to the overt chagrin of the christian churches who strongly opposed such liberalisation with the same vitriolic fervour, and using the self-same religious arguments, as they have used against marriage equality.
The singular fact that these self-same christian denominations no longer justify the age of consent based upon the age of Mary when she bore Jesus, she was considered 12, and how they now vehemently condemn such impropriety shows that there IS hope of reformation in Islamic countries. 
They just need some form of secularising force that does not get stomped on before such a societal change can occur.
Oh, and if this does happen, and I really truly hope it does, then you can bet dollars-to-doughnuts that, just like christians, muslims will exhibit a form of cultural amnesia, claiming ahistorically that such impropriety happened "centuries ago".
#hope    #religion   #change   #secularism  
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Hint:
Every time you see a news headline with the word "muslim" or the word "immigrant" have a go at replacing it with the word "jew"
How does that headline make you feel now? 
I have used this 'trick' for years to understand my own thinking about subjects. ['Dutch are all commerce obsessed and isolationists', 'Jews are all ....'
Using it against media headlines helps show how the news subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, directs our opinions on a subject simply by their choice of words.
Is it really a 'migrant crisis' or is it really a 'refugee crisis'
And why choose one word above the other?
And it does not really matter if you agree or disagree with the headlines. Just reading them internalises what they are saying, the emphasis and words they choose to use, and any subtext it may have, intentional or otherwise. 
As a species our survival has been driven by taking often subtle cues from the environment, internalising them, and modifying our behaviour to suit the perceived situation. This happens without us even being consciously aware.
Someone recently said to me, "do not believe what you claim to 'know'", I like to say that "I do not even believe what I believe!"
#news #manipulation #humans
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Had a little breather on Friday/Sat (mostly thanks to all the 13+ hour days I have put in over the last few weeks).
But now it is project crunch time, and so I go completely AFK again. #clientdeliverable   #mylifeintech   #afk   #worklifebalance  
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Pushed it but nothing happened. Guess I forgot a prerequisite. #rpg #life #amsterdam
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ah.. so it was you... well, since now my house is ran over by ghouls, and my kids are kidnapped by orks, I need you to come and help me sort out this mess. Bring a sword..!!!
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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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Find something equatable to this in any other religion. I bet you can't, and that won't mean a cunt hair of difference to you.
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Oh my god just look at me, grandpa been hackin' since '93.
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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Software Architect, Techinical Lead, Application Developer, Software Developer, Systems Integrator, Web, Hacking, etc.
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  • 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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