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Well worth paying careful attention to.., (if you haven't already).,
Infographic: Major Sites Affected by Heartbleed

"The #Heartbleed security flaw was fixed in the newest version of OpenSSL, but you should still change your passwords on all of the sites affected by the bug."

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+Heinrich C. Kuhn sorry, yes that makes sense. I wasn't thinking beyond the bug itself but the cert could be compromised because of the bug so you are correct
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Most people don't experience policy as a political argument.

+Ezra Klein quotes +Dan Kahan...  

As a way of avoiding dissonance and estrangement from valued groups, individuals subconsciously resist factual information that threatens their defining values.

And then Klein goes on to highlight this example of what Kahan calls #MotivatedReasoning

Being better at math didn’t just fail to help partisans converge on the right answer. It actually drove them further apart. Partisans with weak math skills were 25 percentage points likelier to get the answer right when it fit their ideology. Partisans with strong math skills were 45 percentage points likelier to get the answer right when it fit their ideology. The smarter the person is, the dumber politics can make them.

Consider how utterly insane that is: being better at math made partisans less likely to solve the problem correctly when solving the problem correctly meant betraying their political instincts. People weren’t reasoning to get the right answer; they were reasoning to get the answer that they wanted to be right.

So I read that as the intellect gets tricked by the mind, and the sharper the intellect, the trickier the mind? The whole thing is topped out by this enigmatic kicker...

If American politics is going to improve, it will be better structures, not better arguments, that win the day.

I suspect that's true not just of the US, but of pretty much every country in the capitalist. Politics won't be the sole agent of any such change. 
Fascinating article on why science and analytical thinking are not working in our politics.
There’s a simple theory underlying much of American politics. It sits hopefully at the base of almost every speech, every op-ed, every article, and every panel discussion. It courses through the...
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Me too +Brian Connolly. But I think there's a strong point to be made about bridging the growing gap between experts and the wider populis. It's through this gap in understanding and awareness, it seems to me, that rank populism rises and threatens to take over.

There's a nice exchange here ( on the subject of policy between a British lobby journo Steve Richards and the distinguished Oxford based economist John Kay, particularly at the end when Richards says policy is mood music for opposition politicians, whereas Kay counters (rather angrily) that no, policy is important because it signals what you actually plan to do.
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Okay then, what about: 'difficult conversations'? Or may be he's just telling the cat about his friend 'the Gruffalo'?
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You cannot duplicate creativity, it seems..,

We took the exact opposite approach, which was to say to each studio, “You may look at the tools that the other has, you may use them if you want, but the choice is entirely yours.” They each have a development group that’s coming up with different ideas, but because we said, “You don’t have to take ideas from anybody else,” they felt freer to talk with each other.
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Via +David Amerland who asks, how could one quantify the true value of conversation?
Please, not that...
disseminating seeds: The Series - INSTL 014

I could not believe it. In a matter of a couple of weeks...,
things that I had written about somehow had struck a nerve. My (idiotic) ramblings had gained some recognition. Some traction. And I am stuck scratching my head, thinking “WTH?”

Truth be told,
I oftentimes get ‘set in my ways’ or have certain prejudices established in my thoughts and beliefs. Changing my mind, disagreeing with what I’ve thought before, becomes important in critical thinking when I have clung far too often to out-moded or out-dated ideas, philosophies, laws, etc. which don’t stand up to current situations. Especially in social layers such as Google+.

What throws me is the attention.
Getting excited about being recognized as having any type of valued insight or consideration of ‘influencing others thoughts’ is understandable. Like most, I want to make a difference in our my own unique way and using social networks to influence behavior and opinions can work really well for campaigns whether moral, political or social.  *But me? PLEASE!*

Becoming a real mentor takes far more...
...than gathering followers, fans or arbitrary metrics. It’s not about the transitory nature of celebrity or seeming popularity but about establishing a reputation and becoming the person that others turn to when they want information they know they can trust. Unlike +David Amerland  , +Mark Traphagen  , +Larry Fournillier  , +John Ellis, +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales, +Gina Fiedel, +John Kellden, and others — I am but a learning student.

In Greek mythology, “to Odysseus, his son’s education was so important that he sought the help of a person he could trust with his own life- his friend Mentor.”  These are the qualities I seek out and find in others. Sometimes I am brash in my approach, and yet the replies from these special people (both public and private) have always been the same.

They challenge me with critical thinking :
Just because I put out an idea doesn't mean it’s true. I am asked to re-evaluate the idea, see if it’s logical and rational and beneficial to the greater good and then decide if it warrants further action, or even a reversal from my own folly [and even eat my words ].

Yes, these are the ones that encourage and inspire me. They repeatedly convey compelling vision, are always encouraging, engage with everyone, and are approachable in spite of harried schedules and commitments.

Albert Schweitzer once said, “The only ones among you that will achieve true happiness are those that have sought and found how to serve”.

In serving, each of these people...
add value to the lives of others and are willing to grow with others in the process. These are the highest values of any influencer, Mentor, and those I am privileged to call a FRIEND.


Question: Who do you look to as a Mentor, and are you following their examples set before you?

#disseminatingseeds   #essaybyowen  
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Totally +David Amerland. I'm getting as much out of listening to what my late entrant partner +Fay Bowden is getting out of Twitter as anything... because she approaches the whole thing is a completely different way from me... (I suspect she's a better listener, for one thing)...

It's the two way flow that creates the value, and I've felt for the longest time in this space, whether its blogs, Twitter, G+ or what, that cannot  be measured by the number of anything... 
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Yep, well worth reading for anyone who thinks starting with no resources every time is the answer to economic illness...
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Out walking by the blissfully set #Ashcombe House, right on the edge of Wiltshire border with dogs and three loud kids...

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Can war have beneficial effects?

Other species of animals change the amount of violence they use by involving biologically as an environment changes.  We do that too.

We also evolve culturally as our environment changes and we can change our institutions and cultures and change the way we behave in response to that.

Other animals pretty much can’t change their behaviour in response to payoffs in this sort of way. That’s why the rates of violent death among humans has fallen by ninety percent over the last ten thousand years.
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+Mick Fealty +John Kellden 

My favorite from George Orwell on the underlying cause of war. . . .

"The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield."

From "In Front of Your Nose", Tribune (22 March 1946)

The reason this strikes me as germane to Morris' take, is that it seems to me it is becoming less and less clear to more and more of the world's population that either side of a conflict that has escalated to violence has a defensible position, relative to the interests and welfare of the Commons. More and more it seems both sides are subject to legitimate judgement that violence as a strategy is no longer okay. Perhaps that is more the underlying emergent evolutionary trend behind a decreasing trend in casualty count?
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