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I'm fairly certain by this point, many of you have seen the news reports vilifying Google and Ingress for portals in historic locations that people are finding offensive...mainly concentration camps. To say that only one side of the story is being written is an understatement. Here is another perspective...

First and foremost, Google didn't "send" anybody, anywhere. These portals were submitted by players, for players to voluntarily CHOOSE to go to. Furthermore, the players that typically submit these types of portals are doing so for their historic value. Let me be more specific: Different people preserve history in different ways. Has anyone bothered to ask how many more people now have an awareness of a history that they previously never considered?

The more time that passes, the less and less people remember. In today's day and age of technology, younger generations are largely unimpressed with things that do not come to them via their laptops, internet or, in this case, their smartphones. 

I have spoken to Holocaust survivors and their family members over the years.  Growing up, my next door neighbors were a German and Polish Jewish couple who survived the concentration camps.  The vast majority of them do not care how they are remembered, only that they not be forgotten.

+The Independent​​, to say that "Google sent players to concentration camps to play" is not only grossly inaccurate reporting, but it is also a LIE. As a journalist, +Andrew Griffin​​, you have a responsibility to learn the facts and report on them accordingly-without your personal spin involved in an attempt to make Google or Ingress out to be bad entities. Ask the Ingress players who went to these places what they walked away with. Ask them what they now know and have learned as a result of them going to these concentration camps. Has anyone bothered to contact the players that submitted the portals?  Is it possible they themselves may be survivors, or related to survivors, and this is how they choose to be memorialized?

If I'm not mistaken, the goal of the curators of these camps is to preserve history and raise awareness of the struggles of people who have come before. Like it or not, that must now include exposure to digital media.  Ingress isn't about just "playing a game", it is about connecting the world through unique places, interactive events, and historical sites. It is about learning the story of these sites, remembering the history, cataloging the past for the present and future generations. Perhaps if people were to take a step back and set aside their indignation (which is further fueled by irresponsible articles such as the one written by Mr. Griffin), they would realize that the individuals who submitted these portals have the same goals in mind as the curators of these places: preserve history, share the story, raise awareness. I promise you that NOT ONCE did it occur to them when submitting these that,  "Hey cool! A concentration camp!  What an awesome place this would be to play!" 
It was probably more like, "People need to see this. There's a story here, a history. We need to share this with the world." 

Interestingly enough, when you take a peek at the website moderated by these curators, http://www.aushwitz.org, you will see many of the same pictures that were turned into "portals".  These pictures all tell the same story, it's just being done in different ways.  As a newer generation, I apologize on behalf of all my peers that our way of identifying and remembering history offends you, but you're missing the bigger picture....

We are the generation that will need to carry the history forth. We are the generation that will remind the generations that follow using digital media that they can relate to.  We not only tried to do so with pictures and detailed descriptions of the history, but with specific GPS coordinate positions to their exact locations....something that their very own website does not even do.

In closing, for those of us who are involved in Ingress, it is so much more than what others minimalize as "a game". It is our way to record history, interact with others who might be able to show us a new place or location that we never thought of exploring, and most of all, our way to learn the history of places that are quickly becoming forgotten.

See you on the field of history...

Sincerely,
An Ingresser

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/googleowned-ingress-game-sent-players-to-concentration-camps-to-take-part-10361551.html

http://www.zeit.de/zeit-magazin/leben/2015-07/ingress-smartphone-game-google-niantic-labs-nazis-concentration-camp

+Tillmann Prüfer​​ +The Independent​​​ +ZEIT ONLINE​​ 

NOTE: non-productive, inflammatory, or disrespectful commentary will be deleted for the sake of staying on topic. Thank you.
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E fomos ... e o +Zé Maneli e o +Carlos Alberti também!
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First "L16" Enlightened portal created in Portugal, during Persepolis Covilhã, #IngressFunTimes  

Great agents behind these nicks! 

Agents involved:
+David Vázquez:  @DavidVR
+Helena Henriques:  @Layla
+João Oliveira:  @Jon26
+José Carlos Silva:  @w00seven
+Nuno Costa:  @costelix75
+Nuno Cunha:  @NunoCunha
+Nuno Ferreira:  @NunoFerreira
+R Tomás:  @mitradaestacao


#Ingress   #Enlightened   #ShowMeYourScanner   #Persepolis   #IngressFun  

+Ingress +Matilde Tusberti +Anne Beuttenmüller +Joe Philley +Brian Rose +Brandon Badger 

Thanks for the group photo +Flávia Oliveira ;)
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Come join the fight for XM control at Covilhã, Portugal

Register now!!!

https://enlightened.rocks/covilha

#ingress   #enlightened  
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I will join the fight at Bratislava, Slovakia. 
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And that's a wrap for our Artistic Google tour, Exploring Africa !

Here are the Golden Google Awards...

The Album Cover Award for the first ArtyGoogler off the bus is for "Sambirano valley in Madagascar" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou 
"All the pretty little horses" by +Jan McCartney 
"Cows At The River" by +Jamal Masood 
"Not a Ruby Slipper in Sight" by +Tessie L'Amour 
"Avenue of the Baobabs" by +Rob Robinson 
"Alright, alright, keep your roof on" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"Bridge" by +Himitsu Animo 
"one more tree" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou 
"Moir Hut" by +Jamal Masood 
"Beach Time" by +Hazel Caplen 
"Hartbeespoort Dam" by +Rita Pinto 
"The Lion's Head" by +Patrick Sheeran 
"Sun and shadow on South African mountain" by +Andrée Reno Sanborn 

Are you ready for our next tour?

The Golden Triangle - June 29 - July 12, 2015

Artistic Google celebrates the hustle and bustle of three cities: Los Angeles, New Orleans and Mexico City.

Los Angeles - "City of Angels", is a paradise for tourists who throng to Hollywood, Venice Beach,  Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, Disneyland, Japanese Garden, and much more. Seek out LA's huge selection of street murals! 

New Orleans - "The Big Easy", home of jazz, is one the oldest cities of USA and has an diverse atmosphere rich with French, Creole, and other cultures. Enjoy the unique architectural styles reflecting the city's historical roots and multicultural heritage. The famous French Quarter is a treat for artists. Pay a visit to Superdome, museums, the zoo, and of course the stunning views of the Mississippi River.

Mexico City is one of the oldest cities in North America and biggest metropolis in the world. Founded in the 12th century, the city is full of historical buildings and landmarks. It is also known as the City of Palaces. Visit the Plaza de la Constitución, the Cathedral, "El Angel" monument, Basílica de Guadalupe, and Coyoacán— the Colonial Arts district which was home to Frida Kahlo, Leon Trotsky, and Diego Rivera.

If you need more inspiration, have a look through our photo albums. We have visited California every year since 2012, and the artistic team went to New Orleans/Louisiana and Mexico in 2013.

If you've never participated in Artistic Google and would like to, check out our "About" page to find out how. (Jamal and Jan).
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To +Artistic Google  Theme: Africa

Hartbeespoort Dam
GSV found here  : https://goo.gl/maps/kWX6H

"Hartbeespoort Dam (also known as Harties) is an arch type dam situated in the North West Province of South Africa. It lies in a valley to the south of the Magaliesberg mountain range and north of the Witwatersberg mountain range, about 35 kilometers west of Pretoria. The name of the dam means "pass of the hartebeest" (a species of antelope) in Afrikaans. This "poort" in the Magaliesberg was 'n popular spot for hunters, where they cornered and shot the hartebeest. The dam was originally designed for irrigation, which is currently its primary use, as well as for domestic and industrial use"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartbeespoort_Dam



+Jan McCartney    +Rob Robinson    +Jamal Masood   +Patrick Sheeran 
#artisticgoogle   #africa
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Exposição: A Minha Vida Dava uma Sardinha
A Sardinha tornou-se um símbolo das Festas de Lisboa, que enaltece os alfacinhas de coração e de adoção, glosa costumes bairristas e homenageia figuras e figurões.
Galeria Millennium, Rua Augusta nº 96
Até 22 Agosto
Fotografia Ana Luisa Cunha Alvim
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Ingress originally shared to Persepolis:
 
The world around you is not what it seems. Statues, public art, and historical sites have been activated as Ingress Portals. XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all Levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay. After the Anomaly, Agents rendezvous at the Cross-Faction Meetup to celebrate and meet new recruits. It’s time to move.

New to Anomalies? We were all Level 1 once. Here are pro-tips to help you get started:
1. When planning to go to an Anomaly, reach out to your local RES or ENL lead. Find your local Faction lead (http://goo.gl/u56G6w).
2. Focus efforts on building rather than destroying by deploying Resonators and establishing Links and Fields.

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