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My own concern is primarily the terror and violence carried out by my own state, for two reasons. For one thing, because it happens to be the larger component of international violence. But also for a much more important reason than that; namely, I can do something about it.

So even if the U.S. was responsible for 2 percent of the violence in the world instead of the majority of it, it would be that 2 percent I would be primarily responsible for. And that is a simple ethical judgment. That is, the ethical value of one’s actions depends on their anticipated and predictable consequences.

It is very easy to denounce the atrocities of someone else. That has about as much ethical value as denouncing atrocities that took place in the 18th century.

- Noam Chomsky
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Nice post +Tim Howell
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The United States is literally becoming a police state, in which a single organization has been given absolute authority with zero jurisdiction. The TSA now has authority over highways, buses, and taxis, despite "no specific threat." We are literally paying this organization to terrorize, humiliate, and steal from American citizens.

This is no longer funny. This isn't a joke. This is blatant totalitarian domination, and your government and tax money supports it.

http://bit.ly/HVaV8b
The out-of-control Transportation Security Administration is past patdowns at airports – now it's checkpoints and roadblocks
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We're asking for it, really.
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The worst part about "trending topics" is the flood of "So, **** is trending..." posts. Followed shortly by the, "Why is *** trending?" posts.
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It would be nice if posts that include the word "trending" were not counted in determining what's trending.
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Why So Much Hate for Change?

I think I'm going to have to start a new blog series, just under the topic of "Why so much hate..." I end up writing these things at least once a month.

So, let's get down to it: Why are you pissed about the G+ GUI change?

Here are a few responses I've seen already, and my thoughts on them:

1. Gray-on-Gray is unreadable.

It's a bold stylistic choice, and I can understand where you're coming from, but this is more an issue of form vs function than anything else. For whatever reason, Google decided to eschew their familiar black-on-white minimalism for this grayscale look. In some places -- like the sidebar -- it works really well, and creates a less distracting interface. In others -- like the comments field -- it's simply confusing. Grayed-out text, for computer-savvy folks, reads as "unclickable," or "not selected." Making all text gray makes the whole page read as inactive.

2. Sidebar icons get shoved into a drop-down menu.

I can't believe this is a complaint. Since when was "less clutter" a bad thing? It seems that a lot of the negative commentary on this feature centers around which icons get moved off-screen, and people not realizing that they can move them around as they wish. Is it possible that someone would need easy access to every feature of G+ within one click? Maybe, but these are probably the same people that can't see their desktop past the 300 files and shortcuts on it.

3. Too much wasted space.

The whole right half of the screen is basically empty. This is a problem. I like efficient design -- especially online -- and I'm sure you do as well. However, I'm willing to bet that Google isn't planning on letting this go to waste. I predict that we will soon see all sorts of stuff over there. Imagine hi-resolution photos (which is supposedly a cornerstone of this new design), and videos popping out of your stream so you can watch them while scrolling down through older posts.

4. It looks too much like Facebook.

If you are a business, and your main competition is pulling in billions of dollars off of a signature design, you would be a complete idiot to not copy it. G+ is getting left in the dust, and they don't know why. As far as Google can tell, the only thing Facebook has that G+ doesn't is a recognizable design.

So, tell us, ladies and gentlemen, what's wrong with G+? Do you love it? Hate it? Think it's too early to tell? Leave your comments!
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+Sonya Reasor there is an extension for chrome that you can use, by which you will be able to remove white spaces
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Do You Love, or Hate, Klout?

As I've mentioned on here a few times, I'm writing a piece about Klout, and its successes and failures. Admittedly, I'm somewhat biased against the service, so I'm looking for outside opinions. If you love Klout, hate it, or have never heard of it, leave a comment and let me know!

I'd really appreciate your opinions, and of course, I'll give credit to any contributors in the article.
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"The World is Not Full of Terrorists..."

This is a worthwhile article that just about everyone should read. Though it starts as an investigation of the negative hype surrounding the Girls Around Me app, it delves deeper into a thorough look at the paranoia of social media, and the internet-fed culture of fear we all live in.

I won't ruin the whole article -- the author makes some points far more eloquently than I could -- but the main take-away here is to research and judge news on your own. Don't leap to conclusions based on the media's portrayal of a story. This is a moral that applies to Girls Around Me as much as it applies to Kony and Trayvon Martin.

Read. Think. Analyze.

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Over the weekend, a story about an iPhone app captured the attention and ire of the tech world. All of these reports seem to assume that a rapist or murderer is standing around every corner -- but tha...
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Worst-first thinking is indeed a pandemic.

Even if more crass than actually dangerous, that app is still pretty creeptastic, existing in that grey area of aggregating public-privateish info and slapping truck-flap-girl branding onto it.
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Koncerning Klout

My most recent blog has been published on the Make Me Social blog here: http://bit.ly/Jfwpfl Watch as I manipulate my fans into giving me the credibility of +Mark Zuckerberg .
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Yeah, that bit of the experiment was a bit of a bust. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what to attribute that to: Are people not interested in the topic? Are only 6 people in my network on Klout? Did no one read the post?

Either way, thanks for the assist.
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You know G+ is turning into Facebook when a post about honesty at work turns into a heated religious debate within 10 posts.
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Not it isn't and God told me to tell you that!
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This is an infographic you should read, if you have flown in or out of the United States since 2001.
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Really liking the #newgoogleplus layout. Looks a bit cleaner, and a lot less cobbled-together. New profiles are particularly sharp; looking forward to tooling around with it after work.
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For those that missed it, there's a new White Rabbit Blog, and it's full of naughty language!
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Where are my people at?

After a brief break from social media, particularly Google +, I've found that most of my stream has gone dark. Not a whole lot of people seem to still be talking here (or anywhere else, really).

You folks want to do me a favor and share some circles with active folks in them? I need a reason to keep coming back here.
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Hey +Tim Howell - I love the http://goo.gl/PrcGo#SharedCircles - tons of more specified circles if you're so inclined ^_^
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