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We really can't wait four more years. We need someone willing to fight against the oligarchy before they consolidate any more power.

Elizabeth Warren's Book Makes The Case She Should Run For President - http://huff.to/1j2WdMy
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That's how I feel like after reading yet another article declaring Google Plus all but dead
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A very short but well written article about Piketty's great new book and the stunning denial on the right. They don't have facts on their sides, just unhelpful labels. The filthy rich are "job creators" even though most of them inherited their wealth, while any discussions of class and inequality are "Marxist".
 
In his op-ed column today, Professor Krugman distills the essence of Thomas Piketty's argument (backed by voluminous data and theoretical analysis) and why conservatives find it so threatening:

"No, what’s really new about “Capital” is the way it demolishes that most cherished of conservative myths, the insistence that we’re living in a meritocracy in which great wealth is earned and deserved.

For the past couple of decades, the conservative response to attempts to make soaring incomes at the top into a political issue has involved two lines of defense: first, denial that the rich are actually doing as well and the rest as badly as they are, but when denial fails, claims that those soaring incomes at the top are a justified reward for services rendered. Don’t call them the 1 percent, or the wealthy; call them “job creators.”

But how do you make that defense if the rich derive much of their income not from the work they do but from the assets they own? And what if great wealth comes increasingly not from enterprise but from inheritance?"

As Professor Krugman notes, republicans have not been able to mount a substantive critique of Piketty's work. They have not been able to find any holes in the data; they have not been able to find any holes in the analysis. 

So instead they do what they always do, which is to call the offending person names. They call President Obama a "socialist arrogant Kenyan" (see post below), and they call Piketty a Marxist. Professor Krugman has also been called names by these name-callers; he is in good company.
New scholarship by the French economist is a bona fide phenomenon, and the right is terrified.
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But therein lies the rub. There are two conceptions of democracy. From the French revolution to the 1970s, the public was the owner/shareholder of the state. Government was accountable to the public, better or worse.

From Reagan - Thatcher till today the state is owned by the rich and the public is a customer/consumer of services. Government is a closed management team and customers may occasionally give feedback, but nothing more.

The first conception is right, and Snowden is defending it. unfortunately, too many people have forgotten it. I blame both Reagan and Steve Jobs, for turning citizens into customers.
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This is an extremely thoughtful and well written essay about the deplorable respect given to idiots and criminals in the former administration and of billionaires bankrolling even more idiocy and failed policies. 
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Very expressive comic and so spot on. Libertarians really irk me with their smug, selfish, unworkable ideology.
 
The 24 types of Libertarian
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The problem is that most who have claimed the mantle of Libertarian are actually children that have no sense of adult responsibility.  Most Americans are in fact libertarians, especially when compared to the rest of the world but just as Liberal was turned into a dirty word, so has Libertarian.
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I'm resharing this as I'm tired of the hugely popular posts from deniers getting so much attention.
 
In case you haven't figured it out yet I, and a lot of other people whom I can not speak for, think  Anthropogenic (man made) Global Climate Change is the single most important thing on this planet at this time and for the foreseeable future.  You need to pay attention, get involved and pressure politicians. Your life really is at stake and much. much sooner than you think.

#agw   #globalclimatechange   #un   #globalwarming  
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BREAKING: News Site TechCrunch Enters Tabloid Business

Sources say that after a wildly successful article about the #ghosttown  known as +Google+, popular tech news site decided to change it's name to TechHunch and only publish halfway researched articles infused with wild speculation and heavy doses of fictional facts! 

Sources also report that the intern desk has been moved to a hall closet. This movement has no connection to the change in journalistic integrity. 

Well, it would seem that is the next logical step anyways. 

In case you're not aware, TechCrunch published an article likening Google+ to Walking Dead. While it may be fun to link news stories to popular culture references, the actual reporting done in the piece is 90% garbage. So below is an updating list of pieces written by intelligent and insightful people in response to the nonsense being circulated from TechCrunch's article: 

+Amanda Blain:
https://plus.google.com/107982618909749811163/posts/J9rdErjJ2uV

+Gplus Expertise:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/109164280656499025716/posts/e5HULKLmT5v

+Mark Traphagen 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/107022061436866576067/posts/3PH8zcrczSq

+Mars Cyrillo 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/111766501721342558332/posts/fb7hAiw5d2c

+Eli Fennell 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/110619855408549015935/posts/djULSx5b3yW

+Matt Cruikshank (former Google employee)
http://mattcruikshank.blogspot.com/2014_04_01_archive.html

+Stephan Hovnanian 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/105076725141939280120/posts/2wKARtjXxDr

+David Amerland 
http://davidamerland.com/seo-blog/961-didn-t-you-hear-good-journalism-is-dead.html

+Brendan Thesingh 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/103511435932730435338/posts/At8d8wqWP36

+Mike Elgan (video)
http://twit.tv/tnt/994

+Jaana Nyström 
https://plus.google.com/107742059751171695340/posts/URCg5BJKMEB

So suffice to say-- the Google+ Is Walking Dead article you're reading (from even credible sources) is a bunch of sensational, link-bait crap. 

Got any more sources to add to the list? Let me know in the comments! 

And don't miss tomorrow's +Social Media Hangout where we'll talk all about this: https://plus.google.com/109836237376101025302/posts/URkKsjYscQz

#ghosttown   #techcrunchfail   #walkingdead   #googleplus  
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I don't agree with this article.

While the protests about Brendan Eich went a lot further and faster than almost anyone expected, his problem was the almost complete reversal of public opinion on this issue in just a few years. His timing was incredibly unlucky.

For years polititians and public personalities could express deeply homophobic opinions without any penalties, or even use the hate to gain public support. But in five short years homophobia is now rightly considered to be bigotry, on par with racism.

Brendan Eich could have made a public apology for his support of the hateful Prop 8, and that may have been accepted. But his statements about supporting diversity at Mozilla quoted in this article gave no indication that he had any regrets for his hateful act.

Free speech means that you can say almost anything you want, but people are also quite free to disagree. If Brendan had been caught making contributions to racist organizations, the same furor would have erupted decades ago.

It doesn't help him that there is deep anger from years of publicly accepted denigration of gay people forcing many to live secretly. I really don't think this is as much a problem with the current discourse as it is a backlash against decades of hateful repression of gay people, and now homophobia has to go into the closet because gays have finally won public acceptance.

Brendan Eich is a brilliant programmer but his hate of gay people is no longer welcome in public roles of influence. Sure this stifles some things that people would say if they now could but I fail to see how such hateful ignorant dialogue has any rights to be respected. It's not acceptable to tolerate public bigotry and Brendon Eich is a bigot.
 
The forced resignation of Brendan Eich will have a chilling effect on political discourse
The forced resignation of Brendan Eich will have a chilling effect on political discourse.
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It had never occurred to me that AIDs would be what brought many non-heterosexuals out.  I would have thought the opposite with all the hate at that point which was turned on them.  All I can say is that the world is a much better place now than it was even 10 years ago and far better than when I was a young girl when lynching was an accepted practice.  We have moved forward quite a bit in the last 50 years even though it feels at times as if we are being pulled back.
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This really is a great quote, presented with good art.
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The last sentence of this article says it all!
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Some of the food is really great. Prices are reasonable for what you get. I've had some tasty lunches here, not too bad for a chain. Decent salads and / or vegetables accompany some of the meals. They also do pretty good with the happy hour specials, all of which are better than average (other than the garlic fries, anyway). I do agree that the garlic fries are soggy and perhaps more than a bit too much garlic. The regular fries are better. Their in-house beer is OK, but they avoid making anything with any character or hops. They do an OK, very pleasant Pilsner, but nothing else to really get that much excited about. There are much better places to get good brews which is rather odd for a "Brewery" restaurant.
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Typical Mormon plastic hum-drum architecture. Meh. Inside, I bet it has all sorts of lovely details like the Provo (and for that matter the Salt Lake City Temple) such as office-grade suspended ceilings, fluorescent lights, composition tiles, and so on. If you're not Mormon, you can't go inside, but I can tell ya, your're not missing much. Just a really strange Masonic-style ceremony involving the Genesis story from the Bible, and yes, all that just ab-fantastic architecture. (Not). You get to see the boss from WRKP (and Maytag repairman) play a role in the filmed ceremony. They don't even bother to do it live any more. The Mormons tell themselves over and over just how uplifting the utterly boring and content-free ceremonies are. I'll pass.
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The bagels are very, very good, especially when you luck out to get the warm ones right from the oven. The cream cheese spreads are very tasty and are obviously made right there in the store. These are the best bagels on Capitol Hill. They are dense and flavorful the way they should be, not soft pasty imitations like Safeway's or Noah's Bagels.
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I have a sponsee that is getting treatment here. The grounds are beautiful, the staff are friendly and nice and most of them are recovering addicts/alcoholics that really understand how to stay clean. As far as the negative review, you should understand that addicts will find something wrong with anything as an excuse to use. This treatment center will do very well as a place for an addict to get a new start on their life if they really do have desire to stay clean. If they don't, maybe it will work, as they discover some motivation here, but maybe it won't. The odds don't get much better than that.
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