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I want these! Do these even exist?
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The dog was named Parrot.
This was taken moments before Parrot was murdered by the cop. The cop drove his knee into the middle of Parrot's back while stretching Parrot's forelegs behind him, as one would do with an armed criminal. Without waiting to determine whether this technique would calm Parrot, the cop grabbed Parrot, lifted him off the ground, and brought him to the top of the concrete staircase.

He threw Parrot over the banister, down twelve steps, and onto the concrete floor. Then, the cop stood at the top of the stairs, drew his weapon, and executed Parrot. Aaron, the animal's owner, cannot recall the number of shots fired. Witnesses state that Parrot was not harming anybody and was simply frightened by the cop. At no time did Parrot try to bite the officer, all he did was start barking.

It doesn't matter if you are a part of an Occupy movement, PETA, Republican, Democrat, Independant Religious or not, if you are a part of the human race this should be a wake up call that something is very wrong with our society.

Isn't brutally killing animals something that most Serial Killers do right before they switch to killing humans?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/12/AR2010091203938.html
http://exm.nr/tq4AcD
http://www.luckydoganimalrescue.org/remembering-parrot

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http://point7.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/google-the-pseudonym-banstick-and-the-netizen-cultural-schism/

A really great blog post with interesting and relevant comments. There's one by WeAreSpaceDinos with a good analogy that I found relevant (partially quoted below):

"The result is that there is growing unhappiness in some places, as people are told “We know better, this is how you should think and be healthy”, because some of their traditional solutions do work. Because not every pool of culture is the same. The needs are different.
Singling out Web 2.0 culture with regards to the issue of identity online is IMHO getting closer to the root truth behind this controversy. The silicon valley culture is like its own singularity and people do live inside a kind of bubble. The problem comes in that such an insular culture is creating the web framework for the rest of the world.
They are trying to force psychology and a vision of how to approach being social that can only be assumed “superior” in a very specific set of circumstances...."

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I talked with Google VP Vic Gundotra tonight (disclaimer, he used to be my boss at Microsoft). He is reading everything we have written about names, and such. Both pro and con.

He says he is making some tough choices and that he will be judged over time how those choices turn out.

He says that he is trying to make sure a positive tone gets set here. Like when a restaurant doesn't allow people who aren't wearing shirts to enter.

He says it isn't about real names. He says he isn't using his legal name here. He says, instead, it is about having common names and removing people who spell their names in weird ways, like using upside-down characters, or who are using obviously fake names, like "god" or worse.

He says they have made some mistakes while doing the first pass at this and they are learning. He also says the team will change how they communicate with people. IE, let them know what they are doing wrong, etc.

I pushed him to make more of the changes, like give us a good appeals process, etc.

He also says they are working on ways to handle pseudonyms, but that will be a while before the team can turn on those features (everyone is working hard on a raft of different things and can't just react overnight to community needs).

After running through his reasoning, mostly to have a nicer, more personal, community, I feel even stronger that Google is on the right track here even though I feel they weren't fair or smart in how they spun up these new rules, but Vic convinced me to hang in there and watch their decisions over the next few weeks.

I am on board and it will be interesting to watch Vic and his team. Me? I am having a ton of fun here and that is most of what counts.

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http://www.giantmicrobes.com/

They even come in a petri dish gift set. Your child can cuddle up with a foot fungus or add realism to a game of "Ring Around the Rosie" with the black death stuffed toy.
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