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Melissa Clouthier
Works at Slingshot Communications
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Nice job! Keep it up! You have a gift!
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Thank you! I'll try my best to :)
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Approaching Mt. Fuji

I spent today on a quest to see Mt. Fuji!  I've always wanted to visit the amazing area around the famous volcano, but never had the chance until now.  I was so excited!  We started out the journey here in this little village of Saiko.  After taking some photos, we went inside one of these little buildings and up some small stairs to sit on the floor and eat some soba.  It was a great start for the journey! :)
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Simply righteous. Thanks for sharing! I agree wholeheartedly :)
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I think it's possible to be simultaneously skeptical of any massive corporation having a cozy relationship with the government and/or one political party AND also believe that we can build good tech on the right. I have lots of my information tied up with Google. Obviously. They build great products. I also trust the fact that they want to make big money and right now, the way to do that is to play nice with a President, party, and government inclined to give you favor. It's that nasty situation that I dislike (see also GM, Chrysler, Banking and Mortgage industry bailouts).
 
People who follow my work should probably know that I've been an outside consultant to Google's DC policy team for a few years now. Nonetheless, this piece posted by Ben Howe on RedState touches another nerve and something I've spent countless hours since November agitating on: the Right's broader failure to understand how technology works, and the seeming fear of it that this piece tries to stoke. 

Howe's rant may be about a client, but these are my personal thoughts that touch on something very important I've been trying to get across in the last few weeks. 

Howe correctly stipulates that Republicans could well get beat by a Democratic machine powered by "breathtakingly large, real-time data that could be used for real-time trend analysis, predictive modeling and even behavioral manipulation." And imagine if Google randomly happens to merge their search data with Democratic predictive modeling! Because Google executives support Obama! Because they can read your email, and stuff you write on Google Drive! (Where have we heard that before? http://tcrn.ch/Y8IpkA) Because Joe Biden once hosted a Google+ Hangout, and this is proof of a nefarious conspiracy! 

The results? "The real threat is that Google, or perhaps just a few people within the leadership of Google, may be quietly operating as a private intelligence agency for the left." 

Yes, this is exactly what global technology companies do. Operate as private spying operations for political parties with dingy headquarers on South Capitol. (Rather than make money by working with everyone.)

Beyond the sheer hackery and technical illiteracy of this piece, the fact that someone thought this narrative could be successfully peddled to people on the right is dispiriting. Because the truth is actually scarier than Howe admits. Because the Obama campaign actually built something to successfully predict the behavior of individual voters on their own. And because we seem to be completely unaware of the fact that you don't need massive technology companies to build a hugely powerful political database. 

You can build it yourself. 

Or at least the left can. Because they have developers and technologists who actually build real things of value, instead of bellyaching about how Silicon Valley doesn't like them, or how they can't get permission from the higher ups for their non-idea.

Want the stuff Obama has? Don't play the victim. Just build it.
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Al Gore has been involved with Google since the company's early days. I used to work in Mountain View, CA, in the same office complex as the original Google buildings. In a building directly across a small parking lot from the original Google building in fact.

Al was a frequent visitor.
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But I love so many things! So many ways to die.
 
“My dear,
Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain from you your all. Let it cling to your back and weigh you down to eventual nothingness. Let it kill you, and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it is better to be killed by a lover.
~ Falsely yours”

― Charles Bukowski
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Australia: the tease.  Beautiful, exotic, dangerous. She will kill you. You dare not step foot in the water or sit out on the porch with spiders, or really, do anything ever.
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It's from some B movie
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Who do I complain to within Google about getting rid of Google Reader? I'm desperate. What am I supposed to do?
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 (in NOW RUZ)beginning of the year in IRAN/I hope all the people of the world,love,live together
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I want this NOW!!! <3
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Yeah I want to see this.
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Scary. And our public policy is holding the job market back.
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