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This was released back in June, but I'm just catching up on my reading. A history of early computers from the 1930s to the 1960s in a report recently declassified by the NSA.

Quite long, but interesting if you like history and tech. I particularly like the bits about trying to decode Enigma documents (they needed more speed and power, to crunch numbers, but components were not reliable and would fail too often). 
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Yes, but it's been several years (10+). I need to go back. 
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This is water.

Also, THIS is water. https://www.charitywater.org/donate/#step-1
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OMG!!! i cannot tell you how bad I want these right now! BACON FRIES!!
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Most people that read this live in 1st-world countries. We will never know the anguish of not having clean water to drink.

I almost never share things like this. Most of the time you can't track the money, there are alternate agendas (spread religion, tax breaks) or it's not actually fixing a problem (give fish as opposed to teach how to fish). But this is different.

http://mycharitywater.org/StillOurProblem

For ever dollar that people contribute here, I will match it. Put forth a few bucks to a project that builds infrastructure (important) and provides a basic need.

Eat out one less day this week and donate $10.
Don't drink this week and donate $20.
Buy all your groceries from the outside of the store and donate $30.
Don't buy that latest iGadget case on Amazon and donate $40.

Help someone else survive. Donate $1 from your change bowl.

Just because we live in the society that we do doesn't mean that we can ignore our world neighbors. Even though we have water, because they don't, it's Still Our Problem because we can do something about it.

p.s. The water in the picture below is really gross - from the drainage ditch outside my apartment. Yet, many drink and bathe in water like it every day.
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"As men, we alone among animal species have the power to envisage the future and to choose. We can act wisely and we can also act foolishly."
~ Rabbi Louis Finkelstein

I've had many discussions with friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers on the current situation in Syria, not to mention Burma, D.R. Congo, Sudan, and South Sudan. During these conversations, opinions will be brought up and discarded in the same breath. Anger, sadness, frustration and helplessness are just but a few of the emotions that are expressed. It is difficult to put into words the scope of tragedy and horror that exists TODAY because of intolerance in one shape or another.

We can stand all high and mighty on our pedestal of world power, but we forget that it was not long ago that many looked at us with the same disgust (and many continue to do so now due to certain popular political and religious views held by 'popular' and influential members of our society. We forget while we go out and sip fancy drinks and throw away a half eaten steak because it wasn't cooked properly or it was over seasoned that there are places in the world where something as simple as clean water is extremely difficult to obtain, be it due to war, poverty, or intentionally withheld to meet a political agenda.

"Today there is an urgent, practical necessity to work together on arms control, on the world economy, on the global environment. It is clear that the nations of the world now can only rise and fall together. It is not a question of one nation winning at the expense of another. We must all help one another or all perish together.

On occasions like this it is customary to quote homilies; phrases by great men and women that we've all heard before. We hear, but we tend not to focus. Let me mention one, a phrase that was uttered not far from this spot by Abraham Lincoln: 'With malice toward none, which charity for all...' Think of what that means. This is what is expected of us, not merely because our ethics command it, or because or religions preach it, but because it is necessary for human survival.

Here is another: 'A house divided against itself cannot stand.' Let me vary it a little: A species divided against itself cannot stand. A planet divided against itself cannot stand. And [to be] inscribed on this Eternal Light Peace Memorial, which is about to be rekindled and rededicated, is a stirring phrase: 'A World United in the Search for Peace.'

... Where necessary, we must confront and challenge the conventional wisdom. It is time to learn from those who fell here. Our challenge is to reconcile, not after the carnage and the mass murder, but instead of the carnage and the mass murder.

It is time to act."
~ Carl Sagan - 1988 speech at Gettysburg, PA on the 125th anniversary of the battle where 51,000 were killed or wounded.

"The international community ... has the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. In this context we are prepared to take collective action, in a timely and decisive manner, should peaceful means be inadequate and national authorities are manifestly failing to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity."
~ Responsibility to Protect doctrine adopted by the 60th Anniversary United Nations Summit.

I am not advocating attacks by one nation state against another or that the international community sit back and do nothing. I am pressing for dialogue and action that will end the suffering.

My destiny is tied to yours; our destiny is tied to theirs. 
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The person who asks nothing, does nothing - has nothing and is nothing.

Ask.
Do.
Risk. 
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We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit on a cold one any more.
~Mark Twain
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Congrats and good luck to +Michael Laine and LiftPort Group on their relaunch!

If you have not given a dollar or two, perhaps you should...

Http://kck.st/PIiqjR

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I'm an average Joe working in IT.  I get up every morning, put on my pants and go to work. 

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