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Why does Israel have a single ally? This country should be completely forgotten.
 
Scoreboard: #Israel v/s #Palestine
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+T-Mobile Someone please help me.  I can't get another replacement Nexus 5 from Asurion; my claim was rejected.  I was given a defective unit, or the model itself is defective - in which case, I strongly recommended stopping all sale of the device.  If not, I'm in a bit of a predicament.  My job depends on me having a phone available to handle emergency situations.  I'm a guard.  Because my defective phone randomly bootlooped and soft bricked itself, I'm not able to use it.  The phone has not been rooted or modified in any form.  This issue is becoming more common with this device.

Google is ignoring my issue.  I don't have 6 weeks to wait for LG to honor my manufacturer's warranty.  My only other option is to seek help from you.  I cannot make calls because that was my only phone, and I see no web chat on the site.  I've even reached out on Twitter.  I need someone to please respond ASAP.

I honestly don't have $150 for the deductible, let alone even more to apply toward a new purchase.  Because the device isn't functional beyond failed attempts at powering on and booting, it will only bootloop until it shuts off a few minutes later, I highly doubt I'll get back even $20 on a trade in.  Please help me!!!
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That's excellent, we will be in touch as soon as we can. -Keith
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All beef hotdog, Romain lettuce, white onions, sweet corn, bell pepper, Asiago / Fontina / Parmesan shredded cheese blend, standard bun, ketchup, and mustard - every ingredient is organic.

This is one of the BEST hotdogs an American have. You're welcome for the food porn. Give it a try yourselves. 
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A Palestinian man working for a local news agency in the Gaza Strip was killed on Wednesday night by an Israeli strike on a car full of journalists, according to multiple reports from the war-torn region. Hamdi Shihab, who was apparently working a...
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I've seen, read, and heard enough bullshit to last me a lifetime.  It's time to make another change in my life - even at the risk of becoming more Vulcan-like than human.  I'll be experimenting with a new mentality this summer - not like I haven't already been practicing this to some extent already.  But I digress.  For a time, I will disregard the feelings of others, and speak only the truth as I see it.  Granted I can't take the totalitarian approach, as a significant amount of personal opinion is unavoidable - however, I won't be cushioning the blow anymore.

My reason for doing this is because of my disdain for the emotional appeal - a disgusting and wretched form of arguing one's point by way of shaming or motivating others with the use of your passion and personal feelings, in spite of the facts and evidence, or lack thereof.

"Correlation is not causation" - Edward Tufte

Just because there is an apparent relationship between an outcome and the events, occurrences, or experiences associated with it does not mean the conclusion was caused by those situations.  This is a commonly ignored logical principle that has given rise to numerous experiments and forecasting techniques we use today - such as the Granger Causality, Vector Autoregression, and Convergent Cross Mapping.  

Granger Causality: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granger_causality
Vector Autoregression: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vector_autoregression
Convergent Cross Mapping: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergent_cross_mapping

Essentially, don't jump to conclusions.  I had a discussion with my nephew the other day about jumping to conclusions, where I already knew something he believed to be a fallacy.  I verified this by going directly to the source...my mother.  My nephew believed my mother confiscated a gift I sent to him.  My mother, on the other hand, had already expressed to me her intentions to hold an event to celebrate his gradual recovery and graduation from high school.  She had not yet given him the gift.

Having been unaware of the fact she intended to present the gift to him during the celebration, I ruined the surprise when I asked about it.  This spurred him to go give my mother a difficult time about it - when she simply gave it to him and then spoke to me to explain the situation.  She asked me not to be direct with him, and simply drop the issue altogether.  However, that's exactly what I did not do.  What I did do, was find an ambiguous way of conveying the message to him.  She was disappointed and offended by his approach and assumptions.

Continuing the discussion, I simply told him not to jump to conclusions, stating:

"You are jumping to conclusions.  Until you can read her mind, you have no idea what her plans are.  Her behavior has numerous other implications you didn't even consider.  Don't get locked into that ratchet frame of mind you see your peers use.  Exercise patience, respect your family, appreciate things, and move forward.  Take my word for it, you're jumping to conclusions."

With that, the message was clear.  At no point in time had he stopped to consider reasons for why certain decisions were made.  What purpose did it serve in the first place?  In this case, sentiment.  My mother thought to make the gift even more special by making a presentation out of it.  

"You may not be aware something else is happening...but it doesn't mean nothing else is happening" - James Marshall, III

Yes, I quoted myself - not as a demonstration of arrogance, but because it's actually relevant to the point that I'm making.  I took this position during a discussion about the medicinal uses of marijuana, and the original poster had presented an obvious logical fallacy.  She made the bold claim that she had experienced significant damage to her brain, and that marijuana was solely responsible for the total repair of it.  I pointed out that the report in the linked article dictated that marijuana was not even associated with the experiment - involving neurogenesis.  Naturally, this angered her.

This is the report: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140311124204.htm

The report clearly states that the experiment was a monumental contribution to stem cell research.  There is absolutely no mention of marijuana at all.  I merely pointed out that other things were happening, identified in the article in question, and that she drew a conclusion predicated on her beliefs, not empirical evidence or absolute fact.  This is where I get back to the point.

My argument didn't appeal to this person emotionally and, therefore, became a small pool of insulting implications and a rant based on obvious misunderstandings.  I made it very clear that in her former state, she wasn't very aware of much of anything the doctors did to improve her condition, and apparently wasn't understanding of all the details.  This was not an insult in any way.  My response completely canceled out her argument, which she was already weakening herself.  At no point did I ever say or imply that chemical ingredients of marijuana had absolutely no benefit.  Then again, it's no longer marijuana then, is it?  No, it's an extract.  Just as vanilla extract is no longer the vanilla bean, it's an alcohol. 

The semantics are important because American people tend to ignorantly self medicate.  I guess that's why Monaco, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Greece, Andorra, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, France, Jersey (not New Jersey), Austria, Liechtenstein, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region as of 1997), Guernsey, San Marino, Macau, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden are the healthiest countries in the world.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/healthiest-country-world-article-1.1582013
http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/country-by-country-life-expectancy-the-worlds-15-healthiest-countries-163790/?singlepage=1

The US didn't even rank in the Top 20!  Oh!  By the way, I just listed 21 countries.  Here's where the US ranks in a list of 10 other sovereign nations: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2014/06/16/u-s-healthcare-ranked-dead-last-compared-to-10-other-countries/

Drink it all in.  That irritation?  That's a sign of your feelings getting the best of you as your beliefs go swirling down the toilet drain.  

Appealing to a person emotionally, from my non emotionally attached perspective, is a shortcut to regression.  This is a country divided, valuing the personal opinion as a right above all others.  That system simply will not work.  Too many people have too many opposing views.  How are we supposed to accommodate the feelings of approximately 330 million people all at the same time???  The short answer is: We can't.  It's not possible.

"Anything is possible" - Said every idealist ever.

No, it's not.  There are people who want to live on Mars.  It's not possible.  Let's go with the specifics here.  It's not that it's impossible in the general sense, it's impossible right now.  If you journey to Mars to dwell, you WILL die.  What air would you breathe when you've exhausted your vessel's supplies?  What would you eat when you run out of the reserves you took with you?  Where will you find water after you've consumed what's in the reservoirs?  How will you harvest enough energy to power your equipment and keep warm during the Martian winter?  Are you capable of terraforming a celestial body?  Is terraforming Mars even possible?  How will you launch your vessel and return in case of emergency?

Those are the things the quintessential dreamer doesn't consider.  Suppose I opted not to present those problems to the person who put forth the time, effort, and finances to move to Mars.  Supposing they were actually allowed to go, they would never return.  This is how the emotional appeal is dangerous.  Other examples include vaccinations for blood illnesses, medical care with regards to economics and political beliefs, the use of deadly force and firearm regulation, net neutrality, foreign affairs, gay rights vs religion, religion A vs religion B, immigration, racial tensions, and even romantic relationship structures.  

We're in deep shit.  Everything we feel matters today is most commonly controlled by human emotion.  At what point does logic resume control, or at least play an equal party?  A highly intelligent person can point out obvious flaws on both sides of each situation, taking advantage of the emotionally spawned weakness of each party.  Totalitarian views and practices, the refusal to acknowledge the desire for superiority and lack of actual equality, the desire for conflict and war, and the common misconception that either side is right.  When two people are divided on an issue, the third person should reason the solution lies in the middle.  This is the shady gray area emotional people don't like to address.

There is no compromise.  Everyone wants to be right - even if they factually aren't, because being wrong makes them feel bad.

Humble yourself and grow from these feelings.  I sure as hell won't accept otherwise any longer.  

"The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence" - Carl Sagan

No, I don't have tangible evidence a person is angered, or saddened, or uncomfortable with things I say - or anything that warrants some sort of emotional response.  But that doesn't mean said response isn't occurring.  And maybe being considerate of another's feelings is good practice.  I'm not refuting that.  My concern is backlash, violent emotional responses, and even hatred resulting from failed exchanges.  Anyone should be able to point out when another person is simply wrong about something without negative consequence.  

Get frustrated, stifle frustrations, become frustrated with yourself, experience guilt and/or embarrassment, use e-cigarette, calm down, finish the day, go home and take a bath, call someone, read while you wait, have a meal together and talk, have sex, workout when you wake up, stimulate your mind while you prepare for work or school, go improve, and finally, demonstrate those improvements.  What's so difficult about that?  Pride?  Fear?  Jealousy?  Envy?  

The obvious emotional counter argument is the unappealing autonomous nature of the suggestion.  This is a reaction to what's on the surface - taking it at face value instead of analyzing it.  There are PLENTY of other things to contribute or replace any part of the above suggestion without an emotional outburst.  You could take a drive, play a video game, hangout with friends, surf the web, masturbate instead, go for a walk, have a drink, write, watch a movie, paint, record music, record video, etc.  You have a plethora of other things you could do to help you control your feelings.  There is nothing autonomous about it.

The beautiful conclusions we arrive at when we use our brains for thinking, our consciences for doing the actual right thing, and our hearts for circulating blood.

Signing off.  This is the new me.  Enjoy!
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You guys are awesome. I think both of you made really strong points. However, I sided with +James Marshall the most. Hats off to you two though. Lol. 
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After I apply for a few new jobs, I'll be disabling Google+ for a short while. All my content will be removed to protect my right to privacy and freedom of speech from nosey employers. Once I make the transition, I'll be back, and sharing everything privately with my circles. This will be much easier and time efficient than deleting my posts manually. Hope you all still around while I do this. 
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+Jesus Barrientos HA! Yeah You make do with what you have.  It's still chugging alopng even with the cracked screen. maybe Samsung will see this video and gift me a Note 4 to do an even doper shoot with. 
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