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Would modern society collapse, if it slowed down a bit?
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Heresy!!
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“President Trump could launch 140 warheads in the time it takes to write 140 characters. The grave difference is: a tweet can be deleted, but the devastation of a nuclear warhead can never be undone.”

“Our proposals would build in some extra time, and to make take longer to launch [...]The concern is mainly about false alarms. That is when you need cool heads. If you have someone who is impulsive... ” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/donald-trump-nuclear-weapons-barack-obama-urged-high-alert-a7513971.html

There is also an Avaaz campaign: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/trump_nuclear_loc/
A group of arms control experts has urged President Barack Obama to take America’s nuclear weapons off a state of high alert before Donald Trump takes office to stop him “impulsively blowing up the planet”.
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oh nice, it was just a reality tv pun... and I took it for real
 
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Sign up · Log in · Scott Wryn – @scottwrynn. The award for trolliest TV Guide listing ever goes to Scotland's Sunday Herald....brilliant!!! Unfortunately now Trump will invade Scotland. Embedded image. 6:30 AM - 15 Jan 2017. 3319 Retweets4343 Likes. Reply to @scottwrynn ...
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+Boris Borcic That would be equal to a collapse of 'world'
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Over 600 companies call on elected U.S. leaders to implement low carbon policies inluding the Paris agreement. And this are not only the usual suspects; among them are even Du Pont, Monsanto and many unexpected firms.

"We, the undersigned members in the business and investor community of the United States, re-affirm our deep commitment to addressing #climate change through the implementation of the historic Paris Climate Agreement.

We want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy. Cost-effective and innovative solutions can help us achieve these objectives. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost US competitiveness. We pledge to do our part, in our own operations and beyond, to realize the Paris Agreement’s commitment of a global economy that limits global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius."

http://www.lowcarbonusa.org/
via +Susan Stone
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"The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up."
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-audit-army-idUSKCN10U1IG

also: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/23/politics/us-army-audit-accounting-errors/
via +G. Gibson
The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.
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Accounting rules are collateral damage to the US military. Mille sabords!
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"Incoming President Donald Trump made campaign promises that, if carried out, threaten the free web and the rights of millions of people.
He has praised attempts to undermine digital security, supported mass surveillance, and threatened net neutrality. He promised to
identify and deport millions of your friends and neighbors, track people based on their religious beliefs, and suppress freedom of the press.
And he wants to use your servers to do it.
Today, we are calling on the technology community to unite with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in securing our networks against this threat.

ENCRYPT:
Use HTTPS and end-to-end encryption for every user transaction,
communication, and activity by default.
DELETE:
Scrub your logs. You cannot be made to surrender data you do not have.
REVEAL:
If you get a government request to monitor users or censor speech, tell the world.
RESIST:
Fight for user rights in court, on Capitol Hill, and beyond."
(from EFF's full-page Wired ad)
http://boingboing.net/2016/12/19/effs-full-page-wired-ad-dea.html
EFF's full-page Wired ad: Dear tech, delete your logs before it's too late
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What is the highest value in western societies since the 1950s? Imho the prevention of totalitarianism. But what is the second highest value? And what values are we turning towards now at the beginning of the 21st century?
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The 21rst Century appears to be the beginning of a post-value era.
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"As a gag, they run Waldo for Parliament, just as Colbert once started his own satirical super pac. Jamie has no true politics—“I’m not dumb or clever enough to be political,” he protests—but his crude attacks take off. He becomes a populist sensation, like Trump: he’s the joke that’s impossible to fight. The politicians he’s attacking are required to be serious, both the Tory stuffed shirt and the young female Labour upstart, who is dryly funny in private but can’t risk showing it in public. A blue bear doesn’t need to follow rules, however."

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/23/how-jokes-won-the-election
How do you fight an enemy who’s just kidding?
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Did you know that Google's anti-spam algorithms suppresses high-quality comments?

Everybody thinks engagement is low on Google+. But one reason is that Google itself is suppressing engagement.

Google's anti-spam algorithms instantly makes invisible a large number of comments to your posts. Some are spam. Some are high-quality comments.

You can see these with the current version of Google+. To see the comments Google is hiding from you, you have to go to the "Classic" version of Google+ (click on the link at the bottom left of your main Google+ screen in the browser version).

Once in classic mode, open a post and click on "Show comments removed as spam."

In my own case, I find that about a quarter to a third of the comments are perfectly good comments from users in good standing. Some of the suppressed comments are amazing.

In every case, the person who commented thinks everybody can see their comment, but nobody is responding. In fact, nobody ever saw their comment.

The screenshot here is from a post I did yesterday. A huge number of comments are awesome. And I would have never known about it if I hadn't gone in to the "Classic" version and checked this out.

I've complained about this several times and Google does nothing about it.

What we need are simple moderation tools in the new version that enable us to restore false positives.
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nice 1. "First - do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? [...]
There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.
I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.
I'm guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice - who would ever want to breathe those fumes?
This is the choice the world is making right now."
 
Arnold Schwarzenegger Just Blew Everyone Away With This Post On FB. Wow.
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Solid arguments.
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