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Simone Oech
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And not only in America. It seems to me racism is wherever there are groups that are different from each other, and one group dominates.
What do you think?
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Got my first take down notice on YouTube. I guess that means I'm a big boy now.

But, reached out to the guys at +Brave New Films and cleared it up, and they're retracting their notice. In the meantime, here's their YouTube channel, with the originally shared trailer in question. Check it out. The message is important.
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Forget Praying or sparing a thought for those in Nepal after the quake. Put your money where your mouth is 
The images coming out of Nepal are harrowing. Here are vetted charities you can donate to if you want to help.
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This worldwide "legislation" or agreement is pretty toxic. It is still being "negotiated".
Remember the wonderful response to the ACTA, SOPA and so forth? (And they will keep trying so, netizens stay aware, stay  active!) that kind of response- and more is needed here to. Here is one of my drops on the stone, together lets wear a hole thru the stone. (or simply roll the stone away.....)

h/t +Susanne Ramharter 
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Life is not only about pleasing visuals and irony. There are things we need to stand up for (or against). The proposed TTIP (or CETA) Trade Agreements are one of these things I stand against.

Read the article below and you will know one of my many reasons.
And please, before you put me down as a bleeding-heart fool who falls for the 'anti-trade marxist propoganda', know that I have actually read and studied the leaked document and confirmed by my own reading that everything stated here is a valid concern.

Interestingly enough, though the EU Commission claims to have the interests of national sovereignty and public policies in mind, the major changes in this document actually serve to decrease and limit just that sovereignty. 

Just another example that the EU Commission does does not know how to #treadlightly  

1) The proposed chapter on regulation in the leaked document is here:

2) the +EUobserver has excellent regular posts here on G+ as well.

#ttip   #ceta   #tradeagreements   #eu  
The free-trade talks between the EU and the US could create a labyrinth of red tape effectively blocking new environmental, health or labour standards in the EU.
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ALERT!! Shout it from the rooftops. Drop this in its tracks!
The US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has introduced a bill to reauthorize Section 215 of the Patriot Act to allow mass surveillance of innocent American citizens until December 31, 2020.
Section 215 is due to expire on June 1, and there are going to be various attempts to either reform or abandon the provision. The law gives legal cover to the NSA for its massive database of US cellphone records, among other things.

Do not let this go through!
Bill to keep mass snooping alive bypasses traditional committee oversight
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On of my favorite Memes: "Just say: know"
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This is..... thought provoking. I think it does what - oh blast, i cannot remember his name,  a thinker, who said something to the effect that one way to come upon new thoughts is combine things(images, concepts)  in unexpected, even random ways. This certainly mixes expectations up.
I like it.

Hey Writers, Artists, Creators...

Thanks for reminding me about this channel +Tejas Richard. There's some real gems here and obviously a lot of love. Good message and some silly fun side by side. Check out the channel, check out the videos.
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So, if we weren't confused enough about what is "truth" on the interwebz..... welcome to the "Clone Zone".
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Oh! I hope this will be available some how to see... widely. there is so much that is grand about this.
And the one or other thing that is so wrong- why was it not released?
And this bit:
The tribes’ participation in the film did not sit well with a certain “Assistant Field Matron” assigned to the area by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to monitor the tribes’ activities. In her weekly report, filed July 31, 1920, and sent directly to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, she wrote: “Went to a camp close to headquarters where their [sic] are about 300 Kiowas and Comanches gathered dancing and having pictures taken to be used in the movies.… I talked to the manager to have the camp broken up and dances stopped.
“These dances and large gatherings week after week are ruining our Indian boys and girls as they have been going on for about three months and different places. No work done during these days.”

Madam (for you are no Lady), they were working and living. Working does not have to be pain, agony and nor does it or living have to be what you think it should be.

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+Chris Jenkins  is thoughtful, caring  and active- and worth supporting. And if by re-sharing connections are made to people who will join with him, or be inspired to do as he is planning, then I am glad.

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In 1994, I caught 14 charges. Four of them were felonies.

This isn't a secret, so I don't try to make it one. Anyone with sufficient motivation can run a background check on me and see that in my late teens to early twenties, I took the hard way figuring out what the world is all about. 

Technology saved me.

In my single longest stretch of incarceration (72 days, if I recall correctly), I figured out that this was not a lifestyle that suited me. But, being from a family that didn't particularly have a lot to offer in the way of resources, I bounced aimlessly around between low paying jobs fighting the temptation to re-offend. When you're $500 short on the rent and know you can make that quick flipping some weight, you're faced with some hard decisions. 

Around 24 I lucked into some MCSE training, and it set me on a path that lead me to here: a happily married father of two upper middle class professional nerd, enjoying a lifestyle I never dreamed I would have, and quite frankly, often feel I don't deserve. 

My end game has always been to give back, and when I hit 50, I've promised to myself I will leave private industry for public service. I want to found a 501c3 dedicated to helping disadvantaged kids understand what opportunities are out there, and specifically in technology. If I had better understood when I was 17 what I was capable of, I wouldn't have taken the road that I did. 

That's long term; this is short term: I'm writing a book about how technology can be a channel for current and ex-cons to get their lives on track, reduce recividism, and take them from the place they came from to the place I am. In my research, I've seen quite a few examples of that. People who have done far more time than me have gone on to accomplish far greater things than me. Frederick Hutson is one such example:

I'm looking for ex-cons in tech who are willing to share their story as an inspiration to others to include in the book. I'd like to send you an email questionnaire, and then if possible, follow up with a 30 minute or so Hangout session. 

If you (or someone you know) is a good example of this, will you leave a comment, or tag them in? And if you think you may have some folks in your circles who qualify, will you share? Please direct them to comment here so I see it. 

Also, +Yonatan Zunger, if you know of any Googlers who fit the bill, that would be amazing. Working at your company is often thought of as one of the pinnacles of achievement, so an ex-con Googler would really inspire. 

Thanks, everyone.
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Her words:
“You see, we need to be very clear about where the challenges in this community first started. Folks in Indian Country didn’t just wake up one day with addiction problems. Poverty and violence didn’t just randomly happen to this community. These issues are the result of a long history of systematic discrimination and abuse.”
“Let me offer just a few examples from our past, starting with how, back in 1830, we passed a law removing Native Americans from their homes and forcibly re-locating them to barren lands out west. The Trail of Tears was part of this process. Then we began separating children from their families and sending them to boarding schools designed to strip them of all traces of their culture, language and history. And then our government started issuing what were known as ‘Civilization Regulations’ – regulations that outlawed Indian religions, ceremonies and practices – so we literally made their culture illegal.”

g/t +Bill Ries-Knight 
So given this history, we shouldn’t be surprised at the challenges that kids in Indian Country are facing today. And we should never forget that we played a role in this. Make no mistake about it...
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This is scary to me. Yes, perhaps, on the one hand it looks flexible, even for the "employee". But it reminds e of the pictures of men standing with their tools at a roadside, waiting for someone, anyone to come along and hire them, for a day or short job.
Akin to this:

Never knowing if that day is secured, never being able to relax, be on vacation, because job might come in, always on alert, always wondering if the next "job" will come.

Not only "No Thanks" but "HELL No!!!"
Robert Reich: The Clever New Business Tactic That's Making Work in America Hell

Just-in-time scheduling is another part of America’s new “flexible” economy – along with the move to independent contractors and the growing reliance on “share economy” businesses, like Uber, that purport to do nothing more than connect customers with people willing to serve them.

New software is behind all of this – digital platforms enabling businesses to match their costs exactly with their needs. 
The business media considers such flexibility an unalloyed virtue. Wall Street rewards it with higher share prices.  America’s “flexible labor market” is the envy of business leaders and policy makers the world over.

There’s only one problem.

The new flexibility doesn’t allow working people to live their lives.

Businesses used to consider employees fixed costs  – like the costs of factories, offices, and equipment. Payrolls might grow or shrink over time as businesses expanded or contracted, but from year to year they were fairly constant.

That meant steady jobs. And with steady jobs came steady paychecks along with regular and predictable work schedules. But employees are now becoming variable costs of doing business – depending on ups and downs in demand that may change hour by hour, possibly minute by minute

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This is a product of an America that has lost sense of community, revealing a nativist perspective of 'I've got mine, so fuck you', and 'my kids are better than yours'. Unfortunately, it is a glaring symptom of a broken America which was caused by gilded age policies put into place by both republicans and neoliberal democrats. It has to end or America ends.
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I had the fortune to find and study a subject I was fascinated by- computer science. After graduating I took the chance to move from the US of A to Germany for a year to see where my family roots came from... somehow that year has turned into much, much longer. Life happens while you aren't watching.
Now I look with concern at what is happening in the States, in the whole world. It is as if the world is going crazy and sane at the same time. There are such wonderful things happening... and such scary/horrid things.
In reference to my home country,  NDAA legislation, for instance, and the brutality with which Occupy protesters were/are gone after. The US of A that I knew, and honored.... I want it back!
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