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Why is our page currently inactive? Read more for further details. Google's joining ALEC, a lobbying organization which has openly fought to suppress clean energy like solar and supported the Keystone XL pipeline, creates a major conflict of interest for our page. 
 
Whatever Happened To "Don't Be Evil?

Google Has Joined ALEC, A Lobbying Organization Which Supports

- Stand Your Ground Laws
- Voter ID Disenfranchisement
- Expanding Private Prisons 
- Fighting Renewable Energy While Favoring Oil and Gas, Including Supporting the Keystone XL Pipeline
- Anti Gay Rights
- Right To Work Laws In Multiple States
- Opposing Various Attempts At Healthcare Reforms

Late last year, Google quietly joined ALEC, the organization behind lobbying for Voter identification laws in many states, "Right To Work" laws in others, and "Stand Your Ground" laws in many more. (If you're not familiar with "Stand Your Ground", it's the law that enabled  George Zimmerman, to  walk free after shooting black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, last year.)  ALEC was also behind Arizona's "papers please" anti-immigration law from 2010. It gave Arizona police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally before portions of it were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2012. In addition, ALEC has been a major force behind both privatizing state prison space and keeping prisons filled, as it also lobbies for private prison corporations. Historically, they have supported anti gay rights measures and opposed healthcare reforms. And this is the organization that +Google is now publicly affiliated with. 

ALEC is a conservative lobbying group that is so extreme that it's now that's now trying to punish people for generating their own solar energy. So why would Google join this lobbying company, after having invested in their own solar projects?  Some interesting aspects of this are discussed in this article: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3022988/google-and-facebook-keep-supporting-laws-that-gut-their-own-renewable-energy-investments

Here's what Wikipedia says about ALEC, with good sources at the bottom of the article : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Legislative_Exchange_Council

Here's another article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/norman-solomon/google-doing-evil-with-al_b_4079436.html

#Google and Facebook, which have both joined ALEC, have said they have no public comment. But I have one:

A corporation that claims to have the motto "Don't be evil" yet embraces legislation like this has a severe case of cognitive dissonance. ALEC's investments in lobbying bills are evil in the extreme. They are undermining the rights of workers, justice, and the bills they sponsor are often openly racist. Was it really the fault of individuals like George Zimmerman who pull the triggers and are then acquitted, or was it the lobbying groups who passed the "Stand Your Ground Law which were more responsible for the legislative messes our country now finds itself in? I'd like to hear Trayvon Martin's family's comment on that one, as they're the ones now missing a son. And I'd love to hear Google explain to Martin's family exactly why they've joined ALEC. Does this fit with the former "Don't be evil" motto?

Consider this:

"Coca Cola, Pepsi, McDonalds, Kraft, Amazon, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have all dropped relationships with ALEC in the face of its controversies (especially following the death of Trayvon Martin) over the last two years."

When McDonalds drops a relationship with ALEC due to ethical concerns, but Google signs up with them, that should give one pause for thought. 

I am extremely disappointed in both the government and the tech companies at this point. #Facebook and #Google included. 

Take a good hard look at what #ALEC does and what it stands for and whether it aligns with your values personally. If you find it troubling, examine why. 

#Google used to be an organization I respected, because they appeared to think innovatively, but joining a corrupt and broken lobbying system to eke out every last bit of profit at the cost of cannibalizing the truly sustainable, creative ones in a company is not respectable, nor productive. After joining ALEC, I can't say I respect Google any longer. ALEC goes against everything I believe in. Gay rights, healthcare, safer schools, fair wages, renewable energy, a fair and balanced justice system are high on my list of priorities. I have met many Google employees who seemed to believe in these same values as well. It's a shame that the heads of the company appear don't appear to embrace those same values any longer. With statements like this from Eric Schmidt, it's not hard to see why: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/12/30/google_s_eric_schmidt_we_win_even_when_economy_suffers.html

Since I've left Google, I've found some good alternative services which are actually so good I haven't missed Google much. 

I endorse these alternatives services if you are personally considering a Google/Facebook tech boycott:  

www.duckduckgo.com as an alternative search engine; keeps no records

I recommend this as an alternative browser to Chrome:  www.epicbrowser.com

For good secure chat platforms, encryptable email, check out all the links on these pages: https://epic.org/privacy/tools.html


Of course, you can continue using Google products; just be aware that much of the revenue you're generating for them by uploading your content is now being directly sent to ALEC, which is being used to fund laws that will increase privatized prisons, disenfranchise voters, gays and minorities, and may actually contribute directly to deaths via more "Stand Your Ground" laws, which they are actively pushing or in other states. 

I guess we all have to decide where we stand or fall on this "Don't Be Evil" thing. 
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(Full disclosure: my family owns a small number of shares.)
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This study on the orphans had restrictions in place to make sure that the children in the study were not exploited.   The 1965 study on rhesus monkeys did not have the same oversight.  To clarify, earlier studies, as mentioned in the article were definitely unethical, the current researchers studying the orphanage tried to do so in an ethical way.  
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A Study on Chocolate's Effect on Book Shoppers 

Does the smell of chocolate influence purchase directed behavior in a bookshop? This study says yes.  

#EnvironmentalPsychology  
 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494413000467
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Exciting discovery!
Giant Virus spans line between virus and bacteria


http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/07/18/jumbo-viruses-hint-at-fourth-domain-life/



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Lap Dancers Help Prove That Humans Have Estrus Cycles, Even Though We May Not Realize It 

Without a doubt, this is one of the most intriguingly titled studies we've ever come across. Since the research was done with professional lap dancers in strip clubs in New Mexico, this takes the phrase "I'm going out to do research, dear!" to a whole new level. 

Full title: *Ovulatory cycle effects on tip earnings by lap dancers:
economic evidence for human estrus?*

By Geoffrey Miller⁎, Joshua M. Tybur, Brent D. Jordan

Abstract:  To see whether estrus was really “lost” during human evolution (as researchers often claim), we examined ovulatory cycle effects on tip earnings by professional lap dancers working in gentlemen's clubs. Eighteen dancers recorded their menstrual periods, work shifts, and tip earnings for 60 days on a study web site. A mixed-model analysis of 296 work shifts (representing about 5300 lap dances) showed an interaction between cycle phase and hormonal contraception use. Normally cycling participants earned about US $335 per 5-h shift during estrus, US$260 per shift during the luteal phase, and US$185 per shift during menstruation. By contrast, participants using contraceptive pills showed no estrous earnings peak. These results constitute the first direct economic evidence for the existence and importance of estrus in contemporary human females, in a real-world work setting. These results have clear implications for human evolution, sexuality, and economics.

#ScienceEveryday   #Neuroscience   #Biology   #Sexuality   #Evolution  

Read it here: 

http://www.unm.edu/~gfmiller/cycle_effects_on_tips.pdf
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I was fortunate enough to fund one of these amazing Hummingbird or Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum), a species of Sphingidae, flitting around my butterfly bush this morning! Its long proboscis, hovering behavior, and audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird and a bumble bee at the same time, while feeding on flowers. This resemblance is thought to result from convergent evolution. It flies during the day, likes bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths. Its has been shown to have a relatively good ability to learn colours, though my butterfly bush is white, not red or pink.

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News from +Noah Diffenbaugh about #ClimateChange  

Not only is the planet undergoing one of the largest climate changes in the past 65 million years, Stanford climate scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field report that it's on pace to occur at a rate 10 times faster than any change in that period. Without intervention, this extreme pace could lead to a 5-6 degree Celsius spike in annual temperatures by the end of the century.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/august/climate-change-speed-080113.html
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Can the FDA be trusted to monitor our drugs? Evidence is doubtful.

A forthcoming article for the special issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics (JLME), edited by Marc Rodwin and supported by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, presents evidence that about 90 percent of all new drugs approved by the FDA over the past 30 years are little or no more effective for patients than existing drugs.

#Medicine   #Health   #Ethics   #FDA   #Research  

http://www.ethics.harvard.edu/lab/blog/312-risky-drugs
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From what I understand, the FDA doesn't test the drugs, it is in fact the companies that actually create the drugs who give the FDA the test results from the experiments conducted.

So the question I tend to ask is "If I was trying to sell my product, and I had complete access to all of the test papers, what would stop me from conducting inefficient experiments to give my product a thumbs up from the FDA and get it on the market?".

From some of the documentaries I've watched, they say that some companies only conduct the tests for a few days, where side effects may take months to appear. I wish independent companies would conduct the tests, that way the greed aspect of things wouldn't affect the tests, because it wouldn't be the ones who were trying to sell the product in the first place conducting the tests that could mean life or death for some people. 
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This is much needed, a boost in funding. 
 
Senate Panel Gives NSF an 8% Budget Boost

"Senate appropriators yesterday expressed their satisfaction with the status quo at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In a bipartisan vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee endorsed a 7.9% increase for the agency that would boost its 2014 budget to $7.426 billion."
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*Classic 1981 Interview With Theoretical Physicist Richard Feynman. "The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out."

#ScienceEveryday  

Richard Feynman - The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out
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No ordinary genius is a good watch, it combines this with a later interview and some other interesting friends family and colleagues. Youtube
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