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Dear G+,

I was willing to put up with your trite "What's Hot" until you started stuffing Royal Baby celebrity crap in my stream.

Hint: I don't have any interest in people that paparazzi follow.
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Here's my small contribution to trying to have fewer jerks on the net.
What? I'm probably going to stick my foot in it, here, but I have seen enough asininity on the net to choke a horse. I also don't believe it is the PoC's (Person of Color's) responsibility to teach white folks how not to be bigoted assholes. This is my attempt to teach politeness to the rude.
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The deed, it is done. We signed on the house Wednesday. I'm now an indebted homeowner.
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Serious sticker shock at the printer: $210 for 200 copies of a 14 page program.  All this because the fuser on my laser printer needs to be replaced (it has a permanent streak).  Hint: 6 reams of paper plus toner doesn't cost $210.  What's worse is I have the replacement fuser, just haven't had the time to tear the damned printer apart to install it.
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Yeah, I just am shocked at how much the costs have gone up.  If I'd done it myself, it would have just cost me $50 for paper and toner.  Hell, the damn fuser that needs to be put in only ran $75.
I don't mind paying the gal at the print shop, but I like to know it's coming.  Their per-page rates have gone up to $0.07/page, and they are the some of the best rates around. They do good work, and I don't want them to go out of business.  However, it annoys me to need to pay more for someone else to do something that I could have done myself except for maintenance issues.
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You know what is irritating?  G+ ends up creeping up a discussing that you were once involved in every time someone posts yet another comment to it.  So a week old discussion that you've abandoned because of the contemptible troll in it can keep coming back into your stream like cockroaches in a cheap apartment complex.
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I believe there is an option to mute a post if you want to stop seeing updates.
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"Be My Hero" - a contest for novelty fabrics for boys... Sexist much? 

I'll have to tell the gal I know who was wounded in action in Afghanistan that being a hero is just for boys....

Can we please ditch the gender stereotypes some day?  Please?
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Will we ever mature as a species? I wonder sometimes ...
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Here's my take on the whole NSA flap.

TL; TR: Doesn't pass the BS test.
I'll put it bluntly: The whole flap about the NSA tapping all the data on the web does not pass the bullshit meter. It's not fucking possible. Why do I say this? I've worked for companies that handle large, and I mean large, amounts of user data, metadata, click-throughs, etc.
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Hate the icon-y dumbed downness. I don't need an icon of a camera, play arrow, chain, or calendar to read "photos", "Video", "Link", or "Event".  I'm not fucking 5, nor am I illiterate.

At least I found the switch to turn off that horrible two column crap. [Under the search bar, there is "All", "Friends", "Family" "Acquaintances" and "More" with a down arrow. Click o "More" and at the bottom you will see two icons under "Stream Layout". For single column, click on the one with a single column.]
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OK, WTF?

If you are white, like me, watch this, and understand why nattering about a black person's hair is just asinine, and what your "black friend says" is irrelevant. The most WTF part comes when the lady puts her hand in the mother's hair. Really, would you do that to someone who was Italian, German or Jewish, redhead or blonde (or whatever else wasn't like your hair)? Class A rude, IMO.

http://wordwarfare.tumblr.com/post/48888534020/southern-fried-f-ckery-talkin-bout-good-bad
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Here, lurking as usual.  Using my net.name that I've had since before google existed - it's a matter of conviction and ethics for me.

I'm older, fatter, a hair more cynical and a lot more stubborn.
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Good to see you again, +Ravan Asteris 
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This is two days in a row that I've seen "recommended" Weight Loss or diet type crap in my stream.  Why the fuck would they think that I want a fucking diet?  Because I'm female, because I'm over 30?

Needless to say, I mute that crap.  If it keeps up, I will start marking it as spam.  I don't need G+ to pimp the sugar and diet industry axis of evil to me.  I don't watch TV for the same reasons.  That shit offends me.
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Yes, the modern conservative movement is racist, using code words and dog whistle language, but racist none the less.

http://www.timwise.org/2012/08/if-it-walks-like-a-duck-and-talks-like-a-duck-racism-bigotry-and-the-death-of-respectable-conservatism/

h/t +Steve Savitzky 
For the most part, I've tried to be restrained. Although conservatives accuse those of us on the left of thinking that all critiques of President Obama are rooted in racism, this has certainly never b...
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What is racist? It is loving your own race and why may everyone except whites love their race?
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