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Michael Jennings
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Understanding is a three-edged sword.
Understanding is a three-edged sword.

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My choice for Most Visually Striking among what is a pretty impressive catalogue of photographs of a tragically epic #FAIL.  The entire photostream is worth your time to peruse, but this one in particular has a promising future as a desktop background.

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Couldn't have said it better myself, Jesus.

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Constitutionally, this is a no-brainer. It's always been a no-brainer. (Equal Protection means Equal Protection. Full stop.) SO ECSTATIC the High Court has finally set the haters straight.

And for the record, the "sanctity of marriage" is no more ruined by this ruling than I am made gay by it.   #LoveWins   #MarriageEquality  

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Let's do this, people!  (And before anyone tries to defend DST, please consult the Oracle of Oliver at http://youtu.be/br0NW9ufUUw for correction.)

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I think this is the part where we all get to say, "Well, duh!"  And I guarantee he's far from alone in this.

From the article:
"He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have violated ethical guidelines of the journals that published his work."

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Congratulations to my +Berkeley Lab colleagues and customers David Schlegel, Stephen Bailey, Ben Weaver, and the rest of the BOSS team on this, their final data release for +Sloan Digital Sky Survey III.

It's hard to believe that it's already been 7 years or that it's over.  It has truly been an privilege working with such a great team on such an important scientific endeavor.  And while we won't be the primary site for the next phase (+Sloan Digital Sky Surveys IV) -- we'll be the failover/mirror site -- I look forward to it and hope to work with them on that and many other projects in the years to come!

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In honor of #NewYears  and 1/1, here's some #bash   #numbernerd  fun!  Enjoy!

Inspired by +Wil Wheaton's wife Anne and a retweet from LLNL's Dona Crawford.
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I stay at +Marriott​ properties all the time, but under no circumstances would I stay anywhere that blocked my MiFi or any other wireless device. No way in hell. 
+Marriott  is trying to get the FCC to say that it's OK for hotels (and them, specifically) to block Wifi signals from their customers hotspots, so they can rip them off with their $$$ pricey crappy wifi service.

If this bothers you, feel free to comment here: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/proceeding/view?name=RM-11737

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"Over the past two weeks, I have fluctuated between anger and grief. I feel surrounded by Black death. What a privilege, to concern yourself with seeming good while the rest of us want to seem worthy of life."

"Wilson described Michael Brown as a black brute, a demon. No one questioned Michael Brown's intentions. A stereotype does not have complex, individual motivations. A stereotype, treated as such, can be forced into whatever action we expect.

"I spent a four hour flight trying not to wonder about the white woman's intentions. But why would she think about mine? She didn't even see me."

Wow.  Such a powerful and heartbreaking piece.

I, too, am sometimes guilty of focusing too much on my needs, my questions, and my efforts to make a difference.  The focus in the fight against racism, especially now, must always remain on dismantling the systems of oppression and marginalization that persist even to this day.  We are NOT living in a post-racial society, and we white folks must be willing to do the work necessary because it's OUR RESPONSIBILITY, our duty, not because we want recognition or validation.  We created the monster of racism, and we allow it to persist.  We must recognize these tragic discrepancies all around us and make daily, conscious effort to fight them.

Not because it's good for business.  Not because we have a black friend or a transgender cousin.  Not because our bosses told us Diversity and Inclusion is the latest business buzzword.

Because it's right, and we're wrong.  It's uncomfortable.  It's difficult.  It's essential.

And I say this as much to myself as to others.  It's a personal struggle for me to be willing to admit my own racism, my own white privilege, and focus each day on changing myself without needing a cookie from anyone for it.  If you're struggling with the same things, you're not alone.
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