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Erika Peterson
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Awesome idea, well put!
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there is a guy here in Reno who sells bare root apple trees he grows himself! this is year #4 for us with our arkansas black apple tree - I hope we get some fruit. It did flower last year but we had a late frost :) http://michaelsapples.com
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This is causing a little storm right now on G+, and of course, it's awful when anyone receives a death threat, but it's got me a little riled up. Women of G+, I'd like you to raise your hands if you have ever received a death or rape threat online. Post in the comments what people's response to this was.

Not long ago, I received a rape threat in the midst of a discussion about economics here on G+. I have to admit it didn't occur to me to report the poster — I simply blocked him, but what was more disturbing was that other (male) participants in the thread continued to discuss the original topic with him as if nothing untoward was said. This is the culture women live in. We don't even bother to report mere "threats" because it is considered acceptable to threaten the lives and safety of women. If you are reading this, I hope that if you see this happen in a thread, you will at least call out the poster and discontinue speaking with him.

If this topic interests you, do a little searching — you'll find that there are many prominent women bloggers and journalists who have been forced offline and even into hiding because of threats to their lives and safety.
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Update December 28, 2011 5:58pm: +Chris Chabot (the Google+ Developer Relations CM) has apologized for his poor choice of words. Apology accepted even though the damage is done, the real issue is more pressing. Thanks for clarifying, Chris.

Update December 28, 2011 4:05pm: +Chris Chabot (the Google+ Developer Relations CM) makes an outright lie about the situation in the comment of a post about this matter, he says:

"Some of the community managers at Google have also reached out to Brandon directly asking for the links to those posts so we could expedite the process, but unfortunately he's been unwilling to share those with us so far." Read it here: http://goo.gl/UV0Av

The only community manager who has ever reached out to me regarding this matter is +Brian Rose (and he did so at 2:09pm today via email). I didn't receive his email till after 3pm today because I was away. I don't know what Chris Chabot is talking about, obviously I would like this to be resolved as quickly as possible.

Update December 28, 2011 3:38pm: +Brian Rose reached out to me through email at 2:09pm. His team is investigating the threats. I thank him for that and for everyone else who condemns this type of behaviour.
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Tonight I received 4 separate death threats through Google+. That brings the total for the month of December way over 10. I’ve reported each account & flagged the individual death threats. Google responded by doing nothing. Not one account suspension.

Some of the threats freaked me out. I responded by deleting everything I ever published to Google+. Google won’t do anything to stop these people from harassing me so I’ve closed off my account completely: limited comments; no email; no notifications.

Thanks to the extremely small percentage of people (<0.001%) for leaving positive and insightful comments. It was a fun experiment while it lasted and I hope it continues—I just can’t deal with the constant barrage of death threats right now—Nobody should have to!

cc: +Max Huijgen +Natalie Villalobos +Toby Stein
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My hand is raised and I have seen the same passive acceptance by men when one of their tribe makes such threats. I ignore/block men who make offhanded remarks (i.e., the guys who seem to be socially clueless). I report the other, more aggressive types.
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Dear dozens of random people who have circled me but then haven't shared anything with me:

I'm unlikely to add you to my circles if I know absolutely nothing about you, which makes me wonder what was the purpose of circling me in the first place. Or maybe you are a bot?

Confused,

Erika
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Oh! One other additional piece of potentially useful info. If someone circles you and you decide you would rather they not see your posts because maybe something in their profile or whatever creeps you out or if they make rude comments on your posts, etc.. You can block that person. Also, I forget, not everyone posts a lot of stuff Public or Extended Circles like I do so some of what I said above might not apply. If you only post to your circles then, yeah, those people who circle you but you don't put into some circle of yours won't see your posts. Still, don't let it overwhelm you. Take your time and circle those you want to. The ones who are active posters will show up a lot in comments from other posts in your circles anyway and those are the best ones to circle usually.
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Wow!
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"...foreclosure sales in the commonwealth (Massachusetts) over the last five years wholly void." Wow. Banks are in trouble. Link to long, long, explanation.
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Thought provoking article about the shape of the future.
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I have a new, visceral understanding of why farmers love winter. Three MORE months of full on slogging to go and I'm already beat.
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By the time we're done butchering turkeys, I'll be lucky to have enough energy to cook Thanksgiving.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you Data Rescue 3, for restoring my last 3 years of photographs!
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Great.
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I know of nowhere in the constitution of Either the United States or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where the government is given the right to secrecy. It is my understanding that a Constitution is supposed to define what government can do, not what it cannot do.

Time to demand our government go back within its defined borders.
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Hello, Happy New Year. I see your posts. I don't know you. But approve your intectuallity .. just made that up. Anyway, Happy New Year. As a male, single, documentary filmmaker, sometimes music video's .. There are many imposters here online. I am am not. I like your free thoughts. Best_Stig'
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Police out of control. Let's hope a court soon teaches them they can't make up these definitions as they go along.
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'University police say the students, who chanted "You're beating students" during the incident, were not innocent bystanders, and that the human fence they tried to build around seven tents amounted to a violent stance against police.

"The individuals who linked arms and actively resisted, that in itself is an act of violence," UC police Capt. Margo Bennett said. "I understand that many students may not think that, but linking arms in a human chain when ordered to step aside is not a nonviolent protest."'

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/11/MNH21LTC4D.DTL
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I can definitely see your point, +Earl Hollar. I can also sympathize with the owners of the Occupied land. And I agree that the police put themselves is a bit of a bind. Perhaps some more careful planning at the outset (on the part of the police, I mean, but perhaps also on the part of the protesters) should have been done to avoid their getting into that bind in the first place.
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This is how totalitarianism starts: by making everyone a small-time criminal.
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So, Louisiana makes it illegal to by second hand merchandise with cash. Only check, credit or money orders. And they require the seller to collect all sorts of personal data which must be sent in to the government. All in the name of tracking stolen goods. If this kind of legislation spreads it will create yet another burden on low income families, many of whom cannot get a bank account because of credit problems. And those prepaid debit cards that they sell at the Check Casher are a sinkhole of fee and service charges. Add to that crazy old Hermain Cain and his 9-9-9 plan that would charge a VAT on all products except used goods and you are now forcing poor people to buy new and thus heavily taxed product. Way to go politics... Way to go!

LA Bans Cash For Second Hand Sales: http://bit.ly/o9beps

"Poor People Should Just Buy Used": http://bit.ly/oWQiX5
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More evidence that Louisiana -- along with the rest of the South -- is one f$#ked-up place any resident thereof would be well-advised to leave forthwith.

Well alright, maybe not every resident: If you are a resident who happens to agree with this stuff, then please stay Right Where You Are.

And then once the voluntary exodus is complete, I really think we in the blue states should just jettison those in the red. I have had it Up To Here with their BS. Let them live on the "merits" of their own beliefs. Meanwhile, we'll keep the vast majority of the good universities, Apple, Microsoft, Hollywood, etc. etc. (Alright, we'll be stuck with Wall Street, but hopefully we can fix that... at least a little.)

Please, please, blue-staters: Can't we just leave them to die of their own beliefs?
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Okay, it is an ad, but it gets the point across really beautifully.
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very well done advert re/ undoing some misguided ag policies; message is spot on...
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EAST COAST EARTHQUAKE EXPLAINED: The East coast felt the effect of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin and 51 others collectively rolling over in their graves this afternoon. via +Shayla Anthony
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Work
Occupation
Farmer
Employment
  • Green Circle Farm
    Farmer, 2009 - present
  • MultiModal
    2002
  • VerbForge
    Owner, 1999 - 2002
  • Sybase
    Course Developer, 1995 - 1999
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Female
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Farmer, gadfly, force of nature.
Introduction
I was once in a lobby being introduced to someone and just as we got on the elevator he said, "Oh, you're THAT Erika Peterson." It was kind of an awkward ride.
Bragging rights
Really now, the lily does not need gilding.
Education
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    English, 1987 - 1991