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Musician, producer, singer, sysadmin, programmer and internet junkie
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Iceland's Banned Rang Tan Advert

Banned because the discouragement of consumption of destructive palm oil products is apparently "political" - surely then the encouragement of the consumption of destructive palm oil products is just as political
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Dear +Google+: We're inviting you to comment to the G+MM community on what if any plans, commitments, capabilities, migration support, etc., Google are planning.

My view has been that if Google don't provide some clarification within the first month of the announced shutdown, there's likely to be little if any support. There are three days left in that first month. The Google+ profile has not posted in three weeks, and its recent posts are locked against comments.

I've reached out previously to Google directly through its press contact, with follow-up requests, specifically for Ben Smith, VP Engineering, or someone within his group to speak to G+MM. That request stands and is renewed here.

As one of the moderators of this 3,000+ member community (all joined since 8 October 2018), we're very much hoping to hear from you, and soon. Normally our format is an Ask me Anything, but at the very least, and even if you don't have solid plans or schedules, we'd like to know what's in the cards, especially the following:


Information on any features or capabilities of G+ to be disabled in advance of the final shut-down date. Presumably new-account formation will be among these, possibly new Community formation. The former is fairly understandable, the latter might be useful even at a late date in the migration for on-platform planning.

Post-sunset availability of the G+ website itself. Will profiles and content still be Web-accessible? There's a substantial and long-lived set of content here, and a complete shutdown would be highly disruptive.

Post-sunset access to users' Google+ data via Data Takeout. It's quite likely that not all users will have attempted, or succeeded, in creating and offloading their Google+ content. If it will still be able to create archives past the sunset date, this would be exceptionally useful information to have.

Tools for migrating Google+ data to new platform(s). Numerous present G+ users would like to be able to migrate their personal posts, comments, photos, and other content to new platforms, likely to include other major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, SmugMug/Flickr, etc.), blogs (Wordpress, Dreamwidth, Blogger, Medium, etc.), and the emerging universe of open and federated platforms. These archives will almost certainly contain non-public data which could be at best embarrassing, and potentially personally catastrophic or worse, if made public. Tools for safely and responsibly handling large data archives are lacking, and the present instructions and data structures within the Google+ elements of Google Data Takeout fail to adequately support this process. We are aware of third-party efforts to create migration tools, including from G+MM members, and Tim Berners-Lee of Solid who has begun work on a G+ Data Takeout migration tool. What specific steps, tools, instructions, and data format changes are Google planning to ensure that this process is effective, efficient, responsible, and respectful of privacy? Further, are Google now taking steps to work with both proprietary and Free Software projects to provide for import tools?

Present G+ users will need to store their G+ data takeouts prior to migration elsewhere as well as for some time afterward to ensure full restoration. One of the available storage options is Google Drive, and at the very least, holding G+ data on Google Drive should not change the security risks appreciably over their initial Google-based storage. The size of some archives will push many users over the free service tier of Google Drive capacity. Will Google commit to providing indefinite free storage of Google+ Data Takeout archives on Google Drive without registering the data storage against other user limits?

Use of Google Drive also presents an opportunity for Google to provide on-system access and management of G+ Data Takeout archives. Given this, will Google commit to providing native tools for viewing, searching, filtering, extracting, and exporting Google+ archives from within Google Drive, including at least post, comment, image, video, collection, and contact data, as well as for distinguishing public from non-public content, and providing for export to leading endpoints including Facebook, Diaspora, Friendica, Markdown, and a standard minimally complex HTML format, with batch-process (rather than individual item) capabilities?

(There are likely other elements I'm omitting from this list and I invite G+MM members to suggest other needs, say, HOA, chat, events, or other G+ features which may be of interest in preserving.)

*G+ specialised in image presentation and was immensely popular amonst photographers. Classification of photographs, and in particular, sorting through photographic archives is a challenging task, particularly at volume. Google have considerable experience in image processing and recognition. Will Google commit to providing descriptive search capabilities to photo and image collections, as well as other descriptive characteristics such as date, size, format, and EXIF metadata, for searching, organising, selecting, and exporting image collections? Naturally, the sensitive information which may result from such analysis should be limited in access to the archive's owner only and not be provided or made available to any other parties.

Google Communities were a major feature of Google+ and range in size to millions of members, with over 5 million communities created. There is presently no mechanism for exporting G+ communities as a whole in any format. This might be of value to either community owners in reconstituting the community elsewhere, or to members wishing to retain access to years worth of contributions. Will Google commit to providing tools for Community owners and members to export G+ Community posts and texts in a useful format?

Thank you.
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Employment stats don't really mean that much if the jobs aren't paying a living wage. One person has to work two-and-a-half jobs just to cover modest housing costs, and every day, more and more people are entering the work force.

Every day, technology, automation and market manipulation replaces human labor with machines, reducing the number of available employment opportunities for the growing number of people who need them most. We're very close to reaching the point where education and training cannot keep up with our technology—by the time you've completed your training/degree, the job you trained/certified for may not even exist. And it's nearly a certainty that you'll still be paying back the loans for the education long, long after the job you worked so hard to prepare for has gone away.

So, what's the plan here, then? Asking for a couple or three hundred million friends.

The national housing wage for a modest one-bedroom apartment is $17.90, while the federal minimum wage is $7.25...Only five states have one-bedrooms affordable for minimum-wage workers.
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Let's look at the math: If a worker holds two full-time minimum wage jobs, they'd be earning $14.50 an hour total - still under the $17.90 needed to afford rent and have 70% of your income left over for non-housing related expenses. The worker would have to take on another, part-time, minimum-wage job to make up the difference. All things considered, that's a 99-hour work week, 52 weeks a year.
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Many a true word spoken in jest...
Very rich people in the UK are pleased to find that the process of undermining democracy comes with a very reasonable charge of only £135,000.
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How do you deal with Republicans / Alt-Right?

Democracy requires trust that all parties play by a specific rule set. When one side breaks that trust, it is foolish to continue to strictly observe the rules of the game. Either the game is stopped, or the rules are bent until both sides can learn to abide by them. Stopping 'Democracy' isn't an option. However, meeting your opponents at their own level is sometimes the only rational option.

Jesus says if your opponent strikes you, turn the other cheek.

Sure, be forgiving if you wish. But, assuming you still have the power to defend yourself by this point, once you run out of cheeks, bind their arms and legs until they learn to behave themselves.

(18' Video)

Game theory behind this: https://plus.google.com/+UcheEke/posts/AirNWCo4HoM
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'The Banality of Evil'
From a Facebook post by JK Ellis
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"This picture always struck me, because unlike so many photos of the time, it's so relaxed and unposed - just a bunch of coworkers, having fun. But this is a resort called Solahütte. It was built for these people, and it was 18 miles from where they worked, a place called Auschwitz. It was built to give them a break from their very important work.

These smiling, happy people were on their day off from putting Jews in ovens.

A lot of times people will say they look at the faces in photos like these and try to understand. But I don't need to try. I understand these people thoroughly. Those two on the left in the front? They were besties, party girls, just waiting for the war to be over so they could get down to the business of finding husbands and enjoying their twenties. Blonde boy behind them? A bit awkward but always up for a laugh. The guy with the accordion learned it from his grandpa, but never had any intentions of playing professionally - it was good for parties, though.

They had their fun out there in the woods - it's good sometimes to get away and just leave your worries behind, isn't it? - and then they got back in their cars and they rode back to the camp and they got on with the business of genocide. The party girls, they were in charge of noting down every possession they took from the incoming as they went through processing. Blondie? He told the children, sternly but not unkindly, how important hygiene was, as he led them to the showers. Herr Accordion? A laboratory assistant to Doktor Mengele, absolutely marvelous at keeping the equipment clean and organized - that was his real skill, not just laying down a rousing chorus of "Horst Wessel" when the beer was flowing, and he was much valued for it, and the fact that he always remembered your birthday and asked about your family. That's important when you're stationed far away from them, isn't it? To have someone who reminds you of normal life, just waiting on the other end of the Allied surrender.

Of course. That's exactly who they were. And absolutely none of it negates the fact that the nice people in this photo were fucking monsters, many of whom ended their war at the end of a rope or in front of a firing squad. And you know what? I bet they did it crying, begging, screaming that it wasn't fair, that they had a job to do, that's all, they were given a job and they were expected to do it, and what would you have done in their place?

That, right there, is the most important question you have to ask yourself. It's one I've pondered my entire life. And I know my answer: I would never allow myself to be put in the position of finding out. I'd rather run or die. It's why I could never have been a cop or a soldier. The lesson I learned from these people was to never put myself in a position where I was required to do evil in the name of following orders. And I have very little sympathy for those who choose otherwise.

There are not good people on both sides. There are party girls and weekend polka players everywhere, people who are kind to their children and bake extra cookies for their neighbors, but some people choose to be the instruments of horror and others do not, and history is rightfully merciless to the former.

So when you tell me that some of the people in America espousing the same madness that these people in this picture committed atrocities for are really not that bad if you get to know them, that there are good people on both sides, I don't believe you.

Because I do know them. And I do not care."
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The 'legitimate concerns' of the public.

It is unfashionable to suggest that the public can be wrong about things, but we have to face the facts: on Brexit matters (and other matters as well), the UK public is almost grotesquely misinformed.

They need us more than we need them? How much tax revenue do immigrants bring in? Does immigration increase crime levels? Can we pay more money to the NHS when we leave? Do public health service decline due to immigration? Do house prices go up due to immigration? Does unemployment go up due to immigration? How many immigrants are in the country anyway, and from where?

Its almost comical. No, scratch that. Its almost as if the population lives in a different country.

And what do politicians do? The pretend the public is right.

One can imagine another country, in which the public opinion is treated like a public good. Like clean air and clean water, for example. One can imagine that in such a country you face a hefty fine if you pollute the public opinion with lies and made-up 'facts'.

We need to start treating our information supply like we treat our water supply.
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What a great fucking idea !..
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