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Max Huijgen

First Sunset in Thailand, and Huge Giveaway on the Blog!

We're giving away TEN free Lightroom Preset packages over on the blog today!  Pop over to http://www.StuckInCustoms.com to see more.

Here's a photo I took last night while walking down the pier near Bang Saray beach in Thailand.  I'm staying here at the amazing Karma Sound Studios and this is just a short walk... I have a feeling where I will be almost every night!  
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

"Flowing Glacial Blue"
Bruarfoss Waterfall, Iceland

http://bit.ly/Sony_a7rReview #a7r  

When it comes to Iceland, there is no shortage of amazing waterfalls. If you take your time exploring the country, you can literally find thousands, many of which will be more beautiful than any others you have seen before. Throughout all my trips to Iceland, Bruarfoss has always caught my eye. It isn't the biggest, longest or grandest...but it is beautiful. For the longest time I have wanted to visit this lesser known waterfall in the winter to capture the contrast a fresh layer of snow brought to the crazy blue water that flows through this natural wonder. This past winter, I finally got to check that off my to-do list!

This photo was taken with a +Sony A7r. If you have been curious as to what this small, lightweight, full frame camera has to offer, I recently wrapped up my full in-depth review. Take a few minutes and give it a look over when you get the chance.

http://bit.ly/Sony_a7rReview #a7r  

#a7r   #iloveiceland  
Colby Brown Colby Brown

How to survive and thrive on the new Google+!
The culture of Google+ has changed in the past three months. http://goo.gl/r4NP7b

It’s a very different place now. And if you’re a serious user of the platform you need to adapt and change how you do things if you want to survive and thrive.

First I’m going to tell you why and how it’s different now. I’ll also point out in which ways it’s still the same Google+ it’s always been. Then I’ll give my best tips for kicking butt on the new Google+.


Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Trey's Lightroom Presets - Free Giveaway of 10 free copies lasts about 12 more hours!  

Come see http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2014/07/23/huge-lightroom-presets-giveaway/ — Here is a gallery of some of my favorite photos that use the presets. You can just leave a comment to win! (on the blog - that's where we are watching!)
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

Behind the Scenes - Hottest Day of 2014 London - April Summers 
April Summers April Summers

An extraterrestrial spacecraft lurking in a satellite’s orbit near Earth would be able to see city lights and pollution in our atmosphere. But what if it searched for signs of life on Earth from afar? This question has great pertinence to those searching for other Earths outside of our solar system. NASA’s Kepler space telescope is among a fleet of telescopes and spacecraft searching for rocky planets similar to our own. Once the size and location of these worlds are plotted, the next step is examining the chemical composition of their atmospheres. http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2014/07/signs-of-alien-life-viewing-earth-from-an-extraterrestrial-spacecraft.html#more
Catherine Laplace-Builhe Catherine Laplace-Builhe

Off to Comic Con We Go

Princess Leias, Batmans, and Pokemons Oh My! Today I start the journey to Comic Con in San Diego for the next week..... Very Excited to See panels by +Game of Thrones and +The Walking Dead .... 

There is a large group of people chatting both in the community here on plus and in a special Google+ Hangout.... Technology is really awesome at events like this for bringing people together...  

Are you heading to San Diego Comic Con This Week? Want to get in on the chat? Comment here! :)
Amanda Blain Amanda Blain

night thoughts
“behind the scenes” for the feature-length movie "Land of the Little People" directed by +Yaniv Berman   
 page of the movie on FB : https://www.facebook.com/landlittlepeople

#photography        #behindthescenes      #filming  
Victor Bezrukov Victor Bezrukov

Google+ feature request: Let us know who flagged a comment!

I just spent the last 15 minutes un-flagging perfectly legitimate comments that were flagged by people simply because they disagreed with the opinion expressed. 

It's a clear trend on Google+: People try to win debates by flagging, and thereby hiding, the comments of people they disagree with. 

The problem is that there's no accountability. The flagger remains anonymous. 

I need to know who's wrecking my comments conversations so I can block them. 
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Matt Mastracci - Chivalry.
+98 - 100 shares - 8 comments

Matt Mastracci Matt Mastracci

Rodney Pike -
+134 - 25 shares - 11 comments

Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

Hey, I've been following these guys social media blog and seen this new info about Google punishing people for faking their social media! http://www.bigfootdigital.co.uk/2014/07/death-of-black-hat-social-media-techniques/ 
April Summers April Summers

+Mike Elgan So I have the digital tattoo for the Moto X. Definitely a really cool concept only thing needed is better looks. Needs to blend in better 
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

steph wanamaker - Exactly
+101 - 19 shares - 11 comments

steph wanamaker steph wanamaker

You want to visit this 404. Yes, you do.
Lauren Weinstein Lauren Weinstein

I SPY...
A perfect nyc day :) Where are you G+niuses today? Let's do a city roll call!

XO, Daria

Ps. Biiiig post-Hangoutiversary thank you post coming tonight!!!
Daria Musk Daria Musk

North Korean government launches cooking website 'for housewives.'

The site "deals with common knowledge and theories on variety of dishes and how to cook them."

Now if only the North Korean public had food....

Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Cake is happening.

Happy birthday, Brick House!
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Ms. Amira is in the house for our 3rd anniversary party! I love watching +Mike Elgan  host TNT with +Amira Elgan  by his side. 
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Wut, wait wut? wait, no wait wut? wait, wut?
Alex Balcázar Alex Balcázar

And Then There Were Two...

We've had only one of our chickens laying eggs for the past couple of weeks, waiting expectantly for the others to join in. Yesterday there was again only one egg, but we kind of thought it might be from another hen. Today we know for sure! There were two eggs waiting for me in the nesting box. Soon we will be awash in yummy organic eggs!
Michael O'Reilly Michael O'Reilly

Oh, yes, I am plussing right now. Really
Alex Balcázar Alex Balcázar

Apple and Microsoft: Who's on their way up? And who's on their way down?

Drill into the details on Tech News Today: http://twit.tv/tnt/1055

Join me, plus co-host +Jason Howell and co-anchor +Elise Hu (NPR) as well as our interview guests +Chris O'Brien (The Los Angeles Times), +Alex Wilhelm (TechCrunch) and +Paul Thurrott (Supersite for Windows) as we discuss the Apple news, the Microsoft news and all the drone news. 

Watch now: http://twit.tv/tnt/1055

Subscribe to the video version via RSS: 
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have probed the extreme outskirts of the stunning elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. The galaxy’s halo of stars has been found to extend much further from the galaxy’s centre than expected and the stars within this halo seem to be surprisingly rich in heavy elements. This is the most remote portion of an elliptical galaxy ever to have been explored. http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1415/
Catherine Laplace-Builhe Catherine Laplace-Builhe

Hi-Res Wallpaper of the Day

Mu Cang Chai District, Vietnam in 1920x1200

#twt   #wallpaper   #hd  
Sascha Pallenberg Sascha Pallenberg

My husband hiking yesterday.

The weather yesterday was quite unusual in Petaluma. During our hike, we experienced light rain, almost whiteout mist and sunshine with amazing cloud formations. It was beautiful and surreal. The picture shows +Mike Elgan in the distance.
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan


Letter from Norwegian hero doctor who is in Gaza right now 
Dr. Mads Gilbert MD PhD

Dearest friends -
The last night was extreme. The "ground invasion" of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza's hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

Now, once more treated like animals by "the most moral army in the world" (sic!).

My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian "sumud" gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace - but we cannot afford that, nor can they.

Ashy grey faces - Oh NO! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out - oh - the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas - the leftovers from death - all taken away...to be prepared again, to be repeated all over. 

More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here - almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors - all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals.But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous resolute.t

And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!

An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic 'Zennanis', the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.

Mr. Obama - do you have a heart?

I invite you - spend one night - just one night - with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.

I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.

Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.

But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another "dahyia" onslaught on Gaza.

The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.

Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.

Gaza, Occupied Palestine
Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway
John Hardy John Hardy

Bartending With Style

I got this shot of a bartender the other night. He was a happy, stylish fellow who seemed to enjoy his job. I'm big on enjoying what I do, so that seems like a win. :)
Michael O'Reilly Michael O'Reilly

Fantastic idea, more markets should be doing this.
Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

Switzerland here I come :-) 
Catherine Maguire Catherine Maguire

Ladies.... and gents too if you dye.
steph wanamaker steph wanamaker

*Those who live in glass houses ____________ *

Fill in the blank with your own original thought.
Dan Soto Dan Soto

Life has changed SO much, and it's always just flowing in ways I don't expect, but I love. :) 
Chris Brogan Chris Brogan

Human cognitive biases in software development, which in theory is a completely logical and objective process, right? The fundamental attribution error (attribution of bugs/development process flaws), confirmation bias (in testing), the bandwagon effect (in evaluation of third party software), hyperbolic discounting (technical debt), and negativity bias (shooting down ideas).
Wayne Radinsky Wayne Radinsky

+Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Claims He Got Stoned in a White House Bathroom
Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

Mari Thomas -
+7 - 2 shares - 21 comments

Mari Thomas Mari Thomas

Don't Lie

It's OK if you didn't go to school but don't list one on your profile if you didn't.  There's no way this person graduated anything other than kindergarten if she writes like this.
Dan Soto Dan Soto

"At technology giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, engineers have pioneered techniques that help make their websites just as hard to kill. If a server goes on the fritz, a series of servers shut down, or even an entire data center goes dark, these sites are supposed to just keep chugging along. That’s vitally important since every second of downtime means lost revenue."

"Now, a team of open source developers wants to make it easier for just about any company to build the sort of resilient cloud computing systems that run online empires like Google. They call their project CockroachDB."

It's a distributed key-value system and all the source code is available on Github. It's written in Golang.
Wayne Radinsky Wayne Radinsky

sexy lingerie......?????
Max Devine Max Devine

22°C at 0800 in the morning. This is going to be a very warm day. Best summer in three decades! 
Lars Fosdal Lars Fosdal

The Titanic Museum
This is the big steel sign in front of the Titanic museum in Belfast, Nothern Ireland. My friends wanted to bring some #motion  to it.
Moritz Tolxdorff Moritz Tolxdorff

Unfortunately this is a very silly idea, Motorola.
John Hardy John Hardy

'“You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation,” he explained.'

That's going to upset a lot of ultraterrestrials, to be sure.
Jürgen Hubert Jürgen Hubert

Movie Lovers - Relationship Movies

Happy Hump Day! With a tongue in cheek inspiration from today, let's look at your favorite movies about relationships. Which movies focusing on a romantic relationship do you enjoy the most? What is it about that or those movies that draws you in and helps it earn a place in your heart? The table is set, candles are lit, roses in the vase - so let's hear it.
Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

15 YouTube Ranking and Discoverability Factors Checklist
Optimize your Hangout on YouTube.

The other day +Arttemis Keszainn and I HIRLed and couldn't stop talking about all the great strategy tips Jeff Johnson shared in this free video about converting traffic from YouTube into sales.

Even if you start from scratch, Jeff shows you how to pick a market, choose your keywords, optimize and finish with a great sale.. and the videos are not even super professional...

The PDF checklist is priceless too. Check it out.

#youtubemoney   #videomarketing   #traffic   #onlinemarketingstrategy   #checklist  

Yifat Cohen Yifat Cohen

When you work your heart and soul into a project, when you're bubbling over with ideas and then your finished design doesn't evoke that same kind of enthusiasm in the client ... it's just very deflating.
Karin Nelson Karin Nelson

Matt Mastracci Matt Mastracci

Hello Switzerland! I'd forgotten just how ginormous Schiphol airport is. That's my exercise for the month... 
Catherine Maguire Catherine Maguire

Good morning friends :)
Looks like weather is fixed back to summer mode today :) 
Noze P. Noze P.

Here comes Tech News Today LIVE!!!

Watch live: http://live.twit.tv/
Jump in the chat room: http://irc.twit.tv/

(My wife is in the house....)
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

I've been collecting some more illustrations for one of my population data articles and I just have to remark about how wonderful these Victorian buildings in Philadelphia are. These were drawn around the border of the Burk and Mcfetridge. (1886). Philadelphia in 1886. Retrieved from the Big Map Blog: http://www.bigmapblog.com/2012/b-and-m-birdseye-of-philadelphia-1885/

The article I've been working on today is "The Population of Every Urban Centre in Canada and the USA with more than 5,000 Inhabitants in the Year 1900" which you can find here: http://www.thebillywilson.com/2012/12/the-population-of-every-city-in-canada.html
Billy Wilson Billy Wilson

Spy on us!

We're celebrating today the three-year anniversary of the opening of the TWiT Brick House! You can check us out via our dropcams: 


Or the live feed: http://live.twit.tv/

Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Question of the Day

What is the cheesiest, silliest chat-up line you know?

“Even the surface of the sun ain’t as hot as you, baby!”

That one made me laugh, today… :D

#crosspostall #questionoftheday
Ayoub Khote Ayoub Khote

"France's politicians and community leaders have criticised the "intolerable" violence against Paris' Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars.

It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city's Jewish residents. On Sunday, locals reported chats of "Gas the Jews" and "Kill the Jews", as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as "little Jerusalem".

Manuel Valls, France's prime minister said: “What happened in Sarcelles is intolerable. An attack on a synagogue and on a kosher shop is simply anti-Semitism. Nothing in France can justify this violence.”
Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

Future So Bright
We Oughtta Wear Shades
#vanity #respite #Glia #Smartswarms

Such cute kids, doncha think?
A moment of levity in an otherwise hectic month. Phew!

The Girl is still smiling after listening to my latest game plan for seeding and developing Glia, the next generation social network, and Smartswarms Management and Consulting as the engine and brains behind it. 
Gregory Esau Gregory Esau

ARM Powered Chromebooks instead of x86 Windows to 3500 employees at London Government sub-division makes them save $1.2 Million the first year, and $400 thousand per year after that thanks to power consumption saving. Just wait for the higher performance ARM Chromebooks and ARM Chromesticks arriving imminently to reach all enterprise, government and education, it'll be revolutionary.
Nicolas Charbonnier Nicolas Charbonnier

Broadcom powered phones won't exist anymore, 2500 Broadcom baseband engineers are fired. I think that's too bad, I had filmed a bunch of more and more interesting Broadcom phones http://armdevices.net/category/chip-provider/broadcom/ I thought they could try to compete with MediaTek a little.
Nicolas Charbonnier Nicolas Charbonnier

Happy Batman Day!

In honour of the Dark Knight's 75th anniversary (which actually fell on 30 March) DC Comics has declared this Batman Day. With that in mind I thought I would ask what is your favourite incarnation of Batman?

For me it's hard to decide. I love Adam West's Batman from the old TV show, but I think Christian Bale's Batman from "The Dark Knight Trilogy" might be the closest to the original comic book character. I also have a soft spot in my heart for the Batman of Batman: The Animated Series
steph wanamaker steph wanamaker

Who is going to Comic-Con in SD? I'll be on a panel tomorrow Thurs July 24 moderated by Seth Green re NASA's giant next leap - Mars! http://www.whosay.com/l/KWJ8RYv

Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Rodney Pike -
+23 - 1 shares - 5 comments

Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

Raw footage from Gaza: Hamas hides in UN ambulance filled with children.

They open fire at Israeli troops, but hide in UN ambulances and behind children. When Israeli troops fire back and hit the ambulances, they complain that Israel is 'suddenly' killing children and the wounded.

RAW FOOTAGE FROM GAZA - Hamas hides in UN ambulance filled with children
Michael van der Galien Michael van der Galien

At its peak in Europe, the Black Death killed 75 to 200 million people.  A marmot is blamed.  But wasn't it the fleas on the rats, not the rats themselves, that helped to spread the disease, back in the day?  

steph wanamaker steph wanamaker

29°C on the shadow side, and 33°C on sunny side.
The forecast on yr.no for Asvald on Friday adds another five degrees...

BTW - Rumors has it that trying to find fans or portable A/Cs in shops near here is a wasted effort.  Supposedly they are all sold out.

I did get a Sodastream machine and keep lots of chilled fizzy water in the fridge, and have salt tablets to balance the electrolytes, so I have that going for me, which is nice... ;)

Technically, I am trying to work, but it's hard to code when your brain is overheating.  I should walk down to the beach and take an ocean swim again!
Lars Fosdal Lars Fosdal

A RAN (Royal Australian Navy) Captain was about to start the morning briefing to his staff. 

While waiting for the coffee machine to finish its brewing, the Captain decided to pose a question to all assembled. 
He explained that his wife had been a bit frisky the night before and he failed to get his usual amount of sound sleep.

He posed the question of just how much of sex was "work" and how much of it was "pleasure”? 

A Commander chimed in with 75-25% in favour of work.  A Lieutenant Commander said it was 50-50%. 

A Lieutenant responded with 25-75% in favour of pleasure, depending upon his state of inebriation at the time. 

There being no consensus, the Captain turned to the Leading Seaman who was in charge of making the coffee and asked 
what was his opinion?
Without any hesitation, the young Leading Seaman responded, "Sir, it has to be 100% pleasure."
The Captain was surprised and, as you might guess, asked why?
"Well Sir, if there was any work involved, the officers would have me doing it for them."
steph wanamaker steph wanamaker

Every second lodge pole pine tree is dead (pine beetle kill). Imagine a lightning strike in this forest, it will be up in flames in no time. Had some rain today, but more hot weather coming soon. 
Karin Nelson Karin Nelson

A "crash blossom" is a sentence -- often a news headline -- which has been so shortened that the meaning becomes incomprehensible or confusing. Classic examples would be "British Left Waffles on Falklands" or "Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim." 

But I think that +The Associated Press has beaten all records for crash blossoms with today's tweet. 

Just for clarity, "crash" really was meant to modify "Malaysia Airlines Flight 17," not "lands." The plane did arrive safely.
Robert N. Lee Robert N. Lee

Summer Sale - 10% off all purchases from now until July 31! Royalty-free stock photos from Rodney Pike | 500px Prime
Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

Allwinner 64bit ARMv8 Processor announced Available on the market by the end of the year, Allwinner announces they are putting the final touches to their upcoming ARMv8 64bit Processor. Allwinner announces they are licensing the technology from ARM. Aiming their design at the entry-level to mid-level market, it's going to have Android L and next-gen Windows support, implementing all the advantages of ARMv8 not just the support for more RAM than 4GB, this includes more CPU registers and much more. GPU, video engines, specifics of the cores used and other features will be announced later. Allwinner expects to be able to show the development board for their ARMv8 64bit processor by Hong Kong fair in October. Allwinner 64bit ARMv8 Processor announced  you can read the press release here: http://armdevices.net/2014/07/23/allwinner-64bit-armv8-processor-announced/
Nicolas Charbonnier Nicolas Charbonnier

Got Influence?

In each of these Blockbusters (http://davidfreeman.tv/) +David Freeman's students have followed a proven formula to develop Reliable Storylines and Emotionally Engaging Characters. They have attracted audiences around the world. There’s a reason for their global successes:All that has to be done to predictably repeat a Blockbuster’s Success is follow The Formula. That includes using specific techniques to create unexpected stories, scenes, characters and settings. This treasure-trove of techniques is anything but obvious.

In fact, these techniques are “secret” in that they address and influence the audience on a deeply subconscious level. And the audiences love it! People want to be influenced if you do it in the right way.

Here’s why this is important for you and your business:
The same Blueprint that is followed to create compelling characters… and Heroes that draw the audience in…to keep them on the edges of their seats…to move them to tears of laughter and joy… is the same Formula that I teach my clients who are going to give a TED talk, or present to investors, or create a brand, or even an Elevator Pitch.

Got Influence?
Influence usually begins with a great Elevator Pitch. Unfortunately, most Elevator Pitches inspire a “so what?” response. Never let that be said of yours.
This Thursday, I’m going to teach you a system that helps ensure that your Elevator Pitch opens the doors you need to open.

In Seconds, Take Someone from “So what?” to “Tell me more” to “Wow”!

How many elevator pitches can you remember? Ask not for whom the bell tolls, for how many people, a year from now, will remember yours?

In one to four sentences you've got to use wordsmithing, images, twists, ideas, and hope to yank your listener along a journey from boredom or skepticism into an urgency to connect.It’s storytelling at warp speed.

In this hangout, you’ll learn a proven system for creating an unforgettable Elevator Pitch.

The business jet stream moves fast, and after a networking occasion, most of us follow up with just two or even one person.

#influencermarketing   #elevatorpitch   #storytelling   #hoa   #livehoa   #hangoutsonair  
Yifat Cohen Yifat Cohen

For those who suffer from Type 1 diabetes, food can kill. Unable to produce insulin, a hormone that removes sugar from the blood, diabetics must watch what they eat — very carefully.

Blood tests multiple times per day and supplementary insulin shots are an inescapable part of life. But researchers at Boston University and Massachusetts General hospital say they have developed a new tool in battling Type 1 diabetes: the “bionic pancreas.” The artificial organ mimics the function of the pancreas, which produces insulin.

And it’s controlled by a modified iPhone 4S!

Link to the original article: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1314474?query=featured_home&&#t=articleTop
Derya Unutmaz Derya Unutmaz

My 2 Cents - Is Xiaomi the most obvious Apple copy cat ever?

I am so sick and tired of these "copy cat" accusations and I needed to get it out. Please take your time to also watch the videos I embedded because this is all about the big picture.

p.s. this is the more detailed version of my google+ posting earlier:
Sascha Pallenberg Sascha Pallenberg

Forest Gump is at the bar.
Dan Soto Dan Soto

Imperfect Thoughts on Palestine, Israel, Putin and the Enemy Within

I've been quietly observing everyone's passionate posts about the Middle East and Malaysian plane crises. For those who know me, "quiet" is not my natural state. However, these conflicts are so complex, so controversial, and seemingly insoluble that I wanted to take my time formulating my opinion.  Here it is...and it's probably not what you'd expect.

Polar Opposites

In many ways, the two situations couldn't be more different. The struggle in the Middle East is rooted in religion and thousands of years of animosity. It is also a struggle between two adversaries where one clearly has most of the leverage.

The tension between Russia and the West couldn't be more cold, rational, or calculated. Both sides know exactly what's at stake and both recognize each other's leverage. If Germany wants its lights to work, it can't swing its bratwurst around. 

Ukraine is a symbol of a faded Soviet empire and Putin wants his baby back, baby back.  Malaysia is the beleaguered victim, albeit with obviously shitty flight schools. 

But the path forward in both situations is more similar than you'd think.

Peace is Upon Us...Almost

I am not naive enough to believe some blog post will change anything. But neither will militarism - in either situation.  There was a time, not long ago, when that wasn't the case.

The whole of human history is rooted in conflict over land and resources. Entire empires rose and disappeared, leaving millions conquered, raped, or marginalized. Things normalized, then it started all over again. Ottomans, Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Persians, T'ang. All of them, intermittently awesome for some - brutal and bloody for many. Today's war is to those wars what dining at Le Cirque is to a pie eating contest.

Even though the news might convince you otherwise, the planet has never been more peaceful (http://ow.ly/zt8Cm).  There are three main reasons for that:

1- Nuclear power - seeing the destruction possible with two atomic bombs dropped on Japan gave the entire world pause. Yes, there was a scramble to attain the weapons. But their very existence keeps nations out of wars. Otherwise, everybody goes boom. 

2 - Economics and capitalism - The world is on the brink of ending poverty (http://econ.st/1nkoKiC). And it's not good intentions, charity, or bags of rice that made it happen. It was economics and capitalism. When people can make and trade goods that others want, not only do they feel a sense of purpose, but they can sustainably change their lives - and those of future generations. They can afford food, healthcare, and education. As important, they become intertwined with the global economy. No one is stupid enough to bomb their customers, suppliers, or investors. China will sooner buy up all our casinos than launch missiles.

3 - Education and secularization - According to the Global Peace Index (http://bit.ly/1pblOFe), countries with the most educated and least religious citizens are the wealthiest and most peaceful. It's a direct correlation.  That doesn't mean that there's no room for personal faith, but in a life filled with universities and Wikipedia and online courses, you'd be hard pressed to motivate someone to kill for the promise of being George Clooney in heaven. Of course, if this life is shitty and hopeless, it's game on.  

So the path forward seems clear. In the absence of state on state smackdowns, whatever brutality is left can be eradicated in two ways: economics and education. Let's apply that to today's situations.

The Enemy...and Power Lies Within

The advice I often give friends and entrepreneurs is very simple: The world will put 20 obstacles in your way - you were born poor, or short, or had an abusive parent, or got swindled by someone you trusted. You can spend a lifetime marinating in bitterness, focusing on externalities you can't do anything about. Or, you can focus on five of those 20 things you can influence, if not change. It won't guarantee success or luck, but it will create opportunities for both to happen.

I feel tremendous sympathy for the suffering of the Palestinian people. They are at the mercy of a powerful nation that has a duty to defend its citizens. In doing so, it can put up barricades, choke off trade, and kill innocents in pursuit of militants. But Israel isn't the real enemy. Palestinians face two ugly enemies within:

- Militants who agitate a powerful military and protect themselves using families as human shields.

- Leaders who steal billions in aid instead of building schools, infrastructure, and stimulating commerce. Like the militants, they benefit from the perpetual victimization of their people. That is why they've rejected several offers of the pre-1967 borders they originally demanded (http://ow.ly/ztcc9 ).

I am by no means blaming the victim. In fact, I want to empower them - and stop them from being victims. With the right leadership and stability, Palestine can be a magnet for investment. It's only 4 million people!  They can have commerce and education. In fact, they had a growing economy until 2011 (http://bit.ly/UmSgt8 ). 

Despite the saber rattling and snarky Tweets, the harsh truth is not Arabs, not Israelis, not Europe, and not the US will ever lift a finger to fix Palestine. They might throw them a few billion in cash or guns to fuel the conflict, but there's ultimately nothing in it for them.

Now is the time to convert international sympathy to securing a two-state agreement, like the one Clinton proposed. It's time to focus within, on the handful of things Palestinians can control. To demand more of their own leaders and purge Hamas from their own neighborhoods. Having started life as a poor immigrant, my parents taught me poverty is no excuse for living in a dirty house.

In time, I hope Palestine becomes so safe, so smart, and so productive that the world - and Israel - can't help but demand their products or services.   Ironically, it's not independence that will save Palestine, but interdependence.

Postscript on Russia

Much like the path for Palestine, the way to de-claw Putin is with economics, not empty threats. That means supplying enough energy to Europe to supplant Russia's oil and gas. Whether it's renewables or natural gas, when we can run competing pipes, we'll never again have to stare at Vladimir's sexy, shirtless hunting photos.
Steve Faktor Steve Faktor

Finally! I will be so happy to have it in my hand...I feel like I've been grounded! 
Max Devine Max Devine

He did it to himself Thought For the Day: The Ukrainian separatists have become to Putin what the Tea Party has become to the GOP.
Lauren Weinstein Lauren Weinstein

Repurpose to increase viral effect and reduce work time
This is a fake hangout for training purposes.
Yifat Cohen Yifat Cohen

Spot of tea by the canal in Bath. 😃
Farran Lee Farran Lee

Naturally the Tony Abbott on a wrecking ball had to be a thing. Here he is, in all his.... glory?  With reference to David Rowe's fabulous cartoon https://plus.google.com/u/0/108165610406198760190/posts/BGSo9Hfjc9H

#auspol #LNPfail We're moving into a sustainable future, Tones, with or without you.
John Hardy John Hardy

+NASA's mission to Pluto is a year away from its close encounter with the planet(oid). Can't wait.
John Blossom John Blossom

Hot Time, Summah on the Planet

Jürgen Hubert Jürgen Hubert

This awesome mic is 51% off on Amazon today.

I have one, and it has my recommendation for Hangouts :D
Ayoub Khote Ayoub Khote

All it takes is a click and a minute

Today's #mondaymotivation  clip is inspired by renowned New York yoga instruction and Lolë White Tour 2014 teacher, +Elena Brower

Learn more about and participate of the Lolë White Tour: http://goo.gl/pQR6ya 

For more Elena: http://elenabrower.com/ 

#lolewhite   #yoga   #motivation   #newyorkcity   #sanfrancisco  
Denis Labelle Denis Labelle

Animating a flutter here and there gives life to old static images like this one.
Carmelyne Thompson Carmelyne Thompson

As computers learn to learn with with new Deep Learning techniques, they rely on humans to help with the initial training. This group out of the University of Washington investigates whether that training process can be handed off to a crowd. What they found is that crowdsourcing can help to teach software to be smart, but you need to be smart about how and where you use it. 

#ai   #deeplearning   #crowdsourcing  
Gideon Rosenblatt Gideon Rosenblatt

Ciro Villa -
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Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

"We can't just sit back and watch people debate a scientific truth - they should be debating the politics that would follow from the emergent scientific truth."
Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

I am proud to announce that I am now endorsed by +MESA/Boogie amplification!  I have dreamed of this day since I was a teenager ;)
Thanks a million Randall Smith - I am so thrilled to be a part of the family!  I promise to make you proud!


Company Overview
Founded in 1969 in the mountains of Marin Co., California by designer and tube amp guru Randall Smith, Mesa/Boogie Ltd. hand-builds high performance amplifiers for guitar and bass. Mesa® is still privately owned and has been located in the same shop in Petaluma, CA. since 1980 – better known as “The Home of Tone”.

Randy changed the sound of the electric guitar forever in early 1970 when he created the high gain cascading preamp… making it possible for the first time to separate overdrive from volume. Before this breakthrough, guitarists had to turn an amp “all the way up” to get a heavy distorted sound that would sustain and hold notes. A rock n’ roll power tool was born - and when Carlos Santana unleashed this blistering sound on his highly acclaimed album “Abraxis”, guitarists, musicians and listeners the world over were treated to a new solo voice – a new guitar sound.

The success of that record and that sound catapulted Mesa Engineering and the funky mountain shack to international fame overnight and the months following that release saw a flood of orders for the little Boogie amp…the giant killer. Before long, all the top touring bands of the 70’s were creating iconic hits that relied heavily upon the Boogie’s trademark voice. The Eagles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane as well as early fusion and L.A. session guitarists like Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Dean Parks and players like Eric Johnson and Al Di Meola, were all blowing minds with their Boogies.

The next two decades saw nearly all the features and innovations now taken for granted as standard on guitar amps come out of the Mesa shop. Things like Channel Switching, Effects Loops, Power Selection, Multi Mode Preamps, Voicing Switches were all seen first on a Mesa/Boogie and the list of Randall’s Patents is about to crack 20!

From the vintage Mark II-C’s® involvement in the Power Pop, Funk and Hair Metal of the “80’s and the Dual Rectifier’s® impact on Grunge, Alternative and the Hardcore of the ‘90’s to the wave of artists now using the Lone Star®, Stiletto® and Roadster® here in the new millennium, Mesa continues a tradition of innovation and inspiration.

The passion for Tone, commitment to excellence and the desire to satisfy each customer’s needs as if their own, the Mesa Family is stronger than ever. In today’s world it‘s rare and refreshing to know that some things will not be compromised, will not be seduced by the trappings of success, some simply will not sell out. Despite many tempting offers throughout the years, Randall Smith – the father of high gain heavy guitar tone – knows how to stay the course and protect the magic. And for guitarists, both present and future, that’s a good thing
Matthew Graybosch Matthew Graybosch

Excelente material sobre Video+TV...
John Blossom John Blossom

15 Powerful Quotes From the World's Most Humble President

"I'm not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs a lot to live. My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I'm the son of my history. There have been years when I would have been happy just to have a mattress."

Sascha Pallenberg Sascha Pallenberg

I love my buddy +Sundar Pichai but I did not expect this photobomb!!! 
Ayoub Khote Ayoub Khote

"Research Shows that Seven Hours of Sleep Might Be the Sweet Spot"
Mari Thomas Mari Thomas

China Matters on the American downing in 1988 of Iran Air Flight 655 killing 290 passengers and crew (including 66 children).

Recall the US shootdown of Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988 by the USS Vincennes.  It was also an ugly business.  The Iran Air jet was on a standard civilian flight path with its transponders on; the Vincennes through some bit of naval derring-do had actually intruded into Iranian territorial waters when it shot the plane down (something that was only admitted by the US three years later).  290 people died, the US never apologized, but eventually paid out some money to smooth things over, not in a particularly classy way, according to a 2002 account: http://everything2.com/title/USS%2520Vincennes

The US had compensated non-Iranian victims about 2.9 million dollars (not acknowledging anyresponsibility) but nothing to Iranian family members. In 1996, a 131.8 million dollarsettlement was reached that included the ignored families (61.8 million). Seventy million was to be put into bank accounts and used to "pay offprivate U.S. claims against Iran and Iran'sexpenses for the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, which is handling the claims." The US stated it was for claims "involving banking matters, not the airliner," while Iran said that 30 million was for the plane.

The shootdown was accompanied by the usual quotient of dishonest denial and blame shifting.  

The following day, the Pentagon held a news conference on the incident. After originally having flatly denied Iran's version of the event, saying that it had shot down an F-14 fighter and not a civilian aircraft, the State Department (after a review of the evidence) admitted the downing of Iran Air 655. It was claimed that the plane had "strayed too close to two U.S. Navy warships that were engaged in a battle with Iranian gunboats" and, according to the spokesman, that the "proper defensive action" was taken (in part) because the "suspect aircraft was outside the prescribed commercial air corridor" (Washington Post).

That it "strayed" from its normal, scheduled flight path is factually incorrect. And so was the claim that it was heading right for the ship and "descending" (emphasis, mine) toward it—it was ascending. Another "error" was the contention that it took place in international waters (it did not, a fact only later admitted by the government). Incorrect maps were used when Congress was briefed on the incident.

...The Iran Air shootdown was classified as a goof—although the Iranians declared it rose to the level of criminal misconduct (and have been accused of engineering the Lockerbie bombing as retaliation)--and the captain of the Vincennes was condemned by his fellow officers as a reckless dingbat, per Wikipedia: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_Air_Flight_655

Commander David Carlson, commanding officerof the USS Sides, the warship stationed near to the Vincennes at the time of the incident, is reported to have said that the destruction of the aircraft "marked the horrifying climax to Captain Rogers' aggressiveness, first seen four weeks ago." His comment referred to incidents on 2 June, when Rogers had sailed the Vincennes too close to an Iranian frigate undertaking a lawful search of a bulk carrier, launched a helicopter within 2–3 miles (3.2–4.8 km) of an Iranian small craft despite rules of engagement requiring a four-mile (6.4 km) separation, and opened fire on small Iranian military boats. Of those incidents, Carlson commented, "Why do you want an Aegis cruiser out there shooting up boats? It wasn't a smart thing to do." He also said that Iranian forces he had encountered in the area a month prior to the incident were "...pointedly non-threatening" and professional. At the time of Rogers' announcement to higher command that he was going to shoot down the plane, Carlson is reported to have been thunderstruck: "I said to folks around me, 'Why, what the hell is he doing?' I went through the drill again. F-14. He's climbing. By now this damn thing is at 7,000 feet." Carlson thought the Vincennes might have more information, and was unaware that Rogers had been wrongly informed that the plane was diving.

Craig, Morales & Oliver, in a slide presentation published in M.I.T.'s Spring 2004 Aeronautics & Astronautics as the "USS Vincennes Incident", commented that Captain Rogers had "an undeniable and unequivocal tendency towards what I call 'picking a fight.'" On his own initiative, Rogers moved the Vincennes 50 miles (80 km) northeast to join the USS Montgomery. An angry Captain Richard McKenna, Chief of Surface Warfare for the Commander of the Joint Task Force, ordered Rogers back to Abu Musa, but theVincennes helicopter pilot, Lt Mark Collier, followed the Iranian speedboats as they retreated north, eventually taking some fire:

...the Vincennes jumps back into the fray. Heading towards the majority of the speedboats, he is unable to get a clear target. Also, the speedboats are now just slowly milling about in their own territorial waters. Despite clear information to the contrary, Rogers informs command that the gunboats are gathering speed and showing hostile intent and gains approval to fire upon them at 0939. Finally, in another fateful decision, he crosses the 12-nautical-mile (22 km) limit off the coast and enters illegally into Iranian waters.

Captain Rogers was not officially censured for the shootdown; instead, two years later he was awarded the Legion of Merit for his services while captain of the Vincennes and soon after retired.

John Hardy John Hardy

Until sometime this fall when the paywall goes up. the New Yorker is opening up some of it's archives free - a nice treat for us!

Jacques J.J. Soudan Jacques J.J. Soudan

Athena is a brand new project the Chromium OS team is experimenting with in order to bring a new kind of user experience. As you can see below, the first draft consists in a collection of windows with some simple window management.

By simply checking out the chromium source code and compiling the convenient "athena_main" target with ninja -C out/Release athena_main, you'll be able to follow the Work In Progress.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/302473005
John Blossom John Blossom

Silent Clarion: Chapter One

The first chapter of Silent Clarion, my new Before Starbreaker serial from +Curiosity Quills Press is finally available. This isn’t how Naomi Bradleigh expected her first anniversary to end.

#newadult #sciencefiction #serial

London can be a cold city, and my duties as an Adversary often demand that I face it at her coldest. Not that it bothers me. It only makes my nights hotter by comparison.

I expected to find John asleep after finishing my shower. In his last year of residency at an Ohrmazd Medical Group hospital, by necessity he often dozed after loving me. I wholeheartedly encouraged him to. Tired people err, and in our lines of work errors cost lives.

Instead, I found him stretched across the bed naked and reading a medical journal. I sat on the edge of the bed beside him, and dragged my fingertip down his spine to make him shiver.

Read the rest at Curiosity Quills: http://curiosityquills.com/silent-clarion-chapter-one/
Matthew Graybosch Matthew Graybosch

- Completed -

This was one of my most exciting and intense moments since I am a "photographer". I was dreaming of taking a night image of one of these unbelievable impressing bristlecone pine trees high up in California's White Mountains. But actually it didn't look that promising. It was overcast all the time and the moon was getting bigger every night and also its setting came pretty close to the sunrise. Nevertheless we went up that endless gravel road to 10.000ft. This night there was only a time frame of about 45 min of darkness between moonset and sunrise. And there was one hour in which the clouds scattered. And yes, both happened at the same time. And not enough of that ... I had choosen this one particular tree in the evening before, because there were no "disturbing" other trees around. And I could only shoot this tree uphill, to get the stars in the frame. And as you can see, the milkyway was located completely at the right position during the few minutes I had the chance to take pictures. After a few minutes of taking pictures the clouds appeared again and I thought I can pack my stuff. But to my surprise these clouds where lightened up by the red glow of the moon which disapperead a few minutes before. So I was reeeeally a lucky guy this night and I appreciate it so much :) ... of course I know this image is not a high-quality photograph. I'm not that experienced with night photography. And I also do not own the best night shooting gear and software. I tried my best in shooting and postprocessing, but I think I could improve the result by spending more time on postprocessing. (The tech: EOS 5DII + EF 17-40/4 L. One exposure at ISO 6400 for the stars and the clouds (because of their movement) and a blend of seven exposures at ISO 12800 for the tree (to reduce the noice - I didn't want to use artificial light) all exposures at f4 of course and 30sec. Would have been better to shoot the tree at ISO 1600 for 4min ...).

+Stunning Moment  #stunningmoment  
+Landscape Photography  #landscapephotography  
#TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday )  Curated by +Christina Lawrie ,  +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza  , +Kim Troutman  and +David R Robinson
+AUSTRIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS  #austrianphotographers  
+HQSP Landscape  #hqsplandscape  
+HQSP Promotion  #hqsppromotion  

#naturephotography   #wildernessphotography   #treephotography   #nightphotography  

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Catherine Laplace-Builhe Catherine Laplace-Builhe

I have been challenged by several friends to post 5 pics I feel beautiful in. I believe true beauty comes from within. We are all born as incredible beings and when we allow our beauty to shine we give others permission to do the same. If I tag you share 5 pics you feel beautiful in. ‪‪ #weareallbeautiful   #letyourlightshine  

+Frank Garufi Jr., +matthew rappaport, +Aaron Wood, +Cliff Roth, +Tim Jones
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