"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."
“Where morality comes from is a really hard problem,” says Alison Gopnik, a developmental psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley. “There isn’t a moral module that is there innately. But the elements that underpin morality—altruism, sympathy for others, the understanding of other people’s goals—are in place much earlier than we thought, and clearly in place before children turn 2.”
Thanks to +Jack Cain for alerting me to this article. Very interesting.
“(B)irth control is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defective.” - Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood
RESHARE: Not only does this demonstrate a ridiculous and frightening misunderstanding of what "church" means, it also uses every conceivable wrong reason as a draw to assemble.
Not only is the church not the building, nor is the purpose for lame attempts at second-rate entertainment, but the assembly is for people who are already faithful disciples. IF a visitor attends the assembly (out of curiosity or invitation), then what they are seeking is, hopefully, truth. If they only want a social club, political action committee or an entertainment opportunity, there are many that are better suited than the assembly of the Lord's body.
Indeed, if this is what is peddled as the purpose and activities of the church, then they likely left for good reasons.
Reshared text: And now we know why they left. Tawdry.
"American Reality Check: If Adam Lanza had a medical license in the U.S. he could have killed 20 'innocent children' in one day in the womb of their mothers without a tear shed by the president, any outcry from government officials or media, and without any hype on social media. There is a lot of mourning to do, not just for 'innocents lost,' but for the 'morality lost' in our modern day American hypocrisy. (sarcasm alert) It's okay to kill innocent kids in America, just make sure you have a medical license... and parental consent."
I'm not the first person to "flip out" about politics, but is is nothing but pants-on-head retarded. I'm pretty sure we already have a "loyalty day" in America. It's called July 4th. Otherwise known as Independence Day.
Warning to all those who have circled me: When it comes to my own threads, I AM THE 1%. I will delete or report the snot out of responses or users that are intentionally rude, inflammatory or disrespectful toward another user. Don't like it? You can #occupy my "blocked" circle.
"Went on google+ today just to see what's going on it reminds me of the shopping mall that is devoid of everything that isn't a nail salon, 99 cent store, or t-shirt retailer wonder where it went wrong?"
So, I looked at his profile. No pic. No posts. No info. Following 6 people.
Reshared text: Since 2009, there have been two kinds of Minecraft players: those who simply enjoy exploring and building in its blocky, procedurally-generated worlds; and those who create monumental works of mind-blowing art and machinery.
I try not to delve into politics too strongly, as I'm not really vying for one party or another, but I think that it isn't quite appropriate to denounce Romney for criticizing the administration of President Obama's initial comments following the Libya incident.
Between Clinton's references to "inflammatory material," the Cairo Embassy's reference to "misguided individuals," and the President's assurances that Americans "reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others" it sounds suspiciously like blaming the victim.
The attacks were not against the victims personally, but against this country, which prides itself on free speech, even if that speech is inflammatory. To even bring up the speech that was reported to be the cause of the violence is missing the point entirely and is akin to making statements about the inappropriateness of a rape victim's choice of clothing.
Yes, this administration's response to the crisis is a valid concern in view of the upcoming election. Just as President Bush's response to 9/11 were a valid concern for many. If Romney is wrong for questioning the Administration's policies in response to this attack, then all of the criticism of Bush's administration was also wrong.
There is another issue that is a part of this, and that is American credibility in the arena of responding to inflammatory speech. I wonder if President Obama would use the same strong language for other filmmakers as he did for this internet film. Would he also condemn Scorsese for The Last Temptation of Christ, or Kevin Smith for Dogma? I wonder if the Administration would classify Life of Brian or the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon as "inflammatory material." Perhaps not all "religious beliefs" are equal to this Administration.
Again, this is in no way a support for either candidate, but it is a support for free speech, both in the private sector and in the public arena.
Circle Maintenance It has now become impossible for me to manually do circle maintenance or go through all of my new followers and weed out the weak. Therefore, I will give you the chance to tell me if I need to put you in a particular "interest" circle to which I will post relevant content. Choose wisely!
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Reshared text: Got a call from the credit union offering me 30 days of life insurance at no charge. Apparently I am allowed to try it and if I am not completely satisfied I am under no obligation. Me (being a troll): So how much does it cost after 30 days her: Depending on age and Health the policies start at 30 dollars a month and cap out at 45 me (still trolling): So worst case scenario 45 bucks a month and you guarantee that I don't die for the next 30 days. her: Yes sir me (super troll mode activated): so basically 45 dollars a month and you guarantee me immortality. Does it cap out at like 100 years, because obviously it'll take a lot more to keep me alive? her: wait what...(long pause as she thinks about what I asked) No sir we pay you money if you die life insurance. Me (dialing down the troll to keep her on the line): oh I thought you said life assurance. her: no sir no sir (laughing at me) I said life insurance. Me: so you'll pay me if I die, how much? her: 250,000.00 me: ooh that's nice I could do a lot with that her: yes sir...yes sir you could me: but what will I spend it on if I'm dead her: (long pause) well we would pay your wife Lauren Franks (10 years and they still have not changed her name.) me (knowing I don't have long before this unravels I can ask why would you pay her she didn't die?... or take the road less traveled switch up the conversation and see if I can get her to hang on) (Ninja troll activated): I don't know that seems like a big commitment. her: No sir, no commitment for 30 days. me (can't resist activating mega troll): Maybe not for you but I'd have to die to test it. How else I am going to be sure it works and tell you how satisfied I am? her: (silence this question actually has her thinking. I hear her turning pages in her script looking for answers) me: So what do the revival policies cost? her: (sounding momentarily grateful for the change of direction) Revival Policies sir? me: Yes, so that I can continue without consequence after testing your policy. her: I don't know sir...(really really really long pause) actually I'm not familiar with that and that's the kind of question my manager should answer. me: Okay...I'll wait Manager Greg (can barely contain his laughter, he's obviously been listening to this call): Hello Mr. Bollman me: yes sir Manager Greg: I just want to say well played sir. I wish I could high five you over the phone. You had everyone on the training call cracking up. me (instantly liking Greg): I do what I can. Manager Greg: This is an offer from the credit union would you be interested in such a policy. Me: I might. If you send me the details I'll look them over. Manager Greg: Will do sir you have blessed day. Call ends.
One thing I know is different, is with the new layout, I'm seeing a lot more posts from my different circles. I'm seeing posts from people that I would have had to hunt down before, or had honestly forgotten about.
Now, with this new glut of information, there has to be a way to consume it in a manner that doesn't take all day, so the multi-column format works for that.
I think what we're seeing here is a way to consume more information faster. What we're having to get used to is drinking from the firehose.
Now let’s add polygamy to the scene. It probably won’t happen through a vote, but through court action. The Supreme Court is looking at changing the definition of marriage right now, and if they’re not careful, they could change it a whole lot whether they intend to or not. Who wants to bet that the same court that found the ObamaCare mandate a tax when it wasn’t written into the legislation as such will be careful? That the same court that opened Pandora’s Box with Dred Scott and Roe v Wade will be careful? History doesn’t back up that faith, but then again, who bothers to learn from history?