Google Reader’s new revamp is causing some backlash.

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Today Google followed up their recent updates with Google+ with the much talked about Google Reader revamp. It’s not been as smooth as they had hoped. There’s already a petition launched and a protest demanding the previous sharing features be brought back.

My initial thought was that people have far too much time on their hands to complain about ‘sharing features’ on the seldom heard Reader platform. Isn’t Google Reader just an RSS reader? A way to quickly scan story titles and read more efficiently?

I have been using Google Reader for years and absolutely love it! In fact I find it much more organized than Twitter and it’s easier to follow articles without all the chatter on Twitter. Not that it’s a bad thing to ‘talk’ to people out there. haha.

But I have never really used the social sharing features inside Google Reader. If I found an article interesting and wanted to share it, I would email the person I thought might like to read it, or I would add it to my Twitter feed, and lastly Reader gave me many of the topics I’ve written about on my blog. However, there are tons of people throughout the world that have been using it to circumvent censorship, communicate with the outside world and share stories from within totalitarian regimes.

With the removal of the current sharing features within Google Reader, and the only way to share this information being through Google+, Google has effectively silenced much of the free speech and sharing coming out of such countries as Iran.

Here is a bit about the backlash, and why it may be in Google’s interest to think twice before killing the social aspects of Google Reader…

Now that Google has officially switched to its new version of Google Reader, complete with Google+ integration, the company is facing the righteous fury of a social network it barely seemed to recognize: the Sharebros.

This small but maniacally dedicated community of Google Reader users was able to share stories and comments with each other until Monday, when the new version of Reader forced them to start using Google+. But the Sharebros are not taking the snub lying down.

via Google Reader Backlash: 10,000 Users Sign Petition to Save Old Version.

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Stephen Harper is evil? He’s trying hard

I can’t stand our country’s leader. He is a baby Bush, and his leadership has changed Canada from a neutral country to a militarist regime by our standards. And, our opposition parties are doing nothing to get rid of this crook.harper_is_evil Here is an article where Harper says that he will back Israel in an attack against Iran.

Here is a subjective list reposted from Reddit on Harper’s record.

As a Canadian who has been opposed to Harper and his ‘ideals’ since he gained a ‘minority’ government in Canada, I would personally like to thank who ever posted this article.

It can only help to serve removing this dangerous and idiotic man and his retarded rhetoric if we continue to expose his public doctrine.

He has opposed environmental progress. Canada was the only country to refuse any progress made at the UN sponsored Bali conference on the environment one year ago.

He allowed Canada to be the only country to reject the wording by the UN on admonishing Israel for it’s harsh attack during this past war on Gaza.

He has stood at the forefront to expand deregulation.

He has increased the power of corporations and the subjugation of the masses with expansion of the migratory workers program.

He has a purely ‘christian’ view of life for all in Canada. He believes in ‘family values’ which is to say, his values.

He is on record making racist comments, following the 9/11 attacks, as opposition leader, he said in parliament that all foriegners to Canada represent a terrorist threat.

He believes getting tough on crime means anemic increases in mandatory sentencing.

He believes and had stated that if he were PM during the beginning of the Iraq invasion, Canada would have joined.

He believes drug intervention centres such as the clinics found in Vancouver are ‘evil’.

He has tried to sneak in a classification for clean pristine lakes in Canada to quietly be turned into toxic mine tailing ponds, until the CBC found out and exposed him.

He took Canada’s WTO ruling in favor of unfair trade practices by the US in regards to our softwood lumber and through it out the window in the first week of his taken power so as to look friendly and partisian to Bush.

He has tried to hand over controlling power and interest in ‘alternative medicines’, ‘herbal based research’ to big pharma with the failed introduction of bill C51

He has single handedly allowed Canada to revert back into a ‘resource based’ economy.

He has completely ignored all green powered research and innovation.

He has attempted to take advantage of his position by attempting to change ‘law’ that would have seen the complete erosion of public funds for ‘all’ opposition parties, (with the exception of his party) to use in campaigning and PR.

This man is as ‘evil’ as a leader can get…the most atypical kind. The one that no one reads anything about, so he can continue to deface and twist democracy to his liking.

My expressed hope is that you all upvote this article, so that more people can read of our ‘shame’.

This is the only way that most ignorant Canadians will pay attention and decide to do something about this horrible leader and the smudge he makes on all of us.

USA funding Iranian nuclear projects

I have heard before that the US has their hands in a lot of cookie jars. They have been beating their chests as of late about the Iranian nuclear aspirations. Well, it turns out that they have been funding the Iranian projects all this while! Here is a video on this breaking news! Continue reading “USA funding Iranian nuclear projects”

Iran missile launch and more

The other day Iran launched some test missiles. The majority of the world got concerned…Iran released official photos of the missile launches. Very impressive. Except that they were doctored. There has been many Photoshop experts that have come out of the woodwork to show the following photo is fake.

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After a couple of days of controversy about it all, I have finally got the exclusive picture of the real launch…

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I jest… got this one from flickr

And lastly, here is a great bathroom picture. Creepy.

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