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David Brin has been shared in 276 public circles

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Robert Best2,617Google+ Relevance CircleWhat people of "relevance" do we have in common? Care to share?This big shared circle contains my most "relevant" circles according to G+. It also only contains people/profiles who post publicly (Either occasionally or prolifically).Do you recognize others in the list? (I think the probability is high)As far as I know, the visual beside the "Add people" button below shows you the 8 people from this circle who are most "relevant" to you. Also, if you click that add people button, the list inside is also ordered by "relevance".Some people in this circle I know very well... others I haven't met at all (Besides interfacing with what they share publicly on G+) I'm curious, what circles do we share of high relevance? Give a few people shout outs! Let's have a random chat.You were likely notified of this post... I normally don't share to any of my specific circles, so as to avoid sending out unwanted notifications... But since I have you and your attention here... HELLO! Have we talked before? Why do you think I have you circled? What's of relevance for you? (Besides people on G+) If we do know each other... Have we been in touch lately? If not, let please catch up!2015-03-03 01:03:39455000
Paul Hutchinson2,176A G+ #FF post ... Here's my "Science" circle (at least 501 of the 1105 people in the circle)#tw #fb2015-02-27 21:06:56501000
Brian Mcquillan23,952Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #Gif #Cute #Anime #Animals #Online #Life #CatLovers #Cat #FunnyPics #Quote #Art #CaturdayEveryday #QuoteOfTheDay #Truth #Dog #Dogs #XD #Meme #LOL #Humor #Cute #Anime #Gif #Animals #Cat #CatLovers #Art #Online #Cats #Life #FunnyPics #CaturdayEveryday #Dog #Quote #Dogs #Truth #Manga 2015-02-27 10:33:26381133
Technology Pools198If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle. If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!#sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #bristol #somerset #london #britain"2015-02-07 05:54:12405001
Crazy Cats22 Public #circleshare   January 20, 2015Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This #cirlce  !!!***************************************************************Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Follow me here : http://goo.gl/7rWIEVTo be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 Include me in your circles2 Click add people and create your circle3 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.Special Invite :+A Tech Buzz +Axel Kratel +Andrea Gervasi +Andrew Sowerby +Anette Mossbacher +Brett Szmajda +Andrew Sowerby +Irina Sadokhina +Sean Carroll +Michael Sonntag +Mighty Dragon Studios +Eric Delcour +2015-02-01 10:25:32474215
Rian Sigap475Get More Google+ Follower with  +TubeDEVILZ  January 15, 2015*****************************************************************HERE'S OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLE*****************************************************************Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!,Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 Include me in your circles2 Click add people and create your circle3 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.**************************************Follow Me Here : http://goo.gl/c18bpxAnd Subcribe : http://goo.gl/NT0MCkSpecial Invitation (Please +1 and Share) :+Alfina Dewi +Agus Septiann +Dini Ashanti +Amy Cesario +Sergii Daniloff +Danis Sanju +Lieven Damman +dini iftita +Lincoln Harrison +Riskhha Nur Hayati +Nanang Hendro +Hanste2015-01-16 20:15:35473419
Xtreme Videos0#CircleSharing#SharedCircles#Circle#CircleOfTheDay#SHARE#SharedPublicCircles#TeamElite#circlesdiscovery#Shared#ADD#Friends#Google#PublicCircle#teamelitecircle#teameliteengagercircle#dontconfusethecircles#SocialMedia#SocialMediaMarketing#EliteInnerCircle#Engagement#love#couple#cute#adorable#TagsForLikes#kiss#kisses#hugs#romance#forever#girlfriend#boyfriend#gf#bf#bff#together#photooftheday2015-01-16 16:26:1950161410
Ryan Johnson23,295This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday 2015-01-16 13:00:35472236
Moan Lisa49,682MOAN LISA's Circle Share14 January, 2015add & share.2015-01-14 19:00:493003413
RuMuZ NeYiMe1,336good morningadd friends list..#addcircle #addcircles #addpeople #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besharable #besocial #bestcircle #bestcircles #bestengagers #circleadd #circleall #circleme #circlemenow #circlemeup #circlenetwork #circleplus #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circleshares #circlesharing #circleup #circleyoushare #coolpeople #engagerscircle #engagerscircles #findcircle #findcircles #follow4follow #followback #followme #fullcircleshare #influencermarketing #internetmarketing #morefollowers #networkcircle 2015-01-12 08:56:27466002
John Sean10,506This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-01-12 06:41:19465012
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov2,751SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FRIENDS : Circle V.1.11. Link to my own scientific research topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212005/  To be included in future circle-editions, please ENGAGE: add me to your own circles/+1/re-share/comment on the original circle-post, or on some of the other science-related posts on my wall (this is needed since the number of people that could be circled is limited from Google – and therefore I am forced to keep included just the most active users). Currently featured science-related GOOGLE PLUS post:https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/8LU6LVz75jxI would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #nutrition    #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology    #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   #artists   #foodies   #cars   2014-11-27 06:30:22451433271
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,950SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.8; maintained by +Atanas Georgiev Atanasov  ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   2014-11-17 05:24:2236226837
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,633SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.7; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   #cars2014-11-13 05:47:40346101
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,550SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.6; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   2014-11-10 06:22:16330123
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.5; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial#ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech#GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft#MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain#mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus#naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars #sharingiscaring  #Liver#sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia  #sports #Smartphones#tablets 2014-11-06 08:10:34369051
Nolan Harvey218More friend today #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #morefollowers  2014-11-05 16:59:40501138
Sharon Caroline1,691Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-05 08:31:58463203
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : Circle V.3, maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies 2014-11-05 07:02:42362515
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,127Science and Technology +Friends: Circle 2014 V.2 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars 2014-11-04 06:51:44407103
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,054Science and Technology Circle 2014 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA   #Space #Innovation   #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists 2014-11-02 08:37:19453526
Sunny CT2,281Increase your following with our Amazing CirclesNext circles to include only those resharing thisEven if you are included in this circle,  Add me, +1 , comment and share this to be included in next 2 circles (after 12 Hours)Want to grow your follower list? Need more followers? Join my circles now To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post(Comment on the original post so that I know you have shared)#powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #powercircle #sharedcircle 2014-09-15 09:05:4950111313
Becky Collins16,373Young Adult Authors circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-13 05:03:59465138
Sunny CT1,994Fresh AdditionIncrease your following with our Amazing CirclesNext circles to include only those resharing thisEven if you are included in this circle,  Add me, +1 , comment and share this to be included in next 2 circles (after 12 Hours)Want to grow your follower list? Need more followers? Join my circles now To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post(Comment on the original post so that I know you have shared)#powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #powercircle #sha2014-09-12 13:14:5050111415
Sunny CT1,994Fresh AdditionIncrease your following with our Amazing CirclesNext circles to include only those resharing thisEven if you are included in this circle,  Add me, +1 , comment and share this to be included in next 2 circles (after 12 Hours)Want to grow your follower list? Need more followers? Join my circles now To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post(Comment on the original post so that I know you have shared)#powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #powercircle #sha2014-09-12 07:07:225017313
Colin Wilson56Increase your following with our Amazing CirclesThis is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post #circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-09-08 06:25:20459111619
Joe Ford8,291My circle of Geeks. Sharing for +Mark Reid - a noob to these parts. But also as part of #followfriday  of course.2014-08-15 13:48:29265213
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
Becky Collins13,270Space Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-17 07:18:063893010
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990719
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812
khairul efendi0 Keep this simple!1. ADD the circle2 Share the post3. Plus the post.4. Comment to be added. BAM that is all easy right!? #circleshare  #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #snowballcircle #hyberballcircle #publicsharedcircles      #ownsocialmedia   #socialmediamarketing   #circlesharingpages   #sharingcircles   #whatshot   #followers   #googleplustips #CircleSharing #CircleShare #CircleOfTheDay #Circle #SharedCircles #Google #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #AddCircle #ADD #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircle #Circles #Shared #Friends #Blogging #SharingCircles #CircleofFriends #Blogger #Engagers2014-06-20 07:31:49501215
DEVILZART2,249 This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and +1 'sBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post +DevilzArt More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #publicsharedcircles   #wordpress   #seo   #affiliatemarketing    #googleplus   #googleplusupdate   #blogger   #bloggers   #blogging     #internet   #socialmedia   #socialmediatips   #socialnetworking   #internetmarketing   #seo   #seotips   #bloggingtips   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingtipsandtricks   #googleplustips   2014-06-15 02:13:005014415
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001
Becky Collins10,439Super Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
Irina Sadokhina21,822Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle. This #circle is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle. Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle, May the 12, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlecirclecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #plusmastermind   #crazycircles   #hyperball   #circleoftheweek  2014-05-05 14:19:144595737106
Andrea Orselli5,603Hi! Here is my circle. Please click "ADD PEOPLE" button to add the whole circle and help increase each others connection. +1 and share will be greatly appreciated.#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles    #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle    #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle    #topsharedcircl2014-04-30 20:05:53443426
Shashi S6,305SOME GREAT PHILOSOPHER'S AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Philosopher's I found at Google Plus, selected over the years, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   2014-04-21 08:26:26310114
Shashi S5,879Circle of Authors & Poets_____________________________________This is one of the most interesting group of Authors and Poets, selected from my years on Google Plus, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and after reviewing your profile, I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN NEXT SHARE.... ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR A POET :-) Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...This circle also includes many of upcoming writers who are Top Google + Users, who share unique and original content. They are kind of the early trend setters..With this team, you will be able to grow in your own community, with fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plus5 - YOU HAVE TO BE, AT LEAST, AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR POETThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     2014-04-16 06:47:374134213
Irina Sadokhina19,423Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle   . This #circle    is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle  . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle   . Apr. 21st, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circlecirclecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #circleshare   #hyperball   #plusmastermind   #crazycircles   #circleoftheweek  2014-04-14 16:53:094558052121
Adam Black6,732Transhumans CircleBy popular Demand,  I am sharing some of my Circles. This is +Mark Bruce  Transhumans Circle  Plus Others Ive been adding.If you are tagged,  you are in it.Web Link for Mobile https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/6iQmLpEj1Zm #sharedcircles   #GeekCulture   #ScienceSunday #Transhumans #Transhumanism #HumanPlus  2014-04-13 06:25:0424521733
Irina Sadokhina18,499Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle  . This #circle is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle  . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle   . Apr. 14th, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circleshare   #circlescirclescircles   #circlecircle   #circlecirclecircle   #circles   #hyperball   #plusmastermind   #crazycircles  2014-04-08 12:47:424927248106
DEVILZART1,310#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers   #followback #paulaawesomecircle   #awesomecircles #paulateshima #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle 2014-04-04 17:15:22500141023
Irina Sadokhina17,311Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle  . This #circle   is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle  . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle . Apr. 7th, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circlecirclecircle   #circles   #circlescirclescircles   #circleshared   #crazycircles   #hyperball   #plusmastermind   #circleoftheweek  2014-03-31 18:07:204536655108
Irina Sadokhina16,720Hello my dear friends!!! This is my weekly #mondaycircle  . This #circle   is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last mondaycircle . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle    on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next  #mondaycircle   , March 31st. just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circlecirclecircle   #circlecirclecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #hyperball   #crazycircles   #plusmastermind   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheweek   #circleoftheday  2014-03-24 18:59:534707753123
STEM on Google+ Community14,148Here are the "Movers & Shakers" in the STEM Community!February--March, 2014!Here's the latest updated edition of people & pages whose posts and comments appeared in the STEM on Google+ Community.  There are both science content creators and science readers here, and they are all active and interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math.  Add this circle to your stream!Click here to enter the community >>https://plus.google.com/b/112166434848553337850/communities/110555615319066448343  Get involved in science discussions in the STEM community and you'll be in the next circle!If you received notification for this post, you are included in the circle!  If you do not wish to be notified, or shared in this (or other) circles, please let me know.~+Malthus John #sciencecircle   #stemcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #scienceeveryday   #sciencessunday   #stem   #gpluscommunities   #science   #technology   #engineering   #mathematics   #engagement  2014-03-24 17:43:08235232369
Matthew J Price8,236It's been some time since I shared my favorite circle: Accelerated Thinkers.  These 91 people are the ones I trust with bringing me the good news every day, and leading the conversation about the future of humanity.  Thank you so much!2014-03-22 04:25:4591103
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033

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2015-03-01 22:18:40 (106 comments, 23 reshares, 103 +1s)Open 

Wisconson Gov. Scott Walker said at the Conservative Political Action Conference that his experience battling labor protesters in Wisconsin has prepared him to take on Islamic State terrorists.  Moreover "the most significant foreign policy decision of my lifetime" was then-President Ronald Reagan's move to bust a 1981 strike of air traffic controllers, firing some 11,000 of them.

Putting aside the drooling nonsense of the “foreign policy” part, he brings up an interesting point.  Even if you approve of the way Ronald Reagan handled the Air Controllers’ strike (and I 80% do not), is it sapient of you to ignore the difference between 1981 and today?

In 1981, labor unions were still a force to be reckoned with, in American life.  Today? Except for the dockworkers, unions are pallid, shrunken and withering away. Nothing proves confederates’ stupidity more thanthe fact th... more »

Most reshares: 31

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2015-02-18 23:39:06 (25 comments, 31 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

Professionals must be our allies against thugs. I've often pointed out that good cops deserve not just respect but also some allowance for the tension and adrenaline that comes with an extraordinarily difficult job.  But it is illogical and self-defeating for them to show “solidarity” with the thugs on the force. With the advent -- and now widespread adoption -- of cop lapel-cameras, after Obama Administration and court rulings that citizens have a blanket right to record their interactions with police, the road ahead is clear.  Technology and law both demand the professionalization  of police.

Now another piece to the puzzle. The largest organization of public defenders in the country is building a “cop accountability” database, aimed at helping defense attorneys question the credibility of police officers in court.  The contents of the Legal Aid database have been harvested froma variety o... more »

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2015-02-27 18:34:36 (10 comments, 14 reshares, 216 +1s)Open 

Yes, it was good to have Leonard Nimoy among us.  I won't say Rest in Peace, because frankly, although I am a scientific dubious agnostic, I do hope he is not "resting," but off on his next cool adventure.  Maybe even where no one has been, before.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/27/389516793/leonard-nimoy-mr-spock-on-star-trek-dies-at-83

Oh, what a tricky guy -- getting all the world's nerds to hold up a rabbinical hand sign.... probably well into the future.

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2015-03-04 01:28:05 (12 comments, 19 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

The value of sousveillance has been demonstrated again: "A Louisiana man was paid $50 to deliver a summons in a brutality case to a police officer, as he left a courthouse. The man was arrested and charged with assaulting the officer; the claim was that he had fought with the officer, striking him hard enough to move him back several feet. Charges were supported by two ADAs at the scene. For two years, prosecution against the man proceeded.

"Unfortunately for these particular, conniving officers, the ADAs, and the DA, the man had asked his wife and nephew to film him delivering the summons so he could prove he had done so. Eventually, the case came to the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State AG's office - where all charges were promptly dropped. The man is currently pursuing a civil-rights lawsuit against the law enforcement officials involved."

Good cops need to... more »

The value of sousveillance has been demonstrated again: "A Louisiana man was paid $50 to deliver a summons in a brutality case to a police officer, as he left a courthouse. The man was arrested and charged with assaulting the officer; the claim was that he had fought with the officer, striking him hard enough to move him back several feet. Charges were supported by two ADAs at the scene. For two years, prosecution against the man proceeded.

"Unfortunately for these particular, conniving officers, the ADAs, and the DA, the man had asked his wife and nephew to film him delivering the summons so he could prove he had done so. Eventually, the case came to the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State AG's office - where all charges were promptly dropped. The man is currently pursuing a civil-rights lawsuit against the law enforcement officials involved."

Good cops need to erase any sense of protectiveness toward bastards like these.  Most cops are heroes, doing a very hard job!  If they want to be viewed that way, they must adapt to this new era and help to eliminate the thugs. Our trust will then be their own best defense.

http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/local/investigations/mike-perlstein/2015/02/26/charges-crumble-after-cell-phone-video-uncovered/24039559/___

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2015-03-03 23:43:03 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Proof that the Democratic Party contains some folks who are almost as dopey as the entire US right has become. Still, the word "contains" is different from the word "entire" and that's the real difference. An anecdote does not compare to the Sea of Fox.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2976923/Karl-Marx-best-candidate-right-Video-shows-Americans-duped-thinking-father-communism-running-president.html

Proof that the Democratic Party contains some folks who are almost as dopey as the entire US right has become. Still, the word "contains" is different from the word "entire" and that's the real difference. An anecdote does not compare to the Sea of Fox.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2976923/Karl-Marx-best-candidate-right-Video-shows-Americans-duped-thinking-father-communism-running-president.html___

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2015-03-03 19:48:35 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

A reminder to you nit-pickers out there that I am willing to live by the principles that I preach! I have talked a lot about how we need “accountability for those who claim to predict. Actually, my fans have noticed the unusual number of "hits" or predictive successes that seem to have been scored in EARTH. These  accurate foretellings... and some that were embarrassingly off-target(!) are now being tracked at
http://earthbydavidbrin.pbworks.com/w/page/15607643/FrontPage

Feel free to suggest ways in which I have been wrong or right!  Not just in that one novel.

Here’s my essay on why we should be doing this for everyone!  Especially politicians and cable news pundits and merchants of fear.
http://www.davidbrin.com/predictionsregistry.html

A reminder to you nit-pickers out there that I am willing to live by the principles that I preach! I have talked a lot about how we need “accountability for those who claim to predict. Actually, my fans have noticed the unusual number of "hits" or predictive successes that seem to have been scored in EARTH. These  accurate foretellings... and some that were embarrassingly off-target(!) are now being tracked at
http://earthbydavidbrin.pbworks.com/w/page/15607643/FrontPage

Feel free to suggest ways in which I have been wrong or right!  Not just in that one novel.

Here’s my essay on why we should be doing this for everyone!  Especially politicians and cable news pundits and merchants of fear.
http://www.davidbrin.com/predictionsregistry.html___

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2015-03-03 04:57:32 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Wow, I am not sure I know what to make of this. At one level it seems a vastly multilayered "weather report" that starts with the sun and moves through almost every look at Earth that can be packed into five minutes of distilled instrumentation data, gorgeously rendered. Sure, alarm bells went off when it seemed to correlate some things that... well, solar coronal holes and earthquakes in the Caribbean stretched my credulity.  On the other hand, it does illustrate the truly vast amounts of information that science is starting to give us. And - if not this guy, then someone else, soon. That an amateur compilation should weave together so much pro-data is... well... tasty to this coiner of the term "Age of Amateurs."

There is an overall lesson. ALL of the people who created these wonders are declared enemies of the Murdochian cult. So boys.  Show us YOUR smartest people. JamesI... more »

Wow, I am not sure I know what to make of this. At one level it seems a vastly multilayered "weather report" that starts with the sun and moves through almost every look at Earth that can be packed into five minutes of distilled instrumentation data, gorgeously rendered. Sure, alarm bells went off when it seemed to correlate some things that... well, solar coronal holes and earthquakes in the Caribbean stretched my credulity.  On the other hand, it does illustrate the truly vast amounts of information that science is starting to give us. And - if not this guy, then someone else, soon. That an amateur compilation should weave together so much pro-data is... well... tasty to this coiner of the term "Age of Amateurs."

There is an overall lesson. ALL of the people who created these wonders are declared enemies of the Murdochian cult. So boys.  Show us YOUR smartest people. James Imhofe?  Ted Cruz? Sean Hannity.  Oh, I believe you.  They probably are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUmNf3PRcCI&app=desktop___

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2015-03-03 01:00:01 (2 comments, 12 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Monday's posting goes back to the arguments over secrecy, surveillance and all that, yet again.  Holding up the banner for assertive citizenship, rather than sniveling-hiding or putting your trust in shadows. I link to Bruce Schneier's new book, that has a lovely title and is filled with interesting facts... and the same tediously wrongheaded prescription that has never worked once, in the decades it's been tried.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/03/what-elites-do-to-us-is-more-important.html

Monday's posting goes back to the arguments over secrecy, surveillance and all that, yet again.  Holding up the banner for assertive citizenship, rather than sniveling-hiding or putting your trust in shadows. I link to Bruce Schneier's new book, that has a lovely title and is filled with interesting facts... and the same tediously wrongheaded prescription that has never worked once, in the decades it's been tried.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/03/what-elites-do-to-us-is-more-important.html___

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2015-03-02 22:44:03 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 


At the 16th annual design and engineering software event in Phoenix, scientist/inventor/futurist/bestselling SF author David Brin will discuss what’s on the horizon for five years down the road, and technologist/prognosticator/advisor Mark R. Anderson will discuss strategic security issues and how they complicate software and impact risk.

http://gisuser.com/2015/03/david-brin-and-mark-r-anderson-to-keynote-cofes-2015/


At the 16th annual design and engineering software event in Phoenix, scientist/inventor/futurist/bestselling SF author David Brin will discuss what’s on the horizon for five years down the road, and technologist/prognosticator/advisor Mark R. Anderson will discuss strategic security issues and how they complicate software and impact risk.

http://gisuser.com/2015/03/david-brin-and-mark-r-anderson-to-keynote-cofes-2015/___

2015-03-02 21:12:46 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Not likely to be my most-shining minutes... but I will appear tonight on the American Heroes Channel's CODES AND CONSPIRACIES show -- the episode on "Ancient Astronauts."  I tried to be the Voice of Science but we all know the real gods (or demons of Hollywood are the ... editors. ;-)

Not likely to be my most-shining minutes... but I will appear tonight on the American Heroes Channel's CODES AND CONSPIRACIES show -- the episode on "Ancient Astronauts."  I tried to be the Voice of Science but we all know the real gods (or demons of Hollywood are the ... editors. ;-)___

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2015-03-02 01:43:36 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Again, this weekend's main posting (by me) was a science extravaganza!  Loads of wonderful news... from space!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/from-near-to-far-amazing-things-are.html

Again, this weekend's main posting (by me) was a science extravaganza!  Loads of wonderful news... from space!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/from-near-to-far-amazing-things-are.html___

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2015-03-01 22:18:40 (106 comments, 23 reshares, 103 +1s)Open 

Wisconson Gov. Scott Walker said at the Conservative Political Action Conference that his experience battling labor protesters in Wisconsin has prepared him to take on Islamic State terrorists.  Moreover "the most significant foreign policy decision of my lifetime" was then-President Ronald Reagan's move to bust a 1981 strike of air traffic controllers, firing some 11,000 of them.

Putting aside the drooling nonsense of the “foreign policy” part, he brings up an interesting point.  Even if you approve of the way Ronald Reagan handled the Air Controllers’ strike (and I 80% do not), is it sapient of you to ignore the difference between 1981 and today?

In 1981, labor unions were still a force to be reckoned with, in American life.  Today? Except for the dockworkers, unions are pallid, shrunken and withering away. Nothing proves confederates’ stupidity more thanthe fact th... more »

Wisconson Gov. Scott Walker said at the Conservative Political Action Conference that his experience battling labor protesters in Wisconsin has prepared him to take on Islamic State terrorists.  Moreover "the most significant foreign policy decision of my lifetime" was then-President Ronald Reagan's move to bust a 1981 strike of air traffic controllers, firing some 11,000 of them.

Putting aside the drooling nonsense of the “foreign policy” part, he brings up an interesting point.  Even if you approve of the way Ronald Reagan handled the Air Controllers’ strike (and I 80% do not), is it sapient of you to ignore the difference between 1981 and today?

In 1981, labor unions were still a force to be reckoned with, in American life.  Today? Except for the dockworkers, unions are pallid, shrunken and withering away. Nothing proves confederates’ stupidity more than the fact that they nod, when Fox rants about unions as great big boogeymen.

Organized labor is plummeting, while the power and influence of oligarchy is skyrocketing. Yet fools screech at the former, to avoid noticing the latter.

Is “socialism” the excuse? American labor was the most fiercely anti-communist force in the world. (And if you doubt that, then you know zero history.  I mean that.)

 Moreover, the heyday of US unions power coincided with the decades that conservatives THEMSELVES call the greatest period of American enterprise — the 1950s and 1960s.  The American “decline” that the right rails about commenced in perfect timing with the decline of labor, along with the wave of supply side tax cuts on the rich.

Were there times when I wanted to punch unions in the nose? Sure! Today, the unions representing some of our greatest heroes, school-teachers, need to be shaken like a rag doll till they finally admit that “bad teachers should be fired fairly quickly.”  

Still, one of our best senators recently got it right:

"If Scott Walker sees 100,000 teachers & firefighters as his enemies, maybe it's time we take a closer look at his friends." - Elizabeth Warren

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/02/28/scott-walker-calls-reagans-bust-of-air-traffic-controller-strike-most-significant-foreign-policy-decision/___

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2015-03-01 06:59:34 (11 comments, 8 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Speaking of melting ice.... More proof: Study sees climate change in action in the air, watching carbon dioxide trap heat… in real time.  The veritable smoking gun. A new study in the journal Nature demonstrates in real-time field measurements what scientists already knew from basic physics, lab tests, numerous simulations, temperature records and dozens of other climatic indicators. They say it confirms the science of climate change and the amount of heat-trapping previously blamed on carbon dioxide.

Researchers saw "the fingerprint of carbon dioxide" trapping heat, said study author Daniel Feldman of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
http://www.usnews.com/news/science/news/articles/2015/02/25/scientists-witness-carbon-dioxide-trapping-heat-in-air

Want more? Siberia is popping open with methane-explosion craters. “Global warming had thawedthe ... more »

Speaking of melting ice.... More proof: Study sees climate change in action in the air, watching carbon dioxide trap heat… in real time.  The veritable smoking gun. A new study in the journal Nature demonstrates in real-time field measurements what scientists already knew from basic physics, lab tests, numerous simulations, temperature records and dozens of other climatic indicators. They say it confirms the science of climate change and the amount of heat-trapping previously blamed on carbon dioxide.

Researchers saw "the fingerprint of carbon dioxide" trapping heat, said study author Daniel Feldman of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
http://www.usnews.com/news/science/news/articles/2015/02/25/scientists-witness-carbon-dioxide-trapping-heat-in-air

Want more? Siberia is popping open with methane-explosion craters. “Global warming had thawed the permafrost, which had caused methane trapped inside the icy ground to explode. “Gas pressure increased until it was high enough to push away the overlaying layers in a powerful injection, forming the crater.”  

Hell's'a'poppin....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/26/the-siberian-crater-problem-is-more-widespread-and-scarier-than-anyone-thought/___

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2015-03-01 05:08:14 (32 comments, 11 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

Dang, at high-contrast, these two bright-white spots on Ceres sure look creepy. Especially given the number of times I have written about the possibility of alien “lurker” probes in the asteroid belt!  Do I give that explanation high odds? “Of course not! “ says the part of me with a PhD in Planetary Science, whose papers included studies on reflectivity of small, icy bodies with exposed dust layers.

On the other hand…. I have also been in the SETI biz and the Sci Fi Biz all my adult life.  I’d have to be stoned or lobotomized not to take a briefly mental busman’s holiday, and ponder… what-f?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/26/389245969/nasa-sees-bright-spots-on-dwarf-planet-in-our-solar-system

Dang, at high-contrast, these two bright-white spots on Ceres sure look creepy. Especially given the number of times I have written about the possibility of alien “lurker” probes in the asteroid belt!  Do I give that explanation high odds? “Of course not! “ says the part of me with a PhD in Planetary Science, whose papers included studies on reflectivity of small, icy bodies with exposed dust layers.

On the other hand…. I have also been in the SETI biz and the Sci Fi Biz all my adult life.  I’d have to be stoned or lobotomized not to take a briefly mental busman’s holiday, and ponder… what-f?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/26/389245969/nasa-sees-bright-spots-on-dwarf-planet-in-our-solar-system___

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2015-02-28 22:04:07 (18 comments, 7 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Regarding the controversy of "beaming yoohoo" at aliens, Joel Achenbach has a fine and balanced  piece, running front page tomorrow in the post.
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-latest-debate-about-space-aliens-should-we-say-hello-or-keep-quiet/2015/02/28/43aa4a52-bcf5-11e4-bdfa-b8e8f594e6ee_story.html

Regarding the controversy of "beaming yoohoo" at aliens, Joel Achenbach has a fine and balanced  piece, running front page tomorrow in the post.
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-latest-debate-about-space-aliens-should-we-say-hello-or-keep-quiet/2015/02/28/43aa4a52-bcf5-11e4-bdfa-b8e8f594e6ee_story.html___

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2015-02-28 19:37:29 (27 comments, 6 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Welcome to modern international conservatism, and the reason you hear that shrieking-spinning sound from the graves of Barry Goldwater, Winston Churchill, William F. Buckley and Edmund Burke. And lava spewing from the grave of Adam Smith. … Then segue from this proud British moment to our own Senate Science leader - James Imhofe.  

But let’s be balanced. While this sort of drooling insipidity is typical of today’s mad entire-right… there is some of this also on today’s ditzy FARthest-left.  Our struggle is not just with ISIS. It is far more with enemies of the Enlightenment that we have home-grown.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/feb/25/astrology-help-nhs-claim-conservative-mp-david-tredinnick

https://40.media.tumblr.com/552d8f7523d82ab5a42439528af13591/tumblr_nked5rXkmu1rlnmpto1_1280.jpg

Oh. Have you guys the courage to look at something elsecringeworth... more »

Welcome to modern international conservatism, and the reason you hear that shrieking-spinning sound from the graves of Barry Goldwater, Winston Churchill, William F. Buckley and Edmund Burke. And lava spewing from the grave of Adam Smith. … Then segue from this proud British moment to our own Senate Science leader - James Imhofe.  

But let’s be balanced. While this sort of drooling insipidity is typical of today’s mad entire-right… there is some of this also on today’s ditzy FARthest-left.  Our struggle is not just with ISIS. It is far more with enemies of the Enlightenment that we have home-grown.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/feb/25/astrology-help-nhs-claim-conservative-mp-david-tredinnick

https://40.media.tumblr.com/552d8f7523d82ab5a42439528af13591/tumblr_nked5rXkmu1rlnmpto1_1280.jpg

Oh. Have you guys the courage to look at something else cringeworthy?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/26/the-siberian-crater-problem-is-more-widespread-and-scarier-than-anyone-thought/

The crux here is not whether there are still questions to ask about climate change. Never let the denialist cultists make it about that! Always bring it back to their cult's absolute refusal to negotiate practical precautionary measures - to do more R&D or boost energy efficiency, JUST IN CASE the smartest people on the planet also turn out (amazingly) to be right, after all. Sensible skeptics would engage in such negotiation of TWODA...

... but the cult won't even do that. Why? Who benefits from obstructing even moderate improvements in efficiency?

The owners of the GOP. The coal barons and Saudi princes and Faux fear mongers. Funny coincidence that!___

2015-02-28 05:06:13 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

This is the longest period without a U.S. military combat-zone death since 9/11.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/02/26/this-is-the-longest-period-without-a-u-s-military-combat-casualty-since-911/

This is the longest period without a U.S. military combat-zone death since 9/11.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/02/26/this-is-the-longest-period-without-a-u-s-military-combat-casualty-since-911/___

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2015-02-28 02:29:57 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Weekend posting is a rich meal of Wonders from space! Wow... this trove is way above average... and dedicated to Mister Spock....

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/from-near-to-far-amazing-things-are.html

Weekend posting is a rich meal of Wonders from space! Wow... this trove is way above average... and dedicated to Mister Spock....

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/from-near-to-far-amazing-things-are.html___

2015-02-28 00:09:03 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Has anyone else noticed Mac OS 10.9.5 deteriorating in real time?  I have two screens, Iused to be able to switch to a window in the other screen simply by moving my mouse and clicking once.  Now it takes at LEAST three clicks.  Once to change screens.  Once to enter the program that uses that window, and a final click to actually enter that actual window. Also, Icons refuse to stay put... and TextEdit seems to be getting worse by the week.  These aren't illusions.  Is Apple trying to force me to upgrade to Yosemite.

Is Yosemite good?  And... WHY would they be herding me toward it?

Has anyone else noticed Mac OS 10.9.5 deteriorating in real time?  I have two screens, Iused to be able to switch to a window in the other screen simply by moving my mouse and clicking once.  Now it takes at LEAST three clicks.  Once to change screens.  Once to enter the program that uses that window, and a final click to actually enter that actual window. Also, Icons refuse to stay put... and TextEdit seems to be getting worse by the week.  These aren't illusions.  Is Apple trying to force me to upgrade to Yosemite.

Is Yosemite good?  And... WHY would they be herding me toward it?___

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2015-02-27 23:53:16 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I’m told this lovely manga about two gal-roomies-dealing-with-life refers to me or my work, at one point. I musta missed it.  But I found it sweet and fun.  http://www.mangaeden.com/en-manga/collectors/

I’m told this lovely manga about two gal-roomies-dealing-with-life refers to me or my work, at one point. I musta missed it.  But I found it sweet and fun.  http://www.mangaeden.com/en-manga/collectors/___

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2015-02-27 18:34:36 (10 comments, 14 reshares, 216 +1s)Open 

Yes, it was good to have Leonard Nimoy among us.  I won't say Rest in Peace, because frankly, although I am a scientific dubious agnostic, I do hope he is not "resting," but off on his next cool adventure.  Maybe even where no one has been, before.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/27/389516793/leonard-nimoy-mr-spock-on-star-trek-dies-at-83

Oh, what a tricky guy -- getting all the world's nerds to hold up a rabbinical hand sign.... probably well into the future.

Yes, it was good to have Leonard Nimoy among us.  I won't say Rest in Peace, because frankly, although I am a scientific dubious agnostic, I do hope he is not "resting," but off on his next cool adventure.  Maybe even where no one has been, before.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/27/389516793/leonard-nimoy-mr-spock-on-star-trek-dies-at-83

Oh, what a tricky guy -- getting all the world's nerds to hold up a rabbinical hand sign.... probably well into the future.___

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2015-02-27 06:01:20 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

We have not had a truly impressive comet in our lifetimes. Will this be ours?  

http://phys.org/news/2015-02-sungrazing-comet-brighten-evening-sky.html

We have not had a truly impressive comet in our lifetimes. Will this be ours?  

http://phys.org/news/2015-02-sungrazing-comet-brighten-evening-sky.html___

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2015-02-27 00:51:10 (30 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Mid-week posting: "where are the deathbed confessions?" Wherein I point out that the youngest of the supposed JFK assassins would be an old fart, by now.  And human nature - especially in our YouTube generation - should have drawn them out, by now!  Seriously, can we make a society that encourages henchmen to turn whistle blower? ...  And I conclude with a rumination on that relentlessly unloved figure... LBJ.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/where-are-deathbed-confessions.html

Mid-week posting: "where are the deathbed confessions?" Wherein I point out that the youngest of the supposed JFK assassins would be an old fart, by now.  And human nature - especially in our YouTube generation - should have drawn them out, by now!  Seriously, can we make a society that encourages henchmen to turn whistle blower? ...  And I conclude with a rumination on that relentlessly unloved figure... LBJ.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/where-are-deathbed-confessions.html___

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2015-02-26 23:47:06 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

An international group of astronomers has determined that 70,000 years ago a dim star is likely to have passed within our solar systems Oort Cloud — 52,000 astronomical units (AU) or 0.8 light years from the Earth. That is five times closer than Proxima Centauri.

To answer your next question: “98% of the simulations showed Scholz’s star passing through the Oort cloud, only one brought the star within the inner Oort cloud which would have triggered “comet showers”.  Still, one is tempted to look for impact fluxes having gone up, 60-70,000 years ago.

http://natmonitor.com/2015/02/17/astronomers-identify-the-closest-known-flyby-of-a-star-to-our-solar-system/

An international group of astronomers has determined that 70,000 years ago a dim star is likely to have passed within our solar systems Oort Cloud — 52,000 astronomical units (AU) or 0.8 light years from the Earth. That is five times closer than Proxima Centauri.

To answer your next question: “98% of the simulations showed Scholz’s star passing through the Oort cloud, only one brought the star within the inner Oort cloud which would have triggered “comet showers”.  Still, one is tempted to look for impact fluxes having gone up, 60-70,000 years ago.

http://natmonitor.com/2015/02/17/astronomers-identify-the-closest-known-flyby-of-a-star-to-our-solar-system/___

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2015-02-26 05:50:57 (92 comments, 25 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

A graphic to show your "vaxxer" friends... whether they be of left or right.

Left out, a more illustrative fact.  In the late 1950s the most popular man in America was Jonas Salk.  

And yet, there is one thing to say for the vaxxers.  All those vaccines must have done brain damage, after all.  Because we boomers are the most outrageously gullible, sanctimonious and dullard generation ever.... to fall for the imbecillic, anti-scientific and dismally ungrateful trips that are rampant across today's very-far-left and entire right.

http://graphics.wsj.com/infectious-diseases-and-vaccines/

A graphic to show your "vaxxer" friends... whether they be of left or right.

Left out, a more illustrative fact.  In the late 1950s the most popular man in America was Jonas Salk.  

And yet, there is one thing to say for the vaxxers.  All those vaccines must have done brain damage, after all.  Because we boomers are the most outrageously gullible, sanctimonious and dullard generation ever.... to fall for the imbecillic, anti-scientific and dismally ungrateful trips that are rampant across today's very-far-left and entire right.

http://graphics.wsj.com/infectious-diseases-and-vaccines/___

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2015-02-26 02:39:22 (7 comments, 16 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

"'Military readiness is already being impacted by sea-level rise," says Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who mentions that with all the flooding, it's becoming difficult to sell a house in some parts of Norfolk. If the melting of Greenland and West Antarctica continues to accelerate at current rates, scientists say Norfolk Naval Base and dozens of other major installations could see more than seven feet of sea-level rise by 2100."

Let's be clear.  One reason that senior US military officers have been dropping old affiliations with the Republican Party like a live grenade is the same as the reason why US scientists who are in the GOP has dropped from 40% to under 5% in the last 20 years. These brilliant and inherently conservative officers cannot afford the litany of delusion that has hijacked American conservatism.

They watch as the Russians develop twelve new bases... more »

"'Military readiness is already being impacted by sea-level rise," says Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who mentions that with all the flooding, it's becoming difficult to sell a house in some parts of Norfolk. If the melting of Greenland and West Antarctica continues to accelerate at current rates, scientists say Norfolk Naval Base and dozens of other major installations could see more than seven feet of sea-level rise by 2100."

Let's be clear.  One reason that senior US military officers have been dropping old affiliations with the Republican Party like a live grenade is the same as the reason why US scientists who are in the GOP has dropped from 40% to under 5% in the last 20 years. These brilliant and inherently conservative officers cannot afford the litany of delusion that has hijacked American conservatism.

They watch as the Russians develop twelve new bases in an Arctic that is increasingly ice free. They know climate change is real and despise the denialist cult.... as they (most of them) despise the family that sent them into trillion dollar wars, costing thousands of American lives, who sole winners were Bush-Cheney companies and ... Iran.

 http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-pentagon-climate-change-how-climate-deniers-put-national-security-at-risk-20150212#ixzz3SoY3yYb3___

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2015-02-25 20:41:27 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Uri Aviv runs the Utopia series of science fiction festivals in Israel. (see below)  Here he makes some very interesting connections between SF and the history of the eventful 20th Century: “Over the years science fiction has inspired the exploration of space and cyberspace and was first to imagine the robot, cyborg, clone and technological singularity. All of these are "mere byproducts" to the real focus of science fiction -- society -- communities, relationships, individuals -- how we transform, mutate and evolve through science and how we use and abuse technology. Science fiction creators imagine the un-imaginable and explore the impossible, they perform huge scale gedankenexperiments and by doing so they give birth to our future, for giving shape to the impossible today, gives shape to the every-day of tomorrow.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10sToCYV87I

Thevide... more »

Uri Aviv runs the Utopia series of science fiction festivals in Israel. (see below)  Here he makes some very interesting connections between SF and the history of the eventful 20th Century: “Over the years science fiction has inspired the exploration of space and cyberspace and was first to imagine the robot, cyborg, clone and technological singularity. All of these are "mere byproducts" to the real focus of science fiction -- society -- communities, relationships, individuals -- how we transform, mutate and evolve through science and how we use and abuse technology. Science fiction creators imagine the un-imaginable and explore the impossible, they perform huge scale gedankenexperiments and by doing so they give birth to our future, for giving shape to the impossible today, gives shape to the every-day of tomorrow.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10sToCYV87I

The video’s last third consists of a terrific, low budget sci fi short called “cost of living” that is well worth watching.

Links to the Utopia Festival http://www.utopiatlv.org___

2015-02-25 05:17:09 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

A list of think tanks by region/topic. VERY interesting to the few of you who will find it interesting. ;-)

http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1008&context=think_tanks

A list of think tanks by region/topic. VERY interesting to the few of you who will find it interesting. ;-)

http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1008&context=think_tanks___

2015-02-24 18:25:30 (25 comments, 5 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

This article shows both true wisdom and obdurately silliness.  Yes, we need to double down on America's investment in "breadth" in college.   All around the world, the normative baccalaureate degree is three years, with utter specialization. The American (and Canadian) Bachelor's Degree takes four years because all STEM majors are required to take a year's worth of humanities/history/Lit etc... and vice versa.  This author is only expressing the value system under which she was raised.  One with which I wholly agree! (As a "scientist/novelist" who earns his living across the entire spectrum.) You want MORE breadth?  Fine. I am down with that.
 
But to not even acknowledge that's already what we do?  Vastly more than any other nation on Earth?  Did you see her mention that? Even remotely?  Nope, just finger-wagging chiding -- the coin of our era --instead o... more »

This article shows both true wisdom and obdurately silliness.  Yes, we need to double down on America's investment in "breadth" in college.   All around the world, the normative baccalaureate degree is three years, with utter specialization. The American (and Canadian) Bachelor's Degree takes four years because all STEM majors are required to take a year's worth of humanities/history/Lit etc... and vice versa.  This author is only expressing the value system under which she was raised.  One with which I wholly agree! (As a "scientist/novelist" who earns his living across the entire spectrum.) You want MORE breadth?  Fine. I am down with that.
 
But to not even acknowledge that's already what we do?  Vastly more than any other nation on Earth?  Did you see her mention that? Even remotely?  Nope, just finger-wagging chiding -- the coin of our era -- instead of constructively pondering how to improve the miracle we already have. Pure silliness.
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/02/18/we-dont-need-more-stem-majors-we-need-more-stem-majors-with-liberal-arts-training/___

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2015-02-24 08:23:16 (75 comments, 20 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

It is the core thing that none of us expected a great nation to do to itself.
And some of you are complicit.

http://i.imgur.com/O5lgAoc.jpg

It is the core thing that none of us expected a great nation to do to itself.
And some of you are complicit.

http://i.imgur.com/O5lgAoc.jpg___

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2015-02-24 04:54:44 (23 comments, 5 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Neoteny - the extension of childhood for ever-longer periods - was part of how we humans developed agile and adaptable intelligence. (So I argued in a paper, twenty years ago.) Now research shows this trend to be extending even farther in the latest generation. This has many aspects, beyond offering hope for the parents of slow-maturing teens. It also sheds light on the one process that ever created "sapience," that we know of.  Yet, it is a process seldom discussed in artificial intelligence circles!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11413884/True-adulthood-doesnt-begin-until-age-25.html

My own highly unusual paper on neoteny’s role in human evolution: http://www.davidbrin.com/neoteny1.html

Oh... note I have a new posting at :
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/moving-goalposts-refusal-to-negotiate.html

Neoteny - the extension of childhood for ever-longer periods - was part of how we humans developed agile and adaptable intelligence. (So I argued in a paper, twenty years ago.) Now research shows this trend to be extending even farther in the latest generation. This has many aspects, beyond offering hope for the parents of slow-maturing teens. It also sheds light on the one process that ever created "sapience," that we know of.  Yet, it is a process seldom discussed in artificial intelligence circles!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11413884/True-adulthood-doesnt-begin-until-age-25.html

My own highly unusual paper on neoteny’s role in human evolution: http://www.davidbrin.com/neoteny1.html

Oh... note I have a new posting at :
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/moving-goalposts-refusal-to-negotiate.html___

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2015-02-23 23:54:14 (30 comments, 7 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Monday's posting: I slice and peel back the inner core of climate denialism, the absolute consistent trait has continued, despite every moving of the goal posts -- an utter refusal to negotiate. To allow ANY energy efficiency or research enhancement to even appear on the table for discussion. Absolute insistence that the only choice must be between shivering in the dark or betting that all scientists are wrong. Black and white. Zero shades of gray.  Come on by and see this syndrome dissected....

... especially if you are that fading breed, the rational conservative. You should be the angriest of all Americans, at the lobotomization and hijacking of the once proudly scientific movement of Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley.

Come by and argue.  Better yet... negotiate.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/moving-goalposts-refusal-to-negotiate.html

Monday's posting: I slice and peel back the inner core of climate denialism, the absolute consistent trait has continued, despite every moving of the goal posts -- an utter refusal to negotiate. To allow ANY energy efficiency or research enhancement to even appear on the table for discussion. Absolute insistence that the only choice must be between shivering in the dark or betting that all scientists are wrong. Black and white. Zero shades of gray.  Come on by and see this syndrome dissected....

... especially if you are that fading breed, the rational conservative. You should be the angriest of all Americans, at the lobotomization and hijacking of the once proudly scientific movement of Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley.

Come by and argue.  Better yet... negotiate.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/moving-goalposts-refusal-to-negotiate.html___

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2015-02-23 22:30:21 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Eep! Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to look at allegations that the Islamic State group is using organ harvesting as a way to finance its operations.  Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim told reporters that in the past few weeks, bodies with surgical incisions and missing kidneys or other body parts have been found in shallow mass graves.

Probably just blather.  But --

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iraq-envoy-to-un-islamic-state-might-be-harvesting-organs/2015/02/17/548dd06e-b70a-11e4-bc30-a4e75503948a_story.html

Eep! Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to look at allegations that the Islamic State group is using organ harvesting as a way to finance its operations.  Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim told reporters that in the past few weeks, bodies with surgical incisions and missing kidneys or other body parts have been found in shallow mass graves.

Probably just blather.  But --

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iraq-envoy-to-un-islamic-state-might-be-harvesting-organs/2015/02/17/548dd06e-b70a-11e4-bc30-a4e75503948a_story.html___

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2015-02-22 22:46:25 (26 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

I have found that my “name one exception” challenges are very effective at weaning intelligent conservatives away from the Confederacy. (e.g. name one statistically significant metric of US national health that improved across either Bush administration.  Or name one “winner” of the Bushite wars, other than Iran, the Saudis and Bush-Cheney family companies.  Or name one industry that - for all their talk - Republicans ever actually deregulated, other than banking-Wallstreet. I have a ton of these “name one exception” challenges, which prove that the GOP should never again be trusted with a burnt match.)

 Only now I guess there’s one I will have to retire.

It was: “Name one fully-red state that has done a damn thing about the utterly criminal cheat known as gerrymandering.”  More than a dozen blue states have seen citizen revolts to end this foul, evil andtreasonous practice, ... more »

I have found that my “name one exception” challenges are very effective at weaning intelligent conservatives away from the Confederacy. (e.g. name one statistically significant metric of US national health that improved across either Bush administration.  Or name one “winner” of the Bushite wars, other than Iran, the Saudis and Bush-Cheney family companies.  Or name one industry that - for all their talk - Republicans ever actually deregulated, other than banking-Wallstreet. I have a ton of these “name one exception” challenges, which prove that the GOP should never again be trusted with a burnt match.)

 Only now I guess there’s one I will have to retire.

It was: “Name one fully-red state that has done a damn thing about the utterly criminal cheat known as gerrymandering.”  More than a dozen blue states have seen citizen revolts to end this foul, evil and treasonous practice, plus a few purple ones. (Illinois and Maryland are still blue cheaters.) Red citizens, in contrast seem perfectly happy with the monstrous crime… except, as someone recently pointed out…

"Prior to 1994, the Idaho Legislature was responsible for redrawing its own districts. In 1993, the Legislature passed SJR 105, creating a constitutional citizen's body that would instead be responsible for drawing the districts. The voters of Idaho passed that constitutional amendment in 1994, with 64% in favor and 36% against."

http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/redistricting/FAQs.htm

Idaho did that? Dang! This is the first of my "name one exception" challenges that I am gonna have to retire, then.(I’d still like to see how it worked, in practice.)  Rats, I have found the "name one exception" riffs to be very effective at showing still-sapient conservatives how spectacularly vile the hijackers of their once-proud movement have become. But revealing a red state exception, that fellow made me revise. (Try it, some time. Especially re climate change.)

I now have to say “NEARLY ALL red states support criminal gerrymandering" instead of all. I can respond to data.  Can you?  Then name exceptions to my other challenges.___

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2015-02-22 19:54:59 (5 comments, 19 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

A very good interview with science fiction author Margaret Atwood, by ASU Imagination Center director Ed Finn.  She says many wise things… though at many points I wanted to switch the question line onto some more challenging tracks.  In any event, like Ursula LeGuin, she seems more ready to acknowledge her roots in a despised genre of literature… the one of which America, in particular, should be most proud.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/02/margaret_atwood_interview_the_author_speaks_on_hope_science_and_the_future.html

A very good interview with science fiction author Margaret Atwood, by ASU Imagination Center director Ed Finn.  She says many wise things… though at many points I wanted to switch the question line onto some more challenging tracks.  In any event, like Ursula LeGuin, she seems more ready to acknowledge her roots in a despised genre of literature… the one of which America, in particular, should be most proud.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/02/margaret_atwood_interview_the_author_speaks_on_hope_science_and_the_future.html___

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2015-02-22 04:49:31 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Wonderful views of Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the Rosetta orbiter, and these should get even better, during coming weeks. A dream come true for this comet guy!

http://news.yahoo.com/spectacular-comet-photos-rosetta-only-better-225307368.html

Wonderful views of Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the Rosetta orbiter, and these should get even better, during coming weeks. A dream come true for this comet guy!

http://news.yahoo.com/spectacular-comet-photos-rosetta-only-better-225307368.html___

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2015-02-22 01:04:26 (28 comments, 6 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Bruce Schneier plumbs into the Samsung eavesdropping imbroglio.  "Earlier this week, we learned that Samsung televisions are eavesdropping on their owners. If you have one of their Internet-connected smart TVs, you can turn on a voice command feature that saves you the trouble of finding the remote, pushing buttons and scrolling through menus. But making that feature work requires the television to listen to everything you say. And what you say isn't just processed by the television; it may be forwarded over the Internet for remote processing. It's literally Orwellian." —  "This has to change. We need to regulate the listening: both what is being collected and how it's being used. But that won't happen until we know the full extent of surveillance: who's listening and what they're doing with it."  

True enough, as far as it goes.  But Bruce nevergoes ... more »

Bruce Schneier plumbs into the Samsung eavesdropping imbroglio.  "Earlier this week, we learned that Samsung televisions are eavesdropping on their owners. If you have one of their Internet-connected smart TVs, you can turn on a voice command feature that saves you the trouble of finding the remote, pushing buttons and scrolling through menus. But making that feature work requires the television to listen to everything you say. And what you say isn't just processed by the television; it may be forwarded over the Internet for remote processing. It's literally Orwellian." —  "This has to change. We need to regulate the listening: both what is being collected and how it's being used. But that won't happen until we know the full extent of surveillance: who's listening and what they're doing with it."  

True enough, as far as it goes.  But Bruce never goes deep. For example, HOW do you expect to accomplish all of that, in a world where Moore’s Law inherently expands and distributes every power of vision, exponentially? Ironically, the only way to gain this kind of control over elites using prying eyes is to make them feel it’s likely they’ll be caught, if they stare. Transparency.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/11/opinion/schneier-samsung-tv-listening/index.html___

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2015-02-21 20:47:17 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting shows you a great reading list... the Nebula nominees for best science fiction of 2014. Plus other cool, sci-fi related news. But first, a few announcements that you may find cool!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/nominees-for-best-science-fiction-of.html

My weekend posting shows you a great reading list... the Nebula nominees for best science fiction of 2014. Plus other cool, sci-fi related news. But first, a few announcements that you may find cool!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/nominees-for-best-science-fiction-of.html___

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2015-02-21 06:14:41 (37 comments, 28 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

The masters of the Murdochian confederacy (and their petro-prince allies) do not want American masses who can think.
“An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools.”

In this phase of our civil war, the confederates' aim is not separation.  It is lobotomization.

http://thinkprogress.org/education/2015/02/17/3623683/oklahoma-lawmakers-vote-overwhleming-ban-advanced-placement-history-class/

The masters of the Murdochian confederacy (and their petro-prince allies) do not want American masses who can think.
“An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools.”

In this phase of our civil war, the confederates' aim is not separation.  It is lobotomization.

http://thinkprogress.org/education/2015/02/17/3623683/oklahoma-lawmakers-vote-overwhleming-ban-advanced-placement-history-class/___

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2015-02-20 22:35:13 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

As illustrated by the recent Ebola outbreak,   global air travel has made it far easier for disease to spread. But climate change, which is shuffling habitable zones for pathogen-carrying animals, is poised to make future outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Ebola, H1N1 and TB worse, and more frequent.  One of a myriad things for which members -- and especially promoters -- of the Denialist Cult will be held accountable, beyond "just" the inundation of coastal lands and cities. When the tort suits are finally settled, around 2080, no one named Koch or Murdoch will own even a dime. And their followers will be sharing their homes with climate/disease refugees.

http://www.newsweek.com/climate-change-poised-make-infectious-disease-outbreaks-more-frequent-307161

As illustrated by the recent Ebola outbreak,   global air travel has made it far easier for disease to spread. But climate change, which is shuffling habitable zones for pathogen-carrying animals, is poised to make future outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Ebola, H1N1 and TB worse, and more frequent.  One of a myriad things for which members -- and especially promoters -- of the Denialist Cult will be held accountable, beyond "just" the inundation of coastal lands and cities. When the tort suits are finally settled, around 2080, no one named Koch or Murdoch will own even a dime. And their followers will be sharing their homes with climate/disease refugees.

http://www.newsweek.com/climate-change-poised-make-infectious-disease-outbreaks-more-frequent-307161___

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2015-02-20 18:39:51 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 


The Science Fiction Writers of America has announced the nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards. Members get special access to these stories but you are welcome to hunt them down, yourselves. (Many of the authors post their tales on their own sites.) A good way to gauge current trends and keep up to date.  Congratulations to the nominees!

Novel
    •    The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
    •    Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
    •    Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
    •    The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (), translated by Ken Liu (Tor)
    •    Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
    •    Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate;

Novella
    •    We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
    •   Yesterday's Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
    •    "T... more »


The Science Fiction Writers of America has announced the nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards. Members get special access to these stories but you are welcome to hunt them down, yourselves. (Many of the authors post their tales on their own sites.) A good way to gauge current trends and keep up to date.  Congratulations to the nominees!

Novel
    •    The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
    •    Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
    •    Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
    •    The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (), translated by Ken Liu (Tor)
    •    Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
    •    Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate;

Novella
    •    We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
    •    Yesterday's Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
    •    "The Regular," Ken Liu (Upgraded)
    •    "The Mothers of Voorhisville," Mary Rickert (Tor.com 4/30/14)
    •    Calendrical Regression, Lawrence Schoen (NobleFusion)
    •    "Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)," Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean

Novelette
    •    "Sleep Walking Now and Then," Richard Bowes (Tor.com 7/9/14)
    •    "The Magician and Laplace's Demon," Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 12/14)
    •    "A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai'i," Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14)
    •    "The Husband Stitch," Carmen Maria Machado (Granta #129)
    •    "We Are the Cloud," Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed 9/14)
    •    "The Devil in America," Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 4/2/14)

Short Story
    •    "The Breath of War," Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/6/14)
    •    "When It Ends, He Catches Her," Eugie Foster (Daily SciFiction 9/26/14)
    •    "The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye," Matthew Kressel (Clarkesworld 5/14)
    •    "The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family," Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
    •    "A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide," Sarah Pinsker (F&SF 3-4/14)
    •    "Jackalope Wives," Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/7/14)
    •    "The Fisher Queen," Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5/14)

For additional information, see the SFW Website: http://www.sfwa.org/___

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2015-02-20 04:11:48 (25 comments, 4 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

The 5% or so DNA difference between chimps and humans is being explored, bit by bit. “One stretch of DNA looked promising because it was near a gene that's known to be involved in brain development. The researchers took the chimp version of this DNA and put it into mouse embryos. They took other mouse embryos and put in the human version…. Just before birth, mice with the human DNA had brains that were noticeably larger — about 12 percent bigger than the brains of mice with the chimp DNA.”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/02/19/387088596/just-a-bit-of-dna-helps-explain-humans-big-brains

Most of the genetic differences between humans and chimps are actually found in DNA that codes for regulation rather than actual proteins… when genes get turned off and on.

Which  prompts a question — which science fictional scenario are we on the verge of unfolding?Resurrection... more »

The 5% or so DNA difference between chimps and humans is being explored, bit by bit. “One stretch of DNA looked promising because it was near a gene that's known to be involved in brain development. The researchers took the chimp version of this DNA and put it into mouse embryos. They took other mouse embryos and put in the human version…. Just before birth, mice with the human DNA had brains that were noticeably larger — about 12 percent bigger than the brains of mice with the chimp DNA.”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/02/19/387088596/just-a-bit-of-dna-helps-explain-humans-big-brains

Most of the genetic differences between humans and chimps are actually found in DNA that codes for regulation rather than actual proteins… when genes get turned off and on.

Which  prompts a question — which science fictional scenario are we on the verge of unfolding? Resurrection of past species? (Not dinosaurs but perhaps Mammoths and Neanderthals, as in Existence.)  No, that’s not what this is about. Augmentation of higher animals, as in my Uplift  Series?  Oh certainly there will be some eager beavers who will splice human hare5 genes into chimps — get ready for that fire storm!

But other scenarios leap to mind. Like, well, have any of you read Poul Anderson’s novel Brain Wave. Seriously. What if this spread to all mammals?  Then we had better get smarter, too. An outcome both to be desired… and to keep us up at night with fretful imaginings.___

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2015-02-20 00:20:57 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Last summer the UN's International Seabed Authority issued the first deep sea exploration permits, allowing companies to start actively looking for places to mine Manganese nodules and other sources of rare earth elements from the ocean floor. As I forecast in EARTH (1989). Might this be a way around the current Chinese near-monopoly on rare earths production?

http://www.popsci.com/scientists-find-unexpected-ore-deposit-middle-atlantic?dom=fb&src=SOC

Last summer the UN's International Seabed Authority issued the first deep sea exploration permits, allowing companies to start actively looking for places to mine Manganese nodules and other sources of rare earth elements from the ocean floor. As I forecast in EARTH (1989). Might this be a way around the current Chinese near-monopoly on rare earths production?

http://www.popsci.com/scientists-find-unexpected-ore-deposit-middle-atlantic?dom=fb&src=SOC___

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2015-02-19 00:52:47 (13 comments, 7 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

My mid-week postion: "Optimism vs Pessimism,"  explores why so many of us are grouchy, when it physically damages your health, reduces your likelihood of achieving changes, and runs contrary to most factual trends around us.  From 9/11 to Hollywood sci fi, the obsession seems to be "sell fear!"   

Once you are done with this posting, you may see good reason to get mad!  To rebel against the cynics and fear-mongers!  But... then... maybe that's just the optimist in me, imagining that you might change?  ;-)

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/optimism-vs-pessimism.html

My mid-week postion: "Optimism vs Pessimism,"  explores why so many of us are grouchy, when it physically damages your health, reduces your likelihood of achieving changes, and runs contrary to most factual trends around us.  From 9/11 to Hollywood sci fi, the obsession seems to be "sell fear!"   

Once you are done with this posting, you may see good reason to get mad!  To rebel against the cynics and fear-mongers!  But... then... maybe that's just the optimist in me, imagining that you might change?  ;-)

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/02/optimism-vs-pessimism.html___

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2015-02-18 23:39:06 (25 comments, 31 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

Professionals must be our allies against thugs. I've often pointed out that good cops deserve not just respect but also some allowance for the tension and adrenaline that comes with an extraordinarily difficult job.  But it is illogical and self-defeating for them to show “solidarity” with the thugs on the force. With the advent -- and now widespread adoption -- of cop lapel-cameras, after Obama Administration and court rulings that citizens have a blanket right to record their interactions with police, the road ahead is clear.  Technology and law both demand the professionalization  of police.

Now another piece to the puzzle. The largest organization of public defenders in the country is building a “cop accountability” database, aimed at helping defense attorneys question the credibility of police officers in court.  The contents of the Legal Aid database have been harvested froma variety o... more »

Professionals must be our allies against thugs. I've often pointed out that good cops deserve not just respect but also some allowance for the tension and adrenaline that comes with an extraordinarily difficult job.  But it is illogical and self-defeating for them to show “solidarity” with the thugs on the force. With the advent -- and now widespread adoption -- of cop lapel-cameras, after Obama Administration and court rulings that citizens have a blanket right to record their interactions with police, the road ahead is clear.  Technology and law both demand the professionalization  of police.

Now another piece to the puzzle. The largest organization of public defenders in the country is building a “cop accountability” database, aimed at helping defense attorneys question the credibility of police officers in court.  The contents of the Legal Aid database have been harvested from a variety of sources, e.g. civil lawsuits filed against the city, criminal trials in which a police witness was deemed not credible by a judge, and news reports about police wrongdoing. Information also comes from grievances that New Yorkers have filed against individual officers with the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/02/bad_cops_a_new_database_collects_information_about_cop_misconduct_and_provides.html

The thing to keep in mind is that this must NOT become a "zero tolerance" situation, in which a good officer  must pay harsh penalties for a flash of temper or a lapse in procedure that was an exception and that wrought no major, lasting harm. There must be a scaled allowance for the fact that we ALL are descended directly from cavemen.  We need these folks! Their job is hard and often ambiguous and tense. A sliding scale of leeway must be part of it, before a cop's credibility sinks and his comrades decide that he's a bad apple, making things harder on them all.

We need the same thing regarding school teachers… one area where liberalism has been just plain wrong for decades, giving an unnecessary (and rather lonely) legitimate talking point to the Right. There must be leeway and process. But the firing of bad teachers is a duty that we owe our kids.___

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2015-02-18 20:18:38 (40 comments, 19 reshares, 123 +1s)Open 

The future was better when Star Trek: The Next Generation was making it."  An interesting rumination on how only one major media sic fi franchise has ever taken on the hardest and best challenge — telling good stories, criticizing possible errors, while assuming that maybe - just maybe - our grandchildren mights be better than us.  That Hard Assumption terrifies most lazy producers, directors and writers.  How much easier to make the Dullard-Dystopic Assumption, that we will fail and that our descendants will all be fools? It makes plotting and action trivial.  At the small cost of chopping away at our confidence as a civilization and a people.!

Glimmers of the finer path were seen in Babylon Five. I see hints of it in Halle Berry's EXTANT. Maybe the star-trekkian mantle of adventure-with-critical-optimism will be taken up by Marc Zicree's Space Command.

Still… theirony i... more »

The future was better when Star Trek: The Next Generation was making it."  An interesting rumination on how only one major media sic fi franchise has ever taken on the hardest and best challenge — telling good stories, criticizing possible errors, while assuming that maybe - just maybe - our grandchildren mights be better than us.  That Hard Assumption terrifies most lazy producers, directors and writers.  How much easier to make the Dullard-Dystopic Assumption, that we will fail and that our descendants will all be fools? It makes plotting and action trivial.  At the small cost of chopping away at our confidence as a civilization and a people.!

Glimmers of the finer path were seen in Babylon Five. I see hints of it in Halle Berry's EXTANT. Maybe the star-trekkian mantle of adventure-with-critical-optimism will be taken up by Marc Zicree's Space Command.

Still… the irony is stunning.  That my  own chief pessimism about our future is rooted in Hollywood's absolute determination to undermine our confidence with pummeling after pummeling of relentless pessimism.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/tv/a14097/star-trek-the-next-generation-future/___

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2015-02-18 04:24:26 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

Today would have been the 100th birthday of my father, Herb Brin, who covered gangland tommygunnings as a Chicago beat reporter in the 1930s, then served in WWII working for STARS AND STRIPES, then became a renowned journalist for both the LA Times and the Heritage chain of community newspapers which he ran with my brother... and became known as an international poet of no small repute. He first broke the Story of Oskar Schindler and his "list." Herb covered the Eichmann and Barbie trials and blew the first whistle on Soviet persecution of Russian Jews.  He had the most powerful sense of justice of any human being I ever saw or knew.

His dedication page includes a short autobiography that some find riveting. Life moves on. But we stand on big shoulders.

http://www.davidbrin.com/herbbrin/index.html

Today would have been the 100th birthday of my father, Herb Brin, who covered gangland tommygunnings as a Chicago beat reporter in the 1930s, then served in WWII working for STARS AND STRIPES, then became a renowned journalist for both the LA Times and the Heritage chain of community newspapers which he ran with my brother... and became known as an international poet of no small repute. He first broke the Story of Oskar Schindler and his "list." Herb covered the Eichmann and Barbie trials and blew the first whistle on Soviet persecution of Russian Jews.  He had the most powerful sense of justice of any human being I ever saw or knew.

His dedication page includes a short autobiography that some find riveting. Life moves on. But we stand on big shoulders.

http://www.davidbrin.com/herbbrin/index.html___

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2015-02-18 03:38:45 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

You might enjoy the audio sci fi magazine Starship Sofa.  Here are some of the audio versions they have run for some of my tales (after some introduction.)

(“Mars Opposition”) http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2013/07/17/starshipsofa-no-298-david-brin/  
(“Crystal Spheres”) http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2008/01/09/aural-delights-no-3-david-brin/
(“Fortitude”) http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2011/12/21/starshipsofa-no-217/
(“A Professor at Harvard”)  http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2011/02/02/starshipsofa-no-174-david-brin-damon-knight/
(Part 1 of my novella “Temptation” makes up the second half of this radio broadcast.)
http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2008/12/31/aural-delights-no-57-geoff-rymandavid-brin-double-bill-special/

You might enjoy the audio sci fi magazine Starship Sofa.  Here are some of the audio versions they have run for some of my tales (after some introduction.)

(“Mars Opposition”) http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2013/07/17/starshipsofa-no-298-david-brin/  
(“Crystal Spheres”) http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2008/01/09/aural-delights-no-3-david-brin/
(“Fortitude”) http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2011/12/21/starshipsofa-no-217/
(“A Professor at Harvard”)  http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2011/02/02/starshipsofa-no-174-david-brin-damon-knight/
(Part 1 of my novella “Temptation” makes up the second half of this radio broadcast.)
http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2008/12/31/aural-delights-no-57-geoff-rymandavid-brin-double-bill-special/___

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2015-02-17 21:56:24 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is getting super close to its planned orbit of the dwarf planet Ceres. The "white dot" mystery grows.  But I am especially interested in whether our probe finds evidence of a liquid sea, under the thick, icy crust.  If so, it will prove the "roofed water worlds" don't need the tug of a nearby planet, in order to heat and melt subsurface water.  It will change our notions of the abundance of liquid water in the universe.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/02/17/even-better-images-of-ceres-as-nasas-dawn-approaches/

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is getting super close to its planned orbit of the dwarf planet Ceres. The "white dot" mystery grows.  But I am especially interested in whether our probe finds evidence of a liquid sea, under the thick, icy crust.  If so, it will prove the "roofed water worlds" don't need the tug of a nearby planet, in order to heat and melt subsurface water.  It will change our notions of the abundance of liquid water in the universe.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/02/17/even-better-images-of-ceres-as-nasas-dawn-approaches/___

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2015-02-17 20:05:27 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

This professor compiled evidence from around the world that Neolithic people were taking drugs derived from cacti in 8,600BC and that they were cultivating opium poppies by around 6000BC.

Across that long era, the drug related death rate must have been phenomenal, because humans are vastly better than other mammals at "saying no to addictions."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2939830/No-wonder-called-stone-age-Ancient-humans-taking-drugs-including-magic-mushrooms-opium-10-600-years-ago.html

This professor compiled evidence from around the world that Neolithic people were taking drugs derived from cacti in 8,600BC and that they were cultivating opium poppies by around 6000BC.

Across that long era, the drug related death rate must have been phenomenal, because humans are vastly better than other mammals at "saying no to addictions."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2939830/No-wonder-called-stone-age-Ancient-humans-taking-drugs-including-magic-mushrooms-opium-10-600-years-ago.html___

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2015-02-16 20:06:30 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I speak for the Skeptics Society : In the year 2525: Big Science, Big History and the Future of Humanity at Caltech, Pasadena CA, May 30, with dinner on the 29th.

http://www.skeptic.com/lectures/conferences/in-the-year-2525/

I speak for the Skeptics Society : In the year 2525: Big Science, Big History and the Future of Humanity at Caltech, Pasadena CA, May 30, with dinner on the 29th.

http://www.skeptic.com/lectures/conferences/in-the-year-2525/___

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2015-02-16 04:29:39 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Some sad news for the SF Bay area (while I am in town for the AAAS.)  San Francisco’s epic Borderlands Bookstore will be closing down soon.  Waaah.

http://missionlocal.org/2015/02/borderlands-books-to-close-in-march/

Some sad news for the SF Bay area (while I am in town for the AAAS.)  San Francisco’s epic Borderlands Bookstore will be closing down soon.  Waaah.

http://missionlocal.org/2015/02/borderlands-books-to-close-in-march/___

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2015-02-16 01:28:52 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Wonderful views of Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the Rosetta orbiter, and these should get even better, during coming weeks. A dream come true for this comet guy!

http://news.yahoo.com/spectacular-comet-photos-rosetta-only-better-225307368.html

Wonderful views of Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the Rosetta orbiter, and these should get even better, during coming weeks. A dream come true for this comet guy!

http://news.yahoo.com/spectacular-comet-photos-rosetta-only-better-225307368.html___

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