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David Brin

David Brin 

Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist. Advocate for a Transparent Society.

Occupation: Author, scientist, futurist, public speaker (Futurist, Scientist, Author: The Postman, Startide Rising, Earth, Existence)

Location: San Diego

Followers: 60,961

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Cream of the Crop: 10/22/2011

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2017-01-15 18:47:18 (88 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Ostriches are starting to lift their heads. Conservatives who at last accept the testimony of all facts and reason — that their movement has gone mad. Some, like George “the Worst American” Will, still cling to the mantra incantation that “Yes, well, at least liberals are just as bad! - thereby concocting rationalizations for otherwise-intelligent folks to keep watching hypnotic poison on Fox. Hence it is especially noteworthy when one of the master-poisoners awakens, pulls his head out of the hole of denial, then speaks up for his country and civilization, as — (and I shudder to speak it) — Glenn Beck has done.

And Beck confirmed this - a bit - in his make-up session with Samantha Bee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuSDfVRGI54 Now, can rising ostriches actually get others to lift their heads. Hold that thought. Soon, I will speak of the Year of the Colonels.


Most reshares: 17

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2017-01-12 20:36:04 (12 comments; 17 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

A cool site shows what Earth looked like, at intervals across 200 M years… also the % of land and ice area, indicating that we actually have an anomalous amount of land right now and global warming seems likely to end that phase.

http://phl.upr.edu/projects/visual-paleo-earth/vpe_globes

Most plusones: 134

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2017-01-17 22:56:44 (10 comments; 12 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

Lady Gaga, can you hear me? I have a suggestion for how you can make major political waves and gain hero status, without breaking your pledge to the NFL and with a "who, me?" grin.

"Lady Gaga was told by the NFL that she cannot say anything or bring anything up about the election, or mention Donald Trump."
That’s okay, there are SO many ways around this! You might speak for tolerance and against racism, but everyone will know what you’re doing and think you deliberately weaseled your NFL deal.

Here’s what to do. Speak up for science! For a civilization that works with things called facts. Maybe a nod to “wonderful journalists.” Maybe work in Thomas Dolby's "She blinded me with science!"

Those groups are desperately hated by the Fox-Trump Confederacy. And yet, when accused of going political you can blink sweetly insurprise.... more »

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2017-01-22 05:04:25 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Seriously. Here's a call to the group mind. Please name the major Trump appointments who aren't from the Olde Confederacy. I count four, so far.

Seriously. Here's a call to the group mind. Please name the major Trump appointments who aren't from the Olde Confederacy. I count four, so far.___

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2017-01-22 02:00:55 (21 comments; 6 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

The decline in ISIS during 2016. Even steeper demographically, as the movement lost half its population. And all areas in Iraq should be gone within a couple of months.

Contrast the different WAYS that Republicans and democrats wage war. It is a distinction both left and right ignore. But it bodes badly for us, now.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-democrats-and-republicans-wage-war.html

The decline in ISIS during 2016. Even steeper demographically, as the movement lost half its population. And all areas in Iraq should be gone within a couple of months.

Contrast the different WAYS that Republicans and democrats wage war. It is a distinction both left and right ignore. But it bodes badly for us, now.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-democrats-and-republicans-wage-war.html___

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2017-01-22 00:49:08 (19 comments; 12 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

My weekend posting deals with those fellows you know, who express "grudging admiraion" for the Nazi or Confederate armed forces. "Sure they were evil (or supported slavery). But boy were they competent! Um... not. And we have to learn that the fight to save civilization from rot will require us to confront such insipid rationalizations, wherever they appear.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/those-who-admire-nazi-competence-bet.html

My weekend posting deals with those fellows you know, who express "grudging admiraion" for the Nazi or Confederate armed forces. "Sure they were evil (or supported slavery). But boy were they competent! Um... not. And we have to learn that the fight to save civilization from rot will require us to confront such insipid rationalizations, wherever they appear.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/those-who-admire-nazi-competence-bet.html___

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2017-01-21 22:39:58 (5 comments; 9 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

Our metaphors fill society. This one was posted with zero commentary needed.

Our metaphors fill society. This one was posted with zero commentary needed.___

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2017-01-21 18:36:00 (16 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Virtually every major federal department in Donald Trump's government will be led by someone from a former Confederate state -- South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia and so on.

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/01/the_southern_hegemony_of_trumps_government_farmer.html#incart_2box_opinion

Tell me: do you know anyone else who forecast this years ago, as I did? Just curious.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/phases-of-american-civil-war.html

Virtually every major federal department in Donald Trump's government will be led by someone from a former Confederate state -- South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia and so on.

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/01/the_southern_hegemony_of_trumps_government_farmer.html#incart_2box_opinion

Tell me: do you know anyone else who forecast this years ago, as I did? Just curious.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/phases-of-american-civil-war.html___

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2017-01-21 01:59:24 (71 comments; 12 reshares; 113 +1s; )Open 

"I have never seen my country on an inauguration day so divided, so anxious, so fearful, so uncertain of its course. ... I have never seen an incoming president so preoccupied with responding to the understandable vagaries of dissent and seemingly unwilling to contend with the full weight and responsibilities of the most powerful job in the world."

This from Dan Rather, who bore witness to everything from the JFK assassination to the terrifying ructions of 1968, to Civil Rights and Vietnam torments, to Watergate, to the near misses with incineration in the Cold War, to 9/11 and the surrounding miasma of lies. Indeed, even in 1968, there was still a “middle” in America wherein moderate democrats and moderate republicans tried to negotiate. Richard Nixon crossed party lines to establish the Environmental Protection Agency. Democratic Congresses modified, but then passed, budgetssen... more »

"I have never seen my country on an inauguration day so divided, so anxious, so fearful, so uncertain of its course. ... I have never seen an incoming president so preoccupied with responding to the understandable vagaries of dissent and seemingly unwilling to contend with the full weight and responsibilities of the most powerful job in the world."

This from Dan Rather, who bore witness to everything from the JFK assassination to the terrifying ructions of 1968, to Civil Rights and Vietnam torments, to Watergate, to the near misses with incineration in the Cold War, to 9/11 and the surrounding miasma of lies. Indeed, even in 1968, there was still a “middle” in America wherein moderate democrats and moderate republicans tried to negotiate. Richard Nixon crossed party lines to establish the Environmental Protection Agency. Democratic Congresses modified, but then passed, budgets sent to them by Republican presidents.

Today’s great, national divide is entirely one of perception. The country that our new president described in today’s speech… one that is undergoing collapse and “carnage”… simply does not exist. Not on any substantial or statistically significant way, compared to past decades. Problems? We got. But every metric of US national health has improved. Nor should we be lectured by a man and a party who did nothing to alleviate the pain of the unemployed or poor.

No, our divide is very real, but it is psychological. There is one third of the American spirit that has swallowed memic poison. It’s not “left” or “right” but a paranoia that will not respond to facts. That rejects facts. That is enraged by facts and all of the professions that use them.___

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2017-01-21 00:38:20 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

For those of you needing solace: watch Bryan Cranston's spectacular portrayal of LBJ in "All The Way." If he doesn't get an Oscar, there's no justice. For decades I have fumed that no one would tell the story of Lyndon Johnson and all he did for our nation, refuting pathetically vile depictions by the likes of Oliver Stone. LBJ's loyalty to JFK's dreams was carried out with dispatch, passion -- and yes the ruthless political cunning this film so accurately showed.

If you are shuddering over today's transition, imagine the majority of parallel worlds WITHOUT the combination of JFK's assassination and LBJ's relentless push, where the 64 Civil Rights Bill and the 65 Voting Rights Act did not happen. The flames that would have consumed us, as our souls would likely have deserved.

Sure,there are red states where those rights are undermined by... more »

For those of you needing solace: watch Bryan Cranston's spectacular portrayal of LBJ in "All The Way." If he doesn't get an Oscar, there's no justice. For decades I have fumed that no one would tell the story of Lyndon Johnson and all he did for our nation, refuting pathetically vile depictions by the likes of Oliver Stone. LBJ's loyalty to JFK's dreams was carried out with dispatch, passion -- and yes the ruthless political cunning this film so accurately showed.

If you are shuddering over today's transition, imagine the majority of parallel worlds WITHOUT the combination of JFK's assassination and LBJ's relentless push, where the 64 Civil Rights Bill and the 65 Voting Rights Act did not happen. The flames that would have consumed us, as our souls would likely have deserved.

Sure,there are red states where those rights are undermined by foul tricks, like gerrymandering. Indeed, we could certainly have done even better. But the playing field shifted, because of Johnson, to a better and more fair nation. And but for Vietnam, he would have crushed Nixon in 68 and we'd all have been the better for it.

Oh, is there an Academy Award for casting? Seriously, I have never seen an array of actors who so looked like their historical counterparts! I recognized Humphrey, Dirksen, MacNamara, Hoover and so on, at first sight, and the ML King role was perfection!

http://www.hbo.com/movies/all-the-way___

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2017-01-20 22:07:00 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Of course there were messages, between the lines. The Union shall rise. And yet, who could complain about this beautiful and moving and patriotic message? (You might recall the letter from KenBurns's Civil War series.)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/read-the-letter-chuck-schmer-read-at-trump-s-inauguration

Of course there were messages, between the lines. The Union shall rise. And yet, who could complain about this beautiful and moving and patriotic message? (You might recall the letter from KenBurns's Civil War series.)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/read-the-letter-chuck-schmer-read-at-trump-s-inauguration___

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2017-01-19 23:16:23 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Jiminy Christmas, the (then) President of the United States just touted The Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin and conversed tangentially about the Hugo Award. Yes, he has long been – tangentially – a sci fi reader. Great stuff! But. Um hey, sir? Did you notice my name, in small letters, on the cover of TTBP? ;-)

Well, well. There’s more: “I don’t worry about the survival of the novel. We’re a storytelling species. I think that what one of the jobs of political leaders going forward is, is to tell a better story about what binds us together as a people. And America is unique in having to stitch together all these disparate elements – we’re not one race, we’re not one tribe, folks didn’t all arrive here at the same time. What holds us together is an idea, and it’s a story about who we are and what’s important to us. And I want to make sure that we continue that.”

What a terrific int... more »

Jiminy Christmas, the (then) President of the United States just touted The Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin and conversed tangentially about the Hugo Award. Yes, he has long been – tangentially – a sci fi reader. Great stuff! But. Um hey, sir? Did you notice my name, in small letters, on the cover of TTBP? ;-)

Well, well. There’s more: “I don’t worry about the survival of the novel. We’re a storytelling species. I think that what one of the jobs of political leaders going forward is, is to tell a better story about what binds us together as a people. And America is unique in having to stitch together all these disparate elements – we’re not one race, we’re not one tribe, folks didn’t all arrive here at the same time. What holds us together is an idea, and it’s a story about who we are and what’s important to us. And I want to make sure that we continue that.”

What a terrific interview about books and reading with a truly amazing and under-appreciated man. ___

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2017-01-19 21:08:49 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Today I lay into a fellow who deserves it, more than anyone I know. Not for the amount of evil that he does, but for how clear-eyed and deliberate has been his choice of treason.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-worst-american-shares-his-pain-with.html

Today I lay into a fellow who deserves it, more than anyone I know. Not for the amount of evil that he does, but for how clear-eyed and deliberate has been his choice of treason.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-worst-american-shares-his-pain-with.html___

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2017-01-19 06:00:57 (16 comments; 4 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Yesterday, next to the ruins of ancient Niniveh, the tomb of Jonah was liberated from Isis. Jonah is important for the book's lesson that fate is not 'written" or locked-in. No doom is sealed in advance. God can change his mind. Even if you believe the noxiously sadistic Book of Revelation (whose character is the opposite of Jesus, in every conceivable way) to have been a sincere prophecy, at the time that John of Patmos dreamed it -- all that means is that... God... changed...His .. mind.

Those Revelation-zealots who rub their hands in gleeful anticipation of nearly all their neighbors - fellow American citizens - suffering the fates meted in that loathsome book... those people are not neighbors or citizens. Sadistically eager for us to suffer eternal damnation, they relish a looming end to all the things that make us human -- ambition, uncertainty, courage, striving ,... more »

Yesterday, next to the ruins of ancient Niniveh, the tomb of Jonah was liberated from Isis. Jonah is important for the book's lesson that fate is not 'written" or locked-in. No doom is sealed in advance. God can change his mind. Even if you believe the noxiously sadistic Book of Revelation (whose character is the opposite of Jesus, in every conceivable way) to have been a sincere prophecy, at the time that John of Patmos dreamed it -- all that means is that... God... changed...His .. mind.

Those Revelation-zealots who rub their hands in gleeful anticipation of nearly all their neighbors - fellow American citizens - suffering the fates meted in that loathsome book... those people are not neighbors or citizens. Sadistically eager for us to suffer eternal damnation, they relish a looming end to all the things that make us human -- ambition, uncertainty, courage, striving , improvement, art, argument, endeavor... yes, and democracy. And the United States of America.

Lets pray - with confidence - that a loving God not only changed His mind about the awful BoR (if He/She/ ever even made that awful threat), but will safeguard us from such people getting their ignoramus hands on the tools that science gave us.

To sample the BoR and up your education about what those people actually believe and want, see Patrick Farley's fantastic depiction, as a Pokemon Manga.
http://electricsheepcomix.com/apocamon/___

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2017-01-19 04:41:26 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Via Locus Online, eminent critic Paul Di Filippo offers an insightful, thorough and positive appraisal of CHASING SHADOWS, which I edited along with Stephen W. Potts -- with so many excellent stories and essays by authors including Ramez Naam, Brenda Cooper, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, John Perry Barlow, Cat Rambo, Robert J. Sawyer, Gregory Benford, Neal Stephenson, Aliette de Bodard, Karl Schroeder, Jack Skillingstead, Scott Sigler, Robert Silverberg, Damon Knight, Jack McDevitt, James Morrow, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Nancy Fulda and many others. If you were wavering, this might put the book on your Get List! See the page for the book: http://www.davidbrin.com/chasingshadows.html

Via Locus Online, eminent critic Paul Di Filippo offers an insightful, thorough and positive appraisal of CHASING SHADOWS, which I edited along with Stephen W. Potts -- with so many excellent stories and essays by authors including Ramez Naam, Brenda Cooper, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, John Perry Barlow, Cat Rambo, Robert J. Sawyer, Gregory Benford, Neal Stephenson, Aliette de Bodard, Karl Schroeder, Jack Skillingstead, Scott Sigler, Robert Silverberg, Damon Knight, Jack McDevitt, James Morrow, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Nancy Fulda and many others. If you were wavering, this might put the book on your Get List! See the page for the book: http://www.davidbrin.com/chasingshadows.html___

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2017-01-18 19:35:15 (24 comments; 7 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Great news for the Climate Denier Cult (CDC)! Sure anyone sane would deem further denial to be clear evidence of insanity. But you don't get their 'logic'. You see, 2016 was SO hot that there will likely be a statistical reversion to mean slope, in 2017. (The secular trend line will, of course, continue its rise.) This means they'll shout "See? There's cooling!!!"

You doubt anyone could be that crazy or dishonest? Dig it: this is standard Fox-Koch-Saudi-GOP catechism. When 1997 spiked to unbelievable heat, it only gave Ted Cruz and the rest license to say "there's been no net warming since the summer of 1997!" They actually did that for years and on presidential debates, despite the fact that averages and trend lines kept rising steadily.

And you ask why scientists and all other fact professionals have been fleeing that cult? ... more »

Great news for the Climate Denier Cult (CDC)! Sure anyone sane would deem further denial to be clear evidence of insanity. But you don't get their 'logic'. You see, 2016 was SO hot that there will likely be a statistical reversion to mean slope, in 2017. (The secular trend line will, of course, continue its rise.) This means they'll shout "See? There's cooling!!!"

You doubt anyone could be that crazy or dishonest? Dig it: this is standard Fox-Koch-Saudi-GOP catechism. When 1997 spiked to unbelievable heat, it only gave Ted Cruz and the rest license to say "there's been no net warming since the summer of 1997!" They actually did that for years and on presidential debates, despite the fact that averages and trend lines kept rising steadily.

And you ask why scientists and all other fact professionals have been fleeing that cult? And the cult controlling Congress has been punishing every fact profession.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/01/18/u-s-scientists-officially-declare-2016-the-hottest-year-on-record-that-makes-three-in-a-row/?utm_term=.beccfb527cce___

2017-01-18 04:34:14 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Can't help it. In comments, Chris Merle suggested that Lady Gaga sing a cover of "You're so vain..." Seriously, I'd go much farther. It should be our anthem!

Can't help it. In comments, Chris Merle suggested that Lady Gaga sing a cover of "You're so vain..." Seriously, I'd go much farther. It should be our anthem!___

2017-01-18 02:38:35 (34 comments; 2 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Oh delicious. Ball's in your court, Julian: "Assange's anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks posted, "If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case. Obama's move will test the promise. The president commuted Manning's 35-year sentence, freeing her in May, nearly three decades early."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/clemency-manning-attention-turns-wikileaks-001035046.html

Oh delicious. Ball's in your court, Julian: "Assange's anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks posted, "If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case. Obama's move will test the promise. The president commuted Manning's 35-year sentence, freeing her in May, nearly three decades early."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/clemency-manning-attention-turns-wikileaks-001035046.html___

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2017-01-18 01:25:54 (24 comments; 14 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Finally, someone else pointing out that "Obamacare" was always the Republicans' own plan, all along. This young, democratic Congressman lays it out so clearly that even a Fox-watcher would understand. And start scratching his head asking: "So what was all the screaming about? And why did I ever watch Fox?"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-simple-brutal-explanation-of-the-gop-obamacare-repeal_us_587953e5e4b09cbcc8e9fc97

Finally, someone else pointing out that "Obamacare" was always the Republicans' own plan, all along. This young, democratic Congressman lays it out so clearly that even a Fox-watcher would understand. And start scratching his head asking: "So what was all the screaming about? And why did I ever watch Fox?"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-simple-brutal-explanation-of-the-gop-obamacare-repeal_us_587953e5e4b09cbcc8e9fc97___

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2017-01-17 22:56:44 (10 comments; 12 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

Lady Gaga, can you hear me? I have a suggestion for how you can make major political waves and gain hero status, without breaking your pledge to the NFL and with a "who, me?" grin.

"Lady Gaga was told by the NFL that she cannot say anything or bring anything up about the election, or mention Donald Trump."
That’s okay, there are SO many ways around this! You might speak for tolerance and against racism, but everyone will know what you’re doing and think you deliberately weaseled your NFL deal.

Here’s what to do. Speak up for science! For a civilization that works with things called facts. Maybe a nod to “wonderful journalists.” Maybe work in Thomas Dolby's "She blinded me with science!"

Those groups are desperately hated by the Fox-Trump Confederacy. And yet, when accused of going political you can blink sweetly insurprise.... more »

Lady Gaga, can you hear me? I have a suggestion for how you can make major political waves and gain hero status, without breaking your pledge to the NFL and with a "who, me?" grin.

"Lady Gaga was told by the NFL that she cannot say anything or bring anything up about the election, or mention Donald Trump."
That’s okay, there are SO many ways around this! You might speak for tolerance and against racism, but everyone will know what you’re doing and think you deliberately weaseled your NFL deal.

Here’s what to do. Speak up for science! For a civilization that works with things called facts. Maybe a nod to “wonderful journalists.” Maybe work in Thomas Dolby's "She blinded me with science!"

Those groups are desperately hated by the Fox-Trump Confederacy. And yet, when accused of going political you can blink sweetly in surprise. “Who says science is political?”

It puts them in a lose-lose. We need to fight back, using more of those.___

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2017-01-17 20:57:11 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

A lesser political posting is up, offering some harsh ironies about the repudiation of Obamacare (which started as the GOP's own plan) and abortion and how about building the Border Wall out of solar panels?


http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-political-countdown.html

A lesser political posting is up, offering some harsh ironies about the repudiation of Obamacare (which started as the GOP's own plan) and abortion and how about building the Border Wall out of solar panels?


http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-political-countdown.html___

2017-01-17 18:30:43 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

MIT researchers have developed a radical design for a low-cost, miniaturized microscope that can chemically identify individual micrometer-sized particles.Low-cost, ten-times-higher-resolution spectroscopy technique could allow for detection of microscopic amounts of chemicals for applications in security, law enforcement, and research.

https://www.osapublishing.org/ol/viewmedia.cfm?uri=ol-42-2-203&html=true

MIT researchers have developed a radical design for a low-cost, miniaturized microscope that can chemically identify individual micrometer-sized particles.Low-cost, ten-times-higher-resolution spectroscopy technique could allow for detection of microscopic amounts of chemicals for applications in security, law enforcement, and research.

https://www.osapublishing.org/ol/viewmedia.cfm?uri=ol-42-2-203&html=true___

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2017-01-17 06:10:29 (7 comments; 8 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

See an extensive blog posting by Stephen Wolfram on developing the alien language for Arrival, and how the alien spaceship might work. Plus see his chart on reasons aliens might come to Earth. He offers much more, actually, like a dissection of some concepts for interstellar travel.


http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2016/11/quick-how-might-the-alien-spacecraft-work/#more-12379

See an extensive blog posting by Stephen Wolfram on developing the alien language for Arrival, and how the alien spaceship might work. Plus see his chart on reasons aliens might come to Earth. He offers much more, actually, like a dissection of some concepts for interstellar travel.


http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2016/11/quick-how-might-the-alien-spacecraft-work/#more-12379___

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2017-01-16 23:09:38 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 95 +1s; )Open 

A Scottish newspaper lists coverage of the Trump Inauguration as a Twilight Zone reboot: “The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history. Sci-fi writers have often dabbled with alternative history stories… It sounds far-fetched, and it is, but as it goes on it becomes more and more chillingly plausible…”
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-38635518


A Scottish newspaper lists coverage of the Trump Inauguration as a Twilight Zone reboot: “The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history. Sci-fi writers have often dabbled with alternative history stories… It sounds far-fetched, and it is, but as it goes on it becomes more and more chillingly plausible…”
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-38635518
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2017-01-16 18:06:31 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

A fascinating and fun reminiscence by legendary author Michael Moorcock, of his friend Arthur C. Clarke, with insights into the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. And here, we've established UCSD's new Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, where the sciences and arts come together to explore humanity's most unique gift. (http://imagination.ucsd.edu)

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/books/stanley-kubrick-and-arthur-c-clark-the-odd-couple-of-science-20170109-gto50t

A fascinating and fun reminiscence by legendary author Michael Moorcock, of his friend Arthur C. Clarke, with insights into the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. And here, we've established UCSD's new Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, where the sciences and arts come together to explore humanity's most unique gift. (http://imagination.ucsd.edu)

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/books/stanley-kubrick-and-arthur-c-clark-the-odd-couple-of-science-20170109-gto50t___

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2017-01-16 17:47:06 (56 comments; 8 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

DT started to get a post election bump - citizens give incoming presidents optimism across party lines. Now, shenanigans leave DT with half of Obama's approval, entering office - 42% - by far the lowest since measurements began. A grownup might have reached out to the horrified majority, and he will offer some inaugural platitudes. But his Koch-selected cabinet shows that two factors rule. Not maturity, honor, pragmatism or science. Rather they are power and ego.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/12/donald-trumps-approval-rating-lowest-president-elect-two-decades/

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/trump_favorableunfavorable-5493.html

DT started to get a post election bump - citizens give incoming presidents optimism across party lines. Now, shenanigans leave DT with half of Obama's approval, entering office - 42% - by far the lowest since measurements began. A grownup might have reached out to the horrified majority, and he will offer some inaugural platitudes. But his Koch-selected cabinet shows that two factors rule. Not maturity, honor, pragmatism or science. Rather they are power and ego.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/12/donald-trumps-approval-rating-lowest-president-elect-two-decades/

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/trump_favorableunfavorable-5493.html___

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2017-01-16 04:47:42 (15 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Honestly, I'm flattered that the latest plans floated by the Seasteading Institute -- for an aristocratic enclave in a French Polynesian lagoon -- appears so similar to what I sketched in EXISTENCE. This concept seems vastly more plausible and practical than their earlier schemes...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/world-first-floating-city-could-rise-in-french-polynesia/8184828

...which I critiqued in detail here.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2011/08/seasteading-some-problems-on-way-to.html

But seriously fellows. My advice has been worth way more than a sandwich.

Honestly, I'm flattered that the latest plans floated by the Seasteading Institute -- for an aristocratic enclave in a French Polynesian lagoon -- appears so similar to what I sketched in EXISTENCE. This concept seems vastly more plausible and practical than their earlier schemes...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/world-first-floating-city-could-rise-in-french-polynesia/8184828

...which I critiqued in detail here.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2011/08/seasteading-some-problems-on-way-to.html

But seriously fellows. My advice has been worth way more than a sandwich.___

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2017-01-16 02:12:16 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Much buzz around the bizarre "conversation" between two Google Home units. It's okay. This will be why the last few humans will be kept around. To talk to each other while AIs laugh! In fact, right now, at this moment...

https://www.good.is/articles/google-home-conversation-ai

Much buzz around the bizarre "conversation" between two Google Home units. It's okay. This will be why the last few humans will be kept around. To talk to each other while AIs laugh! In fact, right now, at this moment...

https://www.good.is/articles/google-home-conversation-ai___

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2017-01-15 21:25:55 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

“Terminator and Avatar director James Cameron has signed a deal with AMC to produce a six-episode documentary series, titled James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. The series will explore how science fiction has tried to answer humanity’s “big questions” throughout history.” I’ve been on a lot of these shows, e.g. Masters of Science Fiction and Sci Fi legends, but I expect Cameron to bring a big budget sensibility and a strong sense of why we are all different from our ancestors. Largely because of a new habit of looking ahead.

http://www.themarysue.com/james-cameron-sci-fi-documentary/

“Terminator and Avatar director James Cameron has signed a deal with AMC to produce a six-episode documentary series, titled James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. The series will explore how science fiction has tried to answer humanity’s “big questions” throughout history.” I’ve been on a lot of these shows, e.g. Masters of Science Fiction and Sci Fi legends, but I expect Cameron to bring a big budget sensibility and a strong sense of why we are all different from our ancestors. Largely because of a new habit of looking ahead.

http://www.themarysue.com/james-cameron-sci-fi-documentary/___

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2017-01-15 19:29:53 (2 comments; 9 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Snopes verified. “The 1958 television series Trackdown really did produce an episode featuring a "Trump" character who came to town claiming that only he could prevent the end of the world by building a wall. Well well, weren’t the 1950s when America was great?” Read the excerpt!

http://www.snopes.com/trackdown-trump-character-wall

Snopes verified. “The 1958 television series Trackdown really did produce an episode featuring a "Trump" character who came to town claiming that only he could prevent the end of the world by building a wall. Well well, weren’t the 1950s when America was great?” Read the excerpt!

http://www.snopes.com/trackdown-trump-character-wall___

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2017-01-15 18:47:18 (88 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Ostriches are starting to lift their heads. Conservatives who at last accept the testimony of all facts and reason — that their movement has gone mad. Some, like George “the Worst American” Will, still cling to the mantra incantation that “Yes, well, at least liberals are just as bad! - thereby concocting rationalizations for otherwise-intelligent folks to keep watching hypnotic poison on Fox. Hence it is especially noteworthy when one of the master-poisoners awakens, pulls his head out of the hole of denial, then speaks up for his country and civilization, as — (and I shudder to speak it) — Glenn Beck has done.

And Beck confirmed this - a bit - in his make-up session with Samantha Bee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuSDfVRGI54 Now, can rising ostriches actually get others to lift their heads. Hold that thought. Soon, I will speak of the Year of the Colonels.


Ostriches are starting to lift their heads. Conservatives who at last accept the testimony of all facts and reason — that their movement has gone mad. Some, like George “the Worst American” Will, still cling to the mantra incantation that “Yes, well, at least liberals are just as bad! - thereby concocting rationalizations for otherwise-intelligent folks to keep watching hypnotic poison on Fox. Hence it is especially noteworthy when one of the master-poisoners awakens, pulls his head out of the hole of denial, then speaks up for his country and civilization, as — (and I shudder to speak it) — Glenn Beck has done.

And Beck confirmed this - a bit - in his make-up session with Samantha Bee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuSDfVRGI54 Now, can rising ostriches actually get others to lift their heads. Hold that thought. Soon, I will speak of the Year of the Colonels.
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2017-01-15 07:03:45 (30 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

John Lewis is wrong. Just because a foreign power - and Coal Barons and Saudi princes - meddled in the election, that does not de-legitimize DT as president. What DOES delegitimize him is his absolute winner-takes all rejection of even the concept of reaching out to the very clear and very large majority who did not want him. Oh, the inaugural address will contain a few platitudes, but if he were serious about healing...

… then he would offer something tangible, even if small. A gesture with meaning, as I describe here.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/honoring-losing-majority-redux-and-what.html

John Lewis is wrong. Just because a foreign power - and Coal Barons and Saudi princes - meddled in the election, that does not de-legitimize DT as president. What DOES delegitimize him is his absolute winner-takes all rejection of even the concept of reaching out to the very clear and very large majority who did not want him. Oh, the inaugural address will contain a few platitudes, but if he were serious about healing...

… then he would offer something tangible, even if small. A gesture with meaning, as I describe here.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/honoring-losing-majority-redux-and-what.html___

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2017-01-14 20:12:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Weekend posting is on science fiction! Various news items, including an ancient Greek city, newly discovered almost exactly where I portrayed in "The Loom of Thessaly." And you can watch a reading of my winning one-page screenplay! Many announcement. Plus some riffs about 'how apocalypses save us." And zombies! Vampires!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/science-fictional-news-announcements.html

Weekend posting is on science fiction! Various news items, including an ancient Greek city, newly discovered almost exactly where I portrayed in "The Loom of Thessaly." And you can watch a reading of my winning one-page screenplay! Many announcement. Plus some riffs about 'how apocalypses save us." And zombies! Vampires!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/science-fictional-news-announcements.html___

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2017-01-13 22:14:21 (20 comments; 4 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

One might imagine it is because they are adults, or else possibly on our side. But no. Nearly all of them answer to the Kochs, and the Kochs are desperate for DT not to wreck the GOP. The Twitterer in chief is not actually calling the shots.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-cabinet-nominees-keep-contradicting-him/2017/01/12/dec8cccc-d8f3-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html?utm_term=.75bffc28ec4b

One might imagine it is because they are adults, or else possibly on our side. But no. Nearly all of them answer to the Kochs, and the Kochs are desperate for DT not to wreck the GOP. The Twitterer in chief is not actually calling the shots.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-cabinet-nominees-keep-contradicting-him/2017/01/12/dec8cccc-d8f3-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html?utm_term=.75bffc28ec4b___

2017-01-13 18:30:18 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

There's a dangerous phishing ploy out there. When you look at the browser's Location Bar at the lower left, watch out for an opening like ""data:text/html," because whatever follows may look legit, e.g. "accounts.google.com" But that is just text used to make you feel secure. The real address is now far, far to the right.

There's a dangerous phishing ploy out there. When you look at the browser's Location Bar at the lower left, watch out for an opening like ""data:text/html," because whatever follows may look legit, e.g. "accounts.google.com" But that is just text used to make you feel secure. The real address is now far, far to the right.___

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2017-01-13 17:30:57 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

New York artist John Powers riiffs cogently and tellingly about the recent television sensations Westworld and The Man In The High Castle. And Powers makes some interesting points – e.g. that the producers of these shows ostensibly are anti-oppression an favor egalitarian impulses; but that they wind up undermining their own message with excess respect for the villains’ underlying message.
http://starwarsmodern.blogspot.com/2017/01/cowboys-and-nazis-alt-fanfic.html

“To believe in Westworld, you must believe in an off-screen world dominated by an economic elite that craves the freedoms and privileges of the wild-west, a future drenched in a nostalgia for 19th century Manifest Destiny. - that is a future drowning in 19th century inequality.”

Powers make fascinating points about the unsupportable levels of wealth inequality we are rapidly approaching – a situation thatdoes not ... more »

New York artist John Powers riiffs cogently and tellingly about the recent television sensations Westworld and The Man In The High Castle. And Powers makes some interesting points – e.g. that the producers of these shows ostensibly are anti-oppression an favor egalitarian impulses; but that they wind up undermining their own message with excess respect for the villains’ underlying message.
http://starwarsmodern.blogspot.com/2017/01/cowboys-and-nazis-alt-fanfic.html

“To believe in Westworld, you must believe in an off-screen world dominated by an economic elite that craves the freedoms and privileges of the wild-west, a future drenched in a nostalgia for 19th century Manifest Destiny. - that is a future drowning in 19th century inequality.”

Powers make fascinating points about the unsupportable levels of wealth inequality we are rapidly approaching – a situation that does not bide well for the very same aristocracy that is manipulating for it, hand over fist.
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2017-01-12 21:18:10 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Today's posting does politics, but also ponders why Dylann Roof seemed to seek death, caring only about one thing, being ruled sane. There's an alternative to giving these "Erastratos" killers what they want! Also, why we need the crewcut types who share our belief in science and facts. If there's not interesting stuff here, I'll give you a nickel.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/economics-in-time-of-trump-plus-dylann.html

Today's posting does politics, but also ponders why Dylann Roof seemed to seek death, caring only about one thing, being ruled sane. There's an alternative to giving these "Erastratos" killers what they want! Also, why we need the crewcut types who share our belief in science and facts. If there's not interesting stuff here, I'll give you a nickel.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/economics-in-time-of-trump-plus-dylann.html___

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2017-01-12 20:36:04 (12 comments; 17 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

A cool site shows what Earth looked like, at intervals across 200 M years… also the % of land and ice area, indicating that we actually have an anomalous amount of land right now and global warming seems likely to end that phase.

http://phl.upr.edu/projects/visual-paleo-earth/vpe_globes

A cool site shows what Earth looked like, at intervals across 200 M years… also the % of land and ice area, indicating that we actually have an anomalous amount of land right now and global warming seems likely to end that phase.

http://phl.upr.edu/projects/visual-paleo-earth/vpe_globes___

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2017-01-12 18:31:03 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

My co-editor of the Chasing Shadows anthology - Stephen W. Potts - has written a "5 books" contribution to the Tor web site, taking you on a tour of (almost) half a dozen great science fictional portrayals of a theme... in this case surveillance. Of course, Chasing Shadows takes it a step farther, with 2 dozen stories and essays portraying how citizens might answer elite eyes... with light of their own.

http://www.tor.com/2017/01/11/five-books-about-surviving-surveillance/

My co-editor of the Chasing Shadows anthology - Stephen W. Potts - has written a "5 books" contribution to the Tor web site, taking you on a tour of (almost) half a dozen great science fictional portrayals of a theme... in this case surveillance. Of course, Chasing Shadows takes it a step farther, with 2 dozen stories and essays portraying how citizens might answer elite eyes... with light of their own.

http://www.tor.com/2017/01/11/five-books-about-surviving-surveillance/___

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2017-01-12 01:44:37 (27 comments; 5 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 


An F/A-18 Hornet releases a swarm of over a hundred mini drones that swarm with collective intelligence, like birds. Yow.

https://theaviationist.com/2017/01/11/watch-u-s-fa-18-hornets-unleash-swarm-of-mini-drones-in-first-test/


An F/A-18 Hornet releases a swarm of over a hundred mini drones that swarm with collective intelligence, like birds. Yow.

https://theaviationist.com/2017/01/11/watch-u-s-fa-18-hornets-unleash-swarm-of-mini-drones-in-first-test/___

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2017-01-11 23:30:43 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

This is a mistake, because Mattis may be the most reasonable and professional of Trump's generals. He is likely to dig in his heels, if DT plans mass (Erdogan style) firings to purge the US Military Officer Corps.

Dems, you need to pick your fights carefully.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/james-mattis-waiver-defense-secretary-233500

This is a mistake, because Mattis may be the most reasonable and professional of Trump's generals. He is likely to dig in his heels, if DT plans mass (Erdogan style) firings to purge the US Military Officer Corps.

Dems, you need to pick your fights carefully.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/james-mattis-waiver-defense-secretary-233500___

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2017-01-11 18:59:41 (1 comments; 11 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Utterly cool image of the Earth –Moon system taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Amazing. We are still - for an other week, at least (as I write this January 10) a mighty and scientific people.

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/242407-nasa-takes-photo-earth-mars

Utterly cool image of the Earth –Moon system taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Amazing. We are still - for an other week, at least (as I write this January 10) a mighty and scientific people.

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/242407-nasa-takes-photo-earth-mars___

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2017-01-11 04:41:03 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

This article suggests that “the one connective tissue between all the people (Trump) is choosing, whether it's Flynn or Mattis, or any of these guys. They all want to attack Iran in some form or another, and so do the Saudis.” In some ways, this is just standard republican dogma. The Bush family was little more than a cadet branch of the Saudi Royal House. (See pictures of GWB holding hand with the Saudi King and kissing a price on the mouth.) Yes, the first Iraq War served Saudi purposes to a T. The second, under Junior, had an unexpected side effects, dramatically enhancing Iran and a Shiite axis that’s allied with Moscow. Subsequent GOP saber rattling at Tehran is supposedly aimed at correcting that mistake.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18058

This article suggests that “the one connective tissue between all the people (Trump) is choosing, whether it's Flynn or Mattis, or any of these guys. They all want to attack Iran in some form or another, and so do the Saudis.” In some ways, this is just standard republican dogma. The Bush family was little more than a cadet branch of the Saudi Royal House. (See pictures of GWB holding hand with the Saudi King and kissing a price on the mouth.) Yes, the first Iraq War served Saudi purposes to a T. The second, under Junior, had an unexpected side effects, dramatically enhancing Iran and a Shiite axis that’s allied with Moscow. Subsequent GOP saber rattling at Tehran is supposedly aimed at correcting that mistake.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18058___

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2017-01-10 23:46:01 (31 comments; 10 reshares; 87 +1s; )Open 

23 years. You had 23 years to come up with a proposed GOP health care plan. Oh, right, the GOP did have one, crafted by the Heritage Foundation, it was the Republican health platform for a decade and Mitt Romney instituted it as "Romney Care" in Massachusetts. You all were behind that plan -- til Barack Obama agreed to it and presented it as a bill... at which point ew! The Kenyan gave it cooties!

Okay then 7 years. You had seven years screaming at "Obamacare" (in fact Heritage-Romneycare) And during that time you spent no effort concocting an alternative? A way not to dump 20 million Americans off insurance? A way to keep health costs increasing at low, single digit rates - as they have under Obamacare instead of the double digits we saw under Bushes?

What, you are starting NOW??????
... more »

23 years. You had 23 years to come up with a proposed GOP health care plan. Oh, right, the GOP did have one, crafted by the Heritage Foundation, it was the Republican health platform for a decade and Mitt Romney instituted it as "Romney Care" in Massachusetts. You all were behind that plan -- til Barack Obama agreed to it and presented it as a bill... at which point ew! The Kenyan gave it cooties!

Okay then 7 years. You had seven years screaming at "Obamacare" (in fact Heritage-Romneycare) And during that time you spent no effort concocting an alternative? A way not to dump 20 million Americans off insurance? A way to keep health costs increasing at low, single digit rates - as they have under Obamacare instead of the double digits we saw under Bushes?

What, you are starting NOW??????

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-scramble-to-ease-concerns-about-obamacare-replacement/2017/01/09/9991a4c5-f290-4e45-a834-a17fc52b6fcd_story.html?utm_term=.209b65d6a283___

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2017-01-10 22:26:15 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Utterly cool image of the Earth –Moon system taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Amazing. We are still - for an other week, at least (as I write this January 10) a mighty and scientific people.

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/242407-nasa-takes-photo-earth-mars

Utterly cool image of the Earth –Moon system taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Amazing. We are still - for an other week, at least (as I write this January 10) a mighty and scientific people.

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/242407-nasa-takes-photo-earth-mars___

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2017-01-10 18:07:08 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Released today: Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World: An anthology of stories and essays about a future filled with light, edited by David Brin and Stephen W. Potts, in collaboration with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, with stories and essays by Ramez Naam, Bruce Sterling, Brenda Cooper, Robert Sawyer, Nancy Fulda, Scott Sigler, James Morrow, Neal Stephenson, Robert Silverberg, Aliette de Bodard…and more.
http://www.davidbrin.com/chasing.html

Join me and Stephen Potts for a booksigning at Mysterious Galaxy Friday January 27 at 7:30
http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/david-brin-and-stephen-w-potts-sign-san-diego


Released today: Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World: An anthology of stories and essays about a future filled with light, edited by David Brin and Stephen W. Potts, in collaboration with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, with stories and essays by Ramez Naam, Bruce Sterling, Brenda Cooper, Robert Sawyer, Nancy Fulda, Scott Sigler, James Morrow, Neal Stephenson, Robert Silverberg, Aliette de Bodard…and more.
http://www.davidbrin.com/chasing.html

Join me and Stephen Potts for a booksigning at Mysterious Galaxy Friday January 27 at 7:30
http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/david-brin-and-stephen-w-potts-sign-san-diego
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2017-01-10 02:14:27 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

My new posting looks into our politically science-fictional new world of light. Starting with a reminder that my new anthology (with Stephen Potts) Chasing Shadows, is released this week by Tor Books! Featuring contributions by William Gibson, James Gunn, Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge and many others -- offering stories and insights into a future when light flows almost everywhere. Prepare yourself! This might be a good start.

Steve and I will be signing copies, along with Scott Sigler, at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, on January 27!

But go to my posting, if you want some in-depth links about POLICE CAMERAS! Alas, most recent articles and interview shows have been stunningly shortsighted.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/perceptive-and-myopic-views-of-our.html

My new posting looks into our politically science-fictional new world of light. Starting with a reminder that my new anthology (with Stephen Potts) Chasing Shadows, is released this week by Tor Books! Featuring contributions by William Gibson, James Gunn, Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge and many others -- offering stories and insights into a future when light flows almost everywhere. Prepare yourself! This might be a good start.

Steve and I will be signing copies, along with Scott Sigler, at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, on January 27!

But go to my posting, if you want some in-depth links about POLICE CAMERAS! Alas, most recent articles and interview shows have been stunningly shortsighted.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/perceptive-and-myopic-views-of-our.html___

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2017-01-09 22:30:49 (14 comments; 8 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

More and more foxes, hired to guard the chicken coop. “Donald Trump assailed Wall Street on the campaign trail, and frequently criticized his political opponents for their ties to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Now, Trump is relying on a lawyer who has spent his career representing financial firms, and has his own close ties to Goldman, to lead Wall Street’s top regulator. Trump will nominate Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jay Clayton to run the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-04/deals-lawyer-said-to-be-a-contender-to-lead-sec-under-trump

Thank God for New York. Their attorney general will be our protector, as happened in the Bush years.

More and more foxes, hired to guard the chicken coop. “Donald Trump assailed Wall Street on the campaign trail, and frequently criticized his political opponents for their ties to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Now, Trump is relying on a lawyer who has spent his career representing financial firms, and has his own close ties to Goldman, to lead Wall Street’s top regulator. Trump will nominate Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jay Clayton to run the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-04/deals-lawyer-said-to-be-a-contender-to-lead-sec-under-trump

Thank God for New York. Their attorney general will be our protector, as happened in the Bush years.___

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2017-01-09 22:30:21 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

“Rex Tillerson will relinquish control of a quarter-billion dollar nest egg amassed over four decades at Exxon Mobil Corp. to avoid a conflict of interest during his confirmation hearings to become U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state.” Not mentioned in this article is a humongous capital gains tax break he gets, for cashing out at a time when he is moving into public service. In fact half a dozen of DT’s full or semi billionaire appointees will make out really, really well.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-04/exxon-says-tillerson-to-cut-company-ties-on-cabinet-confirmation

“Rex Tillerson will relinquish control of a quarter-billion dollar nest egg amassed over four decades at Exxon Mobil Corp. to avoid a conflict of interest during his confirmation hearings to become U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state.” Not mentioned in this article is a humongous capital gains tax break he gets, for cashing out at a time when he is moving into public service. In fact half a dozen of DT’s full or semi billionaire appointees will make out really, really well.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-04/exxon-says-tillerson-to-cut-company-ties-on-cabinet-confirmation___

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2017-01-09 03:33:49 (28 comments; 4 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

McConnell: Democrats need to ‘grow up’ and let Trump nominees get confirmed. What stunning-drooling hypocrisy. No US president... no TEN American presidents... have experienced as much stonewalling as McConnell's stunningly dogmatic, hateful and lazy Senate majority has thrown at Barack Obama, even right after his decisive 2012 re-election.

If there is any silver lining to these awful months, it comes from the awakening of moderate and middle-road Americans, that there will be no negotiation with cultists who have rejected every single past offer of negotiation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mcconnell-democrats-need-to-grow-up-and-let-trump-nominees-get-confirmed/2017/01/08/06f97628-d5c6-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html?utm_term=.7b5bbb6fb9c2

McConnell: Democrats need to ‘grow up’ and let Trump nominees get confirmed. What stunning-drooling hypocrisy. No US president... no TEN American presidents... have experienced as much stonewalling as McConnell's stunningly dogmatic, hateful and lazy Senate majority has thrown at Barack Obama, even right after his decisive 2012 re-election.

If there is any silver lining to these awful months, it comes from the awakening of moderate and middle-road Americans, that there will be no negotiation with cultists who have rejected every single past offer of negotiation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mcconnell-democrats-need-to-grow-up-and-let-trump-nominees-get-confirmed/2017/01/08/06f97628-d5c6-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html?utm_term=.7b5bbb6fb9c2___

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2017-01-08 23:20:51 (11 comments; 8 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

A new kind of coating… made from banana peels and such… may delay fruit ripening much better, allowing it to be picked later and yet be stored longer. Ripening can even be timed so one banana of that bunch you bought will be ready each day of the week.

http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/1219-biz-nyt-fruit?utm_source=iNews-Readers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SNS+iNews+Highlights+for+January+6+2017

A new kind of coating… made from banana peels and such… may delay fruit ripening much better, allowing it to be picked later and yet be stored longer. Ripening can even be timed so one banana of that bunch you bought will be ready each day of the week.

http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/1219-biz-nyt-fruit?utm_source=iNews-Readers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SNS+iNews+Highlights+for+January+6+2017___

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2017-01-08 22:41:43 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

With just a few days left, the White House has finally released a report outlining the protocols for responding to an Earth-bound near-Earth object (NEO). So far, 15,420 Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) had been discovered. On March 21, 2016, an NEO under 1 LD (lunar distance) from Earth was estimated to be 35-86 m (114.8-282.1 ft) in diameter. If that object had broken through the atmosphere and landed on Earth, the damage and devastation would be immense -- up to ten times the 500 kiloton explosion that injured 1400 people in Chelyabisk in 2013. And there are many others, much larger.

Okay so a responsible overall plan is in place... we'll see if it survives. One drawback - Republicans want to divert all NASA's manned exploration efforts and much of its robotic work to going back to the moon, along with the Russians, Chinese, Europeans, Indians and some billionaires. Pending legislation will... more »

With just a few days left, the White House has finally released a report outlining the protocols for responding to an Earth-bound near-Earth object (NEO). So far, 15,420 Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) had been discovered. On March 21, 2016, an NEO under 1 LD (lunar distance) from Earth was estimated to be 35-86 m (114.8-282.1 ft) in diameter. If that object had broken through the atmosphere and landed on Earth, the damage and devastation would be immense -- up to ten times the 500 kiloton explosion that injured 1400 people in Chelyabisk in 2013. And there are many others, much larger.

Okay so a responsible overall plan is in place... we'll see if it survives. One drawback - Republicans want to divert all NASA's manned exploration efforts and much of its robotic work to going back to the moon, along with the Russians, Chinese, Europeans, Indians and some billionaires. Pending legislation will forbid NASA from looking at the Earth and will downgrade current asteroid projects.

On the bright side -- sci fi worries about deep-impact armageddons might persuade some of them to fund further asteroid searches. To destroy or divert them, of course. All talk of getting rich by accessing asteroidal resources will be quashed.

https://futurism.com/the-white-house-now-has-a-plan-for-handling-an-asteroid-disaster/___

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2017-01-08 05:04:37 (14 comments; 7 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

The director of the Office of Government Ethics said Saturday that plans to confirm Donald J. Trump’s top Cabinet choices before background checks are complete are unprecedented and have overwhelmed government investigators responsible for the reviews.

And you expected... what? The confederates have done what they could not accomplish in the 1860s. Taken Washington.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ethics-official-warns-against-confirmations-before-reviews-are-complete/2017/01/07/e85a97ee-d348-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html?utm_term=.c90e132569fc

The director of the Office of Government Ethics said Saturday that plans to confirm Donald J. Trump’s top Cabinet choices before background checks are complete are unprecedented and have overwhelmed government investigators responsible for the reviews.

And you expected... what? The confederates have done what they could not accomplish in the 1860s. Taken Washington.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ethics-official-warns-against-confirmations-before-reviews-are-complete/2017/01/07/e85a97ee-d348-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html?utm_term=.c90e132569fc___

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