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2015-08-15 16:50:41 (90 comments, 71 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Get ready for the most cheating in a U.S. federal election in modern times.  This will happen for two reasons. First: "legal cheating" such as gerrymandering and voter suppression laws have reached their effectiveness limits and they can no longer compensate for  increasing demographic disadvantages facing the Republican Party, as well as the hemorrhage of intelligent conservatives (e.g. scientists, law professionals and military officers) who can no longer rationalize any continued relationship with the GOP’s plummet into lunacy. The second reason for panic is simpler – if a Democrat enters office in 2016, the courts will eventually rule that corporations are not “people.” They will rule that it is okay to limit the buying of elections. The courts will also (winds are blowing) finally end the travesty of gerrymandering.
 
Fortunately for Rupert Murdoch, the Kochs and theirSaudi part... more »

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2015-08-15 16:50:41 (90 comments, 71 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Get ready for the most cheating in a U.S. federal election in modern times.  This will happen for two reasons. First: "legal cheating" such as gerrymandering and voter suppression laws have reached their effectiveness limits and they can no longer compensate for  increasing demographic disadvantages facing the Republican Party, as well as the hemorrhage of intelligent conservatives (e.g. scientists, law professionals and military officers) who can no longer rationalize any continued relationship with the GOP’s plummet into lunacy. The second reason for panic is simpler – if a Democrat enters office in 2016, the courts will eventually rule that corporations are not “people.” They will rule that it is okay to limit the buying of elections. The courts will also (winds are blowing) finally end the travesty of gerrymandering.
 
Fortunately for Rupert Murdoch, the Kochs and theirSaudi part... more »

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2015-08-15 16:50:41 (90 comments, 71 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Get ready for the most cheating in a U.S. federal election in modern times.  This will happen for two reasons. First: "legal cheating" such as gerrymandering and voter suppression laws have reached their effectiveness limits and they can no longer compensate for  increasing demographic disadvantages facing the Republican Party, as well as the hemorrhage of intelligent conservatives (e.g. scientists, law professionals and military officers) who can no longer rationalize any continued relationship with the GOP’s plummet into lunacy. The second reason for panic is simpler – if a Democrat enters office in 2016, the courts will eventually rule that corporations are not “people.” They will rule that it is okay to limit the buying of elections. The courts will also (winds are blowing) finally end the travesty of gerrymandering.
 
Fortunately for Rupert Murdoch, the Kochs and theirSaudi part... more »

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2015-09-03 19:49:30 (42 comments, 18 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

Both ends of the political spectrum feature personalities who are righteously angry and who indulge in demonization that extends into conspiracy territory.  I have elsewhere dealt with left wing fantasies, like “Loose Change” mania about the 9/11 attacks.  But I spend less time there because (1) a very small number of their paranoid ravings do have some basis in fact… and (2) because the far-wingnuts of the left have almost zero power at national or state levels of the Democratic Party.
 
In sharp contrast, the litany of stunning, schizo-level conspiracies credited on the American right, by majorities of GOP voters, as well as most candidates and media pundits, is simply appalling.  From “birthers” who have never come up with even a hypothesis why Ann Dunham would have traveled (without leaving a trace) to Kenya to give birth, while her parents conspired to put a false birthannouncement ... more »

Both ends of the political spectrum feature personalities who are righteously angry and who indulge in demonization that extends into conspiracy territory.  I have elsewhere dealt with left wing fantasies, like “Loose Change” mania about the 9/11 attacks.  But I spend less time there because (1) a very small number of their paranoid ravings do have some basis in fact… and (2) because the far-wingnuts of the left have almost zero power at national or state levels of the Democratic Party.
 
In sharp contrast, the litany of stunning, schizo-level conspiracies credited on the American right, by majorities of GOP voters, as well as most candidates and media pundits, is simply appalling.  From “birthers” who have never come up with even a hypothesis why Ann Dunham would have traveled (without leaving a trace) to Kenya to give birth, while her parents conspired to put a false birth announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser….

 http://www.salon.com/2015/09/01/paranoid_history_of_the_gop_how_conspiracy_theories_poisoned_the_republican_party/  
… to ACORN, Benghazi and Planned Parenthood… all the way back to Bircher screeches about flouridation, DDT and Dwight Eisenhower being an agent of the Kremlin.  This article – while one-sided – gives an excellent run-down on a frenzied history of what, alas, is often the conservative mainstream. 
 
Which I deem a tragedy!  Indeed, there are versions of American conservatism that very much belong at the negotiating table of U.S. political process, as we try to find ethical and practical ways to make a better society for all.  I know some conservatives who are right as often as anyone I know… except for their myopia on one issue. Despite having all withdrawn in disgust from the Republican Party, most refuse to admit just how crazy the undead elephant has become.
 
This article is, as I said, somewhat biased. Its excoriation of NAFTA, for example, leaves out the way NAFTA has bootstrapped Mexico toward a rapidly enlarging urban middle class, which ought to be the number one U.S. foreign policy objective, for a myriad overwhelming reasons.  Strangely, the very worst rightwing nut-theories are left out… e.g. the long chain of pyrotechnic campaigns against science, from “cars don’t cause smog” and “tobacco is wholesome” all the way to climate denialism. That reflex to obey oligarchs seeking short term profit has led and will lead directly to millions upon millions of deaths.  The GOP’s deliberate sabotaging of science R&D, including banishment of OTA and its own scientific advisory apparatus in Congress, can only be explained either by insanity or else outright treason.
 
Read it. Still, you’ll come away stunned and appalled… and better armed to deal with your crazy uncle.___

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2015-09-02 23:11:26 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

For this mid-week posting, let's offer up a series of interesting snippets and links... many of them thought provoking but across a wide variety of topics. Midweek filler -- some of it biting and some way-cool!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/09/midweek-filler-some-of-it-biting-and.html

For this mid-week posting, let's offer up a series of interesting snippets and links... many of them thought provoking but across a wide variety of topics. Midweek filler -- some of it biting and some way-cool!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/09/midweek-filler-some-of-it-biting-and.html___

2015-09-02 18:18:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Next weekend I will post one of my major Resource Blogs -- a list of online sites that deal with the future.  From iO9 and the Long Now all the way to the CIA... places where you can reassure yourself that at least some members of your species have prefrontal lobes and are using those "lamps on the brow" to peer ahead. At least a little. You are invited to suggest your own contributions to the list, under comments.
 

Next weekend I will post one of my major Resource Blogs -- a list of online sites that deal with the future.  From iO9 and the Long Now all the way to the CIA... places where you can reassure yourself that at least some members of your species have prefrontal lobes and are using those "lamps on the brow" to peer ahead. At least a little. You are invited to suggest your own contributions to the list, under comments.
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2015-09-01 17:47:34 (41 comments, 37 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

One of the major talking points of opponents of sustainable energy is that if you include fixed manufacturing costs, solar and wind are not competitive with fossil fuels.  These opponents used this rhetoric to stymie investments in sustainables R&D during the first decade of this century.  But rates of efficiency have been skyrocketing and costs plummeting.  One of the big solar module manufacturers, Trina Solar, said costs had fallen 19 per cent in the past year, and would continue to fall by at least 5 per cent to 6 per cent a year in coming years as efficiencies were improved.”  This study shows that renewables turn out already  to be cheaper than fossil fuels.
 
Those who fought so hard to delay this day are proved to have been morons or worse, who harmed us all.
http:... more »

One of the major talking points of opponents of sustainable energy is that if you include fixed manufacturing costs, solar and wind are not competitive with fossil fuels.  These opponents used this rhetoric to stymie investments in sustainables R&D during the first decade of this century.  But rates of efficiency have been skyrocketing and costs plummeting.  One of the big solar module manufacturers, Trina Solar, said costs had fallen 19 per cent in the past year, and would continue to fall by at least 5 per cent to 6 per cent a year in coming years as efficiencies were improved.”  This study shows that renewables turn out already  to be cheaper than fossil fuels.
 
Those who fought so hard to delay this day are proved to have been morons or worse, who harmed us all.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/why-wind-and-soon-solar-are-already-cheaper-than-fossil-fuels?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ab8cb2e940-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147a5a48c1-ab8cb2e940-281972889___

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2015-08-31 21:13:24 (22 comments, 4 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Oh but will AI stay loyal?  That’s the quandary getting discussed ever-more, outside of science fiction nowadays. But here’s an interesting offshoot from that question. Will AI entities be subject to addictions?  This interesting article features experts claiming that would be “illogical.” But what are Asimov’s so-called “three laws” if not a kind of ingrained addiction process.  My brief bit in this piece answers.  “They had better be!”
http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/future/technology/216403-artificial-intelligence-get-high-on-drugs

Oh but will AI stay loyal?  That’s the quandary getting discussed ever-more, outside of science fiction nowadays. But here’s an interesting offshoot from that question. Will AI entities be subject to addictions?  This interesting article features experts claiming that would be “illogical.” But what are Asimov’s so-called “three laws” if not a kind of ingrained addiction process.  My brief bit in this piece answers.  “They had better be!”
http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/future/technology/216403-artificial-intelligence-get-high-on-drugs___

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2015-08-30 23:06:38 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

In memoriam a truly remarkable healer and scientist and storyteller...

Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.
 ― Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

And: "We see with the eyes but we see with the brain as well. And seeing with the brain is often called imagination." -Oliver Sacks

Wish we could have had him to speak at 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 )

In memoriam a truly remarkable healer and scientist and storyteller...

Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.
 ― Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

And: "We see with the eyes but we see with the brain as well. And seeing with the brain is often called imagination." -Oliver Sacks

Wish we could have had him to speak at 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 )___

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2015-08-30 19:44:58 (4 comments, 32 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Amanda Lin has just published a new article on the 120 most helpful websites for writers in 2015 and featured Contrary Brin as one of those sites.  
https://geediting.com/blog/the-120-best-websites-for-writers-2015/

Probably of more value to writers than my blog would be this popular page of advice that I put up.  It has my best practical suggestions... and the sidebar contains other links.
http://www.davidbrin.com/advice.html 

See also this entire Scoopit of advice compilations! http://www.scoop.it/t/advice-for-writers

Amanda Lin has just published a new article on the 120 most helpful websites for writers in 2015 and featured Contrary Brin as one of those sites.  
https://geediting.com/blog/the-120-best-websites-for-writers-2015/

Probably of more value to writers than my blog would be this popular page of advice that I put up.  It has my best practical suggestions... and the sidebar contains other links.
http://www.davidbrin.com/advice.html 

See also this entire Scoopit of advice compilations! http://www.scoop.it/t/advice-for-writers___

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2015-08-29 18:35:05 (1 comments, 13 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, the mavens who gave us spectacular Pluto-Charon images have chosen New Horizons’s next target!   The spacecraft is to make a similar examination of a small, Kuiper Belt object, an icy body known as 2014 MU69 in 2019. Pluto is about three billion miles from the sun; 2014 MU69 is almost a billion miles beyond Pluto. “The New Horizons spacecraft is to adjust course through a series of four thruster firings in late October and early November. New Horizons would also make more distant measurements of 20 other Kuiper belt objects en route to 2014 MU69.”That they can do this at all, with their excellent fuel reserve, is one more checkmark of stunning human competence.  Let’s bring that back into fashion!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/29/science/space/nasas-new-horizons-spacecraft-has-next-mission-after-pluto.html?_r=0

Meanwhile, the mavens who gave us spectacular Pluto-Charon images have chosen New Horizons’s next target!   The spacecraft is to make a similar examination of a small, Kuiper Belt object, an icy body known as 2014 MU69 in 2019. Pluto is about three billion miles from the sun; 2014 MU69 is almost a billion miles beyond Pluto. “The New Horizons spacecraft is to adjust course through a series of four thruster firings in late October and early November. New Horizons would also make more distant measurements of 20 other Kuiper belt objects en route to 2014 MU69.”That they can do this at all, with their excellent fuel reserve, is one more checkmark of stunning human competence.  Let’s bring that back into fashion!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/29/science/space/nasas-new-horizons-spacecraft-has-next-mission-after-pluto.html?_r=0___

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2015-08-29 04:15:26 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting is a compilations of cool or outrageous tidbits from many directions.  Starting with the preview to The Martian.  Oh and it starts with me putting out a call for suggestions!  What are your favorite web sites that deal with the big topic of dealing with The Future?

Come on by for glimpses at many risks... and some cool solutions.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/risks-and-solutions-we-need-competence.html

My weekend posting is a compilations of cool or outrageous tidbits from many directions.  Starting with the preview to The Martian.  Oh and it starts with me putting out a call for suggestions!  What are your favorite web sites that deal with the big topic of dealing with The Future?

Come on by for glimpses at many risks... and some cool solutions.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/risks-and-solutions-we-need-competence.html___

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2015-08-28 19:12:21 (12 comments, 20 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

Ah gerrymandering! Business owners try to remove all voters from business district but they forgot one college student
the city council created a special 'business' district. This district would be allowed to vote to create a half cent sales tax to pay for local improvements rather than using property tax increases. There is a special rule that says if no registered voters exist in an area, the property owners are allowed to vote BUT one U of M student registered at her CoMO address. And the county clerk has certified that she is the sole voter allowed in the up coming vote. Now the owners are barred from voting. Will have to raise taxes (if they want those district improvements) and raise them even more to pay off the debt they incurred to finance this deal.... more »

Ah gerrymandering! Business owners try to remove all voters from business district but they forgot one college student
the city council created a special 'business' district. This district would be allowed to vote to create a half cent sales tax to pay for local improvements rather than using property tax increases. There is a special rule that says if no registered voters exist in an area, the property owners are allowed to vote BUT one U of M student registered at her CoMO address. And the county clerk has certified that she is the sole voter allowed in the up coming vote. Now the owners are barred from voting. Will have to raise taxes (if they want those district improvements) and raise them even more to pay off the debt they incurred to finance this deal. http://m.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/27/1415949/-Business-owners-try-to-remove-all-voters-from-business-district-but-they-forgot-one-college-student  
This is a familiar thing in California, where most elective potitics has improved markedly, but these legacy “cities” and “districts” have olden-times grandfathered ability to basically run their own cloistered mafia dens.___

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2015-08-25 01:27:34 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

My Monday posting goes back to socio-politics. And symbolism, the powerful motivator that all-too often stands in the way of negotiation or pragmatic reasoning.  Especially on one side of the political "spectrum."  Though the other side... well... has its exacerbating moments. Here  I'll visit Confederate flags and statuaries... but also some excesses in political correctness.  Don't expect pandering, one-sided pablum here!

My Monday posting goes back to socio-politics. And symbolism, the powerful motivator that all-too often stands in the way of negotiation or pragmatic reasoning.  Especially on one side of the political "spectrum."  Though the other side... well... has its exacerbating moments. Here  I'll visit Confederate flags and statuaries... but also some excesses in political correctness.  Don't expect pandering, one-sided pablum here!___

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2015-08-24 23:27:31 (10 comments, 16 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

A fascinating interview with Samuel R. Delaney: on race, sexual identity and science fiction

A fascinating interview with Samuel R. Delaney: on race, sexual identity and science fiction___

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2015-08-23 17:05:22 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Congratulations to Cixin Liu and the other 2015 Hugo Award winners, including Noah Ward, whose long awaited day finally came. Noah’s overshoot into categories where great candidates waited suggests that our community needs to rethink the polarized fervor that’s already tearing America apart. 

Congratulations to Cixin Liu and the other 2015 Hugo Award winners, including Noah Ward, whose long awaited day finally came. Noah’s overshoot into categories where great candidates waited suggests that our community needs to rethink the polarized fervor that’s already tearing America apart. ___

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2015-08-22 17:09:08 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Our weekend posting looks  outward... toward the vast, vast majority of all there is. And after decades of doldrums, it seems we truly are regaining some momentum in space.  Have any of you been keeping track on a scorecard? The tally should have you jumping up and down, opening windows, sticking your head out and shouting!  From Mercury and Venus through huge news about Earth, to Mars and Mars and more Mars.  To asteroids of many kinds, to Europa missions and amazements from Cassini... and Pluto... and comets!  Yowzer. 

Is there truly a person with soul so dead, that he or she has never said... upon such news I declare out loud, that I am proud.  We're amazing.  And Universe, here we come

Our weekend posting looks  outward... toward the vast, vast majority of all there is. And after decades of doldrums, it seems we truly are regaining some momentum in space.  Have any of you been keeping track on a scorecard? The tally should have you jumping up and down, opening windows, sticking your head out and shouting!  From Mercury and Venus through huge news about Earth, to Mars and Mars and more Mars.  To asteroids of many kinds, to Europa missions and amazements from Cassini... and Pluto... and comets!  Yowzer. 

Is there truly a person with soul so dead, that he or she has never said... upon such news I declare out loud, that I am proud.  We're amazing.  And Universe, here we come___

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2015-08-22 02:54:53 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Our weekend posting looks  outward... toward the vast, vast majority of all there is. And after decades of doldrums, it seems we truly are regaining some momentum in space.  Have any of you been keeping track on a scorecard? The tally should have you jumping up and down, opening windows, sticking your head out and shouting!  From Mercury and Venus through huge news about Earth, to Mars and Mars and more Mars.  To asteroids of many kinds, to Europa missions and amazements from Cassini... and Pluto... and comets!  Yowzer.

Is there truly a person with soul so dead, that he or she has never said... upon such news I declare out loud, that I am proud.  We're amazing.  And Universe, here we come

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/our-best-year-in-space-ever.html

Our weekend posting looks  outward... toward the vast, vast majority of all there is. And after decades of doldrums, it seems we truly are regaining some momentum in space.  Have any of you been keeping track on a scorecard? The tally should have you jumping up and down, opening windows, sticking your head out and shouting!  From Mercury and Venus through huge news about Earth, to Mars and Mars and more Mars.  To asteroids of many kinds, to Europa missions and amazements from Cassini... and Pluto... and comets!  Yowzer.

Is there truly a person with soul so dead, that he or she has never said... upon such news I declare out loud, that I am proud.  We're amazing.  And Universe, here we come

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/our-best-year-in-space-ever.html___

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2015-08-20 18:44:47 (49 comments, 19 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Artificial photosynthesis could power homes in a few years, mimicking plant-based photosynthesis by using solar energy to convert water into hydrogen. If cheap nickel catalysts can be used… and 22% efficiency holds up… then toss it onto the pile of potential game-changers. Ah, but that pile had better be producing, big-time, soon.
 

Artificial photosynthesis could power homes in a few years, mimicking plant-based photosynthesis by using solar energy to convert water into hydrogen. If cheap nickel catalysts can be used… and 22% efficiency holds up… then toss it onto the pile of potential game-changers. Ah, but that pile had better be producing, big-time, soon.
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2015-08-20 17:47:10 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

The latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has determined that globally, July was the hottest month since record keeping began in 1880. And ocean acidity -- which CAN only have one cause -- is rising. And the denialist cult keeps getting more frantic.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/july-2015-was-hottest-month-on-record-globally/

The latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has determined that globally, July was the hottest month since record keeping began in 1880. And ocean acidity -- which CAN only have one cause -- is rising. And the denialist cult keeps getting more frantic.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/july-2015-was-hottest-month-on-record-globally/___

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2015-08-20 16:49:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Our mid-week posting is one of our cool rundowns of news from science and technology.  Mostly the latter, this time.  It seems that weekly there are announcements of potential game-changers.  If even a few of them go well... then gloom would hardly be the right theme for adults.  Problems? Sure!  Now let's solve em! 

Our mid-week posting is one of our cool rundowns of news from science and technology.  Mostly the latter, this time.  It seems that weekly there are announcements of potential game-changers.  If even a few of them go well... then gloom would hardly be the right theme for adults.  Problems? Sure!  Now let's solve em! ___

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2015-08-19 20:48:01 (30 comments, 15 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

The new trailer for "The Martian..." I'm actually starting to believe (more hope) that Hollywood didn't screw this up ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3ioOneTy8

The new trailer for "The Martian..." I'm actually starting to believe (more hope) that Hollywood didn't screw this up ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3ioOneTy8___

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2015-08-18 20:52:57 (43 comments, 7 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Anyone heard the rumors of hispanic Americans re-registering Republican, in order to vote against Trump in primaries?  Anyone have a link?  Or is it a rumor I just started?  ;-)  Of course it is silly at one level... none of the other GOP candidates are any better from their perspective.

But at another level it makes plenty of sense.  And here I explain why anyone who lives in a Republican district should register Republican, even if they intend to vote for the democrat in the fall.  And vice versa in heavily democratic districts, fair is fair.  Except in California where we finally rendered that nonsense moot with sensible top-two primaries.

Seriously. Join the party OF your district!  It is the way to thwart the radicals, get back a vote, promote local moderates and side-step the gerrymandering criminal theft of your franchise.
http:... more »

Anyone heard the rumors of hispanic Americans re-registering Republican, in order to vote against Trump in primaries?  Anyone have a link?  Or is it a rumor I just started?  ;-)  Of course it is silly at one level... none of the other GOP candidates are any better from their perspective.

But at another level it makes plenty of sense.  And here I explain why anyone who lives in a Republican district should register Republican, even if they intend to vote for the democrat in the fall.  And vice versa in heavily democratic districts, fair is fair.  Except in California where we finally rendered that nonsense moot with sensible top-two primaries.

Seriously. Join the party OF your district!  It is the way to thwart the radicals, get back a vote, promote local moderates and side-step the gerrymandering criminal theft of your franchise.

http://www.salon.com/2013/10/20/a_modest_proposal_to_neutralize_gerrymandering/___

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2015-08-18 16:43:08 (21 comments, 20 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

And so it begins…Brainier mice result from laboratory gene mutation...uplift?

And so it begins…Brainier mice result from laboratory gene mutation...uplift?___

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2015-08-18 00:58:51 (12 comments, 8 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Monday's posting is a risky one. But someone has to say this Emperor is wearing different clothes than we all thought.  I am speaking of Vladimir Putin, Russia's enigmatic leader -- blatantly fiercely intelligent -- and yet is he the "master chess player" portrayed with such adulation on Fox?  There appear to be layers under layers... and you will get none of these from your regular media.

Monday's posting is a risky one. But someone has to say this Emperor is wearing different clothes than we all thought.  I am speaking of Vladimir Putin, Russia's enigmatic leader -- blatantly fiercely intelligent -- and yet is he the "master chess player" portrayed with such adulation on Fox?  There appear to be layers under layers... and you will get none of these from your regular media.___

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2015-08-16 23:31:52 (22 comments, 5 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame has a blog that decrypts the salesmanship methods of Donald Trump.  The essay is revealing and fascinating: “As far as I can tell, Trump’s “crazy talk” is always in the correct direction for a skilled persuader. When Trump sets an “anchor” in your mind, it is never random. And it seems to work every time. Now that Trump owns FOX, and I see how well his anchor trick works with the public, I’m going to predict he will be our next president. I think he will move to the center on social issues (already happening) and win against Clinton in a tight election.”
 
Um… did I also mention that Scott is also – though a genius – also a bona fide crackpot much of the time? “Trump owns Fox,” my patoot.  The Donald’s truce with Roger Ailes is based on mutual self- interest that shifts from day to day.  And the notion that Trump might actually becomepresident is based upon compari... more »

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame has a blog that decrypts the salesmanship methods of Donald Trump.  The essay is revealing and fascinating: “As far as I can tell, Trump’s “crazy talk” is always in the correct direction for a skilled persuader. When Trump sets an “anchor” in your mind, it is never random. And it seems to work every time. Now that Trump owns FOX, and I see how well his anchor trick works with the public, I’m going to predict he will be our next president. I think he will move to the center on social issues (already happening) and win against Clinton in a tight election.”
 
Um… did I also mention that Scott is also – though a genius – also a bona fide crackpot much of the time? “Trump owns Fox,” my patoot.  The Donald’s truce with Roger Ailes is based on mutual self- interest that shifts from day to day.  And the notion that Trump might actually become president is based upon comparisons to 1980’s Ronald Reagan that are not pertinent.  Reagan was likeable, for one thing, and would have lost anyway, but for the Iran hostage crisis and Jimmy Carter’s patriotic willingness to let Paul Volcker cure inflation, even in an election year. (Something no other politician would have done for the country – Carter was our only grownup president.)
 
Still, like all the talk show comedians, I am rooting for Donald to last a good while.  He’s mixing things up and shaking people out of ruts, and drawing white males to at long last question their confederate loyalty to Marse Rupert.  Now… please… Jerry Brown and Jon Stewart… do the same thing!
 
http://blog.dilbert.com/post/126589300371/clown-genius#ixzz3j0dqxewu___

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2015-08-16 22:54:01 (26 comments, 5 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

The stunning irony of all the Republican candidates - especially Trump - making a big deal about a Border Wall?  Republicans are always the ones who CUT border security upon entering office and democratic presidents always beef it up!  Find that to rouse cognitive dissonance?  Then actually pause and think it through, a topic in which both parties lie to their base.

Here, I work it out for you.
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-immigration-fury-one-of-many.html

The stunning irony of all the Republican candidates - especially Trump - making a big deal about a Border Wall?  Republicans are always the ones who CUT border security upon entering office and democratic presidents always beef it up!  Find that to rouse cognitive dissonance?  Then actually pause and think it through, a topic in which both parties lie to their base.

Here, I work it out for you.
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-immigration-fury-one-of-many.html___

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2015-08-16 19:13:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

A classic animation showing how life expectancy and wealth have varied in a wide sampling of nations, across the last 200 years.  See China “bounce” during the 1840s T’ai Ping Rebellion and points scatter during the two world wars, then a more recent acceleration as much of the world catches up – at last – with the West.  www.bit.ly/c6ItL7

A classic animation showing how life expectancy and wealth have varied in a wide sampling of nations, across the last 200 years.  See China “bounce” during the 1840s T’ai Ping Rebellion and points scatter during the two world wars, then a more recent acceleration as much of the world catches up – at last – with the West.  www.bit.ly/c6ItL7___

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2015-08-16 16:10:03 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

NASA just launched a satellite to judge soil moisture. To calibrate it, NASA needs lots of soil samples. So, they're inviting people to find out when the satellite is flying over their area, then collect a sample, weigh it, dry it, weigh it again, and report it.

http://scistarter.com/project/1226-NASA

NASA just launched a satellite to judge soil moisture. To calibrate it, NASA needs lots of soil samples. So, they're inviting people to find out when the satellite is flying over their area, then collect a sample, weigh it, dry it, weigh it again, and report it.

http://scistarter.com/project/1226-NASA___

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2015-08-15 16:50:41 (90 comments, 71 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Get ready for the most cheating in a U.S. federal election in modern times.  This will happen for two reasons. First: "legal cheating" such as gerrymandering and voter suppression laws have reached their effectiveness limits and they can no longer compensate for  increasing demographic disadvantages facing the Republican Party, as well as the hemorrhage of intelligent conservatives (e.g. scientists, law professionals and military officers) who can no longer rationalize any continued relationship with the GOP’s plummet into lunacy. The second reason for panic is simpler – if a Democrat enters office in 2016, the courts will eventually rule that corporations are not “people.” They will rule that it is okay to limit the buying of elections. The courts will also (winds are blowing) finally end the travesty of gerrymandering.
 
Fortunately for Rupert Murdoch, the Kochs and theirSaudi part... more »

Get ready for the most cheating in a U.S. federal election in modern times.  This will happen for two reasons. First: "legal cheating" such as gerrymandering and voter suppression laws have reached their effectiveness limits and they can no longer compensate for  increasing demographic disadvantages facing the Republican Party, as well as the hemorrhage of intelligent conservatives (e.g. scientists, law professionals and military officers) who can no longer rationalize any continued relationship with the GOP’s plummet into lunacy. The second reason for panic is simpler – if a Democrat enters office in 2016, the courts will eventually rule that corporations are not “people.” They will rule that it is okay to limit the buying of elections. The courts will also (winds are blowing) finally end the travesty of gerrymandering.
 
Fortunately for Rupert Murdoch, the Kochs and their Saudi partners, there is an ace up their sleeve. Through shells, they own every company that makes voting machines in the U.S. Machines that have proved to be easily hackable.  In blue states, this does not much matter, since most of them require that voters be provided with a paper receipt that then goes into a box, the old-fashioned way. Back-door owners do not dare attempt major exploits, wherever random precinct audits could nail them.  But red state voters seem blithely trusting of electronics – so long as it’s mostly white males pulling the levers.
 
Now comes a smoking gun. Without paper audit trails, the cheaters in pyrotechnically-corrupt Kansas thought they were safe, till mathematicians arrived!  “Analyzing election returns at a precinct level, Wichita State mathematician Beth Clarkson found that candidate support was correlated, to a statistically significant degree, with the size of the precinct. In Republican primaries, the bias has been toward the establishment candidates over tea partiers. In general elections, it has favored Republican candidates over Democrats, even when the demographics of the precincts in question suggested that the opposite should have been true.” http://americablog.com/2015/08/mathematician-actual-voter-fraud-kansas-republicans.html
 
Hence, shouldn’t Tea Partiers be just as angry at the Murdoch Machine as democrats are?  Shouldn’t they make common cause over just this one issue?  “According to their analysis, Mitt Romney could have received over a million extra votes in the 2012 Republican primary, mostly coming at the expense of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. President Obama also ceded significant votes to John McCain due to this irregularity, as well.” 

Could this underlie some of the support for Donald Trump – the only GOP candidate with the guts to tell off Murdoch and his machine? Read this article and see how Clarkson has been blocked at every level with a consistency that shows complete, Orwell-level contempt for even figleaf accountability.___

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2015-08-15 01:51:16 (28 comments, 16 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

The sheer magnitude of the Tianjin catastrophe is simply stunning.  It is a war zone.  Movie directors should be rushing in to get footage because no special effects wizardry could emulate the apocalyptic video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJHxi3p1Vm4

And this one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSI9YKaS4Eo

Those poor people.

The sheer magnitude of the Tianjin catastrophe is simply stunning.  It is a war zone.  Movie directors should be rushing in to get footage because no special effects wizardry could emulate the apocalyptic video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJHxi3p1Vm4

And this one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSI9YKaS4Eo

Those poor people.___

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2015-08-14 21:24:10 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting is about two knights... one of them a genuine hero and the other... well, he sure does gallivant like one! First Larry Lessig, who will let a crowd-source funding campaign decide whether he will run for president on a single issue - getting the money out of politics.  (Most other issues will then be much easier.)  And second... of course... is Donald Trump, for whom I have a piece of advice. Also a look back at Barry Goldwater and a short philosophical riff on "ideologies."

Here's my post!:
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/lessig-for-president-lets-struggle-free.html

Skip to Lessig here
http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/11/431685770/this-harvard-professor-is-crowd-sourcing-his-single-issue-campaign

My weekend posting is about two knights... one of them a genuine hero and the other... well, he sure does gallivant like one! First Larry Lessig, who will let a crowd-source funding campaign decide whether he will run for president on a single issue - getting the money out of politics.  (Most other issues will then be much easier.)  And second... of course... is Donald Trump, for whom I have a piece of advice. Also a look back at Barry Goldwater and a short philosophical riff on "ideologies."

Here's my post!:
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/lessig-for-president-lets-struggle-free.html

Skip to Lessig here
http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/11/431685770/this-harvard-professor-is-crowd-sourcing-his-single-issue-campaign___

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2015-08-14 17:05:36 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD held "The Physics of Free Will" a panel discussion on August 6th. Astrophysicists Brian Keating, Andrew Friedman and David Brin discussed what modern physics – including “entanglement” and the time-history of inflation and the Bg Bang -- has to say about the concept of free will, including perspectives from the foundations of quantum mechanics, cosmology, and speculations about the role of of conscious observers in the cosmos.  Now the whole event is available on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EU_C-Wk5C4

The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD held "The Physics of Free Will" a panel discussion on August 6th. Astrophysicists Brian Keating, Andrew Friedman and David Brin discussed what modern physics – including “entanglement” and the time-history of inflation and the Bg Bang -- has to say about the concept of free will, including perspectives from the foundations of quantum mechanics, cosmology, and speculations about the role of of conscious observers in the cosmos.  Now the whole event is available on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EU_C-Wk5C4___

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2015-08-13 16:26:10 (15 comments, 7 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

I am proud to know Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig, who has been the most successful opponent of big money in politics, gaining a following and some actual traction in his campaign to raise public awareness.  Now some substantial and intriguing news: Lessig  says that if he can crowdsource $1 million by Labor Day, he'll leave Harvard and enter the Democratic primaries. "He'd be a single-issue candidate, campaigning for a legislative package that would undo restrictive voting laws, make Election Day a national holiday, bar the gerrymandering of congressional districts, and finance elections through public matching funds or vouchers for small donors."

Yes!  This is exactly the sort of role I envision also for two other admirables who don't really want to serve -- Jerry Brown and Jon Stewart. Dive in guys! And show us what an idea fest the demo-party debates could be, asop... more »

I am proud to know Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig, who has been the most successful opponent of big money in politics, gaining a following and some actual traction in his campaign to raise public awareness.  Now some substantial and intriguing news: Lessig  says that if he can crowdsource $1 million by Labor Day, he'll leave Harvard and enter the Democratic primaries. "He'd be a single-issue candidate, campaigning for a legislative package that would undo restrictive voting laws, make Election Day a national holiday, bar the gerrymandering of congressional districts, and finance elections through public matching funds or vouchers for small donors."

Yes!  This is exactly the sort of role I envision also for two other admirables who don't really want to serve -- Jerry Brown and Jon Stewart. Dive in guys! And show us what an idea fest the demo-party debates could be, as opposed to the 16 dwarves and Trump on the other side, mostly parroting whatever Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes tell them to... or else making Fox the issue, without shedding any real light.
https://lessigforpresident.com___

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2015-08-12 23:23:16 (35 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Who would imagine that Bobby Jindal would come across as the sole sane conservative... at least in the one issue of climate change?  Well, after Katrina, you'd have to be utterly delusional to be a denialist.  But isn't that a modern GOP job requirement?  Read here a survey of the demmie and gopper candidates' position on this vital issue... and how some sane billionaires are stepping up to counterbalance Koch lunacy on this matter.

Who would imagine that Bobby Jindal would come across as the sole sane conservative... at least in the one issue of climate change?  Well, after Katrina, you'd have to be utterly delusional to be a denialist.  But isn't that a modern GOP job requirement?  Read here a survey of the demmie and gopper candidates' position on this vital issue... and how some sane billionaires are stepping up to counterbalance Koch lunacy on this matter.___

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2015-08-12 20:55:18 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Our midweek posting scans the latest news from our most important battle front -- protecting BOTH freedom and safety through light. Starting with August 16 as "Wave back at surveillance day" -- when we should all wave howdy at every camera we see (or suspect!) Also, are world tyrannies finally in control of the wild internet? And Stingray cell tower clones... and more.  Stay aware in order to stay free.

Our midweek posting scans the latest news from our most important battle front -- protecting BOTH freedom and safety through light. Starting with August 16 as "Wave back at surveillance day" -- when we should all wave howdy at every camera we see (or suspect!) Also, are world tyrannies finally in control of the wild internet? And Stingray cell tower clones... and more.  Stay aware in order to stay free.___

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2015-08-10 16:40:42 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Technology is your best weapon. Phone-cams the Great Equalizer. 

Technology is your best weapon. Phone-cams the Great Equalizer. ___

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2015-08-09 21:32:53 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

In Brilliant Green: the Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence, plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso and journalist, Alessandra Viola, make a case not only for plant sentience, but also plant rights. Interesting, though science fiction authors have been doing thought experiments about this for a long time, e.g. in Ursula LeGuin’s “The Word for World is Forest” and in my own “The Uplift War.”
 
There is a level where I am all aboard with this.  Ecosystems are webs of health that combine fiercely interdependent predation/competition with meshlike interchanges of sight/sound/chemicals that clearly manifest types of cooperation, even communication. As I elucidated in “EARTH.” 
 
On the other hand, I also step back to see the qualities of this book that transcend its actual contents, for it fits perfectly into the process of “horizon expansion” that Idescribe elsewhere.  ... more »

In Brilliant Green: the Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence, plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso and journalist, Alessandra Viola, make a case not only for plant sentience, but also plant rights. Interesting, though science fiction authors have been doing thought experiments about this for a long time, e.g. in Ursula LeGuin’s “The Word for World is Forest” and in my own “The Uplift War.”
 
There is a level where I am all aboard with this.  Ecosystems are webs of health that combine fiercely interdependent predation/competition with meshlike interchanges of sight/sound/chemicals that clearly manifest types of cooperation, even communication. As I elucidated in “EARTH.” 
 
On the other hand, I also step back to see the qualities of this book that transcend its actual contents, for it fits perfectly into the process of “horizon expansion” that I describe elsewhere.  A process of vigorously, righteously, even aggressively increasing the scope of inclusion, extending the circle of protection to the next level, and then the next. See also this Smithsonian talk I gave about the never-ending search for “otherness.”
http://www.davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/07/altruistic-horizons-our-tribal-natures.html
http://tinyurl.com/brindestiny  
None of this is to undermine the process! Only to help understand it. I fully expect our great grandchildren will all be vegetarians supplementing with tasty, dish-grown meaticultures… and their own rebels will demand that all food come from algae or Star Trek replicators, terrific!  Just pause and step back often enough to see the big picture.___

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2015-08-09 17:11:24 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Exploring the Future in Pragmatic Ways  Our "prefrontal obsession with prediction - from astrology and tea leaves to national security forecasts and stock market analysis -- propels the nascen field of "futurology." But  are we just the latest wave of hokum-spreading con artists?
http://youtu.be/Pyng_GvT43o

Exploring the Future in Pragmatic Ways  Our "prefrontal obsession with prediction - from astrology and tea leaves to national security forecasts and stock market analysis -- propels the nascen field of "futurology." But  are we just the latest wave of hokum-spreading con artists?
http://youtu.be/Pyng_GvT43o___

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2015-08-08 02:08:40 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

My Weekend posting is about "ecomodernism" or the techno-liberals like Stewart Brand, who agree that science is right about climate change... but demonstrate that technology is the best way to solve the problem.  The right has glommed onto the ecomodernists, declaring there's a "civil war among environmentalists!"  Bull. We all agree the Denialist Cult is the enemy of our children and the Planet must be saved.  But some of us are able to show that nerdly inventiveness holds more promise than just puritanism alone.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/good-news-for-planet-and-are.html

My Weekend posting is about "ecomodernism" or the techno-liberals like Stewart Brand, who agree that science is right about climate change... but demonstrate that technology is the best way to solve the problem.  The right has glommed onto the ecomodernists, declaring there's a "civil war among environmentalists!"  Bull. We all agree the Denialist Cult is the enemy of our children and the Planet must be saved.  But some of us are able to show that nerdly inventiveness holds more promise than just puritanism alone.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/good-news-for-planet-and-are.html___

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2015-08-07 17:24:01 (39 comments, 9 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

"A federal appeals court unanimously struck down a voter ID law in Texas, saying it violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act to discriminate against minority voters." Let's be clear.  I do not mind gradually ramping up voter ID requirements. But the test of sincerity is whether the state eases in such laws and provides all the help voters need, in order to comply with a new burden. Hypocritically, these states have funded ZERO $ to this.  Zero, in every single case.  Funny how Republicans scream over new burdens placed on rich oligarchs and corps, and demand appropriations for Compliance Assistance, yet fund not a penny to help poor American retain the vote.

Let's be clear, this is hypocrisy of staggering dimensions. They are cheaters.  Gerrymandering cheating-lying cheaters.  See it explained here. 
htt... more »

"A federal appeals court unanimously struck down a voter ID law in Texas, saying it violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act to discriminate against minority voters." Let's be clear.  I do not mind gradually ramping up voter ID requirements. But the test of sincerity is whether the state eases in such laws and provides all the help voters need, in order to comply with a new burden. Hypocritically, these states have funded ZERO $ to this.  Zero, in every single case.  Funny how Republicans scream over new burdens placed on rich oligarchs and corps, and demand appropriations for Compliance Assistance, yet fund not a penny to help poor American retain the vote.

Let's be clear, this is hypocrisy of staggering dimensions. They are cheaters.  Gerrymandering cheating-lying cheaters.  See it explained here. 

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/10/voter-id-laws-scam-or-accountability.html___

2015-08-06 17:50:00 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Monday's posting focuses on Donald Trump and the GOP debates, and what The Donal's high Republican polling figures tell about the "morality bonus" of the Right. Also, today we had another mass-shooter. I offer a practical proposal for one thing we can do about this plague... something that has nothing to do with guns.

And... is gerrymandering finally in decline?  Come by for a generous helping of unconventional perspectives.

Monday's posting focuses on Donald Trump and the GOP debates, and what The Donal's high Republican polling figures tell about the "morality bonus" of the Right. Also, today we had another mass-shooter. I offer a practical proposal for one thing we can do about this plague... something that has nothing to do with guns.

And... is gerrymandering finally in decline?  Come by for a generous helping of unconventional perspectives.___

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2015-08-05 19:31:35 (11 comments, 9 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Want to watch something even cooler than Pluto? How about a video of the Moon transiting in front of the Earth?  And this is the lunar backside we are looking at! Another gift of the Discovr probe. 

Want to watch something even cooler than Pluto? How about a video of the Moon transiting in front of the Earth?  And this is the lunar backside we are looking at! Another gift of the Discovr probe. ___

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2015-08-05 16:34:48 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

MIT’s Technology Review offers the 50 Smartest Tech Companies: Tesla Motors at Number One, followed by China’s Xiamomi, and San Diego’s Illumina. These 'smart' companies are turning science breakthroughs into innovative technology that may revolutionize our world - at breakneck speed. 

MIT’s Technology Review offers the 50 Smartest Tech Companies: Tesla Motors at Number One, followed by China’s Xiamomi, and San Diego’s Illumina. These 'smart' companies are turning science breakthroughs into innovative technology that may revolutionize our world - at breakneck speed. ___

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2015-08-04 17:19:25 (88 comments, 7 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Should we colonize Venus instead of Mars? By coincidence, I just wrote a story set on a Venus that has been terraformed. There are many problems. Atmosphere way too dense. Almost no Hydrogen (water).  Short of Nitrogen.  A day that lasts way too long.  All of which could be solved by sending millions of comets to Venus.  1/4 of them seep past the planet, stripping off some atmosphere. 1/4 hit!  In a way that speeds up rotation and donates millions of tons of water.  Sorry I can't offer any further details.  But check out the anthology OLD VENUS (edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Duzois) and have fun!  It contains my story.

Should we colonize Venus instead of Mars? By coincidence, I just wrote a story set on a Venus that has been terraformed. There are many problems. Atmosphere way too dense. Almost no Hydrogen (water).  Short of Nitrogen.  A day that lasts way too long.  All of which could be solved by sending millions of comets to Venus.  1/4 of them seep past the planet, stripping off some atmosphere. 1/4 hit!  In a way that speeds up rotation and donates millions of tons of water.  Sorry I can't offer any further details.  But check out the anthology OLD VENUS (edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Duzois) and have fun!  It contains my story.___

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2015-08-03 19:21:38 (11 comments, 8 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Science Fiction Cinema: A roundup of shows to catch: from Humans to Minority Report, Defiance to Limitless and The Expanse. Are we entering some kind of sci fi golden age?

Science Fiction Cinema: A roundup of shows to catch: from Humans to Minority Report, Defiance to Limitless and The Expanse. Are we entering some kind of sci fi golden age?___

2015-08-03 16:25:19 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Best fan letter ever!!

After careful consideration, I realized that you are not actually human. Clearly you are an alien who came to this planet to slum in the bizarre diversity and chaos of our existence.  Your novels must actually be documentaries from your own galactic civilization and coy observations and commentary on what we earthlings do to ourselves.

So thanks for dropping by and providing a modest enlightenment. It is regrettable that exposure to your civilization would be so harmful to our own development. What a fine thing it would be to see your planets.

Best fan letter ever!!

After careful consideration, I realized that you are not actually human. Clearly you are an alien who came to this planet to slum in the bizarre diversity and chaos of our existence.  Your novels must actually be documentaries from your own galactic civilization and coy observations and commentary on what we earthlings do to ourselves.

So thanks for dropping by and providing a modest enlightenment. It is regrettable that exposure to your civilization would be so harmful to our own development. What a fine thing it would be to see your planets.___

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2015-08-03 04:31:11 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Again, this Thursday I join two other astrophysicists in a presentation and discussion about "The Physics of Free Will!" At 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/_wp/news/the-physics-of-free-will/

(http://imagination.ucsd.edu -- get on the mailing list by emailing: lauramartin@ucsd.edu)

Again, this Thursday I join two other astrophysicists in a presentation and discussion about "The Physics of Free Will!" At 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/_wp/news/the-physics-of-free-will/

(http://imagination.ucsd.edu -- get on the mailing list by emailing: lauramartin@ucsd.edu)___

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2015-08-02 23:06:53 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

At the borderlands between science and science fiction are the highly elevated interviews of Robert Lawrence Kuhn’s “Closer to Truth” television series. I was honored to be included along with mavens like Francisco Ayala, Paul Davies Max Tegmark, Alan Guth and so on.  In this mashup, Kuhn alternates some of my excerpts with those of Nick Bostrom, Martin Rees, Marvin Minsky and Ray Kurzweil, creating in effect a debate over whether or not we are currently living in a simulation. Repackaged by Space.com. Or browse the list of wonderful topics at the show’s main site, http://www.space.com/30124-is-our-universe-a-fake.html
http://www.closertotruth.com/about/episode-listing

At the borderlands between science and science fiction are the highly elevated interviews of Robert Lawrence Kuhn’s “Closer to Truth” television series. I was honored to be included along with mavens like Francisco Ayala, Paul Davies Max Tegmark, Alan Guth and so on.  In this mashup, Kuhn alternates some of my excerpts with those of Nick Bostrom, Martin Rees, Marvin Minsky and Ray Kurzweil, creating in effect a debate over whether or not we are currently living in a simulation. Repackaged by Space.com. Or browse the list of wonderful topics at the show’s main site, http://www.space.com/30124-is-our-universe-a-fake.html
http://www.closertotruth.com/about/episode-listing___

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2015-08-02 17:18:53 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

And now what you’ve been waiting for… a tentative map of Pluto proposed place names! And for Charon. Pluto features many explorers and discoverers… plus some noted monsters. But Charon?  Charon’s craters and regions are tentatively named for… sci fi characters!  Kirk Crater… Sulu Crater… Ripley Crater … Skywalker Crater… Vader Crater plus some creators of sci fi like Kubrick, Clarke and Butler.  Zowee!  
(Notice the majority of Charon that’s still blurry?  Okay, there’s still time for me and my creations!)

And now what you’ve been waiting for… a tentative map of Pluto proposed place names! And for Charon. Pluto features many explorers and discoverers… plus some noted monsters. But Charon?  Charon’s craters and regions are tentatively named for… sci fi characters!  Kirk Crater… Sulu Crater… Ripley Crater … Skywalker Crater… Vader Crater plus some creators of sci fi like Kubrick, Clarke and Butler.  Zowee!  
(Notice the majority of Charon that’s still blurry?  Okay, there’s still time for me and my creations!)___

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2015-08-01 17:31:09 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Our Weekend post has cool space news... but also begins a series in which I hope to fully catalog upward towards a hundred hypothetical explanations for the Fermi Paradox!  Why do we see no signs (so far) of the long-expected ET civilizations? I've been in this for 30 years and have studied it (probably) as thoroughly as anyone.  Time to share.  (And you ETs listening in right now? Yes you. I'm baaaaack! ;-)

Our Weekend post has cool space news... but also begins a series in which I hope to fully catalog upward towards a hundred hypothetical explanations for the Fermi Paradox!  Why do we see no signs (so far) of the long-expected ET civilizations? I've been in this for 30 years and have studied it (probably) as thoroughly as anyone.  Time to share.  (And you ETs listening in right now? Yes you. I'm baaaaack! ;-)___

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2015-07-31 22:00:40 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Problem-solving for the future: 30 technologies that will save lives in the next 15 years...

Problem-solving for the future: 30 technologies that will save lives in the next 15 years...___

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2015-07-31 16:32:39 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Cool! A panoramic tour of the International Space Station: Click to zoom and explore...

Cool! A panoramic tour of the International Space Station: Click to zoom and explore...___

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