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"There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." - Carl Sagan

Seldom is there a photograph so breathtakingly beautiful that it can alter your perspective about your place in the Cosmos. Last year, the Cassini probe orbiting Saturn took such a photo showing the Earth as seen from the outer Solar System.

Encapsulated within this photograph is a reminder of how incredibly small we are and also how far we've come as a species. Photographs, such as this, give us pause and remind us of the common bonds we all share and of the insignificance of that which divides us. Take a moment to appreciate this Pale Blue Dot we all share.

Watch The Pale Blue Dot created by Reid Gower for +The Sagan Series: THE SAGAN SERIES - The Pale Blue Dot

#Penny4NASA #NASA #COSMOS #Space #Science #EarthDay #CarlSagan #Cassini #Saturn #PaleBlueDot  
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I watched The Machine tonight and loved it! Clear inspirations from Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. #themachine #cyberpunk

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Ok, they didn't kill Nightwing off, but I hope this is something better than Steve Rogers and Secret Avengers. #Comics #Grayson #Nightwing  
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I bet this won't S.H.I.E.L.D. DC Comics from follow-the-leader criticisms.
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Happy April 15th, or as most of us in the US know it, Tax Day.

As this is the day we tend to see a large number of complaints on social media thanks to the annual reminder of what we contribute to the government to live in this fair land, as an unmarried firmly middle class guy with no children or dependents, rather than complain about what my tax dollars are going to, here are five things I am happy my federal tax money goes toward, and would happily pay a higher tax rate to improve. 

1. Defense, foreign aid, and diplomatic relations:
Yep, the big D is the first thing I mention, which for some may be a surprise. However, I mean Defense not in "the best defense is a good offense" kind of way, but in the "let's keep our people, land, allies, and interests in the general welfare safe" kind of way. To that end, I threw in diplomatic relations and foreign aid into the mix, because they are all intertwined. Sometimes throwing in a little aide money now prevents a war or terror attack in 20 years. The olive branch can be just as effective as the M-16.

2. Public schools, Vocational Training, Advanced Education:
What? I have no kids, why would I ever care about schools? 
Bottom line, I care about your kids. I care about living in a world without being surrounded by dumbasses the rest of my life. I want all of your kids to have the best public school system possible to give them the best start in life, and hopefully figure out how to solve some of the major problems we're kicking down the road to them. I want every single child within these borders to have a great education available to them so they can grow to be smarter and better than the assholes siphoning money away from the public school system today. I want college students and research colleges to get the funding they need for new and exciting ideas that contribute to the public good. I want realistic trade skill training available for people that college isn't a good fit. Vouchers for private schools don't accomplish this for all, so if you want to send your kid to one, fine, but you pay for them to go and you keep contributing to the public system like everyone else, even those of us that don't have kids.

3. Helping the poor, sick, mentally ill, and homeless.
Much like I don't want to live in a world surrounded by dumbasses, I don't want to live in a world full of people desperate for basic human needs. Yes, there are people that game systems. If we cared as much about people that game the system in the upper tax brackets as we did the lowest, our prisons would be filled with bankers instead of the poor. There are people that if basic human needs are provided they would not lift a finger extra in life to accomplish anything else. At least for them if nothing else works, they aren't stealing for food, breaking in places for shelter, or occupying jail or prison space for some combination of either. I'm not saying it will be a perfect society for them, but I would pay more to know there are definite options for everyone in need.

4. Roads and Transportation:
Most people don't realize this, but early roads for vehicles were private, and many had tolls or fees just to get from town to town. Yes, we have toll roads still today, but think about that nice commute you may have, or that one place you need to get to by car instead of public transportation. Now think about all the little communities, towns, highways, or roads between you and that destination, and imagine paying a fee at every town limit, interchange, or property line. That's probably not going to happen, but it is very well the system we could have had if our local, state, and federal governments didn't step in to build and maintain the roadways and interstate infrastructure we enjoy today. 

5. Public works:
National Parks, Wildlife conservation, public shared use lands, Energy Infrastructure, Food Supply Infrastructure, Public Health initiatives, NASA, private partnerships for public good, bridges connecting communities, and large ambitious public projects just to build great things are what I want to see. We have done great things, do some great things now, but can do even better things as a country in the future if we get back to investing in ourselves. 

There are a number of things I am glad our federal government does that I haven't listed above, these are just the main five that matter to me. There are also a number of things I wish they didn't do, but in the interest of keeping things positive, I haven't added them here. Now that you've filed, paid, and settled up for another year, reflect on what your money is doing that makes a difference. 
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I have no problem at all with game systems - I love them! Wait...
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A new Minecraft podcast from a local friend. Check it out.
 
This podcast is my personal adventures of Minecraft and the Minecraft worlds. As I go into the first episode, I will go through the basics.
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Will Stowe. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet in habitable zone

The +NASA Kepler team just announced the confirmed existence of an Earth-sized planet orbiting in the habitable zone of its host star. 

This planet is about 500 light years away from our solar system in the constellation Cygnus the swan. It's orbiting an M-dwarf star, also known as a red dwarf, which are the most abundant known stars in our Milky Way galaxy.

The planet's orbit is about 130 days, compared to our 365 days, and since the star is much cooler than the Sun, receives about 1/3 of the solar radiation. The warmth of the planet is unknown, because that would depend on composition of its atmosphere, which has not been established at this point. 

Read more here: http://www.nasa.gov/ames/kepler/nasas-kepler-discovers-first-earth-size-planet-in-the-habitable-zone-of-another-star/#.U1AaGvldWSp 

#Kepler186f   #KeplerSpaceTelescope   #Kepler   #Exoplanet   #ScienceEveryday  
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A comparison for you. The Titanic vs. a modern cruise ship. 
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Fixer of all the things. Sci-fi geek. Extreme bibliophile. Cat herder. Waiting to upload.
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    Police Administration, 1997 - 1999
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    Police Science, 1995 - 1997
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    Law Enforcement Basic School, 2002 - 2002
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