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Chris Bush
More questions than answers...Okay, only questions.
More questions than answers...Okay, only questions.

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I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Charles Dickens may be the reason we long for a snowy holiday, but astrophysics is the reason for the season.

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Trump, Mocking Claim That Russia Hacked Election, at Odds with G.O.

“To have the president-elect of the United States simply reject the fact-based narrative that the intelligence community puts together because it conflicts with his a priori assumptions — wow,”

You could replace "intelligence" with just about any group.

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ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be launched to the #ISS next year for his third spaceflight. The name and logo for his mission were announced today. #VITA stands for Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability and was chosen by Italy’s ASI space agency, which is providing the mission through a barter agreement with NASA.

In Italian, “vita” means “life”, reflecting the experiments that Paolo will run and the philosophical notion of living in outer space – one of the most inhospitable places for humans.

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"Let us fight what needs to be fought. But let’s fight for, not against. Let’s not meet anger with anger, hatred with hatred. Let us fight with intelligence and strategic insight into points of leverage to achieve positive outcomes. Let us fight with honor, and kindness, and the love of the good."

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Science should fear nothing in a free and democratic society.
Nine experts reflect on where researchers should direct their efforts during the next US administration.

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Climate-change and immigration policies raise alarm, but much of the incoming US president's agenda is simply unknown.

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Young go-getters stirring up the political gene pool....

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What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Science?

 Live Science - 7 h ago

Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during the early morning hours of Nov. 9. Credit: Spencer Platt | Getty Images.

demagogue: a leader who seeks to gain power by exploiting popular prejudices and making false or extravagant claims and promises

I'm not normally a fan of Michael Moore for his cherry-picking and hyperbolic handling of facts, but in his recently posted "Morning After To-Do List", he identifies the powerful role of American media on the priorities and expectations of its heavily consuming public. The deep discrepancy between his caricature media portrayal and the inability of consumers to distinguish this from reality has helped bring us to this point.

"Everyone must stop saying they are “stunned” and “shocked.” What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren’t paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all “You're fired!” Trump’s victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him. He is both a creature and a creation of the media and the media will never own that."

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Wishful thinking?
Philosopher Slavoj Zizek thinks #PresidentTrump is a political awakening, will help overcome dangerous political inertia.

"In every society there is a whole network of unwritten rules, how politics work, and how you build consensus. Trump disturbed this."
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