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Another case where citizen video has freed a man who had been falsely accused by police and prosecutors, and more troubling, another case where those police and prosecutors seem to have escaped all consequences for their perjury.  
 
Why aren’t the seven witnesses to Dendinger’s nonexistent assault on Cassard already facing felony charges? Why are all but one of the cops who filed false reports still wearing badges and collecting paychecks? Why aren’t the attorneys who filed false reports facing disbarment? Dendinger’s prosecutors both filed false reports, then prosecuted Dendinger based on the reports they knew were false. They should be looking for new careers — after they get out of jail.
Cellphone video vindicates man, proves that seven cops and prosecutors lied about the incident in which he was arrested.
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350 SF/F/Horror Covers

Every month SF Signal puts out a collection of all the books being released by major publishers in the SFFH realm for the coming month.  I don't see it so much as a way to keep track of upcoming releases as it is a monthly survey of the trends in cover art.  You'll want to subscribe to the RSS feed if you want to keep up in the future, but for now, here's the snapshot for March, 2015.
It's a book cover parade! Here’s our monthly roundup of new releases in science fiction, fantasy and horror.
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350 books  Yikes that could take a while to go through. Of course I would reject the horror novels--usually not my cup of tea these days. 
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Yes. I love true facts
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Net Neutrality: It looks like we won!

The details are still being examined by folks more skilled at reading tea-leaves and regulation than I, but it looks like this is a clear victory for Net Neutrality, that crazy notion that your ISP shouldn't be able to extort money from content providers who send you the data you asked for over the internet connection you're already paying for.
As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new net neutrality regulations today on a vote of 3-2, with the Commission's two Democratic..
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+Richard Sparks  That's always good. 
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A neat little video that explains in detail what the measles virus does to the body and how it does not strengthen the immune system but rather dangerously weakens it.
 
“Measles is no joke. There are no benefits to having measles at all. You don’t strengthen your immune system and it’s not more natural. Most people who don’t vaccinate only want the best for their children, which is honorable. But if you ask yourself, ‘Am I putting the life of my child and other children at risk by not vaccinating against measles?’ The sad answer is yes, yes you are .”
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An odd image/Google-ad pairing...

So, are they trying to sell me a Kayak rack for my B52, or are they trying to sell me a B52 as an industrial-scale Kayak rack, capable of depositing a Kayak racing team anywhere in the world in 24 hours?

(h/t to +Winchell Chung   for the article on the B52's longevity which sported this particular ad when it came up for me.)
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A fascinating discussion about the parallel developments in magic and technology in fictional societies that have both.  
 
Magic versus Technology and how the existence of magic would affect technological progress in a world that magic exists
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How do we know that quantum effects aren't "magic" that we're taking advantage of to build nifty stuff?

In other words, would a magical society recognize magic as "magic?"
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The tyranny of the rocket equation and why we need to find fuel outside of Earth's gravity well.
 
"What's the cost of propellant from earth vs getting it from the moon?" always comes up in discussions of lunar water. Or the cost of near earth asteroid propellant vs earth propellant. Propellant is cheap, typically a small ...
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Another thing is startram which shoots ships into orbit using mag lev and a raised rail http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/StarTram you still need fuel but it takes a lot of the need for fighting gravity using onboard fuel away. 
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The news is everywhere, but what I keep thinking of is that little exchange in Star Trek VI.  When everything is dark and they realize they're up against the proverbial wall, Scotty moans, "Then we're dead."

And Spock replies, "I've been dead before."

Live long and prosper, my friends.
Mr. Nimoy won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-Vulcan first officer in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek.”
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I don't recall that line but it sounds great. 

Indeed RIP Nimoy
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I've been worried about this for a while, and it's starting to look legit.  Fracking causes Earthquakes.  Sure, it's not the big 7.5's that California fears, but none of the structures in the plains states are built for anything even close to that.
 
It's Official.
The US Geological Survey is blaming the recent rise in earthquakes on Fracking.. aren't you glad the Free Market fixes that for you?

#Fracking   #GetTheFrackOutOfHere  
A paper published today in Science provides a case for increasing transparency and data collection to enable strategies for mitigating the effects of human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater injection associated with oil and gas production in the United States.
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I knew messing with liquid in the ground could trigger earthquakes - the geology prof I talked with about the earthquakes I'd experienced in NH suggested it, and that was the only explanation that fit. (Then it was water being pumped out of the ground and stuff settling, which was unsettling, but I think the principle can be more broadly applied.) 
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A good science visualization for gravity and the curvature of space-time.
 
A nice illustration of the effect of gravity.
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Yes, good. I'd love to understand how this works for an orbit.
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Father of three, programmer, writer, etc.  I do weird stuff with my brain for fun and profit. :)

You can see my blog here: DanThompsonWrites.com

And my books: DanThompsonWrites.com/Books

For my programming, I did 18 years working on Computer Aided Design programs, everything from add-ons to being on the core graphics team for AutoCAD.  These days I'm still doing a little consulting and some personal explorations with genetic algorithms.

I've been writing off and on since I was eleven, but I've been doing a lot more of it in the last 5 years.

I also have special needs kids, and I've spent a lot of my time on them for the last few years.
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Had a startup, sold it, written a few books, survived twins (so far), have done more strange things than most, but nearly as many as I'd like to.
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