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The problem we have with the Trump White House isn't even almost new:

Tsze-lu said, "The ruler of Wei has been waiting for you, in order with you to administer the government. What will you consider the first thing to be done?"

The Master replied, "What is necessary is to rectify names." "So! indeed!" said Tsze-lu. "You are wide of the mark! Why must there be such rectification?"

The Master said, "How uncultivated you are, Yu! A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve.

"If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.

"When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.

"Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there may be nothing incorrect."
http://china.usc.edu/confucius-analects-13

A tidal wave of bullshit coming from the highest offices in the U.S. can only result in confusion and stagnation. This has been known for literally thousands of years which is why a central tenant of every religion and ethical system is always: "Tell the truth even when it hurts."

h/t to +John Holmes who I ripped the image from. 
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Thank you!

The Azimuth Climate Data Backup Project is backing up 40 terabytes of US government climate data and copying it to a number of locations, to protect it from all possible threats:

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/azimuth_backup_project/

It's going well! Our Kickstarter campaign ended on January 31st and the money has recently reached us. Our original goal was $5000. We got $20,427 of donations, and after Kickstarter took its cut we received $18,590.96.

Soon I’ll tell you what our project has actually been doing — lots of good news. This time I just want to give a huge “thank you!” to all 627 people who contributed money on Kickstarter... many from here on Google+.

I recently sent out thank you notes to everyone, updating them on our progress and asking if they wanted their names listed. The blanks in the following list represent people who either didn’t reply, didn’t want their names listed, or backed out and decided not to give money. I’ll list people in chronological order: first contributors first.

Only 12 people backed out; the vast majority of blanks on this list are people who haven’t replied to my email. I noticed some interesting but obvious patterns. For example, people who contributed later are less likely to have answered my email. People who contributed more money were more likely to answer my email.

The magnitude of contributions ranged from $2000 to $1. A few of you offered to help in other ways. The response was international — this was really heartwarming! People from the US were more likely than others to ask not to be listed.

But instead of continuing to list statistical patterns, let me just thank everyone who contributed. Here's the list! (I’ll keep updating this list on the Azimuth blog, but not here.)

Daniel Estrada
Ahmed Amer
Saeed Masroor
Jodi Kaplan
John Wehrle
Bob Calder
Andrea Borgia
L Gardner

Uche Eke
Keith Warner
Dean Kalahan
James Benson
Dianne Hackborn

Walter Hahn
Thomas Savarino
Noah Friedman
Eric Willisson
Jeffrey Gilmore
John Bennett
Glenn McDavid

Brian Turner

Peter Bagaric

Martin Dahl Nielsen
Broc Stenman

Gabriel Scherer
Roice Nelson
Felipe Pait
Kenneth Hertz

Luis Bruno


Andrew Lottmann
Alex Morse

Mads Bach Villadsen
Noam Zeilberger

Buffy Lyon

Josh Wilcox

Danny Borg

Krishna Bhogaonker
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Tarek A. Hijaz, MD
Jouni Pohjola
Chavdar Petkov
Markus Jöbstl
Bjørn Borud


Sarah G

William Straub

Frank Harper
Carsten Führmann
Rick Angel
Drew Armstrong

Jesimpson

Valeria de Paiva
Ron Prater
David Tanzer

Rafael Laguna
Miguel Esteves dos Santos
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Randy Drexler
Peter Haggstrom


Jerzy Michał Pawlak
Santini Basra
Jenny Meyer


John Iskra

Bruce Jones
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Todd Trimble

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Fabrizio Mafessoni
Anita Phagan
Nicolas Acuña
Niklas Brunberg

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Niklas Starck Westerberg
Luca Zenti and Marta Veneziano


Ilja Preuß
Christopher Flint

George Read
Courtney Leigh

Katharina Spoerri


Daniel Risse



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RKBookman


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Mike Metzler


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Melinda

Ryan Vaughn
Kent Crispin

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Mary Peters

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Thomas Negovan
Tom Grace
Justin Jones


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Kirby


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Keith Uber

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James Crook



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Colin Backhurst
Christopher Metzger

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Christian Page

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Robert


Sarah Russell

Sam Leavin

Abilash Pulicken

Isabel Olondriz
James Pierce
James Morrison


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José Tremblay Champagne


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Bart Gasiewiski


Andy Chamard



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Christopher Wright



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Martin Nilsson


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"It's time to pay a living wage, to pay your taxes, and to give your workers the benefits – and peace of mind – that come with stable, full-time contracts."- Trudeau

We cannot live in a world with a handful of billionaires and billions of wretched serfs. That's a world eternally at war with itself. 

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Why the US should go with single payer healthcare, from National Nurses United.

Source: http://nationalnursesunited.org/page/m/6c0b11e3/ac6a6c9/73598beb/16fe26f4/3399212374/VEsH/ (link opens PDF with chart below)
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There are plants that can survive 450 days of exposure to near vacuum. Wow. 

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Become a Beta Tester for Google+

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Here’s what we’re looking for:
● Active poster on Google+
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If you’re interested in applying, fill out the application form. Thanks!

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