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Michael Slee (Josh)
Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.
Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.
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Thought I'd share something I thought looked interesting on kickstarter. Partially influenced by dwarf fortress, the player would be in charge of managing an ant colony as it grows and interacts with its environment.

My friend who shared this project with me had asked if they would do a Linux version. They added an early access Linux beta reward later that day. I'd really like to see this game succeed.

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What a difference when the police don't treat citizens as enemies. When a protest against police brutality and the death of a teenager by the hands of a police officer is met by a police force equipped for war, what kind of response did they expect to get? The easy solution is very rarely a good solution.
What a difference a day makes in Ferguson | MSNBC
- The peaceful gatherings overnight were a starting point, not a conclusion. They offered reason to be hopeful, not satisfied.

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A well written article, covers much of what needs to be said.
Part of the reason we're seeing so many black men killed is that police officers are now best understood less as members of communities, dedicated to keeping peace within them, than as domestic soldiers. The drug war has long functioned as a full-employment act for arms dealers looking to sell every town and village in the country on the need for military-grade hardware, and 9/11 made things vastly worse, with local police departments throughout America grabbing for cash to better defend against any and all terrorist threats. War had reached our shores, we were told, and police officers needed weaponry to fight it.

Officers have tanks now. They have drones. They have automatic rifles, and planes, and helicopters, and they go through military-style boot camp training. It's a constant complaint from what remains of this country's civil liberties caucus. Just this last June, the ACLU issued a report on how police departments now possess arsenals in need of a use. Few paid attention, as usually happens.

The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he'll reasonably think that his job isn't simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying.

If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they're working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy.

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This is a live broadcast coming from #Ferguson at the moment. It's hard to get clear news reports right now, but it appears that much of the city is presently under martial law, with citizens being ordered into their houses, cell phones being blocked in areas, and a no-fly zone imposed over the city. 

We're right now seeing (on video) a group of about 50-100 people protesting at an intersection; they are standing still and chanting. There are about 100 heavily armed police lined up a block away from them, who have just ordered all press to cease filming and ordered everyone to disperse, giving a "final warning."

If you can watch this live, do so now -- this is your chance to see unedited footage from an active situation. I'll continue to update the thread as the situation develops.

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Just when you thought Ion Thrusters were cool, a recent NASA experiment shows that an engine that requires no fuel may be possible. Only electricity would need to be provided, which can be gathered via solar panels.
First, the results of NASA’s experiment, since that’s all the team itself wants you to be talking about. Seemingly wanting to avoid unproductive controversy about the nature of existence, they’ve totally ignored the question of how the drive works in favour of simply reporting the data. With controls in place to avoid any confounding forces or variables, the NASA team recorded a reliable thrust between 30 and 50 micro-Newtons, less than a thousandth of the output of some relatively low-powered ion thrusters in use today. Still, the ion thrusters require fuel to operate, and the original QVPT inventor claims the version NASA tested is flawed, leading them to collect far lower thrust readings than his original can provide.

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Not just conservatives; both sides of the aisle champion pseudo-science and irrational ideals. Nearly every politician should fear Neil deGrasse Tyson, as an informed and rational populace would chew and spit out the status-quo and most of our current political structure.

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As a Game of Thrones fan, HBO's unwillingness to sell to non-cable subscribers has been frustrating. Though nothing is really surprising about the article, since it's fairly obvious that a company isn't going to leave money on the table unless they are afraid that taking it would mean risking greater losses elsewhere. It's nice to have a clearer idea, rather than just speculation.

Though, I've got only a couple hundred pages in 'A Dance with Dragons', I'm looking forward to watching season 4 once it becomes available to the rest of us.

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Strangely relevant to the hike Erin and I did last weekend. I'm curious now as to whether the helicopter we saw constantly going back and fourth from the mountain was related to this.

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Some pictures from a hike +Erin Slee and I did around and up to the toe of Mt. St. Helens. The pictures turned out much better than what I expected my phone's camera would do, though they hardly do justice to how spectacular the hike was.
05/07/2014 - Mt. St. Helens
10 Photos - View album

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I have to admit that I'm not 100% good about all of these things. I'm not a scientist, so much as a science enthusiast. Though, many of these things really bug me. Especially terms on food products like organic, natural, or 'chemical-free'. I understand what you're trying to say, but my interpretation is that everything you think you know is wrong.
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