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Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell
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I'm a pretty big wheel down at the cracker factory.
I'm a pretty big wheel down at the cracker factory.

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So, yeah. +John Scalzi​ and +Cory Doctorow​ hanging out at my favorite bookstore makes for an awfully good evening.
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Watch the entire original Cosmos series online free today, starting in two hours. (Also repeats later this week.)

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A doomed spacecraft gazes longingly at its birth world.

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For the first time, all of NASA's images and video are available through a single, searchable location. Go nuts!

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While of course I disagree with the judge as well, I find it interesting that this conclusion makes perfect sense from the point of view of intrinsic thinking. There are those -- I estimate that between 1/3 and 2/3 of Americans think this way[1] -- who believe that a person is intrinsically either good or bad. The rest of us, by contrast, believe that "good" and "bad" are determined by what you do, not by who you are.

Intrinsic thinkers seem to draw their starting belief of whether a person is good or bad from that person's position in life. A minister, or a Stanford swimmer, or a US Army member, must be good. A terrorist, say, is bad. Which is why it's OK for a US Army servicemember to torture a(n alleged) terrorist: that's an intrinsically good person hurting an intrinsically bad one, not a person doing a bad thing (torturing) and thus forfeiting their prior good status.

From that point of view, it can make perfect sense to conclude that a rapist is a good person. He's a minister, right? And therefore intrinsically good. Right?

Betcha dollars to doughnuts this judge is an intrinsic thinker.

[1] I would love to hear from members of other cultures whether this is a worldwide phenomenon or a peculiarity of my culture.

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Via approximately everyone, but most recently +Andres Soolo​.
Well done. This brilliantly illuminates the character assassination and victim blaming so common today.

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No doubt +John Scalzi​ will want to update his terrific novel based on this new information. The argument is, more redshirts die than other colors, but there are more redshirts than other colors. So, on a percentage basis, red's not the most dangerous color a Star Trek officer can wear.

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Enceladus isn't the only moon venting water any more: with very high probability, Europa has now joined the club. That's good news for the mission we're sending there soon; it makes it a more scientifically interesting place, and in particular a place that's more likely to harbor life.

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What looks like "United vs. its customers" is really "authoritarianism vs. social media." Let's win this one, or it'll just get worse.

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I <3 <3 <3 vintage-style travel posters for space travel. NASA's published a set inviting you to visit the newly discovered TRAPPIST-1 solar system, along with infographics offering more facts about your upcoming travel destination.

Via +Adafruit Industries​.
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