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This is amazing. I love this guy.
 
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Sometimes, the simplest invention can change millions of lives. That's the goal of The Shoe That Grows, a sandal invented by inventor Kenton Lee that can adjust its size, allowing children in impoverished nations to grow up without having to go barefoot. The shoes, which come in catch-all Small and Large sizes, can grow 5 sizes and last at least 5 years.
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This is actually fairly big news, folks. Especially since, if proven true, it challenges Hawking's expanding universe theory and substantially reduces the amount of theorized dark matter in the universe.
 
http://www.icyscience.com/News/Expanding-Universe-Not-So-Fast.html
A research team from the University of Arizona has put the idea forward that the universe may not be expanding as quickly as first thought. A team collected data using NASA’s swift satellite and the Hubble space telescope found that the Supernova that is used for measuring the universe expansion are not as standard as they thought.
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It's an interesting theory. Let's wait to see how it pans out.
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Well, we spent a little time lookin' for you
The Rebels and Jedi were never true
Playin' a fool's game, hopin' to win
And facin' the Empire and losin' again.

(Chorus)
You was lookin' for love in Alderaan places
Lookin' for love in the dead of space, yes
We're searchin' rubble, lookin' for traces
Of what the Rebels were dreamin' of
There's no dead left to recover
You'll rue the day we uncover,
The Rebels' heart... lookin' for love

(Inspired by +Joshua Ellis's inspired pun.)
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Is that a force field around Alderaan? Shame it was too weak!
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This is amazing. Still trying to grasp how this even works.
It looks like science fiction. But it's completely real.
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Mind blowing....
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Yeah... but it's not like a lot of political posts have anything to do with facts. This isn't true of all posts, of course. I try to fact-check mine. But, sometimes when I haven't, it's come back to bite me in the ass when someone else did. Which is only proper.

But I do tend to get fed up with the sheer volume of political posts in my social network feeds. Not because I don't like politics or it's not important. However, a lot of them are bullshit -- they're blatantly partisan, they spin the info they include and leave contradicting info out, they play to their bases instead of elevating the discussion. This applies to positions I agree with, as well as I don't. Many political posters don't rely on fact to support their positions, and instead emotion and ignorance. They do this and get away with it because too many people think in memes nowadays; critical thinking isn't in fashion.

So after the second or third bullshit article I see in a day... yeah, I admit to simply wanting to say "to heck with it all!" But then I center myself, and apply my filters, and then do something more important than get outraged. Maybe I can use that energy to fact-check something I want to post.
 
Those of us who have awoken understand the frustration of propagating #truth to many of our friends and family who are not willing to accept or even hear it.  What are YOU focused on? 
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And I can respect that. We have our own ways of handling political issues. I try to keep my engagement minimal, with varying success.
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Hmm. That's not what sticks out to me the most, here.

Yes, I think that man's bravery is noteworthy, and laudable. The most profound thing to me though is that, as much of a jerk that Loki might be, he's right to some extent. It's an insight into the nature of humankind. Dictators, tyrants, war criminals, these are not anomalies. There is something deep in the core of the human psyche to reward those that seize power with servitude.

Which is not what I want, of course, and there are people brave enough to stand up to the corrupt and powerful. But the kicker is that such people are rare, while most are willing to submit; this movie scene is pretty accurate in that regard.
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Once a priest giving a speech said something like, "How many of you really believe, really would give your all? If men with guns came in here and we're going to kill everyone, and all you had to do was renounce your beliefs, how many would have the courage to stay true?"

I rolled my eyes a little, trying to be polite, but an older woman sitting not far away muttered "Easy for you to say."

And it's true. Now that I have a family, I have no intent of dying for my ideals of I can help it, though I like to think I'd put myself on the line to help others rather than just to make a stand for its own sake.

My point being is that we absolutely need to courageous and the brave and the idealistic to remind us of our best qualities or prompt us to act as we imagine we should, but also that the same person who stands frozen with fear or indecision in one scenario can be the one who inspires another to act in a different one.

I agree that humans can be led astray and show moral cowardice en masse, but I think that Loki also vastly overstated things and the old man was the more correct of the two.
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Bigot, indeed? I just don't like anyone's mythology being forced on me, and then people crying "victim" when I stand up to it. Where I am, in the US, it's extremist Christians trying to force their religion on the rest of us, including followers of Jesus that want no part of that shit. Saying "no thanks" produces loud whining and accusations of persecution.

To stupid li'l ol' me, faith is something someone is called to, and not something for people to enforce through policy. I oppose the oppression of Middle Eastern Christians and other religious minorities, Israeli Palestinians, and Tamil's Hindus for the very same reason. The stakes are very different (a shop owner refusing to sell to gays isn't equivalent to religious and ethnic genocide, for example), but the principle is the same. People should feel free to believe how they will without being bullied by the local dominant faith, whatever that faith might be.

That doesn't fit the definition of "bigot" the last time I checked. But calling people bigots is soooo much cooler on the internet, I suppose.
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_Resharing this from a comment I left on +Sonny Mikeal's post. I think memes encourage lazy thinking and are frequently inaccurate (and almost always biased), so I don't share them much anymore. But I did a brief fact-check this and it seems legit._​

I'm pro-law enforcement, by and large, and don't buy into the caricature of them being oppressive Orwellian thugs. (Though I realize some cops themselves buy into that stereotype.)

However, I'm all about accountability, because I support responsible law enforcement. Anything that encourages this has my personal seal of approval. Cop bodycams, phone cameras, cameras that cover what goes on in police vehicles as well as in front of them, I'm all for it. Because as well as protecting civilians, these protect the police too. Cops are frequently attacked, have to fire on assailants to defend themselves or others, and so forth. Instead of the he-said-she-said situations we see all too often play out in the media, more surveillance will serve the interests of justice by exonerating good cops and implicating the bad ones.
 
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I agree. More video is good. 

Police body cameras reduce the rate of complaints by such a staggering degree in the departments that use them that the only sensible explanation is that in addition to reminding the officer to use the least amount of force practical they also reduce false accusations. 
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