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David Brin
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Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist. Advocate for a Transparent Society.
Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist. Advocate for a Transparent Society.

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Every time you see the phrase "Deep State" alarm bells should go off. This is the latest narrative of the oligarchy, that's being used with one purpose: to discredit the last fact-professions that are respected nationwide, across the red-blue divide.

Every other fact-profession has been systematically attacked by Fox & Pals for 20 years. Can you name for me one profession of high knowledge and skill that’s not under attack by Fox/Trump &cohorts? Teachers, medical doctors, journalists, civil servants, law professionals, economists, skilled labor, professors… oh, yes and science. Thirty years ago, 40% of US scientists called themselves Republican, now it is 4% and plummeting. They are voting with their feet, the smartest, wisest, most logical and by far the most competitive humans our species ever produced.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-mistrust-of-science?linkId=25842187

And now? The US military and intelligence officer corps! The final group of fact-centered professionals who stand in the way of the putsch for feudalism. And they are tough, as Trump is discovering! So they must be discredited.

Fortunately for the oligarchs, they have an ally -- leftist stupidity. The reflex to hate on military and intel types, because they have crewcuts and good posture and some "conservative" habits and rural hobbies. Just look at how the left has screamed over a tiny boost in military spending. A boost that only gives Trump cover to go into an Erdogan style purge of the Officer Corps

If liberals were smart, they'd be recruiting 3000 retired colonels to run in every red county and state assembly district. Men and women who might not be all aboard every single PC litmus test, but who believe in science and transparency and climate change and strong women and zero racism and not sucking up to Russia. Look at how just one retired colonel, in my own district, but the scare of a lifetime into that piece of work, Darrell Issa!

http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/doug-applegate-darrell-issa

There is your road map for winning... not just resistance but victory - in this phase 8 of the American Civil War.

But no. Now LIBERALS are buying into the "deep state" trojan horse. And their reflex, spurning allies who could help us rescue the nation, could be the death of us.

Yes, this is not your daddy's conservatism. We could be shoving this in the face of red americans and winning converts. Instead, too many are buying into "deep state" and helping pour hate upon the last fact-based professions with the power to help us.

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How do you endure the unendurable? A lovely reading of my short story The Logs…from the Novum podcast

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Not important, but if you want to vote in that Post_Apocalypse Novel ranking, "The Postman" is up again, in a bracket against "The Iron Heel," a classic of the anti-capitalist sub-genre. If the Postman wins this round, he'll be crushed by the grand-daddy of dystopias in a few days... and honored to be invited.

https://www.greghickeywrites.com/dystopia-march-madness

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SpaceX has applied to the FCC to launch 11,943 satellites into low-Earth orbit, providing “ubiquitous high-bandwidth (up to 1Gbps per user, once fully deployed) broadband services for consumers and businesses in the U.S. and globally,” according to FCC applications.

This is one of several ways -- like Google's Project Loon -- that the enlightenment is pushing to turn the Internet back into a freedom-generating disruptor that it became, after Al Gore's 1991 bill first unleashed it upon the world. Since then, terrified tyrranical regimes sought ways ... and eventually found them... to turn the Internet into an instrument of coercive conformity and state control. But the thing about judo is that the agile one win. And this will be agility.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/spacex-is-pushing-hard-to-bring-the-internet-to-space?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8ad8683288-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147a5a48c1-8ad8683288-281972889

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Before he got to the White House, Steve Bannon was first a Goldman-Sachs mogul, then a filmmaker. His polemical movies say a lot about what’s on his mind, and how he plans to use the power of the US presidency. You need to watch this video summarizing the forceful and very clear meaning of Bannon's worldview. He not only believes we are diving into an existential crisis, he has openly stated his intention to provoke it and make it happen.

https://qz.com/933459/to-understand-steve-bannon-you-need-to-watch-three-of-his-movies/

The scariest part? Bannon passionately believes in "cycles" of history. No historian credits that solidly disproved nonsense. It's a meme-worm that takes over weak-silly minds and sends them charging, braying, toward catastrophe.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-tytler-insult-is-democracy-hopeless.html


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My weekend posting is an important one you'll find simply amazing, citing some paragraphs that science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein wrote in 1953. Forecasts that seem to predict our current situation in chilling - even stunning - detail. I can offer you nothing more pertinent... nor greater proof that Heinlein was on our side.

Seriously, have a look. We retyped his words verbatim (though I do supply commentary.) There is nothing that will arm you better for the fight ahead.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/03/looking-back-at-heinleins-future.html

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Know of some public event or resort along the path of the August Solar Eclipse that might need an astrophysicist-speaker- Sci Fi author- and former solar astronomer (!) to liven up the festivities?

http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/maps.htm

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You know the definition of insanity? Falling for the same promise over and over again. This economist, an avowed libertarian writing on Bloomberg – a financial/investment zine – reams the Supply Side mythology from just the simple aspect of demand elasticity, offering just one (of dozens) of reasons why it never worked. At all. Ever. Even once.
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-15/republicans-keep-repeating-the-same-tax-mistake

There ought to be a door in the wall, right here... wham! Ow!

There ought to be a door in the wall, right here... wham! Ow!


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Midweek posting is about immigration. And as usual, I have plenty of things to say that you'll find unusual! And while I deem one side to be utterly bereft of heart or brains, you can be sure I aim some darts at their opponents! Who have made some blithering blunders. Come by if you want dogmas questioned!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/03/shifting-views-on-immigration.html

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Another great Novum Podcast! This time a close in critique of the satirical show "Rick & Morty."

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/novum/episodes/2017-03-16T14_01_39-07_00
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