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David Brin
Works at Futurist, Scientist, Author: The Postman, Startide Rising, Earth, Existence
Attended California Institute of Technology
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Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist. Advocate for a Transparent Society.
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Scientist, Author, Futurist, Public speaker: David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including NY Times Best-sellers that have won Hugo and Nebula awards. His latest, Existence, looks at the threats facing us forty years in the future. His 1989 thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyber-warfare, the Web, and global warming. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from the post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. The Uplift novels, including Startide Rising, and The Uplift War consider a future where humans raise animals to sentient levels. Foundation's Triumph brought a grand finale to Isaac Asimov's famed Foundation Universe. 

Brin is also a scientist and futurist who appears frequently on television ("Life After People," "The Universe," "the Architechs") discussing topics as diverse as surveillance technology, astronomy, SETI, nanotechnology and national defense. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the 2000 Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association

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Hugo, Nebula award winner
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  • California Institute of Technology
    Physics, 1969 - 1973
  • University of California, San Diego
    Space Physics, 1975 - 1981
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Seriously. Here's a call to the group mind. Please name the major Trump appointments who aren't from the Olde Confederacy. I count four, so far.
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My weekend posting deals with those fellows you know, who express "grudging admiraion" for the Nazi or Confederate armed forces. "Sure they were evil (or supported slavery). But boy were they competent! Um... not. And we have to learn that the fight to save civilization from rot will require us to confront such insipid rationalizations, wherever they appear.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/those-who-admire-nazi-competence-bet.html
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+John Logan No, they need to cripple the RAF, so that their air force could deal with the Royal Navy, which would have sunk the invasion fleet, which would have been what ever floated that could cross our be towed across. No specialty landing craft, no Mulberry artificial harbor, no oil pipeline. Yes, if they could have landed in force, there was nothing to stop them, once they were ashore. 
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Virtually every major federal department in Donald Trump's government will be led by someone from a former Confederate state -- South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia and so on.

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/01/the_southern_hegemony_of_trumps_government_farmer.html#incart_2box_opinion

Tell me: do you know anyone else who forecast this years ago, as I did? Just curious.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/phases-of-american-civil-war.html
Just what the country needed, Dixie Redux.
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You must have never been to the south, I personally invite you. Try New Orleans its nice you have not lived until you walk down bourbon street. Tell them Jay sent you and make sure you get a fish bowl.
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For those of you needing solace: watch Bryan Cranston's spectacular portrayal of LBJ in "All The Way." If he doesn't get an Oscar, there's no justice. For decades I have fumed that no one would tell the story of Lyndon Johnson and all he did for our nation, refuting pathetically vile depictions by the likes of Oliver Stone. LBJ's loyalty to JFK's dreams was carried out with dispatch, passion -- and yes the ruthless political cunning this film so accurately showed.

If you are shuddering over today's transition, imagine the majority of parallel worlds WITHOUT the combination of JFK's assassination and LBJ's relentless push, where the 64 Civil Rights Bill and the 65 Voting Rights Act did not happen. The flames that would have consumed us, as our souls would likely have deserved.

Sure,there are red states where those rights are undermined by foul tricks, like gerrymandering. Indeed, we could certainly have done even better. But the playing field shifted, because of Johnson, to a better and more fair nation. And but for Vietnam, he would have crushed Nixon in 68 and we'd all have been the better for it.

Oh, is there an Academy Award for casting? Seriously, I have never seen an array of actors who so looked like their historical counterparts! I recognized Humphrey, Dirksen, MacNamara, Hoover and so on, at first sight, and the ML King role was perfection!

http://www.hbo.com/movies/all-the-way
Learn more about the HBO Film All The Way on HBO.com.
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Will be checking it out, thanks.
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Jiminy Christmas, the (then) President of the United States just touted The Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin and conversed tangentially about the Hugo Award. Yes, he has long been – tangentially – a sci fi reader. Great stuff! But. Um hey, sir? Did you notice my name, in small letters, on the cover of TTBP? ;-)

Well, well. There’s more: “I don’t worry about the survival of the novel. We’re a storytelling species. I think that what one of the jobs of political leaders going forward is, is to tell a better story about what binds us together as a people. And America is unique in having to stitch together all these disparate elements – we’re not one race, we’re not one tribe, folks didn’t all arrive here at the same time. What holds us together is an idea, and it’s a story about who we are and what’s important to us. And I want to make sure that we continue that.”

What a terrific interview about books and reading with a truly amazing and under-appreciated man. 
'Writing was the way I sorted through a lot of crosscurrents in my life – race, class, family'
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+Paul Johnson​​ If by "act in exactly the opposite manner" you mean vote for someone like Donald Trump -- no, they don't.

Not in the Seattle and Portland metro areas, which dominate the region, population-wise. 
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Yesterday, next to the ruins of ancient Niniveh, the tomb of Jonah was liberated from Isis. Jonah is important for the book's lesson that fate is not 'written" or locked-in. No doom is sealed in advance. God can change his mind. Even if you believe the noxiously sadistic Book of Revelation (whose character is the opposite of Jesus, in every conceivable way) to have been a sincere prophecy, at the time that John of Patmos dreamed it -- all that means is that... God... changed...His .. mind.

Those Revelation-zealots who rub their hands in gleeful anticipation of nearly all their neighbors - fellow American citizens - suffering the fates meted in that loathsome book... those people are not neighbors or citizens. Sadistically eager for us to suffer eternal damnation, they relish a looming end to all the things that make us human -- ambition, uncertainty, courage, striving , improvement, art, argument, endeavor... yes, and democracy. And the United States of America.

Lets pray - with confidence - that a loving God not only changed His mind about the awful BoR (if He/She/ ever even made that awful threat), but will safeguard us from such people getting their ignoramus hands on the tools that science gave us.

To sample the BoR and up your education about what those people actually believe and want, see Patrick Farley's fantastic depiction, as a Pokemon Manga.
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+Ese Estep  I wish you well as well, and you seem a nice person. Which means that - in time - you will choose between the Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount and the slathering-vicious-sadistic story told in the devil's Book of Revelation. Just because it was slipped into the NTestament by ONE vote of a corrupt council long ago does not make that awful hate-festival "holy."

Blessings on us all.
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The decline in ISIS during 2016. Even steeper demographically, as the movement lost half its population. And all areas in Iraq should be gone within a couple of months.

Contrast the different WAYS that Republicans and democrats wage war. It is a distinction both left and right ignore. But it bodes badly for us, now.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-democrats-and-republicans-wage-war.html
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+Shawn H Corey Not voting at all is the ultimate way to waste that vote.
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Our metaphors fill society. This one was posted with zero commentary needed.
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+Dale Pontius SNL did it, when Al Gore hosted in 2006. youtube.com - Al Gore Our 43rd President
It cuts off at the end, where he starts to say "Live from New York it's Saturday Night!"
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"I have never seen my country on an inauguration day so divided, so anxious, so fearful, so uncertain of its course. ... I have never seen an incoming president so preoccupied with responding to the understandable vagaries of dissent and seemingly unwilling to contend with the full weight and responsibilities of the most powerful job in the world."

This from Dan Rather, who bore witness to everything from the JFK assassination to the terrifying ructions of 1968, to Civil Rights and Vietnam torments, to Watergate, to the near misses with incineration in the Cold War, to 9/11 and the surrounding miasma of lies. Indeed, even in 1968, there was still a “middle” in America wherein moderate democrats and moderate republicans tried to negotiate. Richard Nixon crossed party lines to establish the Environmental Protection Agency. Democratic Congresses modified, but then passed, budgets sent to them by Republican presidents.

Today’s great, national divide is entirely one of perception. The country that our new president described in today’s speech… one that is undergoing collapse and “carnage”… simply does not exist. Not on any substantial or statistically significant way, compared to past decades. Problems? We got. But every metric of US national health has improved. Nor should we be lectured by a man and a party who did nothing to alleviate the pain of the unemployed or poor.

No, our divide is very real, but it is psychological. There is one third of the American spirit that has swallowed memic poison. It’s not “left” or “right” but a paranoia that will not respond to facts. That rejects facts. That is enraged by facts and all of the professions that use them.
"I have never seen an incoming president so preoccupied with responding to the understandable vagaries of dissent and seemingly unwilling to contend with the full weight and responsibilities of the most powerful job in the world."
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+Brink Smit Amazing how pathetic nothings claim the US was 'destroyed' while offering no evidence for their position.

Your racism is showing, little nothing. You're nothing and you'll never be anything, so obviously you hate the accomplished.
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Of course there were messages, between the lines. The Union shall rise. And yet, who could complain about this beautiful and moving and patriotic message? (You might recall the letter from KenBurns's Civil War series.)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/read-the-letter-chuck-schmer-read-at-trump-s-inauguration
On Friday morning, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) read from a Civil War soldier's last letter to his wife. Read the full letter below courtesy of PBS:
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+Luis Ortiz Flores Maybe it was one of these? After all, it is a "bible", and much more in line with his way of life... https://www.amazon.com/Satanic-Bible-Anton-Szandor-LaVey/dp/B000GLO7I4
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Today I lay into a fellow who deserves it, more than anyone I know. Not for the amount of evil that he does, but for how clear-eyed and deliberate has been his choice of treason.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-worst-american-shares-his-pain-with.html
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+David Brin In the second sentence, did you mean to write "Murdochian"? I think that makes the most sense in context.
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Via Locus Online, eminent critic Paul Di Filippo offers an insightful, thorough and positive appraisal of CHASING SHADOWS, which I edited along with Stephen W. Potts -- with so many excellent stories and essays by authors including Ramez Naam, Brenda Cooper, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, John Perry Barlow, Cat Rambo, Robert J. Sawyer, Gregory Benford, Neal Stephenson, Aliette de Bodard, Karl Schroeder, Jack Skillingstead, Scott Sigler, Robert Silverberg, Damon Knight, Jack McDevitt, James Morrow, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Nancy Fulda and many others. If you were wavering, this might put the book on your Get List! See the page for the book: http://www.davidbrin.com/chasingshadows.html
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