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Huh! New research suggests that most teens aren't vaping nicotine at all, but using "sweet and fruity flavors" like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum. Wow. So you're going for all of the "cool" of smoking with (little? none?) of the suicidal-addictive parts? I keep telling folks - the next generation is smarter than us! (Though empowered by technology.) Mind you, it's still irritating to be near one of these rude "vaping" twits.  But teens have a right to be rude twits - a bit, some - I guess I was! Meanwhile though, this is much smarter and less noxious.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/08/26/study-finds-most-teens-vaping-fruity-flavors-not-nicotine.html
Health officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine.
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I suggest skipping the diacetyl vape.
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But can American elections be rigged? ==

The recent discovery of e-meddlings in Illinois and Arizona voter databases has raised chills. “U.S. elections are hackable, though it is much harder than some appear to believe. There are three main areas of vulnerability, according to Andrew Appel, a Princeton University computer scientist. Hackers could tamper with voter records, removing names from official rolls. They could attack electronic voting machines. And they could disrupt the proper tallying of voting results as they are collected from various precincts.”

The Washington Post Editorial Board recently reiterated a point I’ve been making for years: “In each case, one key to ensuring integrity is creating a paper trail that can be matched to the electronic records. Electronic voter rolls can be checked against paper ones; electronic vote counts can be compared to paper ballots filled in during the voting process; statewide vote tallies can be checked by examining and adding the results reported publicly in each precinct.”

The editorial board is a bit too blithe for my taste, suggesting that most U.S. counties do have auditable paper trails and that our voting machines are hard to hack. I’ll believe that when a truly thorough and scientific study is done. There are states where the politicians will stop at nothing. If you’d gerrymander – and suppress voter participation without helping poor folks to get the ID they need – then you are the kind of person who would ease the way for corrupt machines to be used.

Still, they make a cogent point: “At the moment, the biggest threat to the integrity of U.S. elections appears to be that politicians, Mr. Trump in particular, will use anecdote and innuendo to stoke a crisis of confidence. Given that Mr. Trump has already indicated he will not accept the legitimacy of an election that ends in his defeat, even a well-functioning electoral system in which any attempted hacks and other frauds are caught and corrected could look to many like a sham.”

Which is why I have repeatedly said that Hillary Clinton needs to declare this as a crisis! She should demand that Donald Trump put up or shut up, on electoral fraud. Insist that he appoint 6 friends who are “sages beyond reproach” to join six she would appoint, plus six chose by retired US Supreme Court Justice and GOP appointee Sandra Day O’Conner, and have that commission investigate the charges right now! No delays. No excuses.

It would be an aggressive, assertive action and she’d look decisive, presidential. And it is utterly necessary, lest her presidency begin less valuable than a bucket of tepid spit.
Replace voting machines that lack checkable paper trails as soon as possible.
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Poor Homer.Maybe Hank Hill can help him out.
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There are too many awful-dumb things about this article to even begin commenting on… and I hope it is the reporter’s fault.  Because the underlying concept – having a space station that transit loops from Earth to Mars and back again – is actually a pretty good one.  Trajectory options are very very very limited but possible and alluring, allowing passengers to torch their rendezvous with this space liner in teensy capsules. Only there’s no going into “orbit” at either planet. That… defeats… the… whole… notion.

http://www.sciencealert.com/meet-solar-express-the-space-train-concept-that-can-get-to-mars-in-two-days
Charles Bombardier, a Montreal-based innovator, has unveiled a concept for a hypothetical space train called Solar Express that can shuttle passengers and payloads between planets faster than any existing systems.
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My friend and fellow futurist Glen Hiemstra - founder of futurist.com - is interviewed by Popular Mechanics on the pitfalls and rewards of trying to peer ahead into tomorrow’s Undiscovered Country.
​It turns out it's possible to earn a degree in Future Studies. We've got the Cliff's Notes.​
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The social aspect is most iffy. Social acceptance is not an absolute. Social acceptance can drive a technology as much as hinder it. And it can quickly change.

This is the importance of science fiction: to give a plausible view of future technologies, so the public isn't so afraid of them when they are impending.
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Weekend posting is about... science! Mostly big news in biology. From our last common ancestor to amazing news re: cloning to the weird tale of Homo economicus... come by for a compact but fascinating set of wonders spilling from YOUR scientific-renaissance civilization.
== Lottsa Luca == Luca, the Last Universal Common Ancestor, is estimated to have lived some four billion years ago, when Earth was a mere 560 million years old. For a long time the three great domains of life -- bacteria,...
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+David Brin "Nature has islands of selfishness in a ocean of altruism." <== that is stunning malarkey revealing utter ignorance and romaticisization of nature.

You sound like a chimpanzee. ;)
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Two catechisms of the American right? The bizarre notion of a “flat tax” on incomes and idolization of Russian President Putin – who happens to have instituted a flat 13% income tax a decade ago. And how’s that working out? (Note if Gary Johnson gets on the debates, you’ll hear him convey love of a flat tax… proof that 50% of the libertarian movement’s message is lunacy paid-for by the Koch brothers. The other half? Actually, kinda interesting stuff and vastly more so than the loony GOP.)

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/08/economics-of-election.html
== Ah the ‘flat tax’ == Two catechisms of the American right? The bizarre notion of a “flat tax” on incomes and idolization of Russian President Putin – who happens to have instituted a flat 13% income tax a decade ago...
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+Andrew Bowman - if you don't want to vote for a Libertarian candidate because they are too ideologically pure, you will be joining the most ideologically pure libertarians who refuse to vote Johnson/Weld because they're too pragmatic.
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Midweek post returns to politics: "What Five Words do We Deserve to Hear from the Lords of American Conservatism?" I lay out the ramifications, if Gary Johnson gets on the debates. And why the intelligence and military communities are in agony, feeling they must speak up, politically. And why a dozen "red" states are changing shade. But especially those five words.
I'll get to those five words -- the only five words that the masters and manipulators who have ruined American conservatism deserve to speak -- toward the end. But first ... The buzz, a week or so ago, was that some of tho...
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This is one thing I will give Donald Trump credit for: He will not sit still for the nonsense about "New York Values", nor should he.
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What gives with the crescendo of internet hacks and trolleries - of blatant Russian origin? This surge of activity - which has the cyber sleuths in our intelligence community scurrying - points to a fervid obsession with meddling in Western politics.
 
The sheer number of these attacks and meddlings is quite boggling. They range from stealing and clumsily altering documents of George Soros’s Open Society Foundation to spreading anti-NATO rumors in Sweden to timing leaks of swiped Hillary Clinton emails for maximum effect on American elections.
 
Sure, Fox News and right wing radio guys have been spreading a cult of adoration of Vladimir Putin for a decade, culminating in Donald Trump’s huge, bromantic crush on the (I’ll admit) very clever Russian President. But is it truly possible that the conversion of US conservatism into confederate-ism is so thorough that no one in Red America can smell a rat?  Nothing else makes the conversion more clear. Russia used to be red. Now the color doesn’t even apply in Trump Country.
 
It’s Gray.
Revelations that Russian hackers doctored documents about George Soros could provide a clue.
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I see you display an elementary understanding of social capital and disenfranchisement. I wonder if you indeed possess the tools to extrapolate the subject. I doubt it, as you used a distilled explanation as feudalism. While I could delve much deeper into the problems of bandwagon effects, conformity biases, availability cascades, et cetera I fear it is entirely pointless as indicated before due to said biases displayed on your very threads. Toodles +David Brin 
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Much buzz about the new planet found to orbit Proxima Centauri, the (small) star closest to Earth and a loosely affiliated member of the Alpha Centauri triple star system that’s featured in Liu Cixin’s “The Three Body Problem.” Though Proxima b’s year only lasts 11.2 days, it appears to be in Proxima’s CUZ or Continuously Habitable Zone because Proxima is small and dim. That nearness also probably has locked planet b with one face always sunward, as our moon always faces Earth. That, plus Proxima’s likely fluctuations as a flare star, means that any life would likely cluster along a “twilight zone” where slanting sunlight and shaded zones allow water to pool and organisms to duck away from sleet storms of ionizing radiation.
Life on "Proxima b" would be way different than on Earth because of the extreme conditions on the so-called "second Earth," say scientists who study how life might form on other worlds. "Proxima b
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Just go underground like all the ET'S do.
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Might anyone link to a handy list of Science Fiction bookstores and conventions and other resources in Great Britain?
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EDIT: removed duplicate copy of the link (The link was so nice I pasted it twice! 😉)

Link for the newsletter +Kari Freyr McKern​​ mentioned:
http://news.ansible.uk/

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In the aftermath of the financial crisis, a growing army of confidential informants — better known as whistle-blowers — has helped federal securities regulators identify and prosecute wrongdoers. Now the same thing is happening at the state level.
In return for helping states to enforce securities fraud laws and protect residents from financial harm, confidential informants earn a piece of the penalty.
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there is never corruption at the whistle factory.
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Just got home from four days of NASA (NIAC) meetings in Raleigh. After speeches in DC and the worldcon in KC. Phew!  But some terrific projects that would fascinate you!  The webcast was watched by 12,000 folks and you can hunt down recordings.  Meanwhile, also from NASA...

"This Saturday at 5:51 a.m. PDT, (8:51 a.m. EDT, 12:51 UTC) NASA's Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its prime mission. At the moment of closest approach, Juno will be about 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above Jupiter's swirling clouds and traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 kilometers per hour) with respect to the planet. There are 35 more close flybys of Jupiter scheduled during its prime mission (scheduled to end in February of 2018). The Aug. 27 flyby will be the first time Juno will have its entire suite of science instruments activated and looking at the giant planet as the spacecraft zooms past."

Zowee!

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasas-juno-to-soar-closest-to-jupiter-this-saturday
This Saturday, NASA's Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its prime mission.
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Anyone who volunteers to be a sheep is openly avowing that He is NOT a Father.  Fathers and shepherds are diametric opposites in all ways.  Except both of them fight off wolves.  Beyond that theya re opposites and "shepherd" believers insult the father-creator.
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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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