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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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No one is mentioning the sub-text. To Trump "the leader is the state." Hence, any shade we might cast on the crown prince ruins all relations with Saudi Arabia. Of course, to an extent this is true - over there - though a firm US refusal to deal with MBS would probably lead to his replacement, ending the crisis. But to our President Two Scoops, that's anathema. Despite American tradition that leaders are NOT the same as the state... and his earlier unproved slander against our "kenyan" president... now, his every preen and tirade proclaims "l'etat c'est moi" and any diss of him is a direct attack on America.

We have seen this across all of that horrid-wretched tale called "history," and escaping that ego-drenched foolishness was one of the great contributions of our Experiment at overcoming flaws in human nature.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/20/world/middleeast/trump-saudi-khashoggi.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
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December 1979, NPR ran an evening show called "unpacking the eighties" which had some of the most clever riffs I ever heard, including a song about the terrible flu we'd all get, around 1985... and in this age when nothing is supposedly ever lost or un-findable, I can't find a trace of this masterpiece, anywhere, with any combo of search words. I think the artist was named "Jesse" something, but can't be sure. Here's a riff I remember by heart:

Back in the Pleistocene,
when we were still marine,
a virus launch a quest to be the perfect guest
and re-arranged our genes.

It's a virus
It inspired us
to rise above the mud.
It's a virus
It's desirous
of your very flesh and blood.

Now I know your body's burnin'
but don't give up the ghost.
Tiny viruses are turning you into the perfect... host.
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DT, after meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore this past June: "Our conversation was ...very productive. We produced something...beautiful." But after five months of canceled meetings and dissatisfaction, there is no sign of progress toward "denuclearization" of the North. Nada. Um, accomplishments, anyone?

Oh... but "We fell in love" says ol' Two Scoops. Word has it he even let Kim have a second scoop of icecream... and got us what?

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/19/668625273/north-korea-denuclearization-plan-has-gone-nowhere-since-trump-kim-summit
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San Diego visionaries. You're already on the Arthur C. Clarke Center mailing list. Here's a news article about the next project -- a contest to come up with original or plausible or actionable scenarios for the next 25 years.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/science/sd-me-ucsd-world-building-contest-20181118-story.html
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A pair of stars about 8000 light years from Earth are both Wolf-Rayets... precursors to supernovae... but also with so much angular momentum that the system is the first known candidate in the Milky Way to produce a dangerous gamma-ray burst, among the most energetic events in the universe, when it explodes and dies. See an amazing image of the spiralling dust cloud.

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-doomed-star-milky-threatens-rare.html#jCp
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Guy at the gym howled that democrats are "communists." Let's see. Major funding and control of the NRA and GOP come from Russian oligarchs. Oh but they're not commies? Um, all of them were RAISED reciting Marxists incantations, every day, often hourly. And you're saying none of that stuck? Your pal Putin called the fall of the Soviet Union "history's greatest tragedy." But now you confederates call these guys best-pals (did you see Trump's grin, on seeing Putin last week?) Because they shifted from hammer-sickle pins to orthodox crosses, and replaced commissars with mafia dons, that made them your best pals??

How about a simpler theory? That KGB-trained communist conspirators who hate the West... still do? And this round, the Confederacy finally has all the foreign meddler allies it failed to get in the 1860s. They've taken Washington. But only at the top. And they are in for some surprises.

http://time.com/5451539/putin-trump-thumbs-up-paris-wwi-commemoration/
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I've said the open war against all fact-using professions is treason. It now includes attacking as "deep-state" the professionals who defended us against Hitler and Stalin and Stalin's Kremlin heirs. And now those who took down other enemies like Saddam and Osama bin Laden. Putin and his pals -- raised as communists and now mafiosi -- are delighted. But I reckon they are in for a surprise or two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgyWQDYWlo0
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Just in the nick of time, when Two Scoops seemed about to have a total breakdown, he has an excuse to get his drug fix, that keeps life worth living — another set of rallies — by racing to the run-off election in Mississippi. Fine. I’d rather put off his inevitable meltdown for a bit. Still, on my list of bills I’d like the Democratic House to pass — daring the Senate to refuse — would be one tightening the rules and reimbursement requirements for political and personal use of Air Force One and the stunningly wasteful expenses catering to and protecting this royal family.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/17/trump-hyde-smith-mississippi-senate-1000496

BTW this Senate race should have been a GOP easy gimme. We’ve won even in races where their cheating gave them a pyrrhic “victory.” Because the lesson is “you were afraid of being ‘primaries’ by right wing radicals before? Now fear the General Election!” In theory, this should make them choose to be more moderate. In practice, it will simply drive them nuts. I can live with that, for now.

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One of many truly world-saving, game-changing technologies that might also reduce our karmic burden and finally convince aliens we're worth talking to. I tasted a Beyond Burger in Hong Kong and it was great, satisfying both my higher-responsible soul and my slathering-cro-magnon meat-loving id. Give it a try.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/17/business/beyond-meat-ipo/index.html
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