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"Breitbart writer Julia Hahn, a critic of the House speaker Paul Ryan, is expected to be an aide to strategist Stephen K. Bannon. William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, said, “She’ll be Bannon’s Bannon and make Bannon look moderate.” And when Kristol denounces you as crazy-rightwing, then you must be off-planet crazy-rightwing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-latest-hire-alarms-allies-of-ryan--and-bolsters-bannon/2017/01/23/2c4b94fa-e18e-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html?utm_term=.23625c1ffb7e
The hiring of combative Breitbart writer Julia Hahn rattles Capitol Hill
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+Host For the End Hahaha, NO.
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Carefully crafted to make the Pacific Rim an alliance for law and fair trade, with increased labor rights and better environmental protection, the TPP was denounced by Beijing as an attempt by the US to "surround us." Now the Chinese communist politburo can rejoice.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/01/23/president-trump-signs-order-to-withdraw-from-transpacific-partnership/?utm_term=.3bd6b6a0115e
In one of his first official actions, President Trump began recasting America’s role in the global economy Monday, canceling an agreement for a sweeping trade deal with Asia.
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+LRoy Shreding China isn't very communist anymore. The party is still called that, but that's just inertia. They're big on business, and there's a strong and growing middle class.

The problem is not their economic system, it's that it's not a democracy and they're big on censorship. But if you can look beyond those two big failings, China is doing pretty well. Better than Russia, which is a cesspit of corruption. China is investing in the future, not consolidating the power of the ruler and his buddies.
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A beautiful movie made by NASA using 100 images of Pluto taken by the New Horizons craft. And yes, you are a member of a glorious, scientific civilization.

New Horizons sent back around 100 images of Pluto & its moons that show how fascinating their surfaces are. Here is the movie by NASA.
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If we place pluton at lagrange 3, (in the Lagrange system, Earth - Moon) perhaps we could stabilize a little the liquid nucleus of our world, avoiding catastrophic volcanic eruptions. Perhaps it would be the only way to avoid a supermassive eruption in Yellowston Park.
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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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Nazis were the ultimate evil, until us (coal, oil) extinction people. Our billionaire loner leaders will someday make Stalin look the human model of extinction and even worse than Hitler. Fuzz.... Forever. Power at all costs?
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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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+Luis Ortiz Flores Not calling you a fool Luis just giving you the Bibles definition. No one that speaks two languages is ignorant. But their is much to learned on this issue.
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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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I received this request: List 15 Authors You Will Always Buy. (I took this to mean authors still living.) Here it is, in no particular order. I've mixed in some nonfiction authors along with fiction:

1. Vernor Vinge
2. Kevin Kelly
3. Kim Stanley Robinson
4. Michael Chabon
5. Nancy Kress
6. Cj Cherryh
7. Tim Powers
8. Robert J. Sawyer
9. China Mieville
10. Greg Egan
11. Gregory Benford
12. Greg Bear
13. Rebecca Solnit
14. Peter H. Diamandis
15. Liu Cixin

Fifteen is far too short! For a longer list, I would add Joe Haldeman, Larry Niven, Nalo Hopkinson, Jack McDevitt, Charles Stross, Stephen Baxter, Neal Stephenson, Ursula LeGuin, Connie Wilis, Paolo Bacigalupi, Robert Silverberg to name a few.

https://davidbrin.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/fifteen-authors-and-a-few-more/
I was recently asked on social media to name fifteen authors, from whom I would automatically purchase books, without question. Now, I took this to mean authors who are still living — which e…
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There are only 3 Authors I buy on sight. It would be 4 but PKD is unfortunately not with us.

Michael Connelly
Dan Simmons
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And we're just 2 days in. "On the first day of the Trump presidency, the press secretary went before the cameras and angrily derided the press for telling the truth, offering up more lies to “prove” his point. The next day the president’s counselor called those lies “alternative facts” and claimed that she would have to reevaluate the White House relationship to the journalist who asked her about it. Trump himself lied about the CIA’s role in leaking to the press.

"It is hard to know whether these people believe their own falsehoods are true, or are cynically trying to manipulate reality to cover up for their ineptitude or worse. As much of a cliché as it might be to say this, it is literally Orwellian. This quote from “1984” was widely shared on social media over the weekend. It comes from a passage when Winston Smith reflects to himself that “the obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended”:

The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/23/kellyanne-conway-and-donald-trumps-brave-new-world-believe-our-eyes-and-ears-or-alternative-facts/
A chilling first weekend of Trump's regime ends with suggestion that reality is whatever he and staff want it to be
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+Sarge Misfit they could be called правда and известия (carrying connotations of official vs. actual truth). 
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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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+David Brin hmmm
recent articles on rural 'eltists' ( snobs ) ..
Red state voters don't hate the actual elites — just ask the Trump family! It's the intellectual mind they loathe
http://www.salon.com/2016/11/20/real-americans-vs-coastal-elites-what-right-wing-sneers-at-city-dwellers-really-mean/

"When you grow up in rural America, denying rights to people is an abstract concept. Denying marriage rights to gay people isn’t that much different than denying boarding rights to Klingons. " - See more at: http://www.rollcall.com/news/opinion/im-a-coastal-elite-from-the-midwest-the-real-bubble-is-rural-america#sthash.I1xHTsSN.dpuf


http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/01/fuck-you-rural-elitists.html

And all I could think when I read it was "Fuck you, you  (rural ) elitist fucking assholes. Why is your judgmental ass more valid than mine?" ...
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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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+LRoy Shreding The most effective way to get your opinion know to your congressman is to phone them. Make a list of the points you want to cover before you phone and remain polite.

+Peter Kelley If you want to know what Trump will do to the US, look at Kansas. https://www.salon.com/2016/12/23/sam-brownback-urges-donald-trump-to-replicate-his-kansas-disaster-on-a-national-scale/

+Peter Kelley I have no respect for an office that is the leading terrorist organization in the world.
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Our metaphors fill society. This one was posted with zero commentary needed.
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+Dale Pontius:
Thank you Dale Pontius. And really, I think it's possible to build a time machine. And I think I know why there is not a time machine at the moment. Building a time machine is easier than creating a rocket to launch satellites. But all theories do not mention vital details. Details that can not be omitted when activating a time machine. And in a way, that is appropriate.
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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 Says the racist.

Sorry little Klanner, you showed your hand when you went with "Strange this is actually African con tricks."

I do hope that English isn't your native language, because if it is, you likely call the 3rd Grade your 'senior year'.

By the way, still waiting for any evidence you pretend to have that the US was 'destroyed' by the Obama administration.

Not that you've got any, you racist liar.
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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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