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Best campaign slogan of all time.
Donald Trump is turning up the heat on his attacks against Hillary Clinton about her husband's past infidelities after a rocky week for his campaign.
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You're mistakenly assuming that +William Wells is a Republican, +David Brin. He may be reading from their playbook, but according to his profile he's a Bernie "supporter" (the word being in quotes since his backing of Bernie doesn't actually go so far as to support his endorsement for president). He evidently wants to maintain his ideological purity even if it means having Trump as president, because, you know, "the lesser of two evils is still evil" and all that.
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I often hold up California as the dynamic leader in US governance… e.g having the best election laws in the country, that have reduced radical partisanship, encouraging pragmatism and negotiation and yes, with the minority of moderate republicans. It helps that Gov. Jerry Brown – while liberal and dynamic and busy, is also skeptical of meddlesome over-reach for its own sake. He vetoes pretty often.

All told, California is an utter refutation of the Foxite song that “divided government that does nothing is best.” Idiots. And yet… here’s a bill Jerry shoulda trashed.

California's new 'Sale of Autographed Memorabilia' law requires a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for any signed item worth more than $5. Failure to issue the COA could make the seller liable for ten times the value in damages. This will be hard on booksellers.... though I imagine it was targeted at Sports Memorabilia and Movie schlock and books may get a pass.

http://eurekabooksellers.com/your-signed-books-and-artwork-just-got-harder-to-sell-in-california/

What this kind of bill demonstrates is that the Democratic-Republican divide is not left-vs-right… dems often DE-regulate much more than GOPpers do. No, it is manic-vs-depressive. The Democratic run CA legislature rushes about in a frenzy, adapting the state's laws to 21st Century conditions (it’s their job!), then modifying the modifications under comment/complaint from citizens and companies… then getting more feedback in public hearings and modifying again… Busy, busy, busy. And sometimes drawing vetoes from the liberal-but-pragmatic chief executive. But for the most part, it's good or neutral stuff.)

Sure, manic is vexing, sometimes, like this silly autograph bill. But we move forward. Unlike the depressive side, as the Republicans have made 20 of the last 22 years of the US Congress utterly useless, unable to pass even a basic budget. Unable to hold hearings about pressing matters or even issue subpoenas… except In pathetically partisan-nonsensical witch hunts. The nastiest but above-all LAZIEST Congresses in US history.

Except for trillions of gushing tax gifts to the rich, and awful wars, can you name any accomplishments?

And now we have the main campaign slogan being pushed by John McCain and the Koch Network of PACs is “Never mind Trump! Vote Republican down-ticket for Congress and state legislature, so a GOP Congress can hold Hillary’s feet to the fire and block anything she tries!”

It’s the “Hastert Rule” concocted by Dennis “friend to boys” Hastert, that turned the world’s greatest deliberative body – and its oldest political party – into wretched opium dens of glowering, indolent-slothful cronyism and turpitude. And treason, for the ham they have done to a nation where science and innovation and moving ahead have been key to our leadership of the world.

Remember, Trump is not the disease, but a symptom. Burn out Rupert Murdoch's mob of nasty confederates. It is the only chance to restore and revive a conservatism of adults.
On September 9, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1570 Collectibles: Sale of Autographed Memorabilia into law. The law requires dealers in any autographed material to provide certificates of authenticity (COA) for signed item sold for $5 or more.
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+Eric Nolan, old working solutions are just fine. Old broken solutions, not so much. A piece of paper certificate is trivial to forge these days, which makes the requirement utterly moronic.

We can try to find and develop new solutions to broken processes, or we can sit in la-la land and pretend that just because it was good enough in the past it should be fine for today.

It's not "nu-philia", it's a simple desire to make the world a better place by seeing what is no longer working and inventing something better. Another word for it is "progress". 
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Today's midweek post is Part II of my fact-check and finger wag about Monday's Presidential Debate. And I do not spare H Clinton from several chidings! Some of these perspective, many of your have heard, but there are a few....

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/09/fact-checking-debate-part-ii.html
Following up on my earlier post -- Fact-checking the first presidential debate.... Donald Trump railed about “jobs” leaving states like Michigan and Ohio. But unemployment in Michigan and Ohio is down to 4.5%, excellen...
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People don't seem too believe truth on either side. Especially the right.
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The Greatest Generation. Endured Depression, fought Hitler, contained communism, desegregated and began a long, slow fight against the prejudices their parents had taught them. Deeply flawed! We Boomers had some legit complaints... and some overblown ones. But back then Republicans included at least some who loved science and progress and logic and facts and civility and negotiation... all of which have been eviscerated by Fox & pals.

Read about former GOP Virginia senator, WWII vet and Armed Services chairman John Warner calling Hillary Clinton eminently qualified and calling on all Republicans to wake up from the confederate fever that has them floundering in know-nothing mania.

By the way, the 1950s & 60s that Fox idolizes as great days of capitalism? That happened under New Deal tax rates. And the favorite living person of the Greatest Generation? It was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Live with it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-greatest-generations-rebuke-of-trump/2016/09/28/76bd3d68-85a9-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html?utm_term=.743757bf48ca
John Warner’s endorsement of the Democratic ticket was a reminder of everything the GOP nominee is not.
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The way Clinton caused Trump to fall about and did so with minimum effort so that Trump was still brain fogged the next day shows what others would do to him.
Frightening prospect and lucky we've seen it.
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So much to comment on.... So many things she could have done so much better. For example... One fascinating thing from this debate... D Trump essentially backed my claim that the Mexican middle class is rising spectacularly and largely due to NAFTA. And to be clear, the Mexican middle class is rising vastly, vastly more than the American middle class has suffered, and most of the US suffering was not due to NAFTA but allowing our oligarchs to seize passive wealth, hand over fist.

It is the stunning US accomplishment no one will talk about, but which should have been - and is - among our highest national priorities, because a middle class, prosperous Mexico -- another Canada -- is more in our interest than almost anything else. A fantastic accomplishment of the American Pax... and never mentioned by anyone.

http://www.investopedia.com/articles/markets-economy/062416/economics-mexicos-middle-class.asp

Um, some logic here? Isn't it better and easier to defend Mexico's narrow border with Guatemala than the huge US-Mexico one? (BTW that is happening right now, as the US assists Mexico beefing up its southern "wall." And Mexico is eager, since their rising middle class is now complaining about illegal immigrants from the south, stealing jobs.)

Those in the US who screech "those should be OUR jobs!" are just dumb. These are mostly jobs that would have otherwise gone to China. And where one was lost in the US, it was with a multiplier of dozens in Mexico.

Seriously, you think a rising Mexican middle class is a ZERO SUM situation? Idiots. They are already buying more US products, by far than when they were poor. And that will only skyrocket. Moreover it helps to explain why net immigration from Mexico - especially illegal - has plummeted across the last 8 years and gone into reverse!

And not mentioning THAT... and similar stats... showed that Hillary badly needs to get different debate coaches.
Lean about Mexico’s expanding middle class society and the causes for its change from electronics to the manufacturing industry.
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+David Brin: All right. That explains why the Chinese currency is very undervalued.
But if devalue the currency is good reason .... Why the United States and Britain not devalue their currencies? ¿Perhaps there are different alternatives to currency devaluation?

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China’s new FAST radio telescope is bigger than the US’s Arecibo and now online.

http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-china-telescope-20160706-snap-story.html
What’s the size of 30 football fields, hunts for aliens and lurks in the forests of southwest China?
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I guess if software radio telescope that is of poor quality, will not do much the size of the telescope.
But the machine looks great. It seems built for some supervillain.
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Really. Seriously. Trump intends to attack the Clintons for Bill’s affairs, when his own circle consists of Giuliani and Gingrich - each like Trump on their third marriages with long records bragging about relentless philandering — plus wife-beater/divorcé Steve Bannon, admitted relentless sexual predator Roger Ailes, marital rape supporter Michael Cohen, and “Bridgegate” Chris Christie. Really. You think Hillary won’t be ready with surgical counter-slices about how she deemed Bill worth saving and their marriage has survived and flourished since? And how the Obamas’ marriage has gleamed, delighting the country? And yet, that maybe having a woman in the White House will have some added benefits?

Or that Bill Clinton left office more popular than any other president, despite trumped-up scandals, leaving the nation in its best condition ever, by any standard? And that Democrats were proud to have Bill at their convention, but we have to ask — where at the Republican convention was any mention of either Bush? Or Cheney, Rumsfeld, Hastert (another sexual predator)t, DeLay or any other GOP leader between Reagan and Ryan?

You would stir that pot? You are that suicidal, guys? Really? Bring it.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/30/politics/donald-trump-male-advisers/
Days after patting himself on the back for not invoking them on a debate stage, Donald Trump and his campaign are attempting to use Bill Clinton's sex scandals to cast a shadow on Hillary Clinton.
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But according to Trump 'cheating' whether in business or sexual affairs the measure of genius and manliness is being able to get away with it!
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On Monday October 3 I'll be signing books and speaking briefly in Eugene Oregon in the Barnes & Noble at 1163 Valley River Dr. On the 4th &5th I'll be delivering several public talks at Oregon State U. in Corvallis... the center of human civilization... as depicted in The Postman.

http://impact.oregonstate.edu/2016/09/sci-fi-author-scientist-david-brin-visits-osu/
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+David Brin what do you think of Elon Musk?
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The worst man in America – the stunning traitor George F. Will – is at it again, shrugging off any possibility that the Trump phenomenon might be a symptom of the sickness that he (George Will) deliberately helped to inject into American conservatism for decades. No, he rails that Trump is the entirety of the disease, separate from a movement that was already sick and dying. Will cherrypicks a couple of remarks about Social Security, and thereupon tries the insane catechism that Trump is a “liberal” who has reversed all conservative values, when DT’s fervid followers and chanted slogans map exactly onto the Fox Nation that Rupert Murdoch and a corrupt, rentier oligarchy deliberately designed, along with rationalizer Svengali-shills like Mr. Will.

They also map pretty well upon the Confederacy, a latent fever in our American psyche that wracks the republic with regularity, whenever dogmatists, oligarchs and cynical manipulators re-light the fuse of our recurring Civil War.

Never mind that Mr. Will and I share a wish for Trump to be defeated. We even agree that the heat of that immolation is the only hope for a renewed American conservatism. “Pessimism need not breed fatalism or passivity. It can define an agenda of regeneration, but only by being clear-eyed about the extent of degeneration, which a charlatan’s successful selling of his fabulousness exemplifies. Conservatism’s recovery from his piratical capture of the conservative party will require facing unflattering facts about a country that currently is indifferent to its founding.”

Oh no you don’t, you horrid, horrid little traitor! The “country” is not to blame here. It is your version of conservatism, one that wages war on science, teaching, medicine, journalism, economics, civil servants, entrepreneurs and every knowledge profession in American life. One whose abandonment of all pretense of civility long predates the Trump calamity. One that is so ashamed of every single GOP leader between Reagan and Ryan that it mentioned none of them at the recent RNC. Well, they mentioned one. The rest were blatant failures, screechers… with a large dollop of sexual predators mixed in… and you dare hurl stones, sir?

A GOP whose average education levels have plummeted – after driving away all the smartypants who actually know stuff – until I have to ask who do you think is reading these flouncing-polysyllabic screeds of yours anymore, George?

You did this. Sure, American conservatism will come back, emerging different from the coming pyre. (May it burn out the monsters whom the GOP call representatives and senators, in the laziest snake pit Congress we have seen in at least 150 years.) Perhaps the new version will even be a movement that negotiates like adults, that benefits small businesses instead of ruining them, and that remembers the American revolution was against oligarchy, not a putsch aimed at installing feudalism. A revived conservatism of intellect and maturity that’s more like Barry Goldwater and Dwight Eisenhower or even Ronald Reagan than Rupert Murdoch, Breitbart and alt-right.

Ideally one that snorts derisive dismissal at the mewlings of the worst man in America.
If he wins, the GOP as we’ve known it will die.
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Yes, America looks good, if you are a foreigner.  The government is giving away everything we earned to muslims and fags.  The only way to have peace is having a president like Trump.  Let that sink in.
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An amazing survey of cause-of-death of members of a wide variety of mammal species finds that a likely baseline murder rate among humans would be around 2 percent. The authors used the fact that closely related species usually show similar rates of interpersonal violence to predict a 2 percent rate of lethal violence among humans. That means that 2 out of every 100 human deaths would be a murder taking into account only our place on the evolutionary tree, and nothing about political pressures, technology or social norms.
In comparison, among mammals in general just 0.3 percent of deaths are murders. For the common ancestor of primates, the rate is 2.3 percent.
With 2 percent as a human baseline, we come across as both uncommonly peaceful for primates and uncommonly violent for mammals.

"Rates of homicide in modern societies that have police forces, legal systems, prisons and strong cultural attitudes that reject violence are, at less than 1 in 10,000 deaths (or 0.01%), about 200 times lower than the authors' predictions for our state of nature."

The champion killers of their own kind? Meerkats. Hakuna Matata, man.
What is the most murderous mammal? A new study says it's the meerkat. But the study argues that over all of human history, humans are still more lethally violent than the average mammal.
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+Travis Bird lol me two
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All right, I give. Today's posting is about the debate. Which clearly did America and the world some good... though nowhere near as much as it should have. Even while striking tactical victories, Hillary Clinton and the democrats keep falling in for the strategic blunder of fighting republicans sumo-style, a slow grind that leave in place the thing Rupert Murdoch wants most. Not power, but civil war.

As I point out in case after case, Clinton and her advisers keep missing the advantages of a different fighting approach.

Judo.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/09/debate-followup-why-fact-checking-wont.html
Okay okay. I give up. I’ll comment on the presidential debate... First off, it appears that the press and punditry are overwhelmingly declaring Hillary the winner. And certainly she was, in most ways, first by displa...
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+Luis Ortiz Flores Sadly, what you say has lots of truth about it.
The GOP really doesn't care for sassy women.
And Trump doesn't care for women fullstops except as trophies.
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Here’s your obvious Halloween costume! A blue Civil War kepi hat would make a statement clearly, without having to say much at all. That you are on the side of the United States of America - a scientific, advanced, inventive, dynamic nation that believes in education and that’s always trying to move forward to correct even its own injustices - against a confederate fever that keeps frothing hate across our table, about once per generation. Order now! And wear it across Halloween and till the election. Available this year cheap!

https://www.amazon.com/Civil-Union-Hat-Lined-North/dp/B003EMF9CU

Think it can’t be cool? See the kepi worn by Spike Lee. It don’t get cooler.
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/spike-lee-oscars-diversity-chi-raq-gun-violence-berlin-1201707017/
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/03/trumpopulists-what-will-be-priorities.html

Warning. Early purchasers will get the current, cheap prices. When the tsunami of orders hits, expect it to go up!
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Better to go to the pop-up Halloween stores and get a cheapo one from there. It'll look it, but it won't be wool and will last for a couple months.

This is why I always went as a peasant to Ren Faire. No wool or velvet for me, just linen or cotton slops.

Can't imagine how bad the past must have smelled.
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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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