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Support the space settlement bill!
The Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2015, drafted by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), would mark the second time in the last three decades that Congress has directed NASA to support efforts for permanent human settlements beyond Earth orbit.
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US government cybersecurity wouldn't be so bad if they would patch the vulnerabilities they get from organized crime instead of leaving them open for surveillance by both good guys and bad guys.
US intelligence agencies have no objection to us encrypting messages – as long as they can still read them
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Politicians are certainly entirely superfluous.
 
Do we still need politicians? Or is it time to rule ourselves? http://ow.ly/M1EJN
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+James Salsman yep. With RHEL/CentOS 7 you get systemd, journalctl etc. quite a change. But that's independent of running it on VMWare which I thought was your original question ;-)
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And here's why I will most likely end up voting Democrat instead of the Green Party: I'm not willing to risk splitting the progressive vote and allowing a Republican to win in order to get just a couple percentage points more alignment with my positions. Clearly, avoiding a Republican victory is more important than moving from Democrat, which I mostly agree with, to Green. Is it settling? Yes, but I've learned the hard lesson that perfect is the enemy of good (enough).

Go take your own survey to see which party is most aligned with your views at http://www.isidewith.com/
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+Steven Williams I would rather work to give Hillary the tools she needs to win, so that we can chalk it up to a victory for labor and she can go back to joining Obama in keeping the Haitian minimum wage under $0.40/hour. You have to start somewhere.
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Sarah Dahlgren will resign as the New York Federal Reserve’s head of supervision on Oct. 1 but will stay on as a senior adviser to Fed President William Dudley through the end of the year.
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Is radiation a "show-stopper" for journeys to Mars? No, but it's something to think about: 
Could a trip to Mars addle your brains? Some scientists say it might, based on a study of radiation's effects. But a skeptic says the study is flawed.
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+Robert Reich calls for universal basic income, which is better than means-tested welfare because it doesn't cause a disincentive to work.
THE THREE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC MORALITY. I’m glad Bernie Sanders is describing America’s surging inequality as “a profound moral issue.” He's...
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Whether or not there's a disincentive to work depends upon the overall combination of welfare/basic income vs progressive taxation.

UBI is fundamentally equivalent to means-tested welfare plus a tax cut for those who "fail" the means-testing. As far as the incentives go, that is. There's also paperwork headaches and administrative complication to consider.

Also, whether or not a disincentive to work is a good or bad thing is a judgment call. I think we should be doing more to disincentivize work. Work should be done by machines, not humans.
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I need "mistakes authorities make when they assume inequality causes rather than inhibits growth", "how not to increase security by incentivizing organized crime", "accuracy review on the wikipedias", "space colonization", "global warming mitigation", "health", and I'm trying to think what else would cover most of my posts. Suggestions very welcome.
 
Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.

Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.

Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow.

Collections is available on Android and the web, and iOS is coming later. For Android users, make sure to update your Google+ app to get access to Collections.

For inspiration on interesting topics, check out our Featured Collections page here: g.co/collections

Create your collections today and share what you love.
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Is there any sense in which this is better or easier to manage than categorizing posts by hash tag?
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Hundreds of thousands posting more than once per day is a ghost town?
The debate on the activity level on Google+ has raged for years. How many users are really active on it? Is the place a ghost town? Why hasn't Google shut it
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+Steve S on the other hand, Ed was adamantly opposed to my suggestion that the lack of transportation fuel shortage may have had something to do with the recent relative dearth of oilers in naval aircraft carrier groups. Others have been, too, far out of proportion to what I would expect would be the natural skepticism to such a suggestion. While Germany fuels fleets of cars and trucks with their carbon neutral fuels, the most the US Navy will admit to is an eyedropper bottle full of model airplane fuel.

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"Question: Sanders self-identifies as a “democratic socialist.” Aren’t people going to think that’s a little extreme?

Answer: This week, the governor of Texas announced he was putting a special watch on U.S. military exercises this summer, due to public speculation that the soldiers might take over the state and confiscate everyone’s guns. Also, the Idaho Legislature recently killed a bill that would have provided federal aid in tracking down deadbeat dads, due to concern that it might involve the use of Shariah law. I do not want to hear you calling Bernie Sanders an extremist."
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It's not enough to write this article once and share it once. This message and messages like it need to be repeated constantly.

When it seems like you might be going overboard by repeating this message, be assured that you're not even close to repeating it enough.

The real extremists are planning out every minute of ad time they're going to consume. They're training armies of social media drones. What these two groups are going to do is repeat the same messages over and over and over until you don't think you can take it anymore. They'll be doing it because it works.

If the writer of this article ends up saying, "But I wrote that article way back in May 2015. How could people vote for the crazy ones?", it will be because she didn't write a similar or identical article every day or twice a day with the exact same message. Pound it in until those who are listening remember it like they remember their favorite song.
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What is the cost/benefit relative to compressed air? 

Reddit thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/34mcjn/us_electric_car_pioneer_tesla_unveils_home/
Elon Musk claims at launch that two billion large batteries could provide enough electricity to meet the world’s needs
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+James Salsman: Some are.  From <http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/who-knew-the-amish-love-that-fancy-solar-technology.html>:

Holmes County, Ohio, which is known for having the world's largest Amish population, is already a hot bed of solar power: an estimated 80% of Amish families have embraced the use of photovoltaic panels.

Solar power has become the de facto replacement for electricity in appliances that run the gamut from sewing machines to light batteries on their horse-drawn buggies. The Amish primarily decided to adopt solar technology for both safety concerns (gas lamps = fire hazard) and out of legal requirements (the law requires the presence of electric lights on horse-drawn buggies). It also allows them to continue living in isolation from the rest of American society by staying unplugged.Until now, the Amish had relied on a mix of diesel generators and windmills to power their conventional utilities and appliances. The advent of photovoltaic panels provided a cheaper and more efficient alternative. In an interesting twist, modernist, environmentally-conscious advocacy groups like Green Energy Ohio have even begun turning to the Amish solar model for innovative alternative energy solutions.

The trick is that Amish don't have global detailed rules.  Instead, they have vague founding principles, interpreted by local authorities.  It's theoretically quite possible that some Amish authorities will conclude that since solar panels deliver electricity, they must not be used, or can only be used in outhouses or something else like that.
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This is what happens when the developing world doesn't spend enough on aid to the developing world: plague-level STDs.
A Liberian woman appears to have contracted Ebola from unprotected sex with a man who survived the virus, health officials said today. The woman's infection was confirmed at a lab on Monrovia, the capital of
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