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kenny Hitt (hittsjunk)
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I live with a cool cat named Donoven. I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy
I live with a cool cat named Donoven. I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy

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For the first time ever, neuroscientists have treated a total quadriplegic (a 21-year-old young man) with stem cells, and he has substantially recovered the functions of his upper body only two months into the process. The patient himself thinks there is reason to believe (or he is at least hopeful) that there will be further positive developments. What this means is that, using pluripotent stem cells, the scientists have been able to not only help this patient’s severed nerves repair themselves, but they have also demonstrated the potential to accomplish the same sort of regenerative healing in every organ in our bodies.

regarding this… have you read my story “Chrysalis”? (In Insistence of Vision.) It takes these notions and ponders half a dozen ways that humanity might rediscover the arts of regeneration… and then something else unexpected.

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President Obama's eulogy for the 5 martyred Dallas police officers is well worth a listen and a read. It makes clear just how sincere he is... or else how far a reach (into the Twilight Zone) his enemies must perform in order to demonize him. Disagree with policies? Sure. Demonize? Well then here's a dare.  Actually, actually, actually listen to this speech. Then choose an actual, actual three paragraph stretch (so you cannot cherrypick a sentence out of context) and tell us how evil it is.

Might you declare the entire thing insincere showmanship by a master manipulator? Sure. It's a free country.  Only know this: the chief media stoking that hilariously absurd image are (1) Fox (the Roger Ailes Network)... and (2) Pravda, which calls Barack Obama the cleverest, most machiavellian opponent Russia has faced in 70 years, who brought Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania into NATO and "stole the Ukraine" right out of the Russian sphere of influence.

Sorry guys. Either the man is sincere, or he's a manipulative sonovabitch.  And if he is the latter, then he is everything you claim to admire in Trump & Putin. 

I think he's sincere, as would anyone whose heart is not stone.  Actually actually listen to the speech.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/12/485713944/president-obama-speaks-at-dallas-memorial-service

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Midweek posting: I take on the despicable notion that empowered citizenship is to blame for today's "Political Insanity and Dysfunction." That's the assertion - trivially disproved - of Jonathan Rauch's widely-read and silly piece in the Atlantic. Come read about how it is the very states where citizens are vigorously involved and empowered where politics have been getting better.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/07/political-insanity-and-disfunction.html

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Fiction just doesn't seem to have the audaciousness of reality. The Cracked guys outdid themselves with this one. Makes you laugh AND cry.

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Alvin Toffler, the celebrated author of Future Shock, died on 27 June 2016 at age 87. In 1970, Toffler’s book was hailed as ‘brilliant’ and ‘explosive’. Half a century and dozens of major technological paradigm shifts later, his accuracy and predictive power is still without equal. Toffler largely defined ‘futurism.’
His core concept was to coin future shock as “a new and powerfully upsetting psychological disease”- a potentially effect upon citizens and leaders resulting from disruptive force of technological change. Technology, Toffler deduced, is both humankind’s most liberating gift and its most powerful source of mass disorientation.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alvin-toffler-passes-away_us_57768737e4b0a629c1a9b03c?utm_hp_ref=world

In this work and those to follow, Toffler offered the earliest and most empirically sound acceleration theory in modern history, suggesting that the rate of change may have the greatest implications. Toffler also foresaw – along with McLuhan, Lakoff and a few others – that the most significant challenges and opportunities would arise from the knowledge economy. Information would become the most valuable commodity and the primary source of capital.

While Future Shock’s lateral thinking across disciplinary boundaries and its volume of evidence collected roused hostility from many academics of the time, his methods have proved a sound example to later thinkers.

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A new Apple patent raises the scary prospect of police getting a killswitch on phone recordings. ACLU explains.

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The Alice decision was a blow against patent trolls, but for many businesses, fighting back is still too expensive.
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