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The simple-minded genetic determinism of ignorant white nationalists is backfiring on them. They are getting genetic tests to prove how Caucasian they are, and very few of them are getting the results they expect. Anthropologist Raymond Firth wrote a long time ago that whenever two populations meet, they may or may not bleed, but they will most certainly breed.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/white-nationalists-are-flocking-to-genetic-ancestry-tests-with-surprising-results/?WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20170822

This raises a potentially effective – and hilarious – way to combat these groups. Show up at their rallies and hand out coupons for 23&Me…or some cheaper site… to get their haplotype inheritance markers tested. At minimum, you’ll roil their pot, isolating the extreme racial purists and getting them acting hateful to many of their own recruits! Even better, some of the marchers may get drawn toward both science and acceptance of complexity, plus identification with more than one simplistic (and actually nonexistent) “European” stock. Heck, talk those Silicon Valley types into doing this in a test somewhere, then see how effective it is. If so, then fund giving spit kits away at every rally!

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The simple-minded genetic determinism of ignorant white nationalists is backfiring on them. They are getting genetic tests to prove how Caucasian they are, and very few of them are getting the results they expect. Anthropologist Raymond Firth wrote a long time ago that whenever two populations meet, they may or may not bleed, but they will most certainly breed.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/white-nationalists-are-flocking-to-genetic-ancestry-tests-with-surprising-results/?WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20170822

This raises a potentially effective – and hilarious – way to combat these groups. Show up at their rallies and hand out coupons for 23&Me…or some cheaper site… to get their haplotype inheritance markers tested. At minimum, you’ll roil their pot, isolating the extreme racial purists and getting them acting hateful to many of their own recruits! Even better, some of the marchers may get drawn toward both science and acceptance of complexity, plus identification with more than one simplistic (and actually nonexistent) “European” stock. Heck, talk those Silicon Valley types into doing this in a test somewhere, then see how effective it is. If so, then fund giving spit kits away at every rally!

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Super visite du jour:  le Jardin Arboretum de Bonsaï à Mialet (http://www.bonsai-arboretum.com/)
Magnifique !

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Danger, danger. The most important civil liberties advance in the 21st Century so far was when the Obama Admin joined multiple courts in declaring a citizen may record the police. I wrote about this in The Transparent Society (1997; see p.160) and how vital it is that we can exercise sousveillance at the level of the street, where power can most-directly affect us. Now: "In a free speech ruling that contradicts six other federal circuit courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district court ruling that says Americans do not have a first amendment right to videotape the police, or any public official, in public."

Sure enough, in a deep-red state, this principle is under attack. Only... I blame the good side lawyers! They base their arguments for sousveillance on the First Amendment and sometimes the Fifth... when it is in fact the under-appreciated SIXTH Amendment that most preserves the citizen from true abuse of power, by granting us the power to compel revelation of facts in our own defense, allowing us recourse to the ultimate defense...

...the Truth.

ADDENDUM: Robert Shore reports: "I have now read both the District Court's decision and the Eighth Circuit opinion affirming the District Court. Neither says what the article claims. The closest approach is a statement that the general public doesn't have a constitutional right to film citizens in the lobby of a police station, and that's a far cry from ruling that citizens can't film police stops executed in public. There's just no substitute for primary sources."

I invite other input. But there's no sense in underplaying any threats to this relatively new and utterly vital civil liberty.

http://krcgtv.com/news/local/eighth-circuit-citizens-do-not-have-a-right-to-film-public-officials-in-public

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Le bureau de poste de mon petit village vient de rouvrir… ce qui veut dire que toute commande d'un "Romance de Mars" passée le matin en semaine est expédiée le même jour dès l'aprème !
Et bien sûr, pour toute commande d'un album dédicacé, un joli ex-libris numéroté-signé est offert en cadeau !!! :)

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Oh, the rising roar of reactionary voices crying out to “investigate the Clintons!” Shall we shrug off this blatant distraction with “the Clintons have no power; it’s the mighty who should get scrutiny, first”? That’s fine, but there’s an even better answer:
http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/05/23/newt-gingrich-mueller-should-also-investigate-clintons-russian-connections

Half a billion dollars of mostly our money was spent — across 24 years — investigating the Clintons, the most thoroughly probed humans in the history of our species. Every document scrutinized, every micro assistant grilled. George Bush diverted federal investigators from anti-terror duties, before 9/11 (which should have been a huge scandal) to sift every federal filing cabinet for some smoking gun. The Kochs offered gigantic rewards for whistle blowers to rat out the alleged "secret deals and travesties."

And after all that, what did we wind up with? A husband fibbed about some 3rd base infidelity in a hallway... and the wife was caught using exactly the same sort of somewhat improper email system as Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, John McCain, Mike Pence and George Bush. (Oh and our current president ignores advice, using a completely unsecured Galaxy 3 for calls and tweets.)

Face it. Either the Clintons are decisively proved to be clean... or the entire mad-right lynch mob that wasted a quarter century of our lifespan with lynch-em howls are all so incompetent they shouldn't be trusted with a burnt match. Pick which one. But both possibilities disqualify the screechers from adult credibility.

Oh yeah, then there’s this. Name one other time in American — or human — history, when an administration spanning 8 years had zero scandals or indictments concerning malfeasance in the performance of official duties. It has happened twice in American — or human — history. The administrations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Name another!

In other words, the howls of the mad-right aren’t just untrue. They are diametrically opposite to true. And that is why there’s a desperate war on all fact-using professions.

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Seriously. Go to your Republican aunt, who is quiet while your crazy uncle raves and thrashes and gnashes his teeth, railing against all fact people. Perhaps she will listen, when you point out that this could mean death for her great grandchildren and the world they inhabit.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2016-hottest-year-record-takeaways-noaas-new-climate-report/

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Seriously. Go to your Republican aunt, who is quiet while your crazy uncle raves and thrashes and gnashes his teeth, railing against all fact people. Perhaps she will listen, when you point out that this could mean death for her great grandchildren and the world they inhabit.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2016-hottest-year-record-takeaways-noaas-new-climate-report/

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