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Looks like Gary is finally ready to start campaigning.
 
WATCH: Gary Johnson and Bill Weld go ballistic over dumb wars, exclusion from debates, and more in exclusive video.
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+Sifu Mode - True, but we're going to have to roll back statism the same way it was imposed on us - step by step.
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Gary Johnson as the pro-technology candidate.
 
My new article for The Daily Dot. This is likely the last week that former Governor Gary Johnson can get in the presidential debates, which would be a huge win for all 3rd Parties and diversity in American politics. Jill Stein and myself would largely benefit from Johnson in the debates (he's the only 3rd party candidate that has a shot of being included). Johnson wants to reduce red tape in science/tech research and supports longevity research. This isn't about who you vote for, but getting another voice into the presidential debates. Spread the word! http://www.dailydot.com/layer8/gary-johnson-debates/ #transhumanism   #garyjohnson   #Letgarydebate   #ScienceCandidate   #longevity   #Election2016  #POTUS #debates
There's only one candidate who seriously cares about science and technology.
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Another demonstration project for 3D printing - this time in Russia:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/09/06/a-russian-cement-company-is-building-game-of-throness-winterfell/
Countries around the world have long been trying to recreate Hogwarts, the iconic –
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+Alan Light The verbage used in the book description makes me not trust it. :) It sounds like biased dickheads that think they know it all, who are going to use use self-reinforcing arguments.

God is real. Because God created himself.

So athiests must be wrong!
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This could shake things up.
 
Blockpay Lets Businesses Accept 8 Major Cryptos at Zero-Cost

Bitcoin.com recently chatted with Christoph Hering of Blockpay. Hering is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Bitshares Munich. He shares with us his vision for Blockpay a new Point of Sale platform that allows merchants to accept a wide variety of cryptocurrencies at zero cost. The system will also have other features such as loyalty points that may entice people to use cryptocurrency for everyday transactions.

https://news.bitcoin.com/blockpay-businesses-zero-cost/
Bitcoin.com recently chatted with Christoph Hering of Blockpay. Hering is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Bitshares Munich. He shares with us his visi
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Headline should be "Gary Johnson Wins First Debate" - he was the only candidate to gain support within this focus group.
 


By David Lightman and Tim Funk

McClatchy Washington Bureau

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

Kae Roberts and Jay Eardly were leaning toward Hillary Clinton before Monday night’s debate.

By the end, they had both pulled away.

John Kokos and Hank Federal were undecided going in, potential Clinton backers.

By the end, they’d ruled her out.

Indeed, while polls found that Clinton had won the first general-election debate with Donald Trump on Monday, she may not have won actual votes. And she may even have lost some, at least in the battleground state of North Carolina.

In a focus group of 21 voters from around Charlotte conducted by McClatchy and The Charlotte Observer, four who had been up for grabs before the debate had moved away from her by the end.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article104382951.html#storylink=cpy
Hillary Clinton loses ground in the debate with Donald Trump. Four of 21 North Carolina voters interviewed in a focus group by McClatchy and The Charlotte Observer had been considering supporting her, but after the debate they move into the undecided camp or lean toward other candidates.
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I haven't seen anyone comment on this, but it is a pretty blatant example of the mainstream media obscuring the facts from the public, so I'll just mention it here. Look at the graphics for these polls which found Gary Johnson beating both Trump and Clinton among Independent voters:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/data-points/poll-how-third-party-candidates-could-affect-2016-race-n648266

Notice how in these graphics (and these graphics only) Johnson is represented by Gray, and Stein (represented the Green Party) is represented by Yellow. In every other NBC graphic related to this race, Gray is used to represent options such as "no answer" or "undecided" - never for a candidate, Yellow represents Johnson (and Libertarians), and Stein (and Greens) are naturally represented by Green.

The intent is obvious: to make the casual observer think that "None of the above" is in the lead, and Johnson is in last place where he is in fact in first place. Nothing to see here - move along.
The presence of third-party candidates in the 2016 presidential campaign chips away at Hillary Clinton's support slightly more than Donald Trump's, ac
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Whenever you hear about the horrors of "Sex Trafficking", keep in mind that the chief criminals are prosecutors, police officers, and "victims' advocates".

While sex trafficking happens on rare occasions, the evidence is clear that it is extremely rare, especially in developed nations. Almost always, claims of sex trafficking are used as an excuse to attack prostitution. While I don't endorse prostitution, I try to keep a clear perspective on the issue:

For those who are religious, remember that Old Testament opposition to prostitution was based on men wasting their family's fortunes on something that would not benefit their family, and on women who did not provide children for their lawful husbands. That was pretty much it. In the New Testament, Jesus did not endorse prostitution but he preferred the company of prostitutes to the company of proudly religious hypocrites.

In the modern era, the "sex trafficking" panic is a replay of the "white slavery" panic of the late 1800s - which despite its claims was an obvious attack on prostitution, not slavery. In practice, both of these panics showed no real interest in the welfare of the "victims" - rather, in both cases these claims have acted as avenues of personal gain for some, and protectionism for others. In the "white slavery" panic of the 1800s, middle class married women wanted to keep their husbands from wasting money on younger prostitutes, so they changed the nature of age of consent laws (originally designed to protect children from being prosecuted for sex crimes) and raised the age of consent to eliminate most of their competition by using the legal system to control the bodies of these younger women. In the current panic - there is no polite way to say this - it is primarily ugly women, women with such nasty personalities that no man would want to spend time with them, misandrists of various stripes, or opportunists out to make a buck who are waging war on prostitution. They consistently show little or no regard for the welfare of those they claim to protect.

In neither case do these modern attacks on prostitution resemble the traditional religious prohibitions, and in both cases these attacks are directly opposed to the purposes of those religious prohibitions. Whereas the traditional prohibitions were about preserving family wealth and family lines, these modern attacks are about destroying both.
 
"It was shocking, scandalous, horrifying. Yet almost none of it is true."
Part 1: 'This Is What Human Trafficking Looks Like' Part 2: How Washington Police Turned Talking About Prostitution into a Felony Offense Part 3: From
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Nothing novel there for anybody who is around the sex industry but a good article and read for anybody who isn't. Good find/post.
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Interesting article on problems in science research, and the importance of technology in keeping science honest.

http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/saving-science
Daniel Sarewitz on why scientists must come out of the lab and into the real world
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+Alan Light I actually didn't really realise that (most?) science was done for its own sake. I always thought science was funded for practical application from business or government. o_O

+Ramez Naam talks about in his book (The Infinite Resource) about how we can use science & using free-er-markets to catalyze technological advancements to avoid global, societal collapse from anthropogenic climate change.

Now I know that a lot of government spending is kinda wasteful..

But I didn't gain any practical tips from the article about how to foster societal advancement, other than science should be done with an objective in mind. And I already knew that - __ -.
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Very neat idea: one material to trap solar heat, another material to keep that heat from radiating back into the atmosphere - and voilà, a solar water heater that can boil water, even providing hot water in winter.
 
How do you boil water? Eschewing the traditional kettle and flame, MIT engineers have invented a bubble-wrapped, sponge-like device that soaks up natural sunlight and heats water to boiling temperatures, generating steam through its pores.
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Gary Johnson related news:

Johnson as the only forward-looking presidential candidate (of the 4 notable parties - of course Zoltan Istvan is forward-looking too):

http://reason.com/blog/2016/08/17/only-one-presidential-candidate-is-pumpe

Johnson open to the idea of a Universal Basic Income:

http://basicincome.org/news/2016/07/us-libertarian-presidential-candidate-open-to-basic-income/

And though I don't give a whole lot of credit to celebrity endorsements, it's nice to see them on occasion, as it's an indicator of an idea going mainstream.

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/gary-johnson-melissa-joan-hart/
"I think it is important to not regulate the AI industry," says Gary Johnson.
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You now one of the reason I think driverless cars are facing huge resistance and nobody is talking about it or acknowledging it is the huge fear many cities have of losing their illegal backdoor taxes. Speeding tickets, DUI's, etc all big money both revenue wise and contributing to the power of the public sector unionwise (i.e. justifies hiring more cops, jails, etc)
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Interested in history and humanity, including colonization (Antarctica, Seasteading), the future of humanity and the post-human world, technology, and just about everything.  Except sports.  Sports bore me.

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Alan R. Light, Alan Robert Light.

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1970, but grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Graduated from Wheaton College in 1992.

Online since 1988.  Participated in rec.arts.books on USENET in the 1990's.

Project Gutenberg volunteer, 1993-1999.

Interest in Antarctica since childhood.  South Pole Station, 31 October 2007 to 4 February 2008.  McMurdo Station, October 2007 and 16 February 2009 to 9 October 2009.

Since 6 July 1981, have lived within 50 miles of Charlotte, North Carolina more often than not.

U.S. Army National Guard 1988-1994 (IRR until 1996).  South Carolina and Illinois National Guard.  Radio Teletype Operator.

Was a DJ at a college radio station Senior year.  Did a weekly show with World Music.  Not to be confused with a famous New York DJ with same name.

Father's family is from Rolla, Missouri.  His family had moved to Rolla from the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area in 1875.  His mother was from Kansas.

Mother was born in Tucson, but grew up in Marana and Phoenix, Arizona; Arlington, Massachusetts; and the Washington, D.C. area.  Her parents had moved to Arizona from Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Has visited every continent at least twice. Between October 2009 and February 2009 visited every continent, including 20 countries, in one trip.
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