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GOP support for Trump's "Party of Me" continues to deteriorate.
Donald Trump is trying to quickly reset his presidential campaign to address worsening poll numbers and growing isolation from influential members of the Republican Party.
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Alien life forms are so strange. They can travel trillions of miles to do a fly-by of Earth to check out our strange form of life, but can't seem to manage to stay hidden from a video camera on a space station built by a species that can barely send a probe out of its own solar system..
Conspiracy theorists are having a field day over the sighting of the strange U-shaped object hovering on the horizon of the the International Space Station
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How to reduce U.S. gun deaths by 90%

‪#‎Gunlaws‬ ‪#‎guncontrol‬ ‪#‎NRA‬
Do gun laws work? 
Study in Lancet analyzed effectiveness of 25 gun control laws in different U.S. States.
Nine INCREASED the rate of gun deaths, nine DECREASED it.
The rest were neutral. Like me.
3 most effective laws:
1. Universal background checks. Seems it's not a good idea to let convicted felons buy guns legally. Apparently buying them illegally just isn't as easy.
2. Ammunition background checks. Guns just aren't as effective without it.
3. ID requirement for firearms (microstamping or ballistic fingerprinting).
Implement those three across all states and firearm deaths would drop by 90%
Requiring you lock up your gun to keep it away from children? No effect. 
Stand your ground laws? Significantly INCREASES gun deaths.
Of course, this study should be duplicated. The statistics may not work out properly.
But don't these laws make sense, with funding and procedures to make sure the background checks are made properly? And just get rid of the ineffective or counter-productive laws.
I mean, even the NRA should be able to accept that, right?
New study suggests that federal laws mandating background checks and gun identification laws could reduce deaths by more than 90%.
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Yes. Go with what works to reduce gun violence. Universal gun background checks. Ammunition background checks. ID requirement for firearms. 
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With no government action, Exxon experts told us during a visit to The Post last week, average temperatures are likely to rise by a catastrophic (my word, not theirs) 5 degrees Celsius, with rises of 6, 7 or even more quite possible.
Republicans’ ideologically based denial is dangerous and cowardly.
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+Peter Cooper I hate deceptive tactics, and I'll accept the relevant facts when any are revealed. You must have one in the chamber. Let's have it.
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We should keep in mind that the Bush/Cheney administration policies started ISIL. Now a small group of fanatics terrifies the world and helps Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
To thwart terror, start with America’s own craven crazies DRAGUIGNAN, France – I found an unsettling line in a Library of Congress study on why 30 to 60 million American buffalo vanished in the late 1800s. One reason, it said, was “the phenomenal stupidity of the animals themselves.” Simple enough. A few hunters spooked a…
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Get the presidential candidates to debate important issues of science. So far, they have all refused to have televised debates on the most critical issues we face today.
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(I have not watched the video yet)

I read somewhere that polarised politics is a misalignment of perspective. Politicians want to debate highly emotional items, though to most people they are a very small proportion of any given problem. In the items that are important to most people, the masses are remarkably consistent in their viewpoints, however political platforms usually plan to do the exact opposite of what the people want.

That's why politicians don't debate the commonly cared about issues. The masses are consistent, and so are the politicians.
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#JeffBezos is one of the topics on Sunday night's National Geographic series about #GenX. He's one of the influences on the X generation.

I'm on the program toward the end, making some snarky comment about Bezos.. 
Even cynics can change the world. Narrated by Christian Slater, this six-part series re-examines the...
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Guns in the hands of children
McKayla Dyer, 8, was fatally shot by an 11-year-old boy in 2015, after she declined to show him her puppy.
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More than guns at play here.
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Incredible comments from an honest person who is now at the top of a financial organization:

“Many people in the sector still believe they should be paid entrepreneurial wages for turning up to work with a regular salary, a pension and probably a health-care scheme and playing with other people’s money,” Cryan said at a conference in Frankfurt on Monday. “There doesn’t seem to be anything entrepreneurial about that except the compensation structures.”

He also warns 'that staff bonuses will have to reflect the cost of the firm’s fines for past misconduct.'

It's time to reign in the big investment banks. Again.
Deutsche Bank AG co-Chief Executive Officer John Cryan, almost five months into his revamp of the firm, said bankers still earn too much money and are often promised rewards too quickly.
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Take 20 years of research on climate change, and separate those studies funded by corporations from those that were not. I don't find the answer so surprising.

"The results, Farrell said, revealed an “ecosystem of influence” within the corporate-backed groups. Those that received donations consistently promoted the same contrarian themes—casting doubt, for example, on whether higher levels of man-made carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere were harmful to the planet. There was no evidence of such coordination among the non-funded groups."
A new scientific analysis highlights the role of corporate donations in creating doubt about climate change.
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Left San Francisco. Decided to write my books living among the redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains.

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National Magazine Award; Deadline Club Award; Washington Monthly Award; Atlantic Monthly Award; Computer Press Association Award; Acer/Boston Computer Museum Awards; Knight Science Journalism Fellow (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Science Journalism Fellowship (American Association for the Advancement of Science); Maggie Awards (Western Magazine Publishers Assoc.)
  • Harvey Mudd college
    Mathematics, 1973 - 1976
  • UC Santa Barbara,
    Biology, 1976 - 1978
  • University of Delaware
    Journalism/engineering, 1980 - 1981
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