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Globalization will end because of technology, not politics! That's the core theme of my midweek posting (as I head for the World Science Fiction Convention.)  Plus ... a report on how science itself needs to improve.  And should all politicians have to name their science advisers?

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/08/sci-tech-globalization-will-end-because.html
This is a science and technology posting… but we’ll start by posing a political question and then answering another... then using technology to answer a big one, about the future of globalization. 1) Candidates, where do yo...
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Want to see some fire and smoke? Watch live coverage of our hot-fire engine test at 6 p.m. EDT! One of the four engines that will power our Space Launch System rocket and carry the Orion spacecraft to deep space destinations will experience launch conditions during this 7.5-minute test. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2bFifsP #NASAMarsDay
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“I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power,” Borja said. “But at the same time it’s wonderful how peacefully you can fly around it in still air without touching it.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/07/05/pilot-captures-incredible-nighttime-thunderstorm-photo-over-the-pacific-ocean/

http://www.santiagoborja.com/


A developing thunderstorm climbs high into the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean south of Panama. (Santiago Borja © )
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In case you missed it, here's an awesome GIF of NASA astronaut Kate Rubins' launch to the International Space Station on Wednesday. Check it out: http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/147142147244/liftoff-on-july-7-three-crew-members-launched#notes
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David Galland has been posting rants putting the entire blame for the world’s refugee crisis on George Soros. Well, why not? The party of oligarchy knows that there's a rising, instinctive revulsion toward oligarchic rule embedded in American DNA. So, it must be diverted onto a symbolic scapegoat oligarch. A democrat! Soros. Fine, but there has to be a core rationalization. Something to make Soros seem equal to Murdoch, Adelson, the Kochs, Wall Street and the Saudi Royal House, combined! How do you pump up one man to loom as the archetype rich (and Jewish) manipulator?

For twenty years, what was the 'smoking gun' proving Soros to be a brilliant evil genius? Beck and Fox and Limbaugh and Hannity all parroted the same line:

"Here's a man who single-handedly toppled EIGHT FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS!"

In fact, that's an exaggeration. George Soros had help topping those governments. But yes!  Soros was probably more responsible than almost any other human for sending those governments that he despised crashing down.

Only... did the nodding dittoheads ever... even once... ask Beck or Limbaugh or Hannity: "Say, Sean... WHICH foreign governments did George Soros topple?

Are you one of the dittoheads who never asked that question? Are you able to lift your head and ask it now?  Actually, the number isn't eight. It is ten.

Go ahead and exercise the human quality of curiosity.   Sure it's suppressed by the insane War on Science.  But try.  Try once.  Just this one time. Here I'll make it  easy. Repeat after me: "WHICH  foreign governments do the entire right wing establishment credit George Soros with toppling?"

 Now you see the Lobotomization Explanation for Donald Trump.
In 2015, a Sky News reporter found “Migrant Handbooks” on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was later revealed that the handbooks, which are written in Arabic, had been given to refugees before crossing the Mediterranean by a group called “Welcome to the EU.” Welcome to the EU is funded by—you guessed it—George Soros' Open Society Foundations. Soros has not only backed groups that advocate the resettlement of third-world migrants into Europe, he in ...
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Oh will I be glad when we can consign him to amused, distasteful nostalgia! This is beyond farce. Where are the "amazing things my investigators are finding in Hawaii" that we were assured would prove Obama both Kenyan born and a muslim? The evidence Clinton EVER proclaimed a desire to take guns from law-abiding citizens?

Read this coverage because it is a watershed as journalists and media are deciding they have had enough of being evenhanded when one side is so blatantly pathologically insane.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-admits-obama-was-born-in-us-but-falsely-blames-clinton-for-rumors/2016/09/16/301430d0-7c24-11e6-beac-57a4a412e93a_story.html
The GOP nominee spent years stoking conspiracy theories about the first black president.
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#Operations image of the week: On 10 August 2016, ESA’s tracking station at #NewNorcia , Western Australia, hosting a 35 m-diameter, 630-tonne deep-space antenna, received signals transmitted by NASA’s #Cassini orbiter at Saturn, through 1.44 billion km of space.

Read more about the longest call: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Operations/Estrack/Most_distant_catch_for_ESA_station

Credit: ESA/D. O'Donnell
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Here's a featurette about the making of IMPERIUM. It opens tomorrow in the US...
Inspired by real events, a young, idealistic FBI agent goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group.
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Today in 1987: the De Havilland-Canada DHC-1A Chipmunk "Penzoil Special" flown by veteran aerobatic and movie pilot Art Scholl was delivered to our Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility. Learn more about this plane and Scholl’s career, and come see the plane on display at our Udvar-Hazy Center: http://s.si.edu/2bj2Yfx
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There are now 6 humans living & working on the International Space Station! NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) joined their other crew members aboard the International Space Station officially at 2:26 a.m. EDT July 9 when the hatches opened between their Soyuz spacecraft and the space station.

Space Station Commander Jeff Williams of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos welcomed the trio aboard their orbital home.

In the coming months, the crewmates are scheduled to receive multiple cargo resupply flights delivering several tons of food, fuel, supplies and research.

Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi are scheduled to remain aboard the station until late October. Williams, Skripochka and Ovchinin will return to Earth in September.

Learn more: http://www.nasa.gov/station
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Robots and AI will not have to become fully intelligent or domineering, in order to control us. All they will have to do - and it is coming fast - is become cute, empathic-seeming and, yes, pathetic-yearning to tweak and tug at our natural human sympathy-drives. My weekend posting explores this likelihood, being developed in labs all over the world.  And there's more, about our coming transparent world.


http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/07/endearing-visages.html
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