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It's time.  The primaries are approaching and you and all your friends have a chance to vote in the 2014 elections that matter… the ones in the spring, not the fall!  Tell everyone you know to use this one little trick and we all, as individuals, can help defeat gerrymandering and de-radicalize American politics.  YOU can help do it.  By getting all your friends to re-register using this one little trick… though it may require that you hold your nose…

http://www.salon.com/2013/10/20/a_modest_proposal_to_neutralize_gerrymandering/
Creating "ghetto" districts for minority parties has hurt our democracy. Here's one way to fight back
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What is your District +David Brin?  Are you working IT?
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Great news.  The SpaceX Drago capsule appears to be well on its way to the ISS.
http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25594940/spacex-making-easter-delivery-station-supplies

ALSO:  Eep.  We sure have taken over the (macro) planet.  Though bacteria still rule all.

 https://xkcd.com/1338/
A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.
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Good news. Progress. Albeit slowly. Outer space remains a deadly and hostile environment even so close to earth
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Vernor Vinge foresaw this: newly patented technology could potentially allow Google to shrink Google Glass eyewear to the size of a single contact lens. Rather than be controlled by voice, those wearing the contacts would command their device through “a sophisticated system” of “unique blinking patterns.”  I prefer the interface methods I discuss in EXISTENCE.  Blink signaling is going to be very very dorky.  

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/google-may-be-developing-contact-lenses-that-contain-82730529423.html
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Ah, this explains Pelosi at the state of the union a few years ago.
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NASA's Kepler mission has found a planet roughly the same size as Earth, orbiting the "Goldilocks" or potentially habitable zone near an M-class (small-red) sun, about 500 light years from our system.   I'll be very interested to see if calculations show it likely to be tidal-locked.  In any event, we have a good target for the next generation of planet-studying telescopes.
http://www.newsweek.com/scientists-find-earth-sized-distant-planet-could-support-water-246661
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+Randall Lee Reetz It places a lower bound on some of the terms in the Drake equation.
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A Google Glass App overlays the streetscene with warnings (in red) of where cameras may be pointing.  Close appraisal suggests they may over-promise.  But the implications are interesting.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3029147/chilling-app-reveals-security-cameras-all-around-you
The Google Glass app Watch Your Privacy outs those cameras, but outs you too.
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My latest posting scans the horizon of new science fiction films and television!  I also look at some unconventional media... and steer you lucky DC area folks to the huge sci fi related event being thrown by the Smithsonian, May 16-17… featuring Brian Green, Patrick Stewart and many others… including yours truly.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/04/science-fiction-media-and-films-some.html
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The 2013-14 State of the Future has just come out. It is a compelling overview of humanity’s situation, potentials for the future, and what we should do today in clear, precise, language with unparalleled breadth and depth..
Backround at:  http://www.themp.org
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Surprise surprise. The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

After sifting through nearly 1,800 US policies enacted in that period and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile) and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite.

So far, is anyone surprised?  Yawn.  Only then one asks the next question… why is half of the voting public just fine with this?  Why do they let oligarch-controlled think tanks and oligarch-run mass media tell them to rage against every OTHER elite  -- science, teaching, journalism, medicine… etc. -- that might stand up to oligarchy on our behalf, but never, ever question oligarchy itself?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10769041/The-US-is-an-oligarchy-study-concludes.html

In fact, there are reasons.  Similar to how plantation lords talked a million poor while southerners who had been victimized by that landed elite, to instead turn and fight and die for them.
Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters
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Gotcha +Bob Calder.
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Since 2001, 26 atomic-bomb-scale explosions have occurred in remote locations around the world, far from populated areas. This Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, three former NASA astronauts will present new evidence that our planet has experienced many more large-scale asteroid impacts over the past decade than previously thought… three to ten times more, This, according to a new visualization of data from a nuclear weapons warning network

I wrote about this in EARTH (1980).  Defense folks have long worried about such things triggering a war.
 http://www.universetoday.com/111278/astronauts-to-reveal-sobering-data-on-asteroid-impacts/#ixzz2z6FqEBt5
This Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, three former NASA astronauts will present new evidence that our planet has experienced many more large-scale asteroid impacts over the past decade than previously thought… three to ten times more, in fact. A new visualization of data from a nuclear weapons warning network, to be unveiled by B612 Foundation CEO…
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Not really so secret except from morons and trolls: http://blogs.computerworld.com/17852/army_of_fake_social_media_friends_to_promote_propaganda or perhaps this is more like what you are? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/17/president-obama-trolls-bloggers/ At any rate you are a lousy troll and a worse propagandist. Bye, now mr. Nobody.

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What the hey? For decades the Atlantic and Harpers would alternate laying down horrific attacks on SF. Did we slip universes?  See: "The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science Fiction,
Why do so many readers still look down on the genre of Orwell and Atwood?"  by Chris Beckett

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/04/the-underrated-universal-appeal-of-science-fiction/360627/
Why do so many readers still look down on the genre of Orwell and Atwood?
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There is no literature more important than fiction. Especially science fiction. At least for those which believe that enlightenment is man's only emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. The only reason why the »I« exists is to evaluate predictions. (Well, this is at last my conclusion of the sensorial inputs my I gathered/filtered/sorted/processed so far.)
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Scientist, Author, Futurist, Public speaker: David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including NY Times Best-sellers that have won Hugo and Nebula awards. His latest, Existence, looks at the threats facing us forty years in the future. His 1989 thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyber-warfare, the Web, and global warming. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from the post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. The Uplift novels, including Startide Rising, and The Uplift War consider a future where humans raise animals to sentient levels. Foundation's Triumph brought a grand finale to Isaac Asimov's famed Foundation Universe. 

Brin is also a scientist and futurist who appears frequently on television ("Life After People," "The Universe," "the Architechs") discussing topics as diverse as surveillance technology, astronomy, SETI, nanotechnology and national defense. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the 2000 Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association

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