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David Brin
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Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist. Advocate for a Transparent Society.
Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist. Advocate for a Transparent Society.

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Sure, it's kind of a snort that Elizabeth Warren can now crow "I'm an Indian too!" because of a great, great grandparent. Only dig it, all is explained when I learned, she grew up in Norman Oklahoma. Cripes! ANYONE who grew up there would just assume she was X% Cherokee! It would be bizarre not to be! Though, indeed, many tribes call the Cherokee "white." See where I discuss them in SUNDIVER. Sure, she was less than 100% pure on college applications. I'll weigh that when comparing her to Joe Biden. Tell you what. I'll excuse that if you'll let Al Franken crawl across glass and be forgiven. We need him back, you know. We were tricked into tossing him and Paul Ryan laughed with glee.

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/15/657468655/warren-releases-dna-results-challenges-trump-over-native-american-ancestry
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“A new evaluation of data from the exoplanet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope and the Gaia mission indicates that many of the known planets may contain as much as 50% water. This is much more than the Earth's 0.02% (by weight) water content.”…. “Scientists have found that many of the 4000 confirmed or candidate exoplanets discovered so far fall into two size categories: those with the planetary radius averaging around 1.5 that of the Earth, and those averaging around 2.5 times the radius of the Earth.”

Now a new model indicates that those exoplanets which have a radius of around x1.5 Earth radius tend to be rocky planets (of typically x5 the mass of the Earth), “while those with a radius of x2.5 Earth radius (with a mass around x10 that of the Earth) are probably water worlds…” …but with very hot, steamy atmospheres. It’s unclear whether organic chemistry would work well in such steamy hothouses.

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-water-worlds-common-exoplanets-vast-amounts.html#jCp
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For a more serious depiction of the same dark possibility as this SMBC strip, see my recent story "Insistence of Vision," in my third collection, of the same name.

http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/ar
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Nip this in the bud. Penetrate to the root of this "organization" and you will find yet another trick financed by Murdoch, Mercer, Adelson, Koch and Putin. Democratic pols may be dopes, unable to grasp polemical tools above a third-grade level. But they love America and aren't traitors, and the track record of DP governance is moderate and successful at all levels. "They're all the same" is one more Goebbels-level Big Lie.

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/14/656576055/with-voters-sour-on-major-parties-group-recruits-none-of-the-above-candidates
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What's in the water, lowering the IQ of democratic politicians? You will not win court cases against these outrageous voter suppression laws on the basis of "fairness," or "there's no voter fraud," or the PRINCIPLE of "voter ID." There are two words that will win, however, before any judge with a hint of honor: "compliance assistance." Read up and try grasping how this judo argument gets around every defense the foxites have erected, for their criminal attempts to cheat at elections.

The absolute equity test of all such laws is whether the GOP-controlled (criminal) state legislatures appropriated funds to help poor citizens get comply with the new ID laws. Not one has, absolutely proving the intent to cheat. And failure to make this argument is absolute proof that the democrats need new generals, top to bottom.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/10/voter-id-laws-scam-or-accountability.html
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This phase of civil war is all about the notion of "fact" or objective reality. The top-foremost aim of the other side -- the mafiosi who have taken Washington and who are sweeping the globe -- has been to undermine every profession that deals in evidence, proof and the testing of assertions. From science to journalism to "deep state" law and intelligence agencies and the U.S. military officer corps -- all are denounced at every rally and Fox show.

No other issue - no not even racism or sexism or climate change - matters like this one, because almost all other matters would swing their needle hard toward sensible negotiation and resolution, if factual reality itself weren't Enemy Number One.

Again, I try to focus on the one tactic that your still-sane neighbors cannot deflect with fix-nostrums. The one tactic that would work, if only the Union had generals smart enough to use it. YOU can use it, in the ground game.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2018/10/spreading-disinformation-we-can-fight.html
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I cannot emphasize enough the importance that a critical mass of Americans view the 1969 Costa-Gravas film “Z.” Academy Award winner, though you must endure subtitles. It’s based on the true story of the Greek coup that ended democracy in its birthplace, though it is startlingly pertinent to the Mueller investigation. Above all, the last five minutes of the film has an M. Night Shyamalan twist that carries a savage bite and warning. Only in our case it’s not the military to be feared. But a world mafia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN-no-yBqYA
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Cool that astronomers now have an estimated guess of four stars that might have been the original source of our interstellar brief visitor Oumuamua.

https://www.space.com/41928-where-did-oumuamua-come-from.html
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Remember Lawrence Lessig? He tried to make election corruption and finance reform a major issue during the 2016 US campaigns. You know that I urge all citizens to join at least ten NGOs that suit your own notions of what needs doing. I rand Larry’s Equal Citizens as one of the more important ones. Now he and colleagues launch an experiment—a podcast series called “Another Way” — designed to give the listeners a chance to reflect and think, and our culture a way to progress. You can subscribe to the podcast, and get the first episode to get a thoughtful and thought-provoking perspective. (He reaches more people than the slightly-better “Contrary Brin”!)

Donations to Equal Citizens will be matched till Monday.

https://equalcitizens.us/anotherway/
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"Collusion" is a distraction. I've long said that - like Capone - the downfall will be money laundering, which is vastly easier to prove, and is doubtless a top reason why DT won't release his tax returns. (Mueller has them, anyway, so it's a PR thing.) The recent NY Times expose is just the tip. In his new book "House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia," veteran investigative journalist Craig Unger presents a detailed and exhaustively researched account of how Donald Trump has for decades laundered billions of dollars for Russian organized crime figures and other oligarchs. This fits a larger pattern in which Trump and his inner circle have shown a great comfort with financial crimes and other forms of unethical or illegal behavior to personally enrich themselves at the expense of the American people.

When your Mad Uncle dismisses this as "fake news" by the same "deep state" that he rooted for, back when they struggled against the same Kremlin foes who back then wore hammer-and-sickle pins, ask your MU to explain how the GOP swung from hating gambling to being owned by Casino moguls, slumlords and Cayman bankers. And who on Earth is more likely to have mob ties?

The Bush family got us into this mess. But one can squint and imagine it wasn't deliberate. Now it is the entire Republican Party, up to their necks.

https://www.salon.com/2018/10/11/investigative-reporter-craig-unger-trump-has-had-contacts-with-the-russian-mafia-for-35-years/
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