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Couldn't have said it better myself, Jesus.
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Amen!
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Let's do this, people!  (And before anyone tries to defend DST, please consult the Oracle of Oliver at http://youtu.be/br0NW9ufUUw for correction.)
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DST is so unhealthy. 
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Congratulations to my +Berkeley Lab colleagues and customers David Schlegel, Stephen Bailey, Ben Weaver, and the rest of the BOSS team on this, their final data release for +Sloan Digital Sky Survey III.

It's hard to believe that it's already been 7 years or that it's over.  It has truly been an privilege working with such a great team on such an important scientific endeavor.  And while we won't be the primary site for the next phase (+Sloan Digital Sky Surveys IV) -- we'll be the failover/mirror site -- I look forward to it and hope to work with them on that and many other projects in the years to come!
Today, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) issues its latest public data release, the final release of the third epoch of the survey (SDSS-III). Weighing in at more than 100 Terabytes, “Data Release 12″ (DR12) contains measurements of the properties of nearly half a billion stars and galaxies, ...
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I stay at +Marriott​ properties all the time, but under no circumstances would I stay anywhere that blocked my MiFi or any other wireless device. No way in hell.
 
+Marriott  is trying to get the FCC to say that it's OK for hotels (and them, specifically) to block Wifi signals from their customers hotspots, so they can rip them off with their $$$ pricey crappy wifi service.

If this bothers you, feel free to comment here: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/proceeding/view?name=RM-11737
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I can't count the number of hotels and meeting/conference venues I've been to where my MiFi was the most reliable Internet access available! 
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I can't tell you how much respect and admiration I have for Chief Magnus and the +Richmond Police.  They're not just doing something right - they're doing damn near everything right!  We had our first officer-involved shooting fatality earlier this year after 6 years with none.  That's right, zero.  I've worked with Chief Magnus a number of times, and he's every bit as genuine, compassionate, and no-nonsense as you've heard/read.

It's amazing what strong, compassionate leadership can do when we let go of the blamestorming and hate-mongering and foster a culture of caring and community within our police forces.  Nothing magical here...just a strong focus on training, positive attitudes, and leading by example.
A different kind of protest popped up in Richmond Tuesday, and at the vanguard of the gathering calling for a reduction in police violence in communities of color was an unlikely participant, Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus.
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You know, I didn't even notice it at first...but look at the woman on the right in the picture above.  See her?  White woman in glasses with her hands up?  That explains so much about why our city has turned around in the last 8 years.

That's our mayor.
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My choice for Most Visually Striking among what is a pretty impressive catalogue of photographs of a tragically epic #FAIL.  The entire photostream is worth your time to peruse, but this one in particular has a promising future as a desktop background.
The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)
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Constitutionally, this is a no-brainer. It's always been a no-brainer. (Equal Protection means Equal Protection. Full stop.) SO ECSTATIC the High Court has finally set the haters straight.

And for the record, the "sanctity of marriage" is no more ruined by this ruling than I am made gay by it.   #LoveWins   #MarriageEquality  
In a landmark victory for gay rights, a divided Supreme Court ruled that state prohibitions on same-sex marriage violate the Constitution.
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I've often wondered if they just got tired and fell asleep before reaching the 14th Amendment.
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I think this is the part where we all get to say, "Well, duh!"  And I guarantee he's far from alone in this.

From the article:
"He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have violated ethical guidelines of the journals that published his work."
Newly released documents show the extent of the links between corporate interests and the published work of Wei-Hock Soon, a Smithsonian-affiliated scientist who has tried to debunk the consensus about global warming.
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In honor of #NewYears  and 1/1, here's some #bash   #numbernerd  fun!  Enjoy!

Inspired by +Wil Wheaton's wife Anne and a retweet from LLNL's Dona Crawford.
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"Over the past two weeks, I have fluctuated between anger and grief. I feel surrounded by Black death. What a privilege, to concern yourself with seeming good while the rest of us want to seem worthy of life."

"Wilson described Michael Brown as a black brute, a demon. No one questioned Michael Brown's intentions. A stereotype does not have complex, individual motivations. A stereotype, treated as such, can be forced into whatever action we expect.

"I spent a four hour flight trying not to wonder about the white woman's intentions. But why would she think about mine? She didn't even see me."

Wow.  Such a powerful and heartbreaking piece.

I, too, am sometimes guilty of focusing too much on my needs, my questions, and my efforts to make a difference.  The focus in the fight against racism, especially now, must always remain on dismantling the systems of oppression and marginalization that persist even to this day.  We are NOT living in a post-racial society, and we white folks must be willing to do the work necessary because it's OUR RESPONSIBILITY, our duty, not because we want recognition or validation.  We created the monster of racism, and we allow it to persist.  We must recognize these tragic discrepancies all around us and make daily, conscious effort to fight them.

Not because it's good for business.  Not because we have a black friend or a transgender cousin.  Not because our bosses told us Diversity and Inclusion is the latest business buzzword.

Because it's right, and we're wrong.  It's uncomfortable.  It's difficult.  It's essential.

And I say this as much to myself as to others.  It's a personal struggle for me to be willing to admit my own racism, my own white privilege, and focus each day on changing myself without needing a cookie from anyone for it.  If you're struggling with the same things, you're not alone.
I don't know what to do with good white people.
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As men, especially straight white men, we have a responsibility - a DUTY - to use whatever position and privilege we may have to encourage positive change in our professions. We can't keep brushing off casual sexism as "no big deal" or "harmless." It MATTERS.

If you don't think it does, maybe you should ask your colleagues and other ‪#WomenInSTEM‬ if they feel the same. In fact, maybe you should do that anyway. Open a dialogue about gender equality with the women around you. You may be surprised at their answers - I know I was!

From the article: “We need to make science and research and academia a fair and welcoming place for people who are not white, straight, males. I’m not entirely sure how we’re going to get there. But there are two things I do know for certain:

1. We are only going to get there if senior, white dudes like me either step up and say “yes, let’s change things” and then work to make that change happen, or just shut up and get out of the way.

2. We are not going to get there if some of our visible scientists use their brief moments in the spotlight to convey a message (unintentional or not!) that females are better suited to being decorations than to being colleagues.”

h/t +Jessica Kirkpatrick and +STEM Women on G+ 
The world has been abuzz with news that the Rosetta spacecraft landed on a comet 500 million kilometres from Earth, in an attempt to collect vital data about the origins of our solar system. The ai...
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I'm with the people who have no problem with the shirt, and I am offended by the people who took offense at it.
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I help manage roughly 40 midrange supercomputers for the US Department of Energy and the University of California, Berkeley
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