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Jeremy Kolassa
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Libertarian scifi writer/geek who loves root beer, plays D&D, and is currently working in DC.
Libertarian scifi writer/geek who loves root beer, plays D&D, and is currently working in DC.

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I am only entering this contest so I can win a VR development computer for work. I swear. Honestly.

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"Despite being written out of large parts of history, atheists thrived in the polytheistic societies of the ancient world – raising considerable doubts about whether humans really are “wired” for religion – a new study suggests. The claim is the central proposition of a new book by Tim Whitmarsh, Professor of Greek Culture and a Fellow of St John’s College, University of Cambridge. In it, he suggests that atheism – which is typically seen as a modern phenomenon – was not just common in ancient Greece and pre-Christian Rome, but probably flourished more in those societies than in most civilisations since."

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A really fascinating interview with one of the creators of the Macross anime franchise. He was being asked about continuity discrepancies, and his answer was: "All of this stuff -- all of these series and movies -- are fictional IN-UNIVERSE." So if you watch Macross, that's not actually the story, that's what Hollywood in the Macross universe made.

I'm just thinking of applying this to other stuff. Maybe Star Wars isn't what really happened; that's just what the film types on Coruscant made after the Galactic Civil War. Maybe Han Solo isn't dead; in "real life" he just disappeared again, but they thought that wasn't dramatic enough so he was killed off? 

As someone else put it, "Macross being fictionalized accounts of a real Macross that exists only as a Platonic idea should be adopted for all franchises."

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"Sometimes we read your posts and think, “Hot damn. Am I loser for not meditating every day? Am I an embarrassment to humanity because I sometimes I gossip, feel sad or swear like a fucking sailor? Am I a deadbeat for not taking more risks in my professional life? Should I just leave my perfectly stable job and go after my lifelong dream of opening up a pet photography studio named Shutterpug?”

You see, your posts suggest that we’re not living good life unless we’re rich, successful or 100% happy all of the time. And the truth is, none of us are 100% happy all of the time and many of us count success as being able to provide for our families and spend meaningful time with our friends. Many of us don’t have the luxury to throw it all away and start over, and many of us work well in the chaos of our lives. Our lives don’t need to be project managed."

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"I'm An Atheist (And Staunch Gay Rights Supporter) Who Thinks It's Terrible That The "No Cake" Makers Just Paid Out Over $135K

States have come down hard on Christian bakers who refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings and other businesses refusing to serve gay couples. I find their refusals disgusting, hurtful, and backward -- along with unChristian, per the way Jesus talked and did things -- but again, they should have the right to refuse and not be fined for it by the state.

Forcing expression -- like forced creative work for a couple whose marriage violates your beliefs -- is a violation of the First Amendment. That gives us the right to free speech, not to force others to speak. Freedom of religion is another part of it. Again, violated by these states that have come down on the Christian bakers.

Increasingly, the America we're living in is seriously scary. We're going down bad paths -- rights-erasing paths -- at many turns, and too few people seem to notice or care. It's easy to just shrug off one violation of rights but if you look at the whole, we're in real trouble."

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As a chaser to my last posted link, here's another analysis on the disturbing rise of victimhood culture. It's making us worse people, and not only that, but worse people who can't compromise or peacefully disagree with one another. That's a pretty big problem.

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It's not just that we're all whiners, but that we've created a culture that rewards whining about every little thing. Such complaining has actually gotten competitive, as it's a search for attention in many cases. It's kind of disturbing, actually, when you think about it.

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Interesting long form read.

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Holy cow, SpaceX did it guys.

This is huge. Being able to land and reuse a launch vehicle will cut down the cost of space travel down drastically. If you can do it for the whole rocket, you could cut down costs to a hundredth of what they are now (according to Elon Musk). That is incredible.
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