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Humanity’s future on the Moon could involve caves like this one.

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Trump's success in using lies and deceit to gain the presidency is only possible because of earlier actions (courting the votes of extreme right wingers) and lies by the GOP, from which Trump has literally hijacked his supporters.

The article below highlights the Republican party's responsibility for the rise of Trump and his anti-intellectual support base.

The comment at the end by a Trump supporter illustrates the insanity of the people who support Trump and in following his example, deliberately ignore all facts they find inconvenient:

From the article linked below:

..[Bill] Kristol has never apologized for his own role in laying the groundwork for Trump. Kristol tirelessly advocated for the disastrous 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, which badly damaged the GOP in the minds of American voters. Less obviously, he also promoted then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain's vice-presidential running mate in 2008 — an action that elevated anti-intellectualism to the highest reaches of the Republican Party and surely paved the way for Trump.
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...talk radio host Glenn Beck also seems to believe that the Trump phenomenon emerged ex nihilo, with no encouragement from the conservative media and political machines.

“What have they done in the last three years?” Beck said in a September monologue in which he described what he saw was ailing the GOP.

“They've co-opted the alt-right. Because why? Because they're racist? No. ‘Because every vote counts and so we'll use them,’” Beck said. “Because it drives money and drives votes. Hate drives money and drives votes."

All of that is true -- but Republican politicians have been leveraging the proto-alt-right for much longer than three years.

As Jonathan Chait noted at New York magazine last year, “the Trump constituency factored into conservative calculations all along. Conservatives courted them, defended them, and understood all along that their votes would supply the margin needed to implement conservative ideas, even if many of those ideas (like supply-side economics and neoconservative foreign policy) had little natural appeal to those voters.”

A perfect illustration of Chait’s point is that Jeff Flake, the Arizona senator who just released a book that is scathing in its criticism of Trump, decided to title his work “Conscience of a Conservative,” an homage to Barry Goldwater, the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nominee who began the party’s decades-long relationship with racism, which continued through Pat Buchanan's infamous “Southern Strategy” through Ron Paul’s racist newsletters all the way to Trump and the frog-bearing fascists.

Today’s emergence of explicit white Christian identity politics was something that Jackie Robinson, the groundbreaking baseball star who was also an ardent Republican for most of his life, saw firsthand in 1964.

As historian Leah Wright Rigueur chronicles extensively in her important book "The Loneliness of the Black Republican," Robinson tried repeatedly to warn his pary about the fusion of racism and limited-government arguments that Goldwater was trying to make.

“A new breed of Republicans has taken over the GOP,” Robinson wrote in an opinion column published just after Goldwater claimed his party’s nomination. “It is a new breed which is seeking to sell to Americans a doctrine which is as old as mankind — the doctrine of racial division, the doctrine of racial prejudice, the doctrine of white supremacy.”

In fairness, Jeff Flake is almost certainly unaware of the less savory aspects of Goldwater’s candidacy. Most politicians aren’t exactly known for their interest in history and philosophy. Nonetheless, this suggests that Flake is not in contact with anyone who knows what happened in 1964 and how that relates to what happened in 2016._

That kind of callous ignorance is exactly why today's Republican elites won’t be able to rid themselves of Donald Trump in 2020, and will not easily free themselves from the Faustian bargain they’ve made with white nationalism.


This is the comment below, illustrating Trump's supporter's disconnect from reality. In the mind of a trump supporter, everything the GOP did is the fault of "manipulative Liberals".. Then they complain about "fake News"....

I'm sure We'll see more comments of this sort in response to this posting!


Gonzago commented:
"Well, maybe so, but I'm sure liberals made them do it somehow. Remember: liberals are both delicate, out of touch snowflakes AND sinister, conspiratorial puppet masters."

Link:

https://www.salon.com/2017/10/15/conservative-thought-leaders-like-bill-kristol-paved-the-way-for-trump/

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Team finds training exercise that boosts brain power

One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention, Johns Hopkins University researchers found. It also results in more significant changes in brain activity. Though this exercise didn't make anyone smarter, it greatly improved skills people need to excel at school and at work. These results, published this week by the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, suggest it's possible to train the brain like other body parts—with targeted workouts....First, the team assembled three groups of participants, all young adults. Everyone took an initial battery of cognitive tests to determine baseline working memory, attention and intelligence. Everyone also got an electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure brain activity. Then, everyone was sent home to practice a computer task for a month. One group used one leading brain exercise while the second group used the other. The third group practiced on a control task. The training programs Johns Hopkins compared are not the commercial products available sold to consumers, but tools scientists rely on to test the brain's working memory. Everyone trained five days a week for 30 minutes, then returned to the lab for another round of tests to see if anything about their brain or cognitive abilities had changed. The researchers found that the group that practiced what's known as a "dual n-back" exercise showed a 30 percent improvement in their working memory. That was nearly double the gains made by the group working with the other common task, known as "complex span." The dual n-back group also showed significant changes in brain activity in the prefrontal cortex, the critical region responsible for higher learning.

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Critics call Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok" “a triumph.” In theaters everywhere November 3. Get your tickets now: https://fandan.co/2y9whuN

Watch video: bit.ly/2l7kgDR

#Movie #TV

(Credit: Thor)

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Hillary just loves those multi-million dollar bribes.

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PlaidML is an open-source library for accelerating Keras code on Nvidia, AMD, or Intel hardware. The goal is to become "open source deep learning for every platform".

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"The heart of America, without regard to race or religion or political party, is greater than our problems" https://trib.al/X33pIpR

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Cubs' shocking Chris Bosio firing a made-by-Joe Maddon production

On Saturday, the Cubs fired pitching coach Chris Bosio, a decision manager Joe Maddon made, a team source said. Maddon's relationship with Bosio had soured by the end of the season and given a chance to make a change, Maddon took it.

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Hi there.. I want to share my latest drawing. #TaylorSwift #Reputation I'm so excited for her new album!

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So, according to the NRA, if you exercise your First Amendment right to criticize anything that is coming out of the White House, you are the problem.

This is incitement, pure and simple. It''s also a prelude to much worse.

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That's ... that's the wrong way. - ESPN

Watch video: bit.ly/2xXM0AM

#Sports #NFL

(Credit: ESPN)

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An AI system for predicting molecular infrared spectra has been developed. "Infrared spectroscopy is one of the most valuable experimental methods to gain insight into the world of molecules. Infrared spectra are chemical fingerprints that provide information on the composition and properties of substances and materials. In many cases, these spectra are very complex -- a detailed analysis makes computer-aided simulations indispensable. While quantum chemical calculations in principle enable extremely precise prediction of infrared spectra, their applicability in practice is made difficult by the high computational effort associated with them. For this reason, reliable infrared spectra can only be calculated for relatively small chemical systems."

"Contrary to the prevalent big data philosophy, we are able to obtain very accurate machine learning models for the prediction of infrared spectra based on only a few hundreds of electronic structure reference points. This is made possible through the use of molecular forces during neural network potential training and the introduction of a fully automated sampling scheme. We demonstrate the power of our machine learning approach by applying it to model the infrared spectra of a methanol molecule, n-alkanes containing up to 200 atoms and the protonated alanine tripeptide, which at the same time represents the first application of machine learning techniques to simulate the dynamics of a peptide. In all of these case studies we find an excellent agreement between the infrared spectra predicted via machine learning models and the respective theoretical and experimental spectra."

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These six tasty foods can promote healthier cholesterol, lower blood pressure, fight harmful inflammation, and provide plenty of other health benefits.

http://www.herbsmedicines.com/surprise-6-foods-great-heart/

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#WeekendReads | Campus Rising, a documentary by Yousuf Saeed, goes behind the scenes of the many student agitations of the past year and finds a new respect for their struggle for freedom and justice.

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Huawei has also jumped into the ring of dual screen foldable smartphones. let's see what comes next????

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With Rose Out The Magic Destroy The Cavaliers 114-93

Derrick Rose was out with an ankle strain tonight after having a game to recover after being clotheslined by Greg Monroe in last nights game. Without him the Cavaliers were defeat by the Orlando Magic by all people by 21 Points as Nikola Vucevic had 23 Points, 7 Rebounds and 5 Assists after dropping a career- high 41 Points in the last game. Jonathon Simmons came off the bench to score a season- high 19 Points while D.J. Augustin had a double- double with 12 Points, 10 Assists. As the Magic even without Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton playing tonight via injuries. Snapping the clubs 17 game losing streak vs Cleveland.

The Cleveland Cavaliers looked lost tonight without their true leader Rose however Iman Shumpert had possibly his best game as Cavaliers with 22 Points, 7 Rebounds while LeBron only had 22 Points. With 19 Points, 9 Rebounds from Love.

Magic Record: 2-1
Cavaliers Record: 2-1

Boxscore: http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400974779

#NBA #Cavaliers #Magic #Cleveland #Magic

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Bill O'Reilly paid $32 million harassment settlement before signing new Fox News contract

The settlement was made in January, just before O’Reilly signed a new four-year contract with Fox News. The deal included a stipulation that any further sexual harassment allegations made against him could lead to his termination. He was fired in April.

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Two Black Holes Dancing in 3C 75
Image Credit: X-Ray: NASA/CXC/D. Hudson, T. Reiprich et al. (AIfA); Radio: NRAO/VLA/ NRL
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap171022.html

What's happening at the center of active galaxy 3C 75? The two bright sources at the center of this composite x-ray (blue)/ radio (pink) image are co-orbiting supermassive black holes powering the giant radio source 3C 75. Surrounded by multimillion degree x-ray emitting gas, and blasting out jets of relativistic particles the supermassive black holes are separated by 25,000 light-years. At the cores of two merging galaxies in the Abell 400 galaxy cluster they are some 300 million light-years away. Astronomers conclude that these two supermassive black holes are bound together by gravity in a binary system in part because the jets' consistent swept back appearance is most likely due to their common motion as they speed through the hot cluster gas at 1200 kilometers per second. Such spectacular cosmic mergers are thought to be common in crowded galaxy cluster environments in the distant universe. In their final stages the mergers are expected to be intense sources of gravitational waves.

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Who's spending their Saturday lounging out like Cersten?! #DCCSwim

Read more on: bit.ly/2xXYZCn

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders)

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#OneAmericaAppeal: Five Former Presidents Gather In Support Of Hurricane Relief, Donald Trump Praises Efforts

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Juno is presenting us with an interesting profile of Jupiter. "NASA’s Juno spacecraft has plumbed the depths of Jupiter, revealing that the planet’s famous bands of swirling winds extend thousands of kilometres down. The work is the sharpest glimpse yet into Jupiter’s interior.
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Juno arrived at Jupiter in July 2016 and has been looping around it once every 53 days. The mission has already revealed several mysterious phenomena, such as Jupiter's patchy magnetic field and sets of cyclones that whirl around the planet's north and south poles like dancers around a maypole.

By studying Jupiter's gravitational field, researchers can probe thousands of kilometres into the planet. On each close fly-by, Juno measures the planet’s complex gravitational tug. These observations have already revealed that Jupiter has a small, ‘fuzzy’, poorly defined core.

The latest results show that Jupiter’s gravitational field is askew, with different patterns in its northern and southern hemispheres, said Tristan Guillot, a planetary scientist at the Observatory of the Côte d’Azur in Nice, France. That suggests that its hydrogen-rich gas is flowing asymmetrically deep in the planet. “This is something that was not expected,” Guillot said at the meeting. “We were not sure at all whether we would be able to see that.”"

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YouTube has now a new mode for Pixel 2 XL!
#Android   #YouTube   #Google  

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NBA wrap: Cavaliers, Warriors, Thunder all lose on wild Saturday: The Cavaliers lost to the Magic; the Warriors had two stars ejected; and the Thunder scored just 87 points. http://dlvr.it/PwyDrj

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A prototype device uses a small projector, a depth sensor, and a computer to project multi-touch displays onto any surface.

"Do you have a lamp with a standard-size lightbulb socket? If so, you’ve already got one piece of the required gear for turning your desk—or fridge, wall, or pretty much any other surface—into an augmented-reality display that you can interact with much as you do with the screen of a smartphone.

That’s the premise behind a project from researchers in the Future Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon University. Called Desktopography, it uses a small projector, a depth sensor, and a computer to project images onto surfaces; the projections can move around to stay out of the way of objects that are also on the surface. It screws into a lightbulb socket, and the latest prototype uses the lamp for power, says Robert Xiao, a graduate student who leads the project..."

#future = #REALnews #tech #innovation #design #sustainability #science #engineering #singularity #progress #vr #virtualreality #ar #augmentedreality #mr #mixedreality #metaverse

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608198/augmented-reality-on-your-desk-all-you-need-is-a-lightbulb-socket/?utm_campaign=Owned+Social&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Owned+Social

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World Series-bound: Three takeaways from the Astros' ALCS Game 7 win over Yankees: Three takeaways from the Astros' series-clinching win over the Yankees. http://dlvr.it/Pwxs2K

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Heat Hold Off The Pacers To Clinch Home Opener 112 - 108

With star center Hassan Whiteside sitting out tonight's game with a bruised knee, Goran Dragic scored 23 Points to led the Miami Heat to their first win of the season in their game at home. after being defeat by the Magic in Orlando in the Heat's season opener. Dion Waiters also added 19 Points as the Miami backcourt combined to score a total of 42 Points on the night. With 14 Points from James Johnson and 13 off the bench from Kelly Olynyk. The Heat in the 2nd quarter would go on a 13-0 run which have Miami all the moment they needed to help win tonight's game vs the Pacers by only 4 Points in a 112-108 victory.

Victor Oladipo scored a game- high 28 Points and had 5 Assists with 4 Steals on the night to lead the Pacers. With 18 from Domantas Sabonis as the two trade pieces in the Paul George trade combined for a total of 46 Points tonight. While both Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson scored 14 Points as the Pacers despite taking the game down to the weir would fall to a 1-2 record tonight.

Heat Record: 1-1
Pacers Record: 1-2

Boxscore: http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400974780

#NBA #Heat #Pacers #Miami #Indiana

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Various Video Game Developers Share Their Thoughts On The Nintendo Switch #repost

Games Radar have produced a rather interesting feature which has seen them assemble a variety of video game makers and ask them to share their thoughts on Nintendo’s latest platform, the Nintendo Switch. There’s a number of developers interviewed so if…

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Windows 10 now includes anti-cheat protection for games http://engt.co/2yAw8nm

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The phone looks pretty good...

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The IPC Podcast LIVE #167 | Spaceballs
On this episode, Zac and Ben kick off a two-part "Spoof" series by discussing the  greatest and most iconic Star Wars Parody of all time, Spaceballs ! The break down the film's outrageous plot, ridiculous characters, and absolutely hysterical jokes. The guy...

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“Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, I’m seeing a haze of green in the middle of the gothic “T”, which then blooms into a red that eventually transitions into the white that the icon is supposed to be. But the fun isn’t over; when you get up real close, you’ll see the edges of the icon are all fringed by a sort of purply-red and, again, green.”

Maybe +The Verge has a more defective Pixel XL 2 screen than other reviewers, but if that’s how a white icon looks like I would honestly feel like puking every time I would interact with the phone.

Probably a better idea to get the regular Pixel, hold out another year with your current Pixel or maybe wait for potential fixes?

Source: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/18/16489756/google-pixel-2xl-awful-lg-oled-screen

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It's a mouthful, but this anxiety treatment works: Mindfulness-based stress reduction combines mindfulness with other management techniques to help those suffering from anxiety.

For more info, read 'Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Anxiety Treatment' at http://bit.ly/2hPrh7e
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#MBSR #MindfulnessBasedStressReduction #mindfulness #yoga #anxiety #gad #ptsd #ocd #anxietytreatment #bipolar #depression #mentalhealth #mentalillness

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The final out. #EarnHistory

Watch video: bit.ly/2l7rQy4

#MLB #Astros +Houston Astros

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#nightmarefuel Number 21 Some trouble you can't run away from. Thanks for the prompt +Bliss Morgan
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A bright light splintered the night. Max stopped in the doorway, shielding his eyes to look back at the square he had just crossed through. The light hung there for some seconds, like a star fallen to earth. A humming filled the air. The hairs on Max’s arms and neck rose and he cursed quietly.

He’d been warned to stop his meddling, and he had not done so. He’d like to think it was bravery, refusing to cow to those in power, but it might have been simple stupid obstinance that would cost him dear. Clearly, he was about to learn how well the Society could fulfill the threats they had made.

Max knew he should run, but he also suspected that running would do him little good. He stepped into the shadows and drew his cloak in tightly.

After a moment or two, the light faded and the humming stopped. Max kept his body pressed against the wall, but turned his head to get a partial view of the center of the square, where the light had been.

Nothing. Only a statue on a dais.

Max’s blood seemed to freeze in his veins as realization dawned on him. There had been no statue there when he’d walked through the square. No structure of any sort. Whatever it was, it had just appeared out of nowhere.

He pushed his head out a little further, hoping for a better look without exposing his hiding place. The statue was still for some time. Max considered slinking away along the wall, even if it made him feel like a coward. Cowardice could keep a man alive sometimes.

“Maximilian Strange.”

The voice came to him clearly, as if someone at a cocktail party had just mentioned his name. He sagged against the wall. He had missed his opportunity to run, if indeed one had ever existed. At least he could die like a man. Taking a deep breath, he walked back into the square.

“Here,” he called back, proud that his voice did not tremble.

The figure on the dais seemed to spread its arms. Then it opened its eyes and mouth, white light pouring from them.

In the morning, the street sweeper made the call. He’d found a set of men’s clothing lying on the ground as if worn. They were filled only with dust. The worst part was the shoes. High quality oxfords, freshly polished--with the feet still inside.

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As far as the origin of this practice is concerned, legend has it that wishing upon a shooting star makes the wish come true. This belief dates back to around AD 127-151 when Greek astronomer Ptolemy wrote that occasionally, out of curiosity or even boredom, the Gods peer down at the earth from between the spheres.

NOW; close your eyes (︶。︶✽), make a wish (๑ᵕ⌓ᵕ̤), count to 3 -- GOODNIGHT EVERYONE... ♥

#footnotes
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