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Carl Sagan's accurate prediction of the future

In a 1995 book, Carl Sagan wrote:

“Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

Did he have a time machine or was he just that smart?

Edited for citation: the book was "The Demon-haunted world: Science as a Candle in the Dark" written in 1995.

I just realized something....

My avatar could be mistaken for a Trump support !
I promise you it ain't, but he is correct about one thing: voter suppression and intimidation is a very real problem in this country.
Dare I say it is bigly a problem?

One good thing about Trump:

Trump promises to cut taxes "massively" (goodbye deficit and debt control; goodbye safety net).
Trump promises to cut regulations by "75%" (goodbye environment and good health; hello next economic crash).
Thank goodness he lies about everything!

Dylan Roof

The Charelston self-taught racist who gunned down 9 people at the oldest black church in SC was not allowed to buy a gun because of a previous drug felony. When he went to buy the Glock that he used in the crime the owner dutifully filed the FBI notification and told him he could come back in 3 days to get the gun. Since the gun shop did not hear from the FBI after the 72 hour period, he walked out with the gun.
The FBI later called to tell the shop not to sell the gun --- 12 days after the massacre had taken place.
There are not words adequate to express how wrong and stupid this is.

Password on log-in

I am having to enter my user and password every time I open the site. Any way to avoid that?

One good thing....

the racists are now out of the closet.
We heard about the 'silent' Trump voters who were ashamed to admit they were voting for him. Well, they can't help crowing now, and many finally feel free, free at last, to let their freaky racist flag fly.
This is (still) America, so you have the right to be an asshole, but now we know who you are.
There are a lot of people that I will not ever speak to again unless it is to tell them what a deplorable piece of shit they are.

Discussion with Trump supporter

Had a talk (or argument) this morning with a guy who says he won't vote for Trump, but will pull the lever next to his name as a vote against Hillary (I do realize that doesn't make any sense).
He is an executive in a fairly large firm, so I asked him if he would consider hiring Trump to work in his company.
With no hesitation, he said, "Hell, no. We couldn't stand the lawsuits from our minority and female employees, and he wouldn't be able to get along with anybody."

Guess he cares more about his company than his country.

Is no one watching the Olympics?

Source: NBC TV on now

I was thinking some people might laugh at the two Brazilian men who were crying like little girls when they shocked everyone by winning a silver and bronze in the gymnast competition, but I couldn't laugh because I was about to tear up watching their pure joy.

Makes you understand the real essence of sports as opposed to the million dollar prima donnas we are used to watching on TV.

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