Hillary Clinton for President


(NYTimes) – Editorial Board:

Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience and courage. …

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Hillary Clinton

Star Trek’s Warp Drive


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:
How our dream of exploring the stars might actually someday come true …

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NCC-1701 Enterprise before stars

A Cheat Sheet of Trump’s Favorite Lies


(Slate::The Slatest) – Josh Voorhees:

Donald Trump lies. A lot. He lies about big things, and small things, and things in between. As Matt Lauer can attest, that will pose a particular problem this fall for the debate moderators as they decide whether and when to fact-check in real-time a man for whom hyperbole and mendacity are the norm.

To help Monday’s debate moderator Lester Holt out, below is a list of some of the most common lies Trump has told on the stump this past year, which he will likely repeat at the debate, debunked. When Holt asks himself whether and when to fact-check Trump live, let the answers be: Yes and always! …

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Donald Trump at a debate

Sunnis and Shiites vs. Wahhabism


(The Independent::Voices) – Robert Fisk:

For the first time, Saudi Arabia is being attacked by both Sunni and Shia leaders.

What, the Saudis must be asking themselves, has happened to the fawning leaders who would normally grovel to the Kingdom? …

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Can Stars Escape From the Galaxy, With Planets Intact?


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

Is stellar ejection a real thing, and if so, can planets come along for the ride? …

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Mira's bow shock

Amnestie für Snowden!


(SPIEGEL Politik::Links) – Jakob Augstein:

Edward Snowden sitzt in Moskau und wartet. Auf uns. Er hat uns die Augen über den Digital-Imperialismus geöffnet – und dafür alles aufgegeben. Jetzt muss die Welt Barack Obama drängen: Amnestie für Snowden! …

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Snowden, 2016 film

Eleventh Temperature Record-Breaking Month in a Row


(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

If this article sounds familiar, it should. This has been happening so frequently I just copied the post for July and updated it.

October. November. December. January. February. March. April. May. June. July. And now August.

For the elenth month in a row, we’ve had a month that has broken the global high temperature record. …

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Global temperature anomalies in August 2016

New York’s Rational Response to Terror


(The New Yorker::Daily Comment) – Adam Gopnik:

The response of the people of New York to the bombings that took place in Chelsea and New Jersey over the weekend was not merely “bold” or “courageous,” or all those other words we use, sometimes obnoxiously, to congratulate ourselves. It was marked by something even better: cool, plain, dull indifference. …

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New Yorkers

Obama’s Last U.N. Address


(Slate::News and Politics) – Fred Kaplan:

The president asks world leaders to reject fundamentalism and racism and promote a civil society. …

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Barack Obama at UN on 2016-09-20

Obama Thanks Trump for Granting Him Citizenship


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

Calling this “the greatest day of my life,” a visibly moved Barack Obama held a news conference on Friday to thank Donald Trump for granting him U.S. citizenship. …

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Tearful Barack Obama