March for Science protesters gather in front of the White House with Muppet character Beaker. Credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty

Topics: Commentary, Science, Research

It is poignant that this is the last post of 2017. Since the repeal of Net Neutrality (translation: Internet equality, i.e. all income levels can access the commons), I'll see how it goes the first weeks of 2018, or when any tiered charges take effect. With any luck and Gestapos notwithstanding, I should be back the 1st Monday in January.

The absence of Net Neutrality may or may not affect movements like #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo et al that got started essentially as viral mobilizations, like large flash mobs. That won't mean movements will be silenced, just likely they'll go back to some of their previous analog models and pool resources for access. If it affects the bottom lines of Amazon, CBS All Access, Hulu and Netflix, expect lawsuits. It may force a few of us to read more books at bookstores and newspapers, three commodities that have suffered from the advent of the Internet, and seeking a PDF versus a book, or buying a subscription to a newspaper or magazine. I have also felt the impact at the movies, since I'll be the first to admit I tend to wait until its streamed or released to video. It brings clarity to the colloquialism: "why buy the cow, when you can get the milk for free?" - from salaciousness to economics.
The Nature article below covers the following topics:

- The first observed collisions of Neutron stars using LIGO and Virgo;
- SESAME, the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East, was inaugurated on 16 May;
- Quantum entanglement;
- The inauguration of our tragicomic, adolescent, pathological lying, conspiracy-theory influenced, Twitter-addicted septuagenarian, the 45th president*;
- The March for Science, which I participated in the local one in Poughkeepsie, New York;
- BREXIT and its heretofore unimagined consequences to science and UK tourism;
- "On 12 July, an iceberg twice the size of Luxembourg broke free from the Antarctic Peninsula" (read that one again);
- The EPA changed its acronym from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Environmental Pirating and land grab Agency (my pun);
- Genetics, hybrid fetuses with human and pig cells that could one day pave the way to grow organs for people;
- Cassini took a nose dive and we discovered TRAPPIST-1 has seven Earth-sized planets;
- #MeToo
- California wildfires exacerbated by climate change;
- AI and Quantum Computers.

* Random thoughts:

1. 2042: When white Americans becomes the numerical minority in the US, only 25 years, or a generation away. This was ironically published in 2008 on my birthday and before the election of the first African American president in the history of the US republic, launching a wave of bigotry almost unparalleled in recent memory.

2. It isn't much of a stretch that a political party that historically championed Civil Rights for African Americans - fighting a war over it, during which it started the National Academy of Science and now is anti-science, anti-evidence, anti-fact and anti-intellectualism would eventually find its avatar in a "reality" television star. Also note: birtherism was the first modern genesis of "alternative facts." Like the term "alt-right," it's the same old lies. It even creeps into history books.

3. The GOP is losing with women and youth: African Americans, Asians and Hispanics as visibly participating members are minuscule, statistical "noise." The party is becoming older, whiter and dying offAfter the 2012 election, the GOP did an autopsy that was largely ignored. Wink-and-nod dog whistles were converted to carnival-barked foghorns by their eventual bigoted and Russian-assisted presidential candidate.

4. Howard Dean introduced small-dollar donations, followed by Senator then President Obama and imitated by every democratic candidate since. Republicans get the majority of their campaign money from big donors, hence the tax cut for them.

5. Russian interference in our elections hasn't been acted on as a priority by 45, nor by the republican-led congress - see random thoughts 1 and 2.

6. Unchecked, that interference will be in play during the midterms November 6, 2018 that like Alabama December 12, 2017, have to be overcome by sheer numbers.

7. The DNC hack is labeled as "fake news" by 45's White House of horrors, while not much is made of the RNC hack that occurred at the same time. Joy Reid seems to have connected-the-dots, and they lead to Kompromat.

What would a dwindling, desperate party DO to remain in power?

Perhaps anything, including selling out the country and their own souls.

The article below speaks for itself at the link. See you next year (hopefully).
2017 in news: The science events that shaped the year, Nature Ewen Callaway, Davide Castelvecchi, David Cyranoski, Elizabeth Gibney, Heidi Ledford, Jane J. Lee, Lauren Morello, Nicky Phillips, Quirin Schiermeier, Jeff Tollefson & Alexandra Witze

Related link:

How To Talk to a Science Denier Without Arguing: A simple strategy with the acronym EGRIP can be surprisingly effective Gleb Tsipursky, Scientific American

Views: 54


You need to be a member of BlackScienceFictionSociety to add comments!

Join BlackScienceFictionSociety








Please do not greet everyone on the site with large images and/or announcements of your book or business. Yes, you want to tell the world, but learn the fine art of subtlety. We have lost numerous members because of the amount of 'friend' mail they instantly receive. This Hurts Everyone.

Also, DO NOT post the same information multiple times throughout the site. It will be deleted without notice.


Spam is unsolicited advertising, whether it is posted as comments on other members' pages or is emailed for marketing purposes.


Please be considerate. Post your advertisement in the proper Articles/Forum or Group. There are inexpensive marketing channels that reach every member for just $25 on the Advertising tab. You can post your information on your profile and even update your blog as often as you like.


We are not into censorship, so please don't make us ask you to leave. Be kind and unselfish - don't spam.


Your Account Will Be Deleted Without Warning For Spam.


Blog Posts

<a href=""></a>

Posted by radyania jiii on October 20, 2018 at 1:53am 0 Comments


Australia Keto Tone Drink loads of luke high temp water for the duration of the day. This aides in clearing water maintenance and swelling too diminishes indigested nourishment buildup in the digestive system. Water flushes out poisons, henceforth it critical that you drink up to 2 liters in day by day.

<a href=""></a>

Posted by radyania jiii on October 20, 2018 at 1:51am 0 Comments

Australia Keto Tone Need to comprehend the genuine mystery to finding the best Weight Loss audits out there? You have to get a dietary patterns that is indicated may others as well as help them to stick abandoning running shoes to see lasting Weight Loss. There is in reality no time consuming less calories ought to are simply going maintain a strategic distance from part of the way through. When you can find a program that makes getting thinner fun, quick, and as straightforward as could be allowed, you may have no way out however subtle elements those bodyweight!

Tư thế ngủ như thế nào mới tốt cho người bị thoái hoá cột sốn

Posted by dem khuyen mai on October 20, 2018 at 1:48am 0 Comments

Các chứng bệnh liên quan đến xương khớp thường khiến chúng ta vô cùng khó chịu, vận động kém và đặc biệt ảnh hưởng tới việc di chuyển hàng ngày. Và thoái hoá cột sống là một dạng bệnh như vậy. Tư thế ngủ phải như thế nào mới đúng và một chiếc đệm sông hồng đang giảm giá 100% mẫu đệm sông hồng chính hãng giá cực rẻ ở hà nội liệu có giúp ích gì cho bạn khi bị căn bệnh này không? Hãy cùng theo dõi bài viết dưới đây của thế giới đệm việt nhé.

Các bệnh xương khớp, không chỉ gây đau nhức cho người bị mắc phải mà nếu nặng còn phải ảnh hưởng, phiền hà tới những người xung quanh. Ví dụ như những lần quá đau, họ không thể vận động, di chuyển được thì sẽ phải có người chăm sóc ở bên. Và…


Belief in Oneness...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 19, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments


Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Diversity, Existentialism, Human Rights, Politics

Dear Millennials,

New York Magazine (the home state of our current orange nightmare) couldn't be more stark: your futures are being…

A Family Affair...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 18, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Credits: Frances Arnold Credit: Caltech

Topics: Chemistry, Diversity, Diversity in Science, NASA, Nobel Prize, Women in Science

Click here to read about Frances Arnold's Nobel…

AI and MEMS...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 17, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Image: Guillaume Dion

Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Internet of Things, MEMS, Neuromorphic Devices

A single silicon beam (red), along with its drive (yellow) and readout (green and blue) electrodes, implements a MEMS…

Nano Noise...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 16, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

New noise: researchers have discovered a new type of noise that is associated with differences in temperature. (Courtesy: iStock/Swillklitch)

Topics: Acoustic Physics, Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Technology, Thermodynamics

A new type of electronic noise has been discovered by a team of physicists and chemists in…

Moon Moons...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 15, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Could Earth's moon have its own moon? Science says: in theory. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Topics: Astrophysics, Exoplanets, NASA, Planetary Science, Space Exploration

I couldn't compound the two words in the post title (as in the article) and keep a straight face. Although, someone will likely write fiction about double system…

The Digital Brothers Multimedia

The Digital Brothers
Our goal is to provide cost effective technological solutions for home, small and big business. After over 20 years of service working in this field, we decided to utilize our talents to develop and cultivate our own vision to benefit the community.
2D & 3D Animation
Graphic & Web Design
Photo & Video
Multimedia Development
Online & Print Marketing

Contact Us Today To Assist In Your Business Success



Life as alpha of a werewolf pack is anything but predictable. But even Parker Berenson is surprised by the latest twist: he’s fallen in love with a space alien. Problem is, he suspects Melera, his sexy new flame, might be the serial killer terrorizing Seattle. Or maybe she isn’t. After all, just because she’s an interstellar assassin doesn’t mean she’s guilty.

© 2018   Created by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service