Midnight In The Desert — politics

Robot Announces Plans to Run for Office in New Zealand

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Robot Announces Plans to Run for Office in New Zealand

Tired of politicians that act like robots? Do you feel you’d be better served by robots that act like politicians? Or better yet, robots that use artificial intelligence instead of whatever politicians these days are using for brains? “There is a lot of bias in the ‘analogue’ practice of politics right now. There seems to be so much existing bias that countries around the world seem unable to address fundamental and multiple complex issues like climate change and equality.” That’s the kind of dystopian thinking that inspired New Zealand entrepreneur Nick Gerritsen to develop SAM, the world’s first artificial intelligence...

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Miami congressional candidate says she saw aliens

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Miami congressional candidate says she saw aliens

Miami congressional candidate, Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, speaks in 2009 about her relationships with extraterrestrial beings in an Américan Tevé program. Courtesy of América Tevé Florida has a U.S. senator who once flew aboard the Space Shuttle. A congressional candidate from Miami can go one better: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she’s been aboard a spaceship too. But this one was crewed by aliens. As in extraterrestrials. Three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was 7 years old and have communicated telepathically with her several times in her life, she says. (Sen. Bill Nelson served...

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Why Democrats and Republicans are Both Right on Climate

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Why Democrats and Republicans are Both Right on Climate

Over the past two years, two thoughtful, innovative, and dramatically different plans to address global warming have been presented to the American public by the Democratic and the Republican Parties. Both plans would move the nation significantly toward a sustainable future. The first, the Clean Power Plan (CPP), introduced by President Obama, calls on states to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 32 percent below their individual 2005 baselines by 2030. The CPP further makes $8 billion available to retrain and aid coal-workers and their families. This is a sizeable transition fund for an industry now valued in...

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Gary Johnson Wants to Ignore Climate Change Because the Sun Will Destroy the Earth One Day

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Gary Johnson Wants to Ignore Climate Change Because the Sun Will Destroy the Earth One Day

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, takes what he calls the “long-term view” of climate change. “In billions of years,” he said in 2011, “the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth, right? So global warming is in our future.” The former New Mexico governor did acknowledge that humans are making the world warmer in the near term, too—but he doesn’t think the government should do much about it. In the same speech, he denounced “cap-and-trade taxation,” said we “should be building new coal-fired plants,” and argued that the “trillions” of dollars it would cost to...

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Here Are All the Ways That Politicians Lie About Science (Audio)

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Here Are All the Ways That Politicians Lie About Science (Audio)

History is riddled with science denial. From Newton’s law of gravitation to Hanaoka Seinshu’s use of anesthesia, there’s no shortage of discoveries that have been scoffed at, ridiculed, and wholly rejected by prominent thinkers before eventually settling into the human narrative. But too often, significant damage is done—and sometimes lives are lost—while these debates play out. After centuries of dismissing scientific discoveries, only to be proven wrong time and again, you’d think we’d learn to have a little more faith in the experts. In the era of social media, around-the-clock cable news, and Donald Trump, preventing the spread of misinformation...

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