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Comment Re:seriously? (Score 1) 82

"Thanksgiving trivia for the day: "

Folks, put a copy of this post in your Evernote so that if some relative at the dinner table brings up Islam or Black Lives Matter, you can whip out your smartphone and deflect the conversation before everybody starts screaming and throwing turkey at each other.

Comment Re:Cost of access is key. (Score 1) 328

Tyson's subtext is that he somehow doesn't trust non-governmental organizations to conduct themselves in space according to his NPR vision of the proper role of Washington.

Because the technology for manned exploration is in such an early stage of development, we can't sit here and plan how it might develop over the rest of the century. Since NASA has a good track record on automated science, we can assume that it will direct more generations of scientific probes, but we have no confidence that it can plan risky manned missions. Let the adventuring sector do what it finds itself capable of.

Comment Blame Dallas? (Score 1) 488

" Survey data indicates engineering faculty at universities are far more likely to be conservative than people with other degrees, and far more likely to be religious"

The statistic associating engineers with terrorism has been around for a while, but this explanation is a new one. This means that Texas ought to be a hotbed of terrorist activity.

Comment Re:He she said (Score 4, Informative) 582

The Russian violation was technical, according tothis morning's maps: in a flight across northern Syria, the SU-24 crossed a narrow finger of Turkish land sticking out of its southern border. The shootdown was over Syria, the crash was in Syria, and the crew were killed by Syrians after ejecting.

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