Immortal but Damned to Hell on Earth – The Atlantic

The danger of uploading one’s consciousness to a computer without a suicide switch

Let us begin by noticing that justice, as most people presently conceive it, permits or even requires that at least some crimes be punished as far after the fact as is now possible. … Radical life extension would so scramble and confound our normal notions of justice that there’s no telling how future Americans would react to the new reality.

Nuclear war could come tomorrow. Those of us who survive it might spend the rest of our days in misery. But that misery would be relatively short. Radical life extension via mind uploads would seem to risk inconceivably long, possibly endless misery. And this holds even if no future generation deliberately inflicts that misery.

Source: Immortal but Damned to Hell on Earth – The Atlantic

America’s Self-Inflicted Wounds – The Atlantic

Political dysfunction is doing serious damage to U.S. economic power.

Source: America’s Self-Inflicted Wounds – The Atlantic

 

“As long as one of our major parties is opposed to essentially all trade agreements, and the other is resistant to funding international organizations, the U.S. will not be in a position to shape the global economic system.”

— former U.S. treasury secretary Larry Summers

Thoughtcrime – Charlie’s Diary

Last week, our newly re-elected Prime Minister, David Cameron, said something quite remarkable in a speech outlining his new government’s legislative plans for the next five years.

“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’.”

Think about it for a moment. This is the leader of a nominally democratic country saying that merely obeying the law is not sufficient

Source: Thoughtcrime – Charlie’s Diary

On the Taxonomy of Spaceships – Geeks New England

There are lots of different ship classes in science fiction, and I’m not talking about the designated name for a particular frame (like Victory-class or Firefly-class).  I’m talking about classification of ship roles.  You have your cruisers, your destroyers, your frigates and corvettes, your dreadnoughts, and all sorts of other roles.  But something that always confused me is exactly what the differences are between them.  If you had shown me two ships and claimed one was a destroyer and one was a cruiser I wouldn’t have really understood what that actually means and what roles they employ in a battle.  How is a battleship different from a battlecruiser?  Is there any difference between a star cruiser and an assault cruiser, and if so what is it?

So, from here on out I’ll be explaining the various classes of ships, their histories, and how I would personally define what the role a spaceship of that kind would take.

Source: On the Taxonomy of Spaceships – Geeks New England

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover : It’s All Politics : NPR

Texas’ GOP governor is sending the Texas State Guard to monitor a military training exercise after right-wing militia alleged it’s just a cover for the president’s plan to put Texas under martial law.

Source: Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover : It’s All Politics : NPR

 

“I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my Governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my Governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do.”

— former Texas state representative Todd Smith

Cops: We Need Rights More Than You, Citizen | Popehat

But when Canterbury says “due process,” he means a little something extra for cops. … What kind of due process do cops want? They want bills of rights. … Let’s take a look at Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights that Canterbury mentions, and contrast the rights and procedures cops demand for themselves versus their habits in dealing with us.

So why don’t they extend those same practices when they interview suspects? Why aren’t they as concerned about accurate statements from us?

Source: Cops: We Need Rights More Than You, Citizen | Popehat