It's the Age Avalanche! (apologies to Ken Dychtwald).
Big changes are thundering down the time track. We will be the political gorilla. How do we use our muscle to the best effect? We have to be very careful and very smart.
We are the readers of Science Fiction, and now our world is sci-fi realized.
All the Rage These Days
(For a few days "until this one blows over")
A friend of mine wrote a column about Occam's Razor. In it he "simplified" the liberal/progressive gun regulation position like this:
- - - - - - - -
"Since this shooting (Parkland), I've once again heard from non-gun owning friends of mine that have proposed that the first and best solution is for America to rid itself of all of its 300 million plus guns. They say that by doing so we will eliminate any future shootings of any kind."
We live in Gunland *
I whupped up a response. Here 'tis, for your dining and dancing pleasure:
You say some of your “non-gun owning friends” think: " the first and best solution is for America to rid itself of all of its 300 million plus guns.” What wildly radical friends you have. Australians? I don’t want to be tarred with that brush. It sounds suspiciously like the “they’re coming to get your guns” (probably in black helicopters) fear meme from some of the Alex Jones types and is patently ridiculous. Please tell that to your non-gun owning friends for me.
You know I consider my self quite “liberal” (and am stuck with the label “progressive”). I think gun confiscation is supremely stupid and would NEVER work in the U.S. I would have to think my plan for working on our toxic gun culture would be pretty darn lefty, but reasonable, sensible and non-repressive… and might actually help. You know it, but here it is again:
No guns for people who have committed serious violent crime (including domestic violence), no-fly-listers, illegal aliens and “people of interest” under police observation.
A gun registry; gun law and weapon handling training - and the demonstration of competence in both.(like for our cars) Any cross-state-lines laws would default to the toughest standards state involved - even when it’s California.
Mandatory liability insurance based on the number and type of weapons owned. (The only ‘penalty’ for owning an arsenal.)
Prohibit civilian ownership of military style long guns, and specific limits on ammo capacity for all other semi-automatic weapons….But allow shooting ranges where you can get your kicks renting such weaponry and do recreational shooting for however long one wants and can afford.
[See, no confiscations!]
So as the resident liberal progressive in the gang, I offer a bet that my plan would 1.) win if it went to the Supreme Court as not violating the 2nd, and 2.) get about 75% approval by the general population of the U.S.
I’m saying 75% on the most conservative basis. Only 22% of U.S. adults own guns. 55 million out of 250 million adults. These are data from a 2016 studyby Northeastern University and Harvard.
"Over the Line""Well, it's kind of newsworthy.""You have a strange mind, Duff.""I hear the biome has a lot of control over your sex drive.""Gross.""Well, it's a big medical discovery, all that.""I'm going to talk to mine like you talk to a baby in your belly."(Some comments from early readers who could actually think of something to say.)
It's in the bookstores (Amazon, that is)! It's published, available, for sale. At long, darn last. GO STRAIGHT TO AMAZON HERE
Science Fiction has no fear. It treads on subjects you might think odd to be trod. But I am just super impressed with the tidal wave of discoveries about MICROBIOMES. Everybody and pretty much every living thing has a microbiome. They are vital to healthy life... heck, to life itself!
A lot of people I talk to completely underestimate the human microbiome. There's a chance I overestimate it, but I think not. In and on your body there i…
Way to Go, California At last, a governing person who hates bots as much as I do! California state Senator Robert M. Hertzberg Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves!A bill in the California legislature would regulate bots by making them disclose their automated nature. But how? Bots are the body lice of the Internet. Bots are stealth brain boring parasites. Bots are the pliers and screwdrivers in the Devil's workshop. Other than those, my opinions about bots are neutral.
SEND THIS GENT YOUR BEST WISHES. SEND HIM MONEY. SEND HIM WHATEVER YOU CAN TO ENCOURAGE HIS BILL - SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TRYING TO GET BORN. WE NEED IT DESPARATELY.
"Biotech*," the Growth Wing of Pharma Didn't know that? The Chinese certainly do Some headlines and paragraphs spelling it out
Money is rushing into biotech at breakneck speed this year, and one part of the globe is accounting for much of the uptick: China. VC deals were teeming with Chinese investors in the first half of the year, with China-based firms participating in US biotech investment rounds worth $5.1 billion, according to data from PitchBook. For some perspective, that beats 2017's total figure of $4 billion — and we're only six months into the year. ENDPOINTS NEWS**
Chinese funds participated in investment rounds in US biotech companies worth $5.1bn in the first half of this year, beating the $4bn in 2017, the first year of large Chinese inflows into the sector, according to PitchBook.→ Financial Times🔐
Shanghai Pharmaceuticals on the prowl for acquisitions in US and Europe The Chinese pharmaceutical firm plans to open a research centre in San Diego and acq…