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Friday, January 1, 2021

THE HAPPENING WORLD: U.S. House of Representatives to Eliminate “Gendered Terms” from its Rules

In clause 8(c)(3) of rule XXIII, strike “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or grand-daughter” and insert “parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling, first cousin, sibling’s child, spouse, parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, half-sibling, or grandchild”.

I stand by my 1985 prediction that this will eventually lead to mandating the term “s/he/it” to avoid excluding artificial intelligences, followed soon thereafter by the complete collapse of this folly everywhere outside Marin County, California.

Read the whole (stupid) thing. [PDF]

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CONTEXT: Jill Tarter: Signals from Proxima Centauri, Advice from Carl Sagan, and SETI @ 60!

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: How SpaceX Recovers Falcon 9 after Drone Ship Landings

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CONTINUITY: Every Orbital Launch Of 2020

Includes launch attempts which did not reach orbit. A summary is at the end of the video.

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