Why March for Science?

George Lakoff

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The enormous role played by science — especially government-sponsored science — in our everyday lives is barely appreciated.

Start with modern medicine. We, the public, paid for it through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and research universities where the medical researchers, surgeons, doctors and nurses were trained, and where tools like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) developed. Modern drugs were also developed through basic research sponsored by NIH. Modern medicine is the dividend of our investment over decades in medical science.

Next, computers. Computer science didn’t just appear. It was developed through grants from National Science Foundation (NSF) and Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARP). The Internet was developed by the Defense Department. It was originally called the Arpanet. Satellites were developed through NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Defense Department, with vast amount of new science: rocket fuels, physics, new materials for rocket shells, advances…

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Rey’s Parentage Will Be Addressed In The Last Jedi

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Since The Force Awakens was released, fans have been wondering who Rey parents are and came up with many, many theories. Answers are finally coming this December. After The Last Jedi panel on Friday, the cast and crew were interviewed and Rian Johnson said Rey’s parentage will absolutely be addressed in the movie. At one point in the video when the journalist asked him if there will be clarification, he said “it depends …” before backtracking. It obviously doesn’t point to the confirmation of any theory but I’m sure it will launch fans into more speculation on some of the theories.

Another interesting interview is this one where Daisy Ridley talks about Rey and Luke and she mentions that when Luke sees her with his family…

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Star Wars Rebels Final Season Trailer

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It is now official, season 4 is the last season of Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni made the announcement during the panel at Star Wars Celebration. All things must come to an end one day and it’s time for Rebels. This season will surely deliver great things and give us a beautiful conclusion to this series and it’s ending on Filoni’s own terms not like it was for The Clone Wars.

During the panel, a trailer for the final season was revealed and it’s amazing! You can watch it below:

Saw Gerrera is back with his look much more closer to how he is in Rogue One. As we knew it already Bo-Katan will be appearing this season in the Mandalorians episodes, which promise to be epic! Kallus is getting a new look, rebel costume! The X-Wing will also show up along with the rebel base on Yavin…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer and Celebration Panel

Finally!! After months of wild rumors and endless speculations we now have our first look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

img_3423Courtesy IMDb: Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

An amazing new poster as well. Just the cherry on top for what was an exciting and revealing panel forThe Last Jediat Star Wars Celebration 2017. Not only did Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Mark Hamill arrive to give us insight into their roles in the sequel toThe Force Awakensbut we were introduced to a new character, Rose a maintenance technician from the Resistance played by Kelly Marie Tran.

For now, here’s the trailer. This post will be updated with new material as it becomes available.

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Hell or High Water

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Hell or High Water, the modern day country western on par with No Country for Old Men, puts together one of the best bank robbery films since Heat!

I’m sure there will be those that disagree, but I found this to be one of the best “westerns” I’ve seen in 10 years. Before I get attacked for that statement, I do not classify Django as a “western.” However, this film does edge out Hateful Eight and Magnificent Seven. If you feel that I forgot something better, please let me know!

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The story is set out in West-Texas. If you’ve ever been there, I’m sure you decided you probably aren’t going back. It tells the account of two brothers – neither of which with much going for them. Yet what they do have, is under the threat of bank foreclosure. Logically, the only thing they can do is rob…

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Disney Movie Is Official

If we’re going to have a movie based on a theme park ride, then at least it stars Dwayne Johnson. The Rock himself has been attached to a Jungle Cruise movie, based on the Disney adventure, since 2015, but the project has gone through a number of script rewrites and changes (which feels like a smart move). But Johnson is also a very busy actor, attached to so many projects it’s hard to keep up. Nevertheless, it looks like Jungle Cruise will get slotted into spring of 2018 to start production.

As THR reports, Johnson will again team up with Dany Garcia, his co-CEO of the production company Seven Bucks, which is also behind Ballers, Baywatch, the Jumanji remake. Now that a new Jungle Cruise script by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay reportedly looks solid, it seems the Rock is ready,

The Road to Little Dribbling: Bill Bryson

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I seem to have decided on the pattern of reviewing these from most recently read and working backwards. Actually I’ve been enjoying the sunshine too much and haven’t had much inclination to sit, for more than a minute or two, in front of a computer screen if nobody’s paying me. This is one of my occasional extended reviews from Goodreads. Don’t be fooled by the unimpressed nature of the piece. Like many of you I am a big fan of Bill Bryson. I just don’t think much of this book. If you haven’t read any Bryson before and you’ve got a train or plane to catch then it will pass the time quite nicely. If you haven’t read any Bryson before, and there is a choice between this book and any other that he has written…choose the other.

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Here’s the review.

He’s become the Paul McCartney of travel…

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