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  1. There are extragalactic stars, and by extension, extragalactic planets. We’ve seen extragalactic stars and not planets imply because our instruments aren’t fine enough to detect them, though we have some indirect evidence. I took Species 10C to be part of such an extragalactic star system, close to the edge of the Milky Way. Rogue planets and stars are often found close to galaxies, and they were probably flung out of the galaxy relatively recently. Umm… doesn’t it make sense if they were an extragalactic star system that encountered no life before they started mining the Milky Way? In relative terms, you’re part of one such advanced species that kills a bunch of folks, so… They knew what they were doing with their tech. The side effects of using that tech was not clear to them. This is hardly a revolutionary story idea, but it makes sense. True enough. The 10C weren’t quite that.
  2. Yeah it probably wouldn't work for Kelley. But Fetterman and Tim Ryan have already come out and called for an end to the Filibuster. I can't think of another time they can actually make this an election issue and have people listen.
  3. It's perfectly clear to those who know of it's existence. Most voters don't know. The Dems should have all candidates for the House and Senate, as well as Senators who won't be standing for election, come out and say they support this bill. Then make the case that conservative Dems and the GoP are holding this up. Make it a race to 52/53/54. Specifically call out the states where there are open seats, or where a Dem is facing strong headwinds, and make their opponents go on the record as against this. None of that happened with the failed bill. It died a procedural death, and even the Dems didn't make much noise about it. I'm saying they need to make noise, they need to make this one issue where there's a very clear dividing line between what you get if you check the D vs what happens if you check the R.
  4. Except they can't, with the Filibuster. Yes, they have the votes to overturn the Filibuster, but 2 of those votes are conservative Dems. This is procedural and boring and in almost any other context, not a great way to get people to vote. But the cost here is clear, so they should run on an explicit message of ending the Senate filibuster. Biden didn't, last time. Nor did most of the Senators. They should now hammer home how much the GOP gets to block because of the filibuster, and ask for a larger Senate majority so the first thing they do is to end the filibuster.
  5. Not what I mean. This is a failed bill. It can certainly be the template for what they propose. But I think they'll need to make clear that to get this passed, they'll need their current House majority, and increase their Senate majority. That's the only way to make Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and maybe even Ohio competitive. Will this guarantee success? No. But not making the distinction between what the Dems will pass, and what the GOP will (a national ban), would all but ensure that they have no chance at all.
  6. Whether this shifts voting patterns or not depends on how Democrats handle the messaging on this. They should promptly write up a bill that would guarantee the right to abortion nationally, give it a name that is easy to remember and hard to object to, and then have every single candidate vow to back the law. Have their GoP opponents publicly state they'd oppose the law, which they will, because there's talk of Republicans proposing a national ban to galvanize their base. Simultaneously, the Dems should use this to educate their voters on how critical the composition of the Supreme Court is, and thus why they need a strong enough Senate majority to end the filibuster, which should also be in the platform of all Dem senate candidates. Make the election about this, have clear messaging, sell it will to the majority that agrees, and it's conceivable the midterm tides could turn.
  7. Especially in the South, which marries lack of abortion access with lack of prenatal care. They do, eh? So you're for the child tax credit? Affirmative action? How about public education? Or police reform? I'm betting you support none of these things which make the lives of black babies more livable. Conservatives claiming this is about saving black lives are just concerned with keeping the prison slave labor market well supplied.
  8. Why? If abortion is indeed about terminating the life of the most defenseless, why do you support some exceptions? For you. Practically, a lot has already changed, with Texas's law. Right now, Oklahoma and Louisiana are overwhelmed with patients from Texas. This is nothing to what happens the day the judgment is delivered, and abortion becomes immediately illegal in these states, because of the auto-trigger laws they have in the books. Everything has changed. You'd have to be wilfully blind to miss that. Where does this end, though? Why shouldn't there be city/county level laws on abortion? Why stop at the state, which, after all, is still a pretty gigantic entity?
  9. And I'm pretty sure Hollywood took notice of the amount and the popularity/publicity of this Kickstarter. Given that cinematic Universe are in vogue right now, the Cosmere seems not too far from seeing actual adaptations. I'm betting we see a Mistborn series/movie by 2025/26.
  10. Astronomy is definitely full of Tolkien geeks, but the PR department (in line with The Martian, amusingly ) seems to have nixed the Tolkien reference, because I've seen multiple articles refer the Old English meaning, but not Tolkien.
  11. I thought that too, but the article says not quite: I'm guessing this Old English word might have inspired Tolkien, though?
  12. Yeah, the spirit of this season was correct. Hopefully, it only gets better from here. Wonder if we’ll get more of the 10C.
  13. It was really cool to see the President of United Earth played by Cool casting! Mixed feelings about the rest of the episode. As always, Discovery feels like it could do with a couple of more episodes.
  14. I'm totally fine with those few moments of heart-to-heart conversation in this episode. The balance was rightly in favor of the actual plot. That's how this should go.
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