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Fun fact: this is the plot of the sequel to the novel "The One Hundred and One Dalmatians". Why Disney chose not to adapt it is beyond me.
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Fox Column Condemns New Star Trek Series As “Woke”

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David Marcus writes for Fox News:

The first blatant example of electioneering, on Star Trek Discovery, was a cameo by current and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams as none other than the President of Federation of Planets. The second was a weird plot twist in the pilot of new show, Strange New Worlds in which the 2020 capitol riot is depicted and blamed for starting a Second American Civil War and the destruction of the planet. To put it more succinctly, Orange man bad.

To be fair, since the original 1960s series Star Trek has always delved into cultural and societal issues. It has always been credited with diverse casts, with tackling issues like saving the whales (remember that?) and with reflecting American and global foreign policy. All of that should live long and prosper, but these two recent incidents go a good deal farther. This isn’t issue advocacy, it’s pure partisan politics.

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Marcus, not incidentally, is the author of “Charade: The COVID Lies That Wrecked A Nation.”

Paramount+ has posted the full first episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on YouTube and I’ve cued up the scene mentioned above.

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Reminder: "David Marcus", in what is either an amazing coincidence or God having a sense of humor, is also the name of Kirk's son.
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Why Did 1980s Datsuns Have Tiny Vinyl Record Players in Them?

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Leave it to Sam Battle of Look Mum No Computer to discover this bizarre little bit of tech history.

In the 1980s, Datsun cars had a mini-record player built into them. It wasn’t accessible to the consumer, it was used to house a series of warning messages (“Lights are on,” “Brake is on,” “Door is open,” etc.).

Sam found a broken one online and fixed it. Sort of. He had to bodge it a bit and it only plays the messages at random. At the end of the video, he hooks the player up to a synthesizer and has his way with its output.

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Tiny embedded record players were a common way to make talking toys up through at least the '80s. My mom has a doll that works that way from the 50s, and I have a Knight Rider toy from '82 or so that's the same.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Math

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Thought I'd cheer people up during a rough time.


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The 2 Abides.
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FDA Approves Eye Drops That Replace Reading Glasses

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Eye drops that could potentially replace reading glasses for millions of people was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in October.

Eye drops that could potentially replace reading glasses for millions of people were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in October, and hit the market this week.

The drops, called pilocarpine and marketed as Vuity by pharma outfit Allergan, could come to the aid of some 128 million Americans who are nearsighted. According to the company, one drop in each eye can sharpen closeup vision for six to 10 hours, CBS News reports.

The drops work by using the eye’s existing ability to reduce its pupil size.

“Reducing the pupil size expands the depth of field or the depth of focus, and that allows you to focus at different ranges naturally,” George Waring, principal investigator of a clinical trial for the drug involving 750 participants, told CBS.

The drops aren’t the cheapest, but aren’t prohibitively expensive, either, at $80 for a 30-day supply.

It isn’t a miracle drug, however. Reported side effects include headaches and red eyes. The company is also warning not to use the drops while driving at night.

The drops are also mostly effective for middle-aged people. Those above the age of 65 won’t see as much of an effect, according to CBS.

The value proposition is a matter of convenience — wearing reading glasses can be a pain for millions of people, so ditching them is intriguing.

“It’s definitely a life changer,” trial participant Toni Wright told CBS.  “I would not need my readers as much, especially on the computer, where I would always need to have them on.”

The post FDA Approves Eye Drops That Replace Reading Glasses appeared first on Futurism.

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Farsighted. Reading glasses are for farsightedness. Nearsighted people have fine close-up vision. People seem to have a hard time with this, but it's right there in the name: "near sighted" - as in "near" and "sighted". If it meant you couldn't see things that were near, it would be "near blind" or something.
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Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Defamation Lawsuits for Refusing to Do the Bare Minimum

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InfoWars blowhard Alex Jones has lost another set of defamation lawsuits brought by the targets of his bogus conspiracy theories about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, this time in Connecticut.

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rraszews
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"Refusing to do the bare minimum" under-sells it. His defense was using the tools that are meant for defending their client to instead harass and attack his accusers.
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