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June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

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http://darwiniana.com/2016/06/24/irony-will-hindutva-do-more-damage-to-hindusim-that-western-scholars-scholars-who-study-hinduism-and-india-face-hostile-climate/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/06/24/historical-materialists-being-outflanked-by-reactionary-buddhism/

http://darwiniana.com/2016/06/21/red-forty-eight-group-marxists-dont-have-a-single-working-group-that-can-do-anything-in-a-context-where-activist-groups-are-multiplying-mostly-in-vain/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/06/21/what-will-arizonans-do-when-the-temperatures-start-to-reach-140/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/06/20/restarting-a-truly-revolutionary-alternative/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/06/20/protestantisms-chamelion-adaptation-to-capitalist-civilization/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/06/20/the-distraction-of-the-war-on-terror/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/06/19/what-is-secularism/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/06/18/the-spectrum-of-science-and-liberal-arts-and-why-are-smart-scientists-such-morons/ [Read more →]

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Michael Denton: Life – 4 B years with no change | Uncommon Descent

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

From Michael Denton, author of Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis As with other taxa-defining novelities, three is no evidence that any fundamental changes

Source: Michael Denton: Life – 4 B years with no change | Uncommon Descent

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Economics in Mind, Evolution Has Allowed Some Bacteria to Evolve Sublime Genomes | The Wire

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Pelagibacter ubique is one of the most abundant bacteria on the planet and has also evolved to possess one of the smallest genomes in nature. Is there a link between these traits?

Source: Economics in Mind, Evolution Has Allowed Some Bacteria to Evolve Sublime Genomes | The Wire

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Small brain, astounding performance: How elephantnose fish switch between electrical, visual sense — ScienceDaily

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Source: Small brain, astounding performance: How elephantnose fish switch between electrical, visual sense — ScienceDaily

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Goodbye to All That: Why the UK Left the EU

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

So what started as a gamble by David Cameron on an outlet for domestic British discontent, to be used as a lever to bargain with Brussels for a few more favors, has metastasized into an astonishing…

Source: Goodbye to All That: Why the UK Left the EU

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After Brexit, European Left Calls for ‘Massive Political Opposition’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Source: After Brexit, European Left Calls for ‘Massive Political Opposition’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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Beyond Dangerous: the Politics of Climate

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Kevin Anderson is the Deputy Director for the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. Here is a talk he gave in 2011. Unlike many who talk about climate science,…

Source: Beyond Dangerous: the Politics of Climate

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Toward a New Communist Manifesto: finalizing…

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public/XML_DARW_GC_Axial?preview=Toward+a+New+Communist+Manifesto_6_18_2016.pdf

This essay was getting too complicated so I stopped the upgrades. I have made my point as far as a manifesto generator is concerned, an actual manifesto being implicit in the material, and the result should be polished and turned into a Kindle book.

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Monsanto, the USA’s Monster

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Few corporations in the world are as loathed — and as sinister — as Monsanto.

Source: Monsanto, the USA’s Monster

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Why Dying Coral Reefs Will Bring Planetary Instability

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Instead of protecting the Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs like it, we’re destroying them.

Source: Why Dying Coral Reefs Will Bring Planetary Instability

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Last Men in London

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

I am not in a position to resolve all the Brexit issues, but as noted it seems that the step was inevitable. Let’s forget Donald Trump. The issue isn’t nationalism, but breaking up a false unity on the way to another one. Forget Scotland, Ireland if they wish to atomize further. But surely Scotland should stay in the UK. Britain (with some Scottish imput) was the leader/source of the original capitalist globalization cycle. At this point they might consider how they can lead those they got into their current mess toward a postcapitalist society and economy. After the guffaws die down, reread that. And Brits might consider that Britain is thus on its way to a larger global type of federation.

Last men in London? : maybe the dark lords of british finance in the city of London will sink beneath the waves…

Another view:
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/36518-the-european-union-is-the-worst-choice-apart-from-the-alternative

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Irony: will hindutva do more damage to hindusim than western scholars? ///Scholars who study Hinduism and India face hostile climate

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

One of the ironies here is that ‘Hindus’ themselves are losing the thread of their tradition. They don’t understand it any better than the often confused scholars. I certainly support Doniger’s right to publish but her take on India is not really able to grapple with Indian religion. What else is new? Noone can. But rightist ‘Hindus’ are likely to wreak far more havoc on their own tradition than even the worst of the Iron Cage disciples of scientism. Hinduism has been described by a noted Indic yogi as a compost heap, rich in the supply of realized yogis. The Hindutva right is sadly likely undo that whole tradition… The point about the ‘compost heap’ metaphor is seen by comparison with hinduism’s first born, buddhism, generated in the Axial Age: the attempt to rationalize hinduism was attempted by buddhists, and the result is a mystery inside a mystery, as buddhism ends up in that compost heap itself. The question of hinduism will thus not go away because the mulch heap of legacies is the only real source for a future buddhism, something that can really deliver on a rationalized modernist contribution to secularism, after buddhism’s now declining energies driving it to dead battery status.
But that doesn’t give hindus the right to dump their tradition into secularized societies, legal rights aside. That compost heap doesn’t travel well. A far more sensible approach is precisely a streamlining of a type that can outdo what buddhism attempted to do. Buddhists after all rescued hinduism from caste law, extracted it from Vedism and the Aryan corruption of the original legacy, etc… A far more intelligent overseas hinduism should secularize itself out of existence maintaining some core legacy (we see the spread of hatha yoga here), but letting the toxic cultural dump out of the mix.
In any case, westerners should not stand for hindu/hindutva nonsense in western schools. Many spiritual guides, e.g. Osho, have shown the contempt for hinduism in its own yogis.
Most modern educated citizens are far more able to understand the essence of hinduism now than most hindus themselves.

Highly respected professors face intimidation, threats and smear campaigns for deviating from the views of the Hindu right.

Source: Scholars who study Hinduism and India face hostile climate

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Historical materialists being outflanked by reactionary buddhism

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2016/06/23/comrades-creepy-marxists-want-me-to-be-more-radical-so-the-cia-will-kill-me/

This post wasn’t quite serious, and its real import is to speak as an outsider to the marxist left with a warning they are out in left field. So am I, but as a global citizen I am not an outsider to the idea and project of communism, a New Communism that can free itself from marxist barnacles.

If we examine the world of the New Age movement we have to wonder if historical materialism isn’t an almost silly obsolete theory. Reactionary buddhists are pulling ahead and attempting a kind of takeover of modernity and outnumber marxists at this point. Who could have foreseen that in the early nineteenth century?

The solution is not hard to come by but it requires rethinking the whole corpus of marxism, and doing so without delay. No compromises with New Age irrationalism are needed or suggested, merely a means to stand back and focus on the issue of communism at the endstage of capitalism. A total world view will never get it right. Instead a simple ‘dialectical’ embrace of modernity itself would do the job because a totality is built in.

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U(S)SR’s?

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

I think that I could have been wrong about Brexit, but I doubt it: I think the dynamics of globalization is itself breaking up limited ‘unities’ in a retreat before a leap. The case of Greece shows that the original wager created something that can’t deal with global issues even as globalization thunders on.

Let us recall the last good idea for doing it right that went back: an ‘U(S)SR’: a union of (soviet) socialist republics…Let’s toss out the term ‘soviet’ (but consider the failures of the original) and consider the idea of federated ‘union of socialist republics’. That in principle is the only solution to the issue of local/global assemblies harmonizing their interactions.

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Critics of Brexit forget the Greek case

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

We supported Brexit here last week, but now I see this piece at Alternet…

http://www.alternet.org/world/john-oliver-hilariously-explains-why-brexit-win-could-yield-disaster

I think this piece at Counterpunch nailed it:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/22/the-left-and-the-eu-why-cling-to-this-reactionary-institution/

I think the EU is falling apart because its inherent limitations. You can’t expect anything else after the way the EU treated Greece.

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Noam Chomsky full length interview: Who rules the world now?

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

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????///Townhall Discussion w Dr. Guy McPherson 2016 PART 3 * Very Moving * Abrupt Climate Change

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

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For Bees, Static Electricity Is Information – Evolution News & Views

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Source: For Bees, Static Electricity Is Information – Evolution News & Views

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Sudden gene change helped create mammals? | Uncommon Descent

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

These features of mammals were already present in advanced therapsids, prior to the appearance of mammals,” says Benoit.

Source: Sudden gene change helped create mammals? | Uncommon Descent

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Survival of butterfly migration needs ‘all hands on deck’ | Local News | qctimes.com

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Chip Taylor, a University of Kansas professor who has championed monarch butterflies since 1992, delivered a sobering assessment Thursday of the possibility of reversing the butterflies’ decline in sufficient numbers

Source: Survival of butterfly migration needs ‘all hands on deck’ | Local News | qctimes.com

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Evolution, creationism, classrooms – NewsandSentinel.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information – Parkersburg News and Sentinel

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Source: Evolution, creationism, classrooms – NewsandSentinel.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information – Parkersburg News and Sentinel

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The call of the sea: Mammalian evolutionary transitions back to the sea: Hundreds of genes involving smell, taste, skin, muscle and metabolism most affected — ScienceDaily

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Source: The call of the sea: Mammalian evolutionary transitions back to the sea: Hundreds of genes involving smell, taste, skin, muscle and metabolism most affected — ScienceDaily

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The press has not done its job: 3 ways the media has failed our democracy in covering the election – Salon.com

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

It’s not just Fox News — mainstream news organizations have betrayed the public’s trust this election season

Source: The press has not done its job: 3 ways the media has failed our democracy in covering the election – Salon.com

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[Marxism] Social reform of revolution? A reply to Tim Ginty

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Social democracy or revolution? A reply to Tim Ginty Tim Ginty has written an important and thoughtful article in defence of Labor Party social democracy. (A tale of two campaigns: The Spanish and Australian elections compared. If the ALP wants to avoid a fate similar to the Labor type Socialist Workers Party in Spain (and SYRIZA, the equivalent in Greece, I would add), and avoid losing most of its support base and being outflanked by new more radical political groupings, Tim says Labor ‘must rebuild itself as a genuine party of the left. ‘ Can Labor be rebuilt? This is my reply. http://enpassant.com.au/2016/06/24/social-democracy-or-revolution-a-reply-to-tim-ginty/ _________________________________________________________

Source: [Marxism] Social reform of revolution? A reply to Tim Ginty

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