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Link log 2015

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

link log 2015:
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/27/rousseau-and-the-idea-of-democracy-prior-to-crystallization/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/27/dissent-discussion-of-islamismislamophobia/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/26/nye-a-dupe-of-darwinian-ideology/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/25/the-enigma-of-consciousness/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/25/the-ideological-success-of-fake-economic-theory-even-mathematically-trained-economists-are-confused/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/25/nye-and-the-confusions-of-darwinism/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/24/physicists-confused-by-darwinism/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/24/form-factors-and-non-genetic-evolution/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/24/we-have-arrived-at-the-moment-foretold-by-the-revolutionaries-of-the-year-1848/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/23/dead-dodos-of-theory/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/23/kants-challenge-and-the-silence-of-the-kantians/
http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/23/the-question-of-kant/ [Read more →]

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As Obama Expands Offshore Drilling, a Look at the Health of the Oceans Today

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The Kill Team

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RG mail
The Kill Team

The Kill Team goes behind closed doors to tell the harrowing story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan who — with the help of his father Chris — attempted to alert the military to heinous war crimes being committed by his platoon. Tragically, his father’s pleas for help went unheeded. Once Adam’s fellow soldiers got wind of what he’d done, they threatened to silence him — permanently.

Forced to choose between his conscience and his own survival, Spc. Winfield found himself drawn into a moral abyss, faced with a split-second decision that would change his life forever. With extraordinary access to the key individuals involved in the case including Adam, his parents, his no-nonsense defense attorney, and his startlingly forthright compatriots, The Kill Team is an intimate look at the personal stories often lost inside larger coverage of what became the longest war in U.S. history.

The film weaves together two parallel storylines, past and present, chronicling Winfield’s unfolding legal story alongside the increasingly devastating recounting of the horrors that took place back in Afghanistan. Speaking with candor and articulateness, Adam and his fellow soldiers describe the weighty psychological quagmires in which they became stuck, each embodying the hazy morality of war, where the choices are often clear, but the best decisions seldom are.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/kill-team/

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An Internet in the Crowd, Not the Cloud

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

An Internet in the Crowd, Not the Cloud

An experimental browser shows how peer-to-peer technology can serve up entire websites, not just individual files.
Tom Simonite
MIT Technology Review
January 28, 2015
– See more at: http://portside.org/2015-01-28/internet-crowd-not-cloud#sthash.ICphWVlJ.dpuf

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Problem 5: Abrupt Appearance of Species in the Fossil Record Does Not Support Darwinian Evolution

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http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/01/problem_5_abrup091141.html

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New blind beetle find challenges Darwinian evolution?

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http://www.uncommondescent.com/evolution/new-blind-beetle-find-challenges-darwinian-evolution/

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climate-change-could-impact-the-poor-much-more-than-previously-thought/

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

https://richarddawkins.net/2015/01/climate-change-could-impact-the-poor-much-more-than-previously-thought/

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Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life //checking out WHEE??

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20150127

Are there trends in evolution — cosmic, biological, and cultural — that support the claim that life is meaningful, or is becoming meaningful, or is becoming increasingly meaningful? Perhaps there is a progressive direction to evolution, perhaps the meaningful eschatology of the universe will gradually unfold as we evolve, and perhaps we can articulate a cosmic vision to describe this unfolding — or perhaps not.

Checking out the ‘macro effect’ in WHEE might give some clues, but not the ones these people want….

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Skull Fossil Offers New Clues on Human Journey From Africa

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/29/science/ancient-skull-adds-new-insight-to-story-of-human-evolution.html?_r=0

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Did genetic links to modern maladies provide ancient benefits?

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Did genetic links to modern maladies provide ancient benefits?
Date:
January 28, 2015
Source:
University at Buffalo
Summary:
Genetic variations associated with some modern maladies are extremely old, scientists have discovered, predating the evolution of Neanderthals, Denisovans (another ancient hominin) and contemporary humans.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150128114058.htm

A reconstruction of Homo neanderthalensis, as created by artist John Gurche for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. A study led by University at Buffalo biologist Omer Gokcumen compared the DNA of modern humans to Neanderthals and Denisovans (another ancient hominin). The research found that genetic deletions associated with various aspects of human health, including psoriasis and Crohn’s disease, likely originated in a common ancestor of the three species.

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Anthropology: Ancient skull from Galilee cave offers clues to the first modern Europeans

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Anthropology: Ancient skull from Galilee cave offers clues to the first modern Europeans
Date:
January 28, 2015
Source:
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Summary:
The discovery of a 55,000-year-old partial skull in Northern Israel provides new insights into the migration of modern humans out of Africa. A key event in human evolution was the expansion of modern humans of African origin across Eurasia, replacing all other forms of hominin (humans and their predecessors), around 40,000-60,000 years ago. However, due to the scarcity of human fossils from this period, these ancestors of all present-day non-African modern populations have largely remained a mystery. Now, researchers describe a partial skull that dates to around 55,000, which was found at Manot Cave in Israel’s Western Galilee.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150128131311.htm

Interior of the Manot Cave in Israel’s Galilee, where a 55,000-year-old skull sheds new light on human migration patterns.

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Long-necked ‘dragon’ discovered in China

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Long-necked ‘dragon’ discovered in China: Dinosaur’s lightweight neck spanned half the length of its body
Date:
January 28, 2015
Source:
University of Alberta
Summary:
Paleontologists have discovered a new species of a long-necked dinosaur from a skeleton found in China. The new species belongs to a group of dinosaurs called mamenchisaurids, known for their extremely long necks sometimes measuring up to half the length of their bodies. Most sauropods, or long-necked dinosaurs, have necks only about one third the length of their bodies.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150128160506.htm

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Global Inequality

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Global Inequality
The Poverty Debate
by BINOY KAMPMARK
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/29/the-poverty-debate/
Oxfam’s report, Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More, has done its fair share of stirring the pot of debate on global inequality. Its timing is not an accident – coming out as that grand talk fest of economic mis-managers, otherwise known as the World Economic Forum, was doing its rounds. Even Oxfam International’s Executive Director Winnie Byanyima was invited to co-chair.

The report’s slant was significant, focusing on the share of global wealth of the top 1 percent of the world’s population as opposed to the bottom 99 percent. By 2016, “the top 1 percent will have more than 50 percent of global wealth.” The Oxfam report does make use of Credit Suisse’s ‘Global Wealth Report’, published in October, which found that 48 percent of the world $263 trillion in net household wealth (i.e., after subtracting debts) is in the hands of the richest 1 percent of its citizens.”

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[Marxism] Fwd: Greece’s new young radicals sweep away age of austerity | World news | The Guardian

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

One by one they were rolled back, blitzkrieg-style, mercilessly, ruthlessly, with rat-a-tat efficiency. First the barricades came down outside the Greek parliament. Then it was announced that privatisation schemes would be halted and pensions reinstated. And then came the news of the reintroduction of the €751 monthly minimum wage. And all before Greece’s new prime minister, the radical leftwinger Alexis Tsipras, had got his first cabinet meeting under way.

After that, ministers announced more measures: the scrapping of fees for prescriptions and hospital visits, the restoration of collective work agreements, the rehiring of workers laid off in the public sector, the granting of citizenship to migrant children born and raised in Greece. On his first day in office – barely 48 hours after storming to power – Tsipras got to work. The biting austerity his Syriza party had fought so long to annul now belonged to the past, and this was the beginning not of a new chapter but a book for the country long on the frontline of the euro crisis.

full: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/28/alexis-tsipras-athens-lightning-speed-anti-austerity-policies?CMP=share_btn_fb

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[Marxism] Fwd: Syriza Is Offering a New Deal for the People of Greece – NYTimes.com

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http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/01/27/can-greeces-anti-austerity-government-succeed/syriza-is-offering-a-new-deal-for-the-people-of-greece

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Can Cool Pope Francis Change the Catholic Church?

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.alternet.org/belief/can-cool-pope-francis-change-catholic-church

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What Too Many Americans Don’t See When They Watch ‘American Sniper’

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

published on
Thursday, January 29, 2015
by
Global Justice in the 21st Century
What Too Many Americans Don’t See When They Watch ‘American Sniper’
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/29/what-too-many-americans-dont-see-when-they-watch-american-sniper
The glorification of our recent wars abroad exemplifies the degree to which a large portion of Americans are living in a bubble of their own devising.

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back tomorrow

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

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Marxist Economists, Academics and Philosophers Sworn In to the Greek Cabinet

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Climate change responsible for super-charging winter storms, scientists say

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/26/climate-change-responsible-super-charging-winter-storms

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The U.S. has caused more global warming than any other country. Here’s how the Earth will get its revenge

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/01/22/the-u-s-has-contributed-more-to-global-warming-than-any-other-country-heres-how-the-earth-will-get-its-revenge/

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Greece: Is SYRIZA Radical Enough?

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Greece: Is SYRIZA Radical Enough?

SYRIZA has won the election in Greece, securing 149 seats out of 300. This article was written before the election, but speaks to many of the criticisms aimed at this left anti-austerity party both from the bureaucrats of the European Union as well as from left groups. In addition the article speaks to the difficult choices the party must face in order to find a new path towards recovery for the people of Greece.
Ed Rooksby
Links, International Journal of Socialist Renewal
January 22, 2015
– See more at: http://portside.org/2015-01-27/greece-syriza-radical-enough#sthash.4Zk3xlXF.dpuf

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Scientific American claims to reveal the secrets of Neanderthal cognition

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/scientific-american-claims-to-reveal-the-secrets-of-neanderthal-cognition/

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