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The right to exist…The US’s right to exist it perpetuates Israeli injustice?

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

I have produced some strong posts on Jews, Judaism, and Israel here over the last few days. They aren’t strong enough, actually. I think Jews/Israelis are destroying their own great legacy, to leave nothing much behind save a bittersweet memory of a sideshow to the Axial Age.
Is it possible that a people with the legacy of Judaism has so degenerated that the stark moral anomaly of Gaza is not obvious to them?

I think, the completely obscure question of the Holocaust to one side, that Jews are going to discover that they will destroy everything they touch. A mess so total as that of Israel by people who consider themselves as intelligent as the Jews, is hard to understand. I mean, this one is a humdinger. It’s going to take down the US system to correct this. Maybe not. Maybe there is some way to beat the Jewish Lobby. Perhaps sanity can be brought to the immense injustice being perpetrated by Jews/Israelis. This is a world historical distortion of justice that is completely impossible to understand, and by now almost impossible to correct.

I cannot call myself a citizen in good faith of this system corrupted by Jews, and by many other factors, to be very sure. Americans must blame themselves for being stupid. But the damage wrought by Jewish manipulation has effectively destroyed a great democracy (next to capitalism, and the rest of it).

The issue of Israel’s ‘right to exist’ has been so wrongly framed that the point of the debate on this question has been lost.

We can simply restate the issue: the right of a ‘nation’ that has done what Israel has done to Palestine is open to question. The right of a nation to exist that is based on the principle of inequality created by ‘being a Jew’ does not exist. It is not a ‘right to exist’ as a national state inflicting elementary political inequality.

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The buying up of dissent?

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http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2014/03/01/pando-expose-glenn-greenwalds-boss-billionaire-omidyar-co-funded-ukraine-revolution-groups-with-us-government/

Greenwald has a gone article at Common Dreams today, but it is very hard for me to read anything by Greenwald, for reasons this ‘expose’(?) makes clear.
Beyond that lies the frustrating way that immense funding goes to a group like Greenwalds, while everyone else goes without anything.

I wrote a piece on human rights the day before yesterday (Darwiniana), and began a study of the subject via books oredered at Amazon by putting on more credit card debt for a series of texts on the issue. Beside the $200 million muzzle on Greenwald, this expense account is pathetic, but actually less so than the coopted idiots at Intercept…

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/29/terrorism-israeli-attack-gaza

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Five myths debunked, debunked…

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

: 5 Common Evolution Myths, Debunked

These essays by naive students of evolution, coached by the lies perpetrated by professionals, end up embarrassing their composers: here five myths show four debunk jobs easy to debunk themselves.
//’It’s just a theory’. This one equivocates…’It’s a theory’ is beyond doubt, ‘just’ a theory is a problem. Darwin’s theory of natural selection is a theory, and not a very good one. The ‘fact’ of evolution is very clear, and the intent of the ‘just a theory’ group is to equivocate ‘fact’ and ‘theory’ to confuse the issue.
// ‘Humans are not currently evolving’ This statement can’t be discussed as is: we don’t know how man evolved so we can’t say whether he is still evolving. If we distinguish ‘macro’ and ‘micro’ then it is roughly the case that man’s macroevolution is static while microevolution operates continuously.
//’Individual organisms can evolve in a single life span’ This one should be a no-brainer, but in the age of epigenetics even that much is unclear. But, roughly, this statement is likely to be roughly right, as far as we know.
// ‘Evolution isn’t science because it’s not observable or testable’ This sentence is so vague,we can’t answer: the fact of evoluton, looking at deep time, is quite clear, but we are unable to observe the mechanism at work: we can’t observe natuaral selection in deep time, and tend to assume it operates, but we don’t know.
//’ Humans can’t have evolved from monkeys because monkeys still exist’ This one we can grant to our hapless debunker.
Score, one out of five

//WEIT// http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/mashable-video-common-myths-about-evolution/

Myth 1: It’s just a theory

Image: Imgur, simpleinsomnia

The truth: The word “theory” has a different meaning inside the scientific community than it does elsewhere.

In everyday language, you and I would use “theory” to describe a whim feeling: a theory that eating the crust on your sandwiches makes you taller, or, say, that Marty Hart’s daughter on True Detective was actually involved with the Tuttle clan the whole time (pshh).
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Backlist/Tues

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Scroll to end for new links from archive (I am moving backwards and forwards) [Read more →]

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Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza-Debunked

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http://portside.org/

Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza-Debunked

Noura Erakat
July 25, 2014
The Nation

UN estimates more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians – in a population of 1.8 million where the number of Hamas members is approximately 15,000. Israel does not deny that it killed those using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the U.S. This is not the first time.

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over the Gaza Strip., AP, Hatem Moussa // The Nation,
Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more.
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The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’

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http://www.thenation.com/article/177614/coming-instant-planetary-emergency

[rad-green] The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’. How will climate change affect earth’s future? Scientists say it’ll be nothing short of a nightmare.

The Nation December 17, 2013
The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’
How will climate change affect the future of the planet? Scientists predict it will be nothing short of a nightmare.

Dahr Jamail

Waves wash over a roller coaster from a Seaside Heights, New Jersey, amusement park that fell in the Atlantic Ocean during Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo)
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How many genes…

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://sandwalk.blogspot.ca/2014/07/how-many-genes-do-we-have-and-what.html

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Fantastically Wrong: The Angry, Enormous Eagle That Could Carry Off Elephants

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/fantastically-wrong-the-angry-enormous-eagle-that-could-carry-off-elephants/

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Wells // Massimo Pigliucci’s attack

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/jonathan-wells-defended-against-massimo-pigliuccis-attack/

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Hit by Climate Change, Dwindling Antarctic Seal Population Grows More Diverse

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

https://richarddawkins.net/2014/07/hit-by-climate-change-dwindling-antarctic-seal-population-grows-more-diverse-5/

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The Curious Evolution of Artificial Life

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http://www.technologyreview.com/view/529491/the-curious-evolution-of-artificial-life/

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Deal reached on teaching evolution

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http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/education/2014/07/29/deal-reached-teaching-evolution-south-carolina-schools/13345905/

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‘Lucy’ lets Darwinism run amok

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http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/movies/reviews/lucy-lets-darwinism-run-amok/article_3dc581dd-bdf0-5737-a944-935851f1a636.html

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Video: Stephen Meyer on How Charles Marshall, in Defending Darwinism, Was Forced to Violate a Key Scientific Tenet

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Running 5 Minutes A Day Might Add Years To Your Life

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/ef348ee368c888f8c0331ff406d90626.htm

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Jane Goodall Warns Great Apes Face Extinction

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2b5075d8a3aad407575c6e6a1792f052.htm

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Social origins of intelligence in the brain

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Social origins of intelligence in the brain
Date:
July 29, 2014
Source:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Summary:
By studying the injuries and aptitudes of Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head wounds during the war, scientists are tackling — and beginning to answer — longstanding questions about how the brain works. The researchers found that brain regions that contribute to optimal social functioning also are vital to general intelligence and to emotional intelligence. This finding bolsters the view that general intelligence emerges from the emotional and social context of one’s life.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140729115419.htm

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Climate extremes are here to stay

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Climate extremes are here to stay: Expect more heat waves and cold snaps
Date:
July 30, 2014
Source:
Northeastern University
Summary:
Researchers show how they’ve used advanced computational data science tools to demonstrate that despite global warming, we may still experience severe cold snaps due to increasing variability in temperature extremes.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140730094043.htm

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Decades-old amber collection offers new views of a lost world

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Decades-old amber collection offers new views of a lost world: Tiny grasshopper encased in amber
Date:
July 30, 2014
Source:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Summary:
Scientists are searching through a massive collection of 20-million-year-old amber found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago, and the effort is yielding fresh insights into ancient tropical insects and the world they inhabited. Perhaps the most striking discovery thus far is that of a pygmy locust, a tiny grasshopper the size of a rose thorn that lived 18- to 20-million years ago and fed on moss, algae and fungi.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140730104138.htm

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The Media Ignores the CIA in Ukraine

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

The Media Ignores the CIA in Ukraine
by BILL BLUNDEN
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/30/the-media-ignores-the-cia-in-ukraine/
A few days back the Economist published an essay which dismissed the idea of fascists in Kiev as an illusory product of Russian propaganda[1]. This is a narrative which the editors at the Economist have put forth on a number of occasions[2]. Of course they’re not alone. A less flagrant article published by the New York Times editorial board used a weird double negative to assert that “Russian leaders prefer not to accept that the C.I.A. did not engineer the preference of many Ukrainians for what they see in the West[3].”

All the world’s a stage wrote Shakespeare. Are readers supposed to categorically assume that U.S. intelligence has played absolutely no role in the coup d’état? So far the bulk of the American media’s coverage of the Ukraine deftly sidesteps the CIA’s role.

Yet all of the signs are there. Former CIA Officer John Stockwell explained that “stirring up deadly ethnic and racial strife has been a standard technique used by the CIA.[4]” Students of history (e.g. Iran, Guatemala, Indonesia, Chile, and Nicaragua) will also recognize many of the hallmarks of a covert destabilization operation.

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Genocide and US Hypocrisy

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Obama Continues to Defend Israel’s Massacre of Palestinians
Genocide and US Hypocrisy
by ROBERT FANTINA
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/30/genocide-and-us-hypocrisy/
President Barack Obama continues, incredibly, to defend the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. In a news report from July 29, he proclaims that Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu “’consistently said he would embrace a cease-fire that permits Israel to protect itself against the tunnels’ used by Palestinian militants in Gaza”.

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[Marxism] Fwd: Anti-semitism and the Israel lobby | Red Pepper

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.redpepper.org.uk/Anti-semitism-and-the-Israel-lobby/

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Time to Start Making Mass Transit Free!

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Listen Up, America: It’s Time to Start Making Mass Transit Free!
Though it might seem counterintuitive, city governments have much to gain by letting riders off the hook.
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/listen-america-its-time-start-making-mass-transit-free

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