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Red Fortyeight Group: toward a leftist postdarwinism….

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2014/07/31/how-dawkins-is-losing-his-own-base-which-is-what-matters/

The foundations of the Darwin propaganda machine are beginning to erode, a process long underway, but gaining momentum. I think that non-religious secularists need to disengage from Darwinian paradigms and rapidly move to a new view of evolution beyond Darwin.
The left needs to be beaten over the head on the question of Darwinism, which has long cursed the world of marxist ideology. The left needs to move rapidly here because the coming change in paradigm is going to make them look like laughingstocks next to all the conservative groups that long pointed to the fallacies of Darwinism. But leftists and marxists can be very rigid and are likely to drag their feet ad infinitum here. That will be the end of the marxist left. if there is anything left of it…
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/LastandFirstMen_2014_hires_21mb.pdf
I hope leftists will avail themselves of Last and First Men which is a comprehensive review of marxist theory, economic theory/ideology, and the issues of evolution and Darwinism.

The abuse of Darwin’s theory to promote atheism, and a claimed critique of design arguments has backfired completely. It makes secularists look stupid. xcheck out the ID blogs versus the Darwinism blogs. The latter have gone into a funk and have a hard time producing material on a daily basis. By comparison the critics have an easy time finding useful material: once you cease to be shackled by natural selection it is a lot easier to discuss evolutionary subjects.
The design argument is unnecessarily the object of immense debate. That’s wrong: the critique of darwinism grants no green light to ID. And/or you can simply wave your hand on ID but withhold any connection to religion, theology, and spiritual designers. Instead, the question of ID is simply a mystery for current science, probably a naturalistic sign for teleological issues.

Whatever the case, the critique of natural selection opens the mind to less inconsistent study, repressing the problems with Darwin’s theory. Darwin’s theory has totally confused everyone who has studied the subject and crippled their understanding of statistics!

The onset of postdarwinism doesn’t require a new illusion as the ‘next theory’. In Last and First Men the ‘non-random’ pattern approach is useful as a way to look at empirical sequences as evidence of hidden dynamism. That can easily be adapted to a noncommittal take on theories of evolution, which can be described but not ‘theorized’. The Appendix to LFM suggests something of the ‘nearly impossible questions’ that make a theory of history/evolution difficult.

A new leftist stance on evolution should abandon darwinism, expose its connection to social darwinism, review its destructive effect on marxism and the Russian fiasco, adopt a new stance on religion and its evolution, take hold of a new expanded definition of secularism, and take on a relative agnosticism on human evolution.

I think all these issues are treated in LFM, but the resistance on the left is going to remain. We need to start to create new leftist ‘New Communist’ groups that can communicate with the old marxism but able to bypass the legacy mired in Stalinism and all the bullshit debates on everything from historical materialism to Leninist strategy.

This new ‘Red Fortyeight Group can unite on neo-communist fundamentals but allow diversity on cultural/historical questions, on the way to a new paradigm. The issues of religion can be taken in a very tolerant way, even as the inner core of thinking of the old challengers of capitalism emerge as a new but much better critique of religion.
This new formation can use LFM to easily create a platform for communist Xtianity, a new Islamic secularism, a semi-buddhist perspective, and a new an ‘in motion’ thought-trend attempting to create a new broad secular perspective as a backup to the new communism. This new perspective is not going to get into arguments over ‘god’, spirituality, materialism, and determinism versus free will. The paradigm of LFM is architectural and dialectical (in the real very simple sense) and embraces a field of perspectives. Beyond those a field of ‘praxis’ uses constructivist approach to sociological entities, e.g. the ‘new communism’, a postcapitalist economic system, etc…
I think everyone is spooked by the Bolshevik economic idiocies. But the conclusion that there can be no way to construct a communist economy that works is false.

We are losing time with these deadbeat marxists who will never change: we can start over with a new ‘party’, club, cult, movement, cadre, religion, postreligion, t-shirt marked Red Fortyeight Group, and an admit one ticket which you can print out as per below. We need something in place STAT given the probabilities we suspect as to climate change.

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Ticket” by Sami Hult – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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backlist/thurs…

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Scroll to end for new links from archive (I am moving backwards and forwards)
http://darwiniana.com/2014/07/30/the-right-to-exist-the-uss-right-to-exist/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/07/30/the-buying-up-of-dissent/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/07/30/five-myths-debunked-debunked/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/07/29/the-munzerian-xtianity/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/07/29/reinventing-antisemitism-out-of-existence/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/07/29/125197/: Harris’ provocative hypocrisy
http://darwiniana.com/2014/07/29/the-fallacies-of-old-testament-history/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/07/29/judis-cowardice-in-an-otherwise-useful-history/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/07/29/from-idiotic-to-worse-an-end-to-the-philosophy-of-religion/ [Read more →]

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Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

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http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2014/Jul-30/265522-bolivia-declares-israel-a-terrorist-state.ashx#axzz38ykjKRPe

The Daily Star (Beirut) July 30, 2014
Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state
Agence France Presse
LA PAZ: Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.

President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.

It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said.

The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.

Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”

More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign in response to missile attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas.

In the latest development, 16 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.

Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.

In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for “crimes against humanity.”

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IDiot book by Stephen Meyer can’t be refuted by scientists

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://sandwalk.blogspot.ca/2014/07/idiot-book-by-stephen-meyer-cant-be.html

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Richard Dawkins, what on earth happened to you?

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/whatever-made-dawkins-famous-he-has-lost-it/

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/30/richard-dawkins-what-on-earth-happened-to-you

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How Dawkins is losing his own base, which is what matters

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/darwinism/how-dawkins-is-losing-his-own-base-which-is-what-matters/

Now that Richard Dawkins is attacking Muslims and feminists, the atheist Left suddenly discover he’s a bigot

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Memo to Dawkins: Half of Brits probably don’t believe in Darwin anyway

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/memo-to-dawkins-half-of-brits-probably-dont-believe-in-darwin-anyway/

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Biologist warn of early stages of Earth’s sixth mass extinction event

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

https://richarddawkins.net/2014/07/biologist-warn-of-early-stages-of-earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event/

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Gene Behind Rare Birth Abnormality Is a Window on Evolution

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/07/116451/gene-behind-rare-birth-abnormality-window-evolution

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Antarctic ice sheet is result of carbon dioxide decrease, not continental breakup

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140730141020.htm
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Antarctic ice sheet is result of carbon dioxide decrease, not continental breakup
Date:
July 30, 2014
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University of New Hampshire
Summary:
Climate modelers have shown that the most likely explanation for the initiation of Antarctic glaciation during a major climate shift 34 million years ago was decreased carbon dioxide levels. The finding counters a 40-year-old theory suggesting massive rearrangements of Earth’s continents caused global cooling and the abrupt formation of the Antarctic ice sheet. It will provide scientists insight into the climate change implications of current rising global carbon dioxide levels.

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Big Waves In Arctic Ocean Threaten Polar Ice

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/91d223831ffa4914e8f3433f26257e19.htm

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A Response to Sam Harris

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

A Response to Sam Harris
Why I Criticize Israel
by ERIC DRAITSER
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/31/why-i-criticize-israel/
A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a podcast and transcript from prominent author, neuroscientist, and atheist Sam Harris entitled Why Don’t I Criticize Israel?. In it, Harris expressed his “enlightened” position on Israel/Palestine, one which he obviously feels is rooted in fairness, morality, and reason. I mean, hell, this is the founder and CEO of Project Reason after all. Despite my inclination to throw my laptop against the wall, lose my lunch, or simply rip out my hair, I managed to force myself to read the entire screed. Finally, with beads of rage-sweat forming on my forehead, and my face turning the color of Harris’s Stanford alma mater, I felt compelled to respond.

Now, I should admit that I know little about Harris’s other works – I haven’t read his books on religion and neuroscience for example – so I am not attacking his body of work. In doing some basic research, I’ve found many statements he’s made regarding Islam, Israel, and a host of issues with which I take major issue and, in a different context, would vigorously challenge. However, here I am restricting myself solely to his recent comments on Israel/Palestine. It should be remembered, especially by people who might read this months or even years from now, that Harris’s comments (July 27, 2014) were made in the midst of one of the most vicious and brutal Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people in recent years. And that’s saying a lot considering the long and sordid recent history of Israeli aggressions.

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[Marxism] Fwd: Erin Currier: Art Is a Necessary Element of Every Revolution

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://truth-out.org/news/item/25209-erin-currier-art-is-a-necessary-element-of-every-revolution

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[Marxism] The real John Keats

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

But Keats was immersed in the realities of life; his poetry and letters reveal an allegiance to radical politics as well as a concern with economic and scientific issues. Far from childlike and apolitical, he’s now thought of as having been “dangerous … a poet who embodied and gave voice to the anxieties and insecurities of his times … a poet whom the establishment would be obliged to silence,” as the scholar Nicholas Roe puts it. We often overlook, for instance, that Keats spent six years studying medicine, successfully earning a license to practice in London from the Society of Apothecaries—hence Lockhart’s insult about the “plasters, pills, and ointment boxes.” To think that he was “snuffed out by an article” trivializes the intense pain he experienced as his lungs were slowly consumed by tuberculosis, robbing him of his work, his love, and his life at the age of twenty-five.

full: http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/07/25/the-vale-of-soul-making/

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NLRB’s New Ruling Could Mean Great Things for Fast-Food Workers

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/17015/fight_for_15_convention_nlrb

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Israel’s Crazy Doctrine for Justifying Deaths of Over 1,000 Gazans

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Israel’s Crazy Doctrine for Justifying Deaths of Over 1,000 Gazans
The worsening of life for people in Gaza is a deliberate goal of the Israeli military.
http://www.alternet.org/israels-crazy-doctrine-justifying-deaths-over-1000-gazans

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As World Condemns Attack on Gaza, US Resupplies Israel with Weapons

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

As World Condemns Attack on Gaza, US Resupplies Isreal with Weapons
Pentagon acknowledges recent release of ammunition stockpiles for IDF as Palestinian death toll approaches 1,400 people in three-week attack decried by humanitarians across the globe
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/31/world-condemns-attack-gaza-us-resupplies-isreal-weapons

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

July 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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?

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

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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Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza-Debunked

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

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’

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

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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