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Free Nature Movement

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail Why the environmental movement has failed to protect the environment. Introducing the “Free Nature Movement” and why like abolition and suffrage it can succeed in freeing nature from humanity. by Chuck Burr Culturequake (March 03 2009) The Fall of Modern Culture and The Rise of Earth Culture Environmentalism is not a movement. For […]

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Did the surge succeed?

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/21/AR2009032102255.html Washington Post March 22, 2009 In Iraq, Chaos Feared as U.S. Closes Prison Ex-Inmates Reanimate Sunni, Shiite Militias By Anthony Shadid Washington Post Foreign Service Garma, Iraq — The release of hundreds of prisoners from Camp Bucca, a U.S.-run prison in southern Iraq, has facilitated the revival of Shiite militias and Sunni […]

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Memorandum to President Wilson

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.palestine-encyclopedia.com/EPP/Chapter41_1of4.htm Memorandum to President Wilson: 300 American Jewish leaders present anti-Zionist memorandum to the U.S. president Morris Jastrow, a Professor in the University of Pennsylvania, stated in his book Zionism and the Future of Palestine that “three hundred prominent American Jews, representing all parts of the United States and men in all professions […]

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Finance industry and captured government

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200905/imf-advice Atlantic May 2009 The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at […]

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Now to the hard part: teaching critique

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Using Religion to Suppress Debate on Evolution By John G. West The Texas Evolution debate has ended with a challenge for both sides: to critique scientific theories. Can anyone now perform this task? I think that the religious contingent will find it too easy, while the scientists will struggle with the implications of reductionism, and […]

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Mindfulness and health care

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on the trivializaton of meditation I was critical of some scientific/New Age versions of meditation as alternative medicine, but Stephen Smith also rightly points to the connection of mindfulness issues to health care. Stephen P. Smith said, March 30, 2009 at 8:16 pm · It is important to see how mindfulness relates to health […]

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Tags: General

The ‘incredible disappearing theory’

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Ends and Beginnings: Out Of Revolution After discussing Marx and Engels, we can look at how the issue intersects with the eonic model. The study of the eonic effect cruises straight through the terrain of birth of socialism, but please note that Marx and Engels appear just at the end of the eonic sequence, and […]

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Tags: 1848+ · The Eonic Effect

Engels vs Marx

March 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

No Marx without Engels Tristram Hunt’s new biography of Friedrich Engels, The Frock-Coated Communist, is published by Penguin on May Day. The place of Engels next to Marx has been completely misunderstood, and in many ways the result has been a misfortune for the left. We don’t need any more of the game if we […]

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Tags: 1848+ · Ultra Far Left

Nature/nurture

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Nature v nurture? Please don’t ask The question has fuelled some of history’s fiercest scientific and political feuds. Now we have an answer The opponents of genetic determinism and E.O. Wilson, etc, are often maligned, but the plain fact is that those who trumpeted all sort so nonsense about human nature and genetics never grasped […]

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Tags: Evolution

The fate of Buddhism

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

James also comments on neuroscience/meditation post James said, March 29, 2009 at 7:17 pm It looks like the orgy between New Agers and scientists will totally destroy Buddhism and with it any memory of human knowledge about the essence and nature of action. It’s painful to see how much we are missing because of the […]

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Trivialization of meditation

March 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Comment on Neuroscience destroying meditation Stephen P. Smith said, March 30, 2009 at 7:49 am I don’t see the problem in this book that looks at the health benefits from meditation, among other things. The whole field of alternative medicine is expanding right now. You need only look to the scientific journals dedicated to these […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Hitchens sophistry on Texas

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

More of the usual high-priced sophistry from Hitchens, what he is paid for, it seems. The Texas-Size Debate Over Teaching Evolution Sure, discuss Darwin’s ‘strengths and weaknesses.’ Just not in biology textbooks. Why not in biology text books? That’s what the dispute is about. The Protestant evangelicals may be open to world view collisions with […]

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Taliban blocks UN polio treatment

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Taliban blocks UN polio treatment in Pakistan by Isambard Wilkinson in Islamabad and Ashfaq Yusufzai in Mingora Reposted from Dawkins site http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/5057026/Taliban-blocks-UN-polio-treatment-in-Pakistan.html Miliants in northern Pakistan have triggered a medical emergency by refusing to allow health officials to conduct a polio vaccination campaign.

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De-baptism

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Following atheist trend, Britons seek ‘de-baptism’ by AFP Reposted from Dawkins site http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.ae71a038e9b3b47af4f0e9eac9598fd8.2b1&show_article=1

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Dispute over Dawkins speech

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Dispute evolves on OU speech by scientist by Shannon Muchmore Reposted from Dawkins site http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20090330_11_A1_Statel165138 State lawmakers hit the University of Oklahoma with a barrage of paperwork earlier this month, crafting resolutions to condemn the school for inviting a noted evolutionary biologist and requesting reams of information about his visit.

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From Aberystwyth

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Aberystwyth embraces Monty Python’s Life of Brian by Ian Johnston Reposted from Dawkins site http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/5067927/Aberystwyth-embraces-Monty-Pythons-Life-of-Brian.html In contrast to the reaction in 1979, when the town banned the film, a sell-out crowd turned up to see the two Pythons and the film that outraged many Christians. Jones, who said he was a frequent visitor to the […]

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Relinked: “Don’t censor questions of evolution”

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

It is worth re-citing this article on Texas evolution debate: Jarstfer and Coghlan: Don’t censor questions of evolution 04:35 PM CDT on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 The State Board of Education is about to vote on standards that will govern science teaching in Texas for the next 10 years. The required standard for decades has […]

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Tags: Evolution

Losers win?

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Nature blog: losers win?

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Tags: Evolution

Critiquing scientific explanations: what darwinism needs

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

New Texas science standards saddled with incoherent changes The Texas State Board of Education managed to keep the “strengths and weaknesses” language out of the science education standards, but passed a series of small amendments that provide guidance that is, at times, scientifically incoherent. The Darwin establishment is on the spot: they have to find […]

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Tags: Evolution

From the front lines: Wired

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Reporting From the Front Lines of the Texas Evolution Debate

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Khmer rouge trials and US

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Monday, March 30, 2009 by Inter Press Service Khmer Rouge Trials May Expose US, China by Marwaan Macan-Markarq PHNOM PENH, Mar 30 – Limits placed on a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in prosecuting surviving leaders of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime may not prevent revelations about international actors linked to Cambodia’s dark […]

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Peking man

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

‘Peking Man’ Older Than Thought; Somehow Adapted To Cold ScienceDaily (Mar. 13, 2009) — A new dating method has found that “Peking Man” is around 200,000 years older than previously thought, suggesting he somehow adapted to the cold of a mild glacial period.

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Tags: Evolution

Running Speed Associated With Evolution

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Optimal Running Speed Associated With Evolution Of Early Human Hunting Strategies ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2009) — Runners, listen up: If your body is telling you that your pace feels a little too fast or a little too slow, it may be right.

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Chomsky: economy and democracy

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Video: Noam Chomsky on the Economy and Democracy March, 30 2009 By Noam Chomsky

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy