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Entries from December 2010

Secularism and Archaic Greece

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Archaic Greece: The Clue All the confused nonsense laid over the Axial phase of Old Testament history has created a mess that makes no sense. Studying the parallel Greek instance shows what was really involved, and also that secularism was born with all the force of a ‘revelation’.

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Secularism and religion

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

…The Axial Age Secularists are confusing the passing of Axial religions with the end of religion. I hope the modern world is the end of bad religion! But the issue of religion is destined to thrive in the modern world as long as they are not cults, but simply point to the potential of man […]

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More on Osho link

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Osho link I meant to post this at The Gurdjieff Con, but it is relevant here. Few see the strange connection of the new atheism to the original Rajneesh discourses on Christianity. Few people have been the object of so much propaganda as Rajneesh, probably because he created a new religion for a new age […]

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Harris on inequality, and the hyporcrisy of liberal darwinism

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

.A New Year’s Resolution for the Rich It is important to do more than wring hands: liberals need to see through the support given to social darwinist economics by their embrace of Darwinism. Fine sentiments wring hollow short of that.

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3 Billion-Year-Old Microbes

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

MIT Researchers Reconstruct Evolution of 3 Billion-Year-Old Microbes

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What Triggers Mass Extinctions?

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

What Triggers Mass Extinctions? Study Shows How Invasive Species Stop New Life ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2010) — An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events, according to research results published December 29 in the journal PLoS ONE. The study of the collapse of […]

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Israel the Birthplace of Modern Humans?

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Was Israel the Birthplace of Modern Humans?ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2010) — It has long been believed that modern humans emerged from the continent of Africa 200,000 years ago. Now Tel Aviv University archaeologists have uncovered evidence that Homo sapiens roamed the land now called Israel as early as 400,000 years ago — the earliest evidence […]

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What Makes a Face Look Alive?

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

What Makes a Face Look Alive? Study Says It’s in the EyesScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2010) — The face of a doll is clearly not human; the face of a human clearly is. Telling the difference allows us to pay attention to faces that belong to living things, which are capable of interacting with us. But […]

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Genome in Minutes

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Your Genome in Minutes: New Technology Could Slash Sequencing Time ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2010) — Scientists from Imperial College London are developing technology that could ultimately sequence a person’s genome in mere minutes, at a fraction of the cost of current commercial techniques.

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Rise in Falluja Birth Defects and Cancers

December 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Published on Friday, December 31, 2010 by The Guardian/UK Research Links Rise in Falluja Birth Defects and Cancers to US Assault • Defects in newborns 11 times higher than normal • ‘War contaminants’ from 2004 attack could be cause by Martin Chulov http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/12/31 A study examining the causes of a dramatic spike in birth defects […]

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Academic Economists to Consider Ethics Code

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

mxmail NY Times December 30, 2010 Academic Economists to Consider Ethics Code By SEWELL CHAN WASHINGTON ? When the Stanford business professor Darrell Duffie co-wrote a book on how to overhaul Wall Street regulations, he did not mention that he sits on the board of Moody?s, the credit rating agency.

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Media Hit Job of the Year

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Danny Schechter: Media Hit Job of the Year: Punishing Helen Thomas For Criticizing Israel http://act.commondreams.org/go/3776?akid=326.96588.xxNU4N&t=24

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Middle Class and Mad

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Paul Buchheit: Middle Class and Mad in the USA http://act.commondreams.org/go/3775?akid=326.96588.xxNU4N&t=22

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Big Con Continues

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Ted Morgan: 2010: The Big Con Continues http://act.commondreams.org/go/3774?akid=326.96588.xxNU4N&t=20

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7 Billion… and Counting

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

7 Billion… and Counting http://act.commondreams.org/go/3772?akid=326.96588.xxNU4N&t=16

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Ruling the waves

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Power Politics in the Pacific: Will China Challenge US Dominance of the Seas? http://act.commondreams.org/go/3767?akid=326.96588.xxNU4N&t=6

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‘The Next Financial Crisis

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Jayati Ghosh: ‘The Next Financial Crisis is Not Far Off’ http://act.commondreams.org/go/3766?akid=326.96588.xxNU4N&t=4

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Many Arab Officials Have Close CIA Links

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Many Arab Officials Have Close CIA Links: Assange http://act.commondreams.org/go/3765?akid=326.96588.xxNU4N&t=2

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Caught behind enemy lines

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/06/world/la-fg-mexico-cartel-rule-20101106 Los Angeles Times November 06, 2010 MEXICO UNDER SIEGE Caught behind enemy lines Reynosa, on the Texas border, is a city under the control of cartels. Traffickers brazenly patrol its streets, setting up roadblocks, harassing citizens, gunning down enemies and even censoring the news. Those who can flee have. Others find ways […]

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World Tired of Paying Bill for US Military

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6001 The Real News December 26, 2010 *World Tired of Paying Bill for US Military** Michael Hudson: Major countries looking for alternatives to US dollar Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L4FxMFsTEA

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U.S. claim of Taliban

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/12/28/105892/aid-groups-in-afghanistan-question.html McClatchy Washington Bureau Dec. 28, 2010 Aid groups in Afghanistan question U.S. claim of Taliban setbacks Dion Nissenbaum | McClatchy Newspapers KABUL, Afghanistan — Citing evidence that Taliban insurgents have expanded their reach across Afghanistan, aid groups and security analysts in the country are challenging as misleading the Obama administration’s recent claim […]

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Citizens United puts US on path to fascism

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail Democratic lawmaker: Citizens United puts US on path to fascism By Daniel Tencer Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 — 9:56 pm The US Supreme Court’s striking down of nearly a century’s worth of campaign finance laws means the US government can now be “bought” and the country may be headed for fascism, says an […]

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Osho link

December 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Kang said, 27.12.10 at 6:09 pm · Nice. Please visit my site at http://oshoage.com/who-is-osho.html I put lot of info as well.

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Catching Video Pirates

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Catching Video Pirates: Invisible DNA-Like Fingerprint on Video Assist Law Enforcement ScienceDaily (Dec. 30, 2010) — You know when you’re watching a pirated film downloaded from the Internet — there’s no mistaking the fuzzy footage, or the guy in the front row getting up for popcorn. Despite the poor quality, pirated video is a serious […]

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