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Entries from July 2011

Evolution? or Darwinism?

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/642386-evolution-debate-in-schoolsEvolution Debate in Schools By DON’TPANIC Added: Saturday, 30 July 2011 at 12:08 AM As usual ‘evolution’ probably means ‘darwinism’ here, and the need for debate is very great. Why not simple teach the fact of evolution, without the theory of natural selection. Then, indeed, the case is overwhelming. I am a first year Biology […]

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An Orchestrated Crisis

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Will the Ceiling Fall In? Disastrous Outcomes From an Orchestrated Crisis By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts07292011.html With the world concerned about US financial credibility and the poor outlook for the US economy, now is not the time for the Republicans to grandstand on the public debt. The debt ceiling needed to be quietly raised. Instead, […]

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Map of Plant Protein Interactions

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Largest-Ever Map of Plant Protein InteractionsScienceDaily (July 28, 2011) — An international team of scientists has described their mapping and early analyses of thousands of protein-to-protein interactions within the cells of Arabidopsis thaliana — a variety of mustard plant that is to plant biology what the lab mouse is to human biology.

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Sea Level Rise

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Sea Level Rise Less from Greenland, More from Antarctica, Than Expected During Last Interglacial ScienceDaily (July 29, 2011) — During the last prolonged warm spell on Earth, the oceans were at least four meters — and possibly as much as 6.5 meters, or about 20 feet — higher than they are now.

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Is Standard and Poor’s Manipulating US Debt Rating

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Jane Hamsher: Is Standard and Poor’s Manipulating US Debt Rating to Escape Liability for the Mortgage Crisis? http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/29-12

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America Unmoored

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

David Dayen: America Unmoored – Elite Failure Leads to Utter Confusion http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/29-7

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Recovery for Wall Street …

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Richard Wolff: Recovery for Wall Street and Wealthy, Austerity for Workers and Poor http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/29-13

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Congress Attacks Environment

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Bob Keefe: With Media, Americans Focused on Debt Drama, Congress Attacks Environmen http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/29-10

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Use Article I

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Thomas Geoghegan: Use Article I to Address Debt Ceiling http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/29-6

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Why Democracy Is Public

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

George Lakoff and Glenn Smith: Why Democracy Is Public: The American Dream Beats the Nightmare http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/29

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“Poor” in America

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Colbert Report: “Poor” in America http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/07/29-0

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GOP Wants to Sabotage the Economy

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Katrina vanden Heuvel: The GOP Wants to Sabotage the Economy http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/07/29-1

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Mass Biodiversity Loss

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Protected Land, Ocean Areas Not Enough to Prevent Mass Biodiversity Loss http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/07/29-2

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Rally for ‘Unity’ in Egypt

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Tens of Thousands Rally for ‘Unity’ in Egypt http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/07/29-4

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Tar Sands Pipeline

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Tar Sands Pipeline Could Be Built Before Safety Review http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/07/29-5

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Stop the Drone Strikes

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Former Intel Chief: Stop the Drone Strikes http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/07/29-3

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When the Super-Rich Cry, “Class Warfare!”

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Michael Winship: When the Super-Rich Cry, “Class Warfare!” http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/29-2

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Genetic Evidence Clears Ben Franklin

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Genetic Evidence Clears Ben Franklin: Invasive Tree Afflicting Gulf Coast Was Not Brought to U.S. by Famed Statesman ScienceDaily (July 28, 2011) — The DNA evidence is in, and Ben Franklin didn’t do it.

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Fall of the Neanderthals

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Fall of the Neanderthals: Volume of Modern Humans Infiltrating Europe Cited as Critical Factor ScienceDaily (July 28, 2011) — New research sheds light on why, after 300,000 years of domination, European Neanderthals abruptly disappeared. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered that modern humans coming from Africa swarmed the region, arriving with over ten […]

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Overlapping ‘evolutions’ and ‘histories’

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments

History and Evolution: A Paradox We quarantine our present from the evolutionary past (even as we apply social darwinist tactics to cultural action) but the reality is that there must be a continuum from the earliest social groups of hominids to the most complex civilization in the sense that ‘history’ and ‘evolution’ overlap throughout, at […]

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Evolution of free agency?

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Is There A Science Of History? The inability of theoretical evolutionism after the fashion of reductionist Darwinism to explain the ‘evolution of free agents’ should disqualify it at once from the theory table. But the anomaly of history never seems to register with scientists, or else they are silent about the absurdity that the whole […]

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‘Macro’ evolutionary dynamics in plain sight

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments

A glimpse of evolution The perception of ‘evolution’ in world history leads us to ask if it tells us anything about earlier (human) evolution. The ‘macro’ aspect clearly out in plain sight gives us an insight into what evolution really is. That this evolutionary dynamics seems to apply only to culture/civilization seems to disqualify it, […]

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Rapid epigenetic adaptations

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Epigenetic information enables plants to adapt quickly to environmental changes

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Faith no more

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Faith no more Andrew Zak Williams http://www.newstatesman.com/religion/2011/07/god-evidence-believe-worldPublished 25 July 2011 Earlier this year, Andrew Zak Williams asked public figures why they believe in God. Now it’s the turn of the atheists – from A C Grayling to P Z Myers – to explain why they don’t.

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