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Entries from October 2011

Bleak Prospects

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Bleak Prospects for Avoiding Dangerous Global Warming By RICHARD A. KERR – SCIENCEMAG.ORG http://richarddawkins.net/articles/643682-bleak-prospects-for-avoiding-dangerous-global-warming

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Imperfect design?

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Unintelligent Design and Eternal Life The notion of imperfect design is a most imperfect argument. It works for the notion of an omnipotent creator, perhaps, but in a more realistic design argument (and I don’t promote design, or intelligent design arguments myself) the design can be tested against reality in a two level process of […]

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Quantum Computer Components ‘Coalesce’ to ‘Converse’

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Quantum Computer Components ‘Coalesce’ to ‘Converse’ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2011) — If quantum computers are ever to be realized, they likely will be made of different types of parts that will need to share information with one another, just like the memory and logic circuits in today’s computers do. However, prospects for achieving this kind of […]

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Python Study

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Python Study May Have Implications for Human Heart HealthScienceDaily (Oct. 27, 2011) — A surprising new University of Colorado Boulder study shows that huge amounts of fatty acids circulating in the bloodstreams of feeding pythons promote healthy heart growth, results that may have implications for treating human heart disease.

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Living in a Delusional World

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Facts Don’t Count Living in a Delusional World by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS I have come to the conclusion that Big Brother’s subjects in George Orwell’s 1984 are better informed than Americans. http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/28/living-in-a-delusional-world/ Americans have no idea why they have been at war in the Middle East, Asia and Africa for a decade. They don’t realize […]

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Lessons to Learn From Past Movements

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-zweig/ows-has-lessons-to-learn-_b_1064743.html Huntington Post 10/28/11 OWS Has Lessons to Learn From Past Movements The Occupy Wall Street action in lower Manhattan has unleashed the energies of hundreds of thousands of people across the country and changed the national conversation. The heart of its appeal lies in the formulation: “We are the 99%.” For the […]

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Global wealth pyramid

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

RG mail by David Ruccio rwer.wordpress.com (October 28 2011) The unequal distribution of global wealth by individuals (not countries) should give us pause. Even the Wall Street Journal is impressed: Here’s another stat that the Occupy Wall Streeters can hoist on their placards: The world’s millionaires and billionaires now control 38.5% of the world’s wealth. […]

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Police Disguise Protest Sabotage As Public Safety

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, October 29, 2011 by In These Times Police Disguise Protest Sabotage As Public Safety by Allison Kilkenny The Occupy movements, in addition to being some of the most important activist movements to come along in the United States in several decades, have helped underscore several societal crises. For example, the failure of […]

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Obama and Occupy Wall Street

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, October 29, 2011 by The Real News Network Obama and Occupy Wall Street Occupy Wall Street participants discuss their attitude towards the Democratic Party http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/10/29

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The ABCs of Occupy

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, October 30, 2011 by CommonDreams.org For the Media: The ABCs of Occupy http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/30 by Robert Freeman It would be comical if it weren’t so pathetic, watching the media desperately trying not to understand what the Occupy movement is all about. So, for the aid of the occupationally obtuse bobble-headed bloviators, I’ll spell […]

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Bull’s-Eye

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, October 30, 2011 by the New York Times Wall Street Protesters Hit the Bull’s-Eye by Eduardo Porter http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/30-0 Occupiers of Zuccotti Park and other sites around the country have been criticized for the fuzziness of their goals. Their complaint that the privileged few in the top 1 percent are getting a disproportionate […]

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Occupy darwinism!

October 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Climbing Mt. Improbable Any radical initiative exposing Wall Street, and moving toward a new left in general, needs to get past the Social Darwinist ideology that is the mainstay of the attack on the middle and other classes. There are two components to this: the ‘liberal’ Darwinist science groups who use Darwinism to serve what […]

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Repost: Kantian ethical socialism

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2011/10/27/the-russian-revolution-and-the-liquedation-of-majority-left/ This strong attack on Zizek was meant seriously, but it is also true that I sympathize with the classic Marxist strain. However, IT WON’T WORK anymore to peddle straight Marxism. The Arab Spring made obvious that Leninist violence has to give way to the Gandhian legacy, at least to start. Whatever the case, the […]

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Repost: sleeping bags…

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

This post from yesterday, and the other on Kantian socialism, were extremely popular so I am reposting both. http://darwiniana.com/2011/10/28/more-on-sleeping-bags-and-neoliberalism-and-etc/ For reposting at the `1848 #Occ blog: I am reposting this as the weather turns cold. I think that the resources of the OWS are rapidly finding solutions here, so if my humble efforts are no […]

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Chinese Scientists Warn of Significant Glacier Melt

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Chinese Scientists Warn of Significant Glacier Melt

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New film on Scopes Trial

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/darwinism/new-film-on-the-scopes-trial/

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Silverman Debates D’souza

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

[UPDATE – Video replaced]David Silverman Debates Dinesh D’souza By ERNEST PERCE V – AMERICAN ATHEISTS, INC http://richarddawkins.net/articles/643668-update-video-replaced-david-silverman-debates-dinesh-d-souza

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Memory

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

[UPDATE 28-Oct – video added] Interview: Speaking of Memory By EDYTA ZIELINSKA – THESCIENTIST Updated: Friday, 28 October 2011 at 12:24 PM http://richarddawkins.net/videos/643624-update-28-oct-video-added-interview-speaking-of-memory Considered a renegade by his peers, Nobel Prize-winner Eric Kandel used a simple model to probe the neural circuitry of memory.

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Plants Feel the Force

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Plants Feel the Force: How Plants Sense Touch, Gravity and Other Physical Forces ScienceDaily (Oct. 21, 2011) — “Picture yourself hiking through the woods or walking across a lawn,” says Elizabeth Haswell, PhD, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. “Now ask yourself: Do the bushes know that […]

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Scientists Measure Dream Content

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Scientists Measure Dream Content for the First Time: Dreams Activate the Brain in a Similar Way to Real Actions ScienceDaily (Oct. 28, 2011) — The ability to dream is a fascinating aspect of the human mind. However, how the images and emotions that we experience so intensively when we dream form in our heads remains […]

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C&C/oct28

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

CLIMATE AND CAPITALISM An online journal focusing on capitalism, climate change, and the ecosocialist alternative. ++++++++++++++ http://climateandcapitalism.com Follow C&C on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/5teq6xm ++++++++++++++ October 28, 2011

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Party of Wall Street Meets its Nemesis

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

David Harvey—The Party of Wall Street Meets its Nemesis By David Harvey / 28 October 2011 The Party of Wall Street has ruled unchallenged in the United States for far too long. It has totally (as opposed to partially) dominated the policies of Presidents over at least four decades (if not longer), no matter whether […]

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Vet Who Dared to Dissent Has Stirred More Dissent

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

John Nichols: How the Wounding of a Vet Who Dared to Dissent Has Stirred More Dissent http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/28-4

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Elizabeth Warren

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Ruth Conniff: Elizabeth Warren Is Scary! http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/28-3

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