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Entries from November 2011

The fate of capitalism

November 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2011/11/30/ows-and-capitalism/ This perspective on the OWS and capitalism is useful, but surely requires a caution. This may well be correct: the center of gravity of the movement, as noted here several times, hovers closer to ‘social democratic activism’ than to socialism. But let me note at once that this situation, echoing the Thirties, and the […]

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Will Occupy Wall Street ‘Like’ Mark Zuckerberg’s Potential $24 Billion IPO Haul?

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/11/29/will-occupy-wall-street-like-mark-zuckerbergs-potential-24-billion-ipo-haul/?mod=google_news_blog

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OWS and capitalism

November 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ali-hayat/occupy-wall-street-capitalism_b_1119247.html?ref=politics Desipite the value and interest of this article, I am wary of anyone claiming anything about the views of the OWS: they didn’t interview a host of people who, in fact, would be critical of capitalism. And the essence of this movement is more a kind of question, than a set of opinions. In […]

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Pinker pigeonholed long ago by Gould

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/science/human-natures-pathologist.html?_r=2&src=dayp&pagewanted=all As a public intellectual, Dr. Pinker has engaged in a series of high-profile debates about evolutionary psychology. In 1997, the Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould accused him and other evolutionary psychologists of seeing fine-tuned adaptations in every facet of human existence. Evolutionary psychology, Dr. Gould wrote, “could be quite useful if proponents would trade […]

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Futile debates using undefined term ‘religion’

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Would the world be better without religion?: the debate This debate, as we have pointed out here dozens of times, is futile in the way it cites the term ‘religion’. Xttians do it to make a false equation of Xtianity with all religion, and atheists do it to attack all relgions by attacking the faults […]

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Pinker and evo-psych

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Pinker and evo-psych The question of evolutionary psychology is not complicated: it is simply Darwinism in strong form, and as fallacious as that foundation. The problem is simple: if you are forced to fall back on natural selection to explain what it can’t explain the results are ‘tosh’.

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War on Thanksgiving?

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

By HERB SILVERMAN – THE WASHINGTON POST Added: Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at 9:05 AM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644056-war-on-thanksgiving Many religious believers and atheists alike express regret at the crass materialism shown this time of year, when Thanksgiving now represents the prelude to a shopping spree for Christmas presents on “Black Friday.” I gained an appalling insight watching […]

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Dawkins’ flea infestation

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

In the new hard-hitting book, The Godless Delusion, apologetics experts Patrick Madrid and Kenneth Hensley help Christians wake up to the crisis of godlessness, alerting them to the imperative need for taking seriously atheism’s challenge, while learning how to effectively engage in today’s atheistic debate. With a systematic and comprehensive approach, Madrid and Hensley make […]

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Howard Kainz on critics of Darwinism

November 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/11/at_first_things053571.html In “Intelligent Design: Atheists to the Rescue,” Marquette University philosopher Howard Kainz writes about three atheist authors who’ve written books either defending intelligent design or dismantling Darwinian theory. The piece is a good comeback to the standard Darwinist talking point that only religious fanatics doubt Darwin or sympathize with ID. Comments Professor Kainz: [Bradley] […]

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Transplanted Cells Repair the Brain in Obese Mice

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Transplanted Cells Repair the Brain in Obese MiceScienceDaily (Nov. 25, 2011) — Without neurons reacting to the blood leptin level, the brain does not control the feeling of hunger and fullness. This type of genetic defects results in severe obesity in humans and animals. Scientists from Harvard University (HU), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the […]

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Walnut Trees May Not Be Able to Withstand Climate Change

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Walnut Trees May Not Be Able to Withstand Climate ChangeScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2011) — Warmer, drier summers and extreme weather events considered possible as the climate changes would be especially troublesome — possibly fatal — for walnut trees, according to research at Purdue University.

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Ravens Gesture With Their Beaks

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

‘Look at That!’ Ravens Gesture With Their Beaks to Point out Objects to Each OtherScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2011) — Pointing and holding up objects in order to attract attention has so far only been observed in humans and our closest living relatives, the great apes. Simone Pika from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and […]

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E. Coli biofuel

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Eat Switchgrass and Make Transportation FuelsScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2011) — A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels with a domestically-produced clean, green, renewable alternative.

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Madagascar Dinosaur Bone

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Madagascar Dinosaur Bone Is Most Massive Osteoderm Ever FoundScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2011) — What more can we learn about long-necked dinosaurs that we don’t already know? A Macalester professor and her colleagues have found that Madagascar dinosaurs carried giant, hollow bones in their skin that may have helped them survive the harsh environments they inhabited. […]

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It Takes People Power to Make Clear That Corporations Are NOT People

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by CommonDreams.org by Jim Hightower

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Police in LA, Philly Raid Occupy Camps

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by the Associated Press by Christina Hoag and Kathy Matheson LOS ANGELES — Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia stormed Occupy Wall Street encampments under darkness Wednesday to arrest or drive out some of the longest-lasting protesters since crackdowns ended similar occupations across the country.

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Clean Up Dirty Energy Financing

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Civil Society to World Bank: Clean Up Dirty Energy Financing http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/11/29-3

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American Deceptionalism

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Paul Rosenberg: Under the Growing Influence of the 1%, American Exceptionalism has Become American Deceptionalism http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/29-4

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The Ugly US Drone War

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Jennifer Robinson: ‘Bugsplat’: The Ugly US Drone War in Pakistan http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/29-0

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Indefinite Military Detention in Defense Bill

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Battlefield America: U.S. Citizens Face Indefinite Military Detention in Defense Bill Before Senate http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/11/29-0

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Manning Treatment in Custody

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Bradley Manning Treatment in Custody Concerns Members of the European Parliament http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/29-2

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Radiation Risks “Severely Underestimated”

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Fukushima Radiation Risks “Severely Underestimated”: Greenpeace http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/29-1

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US Tear Gas Order

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Suez Port Employees Reveal 21-Ton US Tear Gas Order for Interior Ministry http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/29-3

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3 Protesters Hit With Taser

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

3 Protesters Hit With Taser at Occupy Protest at Washington State Capitol http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/29-4

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