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Iraq After the Americans

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by Al-Jazeera Fault Lines: Iraq After the Americans, Part Two After almost a decade the US war in Iraq is over. From Basra to Baghdad a new balance of power has emerged, but many people are living in precarity. In the second part of the special series Fault Lines […]

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Greenpeace: Oil Companies, Not Us, Are ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Radical’

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by Common Dreams Greenpeace: Oil Companies, Not Us, Are ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Radical’ Following declassified RCMP report, Greenpeace says it will not stop fighting against destructive industry practices

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The profits in damnation…

July 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment

http://catholicism.about.com/b/2012/07/31/the-devil-didnt-make-him-do-it-or-why-atheists-cant-read.htm Read this article on its own terms, I cited it to make another point: the fiction of the Devil is just that, a fiction, and disinfo for a complex reality we barely understand. But, as noted in the previous post, the devils, not the Devil, who invade religion do so because ‘damnation’ is highly […]

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Has religion died out for homo sapiens?

July 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment

http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/2012/07/31/swami-rajneesh-ebook-osho-legacies-a-first-enlightened-buddha/ Over at The Gurdjieff Con I am exploring the testimony of an (Indian) disciple of Rajneesh. In all the controversies over religion and atheism in the West, the reality is that the whole population is so confused on the subject of religion as to be beyond clarification. Or so it seems. Westerners flocked in […]

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Germany: Nationwide Antifascist Camp Dortmund 24.08. – 02.09.2012

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Germany: Nationwide Antifascist Camp Dortmund 24.08. – 02.09.2012 Occupy Wall Street stands in solidarity with anti-fascist encampments in Germany and similar actions in North America. We encourage all supporters in Europe to attend the mobilization beginning August 24th in Dortmund! For more information on this and other encampments, and to see this call in other […]

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#A9 Call for Global Day of Action: Chalkupy the World!

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://occupywallst.org/article/a9-call-global-day-action-chalkupy-world/  

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Bailout to OWS

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/glenn-c-altschuler/neil-barofsky-book_b_1709606.html In Bailout, Barofsky, a Democrat, who is currently a senior fellow at the New York University School of Law, recounts his experiences as Inspector General, which spanned the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Mad as hell and convinced that we should be “revolted” as well, he demonstrates that the Great Recession […]

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What NBC Can Learn from Wall Street Hubris

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/easy-street/what-nbc-can-learn-wall-street-hubris If there’s one thing Wall Street knows how to do, it’s take an issue of minor irritation and turn it into an uncontrollable, national disaster through the alchemy of arrogance, hubris, and too much money. That’s how your annoying bank fees blossomed into Occupy Wall Street, how the London Whale grew from a misguided […]

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…why billionaires should take Occupy seriously

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2012/07/30/real-estate-mogul-jeff-greene-thinks-billionaires-should-take-occupy-very-seriously/

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The eonic effect, ‘saeculum’ and the ‘secular’

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/intro1_2_4.htm: The rise of the modern, pace the ‘eonic effect’ Discussions of ‘secularism’ never go anywhere, but a look at the ‘eonic effect’ and also the latin ‘saeculum’ for ‘age period’ (or something like that, Wikipedia has a different take, i think this correct for seventeenth century semantics) might help: the rise of the modern […]

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Secularism vs. atheism

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacques-berlinerblau/secularism-is-not-atheism_b_1699588.html?utm_hp_ref=religion and_______________ http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/guest-post-the-conflation-between-atheism-and-secularism/ This issue is important, but it also true that noone can really claim ‘secularism’ because the vagueness of the term is a constant. Our approach here is to look at the ‘secular’ in terms of the rise of the modern as such: and this includes both religious reformation and atheism, and a […]

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The Fragmented Fossil Record of Early Hominins

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/07/the_fragmented062681.html

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Evolutionists Are Losing Ground …

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/evolutionists-are-losing-ground-badly-both-pattern-and-process-contradict-the-aging-theory/: Evolutionists Are Losing Ground Badly: Both Pattern and Process Contradict the Aging Theory

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Paxman religious comments

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Jeremy Paxman religious comments were offensive, rules BBC Trust http://richarddawkins.net/articles/646631-jeremy-paxman-religious-comments-were-offensive-rules-bbc-trust By JOHN PLUNKETT – THE GUARDIAN Added: Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at 9:19 AM

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Redeeming God in Canaan

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Redeeming God in Canaan http://richarddawkins.net/articles/646620-redeeming-god-in-canaan By DOCTOR SCIENCE – OBSIDIAN WINGS Added: Sunday, 29 July 2012 at 7:52 PM

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Later Stone Age Got Earlier Start in South Africa Than Thought

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Later Stone Age Got Earlier Start in South Africa Than Thought ScienceDaily (July 30, 2012) — The Later Stone Age emerged in South Africa more than 20,000 years earlier than previously believed — about the same time humans were migrating from Africa to the European continent, says a new international study led by the University […]

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Brains Are Different in People With Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Brains Are Different in People With Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory ScienceDaily (July 30, 2012) — UC Irvine scientists have discovered intriguing differences in the brains and mental processes of an extraordinary group of people who can effortlessly recall every moment of their lives since about age 10. UC Irvine scientists have discovered intriguing differences in […]

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Smiling Facilitates Stress Recovery

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Grin and Bear It: Smiling Facilitates Stress Recovery http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120730150113.htm ScienceDaily (July 30, 2012) — Just grin and bear it! At some point, we have all probably heard or thought something like this when facing a tough situation. But is there any truth to this piece of advice? Feeling good usually makes us smile, but does […]

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Escape From Economics

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Michael Hudson’s “The Bubble and Beyond” Escape From Economics by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS Readers ask me from time to time to recommend a book from which they can learn about economics. http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/07/31/escape-from-economics/

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The CEO Plan to Steal Your Social Security and Medicare

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Monday, July 30, 2012 by Common Dreams by Dean Baker http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/30-11 Many people are following the presidential election closely with the idea that the outcome will have a major impact on national policy. However, according to Steven Pearlstein, a veteran Washington Post columnist and reporter, it may not matter who wins the election. […]

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War Is Fun! Especially When You Can Make Money Off It!

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

by Abby Zimet Moving ever further to render war in this culture akin to sport and game and entertainment, NBC has come up with an amoral whopper of a “reality” show: Stars Earn Stripes, wherein a “star-studded cast” – with the likes of Todd Palin – will act out military missions, “from helicopter drops into […]

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Extremism Normalized

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by Salon.com Extremism Normalized: How Americans Now Acquiesce to Once Unthinkable Ideas by Glenn Greenwald http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/31-0 Remember when, in the wake of the 9/11 attack, the Patriot Act was controversial, held up as the symbolic face of Bush/Cheney radicalism and widely lamented as a threat to core American liberties […]

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India Suffers Major Blackout

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by Common Dreams 600 Million without Power as India Suffers Major Blackout http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/31 – Common Dreams staff Stranded passengers wait for their trains at the New Delhi railway station. (AP) The second blackout in two days has left more than 600 million people — about half of India’s population […]

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Archeologists Unearth Extraordinary Human Sculpture in Turkey

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Archeologists Unearth Extraordinary Human Sculpture in Turkey ScienceDaily (July 30, 2012) — A beautiful and colossal human sculpture is one of the latest cultural treasures unearthed by an international team at the Tayinat Archaeological Project (TAP) excavation site in southeastern Turkey. A large semi-circular column base, ornately decorated on one side, was also discovered. Both […]

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