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Shading Earth

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Shading Earth: Delivering Solar Geoengineering Materials to Combat Global Warming May Be Feasible and Affordable ScienceDaily (Aug. 29, 2012) — A cost analysis of the technologies needed to transport materials into the stratosphere to reduce the amount of sunlight hitting Earth and therefore reduce the effects of global climate change has shown that they are […]

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Plants’ Fungi Allies May Not Help Store Climate Change’s Extra Carbon

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Plants’ Fungi Allies May Not Help Store Climate Change’s Extra Carbon ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2012) — Fungi found in plants may not be the answer to mitigating climate change by storing additional carbon in soils as some previously thought, according to an international team of plant biologists.

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Ancient Denisovan Genome

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Ancient Denisovan Genome: Relationships Between Denisovans and Present-Day Humans Revealed ScienceDaily (Aug. 28, 2012) — Max Planck researchers have described the Denisovan genome, illuminating the relationships between Denisovans and present-day humans

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Wall Street’s War on the Cities

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Why Bondholders Can’t – and Shouldn’t – be Paid Wall Street’s War on the Cities by MICHAEL HUDSON The pace of Wall Street’s war against the 99% is quickening in preparation for the kill. Having demonized public employees for being scheduled to receive pensions on their lifetime employment service, bondholders are insisting on getting the […]

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No Charges Filed on Harsh Tactics Used by the C.I.A.

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

NY Times August 30, 2012 No Charges Filed on Harsh Tactics Used by the C.I.A. By SCOTT SHANE via marxmail Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Thursday that no one would be prosecuted for the deaths of a prisoner in Afghanistan in 2002 and another in Iraq in 2003, eliminating the last possibility that […]

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Justice Foreclosed

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 by The Nation For Julian Assange, Justice Foreclosed by JoAnn Wypijewski Every once in a while, a situation arises that so completely captures the spirit of the time—in this case, the horror moving like an amoeba under the surface of our pleasant days, our absurd distractions, our seemingly serious […]

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His Party Is the Problem

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 by The Nation Mitt Romney: His Party Is the Problem by John Nichols Who knew that Mitt Romney was such a fan of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign? http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/31-0

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A Vast Rightwing Conspiracy of Stupid

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 by The Guardian/UK Election 2012 and the Media: A Vast Rightwing Conspiracy of Stupid by Glenn Greenwald http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/31-1

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Epilogue to the World We Knew

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 by Common Dreams We Are Writing the Epilogue to the World We Knew by John Atcheson http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/31 The data continue to roll in, and they are telling us we are in the process of bringing an end to the world we evolved in, and creating a new, harsher world. […]

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Romney-Ryan: The Medicare Killers

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 by The New York Times Romney-Ryan: The Medicare Killers by Paul Krugman Paul Ryan’s speech Wednesday night may have accomplished one good thing: It finally may have dispelled the myth that he is a Serious, Honest Conservative. Indeed, Mr. Ryan’s brazen dishonesty left even his critics breathless. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/31-3

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History and Social Darwinist ideology

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://descentofmanrevisited.com/DMR_pdf/DMR_Chap_2.pdf The Darwinization of history and culture constitutes a dangerous legacy. Eugenic calamity in the wake of Darwinism is already historical fact. As we will see, the study of history, a clear record out in the open, provides a clear falsification of selectionist claims, made sight unseen about the whole of deep time. History does […]

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Trace Your Family Lineages Back 10,000 Years and Beyond

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Disclosure: Commercial site–with amusing twist… Trace Your Family Lineages Back 10,000 Years and Beyond https://www.23andme.com/ancestry/deep/?gclid=CPOEjqrmj7ICFYQQNAodJnkAog  

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March on Wall St South

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

March on Wall St South – Mobilization info There’s just a few days left until the March on Wall Street South mobilization kicks off! See below for a schedule of events and many other updates. You can also find transportation leaving from your area to bring folks to Charlotte!

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#S17 Updates for the week of August 29th

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

#S17 Updates for the week of August 29th Next month, help us fulfill the dream of economic justice for everyone!

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‘Massacre’: Scores of Amazon Indigenous Tribe Members Killed by Miners

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Common Dreams Up to 80 Yanomami in Venezuela killed by Brazilian gold miners – Common Dreams staff http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/30-0 As many as 80 Yanomami Indians have been killed in a “massacre” carried out by unauthorized gold miners from Brazil, leaving charred remains of a community and polluted rivers in […]

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Election 2012 and the media

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/30/election-2012-media-vast-rightwing-conspiracy-stupid The Guardian 30 August 2012 *Election 2012 and the media: a vast rightwing conspiracy of stupid* *The handful of important issues on which there are genuinely sharp and clear differences – social issues, reproductive rights, jurisprudence philosophy, a few social program and tax policies – are endlessly exploited to heighten cultural divisions […]

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Debunking altruism: the signature of economic ideology

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://descentofmanrevisited.com/DMR_pdf/DMR_Chap_4.pdf One of the most notable challenges to Darwinists lies in the phenomenon of altruism. Why isolate this one character from the totality, unless some agenda is at work? Why is selfishness thought so compatible with physicalism, while generosity smacks of religious idealism, ethical and/or philosophical? The contradiction between the implicit selfishness of natural selection […]

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Liars: How Much Unmitigated Hogwash …?

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Liars: How Much Unmitigated Hogwash Can the American Political System Contain? by Abby Zimet http://www.commondreams.org/further/2012/08/30 Having endured the start of the GOP convention, Esquire’s Charles Pierce unleashes a furious screed on the Republican search for “the Event Horizon of utter bullshit.” They have sought, he says, “to see precisely how many lies, evasions, elisions, and […]

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SW newsletter

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Comment: Eric Ruder OUR ALTERNATIVE TO THE MADNESS OF THE MARKET A socialist society would eliminate hunger and other forms of scarcity by getting rid of the profit motive and making human need society’s first priority. http://socialistworker.org/2012/08/30/our-alternative-to-market-madness

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NCSE news

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

FYI: NCSE’s Steve Newton and Patt Morrison of Southern California Public Radio discuss Bill Nye’s anti-creationist video, the reaction from creos, and more. (Click the Listen Now icon on the left.) The podcast is here: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/08/29/28156/bill-nye-the-science-guy-warns-about-not-teaching-/

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KONRAD LORENZ

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

KONRAD Z. LORENZ www.amphilsoc.org/sites/default/files/Lorenz.pdf File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View Feb 27, 1989 – For instance, Konrad Lorenz could fight vehemently for his con- victions and … with Lorenz. Lorenz’s wife, Margarethe, once gave a vivid account of …. how seldom his name occurred in Lorenz’s publications. Maybe he …

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Animal minds

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

human-ethology Animal minds: from computation to evolution Alex Thornton, Nicola S. Clayton, and Uri Grodzinski Phil Trans R Soc B 2012;367 2670-2676 http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/cgi/content/full/367/1603/2670

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America’s Corrupt Ruling Class: Darwinism the Key to Their Arrogant Presumption

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

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Science needs philosophy

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/pigliucci-decries-scentism-argues-that-science-needs-philosophy-and-that-most-of-us-are-doing-it-rong/ http://newhumanist.org.uk/2843/science-needs-philosophy Massimo Pigliucci A recent New York Times article has noted a new trend in secular writings, what the author, James Atlas, termed “Can’t-Help-Yourself books”. This trend includes writings by prominent scientists and secularists that are characterised by two fundamental – and equally misguided – ideas: an over-enthusiastic embrace of science, and the dismissal […]

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