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Entries from December 2012

Polar bears just might outlive us all

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/30/polar_bears_just_might_outlive_us_all/?source=newsletter Polar bears just might outlive us all They’ve become the fuzzy face of climate change. But these animals are far more resilient than we like to think .

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There may be no “earth-like” planets out there

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/30/there_may_be_no_earth_like_planets_out_there/?source=newsletter There may be no “earth-like” planets out there By Caleb A. Scharf Scientists love to theorize about habitable worlds. But it's premature to think they'd look anything like our own

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Nk comment: Biologists, neuroscientists, etc. have jumped the gun…

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Comment of science and consciousness: http://darwiniana.com/2012/12/23/a-wager-science-will-never-resolve-the-issue-of-mind-and-consciousness/#comment-399062 Nk said, December 31, 2012 at 9:35 am · I would only add that the problem is much deeper than this. Biologists, neuroscientist, etc. have jumped the gun. The problem is that our most basic physical theories haven’t yet provided a consistent ontology; we don’t have the slightest idea […]

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Is history a coherent story?: WHEE and an ‘idea for a universal history’

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap4_1.htm A link today http://criticallegalthinking.com/2012/02/20/is-history-a-coherent-story/ A close study of WHEE can restore the sense of coherence in world history, even as it answers the attacks on ‘grand narratives’ by the postmoderns. ————

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Blindness of scientism on the paranormal

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/quote-of-the-week-peter-atkins-on-woo-and-faith/ This passage is a good example of the complete failure of current science as scientism to get out of the straightjacket of reductionism. Beating one’s head against the wall as to the paranormal, for example, simply digs the hole deeper. The public confusion over the paranormal is distracting: that’s not the place to deal […]

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Paley’s argument from design: Did Hume refute it, and is it an argument from analogy?

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/paleys-argument-from-design-did-hume-refute-it-and-is-it-an-argument-from-analogy/

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New York Times: where were the humanists after Newtown?

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

New York Times: where were the humanists after Newtown? by Jerry Coyne posted on December 31, 2012 05:29PM GMT http://richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2012/12/31/new-york-times-where-were-the-humanists-after-newtown#.UOHhiWso6M8 A short piece from Friday’s New York Times, “In a crisis, humanists seem absent,” deserves a read and a bit of thought. It’s basically a bit of hand-wringing about why humanists and secularists weren’t visible […]

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Gun control: The right to commit treason

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Gun control: The right to commit treason by The Economist Dec 31, 2012 http://richarddawkins.net/news_articles?author=The+Economist#.UOHg8Gso6M8

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The disgrace of papal blessing for Ugandan homophobia

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

The disgrace of papal blessing for Ugandan homophobia by Jill Filipovic Dec 31, 2012 http://richarddawkins.net/news_articles?author=+Jill+Filipovic#.UOHglGso6M8

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Scientists Challenge Current Theories About Natural Habitats and Species Diversity

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Scientists Challenge Current Theories About Natural Habitats and Species Diversity Dec. 30, 2012 — How can a square meter of meadow contain tens of species of plants? And what factors determine the number of species that live in an ecosystem? Science journal has defined this as one of the 25 most important unresolved questions in […]

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Ringed and Bearded Ice Seal Populations Endangered Species

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

NOAA Lists Ringed and Bearded Ice Seal Populations Under the Endangered Species Act Dec. 30, 2012 — NOAA Fisheries announced on December 21, in compliance with a court ordered deadline, its final listing decision for four subspecies of ringed seals and two distinct population segments (DPSs) of bearded seals under the Endangered Species Act. Specifically, […]

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America’s Deceptive Fiscal Cliff

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

America’s Deceptive Fiscal Cliff The Financial War Against the Economy at Large by MICHAEL HUDSON http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/31/the-financial-war-against-the-economy-at-large/ Today’s economic warfare is not the kind waged a century ago between labor and its industrial employers. Finance has moved to capture the economy at large, industry and mining, public infrastructure (via privatization) and now even the educational system. […]

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Solidarity with Palestinian struggle

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

[Marxism] Solidarity with Palestinian struggle For a campaign of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/for-a-campaign-of-solidarity-with-the-palestinian-struggle/ Leila Khaled makes historic visit to Gaza: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/pflp-leader-makes-historic-visit-to-gaza/ PFLP central committee statement on recent developments: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/statement-of-the-pflp-central-committee-on-political-developments/ Israel-Palestine: the one-state solution and the issue of Jewish-Israeli nationhood: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/israel-palestine-the-one-state-solution-and-the-issue-of-israeli-jewish-nationhood/ Is there a two-state solouiton to Israel-Palestionian conflict?: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/is-there-a-two-state-solution-to-israel-palestinian-conflict-2/

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Is History A Coherent Story?

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://criticallegalthinking.com/2012/02/20/is-history-a-coherent-story/

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Why It’s a Privilege to be a Progressive in 2013

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Why It’s a Privilege to be a Progressive in 2013 by Paul Buchheit We enter the new year with a degree of optimism, because Americans, except for Congress and the uninformed, are beginning to realize that cooperation transcends self-centeredness as a means of national betterment. Here are some of the specific reasons to be proud […]

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Off the Table

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Monday, December 31, 2012 by The Nation Harry Reid Finally Settles It: Social Security Is Off the Table by John Nichols Preserving Social Security should never have been all that difficult.

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US War Machine Leaves Ugly Imprint

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

US War Machine Leaves Ugly Imprint in AfghanistanDispatch from remote base reveals physical and political damage left in wake of US occupation

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US banks helped FBI to crush Occupy

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Those violent clampdowns on Occupy protesters weren’t just planned by U.S. authorities – they were carefully coordinated with the big banks themselves, writes Naomi Wolf at the Guardian. At times the FBI, police, and the Department of Homeland Security even merged with banks into a “monstrous whole” called The Domestic Security Alliance Council. Drawing on […]

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Time to (inter)nationalize the oil industry?!

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Looking at the previous story on Bolivia… In a government of cowards, criminals, and purchased politicians it might seem hopeless to suggest the obvious: nationalize the oil industries. Let us not that they have in the name of laissez-faire decided unilaterally to raise the environmental stakes as to fracking/shale technologies, threatening, at a moment of […]

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Bolivia Nationalizes Electricity Companies in Hopes of Improving Rural Access

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Bolivia President Evo Morales has nationalized two electricity distribution companies owned by Spanish utility company Iberdrola in the latest of several industry nationalizations since Morales took office, which has included oil, mining, telecommunications, and energy generation companies. Morales signs a decree allowing the takeover of shares in Empresa de Electricidad de La Paz (Electropaz) and […]

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Belgium to charge Church of Scientology with fraud and extortion

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Losing faith? Belgium to charge Church of Scientology with fraud and extortion posted on December 30, 2012 05:54PM GMT AFP Photo / Frederic J. Brown After a long lasting legal battl Belgium prosecutors demand to label the Church of Scientology as a criminal organization and charge it and its leaders with extortion, fraud, privacy breaches, […]

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Toynbee, Spengler and cyclical theories

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap7_5_1.htm The biggest secret of world history (and ‘evolution’) is the cyclical nature of the data. ————

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“Should Buddhist Meditation Make You Happy?” Evolutionary pyschology to confuse buddhists?

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/12/should-buddhist-meditation-make-you-happy/266703/ I’m not sure how to explain this irony of detachment-induced warmth. Maybe, though in theory you’re distancing yourself equally from positive and negative emotions as you meditate, you’re actually cheating, and doing selective distancing. Or maybe a feeling of affinity–with our environment, with other creatures–is a kind of default state, and we revert to […]

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Researchers find gene related to germ cell formation older than thought

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/12/solving-a-biological-mystery/: Solving a biological mystery Researchers find gene related to germ cell formation older than thought

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