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Entries from December 2012

In Atheism, Proof of Religion’s Necessity

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/in-atheism-proof-of-religions-necessity/563964 Since the 18th century, many Western intellectuals have predicted religion’s imminent demise. Yet after a series of withering attacks, most recently by the new atheists, including Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, still in Britain three in four people, and in the United States four in five, declare allegiance to a […]

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Why the ‘Gene’ Concept Holds Back Evolutionary Thinking

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Why the ‘Gene’ Concept Holds Back Evolutionary Thinking One of the major limitations of the genocentric view is that it does not readily account for the evolution of genomic networks encoding complex traits. Using both the combinatorial view of genome system architecture and the ability of mobile elements to distribute regulatory motifs in bursts, network […]

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The Planetary Emergency

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://monthlyreview.org/2012/12/01/the-planetary-emergency

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Is Growth Over? By PAUL KRUGMAN

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/opinion/krugman-is-growth-over.html?ref=global&_r=1& New York Times December 27, 2012 Is Growth Over? By PAUL KRUGMAN http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/paulkrugman/index.html>

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FDA Quietly Pushes Through Genetically Modified Salmon Over Christmas Break

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

RG mail by Anthony Gucciardi Natural Society (December 27 2012) While you were likely resting or enjoying time with friends and family over the Christmas break, the United States Food and Drug Administration was hard at work ramming through genetically modified salmon towards the final acceptance process. Despite the frankenfish actually being blocked by Congress […]

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A terrific popular article on the evolution of whales

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/a-terrific-popular-article-on-the-evolution-of-whales/

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Did Proteins Evolve From Long Non Coding RNAs?

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/did-proteins-evolve-from-long-non-coding-rnas/

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Life on Mars and the Imagination of Scientists

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Life on Mars and the Imagination of Scientists by Virginia Hughes posted on December 30, 2012 05:12AM GMT http://richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2012/12/29/life-on-mars-and-the-imagination-of-scientists#.UOB3Tmso6M8 Image by cigcardpix on Flickr Around this time seven years ago I was trying to figure out a topic for my Master’s thesis. It could have been anything at all, so long as it fit under […]

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Early Bow and Arrows Offer Insight

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Early Bow and Arrows Offer Insight Into Origins of Human Intellect by Erin Wayman Nov 09, 2012 http://richarddawkins.net/news_articles?author=Erin+Wayman#.UOB2Rmso6M8

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The Hoax of the Piltdown Man

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

The Hoax of the Piltdown Man: Solving Human Evolution’s Greatest Scam by Erin Wayman Dec 30, 2012 http://richarddawkins.net/news_articles?author=Erin+Wayman#.UOB2Rmso6M8

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Measurements Hint Why the Universe Is Dominated by Matter, Not Anti-Matter

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Measurements Hint Why the Universe Is Dominated by Matter, Not Anti-MatterDec. 26, 2012 — A collaboration with major participation by physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has made a precise measurement of elusive, nearly massless particles, and obtained a crucial hint as to why the universe is dominated by matter, not by its close relative, […]

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Predator-Automatons?

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Somewhere Real People are at the Controls http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/28/predator-automatons/ Predator-Automatons? by WILLIAM MANSON “Automaton—person who behaves like a robot…” —Oxford Desk Dictionary Once unchained—like a voracious predator–the U.S. War Machine is monomaniacal, hyper-focused, relentless in its purpose. Like those robots designed to repair and rebuild themselves, but on a vastly greater scale, the Machine becomes self-driven […]

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The Anthropology Wars

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

marxmail http://monthlyreview.org/2012/12/01/the-anthropology-wars The Anthropology Wars by Eliza Jane Darling David Price, Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in the Service of the Militarized State (AK Press, 2011), 208 pages, $15.95, paperback. In 1929 Bronislaw Malinowski, the primogenitor of twentieth-century anthropology, published an article extolling the merits of his science in the process of colonial administration. “My own […]

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Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, December 30, 2012 by The Guardian Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on OccupyNew documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent by Naomi Wolf It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall […]

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Fourth Drone Attack in Yemen in One Week

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Fourth Drone Attack in Yemen in One Week, as US Strikes Spike in the Country Deaths by drone continue to rise as Obama administration focuses on Yemen

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America’s New Political Reality

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, December 30, 2012 by The Capital Times 2012 Outlined America’s New Political Reality by John Nichols The great lesson from 2012 is that America is no longer an evenly divided country.

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A Fracking Surprise in Texas

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, December 30, 2012 A Fracking Surprise in Texas How ironic: Fracking recently got fracked! This brutish technique for extracting natural gas from deep within the Earth, led by such profiteering giants as Exxon Mobil and Halliburton, has rapidly swept across America. Indeed, it has run right over local residents who’ve had their […]

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Hobbits of the World Unite!

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53067: Hobbits of the World Unite! (A revolutionary reads Tolkien) Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

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Manufacturing Poverty

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Fiscal Cliff is an Artificial Crisis Designed to Dismantle the Social Safety Net Manufacturing Poverty by CHERI HONKALA http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/28/manufacturing-poverty/ On December 10, community leaders all across the country held vigils and rallies outside Congressional offices to defend the safety net and protest the so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington, DC. It was part of a […]

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Will 2013 Mark the Beginning of American Decline?

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments

RG mail by Simon Johnson bloomberg.com (December 23 2012) “A modest man”, Winston Churchill supposedly quipped about Clement Attlee, his successor as prime minister, “but then he has so much to be modest about”. We should say the same about economists, particularly their ability to forecast anything in a useful and timely manner. Those predicting […]

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Agenda Prevails over Truth by Paul Craig Roberts

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments

RG mail Agenda Prevails over Truth by Paul Craig Roberts In the Western world truth no longer has any meaning. In its place stands agenda. Agenda is all important, because it is the way Washington achieves hegemony over the world and the American people. 9/11 was the “new Pearl Harbor” that the neoconservatives declared to […]

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It’s Not a “Fiscal Cliff” …

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments

RG mail It’s the Descent into Lawlessness by George Washingon WashingtonsBlog (December 22 2012) It’s Not a Tax or Spending Problem … It’s a Devolution Into Lawlessness The “fiscal cliff” is a myth. Instead, what we are facing is a descent into lawlessness. Wikipedia notes: In many situations, austerity programs are imposed on countries that […]

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Dennis Kucinich on the “Fiscal Cliff”

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/28/dennis_kucinich_on_the_fiscal_cliff Dennis Kucinich on the “Fiscal Cliff”: Why Are We Sacrificing American Jobs for Corporate Profits? and Much More. Democracy Now: 12/28/2012

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Privatizing the commons?

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments

The idea of communism has been so abused that its essential meaning has been lost. But it is clear that the current system of allowing individuals to arbitrarily expropriate environmental resources held in common for transformation into private property is an irrational, and finally dangerous polticy that will in the end create global chaos. —————————repost […]

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