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Entries from September 2013

Why Climate Deniers Are Plain Wrong

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Published on Monday, September 30, 2013 by The Real News Subhankar Banerjee: Why Climate Deniers Are Plain Wrong Arctic sea ice, Greenland ice sheet, Arctic methane are all key to climate change

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Googler Wants to Kickstart a ‘Nonviolent’ Occupy Wall Street Militia

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

http://betabeat.com/2013/09/googler-wants-to-kickstart-a-nonviolent-occupy-wall-street-militia/

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Science vs the humanities?

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114754/steven-pinker-leon-wieseltier-debate-science-vs-humanities Pinker has generated a false debate here, with his obsessive scientism. Debating science vs philosophy isn’t going to help, as such. The point is merely that some philosophers, such as Kant, have exposed the problem with scientism, and that was a long time ago. It is a case of historical blindness on the part […]

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Unequivocal

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

http://350.org/about/blogs/unequivocal An important new climate science report was just released, and the results aren’t exactly cheerful. The new report is long and dense, so we thought we’d boil it down. Since we’re quite fond of science and numbers at 350.org — after all, we’re named after the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere […]

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Critique of Evolutionary Economy

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap2_3_3.htm S. J. Gould in the recent The Structure of Evolutionary Theory states the unwitting confusion with especial clarity, “I would advance the even stronger claim that the theory of natural selection is, in essence, Adam Smith ’s economics transferred to nature”. Is Gould, a stalwart critic of ideology , disagreeing with this, or is […]

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N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/us/nsa-examines-social-networks-of-us-citizens.html New York Times September 28, 2013 N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens The agency can augment communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified […]

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Russia Offers Fukushima Cleanup Help as Tepco Reaches Out

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

by Yuriy Humber and Jacob Adelman Bloomberg (August 26 2013) Russia repeated an offer first made two years ago to help Japan clean up its accident-ravaged Fukushima nuclear station, welcoming Tokyo Electric Power Company’s decision to seek outside help. As Tokyo Electric pumps thousands of metric tons of water through the wrecked Fukushima station to […]

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How birds got their wings

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

hum eth list How birds got their wings: Fossil data show scaling of limbs altered as birds originated from dinosaurs Posted: 17 Sep 2013 09:36 AM PDT Birds originated from a group of small, meat-eating theropod dinosaurs called maniraptorans sometime around 150 million years ago. Recent findings from around the world show that many maniraptorans were […]

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Are We Hard-Wired for War?

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/opinion/sunday/are-we-hard-wired-for-war.html?ref=opinion Are We Hard-Wired for War? By DAVID P. BARASH WAR is in the air. Sad to say, there’s nothing new about this. Nor is there anything new about the claim that war has always been with us, and always will be. What is new, it seems, is the degree to which this claim is […]

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Psychotherapy’s Image Problem

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

hum-eth list http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/opinion/psychotherapys-image-problem.html?ref=health&_r=0 Psychotherapy’s Image Problem By BRANDON A. GAUDIANO PROVIDENCE, R.I. ­ PSYCHOTHERAPY is in decline. In the United States, from 1998 to 2007, the number of patients in outpatient mental health facilities receiving psychotherapy alone fell by 34 percent, while the number receiving medication alone increased by 23 percent.

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Origins of Genomic “Dark Matter”

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Penn State Researchers Discover the Origins of Genomic “Dark Matter” September 20, 2013 by Staff http://scitechdaily.com/penn-state-researchers-discover-origins-genomic-dark-matter/   Shown in the upper left corner of this illustration is a chromosome — a densely compressed package containing one long, continuous strand of DNA. The DNA is pervasively transcribed into RNA, but only a very small fraction of […]

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Climate Models Predict 21st Century Temperature and Precipitation Changes

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Climate Models Predict 21st Century Temperature and Precipitation Changes September 27, 2013 by Staff Science http://scitechdaily.com/climate-models-predict-21st-century-temperature-precipitation-changes/ This four minute video shows climate model estimates on how global temperature and precipitation patterns will change throughout the 21st century given current rising greenhouse gas levels.

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Discovery group’s solid capitalist propaganda credentials…

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/09/today_on_the_mi_6077231.html The Discovery gang is good on Darwin critique, until they come to the question of capitalism. They bow to their funders, I guess… As for Karl Marx, he was a critic of Darwinism, sorry.

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Alien life found floating 27 km above Chester, England?

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/extraterrestrial-life/alien-life-found-floating-27-km-above-chester-england/

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Ecology: Gene tweaking for conservation

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Ecology: Gene tweaking for conservation by Michael A. Thomas posted on September 30, 2013 03:11AM GMT It is time to weigh up the pros and cons of using genetic engineering to rescue species from extinction, say Michael A. Thomas and colleagues. An endangered Florida panther population was bolstered through hybridization with a related subspecies — […]

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Study finds new moves in protein’s evolution

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Study finds new moves in protein’s evolution

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Novel Technology to Produce Gasoline by a Metabolically-Engineered Microorganism

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Novel Technology to Produce Gasoline by a Metabolically-Engineered Microorganism http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130929142737.htm Sep. 29, 2013 — Scientists succeeded in producing 580 mg of gasoline per litre of cultured broth by converting in vivo generated fatty acid.

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Shutting Down the US Government

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

The Season of Ballyhoo Extremism by BINOY KAMPMARK http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/09/30/shutting-down-the-us-government/ Libertarians might well wonder why government should continue existing given the latest congressional antics in the United States. With metaphors likening it to a grocery store, we are being told that the U.S. government will cease to be funded this coming week, a massive “shutdown” the […]

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[Marxism] The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

NY Sunday Times Book Review September 26, 2013 This Is Only a Test By JONATHAN KOZOL REIGN OF ERROR The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools By Diane Ravitch 396 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $27.95. Over the past 20 years, a rising tide of voices in the world of […]

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A Single-Payer System, Like Medicare, is the Cure for America’s Ailing Healthcare

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Published on Monday, September 30, 2013 by The Guardian A Single-Payer System, Like Medicare, is the Cure for America’s Ailing Healthcare by Bernie Sanders http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/30/single-payer-cure-healthcare-reform I start my approach to healthcare from two very basic premises. First, healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country […]

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Destabilization of Arctic Sea Ice Would Be Game Over for Climate

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, September 29, 2013 by ClimateStoryTellers.org Destabilization of Arctic Sea Ice Would Be Game Over for Climate by Subhankar Banerjee http://www.climatestorytellers.org/stories/subhankar-banerjee-arctic-sea-ice-game-over/

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The Fast-Approaching ‘Point of No Return’ for Climate Change

September 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, September 29, 2013 by Moyers & Company The Fast-Approaching ‘Point of No Return’ for Climate Change http://billmoyers.com/2013/09/27/action-urgently-needed-on-climate-change/

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Dear Congress

September 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, September 29, 2013 by Campaign for America’s Future Blog Dear Congress – Stop This Manufactured Crisis http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/29 Forty-one organizations, representing millions of Americans, have signed this letter to Congress, asking them to stand against those who would “hold our economy hostage in order to dictate the terms of the debate.” See the […]

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The intent of Last and First Men

September 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Last and First Men plays a useful trick on ‘marxism’: its strategy of comprehensive outline demonstrating a macro dynamic includes the history of marxism and marxists as a substream of its events. This meta-model can be adopted as a superset of the individual event streams, allowing their temporary persistence as a new and larger perspective […]

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