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Entries from October 2013

Last and First Men, Preface..

October 31st, 2013 · 2 Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2013/06/15/preface-update-to-last-and-first-men/ This links to a version of the Preface (now the Introduction) for Last and First Men. There has been a lot of new traffic here, perhaps this relink will prove of interest. The basic issue is the way our contemporary indulgence in spending the fortune of future earthlings: the result is analogous to a […]

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From yesterday: the rising chorus of ‘revolt’

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2013/10/30/klein-calls-for-revolt-2/

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The Companies Profiting from Police Militarization

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, October 31, 2013 by The Real News Network

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Citizens of the World, Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Data

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, October 31, 2013 by The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/31/citizens-world-unite-data Citizens of the World, Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Data NSA reform by US Congress overlooks the fact that the internet transcends national control. We the people must make the rules

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Witches of the world unite??? Kidding maybe

October 31st, 2013 · 2 Comments

http://www.alternet.org/culture/witches-and-popular-culture?page=0%2C0 This is an interesting article on the issue of witches, but I think that the subject requires caution. To proclaim, witches of the world unite, implies that witches are exploited workers, evidently implying their activities should be encouraged. The nature of those activities is not specified. I doubt that ‘witches’ are exploited, but they […]

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The Global Threat of Fukushima

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

A Global Response is Needed by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers CounterPunch Weekend Edition (October 25 to 27 2013) The story of Fukushima should be on the front pages of every newspaper. Instead, it is rarely mentioned. The problems at Fukushima are unprecedented in human experience and involve a high risk of radiation events larger […]

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Is left-handedness higher among those suffering from psychosis?

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

hum eth list Is left-handedness higher among those suffering from psychosis? October 30th, 2013 in Psychology & Psychiatry Researchers have long studied the connections between hand dominance and different aspects of the human brain. A new study out today in SAGE Open finds that among those with mental illnesses, left-handers are more likely to suffer […]

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Moral in the morning…

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

hum eth list Moral in the morning, but dishonest in the afternoon October 30th, 2013 in Psychology & Psychiatry Our ability to exhibit self-control to avoid cheating or lying is significantly reduced over the course of a day, making us more likely to be dishonest in the afternoon than in the morning, according to findings […]

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Is the Dawkins selfish gene meme a crime against humanity?

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

The Selfish Gene, Social Darwinism, and Human Cooperation It took me until my 43rd year to read The Selfish Gene, written in 1976 by Richard Dawkins. In many respects, it is a testament to its success that I felt no compelling desire to read it. What I perceived to be its central message had been […]

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Quiz: Is the cuttlefish a fish?

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

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What are Darwinian Evolutionists to Make of Craig Venter?

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/10/what_are_darwin078491.html

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On the Impossibility of the Evolution of Consciousness

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/on-the-impossibility-of-the-evolution-of-consciousness/

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Rhino Hunt Permit Auction Sets Off Conservation Debate

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Rhino Hunt Permit Auction Sets Off Conservation Debate by Brian Clark Howard posted on October 31, 2013 01:30PM GMT http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/10/29/rhino-hunt-permit-auction-sets-off-conservation-debate# A group called the Dallas Safari Club is auctioning off the chance for one hunter to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia. The club claims all proceeds will support conservation of the embattled species, […]

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Biologists Uncover Rules That Govern Leaf Design

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

The Secret Math of Plants: Biologists Uncover Rules That Govern Leaf Design http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131030152924.htm Oct. 30, 2013 — Life scientists from UCLA’s College of Letters and Science have discovered fundamental rules of leaf design that underlie plants’ ability to produce leaves that vary enormously in size. In their mathematical design, leaves are the “perfect machines,” said […]

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Scientists Digitally Reconstruct Giant Steps Taken by Dinosaurs

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Scientists Digitally Reconstruct Giant Steps Taken by Dinosaurs for the First Time http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131030125538.htm Oct. 30, 2013 — The Manchester team, working with scientists in Argentina, were able to laser scan a 40 metre-long skeleton of the vast Cretaceous Argentinosaurus dinosaur. Then using an advanced computer modeling technique involving the equivalent of 30,000 desktop computers they […]

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David Cameron’s War Against Workers

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

What Open Door Policy? David Cameron’s War Against Workers by DAVID CRONIN http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/31/david-camerons-war-against-workers/ David Cameron probably rues the day he declared that lobbying was “the next big scandal waiting to happen”. Uttered in 2010 when he was still leader of the opposition, Cameron’s words have proven to be prescient. Last year the Conservative Party hired […]

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[Marxism] Making a killing off Obamacare

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

[…] When Scully finally began his speech, he noted that the prevailing narrative among Republicans — assuming that many in the room were, like him, Republican — was incorrect. “It’s not a government takeover of medicine,” he told the crowd. “It’s the privatization of health care.” In fact, Obamacare, he said, was largely based on […]

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‘Make Wall Street Pay!’

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Common Dreams Robin Hoods Lobby Congress: ‘Make Wall Street Pay!’ Push for ‘financial transaction tax’ backed by economists, union workers, environmentalist, and broad coalition of social justice advocates http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/31

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Report Exposes ‘Unprecedented, Corporate-Backed Attack on Workers’

October 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Common Dreams Report Exposes ‘Unprecedented, Corporate-Backed Attack on Workers’ Examination shows sinister state-level assault on collective bargaining, other labor protections in recent years http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/31-0

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CIA’s Wash Post Leaks Aimed At Silencing Drone Critics

October 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by The Real News Gareth Porter: CIA leaks to the Washington Post alleging Pakistani support for drone strikes a ploy to prop up increasingly unpopular program

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Biggest Eyesore in NYC = One World Trade Center

October 30th, 2013 · No Comments

http://occupywallst.org/article/biggest-eyesore-nyc-one-world-trade-center/

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Klein calls for revolt…

October 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/29-4 We are relinking to this article by Naomi Klein for its acute analysis, and open admission of the need for revolt. But that opens a wide and confusing field of leftist possibilities, and pitfalls. This post from yestereday is toned down, and I hope it is still coherent. We can re-address this issue very […]

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Remember Opium War atrocities

October 30th, 2013 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Remember+Opium+atrocities/9090935/story.html Vancouver Sun October 28, 2013 Remember Opium War atrocities Exhibition on Forbidden City should highlight the historical context of our relationship with China By Stephen Hume Let’s hope the Vancouver Art Gallery’s visiting display next year of treasures from the Forbidden City will cause patrons to think about the historical context of […]

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David Cameron makes veiled threat to media over NSA and GCHQ leaks

October 30th, 2013 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/28/david-cameron-nsa-threat-newspapers-guardian-snowden The Guardian 28 October 2013 David Cameron makes veiled threat to media over NSA and GCHQ leaks Prime minister alludes to courts and D notices and singles out the Guardian over coverage of Edward Snowden saga

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