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Entries from November 2013

From OWS to a movement moving beyond capitalism

November 30th, 2013 · No Comments

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Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity

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Published on Saturday, November 30, 2013 by BillMoyers.com Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity In a rare television interview, this visionary author, environmentalist and farmer discusses a sensible, but no-compromise plan to save the Earth. Wendell Berry, a quiet and humble man, has become an outspoken advocate for revolution. He urges immediate action as […]

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Impossibility of controlling left opinion on 9/11

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http://darwiniana.com/2013/11/29/time-for-chomsky-to-resign-and-drop-the-pretense-of-pope-on-the-left/ The confusion by so many leftists over 9/11 is puzzling, and it is important to adopt a formal agnosticism as a minimum here. The idea that some prestige celebrity like Chomsky can settle this debate and leftist opinion is almost ridiculous…

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Living in the Anthropocene

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Comment: Chris Williams CLIMATE TALKS GO UP IN SMOKE Climate justice activists protested the inaction of world governments outside the latest summit conference held in Poland. http://socialistworker.org/2013/11/25/climate-talks-go-up-in-smoke Comment: Peter Rugh LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE Climate change is upon us, but that doesn’t mean we must accept, as a recent article suggests, civilization’s collapse. http://socialistworker.org/2013/11/26/living-in-the-anthropocene ________

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Swarming Insect Provides Clues to How the Brain Processes Smells

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Swarming Insect Provides Clues to How the Brain Processes Smells Nov. 25, 2013 — Our sense of smell is often the first response to environmental stimuli. Odors trigger neurons in the brain that alert us to take action. However, there is often more than one odor in the environment, such as in coffee shops or […]

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Spread of Farming and Origin of Lactase Persistence in Neolithic Age

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Spread of Farming and Origin of Lactase Persistence in Neolithic Age Aug. 28, 2013 — Scientists have brought to light the spread of dairy farming in Europe and the development of milk tolerance in adult humans. It was after the transition from a hunter-gatherer society to that of a settled farming culture in the Neolithic […]

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A Vatican astronomer explains why he sees God through the telescope

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“CAPTCHA” Breakthrough by AI Illustrates Biomimetic Design – See more at: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/11/captcha_breakou079551.html#sthash.KTeTCA3n.dpuf

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“CAPTCHA” Breakthrough by AI Illustrates Biomimetic Design

November 30th, 2013 · No Comments

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God: Lawgiver or Hypocrite? Loftus attacks divine command theories of ethics

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http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/lawgiver-or-hypocrite-loftus-attacks-divine-command-theories-of-ethics/

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Big brains are all in the genes

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Big brains are all in the genes http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/11/28/big-brains-are-all-in-the-genes# by Marie Daniels posted on November 30, 2013 04:52AM GMT Scientists have moved a step closer to understanding genetic changes that permitted humans and other mammals to develop such big brains.

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“Biological Intelligence is a Fleeting Phase in the Evolution of the Universe”

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http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/11/biological-intelligence-is-a-transitory-phenomenon-a-fleeting-phase-in-the-evolution-of-the-universe.html During an epoch of dramatic climate change 200,000 years ago, Homo sapiens (modern humans) evolved in Africa. Several leading scientists are asking: Is the human species entering a new evolutionary, post-biological inflection point? Paul Davies, a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science and Co-Director […]

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Q&A: Richard Dawkins discusses evolution, religion and his fans

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http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-richard-dawkins-20131130,0,1868354.story#axzz2m92r6hqu

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Crows Are No Bird-Brains: Neurobiologists Investigate Neuronal Basis of Crows’ Intelligence

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Crows Are No Bird-Brains: Neurobiologists Investigate Neuronal Basis of Crows’ Intelligence http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131128103835.htm Nov. 28, 2013 — Scientists have long suspected that corvids — the family of birds including ravens, crows and magpies — are highly intelligent. Now, Tübingen neurobiologists Lena Veit und Professor Andreas Nieder have demonstrated how the brains of crows produce intelligent behavior […]

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The Other Police State

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rivate Cops vs. the Public Good http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/11/29/the-other-police-state/ The Other Police State by DAVID ROSEN On November 20th, the Center for Corporate Policy, a Washington, DC, good-government group, issued a revealing study, “Spooky Business: A New Report on Corporate Espionage Against Non-profits.” Written by Gary Ruskin, it confirms one’s worst suspicions about the ever-expanding two-headed U.S. […]

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[Marxism] Marxism, mysticism and modern theory

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http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/marxism-mysticism-and-modern-theory-in-review/

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[Marxism] New Issue Torture:Asian and Global Perspectives

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A Walmart Thanksgiving, by Charles Dickens

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Published on Friday, November 29, 2013 by Campaign for America’s Future Blog A Walmart Thanksgiving, by Charles Dickens by Richard Eskow “A pretty high energy day” for employees. That’s how a Walmart executive described Thanksgiving after the corporation announced that this year’s “Black Friday” would begin on Thursday evening, leaving many of its workers (known […]

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Walmart and Downton Abbey

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Published on Friday, November 29, 2013 by The Guardian Walmart and Downton Abbey: Rampant Inequality and Detachment from Reality We’re enthralled by the TV series and its ‘simpler time’. But the Walton family’s modern day aristocracy is anything but charming http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/29-6

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Activists Are Arrested Protesting Walmart’s Low Wages

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Published on Friday, November 29, 2013 by The Nation Activists Are Arrested Protesting Walmart’s Low Wages by Allison Kilkenny http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/29-7 Activists in Secaucus, New Jersey, engage in an act of civil disobedience during a Black Friday Walmart protest. (All photos by Allison Kilkenny)

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Time for Chomsky to resign and drop the pretense of pope on the left

November 29th, 2013 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2013/11/29/link-to-yesterdays-comments-on-chosmky-and-911/ I am sorry, but not very, to press the issue of 9/11. But nothing shows more the failure of the current left than this issue of 9/11 conspiracies. For Chomsky to wax indignant and try to excommunicate the radical left that sees through the 9/11 farce is both irresponsible and incomprehensible. The subject may […]

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The legacy of the Cath/Church and its implacable opposition to modernity, til a week or so ago

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http://darwiniana.com/2013/11/29/preface-to-lfm-and-radical-catholicism/ I was perhaps overoptimistic here about the apparent radicalism emerging through Pope Francis. The text of Last and First Men is a step beyond what I would consider the still inadequate ‘Liberation Theology’. We posted ad infinitum here over the last year and a half, topic: Xtian communism, in a series of almost outlandish […]

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‘Black Friday’ Civil Disobedience Targets Walmart’s Poverty Wages

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Published on Friday, November 29, 2013 by Common Dreams ‘Black Friday’ Civil Disobedience Targets Walmart’s Poverty Wages Santa Claus among the first arrested in day of action against retail giant’s business model of misery – Jon Queally, staff writer http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/29-1

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Why We, as Walmart Workers, Are Standing Up

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Published on Friday, November 29, 2013 by OUR Walmart Why We, as Walmart Workers, Are Standing Up

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The WTC7 issue and the left’s confusion on 9/11

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http://www.amazon.com/Mysterious-Collapse-World-Trade-Center/dp/1566567866/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385665801&sr=1-1&keywords=world+trade+center+7: The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7: Why the Final Official Report About 9/11 Is Unscientific and False Paperback by David Ray Griffin (Author) Chomsky’s shameful performance in the video cited today should be the occasion to check out David Ray Griffin’s already classic discussion in the book above. At 5:20 in the […]

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