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Entries from December 2014

From the decembrists to the leninists

December 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/31/lenin-in-2015/ The history of Russian ‘modernism’ is paradoxically both retarded and ahead of its time, the reason for the often difficult task of assessing the more general question of revolution, democracy and postcapitalism that the age of Lenin was forced to reckon with. The obvious fact stands out: a democratic transition was ignited by the […]

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Theism in perspective: the eonic effect and its model… notes toward a sermon to the Munzerians

December 31st, 2014 · No Comments

The new atheists, most ironically, do ‘religion’ a great service by their (kamikazi) attacks on ‘god’. Looking at the history of monotheism we see that a concept of ‘god’ was never absolutely essential! And the whole confusion over ‘god’ has undermined both traditional god-religion and the new atheism designed to undermine that. Hard to digest, […]

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Modern physics and the categories of space/time

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http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/2014/12/31/qm-and-bennett/ This is a short piece on the issues of QM physics and the time/eternity speculations of J.G. Bennett with his model of ‘time, eternity, hyparxis’. Despite the ‘new age’ flavor and the brave but vexed attempt to use the language of General Relativity theory (for a six=dimensional universe) this model is now a bit […]

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The Top 3 Climate Change Stories of 2014

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Could Extinct Clouded Leopards Be Reintroduced in Taiwan?

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Credit: An 1862 painting of a Formosan clouded leopard by Joseph Wolf, image in the public domain Source: from Could Extinct Clouded Leopards Be Reintroduced in Taiwan? by John R. Platt on Extinction Countdown

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Best ID Takedown of 2014 – Perhaps Ken Miller’s Demolition of “Edge of Evolution”?

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http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2014/12/best-id-takedow.html

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Bad Biology: How Adaptationist Thinking Corrupts Science

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Bad Biology: How Adaptationist Thinking Corrupts Science 11 a.m., Sun., Feb. 15 – Hollywood; 4:30 p.m. – Costa Mesa In 1979, Gould and Lewontin published an important paper, “The Spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme”, in which they deplored the narrow focus on seeing evolution as only […]

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s ‘The Era of the People’

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s ‘The Era of the People’ [The people] are supposed to exercise power through parliamentary assemblies. But the financial oligarchy which rule our present situation have taken upon themselves the right to veto their decisions. This is why the system doesn’t fear the left, which it has been able to control … But it […]

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In Bacteria, an Astonishing Array of Chemical Factories

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http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/12/in_bacteria_an092371.html

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Microbe waste can shed light on Earth’s evolution

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Microbe-waste-can-shed-light-on-Earths-evolution/articleshow/45706405.cms

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Wall Street Journal prints op-ed promoting intelligent design

December 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/news/10.1063/PT.5.8089

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Slavery, Slave Resistance and the Origins of the American Republic Revolution in Reverse?

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Slavery, Slave Resistance and the Origins of the American Republic Revolution in Reverse? by KATHY DEACON http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/31/revolution-in-reverse/ Gerald Horne’s The Counter-Revolution of 1776 was overlooked by most liberal media when it was published last spring, but it really can be considered one of the more notable books of 2014. It is actually a very short […]

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Capitalism, as Woven Through Cotton

December 31st, 2014 · No Comments

via marxmail//http://www.marxmail.org/msg126588.html NY Times, Dec. 30 2014 Capitalism, as Woven Through Cotton ‘Empire of Cotton,’ by Sven Beckert By Thomas Bender EMPIRE OF COTTON A Global History By Sven Beckert Illustrated. 615 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $35. After a quarter-century of tightly focused studies, historians are addressing extended periods of time and the global dimensions […]

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$14 Million an Hour: The War on ‘Terror’ Has Cost $1.6 Trillion

December 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.alternet.org/world/14-million-hour-war-terror-has-cost-16-trillion

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UN Security Council Rejects Palestinian Statehood Proposal

December 31st, 2014 · No Comments

published on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by Common Dreams UN Security Council Rejects Palestinian Statehood Proposal Led by U.S. opposition, resolution put forth by Jordan fails to pass. Following vote, Palestinian Authority looks towards International Criminal Court. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/31/un-security-council-rejects-palestinian-statehood-proposal

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Stopping early….some videos…

December 30th, 2014 · No Comments

What are U.S. Objectives in Weakening Russia’s Economy? Chris Hedges “Corporations are Psycopathic Organism

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Radical xtians and new atheists: the thought that counts….

December 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2014/12/29/munzerian-take-over-of-new-atheist-fake-religion/ Although this post was in the spirit of the ‘virtual church’ comedy in Last and First Men, i.e. merely thinking about it is enough, it actually points to a significant void in the emergent secularism in relation to the still very massive presence of Protestant churches, starting a significant nosedive in many ways. The […]

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Comment: the obsession with innovation

December 30th, 2014 · No Comments

The innovation issue is about ‘creative destruction’, often the egregious destruction of viable systems just for the sake of ‘innovation’. http://darwiniana.com/2014/12/28/the-propaganda-of-innovation/#comment-715071 NK // As Michael Lind points out, the fundamental breakthroughs happened earlier…way before the “Steve Jobs” era. They were directly related to government driven research. I would never point to Silicon Valley as a […]

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The New World Order? – with Russel Brand & Bill de Berg (RAP NEWS 30)

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Russia, China mock US attempts at divide and rule

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RG mail http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-02-231214.html Russia, China mock US attempts at divide and rule Asia Times Dec. 23, 2014 Russia, China mock divide and rule In September Chinese Prime Minister Li Keiqiang signed no fewer than 38 trade deals with the Russians, including a swap deal and a fiscal deal, which imply total economic interplay. Xi and […]

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The Maduro Government And The ‘Economic War’ in Venezuela

December 30th, 2014 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/article_comments/after_chavez_the_maduro_government_and_the_economic_war_in_venezuela1 New Left Project 24 December 2014 After Chávez: The Maduro Government And The ‘Economic War’ in Venezuela by Steve Ellner With economic difficulties mounting and dissent in the ranks, is the government of Nicolás Maduro living up to Hugo Chávez’s legacy?

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Arab Spring has now turned into a winter

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RG mail http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/arab-spring-has-now-turned-into-a-winter/article6716540.ece The Hindu | Dec 23, 2014 “Arab Spring has now turned into a winter” In order to solve the ongoing crisis, there must be a shift away from the neoliberal socio-economic model in the region, which led to the crisis: Interview with renowned Lebanese academic Gilbert Achcar and author of The People […]

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The Reemergence of Liberation Theologies

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RG mail http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2014/1389 Thia Cooper (ed) The Reemergence of Liberation Theologies: Models for the Twenty-First Century Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2013. 220pp., £18.99 pb ISBN 9781137292445 Peter Admirand Peter Admirand is a Lecturer in the School of Theology, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University. He is the author of Amidst Mass Atrocity and the Rubble of […]

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Turning Back the Clock on Human Evolution Printer-friendly version

December 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Turning Back the Clock on Human Evolution Printer-friendly version Digging through the world’s oldest graveyard with African paleontologists. Amy Maxmen Nautilus December 4, 2014 – See more at: http://portside.org/2014-12-29/turning-back-clock-human-evolution#sthash.7p41ttkY.dpuf

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