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Entries from December 2015

A Secret History of the Monarch: How the Biotech Industry Conspired to Knock Off One of the World’s Rarest Butterflies

December 31st, 2015 · No Comments

On May 20 1999, Nature magazine sounded what might have been the death knell of the biotech food industry. A short paper in the respected British science magazine by John Losey, an assistant profes… Source: A Secret History of the Monarch: How the Biotech Industry Conspired to Knock Off One of the World’s Rarest Butterflies

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Posts rescued…

December 31st, 2015 · No Comments

The software here went haywire yesterday and took down a series of posts which I am going to repost…Back to normal, I hope ———————- Stigliz and market socialism Whither Socialism? (Wicksell Lectures) [Joseph E. Stiglitz] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The rapid collapse of socialism has raised new economic policy questions and revived […]

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Are ‘sufis’ trying to set up ‘Islam’/Islamic culture for destruction?

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There is something bizarre about the war on Terror. The key to the mystery is Oil, no doubt. But other factors come into play. Note that I put sufis in quotation marks, ‘sufis’, we have no idea who were are referring to. But the sentimental pious mystics are mostly fronts. I often have to wonder […]

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Booknotes: Debunking Economics

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Debunking Economics We have been critical of economic theory here, often with this book in the background…

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Sam Harris’ detestable crusade: How his latest anti-Islam tract reveals the bankruptcy of his ideas – Salon.com

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Harris’ haughty ignorance & chauvinism are on full display in his new book, a “dialogue” with a former radical Source: Sam Harris’ detestable crusade: How his latest anti-Islam tract reveals the bankruptcy of his ideas – Salon.com

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…the best defense in the end against the reign of terror inflicted on the Islamic world by the American imperialist machine might be to recast Islam for the modern world…

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2015/12/uproar-against-dawkins-is-sign-of-new-atheism-retrogression/ I have been critical of Dawkins, and Islamophobia, but it is entirely OK and very much needed to critique Islamic theology from a secular viewpoint. Using the charge of Islamophobia to resist the inevitable challenge of modernity isn’t going to work for moslems. In fact, the best defense in the end against the reign […]

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Uproar Against Dawkins Is Sign of New Atheism Retrogression

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Wealthiest 20 Americans Have More Wealth Than the Entire GDP of India

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12 Days of Evolution #11: Are we still evolving? « Why Evolution Is True

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Source: 12 Days of Evolution #11: Are we still evolving? « Why Evolution Is True

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Brain regions associated with awareness of self | Uncommon Descent

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From ABC (Australia): Who, or what, is ‘I’? It’s a question that humans have obsessed over for millennia. Philosophers continue to debate whether or not the Source: Brain regions associated with awareness of self | Uncommon Descent

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Questions for the Dead

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How an evangelical creationist came to accept evolution.

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Scientists announced in September that they had discovered a huge cache of ancient hominid bones deep in a cave in South Africa. The bones, representing at Source: How an evangelical creationist came to accept evolution.

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Meet the world’s newest commercially-cloned puppies

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A History Defined by the Trade in Human Beings

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The history of the US is soaked in blood. Then again, the same can be said for many nations and certainly every empire. Several nations throughout history have also allowed and even encouraged the … Source: A History Defined by the Trade in Human Beings

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The Paris Climate Agreement: Hope or Hype? | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

December 31st, 2015 · No Comments

It has become a predictable pattern at the annual UN climate conferences for participants to describe the outcome in widely divergent ways. This was first apparent after the high-profile Copenhagen conference in 2009, when a four-page non-agreement was praised by diplomats, but denounced by well-known critics as a “sham,” a “farce,” and a mere face-saver. […]

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Cli-fi is all the rage

December 30th, 2015 · No Comments

The Four Horsemen: Eco-apocalypse appeals to writers – and readers. Image: Viktor M Vasnetsov via Wikimedia Commons http://climatenewsnetwork.net/cli-fi-is-all-the-rage/

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The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica – Truthdig

December 30th, 2015 · No Comments

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire. Source: The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica – Truthdig

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Notes toward a definition of ….’communism lite’

December 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Full communism is more than probably inevitable in the end, that or the American equivalent of Roman decline stretched over centuries….but, who has actaully defined the term? The system below might fail, but shows a idea experiment at the low end: In fact, ideas of communism lite at the transition from socialism in a range […]

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Booknotes: Marx, Marginalism, and Sociology

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http://www.amazon.com/Marginalism-Modern-Sociology-Simon-Clarke-ebook/dp/B004IK8LZ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451494398&sr=1-1&keywords=marginalism What is the conceptual basis of the modern disciplines of economics and sociology? Talcott Parsons hailed the emergence of the ‘voluntaristic theory of action’, above all, in the work of Max Weber as the breakthrough to a scientific sociology, just as historians of economics acclaim the ‘marginalist revolution’. Simon Clarke argues that these events […]

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2015 Hottest Year on Record

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Dodging Darwin: How Ken Ham’s Ark is slowly embracing evolution – The Panda’s Thumb

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Sociologist: ID to be mainstream science | Uncommon Descent

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Must lose “conservative Christian” branding Source: Sociologist: ID to be mainstream science | Uncommon Descent

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Scientists Sequence First Ancient Irish Human Genomes | Richard Dawkins Foundation

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A team of geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen’s University Belfast has sequenced the first genomes from ancient Irish humans, and the information buried within is … Source: Scientists Sequence First Ancient Irish Human Genomes | Richard Dawkins Foundation

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The Theory Of Evolution: Why Did Humans Evolve In The First Place?

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Are humans the most successful species in terms of evolution? Source: The Theory Of Evolution: Why Did Humans Evolve In The First Place?

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