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Entries from February 2016

How Bernie Sanders Could Win Super Tuesday … Or Lose Really Badly : NPR

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

An NPR analysis finds one very rosy scenario for Sanders in which he comes out with the majority of pledged delegates. But the possible results range from Sanders plus-1 to Clinton plus-151. Source: How Bernie Sanders Could Win Super Tuesday … Or Lose Really Badly : NPR

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Heil Heidegger

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/02/25/heideggers-ghosts/ This is from a website created by Fukuyama. After Last and First Men I claim the end of history question ‘re-solved once and for all’ re-solved once and for all, but not all are convinced, and here is a engaging new reactionary complot and problem ‘unsolved’ with Heidegger, the curious Dugin, and the Putinite […]

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Red Fortyeight Group: now or never…

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2016/02/28/passing-of-the-social-plutocratsscratch-democrats/ The world isn’t ready for neo-communism, but it wasn’t/isn’t ready for either social democracy or, gasp, socialism as referenced by Sanders, the reason it forever goes into ‘next election’ mode. But Sanders has shown that the times have changed: a new public is stirring. But the world has never been ready to confront the […]

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What sparked the Cambrian?

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

http://portside.org/2016-02-29/what-sparked-cambrian-explosion There has been progress on the issue of the Cambrian, but his Portside article has not really seen the problem with standard forms of explanation. We need a very different kind of evolutionary theory to get to the bottom of the Cambrian, starting with a lot more data…

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What Sparked the Cambrian Explosion? | Portside

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

An evolutionary burst 540 million years ago filled the seas with an astonishing diversity of animals. The trigger behind that revolution is finally coming into focus. Source: What Sparked the Cambrian Explosion? | Portside

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Moralistic gods explain growth of society? | Uncommon Descent

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

In real life, belief in moralistic gods doesn’t even protect one from murder by family, spouse, never mind strangers. Depends on what the gods care about. Source: Moralistic gods explain growth of society? | Uncommon Descent

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When will the universe end? Not for at least 2.8 billion years | Richard Dawkins Foundation

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Photo credit: Mina De La O/Getty By New Scientist We’re safe for now. The way the universe is expanding, it won’t be tearing itself apart for at least a few billion years. For those of you only now… Source: When will the universe end? Not for at least 2.8 billion years | Richard Dawkins Foundation

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Can Darwinian Evolution Explain Why Christians Help Others?

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Do human beings do nice things because they’re afraid that God will punish them if they don’t? Source: Can Darwinian Evolution Explain Why Christians Help Others?

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Solar cells as light as a soap bubble: Ultrathin, flexible photovoltaic cells could find many new uses. — ScienceDaily

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Source: Solar cells as light as a soap bubble: Ultrathin, flexible photovoltaic cells could find many new uses. — ScienceDaily

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Krugman: This Presidential Election Is an Up or Down Vote on the Survival of Humanity | Alternet

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

The Republican Party has somehow managed to get even more destructive in eight years. Source: Krugman: This Presidential Election Is an Up or Down Vote on the Survival of Humanity | Alternet

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World’s Carbon Budget is Only Half As Big As Thought | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Climate scientists have bad news for governments, energy companies, motorists, passengers and citizens everywhere in the world: to contain global warming to the limits agreed by 195 nations in Paris last December, they will have to cut fossil fuel combustion at an even faster rate than anybody had predicted. Source: World’s Carbon Budget is Only Half As […]

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Sanders: The ends of the beginning…

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Sanders… We may be coming to the point predicted last early summer when Sanders started his campaign, and the surface news has missed the point: Sanders has ‘revolutionized’ our thinking about what is possible/what the electorate is really thinking. His strike out in South Carolina merely points to what was obvious last early summer, while […]

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The Deep State? 9/11 conspiracies clinch the case…

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

The deep state is a mysterious entity that has already foreclosed on American democracy, and the puzzle is, noone can talk about it. A situation distinct from, and more sophisticated, than anything in 1984, a condition that has moved beyond the coup d’etat to a more malevolent type of dictatorship. The step to release from […]

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The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government [Mike Lofgren] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The New York Times bestselling author of The Party Is Over delivers a no-holds-barred exposé of who really wields power in Washington   Mike Lofgren is back with a book perfectly pitched […]

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Henry Giroux on State Terrorism and the Ideological Weapons of Neoliberalism

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Public intellectual Henry Giroux discusses how state terror has become the major organizing principle of US society. Source: Henry Giroux on State Terrorism and the Ideological Weapons of Neoliberalism

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Brian Eno: ‘Oscars’ Swag Bag is Part of Israel’s Cultural Propaganda Campaign’ | Alternet

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Israel is using artists, again, to obscure its dismal human rights record. Source: Brian Eno: ‘Oscars’ Swag Bag is Part of Israel’s Cultural Propaganda Campaign’ | Alternet

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Passing of the ‘social plutocrats/scratch…democrats’

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/02/gude-third-way-clinton-new-deal-reagan-democratic-party/ The demise of social democracy shows the precariousness of any project of reform under capitalism. The discussion of (neo-)communism provokes dissonance in the liberal mind-set of the US, not surprising in a way, given the way the Second Internationale pressed an imprint of a communist movement, that followed by the now forever damned bolshevism. […]

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The Empire Files: An Unparalleled Act of Police Terror

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

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The Final Flight

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/readers-wildlife-videos-and-photographs/

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David Snoke on “Maxwell’s Demon” and Information Processing – Evolution News & Views

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution. Source: David Snoke on “Maxwell’s Demon” and Information Processing – Evolution News & Views

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Humans Speeding Up Evolution: Introduction Of New Species Disrupts Ecosystem : News : Nature World News

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Humans may be speeding up the otherwise slow process of evolution by introducing new species to unfamiliar areas. Consequently, heightened competition leads to a loss of diversity. Source: Humans Speeding Up Evolution: Introduction Of New Species Disrupts Ecosystem : News : Nature World News

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This Simple Sea Creature Might Have Been Earth’s First Animal

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

https://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/646fab3a4a6711cbd956ff712e3ea4de.htm

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The Rape of East Timor: “Sounds Like Fun”

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was executed and covered up. They also help us understand how and … Source: The Rape of East Timor: “Sounds Like Fun”

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[Marxism] Bolivia: Behind Evo’s narrow loss in re-election referendum

February 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Despite the referendum loss, Morales remains the most popular politician in Bolivia — and one of the most popular presidents across Latin America. So why did the “Yes” campaign lose? https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61163 Source: [Marxism] Bolivia: Behind Evo’s narrow loss in re-election referendum

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