Study reconstructs Neanderthal ribcage, offers new clues to ancient human anatomy — ScienceDaily

Scientists have completed the first 3D virtual reconstruction of the ribcage of the most complete Neanderthal skeleton unearthed to date. Using CT scans of fossils from an approximately 60,000-year-old male skeleton, researchers were able to create a 3D model of the chest — one that is different from the longstanding image of the barrel-chested, hunched-over ‘caveman.’

Source: Study reconstructs Neanderthal ribcage, offers new clues to ancient human anatomy — ScienceDaily

Weather Disasters: Climate Change and the Potential for Conflict

East Island was an uninhabited remote island in the Hawaiian chain, but it was an important refuge for wildlife:  Many of the endangered Hawaiian monk seals numbering about 1400 raised their young on that island; others like the green sea turtle and the albatross used it as a shelter.  Not any more because Hurricane Walaka washed away most of the island a few days ago. More

Source: Weather Disasters: Climate Change and the Potential for Conflict

Bolsonaro | Richard Seymour on Patreon

Official Post from Richard Seymour: I barely know where to begin, except to say that we may be, probably are, at the beginning of a long fascist wave.Why? Because the same patterns always obtain. The economy stagnates. The liberal-centre and mainstream Right, persistent in its course despite obvious crisis, collapses. Sections of the

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The New Brazilian President Could Wreak Destruction on the Amazon Rainforest | Alternet

In Memory of Chico Mendes (1944–1988)Fishing with TestosteroneIn January 2012, Jair Bolsonaro was arrested for fishing inside the Tamoios Ecological Station. This station is an ecological preserve where fishing is an environmental crime. He was indicted by IBAMA—Brazil’s Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources—and charged with a fine of R$10,000. Bolsonaro was angry. He claimed that he was a victim of political persecution.

Source: The New Brazilian President Could Wreak Destruction on the Amazon Rainforest | Alternet

‘Our Democracy Is Sick’: Progressive Groups Join Forces to Ensure Voting Rights and End Corporate Sabotage of Common Good

“Today our system is in crisis,” warns the new Declaration for American Democracy. “Together we must build a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, voting rights are fully enforced, and everyone’s voice is heard.”

Source: ‘Our Democracy Is Sick’: Progressive Groups Join Forces to Ensure Voting Rights and End Corporate Sabotage of Common Good

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds | Environment | The Guardian

The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists

Source: Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds | Environment | The Guardian

The limits of historical materialism

Kant’s questions about history as a foundation for a neo-marxism…
May 20th, 2018 •
Kant in some of his aspects might be a more useful foundation for a neo-marxism than hegel (who can be rederived via kant) in the way his view of history non-dogmatically asks a set of questions (answered in their own way by the eonic model) and focuses on empirical research as the basis for conclusions…
R48G: progress toward a perfect civil constitution… Continue reading The limits of historical materialism

Economic pseudo-science

One of the ‘mysteries’ of the modern era is the failure of economic theories. The neo-classical brand is especially dubious and suffers a kind of ‘physics’ envy that makes it a pseudo-science by trying to be physics: the use of differential equations. In physics these are very exact, in economics a strange fictional pastiche…

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The status of theories: physics versus economics
May 21st, 2018 • Continue reading Economic pseudo-science