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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

28 January - Surfing Picks II

Public Square Squared - How social fabric is w...Image by Ars Electronica via Flickr
English: Sri lanka NavyImage via Wikipedia
Tea plantation in Sri LankaImage via Wikipedia
Humphreys Peak from I-40 in ArizonaImage by dherrera_96 via Flickr
San Rafael Valley, ArizonaImage by cobalt123 via Flickr
 Arizona Sky Watch
Surface Water Charts for Various Water Bodies in Arizona

Shale-shocked: Fracking gets its own Occupy movement 

Pirate Fishing
The precious marine resources of some of the world's poorest people are being targeted by industrial-scale pirate fishing operations, to feed the seafood hungry markets of Europe and Asia.
The problem is particularly acute in West African waters where fish is a vital - and often the only - protein source for millions of people. 
The Nigerian Connection
Exposing the plight of African women caught up in a web of organised crime, prostitution and human trafficking.
Sri Lanka: War Crimes
Is the establishment of truth key to reconciliation in Sri Lanka?
Haiti: Seismic Election
Revisiting Haiti ten months after the devastating earthquake
Crude amnesty
A look at the conflict between militants and the Nigerian military in the Niger Delta

Monsanto Investor Bill Gates Says GMO Crops Needed to Fight Starvation
( That`s the company voted Most Evil of 2011 - and the crops credited with mass farmer suicides and permanent damage to consumers )

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Withdrawn After Amended To Include Testing Lawmakers
( No mention of corporate welfare )

Unprecedented Phenomenon From Using Saltwater in Fukushima Reactors

History of Corporations (United States)

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MASS Arrest HAPPENING NOW GO down to downtown oakland to support   ( That would be roughly 840 pm PST )

Zeynep Tufekci
I've said this before: if what was happening in Oakland was happening in Tehran, State dept would be condemning it to Wolf Blitzer.
Andrew Sullivan took aim earlier this week at the notion that there's any "Republican establishment" out there to stand up to Newt Gingrich:
.....There's no theoretical reason to believe that everyone within any category will agree on anything, nor that people will agree across categories. That is, a party may have a situation in which the activists lean one way and the Washington-based politicians and others lean the other, but it's equally possible that activists will be split, or campaign professionals will be split, etc. Nor is there any theoretical expectation, in my view -- and here I differ from others who think about parties, I believe -- that one or another of these groups will be the most influential. In other words, I don't think that parties are "really" their politicians, or "really" the interest group which align with them, or "really" their formal organizations. Instead, I believe that any of those are possible, and that it's an empirical question which portion of the party is most influential in any particular time and place.
( Beautiful. Another debunking of `framing arguments`which paint a false picture to co-opt and systematically distance debate from reality. Synthetic prejudice at work. )

Via Modern Mythology (by P. Emerson Williams) An operation planned by a large international team of law enforcement working over the course of years and

Catch of the Day

To Ed Kilgore over at Washington Monthly, who read the WSJ editorial page, and so he deserves some sort of compensation. In this case, it was the WSJ's crazed support for the idea that the only reason anyone is concerned about climate change is immediate self-interest.
opitJan 28, 2012 08:00 PM
I tend to think of Anthropogenic Global Warming by any name as a con. The reasons why go far beyond the simple fact that one cannot talk about predicting the future as either science or accomplishment.
Where is the proof ! Not happened.
Nor is climate change any evidence except the obvious inference of self revelation.
This is not a catalogue of your usual Search returns.
Rather, I was disturbed by the operation of the Denier meme using Logical Fallacy to Poison the Well of Scientific Method via Strawman Argumentation.
That and I happened to recall what a couple of futurists wrote about the topic decades ago, having a novel dealing with global cooling and anti-technological uprising sitting on my bookshelf.
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