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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.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

3 April - Surfing Notes

Coke and the U.S. Government/is there a differ...Coke and the U.S. Government/is there a difference? (Photo credit: D.C.Atty)
crank it up, why don't you...crank it up, why don't you... (Photo credit: windsordi)
New presentation of data in figure 20 of http:...New presentation of data in figure 20 of http://www.hubbertpeak.com/hubbert/1956/1956.pdf . Meant as replacement for non-free :Image:Hubbert-fig-20.png. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Genetic EngineeringGenetic Engineering (Photo credit: Eugene of Norway)

Reverse Diabetes

Milk industry's health claims are all wrong

Puberty before age 10 : the new normal ?

Don't be an April Fool : Back up your blog

New Zealand Casts Itself as Destination for International Students

To Enroll More Minority Students, Colleges Work Around the Courts

Where we should set our sights this year for real change

Owning  pigs a felony in Michigan ?
Criminalizing biodiversity

Courtesy of our friends at the Center for Food Safety's FB page...have you "liked" them yet? http://truefoodnow.org/2012/04/03/canadian-hog-industry-abandons-genetically-engineered-pig/
Center for Food Safety Calls on the U.S. FDA to Stop Review of GE “EnviroPig” The Center for Food Safety (CFS) welcomed reports that the University of Guelph, the Canadian university that devel...

Uranium mines dot Navajo land, neglected and still dangerous

Climatology establishment smears scientific critics

The global warming movement takes a blow
The movement to convince the public of catastrophic global warming is fundamentally unscientific. Its leaders do not, as true scientists would, objectively study and relay the full evidence about what drives the climate, they fixate obsessively on CO2. They do not share how poorly understood climate drivers are; they act as if they can predict the climate with certainty....... identifying a deeper problem that makes the global warming campaign possible: the system of science-by-taxation where bureaucrats funnel expropriated wealth into scientific pursuits they have no genuine interest or expertise in, under the flag of a nebulous “public interest.” The predictable result is that what’s served is not science, but any research project that plausibly claims to unearth a potential calamity justifying more funding and an expansion of the bureaucrats’ powers.

How bad science becomes common knowledge
To read the popular media’s account of climate science, it is a certainty that burning fossil fuels is causing an unprecedented and catastrophic warming of the planet. The volume of such claims is so vast that those skeptical of catastrophic warming are often viewed as conspiracy theorists, believing that scientists and the media have formed a secret cabal to foist falsehoods on the public.
But the case for being skeptical of catastrophic warming–and, more broadly, many popular scientific assertions–has nothing to do with conspiracy theories. It is based on knowledge of the mechanism by which new scientific ideas are evaluated and spread by non-experts, who are prone to choose winners and losers on the basis of congenial political ideology rather than scientific merit.

Those TV commercials you see around the news hours on the cable networks are designed to extract investment capital from elderly people who have been swindled in the bond markets and don't know where to stick their dwindling retirement funds. Shale oil and gas must seem like a good bet to them, especially the ones marooned in retirement housing clusters in dismal places like Arizona and Florida, where not being able to drive is a virtual death sentence.
The U.S. government is in on this propaganda offensive, especially the Department of Energy's Energy Information Agency (EIA), which routinely issues overly optimistic reports about future oil production. The political spin is a quixotic effort to promote another commonly touted lie about the future: that the U.S. is approaching a point of "energy independence."
The true state of the U.S. oil industry is that we only barely stalled a 40-year decline in oil production by throwing massive amounts of money (capital) at oil reserves that are very expensive and difficult to get. In so far as we've entered the terminal stage of a long debt cycle, one thing we can be sure of is a shrinking pool of real capital investment. Hence the frantic propaganda effort to funnel remaining available money into the shale plays.
 .....irresponsible statements that will eventually inflame a public yet again swindled by authorities they desperately want to trust. The truth is we probably have perhaps a seven-year supply of shale gas, and maybe 20 of all gas including the regular old conventional gas. And even that could easily be reduced by the disorders in capital formation now underway in the destabilizing banking sector.
 Social Sciences : Replacing the "Left-Right" Axis
Jerry Pournelle
The notion of a "left" and a "right" has been with us a long time. It originated in the seating arrangement of the French National Assembly during their revolution. The delegates marched into the Hall of Machines by traditional precedence, with the aristocrats and clergy entering first, then the wealthier bourgeois, and so on, with the aristocracy seated on the Speaker's right. Since the desire for radical change was pretty well inversely proportionate to wealth, there really was, for a short time, a legitimate political spectrum running from right to left, and the concept of left and right made sense. 

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Iniciar una Escuela Alternativa, Nivel 1, será el primer curso en línea en español a ofrecerse en AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization). EducaciónAlternativa.org y AERO, en alianza colaborativa, desarrollan este curso. La intención de la alianza es llevar al público que habla español el...
Environmentalists, orangutans lose court case over palm oil

Malians have lined up outside gas stations holding jerry cans, water bottles and plastic jugs, as the West African nation braced itself for sanctions imposed as a consequence of a coup last month.
Malians scramble to stockpile fuel and other items as post-coup embargo by West African neighbours begins to take hold.
( In other words...If your government falls...your troubles have just started )

Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Resolutions calling on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down, the West and its allies have gone ballistic in their desire of regime change.
‎"Without knowing how we got here, we won’t be able to take back the political and economic system, and if we aren’t able to take back the economic system, then political freedom is meaningless."
by Devon DB: Freedom. It is a something that every person wants and deserves to have, from the freedom to speak their mind without fear of persecution to the freedom to practice their religion of choice to the freedom from government involvement in their private lives. 
An instruction manual described as a "guidebook to getting false confessions" was reviewed by the top Bush administration officials before they decided to let the CIA torture detainees - and now the document has been released. Please repost this important story widely!
The document sheds additional light on the origins of the Bush administration's torture policy and for the first time describes exactly what methods of torture Bush officials had discussed - and subsequently approved - for Abu Zubaydah in May 2002.
Massive coal mine in Australia beats back climate change legal challenge


An Australian court last week ruled that climate change was not reason enough to halt the $6.3 billion Wandoan coal mine in Australia in a landmark case. Swiss coal mining company Xstrata succeeded in defeating a challenge from the environmental NGO Friends of the Earth and local farmers, which argued that the mine should be halted due to its resulting carbon emissions.
( Nobody wants to talk about coal ash...too busy 'saving the planet' )
“Occupy LA supports in principle a General Strike on May 1, 2012, for migrant rights, jobs for all, a moratorium on foreclosures, and peace – and to recognize housing, education and health care as human rights, and calls for the building of a broad coalition to make that a reality.”
Belgian Police arrested 483 peace activists on Sunday as they attempted to gain access to NATO headquarters in Brussels. The activists trekked across fields and climbed over fences leading to the HQ but were stopped by up to 600 police officers in a 'heavy handed' repression of the protest.
On The Stream: It has been 20 years since the start of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, but Muslims, Serbs and Croats in the country are still deeply divided. What changes need to happen for meaningful reform to take place in Bosnia? Could grassroots youth activism lead the way for social and political change? Join the conversation at 1930GMT.
The Stream is a social media community with its own daily television programme on Al Jazeera English. As the tremendous growth of social networks moulds and transforms the news agenda, The Stream aims to share these possibilities and connect its global…
Underground News Network shared a link.
Throughout the winter, as the cameras of the corporate media turned elsewhere, Occupy did not stop organizing. We were in our communities, helpings fight back against unfair polici
Up With Chris Hayes on the demonization of Trayvon Martin. An oasis of reasoned discussion in a sensationalized media landscape: http://bit.ly/HPj4tF
Chris Hayes of MSNBC had a great segment on his Sunday show about the posthumous demonization of Trayvon Martin. Initially, it seemed like Martin's killing was remarkably non-polarizing. Pretty much everyone agreed that an unarmed 17-year-old boy had been gunned down by a vigilante, and that's all t...
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