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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

16 May - My Feedly

Iceland-2001-749Iceland-2001-749 (Photo credit: hubertk)
Gígjökull, an outlet glacier extending from Ey...Gígjökull, an outlet glacier extending from Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland. Lónið is the lake visible in the foreground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Muslim population of the world map by perc...The Muslim population of the world map by percentage of each country, according to the Pew Forum 2009 report on world Muslim populations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Dettifoss in Iceland on 31 Jul 1972. Pictu...The Dettifoss in Iceland on 31 Jul 1972. Picture taken and uploaded by Roger McLassus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Roads in IcelandRoads in Iceland (Photo credit: Helgi Halldórsson/Freddi)
Islam does it again.Islam does it again. (Photo credit: Pixelsior)
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His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Pope of the Co...His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria (born 1923) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Globe Iced Iceland
Has nothing to do with hockey, either:"A Lesson from Iceland  Posted on May 9, 2012 by auldacquaintanceThe following has been spread round the Internet, and It Is a Lesson for the people of Scotland should we care to listen?There is much more to it of course, but for those who actually take the time to check it out, there are lessons to be learned.ICELAND. No news from Iceland?… w
Brazil's truth commission sworn in
Long-delayed panel's work begins years after neighbouring nations fully investigated actions of dictatorial regimes.
Islamic Hate for a Dead Pope
Inasmuch as the recent death of Coptic Pope Shenouda III exposed the humanity of some Muslims, it also exposed the inhumanity of Islamic teachings.


IBEX Reveals a Missing Boundary At the Edge Of the Solar System
 Earth Changes Media For the last few decades, space scientists have generally accepted that the bubble of gas and magnetic fields generated by the Sun – known as the heliosphere – moves through space, creating three distinct boundary layers that culminate in an outermost ‘bow shock’.   This shock is similar to the sonic boom created ahead of a supersonic jet. Earth itself certainly has one
Scientists to Build $1 Billion City Where No One Will Live
Elizabeth Leafloor Red Ice Creations In what is being billed as the first of its kind, a billion-dollar futuristic town is being built in New Mexico, but residents need not apply. The new 15-square mile city will be built as a testing ground for new, cutting edge technologies. The Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation project will “help researchers test everything from intelligent traffic

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Some thoughts on getting the fat out, and I’m not talking editing
Looks like even liberty loving Tea Party types might need a little help on the obesity front Most guys my age worry that they aren’t the man they used to be. My problem is that, a few months ago, I was at least 120 percent of the man I ought to be, probably more like 130 percent. Thanks to my treadmill desk and a little more attention to my diet, I’ve whittled myself down some, but I still have a


The EnvironmentaList
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Who Will Grow Our Food?
A Forgotten Career Path — Old Farmers Outnumber Young Ones by a Ratio of Over 7:1
In the Amazon, World’s “Most Threatened Tribe” Faces Extinction
Illegal Logging and Development in Brazil Is Destroying Protected Habitat of the Nomadic Awá

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A Baseless Bain Comparison
The Maddow Blog By Steve Benen - Tue May 15, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Mitt Romney’s background at Bain Capital, the only experience the Republican presidential hopeful considers relevant to his campaign, can be pretty ugly. Romney orchestrated leveraged buyouts, flipping companies quickly for large profits, at the expense of thousands of workers who were considered collateral damage. But for months, ther
Obama’s Bain Ad: ‘Like Watching An Old Friend Bleed To Death’ (Updated) – VIDEO
Politico By ALEXANDER BURNS| 5/14/12 6:18 AM EDT The Obama campaign’s 2-minute ad on Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital is record is out, and it is brutal. Targeting Romney’s involvement in the acquistion of GST Steel, the commercial shows workers at a shuttered plant pinning Romney and Bain with the blame. “They made as much money off it as they could and they closed it down, they filed for bankruptcy, w

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Missouri Nat’l Guard Investigates Claims of Neo-Nazis in Ranks
The Missouri National Guard is investigating a new claim that its ranks are infiltrated with neo-Nazis – this time a “patched member” of the violent American Front, whose members stand accused of plotting violence in Florida. The inquiry comes after the Missouri Legislature conducted a hearing in April to look into how the Guard took more [...]
Intelligence Report Article Provokes Outrage Among Men’s Rights Activists
The last issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report presented a scathing portrait of “a hard-line fringe” of the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM): “women haters whose fury goes well beyond criticism of the family court system, domestic violence laws, and false rape accusations,” whose rage is “directed at all women, not only perceived feminists.” The article, entitled [...]
Court Documents: American Front was Planning Violence
Members of the American Front – a well-armed, militia-style white supremacist group in Florida – were planning acts of violence and preparing for “an inevitable race war” when 11 of them were arrested last week, court documents say. The documents, the outgrowth of a two-year investigation, also say American Front members received paramilitary training at a [...]
Anti-Gay Activists Adopt a Dubious Model — the Confederacy
Conservatives tend to object when the gay rights movement is compared to the civil rights movement, often claiming that LGBT activists are trying to “hijack” a unique moment in American history. It had been our impression here at Hatewatch that this objection was underpinned by an antipathy toward being compared to racist reactionaries who protested desegregation, [...]

In These Times
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Attachment Parenting: Beyond the Backlash
Ever heard of "attachment parenting"? If you've spent more than five minutes on the Internet, or reading a magazine, the answer is yes. The New York Times ran a panel on the controversial child-raising strategy—which recommends, among other things, that a mother sleep with her baby, carry her at all times, and breastfeed for an extended period—under the oh-so-subtle title "Motherhood vs. Feminism.
The U.S. Department of Double Standards
On April 21, The New York Times reported that Wal-Mart de Mexico paid $24 million in bribes to local land use officials in exchange for allowing the company to build stores in virtually every corner of the country, and to make environmental objections vanish. Although its top executives apparently approved of and helped conceal the bribery scheme -- in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Ac
Norman Solomon’s Quest for Congress
Norman Solomon isn't the typical candidate for Congress. And that's a compliment -- he might actually be one of the most promising candidates ever, from a progressive standpoint. Solomon is running for the House seat currently held by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a reliable progressive who represents California's Second Congressional District. Woolsey is retiring. The district, recently redrawn, now consis
The GOP’s Dead-End Path to Prosperity
Mitt Romney may rue the day he called Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal "marvelous," as if he were describing a splendid buffet at the mansion of a friend. The plan from the influential, youthful Republican chair of the House budget committee does offer people like Mitt and his rich buddies tasty goodies -- $10 trillion in preserved and fresh millionaire-friendly tax cuts (over a decade),

Pesticide Action Network
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Chemical gene damage carries across generations
Part of my job here at PAN is keeping track of the latest research about how pesticides are harming children’s health. This has kept me too busy of late, as studies seem to be coming fast and furious linking pesticides with childhood asthma, autism, birth defects, cancer and more. One recent study gave me serious pause. We already understand that some chemicals can change how our genes functio

The Angry Black Woman
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Red Summer of 1919 & Other History America Should Discuss
I see a lot of “slavery is over, black people should move on” rhetoric on the internet. And mostly I roll my eyes & keep it moving. But I notice that people who say these things lack historical knowledge. They don’t know about the Red Summer in which race riots broke out in 36 cities. The government blamed unions, Bolsheviks, & even the NAACP for what happened since it was apparently impo

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Western Wallflower
Erisymum capitatum.
John Boehner Puts On The Full Crazy Suit
Remember last summer's suspenseful adventures of the New Republican Tea Party? When they threatened to do something that even Greece hasn't quite done yet - default on the country's debt? When American bonds were downgraded?Well, they love the country so much that they want to do it again. John Boehner said so yesterday. It seems to me that deliberately sabotaging the country's financial standing

Texas Liberal
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Cigarette Machine
Above is a photo I took recently in Houston of a cigarette machine. You used to see these machines all the time. Now you don’t see them so often. The cigarettes in this machine cost $10. Tobacco is indeed the Devil’s weed. Though the truth is my dad smoked incessantly from the Truman years up until his death–from lung cancer—in 2011. I’d be hard-pressed to say anything other than that cigarettes
Lissa Squiers Makes Her Case in Democratic Texas 7th District Congressional Primary
I support Lissa Squiers in the Democratic primary for the 7th Congressional district of Texas. Primary Day is May 29. Early voting is taking place now and runs through May 25. The primary is for the right to challenge incumbent Republican John Culberson. Here is Ms. Squiers’ Facebook page. I asked Ms. Squiers if she would like to write a brief account for my blog as to why people should vote for h

Centauri Dreams
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Changing the Risk Paradigm
As we continue to think about the implications of Planetary Resources and its plans for asteroid mining, I was interested to see exoplanet hunter Sara Seager (MIT) make a rousing case for the company’s ideas and for commercial space ventures in general. Seager, who works with Planetary Resources as a science advisor, tells The Atlantic’s Ross Andersen in a May 14 interview that one reason for opti
A Near-Term Enterprise?
It’s too bad we don’t already have a workable Enterprise, that vast near-term rendition of the Star Trek vehicle that a systems engineer named ‘Dan’ has been talking about on BuildTheEnterprise.org (a site which has been so heavily trafficked in the last 48 hours that it has proven almost inaccessible). What Dan has in mind is the design, down to the smallest level of detail, of a ship powered by

Colombian River Basin Passes the Test of El Niño and La Niña
Patricia Gómez, an engineer, is leading a training workshop for a group of 11 men at the fire station in Neiva, the capital of the department of Huila in southwest Colombia.
Adding Rice Farmers to the Rio+20 Agenda
The year 2011 was one of extremes for the small Sri Lankan village of Verugal.

50 shades of fandom: publishing. Part IIb
by Doctor Science Our story so far: Part I: 50 Shades of Publishing Part IIa: 50 Shades of Fandom: Writing. The process of taking a piece of fanfic and re-purposing it for professional sale is known as filing off the serial numbers. Obviously you first have to change the names -- unless the source you're working from is something like Arthurian legend (it's fanfic all the way down) or Sherlock
Hatch watch
by Doctor Science Today in nature, we are waiting for Wood Duck eggs to hatch in North Carolina: Direct UStream link There are 18 eggs, and they should hatch very close to all at once. If you don't see anything, it's because mom has carefully covered them up and gone out for a bit. When the ducklings are a day old or less, the mother will swim under the nest box, calling: Direct UStream lin

WWF - Latest News
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WWF and partners celebrate Coral Triangle Day on June 9
WWF and its partners are celebrating the first-ever Coral Triangle Day on June 9 at several locations around the Coral Triangle region to highlight the importance of marine conservation and to raise awareness on this global center of marine biodiversity. An interpretation of World Oceans Day in this part of the world, the Coral Triangle Day brings together individuals, organizations, and establi
Council looks to bury real greening in reformed CAP
Brussels, Belgium –The Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussion this morning was the death knell for many of the greening measures contained in the original Commission proposal for the Common Agricultural Policy reform.    Quote “It is truly depressing to see the direction that negotiations are taking at such an early stage. Member States should be taking stronger environmental measures, rathe
Rising consumption, increased resource use by a growing population puts unbearable pressure on our Planet – WWF 2012 Living Planet Report
Gland, Switzerland. An ever-growing demand for resources by a growing population is putting tremendous pressures on our planet’s biodiversity and is threatening our future security, health and well-being, reveals the 2012 edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report – the leading biennial survey of the Earth’s health. Produced in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and Global Footprint

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Now if they could get the dog to jump a shark...
I do of course realise that much of the voting on Britain's Got Talent is tactical. Not that I've ever watched the damn thing. Essentially any act other than a singer, meaning that Simon Cowell can't instantly earn even more money out of them, wins, with the exceptions of Paul Potts and Jai McDowall (who was dropped from Cowell's label after one album). Some of it was probably ironic. I also d
You can take the woman out of News International...
Last Friday it was difficult not to feel at least a quiver of sympathy for Rebekah Brooks. As well as being asked some faintly irrelevant questions by Robert Jay during her appearance at the Leveson inquiry, such as whether she had swam with Rupert Murdoch (she did at least recognise complaining about such trivialities was the height of hypocrisy), she is also as far as I can recall the only witn
It's up for grabs now!
Well yes, yesterday was quite good, but seeing as the Premier League wants everyone to believe that 1992/93 was Year Zero, here's the last game of the 88/89 first division season between the teams in first and second, where if the north London side won by two clear goals they would be champions...

Amused Cynicism
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The Dictator’s practical Internet guide to power retention
The Dictator’s practical Internet guide to power retention was written to warn people how autocracies can use the internet to cement their power. It’s being discussed on Hacker News A response by democracies could be to have a “Freedom Computing” initiative that ensures that freedom-enhancing technologies (anonymity and secure communications) are supported out-of-the-box in the protocols the inter

Syria Comment
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Syrian Rebels Become More Lethal
As Syria’s rebel militias become more lethal, foreign analysts are trying to determine how Islamic they are, how to unify them, and what role the West can play in guiding Syria toward an outcome favorable to its interests. The Syrian government is exploiting Western concerns that the Syrian militias could turn out to be harmful to Western and Israeli interests. Deborah Amos explains that Damascus

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The answer: oil
by Mark Vogl:    As former Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska would say; "Drill baby, drill." North Dakota is providing the answer!
Sarah Palin endorses Ted Cruz for US Senate from Texas!
by Mark Vogl:    Palin has already helped one underdog win a US Senate primary, can she do it in Texas?
American Culture War responsible for Mexican slaughter
by Mark Vogl:    Since 2006, when Mexico's President Felipe Calderon announced a crackdown on cartels, more than 47,500 people have been killed in drug-relat
Rush, conservatives have to have answers!
by Mark Vogl:    The secret to liberal success is they cooperate to employ people with taxpayer money! Conservatives have no parallel system!
Conversation With A Keynesian, Part 1
by Van Bryant, II:    Markets and liquidity, clovers and blue moons!
Ron Paul's Delegate Strategy (III): Winning States?
by George Dance:    In the "ground war" for Delegates, Paul's troops are exceeding expectations. But are they actually winning any states?

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iPhone, my phone
Bryan Appleyard concludes a longish column on the iPhone (and equivalents) by asking if it's something we really want. I have a short answer to this question - no, two short answers. I want mine. And people who have one and don't want it can give or throw it away. Is there much of that sort of thing going on?
At the YIVO conference
Here are two three accounts of the conference on 'Jews and the Left' that took place in New York City earlier this month. The first is by Eitan Kensky: 'Questioners challenged the speakers' views from both the left and the right, with the audience cheering their rebuttals. The widely divergent attitudes were inseparable from personal and family histories, and audience members repe
On selling Nazi flags
There's a debate at the Independent, between John Rentoul and Matthew Bell, arising from the sale of Nazi flags by Amazon. The question being discussed isn't altogether clear, since it is billed as both 'Should Amazon be selling Nazi flags?' and 'should flags that represent a racist and offensive ideology be up for sale?' The answer to the first question, I would say, is no
Obama, socialist
Someone has come up with a piece of rock-solid evidence that a socialist is what the current President of the United States is. Others may have failed to notice, so I make this evidence more widely available here:There is a modern parallel to Obama's new campaign slogan, "Forward!" It is the motto of the modern Socialist Movement "Forward!" (translated: "Vperiod!"
Science is not the only fruit
Along at the New Statesman there's a panel of 'prominent personalities' reflecting on the limits of science. Richard Dawkins says:[W]hat we do know is that, if there is a question about the universe that science can never answer, no other discipline will.I'm not sure what counts for him as a question about the universe, but another contributor, Carolyn Porco, has some observations
Politics - does it matter?
You'll know that if you ask me that question, I'm going to say yes. But this post isn't about me, it's about a short video from the School of Politics at the University of Surrey, in which a whole lot of people appear saying why they think politics matters. I assume it's a promotional effort for the School. You can watch the video here. Politics matters, they say (repeating or echoing one another

The Truth is Where?
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Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem.
May 15th 2012   Find Article Here:- A group of students and professors from Yale University have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR). As part of the university’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory educational program, designed to engage undergraduate students in discovery-based research, the group searched for plants and cult
Death on Earth: how the world’s wildlife vanished.
Tuesday 15th May 2012.  by Michael McCarthy    Find Full Article Photo Gallery & Graphics Here:- The world’s wildlife has declined by nearly a third over the past 40 years, a new estimate of the health of the planet suggests. In some parts the figure is much higher – in the tropics, losses are estimated at more than 50 per cent, while in tropical freshwater ecosystems specifically, average l
DNA-Destroying Chip Being Embedded Into Mobile Phones.
April 26th 2012.  Find Full Article Here:- The controversial THz scanner technology used by the TSA at many of the nation’s airports is being adapted for cell phone use. Studies of terahertz radiation have caused experts to raise alarms over the significant health risks to humans. Recently major media touted a new chip that permits the adaption of a THz generating device to be embedded into cellul
‘People Will Die’ – The End Of The NHS.
April 23rd 2012.  Part One in Full Here:- Part 1: The Corporate Assault Few political acts have exposed the sham of British ‘democracy’ like the decision to dismantle the National Health Service. In essence, the issues are simple: 1. The longstanding obligation of the UK government to provide universal health care has now been ditched. 2. The NHS is being carved open for exploitation by private
Palestinian Loss of Land 1946-2000.
Find Full Article Here:- May 15th 2012.  
Why Britain’s broadband is heading for the slow lane.
By Juliette Garside Monday 7th May 2012.  Find Full Article Here:- Other nations have fibre optic cables running directly to households, but the UK’s broadband relies on copper connections from BT’s fibre network in the street. Photograph: Jeffrey Hamilton/Getty Images. The internet is a bigger part of the British economy than education, healthcare or construction. Britons generate more money o

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