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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.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

27 May - My Feedly

IN SPACE - MAY 29:  In this handout provided b...IN SPACE - MAY 29: In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), back dropped by planet Earth the International Space Station (ISS) is seen from NASA space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation May 29, 2011 in space. After 20 years, 25 missions and more than 115 million miles in space, NASA space shuttle Endeavour is on the last leg of its final flight to the International Space Station before being retired and donated to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Capt. Mark E. Kelly, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-AZ) husband, has lead mission STS-134 as it delivered the Express Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-2) to the International Space Station. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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English: European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut...English: European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands looks through the Earth observation window in the Destiny laboratory on the International Space Station soon after arriving in a Soyuz spacecraft for several days' stay onboard the Earth-orbiting complex. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - DECEMBER 21:  In this h...BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - DECEMBER 21: In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA), ESA astronaut André Kuipers speaks to the media shortly after leaving the Cosmonaut Hotel on December 21, 2011 at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is due to launch today from Baikonur Cosmodrome, ahead of a five month expedition to the International Space Station. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - DECEMBER 21:  In this h...BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - DECEMBER 21: In this handout photo provided by the NASA, ESA Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and ESA astronaut André Kuipers wave goodbye to the crowd gathered at the foot of the Soyuz launch pad stairs before taking the elevator to the top of the Soyuz rocket on December 21, 2011 at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is due to launch today from Baikonur Cosmodrome, ahead of a five month expedition to the International Space Station. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

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Incredible Dragon Approach and Berthing – Image Gallery from Andre Kuipers aboard ISS
Dragon approaching International Space Station (ISS) over Namibia on May 25, 2012 Hours on end monitoring Dragon's approach is no punishment. Here over Namibia. Credit: Andre Kuipers/ESA/NASA Photo Gallery belowOn Friday, May 25, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) made space history when they deftly reached out with the stations robotic arm and grabbed the approaching Spa
Egyptians in Canada cast a wary eye on history
As Egyptians await the results of their country's first truly democratic presidential election this week, some anxious expats in Canada worry about the aftermath.


Exit Interview – a graphic flash fiction story
Some of you already know the ridiculously talented Kat McNally as the artistic genius behind my Santa Noir holiday cards. But, know her or not, today you are in for a treat. A little ways back, she e-mailed to ask if she could turn one of the stories in Old School into one of these graphic novel type dealios all the cool kids like so much, some kind of project at her fancy pants art school, MICA,


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Des Moines, Iowa: A Grassroots Event With President Obama – Full Speech
Published on May 25, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom Are you in? https://my.barackobama.com/iowagrootsvid At a grassroots event on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines yesterday, President Obama spoke to volunteers and supporters about why he’s running for re-election. Thousands of Iowans lined up in the rain to get a spot inside. The President was fired up to be back in Iowa again, and he laid ou

Seagrass Meadows — Underwater Carbon Sinks More Efficient Than Forests
The Greatest Threat to Seagrass is the Very Phenomenon It Counteracts, Global Warming
How Small-Scale Solar is Helping One Rural Indian Community Thrive
The Best Solution for Rural Electrification in the Developing World is a Decentralized, Renewable Energy Approach

The Moderate Double Standard
by Richard in Japan:    Conservatives vote against moderates in their party; liberals declare war against theirs.
America is a Republic: Americans must Save the Electoral College
by Kevin C. Caffrey:    The article argues the Electrol College is important to Southern and Middle American states. The Presidential Popular Vote concept is wrong
The South Is Right!
by Mark Vogl:    150 years after the great divide in America, reality seems to be proving that the South was right on everything but slavery, lets look!
Inside the NYPD Destruction of the Occupy Wall Street Library
by Dan Clore:    An anonymous anarchist infiltrator in the NYPD provides the cops' explanation of their actions in their own words.

It's time for politicking
"You'll be late for the revolution!" - Some social science of the presidential elections: Morsy is now trying to mobilise the revolutionary vote for him, and some (like the novelist Alaa El Aswany) are going along with that. But everything that the Brotherhood has done in the past year and so indicates that as soon as they gain power, they will drop, marginalise, and - if necessary - recklessly r
Random thoughts on early Egypt voting results
A few scattershot observations on Egypt's election results: First -- voting behavior in transitional countries, when people's sense of political identity is still inchoate, is totally all over the place. What happened in "Islamist stronghold" Alexandria? Who are the Salafis For Sabahi? Sabahi's surge notwithstanding, the run-off as of mid-afternoon still looks like it will be between the Brothers'
The early results are in... and it's not good
(This was written earlier this morning, to be updated). With about half of the polling stations reported, it looks like Egypt's presidential elections will go to a second round between Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and former general Ahmed Shafiq. This is the most polarizing outcome possible, and is particularly unfortunate as the other candidates are not trailing too far from these two
Links 21-25 May 2012
Egypt presidential elections heavy... AFTER EGYPT ELECTS A PRESIDENT, WHAT HAPPENS TO SCAF? Michael Hanna. Chantage d’Etat autour des fonds secrets libyens | Mediapart Kadhafi laisse des fortunes cachées, des fonds secrets avec de lourds secrets. D'où cette rencontre… secrète à Paris: Top Egyptian cleric denounces Shiite mosques Jamming Tripoli: Inside Moammar Gadhafi's Secret Surveillance

Texas Progessive Alliance Round-up—The Work Of Freedom Is Up To Each Of Us
Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers working for a better Texas. Every Texan and every American has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, wri
Tip At Time-And-A-Half On Memorial Day—Self-Respect And Respect For Fellow Working People Are The Same Thing
Memorial Day weekend is coming up. There will be a lot of people out and about over the holiday weekend. Though, of course, the purpose of the holiday is to recall our soldiers who have died in our wars. While out and about enjoying your holiday weekend, please be mindful of the people who are working over the weekend and on Memorial Day. Treat them well and tip them well. Memorial Day is a federa
Latest Occupy Wall Street: Houston Newsletter
Here is the most recent edition of the Occupy Wall Street: Houston newsletter. OWSH is a strong effort to reboot the Occupy Wall Street effort here in Houston. Here is the Facebook page of OWSH. Please read the newsletter and see if you would like to help in some way. Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Forward to a Friend U

Friends And The Devil
Work progressed at a frenetic pace. Hacks-Bataille, after liberal doses of absinthe, described his inventions to Taxil, who wrote them up and embellished them; or Bataille busied himself over details concerning medical science, the art of poisoning and the description of cities and esoteric rites that he had actually seen. Meanwhile, Taxil embroidered upon Diana’s latest delusions. Bataille, for e
Gonna Lift Me Up To That Drinkin’ Fountain
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Trayvoning: In Black and White
I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging. New baby daughter, other familial priorities plus being busy at work didn’t leave much time (or desire) to comment on the world’s madness. However… I read that there is growing outrage, primarily among the American Negroes, over the latest social media fad: Trayvoning. Similar to “Tebowing”, this is where a person dressed in a hoodie, lies on the floor with

Mister Ed open thread
by Doctor Science Pursuant to a dinner-table discussion, I found myself at a Yahoo!Answers discussion of "What is the most intelligent horse breed?". The consensus of the horsey people answering was (a) it depends, but stereotypically (b) Arabians. The discussion was very interesting, and included some good stories:budrock1: I've got an Arab mare and a Morgan gelding and I'd say it's a toss-up.
Scarlett Johansson in a Gorilla Suit: The Superhero Mundanes Don't See
by Doctor Science In my previous post about reviews of "The Avengers", I said Black Widow seemed to be "The Superhero Men Don't See". I've now done some more research and am pretty sure the cognitive problem isn't with men, it's with mundanes -- non-fans or Muggles, that is. It's an instance of the Invisible Gorilla problem; sexism comes in only as the easiest way for the reviewer's brain to patc
White turnout declined in (at least) some states in the 2008 election
by Doctor Science There was a lot of coverage of the Arkansas and Kentucky Democratic primary results yesterday, because Obama was officially unopposed but only got about 60% of the vote. In following up various discussions, I ended up looking at voter turnout in 2008 as compared to 2004. To my surprise, 30% of the states had lower turnout in 2008 than in 2004 -- including Arkansas and Kentucky.

Q&A: A Green Economy Without a Pricetag on Nature?
As thousands gear up for the 2012 Earth Summit, Rio+20, scheduled to kick off in Brazil on Jun. 20, questions on the viability and adequacy of a ‘green economy' abound.
Global Temperatures Rising on a Devastating Trajectory
Climate-heating carbon emissions set a record high in 2011, in a 3.2 percent increase over the previous year, the International Energy Agency reported this week. The main reason for this dangerous increase is that governments are failing to implement policies to prevent catastrophic increases of global temperatures.
Will Rio+20 Spark a Green Revolution?
Think of Rio+20 as the hothouse to grow the green ideas and values humanity needs to thrive in the 21st century.
Living in the Heart of Hurricane Alley in Cuba
In Los Palacios, a farming community in the western Cuban province of Pinar del Río, local residents are still working hard to rebuild after the damage caused by two of the three hurricanes that hit this country in 2008. "It was just horrible," people here say when asked about what happened.

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Sanctions Stop Food Getting to Syria but Not Arms
The United States is reportedly developing a plan to vet members of the Free Syrian Army before Arab nations transfer arms to them. It hopes to avoid arming muhahideen who turn against America should they succeed in bringing down the Assad regime. The US does not want another al-Qaida on its hands. The race to arm Syria is heating up as Saudi arms shipments are said to be getting through now. Russ

On That East Coast GMD Site
As you probably know, the House Armed Services Committee wants to build a third missile defense site somewhere on the East Coast of the United States. Al Kamen is running a very funny contest to suggest possible sites (“Where to Put It?”).  I am submitting Mianus, Connecticut. Let’s have a little fun with that, before contemplating whether this is a good idea or not. Just imagine the news coverag
Detonation Chamber at Parchin
  Some commentators are annoyed that I haven’t written much about Iran.  In my defense, I now direct a nonproliferation program focused on East Asia.  Still, they have a point.  This post is a small step in that direction. I wanted to write about the “detonation tank” reportedly at Parchin in Iran, where Iran may have carried out some nuclear weapons work.  I am conflicted about the appearance of

US senate takes up illegal wildlife trade
The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee has held a hearing on the growing poaching crisis in Africa. Witnesses, including renowned elephant expert, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, and John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES, testified to the clear links between the surging illegal trade in high-value wildlife products, such as elephant ivory and rhino horn, and transnational criminal networks
WWF: Governments fiddle while planet heats up
Bonn, Germany: Climate negotiators continued to squabble about agendas at a United Nations meeting in Bonn, as the IEA issued a dire warning about increased CO2 emissions in 2011. WWF calls on governments to act now, or be prepared to pay huge costs for avoiding and adapting to climate change. “Many governments said last year's climate agreement in Durban was a great step forward. So far, emiss

Impacts Spreading Life through the Cosmos?
Still catching up after the recent series on antimatter propulsion, I want to move into some intriguing work on panspermia, the idea that life may spread throughout a Solar System, and perhaps from star to star, because of massive impacts on a planetary surface. Catching up with older stories means leaving some things unsaid about antimatter — in particular, I want to return to the question of ant

He Is Not Dead, But Sleeping
In Florianapolis, Brazil. I am fit and well and very busy. I have neither retired from the fight nor am I sulking in my tent. Simply so much is happening in my life at the moment and I am in a crucial period for my long term ability to earn a living for myself and my family. I am also devoting an extraordinary amount of time – many thousands of hours – to research on the Burnes book. So just

A Rare Admission That Money Trumps Everything Else
Headlines transmit information in its rawest form—and the best of headlines crystallize indelible truths. Such was the case this week when the New York Daily News blared this simple but iconic headline: "Cuomo: Minimum Wage Harder to Get Than Gay Marriage." The story quoted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) claiming that the effort to raise wages for the poorest of his constituents represents a "bro
Torie Osborn Crashes the Party
In 2008, thousands of Obama campaign volunteers got fired up about electoral politics in a way they hadn't been before. Four years later, some are now running for office themselves. But few have made a bigger splash in local Democratic circles than former In These Times staffer Torie Osborn, a nationally-known advocate for gay and lesbian rights and other progressive causes. Her insurgent campaign

A Novel Idea: UrduStudio.com
In a time when Pakistan is fast becoming a confused, a very confused nation. When toddlers know how alphabets are rhymed but mothers take pride in telling other mothers “my son can’t even read Urdu… their school promotes English language only”. In a time when all universities’ syllabi are in English and a person conversing in Urdu is stated as downright middleclass and in a time, when good Urdu li

Bits and Pieces - May 24, 2012
Fast food portions have increased since the 1950s and so have waistlines.Feminism in action. Finally.The World Health Organization has issued a report on the radiation risks from Fukushima and finds them very small. The United Nations Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)is starting a study of Fukushima that will contribute to the understanding of the effects of low-lev
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