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77 years. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence. Artificial Intelligence Foundation Latvia, http://www.artificialintelligence.lv Editor.

WSJ Gets it Wrong on “Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven’t Come True”

On Monday, September 29, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a story called “Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven’t Come True.” The story is written as if there are only two possible outcomes: The Peak Oil version of what to expect … Continue reading

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Strādnieka goda kodekss

Strādājot sabiedrības labā, Tu strādā sev. Darbs ir cilvēku un tautas augstākā laime! Ir par maz tikai būt labam uzdoto uzdevumu izpildītājam, ir jāstrādā radoši, no sirds un ar domu par sabiedrisko labumu. Zināšanas, pieredze un uzlabotu darba paņēmienu ieviešana … Continue reading

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Eight Pieces of Our Oil Price Predicament

http://ourfiniteworld.com/2014/10/22/eight-pieces-of-our-oil-price-predicament/#more-39325 A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Prices would set themselves at a level that would be high enough for the majority of producers, so that in total producers would provide enough–but not too much–oil … Continue reading

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Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years

The Guardian, Tuesday 30 September 2014, http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/29/earth-lost-50-wildlife-in-40-years-wwf The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them … Continue reading

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Lockheed Martin aims to develop compact reactor prototype in five years, production unit in 10

Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for … Continue reading

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Dienvidkorejas ekonomiskā brīnuma recepte

Koreja bija Japānas kolonija no 1910.gada līdz 1945.gadam. Kaut ko attīstīt savā kolonijā japāņi nemaz i netaisījās, tās uzdevums bija tikai piegādāt metropolei izejvielas un lauksaimniecības produkciju. Uz 1960-ajiem gadiem Dienvidkoreja bija nabadzīga agrāra valsts ar nacionālo ienākumu 80 dolāri … Continue reading

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On leaders

Humiliated people are dangerous people. So are arrogant ones. What we need are humble and passionate leaders. Leaders who don’t give a fig about their “legacy” because they’re too busy following their objectives. Leaders who deep down don’t want to … Continue reading

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Transhumanist Fitness Program – optimizing your body & brain

by Hank Pellissier Longevity and Brain Enhancement are the two primary ambitions of transhumanists, according to a survey conducted two years ago. This indicates that the “average transhumanist” is strongly motivated to keep his-or-her physical body and mental cognition in … Continue reading

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Pēc vēlēšanām

Nenoliedzami ir progress. Salīdzinot ar padomju režīmu, mums ir kaut kāda brīvība teikt, ko domājam, un balsot, par ko vēlamies. MIL arī pacēlušies, Latvijas TV raidījumi, kuros sevi izcelt un citus nopelt centās partiju pārstāvji, labi atklāja, kas patiesībā katrs … Continue reading

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New American Century

Nation building by the world’s only superpower is a form of Messianism and Utopianism which makes contact with the deepest aspirations of the Judao-Christian faith.   A.G.

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Americans in Iraq

I saw Iraq from the inside, and I saw and heard the reaction of military men, who are immensely practical. When we all saw Iraqis killing each other with such fervor, many times torturing each other to death with enthusiasm, … Continue reading

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Ukraina

Kas tur notiek. Karte: http://liveuamap.com/?ll=89.97220961743756;26.00658203124998&zoom=0

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Tolerance

Jiggs McDonald, NHL Hall of Fame broadcaster speaking in Ontario, says, “I am truly perplexed that so many of my friends are against another mosque being built in Toronto. I think it should be the goal of every Canadian to … Continue reading

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Why the climate marchers got so little coverage [and what they don’t understand]

by Rick Maltese There are a few answers as to why the march got so little coverage. Think of who owns the media. Also think of what news media likes to cover. My take on it is that the marchers … Continue reading

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Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat

http://www.ted.com/talks/helen_fisher_tells_us_why_we_love_cheat?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2014-09-27&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=quote http://www.ted.com/talks/helen_fisher_studies_the_brain_in_love Dating site: http://www.chemistry.com asks a series of questions and ‘Watching who chooses who to love’ (H. Fisher). Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social … Continue reading

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A closed loop

The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image Twentieth-century biology was dominated by a strongly reductionist agenda even before James Watson, Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin and … Continue reading

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Not so foolish

We are told that we are an irrational tangle of biases, to be nudged any which way. Does this claim stand to reason? Humanity’s achievements and its self-perception are today at curious odds. We can put autonomous robots on Mars … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition

The staggering costs of all this — $25 billion to train the Iraqi Army, $60 billion for the reconstruction-that-wasn’t, $2 trillion for the overall war, almost 4,500 Americans dead and more than 32,000 wounded, and an Iraqi death toll of … Continue reading

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Low Oil Prices: Sign of a Debt Bubble Collapse, Leading to the End of Oil Supply?

I would argue that falling commodity prices are bad news. It likely means that the debt bubble which has been holding up the world economy for a very long time–since World War II, at least–is failing to expand sufficiently. If … Continue reading

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Jaunais Aukstais karš

http://tencinusarunas.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/jaunais-aukstais-kars-maikls-g-roskins-2014-g-pavasari/ Maikls Roskins (Roskin, Michael G.), pasniedzējs ASV Armijas Kara koledžā (US Army War College (DNSS)), ir bijis politikas zinātnes profesors Laikomingas koledžā (Lycoming College) Pensivānijā. Viņa pēdējā mācību grāmata ir ‘IR; The New World of International Relations’ (10th ed.). … Continue reading

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Putina apslēptā manta

http://failiem.lv/u/dfeknhh   http://failiem.lv/u/fhjolit   http://failiem.lv/u/luygrhn   http://failiem.lv/u/uimwrbz 1. Tad, kad Latvijas TV rādīs tādu pašu filmu par Latvijas bijušiem un esošajiem ņēmējiem, tad mēs zināsim, ka mums ir brīvi masu informācijas līdzekļi. Bet neliels progress, salīdzinot ar padomju sistēmu, tomēr ir: starp visatļautības … Continue reading

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Par propagandu

Daudz vārdu http://infoagentura.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/par-propagandu-krievu-vacu-amerikanu/ bet dažas domas: Amerikāņu propagandistu ieskatā ir jākoncentrējas nevis uz patiesību, bet gan uz metožu apgūšanu, kas palīdz radīt vislabākos „patiesības redzējumus” un visplašāk tos izplatīt. Tātad nav būtiski, kas notiek īstenībā, bet būtiski, kas un kā … Continue reading

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Daži mūsu dzīves spēles noteikumi jeb Kā muļķus pierunā ņemt kredītus

Bankas ir orientētas uz maksimālu peļņas gūšanu jebkādiem līdzekļiem, kuri izrādās visai izputinoši pilsoņiem un pietiekami traumatiski pašu banku darbinieku psihikai. Vairāk: http://infoagentura.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/ka-mulkus-piespiez-nemt-kreditus/

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Par Latvijas Universitātes strauju debilizēšanos

Arturs Priedītis: “Mūsu privātās augstskolas tēlo augstākās izglītības iestādes. Privātās augstskolas ne rakstiski, ne mutiski juridiski neatzīst, ka tās nav augstskolas, bet kaut kādas biznesa firmas. LU ir rakstiski, oficiāli juridiski, nofomējusi savu pāreju jaunā kvalitātē.” Vairāk: http://infoagentura.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/par-latvijas-universitates-strauju-debilizesanos/#comment-1444 Apsaukāšanos atstāsim … Continue reading

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Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we’re nearing collapse

Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon Piles of crushed cars at a metal recycling site in Belfast, … Continue reading

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