Monthly Archives: September 2011

A voice of sanity

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Short essay on net energy

Net energy means two things.  The first thing is that growth becomes impossible, which is what impacts us first.  The second is that any subsequent zero-growth system which we might establish has a limited duration.  It is in the pattern … Continue reading

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On Freedom

Freedom is the right not to lie. Albert Camus

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On Mistakes

I come from the school of thought is that there is no such thing as a mistake – it is just a great learning experience.   It looks like I am in good company at that school! We must not say … Continue reading

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A Future of Fossil Fuels

EIA’s latest numbers shows a continuous growth in energy consumption, led by China and India. David Rotman 09/20/2011 2 Comments Source: EIA. For those hoping for a quick transition to cleaner energy sources, the numbers are sobering. The world’s energy … Continue reading

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Our ultimate fate

In effect extinction is our ultimate fate.  The most noble ideals we have come up with, or those most often lauded as ideal, involve ideas of our long if not eternal existence.  Yet in effect our existence is most likely … Continue reading

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Pēc vēlēšanām

Tagad, kad vēlēšanas notikušas, redzam, cik pareizas vai īstenībai mazāk atbilstošas bija mūsu domas. Patīkami, es domāju, ka ir labāk, nekā bija. Oligarhiem šī mācībstunda bija derīga – tā parādīja, ka viņi nav visvareni. Kaut arī tas, kam ir vislielākais … Continue reading

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Mūsu sabiedrības galvenās problēmas un to risinājumi

Cilvēku sabiedrību slēptie procesi, kas atrodas aiz izrādes dekorācijām. Nereti šos procesus nepārzina nedz t.s. trešās – tiesu varas nedz ceturtās – MIL pārstāvji. Par valsts iedzīvotājiem šeit nav runa – viņi skatās izrādi un viņiem šķiet, ka viņi piedalās. Continue reading

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Losing Our Spines to Save Our Necks

By Sam Harris Geert Wilders, conservative Dutch politician and provocateur, has become the latest projectile in the world’s most important culture war: the zero-sum conflict between civil society and traditional Islam. Wilders, who lives under perpetual armed guard due to … Continue reading

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Sam Harris on Meaning of Life

Recommended Reading:    Owen Flanagan, The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized. “What is the meaning of life? What is our purpose on earth? These are some of the great, false questions of religion. We need not answer them—for they are badly … Continue reading

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Kas ir dzīves kvalitāte un kā to mērīt.

Imants Vilks Daudzi smadzeņu pētnieki pēdējo gadu publikācijās raksta, ka ģenētiskais mantojums cilvēkiem iedevis mūsdienu dzīvei mazpiemērotas smadzenes un instinktus. Neskatoties uz vispārēju labklājības palielināšanos pēdējos 50 gados, cilvēki nav kļuvuši laimīgāki. Prinstonas Universitātes profesors Daniel Kahneman raksta: “Dzīves standarts … Continue reading

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Fish oil’s impact on cognition and brain structure

Researchers at the Rhode Island Hospital’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center have found positive associations between fish oil supplements and cognitive functioning, as well as differences in brain structure between users and non-users of fish oil supplements — but only … Continue reading

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Hail to the True Victors of Rupert’s Revolution

NATO attacked Libya to counter and manipulate a general Arab uprising that took the rulers of the world by surprise. Unlike his neighbors, Qaddafi had come to power by denying Western control of his country’s natural wealth. For this, he … Continue reading

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Malice or stupidity

Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity

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‘Invisible’ planet discovered with new technique

For the first time, scientists have definitively discovered an “invisible” alien planet by noticing how its gravity affects the orbit of a neighboring world, a new study reports. NASA’s Kepler space telescope detected both alien planets, which are known as … Continue reading

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The universe is teeming with planets

More than a thousand potential planets have been found in the universe using NASA’s Kepler Satellite since the mission began in March 2009. The Kepler mission is now publishing the first 4 months of observations. Found in this data are … Continue reading

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Jobs, Math, and the Triumph of Bin Laden

US population = 310,000,000 50% of them are able to work and either doing so or available for it = 155,000,000 Unemployment is at 9% of that work force = 14,000,000 (rounded) “Normal” unemployment would be about 5% = 7,750,000 … Continue reading

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What do you think is the most destructive force to mankind?

Nezināšana un nevēlēšanās zināt.

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St. Augustine’s Confessions

“There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger.  This is the disease of curiosity … It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature, these secrets which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing, … Continue reading

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Whichever Party Runs the Government in the UK, Murdoch and BP Pull the Strings

Submitted by mark karlin on Tue, 09/06/2011 – 7:20pm. MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH FOR TRUTHOUT Tony Blair didn’t just play godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch’s daughters by his third wife. Blair is the godfather. People generally pick close … Continue reading

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Why (Almost All) Cosmologists are Atheists

Sean M. Carroll, California Institute of Technology Prepared for God and Physical Cosmology: Russian-Anglo American Conference on Cosmology and Theology, Notre Dame, January/February 2003. Published in Faith and Philosophy 22, 622 (2005). See also the pdf version. Abstract Science and … Continue reading

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Name someone who has significantly influenced the way you see the world.

Yes. She was my great love.

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A wicked big interest is necessarily more dangerous to the community than a wicked little interest.

—Teddy Roosevelt, Ohio Constitutional Convention, 1912

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Was There an Alternative? Looking Back on 9/11 a Decade Later

Tuesday 6 September 2011 by: Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch | Book Excerpt We are approaching the 10th anniversary of the horrendous atrocities of September 11, 2001, which, it is commonly held, changed the world. On May 1st, the presumed mastermind of … Continue reading

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Are We Nearing the End of the Line for Edible Ocean Fish?

Are We Nearing the End of the Line for Edible Ocean Fish? Mark Karlin, Truthout: “On July 16, The New York Times editorialized that the world’s oceans are potentially on the verge of irreversible catastrophic collapse. Due to global warming … Continue reading

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