Monthly Archives: December 2011

India’s richest man builds world’s first billion-dollar home

Cilvēces progresam maz derīgas vērtības un vajadzības liecina par tādu pašu izglītību. Pamatā mums visiem ir ‘primātu izglītība’, no viņiem mantotās vajadzības. Bet amerikāņu biologs E.O Wilson saka, ka kultūra ir tā plānā lakas kārtiņa, kas cilvēku atšķir no primātiem. … Continue reading

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Роскошные дома на Рублевке

Ни для кого не секрет, что именно на Рублевке можно найти самые шикарные, изысканные и дорогостоящие дома в Московской области. Предлагаю вам немного тут осмотреться и оценить, в каких условиях тут проживают «непростые» люди. Avots: http://spynet.ru/blog/pics/39728.html Vai Baltezera krastā ir … Continue reading

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The Year in Numbers

Japan’s nuclear catastrophe The disaster at Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, set off by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan’s east coast, scored a 7 out of 7 on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Nuclear and … Continue reading

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The real complaint against the 1%

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Planning for the Great Transition of the Early 21st Century

Column by Tom Binnings Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 9:47 pm | Updated: 12:21 pm, Thu Dec 15, 2011. Planning for the Great Transition of the Early 21st Century By Tom Binnings Community Media of Colorado | 0 comments The economic … Continue reading

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Libertarians For Oligarchy?

The points made in this article highlight the total incomparability of Democracy and naked Capitalism a point I have made many times. Putting aside the immorality of having a powerful and mostly idle super ownership class looting the lions share of … Continue reading

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Energy

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/3021/is-there-a-god “Giving society cheap, abundant energy . . . would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”    ~ Paul Ehrlich

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US drone raids kill over 120 in 2 days

An American Predator assassination drone (file photo) At least 127 people have been killed in separate US assassination drone strikes in Somalia and Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan over the past two days. On Thursday, 41 people were killed … Continue reading

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Baruch Spinoza

And this of course was the dream of another great hero of mine, Baruch Spinoza. Spinoza pre-dates the European Enlightenment by about a hundred years but his ideas radicalized Europe and seeded the Enlightenment. It took a long time for … Continue reading

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About evidence

“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” ― Christopher Hitchens

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Ignorance

Ignorance is nothing to be ashamed of, and thinking and learning cures the problem of ignorance.  In contrast stupidity is forever, and being stupid implies wanting to remain ignorant.  Lawrence B. Crowell

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The whole problem

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. — Bertrand Russell

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Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

http://www.ted.com/talks/monika_bulaj_the_hidden_light_of_afghanistan.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2011-12-14&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email

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The majority of people

Subject: Re: Senate Bill 1867 (allows military detention of US citizens) Translation: The majority of people are idiots, and because of this the few can control them. LC

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Friendly cooperation

“A hydrogen bomb is an example of mankind’s enormous capacity for friendly cooperation.  Its  construction requires an intricate network of human teams, all working with single-minded devotion  toward a common goal.  Let us pause and savor the glow of self-congratulation … Continue reading

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Police

Many police only avoid being violent when they fear that violence won’t be acceptable to their superiors.  These are the kind of people who are all too often attracted to “law enforcement” In the neighborhood I grew up in we always … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at the Real Wealth of US Households

By Bill Bonner http://dailyreckoning.com/by-the-numbers-a-closer-look-at-the-real-wealth-of-us-households/ 12/07/11 Baltimore, Maryland – Americans are poorer than they think… Dow up again yesterday. Gold still bouncing around… The press is still focused on Europe. A “deal over eurozone fiscal rules,” was announced earlier in the … Continue reading

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Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time

Everyone experiences time differently. This is true at the level of both physics and biology. Within physics, we used to have Sir Isaac Newton’s view of time, which was universal and shared by everyone. But then Einstein came along and … Continue reading

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The Burden of Skepticism

In a 1987 lecture on “The Burden of Skepticism,” the astronomer Carl Sagan opined: In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they actually change their minds … Continue reading

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Some numbers to keep in mind

There is a little thing called Energy Returned on Energy   Investments (EROEI). This is basically a ratio EROEI = energy out/energy in. Obviously one wants this above unity.  Here is a breakdown of EROEIs for various sources Oil from a … Continue reading

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Meaninglessness, lack of purpose, lack of life task

I think our life lacks any higher meaning at all. It is an utterly meaningless life we live here. I think the Universe has probably come into existence out of nothingness for no reason at all. Then matter has accreted … Continue reading

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Living in Reality

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. Carl Sagan Where a drunken person drinks in order to be happy, who can deny that such a person … Continue reading

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Religion and Scientific Literacy

Analyses show that sectarian  Protestants, Catholics, and people with fundamentalist beliefs in the inerrancy of the  Bible have significantly lower levels of scientific literacy when compared with secular  Americans. Religious differences are identifiable in multivariate analyses controlling  for other demographic … Continue reading

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Unpleasant truth

“To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth. Though it is held before our eyes, pushed under our noses, rammed down our throats – we know it not.”    ~ Eric Hoffer

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