Monthly Archives: April 2012

Human nature: Six things we all do

WHAT sort of creature is the human? The obvious answer is a smart, talkative, upright ape with a penchant for material possessions. But what about the more subtle concept of human nature? That is more controversial. Some deny it exists, … Continue reading

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Brian Greene: Why is our universe fine-tuned for life? life.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2012-04-24&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email We are living through a remarkably privileged era when certain deep truths about a cosmos are still within reach of the human spirit of exploration. It appears that it may not always be that way. Sometimes nature guards … Continue reading

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An American Oligarchy?

At a time when the middle class is collapsing and poverty is increasing and the wealthiest people are doing phenomenally well, many Americans are wondering whether this country is moving toward an oligarchic form of government where a handful of … Continue reading

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Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain

As for the Dalai Lama and Buddhism or Taoism, I don’t think these are frauds.  I don’t even think Judaism or Christianity were intended frauds.  In these cases there are a set of narratives which attempted to frame the world … Continue reading

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The Newer Testament

In the beginning was the Bang, and the Bang was with Big, and the Bang was Big. And the Bang begat the Fundamental Physical Constants; and the Fundamental Physical Constants begat Condensed Matter; and Condensed Matter begat Chemistry; and Chemistry … Continue reading

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Our apocalyptic odds

The chances of an impending planetary crash are rapidly growing. Here’s what the numbers really tell us By Rob Hengeveld This article was adapted from the new book “Wasted World,” from University of Chicago Press. Ring a ring o’ … Continue reading

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Millions Against Monsanto: The Food Fight of Our Lives

By Ronnie Cummins, AlterNet Posted on April 11, 2012, Printed on April 13, 2012 In Europe, there almost no genetically engineered crops, while here in the US, nearly 75% of all supermarket foods – including many so-called “natural” foods … Continue reading

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Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor The four-decades-old installation on Japan’s eastern coast was at the moment of Fukushima #1’s destruction a virtual museum of nuclear technology. The design of the six GE Mark I reactors had been lifted from that of the power plant … Continue reading

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America’s new data center: The Biggest Big Brother of All

In the small town of Bluffdale in the Utah desert, the US government is halfway to completing a gargantuan complex designed to store and trawl through billions of phone calls, emails, and other global communications. As the UK government reveals … Continue reading

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10 Ways Our Democracy Is Crumbling Around Us

By Les Leopold, AlterNet Posted on April 5, 2012, Printed on April 8, 2012 7. Crumbling Social and Physical Infrastructure When you’re a financial oligarch, you live in your gated community, you send your kids to private schools, you … Continue reading

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Great YouTube of a Shuttle launch – like being there. & other nice videos

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Vašingtonas konsenss. Lekciju cikls „Mūsdienu kapitālisma antropoloģija” Vašingtonas konsenss jeb Vašingtonas vienošanās ir metodoloģisko principu apkopojums, ko izmanto, lai aizdotu valstīm naudu.  Tas ir valstu finansēšanas mehānisms. Vašingtonas konsensa pamatprincips: dodiet man iespēju kontrolēt valsts naudu un man nebūs svarīgi, kurš kontrolēs valsti. Vašingtonas konsensa realizācijas … Continue reading

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