Monthly Archives: July 2012

Logic

If the dog eats your homework you will not have any homework to hand in. You have no homework to hand in so the dog must have eaten it. Ray In general it’s a mistake to think that a nation … Continue reading

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Be afraid: America’s paranoid history

From the Muslim witch hunt to Hollywood’s “The Watch,” the paranoid style still infects our culture.    By Andrew O’Hehir http://www.salon.com/2012/07/29/be_afraid_americas_paranoid_history/?source=newsletter To work in the media and read comments and emails written by strangers all day long is to be reminded … Continue reading

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Military Spending

Guess What % of Americans Know Military Spending Is Increasing More blog posts from David Swanson   Friday, 27 July 2012 23:22 By David Swanson. This article was first published on War Is A Crime. And keep guessing some more, because … Continue reading

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Capitalism, the theory is so simple

Another is that capitalism is the most efficient system. If it were not, we would be the United Soviet Socialist States of America, by now, and the rest of the world would consist of soviet states, too. The appeal of … Continue reading

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The Ascent Of Man

Remember Jacob Bronowski and The Ascent Of Man?  That TV series, what, thirty years ago, covering the entire history of humanity from origins to the present. At the end of the series, Bronowski was standing in Auschwitz where his entire … Continue reading

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Changes

In the day of wooden ships and iron men a sailor’s maxim was, “One hand for the ship, one hand for yourself.”  That’s the way I think about Earth and my fellow humans. Brent Today, in the era of iron … Continue reading

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Omar Khayyam

Old friend, come on and let’s not fret about tomorrow’s grief today; let’s spend this instant’s cash in hand– because tomorrow when we pass away from this decrepit bar we’ll be laid out with those who left it seven thousand years ago.  

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Humans

Humans may be brilliant as individuals, but as group/herd/pack, we’re worse than stupid. Not our fault — just the way we evolved. Short-term thinking and the ability to deny anything that’s inconvenient. Anne On the whole we’re to selfish to … Continue reading

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Ziņas un domas latviešu valodā

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58 Murders a year by Firearms in Britain, 8,775 in US

Number of Murders, United States, 2010: 12,996 Number of Murders by Firearms, US, 2010: 8,775 Number of Murders, Britain, 2011*: 638 (Since Britain’s population is 1/5 that of US, this is equivalent to 3,095 US murders) Number of Murders by … Continue reading

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After Five Years: Report Card on Crisis Capitalism

Monday, 09 July 2012 00:00 By Richard D Wolff, Truthout | News Analysis http://truth-out.org/news/item/10190-after-five-years-report-card-on-crisis-capitalism After five years of crisis – with no end in sight – it’s time to evaluate what happened, why and what needs to be done. One … Continue reading

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Invitation to a Dialogue: Does Selfishness Rule?

Is selfishness at the root of America’s political and economic problems? As Kurt Andersen (“The Downside of Liberty,” Op-Ed, July 4) observed, worries about the relationship between individualism and selfishness are as old as the Republic itself. And in the … Continue reading

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MWI

Ms Schroedinger: What happened to that poor cat? It looks half dead. Erwin: I don’t know. Ask Wigner. Eugene: I just looked in and it collapsed.

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The Spreading Scourge of Corporate Corruption

By EDUARDO PORTER Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Libor scandal is how familiar it seems. Sure, for some of the world’s leading banks to try to manipulate one of the most important interest rates in contemporary finance is … Continue reading

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When creative machines overtake man

Machine intelligence is improving rapidly, to the point that the scientist of the future may not even be human! In fact, in more and more fields, learning machines are already outperforming humans. As noted in this transcript of a talk … Continue reading

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Omar Khayyam: “The elders and the newborns”

The elders and the newborns trace the footsteps of each other, and it is the  way of this world that no one can live forever here. They have departed and we’re on our way, and they arrive again, and go again. … Continue reading

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The relative dangers of drugs: What the science says

We do not have a rational drug policy. There are potent and dangerous drugs that are socially accepted because hey, we’ve always drunk alcohol and smoked cigarettes, while there are milder, far less dangerous drugs that are damned because they’re … Continue reading

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