Monthly Archives: August 2012

Augstskola mūsmājās

https://infoagentura.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/augstskola-musmajas/#comment-282 Baltijas Starptautiskās akadēmijas as.profesora Artura Priedīša intervija izdevumam „Kultūra un Vārds”. Tieši, skaidri un skarbi. Un droši vien – tuvu patiesībai. Ļoti tuvu. Tik tuvu, ka uz cienījamā autora izteikumiem neviens vadītājs vai ministrs neatbildēs. “Elite cenšas atlikušos domājošos … Continue reading

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Runaway tipping points of no return

I wonder if any else has noticed that we appear to have crossed a threshold in the usage of the phrase ‘tipping point’ in discussions of climate? We went from a time when it was never used, to a point … Continue reading

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It Would Be An Honor To Serve My Country, Return With PTSD, Sit On A Mental Health Care Waitlist, Then Kill Myself

By U.S. Army Pfc. Edwin Quinones August 15, 2012 | ISSUE 48•33 Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of joining the Army. So as soon as I could, I went down to my local recruiter and enlisted, knowing … Continue reading

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Just Deserts: Iraqis get Iraq’s Oil, not Bush/Cheney (Muttitt)

http://www.juancole.com/2012/08/just-deserts-iraqis-get-iraqs-oil-not-bushcheney- How an American Disaster Paved the Way for Big Oil’s Rise — and Possible Fall — in Iraq By Greg Muttitt In 2011, after nearly nine years of war and occupation, U.S. troops finally left Iraq. In their place, … Continue reading

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A WORLD OF IMMORTAL MEN

Esquire, May 1999 v131 i5 p84(1) by Edward O. Wilson. WE’RE ON THE VERGE OF BECOMING the first species to decide its own evolution. Scientists are within five years of getting a complete readout of the 5.6 billion genetic letters … Continue reading

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Two Hypotheses of HUMAN MEANING

By Edward O. Wilson. Edward O. Wilson is a world authority on biodiversity and the evolution of social behavior. A research professor and honorary curator in entomology at Harvard University, he is the author and editor of twenty books, two … Continue reading

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Meaning

“Our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical point in history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants. It is well within … Continue reading

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Skilled Work, Without the Worker

While the many robots in auto factories typically perform only one function, in the new Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., a robot might do up to four: welding, riveting, bonding and installing a component. By JOHN MARKOFF  Published: August 18, … Continue reading

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Science not based on Faith

The religious love to assert that like religion,  science is based on faith. This is total nonsense. Science is predicated not on faith, but on  “working assumptions” These assumptions are held to do long as they continue to produce fruitful … Continue reading

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Our Meaning in Life

by Richard Carrier  Isn’t life pointless? Why should the atheist bother? It’s all just going to end anyway, right? How does the atheist’s life have meaning?  The mere fact that consciousness exists, that some person exists who can see and … Continue reading

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Fat cats

In full-page ad in The Times on Monday, August 20, titled “Why This Fat Cat Likes Obama’s Tax Plan, Normal Litz of La Jolla, California tells us that his income has averaged over eight figures annually for the past seven … Continue reading

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Parasites on the planet

Long ago when we were still in touch with reality many people offered sacrifices to placate the gods. They feared the gods would get angry for their having the game taken from their forests. We are parasites on the planet … Continue reading

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The goal of the economy should not be to create jobs,

Public opinion was delusional and misinformed long before Walter Lippmann exposed that sad reality. Expert opinion has not been much better. A list of today’s widely held delusions/opinions could help to turn our own opinions away from the ubiquitous bs … Continue reading

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Julian Assange asylum: Ecuador is right to stand up to the US

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/16/julian-assange-asylum-ecuador The Guardian            16 August 2012 The United States would paint itself as a promoter of human rights, but any right to make that claim is long gone”. Mark Weisbrot Ecuador has now made its … Continue reading

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Soviet Top Secret Weapons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcUJJNNxj3M&feature=related For the entire period of the Cold War, a large proportion of the Soviet Union’s economy and massive scientific establishment was dedicated to the development and refinement of new and better weapons. During the 50s and 60s, the Soviet … Continue reading

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The fastest growing Industry, prisons for profit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWg-rLYcO7o http://www.thenation.com/video/162587/how-alec-turned-prisoners-corporate-americas-cheap-labor-force http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-w-whitehead/prison-privatization_b_1414467.html http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/29/1086699/-Billion-dollar-GEO-prison-for-profit-group-abandons-its-Mississippi-cesspool Looks like marijuana possession is the most common reason to toss people into private prisons for decades, giving them the longest sentence possible. So the going wage is 20 cents an hour — I guess that’s … Continue reading

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The Price of Inequality

The discussion of The Price of Inequality by Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz at the Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group. Links to various materials can be found at http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger/Stiglitz.html The book covers a lot of what people have been talking … Continue reading

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Drugs Without the Hot Air

Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs. By David Nutt. UIT Cambridge; 352 pages; £12.99. To be published in America in September; $19.95. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk FOR a few months in 2009, David … Continue reading

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Climate change

It is also true that climate change is already contributing to an increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. James Hansen (director of the Goddard Space Center at NASA) and his colleagues Makiko Sato and Reto Ruedy recently wrote … Continue reading

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A NEW KIND OF SOCIO-INSPIRED TECHNOLOGY

Dirk Helbing [6.19.12] http://edge.org/conversation/a-new-kind-of-social-inspired-technology PROFESSOR DIRK HELBING is Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, at ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and the Scientific Coordinator of the FuturICT Flagship Proposal. There’s a new kind of … Continue reading

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The advantage of neuroscience

A Conversation with Rebecca Saxe http://edge.org/conversation/imaging-conflict-resolution “The advantage of neuroscience is being able to look under the hood and see the mechanisms that actually create the thoughts and the behaviors that create and perpetuate conflict. Seems like it ought to … Continue reading

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Lielzirneklis

Dati no filoloģijas doktora Māra Ruka grāmatas ‘Lielzirneklis’, Antava, Rīga, 2009. Amati par labu darbu. 2001.g. rudenī bankas valdē sāk strādāt bijušais ģenerālprokurors Jānis Skrastiņš. Parex bankas padomē darbojušies Godmanis, M. Gailis,  K. Pētersone 2004. – 2006.g.,  Aija Poča 2007, … Continue reading

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Does the Universe have a Purpose?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uaq6ORDx1C4&feature=related Don’t believe everything you think. “If the God doesn’t exist, there is no purpose.” They both are wrong – Michio Kaku. We must not tie the existence of God with the sense and purpose. Carl Sagan has the answer: … Continue reading

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Virtuous Species: The Biological Origins of Human Morality

Frans de Waal Human morality springs from evolutionary foundations that were handed down from our pre-human ancestors and can still be seen today in our primate cousins, says noted zoologist Frans de Waal. But these foundations use compassion and caring … Continue reading

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Globālās oligarhijas globālās spēlītes, jeb Rotšildi pret Rokfelleriem

http://infoagentura.wordpress.com/ Vladimirs Pavļenko, Ģeopolitisko problēmu akadēmijas politisko zinātņu doktors /06.06.2012/ Avots: http://akademiagp.ru/v-b-pavlenko-bolshaya-igra-rotshildov-i-rokfellerov-na-svetu-i-v-teni/ Raksts par to, kā pasaules likteņus veido Rotšildu un Rokfelleru klanu cīņas: autora skatījumā arī abus pēdējos pasaules karus, daudzus mūsdienu notikumus un  arī … sagaidāmo nākotni… Lielu … Continue reading

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