Monthly Archives: November 2012

Sustainable Energy — without the hot air

By David MacKay http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/sustainable/book/tex/sewtha.pdf What’s this book about? I’m concerned about cutting UK emissions of twaddle – twaddle about sustainable energy. Everyone says getting off fossil fuels is important, and we’re all encouraged to “make a difference,” but many of … Continue reading

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Sustainable Energy – without the hot air

http://www.withouthotair.com/ http://www.withouthotair.com/synopsis10.pdf http://www.withouthotair.com/download.html by David J.C. MacKay

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Carl Sagan Quotes

Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.” “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” “Science is not … Continue reading

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What is the relationship between The Economy and the predatory capitalism

The financial elite that built its absolute control on the muscle and blood, ignorance and credulity of its citizenry. It is now metastasized into the corporate tyranny that owns and controls America. http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/life-friction-stop-machine/

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New Higgs Results Bring Relief—and Disappointment

By Michael Moyer | November 14, 2012 |  22 Higgs to two-photon candidate event as seen by CMS in May 2012 This past July, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider announced that they had discovered a new particle that looked much like … Continue reading

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Reliģija armijā

Hey General Petraeus, How’s That ‘Spiritual Fitness’ Stuff Working For You? I read somewhere once that soldiers who ferociously practice religion are more inured to things like post-traumatic stress after witnessing endless repeated atrocities on the battlefield. Since America has … Continue reading

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SAUDI ARABIA – Closed Kingdom

Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines — and Future, By Karen Elliott House http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/books/review/on-saudi-arabia-by-karen-elliott-house.html The New York Times Book Review, November 18, 2012, Closed Kingdom, By MICHAEL J. TOTTEN In Peter Berg’s whodunit “The Kingdom,” a young F.B.I. agent boarding … Continue reading

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Model-dependent realism vs. metaphysics

Model-dependent realism is the idea proposed by Stephen Hawking in his book The Grand Design that “There is no picture- or theory-independent concept of reality. Instead we will adopt a view that we will call model-dependent realism: the idea that … Continue reading

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The Bottleneck Years

Chapter 15 The Great Work, September 7, 2055 In the top centre drawer of the big desk in dad’s library, I found an unmarked envelope containing this document. The Great Work, March 2040 My time is getting short and I … Continue reading

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Love and War

I read somewhere once that soldiers who ferociously practice religion are more inured to things like post-traumatic stress after witnessing endless repeated atrocities on the battlefield. Since America has (apparently) decided it wants to be permanently at war forever, it needs … Continue reading

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Bashar Assad: Price of invasion more than world can afford

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/08/271152/syria-invasion-not-affordable-by-world/ Syrian President Bashar Assad has dismissed the likelihood of any Western-led military intervention against his country, saying the domino effect of such adventurism will be unbearable for the global community. Sīrijas prezidenta Bašara al Asada intervija telekanālam RT par … Continue reading

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Capitalism again

BIERM@ECU.EDU writes: As I understand it, a lot of investment money ends up on the so-called “money market.”  When you start using investment money to place bets on stock prices or currency values, then it does not “grow business” or … Continue reading

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Algorithms Are Taking Over The World : Christopher Steiner at TEDxOrangeCoast

http://www.exponentialtimes.net/videos/algorithms-taking-over-world-christopher-steiner-tedxorangecoast

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Hot Plasma Core, Cold Edge: A Masterpiece of Control Technique

3 mg ūdeņraža plazma pie 100-150 miljonu grādu temperatūras līdzšinējās 14 MW/kv.m jaudas vietā ļauj iegūt 23 MW/kv.m. Temperatūras un kodolreakcijas stabilitāti nodrošina automātiskās regulēšanas sistēma:  tā ūdeņraža plazmā inžektē argona un slāpekļa atomus, tie jonizējas un izstaro jaudu uz … Continue reading

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Our debt

The world will buy our debt so long, and not a moment longer, than it can obtain nothing safer, or as safe with a higher coupon. Our politicians don’t really take themselves seriously- why should the purchasers of our debt? … Continue reading

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Good video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LveS3tx-6cQ&feature=related

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The Myth That Japan Is Broke: The World’s Largest “Debtor” Is Now the World’s Largest Creditor

By Dr. Ellen Brown Global Research, September 05, 2012 Url of this article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-myth-that-japan-is-broke-the-worlds-largest-debtor-is-now-the-worlds-largest-creditor/ Japan’s massive government debt conceals massive benefits for the Japanese people, with lessons for the U.S. debt “crisis.” In an April 2012 article in Forbes titled … Continue reading

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Putin’s Geopolitical Chess Game with Washington in Syria and Eurasia

By F. William Engdahl Global Research, July 23, 2012 URL of this article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=32019 Since reassuming his post as Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin has lost no minute in addressing the most urgent geopolitical threats to Russia internationally. Not surprisingly, at … Continue reading

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Military spending

It works to keep the middle class small and vulnerable. Military spending is a way to use labor value without producing any real wealth. If labor is used to produce durables and consumables these products  puts pressure on the distribution of wealth. … Continue reading

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How to get rid of religion

“We can’t get rid of religion simply by pointing out that it’s false, disenfranchises women, fosters guilt, and so on. Yes, those are important things to do, and do make converts, but in the end religion will be with us … Continue reading

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What Age are we in?

Neolithic Age:  12,000 years ago, coinciding with the onset of the Holocene era and melt of the glaciers.  Bronze Age; 5,500 years ago. came with rise of the first city states, invention of writing, the wheel and first standing armies. … Continue reading

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The great thaw: Charting the end of the ice age

05 November 2012 by Anil Ananthaswamy http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21628891.900-the-great-thaw-charting-the-end-of-the-ice-age.html?full=true Just 20,000 years ago, ice ruled the planet. So why did it relax its grip? Finally, it looks like the answers are in DURING the summer of 2008, workers excavating Ground Zero in … Continue reading

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Curiosity takes self-portrait, sniffs Martian air

http://www.gizmag.com/curiosity-methane/24853/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=4ae616915a-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email NASA’s Curiosity rover has taken a whiff of Martian air at the “Rocknest” site in Gale Crater. The robot explorer’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instruments are now being used to measure the constituent elements of the atmosphere and … Continue reading

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How the Universe came from “Nothing”, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss discuss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=CXGyesfHzew

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The Religious Brain: A Default Setting?

For some time on my podcast Point of Inquiry, I’ve been doing occasional shows that explore what you might call the “innateness” of human religiosity–or in other words, why the way our brains are built can turn scientific thinking into … Continue reading

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