Monthly Archives: February 2014

The World as Free-Fire Zone

How drones made it easy for Americans to kill a particular person anywhere on the planet. http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/515806/the-world-as-free-fire-zone/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130607

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Climate Change: The Moral Choices

The effects of global warming will persist for hundreds of years. What are our responsibilities and duties today to help safeguard the distant future? That is the question ethicists are now asking. One of the defining characteristics of climate change … Continue reading

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Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem

Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated “good” by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss  real-world problems. In particular, they miss the point that the world is finite. We don’t have … Continue reading

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Systemic Risk Arising from a Financial System that Requires Growth in a World with Limited Oil Supply

By Gail Tverberg, FCAS, MAAA, http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6958 In July of this year, Lloyds of London issued a white paper on the risks of peak oil, noting that we are headed toward a global supply crunch.1 In September, 2010, a paper was published in Energy … Continue reading

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Physical reasons for growth limitations

Limits to Growth–At our doorstep, but not recognized Posted on February 6, 2014by Gail Tverberg How long can economic growth continue in a finite world? This is the question the 1972 book The Limits to Growth by Donella Meadows and others sought to answer. The … Continue reading

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Who knows what

For decades the sciences and the humanities have fought for knowledge supremacy. Both sides are wrong-headed, by Massimo Pigliucci, Whenever we try to make an inventory of humankind’s store of knowledge, we stumble into an ongoing battle between what CP Snow called … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power and Galileo: Do Scientists Have a Duty to Expose Popular Misconceptions?

James E. Hansen, http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2014/20140221_DraftOpinion.pdf Climate scientists have long warned of potential catastrophic effects of unchecked fossil fuel use. Public awareness of the climate threat has increased. Yet growth of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air, the main driver of climate change, … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Uncertain Future

The venal president of Ukraine is on the run and the bloodshed has stopped, but it is far too early to celebrate or to claim that the West has “won” or that Russia has “lost.” One incontrovertible lesson from the … Continue reading

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Vienotu tautu – dalītu varu

Šeit publicēju senu Hugo Vītola rakstu. Tajā minēti pašreiz spēkā esošās Satversmes panti, kas rāda, ka Latvijā likumdevēja vara nav atdalīta no tiesu varas un izpildvaras. Piemēram, Satversmes 59. pants nosaka, ka ministriem ‘nepieciešama Saeimas uzticība un viņi ir atbildīgi … Continue reading

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Ukraina

Из FaceBooka: Дорогие друзья!   Я обращаюсь в первую очередь к тем, кто в России, потому что, находящимся в Украине и так известно и понятно то, о чем я хочу написать. Свою заметку я решил сочинить, получив вчера из Москвы … Continue reading

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The Sixth Extinction

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/books/review/the-sixth-extinction-by-elizabeth-kolbert.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0 Here’s my complaint. What does it mean to label anthropogenic climate change “unnatural”? Given naturalism, we’re just another animal doing what our natures dictate: pursuing a survival advantage amidst competition for finite resources. No one calls a beaver’s dam … Continue reading

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REPŠES PIECAS APŅEMŠANĀS

Sena intervija. “Būtu ļoti svarīgi, ja attīstības idejām būtu sava pārstāvniecība Latvijas Republikas Saeimā un valdībā. Tā kā saskaņā ar likumu vienīgās organizācijas, kas drīkst pieteikt savu programmu un sarakstu vēlēšanās, ir politiskās partijas, tad mums ir nepieciešams dibināt partiju,” … Continue reading

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Earth 2100

How will world look at 2100? To change our future, first we must imagine it… It’s an idea that most of us would rather not think about — that within the next century, life as we know it could come … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between Sexual Quality of Life, Happiness, and Satisfaction with Life

Tayfun Dogan, Nilufer Tugut, Zehra Golbasi Abstract  The quality of sexual life is based on a physical, relational, and emotional assessment of an individual. This study aimed to analyze the relationship between sexual quality of life, happiness, and satisfaction with life. The research comprised of 204 women, aged between 18 and … Continue reading

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Ģeokrātiskais valstiskums

Kaut arī autors sevi ierindojis Latvijā tik izplatīto viszinošo apsaukātāju un nosodītāju starpā, der ieskatīties. Zinātnieks izveido pasaules modeli (šajā gadījumā – sabiedrības modeli), parāda tā derīgumu, skaidrojot faktus, un izsaka prognozes, vai, vismaz, pasaka, ko darīt. Ja prognozes apstiprinās, … Continue reading

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