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"Meditations" on How Much is Enough

June 26, 2012 by toritto1942

"Remember this: That very little is needed to make a happy life."

Marcus Aurelius - Emperor of Rome - 161 to 180

The above is inscribed on a snow globe on my dresser, given to me by my wife. The globe contains two loons standing on the ice together; a wind-up key releases the sound of honking amid the sound of the winds. They are happy - with very little.

The quotation comes from "Meditations", the Emperor’s thoughts on how to live a good and honorable life..

Reading it, one can immediately criticize it. "Sure! Easy for an Emperor to say!"    Read more

Why the mandate matters: Two states’ stories [The Pump Handle]

June 20, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

As we’re waiting to learn whether the Affordable Care Act will survive the upcoming Supreme Court decision, it’s a good time to remember what’s at stake with the individual mandate — the part of the law that’s least popular with the public and that some Supreme Court Justices seem to find objectionable.    Read more

Religion and Elections

June 18, 2012 by toritto1942

Back in December, 2010 a Gallup Poll revealed that approximately 40% of Americans believe that god created man exactly as we are now about 10,000 years ago. Literally. Not as a fable. Not as allegory. Literally.

Another 38% accept that man evolved from lower organisms but that god guided the process.

Only 16% accepted evolution as having occurred without divine intervention - an increase from 9% in a previous poll. The rest had no opinion.

The belief in "creationism" is strongly tied to educational levels. Among those with college degrees (!) The level of creationist belief fell to a mere 37% while those holding unabashed secular evolution beliefs rose to 21%.     Read more

Munich, 1972: Black September had neo-Nazi helpers

June 18, 2012 by Eye_on_Europe

Black September, September 1972

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN the crime of the century if there just weren’t so many others to compete with it. In the early hours of September 5, 1972, a group of Palestinian terrorists calling themselves Black September climbed over the fence surrounding the virtually unprotected Olympic village in Munich and entered the quarters of the Israeli team. There, claiming vengeance for the Israeli military’s expulsion of Christian Palestinians from the villages of Ikrit and Biram in 1948, they took eleven Israeli hostages in exchange for the freeing of 232 incarcerated Palestinians along with the German terrorists Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof plus the Japanese terrorist Kozo Okamoto.    Read more

Voter ID Laws: A Republican Attempt to Usurp the Voters

June 17, 2012 by fidlerten

Republican lawmakers in several states for the last several months have been putting Voter ID laws on the ballot and passing bills in their legislative bodies to require state-issued identification at the polls.

If this was a one-state issue, then it wouldn’t be an issue but appears to be a concerted effort by Republicans to change turnout on election day, or in effect – block some voters from the polls, especially the poor, Hispanic, college-age and black voters it’s most likely to affect. These particular minorities of course, vote in large majorities for the Democratic ticket.    Read more

There Went Wisconsin and Now Here Goes the Nation

June 7, 2012 by fidlerten

Welcome to the future Corporate America – an America that is no longer a People’s America but one that belongs to and is controlled by Big Money and big corporations. It really started trading hands once our United States Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United vs. FEC that money was free speech and couldn’t be limited.

The conservative majority of the court declared corporations as people and not only do they have the same rights as all of us but they have the right to use their money to speak louder than the rest of us by influencing our political leaders and by throwing unlimited cash into super pacs to defeat candidates that don’t kowtow to their agenda.    Read more

How to plan the interior, or Should I be afraid of repair?

May 29, 2012 by vorobev.7676

We all occasionally want to change something in your life. The first thing that comes to mind - is to change something, where we spend most of life - at home. Over time, the surroundings bored and want to change. But which ones? You can hang a picture, change the curtains or do a little rearrangement. But whether from this convenient?

We all want to have a roomier apartment to things that over the years, becoming more and more, do not interfere with movement and not an eyesore. However, not everyone can dare to take the plunge: repairs and alterations.    Read more

An Open Letter to the World on the Governmental Destruction of the Environment in Canada

May 25, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

I’ve been posting quite a bit recently on the disastrous record of the current Conservative government here in Canada, especially in regards to how they treat information, science and the environment. Sadly, I have way too many posts in the works along these lines.

The other day a post I saw on the Deciphering Science blog that really blew me away. It perfectly captures every important detail about the Harper government and their total contempt for science and disregard for the environment.    Read more

Fascism and America's Ruling Class

May 23, 2012 by toritto1942

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Grand Cross of the Order of the German Eagle
Awarded to Henry Ford by Adolph Hitler - 1938

So it’s the 1930s and Hitler and Mussolini, not to mention Franco have established nazism / fascism in Europe. Hitler has already opened the first concentration camp at Dachau and Mussolini has crushed any organized political opposition in Italy.

So where are America’s elite industrial barons?

Exactly where you think; getting cozy with the fascists in order to make money. After all Hitler and Mussolini were anti-communist and that was all our gilded elites needed to know.

William E, Dodd, the US Ambassador to Germany, gave important insight into German and American economic alliances. He wrote of the situation in general that:    Read more

Death threat denial [Deltoid]

May 21, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Even when we have video of a death threat there are those who try to deny that scientists have been threatened. Like, oh, The Australian. Media Watch reports on media coverage of death threats on climate scientists:

One news outlet comes out of it, in our opinion, almost unscathed: Fairfax Media's The Canberra Times. The ABC doesn't look so great, and The Australian looks worst of all.    Read more

An important revelation regarding Heartland Gate (global warming denialism) [Greg Laden's Blog]

May 21, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Peter Gleick has been cleared of faking a key memo. Who is Peter Gleick, and what is this memo of which we speak? Here is a refresher of events over the last 3 1/2 months:

You will recall that last February 14th, we were all given an interesting Valentine's Day present: A cache of documents had been acquired from the Heartland Institute, and these documents revealed important details about Heartland's effort to interfere with science education and otherwise agitate and lobby to promote climate science denialism. The documents were released to the public by an as then unknown activist, and then redistributed by numerous bloggers including this one.     Read more

An important revelation regarding Heartland Gate (global warming denialism) [Greg Laden's Blog]

May 21, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Peter Gleick has been cleared of faking a key memo. Who is Peter Gleick, and what is this memo of which we speak? Here is a refresher of events over the last 3 1/2 months:

You will recall that last February 14th, we were all given an interesting Valentine's Day present: A cache of documents had been acquired from the Heartland Institute, and these documents revealed important details about Heartland's effort to interfere with science education and otherwise agitate and lobby to promote climate science denialism. The documents were released to the public by an as then unknown activist, and then redistributed by numerous bloggers including this one.     Read more

I personally put Al Franken in the Senate [Greg Laden's Blog]

May 21, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Today is Minnesota Senator Al Franken's Birthday. In honor of that, I'm reposting this historically accurate and important essay, which first appeared on this blog on April 23, 2009 at 3:56PM:

I personally put Al Franken in the Senate

Al Franken is about to be seated as the Junior Senator from Minnesota after a long and costly battle between loser Norm Coleman and Senator Franken. Al won the election by just a few hundred votes, and three of those votes are mine.     Read more

Theistic Evolution is Not a Form of Intelligent Design [EvolutionBlog]

May 18, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

More precisely, if we say that theistic evolution is a form of intelligent design, then we have to stop saying that intelligent design is a form of creationism.

Over at HuffPo, Victor Stenger writes:    Read more

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