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  • US scientists may have resolved 'Darwin's dilemma'

    11/16/2014 8:04:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 272 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/15/2014 | By Matt Cantor
    Charles Darwin worried about a possible hole in his theory of evolution, but some American scientists may just have plugged it. For about a billion years after the dawn of life on Earth, organisms didn't evolve all that much. Then about 600 million years ago came the "Cambrian explosion." Everything changed relatively quickly, with all kinds of plants and animals emerging—which doesn't quite seem to fit with Darwin's theory of slow change, hence "Darwin's dilemma." Now, within a few days of each other, two new studies have appeared that could explain the shift, ABC News reports. One, by scientists at...
  • America’s Middle East Dilemma

    06/19/2014 5:18:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/19/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Toppling tyrants is ineffective in the long term without years of unpopular occupation. Two and a half years ago, the U.S. pulled every soldier out of a mostly quiet Iraq. In the void thus created, formerly al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists calling themselves “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” are now tearing apart the country, leaving medieval savagery in their wake. Obama partisans are blaming the Bush administration for going into Iraq in the first place. But critics counter that Obama wanted out of Iraq before the 2012 election at all costs. The result of that reckless skedaddle is that we have...
  • Obama faces major dilemma over reauthorizing his jobs council (Hussein lets it dissolve?)

    01/27/2013 5:35:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/13 | Niall Stanage, Amie Parnes
    If President Obama does not reauthorize his job council this week, the move will likely spark criticism from Republicans and could disquiet some Democrats. Obama has a lot on his legislative wish list, and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not want the White House to get distracted from the top issue on voters’ minds: jobs and the economy. The Jobs Council has met in full only four times in its two-year existence, according to its own website, though it also held 18 “listening and action sessions” around the nation. Obama last year praised it as “a work council” rather than...
  • The Prisoner's Dilemma

    03/23/2011 8:53:50 AM PDT · by hawkins
    That Christian Website ^ | 3/23/2011 | Travis Main
    Some years back I had the great opportunity to preach in a prison facility. This blessing extended for about two years. It really enabled me to see and understand a great number of things about those inside and outside of the prison system. I am not a person who is in favor of any frills or extras in the prison system. I guess you can say I am a Sheriff Joe Arpaio fan. If an individual breaks the law, my preference is the punishment seriously deters them from every committing the same mistake. Not only should it deter the transgressor,...
  • House Democrats face a dilemma with Rangel trial.

    07/26/2010 7:42:58 PM PDT · by no dems · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 27, 2010 | Paul Kane
    House Democrats continued to struggle with how to handle the pending ethics trial of Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), returning to the Capitol on Monday as unclear on the matter as when they left last week. "People will wait and see how that plays out," Pelosi said. "The committee has made its announcement and [outlined] its timetable, and I think that we just have to wait to see how that plays out.Because none of us, not any of us except those on the committee, has any knowledge of" what the charges are. The indecision over how to handle the matter...
  • Cutting to heart of Obama's dilemma: 'Can the war be won?' (reporter's impromptu UNanswered ?)

    06/23/2010 7:17:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/23/10 | Holly Bailey
    As President Obama concluded his Rose Garden statement revealing that he had replaced Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top American commander in Afghanistan, a reporter shouted an impromptu question. "Can the war be won?" he yelled. The president didn't answer — perhaps because he doesn't know. You can watch the non-answer here. (video at link) The moment comes as the president starts to walk away: Obama is trying to stick to a July 2011 deadline to draw down troops in Afghanistan — but the McChrystal flap was the latest setback for an administration trying desperately to regain momentum in a...
  • The Falsely Restricted Outcomes of the Prisoner’s Dilemma

    05/30/2010 5:20:45 AM PDT · by mattstat · 217+ views
    2019 --- This blog is charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of Citizens. Its recent post, "The Government Should Mind Its Own Business" was found, by the ministry of free speech, to be "subversive and disquieting", offenses punishable by death. Arrests were made. It was discovered that the blog's owner did not write the article, a fact which saved his skin. His punishment was a mere six years educational readjustment. During the course of his routine interrogation to extract information related to the crime, the blog owner, after being forced to listen to Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" three...
  • The Republican Dilemma: Good Michael or Bad Michael?

    01/18/2010 6:06:40 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 20 replies · 529+ views ^ | 1/18/2010 | Byron York
    When Republicans discuss party Chairman Michael Steele, it often comes down to a conversation about Good Michael versus Bad Michael. The problem is, on any given day, GOP politicos don't know which Michael is occupying the big office at Republican National Committee headquarters. A lot of people saw it coming in February and March of last year, after Steele narrowly won election as chairman of the 168-member RNC. He made a lot of enemies back then, getting a slow start on the job, leaving top positions unfilled, and committing gaffe after gaffe on TV -- such as calling Rush Limbaugh's...
  • Obama's Big Dilemma

    11/07/2008 4:45:50 AM PST · by jay1949 · 45 replies · 1,947+ views
    American Sentinel ^ | November 7, 2008 | jay1949
    The most interesting part of Barack Obama’s victory speech was when he said, “We may not get there in a year, or even in one term . . . ,” thus setting the stage to renege on his baseline campaign promises. Obama faces an immediate dilemma: either abandon his promises of higher taxes and more giveaways, risking a severe loss of adulation, or following through and risking an extended recession or an economic depression.
  • Democrats' Dilemma in Iraq

    06/27/2008 5:06:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies · 130+ views
    Washington Times | Frontpagemagazine ^ | June 27, 2008 | William Rusher
    The Democrats now find themselves in a thoroughly uncomfortable dilemma over Iraq. Back in the early days of the American invasion, when things were going relatively badly, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the war was "lost" and America's only recourse was to pull out. (This, of course, would have been an absolute political disaster for the Bush administration, as Mr. Reid no doubt knew and hoped.) In the subsequent months and years, when things there have gone substantially better, Mr. Reid has never retracted his highly premature conclusion but it is safe to say it is now "inoperative."...
  • The Democrats' dilemma

    02/09/2008 9:15:33 PM PST · by jdm · 20 replies · 47+ views
    SF Gate ^ | Feb. 09, 2008 | by John Diaz
    **EXCERPT** It doesn't seem fair that the Democratic nomination might be decided by the well-connected, unelected "superdelegates," or by the primaries in Florida and Michigan that were not supposed to count. Then again, the rules to select party nominees are rarely fair and never permanent, even within an election cycle. The parties set them - and change them - to suit the objectives of the people in power. Just ask Willie Brown, who chaired the 271-member California delegation that was pledged to George McGovern in 1972. The stop-McGovern forces tried to unseat 151 of McGovern's California delegates, arguing that the...
  • Discordant Note (2007 Kennedy Center Honoree Pianist/Conductor Bashes Bush)

    02/09/2008 5:57:52 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 26 replies · 93+ views
    National Review (The Corner) ^ | Saturday, February 09, 2008 | Mona Charen
    This is the most graceless stunt I’ve seen a while. Leon Fleisher, the conductor and pianist, received a Kennedy Center honor. As part of the weekend of festivities associated with this prestigious award, Fleisher was invited to attend a White House reception along with the four other honorees (Brian Wilson, Steve Martin, Diana Ross, and Martin Scorcese). This caused the conductor to wrestle with his conscience. In the past seven years, Bush administration policies have amounted to a systematic shredding of our nation's Constitution — the illegal war it initiated and perpetuates; the torturing of prisoners; the espousing of "values"...
  • SETI’s Dilemma: Break the Great Silence?

    10/15/2007 11:54:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 80 replies · 154+ views
    When Alexander Zaitsev presented his recent paper at the International Astronautical Congress in Hyderabad (India) recently, he spoke from the center of a widening controversy. The question is straightforward: Should we broadcast messages intentionally designed to be received by extraterrestrial civilizations, thereby notifying them of our existence? Zaitzev, chief scientist at the Russian Academy of Science’s Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, addressed the question by seeing a necessary relationship between SETI (the search for ETI) and METI (messaging to other civilizations). Indeed, the Russian scientist, working at the Evpatoria Deep Space Center in the Ukraine, has the experience to...
  • "Our Two Lives Include a Third?" (NY Times Journalist's Accidental Pregnancy)

    07/15/2007 6:26:07 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 108 replies · 3,076+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 15, 2007 | RONDA KAYSEN
    TWO weeks after my husband and I quit our jobs, gave up our Brooklyn apartment and moved to Mexico to travel and work as freelance reporters, I discovered I was pregnant. Among the subjects I hoped to write about in Mexico was its restrictive abortion laws. Now I was contemplating an abortion myself. Even though my period was 10 days late, it hadn’t occurred to me that I could be pregnant....
  • Powerful Yet Weak - A US Dilemma

    01/31/2007 7:02:27 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 728+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-1-2007 | Ian Black
    Powerful yet weak - a US dilemma Thinktank reports on messy 'nonpolar' world and urges new psychological warfare Ian Black Thursday February 1, 2007 The Guardian (UK) The United States is still powerful enough to shape an agenda for international activity but too weak to implement it globally as it faces uncertain prospects in Iraq, an escalating confrontation over Iran's nuclear ambitions and a robust challenge to its military hegemony from an increasingly assertive China, argues a new report by a leading UK thinktank. An annual survey of the international military scene produces a picture of a messy "nonpolar" world...
  • With Rep. Jefferson’s re-election, a dilemma for Democrats

    12/13/2006 7:01:06 AM PST · by jdm · 28 replies · 1,116+ views ^ | Dec 13, 2006 | CHARLES BABINGTON and ALLAN LENGEL
    WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders, who have vowed to run a more ethical Congress, are struggling with how to respond to the re-election of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat whose Washington home freezer once held $90,000 in alleged bribe money. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., poised to be the next speaker, stripped Jefferson of his seat on the influential Ways and Means Committee in June and has hinted that she may place him on no committee when the 110th Congress convenes next month. But a source close to Pelosi said Monday that she is more likely to place him on a...
  • CA: Bill to curb greenhouse gases poses dilemma for Schwarzenegger - AB32

    08/06/2006 3:55:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,224+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/6/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    SACRAMENTO Over the past year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has sought to position himself as a leader on climate change issues. He outlined a broad program to reduce air pollution during a speech at a United Nations summit a year ago and last week reached a publicity-generating agreement with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Republican governor now faces a dilemma that threatens to undermine his environmental credentials at the same time he is trying appeal to moderate voters as he seeks re-election. This month, the Democrats who hold a majority in California's Legislature plan to send Schwarzenegger a bill that...
  • Basic Evolutionist Time Sandwich

    07/23/2006 9:36:42 AM PDT · by tomzz · 369 replies · 4,398+ views
    7/23/06 | self
    Assuming macroevolutionary scenarios were possible (they aren't), the question arises, how much time would you actually need for them? The basic answer to that question is known as the Haldane Dilemma, after the famous mathematician and population geneticist J.B.S. Haldane who published his work in the mid 1950s. The basic answer is that you would need trillions and quadrillions of years, and not just the tens of millions commonly supposed. Walter Remine puts a simplified version of the idea thusly: Imagine a population of 100,000 apes or “proto-humans” ten million years ago which are all genetically alike other than for...
  • CA: Justices delve into doctors' religious dilemma

    06/14/2006 9:23:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 298+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/14/06 | David Kravets - ap
    The California Supreme Court delved into the world of religion Wednesday, agreeing to decide whether doctors can deny treatment to patients who offend their religious beliefs. The justices decided to review the case of two Vista fertility doctors, Christine Brody and Douglas Fenton, who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian woman. The Christian doctors, however, do not object to treating married patients requiring insemination. "These physicians do not believe that it is necessarily appropriate for a woman to have a baby out of wedlock," the doctors' attorney, Robert Tyler said. "Should a Christian be forced to artificially inseminate an unmarried...
  • Another Solution To The Illegal Immigrant Dilemma

    04/09/2006 6:40:55 PM PDT · by cougar_mccxxi · 4 replies · 241+ views
    Sunday, 09 April 2006 | Myself
    How bout this? Money makes the world go around so... 1. Pay a bounty to professional bounty hunters for capturing illegals and delivering them to law enforcement. 2. Pay a reward to private citizens for information that leads to the capture and deportation of illegal immigrants. 3. Pay a reward to private citizens for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone employing, aiding or abetting illegal immigrants. 3. Create a system of fines charged to private individuals and businesses that employ, aid and abet illegal immigrants to offset the paying of the above said bounties and rewards....