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  • Earth could become hotter than thought, study warns (clouds influence not correctly accounted for)

    04/09/2016 9:40:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/8/16 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Global warming could make the planet far hotter than currently projected because today's scientific models do not correctly account for the influence of clouds, researchers said this week. The study in the journal Science was led by researchers at Yale University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. When climate scientists look ahead to how much the planet's surface temperature may warm up in response to a doubling of carbon dioxide -- a byproduct of fossil fuel burning -- they typically predict a rise of between 2.1 and 4.7 degrees Celsius (3.75 to 8.5 degrees Fahrenheit). But these models...
  • How Many Mexican Americans will ever visit Mexico?

    10/21/2014 4:34:40 PM PDT · by Vendome · 40 replies
    Vanity | 10/21/14 | Vendome
    So the question comes down to really the difference between being Persian, full blooded, and wanting to see Iran someday or calling yourself Mexican and maybe one day "returning" to Mexico, for a visit. How many Mexicans could possibly visit Mexico and return to America the country of the birth? Is there a parallel to Persians and Do called Mexicans?
  • US general says Syria action could be 'more substantial than thought'

    09/03/2013 2:36:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 78 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/3/2013
    General Jack Keane, a former vice chief of staff of the US Army, told BBC Radio 4 that he had spoken to senior Republican senators who had been briefed by the US president on Monday, and had been assured that Mr Obama planned to do significant damage to the forces of Bashar al-Assad. The Obama administration has previously said that military strikes would not be aimed at toppling Assad's government nor altering the balance of the conflict. Instead, the White House has suggested, they would be intended to punish Assad for the alleged gas attack in Damascus on Aug 21...
  • Columnist may have planted a dangerous seed for anti-gunners

    08/14/2012 5:03:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 August, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Conservative columnist Jacob Sullum may have planted a dangerous seed the other day when he suggested – one can only hope tongue-in-cheek – that in addition to criminal and mental health background check requirements, one’s ideology must also be determined before that citizen is allowed to buy a gun. Sullum offered the suggestion in a column originally published by Town Hall on Aug. 8 and more recently in the Desert Dispatch on Tuesday. He notes that the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is now lobbying Congress and the two mainstream presidential contenders to “do something” about guns. Writing about...
  • I think there was a time when men didn't think

    05/20/2012 5:49:12 AM PDT · by knarf · 45 replies
    self ^ | May 29, 2012 | knarf
    I think when we express a desire to be in, or go back to, simpler days, we're really wanting less thought.
  • Dark Matter May Collide With Atoms Inside You More Often Than Thought

    04/27/2012 4:12:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies ^ | 4/27/12 | Charles Q. Choi
    Invisible dark matter particles may regularly pass through our bodies, and dozens to thousands of these particles may be colliding with atoms inside us every year, according to a new calculation. However, radiation from these impacts is unlikely to cause cancer, investigators added. Dark matter is one of the greatest scientific mysteries of our time — an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the universe. Scientists think it might be composed of things called weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, that interact normally with gravity but very weakly with all the other known forces of...
  • Time need not end in the multiverse

    08/14/2011 9:09:42 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 8/11/11 | Amanda Gefter
    GAMBLERS already had enough to think about without factoring the end of time into their calculations. But a year after a group of cosmologists argued that they should, another team says time need not end after all. It all started with this thought experiment. In a back room in a Las Vegas casino, you are handed a fair coin to flip. You will not be allowed to see the outcome, and the moment the coin lands you will fall into a deep sleep. If the coin lands heads up, the dealer will wake you 1 minute later; tails, in 1...
  • Iran Plans to Cut Itself Off from Internet to Shield its People from 'Dangerous' Ideas

    05/30/2011 5:28:05 AM PDT · by Flavius · 12 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5/29/11 | Mark Whittington Mark Whittington –
    Iran, like many other dictatorships, has wrestled with the problem (at least from its point of view) of shielding their people from what it considers to be dangerous ideas about freedom and human rights, transmitted via the Internet.
  • Don't Let 'Progressives' Rip You Off

    12/07/2010 7:15:08 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-7-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • A church's parting thought (Catholic Caucus)

    01/30/2010 6:57:31 PM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies · 408+ views
    Michigan Catholic ^ | 1/15/2010 | Robert Delaney
    MOUNT CLEMENS – Some people still take off right after Communion at St. Peter Church, but not as many now that they have to walk under signs that read "Judas left early too." Fr. Cooney says putting the signs up at each of the three exits was "a bit of Irish diplomacy" aimed at addressing a long-standing source of frustration for many Catholic priests: people who leave Mass early, rather than staying for the dismissal. Perhaps one of the reasons the signs had a positive effect is that he introduced them with humor, rather than scolding the congregation, he believes....
  • Is Your Minister a 'Hate Crime' Peddler? (Tyranny on the March)

    04/21/2009 12:14:33 PM PDT · by pissant · 8 replies · 611+ views
    Human Events ^ | 4/21/09 | Andrea Lafferty
    The George Orwell congress resumed its session yesterday. Not content to attempt to end the secret ballot by the “Employee Free Choice Act,” the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up and pass the equally-Orwellian “Hate Crimes” bill, HR 1913. Just as the “Employee Free Choice Act” would end free choice, the “Hate Crimes” bill would criminalize free speech. No, it’s not another version of the “Fairness Doctrine” -- which is fair to all except conservatives. The “Hate Crimes” bill wants to criminalize speech that insults politically-fashionable minorities, such as gays. Even if it means sacrificing religiousl freedom to...
  • 'How hate crimes laws forced me into exile'

    04/21/2009 4:48:11 AM PDT · by kindred · 30 replies · 1,587+ views
    WND ^ | April 20, 2009 | Alyssa Farah
    Artur Davis, D-Ala., admitted that the law would not protect a pastor from prosecution. Scarborough reported the U.S. plan is to be voted on in the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. "Hate crimes laws are actually 'thought crimes' laws that violate the right to freedom of speech and of conscience," warned Liberty Counsel. "Hate crimes laws will have a chilling effect on people who have moral or religious objections to homosexual behavior. Evidence of a person’s beliefs will be used against any individuals who are even suspected of criminal activity. "Hate crimes laws are unnecessary, as criminal laws already provide criminal...
  • The CIA-Censors Model: Killing Rush Softly with 'Localism'

    02/02/2009 8:04:12 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 24 replies · 1,829+ views
    Our late colleague Jim Boulet last year unearthed the facts here and here and here on how the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ‘localism' schemes could shut down or inhibit talk radio. Last Thursday, Ishmael Jones, nom de plume of a former officer in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) clandestine service, gave his take on the danger radio ‘localism' poses to free political speech in his American Thinker article "What the CIA's Censors Can Teach Us about Plans to Muzzle Talk Radio" here. Here is Ishmael Jones on this Administration and their possible ‘localism' approach to shutting down political speech on...
  • An apology and a thought (Vanity)

    10/17/2008 6:18:30 AM PDT · by NTHockey · 17 replies · 1,068+ views
    10/17/2008 | NTHockey
    I apologize to all readers for a stupid and inappropriate posting. It got my privileges revoked for a week. It will not happen again. Now, my thought. I watched most of the debate on Wednesday, until it frankly got boring. McCain seems to understand the anger and frustration. Bob Scheiffer almost got it when he asked about cutting spending and reducing the deficit. Neither McCain nor Obama gave a convincing answer. What we need - before Election Day - is an "I'm p!$$ed off" Day. Everybody is p!$$ed off about something or another. Let's channel it into a no work,...
  • Obama Blogger Compared to David Duke

    04/09/2008 9:31:08 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 1 replies · 165+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 4/9/08 | Bill Levinson
    “Alan from Upland CA” has finally stepped up to challenge Tony Wicher’s anti-Semitic hate speech at Barack Obama’s official Web site. ...Alan replies to Mr. Wicher’s “Obama’s Jewish Problem” as follows. Obama’s sanction of Wicher’s commentary, plus his unbelieveable cowardice (heck, he all but called Abraham Lincoln a “Racist”) in denouncing the Black Nazi Wright is enough of a turn-off. Wicher just adds more fuel to the fire. Could have been set by David Duke or Farrakhan... ...Tony Wicher’s and Desmond Tutu’s terminology for Zionists and even Jews is identical to material from David Duke’s Web site. Again, all this...
  • Obama Hosts Anti-Israel Blogger

    04/08/2008 11:10:35 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 5 replies · 230+ views
    Wicher repeatedly refers to Israel as an apartheid state, and in fact claims that Israel’s treatment of Palestinian Authority Arabs is “worse than apartheid.” ...He dismisses any who call his claims of Israeli “apartheid” anti-Semitic as members of the “Zionist thought police.”
  • Doctors and teachers to act as 'informers' to target violent offenders BEFORE they strike[UK]

    02/20/2008 11:56:29 AM PST · by BGHater · 20 replies · 87+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 Feb 2008 | Matthew Hickley
    Doctors, teachers and social workers will be told to act as informers to identify potential violent offenders for monitoring by the police and other agencies. Ministers hope that by spotting binge-drinkers, drug addicts and young gang members early before they commit serious crimes they can be placed on a national database and steered away from offending behaviour. The plans have been dubbed the Minority Report powers, a reference to the 2002 Tom Cruise movie in which a futuristic "precrime" police unit uses psychics to arrest and imprison criminals just before they carry out attacks. But civil liberty campaigners and union...
  • Well -- Just a bit of Mental Stimulus for us Insomniacs

    01/10/2008 12:14:21 AM PST · by One Sided Media · 4 replies · 100+ views
    MIT ^ | Written 350 B.C.E | By Aristotle - Translated by Benjamin Jowett
    Part I Every tate is a community of some kind, and every community is established with a view to some good; for mankind always act in order to obtain that which they think good. But, if all communities aim at some good, the state or political community, which is the highest of all, and which embraces all the rest, aims at good in a greater degree than any other, and at the highest good. Some people think that the qualifications of a statesman, king, householder, and master are the same, and that they differ, not in kind, but only in...
  • Here come the thought police[Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act]

    11/23/2007 4:00:19 PM PST · by BGHater · 53 replies · 80+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 19 Nov 2007 | Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson
    With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain. Not since the "Patriot Act" of 2001 has any bill so threatened our constitutionally guaranteed rights. The historian Henry Steele Commager, denouncing President John Adams' suppression of free speech in the 1790s, argued that the Bill of Rights was not written to protect government from dissenters but to provide a legal means for citizens to oppose a government they didn't trust. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration...
  • Thought Police: How Brain Scans Could Invade Your Private Life

    11/07/2007 6:37:58 PM PST · by Westlander · 95+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 11-7-2007 | Jeff Wise
    On Tong’s screens a series of images appear: black-and-white cross sections of the living brain, with small fluctuations in brightness that indicate regions of increased activity. Tong leans closer to the pixelated images. The complex patterns look nothing like a bird, of course, but hidden within them lie clues to the student’s thoughts. He cannot tell what the undergrad is looking at just by peering at the dance of neuronal firings inside his head. So Tong extracts the data from the scanner, takes it back to his lab and runs it through his processing software.
  • The Thought Police

    05/01/2007 11:24:42 PM PDT · by epow · 13 replies · 1,131+ views
    AFA site ^ | 5/1/07 | Chuck Colson
    The Thought Police By Chuck Colson 5/1/2007 What the Hate Crimes Law Would Do In George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, the government Thought Police constantly spies on citizens to make sure they are not thinking rebellious thoughts. Thought crimes are severely punished by Big Brother. 1984 was intended as a warning against totalitarian governments that enslave and control their citizens. Never have we needed this warning more urgently than now, because America’s Thought Police are knocking on your door. Last week the House Judiciary Committee, egged on by radical homosexual groups, passed what can only be called a Thought Crimes...
  • As a Man Thinketh (Something We Political Junkies Should Consider)

    04/15/2007 5:44:24 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 28 replies · 682+ views
    As a Man Thinketh | James Allen
    THE THOUGHT-FACTOR IN ACHIEVEMENT ALL that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. In a justly ordered universe, where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute. A man's weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own, and not another man's; they are brought about by himself, and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, never by another. His condition is also his own, and not another man's. His suffering and his happiness are evolved from within. As he thinks,...
  • Opposition to Thought Crimes

    04/12/2007 9:21:03 AM PDT · by obid · 8 replies · 471+ views
    Family Research Council ^ | 04-12-07 | Obid
    The process of erosion to our constitution continues every so steadily. As they say, perception is reality in politics. And this is how the left is redining diveristy of thought. Political correctness & intolerance rein supreme. If interested follow the link and join the fight...
  • 'I Thought Only Of Escape. I felt Like A Poor Chicken In A Hen House'

    09/06/2006 7:41:33 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 952+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-7-2006 | Kate Connolly
    'I thought only of escape. I felt like a poor chicken in a hen house' By Kate Connolly in Berlin (Filed: 07/09/2006) Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian teenager who was held in captivity beneath a garage for eight years, said yesterday she had thought "only of escape" during her imprisonment and dreamed of cutting off her kidnapper's head with an axe. Austrians watch the TV interview on a big screen in a café in Vienna Speaking to the media for the first time since her ordeal ended with her escape two weeks' ago, Miss Kampusch appeared self-confident, witty, articulate and strong-willed....
  • On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets:

    06/05/2006 8:14:08 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 54 replies · 1,242+ views
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, MIT. ^ | February 17, 2005 | Ali Rahimi1, Recht 2, Taylor 2, Vawter
    Abstract: Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use...
  • Fuel for thought: NASCAR might be wise to switch to ethanol

    05/15/2006 1:12:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 353+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/15/06
    Mashed-up corn is heated to produce vapor, which condenses into grain alcohol. Sound familiar, NASCAR old-timers? It's the recipe for moonshine, the largely forgotten foundation of a sport that has moved from backwoods to big time. But moonshine is going mainstream, too. You know it as ethanol -- a gasoline alternative that isn't much different from the hooch (shh!) Junior Johnson used to hide in his trunk. And given the current political climate, it might be smart for NASCAR to fire up the still. The Indy Racing League is leading the way on alternative fuels, beginning a two-year transition to...
  • Food for thought: Dining facility continues to break records

    03/29/2006 4:31:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 462+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Maj. Ann P. Knabe
    3/29/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Thirty-five tons of apples, oranges, bananas and plums, 1,600 gallons of milk, 16 tons of grilled chicken breasts and 39,040 candy bars. The list of food consumed here in one month goes on and on. “It’s an amazing operation,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Schields, 379th Expeditionary Services Squadron commander, referring to the largest food service operation in the region. “No matter how you slice and dice it, the 379th feeds more people than any other base in the theater.” On any given day, the food service flight serves 14,000 meals at the Manhattan, Independence...
  • How Much Government Do We Need?

    03/07/2006 6:52:40 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 4 replies · 468+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3-7-06 | Daniel Son
    In the long run, the battle to make America safer is part of a larger cause—the battle to make the free world safer and, indeed, to make the whole world freer. Victory will come only if representative government prevails, because freedom is the one force strong enough to stop tyranny and terror. In our modern day and age, America appears to have forgotten the guiding principles that have led her thus far. Getting America Right offers not a revolutionary, novel solution, but an answer that is as old as America herself—a conservative one...
  • Study says unconscious consideration yields most satisfying results

    02/22/2006 5:57:28 AM PST · by S0122017 · 4 replies · 353+ views ^ | 16 February | Helen Pearson
    News Published online: 16 February 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060213-9 Why you should go with your gut Study says unconscious consideration yields most satisfying decisions. Helen Pearson Which would you choose? Studies say you should list the pros and cons, then sleep on it. © Punchstock The best way to make a tough decision is to put your feet up and think about something else. So says an investigation of people shopping for cars, clothes and furniture. Many people assume that the best way to tackle a difficult choice is to list the pros and cons and ponder them deeply. Others believe...
  • The Secret In The Steppes Thought Safe For All Time (Genghis Khan)

    02/09/2006 11:00:19 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 1,477+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2-9-2006 | Edward Cody
    The Secret in the Steppes Thought Safe for All TimeDespite Misgivings in Mongolia, Explorers Hope to Find Site of Genghis Khan's 800-Year-Old Tomb By Edward Cody Washington Post Foreign Service Thursday, February 9, 2006; Page A20 ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- On the vast flatlands of eastern Mongolia, enclosed by a two-mile wall in the form of an oval, diggers have uncovered tantalizing clues to the solution of one of history's enduring mysteries: the site of Genghis Khan's secret grave. Finding the spot where the great Mongolian conqueror was laid to rest in 1227 by his famed horseback warriors would fill...
  • Avian Flu Transmission To Humans May Be Higher Than Thought

    01/19/2006 3:00:20 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 339+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-19-2006 | JAMA
    Source: JAMA and Archives Journals Date: 2006-01-19 Avian Flu Transmission To Humans May Be Higher Than Thought A new study suggests that there is an association between direct contact with dead or sick poultry and flu-like illness in humans and that the transmission is probably more common than expected, according to a new study in the January 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Anna Thorson, M.D., Ph.D., from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, and colleagues analyzed data from household interviews conducted in FilaBavi, a Vietnamese demographic surveillance site in Bavi district, northwest Vietnam, with...
  • Ban All Schools? That's A Dangerous Thought

    01/02/2006 5:49:09 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 802+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-3-2006 | Roger Highfield
    Ban all schools? That's a dangerous thought By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 03/01/2006) The Earth can cope with global warming, schools should be banned and we should learn to love bacteria. These are among the dangerous ideas revealed by a poll of leading thinkers. John Brockman, the New York-based literary agent and publisher of The Edge website posed the question: what is your dangerous idea? in reference to a controversial book by the philosopher Daniel Dennett that argued that Darwinism was a universal acid that ate through virtually all traditional beliefs. Brockman received 116 responses to his challenge from...
  • Spiral Arm Of Milky Way Looms Closer Than Thought

    12/08/2005 3:16:16 PM PST · by blam · 74 replies · 1,421+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-8-2005 | Maggie McGee
    Spiral arm of Milky Way looms closer than thought 19:00 08 December 2005 news service Maggie McKee The Milky Way is made of four main arms curving around its centre – astronomers measured the distance from Earth to a star-forming region called W3OH inside the Perseus arm (Image: Y. Xu et al/Science) One of the Milky Way's star-studded spiral arms lies twice as close to Earth as some previous estimates suggested. New research has produced the most accurate distance measurement ever made of the arm, which could help astronomers understand how our galaxy's spiral structure formed. The Milky Way...
  • Alleged 40,000-Year-Old Human Footprints In Mexico Much, Much Older Than Thought

    11/30/2005 11:24:19 AM PST · by blam · 79 replies · 3,674+ views
    Eureka Alert/UC-Berkeley ^ | 11-30-2005 | Robert Sanders
    Contact: Robert Sanders 510-643-6998 University of California - Berkeley Alleged 40,000-year-old human footprints in Mexico much, much older than thought Berkeley -- Alleged footprints of early Americans found in volcanic rock in Mexico are either extremely old - more than 1 million years older than other evidence of human presence in the Western Hemisphere - or not footprints at all, according to a new analysis published this week in Nature. The study was conducted by geologists at the Berkeley Geochronology Center and the University of California, Berkeley, as part of an investigative team of geologists and anthropologists from the...
  • Food For Thought, It's Thanksgiving (Vanity)

    11/24/2005 1:37:15 PM PST · by onyx eyes · 2 replies · 175+ views
    Have long wanted a space to ask a question. Or, sometimes, questions. Perhaps today, I can be forgiven for indulging myself and posting this vanity piece. My question is: Wasn't there a time in our history, when people generally abided by and went by the rules of their respective religion, and if so, what happened to the belief that it is immoral and wrong to take one's own life? To committ suicide, in other words. Why has the world at large just seemed to accept and even help promote the idea or ideology, that it is okay to take out...
  • Bird Flu May Have Been Brought Into Uk Earlier Than Thought

    10/24/2005 6:57:50 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 277+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-25-2005 | Rober Highfield
    Bird flu may have been brought into UK earlier than thought By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 25/10/2005) The possibility that bird flu could already be present in Britain is being studied by Government vets who are investigating whether the potentially lethal strain contaminated a quarantine "facility" in Essex much earlier than thought. As vets investigated how H5N1 influenza came to infect a parrot from South America, which is unaffected by this strain, the European Union, the world's biggest importer of wildfowl, said it was ready to propose a temporary ban on imports. The H5N1 virus - which has only...
  • Why you haven't "reinvented" your company - 5-5-2005

    10/19/2005 8:00:16 AM PDT · by vannrox · 1 replies · 596+ views
    Machine Design Magazine ^ | 31 August 2004 | Ronald Khol
    The word "reinvent" is a dumb term, having an overtone of redundancy. After all, when you have invented something, it exists. You can revise it or change it, but you can't "reinvent" it after you have already invented it. I never heard the term when I first entered the workforce. But somewhere in the 1970s or so, corporate executives-began using the word, and using it a lot. Then as now, the nation had its usual economic ups and downs, but suddenly after one downturn, our nation was heavily laden with companies that had reinvented themselves. What happened is that after...
  • Radiocarbon Dates Reveal That New Guinea Art Is Older Than Thought

    10/13/2005 1:44:56 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 647+ views
    Eureka Alert/ UA ^ | 10-13-2005 | Lori Stiles
    Contact: Lori Stiles 520-626-4402 University of Arizona Radiocarbon dates reveal that New Guinea art is older than thought When the de Young Museum reopens in a new, earthquake-resistant building in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park next Saturday, Oct. 15, it will debut what curators consider the largest and most important private collection of New Guinea art in the world. Gregory W. L. Hodgins and A. J. Timothy Jull of The University of Arizona will attend the gala event. The scientists have radiocarbon dated some of the collection that New York-based entrepreneur John Friede and his wife, Marcia, are giving...
  • Playing with Ideas – in Public

    10/04/2005 7:59:40 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 218+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Oct. 4, 2005 | Herb Meyer
    The kerfuffle over Bill Bennett’s recent remarks on his radio show – like the earlier kerfuffle over Harvard President Larry Summer’s remarks at a seminar, and like a dozen other such kerfuffles I no longer can recall – all stem from the same root: Creative and intelligent people – artists, writers, scientists, sociologists, economists and other public intellectuals – play with ideas. This is how they organize their thoughts, fuse them into new forms and eventually create the “finished” products that reach the public in the form of paintings, novels, scientific papers that change our understanding of nature, or essays...
  • Liberalism Breeds Terrorism - (super sarcastic, and right on the money!)

    07/26/2005 9:38:15 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 19 replies · 742+ views
    Being a rational thinker, it is often impossible to understand how Democrats can be so stupid. What exactly do the Democrats think is going to happen when they Balkanize America and invent categories for people so that no one is an American any longer but rather an "African-American" or an "Hispanic-American" or a woman or a homosexual whose allegiance shouldn't be to America but rather to the "cultural heritage" or the unique behavior that "defines" them? What do the Democrats think is going to happen when English is not the language of everyone but everyone is to speak their own...
  • It Takes an Establishment - (President Bush shrewdly beginning to shape SCOTUS for decades!)

    07/22/2005 9:10:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 84 replies · 1,505+ views
    IT TAKES AN INSURRECTION TO change a country. It takes an establishment to govern one. Conservatives want both to change and to govern America. Thus we need our dissatisfied, troublemaking, occasionally splenetic, sometimes raffish anti-establishmentarians. After all, without brave resistance and bold insurrection on the part of conservatives, liberal orthodoxy and institutions would still dominate American life. But insurrection isn't enough. At some point, the radicals need assistance, support, and reinforcement from establishment conservatives--individuals ill-suited to insurrection but well-suited to rising through the institutions and moving them gradually but meaningfully in a conservative direction. Thus, we need our sober, calm,...
  • Meaningful Art in a Meaningful Universe: the Fallacies of Abstractionist Ideology

    07/04/2005 9:00:50 AM PDT · by vannrox · 29 replies · 2,264+ views
    Art Renewal Center ^ | FR Post 4 July 2005 | Frederick Turner
    HUMAN BEINGS TAKE A NATURAL DELIGHT IN FORM and pattern. Our eyes and visual cortex are designed to pick out shapes and hints of half-hidden presences, and to recognize the colors, textures, and fine details of natural objects. These are the necessary skills of a hunter-gatherer species, adapted to follow the obscure tracks of fleeing prey, to resolve the outline of a camouflaged animal in hiding, to remember and find again a nutritious berry, root, or herb. Nature rewards the exercise of such skills, which require concentration and work, with a pleasure that modern birdwatchers, naturalists, and scuba divers know...
  • My Pregnant Wife IV: The Golf Consiracy and Castor Oil

    06/13/2005 1:22:08 PM PDT · by gobucks · 45 replies · 2,941+ views
    GoBucks ^ | 13 June 05 | Gobucks
    The priests of golf frequently state that just before you begin your swing, you should think your 'swing thought'. It is supposed to relax you, just before you swing, such that the result doesn't provoke the smirks, chuckles, and sympathetic looks from your golfing buddies. The only problem is that most golfers are unaware of the Golf Conspiracy. The powers that be in the Pro Golf world are fully aware of the advantages of a priesthood of golf. Recall that priests have legal immunity. You can't sue a golf teacher for malpractice. Thus, as any golfer knows, you can't find...
  • Andromeda galaxy larger than thought-astronomers

    05/30/2005 6:23:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 123 replies · 2,322+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/30/05 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Andromeda galaxy just got bigger -- three times bigger, astronomers said on Monday. The galaxy is not actually expanding. But new measurements suggest that the nearest galaxy to our own Milky Way is three times broader than astronomers had thought. They now believe a thin sprinkling of stars once thought to be a halo is in fact part of Andromeda's main disk. That makes the spiral galaxy, so close to Earth that it appeared as a fuzzy blob to the ancients, more than 220,000 light-years across -- triple the previous estimate of 70,000 to 80,000 light-years....
  • Thought Police Go Overboard

    05/19/2005 6:47:47 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 606+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-20-2005 | Richard Savill
    Thought police go overboard By Richard Savill (Filed: 20/05/2005) The phrase "shipshape and Bristol fashion" should not be used because it is deemed to be politically incorrect, a group of councillors has been told. A training firm told them that the phrase originated from the slave trade and described black people being ready for sale. However Gerry Brooke, a Bristol historian, who edits a supplement in the city's Evening Post newspaper, said it derived from the good reputation Bristol had for constructing ships. Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable agrees: "The expression derives from the port of Bristol's reputation for...
  • Iraqi Rebels Better Armed Than We First Thought, Say US Marines

    05/15/2005 5:44:10 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 1,226+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-15-2005 | Olover Poole
    Iraqi rebels better armed than we first thought, say US marines By Oliver Poole in Baghdad (Filed: 16/05/2005) Iraqi insurgents have proved to be better equipped and more elusive than expected, United States marines have said at the end of a week-long operation near the Syrian border. Many rebels wore bullet-proof vests and a number had Soviet-designed armour piercing bullets and night sights, equipment rarely seen previously in Iraq. In one clash two marines were killed when militant fighters lay on their backs in the narrow gap under a house and fired through the concrete floor. The end of the...
  • How Do You Spell Evil?

    03/17/2005 8:50:27 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 25 replies · 811+ views
    "Only a madman could maintain that the distinction between the honorable and the dishonorable, between virtue and vice, is a matter of opinion, not of nature.” – Cicero in de Legibus The last 40 years or so has seen a dramatic shift in the way people view moral truth. It has been a move away from the idea of morality as a set of objective and universal standards, to the view that moral codes are merely the synthesis of popular opinion. Consider the Episcopal cleric who supported the ordination of homosexual priest, Gene Robinson, as bishop of the Diocese of...
  • Conversational Terrorism: How NOT to Talk!

    02/07/2005 2:42:02 PM PST · by vannrox · 106 replies · 3,649+ views
    The Art of Conversation ^ | FR Post 2-7-5 | Dean and Marshall VanDruff
    Conversational Terrorism All of the techniques listed in this document have actually been witnessed, told to us by someone else, or dreamed up. They are described in first person for clarity of motive. The intent of detailing and naming these insidious tactics is so that the reader may AVOID USING THEM, to quickly recognize if someone else is using them, and for fun. There is much humor in the way people (consciously or unconsciously) conversationally cheat. It is hoped that exposing these tactics will help muzzle the growing abuse in our conversational landscape. Give copies to both perpetrators and victims...
  • CA: Air pollution from dairies far less than thought, new study suggests (UC-Davis)

    01/26/2005 12:42:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 622+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/26/05 | Bakersfield Californian
    The relationship between dairies and the Central Valley's polluted air changed dramatically Wednesday morning when a UC Davis researcher reported that dairies produce far less pollution than previously believed. Frank Mitloehner, who has been running a "bovine bubble" experiment to measure gases coming from cows, said his study found cows create only half the pollutant amounts previously counted by air regulators. What's more, most harmful gases come from a cow's belches -- not its manure, he found. The burgeoning dairy industry in the Central Valley has been targeted by environmental groups that have accused dairymen of contributing to the already-dirty...
  • Venezuela: Mendelssohn and Hato Piñero Ranch

    01/11/2005 8:46:42 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 524+ views
    Venezuela News and Views ^ | Jan. 11, 2005 | Daniel Duquenal
    I have been arranging my extensive CD collection which lead me to play some of those long forgotten CD. This afternoon it was Mendelssohn "Reformation" Symphony. This might not be the best symphony of this rather underrated composer. The 5th popularity has suffered from being a "heftier" work, more intellectual, less crafted and vital than the "Italian". As if trying to encompass the reformation movement in music were possible. Still, the last movement opening is one of the most stirring moments of the repertoire, and a powerful musical image of the liberation of the spirit, no matter what religious connotation...