Archive for August, 2013

August 31, 2013

An Educator Awakens to the Grim Realities of Life

Diane Ravitch's blog

This teacher left a powerful comment about how he
educated about real life by teaching. The myths
he had learned in
his youth fell away when confronted
by the children whose lives are
burdened by poverty.
Please tweet this comment. It should go viral.
Add your
voice. This reader said in a comment: “People harass me
for talking about poverty all the time. I come from a middle
white family, and I was sheltered away from the
poor and needy. I
attended a middle class and upper
class private school just south
of Detroit. “After
teaching in public schools since the late 90’s
having never walked in one until I began to teach), I now the
see the world I was sheltered from. It is a world of poverty.
agree that people should be responsible, but when
the game is
rigged, even responsible people falter in

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August 31, 2013

Religion poisons everything, including eagles

Why Evolution Is True

For crying out loud, what kind of morons would release a bald eagle in a chapel? The morons at Oral Roberts University, that’s who. ORU is a Pentecostal Christian University in Tulsa, Oklahoma founded by one of America’s most annoying and fraudulent preachers.

According to BuzzFeed, the eagle (named Louis) was released into the university chapel as part of a “spirit rally” to mark the beginning of the school year. As the bird flew around, the students chanted “USA! USA!”.  And then the eagle flew into a window.  The school reports that the bird wasn’t hurt, but what a stupid stunt!

Here’s the worst of America on display! NOTE: The video shows the eagle hitting the window, so don’t watch if that will disturb you.

Charge this man with animal cruelty!:

Picture 1

Why couldn’t God have directed its flight away from the window?  If he sees every sparrow fall…

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August 31, 2013

Don’t attack Syria | Green Shadow Cabinet


Don’t attack Syria | Green Shadow Cabinet.

August 31, 2013

The conservative crackup: How the Republican Party lost its mind –


The conservative crackup: How the Republican Party lost its mind –

August 30, 2013

Will Drinking from Plastic Bottles Kill You?


Will Drinking from Plastic Bottles Kill You?.

August 30, 2013

Perot Foundation donates $1 million to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas | The Raw Story


Perot Foundation donates $1 million to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas | The Raw Story.

August 30, 2013

Climate Activists, Eco-Terrorism, and the Green Scare – Politics – Utne Reader

It’s the new politics of the petro-state. Anything that’s remotely linked with direct action or nonviolent civil disobedience is being described as extremism, which is the new code word of security agencies.


Climate Activists, Eco-Terrorism, and the Green Scare – Politics – Utne Reader.

August 29, 2013

Is the Tesla Model S the safest car ever made? | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network


Is the Tesla Model S the safest car ever made? | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network.

August 28, 2013

East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Be More Vulnerable to Climate Change Than Previously Thought

After Big Bang

The world’s largest ice sheet could be more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than previously thought, according to new research from Durham University.

A team from the Department of Geography used declassified spy satellite imagery to create the first long-term record of changes in the terminus of outlet glaciers — where they meet the sea — along 5,400km of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet’s coastline. The imagery covered almost half a century from 1963 to 2012.

Using measurements from 175 glaciers, the researchers were able to show that the glaciers underwent rapid and synchronised periods of advance and retreat which coincided with cooling and warming.

The researchers said this suggested that large parts of the ice sheet, which reaches thicknesses of more than 4km, could be more susceptible to changes in air temperatures and sea-ice than was originally believed.

Current scientific opinion suggests that glaciers in East Antarctica…

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August 28, 2013

A Potential Cause of Autism? Key Enzymes Are Found to Have a ‘Profound Effect’ Across Dozens of Genes Linked to Autism

After Big Bang

Problems with a key group of enzymes called topoisomerases can have profound effects on the genetic machinery behind brain development and potentially lead to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to research announced today in the journal Nature. Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have described a finding that represents a significant advance in the hunt for environmental factors behind autism and lends new insights into the disorder’s genetic causes.

“Our study shows the magnitude of what can happen if topoisomerases are impaired,” said senior study author Mark Zylka, PhD, associate professor in the Neuroscience Center and the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology at UNC. “Inhibiting these enzymes has the potential to profoundly affect neurodevelopment — perhaps even more so than having a mutation in any one of the genes that have been linked to autism.”

The study could have important implications for ASD detection…

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