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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- George Monbiot comments on the far more important values we’re endangering in the name of constant financial and material growth: To try to stabilise this system, governments behave like soldiers billeted in an ancient manor, burning the furniture, the paintings and the stairs to keep themselves warm for a night. They are breaking up the postwar settlement, our public health services and social safety nets, above all the living world, to produce ephemeral spurts of growth. Magnificent habitats, the benign and fragile climate in which we have prospered, species that have lived (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: Whitby-Oshawa Conservative candidate Pat Perkins questions science on climate change

So Pat Perkins is willing to spend thousands of your tax dollars to fly herself out to a real-estate conference in Cannes, France that by her own admission “nothing concrete” has come out of, but she isn’t willing to listen to scientists on climate change?

Whose priorities do you think she’ll listen to in Ottawa, the residents of Whitby-Oshawa, or Stephen Harper?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: We’ve Explored A Comet Now

Humankind grew a tiny bit today; while we were making large mammal lifeforms go extinct, we were also landing on a comet.

.@ESA_Rosetta See for yourself! ROLIS imaged #67P when we were just 3km away! Glad I can share. #CometLanding pic.twitter.com/b6mcid2fsn

— Philae Lander (@Philae2014) November 12, 2014

Things didn’t go smoothly, but they worked out.

.@Philae2014 #Stagefright. I hope it wasn't a case of premature ejection. #CometLanding

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 12, 2014

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Crazy Cats and Brain Parasites

It reads like a script for a scary movie: an alien parasite invading our brains, taking control of our minds, changing our behaviour silently, secretly; making us do what it wants. And it’s happening now, in homes across Canada and the USA. Alien puppet masters over-running the nation, one household at a time. But it’s […]

Dead Wild Roses: This Is Not A Rainbow – Minute Physics

Damn science, keeping me on my toes.

 

Filed under: Science Tagged: Minute Physics, Rainbows, Science

Politics, Re-Spun: Carbon Energy Is Dead, Wake Up?

The math is so easy. So why is BC ramping up coal and LNG production? STOP THEM!

 

It really doesn’t get any simpler than this.

Climate realities mean not ignoring science. Here’s some math. Let’s get off the coal, oil and gas.

Click on the image for more enlightenment!

June 16, 2014 Hey, BC: Want More Jobs? Dump the LNG and Pipelines! (1) December 27, 2013 The Ultimate New Year’s Resolution (4) August 11, 2014 Welcome to the 1,000th Politics, Re-Spun Editorial! (1) July 4, 2013 New, Better Jobs Building a Green Energy Infrastructure (3)

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Timothy Leary Was Right. Maybe.

This is your brain on drugs. Or rather, the right-hand image is your brain on psilocybin. The other side is your brain on a non-psychedelic drug. Researchers recently discovered some amazing facts about how our brains work on some chemicals. And some psychedelic drugs prove to have pretty amazing effects. But don’t try this at […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Debunking Homeopathy. Again.

Homeopathy. It’s absolute bunk. But you already know that. All those forms of ‘magic medicine‘* are bunk, of course, but homeopathy has a special place reserved for it in the kingdom of codswallop. Codswallop is dangerous to the mind, and often to your wallet, but homeopathy compounds that by being dangerous to your health, too, […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Words, Your Brain and Sex

One of the reasons I’m a dedicated librocubularist* can be found in a story on IFL Science that is headlined, “Learning New Words Activates The Same Brain Regions As Sex And Drugs.” It opens: While it doesn’t get much better than sex and drugs for many out there, new research has found that simply learning […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Austrialia Is Nuts About Space

And Australian conservatives may just destroy Earth. What we don’t know, could demolish us faster than anything else. In the space age, it’s really flabbergasting that we’re not doing everything technologically possible to watch for NEOs.

Could a responsible country like South Africa, or New Zealand pick up the slack please?

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Larry & Jerry’s Inferno

I had forgotten about this book until recently when I came across a reprint. I read it originally in the late 1970s when I was reading a lot more sci-fi than I do today. (Many years ago, I ran a Toronto computer convention where I invited the authors to be the keynote speakers. I got to […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dr. V. Shiva at the #UofR #EarthDemocracy

Dr. Shiva gave an interesting talk about how system we’ve built are being used to manipulate individuals in societies all around the world into valuing money over life.

#earthdemocracy #yqr #uofr pic.twitter.com/1Xsfu7I43n

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 29, 2014

#BigData contributes to information obesity. – Dr. Shiva #earthdemocracy. Canada thinks it can bomb #ISIS and not create extremism.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 29, 2014

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Partial Solar Eclipse

The partial clouds ruined the partial eclipse viewing, but I caught a few fleeting seconds here and there with a small crowd of astronomers from the RASC at the Science Centre.

A kind astronomer gave me a pair of these glasses:

I’ve been trying to take daily photos of the huge sunspot too, but clouds have been in the way the last two days when I’ve tried.

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Dead Wild Roses: How Wolves Change Rivers

 

Fascinating how interconnected the system is. Now imagine what happens when we start fracking for shale gas or extracting oil from far sands. :/

 

Filed under: Science Tagged: Ecosystems, Rivers, Wolves

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Earth’s magnetic field could flip within a human lifetime

An intriguing possibility was reported on Science Daily this morning: Earth’s last magnetic reversal took place 786,000 years ago and happened very quickly, in less than 100 years — roughly a human lifetime. The rapid flip, much faster than the thousands of years most geologists thought, comes as new measurements show the planet’s magnetic field […]

Dead Wild Roses: I Just Don’t Know What To Say – Opposition to Climate Change – #Burn Noticed

People are so terribly ignorant when it comes to climate change, in the face of this seemingly unconquerable monolith of stupidity Jon Stewart finds a way to get his point across.

We’re in trouble if the people in charge of Science and Technology are this ignorant. (wilfully or otherwise)

Filed under: Humour, Politics, Science Tagged: Burn Noticed, Climate Change, Duh in Action, Jon Stewart

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Sean McElwee is the latest to highlight how only a privileged few benefit in either the short term or the long term from unequal economic growth: Milanovic and van der Weide decided to investigate how inequality affects growth across the income spectrum. They used a state-level survey conducted once every decade to estimate annualized income growth at different income percentiles. What the researchers find is that the old story of “trickle down” economics have no support in the data — instead, inequality boosts growth only for the rich.…When the authors dug deeper (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Minute Physics – Why are Stars Star Shaped?

Watch out, interesting learning ahead.

Filed under: Science Tagged: Minute Physics, Stars

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Disproving Geo Centrism – Part 10?

Who knew we would need 10 segments to properly dismember Geocentric theory. I’m still sorta shocked that people would believe in Geocentrism in 2014.

 

Filed under: Religion, Science Tagged: Confirmation bias, Geocentrism, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Is the Internet making us stupid? Or just shallow?

In my never-ending search for some bit of knowledge one day, during a mix-and-match of search engine terms while looking for classical writers’ views on death and dying, I stumbled onto what might have been an off-kilter New Age site, OM Times, or more likely, a parody of the genre. On the page titled “8 […]

Montreal Simon: How to Use Science Against Stephen Harper

Well now that I know that Stephen Harper is planning to stay on and lead his Cons into the next election.Unless the Duffy trial starts sooner than he is hoping.And now that I know that despite what he said about Michael Ignatieff…

He's not here for us either, and the next election will be all about HIM.Read more »

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Amazing Discovery

Have you heard about the amazing discovery the Harper Government is responsible for?

No, not the Franklin Expedition which remained known to the Inuit for almost 200 years through oral history, I’m talking about the discovery in Ottawa that the federal government isn’t maintaining important national landmarks related to science.

Dead Wild Roses: Schrödinger’s Cat

Never underestimate the powah of the Kitteh!…

Filed under: Humour, Science Tagged: Humour, Kitteh, meme, Science

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading.

- Andrew Jackson writes that public investment is needed as part of a healthy economy, particularly when it’s clear that the private sector isn’t going to put massive accumulated savings to use. Bob McDonald notes that we’d be far better off using public money to fund basic research instead of funnelling it toward the business sector. And Ed Keenan looks to Ontario for examples of how far more money is flowing into questionable corporate handouts than toward basic human needs.

- Meanwhile, Lana Payne exposes the Cons’ efforts to both downplay and reduce (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Gut instincts

A story on Science Daily says research suggests our so-called “free will” may be less free than we ever imagined. We may, instead, be meat puppets ruled by the desires and cravings of the smallest symbiotes we carry: our gut bacteria. The story opens: It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within […]