Interesting Unrelated Evolution Aricles

April 26, 2008

Here are three very interesting articles about evolution. They are not in any other way related to each other, except that each is interesting news. The first talks about a possible split in the human species at a time when there were just 2,000 of us on the planet. *

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Hilarious Republican Senate Leadership Survey

April 19, 2008

When did you stop beating your wife? This is one of the classic examples of a loaded question. This survey is a mix of both leading questions and loaded questions and probably some that are both. I’ve seen Democratic Party surveys and have never reacted this way to one. Perhaps this is because I’m a liberal.

However, I tend to be pretty fair about such things and would likely notice if they had questions that were this deliberately targeted toward proving that the constituency wants what the party is already feeding them rather than trying to find out what the constituency really wants. Of course, the next Democratic Party survey I get will likely prove me wrong since I’ll be looking at it more closely after seeing this shocker.

Note that I checked for copyright notices as well as admonitions regarding the reproduction of this document and found none.
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CO2: Even Our Lowest Targets Are TOO HIGH!!

April 17, 2008

Well, if this new report is correct, and it likely is, then even the lowest targets set by any of the governments of the world, are a recipe for disaster. According to this peer reviewed report, the target set by the European Union, 550 parts per million is not only the strictest and lowest global CO2 target anyone is trying to reach, it’s way too high.

Climate Target Not Radical Enough — Popular press article paraphrasing the study.

Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim? — The peer reviewed article, a 15 page PDF.

Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim? (Supporting Data) — This is the supporting data to the peer reviewed article, a 21 page PDF.
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April 13, 2008

Another great article from theonion. As usual, this one has an edge of near truth to it. I know they didn’t mention New York in particular in this. But, as a New Yorker, I just couldn’t help thinking that this was definitely about New York. How many other cities must be the same in this respect? I can’t say. It just seemed worth sharing and my blog was in need of some humor again. Enjoy.

Report: Nation’s Gentrified Neighborhoods Threatened by Aristocratization

More Gore

April 13, 2008

Here’s another incredibly persuasive, inspiring, and informative video from Al Gore. He’s such an excellent speaker and offers real analysis and solutions to the crisis of our time, climate change. This is the big one. There is no problem facing humanity today that approaches the seriousness and certainty of climate change left unchecked. Please watch this enlightening, empowering, and uplifting video. Watch for his analogy regarding tar sands and shale; it’s a classic.

TED: Al Gore: New thinking on the climate crisis — Note: I recommend downloading the mp4. I had problems trying to watch it on the web page. It’s under 100M. Your mileage may vary.

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Condi Chose Torture Tactics

April 11, 2008

I’ll let this video speak for itself.

If you think this is unacceptable and that Condi should resign based on this, here’s a link to sign a petition demanding that Rice resign, if you think she should. I signed it, but then, I think everyone in the current administration should be forced out of office immediately as a way to restore our country’s once great image as well as a way to take back our nation.

I’m not trying to persuade anyone with this, just passing on information.

Dharma Jazz: Blending Many World Musical Styles Together Beautifully

April 6, 2008

I’m not a serious music aficionado. However, I do know when I hear something I like. I also know that in a couple of hours yesterday at the Philoctetes Center, I learned a lot about music.

These guys are incredibly talented jazz improvisation’s. They are blending music from India, Asia, and Africa with Blues and other musical styles. Spend a little time listening to their music on the web. Unfortunately, they do not yet have a CD available for sale.

Read their bios on the Philoctetes site regarding the event Living in the Musical Moment. (Hopefully, a recording of the event will be available on the site. I was under the impression they were filming and would post it, but do not see it yet.) Also, give them a listen on the Dharma Jazz myspace page, which also lists their bios.