blue-flag-thumb2_50x50Our side's flag is a thin, airlight blue, drifting almost unseen against the sky. Our military march is a meadowlark's song among the dandelions. --Ken Kesey, The Real War
 

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  • Ebola Worst-Case Scenario Has More Than 500,000 Cases | Caroline Chen, Brendan Greeley and Kelly Gilblom

    Ebola virus Sept. 20, 2014 (Bloomberg) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could spread to hundreds of thousands more people by the end of January, according to an estimate under development by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that puts one worst-case scenario at 550,000 or more infections. The report, scheduled to be released next week, was described by two people familiar wi...

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  • The Earth Baked in Record Fashion This Summer | Brian K. Sullivan

    Sept. 19, 2014 -- According to the National Climatic Data Center, the Earth had its warmest June through August on record, Bloomberg News reports. The combined land and ocean temperature for the globe was 1.28 degrees Fahrenheit (0.71 Celsius) above the 20th century average of 61.5 degrees and broke a previous record set in 1998, according to the center in Asheville, North Carolina. While the 48 ...

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  • Nazi Germany, Holy Grail, and Myths of Racial Superiority | Mickey Z.

    Photo credit: Mickey Z. Mickey Z. -- World News Trust Aug. 20, 2014 With rare exceptions, humans are not driven to commit atrocities. With rare exceptions, humans can be driven to commit atrocities. “People often are conscripted into armies, but sometimes they enlist with gusto,” explains Steven Pinker, director of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology....

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  • Nuclear Calendar -- August 15, 2014 | FCNL

    Nuclear Calendar -- August 15, 2014 -- Friends Committee on National Legislation Aug. 2-Sept. 7 House of Representatives and Senate summer recesses. Aug. 11-22 U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs, meeting of governmental experts on a fissile material treaty. Geneva. Aug. 16-18 Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament meeting, Jakarta, Indonesia. Aug. 19 6:00-9:...

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  • Dark Age America: The Rising Oceans | John Michael Greer

    Credited to ideas.etublogs.usj.edu.lb Aug. 6, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- The vagaries of global climate set in motion by our species’ frankly brainless maltreatment of the only atmosphere we’ve got, the subject of last week’s post here, have another dimension that bears close watching. History, as I suggested last week, can be seen as human ecology in its transformations over time, and every ec...

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  • Women, Science, Health: 20 Years, Little Progress | Mickey Z.

    Photo credit: Mikey Z. Mickey Z. -- World News Trust “Activists for social justice need to look critically at who stands to gain, and who stands to lose, from each specific technical innovation, and to spread that information.” - Ruth Hubbard Roughly two decades ago, Ruth Hubbard wrote a book that broadened my perspective on a wide range of issues. Called Profitable Promises: Essays on Women, Sci...

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  • Nuclear Calendar -- July 14, 2014 | FCNL

    Nuclear Calendar -- July 14, 2014 | Friends Committee on National Legislation July 2-20 P5+1 and Iran continue negotiations on a nuclear agreement. Vienna. July 12-? Secretary of State John Kerry joins the P5+1 and Iran nuclear negotiations. Vienna. July 14 Noon-1:00 p.m., Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council; Jonathan Leslie, research consultant; and Reza Marashi, National Iranian Amer...

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  • The Four Industrial Revolutions | John Michael Greer

    April 9, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- Last week’s post on the vacuous catchphrases that so often substitute for thought in today’s America referenced only a few examples of the species under discussion. It might someday be educational, or at least entertaining, to write a sequel to H.L. Mencken’s The American Credo, bringing his choice collection of thoughtstoppers up to date with the latest fashio...

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  • Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come | Justin Gillis

    Greenland'­s immense ice sheet is melting as a result of climate change. CreditKadir van Lohuizen for The New York Times March 30, 2014 -- YOKOHAMA, Japan (New York Times) -- Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emi...

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  • Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? | Nafeez Ahmed

    Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system This Nasa Earth Observatory image shows a storm system circling around an area of extreme low pressure in 2010, which many scientists attribute to climate change. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images March 14, 2014 (TheGuardian.com) -- A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center ha...

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