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  • Women Should Have to Register for Military Draft, Too, Commission Tells Congress

    03/24/2020 1:24:11 PM PDT · by karpov · 72 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2020 | Sarah Mervosh
    Women have been serving in the United States military since the Revolutionary War, helping to sew uniforms, heal the wounded and, eventually, fight in combat. But they have never been required to register for a military draft. That could soon change. Under a new recommendation to Congress by a national commission, all Americans ages 18 to 25 — and not just young men as currently covered by the law — should be required to register with the government in case of a military draft. The move sets up a debate over a divisive issue that has been simmering for years....
  • Has anyone ever heard of the K level?

    03/21/2020 2:01:24 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 66 replies
    unk | unk
    Back when I went to college, many years ago, my biology teacher brought up a thing called the K level, which he did after discussing how animals have a supposed level where they reach their peak of numbers and then some disaster, a disease, a climate thing or a malfunction of biology, something, occurs to cause their deaths and bring their numbers down to a different level where they begin to thrive again. He said there is a thing called the "K Level" which is the level the human race reaches this same predicament and at that point the numbers...
  • Asteroid 2007 FT3 will nearly miss earth in 2024 at 86 million miles.

    03/16/2020 6:55:52 PM PDT · by WebHankerchief22
    Asteroid Collision Blog ^ | March 15th, 2019 | Paul McBurney
    The race for the Democrat nomination has narrowed to two leading candidates. President Trump is undoubtedly preparing for either Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden as his 2020 election opponent. We should be able, at this point, to make a reasonable guess at how the president would fare against either of these candidates.
  • Meteorites hit earth 17 times a day, but no damage has been done!

    02/26/2020 10:34:29 PM PST · by WebHankerchief22 · 17 replies
    Cosmos Magazine ^ | Not Posted | Richard A. Lovett
    Scientists say that meteors hit earth 17 times a day. However, we don't even notice because these meteors are either too small or hit in uninhabited areas in the world. The reason that damages are unlikely and almost never occur from these daily impacts is that most of the world is uninhabited and no one is near the impact location to experience or report the impact and its location. However, the impacts that are recorded are often added to a list for scientists and enthusiasts to study. For example, a website called asteroid collision location map is a source that...
  • Competing Climate Change Approaches [semi-satire]

    02/18/2020 9:19:03 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 Feb 2020 | John Semmens
    Two radically different approaches for how to mitigate the potential negative impacts of climate change have been advanced recently. On the left we have The Ahuman Manifesto—a tract authored by Patricia MacCormack, a professor of continental philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom. The Professor argues for human extinction as the best solution to the perils of climate change. "My interest in feminism and queer theory led me by a process of logical deduction to the conclusion that the human race must be exterminated in order to save the planet for other species," she said. "Humankind is currently...
  • Large asteroid will sweep by earth in 2029, almost colliding

    02/09/2020 1:16:43 PM PST · by WebHankerchief22 · 70 replies
    Earthsky ^ | April 30, 2019 | Deborah Bryd
    A relatively large asteroid that would cause damage if it hit earth will undergo a near miss of earth, flying right by. There was earlier controversy as to whether the asteroid would hit, but now scientists say it won't hit. Previously a 1-40 chance of colliding. However, if the around 370 meter asteroid actually did hit earth in a high density area.. it would be a disaster. According to a simulation from an Asteroid Damage Simulator, the asteroid would cause hundreds of thousands of casualties and hundreds of buildings would collapse in range. Fortunately, this will not happen as the...
  • Wind Industry Wipeout: Wind Turbines Killing Millions of America’s Bats: Endangered Species Under Threat

    02/08/2020 6:16:41 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 30 replies
    Stop These Things ^ | 9 February 2020 | Stop These Things
    The wind industry claims a virtuous, moral superiority, but the millions of birds and bats that it slaughters each year, no doubt, think otherwise. If wind power proponents weren’t so arrogant and sanctimonious, the fact that their beloveds slice and dice countless birds and bats and crush millions of tonnes of beneficial insects each year would probably pass as the natural and justifiable incident of an important power source. But, starting from the position that these things are not only clean and green, but couldn’t harm a fly, leaves them wide open to a slam dunk charge of hypocrisy. Then...
  • If our governments won’t stop climate change, should we revolt? Extinction Rebellion says yes. (only 11.16 years left)

    12/21/2019 4:54:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Vox ^ | 12/20/19 | Sigal Samuel
    They’ve glued themselves to trains, blockaded major bridges, and chained themselves to government buildings. They’ve launched street protests that brought parts of London and New York and Sydney to a standstill. And they’ve purposely gotten arrested - thousands of them - all in the name of saving our climate. Extinction Rebellion, or XR for short, is the movement behind some of the boldest climate protests of the year. It burst onto the scene in the UK in 2018, demanding that the British government achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Greta Thunberg rallied behind it, and soon, thousands of activists...
  • Extinction Rebellion dump horse manure outside UN climate summit (block airport, stand on ice cubes)

    12/18/2019 2:39:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Evening Standard via MSN ^ | 12/15/19 | Bronwen Weatherby
    Extinction Rebellion activists dumped horse manure and staged a mock hanging outside the venue of a UN climate summit in Madrid, airing their frustration world leaders' failure to agree on future battle plan against global warming. Led by the environmentalist group, the actions were timed to coincide with the closing of the COP25 summit, where negotiators have been unable to reach a consensus on how to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement. "Just like rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic, this COP's fiddling of carbon accounting and negotiating of Article 6 is not commensurate to the planetary emergency we face," Extinction...
  • Extinction Rebellion: Four climate activists take hunger strike into second week (maybe third)

    12/01/2019 6:27:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Independent via Yahoo ^ | 11/24/19 | Jane Dalton
    Four climate activists on hunger strike have pledged to continue going without food for a second week as they call on political leaders to act on the environmental crisis. More than 520 people in 28 countries, from Barcelona to Stockholm, joined Extinction Rebellion’s global hunger strike a week ago. Most of them - including at least 260 in the UK - signed up to go without food for seven days, but four of those in London say they intend to continue. In the UK, protesters camped outside the headquarters of the main political parties, including 83-year-old Ursula Pethick. **SNIP** After...
  • Celebrities back call for climate action in Extinction Rebellion video (only 11.23 years left)

    11/04/2019 1:47:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Ellie Goulding, actor Imelda Staunton and model Daisy Lowe were among celebrities demanding that the governments act on climate change in a video campaign launched by Extinction Rebellion on Sunday ahead of Britain's Dec. 12 general election. Extinction Rebellion launched in London a year ago, inspiring waves of colorful, disruptive actions around the world to call for rapid cuts in carbon emissions and the repair of collapsing ecosystems. Thousands of people have been arrested during protests. The group's emphasis on the role that culture can play in shaping attitudes toward the twin climate and ecological crises...
  • Fossil trove shows life's fast recovery after big extinction

    10/24/2019 8:04:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | 10/24/2019
    More than three-quarters of species on Earth died out. But life came back, and land mammals began to expand from being small creatures into the wide array of forms we see today—including us. So the new find taps into "the origin of the modern world," said Tyler Lyson, an author of a paper reporting the fossil finds Thursday in the journal Science. The fossils were recovered from an area of steep bluffs covering about 10 square miles (17 square kilometers) near Colorado Springs, starting three years ago. Scientists have previously found little evidence about what happened in the aftermath of...
  • Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the Climate

    10/21/2019 1:47:08 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 49 replies
    medium ^ | Jan 10 | Stuart Basden
    Yes, yes, I know. The climate is breaking down. It’s urgent. An emergency. We’ve only got a few years left to ‘fix’ it. Indeed, we won’t fix it. Weather patterns will become increasingly unstable and unpredictable, and the effects it will soon have on how humans around the world grow food will be devastating, likely causing harvests to fail across entire continents and food prices to sky-rocket. Millions have already suffered due to the amplified instability. We’re facing imminent societal collapse (whatever that means), both around the world and in the UK. All of our lives are soon going to...
  • space Here's More Evidence That Earth Got Hit by Something Huge 12,800 Years Ago

    10/07/2019 9:42:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 113 replies
    gizmodo uk ^ | 06 Oct 2019 at 6:00AM | George Dvorsky on
    Along with locations in North and South America, Greenland, Western Europe, and the Middle East, we can now add southern Africa to the list of places where scientists have uncovered evidence of a calamitous event that happened 12,800 years ago. This evidence of a 12,800-year-old platinum spike in Africa is the first to be found on the continent, and it’s yet further evidence in support of the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis. According to this theory, either a comet or asteroid struck Earth during the Pleistocene, triggering an impact winter that saw temperatures plummet around the globe. The associated loss of...
  • Extinction Rebellion 'lose control of fake blood hose'

    10/03/2019 10:40:20 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 03 2019 | Staff
    Climate change activists' plan to spray fake blood on the Treasury did not get off to the best start. Extinction Rebellion protesters used a hose from an old fire engine to spray 1,800 litres liquid at the 100 year-old building, but they quickly lost control of the powerful water jet. Protesters say they are "highlighting the inconsistency between the UK government’s insistence that the UK is a world leader in tackling climate breakdown, and the vast sums it pours into fossil fuel exploration". The Met Police said five men and three women had been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
  • Sanders Calls for “National Wealth Registry” [semi-satire]

    10/01/2019 10:08:14 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 Sep 2019 | John Semmens
    Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt) called for a “National Wealth Registry” to be established as part of his plan to “eliminate billionaires in America. Just as a registry of gun owners is necessary if we hope to confiscate privately owned firearms, a list of who is wealthy must be established so we can transfer this undeserved money to the government for redistribution.” A key part of Sanders’ plan includes a ban on taking funds out of the country. “We’re not saying that those targeted for expropriation can’t leave,” he said. “But their money has to stay here so...
  • Want mass extinctions? Enact Greta Thunberg's vision

    09/29/2019 6:56:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/29/2019 | By Gregory Wrightstone
    On September 23, an irate 16-year-old Swedish girl told the United Nations General Assembly that her elders are failing to address the supposed dangers of climate change.  Greta Thunberg had arrived in New York the previous week, ironically, aboard a "zero-emissions" carbon-fiber racing yacht composed of the same petroleum products she seeks to ban.  The fifteen-day voyage was made in order to reduce her "carbon footprint," but those plans were foiled when it turned out that at least four overseas flights were required to ferry crew members to and from England. While it is easy to poke fun at the blatant...
  • New UN Report on Looming Mass Extinctions Exposed in US House Testimony

    05/23/2019 11:45:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/23/2019 | Gregory Wrightstone
    A new UN report warns that “around 1 million species already face extinction, many within decades.” That allegation was contained within the 1,800-page Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) “Summary for Policy Makers,” released on May 6. If “decades” means 30 to 40 years, then the IPBES estimates an extinction rate of about 25,000 to 30,000 species annually. Not only are there a lot of species in peril, they asserted that “the threat of extinction is also accelerating” and “most of the total extinction risk to species is estimated to have arisen in the past 40 years.” The US...
  • Nature declining at ‘unprecedented’ rate, UN study warns

    05/06/2019 9:51:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 76 replies ^ | 5/6/2019 | unknown
    Wildlife and habitats are declining at an “unprecedented” rate worldwide which directly threatens human beings, a major new study has warned. Up to a million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction, a greater number than ever before in human history. Many could vanish within decades, the UN-backed global assessment reveals. Scientists warn that the natural world is deteriorating faster than ever as a direct result of human activity, eroding “the very foundations” of economies, livelihoods, food, health and quality of life worldwide. A huge transformation is needed across the economy and society to protect and restore...
  • Dinosaur fossils kept secret for years show the day of killer asteroid

    04/01/2019 7:03:20 AM PDT · by ETL · 65 replies ^ | April 1, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
    The researchers say they found evidence in North Dakota of the asteroid hit in Mexico, including fish with hot glass in their gills from flaming debris that showered back down on Earth. They also reported the discovery of charred trees, evidence of an inland tsunami and melted amber. Additionally, University of Amsterdam professor Jan Smit said he and his colleagues found footsteps from dinosaurs moments before they met their untimely death. Smit said the footprints — one from a plant-eating hadrosaur and the other of a meat eater, maybe a small Tyrannosaurus Rex — is "definite proof that the dinosaurs...