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  • Irish butter banned in Wisconsin still surfaces

    03/12/2017 1:04:28 PM PDT · by Vendome · 133 replies
    WSAW-TV ^ | 3/12/2017 | Associated Press
    Consumers from Wisconsin are crossing the border to Illinois to stock up on a commodity they can't buy in the Dairy State -- Irish butter.
  • Strength With an American Stature

    12/22/2016 3:34:14 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 13 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Dec. 22, 2016 | Sundance
    (A Testimonial from Emily Roden) Nine years ago, I showed up to the Denton County Courthouse for jury duty and got myself picked for the job. A young girl had accused her moms boyfriend of sexual assault and the case was being brought to trial.
  • Dallas and the Battle for the Remains of Humanity

    07/09/2016 6:06:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | July 9, 2016 | Liz Harrison
    What's wrong with me? I can't stop feeling like crying. I'm afraid. Isn't there some way to stop all of this? How can there be so much hate? Those are just a few of the messages that were waiting for me, and have been spilling into my inbox, IM's, and text messages since the shootings in Dallas last night. Most of them have been from people who come to me for guidance in their personal lives, but a few were from people from the world of politics. Unfortunately, the nature of the ones from the political class were mostly driven...
  • Humanity must change to avert climate disaster: Al Gore

    12/03/2015 10:29:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/15 | AFP
    Le Bourget (France) (AFP) - Nobel laureate Al Gore said at the Paris climate summit on Thursday that humanity must change how it lives, travels and grows food in order to avert global warming catastrophe. "Do we really have to change the energy and transportation and agriculture and forestry systems in the world and shift to a low-carbon pattern?" the former US vice president asked in a speech. "The answer is 'Yes'... because now the answer is coming from nature itself," he said. Gore pointed to a string of extreme droughts, record-breaking downpours and high tides, along with melting Arctic...
  • Obama urges world action on climate change: No nation ‘immune’ to global warming

    12/01/2015 2:48:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2015 | Steven Mufson and Joby Warrick
    PARIS - President Obama joined leaders from 150 nations on Monday in pledging action against climate change, kicking off a historic two-week gathering that Obama called a "turning point" in the battle against one of humanity’s gravest threats. ...."The growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other," Obama said in a speech at the Le Bourget conference center in Paris’s industrial outskirts. "What should give us hope that this is a turning point, that this is the moment we finally determined we would save our planet." Obama, who has staked his...
  • ‘The Walking Dead’ Is Not A Show About Survival, But About Humanity

    11/30/2015 9:52:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 83 replies
    thefederalist ^ | Nov. 27, 2015 | Jay Caruso
    Since “The Walking Dead” premiered in 2010, non-fans have often asked fans about the appeal of the show: “Who wants to watch people constantly on the run from zombies?” They mistakenly equated the show with feature films about zombies. Zombie movies almost always have the same underlying theme: survival. From “Night Of The Living Dead” to “28 Days Later” to “World War Z,” there is only one question viewers pose to themselves: “Will the characters survive?” There is never enough time to go beyond the theme of survival and really become invested in the characters. In “The Walking Dead,”...
  • National Geographic: 12 Theories of How We Became Human, and Why They’re All Wrong

    11/02/2015 11:00:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Geographic ^ | By Mark Strauss, National Geographic
    What a piece of work is man! Everyone agrees on that much. But what exactly is it about Homo sapiens that makes us unique among animals, let alone apes, and when and how did our ancestors acquire that certain something? The past century has seen a profusion of theories. Some reveal as much about the time their proponents lived in as they do about human evolution. 1. We Make Tools: "It is in making tools that man is unique," anthropologist Kenneth Oakley wrote in a 1944 article. Apes use found objects as tools, he explained, "but the shaping of sticks...
  • John Boehner selects GOP panel to probe abortion practices

    10/23/2015 6:33:00 PM PDT · by 100American · 18 replies ^ | Friday, October 23, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Recent videos exposing the abortion-for-baby parts business have shocked the nation, and demanded action. At my request, three House committees have been investigating the abortion business, but we still dont have the full truth, Mr. Boehner said. The new committee will have the resources and subpoena power to get to the bottom of these horrific practices, and build on our work to protect the sanctity of all human life, Mr. Boehner said. The following Republican representatives will make up the House Energy and Commerce Committees new investigative panel: Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman (R-TN), Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), Rep. Diane Black...
  • Human rights lawyers in Zimbabwe allege state...abducted [Mugabe Critic] [No Tears from Kimmel]

    07/30/2015 6:47:01 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    FOX ^ | 3/10/15
    Human rights lawyers in Zimbabwe have filed a court application seeking the release of an activist they suspect was abducted by state agents. The lawyers said Tuesday that Itai Dzamara, leader of a movement called Occupy Africa Unity Square, has been missing since Monday morning and that his family and associates have no idea of the activist's whereabouts.
  • U.S. drops Cuba and Malaysia from human trafficking blacklist

    07/28/2015 6:33:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/28/15 | Carol Morello
    Human rights advocates on Monday accused the State Department of making political calculations when it upgraded Malaysia and Cuba in the annual ranking of where countries stand in combating human trafficking. Both countries were removed from the list of the worst offenders in the Trafficking in Persons Report issued Monday. Last year, they were Tier 3 countries, a category reserved for nations that dont meet minimum standards to fight modern-day slavery, and arent doing anything to improve.
  • Judge Recognizes Middle School Classmate In Bond Court

    07/03/2015 6:31:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 7/2/15
    A man appeared in bond court Thursday on several charges, including grand theft and burglary. But when he faced the judge she realized he was a familiar face.
  • Welcome to the 6th mass extinction (which you caused, of course)

    06/21/2015 5:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/20/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The planet is dying. Or at least the animals on it are. That’s the conclusion of “a team of scientist” as reported in the San Francisco Gate. This is some dire news to be sure. With all the animals gone, we’re going to be in a lot of trouble, and it’s really all your fault. Mammals, birds and reptiles are disappearing from the planet so rapidly that a team of scientists concluded Friday that Earth is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction, one so dire that it could threaten the existence of humanity.The scientific study, published Friday...
  • Entire town learns sign language to surprise hearing-impaired man

    03/10/2015 9:05:53 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 6 replies
    cbs6 ^ | 3/9/15 | Tribune Media Wire,
    ISTANBUL, Turkey An entire town secretly learned sign language to surprise a hearing-impaired man in Istanbul. BuzzFeed reports the mans sister teamed up with a production crew as part of a Samsung ad campaign and crews spent a month setting up cameras around his neighborhood. On the day of the surprise, he walks around town and people greet him using sign language. At one point, he asks his sister, Whats going on? At the end of the video, everything is revealed to him. Its an emotional moment that brings him to tears.
  • The Life-Affirming Power of Ultrasound: It is Now Impossible to Deny the Humanity of the Unborn

    01/15/2015 7:22:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2015 | Howard Slugh
    One of the most profound pro-life moments of 2014 came at the hands of an unborn child whose thumbs-up bore a striking resemblance to the trademark gesture of Arthur Fonzie Fonzarelli. A photo of the ultrasound went viral and inspired mothers to share images of their own unborn children. Millions of people were exposed to a strong pro-life message, even if many of them did not realize it at the time. Even the major news networks, normally reliable shills for reproductive justice, admitted that they were indeed seeing pictures of babies. When a matter is as hotly charged as the...
  • Report: Which states give the most to charity? The ones with church-goers.

    10/06/2014 5:42:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/6/14 | Lindsey Bever
    Poor and middle-income Americans are reaching deeper into their pockets when donating to charity, while the nations wealthiest are giving less, according to a report by Chronicle of Philanthropy that analyzed taxpayers IRS data. On average, Americans give about 3 percent of their income to charity each year, according to the report released Monday. But the giving gap between the rich and poor is significant, especially in view of the widening income gap. The report shows those who earned $200,000 or more donated 4.6 percent less of their income between 2006 and 2012; those who earned less than $100,000 gave...
  • The Earliest Group Of Modern Humans To Branch Off Survived Until Just 2,300 Years Ago

    10/03/2014 8:26:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/03/2014 | STEPHEN LUNTZ, IFL SCIENCE
    Oxford Journals, Genome Biology and EvolutionBurial site and skeletal remains of the St. Helena marine forager, who was at least 50 years old when he died DNA from a 2,300-year-old skeleton suggests that the earliest known group of modern humans to branch off from the wider genetic population survived until astonishingly recently. The finding supports the case that southern, rather than eastern, Africa is humanity's ancestral home.Mitochondrial DNA, passed on only from the mother, demonstrates that all humanity is descended from a single ancestor around 200,000 years ago. Archaeological evidence points to the Omo Valley, where fossil evidence suggests that Homo sapiens roamed Africa 195,000...
  • Habitat for Humanity workers in Oakland robbed

    10/02/2013 6:51:44 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 2, 2013 | Henry K. Lee
    OAKLAND -- A group of people working at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in East Oakland that former President Jimmy Carter will visit next week were robbed at gunpoint, police said. The incident happened at the site of a 12-home development at 9507 Edes Ave. about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday. Habitat for Humanity staff members and AmeriCorps workers were accosted by four men who robbed them of cell phones, wallets and tools, police said. One of the robbers fired a shot into the air and pistol-whipped a man, who declined medical attention, authorities said.
  • Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO

    05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 144 replies
    Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know." The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • Muslims Build France, Are The Future Of Humanity

    05/25/2013 1:59:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 24/5/13 | Abdallah ben Mansour
    Abdallah Ben Mansour: "I chose to speak about this today because I've heard all the lectures. All the lecturers talked about dignity and preached to the Muslims: We should do this and that. We should be dignified. I am not telling you to be dignified you are already dignified. You do not know this, but you should: You are dignified, noble, majestic, fabulous, lofty, strong, and grand." Applause Abdallah Ben Mansour: "This must not [just] be said. It must be believed, because it is the truth. It was not me who decreed this, it was Allah. All glory to...
  • Abortion and Human Rights

    03/04/2013 4:56:56 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Stand To Reason ^ | January 2013 | Greg Koukl
    Let me ask you a question. Are you against slavery? Do you believe that the issue of slavery is a moral position? Are laws legislating that particular moral position appropriate? What you've said is that it's appropriate to legislate certain moral issues and that you'd be in favor of that. The economic issue would actually be on the side of the South because slavery is what propped up the economic system of the South. When slaves were emancipated it gutted them of their economic force. Let's remove the economic argument. Based solely on morality, are you willing to say that...
  • Bostrom: From Extinction to Transcendence (philosopher's take on the future of humanity)

    02/27/2013 12:39:15 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 2/27/13 | Paul Gilster
    Bostrom: From Extinction to Transcendence by Paul Gilster on February 27, 2013 At the top of my list of people I’d someday like to have a long conversation with is Nick Bostrom, a philosopher and director of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. As Centauri Dreams readers will likely know, Bostrom has been thinking about the issue of human extinction for a long time, his ideas playing interestingly against questions not only about our own past but about our future possibilities if we can leave the Solar System. And as Ross Andersen demonstrates in Omens, a superb feature on Bostrom’s...
  • A moment of kindness (vanity)

    11/21/2012 3:52:07 PM PST · by Marie · 24 replies
    Vanity ^ | 21NOV12 | Self
    Right now, I'm in a lot of pain. I'm hurting. Everyone I love is hurting. Things just keep going from bad to worse. Today I received a call, a woman soliciting donations for a charity. I blew up. I told her that I'd just spent my entire morning canceling all of my monthly charitable donations. I'd given all I could give and I had nothing left. I'm bled dry. I almost hung up on her. She asked me what was wrong. I sighed and couldn't speak and she told me it was alright. I started to choke up and I...
  • Why I'm Not a Libertarian

    09/22/2012 2:37:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2012 | Jeremy Egerer reaction to Mises' work underscores my particular problem with libertarianism in general: the fact that it has little to no soul,reducing man to a rational,pleasure-seeking animal. The central premise of Human Action, the basic theory of Mises' praxeology,is that all men are united by one logic,one universal bent toward happiness, which they seek in the most advantageous way possible. In short,man,though capable of making poor decisions,will even in failure choose the most logical poor decision known to him;he furthermore always desires one object more than everything else at any given moment,and the object of his desire is revealed only...
  • Barcode everyone at birth

    05/24/2012 6:11:15 AM PDT · by EQAndyBuzz · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/22/12 | The Forum
    This week science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon argues that everyone should be given a barcode at birth. If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached - a barcode if you will; an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals.
  • DNA analysis shakes up Neandertal theories

    04/06/2012 10:21:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies ^ | April 4, 2012 | Gail Glover
    Focusing on mitochondrial DNA sequences from 13 Neandertal individuals, including a new sequence from the site of Valdegoba cave in northern Spain, the research team found some surprising results. When they started looking at the DNA, a clear pattern emerged. Neandertal individuals from Western Europe that were older than 50,000 years and individuals from sites in western Asia and the Middle East showed a high degree of genetic variation, on par with what might be expected from a species that had been abundant in an area for a long period of time. In fact, the amount of genetic variation was...
  • Mary: Mother of God?

    01/11/2012 7:34:56 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 1,750 replies
    What Does the Bible say? ^ | 01/11/2012 | Bro. Lev Humphries,
    Mary: Mother of God? This article is prompted by an ad in the Parade Magazine titled: "Mary Mother of God: What All Mankind Should Know." The offer was made for a free pamphlet entitled "Mary Mother of Jesus" with this explanation: "A clear, insightful pamphlet explains the importance of Mary and her role as Mother of God." This is quite a claim, to say the least! Nowhere in the Bible is Mary said to be the mother of God. I touched on this subject in a series on "Mary Co-Redeemer with Christ" printed recently. Question: If Mary is the Mother...
  • Gingrich would invite Darwin to hypothetical dinner party (Newt after Jesus, before Lennon on list)

    11/18/2011 4:27:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 17, 2011 | Justin Sink
    Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich would invite mostly scientists and entrepreneurs including Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution to a hypothetical dinner party in which he could select the guest list from historical figures, living or dead, he told the Bio channel. "He was the most influential scientist in the modern world, and an extraordinary observer of nature," Gingrich said of the evolutionary scientist. The topic of evolution has become a hot-button issue in the Republican field, after Rick Perry said that it was "a theory that is out there and it's got some gaps...
  • Mitt Romney: Ive Been as Consistent as Human Beings Can Be

    11/04/2011 6:03:54 PM PDT · by Cecilia Trent · 41 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | 11/04/11 | Doug Brady
    little Friday morning comedy courtesy of The Hill: Ive been as consistent as human beings can be, the presidential candidate said in a meeting with the editorial board of New Hampshires Seacoast Media Group. I cannot state every single issue in exactly the same words every single time, and so there are some folks who, obviously, for various political and campaign purposes will try and find some change and try to draw great attention to something which looks like a change which in fact is entirely consistent. Im not sure if Romney actually believes this nonsense, or if he thinks...
  • SETI switching search to galactic Artificial Intelligence arrays could bring about end of humanity

    09/21/2010 6:09:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 55 replies
    Texarrakis ^ | 9/20/10
    Seth Shostak, a top astronomer at SETI has recently suggested that instead of trying to listen for standard transmissions from advanced alien biological lifeforms like ourselves, we should probably be listening for AI transmissions. This is based on our own experience, we as humans developed radio transmissions only a short while ago, considering the length of time our civilization has been advancing. And if we're any indication of the general route technologically capable life evolves, the galaxy is probably full of sentient AI collectives, not biological lifeforms. In an interview with the BBC, Dr Shostak said:"If you look at the...
  • A generation adrift

    08/14/2010 7:27:36 AM PDT · by kindred · 2 replies · 1+ views
    World Net ^ | August 13, 2010 | Greg Laurie
    I know something about everyone walking the planet today that is common to every human being, young or old, male or female, famous or unknown, attractive or not-so-attractive, affluent or poor. Regardless of where a person lives, these are things that are universally true of every person. First, everyone is empty. All humanity is crying for something. The problem is they don't know what it is. Pascal had it right when he said there is a God-shaped vacuum in every life that only God can fill. And it really is an emptiness for God. This is unique to humankind. God...
  • Manute Bol's Radical Christianity

    07/12/2010 10:45:42 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 25, 2010 | Jon A. Shields
    By JON A. SHIELDS As any churchgoer who tuned in to watch the recent NBA finals contest between the Lakers and Celtics already knows, the term redemption is probably now heard more often in NBA sports broadcasts than in homilies. A Google search under "redemption" and "NBA" generates approximately 2 million hitsmore hits than "redemption" and "Christianity." The term can also be found in more than 2,600 stories on
  • Mankind's Delusional Progression from Adams Fall to the Coming Mark of the Beast

    06/24/2010 4:26:10 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 11 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 6/24/10 | DJP I.F.
    The current battle for the soul of America is raging as never before. We have seen in the last century a mad dash to push our country toward a secular liberal, godless fascist state in which the elite class rules over the masses. Our nation was founded on the bedrock of the Bible, Judean/ Christian values and the Laws of Nature and of Natures God; hence the conflict. These Constitutional apostates and haters of our Constitutional Republic have nearly arrived at their Machiavellian destination. As America apostatizes from the realities of Almighty God, the Bible, and moral absolutes, we are...
  • The Obama Shuffle Bypass ICC Ratification By Getting The Crimes Against Humanity Act Passed

    05/11/2010 9:04:48 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies · 636+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-11-10 | Curt
    Bill S. 1346 is fast moving forward and so is the Obama world order. An order in which we are the world and they are us....kumbaya and all that crap. The bill is all about the left's thirst for Cheney/Bushitler blood and in the end will diminish are already diminished status as a world power. Introducedby Democratic Senators Durbin, Cardin, Feingold, Feinstein, and Leahy in June 09andconsideredby the Senate Judiciary Committee May 6th,theCrimes Against Humanity Act would more than just[open] the door to demands of reciprocity from other nations that seek to prosecute US military personnel and government officials for...
  • Why this picture of neighbours pulling together fills me with hope.

    01/13/2010 9:49:21 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 13 replies · 864+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 01/13/2010 | Max Hastings
    The creation of the welfare state in the late Forties brought many good things to Britain. Before it was introduced, millions of people received inadequate education, health care, support in sickness and old age, even warmth in their homes. The poor were denied legal aid. As one historian puts it: 'The feeling remained strong that poverty was the fault of the individual and should be punished.' It is extraordinarily moving, to read accounts of the wonder and gratitude with which, from 1948 onwards, those who had hitherto been deprived of what we consider necessities of life found that they could...
  • The Testimony of The Broken Egg - What Is Sin?

    06/15/2009 9:55:35 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 243+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 6/15/09 | DJP I.F.
    Today there are many different views and thoughts about just what the term Sin means. Just the word alone gives people the Hee-bee-Gee-bees. People do not like to think of themselves as Sinners. They say or think, Well, Im not that bad. Ive never killed anyone. If you only knew the good I do...(and so on and so forth). These statements and sentiments are expressed in attempting to justify their dead works (Hebrews 6:1; 9:14). Sin, as defined in Gods Word, the Bible, is the transgression and violation of the righteousness and perfection of Almighty God. Sin is also the...
  • Google Proves Humanity Is Sick and Sad, Yet Absolutely Hilarious

    02/12/2009 9:29:10 AM PST · by paulycy · 21 replies · 1,055+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 12/5/08 | Jesus Diaz
  • Gang Of Children - some as young as TEN - caught slowly roasting puppies over bonfire

    02/04/2009 9:16:13 AM PST · by Steelfish · 60 replies · 1,740+ views
    Dail Mail (UK) ^ | February 04, 2009
    Gang of children - some as young as TEN - caught slowly roasting puppies over bonfire (See pic in URL) By Jaya Narain 04th February 2009 A gang of children aged as young as 10 were caught trying to roast a pair puppies over a bonfire. Passerby Melanie Johnson spotted them kicking the pups and holding them over the fire on a canal bank. The youngsters fled, abandoning the dogs, when she challenged them. Ms Johnson, 32, took the puppies home, then passed them on to an RSPCA centre where staff treated the dogs and are now looking to find...
  • The Art Instinct

    01/27/2009 8:47:05 AM PST · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 305+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 27, 2009 | Daniel Allen
    The Art Instinct by: Daniel Allen, January 27, 2009 It is hard to imagine what purpose art could have served in a world where every day was largely a struggle to survive until the next day. How did art develop among our ancestors, and what role did it play in their ability to survive and progress? In The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution, Denis Dutton seeks to answer these questions as he explores the characteristics of art in the framework of Darwinian philosophy and human evolution. Many readers will doubtless reject The Art Instinct out of hand, disagreeing...
  • If Aliens Decided to Destroy Humanity, Could We Blame Them? [remake: The Day The Earth Stood Still]

    12/15/2008 8:15:41 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 28 replies · 1,016+ views
    Friday was the opening of The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly; its director Scott Derricksons remake of the 1951 Robert Wise classic. The previous Friday witnessed our panel discussion at Caltech about how science intersected with the film. Reviews thus far (of both the movie and the panel) have been mixed; personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the panel and thought the movie rose to the level of pretty good. (Lost amidst the excitement of aliens and CGI was the excellent acting in the film, including a great performance by Jaden Smith in the role of...
  • TV reporters are not showing the Taliban's humanity, says BBC presenter

    08/26/2008 9:05:17 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 16 replies · 213+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 25th August 2008 | Staff
    A BBC presenter has attacked coverage of Afghanistan's ongoing war, claiming TV reporters are not covering the 'humanity of the Taliban'. Lyse Doucet, a presenter and correspondent on BBC World News, was speaking at a discussion of TV reporting of the war in the country. Doucet, who has been at the BBC since 1983, also spoke out against the nature of the reports on Prince Harry's deployment in Afghanistan. The veteran correspondent and presenter, who played a key role in the BBC's coverage of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, told the Edinburgh International Television Conference: 'What's lacking in the...
  • Cooking Stimulated Big Leap In Human Cognition

    08/12/2008 4:23:21 PM PDT · by Soliton · 56 replies · 96+ views
    Slashdot ^ | August 12, @06:09PM | Hugh Pickens
    "For a long time, humans were pretty dumb, doing little but make 'the same very boring stone tools for almost 2 million years,' says Philipp Khaitovich of the Partner Institute for Computational Biology in Shanghai. Then, 150,000 years ago, our big brains suddenly got smart. We started innovating. We tried different materials. We started creating art and maybe even religion. To understand what caused the cognitive spurt, researchers examined chemical brain processes known to have changed in the past 200,000 years.
  • WALLE world (Pixar director mentions Christ As motivation for film)

    07/03/2008 5:59:57 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 28 replies · 187+ views
    World Magazine ^ | 6/28/08 | Megan Basham
    Filmmaker Andrew Stanton says his latest film isn't about the environment or obesity. It's about relationships...[said Stanton] what really interested me was the idea of the most human thing in the universe being a machine because it has more interest in finding out what the point of living is than actual people. The greatest commandment Christ gives us is to love, but that's not always our priority. So I came up with this premise that could demonstrate what I was trying to saythat irrational love defeats the world's programming. You've got these two robots that are trying to go above...
  • Video shows bystanders ignoring hit-and-run victim

    06/05/2008 1:05:45 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 92 replies · 283+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6.5.2008 | STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press Writer
    HARTFORD, Conn. - A 78-year-old man is tossed like a rag doll by a hit-and-run driver and lies motionless on a busy city street as car after car goes by. Pedestrians gawk but do nothing. One driver stops briefly but then pulls back into traffic. A man on a scooter slowly circles the victim before zipping away. The chilling scene captured on video by a streetlight surveillance camera has touched off a round of soul-searching in Hartford, with the capital city's biggest newspaper blaring "SO INHUMANE" on the front page and the police chief lamenting: "We no longer...
  • Palm Beach Post To Cut Staff (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch)

    03/06/2008 10:59:39 AM PST · by abb · 16 replies · 377+ views
    Broward-Palm Beach New Times ^ | March 6, 2008 | Bob Norman
    Got word that the Palm Beach Post jolted the newsroom yesterday with a bulletin-board announcement that it is cutting costs in the next few weeks, including eliminating an unknown number of newsroom staffers through "early retirement" packages. Post management will also reduce the size of the newspaper by cutting pages, combining sections, and axing some sections altogether, according to a source. It's another chilling sign of the severe contraction of the newspaper industry, and the method used to convey the potentially life-changing cuts only added to the jarring nature of the news. The announcement was made via letter-sized memos from...
  • Pope says some science shatters human dignity

    01/31/2008 1:34:58 PM PST · by NYer · 54 replies · 118+ views
    Scientific American ^ | January 30, 2008 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Thursday that embryonic stem cell research, artificial insemination and the prospect of human cloning had "shattered" human dignity. In an address to members of the Vatican department on doctrinal matters, Benedict said the Church had a duty to defend the "great values at stake" in the field of bioethics. The speech was the latest in a series in which the conservative Pope has told his listeners that scientific progress should not be accepted uncritically. Benedict, who headed the same department for years before his election in 2005, said the Church was not...
  • 100,000-year-old human skull found

    01/23/2008 11:48:22 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 716+ views
    China Daily ^ | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 | unattributed
    An almost complete human skull fossil that could date back 100,000 years was unearthed in Henan last month, Chinese archaeologists announced yesterday... The Henan find was made after two years of excavation at the site in Xuchang. Archaeologists have worked on an area of 260 sq m, merely one-hundredth of the Paleolithic site... The fossil consisted of 16 pieces of the skull with protruding eyebrows and a small forehead. More astonishing than the completeness of the skull is that it still has a fossilized membrane on the inner side, so scientists can track the nerves of the Paleolithic ancestors... The...
  • A Genetic Manhattan Project?

    10/24/2007 9:46:45 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 20 replies · 47,574+ views
    The Minority Report ^ | 24 October, 2007 | .cnI redruM
    The successful efforts of the Human Genome Project rightfully stand amongst the greatest intellectual achievements of human history. The brilliance and diligence displayed in this research cannot be quantified or described in a way that does it all justice. However, the question now becomes what we actually do with the knowledge of the human genome? Given the previous history of human technology, the heroic industry and intelligence of the scientists who achieved this discovery will in no way guarantee that it wont fall into the hands of evil despots or malicious haters. It becomes possible that human beings as we...
  • Amazing - Map of Humanity

    09/15/2007 2:30:29 AM PDT · by BRK · 27 replies · 3,005+ views
    Slave to Labor Comics ^ | 15 Sep 2007 | SLG Comics
    Map of Humanity by Rex Libris and Nil creator James Turner
  • The New New Atheism

    07/15/2007 9:30:08 PM PDT · by gpapa · 5 replies · 559+ views ^ | July 16, 2007 | PETER BERKOWITZ
    Attacking "God" has become a lucrative book business. But there's not much substance behind the latest atheist tracts. There is nothing new under the sun," proclaims the Book of Ecclesiastes. The rise of the new new atheism confirms this ancient biblical wisdom. Of course the famous words of Ecclesiastes should not be taken in a slavishly literal sense, a technique that is all-too-common among those who think they can refute belief in God by showing that the Bible abounds in demonstrably false and self-contradictory statements.
  • Resent Or Repent?

    03/15/2007 8:11:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 462+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | March 15, 2007 | Lisa Fabrizio
    It is not easy to be a Christian. To be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect, is a directive which should instill both awe and humility into its hearers. Likewise, commandments to love our neighbors and pray for our enemies are also tall orders, which, without the grace of God, would be almost impossible to obey. As difficult as Christian living is, it's harder still to be a Catholic. Though the Holy Church is a gift and a blessing from God and ultimately, a gateway to eternal life, its ways are never easy, nor were they promised to be....