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  • Why the wiring of our brains makes it hard to stop climate change

    09/18/2017 8:35:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 17, 2017 | by David G. Victor, Nick Obradovich and Dillon Amaya
    Houston has barely begun to dry out from Hurricane Harvey, and Florida faces a massive rebuilding effort after the Irma catastrophe. These two storms, among the most powerful in American history, are typical of the extreme weather events that are likely to become more common as the planet warms. So why isn’t the public heeding scientists and demanding climate action by politicians that could help deal with these destructive extremes? You can point fingers at the influence of fossil fuel companies, at misinformation from climate deniers and at political obstructionism, notably from a fragmented Republican party. But a much deeper...
  • The 'slowdown' in global warming is OVER

    09/18/2017 11:23:57 AM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 56 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 18 September 2017 | By Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
    The 'slowdown' in global warming is over, the Met Office has said. While the world remained at near-record levels of warmth in the early 2000s, analysis of rolling 15-year trends shows that the rate of warming slowed between 1999 and 2014, the experts confirmed. But a change in the natural pattern of warm and cool phases in Pacific Ocean surface temperatures, which have an impact on global temperatures, has brought the slowdown to an end.
  • Canada now investigates 'climate denial' [1984 Orwellian]

    09/14/2017 9:10:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.torontosun.com ^ | 09-14-2017 | By Lorrie Goldstein
    It’s like something out of George Orwell’s 1984. Canada’s Competition Bureau, an arm’s length agency funded by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to the tune of almost $50 million annually, investigated three organizations accused of denying mainstream climate science for over a year, following a complaint from an environmental group. The bureau discontinued its 14-month probe in June, citing “available evidence, the assessment of the facts in this case, and to ensure the effective allocation of limited resources”, according to Josephine A.L. Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner of Competition, Deceptive Marketing Practices Directorate. But it will re-open its investigation should it receive...
  • Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us

    09/07/2017 6:47:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 81 replies
    The Nation ^ | September 7, 2017 | By Mark Hertsgaard
    The victims of Hurricane Harvey have a murderer - and it’s not the storm. The horrors hurled at Houston and the Himalayan lowlands in late August were heartbreaking - but also infuriating. How many times must we see this disaster movie - titled Hurricane Harvey in 2017 - before we intervene and change the ending? And how long before we hold the ultimate authors of such climate catastrophes accountable for the miseries they inflict? What makes this so infuriating is that it shouldn’t be happening. Experts have warned for decades that global warming would increase these sorts of weather extremes...
  • Houston, We've Got A Problem. It's Called Global Warming.

    09/05/2017 6:13:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 109 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 5, 2017 | by Steven Salzberg
    Let's not dance around the issue: Hurricane Harvey was a direct consequence of global warming, which in turn is a direct consequence of human activities. It's ironic that Texas (and Houston in particular) has an economy that is dominated by on oil and fossil fuels. Burning these fuels is what got us in this mess. It's also ironic that Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is now at the front of the line asking for a federal government rescue package, is a scientifically illiterate climate change denier. Maybe with cooler temperatures, we'd have had a hurricane anyway–but it would have been...
  • The Truth About Spanking

    08/31/2017 9:19:47 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 202 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 27, 2016 | Stefan Molyneux
    "How to Lower Your Child's IQ," "Why Spanking Does Not Work," and other videos.
  • Doctor: Americans Suffer From Unhealthy Addiction To Cheese

    08/18/2017 2:02:59 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    detroit.cbslocal.com ^ | August 18, 2017 2:29 PM | Staff
    DETROIT (WWJ) – Would you like to lose weight, have more energy, better health? Then stop eating cheese. That’s according to Dr. Neal Barnard, who’s down on dairy. Barnard says while Americans seem to have a love affair with cheese, it’s more of an unhealthy addiction. He makes his case in his book “The Cheese Trap.” “I think it’s addicting; and I don’t use the addicting word lightly,” he told WWJ’s Dr. Deanna Lites. “There are actually opiate chemicals in it that attach to the very same brain receptors as other opiates, and I’m going to argue that it’s probably...
  • Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims

    08/11/2017 8:41:00 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11th August 2017 | Matt McGrath
    Scientists have responded furiously to claims about climate change made in a live BBC radio interview. Experts told BBC News that the assertions made by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson on Radio 4's Today programme were simply untrue. Lord Lawson had claimed that global temperatures had "slightly declined" over the past 10 years. However, scientists working in the field said the records showed the complete opposite to be the case. BBC Radio 4's Today programme defended its decision to interview Lord Lawson on Thursday morning in a segment on climate change. The BBC argued that it had a duty to inform...
  • Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

    08/07/2017 9:26:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | Aug. 7, 2017 | LISA FRIEDMAN
    WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the...
  • Obama Decree Unleashes “Behavioral Science” Squad to “Nudge” You

    09/19/2015 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | September 18, 2015 | Alex Newman
    Prepare to be “nudged” by Obama's new “behavioral science” squads — for your own good, of course. Under the guise of better “serving” the American people through government, Obama signed an executive order this week calling for federal agencies and departments to deploy emerging “behavioral science” techniques against the public.Among other goals, the expansion of federal mind manipulation is supposed to help more Americans access government welfare programs, take their “recommended” vaccines, supply more information about themselves to the federal government, and accelerate the transition toward what Obama called “a low-carbon economy.” The controversial decree, signed on September 15, explicitly...
  • Rare Human Genetic Disorder May Explain Why Dogs are Friendly

    07/20/2017 8:06:05 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 48 replies
    Inside Science ^ | 7/20/17 | Nala Rogers
    When it comes to sheer friendliness, few humans can match the average dog. But people with Williams syndrome may come close, their unusual genetics granting them a puppyish zeal for social interaction. Now, scientists have found that extreme friendliness in both species may share common genetic roots. A friendly condition Williams syndrome, also known as Williams-Beuren syndrome, occurs when people are missing of a chunk of DNA containing about 27 genes. The syndrome affects about one in 10,000 people, and it is associated with a suite of mental and physical traits, including bubbly, extroverted personalities, a broad forehead, full cheeks,...
  • Climate-change fearmongering has turned totally unhinged

    07/15/2017 9:15:18 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 14, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    One of the hallmarks of the “Ugly American” is the habit of thinking foreigners will understand what you’re saying if you just shout it louder and louder. The Ugly Environmentalist does something similar. He exaggerates the challenge of global warming by using ever more hysterical rhetoric, thinking that if the last doomsday prediction didn’t work, this one will. For instance, Stephen Hawking, the famous astrophysicist, recently said that the consequences of Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord were monumental: “Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees...
  • The Crisis in America's Crime Labs

    07/12/2017 4:49:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2017 | Michelle Malkin
    Junk science endangers lives. Forensic junk science in the hands of overzealous prosecutors, ignorant police detectives and reckless experts threatens liberty. There is a crisis in America's government-run crime labs -- and it's not just the result of a few rogue operators. The problem is long-festering and systemic. In April, Massachusetts state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan made national headlines after investigations and lawsuits over her misconduct prompted the state's Supreme Judicial Court to order the largest dismissal of criminal convictions in U.S. history. Prosecutors were forced to dismiss a stunning 21,000-plus drug cases after Dookhan admitted to forging signatures,...
  • Astrological Community Has Some Interesting Theories About Why Hillary Clinton Lost 2016 Election

    07/10/2017 3:40:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Refinery29 ^ | July 9, 2017 | Caitlin Flynn
    In the days, weeks, and months since Donald Trump's surprising victory, there's been endless speculation and debate about what cost Hillary Clinton the presidential election. In May, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight wrote that the October 28 Comey Letter very likely cost Clinton the presidency. There's also evidence that sexism, both conscious and unconscious, helped tear down one of the most qualified candidates in history. And all of this is to say nothing of potential Russian interference. Well, here's a new one: Members of the astrological community believe that the exact time of Clinton's birth on October 26, 1947, may be...
  • There have probably been trillions of alien civilizations, and yet we may still never see one

    06/27/2017 6:56:54 PM PDT · by plain talk · 145 replies
    Quartz Media ^ | June 11, 2016 | Gordon Lichfield
    Sorry, everybody. We’re just not that special. In more than five decades of scanning the heavens, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has found no sign of alien life. Yet now two American astronomers, in the scientific equivalent of a back-of-the-envelope calculation, are estimating that over the course of its history the universe has seen at least half a trillion technologically advanced species. Remember, 420 billion intelligent civilizations is the “pessimistic” estimate. But sadly—or happily, depending on your view of aliens—it doesn’t make us any less alone.
  • Almost 30% of People In the World Are Obese or Overweight

    06/25/2017 7:10:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Time ^ | Alexandra Sifferlin
    The global obesity epidemic continues, and a new report shows that about two billion people worldwide are overweight or obese. That's about 30% of the world's population. The new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that about a third of the global population—including adults and children—exceed a healthy weight. About 10% of people in the world are obese, according to the findings. Studies have linked overweight and obesity to a higher risk for health complications like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, respiratory problems, major cancers and more.
  • The idea of creating a new universe in the lab is no joke

    06/25/2017 9:53:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    Aeon ^ | 6/14/17 | Zeeya Merali
    Zeeya Merali is a freelance science writer and author of A Big Bang in a Little Room: The Quest to Create New Universes. Her work has appeared in Nature, Scientific American, Discover, Science, New Scientist, and on the BBC. She has also published two textbooks with National Geographic and has worked on NOVA's television series The Fabric of the Cosmos. She has a PhD in theoretical cosmology and lives in London. Artwork illustrating the concept of an alternate ‘bubble’ universe in which our universe (left) is not the only one. Some scientists think that bubble universes may pop into existence...
  • Last century: Western nations lost an average 14 IQ points

    06/20/2017 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | May 23, 2013 | UPI
    BRUSSELS, May 28 (UPI) -- Since 1889 to 2004, IQ declined 14.1 points among those from Western nations, researchers in Europe say.
  • Breatharian couple claim they live a 'food-free' lifestyle and haven't felt hungry since 2008

    06/17/2017 10:29:50 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 57 replies
    Whatsupic ^ | 17 June 2017 | RACHEL HOSIE
    Camila Castello, 34, and Akahi Ricardo, 36, are what is known as “Breatharians” - they eat just three times a week, and only ever a piece of fruit or some vegetable broth at a time. “Humans can easily be without food, as long as they are the connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing,” The couple met in 2005 and first discovered Breatharianism in 2008. They eventually transitioned from vegetarians, to raw vegans, to fruitarians and finally to Breatharians.
  • Here’s an abortion facility’s fake drawing of a baby at nine weeks compared to the reality

    06/12/2017 4:56:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Live Action ^ | June 5, 2017 | Sarah Terzo
    Early Options, an abortion facility in New York, has a fancy website featuring happy couples embracing. The facility advertises something it calls the “Soft Touch” method of abortion, which is a suction aspiration abortion using a hand-held syringe. In this type of abortion, a tube attached to a syringe is inserted into the woman’s uterus, and the abortionist manually creates the suction by pumping the syringe. This pulls apart the preborn child, forcing her, often in pieces, from the woman’s body. The abortion facility calls this type of abortion “noninvasive” and “natural.” There is, of course, nothing natural about inserting...