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AN ITALIAN TRIAL

June 5 2012
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In a movie like Rashomon, a difference of opinion can make for a very interesting story but in Italy it can end with a trial that could put real life defendants behind bars for many years. So it is with the case of six defendants on trial for manslaughter for their alleged role in the…

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SENSE VS. NONSENSE IN MARIJUANA POLICY

February 8 2010
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Not all is lost in the war against the war. Sane people are trying to change the mad laws against the use of marijuana. Among them is Steve Fox, the director of state campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to reforming marijuana laws. Previously, from 2002-2005, Steve lobbied Congress for…

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FOR GEEKS ONLY

January 22 2010
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Back in 1550, (560 years ago), the year I became an adult, I got along just fine without computers, and I am still convinced that, despite the fact that I spend several hours each day using them, they add nothing to the quality of my life or anybody else’s. Here is a report that will…

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MORE PRODUCTIVE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE, PLEASE

January 2 2010
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By Fr. Gregory D. Gaston, SThD, Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 19:47:00 01/02/2010 For the complete article, please CLICK HERE. “REMEMBER the population bomb? The new threat to the planet is not too many people but too few,” Michael Meyer reports on “Birth Dearth” (in Newsweek, Sept. 27, 2004). He continues: “The world’s population will…

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START YOUR DAY OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT

November 9 2009
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PEW Research Center find that 51% of scientists who are members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science believe in the existence of God. 95% of the general public does. Only 32% of the general public fully embraces Darwin’s theory. One-in-five (22%) believe that evolution has occurred but that it has been guided…

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AMERICA’S SHODDY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

August 19 2009
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We are very grateful to Lawrence Wilson, M.D. for permission to reprint this article from his website. Its original title – the one he gave it – is “America’s Socialized Health Care.” Needless to say, there is nothing in it that President Obama or our Congress or the AMA will agree with. It presents a…

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NOT OVER GOD’S DEAD BODY

August 2 2009
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Republican loonies oppose all climate control regulation. Their fake studies tell them that the legislation which has already been passed in the House will cost Americans $11.78 PER DAY! The Environmental Protection Agency and the Congressional Budget Office places the cost at 78 cents per day. In any case, Republican biggie, Boener, Minority Leader, says…

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FIRING THE GOOD GUYS

July 27 2009
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This report by Millard Baker, one of the country’s leading authorities on the use of steroids. ********************************* Russ Walker, a security police officer at a high-security government nuclear weapons facility, was fired after testing positive for anabolic steroids. Walker attributes the positive steroid test to his use of the over-the-counter supplement identified as “DecaVol” manufactured…

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GOOD AND BAD CANCER CHARITIES

May 10 2009
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Charity Navigator ranks hundreds or thousands of charities on a variety of complex and technical matters in order to compile its lists of The Best of the Best and Worst of the Worst. You can contact (or join CN) by LINKING HERE. Warning! CN does not consider either salaries of administrators or whether the charity…

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WHY HUMAN CLONING IS BAD

April 11 2009
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Tie a person up standing. Then bring a guillotine down and split him in half. Done right, if he is male, you should have one testicle on one side and one on the other. too much bleeding so I’m against it. What else is wrong with cloning? I scoured the blogs. One person writes into…

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END THE WAR ON MARIJUANA

March 25 2009
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This is a verbatim report from drugpolicy.org. We endorse it. ********************************* U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama have established a good precedent. Medical marijuana patients and providers who are following their state’s law will no longer be arrested by the federal government. It’s cruel and a waste of taxpayer dollars. The federal government…

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WELTMAN/GENDIN DEBATE ON THE BELL CURVE

March 21 2009
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In a post the other day titled “The View from the Right”, I took some potshots at Charles Murray, the author of The Bell Curve, published 15 years ago. Mr. R. Weltman says my remarks indicate that I may not have read the book. This inspires a debate. First, here is what Mr. Weltman wrote:…

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CALL FOR THE REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GASES

March 17 2009
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The European Union has urged Japan and the United States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 24 percent each by 2020 from 1990 levels in an attempt to ensure that developed countries pull their fair share in the fight against climate change. The EU figure could influence debate on Japan’s emissions reduction target for…

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THE WAR ON DRUGS

February 25 2009
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Few things are more stupid than the never-ending “war on drugs”. However, there are some voices of reason. Drugs and Democracy: Toward a Paradigm Shift The Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, a distinguished group of Latin Americans including three highly regarded ex-presidents: Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil), César Gaviria (Colombia) and Ernesto Zedillo (Mexico),…

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BREAKTHROUGH IN BASIC SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

December 24 2008
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By Julie Steenhuysen – Sun Dec 21, 5:44 pm ET CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. scientists have created the first human model for studying a devastating nerve disease, which allows them to watch how the disease develops and could help researchers find a way to treat it. Using skin cells from a child with spinal muscular…

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HIGH TECH COMES TO INDIA

November 19 2008
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November 19, 2008 India is not all about squalor and the polluted Ganges River. It is not all about war with Pakistan. India has accomplished scientists who pursue with dedication their own interests. The Australian…………..A FLAWLESS 23-day Indian space mission has made a hard lunar landing, planting a flag symbolising the country’s growing technical, economic…

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GENIUS BEYOND COMPREHENSION

September 24 2008
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September 24, 2008 Two days ago we celebrated (or should have) the birthday of Michael Faraday, born in 1791. What boggles the mind about this genius is that he knew almost no mathematics. He was entirely an empirical mind. He made fundamental contributions to our understanding of electricity and magnetism. He came from a working-class…

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IMPACT JOURNALS IN SCIENCE

August 16 2008
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August 16, 2008 Want to buy a scientific journal? Here is a list of the top journals along with their point scores. The complete list is 1500 deep and you can find it by clicking here. FRONTIERS IN BIOSCIENCE; Impact Factor of Journals in the Order of Impact Factor 1 CLINICAL RESEARCH 58.286 2 ANNUAL…

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WHY CAN’T A WOMAN BE MORE LIKE A MAN?

May 19 2008
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May 19, 2008 The answer, Dear Henry, is to ask a different question: Why should she be? It may be that she is better off not being like a man. Whatever the case, Susan Pinker, in her The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women, and the Real Gender Gap explores the gap, how it comes to be,…

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HOW NOT TO FRAME A QUESTION

April 10 2008
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April 10, 2008 The John Templeton Foundation says in its logo, “Supporting Science – Investing in the Big Questions”. Well, Johnny has $billions and when he blunders a Big Question, who dares rap his knuckles? Right now, the gang at Templeton is conducting a “conversation” among “leading scientists and scholars” and is asking them, “Does…

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BOMBS AWAAAAAY

March 24 2008
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March 24, 2008 Watch out for those Iranians because they are interested in nuclear development. We don’t have to worry about the USA because we are the Good Guys. Of course, the USA is the only country that has ever used nuclear devices in war but, remember, we did so because we were the Good…

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SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR GREAT, GREAT GRANDCHILDREN’S GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, RAISED TO THE 10TH POWER

March 17 2008
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March 17, 2008 I once read a short story of a young man who attended a lecture of a learned astronomer and approached The Great Man after it was over. “Sir, did you say the world will end in 70 million years?” “No,” TGM replied, “I said 700 million years.” With great relief, the youngster…

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CLEANING YOUR HOUSE WITHOUT MURDERING

March 1 2008
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February 29, 2008 The Telegraph (U.K.)……………….The use of animals to test the safety of chemicals such as pesticides and household cleaners could be abolished within a decade thanks to a new screening technique, scientists have said. The new method could speed up testing, provide more accurate results and reduce costs, as well as dramatically reduce…

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DRAT THE LUCK!

January 11 2008
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Friday, January 11, 2008 Just when things were beginning to look interesting in this staid, put-you-to-sleep solar system of ours, NASA changes its mind. No Big Bang: Asteroid Will Miss Mars PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The possibility of a collision between Mars and an approaching asteroid has been effectively ruled out, according to scientists watching…

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