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Why I'm A Climate Change Alarmist

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:59

Slate Magazine August 20, 2014 by Eric Holthaus

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Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with the strongest tropical cyclone landfall ever recorded.

I’m sick of having to hide it, so here goes: I’m a climate change alarmist.

FCC Extends Deadline For Net Neutrality Comments To September 15

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:41

REUTERS August 15, 2014

U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday said it would accept public comments on its proposed new "net neutrality" rules through Sept. 15, giving Americans extra time to weigh in on how they think Internet traffic should be regulated.

The FCC has received more than 1 million comments already on new rules for how Internet services providers should be allowed to manage web traffic on their networks.

Climate Change Deniers Resort To Character Attacks

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:54

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES August 15, 2014 by Gene Lyons

Recently a friend posted a video on Facebook that he asserted would demolish the Godless theory of evolution. On it, a fellow sitting in a pickup and wearing a backward baseball cap smugly explained that Darwinian evolution contradicts the Second Law of Thermodynamics, a fundamental principle of physics.

Some Things We Might Learn From Robin Williams' Death

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:42

PsychCentral by John Amodeo, PHD

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

As shock waves resulting from Robin Williams’ suicide begin to settle, we might reflect upon what we might learn from this tragic event.

How To Be Optimistic, According To Science

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:30

THE WEEK August 14, 2014 by Eric Barker

It turns out many of the common methods for becoming more positive are bunk

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Should you see a glass as half empty or half full? If you want to live a better life, and you care what research has to say, there's a clear answer to this question: half full.

Huge Asteroid Hurtles Toward Earth

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:08

Boston.com August 15, 2014 by Justine Hofherr

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This is an artist impression obtained from The University of Warwick and The University of Cambridge shows a rocky and water-rich asteroid being torn apart by the strong gravity of the white dwarf star GD 61. AFP/ GETTY

Asteroid 1950 DA is hurtling toward Earth, defying gravity, and could end human life.

Texas Governor Rick Perry Indicted On Two Felony Charges

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:55

CNN August 15, 2014 by Ralph Ellis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted Friday on felony charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity.

The two counts against Perry, a Republican, stem from his threat to veto funding for a public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned, the special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum, said.

The public integrity unit investigates public corruption on a statewide basis.

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