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Does the digital era herald the end of history? - BBC News. Has the digital transformation of our society put the future of recorded history in jeopardy?

Does the digital era herald the end of history? - BBC News

Many internet observers fear so. But why, and what do they mean? Tell Congress: Reauthorize the Undetectable Firearms Act. On December 9th, a relatively obscure but important law that prohibits the sale or shipment of firearms not detectable by a walk-through metal detector is set to expire.

Tell Congress: Reauthorize the Undetectable Firearms Act

It's called the Undetectable Firearms Act and in the age of 3D printers that can produce a gun made almost entirely of plastic, it's imperative that Congress move to reauthorize the legislation. With two weeks to go, time is running out. It's important that you sign our petition urging the House and Senate leadership to bring the Act to a vote before it expires. Add your name on this page. Contact | Privacy Policy. Contribute to Americans for Responsible Solutions Today.

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“Dear Mr. Watterson”: Remembering the last great newspaper comic. One day in the fall of 1985, a small boy captured a tiger in a trap (using a tuna fish sandwich as bait, of course).

“Dear Mr. Watterson”: Remembering the last great newspaper comic

The newspaper-reading public was immediately enraptured, first in the United States and then around the world, without yet understanding that they were witnessing the birth of the last great newspaper comic strip in the form’s history. That strip was Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes,” and it occurred to me while watching Joel Allan Schroeder’s slight but agreeable documentary “Dear Mr.

Watterson” that I’ve never heard anyone explore the question of why these two beloved characters are named after such forbidding figures in the history of British moral and political philosophy. It’s hard to imagine a reader who doesn’t know this, but Calvin is an imaginative, inquisitive and entirely reckless boy of about 6 or 7, and Hobbes is his somewhat more prudent tiger companion, who often functions – albeit ineffectively – as Calvin’s conscience or superego.

Terre des Hommes - International. Sweetie. Paedophile’s dream, child’s nightmare. As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry. Jim Wilson/The New York Times At Stanford this month, Jeremy Dean showed graduate students how to use Rap Genius to teach the classics in the digital age.

As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry

Jim Wilson/The New York Times Tanya Llewellyn, a graduate student in English at Stanford, at a workshop on a database analysis of 18th-century novels. The Growing Epidemic Of Thyroid Disease and What To Do About It. June 26, 2013 by DR.

The Growing Epidemic Of Thyroid Disease and What To Do About It

ZOLTAN RONA It is estimated that over 200 million people globally (about 35 million people in North America) suffer from at least one of the many forms of thyroid disease. In fact, thyroid problems are increasing so much in frequency that scientists are calling it an epidemic. The incidence of thyroid illness occurs about seven times more frequently in women than men, and it is thought that at least 50% of the cases are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

It was recently reported that the radioactive fallout in Japan during 2011 has now caused thyroid disease in the farthest corners of the world. There is also a dramatic increase in the rates of thyroid cancer, which is the fastest growing cancer in North America today. According to Dr. Chief among these other factors is the increased exposure we all have to different forms of radiation (nuclear accidents, greater use of CAT scans and other high radiation diagnostic tests, jet travel, etc.). The Normal Thyroid. Sta Rica poachers 'kill turtle activist' Ketamine Depression Cure? 'Special K' Treats Symptoms Within Hours, Study Reports. Dedicated club drug users may be on to something with 'Special K.' A new study, conducted by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, shows that the experimental party drug, ketamine, can alleviate depression symptoms in just hours, according to a news release.

Ketamine Depression Cure? 'Special K' Treats Symptoms Within Hours, Study Reports

In the largest study ever conducted on ketamine's antidepressant capabilities, the drug, which is legally used as an anesthetic, was shown to quickly reduce depression in participants after just one 40-minute IV dose. Most medications available today can take days, if not weeks, to reduce symptoms. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association on Monday, but have yet to be subject to peer review. The 19th century British slave-owners given huge payouts after abolition – and their famous descendants who benefited. Previously unseen documents reveal how Britain’s wealthiest families received millions of pounds in compensation after slavery was abolished in Britain’s colonies in 1833. Their descendants include Prime Minister David Cameron.

Historian Dr Nick Draper of University College London has spent 3 years compiling a database of 46,000 records of compensation given to British slave-owners, which will be launched online tomorrow. He found that as many as one-fifth of wealthy Victorian Britons derived their fortunes from the slave trade and the records show exactly who received what in payouts from the British Government when it was abolished – to the potential embarrassment of their descendants who still indirectly enjoy the proceeds. Among them are Prime Minister David Cameron, former government minister Douglas Hogg, and the chairman of the Arts Council Peter Bazalgette. Beginning and End of Life on Earth in 2 Years. The evolution of modern humans has been astronomically unlikely; our time on the planet has been fleeting and continually on a knife-edge.

The odds are that our species will blink out of existence, just like all of our closest relatives. Earth’s history and future in two 1 year timelines. 1-3 January. Katelyn Campbell, Student In Abstinence Controversy, No Longer Allowed To Speak At Graduation. The 6 Creepiest Lies the Food Industry is Feeding You. Kobe Beef Doesn't Really Exist Getty Seasoned carnivores know that Kobe beef is just about the cream of the crop, if you can afford it.

The 6 Creepiest Lies the Food Industry is Feeding You

The Japanese Wagyu cattle it comes from are raised with a very direct set of rules, followed with the kind of strict meticulousness you'd expect from a country where making a cup of tea is an hour-long ritual. Luckily, the international market has made Kobe beef pretty widely available. Nowadays, many restaurants keep Kobe on the menu, and many a well-equipped meat purveyor is able to get his hands on a chunk every now and then. 7 Insane Conspiracies That Actually Happened. People love a good conspiracy theory.

7 Insane Conspiracies That Actually Happened

The JFK assassination plot, aliens crash landing at Roswell, the 9/11 truth movement and charges of government surveillance are all an indelible part of our pop culture landscape and are by and large, total bullshit. So where does your average conspiracy buff go to learn about shadowy plots that aren't pure tinfoil hattery? Look no further. The Plan: In 1933, group of wealthy businessmen that allegedly included the heads of Chase Bank, GM, Goodyear, Standard Oil, the DuPont family and Senator Prescott Bush tried to recruit Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler to lead a military coup against President FDR and install a fascist dictatorship in the United States. Great Refresher or First Course. Moyers: Imagine If America Had Adopted Martin Luther King's Economic Dream. From Billmoyers.com.

Moyers: Imagine If America Had Adopted Martin Luther King's Economic Dream

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. You may think you know about Martin Luther King, Jr., but there is much about the man and his message we have conveniently forgotten. America Is Ruled by Billionaires, and They Are Coming After the Last Shreds of Our Democracy. April 4, 2013 | Like this article?

America Is Ruled by Billionaires, and They Are Coming After the Last Shreds of Our Democracy

Join our email list: 40 Years After Watergate, It's Almost Impossible to Hold Government Accountable. Richard Nixon bids farewell to the White House staff on 9 August 1974. Photo Credit: Photo: AFP March 30, 2013 | Tomas Young: Dying veteran takes parting shot at Bush. 30 March 2013Last updated at 00:58 ET By Martin Vennard BBC World Service An Iraq war veteran who lost the use of his legs in the conflict has decided to end his life. Tomas Young has also written a letter to former President George W Bush and ex-Vice-President Dick Cheney, accusing them of being responsible for what happened to him and others injured and killed in Iraq.

When President Bush stood on the rubble of Ground Zero just after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and pledged to go after those responsible, Tomas Young, 22, took up the call and joined the US Army. But instead of being deployed to Afghanistan to fight al-Qaeda and its allies, he ended up in Iraq in 2004 following Saddam Hussein's capture by coalition forces.

On the fifth day into his deployment, Mr Young's unit came under fire from insurgents in Baghdad. The speeches written but never given. 5 Outrageous Revelations from Matt Taibbi's Takedown on HSBC's Drug Money Laundering. You Wouldn't Believe the Shocking Abuses I Found There. 40 Cities Around Globe Set to Protest 1,000th Day of Bradley Manning's Imprisonment. Twitter Introduces 'Lolcat' As A New Language Setting. Will Democrats Sell Your Political Opinions to Credit Card Companies? My Bloody Valentine, Bowie and the URL of Things to Come. Grand Theft Election: How Republicans Plan to Steal the White House. January 25, 2013 | President Barack Obama won a commanding victory in this November’s elections, defeating Republican candidate and former Massachusetts Gov.

Mitt Romney by nearly 4 percentage points in the popular vote. In doing so, President Obama became the first president to twice win more than 51 percent of the popular vote since President Dwight D. Eisenhower did so in 1956. If a Republican plan to rig the Electoral College had been in effect in 2012, however, it is reasonably likely that President Romney would be the one meeting with his new cabinet officials in the Oval Office. How the Republican election-rigging plan works This Republican Plan would reallocate electoral votes so that a maximum of two electoral votes would go to the overall winner of several key blue states. Cybercriminal Gang Sets Aside $100,000 to Buy Exploits. The Ongoing War: After the Battle Over the Cliff Comes the Battle Over the Debt Ceiling. The Analog Letter: It’s Entirely Reasonable To Demand That Our Children Inherit The Rights Of Our Parents.

There Is Never A Need To Justify Sharing Culture And Knowledge. CNN Anchor Denounces GOP Senator For Balancing Budget On Backs Of 'Nation's Poor Children' Michigan Governor Can't Explain How Union-Busting Boosts Job Growth. Laws' Scant Effect On Wages. Privately Owned “Charter Cities” in Honduras: Entire Urban Areas Handed over to Corporations.