Koch-Fueled Americans For Prosperity Plans Protest Against 'Extremist' Kids Flying Kites In Support Of Wind Americans for Prosperity now sees children flying kites as a major threat to society. Earlier today, I opened my email box to find an uproarious AFP promotion for a protest in Asbury Park and Ocean City, New Jersey this Friday. What are they so upset about? An event so dastardly and maniacal, it has the potential to tear down everything we love about our freedoms as Americans. I almost couldn’t stomach it when I found out more. Yes, it’s “extremist” kids from the Boys and Girls Club and local schools flying kites in support of offshore wind energy. Don’t worry, AFP is on the case (as explained on their website , accompanied by the smoking wind turbine): You heard that right! Yes, that’s right. Here’s how the Sierra Club describes the event in support of Global Wind Day: “We’ll be gathering at a beach near you for a kite-flying rally and celebration of NJ’s offshore wind potential. The horror! How will this battle unfold?
The Hidden Message in Pixar’s Films | Science Not Fiction I love Pixar. Who doesn’t? The stories are magnificently crafted, the characters are rich, hilarious, and unique, and the images are lovingly rendered. Without fail, John Ratzenberger’s iconic voice makes a cameo in some boisterous character. Even if you haven’t seen every film they’ve made (I refuse to watch Cars or its preposterous sequel), there is a consistency and quality to Pixar’s productions that is hard to deny. Popular culture is often dismissed as empty “popcorn” fare. Buried within that constant and complex goodness is a hidden message. Now, this is not your standard “Disney movies hide double-entendres and sex imagery in every film” hidden message. What if I told you they were preparing us for the future? Before we begin, I ask you to watch the video below. People love these films. To understand Pixar films, one must first to go back to Disney before Toy Story was released – to be precise, The Lion King. The Lion King gives us a clean slate. Non-humans are sentient beings.
Why Do People Sexually Use or Abuse Children? No Simple Answer We can’t simply answer this question for you. But we can offer, based on years of experience and study, some information and some thoughtful reflections on this sensitive issue. We will make some basic points, and some more subtle and complex ones, that we hope you will find useful. Before we say more, we have a recommendation: As you read this page, allow yourself to be aware of any strong emotions that this question stirs up in you and, if the feelings get to be too much, take a break or do whatever else you might need to calm down. This question always involves strong feelings, both in those who have been hurt by an unwanted or abusive sexual experience in childhood, and in people who care about them. And so, as with everything else you can explore on this website, it’s important to pace yourself, and to give yourself all the time you need, including to put this page and this issue aside for a while, if that makes sense. Why Ask Why?
The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet Back in April, we looked at an ambitious European plan to simulate the entire planet. The idea is to exploit the huge amounts of data generated by financial markets, health records, social media and climate monitoring to model the planet’s climate, societies and economy. The vision is that a system like this can help to understand and predict crises before they occur so that governments can take appropriate measures in advance. There are numerous challenges here. Nobody yet has the computing power necessary for such a task, neither are there models that will can accurately model even much smaller systems. But before any of that is possible, researchers must gather the economic, social and technological data needed to feed this machine. Today, we get a grand tour of this challenge from Dirk Helbing and Stefano Balietti at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. These and other pursuits are now producing massive amounts of data, many of which are freely available on the web.
What am I missing in the Snowden affair? - Opinion I would have thought that there was a clear set of principles that make the American diplomatic pursuit of Edward Snowden as a fugitive from justice a rather empty and futile gesture. As far as I can tell, there is not even a need for asylum as governments should have been prepared to grant Snowden residence status because his alleged criminal acts in the United States were without question political crimes , without violence or monetary motivation. I had thought it was as clear as law can be that any person who has committed a political crime should be exempted from mandatory extradition even if a treaty existed imposed a duty on its parties to hand over individuals accused of serious criminal activity. To be sure, from the perspective of the United States government, Snowden's exposure of the PRISM surveillance program was a flagrant violation of the Espionage Act. But it was also as clearly a political crime as almost any undertaking can be. Inherent hypocrisy
Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises WASHINGTON -- A critical document from President Barack Obama's free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday morning, revealing that the administration intends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations, contradicting prior promises. The leaked document has been posted on the website of Citizens Trade Campaign, a long-time critic of the administration's trade objectives. The new leak follows substantial controversy surrounding the secrecy of the talks, in which some members of Congress have complained they are not being given the same access to trade documents that corporate officials receive. "The outrageous stuff in this leaked text may well be why U.S. trade officials have been so extremely secretive about these past two years of [trade] negotiations," said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch in a written statement. Sen. In a statement provided to HuffPost, the Office of the U.S.
What You Can't Say January 2004 Have you ever seen an old photo of yourself and been embarrassed at the way you looked? Did we actually dress like that? We did. And we had no idea how silly we looked. It's the nature of fashion to be invisible, in the same way the movement of the earth is invisible to all of us riding on it. What scares me is that there are moral fashions too. If you could travel back in a time machine, one thing would be true no matter where you went: you'd have to watch what you said. It seems to be a constant throughout history: In every period, people believed things that were just ridiculous, and believed them so strongly that you would have gotten in terrible trouble for saying otherwise. Is our time any different? It's tantalizing to think we believe things that people in the future will find ridiculous. The Conformist Test Let's start with a test: Do you have any opinions that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of your peers? Trouble What can't we say? Heresy Prigs Why
How many Proteins exist in human body? Print Email Save Image Credit: chemguide.co.uk Main Image: Proteins are long molecular chains made from one of the 20 basic building blocks of life, Amino acids. What is the function of Protein in human body? When we consume foods which has proteins , the digestive system breaks it down into amino acids which enter into the pool of amino acids in our blood stream. What are the kinds of Proteins? Complete proteins : Proteins from animal sources such as meat and milk are complete proteins since they have all the 9 essential amino acids in a correct balance. It is not necessary to include all the essential amino acids in every meal. How many proteins exist in humans and biological organisms? Scientists have tried to answer that question, but it a difficult one to accurately answer, as proteins are complex and dynamic molecules. Since every protein can be broken down by another protein, different type of proteins produced by a single cell organism ranges from two to four thousand.
Occupy first. Demands come later | Slavoj Žižek What to do after the occupations of Wall Street and beyond – the protests that started far away, reached the centre and are now, reinforced, rolling back around the world? One of the great dangers the protesters face is that they will fall in love with themselves. In a San Francisco echo of the Wall Street occupation this week, a man addressed the crowd with an invitation to participate as if it was a happening in the hippy style of the 60s: "They are asking us what is our programme. We have no programme. Carnivals come cheap – the true test of their worth is what remains the day after, how our normal daily life will be changed. In a kind of Hegelian triad, the western left has come full circle: after abandoning the so-called "class struggle essentialism" for the plurality of anti-racist, feminist, and other struggles, capitalism is now clearly re-emerging as the name of the problem. The direct conservative attacks are easy to answer. Are the protesters violent? This is the easy part.
End the Snowden circus now - Opinion I find the discourse surrounding the Snowden Affair bewildering. The latest reports suggest that the United States is using maximum political leverage, including coercive diplomacy, to discourage small Latin American countries from granting asylum to Edward Snowden. It is also complaining that Russia is giving Snowden ‘a propaganda platform’ and expressing its ‘disappointment’ with China/Hong Kong for its earlier refusal to expel Snowden back to the United States to face charges once his passport was cancelled. This anger is surely misdirected. Taking the overall situation into account, whatever anger is generated, should rather be directed at the United States for employing such arrogant language and crude methods in its hopefully vain effort to gain custody over Snowden. From almost every angle of relevant law, morality, and politics the case for protecting Snowden against the long arm of American criminal law is overwhelming. Media misdirection Bait and switch
Should Christians be Anarchists? In The Kingdom of God is Within You, Leo Tolstoy wrote that: “Christianity in its true sense puts an end to the State. It was so understood from its very beginning, and for that Christ was crucified.” This illustrates the main idea behind Christian anarchism, which is that when it comes to politics, “anarchism” is what follows (or is supposed to follow) from “Christianity”. “Anarchism” here can mean, for example, a denunciation of the state (because through it we are violent, we commit idolatry, and so on), the envisioning of a stateless society, and/or the enacting of an inclusive, bottom-up kind of community life. And “Christianity” can be understood, for example, in the very rationalistic way Leo Tolstoy interprets it, through the Catholic framework Dorothy Day approaches it, or through the various Protestant eyes of people like Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave Andrews or Michael Elliott. Notes
How to create a self-fulfilling prophesy. (article) THERE IS A CIRCULAR, self-feeding loop in many aspects of human nature, and you can use them to your advantage — or disadvantage. In many of these self-feeding loops, your thoughts play a major role. For example, a person with indigestion (caused by stress) notices a pain in his stomach, and then worries that maybe something is seriously wrong with him. The worry increases his level of stress, which increases the pain in his stomach, which makes him worry all the more, etc. Now at first, there was nothing wrong with him. His thoughts have become a self-fulfilling prophecy. A few years ago, I was talking with a client named Stacy. When I was in high school, I had to take a speech class. By the time I was in high school, I was so afraid I might look like a fool that when I gave my first speech, I did look like a fool. "I'm really afraid to give speeches," I said. "But in my class last semester you had no problem at all speaking up." I knew he was right. I agree wholeheartedly.
Olfaction Tutorial Authors: Regina F. Frey and Maureen J. Donlin Department of Chemistry, Washington University St. Louis, MO Introduction The detection of small molecules plays an important role in the survival of most animals, which use odor for identifying and evaluating their food, predators, and territory. What happens when we inhale? The initial detection of odors takes place at the back of the nose in a small region known as the olfactory epithelium. In 1991, researchers used gene-cloning techniques and isolated genes encoding the odor receptors. The process that we are going to examine is the physiology of the sense of smell. Questions: For a molecule to possess a scent, it must have at least two qualities. Odor Classes In this experiment, we will be examining four odor classes. Note: To download the 3-D coordinates for these structures, please click on the 3-D shape. Download RasMol. Table 1 (Examples of Molecules in Different Odor Classes): Table 2 (Molecules in your Smell Kit): Questions:
Starlette partorisce davanti alle tv E per lei si blocca l'intero ospedale Clausia Losito in sala parto, cortile e corridoi occupati dalle troupe di Mediaset Starlette partorisce davanti alle tvE per lei si blocca l'intero ospedale Sconcerto tra pazienti e personale sanitario del Santo Spirito: perché si è permessa una cosa del genere? ROMA - Ospedale in tilt per una giornata intera a causa di un parto in diretta. Sono state dodici ore di passione per i pazienti e per il personale sanitario del Santo Spirito in Saxia, l'ospedale romano sul Lungotevere vicino a San Pietro, a causa di troupe televisive di Mediaset che hanno letteralmente invaso il nosocomio per trasmettere in diretta il parto cesareo di Claudia Losito, presenza fissa in molti programmi televisivi e compagna di Remo Nicolini, già fidanzato di un'altra starlette, la concorrente del Grande Fratello 2011, Guendalina Tavassi. TROUPE INVADENTI - Nonostante i tagli al personale, la situazione di disagio di medici e operatori, l'ospedale più antico d'Europa ha dovuto ospitare l'evento televisivo. Paola84