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NASA Weighs In on Mayan Apocalypse on YouTube The title says it all, "Just Another Day." The official YouTube channel for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released its stance on the much publicized December 21, 2012 Mayan doomsday scenario. (VIDEO BELOW) In a nutshell - it's safe to make plans for December 22. Expedition's Quest for Mayan Gold Finds... Yeoman's first has issue with the Mayan calendar which is at the heart of the Apocalypse theory. "Their calendar does not end on December 21, 2012, it's just the end of a cycle, and the beginning of a new one," Yeomans said. But if the calendar happens to be right, here are some ways the world could NOT end, according to NASA. Niburu Planet One scenario has a giant planet, called Niburu, colliding or coming fatally close to Earth. "So this enormous planet is supposed to be coming toward earth but if it were we would have seen it long ago and if it were invisible somehow we would have seen the effects of this planet on the neighboring planets," Yeomans explained. A conspiracy theory?

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False Ask Chris #81: Scooby-Doo and Secular Humanism Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That’s why every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions! Q: On Scooby-Doo, do you prefer the monsters to be real or people in costumes? A: You know, as much as I tend to allow myself to be defined by my obsessions — and in this column, one in particular definitely springs to mind — I never really thought of myself as a big Scooby-Doo fan until pretty recently. I’m not sure how it happened. And the topic you asked about, Brian, is the one that I have the strongest feelings about. Don’t get me wrong, as I’m pretty sure the record will show, I love the supernatural as a storytelling element. I even get why it might be appealing to make the monsters real for Scooby and the Gang. And that would be great, if Scooby Doo was a cartoon about kids fighting monsters. To paraphrase G.K.

Unions Rally to Wall Street Occupation Since September 17 protesters united under the banner of "We are the 99%" have occupied Wall Street—or at least a park a few blocks north. This loose and varied encampment of several hundred mostly young people has been taking a stand against runaway corporate power in the United States and the incredible inequality that exists today. To this end, they have been practicing nonviolent direct action: leading small and larger marches around the Wall Street area, protesting Georgia’s execution of Troy Davis, picketing at Verizon headquarters with Communications Workers fighting for good contracts, and disrupting auctions at Sotheby’s—which has locked out its unionized workers. (For a good story on the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon, check out Liza Featherstone's coverage in Newsday.) Readers might not have heard about Occupy Wall Street had it not been for what happened last Saturday, when OWS marched to Union Square. This demo is today, at One Police Plaza in Manhattan at 5:30 p.m.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia The stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park lies in the Lika region of Croatia. The park is surrounded by the mountains Plješevica, Mala Kapela, and Medveđak, which are part of the Dinaric Alps. The 16 blue-green Plitvice Lakes, which are separated by natural dams of travertine, are situated on the Plitvice plateau. Waterfalls connect the lakes, and the tallest waterfall is Veliki Slap at 70 meters (230 feet) tall. The Plitvice lakes area boasts a large variety of interesting and colorful flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy walking and hiking the many pathways and trails, or exploring the lakes by boat.

Why time appears to speed up with age (idea) In a groundbreaking article, T. L. Freeman discusses the relationship between actual age and effective age1. Summarizing this work, Freeman comes to the conclusion that the actual age (AA) needs to be corrected for the apparent length of a year (AY). The constant of proportionality is rather loosely defined by Freeman as the age at which a year really seems to last a year, and it was arbitrarily set at 20 years (=20). Now Freeman determines the concept of Effective age, which is simply the integral over time of the Apparent Year from age 1 to the actual age (AA) of interest: AA AA EA = ∫ AY d(AA) = ∫ 20/AA d(AA) = 20 ln(AA) 1 1 Although this formula results in some interesting conclusions, there are several flaws with this concept. In the traditional concept of time perception, one person's Actual Age is proportional to the passing of time (t). AA = t + Note the occurrence of two parameters and that are traditionally set to one and zero, respectively. AY= /AA = /(t + ) time (yrs.) T.

Student, 20, named Mexico police chief Student, 20, chosen as police chief "The only person to accept the position" Mexico drug wars have killed 28,000 since 2006 Twenty-year-old criminology student, Marisol Valles, has become director of municipal public security in Guadalupe / AFP Source: AFP A 20-YEAR-OLD female criminology student has been named police chief of a northern Mexican border town plagued by drug violence because no one else wanted the job. Marisol Valles became director of municipal public security of Guadalupe "since she was the only person to accept the position", the mayor's office of the town of some 10,000 people near the US border told local media yesterday. Ms Valles is studying criminology in Mexico's most violent city of Ciudad Juarez, some 60km west of Guadalupe. Raging turf battles between rival drug gangs have left some 6500 people dead in Ciudad Juarez alone in the past three years. The Guadalupe mayor's office has only one police patrol car and receives security assistance from the army.

Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion From Philosophy & Public Affairs, Vol. 1, no. 1 (Fall 1971). (Reprinted in "Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics," 5th ed., ed. Ronald Munson (Belmont; Wadsworth 1996). pp 69-80.) Most opposition to abortion relies on the premise that the fetus is a human being, a person, from the moment of conception. The premise is argued for, but, as I think, not well. I am inclined to agree, however, that the prospects for "drawing a line" in the development of the fetus look dim. I propose, then, that we grant that the fetus is a person from the moment of conception. It sounds plausible. In this case, of course, you were kidnapped, you didn't volunteer for the operation that plugged the violinist into your kidneys. Nor do they make an exception for a case in which the mother has to spend the nine months of her pregnancy in bed. Let us call the view that abortion is impermissible even to save the mother's life "the extreme view."

Van Jones: Wall Street Protests: Which Side Are You On? Wall Street has long been the home of the biggest threat to American Democracy. Now it has become home to what may be our best hope for rescuing it. For everyone who loves this country, for everyone whose heart is breaking for the growing ranks of the poor, for everyone who is seething at the unopposed demolition of America's working and middle class: the time has come to get off the fence. A new generation has gone to the scene of the crimes committed against our future. The young heroes on Wall Street today baffle the world because they have issued no demands. The American experiment in self-governance is at a moment of crisis. But the crisis of American Democracy did not start with the financial collapse. This great wealth divergence has resulted in an unjust and dangerous concentration of economic and political power in the hands of the few. A movement was born after Madison, Wisconsin, to oppose these injustices. Now is our time to choose.

Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1) Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway Blue Caves - Zakynthos Island, Greece Skaftafeli - Iceland Plitvice Lakes – Croatia Crystalline Turquoise Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China Four Seasons Hotel - Bora Bora Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer, a lake just South of the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Marble Caves, Chile Chico, Chile The Gardens at Marqueyssac Ice Canyon - Greenland Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada Multnomah Falls, Oregon Seljalandsfoss Waterfall on the South Coast of Iceland Petra - Jordan (at night) Verdon, Provence, France Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia Norway Alesund Birdseye of City Benteng Chittorgarh, India Riomaggiore, Italy Keukenhof Gardens - Netherlands. Sky Lantern Festival - Taiwan. Mount Roraima - Venezuela. Seychelles East Iceland. Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. New York City. See also

Cartoonist turns lawsuit threat into $100K charity fundraiser Internet Rosa Golijan NBC News June 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM ET Twitter / Updated 7:43 p.m. "I'd rather just focus on writing comics," a young man told me when I asked him why he responded to a lawsuit threat by starting a rather successful charity fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation. Well, keep reading, because — over $100,000 in donations later — it's probably the most reasonable decision you'll encounter on the Internet today. Even though many people don't recognize his name, 29-year-old Matthew "The Oatmeal" Inman is a popular cartoonist. The popularity of Inman's work does have downsides though: Occasionally some websites will repost it without asking or crediting him. About a year ago, Inman got fed up with a website — called FunnyJunk — which had become particularly prone to re-hosting and monetizing his work. But oddly enough, the folks behind FunnyJunk decided they wanted to revisit the whole situation, almost exactly a year later. IndeiGoGo /

Machines of War: Blackwater, Monsanto, and Bill Gates Silvia RibeiroLa Jornada A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation (Blackwater's Black Ops, 9/15/2010) revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (now called Xe Services) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq, including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private contractor of the U.S. Department of State "security services," that practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to deny it. Many military and former CIA officers work for Blackwater or related companies created to divert attention from their bad reputation and make more profit selling their nefarious services-ranging from information and intelligence to infiltration, political lobbying and paramilitary training - for other governments, banks and multinational corporations. "totally separate entity from Blackwater." Lisa Karpova

Five Ways #OccupyWallStreet Has Succeeded by Mark Engler They were predicted to be a flash in the pan. So why are the anti-Wall Street occupations growing? posted Sep 30, 2011 #OccupyWallStreet protests are now well into their second week, and they are increasingly capturing the public spotlight. I will admit that I was skeptical about the #OccupyWallStreet effort when it was getting started. “Why are people protesting Wall Street?” With #OccupyWallStreet, the protest did not draw in any of the major institutional players on the left. That said, this relatively small group has been holding strong. #OccupyWallStreet has accomplished a great deal in the past week and a half, with virtually no resources. 1. The #OccupyWallStreet protesters have been often criticized for not having clear demands. How to Liberate AmericaHow is it that our nation is awash in money, but too broke to provide jobs and services? Few institutions in our society are more in need of condemnation than the big banks and stockbrokers based where the critics are now camped.

Living with Giraffes at Nairobi's Giraffe Manor This luxury boutique hotel is not what you would expect from your standard vacation lodging! Located in Kenya, just about 12 miles outside of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is 12 acres of private land and 140 acres of indigenous forest that is home to a herd of Rothschild Giraffe. The website explains that the Giraffe Center, located on the Giraffe Manor grounds “was set up by AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) as a breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, and has now evolved to operate conservation and educational programs for Kenyan school children. Giraffe Centre has preserved the original habitat intact for the giraffes and a variety of birds and animals including warthogs, hyenas and sometimes a leopard.” Built in 1932, the manor décor is a combination of traditional and modern, with a two-story entrance hall, majestic staircase, and immaculately furnished interiors. Giraffe Manor website via [Enpundit]

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