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Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 27 2011

Today in Iraq, 27 August 2011

Reuters reports (via trust.org): TAZA – A roadside bomb wounded a member of the government-backed Sunni Sahwa militia in Taza, a town 210 km (130 miles) north of Baghdad, a local police source said. HAMMAM AL-ALIL – A parked car bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol exploded near a police checkpoint, wounding five soldiers and …

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Aug 27 2011

Common Metal Bitten by Radioactive Spider, Becomes Super Aluminum

A team of scientists have successfully produced a new form of Aluminum that exists only under immense pressure such as the conditions found at Earth’s core on the nanoscale. Published in Nature Communications, the team pulsed laser light into a sapphire in order to mimic the internal events of the earth and have the sample melt properly. …

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Aug 27 2011

Sam Harris and the Burning Ring of Fire

Sam Harris is having a time over on his blog after suggesting taxing the ultra-rich of America. After the exodus from his subscriber list, he has fired back with another post featuring some of the commentary he received.  Sorry Sam. I used to praise and promote your works. You’ve lost me. Your promotion of theft by …

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Aug 26 2011

Today In Iraq, 26 August 2011

Reuters reports (via trust.org): TARMIYA – A roadside bomb went off near a mosque and wounded three civilians in Tarmiya, 25 km (15 miles) north of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said. BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb went off near a liquor store, wounding two civilians in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said. BAGHDAD …

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Aug 26 2011

Foxhole Atheists get Intra Military Coverage

Most Americans will gladly say “we support our troops,” free drinks in airport bars are common, as is the occasional random “thank you for your service.” The American military is unique compared to other, perhaps more laudable, government jobs such as teaching, being that the massive majority respects the military institutions. American Soldiers are considered …

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Aug 26 2011

Glen Beck’s “Planet Course-Altering Event” Draws less than 5,000

After Glen Beck endeared himself to the Israeli public by ranting about popular social demonstrations on housing issues and then promptly lied about ranting about popular social demonstrations on housing issues, after hinting about the possible culmination of biblical prophecy, he only drew a crowd of about 4,700 (source: His spokesman)..which he promptly inflated to 10,000. Fox news …

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Aug 25 2011

Today In Iraq, 25 August 2011

Reuters reports on the events that made the news today in my neck of the woods, my thoughts go out to my ISF brothers and their families. This is what was reported in the media for August 25, 2011. GARMA – Three policemen were killed, including an officer, and five others were wounded when a …

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Aug 24 2011

Summer is Coming

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A recent computer model based study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences predicts the impact of biomass CO2 releases from thawing permafrost may be an even larger problem than previously expected, transitioning from a carbon reducing ecosystem to a carbon producing system by the end of the century. Of course, since this …

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Aug 24 2011

NAR Gets Some Fresh Air

Update: Talk2action.org’s Rachel Tabachnick gave Terry Gross a 39 minute summary of the New Apostolic Reformation, it’s ties to the right wing, and the movement’s core ideology. The segment is well worth the listen as nothing is better than two smart chicks talking about some crazy, crazy stuff. Click here to listen.  

Aug 24 2011

The Adventures of DOMA

Since the only argument left against marriage equality boils down to “God hates it”, Representative Boehner’s lawyer, Paul Clement, defending the Defense of Marriage Act has resorted to deliberately skewing the research of Professor Lisa Diamond to support the anti-equal rights case, Gay.Americablogs reports. “They have completely misrepresented my research.” Said Diamond when she was interviewed …

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