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How We Know Global Warming is Real and Human Caused

By Donald R. Prothero
From: http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/12-02-08/

Pine Island Glacier
(photo shown above)

In mid-October 2011, NASA scientists working in Antarctica discovered a massive crack across the Pine Island Glacier, a major ice stream that drains the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Extending for 19 miles (30 kilometers), the crack was 260 feet (80 meters) wide and 195 feet (60 meters) deep. Eventually, the crack will extend all the way across the glacier, and calve a giant iceberg that will cover about 350 square miles (900 square kilometers). This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NAS’s Terra spacecraft was acquired Nov. 13, 2011, and covers an area of 27 by 32 miles (44 by 52 kilometers), and is located near 74.9 degrees south latitude, 101.1 degrees west longitude. (Image Credit:NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team)

On January 27, 2012, theWall Street Journal ran anOpinion Editorial written Read more…

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Anonymous attacks Brazilian Government websites.

Editor: Shirley Galdino

The anonymous group of hackers attacked at dawn on Saturday several pages of the Government of Brasilia and the official website of singer Paula Fernandes, in protest against the closure of the site for downloads Megaupload by American justice.

Through its own Twitter page, the hacker group claimed responsibility for the raids that have continued throughout the early morning of Saturday, more than 100 pagesof Brasilia, with

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the domain “df.gov.br”.

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Funding a Political Cause

By Alonzo Fyfe
Editor: Shirley Galdino

It is an election year, and I am looking at the issue of creating political change.

In my first post I argued that to make political change you need to bring votes or money to the table. At this stage, evidence and sound reasoning are largely irrelevant. They are relevant elsewhere. I will get to that in a future post.

This is not a cynical complaint about a world gone corrupt. This is a fact, as morally neutral as gravity.

If I were a legislator and you came Read more…

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How Can Atheist Parents Break Religion Tradition and Help Their Children?

Posted by Shirley Galdino 
From: http://www.patheos.com/

There are plenty of atheists out there who choose to take their children to a church for a number of reasons: It sounds like the “right” thing to do, they want to raise their children with good morals (as if religion is the only route to doing that), their spouse wants to go to church and they don’t feel like arguing about it, etc.

Phil Ferguson used to be one of those fathers who took his kids to church despite being a closeted atheist. At least there’s a happy ending to his story:

I thought that it would be nice for [my kids] to know about religion and never thought that it would take over their minds. Everyone told them that the crazy was true and I kept silent. I was an atheist raising fundamentalist kids. Just a few short years after I stopped pretending they have both come out as atheists.

There are cases (and Phil highlights one of them) where the kids have already drank the Kool-Aid and it’s too late to do anything about it.

So how do you avoid that fate? How do you make sure your kids grow up free of religion — without “indoctrinating them into atheism” the same way preachers do with Christianity?

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15th anniversary of Carl Sagan’s death.

By Shirley Galdino

Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Dr. Carl Sagan called the best science educator in the world of the twentieth century. Has reached the minds of hundreds of millions of people and has inspired generations of young people to devote themselves to science.

Carl Sagan’s idea was to turn the camera on the Voyager back towards the planet that had launched the probe, to reveal to the inhabitants of that planet their “true circumstance and condition.” After much resistance, Dr. Sagan had the better of February 14, 1990, from a distance of 6.4 billion miles, Voyager 1 captured this image of our Earth. Here the entire world fills only 0.12 pixel and appears as a minute sliver of light. The rays of light rays of the sun are not apparent, but an effect of diffraction in the lens of the camera, the result of having bet so close to the Sun now one of our most famous photographs ever taken from space, we consider the humility of our beloved house is part of the immeasurable will of Sagan. Read more…

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Christopher Hitchens: A Memory (By Matthew Chapman)

By: Matthew Chapman

Hitch, Matthew Chapman and Dawkins

Christopher Hitchens is dead. Huge loss. I went to school about a mile from where he went to school, we met when I was in my twenties, and then again about six years ago and became friends after sharing 3 or 4 bottles of wine and several whiskeys one lunchtime in New York.

As a once heavy drinker, I could handle all this and was still lucid, but by around 5 o’clock I was beginning to have wild and dangerous thoughts about stumbling off into worse adventures, but cut with the equally appealing idea of going home and crashing out totally.

I went to the bathroom to look in the mirror. It wasn’t that alcohol had affected my sight — I could see my surroundings clearly enough. No, my face was out of focus, the face itself, and there was an insane look in the eyes that did not bode well. Going home was really the only option. Read more…

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Human Rights Day – 10 december 2011

Posted by Shirley Galdino  
From: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2011/index.shtml  

This year, millions of people decided the time had come to claim their rights. They took to the streets and demanded change. Many found their voices using the internet and instant messaging to inform, inspire and mobilize supporters to seek their basic human rights. Social media helped activists organize peaceful protest movements in cities across the globe – from Tunis to Madrid, from Cairo to New York – at times in the face of violent repression.

Human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. As a global community we all share a day in common: Human Rights Day on 10 December, when we remember the creation 63 years ago of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On Human Rights Day 2011, we pay tribute to all human rights defenders and ask you to get involved in the global human rights movement.

2011: An extraordinary year for human rights

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Adopt an atheist!

Posted by: Shirley Galdino
From: http://www.catholicleague.org/


Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why the Catholic League is starting a new initiative aimed at atheists:

Approximately 80 percent of

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Americans are Christian, and 96 percent celebrate Christmas. Of the 20 percent who are not Christian, non-believers make up the largest segment, though the number of self-identified atheists is tiny. David Silverman, president of American Atheists, knows this to be true, which is why he is frantically trying to inflate his base. “We want people to realize that there may be atheists in their family,” he told the New York Times, “even if those atheists don’t even know they are atheists.” Read more…

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What becomes of children raised by same sex parents?

From: http://honjii.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/what-becomes-of-children-raised-by-same-sex-parents/

What becomes of children raised by same sex parents?

As demonstrated by the video below, children raised by same sex couples develop horns, spend years in therapy, are troublesome in schools, commit crimes against society and often end up institutionalized with taxpayer footing the bill.

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