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Burn it! Burn it all down!

How to demolish the oligarchy in 3 easy steps American democracy has been tainted by lobbying and corporate interests. How do we fix it? Blow it all up http://www.salon.com/2015/04/24/how_to_demolish_the_oligarchy_in_3_easy_steps/ This is a nice clean summary of some of the pivotal … Continue reading

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Physicists ‘skeptical’ of global warming

Semantic battle among physicists forces a restatement of their stance on climate change http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060016675 Semantics is very important in science and I agree that the 2007 version was non-scientific: The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating … Continue reading

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Diceware

Passphrases That You Can Memorize — But That Even the NSA Can’t Guess https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/26/passphrases-can-memorize-attackers-cant-guess/ This is sort of a re-tweet, but having studied a bit of the science behind cryptography over the years (I once ‘invented’ an encryption algorithm and … Continue reading

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Processing is the problem

Your microwave dinner is making you obese: What the food industry doesn’t want you to know New research indicates processed foods are even more harmful to our health than previously thought http://www.salon.com/2015/03/19/your_microwave_dinner_is_making_you_obese_what_the_food_industry_doesnt_want_you_to_know_partner/ A bit of a misnomer, the microwave has … Continue reading

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Compact Fusion

Lockheed is claiming it can solve the world’s energy problems: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/compact-fusion.html I think it is hubris that makes a claim that they can go from nothing to a working prototype in 5 years when collectively the world’s best research scientists … Continue reading

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Big Data Analysis to find Nuclear Submarines?

Are Submarines About to Become Obsolete? http://nationalinterest.org/feature/are-submarines-about-become-obsolete-12253 I got to admit I was skeptical when I first read the title. People have been trying for decades to find a way to easily locate submarines with little to show for it, … Continue reading

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AA for Obesity

Diet and exercise not enough, obesity experts say http://www.cbsnews.com/news/diet-exercise-treatment-for-obese-patients/ There is increasing evidenced that many chronically obese people are that way because of the gut flora (e.g.), so if this is a medically treatable condition, what distinguishes it from any … Continue reading

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Common detergent causes birth defects in mice!

Missing Mouse Mojo Cracking the case of laboratory mice that suddenly stopped reproducing involved a little chemical sleuthing http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/41943/title/Missing-Mouse-Mojo/ The abstract from the article: Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are antimicrobial disinfectants commonly used in commercial and household settings. Extensive use … Continue reading

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Our ‘Justice’ system is even more corrupt than I thought!

Will HSBC Deal Come Back to Haunt Loretta Lynch? Deal to save HSBC’s American office looks very bad in retrospect http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/will-hsbc-deal-come-back-to-haunt-loretta-lynch-20150209 Got to be read to be believed, but the gist of the matter is the ‘punishment’ that our so-called … Continue reading

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Watchdogs watch in private

’22 fraudulent clinical trials’ on FDA radar ‘hidden from journals and public’ http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/289167.php A trawl of internal documents held by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed official action due to “significant departures from good clinical practice” against … Continue reading

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