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The Weekender

In Fascinating, General, Interesting, Justin on December 30, 2011 at 10:07 am

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

Death has never been more beautiful Amazing pictures of the Dead Sea’s salt formations. I never expected such vivid colors from something so, well, dead.

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Ron Paul, Who Are You?

In Current events, Iowa, Justin, Politics, Ron Paul on December 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Lifesworthknowing is looking to engage our audience even more – this post comes at the request of an ex marine living abroad that requested some more insight into presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Ron Paul is many things; a former Air Force doctor, obstetrician, and career politician. He has a rabid political following that is more energized on a grassroots level than any Republican before him. He has a libertarian bent that encompasses legalizing drugs and ending monetary policy as we know it.
He is the curmudgeonly old uncle in the Republican debates who dons ill-fitting suits that make him appear even smaller, and spouts off about the gold standard and gets booed by the audience when he states that the Iraq war was a mistake, and we shouldn’t start a war with Iran. He is the perennial (or so it seems) presidential candidate that gets ignored by the Republican kingmakers over on Fox News, and even undersold by actual journalists like David Gregory on Meet the Press. He is also an  (alleged) racist and homophobe.

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The Post-Truth Republicans

In 1%, Economics, Justin on December 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Krugman’s epic take down of Mitt Romney and the fact-challenged Republican field.

The Post-Truth Campaign – NYTimes.com.

“If Mr. Romney is in fact the Republican presidential nominee, he will make wildly false claims about Mr. Obama and, occasionally, get some flack for doing so. But news organizations will compensate by treating it as a comparable offense when, say, the president misstates the income share of the top 1 percent by a percentage point or two…The end result will be no real penalty for running an utterly fraudulent campaign. As I said, welcome to post-truth politics.”

I feel like starting a slow clap for Krugman, anyone with me?

The Weekender

In Fascinating, Interesting, Justin on December 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

You mean, it’s not my parents fault? To all of the genetic determinists out there, this study shows that our culture can have an impact on our genetics. Culture diversification promotes rapid evolution within a society – and even greater impact than the researchers had previously thought. The classic example they used is our ability to process lactose – there is no natural evolutionary reason for human adults to be able to process the sugar from cow’s milk, but we can because domesticated cattle are a part of our culture.

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Beautiful Destruction

In Beauty, Interesting, Justin, Prague on December 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

As part of my passion to  remain informed about world events, I subscribed to a podcast produced by Radio Prague, mainly to keep up on national events in the Czech Republic. And recently, while listening to a weekly report, I came across a story that transported me back to a very specific moment in my life, and it began to stir my consciousness with a perfect storm of memories, beauty, and profound sadness. It is a tale that illuminates the two sides of our human nature; our ability to create what is beautiful, and our propensity to destroy it all – the yin and yang of beautiful destruction.

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The Weekender

In Fascinating, General, Justin, Thoughtful on December 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

Google+Tsunami. Earlier this year, Google announced that they would be trying to record the damage of the Japanese tsunami through Street View. This week, they announced the culmination of that project, which lets you tour through the tsunami disaster zone, and even compare before and after Street View pictures. Pretty incredible stuff.

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Force Feeding: Destination Population

In 1%, Current events, Fascinating, Justin, population on December 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

The monthly force feeding is an attempt for the writers to challenge the other to go somewhere they wouldn’t have gone. December’s challenge is here.

It really is an interesting question, and it exemplifies the kind of “big” thinking that we are attempting to promote on this blog – what consequences will expanding human population have on worldwide biodiversity? There are certainly enough doomsday scenarios out there that predict that the increased human population is going to destroy the world as we know it – and a large number of the flora and fauna as well. In fact, there is enough evidence that can be culled from a cursory glance at the issue to make you feel guilty just for being alive.

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The Weekender

In Fascinating, Interesting, Justin on December 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

Nothing like taking a snorkel through the park. Green Lake, located in the Austrian Alps is really only a lake for half the year, when snow melt swells the banks of the streams. The rest of the year, it is a completely dry local park with benches and trails…which leads to some pretty interesting pictures of scuba divers swimming over park benches. (via my wife)

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Grading Gregory: Axelrod & Priebus

In Current events, Justin, Politics on December 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Grading Gregory is a weekly column highlighting one of Meet the Press’s headline interviews with the best journalist in the business, David Gregory.

This week, David Gregory turns his attention towards the 2012 races, hosting chief strategist for Obama’s re-election campaign David Axelrod, and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (yes, I had to look up the name to make sure I spelled it right)

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Heads or Tails?

In Jon, Religion on December 7, 2011 at 1:41 am

It should be embarrassingly apparent to anybody who has kept up with the beginnings of this blog that I have been struggling to post with any manner of consistency. I feared for a short time that my brain had atrophied to the point of no return, but in reality, I am just out of practice. It has been awhile since I have had to consistently produce academic or intellectual material fit for human consumption, and the process is taking much more time than I remember. So, as a bit of a soft toss for myself, my next few posts (force feeding aside) are going to venture into the arena in which I feel most comfortable, religion and neighboring philosophies.

From an early age, I understood that being a Christian required a lot of suspension of disbelief. I never quite bought into the Jonah in the whale thing, and despite the fantastic flannelgraph depictions I could never picture the parting of the Red Sea or Jesus’ famous stroll across the waves. One time in Sunday School we measured out the dimensions of Noah’s Ark in the parking lot, and I remember wondering how all of the animals in the world could fit inside. By that age, I had been to the zoo and even though there were only two of each species, the parking lot seemed suspiciously small. As the years passed and I learned more and thought more, eventually reason began to erode the base of what I was taught. I wanted to stay firmly in the center of my comfortable community, but I didn’t want to have to commit intellectual treason to do so.

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