Archive for August, 2008

And here are the YouTube Videos for Episode 3 of The Genius of Darwin

Richard Dawkins’ Genius Of Darwin – Part 3 (1 of 5)

Richard Dawkins’ Genius Of Darwin – Part 3 (2 of 5)

Richard Dawkins’ Genius Of Darwin – Part 3 (3 of 5)

Richard Dawkins’ Genius Of Darwin – Part 3 (4 of 5)

Richard Dawkins’ Genius Of Darwin – Part 3 (5 of 5)


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The other day I posted an article that had a Google Video of Episode 1 of the UK’s Channel 4 three part series The Genius of Charles Darwin and while I haven’t seen a contiguous Google Video for Episode 2 I did find it published as a series of YouTube Videos and I post them here:

Richard Dawkins’ Genius Of Darwin – Part 2 (1 of 5)

Richard Dawkins’ Genius Of Darwin – Part 2 (2 of 5)

Richard Dawkins’ Genius Of Darwin – Part 2 (3 of 5)

Richard Dawkins’ Genius Of Darwin – Part 2 (4 of 5)

Richard Dawkins’ Genius Of Darwin – Part 2 (5 of 5)

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And along with ScruffyDan’s recent posts that disect Denial disiformation techniques that I just mentioned in ScruffyDan Takes on Marc Morano and Throws Some Big Punches from More Grumbine Science we also get Cherry Picking an excellent take down of that favorite Denial technique.

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The blooger ScruffyDan has been duking it out this summer with the infamous Political Operative Denier Marc Morano and Morano (and the Deniers in general) are taking a beating.

As far as my reading and following of the fight it began a couple of weeks ago back on July 24, 2008 when I read ScruffyDan’s This is going to go straight to my head but I only today read ScruffyDan’s Denier peer-review trickery knock out punch coup de grâce.

They are both well worth the time reading if you’re interested in seeing and understanding how the Denier campaign of disinformation works and does it’s damage.

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For those of us who are still thinking that Nuclear Energy is a viable economically wise answer to our energy problem (I’ll admit that I’ve been one of them although I am starting to change my mind in that regard) we have news (via Richard Littlemore of DeSmogBlog.com) that …

Nuclear Energy: Expensive, Dangerous, Not Cost-Effective

16 Aug 08 — Amory Lovins and Imran Sheikh have penned a new report on nuclear energy as a fossil fuel option, concluding that nuclear is still dangerous and complicated, not particularly reliable, creates a pollution problem that lasts for many millennia and is therefore a waste of money that could be spent more productively on renewable energy.

Perhaps most devastating to the free market fans, Lovins and Sheikh note that "nuclear power plants are unfinanceable in the private capital market because of their excessive costs and financial risks and the high uncertainty of both."

"During the nuclear revival now allegedly underway, no new nuclear project on earth has been financed by private risk capital, chosen by an open decision process, nor bid into the world’s innumerable power markets and auctions. No old nuclear plant has been resold at a value consistent with a market case for building a new one."

The hat tip here goes to Steve Milloy, Junk Scientist extraordinaire and unreconstructed PR guy, who pointed to the Lovins’ paper in a hyperventilating screed on the Fox News wire. Thanks Steve.

By the way for anyone who wasn’t already aware of it do you know all those google ads you see at the time where there is this guy who wants to debate Al Gore in regard to Global Warming Global Climate Disruption*** and more recently Canada’s David Suzuki? Well Richard Littlemore has accepted that challenge and wants to take on the British nobleman Christopher Walter, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley! Read all about it:Monckton vs. Littlemore: A Debate in the Waiting.

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Republican Presidential Canidate John MCCain on the Russia-Georgian Condflict:

"…but in the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations and we will decide in subsequent days as to whether degree of provocation and who was right and who was wrong. "

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People who know me personally will know that for a while now I have been saying that the U.S. has taken a path in the last seven years as far as world leadership is concerned that has put us on the same path that the Great Britain, once the world’s great super power, followed in the last century and we will probably all watch China rise to the fore in the next century.

Robert Roy Britt, the Managing Editor of LiveScience writes about it this article:

Will China Become the No. 1 Superpower?

As the world focuses on China during the Olympics and keeps a watchful eye on Russia’s military moves in Georgia, there is an underlying expectation — and for some, fear — that China is poised to become the world’s new No. 1 superpower.

In fact, a good number of people in many countries believe the torch has already been passed.

In Japan, 67 percent of the people think China will supplant the United States as the world’s premiere superpower, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Fifty-three percent of Chinese see that as their fate.

"Most of those surveyed in Germany, Spain, France, Britain and Australia think China either has already replaced the U.S. or will do so in the future," according to the Pew report released in June.

In the United States, hope reigns: 54 percent of Americans doubt China will win out.


Four elements of a superpower

A superpower "is a country that has the capacity to project dominating power and influence anywhere in the world, and sometimes, in more than one region of the globe at a time," according to Alice Lyman Miller, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and an associate professor in National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Four components of influence mark a superpower, Miller says: military, economic, political, and cultural.


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What do yo think? Where are we going and why have we headed that way?

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