Featured Articles

Addressing the Academy

Classroom Controversy

New Resources

Commentary

Nukes R Us

Nuclear Nightmares: Damned Lies about the World’s "Safest" Energy Source

#daiichi #energy #fission #fukushima #nuclear #radiation Implausible as it may seem, as the Fukushima Daiichi disaster has grown ever more cataclysmic, nuclear energy advocates have come out of the woodwork to tout the virtues of nuclear as a “safe” form of energy. Safe? Are you kidding me? Last night, rain containing measurable levels of radiation from Fukushima Daiichi fell on the east coast of North America. We will surely be on the wrong side of the looking glass when we start believing that an energy source which has contaminated huge swaths of the globe with hazardous waste is “safe.” If nuclear energy is safe, then Hitler was a charter member of the Anti-Defamation League. Please support our sponsors The Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy By: Michael Have you ever opened up an economics textbook and looked for a definition of money? Chances are you haven’t but if you have chances are you didn’t find the definition. Introductory economics texts, and even advanced economics text, do a remarkably dismal job of revealing the nature of money. The closest the common man gets to a proper definition of money is that it is a medium of exchange, but a medium for exchanging what? To add to the problem, consider the fact that money is just pretty colored paper with no intrinsic value. It only becomes valuable because we (i.e. humans) give it value. But how do we give money value? Is it economics, politics, or black magic? The global economy is teetering on the brink of collapse and even the uber wealth admit it is true (as this Youtube interview demonstrates). Find out the truth about the nature of money and find out why debt and the easy way money can be accumulated is behind the growing crises of today. Find out what you need to know, and what we all need to do, to stave off global catastrophe. Discover the truth, save the world. Read the Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy: Accumulation and Debt. [ Kindle | Amazon.com | Book Finder ] Full Entry #daiichi #energy #fission #fukushima #nuclear #radiation

Read More »
iPad Sad

iPad Delusions: The Curious Appeal of Workaround Computing

When I was a kid I was always disappointed by the toys I got. They never lived up to the crazy expectations generated by dissembling advertisers as they manipulated my soft and malleable child-mind. I remember, and now I tell my own kids to watch out because the toys they see on television are never, ever, ever as good as they appear in the commercials. Well I guess not everybody remembers their childhood disappointment because now we have a new generation of older children who, dutifully obeying the media manipulators, buy the lie and live with disappointment. But then, at least they get to live. Can't say the same for the workers at the Foxconn (where Apple builds its iPads) are so disappointed with the way the company treats them they've actually had to install nets outside the windows to prevent the workers from jumping out and killing themselves as a result. Thanks S. J. for a job well done! - Mike Sosteric

Read More »
Darwin and Evolution

Charles Darwin: The Unlikely Revolutionary

The concept of evolution continues to be controversial hot button. Did God create the universe or it is simply random happenstance? Evidence suggests that the universe has been around and changing for billions of years, but does that mean it is all random and meaningless? Maybe. But then my dog is the product of the creative hand of the human breeder, and modern technology is bringing unprecedented change and agency is obvious in both. One thing is for sure. Random evolution may have gotten us here, but human agency is what will make or break the future of this species.

Read More »
Atlas Shirked

Ayn Rand: The Blinkered Visionary

Ah ideology. Whether it is left or right, pink or blue, it is ideology non the less. Ayn Rand was clearly an ideologue and people liked her because she provided justification for all sorts of greedy, selfish, and inconsiderate behaviors under the banner of some sort of naturally sanctioned individualism. But swing the pendulum the other way and we trod on our fellow peeps in the name of the collective good. My question? Are left and right really that different when the result (oppression, suppression, and concentrated wealth) are the same?

Read More »