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Canada – A Good Place for Swindlers

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techdirt – DailyDirt: Mysteries Of The Universe — And Shooting Stuff

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From techdirt:

DailyDirt: Mysteries Of The Universe — And Shooting Stuff (Studies)

by Michael Ho from the urls-we-dig-up dept on Monday, December 27th, 2010 @ 5:00PM

The universe is filled with plenty of unsolved mysteries. There’s no shortage of crazy explanations for the observations that don’t make sense, but at least we’re narrowing down the possibilities slowly with “big detectors” and other experiments. It’s nice to see some things can be reasonably explained without resorting to exotic new forces or particles or dimensions — though sometimes those new phenomena are also fun ideas to ponder. Here are some quick links to think about:

Dark Matter and antimatter might be explained by the existence of a unique kind of particle called the X particle. Or maybe the two phenomena are totally unrelated — but we’ll need some really big detectors to find out. [url] Some physicists are worried about inflation (not the economic kind). Who needs the Big Bang and some wild story of the universe expanding at a crazy rate for an insanely brief period of time? But is it more plausible that particles lose mass with age? [url] The Large Hadron Collider hasn’t found the microscopic black holes it was looking for — ruling out a variety of theories of how the universe might contain extra hidden dimensions. The universe still might have those extra dimensions, but we’ll have to look a bit harder for them now. [url] The Pioneer Anomaly has a recently-calculated explanation based on Newtonian laws and a detailed 3D model of the thermal properties of the Pioneer spacecraft. Looks like there’s no need to introduce strange new forces at work in our solar system… [url] Shooting stuff out of our solar system is cool — but so is shooting stuff locally. The US Navy has a new railgun with a range of about 100 miles. [url]

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Chris Hedges – 2011: A Brave New Dystopia

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From Truthout:

Chris Hedges | 2011: A Brave New Dystopia

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World.’ The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.”

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The WikiLeaks documentary

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Palestinian Villages Destroyed and Depopulated During the Nakba

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