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Secularism: The Phantom Menace | The LatiNone

Rick Perlstein writes about the conspiracy of “Secular Humanism,” which according to the Right is a state-imposed religion. Here's some background those befuddled Democrats need to know: One of the ...
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Occupation 101

Vimeo is a respectful community of creative people who are passionate about sharing the videos they make. Use Vimeo if you want the best tools and highest quality video in the universe.
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Going vegan | rabble.ca

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"Being vegan is a political decision. Whether it's an action against animal cruelty or a way to cut your carbon footprint, there are tons of benefits to going vegan. But it can seem like a daunting task. What do vegans even eat anyways? Do they get enough protein? This guide will quell questions and dispel myths for activists eager to change their lifestyle. It includes:
What it means to be vegan
Why bother
Myth vs fact
Going the distance "

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The Zelikow Memo: Internal Critique of Bush Torture Memos Declassified

The Zelikow Memo: Internal Critique of Bush Torture Memos Declassified | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it

Washington, DC, April 3, 2012 – The State Department today released a February 2006 internal memo from the Department's then-counselor opposing Justice Department authorization for "enhanced interrogation techniques" by the CIA. All copies of the memo (Document 1), which reflect strong internal disagreement within the George W. Bush administration over the constitutionality of such techniques, were thought to have been destroyed. But the State Department located a copy and declassified it in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the National Security Archive.

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Wirikuta No Se Vende, Se Ama y Se Defiende!!!!!

Aho Colectivo, con Rubén Albarrán (Café Tacvba), Poncho Figueroa (Santa Sabina), Roco Pachukote (ex-Maldita Vecindad, Sonidero Meztizo), Lengualerta, Hector ...
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Koch Brothers Exposed: a film that reveals the link between the very, very wealthy, and the very, very suggestible

Koch Brothers Exposed: a film that reveals the link between the very, very wealthy, and the very, very suggestible | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
Koch Brothers Exposed: a film that reveals the link between the very, very wealthy, and the very, very suggestible (and why this hurts America).
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The blind side of faith

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It’s been over a decade since I began the journey from believer to nonbeliever. Here are but a few things I’ve learned about blind faith.
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Great Privacy Search Alternatives To Scroogle (Updated) A Simple Soul

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Great Privacy Search Alternatives To Scroogle (Updated)

Scroogle has been down for more than three days now. My quest for an alternative to Scroogle has led me on a major online quest. I emailed Danny Sullivan of Searchengine Land for some alternatives to Scroogle. It turns out there are some. He was kind enough to email me back the following options:

https://duckduckgo.com/privacy.html

There’s also Ixquick:
https://www.ixquick.com/eng/privacy-policy.html

Ask Eraser might still operate:
http://sp.ask.com/en/docs/about/askeraser.shtml#1

Google Encrypted Search:
https://encrypted.google.com/

I‘ve settled down on two after checking them all out.

DuckDuckGo – full privacy searching and a cool new ‘infinite scrolling’ feature . i.e if we find the top ten search results on duckduckgo insufficient, all we need to do is scroll down. Duckduckgo instantaneously serves up more results. You can do so continuously until you find the results you want.
Check it out here. (Remember, duckduckgo is also available without the encrypted privacy feature)

Google Encrypted Search- This I feel is just like using Scroogle. I can search for upto 100 results at a time without signing on to Google. Moreover, Google allows us to completely disable our search results. Check out Google Encrypted Search here

(Note: The easiest way to ensure you are searching with privacy is to make sure https:// and NOT http:// is active. Alternately you will always notice a yellow lock symbol on the left-hand side of the address bar)

I found Ixquick too slow for my liking and Ask Eraser no longer works.

If you are really keen about privacy searching you need to check out this new, opensource, decentralized, collaborative search engine.

Let me know what you feel.

P.S- I've given detailed instructions on how to integrate DuckDuckGo and Google Encrypted Search into your favourite browser. Check it out here.

 

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America, the Beautiful (And Nutty): A Skeptic’s Lament

America, the Beautiful (And Nutty): A Skeptic’s Lament | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
Almost one-third of Americans believe the ancient Mayan prediction of global calamity this December are...
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Afghanistan's (Expensive) Fog of History

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Afghanistan's (Expensive) Fog of History
by Abby Zimet

The cost of keeping one U.S. soldier in Afghanistan is a mind-boggling $850,000 to $1.4 million a year, said military officials at a budget hearing this week. In a lengthy analysis, TomDispatch.com suggests that's one of about 4,000 reasons we are glimpsing the long-overdue end game for the war.

"Eleven years in, if your forces are still burning Korans in a deeply religious Muslim country, it’s way too late and you should go."

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End “War on Women” in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala: Nobel Laureates – Nobel Women's Initiative

End “War on Women” in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala: Nobel Laureates – Nobel Women's Initiative | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it

(Ottawa) February 29, 2012

An independent fact-finding delegation to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, led by Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchú Tum, found that violence against women—including murder, rape and forced disappearances—has reached a crisis point in the region. The Nobel Peace Laureates are calling for concerted and immediate action to protect women—including those women doing frontline human rights work—and prosecute those committing crimes against women.

“The war on drugs and increased militarization in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala is becoming a war on women,” said Jody Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines. “The governments’ efforts to improve ‘security’ in the region have direct resulted in insecurity for civilian populations—and most especially, for women.”

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Social-consciousness -Bulletin

Social-consciousness -Bulletin | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
A personalized newspaper built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos selected by Pepe J C.
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Los mejores museos latinoamericanos ya se pueden visitar en internet

Diez museos de América Latina participan en el Art Project de Google, que permite a los internautas hacer un recorrido virtual de 360 grados por las galerías...
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Solar Flares: The Beautiful Lights That Could End the World | Humanitarian News

Solar Flares: The Beautiful Lights That Could End the World | Humanitarian News | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
Solar flares are breathtakingly beautiful. But their beauty hides something much more sinister.
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WHAT THE FRACK? Say NO to Fracking - Support WaterDefense.org See 'GASLAND' Docu!

~Gasland Q&A: http://goo.gl/6sXQX ~credits video: http://youtube.com/WaterDefense & http://WaterDefense.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasland Email Presid...
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F-Se! In Revolution Times The Greatest Cartooniste: Mana Neyestani. #Iranelection Revolution Revisited

F-Se! In Revolution Times The Greatest Cartooniste: Mana Neyestani. #Iranelection Revolution Revisited | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it

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Michael Shermer: Baloney Detection Kit

The first video from RDF TV! With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to t...
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Education: 'It's Time To Be Innovative': Something everyone can agree on ... - Austin Chronicle

Education: 'It's Time To Be Innovative': Something everyone can agree on ... - Austin Chronicle | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
Los Angeles TimesEducation: 'It's Time To Be Innovative': Something everyone can agree on ...Austin ChronicleThat may have been the one point of agreement between all parties during last week's SXSWedu technology and education conference – but the...
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The Reason Rally: A Woodstock for nonbelievers - Patrick Gavin

The Reason Rally: A Woodstock for nonbelievers - Patrick Gavin | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
Washingtonians know all too well about rallies on the National Mall. On a regular basis, thousands of citizens converge near the Capitol to speak out about the issues they passionately believe in.
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Global Warming May Force Pacific Nation of Kiribati to Move to Fiji

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Global Warming May Force Pacific Nation of Kiribati to Move to Fiji
by Abby Zimet

In what could be the first climate-induced relocation of a country, the leaders of the low-lying archipelago of Kiribati plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji in case rising tides force their entire population to leave. Villagers have already seen seawater take over their homes, ruin crops and fresh water supplies and erode shorelines. The government is already trying to educate young people to help them survive in "the new lands." More photos.

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Occupy Education: Teachers, Students Resist School Closings, Privatizations, Layoffs and Rankings

Occupy Education: Teachers, Students Resist School Closings, Privatizations, Layoffs and Rankings | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
As students across the country stage a National Day of Action to Defend Public Education, we look at the nation’s largest school systems—Chicago and New York City—and the push to preserve quality public education amidst new efforts to privatize...
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