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 ...
"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 "
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.
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:
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.
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."
Forensic science used to determine who's who in pre-Columbian Peru 23 Apr 2012
Analysis of ancient mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been used to establish migration and population patterns for American indigenous cultures during the time before Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Genetics has used more detailed DNA analysis of individuals from Arequipa region to identify the family relationships and burial traditions of ancient Peru.
The social unit (ayllu) of Native South Americans is thought to be based on kin relationships. The establishment of ayllu-based communities is also associated with funereal monuments (chullpas) which are thought to be important social sites not only because of their religious importance but because they housed the venerated ayllu's ancestors. Ancestor worship and a belief in a common ancestor, central to the ayllu, still exists in the traditions of the Q'ero community.
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...
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.
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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