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Date: 2009-06-03 04:07
Subject: William Donohue downplays the Irish Catholic abuse scandal
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Bill Donohue interviewed on The Last Word with Matt Cooper, in which Donohue yells at rape victim Colm O'Gorman to "shut up" (audio only)


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Date: 2009-05-31 07:03
Subject: Robotic Penguins
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Tags:artificialintelligence, engineering, robotics, youtube
Swimming and flying penguins created by German engineering company Festo. Video also shows other robotic devices, including a 3d printing device.



0:20 - Aquapenguin - underwater robot.

1:07 - AirPenguin - balloons that fly around a large hangar.

1:47 - Bionic tripod - flexible arm. 2:05 - "bionic fin-ray effect."

2:50 - Interactive wall. Uses interactive technology. Can interact with people via sensors.

3:17 - iFab, 3D printer for rapid prototyping.

3:41 - Molecubes - interlocking cubes for educational purposes

Bionic Learning Network - link to descriptions of engineering projects on Festo website.
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Date: 2009-05-27 03:20
Subject: List of Arguments from Global Warming Skeptics
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Tags:environment, globalwarming, science
Arguments from Global Warming Skeptics

Interesting site offering counterpoints to common arguments against anthropic global warming.

From the About page:

Skeptical Science was created by John Cook, an ex-physicist (majoring in solar physics at the University of Queensland). My interest in global warming began when I got into some discussions with a skeptical family member who handed me a speech by Senator Inhofe. It took little research to show his arguments were misleading and lacking in science.

Since then, I've scoured peer reviewed scientific literature in an attempt to penetrate the political agendas and cherry picking. I've noticed two patterns in global warming skepticism. Firstly, many reasons for disbelieving in anthropogenic global warming (AGW) seem to be political rather than scientific. Eg - it's all a liberal plot to spread socialism and destroy capitalism (or sometimes just plain dislike for Al Gore). As one person put it, "the cheerleaders for doing something about global warming seem to be largely the cheerleaders for many causes of which I disapprove".

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Date: 2009-03-15 14:13
Subject: Video: How Atheists Can Be Effective Evangelists - ACA Lecture Series With Russell Glasser
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Tags:atheism, atheist-experience, communications, community, evangelism, video, youtube
Russell Glasser of the Atheist Community of Austin (ACA) gives an informative lecture about the importance of being able to discuss and defend atheism. The video is in 7 parts (playlist).

Part 1:


See also the Atheist Experience Youtube channel.
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Date: 2009-03-12 00:58
Subject: Believing in God can help block anxiety and minimize stress
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Tags:brain, neurology, religion, science
Some interesting insight into the purpose of the "god" concept in the human brain:

Brain Differences Found Between Believers In God And Non-believers - Sciencedaily.com

Studies performed at the University of Toronto seemed to show that religious belief has a calming effect, making them less likely to feel anxious about making errors or facing the unknown.

On the other hand, that anxiety serves a useful function - religious people may have less of an impetus to stop repeating the same mistakes.
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Date: 2009-03-05 02:05
Subject: The Obama Tracker
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Tags:government, interactive, interface, news, npr, obama, us
NPR has provided a useful interactive gadget which follows events in the Obama presidency. The widget below links to the full Obama Tracker timeline.

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Date: 2009-02-21 21:04
Subject: What is God?
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Tags:bible, philosophy, religion, video
Terrific video on how the concept of "god" is defined. Videos by Youtube user ProfMTH are, from what I've seen, on par with creationist debunker Thunderf00t.



7:29 - "There is no coherent, positive ontology for this being that believers call "god."

8:05 - ...These debates and discussions are about god. What is god? No one knows. Then there's nothing to debate. If the subject can't be defined, that's the end of it.
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Date: 2009-02-02 06:25
Subject: Limbaugh: I hope Obama 'fails'
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The Fix blog: Is Rush Limbaugh the New Face of the GOP? by Chris Cillizza - The Washington Post

Limbaugh drew huge coverage in the days leading up to Obama's inauguration when he declared that he hoped the new president would fail -- part of a broader condemnation of liberalism in the country.

On the Media: "Out on a Limb-augh"

Interview with conservative columnist Byron York.

Think Progress blog: Limbaugh: ‘I Hope Obama Fails’

Barack Obama has not yet taken office, and Rush Limbaugh is already rooting for his failure. On his radio show last Friday, Limbaugh said, “I disagree fervently with the people on our [Republican] side of the aisle who have caved and who say, ‘Well, I hope he succeeds.’”
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It hasn’t taken long for Limbaugh to reveal his core hypocrisy. In July 2006, with conservatives in power, Limbaugh offered one of his common screeds against the left. “I’m getting so sick and tired of people rooting for the defeat of the good guys,” he complained.

Full Transcript on Rushlimbaugh.com
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Date: 2009-01-01 11:20
Subject: Hate crimes rise since Obama victory
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Music:NPR's ATC
Tags:human rights, npr, politics, us, violence
Story from November 25, 2008 - NPR's News and Notes:
Obama Win Sparks Rise In Hate Crimes, Violence

From NPR.org:

Communities around the country have seen a spike in racial violence since the presidential election of Barack Obama.

In the few weeks since Election Day, cross burnings, racist graffiti and other alleged hate crimes have been reported.

For more, NPR's Tony Cox talks with Mark Potok — Director of the Intelligence Projectat the Southern Poverty Law Center — and writer Erik Ose, publisher of The Latest Outrage blog and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post about the post-election violence.

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Date: 2008-12-21 21:21
Subject: NPR: The Biggest Science Stories of 2008
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The Biggest Science Stories of 2008 - Talk of the Nation Interview

Guests:

Sharon Begley, science columnist, Newsweek, New York, N.Y.

KC Cole, author, The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty, professor, Annenberg School of Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.

Steve Mirsky, staff editor and writer for Scientific American, host of Scientific American's "Science Talk" podcast

Paul Raeburn, journalist, author, Acquainted with the Night: A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children, author, "About Fathers" blog for Psychology Today, New York, N.Y.
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