Joan Denoo's Blog – February 2015 Archive (9)

Yemen

I have been chatting with a person from Yemen on the internet and so looked into the history, politics religion, and geology of that ancient nation. It is an arid land and beautiful as that kind of temperature zone is in its way. One of the videos I watched gets at the heart of what I find so impossible to accept regarding Islam. Take a look and share your reactions. …

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2015 at 11:26am — 6 Comments

Richard Wolff, The Costs of Capitalism's Crisis: Who Will Pay?

Richard Wolff. The Cost of Capitalism's Crisis: Who Will Pay?

Wolff Identifies the flaws of capitalism, the destructive influence it has on individuals, nations and international affairs. He and a group of many other people concerned about the investment in bombs and bullets instead of bridges between people. He describes the hegemony and how it works. The USA has…

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2015 at 4:44am — 1 Comment

An Archaeological Moment in Time

It is hard to imagine that the earliest Homo sapiens had such gorgeous bodies, male and female, or the warriors looked so much like our Hollywood muscle men with pretty faces. The English weren't called English in the period to which he refers ... but hey, he tells a far more compelling story than that told the in museums of the world. I wish he had told about the role of women as a more exalted position, but if he told the truth, no one would believe him. Well ... a lot of people won't…

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2015 at 11:31pm — No Comments

The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project - a solar thermal power plant that works day and night.

The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project - a solar thermal power plant that works day and night.

located in Tonopah, NV. 

"Construction is 100% complete and we’re in the commissioning phase right now, which means we’re turning on, testing and calibrating each of the systems. Commissioning is about 75% complete. Over 98% of the 10,347…

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2015 at 7:31pm — 2 Comments

FDA announces the availability of funding and requests applications for Grants from small and medium farmers ...

"FDA announces the availability of funding and requests applications for Grants to Enhance Food Safety: National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to address the needs of small and medium-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers, especially as they relate to the implementation of the FDA Food…

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2015 at 3:43pm — 1 Comment

Federal revenues for public elementary and secondary education dropped by a whopping 21.5 percent in fiscal year 2012.

By Caitlin Emma

With help from Eliza Collins, Allie Grasgreen, Maggie Severns and Stephanie Simon

AFTER THE STIMULUS: Federal revenues for public elementary and secondary education dropped by a whopping 21.5 percent in fiscal year 2012. The numbers are laid out in reports today by the National Center for Education Statistics. While it's a major plunge, it's mostly attributed…

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2015 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

Richard Goscicki and Barbara G. Walker, Pot Stories and Humanist Essays. Kindle Edition.

I am reading and thoroughly enjoying Richard's book, not because it is about pot, but because I was curious about the subtitle, Humanist Essays. His writing style flows nicely with a current of conversation while punctuated with facts that only comes from research. 

The part about pot interested me because of the recent legalization of a substance that once caused some to be placed in jail and some remain there. I do remember when I was in graduate school many of my classmates came to…

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2015 at 12:50pm — 4 Comments

Family Farmers Hold Keys to Agriculture in a Warming World

Family Farmers Hold Keys to Agriculture in a Warming World

Half a billion small-scale farmers are helping pioneer sustainable techniques

The challenge is huge but the solution may be small—very small. 

" the Food Tank report, which crunched data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other sources, concluded that smallholder farms 'are not only feeding the world, but also nourishing the planet.'"

"The United…

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 3:48pm — 7 Comments

Reference list refuting "there is a god" and the only answer is "creationism".

Reference list for affirming my atheism and refuting "there is a god" and the only answer is "creationism". 

Coyne, J. A. 2005 . The faith that dares not speak its name: case against intelligent design. The New Republic, August 22, 2005, pp. 21-33. A short summary of ID and a review of its public school textbook,

"'Of Pandas and People', a textbook designed as an antidote to the evolution…

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2015 at 9:21pm — 5 Comments

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