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Science is teaching us all about Lipophilia

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Always Hungry? Here's why [T]he increasing amount and processing of carbohydrates in the American diet has increased insulin levels, put fat cells into storage overdrive and elicited obesity-promoting biological responses in a large number of people . . . . obesity rates . . . for adults, are almost three times what they were in the 1960s. Addressing the underlying biological drive to overeat may make for a far more practical and effective solution to obesity than counting calories. The latest frontier in nutritional research is revolutionary and important to every person, especially activists who wants to be more effective ...

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Eric Holder explains it all, now it’s your turn

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Holder confronts racial issues in address as White House puts discrimination at the fore Attorney General Eric Holder has withstood savage attacks from his detractors but he has hung on and has emerged as our explainer-in-chief when it comes to racism in this country, really racism everywhere. His recent commencement address at Morgan State University was his most bold and erudite attempt to educate the world, particularly America, on the insidious and subtle nature of racism. Holder rightly points out that the recent high-profile episodes of racism often mask systematic prejudice and discrimination. “These [recent] outbursts ...

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Winning (so far). Net Neutrality Protest Tomorrow

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Grassroots efforts to save Net neutrality may be working . . . more needs to be done to ensure the Internet is protected. There's no time to waste in feeling gratified even though advocacy organizations such as Free Press, CREDO, and MoveOn.org, along with tech companies such as Google and Facebook, and rank-and-file grassroots activists are so far holding back attempts to commercialize the Internet in ways that would impede the otherwise free flow of media and data.  Corporate special interests will not relent and neither must we. They want to secure fast lanes, the cost of ...

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Net Neutrality on the front burner, at last

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Basically Every Big Internet Firm Signs Letter Against FCC's Net Neutrality Plan There has been a rush of public pressure on the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to put off the May 15 vote that would drastically change the Internet. The commission has proposed allowing big providers (Verizon and Comcast to name two) to create higher priced "fast lanes" for big media companies such as Netflix to move their content, costs that will be passed onto consumers. Instead of maintaining the free and democratic access to the utility of the Internet, there would be winners and losers, different ...

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Donate: The New Center Against Religious Extremism

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I was so heartened to see yesterday's press release issued by Wayne Besen's Truth Wins Out (TWO) regarding the funding of TWO's new Center Against Religious Extremism (CARE, or TWOCARE). “If you’re like me, you are tired of American extremists literally getting away with murder from Uganda to Russia,” said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. “The Center Against Religious Extremism is designed to monitor, counter, and ultimately serve as a bulwark against an ignoble enterprise designed to drag the world back into the Dark Ages.” It would be a wonderful service to humankind if TWOCARE can ...

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Net Neutrality: Who is minding our store?

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FCC's Reported Capitulation around Open Internet Protections is a Major Step Backward "If true, this proposal is a huge step backwards and just must be stopped,” said Michael Copps, a former FCC commissioner who now serves as a special adviser to Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative. “If the Commission subverts the Open Internet by creating a fast lane for the 1 percent and slow lanes for the 99 percent, it would be an insult to both citizens and to the promise of the Net." Technologists, activists, and regular people like you have been trying to get the rest ...

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More on Giulio Prisco’s Sex and the Art of Cosmic Governance (Part 3)

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This is the third installment about Giulio Prisco's upcoming book entitled, tentatively, Tales of The Turing Church. A draft of his chapter, "Sex and the Art of Cosmic Governance," that includes recollections of his many interactions with VenusPlusX Co-founder Dan Massey.  Part 1 included an excerpt from Dan's talk at the Transvision conference where we met Giulio for the first time, and Part 2 focuses on ensuing interactions.

Giulio is a physicist and computer scientist, and former senior manager in the European space administration. Giulio works as a consultant and contributes to several science and ...

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Giulio Prisco discusses Sex and the Art of Cosmic Governance (Part 2)

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This is the second installment about Giulio Prisco's upcoming book entitled, tentatively, Tales of The Turing Church. A draft of his chapter, "Sex and the Art of Cosmic Governance," that includes recollections of his many interactions with VenusPlusX Co-founder Dan Massey.  Part 1 included an excerpt from Dan's talk at the Transvision conference where we met Giulio for the first time, and Part 3 recollects Dan's remarks from one of his interactions with the Mormon Transhumanist Association in 2012.

Giulio is a physicist and computer scientist, and former senior manager in the European space administration. Giulio ...

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Giulio Prisco’s incoming book examines Sex and the Art of Cosmic Governance (Part 1)

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Our dear friend, Giulio Prisco, is writing a book entitled, tentatively, Tales of The Turing Church, and sent us this draft chapter, "Sex and the Art of Cosmic Governance," that includes recollections of his many interactions with VenusPlusX Co-founder Dan Massey. (This post continues in Part 2 and Part 3.)   Giulio is a physicist and computer scientist, and former senior manager in the European space administration. Giulio works as a consultant and contributes to several science and technology magazines. In 2002-2008 he served on the Board of Directors of Humanity Plus, of which he was Executive Director, ...

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