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Apparently facts are partisan now.
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Lesbian woman arrested in North Carolina for seeking a marriage license

#Civilrights #gaymarriage #northcarolina

Read more here: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/05/11/482661/lesbian-woman-arrested-after-seeking-marriage-license-in-north-carolina/
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It is only a matter of time.
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#stopcispa #CISPA Need to add Cispa to that cartoon but you get the point.
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Morning, Moon, and Mercury

Last week +Mercury wandered far to the west of the +Sun. As the +Solar System's innermost planet neared its greatest elongation or greatest angle from the Sun (for this apparition about 27 degrees) it was joined by an old crescent +Moon. The conjunction was an engaging sight for early morning risers in the southern hemisphere. There the pair rose together in predawn skies, climbing high above the horizon along a steeply inclined ecliptic plane. This well composed sequence captures the rising Moon and Mercury above the city lights of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. A stack of digital images, it consists of an exposure made every 3 minutes beginning at 4:15 am local time on April 19. Mercury's track is at the far right, separated from the Moon's path by about 8 degrees.

Image Credit & Copyright: Stephen Mudge
Explanation of the image from: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120426.html
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In this instance, I think you want 'right'. It's a synonym of 'correct'. To write is to express thoughts in words in some semi-physical format. :)
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Map of Life
integrating species distribution knowledge

An interactive mapping tool for exploring species distribution. (Currently focusing on terrestrial vertebrate, but expansion is planned.)

http://www.mappinglife.org/

#biology #species #vertebrate #distribution #mapping
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Well, we reproduce every time we breed. Whether we evolve depends upon what you mean by the term. Evolution normally refers to collective change under environmental pressure. There are vast numbers of species that have remained largely static for millennia because they are adapted to a particular niche and that niche continues to exist. We'd be hard pressed to say they evolved beyond initially apapting to the niche they are in once they were adapted. Individuals of the species may possess mutations that leave them unable to survive, or mutations that don't make any difference, but the species doesn't change because it has no need to.

Tool use is evolution, and use of tools is an advantage for species that do it. Dawkin's concept of extended phenotypes is partially applicable to what I'm talking about. My basic point is that our continuing evolution is external. Animal species have changed in a variety of ways over time to adapt to environments, doing things like growing thicker coats to better stand cold temperatures, growing larger and stronger or perhaps smaller and faster, becoming better suited to avoiding danger, finding food, and being better able to produce the next generation in the environments to which they are adapting.

We use technology to provide adaptation that required gross physical evolution in other species. We don't need to develop thicker fur to tolerate cold: we make and wear clothes that we put on and take off at need. We use technology to extend our senses to better detect threats and find (or grow or raise) food. If we need speed or strength, there are tools that can provide it. Our bodies don't have to change. Instead of adapting to our environment, we adapt our environment to us.

There have been speculations in SF that the next stage of human evolution will be our technology: that we will be able to create intelligent and self-replicating machines that can supplant us.
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Still think light pollution isn't a problem? What does your sky look like at night?
 
Milky Way Galaxy above the ESO 3.6-metre Telescope

What is in the Milky Way Galaxy?

• 300–500 billion stars (like the Sun, Sirius, Betelgeuse)
• at least 100 billion planets (like Mars, Jupiter, Kepler-14b)
• more than 10 billion planets in the Habitable Zone (like Earth, Gliese 667 Cc, Kepler-22b)

And the Milky Way Galaxy is one of at least 200-500 billion galaxies in the Observable Universe (like Andromeda Galaxy, Pinwheel Galaxy, Whirlpool Galaxy)

Earth's Location in the Universe → http://goo.gl/eKo67
When will be first contact with alien civilization? → http://goo.gl/nJur8
How Earth Made Us? → http://goo.gl/4sKlV

Image Credit: S. Brunier/ESO
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In order to avert cuts to the military and military spending, the House budget for 2013 instead takes these cuts out on children, and child services in the United States, slashing programs such as lunch and breakfast for poor children, childcare programs, foster care programs, and child abuse prevention and intervention.

I grew up in an extremely abusive household as a child. If you would like details as to the type of situation I personally went through, you are welcome to watch this video. http://youtu.be/cb5IJg0AGLw

If you are not moved by compassion towards children, but would prefer instead to argue economics, read this excerpt from the article:

"These cuts are not only immoral—they are also bad economic policy. Child poverty alone costs our economy upwards of $500 billion a year in lost productivity, increased health care costs, and expenditures in the criminal justice system. Poor childhood nutrition leads to a host of negative consequences including increased instance of chronic diseases, lower educational achievement, and a less-skilled workforce of the future—all of which will ultimately undermine our economic competitiveness."

"In contrast, higher taxes on the wealthy would not harm economic growth."

Contact your house representative and tell them this is unacceptable. Please, do this if you know anyone who has gone through any sort of abuse, has been involved in the foster care system, or has ever received food stamps or free lunch. Actually, you already know one, if you are reading this. You know me.

I went through so much abuse and neglect from age 13-15 that I developed an extreme case of lupus. I have never gone into a period of remission since I was diagnosed with the disease at age 15, following several years of physical violence, neglect, exposure to freezing temperatures, and deprivation of food. (Lupus, although it is suspected may also have a genetic predisposition, is triggered later on in life, often by a prolonged period of physical or mental stress on the body.)

My case is very severe. I am regularly hospitalized; I require infusions and medication that are enormously expensive. I am lucky to be alive now; but because of that, I spend a lot of my time speaking up about situations like these. I know what it is like to go hungry as a child. It makes me immensely angry that we would sacrifice the safety and emotional security of a generation of children in order to maintain the enormous amount of spending we put into the military.

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/04/cuts_to_kids.html
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