Obama enacts carbon restrictions despite Congress

Congress has refused to pass legislation restricting carbon emissions, so President Obama is doing it on his own.  He has decreed what is being called a “war on coal”:

The Obama administration took aim at the coal industry on Monday by mandating a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions at fossil fuel-burning power plants by 2030 — despite claims the regulation will cost nearly a quarter-million jobs a year and force plants across the country to close. [Read more...]

Scientists claim that we’ll find alien life in 20 years

The government-funded effort to find alien life–known as SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life)–is running out of money.  So its scientists testified before Congress, claiming that extraterrestrial life is a virtual certainty and that we should find it within 20 years.

Do you see anything wrong with that testimony? [Read more...]

How dogs say, “I’m just playing”

You know how a dog will get down on his paws with his rear in the air, especially when meeting another dog?  That’s called a “play bow” and means that he wants to play.  He will also do it if he bites the dog and wants to communicate that “I didn’t really mean it.”  Or, if things get out of hand, “I’m sorry.”  Researchers are discovering other signs of the way dogs “think” and communicate. [Read more...]

Cat hero

Cats get little credit for expressing love to their owners, but maybe they are just introverted.  In times of crisis, they can rise to the occasion.  After the jump, a video of a cat rescuing a 4-year-old from a vicious dog. [Read more...]

Dark matter and spiritual matter?

Our increasingly weird science now affirms that there is a reality that we cannot see, feel, or perceive in any way.  And yet it makes up 85% of the universe, which it basically holds together.  What does that remind you of?

Please note that I am not asserting an equivalence of dark matter and the spiritual realm, just noting parallels, as well as the curious phenomenon of science now recognizing that some kinds of reality elude our conventional materialistic categories. [Read more...]

The difference one person can make

Some say history is made by vast social and economic forces.  Others say that even vast forces are launched by the actions of individual human beings .  Yesterday’s newspaper, in two separate articles, showed the difference made by two individuals, one whose actions led to the deaths of millions; the other whose actions led to saving the lives of billions. [Read more...]


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