Disguised as Compassion

Wayne Swan and Bill Shorten met with representatives of insurance companies yesterday to encourage them to show compassion to flood victims ‘as anger grows over the companies’ “no policy, no payout” stance.‘ Labor wants the insurance companies to give payments to people who don’t have flood insurance. Julia Gillard suggests that not paying out people who didn’t have policies …

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‘Green Fuels’ Aren’t Green

via Small Dead Animals: The ETC Group, an international organization supporting sustainability and conservation, has just published its newest report, an 84-page document that presents a lengthy criticism of “the new bioeconomy.” In it, principal author Jim Thomas argues that using biofuels for energy and resources isn’t green — in fact, he says, it’s even …

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‘Proof’ of Psychic Powers, Fish Numbers and HIV

Proof of psychic powers? Actually, no. Just proof that academics are not easily able to think beyond their preconceived notions. Professor Daryl Bem says his work shows most people have psychic powers. He conducted nine different experiments on over 1000 students. Eight of the experiments showed some psychic ability. I am willing to bet that …

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