Daily Archives: August 9, 2011

“A Declaration of War on the Poor”: Cornel West and Tavis Smiley on the Debt Ceiling Agreement

Hiroshima - Ngasaki - Fukushima and much more via Democracy Now

Hiroshima - Nagasaki - Fukushima and much more via Democracy Now Click here to read more)

Giordano Bruno

Giordano Bruno

Bruno was a 16th-century Italian philosopher who theorized that the universe is infinite. He entered a Dominican convent as a teen but abandoned the order after being accused of heresy and began traveling Europe lecturing and teaching. His cosmological theories anticipated modern conceptions of the universe but led to his excommunication by the Roman Catholic, Calvinist, and Lutheran churches. Arrested by the Inquisition in 1593, he was burned at the stake after a trial lasting how many years? More… Discuss

Institutions subjugate man and kill his soul and beliefs, under the pretense of salvation or starvation as they see politically advantageous. Reason and faith have nothing to do with it. 

“E pur si muove!”

Today’s Quotation: On Human Popolation Growth

Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Jean Piaget (1896)

Jean Piaget (1896)

Regarded as the foremost developmental psychologist of the 20th century, Piaget developed a theory of “genetic epistemology,” a natural timetable for the development of the child’s ability to think, in which he traced four stages—the sensorimotor (ages 0–2), preoperational or symbolic (2–7), concrete operational (7–12), and formal operational (12 and up)—each marked by increased cognitive sophistication and ability to use symbols. What specific developments occur in each stage? More… Discuss

Rioting Continues in London

Rioting Continues in London

Rioting, which began on Saturday night in the Tottenham area of north London, has spread to other parts of the city. The clashes began after a peaceful protest of a police shooting that took the life of a 29-year-old father of four turned violent. Police vehicles were set alight and shops were looted and burned. The riots continued and spread on Sunday and Monday, resulting in dozens of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage and leading to more than 200 arrests. The rioters appear to be using social media services and cell phones to coordinate attacks on shops and police. More… Discuss

“Fat Man” Detonated over Nagasaki, Japan (1945)

“Fat Man” Detonated over Nagasaki, Japan (1945)

During WWII, Nagasaki became the target of the second atomic bomb ever detonated on a populated area. Three days after the US dropped a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, a more powerful plutonium device, code-named “Fat Man,” was dropped on Nagasaki. Approximately 40,000 people were killed outright, and a total of 75,000 were killed or wounded. More than a third of the city was devastated. The necessity of the attack is still debated. The “Fat Man” was supposedly named after a character in what film? More… Discuss

American Experience: This Day in History- President Nixon Resignation – via PBS

American Experience-President Nixon

American Experience-President Nixon in China