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Will Climate Change & Eco-migration Lead to Increased Warfare?

Shutterstock_3456553_2 A few years ago the Pentagon-sponsored report, Abrupt Climate Change Scenario warned of the need to strengthen US defenses against "unwanted starving immigrants" from the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. In January 2007, the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root won a contract from the US government to augment existing immigration detention and removal facilities "in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the US."

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Scientists Find that Low Self-Esteem & Materialism Goes Hand in Hand

Rodeo_drive_2 “Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need.”

~From the movie Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk

A Galaxy classic...with a recession going full force, we thought this feature might help ease the pain.

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Has Cultural Evolution Replaced Biology?

Bladerunner010707 Now, after some three billion years, the Darwinian era is over. The epoch of species competition came to an end about 10 thousand years ago when a single species, Homo sapiens, began to dominate and reorganize the . Since that time, cultural evolution has replaced biological evolution as the driving force of change.

Freeman Dyson  -professor emeritus of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study

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Galapagos Goats Exterminated: Capricide on a Pacific Island

Puerto_egas_skull If you've ever wanted a job as a professional goat-murderer, sorry, but you've missed your chance.  Now please stay far away from us and try to get some help.  A team of conservationists have successfully exterminated the invasive Galapagos goats on Santiago, completing a four year campaign of capricide on the Pacific island.

The Galapagos goats (or as they were known back then, "just goats") were introduced in the 1920's and they immediately begin eating so much, so hard, that they didn't just threaten the island's species - they threatened the island itself.  Without the plants to hold the soil together erosion accelerated, or put another way, these things eat so hard that the ground goes away.

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Saturn's Moon Titan Mimics Earth's Tropics

Titan5km_huygens_3_2 No, it's not science fiction: If space travelers ever visit Saturn's largest moon, they will find a tropical world where temperatures plunge to minus 274 degrees Fahrenheit, methane rains from the sky and dunes of ice or tar cover the planet's most arid regions -a cold mirror image of Earth's tropical climate, according to scientists at the University of Chicago.

 

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Greenhouse Gas Probing Satellite to Measure Global Warming

Clouds_320 While thousands of people spout hot air about whether there's any such thing as global warming, Japanese space-scientists have launched a satellite to accurately measure it.  That's why they're awesome space-scientists while the others are busy misspelling their angry comments.  The Ibuki satellite has successfully deployed its solar panels and is all set to watch us for the next five years.

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