Archive for November 29th, 2008

I would like to take a few moments to express my outrage over this bit of news: a Wal-Mart worker died last Friday, trampled to death by a stampede of shoppers who were out looking for a bargain.

“In a sign of consumer desperation amid a bleak economy, the annual rite of retailing known as Black Friday turned chaotic and deadly, as shoppers scrambled for holiday bargains.

A Wal-Mart worker on Long Island, N.Y., died after being trampled by customers who broke through the doors early Friday, and other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man. At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals.

Fights and injuries occurred elsewhere at other stores operated by Wal-Mart, the nation’s leading discount chain, which is one of the few retailers thriving in the current economy.

Meanwhile, two men at a crowded Toys “R” Us in Palm Desert, Calif., pulled guns and shot each other to death after women with them brawled, witnesses said. The company released a statement late Friday saying the deaths were related to a personal dispute and not Black Friday shopping.”


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The second episode in Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, by Carl Sagan which covered a wide range of scientific subjects including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe.

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This is the first episode of the popular PBS series: Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, hosted by Carl Sagan which covered a wide range of scientific subjects delving into the origin of life and the universe.

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British journalist Magnus Magnusson brings together an interesting panel: theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, astronomer Carl Sagan and science author Arthur C. Clarke. The panel tackles big questions about the origin of our universe and life and the existence of creation myths that religions pose to explain the origin of the universe. A rare talk with the great thinkers of our time.

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Carl Sagan explains the common roots of the science of Astronomy and the art of Astrology–and why astrology remains within the realm of pseudo-science and superstition.

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In an excerpt from the popular PBS series: Cosmos, Carl Sagan recounts the story of the great library of Alexandria, the fate of Hypatia, the last scientist to teach there, and the stagnation and destruction of the library under the hands of Christian fanatics.

Most of Alexandria’s great works are lost in time for ever, and is a cautionary tale of how ignorance and supersitious fanaticism threatens the progress and development of science, and holds humanity back from its true potential.

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