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July 1, 2010

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Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 08:21:05
From: Jeffrey Side <>
To: Jeffrey Side <>
Subject: The new ebook from Argotist Ebooks is "Playz" by Alan Sondheim:

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Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 11:50:08
From: "Steven Biel, Political Action" <>
To: Alan Sondheim <>
Subject: BP is burning endangered sea turtles alive

Click here to sign the petition:
"BP: Stop blocking the rescue of endangered sea turtles before you burn them
                      alive in your 'controlled burns.'"

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Dear MoveOn member,

News recently emerged from the Gulf Coast that BP is burning endangered sea
turtles alive.1

That's right. BP is using "controlled burns" to contain the oil spill, and
any turtles that are not removed from the area before the fire is lit are
literally burned alive.

A boat captain who has been leading efforts to rescue the endangered turtles
says BP has blocked his crews from entering the areas where the animals are
trapped, effectively shutting down the rescue operation.

With BP already facing so much public outrage, we can stop this. Our friends
at Credo Mobile launched a petition demanding that BP stop burning turtles
alive, and you can add your name by clicking the link below:

The petition says: "BP: Stop blocking the rescue of endangered sea turtles
before you burn them alive in your 'controlled burns.'"

Then, after you've signed, be sure to share it with your friends on
Facebook, Twitter, or by forwarding this email.

The way controlled burns work is that shrimp boats create a corral of oil by
dragging together fire-resistant booms and then lighting the enclosed "burn
box" on fire. Any animals not removed from the burn area are trapped. 

The sea turtle most affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the Kemp's
Ridley, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.2

"They ran us out of there and then they shut us down. They would not let us
get back in there," said turtle rescuer Mike Ellis in an interview with
conservation biologist Catherine Craig that was posted on YouTube.3

Environmental groups including the Center for Biological Diversity and
Turtle Island Restoration Network have called on BP to end the practice, but
BP has refused, denying that there's really any problem. Yesterday, these
groups filed a lawsuit demanding that BP take action to protect the
endangered turtles.4 But the legal system can work very slowly, and the
turtles need help now.

Tell BP to allow the rescue boats back in and stop burning endangered sea
turtles alive. Click the link below to sign the petition:

Thanks for all you do.

?Steven, Jeff, Duncan, Amy, and the rest of the team

1. "BP 'burning sea turtles alive,'" The Raw Story, June 20, 2010

2. "Sea Turtles Among Oil Spill Victims," NPR, June 10, 2010

3. "Venice, Louisiana, Boat Captain, by Catherine Craig," YouTube, June 13,

4. "Gulf of Mexico sea turtles may be burning with oil, groups plan to sue
BP," Miami Herald, June 30, 2010

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Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 14:50:28
From: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory <>
To: "" <>
Subject: Man in the Moon has 'Graphite Whiskers'


Whitney Clavin 818-354-4673
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Tina McDowell 202-939-1120
Carnegie Institution, Washington, D.C.

News release:2010-220                                                                  
    July 1, 2010

Man in the Moon has 'Graphite Whiskers'

The full version of this story with accompanying images is at:

PASADENA, Calif. -- In a new analysis of a lunar sample collected by Apollo
17, researchers have detected and dated carbon on the moon in the form of
graphite -- the sooty stuff of pencil lead -- which survived from around 3.8
billion years ago, when the moon was heavily bombarded by meteorites. Up to
now, scientists thought the trace amounts of carbon previously detected on
the surface of the moon came from the solar wind.

Some of the graphite revealed by the new study appeared in a rare rolled
form known as "graphite whiskers," which scientists believe formed in the
very high-temperature reactions initiated by a meteorite impact. The
discovery also means that the moon potentially holds a record of the carbon
input by meteors into the Earth-moon system when life was just beginning to
emerge on Earth. The research is published in the July 2 issue of the
journal Science.

"The solar system was chaotic, with countless colliding objects 3.9 billion
years ago," explained lead author Andrew Steele, based at the Carnegie
Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. "Volatiles -- compounds like
water and elements like carbon -- were vaporized under that heat and shock.
These materials were critical to the creation of life on Earth."

"Materials that fell on the early Earth fell on the moon as well, because
the two bodies basically share the same gravity well," said Marc Fries, a
planetary scientist who conducted the research while working at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and is now based at the Planetary
Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz. "This sample is like a pristine page from
Earth's past, before plate tectonics and other forces erased the history of
this ancient carbon material on Earth."

While the sample from the Mare Serenitatis area came back to Earth in 1972,
the research team, led by scientists at the Geophysical Laboratory of the
Carnegie Institution for Science, used a new technique known as Raman
spectroscopy on the sample. Previous techniques enabled scientists to get a
sense of the composition, but this kind of spectroscopy is more sensitive
and also allows scientists to create an image of the minerals. The graphite
whiskers appeared to be a few micrometers in diameter and up to about 10
microns long.

Scientists were surprised at the finding of graphite and graphite whiskers.

"It shows that modern spatially resolved techniques could be used to
discover further surprises in the now 40-year-old Apollo collection," said
co-author Mihaela Glamoclija, based at the Carnegie Institution.

The scientists ruled out the possibility that the graphite was a result of
contamination, because graphite whiskers, in particular, form under very hot
conditions, between 1,830 and 6,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,273 to 3,900
Kelvin). They also ruled out the solar wind as the source, because the
graphite and graphite whiskers were much larger than carbon implanted by the
solar wind, and while contamination occurred throughout the sample, the
graphite was restricted to a discrete blackened area of the sample.

"We believe that the carbon we detected either came from the object that
made the impact basin, or it condensed from the carbon-rich gas that was
released during impact," said co-author Francis McCubbin, of the Carnegie

The research was partly funded by the NASA Astrobiology, Mars Fundamental
Research, and the Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research programs
in NASA's Planetary Division in Washington. The California Institute of
Technology manages JPL for NASA.

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The Wake

This is the beginning of the Wake of the Real.
There is a certain style to our world.
The world presents a certain style to us.
Our senses construct a certain style to the world.
The style of the world is the world incomplete.
Instrumentation extended these senses.
We directly observe only limited modalities.
There are modalities inaccessible except through instrumentation.
Instrumentation transforms bandwidths of modalities.
Our senses leave a wake in the world.
Cultures orient wakes.
Wakes possess impermeable cores.
The orientation of wakes constructs meaning.
The construct of meaning founders and is founded on abjection.
Abjection is the irresolute deconstruction of the body.
The body is the site of the construct of meaning.
Meaning and body are a mess.
The world is consistent.
Inconsistency is the result of over- or de-cathecting.
Overcathecting implies the error of inerrancy.
Decathecting implies the fragility of invested domains.
Cathecting wavers between overcathecting and decathecting
Determination wavers between overdetermination and indeterminacy.
Science is the absorption of anomaly by construct.
Construct and meaning are boot-strapped.
Boot-strapping occurs throughout the wake among sentient beings.
No sentience, no wake.
The wake is always already under erasure, disappearance.
The re-mark of the wake is history; the mark of the wake is death.
Always a mark, never a demarcation.
Inscription drowns and coalesces in the wake.
Inscription dwells in sentience.
The disorders of sentience, orders of the real.
The disorders of the real, orders of sentience.
Inscription is never inscribed.
This is the end of the Wake of the Real.

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