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Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum ("I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am") - philosophical Latin statement

Cogito ergo sum ("I think, therefore I am") - or -
Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum ("I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am")

This is a philosophical Latin statement proposed by René Descartes.
The phrase became a fundamental element of Western philosophy, as it was perceived to form a foundation for all knowledge.

— René Descartes

Nature's Law. Gentoo penguins can reach top speeds of 22 mph, swimming! Even squirrels know to avoid GMO foods!

A gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother stands with her chick in Antarctica.

’even squirrels know to avoid GMO foods!’

emperor penguins swimming

an emperor penguin loses its old feathers (the fluffy ones) as new ones grow in underneath
Once a year, penguins experience a catastrophic molt. (Yes, that’s the official term.) Most birds molt (lose feathers and regrow them) a few at a time throughout the year, but penguins lose them all at once.

Gentoo penguins jumping out of the water
Gentoo penguins “porpoise” by jumping out of the water. They can move faster through air than water, so will often porpoise to escape from a predator.

Bornwild Penguin

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Most penguins swim underwater at around four to seven miles per hour (mph), but the fastest penguin—the gentoo (Pygoscelis papua)—can reach top speeds of 22 mph!  read more »

"To Health of Earth" top 3 most popular (SOS Amazon, panda, solar system) reads, since '08, on Earth Day Eve'13: 1,146,689

To the Health of the Earth - healthy we cannot be unless the earth is.

#1 most popular, all time (as of April 20, 2013) - 489,898 reads
"SOS Amazon": every second we lose 1.5 acres of rainforests once covering 14% of earth land surface, now a mere 6%
SOS: save the Amazon

#2 most popular, all time (as of April 20, 2013) - 342,276 reads
Zoo Atlanta celebrates arrival of baby panda, 2nd cub of mother Lun Lun and only panda born in US in 2008 so far
giant panda cub Mei Lan, left, playing with her mother Lun Lun in the panda hammock at Zoo Atlanta, Ga. on Wednesday March 28, 2007

#3 most popular, all time (as of April 20, 2013) - 314,515 reads
Solar system moving 100000 mph faster than thought; 15% speed increase translates to doubling of mass of Milky Way
our solar system

Image courtesy of www.amazonwatch.org, Thomas Marent, impactlab.com, wikipedia, Sipa Press / Rex Features, Atlanta Zoo / AP Photo, John Spink / Atlanta Journal-Constitution, scienceclass.ning.com, lns.mit.edu, and gcsescience.com

Shocking or not. 17trillion debt & votes on 2nd Amendment may spring US Founding Fathers out of grave: tradition out of fashion?

US Outstanding Public Debt is over $16.8 trillion as of April 14, 2013

Signing of the Constitution of the United States

To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America

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As of April 14, 2013 at 02:52:27 AM GMT, the Outstanding Public Debt is over $16.8 trillion

On December 15 in 1791 the Founding Fathers who gave birth to the United States created the 2nd Amendment. On Friday, April 12, 2013,
“uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty”? see the 53-46 vote

The Statement of Purpose from the bill read:
“To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.”  read more »

"Sweetness of true love would flee, vanished, on the way out of Privacy to be staged for Public Show. So would..." - LuCxeed

Sweetness of true love would flee, vanished, on the way out of Privacy to be staged for Public Show. So would sacred elegance of Marriage.

— LuCxeed

Good luck travels decades fr Cape Town S. Africa back to US folk musician, Rodriguez, to Oscar for "Searching for Sugar Man"...

documentary based on true story of folksinger Sixto Rodriguez

Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn accept Academy Award
Best documentary feature winners Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn accept their award onstage for "Searching for Sugarman," about the reclusive Detroit musician Rodriguez, at the 85th annual Academy Awards.

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'Searching for Sugar Man' Wins Oscar, and More Praise for Rodriguez
"Searching for Sugar Man," honored with more than 30 awards in the last year, won the big one when it was named best documentary at the 85th annual Academy Awards. Director Malik Bendjelloul's film about the forgotten musician Rodriguez capped its journey that began at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film, leading to a theatrical release in July.

(below content may contain spoilers for the film)

Sixto Díaz Rodríguez (born July 10, 1942) is a folk musician, wildly popular, extremely successful and influential in South Africa, mistakenly rumored to have committed suicide. In his home country - America, no one knows about him, about his music - two little-sold albums in the early 1970s.  read more »

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