Sep
27

It doesn't get much more blatant than this

Journalists are supposed to be objective. Reuters should know that. You see, the headline doesn’t quite match the actual quote in the story. Rather than delivering on their big tease with a blustering rant about destroying Israel with a hail of newly-minted nuclear weapons, Ahmadinejad’s quote in paragraph eleven of the story comes across a… Continue reading »

Sep
27

This couldn't possibly end well

The new trend is created by injecting 400 cc of saline into the forehead until it swells up and then pressing the center of the swollen area in with a thumb. Embedded Link "Bagel Head" Trend Is the Newest Fashion Sensation Tattoos, body piercings and implants have become the norm in today's society. However the… Continue reading »

Sep
27

The intended consequences are bad enough

It is the unintended ones that point out exactly how stupid we really still are. The microscopic fragments, invisible until accumulated in trawling nets, are the result of waste products such as plastic bags and bottles, degraded over years or decades by UV light and sea water. Tara researchers, whose work was recently hailed by… Continue reading »

Sep
26

I think I'd want to make mine out of something a little more durable if I was…

I think I'd want to make mine out of something a little more durable if I was planning to leave it laying around a city. Embedded Link World’s Smallest House? 1 Sq M of Mobile Living Space | WebUrbanist Once a Laotian refugee and, now, a German architect, Van Bo Le-Mentzel understands firsthand what it… Continue reading »

Sep
26

Canada is 6th

But apparently Ottawa is working to make us more like the United States. Embedded Link The Declining Economic Freedom Of The United States | ZeroHedge The United States, long considered the standard bearer for economic freedom among large industrial nations, has experienced a remarkable plunge in economic freedom during the past decade. From 1980 to…… Continue reading »

Sep
26

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much

– Helen Keller Google+: View post on Google+

Sep
26

This is my province

As a candidate for local government office, I agree with these guys. It is time for a "common sense revolution". Embedded Link Decriminalize marijuana, says UBCM, citing gang violence in communities B.C.’s municipal politicians have waded into the national marijuana debate by voting in favour of decriminalizing pot and studying the benefits of taxing and… Continue reading »

Sep
26

My early exposure to nature has made a difference for me

What is your experience? Recently I began asking friends this question: Does a child have a right to a walk in the woods? Does an adult? To my surprise, several people responded with puzzled ambivalence. Look at what our species is doing to the planet, they said; based on that evidence alone, isn’t the relationship… Continue reading »

Sep
26

Does it ever work out for anyone?

It is the same here in Canada. There are minor differences between the parties, mainly in who gets to benefit the most from the looting, but the looting is what matters most. You get the point. Obama is not in charge. Romney would not be in charge. Politicians are the public face of corporate power. They are… Continue reading »

Sep
26

I am sure they agonized over this

Rospotrebnadzor, Russia’s consumer rights watchdog, said that it has suspended the import and use of the Monsanto GM corn in the country. It also said the country’s Institute of Nutrition has been asked to assess the validity of the study. Embedded Link GM Corn Banned In Russia – Science News – redOrbit Russia is halting… Continue reading »

Sep
26

Can you fool enough people all of the time?

Think about the moral relativism and dark-heartedness that is required to embrace this philosophy in the pithy and clinical way Clawson does.  Now realize that our government today is heavily populated by men and women who think in exactly this manner.  This is the rotten core of America's foreign policy on display for all to… Continue reading »

Sep
26

Think of a mountain

Now think about all of the associations that your brain just made that all have to do with mountains. This is how the associative model of memory works. It is what makes us such potent innovators. What makes the difference, Bor argues, is a concept called chunking, which allows us to hack the limits of… Continue reading »

Sep
26

How about that

The real world has limits. Satellite measurements now allow precise measurements of the amount of photosynthesis taking place on the planet’s seven continents and assorted islands—or what scientists call “net primary productivity.” Such measurements are based on the amount of ground covered by plants, the density of that growth, and observations of temperature, sunlight and… Continue reading »

Sep
26

“Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings,…

“Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?” ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Google+: View… Continue reading »

Sep
26

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Sep
25

If we're going to start talking opportunity cost, go big

What is the opportunity cost of this particular version of industrial civilization? Start in 1750 and let your imagination run wild. $500 billion is roughly 3% of $16 trillion. That is rather astounding, isn't it? We could have switched to a (largely) solar-powered electrical grid for a mere 3% of what the Fed squandered to… Continue reading »

Sep
25

I still say that you should be able to determine when the next major conflict will…

I still say that you should be able to determine when the next major conflict will occur. Just look at P/E, inventories and the fiscal health of companies like Raytheon, GE etc. and wait until you see a softening trend in profits. Their shareholders will make a few calls, pull a few strings and next… Continue reading »

Sep
25

How is that garden coming along?

"This the smallest minimum ice extent we've ever had, and not just in the satellite record, but probably in the last million years," says Yackel, a sea ice geophysicist and climatologist. From the patterns he has observed, this year's extreme melt could be the beginning of a frightening trend. Embedded Link Melting Arctic ice cap… Continue reading »

Sep
25

32 out of 32

I'm real good at these lists. Embedded Link You Know You Are a Conspiracy Theorist If… | A Lightning War for Liberty You are capable of critical thinking. You distrust mainstream media. You like nature. You think it's a good idea to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving with your family rather than camping outside Bes…… Continue reading »

Sep
25

If this was the trigger for the Arab Spring, now what?

"The coming year will see the world economy re-enter a period of agflation as grain and oilseed stocks decline to critically low levels, pushing the FAO [Food and Agricultural Organisation] Food Price Index above record nominal highs set in February 2011," they say. Embedded Link World on track for record food prices 'within a year'… Continue reading »

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