Jan
30

"What's extraordinary about these findings is that it provides some of the…

"What's extraordinary about these findings is that it provides some of the first evidence that early American hunter-gatherers were not as simplistic as we've tended to imagine," says study co-author T.R. Kidder, PhD, professor and chair of anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Embedded Link Archaic Native Americans built massive… Continue reading »

Jan
27

Interesting read

Can you see the sasquatch? So what happens when we classify in the absence of theory? We aren’t yet inductively constructing theory, and we aren’t able to deduce from theory (since there isn’t any yet) the classes of objects in the domain we are investigating. We argue that what is happening here is pattern recognition… Continue reading »

Jan
23

We keep nibbling around the edges

Eventually we must realize that there simply is nothing like oil. Though it takes significant energy and resources to produce the super-small silicon balls, the particles could help power portable devices in situations where water is available and portability is more important than low cost. Embedded Link Just add water: How scientists are using silicon… Continue reading »

Jan
22

Are we really that afraid?

"A 5-year-old girl was suspended from school earlier this week after she made what the school called a "terrorist threat." Embedded Link Kindergartner Suspended For “Bubble-Gun Terrorism” Alt-Market.com – supporting local economies, barter networks, farmers initiatives, and alternative currencies backed by tangible commodities. Google+: View post on Google+

Jan
21

Interesting

Who knew? Embedded Link Astroturfing – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Astroturfing refers to political, advertising or public relations campaigns that are designed to mask the sponsors of the message to give the appearance of coming from a disinterested, grassroots part… Google+: View post on Google+

Jan
21

So much for that

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Embedded Link First Amendment Terrorist: Pentagon Says Protests Are Acts… Continue reading »

Jan
21

"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable receiving."…

"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable receiving." – Albert Einstein Google+: View post on Google+

Jan
20

A very brave perspective on being in the world.

A very brave perspective on being in the world. Embedded Link Bucky’s Self Disciplines | The Buckminster Fuller Institute Self-Disciplines. I decided that Nature might support a man who was doing what Nature wanted to be done and concluded that I would be informed by Nature if I proceeded in the following manner: 1. Use… Continue reading »

Jan
20

I talk to people about the issues facing our society all of the time

Always their rationalizations start out with "They". They will do this or they will do that. What "They" have been doing for my entire lifetime is whatever it is that is in their own best interest. And this time their own best interests are diametrically opposed to the interests of the majority of people who… Continue reading »

Jan
20

"Favourable regulatory terms" means a government who is willing to use…

"Favourable regulatory terms" means a government who is willing to use violence to stop opposition and a government that is willing to continue providing them with rock bottom royalty rates. They need to be disabused of that notion and we are the only ones able to do it. We still have the limited democratic powers… Continue reading »

Jan
20

A potent message for all of us

Stop being lazy, get off the couch and educate yourselves. Embedded Link Racism, hunger and laziness: A First Nations youth perspective on Idle No More media coverage | Change the conversation, support rabble.ca today. As Chief Theresa Spence has demonstrated since December 11th, there is supreme hunger in this country. For too many First Nations… Continue reading »

Jan
20

I keep coming back to Buckminster Fuller's idea on how to handle industrial …

I keep coming back to Buckminster Fuller's idea on how to handle industrial pollution. Demand zero emissions from industry. Government would compensate them for the costs associated with developing and implementing the technologies required to achieve this goal, leaving these industries in as good a competitive position as before the new regulations. The catch? Government… Continue reading »

Jan
20

A great example of this focused way of looking at the world is cancer

We treat cancer in isolation. We have spent billions looking for a cure, millions fighting against the most egregious causes like smoking and we also spend ridiculous amounts of cognitive effort in denying the systemic causes that science has shown us. For example? Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen. Benzene is a known carcinogen. Formaldehyde… Continue reading »

Jan
20

West Virgina

The Aral Sea. The Gulf of Mexico. Fukushima. Chernobyl. The Niger Delta. Stop me if you've heard this one before because I got a million of 'em. I guess my question really boils down to this: When will it be enough? Before or after we reach the critical tipping point where loss of biodiversity guarantees… Continue reading »

Jan
20

An excellent resource for anyone still thinking that there is a debate to be had…

An excellent resource for anyone still thinking that there is a debate to be had about AGW, affectionately known as global heating. There is no debate. There is the massive and growing body of climate science. There is the massive and growing consensus among climate scientists. And then there is denial, in its many and… Continue reading »

Jan
17

Watch the trailers, support the documentary

A couple of dollars from half of you who see this will make all of the difference in getting this documentary done. Thanks. Chris George Embedded Link Fractured Land, the documentary Inspiring young Indigenous law student takes on Big Oil & Gas to protect his people’s land, water and culture in the wilds of northern… Continue reading »

Jan
16

Coming soon to an urban area near you.

Coming soon to an urban area near you. Embedded Link Utopian ‘Private City’ Envisioned as Crime-Free Oasis | WebUrbanist A private city surrounded by white walls is envisioned as a crime-free paradise away from the realities of homicide-plagued Guatemala City. But is it realistic? Google+: View post on Google+

Jan
15

"People only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognize…

"People only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognize necessity when a crisis is upon them." – Jean Monnet Google+: Reshared 1 times Google+: View post on Google+

Jan
11

The Ten Commandments are a moral code, designed to guide behaviour in a society

What if a future anthropologist had no access to this document except for oblique references in literature and had to recreate them from what he could learn from our behaviour? Here is what Jack D. Forbes came up with in his book "Columbus and Other Cannibals" (1979) 1. Thou shalt make a profit. 2. Thou… Continue reading »

Jan
11

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities….

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. – Missionaria Protectiva, Frank Herbert's "Heretics of Dune" Google+: View post on Google+

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