“Along the way, it just dawned on me that no one is using all the energy that is down there,” he says.… Read the rest
One of the most powerful women in Christianity told the Guardian people who reject climate science are turning their backs on one of God’s most generous gifts: knowledge. Episcopalians understand the life of the mind is a gift of God and to deny the best of current knowledge is not using the gifts God has given you,” said Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.… Read the rest
My friend Pamela from Atlanta shares “a fascinating interview between photographer/media artist Chase Javis (his podcast Chase Javis LIVE) and Austin Kleon who wrote Steal Like an Artist and Share Your Work about copying work (!) about things such as the difference between being an artist and doing the art: austinkleon.com/about .… Read the rest
Steve turned me on to these outrageous brightly-colored buildings in El Alto, Bolivia, inspired by traditional Andean designs from Tiwanaku and other Incan elements. These brilliantly colored casas exemplify the Bolivian architectural style started after the election of President Evo Morales Ayma, when the national pride became more important than ever.… Read the rest
Picture a one-story wooden house shaped more or less like a box, situated along a Florida canal.
Katherine Paul is associate director of the Organic Consumers Association notes:
On Friday, February 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the first genetically engineered apple, despite hundreds of thousands of petitions asking the USDA to reject it.
According an article in Politico, the USDA said the GMO apple “doesn’t pose any harm to other plants or pests.”
Great.… Read the rest
Bradley Arthur shares this news from the Atlantic showing how meditation and happiness can affect your DNA.
“The old thinking was that our bodies were stable biological entities, fundamentally separate from the external world,” he says. “But the new thinking is that there is much more permeability and fluidity.”
His latest project is the examination of happiness in biological terms.… Read the rest
Our friend James Corbett reports that, just like the moon landings, an alien invasion could be faked by the mass hysteria, I mean mass media. He says “we all know about the crude pie-plate-on-string UFO hoaxes that have been perpetrated in the past.… Read the rest
The lava lamp was invented by Edward Craven Walker whose other claim to fame was making underwater nudist films says Abigail Tucker in Smithsonian Magazine:
At a certain moment in the late 1960s, the lava lamp came to symbolize all things countercultural and psychedelic—although, as you might expect, those who basked in its lurid glow sometimes had trouble recalling exactly why.… Read the rest
The economic cost of climate change is vastly greatly than previously estimated, providing justification for even expensive mitigation measures, new research finds.
The economic damages, or “social cost,” from carbon dioxide emissions could include property damages from flooding or loss in agricultural yields, as the U.S.
Last summer I met the genius Jacque Fresco at his futuristic Venus Project in central Florida. An engineering visionary and social optimist, his belief that abundance can be provided to everyone on Earth is demonstrated with models, buildings and visual tools that he uses to explain his system to visitors. … Read the rest
Even if you are not a member of the Dramatists Guild, you are welcome to meet representatives from New York and local artistic directors and creatives at our event in Tampa, Florida on Monday, February 9th from 6 to 9 PM. … Read the rest
Alternet says the home of the Rastafarians is about to legalize their sacramental ganja. Here is more:
The island nation most closely associated with marijuana in the popular mind is about to decriminalize it. The Jamaican cabinet Monday approved a bill that would do just that, as well as allow for the creation of medical marijuana and hemp industries.… Read the rest
+You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, to send messages brain to brain.… Read the rest
Oh no! My favorite milk may not be so guilt-free after all. Common Dreams reports that “more than a dozen factory farms producing dairy and meat products for stores nationwide engaged in widespread organic fraud for years as the USDA stood idly by.… Read the rest
Enjoy the end of the world from the comfort of a missile silo – for only 1.5 million. Of course you will have to share your silo with other rich bastards while the zombies roam above until … well, what exactly?… Read the rest
Charmian shared these 7 Tenets of Creative Writing
1. You Are Creative
Artists are not special, but each of us is a special kind of artist who enters the world as a creative and spontaneous thinker. While creative people believe they are creative, those who don’t hold that belief are not.… Read the rest
Move over, potato-clock! Plant-e’s technology produces electricity from plants without damaging them. This month more than 300 LED lights were illuminated by the Dutch company Plant-e in a new energy project called “Starry Sky.” Although the bulbs were ordinary, the electricity running through them derived from a new process that harnesses the power of living plants. … Read the rest
With more on the topic of animal souls is my hero Chris Hedges. He says:
The battle for the rights of animals is not only about animals. It is about us. Once we desanctify animals we desanctify all life. And once life is desanctified the industrial machines of death, and the drone-like bureaucrats, sadists and profiteers who operate them, carry out human carnage as easily as animal carnage.… Read the rest
My friend down the street Swami Ishtananda writes:
Swami Vivekananda is well recognized among world illuminati as a leader of mankind who has helped the human civilization to progress further in betterment of inter-faith and inter-racial understanding. UNESCO organized a four-day symposium in 1993 on Vivekananda, the first of its kind in its history.… Read the rest
“Not so fast!” cried out the good citizens of Sunshine City. When an inspiration for my sci-fi radio series, the iconic Inverted Pyramid Pier of St. Petersburg, Florida was targeted for a demolishing – not by a hurricane demon, but by plans to build a replacement – a referendum vote found 63% of residents gave that idea a thumbs down. … Read the rest
If you haven’t heard much about the TPP, that’s part of the problem right there. It would be the largest trade deal in history — involving countries stretching from Chile to Japan, representing 792 million people and accounting for 40 percent of the world economy – yet it’s been devised in secret, even thought Bernie Sanders has requested detail.… Read the rest
Your pin code for your ATM card might be read by the guy in line after you with this handy iPhone infrared camera. Your door code and other codes are also at risk. Watch this video to learn how to remove this potential threat to your 1,2,3,4 – whatever you type in to get at your cash.… Read the rest
With a fittingly forward-looking swan song, Bill Moyers’ final broadcast examines a new legal framework for the crusade against global warming called atmospheric trust litigation. It argues that air, water, land, plants and animals are the responsibility of government, held in its trust for all generations to come. … Read the rest
Are humans special, or just part of a (W)holy created universe? Pope John Paul VI comforted a child whose dog died saying, “one day we will see our animals in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.’’ Now, according to Vatican Radio, Francis said: “The Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us,” which was interpreted to mean he believes animals go to heaven.… Read the rest
My friend Linda from ItsAllAboutWe.com shared this resolutory message from Dennis Kucinich. Department of Peace, anyone? If only a few of his ideas came to pass this would be a year to cherish.
When anyone of us resolves toward self-improvement, it can impact the lives of those we love.
Before you dash out to frantically buy gifts, read this essay “Put Your Brain and Your Money to Better Use Than Thoughtless Gift-Giving This Christmas” by Jill Richardson on being appropriate. Do you buy a Christmas gift for a Jewish friend?… Read the rest
My goddaughter Shayla is an superb dancer and sometimes I play that Dance video game with her. There is never really a loser when you dance with someone you love, but Shayla is definitely the winner when it comes to moving to the beat. … Read the rest