Amy Goodman and friends spoke to legal expert Jay Stanley who says you absolutely, positively have the right to film anything that happens in public, especially when the police are involved. Any order to “stop filming” is an unlawful order, even if it comes from an officer of the law. … Read the rest
Family knows and loves it, the rest of you get ready for a hilarious, political, heartrendering (thanks, Dubya) one woman show from Broadway, way back in the 1890s, or close to it. Whoopi Goldberg’s many crazy characters all come to life in this astounding performance that taught me at an early age that good theatre does not require elaborate sets, a cast of thousands and a big dance number at the end.… Read the rest
Newswise reports: Northern Europeans in the Neolithic period initially rejected the practice of farming, which was otherwise spreading throughout the continent, a team of researchers has found. Their findings offer a new wrinkle in the history of a major economic revolution that moved civilizations away from foraging and hunting as a means for survival.… Read the rest
In modern times, the touchscreen is as standard as an interface can be. It’s so ubiquitous that there are a plethora of videos floating around the internet depicting young children trying touch and gesture controls on books, magazines, televisions, and even windows.… Read the rest
A $150,000 prize has been awarded to the “Water Gandhi of India” for his wildly successful work that turns abandoned, impoverished “dust bowls” into lush villages bustling with life again using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting.
For teaching thousands of villagers in India’s most arid region how to build earthen dams to catch the monsoon rains and revitalize their land, Rajendra Singh was honored Friday with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize, reported the GoodNewsNetwork.… Read the rest
Michael Schulson tells The Truth About Communication Became Synonymous With Surveillance. In Salon the savvy tech critic talks outrage stemming from “Terms of Service,” the first book from the young cultural critic Jacob Silverman, is less an argument than a tour.… Read the rest
Do you know anybody who is hoarding food for the apocalypse? Online scammer Allen Baler says “Our philosophy is one man, one laptop, one million bucks. I just love the freedom of being able to make a nice income, to make a nice business and just be, basically, myself.” Or Frank Bates, whichever works!… Read the rest
Eric J. Ducharme not only wears a fishtail with style and power, but wants you to try one out as well! He calls himself “The Mertailor”, specializing in custom-crafted merperson tails. Eric’s tails have appeared in various music videos (Gaga’s odd, live version of Edge of Glory), television series, movies, and documentaries.… Read the rest
Did you know that Puerto Rico has a larger population than several states, but no vote for President? The same goes for the Virgin Islands and other American Colonies … I mean “Territories.”
The legal justification for the disenfranchisement of the territories is based on a 114-year-old decision that says they are “inhabited by alien races” who “can’t understand Anglo-Saxon laws.” John Oliver chronicles the many injustices suffered by residents of Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, all of whom are U.S.… Read the rest
“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