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Techie Tuesday: Power “Plants”?

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

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Mother Earth Monday: Animal Souls – A Moral Truth?

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

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Vital Sunday: Saint Vivekenanda?

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

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Worldwide Wednesday: Trans-Pacific Train Wreck?

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

Techie Tuesday: iPhone Thermal Reader Sees Your ATM Pin!

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

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Vital Sunday: Do All Animals Have Souls – Or Just Humans?

prove-all-rocks-go-to-heaven-no-evidence--1Are 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

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Human Temple Sunday: A Veteran’s Iraq War Letter

Today Geoff shares this “Last Letter” written by Tomas Young to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq.… Read the rest

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Soapbox Saturday: The Lost John Lennon Interview

“Power to the People”
by TARIQ ALI and ROBIN BLACKBURN

Editors’ Note: It was twenty-five years ago today that John Lennon was murdered outside the Dakota building on Central Park West in New York City. We doubt many CounterPunchers have read the following 1971 interview with Lennon done by CounterPunchers TARIQ ALI and Robin Blackburn.

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Wild Friday: Greasy Bribes, or Just Oily?

Besides a disregard for the environment, or people and animals destroyed by the oil spills, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports big oil is number one when it comes to taking bribes. Here are some details from Common Dreams:

Large multinational corporations are behind the majority of documented bribes worldwide, with most payers and takers hailing from rich nations, according to a study released Tuesday by the 34-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).… Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Meme Mashup on YouTube

1412pent+Wow.  This is a madcap romp through the favorite songs of 2014 featuring many of the most popular YouTube personalities including John Green and his brother What’s His Name, The Pentatonics, Bark Baker, and lots of other superstars of the streamwaves.  … Read the rest

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Mother Earth Monday: Sunshine State Shills Shun Solar

Rich with solar energy, Florida could be basking in the sun, but our policies do not embrace this vision.  Instead, solar rebates and efficiency goals have been axed by the Public Service Commission.

Katie Valentine writes about this in ThinkProgress:

Florida’s Public Service Commission voted last week to cut energy efficiency targets for power companies and to do away with a solar rebate program in the state, decisions that served to scale back the state’s already paltry efforts in renewable energy.… Read the rest

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Human Temple Sunday: Samskara & Yoga

The ancients said every experience leaves a residual element in our mind, and modern neuroscience agrees.  Here is more from The Vedanta Center about such “samskaras” and the yoga techniques developed to help you manage this:

The “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” constitute the most important and the fundamental work on yoga psychology.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: A Piss Poor Dead Ringer for Upper Crust?

Mary Allan shares this (perhaps apocryphal)  information about some very old expressions:

Where  did “piss poor” come from?   If  you’re young and hip, this is  still interesting and us  older  people need to learn  something new every day…Just  to keep the grey matter tuned up.… Read the rest

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Thirsty Thursday: Lovers’ Quorum, A One Minute Play

Here is the script for Lovers’ Quorum , a one minute play first produced in 2006 as part of the Got A Minute? breast cancer fundraiser in Sarasota, Florida.

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Boy loves girl

f1
who loves girl

f2
who loves girl back

f1
so you would think boy

f2
would get the clue and go

m1
but he doesn’t.

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Worldwide Wednesday: A Tragedy for Main Street, USA

Big boxes and online bargains have crushed downtown America, forcing local businesses to close, including Greaton’s Jewelers, owned by my friend Karen Greaton, who is ironically a direct descendant of some of the very city founders of New Richmond.  How sad it is that the thriving community that once existed has been lost, perhaps for good – or would that be “for bad”?… Read the rest

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Techy Tuesday: Password Mistakes To Avoid

Go ahead, try and be clever about your passwords.  You are likely making predictable choices, according to Jeff Fox, leaving yourself vulnerable.  How smart are your tricks?  Consider this:

In a 2013 study for DARPA (the Federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) called Pathwell, security consulting company KoreLogic found that, among the thousands of users within an unnamed Fortune 100 company, roughly half had relied on just five patterns to compose their passwords and 85 percent had relied on just 100 patterns.… Read the rest