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January 2013

Happy 100th Birthday Rosa Parks!

Amy Goodman wrote a wonderful biographical summary of Rosa Parks, a Founding Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.

Rosa Parks Photo: Alabama Dept. Archives and History
Rosa Parks
Photo: Alabama Dept. Archives and History

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement.… Read the rest

Low Lake Levels

Preliminary figures from the US Army Corps of Engineers show Lakes Michigan and Huron, considered a joint body of water, had record low water levels in December. The lakes’ water ended the month at 576.15 feet above sea level, just under the record 576.2 feet set in 1964.… Read the rest

Airships To the Rescue

Chui Model solar airplaneLook, up in the sky. It’s a bird! No,  it’s a … solar pickup truck?

Chui (pronounced choo-ee) is the Swahili word for the leopard, respected for its combination of speed, agility, stealth, and strength. The Chui is Solar Ship’s equivalent of the pick-up truck, a vehicle synonymous with utility.… Read the rest

Quote by E. O.Wilson

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.

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Responsibility of Privilege

Never one to pull punches, linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky remains as vigorous as ever at the age of 84.

His popularity – or notoriety as some would say – endures because he is still criticising politicians, business leaders and other powerful figures for not acting in the public’s best interest.

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Bill McKibben Declares War on Big Oil

Bill McKibben has declared war on the fossil fuel industry, and vows to deprive them of respectability – just like the tobacco companies – until they shift their focus to sustainable energy. In a speech on Alternative Radio about the “climate cliff” he warns

The most dangerous cliff we are facing is not a financial one but rather the climate one.

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All Googly Eyed

Forget big brother, if Googmonster gets their way, everyone in the world will be watching you, and uploading their live feed to the cloud. Here’s how it works

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