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February 2014, Page 2

Mother Earth Monday: Chimpanzee Mega-Culture

Get a glimpse of the Bili-Uele forest chimp mega-culture in new video from “one of the few places left on Earth with a huge continuous population of chimps.” Cleve Hicks, a primatologist based at the Max Planck Institute says the group is probably the largest in Africa.… Read the rest

Human Sunday: Flannery O’Connor Quote

“Every morning between 9 and 12, I go to my room and sit before a piece of paper. Many times, I just sit for three hours with no ideas coming to me. But I know one thing. If an idea does come between 9 and 12 I am there ready for it.”

Flannery O’Connor… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: RustyRocket Wants A Utopian Revolution

When asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman, Russel Brand posited

Total revolution of consciousness and our entire social, political and economic system is what interests me, but that’s not on the ballot. Is utopian revolution possible? The freethinking social architect Buckminster Fuller said humanity now faces a choice: oblivion or utopia.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Orwells Worst Nightmare

Mikko Hypponen points out, Orwell “was an optimist.” Orwell never imagined the NSA would amass billions of our phone calls and 200 million of our text messages every day and read the our emails and live chats agrees Marjorie Cohen.

She says in 1774, in a petition to King George III, Congress protested against the colonial officers’ unlimited power of search and seizure.… Read the rest

Worldwide Wednesday: Chile’s Socialist “Internet”

Decades before DOT COM, there was Project Cybersyn, “a ‘nervous system’ for the economy in which workers, community members and the government were to be connected together transmitting the resources they had on offer, their desires and needs via an interactive national communications network.… Read the rest

Techy Tuesday: Can the ‘Dark Mail Alliance’ Restore E-mail Privacy?

The founders of shuttered e-mail services Silent Mail and Lavabit — the latter used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden — want to bring easy-to-use, snoop-proof e-mail to everyone. Can it be done?  Today I share a video from Lavabit explaining why they closed their services rather than give up the keys to your computer to the Federal Government.  … Read the rest