Amazing news from Europe shows how renewable energy really can help us combat climate change and pollution. Think Progress reported that Germany gets a third of its power from wind and solar and Great Britain gets over 20 percent. At this rate, says the article, Europe will not have to build any new traditional power plants, and can allow the old ones to simply retire and close down. … Read the rest
My heart aches for the roadkill littering Florida highways as wildlife desperately attempts to move from one shrinking habitat to another. Like a mutated disease of nature, humans multiply exponentially, pushing out all other wildlife as we appropriate ever-larger shares of Mother Earth’s bounty.… Read the rest
Geoff shares this op ed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times:
If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents.
Instead, we’ve reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent — not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly.… Read the rest
We all love big cats, but few of us love them like Kevin Richardson aka The Lion Whisperer. In celebration of World Lion Day, August 10, I share this video about one man who is also loved back by lions.
Geoff forwards us this request to take action before July 15 to prevent cable companies from destroying the most important invention of our time–an invention you are using to read this email–the internet.
Net neutrality has been the underlying principle of the internet since its inception.… Read the rest
Zapping a tiny zircon crystal from Australia tells researchers the Earth is 4.375 billion years old, oh, plus or minus 6 million years.
“We’ve proved that the chemical record inside these zircons is trustworthy,” said John Valley, lead study author and a geochemist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.… Read the rest
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“Duck” by Sheila Cowley — 1M, 1W — Charming story of a married couple trying to clear many years’ accumulation out of what was supposed to be a guest room in their south Tampa home.… Read the rest
Gary Garrison, Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild of America has made this announcement to our DG Members in Florida:
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For several years now we’ve been talking about how best to serve the needs of a writing community in Florida that is scattered geographically from one end of the state to another and is demographically one of the most diverse Guild member populations we have.
OMFG. This is really more than I ever imagined: great music, great dancing, total nudity and a hilarious take on modern art and sentiments. Warning! This video is full of very naked people dancing. But it is suitable for everyone, there’s nothing sexual, just buff. … Read the rest
Are they animals? Secret military signals? Or just sounds from natural phenomenon so rare we don’t even know what they are? Today I share this short but fascinating collection of 5 mysterious sounds. What do you think they are? Tell me in the comments.… Read the rest
Geoff shares this story: Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today.… Read the rest
Ever so often, usually in the vast deserts of the American Southwest, a hiker or a backpacker will run across something puzzling: a large concrete arrow, as much as seventy feet in length, sitting in the middle of nowhere.
What are these giant arrows?… Read the rest
Today we expose old floppy discs to young children and see what happens when the innocent must cope with DOS and PRINT commands. It’s been a mere 30 years but everything has changed with the internet and miniaturization. Watch this video and see if you remember the day when the mouse first came out to play.… Read the rest
Oh no kids, he is back! John Doe takes a break from practicing Illuminatus or lumos or whatever to illuminate viewers on the topic of the Harry Potter conspiracy to promote and encourage witchcraft and black magic among the youth of the world. … Read the rest
They say the Great Recession may be as bad as the Depression, so why not revive the Arts? Today Charm shares these images from The Federal Art Project (FAP) which was the visual arts arm of the Great Depression-era New Deal Works Progress Administration program in the “Untied” States.… Read the rest
How good are you at Maya math? Probably better than you think! With only 3 symbols “stone,” “stick” and “shell” the process of addition and subtraction is really quite easy and even – dare I say it – fun! Watch this quick video for an introduction to Mayan numbering and mathematics.… Read the rest
Are you worried about civil rights and the evil eyes of Big Brother? Check out The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization committed to protecting the constitutional freedoms and the integral human rights of all people. The Institute provides legal services at no charge to those whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated. … Read the rest
Oh no, dear readers. The truth is finally out! In this video by John Doe we discover how seemingly innocent childhood movies from Disney are full of subliminal messages in service to the Illuminati – and the secret of corn dogs as lagniappe. … Read the rest
Now this is going just way too far, in my opinion. The real world it seems is no longer interesting enough. And maps with aps detailing what you see are no longer enough. Now DizWars, or StarNey or whoever, want you point your cell phone at everything you see, just in case a special video advertisement pops up. … Read the rest
If you’re using bulk spices, you might want to consider not sprinkling the black pepper on your already cooked meal according to this article below from NewsWise about a recent FDA report on pathogens found in spices (salmonella, bacillus and staphylococcus aureus) as well as live and dead whole insects and insect parts; excrement from animals, birds and insects; hair from humans and animals; and many other foreign materials. … Read the rest
Remember, jobless workers are not counted as being part of the labor force unless they are actively looking for work, and the decline in the unemployment rate since its peak has mostly been the result of workers dropping out of — or not entering — the labor force.… Read the rest
It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open.” Isn’t it time to re-read the original?… Read the rest
Last Wednesday night
I had such a fright
my end was in sight
and the afterlife light
was seemingly bright
for hell hath no bite
like a mob of mad poets!
It started this way
my neighbors said hey
come be in our play
nothing to it!… Read the rest
OK. So you screwed up and it was in all the papers, but you took care of it and now you want to put it behind you, but Google still links to your stinks and will do so forever. Well, not in Europe! … Read the rest