Tthe United Nations is once again explaining the urgent need to return to a more sustainable, natural and organic system. That was the key point of a publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development “Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts who insist major changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems, and a dramatic shift toward local small-scale diversified farms. … Read the rest
Remind me to write a popular article on the compulsive reading of news. The theme will be that most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers.
I love Tim Minchin as a clever social commentator. He reminds me of a modern, foul-mouthed Tom Lehrer with his witty ball-busting ballads. But clearly this song came out before the latest pope started showing a different sort of compassion. But does the new pope really represent “no more business as usual?” Watch this interview on ABC news wherein a victim of church abuse expresses hopes that the new pope’s choice of names and his history of humility will work to repair hundreds of years of damage, the clear inspiration for Mr.… Read the rest
Wild Friday: In 1987, somebody hacked the signal of Chicago’s WGN-TV. 25 years later, Vice’s Motherboard blog has published a fascinating investigation into who pulled off the still unsolved crime. Swing over there for a bunch of videos (including the non -elated but amusingly titled Naked Hippo show for kids.) The mysterious hacker interrupted the news at 9:14 PM on Nov 22 1987 wearing a mask a mask of cult fictional British VJ. … Read the rest
Would you like to get away from it all on your very own imaginary island? Artist Lee Mathers has just the place for you! Visit The Commonwealth of New Island, and get your dream home in one of his paintings like this one:
His web site has this bio:
Beaches, waves, and the ocean’s energy have never ceased to fascinate and enchant this artist.
There’s no place like home for cultural treasures. And now an 11th-century Buddha has been returned to Myanmar after two decades abroad. Several Southeast Asian countries – including Myanmar and Cambodia – are trying to reclaim cultural artifacts. Find out more about this repatriation of art and history here Myanmar Buddha sculpture returns home after wild ride – Yahoo News and in The New York Times.… Read the rest
TECHIE TUESDAY: According to the conservative law-drafters ALEC your solar panels make you “free riders.” What’s that all about? Isaiah Poole reveals the “right wing attack on our solar future.” He says ALEC wants state laws that proclaim people who invest in energy-efficiency and shrinking our carbon footprints ought to be penalized.… Read the rest
The Arctic 30 are finally going home. Twenty-eight activists and two freelance journalists were jailed after a peaceful protest at an Arctic oil platform operated by Gazprom. The Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise was illegally boarded by the Russian Coast Guard and her crew was arrested and charged with piracy and hooliganism.… Read the rest
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great.… Read the rest
Soapbox Saturday: David Harvey’s new book is The Seventeen Contradictions of Capitalism. Why focus on its contradictions? Harvey says “The analysis of capitalism suggests that there are significant and foundational contradictions. Periodically those contradictions get out of hand and they generate a crisis.… Read the rest
Wild Friday: In New York City cop-kissed protesters march against the racially lopsided policy “Stop and Kiss” where cops can kiss anyone who looks suspicious. “You don’t see them kissing any pretty white women!” complains a black guy who has just had enough of being kissed without warning!… Read the rest
Worldwide Wednesday: Only in Florida? In Tallahassee a homemade “Festivus” pole is being erected in the same first-floor rotunda as a Nativity scene. The idea and pole arose from Chaz Stevens, a Deerfield Beach resident who applied to the state Department of Management Services to put the Festivus pole on display. … Read the rest
Techie Tuesday: It speaks volumes when 8 arch-rival tech giants ban together to limit government surveillance” notes Jesselyn Radack at the Government Accountability Project.
In an open letter to President Obama and members of Congress, AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo, write:
We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens.
Mother Earth Monday: Update on our holiday tree dilemma is that we settled on a live tree for our home that we will plant after the festivities. Meet Felicia Navidad, our 2013 tree.
Felicia is delicate and required special care. We used a metal rod to support her upper trunk and we used the tiny, antique decorations because her branches are supple and soft. … Read the rest
Soapbox Saturday: A few Nelson Mandela quotes which you might have missed:
“A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials.… Read the rest
Wild Friday: Have you heard? The new building at the site of the World Trade Center twin towers is haunted! This video has the screams of the dead – or is it something else? Some say the unique shape creates an Aeolian harp, others say it’s the spire.… Read the rest
Thirsty Thursday: Home of the world famous Touch Tunnel, Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida commissioned a giant pop-up Wizard of Oz book exhibit which you can visit! Here is tiny portion of my interview with designer Bruce Barry of Wacky World. … Read the rest
Techie Tuesday: Greatly disturbed by mass internet surveillance, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have announced plans to ramp up online security. You may never have heard of them, but the IETF are the creators and engineers of the internet’s architecture.… Read the rest
Mother Earth Monday: A live tree or no tree? In our house we debate replacing our tattered 12-year-old artificial holiday bush with a real “recycled” tree, still in a bucket of dirt, with a home in the yard during the off season. … Read the rest
Soapbox Saturday: Now here’s my kind of celebrity/addict turned traitor-to-the-one-percent. An entertainer touring Russel Brand calls for a revolution against greed and pop culture, helps morning pundits self-demonstrate their daft and shallow pablum as in this video, and brings humor to his sadly well-informed economic critique when asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman.… Read the rest
Techie Tuesday: St. Pete cops have tracking device launchers on their cars now! No speed chase needed when GPS will tell the Eye in The Sky where the criminals fly! After 39 recent chases resulting in 21 crashes local law wants alternatives. … Read the rest
Worldwide Wednesday: Could energy-oriented environmental protests in the U.S. and elsewhere expand into something far greater? Some countries are demanding that climate deniers pay for damages like the hurricane in the Philippines and the “airpocalypse” afflicting China. And as the United States experiences genuine damage from climate change we may see that Americans are not, for the most part, passive people.… Read the rest
Techie Tuesday: Why are men’s noses bigger than women’s? I smell an anthropological mystery!
A new study from the University of Iowa concludes that men’s noses are about 10 percent larger than female noses, on average, in populations of European descent.… Read the rest
Thirsty Thursday: If you are like me, this trick will help you keep affect and effect sorted in your writings. Simply remember “aardvark is a very easy noun” and you’ll always remember that affect with an a is a verb and effect with an e is a noun.… Read the rest
Worldwide Wednesday: As United Nations delegates gather in Warsaw in the 19th annual effort to craft a global climate treaty, indigenous leaders from across North America met half a world away and offered a prophecy: The solution to climate change will never come via the UN talks.… Read the rest
Techie Tuesday: The internet is a major battleground for free speech in the 21st century. Protecting internet freedom is essential to safeguarding principles embodied in the Bill of Rights and the “Declaration of Internet Freedom: freedom of expression, access, openness, innovation and privacy.”
More than 3,000 people rallied in Washington, D.C.… Read the rest
Do you see a boat in this picture? It is natural to imagine that the sense of sight takes in the world as it is — simply passing on what the eyes collect from light reflected by the objects around us. … Read the rest
Wow. I don’t know who is more impressive, the 16 year old girl Lorde who made this song popular or the amazing cover by Puddles Pity Party and The Postmodern Jukebox. But you definitely don’t want to miss this. Follow the related links to see Puddles and his Monkey Girl assistant make mayhem and knock sad songs right out of the park.… Read the rest