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July 2015

Wild Friday: Disney’s Weather Control Center

It sounds as crazy as trans-dimensional lizards in possession of her Majesty, or Michael Jackson faking his own death, but to Disney the idea of controlling the weather was simply ultra-modern … like the monorail!  Today’s video shows how Uncle Walt and his talented studio staff envisioned the Weather Control Center of the Future where cloud seeding and altering the jet stream are used to steer hurricanes away from trouble spots.   … Read the rest

Worldwide Wednesday: The Travel Agent

Here’s an introduction to Mary Allan’s travel journals we have been featuring. Some of you have asked where these journals and memories come from. 

When you’ve been a professional travel agent, you are often invited on “fam” trips and cruises to familiarize you with a tour/cruise operator’s product. … Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Student Loan Mayhem!

A group of anti-debt camaigners pulled off a creative hoax on Monday by falsely announcing it had won a coveted prize offered by the nation’s student “aid” industry with this innovative proposal: “end student debt for good by making higher education tuition free for all.”

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Worldwide Wednesday: Marshall Islands “Zero Emissions by 2050”

Faced with the disastrous impacts of the growing climate crisis, the Marshall Islands, a remote Pacific island nation, has taken a decisive step towards the preservation of the planet, as well as its own land and people.

On Sunday, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) President Christopher Loeak announced his country would be the first small island nation to submit to the United Nations a clear climate target for 2025 ahead of the upcoming Paris climate summit.

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Techy Tuesday: DIY Greenhouse and Personal Retreat!

Clever! Here’s a sustainable, passive-solar DIY greenhouse you can build from upcycled materials like tires, wood and glass bottles, operates using fully renewable energy can include an area to grow vegetables, aquaponics to farm fish and a personal nature retreat.  Francis Gendron, the first graduate of Reynolds’ Earthship Academy in Taos, New Mexico, is the founder of the Greenhouse of the Future project.… Read the rest

Vital Sunday: Teachings of Swami Ramakrishnananda

The realization of God cannot be attained in a haphazard way. There is a regular method. First you must hear, then you must understand what you hear, and from understanding you go on to realization. You must know the light is there, otherwise you may go in the opposite direction to find it.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Secret Societies Revealed

Genuine secret societies have existed for centuries, conducting their business in darkened back rooms and, more often than not, exerting a mysterious influence upon our culture. Through history there have been many secret societies and conspiracy theories about those societies.

From political organisations to college frats, these groups require their members to conceal their activities, and sometimes their identities, from the public.… Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Nudity on Stage

Do you want to see naked actors? Does nudity help or hinder art? Here are some views on the subject from NYC Playwrights. My personal opinion?  If the shoe fits …

Nude is Good for Broadway Box Office

That Radcliffe did the play in London last year and opened last week on Broadway in a transfer of that production would be news enough insofar as the star of one of the most successful franchises in film history is performing live on stage, in the flesh.… Read the rest