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Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg - FPIF - http://fpif.org/parsing...
China has a good case that Japan’s claim to the Diaoyu/Senkakus violates the 1945 Potsdam Agreement. Potsdam was supposed to dismantle Japan’s empire, including territories that it had seized during its years of expansion. The Diaoyu/Senkakus were absorbed by Japan following the 1894-1895 Sino-Japanese War, so China has a solid ownership argument."" The Chinese didn't own the Senkakus in 1895, they were terra nullius as Japan claims. They are not mentioned in the postwar treaty arrangements because they had never been thought of as Chinese. Ever. In all of Chinese history. Neither the Qing (draft) official history nor the Ming official history even mentions them -- the Ming history defines the borders of its empire, which does not include the Senkakus. They do not appear on any 19th century western maps of Taiwan or China as Chinese, though westerners had no trouble identifying which islands belonged to Taiwan and which parts of Taiwan the Qing didn't control. Neither Chinese... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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Ten Ideas For How We Can Save the Planet | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com - http://billmoyers.com/2014...
"Ban Fracking Sandra Steingraber Author, biologist, distinguished scholar in residence, Ithaca College Thanks to the heat-trapping gases already stashed in our atmosphere from two centuries of fossil fuel dependency, we are rapidly approaching the last-straw-breaks-the-camel’s-back moment in the story of climate change. To stabilize the situation, we need to control methane. The best science shows us that methane is more than 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat over the short term — the only timeframe now left to us. Thus, to sidestep disaster, my single act would be to declare a ban on fracking and redirect toward renewable energy projects all the capital investment now invested in blowing up our nation’s bedrock to extract the vaporous, inherently leaky, climate-killing fossil fuel called natural gas — which is the leading source of methane emissions in the United States. Cement well casings leak, crack, age, shrink and crumble over time. Each gas well is a methane chimney that can never be completely turned off. Stop drilling, baby." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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Stanford's Water in the West program offers new way to view groundwater resources - http://news.stanford.edu/news...
""The current trajectory of our groundwater use is not sustainable for the long term. We need to find better tools for managing this water so it is there for us in times of drought and in the future," said Leon Szeptycki, executive director of Water in the West, a joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and The Bill Lane Center for the American West, also at Stanford. Water in the West's groundwater visualization series includes: An overview of problems surrounding groundwater use in California and ways to address them. Groundwater is used by 85 percent of California's population and is the sole or primary water source for 6 million residents. The current drought has prompted water users to tap aquifers to replace diminished surface water supplies, exacerbating chronic declines in aquifer levels. Due to a lack of statewide regulation, there are few incentives to prevent overdraft or to live within a "budget" that balances groundwater demand and supply in each... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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Fewer foresters leaves B.C. short of proper forest management, union says - http://www.vancouversun.com/busines...
"However, other shortcomings have been noted by other agencies. In 2012, then Auditor General John Doyle concluded that the Ministry of Forests didn’t have enough information to determine proper timber inventories in many areas of the province, a condition the province is still trying to catch up with. “There is simply not the sufficient checks and balances, in our view, built into the approach that ensures the long-term sustainability (of forests),” McCannell said. The PEA, in its report, said the sharp drop in the number of professional foresters was the most stark example in declining numbers of what are called licensed science officers. Science officers include agrologists, geoscientists, engineers and veterinarians and in total, their numbers within government are down 15 per cent to 1,153 compared with 1,359 since 2009. He added that the PEA believes the province no longer has enough of them to adequately look after B.C.’s interests in matters ranging from natural-resource... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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Megadrought: Huge Surge of Pacific Heat Fails to Start El Nino, Heats Planet to 3 Warmest Months - http://www.dailykos.com/story...
"Chances of a western north America megadrought of an intensity not seen since before the arrival of European explorers just went up. The largest surge of heat ever recorded moving west to east in the Pacific ocean along the equator just dissipated heating the planet to the warmest 3 months in history, but failing to produce an El Nino. Strong El Nino events intensify the jet stream across the Pacific, bringing rain to California and the southwestern U.S. Although a number of climate models still predict an El Nino, the chance of a drought breaking strong El Nino has gone way down with the passing of this huge Kelvin wave. Strongest Kelvin wave ever recorded in equatorial Pacific fails to start an El Nino. Ocean heat moves out of equatorial region. attribution: BoM.gov.au An enormous Kelvin wave, the strongest surge of heat ever recorded crossing the equatorial Pacific ocean failed to start an El Nino as the heat moved off the equator. One hundred percent of California is in severe or... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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‘Terrified’ Founder Decides to Shutter Hong Kong Pro-Democracy News Site ‘House News’ - Global Voices Advocacy - http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014...
"The House News, a popular pro-democracy news site in Hong Kong modeled after the Huffington Post, was shut down without warning on July 26. Tony Tsoi, a House News co-founder and key investor, announced the closure in a note posted to the site at 5 p.m. He explained that political pressure against critical voices and a lack of advertisers drove his decision to shutter the site. Launched in July 2012 as a news curation and blog site, The House News grew to become one of the most popular online media outlets in Hong Kong, ranking 57 in traffic from Hong Kong on Alexa with 300,000 unique visitors per day. Yet over the past two years, the news platform failed to attract enough advertisers to keep afloat. Tsoi, who supports protest movement Occupy Central's plans to peacefully take over central Hong Kong and demand the right to choose candidates for the city's next chief executive election, said in the shutdown announcement that he is “terrified” by the political atmosphere:" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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Why we can’t wage war on drugs – Mike Jay – Aeon - http://aeon.co/magazin...
"By the late 19th century, consumer groups were campaigning against the heavy doses of opiates and cocaine concealed in patent medicines Global trade, meanwhile, made imported drugs such as opium and cocaine cheap and abundant; industry refined them into newly potent forms, which an energetic and largely unregulated business sector advertised and distributed to a booming consumer market. At the same time, the hypodermic syringe was transforming medical practice. It allowed doctors – and, increasingly, the general public – to inject large quantities of pure and potentially dangerous opiates such as morphine. This brought a breakthrough in pain relief, but also new risks such as abscesses and blood poisoning and, for some patients, compulsive and self-destructive overuse. By the late 19th century, consumer groups were campaigning against the heavy doses of opiates and cocaine concealed in patent medicines, and doctors were diagnosing addiction as a medical pathology with serious social... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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States Pop Quiz #19: Alexis Penney | Dazed - http://www.dazeddigital.com/music...
"What law would you change or invent? Alexis Penney: Completely decriminalize drugs and close all the prisons. The war on drugs and our privatized prison system are just bald-faced institutionalized ways of keeping black people on the streets or locked up in prison. It's completely insane. There is an entire parallel reality for so much of the population of this country that is barely touched on in the media. Really sickens and saddens me. Where in the States would you ride out the apocalypse? Alexis Penney: Maybe back home around KC or a little farther south. Honestly, the weather in Texas is great. When was your last run-in with the cops? What happened? Alexis Penney: It's been a long time. Maybe not since KC [Kansas City]. Cops in SF never hassled us – we would be straight up smoking weed on the street and they just walk by. Better shit to do, like hassle the homeless. My friend and I almost got arrested by federal railroad police for playing in the train yards in the west bottoms... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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The drone you should buy right now | The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2014...
"The sleek rounded curves and crisp white body of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ would fit in alongside a piece of modernist furniture. And of all the units we tested, the Phantom was the only one that was simultaneously powerful and easy to control. It has built-in GPS that stabilizes the unit against strong winds, something that made a big difference when we were flying it near the beach. Indoors it couldn’t link up with satellites to find its position, but was responsive and stable enough that I managed several indoor flights in tight quarters with only one small crash. There is a wide range of DJI Phantom 2s available, from the $1,299 Vision 2+, which comes with its own camera, to the $679 Phantom 2, which is probably the best choice if you already have a GoPro handy to attach. Right in the middle is the Phantom 2 Vision, which costs $999 and has a built in camera, but a less flexible attachment. The rotors and battery both snap into place without a struggle or additional tools. The... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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News - Scientists baffled over two new craters discovered in Siberia - The Weather Network - http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news...
"Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 6:41 - Earlier this month, a mysterious crater 79 metres wide and 70 metres deep was found in northern Siberia, and scientists have yet to determine the cause. Now, two more hole have been discovered -- one 15 metres and the other 30 metres in diameter. The craters are a few hundred kilometres away from one another and are surrounded by piles of dirt, indicating an explosion or excavation had taken place. There are a few theories circulating about what caused the mysterious holes. Some think they may be the result of meteorites while others suspect the holes are the result of natural gas explosions, given their proximity to a natural gas field." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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Median Wealth Is Down by 20 Percent Since 1984 | Beat the Press - http://www.cepr.net/index...
"This indicates that we have gone thirty years, during which time output per worker has more than doubled, but real wealth has actually fallen for the typical family. It is also important to realize that the drop in wealth reported in the study understates the true drop since a typical household in 1984 would have been able to count on a defined benefit pension. This is not true at present, so the effective drop in wealth is even larger than reported by the study. (Defined benefit pensions are not included in its measure of wealth.)" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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and our attention is being drawn elsewhere, like the strange stories around the ukraine, and supposed naval manoeuvers with awacs...
mish shadlick comments on on the reuters storyUkraine Rebel Commander Admits Having BUK Missiles; Damning Contradictions? Posted: 23 Jul 2014 02:56 PM PDT Wednesday, at 2:28 EST Reuters published an exclusive interview with Alexander Khodakovsky of the so-called Vostok battalion - or eastern battalion: Khodakovsky Acknowledges Rebels had BUK Missiles. In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been sent back subsequently to remove proof of its presence. Khodakovsky blamed the Kiev authorities for provoking what may have been the missile strike that destroyed the doomed airliner, saying Kiev had deliberately launched air strikes in the area, knowing the missiles were in place. "I knew that a BUK came from Luhansk. At the time I was told that a BUK from Luhansk was coming... more... - daveeza
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Interesting twitter has a new way to shut me down, it refuses to even retweet, but i can compose new..
On my asus android tab, otherwize i am happjy with it, except neither flickr or tumbler apps allow zoom in. - daveeza
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Soon will be the cucs!
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I need to get some sort of trellis for mine before they get too big :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Bamboo poles work well. I tie the vines about every 9 inches or so. They got to be about 7 feet tall last year. :) - Ken Morley
I upcycled old wire shelving and tendrils are clinging! First lil cukies are visible! - daveeza
Interesting, they don't grab on to the bamboo at all. I wonder if I bored a few holes and poked some coat-hanger wire through if they would latch on? - Ken Morley
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s this a crisis of capitalism, then? Does capitalism need to end for us to resolve these problems? And if so, how? "Predatory capitalism is based on the privatisation of profit and the externalisation of cost. It is an extension of the fencing of the commons, of enclosures, along with the criminalisation of prior common customs and rights. What we need is a system that fully accounts for all costs. Whether we call that capitalism or not is irrelevant to me. But doing so would fundamentally transform the dynamic of present day capitalism, by making capital open source. For example, and as calculated by my colleague JZ Liszkiewicz, a white cotton T-shirt contains roughly 570 gallons of water, 11 to 29 gallons of fuel, and a number of toxins and emissions including pesticides, diesel exhaust, and heavy metals and other volatile compounds – it also generally includes child labor. Accounting for those costs and their real social, human and environmental impacts has totally different implications for how we should organise production and consumption than current predatory capitalism." - daveeza
His books are freely available online, here:-http://www.phibetaiota.net/categor... - daveeza
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Freedom to follow orders: the democracy Bush and Blair wanted for Iraq | openDemocracy - http://www.opendemocracy.net/david-w...
Before Iraqi voters had gone anywhere near a ballot box, the Coalition imposed what former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz described as “an even more radical form of shock therapy than was pursued in the former Soviet world”. The sanctions-battered economy was thrown open to foreign competition, with tariffs, duties and import taxes suspended. Income taxes were slashed from 40 per cent to a flat rate of 15 per cent on businesses and individuals, and state-owned enterprises prepared for privatisation. All these measures were imposed in flagrant violation of the restrictions on occupying powers set out under international law and with predictably disastrous consequences for the economy and the population. Meanwhile, the British and Americans colluded behind closed doors with their Iraqi clients and the oil majors to push for a degree of foreign involvement in the oil industry that was opposed by the vast majority of Iraqis. That the law eventually stalled in parliament was,... more... - daveeza
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Photographer Captures Drought Turning California Farms Into Kingdom of Dust - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news...
Photographer Matt Black isn't just covering a story when he's capturing the lives and landscapes of California's historic drought. He's showing us how modern farming and natural forces are irrevocably altering his own childhood home. Black grew up just outside Visalia in California's Central Valley, the rural agricultural area that is the increasingly dry heart of not just California, but also the nation's productive farmland. Back then, the region was rich in water resources for farming. "When I was a child, I'd walk outside and it would feel humid," recalls Black. But now California is in an official drought "state of emergency" and is facing severe water shortages after three consecutive years of below average rainfall. Last year marked the driest year in nearly 120 years of record-keeping in California, and 100 percent of the state is now categorized as being in a "severe drought" or worse. Many fields lie fallow as water resources have dwindled. "What was this kingdom of food is... more... - daveeza
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Palestinians 'under occupation... denied dignity and self-determination' -- Clinton - http://mondoweiss.net/2014...
Two months ago Chris Christie made the mistake of referring to the “occupied territories.” Now Hillary Clinton is getting flak from a conservative for referring to the “occupation.” Clinton’s new memoir, Hard Choices, mentions a 1981 trip to the West Bank (per Haaretz): “When we left the city and visited Jericho, in the West Bank. I got my first glimpse of life under occupation for Palestinians, who were denied the dignity and self-determination that Americans take for granted.” Haaretz reports: On the CNN television debate show “Crossfire,” cohost S.E. Cupp asked Tracy Sefl, a representative of the pro-Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary, whether the former secretary of state feels she owes Israel an apology for “using the same language that Chris Christie used”… Sefl responded, “Hillary Clinton is going to stand by the words in her book. She is not going to apologize for something she need not apologize for,” adding, “I’m unapologetically pro-Israel and Hillary is very, very strong on this. If that’s the tree you want to bark up, I wish you luck.” - daveeza
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Iraq crisis: Sunni caliphate has been bankrolled by Saudi Arabia - Voices - The Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/voices...
From Aleppo in northern Syria almost to the Iraqi-Iranian border, the jihadists of Isis and sundry other groupuscules paid by the Saudi Wahhabis – and by Kuwaiti oligarchs – now rule thousands of square miles. Apart from Saudi Arabia’s role in this catastrophe, what other stories are to be hidden from us in the coming days and weeks? n The story of Iraq and the story of Syria are the same – politically, militarily and journalistically: two leaders, one Shia, the other Alawite, fighting for the existence of their regimes against the power of a growing Sunni Muslim international army. n While the Americans support the wretched Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his elected Shia government in Iraq, the same Americans still demand the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his regime, even though both leaders are now brothers-in-arms against the victors of Mosul and Tikrit. n The Croesus-like wealth of Qatar may soon be redirected away from the Muslim rebels of Syria and Iraq to the... more... - daveeza
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Activists say police drew guns during 'No Pipelines' graffiti raid | The Hook - http://thetyee.ca/Blogs...
Police confirmed they raided the East Vancouver home of four activists this week, but would not comment on residents' allegations that two of 16 officers pointed handguns at residents during a search related to "No Pipelines" graffiti. The Vancouver Police Department said it executed a search warrant at the Parker Street house on Tuesday morning, taking four residents into custody. It did not confirm how many officers were involved. According to a warrant left behind on the kitchen table, officers were searching for "graffiti vandalism paraphernalia" -- likely a reference to spray-painted slogans against bitumen and natural gas pipelines that have defaced walls and post boxes in the neighbourhood in recent years. The raid came as the federal government is poised to announce its final decision on the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline. First Nations and environmental groups have vowed to block the project from reaching the B.C. coast. But the use of graffiti has... more... - daveeza
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For Harper, Approving Northern Gateway Is a Lose-Lose | Nathan Cullen - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/nathan-...
The former natural resources minister, Joe Oliver, tried to scapegoat citizens for raising concerns about Northern Gateway. He called us "radicals" and "enemies of the state." Former Indian Affairs minister Jim Prentice tried to buy off First Nations along the route. Enbridge flooded British Columbians with years of saturation advertising. None of it has worked. In fact, their efforts have had the opposite effect. I've toured communities all over British Columbia in the last few months, listening to people's concerns about Enbridge and the federal government's belligerence on this file. And one thing rings true, whether you're in Kamloops, Campbell River or Kitimat: the people of this province are united in defense of our salmon-bearing rivers and beautiful, life-sustaining coast. Mr. Harper and Enbridge fundamentally misunderstood this fact. They mistook resistance to Northern Gateway as a knee-jerk reaction by a fringe element. Some voters they would never have to worry about. So... more... - daveeza
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Fwd: The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism - http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-zer... (tramite http://friendfeed.com/toddh...)
Fwd: The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism - http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-zero-marginal-cost-society-the-internet-of-things-the-collaborative-commons-and-the-eclipse-of-capitalism (tramite http://ff.im/1h4ss6)
we need a whole new model indeed! - daveeza
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Energy Department Bombshell: LNG Has No Climate Benefit For Decades, IF EVER* | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/climate...
Yes, despite multiple studies to the contrary, the DOE is asserting that the leakage rate is very low in the U.S. (but not in Russia, of course) — so low that U.S. LNG just happens to be better for Europe than its own coal: “The high modeled leakage rate for the U.S. LNG scenarios (1.6 percent) is still less than the breakeven percentage for the European scenario (1.9 percent), but slightly higher than the breakeven for the Asian scenario (1.4 percent)…. As previously noted, the calculated breakeven points are the most conservative, so these results do not indicate that natural gas has a higher GHG than coal on a 20-year basis in all cases.” The DOE is actually asserting that the absurdly low leakage rate of 1.6 percent is conservative! How conservative? Look at this table: - daveeza
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Batten the hatches as summers to have more heavy downpours - https://theconversation.com/batten-...
What we found was that summers are likely to become drier overall by 2100, in a warming climate. But our results suggest that when it does rain, it will be heavier in short outbreaks. In particular, intense rainfall with the potential to cause serious flash flooding (more than 30mm in an hour) could become a more common occurrence, increasing in frequency by several times. What the study provides is a much more complete picture of how UK rainfall may change in the future. Climate models generally work at coarse resolutions, using grids of around 12km square or larger. These have been able to accurately simulate winter rainfall, which generally comes from sustained, long-lasting periods of rain from large-scale weather systems. These models point toward wetter winters, with the potential for greater daily rainfall in the future. - daveeza
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UN backlash as Uganda's 'anti-gay' minister heads for human rights top job | World news | The Observer - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
News World news United Nations UN backlash as Uganda's 'anti-gay' minister heads for human rights top job Questions are being asked about the suitability of appointing Sam Kutesa to lead 'world parliament' after his attack on homosexuality in his home country Share Tweet this 2 Email Ed Pilkington in New York The Observer, Saturday 31 May 2014 17.11 BST Secretary-Generalmeeting with H.E. Mr. Sam K. Kutesa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uganda. Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s foreign minister, with Ban Ki-moon, the UN’s secretary-general. Photograph: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe/SG's Office The United Nations is facing a chorus of criticism over the inauguration as president of its general assembly of Uganda's foreign minister, just four months after that country enforced a brutal and widely denounced anti-gay law. Sam Kutesa will become ceremonial head of the world parliament on 11 June. There will be no ballots cast and he will be "elected by acclamation", as he is the only candidate for the... more... - daveeza
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This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge | TechCrunch - http://techcrunch.com/2014...
Previous tests proved algae has a charge and could theoretically work as battery power, but what’s not known is how much of a charge and how much of it will be needed to power, say, a car. Freeman believes he’s figured out the answer. What he needs now is the funding to bring it into mass production. Those rare earth materials currently used in ion batteries (cell phones, etc.) — 95 percent of which are shipped from China — are hard to extract. This makes them quite expensive. Tesla pledged to use U.S. materials only, which does cut the cost. Still, it’s got to be more than what it costs to grow and use algae powered batteries, right? Right. Freeman only needs $1,500 for the prototype and says he can have his algae battery ready for mass production for a mere $5,000 by this summer. The implications for this go beyond cars. In theory you could power your entire house. Yes, a living, breathing algae plant could make your house “go.” A French biochemist already powered a streetlight with... more... - daveeza
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A tribute to literary titan Maya Angelou | Q with Jian Ghomeshi | CBC Radio - http://www.cbc.ca/q...
"I think it's dangerous to deny home. I think it's dangerous to romanticize it as well." "One of the difficulties with absorbing what is said of one is that you have to live up to it." "If I believe I'm all that, and I know I'm a child of God. Then I have to believe that everyone is all that. So I have to look at the brute, the bigot, the batterer and know that he, and she, are children of God." "It is said some put people on pedestals so they can see them more clearly and they can knock them off more easily. I don't consider that." "I know I'm doing my best most of the time, and when I am not, I forgive myself." "I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings." "If you want what you're saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody's life. Your own, first." Do you have a favourite Maya Angelou quote? How will you remember the legendary writer? - daveeza
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Digging up the Dirt on Canadian Mining in Latin America - http://upsidedownworld.org/main...
Canada dominates the global mining industry. Seventy-five percent of all mining companies worldwide are headquartered in the country. Corporations trading shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange, where some 70 percent of all mining company shares are traded and are involved in more than 1,500 mining projects in Latin America. “The increase in Canadian mining operations in the region is framed by the foreign policy of the current Canadian government toward developing countries,” note the report authors. “As government spokespersons have stated on several occasions, the mining sector plays a fundamental role in the Canadian government’s efforts to secure a new policy of cooperation with foreign states.” Free trade agreement negotiations, embassy activities, Export Development Corporation financing, the creation of the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development, and the use of development aid for legal framework revisions all play a part, according to Dora... more... - daveeza
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Chris Hedges: The Power of Imagination - Truthdig - http://www.truthdig.com/report...
Shakespeare portrays the tension between the premodern and the modern. He sees the rise of the modern as dangerous. The premodern reserved a place in the cosmos for human imagination. The new, modern, Machiavellian ethic of self-promotion, manipulation, bureaucracy and deceit—personified by Iago, Richard III and Lady Macbeth—deformed human society. Shakespeare lived during a moment when the modern world—whose technology allowed it to acquire weapons of such unrivaled force that it could conquer whole empires, including the Americas and later China—instilled through violence this new secular religion. He feared its demonic power. Oracles were revered in premodern societies. These oracles were in touch with realities and forces that lay beyond the empirical. All societies have oracles—such as Thomas Paine, Emma Goldman, W.E.B. Du Bois and James Baldwin in the United States—but in a modern society they are pushed to the margins, ridiculed and often persecuted. Those who spoke out of... more... - daveeza
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Onshore Wind Is The Cheapest Electricity Generation Option In Europe | CleanTechnica - http://cleantechnica.com/2014...
These estimates are for Europe, but Neto suggested the cost difference is even greater in the US, where recent contracts have been struck between $20/MWh and $40/MWh. That’s despite the so-called shale gas boom, which brought down costs of gas-fired generation for a short period, but still cannot compete with wind. “It is clear, more and more, that our product (wind energy) is good, not just because it is green, but because it is cheaper,” Neto told the analysts. (You can see the presentation here). He said wind energy is also cheaper than gas in key emerging markets such as Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, and major Asian markets. Neto admits that the short-term outlook in Europe remains challenging because there remains a misperception. He might have been referring to the likes of former Queensland Treasurer Keith De Lacy, who in the front page lead for The Australian today said renewables had “no place in a modern society.” And he might have been referring to people like Institute of... more... - daveeza
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