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Scientists Find 'Direct Link' Between Earthquakes And Process Used For Oil And Gas Drilling | ThinkProgress -
"In a study to be published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America on Tuesday, the scientists presented “several lines of evidence [that] suggest the earthquakes in the area are directly related to the disposal of wastewater” deep underground, according to a BSSA press release. Fracking and conventional natural gas companies routinely dispose of large amounts of wastewater underground after drilling. During fracking, the water is mixed with chemicals and sand, to “fracture” underground shale rock formations and make gas easier to extract. The USGS research is just the latest in a string of studies that have suggested the disposed water is migrating along dormant fault lines, changing their state of stress, and causing them to fail. For their research, the four California-based USGS scientists monitored the 2,200 square mile Raton Basin, which goes from southern Colorado into New Mexico. They pointed out that the Basin had been “seismically quiet” until 1999, when... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Snowden Documents Indicate NSA Has Breached Deutsche Telekom - SPIEGEL ONLINE -
"Furthermore, every single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world -- every smartphone, tablet and computer -- is to be made visible. Such a map doesn't just reveal one treasure. There are millions of them. The breathtaking mission is described in a Treasure Map presentation from the documents of the former intelligence service employee Edward Snowden which SPIEGEL has seen. It instructs analysts to "map the entire Internet -- Any device, anywhere, all the time." Treasure Map allows for the creation of an "interactive map of the global Internet" in "near real-time," the document notes. Employees of the so-called "FiveEyes" intelligence agencies from Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which cooperate closely with the American agency NSA, can install and use the program on their own computers. One can imagine it as a kind of Google Earth for global data traffic, a bird's eye view of the planet's digital arteries. Battlefield Map In addition to... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Canon's G7x is yet another great compact camera option | The Verge -
"Going up against Sony's well-liked RX100 range is a tough task for anyone, but Canon has put together a good challenger in the G7x. I was immediately impressed by this camera's build quality upon picking it up. There's no sense of plasticky or flimsy components, the articulating LCD screen has a reassuringly firm hinge, and the manual adjustment ring around the lens is fast and a real pleasure to use. Canon also tucks in a pop-up flash that extends a reasonable distance above the camera body. Wi-Fi and NFC are included alongside a dedicated smartphone connection button to make wireless connectivity instant. At $699 (or £579 and €719 in Europe), the G7x is cheaper than Sony's latest RX100 model and has a wider zoom range, covering the 35mm-equivalent of 24mm to 100mm. Zoom operation by the camera is smooth and focusing performance is generally fast. Canon positions the G7x as the photography enthusiast's second camera — the one you might carry around your body when you don't want to... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Land of Poems and Circuitry (radicalrebellion: nelaguilvr: iamchantaya: ...) -
very powerful comment, think about this insight from a black mom who lost her son who was killed by police - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Anita Sarkeesian shares the most radical thing you can do to support women online | The Verge -
"Anyone looking to support women suffering from harassment online has a surprisingly simple place to start, says Anita Sarkeesian, founder of the web video series Feminist Frequency. "One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they talk about their experiences," Sarkeesian told the audience today at XOXO Festival in Portland. It's radical in part because of misinformation campaigns organized against high-profile women that accuse them of making up the threats against them — and it's an issue that Sarkeesian has recent experience dealing with. ""Actually believe women when they talk about their experiences."" Sarkeesian was driven out of her home last month in the wake of death threats that followed the posting of the latest in her series Tropes vs. Women. The series, which was funded through Kickstarter, critiques the way mass-market video games often portray women as helpless victims and sex objects who lack the dimensions and agency of their male... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
PESTICIDES: Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for 'bee-killing' chemical -- Friday, September 5, 2014 -- -
"Seed and crop management company Syngenta Crop Protection LLC has petitioned U.S. EPA to increase the legal tolerance for a neonicotinoid pesticide residue in several crops -- in one case increasing the acceptable level by 400 times, according to a notice in today's Federal Register. Syngenta, one of the biggest manufacturers of pesticides, wants to increase the allowable threshold for residues of thiamethoxam, a pesticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees and other pollinators over the past several decades. The petition would apply to alfalfa, barley, corn and wheat, both the crop itself and the straw and stover left over after cultivation. Syngenta is seeking to increase the levels from as low as 1.5 times for stover from sweet corn to as much as 400 times for hay from wheat. Neonicotinoid pesticides are one of many factors that scientists say have caused a dramatic decline in pollinators, insects and animals that help crop production by carrying pollen from one... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Can solar power save South Asia? -
"Today, roughly one-third of Indians rely on kerosene, dung or wood for most energy needs. Next door in Pakistan, it's worse — roughly 40 percent of its 180 million people have no electricity. The financial and physical state of the electrical grids is worse than decrepit. Energy theft is routine in both countries, creating mounting piles of utility debt that make it hard to keep the lights on, let alone improve or expand power lines. At the end of 2012, Pakistani's energy-industry debt topped $9 billion, according to The Economist. "It's one unholy mess," says Michael Kugelman, an expert on South Asia energy issues at the Wilson Center think tank in D.C. Powering up solar, though, raises its own set of issues, including creating incentives for investment in an industry with high upfront costs and low initial returns. "It is very much a long-term investment and not something that can address the immediate energy crisis in Pakistan or the insatiable energy thirst in India," Kugelman... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Harper Gov't 'Conceded to China' under Pressure: Treaty Expert | The Tyee -
"Van Harten said FIPA is practically a one-way deal in favour of China, and Ottawa needs to acknowledge the non-reciprocal aspects of the deal and explain why they would ratify it two years after it was first signed. "It seems to me the federal government has conceded to China under pressure to give them this treaty," said Van Harten. "My guess is this is the price China has demanded to open its purse strings for investing in the resource sector in Canada." He said China had ratified the deal right away and seemed to be getting antsy Canada had taken so long, even speculating the recent detentions of two Canadian coffee-shop owners in the country on accusations of spying may have been part of Beijing's pressure. In a press release today, Ottawa insisted the deal will protect such Canadian investors in China and help build trade relations. The release claims the deal will give "Canadian investors in China the same types of protections that foreign investors have long had in Canada."... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Hemp – The Natural Remedy for Parkinson’s Disease « The Inspired Observer -
"The natural way to increase dopamine levels, and remedy Parkinson’s symptoms, is the intake of Omega fatty acids. The brain is composed mainly of fats, and when there is a low level of Omega fatty acids, Parkinson’s may occur. “A 6-year study conducted by the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Neurology at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, monitored 51 patients’ intake of essential fatty acids and discovered that those with the highest levels of EFAs had the lowest incidences of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia.” ( Hempseed is the perfect source for Omega fatty acids, having the perfect 3:1 ratio required by the human body and brain. Studies have shown that an increased intake of Omega fatty acids may reduce or delay the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. “This demonstrates both the importance of diet on the brain’s fatty acid composition and the brain’s natural inclination for omega-3 fatty acids,” observes... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
There Is No Future in War: Youth Rise Up, a Manifesto | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community -
"Our true foes—those endlessly gunning for war—have been waging an economic war against us. Our foes are the ones who say we must increase Pentagon spending while we cut food stamps, unemployment assistance, public transportation, and low-income housing. They are the ones who want to destroy the social safety net that past generations have worked so hard to build. They are the ones who underfund our public schools - which are more segregated today than they were under Jim Crow - and then privatize them. They are the ones who throw hundreds of thousands of young people in prison, thanks to the racist and classist war on drugs, and then privatize the prisons to exploit and profit off of incarcerated citizens who make close-to-zero wages. Throwing money at war does nothing to address the real issues we face. We, the youth of our country, are the ones who will feel this pain. The cost of war is sucking us dry; it is burdening us with debts we will never be able to pay back. And war... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
James Foley's mother 'appalled' by U.S. government - -
"Officials told Foley family members "not go to the media," and that the "government would not exchange prisoners," or carry out "military action" to try to rescue her son, according to Diane Foley. "Jim was killed in the most horrific way. He was sacrificed because of just a lack of coordination, lack of communication, lack of prioritization," Diane Foley said. "As a family, we had to find our way through this on our own." Foley's mom: 'Jim will live on' Captive's mom: Jim was 'sacrificed' Ex-hostage: 'This system doesn't work' Rice: We made effort to bring Foley home She added that the family was told many times that raising ransom "was illegal (and) we might be prosecuted." "We were just told to trust that he would be freed somehow, miraculously," Foley's mother told CNN. "And he wasn't, was he?"" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Britain braces for stormy weather | UK news | -
"chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "This storm doesn't exist at the moment, but our forecasts models predict it is likely to develop in the west Atlantic on Saturday. Then it's likely to rapidly intensify just west of the UK late on Sunday before tracking across England and Wales early on Monday. "There is still a chance this storm may take a more southerly track and miss the UK, bringing impacts elsewhere in northern Europe, but people should be aware there is a risk of severe weather and significant disruption. "With that in mind, people should keep up to date with and act on the advice in our forecasts and warnings as the situation develops." There is no guarantee that the storm will hit – some forecasts predict it could pass through the English Channel rather than hitting land. But if it does it is likely to be worst storm of the year so far." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The Strange Irony Hidden Among The Highest Ranks Of ISIS -
The Strange Irony Hidden Among The Highest Ranks Of ISIS
""Baathism is fundamentally a secular, pan-Arab movement, which the pan-Islamist movements have been at odds with for decades. This is not a natural alliance," Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism expert at the New America Foundation, told The WorldPost. While the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, wants to create a religious regime across national borders, the Baathists want to reassert the power they had before the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. But they both claim to champion Sunni interests in opposition to former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's autocratic and sectarian leadership." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
“A steady flow of stupidity”: Reality in Ukraine — and Obama and the New York Times’ bizarro parallel universe - -
"Looking back on the winding road that led to the Minsk negotiation, we can see a few things clearly. The U.S. has been a force for nothing good in this crisis. It overrode the EU when the latter endorsed a decent political deal between the Yanukovich government and the Independence Square demonstrators last February. This was the famous “‘F’ the EU” moment, you will recall, and the State Department indeed F’d it, instantly endorsing the coup. Ever since, Washington has refused to countenance any thought of cooperation with Moscow. Confrontation, even to the point of recklessness, was the preferred strategy. Casting Putin as Beelzebub was key in this. You cannot deal with devils. Here I will say directly what I have hinted many times in this space. Putin’s record on other matters is beside the point; if you bought into these past months of juvenile ad hominem smear, you had better study up on the powers of propaganda and psychological manipulation and think of yourself as a victim. A... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
China's Island Factory -
"Manila knows it has no hope of standing up to Beijing in a straight fight. The Philippine air force has no fighter jets. The navy has just two elderly frigates. So the Philippines has taken its case to the United Nations. It wants a ruling based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which typically gives coastal states an exclusive economic zone up to 200 nautical miles from their coastline. An UNCLOS ruling would probably be good for the Philippines and bad for China. But Beijing has already made it clear it will not be bound by any ruling. And now it is building new islands. This is all making the Philippines very unhappy. Foreign Ministry spokesman Charles Jose says China’s claim is “expansive” and its island building “outrageous”. He says China is deliberately and unilaterally changing the status quo in the South China Sea as fast as it can before the UNCLOS ruling is handed down." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Accused hospital fraudster Arthur Porter takes aim at former colleague Stephen Harper in new memoir | National Post -
"Porter says Harper urged him in 2009 to discretely lobby African and Caribbean nations in what proved to be an unsuccessful campaign the following year to win Canada a coveted seat on the United Nations Security Council. He blames Harper for the UN failure, saying the prime minister “faltered … in the international arena.” Ryan Remiorz / Canadian Press Ryan Remiorz / Canadian PressPrime Minister Stephen Harper, right, chats with Dr. Arthur Porter in 2006. Porter’s relationship with Couillard, who was Quebec’s health minister at the time, appears to be far more extensive than previously thought. Not only did Couillard and Porter go on fishing trips when Porter served as chief executive officer of the MUHC, he says, but Porter claims that Couillard phoned him every day for political advice." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Accused hospital fraudster Arthur Porter takes aim at former colleague Stephen Harper in new memoir | National Post -
"Porter also discovered how to connect with Harper, realizing that “the way to Harper’s heart was through his party. In my view, he put party first, country second.” Jason MacDonald, Harper’s director of communications, said in a statement emailed to The Gazette that “the prime minister has no personal relationship with Mr. Porter, nor has he had any private conversations with Mr. Porter, including on the subjects he claims they spoke about. The assertions Mr. Porter makes from his prison cell in Panama are simply not accurate.”" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
We are broken people talking about domestic violence in a broken way - -
"Women, particularly women of color and undocumented women, have long been clear about the dangers of calling the police in the midst of a domestic violence incident. For a woman without legal papers, calling the cops can mean detention, often deportation. For mothers, deportation means being separated indefinitely from children who may have been born in the country. For other women of color, calling the police to halt abuse can mean being arrested or getting evicted. There’s also the threat of experiencing more violence at the hands of a police force that can act with impunity. The complications don’t end there, never could end there. Many women don’t call the police because they’re fearful that they won’t be believed. Others don’t want to see their partners go to prison, for reasons that are shaped by circumstance and always complex. We know a lot about the cyclical nature of abuse, the fact that men who hurt women were often hurt by someone else. We also know a lot about the racism... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Toyota's latest concept vehicle is an ode to tinkerers | The Verge -
"Toyota is depicting as an enormous compass of sorts. Instead, Toyota envisions it showing you navigation, environmental controls, or your fuel level and efficiency. In this case, that's all going through an iPad that sits smack in the center of your car. While those concepts have been tried before individually, they're all together here. Toyota hopes that will appeal to people in the so-called Maker community who like to tinker with things. The project, which is being shown off at the World Maker Faire in New York City next weekend, came out of Toyota's Calty Design Research group in Southern California. Toyota's taking the wraps off the car in San Francisco today, and says it plans to use public feedback to fine tune the design in the event that it's actually released." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The warped world of 1950s marriage counselling – Rebecca Onion – Aeon -
"The awfulness of ‘Can This Marriage Be Saved?’ continued throughout the 1960s. Women’s magazines, despite making some grudging concessions to new ideas about womanhood, became a particular target of feminist activists such as Betty Friedan, who quoted liberally from the Seven Sisters in her introduction to The Feminine Mystique (1963). As the historian Jean E Hunter writes in ‘A Daring New Concept: The Ladies’ Home Journal and Modern Feminism’ (1990), the Journal addressed feminism in patchwork bits and pieces, starting in the mid-1960s. It even allowed Friedan to guest edit an issue in June 1964. But the magazine’s editorial stance on feminism vacillated. As Hunter notes, in issues immediately following Friedan’s, articles describing the delight and ‘supreme importance of childrearing’ appeared. Throughout it all, the marriage advice column remained laughably oppressive. On 18 March 1970, a group of feminist activists occupied the Journal’s offices for 11 hours. They asked that... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Bacteria from bees possible alternative to antibiotics - Lund University -
"Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey - as we now know it - was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its’ antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the honey stomach of bees. The bacteria produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds. These lactic acid bacteria have now been tested on severe human wound pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), among others. When the lactic acid bacteria were applied to the pathogens in the laboratory, it counteracted all of them. While the effect on human bacteria has only been tested in a lab environment thus far, the lactic acid bacteria has been applied directly to horses with persistent wounds. The LAB was mixed with honey and applied to ten horses; where the owners had tried several... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The Importance of Adult Classifieds | Hazlitt Magazine | Hazlitt -
"Within weeks of the C-36 Justice Committee hearings, Metroland Media shut down escort ads in 42 of its publications across Ontario, including such titles as The Beach Mirror, Bloor West Villager, Parkdale Liberty, Markham Economist & Sun, Barrie Advance, and Huntsville Forester. Inevitably, more publications will follow, though rumour has it that NOW is planning to hold strong. For an industry struggling to retain revenue, the revenue loss will be significant; there will be layoffs, if not total paper shutdowns. While online media will be affected, the legislation will be difficult to apply to the digital world. As McDonald tells me, third-party advertisers on the Internet are already moving their sites to countries where the legislation can’t affect them." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse | Cathy Alexander and Graham Turner | Comment is free | -
"The 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, has been criticised as doomsday fantasy since it was published. Back in 2002, self-styled environmental expert Bjorn Lomborg consigned it to the “dustbin of history”. It doesn’t belong there. Research from the University of Melbourne has found the book’s forecasts are accurate, 40 years on. If we continue to track in line with the book’s scenario, expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon. Limits to Growth was commissioned by a think tank called the Club of Rome. Researchers working out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including husband-and-wife team Donella and Dennis Meadows, built a computer model to track the world’s economy and environment. Called World3, this computer model was cutting edge. The task was very ambitious. The team tracked industrialisation, population, food, use of resources, and pollution. They modelled data up to... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry | Mo Costandi | Science | -
"In 1951 Osmond took a post as deputy director of psychiatry at the Weyburn Mental Hospital in Saskatchewan, Canada and moved there with his family. Within a year, he began collaborating on experiments using LSD with Abram Hoffer. Osmond tried LSD himself and concluded that the drug could produce profound changes in consciousness. Osmond and Hoffer also recruited volunteers to take LSD and theorised that the drug was capable of inducing a new level of self-awareness which may have enormous therapeutic potential. In 1953, they began giving LSD to their patients, starting with some of those diagnosed with alcoholism. Their first study involved two alcoholic patients, each of whom was given a single 200-microgram dose of the drug. One of them stopped drinking immediately after the experiment, whereas the other stopped 6 months later. Several years later, a colleague named Colin Smith treated another 24 patients with LSD, and subsequently reported that 12 of them had either “improved” or... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet What are Permacredits? Permacredits are the 1st commodity backed crypto currency. This is bitcoin 2.0 in action. Permacredits or "credits" are created as a way for the world to engage in and actively support the world of Permaculture and Eco Developments while enjoying profits from that world. This is permaculture applied...
The Anti-Austerity Camp Is Growing as Merkel Becomes More Isolated - SPIEGEL ONLINE -
"Cutting a Poor Figure The decisive question from the German perspective is whether France and Italy are serious about structural reform. Only then will they be able to impress Merkel. Renzi, for his part, has announced a far-reaching reform program, but it has already run into political difficulties. The French, meanwhile, continue to accumulate new debt and to break previous reform pledges -- and remain trapped in political stasis. The vicious circle which Hollande and his governments has yet to try to break looks like this: Paris insists it is aiming for "serious budgetary policy," but since the economy has stagnated for years, French political leaders argue that significant spending cuts would be misguided and cite the risk of a recession. At the same time, though, they say they want to use caution when introducing structural reforms so as not to upset the Socialist Party base. The result has been measures that fall far short of what is necessary to stimulate the economy. Leftist... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Documents Show NSA and GCHQ Spied on Partner Turkey - SPIEGEL ONLINE -
"Turkey's strategic location at the junction of Europe, the Soviet Union, and the Middle East made the NATO member state an important partner to Western intelligence agencies going back to the very beginning of the Cold War. The Snowden documents show that Turkey is the NSA's oldest partner in Asia. Even before the NSA's founding in 1952, the CIA had established a "Sigint," or signals intelligence, partnership with Turkey dating back to the 1940s. During the Cold War, the US used bases in Turkey primarily to conduct surveillance against the "underbelly of the Soviet beast," as one NSA document puts it. Today, it targets Russia and Georgia from Turkish soil, collecting information in "near real time." Since the outbreak of its civil war, Turkey's neighbor Syria has become a central focus of NSA surveillance. US secret agents have also provided support to the Turkish government in its battle against the Kurdish separatists with the PKK for years. One top-secret NSA document from January... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | Alastair Crooke -
You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | Alastair Crooke
"One of the main tenets of Abd al-Wahhab's doctrine has become the key idea of takfir. Under the takfiri doctrine, Abd al-Wahhab and his followers could deem fellow Muslims infidels should they engage in activities that in any way could be said to encroach on the sovereignty of the absolute Authority (that is, the King). Abd al-Wahhab denounced all Muslims who honored the dead, saints, or angels. He held that such sentiments detracted from the complete subservience one must feel towards God, and only God. Wahhabi Islam thus bans any prayer to saints and dead loved ones, pilgrimages to tombs and special mosques, religious festivals celebrating saints, the honoring of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's birthday, and even prohibits the use of gravestones when burying the dead. "Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote. " Abd al-Wahhab demanded conformity -- a conformity that was to be... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
How Ought We Die? – The New Inquiry -
"Society’s attitude towards death only really started to change during the 20th century, thanks to the growth of medical power. Before then, the medical field did not enjoy the prestige it has today, often serving as the subject of ridicule. Doctors were the purveyors of strange miracle cures and elixirs, practitioners of bloodletting, and generally considered quacks. But throughout the 1800′s medicine started to adopt the scientific method, altering the focus of their field to observation and reproducible results. Then in 1928 medicine had one of its biggest breakthroughs, the discovery of penicillin. Suddenly infections could be effectively treated and syphilis could be tended. Penicillin saved many soldiers from death and amputation during WWII; it was experienced as a real miracle treatment. And penicillin was just the beginning of the medical field’s transformation. Vaccines saved children from common scourges, and organ transplants showed that doctors could even save us from... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Why fashion matters – no matter who you are - -
"It surprised me, too,” says Julavits. “Maybe it’s because it has been drummed into most people by the time they are my age [46] that fashion magazines are BAD! I understand that but I still read them. I still buy them and I still enjoy them. But I know magazines are going to present me with a version of beauty and femininity, and I know very well what is driving that version, and I don’t have to take it seriously.” There is a surprising lack also of a sense of physical inadequacy on the pages: drilled as we are as a society to assume women are riven with self-doubt and anxiety about the way they look, I was expecting the dialogue to be full of self-hate. In fact, the respondents seem to be pretty positive about the way they look. “I was expecting a lot more angst,” says Heti. “I think maybe the reason there wasn’t is because we gave people the opportunity to speak about themselves and their own experiences, and there is a lot of pleasure in that – it’s such a relief. That is what the... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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