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daveeza

nature delights me, politics matters and ecodesign is what i do
Documents Show NSA and GCHQ Spied on Partner Turkey - SPIEGEL ONLINE - http://www.spiegel.de/interna...
"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 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastai...
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 - http://thenewinquiry.com/essays...
"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 - FT.com - http://www.ft.com/intl...
"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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This new technology could make watching foreign films easier - Quartz - http://qz.com/257469...
"But the service can’t convert just any video to a different language. Because TruDub relies on text-to-speech technology, the video needs to have subtitle files. (The service also will dub or create audio files from subtitle files.) Video in .AVI and .mp4 formats can be uploaded to VideoDubber’s site, along with the corresponding subtitle files and an order form; according to the site, most orders can be turned around within one business day." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Transgender People Can Explain Why Women Don't Advance at Work | New Republic - http://www.newrepublic.com/article...
"To truly understand trans people’s experiences of workplace gender bias, more research is needed. But the window to do so may be closing, as people are able to change genders at younger and younger ages. Puberty-inhibiting medications are becoming more mainstream, meaning young trans people can choose to suppress the development of secondary sexual characteristics from a relatively early age. (The treatment became available in the U.S. in 2009.) A child who identifies with the opposite gender and seeks treatment is now able to experience the world, for most of their life, as that gender alone. And the group of trans people who are vocal on the subject is already fairly small; many seem to feel they have much larger issues facing them. When asked how people react when she describes the different treatment she receives as a woman, Roughgarden responds simply, “I don't bring it up.” Ultimately, Schilt says, it’s not trans people’s responsibility fix gender bias. Roughgarden agrees.... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Mystery glow over the Pacific Ocean | Mail Online - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/science...
Mystery glow over the Pacific Ocean | Mail Online
"Dutch pilot JPC van Heijst explained on PBase how, five hours into the ten-hour flight, they spotted an intense flash of light like a lightning bolt, directed vertically up in the distance. This was then followed by a deep red and orange glow 20 minutes later. And the experience left van Heijst somewhat perturbed, owing to the lack of an explanation for what happened. More... Water clouds discovered beyond the solar system for the FIRST time Physics is COOL! Molecules chilled to coldest temperature ever recorded at 2.5 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero ‘Last night over the Pacific Ocean, somewhere South of the Russian peninsula Kamchatka I experienced the creepiest thing so far in my flying career,’ he said. There were no thunderstorms on their route or weather-radar, suggesting the lightning did not originate in a storm. The glow is also a mystery; similar lights have been spotted from squid-fishing-boats, but van Heijst says this ‘would not make sense in this area’. ‘The... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
France: President Hollande Dissolves Government - Eurasia Review - http://www.eurasiareview.com/2608201...
"Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government’s resignation after accusing France’s outspoken economy minister of crossing a line with his blunt criticism of the government’s policies. Hollande accepted the resignation and ordered Valls to form a new government by Tuesday. Hollande has promised cuts to taxes and spending as well as reforms to make it easier for businesses to open and operate. The measures are meant to reduce the tax burden for companies and also contain the government’s deficit, which is above the European Union’s limit of 3 percent of GDP. France has had effectively no economic growth this year, unemployment is hovering around 10 percent and Hollande’s approval ratings are sunk in the teens. The country is under pressure from the 28-nation EU to get its finances in order, but Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg has criticized austerity as the wrong medicine to foster growth and argues the government should spend more freely to create jobs. He lashed... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Lockheed Martin To Build World's First Ocean Thermal Power Plant Off China Coast - StumbleUpon - http://www.stumbleupon.com/su...
It is heartening to note this. In fact ENERGY ISLAND concept of utilising OTEC,Solar,Wind and Hydrogen developed by Dominic Michele and his group will open up new possibilities of harnessing OTEC. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion uses the temperature difference between surface and deep-sea water to generate electricity – and though it has an efficiency of just 1-3% - researchers believe an OTEC power plant could deliver up to 250MW of clean power, equivalent to one eighth of a large nuclear power plant, or one quarter of an average fossil fuel power plant. Architect and engineer Dominic Michaelis and his son Alex, along with Trevor Cooper-Chadwick of Southampton University are developing the concept with plans of putting the theory to the test on an unprecedented scale by building a floating, hexagonal Energy Island that will harness energy from OTEC, as well as from winds, sea currents, waves, and the sun. The US National Renewal Energy Laboratory estimates that the world’s tropical... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Postcards from the Revolution: Document Evidences Destabilization Plan Against Venezuela - http://www.chavezcode.com/2013...
Postcards from the Revolution: Document Evidences Destabilization Plan Against Venezuela
"The strategic plan to destabilize Venezuela has the primary goal of debilitating the government before the December 8 municipal elections, as revealed in the document: “The objectives put forth in the present plan are essentially geared towards the municipal elections set for December 8, while at the same time including the accelerated deterioration of the government, facilitating an opposition victory for this event...” Though the text states further, “...but if it could be done beforehand, that would be even better”. The document also details the strategy to sabotage the electrical system in Venezuela, with the objective of blaming the government for a weak infrastructure and therefore projecting an image of crisis in Venezuela on an international level. As part of the plan, the authors propose, “To maintain and increase the sabotages that affect public services, particularly the electrical system, that will enable responsibility to be placed on the government for supposed... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The world leader in bike-sharing is… China - Quartz - http://qz.com/255054...
"As you can see, the biggest program in the world is Hangzhou, with 78,000 bikes (though Wuhan reportedly had 100,000 as of Oct. 2013, bike-share experts question the city’s reliability, according to Bike-sharing Blog). The city in eastern China launched its program with in 2008, offering 2,800 bikes; to lower the risk of theft, the bikes had fixed gears. But it’s not the only city in China where a bike-share program is booming. Beijing will beat out Paris as the capital city with the biggest bike-share system, with 24,000 bikes by the end of 2014. Sure, some of that has to do with the sheer size of Chinese cities. But the rapid build-out of China’s bike-share programs also speaks to another way it’s setting itself apart from programs in the US and Europe. The majority of bike-share programs in richer countries charge users fees or rely on corporate sponsors for funding. London bike-sharers pay£90 ($149) a year, and New York’s CitiBike charges users an annual fee of $95 (plus tax),... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities - The Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/nationa...
"One of the officers who worked in that department, and lost his job along with everyone else, was a young man named Darren Wilson. Some of the Jennings officers reapplied for their jobs, but Wilson got a job in the police department in the nearby city of Ferguson. On Aug. 9, Wilson, who is white, killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown after Brown and a friend had been walking down the middle of a street. Wilson, 28, has completely vanished from public view. He has not explained publicly what happened in that brief, lethal encounter." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Seemorerocks: MH17: Explaining the silence - http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com.au/2014...
Seemorerocks: MH17: Explaining the silence
"Yesterday, the New Straits Times quoted experts who had said that photographs of the blast fragmentation patterns on the fuselage of the airliner showed two distinct shapes — the shredding pattern associated with a warhead packed with “flechettes”, and the more uniform, round-type penetration holes consistent with that of cannon rounds. Parry’s conclusion also stemmed from the fact that despite assertions from the Obama administration, there has not been a shred of tangible evidence to support the conclusion that Russia supplied the rebels with the BUK-M1 anti-aircraft missile system that would be needed to hit a civilian jetliner flying at 33,000 feet. Parry also cited a July 29 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interview with Michael Bociurkiw, one of the first Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) investigators to arrive at the scene of the disaster, near Donetsk. Bociurkiw is a Ukrainian-Canadian monitor with OSCE who, along with another colleague, were the... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Extreme Rainfall Is The New Normal, And We're Not Ready For It | Popular Science - http://www.popsci.com/article...
"Six weeks worth of rain fell on greater Detroit on Monday, much of it during afternoon rush hour. Local drainage systems quickly topped out, and the deluge transformed highways into lakes studded with hundreds of stranded drivers and submerged cars. Flooded roads and highways in greater Detroit began to reopen on Wednesday, two days after the storm, according to The Wall Street Journal, but the cleanup and repair is likely to take months. The flooding came about, most directly, due to very high humidity on Monday combined with a low pressure system from the southwest. The resulting storms moved so slowly (sometimes even reforming after initially raining themselves out) that the rain was concentrated across a small geographic area. This is weather common to tropical regions of the world, not temperate Michigan. But it's in line with the National Climate Assessment, which found that over the past six decades incidents of extreme precipitation have increased across the continental U.S.... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
So, you can Buy an old Soviet Fighter Jet or a Boeing 747 just like a Used Car on the Internet | Messy Nessy Chic - http://www.messynessychic.com/2014...
"Having a Mig-life crisis?! You’re in luck because a two seater supersonic Mig-21 runs only about $70,000 on the internet these days…. migforsale That’s right, just like a used car, you can buy your very own Soviet military aircraft, a staple of the Russian and Soviet air forces, sold to militaries within its communist sphere of influence including China, North Korea, and North Vietnam and used in aerial confrontations with American and allied forces. Don’t cha just love the internet?!" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown calls out media portrayals of black youth following Michael Brown shooting - Your Community - http://www.cbc.ca/newsblo...
Have you ever thought about which photo of yourself you'd want news outlets to use if you happened to be shot and killed by a police officer? It's not a question that many people are forced to think about, but it's an important one to the thousands of black youth who are speaking out today against the media's portrayal of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a St. Louis, Mo., police officer on Saturday. Brown's death, which is now being investigated by the FBI, has generated a great deal of discussion (as well as protests, vigils, and riots) in recent days, with many condemning the police officer for shooting an unarmed young man. Some have taken issue with the photos of Brown being shared by new outlets in particular, pointing to a larger problem with the representation of minorities in the media — specifically the representation of young, black men. While some outlets initially ran a photo of Brown in a cap and gown at his high school graduation, many eventually landed... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
David Foster Wallace on Writing, Self-Improvement, and How We Become Who We Are | Brain Pickings - http://www.brainpickings.org/index...
"Wallace begins at the beginning, responding to Garner’s request to define good writing: In the broadest possible sense, writing well means to communicate clearly and interestingly and in a way that feels alive to the reader. Where there’s some kind of relationship between the writer and the reader — even though it’s mediated by a kind of text — there’s an electricity about it. Wallace, who by the time of the interview had fifteen years of teaching writing and literature under his belt, considers how one might learn this delicate craft: In my experience with students—talented students of writing — the most important thing for them to remember is that someone who is not them and cannot read their mind is going to have to read this. In order to write effectively, you don’t pretend it’s a letter to some individual you know, but you never forget that what you’re engaged in is a communication to another human being. The bromide associated with this is that the reader cannot read your mind.... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The Best Headphones - http://co-op.kinja.com/the-bes...
"The M50s have become synonymous with great sound, great value, and also I'm wearing them as I write this. They were also the runner-up in Lifehacker's 2012 Best Headphone voting, and since then they've only gained proponents, and are the best-selling DJ headphones on Amazon. Lifehacker: "...they do offer incredible audio quality for your money, a closed-back circumaural design that rests comfortably on your head for long periods, a collapsible design for portability and storage, and a sleek, modern design that isn't imposing but isn't ugly either. In other words, killer audio in a set of cans that don't scream 'steal me!'" Five Best Headphones When it comes to headphones, we know "best" is definitely a subjective term. There are…Read on lifehacker. com In Lifehacker's Guide to Choosing the Perfect Headphones, they award the M50s their mid-range slot. Lifehacker: I'm including the closed-back ATH-M50 because it is a very strong favorite in this price range with our community at... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The book's title is not elusive: 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate' Due for release in September, the anticipated new work by Canadian journalist, activist and public intellectual Naomi Klein has now been previewed in a video trailer that appears to lay out its main themes and central argument. "In December of 2012, a complex...
On the hunt for an ancient society in Lake Huron - The Globe and Mail - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technol...
"Then, in August, 2013, came Drop 45 – named for the 45th time the sonar was deployed, at a spot about 50 kilometres from the Michigan shore. “We hit on this one and, bang, we all knew that we had found something,” Dr. Sonnenburg said. That something was a series of rock structures that resemble the guides and blinds indigenous people once used in the Canadian North for directing herds of caribou so that hunters could efficiently kill a large number of animals in a short time. It is around these structures, and nowhere else, that the stone flakes have turned up. Radiocarbon dating of preserved wood and charcoal found nearby suggests they are the oldest hunting structures found anywhere in the world. On dry land, generations of activity, both native and European, would likely have removed or disturbed these clues. The team’s findings suggest they have survived untouched for millenia in the lake’s frigid depths. To Dr. O’Shea, the evidence suggests a people that had to organize... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
NSFW Subreddit Listing | RedditList.com - Tracking the top 5000 subreddits - http://www.redditlist.com/nsfw
The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup | Business | WIRED - http://www.wired.com/2014...
"And why shouldn’t they have a cold drink? They are on top of the world, having built a truly sublime piece of software. Consider the lowly link. Drop a link to a Washington Post story in an app like HipChat and you’ll see a URL. Drop the link in Slack and what people see is the link, with the name of the publication right under it, followed by the headline, a byline, and a brief summary of the story below that, and a related image. Instead of an unparsable string of characters that may or may not lead to Goatse, you get a working summary of what you’re about to see. This appears like magic, instantly. But it belies some very sophisticated, very fast things happening behind the scenes. It’s a powerful experience that looks simple, but it speaks to how sleek Slack’s underlying code is. You don’t really see it. It’s very good ice. “We like making really good software,” Stewart says, explaining why he can be in a software business that specializes in something as boring as business... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Everything You Need to Know About the Yazidis | TIME - http://time.com/3091932...
"“The Yazidis are one of the longest surviving ancient religions or sects in the world,” said Farwaz Gerges, a professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. Despite this, precious little is known about them. And that’s how the Yazidis prefer it. “They are a secretive community who pass on oral traditions—much of which is unknown to outsiders,” said Hayder al-Khoei, an associate fellow at Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Program. Intermarriage with non-Yazidis is forbidden, and it is impossible to convert to their religion. “To be a Yazidi one must be born into a Yazidi family.” Though a Kurdish sect and religion, the Yazidi faith has borrowed from multiple traditions. It was founded in the 11th century by a sheik from the major Islamic dynasty, the Umayyad. “They have borrowed from the Persian tradition, Zoroastrianism (a pre-Islamic religion), Christianity—they believe that Jesus was one of the most important prophets—and Islam,” Gerges said. “It... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Is Putin incorruptible? U.S. insider's view of the Russian president's character and his country's transformation -- Puppet Masters -- Sott.net - http://www.sott.net/article...
"December 31, 1999 With no warning, at the turn of the year, President Boris Yeltsin made the announcement to the world that from the next day forward he was vacating his office and leaving Russia in the hands of an unknown Vladimir Putin. On hearing the news, I thought surely not the Putin I remembered - - he could never lead Russia. The next day a NYT article included a photo. Yes, it was the same Putin I'd met years ago! I was shocked and dismayed, telling friends, "This is a disaster for Russia, I've spent time with this guy, he is too introverted and too intelligent - - he will never be able to relate to Russia's masses." Further, I lamented: "For Russia to get up off of its knees, two things must happen: 1) The arrogant young oligarchs have to be removed by force from the Kremlin, and 2) A way must be found to remove the regional bosses (governors) from their fiefdoms across Russia's 89 regions". It was clear to me that the man in the brown suit would never have the instincts or... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Five Best Headphones - http://co-op.kinja.com/five-be...
includes AT, Sony, sennheiser comments are full of good info too! - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Cord Cutters: Ignore Set Top Boxes & Use A PC Instead - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag...
"Ditching cable? Don’t buy a smart TV and don’t mess around with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or any set-top box. These devices severely limit what you can and can’t do with them, and are usually no more powerful than a mid-range PC from a few years ago. Give yourself the flexibility of a regular computer – you won’t regret it. James outlined why you don’t need a smart TV, saying basically that the “smart” bits will be obsolete long before you should be buying a new TV. I’d say the same goes for set top boxes. It’s not complicated to hook up a desktop computer to your TV and set it up as your XBMC media center. If you try XBMC and don’t like it, that’s okay: you could set up Plex instead, or look into other options. Setting up a computer is a little more work than an out-of-the-box solution, but the advantages far outweigh the downsides. Here are a few reasons to use a computer as your media center." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Longform: The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup by Mat Honan - http://longform.org/posts...
"The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup Mat Honan Wired Aug 2014 On Stewart Butterfield, the founder of Flickr and now Slack, a wildly popular, difficult-to-describe messaging service that has 38,000 paying subscribers just a few months after launching." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
I'm Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work - http://lifehacker.com/im-ira-...
"The point of this is that it gets all this inchoate material—the sound you've gathered—into a form where you can see it all on one page. You see all your options. It's in a form where your brain can start to organize it. Also, writing the list sort of inserts all the quotes into quick-access RAM memory in your head in a helpful way. I find that the important first step to writing anything or editing anything (half of my day each day is editing) is just getting the possible building blocks of the story into your head so you can start thinking about how to manipulate it and cut it and move it. Listing the quotes this way is also important because a radio story, unlike other kinds of writing and even other kinds of journalism, is usually structured around the quotes. You organize the beats of your plot around the most compelling moments you have on tape. (Though I learned this from a print journalist so I guess it's applicable there too.) Next I stare at my one-page list and think about... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
I'm Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work - http://lifehacker.com/im-ira-...
"The point of this is that it gets all this inchoate material—the sound you've gathered—into a form where you can see it all on one page. You see all your options. It's in a form where your brain can start to organize it. Also, writing the list sort of inserts all the quotes into quick-access RAM memory in your head in a helpful way. I find that the important first step to writing anything or editing anything (half of my day each day is editing) is just getting the possible building blocks of the story into your head so you can start thinking about how to manipulate it and cut it and move it. Listing the quotes this way is also important because a radio story, unlike other kinds of writing and even other kinds of journalism, is usually structured around the quotes. You organize the beats of your plot around the most compelling moments you have on tape. (Though I learned this from a print journalist so I guess it's applicable there too.) Next I stare at my one-page list and think about... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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