Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Dark Times in American Politics
Oy! Now the news suggests he is being eased out, to make way for Jared. I had better talk about Steve Bannon while I can. Unless... he's still the Dark Lord and I had better say it, while there's still free speech... and electricity. Before he got to the White House, Steve Bannon was first a Goldman-Sachs mogul, then a filmmaker. His polemical movies say a lot about what’s on his mind, and how he
'First ever image of dark matter' revealed
Scientists in Ontario have compiled an image of dark matter filaments connecting two galaxies together. The existence of this enigmatic form of matter...
Enceladus could support alien life, says NASA
The space agency has discovered all the crucial ingredients for life in the oceans of Saturn's icy moon. During a press conference held today, NASA sc...
'Going It Alone Means Going It With Lots of Other Nations' (Or, Is Donald Trump Insane?): 'BradCast' 4/13/2017
It's a serious question. Is Donald Trump insane? You can offer your opinion on my Twitter poll , if it's still open. But, on today's BradCast , we examine just some of the evidence, as our unstable U.S. President threatens war against the unstable leader of North Korea, with potentially unspeakable consequences now hanging dangerously in the balance. [ Audio to today's show follows below. ] Among
Burger King Trolls Google Home Devices
Update: Amazon’s Alexa Could Soon Recognize Users by Their Voices If Amazon is working on it, the rest of them probably are. Via: Ars Technica: Amazon’s Alexa may be about to get smarter. According to a report from Time, the online retailer is working on voice identification software for Alexa that would allow the service […]
U.S. Electricity Demand Peaked in 2007
Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — There are many likely small components of this, such as efficiency gains, small scale solar masking loads behind the meter (might explain 1% of demand decline), and high prices for electricity in some areas. But… Via: Bloomberg: Part of the reason is that a grim […]


The US Says It May Shoot First if North Korea Starts Testing a Nuclear Bomb
Anonymous senior officials in US military intelligence told NBC News on Thursday afternoon that if recent North Korean insinuations about another nuclear test turn out to be true, it is prepared to preemptively strike with conventional weapons. This comes after 38 North, a highly respected blog that monitors the North Korean military, analyzed a new satellite photo taken on Wednesday of a North K
Trudeau Unveils Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Canada
The bill, which is expected to pass, would make Canada the second nation to completely legalize marijuana as a consumer product.
Rescued chimpanzees and orangutans: This woman’s lifework is caring for them
Patti Ragan founded the Center for Great Apes near Wauchula, Fla., which has become a model for ape sanctuaries across the US.
British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia
Exclusive: GCHQ is said to have alerted US agencies after becoming aware of contacts in 2015 Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told. GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected
To preserve Obamacare, liberal states plan to use Trump's words against him
Democratic attorney generals and lawyers say President Trump's suggestion he would let Obamacare 'explode' could be used in court as proof that he is violating the 'take care' clause.
U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan
A new version of the most powerful conventional bomb in the American arsenal, so big it had to be dropped from a cargo plane, was used for the first time in combat.


[Research Article] Cassini finds molecular hydrogen in the Enceladus plume: Evidence for hydrothermal processes
Saturn’s moon Enceladus has an ice-covered ocean; a plume of material erupts from cracks in the ice. The plume contains chemical signatures of water-rock interaction between the ocean and a rocky core. We used the Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer onboard the Cassini spacecraft to detect molecular hydrogen in the plume. By using the instrument’s open-source mode, background processes of hydrogen produ
Photos: Enceladus, Saturn's Cold, Bright Moon
Enceladus shines as one of the brightest objects in our solar system. See photos of Saturn's water ice-covered cold moon, as captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Scientists discover evidence for a habitable region within Saturn's moon Enceladus
Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft indicates that the hydrogen is best explained by chemical reactions between the moon's rocky core and warm water from its subsurface ocean. The SwRI-led team's discovery suggests that Enceladus' ocean floor
Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun
Imagine a future in which every home has an appliance that pulls all the water the household needs out of the air, even in dry or desert climates, using only the power of the sun.
[Perspective] Detecting molecular hydrogen on Enceladus
Planetary bodies with global oceans are prime targets in the search for life beyond Earth owing to the essential role of liquid water in biochemical reactions that sustain living organisms. In addition to water, life requires energy and a source of essential chemical elements (C, H, N, O, P, and S). Although there is compelling evidence for liquid water and many of the essential elements on severa
Potential Energy Source for Life Spotted on Saturn Moon Enceladus
The same sorts of chemical reactions that sustain life near deep-sea hydrothermal vents here on Earth could be occurring within Enceladus' subsurface ocean, a new study suggests.


The 'Pretty Little Liars' 12 Days Challenge
"Pretty Little Liars" stars Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Sasha Pieterse, Shay Mitchell, and Troian Bellisario chatted about their show's suspenseful finale, and took on a challenge to win tickets for Ellen's audience to The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! From: TheEllenShow
Ellen's Oscar Selfie Record Is in Jeopardy!
Ellen's epic Oscar selfie holds the record for most retweets, but that could all change over a high school student's quest for chicken nuggets! From: TheEllenShow
Here's What Earthquakes Look Like From Inside the Earth | National Geographic
Have you ever wondered what an earthquake is like from inside the Earth? The SeismoDome show at Hayden Planetarium in New York City seeks to give audience members an experience like none other. ➡ Subscribe: About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, p
How Elevators Changed the World | Origins: The Journey of Humankind
Once we had the tools to erect tall buildings, their height was still limited by one thing: our willingness to walk up all those stairs. Enter: the Otis elevator. ➡ Subscribe: ➡ Watch all clips of Origins: The Journey of Humankind here: ➡ ORIGINS: THE JOURNEY OF HUMANKIND AIRS MONDAYS 9/8c. About Origins: The Journey of Humankind: Hosted
Yopo - Motion Poetry
A Film by: Method Design Directed by: Ivan Girard Creative Director: Jon Noorlander CG Supervisor: Ivan Guerrero Executive Producer: Angela Lupo Producers: Emily Schaeberle, Adrienne Mitchell, Heather Saunders Coordinator: Elias Bermudez CG Lead: Sari Rodrig Animators: Matt Hackett, Will Robinson, Sean Curran, Carlos Sandoval, Paul Wei, Sam Crees Rigging: Ohan Bracha, Frank Naranjo Modelers: Bria
Mario A. Robinson "The real power of art, is the ability to galvanize and organize all those pigments and materials, and pour a soul into it." Music courtesy Kyle Preston, Jason Leonard and Podington Bear. Watch more Making Art films at making art By the way, my wife, Carrie Brass, played a role in some critical editing decisions. Cast: Jesse Brass Tags: mario robinson , making art , contemporary


Interview 1267 – New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato
[audio mp3=""][/audio] This week on New World Next Week: would-be migrants are enslaved in love bombed Libya; the DOJ would prefer to keep their bogus crime lab; and fake news abounds with deleted emails and retracted fact checks.
The Syria Strikes Aftermath: What We Know So Far
We're now 72 hours into the post-Syria Strikes world and the dust is beginning to settle on the crazy events of last week. I hope you've been following all the latest information in the comments section of The Corbett Report's own open source investigation as The Corbett Report community has been doing yeoman's work in assembling and collating all the data streaming forth from the newsfeeds. But i
Crosswalk Buttons, Voting Booths, and Other Illusions of Control
Did you know that only 9% of crosswalks buttons in New York City actually do anything? Or that a piece of US government legislation disabled all elevator "close door" buttons in 1990. But these buttons are still there, and we still push them, even when we know that they do nothing. But why? And what does this tell us about the other illusions of control that the social engineers have placed before
Soylent Green – Film, Literature and the New World Order
This month on Film, Literature and the New World Order we talk to James Evan Pilato of about Soylent Green, the 1973 sci-fi movie based on the 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison. We discuss the differences between the book and the movie, the eminent personage who wrote the introduction to the book, and how the story has been used to predictively program some of t


Trump’s Border Wall Plan Hits Snag with Environmental Suit
US Congressman joins Center for Biological Diversity in call for environmental analysis that could delay construction for years
Is Mexico’s Underwater Museum Diverting Attention from Bigger Environmental Issues?
Sculptures off coast of CancĂșn are meant to protect coral reefs from intensive diving, but some conservationists say they’re a distraction
The Plastic Loom
Two young Egyptians reinvent plastic bags by fusing tradition and modernity.
Walmart Exposed for Selling Dolphin-Deadly Tuna in Costa Rica
Retail giant is sourcing its Suli brand tuna from Mexican fishing fleets that harass and kill marine mammals, says nonprofit
Can a Public Image Makeover Save the Mauritius Fruit Bat?
Conservationists are working to recast perceptions of native pollinators in the wake of controversial culls
Grizzlies in Jeopardy
Proposal to remove Yellowstone bears from Endangered Species Act is premature


Climate action shines bright as record number of countries and territories join Earth Hour's tenth anniversary
SINGAPORE, 26 March 2017 - An unprecedented 187 countries and territories came together for WWF's Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March to take a stand for climate action. More than 3,000 landmarks switched off their lights and millions of individuals, businesses and organizations across seven continents stepped forward to change climate change. Online, #EarthHour and related terms generated over 1.1 b
WWF's One Planet City Challenge will recognize cities scaling new heights on climate action
Gland, Switzerland – WWF is inviting cities around the globe to join the One Planet City Challenge and show the world how sustainable cities can be a hub for creativity, ambition and innovation in climate action. Cities generate 70 per cent of the world's carbon emissions. WWF's One Planet City Challenge is a biennial competition that recognizes and rewards cities for developing infrastructure, h


Ontological anxiety
My today's attempt at clever: Ontological anxiety is the defining psychic luxury of privileged existence.
Who is Daniel J. Levitin?
By Denis G. Rancourt, PhD Who is Daniel J. Levitin, and why is he saying false things about me? Mr. Levitin is a university professor, a psychologist, and the author of the 2016 book "Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-truth Era". Wikipedia states the following about Mr. Levitin's book: "His interest in writing the guide [was] to help people develop techniques to
Academic Freedom? - Michael Ignatieff is pathetic
Failed politicians never die. They become embassy ambassadors and university presidents. After Michael Ignatieff crashed the Liberal Party of Canada he returned to Harvard University, was given an Order of Canada by Trudeau, and became president of the Soros-funded Central European University in Hungary. Hungary wants the Soros cancer out but globalist Ignatieff is screaming "academic freedom
Latest development in my academic freedom case: Supreme Court refuses to fix administrative tribunal law
By Denis G. Rancourt SUMMARY: The Supreme Court of Canada today refused to clarify and fix the Canadian common law of affidavits needed to remedy an absence of transcripts in administrative tribunal hearings. I was fired under a false pretext in 2009, at the University of Ottawa where I was a tenured Full Professor of Physics. [1][2][3] Following a lengthy legal process, in 2014 a labour
Pernicious effects of political correctness
"Were third-party bugging a prevalent practice, it might well smother that spontaneity—reflected in frivolous, impetuous, sacrilegious, and defiant discourse—that liberates daily life." -- Justice Harlan, dissenting (Supreme Court of the US), United States v. White, 401 U.S. 745 (1971). The presumed harmful effects against people of both state surveillance and political correctness are of



Taking A Stand For A Great Truth
As our civil liberties slowly erode with a corporate state under control of the Military/Industrial complex and global elite ~ that want war ~ there will come a time when we all must take a stand for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause or some great truth ~ The Unified Field is my great truth for which I take this peaceful stand: Allen L Roland, PhD "Love alone is capable of
Obamas Were Real Thing Versus Fake Cardboard Cutouts
Trumps and Obamas on Inauguration day 2017 This picture of the incoming and outgoing president on Inauguration day 2017 tells you everything you need to know about Trump and Obama. One saw himself as President of the people and the other sees himself unfortunately as a dictator and enforcer of his mandate. Both have many things in common but only Obama has maintained the childlike enthusiasm of a
Gamecocks Defense Will Prevail In Big Dance Final
South Carolina’s Maik Kotsar (21), Chris Silva (30) and Rakym Felder (4) celebrated after defeating Baylor in Sweet 16 final. Credit Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports, via Reuters "South Carolina’s players said Thursday that it was easy to pinpoint from where their defensive prowess stems. It is from Coach Martin, who calls the defense his “baby” and designed it in his image, an image he projects a
Trump And Bannon'S Dystopia / Deconstruction Of The Establishment And Fade To Black
Commander-in- chief Trump in full plumage and ready for war. The last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism and Donald Trump is well on the way toward claiming that refuge. Constant campaign rallies and fervant nationalism speak of America's Trumph of the will moment in which Steve Bannon's dystopian and totalitarian world becomes a reality. The perfect storm is looming ~ an out of control military


Please Support Kickstarter Campaign for US release of A3 film 'Cruel and Unusual'
To donate and help to spread the word, please visit the Kickstarter page directly . Featured below is the information from the campaign's website. 'Cruel and Unusual' – The Angola 3 story, US Cinema Release Help get the Angola 3's story into cinemas to support their campaign against long-term solitary confinement & qualify for the Oscars THE GOAL Cinema release in NY and LA to bring 'Cruel and Un
In His Own Words: Albert Woodfox interviewed by Amnesty International UK
Amnesty International UK has released a new interview with Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3. Listen to the podcast here . Accompanying the podcast interview is a post on Amnesty UK's blog that features an extended statement by Albert Woodfox, entitled: It's a human right to agitate the 'injustice' system . Albert's full statement is featured below: A year ago on 19 February 2016 I walked out of a L


Kerr on the JCPOA
My friend Paul Kerr — the original second blogger at Arms Control Wonk — has taken time from his day job to write an essay that focuses on the enduring value of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’s prohibition on “activities which could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device,” a prohibition that permanently define’s the terms of Iran’s …
Syria: A Modest Proposal
Those of us laboring in the vineyards of nuclear nonproliferation are forced to learn, alas, at least a little about energy policy. If nuclear technology only were good for making weapons, and not also for electricity, our lives would be much simpler. Nuclear power is especially important nowadays, since it offers the only low-carbon form of “base …
The Counterforce Compulsion in South Asia
Quotes of the week: “There has been literally no chance at all that any sane political authority…would consciously choose to start a nuclear war. This proposition is true for the past, the present, and the foreseeable future. For sane men on both sides the balance of terror is overwhelmingly persuasive… There is no prospect at …
The Ghost Ship Anchored at Foggy Bottom
Quotes of the week: “Focus on the action, not the distraction.” – Sandra Savine “Also focus on the non-action, not the distraction.” – MK It would take a consummate diplomat to be the face of the Trump Administration’s foreign policy. Rex Tillerson isn’t a consummate diplomat; he’s a titan of the oil business, learning a …
Guest Post: Connecting the OSINT dots on Sri Lankan-North Korean military deals
My wonderful colleague Andrea Berger unearthed a few nuggets on the Sri Lankan-North Korean military relationship and has written up a fascinating little piece to share with us. The UN Panel of Experts working on North Korea sanctions implementation published its latest report last week which is, as usual, a treasure trove of details for …
Low Yield Nuclear Weapons (Again)
Quote of the week: “The pattern of the use of atomic weapons was set at Hiroshima. They are weapons of aggression, of surprise, and of terror.” — Bernard Brodie, The Absolute Weapon John Donnelly of CQ Roll Call was the first to write about a Defense Science Board report issued last December, “Seven Defense Priorities …


Take Action: Let Bill O'Reilly's Advertisers Know What You Think
. . By MARC McDONALD Advertisers are fleeing the sinking ship of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor following the latest revelations and allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct involving Bill O'Reilly. Which raises the question: which advertisers have fled? And which advertisers are still supporting The O'Reilly Factor ? is on the case, as usual, and has put together a handy li


disrupt and transform: 2017 cupe ontario library workers conference
The 2017 CUPE Ontario Library Workers Conference was a very special event for the Mississauga Library Workers Union. Over the course of two days, our 2016 strike and the great gains we made for our members were celebrated from the podium again and again. In the same way, the tremendous perseverance and solidarity shown by the Essex County Library Workers -- on strike for a stunning eight months --
ontario librarians: should the ola support staffless libraries?
This week, the Toronto Public Library announced plans to open libraries with no staff. Not just no librarians -- we've seen that in many places -- but no staff whatsoever. This was bad enough, but we were further horrified to see that the Ontario Library Association, a membership-based organization that is supposed to further the interests of libraries and librarians, seems to support this idea. O
hail hail rock 'n' roll: rip chuck berry
To mark the death of rock legend Chuck Berry, everyone should watch "Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll," Taylor Hackford's movie chronicling two concerts that celebrated Berry's 60th birthday. If you want to know what all the fuss is about, if you need historical context to understand what Chuck Berry meant to all of rock, see this movie. Here is Berry and " his band " performing my favourite version of my
what i'm reading: a mother's reckoning by sue klebold
On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two teenagers from Littleton, Colorado, marched into Columbine High School with explosives and automatic weapons. Their plan to blow up the entire school failed -- only because their homemade bombs did not explode -- so they walked around the school shooting people. They killed 12 students and one teacher, wounded 24 others, and unleashed untold m
mighty leaf tea: green tea and greenwashing
I recently tried a new brand of tea. I'm always looking for almond tea, which is difficult or impossible to find (more on that below), and noticed Mighty Leaf had an Almond Spice . It's green tea, and I prefer black, but I thought for the almond, I'd take a chance. The Mighty Leaf Tea box is covered in stories about how carefully they care for the tea, the quality of their tea leaves, and how gree


Paul Craig Roberts: "The reckless and irresponsible war talk in the US government and presstitute media and among NATO and Washington’s vassals must stop immediately. Life is in the balance." "Putin has shown amazing patience with Washington’s lies and provocations, but he cannot risk Russia by trusting Washington, whom no one can trust. Not the American people, not the Russian people, not any people."
Is That Armageddon Over The Horizon? April 12 2017 Is That Armageddon Over The Horizon? Paul Craig Roberts The insouciance of the Western world is extraordinary. It is not only Americans who permit themselves to be brainwashed by CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the New York Times and Washington Post, but also their counterparts in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan, who rely on the war propaganda machine that
Welcome to, the only nation-wide news service that eschews nuclear holocost that could kill us all. Yet the insane US "mainstream media" can't wait to exchange ICBCs with Russia.
Original Here : Trump's Syria Attack Sanctioned by the Media Media critic Norman Solomon says US media's uncritical coverage of Trump's Syria attack is typical and has its roots in ratings spikes and in economic ties to the military-industrial complex Norman Solomon wrote th
Given that my readers visit infrequently, I have been trying to leave up important posts a week or two before putting up the next. This is true even if both are the work of Paul Crairg Roberts. However, this one is extremely important, and so the one I selected was short enough to allow the reader to also take a quick look at my two preceding posts. But for those who wish more about Trump's criminal attack on Syria, PCR has provided two longer articles spelling out all of the background you may wish to know.
Washington Has Crossed Russia’s Red Line April 7 2017 Washington Has Crossed Russia’s Red Line Paul Craig Roberts Washington’s military attack on Syria is unambigiously a war crime. It occurred without any UN authorization or even the fake cover of a “coalition of the willing.” Washington’s attack on Syria occurred in advance of an investigation of the alleged event that Washington is trying to u
As most of you know by now, Paul Craig Roberts was Associate Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under Ronald Reagan and later Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal, but with the turn of the Century he gave up such lucrative positions to expose the corruption of the U.S. government and it's intention to conquer the rest of the world or die on a nuclear holocost that would extinguish the human race. Here, Greg Hunter, who is deeply conserned with these issues, interviews Paul Craig Roberts in an extended video. Don't miss it.
By Greg Hunter’s Former Assistant Treasury Secretary in the Reagan Administration, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, sees trouble for the economy. Dr. Roberts explains, “This image of a strong stock market is based essentially on debt, borrowing and debt, money creation and debt. It’s a false signal that shows prosperity, and it’s not really there. . . . So, during a period of time when the
Taken from Wikipedia: "The adjective Orwellian connotes an attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past." And now, 67 years after the death of George Orwell, we have a famous American university, Harvard, adopting a full-blown Orwellian clamp-down of any American who wants to know and/or spread the Actual Truth!
Harvard University has established a modern version of the Catholic Church’s Index Librorum Prohibitorum , a list of prohibited online publications which are tagged as “fake” and “false”, broadly following the politically tainted “List” of censored independent and alternative media. As we recall the Catholic Church’s Index was a list of books “deemed heretical, anti-clerical or lascivious”.1 Ex C


Media Tory Lies Stripped Bare by Ashcroft Poll
You would never guess it from the media but Lord Ashcroft’s latest major polling effort strips bare the entire lie about a Tory and Unionist bandwagon rolling in Scotland. You would never guess it from Lord Ashcroft’s Tory agenda-driven report of the findings either. This tendentious nonsense ignores Scotland completely – indeed I do not think he even mentions the nation’s existence. No paid medi
Gibraltar: A Tax Haven Not a Nation
There are 32,000 Gibraltarians organised into 11,400 households . Remarkably there are more registered companies than households, including 8,464 registered offshore companies . The Government of Gibraltar’s own website is remarkably candid about its tax haven activities. It urges you to establish there so you can take advantage of: Highly-developed business services infrastructure where it is po
The Balance of Probabilities
Unlike the famous chemical weapons “attack” portrayed by the BBC in Saving Syria’s Children , it does appear that in the latest incident at Idlib there was real horror inflicted by chemical attack of some kind. The question is who did it and why? I am no fan of the Assad regime, and I have no problem using the word “regime” to describe it. Dictators do hold and win elections. I have lived in seve
Options for Independence
So what do we do now with Theresa May apparently obdurate on blocking the referendum? It is important to realise politics are fluid. In a week’s time the situation will not be what it is today. The battle for public opinion is key. The unionist media (ie virtually all of it) are asserting continuously, as a uniform line, that opinion polls say the people of Scotland do not want a second Independe
I apologise for the suspension of blogging – I am still in Ghana. Despite work being a bit tough at the moment, it is as always a delightful place, though this last week it has been polluted by the presence of Tony Blair. Why he thinks that this vibrant democracy needs to be lectured on “leadership” by a war criminal, is beyond me. Blair should rather take a lesson from Ghana, which is celebratin
Thoughts from Ghana
I spent today at the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Bunso and the nearby Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana. Those who have read my memoir The Catholic Orangemen of Togo and other Conflicts I Have Known will know that rural development in Africa has been the abiding passion of my working life. The good news is that for the first time a paperback edition of The Cath


The Art of Tracking
Right now, your eyes are following a track of squiggly scratches, and your mind is comprehending meaning from them. This morning, my mental processes created those tracks, and they contain specific meaning for those who have learned the ability to interpret them. The farther you are able to follow my tracks, the more you will learn. Similarly, animals leave behind tracks and other signs as they m
The Origin of Science
NOTE: To better understand the following, you might read my review of The Art of Tracking first. Back in the 1800s, folks on the cutting edge of Western science were perplexed. Evolution had apparently provided hunter-gatherers with essentially the same brains that we moderns have, yet they appeared to be severely retarded — no clear-cuts, mines, cities, insane asylums. What was wrong with them?
Right Relationship to Reality
Reverend Michael Dowd and his wife Connie Barlow are nomadic evolutionary evangelists who have been on the road since 2002, speaking to more than 2,000 audiences. In their reality, evolution and religion are not in conflict; both can happily sit next to each other on the same pew. A primary goal of their mission is teaching folks about sustainability. For them, right relationship to reality is wh
One day in 1991, a strange letter arrived at the Rainforest Action Network in San Francisco, where Joe Kane was working. It was from members of the Huaorani tribe of Ecuador, wild folks who have lived in the Amazon rainforest for thousands of years. Their jungle home had fantastic biodiversity, including many species that live nowhere else on Earth. The letter said that DuPont-Conoco was planning
Last Child in the Woods
Richard Louv was born in 1949, a card-carrying member of the baby boomer generation. He has been a newspaper reporter, syndicated columnist, and author of nine books. The father of two sons, his writing often covered issues of family life. Over the years, he interviewed thousands of parents, children, and social science experts. Working on the front lines of American culture, he became increasing


Do All Lives Matter? inShare Email
by Roberto Rodriguez April 10, 2017 The question at the Cesar Chavez lecture at a packed auditorium at Sierra College was, do all lives matter? It was a great forum and a great dialogue, but in a sense, it was the wrong question. The reason is that each time the answer will invariably mischaracterize, misdirect, or at best, deflect. In case there is any doubt regarding this answer, one only need
Beware of Poisoned Orange Tree
by Roberto Rodriguez The White House appears to be an ethics-free-zone. And it appears to be intentional. The reason there are few ethical guidelines designed specifically for presidents is because it has always been assumed that the person at the helm of the most powerful nation on Earth would have little incentive to abuse the office of the presidency of the United States of America, precisely
Re-indigenization is Underway
by Roberto Rodriguez Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina and Indigenous Women’s Lives is a book that I regularly teach. As I was going through my students’ papers this past week, I came to the realization that something radical is happening within these communities alluded to in this book. It is a process referred to as re-indigenization. This is a huge development,
What Does It Mean To Be An American? = Wrong Question.
by Roberto Rodriguez It appears that an all-points bulletin has been issued in search of this nation’s soul. It is no secret that the current administration’s policies, including its budget priorities, have triggered a profound questioning of this nation’s beliefs and ethos. In effect, it is war, over people. This is not metaphorical, but actual choices being made by the current administration: t
THE SMILING BROWN PROJECT GENTE DE BRONCE: PEOPLE THE COLOR OF THE EARTH The Smiling Brown Play/presentation/performance was historic. It was nothing short of amazing. Below is the schedule for March 12. I can say it was intense. The good news is that it was taped. This project is akin to the Vagina monologues. The most important aspect of Smiling Brown is the dialogue. From the discussion held a


A Look Back In Time
While the main purpose of last month's trip to Lethbridge was for birding, I couldn't resist taking in a little history as well. Below is Fort Whoop-Up, or least a close replica of the original, which was actually constructed about 6 km to the south in 1869. This replica was created in 1967 in Indian Battle Park to mark Canada's centenary. It was the elicit whiskey trade which prompted the federa
Icy Trails
As the weather warms I find it increasingly difficult to stay inside. Yes, I wanted to do a little birding but I had no real destination in mind. For the most part, I just wanted to stretch my legs and enjoy some sun. I more or less randomly ended up over by the Birchwood Trails. Trail conditions were much different since the last time I had been here. Back in February, while there were icy patch
Over The River
I was up early on my first full day in Lethbridge in order to take advantage of the warm weather and fit in a full day of bird watching. It took a bit longer than expected as I had to fight my way through a huge line at a Tim Horton's for coffee (one does not simply get up at the crack of dawn on days off without coffee) but it was still only about 8:30am by the time I reached the river and other
I spent a few days down in Lethbridge during my last set of days off but didn't get around to posting about it until now. I also took a ton of photos, so narrowing them down for a post was another reason I'm so late in posting this. My decision to go was a little last minute which is a bit out of character for me but with the weather slowly warming and wanting to get a jump on some bird-watching


Gordon Keirle-Smith - Genesis Antarctica - The Secret Origins of Humanity
In 1974-5, artist and copywriter Gordon Keirle-Smith wrote a treatment for a trinity of novels called Genesis Antarctica: The Secret Origins of Humanity and submitted it (unsuccessfully) to a publisher. In 1962 a cache of ancient urns was discovered in Antarctica dating back tens of thousands of years. They contained writings proving our ancestral myths and lore are actually rooted in the history
Ridley Scott - Covenant poster - Aliens vs Engineers
"You want aliens, I'll give you aliens," that's what Ridley Scott said in response to the dirth of alien material in his so-called prequel to his classic Alien (1979). And boy has he given us aliens (vs engineers) in this new Alien Covenant poster from Fox.
Mike Philbin art - Introversions and Dichotomies 2017 - metallic paint gold and silver series
my gold/silver metallic paints eventually arrived direct from the paint manufacturer and, while the sun was out, I did some more pair paintings on stretched canvas. The first one's a repaint with a lovely textured underpainting, as you can see... 2 x 100 cm by 30cm The second one's a new paint on virgin canvas... 2 x 50 cm by 50 cm
Pen art - Helena Hauss - Paris, France
yes, there are more-photorealist ball point pen artists out there, I've seen a lot of them, but this one really caught my attention. witness the AMAZING penmanship of biro artist Helena Hauss from Paris, France. I mean, just stunning work.
Scarlett Johannsen - Ghost in the Shell - first five minutes clip
MovieLad crop'd I'm not sure if this is chronologically the 'first five minutes' of the new live-action Scar-Jo vehicle i.e. Ghost in the Shell, but I still want to see this movie for myself ... I want to make up my own mind about a celluloid/digital creation or re-creation/re-imagining of a classic slice of Manga-land ... and not listen to a load of politically-motivated whitewash-naysayers just
Electric Universe - The Big Gravity Problem - dinosaurs too heavy for today's gravity value
...well, that's torn it. Electric Universe proponents have finally come out and made it public, "Dinosaur muscles and dinosaur bones, and cartilege and sinew, can not support the immense weight of these ancient giants in today's gravity," 

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