As promised here is my next article (albeit a bit late)…
I want to start you off with something positive, an example of what we can accomplish when we all work together.
The construction industry is the problem. Wait, didn’t you just say the construction industry to the rescue? Why yes I did. But the construction industry is also the problem, indirectly. Overall unemployment is around 10%, however construction unemployment is at ~25%. That is the largest of all industries. When the building sector (i.e. construction) suffers all U.S. sectors and industries suffer.
<OpenInternet@fcc.gov> 11:16PM (11 hours ago)
Thank you very much for contacting us about the ongoing Open Internet proceeding. We’re hoping to hear from as many people as possible about this critical issue, and so I’m very glad that we can include your thoughts and opinions.
I’m a strong supporter of the Open Internet, and I will fight to keep the internet open. Thanks again for sharing your views with me.
Federal Communications Commission
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Subject: restore net neutrality
Net neutrality needs to be enshrined and upheld, please do so. Attempts to remove it are driven by nothing more than short-sighted greed and will foster inequality and impoverishment the world over.
Thank in advance for your staunch support of net neutrality,
It has been some time since our last post (especially mine) and I thought no better time than now to treat you all to my second article, on Science Pope. Eric has some crazy excuse for not posting in a while, some lame weak excuse like becoming a new dad to twins, and if you ask me it’s not that hard…
I kid, because I love. Eric and Sarah are having a great time with Briar and Grant; they are two of the cutest twins and a true joy to be around.
To be honest Eric has been diligently working on a very large, 3 part article and from what I have seen and read it is a game changer! (yep that’s right a perk of being an insider! I have seen and read it, so nah nah, nah nah) And let me tell you, it works on so many levels; it pulls at your heart strings, punches you in the gut and then tells everything will be alright, if we choose the correct adventure (the only catch is once we choose there is no going back and picking a new adventure like you know you all did reading the classic CYOA’s).
Choose Your Own Adventure! But choose wisely!
I can’t wait for you all to read it. So, until then you will just have to settle for my article which will be out in the next few days!
It’s been one year since I started this site, and without a doubt it’s changed me and my approach to the world. I went from someone who wasn’t much of a reader to gulping down books in twos and threes. I didn’t really have much direction in life, and now I’ve found purpose and a radically different worldview. I witnessed the strange comedy of pregnancy and extended my sense of self to include my two beautiful newborns. It’s been quite a year, one that’s made me feel rich and fulfilled in ways I’ve never been before.
Best anniversary gift ever!
This is long overdue but here we go…
Unlike my best friend and creator of this blog, I fall far short of the belief that humanity can take the needed steps in reducing our carbon foot print significantly enough to slow climate change. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a complete lack of faith in the masses; it’s more a lack of faith in the 1% and the politicians they get elected and keep elected that ultimately truly matter in this equation. As much as the 99% hate to hear it, it’s true. Also, I fully understand that people make technology so, in turn, the subject of this post “People Won’t Save Us, Technology Will” is inherently flawed. Please bear with me and sit tight as I weave my way through a few topics to try and support my statement above.
Global Power Shift is changing the world. In June 2013, 500 folks from around the world gathered in Istanbul to revitalize the movement for climate justice. They met, they networked, they strategized — and now they need you.
This past November, I saw Do The Math in Boston with Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein, and I was inspired to become an activist. I had known climate change was a big problem, but the immediacy of the problem became real to me, and though there are so many messed up things in this world that need to be addressed, I realized this was the battle that deserved my undivided attention, because what else matters if we don’t have a planet?
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I left feeling invigorated, a little depressed, and scared, which is the mixture of emotions I suppose the speakers were expecting to invoke in the audience. But I also had another feeling: disappointment. While listening to these icons speak, unapologetically (and justifiably) vilifying the fossil fuel industry, I kept waiting for them to take a swing at another industry, one which most of us actively support, one which, according to a UN study, is actually the number one cause of climate change. But this industry, the meat production industry, wasn’t mentioned once.
Now, full disclosure: I’m vegan and I love animals. I don’t want them to suffer or be slaughtered for any reason, so the fact that raising and killing them for food is environmentally unfriendly is a convenient talking point for me as an animal rights activist (it isn’t so convenient for the planet I happen to live on that’s burning to death, but I guess I can’t have my vegan cake and eat it too). Yet although I now consider myself an animal rights activist and I’d say that’s my main reason for abstaining from feasting on their carcasses, the reason I initially went vegetarian was because I learned about the major environmental impact of meat production, and I realized I couldn’t be an environmentalist and a meat eater at the same time. It just doesn’t make any sense.
More good stuff from Gavin over at Zen Pencils. Though things may seem chaotic and divided right now, humanity is slowly developing this kind of global consciousness, and the internet has a lot to do with that. Now it’s just a race against time…will we realize our interconnectedness and act together in self-defense before our systemic problems overtake us?
Gee Brain, whadda ya wanna
Same thing we do every night, Pinky…try to take over the world!
In a move that will excite science fiction enthusiasts and send sufferers of musophobia screaming for the hills, researchers at Duke University have taken the first steps toward bringing brain-to-brain communication into reality by electronically connecting rats’ brains.
I, for one, welcome our new rodent overlords.
Here’s what happened: two rats had their brains wired up with electrodes. One of them was shown a signal to push a particular lever to receive a reward. Then, the brain waves from this rat were transmitted to the second rat in a separate cage, and even without the original signal the second rat immediately knew the correct lever to push to get the reward. The “receiver” rat got this test right a monstrous 85% of the time, and it didn’t matter if it was in the same lab or thousands of miles away! For more of the specific details, I recommend reading the article in Popular Mechanics.
The implications of this are mind-blowing, and the stuff of much exploration by sci-fi writers like Arthur C. Clarke and others over the years. It’s little wonder, since humans have understood for some time the electrical similarities between brains and computers…so why not introduce computers to help amplify and transmit brain signals? In Clarke’s book Childhood’s End, a generation of telepathic children think and act as one all-knowing organism. If that concept isn’t strange enough for you, imagine these scenarios:
- Memories are recorded and sold as consumer products, like in the movie Strange Days
- Humanity becomes universally empathic because we’re constantly seeing the world from other people’s perspectives
- Police officers interrogate criminals from inside their own minds
- Instant learning, a la The Matrix
I wanted to talk for just a second about why there haven’t been any climate talks posted in the last few months. After all, I’ve had the time, and I’ve mostly had the opportunity (though a few rejections did bum me out).
Really what I’ve been lacking is certainty of purpose, because the script for the talk has been in a state of flux. I wrote the original script about a year ago, but in the last couple of months it’s morphed to be less about what climate change is and more about what it means. When this transition is complete the talk is going to be a lot more personal and as a result (I hope) a lot more impactful.
The talk is also getting a lot more pessimistic, though not in terms of the power of science, compassion, and human ingenuity to pull us out of this mess. The pessimism stems from recent climate disasters and economic turmoil — and manifests in presenting things getting much worse much sooner than previously predicted. “Climate Talk 2.0″ is hardly even about the climate at all anymore, it’s more about economic collapse and understanding exponential growth. It’s about fear for the future, and love for my family.
And when I say that there haven’t been any climate talks for a while, that’s not entirely true…I’ve been giving them here or there, I just haven’t been filming them. As things get more personal, more about the here and now, it’s taking me some time to adjust to the idea of sharing those personal moments with the world. But we’ll get there. I’ll have another climate talk (recorded back in April) up next week, and “Climate Talk 2.0″ videos will follow soon after. Thanks for sticking with me.