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Friday, January 18, 2013

Can't embed Vimeo videos so you'll have to click the link below...

NOTE: This is all real, no CGI (but with minor Photoshop editing). Watching something like this you believe we can solve every problem on earth. And we pretty much can. Humans caused them after all. It just takes people understanding the following: opinion and fact are not the same thing; education is important and shouldn't be demonized; compassion is essential and isn't weakness; science can actually prove things; pushing ourselves to be better actually makes us better; learning what works and what doesn't is good; apathy is evil; ego is negative; vanity is ugly; voting against your own best interests is futile; rising only to the lowest common denominator (figuratively) guarantees perpetual misery; and if we work towards common goals we can get things done.

It's really not so difficult. We can do amazing things. Why not try to do the simplest, too? End hunger, save the planet, end war, tax the rich, live sustainably, put power into the hands of the people rather than corporations, treat animals with compassion, etc...

If we can accomplish the amazing things we see in this video, composed of photos taken from the International Space Station then we can do all these other things, too. You are the revolution.
http://vimeo.com/45878034

Sean

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Owning a Gun Makes you LESS SAFE • Gun Violence Rises • Secret History of Guns and Republican Hypocrisy • Climate Change at Crisis Level • Pot Farms Destroying Environment • Humane Meat Farming Stupidity • Why Republicans are Wrong About Everything

- The Secret History of Guns
    Republicans use to support strict gun control laws- when African Americans were arming themselves in the face of severe police brutality. Now they seem to have forgotten all that and want everyone, well, mostly white guys, to have guns.
- The Daily Chart Of Gun Deaths That Can’t Stop Growing. Check It Out Now While It Still Fits On Your Computer.
    I’m ever so slightly obsessed with this chart. It’s tracking the number of gun deaths reported by the public since the Sandy Hook school shootings. It starts with 20 little figures of the children who were killed in December … where it ends is up to us. 
- Blackout: How the NRA suppressed gun violence research
    In 1993, a group of researchers published a study that challenged the most basic assumptions of many gun owners: That owning a gun makes you safer.

    The study, rigorously conducted by ten credentialed experts, and appearing in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, found instead that the reverse is true. “Although firearms are often kept in homes for personal protection, this study shows that the practice is counter-productive,” the authors wrote. “Our data indicate that keeping a gun in the home is independently associated with an increase in the risk of homicide in the home.”
- Republican member of House Science Committee believes Earth is only 9,000 years old
    Republican Georgia Congressman Paul Broun came into the national spotlight because of various comments he made that included claiming evolution is a "lie straight from the pit of hell."

    As it happens Congressman Paul Broun sits on the Congressional Science, Space, and Technology committee. Many across the nation are crying foul claiming that Broun's religious beliefs put him directly at odds with scientific matters that are of national importance. Broun said this during a speech earlier in the year: "I don't believe that the Earth's but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says."
- Put Down the Spliff: Marijuana Farms are Ravaging the Environment
    Unregulated pot farming is having disastrous effects on California's natural habitats.
- We are Almost Completely FUCKED: Al Gore Rallies Citizen Deputies to Break Through Climate-Change Denial While There’s Still (a little) Hope.
    “The most extreme climate ‘alarmists’ in U.S. politics are not nearly alarmed enough,” he writes. “The chances of avoiding catastrophic global temperature rise are not nil, exactly, but they are slim-to-nil, according to a new analysis prepared for the U.K. government.”

- 'Planetary emergency' due to Arctic melt, experts warn
    Experts warned of a "planetary emergency" due to the unforeseen global consequences of Arctic ice melt, including methane gas released from permafrost regions currently under ice.
- Which Cities Will Be Completely Underwater In Less Than 100 Years?
    This makes the term "rising sea levels" a lot more real. It looks like LA has less than 100 years while San Franscisco and lower Manhattan have less than 150 years. New Orleans and the rest of New York have about four centuries left before they're gone.
- Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years
    As sea ice shrinks to record lows, Prof Peter Wadhams warns a 'global disaster' is now unfolding in northern latitudes
- Study: Wind Could Power the World
    There's enough energy available in the wind to satisfy the entire world's energy needs, a new study says.
- Analysis: 93 Percent Of Fox News Climate Coverage Is ‘Misleading’
    According to a review of recent climate coverage at these two outlets, 93 percent stories from Fox News on climate were misleading and 81 percent of stories in the WSJ op-ed section were misleading.
- Shocking Study: By 2030, Climate Change Could Kill 100 Million People ’
    A report commissioned by 20 governments and conducted by the humanitarian organization DARA found that, “More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change,” reports Reuters.
- Americans' Surprising Food Vows for 2013
    Among the top five consumer health trends for 2013 is veganism!
- CO2 hit record high in 2011 – UN report
    The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a record 390.9 parts per million (ppm) in 2011, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO). That's a 40 percent increase over levels in 1750, before humans began burning fossil fuels in earnest.
- A Comprehensive Analysis of the Humane Farming Myth
    The very existence of labels like “free range,” “cage-free,” and “humane certified” attests to society’s growing concern for the welfare of animals raised for food. But any time consumers of meat, eggs or dairy advocate for “humane” treatment of farm animals, they confront an unavoidable paradox: the movement to treat farm animals better is based on the idea that it is wrong to subject them to unnecessary harm; yet, killing animals we have no need to eat constitutes the ultimate act of unnecessary harm.

    Scientific evidence has irrefutably demonstrated that we do not need meat, milk or eggs to thrive, and that in fact these foods are among the greatest contributors to the leading fatal Western diseases. Unlike animals who kill other animals for food, we have a choice. They kill from necessity. We do so for pleasure. There is a huge moral difference between killing from necessity and killing for pleasure. When we have plentiful access to plant-based food options, and a choice between sparing life or taking it — there is nothing remotely humane about rejecting compassion, and choosing violence and death for others just because we like the taste of their flesh, and because they cannot fight back. Might does not equal right.
    If you’re buying “cage free,” “free range” or “humane certified” animal products from a grocery store, you are more than likely being deceived about the welfare of animals raised for food.

- Five Ways Deregulation Is Ripping America Apart
    Conservatives believe that enriching individuals will eventually enrich society, and that government should not get in the way of the process. This is what happens as a result...
- Five Practical Reasons Not To Vote Republican
    There is no shortage of reasons not to vote Republican. The litany includes tax cuts for the rich, cutbacks in government programs, obstructing needed legislation, disregard for the environment, denial of women's and other human rights, military escalation.

    But the following five reasons have to do with money -- specifically, who's paying for the $1 trillion of annual tax savings and tax avoidance for the super-rich? And who's paying for the $1 trillion of national security to protect their growing fortunes? The Republicans want that money to come from the rest of us.

Sean