‘More Windows in Paris’, A sample of the amazing photography of Zaadster ‘Farland’
Pimping for Failed Fat-Cat Executives: Money buys power, which gets you more money. If you’re rich but a total screw-up, the NYT tells us you can hire Frederick W. Cook & Company to get your employer to pay you for your failure, and pay you a lot more to leave, leaving you free to move to some other big dumb corporation who will pay to screw up even more.
Stuff You Can Do to Save the World: Canadian Guy Dauncey’s EarthFuture site is a goldmine of links to articles, including Guy’s own work, on community and environmental activism. And NRDC also has a ton of information about what we are doing to the environment, what that damage is doing to our health, and what we can do to fight back. Especially useful are their wallet cards, which provide guidance on what to buy and not buy to be a responsible consumer. Thanks to David Parkinson and Dale Asberry for the links.
A Search Engine That Talks Back: MsDewey is a search engine that features an animated ‘librarian’ that prompts you to enter your search terms and shows impatience if you’re slow. She’s not very helpful, but who cares? Thanks to Greg Turko for the link.
The Best Way Out of the Iraq Fiasco: The NYT has a brilliant prescription for exiting Iraq with minimal further damage. Key elements: Be honest with Americans, fire Rumsfeld, demand talks among Iraq’s factions, stabilize Baghdad (give up on the rest of Iraq — not enough troops to go around), convene neighbouring countries.
Fish Oil vs Flax Oil for Omega-3: World’s Healthiest Foods provides the case for flax oil and flax seeds as a good source of Omega-3, considered valuable in reducing the risk of heart attack and also reducing many inflammations associated with anti-immune diseases (like my colitis). But flax is controversial. Some sources argue that the seeds themselves pass through your system without imparting the oil’s benefits. Some say flax oil causes prostate cancer. Flax oil has a high calorie count. And there is doubt about how much of the AHA acid in flax actually gets converted to the essential EPA and DHA Omega-3 acids found naturally in some fish oil. Meanwhile, vegetarians, animal rights advocates and those worried about mercury poisoning would prefer not to consume fish oil. The debate continues. Thanks to Dale Asberry for the link.
Homeland Security Chief Says the Web is Dangerous: According to Wired, Chertoff is telling the Bushies that the Web allows people to ‘learn’ to be dissatisfied with the American Way, and then learn how to be terrorists. A perfect example of the blinkered conservative worldview that it’s better to shelter people from truths that are not pleasant. And frightening in a guy who has as much power and influence as Chertoff. Thanks to fouroboros for the link.
Education Free for Everyone Online: The total flipside of the Chertoff worldview is exemplified by this short video on Open Education Resources (OER), a global movement to provide all the resources needed for self-education on the Web, free. Thanks to Rob Paterson for the link.
Just for Fun — Online Toys: Several neat toys from Jim Bumgardner include a colour picker that cruises flickr for photos that match any colour you select from the palette, and an awesome downloadable kaleidoscopic screensaver that mashes up images from the web, real-time, for any keywords you type in.
Why Web 2.0 Needs Principles: Umair Haque at bubblegeneration comments on how some web thought leaders are helping the CIA use the net, and wonders when principles for ethical, democratic use of the web will start to emerge so that the real promise of bottom-up application and power shift can be realized.Until then, he says, Web 2.0 continues to stand for exactly nothing.
Thought for the week: A poem by Wendell Berry:
A Timbered Choir
I visited the offices where for the sake of the objective the planners planned
Their passing had obliterated the graves and the monuments
The races and the sexes now intermingled perfectly in pursuit of the objective.
Every place had been displaced, every love
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Preparing for Civilization's End:
What Would Net-Zero Emissions Look Like?
Why Economic Collapse Will Precede Climate Collapse
Being Adaptable: A Reminder List
A Culture of Fear
What Will It Take?
A Future Without Us
Dean Walker Interview (video)
The Mushroom at the End of the World
What Would It Take To Live Sustainably?
The New Political Map (Poster)
Complexity and Collapse
Save the World Reading List
What a Desolated Earth Looks Like
Giving Up on Environmentalism
The Dark & Gathering Sameness of the World
The End of Philosophy
The Boiling Frog
What to Believe Now?
Conversation & Silence
The Language of Our Eyes
Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care
Several Short Sentences About Learning
Why I Don't Want to Hear Your Story
A Harvest of Myths
The Qualities of a Great Story
The Trouble With Stories
A Model of Identity & Community
Not Ready to Do What's Needed
A Culture of Dependence
So What's Next
Ten Things to Do When You're Feeling Hopeless
No Use to the World Broken
Living in Another World
Does Language Restrict What We Can Think?
The Value of Conversation Manifesto Nobody Knows Anything
If I Only Had 37 Days
The Only Life We Know
A Long Way Down
No Noble Savages
Figments of Reality
Too Far Ahead
The Rogue Animal
How the World Really Works:
If You Wanted to Sabotage the Elections
Collective Intelligence & Complexity
Ten Things I Wish I'd Learned Earlier
The Problem With Systems
Against Hope (Video)
The Admission of Necessary Ignorance
Several Short Sentences About Jellyfish
A Synopsis of 'Finding the Sweet Spot'
Learning from Indigenous Cultures
The Gift Economy
The Job of the Media
The Wal-Mart Dilemma
The Illusion of the Separate Self:
Did Early Humans Have Selves?
Nothing On Offer Here
Even Simpler and More Hopeless Than That
What Happens in Vagus
We Have No Choice
Never Comfortable in the Skin of Self
Letting Go of the Story of Me
All There Is, Is This
A Theory of No Mind
The Ever-Stranger (Poem)
The Fortune Teller (Short Story)
Non-Duality Dude (Play)
Your Self: An Owner's Manual (Satire)
All the Things I Thought I Knew (Short Story)
On the Shoulders of Giants (Short Story)
Calling the Cage Freedom (Short Story)
Only This (Poem)
The Other Extinction (Short Story)
Disruption (Short Story)
A Thought-Less Experiment (Poem)
Speaking Grosbeak (Short Story)
The Only Way There (Short Story)
The Wild Man (Short Story)
Flywheel (Short Story)
The Opposite of Presence (Satire)
How to Make Love Last (Poem)
The Horses' Bodies (Poem)
Distracted (Short Story)
Worse, Still (Poem)
A Conversation (Short Story)
Farewell to Albion (Poem)
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