Saturday Links for the Week – January 27, 2007

Susan Hales painting
Ink and watercolour by fellow Salon blogger Susan Hales

Preparing for Civilization’s End

Wild Food: A BBC program tells you how to find wild edibles in your own neighbourhood. Thanks to Andrew Campbell for the link.

Learning Self-Sufficiency: India’s Barefoot College teaches people community-based skills on less than a shoestring. Thanks to Ellen Fish for the link.

Funds to Make a Difference: IdeaWild provides hundreds of small grants to people who just need a little to make a big difference in protecting biodiversity. Thanks to Evelyn Mitchell for the link.

Technologies With Promise: Technology generally creates more problems than it solves, but these eight new promising technologies could make the world a little greener. Thanks to my colleague Allen Monstratt for the link.

A Model for Sharing and Collaboration: Simon Fraser University’s SCoPE free open collaboration and virtual meeting tool allows researchers to link up and share information powerfully with others.

Emergency Preparedness Around the World: Fluwiki has a list of preparedness plans from around the world, and also a list of flu pandemic preparedness guides.

How the World Really Works

The Rich Get Richer: Salon’s HTWW links to Mark Thoma’s report on how income disparity in the US continues to soar.

The average after-tax income of the richest one percent of households rose from $722,000 in 2003 to $868,000 in 2004, after adjusting for inflation, a one-year increase of nearly $146,000, or 20 percent. This increase was the largest increase in 15 years, measured both in percentage terms and in real dollars. In contrast, the income of the middle fifth of the population rose $1,700, or 3.6 percent, to $48,400 in 2004. The income of the bottom fifth rose a scant $200 (or 1.4 percent) to $14,700.

The Dangers of Genetic Engineering: Also from HTWW, a link to a new book refuting a recent Atlantic Monthly report lauding genetic engineering, showing just how dangerous genetic engineering is.

Thought for the Week: From Thomas Pynchon: “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worryabout the answers.”

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2 Responses to Saturday Links for the Week – January 27, 2007

  1. Ray says:

    The “wild edibles” link to the programme by Ray Mears is very interesting. In the first episode he literally travels to Australia where he consults the native Australians on their food gathering techniques.

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