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As of July 1, TSA employees will no longer be allowed to access five categories of websites that have been deemed inappropriate for government access.
- chat or messaging,
- controversial opinion,
- criminal activity,
- extreme violence including cartoons, and
The TSA does not specify how to determine a controversial opinion.
Protecting nature should be more important than enjoying it.
There’s that little nagging fact that this culture is murdering the planet. Any book (film, painting, song, relationship, life, and so on) that doesn’t begin with this basic understanding that the culture is murdering the planet and doesn’t work toward rectifying it is not forgivable, for an infinitude of reasons…
To deliver only a third of America’s fuel, the oil and gas industries use 143,000 square miles of our land. Additionally, the BP spill has closed 80,000 square miles.
“We’re not addicted to oil. We are addicted to driving.”
Americans drive around 3 trillion miles per year. If we drove exactly the same number of miles we do today, how much solar power would we need for electric vehicles?
I did the numbers and the answer will surprise you.
Land needed to use solar power for an all-electric USA car fleet is merely 1,000 square miles.
An area the size of King Ranch in Texas with its 1,289 square miles could generate all of America’s electric vehicle power with 30% extra electricity to spare. Ted Turner’s 244 square mile ranch in New Mexico alone could generate enough electricity to power 25% of all cars in America.
Charm is no easy thing. I think most of us assume we get by with pleasantry we’ve learned, yet after you’ve lingered in the syrup of true charm, it’s clear there’s special humanity very few of us know. That’s a pretty good thing to appreciate.
I clicked [next page] at Dance Magazine September 1997 and here’s some text I found:
→ hopefuls squirm on the floor alongside stagestruck guardians
→ girls, girls, girls fill the room. Many sprawl on the floor
→ never seen so many pretty girls in one place
→ She looks up at her pointed toe, wiggling it
→ Stunned, I struggle clumsily to my feet.
→ All I can feel at that instant is relief at escaping this ordeal
Fun is a very special thing. It’s a story about the Depression not told, how we cared for each other and lifted spirits together.
The etymology of the name Thomas began in the Greek word Θωμας. As I looked at Θωμας, I couldn’t help noticing ‘OW’ and thought of pain. I then thought of Thomas Paine and then wondered what odd circumstance fused ‘OW’ to both his first and last name.
Thomas Paine was wanted dead or alive for writing ‘Common Sense’ and ‘The Age of Reason’ which sparked both the American and French revolutions. I wonder what common sense and reason will deliver us from pain these days?
‘The truth has become all too painfully obvious, says Mick Arran. We are locked down, locked into a system which gives rights to the rich, the powerful, and the corporate.’
‘And it doesn’t seem to matter to anyone that this only makes things worse and worse. Believing that giving the rich control of the society will lead to economic prosperity for everyone is now dogma for the religion of $$$. We’ve decided to take that on faith because the rich told us to.’
Every day each one of us turns 100 gallons or so of water into sewage. That’s a lot of sewage, requiring a lot of treatment–and very little of it is poop.
“We’re like a nation of 1-year-olds throwing everything in the toilet.”
Scientific American offers a relaxed ten page synopsis on sewers, How Does Sewage Treatment Work?
Deuteronomy urges you to dig a hole and ‘cover that which cometh from thee’.
By 1500 BC the palace of Knossos had an actual flush toilet–a seat, a pan, and a slave to pour water into a sluice.
Cesspits and privies were so offensive, in 1844 Boston tried to pass a law requiring a doctor’s order for every bath.
Most blockages are caused by grease or roots, but memorable clogs are mops, golf clubs or firewood pulled out of manholes. A refrigerator. Once a carpet remnant…
The system is not flawless–biosolids sometimes contaminate water; grease clogs cause sewage spills or system failures; heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products build up in biosolids–but overall it works splendidly.
“It gets in your blood,” said a senior engineer and inspector… the rest of the way gravity does the work.
What The Hell Am I Supposed To Do With All These Constitutional Rights?
“Too much of one thing can cause a person a lot of stress, and you know what’s stressing me out? All these rights guaranteed to me by the U.S. Constitution. There’s like—how many—a couple dozen?
“And they keep adding more! Isn’t that a bit much? Did anyone even ask me if I wanted all these rights? No, they did not.
“And, to be honest, I’m a little chafed about it. It’s hard enough keeping up with the bills in my mailbox without some huge Bill of Rights hanging over my head.
“People are always talking about rights, or protecting them, or trying to get me to exercise them. Enough already!”
- About a third of eyewitnesses choose the wrong person.
- Courts are not preventing wrongful identifications.
A landmark report commissioned by the Supreme Court of New Jersey recommends that our courts recognize the current state of the science on eyewitness testimony. The Special Master requests far-reaching safeguards on eyewitness identification of suspects.
- Prosecutors should bear the burden of proving eyewitness testimony.
- Juries and judges must be informed about eyewitness fallibility.
Debt. Debt. Debt. Debt. The Republican inspired expansion since 1980 becomes the borrowed American Dream.
I wonder if this is the ‘premier’ chart of our times? Folks bellyache about government spending because that’s where blame is, but the old saw about credit where credit is due has become something more modern: debt wherever it’s offered.
We’re just not smart. All of us. There’s no one at blame here. All of us bargained. Global conditions are similar. The distinctions among nations are moot.
Fixing this is new history, not so much rule changing or switching players, but a fundamental shock to what we call success.
Here’s something BP can never be. Not GE, not GM, not even IBM.
“I have to describe a bit what the Mozilla universe looks like“, says Mozilla Director of Community Asa Dotzler.
The biggest circle is our users, nearly 400 million strong today.
These people decided that the default browser that came with their computer was insufficient and took steps to download and install a new browser.
Some of those users took the added step of becoming beta testers, about 4 million of them. This circle of people try updates about once a month and give us high level feedback.
Inside that circle are the group I call “advocates”. This is probably about 400 thousand people and includes the 100 thousand Spread Firefox members that have put up Get Firefox buttons at their sites, the fans that are regularly spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter, and people helping other Firefox users with support issues.
The next circle in is our daily testers and Test Pilots. These people, about 40 thousand strong, test and report feedback on the changes that are happening to Firefox every single day as well as offer structured feedback on particular features or design changes through our Test Pilot program.
Inside that circle are the 4,000 or so dedicated contributors who are doing everything from writing patches to helping to translate Firefox and Mozilla websites to participating in user engagement campaigns, to submitting feedback on Design Challenges, etc.
A stand-out group is nearly 80 localizations developed by an army of volunteers across more than 100 countries with a small handful of full-time staff coordinating.
Finally, there are about 1,000 people at the core who are either full-time contributors or critical volunteers we depend on every day to lead the project forward.
We are able and willing to engage the smartest and most passionate people from all over the world.
From Paul Revere to Sarah Palin, we do not know our country.
One quarter of Americans do not know which country we fought for independence. Look at this survey! One-third of women and 40% under 30 do not know. Many answered France, Germany, Mexico or China.
| Marist Institute Poll of USA Residents
||18 to 29
|30 to 44
|45 to 59
|60 or older
|45 or older
Journalists in this country suffer from a profound confusion about who they’re supposed to be working for.
True, the Pentagon does have perhaps the single largest public relations apparatus on earth – spending $4.7 billion on P.R. in 2009 alone and employing 27,000 people, a staff nearly as large as the 30,000-person State Department – but is that really enough to ensure positive coverage in a society armed with a constitutionally-guaranteed free press?
And true, most of the major TV outlets are completely in the bag for the Pentagon, with two of them (NBC/GE and Logan’s own CBS, until recently owned by Westinghouse, one of the world’s largest nuclear weapons manufacturers) having operated for years as leaders in both the broadcast media and weapons-making businesses.
They don’t need your help, and you’re giving it to them anyway, because you just want to be part of the club so so badly. Disgustingly, that’s really what it comes down to.
Most of these reporters just want to be inside the ropeline so badly, they want to be able to say they had that beer with Hillary Clinton in a bowling alley in Scranton or whatever, that it colors their whole worldview. God forbid some important person think you’re not playing for the right team!
Andy Grove: How To Make An American Job
Today, manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is about 166,000 — lower than it was before the first personal computer, the MITS Altair 2800, was assembled in 1975.
Meanwhile, a very effective computer-manufacturing industry has emerged in Asia, employing about 1.5 million workers — factory employees, engineers and managers.
The largest of these companies is Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., also known as Foxconn. The company has grown at an astounding rate, first in Taiwan and later in China. Its revenue last year was $62 billion, larger than Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Dell Inc. or Intel.
Foxconn employs more than 800,000 people, more than the combined worldwide head count of Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel and Sony Corp.
Her Majesty’s Government is seeking public input to remove silly and burdensome laws that have accumulated over the years. What a task!
We’re working to create a more open and less intrusive society. We want to restore Britain’s traditions of freedom and fairness, and free our society of unnecessary laws and regulations – both for individuals and businesses.
Nigel Powell puts it well: “So the new UK government has set up a site called Your Freedom asking for public votes on which laws to repeal and which to keep.
“It’s just about the most unreal thing you could ever imagine a government doing….
“Still it’s a noble exercise and an unbelievably bold attempt to move the antiquated, broken, discredited and inefficient art of government and politics into a new century.”
A figure very hard to reconcile: Revenue for the more than 11,000 federal lobbyists rose 5 percent last year, to more than $3.5 billion! I’m stunned. A year of nightly 60 Minutes couldn’t explain this culture nor reveal the players.
Mind Hacks rubbing the uncomfortable misconnection between the problems we study and the problems we face.
If homelessness were genetic,
Institutes would be constructed
With tall white walls,
And ‘driven’ people (with thick glasses)
If homelessness were genetic
Rats from broken homes
Would sleep in cardboard shoeboxes
Evading violent fathers,
Who broke their bones,
While small white mice
With cocaine habits
Would huddle in fear,
Sleeping in doorways,
Receiving calibrated kicks from gangs of passers-by