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Old 07-16-2009, 10:06 AM   #1776
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http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010147.html

Seasonal Fruit And Veg On Your iPhone

Locally produced food isn’t necessarily better for the environment. But seasonal and local fruit or vegetables probably are. And while your grocery store may tell you where the food was grown, it probably doesn’t tell you how much energy went into growing it.

As a general rule, something that is in season will take much less energy to produce than something out of season. Artificial light and heat aren’t necessary, and hopefully less water is used also.

Many of us here are big iPhone fans (how did you guess?) so I was pleased to discover that the app Seasons ($1.99) now has data for the United States. Tell it where you live and it will tell you what’s in season and whether or not it is grown locally.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:07 AM   #1777
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http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010148.html

Winning Designs Chosen in Rising Tides Contest



Eager to help cities adapt to climate change, more than 130 design groups from 18 countries entered the Rising Tides competition to come up with a plan to protect the inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay Area from predicted sea level rise.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:09 AM   #1778
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I'm interested also in the urban agriculture movement - and i think it is important for the future, and our way of life.

http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010149.html

Urban Farming Takes Root in Surprising Ways
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:12 AM   #1779
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WiredScience writes: Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they’ll try to take over your brain.

In the past year, researchers have developed technology that makes it possible to use thoughts to operate a computer, maneuver a wheelchair or even use Twitter — all without lifting a finger. But as neural devices become more complicated — and go wireless — some scientists say the risks of “brain hacking” should be taken seriously.


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Language, and the root principles of advertising do this already
kind of like Ghost in the shell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF5O1iw_v6M
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:16 AM   #1780
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:18 AM   #1781
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kind of like Ghost in the shell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF5O1iw_v6M
That's a decent example.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:23 AM   #1782
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:29 AM   #1783
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The Michigan Dogman - Video, Analysis and Personal Account

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NOTE: the following emails were received yesterday in reference to at least 2 sightings of the supposed 'Michigan Dogman' in Baraga County, Upper Peninsula, Michigan. I have contacted the witness who seems very truthful and credible...Lon
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:34 AM   #1784
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Bangkok Traintrack Market Video

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This has been around a bit, but if you haven't seen it, it's pretty amazing as an example of the ingenuity of folks in the emerging megacities, where poverty and extreme density combine to generate all sorts of new possibilities.

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Old 07-16-2009, 10:43 AM   #1785
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The calorie delusion: Why food labels are wrong
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:52 AM   #1786
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The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: The Most Dangerous Domestic Terror Law You've Never Heard Of

By Rachel Meeropol, Center for Constitutional Rights. Posted July 15, 2009.

Under the AETA, if you and a friend go on the web to research a company whose practices you plan to protest, you may have just become a terrorist.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:53 AM   #1787
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Carlo Gianferro's gypsy interiors

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'Gigantic' orange sphere hovers over Missouri man, causes missing time

A Missouri man who works in law enforcement encountered a "gigantic" orange/yellow sphere that was hovering between 200 and 300 feet off of the ground about six blocks from his location, according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:01 AM   #1789
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Timeslips: Doorways to the Past or Future?

Nick Redfern explores one of the most intriguing of all paranormal phenomena, incidents in which people apparently become immersed in another period of history.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:14 AM   #1790
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Your Brain Will Eventually Be Used Against You

Megan, i09.com: Although every lie detector ever built has proved unreliable, scientists continue to search for that magic machine that will reveal dishonesty. Now two Harvard neuroscientists have hit on a "pre-crime" technique that reveals intent to lie before it happens.

While some people already think that brain-imaging lie detectors are a scam, others remain convinced that they're the wave of the future. A recent study by Joshua Greene and Joseph Paxton at Harvard University shows that the skeptics might be right.

Paxton and Greene bet their subjects money based on guessing a coin flip. While those who had to record their responses in advance had average success, those who didn't have to tell their guess until after they knew the result had a high success rate, indicating they were lying. More interestingly, those people who were even interested in lying showed brain activity when just offered the opportunity to cheat, while those who were more honest showed no difference in their brain activity regardless of the opportunity to cheat. Over time, Greene and Paxton were able to predict whether certain volunteers would lie at all. They expect that their machine could be developed not just to determine whether someone was lying or had lied, but if they were interested in doing so or would in the future.

You always knew your brain would eventually betray you. The question is, how useful is this information really? Doesn't everyone want to lie sometimes, including people who are honest?
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:18 AM   #1791
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Hannah Devlin, The Times: What would you do if you found a wallet on the street? Leave it? Take it to a police station? Post it back to the owner? Keep it, even?

The answer, scientists have found, depends rather more on evolution than morality.

Hundreds of wallets were planted on the streets of Edinburgh by psychologists last year. Perhaps surprisingly, nearly half of the 240 wallets were posted back. But there was a twist.

Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, and his team inserted one of four photographs behind a clear plastic window inside, showing either a smiling baby, a cute puppy, a happy family or a contented elderly couple. Some wallets had no image and some had charity papers inside.

When faced with the photograph of the baby people were far more likely to send the wallet back, the study found. In fact, only one in ten were hard-hearted enough not to do so. With no picture to tug at the emotions, just one in seven were sent back.

According to Dr Wiseman the result reflects a compassionate instinct towards vulnerable infants that people have evolved to ensure the survival of future generations. “The baby kicked off a caring feeling in people, which is not surprising from an evolutionary perspective,” he said.

Scientists argue that it would be difficult to genetically code for feeling empathy exclusively towards your own child and much easier to code for feeling empathy towards all children. If you find a baby alone, there is a good chance it belongs to you, making it an effective evolutionary trait, said Dr Wiseman.
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Monkey Moves Robot Using Mind Control


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According to a new study, the more unpopular, uncommon or feminine a boy's name is, the more likely he will be imprisoned as an adult.

A report in Social Science Quarterly analyzed 15,000 names and found that factors associated with unpopular and androgynous names "increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency" and, eventually, criminality as an adult. Boys with such names faced ridicule from peers and subtle discrimination in the workforce, and often came from families of low socioeconomic status.

What names are most likely to lead to a life of crime? Alec, Ernest, Garland, Ivan, Kareem, Luke, Malcolm, Preston, Tyrell, and Walter.
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Jeff Deeney, Daily Beast: Ever since the murder of Rian Thal two weeks ago in Philadelphia, everyone wants to know how this girl from a wealthy suburb ended up a high-stakes drug trafficker in the city’s
hip-hop scene — but it’s not as unusual as you might think.

In the early evening light of Saturday, June 27, four men barely disguised by low-drawn baseball caps casually strolled into a Philadelphia luxury apartment complex, took the elevator to the seventh floor, and shot up-and-coming club promoter, 34-year-old Rian Thal, in the head. Multiple surveillance cameras captured the seeming ease with which the killers performed. On their way out, one shooter nearly walked into a man carrying a piece of furniture, smoothly side-stepped around him, and slid anonymously out the door.

A sign reading “Under Constant Video Surveillance” is prominently displayed at the entrance to the apartment complex where this took place, and on June 27, those cameras paid off: Last week, 25-year-old Katoya Jones, seen in the video letting the killers into the building, was charged with murder and conspiracy. According to police, Jones, who also lived at the Piazza, is the girlfriend of North Philly drug dealer James "Poo" Wilson, 36, who masterminded the plot. Wilson is still at large.
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Did This Jellyfish Crop Circle Accurately Predict A Solar Storm?

Annalee Newitz, io9.com: Discovered last month in a UK barley field, this crop circle appears to be a jellyfish. But intrepid crop circle analysts have discovered that it predicts a devastating solar storm on July 7. And they have diagrams to prove it.




Let's start with some plain facts. A commenter named Harold Stryderight on Cropcircleconnector.com explains it all to you: "Whenever a severe solar storm impacts directly on Earth, then our planetary magnetic field or "magnetosphere" changes into the general shape of a "jellyfish". That seems to be what those crop artists were telling us at Wayland's Smithy on May 29, 2009."

When looking at this lovely crop circle of a jellyfish, this does seem to be the obvious conclusion to reach. If it's a jellyfish, it must be the magnetosphere. I mean that's just common sense. Also, we have a helpful diagram showing how similar the jellyfish really is to this atmospheric phenomenon.

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Programming is political



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Paulson Reveals U.S. Concerns of Breakdown in Law and Order





Via: Independent:

The Bush administration and Congress discussed the possibility of a breakdown in law and order and the logistics of feeding US citizens if commerce and banking collapsed as a result of last autumn’s financial panic, it was disclosed yesterday.
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SOLDIER REFUSES TO DEPLOY TO AFGHANISTAN ON ORDER OF FOREIGN BORN PRESIDENT, U.S. ARMY REVOKES ORDER RATHER THAN FORCE THE ISSUE IN COURT

Via: Ledger Enquirer:

A federal judge this morning dismissed the suit filed here by a U.S. Army reservist who says he shouldn’t have to go to Afghanistan because he believes Barack Obama was never eligible to be president.

Judge Clay Land sided with the defense, which claimed in its response to Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook’s suit, filed July 8 with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, that Cook’s suit is “moot” in that he already has been told he doesn’t have to go to Afghanistan, so the relief he is seeking has been granted.

“Federal court only has authority of actual cases and controversies,” Land said. “The entire action is dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.”

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Public Menace Exxon Sabotaged Oil Wells
July 17th, 2009

Via: Bloomberg:

Exxon Mobil Corp., the largest U.S. oil company, may be fined more than $1 billion for “malicious” sabotage of wells to prevent other producers from tapping fields it no longer wanted, the Texas General Land Office said.

Jerry Patterson, commissioner of the land office that oversees oil leases that help fund Texas schools, asked the Texas Railroad Commission to conduct hearings into an alleged 1990s program at Exxon Mobil of plugging abandoned wells with trash, sludge, explosives and cement plugs. The barriers made it impossible for other producers to revive the wells, Patterson said in a statement he gave to Bloomberg News yesterday.
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Huge Blob of Arctic Goo
July 17th, 2009

Update: Algae

Via: Anchorage Daily News:

A sample of the giant black mystery blob that Wainwright hunters discovered this month floating in the Chukchi Sea has been identified.



It looks to be a stringy batch of algae. Not bunker oil seeping from an aging, sunken ship. Not a sea monster.

“We got the results back from the lab today,” said Ed Meggert of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Fairbanks. “It was marine algae.”
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