NYPD Can't Be Bothered to Report on the Black Kids It Kills

NYPD Can't Be Bothered to Report on the Black Kids It Kills

NYPD Can't Be Bothered to Report on the Black Kids It Kills

Over the past few months, Constance Malcolm has watched with shared sympathy as mother after mother stands before a sea of microphones to demand justice for her son, killed at the hands of a police officer sworn to protect and serve the people.

In February 2012, those same hot, angry, disbelieving tears flooded down Malcolm’s cheeks as she stood before the cameras to call for justice for her 18-year-old son, Ramarley Graham, who was killed by an NYPD officer in the family’s small Bronx apartment.

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SPI & ACE To Develop 50 MW Floating PV In US

SPI & ACE To Develop 50 MW Floating PV In US

A.w.N. | I am highly critical of a lot of renewable energy. That is not because I believe they don't have value, or because I believe in fossil fuels. Heck I have even built my own solar setup from scratch without any help whatsoever. But I can be critical for two main reasons, one is that I think people need to be cautious in what they expect out of renewable energies, because they don't really compare well to fossil fuels, and secondly I think that people are almost completely unaware of the potential environmental impacts of renewable energy. 

This, however, is a project that strikes me as above the others. I like that it serves many purposes. Most projects simply provide humans with energy and try to minimize impact on the environment. But this project seems to have ecological benefit. The floating panels, if properly placed, will not shade out a great quantity of aquatic vegetation (though probably some) but will provide habitat beneath it for the cover of aquatic life. Another benefit is that a floating solar farm will also protect the body of water from evaporation, and while this of course has certain implications for weather patterns, there is a better chance of the H2O being on land, if it is retained on land in the first place. 

It seems that this project has a lot of value. Entire human landscapes could be designed in a water retention fashion, where the locals get their food and energy from the central pond. This has so many positive ecological implications that I'm not even going to attempt to name them... 

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Barcelona bridge to be upgraded with smog-eating concrete and luminous pavements

Barcelona bridge to be upgraded with smog-eating concrete and luminous pavements

 

A.w.N. | Clearly they are not banking on having a lot of electric cars in Barcelona. 

I find the line, "the pollution it removes will simply be washed away by the rain," to be a bit of odd phraseology (troubling typo?) considering the article states that the pollutants were already neutralized by the "photocatalytic concrete". If the pollutants are washed away and not neutralized the only real success is the conversion of air pollution, into water pollution. In the survival scheme of things that buys us three days! Certainly an interesting concept, time will tell if it's a realistic step. 

 

Barcelona bridge to be upgraded with smog-eating concrete and luminous pavements 

Spanish architecture studio BCQ has revealed its plans to enhance a Barcelona bridge, adding pollution-dissolving concrete, planted walls and paving that glows in the dark.

Barcelona City Council asked BCQ to upgrade the road bridge that spans the Avinguda Meridiana, a dual carriageway that brings traffic into the city from the north, to turn it into a new gateway for the Catalonian capital.

The aim is for the structure – known as the Sarajevo Bridge – to offer a more pleasant experience for pedestrians, through better lighting and improved air quality.

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Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight As California’s Last Active Nuke Plant Puts Millions at Risk

Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight As California’s Last Active Nuke Plant Puts Millions at Risk

A.w.N. | Obviously the "Doomsday Clock" is a little over the top and antiquated. Since the time apparently moves backwards and forwards it is a bit of a fear mongerer (think the Gov't threat color codes), but the truth is that it's quite shocking that the inertia of our lives keeps us from decomissioning nuclear power plants on fault lines (I personally don't believe there should be any nuclear plants). Does this really need to be something that takes thought? It is like taking mercury bulbs out of your light fixtures (another horrible product) and leaving them all over the bathroom floor. What do we honestly think is going to happen? How is it possible that a species with so much self-assuredness that it is superior to all other species, could be so blatantly stupid about something so important?

If you read the comments on the ecowatch page, you will see why I don't allow the schillery on my website! I spend enough time trying to make my site look nice and find relevant and attractive content, while taking the time to create my own, and seek out viewership. I don't need to police monsanto, nuclear, and government employees from my comments sections also. 

Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight As California’s Last Active Nuke Plant Puts Millions at Risk

Humanity’s clock is ticking but few in power seem to recognize how late it’s getting. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has been keeping time though with their “Doomsday Clock,” established in 1947 to convey threats to humanity and the planet in the new atomic age launched by the Manhattan Project two years before. Widely recognized as an indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, global climate change and other emerging technologies, the Doomsday Clock was moved forward two minutes in January to 11:57 p.m. It’s the closest the clock has been to midnight since the height of the Cold War in 1984.

 

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant near scenic San Luis Obispo on the Golden State’s central coast sits in an area where several new fault lines have been discovered over the decades. The situation at California’s last remaining active nuclear plant has generated widespread concern about whether the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has learned anything at all from Fukushima. “The clock ticks now at just three minutes to midnight because international leaders are failing to perform their most important duty—ensuring and preserving the health and vitality of human civilization,” the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board stated in their announcement. “The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.”

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Science and Religion, Knowledge and Oppression | A Comparison

Science and Religion, Knowledge and Oppression | A Comparison

Science and Religion

Knowledge and Oppression via Force of Faith

I find that I am often misunderstood on the topic of both science and religion. Often people will assume that I am either irreligious or unscientific, but in fact I am neither. I have both scientific and religious leanings, but first and foremost I seek to understand truth. I tend to look for the real thread that underlies both cold clinical laboratory science and the ethereal qualities of religion. It is my nature as a human to use my reason, and I will not allow myself to be forced to believe anything that my reason is not inclined to believe.

Some of you may be taken aback that I would include science and religion coupled together in the same article. No doubt you have either a scientific or religious leaning, but I do not hope to offend anyone, as that is not my purpose. The shock value of attacking a person's inner values, for the purpose of gaining attention, is both childish and dangerous, but there are striking similarities between religion and science, especially when they are wrongly conceived.

First lets start off with the myth that religion can’t be evidence based. Obviously some people may consider the primary source of the Bible to be evidence for Christian truth, and the same for other religious documents and their respective religions, but this is not what I mean. What I mean when I say that religion can be evidence based is that there exists in most religious traditions an element of the individual's experience. Whether it is through meditation, prayer, or even an activity like dance, many religions guide the practitioner towards experience of the divine. Even within conservative or orthodox sects of religion, which tend to strictly adhere to documentation, there is often an element of the practitioner seeking experience. The fact that scientists cannot quantify an individual’s experiences in no way delegitimizes the experience of any individual. If we pursue this line of thinking fully, we will run into the fields of philosophy and psychology which tend to border on science and religion...

 

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Portrait Of A Wolf by Wild Strangers Photography

Portrait Of A Wolf by Wild Strangers Photography

Portrait Of A Wolf by Wild Strangers Photography

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Fox Portrait by Ivan Kislov

Fox Portrait by Ivan Kislov

Portrait by Ivan Kislov

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Portrait Of A Wolf by Wild Strangers Photography

Portrait Of A Wolf by Wild Strangers Photography

Portrait Of A Wolf by Wild Strangers Photography

Catcher of the Eye

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