Tuesday, August 28, 2012

D’Souza Libel-pic is NOT a Documentary

D’Souza does not claim to be documenting the irresponsible tendencies of extremists who lie; he claims to be documenting “evidence”, which is not what he does. The film is raw, unmitigated propaganda, funded by billionaires who have vowed to “destroy” Obama. 

Dinesh D’Souza has devoted his career as a commentator to smearing hard-working, honest people committed to real solutions that benefit real people in a democratic way, often resorting to the feeble trope that they want to destroy America. D’Souza wrote a self-interested, ideologically biased book, defaming President Obama as an enemy of the United States, and basing his analysis on the untested theory that having experienced places other than the US in childhood somehow built a pattern of anti-American rage into the president’s psyche. 

Not only is the concept totally unfounded, by any standard of psychoanalytic practice; it relies on literally zero evidence outside D’Souza’s pretense that such psychoanalytic presumption is not only plausible but airtight and binding. D’Souza, who pretends to be a liberty-loving conservative, in this way, posits that human free will is utterly impossible, and that place determines everything there is to know about a person’s character. 

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Announcing: The Hot Spring Quarterly

We are launching a new digital publication to debut in September, 2012: The Hot Spring Quarterly. It will be published every three months, and run from 80 to 120 pages, or so, featuring important articles, essays, news and research from TheHotSpring.net, and partner sites.

The thematic feature of the inaugural issue will be the “hunting the paradigm shift” idea underlying the Hot Spring Network itself, and the human-scale focus of related projects, as embodied in the Humane Future Manifesto (which will be included in the first HSQ—Read and share via http://bit.ly/humanefuture)

The HSQ will be distributed online and in various ebook formats. It will be available for free online, at http://bit.ly/hotspring-q and on Issuu.com. 

Please suggest any content or collaborators here…

  • Deadline for submissions: Sept. 4, 2012
  • Deadline for final copy: Sept. 7, 2012
  • Date of release: Sept. 25, 2012

Thanks, and best wishes,
Joseph Robertson

NY Launches Statewide Solar PV Initiative

New York initiates the beginning of a transition to clean energy:

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a series of bills to begin a new program to bring more solar power to New York, called the NY-Sun Initiative. Managed by the New York State Energy Research & Development Agency (NYSERDA), the goal of this initiative is to double the amount of on-site electricity produced in the State by solar PV capacity in 2012 compared to 2011 and to quadruple that in 2013. $104 million has been set aside in incentives. In addition to existing incentives for solar in NJ and CT, commercial facilities in the NY Metro area have a unique, but temporary, opportunity to install solar PV at a relatively low cost, reducing long-term electricity costs greatly.

Read the full article here…

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Newsweek Got it Wrong, Period

Nevermind Newsweek’s decision to pander to big money interests and tabloid market dynamics, which they hope will sell lots of magazines… Niall Ferguson’s cover story is full of distortions and propaganda for a discredited political and economic philosophy. Almost immediately, the flagrantly dishonest article was thoroughly fact-checked and discredited, point by point, by other news outlets and scholarly institutions, while Newsweek admitted to not doing any fact-checking whatsoever. (More on this below.)

Niall Ferguson’s Newsweek cover story is a convenient political and economic fantasy, rooted in what must be a knowing misrepresentation of the economic truth of this moment in history. Newsweek’s editors should be embarrassed to have let a partisan diatribe like this through, much less to have the poor judgment to feature it as a cover story. In addition to his frequent misrepresentations of hard data, and factually unfounded smears of the president, Ferguson entirely ignores how grossly unhealthy our banking system really is, and why. (More on this below.)

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
shapeways:

3D Printing Ceramics is Flat Rate Awesome at Shapeways
We have discounted 3D Printing Ceramics at Shapeways, then extended the discount for another week, now we are continuing the ceramic love with a flat rate price of $0.18 per cm2 on ALL 3D Ceramic 3D Printing at Shapeways.
So you can order your Cory Doctorow bust in Satin Black or Eggshell Blue, Gloss White or Pastel Yellow and it will cost you the same low price of only $0.18 per cm2.Remember our 3D Printed Ceramics is calculated by surface area not volume, and be sure to read the Ceramics Design Guidelines before you order your model to ensure your design is 3D Printable in ceramics.

3D printing will democratize industrial production and the design and fabrication of complicated IT and energy-producing devices. Curious reproductions, industrial copies and design flavor, are just the beginning of a global revolution in all forms of technological development. 

shapeways:

3D Printing Ceramics is Flat Rate Awesome at Shapeways

We have discounted 3D Printing Ceramics at Shapeways, then extended the discount for another week, now we are continuing the ceramic love with a flat rate price of $0.18 per cm2 on ALL 3D Ceramic 3D Printing at Shapeways.

So you can order your Cory Doctorow bust in Satin Black or Eggshell Blue, Gloss White or Pastel Yellow and it will cost you the same low price of only $0.18 per cm2.Remember our 3D Printed Ceramics is calculated by surface area not volume, and be sure to read the Ceramics Design Guidelines before you order your model to ensure your design is 3D Printable in ceramics.

3D printing will democratize industrial production and the design and fabrication of complicated IT and energy-producing devices. Curious reproductions, industrial copies and design flavor, are just the beginning of a global revolution in all forms of technological development. 

magicalnaturetour:

Magenta dragonfly - Crimson Marsh Glider (Trithemis aurora) [Explored] by Tarique Sani on Flickr.

Never forget to take a moment and savor, and by doing so, honor the complex beauty of the natural world. 

magicalnaturetour:

Magenta dragonfly - Crimson Marsh Glider (Trithemis aurora) [Explored] by Tarique Sani on Flickr.

Never forget to take a moment and savor, and by doing so, honor the complex beauty of the natural world. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

All-time Record Arctic Ice Melt

The Arctic is melting at a record pace:

“The melting season is now fully under way in the high Arctic. Months of relatively warm temperatures and nearly continuous sunshine have taken their toll on the ice that blankets the Arctic Ocean. By mid-September, the sea ice will reach its low point for the year, before starting its annual re-freeze. All of this is normal, but the conditions scientists are seeing this year are anything but normal. “Right now,” said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., in an interview, “we’re on a record pace for ice loss. If the melt stopped today, we’d have the fourth lowest ice coverage on record.”
Unless the mounting pace of Arctic ice melt slows dramatically, Arctic ice levels will be at their lowest in all of recorded history when the refreeze sets in around mid September.

(Source: climatecentral.org)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Cuts to Public Services Harm America

From Jeffrey Sachs’ article in the Financial Times, "America has lost the battle over government"

America’s two political parties depend on wealthy contributors to finance their presidential campaigns. These donors want and expect their taxes to stay low. As a result, social divisions, broken infrastructure, laggard educational attainments, high carbon emissions and chronic budget deficits are likely to continue no matter who is elected, even though the public supports higher taxes on corporations and the rich.

Only a big political realignment, perhaps spurred by a third party bold enough to campaign on free social media rather than expensive television advertising, is likely to break the status quo. Until then, the demise of public goods and services will continue apace.

Read the full article here… 

'En buena tierra, buena comida' (video)

EN BUENA TIERRA, BUENA COMIDA from Carlo Brescia on Vimeo.

  • Selección Oficial V FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA SOCIOAMBIENTAL, Río de Janeiro/Brasil 2011
  • Selección X MUESTRA DE DOCUMENTAL PERUANO, Lima/Perú 2011
  • Selección FESTIVAL NACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES, Cusco/Perú 2011


TITULO ORIGINAL: Alli Allpachaw, Alli Miki
AÑO: 2011 / DURACIÓN: 26 minutos / PAÍS: Perú
SINOPSIS.- Entre los años 2008 y 2010, el proyecto “Mejoramiento de la Soberanía Alimentaria en la zona andina de Ancash” se ejecutó en 20 comunidades en los distritos de Carhuaz y de Pamparomás, ubicadas en la Cordillera Negra. Más de 300 familias han instalado biohuertos y se han capacitado en alimentación sana con los objetivos de autoabastecerse en alimentos diversificados y disminuir la desnutrición infantil, que caracterizaba a muchos de los niños. Las madres de familia, principales protagonistas de este proceso de cambio, comparten algunas lecciones de esta experiencia.

FICHA TÉCNICA
Realización, Producción, Cámara y Edición: Carlo Brescia Seminario
Edición Online y Post de Imagen: Javier Becerra Heraud
Intérprete y Traducción: Sandra Paria Salazar
Post Sonora: Carlos Cuya Torres

CON LA PARTICIPACIÓN DE
Las familias de los distritos de Carhuaz y Pamparomás CON EL FINANCIAMIENTO DE
Asociación Andina de Desarrollo Sostenible - ANDES
Junta de Desarrollo Distrital de Pamparomás
ADG

Y EL APOYO DE
La Cooperación Belga al Desarrollo
CNCD-11.11.11 UNA PRODUCCIÓN DE VASOS COMUNICANTES, 2011.
Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Language of that Different Yield

"What we are really searching for is a language that heals [our] relationship [with the rest of the natural order], one that takes the side of the amazing and fragile life on our life-giving earth … We are looking for a tongue that speaks with reverence for life, searching for an ecology of mind. Without it, we have no home, have no place of our own within the creation. It is not only the vocabulary of science we desire. We want a language of that different yield. A yield rich as the harvests of earth, a yield that returns to us our own sacredness, to a self-love and respect that will carry out to others."
—Linda Hogan, Dwellings

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Will Romney Have the Courage?

The one question everyone across the world needs to be asking, now that Mitt Romney has named Paul Ryan to be his running mate, is: will Romney have the courage to denounce the liars, frauds and corrupting interests that have so far sought to use Ryan as a way to remake the American economy for their own illicit gain? 

Paul Ryan is tied to the Koch brothers, and their megamillion-dollar campaign to spread lies intended to undermine public understanding of the scientific consensus on the ongoing process of global climate destabilization. He has taken money from organizations linked not only to the Koch brothers and their secretive private oil empire, but to the big oil companies, which take tens of billions of dollars in subsidies every year.

Ryan’s budget, which purports to be intended to streamline public spending, is laced with massive new cash credits and tax breaks for the world’s wealthiest and most profitable oil conglomerates. Those incentives would send tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to multinational firms whose operations help to fund some of the most oppressive regimes on Earth. 

That money no longer needs to be spent funding big oil. We have the technology to power the entire global economy on clean energy; all we need to do is invest in infrastructure and deploy that technology. 

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

McKibben Supports Barron for US Senate

"I’m awfully glad Bill Barron is running for Senate, because the idea he’s promoting—a fee-and-dividend plan to slow climate change and stop massive giveaways to the fossil fuel industry—couldn’t be more timely in this summer of record heat and drought.”
— 
Bill McKibben 7/17/12

Saturday, August 4, 2012

HotSpring Network Launches ‘Humane Future Manifesto’

The Human Future Manifesto

A hot spring is a place where the life-sustaining chemistry of nature is concentrated and gives generously enough to yield new variety, new color and the hot interplay of competing approaches to living and thriving. The Hot Spring Network seeks to be that kind of place, where people committed to a more generous, humane and imaginative future gather to help make it real.

Human beings do not have to be rapacious, faction-focused scavengers, fighting to take what little is available to those around them, serving a logic of fear and exclusion. The world’s great religions all recognize this, and yet history shows us that narrowness of focus, dehumanization of the other, greed and failure of imagination, routinely conspire to make individuals, institutions, even whole societies, impediments to imaginative problem solving and mutual thriving.

Most people have no genuine desire to be anything so negative toward the rest of humanity, yet the momentum of history pushes people to fight over that all-important “spoonful” everyone is chasing.

What makes the difference is whether we have real faith that better is possible.

The Hot Spring Network is an act of faith in support of the idea that we are built to overcome greed, collapse and scarcity. Our project is commitment to building a more vibrant, more humane, more sustainable, more democratic and just future for all people, in harmony with the Earth’s natural life-support systems.

We can achieve this through science, technology, art, culture, innovation and public policy. We have a moral obligation to do so.

If you support this vision: