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Non-exploding Fertilizer Developed

A fertilizer that causes plants to grow but won’t work for making bombs has been created by an engineer at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico. Sandia will not patent this new non-exploding fertilizer, so that anyone can make it without having to pay a fee. Ammonium nitrate is a type of fertilizer used around […]

April 30th

Cyber Baby – Future Soldier

Shel Silverstein said, “Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.” I try to stick to that, but I do want to say one thing about half of this cartoon–Parents(!) get your kids OFF devices! They need time with you AND time alone with their imagination/thoughts. […]

April 11th

After Ever After Viral Video Has Green Gene (Video)

Brand new viral video “After Ever After” from Paint just popped onto my radar. After two days, the video has almost 1.5 million views. I decided to check it out for basically two reasons: 1) I was curious what might be the next big, big thing (following Gangnam Style & Harlem Shake), and 2) the […]

March 15th

Tyranny Enabled Through Identification, Not Passive Conformity, New Analysis Shows

The idea that atrocities result from “unblinking obedience” to authority has become so ingrained in our social consciousness that we rarely ever question it. Indeed, more recently, popular culture has adopted the phrase “Resistance is futile” – taken from Star Trek TNG‘s ‘borg’ entity mantra — to encapsulate, even enshrine, our belief in how all-consuming […]

November 23rd

Obama Wins Election, Full Victory Speech (Video & Text)

  I imagine you aren’t just hearing from me that Obama won the election, but if you are, I’m happy to be the one bringing you the news!! 😀 If you’d like to read or watch Obama’s full victory speech, here it is in text (courtesy Red, Green, and Blue) and video (courtesy C-SPAN): “Thank […]

November 7th

Obama Facts: 12 Facts About Obama's Record

  The Obama campaign just passed along the 12 facts below about Obama. As someone who follows politics quite closely, I think it was a good list to put together. As just noted, there are numerous other cleantech, climate, and other environmental topics Obama has scored big points on, but if you have a ‘broader’ […]

November 5th

Presidential Debate Live Coverage

  Want to follow some live coverage of the third and last presidential debate of this election season? We’ve got some live fact-checking for you right here courtesy of sister site Red, Green, and Blue: Live fact-checking the Foreign Policy Debate! (via Red Green & Blue) Tonight’s the night… the final debate, with Barack Obama […]

October 22nd

Guns: The Cartoon

A rare cartoon that does not cover an environmental topic. However, my concern with gun control and safety runs parallel with my environmental concerns. Simply, other people should not be making huge decisions that grow their bottom line while putting the masses at risk. Like the many agri-chemical, coal, oil, and major polluting corporations I […]

October 11th

What Would You Do with $1,738 Billion?

  Is there any violence that is not senseless? Last week’s massacre brought to the surface — as senseless violence will — the ongoing discussion on gun control. Another tragic massacre occurred and the fact that easy availability of guns played into this is unquestionable, it is unarguable. Only a few days past the shooting […]

July 25th

A Spring that Can't Wait

  As the corruption in our system continues unabated and the interminable Republican primary season continues its buffoonery of ‘solutions’ for our failing state, there is some highly unusual behavior taking place independent of either. It’s the behavior of the weather for most of the country, an unprecedented string of warm days even before Spring […]

March 23rd

US Landmine Policy: We Don't Have a Leg to Stand On

The United States remains one of the few countries in the world which has still not signed the 1997 Landmine Ban Treaty. The Obama administration initiated a review of its landmine policy in late 2009. Since then, Obama has received letters urging the U.S. to sign the treaty from 68 Senators, nearly 100 leaders of […]

March 20th

Norway's Nonviolent Example, A Happy Note in Conflict Struggles

  Human Potential For Peace Pursuing economic justice with nonviolent protest is not new, not an invention of the present Occupy movement. It has been around probably as long as economic injustice has been around. One relatively recent example is that it effectively produced change in the 1930s for Northern Europeans who were starving. George […]

March 16th

Kony & Invisible Children

  UPDATES: There’s been a lot of criticism about “Invisible Children” in the past few days. This “Visible Children” blog is focused, thoughtfully, on that. Boing Boing has a nice roundup of some of the criticisms. The AP also has what I would consider a good piece on the topic, one that “presents both sides” […]

March 10th

The Drums of War: Iran Edition

  We Americans are not the best at history. Because of the spin of corporate-controlled media, we are not reminded of the consistent pattern of deception exhibited by our government when the ‘power behind the wheel’ wants a new conflict. Nor are we reminded of the tremendous profitability of war for the corporations who count […]

March 8th

Occupy: New Wine and Old Skins

There is a famous biblical parable where Jesus speaks of his new way of thinking as something that cannot be contained in the existing Jewish culture. The idea is that if you put new wine into a used skin, the skin will burst as the new wine ferments, having already been stretched once from its […]

February 10th

Top 10 Posts of the Week

  In case you missed them, or are just interested in seeing which of our posts from the last week have gotten the most views, here’s a list of our top 10 posts from the past 7 days: US Map of Biggest Polluters (Interactive) Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day – End Modern Slavery South […]

January 16th

Climate Change Could Dramatically Affect African Population

Africa has never been a quiet continent, often the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons; wars, famine, drought, poverty, AIDS, to name just a few. Now, according to new research, climate change has the ability to cause Africa further harm by altering the water flows in many of the major river basins throughout […]

November 15th

Beliefs That Others' Beliefs are Changeable Are Key to World Peace, New Studies Find

Successful conflict resolution –especially long-standing conflicts — requires over-coming barriers to peace and compromise. Chief among these barriers are the intensely negative feelings and attitudes towards the ‘other’; there is a natural and pervasive belief shared by both sides in a conflict: that the other group’s beliefs are fixed and inflexible (Kelman, 2007). However, direct […]

November 11th

The Climate Movement and Occupy Wall Street

We are all a movement for change for the better, whether that be towards a sustainable future, or whether it’s towards ending corporate rule over our economy. We must stand together for change, change that happens, change that makes sense, change that is in our hands, not in the hands of the 1% and not in the hands of people who put religion and their personal morals over our freedom.

October 13th

Wars, Social Upheavals, Caused by Climate Changes, New Analysis Claims

Were history’s “golden ages” and “dark ages”, its wars, epidemics and great social upheavals, ultimately due to climate shifts? A new analysis by researchers from the University of Hong Kong find causal links between 14 key, socio-economic, ecological, and demographic variables, and the rise of “large-scale human crisis” events, such as economic downturns, famines, epidemics, social upheavals/rebellions, and war. The strongest linked variable to all these crises events was ‘climate’ The researchers also determined a “crisis threshold” that accurately backwards-predicted the major conflicts and upheavals over the past millennium.

October 5th

Let's Occupy Together

Movements have broken out all across the US (and even across the world) with their subjects ranging from war to corporate greed. Kicking off the start of protests was (in my opinion) the Tar Sands action in DC, where 1,252 people got arrested. Then it was Occupy Wall Street. Now it’s Occupy EVERYWHERE.

October 5th

Whale Wars' Paul Watson Video Interview — "Arrest Me or Shut Up" (& Calls Greenpeace Activists Cowards)

From his earlier days at Greenpeace to his current efforts with the show “Whale Wars” in Libyan waters, Paul Watson has focused on direct action that not only attracts eyes but gets results. In this short interview with NYTimes’ Andy Revkin, Watson speaks about his strategy compared to current-day Greenpeace’s — intervening in illegal whaling, not protesting it (and doesn’t refrain from calling Greenpeace activists cowards!).

June 6th

Celebrating a Terrorist's Death – The Psychology & Biology of Revenge

Psychologists and biologists who study the phenomenon of revenge from an evolutionary point of view will acknowledge that the impulse for taking revenge is pervasive in human societies, but will also add that this impulse is constrained, and has its costs. It is natural to have feelings of revenge, but to act on those feelings may cost inclusion in the social group. But vengeance towards someone outside one’s group is another matter.