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The makers of the movie Chasing Ice were able to capture on film the largest ice calving ever witnessed by humans (so far, but that might not last the way things are going with our planet's climate). It was the Jakobshavn Glacier (aka Ilulissat Glacier) in Western Greenland. The apocalyptic event lasted for more than an hour and when things stabilized, the glacier had retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide!The makers of the movie Chasing Ice were able to capture on film the largest ice... more
As I'm typing this, It has just became Saturday morning (12:40 am roughly), and I'm up pondering. While your average teenager might be wondering about sports, hip-hop, sex, etc., etc., I am wondering about the current state of our government, my rights as a youthful citizen, our way of thinking, and the planet as a whole. But before I get into those topics, I should explain how I got into politics, and selected parts of my past.
My decent into the dark depths of how our country (and in extension, the rest of the world) runs things, was unofficially on that grim day of September 11th, 2001. I was only seven at the time (I am 17 going on 18 this year), and as you might guess, I didn't quite understand at the time. I was pulled out of school by my father (who himself is a firefighter), and brought to the twin lighthouses of Sandy Hook (located in Monmouth County, New Jersey). It was a small area, with a clear view of downtown Manhattan, and the Trade Centers, where we watched the smoke rise and the towers fall (the latter is a bit hazy, as it was ten years ago, and I was younger). Three days later, we too a ferry into downtown Manhattan. When I arrived, I was shocked to see everything covered in dust. Concrete dust. It was like stepping into an alien world, with a deadly winter. I didn't wear a surgical mask to cover my nose and mouth, and we weren't aware of the Anthrax attacks either (thankfully we didn't get sick). during our visit there, we (me, my father, my older brother, and my younger sister) went to the NYFD and gave the firefighters drawings. They smiled and thanked us. (10 years later, I go to a 9/11 memorial to find out that the firefighter I gave my drawing to died, probably from the dust.) It was during that week I learned that there are people who were out to kill us for what we belive, our opinions, and our lifestyle among other things.
[Fun Fact: American Thrash Metal band Slayer unintentionally released their 8th studio album on 9/11/01, the same day as the attacks, which of course, led to controversy.]
I also learned that what I don't and can't see CAN hurt me. News anchors and teachers and many other adults talking about terrorists and the Middle East. I've never heard of the Middle East before then, or knew what a muslim was. I learned about wars and religions (my family was never religious). And even with all the reasons on why they hated each other, I still wondered why they had to fight with one another (I would learn the true reasons later). My first bully was of Mid-Eastern decent (I'm not sure which country), and I was scared shitless of him (since then I've stopped being afraid of race, but you can forgive me for being naive, right?).
Fast forward to 2008, I'm in my last year of middle school, and I'm feeling nervous about going to high school, though it is early in the school year (November). I wasn't into politics much, but I have heard of Obama and McCain's campaigns. Everyone was excited about Obama, not because he would be the first black president, but because of his "Yes we can" and "Hope" way of thinking, so I naturally got absorbed into Obama's charisma. We watched his inauguration during our lunch period, me with a wide grin that things might turn for the better.
Fast forward again almost four years later, and that hope I had has faded away like a distant memory. Since the I've seen the darker side of our country, and have grown to have a more pessimistic view on the world (partly due to my Aspergers... or High Functioning Autism. There's no fucking difference.). It was only last November when I first watched The Young Turks on youtube. And then a month later, watched them debut on Current. Cenk sounnded like a man I can trust (and that's saying alot, considering I can barely trust my own parents, who divorced when I was 5). I've kept up with this GOP race, and I'm scratching my head until I bleed, wondering how people can believe the candidates' lies. Things like the internet (which is being threatened by SOPA/PIPA), Occupy Wall Street and various other areas, and Current TV, have risen my hopes that there is the light of thinking and reasoning, even in the darkness of the various governments, evangelicals, media, and extremists' influences.
I've been at this for over an hour now (2:00 am) and I need to sleep. I'll probably post it tommorow morning, and I will get to my thoughts mentioned in the first paragraph whenever I can, so it'll be episodic. So until then good night and good luck... you'll need it.As I'm typing this, It has just became Saturday morning (12:40 am roughly), and... more
Phil Polizatto,Worldwidehippies – Perspective is a function of time and space. We are three dimensional beings living in four dimensions, the fourth being time. How we measure time has evolved since ancient Egyptians invented the first solar calendar. It has not necessarily evolved for the better. The first solar calendar, dating back to 4241 BC, had 365 days that were divided into 12 30-day months. The extra five days were dedicated to festivals.Phil Polizatto,Worldwidehippies – Perspective is a function of time and space.... more
The world is facing a very unpredictable and potentially dangerous situation in North Africa and the Middle East. What began as a memorable, promising, relatively nonviolent achievement of New Politics - the Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt - has morphed very swiftly into a recrudescence of old habits: America, already mired in two decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and sporadic air attacks in Yemen and Somalia, now, bombing yet another Third World Country, in this case Libya.
The initially stated aim of this bombing was to diminish Libyan civilian casualties. But many, senior figures in Washington, including President Obama, have indicated that the US is gearing up for a quite different war for regime change, one that may well be protracted and could also easily expand beyond Libya.1 If it does expand, the hope for a nonviolent transition to civilian government in Tunisia and Egypt and other Middle East nations experiencing political unrest, may be lost to a hard-edged militarization of government, especially in Egypt. All of us, not just Egyptians, have a major stake in seeing that that does not happen.
The present article does not attempt to propose solutions or a course of action for the United States and its allies, or for the people of the Middle East. It attempts rather to examine the nature of the forces that have emerged in Libya over the last four decades that are presently being played out.
To this end I have begun to compile what I call my Libyan Notebook, a collection of relevant facts that underlie the present crisis. This Notebook will be judgmental, in that I am biased towards collecting facts that the US media tend to ignore, facts that are the product in many instances of investigative reporting that cuts to the heart of power relations, deep structures, and economic interests in the region including the US, Israel, and the Arab States as these have played out over the last two decades and more. But I hope that it will be usefully objective and open-ended, permitting others to draw diverse conclusions from the same set of facts.2
I wish to begin with two ill-understood topics: I. Who Are the Libyan Opposition, and II. Where Are the Libyan Rebel Arms Coming From?
I. Who Are the Libyan Opposition
"If Muammar Al Gaddafi behaved paranoid, it was for good reason. It wasn't long after he reached the age of 27 and led a small group of junior military officers in a bloodless coup d'état against Libyan King Idris on September 1, 1969, that threats to his power and life emerged - from monarchists, Israeli Mossad, Palestinian disaffections, Saudi security, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL), the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO), British intelligence, United States antagonism and, in 1995, the most serious of all, Al Qaeda-like Libyan Islamic fighting group, known as Al-Jama'a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya. The Colonel reacted brutally, by either expelling or killing those he feared were against him."3
2) National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL)
"With the aim of overthrowing Libyan strongman Muammar Khadafy, Israel and the U.S. trained anti-Libyan rebels in a number of West and Central African countries. The Paris-based African Confidential newsletter reported on January 5th, 1989, that the US and Israel had set up a series of bases in Chad and other neighboring countries to train 2000 Libyan rebels captured by the Chad army. The group, called The National Front for the Salvation of Libya, was based in Chad."4
"US official records indicate that funding for the Chad-based secret war against Libya also came from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Israel and Iraq. The Saudis, for instance, donated $7m to an opposition group, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (also backed by French intelligence and the CIA). But a plan to assassinate Gadafi and take over the government on 8 May 1984 was crushed. In the following year, the US asked Egypt to invade Libya and overthrow Gadafi but President Mubarak refused. By the end of 1985, the Washington Post had exposed the plan after congressional leaders opposing it wrote in protest to President Reagan."5
"The FNSL [National Front for the Salvation of Libya] was part of the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition held in London in 2005, and British resources are being used to support the FNSL and other 'opposition' in Libya.... The FNSL held its national congress in the USA in July 2007. Reports of 'atrocities' and civilian deaths are being channeled into the western press from operations in Washington DC, and the opposition FNSL is reportedly organizing resistance and military attacks from both inside and outside Libya."6
3) National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO),
"The main group leading the insurrection is the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition which includes the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL). The NFSL, which is leading the violence, is a U.S.-sponsored armed militia of mostly Libyan expatriates and tribes opposed to al-Qaddafi."7
4) Al-Jama'a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, LIFG).....
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http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23947The world is facing a very unpredictable and potentially dangerous situation in North... more
In her ground-breaking study of human identity in the age of the Internet (Life on the Screen), Sherry Turkle reports that numerous computer users she has interviewed talk of their online experience in spiritual terms. In these narratives people tell her that computer networks "resonate with our most profound sense that life is not predictable. They provoke spiritual, even religious speculations." She cites one interviewee who concludes: "To me, it's God coming together with science, and computers have made it all possible." http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/10505-the-internet-as-a-metaphor-for-godIn her ground-breaking study of human identity in the age of the Internet (Life on the... more
Presidential biographer William Chafe believes Barack Obama may talk tough in the United States about clamping down on outsourcing jobs to India, but the president’s international upbringing and perspective make it extremely unlikely he’ll ever actually walk the walk.
:http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2010/11/01/why-obama-wont-walk-the-walk-against-outsourcing/Presidential biographer William Chafe believes Barack Obama may talk tough in the... more
This video will blow your mind!
Edgar Mitchell experienced the little understood phenomenon sometimes called the “Overview Effect”. He describes being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. Without warning, he says, a feeing of bliss, timelessness, and connectedness began to overwhelm him. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/submit-an-article/2463-space-euphoriaEdgar Mitchell experienced the little understood phenomenon sometimes called the... more
Roger Ebert is at it again, declaring that videogames can’t be art. It’s a bit of an odd choice for a crusade, given that the topic is not up for a vote or anything. There isn’t a Secret Treehouse for Real Artists that Ebert — as the screenwriter of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls — gets to hang out in and Will Wright doesn’t.
Ebert’s central argument seems to be that if it’s interactive, it can’t be art, which is silly because that excludes pop-up books, Choose Your Own Adventure stories and Mister Potato Head, which are clearly the best forms of art.
Here’s my point of view: Videogames can be art, but not for the reasons most videogame fans bring up. People inevitably trot out cutscenes as an example of True Videogame Art, which is perplexing.
First off, cutscenes are nearly always the worst part of the game. Secondly, they’re the only part of a videogame that isn’t actually a videogame. Trying to prove a videogame is art by pointing to the cutscenes is like trying to prove a bacon double cheeseburger is delicious by pointing to the lettuce.
You know what’s one of the finest pieces of videogame art of all time? Pac-Man. Aesthetically, it’s a masterpiece of techno-primitive color, sound and interactivity. I’m not just talking from a retro/grognard point of view, though; the same could be said of Katamari Damacy. And Portal isn’t just one of the best videogames of all time — it’s one of the best comedies of all time.
I can’t get behind any theory of videogame art that excludes these games just because they don’t have at least six hours of cutscenes where a guy with pointy hair and a sword the size of a side of beef muses about the nature of being.
True Art Timeline:
In the end, though, nothing Ebert or I have to say about videogames and art matters one tiny bit. Ultimately, what’s generally considered True Art by academics and critics is a simple matter of the age of the creation.
0 to 25 years old: Almost nothing is true art. Certainly nothing common or popular. Art is created by a few geniuses denied popular acclaim by their own uncompromising vision.
25 to 100 years old: Not everything is art, but a lot is, even some of the popular stuff. At the time, people thought they were just enjoying something fun and entertaining, but actually they were in the presence of true brilliance.
100 to 2,000 years old: Any creative work made by anyone is worth investigation, preservation and in-depth academic criticism. Every painting, poem and rustic folk song is indicative of the ineffable zeitgeist of the cultural disposition. People were surrounded by art all the time and didn’t even realize it.
2,000 to 30,000 years old: Everything is art. Not just words and pictures, but pottery and baskets and huts. Even if they just wanted to make something to boil the tannins out of their acorns, these artists were actually participating in an age-old ritual where the creative soul and utilitarian necessity united into a singular expression of their culture’s unique viewpoint. And if they scratched a little picture into the rock that meant “stand here to watch the women bathe without them seeing you,” they were the Michelangelo of their time.
The point here is that if you want to see videogames considered seriously as true art, all you have to do is not die. Videogames are right on the cusp of being recognized as something that might be art sometimes. Another 75 years and all videogames will be considered art, even those porn games for the Atari 2600 where eight pink blocks meant boobs.
If you can make it to the year 4000, you’ll find that not only are videogames art, but so are videogame ads, videogame controllers and those stress balls with the names of videogame publishers on them that you get at trade shows. And, God help us, even snarky humor columns about videogames.
Read More http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/04/alt-text-videogames-as-art/#ixzz0nBCsx6PPRoger Ebert is at it again, declaring that videogames can’t be art. It’s a... more
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Today was relatively quiet at the Bella Center. Here's Jacob Malthouse from Vancouver, BC talking to Evan Kopelson about why he's so excited to be at COP15Today was relatively quiet at the Bella Center. Here's Jacob Malthouse from... more
Coco just brightened up my day by posting these great pictures over on her Twitter page! She’s been twittering some awesome shots of herself lately and if she keeps this kind of behavior up I’ll have no choice but to become a bigger fan!Be sure and check all the pictures out after the jump, you won’t be sorry!
http://yesbitch.net/2009/celebrities/coco-knows-how-to-use-twitter/Coco just brightened up my day by posting these great pictures over on her Twitter... more
How do I break the news to you? Even though we don’t talk like we used to, we still never officially parted ways. In many ways, we just drifted apart, allowing life to carry on as if we never were. But we were … and now I’m faced with the unenviable task of letting you know that I’ve found someone new.How do I break the news to you? Even though we don’t talk like we used to, we... more
Felice Varini is known for creating illusions of flat graphics superimposed on three dimensional spaces. These illusions, which he's been churning out since 1979, play with the rules of human perception and constructed perspective, with painted lines aligning in space to look like a flat graphic from a fixed viewpoint. For a taste of his past work, check out the painted rooms we blogged in 2006. http://www.2loop.com/3drooms.html
Now, in Cercle et suite d'éclats, Varini has taken on the challenge of working at the scale of the village, superimposing perfect circles on the town of Vercorin in the Swiss Alps. From inside the village, the graphic is fragmented and impossible to read, but from a nearby vantage point, the lines come together to form a series of rings.
So how did Varini make this? It's both simple and amazing—the graphic is projected directly onto the town from the selected viewpoint and then traced.Felice Varini is known for creating illusions of flat graphics superimposed on three... more
The above image is a chalk drawing on a flat surface.
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http://www.vanillajoy.com/julian-beever-sidewalk-drawings.htmlThe above image is a chalk drawing on a flat surface. Check this out:... more
This link is a running tab of the costs of war in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
You can also access how they are financially impacting your community.
Then wonder why we can't get decent healthcare or climate change legislation out of Congress. And why some of us are still scratching our heads as to why this brought a Nobel Peace Prize to the president of the country waging these wars that our children are going to have to pay for.This link is a running tab of the costs of war in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.... more
I was scrolling through my iPod this morning and stumbled across Jodeci’s “Cry For You.” Now I have to admit, when the song first came out, I thought it was dope (even though I probably wasn’t old enough to really understand its meaning.) But after a quick listen today, my perspective on the quality of its message has officially changed.I was scrolling through my iPod this morning and stumbled across Jodeci’s... more