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ALL NEW!!! Twomorrows' new history series, "American Comic Book Chronicles," is a really fun read. I talked to editor Keith Dallas about the focus, the stories and how it all came together in this video interview. Please share it with your fanboy friends! http://www.mrmedia.com/2013/04/american-comic-book-chronicles-gets-majors-minors-right-2013-video-interview/#.UXbreYKt-H5ALL NEW!!! Twomorrows' new history series, "American Comic Book... more
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will lead a Kentucky delegation to Washington to ask for an exemption to allow farmers in his state to grow industrial hemp.
That announcement came a day after the Kentucky Legislature passed a bill that lays the groundwork for licensing hemp growers if the federal government ever lifts a ban on the crop.
Hemp thrived in Kentucky generations ago but was banned after the federal government classified it as a controlled substance.
http://www.lex18.com/news/ky-agriculture-commissioner-to-push-hemp-in-dcAgriculture Commissioner James Comer will lead a Kentucky delegation to Washington to... more
Happy Birthday comics writer, editor and Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella! http://www.mrmedia.com/2010/01/tony-isabella-1000-comic-books-you-must-read-historian-mr-media-radio-interview/#.UNYU_rbhtiMHappy Birthday comics writer, editor and Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella!... more
From the youtube description: The issue of whether it is legit to film police at work or not has been causing a lot of discussion lately, before DC police chief put it blunt in a statement RT obtained from the Police Department, that it was allowed to do so in public places.
http://youtu.be/B6KL9YYX5nIFrom the youtube description: The issue of whether it is legit to film police at work... more
Thomas Edison’s direct current technology is gaining popularity as engineers are finding that it can carry electricity over long distances with less loss of power than alternating current.
The revival of DC for long-distance power transmission began in 1954 when the Swedish company ASEA, a predecessor of ABB, the Swiss maker of power and automation equipment, linked the island of Gotland to mainland Sweden with high-voltage DC lines.
Now, more than 145 projects using high-voltage DC, known as HVDC, are under way worldwide.
While HVDC equipment remains expensive, it becomes economical for high-voltage, high-capacity runs over long distances, said Anders Sjoelin, president of power systems for North America at ABB.
Over a distance of a thousand miles, an HVDC line carrying thousands of megawatts might lose 6 to 8 percent of its power, ABB said. A similar AC line might lose 12 to 25 percent.
Direct-current transmission is also better suited to handle the electricity produced by solar and wind farms, which starts out as direct current.
In most situations, solar or wind energy has to be converted, and sometimes reconverted, into AC before it can be used. With HVDC, conversions can be reduced. DC grids can also more easily manage the variable output that occurs, say, when a storm hits or the wind dies.
http://www.siemens.com/about/pool/business/energy/e_hvdc_458px.jpgThomas Edison’s direct current technology is gaining popularity as engineers are... more
Preview of the wonderful art in DC.
We visited the Hirshhorn
National Gallery of Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Corcoran Gallery of Art
The Phillips Collection
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJqU0jafWAsPreview of the wonderful art in DC. We visited the Hirshhorn National Gallery of Art... more
The portable audio game changer. Turn almost ANYTHING into a speaker
http://www.thetechnofiles.com/2011/05/28/rock-it-2-0-will-change-what-you-listen-to-music-with/The portable audio game changer. Turn almost ANYTHING into a speaker... more
A group of protesters filed into the lobby of the Republican National Committee’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. yesterday to demand the GOP support immigration reforms in the DREAM Act, which would let undocumented immigrants who came to America as children to stay in the country provided they get an education.
“Up-up with education! Down-down with deportation!” they chanted. “Undocumented! Unafraid! DREAM Act now!”
Republicans have worked to block passage of the DREAM Act in spite of its popular support and the urging of President Barack Obama. It failed to clear the U.S. Senate before the 2010 elections but was reintroduced by Democrats last month, even though the last round of voting makes it less likely to pass.
http://tinyurl.com/3k2yfeaA group of protesters filed into the lobby of the Republican National... more
It’s been less than two weeks since a guerilla campaign by local activists managed to restore about 20 percent of $131 million in budget cuts targeting Washington, DC’s, neediest residents – with little help from the mainstream media,It’s been less than two weeks since a guerilla campaign by local activists... more
It's Batman done Angry Birds style in this animated shorts.
http://www.bite.ca/bitedaily/2011/05/angry-bat-birds-cartoon/It's Batman done Angry Birds style in this animated shorts.... more
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"Our Changing Oceans provided a forum to address the crisis facing our oceans, new knowledge and innovative tools to address the challenge, and the policy and governance needed to restore and protect the oceans."
http://communities.earthportal.org/ncseoceans2011/CHECK OUT ALL OF THEIR LINKED VIDEOS! "Our Changing Oceans provided a forum to... more
Activists with a group called Move Over AIPAC protesting the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) stranglehold on the US Congress... in style and song in DC's Union Station.
Flashmobs have definitely made a come back in the world of activism, for better or worse.
The US gives Israel $3 billion in military aid a year. That hasn't brought peace to the region. That hasn't made Israel or Palestine safer. Rather it keeps us all on the brink of war.Activists with a group called Move Over AIPAC protesting the American Israel Public... more
By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger
On Monday afternoon, the Capitol Police in Madison, Wisconsin refused to enforce an order to clear the Capitol building of hundreds of peaceful protesters who have been occupying the site to protest Governor Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of public employees.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (D), who spent Sunday night in the Capitol building with other protesters. Roys describes what happened at four o’clock on Monday afternoon when the government gave the order to clear the protesters from the building:
And after several hours of the same sorts of scenes that we’ve been seeing all week—singing, chanting, drumming, speechifying—the Capitol police captain, Chief Tubbs, made an announcement, and he said that the protesters that had remained in the building, they were being orderly and responsible and peaceful and there was no reason to eject them from the Capitol.
Police attempted to clear the building of protesters on Sunday night, but they relented when the protesters refused to leave and allowed them to stay another night. On Monday, the police decided not to eject protesters already inside, but no additional activists would be allowed in. The governor plans to deliver his budget address on Tuesday afternoon. Walker is expected to call for spending cuts that could exceed $1 billion dollars.
Gov. Walker has threatened mass public sector layoffs if the Democratic senators do not return from Illinois by March 1. However, the Uptake.com reports that one of the absent legislators, State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, claims Walker is not telling the truth. Erpenbach says the unions have already agreed to come up with the money the governor needs to balance the budget, and therefore, he has no need to lay anyone off to bridge the gap.
Matthew Rothschild of The Progressive describes the epic scale of the Wisconsin protests:
This is the largest sustained rally for the rights of public sector workers that this country has seen in decades — perhaps ever.
The crowds at the state Capitol have swelled from 10,000-65,000 during the first week all the way up to 100,000 on Feb. 26. Hundreds of people occupied the Capitol building with a sit-in and sleep-in for days on end, and total strangers from around the world ordered pizzas for them.
In case you’re still wondering what all of this means, Andy Kroll, Nick Baumann, and Siddhartha Mahanta of Mother Jones have joined forces to bring you this “Wisconsin 101″ primer.
The Republicans in the Wisconsin House passed a bill that would take away collective bargaining rights for public sector unions, restrict their ability to collect dues, and force them to undergo yearly recertification votes. But the bill cannot become law until the state Senate also passes it. Currently, 14 Democratic state senators are hiding out in Illinois to deprive the Republican majority of the quorum they need to vote on the bill. However, as Kroll notes, if only one Democrat breaks faith and returns to Madison, the Republicans will be able to pass the bill.
Jamilah King of Colorlines.com brings us a photo essay on the solidarity rallies held around the country over the weekend in support of the Wisconsin protesters. From San Francisco to Salt Lake City to Atlanta to New York, people took to the streets in support of the right of workers to organize. Also at Colorlines.com, historian Michael Honey draws parallels between the situation in Wisconsin and Dr. Martin Luther King’s last crusade. Shortly before his assassination, King stood with the sanitation workers of Memphis to demand collective bargaining rights and the power to collect union dues.
George Warner of Campus Progress profiles some young activists who took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to express their solidarity with the Wisconsin protesters. About 1,500 people came out to a rally in support of the protesters on Saturday.
Anonymous strikes again
In a bizarre twist, a loosely organized coalition of anarchic hackers known as “Anonymous” attacked websites linked to Koch Industries on Sunday, Jessica Pieklo reports for Care2.com. The Koch brothers are among Gov. Walker’s most generous benefactors. The hackers launched a distributed denial of service attack on the website of the Koch-funded conservative group Americans for Prosperity.
In addition to generous campaign contributions, the Koch brothers gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which in turn paid for millions of dollars worth of ads against Walker’s opponent in 2010. Walker is evidently very grateful to Koch. Last week, a writer for a Buffalo-based website got Walker on the phone by pretending to be David Koch.
Don’t look now, but…
Meanwhile, in Indiana, the state assembly reconvened on Monday to find most of the 40 Democratic members had decamped for Illinois. The legislators are apparently taking a page from the Wisconsin playbook. Indiana’s Republican governor is trying to pass legislation that would make permanent a ban on collective bargaining by public sector workers and the Democratic legislators are seeking to deny him the 2/3rds quorum required to vote on the bill.
This post features links to the best independent, progressive reporting about the economy by members of The Media Consortium. It is free to reprint. Visit the Audit for a complete list of articles on economic issues, or follow us on Twitter. And for the best progressive reporting on critical economy, environment, health care and immigration issues, check out The Mulch, The Pulse and The Diaspora. This is a project of The Media Consortium, a network of leading independent media outlets.By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger On Monday afternoon, the Capitol... more
David Spates shows and talks an escalator malfunction in washington DC at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station.David Spates shows and talks an escalator malfunction in washington DC at the... more
The studio also announced that Tom Hardy, who played the disguise expert Eamon in Nolan's "Inception," is playing another villain: Bane.
Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? Me-ow!
http://bit.ly/gfukYgThe studio also announced that Tom Hardy, who played the disguise expert Eamon in... more