Better Out Than In
Even if you know nothing of street art or graffiti there is a good chance you've heard mention of Banksy. He is an anonymous street artist whose been taking up residencies in cities all over the world to make us think with his artwork. If your unaware Banksy is concluding his first residency of NYC since 2010. Dubbed "Better Out Than In" and branded by the hashtag #BanksyNY the artist captured the minds of thousands with his artwork in New York. In addition to his graffiti there were trucks moving throughout, a boy shining shoes for a corporate giant, artwork for sale or on show, and even a sphinx. Its too late to see a lot of these pieces untouched in person but if you make your way to BanksyNY.com you can see everything posted in perfect condition. You won't even be charged $5 by cardboard wielding thugs to take a look.
Better Out Than In
You may have heard about "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch." If not...basically it's a natural vortex created in the currents of the Pacific have collected everything humanity has trashed into the oceans when they should have recycled. Comprised mostly of plastic it seems someone should get out there and rake in the profits. Why aren't we building things from this patch of plastic we created? If it's not possible to clear it and make a profit aren't we still responsible to clean it up?
We really should be recycling what has gracefully been collected by mother nature simply because the impact of the plastic patch is devastating to any ecosystem it comes in contact with. Especially the population of birds that feed in the water the trash inhabits. Below is a link to a (slightly graphic) video trailer for a documentary about Midway Island, an island that's roughly 2000 miles from any continent yet is filled with birds dying because of human garbage. The birds die and decompose but all the plastic in their stomach and intestines remain. You can see for yourself via the photo above. This is something the entire world should see but most of us aren't even aware of whats happening.
Most Of Us Are Simply Unaware
In August I posted an article about Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who took a strong stance against marijuana use in 2009 but has since completely changed his position. Since then the laws against weed have continued to lighten up but it is still federally illegal everywhere in the US. If you haven't had a chance to see this post it was on August 9 but I've included the video below to get you up to date.
I love receiving feedback from visitors and the reason I'm mentioning this article once again is because an of email I received from a visitor with an infographic that lays out the history of marijuana use in America. Aria Cahill has put together a pretty interesting graphic that explains both sides of the debate. You should definitely take a look.
Up In Smoke: A Timeline Of Marijuana Use In The U.S.
Beginning outside the D.C.'s Union Station and then marching to the Capital Reflecting Pool a group of thousands held the largest anti-NSA event. The rally was made up of privacy advocates from all walks of life who all had something to say about the NSA and the terrifying implications of its power. To end the event a dozen boxed containing 575,000 signatures in total from Stop Watching Us which is planned to be delivered directly to congress.
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It's common knowledge that remote controlled machines are being used to destroy the enemies of the United States. It's also common knowledge that these machines and their controllers are not always perfect. Naturally you can imagine a world where machines will make educated decisions in order to carry out predetermined actions. The Campaign To Stop Killer Robots is a coalition established this passed April with the goal of making sure those predetermined actions are never the death of a human. These devices are made by humans so of course they won't be without malfunction. With the potential to deliver death a malfunction could become a very huge problem.
The Campaign To Kill Killer Robots Gains Steam
So I've written here before about the disaster happening at the Fukushima power plant but Its worth a second look. As it turns out, Japan is just as hard on whistleblowers as the Obama administration and are pressing laws that threaten 10 years jail time for taking part in the act of leaking information. The major problem with these actions is the impact on the media in Japan and ultimately the world. See it may already be too late to make a difference before the west coast is affected by the nuclear power plant but what about the rest of the world? If we stop sharing information and no one ever realizes the true danger of the situation in Japan. I can understand the threat of outside involvement on the powers involved in Japan but the world should step in a offer aid before its too late to do so without a massive impact on the global ecosystem. Make no mistake, the conditions in Fukushima have not improved since the damage was done by mother nature. They are getting worse with everyday that passed and the next natural disaster can't be too far off. The power plant could conclude in a global catastrophe if we don't spread the word.
Russell Brand was in his best form on newsnight during his interview with Jeremy Paxman on October 24 2013. His argument for never voting and his calling for a peaceful revolution actually won over a part of me. Russell wants a world where those who punish the environment pay the most to do business. In a nut shell Brand feels the power is poorly balanced and the only way to change that is to tax big business and build up the lower class of society. Pretty hard to argue with that.
It's been a little while since anything new has been presented from the Edward Snowden leaks but within the current information are some things the government hopes never go mainstream. New stories were promised by Glen Greenwald who recently parted ways with The Washington Post where he's published several pieces on the Snowden leaks. Until then lets take a look into whats already out there. I found a great article on The Verge that concludes with this: "Written By: Ashamed But Thruthful American (Former U.S. Justice Department Employee/Whistle Blower and U.S. Treasure Agent now exiled in China after my book manuscripts were stolen from me at gunpoint by federal agents.)"
The full article is linked below.
10 Things Uncle Sam Hopes You Never Learn About The Snowden Disclosures
I get maybe five to six hours of sleep a night. Honestly if I get more than that I tend to wake up tired and sluggish. I always thought maybe it'd be a good idea to sleep more but maybe it's just the right amount for my brain to empty the trash of my day.
A lot of things happen when we sleep and we still know very little about what is exactly taking place during all the stages of sleep. A interesting study has emerged that suggests the brain actually removes toxins produced by cells throughout the day. These toxins could be responsible for a variety of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's. Considering how quickly the body beings to shut down without sleep, it's easy to see how these claims could be the proven true.
Brains Flush Toxic Waste In Sleep
The BP oil spill started in April 2010 and resulted in over 15 million gallons of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill was caused by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig causing it to sink. The spill continues to cause problems along the coast lines ecosystem and that impact extends well into the mainland. To this day oil is still creating a disgusting sludge in several areas along Louisana's coast even though over 3 million pounds of oily waste is cleared from the area every six months. Deformities in nature are a reality in the region and wildlife may never be the same because of the amount of damage done so far. The fishing industry that thrived in the gulf has yet to return to even half it's former glory and without any young wildlife along the coast the future is not bright without significant change. The Gulf is likely to take decades to fully recover.
The Full Effect Of The BP Explosion Is Still Being Uncovered
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