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End of the World 12/21/2012

10 Dec

Let me start off by saying that I hope that dance clubs take advantage of this and have a end of the world parties, I would totally want to go to one of this.

The first time I heard of this, around 2006, I was given the impression that the was not going to begin of the world but a time of positive change and raising of human consciousness.

So I actually look forward to it and was not afraid of this.

It was not until a few years back, circa 2010, that I started to hear that about the end of the world prophecies.

At some point it during this time I did some research on the topic, nd found out that the actual Mayan people had never said anything about the end of the world and have been trying to voice their reality that end of the world prophecies in the Mayan calendar were not true.

As the date approaches more people to talk about it often. My younger brothers told me that today they had heard that people have been talking about three days of darkness to be starting on December 21, 2012. Supposedly NASA had me to statement about this so I googled it and did more research.

Obviously a look on the NASA website and found this not to be true.

In conclusion I do not believe that the end of the world will be happening on December 21, 2012 though I do hope that there will be positive change, but I don’t believe that; the only change that will come on that date is the beginning of the winter season.

So just enjoythat night go crazy and party all night,

Here is what NASA put on their website:

Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End11.13.12

Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know, however, it will be another winter solstice.

Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the claims behind the end of the world quickly unravel when pinned down to the 2012 timeline.

Below, NASA Scientists answer questions on the following 2012 topics:
End of the World

Read more: click here

Read the analysis of December 21, 2012 blackout which is apparently a rumor being spread on Facebook, check it out: reality of a blackout

Obama: stop the tar sands | Avaaz.org

2 Sep
Dear friends across America, 

 

Oil companies want to build a huge pipeline from Canada to Texas to open up new markets for tar-sand oil, the dirtiest fossil fuel on earth. But Obama could refuse the permit— and a wave of protests are trying to convince him to do the right thing. Sign the petition before it’s delivered to the White Houseon Saturday:

Right now, hundreds of people are being arrested in Washington, DC in a historic wave of peaceful civil disobedience — the biggest such environmental protest in a generation.

 

Why this outcry? Because President Obama faces a crucial decision that will shape the earth’s climate for decades: whether to reject the notoriously destructive Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry nearly a million barrels of tar-sand oil each day from Canada to refineries in Texas.

 

Canada’s tar sands are the world’s second-biggest pool of carbon, and NASA’s top climate scientist says that burning them would be “essentially game over” for the climate.But the pipeline can only be built if Obama certifies that it’s in our “national interest.” So the demonstrators are building a massive appeal to the president — and they’ll deliver our signatures as the protests reach their climax tomorrow. Click to sign on:

 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/obama_stop_the_tar_sands/?vl

 

Environmentalist Bill McKibben says the oil in these tar sands is the contintent’s “biggest carbon bomb.” And getting oil out of tar sands is even dirtier than regular oil drilling: It requires strip-mining whole fields, creating lakes of toxic sludge, and just extracting it produces two to four times as many greenhouse gases as regular oil.

 

Scientists also worry that the Keystone XL pipeline could leak, poisoning the Ogallala Aquifier, the largest underground source of drinking water in the United States. The last Keystone pipeline, built last year, has already had at least a dozen spills.

 

Over 800 committed demonstrators have already been arrested, from grandmothers and first-time activists to movie stars like Daryl Hannah and scientists like Dr. James Hansen. Obama’s press secretary is being asked about it at briefings and the protests have received floods of national media attention.

 

Our signatures will join those collected by huge coalition of environmental groups, including Avaaz’s friends at 350, for a massive, high-profile delivery at the White House tomorrow. Let’s make this too big to ignore:

 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/obama_stop_the_tar_sands/?vl

 

Sometimes, climate change can feel too massive to affect. But in this moment, with this pipeline, the stroke of the president’s pen can make a gigantic difference. And whether we win or lose each day, it’s up to us to keep fighting — to show up when it counts, every time.

 

Long from now, when the story of this era is written, the movement that beat climate change will be traced through our fingertips, through the widening circles of solidarity for those most at risk, and through the sacrifice and vision of those who led the way. The echoes of our actions will one day build to a mighty roar.

 

With hope,

 

Ben, Iain, Ricken, Brianna, Morgan, David, and the whole Avaaz.org team

 

PS: If you’re in the DC area, or can make it there, check out www.tarsandsaction.org for more ways to get involved. If not, though, please do show your solidarity by signing the petition!

 

MORE INFO

 

USA Today: Hundreds arrested during pipeline protest at White House
http://usat.ly/rmqklB

 

James Hansen: tar sands would be “game over” for climate
http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2011/20110603_SilenceIsDeadly.pdf

 

McKibben: tar sands are “the great American carbon bomb”
http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175417/

 

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Our hero

31 Aug
We’ve got his back: Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has been our most consistent champion as he’s stood up for Internet freedom and ferociously opposed the Internet Blacklist Bill.
Needless to say, this has upset some people: The corporations that have been pushing the bill have been slamming him on his home turf. So we had this op-ed published in the Oregonian on Sunday to make sure Wyden knows that we’re still standing with him:

Stop the Internet Blacklist Bill

By David Segal and Patrick Ruffini

 

We are Tea Partiers and bleeding-heart liberals, we are artists and investment bankers, we represent the left and the right, and we support Senator Wyden as he comes forward, yet again, as a stalwart champion for First Amendment rights, innovation and digital security.

Congress gets back from summer break next week, and we need to gear up more opposition ASAP:
You can click here to read the full op-ed and email your lawmakers to ask them to oppose the Internet Blacklist Bill.
And you can use these links to ask your friends to email their lawmakers:

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2015 Incoming Freshmen College World View

23 Aug

The world is every changing and so are the view of those growing up in it. Every year Beloit College does a survey to freshman student to get a snapshot of their view of the world, check it out:

1. There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway.

2. Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.

3. States and Velcro parents have always been requiring that they wear their bike helmets.

4. The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.

5. There have always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships.

6. They “swipe” cards, not merchandise.

7. As they’ve grown up on websites and cellphones, adult experts have constantly fretted about their alleged deficits of empathy and concentration.

8. Their school’s “blackboards” have always been getting smarter.

9. “Don’t touch that dial!” . what dial?

10. American tax forms have always been available in Spanish.

11. More Americans have always traveled to Latin America than to Europe.

12. Amazon has never been just a river in South America.

13. Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you’re talking about LeBron James.

14. All their lives, Whitney Houston has always been declaring, “I Will Always Love You.”

15. O.J. Simpson has always been looking for the killers of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

16. Women have never been too old to have children.

17. Japan has always been importing rice.

18. Jim Carrey has always been bigger than a pet detective.

19. We have never asked, and they have never had to tell.

20. Life has always been like a box of chocolates.

21. They’ve always gone to school with Mohammed and Jesus.

22. John Wayne Bobbitt has always slept with one eye open.

23. There has never been an official Communist Party in Russia.

24. “Yadda, yadda, yadda” has always come in handy to make long stories short.

25. Video games have always had ratings.

26. Chicken soup has always been soul food.

27. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has always been available on TV.

28. Jimmy Carter has always been a smiling elderly man who shows up on TV to promote fair elections and disaster relief.

29. Arnold Palmer has always been a drink.

30. Dial-up is soooooooooo last century!

31. Women have always been kissing women on television.

32. Their older siblings have told them about the days when Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera were Mouseketeers.

33. Faux Christmas trees have always outsold real ones.

34. They’ve always been able to dismiss boring old ideas with “been there, done that, gotten the T-shirt.”

35. The bloody conflict between the government and a religious cult has always made Waco sound a little wacko.

36. Unlike their older siblings, they spent bedtime on their backs until they learned to roll over.

37. Music has always been available via free downloads.

38. Grown-ups have always been arguing about health care policy.

39. Moderate amounts of red wine and baby aspirin have always been thought good for the heart.

40. Sears has never sold anything out of a Big Book that could also serve as a doorstop.

41. The United States has always been shedding fur.

42. Electric cars have always been humming in relative silence on the road.

43. No longer known for just gambling and quickie divorces, Nevada has always been one of the fastest growing states in the Union.

44. They’re the first generation to grow up hearing about the dangerous overuse of antibiotics.

45. They pressured their parents to take them to Taco Bell or Burger King to get free pogs.

46. Russian courts have always had juries.

47. No state has ever failed to observe Martin Luther King Day.

48. While they’ve been playing outside, their parents have always worried about nasty new bugs borne by birds and mosquitoes.

49. Public schools have always made space available for advertising.

50. Some of them have been inspired to actually cook by watching the Food Channel.

51. Fidel Castro’s daughter and granddaughter have always lived in the United States.

52. Their parents have always been able to create a will and other legal documents online.

53. Charter schools have always been an alternative.

54. They’ve grown up with George Stephanopoulos as the Dick Clark of political analysts.

55. New kids have always been known as NKOTB.

56. They’ve always wanted to be like Shaq or Kobe: Michael who?

57. They’ve often broken up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, or MySpace.

58. Their parents sort of remember Woolworths as this store that used to be downtown.

59. Kim Jong Il has always been bluffing, but the West has always had to take him seriously.

60. Frasier, Sam, Woody and Rebecca have never Cheerfully frequented a bar in Boston during primetime.

61. Major League Baseball has never had fewer than three divisions and never lacked a wild-card entry in the playoffs.

62. Nurses have always been in short supply.

63. They won’t go near a retailer that lacks a website.

64. Altar girls have never been a big deal.

65. When they were 3, their parents may have battled other parents in toy stores to buy them a Tickle Me Elmo while they lasted.

66. It seems the United States has always been looking for an acceptable means of capital execution.

67. Folks in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have always been able to energize with Pepsi-Cola.

68. Andy Warhol is a museum in Pittsburgh.

69. They’ve grown up hearing about suspiciously vanishing frogs.

70. They’ve always had the privilege of talking with a chatterbot.

71. Refugees and prisoners have always been housed by the U.S. government at Guantanamo.

72. Women have always been Venusians; men, Martians.

73. McDonald’s coffee has always been just a little too hot to handle.

74. “PC” has come to mean personal computer, not political correctness.

75. The New York Times and The Boston Globe have never been rival newspapers.

Source: 2011 Beloit College Mindset List.

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In a 1964 article on searching for extraterrestrial civilizations, the Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev suggested using radio telescopes to detect energy signals from other solar systems in which there might be civilizations of three levels of advancement: Type 1 can harness all of the energy of its home planet; Type 2 can harvest all of the power of its sun; and Type 3 can master the energy from its entire galaxy.

Based on our energy efficiency at the time, in 1973 the astronomer Carl Sagan estimated that Earth represented a Type 0.7 civilization on a Type 0 to Type 1 scale. (More current assessments put us at 0.72.) As the Kardashevian scale is logarithmic — where any increase in power consumption requires a huge leap in power production — we have a ways before 1.0.

Fossil fuels won’t get us there. Renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal are a good start, and coupled to nuclear power could eventually get us to Type 1.

Yet the hurdles are not solely — or even primarily — technological ones. We have a proven track record of achieving remarkable scientific solutions to survival problems — as long as there is the political will and economic opportunities that allow the solutions to flourish. In other words, we need a Type 1 polity and economy, along with the technology, in order to become a Type 1 civilization.

We are close. If we use the Kardashevian scale to plot humankind’s progress, it shows how far we’ve come in the long history of our species from Type 0, and it leads us to see what a Type 1 civilization might be like: Read more click here.

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/type1civ/

World. 24 Hours.

19 Jul

Capture A Glimpse of Your Life in Camera.

If you visited youtube.com you might have run across the banner that annonces the ‘Life in a Day‘ worldwide project. In case you did not care to take a look at it let me tell you what it is about. Their is a independent film director who in partnership with LG and Sundance have come up with a very cool idea.

Director Kevin McDonald want to make a film unlike never has been made before which will be made up of videos submitted by people from the youtube community. Videos about our dail lives, anything.

The film will premeire in the Sundance festival next year (2011). It will also be available on  Youtube. You will get credited as co director and possible be one of the 20 chosen to be invited to the Sundance festibval premeire.

Their are also three question he would like to be answered seperately…

What is a fear you have?

What do you love?

What makes you laugh?

It is all supposed to be recorded in a 24 hour period on July 24, 2010. Then the videos should be submitted on that youtube channel(click submit tab on ‘LifeInADay’ channel), the deadline will be July 31. Happy Shooting.

 

http://www.youtube.com/v/C_4uii96xqM&hl=en&fs=1

For more info visit the the youtube channel, click here.

You Must First Invent The Universe

http://www.youtube.com/v/5-FyKoU2uRo&hl=en&fs=1&hd=1

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