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the fracking issue just keeps getting uglier..
THE SKY IS PINK by Josh Fox and the GASLAND Team
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SCIENTIFIC METHOD / SCIENCE & EXPLORATION
Not yet gone, but effectively extinct
A small drop in one species' population can drive others to actually die out.
Ecological Diagrams (Food Chains, Webs, & Pyramids)
Not yet gone, but effectively extinct A small drop in one species' population can drive others to actually die out.
A species can be considered functionally extinct when its dwindling numbers cause another species in the same food web to disappear from the natural community first. These extinctions are important to understand since a species can go functionally extinct well before the population is small enough to put it in danger of a numerical extinction.
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The geological name for the current period of time for us on earth is informally called the Anthropocene
epoch. Due to the many human induced extinctions
of earth's organisms.
Web of life unravelling, wildlife biologist says
Indeed, in his 35 years of studying what is supposed to be a wildlife sanctuary, it has almost all changed, and it no longer supports the life it once did.
It looks green and serene but to Dawe, "It's a veritable desert here."
The loss to the food web is a loss to the web of life, he says, and people are a huge part of that web.
Indeed, it's an overabundance of people, perhaps by five-fold, which is driving resource extraction and consumption beyond a sustainable planet, he says.
"Economic growth is the biggest destroyer of the ecology," he says. "Those people who think you can have a growing economy and a healthy environment are wrong. "If we don't reduce our numbers, nature will do it for us."
He isn't hopeful humans will rise to the challenge and save themselves.
"Everything is worse and we're still doing the same things," he says. "Because ecosystems are so resilient, they don't exact immediate punishment on the stupid."
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The Day the Earth Ran Out. The Causes and Consequences of Earth Overshoot Day
Many readers will be familiar with the worrisome, white-knuckle wait that comes when you drain your checking account long before payday, the anxiety that builds until the coffers are replenished.
That is what all of humanity has signed on for, effective today.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the moment when, according to Global Footprint Network, an independent think tank based in the United States, Switzerland, and Belgium, humanity’s demand for natural resources exceeds the earth’s ability to renew them in a year.
As of today, just 34 weeks into 2013, we are officially in ecological overdraft.
Scientists and data-crunchers at Global Footprint Network calculate Earth Overshoot Day by dividing the earth’s current biocapacity (the area of land and water available to produce renewable resources and absorb CO2 emissions) by the world’s ecological footprint (the area of land and water required to meet humanity’s demand for resources and absorb waste).
They then multiply the quotient by 365, the number of days in a calendar year.
That number reveals Earth Overshoot Day.
This year, that day arrived two days sooner than it did last year.
It has come earlier, by about three days each year, since 2001.
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American issue's regarding 'American exceptionalism'.
American exceptionalism is the theory that the United States is "qualitatively different" from other nations.
In this view, America's exceptionalism stems from its emergence from a revolution, becoming what political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset called "the first new nation" and developing a uniquely American ideology, "Americanism", based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, republicanism, populism and laissez-faire.
This ideology itself is often referred to as "American exceptionalism."
Why the United States Will Fall to Second-World Status in the Next 50 Years: Top 10 Social Problems Facing the US
1. The US Healthcare System is The Most Expensive in the World
2. Violence in US Schools is Some of the Worst In The World
3. The Unwiilingness of Americans to Learn From the Past
4. US Kids Alive Today Will Be Paying Off the Iraq 'War' Debt for Another 50 Years
5. Racial Problems
6. America Has One of the Highest Tax Rates in the World
7. The US Social Security System is Going Bankrupt
8. America's Arrogance When It Comes to Other Countries
9. Americans Always Believe Everything American is Better
10. The US Education System Falls Short of the Rest of the Developed World
10 Signs The U.S. is Becoming a Third World Coun
1. Rising unemployment and poverty
2. Economic dependence
3. Declining civil rights
4. Increasing political corruption
5. Military patrolling the streets
6. Failing infrastructure
7. Disappearing middle class
8. Devalued currency
9. Controlling the media
10. Capital Controls
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Is America's traditional educational systems which requires certain types of agreements among many people and group collectives the approach to education that will lift all Americans?
Global Mathematics Performance on the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
"The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a respected international comparison of 15-year-olds by the OECD that measures 'real-world' (applied) learning and problem-solving ability.
In 2006 the United States ranked 25th of 30 nations in math and 24th of 30 in science.
American 15-year-olds are on par with students in Portugal and the Slovak Republic, rather than with students in countries that are more relevant competitors for service sector and high-value jobs like Canada, the Netherlands, Korea, and Australia.
This ranking signals the striking erosion of America’s one time leadership in education.
Forty years ago the United States was a leader in high school graduation rates; today it ranks 18th out of 24 industrialized nations.
As recently as 1995 America was tied for first in college graduation rates; by 2006 this ranking had dropped to 14th."
Dan Rather Reports - A National Disgrace
This special two-hour report documents a pivotal year and a half in the Detroit Public Schools, set against a backdrop of history and the plight of one student desperate to succeed despite the odds.
"A National Disgrace" is part historical documentary, part investigative report and part personal profile detailing the political strife, corruption, and systemic breakdown during the tumultuous 2009-2010 school year when the state of Michigan imposed new leadership on the school district.
The result is a searing portrait of a local tragedy that asks the question, does the situation in Detroit demonstrate how we view public education?
Is the real "national disgrace" the fact that something like this could happen at all?
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Sir David Attenborough warns against large families and predicts things will only get worsePeople should be persuaded against having large families, says the broadcaster and naturalist
Sir David Attenborough has said that he is not optimistic about the future and that people should be persuaded against having large families.
The broadcaster and naturalist, who earlier this year described humans as "a plague on Earth", also said he believed humans have stopped evolving physically and genetically because of birth control and abortion, but that cultural evolution is proceeding "with extraordinary swiftness".
"We stopped natural selection as soon as we started being able to rear 90-95% of our babies that are born. We are the only species to have put a halt to natural selection, of its own free will, as it were," he tells this week's Radio Times.
"Stopping natural selection is not as important, or depressing, as it might sound – because our evolution is now cultural … We can inherit a knowledge of computers or television, electronics, aeroplanes and so on."
Attenborough said he was not optimistic about the future and "things are going to get worse".
"I don't think we are going to become extinct. We're very clever and extremely resourceful – and we will find ways of preserving ourselves, of that I'm sure. But whether our lives will be as rich as they are now is another question.
"We may reduce in numbers; that would actually be a help, though the chances of it happening within the next century is very small. I should think it's impossible, in fact."
The broadcaster, who is a patron of the charity Population Matters, which promotes family planning and campaigns for sustainable consumption, also appeared to express qualified support for the one-child policy in China.
Humanianity, the Religion for everyone, is what will help us to do what is needed. It is our working together to promote not just the survival of our species but also the good life for everyone, now and in the future. It is our working together to figure out what we should do. We must seek increasing agreement, but what we agree to must be increasingly accurate. Difference of opinion should be the call for discussion, not for walking away, attack, murder, or war.
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Culture in Decline | Episode #6 "Tale of Two Worlds" by Peter Joseph
In this final episode of the season, Dr. Peter Joseph shows off his fresh new Time Machine, guiding the audience through a vision of two possible futures.
The first exploring the current trends that just may lead us all into vast new levels of decline;
The second showing what the world could be...if anyone actually gave a damn to make it happen. ;)
Louie the Logic Gremlin is sleeping; Bob is Dead.