The New ‘Climate Crime’ in Anti-Oil Sands Activism

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The environmental impact of mining and fracking the oil sands is too complex to be defined by imagery – yet it is. Shocking imagery tailored by vocal NGOs like Greenpeace blow out of proportion the permanent damage to wildlife and ecosystems, overlooking hard facts and concessions that oil sands land reclamation, water recycling, tailings management, and carbon emissions standards are now excellent in most cases. Oil companies like Cenovus are drawn into the fray and market equally false imagery of pristine refineries and pipelines coexisting with nature. The misinformed public is driven to polarity on the issue, and Canada’s global image remains scarred by the misrepresentation of the true appearance and impact of the oil sands industry. Anti-oil sands environmentalists are playing a zero sum game of economy vs. environment that is limiting their own ability to take an active, civil role in ensuring that the cleanliness and efficiency of the oil sands’ upstream and downstream continually improves.

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Trends & Predictions: Space Tourism

I’ve read that astronauts describe their first time looking upon Earth from outside as overwhelmingly euphoric – an extraordinary out of body experience in which they felt ageless, nameless, weightless, and profoundly connected to every part of the universe. Apparently, it’s called the “Overview Effect.”

Visiting space is something that I want to do before I die. I’ve known that since I was 5, and I know that many share the same dream, though only about 500 people have ever been outside the planet. The International Space Station has no need for sales guys, so I will wait patiently, grounded, and stream every single SpaceX launch until we discover an extraterrestrial market for smartphone apps and I’m called in to offer my expertise, or until space tourism is accessible.

Less than 10 years ago, a single round-trip ticket to space cost some tycoons $20-35 mm. Today, there are several agencies offering pre-bookings for trips at $100k. Generally, these trips promise a few minutes of the sensation of weightlessness, and a view from about 120km above Earth. Moon tourism has also been deemed feasible by some firms.

Virgin Galactic’s Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo, and SpaceX’s 7-person Dragon capsule, as well as Boeing’s CST-100 capsule, are all well-known early stakeholders in this budding market.

The question is: Will space tourism help or hurt the initiative to explore space for scientific purposes?

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Kurt Vile has the enigmatic personality of a rocker that only comes around a few times in a decade. Vile’s previous album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, captured his unique brand of laid-back grunge-influenced folk that is polished and evolved on Wakin on a Pretty Daze. "KV Crimes" is an outstanding classic rock number with the cowbell of Honky Tonk Woman and the kind of careless riffing that makes some great music sound so perfectly unstructured and unrehearsed

I’ve come to understand that it doesn’t matter what I think is right and wrong, or what I think constitutes appropriate aggregation or great journalism. The market is as the market does.

Report: Making urban farming possible (and profitable)

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This guide, a master’s paper from the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University, addresses the changing face of the agricultural industry, and supports farmers producing food in urban centers and on the urban fringe. It is a collection of topical factsheets including resources and…

Dirty Projectors’ new video for “Swing Lo Magellan” 

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I would like to go swimming there, that place in the last one. Extra sunscreen, of course. For all the cosmic radiation on usually-covered skin. Who’s coming with me?

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From PSFK:

This vending machine is great for book lovers who can’t decide on their next read. Built by Craig Small for antiquarian bookshop The Monkey’s Paw in Toronto, the Biblio-Mat gives you a random old book when you insert $2. Sporting the claim of 112 million titles and no two alike, the Biblio-Mat offers customers a literary surprise that can vary widely in size and subject matter.

The sound of an old telephone bell and a clunk signal that the mystery book has been dispensed. The machine was created as a fun alternative to a bargain bin where customers can dig through discounted books. You can check it out in the video above.

The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.

Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness (via freedomdesires)

I love Bukowski

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Fascists and far right wing supporters wearing pre-constitutional flags salute the fascist anthem outside the Opera House during an act against the independence of Catalonia and to remember former Spanish Dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on the 37th anniversary of his death, in Madrid on Nov. 25, 2012. Voters in Catalonia begin casting their ballots in regional elections that could determine the future shape of Spain. If voters give the regional government strong support, its leader pledged to hold a referendum asking Catalans if they’d prefer to split from Spain and go it alone in the 27-member EU.
[Credit : Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP]

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Fascists and far right wing supporters wearing pre-constitutional flags salute the fascist anthem outside the Opera House during an act against the independence of Catalonia and to remember former Spanish Dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on the 37th anniversary of his death, in Madrid on Nov. 25, 2012. Voters in Catalonia begin casting their ballots in regional elections that could determine the future shape of Spain. If voters give the regional government strong support, its leader pledged to hold a referendum asking Catalans if they’d prefer to split from Spain and go it alone in the 27-member EU.

[Credit : Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP]

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J.Tillman, (“Father John Misty”) the prolific solo artist that has graduated from obscurity with a new stage name and an excellent 2012 country album called Fear Fun, exhibits why he did well quitting his day job as Fleet Foxes’ drummer in “I’m Writing a Novel.”