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Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”
Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating.
“Growing your own food is like printing your own money.”
Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is. It’s much, much worse.
In this TED Talk, ethnographer Wade Davis explores hidden places in the wider world — but in this powerful short talk he urges us to save a paradise in his backyard, Northern Canada. The Sacred Headwaters, remote and pristine, are under threat because they hide rich tar sands. With stunning photos, Davis asks a tough question: How can we balance society’s need for fuels with the urge to protect such glorious wilderness?
A National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”
Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless TED talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old.
Thanks to our latest
whistleblower traitor, Edward Snowden, and the Freedom of Information Act, the NSA was forced to release a list of the keywords that could get you on an NSA watchlist if you write or utter them virtually anywhere. It includes such innocuous words as: Cloud, Pork, Exercise, Gas, Wave, Ice, Aid, Erosion, and Mexico. Full list below.
I’m SO tempted to channel George Carlin and write an entire monologue using each and every word. But I don’t know if I’m brave enough to post it if I do.
In honor of all our fallen warriors.
This is during the siege of Aleppo in Syria. It won photographer Javier Manzano the Pulitzer Prize.
Two rebel soldiers stand guard in the Karmel Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo as over a dozen holes made by bullets and shrapnel peppered the tin wall behind them. The dust from more than one hundred days of shelling, bombing and firefights hung thick in the air around them as they took turns guarding their machine-gun nests. The precincts of Karmel Jabl and Al-Arqoob are strategically important because of their proximity to the main road that separates several of the main battlegrounds in the city, from one of the largest rebel-controlled regions in Aleppo. It is hard to know how many troops the regime has deployed along the Karmel Jabl / Al-Arqoob neighborhoods (considering that this region is one of many frontlines, most of them scattered along the Western and Southwestern sections of the city). Moreover, the popular belief is that if the regime ordered its infantry (most of it is largely composed of Sunni Muslims) to charge the rebels, a large number of the soldiers would defect to the opposition. For this reason, face-to-face combat is rare. Instead, the regime relies mostly on tanks, indirect fire (mortars and artillery), airplanes and snipers. Snipers can hold a line of several streets and can take weeks for the rebels to locate and neutralize them. Both sides (the Free Syria Army and the regime) rely heavily on snipers – the cat and mouse game of Aleppo’s frontlines. Two regime snipers had closed several side streets keeping the rebel positions in check. As the Free Syria Army soldiers attempted to flank them (by punching holes on the walls of houses, both sides can travel several blocks from house to house without being seen by the opposing side – most importantly, without been spotted by the snipers), the regime forces reinforced their positions with tanks (which only move a few meters at a time, mostly under the cover of night in order to minimize their exposure to RPG’s (rocket-propelled grenades). © Javier Manzano/AFP