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Video: Urban Prankster – YouTube

Good laughs!

Seven Insane Conspiracy Theories That Actually Happened – Cracked 3/5/08


Voluntary Confinement: Contestants on the Fox Reality show Solitary forgo sleep, food, and dignity—all for a crack at $50,000 – MotherJones 3/08


What if the 1918 Spanish flu broke out now? – NYTimes 3/23/08


Modern Mechanix 1968: 40 Years in the Future: What Will Life Be Like in 2008?


Weekend Magazine, 1961: Will Life Be Worth Living in 2,000AD?


Europeans less genetically diverse than Africans – National Geographic 2/20/08


Geek Graffiti – Pingdom 2/28/08


Treehugger Radio: David Orr and the Science of Hope and Optimism – 10/23/07


Video: Iranian town carved from rock – National Geographic 12/5/07


Five Psychological Experiments that prove humanity is doomed – Cracked 5/08


Psychopathic Groups and Distorted Definitions – Global Research 6/19/08


Advanced Imperialism: A Phase of Capitalism – Global Research 6/25/08


The Revenge of the Fighting Quaker: Gen. Smedley Darlington Butler – DamnInteresting 9/14/07


Everything you wanted to know about US foreign policy that history books neglect – HistoryIsAWeapon

Interactive map


Video: A History of Evil – YouTube via BoingBoing 2/27/08


World’s most dangerous gangs – BoingBoing 5/16/08


1932 Modern Mechanix: ‘How Long Will Our Cities Last?’ – via Treehugger 2/27/08


Things I Have Learned in My Life


How to kill/block RFID – BoingBoing 4/25/08


Video: Run from the Cure: Concentrated, Full THC Hemp Oil Reportedly Cures Cancer and other diseases – Cryptogon 3/6/08

Link to 7 part mini-series


Saddled with legacy of dioxin, town considers an odd ally – the mushroom – NYTimes 4/27/08


The Secret Library of Hope: 12 Books to Stiffen Your Resolve – ZMag 12/18/07


Bioneers: Groundbreaking Ways to Save the Earth: Interview with Kenny Ausbel – Alternet 10/19/07


YouTube for Smart People – Alternet 4/2/08

EXCERPTS: “YouTube is ground zero for some of the dumbest crap online. Yet web videos don’t have to be vapid, according to the entrepreneurs behind Big Think, YouTube for the Harvard set.  After working as producers for The Charlie Rose Show, Harvard grads Peter Hopkins and Victoria R.M. Brown saw an opening for thoughtful, short-form intellectual videos targeting online audiences. The idea was simple: take the brightest, most creative thinkers alive, plunk them down for a conversation straight to camera — reality-show style — elide the moderator and provide an intimate window into the “big ideas” of our time. The erudite site drew investments from heavy hitters like Peter Thiel, a PayPal co-founder and Facebook angel investor, and Larry Summers, the former Harvard president and treasury secretary…. Big Think strains to transcend traditional media framing, self-consciously shunning categories like “news” and “opinion” for more trippy headings. A “physical” section lists videos on architecture and music, while a “meta” category covers concepts like identity, wisdom, death and inspiration. It’s more nuanced than YouTube, but also more confusing. – Why is “justice” meta? Why is “media” physical? Yet Big Think is not just striving to be a hipper PBS, blasting highbrow content at enlightened Millennials. The founders say they’re aiming for a meaningful, interactive dialogue — the kind of audience participation that makes good blogs lively, social networking sites sticky and YouTube profitable.”


The Chimp Who Thought He Was a Boy – Salon 3/31/08

“Raised like a son by a New York City family as part of a language experiment, Nim Chimpsky was shipped away when funds ran out. A new biography tells Nim’s story.”


Taser bracelets for every airline passenger – Wired 4/18/08

EXCERPT: “Beyond preying on people’s fears and insulting our intelligence, Lamperd is selling a product that’s a horrible idea in the first place. Do you really want those bracelets on your flight? If hijackers get their hands the transmitter, they’ll zap anyone standing in their way. Who’s to say that in the chaos of an emergency a crew member will have time to identify the threat, activate the correct bracelet and fire the EMD pulse before the terrorist has control of the plane? And then there’s the possibility of random craziness. What if a flight attendant loses her cookies and zaps a passenger who wants to keep the whole can of CranApple juice? What about drunk passengers? Do you want the lush in 36D getting his hands on what is essentially a bracelet-mounted stun gun?… Lamperd Less Lethal’s tagline is “Keeping the Situation Under Control.” I think “Exploiting People’s Fear and Making a Bad Situation Worse” might be more appropriate.”


ThorShield: Taser Proof Body Armor? – Wired 2/6/08


Beard Club: The Movie

“A documentary about the social politics of facial hair. Examining the ideas and ideals of masculinity, gender, and identity. Almost every man has a beard or mustache story. Each day, every man must decide either to shave or not to shave. The act can be one of conformity, rebellion, laziness, or transition. Beard Club is a celebration of facial hair expression. The film explores the many ways facial hair is used to convey status, indicate group identity, and to profile and discriminate against people. Men from different regions, religious backgrounds, age groups, and historical periods share their stories and personal motivations – revealing hidden meanings behind the fashion.”


You are the river: An interview with Ken Wilber – Salon 4/28/08

The integral philosopher explains the difference between religion, New Age fads and the ultimate reality that traditional science can’t touch.

EXCERPT: “Ken Wilber may be the most important living philosopher you’ve never heard of. He’s written dozens of books but you’d be hard-pressed to find his name in a mainstream magazine. Still, Wilber has a passionate — almost cultlike — following in certain circles, as well as some famous fans. Bill Clinton and Al Gore have praised Wilber’s books. Deepak Chopra calls him “one of the most important pioneers in the field of consciousness.” And the Wachowski brothers asked Wilber, along with Cornel West, to record the commentary for the DVDs of their “Matrix” movies. A remarkable autodidact, Wilber’s books range across entire fields of knowledge, from quantum physics to developmental psychology to the history of religion. He’s steeped in the world’s esoteric traditions, such as Mahayana Buddhism, Vedantic Hinduism, Sufism and Christian mysticism. Wilber also practices what he preaches, sometimes meditating for hours at a stretch. His “integral philosophy,” along with the Integral Institute he’s founded, hold out the promise that we can understand mystical experience without lapsing into New Age mush.

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