Kelly McGonigal, How to make stress your friend, http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend?language=en
Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat and other felines are helping cats (and their owners) build careers on and off YouTube. Read more
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Ett jagträd. Min barndom utgör stammen. Grenarna härbärgerar variationer av den jag varit och den jag kunnat bli. Grenen längst ned grenslas av en lillgammal pianist. Vid sidan av honom en ängslig fotbollsmålvakt som fruktar bollen. Högre upp en blundande kompositör. Snett ovanför, i en klyka, sitter en mentalskötare och röker, vid sidan om honom en kranförare med frilagda reglage. Därovanför en gymnasielärare, tillika trebarnsfar, och en man som krampaktigt balanserar längst ut på grenen och tittar ned. Och någonstans i mitten sitter jag, som jag blev: en kritiker och filosofidocent med äran halvvägs i behåll.
The name for the movement itself, Euromaidan, is a neologism fusing the prefix euro, a nod to the opposition’s desire to move closer to the EU and away from Russia, with the Ukrainian (and originally Persian and Arabic) word maidan, or public square. And the term is about more than situating the demonstrations in Kiev’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti). Ukraine may be located in Europe geographically, but many of the protesters also see Europe as an idea, one that ”implies genuine democracy, trustworthy police and sincere respect for human rights.”
The name speaks to an increasingly universal phenomenon as well: the public square as an epicenter of democratic expression and protest, and the lack of one—or the deliberate manipulation of such a space—as a way for autocrats to squash dissent through urban design.
Not all revolutions have been centered in public squares, but many recent ones have, including several in former Soviet states.
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Biggest rises and falls in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index
The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to the detriment of the right to inform and be informed. This trend constitutes a growing threat worldwide and is even endangering freedom of information in countries regarded as democracies. Finland tops the index for the fourth year running, closely followed by Netherlands and Norway, like last year. At the other end of the index, the last three positions are again held by Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, three countries where freedom of information is non-existent. Despite occasional turbulence in the past year, these countries continue to be news and information black holes and living hells for the journalists who inhabit them. This year’s index covers 180 countries, one more than last year. The new entry, Belize, has been assigned an enviable position (29th). Cases of violence against journalists are rare in Belize but there were some problems: defamation suits involving demands for large amounts in damages, national security restrictions on implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and sometimes unfair management of broadcast frequencies.
SOURCE: Reporters Without Borders
A warmer Arctic could permanently affect the pattern of the high-altitude polar jet stream, resulting in longer and colder winters over North America and northern Europe, US scientists say. The jet stream, a ribbon of high altitude, high-speed wind in northern latitudes that blows from west to east, is formed when the cold Arctic air clashes with warmer air from further south. The greater the difference in temperature, the faster the jet stream moves.
According to Jennifer Francis, a climate expert at Rutgers University, the Arctic air has warmed in recent years as a result of melting polar ice caps, meaning there is now less of a difference in temperatures when it hits air from lower latitudes. “The jet stream is a very fast moving river of air over our head, but over the past two decades the jet stream has weakened. This is something we can measure,” she said Saturday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As a result, instead of circling the earth in the far north, the jet stream has begun to meander, like a river heading off course. This has brought chilly Arctic weather further south than normal, and warmer temperatures up north. Perhaps most disturbingly, it remains in place for longer periods of time.
Image Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio [x]
I have a feeling this was taken out of context.
Dinosaur Jr. “Start Choppin” video featured on 120 Minutes, 1993
Earliest footprints outside of Africa discovered in England
BBC News: Scientists have discovered the earliest evidence of human footprints outside of Africa, on the Norfolk Coast in England.
The footprints, which are direct evidence of the earliest known humans in northern Europe and are more than 800,000 years old, were found on the shores of Happisburgh.
Graphic via Happisburgh Project/BBC News
Hej, I’ve been fucked up.
And I’ve been a fool
But like the shepherd to the lamb
Like the wave unto the sand I’ll fix myself up.
To come and be with you
See I was slow to understand
This river’s bigger than I am
It’s running faster than I can
Tho, Lord, I tried