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How To Confront Islamophobes In Public

From a post by Tod Perry at GOOD: Earlier this week, a 35-year-old woman wearing traditional Muslim attire was window shopping on Fifth Avenue in New York City when a man set her blouse on fire and walked away. The woman was unhurt in the attack and it’s being investigated as […]

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On Animism…

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National Bat Appreciation Day

Hi all, It has been brought to my attention that today, Sunday, April 17th is National Bat Appreciation Day.  […] via Check Out these Amazing Bat Facts on National Bat Appreciation Day! — Urban Hermits Addendum: It’s been a couple years since I got up there, but you can check out […]

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What Does “Green” Mean? Anything?

Companies like to tout their corporate values, which often include terms such as ‘authentic’ and ‘green’. But what do these words actually mean? … Click to view the online interactive dictionary I put together for the Guardian.

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Good Robot! The Upside to Automation

Sure, robots might kill us. They also could rescue us from land mines, natural disasters and collapsing buildings. Aerial drones can be used to locate disaster survivors – or to pepper-spray protesters. Their earthbound robotic cousins can help rescue victims of events like a building’s collapse – or make fresh […]

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Interfaith Forum Tackles Texas Water

FROM THE TAG-TEAMING INTERFAITHS TO WATER-AWARE SAN ANTONIANS (AND REGIONAL COLLABORATORS): “Water management has emerged as one of the most critical natural resource issues of our time.  ‘Water is the next oil,’ a phrase that yields 539 million Google hits, underscores the complexity of battles already being waged over conflicting […]

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On the morality of extinction

Why the climate movement needs a crash course in philosophy Greg Harman The environmental community has long illustrated the seriousness of climate change with intimidating facts and figures. The now-infamous hockey stick graph twining rising heat with rising greenhouse gases defined Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth. And though the science backing […]

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Driverless big rigs headed for the highway

In the opening of Steven Spielberg’s 1971 film Duel, an impatient salesman gets stuck behind a rattling, soot-belching tractor-trailer on a lonely stretch of California highway. Just before the truck’s driver is revealed to be a homicidal maniac, the salesman has time to gripe about the vehicle’s billowing emissions. “Talk […]

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The sharing economy is not as open as you might think

Uber, Lyft and Airbnb are trying to combat discrimination within their communities. Are they doing enough to tackle the challenge? Online forums have long provided an avenue for anonymous venting. One particular cluster cropping up recently are those intended for Uberdrivers to gather to share their experiences of working for the […]

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Your brain on climate change: why the apathy?

Voter behavior has long held mysteries for both politicians and psychologists. Why do poor and working-class voters across the US South, for instance, still line up to support conservative candidates whose policies favor the rich, weaken the social-safety net and limit access to affordable health care? Some in the field […]

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Trinity Talk: “On the Eighth Day, Transformation without Apocalypse”

It is impossible to track the parade of headlines warning of the accelerating destruction of the earth’s various life-support systems and not—at least on occasion—succumb to despair. Jørgen Randers cowrote “Limits to Growth” (pdf) back in 1972 only to witness his doomsday predictions materialize before his eyes year by year. Unsurprising that he now […]

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AP Crunches Global Warming Data By State

From recent AP report analyzing climate trends in the Lower 48: The United States is warming fastest in the Southwest and Northeast, an analysis of climate data shows. In Texas, the hottest months are 2.8 degrees higher than in 1984. The average New Mexico summer is 3.4 degrees warmer now […]