Anthropology / Environment / Human Rights / International

The Yanomami tribe (Brazil & Venezuela) Face New Risks of Government-Issued Resource Exploitation Permits

This is a remarkable photo essay and description of one of the rare indigenous Amazon tribes. Thanks to the Washington Post for its coverage this Sunday of the humanitarian/scientific work by husband and wife team Sebastião Salgado and Leila Wanick Salgado. The scenery captured in Salgado’s photos is breathtaking….remember that Director James Cameron went to the Amazon for inspiration … Continue reading

Business / Domestic / Economics / News Commentary

Will 2014 Be a Lost Year for the Washington Economy?–Capital Business Reports

Will 2014 Be A Lost Year for the Washington Economy?   For anyone who gives credence to the latest unemployment statistics indicating a modest rate of 6%, or that the Washington, DC-metro market is robust and humming, think again.  There’s some serious growth not going on in the nation’s capital.   Continue reading

Curiosities / Domestic / Economics / Environment / Film

The Other Scrap Metal Story: Chinese Container Ships Absorb America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Scrapper Episode on HBO’s VICE We’re familiar with the comfy concept of recycling where we take our different containers to the curb and they’re neatly picked up and some of us have even seen where the parts end up and yes—some of us even know about the revolving cardboard which comes into our homes from Amazon or … Continue reading

Arts & Culture / Curiosities / Film / Innovation / Uncategorized

John Lopez: The Ultimate Recycler Evokes the Old West in Gorgeous Art from Scrap Metal

Scrap Turned to Art OK, now I ask you….how does the genius of this man’s talent, turning carefully selected bits of scrap into iconic western art compare to the all-too-typical “Untitled #3” pieces one can see in every museum of modern art?  Thanks to John Lopez for his marvelous creations. I was just thinking how fascinating it would … Continue reading

Economic Development / Economics / Environment / News Commentary / Politics

Hear Hear for Encouraging Real Dialogue in America

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/time-bomb-108556.html#.U7nnBU1OUhc Thanks to Politico for this sobering “Call to Conflict” but alas, I fear this entreaty will reach only deaf ears.  The political conscience is muffled by big money.  Accountability will not happen because this country is so polarized now and our politics is so full of empty rhetoric that few will stand up to advocate for … Continue reading

Environment / Good News Stories / Innovation / Science / Uncategorized

Cleaning up the ocean gyres of plastic…it IS realistic

http://www.theoceancleanup.com/blog/show/item/responding-to-critics.html Thanks to a fellow High School alum from Hastings who thought of me when he read about this innovative method to clean up the infamous Pacific Garbage patch–and beyond. Since he was an early waste-recycling entrepreneur, we’d had past correspondence on this subject….read on! Continue reading