Amidst Chaos: A Call to Civil Conscience
American History / Arts & Culture / conservation / Culture / Environment / Literature / News Commentary / Science / Uncategorized

Amidst Chaos: A Call to Civil Conscience

A friend sent me Annie Proulx’s Speech upon accepting the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Once mercifully beyond Anne Hathaway’s vacuous attempt at an introduction, Proulx’s speech starts after the 47 minute mark. If only her words could be genuinely cathartic and we could wake up to realize that we’ve been … Continue reading

chemical pollution / consumer rights / corporate ethics / dupont / Environment / labeling / teflon

From Agent Orange to GMO, to Cookware and Exposures of Daily Life….

It’s all about chemicals–bringing yes good but also insidiously and lethally bad things to life….DuPont, Dow Chemical and Monsanto, and collaborations thereof, have done much to advance human progress and much to undermine it with a history of production/utility casualties, cat ‘n mouse games and lawsuits marking their decades of product development. Over time, consumer safety guidelines are skirted, regulators are lobbied, … Continue reading

conservation / Environment / Nature / photography / Trees

A Tree is a Tree

I’ve been doing some research for a book review and couldn’t resist posting this remarkable Ronald Reagan quote from a speech he gave in 1966 in which he opposed expansion of Redwood National Park: “A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?” Thank goodness, there are enough right-thinking people across this country … Continue reading

Curiosities / Environment / Film / Innovation / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Science / Technology

Diving Deep: James Cameron’s 7 Mile Descent

Film Director extraordinaire James Cameron is one of the world’s most intensely curious inhabitants.  He has stretched the boundaries of film, imagination and now too science with his record shattering deep-sea dive 2 years ago, 7 miles into pitch darkness at the bottom of the ocean.  He is one of the newer uber-wealthy who happily for the … Continue reading

Archaeology / Curiosities / Desert Exploration / Environment / Film / Middle East / Outdoor Adventures

Even The Emirates’ Desert Can’t Escape Google’s Camera

Now you can be an armchair desert tourist, thanks to Google’s having mounted a camera on a camel to document some areas of what has always been known as the Liwa, an Oasis, in one of the desert areas in the United Arab Emirates. Liwa is located in the northern edge of the magnificent Rub al Khali … Continue reading

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

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