Daily Archives: May 1, 2014

The French Sensation: Income Inequality in 700 Pages and a Hundred Graphs

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The hottest book everybody is talking about, that no one has read and no can get their hands on, is a giant, data-packed tome on income inequality covering three hundred years of history by the French economist Thomas Piketty. Is there a reason he’s getting the rock star treatment? Is it the symptoms that resonate (our drift into oligarchy), or is it the cure (a progressive tax on wealth)?

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Why We Don’t Care About Climate Change

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Drug-resistant antibiotics: Bitter pills to swallow

The Economist

Published on May 1, 2014

Antibiotics everywhere are over-used. As a result, bacteria are growing ever more resistant. Our correspondents discuss the risks of this and what can be done

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Years of Living Dangerously Season 1: Bonus Footage – Bob Inglis in Wisconsin


Years of Living Dangerously

Published on May 1, 2014

Bob Inglis and a group of young Republicans go knocking on doors to get signatures in Paul Ryan’s home district to get support for action on Climate Change.

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Students Stage Day of Action As Harvard University Refuses to Divest From Fossil Fuels

EcoWatch | April 30, 2014 3:17 pm

Student activists with the Divest Harvard campaign blockaded one of the main entrances to Harvard University President Drew Faust’s office in Harvard Yard today, kicking off a day of non-violent action. Students are calling for an open debate about fossil fuel divestment with the Harvard Corporation after having been denied a public meeting with the administration since fall 2013, according to the groups press release.

Supported by 350.org and Better Future Project, the campaign is part of a global movement including more than 400 campuses calling for endowments to divest from publicly traded coal, oil and gas companies that own the majority of the world’s carbon reserves. The fossil fuel divestment movements aims to stigmatize and decrease the influence of fossil fuel companies responsible for the worsening climate crisis.

Divest Harvard is calling on the university to:

  • Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuel companies
  • Immediately divest direct holdings (currently $17.3 million) from the top 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies
  • Divest indirect holdings in the top 200 fossil fuel companies within five years and reinvest in socially responsible funds

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Noam Chomsky “A People Centered Society” (2013)


The Chomsky Videos

Published on Dec 2, 2013

Bridgewater, MA “Noam Chomsky will talk about social justice and a people-centered movements when he speaks on Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Church.”

Organiser Michael Louis Ippolito of Bridgewater hopes Thursday’s talk also raises awareness of a movement to amend the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would abolish the legal personhood of corporate entities.

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Global Decadal Hydroclimate Variability in Observations and Models


YaleUniversity

Published on May 1, 2014

Richard Seager is the Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He studies climate variability on seasonal and millenial scales and is particularly interested in periods of extended drought through history. Most recently he has focused on the causes of North America drought and its connection to oceanic temperature variations.

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