Daily Archives: January 7, 2015

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CIA routinely reviews Hollywood scripts


RT America

Published on Jan 7, 2015
Does the CIA have too cozy of a relationship with Hollywood? Scripts for The Americans, Zero Dark Thirty and multiple other works are routinely approved by agency representatives when sensitive national security issues are discussed, and some fear self-censorship and outright manipulation have the potential to occur. RT’s Tabetha Wallace and Tyrel Ventura discuss.

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Why journalists face more harm in an age of abundant media


PBS NewsHour

Published on Jan 7, 2015

Life today is defined by the accessibility and consumption of constant information. Yet journalists, the people who long had a monopoly on that information, are more vulnerable than ever. Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, examines the causes behind the growing dangers in his new book, “The New Censorship.” He joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation.

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Our Food, Our Forests, Our Climate: RAN in Sun Valley, January 2014


Rainforest Action Network

Published on Jan 7, 2015

Highlights from RAN’s fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho on January 29, 2014. Moderated by Aimée Christensen, global sustainability and climate expert. Featured speakers: Lindsey Allen, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network and Anna Lappé, author and RAN Board Member,

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Senator Markey’s Speaks in Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline


Senator Markey

Published on Nov 18, 2014

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Beautiful Minds – James Lovelock – The Gaia Hypothesis / Gaia Theory

NotPercy203

Published on Sep 12, 2013
Wiki for the most recent updates: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hyp…

There are two forms of Gaia theory, weak gaia theory and strong gaia theory. The weak gaia theory is pretty much just saying that the earth and the organisms within it are an interconnected system with feedback loops and therefore capable of self-regulating up to a point. Strong gaia theory argues for the system to be considered an organism, and some take it further to talk about an organism with a singular purpose or even consciousness. Weak gaia is just systems theory applied to the earth and makes good sense, while the strong version is controversial. Unfortunately a lot of the good points in this work have been rubbished because people associate the good stuff with the strong theory. My impression is that Lovelock himself drifted over the line a bit himself sometimes, but mostly talked good sense.

“Strong gaia theory argues for the system to be considered an organism, and some take it further to talk about an organism with a singular purpose or even consciousness.”

Within gaia theory it’s reasonable to assert it shows traits of an organism in its own right. Even attributes that share similarities to conscious entities instincts for survival. Making it a self correcting system, with complex defense mechanisms for its long term survival. That encompass all the earth bound sciences, from biology, natural selection, geology, micro-biology, atmospheric physics, climate change, etc, all working in symbiosis. The complexity and interconnectedness of which we don’t currently understand, but should strive to as scientists.

“Oliver L. Reiser had also developed a strong version of the Gaia hypothesis as he proposed the earth was a global organism and that human beings act as cells involved with the “embryogenesis” of the earth. Another form of the strong Gaia hypothesis is proposed by Guy Murchie who extends the quality of a holistic lifeform to galaxies. “After all, we are made of star dust. Life is inherent in nature”. Murchie describes geologic phenomena such as sand dunes, glaciers, fires, etc. as living organisms, as well as the life of metals and crystals. “The question is not whether there is life outside our planet, but whether it is possible to have “nonlife”.”

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Senator Markey Speaks in Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline


Senator Markey

Published on Jan 7, 2015

With gas prices falling, and domestic oil supplies rising, one has to wonder why Congressional Republicans would use their first chance to prove they can get things done on a Canadian export pipeline that is dead before it ever even gets a vote. The American people are expecting jobs that last and an energy policy that moves America forward, not giveaways to big oil that send our resources to foreign countries and worsen climate change.

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