Daily Archives: October 5, 2015

The [Short] History of Weather Modification

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Published on Oct 5, 2015

From “Cloud Seeding” to hurricane dissipation, this is the history of human weather modification.

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Human Weather Modification Attempts
Fog Dispersal
Cloud Seeding
Project Stormfury
Operation Popeye
Weather Warfare Banned
Nuclear Rain
Worldwide Weather Modifiers
China’s Weather Army
Stormclouds Out of Thin Air

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Food Studies BA ⁄ BS | The New School Bachelor’s Program


The Schools of Public Engagement embody the values that motivated the university’s founders in 1919. Their mission is to create and nurture a learning community marked by interdisciplinary engagement with real-world issues and the integration of professional, civic, and liberal learning. The common thread that runs across our diverse academic programs is a commitment to learning that makes a difference in the world. In order to realize this commitment, we aspire to provide an educational experience that is integrative, boundary-crossing, and collaborative. We connect theory to real-world practice, training students to address civic life, to create new forms of culture, and to respond to contemporary challenges in their communities and throughout the world.

Public Engagement is composed of several schools and programs: the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students; the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Studies; the School of Media Studies; the Creative Writing Program; and the School of Languages. Each school embodies our mission in its own way, offering students unique opportunities to pursue their academic, professional, and civic aspirations in tandem.


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Feeding Tomorrow: Technology and the New Food Ethics

The New School

Published on Oct 5, 2015

“Feeding Tomorrow: Technology and the New Food Ethics,” a roundtable presented by The Food Studies Program (http://www.newschool.edu/public-engag…) at The New School (http://www.newschool.edu/) asks has the industrialization of our food supply been a blessing or a burden? Can food technology be used for good? Has nutrition been bred out of our food? Should we aspire to eat how our great-grandparents ate? What role might design play in envisioning a future of food that is sustainable, equitable, nutritious, and “good” on all counts? Are the industrial and artisanal mutually exclusive, and how might we imagine a new food ethic that incorporates the best elements of both?

This roundtable moderated by Dave Arnold, Founder of The Museum of Food and Drink, will explore these questions by examining how technology (particularly culinary and food processing technologies) has shaped how we eat over the past century, and how it will influence our diets in the future. As we envision the next 100 years of food, which technologies should we look to for inspiration, and what moral, social, and cultural values should we aspire to incorporate into these technologies?

– Rachel Laudan, food historian and author of Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History

– John Coupland, Professor of Food Science, Penn State University; President-Elect, Institute of Food Technologists

– Stefani Bardin, Artist in Residence, Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU, Part-time Lecturer, The New School

– Tamar Adler, New York Times Columnist and author of An Everlasting Meal

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College
65 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10003
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Trans Pacific Partnership is going to cost lives: Maybarduk

Al Jazeera English

Published on Oct 5, 2015

Peter Maybarduk, Director of the Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Programme, spoke to Al Jazeera from Atlanta, where the deal was signed.”It’s disappointing to hear White House scare tactics about China writing the rules instead what we are doing that we are letting American big businesses to write the rules and transform other countries’ laws,” he said.”For medicines it is going to mean vastly extended pharmaceutical monopoly power, and that means reduced access to affordable generics and biosimilars. The deal gives pharma companies new rights to knock competition off the market allowing them priced any time they seem fit”We believe the Trans Pacific Partnership is going to cost lives.

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Extreme Urbanism III – Planning for Conservation: Looking at Agra

Harvard GSD

Published on Oct 5, 2015

Extreme Urbanism III
Planning for Conservation: Looking at Agra
Harvard GSD Options Studio, Spring 2015

Led by Professor Rahul Mehrotra

Teaching Staff:
Vineet Diwadkar, José Mayoral Moratilla.

Options Studio Participants:
Zhuo Cheng, Xinjun Gu, Peichen Hao, David Henning, Seunghoon Hyun, Jacob Koch, Shiyao Liu, Nishiel Patel, Mengchen Xia, Ruoyun Xu, Han Yang, Bin Zhu.

Field Visit Participants:
Master in Design Studies Critical Conservation:
Noor Boushehri, Maria Letizia Garzoli, Marcus Goodwin, Elad Horn, Yunjie Li, Jane Philbrick.

Loeb Fellowship:
Mark Mulligan and Sally Young with Gísli Baldursson, Jamie Blosser, Scott Campbell, Shahira Fahmy, Andrew Howard, LaShawn Hoffman, Maria Jakkola, Marc Norman, Thaddeus Pawlowski, Kolu Zigby.

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Sanders, Trump lead charge against TPP critics

RT America

Published on Oct 5, 2015

Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders (D) and Donald Trump (R) have joined in the criticism of President Barack Obama’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was finally successfully agreed upon by the US and its partners in the Pacific. Egor Piskunov has more details on the deal from New York.

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Environmentalists: The Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement Is A Disaster For Climate Change

by Samantha Page Oct 5, 2015 1:43pm

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Opponents of the TPP say its a sweetheart deal for fossil fuel companies.

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After years of meetings, months of Congressional debates, and days of around-the-clock negotiations, the United States and 11 other countries reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Trade agreement (TPP) on Monday.

If adopted, the TPP will eliminate or reduce tariffs between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. But while it specifically addresses some environmental concerns — such as trade of illegally harvested resources or wildlife trafficking — climate change activists saw Monday’s announcement as the culmination of a long-watched train wreck.

“It’s still the same disaster for climate change it was three months ago,” 350.org’s Karthik Ganapathy told ThinkProgress.

His organization, as well as many others, say the TPP protects multinational corporations that profit from fossil fuels. Some have argued that under the TPP — as with the North American Free Trade Agreement — companies will be able to sue countries that enact laws to limit fossil fuel extraction or carbon emissions, if it interferes with profits. The deal also will lead to the rubber-stamping of export facilities for natural gas from fracking and will prevent the U.S. Trade Representative from ever including climate change action in trade deals, Ganapathy said.

But the White House has touted the deal’s potential for environmental conservation, calling it a “once-in-a-generation chance to protect our oceans, wildlife, and the environment.”

Environmentalists aren’t buying it.

“The White House seems intent on telling everyone environmentalists like this deal, but the truth is by handing even more power to Big Oil, letting massive corporations throw tantrum lawsuits at governments who dare to scale back emissions, and prolonging our reliance on fracked gas, there’s no question that the Transpacific Partnership is an absolute disaster for our climate,” Ganapathy said in an email.

Other environmentalists, including Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything, took to Twitter to register their outrage, especially after the World Wildlife Fundpraised the deal to the New York Times.

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Daniel Yergin – Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Daniel Yergin – Chairman, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates


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Top Secret America – From 911 to the Boston Bombings – PBS Documentary

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Published on Nov 27, 2014

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All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars


Published on Feb 4, 2013

Written and spoken by Michael Rivero. The written version is here: http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTI…

Video by Zane Henry.

Listen to a post production conversation between the producers by clicking on this mp3: https://soundcloud.com/eonitao-state/…

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