Daily Archives: February 23, 2018

Noam Chomsky – Mechanical Philosophy

Part 6 of Highlights of Amazing Film, The Future of Food with Deborah Koons Garcia


#ArmMeWith goes viral in response to Trump’s arming teacher suggestion

Is Unregulated Capitalism The Cause Of Much Of Our Mental Illness (w/ Guest Johann Hari)

View toward Harvard on the Charles



This is a picture of a portion of what is called the “Charles River.”  The problem is that it is no longer, strictly speaking, a river at all.   What has it become?  What difference might this make in in the face of expected sea-level rise in Boston and around the world?

Goree – A 1745 historical map recording many layers of important history.


Eighteenth century French cartography was very technically accomplished.  It succeeded in mapping much of the world’s territories and oceans.  In many cases, particular cartographers like Jacques-Nicholas Bellin — in service of the King of France —  devoted special attention to the ports and islands that had become important in the intercontinental trading of the globalized maritime empires.

The trans-Atlantic trade in slaves was of special interest to numerous European empires, and it is perhaps not surprising that some of the most detailed maps published in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries concern themselves with the slave trade.

These ports and islands still exist.  Further, with technology now widely available in many secondary schools, public libraries and colleges and universities across the world, it is now possible to view and investigate the subject of these early maps in great detail.


In fact, it is possible to get “inside” many of the key spaces that are locatable on the historical maps and from the contemporary pictures from space to see what these places look like in our day.

Consider “The Map Room” on the Island of Goree, off the coast of Dakar, Senegal

The Goree Map Room


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Rural France: Challenges and opportunities

Meet The Italian Entrepreneurs Giving New Life To Italy’s Economy


Why Italian graduates are choosing life on the farm


French farmers on edge ahead of Agriculture Show