(Graph prepared by Dr. Bjorn Lomborg) Michael Mann, of Hockey Stock infamy, is in Australia, and as usual is littering the landscape with nonsensical statements about the fate of our planet. He said “Australia’s Wildfire Catastrophe Isn’t the “New Normal.” It’s Much Worse Than That. … These are the things that keep us up at […]

via Manniacal Maddness — Piece of Mindful

MINIX – The most widely used operating system in the world

“l simply can’t believe it” attributed to Richard Wilson in TV show
But, what if it IS true!

Vexman's Thoughts

Most probably you have never heard of the operating system (OS) called MINIX. You would think that such a bold claim as MINIX being the most widely used OS in the world is simply not true. How could it be? Aren’t Windows, Mac OS or Linux the most prevalent operating systems (OS) in the world, in that order? Well, you are wrong, but far from being alone in believing so.

Even the co-author of first MINIX OS version, prof. Andrew Tanenbaum, didn’t have a clue that his work in the field was going to be used for private, uncertain and suspicious purposes[1]:

»I knew that Intel had some potential interest in MINIX several years ago when one of your engineering teams contacted me about some secret internal project and asked a large number of technical questions about MINIX, which I was happy to answer. I got another clue…

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Nano plastic particles and plastic waste – the last call for sanity

It’s such a huge difficulty to reverse this industrial process; but if we all do as much as we can, it becomes at least a possibility
Otherwise it simple gets worse and worse

Vexman's Thoughts

The first synthetic plastic – Bakelite  – was produced in 1907, marking the beginning of the global plastics industry. However, rapid growth in global plastic production was not realized until the 1950’s. Over the next 65 years or so, a true catastrophe happened.

Facts about the pollution

Vast majority of plastics is not biodegradable and is made out of crude oil. The use of plastics has been pushed or even forced to become pervasive in our everyday life. In 2017 the worldwide production of plastics reached around 348 million metric tons (Mt) and in 2018 it is estimated at 380 million Mt. Expressed in kilograms, that is 380.000.000.000 kg. Can you imagine a pile that big? I can’t. But then think further about this: according to a paper published in Science Advances[1], humans have made 8.3 billion Mt of new plastics since 1950 in total. And thanks in…

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There is “freedom of speech”; but after your speech, there is no guarantee that your speech will have a freedom

I have only started to read this and I already want to reblog it.
It’s just so true!

unnecessary news from earth

Where exactly does freedom of expression begin? Perhaps the right question should be: What is the first motive for individuals to express themselves freely? The answer should be the motive to act against injustice and the things which mislead people by political pressuring. If you meet these two and wish to open a window for the truth, here you want to express your ideas freely. Because, you know that your freedom of expression is the foundation of freedom for the masses and even for the sake of humanity. If your opinion is leading to the truths, like John Stuart Mill says:

“The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity…

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The Dharma of Adbusters Pt. 2

Kalle Lasn the founder 0f Adbusters.org recently reviewed here by Shaun Bartone

Dharmaecology

This week I’ve been thinking about the work of Kalle Lasn and Adbusters. There are several things that strike me about his work as a Buddhist that has pushed me in a new direction. First, as I said in the previous article in Engage, “The Dharma of Adbusters“, Kalle doesn’t waste time promoting or defending, or even critiquing institutional Buddhism. As an activist who is deeply committed to climate justice, ecological and economic justice, Kalle’s got much bigger fish to fry. Second, his goal is nothing less than total revolution, from the ground up, through every field of human endeavor and experience. It’s well-known that Adbusters planted the viral seed that started the Occupy Movement, which is still having repercussions today in movements like #ExtinctionRebellion. Third, Kalle and his team of artists show tremendous courage and innovation in the way they present their concerns. Adbusters uses satire to deliver…

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