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The World’s Greatest Fears, Mapped by Country
Jeanne Kim, theatlantic.com
A poll finds that people in the Middle East see religious and ethnic hatred as their biggest threat; Europeans and Americans are more concerned about inequality.The biggest fear among the Japanese is, unsurprisingly, nuclear weapons. People in…

Fear drives most bad decisions. I thought most of us had security fears as our number one…prompting all the strange and aggressive assaults on civil liberties. Great to see it’s actually inequality; no doubt this will prompt our government to quick and elegant action.

The World’s Greatest Fears, Mapped by Country
Jeanne Kim, theatlantic.com

A poll finds that people in the Middle East see religious and ethnic hatred as their biggest threat; Europeans and Americans are more concerned about inequality.

The biggest fear among the Japanese is, unsurprisingly, nuclear weapons. People in…

Fear drives most bad decisions. I thought most of us had security fears as our number one…prompting all the strange and aggressive assaults on civil liberties. Great to see it’s actually inequality; no doubt this will prompt our government to quick and elegant action.

— 2 hours ago
humanscalecities:

Anonymise Yourself. Electronic Self-Defence Handbook / Anonimízate. Manual de defensa electrónica
Dirección/Direction
Jose Luis de Vicente
Gemma Galdon
This issue offers a set of recommendations, tools, and practices to preserve our sense of privacy in the post-Snowden world.

humanscalecities:

Anonymise Yourself. Electronic Self-Defence Handbook / Anonimízate. Manual de defensa electrónica

Dirección/Direction

Jose Luis de Vicente

Gemma Galdon

This issue offers a set of recommendations, tools, and practices to preserve our sense of privacy in the post-Snowden world.

— 2 days ago with 48 notes
12 Essential Essays for Writers →

tetw:

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On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes by Stephen King - Short, sharp advice on everything from talent and self-criticism to having fun and entertaining your audience

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Neil Gaiman - A meditation on inspriation

Those Words That Echo…Echo…Echo Through Life by Jamaica Kincaid - Another great essay from the the New York Times Writers on Writing series

— 2 days ago with 3385 notes
prepaidafrica:

Kenya opens world’s largest geothermal plant 
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17- The cost of electricity in the country is expected to go down by 30 percent by the end of this month and 50 percent by early next year following the launch of the world’s largest geothermal power plant.
The Olkaria IV power plant commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Naivasha will add 140 megawatts of power to the national grid, effectively bringing down electricity costs.
“You cannot fight poverty if you cannot create an environment where you can create jobs. All that cannot happen if you don’t have the essentials which is energy. These investments that we are making will go a long way towards empowering our people and combat social ills that have inflicted this country over the years,” President Kenyatta said.  .

There’s currently more electricity capacity in NYC than the ENTIRE continent of Africa.  Africa’s economy is the fastest growing in the world now.  Opportunity?

prepaidafrica:

Kenya opens world’s largest geothermal plant 

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17- The cost of electricity in the country is expected to go down by 30 percent by the end of this month and 50 percent by early next year following the launch of the world’s largest geothermal power plant.

The Olkaria IV power plant commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Naivasha will add 140 megawatts of power to the national grid, effectively bringing down electricity costs.

“You cannot fight poverty if you cannot create an environment where you can create jobs. All that cannot happen if you don’t have the essentials which is energy. These investments that we are making will go a long way towards empowering our people and combat social ills that have inflicted this country over the years,” President Kenyatta said.
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There’s currently more electricity capacity in NYC than the ENTIRE continent of Africa.  Africa’s economy is the fastest growing in the world now.  Opportunity?

— 3 days ago with 86 notes
Amazing.  West Africa alone is the size of half the USA.  

Amazing.  West Africa alone is the size of half the USA.  

— 3 days ago
#africa 
Live and Let Live

Left-Libertarian:

// sees great compatibility between social justice and freeD markets; right now we have the illusion of both, but are told that one must come at the expense of the other

// all is fine so long as it does not harm others; the doctrine of non-aggression

// accepts people for who they are provided they adhere the rule above

// recognizes that arbitration of a dispute does not mean that the judging entity needs to survive and exist in perpetuity without need; that is, government comes and goes when real governing is needed and not as a standard 

// that does not seek to divide people along fictive lines like race, gender and socio economic lines as a way to consolidate power to an elite few

// recognizes the role and importance of science

// recognizes the role and importance of theology

// recognizes we have the science and technology to solve most of pressing world issues now, but the economics of capitalism in its current form are unjust and prevent such solutions; furthermore, many elites benefit from the perpetuation of problems rather than their eradication

// recognizes that too much defense capacity means society may create and seek conflict despite its ideals to the contrary

— 1 week ago

A little grainy, but a great video from Henry’s 6th Bday.  

— 1 week ago
quotes to live by

"…for well you know that it’s the fool who plays is cool while making his world a little colder…" - Paul McCartney

"And the men who hold high places
Must be the ones who start
To mold a new reality
Closer to the heart.” - Rush

"I was on a Paris train
I emerged in London rain…” - Berlin and System of a Down

"…yeah it’s overwhelming, but what else can we do; get jobs at offices and wake up for the morning commute?" - MGMT

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ forgave you." - Ephesians 4:32

— 2 weeks ago
At the beach.

At the beach.

— 4 months ago