The Weight of Thought

Jul 30

GLOBAL FUCKIN WARMING -

Submedia TV’s “The Stimulator” narrates another anarchist broadcast telling of native, environmental, and human right abuses around the globe.
1. Kayapo’s revenge
2. Antarctic meltdown
3. California’s lettuce killing drought
4. Global Fuckin Warming kills!
5. Eco Anxiety
6. Blockades work
7. Women stop Utah tar sands
8. Rising tide blockades line 9
9. Support Marius Mason
10. Savage Fam & Alas
11. Unist’ot’en Camp

Obama Administration to Whales, Dolphins: You Go Deaf, We'll Get Oil -

Imagine this: Someone moves into your neighborhood and, every 10 seconds, fires off an airgun that’s louder than a jet engine. And it goes on for weeks or months at a time. It’s painful and debilitating, so loud that some of your neighbors go deaf, others die.

If you’re a whale, dolphin or sea turtle living off the Atlantic Coast, the Obama administration has just made that nightmare a reality.

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management opened up offshore waters from Delaware to Florida to oil and gas exploration. I’m sure that’s good news for the oil and gas industry (which already gets more than $4 billion in tax credits and subsidies from the U.S. government) but thousands of marine animals will pay a very terrible price.

What did Palestine look like in 1896?(VIDEO) -

A film footage of Palestine in 1896 was recently published online thanks to Lobster Films. It shows Palestinians of all faiths – Christians, Jews and Muslims – living side by side, and praying side by side. I transcribed the narration below.

15 years later, the cinema is taking its first steps. Cameramen employed by the Lumiere Brothers filming in Jerusalem’s station, provide the first moving pictures taken in Palestine. From now on, the camera’s a recording eye and what it records is this: A society much like that of Cairo, Damascus, or Beirut, in an Arab city much like any other.

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered -

lmost all dinosaurs were probably covered in feathers, Siberian fossils of a tufted, two-legged running dinosaur dating from roughly 160 million years ago suggest.

Over the past two decades, discoveries in China have produced at least five species of feathered dinosaurs. But they all belonged to the theropod group of “raptor” dinosaurs, ancestors of modern birds. (Related: “Dinosaur-Era Fossil Shows Birds’ Feathers Evolved Before Flight.”)

Now in a discovery reported by an international team in the journal Science, the new dinosaur species, Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus (KOO-lin-dah-DRO-mee-us ZAH-bike-kal-ik-kuss), suggests that feathers were all in the family. That’s because the newly unearthed 4.5-foot-long (1.5 meter) two-legged runner was an “ornithischian” beaked dinosaur, belonging to a group ancestrally distinct from past theropod discoveries

Scientists use LEGO blocks to study plants -

Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones. Researchers at Iowa State University in the US needed to build highly controlled environments to study the effects that environmental conditions, such as variations in climate and soil characteristics, have on plant growth.
Greenhouses were not an ideal solution, as they are identical and not easy to manipulate. On the other hand, microfluidic technologies, which allow scientists to analyse fluid flow in sub-millimetre dimensions, can create manipulable environments, but are quite expensive.
So what did chemist Ludovico Cademartiri and his team do? They built the environments themselves using LEGO blocks!

Political Protest Or Just Blowing Smoke? Anti-Environmentalists Are Now 'Rolling Coal' -

Anti-environmentalists have found a new medium for exhausting their anger: exhaust. Literally.

Some truck enthusiasts are intentionally producing copious amounts of diesel exhaust, spewing black smoke into the air as a form of political protest. It’s called “rolling coal.” Vocativ covered the subculture in an article last month, reporting “coal rollers” can spend thousands of dollars altering their rides to produce ever greater amounts of smoke.

Modifications include a variety of components that increase the amount of fuel entering the truck’s engine. When there’s so much fuel that it fails to combust properly, “it leaves the engine as soot,” according to an article on DieselHub.com, a website dedicated to diesel truck owners.

That soot, which coal rollers call “Prius repellent” in online videos and forums and on decals on their trucks, can then be channeled up through “smoke stacks,” where it exits onto bystanders (or a Prius following too closely) in a thick, pollutant-heavy black cloud.

Convicted As I Lay Dying singer admits he’s atheist, faked being Christian to sell records -

Convicted As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis gave an extensive interview to Alternative Press on the eve of his sentencing for hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife Megan. While the interview was far-ranging and absolutely epic in scope, one particular aspect was just highlighted by ChristianNews.net that hadn’t caught our eye until now: Lambesis says he was faking his faith in order to keep selling records.

Japanese Government to Start Anti-Anime/Manga Piracy Operation Next Month -

In cooperation with 15 major anime production companies and manga publishers, the Japanese government will next month start a huge extermination operation against 580 foreign sites which have illegally uploaded anime and manga contents on the web without the copyright holders’ permission, NHK reported on July 28. While the government has started supporting the genre as one of their important cultural exports, there appears to be no end of illegal uploading of anime and manga via pirate sites, mainly operated by Chinese. The Cultural Affairs Agency estimates the loss caused by the Chinese pirate sites last year was amounted to at least 560 billion yen (about US$ 5.5 billion).

On August 1, the government will start simultaneously sending requests to delete illegal anime and manga contents to the operators of the 580 foreign pirate sites which they have found. In addition, the operation will launch a new site to guide the fans to a legitimate site offering some 250 titles including
the latest ones at a cost of several hundred yen.