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v for vendetta mask

This mask has become a worldwide symbol of anti-capitalist protest. Its copyright is held by the Time Warner Corporation. It is made in CHINA.

This is V’s mask. V is the fictional revolutionary anarchist in V for Vendetta, a 2006 film based on comic books by British writer Alan Moore. In 2008, hackers belonging to the group Anonymous wore the mask in public to conceal their identities offline, and in 2011, it suddenly became the predominant symbol of the global Occupy protests – a unifying face for a movement without leaders or heroes. More than 100,000 of the US$10 masks were sold in 2011, and for each one sold, royalties were sent to the makers of the movie, Time Warner. This is V’s mask, but it is owned by the world’s largest media conglomerate. 

The demands of the 2011 Occupy protests varied: in New York, protestors demanded that bankers take responsibility for the financial crisis, while demonstrations in Moscow focused on allegations of electoral fraud. But each confronted social and economic inequality, and the Occupy slogan resonates everywhere – “We are the 99 percent” was originally directed at the richest one-percent of US citizens, who own almost 40 percent of the country’s wealth. Globally, the wealthiest 20 percent of mankind controls 83 percent of the world’s wealth, compared to the poorest 20 percent, who share one percent of it between them.


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solar power plane

A solar revolution - by Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst

It's a deep-breath moment in the history of technology as Solar Impulse soars to the skies.

Because, pinch yourself, solar power is predicted to become the dominant source of electricity globally by 2050.

The price of solar electric panels fell 70% in recent years and costs are expected to halve again this decade.

And Deutsche Bank forecasts that, based on current fossil fuel prices, solar will produce power as cheaply as gas in two thirds of the world before 2020.

In the UK the solar industry thinks it can compete with wind within 18 months and with gas in the near future. In the USA, solar jobs already outnumber coal jobs.

The solar revolution was sparked by government subsidies, which attracted venture capitalists to fund innovation and created a huge market that Chinese manufacturers are battling to exploit.

The solar boom is a huge help in the battle against climate change, but scientists warn it's not nearly enough. And we must find ways of storing that mighty but capricious power, and making it work with the grid.

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keurig waste

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Despite bringing joy to millions of coffee-craving people every day, John Sylvan, creator of the Keurig coffee maker, regrets his invention due to the amount of waste it generates.

To this day Sylvan does not understand consumers 'slavish' addiction to the pods, which he finds, "Rather expensive." When Sylvan developed the product, he thought it would mainly be used in offices -- but that hasn't been the case. According to the Atlantic, one in three U.S. homes owns a pod-based coffee machine.

As many as 40 per cent of Canadian homes use them, and the non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste they generate are extremely unpopular among environmentalists. "I don't know why people have them in their house," Sylvan told the CBC, adding that consumers should consider purchasing eco-friendly alternatives. Sylvan worked at Keurig during the 1990s. He thought he Keurig would be a benefit to office dwellers, enabling them to grab a cafe-quality drink without having to venture outside. "That would make it environmentally neutral, because you wouldn't have those Starbucks cups [everywhere]," Sylvan told the CBC. But the popularity of the product negated his intention, quickly morphing into a massive generator of plastic waste. Sylvan left the company in 1997 and sold his ownership to Keurig Green Mountain for $50,000. Today, the company sells billions of plastic K-cups each year, with Canadians spending $95 million in 2014 on single serve coffee products. In 2013, 8.3 billion K-cups were produced. Keurig Green Mountain says it plans to have its cups fully recyclable by 2020, but Sylvan tells the CBC he's skeptical of the plan. "There's other ways to do it, but they're not exploring other ways to do it," he says. "They're going to make those little plastic cups forever, because they can't think outside the box."

PLASTIC COFFEE PODS AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Plastic coffee pods can degrade to form microplastics, which can migrate into waterways and pose a threat to wildlife. While all the components used to create a K-cup are recyclable individually, the product cannot be recycled when combined into a single unit. The cups can take up to 50 years or more to degrade in a landfill.

Sources: The Atlantic | The CBC

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anatomy of fear

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Taken from the documentary "Taking Liberties".

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china destroys mountains

The country has been bulldozing hundreds of mountains to make way for new cities but scientists are not happy, saying the consequences of the policy ‘‘have not been thought through’’.

In the past decade, mountains stretching over hundreds of kilometres have been demolished and the soil shovelled into valleys to create flat land, in a practise that has become commonplace in China.
One-fifth of China’s population is estimated to live in mountainous areas and while cities are expanding rapidly, land available for development is in short supply. Local officials think that razing the mountains and selling or leasing the new land will generate billions of yuan and ease pressure on agriculturally or culturally valuable land elsewhere.

While creating land by slicing the tops off mountains has been done before in strip mining, especially in eastern United States, it has never been carried out on a scale as large as that in China and the consequent infill has never been used before for urban construction.

But now, years after the mountain-flattening projects started, three Chinese academics have condemned the campaign, writing in the journal Nature that ‘‘earth-moving on this scale without scientific support is folly’’.

‘‘There has been too little modelling of the costs and benefits of land creation. Inexperience and technical problems delay projects and add costs, and the environment impacts are not being thoroughly considered,’’ Chang'an University researchers Peiyue Li, Hui Qian and Jianhua Wu wrote.

The authors state that local governments in China are prioritising money over the environment.

They write that when air pollution caused by the Lanzhou project became visible in April 2013, work was halted pending an environmental assessment. But it was resumed four weeks later because costs to the local government and contractors were mounting. The assessment still hasn’t been completed.

‘‘Land-creation projects are already causing air and water pollution, soil erosion and geological hazards such as subsidence. They destroy forests and farmlands and endanger wild animals and plants."

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fox not monkey meat at walmart

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, has recalled donkey meat sold at some outlets in China after tests showed the product contained the DNA of other animals, the U.S. company said.

The scandal could dent Wal-Mart's reputation for quality in China's $1 trillion food and grocery market where it plans to open 110 new stores in the next few years. China is the largest grocery market in the world and is set to grow to $1.5 trillion by 2016, according to the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

Donkey meat is a popular snack in some areas of China, although it only accounts for a tiny fraction of overall meat consumption. In 2011 China slaughtered 2.4 million donkeys, according to country's livestock industry yearbook.


Wal-Mart, French grocer Carrefour SA, McDonald's Corp and KFC-parent Yum Brands Inc among others, have come under fire before in China over food safety issues, a sensitive topic in a country riddled with scares from a fatal tainted milk scandal to recycled "gutter oil" used for cooking.

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qatar exploitation workers

With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil now less than 30 days away, eight workers have died building stadiums for the event. Even one death is a steep price for any sporting event, and this is a black eye for Brazil, which is behind schedule in its preparation. There is also some precedent: Two workers died during construction for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Yet the losses in Brazil and South Africa look minuscule compared with the crisis mounting in Qatar, which is scheduled to host the World Cup in the summer of 2022, despite extremely hot weather. Deaths there could number in the thousands.

In a new segment from ESPN’s (DIS) investigative wing, E:60, reporter Jeremy Schaap travels to Qatar to see the housing where Qatar’s immigrant workers live. The conditions are filthy, cramped, and dangerous. Even without the pressure of the spotlight of the World Cup, hundreds of young men die every year from accidents, suicides, and heart attacks—their bodies shipped back to widows and orphaned children in Nepal, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and other countries that send workers to the tiny emirate.

bedroom of workers
The bedroom of workers' accommodation in the Industrial Area of Doha

Qatar employs a Kafala labor system, which effectively controls the lives of its foreign workers, who make up the majority of the population. (Only about 250,000 of Qatar’s 2 million residents are citizens.) Workers take out loans from “sponsor” companies to cover the cost of travel and housing. These sponsors then control everything about the workers’ lives in Qatar, including the right to leave. As it stands, Kafala will supply the labor force to build either eight or 12 stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.

The Qatar organizing committee reported yesterday that no workers had died building World Cup venues, mostly because construction has not yet begun in earnest. According to the E:60 segment, 184 Nepali workers in Qatar have died in the past year and 680 in the past five years. Currently, 400,000 Nepali workers are in the country. India reports 450 deaths from its emigrants to Qatar in 2012 and 2013. Sharan Burrow, the general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), tells Schaap that under the current system more than 4,000 workers will die during World Cup construction, a total she calls “insanely criminal.”

Under pressure from ITUC and other human rights organizations, Qatar announced today that it will amend its labor laws and remove employers’ control over their employees’ exits from the country. It remains to be seen whether the new measures will bring significant change. Burrow calls previous reforms “sham provisions” that rely on self-audits by employers. Nothing short of abolishing Kafala will do. And Burrow contends that Qatar would do it if FIFA President Sepp Blatter made it the price of hosting the World Cup.

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facebook information


Members of social network platforms often choose to reveal private information, and thus sacrifice some of their privacy, in exchange for the manifold opportunities and amenities offered by such platforms. In this article, we show that the seemingly innocuous combination of knowledge of confirmed contacts between members on the one hand and their email contacts to non-members on the other hand provides enough information to deduce a substantial proportion of relationships between non-members. Using machine learning we achieve an area under the (receiver operating characteristic) curve () of at least for predicting whether two non-members known by the same member are connected or not, even for conservative estimates of the overall proportion of members, and the proportion of members disclosing their contacts.

In other words “Based on realistic assumptions about the percentage of a population that are members of a social network and the probability with which they will upload their e-mail address books, the calculations enabled us to accurately predict 40 percent of the relationships between non-members,” concluded study co-author Dr. Michael Hanselmann of Heidelberg University.

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The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media corporation headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. It is the largest media conglomerate in the world in terms of revenue.[4] Disney was founded on October 16, 1923, by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, and established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and theme parks. The company also operated under the names Walt Disney Studio and Walt Disney Productions. Taking on its current name in 1986, it expanded its existing operations and also started divisions focused upon theater, radio, music, publishing, and online media. In addition, Disney has created new corporate divisions in order to market more mature content than is typically associated with its flagship family-oriented brands.

The company is best known for the products of its film studio, the Walt Disney Studios, which is today one of the largest and best-known studios in Hollywood. Disney also owns and operates the ABC broadcast television network; cable television networks such as Disney Channel, ESPN, A+E Networks, and ABC Family; publishing, merchandising, and theatre divisions; and owns and licenses 14 theme parks around the world. It also has a successful music division. The company has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since May 6, 1991. An early and well-known cartoon creation of the company, Mickey Mouse, is a primary symbol of The Walt Disney Company.


After World War II began, box-office profits declined. When the United States entered the war after the attack on Pearl Harbor, many of Disney's animators were drafted into the armed forces. The U.S. and Canadian governments commissioned the studio to produce training and propaganda films. By 1942 90% of its 550 employees were working on war-related films.[10] Films such as the feature Victory Through Air Power and the short Education for Death (both 1943) were meant to increase public support for the war effort. Even the studio's characters joined the effort, as Donald Duck appeared in a number of comical propaganda shorts, including the Academy Award-winning Der Fuehrer's Face (1943).

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captain crunch

ABSTRACT: To what extent do cereal spokes-characters make eye contact with children versus adults, and does their eye contact influence choice?    

The shelf placement and eye positioning of 86 cereal spokes-characters were evaluated in ten grocery stores in the Eastern United States. In Study 1, we calculated the average height of cereal boxes on the shelf for adult- versus children-oriented cereals (48 versus 23-in.) and the inflection angle of spokes-characters’ gaze (0.4 versus -9.6 degrees). We found that cereal characters on children- (adult-) oriented cereals make incidental eye contact at children’s (adults’) eye level. In Study 2, we showed that eye contact with cereal spokes-characters increased feelings of trust and connection to the brand, as well as choice of the brand over competitors. Currently, many of the cereals targeted towards children are of the heavily sugared, less healthy variety. One potential application of this finding would be to use eye contact with spokes-characters to promote healthy choices and healthier food consumption.

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