Re: Is climate change a human rights issue?
Most definetly! Its an issue of who has the right to do what to my planet. And your planet. Its an issue of who actuals owns the earths resources: The people who found them first or those who aquired them through compulsion? In the end it doesn't matter because their are no truely closed systems in this world. The only kind of thinking and acting that will lead to survival-- in a world worth inhabiting--is the recognition of the profound interdependance which connects the highest quality of life for each and everyone of us inseperably to the common success of human kind,every single human being.
This is true at a very practical level. What would happen if we took two thirds of our defense buget and invested it in building environmentaly sound economic infrastructure in the countries of our greatest enemies. We would win the war on terror! This is true because people with promissing alternatives do not blow themselves or for that matter others up, especialy the others who gave them those opportunities.
Better yet can you imagine what would happen if we spent the bulk of the federal buget developing a cheap, clean, virtually limitless source of energy? At the point which we can power an entire home for five dollars per year there is no longer an excuse for haves and have nots to exist. The entire socioeconomic power structure would have to be destroyed or at least rewritten.
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Torn between absolutism on the left and the right, classical liberalism—with its core values of compassion and incremental progress whereby the once-radical becomes the mainstream—is in need of a good defense. And Adam Gopnik is its lawyer.
- Liberalism as "radical pragmatism"
- Intersectionality and civic discourse
- How "a thousand small sanities" tackled drunk driving, normalized gay marriage, and could control gun violence
As Game of Thrones ends, a revealing resolution to its perplexing geography.
- The fantasy world of Game of Thrones was inspired by real places and events.
- But the map of Westeros is a good example of the perplexing relation between fantasy and reality.
- Like Britain, it has a Wall in the North, but the map only really clicks into place if you add Ireland.
The lost practice of face-to-face communication has made the world a more extreme place.
- The world was saner when we spoke face-to-face, argues John Cameron Mitchell. Not looking someone in the eye when you talk to them raises the potential for miscommunication and conflict.
- Social media has been an incredible force for activism and human rights, but it's also negatively affected our relationship with the media. We are now bombarded 24/7 with news that either drives us to anger or apathy.
- Sitting behind a screen makes polarization worse, and polarization is fertile ground for conspiracy theories and fascism, which Cameron describes as irrationally blaming someone else for your problems.
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