Notes from the Surf
My Solar System 2.02
"Binary star, planet" -> "Start"
...if this guy got to do the cover art.
6 Insane Coincidences
"In 1838, future horror-god Edgar Allan Poe released a book called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket... Out of food, the men drew lots to see who would be eaten, the unfortunate decision landing on a young cabin boy named Richard Parker. Forty-six years later, there was an actual disaster at sea involving the Mignonette... the men drew lots and decided to eat their cabin boy... who was named Richard Parker."
Walk Among the Heavens
...where angels tread...
10 Reasons to Rethink ‘Overpopulation’
"The focus on population masks the complex causes of poverty and inequality... There is enough food for every man, woman and child to have more than the recommended daily calorie intake. People go hungry because they do not have the land on which to grow food or the money with which to buy it."
Charles Krauthammer: See? I told you sandwiches were bad!
"virtually every single advanced nation in the world has achieved universal coverage at sometimes half of the cost of our system... The second lie is that voters have rejected health care reform. Voters have rejected the massive insurance company giveaway that people like Krauthammer insisted upon."
World Military Spending
"Expenditure in 2008: United States 41.5%, China 5.8%, France 4.5%, UK 4.5%, Russia 4.0%, Next 10 countries combined 21.1%, Rest of the world 18.6%."
Al-Qaeda, USA, and Iraq
If only it were stupidity rather than duplicity.
Latin America Excludes United States and Canada in New Organization
"the Obama team's ambivalence toward the military coup that overthrew the democratic government of President Mel Zelaya in Honduras last summer provoked deep resentment and distrust throughout the region... the US and Canada blocked the OAS from taking stronger measures against the Honduran dictatorship last year... The Honduran coup was a threat to democracy in the entire region, as it encouraged other rightwing militaries and their allies to think that they might drag Latin America back to the days when the local elite, with Washington's help, could overturn the will of the electorate."
Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
"rates of mental illness are five times higher in the most unequal compared to the least unequal societies. Similarly, in more unequal societies... murder rates may be many times higher... Inequality is bad for everyone, including the richest... what social psychologists call 'displaced aggression'... the man who is berated by his boss and comes home and shouts at his wife and children"