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Nicaragua Withdraws from School of the Americas

On September 4th, 2012 in Managua, Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega – the president of Nicaragua – announced Nicaragua’s withdraw from the institution formerly known as the School of the Americas (SOA), an institution specialized in training Latin American dictators and military personnel in forms of human rights violations such as repression and torture. A nine-day, international-peace [...]


Positive Feedback Accelerates- Rice Agriculture Can Worsen Global Warming

Researchers from University of California, Davis, Northern Arizona University and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland published research, which claims that the global warming process is making rice agriculture produce more greenhouse gases (GHG), in the Oct.22, 2012 edition of journal Nature Climate Change. With more and more carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere with [...]


Peak Oil Matters

Fossil fuel — oil, natural gas, coal — production should peak within the next half century. The term “peak oil” refers to the point at which crude oil reserves reach maximum production rate, and then starts to decline. This scenario states that any resource is finite, and employs the Geophysicist M.K. Hubert’s “Single-Hubert” approach to [...]


Palantir Software

Because people today tend to rely on various forms of technology, it is challenging to avoid detection from government surveillance. Thanks to new software called Palantir, it is now nearly impossible to avoid global surveillance. Created by Stanford computer scientists in 2004, this software has enabled its users to keep a close eye on people [...]


The Memoto camera-narcissism or media for the masses?

Memoto is a tiny camera that clips onto clothes or necklaces and takes two GPS-tagged photos every minute.  After two days, the user is expected to re-charge the camera on their computer as well as upload the camera’s memory onto encrypted online storage.  This information is organized into around 30 “keyframes” of moments on a [...]


US Border Patrol Selling Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartel

With 21,000 agents and 700 miles of fencing, the US Border Patrol plays a big role in securing the border our nation shares with Mexico. The border control efforts did not take-off until after 9/11, when the Department of Homeland Security focused some of its resources on Border Control. A government witness named “Victoria,” a [...]


Kochworld: To see how the Koch brothers’ free-market utopia operates, look no further than Corpus Christi

Hillcrest, a poor neighborhood of Corpus Christi, Texas, is the home of two oil refineries, Citgo and Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. There has been recent speculation that these refineries, more specifically Flint Hills, are releasing various toxins into the air which can cause serious medical problems. According to a 2010 [...]


Hydraulic Fracturing- United States vs. United Kingdom

Hydraulic fracturing is the controversial practice of injecting water, sand, and chemicals under extreme pressure into wells, which fractures shale so that previously inaccessible natural gas can flow to the surface.  In the past six decades, this method has delivered 600 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to American consumers, but at a high cost.  [...]


Global Food Insecurity—Fisheries are Being Destroyed

Rising acid levels in oceans have become a huge threat to coral reefs and consequently the food security. Scientists claim nearly 1 billion people in the world depend on seafood as their main source of protein. The high acidity levels are due to the oceans absorbing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The gradual climate [...]


Sea Otters Can Help Reduce Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere

According to Chris Wilmers and James Estes, two UC Santa Cruz research professors, an otter supported kelp forest “can absorb as much as 12 times the amount of CO2 from the atmosphere than if it were subject to ravenous sea urchins.” Sea otters feed on sea urchins, which allow kelp forests to prosper and in [...]