Gerry Canavan

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Tuesday Links!

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* A nation of Zimmermans: Florida Cops Shoot Unarmed Black Man In His Mother’s Driveway.

* Here Is Spike Lee’s List of the Greatest Films Ever Made.

But a spokesman for the university said: “Diverting resources from unrelated activities elsewhere in the organization will not alter the viability of the language majors.” It’s almost certain the “non-viable” language majors break even or make a profit, while sponsoring the rugby team is a guaranteed money loser.

* Decadence watch: our infrastructure is still completely collapsing.

Fake cops robbing Detroiters turn out to be real cops. I bet someone’s about to be… suspended without pay.

* Facebook: “We Will Make Our Product Worse, You Will Be Upset, And Then You Will Live With It.”

* Dibs on the screenplay: Archaeologists were surprised when they opened an excavated stone coffin only to find another coffin made of lead inside. The team said they’ve never seen anything like it.

* The crucial innovation of the charter school movement is accountability:

Emails obtained by The Associated Press show Bennett and his staff scrambled last fall to ensure influential donor Christel DeHaan’s school received an “A,” despite poor test scores in algebra that initially earned it a “C.”

“They need to understand that anything less than an A for Christel House compromises all of our accountability work,” Bennett wrote in a Sept. 12 email to then-chief of staff Heather Neal, who is now Gov. Mike Pence’s chief lobbyist.

* Veganism as cult.

* Letter from a North Carolina teacher.

With a heavy heart, I have realized that if I want to remain in the classroom, I will have to leave the state. If I want to remain in this state, the place that I chose to be my home, I will have to leave the classroom. At the same time, this advocate of public education is left wondering what will be left for my children when they start school. I can’t express how deeply saddening it is to think that about my own field.

* And You Know You Want to Play These Risk-Style Games of ‘Urban Domination.’ Verily, I confess it!

Three for Wednesday

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* Poll: 1 In 5 Americans Believe Obama Is A Cactus. (Thanks Will!)

* Epitaphs for my career: There’s a thin line distinguishing the hyper-objective historian who distils art into data from the hyper-subjective sentimentalist who considers anything they once experienced to be worthy of celebration. Alex Jackson reviews Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980. (Thanks Dan!)

* Bill Clinton, vegan.

A Few Links

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* Nobody knows how much milk you should drink a day, but it’s pretty likely I drink too much.

On the other side, groups promoting animal rights and veganism — including PETA and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine — say that cow’s milk is a nutritional nightmare that doesn’t belong in the human diet. “It’s gross,” says Dr. Neil Barnard, author and founder of the PCRM. “Milk is nutritionally perfect for one purpose: feeding a calf,” he says. “The idea that we should be drinking milk from a cow is just bizarre.”

Okay, that’s fair.

* Democracy Now reports on Haiti six months after the earthquake.

* Duke University in the news, shamelessly promoting belly-buttonism.

* A Texas company S2C Global Systems has announced that it is moving forward with a plan to ship 2.9 billion to 9 billion gallons of water a year from the small Alaskan town of Sitka to the west coast of India (near Mumbai). If the company succeeds in carrying out the shipments, the deal would represent the world’s first regular, bulk exports of water via tanker.

* And Talking Points Memo and The Big Picture (1, 2) have your World Cup 2010 methadone.

EcoTuesday

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EcoTuesday!

* Kim Stanley Robinson, hero of the environment.

* People will have to be rationed to four modest portions of meat and one litre of milk a week if the world is to avoid run-away climate change, a major new report warns.

* We’re double-saved! ‘New Facility Uses Algae to Turn Coal Pollution Into Fuel.’

* Except we’ve already destroyed the oceans and the rainforests.

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September 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Want to Save the Planet? Go Vegan

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Want to save the planet? Go vegan. A study out of Carnegie Mellon compares the ecological benefits of eating locally versus the costs of producing red meat and dairy.

But it’s how food is produced, not how far it is transported, that matters most for global warming, according to new research published in ES&T (DOI: 10.1021/es702969f). In fact, eating less red meat and dairy can be a more effective way to lower an average U.S. household’s food-related climate footprint than buying local food, says lead author Christopher Weber of Carnegie Mellon University.

Weber and colleague Scott Matthews, also of Carnegie Mellon, conducted a life-cycle assessment of greenhouse gases emitted during all stages of growing and transporting food consumed in the U.S. They found that transportation creates only 11% of the 8.1 metric tons (t) of greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) that an average U.S. household generates annually as a result of food consumption. The agricultural and industrial practices that go into growing and harvesting food are responsible for most (83%) of its greenhouse gas emissions.

Via Ezra Klein.

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June 7, 2008 at 2:44 am

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