Daily Archives: September 18, 2012

A New Link At EuZicAsa: EVERY BICYCLIST COUNTS – a memorial to cyclist by the league of American Bicyclists


EVERY BICYCLIST COUNTS

EVERY BICYCLIST COUNTS  (Click to access the site)

Biking in the streets on the bike lane, minding your business lately?
watch for the drivers who will cut your unlawfully, turning right into a parking lot, instead of  slowing down (they have to do that anyway), and turn behind you.
Did you ever ask yourself how people like that drive into the freeway? Well, I guess the same? The questing is why (no, not the excuses for not paying full attention to the road at all times).
I’m searching for one answer:  lack of respect for human life, or responsibility, and understanding of the gravity of the accidents. 

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Democracy Now is Coming your town (or a town near you): Beyond Fear, Beyond Hope: Action Now!



Democracy Now! is on the road for a 100-city community and college speaking tour from the conventions through the elections and beyond. Find out if we’re making a stop near you!

 

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New Link at EuZicAsa: Free Ebooks by Project Gutenberg


Project Gutemberg WebMainPage

Project Gutemberg WebMainPage

What use is information if not shared? Well pretty much of no use at all, right?
Well,  now you can access “Project Gutenberg”  from your membership website: Is this cool, or what? 

You can find this new link on the sidebar!   So what are you waiting for?
Check it out!

I have been fascinated by the library at Project Gutenberg for a decade at least: Books in many languages, all under one virtual roof! (please use responsibly, you don’t want to get lost in the infinite world of this library…  🙂 

New Link @ EuZicAsa: Internet Archive: “Universal Access to All Knowledge”


Internet Archive: "Universal Access to All Knowledge"

Internet Archive: “Universal Access to All Knowledge” (click to access here or on the link placed on the sidebar)

What use is information if not shared? Well pretty much of no use at all, right? Well now you can access this site from your membership website: Is this cool, or what? 

You can find this new link on the sidebar! So what are you waiting for? Check it out!

Quotation: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) on The Natural State of War


Hobbes clearly proves that every creature
Lives in a state of war by nature.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

 

Hobbes: Moral and Political Philosophy

hobbesThe English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) is best known for his political thought, and deservedly so. His vision of the world is strikingly original and still relevant to contemporary politics. His main concern is the problem of social and political order: how human beings can live together in peace and avoid the danger and fear of civil conflict. He poses stark alternatives: we should give our obedience to an unaccountable sovereign (a person or group empowered to decide every social and political issue). Otherwise what awaits us is a “state of nature” that closely resembles civil war – a situation of universal insecurity, where all have reason to fear violent death and where rewarding human cooperation is all but impossible.

One controversy has dominated interpretations of Hobbes. Does he see human beings as purely self-interested or egoistic? Several passages support such a reading, leading some to think that his political conclusions can be avoided if we adopt a more realistic picture of human nature. However, most scholars now accept that Hobbes himself had a much more complex view of human motivation. A major theme below will be why the problems he poses cannot be avoided simply by taking a less “selfish” view of human nature.  (More)

 

Today’s Birthday: EDWIN MATTISON MCMILLAN (1907)


Edwin Mattison McMillan (1907)

As a physicist working at the University of California’s Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in the 1940s, McMillan helped discover plutonium and neptunium. The latter was the first transuranic—having a heavier nucleus than uranium—element to be discovered. For his work in that field, he shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with chemist Glenn Seaborg. He was also involved in research on radar, sonar, and nuclear weapons during WWII and is credited with building the first synchrotron—which is what? More…Discuss

La settimana Incom 00693 del 21/12/1951
Cerimonia nella Concert Hall della consegna dei premi Nobel: tra gli altri premiati, il poeta e drammaturgo svedese Paer Lagerkvist
Descrizione sequenze:immagini dall’alto della sala in cui si tiene la consegna dei Nobel ; i dotti consegnano i l premio nella mani deglli studiosi che congendandosi stringono la mano al re Gustavo ; giunge a ricevere il premio per la letteratura il poeta svedese Lagerkvist ; 

La settimana Incom 00693 del 12/21/1951
Ceremony in the Concert Hall of the Nobel Awards: Awards, among others the Swedish poet and playwright Paer Lagerkvist
Description sequences: pictures from the top of the Hall where the Nobel Prize; the learned delivering the prize in the hands deglli scholars congendandosi shake hands to King Gustav; to receive the prize for literature Swedish poet Lagerkvist;  
                                                                    (translated by Microsoft Translator)

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This Day in the Yesteryear: FIRST ISSUE OF THE NEW-YORK DAILY TIMES, NOW THE NEW YORK TIMES, IS PRINTED (1851)


 

First Issue of the New-York Daily Times, now The New York Times, Is Printed (1851)

Originally sold for a penny a copy, the New-York Daily Times was founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond in 1851 and has been controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family since 1896. The paper shortened its name to The New York Times in 1857. Perhaps the most respected newspaper in the world, it has been awarded more Pulitzer Prizes than any other. In 2006, the newspaper announced that it would save how much money by narrowing its page width by 1.5 inches (4 cm)? More… Discuss

 


 

Why Van Gogh’s Flowers Are Changing Colors

When conservation work on Flowers in a Blue Vase by Vincent van Gogh was begun in 2009, conservators noticed that the vibrant yellow paint used for some flowers in the painting had become greyish and cracked. Scientists who investigated the change say it’s due to a never-before-seen chemical reaction between the pigment, called cadmium yellow, and a protective varnish added well after the painting was finished. Using X-rays on a microscopic sample of the painting, scientists found the compound causing the discoloration—cadmium oxalate—in a micrometer-thin layer between the paint and the varnish.More… Discuss

 

THE GOLDEN POISON FROG


 

The Golden Poison Frog

Despite its diminutive size, the golden poison frog is one of the deadliest creatures in the world. Native to Columbia, the poisonous—but not venomous—frog contains enough of the rare neurotoxin batrachotoxin to kill 10 humans. Indigenous peoples use the toxin on the tips of poison darts and arrows. The intelligent frogs are seemingly unafraid of potential predators. They do not produce the toxin themselves, and lose their toxicity in captivity. Where, then, do they acquire the toxin? More… Discuss