Category: Don’t Blink

Don’t Blink: Residential Schools, Carbon Emissions, Pussy Riot and Solar Sails

First I tried the Don’t Blink thing a few times a week, then changed it to News Dump. I’m told though that Don’t Blink is a better title. It describes the rapidity at which information comes at people. The goal, as always, is to provide a bunch of news in a short amount of space. So, I’m switching back to the Don’t Blink title but will do my best to keep them short and frequent.

So, some stories that caught my attention today:

  • The Canadian government has been ordered to turn over millions of documents related to residential schools.
  • US Carbon emissions have fallen to their lowest levels in almost two decades
  • Israeli warplanes flew over Lebanon today, signaling an increased likelihood of a conflict between Israel and Syria.
  • Australia has informed Japanese whalers that they are no longer welcome in Australian waters.
  • Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot has been hospitalized at her Russian prison colony. French actor Gérard Depardieu says he doesn’t give a crap as long as it lowers his taxes.
  • Permanent structures on the moon may be created using 3D printing.
  • Japanese researchers have captured video of a thought forming in an animal brain.
  • and NASA is preparing to launch the largest solar sail ever, possibly as early as 2014.

News Dump: The NRA, the UN, Voter Fraud and Exoplanets

Some things that I read about today:

  • The UN has said that Israel must withdraw all of its settlements from the West Bank or face the International Criminal Court.
  • A former RIAA executive, responsible for their litigation heavy policies is now #2 at the US Copyright Office.
  • The sabre rattling between Syria and Israel is getting intense.
  • Mother Jones has debunked some of the NRA’s favorite gun “facts”.
  • The NRA of 2013 is having an argument with the NRA of 1999.
  • The Alberta Tories apparently took a whole lot of illegal donations.
  • Scientific American has a great map showing global water risks (flood and drought)
  • British Banks are in trouble again.
  • A US anti-voter fraud activist has been arrested for voter fraud.
  • The US Cancer death rate is down 20% since 1991.
  • An architecture student has designed a drone proof city.
  • Rush Limbaugh says Cubans, unlike Mexicans, are hard workers.
  • A Missouri high school has instituted mandatory hair-follicle drug testing.
  • We may soon be able to create detailed maps of distant exoplanets. 
  • Chances are that no one will ask secretary of defense nominee Chuch Hegel about that orphanage in Vietnam.