September 17 News/Links

‘Occupy Wall Street’ to Turn Manhattan into ‘Tahrir Square’

Hacktivists Anonymous are among the protestors, promising their involvement under the banner #OccupyWallStreet. Anonymous released a short video calling for participation, spreading the movement to other nations like Japan, Israel, Canada and Europe.

A shift in revolutionary tactics.

Tahrir succeeded in large part because the people of Egypt made a straightforward ultimatum – that Mubarak must go – over and over again until they won. Following this model, what is our equally uncomplicated demand?

The most exciting candidate that we’ve heard so far is one that gets at the core of why the American political establishment is currently unworthy of being called a democracy: we demand that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington. It’s time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY, we’re doomed without it.

Scientists Take First Step Towards Creating ‘Inorganic Life’

“What we are trying do is create self-replicating, evolving inorganic cells that would essentially be alive. You could call it inorganic biology.”

Greenhouse Gas Rule Delayed

To the surprise of almost no one, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed on Thursday that it would not meet a Sept. 30 deadline for issuing rules governing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other major sources.

Bloomberg: Jobs crisis could spark riots here

Riots have gripped various countries in European cities, including Athens and London, fueled by young people infuriated by high unemployment and austerity measures, which in some cases has led to looting. High unemployment among youth is also one of the driving forces behind the Arab Spring, as impoverished protestors in North Africa and the Middle East rose up against their heavy-handed governments.

Travelwise: The warming wine regions
It’s no surprise that winemakers are taking climate threats seriously. In California, for instance, the wine industry in Napa County alone is worth $9.5 billion and employs more people than any other industry. Wine tourism makes up 80% of Napa’s tourism. So, the valley has far more to lose than just its reputation as a primer wine producer.

To combat losses, scientists advise wine producers to start adapting as soon as possible. The Stanford climate study provides recommendations for viticulture techniques that increase plants’ tolerance for severe heat.


~ by farnaby on September 17, 2011.

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