Samsung's 21th Century Investment: Green...
#paceblog—It’s good news when the world’s largest information-technology firm incorporates some idealism and social responsibility into a new, competitive business vision and investment. The Economist - Seoul - October 1, 2011 “[Samsung] intends to spend $20 billion over ten years on solar panels, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) used for lighting, electric-vehicle batteries,...
Are we ready for Humanity 2.0?
#paceblog—Or did we usher it in? Warwick University Professor Steven Fuller, author of “Humanity 2.0: What it Means to be Human, Past, Present and Future,” explained his theory in a recent interview with The Guardian as “an understanding of the human condition that no longer takes the ‘normal human body’ as given.” And according to Fuller, we have embraced...
Over the past week I’ve twice heard twenty-somethings wonder whether kids...– Raul Gutierrez (via bobulate)
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Low on Battery and on Cash
Yesterday, the balmy Autumn-like morning inspired a trip to the Peekskill, NY, farmers’ market to check out the harvest and, possibly, come away with some video or images of the city—which is quite a hopping place on Saturday mornings. I drove to the city tuned to WNYC, and two of my favorite voices—Ella & Satchmo—filled the air with “Autumn in New York”...
Down Broadway and to the River
The City of Newburgh, not unlike many others, screams with contrasts. I’ve worked there for close to a decade. Some days I drive around saying, “I gotta get out of this town,” others, I feel very fortunate to know it and its people. For all the profound socio-economic woes that plague its communities, the constant news of drug and gang-related violence and raids, it’s a place...
Got beautiful old dresses and gowns?
A woman in Nairobi Kenya knows what to do with them, and you can help her grow her home-business and provide for her family in the process. Read Nicholas Kristof’s Sept. 14 NYTimes’ column, “Can Old Dresses Help a Kenyan Dressmaker?” to find out how to get your dress to Jane Ngoiri. And give some thought to this sentence from Mr. Kristof: “while [Jane’s]...
UNICEF Report: Gender-Inequality and Long-Term...
Some of the findings of a UNICEF report just released in New York: “girls are significantly more likely to be married as children (under 18 years of age) and to begin having sex at a young age. “Young women are less likely to be literate than young men and are less likely to watch television, listen to the radio and read a newspaper or magazine. “young men are better...
“Would you rather cut Social Security and Medicare or pay a little more per gallon of gas and make the country stronger, safer and healthier?” Asks New York Times’ Thomas Friedman (and movie buffs will love Friedman’s first paragraph). There’s a lot of religious-like fervor around the idea of paying for what we spend—think Eric Cantor and Hurricane Irene...
Laughter is still the best medicine
Laughter—we don’t practice it enough! What makes us laugh, why we love it to the point of paying for good laughs—it’s all a mysterious and funny sort of thing to me. How about the fact that our funny bone can be aroused through more than one of our senses? But I hadn’t thought of it in the context of evolution, even if “laughing like a monkey” is the only...
Around mid-day yesterday, I flipped through all the news-network channels available on my cable package, and, as I expected, even BBC World News and Euro News were tuned to 10th anniversary commemorations of 9/11. News coverage involved much talk about the unity of spirit the events of that day continue to evoke, epitomized in side-by-side images of the two leaders of “the war on terror”:...
Imagining Change on 9/10
New York, September 10, 2010—The day before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, when some of us might like to remember the world before it—or imagine a world without it—we are also being asked to imagine a different kind of rocking change to our world: “What Would a World Without a US Postal Service Look Like? asks Andre Tartar in New York magazine. “No more mail? What would Ben Franklin think?” asks...