What is a Beta-adrenergic agonist and why am I eating it?
What is a Beta-adrenergic agonist and why am I eating it?
“Atrazine is the most common chemical contaminant of ground and surface water in the United States. It is a potent endocrine disruptor with ill effects in wildlife, laboratory animals and humans. Atrazine chemically castrates and feminizes wildlife and reduces immune function in both wildlife and laboratory rodents. Atrazine induces breast and prostate cancer, retards mammary development, and induces abortion in laboratory rodents. Studies in human populations and cell and tissue studies suggest that Atrazine poses similar threats to humans. The peer-reviewed scientific studies to support these statements are summarized and can be viewed as you navigate this website.” — Tyrone Hayes
” …there is a possibility of obtaining energy not only in the form of light, but motive power, and energy of any other form, in some more direct way from the medium. The time will be when this will be accomplished, and the time has come when one may utter such words before an enlightened audience without being considered a visionary. We are whirling through endless space with an inconceivable speed, all around us everything is spinning, everything is moving, everywhere is energy. There must be some way of availing ourselves of this energy more directly. Then, with the light obtained from the medium, with the power derived from it, with every form of energy obtained without effort, from the store forever inexhaustible, humanity will advance with giant strides. The mere contemplation of these magnificent possibilities expands our minds, strengthens our hopes and fills our hearts with supreme delight.…” — Experiments With Alternate Currents of Very High Frequency and their Application to Methods of Artificial Illumination, — Nikola Tesla, 1891
But first everyone is going to have to wake up and unite against the fossil fuel industry:
“Billionaires Charles and David Koch, prominent donors to conservative causes, are now looking to put their money behind an advocacy group that would promote petroleum-based transportation fuel and fight government subsidies for electric cars, sources say.
The oil and gas industry may have thought it had killed the electric car, but sales — boosted by generous government subsidies — rose dramatically between 2010 and 2014, and energy giants are worried the thing may have come back to life.
Time to kill it again.
A new group that’s being cobbled together with fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies for electric vehicles, according to refining industry sources familiar with the plan. A Koch Industries board member and a veteran Washington energy lobbyist are working quietly to fund and launch the new advocacy outfit.
Koch Industries, the nation’s second-largest privately held corporation, is an energy and industrial conglomerate with $115 billion in annual revenues that is controlled by the multibillionaire brothers — and prolific conservative donors — Charles and David Koch. James Mahoney, a confidante of the brothers and member of their company’s board, has teamed up with lobbyist Charlie Drevna… ” — Huffington Post
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Naomi Oreskes Answering Climate Change Skeptics:
When things do go wrong:
The material within these videos and articles will be discussed on our first day of class.
For the past couple of years I have grown increasingly uncomfortable with Google. It began with not being thrilled that I had to sign in with a Google (or Google-owned entity) account to post a comment on something I’ve read. The more I learned about Google, the less I wanted to support creating a history for every website visited, every purchase made, every email, every picture taken, every person I’ve met, every aspect of my on-line life and — through linking known associates — extrapolating the rest of my life as well.
The nature of who we are is to a great extent defined by the people we love, our families, where we worship, friends we keep, people we meet, work we do, interests we pursue, words we write, actions we take, places we go, pictures we take, videos we watch, social groups we join, objects we purchase, choices we make, and aspirations we have. All of these manifestations of who you are, including your credit, driving, education and medical history, are found in the records of your life on-line.
No matter how you choose to justify the “convenience” of using Google to search, for mail, calendars, document generation, or any other of their products, the price which you pay is the record of who you were, are now, and based on that data: who you will be in the future.
So – all the times that you have been watching YouTube videos, surfing the web, using your browser to participate in social media, write mail, or use other websites, even though you are not signed into your Gmail account, your user history has been logged and recorded by Google and that data paired with the data in your Gmail and Google document accounts.
Staggering, isn’t it?
He who controls the past controls the present. He who controls the present controls the past. — George Orwell, 1984
Two years later that is no longer true: Google can — and does — track users whether they are signed in or not. Couple this knowledge with recent Facebook experiments in manipulating user experiences and Hearst’s role in the Spanish-American War becomes trivial. Below is an excerpt from an article published in Forbes:
Facebook conducted a massive psychological experiment on 689,003 users, manipulating their news feeds to assess the effects on their emotions. The details of the experiment were published in an article entitled “Experimental Evidence Of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks” published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The short version is, Facebook has the ability to make you feel good or bad, just by tweaking what shows up in your news feed.
In 2011 Google‘s search engine was working on shaping news content based upon past history to build a news page reflecting “user intent.” At that time in order for this feature to work, users had to be signed in to their Google accounts. As a simple test, if you compare news.google.com between your computer and another person’s you will see that this is no longer true, even if you are not signed in: the news will be “customized” to your viewing history.
A recent Wired article by Robert McMillan reveals the presence of “shadow profiles” which exist even if you are not on Facebook.
Our age of big data was beyond George Orwell’s nightmare view of society. Today his pithy aphorism might be amended to, “Control the past and you can control the present. Control the past and the present and you can control the future.”