Counter-intuitively, the expansion of Chinese forests has occurred at the same time the country has been developing an immense export industry for wood and paper products. China is now the “wood workshop for the world,” according to Forest Trends, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, consuming more than 400 million cubic meters of timber annually to feed both its burgeoning exports and growing domestic demands. Production of paper products has also grown dramatically in China, doubling from 2002 to 2007.
But the rise of the Chinese dragon has a darker side. As much as half of the timber and much of the paper pulp consumed by China is imported, primarily from tropical nations or nearby Siberia. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with this — China has every right to grow economically and seek the kind of prosperity that industrial nations have long enjoyed. However, in its fervor to secure timber, minerals, and other natural resources, China is increasingly seen as a predator on the world’s forests.
Correct me if I get this wrong… The (aesthetically questionable) term “Net Neutrality” means that the mega-corporations who own and operate the technical workings of the Internet — like ComCast or Verizon, the ones who charge us monthly fees for our Internet access — shouldn’t be allowed to make certain websites easier to access than other websites.
What’s so cool about the Internet is that it levels the playing field. Everybody can raise their voice and post it publicly. But the House of Representatives passed some legislation that would allow Internet Service Providers to charge extra for more access. So rich people and companies would be able to have websites that everyone could quickly and easily access, but most people who couldn’t afford to spend the extra money, their websites would be slow and hard to access. This would basically take us back to last century, when big companies like NBC, ABC and CBS broadcast their dominant signal, and everybody else had to just shut up and watch.
The good news is the Senate rejected the House’s legislation today. And even if it had passed in the Senate, Obama pledged to veto it. Fight’s far from over, but it seems we’re in a good spot today. Phew!
Sometimes, I can’t believe what goes on in this country. The news covers stories that are usually meant for E! news, college students rally for sports related matters rather than tuition costs or educational matter, etc. It’s great to see the Occupy Movements, but we still have a long way to go.
I just read what the jury released on the Sandusky case and it’s quite disturbing. It seems to me that the head coach Joe Pa did what he legally was meant to do. He however didn’t follow up on the matter, and I guess that’s what tarnished his credibility. I don’t know. All I know is that the media needs to stop and get a reality check as well as the students rioting.
Really what’s more important: Raping children or college sports
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Tennessee officials agreed Monday to stop enforcing a new curfew used to dislodge Occupy Nashville protesters from the grounds around the Capitol.
The protesters went to federal court seeking a temporary restraining order against Gov. Bill Haslam, arguing the curfew and arrests of dozens of supporters violated their rights to free speech and freedom of assembly.
State Attorney General’s Office Senior Counsel Bill Marett announced at the beginning of a hearing before Judge Aleta Trauger that the state would not fight efforts to halt the policy.
The judge said she had already decided to grant the restraining order because the curfew was a “clear prior restraint on free speech rights.”
“I can’t think of a more quintessential public forum than Legislative Plaza,” Trauger said.
This is a huge victory for Nashville and in general, the OWS movement. It shows that you can’t just deprive people of their right to freedom of speech and assembly because you disagree with the content of their message. Hell, Nashville had been considering a city-wide curfew just to get around the freedom of assembly right.
I just finished my first mash-up ever and I’m super pumped about it. About 2-3 years ago I said I would mash-up Aaliyah Try again and Adele-Chasing Pavements. That one hasn’t happened yet, but it may come soon.
I introduced the video to Chaiyya Chaiyya to a lot of my non-Indian friends and figured I just had to put it on my upcoming mixtape. So here it is, freshly mixed with Notorious Thugs.
I hope you enjoy it!
(I’ve realized I tend to change things even when I think I’m done…such a virgo. There may be changes to come, but for now I’m pretty satisfied with it)
pictures and videos from the past couple days of Occupy protests going on have gotten even more INSANE and intense.
The authorities are asking for trouble by using violence to get protesters out. They are the ones bringing the violence on. If I’m wrong then PLEASE let me know why the cops are using tear gas, rubber bullets, mace, clubs, etc.
Peaceful protests don’t hurt anyone. Oh wait, minus the people hurting us/telling the authorities to hurt us.
Lost in the bedlam of last nite’s miltary-style police attack on Occupy Oakland protesters was the fact that the Mayor of Atlanta — in an apparent about-face — ordered the police to raid and evict protesters from the Occupy Atlanta camp.
The American capitalist system is simply incapable of abiding any sustained protest to the authority of the 1% who rule this country.
With helicopters hovering overhead, police moved into a downtown Atlanta park and arrested around 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters who had been encamped there for about two weeks early Wednesday.
… Police included SWAT teams in riot gear, dozens of officers on motorcycles and several on horseback. By about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday the park was mostly cleared of protesters.
State Sen. Vincent Fort was among those arrested and had come to the park in support of the protesters in recent days. He said the police presence was “overkill.”
“He’s using all these resources … This is the most peaceful place in Georgia,” Fort said, referring to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “At the urging of the business community, he’s moving people out. Shame on him.”
“Indian girls hold up their name change certificates during a ceremony in Satara, some 250kms from Mumbai, on Oct. 22. More than 100 Indian girls named “Unwanted” by their parents are to get new names this weekend as part of a campaign to tackle bias against women that has led to the country’s huge gender imbalance. The girls named “Nakusa”, which means “unwanted” in the local Marathi language of western Maharashtra state, got rid of their first name for good under an initiative in the district of Satara.”—PhotoBlog - 285 girls make fresh start in India by changing their names from ‘Unwanted’ (via npr)
I’ve been making some of my own beats, but have been wanting to do Fall mixtape of some remixes I love and songs I’ve wanted to remix. I finally sat down to do it and I’m really excited and proud of what I’ve made so far.