Colour me cynical……After decades of inaction and finger-pointing it is only natural to expect more of the same from this meeting. I don’t foresee any definitive CHANGE on this front over the course of this decade either. 😡 The only thing that’ll CHANGE however is the climate of our only home in the cosmos. 😞
Done? Great…now onto to this week’s recommendations:
From Muhammad to Isis: Iraq’s Full Story:The goal of this post will be to really understand what’s going on in Iraq—better than you do now. And if we really want to wrap our head around things, we have to start way, way back—in 570 AD to the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
Whoever Saves a Life:In a war with many villains, these are the good guys. Seven days inside the life-and-death world of Syria’s first responders — the last hope for civilians caught in the chaos.
A Stranger Knocks:A Mysterious Visitor. A Horrific Crime. A Victim Who Refuses To Be a Victim. What makes a person react so violently? Did he have that plan when he knocked on Morgan’s door or did something just snap? Is his family in contact with him now? Does he have any remorse? What went wrong in his life? Where did it go so wrong?
How Gangs Took Over Prisons in the United States:Understanding how prison gangs work is difficult: they conceal their activities and kill defectors who reveal their practices. This past summer, however, a 32-year-old academic named David Skarbek published The Social Order of the Underworld, his first book, which is the best attempt in a long while to explain the intricate organizational systems that make the gangs so formidable.[Sidenote: This article brought back memories of the time i spent watching a show called “Lockdown” on National Geographic channel.]
Living the GoPro Life:Nick Paumgarten explains the rise of GoPro, the company that makes “the ubiquitous small digital point-of-view cameras” used by athletes to capture their daredevil feats.
Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind:Germans will soon be getting 30 percent of their power from renewable energy sources. Many smaller countries are beating that, but Germany is by far the largest industrial power to reach that level in the modern era. It is more than twice the percentage in the United States.
Today is the birthday of Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, born in 1821 to a publisher in Paris. In addition to defining and inventing the Foucault pendulum, Foucault is credited with naming the gyroscope. But first, the pendulum. Since the time of Galileo who defined the laws governing the motion of pendulums, but Foucault was the first to use the pendulum to show the rotation of the earth independent of celestial observation. Before he was thirty he devised an experiment to measure the speed of light. Today he is known more for the pendulum that bears his name than any of his other achievements. The word pendulum is a New Latin neuter of the noun pendulus meaning hanging down from the verb pendere meaning to hang. Image of a Foucault pendulum at the Pantheon in Paris.
I had no idea about Foucault coming up with the name Gyroscope.