Encyclopedia of Life Is Alive! First 30,000 Represent 1.6% | The Daily Green…….

E.O. Wilson’s brilliant project comes to life.

The 30,000 species in the database now is miniscule, not even 2% of the 1.8 million species known to science. No surprise, then, that it will take til 2017 to fill the database with 250 years of scientific exploration and discovery.

"It is exciting to anticipate the scientific chords we might hear once 1.8 million notes are brought together through this instrument," says Jim Edwards, Executive Director of the EOL. “Potential EOL users are professional and citizen scientists, teachers, students, media, environmental managers, families and artists. The site will link the public and scientific community in a collaborative way that’s without precedent in scale.”

What, exactly, is the Encyclopedia of Life?  Check out this clip:


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The Fraud of Bushenomics: They’re Looting the Country | AlterNet…….

This article puts together all of the disastrous pieces of Bush’s elitist economic ideology.

It explains, in easy to understand terms, what went wrong, and a common sense approach to creating economic value, rather than destroying it.

This straight forward plan includes, investing in alternative energy and infrastructure (people and things), creating a single-payer national health plan, raising taxes on the super-rich, and balancing the national budget.

One way to think of what the administration has done, is as a leveraged buyout. That’s when someone buys a company, using the company itself as the collateral for the loan used to purchase it, usually at very high interest, then pays off the interest by cutting the work force and salaries, selling outsets and even breaking up the company.

It’s good for the guy who makes the deal, skims the cream off the top and gets rich. (The company that Mitt Romney got rich working for specialized in doing that.) It’s good for the lenders, who get a good return (if the buyer is able to squeeze enough money out of his purchase), but it’s bad for the work force, bad for the company, and, if no one comes along to replace it, bad for the business as a whole.

We’ve experienced a leveraged buyout of the national economy.

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Innovative Minds Do Not Think Alike | The New York Times…….

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Great article on creativity, which offers some tip on how to maintain core competencies, and still be able to embrace ambiguity

The more knowledge you possess the less you think outside the box. Experts in a field can benefit from an outsider’s perspective. This is particularly relevant to the gadgets we make and the software we write. A telling sentence from the article: "It ’s why engineers design products ultimately useful only to other engineers."

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Losing an Edge, Japanese Envy India’s Schools | The New York Times…….

Why doesn’t the United States take education as seriously as its economic rivals?

Despite an improved economy, many Japanese are feeling a sense of insecurity about the nation’s schools, which once turned out students who consistently ranked at the top of international tests. That is no longer true, which is why many people here are looking for lessons from India, the country the Japanese see as the world’s ascendant education superpower.

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Kanye West: Education Needs to Be a Top Priority | ED in 08…….

OK, it’s more than a little ironic to have the artist behind The College Dropout  step up to do a public service clip for education.

That being said, I tip my hat to Kayne for taking the time to promote an issue which has received scant attention from the traditional media this election cycle and is crucial to the well being of many of his fans.

Green Jobs Act of 2007 | Gristmill…….

Is green-collar job training just around the corner?  Let’s hope so.

There is an added bonus found in creating a strong, green-collar workforce: these energy-saving, air-quality-improving, carbon-cutting jobs can do more than just save the planet or help avoid oil wars in the future. For tens of thousands of Americans who are falling behind in the global job market, these work opportunities can also create "green pathways out of poverty.

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The Green Road Less Traveled | Stop Global Warming…….

What will the new green economy look like?

Less than a month ago, Thomas Friedman wrote a column which gave a snapshot of that future–tying together congestion pricing and the emergence of green collar jobs, filled with workers who are both creative and highly skilled.

I care, because it underscores a fundamental truth about green technology: you can’t make a product greener, whether it’s a car, a refrigerator or a traffic system, without making it smarter — smarter materials, smarter software or smarter design.


What can many U.S. companies still manufacture? They can manufacture things that are smart — that have a lot of knowledge content in them, like a congestion pricing network for a whole city. What do many Chinese companies manufacture? They manufacture things that can be made with a lot of cheap labor, like the rubber tires on your car. Which jobs are most easily outsourced? The ones vulnerable to cheap labor. Which jobs are hardest to outsource? Those that require a lot of knowledge.

So what does all this mean? It means that to the extent that we make "green" standards part of everything we design and manufacture, we create "green collar" jobs that are much more difficult to outsource. I.B.M. and other tech companies are discovering a mother lode of potential new business for their high-wage engineers and programmers thanks to the fact that mayors all over the world are thinking about going green through congestion pricing systems.

Luckily, Stop Global Warming has reprinted this article and can be read in its entirety by clicking here.