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The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government: Chris Hedges

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by CHRIS HEDGES, Truthdig

 

The cult of masculinity, as in all fascist movements, pervades the ideology of the Christian right. The movement uses religion to sanctify military and heroic “virtues,” glorify blind obedience and order over reason and conscience, and pander to the euphoria of collective emotions. Feminism and homosexuality, believers are told, have rendered the American male physically and spiritually impotent. Jesus, for the Christian right, is a man of action, casting out demons, battling the Antichrist, attacking hypocrites and ultimately slaying nonbelievers. This cult of masculinity, with its glorification of violence, is appealing to the powerless. It stokes the anger of many Americans, mostly white and economically disadvantaged, and encourages them to lash back at those who, they are told, seek to destroy them. The paranoia about the outside world is fostered by bizarre conspiracy theories, many of which are prominent in the rhetoric of those leading the government shutdown. Believers, especially now, are called to a perpetual state of war with the “secular humanist” state. The march, they believe, is irreversible. Global war, even nuclear war, is the joyful harbinger of the Second Coming. And leading the avenging armies is an angry, violent Messiah who dooms billions of apostates to death.

 

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it's time to innovate, do a structural redevelopment, and rebrand of the US Gov. Use IDEO, RMI and Biomimicry 3.8!

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Think Globally, Drink Water Locally

Think Globally, Drink Water Locally | Future Design | Scoop.it
L.A. and other desert cities exist by importing vast quantities of water, but Peter and Hadley Arnold of the Arid Lands Institute have a different idea.

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there is much more to this thinking. act locally. invest locally. Hey Hollywood, are you listening?

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Biomimicry: How the Natural World Can Inspire Your Business ...

Biomimicry: How the Natural World Can Inspire Your Business ... | Future Design | Scoop.it
The mysteries of earthen design. If you've ever seen the bottom of a boat that's been in water for a long time, you probably noticed it's a breeding ground ripe for barnacles and all matter of marine growth.
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3 Clever Ideas To Re-Use San Francisco's Aging Infrastructure

3 Clever Ideas To Re-Use San Francisco's Aging Infrastructure | Future Design | Scoop.it

Called SF RE:MADE, San Francisco-based IwamotoScott Architecture propose up-cycling Candlestick Park and two other out-of-use waterfront landmarks, the Hunters Point Crane and the Islais Creek Silos, providing alternative uses for aging 20th-century structures whose original purposes have become outdated.


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Suzette Jackson's curator insight, August 17, 8:28 PM

Regenerative design requires a certain boldness by government, the courage to acknowledge when infrastructure is outdated and the future is on a different path. Kudo to SF RE:MADE

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The City We Want | Archi-Ninja

The City We Want | Archi-Ninja | Future Design | Scoop.it

One could argue that humanity has come to a critical point when looking at our current and future way of habitation.  Industrial civilization is moving towards the destruction of our planet, there is overwhelming evidence of this everywhere. We live without ration and we take our current condition for granted as if it were normal and somehow “part of human nature”, whereas in reality, it is the opposite.

There are lots of people who are working to make a difference, these people do not conform to the given social relationships that perpetuate inequality, injustice, scarcity and violence. For as long as there has been oppression there has been resistance and there are many of ways (theoretical and practical, or even both) in which we can all contribute to the struggle against our current self-destructive way of living...


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Vincent Lahondère's curator insight, July 31, 2:52 PM

Analyse critique du monde des villes (en anglais)

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Tentsile, Ingenious Tree Tent by Alex Shirley-Smith

Tentsile, Ingenious Tree Tent by Alex Shirley-Smith | Future Design | Scoop.it
Tentsile is a stunning suspended multi-person tree tent, created by UK inventor and designer Alex Shirley-Smith...

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Sky art: illustrations in the sky between buildings

Sky art: illustrations in the sky between buildings | Future Design | Scoop.it

French illustrator Thomas Lamadieu recently made stops in locations around Germany, Canada, Belgium and France where he shot several aerial views from inside claustrophobic courtyards which he then turned into quirky illustrations.


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How we will live: More green, more urban, more efficient

How we will live: More green, more urban, more efficient | Future Design | Scoop.it
The neighborhoods of 2039 will feel more like cityscapes with environmentally friendly, energy efficient amenities and people living closer to their jobs.

How we live is indicative of who we are, and both are changing. As city planners look to the next quarter century, they must factor in three profound shifts in modern society: information technology, mobility and climate.

As with everything else, technology is changing not just how we live and work, but the cities where we live and work. That technology has already affected social change, making younger generations more mobile and urban. Technology has also offered new solutions to some of the biggest challenges for 21st century urban planners—climate change and how we make our neighborhoods as green as possible.

 

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 7, 9:00 AM

Il y a besoin de réfléchir à comment  intégrer les projets de durabilité en milieu urbain et les projets technologiques. On présente souvent ces derniers comme la solution aux questions posées par les premiers; c'est vrai, comme l'indiquent des observateurs du Green IT mais seulement si elles sont aussi élaborées avec une démarche RSE Au final, la technologie serait plutôt une  des composantes de nos vies futures apportant son lot de solutions et de questions... à nous de pousser à ses côtés aussi d'autres solutions  : nouvelles attitudes, nouveaux usages pour une ville durable... mais aussi désirable et humaine ?

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Protein Modification Could Push Cellulosic Biofuel Forward

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Protein Modification Could Push Cellulosic Biofuel Forward
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Production of cost-efficient cellulosic biofuels has been limited by lignin, which binds tightly to the cellulose found in plants' cell walls.

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DIY 3D Printing: Bioprinting presentation at MRRF 2014

DIY 3D Printing: Bioprinting presentation at MRRF 2014 | Future Design | Scoop.it
Jordan Miller, Andy Ta, and Steve Kelly talk 3D bioprinting at the 2014 Midwest RepRap Festival.

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MRRF 2014 - Bioprinting

Jordan Miller, Andy Ta, and Steve Kelly talk 3D bioprinting at the 2014 Midwest RepRap Festival Read the Hackaday post: http://wp.me/pk3lN-uAD (MRRF 2014 - Bioprinting - YouTube http://t.co/4bFSh8eqjo)...

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Water Filter Made from a Tree Branch Removes 99% of E. coli Bacteria

Water Filter Made from a Tree Branch Removes 99% of E. coli Bacteria | Future Design | Scoop.it
A low-tech water filter system made from a branch of a tree can filter up to four liters of water per day, removing up to 99% of E. coli bacteria and producing fresh, uncontaminated, drinking water.
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9 Reasons the U.S. Ended Up So Much More Car-Dependent Than Europe

9 Reasons the U.S. Ended Up So Much More Car-Dependent Than Europe | Future Design | Scoop.it
Understanding mistakes of the past can help guide U.S. transportation policy in the future.

Between the 1920s and 1960s, policies adapting cities to car travel in the United States served as a role model for much of Western Europe. But by the late 1960s, many European cities started refocusing their policies to curb car use by promoting walking, cycling, and public transportation. For the last two decades, in the face of car-dependence, suburban sprawl, and an increasingly unsustainable transportation system, U.S. planners have been looking to Western Europe.


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Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, October 27, 2:44 PM

This is very true and fascinating to read. It's obvious how technology and cars can change the way we view the world. When in DR this past summer, there were so many people driving a motorcycle. I didn't really get the reason why other than hearing my dad say "porque no cuesta mucho" which in English is saying "because it doesn't cost as much." It made sense, seeing the conditions outside of the resort and also having the opportunity to visit an elementary school and seeing how many students either walked or went 3 to 4 on a motorcycle to get to school. It makes sense how having a car and paying the taxes contributes in a state fixing something. It's obvious how car dependent United States is. Were so lazy to walk up the street to get milk, that we'll prefer to drive our car there. Its the realization we must all unfortunately come to.

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Dragonflies and frogs inspired the best of biomimicry in 2013

Dragonflies and frogs inspired the best of biomimicry in 2013 | Future Design | Scoop.it
From an arthropod to a virus, here are 10 of the most impressive bioinspired developments from the past year.
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▶ Cities as complex adaptative systems. Luis Bettencourt

http://youtu.be/vp6eKjQHNl0

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Bio3D’s Incredible Bio-Printer – Can Affordably 3D Print Cells, Proteins, Antibodies, Bacteria & Plastic in One Session

Bio3D’s Incredible Bio-Printer – Can Affordably 3D Print Cells, Proteins, Antibodies, Bacteria & Plastic in One Session | Future Design | Scoop.it

"Bio-Printing, a technology which has the potential to allow us to re-engineer the human body, has been making tremendous strides over the last three to four years." 


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A je tu tiskárnička co nám vytiskene co jen bude potřeba. Třeba časem i nějakého vira? Na něco takového není třeba tiísku.

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The Handibot, a Portable CNC Mill with Unlimited Work Area Capacity, Goes Live on Kickstarter

The Handibot, a Portable CNC Mill with Unlimited Work Area Capacity, Goes Live on Kickstarter | Future Design | Scoop.it
CNC mills live in shops, and power tools are things you can carry around. That's been the paradigm. But building on their successful 17 years of producing and refining CNC mills, ShopBot Tools has now combined the two worlds with their new, portable, crowdfunded Handibot. (The Kickstarter campaign went live about fifteen minutes ago.) The Handibot is what they're calling a "smart tool," and it's essentially a 3-axis CNC mill that you can carry (and run via PC, tablet

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IComputation's curator insight, July 14, 4:38 AM

had been waiting for this technique to be developed! Finally precise milling is loosing it's machine-bound limitations!

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An easier way to turn plant scraps to plastics - environment - 23 July 2014 - New Scientist

An easier way to turn plant scraps to plastics - environment - 23 July 2014 - New Scientist | Future Design | Scoop.it
A new way of turning vegetable waste directly into bioplastics could make such materials even more environmentally friendly

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An easier way to turn plant scraps to plastics - environment - 23 July 2014 - New Scientist

An easier way to turn plant scraps to plastics - environment - 23 July 2014 - New Scientist | Future Design | Scoop.it
A new way of turning vegetable waste directly into bioplastics could make such materials even more environmentally friendly

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Has the time come for floating cities?

Has the time come for floating cities? | Future Design | Scoop.it
Could our cities be seaworthy – or are remarkable new proposals for floating urban communities merely utopian sci-fi?

 

A floating village at London's Royal Docks has the official nod, and Rotterdam has a Rijnhaven waterfront development experiment well under way. Eventually, whole neighbourhoods of water-threatened land could be given over to the seas. After decades of speculation and small-scale applications, the floating solution is finally enjoying political momentum – and serious investment...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, April 15, 1:23 PM

One way to deal with rising seas. :-)

 

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 19, 3:08 AM

Planning for when sea levels rise … 

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Access Our Medicine Initiative | Affordable Medicine

Access Our Medicine Initiative | Affordable Medicine | Future Design | Scoop.it
Everyone should have access to affordable medicine - declare it. Sign the declaration.

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OakOak Uses Street Art to Clean Up the City

OakOak Uses Street Art to Clean Up the City | Future Design | Scoop.it

During the waking hours, the man known as OakOak goes about his 9-5 day, working in a typical office in Saint Etienne, France. But, once the workday is finished, OakOak becomes a creative sniper, scoping out opportunities to shoot paint in the urban spaces of the city.

OakOak had no formal training as an artist and really has no desire to pursue art beyond his street art in Saint Etienne. He saw his coal mining fueled city just getting grubbier and he wanted to do something about it. He says “I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realize them.”


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Sydney's Version of New York’s High Line to be Completed in 2014

Sydney's Version of New York’s High Line to be Completed in 2014 | Future Design | Scoop.it
Work has begun on stage one of The Goods Line Project, a railway-turned-urban park project connecting Sydney’s Central Station to Darling Harbour.

Located in inner Sydney, the project includes a pedestrian and cycle network, creating a new urban hub and connecting more than 80,000 students, residents and visitors to the harbour’s recreational and pedestrian precinct.

The new corridor is being compared to the High Line in New York City, a public park and walkway constructed on a historic freight train line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s lower west side...


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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 19, 3:07 AM

Strategies to improve urban places and liveability 

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Awesome Beehive Designs Philps Urban Beehive 2

Awesome Beehive Designs Philps Urban Beehive 2 | Future Design | Scoop.it

in case you haven't noticed, bees are having a rough year. Make that decade. Thanks to rampant pesticide use on commercial crops, bees are dying by the hundreds of thousands, and no one seems to be doing anything about it. Well, certainly not the EPA or USDA (two agencies that should be mortified by recent bee deaths), but there are some doing what they can to help local bee populations survive. A recent resurgence in backyard beekeeping is helping, in a small way, to protect and preserve local hives so that there are still pollinators around to help gardens and flowerbeds look their best. If you've ever been interested in backyard beekeeping, here are six beautiful hive designs for you to consider.


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City in a City: A New Exhibit Explores a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects

City in a City: A New Exhibit Explores a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects | Future Design | Scoop.it

“City in a City”, an exhibition that concentrates on large-scale urban projects and answers to problems of overpopulation, finds itself at ease sitting in an environment that would seem its antithesis: a single-storey home in a city where space is still most often discussed in terms of “how much?” as opposed to “not enough.” Los Angeles is all about different methods of navigating life – remarkably different methods, according to person and neighborhood. But it is exactly because of these many incongruities that the popularity, and title, of this show make so much sense.

What if the title was posed as a question: “City in a City?” How do we make dense, urban spaces seem intimate, inviting, comfortable and even compact, within otherwise vast, hectic environments? This isn’t a new question, but the answers in this exhibition address a new time with its own demands and aesthetics.

“City in a City” is a noteworthy show, not only for the work that is on display, but also for the decisions that went into displaying them.

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San Diego Re-Imagines Balboa Park With Car-Free Transportation, Increased Connectivity

San Diego Re-Imagines Balboa Park With Car-Free Transportation, Increased Connectivity | Future Design | Scoop.it

It’s been nearly 100 years since the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, the world’s fair celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal, was held in San Diego.

In preparation for the centennial, AIA San Diego and the San Diego Museum of Art recently held an ideas competition for improvements to Balboa Park, the site of the fair. The 1,200-acre park is home to a number of museums and other cultural facilities, including the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the San Diego Art Institute, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Art, plus cultivated gardens and family-friendly amusements


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Aubri Shauger-Haley's curator insight, January 27, 10:35 AM

Green streets really are possible, not just pictures. Even in busy areas!