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Who Can Own Life?: Farmer vs. Monsanto Before US High Court

Who Can Own Life?: Farmer vs. Monsanto Before US High Court | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

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This may be a U.S.of A. trial but the decision will impact the whole world, including Malaysia.

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#Drought Bites as #Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up #climate

#Drought Bites as #Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up #climate | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
By Jan Rocha, Climate News Network Scientists in Brazil believe the loss of billions of liters of water released as vapor clouds by Amazon rainforest trees is the result of continuing deforestation and climate change—leading to...

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On a smaller scale but just as important view the Reserve behind Ampang. It is huge stretching from KL to Ipoh and far to the east. But with development it is shrinking rapidly. And as it shrinks KL gets hotter and drier. Think Selangor water rationing. Trees are really important to maintain a rain forest. That should be so obvious but greedy people seem to forget this.

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Back to the Slums of His Youth, to Defuse the Ebola Time Bomb - New York Times

Back to the Slums of His Youth, to Defuse the Ebola Time Bomb - New York Times | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
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MONROVIA, Liberia — The girl in the pink shirt lay motionless on a sidewalk, flat on her stomach, an orange drink next to her, unfinished.
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Ooh-la-la, the French Get (Inter)Net Neutrality Right: It's All About the Platform Monopolies--Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc.

Ooh-la-la, the French Get (Inter)Net Neutrality Right: It's All About the Platform Monopolies--Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc. | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
It is certainly in the interests of the "platform monopolists" in the US--the Google's, Facebook's, Amazon's, Twitter's et al to have the Neutrality discussion focus solely on "carriage" i.e. "Netw...

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Ok. So this is some pretty serious stuff. I read stuff like this all the time but because it has a very technical slant I don't normally pass it on.

 

But this is a subject that everyone needs to learn something about.

 

First, think of where you get your news from. In Malaysia the internet has caused some real changes in this since the mid '90 s. The primary published newspapers are all owned by persons or groups with strong ties to the ruling party. As a result the general public only get news that the rulers want you to hear/read. This pretty much the same all over the world.

 

With the arrival of the internet things changed. And the shape of that change wasn't always anticipated. Now, with blogs and social media and high speed global networks anyone could become a news source. And since physical location was no longer important draconian laws such as ISA lost much of their effectiveness. That is probably why they were repealed to be replaced with a more modern version. This too is the same the world over.

 

The problem though is that even though the cost of entry on the internet is low the reach to the desired audience is actially  controlled by the same group as controls the news papers. Some filtering here and there and access to dissenting views is either barred or is so slow as to make it useless.

 

This is what Net Neutrality is about. Making it illegal for carriers (think Telekom Celcom etc)to block or impede acces to information that is in itself not illegal. This would mean that child porn could be blocked because it is illegal but opposition viewpoints could not. 

 

Ruling governments are generally not interested in dissent so they will not likely support a full implementation of Net Neutrality.

 

But this all just back ground to the article. 

 

The French and Europeans in general are also concerned with data neutrality  and what they are calling Platform Neutrality. This can be a long and generally boring discussion but it is important for Malaysians to be on board with this discussion. If it is ignored we risk imperial and economic domination which will be far more damaging than colonial domination ever was. 

 

As this is the season for celebrating Malaysia's liberation from colonial domination it is a good time to look at keep the country free from undue foreign interference.

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Coffee Production Near Record Levels, Sustainable Share Rising | Worldwatch Institute

Coffee Production Near Record Levels, Sustainable Share Rising | Worldwatch Institute | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

Although fluctuating from year to year, coffee production has been on an overall steady upward trend, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner. World coffee production during the 2013/14 crop year was just slightly over 9 million tons, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

The vast majority of coffee production—more than 3 tons for every 4 tons grown—is exported, flowing from developing countries (like Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia) principally to industrial ones. The largest consumers in 2013/14 are the European Union (consuming nearly a third of the world’s total), the United States, and Brazil.


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As a coffee lover - real coffee black no sugar fresh ground French press - i found this interesting. My experience in Malaysia has always been positive. I believe most coffee grown here would come close to qualifying for 'fair trade' status. I believe most is of the robusta type. I don't favour the local method (kopi campur) of serving it. My personal favourite is from Muar. But the northern varieties are also very nice.

 

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Death of the car: The tech behind Helsinki's ambitious plan to kill off private vehicles | ZDNet

Death of the car: The tech behind Helsinki's ambitious plan to kill off private vehicles | ZDNet | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
By 2025, the Finnish capital will have transformed its public transport network – with the help from some clever analytics and more.

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Wow! This one really has me excited. I read this and I can immediately envision the opportunities. I can also see the problems and for some of them I can imagine solutions.

 

A service like this is already feasible for a city like Singapore and it only requires the political will to make it work in Kuala Lumpur. I think it will take a long time before it could be rolled out to say Rembau (N.S.) but if it were the possibilities for reviving kampung life are huge. Imagine a shuttle bus round trip Rembau/Seremban on a daily basis for say RM20 using a congestion free highway. As I said... the possibilities are boundless.

 

And it is much easier to imagine in the cities.And all theae people who want to continue to drive around in their big expensive single passenger cars (plus driver) can pay lots for the privilege of a congestion free highway and ample parking space.

 

I saw this in action in Atlanta (Georgia, U.S.A.) about 15 years ago. I was on vacation visiting my daughter who was on training with her company. An on-demand (subject to availability) free shuttle service was provided feom the condominium complex to malls and frequently visited locations with a 10 km radius of the rsidence. My daughter even used it to commute to and from work.

 

Open your mind. Engage your imagination. And read.

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Social Media and Politics

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I find this interesting as a highlight of one difference between Malaysia and Canada. By law in Canada communications must be in bith French and English when send out using taxpayers money. Generally this means that a Cabinet Minister who uses his or her office to maintain a social media account must have all postings in these two languages. No exceptions. And also they cannot use these accounts for political purposes.

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A Guide to the World of Film Podcasts

A Guide to the World of Film Podcasts | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

I seem to on a topic that won't quit. Another example of quantum shifts in (or should that be paradigm shifts) in career opportunities. Tecnology is destroying many traditional occupations but is creating in their place many new ones. And the flexibility of the new ones in terms of where you work, your working hours, even days is much greater. But the uncertainties are also much greater.

 


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Adam Schartoff:  "A few years ago I was doing a 30-minute internet radio show and decided one day to re-purpose it as a podcast. I thought, why not?"

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 19, 10:48 AM

Here is some really good one's - click to read more.

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The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’

The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com.

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This is scary reading and is at the extreme of climate change reporting. But it is possible. When I combine this with the rapid changes in communication and automation I feel that the current state of advanced education (beyond SPM) renders it a waste of time for  my grandchildren. It is training for jobs that won't exist. And, perhaps, society as we know it won't exist. Scary stuff. Trust in God. All others pay cash.

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Nigeria: Ogoni - a Paradise Raped and Neglected

Nigeria: Ogoni - a Paradise Raped and Neglected | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
It's been three years since the United Nations Environmental Programme asked Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company, and the Nigerian government to clean up the oil spill in Ogoniland, but that has not happened for a surprisingly long time. Adeola Akinremi and Solomon Elusoji visited Ogoniland and report that its people are a living sacrifice amid a barren landscape of devastated forest and farmland, ruined livelihoods of farmers and fishermen amidst the massive damage to the environment

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A long article about economic colonization, local corruption, and bureaucratic double speak used to cover up the lack of any real action to correct a wrong. It should be read as a cautionary note for the river projects in Sabah and Sarawak and the ongoing rape of the environment in the forest reserve behind the communities bordering MRR2. once the damage is done and pockets have been lined and profits taken the burden falls on the local inhabitants to clean up and try to move on.

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Six lessons youth media can teach the mainstream - The Guardian (blog)

Six lessons youth media can teach the mainstream - The Guardian (blog) | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog) Six lessons youth media can teach the mainstream The Guardian (blog) The digital revolution has given rise to a growing youth media sector in the UK; the 200 platforms at the Youth Media Summit had a combined audience of almost...
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Europeans Struggle To Pay Their Electric Bills

Europeans Struggle To Pay Their Electric Bills | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

Europeans are coping with paying their monthly energy bills as prices continue to soar.

 

A survey by a European retail group Kingfisher found that “[h]omeowners in Europe are more worried about energy bills than paying the rent or mortgage,” reports the BBC. Kingfisher surveyed 17,000 European households and found that many families are worried they won’t be able to pay their soaring energy bills.


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'Green' is essential but we must be prepared to reduce consumption or pay the price.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 6, 6:23 PM

"The German media has called electricity a “luxury good” as prices have more than doubled “from €0.14/kilowatt hour (kWh) ($0.18) in 2000 to more than €0.29/kWh ($0.38) in 2013,” according to FAA. The report adds that German consumers will pay $31.1 billion for energy subsidies this year alone."


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How the BBC approaches longform, immersive storytelling

How the BBC approaches longform, immersive storytelling | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

 

 


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This is the new artistic palette. Embrace it. Play with it. Learn how to make news relevant again. Revive a dormant giant with a jolt of digital electricity.

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Alastair Reid:  "Giles Wilson, features editor for BBC News Online, has commissioned a number of recent multimedia articles from the broadcaster, and shared his advice in making them work" ...

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There's no ebola cure, but early intensive treatment boosts survival

There's no ebola cure, but early intensive treatment boosts survival | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The Ebola virus currently raging in West Africa has a well-earned reputation as one of the world's most deadly illnesses. But experts stress that early and intense medical care can greatly improve a person's chances of survival.

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Don't let them fool you. This is coming to town and may already be here. Knowledge is essential to survival.

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#China, the #Climate and the Fate of the Planet #coal #pollution #Australia

#China, the #Climate and the Fate of the Planet #coal #pollution #Australia | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Inside the slow, frustrating - and maybe even hopeful - struggle to reduce China's climate-changing pollution.

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Caution! Be prepared for a long read. But this topic is so crucial to the future of Malaysia it should be mandatory reading for aspiring Malaysian manager.

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These old barns are good for more than reclaimed wood and weddings

These old barns are good for more than reclaimed wood and weddings | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Around the country, classic, crumbling farm buildings are being spruced up and put back to work by a new generation of sustainable farmers.
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Now.. this may seem a bit far fetched for a topic on Youth in Malaysia but ... think about it a bit.

 

In my own family circle I have members who are either unemployed or under employed. And yet, there is a shortage of entrepreneurs who want to try something new.

 

My grandson has ambitions to become a world renown chef with a Malaysian flavour - ala Chef Wan but better. But he needs to look at sourcing products that are not normal to Malaysia.

 

I know of idle property in Negri Sembilan that is just begging for someone to re-invent a purpose for it. And my opinion is that this is not an isolated incident.

 

The future is going to be quite different than the recent past. This is a good case of 'thinking outside of the box' and imagining what might be, rather than settling for what is.

And, if nothing else, it is a fun read.

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Dealing With Digital Cruelty

Dealing With Digital Cruelty | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

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I have too many opinions on this subject but I don't wish ti bore anyone. Nor do I wish to detract from the article. It is a New York Times opinion piece and you may have to register to read the entire article but I think you will find it worthwhile.

 

If you have children just starting on-line (for me grandchildren) there is usefull advice about dealing with cyber bullying. 

 

But the piece is primarily targetted at an adult audience. Discussion on-line is a usefull way to expand your horizons but it comes with dangers that you don't experience in face to face exchanges.

 

I sm pretty thick skinned an sufficiently arrogant that I mostly ignore negative comments. But this piece offered some advice that will cause me to mend my ways a bit.

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Stephanie Rosenbloom:  "The web encourages bad behavior, and it’s part of our nature to focus on the negative. But there are smart ways to respond."

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Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets Africa poaching elite

Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets Africa poaching elite | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Poachers slaughtering Africa's elephants and rhinos with impunity are often shielded from police by powerful connections, but a group of conservationists has turned to the anonymity of tip-offs to try to stem the killing.

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Notice that this is not just about wildlife poaching. Illegal logging activity is also covered. In Malaysia, we all need to good neighbours to our environment. Even if that means casting light on illegal activity.

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The RealNews Interview: Greenland and Sea Level Rise

The RealNews Interview: Greenland and Sea Level Rise | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Looks like this is going to be a regular feature at Realnews.  I was asked to summarize the aims and findings, so far, of the Dark Snow field season.

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A bit long. A bit boring. But, if you listen through to the end, it is very disturbing. What is your home's elevation (height above sea level). 4 metres? Not enough!

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Saudi youth fight IS propaganda - Al-Monitor

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Saudi youth fight IS propaganda
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A song was recently released by fighters from the Islamic State (IS) under the name, “Oh headscarf, where are you?” Saudi youths responded angrily to this song, know locally as “al-Sheilah” (the headscarf).
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The Young Have the Most Fun with Mobile Video - eMarketer

The Young Have the Most Fun with Mobile Video - eMarketer | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
As tablet and smartphone adoption grow, video viewing is increasingly occurring via mobile platforms. According to a new eMarketer report, tablet and smartphone video viewers tend to be young. This is a signal that content owners who cater to millennials and young adults should prioritize their mobile video programming, if they haven't already done so.

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This is for youth entrepreneurs. It also follows up on a post I made yesterday with a comment about education. The future will see much more marketing being done through You Tube or whatever the flavour of the day is. And the format is dramatically different. Attention spans are much shorter. Interests are much more varied.

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Jeff Anderson | GSN's curator insight, August 19, 3:02 PM

A February 2014 Rhythm NewMedia study on demographic trends in mobile video reached the following conclusions about millennials:


  • Nearly nine in 10 (89.6%) millennials watched smartphone video, and 76.8% viewed tablet video; those percentages were higher than for any other demographic group in the study.
  • Millennials watched more short-form content, entertainment news and user-generated content on smartphones than average.
  • Around four in five (77%) millennials viewed mobile video ads in exchange for free premium content; that figure was higher than for any other age group.


For content owners, these trends represent an opportunity to engage with hard-to-reach audiences.

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Mining Spill Near U.S. Border Closes 88 Schools, Leaves Thousands Of Mexicans Without Water

Mining Spill Near U.S. Border Closes 88 Schools, Leaves Thousands Of Mexicans Without Water | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
A toxic wastewater spill from a large copper mine in northern Mexico is keeping 88 schools closed starting Monday due to uncertainty over the safety of drinking water.

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Another one. U.S. company causes the problem. Pockets get lined (read: bribes are paid) profits are made and moved off shore and the local inhabitants are left with the cleanup.

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'The Internet Of Things' Will Change Virtually Everything About How Large Companies Operate

'The Internet Of Things' Will Change Virtually Everything About How Large Companies Operate | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things will create new priorities, costs, and opportunities in virtually every industry.

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I think this is something to be concerned about.

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The Internet of Things will create new priorities, costs, and opportunities in virtually every industry.

Michael Allenberg's curator insight, August 15, 12:36 PM

... And about how ALL Experiences are both designed and consumed! #InnovateorDie #ConnectedBrain

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How the Smartphone Ushered In a Golden Age of Journalism

How the Smartphone Ushered In a Golden Age of Journalism | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

 

 


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A fresh look a news. The reporting and spreading of news. But, it seems, still emphasizing the same boring 'Masters of the Universe.' 

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, August 6, 3:30 AM


Frank Rose:  "When I first arrived in New York, some time back in the last century, I gazed in awe and fascination at subway riders reading The New York Times. Thanks to a precise and universally adopted method of folding the paper (had it been taught in schools?), they could read it and even turn its pages without thrusting them in anyone else's face. The trick? Folding those big, inky broadsheets into neat little rectangles—roughly the same size, in fact, as an iPad." ...

Roger Ellman's curator insight, August 7, 9:53 AM

Moving forward - there's every reason to adapt and adopt. Like vinyl records and old photographic film, some old media methods will become a collectors (small audience) market, leaving mainstream media in the new delivery vehicles of our day today, and tomorrow's (there's the trick, working out what THEY will be!).

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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.


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Crowdfunding is the Highest Form of Loyalty: Shared Destiny | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

Crowdfunding is the Highest Form of Loyalty: Shared Destiny | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

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I like this as a notion mostly because I really cab't stand the arrogance of banks. And it is also a great idea.

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