Hidden treasure: The explosion in commercial archaeology (archaeologists brought in to excavate before any sort of construction) has brought a flood of information. The problem now is figuring out how to find and use this unpublished literature.
Britain’s first ever solar panel has been uncovered after being forgotten in a box for 60 years – and incredibly, it still works.
An Internet for Everybody: FCC can regain its authority to pursue both net neutrality and widespread broadband access by formally relabeling Internet access services as ‘telecommunications services,’ rather than ‘information services,’ as they’re now called.
Treebeard was right — going southdoes feel like going downhill (so to speak). Chalk it up to cognitive distortion.
A three-year-old boy brought back from the dead after his heart stopped beating for over three hours has told how he saw his great-grandmother in Heaven.
Rothschild: Keep trains out of my 5,000-acre back yard. The financier is leading a revolt against plans for a 250mph railway line that will cut through swathes of the countryside.
New nine-part, seventy-minute review of Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones is now online at YouTube. ‘Bout time. 😉
Big hat tip to Mind Hacks.
Quote of the Day:
From the Bible to Knight Rider to The Matrix, the story’s the same: in crappy times, a single person will emerge to make all the difference and turn everything around. Although it makes for great viewing, it makes for a bad society. Ultimately, tales about messiahs are bedtime stories steeped in power. They’re debilitating soporifics, inducements to be passive as we wait for social change because, some day, our prince will come.
Why wait, though? If the world is to transform, faith in politicians offering hope and change is a recipe for disappointment. Ask almost anyone who voted for Obama. Change happens through millions of acts of rebellion and mutual aid, not through faith in one great leader. What’s depressing about this whole Maitreya thing is that it is a sign that we’ve given up on ourselves, that we need to depend on The One rather than finding the means to fix our own problems directly.
The thing is that there are millions of world teachers already. I’ve been lucky enough to report what they’re teaching: from former petrol-pump attendants in South Africa to masked women in Mexico, leaders are subjecting themselves to democratic control, and messing with the boundaries of private property so that everyone gets to share the world’s resources. Their vision of the commons looks a lot like what Maitreya might bring to Earth (and for which Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel prize in economics last year). And the good news is that it has been here all along.