Drought Map for May 26th 2015

/. How a Scientist Fooled Millions With Bizarre Chocolate Diet Claims

“Bitter chocolate tastes bad, therefore it must be good for you. It’s like a religion.”

A researcher who previously worked with Science to do a sting operation on fee-charging open access journals ran a real—but obviously flawed—study rigged to generate false positives, paid €600 to get it published in a fee-charging open access journal, set up a website for a fake institute, and issued press releases to feed the ever-hungry pool of nutrition journalists. The doctor who ran the trial had the idea to use chocolate, because it’s a favorite of the “whole food” fanatics. “Bitter chocolate tastes bad, therefore it must be good for you. It’s like a religion.”

Adam Curtis’ Bitter Lake…

from Wikipedia….
“Bitter Lake is a 2015 BBC documentary film by filmmaker Adam Curtis. It argues that Western politicians keep simplifying the stories they tell, into a simple-to-digest by the public “good” vs. “evil” argument, due to society’s overwhelming chaos and disorder, which they neither grasp nor understand.

“The film attempts to explain several complex and interconnected narratives. One of the narratives is how past governments, including Russia and the West, with their continued, largely failing, interventions in Afghanistan, keep repeating such failures, without properly understanding the country’s cultural background or its past political history and societal structure.

“It also outlines the US’s alliance with Saudi Arabia, especially the former’s agreement to buy Saudi oil, for control of a key energy supplier during the cold-war era, with Saudi Arabia gaining wealth and security in return, with agreement withstanding provided it was allowed to continue its violent and fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, Wahhabism, uninhibited from external influence. This in turn has fed like a feedback loop back into the many troubles the world faces with regards to various pseudo-Jihadic forces spanning the 1970s to present day; be they the Mujahideen, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and into IS.

“Curtis attributes the film as an attempt to add an “emotional” dimension to the context of the historical narrative in order to draw its audience in –hence it’s over two hours in length and availability exclusively through the BBC iPlayer– in order to give the viewer something beyond the disconnected news reports they’re usually fed from most traditional broadcast journalism, along with putting historical facts in a truer broader context.

__BBC iPlayer has given me the opportunity to do this – because it isn’t restrained by the rigid formats and schedules of network television. […]

__I have got hold of the unedited rushes of almost everything the BBC has ever shot in Afghanistan. It is thousands of hours – some of it is very dull, but large parts of it are extraordinary. Shots that record amazing moments, but also others that are touching, funny and sometimes very odd.

__These complicated, fragmentary and emotional images evoke the chaos of real experience. And out of them I have tried to build a different and more emotional way of depicting what really happened in Afghanistan.

“A counterpoint to the thin, narrow and increasingly destructive stories told by those in power today.

“The title is taken from the 1945 meeting of US president Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, on a ship in the Great Bitter Lake on the Suez Canal, where much of the events to follow could be said to have originated.

“The film was released on Sunday 25 January 2015 exclusively on the BBC iPlayer.”

Links to the film…

Drought Map for May 19th 2015

WILL ALLEN – Revolutionary Urban Farmer

from The Cornucopia Institute:

When you think of farming towns, Milwaukee-proper
might not be the first to come to mind. The large
Wisconsin city is perhaps better known for its famed
breweries and picturesque location along Lake
Michigan, but one resident there has been on a mission
to make farming more accessible even within the city

Will Allen is a former professional athlete who played
basketball throughout college at the University of
Miami and post-college in Belgium. Though he has also
held jobs in corporate America, Allen has spent the
last 21 years in a completely different profession:
urban farmer.

As the founder of Growing Power, Allen oversees his
urban farms and teaches people in urban Milwaukee
how to grow not just food, but good food. The
organization’s sustainable farm features multiple
greenhouses, indoor and outdoor gardens, crops and
animals such as goats and chickens. Growing Power
also hosts workshops and outreach programs, and
distributes its produce, meats and products
throughout the city, making a big impact the lives of


Walmart’s Anti-Union Training Video

from GAWKER: ” … Walmart’s gotten a lot of heat recently for suddenly shutting down five stores in four different states—supposedly to fix five simultaneous sets of “plumbing problems,” which makes a lot of sense if “plumbing” actually means “unions.” Because as you can see in the video above, Walmart really hates plumbing.

“Walmart comes with a rich and storied history of anti-union propaganda, but this is one of the first times we’ve seen an actual training video to that effect. And in light of the rumors swirling around about Walmart’s union-busting shutdowns, the company’s party lines hit hard.