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#41  Postby Lamna nasus » Dec 19, 2012 12:44 pm

Cook Islands' shark sanctuary creates world's largest

The Cook Islands has approved a shark sanctuary in its waters, making for the largest such sanctuary in the world.

The South Pacific island chain declared a 1.9 million-sq-km sanctuary, contiguous with one established last week by neighbouring French Polynesia.

That sees a ban on shark fishing and possession or sale of shark products in an area now totalling 6.7 million sq km - nearly the size of Australia.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20709853
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#42  Postby Aern Rakesh » Dec 24, 2012 7:42 am

Wonderful TED talk by Israeli designer about the online peace movement he started via FB. (iamthereforeithink started a thread for this, but I thought it also deserved a place on this thread).

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http://www.ted.com/talks/israel_and_ira ... story.html
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#43  Postby amok » Dec 28, 2012 4:48 am

That made me feel good before, and now again.

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#44  Postby Aca » Jan 05, 2013 5:58 pm

There are real politicians and then there are ones the most of us are dumped with....

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Some world leaders live in palaces. Some enjoy perks like having a discreet butler, a fleet of yachts or a wine cellar with vintage Champagnes. Then there is José Mujica, the former guerrilla who is Uruguay’s president. He lives in a run-down house on Montevideo’s outskirts with no servants at all. His security detail: two plainclothes officers parked on a dirt road.

In a deliberate statement to this cattle-exporting nation of 3.3 million people, Mr. Mujica, 77, shunned the opulent Suárez y Reyes presidential mansion, with its staff of 42, remaining instead in the home where he and his wife have lived for years, on a plot of land where they grow chrysanthemums for sale in local markets.

Visitors reach Mr. Mujica’s austere dwelling after driving down O’Higgins Road, past groves of lemon trees. His net worth upon taking office in 2010 amounted to about $1,800 — the value of the 1987 Volkswagen Beetle parked in his garage. He never wears a tie and donates about 90 percent of his salary, largely to a program for expanding housing for the poor.

His current brand of low-key radicalism — a marked shift from his days wielding weapons in an effort to overthrow the government — exemplifies Uruguay’s emergence as arguably Latin America’s most socially liberal country.

Under Mr. Mujica, who took office in 2010, Uruguay has drawn attention for seeking to legalize marijuana and same-sex marriage, while also enacting one of the region’s most sweeping abortion rights laws and sharply boosting the use of renewable energy sources like wind and biomass.


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#45  Postby Nostalgia » Jan 06, 2013 10:04 pm

He sounds like a dude. :thumbup:
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#46  Postby Aern Rakesh » Jan 10, 2013 7:39 am

Amazing story from Paraguay

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFHTIhyNdhk[/youtube]
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#47  Postby Pulsar » Jan 11, 2013 9:35 am

The Day William Shatner Tweeted at an Astronaut (and the Astronaut Replied)

William Shatner, he of Priceline and also of spoken-word poetry but mostly of Star Trek, is also William Shatner of Twitter. And this afternoon, the actor took to the service to ask a question of the Canadian Space Agency's Chris Hadfield, who is currently serving as the International Space Station's Flight Engineer for Expedition 34.


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Hadfield's glorious reply to this glorious question is above. And there really is not much more to be said about the matter. Except that, basically, a fake starship captain just sent a tweet to a real-life space station engineer, who replied using the language of the fake starship captain ... and all of us got to see it. And then retweet it. And then make lame-but-awesome Star Trek-related jokes about it. MBB: What a world.
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#48  Postby Aern Rakesh » Jan 11, 2013 9:44 am

:picard:

No, actually, I loved that Pulsar! :smile:
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#49  Postby DarthHelmet86 » Jan 11, 2013 9:46 am

Made me laugh when I saw it. Good show by Chris.
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#50  Postby amok » Feb 14, 2013 5:03 am

Dolphin asks for help and gets it. The manta rays are beautiful, too!

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#51  Postby Aern Rakesh » Feb 23, 2013 2:51 pm

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#52  Postby Agrippina » Feb 23, 2013 2:58 pm

Mike_L wrote:Great idea for a thread, Ironclad! :thumbup:
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In the same vein as Nora's post...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DItbharEN8[/youtube]


That made me cry. How lovely. :thumbup:
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#53  Postby Agrippina » Feb 23, 2013 3:01 pm

Mike_L wrote:Children self-teach with tablet computers in one of the poorest places on Earth...

Tablets as teachers: Poor kids learn ABCs
2012-12-19

Wenchi - The kids in this village wear filthy, ragged clothes. They sleep beside cows and sheep in huts made of sticks and mud. They have no school. Yet they all can chant the English alphabet, and some can make words.

The key to their success: 20 tablet computers dropped off in their Ethiopian village in February by a US group called One Laptop Per Child.

The goal is to find out whether kids using today's new technology can teach themselves to read in places where no schools or teachers exist. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers analysing the project data say they're already startled.

"What I think has already happened is that the kids have already learned more than they would have in one year of kindergarten," said Matt Keller, who runs the Ethiopia programme.
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http://www.news24.com/Technology/News/Tablets-as-teachers-Poor-kids-learn-ABCs-20121218


I've heard about this before. Lovely story.
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#54  Postby proudfootz » Feb 23, 2013 3:32 pm

I liked this story:

The Bangladeshi economist and his Grameen Bank won the 1.4-million-U.S.-dollar prize on Friday for pioneering a new category of banking known as micro-credit, which grants small loans to poor people who have no collateral and who do not qualify for conventional bank loans. (Related: Nobel winners in medicine, physics, and chemistry.)

The program has enabled millions of Bangladeshis, almost all women, to buy everything from cows to cell phones in order to start and run their own businesses.

Similar micro-credit projects have helped millions around the world lift themselves out of poverty.



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#55  Postby Aca » Feb 26, 2013 9:30 pm

faith in humanity restored for a while....

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#56  Postby Aern Rakesh » Feb 26, 2013 9:34 pm

Awww... :waah:
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#57  Postby Aca » Feb 26, 2013 9:47 pm

Nora_Leonard wrote:Awww... :waah:


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#58  Postby jez9999 » Feb 26, 2013 11:52 pm

Aca wrote:faith in humanity restored for a while....

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KYIo0NsQl4[/youtube]

Seems a bit patronizing to me... pass him the ball just coz he's developmentally challenged.
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#59  Postby Doubtdispelled » Feb 27, 2013 12:59 am

jez9999 wrote:
Aca wrote:faith in humanity restored for a while....

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KYIo0NsQl4[/youtube]

Seems a bit patronizing to me... pass him the ball just coz he's developmentally challenged.


Jeeze, I wish we had a mean-spirited-shit-post-of-the-week award.

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#60  Postby Ironclad » Feb 27, 2013 1:23 am

I thought it was nice. They were losing anyway & it was just a game but meant everything to one lad & his mother.

I'm glad my thread is still running, it is hard to find stories like these, these days. :)
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