Category: Reposted

The Free Speech Movement was launched in Berkeley, California, on this date in 1964 .

The Free Speech Movement was launched in Berkeley, California, on this date in 1964 . It was the first mass civil disobedience protest held on a college campus during the 1960s. The University of California at Berkeley had a policy against allowing political activity or fundraising on campus, with the exception of the established Democrat and Republican student…



Monsanto’s poison of mass destruction

Monsanto’s poison of mass destruction DA Dalia Hashad – Avaaz Monsanto is pushing a super poison that flies through the air killing plants in its path…except for Monsanto GMOs. But in days a US state could ban it, setting a precedent for the world. If one million of us sign this petition now, we’ll submit it to the official process to…



King of the BLUES

It’s the birthday of “Blind” Lemon Jefferson , born on a farm in Coutchman, Texas, in about 1893. Jefferson began playing picnics and parties in the region, and eventually he made his way to Dallas. He performed every day on the corner of Central and Elm, near a train stop where the black workers would get off at…



I’d love to write like S.K. and try. The above is my book. Not as scary as his though.

It’s the birthday of famed horror writer Stephen King (books by this author), born in Portland, Maine (1947). King is most known for his supernatural novels like Carrie, The Shining, and PetSematary . His books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. King often laments the fact that the genre of horror is maligned…



We’re All a Little Plastic on the Inside

You’re made of water, bone, blood, muscle, and fat; you’re also a few parts plastic. That is, if you prefer sea salt on your meal. Or honey, shellfish, beer or tap water. Recent studies have found microplastics, tiny shards of degraded plastic, in them all. Even the air is filled with the minuscule plastic bits….



Francis wrote a poem that inspired Americans. Maybe some day I will too?

It was on this day in 1814that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,”  by witnessing the British attack on Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. It had been a dark summer for the young United States. Just three weeks previous, on August 24, British troops had set fire to much of Washington,…



Humanoid robot YuMi conducts the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra

PISA, Italy (Reuters) – YuMi the humanoid robot showed no signs of nerves on Tuesday night as it raised its baton to conduct the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The two-armed robot, designed by Swiss firm ABB, made its debut at Pisa’s Verdi Theatre to mark the First International Festival of Robotics…



Should the U. S. make English and Spanish official languages. Canada made two official.

Forty-eight years ago today, in 1969, the Official Languages Act came into force in Canada, making French equal to English throughout the Federal government. The act was introduced by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government and was intended to promote national unity and improve relations between Canada’s English-speaking population and the French Canadians of Quebec. In 1971,…



the writer that TheWashington Post called “the poet laureate of sour alleys and dark bars, of racetracks and long shots”: Charles Bukowski.

  Bborn in Andernach, Germany (1920). He wrote more than 45 books of poetry and prose, including It Catches My Heart in Its Hands (1963), Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969), Post Office (1971), Love Is a Dog from Hell (1977), Ham on Rye (1982), and The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992). His American father had been stationed in Germany during World War I,…



XPRIZE Enlists Science Fiction Advisors to Dream Bigger

  Lovesick Cyborg « Toyota Wants Cars to Predict Heart Attacks XPRIZE Enlists Science Fiction Advisors to Dream Bigger By Jeremy Hsu | July 29, 2017 8:31 pm 27 A view of the website featuring some members of the XPRIZE Foundation’s Science Fiction Advisory Council. Credit: XPRIZE The world of 20 years ago would probably seem unrecognizable to many who…