Initiatives for Environmental Activism Take Off in Cuba

The Center for Education and Promotion for Sustainable Development (CEPRODESO) is an environmental coalition with a legacy of commitment to policy influence (Photo: Ramón Crespo. Used with permission) *This article was originally published in Barrio Journalism (Periodismo de Barrio). Read the original version here and other articles by Ramón Crespo Hernández here. The Center for Education…

CBD is a non-psychoactive compound in marijuana that shows promise in epilepsy and pain therapy, so the DEA wants to class it with heroin

The World Health Organization's new report on cannabidiol (CBD) found that the compound (which does not produce any kind of high -- and may actually counteract the psychoactive properties of THC) is not addictive, has no potential for abuse, and shows promise in a number of medical trials. (more…) Source: Boing Boing (published under a Creative Commons…

Treat yourself with these 8 holiday deals

'Tis the season for gift-giving, but sometimes you need a little something for yourself to get through it all in one piece. As such, as a gift to you, you can take an extra 15% off the following items when you enter coupon code GIFTSHOP15 at checkout. Graphene 8K HyperCharger PRO This portable battery pack…

Last-minute gifts for Trump-haters

A pass to the national parks ($80); vulva-shaped chocolates ($20; a donation to Planned Parenthood (varies); anything from Patagonia (they're suing Trump); ACLU tees ($28); Cards Against Humanity ($25) and many more items, all in The Guardian's Ultimate gift guide for the Trump-hater in your life. (Thanks, Mom!) Source: Boing Boing (published under a Creative Commons license)

“You Died”

As the father of a five-month old baby and the owner of a copy of Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition, this has been the funniest 11 seconds of 2017. Source: Boing Boing (published under a Creative Commons license)

Political Uncertainty as Protests Spread in Ethiopia

Students in Nekemte, a town in Western Ethiopian mourning for people killed in Chelenko, used by permission At least 15 people were killed on December 11, 2017, when members of the Ethiopian Defense Force fired on peaceful protesters. The demonstration was prompted by the killing of an individual by members of security forces of Ethiopia’s…

The CDC is why you and your loved ones aren’t dead. Trump just banned them from using the phrase “science-based.”

Epidemiology is intrinsically at odds with right-wing ideology: the idea that all humans have a shared microbial and viral destiny, one that entwines the poorest and richest among us, which cannot be severed by the highest walls or all the private security in the world is a significant barrier to anyone who dreams of Going…

Beware unexpected extra charges added to your cable bill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PNoJoTpnFk Hidden fees awere long ago regulated on utility bills, but time and legal ingenuity (not to mention consumers drifting from phone companies to wireless and cable service providers) has made them commonplace once again. Comcast, says this customer, is robbing you with duplicative and meaningless line-item charges. The end of Net Neutrality is only…

Cities want to opportunistically lay fiber lines during big digs, but Koch dark money is trying to stop them

Kentuckywired is a project to run fiber between cities in Kentucky, creating a high speed network for the state's operations. It involves a lot of expensive public works -- digging up streets and highways to lay down relatively cheap fiber and conduit (the digging is the expensive part). (more…) Source: Boing Boing (published under a Creative Commons…

Rogue One is a movie about internet freedom

Sarah Jeong is right (as usual): Rogue One is about internet freedom, a movie about the struggle to upload a large file under time-constraint in a post-Net-Neutrality dystopia where Dropbox is a distant memory and you can't just email a file to yourself for later reference. (more…) Source: Boing Boing (published under a Creative Commons license)

Honduran Electoral Controversy Resolved, but the Crisis is Far from Over

“Hondurans expressing their opposition to Manuel Zelaya and Hugo Chavez.” Photography taken in 2009 by Enrique Galeano Morales, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic. After days of violent protests, crackdowns, and challenged curfews, the vote recount in Honduras named Juan Orlando Hernandez the incumbent president. Hernandez's campaign had been contested by Salvador Nasralla from…

Art and Music Festival Brings Joy to Islamabad

  Vendors stand in front of their art exhibit at the art langar festival in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photo by Annam Lodhi, used with permission. Islamabad is a city that loves order. Traffic in Pakistan's capital city is usually light and streets are barren after 9 p.m. Yet, the past month or so has been unusually…

Found in Translation: Local Publisher Brings Alive the Story of a Somali Olympian and Refugee for Macedonian Readers

Comics excerpt on display at the promotion. Panel 1: “Hey you, don't move!” Panel 2: “It's all right, I'm not running!” Photo courtesy of Comics Bookshop Bunker, used with permission. On 4 December in Skopje, independent publisher Comics Bookshop Bunker promoted an unusual graphic novel: a biography of Somali Olympic runner Samia Yusuf Omar, who…