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Green Light on Washington: Blogs from FCNL
Ned Stowe and Friends
"The Phone Is Ringing Now. Who Will Answer It? The next crisis is already here. Only it is not another armed attack by violent extremists. It is a much bigger threat. It is a threat not just to the U.S., but to all of humanity, far bigger than al Qaeda, Iran, and North Korea combined. Dangerous climate change, if unchecked now, will make today's security challenges seem small compared the mounting crises that humanity will likely face by mid-century and beyond... Climate change is threatening human security today." Visit a great, new, interactive blog at Friends Committee on National Legislation. a link to Green Light
Apr 22, 2008

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The I.F. Stone Project on Journalistic Independence
Steve Aftergood
"I.F. Stone (1907-1989), the celebrated journalist and iconoclast who was renowned for his independence, is being remembered in the service of the values he embodied... The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University today announced the establishment of an I.F. Stone Award for journalistic independence, integrity
Also a richly detailed new website devoted to I.F. Stone provides excerpts from his writings, biographical information, reminiscences and other information..." –with a thanks to Steve Aftergood and his great Secrecy News Blog, a link to

Mar 7, 2008

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Pete's Pond in Botswana
National Geographic Magazine
Dear Friend, I have to tell you about a new discovery I made the other day. I've been watching wild animals coming to drink at a pond in an African reserve on a wild cam; I've watched elephants, baboons with their babies, some deer-like animals in small herds, a crocodile, a hyena, some guinea-like birds and a large white goose. When I get up in the morning I turn on my computer and get my day going, it is about 4:30 p.m. in Africa. I never know what will be there, but it is a thrill to realize that what I'm looking at are really alive and moving about their daily business as I watch. This program comes with sounds of birds singing and what I think may be monkeys chattering plus other mysterious noises. I never thought I'd have a ringside seat at an African water hole! –by Lois Barton and with a link to National
Oct 15, 2006

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Russia Top Prosecutor Probing Murder of Journalist Who Championed Human Rights
Natalie Hrubos
This sad and serious story is featured in an extraordinary website, Paper Chase, a real time news weblog run by law students. The links are mind-boggling: "Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika [official website, in Russian] Sunday took over [RIA Novosti report] the investigation of Saturday's murder of Anna Politkovskaya [BBC report], an award-winning Russian journalist likely killed for her stories about human rights abuses by Russian troops in Chechnya [BBC country profile]. Politkovskaya [BBC obituary], who had covered the crisis in Chechnya [BBC Q&A] for Novaya Gazeta [website, in Russian; tribute, in Russian] since 1999, was shot... Novaya Gazeta journalists will conduct an independent investigation. When she was killed Politkovskaya was working on a story to be published Monday about torture in Chechnya." –with a thanks to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a link to Jurist
Oct 15, 2006

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The Great Backyard Bird Count
E-birding -- you can use the web to participate: "The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all levels in counting birds and reporting their results to create a mid-winter snapshot of the numbers, kinds, and distribution of birds across the continent. Participants count birds for as little or as long as they wish during the four-day period and tally the highest number of birds of each species that they see at any one time. At the Great Backyard Bird Count web site, they fill out an online checklist to submit their counts." – with a link to
Feb 18, 2006

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Real Science, Real Climate
Scientists, struggling to stay independent, create web sites that foster informed discussion. This one is a great example: "RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science." – with a thanks to Karen S. and Lyn A. and a link to
Feb 12, 2006

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While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront
Kristin Henderson
Quaker, journalist and a military spouse, Kristin Henderson has written a remarkable book about the homefront, and love and war: " 'Does it get easier?" asked Beth Pratt. She had a husband in a war zone. She was asking me because, twice already, I too had waited for my husband to come home from a war -- first Afghanistan, then Iraq. 'This is our first deployment,' Beth said. 'They say it's supposed to get easier but it's been four months and so far it's just been hard. When does it get easier?' 'Oh,' I said, and the oh dragged itself into a sigh while I tried to decide whether or not to lie." – with a list of very practical actions to help military families on
Feb 10, 2006

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Birding Is Fun
Sharon Stiteler
The super-birder of shares her adventures, sightings, knowledge and favorite books as well as her blog: "This time of year I like to reflect on how life has changed from this time last year. For example, this time last year most of us had no inclination that proof that the ivory-billed woodpecker still existed had been collected. Now news of dodo bird skeletons being discovered is spreading." –with a thanks to PRI and a link to
Dec 30, 2005

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The Blue-fronted Amazon Breeding Ecology Project
Sarah Faegre
Since she was young, our writer loved tropical birds. As an adult biologist she has traveled to the Argentine to work in a breeding program. Follow this Northwesterner to S. America in her effort to save the world, one breeding pair at a time: "In the wild, Blue-fronted Amazons inhabit the tropical and sub-tropical forests, in regions of Northern Argentina, Southwestern Brazil, Western Paraguay, and Eastern Bolivia. The export of wild specimens has been banned in all countries except Argentina, where their populations are being threatened by the legal capture and exportation of thousands of chicks and adults every year." –with a thanks to Barbara Kelley, Aron Faegre and a link to The Amazona Society
Dec 23, 2005

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Have Yourself a Merry Eco Christmas, Chanuah, Dewali, Kwanzaa
Environment Action of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting
Can we speak for Santa Claus? We just had to share this. Like many communities of faith, the Environment Action of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting works to heal the environmental wounds to Creation: "We have recently adapted a copy of the "Great White North" postcard from the David Suzuki Foundation to send to our elected representatives. It the back it says, 'Please, please fight global warming. Everything is melting. Please save my North Pole home. Please save my polar bear friends. Please save all who live here. Don’t be bad. Sincerely, Santa Claus and ____." – a thanks to Andrea Palmer and a feature at

Dec 23, 2005

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Renascence Editions
Milton, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Spencer, et al.
Students, Scholars, Readers, lend me your laptop! Publisher Risa Bear and the University of Oregon's joint project, "An Online Repository of Works Printed in English Between the Years 1477 and 1799" is a treasure of old and fine content in e-format. Daniel Defoe wrote On the Regulation of the Press, 1704: "It makes the Press a slave to a Party; let it be which Party it will, I meddle not with that; but whatever Party of Men obtain the Reins of Management, and have power to name the Person who shall License the Press, that Party of Men have the whole power of keeping the World in Ignorance, in all matters relating to Religion or Policy, since the Writers of that Party shall have full liberty to impose their Notions upon the World, and if any Man offers to reply, the Licenser shall refuse the Copy." Why does this still ring with a strange relevance today? – with a thanks to Risa Bear and a link to Renascence Editions
Oct 6, 2005

Best of the Web
Mark Fiore
Cartoon artist and animator Mark Fiore always gives us a good laugh at ourselves. And as you know, if you don't laugh, you'll cry. He speaks eloquently to the issue of conservation vs. status quo. – with a thanks to John W. and a link to Mark
Sep 16, 2005

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An Earth-based Religious Response to Hurricane Katrina
"The Goddess does not punish us, but she also doesn't shield us from the logical consequences of our actions. Katrina's destructive power was a consequence of a human course that is contemptuous of nature. A Native American proverb says, 'If we don't change our direction, we're going to wind up where we're headed...' Katrina shows us a glimpse of that awful destination. And she also shows us hope. We can change, and if we truly awaken to the need, maybe we will, before it is too late." –with a thanks to Starhawk and a link to
Sep 16, 2005

Best of the Web
The Interactive Nolli Map
Jim Tice and Erik Steiner
Some great cities evolved and have been rebuilt through time; Rome is one of them. Researchers from the University of Oregon's Dept. of Architecture and Dept. of Geography have updated the classic 1748 map of Rome by Giambattista Nolli for the Internet: "In the last half of the 20th century a renewed interest in the map by architects and urban designers has flourished and led to new urban theories that present a model for the study of all cities and their urban patterns. The intention of this website is to both reveal the historical significance of the map and the principles of urban form that may influence city design in the future." –with a thanks to Patrick and a link to the University of Oregon
Sep 13, 2005

Best of the Web
Stories of Hurricane Katrina's Aftermath...and More
EMS Network
90,000 square miles of a hurricane battered bioregion, at least half a million people displaced, a national foci. Here at this site you will find the first-hand stories by the professional rescue workers themselves-- the good, the bad and the ugly, including the now famous piece by Parmedics Larry Bradsahw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky who were trapped in New Orleans. This may be one of our best sources for news from the Gulf States. –thanks to Russell Sadler, Nona Glazer and EMS worker everywhere and a link to
Sep 9, 2005

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