In Wales, a Toast to Dylan Thomas on His 100th Birthday

Used under fair use rationale to depict Dylan Thomas. via Wikimedia Commons.

Used under fair use rationale to depict Dylan Thomas. via Wikimedia Commons.

via The New York Times:

LAUGHARNE, Wales — Down the footpath from his writing shed, along the curve of the water and up the hill, you see what the poet Dylan Thomas once saw: tall birds on the “heron priested shore,” a “sea wet church the size of a snail” atop the ridge, the castle ruin to your left still “brown as owls.”

Poem in October,” in which Thomas reflects on his 30th birthday, unfolds verse after verse as you walk through the landscape that made him, and that he remade in turn, culminating with a final cliff-top exclaim:

“O may my heart’s truth

still be sung

on this high hill in a year’s turning.”

Thomas died young, at 39, after boasting that he had downed 18 straight whiskeys (“I believe that’s the record”) in New York in 1953.

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“Pay 2 Play” — A Disinfo Election Event

DON’T MISS THIS SPECIAL DISINFO ELECTION EVENT!

At 12:01am on November 1st, Disinformation will release John Ennis’ acclaimed film Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes on our VOD platform. Timed to the upcoming mid-term elections, Pay 2 Play may very well change the way you perceive America’s election process and the way you vote.

Watch the trailer, bookmark the location right HERE on Disinfo.com, and set aside the time on your calendar. Even if you’ve never watched a Disinfo documentary before, be sure not to miss Pay 2 Play.P2PStills101

If you give a shit at all about the political process in the US, this is a very important film to watch. You’ll be able to stream the film for only $4 or download for $10.

“A must-watch film!” — DAILY KOS

“Follows politicians, lobbyists and activists, taking you through a roller coaster of controversy.” — ABC7 Eyewitness News

“A masterpiece… The talking points in this film are bladed lasers.” — OpEd News Review

Pay 2 Play vividly tells the story of the threat posed to our political process by big money interests and what we can do to fight back to defend our Republic.

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More People Believe in Aliens and Ghosts Than God

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By Lionel Allorge (CC)

Are you surprised? From i100:

Today in unnerving statistics, a poll has found more Britons believe in aliens and ghosts than God.

The survey of 1,500 adults and 500 children, carried out online for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! by OnePoll, found more than half of adults believe that there is alien life, while only a quarter believe in God.

Of the children polled, 26 per cent believe aliens are disguised as humans while one in 20 thought they knew an alien – and of those, one in 20 suggested their mother as the likely culprit.

In the 2011 census 59.3 per cent of the population described themselves as Christian – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they were believers. A YouGov poll of 1,500 Anglican clergy this week found one in 50 priests believe God to be a human construct, while 16 per cent of priests say they are unclear on what they think about God.

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We Are All Confident Idiots

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By Tricia via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

via Pacific Standard Magazine:

The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise. A leading researcher on the psychology of human wrongness sets us straight.

Last March, during the enormous South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, the late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! sent a camera crew out into the streets to catch hipsters bluffing. “People who go to music festivals pride themselves on knowing who the next acts are,” Kimmel said to his studio audience, “even if they don’t actually know who the new acts are.” So the host had his crew ask festival-goers for their thoughts about bands that don’t exist.

“The big buzz on the street,” said one of Kimmel’s interviewers to a man wearing thick-framed glasses and a whimsical T-shirt, “is Contact Dermatitis. Do you think he has what it takes to really make it to the big time?”

“Absolutely,” came the dazed fan’s reply.

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Population Control Measures Won’t Solve Global Sustainability Problem

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Bad news for the New World Order oligarchs: killing billions of us won’t solve the world’s sustainability problems, reports BBC News:

Restricting population growth will not solve global issues of sustainability in the short term, new research says.

A worldwide one-child policy would mean the number of people in 2100 remained around current levels, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Even a catastrophic event that killed billions of people would have little effect on the overall impact, it said.

There may be 12 billion humans on Earth by 2100, latest projections suggest.

Concerns about the impact of people on the planet’s resources have been growing, especially if the population continues to increase.

‘Can’t stop it’

The authors of this new study said roughly 14% of all the people who ever existed were alive today.

These growing numbers mean a greater impact on the environment than ever, with worries about the conversion of forests for agriculture, the rise of urbanisation, the pressure on species, pollution, and climate change.

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Cyborg engineers, virtual doctors and wristbands to detect cancer: Futurologist reveals how tech will transform healthcare

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By Sean MacEntee via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

via The Daily Mail:

Within the next 30 years, the global population is set to increase by almost 3 billion up to 10 billion, and this rise is set to put a heavy burden on the healthcare industry.

Futurologist Peter Cochrane has predicted how he believes the world will cope with this extra demand, and which technologies are set to revolutionise medical treatment over the next 25 years. 

His forecasts include lighting that helps people recover from illness, virtual surgeries and wearables that detect cancer molecules.

Read More: Daily Mail

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Vultures vs. Zombies

National Wildlife Federation’s naturalist David Mizejewski talks about vultures in this new episode of Zombies vs Team Wildlife.

Many birds feed themselves by scavenging on dead things. A sluggish zombie wouldn’t stand a chance against one or a flock of vultures.

National Wildlife Federation works on protecting wildlife and wild places for our children’s future. To learn more go to here.

h/t Boing Boing.

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Playing Monopoly With Our Lives

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By Mike Fleming via Flickr (CC by 2.0).

In all likelihood, when you were little, you played America’s best-selling board game, Monopoly. The colorful money, antique tokens, and cartoon old man let us pretend to be important, to feel successful, to realize the American Dream of prosperity. This childhood memory becomes something parents share with their children, growing into a cultural touchstone spanning generations.

Perhaps it is the warm memories of playing with siblings that obscures what the game’s objectives are, how it is played, and the lessons it imparts. For one, there is the object of the game itself, plainly stated: The winner is the last player left in the game, having driven their opponents into bankruptcy.

Just recently, Bank of America agreed to the largest court settlement in history: $16 billion with the Department of Justice in a wide-ranging lawsuit over the bank’s collateralized debt schemes. Do you think that the executives at Bank of America that engineered these schemes believed that robbing their customers was okay because it meant they were getting ahead by bankrupting others?… Read the rest

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Listen- Why You Have Heroic Potential and Shouldn’t Fear Shape-Shifting Lizards, The Illuminati, ISIS or Ebola.

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Fellow Disinfonaut, Author and pal, Gabriel D. Roberts joins the podcast! 

“You as you know yourself are not the final term of your being. You must die to that, one way or another… Life is always on the edge of death, always. One should lack fear and have the courage of life. That’s the principle initiation of all heroic stories.” – Joseph Campbell. 

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IMG_6074As the great Joseph Campbell so beautifully points out, you my friend, are goddamned hero.

I know that’s weird to say, let alone admit to yourself. It seems ostentatious, self-aggrandizing and ridiculous. However, it’s totally true.

We lose sight of what it is that each and every one of us is charged with just by being alive– We’re born, we do our best on this planet, decade after decade, then die. It’s a positively gargantuan task in and of itself that shouldn’t be diminished.Read the rest

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