NASA’s Beautiful Climate Picture

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 Makes You Forget Extreme Weather Is Possible

The world is utterly beautiful, especially when seen through the lens of picture of global aerosols—the solid and liquid particles that float around in our atmosphere.

You’re familiar with dust, but what do it and all the other floating bits look like from the heavens? We notice these particles when they scatter and absorb sunlight. Like you see in this picture, which was taken using the Goddard Earth Observing System Model (GEOS-5), they take on vibrant colors. For example, the red is dust, the blue is sea salt inside cyclones, the smoke is green from fires, white is sulfate particles from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions.

NASA scientists use gorgeous images like these to study our changing climate, which is kind of funny considering our ever warming atmosphere has delivered some horrible destruction. [NASA]

Image credit: William Putnam, NASA/Goddard

Wise Words from Michael Pollan

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High Fructose Corn Syrup

In Sustainability and in Health

I came across this video tonight and had to share it on the blog. Michael Pollan is one of the leading experts on the food industry, and I recommend his work to anyone interested.

In this video, Pollan explains how our government and our agricultural system have made it possible for a Twinkie, a complex, highly processed, 40 ingredient product to cost less than a carrot, a simple root vegetable that can be planted and harvested with minimal effort.

 

It’s interesting and unfortunate that everyone recognizes America’s obesity epidemic, but that no one has taken effective steps to stop the government’s subsidizing of fattening, caloric, sugary ingredients.

One scene from the documentary, Food Inc., addresses how this issue affects an average, blue-collar American family.

 

The most poignant moment for me is when the family is walking through the grocery store and the younger daughter jumps up and…

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“Creating a more equal society through competition and perfect information”

The Gini App

I was first introduced to the idea of social entrepreneurship in college while exploring different reads at a Barnes and Noble in between shifts of a summer job. I came across a book in the economics section titled Portfolios of the Poor: How the Poor Live on $2 a Day. In that book I was introduced to Muhammad Yunus and the idea of microfinance. Yunus believes that what limits many of the poor from climbing out of poverty is a lack of access to affordable income generation capital. The brilliance of the idea was the simplicity with which he chose to solve the problem. Instead of requiring borrowers to provide collateral. He required borrowers to take out loans in groups. Instead of physical collateral, he insured the loans with social ties. All borrowers were responsible if one in the group failed to repay. I was hooked. I purchased the…

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K’NAAN – Is Anybody Out There? ft. Nelly Furtado

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[Intro: Nelly Furtado]
I don’t wanna be left
In this war tonight
Am I alone in this fight?
Is anybody out there, yeah
Don’t wanna be left, left in this world behind
Say you’ll run to my side
[Verse 1: K’naan]
Something ’bout Mary
Never won a pageant
Never felt pretty
Never looked like Cameron
Diaz was her last name
Always been abandoned
Keep your head up
Baby girl this is your anthem
There goes Hannah
Showin’ off her banner
Rocking that crown
Make them boys go bananas
When you’re insecure about yourself
It’s a fact
You can point a finger
But there’s three pointing back

[Pre-Hook: K’naan]
I can see her crying out, yeah
Is there anybody out there?
She’s really counting on your love
Still struggling uphill
But you act like you don’t care
Right now she could really use a shoulder
Hanging onto the edge til it’s over
She’s crying for your love tonight
Loneliest heart to survive, she said

[Hook: Nelly Furtado]
I don’t wanna be left
In this war tonight
Am I alone in this fight?
Is anybody out there, yeah

Don’t wanna be left, left in this world behind
Say you’ll run to my side
Is anybody out there? yeah, yeah, yeah

Is anybody out there? yeah, yeah, yeah
(somebody, anybody)

[Verse 2: K’naan]
His name was Adam
When his mom had him
Dad was a phantom
Never took a look at him
Grew up mad and
Antisocial
Hated outdoors
Always in playing madden
Adam was lonely
Drugs were the only
Way out of his own life
Now he’s slowly
Losing his fire
Close to retire
With one last hope
He puts his arms up higher

[Pre-Hook: K’naan]
I can see him crying out, yeah
Is there anybody out there?
He’s really counting on your love
Still struggling uphill
But you act like you don’t care
Right now he could really use a shoulder
Hanging onto the edge til it’s over
He’s crying for your love tonight
Loneliest heart to survive, he said

[Hook: Nelly Furtado]
I don’t wanna be left
In this war tonight
Am I alone in this fight?
Is anybody out there, yeah

Don’t wanna be left, left in this world behind
Say you’ll run to my side
Is anybody out there, yeah

[Bridge: Nelly Furtado]
If you feel the way I feel
Like you’ve been talking to yourself
Well this one’s for everyone who’s felt invisible
Lonely in a crowded room
Searching for someone like you
Can’t do it all alone (no one can baby)
Can’t do it all alone (no one should baby)
Is anybody out there?
(somebody, anybody)
Is anybody out there?
I’m right here for your
Is anybody out there?

[Hook: Nelly Furtado]
I don’t wanna be left
In this war tonight
Am I alone in this fight?
Is anybody out there? (yeah)

Don’t wanna be left left in this world behind
Say you’ll run to my side
Is anybody out there? yeah, yeah, yeah

I don’t wanna do it all alone
I need your love to take me home
No one said you should be all alone
I’m right here
Is anybody out there?

Lyrics copied from rapgenius

K'naan

K’naan (Photo credit: Socdaal)

Mariah Carey sings Obama Tribute – Bring it on Home

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Lyrics:

With just every day people tryin to make it through the pain
your real intention only hurt each other playing silly games
but when it comes down to win or lose, don’t give up the fight
’cause strength is what we need and love can save our lives.
So bring it on home, you can bring it home
bring it on home, I know we can bring it home
so when you’re down and frustrated let em all keep debating ’cause we go in,
and everybody be. prepared to do the best
but you can do ’cause I know we going in
Bring it on home, bring it on, bring it on, bring it on home
you can bring it on home, I know we gonna bring it home
bring it, bring it, bring it, bring it, bring it
bring it on home
Oh, ’cause we gon’, we gon’, we gon’, we gon’ we gon’, we gon’ in
everybody say yeah, gonna bring it home
Yeah yeah I know we can bring it home
‘Cause we’re gonna, we’re gonna, we’re gonna win
gonna bring it home,
we’re going, we’re going, we’re going in, gonna bring it home
Bring it on home, you can bring it home
Bring it on home, I know we can bring it home
come on everybody, uhh,
We can bring it on home , you can bring it on home
I know we can bring me home.

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Mrs.Mahiya

On my quest to find more foods with fiber, I decided to experiment with mung beans.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 mung beans – soaked for 8 hours
  • 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes – halved
  • 2 mini (Persian) cucumbers – skinned and sliced
  • 1/4 of red onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley – chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of dill – chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of Greek dressing
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Soak the mung beans in enough water to cover all the beans, leave for 8 hours. I usually soak them as I am leaving to work, and they are ready when I get home. Boil the mung beans in 3 cups of water for 10-15 minutes, or until the mung beans are soft. After they are cooked drain the beans, rinse in cold water and let cool until ready to assemble the salad. Mix all the vegetables and beans in a bowl and serve.

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