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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Film Rankles Environmentalists By Advocating Nuclear Power


Still of Stewart Brand in Pandora's Promise


A new documentary argues that environmentalists 
should favor nuclear power, not oppose it, on the 
grounds that the world's growing appetite for energy 
can't be met solely with wind and solar. 
Pandora's Promise is in theaters now, and not 
winning friends in the mainstream 
environmental movement.

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1882 Editorial Cartoon: Chinese not welcome


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The Chinese Exclusion Act, 1882
Signed by President Chester A. Arthur, theChinese Exclusion Act was the first federal immigration law to prohibit immigration on the basis of race. The bill barred all Chinese laborers, skilled and unskilled, from immigrating to the U.S. for ten years. It was made permanent by 1903, and was not lifted until the 1943 Magnuson Act. 
Signed by President Chester A. Arthur, theChinese Exclusion Act was the first federal immigration law to prohibit immigration on the basis of race. The bill barred all Chinese laborers, skilled and unskilled, from immigrating to the U.S. for ten years. It was made permanent by 1903, and was not lifted until the 1943 Magnuson Act. 

The 1898 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Wong Kim Ark finally extended naturalization laws to persons of Chinese descent by ruling that anyone born in the United States was indeed a U.S. citizen. 
This editorial cartoon from 1882 shows a Chinese man being excluded from entry to the "Golden Gate of Liberty." The sign next to the iron door reads, "Notice--Communist, Nihilist, Socialist, Fenian & Hoodlum welcome. But no admittance to Chinamen." At the bottom, the caption reads, "THE ONLY ONE BARRED OUT. Enlightened American Statesman--'We must draw the linesomewhere, you know.'" (Image Source: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, vol. 54 (1882 April 1), p. 96. [Public domain], via Wikimedia 

The 'Difficult Men' Who Propel Serial TV

There are three "Golden Ages" of Television"..we are in the third, ushered in by a series of "difficult men" and deliberate envelope stretching. From Tony Soprano to Don Draper, male characters drive this new — and yet old — form of storytellng. Weekend Edition Sunday host Linda Wertheimer talks with Brett Martin, author of "Difficult Men: Behind the scenes of the Creative Revolution from The Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad."

Tracking Changes In English Language, Digitally

Linguists have relatively new tools to analyze the tiniest changes in language. Weekend Edition Sunday host Linda Wertheimer speaks with linguist Arika Okrent about the subtle ways the English language is changing.



Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.



~ Thomas Edison


Has the Internet created a less informed society 

or a more informed society?



Consider the false information that spreads like a cancer over chat lines, specialized so called .orgs with very specific and take no prisoners agendas, the creation of insulated sources where anyone can read only what they already believe or want to believe, and a polarization of perceptions of truth, reality and politics that results.

Consider how fast information travels and how very little, if any, research and lag time exist between an event, a written statement or communication and its wide spread distribution/

Consider how few people check sources, research both sides, study history and events 
that may have led to current beliefs and affairs and in general bother to take the time to really understand an issue.

How many people believe reality TV is real?  How many believe that a picture is proof? How many believe that quotes on Facebook or even blogs like this one are accurate?

A large amount of quickly accessible information does not make for an informed society. An informed society reads, listens, understands all side to and issue and take what they then conclude is the best course of action.

With a wealth of academic sources, primary sources and diverse opinions on the web, 
how many people take the time to use them as tools for knowledge?

And above all, how can a society that attacks, uses foul language, has strong racist or sexist tendencies be truly seen as more informed now that their beliefs can be put on 
the fast track and those who agree with them can provide almost instantaneous support and affirmation?

-Art Lynch