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Compared with the brutal police crackdowns against the Occupy movement in New York City, Oakland and even the pacific Davis campus of the University of California, the Los Angeles eviction last night was almost entirely peaceful. The question is, why?
One reason was the leadership of the liberal Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who ordered the eviction but also no beatings, tear-gassing or police violence. Another was the leadership of the Los Angeles Police Department, eager to show a new approach after years of controversy. The City Council came out early in
Munich — The International Herald-Tribune has devoted its entire business section to the pending Durban climate talks, where I’m headed in a few hours. The story on the failure of the industrial world to keep the promise that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton flew to Copenhagen two years ago to make — that $100 billion in climate aid would be provided to the poor nations — is titled “A Pledge That Didn’t Meet Its Potential.”
In recent weeks, the UN has issued two major reports in an effort to move the process forward. One, from the global climate science community, makes clear that climate chaos has already been unleashed, and that increasingly frequent extreme climate events are already putting human communities at risk.
The other, from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), estimates that the necessary cuts in 2020 emissions to put the world on a course that would limit global warming to 2 percent is 6 gigatons of carbon dioxide — but that keeping the gap that small will require that nations meet the commitments they have already made, including the U.S. commitment of a 17 percent cut in its emissions (likely to be achieved, but not through a single national policy, in my view) and the $100 billion a year in climate aid (not looking as good.)
The UNEP then says that this remaining 6-gigaton gap can be closed if the global energy sector is reformed in the following ways:
Improving energy efficiency: Primary energy production would need to drop up to 11 percent from business-as-usual models in 2020, and the amount of energy used per unit of GDP would need to fall 1.1 to 2.3 percent each year from 2005 to 2020.
Up to 28 percent of total primary energy would need to come from non-fossil sources in 2020 (up from 18.5 percent in 2005).
Up to 17 percent of total primary energy in 2020 would need to come from biomass (up from about 10.5 percent in 2005).
Up to 9 percent of total primary energy in 2020 would need to come from non-biomass renewable energy (solar, wind, hydroelectricity, and the like).
Non-CO2 emissions would need to fall by up to 19 percent by 2020.
The UNEP calculates that the average cost of removing a ton of carbon dioxide in this scenario is modest —
The Muppets: The Original Soundtrack was released, and it’s filled with songs from the movie, The Muppets! If you’re wondering, yes, Jason Segel and Amy Adams did sing some of the songs with the Muppets of course! Overall, the soundtrack’s genre leans towards show tunes and Glee-type songs. There are some songs within the album that make it so much more than that.
In addition to songs, there are tracks titled, “Muppet Studios, I Can’t Believe It,” “I Haven’t Seen the Old Gang,” “We Drive,” “That Spells Reno,” “Welcome Back,” “Party of One,” and “We Humbly Ask,” that are sound bites from the movie itself. They were placed in between the songs and it seemed to fit well in that
Farms aren’t the first thing that come to mind when you think of New York City. But walk along its streets and you will pass hundreds of urban gardens; jump across its rooftops and you might find yourself in the middle of a commercial farm; and drive just 20 minutes from downtown and you could discover a full-fledged experimental farming community.
New York has a lot to offer in every area and farming is no exception. This week we visited three very different farmers and heard their take on the city and how growing food plays a role in (and is influenced by) the Big
I love the way Al Green refers to himself in 3rd person as a “Rock Star.” Not a soul singer or an R&B star, but a “Rock Star.” When I first started in this business as a performer, it was right before the internet took over: when artists still depended on CD sales, rock music was still played on the radio and, more importantly, on television. 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation were on life support, but still important platforms. Bands also still had decent budgets for making albums.
My first recording experience was different than most, which is the advantage of starting your singing career with an established act and not with up-and-comers. Hanging in New Orleans mansions converted into recording studios isn’t a bad way to start your career
The killing of 24 Pakistan troops by NATO forces is just the latest disastrous chapter in U.S.-Pakistan relations. As affairs go from bad to catastrophic, it’s not just the Taliban who will benefit, but also China.
For several years now, the Pakistanis have found China a very willing and increasingly powerful counterweight to the Americans and their often strident — you could call it arrogant — political demands.
Toeing Washington’s line, in other words, is no longer the only game in
While there was much to be thankful for last week, the rise of Newt Gingrich in the GOP polls made some of us eat the apple pie early. We were afraid it might rot like so many other fine American institutions — namely the United States Congress. It was, after all, former Speaker Gingrich who served us this spoiled mess.
Congress is loathed by most Americans. With disapproval ratings at around 80%, people don’t believe that the institution looks out for their interests, jobs, individual freedoms, or even their national
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It was a snowy night and Robert was recalling the time two springs ago when he was determined to paint the family room. Up early, he was out the door, to the hardware store gathering the gallons of red, the wooden mixing sticks, the drop cloths and the one-time brushes that always harden, no matter what you soak them in.
He mixed the paint outside and waddled to the door with a gallon in each hand, the drop cloth under his arm and a wide brush in his mouth. He began to chuckle in telling what happened, “I teetered there for minutes, trying to open the door, not wanting to put anything down. I was so
Today’s vlog is about trusting that the universe has your back. I’ve been working my trust muscles a lot lately and hope to inspire you to do the same. Feel free to leave comments about where you need more faith and trust in your life.
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Allahabad, India, is one of the holiest spots in Hinduism. Persian for “Settled by God,” the city plays host every dozen years to the Kumbh Mela, the biggest gathering of humanity on Earth, when tens of millions of pilgrims come to wash away their sins at the confluence of three rivers: The Ganges, the Yamuna and the invisible, mythical Saraswati.
A recent visit to the Triveni Sangam, as the confluence is called, found hundreds of pilgrims walking under a blazing white sun to bathe and to collect the holy water in plastic jugs for home. S.P. Paney, a recently-retired district sessions judge, was showing me around his hometown.
He pointed towards a spot in the expanse of water where the Yamuna and Ganges collided, the Yamuna with its bluish cast; the Ganges a turbid
Negotiating well is a powerful skill, and it doesn’t come naturally to most people. That’s because a negotiation — whether it’s with a salesman, your boss, or your spouse — is an experience that is rife with conflicting motivations.
When two parties haggle over the price of something (e.g., a house, a car, or a flea market teapot), the buyer needs to somehow reconcile his desire to pay the lowest possible price with the knowledge that if he bids too low, the negotiation may break down and the seller could walk away.
These concerns are also present when it comes to negotiations over salary — managers want to keep costs down, without losing their best people to better paying
Flying soon? If there’s a problem with your flight, does anyone have your back? Yes and no. You’d be surprised how few consumer protections you have why you fly. Herewith a survey of your rights when your flight gets bumpy. Part two of a two-part series.
Lost luggage flying internationally
The scenario: You’re flying on a trip from a foreign country or from the US on an international itinerary and an airline loses your checked bag.
Your recourse: Unfortunately, a different set of rules applies for international than domestic travel, and the liability limits may be considerably
Although I didn’t actually hear them yelling “De Plane! De Plane!,” the family of baboons sauntering next to the runway in Hoedspruit, a small airport near Kruger National Park, reminded me of Tattoo welcoming our small prop plane to South Africa.
It was also a promising sign that this safari in Limpopo was going to produce a lot of wildlife for our shutter-clicking group of five girlfriends. Indeed, we soon learned that this airbase turned airport (inside it looked more like a safari lodge than a terminal) had recently stocked cheetahs in a last ditch effort to slow down the warthog population whose insistent root digging on the tarmac kept interrupting landings and take-offs.
By the time we arrived at Kapama River Lodge, our sumptuous digs for the safari, we had christened our group “the Lucky Five,” because we’d already spotted a herd of zebra (only in South Africa, they call them zebb-ra, a pronunciation that we quickly adopted), a half dozen acacia-munching giraffes and enough warthogs that it was easy to understand the decision to install cheetahs.
And that was just the first 15
Though I have photographed the area many times, I still get a deep-in-the-gut sadness when pulling into Braddock, Pennsylvania. Like many of the satellite mill towns around Pittsburgh, Braddock was once a thriving, bustling and largely middle-class town. And like those towns — Clairton, McKeesport and Homestead, for example — when big steel went overseas in the 70s and early 80s, Braddock fell hard. From its peak in the 1950s, Braddock has lost 90% of its
Inspiration for travel sometimes begins with a casual recommendation from a friend or an overheard conversation. It can be the smallest moments that lead us to our biggest journeys. Such was the beginnings of my trip to the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria in Barcelona, Spain.
I happened to attend a workshop on Spanish cuisine led by culinary expert Gerry Dawes at the Culinary Institute of America in
Takeshi Kitano has always been a rule-breaker so it’s no surprise that Outrage, his latest gangster film, should foil expectations.
A good part of that has to do with Kitano himself. Cast as a yakuza underboss in a violent, almost Shakespearean tale of double-dealing underworld power struggles, Kitano lets the viewer make the assumption that his character is the engine for the story.
This is, after all, a Kitano film. He’s playing the gangster who ostensibly is the protagonist. So one assumes that, in the end, his is the character that will drive the action and be the focus of the climax.
Not that I’m going to give away the
In response to FT.com special report on the Future of Cities
And the Guardian extended coverage on Future Cities (sponsored by Arup)
This is the century of the city. For the first time in human history we are witnessing the advent of megacities – seemingly endless urban expanses that house more than ten million densely packed inhabitants.
Yet, megacities are not the product of ingenious design. They spread like weeds across the urban landscape straining the already stressed modern infrastructures to breaking point and causing potentially life-threatening problems such as, crime, homelessness, waste and resource management issues, disease, traffic congestion and
The discovery of infidelity leads many couples to seek therapy, as they typically struggle with a range devastating emotions. Shock, disbelief, confusion, fear and outrage are all common; so are doubts about the future of the marriage. As one of my clients recently explained:
My client is not alone. Many people assume that they would end their marriage if they discovered
The divorce process can be an expensive proposition. In uncertain financial times, like we are currently experiencing, it is even more crucial to find ways to help reduce the burden of divorce, both emotionally and financially. Couples need to preserve their money to start anew because it costs more to live as a single person or as a single parent.
If you are separated or considering a divorce, I recommend that you look into mediating your divorce versus going through the adversarial process and ending up in the courtroom. Mediation has always made sense for a lot of couples, and is even more attractive in today’s tough
I do not know if Herman Cain ever cheated with Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White. Come on, who the hell can keep up with this guy anyway? For all I know, this Republican presidential candidate has a perfect record of monogamy — like, say, Newt Gingrich. But this much I do know: the worse the personal behavior, the better the song. So I went to my Twitter followers @wildaboutmusic for a little help on this cheating playlist, and I’ve credited the first person whose suggestion I saw
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