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There are good reasons for any species to think darkly of its own extinction. Ninety-nine percent of the species that have lived on Earth have gone extinct, including more than five tool-using hominids. A quick glance at the fossil record could frighten you into thinking that Earth is growing more dangerous with time. If you carve the planet’s history into nine ages, each spanning five hundred million years, only in the ninth do you find mass extinctions, events that kill off more than two thirds of all species.

But this is deceptive. Earth has always had her hazards; it’s just that for us to see them, she had to fill her fossil beds with variety, so that we could detect discontinuities across time. The tree of life had to fill out before it could be pruned.

Ross Andersen’s paradoxically gloomy yet intellectually pleasing piece, “Humanity’s deep future.

Map of current disasters around the world. Via Disasters Report. Actually, I had a better disaster mapper than this one, but I cannot find the link.

Doom. Update, it’s on sale at Amazon for 10 bucks.

Sharknado trailer is now live. I’m bragging here people.

Sharknado trailer is now live. I’m bragging here people.


The ways Africa outperforms America - The Washington Post

Eye-opening slideshow showing the ways Africa is growing. Economic development and innovation are taking off, and so are human rights. I wouldn’t characterize these highlights anywhere near “ahead of the US” but a newspaper has to grab eyeballs somehow.

Millions of Africans still die of trivial causes in Africa (diarrhea, malaria, child birth, measles, pneumonia, etc.). Tens of thousands of children under five die every day in Africa. A horrifying number considering how moral the rest of the world thinks they are, or, monetarily, considering the trillions of dollars that nations have poured into the continent (and billions more from charities, NGOs, and so-called religious organizations). 

In fact, now that I look at this a little more, of the planet’s 194 countries, the vast majority of countries with the highest rates of death are all African.

And I haven’t touched upon environmental issues. What a mess.

Anyway, thanks to WaPo for the glamorous slideshow.

(via prepaidafrica)

It’s in French. Sorry! Still worth downloading. Shows rapid (rabid) deforestation across Madagascar by district. It’s a GIS analysis with data sets described. Originally slated for REDD+ baseline, the study evolved into a deforestation research project.

Madagascar was among the last pristine places on the planet. Not any more. The island is being bulldozed and sold off to aggressive companies who are scraping up rainforests to mine for gold, metals, minerals, timber, etc. So, basically, it seems to me, the above excellent report is nothing more than a historic record rather than a policy development piece. 


Came across this while searching for grocery stores in my new neighborhood. The volume of crime in our nation’s capital is embarrassing.  

What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, in making the case to shareholders that burning oil is the best means for human progress, and that cutting emissions is a fools errand. 

WSJ reports Yahoo board has approved a $1.1 billion deal — in cash — to purchase Tumblr. 



WSJ reports Yahoo board has approved a $1.1 billion deal — in cash — to purchase Tumblr. 



Good Doom news everyone. Something is probably going to happen that you may not like. Whatever it is will get announced this coming Monday.

Shortformblog editors spelled “good” incorrectly.


imageCould this be the end of a good thing? It’s quite possibly so, if the news about Yahoo! being in serious talks to purchase Tumblr for an estimated $1 billion is true.

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Welp, it’s been a good run…


New climate report has grim predictions

A new report says that much of the world’s plant and animal life could be decimated by the effects of climate change over the next century. Worldwide levels of carbon dioxide are the highest they’ve been in almost two million years.

Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, Amazonia and Australia would lose the most species of plants and animals. And a major loss of plant species is projected in North Africa, Central Asia and South-eastern Europe.


Chocolate, peanut butter, and banana flavored nope.
Chocolate, peanut butter, and banana flavored nope.

Starbucks tiny-mini-rant P1

  1. This advertisement was on my G+ page. It’s called “The Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino.” How, how, how does it have four types of caramel? FOUR!
  2. Who drinks this stuff? I feel so detached from reality right now. Like, what type of person is this targeting?