[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
Transition infographic – "The Transition infographic explains Transition in a friendly and acccessible way for people who are not familiar with Transition or the issues that Transition responds to."
Porn Sex vs Real Sex: The Differences Explained With Food – "If you’ve ever watched porn, and if you’ve ever had sex, you know that the two are very different. But what are the differences, specifically?"
What goes on when you are not there! – Bears and the best tree ever.
DJ Moneyshot – Solid Steel And The Hour Of Chaos – "DJ Moneyshot presents another classic album deconstructed for the Solid Steel 25th Anniversary. Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ is also 25 years old"
2,919 Movie Pirates Walk Free as BitTorrent Trolling Scheme Falls Apart – "It started back in March when a lawsuit filed by the Swiss company Contra Piracy targeted individuals said to have downloaded and shared the 50 Cent movie All Things Fall Apart. Contra Piracy, a claimed non-profit group, said they had monitored 2,919 individuals infringing the movie on more than 280,000 occasions. In order to stop these infringements they said they would need the identities of file-sharers from ISPs."
Study: queen-less honeybees remain altruistic to the bitter end – "The bees continue to show altruistic behaviour after the death of the queen bee, performing tasks for the benefit of the dying colony despite their own reproductive urges."
HEARD App – Capture the moments you would otherwise miss – "How many times have you been in a meeting, playing with the kids or just hanging out with friends and family…and wished you could have recorded the audio of what just happened?" Not too many times, but there were some, yeah.
Why soon we’ll all be vegetarian – "Sooner than you think, all our burgers may be grown in a lab"
▶ A Hymn For Megatron by The Black Dog – "This is a small piece recorded in a 60 degree heat in the studio and dedicated to the underground world in SoYo™ – Megatron (Google it), it’s not our usual thing but we’ve never boxed ourselves in and always done what we wanted to."
Tokyo Tower Gigapixel Panorama – "This is a 150-gigapixel image shot from the top of the Tokyo Tower. It was shot in September 2012 with the kind assistance from the management of the Tokyo Tower."
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’ – "XKeyscore gives ‘widest-reaching’ collection of online data – NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches – Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history"
It Don’t Gitmo Better Than This – "On Guantánamo, iguanas are endangered. Killing one will get you a $10,000 fine. Military transport skids to a halt to let them cross the road."
Usman Haque: ‘Messiness will inevitably arise in spite of smart cities’ – "there are no universal objective parameters; and sometimes those working on problems are actually the ones who are causing them. Urban data isn’t simply discovered, it is invented, manipulated and crafted."
Here’s the Best of Marina Abramović’s Reddit AMA – "I never wanted to have children. I never had the biological clock running like other women. I always wanted to be an artist and I knew that I could not divide this energy into anything else. Looking back, I think it was the right decision."
MIT report is a whitewash. My statement in response. – "Aaron would be alive today if MIT had acted as JSTOR did. MIT had a moral imperative to do so."
Capitalism is dead: American poverty to go mainstream as 80% predicted to feel economic insecurity – "Data from an as-yet unpublished survey reported on by The Associated Press today predicts that four out of five U.S. adults—an astonishing 80%, so guess what, this depressing figure probably includes YOU. […] Eighty percent? EIGHTY PERCENT??? Yeah, that’s right, eighty percent. How much longer will people put up with this?"
Swimming in a sea of shit: Phil Fish and the Internet’s war against creatives – "You can’t give up on Twitter, because it’s too good of a tool for interaction with your fans and players. You can’t filter e-mail, because people send threats of violence with subject lines that sound innocuous. You just have to grit your teeth and slog through it, day after day."
Nie wieder Fleisch? – "Unfassbare Zustände in der Putenmast, Antibiotikaeinsatz in der Geflügelzucht allgemein, nicht fachgerechte Tötungen von Rindern – Fleischproduzenten stehen in der Kritik. Hinzu kommt, dass Futterexporte aus Dritte-Welt-Ländern dort zu Hunger führen und dass Exporte dorthin die Märkte zerstören. Über die verheerenden Auswirkungen der massenhaften Fleischproduktion."