Could global warming be linked to terrorism? Bill Nye thinks so.
According to everyone's favorite science guy, global warming is partly to blame for the terrorist attack in Paris because of the drought and subsequent farming shortage it's causing in Syria:
Young people have gone to big cities looking for work. There's not enough work for everybody, so the disaffected youths, as we say -- the young people who don't believe in the system, believe the system has failed, don't believe in the economy -- are more easily engaged and more easily recruited by terrorist organizations, and then they end up part way around the world in Paris shooting people.
Nye acknowledges that drought is not the sole factor, but does think it's reasonable to make an argument that "climate change is not that indirectly related to terrorism." What do you think, is the link Nye draws plausible?
The BrandalismProject, is a self-declared anti-advertisement art movement and has claimed responsibility for over 600 fake advertisements recently installed throughout Paris. The driving force behind the group's effort is the beginning of the UN Climate Change Conference.
Emma Watson is on the cover of Porter this month, and she revealed an interesting new tidbit about her powerful 2014 feminism speech to the magazine. Apparently, prior to giving the now-famous speech, Watson was told to avoid mention of the word 'feminism' altogether:
I was encouraged not to use the word ‘feminism’ because people felt that it was alienating and separating and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible. But I thought long and hard and ultimately felt that it was just the right thing to do. If women are terrified to use the word, how on earth are men supposed to start using it?
If you missed Watson's speech, or just want to revisit her words, you can catch it in full below:
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, George Lucas waxed poetic about the painful experience of letting go of Star Wars, and the lengths he's had to go to over the years in order to spare himself the vitriol of Star Wars fans. Apparently, "Lucas says he has assiduously avoided the Internet since 2000 — no Facebook, no Twitter, no e-mail even," which I guess means he's been lucky enough to never have to witness a debate about who shot first on someone's Facebook wall.
Speaking of who shot first, Lucas defended his "Greedo shot first" change as convincingly as you'll ever hear:
Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?’ Because I was thinking mythologically — should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot. It’s a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to.
Han Solo may be a stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder, but the man's got a code. Luckily for Lucas, he won't be online to read the responses to that argument.
Pediatrician Dr. Robert Hamilton shares a secret of the trade in how to calm a crying baby. He suggests that you hold them at a 45 degree angle and shake, shake, shake their booty.
Who knows why it works? Maybe the baby is too confused to cry any more when someone suddenly starts wiggling their butt around. If you're a parent of a newborn, this video may be lifesaving. Even if you're not it's worth the watch for the calming ambiance and adorable, tiny humans.
A Brasilian campaign called "Virtual Racism, Real Consequences" has placed Billboards in the home towns of racist internet denizens featuring their hurtful posts alongside a blurred out image and username of the offender. The project used Facebook's geo-tagging function to locate the commenters.
The organizers of the project don't want to identify anyone or give trolls more attention which is why the identifying information is blurred out. They hope that people who made these comments will come across their own words in a very public venue and realize the impact of their comments has more reach than the semi-anonymty of the internet.
They have also created a video to better explain their efforts :