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What Happened to Turkey’s Ancient Utopia?

Tunç Ilada stoops to pick up a pottery shard, one of many littering the ground at the Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük. “This is from a Roman ceramic workshop that was here nearly 2,000 years ago,” I˙lada, a tour guide, says of the shard. “But for the archaeologists working here, this is practically brand new.” Ancient Rome indeed feels like modern …

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INSIGHT – NYC LAUGH FOR SIGHT IS A JOKING MATTER, SEXING UP MANNEQUINS AND THE DEPLORABLE ATTITUDE CLIMATE – 12.01.16

Brian Fischler – comedian, writer and so much more talks with me about the 11th Laugh For Sight NYC on Monday December 5th at Gotham Comedy Club starring Robert Klein, Joy Behar, Stacey Prussman, Daryl Wright and the comedian who founded LFS – Brian and his dog Nash. We learn about Brian’s 24 job in LA, how Charlize Theron walked …

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Ask Beatty – 11.29.16

Listeners are always curious about Beatty’s background. So today she talks openly about her family, career and her own challenges. She also encourages people when difficulties arise to not despair. But rather, we all need to take a deep breath and acknowledge, address and resolve our problems one by one with or without professional health.

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Jasleena Grewal – Urban Foraging: Weeds You Can Eat

Foraging, or wandering in search of food and plants, isn’t relegated to remote forests and idyllic fields. Edible and usable weeds are abundant in urban environments too. Some are found in common cuisine: Dandelion and stinging nettle are often used in salads and teas. And many weeds are vitamin- and nutrient-rich. Harvesting urban weeds can help us connect better with …

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Ramon Elani – The Dithering Age: Holocene, Anthropocene, And Chthlucene

There is no question that anthropogenic activity has profoundly damaged the vast interrelated web of ecological systems that maintain the conditions for life on this planet. Similarly there is an increasingly agreement among climate scientists that we are currently in the midst of a sixth geological extinction event that may cause the annihilation of up to 75 percent of species …

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Sea level rise threatens larger number of people than earlier estimated

More people live close to sea coast than earlier estimated, assess researchers in a new study. These people are the most vulnerable to the rise of the sea level as well as to the increased number of floods and intensified storms. By using recent increased resolution datasets, Aalto University researchers estimate that 1.9 billion inhabitants, or 28% of the world’s …

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CHARLES HUGH SMITH – Following in Ancient Rome’s Footsteps: Moral Decay, Rising Wealth Inequality

If you want to understand why Rome declined, look no further than the moral decay of ruling Elites. There are many reasons why Imperial Rome declined, but two primary causes that get relatively little attention are moral decay and soaring wealth inequality. The two are of course intimately connected: once the morals of the ruling Elites degrade, what’s mine is mine and …