Friday, May 27, 2016

thinking about what a friend had said - i was hoping it was a lie,look at mother nature on the run in the 1970's - neil young

look at mother nature on the run in the 1970's,thinking about what a friend had said - i was hoping it was a lie - neil young

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - After The Gold Rush - YouTube
10 sep. 2010 - Subido por RockkkV2
... voice, the lyrics, his awkwardness on stage, it just all makes perfect sense. ... Mix - Neil Young & Crazy ...


Well, I dreamed I saw the knights
In armor coming,
Saying something about a queen.
There were peasants singing and
Drummers drumming
And the archer split the tree.
There was a fanfare blowing
To the sun
That was floating on the breeze.
Look at Mother Nature on the run
In the nineteen seventies.
Look at Mother Nature on the run
In the nineteen seventies.

I was lying in a burned out basement
With the full moon in my eyes.
I was hoping for replacement
When the sun burst thru the sky.
There was a band playing in my head
And I felt like getting high.
I was thinking about what a
Friend had said
I was hoping it was a lie.
Thinking about what a
Friend had said
I was hoping it was a lie.

Well, I dreamed I saw the silver
Space ships flying
In the yellow haze of the sun,
There were children crying
And colors flying
All around the chosen ones.
All in a dream, all in a dream
The loading had begun.
They were flying Mother Nature's
Silver seed to a new home in the sun.
Flying Mother Nature's
Silver seed to a new home.

Comes A Time,It's a wonder tall trees ain't layin' down - Neil Young

It's a wonder tall trees ain't layin' down - Neil Young

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Comes A Time - YouTube
Sep 10, 2010 - Uploaded by RockkkV2
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Comes A Time. RockkkV2 ... Oh, this old world keeps spinning round. It's a ...


Comes a time when you're driftin'
Comes a time when you settle down
Comes a light feelin's liftin'
Lift that baby right up off the ground.

Oh, this old world keeps spinning round
It's a wonder tall trees ain't layin' down
There comes a time.

You and I we were captured
We took our souls and we flew away
We were right we were giving
That's how we kept what we gave away.

Oh, this old world keeps spinning round
It's a wonder tall trees ain't layin' down
There comes a time.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

How the media got pranked over chocolate

How the media got pranked over chocolate

May 31, 2015, 11:02 a.m.
chocolate study
We all want to hear good news about the health benefits of chocolate. (Photo: Olena Kaminetska/Shutterstock)
Journalist John Bohannon played a prank, with a point. 
He and a fellow journalist, Peter Onneken (who actually came up with the idea with his colleague Diana Lobl) decided to show the media that its reporting about nutrition is problematic. To do so, they designed and ran an experiment, wrote it up, submitted it to a journal, and then put together a news release with the information and quotes about the study and put it onto a PR website that blasts media outlets. 
They wanted to make it attractive to journalists (and to readers, who do the clicking) so they designed it to include dark chocolate and its impact on weight — two popular topics that would be even more popular together. Their results found that eating dark chocolate helps people lose more weight while dieting than dieting alone.
I'd click on that headline, wouldn't you? 
Onneken and Bohannon had no idea how many places might publish the information, which was based on a small, poorly designed study that was published in a journal that is pay-to-publish. The public has the expectation that academic and science journals only publish studies that are peer-reviewed, but that's not the case for many of them, as Bohannon uncovered in a previous experiment. The "institute" that Bohannon associated himself with was made up, as were his credentials. But his study was real, if shoddy.   
Here's how Bohannon describes it on iO9: 
"... the study was 100 percent authentic. My colleagues and I recruited actual human subjects in Germany. We ran an actual clinical trial, with subjects randomly assigned to different diet regimes. And the statistically significant benefits of chocolate that we reported are based on the actual data. It was, in fact, a fairly typical study for the field of diet research. Which is to say: It was terrible science. The results are meaningless, and the health claims that the media blasted out to millions of people around the world are utterly unfounded." 
The research journal's culpability aside, the combination of a bogus research institute (simply a website set up by the prankster team), the nonexistence of Johannes Bohannon in the field he purported to study, and poor science in the study should have tipped journalists off. But it didn't.  
So who published this basically bogus information? Bild, the German newspaper, put it on the front page. It was mentioned on morning shows in Australia and Texas, Shape magazine gave it a sidebar in its June issue, and Huffington Post published it in Germany and India. 
(And yes, we fell for it too.)
Even though he was "... aiming to see how far this thing would go," Bohannon says he was surprised by the results: "I was skeptical that my journalist colleagues would cover this terrible chocolate study at all. But wow ... they sure did." 

Bohannon wrote in his iO9 article, "... journalists are becoming the de facto peer review system." Of course, it's not the job of journalists to determine how good a scientific study is — that's supposed to be the job of the journal review system, and that's a separate problem that needs addressing. (At this point papers are submitted to some types of journals with no oversight at all.)
Writers can only do so much. At many sites, we are responsible for research, interviews, writing, editing, fact-checking, finding images, and pushing the story on social media — and we're expected to repeat that several times a day, depending on who we're writing for. That is a huge change from the past where writing and reporting was the sum total of the byliner's work and those other jobs were done by specialists in those areas.  
But it is journalists' responsibility to ensure that sources are legit, so they're not off the hook here, by any means. So who's to blame?
Bohannon has obviously thought about this issue, so I asked him what he saw as the problem. "... the blame is collective. In order of blame, I guess: readers (who don't care), reporters (who are lazy), editors (who have lax standards), and the owners of media websites (who are casually evil)," says Bohannon. 
Lesson learned — and in the most practical (if embarrassing) way possible, for all parties involved. 

How you can visit the Shire ... in Guatemala

How you can visit the Shire ... in Guatemala

May 8, 2016, 11:02 a.m. 
Leaving Hobbitenango offers a stunning view of the Guatemalan horizon.
Leaving Hobbitenango offers a stunning view of the Guatemalan horizon. (Photo: Janey Fugate)
A lonely hilltop in Guatemala seems the unlikeliest of places for a hobbit hole, but on a chilly spring night, I found myself being hauled up a mountain in the back of a pickup truck looking for just that. Too steep for anything but a four-wheel drive vehicle, the hill crested to reveal a small group of buildings, people making merry, and a goat grazing in a flower bed. But what caught my eye was a round blue door, so perfect it could have been stolen from the Lord of the Rings set in New Zealand.
I got out and stepped inside the door to the restaurant, half expecting to see Bilbo Baggins smoking a pipe. Rather, I found a list of drinks, including the Pomagrandalf and the Bilbojito, scrawled in chalk on the back wall.
Hobbitenango, or "land of the hobbits" in the indigenous Maya tongue, is a sustainability project, eco-hotel and restaurant modeled after Bag End and located outside Antigua, Guatemala.
The founder and co-owner of this endeavor is Guatemala native Roberto Arzu, a self-named dreamer, humanist, carpenter and Lord of the Rings enthusiast.
"We are not trying to be the Shire, or Hobbiton from New Zealand," Arzu said, while sipping a Firespell — hot chocolate with tequila and a kick of chili powder. "We are trying to be a hobbit village that has its own story of fantasy situated and born here in Guatemala; it is not a replica of any other."
While it maintains its distinctly Guatemalan flavor, Hobbitenango's story has roots that reach around the globe. Arzu was a sailor in the Mediterranean working on classic ships for 10 years before returning to settle in his homeland. Using the money he had earned sailing as his initial capital, he and his father bought a piece of land intending to start a social, entrepreneurial project. Just as the Lord of the Rings movies were hitting the big screen, Arzu's research into eco-friendly houses led him to learn of a hobbit-hole experiment in Wales ... and Hobbitenango was born.
"People looked at me like I was a crazy man," Arzu said.
The exterior of HobbitenangoHobbitenang came about after its founder was inspired by a similar sustainable project in Wales. (Photo: Janey Fugate)

A taste of Middle Earth

Daniel Terzuola, the co-owner of Hobbitenango, was born in Guatemala but grew up in New Mexico. He moved back as an adult and opened a comic book store in Antigua with the intent of promoting literacy in the region. There, he met Arzu and joined the venture, together making plans to open at least 10 hobbit houses, a farmers market and a restaurant.
"The first time I went up there I will always remember… I remember thinking 'Where are the unicorns?' Because it's too magical up here," Terzuola said.
With the restaurant, bar and first hobbit hole ready for some 400 guests that visit on an average weekend, mostly Guatemalan, the two are now working an archery range using homemade bows, so visitors can channel their inner-Legolas and "protect each other from the orcs," as Arzu told me. The area also has a campsite, a walking trail through the nearby forest and a terrace for sunset views.
These views are perhaps the real sell for Hobbitenango. They seem to combine Middle Earth’s most iconic landscapes. The idyllic drive up from Antigua through tiny villages dotting the hills, the land stitched by agriculture, is reminiscent of the Shire’s farmlands. The five volcanos looming on the horizon evoke Mount Doom or the Misty Mountains shrouded by clouds.
Its human and animal counterparts are also an apt realization of Tolkien's fictional land in a modern world. Arzu told me that while the community may not be comprised of dwarves and elves, he compared its diversity to the books' eclectic group of travelers.
"We are a fellowship of the ring… We are indigenous, we are ladino, we are foreigners, we are lower middle educated uneducated and a strong family really fighting together for this project because it benefits everybody," said Arzu.
Hobbitenango's balconyHobbitenango offers all the comforts of the Shire with a Guatemalan flair. (Photo: Janey Fugate)

Building up the community

Arzu and Terzuola employ 23 locals as waiters, drivers, cleaners, managers and cooks from what they say is one of the poorest villages in the province. With a population of around 1,500 people, the village is plagued by chronic poverty and lack of educational opportunities. In Arzu's reasoning, 23 individuals earning a decent salary means 23 families supported, making a relatively significant ripple effect of economic impact for one business.
One such employee is Ivan Rodrigo Archila, a 21-year-old native of Vuelta Grande, the village near Hobbitenango. Archila and his brother grew up in the village with no mother and an absent father, leaving them even more vulnerable to the cycle of poverty. But through Hobbitenango, they are employed, live on the grounds, and Archila is now training to be a manager.
"My dream is to stay here and see how the project grows," he told me while stroking Frodo, the resident cat.
Archila said his home village has mostly prospered from foreign organizations' investment and services that the state isn't offering. So Hobbitenango as a truly Guatemalan effort is all the more impactful.
"We want the money and the empowerment to stay in the village," Terzuola said.
Alba Esperanza, a woman dressed in the traditional Mayan garb of an embroidered guipil, told me she provides for her three kids with what she earns at her housekeeping job at Hobbitenango.
"For me this is a huge help. With what I earn here, I can keep moving forward," she said. "But I would like to learn more here, too, like how to be a cook."
This investment in local human capital is more than economic. Arzu and Terzuola also consider the venture an investment in the region's environmental health.
Mount Fuego Viewed From HobbitenangoMount Fuego is visible from Hobbitenango. The sight of an active volcano only adds to the venue's Middle Earth vibe. (Photo: Janey Fugate)

A greener Guatamela

Run entirely on solar and wind energy, Hobbitenango uses permaculture and a zero trash policy to stay true to its mission. The restaurant's internal skeletal structure is filled with recycled plastic bottles. Arzu told me while that the bottles serve virtually no structural function, this alternative technique prevents them from ending up in a landfill or making their way to the ocean.
"You are giving a perpetual grave to 5,000 bottles in one house," Arzu explained.
The adjoining cafe is also a perpetual grave to several thousand egg cartons that serve the same function. Hobbitenango is one of the first businesses in Guatemala to use these alternative building techniques. And this approach is beginning to influence the surrounding community. Archila explained that he has seen people in his community begin to recycle trash instead of burning it or tossing it.
"Because we use all of our trash here, some members of the community are beginning to have ideas about how to change their way of life," he said.
Residents of Guatemala are divided on ecological issues. Environmentalism has not yet emerged as a national movement. Meanwhile, habitat loss, contamination and air quality are critical issues facing the country. Much of the country's land is agricultural, and people use traditional methods to throw away waste, many assuming that the Earth will take care of it.
"That was true a 100 years ago, but not anymore." Terzuola said.
Tolkien himself was no proponent of industry, and Arzu and Terzoula's intent is to create a space where people can "disconnect to reconnect."
"This is magical, this is fantasy, this is a frontier where your self passes into another realm," Arzu said.
I felt myself passing into another realm when I heard a fellow visitor on the terrace exclaim: "Mirá la erupción!"
I looked behind me and saw Fuego on the horizon, one of the country's seven active volcanoes, spewing out lava, glowing red against the night sky.
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