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Trees cover an estimated 20.9 million acres of urban land in the continental United States.
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This is a thing that exists. 
Its an ARTHUR thing! You wouldnt understand.
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"This is truly the beginning of a new era in visual communication and learning," said Varshney. "Things are about to get very exciting in education very soon."

“VR will not fix education,” Sessums says. “Yet perhaps 100 years from now, VR applications will extend learning opportunities far beyond our comprehension.”
A team of technology experts at the University of Maryland see an endless horizon of opportunities in education through virtual reality applications.
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<quote> Public perception is often that men cannot be victimized sexually—at least, not by a woman. Many assume that men can fend off a perpetrator if and when they need to (at least, easier than woman can), and that an erection equals consent.

However, just like women, men can experience a freeze response during sexual assault, making resistance impossible. Also, as scholars point out, both erections and ejaculations can occur during extreme duress and it is not rare for men to maintain erections during sexual assaults.

Physiological arousal clearly cannot be equated with consent.
In his Washington Post article, writer Richard Morgan graphically describes how, during his rape, his rapist managed to produce the (purely) physiological erection response in him, even while he was crying.

Involuntary sexual arousal, including orgasms, has also been reported in female victims of sexual violence. Regardless of gender, for sexual assault victims, such bodily responses can make things even worse, as they can make victims feel betrayed by their own bodies.

Given all of this information, the issue of male sexual assault has to be taken seriously.

Yet the music video with Slash and Fergie shows that this is not the case. As the comments underneath the video show, many find it quite sexy: We read from male commentators that they envy Slash, and from female ones that they would like to be Fergie in the video.

But how would we feel about the video if the roles were reversed? What if Slash played an obsessed stalker who caught Fergie’s interest after her show, drugged her and tied her to the bed? Would we really feel that Fergie “got lucky?”

Or would we find the video appalling and disturbing?

The reality is that male sexual assault is neither sexy nor funny. </quote>

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/04/he-was-asking-for-it-why-we-dont-talk-about-male-sexual-assault/
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A very interesting perspective. We need to figure out a new kind of economy. 

"Capitalism and Communism, which briefly resembled victor and vanquished, increasingly look more like Thelma and Louise; a tragic couple sent over the edge by forces beyond their control. What comes next is anyone’s guess and the world hangs in the balance."

http://boingboing.net/2016/04/22/the-gimmick-economy-how-centr.html
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Hella fascinating article on how lucid dreaming / dream yoga practices could be applied to culture, politics, and economics, potentially creating a collective awakening to dreamlike patterns acted out on large scales, leading to the possibility of creatively transforming the world for the better.

<quote> As Zivkovic suggests, there’s a reason why we describe historical crises as nightmares. I’d add that, by the same token, there’s a reason why we are inspired by leaders who “have a dream”—not a passive dream, mind you, but an active dream in which we consciously participate.

A sustainable future requires attentional focus, awareness, mindfulness, on a mass scale. Mass media and technology are clearly implicated our apparent failure to ensure such a future. (Here I refer you to the fantastic film Koyaanisquatsi.) But mass media and technology must be part of the solution.

Dream yoga teaches us that the idea of turning nightmares into visions is more than a mere metaphor. It is in fact a skill we can develop as individuals. Applying that principle more broadly, we understand that turning nightmarish suffering into conscious dreaming is, in fact, a capacity that the institutions of a democracy—especially journalism and mass media—are responsible for cultivating. </quote> 

#LucidDreaming   #DreamYoga   #culture   #politics   #economics   #VirtualReality  

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-healey2/dreaming-the-virtual-why_b_9791298.html
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I'm starting this course on soulful lucid dreaming tomorrow, led by +Ryan Hurd. I've read some of Hurd's written material and listened to some podcasts, and I really like his approach. I'm looking forward to this. Join us? Enrollment ends at midnight tonight (April 27th).

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What can you do with your lucid dreams? 

Although people often talk about how to “do whatever you want,” my perspective is focused on self-growth and personal development, not on checking off a bucket list.

Not that lucidity can’t be fun– it is in fact, often exhilarating — but I’ve found that by dancing with the dream rather than dictating it, and leveraging self-awareness to better activate the energy that is already present in the moment, that the dream will move from idle fantasy to a powerful platform for self-transformation.

In other words, this is lucid dreaming for grown ups.

You will learn how to focus your lucidity for rekindling creativity: for accessing luminous geometric mandalas, spontaneous poetry, musical soundscapes and mythic art.

Or you can invite healing imagery that you can later target in waking life for grounding, stress management and relaxation. 

Or you may enter into deeply soulful conversation with ancestors and other mythic figures who have much to tell you once you make the space to listen.

We will also discuss the power of facing nightmares, and reclaiming safe places so you can be free from repetitive fears and start living a new story. </quote> 



https://dreamstudies.com/lucid-ignition/
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Dang indeed, +Mary Williams. He does offer it periodically, so you'll have other chances. Also, I believe this is a prerequisite for other courses he offers, so maybe you and I will end up in the same course at some point--that would be fun. :)
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“Brain scans of insects appear to indicate that they have the capacity to be conscious and show egocentrico, apparently indicating that they have such a thing as subjective experience.”…
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Heh. I guess that's one way to detect consciousness--does this creature deliberately seek out consciousness-altering substances? 
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Gorgeous, unsettling. ~4 minutes

"BALANCE is a dark and surreal short film, filmed with a drone, which makes the parallel between the City of New York and a cemetery, blurring perceptions, perspectives, and especially our look on our modern society, with some beautiful camera effects. A beautiful video directed by Tim Sessler."

http://www.ufunk.net/en/videos/balance-new-york-drone/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Ufunknet-Newsletter-EN+%28Ufunk.net+-+Newsletter+EN%29
BALANCE is a dark and surreal short film, filmed with a drone, which makes the parallel between the City of New York and a cemetery, blurring perceptions, persp
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PSA: the 0.1% are the ones we really need to keep an eye on. 

<quote> Mere 1 percenters are often people who got lucky doing real work: movie stars, doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants, etc. They own nice houses and have retirement savings, but they don't own islands, helicopters, or gilded survival shelters that they plan to hide in while the rest of us eat each other on the blighted, apocalyptic surface-world.

Because they tend to earn their money from work, it is taxed at something like a normal rate; in contrast, the 0.1 percent earn nearly everything from capital gains, which not only enjoy much lower tax rates (because US tax policy rewards owning things ahead of doing things) and is much easier to shift offshore.

The 0.1 percent has a few tech billionaires and a few more finance people (naturally) -- but the fastest-growing cohort in that exalted tier is professional descendants, who inherited their wealth from their forebears, with names like "Walton" and "Koch."

One percenters are more likely to see their natural allies as everyone else, because they live in precarious circumstances (having a lot to lose makes you a fat target from 0.1 percenters who have skimmed all the krill out of the financial seas and want bigger game). </quote> 

http://boingboing.net/2016/04/22/forget-the-1-its-the-0-1.html
The wealthiest one out of 1,000 US families — the 0.1 percent — comprise about 115,000 households whose net worth starts at $20M, and goes up and up from there, accounting for at least …
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Born in Nova Scotia, lived in Vancouver, British Columbia for 15 years, then moved to Sacramento. Interests include: virtual reality, lucid dreaming, meditation, science fiction, cats, goats, hugelkultur, microbiome. I believe in net neutrality, open culture, sensible copyright reform, taking action on climate change, renewable energy, nuclear power, and balancing surveillance with a hefty dose of sousveillance. Organizations I believe are doing a lot of good in the world, even though I may not agree with their position on everything, include: Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), 350.org
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