Oslo, City of the Future

In the spirit of tomorrow’s World Environment Day Oslo shows that it’s possible to have a clean sustainable city. Here’s a video brought to you by Sinead O’Shea and Aljazeera

For the people of Oslo this is what a city of the future looks like

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World Environment Day Tomorrow

 Green Economy: Does it Include you?

That’s this year’s theme for tomorrow’s World Environment Day (WED). Do you believe it includes you? Maybe if you’re 90 years young, the idea of Green might strike you as hippie talk. For the rest of us, thinking about a green economy is thinking about our future. Bouncing back from a global financial crisis is the future for the world’s economy. Why not make it Green? 

It would be great to join in on the Green discussion across the world. A Green economy includes all of us. We should show that talking sustainable and talking green is not just hippie talk.  We can raise awareness or join in on environmental cleanups. It doesn’t matter how you do it.. Just go out and be Green on WED!

Summer Time

Hey readers of Machine Mindz. Summer is so close I can practically feel it… Just the other day it was 90 smoldering degrees outside. So before the summer starts I wanted to take a poll of what everyone loves to do during the summer. There will be a surprise for the highest voted topic by this time next week. Until then…

Summertime and the livin’s easy
Bradley’s on the microphone with Ras-MG
All the people in the dance will agree that we’re
well qualified to represent the LBC
Me and Louie we’re gunna run to the party
and dance till the rhythm it gets harder

-Summer Time by Sublime

Cheers

World Environment Day: Are you in?

Today I wanted to tell everyone that World Environment Day is quickly approaching. On Jun 5 people from all over the world will be participating in World Environment Day. As the United Nations puts it:

World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life
to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter
outlook for themselves and future generations

The whole world’s doing it and so should you. So what are you going to be doing on World Environment Day?

Get Ready for Rio+20

I am excited to join the discussion on sustainable, green, and clean energy at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (or simply Rio+20) starting this June 20.

For those of you who want to know what Rio+20 is, I’ll be giving you all a brief summary

Thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders will be gathering at Rio de Janeiro to push for sustainable development across the world. They are addressing two themes at the conference

(a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication
and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development

In other words, world members are getting together to make the world go green through sustainable development which, if all goes according to plan, will eradicate poverty and help developing nations dig out of that grave called poverty.

 Today I will be starting the 21 day countdown until we talk sustainable at Rio+20. I encourage all readers to take a moment and think about all the issues that the world needs to discuss in order to start this Green Clean Revolution

Here are critical issues that will be tackled at Rio+20

Jobs

Energy

Cities

Food

Clean Water

Ocean

Natural Disasters

Julian Assange: Hero or Villain

Julian Assange. Everyone around the world knows him. Either they hate him or they love him. But you know who hates him the most?

The huge power players in international politics.

They are upset that their gossip and political backstabbing has been unveiled by the notorious Wikileaks.

Wikileaks waged its war on secrecy Nov. 28 two years ago.   The Battle is between freedom of speech and its double standard. There is a double standard that allows people of the world to protest against a government’s visible issues but as soon as a group of people shine light on that government’s deepest and darkest secrets, “all hell breaks loose”. Evidently the people of the world were “not supposed to know that.”

Wikileaks purpose is to:

Bring important news and information to the public… One of our most important activities is to publish original source material alongside our news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth

In a perfect world there should be no harm in letting the public see the truth. But the truth hurts and in Julian Assange’s case, it hurts bad.

I woke up at around 4:00 AM ET to hear the verdict on Mr. Assange’s appeal. Protesters gathered outside of the court calling for Assange’s release. The big question for the day was whether or not Britain should extradite Assange to Sweden to face the sex crimes he was charged with from abroad.

Assange could have committed the crime or the charges could be trumped up as a way to get rid of him, but all of that was irrelevant during the verdict. The only thing that mattered was the court’s decision.

At 4:42 AM ET London, seven judges at Britain’s highest court dismissed his appeal by a 5-2 majority. Due to a legal loophole Assange was able to buy himself some time from the extradition’s calling. Luckily for Assange and his team of attorneys, they have two weeks to appeal the decision.

Wikileaks has released both controversial and beneficial information to the public. Some of its biggest leaks include:

1. The 250,000 diplomatic cables that affirmed the two-faced masks diplomats wear

2. A list of websites censored by country across the world

3. The Iraq War Logs

Julian Assange has become one of the world’s most dangerous and most influential men. In a TED video he explains how  exposing the Kenyan government’s long corruption through his leaks helped change the outcome of the next election for the better. That sounds like something a hero would do. Though in contrast, the US Army has accused Wikileaks of being criminal and placing troops abroad at risk. Wikileaks also helped fuel the recent Arab Spring that led to the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

A man who has undoubtedly changed the world is now facing charges of rape from what seems to be out of the blue. Is the world trying to shoot the messenger? Is the truth better left unheard?I ask again: Julian Assange…is he a villain or hero?

Well, there’s a question as to what sort of information is important in the world, what sort of information can achieve reform.
And there’s a lot of information.
So much information that organizations are spending economic effort into concealing.
That’s a really good signal that when the information gets out, there’s a hope of it doing some good.

– Julian Assange

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We all need Inspiration

I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend. I just wanted to give a warm welcome to comments. I love feedback, it lets me know what my readers like and inspires me to inspire you.

Another woman approached me while I was having lunch at the Russian Tea Room in New York and told me that the reason she had become a lawyer was because she had read ‘Rage of Angels’. To me, that kind of feedback has more meaning than any sales figures
-Sidney Sheldon

Thanks for reading and stay tuned. Remember, just a bit of Inspiration can go a long way.