Bernie Sanders inspires Dakota Access Pipeline protesters with White House speech

November 21, 2016 by  
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Two weeks after the Democratic Party suffered a devastating defeat, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is back in action – and he’s giving hope to those protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline . Standing in front of the White House, sanders addressed a group of supporters: “Today we are saying it is time for a new approach to the Native American people, not to run a pipeline through their land,” said the 74 year old democratic socialist. “And we are demanding that sovereign rights of the Native American people be honored and respected.” Last Tuesday, thousands of activists organized across the nation to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). A group of protesters gathered in front of the White House were joined by the former presidential candidate, who throughout his campaign had highlighted issues facing Native Americans and the importance of addressing climate change. Since April, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters have joined together in encampments that seek to block the construction of DAPL , which is set to run through tribal land and could pollute the water supply if constructed. This entrenched protest movement grew when the Army Corps of Engineers approved a “fast-track” construction permit despite concerns from those whose land would be affected. Tensions were further inflamed when construction crews cleared land that had been documented as a sacred, historic space. When protesters moved into this area, security officers unleashed attack dogs on the protesters , at least five of whom were injured. Related: Donald Trump has a yuge vested interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline Even as President Obama has acknowledged that he is monitoring the situation, the federal government is still moving forward with its original plan. The support of Senator Sanders, standing in front of the White House where he once hoped to live, added energy and public attention to the struggle for indigenous rights in the United States. Even if the route of the pipeline is changed, its construction still represents a loss in the fight against climate change . Everybody here understands that not only is climate change real, not only is it caused by human behavior, but it is already causing devastating problems in our country and all over this world,” said Senator Sanders. “It is totally insane, and future generations will look back on us now and say, ‘What in God’s name were you doing?’” Via Good Images via Gage Skidmore and Fibonacci Blue

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Stephen Hawking says humans only have 1,000 years left on planet Earth

November 21, 2016 by  
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According to Steven Hawking , humans could be extinct on Earth within the next 1,000 years. The eminent theoretical scientist suggests that the only way for humanity to avoid a mass extinction within the next millennium is to find another planet to inhabit . It looks like Planet B might be our only hope. Stephen Hawking says humans have only 1,000 years left on planet Earth “We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity,” Hawking said in speech at Oxford University in Britain last Tuesday. “I don’t think we’ll survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet. “Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next 1,000 to 10,000 years,” Hawking said, according to the Christian Science Monitor . “By that time, we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race.” Hawking’s statement that humanity is doomed on Earth is nothing new, as he has suggested in the past that humans are growing ever-closer to extinction on earth, as a result of our own actions on the planet. In a January 2016 BBC Reith lecture, Hawking said a disaster will inevitably strike the planet, and it could possibly be of our own making. Related: Steven Hawking announces plan to explore Alpha Centauri for alien life According to CNN , Hawking did end his talk on a positive note, saying: “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” Via USA Today , Christian Science Monitor and CNN Images via Lwp Kommunikacio , Flickr Creative Commons

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Londons new Design Museum opens this week inside a renovated post-war modernist building

November 21, 2016 by  
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Topped with a sweeping paraboloid copper-clad concrete roof, the Design Museum’s new building features a double-glazed facade that was meticulously detailed with mullions and patterns to mimic the original blue exterior. The renovated facade is complemented by a new public plaza with fountains installed at the entrance and a West 8 -designed landscape. The most notable overhaul, however, is in the interior, which includes two major temporary gallery spaces, a free permanent collection display, a restaurant overlooking Holland Park, auditorium, studios, library, archive, and new learning facilities. Inside the museum, John Pawson led the redesign, ripping out the original concrete floors and laying down Italian terrazzo flooring on the basement and ground floors, while warm-toned Dinesen oak flooring was used for the upper floors. The galleries, learning spaces, cafe, events space, and shop are organized around an oak-lined central atrium that offer beautiful views up to the iconic hyperbolic paraboloid roof. The double-glazed facade and atrium let in copious amounts of natural light. At night, LEDs are used to illuminate the space. Related: Stone House Made from 99% Recycled Granite Debuts in Milan “There are ‘moments’ in the building that I relish every time I walk around, but I think it is really the way everything comes together – the new and the old – that gives me the greatest pleasure,” said John Pawson. “I hope the Design Museum shows people that you don’t have to tear down and start from scratch to make exciting new cultural spaces.” The Design Museum will open to the public on November 24, 2016 and is expected to attract 650,000 visitors in its first year. + Design Museum Images by Gareth Gardner and Gravity Road

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