Oil, are you fracking kidding me

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Sustainability and the real challenges facing planet earth – as the Martians would say, “planet earth is doomed it has a terminal infestation of of humanity”

Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:

New satellite technology has yielded a stunning new set of views of the Earth at night. And a surprise — in North Dakota, near the Canadian border, there is a bright spot. It’s not a city. It wasn’t there six years ago. It, too, is new. You’ll see it in the video below as the US comes into view.

Recently, NPR explained the source of this mysterious and large cluster of lights on the otherwise empty prairies of North Dakota — new oil fields created by fracking technologies. As Robert Krulwich writes:

This oil rush is so sudden, so enormous, North Dakota now has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. More than 41,000 workers got jobs there between 2008 and 2012. Only seven years ago, the U.S. was importing 60 percent of its oil. Now imports are down to 42 percent.

The wells are here:

Some of the lights…

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WordPress and saving trees

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This is the way the world should be headed.

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Last month, we attended the Modern Language Association’s annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, and had a great time talking to educators about how WordPress.com encourages in-class conversations to keep going and keeps students and parents up to date. Today, we’re taking a closer look at how some tech-savvy teachers are using WordPress.com to create educational experiences that seamlessly blend the traditional and virtual worlds.

The Paper-Free Class Experiment

My name is Mr. Hays and I teach 8th grade Language Arts. I am a National Board Certified teacher, and I have been reflecting on my role as a teacher this past summer. This year, I  have decided to try a radically different approach to teaching. I want to step away from the traditional classroom for a while and see just how much we can do online.

With The Paper-Free Class Experiment, Florida middle school English teacher James Hays has built…

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