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April 05, 2007

The MLK Jr. you don't see on TV. It's become a TV ritual: Every year on April 4, as Americans commemorate Martin Luther King's death, we get perfunctory network news reports about "the slain civil rights leader." The remarkable thing about these reviews of King's life is that several years - his last years - are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole.
Hedonic Adaptation says that we are made happy by getting stuff and then we "go back" to regular old whatever. (See Hedonic treadmill) So if we know what happiness is (let's just say it's 'a joyful, contented life'), then how do we stay happy? Y'know who might know? the Amish. more inside
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the chimneys pump out a toxic cocktail of pollutants... Welcome to Norilsk: Home to the world's biggest nickel and palladium producer, and producer of one seventh of all the factory pollution in Russia. more inside