Do Urban Planners Overthink Traffic Flow? (w/ Video)

Taken in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, this video of Meskel Square is both terrifying and, oddly, reassuring- especially when you notice that the myriad cars, buses, and bikes of Addis Ababa seem to be getting through the major intersection without the inefficiency and frustration so common with the stop-and-go traffic patterns of the urban intersections Americans are probably most familiar with. All of which begs the question: do urban planners overthink traffic flow? Traffic planning is usually considered…

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu will Not Deny Love Affair with Solar Panel

“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”

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“Matriarch of Mayhem” Elizabeth Warren, Secret Revolutionary Leader?

Elizabeth Warren is a fiercely intelligent, compassionate and incredibly competent woman, who is very likely to become the next senator from Massachusetts. This soon to be reality is freaking Republicans out so much that they seem to have lost touch with reality. They have just created a hilarious attack ad, complete with scary menacing music, attempting to smear Warren. The ad is so inadvertently funny, that I have difficulty believing that it is really a legitimate commercial, and not just some kind of satirical prank

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Cartoonist Keith Knight: Too Funny to Miss

I highly recommend reading “Too Small to Fail” to help brighten your day, and make you think. Unlike his other cartoons, the somewhat autobiographical “K Chronicles” and the daily syndicated strip “The Knight Life”, the (Th)ink series is limited to just a single panel. Though it constantly amazes me how deftly Keith incorporates so many important and diverse issues into just one comic panel, dealing with everything from racism, to climate change, gun violence and the prison industrial complex, while still being incredibly relevant and funny.

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Arcata Police Blotter: Service Yaks and Late Night Drum Circles

After having spent a few weeks here in Arcata, I must confess that I was already starting to grow very fond of this northern California hippie wonderland, but this week when I came across this police blotter item in the Arcata Eye, one of the town’s local newspapers, I totally fell in love with this city:

“Friday, April 8, 12:11 p.m. — A man was seen walking with a ‘bison’ — previously described as a buffalo, but actually a yak — at 11th and L streets. When a friendly passerby asked if he could take a picture, Yak Man faulted him for not saying ‘hi’ first.”

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New York City Bus and Train Thief is Addicted to Stealing NYC Transit

If you are a regular reader here on EcoLocalizer, you know that I am a big fan of sustainable transportation — bikes, buses, trains, etc. So, when I came across this story, you can imagine I got a big kick out of it. Though I don’t think I would ever try to steal a bus or subway train (hope I wouldn’t), I can certainly relate to this guy in some ways. And, yes, you did read the headline correctly —…

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ZapRoot: Cow Urine Soda

In India, the Hindu political group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha will soon market cow urine soda as a health elixir. From our friends at ZapRoot.

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