My leg’s been doing this weird twitchy thing and this crazy weather has been too unpredictable are no longer valid excuses to forgo commuting by bike tomorrow. Not only is it supposed to be a pleasant 72 degrees, but tomorrow is officially Bike to Work Day. If the convenience, fresh air, and life-enhancing exercise isn’t enough to coax you out of your transit rut, maybe free food, coffee, and a party on Brooklyn’s waterfront will do the trick.
From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Transportation Alternatives will host fueling stations at seven different bike commuting hotspots, and will be serving free iced coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company, Vita Coco (yeah whatever you’ll drink it), and food from KIND and Cabot cheese. You’ll also have an opportunity to become a TA member and get bike lights and reflective decals.
via Your Guide To Bike To Work Day, Which Is TOMORROW: Gothamist.
get well and get shooting again – grin
The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is propagating in favor of the deployment of combat drones. The influential think tank, headquartered in Berlin, has published an opinion poll indicating that more than two-thirds of the German population are in favor of using Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles or UCAVs in warfare. The results of this poll can be found in the current edition of “Internationale Politik,” the journal published by the DGAP. The journal extensively treats the subject – with an unambiguous tenor: UCAV development is characterized as an “enormous technological leap” that the German armed forces cannot evade. The authors consider the construction of combat drones, which, based on artificial intelligence can quasi “autonomously” carry out killer functions without human intervention, to be a “logical consequence.” The PR campaign, launched by the DGAP, accords with the German government’s intention to increase the reliance on UCAVs in future wars.
Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam, is having a major comeback since al-Shabab, an armed militant Islamic group, was pushed out of Somalias capital in August 2011. The Sunni insurgents had banned Sufis from gathering and prevented them from worshipping. Sufi sheiks, or elders, were attacked, graves of their saints were desecrated and rituals and celebrations became rare or secretly performed.
via With hardline Islamic militants gone from Somali capital, a mystical branch blooms again.