some stuff …

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some stuff …
something very cool, something very tasty …
something very serious …
all in all, stuff you should check out …

first up, something VERY cool …
whether yer’ a geek or not, this shit’s great …
check it out and enjoy …
NASA Just Opened Up Access To 2.95 Million Images Of Earth
For the past 16 years, a Japanese-built instrument aboard a NASA research satellite has been quietly gathering data about Earth’s changing surface.
Those changes include everything from volcanic eruptions and massive wildfires to the worst
North Korean drought in a century. NASA made the data publicly available on Friday for free — including more than 2.95 million images. (The data was previously accessible for a small fee through Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.)
The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, also known as “ASTER,” measures Earth’s land surface temperature, elevation and the amount of light it reflects across 14 different spectral bands.
NASA can use the information to not only examine glacial advances and retreats, but also identify stressed crops, monitor thermal pollution and coral reef degradation, and evaluate wetlands.
According to the space agency, a single capture by ASTER covers a square of land about 37 miles wide and 37 miles tall. The instrument has recorded data for 99 percent of Earth’s landmass.   
from Ryan Grenoble The Huffington Post
check out the pics here …

next, onto something very tasty …
just found this while wandering the ol’ webz …
love the billy cobham/tommy bolin stuff at the beginning … sweetness indeed …

now, for something completely different, and completely serious …

Panama Papers: a massive document leak reveals a global web of corruption and tax avoidance
Matthew Yglesias
Mossack Fonseca is not a household name, but the Panamanian law firm has long been well known to the global financial and political elite, and thanks to a massive 2.6 terabyte leak of its confidential papers to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists it’s about to become much better known. A huge team of hundreds of journalists is pouring over the documents they are calling the Panama Papers.
The firm’s operations are diverse and international in scope, but they originate in a single specialty — helping foreigners set up Panamanian shell companies to hold financial assets while obscuring the identities of their real owners. Since its founding in 1977, it’s expanded its interests outside of Panama to include over 40 offices worldwide, helping a global client base to work with shell companies not just in Panama but also the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, and other notorious tax havens around the world.
The documents provide details on some shocking acts of corruption in Russia, hint at scandalous goings-on in a range of developing nations, and may prompt a political crisis in Iceland.
But they also offer the most granular look ever at a banal reality that’s long been hiding in plain sight. Even as the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nations have engaged in increasingly complex and intensive efforts at international cooperation to smooth the wheels of global commerce, they have willfully chosen to allow the wealthiest members of Western society to shield their financial assets from taxation (and in many cases divorce or bankruptcy settlement) by taking advantage of shell companies and tax havens.
If Panama or the Cayman Islands were acting to undermine the integrity of the global pharmaceutical patent system, the United States would stop them. But political elite of powerful western nations has not acted to stop relatively puny Caribbean nations from undermining the integrity of the global tax system — largely because western economic elites don’t want them to.     Read entire article here …

unfortunately, this last piece is probably the story we’ll be coming back to most often …
for now though, back to the Beck vid …
and a few related links to peruse while listening …
Cousin Of Bashar Assad Amassed Fortune In Offshore Tax Havens …
Named As Leading Corruption Figure In 2011 Uprising …
Controls An Estimated 60 Percent Of Syrian Economy …
HSBC Lobbied On His Behalf As War Raged On …
Offshore Secrets Of China’s Elite Also Revealed …
Iceland PM Steps Aside …
Swiss Police Raid European Soccer Body …
Obama’s Limits On Corporate Tax Dodging Don’t Go Far Enough …

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