Ideas for the online revolution.

Mapping Lead in Philadelphia organized free lead tests for a week. They tested over 350 samples, primarily from Philadelphia.

About 10% of the samples had > 1000 ppm lead (the point at which it becomes not so good for growing vegetables).

I color coded the markers based on lead levels and created this map:

What is the impact of Rising Costs: Food, Energy, and Commodities on Future Social Movements?

Over the past three years we have seen 50%, 100% or more increases in the price of energy, food, and most major commodities. What impact will this have on future social movements?

Already we've seen a wave of Arab revolutions sparked by increased food prices.

I believe that the number and size of the price shocks will increase for the next fifty years due to resource scarcity and growing demand.

One, Two, Three, Many Disorientation Guides

I think there has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of Disorientation Guides.

These date back to the Sixties, when activists started handing out an alternative guide to the university and community to counter the propaganda of the administration (and the regular student manual).

They continued to be popular in the 80s and 90s due to the efforts of the Progressive Student Network and later the Movement for Democracy and Education.

Canada Federal Election 2011

Canada has a federal election scheduled for May 2, 2011.

I'm not sure what the opposition was thinking, but they decided to vote down the government even though the government has been doing well in the polls - so well that they might turn their minority into a majority. Last time they voted it down, the government was returned with a larger minority.

Recommended Websites
308 - predictions with poll averaging.
Democratic Space - another prediction site.

Radiation Maps

The EPA has a program that monitors radiation.
You can now view it without getting an account!
EPA Radiation Map

EPA Japan 2011 Disaster Page

Due to the precarious situation the nuclear plant in Japan, I did some research into finding online maps of radiation. I found two. I wonder if there are others?


Revolution Indicators - New Website Launch (beta)

Check out my new website:
Indicators of Revolution

(Now new url -

Indicators of Revolution in North Africa

I have several ideas on how to follow the revolutions sweeping North Africa.

Al Jazeera
Their english service is the best form of news. I watch it online for hours.
A prediction market which has markets on whether the presidents of Libya, Bahrain, Iran, Algeria, and Yemen will still be in office at the end of 2011. Within the past 24 hours Gadhafi has gone from a 40% to 88% chance of losing office.


Listen to Shortwave Radio Online - with a powerful tuner

You can download a Software Defined Radio (SDR) tuner software from (I got the beta release 1.1) then go to their list of online tuners and tune a powerful radio for free!

If your browser tells you that you are doing something risky, ignore the warning (if you want this to work).

You can see a waterfall/spectrum view of the radio dial, tune it around, and listen to stations!

Collaborative Writing: Progressive Strategy Handbook

It is great to see people collaboratively writing materials for liberals, like the Progressive Strategy Handbook that recently came out. I like how you can print it out yourself, write comments, and users have essentially invested in it.

Social Revolution to Sweep North Africa and the Middle East?

On January 23 I started to get very excited. The Tunisian revolution was in full swing and related demonstrations broke out in Yemen, Algeria, and Jordan. In Saudi Arabia a man set himself on fire.

Then on January 25, Egypt had its largest anti-government protest, reportedly since food protests in 1977. Egypt's protests have continued and we're waiting to see if Friday turns into a big day with the people gathering in mosques to pray and the mobilize.

Protests have continued in Yemen.

Jordan activists are organizing protests for Friday.

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