Leap Day Linkfest

Just in case I needed one more reason to be vegetarian: US Recalls Beef. Warning: The video is pretty disturbing.

Even Nature agrees, the Conservative government ignores science.

The next president of the USA (either Obama or Clinton) wants to re-open NAFTA to include “tougher enforcement of labour and environmental standards”. Sounds like a great idea to me. However, our government is worried – probably because labour standards and environmental protection are bad for business.

I’m not sure how well ZipCar is doing here in Vancouver, but its members in the US don’t sound too impressed. Just read the comments people are posting on this Worldchanging article: Saving Zipcar. I’m happy to report that car sharing program I’m a member of, Co-operative Auto Network has none of those problems.

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about the education system in Finland. “High-school students here rarely get more than a half-hour of homework a night. They have no school uniforms, no honor societies, no valedictorians, no tardy bells and no classes for the gifted. There is little standardized testing, few parents agonize over college and kids don’t start school until age 7.” – crazy!

Google plans on giving homeless people in San Francisco free phone numbers and voicemail. An interesting solution to the Catch 22 most homeless people have – no phone number + no address = no job applying for jobs.

Google is awesome. But wouldn’t it be awesomer with a Bike There option in Google Maps?

And another inspirational Obama video from will.i.am. It gives me the chills.

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