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De Niro And Kennedy Jr. Offer $100k To Anyone Who Can Prove That Vaccines Are Safe! | Your Other Perspective
Kennedy, the son of the late U.S. attorney general and senator, insisted that journalists and the government have been colluding to cover up the truth about vaccine safety and that the “shots have caused the autism epidemic.”
vaccines  news-health 
9 weeks ago
The expert who helped write the mental disorders manual explains why Trump doesn’t have one | The Verge
There are a few options for people who want to see President Donald Trump removed from office. There are plenty of calls for impeachment over his various scandals. There’s the ongoing investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia, led by Robert Mueller. And then there’s the effort to remove the president by diagnosing him with a personality disorder and invoking the 25th Amendment, which allows the Cabinet to remove presidents deemed unfit to lead. Law experts say this is unlikely to happen. Dr. Allen Frances says it shouldn’t happen. Frances is a well-known psychiatrist who literally wrote the book on personality disorders, and he’s been vocal in stating that Trump does not have one. Trump should be removed, according to Frances in his new book Twilight of American Sanity, but not because he’s mentally unfit. He should be removed because he’s a bad president.
POTUS  psychotherapy 
10 weeks ago
People treat Siri as a therapist, says Apple job ad, as it seeks an unusual hire | 9to5Mac
An Apple job ad notes that some people treat Siri as a therapist or counsellor, and it wants to help the intelligent assistant do a better job of helping people.
technology 
10 weeks ago
What Is Trump Worth to Twitter? One Analyst Estimates $2 Billion | Bloomberg
Without Donald Trump, Twitter Inc. could lose almost a fifth of its value. That’s the conclusion of Monness Crespi Hardt & Co. analyst James Cakmak, who said that the social media company would see as much as $2 billion in market value wiped out if @realDonaldTrump quit tweeting.
news-business 
10 weeks ago
Unlock The Raw Spirit | Our Story | Raw Spirit Fragrances
Raw Spirit is inspired by the energy, spirit, and connection to nature we continuously witness as we collaborate with some of the oldest and most marginalized communities around the world.
RSF  aromatherapy 
10 weeks ago
Alexa Scholl for Prescott City Council | Facebook
Young woman passionate about running for Prescott City Council.
Prescott-RC 
10 weeks ago
Tainted: Can California solve pot's pesticide problem? | The Cannifornian
The big difference will be the amount of pesticides in your weed. That’s because starting Jan. 2,  when California’s vast legal marijuana market opens, all cannabis must be tested — and most chemicals will be banned. Much of California’s cannabis is tainted, including the “medicinal” stuff. But soon state-sanctioned weed may become the greenest in the nation.
medical-marijuana  marijuana  news-eco 
10 weeks ago
Monsanto, Bayer, DuPont, Dow Chemical, and Syngenta defend their coming oligopoly (MON) (DD) (DOW) (SYT) | Quartz
Top executives from Bayer, Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical, and Syngenta today (Sept. 20) testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, making a case for why federal regulators should approve the mega-mergers, which stand to fundamentally reorganize global agriculture. (Executives from the sixth company involved in the consolidation, China National Chemical Corp., declined an invitation to appear at the hearing.)
news-eco  news-business  GMOs 
10 weeks ago
About Roam Coliving | Roam
Roam is a coliving and coworking community testing the boundaries between work, travel and life adventure.
community  travel 
11 weeks ago
Institutes for Technologies of Reunion | Charles Eisenstein
Imagine a worldwide archipelago of land-based institutions of learning for people like my sons, sanctuaries of alternative technologies of earth, mind, matter, and body that are marginal or absent within conventional universities. So much of the most exciting work whether in medicine, agriculture, or social change is happening outside academia, invisible to many of the young people who might otherwise follow them into a career, and lacking the financial support and community of research that could propel them to the next level.
WG-blog  community  education 
11 weeks ago
Most Problems Today Were Once Solutions. | norabateson
Time has come and gone, and sits now at the window —watching. When I was a child I sat at tables of concerned and brilliant people who discussed the fate of the world with great passion. It was the early 70’s and publications were springing up around the globe to announce the need to change the way humanity was living with each other and the biosphere. The radical revolutionaries were penning beautiful texts on systems theory, cybernetics, ecology, new forms of education, steady state economics, and exploratory versions of non-violent democracies. It was quite clear at my dinner table in 1976 that there were a few basic steps to be taken immediately to save mankind and the planet. They were: be respectful to all cultures, save the ecology, offer equal opportunity to all, resist runaway capitalism, and stop building nuclear weapons. More than 40 years later, whatever measures have been taken, no matter how well intended, we must admit that they have not been enough. While we may be ready now to embrace some of the criteria for survival from the mid-seventies – it is no longer the seventies. While still viable, these criteria appear quaint and insufficient now. Fixing economies, making civil rights laws, or developing sustainable architecture seems now to have been merely a form of prolongation of the epistemology that defaults to exploitation. Incremental change, it would appear, was an idea that ate decades. So, from this beginning point, (which is really a middle point), we sit today, with father time, by the window, watching.
WG-blog  news-consciousness 
11 weeks ago
Ron Paul: "How To End The Korea Crisis" | Zero Hedge
President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to calling the North Korean dictator “rocket man on a suicide mission.”
North_Korea-RC  news-political 
11 weeks ago
10,000 New Homes? Deep Well Ranch project could bring thousands to Prescott | The Daily Courier | Prescott, AZ
A new master-planned community that could bring more than 10,000 new homes to Prescott over the next several decades got its first public review this week.
HO-dells 
12 weeks ago
Deep Well Ranch backers ask for oversight flexibility | The Daily Courier | Prescott, AZ
As planners envision it, the new Deep Well Ranch master plan would have a level of regulatory flexibility that they say would allow for a cohesive community.
HO-dells 
12 weeks ago
Tovrea Castle – Phoenix, Arizona | Atlas Obscura
They say the desert attracts dreamers, schemers, and prophets. A mysterious, fanciful structure that tops a knoll in the Airport Gateway District of Phoenix looks like the work of at least two out of three.
Phoenix-RC  Arizona-RC 
12 weeks ago
Watershed | Prescott Creeks
Prescott Creeks uses a ‘watershed approach’ to protect and restore riparian and stream systems.
HO-dells 
12 weeks ago
Electric car use by country | Wikipedia
Increasing adoption of electric vehicles around the world has in recent years been expanding rapidly. As of the end of 2016: Cumulative global sales of highway legal plug-in electric passenger cars and light utility vehicles achieved the 2 million unit milestone in December 2016, of which, 38% were sold in 2016.[1]. The 1 million milestone had only been reached in September 2016. Global sales of the light-duty plug-in vehicle segment achieved a 0.86% market share of total new car sales, up from 0.62% in 2015 and 0.38% in 2014.[3]
The global ratio between all-electric cars (BEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) was 61:39, up from 59:41 at the end of 2015. Cumulative sales of plug-in hybrids totaled almost 800,000 units. Despite their rapid growth, plug-in electric cars represented only 0.15% of the 1.4 billion motor vehicles on the world's roads, up from 0.1% in 2015.
electric-vehicles  transportation  news-eco 
12 weeks ago
Eminent domain | Wikipedia
Eminent domain (United States, the Philippines), compulsory purchase (United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland), resumption (Hong Kong), resumption/compulsory acquisition (Australia), or expropriation (France, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Canada, Brazil, Portugal, Spain) is the power of a state, provincial, or national government to take private property for public use. However, this power can be legislatively delegated by the state to municipalities, government subdivisions, or even to private persons or corporations, when they are authorized by the legislature to exercise the functions of public character.
HO-dells 
12 weeks ago
Prescott residents weigh in on airport's expansion plans | ABC15 Arizona
The Prescott Municipal Airport is considering expansion, but residents are worried about the noise that could come with a regional airport.
HO-dells 
12 weeks ago
Nearly 4,000-home development proposed for Prescott - 3TV | CBS 5
Homes could spring up soon all over Prescott as part of a proposed Arizona Eco Development project. The project began its public review process this week, as Arizona Eco Development CEO Jason Gisi appeared before the Prescott City Council on Tuesday to introduce plans for a 3,850-home development.
HO-dells 
12 weeks ago
Arizona Eco Development - Who are we
Our team is composed of good corporate citizens who are infused with community spirit, with a sense of responsibility for community and nature. The goal of keeping Yavapai County beautiful while bringing sustainable growth to the area is what brought the group together.
HO-dells 
12 weeks ago
New development looks to build in Granite Dells | The Daily Courier | Prescott, AZ
Homes could spring up soon near the Granite Dells’ iconic Point of Rocks, as well as along portions of the popular Peavine Trail — all as a part of the proposed Arizona Eco Development project.
HO-dells 
12 weeks ago
Russia-China Prepare For 'Final Death Blow' Against America | YourNewsWire
Following the BRICS 2017 summit last week, Russia and China warned they would deliver the “final death blow” to America unless Washington was willing to agree to the following two demands:

Immediately stabilize the U.S. Dollar.
Make a sustained effort to keep the U.S. national debt limit below $20 trillion.
news-economics 
12 weeks ago
Photos From Saint Martin After Hurricane Irma | The Atlantic
While Hurricane Irma appears set on a possible path toward southern Florida, the Category 5 storm has already left a trail of destruction across parts of the Caribbean. The worst-affected island so far is Saint Martin, which has reported eight deaths to date. The island of Saint Martin is split into two parts, overseen by the governments of France and the Netherlands. Reuters has quoted Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as saying that Irma has caused “enormous devastation,” and that the island remains unreachable for now.
Caribbean-RC  news-weather  photos 
september 2017
Thousands of Rohingya Muslims Flee Violence in Burma | The Atlantic
The United Nations Refugee Agency reports that 123,000 people—mostly Rohingya Muslims—have fled into Bangladesh since August 25, escaping a new round of violence in Burma’s western Rakhine state. The refugees have walked for days, after a series of Rohingya insurgent attacks on Burmese police were met with a strong government response and the burning of thousands of homes. The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority living in parts of a hostile and overwhelmingly Buddhist Burma. U.N. officials say their relief camps are reaching full capacity as thousands of refugees continue to cross into Bangladesh.
Burma-RC  Bangladesh-RC  refugees  news-political  terrorism  photos 
september 2017
Sovereign Citizens Sentenced | FBI
For more than three years, a Pennsylvania group claiming to be sovereign citizens—and therefore not subject to U.S. law—schemed to “steal” dozens of foreclosed homes worth millions of dollars and sell them to unsuspecting victims. Sovereign citizens are anti-government extremists who claim the federal government is operating outside its jurisdiction and they are therefore not bound by government authority—including the courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments, and even law enforcement. Editor's Note: This is a tremedous oversimplification of the issues raised by "sovereign citizens"...
sovereignty 
september 2017
Sovereignty still makes sense, even in a globalised world | Financial Times
National sovereignty was long ago consigned to the dustbin of history. “The days are for great empires, and not for little states,” proclaimed Joseph Chamberlain, Britain’s colonial secretary, in 1902. Today, every one of those great empires has gone, and the little states remain. Yet Chamberlain’s belief has proved tenacious. Some of Chamberlain’s young imperialist acolytes continued to preach the message, in old age supporting European federalism.
sovereignty  history 
september 2017
Popular Sovereignty in 1860 | NYTimes.com
The phrase "Popular Sovereignty" is potent in the mouth of the stump orator and the demagogue, because it is redolent of the great truths which lie at the basis of our free institutions. The whole people are sovereign, and to them the individual may take his appeal from Congress, from the Executive, and from the Supreme Court itself, upon any question of civil or political liberty. These are but the organs of the popular will; and their decrees, if erroneous, are liable to reversal by the power which created them. The people alone are supreme, under the Constitution, and under God. But the claim of Sovereignty for the people of a Territory is palpably absurd, if we reflect that the Territories are the common property of the country at large, and that no individual has a right to occupy any portion of them without first obtaining the common consent expressed through Congress. This consent may be given in general terms, or with specific conditions. Congress may concede an absolute power of self-government, including the right to elect a Governor and Council, as well as the popular branch of the Legislature, Judges, and all other officers, with a complete right and power of legislation, subject to the Constitution of the United States; or it may vest in the President the right to appoint, with the advice and consent of the Senate, the Governor, Council or Senate, Judges, and all other principal officers, and concede merely the right to elect the lower branch of the Legislature, with perhaps sheriffs and constables. But in either case it is merely delegated power, which they are permitted to exercise, in which there is not an element of Sovereignty.
sovereignty  history 
september 2017
Britain Will Regain Full Sovereignty By Leaving the EU | Debate Club | US News
European countries have joined the European integration process for different reasons. Germany wanted to expiate its World War II guilt, France wanted to enhance its global influence, Poland wanted protection from Russian expansionism and Romania wanted a less corrupt government. Great Britain wanted easier access to a free trade area called the European Economic Community. It was the membership of that community that the British people approved in a 1974 referendum. No more, no less. On Thursday, the British people will decide if they wish to remain in an organization that only faintly resembles the former European Economic Community. Over time, a humble free trade area evolved into a supranational entity that at least superficially resembles a federal state. The European Union has its own flag, anthem, currency, president (five of them, actually) and a diplomatic service. It is only natural that the British electorate should be given an opportunity to reflect on the changes that have taken place over the last 42 years. Before joining the European Economic Community, Britain was a sovereign and democratic polity. Its governing institutions stretched back a thousand years and were the envy of the world. The island gave us representative democracy, rule of law, abolition of slavery, the English language and the Industrial Revolution. It saved Europe from Louis XIV and Napoleon during the French ascendency, and from Wilhelm II and Hitler during the German ascendency. As such, it must surely count, along with ancient Greece, as among the most consequential of nations.
sovereignty  UK-RC 
september 2017
Sheikh Tamim: Any talks must respect Qatar sovereignty | Qatar News | Al Jazeera
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has said that his country is ready for dialogue to resolve a diplomatic crisis with a Saudi-led group, but stressed that any solution to the crisis must respect his country's sovereignty. "We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems [so long as Qatar's] sovereignty is respected," Al Thani said in a televised address on Friday, his first since Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with the peninsula.
sovereignty  Middle_East-RC  Quatar-RC 
september 2017
On sovereignty: SA is its own worst enemy | News24
Two of the most precious possessions of any country are its sovereignty and self-determination. These are the two fundamental principles that nations put forward as non-negotiable when engaging with other countries. Sovereignty is all about the pride of protecting one’s self-interests as a nation; always willing to act in the interests of one’s country and pushing against any undue interference by other countries.
sovereignty  Africa-RC 
september 2017
Sovereignty dream remains alive, Lisée says | Montreal Gazette
And despite attempts by the “self-proclaimed prosecutors,” in the Liberal party to portray the PQ as intolerant, the party will never apologize for trying to make Quebec a true secular state and ensure a real integration of immigrants.
sovereignty  Quebec-RC  Canada-RC 
september 2017
Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent.” It Was a Planned Race Riot by Zenobia Jeffries | YES! Magazine
In the case of Charlottesville, media outlets are being careless with words, whitewashing the intentions and the actions of White nationalist protestors. The “Unite the Right rally” stopped being a rally sometime Friday night when a stream of torch carrying White supremacists arrived at night to the University of Virginia campus chanting “blood and soil.” They used those torches as weapons in fights with counter-protesters.
social-justice 
september 2017
The Historical Falsehoods That Feed White Supremacy by Peter J. Hammer | YES! Magazine
This type of hatred is not new in America. Behind the racist slogans are historical tropes that the broader White America clings to, not just those who showed up for the “Unite the Right” protests.  Here are some. Sure slavery was awful, but that was a long time ago. We all just need to get over it. The Irish overcame indentured servitude, Other immigrant groups faced discrimination, and have successfully integrated economically and politically into America, so why can’t African Americans. This is underscored with an ingrained invocation of the American Dream and the repeated mantra that if anyone just works hard enough, they will succeed. 
social-justice 
september 2017
The Locations Of All Of Earths Most Powerful Energy And Chakra Points | EWAO
If you’re at all familiar with chakras, you know how important they are to our balance and energy. And just as we have chakras, so too does the earth. Just as there are energy lines throughout our body, so too are there throughout the earth—only Gaia’s energy lines are called ley lines, and they carry energy charges.
earth  energy-medicine 
september 2017
Curbed Detroit | Facebook
Cool news from my ol' hometown including tiny homes being built for low-income folks by volunteers.
Detroit-RC  Michigan-RC  shelter 
september 2017
Burning Man, Behind the Mask. ~ Sanan | elephant journal
In a society gone mad, where artificial, superficial and phony rule, no wonder everyone must wear a social mask to get through life.
festivals  ICR-network  CRC-network 
september 2017
Almost No One Is Talking About Floods In South Asia That Killed 1200 People | Bored Panda
Though the carnage of Hurricane Harvey is currently dominating mainstream media, Texas isn't the only part of the world being ravaged by flooding. International news coverage has largely ignored the torrential rainfall that has been devastating South Asia for almost the entire month of August, and it's time for us all to start talking about it.
Across India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, record amounts of heavy monsoon rains have caused disastrous flooding and landslides. Thousands of homes have become completely submerged, poor villages have absolutely no access to food and medicine, and nearly 1200 people have died - including children. Millions have been displaced, and are now wandering the region homeless and searching for help.
India-RC  Nepal-RC  Pakistan-RC  Bangladesh-RC  news-weather 
september 2017
I Documented The Aftermath Of The Hurricane Harvey In North Houston | Bored Panda
Today we are suffering the effects of another flood as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey (now a tropical storm) passes through, expecting the river to crest at 69 feet. On the north side of Houston, Lake Conroe reached record levels and released record volumes of water to flow downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico, passing through the Forest Cove section of Kingwood.
news-weather  Texas-RC 
september 2017
10+ Epic Photos From Burning Man 2017 That Prove It’s The Craziest Festival In The World | Bored Panda
What started in 1986 as two friends burning an eight-foot statue on a San Francisco beach has grown into an event that sets a 105-feet tall statue on fire around the summer solstice. This year's Burning Man festival is taking place on August 27th to September 4th, but has already been responsible for stunning photos that prove how wild it actually is.
ICR-network  festivals  CRC-network 
september 2017
Pulling Threads from Small Arcs: Reflections on Complexity, Living Systems and Leadership : Interaction Institute for Social Change
In the past couple of posts, I have referenced Nora Bateson’s book Small Arcs of Larger Circles: Framing Through Other Patterns, a collection of essays, poetry, personal stories and excerpts of talks focused on systems theory and complexity thinking. I just finished the book and have underlined and tweeted a number of provocative lines that resonated and gave me pause (in a good way).
WG-blog  books  ICR-network  news-consciousness 
august 2017
Ecstatic Chant
Join us for our 13th annual Ecstatic Chant retreat, one of the most popular events at Omega. A remarkable opportunity to experience some of the Western world’s leading devotional singers, this inspiring weekend nourishes the soul with a rich tradition of musical prayer and meditation.
ICR-network  yoga  music  festival 
august 2017
Julian Assange Confirms Bernie Sanders Was “Threatened To Drop Out” | Counter Current News
During a recent interview with Australian journalist John Pilger, Assange said that Bernie Sanders was forced to drop out of the race due to threats from the Clinton campaign. Assange’s admission appears to substantiate claims by the Kremlin who revealed they had evidence that Jane Sanders was physically threatened in order to “get Bernie on board” with Hillary’s campaign.
election-2016 
august 2017
Welcome to an American Town Where Trump Hate Could Cripple the Economy | Splinternews
Mayor David Smith has lived in Bisbee, Arizona, a historic mining town 20 minutes from the Mexican border, for more than a decade. To Smith and most people in Bisbee, the border is little more than a technicality standing between them and cheap dental care, good tequila, and late-night tacos. Smith often drives across the border to have lunch in one of his favorite restaurants in Cananea, a Sonoran mining town about an hour away. But when he travels to other cities in the U.S. and explains that to friends, he finds they often have wild, alarming ideas about what his life near the border is like.
Arizona-RC 
august 2017
Cell Towers Exposed! | Vidme
Cell Phone Carriers Do NOT Want You To See This! -
mobile-phone  news-eco  EMF  news-radiation  LIF-blog 
august 2017
U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 1, 2017 | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
According to the August 1, 2017, U.S. Drought Monitor (link is external), moderate to exceptional drought covers 11.8% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 11.0%. Extreme to exceptional drought—the worst drought categories—remained the same at 2.6%.
news-weather  climate-change  water  LIF-blog 
august 2017
Trump Will Sign Russia Sanctions Law ‘Very Soon,’ Pence Says | The New York Times
President Trump will “very soon” sign a law limiting his ability to lift sanctions against Russia, even though he has “concerns” about the measure, Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday.
Russia-RC  LIF-blog  POTUS  president-2017 
august 2017
Tillerson, at Arctic meeting, signs document affirming need for action on climate change | LA Times
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed his name Thursday to a document that affirms the need for international action against climate change, adding further uncertainty to the direction of climate policy under the Trump administration.
climate-change  news-political 
august 2017
Thrive Market
Save 25 - 50% On The Organic Brands You Love
organic-products  news-food 
august 2017
The Mediterranean diet doesn't benefit everyone | CNN
The Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, yet only people with higher incomes or more education, or a combination of the two, experience this benefit, found a study published Monday in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
news-food  Europe-RC 
august 2017
The Lies of Donald Trump's Critics, and How They Shape His Many Personas | Snopes
An in-depth analysis of the false allegations and misleading claims made against the 45th President since his inauguration.
election-2016  journalism  news-political  LIF-blog  POTUS  president-2017 
august 2017
The 39 Best Drone Photos From Around the World | Digital Trends
Drone costs have dropped substantially over the past few years, and during this span, we have seen the technology increase exponentially. While early designs were more of a backyard novelty (and often a nuisance) than anything else, the latest drone models are loaded with advanced cameras and stabilization technology that allows for more practical uses. Designed with extended operational range, long gone are the days of simply buzzing — and often caroming — about the backyard or neighborhood. The best drone photos can attest to this.
photography  photos  earth  technology 
august 2017
Scientists have observed epigenetic memories being passed down for 14 generations | ScienceAlert
The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment we live in can make genetic changes, too. Researchers have now discovered that these kinds of environmental genetic changes can be passed down for a whopping 14 generations in an animal – the largest span ever observed in a creature, in this case being a dynasty of C. elegans nematodes (roundworms).
epigenetics  news-science  WG-blog  news-consciousness 
august 2017
Scientists Find Root That Kills 98% Of Cancer Cells In Only 48 Hours | Native Stuff
Scientists Find Root That Kills 98% Of Cancer Cells In Only 48 Hours: This root has been used medicinally since ancient times for its various health benefits. However, the most powerful benefit to come out of this common weed is something that medical researchers are super excited to have “discovered” – which is its potential to cure cancer! This potent root builds up blood and immune system- cures prostate, lung, and other cancers better than chemotherapy. According to Dr. Carolyn Hamm from the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario, Canada, dandelion root extract was the only thing that helped with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. This form of cancer typically affects older adults. John Di Carlo, who at the time was a 72-year old cancer patient at the hospital, was sent home to live out his final days after all efforts failed to treat his leukemia.
news-health  cancer-therapies  herbology 
august 2017
Scientist Reveal What Cannabis Does to Your Bones… | Cannabis Connection
CBD strengthens bones and accelerates the healing of fractures without causing any psychotropic effects.
marijuana  medical-marijuana  news-health 
august 2017
Review of Small Arcs of Larger Circles in Cybernetics and Human Knowing Journal | norabateson
This is a book for the adventuresome, prepared to travel, relying on their own resources. It is a little book, but it is dense conceptually. The chapters are both independent Arcs and parts of the whole, which indeed does circle around. If I were to name a orientation for this circling, it would be something like a desire for a more fluid and dimensional way of doing things such that ethical behavior can more readily be realized in any relationship, including our relation with the biosphere. The book is realized in various forms ranging from essays, to poems, from conference presentations to personal reflections, including an email to a friend. The style of writing varies, not only between chapters, but often within a chapter. One needs to be nimble to follow the shifts, much like travelling through a highly varied landscape with attention ranging from delight at distant views, concerns about safety of river crossings, to investigations of odd scratches on a tree or delight in a frail flower nestled among rocks. The landscape includes wetlands with floating islands that can be connected through making leaps, or trusting to metaphoric bridges. Sometimes the shift from a solid ground to mid air happens in midsentence; so one must be alert.
books  whole-system 
august 2017
Remove Congress' Obamacare exemption | Washington Times
With a single new tweet, President Trump set official Washington abuzz Saturday afternoon: “If a new Health Care Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for members of Congress will end very soon!” The president is referring, of course, to the illegal employer subsidies - valued at roughly $6,000 for an individual policy, and $12,000 for a family policy - paid to the approximately 12,000 members and staff who purchase their health care insurance on the District of Columbia small business exchange. These subsidy payments are a direct violation of not just the spirit, but the letter of the Affordable Care Act, which required Members and their staffs to leave their generous Federal Employee Health Benefit Program plans and instead purchase their health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges.
Obamacare  news-political  LIF-blog  POTUS 
august 2017
Ravaged By Climate Change, The Great Barrier Reef May Never Be The Same | HuffPost
As mass bleaching continues to devastate large swathes of the Great Barrier Reef, scientists are fast losing hope that the world’s largest living organism can be saved in its entirety. Conceding that climate change will “inevitably” cause the decline of the reef’s overall health in the coming decades, reef experts have started talking about a possible “Plan B” — a strategy that won’t save the reef as a whole, but may at least ensure that it doesn’t disappear completely.
Australia-RC  news-eco  climate-change 
august 2017
Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes 1972 | Flickr
What I heard was about a year before this someone in the Rainbow Family, a large communal farm outside of Eugene Oregon, stumbled upon an old Indian prophesy that in 200 years the Great White Buffalo would reappear on Table Top Mountain.
RAINBOW-blog 
august 2017
Nearly 500 on trial for Turkey's failed coup; many face life | AP News
Turkey put nearly 500 people on trial Tuesday on charges of leading last year’s failed coup, parading dozens of the men into a courthouse as protesters threw stones and shouted “Murderers!”

The trial is part of a post-coup crackdown that has imprisoned 50,000 people and seen another 110,000 fired from their government jobs. Many of the suspects Tuesday face life in prison for crimes including murder and attempting to overthrow the government.
Turkey-RC 
august 2017
Li Ching-Yuen: 256-Year-Old Man? | Snopes
Man’s fascination with the concept of longevity beyond the 70 or 80 years of the typical human lifespan is documented in a variety of writings, myths and legends stretching back thousands of years. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus, for example, wrote of a magical fountain in modern day Ethiopia that restored the youth of those who bathed in its waters, and Old Testament reckonings of the biblical patriarch Methuselah (grandfather of Noah) put his age at the time of his death at between 720 and 969 years. Nonetheless, modern reality pales in comparison to such accounts, as the longest verified human lifespan in recorded history is that of Jeanne Louise Calment, who passed away in her native France in 1997 at the age of 122.
history  longevity  aging  China-RC 
august 2017
Kamana 2011-2016 | YouTube
Beauty of the earth summarized via sailboat in less than five minutes.
earth  videos  sailing 
august 2017
Interactive: Real-time wildfires map | The Oregonian
Here are all the currently active wildfires in the U.S.
news-weather 
august 2017
Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump | Bill Moyers
When it comes to Donald Trump, his campaign and their dealings with Russia past and present, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the players without a scorecard. We have one of sorts — a deeply comprehensive timeline detailing what actually happened and what’s still happening in the ever-changing story of the president, his inner circle and a web of Russian oligarchs, hackers and government officials.
POTUS  election-2016 
august 2017
In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law |THE INDIGENOUS AMERICAN
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.
A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects.
news-indigenous  news-eco  news-law 
august 2017
Immigrants are 22 percent of federal prison population | Washington Times
A stunning 22 percent of inmates in the federal prison population are immigrants who have either already been deemed to be in the country illegally or who the government is looking to put in deportation proceedings, the administration said Tuesday. The 22 percent is much higher than the population of foreign-born in the U.S. as a whole, which is about 13.5 percent. All told, the government counted more than 42,000 aliens in federal prisons as of June 24.
prisons  immigration  news-political 
august 2017
If It Were My Home
The lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like? Would you be the same person?
earth  ICR-network  LIF-blog 
august 2017
Historic day at the UN: Nuclear weapons are now banned under international law | Greenpeace International
Today at the UN Headquarters in New York, a global treaty banning nuclear weapons has been adopted. This is an historic moment: according to the treaty, to possess and develop nuclear weapons is now illegal under international law. The treaty will be open for signature by states on September 20th. Over the last three weeks, 140 countries have engaged in final negotiations of the new treaty. The nine states with nuclear weapons (US, Russia, China, France, UK, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea) have been boycotting the meeting in an attempt to rob the process of its legitimacy. NATO members have also stayed outside of the negotiations, and on the wrong side of history. Their absence is sadly significant; unless a country ratifies the treaty, it is not bound by it. And yet, despite the efforts by nuclear armed states and those supporting them to derail negotiations, a significant milestone has been reached: the vast majority of UN member states have now declared that weapons intended to inflict catastrophic humanitarian harm are prohibited under international law. Up until today, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited in a comprehensive and universal manner. Biological weapons, chemical weapons, landmines and cluster munitions have all been previously banned and today, nuclear weapons joins this list of shame.
nuclear  war  news-law  news-radiation  peace  LIF-blog 
august 2017
Organic Food Sales Jump 8.4% in 2016 | Global Good News
On 3 July 2017 Capital Press reported: The U.S. organic industry maintained steady growth in 2016, with food sales increasing 8.4 percent to $43 billion -- breaking the $40 billion mark for the first time. The sizable growth is even more impressive considering total food sales increased only 0.6 percent. Organic non-food sales also posted robust growth, increasing 8.8 percent to $3.9 billion, far surpassing the 0.8 percent growth in all non-food sales of comparable items, such as textiles, supplements, and personal care items. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of health and environment, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
organic  news-food  LIF-blog 
august 2017
Hawaii rebels against Trump with a law to uphold the spirit of the Paris climate accord | LA Times
Amid a widening partisan divide over climate change, Hawaii lawmakers have a message for President Trump: The Paris agreement is needed. Rebelling against the president’s decision last week to pull out of the international climate accord, Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed into law a measure that aims to push Hawaii toward doing its part to achieve the worldwide greenhouse gas reductions the agreement calls for. It is the first law in the nation directly responding to the decision, though more are expected.
news-eco  climate-change  Hawaii-RC 
august 2017
Handwritten Draft of The Bible Discovered Proves Complete Work of Fiction | Neon Nettle
An early draft of the Bible has been discovered at the University of Cambridge in the UK that has been marked as one of the most significant discoveries in modern history. The handwritten draft was found after it had been mislabeled inside an archive and had gone undetected for decades.The book has been confirmed by leading experts as an early working of The King James Bible which is one of the most influential and widely read books in the English language.The discovery has been hailed as definitive proof that Bible is a work of fiction as it shows a process of revising, cutting, and then more rewriting, which contradicts popular belief that the book is the "divine word of God".
religion  Jesus-RC  church  history 
august 2017
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