Modern Hieroglyphics | Full Print Magazine Coming Spring 2014… INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE Transparenz in der Sommersession | politnetz.ch Radio- und TV-Gesetz Bei den Radio- und TV-Gebühren zeichnet sich keine Einigung zwischen den Räten ab. Der Ständerat möchte, dass künftig jeder Haushalt Gebühren zahlt; der Nationalrat hingegen hat sich am Donnerstag 11. September mit 110 zu 74 Stimmen bei 3 Enthaltungen zum zweiten Mal für befristete Ausnahmen ausgesprochen. Haushalte, die keinen Radio- und Fernsehempfang haben, sollen gemäss dem Nationalrat auf Gesuch hin während fünf Jahren nach der Einführung des neuen Systems von der Abgabe befreit werden. Aufsichtsgesetz über die Krankenkassen Der Nationalrat hat das Krankenkassen-Aufsichtsgesetz am Dienstag 9.
Urban Times - Be the Change Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog The structural vs. transformational debate is alive and well. I’m glad that Curtis and Cynthia have been dipping back into it over the last few weeks. It is good to start at the end: the answer is a both/and, it’s not a good idea to get stuck in binaries. The print pictured above captures it for me. It is Nelson Mandela’s drawing of the view from his cell at Robben Island, where he was imprisoned for 30 years. Take that in for a second. Thirty years in jail for daring to stand up for freedom. The print’s beauty is undeniable. How is this perspective possible? There was something in Mandela’s mind, something in his soul, that could not be subjugated. Nelson Mandela is the icon that destroys the binary. I agree with Curtis and Glanzberg that “The pattern most in need of shifting is not out there in the world, but in our minds.” But there is something else happening here. We have an interior condition. Bringing our care and attention to what is inside.
Special reports | Methadone and the politics of pain Monday, April 30, 2012 - Page updated at 10:25 AM Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times Sara Taylor, mother of former King County 911 dispatcher Angeline Burrell, describes her daughter's battle with disabling chronic pain and her overdose death from methadone. At left is Taylor's husband, Dale. Charles Passantino, who suffers from chronic pain, was cut off from his medicine as a result of a 2010 state law. Alina Heywood, of the Portland area, reads from a journal kept by her mother, Eileen Crothers. Methadone consumption and deaths: Numbers tell the story
Futility Closet Michael Parenti Blog Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who'd rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of caps and gowns, but there's no reason we can't entertain ourselves by composing a Guide to Life for Graduates. I encourage anyone over 26 to try this and thank you for indulging my attempt.Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97: Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Don't worry about the future. Do one thing every day that scares you. Sing. Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Floss. Don't waste your time on jealousy. Remember compliments you receive. Keep your old love letters.
Everyone Calls Themselves An Ally Until It Is Time To Do Some Real Ally Shit | Unsettling America By Xhopakelxhit, Ancestral Pride [PDF]: Every single time we speak publicly, or put ourselves out there we are always asked by other Indigenous Nations, settlers, and settlers of color: what can we do. We then go on to outline all the ways those who want to be potential allies can help us out in a tangible way, in a targeted way, and in a general way. This is when the reality of doing something other than agreeing with us, reveals the struggle that settlers face when it comes to actually being an active ally; the word ally evokes images of rallies or marchers and bullhorns and social media call outs complete with said ally in the pic standing next to indigenous whoever with fists raised! Ally is a verb it implies action, there are more ways that settler allies or hopefuls can participate and help in the indigenous struggle for liberation from the colonial genocidal regime than marching. There has always been a great many of us who are not OK with being assimilated. - BE PROSPEROUS!
Feminist Current E.U.’s ‘Science, it’s a girl thing’ campaign sparks a backlash - BlogPost Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 06/22/2012 Jun 22, 2012 03:54 PM EDT TheWashingtonPost With a kitschy new video, the European Commission hopes to assure girls in Europe that scientific professions are feminine and fun. But while the message might have been admirable, some are cringing at the execution. The European Commission launched the “Science: it’s a girl thing” campaign Thursday with the goal of attracting more women to research professions. To kick off the initiative, they released a video that features young women strutting around a neon-colored laboratory wearing heels and mini-dresses, gasping as they examine atomic models and blowing kisses at test-tubes: “We want to overturn clichés and show women and girls, and boys too, that science is not about old men in white coats,” said Geoghegan-Quinn, the European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner at the European Parliament in Brussels, according to a report by the New Statesman. “Commission doesn’t really do irony.