How the US Turned Three Pacifists into Violent Terrorists From left, Greg Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice, and Michael Walli. (Photo: Saul Young/News Sentinel)In just ten months, the United States managed to transform an 82 year-old Catholic nun and two pacifists from non-violent anti-nuclear peace protestors accused of misdemeanor trespassing into federal felons convicted of violent crimes of terrorism. Now in jail awaiting sentencing for their acts at an Oak Ridge, TN nuclear weapons production facility, their story should chill every person concerned about dissent in the US. Here is how it happened. In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 28, 2012, long-time peace activists Sr.
There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome But Mr. Leach did not have C. difficile. He experimented on himself because he views the Western microbiome as “a hot microbial mess,” he wrote on his blog. Poor diets, antibiotics and overly sanitized environments have gentrified the Western gut, he wrote, “potentially dragging us closer to ill health.” The Hadza, with their traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle, carry diverse microbial communities that are presumably closer to a healthier and disappearing ideal. Hence the stunt with the turkey baster. Social Enterprises and the Social Economy: Ownership Matters 17 September 2015 co-authored with Nancy Neamtan Walmart is not Greenpeace. The future of Eco-Innovation: The role of business models in green transformation - Summary and Presentations OECD/European Commission/Nordic Innovation Joint Workshop THE FUTURE OF ECO-INNOVATION: The Role of Business Models in Green Transformation 19-20 January 2012 Danish Business Authority Langelinie Allé 17, Copenhagen, Denmark
High Inequality Results in More US Deaths than Tobacco, Car Crashes and Guns Combined In 2009, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a study that revealed what seems to be a shocking truth: those who live in societies with a higher level of income inequality are at a greater risk for premature death. Here in the United States, our high level of income inequality corresponds with 883, 914 unnecessary deaths each year. More specifically, the report concluded that if we had an income distribution more like that of the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland — or eleven other wealthy countries — every year, about one in three deaths in the US could be avoided. Put that into perspective. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), tobacco, including second-hand smoke, causes approximately 480,000 deaths every year, and in 2010, traffic accidents killed 33,687 people and 31,672 others died of gunshot wounds. The mechanism by which a bullet or a car crash kills is readily apparent.
Turkey protests: Unrest rages in Istanbul and Ankara Turkey has entered a second day of violent protests, with fresh clashes between police and demonstrators in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara. The unrest began as a sit-in over plans to redevelop Gezi Park in Istanbul's Taksim Square, but escalated after police used tear gas. Tear gas was again fired on Saturday at protesters in Istanbul and Ankara. In a defiant speech, PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted that the park project would go ahead. He also said that police would remain in Taksim Square to preserve order.
Picturing Pyrotechnics Simon Werrett explores how artists through the ages have responded to the challenge of representing firework displays, from the highly politicised and allegorical renderings of the early modern period to Whistler’s impressionistic Nocturne in Black and Gold. Such were the pleasing triumphs of the sky For James his late nocturnal victory: The pledge of his almighty Patron’s love, The fireworks which His angels made above. I saw myself the lambent easy light Gild the brown horror and dispel the night.(John Dryden, The Hind and the Panther, 1687)
Unwrapping the Gift Economy It has become popular to declare that we need to move to a gift economy, in which we share more freely and value community more deeply, and in which our relationships are less often money-based and transactional. Clearly, this is an important and appealing proposition. But there’s far more wrapped up in the concept than it may appear. To get to “the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible,” as Charles Eisenstein so eloquently implores, we’ll need to understand the full implications - and possibilities - behind the concept. Often, the argument in favor of a gift economy begins with reference to its historical origins in hunter-gatherer societies. What is also needed is a full understanding of (1) why those societies were based on sharing and community, (2) why ours is not, and (3) what exactly we need to bring forward from the past if we want to have what they had, even in today’s vastly more complex reality.
PWC Corporate sustainability -Rethinking Business Will Day Sustainability advisor Our economies incentivise people and businesses to consume way beyond the planet's capacity to regenerate itself. Will Day, sustainability advisor to PwC, asks, if a planet were a company, and we were its owners or shareholders, would we really sit by and watch it erode its capital the way we're doing?