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TEDxBerlin - Bernard Lietaer - 11/30/09

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Blackstones Commentaries undefined Asking Questions: Everyone is talking about Bills of Particulars, Privacy Act Requests and Freedom on Information Act requests. Each of these are questions asked to government officials or other agencies when they infringe on the lives of the people. If agencies want to accuse someone of a crime or civil penalty, they must answer the questions put before them by the people they are accusing. Enbridge confirms Chinese firm investing in Gateway pipeline The chief executive of Enbridge Inc. confirmed Thursday a major Chinese oil company is backing its controversial oil pipeline between Alberta and the West Coast. Sinopec is among producers and refiners that have together matched Enbridge's $100 million early-stage investment in the Northern Gateway proposal, Pat Daniel told a CIBC investment conference in Whistler, B.C. "That speaks to the level of commitment that they've got, in that they're investing upfront," he said.

BP: 'An accident waiting to happen' - FORTUNE Features - Fortune on When Tony Hayward took over BP in 2007 - after the oil giant had experienced a series of calamitous accidents - he vowed that safety would be his top priority. So how did he come to preside over one of the worst industrial disasters in history? A Fortune investigation reveals a saga of hubris, ambition, and a safety philosophy that focused too much on spilled coffee and not enough on drilling disasters. By Peter Elkind and David Whitford with Doris Burke April 20 People are jumping "I allowed myself to become the lightning rod for hatred and anger," says former BP CEO Tony Hayward.

Raising Awareness: Why We Shouldn't Take It For Granted A dangerous thing can occur when you start learning about what's really going on in the world. The problems start to seem so complex, and you're just one person, doubts begin to creep in. You sincerely want to help change the world, but from all this knowledge you start to believe that the world is too out of control and too big to change, so you end up not doing anything. What aspiring change-agents can easily forget is that there is a large amount of meaningful groundwork that still needs to be laid. Many conscious people may take it for granted, but there is still a lot of important information people aren't aware of yet. 1/18/11 - fdr's father-in-law In today's excerpt - whether Caribbean rum, Prohibition-era bootlegging, or Chinese opium, more than a few American and European fortunes have been alleged to come from unexpected sources: "On March 17, 1905, one of the most significant weddings in American history took place in a house in New York City at 8 East 76th Street, between Madison and Fifth avenues. At 3:30 p.m., [President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter] Miss Alice Roosevelt - serving as a bridesmaid dressed in a white veil and holding a bouquet of pink roses - opened the ceremony as she proceeded down the wide stairs from the third floor to the second-floor salon.

No Impact Man Author Colin Beavan, in research for his new book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption no problem. That is, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two year-old daughter are dragged into the fray. Laura Gabbert and Justin Scheins film provides a front row seat into the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colins and Michelles struggle with this radical lifestyle change.

Free, Free at Last This article is from the March/April 2005 issue of Dollars and Sense: The Magazine of Economic Justice available at ShareThis This article is from the March/April 2005 issue of Dollars & Sense magazine. Hail Estonia! For the first time in the 11 years that the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal have been publishing the Index of Economic Freedom, the U.S. has dropped out of the top 10 freest economies in the world.

Watering Can Designed for Fertilizing Plants with Human Urine When it comes to gardening, the thought of using organic fertilizers that are free from harsh chemicals seems… well, natural! But did you know that urine is a fantastic source for natural nitrogen-rich food for your plants? The Swedish start-up Guldkanna has designed Towa, a watering can combined with a chamber pot that can be used to collect, securely store, and distribute your “liquid gold”. This nickname given to urine fertilizer may not be far from the truth if you can get past the ickiness of the pot and learn about the benefits. If using synthetic fertilizer doesn’t sound too bad, you may change your mind after learning that most artificial plant nutrient products are made from synthesized fossil fuels — it can take 1.5 tons of fuel to make 1 ton of fertilizer in a method known as the Haber Process. Another reason to divert urine from the waste stream and into the garden is that a surplus of nitrogen is bad for the water system.

Who pays corporate taxes? It's not who you think Stephen Gordon is a professor of economics at Laval University in Quebec City and a fellow of the Centre interuniversitaire sur le risque, les politiques économiques et l'emploi (CIRPÉE). He also maintains the economics blog Worthwhile Canadian Initiative. Corporate income taxes (CIT) have been in the political spotlight recently, but many may find it difficult to see how it affects their lives in the way that they understand how they pay personal income taxes and the GST. This lack of transparency is fertile ground for any number of misunderstandings and makeshift theorising, so the question I’m going to address here is: who pays the CIT? Not corporations: Corporations don’t pay the tax, for the simple reason that corporations are not people.

USDA Research Links Neonicotinoid Pesticides to Bee Deaths (Beyond Pesticides, January 25, 2011) Research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Bee Research Laboratory and Penn State University shows that the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid contribute –at extremely low levels– to bee deaths and possibly colony collapse disorder (CCD), the widespread disappearance of honey bees that has killed off more than a third of commercial honey bees in the U.S. While the study has not been published yet, the UK’s The Independent newspaper reports that honeybees exposed to imidacloprid are more susceptible to the fungal pathogen Nosema. This is the first study to show that neonicotinoids impact the survival of bees at levels below the level of detection, meaning that field studies would not have considered the role of the pesticide, because they would not have detected it. [Pettis] The take-home message is that interactions may be the key.

(Economic) Freedom's Just Another Word for...Crisis-Prone By John Miller This article is from the September/October 2009 issue of Dollars & Sense: Real World Economics available at This article is from the September/October 2009 issue of Dollars & Sense magazine. In a period of slowing economic growth in many parts of the world, popular pressure for governments to act to fix the situation can be enormous. In responding to such pressure, it is vital that leaders understand the real causes of negative economic developments and undertake actions that will fix them rather than exacerbate them. If intrusive government regulation has contributed to an economic problem, it is unlikely that still more government regulation will cure it.

If I had to guess, I'd say Lietaer's books probably qualify as the best candidates for burning. Ending the monopoly of bank-debt money is no small feat. by catagenesis Oct 1

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