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A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it -- that alone can be like waking up from a dream.

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Water is a right, not a commodity.  Please consider signing and sharing my petition.  Thank you in advance.
Oregon is on fire. Deadly wildfires have been blazing through the entire Northwest United States for weeks. Over 1.1 million acres are burning, and already, dozens of homes have been destroyed. Firefighting resources are stretched thin — and the National Guard has even been deployed. And yet, amidst all this destruction, Nestlé is still angling to bottle Oregon's fresh water and sell it for profit. Nestlé is closing in on a lucrative water pri...
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Your state, your country, and my country.
I bloody hate Nestle. serious disdain and such.  Sometimes I swear they are more evil in their actions than monsanto. I mean afterall, they are responsible directly for the death of many babies  (See the politics of breastfeeding).
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Excellent article about how we got it wrong with low fat.

Thank you,+Institute for Responsible Nutrition (Founded by Dr. Robert Lustig) 
 
So many gems in this article. An absolute must-read on how we got it wrong with low-fat!
An "eloquent and evidence based demolition job of current dietary guidelines that promotes “low fat” as best for weight and health."
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David Gilmour "The Blue" - Live In Gdansk
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A few days in April. I don't know if I can make it.
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Here is the trailer for the film, Fed Up.  I watched the entire movie this evening, and highly recommend it. 

This is the movie the food industry doesn't want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.
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Saw at the theater when it came out.... Yes, #bigfood is not committed to health... Quite the opposite.
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I am going to try this....
This post originally appeared at Food52. The most unfair implication of slow-roasting is the slowness part. Sure, there are plenty of benefits—gentler cooking, a cooler kitchen, a both technique- and zen-driven lifestyle—but speed (and, by association, weeknight-friendliness) isn’t one of them. Or is it? Unlike slow-roasted pork or chicken or even tomatoes, the perks that come along with...
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Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord. Walking allows us to be in our bodies and in the world without being made busy by them. It leaves us free to think without being wholly lost in our thoughts.
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The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. This creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it. A new thought often seems like a feature of the landscape that was there all along, as though thinking were traveling rather than making. And so one aspect of the history of walking is the history of thinking made concrete — for the motions of the mind cannot be traced, but those of the feet can.

Rebecca Solnit
"I suspect that the mind, like the feet, works at about three miles an hour. If this is so, then modern life is moving faster than the speed
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Disturbing and disgusting, a long, but very worthwhile read.  Very well written and well presented.  The headline downplays the story.

Thanks to +Eve Aebi and +Malthus John for posting.
 
How do you sell Dystopia as Utopia? 
With lies & propaganda, of course!

This is a great article by Mariah Blake on the willful negligence that has led to the nearly 100% of the planet's population being exposed to the toxic and carcinogenic chemical known as "C8" (perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA).  It's also a great story of the tireless efforts of a handful of people - former employees, neighbors, farmers, etc- that worked to make sure that this whole thing was not swept under the rug by the chemical industry and DuPont.

Typical things that expose us to C8: stain resistant carpets, carpet cleaning liquids, Teflon cookware, microwave popcorn bags, Gore-Tex, floor wax, treated upholstery, clothing, and furniture, etc., food contact paper & wrappers, and dental floss.

Highlights include that DuPont knew about the health risks for nearly 50 years and did everything they could to cover it up and side-step their responsibilities to the public.  While finally caught red-handed and ordered to pay the victims, communities, for clean up and even further research, etc. they still are doing everything possible to stall the actual restitution.  One legal firm hired to administer funds to people has used $9 million while delivering $50,000 so far to victims, to give you an idea of how that's going.

Other standard Industry tricks, like hiring "regulatory strategists", lobbyists, public relations firms, and paying for narrowly focused scientific research meant to cast doubt on anyone or anything said against their "better living with chemicals" philosophy, and spin things to appear in their favor, as well as finally, creating a new subdivision within their corporate legal structure to hopefully distance themselves from the full legal, financial, and social consequences of their bad-actor behavior.

There's a movie in here, that I hope gets made so that more people are aware of this.

Oh, almost forgot the good news:  2015 marks the final year of the phase-out of C8.  It has been replaced with the also largely exempt (grandfathered) or untested variants, like C6, C7, C5, etc.

Further reading:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfluorooctanoic_acid
http://www.foreffectivegov.org/blog/ten-years-after-toxic-chemical-settlement-dupont-failing-keep-its-promises
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weinberg_Group

#privatizationofscience   #chemicalindustry   #dupont   #C8   #Perfluorooctanoic_acid   #publicrelations   #liability   #lawyeredup   #toxins   #carcinogens   #contamination  
The story of one of the most brazen, deadly corporate gambits in U.S. history.
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Fountain pens want to connect letters. Ballpoint pens need to be convinced to write.

I am addicted to my fountain pen :).

h/t +Guy Kawasaki ~
 
How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive
Thicker ink, fewer smudges, and more strained hands: an Object Lesson
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As philosopher David Whyte aptly observed, “our sense of slight woundedness around not belonging is actually one of our core competencies.”

Thank you +Eve Aebi ~
 
Belonging and Conflict

Well worth the read. Once it is available as e-book I will buy and read it.

Almost everyone has experienced some form of such disposable affinity — with an airplane seat mate, with a fellow patient at the dentist’s waiting room, with the other stray Dresden Dolls fan at a science conference. But the strange psychology undergirding our morphing sense of belonging is also the root of the destructive impulses that Tolstoy and Gandhi contemplated in exploring why we hurt each other. All violence requires an Other as its target, and the shifting boundaries of our own identity are what contours that otherness.

We each live with what pioneering psychologist Jerome Bruner called an “internal clamor of identities,” out of which spring both the bonds of belonging and the violence of difference, inflicted upon those whom we perceive as a threat to any one of our multiple identities of gender, race, religion, nationality, class, political affiliation, favorite sports team, and so forth.





"A person's identity ... is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch just one part of it, just one allegiance, and the w
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Great info about how to make up sleep debt.
Have you ever wondered what happens in our brains and bodies while we are sleeping? Want to know how much sleep you really need in order to be productive and alert?
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Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.
The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social media. To help the scientists get the word out, Coke has provided financial and logistical support to a new nonprofit organization called the Global Energy Balance Network, which promotes the argument that weight-conscious Americans are overly fixated on how much they eat and drink while not paying enough attention to exercise.

It's all about the money.  For the truth about how the High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in sodas (and processed foods) causes weight gain, here are a few links:

Dr. Robert Lustig at Stanford,  a calorie is not a calorie, Processed Food, an Experiment Gone Wrong.
https://plus.google.com/+MaraRose/posts/HKvSVNGG3NZ

https://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/01/03/high-fructose-corn-syrup-even-worse-than-weve-been-told.aspx

http://drhyman.com/blog/2011/05/13/5-reasons-high-fructose-corn-syrup-will-kill-you/
The company supports a new nonprofit, the Global Energy Balance Network, that promotes a “science-based” approach to weight control: Get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.
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"There's a crack in everything.  That's where the Light gets in."

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