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A Month’s Worth of Inspiration in Two Minutes

Written by on March 2, 2014 in Inspirational with 1 Comment
A Month’s Worth of Inspiration in Two Minutes

Five inspirational videos from February: $20 Backpack for the Homeless; Gabe Hurley Uses His Disability to Inspire Others; Natalia Marsh-Welton’s Used Her Make-a-Wish Donation to Feed the Hungry; 12-Year-Old Shubham Banerjee Builds a Low-Cost Braille Printer Made Out of LEGOs; A stunning time-lapse of the construction of Brooklyn Grange – the largest urban farm in the world

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Future Shocked

Written by on March 1, 2014 in Conscious Evolution with 0 Comments
Future Shocked

In 1970 Alvin Toffler wrote a book titled Future Shock. In the book, Toffler defined the term “future shock” as a psychological state of individuals and, indeed, entire societies. It refers to what happens to people they are no longer able to cope with the pace of change in their life and the world as a whole. It is basically having too much change in too short a period of time. So here we are in 2014 trying to make sense of a world that seems to be changing faster than ever, much faster than we seem able to react and adapt to. Everywhere people are facing major physical, psychological, and social pressures that are threatening to overwhelm them. We are in shock…

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Scientists Turn Off Pain Using Nothing But Light

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Scientists Turn Off Pain Using Nothing But Light

A team of scientists has developed a way to turn pain on and off using light. They used a technique known as optogenetics to insert light-sensitive proteins called opsins into the nerves of lab mice. After a couple of weeks, the nerves became light-sensitive. One color of light would increase the sensation of pain; another would decrease it. This bears huge implications in a number of fields, from neuroscience to psychology, and could help millions of people who suffer from chronic pain.

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The Energy Crisis – RAP NEWS

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Media & Arts with 0 Comments
The Energy Crisis – RAP NEWS

RAP NEWS 22 [S02:E02]. Like many others who preceded us, our “civilization” faces an Energy Crisis of megawattic proportions, which threatens to bring an end to our brief joyride. But our dirty little secret is seldom mentioned in the news, let alone connected to economic instability or to environmental effects on our planet. It falls to Robert Foster to bring this topic back into the fore of our consciousness, where he conducts an incisive analysis of the situation to see what solutions are out there to deal with peak energy. Join your ever-curious anchor as he invites a panoply of guests – the great, the good, the bizarre, and the downright trollsome – along to share their solutions to this crisis. In the end, the shift required might have to be psychological as well as technological. Enjoy the ride, fellow children of the industrial revolution.

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FDA To Change Food Labels For First Time In 20 Yrs.

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Health, Prevention with 0 Comments
FDA To Change Food Labels For First Time In 20 Yrs.

After more than two decades, the Federal Drug Administration is moving to change nutrition labels to help fight obesity and fit modern eating habits.

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Millions of Scallops Dead Due to Ocean Acidification

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Millions of Scallops Dead Due to Ocean Acidification

Lovers of seafood, beware. Ocean acidification is wreaking havoc on populations of seafood just about everywhere. The latest victim? Millions of scallops at a shellfish producer in British Columbia. The Parksville Qualicum Beach News reports that rising acidity in the waters off the west coast of Canada has claimed three years worth of scallops, worth more than $10 million, at Island Scallops, a local shellfish producer.

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Organic Agriculture: ‘The Way Forward’ in the Age of Climate Change

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
Organic Agriculture: ‘The Way Forward’ in the Age of Climate Change

From the Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign, Food & Climate: Connecting the Dots, Choosing the Way Forward contrasts the dominant, fossil-fuel dependent industrial agriculture system with organic and agroecological systems, and shows how the environmentally-friendly approach is also the best hope for future global food security as it not only reins in runaway carbon emissions but offers climate resilience as well. The concept of resilience is key, report author and Cool Foods Campaign director Diana Donlon explained in an interview with Common Dreams.

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Yes, There Are Paid Government Trolls On Social Media, Blogs, Forums And Websites

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Yes, There Are Paid Government Trolls On Social Media, Blogs, Forums And Websites

For years, many have suspected that government trolls have been systematically causing havoc all over the Internet, but proving it has been difficult. But now thanks to documents leaked by Edward Snowden and revealed by Glenn Greenwald, we finally have hard evidence that western governments have been doing this.

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Meet the College Student Who’s Turning Campus Leftovers Into Meals for Thousands of Hungry Neighbors

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 2 Comments
Meet the College Student Who’s Turning Campus Leftovers Into Meals for Thousands of Hungry Neighbors

At a time where fixes to America’s biggest problems often seem too complex, littered with red tape and protocol, college students across the nation are mobilizing to help feed hungry people in the most commonsense way possible — saving leftover food that would otherwise be thrown away. Meet Ben Simon, the founder and director of the “Food Recovery Network.” Ben is a college student at the University of Maryland who started intercepting food before it was thrown away. Now a national network of college students are intercepting leftovers and feeding the hungry. So far, they have donated nearly 200,000 meals that otherwise would have been tossed away.

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Remembering the Genius of Comedian Bill Hicks with Lee Camp

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Media & Arts with 1 Comment
Remembering the Genius of Comedian Bill Hicks with Lee Camp

Abby Martin pays tribute to the late comedian and political satirist, Bill Hicks, discussing with comedian Lee Camp his impact on politics and pop culture.

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Fried and Grilled Meat May Raise Risk Of Diabetes and Dementia

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments
Fried and Grilled Meat May Raise Risk Of Diabetes and Dementia

Toxic chemicals found at high concentrations in fried and grilled meats may raise the risk of diabetes and dementia, researchers say. US scientists found that rodents raised on a Western-style diet rich in compounds called glycotoxins showed early signs of diabetes, along with brain changes and symptoms that are seen in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Breaking: New USDA Report Proves Environmental Impact of GMO is ‘Questionable’

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 0 Comments
Breaking: New USDA Report Proves Environmental Impact of GMO is ‘Questionable’

Now, even the U.S. Department of Agriculture admits that one of the herbicides in use to support GM farming is an ‘ongoing cause for concern.’The report prepared by the Economic Research Services (ERS) arm of the USDA, states, “We are not characterizing them (GMO crops) as bad or good. We are just providing information.” That ‘information’ is mounting, and it looks as if even US government agencies can no longer ignore it.

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Feds Unveil Plan To Save Honey Bees — And $15 Billion In Crops They Pollinate

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Feds Unveil Plan To Save Honey Bees — And $15 Billion In Crops They Pollinate

Claiming that the future of American food production depends on a revived honey bee population, the Agriculture Department on Tuesday announced it will spend $3 million to help ranchers and farmers improve the health of the bugs, key to pollinating $15 billion worth of food.

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European Complicity in US Drone Strikes Must Be Stopped, MEPs to Warn

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Government, Military with 0 Comments
European Complicity in US Drone Strikes Must Be Stopped, MEPs to Warn

MEPs will vote this week on a resolution condemning EU Member States’ complicity in the covert US drones program. The resolution condemns the extrajudicial killings resulting from drones strikes, notes an increase in strikes in recent years in places like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, and demands full transparency from those Member States that possess drones technology. The strikes represent both a violation of the sovereignty of targeted countries and spread terror among the civilian population, says the resolution; they are therefore illegal under international law. The text further criticizes the “opaque and unaccountable” nature of drone strikes, concluding that they pose a grave threat to global peace and security

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Saving Our Blue Future: The Human Race Needs a New Water Ethic

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Environment with 0 Comments
Saving Our Blue Future: The Human Race Needs a New Water Ethic

Have you heard? The world is running out of accessible clean water. Humanity is polluting, mismanaging, and displacing our finite freshwater sources at an alarming rate. Since 1990, half the rivers in China have disappeared. The Ogallala Aquifer that supplies the U.S. breadbasket will be gone “in our lifetime,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. By 2030, global demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent,

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