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Meditations
Everest Is Now Within
Martin LeFevre: The fabrication of external challenges has now reached a peak (or is it nadir?) of absurdity, with this year's crop of Everest summiteers forming a conga line on the steep ascent along the spine to the top ... So what can the shrinking minority of people with a brain in their heads and an ember in their hearts do? Rather than invent more foolish, fantasy-filled external challenges, we can take up the real and present inward challenges we face as individuals and a species. ... Going where no man or woman has gone before has never been harder. However the true frontier is obvious to those who understand that it's not 'out there,' but in here. ... If one has awakened and undertaken the inner journey, and can stand alone and walk alone, the unconquerable world within can be explored with others...
May 25, 2019, 5:47pm

Environment
Particulate pollution is worse that we knew, and is damaging ‘every organ in the body’
Lloyd Alter: Those little PM2.5 things go everywhere and are killing us. We have to stop them at the source. ... [PM2.5] is the fifth leading risk factor for death in the world, accounting for 4.2 million deaths and > 103 million disability-adjusted life years lost according to the Global Burden of Disease Report. The World Health Organization attributes 3.8 million additional deaths to indoor air pollution. Air pollution can harm acutely, usually manifested by respiratory or cardiac symptoms, as well as chronically, potentially affecting every organ in the body. ... the two biggest (emitters) are heating and driving. And almost half of the Particulates from driving come from tire wear, road wear and brakes ... heating - furnaces and water heaters ... "a domestic stove top emits a larger amount of very small particles since their post-oxidization is not possible."... Visit Website ]
May 25, 2019, 2:38pm

Commentary
Overcoming a History of Bias in a Budding Industry
Bianca Flowers: The marijuana industry is blossoming, along with multiple challenges to correcting decades of injustice around the plant. ... Hemp and marijuana have ballooned into multi-billion-dollar industries worldwide. As more states dismantle prohibition policies to give the green light on recreational use and sale, billions of investment dollars are pouring into cannabis companies from corporations and business leaders. ... But Clarenda and Malcolm Anderson, both African American and owners of Green Heffa Farms, say that discriminatory lending practices by financial institutions has been a huge barrier for them and other black people wanting to take advantage of the business opportunities burgeoning around this much-maligned plant. ... The irony of people of color being shut out of emerging business opportunities generated by a plant long associated with racist policing has not gone unnoticed... Visit Website ]
May 25, 2019, 2:19pm

Meditations
Becoming Is Deadening; Ending Time Is Regenerating
Martin LeFevre: A Great Blue Heron flies up to a branch from the stream about 30 meters downstream. It's only visible through the thick foliage for a few seconds, but the sight of the huge bird lumbering into the air opens a portal to the past, to the age of the dinosaurs, and halts time. ... Time was the first concept of man, and is the greatest enemy of the human being. There is no peace and renewal in time, and 'eventually' and 'gradually' never bring transformation. ... The observation of a galaxy that no longer exists, on a planet that didn't exist for another 8 billion years since the light we're seeing through the Hubble left that galaxy, means that all events that have ever happened in the universe are enfolded in the present moment. ... The ending of time in passive observation and undirected attention to the whole movement of thought (including and beginning with the illusion of the separate self) is the source of peace, renewal and communion with the immeasurable...
May 24, 2019, 11:32am

Environment
It's time to embrace American hemp production
Katherine Martinko: Hemp is a super-plant of sorts. It grows to the size of a human within 4-5 months, with thick stalks that pull heavy metals and chemicals out of the earth in a single season. It restores soil health, returns carbon to the ground, and, according to some farmers and advocates, has potential to reduce the agriculture industry's carbon footprint. ... it can be used to make everything from concrete, carpets, and clothing, to replacing petroleum, plastics, fibreboard, and more ... "Your entire house could be made out of hemp materials." ... As activist and hemp farmer Winona LaDuke said --- "Hemp is a return to a thoughtful and mindful way to clothe yourself. It offers a way out for all of us that is durable, local, biodegradable... and alive. If we treat this plant with respect, it can help us change the world."... Visit Website ]
May 23, 2019, 3:53pm

Books
How Obama Failed
Branko Marcetic: Review of A Crisis Wasted (Rosetta Books, 2019) by Reed Hundt. ... he’s written a book witheringly critical of not just the Obama administration’s handling of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath, but of the Democratic establishment’s response to it — an insider’s step-by-step account of all the mistakes, false assumptions, and timidities that, over Obama’s eight years, helped deliver the electorate into the hands of Trump. ... Obama’s outsourcing of his administration’s transition process to Clintonites, combined with his lack of commitment to a progressive political vision, hemmed him in ... But he faults the cool, calm, collected Obama for not using the bully pulpit more aggressively to sell the public and Congress on his agenda ... What we might consider Obama’s most admirable personal qualities — his preternatural calm, his even temper — ended up being his greatest weaknesses in the field of politics... Visit Website ]
May 23, 2019, 3:03pm

Did You Know
Populist alliances of ‘cowboys and Indians’ are protecting rural lands
Zoltan Grossman: By teaming up to defend the place they all call home, they are protecting their lands and waters for all. ... The alliances joined tribes and rural, mostly white, Americans to confront common enemies. They helped whites in these areas learn more about indigenous cultural traditions, legal powers and ecological values. Tribal members also learned that their neighbors valued the local environment, and wanted to protect it from outside corporations. ... “We come from two cultures that clashed over land,” Alliance spokeswoman Faith Spotted Eagle observed. “This is a healing for the generations.” ... In Washington and Oregon, Native nations are using their treaty rights to stop plans to build coal and oil export terminals. The same largely white fishing groups in that region that used to aggressively protest treaty rights now back the tribes in protecting fisheries from oil and coal shipping, and in restoring fish habitat damaged by development... Visit Website ]
May 23, 2019, 2:36pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Abortion Rights and the Power of Protest
Margaret Kimberley: An abortion rights crisis looms, but Americans have lost their fighting tools, lulled to sleep by the corporate fixers of the Democratic Party. ... After the collapse of its communist government Poland enacted some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. When that nation’s parliament proposed making the procedure completely illegal thousands of Poles rose up in protest in 2016 and repeated the process in 2018. They didn’t just gather thousands of people in the streets of Warsaw on a rainy day. They held a general strike too. The creation of a political crisis forced the government to back down and withdraw the legislation not once, but twice. ... Abortion is as much a right as any other medical procedure. No person, man or woman, should be able to restrict medical choices for another. ... There is still time for effective action if we seize it... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2019, 4:14pm

Meditations
Where Do You Get Your Fire From?
Martin LeFevre: As Thomas Merton, the American Trappist monk, writer, mystic, poet and social activist, wrote on January 1, 1962: "Of all the countries that are sick, America is perhaps the most grievously afflicted...truly we have entered the 'post-Christian era' with a vengeance. Whether we are destroyed, or whether we survive, the future is awful to contemplate." ... As the Trump Administration tries to provoke Iran into a war, and Iran complies with its own provocations, the threat of nuclear war, for which Merton was so rightly concerned in 1962, seems both distant and imminent in May of 2019. ... "There is a true war-madness, an illness of the mind and spirit that is spreading with furious contagion all over the world," Merton wrote over a half century ago...
May 21, 2019, 4:14pm

Articles
The Sun Dance
Mark Kodama: It was the summer of 1876. The great white father was demanding that we sell our land to them – land that was not ours to sell – and then move to the reservation – where only hardships and starvation awaited us. The buffalo was dying fast as white hunters shot them on the plain, taking only their skins and leaving their carcasses to rot on the plains. ... The prophet Sitting Bull called for us to resist. He called for us to meet in council. He called for a sun dance. There they would offer themselves to the creator. There the creator through the buffalo would provide answers to them. ... Plains Indians – the Sioux, the Cheyenne and the Arapaho — answered Sitting Bull’s call in great number joining his Hunkpapa Lakota at his camp near the Wolf Mountains... Visit Website ]
May 21, 2019, 11:08am

Environment
Revealed: 1.6m Americans live near the most polluting incinerators in the US
Oliver Milman: A total of 1.6 million Americans live next to the most polluting incinerators in the country, with lower-income and minority communities exposed to the vast majority of pollution coming from these waste-burning plants. ... The burning of household and commercial waste can give off a stew of pollutants, including mercury, lead and small particles of soot. ... The placement of incinerators appears to follow a well-established pattern of environmental injustice in the US, where communities of colour are far more likely to be housed next to sources of pollution, such as power plants, highways, landfills and other industry, than their white counterparts. ... “Incinerators have never been just about public health, they have been about, race, power, justice, governance and poverty”... Visit Website ]
May 21, 2019, 10:35am

News
A China Food Crisis More Danger Than Trade War?
F. William Engdahl: China faces a threat to its agriculture that could do far more damage to her political stability and economy than the escalating USA tariff war. In recent months cases of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) among the pig population of the world’s largest pig producer have forced drastic killing off of the pig population since cases were first detected last August. On top of that, more recently, Chinese grain producers have been hit by what can only be called a plague of a dangerous pest called “Fall Armyworms”, that devastates corn, rice and other grain crops. ... The combination hitting China as its leaders are in the midst of an escalating major trade war with the United States, could affect the world geopolitical map in ways few can imagine... Visit Website ]
May 20, 2019, 2:45pm

Commentary
Debunking Myths about Wealth and Race
Josh Hoxie: Falsehood No. 1: Black and Latinx families have less money because they’re led by single parents. ... single-parent white families have twice as much wealth as two-parent black and Latinx families ... Falsehood No. 2: Black people are poor because they’re less educated. ... black families led by college graduates “have about 33 percent less wealth than white families whose heads dropped out of high school.” ... Falsehood No.3: Black people don’t work or are bad with money. ... white families actually spend more and save less than black families with the same income. Yet white families have way more wealth than black families with the same income. ... What's going on: The simplest answer is a history of oppression and inherited advantage. The impacts of slavery, sharecropping, Jim Crow, white capping, red lining, mass incarceration, and predatory subprime lending, among many other things, are still very much with us... Visit Website ]
May 20, 2019, 10:56am

Meditations
Did Man Make a Wrong Turn?
Martin LeFevre: What is the root cause of our ecological destructiveness, of our unending conflict and war, of personal and ancient grudges, of hatred and violence, of psychological and emotional suffering? Is there one source of all these things? ... I feel there is. Simply put, the evolutionary adaptation of being able to consciously separate, store and manipulate 'things' spilled over into the psychological dimension, where it became division, domination and control. ... Therefore it's not so much that man made and continues to make a wrong turn, much less that evolution made a monumental mistake in evolving Homo sap. Rather, the evolution of symbolic thought carried with it the strong tendency in the creature possessing and possessed by it to fragment its planet. ... The awakening of another order of consciousness, based on awareness, attention and insight rather than symbol, memory and self, is the remedy...
May 18, 2019, 3:51pm

Health
8 health benefits of the marvelous mushroom
Melissa Breyer: In a 2012 study looking at the role of culinary-medicinal mushrooms on human welfare, the authors describe mushrooms as part of the fungal biota “characterized by wonder.” ... Wonder indeed. ... Of course mushrooms have some magical connotations, thanks to those that inspire hallucinogenic reveries or provide cover for woodland fairies. ... But they are also little eco powerhouses. As the above-mentioned authors note, “They rise up from lignocellulosic wastes: yet they become so bountiful and nourishing. Mushrooms are environmentally friendly. They biosynthesize their own food from agricultural crop residues, which would otherwise cause health hazards.” ... Consider: They lack the bad things ---- Mushrooms offer vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and a host of health benefits – but they are notably lacking in high calories, cholesterol, and sodium... Visit Website ]
May 18, 2019, 3:25pm


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