Monthly Archives: October 2013

Oil on the Sea of our Souls: The Delusion of Deep-Sea Drilling.

Originally posted on el Hombre del Sur:
“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action” – Goethe The charge of ignorance is not one I would level lightly. Ours is a complex world and people act for a variety…

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The Poem That Made Sherman Alexie Want to Drop Everything and Be a Poet – Joe Fassler – The Atlantic

Joy Harjo, who’s a Creek Indian poet and a jazz musician, was once asked by a white reporter why she played the saxophone, since it’s not an Indian instrument.And she said: “It is when I play it.”If “I’m in the … Continue reading

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UNSR James Anaya – UNSR James Anaya

The Special Rapporteur presented his final report to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. It his statement, Professor Anaya discussed broadly his work methods and lessons learned throughout his mandate. He also touched upon factors that in … Continue reading

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The Overview Effect

Forty years ago, the astronauts of Apollo 8 orbited the moon for the first time and snapped the iconic \”Blue Marble\” photographs of the earth from space. It was not only an image of stunning beauty; it represented a powerful … Continue reading

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The lonely rebel | The Liberated Way

1983 was a crisis year, Russia was paranoid about a preëmptive nuclear strike by the West, afraid in the face of claims of a new Western defensive shield called “Star Wars” claimed could knock out any missile launched against the … Continue reading

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A Philly Schools Big Bet on Non-Violence, by Jeff Deeney

A Philly Schools Big Bet on Non-Violence–by Jeff Deeney, syndicated from theatlantic.com, Oct 11, 2013In a desperately poor, dangerous part of town, Memphis Street Academy decided to ditch its metal detectors and focus on supporting students. Violence dropped by 90 … Continue reading

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Peter Buffett: We’re Not Doing Enough, by Allison Jones

In late July Peter Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffet and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, arguing that too much of philanthropy is focused on making the donor feel good, and not … Continue reading

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Climate change: Capitalism and the Church speak the same language | The Postcolonial

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has submitted its latest report, and with it comes the unquestionably clear perspective that the Earth’s ecological situation is heading towards the land of no return. Indeed we can now be certain that … Continue reading

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Oh, My Hand: Complaints Medieval Monks Scribbled in the Margins of Illuminated Manuscripts | Brain Pickings

he history of bookmaking hasn’t been without its challenges, but never was its craft as painstaking as during the era of illuminated manuscripts. Joining the ranks of history’s most appalling and amusing complaints, like this Victorian list of don’ts for … Continue reading

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The nature of New Zealanders | Sandysviews

New Zealand is the most beautiful country on earth. Everybody knows that, everybody knows about the incredible ‘nature’ in New Zealand. I’m going to talk about the nature of New Zealanders for a while instead. I posted a tweet a while … Continue reading

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