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Trumpism, Consumerism And The Destruction Of Citizenship -- Fighting Back 30.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Donald Trump's candidacy gives rise to many descriptors -- authoritarian, bigoted, divisive. It is also the culmination of long-developing dysfunctions of a culture where market values have spread beyond appropriate limits and radically eroded citizenship. Though many feel hopeless about changing this culture, resources are appearing for revitalizing citizenship and for building a movement for a deeper democracy, across party lines, after this sour and dispiriting election. Susan Faludi describes the consumer culture well in her 1999 book, Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man . Drawing on interviews with groups of men from African-American shipyard workers to veterans to evangelical Christians, she shows how ideals of loyalty, team play and the mastery of a vocation were replaced by "a competitive individualism... robbed of craft or utility and ruled by commercial values that revolve around who has the most, the best, the biggest, the fastest." Masculinity became something "to drape over the body, ...
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A transcript of Jill Stein's meeting with The Washington Post editorial board 26.8.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
A transcript of Jill Stein's meeting with The Washington Post editorial board
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Waste Not, Save More 24.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
On average, each person in the US  throws away five pounds of solid waste each day . While many eco-conscious citizens do their due diligence to  recycle , compost, and reduce waste, others remain  apathetic  about preserving the environment. Wherever you might land on the eco-friendly scale, innovative "Pay As You Throw" (PAYT) programs are incentivizing people nationwide to increase (or start) recycling and composting through a usage-pricing model. Basically, the less trash you send to a landfill, the less you pay. Over 7,000 communities in the  US report  using this green solution, with cities seeing an average of 45 percent less trash. Though various types of PAYT programs have been tested, waste-reduction company WasteZero reports the most cost-effective and convenient option for reducing waste is  using specialized bags . With this approach, residents purchase uniquely printed bags approved by their municipality, just like you would purchase garbage bags from a store. Trash collectors only pick up ...
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Establishment Republicans Tired Of 'Slick Moral Preening' By GOP Trump Opponents 24.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Every day of the Donald Trump campaign seems to bring with it a new article about an establishment Republican whose conscience can’t bear to back the reality TV star. For those who haven’t made that decision, these relentless news items are starting to smart. Some Washington Republicans wish these folks and their consciences would shut up.  The most recent insult came Monday with a Politico story that began, “Former President George W. Bush’s Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy is the latest high-ranking Republican to announce his support for Hillary Clinton’s White House bid.” Setting aside where the bar is for a “high-ranking” Republican, the undersecretary in question was James Glassman, the author of Dow 36,000, a 1999 book whose title prediction, to be fair, fell hilariously short. He followed a parade of former officials from both Bush administrations, and some from the Ronald Reagan White House, who’ve all publicly condemned Trump. Other Republicans think the Never Trumpers ...
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The latest pastime in an Arizona hippie enclave: speculating about why Warren Buffett's son is in town 21.8.2016 LA Times: Nation

“Electric” Dave Banham slugged back the last of his beer, wiped his lips and resumed his barstool rant about the new rich guy in town.

“What’s he up to? What are those towers? Who is he driving around with?” Banham asked the bartender at the Double P Roadhouse and a couple of whiskery locals nursing...

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When Teachers Take A Breath, Students Can Bloom 19.8.2016 NPR News
An evidence-based program teaches mindfulness to educators. Research suggests it can reduce their stress and improve their teaching.
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Flowering meadows benefit humankind 18.8.2016 Environmental News Network
The more it swarms, crawls and flies the better it is for humans. This is the finding of a study published in "Nature". More than 60 researchers from a number of universities were involved, including the Technical University of Munich, the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt. A diverse ecosystem populated by many species from all levels of the food chain provides higher levels of ecosystem services, the team reports. Even rather unpopular insects and invisible soil-dwelling organisms are important in maintaining a wide range of ecosystem services. The results underline the necessity of maintaining species-rich ecosystems for the good of humanity.
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5 Environmentally Safe Actions That Will Increase Your Home's Value 17.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Image source: PhotoDune Sustainable building is all the rage these days, and for good reason. Climate change and the undoing of the earth's delicate ecosystem is no longer a point of conjecture. According to the EPA , "The global average temperature increased by more than 1.4°F over the last century." And "the decade from 2000 to 2010 was the warmest on record." Global warming is a real thing. And the sooner we as a society adapt to this reality, the sooner we'll adjust the way we live to be kinder to planet earth. I've written in the past about " Ethical consumerism ." That is the idea that we can buy our way to a better version of ourselves. I would also like to suggest that ethical consumerism extends to the home you live in. In other words: the idea that green homes do less harm to the earth has marketable value. If you reside in a more progressive neighborhood, this value is even more enhanced. Recently, the Institute for Market Transformation released a study showing a positive correlation between ...
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Racial and partisan divides shape American views of poverty and the poor 14.8.2016 LA Times: Nation

Sharp differences along lines of race and politics shape American attitudes toward the poor and poverty, according to a new survey of public opinion, which finds empathy toward the poor and deep skepticism about government antipoverty efforts.

The differences illuminate some of the passions that...

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RELEASE: New “Better Buying Lab” to Develop Sustainable Food Strategies 11.8.2016 WRI Stories
RELEASE: New “Better Buying Lab” to Develop Sustainable Food Strategies Initiative brings together Google, Sainsbury’s, Hilton Worldwide, Quorn and more to promote sustainable food consumption WASHINGTON, DC (August 11, 2016)–Consumers in the United States and the United Kingdom increasingly say they want to eat food that’s better for themselves and the environment. According to one study, three quarters of Americans think it’s important that the food they buy is sustainable. In Britain,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Who Needs Frank Ocean? Check Out These 5 Great Albums Instead 9.8.2016 Wired Top Stories
Who Needs Frank Ocean? Check Out These 5 Great Albums Instead
If you don't, we're going to rig every device in your house to play "Walk the Dinosaur" by Was (Not Was) non-stop, until you have no choice but give in. The post Who Needs Frank Ocean? Check Out These 5 Great Albums Instead appeared first on WIRED.
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Rickie Fowler seeks to make most of Olympic experience, and to inspire jealousy 8.8.2016 Washington Post
Rickie Fowler seeks to make most of Olympic experience, and to inspire jealousy
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And Star Trek's worst episode ever is... 6.8.2016 Technology

And Star Trek's worst episode ever is...With so many episodes of Star Trek out there, there were bound to be some horrible missteps. A group of fans hashes through space hippies, stolen brains and an awful series finale to find the worst of them all.


California Knows Best: What's Good For The Environment Can Also Be Great For The Economy 1.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Been there, done that. As states across the nation scramble to adjust their energy portfolios to meet increasingly stringent carbon emission limits and other climate change mandates, our experience in California since 2006 could prove to be a useful guide. Back then, we heard the dire warnings that our groundbreaking law curtailing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions - the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) - would be economically catastrophic for the Golden State. But almost 10 years later, the many ominous predictions from opponents of clean energy have fallen flat. California is on track to meet the near-term goals set by AB 32--limiting the state's GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020-- resulting in less air pollution and cleaner water and soil. What's more, our economy has not only survived, it has shown remarkable progress in recent years. This law and other forward-thinking policies have created a demand for private-sector investment in clean energy solutions without the economic Armageddon ...
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Pope Francis Urges Poles to Embrace Migrants 31.7.2016 Wall St. Journal: World
Pope Francis repeated his call for open-migration policies and warned against the temptations of capitalism and consumerism in the post-Communist homeland of St. John Paul II.
A Program For Preschoolers Gets A Convention Bounce 29.7.2016 NPR News
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youth, or HIPPY, is a program backed by by 20 years of research. Bill Clinton gave it some love at his speech in Philadelphia. We take a closer look.
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Cultured Diamonds: A Socially Conscious Girl's Best Friend 29.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As a lover of jewelry, I've always found anything that sparkles alluring, and diamonds have always had a particular appeal. So, you can just imagine how exciting it was to interview the Director of Pure Grown Diamonds , Suraj Mehta, to learn more about cultured diamonds and how they are taking the diamond industry by storm. Modern technology has come a long way and actually made it possible to replicate the exact conditions needed to grow diamond crystals in a laboratory. Pure Grown Diamond places a small diamond seed into a tightly controlled environment, where the diamond grows and is able to recreate the natural process above ground; the results are absolutely stunning! Millennials are currently some of the biggest fans of these pure grown diamonds, with a significant percentage saying they would totally consider buying a cultured diamond as a center stone for their engagement ring. Not only are these lab grown diamonds economically more affordable [30% cheaper than mined diamonds], but they're also ...
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Feminism has been taken over by capitalism, and it ain't pretty 28.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. The world of feminism nowadays is... saturated. Women are leaning in, #girlbosses are getting that money, period-friendly underwear is readily available, #GirlsCan empower themselves with bombshell lipstick and oh so much more. But, is this feminism? When did feminism start meaning that consumption was the most revolutionary act? Marketplace feminism has been creeping in for quite awhile and it's time to put it in its ...
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World War II veteran, peace activist Ken Seaman dies in Lakewood at age 92 28.7.2016 Denver Post: Local
Ken Wylie Seaman, a World War II veteran who later became a peace activist, died Saturday at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. He was 92.
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Live inside giant whisky barrel 21.7.2016 CNN: Top Stories
In a Scottish ecovillage, they've been building homes made from giant whisky vats.
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