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Republicans Need to Find a New Culture War to Fight 29.6.2015 American Prospect
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais In this Friday, June 26, 2015 file photo, people gather in Lafayette Park to see the White House illuminated with rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington. While Antonin Scalia's dissents in last week's two blockbuster cases were full of his usual colorful bombast (I can't wait to respond to a line of baloney someone gives me with "That, sir, is pure applesauce !"), there was one line that stuck out for me. In Obergefell v. Hodges , the gay marriage case, Scalia aimed his withering contempt at Anthony Kennedy's assertion in the majority opinion that two people can find "other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality" in the bond of marriage. "Really?" Scalia wrote. "Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality (whatever that means) were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie." And while you're ...
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BET Experience 2015 | Black Hippy 29.6.2015 LA Times: Top News
We Asked the Nearest Hippie About Scalia: It Was David Crosby 27.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Paraphrasing Janis Joplin, freedom's just another word...that Justice Antonin Scalia doesn't seem to understand. In his convoluted, nine-page dissent against the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges ruling -- which officially makes gay marriage legal in every state -- Scalia went off the cultural-literacy rails, questioning the idea that intimacy and spirituality were freedoms and further suggesting that "Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie." As luck would have it in The Huffington Post's New York headquarters, the nearest hippie happened to be the world's most famous hippie, David Crosby, who, like Joplin, performed at Woodstock. So ask him we did: what did he think of Justice Scalia's line of thinking? "I think he's slagging gays and hippies," said Crosby, who had earlier appeared on Huff Post Live. "I don't think he understands either one. I think he's an old reactionary guy and I think he's failing to understand the basic thing: hippies and gay ...
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Hey California, Justice Scalia discovers the 10th ring of hell, and we are it 27.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
As the United States of America evolves, slowly becoming a more tolerant and inclusive nation, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is getting left behind, and now he's taking out his wrath on California and hippies. It's not hard to understand why Scalia has worked himself into a lather. This...
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Regardless of faith, Pope Francis's statement on climate change is ambitious and powerful 26.6.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Sensory Overload: How People With Autism Experience the World 25.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Adults and children with autism experience the world much differently than we do, so why don't we design homes, parks, and neighborhoods with them in mind? To do this, designers need to take into account the diverse range of experiences for people with autism spectrum disorder , who now account for more than 1 percent of the population. It truly is a spectrum of disorders. As Sherry Ahrentzen, professor of housing studies at the University of Florida and co-author of the upcoming book, At Home with Autism: Designing for the Spectrum , explained at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference in Los Angeles , "if you know one person with autism, you really know just one person with autism." Autism spectrum disorder is a "psychological, cognitive disorder that creates intellectual and mood disabilities." People with autism have a "blend of cognitive strengths and weaknesses." In general, they have the capacity for "detailed thinking, expansive long-term thinking, and examining complex ...
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China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse 21.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
331 394 *Projected Chinese consumption in 2035 is calculated assuming per-capita consumption will be equal to the current US level, based on projected GDP growth of 8 percent annually. Latest year figures for grain, oil, coal, fertilizer and paper are from 2008. Latest year figures for meat and steel are from 2010. Source: Earth Policy Institute, 2011 How can this happen? What would the rest of the world live on? Already, as resource analyst Michael Klare reviews in his latest book, The Race for What's Left (2012), around the world existing reserves of oil, minerals and other resources "are being depleted at a terrifying pace and will be largely exhausted in the not-too-distant future." B. Airpocalypse Now Decades of coal-powered industrialization combined with the government-promoted car craze since the 1990s have brought China the worst air pollution in the world. Scientists have compared north China's toxic smog to a "nuclear winter" and the smog is also sharply reducing crop yields. Lung cancer is ...
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Last minute Father's Day gift ideas for treehugger dads 20.6.2015 TreeHugger
If you celebrate Father's Day, and need some ideas for last minute gifts that dad might enjoy, here are 15 options to choose from.
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Kids need green open spaces 19.6.2015 Green Lifestyle and Sustainable Culture News - ENN
Is it coincidence that Isaac Newton discovered gravity while sitting under a tree? Or that Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”A study was just released that says outdoor green spaces make kids smarter.The study assessed whether exposure to green space improved the cognitive development in children. Researchers tested the cognitive development of 2,593 schoolchildren in Spain, ages 7 to 10.
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Green Spaces In Schools Improve Children's Memory And Attention 19.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Children today spend less time outdoors than ever before -- and it may be detrimental not only to their physical health, but also to their cognitive development. A yearlong study , recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that elementary school children who were exposed to more green spaces within or directly outside their school showed improved learning and memory. The findings reinforce that of a recent six-year study on 905 Massachusetts public elementary schools, which found that students in schools that had more "greenness" in their surroundings reported higher scores on standardized testing in English and math. "There is an expanding body of scientific evidence linking the human experience in the natural world to better physical and mental health and enhanced cognitive abilities," journalist Richard Louv, co-founder of the Children & Nature Network author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, said in an email to The ...
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Pope Francis: "Bold Cultural Revolution" Needed to Save Planet from Climate Change & Consumerism 18.6.2015 Democracy Now!
In his long-awaited encyclical on the environment and climate change, Pope Francis has called for swift action to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor." He called for a change of lifestyle in rich countries steeped in a "throwaway" consumer culture, and an end to "obstructionist attitudes" that sometimes put profit before the common good. Pope Francis said protecting the planet is a moral and ethical "imperative" for believers and nonbelievers alike that should supersede political and economic interests. A major theme of the encyclical is the disparity between rich and poor. "We fail to see that some are mired in desperate and degrading poverty, with no way out, while others have not the faintest idea of what to do with their possessions, vainly showing off their supposed superiority and leaving behind them so much waste which, if it were the case everywhere, would destroy the planet," he said. We speak to Naomi Klein, author ...
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Pope Francis: "Bold Cultural Revolution" Needed to Save Planet from Climate Change and Consumerism 18.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In his long-awaited encyclical on the environment and climate change, Pope Francis has called for swift action to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor." He called for a change of lifestyle in rich countries steeped in a "throwaway" consumer culture, and an end to "obstructionist attitudes" that sometimes put profit before the common good. Pope Francis said protecting the planet is a moral and ethical "imperative" for believers and nonbelievers alike that should supersede political and economic interests. A major theme of the encyclical is the disparity between rich and poor. "We fail to see that some are mired in desperate and degrading poverty, with no way out, while others have not the faintest idea of what to do with their possessions, vainly showing off their supposed superiority and leaving behind them so much waste which, if it were the case everywhere, would destroy the planet," he said. We speak to Naomi Klein, author ...
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Pope Francis: "Bold Cultural Revolution" Needed to Save Planet from Climate Change & Consumerism 18.6.2015 Democracy Now!
In his long-awaited encyclical on the environment and climate change, Pope Francis has called for swift action to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor." He called for a change of lifestyle in rich countries steeped in a "throwaway" consumer culture, and an end to "obstructionist attitudes" that sometimes put profit before the common good. Pope Francis said protecting the planet is a moral and ethical "imperative" for believers and nonbelievers alike that should supersede political and economic interests. A major theme of the encyclical is the disparity between rich and poor. "We fail to see that some are mired in desperate and degrading poverty, with no way out, while others have not the faintest idea of what to do with their possessions, vainly showing off their supposed superiority and leaving behind them so much waste which, if it were the case everywhere, would destroy the planet," he said. We speak to Naomi Klein, author ...
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Pope’s Climate Letter is a Radical Attack on the Logic of the Market 18.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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This Is What Happens When Photographers Go Green -- Literally 18.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises," Pedro Calderon de la Barca once said. We can't deny there is something enchanting about the particular hue, that which tints everything from the grass beneath our feet to the dollars in our pockets. Photo by Chantal Adair/Snapwire. From Iceland. Unripened fruit, zucchini, turtles, frogs, mint chocolate chip ice cream, limes, herbs, olives, emeralds, avocados, parakeets -- there are infinite examples of green doing its gorgeous thing all around us. So, we decided to capture some of it on film. We challenged photographers worldwide to snap their best " Monochromatic Green " image, and the results are, well, very green. Take a look at the winning image above and the runners up below -- and have a very green day! -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Players’ reaction to Chambers Bay after U.S. Open practice rounds is mixed 16.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Chambers Bay — a rugged, almost burnt-out stretch along Puget Sound with one tree and no semblance to the rest of Western Washington — is a new experience for most of these players.
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Designing for a Sustainable Future: A Q&A with Jared Green 15.6.2015 THE CITY FIX
For Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, Jared Green asked 80 architects, landscape architects, urban planners, non-profit leaders, journalists, and artists—all people shaping the future of our built and natural environments—the same question: what gives ...
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Nintendo brings 'Earthbound' prequel to Wii U 15.6.2015 Yahoo: Business
Hippies beware! Nintendo has just revealed that Mother, the 1989 NES console game, has finally come to the Wii U Virtual Console under the title Earthbound Beginnings. The paranormal Japanese role-playing ...
Travel letters: A caution on Mexico's Yucatán 14.6.2015 LA Times: Top News
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A Carbon Tax is Not Feasible or Practical 8.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a prominent editorial this past Sunday, the New York Times once again advocated the adoption of a carbon tax. While the theory of a carbon tax makes perfect sense, its lack of practicality makes it the unicorn of energy politics. It is an imaginary creature of elegance and beauty that has little chance of walking the earth. It is true that greenhouse gas regulations and gasoline taxes are forms of carbon taxes and, as the Times reports, British Columbia has a carbon tax. But the space between the carbon tax as a policy idea and the reality of American politics is too vast to overcome. For better or worse, here in America we are in a period of tax policy paralysis that is unlikely to be surmounted anytime soon. If it is, it will be because the Republicans have achieved control of both the presidency and Congress--and the agenda will be to cut taxes, not to establish new ones. In my view, the focus of climate policy should not be to raise the price of fossil fuels, but to lower the price of renewable ...
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