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If there is a Zen to gardening it is this simple fact: it’s not about the food, it’s not about the politics, it’s not about the greater good, the health or the DIY collectives; it’s about recovering a piece of irrationality, living beyond the efficiency at the core of our civilization’s malaise.
At one time, women’s education included critical training in needle arts like sewing and knitting, which were “not only necessary skills but also political tools for the women involved in resisting authority.” At PBS, Corinne Segal reports on pussy hats and brain hats as just two examples in a long line of handmade symbols of women pitting themselves against the status quo. Then and now, knitting circles are perfect environments in which to sew the seeds of political and social discontent.
The rejection of anarchism is mostly due to a basic misunderstanding of this peaceful philosophy.
The first most common argument against anarchism: “Without government, who will build the roads?”
Back before abolition, this question would be similar to, “Well, without slaves, who would pick the cotton?” To put it simply, the same people who build them now — private companies. Government simply acts as the middle man by contracting out the work and much time and money is wasted when they act as the facilitator. Simply put, people already pay for roads by way of coercive taxation, and since they are a necessity (demand), entrepreneurs will be incentivized to supply them.
“When people view their civic participation through the exercise of voting, political identity becomes a slogan, a brand, a fashionable sort of garment that loudly announces the colors of one’s own tribe. But what if people viewed their civic participation as a form of immediate subjective experience? For example, on any given the day, the money you spend or earn has an exponentially greater political impact than all the votes you’ve ever cast.”
In the search for reason in an age of terror, some believe that governments plot hoax tragedies to control us through fear. But is this just a way of imposing order on chaos, or do conspiracy theorists represent the enlightened few?
José Mujica, nicknamed Pepe Mujica, was President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. A former Tupamaros freedom fighter in the 60s and the 70s, he was detained, like a hostage by the dictatorship between 1973 and 1985. He advocates a philosophy of life focused on sobriety: learn to live with what is necessary and fairest.
As I write this, the dark act is up for a vote in the House of Representatives; representatives of the people. The dark act takes away the rights of those people to vote for or against things like GMO labeling in their states. It does seem ironic. If the act is passed, it will truly be a dark day for America.
Monsanto is a corporation with great wealth, now controlling over 90% of soybean and corn growth in America. Family farms have been replaced by giant agri corp farms across this great vast country we call home. Farm aid and other organizations have been fighting the losing battle against this for 30 years now.
Dairy and meat farming is done in those white sheds you see from the freeway, no longer on the green pastures of home with the old farmhouses and barns. Those beautiful buildings now stand in ruin across the country. This has happened on our watch while the country slept, distracted by advertising and false information from the corporations. Monsanto and others simply pay the politicians for voting their way. This is because of “Citizens United”, a legislation that has made it possible for corporations to have the same rights as people, while remaining immune to people’s laws.
Both Democratic and Republican front runners are in bed with Monsanto, from Clinton to Bush, as many government branches are and have been for years. This presidential election could further cement the dominance of corporation’s rights over people’s rights in America. If you have a voice you have a choice. Use it.
On the human side, the film I would like you to see tells the story of a farming family in America, but the same thing is happening around the world. It is a story that takes 10 minutes of your time to see. It is a simple human one, telling the heartbreaking story of one man who fought the corporate behemoth Monsanto, and it illustrates why I was moved to write The Monsanto Years.
The film presents a rare opportunity to hear from the source as Mr. White is one of only four farmers who is still legally allowed to speak about his case as all the others have been effectively silenced.
Thanks for reading this and I hope you look at this simple and powerful film, “Seeding Fear”.
EFF has released its newest report charting which companies promise to uphold best practices in privacy and transparency. The report analyzes the published policies of 24 major technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, and ISPs like AT&T and Comcast. While we’ve released this report for four years, this year we made the criteria more challenging to reflect the higher standards we’ve come to expect from technology companies.
In this year’s Who Has Your Back, nine companies earned stars in every category available to them: Adobe, Apple, CREDO, Dropbox, Sonic, Wickr, Wikimedia, WordPress.com, and Yahoo. Three companies scored especially poorly: AT&T, Verizon, and WhatsApp.
Good news! We’re not the only ones who think one more day of NSA spying is one day too many. The Senate agrees. Last week, in a dramatic late night session, the Senate rejected reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
The Senate’s refusal to reauthorize Patriot Act spying has proven just how wrong the NSA’s defenders are. They’ve acted as though reauthorization of bulk phone records collection of millions of ordinary people was inevitable. But S.1357, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s two-month reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, failed by 45-54. In a desperate last-ditch effort to save mass surveillance, McConnell asked for the program to be extended to the 8th of June, then the 5th, then the 3rd, and then the 2nd. He was denied every time.
That means, thanks to the powerful voices of people like you, 54 Senators voted against rubber stamping reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That’s a major victory for civil liberties.
But surveillance defenders will do anything they can to protect the NSA’s powers. Senator McConnell is forcing the Senate to reconvene on Sunday, May 31, mere hours before Section 215 expires. Even though leadership in the House of Representatives has said that the House would reject short-term reauthorization, he’s attempting to bully the Senate into a last minute extension of the program.
Fortunately, we’ve got four days to make sure that those 54 Senators don’t change their minds. We’ve got four days to remind the House that no reauthorization is acceptable, no matter how short. We’ve got four days to ensure that when Section 215 of the Patriot Act dies at midnight on June 1st, it’s dead for good.
You can also do more. This week, many Senators and Representatives are at home. Face-to-face visits are a chance for you to challenge your elected representatives on NSA spying. We’ve created a printable one-pager you can leave at their office. We also have a guide to setting up a meeting with your elected representatives. If you can’t get a meeting, you can just drop in at their office.
We’ve got just four days. Join us to tell Congress—It’s time to let Section 215 of the Patriot Act die the death it deserves. Vote no on any reauthorization of Section 215.
“This is a unique and extraordinary moment in human history. This is a moment of hope and opportunity! As we reflect on the chaos, destruction and systems’ breakdowns on the planet, its important to SHIFT our focus to the phenomenal breakthroughs and innovations catalyzing THE SHIFT in how we perceive reality, the world, ourselves and our future as a species. This SHIFT in consciousness, driven by rapidly advancing technology and global connectivity, already hard wired in many of the younger generations is emerging around the globe in every aspect of our lives.
“Conventional media has been focused on the worst and most painful breakdowns in our humanity and limited to a worldview of destruction and ultimate annihilation in one of many possibilities, aimed at keeping the masses fear ridden and feeling powerless. THE SHIFT Movie is a documentary film that shifts lenses and presents a worldview focused on the emerging consciousness around rapidly approaching, unprecedented Abundance, good will and an inspiring new story for the future for humanity, illustrating its many expressions.
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“This unique time calls upon each of us to discover our unique gift and contribution to this unfolding. By embracing the Inner SHIFT from powerless to powerful, from victim to deliberate creators of our reality, we ignite the imagination and consciousness to create the world of which we dream. By SHIFTING the conversation from complaining about problems to solving them, individually and together through collaboration and cooperation we are uncovering a New story of what’s possible for our species and the planet.
“THE SHIFT Movie shines a light on the magnificence of the human spirit and imagination to overcome adversity. The film presents stories of cultural and technology breakthroughs as well as stories of ordinary individuals doing extraordinary and courageous things to move our culture into the future with peace, love, well being and vision.”
“God forbid if something bad happens to someone, it won’t be another Mike Brown situation because there will be video evidence to show exactly what happened. Think of it like having insurance: it’s better to have and not need it than to need it and not have it.” —Duncan Kirkwood
Mangetsu Man is the superhero name of an anonymous Japanese guy that roams Tokyo, literally cleaning the streets of this fair city, especially Roppongi, because everyone knows Roppongi is always in need of a wash.