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Response to Climate Change Impossible Without A Revolution in Thinking

Adrian Kenyon

I will continue writing about the environment for how can we hope for a new age free from racial and sexual oppression if we destroy the world with our stupid choices? In reading Naomi Klein's trailblazing book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, we are destined for ecological disaster within 50 years or less. Here she succinctly lays out the challenge . . . . . . [W]e are left with a stark choice: allow climate disruption to change everything about our world, or change pretty much everything about our economy to avoid that fate. And, the problem ...

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Retailers Finally Addressing Income Inequality

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As politicians in Washington and state capitals debate raising the minimum wage, a new report from the Center for American Progress gathers new evidence showing that the United States’ top retailers are deeply concerned that stagnant wage growth and middle-class weakness are holding the economy back. We have written frequently about the scourge of income equality, from fast food workers' demanding a living wage and Wall Street's response to connecting you to organizations on the forefront of this struggle, summing it all up this past Labor Day. Now this new report, “Retailer Revelations: Why ...

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Anti Net Neutrality Lobbyists Will Stop At Nothing

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Why Phone and Cable Companies Want to Kill the Internet's Most Democratic Right Lobbyists representing phone and cable companies have now reorganized and doubled down on disinformation campaigns. They are crying censorship against advocates who want to preserve the built-in democracy of the Internet that guarantees everyone a voice. After all, corporations are people, folks. Therefore, net neutrality advocates are interfering with these large companies free speech rights. Industry-funded think tanks have argued that any enforceable effort to protect the open Internet denies phone and cable companies their First Amendment right "by compelling them to convey content providers' messages with which ...

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Edelman’s Lisa Manley, Climate Change Activist

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Lisa Manley is a Corporate Social Responsibility Executive with Edelman, one of the largest Public Relations firms. She has 20 years of experience in global sustainability strategy and engagement, and recently offered "Five Observations from UN Climate Week." It gives us a bird-eye view of the outcomes from a business point of view. Manley was inspired by all the events that took place over a week ago, including the People's Climate March that drew more than 300,000 environmental activists. She acknowledges how lackluster the outlook has been since 2009's disappointing climate conference in ...

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Scalia’s Cry for Help: Impeach Me!

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The most recent insanity expressed by United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: …[T]he separation of church and state “doesn’t mean the government cannot favor religion over non-religion.” …[S]ecularists concern over the overreach of religion into the government and every aspect of the public sphere is “utterly absurd” ... …[T]he Constitution’s only obligation is to protect Christian’s [sic] freedom of religion and was never intended to protect Americans from religious imposition. The only pronouncement from Scalia that could be considered rational: I'm guilty of sedition. I am guilty of putting my religious fundamentalism ahead of all reason and justice. Impeach me, please! Like an errant child, ...

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Our September Round-Up

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This is our September round-up in case you missed some of our posts. If you like our unique mix of news and opinions, follow us on Twitter/VenusPlusX, and like our page, Facebook/VenusPlusX. We kept up with many of our key issues with a discussion of how and why police bias is the chief cause of criminality in Culturally Inept Policing Schools Criminals; the psychology behind domestic violence in A Women's Problem is a Men's Issue; and the underlying ecology of progress in Everyone Needs Examples, Including Bad Examples. These followed our extensive take on ...

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We Are Here, We Are Here

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Let's talk about our part My heart touches your heart Let's talk about, let's talk about living Had enough of dying, not what we all about Let's do more giving Do more forgiving, yeah Our souls were brought together so that we could love each other

"We Are Here" (by Alicia Keys, 2014, Listen here)

The 3rd Annual Global Citizens Festival in New York City's Central Park is underway right now. If you haven't heard, it's a presentation of the Global Poverty Project which is committed to ending world poverty by 2030. The Project's goals aim to redouble the efforts and financial ...

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The Liberation of Women Will Change the World

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"There's a very strong outperformance of companies that have women in management, particularly in operational roles," said Stefano Natella, Credit Suisse's global head of equity research. My very well-connected friend in Washington, DC, often says he knows the cure for all the ills in the world, from wars and racism and the economy to sexism and the environment, and on and on. My friend says, "Just replace all the men currently in power with women." I think he is tapping into something very important, and this recent report by Credit Suisse just underscores why women bring a special point of view to ...

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Stop, hey, what’s that sound?

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Stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody look. What's goin' down? ("What It's Worth" chorus, 1966, lyrics or listen)

This song was written in 1966 by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Sills, & Nash fame. They recorded it and performed it thousands of times although it was first performed by Buffalo Springfield that year. The song quickly became an anthem for all those working on numerous fronts of the global struggle for human rights (in the 60s that meant the end of war and environmental protection). This song is still ranked #63 on Rolling Stone's list of the The 500 Greatest ...

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Salutes and More Salutes

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Naysayers who think that big marches don’t bring about real change fail to understand there is a pluralistic revolution already underway that will change the world whether they like it or not, divesting the world away from corporate rape of the world’s natural resources. (9/22/14)

We have had time now to fully appreciate the impact of Sunday's unprecedented People's Climate March (400,000 souls in New York City, and millions in other American cities and in more than 160 countries), and to witness on Monday the hugely successful follow-up Flood Wall Street sit-in to demand corporate environmental responsibility. More than ...

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