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User: flenvcenter Topic: Education Arts and Culture-Independent
Category: Spirituality
Last updated: Oct 23 2018 17:28 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Sage advice 1.10.2020 High Country News Most Recent
The ecological and ethical problems of ‘smudging.’
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Ready for the new age of employee activism? 8.7.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
New research suggests that less than one-third of the Fortune 1000 workforce is satisfied with the actions their employer is taking to mitigate the company's impact on the environment.
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Reduction is no longer enough: Welcome to the new age of carbon removal 23.10.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
A heightened focus on solutions for sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere.
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What's the scenario? 5 ways to greet the new age of climate-related disclosure 4.5.2018 GreenBiz.com
This isn't just about declaring risks, it's about identifying new business opportunities.
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The New Resistance in Iran: An Interview With Frieda Afary 11.1.2018 Truthout.com
Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! Iranian workers and the poor, mostly teens and unemployed young adults, have staged a wave of protests that is shaking the country, particularly the religious and political elite. These are not the first protests against the Islamic Republic. In 2009, democracy activists built the Green Movement in opposition to then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rigging of elections that returned the hard-liner to power. More recently, anger at growing class inequality has been the driving motive for strikes and actions over the last two years -- against a new president, Hassan Rouhani, who is associated with reform forces. In many ways, these economic protests have culminated in the current dramatic protest movement that swept through Iran over the last couple of weeks. Frieda Afary is an Iranian-American librarian and translator, producer of ...
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The unbearable whiteness of CBC's reporting on Blue Jays beer tosser Ken Pagan 4.8.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Erin Kobayashi In the six-"chapter" CBC feature "Throwing it all away," readers are reminded who Toronto Blue Jays fan Ken Pagan is, or perhaps, who he claims he isn't: "a drunk beer tosser brought down by Twitter." Positioned in the story as a victim of one foolish act that resulted in a social media manhunt, Pagan expresses the aftermath of his actions and feeling robbed of his life's greatest pleasures: watching professional baseball and working in journalism. The story's aim was to document the chain of events -- including online public shaming, loss of employment at Postmedia, and a prolonged court case -- that comes after doing something very stupid, very drunk, and, very public. Unfortunately, the story strikes out. My first eyeroll occurred when the writer, I assume a white man, described Pagan's eyes in the photo used by police to identify the suspect, saying they were "averted like a schoolboy girding himself for a harsh reprimand." The reader is being coaxed into feeling that Pagan's actions ...
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Better Deal Than What? 31.7.2017 Truthout.com
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is joined by House Budget Committee ranking member John Yarmuth and fellow Democrats from the House and Senate during a news conference in the Rayburn Room at the US Capitol April 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) The Democratic Party was badly ripped off by the consultant(s) who came up with the name for their new agenda. After all, it is not hard to come up with a better deal than the reality TV show star president who is handing as much money as possible to the rich, while taking away people's health care and using his office to line the pockets of his family members. The Democrats have set a very low bar for themselves. Nonetheless, the agenda does offer some basis for hope that the Democrats may be prepared to reverse some of the upward redistribution of the past four decades, if they ever regain power. The most encouraging part of what we have seen to date is the discussion of anti-trust policy. Since 1980, the leadership of the ...
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Progressives Actually Like Democrats' New Message 25.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
With some caveats, of course.
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Democrats Are Finally Waking Up To The Monopoly Problem 25.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The party is putting antitrust reform at the core of its new agenda, "A Better Deal."
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3 crucial trends redefining business in a changing world 15.5.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
It is time to redefine sustainable business with a new agenda, a new approach and a new voice.
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Filmmakers responsible for poor response to Konkani cinema: Director 5.5.2017 Video News – The Navhind Times
The new age Konkani Films are in a phase of evolution. With the introduction of all sorts of technologies, the films are really promising; however the filmmakers are struggling to get the audience in theatres for their films. Director of National Award Winner Konkani Film K Sera Sera, Rajeev Shinde says even the filmmakers in ...
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Trump's Pick For Army Secretary Has A Troubling History Of Anti-Muslim Remarks 15.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A Muslim civil liberties group is opposing the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s pick for Army secretary due to his history of deeply disparaging remarks about Islam and Muslims.  The White House announced last week that Trump will nominate Republican Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green for the role. Green ― a physician, Iraq War veteran and Bronze Star recipient ― would oversee all matters relating to the U.S. Army if confirmed by the Senate. But the Council on American-Islamic Relations says Green’s “past Islamophobic statements” should disqualify him from the role.  In a press release this week, CAIR highlighted remarks Green made about Islam and Muslims at a tea party meeting in Chattanooga in the fall of 2016. “Great question,” Green said when someone asked him about an armed insurrection in the U.S. staged by people “who don’t belong here, like Muslims...” Green, who did not respond to a request for comment on this story, describes himself as Christian  on the official Tennessee state senate ...
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Dying To Go To Heaven: What The Heaven’s Gate Suicides Teach Us About Islamic Martyrdom 25.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It was 20 years ago this week, March 20-26, 1997, that 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult “graduated” from this life to ascend to the UFO mothership that they believed would take them to an extraterrestrial paradise. I’ll never forget it. I was on book tour for  Why People Believe Weird Things , and neither I nor any of my peers who study belief systems had ever heard of the cult. It was hard to fathom. Now, as I look back 20 years later, I believe the mass suicide has a deeper lesson that goes far beyond the confines of New Age fringe cults, and has relevance to understanding the motivations of today’s suicide terrorists. But first, let’s revisit the story. Heaven’s Gate was founded in 1975 by  Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles after they met in a psychiatric hospital. They fell in love and believed their pairing had been foretold by extraterrestrials. In the 1980s and 1990s, they recruited several hundred followers, many of whom sold their possessions and lived in isolation, disconnected from ...
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How The Grammys Gloss Over Great Indigenous Music Being Made Today 11.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Chimes like raindrops ripple across a soundscape of vaguely spiritual chanting, made ethereal by digital remastering. The sound is inoffensive ― calming, even. A cedar flute, a traditionally Naive American instrument, introduces itself and flits off. Recorded in 2000, “If I Could Tell You” is one of Yanni’s many contributions to New Age, a musical genre that was given an official Grammy category in 1987 and is still around today. The label ― like so many others in the ever-evolving world of music ― is hard to define. Since its inception it’s been wedded to the New Age spiritual movement, a Western mashup of non-Western cultural practices. And while there are exceptions ― Native American musicians who work within the genre, and others who do their best not to override the cultures their work draws from ― artists like Yanni, who lightly brush over a wide swath of indigenous musical traditions, are regularly rewarded for their efforts. On the cover of his live album “The Dream Concert,” an image of Yanni ...
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Come On Baby, Fight My Liar -- Redux 10.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
"We have our first new age President. For years, spiritual wannabes have talked about creating their own reality. This guy actually does it." -- Swami Beyondananda In 2010, back when "alternative truth" and "fake news" were known by their proper name -- lies -- I wrote a blog post for OpEd News that got me in trouble with ... the left. I called it "Come On Baby, Fight My Liar" and I compared the lies conservatives tell each other, with those liberals tell themselves. It was back in the days when there actually was such a thing as a fact-checker that both sides at least tacitly paid attention to. What I pointed out was how many of the viral emails sent out by my friends on the right in those days were simply "made up", and how many lies per square minute were told by Fox News. At the same time (you can read the whole article here ), having just returned from a Spiritual Progressives conference and recognizing the unwillingness of so many there to face America's war machine that had the nicey-nicey ...
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Trump's Proposed Change Would Give Green Light to White Supremacist Violence 3.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Two mourners comfort one another outside the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, where a gunman killed six and wounded eight more earlier this week, in Quebec City, January 31, 2017. The deadly shootings have raised questions over whether law enforcement officials and media outlets like the New York Times play down the threat of far-right nationalist groups. (Photo: Ian Willms / The New York Times) Almost every year, the white supremacist movement is the political movement kills the most Americans. However, the Trump administration is reportedly planning to change a program that combats violent "extremism" into a project focused exclusively on "radical Islam." In addition to demonizing Muslims, this shift adds to concerns that the administration will actively empower white supremacist groups. Two mourners comfort one another outside the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, where a gunman killed six and wounded eight more earlier this week, in Quebec City, January 31, 2017. The deadly shootings have raised ...
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Trump’s Middle Finger to Muslims, and Law 30.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Pierre Tristam

If there ever was a time to ask What Would Jesus Do, this is it. But Jesus’s head would explode, and not from the belt of a suicide bomber. From some of his own Christian worshippers-turned-jihadists.

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The project of growth and its fair distribution is in danger: Pankaj Mishra on his new book and understanding the new age of anxiety 28.1.2017 Reviews–Books – The Indian Express
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Confronting a New Agenda Hostile to Health Rights of Women and Those in Poverty 24.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A new era is upon us, one filled with uncertainty and lots of hostile rhetoric and harmful policy ideas directed at the most vulnerable in our society. For example, we know that President Trump is itching to fill a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court with a jurist as conservative as the late Justice Antonin Scalia. If the president succeeds, the landmark case Roe v. Wade will be endangered. On January 22, 1973 the high court in a 7-2 opinion concluded that a woman's right to obtain abortion care is a constitutional one - protected by the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. So what happens if this landmark law is gutted or reversed? It means wealthy women will be able to afford to travel to states that do provide abortion care, and women struggling to make ends meet on limited or insufficient incomes will suffer and be denied access to quality health care. On this anniversary of Roe, in a month designated to raising awareness of the country's ongoing inability to defeat poverty, it is disturbing and ...
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Yes, People Of Faith Can Absolutely Support Planned Parenthood 20.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President-elect Donald Trump rose to power and political prominence vowing to severely restrict women’s access to reproductive health care. His promises helped boost his popularity among conservative Christians, who tend to oppose abortion . They voted for him in droves . The national conversation around abortion and faith has largely been dominated by conservative Christianity. But clergy have been part of the abortion rights movement  since before  Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the United States in 1973. Now that the electoral college has given Trump four years to implement those potentially devastating reforms , and with Republican leaders threatening to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding , religious leaders are coming together to renew their commitment to reproductive justice ― not despite their faith, but because of it. The Huffington Post asked progressive voices from several religious traditions to explain why their faith and understanding of morality compels them to stand up ...
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