Friday, April 24, 2015

Via Elephant: How to Heal the Earth (For Dummies).

Via on Apr 22, 2015


Stop buying plastic crap.

We don’t need more Dora the explorer sippy juice cups—we just don’t. If we stop buying so much junk, they will stop making so much junk.

Shave your legs with the water off. Turn the water off while you condition your hair.

Have a god damn bath if you want to sit underneath hot water for 30 minutes. Do as a friend of mine does, place a bucket under the facet if you need to run your water till it’s hot—and water your plants with it.

Turn your car off when you aren’t moving. Idling is for idiots. If you like public transport, take a bus. Hitch hike.

If you throw your litter in the ocean, on the ground, if you throw your cigarettes—go live on an island with your garbage so we don’t have to swim in it. You are the problem.

Pick garbage up—take a bag and clean up a local beach, highway—give mamma earth a hand, she’s worth it.

Don’t use paper towels, use cloths.

Don’t buy tampons with applicators, use cloth pads, diva cups or tampons with less swag.

No one gives a f*ck what your grass looks like, but you. Don’t waste water on giving your lawn a face lift.

Don’t buy makeup that’s tested on animals—animals are people too.

Buy local meat from farmers who humanely raise/kill their livestock—or don’t eat it; cattle pollution is a huge part of the problem.

Compost. Recycle. Buy second hand—cars, clothes, furniture.

Solar energy the fuck out of your house, buy an electric car.

Quit buying the latest phone, iPad, Kindle, Mac—what you have works fine.

Don’t stay somewhere with air conditioning, choose a fan. Air conditioning isn’t good for you, and if you don’t like hot weather, move to Antarctica and quit complaining.
Relephant read: 

Wanna be Green? Don’t Buy Green. Buy Nothing. 

Author: Janne Robinson
Editor: Cat Beekmans
Photo: Author’s Own

How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class

Stiglitz on Reaganomics

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Via President Obama Named The Most Admired Man In The World For The 7th Straight Year

The endless Republican anti-Obama campaign suffered another defeat as for the seventh consecutive year President Obama was named the most admired man in the world by Gallup.
According to Gallup,

Obama has appeared on the top 10 list each year since 2006, including ranking No. 1 in each of the last seven years, all by healthy margins over the second-place finisher. The incumbent president is nearly always the winner of the most admired distinction, having placed first in all but 12 of the 68 years the question has been asked.

 Democrats and Democratic leaners widely choose Hillary Clinton (20%) and Barack Obama (33%) as the most admired woman and man, respectively. Not unexpectedly, Republicans and Republican leaners are much less likely to name either as their most admired. In fact, former Secretary of State Rice edges out Winfrey and Clinton as the most admired woman among Republicans. Obama and Pope Francis tie as the most admired man among Republicans, at 8%.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Michelle Obama Stands Up for Native Americans, Says Natives Were Stripped of Their Culture

Though it hasn’t gotten much attention in the media, Michelle Obama made some truly groundbreaking remarks at the Generation Indigenous convening Wednesday on the topics of Native American youth and Native American history.

The White House has posted a transcript of her full remarks online and it is available here.

But I would like to call special attention to the following excerpts in which the First Lady discusses the source of challenges facing Native American communities and the role of the United States government in stripping Natives of their culture:
“You see, we need to be very clear about where the challenges in this community first started. Folks in Indian Country didn’t just wake up one day with addiction problems. Poverty and violence didn’t just randomly happen to this community. These issues are the result of a long history of systematic discrimination and abuse.”
The First Lady recognizes and affirms that many of the challenges Native American communities face have roots in systemic discrimination.
“Let me offer just a few examples from our past, starting with how, back in 1830, we passed a law removing Native Americans from their homes and forcibly re-locating them to barren lands out west. The Trail of Tears was part of this process. Then we began separating children from their families and sending them to boarding schools designed to strip them of all traces of their culture, language and history. And then our government started issuing what were known as ‘Civilization Regulations’ – regulations that outlawed Indian religions, ceremonies and practices – so we literally made their culture illegal.”
Make the jump here to read the full article at Blue Nation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Via GodFruits / FB:

This powerful photo comes from Snohomish County. These Firefighters granted a wish to an elderly hospice patient. The former forest ranger wanted to see the outdoors one more time, so the firefighters wheeled him through the forest, where he could experience nature once again.

With all the bad things going on in the world this picture just makes you smile and gives you hope that one day people will be kind enough to grant you your last wish. 

God Bless these Firefighters.
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