The above poster reflects once again: Why I Cannot Support Hillary Clinton
The verdant hills, forests and lakes of Kodaikanal — a popular tourist destination in South India — hides a toxic secret. Unsafe practices of handling and disposing hazardous material at Unilever’s thermometer factory has contaminated the region and exposed hundreds of workers to toxic mercury. Once released into the environment, mercury can cause various symptoms, among them: ‘birth defects, memory loss, organ failures [kidney, liver, reproductive, etc.]’.
Claiming that “There were no adverse effects on the health of the employees or the environment“, Unilever continues to deny responsibility for illnesses suffered by the ex-workers and their families, many of whom died or became physically handicapped as a result of mercury poisoning.
Here is an interesting summary of the 2015 GOP candidates (dubbed clown car) and their message of “Fear and Loathing” of the ‘other’. To sum up their message is: “We hate the Mexicans (immigrants), Muslims, Gays, etc… they’re all coming to rape / kill us or in the case of homosexuals maybe force us to marry them?… If by any chance though you are a woman who is raped and now pregnant, you are duty bound to carry the pregnancy to term, because the GOP is “Pro Life” (in other words anti choice for women) and will defund Planned Parenthood even though Planned Parenthood already cannot use federal funds to cover abortions. Read the rest of this entry »
Sugar: sweet, addictive and poisonous to our health / the environment. The documentary below illustrates that from its roots in the slave trade, to today’s exploitation of workers in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere, sugar can be called the “toxic crop of tears.”
“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”
–Nineteenth century Nēhilawē (Cree) proverb
In a society where junk food, such as a twinkie is cheaper than a nutrient dense carrot, we can clearly see that our food system is broken.
In the video below, Michael Pollan explains why schools feed children ‘junk’…
“There is no place on earth that’s changing faster – and no place where that change matters more – than Greenland”, wrote Bill McKibben in a Rolling Stone Magazine article. The Dark-Snow Project is the first-ever Greenland expedition relying on crowd-source funding; the project aims to answer the ‘burning question’: How much does wildfire and industrial soot darken the ice, increasing the melt rate? It’s unconscionable that scientists have to beg for funds to study such critical planetary issues. Please donate to the project if you can.
Dee Bradley Baker's "All to Know About Going Pro in V.O."
Building a Green Legacy
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"There is some good in this world...and it's worth fighting for." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
...because not all of us have our Peking ducks in a row
George Lakoff has retired as Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is now Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society (cnms.berkeley.edu).