SchwartzReport: Lethal Pesticides – Neonicotinoids

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Neonicotinoids have passed off the stage of media attention, but they have not gone away. This is both bad and good news. Bad for Santa Barbara, California, and other cities where industrial agriculture is practiced in the surround area. Good news in that those same cities are finally being forced to address this issue. Perhaps finally the death — in all sense of that word — grip of the chemical companies is loosening, at least at the local level.

Neonic’ Poison Found Throughout City

Creeks Division Testing After Rains Discovers Insecticide Fatal to Bees

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Feb 13

Yoda: Kurds Lead on Economic Innovation

Categories: 03 Economy
Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Rojava – the formation of an economic alternative: Private property in the service of all

EXTRACT

Inspired by the model of democratic confederalism and democratic autonomy, democratic assemblies, women’s council and other democratic organisations have been established. Every ethnic and religious group must be represented in these councils, and the leadership of each evenly divided between the sexes. This is not a project striving towards a nation state, but for democratic autonomy in the region and a democratic Syria. Read more.

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Feb 11

SchwartzReport: Norway Dumps Fossil Investments

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is very positive news.  The evolution of non-carbon energy into not one but several alternatives that are both non-polluting and cheaper coupled with the divestiture movement is proceeding change faster than anyone foresaw.  Both trends represent the success that is possible by taking the most compassionate and life-affirming option of those available. This is also a story illustrating how a small group of individuals without official position, power, or personal wealth can create life-affirming social change. Norway holds particular interest in all this for me because it is an entire country pursuing a wellness-oriented social order. It has made Norweigan culture one of the most impressive in the world, and it is reasonable to ask: why aren’t other nations following suit?

First Country in the World Dumps Fossil Fuels As Divestment Movement Heats Up

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Feb 9

Berto Jongman: War Is New Normal — Stop It!

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

War Is the New Normal: Seven Deadly Reasons Why America’s Wars Persist

How do we inoculate our children against such a permanent state of war and the war state itself?  I have one simple suggestion: just stop it.  All of it.

by William Astore, CommonDreams

LIST ONLY: 1.  The privatization of war; 2.  The embrace of the national security state by both major parties; 3.  “Support Our Troops” as a substitute for thought; 4.  Fighting a redacted war; 5.  Threat inflation; 6.  Defining the world as a global battlefield; 7.  The new “normal” in America is war. Read full article.

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Feb 4