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Red Fawn Fallis is facing life in prison for protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Fallis is innocent of the charges she is facing. She has been held for over one year and is still awaiting trial.

Red Fawn stood with fellow water protectors in peaceful protest to ensure that our generation and future generations will have clean water. 

On October 27th, police and paid Tiger Swan mercenaries raided the 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty Camp. The camp was on…

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This is Donald Trump’s son with the tail of an elephant he killed. Trump just gave him a sick gift, changing the law to let bloodthirsty American hunters murder elephants and bring their heads home as trophies. 

Let’s build a massive global campaign to shame the US into dropping this disgusting plan.

Avaaz will work with African countries to deliver our call at a major wildlife protection meeting in days. 

Sign the petition

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"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."

 ~ Maya Angelou

If you haven't watched it yet, still available on BBC iplayer for the next 6 days... should not be missed.

12 months ago, the production team began giving camera phones to people attempting to reach Europe, escaping war, poverty or persecution. They were prepared to film where regular film crews could not go: on the inflatable dinghies crossing from Turkey to Greece, in the back of lorries entering the Eurotunnel, or on open trucks driven by people smugglers across the Sahara.

Exodus: Our Journey - program website…

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Thirty-three year old Damien Mander served as a special operations sniper and clearance diver for Australia. Whilst deployed in Iraq he project managed the Iraq Special Police Training Academy, overseeing training of up to 700 cadets at one time. Following three years on the frontline of the Iraq war he departed in 2008 with no new direction in life. A trip to Africa left him face-to-face with the horrors that the world's wildlife is dealing with. Liquidating all personal assets acquired from 12 tours of duty, he founded the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. The organisation focuses on ranger training, operations and integrating modern technology into conservation. 

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Most food waste is perfectly edible. For instance, if white rice is mis-labeled basmati rice, it's food waste. If a vegetable is misshapen it's food waste. If a cereal box has a tear, food waste. A can with a ripped label also food waste. A bruised fruit, yup, food waste. 

All of this "food waste," along with the food that actually spoils because of bad distribution, accumulates around the world in landfills, growing to an estimated 1.3 billion metric tons annually. This food could feed everyone on Earth, ending world hunger. 

Instead, food in landfills takes up space and contributes to greenhouse gases.

The Danes are disgusted by this and have made efforts to stop it. In the past 5 years, Denmark has cut the amount of food wasted by 25%--or 35 pounds per person per year. 

WeFood is just the latest effort. 

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“We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill

 

We rise by lifting others. Our soul’s grow, and find happiness, when we give to others. In fact, we are wired to be compassionate and kind. It is a genetic necessity for human survival. The trust, connection and cooperation engendered through giving, creates community, restores the lonely hearts and brings joy.

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Cancer is scary because it uses the very same life supports that make multicellular organisms possible to bring about an incredibly resilient disease often leading to suffering and eventual death of the organism.

A frightening parallel can be seen when we think about global capitalism. As I’ve written elsewhere, the central logic of this economic system is to extract wealth from the productive activities of others and hoard it for personal gain. This creates a system that is eerily like cancer — as endless economic growth becomes the primary purpose for greedy individuals who are structurally incapable of ever having enough. When they became millionaires, it was…

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People imitate not only the particulars of positive actions, but also the spirit underlying them. This implies is that kindness itself is contagious, and that that it can cascade across people, taking on new forms along the way.

The battle between dark and light conformity likely depends on which cultural norms people witness most often. Someone who is surrounded by grandstanding and antagonism will tend towards hostile and exclusionary attitudes herself. Someone who instead learns that her peers prize empathy will put more work to empathize herself, even with people who are different from her. By emphasizing empathy-positive norms, we may be able to leverage the power of social influence to combat apathy and conflict in new ways. And right now, when it comes to mending ideological divides and cultivating kindness, we need every strategy we can find.

 

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Krishnamurti: Meditation - In Dialogue with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

 

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No one man can cut down a whole forest or enslave a whole people. It takes a story that is believed by many other people to accomplish those feats. Every problem in the world is a result of the stories we tell ourselves. They provide roles and context in which our behavior makes sense. For example, the story of “progress” sees the conversion of forests into tar sand oil developments as something positive for society.

Stories affect the world because they are stories we are enacting. And in enacting the present story of the modern world, we are undermining the life-support systems upon which we depend.

In discussing solutions, it is also clear that the stories we have been telling about the crises we face are not working. The way we have been framing climate change, species extinction, deforestation, inequality, crime, poverty, and war isn't getting to the root of the problem. So what is it? At the heart of it I believe is the idea that human society is somehow…

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