Monthly Archives: November 2014

Beliefs Influence Gene Expression

Scientists discovered which genes express is influenced by our health habits such as exposure to toxins like cigarettes. Do an Internet search for epigenetics and read Brue Lipton’s The Biology of Belief.” He points to the importance of unconscious beliefs and suggests how to change them: See http://www.brucelipton.com/resource/article/epigenetics.

online magazine written by young adults

 

{Young}ist was born in response to the scapegoating of our generation in mainstream, corporate media narratives. As we are burdened with the economic crisis, a broken immigration system, and the rampant violence on young Black, Brown, queer, and transgender youth across the globe – we pursue storytelling not only as a vehicle to spread news, but also as a vital organizing tool to combating oppression. We see youth-led publishing and cross-pollination of ideas and strategies as a political necessity in this digital age.

http://youngist.org/about/

 

  • Incarceration
  • Capitalism (think: labor, workers, gentrification, etc)
  • Immigration
  • Health (Gender Incarceration
  • Capitalism (think: labor, workers, gentrification, etc)
  • Immigration
  • Health (think: mental health, sex, trauma, self-care, etc)
  • Queerness
  • Gender
  • Organizing (think: direct action, online campaigns, social movements, etc)
  • Racial justice
  • Culture (think: arts, pop culture, etc)

Sexism in Turkey in 2014

Prime Minister Erdoğan told mothers to come and take their children home from Turkey’s Gezi Park, so some mothers formed a “chain of mothers” around young demonstrators to protect them from police. Speaking to a November 2014 conference on women and justice, Erdoğan said men and women’s nature are different and women’s role is to bear children so they can’t be put in “equal positions.”[i] He praised his mother who would “glance coyly and cry sometimes.” This speech of course was met with outrage by working women.

[i] Peter Scheer, “Turkey’s President Says Women Should Stick to Making Babies,” TruthDig, November 27, 2014.

http://www.truthdig.com/tag/recep_tayyip_erdogan

Add to individual steps to reduce climate change

Individual Steps to Protect the Environment

Calculate your carbon footprint

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/ind-calculator.html

White roofs

LED lights

Recycle

Compost food, give to chickens

Plant a garden . No yard? Use pots on balcony, find community garden

Minimize car and plane use

Live near work

Don’t eat meat

Use olivine ground cover (it absorbs carbon dioxide)

Don’t run water if you’re not using it

Harry Potter and Hunger Games fans fight inequality

The 1% concept permeated popular culture, as when the director and co-writer of a popular 2012 film, The Hunger Games, said of his film, “It’s not hard to see the 1 percent and the 99 percent in there. It’s not hard to see the excesses of wealth and the subjugation of the districts; while people are starving, wealthy capital dwellers induce vomiting so they can eat more delicious food. Hunger Games fans relaunched the “Odds in Our Favor” campaign against inequality first launched by the Harry Potter Alliance in 2013, asking fans to share their experiences on #MyHungerGames, post a photo making Katniss’ three-fingered salute and featuring community activists on #WeAreTheDistricts tumblr.[i] In Bangkok, Thai protesters against the military coup used the three-fingered salute that young rebels used to signal dissent in The Hunger Games. The military banned its use in political gatherings and pressured a cinema chain to cancel showing the film after anti-coup students planned to attend the opening of the third film in Hunger Games series in 2014.

[i] http://wearethedistricts.tumblr.com/

The One Party Planet summary of neoliberal domination and opposition

An activist organization called The Rules wrote The One Party Planet pamphlet in 2014 that outlines the impact of neoliberal capitalist elites, the Neoliberal Party governing the world.[i] The richest 1% surpass elected governments in their control. Most of the largest economic entities are corporations rather than nations (1101 out of 1752 in 2011) that manipulate not paying taxes and have the rights of persons in the US thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. In an unequal world, 60% of the population lives on less than $5 a day (according to the World Bank). The richest 85 people own as much as the bottom 3.5 billion people, although it’s clear that “an unequal society is an unhealthy society.” Private banks create most of the money, rather than governments. Corporations ignore climate change and continue to increase the amount of carbon dioxide since the oil industry comprises seven of the 10 biggest global corporations.

The basic neoliberal doctrine, applied under Thatcher and Reagan, is that material growth is good and necessary, as measured in the Gross Domestic Product. The large corporations have interlocking directorates run mainly by white and Asian men who are consolidating their power with trade deals that limit government power over corporations: The North American Free Trade Agreement, Trans Pacific Partnership, Trans-Atlantic Trade and Development Partnership, the UN’s psot-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa. The elite meet face-to-face at the annual World Economic Forum in Devos, Switzerland and developed the Global Redesign Initiative affirming that nations are not the “dominant actors on the world stage.”

The Rules authors call for popular global uprisings like Gezi Park, Tahrir Square and Occupy Wall Street to multiply. In addition to models mentioned in this book, they mention models new to me, the Ekta Parishads, the Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity, the Coalition the Immokalee Workers in Florida, Kenyans for Tax Justice in Nairobi. They point to leaders such as Uruguay’s President Jose jujica who rejects neoliberal polices and reduced poverty, promoting cooperatives. They believe that “something like a cohesive movement is taking place.” Opposing neoliberalism is the growing field of steady state or no growth economics as taught by the New Economics Foundation. The Rules point to a new paradigm of systems theory to understand how to change the system, explained in The Systems View of Life by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi (2014), and recommend other informative books and organizations in their pamphlet.

[i] https://platform-production.s3.amazonaws.com/therules-191-One_Party_Planet_simple_text_final.pdf

Effective Way to Remove Emotional Blocks

 

Emotional Freedom Technique works with the unconscious mind and the energy system, including acupressure points and meridians and brain balance. Check out the archive of 3,000 case studies and read the manual. I find it very useful in my coaching sessions.

http://emofree.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3982&catid=2&Itemid=201&utm_source=newsletter_128&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-11-20-2014