r of a Fat Planet: Nearly a Third of the World Population Is Now Overweight
Nathan J. Winograd
Mai 8 um 6:46 PM
Join us for a documentary film about the No Kill revolution in America. Coming to a city near you. Click on the links for tickets:
•Albuquerque, NM: http://bit.ly/1imaROu
•Atlanta, GA: http://bit.ly/1ktZuos
•Austin, TX: http://bit.ly/1m8chgh
•Boston, MA: http://bit.ly/1jI8oxB
•Charlotte, NC: http://bit.ly/1m8dILE
•Chicago, IL: http://bit.ly/P3f7qG
•Denver, CO: http://bit.ly/1nosnCi
•Fayetteville, AR: http://bit.ly/Qnt83o
•Ft. Lauderdale, FL: http://bit.ly/1iTYFkE
•Louisville (Shelbyville), KY: http://bit.ly/1hRMdRl
•Minneapolis, MN: http://bit.ly/1kXtdsN
•Norfolk, VA: http://bit.ly/PM8Qjx
•Phoenix, AZ: http://bit.ly/Q9Yk6B
•Pittsburgh, PA: http://bit.ly/QM7eqK
•Sacramento, CA: http://bit.ly/1qEtiAu
•San Francisco (Palo Alto), CA: http://bit.ly/1t5s97k
•Troy, MI: http://conta.cc/1iUoIcP
•Washington, D.C.: http://bit.ly/1qYvkKg
The film will be followed in most cities by a workshop on building a No Kill community and others with an after party. Check on the links for more details. Coming soon: Buffalo, NY, Cleveland, OH, Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Modesto, CA, Nashville, TN, New York, NY, Seattle, WA, and Tallahassee, FL.
•To watch the trailer, click here.
•For more information about the film, click here.
P.S. 99% of the film is uplifting and while a small number of images may be difficult, they are not gratuitous. While we expect people who see it will experience a range of emotions, the primary ones they will come away with are hope, inspiration, empowerment, and well, redemption. In short, it is safe for animal lovers to watch.
No Kill Advocacy Center | 6114 La Salle Ave. #837 | Oakland CA 94611
http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org | facebook.com/nokilladvocacycenter
Originally posted on My Blog Inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com:
Marissa Alexander denied ‘stand your ground’ hearing
Judge: ‘New evidence’ isn’t really new
A motion for a second “stand your ground” hearing for Marissa Alexander has been denied, in a ruling made Friday by Judge James Daniel.
Alexander’s new defense lawyers argued they had new evidence to present, including a recanting of statements made by the son of Alexander’s estranged husband, the night she fired a shot into the wall next to where he was standing with both sons…
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Originally posted on My Blog Straydogsworldwide:
ASPA va incinera până în 2015 peste 16.000 de cadavre de câini fără stăpân
Firma Stericycle România va incinera trupurile maidanezilor pentru 1,2 milioane de lei
Autoritatea pentru Supravegherea și Protecția Animalelor, condusă de Răzvan Băncescu, intenționează să incinereze, până la finalul anului viitor, cadavrele a peste 16.000 de câini.
Pentru a incinera trupurile câinilor eutanasiați, ASPA a încheiat cu firma Stericycle România SRL un acord-cadru pentru următoarele 21 de luni, în valoare de 1.258.513 de lei, inclusiv TVA.
Potrivit caietului de sarcini, firma va trebui să ridice cadavrele câinilor cazați în Baza Pallady, Baza Bragadiru și Baza Mihăilești. Documentul mai prevede o cantitate estimată între 387.000 kg și 567.000 kg. Dacă am calcula cu aproximație numărul de cadavre de câini, raportat la greutatea medie a câinilor, de 25 kg, ar rezulta peste 16.000 de câini.
Datele statistice de la sfârșitul anului trecut, indicau un număr de 63.000 de câini…
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Originally posted on Faktensucher:
“Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!” - Helen Keller
Helen Keller in Braille
- The Seeing See Little – Helen Keller (theotheriitian.wordpress.com)
What It Means to Be Human: A Philosopher’s Argument Against Solitary Confinement
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. –Fyodor Dostoyevsky
In recent years, resistance to the widespread use of solitary confinement has gained significant traction in the United States. Opponents of the practice have drawn upon everything from psychology and neuroscience to criminology and economics to show the many harms caused by solitary.
Lisa Guenther, associate professor at Vanderbilt University and author of the new book Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives, draws upon her knowledge of philosophy to make a thought-provoking argument against the practice of isolating human beings for extended periods of time.
Guenther refers to the tenets of phenomenology, which deals primarily with the development of the consciousness through first-person experiences—the formative relationships we share with one another and the objects that surround us. Solitary confinement, she argues, eliminates the opportunity for incarcerated persons to form these meaningful connections. Although the necessities of survival may be provided, those held in solitary deteriorate nevertheless. She describes it as an unhinging of the person’s psyche.
In an AEON Magazine article, Guenther contests, “We do not exist as isolated individuals,” but rather as constantly changing and adapting reflections of our living environment. Phenomenology suggests that while we may believe ourselves to have intrinsic characteristics unique to us, at heart we are products of the environments we interact with on a day-to-day basis.
Solitary confinement effectively removes all meaningful stimulus from prisoners’ environments, rendering them unable to ground themselves in a reality created by sensory connections. Guenther, in an article published in the New York Times, explains these sensory phenomena in simple terms:
Think about it: Every time I hear a sound and see another person look toward the origin of that sound, I receive an implicit confirmation that what I heard was something real, that it was not just my imagination playing tricks on me. Every time someone walks around the table rather than through it, I receive an unspoken, usually unremarkable, confirmation that the table exists, and that my own way of relating to tables is shared by others.
While these may seem like insignificant interactions with one’s environment to an average person, a phenomenologist would say that these are reassuring occurrences that should not be taken for granted. Being deprived of these interactions, as people in solitary confinement are, leads them to question their reality and develop symptoms associated with extreme isolation such as paranoia, hallucinations, and introversion.
Five Mualimm-ak, who spent a total of five years in solitary confinement later reflected on the experience: “The very essence of life, I came to learn during those seemingly endless days, is human contact, and the affirmation of existence that comes with it.” Without these subtle yet countless affirmations we experience daily, we too would have trouble discerning what is grounded in reality and what is solely in our heads.
While we don’t have to undergo this questioning of reality that individuals subjected to solitary confinement must, we on the outside are not unaffected by its practice. From a phenomenological standpoint, the complete seclusion of these prisoners from our shared environments restricts our capacity to understand the world in which we live. Solitary confinement is purposefully concealed from the public eye—out of sight, out of mind—and because of this we are denied the first-person experience so important in forming our thoughts, feelings, and judgments.
More transparency in our prisons would allow the public to better understand the treatment that isolated inmates undergo, and give them a greater ability to critique and formulate alternatives to their practices. The absence of isolated prisoners from our common consciousness perpetuates their suffering and our ignorance, a dangerous combination.
Accepting that humans are relational beings, Guenther suggests that the sensory deprivation that people in solitary undergo is sufficient to unhinge their minds. They are forced to question everything with which they interact. And as they begin to reflect their morbid environment, they lose their sense of what it means to be human.
This phenomenological argument makes a strong case for the inclusion of human contact in the list of fundamental human needs—and for the use of solitary confinement to be seen as a violation of fundamental human rights.
New from Solitary Watch: “Solitary 101” PowerPoint Presentation
Our “Solitary 101″ PowerPoint, developed for the recent Midwest Coalition for Human Rights conference on Solitary Confinement and Human Rights, is now available online. The 60-slide PowerPoint includes sections on the history of solitary confinement, solitary as it is praed in the United States today, and the growing movement against solitary confinement.
We encourage educators and advocates to use, share, and customize the presentation according to their needs (for non-commercial purposes only, with proper attribution to Solitary Watch). No advance permission is necessary, although we will appreciate hearing about how you are using the presentation, as well as any suggestions for improvement.
GA: Tommy Lee Waldrip granted clemency day before execution
Originally posted on ChildreninShadow.wordpress.com:
80 gifts to 80 homeless people in Paris — We are all little helpers
Veröffentlicht am 30.12.2012
Friends giving food, presents, smiles and cuddles directly to homeless people. Just do the same with your friends or join us ! :)
The idea came after seeing this video : http://vimeo.com/28878406
We decided to gather to do the same in Paris, but with homeless people.
We were 12 friends bringing food & warm good condition clothes that we didn’t use anymore.
- For food, we bought : coffee, tea, soup, bread, meat, cheese, chocolate, fruits, cakes, biscuits, water, juices…
- For clothes : scarves, coats, jeans, t-shirts, gloves, hats, blankets & pillows… for men, women and children.
We walked all day long, and managed to give 80 gifts + 50 bags of food.
We just wanted to give directly to people. To help, hand to hand. To talk to them…
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