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Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness

Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it

One of the great marvels of the time is how effectively well-funded propaganda campaigns and a captive mainstream media have distorted the peoples' view of reality so that they act as if they are sleep-walking.

An ongoing trend in the US has been a tax code that favors large multinational corporations with loopholes and subsidies that far too often result in an effective tax rate of close to zero, despite booming corporate profits in the face of a long stagnation in median family income and wages.  

The real unemployment numbers are shockingly high, and those jobs that are available are often part time and poorly paid.   Justice is openly administered in ways that give the powerful a free pass on grossly criminal activity, from laundering drug money to financial racketeering. The rigging of prices and markets by powerful interests, and the lack of effective prosecution of such grave abuses of power, is something that seems to be de facto government policy.

 

This places small private businesses and individuals at a distinct disadvantage with regard to economic viability in the marketplace.  It fosters consolidation and monopoly.  It lends itself to a cynicism that is undermining the conscience of many of those who have sworn oaths of office.  It isolates dissent to corrals and 'free speech zones.'  It breaks up peaceful gatherings of protest with pepper spray, bullets, and clubs.  It pollutes the internet with campaigns of disinformation, and silences the voices of journalists.


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David Collet's curator insight, May 4, 2014 11:27 PM

Interesting read. 

David Collet's curator insight, May 17, 2014 7:49 PM

Change is coming

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If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production. ~ Pete Seeger - via @...

If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production. ~ Pete Seeger - via @... | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it http://t.co/lqfO6jspGU

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Walmart Diverts Foodwaste from Landfills to Farms

Walmart Diverts Foodwaste from Landfills to Farms | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it

Walmart is one of the companies diverting tons of excess food to farmers in southwestern Pennsylvania who are turning it into usable compost in their fields.


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A positive step in the right diREction!

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To Tackle Poverty, Trust the Power of Community - Huffington Post

To Tackle Poverty, Trust the Power of Community - Huffington Post | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it


Let's stop fighting poverty and start supporting and investing in the collective expertise, wisdom, and initiative that can be found in low-income communities across the country.


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Andrew Walker's comment, February 2, 2014 6:59 AM
i agree with you. The community does have a big impact on poverty. If everyone helps out, poverty may be at a very small amount today. Even though people have their own lives to tend to, it shocks me that more people of the community are not helping.
Belinda Lee's curator insight, February 6, 2014 11:17 AM

Connections: This shows that connections with peers and families do help to reduce poverty as the strong willpower they have withstands it. Encouragement, support and inspirations do help too, as studies shown. Whaticia came up with a STOP Senseless Tragedies Oppressing Our People campaign which encourages people to provide encouragement and support as a way to help one come out of poverty. 

 Concepts: The main idea of this campaign is to relieve people's burden they face during poverty, to let them know that everyone else is supporting them, so they will not give up, and keep on fighting till they get out of poverty state. 

Changes: This text suggest that not only those who are facing poverty should do so but also everyone. Everyone should lend a helping hand, and together the impact would be great.

Challenges:The text says that there isn't direction from the staffs, but instead they should have so as to guide those who are facing poverty along to the path where they can step out of it.  

Eugene Yong's curator insight, February 22, 2014 12:05 PM

Connect:This article is about how the safety net systems is critical to help the low income people from  falling out. i think it is important to help families leave  poverty and gain economic and social mobility. In Singapore, we have a lot of welfare assistance to help the needy, for example:''  Sinda Fund(Singapore Indian Association) '' provides  assistance for fellow Indian people. I think we should also learn from the African American parents in New Orleans who started a social club to provide activites and cultural events for their children and also  prepare their children to rebuild after the disaster.

 

Extend: We can learn from what other countries do in the safety net system to help their people.  The examples quoted under FII are useful references.Perhaps other countries can also learn and create such safety nets system to help their poor people. These support systems can help to fight poverty.

 

Challenge: I think that safety nets system also need funding to be able to carry out the activites. It may be the duty for everyone to take part and help to improve society and help the needy to escape poverty. I also believe that low income families should also be pro active and help themselves by legal means and not forever rely on the support systems.

 

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How garbage can boost US economy - The Journal News / Lohud.com

How garbage can boost US economy - The Journal News / Lohud.com | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
How garbage can boost US economy
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The basic idea behind the circular economy is to derive the maximum value out of any used goods that can be partially reused - from food waste and iPhones to paper and clothing.

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Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical #Charcoal #Drawings by Heather Hansen #art

Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical #Charcoal #Drawings by Heather Hansen #art | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it

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MIND BLOWN! Simply unBElievable.... #ArtIsAHigherPower

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Gorgeous Photos of Refineries and Gas Stations Handcrafted from Recycled Materials | Junkculture

Gorgeous Photos of Refineries and Gas Stations Handcrafted from Recycled Materials | Junkculture | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
In case you missed it! Gorgeous Photos of Refineries and Gas Stations Handcrafted from Recycled Materials http://t.co/skDJlre8ei
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Slideshow: An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington | Dwell

Slideshow: An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington | Dwell | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
A compact "freecycled" abode by @olsonkundig in the Washington forest: http://t.co/QABb62ljfA #design via @dwell http://t.co/5brkkAkRcf
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New Year Ideas | Get started on a sustainable life

New Year Ideas | Get started on a sustainable life | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
Simple but effective changes that can set you on the path to a more sustainable lifestyle (RT @geetanjalidhar: Get started on a #sustainablelife - Livemint http://t.co/POvxVtCXwl)...
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Infographic: State of Solar 2013

Infographic: State of Solar 2013 | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it

“ U.S. solar market grows 30 percent in 2013 The infographic prepared by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM research reveals another banner year for solar energy in the United States.”


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Thomas Faltin's curator insight, December 30, 2013 7:52 AM

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Even though 2014 has already started, it's good to review the successes of the previous year and carry it over to be even better this year. Check out this great infographic prepared by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research on the growth of solar energy in the United States in 2013!

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INSPIRATION. Six Life Lessons from Leo Tolstoy

INSPIRATION. Six Life Lessons from Leo Tolstoy | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
How Russian author Leo Tolstoy weaned himself off his decadent lifestyle and helped us rethink our own philosophies of life.

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Trash to Treasure: 40 Creative Recycled and Repurposed Artworks | inspirationfeed.com

Trash to Treasure: 40 Creative Recycled and Repurposed Artworks | inspirationfeed.com | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man's treasure.” The talented artists, behind the works you're about to see, view the world differently. They see incredible possibility in the junk we blindly throw away on a daily basis.
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Harvesting waste plastic for 3D printers to reduce poverty: Plastic Bank ("add value = full recovery")

Harvesting waste plastic for 3D printers to reduce poverty: Plastic Bank ("add value = full recovery") | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
Treehugger Harvesting waste plastic for 3D printers to reduce poverty: Plastic Bank Treehugger Once hailed as a miracle material, the now ubiquitous plastic is out of control, and it's polluting the water, littering our landscapes, and endangering...

"The Plastic Bank is setting up plastic repurposing centers around the world, where there’s an abundance of both waste plastic and poverty.

We are empowering people to harvest plastics as a currency they can exchange for tools, household items, parts & 3D printing.

Our mission is to remove plastic waste from the land, oceans and waterways while helping people ascend from poverty and transition into entrepreneurship." - Plastic Bank

Part of the problem, as Plastic Bank sees it, is that we don't perceive that there's any value in plastic, and so it gets tossed indiscriminately. But if the real value of plastic could be realized, it would become too valuable to simply throw away, and too valuable to leave in the ocean, and could be considered to be a resource, not a waste product.


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Sustainable fashion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sustainable fashion

Sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility.

Sustainable fashion, well explained: http://t.co/tGmDXUw #purseandclutch...

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‘The Sixth Extinction,’ by Elizabeth Kolbert

‘The Sixth Extinction,’ by Elizabeth Kolbert | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it

“People change the world,” Kolbert writes, and she vividly presents the science and history of the current crisis. Her extensive travels in researching this book, and her insightful treatment of both the history and the science all combine to make “The Sixth Extinction” an invaluable contribution to our understanding of present circumstances, just as the paradigm shift she calls for is sorely needed.

 

Despite the evidence that humanity is driving mass extinctions, we have been woefully slow to adopt the necessary measures to solve this global environmental challenge. Our response to the mass extinction — as well as to the climate crisis — is still controlled by a hopelessly outdated view of our relationship to our environment.

 

Fortunately, history is full of examples of our capacity to overcome even the most difficult challenges whenever a controversy is finally resolved into a choice between what is clearly right and what is clearly wrong. The anomalies Kolbert identifies are too glaring to ignore. She makes an irrefutable case that what we are doing to cause a sixth mass extinction is clearly wrong. And she makes it clear that doing what is right means accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world.

 

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

An Unnatural History

By Elizabeth Kolbert

Illustrated. 319 pp. Henry Holt & Company. $28.


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6 Foods That Are Going Extinct Because of Climate Change

6 Foods That Are Going Extinct Because of Climate Change | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
Shifts in temperature and rainfall patterns could have a devastating impact on our diets.

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Noooooo...not the PEANUT BUTTER! And what about for YOU Cups-O-Java LOVERS...???

 

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Repurposed Recycled Reused Reclaimed... - Your Family Matters - Coaching for Parents of Teens | Facebook

Repurposed Recycled Reused Reclaimed Restored is a great page, if you're into repurposing and recycling. I especially like this one! You can never have...
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US food industry: labelling laws are 'unconstitutional'

US food industry: labelling laws are 'unconstitutional' | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
A leaked document reveals plans by the US's Grocery Manufacturers Association to sue the first state that passes a GMO labeling law. Vermont will be the decisive battle-ground, report Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins.

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Public art unites the community

Public art unites the community | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
Public art is one of those things that’s more than the sum of its parts. Here in my neighborhood, the humble traffic signal box—a four-foot-tall aluminum cabinet that had never before registered on my radar—seems to be the start of something big.

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McDonalds to source sustainable beef for burgers

McDonalds to source sustainable beef for burgers | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it

For those fast foodies out theRE McDonalds says it will work with farmers to source sustainable beef for its burgers.

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5 excellent food resolutions for the New Year

5 excellent food resolutions for the New Year | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
Nourish both yourself and the planet by adopting more sustainable food habits in 2014. (RT @farmfreshtoyou: Nourish both yourself and the planet by adopting more sustainable food habits in 2014.
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Have you thought about social sustainability? |...

Have you thought about social sustainability? |... | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
Social sustainability is the least understood and least discussed of the three pillars of sustainability. It takes all three to have sustainability at all. (Have you thought about #social #sustainability?
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Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid

Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it

The phrase "off the grid" is quite literal: It means these buildings are not connected to the power grid or sewer systems. There is no need for trash collection and removal, and building materials are often harvested locally—making it beneficial for the environment and your wallet.

Off-the-grid architecture originally had mixed connotations, but off-the-grid living has moved beyond the typical remote shack with no lighting systems. New chemical-free stains and finishes transform reclaimed wood into rich materials for façades, while sustained rammed-earth and recycled steel lend a certain rugged appeal. It has also allowed architects to be more inventive in terms of space, creating structures that provide the privacy of typical homes—without the carbon footprint.

The future of off-the-grid looks promising—perhaps in 2014 we'll see the trend implemented in pre-existing structures in urban areas. Until then, check out the best (and most sustainable) off-the-grid buildings from 2013...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 25, 2013 12:09 PM

Homes off the grid need energy storage and that is still the major issue, but TESLA is now making batteries for homes and someday they will be less costly.  For now such solutions are exotic and economically unreachable.

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, December 27, 2013 9:16 PM

Wouldn't it be good to stay in one of these buildings, even for just a short while ....I'm sure it would inspire more of us to think along the lines of sustainability for the built environment of the future. To think outside the box.

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How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it
How to reuse, recycle and dispose of your holiday waste in a green way.
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Obama Pushes “Green Button”

Obama Pushes “Green Button” | Beneath The Surface | Scoop.it

As part of President Obama’s executive order last week, which included directing the federal government to triple its use of renewable energy by 2020, Obama instructed agencies to incorporate “Green Button” data further into their energy management practices..


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