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Antarctic Ocean Alliance Calls for World's Largest Marine Reserve

Antarctic Ocean Alliance Calls for World's Largest Marine Reserve | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it

“The Ross Sea is one of the most amazing and relatively untouched marine environments on earth,” said the Alliance’s Chuck Fox.“ While there are two proposals on the table to protect some of it, our report shows that we need a much broader and ecosystems-focused approach if we are to ensure this environment remains healthy and stable.“

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Rich People Are Creeps

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Rich People Are Creeps
by Abby Zimet

A couple of new studies have found, somewhat unsurprisingly, that the rich really are different from the rest of us, but not in any way you'd want to emulate. One analysis by the Wall Steet Journal found that the rare 1% facing foreclosure get to stay in their mansions six months longer than regular folks faced with losing their homes. Another study by researchers at UC Berkeley found that rich folks, more nakedly governed by self-interest and thus more ethically-challenged, are far more likely to do slimy things: cutting others off at intersections, cheating to win a prize, stealing candy from kids, keeping the wrong change. An interesting note that Marx would revel in: It also found that if you suddenly win the Lottery, you likely will too.

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Melting sea ice could trigger colder winters - environment - 27 February 2012 - New Scientist

Melting sea ice could trigger colder winters - environment - 27 February 2012 - New Scientist | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
The loss of Arctic sea ice could be contributing to the recent spate of cold winters over northern Europe and North America...
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Environmental, #indigenous groups accuse Navy of damaging marine mammals | PRI.ORG

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Environmental and indigenous groups have banded together to sue the Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Services for harming marine mammals with sonar.
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US Intelligence Community: Iran Is Not Actively Building a Nuclear Weapon | FDL News Desk

US Intelligence Community: Iran Is Not Actively Building a Nuclear Weapon | FDL News Desk | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
As I mentioned yesterday, to the extent that the federal government has a role to play in lowering gas prices, one of the biggest things they can do is...
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On the Brink: Fiscal Austerity Threatens a Global Recession

On the Brink: Fiscal Austerity Threatens a Global Recession | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
Dr.Heiner Flassbeck, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD: European austerity policies past the point of no return, driving global economy towards deep and lengthy recession...
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German researchers count record number of wars in 2011 | News | DW.DE | 23.02.2012

German researchers count record number of wars in 2011 | News | DW.DE | 23.02.2012 | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
The Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research has published its annual "conflict barometer" for 2011. The researchers counted 38 highly violent conflicts worldwide, classifying 20 of them as wars.
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KarmaTube: Money and Life - Ecologize Growth

KarmaTube: Money and Life - Ecologize Growth | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
Could a change in how we view economic systems create a change in how we view ourselves? Ecologize Growth is a micro-film based on the full length documentary, Money and Life, that seeks to answer that question.
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De la barbarie a la esperanza

Versión completa del documental basado en el libro "La mafia que se adueño de México...y el 2012" de Andrés Manuel López Obrador. http://www.regeneracion.mx/...
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The #Bible According to Thomas Jefferson

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The Dangers of Religion - J.S. Brown | The Rational Response Squad

The Dangers of Religion - J.S. Brown | The Rational Response Squad | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it

Who would have tough ...that religion could  have harmfull efects...? ........ Well if you study ...history and have desire for the truth ... you would have an idea 

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The Hidden Hues of Humanism

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AIPAC Undermines Democracy at Home and in the Middle East

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AIPAC Undermines Democracy at Home and in the Middle East
by Medea Benjamin
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is one of the most powerful lobby organizations in the country. On March 4-6, AIPAC will be holding its annual policy conference in Washington DC. The speakers include Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Republican candidate Newt Gingrich and a host of other powerful politicians.

AIPAC has tremendous clout but its influence has been disastrous for U.S. foreign policy and U.S. democracy. Here are ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous.

1. AIPAC is lobbying Congress to promote a military confrontation with Iran. AIPAC – like the Israeli government – is demanding that the U.S. attack Iran militarily to prevent Iran from having the technological capacity to produce nuclear weapons, even though U.S. officials say Iran isn’t trying to build a weapon (and even though Israel has hundreds of undeclared nuclear weapons). AIPAC has successfully lobbied the U.S. government to adopt crippling economic sanctions on Iran, including trying to cut off Iran’s oil exports, despite the fact that these sanctions raise the price of gas and threaten the U.S. economy.

2. AIPAC promotes Israeli policies that are in direct opposition to international law. These include the establishment of colonies (settlements) in the Occupied West Bank and the confiscation of Palestinian land in its construction of the 26-foot high concrete “separation barrier” running through the West Bank. The support of these illegal practices makes to impossible to achieve a solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict.

3. AIPAC’s call for unconditional support for the Israeli government threatens our national security. The United States’ one-sided support of Israel, demanded by AIPAC, has significantly increased anti-American sentiment throughout the Middle East, thus endangering our troops and sowing the seeds of more possible terrorist attacks against us. Gen. David Petraeus on March 16, 2010 admitted that the U.S./Palestine conflict “foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel.” He also said that “Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the [region] and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support.”

4. AIPAC undermines American support for democracy movements in the Arab world. AIPAC looks at the entire Arab world through the lens of Israeli government interests, not the democratic aspirations of the Arab people. It has therefore supported corrupt, repressive regimes that are friendly to the Israeli government, such as Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. Events now unfolding in the Middle East should convince U.S. policy-makers of the need to break from AIPAC’s grip and instead support democratic forces in the Arab world.

5. AIPAC makes the U.S. a pariah at the UN. AIPAC describes the UN as a body hostile to the State of Israel and has pressured the U.S. government to oppose resolutions calling Israel to account. Since 1972, the US has vetoed 44 UN Security Council resolutions condemning Israel’s actions against the Palestinians. President Obama continues that policy. Under Obama, the US vetoed UN censure of the savage Israeli assault on Gaza in January 2009 in which about 1400 Palestinians were killed; a 2011 resolution calling for a halt to the illegal Israeli West Bank settlements even though this was stated U.S. policy; a 2011 resolution calling for Israel to cease obstructing the work of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees; and another resolution calling for an end to illegal Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem and the occupied Golan Heights.

6. AIPAC attacks politicians who question unconditional support of Israel. AIPAC demands that Congress to rubber stamp legislation drafted by AIPAC staff. It keeps a record of how members of Congress vote and this record is used by donors to make contributions to the politicians who score well. Members of Congress who fail to support AIPAC legislation have been targeted for defeat in re-election bids. These include Senators Adlai Stevenson III and Charles H. Percy, and Representatives Paul Findley, Pete McCloskey, Cynthia McKinney, and Earl F. Hilliard. AIPAC’s overwhelmingly disproportionate influence on Congress subverts our democratic system.

7. AIPAC attempts to silence all criticism of Israel by labeling critics as “anti-Semitic,” “de-legitimizers” or “self-hating Jews.” Journalists, think tanks, students and professors have been accused of anti-Semitism for merely taking stands critical of Israeli government policies. These attacks stifle the critical discussions and debates that are at the heart of democratic policy-making. The recent attacks on staffers at the Center for American Progress is but one example of AIPAC efforts to crush all dissent.

8. AIPAC feeds U.S. government officials a distorted view of the Israel/Palestine conflict. AIPAC takes U.S. representatives on sugar-coated trips to Israel. In 2011, AIPAC took one out of very five members of Congress—and many of their spouses—on a free junket to Israel to see precisely what the Israeli government wanted them to see. It is illegal for lobby groups to take Congresspeople on trips, but AIPAC gets around the law by creating a bogus educational group, AIEF, to “organize” the trips for them. AIEF has the same office address as AIPAC and the same staff. These trips help cement the ties between AIPAC and Congress, furthering their undue influence.

9. AIPAC lobbies for billions of U.S. taxdollars to go to Israel instead of rebuilding America. While our country is reeling from a prolonged financial crisis, AIPAC is pushing for no cuts in military funds for Israel, a wealthy nation. With communities across the nation slashing budgets for teachers, firefighters and police, AIPAC pushes for over $3 billion a year to Israel.

10. Money to Israel takes funds from world’s poor. Israel has the 24th largest economy in the world, but thanks to AIPAC, it gets more U.S. taxdollars than any other country. At a time when the foreign aid budget is being slashed, keeping the lion’s share of foreign assistance for Israel meaning taking funds from critical programs to feed, provide shelter and offer emergency assistance to the world’s poorest people.

The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has influence on U.S. policy out of all proportion to the number of Americans who support its policies. When a small group like this has disproportionate power, that hurts everyone—including Israelis and American Jews.

From stopping a catastrophic war with Iran to finally solving the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential starting point is breaking AIPAC’s grip on U.S. policy.

Medea Benjamin (medea@globalexchange.org) is cofounder of Global Exchange (www.globalexchange.org) and CODEPINK: Women for Peace (www.codepinkalert.org). She is author of Don’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks

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The Global Intelligence Files - List of documents - Coca Cola Contracting Stratfor to Spy on PETA

The Global Intelligence Files - List of documents - Coca Cola Contracting Stratfor to Spy on PETA | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it

On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal's Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.

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The Global Intelligence Files - List of Releases

The Global Intelligence Files - List of Releases | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it

"Global Intelligence Files – more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods, for example :

 "[Y]ou have to take control of him. Control means financial, sexual or psychological control... This is intended to start our conversation on your next phase" – CEO George Friedman to Stratfor analyst Reva Bhalla on 6 December 2011, on how to exploit an Israeli intelligence informant providing information on the medical condition of the President of Venezuala, Hugo Chavez.

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EU suspends ACTA! - European Court of Justice to decide

EU suspends ACTA! - European Court of Justice to decide | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
Knowledge of Today, Global Information Network, Hacktivism. Exposing the Illuminati, Exposing the New World Order, Exposing the Law of Attraction.
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Investigations Inc.: Filthy Rich - CNBC

Investigations Inc.: Filthy Rich - CNBC | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
There are estimates that corruption worldwide costs as much as $1.5 trillion a year. In many countries, the ruling families simply take what they want, living lives of luxury while their people face poverty and oppression.
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Chaîne de weareedeos - YouTube

Chaîne de weareedeos - YouTube | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
edeos is a small Berlin-based agency, specialized in producing and distributing web-based knowledge content. We believe that e-learning is still in its infancy and has a grand potential for growth of use.
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'The political crisis is massive' | World | DW.DE | 22.02.2012

'The political crisis is massive' | World | DW.DE | 22.02.2012 | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
In the wake of the US withdrawal from Iraq and amid a growing internal political crisis, DW spoke to Kifah Al Jawahiri, one of the country's most respected human rights activists.
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How North Carolina's Shock Doctrine Artists Are Resegregating Higher Education | Truthout

How North Carolina's Shock Doctrine Artists Are Resegregating Higher Education | Truthout | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it

"establishing a system of self-regulation by and for the for-profit college industry."   Ah .... Yes self regulation is always agood thing ......Not!!

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2012 Galactic Alignment - 21-12-2012 Solstice Sun Conjunction With Great Rift - 2012 Galactic Alignment | 11:11 21-12-2012 Maya Calendar

2012 Galactic Alignment - 21-12-2012 Solstice Sun Conjunction With Great Rift - 2012 Galactic Alignment | 11:11 21-12-2012 Maya Calendar | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
2012 Maya Calendar Dark Rift Conjunction Not Alignment with Galactic CentreOn December 21st 2012 the Long Count Calendar used by the ancient Meso-American peoples such as the Maya, Aztec, Toltec and Olmec will end one great cycle of 13 Baktun (5125.…...
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Religion News Service | Faith | Leaders & Institutions | Vatican leaks scandal looms large at meeting to elevate new cardinals

Religion News Service | Faith | Leaders & Institutions | Vatican leaks scandal looms large at meeting to elevate new cardinals | The tree of knowledge | Scoop.it
Religion News Service (RNS), a non-profit wire service delivering current, unbiased coverage of religion, ethics and spirituality from around the globe.
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