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An eclectic mix of articles about our world and the universe we live in, with some political commentary
Curated by Pamela D Lloyd
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The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise

The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Lester R.Brown: Unless we move quickly to adopt new population, energy, and water policies, the goal of eradicating hunger will remain just that...

 

"Not only is the current food situation deteriorating, but so is the global food system itself."


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Plunket statistics show breastfeeding at 19-year high | Voxy.co.nz

Plunket's latest figures on breastfeeding, released ahead of World Breastfeeding week, show New Zealand's breastfeeding rates for 2011 and 2012 are the highest they've been in 19 years.
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10-Month-Old Girl with Down Syndrome Will Be the Face of Designer’s Swimwear Ads

10-Month-Old Girl with Down Syndrome Will Be the Face of Designer’s Swimwear Ads | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
A 10-month-old girl from Miami will be the face of an entire swimwear campaign from Spanish designer Dolores Cotrés, which is not only awesome for her, but also for the other models with Down syndrome currently making their way into national ad...
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Violence in American Culture | Nathan Bransford, Author

Violence in American Culture | Nathan Bransford, Author | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Check out this blog post by Nathan Bransford, the author of JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW...
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Think Voter ID Laws Couldn't Cost You Your Vote? Think Again.

Think Voter ID Laws Couldn't Cost You Your Vote? Think Again. | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
A 93-year-old great-great grandmother who alleges she will be disenfranchised by Pennsylvania's recently enacted voter ID law heads to trial on Wednesday.
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Free Texture Tuesday: Stained Paper Variety Pack | BittBox

Free Texture Tuesday: Stained Paper Variety Pack | BittBox | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

"Please read our Terms of Use before downloading or using our files. All textures or downloadable files on Bittbox.com are free for personal use. For commercial use we require a unrestricted usage fee of $9.99 per file. If there are multiple files please update the quantity to the number you wish to use. Payment can be submitted via paypal below."

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Full Show: Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’ | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Full Show: Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’ | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Bill and journalist Chris Hedges talk about parts of America "that have been destroyed for quarterly profit."...
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Affirm Your Life: Rebounding for Life!

Affirm Your Life: Rebounding for Life! | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

"Benefits of Rebounding

• Zero impact fitness - no straining of joints or ligaments
• Improves balance and coordination
• Aerobic benefits to lungs and heart
• Improves lymph circulation and thus boosts immune system
• Boosts energy levels
• Improves muscle tone
• Enhances digestion and elimination
• Offers relief from stress-related tension
• Improves flexibility
• Improves blood flow
• Helps oxygen to reach body cells
• Helps to lower cholesterol levels
• Can be done while watching TV
• Combats fatigue and depression
• Stimulates metabolism
• Suitable for all ages"

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Telluride Daily Planet > Archives > News > The science of compassion

"Long ago, Darwin explained why we care for our family, our sons and our sisters: They carry our genes. Our genes, evolution suggests, is all that really matters.

 

"So why all this other fluff? Why do we bake a casserole for the sick neighbor? Why do we shed tears for hungry Sudanese? Why do we suffer with those we see suffering?

 

"It’s an ancient question, one Darwin, Shakespeare and the rest of us may never fully answer.

 

"But a surprising torrent of research is beginning to suggest that compassion — along with altruism, social connection and service — has deep roots in our stories, in our religions and in the wiring of our brains."

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How I Lost My Fear of Universal Health Care | RH Reality Check

How I Lost My Fear of Universal Health Care | RH Reality Check | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
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Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate Human Nature & Power (1971)

Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate Human Nature & Power (1971) | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Once again, we're heading back to 1971. Yesterday we had Dick Cavett's 1971 interview with George Harrison. Today, it's the clash of two intellectual titans, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault.
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Color Palettes Inspired by Cats from Design Seeds | moderncat :: cat products, cat toys, cat furniture, and more…all with modern style

Color Palettes Inspired by Cats from Design Seeds | moderncat :: cat products, cat toys, cat furniture, and more…all with modern style | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Moderncat.net is the original source for the coolest modern cat products available - cat trees, litter boxes, beds, toys and more...

 

They're the cat's meow!

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The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

Great post that lists critical digital skills for teachers as comprehensive yet easily manageable "to-do" list, including selected links for aquiring them.


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Republicans Are Embarrassingly Wrong About Climate Change and We’re Paying the Price

Republicans Are Embarrassingly Wrong About Climate Change and We’re Paying the Price | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Agriculture is being threatened by the worst drought in memory. Ranchers are selling their herds and still no effective climate change bills are being passed.

 

"Thanks to the Republican congressional climate change deniers and greed, the American public is facing a hidden tax of substantial bucks and much sooner than later. It’s all about an extremely precious commodity that rarely rates a mention in the daily rush of media lead stories, headlines and yes, Internet sites. And yet without it, you die. Automatic. You don’t get this stuff within roughly 3-5 days; the grim reaper pays you a visit and guides you to your new home, six feet under.

 

"By now, many of you have guessed that commodity to be water. You would be correct. Drought, brought on by global warming, is eating into nature’s supply as well as numerous corporate greed factors. Our water delivery infrastructure is also older than Betty White in most places, but unlike Betty, it’s crumbling and will soon need to be extensively repaired or replaced. And lurking behind their mahogany desks is a new breed of Romney-type moneygrubbers…private water barons. Ready and willing to charge a king’s ransom for privatized water or already in the business of selling you bottled water, oft-times little more than a plastic bottle of tap water gilded by a fancy label. Even companies whose products have nothing to do with water, can siphon off hundreds of thousands of gallons in the course of their manufacturing process. Desperate cities will often deeply discount water contracts and build free infrastructure as part of their incentive package."

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Noted: The Blind Self Portrait Machine

Noted: The Blind Self Portrait Machine | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
The guesswork is pushed aside as an experimental computer program creatively reinvents a decades-old drawing technique.
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Let's Get Rid of Subs

Let's Get Rid of Subs | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Nancy Flanagan is an education writer and consultant focusing on teacher leadership. She spent 30 years in a K-12 music classroom in Hartland, Mich, and was named Michigan Teacher of the Year in 1993.

 

An interesting and well thought-out piece. Well worth reading and thinking about.

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Is Chick-Fil-A Lying To Customers About Recalling Jim Henson Kids' Meal Toys?

Is Chick-Fil-A Lying To Customers About Recalling Jim Henson Kids' Meal Toys? | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Last week, the Jim Henson Company announced it would no longer partner with Chick-fil-A in the wake of the fast food company's acknowledged support of anti-gay organizations.
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A Great and Terrible Waste | The Old Foodie

A Great and Terrible Waste | The Old Foodie | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
We in the lucky parts of the world are told that we waste about one fifth of the food that we buy, and that when we waste food, we also waste the resources that went into producing that food.
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Bananas in Paris? Maybe, With This Stylish Greenhouse - Design - GOOD

Bananas in Paris? Maybe, With This Stylish Greenhouse - Design - GOOD | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
A French architecture firm wants to bring a vertical banana plantation into the city's center.
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Raquel Meller - Oh! Señorita, 1929

Oh! Señorita -- Foxtrot Cantado (Ch.Maduro) -- Raquel Meller, Odeon ca 1929 NOTE: Raquel MELLER - Spanish actress and singer, b. 1888 in Barcelona as Francis...
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United Airlines Employees Abuse Disabled Vet and Service Dog | Eclectastic

"United Airlines has a responsibility to ensure not only that there are consequences for the employees whose treatment of Jim and Sarge was so dreadful, but consequences for their managers and any employees that looked on silently, recognition and honors for those who helped, and a complete overhaul of the corporate culture which allowed this situation to occur."

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Hours of Classic Crime and Mystery Movies. Discover Our Film Noir and Alfred Hitchcock Collections

Hours of Classic Crime and Mystery Movies. Discover Our Film Noir and Alfred Hitchcock Collections | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Above you'll find Alfred Hitchcock's Number Seventeen, free to watch in its entirety. Released in 1932, the film finds a gang of jewel thieves desperate to hide their latest bounty, a diamond necklace.
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The Chaotic World

The Chaotic World | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
There is a theory out there, one born of both science and a touch of philosophy, called the Chaos Theory.  This theory states that small differences that can occur at the beginning of any dynamic e...
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