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Susun Weed, Herbalist

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Susun Weed is one of the best-known authorities on herbal medicine in North America.

 

From the Singing to the Plants blog:  Amazonian shamanism is, among other things, a form of herbal medicine. People who focus on the healing and transformative powers of ayahuasca may sometimes overlook the sheer size of the shamanic pharmacopoeia and the role that plant medicines play in healing. But to understand curanderismo in the Amazon, we have to understand these healing plants — their selection, preparation, indications, and application.

 

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Wade Davis: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

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What does it mean to be human and alive? The thousands of different cultures and languages on Earth have compellingly different answers to that question. "We are a wildly imaginative and creative species," declares Wade Davis, and then proves it with his accounts and photographs of humanity plumbing the soul of culture, of psyche, and of landscape.

The threat to cultures is often ideological, Davis notes, such as when Mao whispered in the ear of the Dalai Lama that "all religion is poison," set about destroying Tibetan culture.

The genius of culture is the ability to survive in impossible conditions, Davis concludes. We cannot afford to lose any of that variety of skills, because we are not only impoverished without it, we are vulnerable without it.

 

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If extreme weather becomes the norm, starvation awaits

If extreme weather becomes the norm, starvation awaits | Stealthy Elves | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: With forecasts currently based only on averages, food production may splutter out even sooner than we feared...

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Shell Faces Landmark Lawsuit over Years of Oil Spills | Stealthy Elves

Shell Faces Landmark Lawsuit over Years of Oil Spills | Stealthy Elves | Stealthy Elves | Scoop.it

It is very good to see the oil companies begin to be held responsible for all the damage they cause around the world!

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Workers Fight for Justice, From Wal-Mart to Chipotle

Workers Fight for Justice, From Wal-Mart to Chipotle | Stealthy Elves | Scoop.it

"Wal-Mart workers launched the first strike against the giant retailer in its 50-year history".  They deserve a fair wage, just as the factory workers in china deserve better working conditions and decent pay.

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Why Mysticism Matters

Why Mysticism Matters | Stealthy Elves | Scoop.it
The transformative power of mystical experiences is that they can convey to us that no matter what happens to our bodies and personalities in the world of time and space, mysteriously, everything is always OK.

 

 

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These little frogs are the true kings of the jungle!

These little frogs are the true kings of the jungle! | Stealthy Elves | Scoop.it

Animal #4

Poison Dart Frog

 

Located

Poison Dart Frogs are located in South America and some parts
of Central America.

 

Diet

Poison Dart Frogs will eat termites, crickets, flies and ants.

 

Habitat

The habitat of the poison dart frog is near marshes, streams and
rivers.

 

Size

Poison Dart Frogs will grow to be 1 - 7 cm in length depending
on the species of frog. They also vary in color.

 

Reproduction

Poison Dart Frogs lay a group of eggs in the water which take
about 12 days to hatch.

 


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Katrina M.'s curator insight, May 1, 2013 5:26 PM

I Highly recommened you look up "Tropical Rain Forest" You will LOVE it!

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In the Valley of the Soul

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From Reality Sandwich: "What is the connection between shamanism and love? Why do we Westerners tend to guru-ize the shaman, often identifying them with saints? How do we reconcile our fantasies of what the shaman is or should be with what is often a very different reality? In this excerpted conversation, researcher-authors Stephan Beyer, Stanley Krippner, and Hillary S. Webb discuss some of the ramifications of the Western world's intellectual and spiritual fascination with shamanic practices."

 

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Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives | Stealthy Elves

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Dumped into unlined ponds or mines, the toxins from coal ash readily leach into drinking water supplies. Coal ash is the second largest industrial waste stream in America and is essentially unregulated. It is communities across the country that are bringing to light the true impact of coal ash pollution.


The Little Blue Run coal ash impoundment is the largest unlined coal ash pond in the country, spanning two states and bordering a third. Next to the impoundment, residents are living with gushing leaks of contaminated water.

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Moses and Hallucinogens: Plant Spirit Shamanism From the Bible

Moses and Hallucinogens: Plant Spirit Shamanism from the Bible The worldwide media interest in Benny Shanon's paper about Moses and entheogens, is encouraging us to take a good and hard look at the roots of religions and the notion that they were...

 

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Yamuna Flaherty's curator insight, September 25, 2013 3:50 PM

Interesting hypothesis...

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More than 3 million hectares of elephant, gorilla habitat get new protection

More than 3 million hectares of elephant, gorilla habitat get new protection | Stealthy Elves | Scoop.it
More than 3 million hectares of newly designated Ramsar sites in the Republic of Congo will provide vital habitat to endangered species and support the livelihoods of surrounding communities.

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Supreme Court Upholds $18.2 Billion Judgement Against Chevron For Ecuadoran Pollution

Supreme Court Upholds $18.2 Billion Judgement Against Chevron For Ecuadoran Pollution | Stealthy Elves | Scoop.it

"The second-largest U.S. oil company was found to have polluted parts ofthe Amazonian jungle for nearly 30 years."  

 

I certainly hope some of the 18.2 billion dollar judgement goes towards cleanup in the Amazon, and compensation for the indeginous population who have to live with a ruined, toxic landbase.

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Immunity Sealed: Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Telecom Spying

Immunity Sealed:  Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Telecom Spying | Stealthy Elves | Scoop.it

It's a sad day for civil rights, as the courts side with the government on ensuring immunity for Telecom companies who engage in warrantless domestic spying on behalf of law enforcement.

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Invasive Species Abound In The River Thames

Invasive Species Abound In The River Thames | Stealthy Elves | Scoop.it
Scientists from the Queen Mary, University of London, claim that almost 100 non-native freshwater species have successfully invaded the River Thames, making it one of the world’s most highly invaded freshwater systems.

 

Source: Science News - redOrbit


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