Murder in the Amazon

‘Loggers accidentally cut down world’s oldest tree in Amazon forest’

It is hard to believe this ancient tree was cut down accidentally. Most likely this is the work of mining companies who have also recently killed a native environmental activist.

Cutting down sacred trees, murdering activists… what is next?

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A designed lifestyle?

Very thought provoking indeed…

Your lifestyle has already been designed (the real reason for the forty-hour workweek)

“We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

Western economies, particularly that of the United States, have been built in a very calculated manner on gratification, addiction, and unnecessary spending. We spend to cheer ourselves up, to reward ourselves, to celebrate, to fix problems, to elevate our status, and to alleviate boredom.

Can you imagine what would happen if all of America stopped buying so much unnecessary fluff that doesn’t add a lot of lasting value to our lives?

The economy would collapse and never recover.

All of America’s well-publicized problems, including obesity, depression, pollution and corruption are what it costs to create and sustain a trillion-dollar economy. For the economy to be “healthy”, America has to remain unhealthy. Healthy, happy people don’t feel like they need much they don’t already have, and that means they don’t buy a lot of junk, don’t need to be entertained as much, and they don’t end up watching a lot of commercials.

The culture of the eight-hour workday is big business’ most powerful tool for keeping people in this same dissatisfied state where the answer to every problem is to buy something.”

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Atwood

Some lovely words and thoughts here.

“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.” (The Blind Assassin,2000)

“Within every dystopia there’s a little utopia.” (Interview, New York Magazine, 2013)

“As soon as you have a language that has a past tense and a future tense you’re going to say, ‘Where did we come from, what happens next?’ The ability to remember the past helps us plan the future.” (Interview, Telegraph, 2013)

Happy 75th Birthday Margaret Atwood and thanks for all the words after words after words!

‘Don’t let the bastards grind you down’

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Breastmilk and economics

Wow, breastmilk could be 0.5% of our GDP!

Well, it’s lovely to know this and achieve more visibility and valuing of breastmilk but I just realised, I unknowingly enjoyed my breastfeeding NOT being part of some economic rationalist agenda… I’d be happy for visibility but let’s leave economics out of it.

The same way I bristle when I hear how ecosystems ‘perform economic services’…

‘Breastmilk should be part of GDP’

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What giving birth looks like…

What giving birth looks like around the world

“We have ideas about what women’s bodies are for and it’s not this,” she said about American views on birth. “You see a woman naked but her body is performing functions that are intense. Our culture has a weird thing about images of women’s bodies doing this kind of physical work that isn’t young and sexy; birth has elements of struggle, power, transformation and mortality that don’t fit with our ideas about women’s bodies: they’re ok to look at when they’re sexy but when they’re working it’s something else. Birth is uncontrolled and that freaks us out.”

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