• Intruders to be evicted from Brazil's Awa's rainforest...


    The decision to evict intruders from the Awá’s rainforest comes more than a decade after Brazil, under international pressure, first officially marked out the tribe’s territory. The push to enforce that ruling follows a high-profile Survival International campaign spearheaded by celebrities including Colin Firth and Vivienne Westwood.

    After more than half a century of encroachments on their territory, the Awá have been decimated by diseases and violent attacks, and have seen around 30% of their territory deforested. Only about 450 Awá still survive, with roughly 100 living in complete isolation from the outside world.

    “This is a momentous and potentially lifesaving occasion for the Awá,” said Survival International director Stephen Corry. “All eyes are now on Brazil to ensure it completes the operation before the World Cup kicks off.”

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  • Living dead capitalism...


    :roll:But it is what many want...

    It’s Capitalism. (Photo credit:eyewashdesign: A. Golden)

    The American socialist, G.S. Evans, calls this “Living Dead Capitalism” – a capitalism no longer capable of addressing contemporary human obligations but which, by super-efficiently funnelling the fruits of its own automatising ingenuity upwards to the dwindling number of real persons directing investment flows, continuously concentrates the “surplus value” of its non-humanworkforce in fewer and fewer human hands.

  • Oscar Wilde: Controversial Irish writer and play-write..


    "People seldom tell the truths that are worth telling. We ought to choose our truths as carefully as we choose our lies and to select our virtues with as much thought as we bestow upon the selection of our enemies."
    -- Oscar Wilde

    :roll:In today's social climate where homosexual reform, gender equality and gay marriage make Oscar Wilde's treatment by society and the law seem almost laughable - if it wasn't true

    Oscar Wilde:

    Oscar Wilde’s first trial, his prosecution of the Marquess of Queensberry for libel, opened on this day in 1895, initiating the series of legal events which would deliver Wilde to prison within two months. His fate was clear on the second day of the libel trial, when the defense lawyer worked through the testimony he had rounded up from a long list of young men — the short or long hotel stays, the gifts freely given or extorted. But on the first day, given to a discussion of his beliefs and books, Wilde seemed to enjoy himself, though his comments may not have won the jury’s sympathies. At this point, Edward Carson, the defense lawyer, is pressing Wilde about a homoerotic passage in Dorian Gray...

    C—But let us go over it phrase by phrase. "I quite admit that I adored you madly." What do you say to that? Have you ever adored a young man madly?
    W—No, not madly; I prefer love-that is a higher form.
    C—Never mind about that. Let us keep down to the level we are at now?
    W—I have never given adoration to anybody except myself. (Loud laughter.)
    C—I suppose you think that a very smart thing?
    W—Not at all.
    C—Then you have never had that feeling?
    W—No. The whole idea was borrowed from Shakespeare, I regret to say….
    C—"I have adored you extravagantly"? Do you mean financially?
    W—Oh, yes, financially!
    C—Do you think we are talking about finance?
    W—I don't know what you are talking about.
    C—Don't you? Well, I hope I shall make myself very plain before I have done. "I was jealous of every one to whom you spoke." Have you ever been jealous of a young man?
    W—Never in my life.
    C—"I wanted to have you all to myself." Did you ever have that feeling?
    W—No; I should consider it an intense nuisance, an intense bore.
    C—"I grew afraid that the world would know of my idolatry." Why should he grow afraid that the world should know of it?
    W—Because there are people in the world who cannot understand the intense devotion, affection, and admiration that an artist can feel for a wonderful and beautiful personality. These are the conditions under which we live. I regret them.
    C—These unfortunate people, that have not the high understanding that you have, might put it down to something wrong?
    W—Undoubtedly; to any point they chose. I am not concerned with the ignorance of others....


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  • Facebook eyes up the use of drones to deliver Internet...

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    Company founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s ambitious plan to bring Internet access to the parts of the world without it through drones. Its Connectivity Lab could become a major competitor with Google’s Project Loon
    Facebook is friending drones.

    The social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed Thursday that the company’s ambitious plan to bring Internet access to the parts of the world without it will use drones to do. A year after announcing the project, Zuckerberg said Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is making progress as it works to “build drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone.” The project will do nothing less, he said, than “beam internet to people from the sky.”

    “Over the past year, our work in the Philippines and Paraguay alone has doubled the number of people using mobile data with the operators we’ve partnered with, helping 3 million new people access the internet,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. “We’re going to continue building these partnerships, but connecting the whole world will require inventing new technology too.”

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  • Case of the vanishing honeybees...

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  • Sharia Law to become enshrined in the UK legal system for the first time...

    Sharia law to be adopted into UK legal system for first time. Do the British people want it I wonder?

    "Sharia principles are to become enshrined in the UK legal system for the first time, with The Law Society publishing guidelines for drawing up documents according to Islamic rules, which would exclude non-believers and encroach on women’s rights.

    The new guidelines were produced by The Law Society earlier this month. Under the guidance, High Street solicitors will be able to write Islamic wills which will have the power to exclude non-believers completely and deny women an equal share of an inheritance.

    “The male heirs in most cases receive double the amount inherited by a female heir of the same class. Non-Muslims may not inherit at all, and only Muslim marriages are recognized,” states the document.

    Any children who have been born outside of marriage and even kids who have been adopted will also not be recognized as legitimate heirs.

    It also advises lawyers to draft special exclusions from the Wills Act 1837, which would allow gifts or money to pass to the children of an heir who has died, as this practice isn’t recognized in Islamic law.

    Sharia law only recognizes Muslim weddings, so anyone who was married in a Christian church or in a civil ceremony would also be excluded from succession.

    At the moment, Sharia law is not formally included in the UK’s laws, though a network of unofficial Sharia courts has developed in Muslim communities to deal with issues within Muslim families.

    A few are official tribunals which operate under the Arbitration Act, drafted in 1996 to help settle personal disputes within Britain’s diverse community. They mainly operate in commercial disputes, but can also deal with issues of domestic violence and other family disputes including battles over inheritance.

    There is also a large network of more informal Sharia tribunals, also called “councils,” which are normally based around a mosque and deal with child custody issues and divorces in line with Islamic religious teaching. Their hearings are laid out like courts.

    A study compiled four years ago by Civitas think-tank found more than 80 unofficial Sharia courts operating in the UK.

    Nicholas Fluck, president of the Law Society, told The Sunday Telegraph that publishing the new guidance would promote “good practice” in applying Islamic principles in the British legal system.

    “This is the first time such advice has been published and we hope it will assist solicitors with Sharia probate matters. There is a wide variety of spiritual, religious and cultural beliefs within our population, and the Law Society wants to support its members so they can help clients from all backgrounds,” he said.

    However, Sadikur Rahman of the Lawyers Secular Society, said this new guidance legitimizes discrimination towards women and so-called "illegitimate children," and is contrary to the Equality Act by which UK solicitors must abide.

    “This raises serious questions about professional ethics and the role of The Law Society. The guidance seems not to recognize that there is a serious potential conflict between the Code of Conduct for solicitors and the guidance,” he said.

    Baroness Cox, a cross-bench peer who leads a parliamentary campaign to protect women from religious discrimination, said she thought The Law Society's publishing of the guidance was “deeply disturbing” and vowed to raise the issue with ministers.

    “Everyone has freedom to make their own will and everyone has freedom to let those wills reflect their religious beliefs. But to have an organization such as The Law Society seeming to promote or encourage a policy which is inherently gender discriminatory in a way which will have very serious implications for women and possibly for children is a matter of deep concern,” she said."

  • New diabetic-safe sweetener helps to mange weight and glucose levels...


    NaturalNews: A new natural sweetener has been discovered which may prove to be an effective deterrent against diabetes and obesity. Made from the same plant as tequila, the sugar substitute lowers blood sugar levels and provides a source of dietary fiber. Considering almost 26 million Americans struggle with type 2 diabetes, and countless others battle obesity, the sweetener could very well play a significant role in curbing disease.

    Not your ordinary sweetener - Agavins:

    Found in the agave plant, sweet-tasting agavins help encourage insulin production, which lowered blood glucose levels in animal tests. Additionally, researchers noted the sugar substitute assisted obese mice in losing weight. According to Forbes:

    "Unlike sucrose, glucose, and fructose, agavins aren't absorbed by the body, so they can't elevate blood glucose, according to research by Mercedes G. Lopez, a researcher at the Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, Biotechnology and Biochemistry Irapuato, in Guanajuato, Mexico."

    The article continues, stating that agavins boost "the level of a peptide called GLP-1 (short for glucagon-like peptide-1), which triggers the body's production of insulin, agavins aid the body's natural blood sugar control. Also, because agavins are type of fiber, they can make people feel fuller and reduce appetite, Lopez's research shows."

    For the study, Lopez and her team fed a group of mice a standard diet and added agavins to the animal's water supply. The mice were weighed daily, while glucose levels were checked weekly. A majority of the mice who drank the agavins consumed less food, lost weight and experienced a drop in blood glucose levels.

    The crucial difference between agavins and other sugars

    Not to be mistaken with fructose-rich agave nectar, agavins are fructans -- a type of long-chain fructose which the body cannot use and doesn't absorb. Lopez elaborates in "Tequila plant possible sweetener for diabetics, helps reduce blood sugar, weight":

    "Agavins are fructans, which are fructoses linked together in long, branched chains. The human body can't use them in that configuration, so they don't affect blood sugar. Agavins also sometimes get confused with agave nectar or agave syrup, which appears on many health-food store shelves. These products contain fructans that have been broken down into individual fructoses, so they are much more similar to high-fructose corn syrup."

    Furthermore, agavins act as a prebiotic, boosting levels of beneficial lactobacillus and bifidus bacteria. And the fiber content helps to lower blood cholesterol and triglycerides.

    The main disadvantage of the sugar substitute is that agavins aren't quite as sweet as other types of sugar. It can also cause digestive upset in sensitive individuals. So far, only animal tests have been conducted on the sweetener, but researchers are enthusiastic about the implications for humans.

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  • The case of the vanishing honeybees...

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  • Back to the future - what is old is suddenly new again...

    :yes: Eggs

    NaturalNews: When it comes to health and nutrition, it seems like everything old is new again. Many foods or health protocols that used to be commonly enjoyed were later attacked and discredited by industry-funded "scientists" trying to sell toxic substitutes like vegetable oil or aspartame.

    But as health awareness has radically increased over the last two decades, many "old" things are new again. In this article, I share my list on many of these "old" things which are suddenly back in vogue.

    What's old is suddenly new

    • Local food - Before the rise of factory foods, nearly all food was local. As a result, it was also far healthier and more nutritious than today's centrally-manufactured, distributed foods (think McDonald's Chicken McNuggets).

    Now, thanks to the rise of the local food movement, CSAs and farmers markets, local food is popular again. It also happens to be ecologically sustainable. If humanity is to survive the next century, it must do so by learning how to produce local decentralized food.

    • Sunlight - Once praised as a health treatment all by itself, sunlight has been relentlessly attacked by dermatologists and the cancer industry who have encouraged massive vitamin D deficiencies across the population. But now, as the importance of vitamin D is coming back to light, more and more people are turning to sensible sunshine exposure as a powerful, genuine health treatment with remarkable anti-cancer benefits.

    • Eggs - The vicious campaign attacking eggs -- waged throughout the 1970's and 1980's -- was based entirely on junk science and deceptive dietary advice. Whole eggs, it turns out, are very healthy when produced by truly free-range chickens that aren't fed GMOs, pesticides and chemicals. Today, people recognize this again, and more people are not just buying eggs but even raising their own chickens (like I do).

    • Butter - Like eggs, butter was also maligned by prostitute-scientists spreading Big Food propaganda to sell partially hydrogenated oils and "buttery spreads" or margarine. Today, however, society has finally come to realize that hydrogenated oils are poison. Real butter, it seems, is actually a whole lot better for you than fake butters. And margarine is now largely seen as cheap food eaten by low-income people who can't afford real butter

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