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Nellie Bowles – Silicon Valley braces itself for a fall: ‘There’ll be a lot of blood’

A sharply dressed French investor is leaning against a doorway, arms folded and his expression slightly bemused. Philippe Suchet is considering the latest raft of hopeful new technology entrepreneurs that have presented at 500 Startups – a major hothouse for up-and-coming Silicon Valley talent. There’s no shortage of enthusiasm and ideas in the valley, but Suchet is sceptical. “Things have …

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Ultra-Rich ‘Philanthrocapitalist’ Class Undermining Global Democracy: Report

From Warren Buffett to Bill Gates, it is no secret that the ultra-rich philanthropist class has an over-sized influence in shaping global politics and policies. And a study (pdf) just out from the Global Policy Forum, an international watchdog group, makes the case that powerful philanthropic foundations—under the control of wealthy individuals—are actively undermining governments and inappropriately setting the agenda …

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Monsanto, US, and Gates Foundation pressure Kenya to reverse GMO ban

Kenya may soon allow the use of genetically-modified cotton and maize seeds following pressure from agribusiness giant Monsanto, USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The growing African nation banned imports of GMO products in 2012, but a recent application by Monsanto’s Kenyan subsidiary could open the door to the controversial “seeds”. Last year, Kenyans took to the streets …

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Tony Geren – Bill Gates Could End World Hunger, Instead Gives $36 Billion To Corporate America

37% of Bill Gates’ net worth would end world hunger. Instead, he invests billions of dollars into corporations blamed for many of the same health issues the Gates Foundation seeks to cure. The Los Angeles Times revealed back in 2007 that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made millions of dollars each year from companies blamed for many of …

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Ethan A. Huff – Natural News announces recipients of the 2015 Bad Science Awards

Not even a day seems to go by anymore without some whack job in academia, a public health department or even the entertainment industry spewing pseudoscientific nonsense in defense of vaccines, pharmaceuticals or government-run healthcare. And the year 2015 was notably saturated with more than its fair share of bad science outbursts by some very well-recognized names in popular culture, …

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Yong Jung Cho, Waleed Shahid, Devontae Torriente, Sara Blazevic – Millennials Can No Longer Be Silent About Our Broken System

It’s election season. One side promises incremental reforms without a plan for how they would get an agenda passed through a gridlocked Congress. The other side uses thinly-veiled racist language about immigrants to talk about plans to bring our country back to a fictionalized, lily-white version of our nation’s history. Too often, both parties put the demands of big money …

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Paul Buchheit – 5 of the Biggest Acts of Corporate Hypocrisy in America

American ‘exceptionalism’ exists in the minds of super-patriots who are more than willing to overlook their own faults as they place themselves above other people. The only question may be which of their self-serving hypocrisies is most outrageous and destructive. 1. Corporations Hoarding $2 Trillion in Profits, Asking Taxpayers to Pay Their Employees’ Wages Citizens for Tax Justice [3] just reported …

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Mel Gurtov – Manipulating Reality: Facebook Is Listening to You

One thing we have become all too used to is that our reality can be manipulated to create the appearance of something else entirely. Invading another country is defensive, rigged elections are passed off as democracy in action, more guns (or more nuclear weapons) ensure the peace, trade and foreign investment increase jobs at home. Orwellian logic has become commonplace. …

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Heart of Mind Radio – 07.31.15

On today’s Heart Of Mind Radio Kathryn speaks to SueZen about Universal Peace Day. This year’s event is billed as” Ring Bells Around The world for Peace & A World Without War. On Wednesday August 5th to participate in a global event of ringing bells around the world to commemorate the 70th anniversary of dropping o the first atomic bomb …

Why meditation should be taught in schools – Lea Waters

New research in the fields of psychology, education and neuroscience shows teaching meditation in schools is having positive effects on students’ well-being, social skills and academic skills. A recent meta-review of the impact of meditation in schools combined the results from 15 studies and almost 1800 students from Australia, Canada, India, the UK, the US and Taiwan. The research showed meditation is beneficial …