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Indigenous Environmental Activist Assassinated After Blocking World’s Largest Dam Builder in Honduras

March 3, 2016 at 8:36 pm


As with other indigenous peoples around the world, the native Lenca people of Honduras are being pillaged and sacrificed to civilization

Berta Caceres in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco have maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region. She gathered with members of COPINH and Rio Blanco during a meeting remembering community members killed during the two year struggle.

Berta Cáceres, the indigenous Honduran woman who saved her people by scaring away the world’s largest dam builder was assassinated yesterday.

According to Global Witness, Honduras is the deadliest country for environmental activists in the world, especially indigenous environmental activists.

Since the US-backed military coup in 2009, almost a third of the country’s land has been stolen and earmarked for mining projects. The new government has approved hundreds of dams around the country to fuel the operations.

One of those dams, near the village of Rio Blanco, would’ve cut off food and water to hundreds of Lenca people.

Circumcision is Child Abuse

March 2, 2016 at 8:06 pm

The people behind the knife should be behind bars for life

Update: We’ve removed or blurred some of the images to allow us to post this on Facebook. Links to the originals can be found below each image.
thumb Beautiful, brand-new, innocent baby boys are being brutally tortured every 25 seconds in the United States.

Let’s not mince words about it. That’s what circumcision is – torture, sexual assault, genital mutilation, unconscionable child abuse, and one of the most egregious violations of human rights in history.

I understand that this blog post is going to make a lot of people angry and uncomfortable and maybe cost me a few friendships, but that is not my intent. My intent is to shed light on one of the darkest secrets of all time – one I had basically no knowledge about until a few weeks ago.

The mother of an only-daughter, I’ve really had no reason to research circumcision, so I had no idea the horrors it entailed. One of the moms in our peaceful-parenting play-date group posted about it on Facebook a lot, so I asked her what the big deal was in the park last week. She sent me a few links, and I dove in. What a can of worms…

Hidden Cameras at Chicken Hatchery Expose Horrors of Factory Farming

February 27, 2016 at 8:12 pm


Undercover footage of baby chickens being hatched, stabbed, crushed and beheaded on conveyor belts has gone viral, shedding new light on the horrors of factory farming.

The video, produced by Animal Equality, an international animal rights organization, has gone viral with 35 million views on Facebook.

Depression is A Disease of Civilization: Hunter-Gatherers Hold the Key to the Cure

February 24, 2016 at 12:40 am




depression-title-image_tcm7-188201Depression is a global epidemic. It is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from clinical depression within their lifetimes, and the rate is increasing with every generation.

It robs people of sleep, energy, focus, memory, sex drive and their basic ability to experience the pleasures of life, says author of The Depression Cure Stephen Ildari. It can destroy people’s desire to love, work, play and even their will to live. If left unchecked it can cause permanent brain damage.

Why I Still Breastfeed My 4.5-Year-Old

February 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm




12752117_10156681566035106_1255400245_oTwo years ago, I came across a story about a mother who still breastfeeds her 5-year-old daughter. I’m not really sure why it was newsworthy, but people were shocked to discover a woman feeding her small child the same way all mammals have fed their offspring for eons.

All kinds of bloggers picked up the story, and busybodies jumped in on the comments sections calling the dedicated mother of four every name in the book — “gross” … “disgusting” … “indecent” … “unnatural” … “sinister” … “perverse” … “what’s wrong with the world.”

But to me, the most disturbing accusations hurled at this woman are of “pedophilia” and “child abuse.”

Cob Houses: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem

February 18, 2016 at 3:22 am

cobhouse__Hobbit_H_2745149kImages of a cob house built for under $250 in England two years ago have been re-circulating the internet lately, inspiring tiny-house-enthusiasts and back-to-the-landers with hope that living off the grid on a low budget might not be too far out of reach.

While this does appear to be a true story, beautifully captured in this Telegraph.com slideshow, it might not be quite that easy or cheap for the average American to build.

Why Having a Baby Made Me Pro-Choice

February 16, 2016 at 6:01 pm

326801_10150788721825106_393138554_o-300x225“I wonder how many people have abortions after they’ve experienced giving birth,” my partner, Brad, said a few hours after our daughter was born.

“I bet not very many,” I responded, still high from the fact that a tiny human just swam out of my womb and latched onto my breast. “I mean look at her… how could they knowingly destroy something so beautiful?”

Four years later, I know exactly how.

Before you start accusing me of being some kind of sick, twisted, child-hating, terrible mother, hear me out.

Life Has No Purpose, Stop Setting Goals

February 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm

kundalini-meditation“What’s your goal with this new website?” an old friend asked yesterday. “I have no idea,” I laughed nervously.

An ambitious and determined young man (whom I used to work with at a conservative “think tank”), he was not impressed. He is the kind of guy who is serious about “success,” about setting goals and achieving them, about moving the benchmark to new heights, about planning for a happy future.

“What do you mean ‘you have no idea!?'” he asked, laughing, but almost offended by my idiocy.

The Hadza: Freest People on Earth Face Extinction

February 11, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Agriculture is wiping out the world’s oldest hunter-gatherers

1428245992The Hadza have been living peacefully, happily and sustainably in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa for at least 100,000 years. Their home, around Lake Eyasi, in Tanzania, has been called “the cradle of mankind.” A Harvard anthropologist calls them “the strongest link” we have to 2 million years of human evolution. Thanks to the spread of agriculture to nearly every corner of the earth, that link is about to disappear.

The consequences of allowing civilization to crowd the Hadza – and the handful of other hunter-gatherer tribes remaining on the planet – out of existence are captured beautifully and tragically in the 2014 documentary The Hadza: Last of the First.

Return to Now

February 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

timeWith the help of teachers like Alan Watts, Osho and Eckhart Tolle, I discovered the secret to bliss about two years ago – living in the moment.

After a lifetime of religious indoctrination, this was a difficult concept to grasp. I’d always been taught to live for the moment was a sin. I was supposed to suffer now and live later, serve my time for the “Lord” and get my reward in heaven.