Friday, August 30, 2013

tweets - change is good

Zac Chase (@MrChase)
8/30/13 6:01 AM
I wrote, "133/365 Change for Good (that made me feel good)" #edchat

oh my.

imagine if we didn't have to say things like..
THR: Do you have musical aspirations beyond teaching?
Horn: I would love to perform more. If I could still manage to teach that would be a blessing, but I know I was born to sing and I don’t sing much teaching. 

Gandhi Institute (@GandhiWorldwide)
8/30/13 6:02 AM
‘Seeds of change’ in the struggle against global hunger

Seeds lie at the heart of the complex system of food production and global hunger. Here is the problem in a nutshell: currently the world produces more than enough food for everyone in the planet. Yet, according to the UN World Food Programme, close to one billion people will go hungry to bed tonight and 2.6 million children under the age of five will die this year of malnutrition. At the same time, 50 per cent of the food produced in the world does not make it to a plate. In Britain we waste one third of all the food we buy, a pattern replicated in most wealthy countries.

They are linked by a shared belief in the importance of working with nature to create localized food systems that empower small-scale producers

example of seeds. Big corporations like Monsanto develop and patent hybrid and GM seeds that, they claim, improve yields by producing drought and pest-resistant plants. According to their own website, ‘Monsanto patents many of the seed varieties we develop. Patents are necessary to ensure that we are paid for our products and for all the investments we put into developing these products.’ Furthermore, ‘the vast majority of farmers understand and appreciate our research and are willing to pay for our inventions and the value they provide

It seems then, that part of the answer to the future challenges we face as a species might lie in looking back to our ancestral knowledge. Meanwhile, back in Bolivia, an article inCENDA’s newsletter explains in the clearest possible terms the contradiction between growing food for profit or for eating. ‘They tell us that if we use GM seeds, we can grow soya for export and make a lot of money. When will they understand that you cannot eat money?’ (@Salon)
8/30/13 5:59 AM
Have we forgotten Judith Miller already? Or Colin Powell at the U.N.? Before attacking Syria, let's know the

apart from this, the similarities among these three instances of Washington’s wanton hostility toward uncompliant regimes are astonishingly similar.

uncompliant regimes...

And so the U.S. stalks into another war in the Middle East. Unlike the Iraq and Afghanistan wars—American works of art, both—the conflict in Syria is somebody else’s canvas. But apart from this, the similarities among these three instances of Washington’s wanton hostility toward uncompliant regimes are astonishingly similar.
Make that tragically similar. History proceeds, we Americans insist on the virtue of ignorance, on learning nothing and knowing nothing. And what we are about to get is what we get, predictably and always. We are a singular people, no question. Maybe even exceptional.

Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof)
8/30/13 6:06 AM
.@PeterHotez says genital schistosomiasis is most common gynecologic problem in Africa & spreads…

Nick Grossman (@nickgrossman)
8/30/13 6:07 AM
Wow, did you know that immigration actually helps our economy? @RBReich @MoveOn (via @Upworthy)…

Marlo Thomas (@MarloThomas)
8/30/13 6:32 AM
"If you don't enjoy the things you have now, how will you ever enjoy the things to come?" - Bart Potenza

Kes Sampanthar (@KesSampanthar)
8/30/13 6:33 AM
Flexible LED Panels Display Athlete's Heart Rate And Achievements - PSFK - pretty cool!

Sustainable Cities (@sustaincities)
8/30/13 6:30 AM
The Poor Should Move to Cities With High Housing Prices by

ReachScale (@ReachScale)
8/30/13 6:36 AM
#Branding Is About Creating Patterns, Not Repeating Messages via @JenniferSertl @FastCoDesign…
3. Patterns are the way people remember and recognize new value
Repetition of patterns build recognition, but variation in patterns creates relevance and sustains interest.
Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ)
8/30/13 6:37 AM
Danielle Allen (@DSAllenIAS) examines NSA surveillance as a violating of the 1st amendment right to…