Here's the big, not-so-secret secret. People in power--government and religious leaders, heads of big corporations, the rich and well connected--all have one major goal: to stay in power. And they'll do whatever it takes to make sure that happens. Sometimes this means suppressing the truth and covering up facts that might make the rest of us angry enough to challenge the powerful--or at least to have a good laugh at their expense.
50 SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE THE EARTH FROM GLOBAL WARMING
Green Patriot Working Group
Today, many people around the world are concerned about global warming. The attention on the recent Copenhagen summit and its attempts to halt global warming had people worldwide paying attention to the plight of the planet
This guide of 50 practical steps is a positive and uplifting presentation of a serious subject organised in a fun, easy-to-read format. Each step is a simple way you can help in the fight against global warming and feel good about being part of the solution to the current environmental crisis.
Sample steps include: · Determine Your Carbon Footprint · Buy Green Energy · Plant a Rooftop Garden · Take an Eco-Vacation · Check Your Tire Pressure · Compost Your Food Waste · Recycle Your Shoes · Use Petrochemical-Free Cosmetics · Buy Locally Grown Foods · Wear Organic Clothing · Go Vegetarian for a Day · Invest in the Solution
AFTERSHOCK Confronting Trauma in a Violent World
A Guide for Activists and Their Allies Pattrice Jones
AFTERSHOCK is about the real war against terror—the struggle for a world in which nobody lives in fear of atrocities perpetrated by human beings. Every day, people who push against violence and injustice or pull for peace and freedom must face their own fears. Many activists also must struggle with "aftershock," the physical and emotional reverberations of frightening, horrifying, or otherwise traumatizing experiences endured in the course of their activism.
This book is for aftershocked activists and their allies, as well as for people and organizations that practice high-risk activism. It includes practical tips for individuals, organizations, and communities, as well as information about how traumatic events affect our bodies and abilities.
AFTERSHOCK explores the culture of trauma that people have created through our violent exploitation of the Earth, other animals, and one another. As long as we continue to perpetrate such violations, we will never fully heal our own traumatic injuries. This book, therefore, is for survivors of all kinds of trauma, for therapists who treat trauma, and for anyone who hopes to reduce the amount of terror in the world.
ANIMAL ACTIVIST'S HANDBOOK Maximizing Our Positive Impact in Today's World Matt Ball and Bruce Friedrich
Foreword by Ingrid Newkirk
Matt Ball and Bruce Friedrich take the plight of the world's animals seriously and have dedicated their lives to ending their suffering. THE ANIMAL ACTIVIST'S HANDBOOK argues that meaning in life is to be found, quite simply, in turning away from the futile pursuit of "more" and focusing instead on leaving the planet a better place than you found it. The critical component of creating a better world for all is thoughtful, deliberate and dedicated activism that takes suffering seriously. The authors build a ground-up case for reasoned, impassioned and joyous activism that makes the most difference possible and suggest a variety of ways to live a meaningful life through effective and efficient advocacy.
ANIMAL EQUALITY HB Language and Liberation Joan Dunayer
The first book on language and nonhuman oppression--and the most progressive animal-rights book to date--Animal Equality shows that deceptive, biased words sustain injustice toward nonhuman animals. Speciesism (prejudice against nonhuman animals) survives through lies. Animal Equality's compelling evidence of nonhuman thought and emotion debunks language that characterizes other animals as unreasoning or insensitive. Vivid descriptions of hunting, sportfishing, zoos, aquaprisons, vivisection, and food-industry captivity and slaughter reveal the cruelty that misleading words legitimize and conceal. Animal Equality also uncovers the speciesist attitudes and practices underlying much sexist and racist language. Every animal--nonhuman or human--deserves equal consideration and protection, Joan Dunayer argues. Offering pronoun, vocabulary, and style guidelines, she proposes new language that will bring us closer to nonhuman liberation.
ASLEEP AT THE GEIGER COUNTER Nuclear Destruction of the Planet and How to Stop It Sidney Goodman
ASLEEP AT THE GEIGER COUNTER vigorously exposes the destructive sweep of nuclear scams and frauds. It documents why nuclear programmes mean cancer everywhere, birth defects forever, the uncontrolled proliferation of nuclear weapons, increased chance of nuclear war, the undermining of our national defence, the loss of civil liberties and unending billions in subsidies which have been bleeding us dry, while actually delaying genuine energy independence.
Responsible energy policies can give us a golden age of environmental and economic benefits, a more peaceful world and conditions which will help rich and poor alike. We are getting the opposite of all that, sanctimoniously shrouded with a cloak of big lies. Some of those lies are so brazen, they violate the most basic laws of physics and engineering.
The book is written by an engineer who has been on the front line of varied research design and development for 42 years and, also, on the front line of ardent environmental activism.
ATTITUDE - wanna make something of it? The Secret of Stand-Up Comedy Tony Allen
…..I was watching Tony Blair recently on the telly addressing a conference. He walked on beaming and waving and then, while the crowd were still applauding, he 'apparently' recognised someone in the audience, pointed at them and made like he knew them and clearly hadn't seen them for some time. I first saw Clinton do it. I've got my own version of the same thing. It's a ploy. What comes across is 'Hey! Good to see you. Glad you could make it. How's the family? Nice one. Catch up with you laters.' What is really going on is the performer is demolishing the fourth wall and bonding with the room - 'I don't know you, I've never met you before and let's keep it that way. But hey, I'm an opportunist and you are my way of establishing a connection with this audience'. Politicians are learning the skills of the live performer. No big surprise there, until I saw news footage from Serbia and Vuk Drascovic was using the same technique. What next? The Indonesian Generals? 'Hey! Good to see you. How's the family? Do you want to see them again?' “There's a helluva lot here to set the mind racing and get the creative juices flowing.” - Malcolm Hay, Time Out
“Tony Allen is the John The Baptist of modern comedy…Illuminating and irritating, exasperating yet exhilarating, this book is partial, opinionated and intensely personal – and that's precisely what makes it so readable.” - The Guardian Guide
BEYOND VENGEANCE, BEYOND DUALITY A Call for a Compassionate Revolution Sylvia Clute
We are in trouble. The social, financial, and religious institutions are crumbling. The criminal justice system is a prime example of society's dysfunction.
Courtroom veteran and law professor Sylvia Clute was burned out on the American system of justice. What she saw on a daily basis was all too often the miscarriage of justice. Because of her legal background, Clute focuses on legal horror stories to demonstrate her underlying thesis. The crisis in our legal system is merely symptomatic of a rot found in each of our institutions. It is rooted in a philosophy of dualism that pits us against one another. It is rooted in a philosophy that fails to recognize the oneness or unity of all life.
Taking a page from the Eckhart Tolle spiritual playbook, Clute unfolds her argument for applying the philosophy of non-duality to not only our criminal justice system, but to all social relationships. She explores the roots of dualist thinking in the religious traditions of the world and offers the hope that if individuals—and societies—can move beyond dualistic thinking, we will create a society that is truly just and authentically caring.
BLESSED UNREST How the Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World Paul Hawken
Paul Hawken has spent more than a decade researching organisations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofit organisations to single-person dot.causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that has no name, leader or location and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media.
BLESSED UNREST explores the diversity of the movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies and centuries of hidden history. A culmination of Hawken's many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice fields, it will inspire all who despair of the world's fate and its conclusions will surprise even those within the movement itself.
BLESSING NEXT TO THE WOUND A Story of Art, Activism, and Transformation Hector Aristizábal and Diane Lefer
Hector Aristizábal grew up in the barrios of Medellin, Colombia, where he and his siblings had to use all their wit, wiles and wherewithal to survive poverty, the ever-present allure of cheap drugs and very dangerous money and the endemic violence from left wing guerrillas, right wing death squads, cocaine cartels and the armed power of the State. As a young actor and psychology student, Hector was seized by the military, held in secret and tortured. He survived and went on to find meaning in his ordeal as he channeled his desire for revenge into nonviolent activism both in his homeland and during decades of exile in the United States.
While challenging the State-sponsored causes of much suffering in the world, Hector reached out to some of society's most marginalised - at-ris and incarcerated youth, immigrants and many others - using his theatrical skills and psychotherapeutic training to help people shape their own stories and identities. He sought to understand his own identity as well as that of one brother who was a revolutionary and another who was gay - and how his belief in personal integrity and political freedom might square with the realities of a country under the yoke of toxic ideologies. Hector was forced finally to examine his own motivations and commitments and begin to heal his own gaping wounds.
CALL TO COMPASSION Religious Perspectives on Animal Advocacy Lisa Kemmerer and Anthony J. Nocella, II
Covering doctrine and the lived experience of the world's religious practitioners, CALL TO COMPASSION is a collection of stirring and passionate essays on the place of animals within the philosophical, cultural and everyday milieus of spiritual practices both ancient and modern. From Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism, through the Abrahamic traditions to contemporary Wiccan and Native American spirituality, CALL TO COMPASSION charts the complex ways we interact with the world around us.
CHANGE THE WORLD, CHANGE YOUR LIFE Discover Your Life Purpose Through Service Angela Perkey
18,000 children die of hunger every day. By 2030, there will be no glaciers left in Glacier National Park. 47 million Americans do not have health insurance. From job loss and foreclosures to global warming and poverty, it’s hard not to feel powerless in the face of such depressing news. Yet, many young people today are more eager than ever to get involved, to do something to improve the world. They crave meaningful lives that are worth remembering.
Change the World, Change Your Life shows young people how to get involved and effectively address the problems they care most about, from their own backyard to the world stage. It provides a kind of blueprint for being of service and includes several pages of links to practical resources for starting a non-profit or other service agency.
Laced with stories of individuals who have found ways to give, large and small, Change the World, Change Your Life is exactly the right inspiration for these times--as young people face a difficult employment horizon and are looking for meaningful ways to be of service in the world.
CRIME OF OUR TIME Why Wall Street is Not Too Big To Jail Danny Schechter
Veteran journalist Danny Schechter investigates a complex web of fraud and crime that he shows played a major--if largely unreported--role in bringing the economy down. His four-year investigation focuses on three interconnected cesspools of corruption: what the FBI calls an "epidemic of mortgage fraud," predatory and deceptive securitization by Wall Street, and insurance scams.
CURSE OF FUNDAMENTALISM How Arrogance And Elitism Pollute Society Robert R. Leichtman
Many people need to realise how often they allow some ideology to do their thinking for them. Very gradually fundamentalist ideas and beliefs have invaded their minds and hearts. Now they rarely think for themselves anymore on key issues. So writes author Robert R. Leichtman in this breakthrough book describing the curse of fundamentalism and how it poisons society with its arrogance and elitism. Dr. Leichtman reveals how fundamentalism dominates every segment of society--and what thinking people need to do in order to defeat it with their own thinking and in society as a whole.
DEFIANT DAUGHTERS 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat Edited by Kara Davis, Wendy Lee, with a Foreword by Carol J. Adams
When The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams was published more than twenty years ago, it caused an immediate stir among writers and thinkers, feminists and animal rights activists alike. Never before had the relationship between patriarchy and meat eating been drawn so clearly, the idea that there lies a strong connection between the consumption of women and animals so plainly asserted.
But, as the 21 personal stories in this anthology show, the impact of this provocative text on women's lives continues to this day, and it is as diverse as it is revelatory. One writer attempts to reconcile her feminist-vegan beliefs with her Muslim upbringing; a second makes the connection between animal abuse and her own self-destructive tendencies. A new mother discusses the sexual politics of breastfeeding, while another pens a letter to her young son about all she wishes for him in the future. Many others recall how the book inspired them to start careers in the music business, animal advocacy, and food. No matter whether they first read it in college or later in life, whether they are in their late teens or early forties, these writers all credit The Sexual Politics of Meat in some way with the awakening of their identities as feminists, activists, and women. Even if you haven't read the original work, you're sure to be moved and inspired by these tales of growing up and, perhaps more important, waking up to the truths around us.
Including a foreword from Carol J. Adams herself, this collection of fresh, bold voices defies expectations and provides rousing support for the belief that women have the power to change the world around them for this generation and those to come.
The best and most revealing interviews from the prococative TV series/DVD of the same name.
Richard Metzger presents the most compelling interviews from the hit TV series Disinformation, revealing mind-blowing thoughts from modern culture's most radical thinkers:
Paul Laffoley on how to build a working time machine and a house made of vegetables Douglas Rushkoff explains "media viruses" Lucifer Principle author Howard Bloom on the coming biological apocalypse Genesis P-Orridge on what it's like to be the leader of your own cult Joe Coleman's collection of weird stuff Robert Anton Wilson on The Illuminati and Aleister Crowley Kembra Pfahler on The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black Duncan Laurie on the forbidden science of radionics Comic book author Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, JLA, X-Men) on sex magick Hollywood's interest in underground culture and the best alien abduction story you'll ever hear!
Plus, many more modern revolutionaries (including philosopher Peter Russell, futurist Mark Pesce, and Apocalypse Culture's Adam Parfrey) expressing their thoughts, fears, enthusiasms, and predictions.
DISPATCHES FROM JUVENILE HALL Fixing a Failing System Lisa Smith, Linda Wagner and John Aarons
With the rise of violent crimes committed by teenagers in recent years, heated discussion has arisen over the social factors that lead to juvenile criminality and the ways that public institutions are failing to curtail them. Now a team of experts with decades of collective hands-on experience present a book that cuts through the hype and paranoia to offer real solutions. Drawing on actual case studies, DISPATCHES FROM JUVENILE HALL shows how conventional “tough on crime” tactics have only worsened the problem and presents a new blueprint for change that incorporates punitive action, rehabilitation and family intervention - a progressive programme that will encourage and enlighten all those concerned about the future of our youth.
DON'T BELIEVE IT! How Lies Become News Alexandra Kitty
Do you think shamed journalists Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass were rare bad apples? Far from it, they were just the ones stupid enough to get caught. Alexandra Kitty demonstrates with example upon example how manufactured news is endemic in our media and shows the reader how to spot suspicious stories.
In the last few years, the journalism industry has cut costs by eliminating important safeguards: companies have reduced the number of fact-checkers, editors, and journalists. What this means is that editors and reporters cannot spend time verifying information. Moreover, journalists are not required to have professional experience or training to cover their beats. Fierce competition to get a scoop may lead to journalists making careless errors or not double-checking information.
To maintain audiences and readership, journalists, editors and producers will choose sensational stories that "shock." Combined with time and budget constraints, journalists may unwittingly or deliberately disseminate false or misleading information to the public. It is important to "get" a story, interview a subject or nab a scoop first--the accuracy of these elements is secondary. Competition from other media outlets also means the goal of a journalist is to get the scoop first--how it makes it on the air (flawed, inaccurate, questionably obtained) is unimportant.
Don't Believe It! teaches news consumers how to verify information. It shows readers how to evaluate sources, eyewitnesses and data. This is a comprehensive bible to information verification from a logical standpoint, showing how to be skeptical without being jaded, step by step, with case studies and a classification manual.