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.
100 THINGS YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW Secrets, Conspiracies, Cover Ups, and Absurdities Russ Kick
This book sheds light on those things that people in power - government, religious leaders, corporations, the rich and well connected - would just as soon wish you didn't know. To them secrets are power. And they'll do whatever it takes to keep them that way - 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.
Using careful research and impeccable sources, Kick uncovers the hidden truth. For example, while self-appointed censors warn constantly about the dangers of pornography, the fact is that pornography has existed since the first cave people carved dirty pictures on the walls. It's, also, true that two atomic bombs were dropped on North Carolina - although the US managed to avoid nuking Greenland, Texas, Canada, Britain and Spain; George Washington embezzled government funds; 1 out of 10 people are not fathered by the man they believe is dad; Barbie is based on a German sex doll; The American colonists practiced cannibalism and much more.
Previously Published As: 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know Volumes 1 & 2
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.
During the second half of the Twentieth Century, the ideas of leading anarchist thinkers such as Proudhon, Bakunin, and Kropotkin seemed destined to fade into history. But today they are finding new energy and power. Libertarian flags wave above the crowds at anti-globalization and anti-corporation rallies. Anarchist axioms appear in contemporary debates on neoliberalism and ecology. Websites passing on anarchism's radical principles proliferate in cyberspace. Popular intellectuals like Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Osvaldo Bayer, Noam Chomsky and Murray Boochkin acknowledge in their work the debt they owe to the towering nonconformist figures who preceded them. The anarchists' fight against power, oppression and the State, which reached its pinnacle with the farmers' collectives of pre-Franco Spain, has influenced societies around the world. Vanguard artistic movements high and low, from dada to punk, were inspired by anarchism. In ANARCHISM FOR BEGINNERS, Marcos Mayer aided by illustrations from the incomparable Sanyú, takes readers on a journey through the anarchist movement, explaining its principles and documenting its influence, inspiring figures and indefatigable fighting spirit.
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.
Ingrid Newkirk PETA (People for the Ethical treatment of Animals)
A wonderful gift for animal lovers and activists this set of cards offers 52 projects that help animals-one for every weekend of the year. Each card describes a different way to improve the life of an animal or to effect change for thousands of animals - whether it's cheering up a lonely backyard dog veganising a cafeteria educating your neighbours or providing your local birds with a bath. You'll even find ways to help the environment or the homeless while you help the animals. The cards make a great tool for busy activists a helpful guide for brand-new ones - and provide one of the easiest ways yet for anyone to make a difference in an animal's life. So every weekend pull out your ANIMAL RIGHTS WEEKEND WARRIOR and pick a card. No more excuses no need to wait - you can be a warrior for the animals every week of the year.
ARABS & ISRAEL FOR BEGINNERS covers the Middle East from ancient times to the present, tells the truth in plain English, and is one of the few non-scholarly books that is relentlessly fair to both Jews and Arabs. If you want to continue to believe fairy tales about Arabs in Israel, don't touch this book – it will surely be hazardous to your closed mind. If you want the truth about 12,000 years of Middle Eastern History, then ARABS & ISRAEL FOR BEGINNERS is the perfect place to start.
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
BARACK OBAMA FOR BEGINNERS An Essential Guide Bob Neer
Illustrated by Joe Lee
BARACK OBAMA FOR BEGINNERS: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE is the most concise and reliable short biography available on the 44th President of the United States — from his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia, education at Columbia and Harvard, work as a community organizer, writer, teacher, lawyer, and politician in Illinois, to his historic campaign for President. BARACK OBAMA FOR BEGINNERS keeps the focus on the man and his record — accomplishments and missteps, praise and criticism — to allow readers to gain a balanced understanding of President Obama as they follow his rise to the White House. Entertaining illustrations enliven the reading experience and highlight important details.
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.
S. Pearl Sharp
Illustrated by Beverly Hawkins Hall
There are over 519 million Black Women on the planet Earth, give or take a dozen. There's a Black Woman on each of the seven continents, in almost every country and in almost every context. There are even Black Women in the space program. So no matter where you go, she's already been there. She travels with forces greater than herself. Her presence is everywhere. BLACK WOMEN FOR BEGINNERS chronicles the trials and triumphs of Black Women from antiquity to the present, reflecting with wit and humor the challenges they have faced and the fortitude and strength that have sustained Black Women and patterned history with a diversity of excellence. As warriors, healers, teachers, mothers, queens, and liberators Black Women have had tremendous impact on issues from food to fashion, from politics to poetry. Replete with a glossary of reference terms, BLACK WOMEN FOR BEGINNERS whimsically details the influence of stereotypes on the portrayal of Black Women in various venues and punctuates the absurd.
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.