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Empty Rhetoric For Zeitgeisters – Part 8 (Us Against Them)

So here are the Cultgeist Movement and the Penis Project foes: 1. RBEF: www.rbefoundation.com 2. Conspiracy Scientists: conspiracyscience.com 3. Promethean Workers Association: www.theresourcebasedeconomy.org 4. RBOSE: www.pastebay.com 5. Atlas Initiative Group: chapters.thezeitgeistmovement.com 6. Open Source Ecology: factorefarm.org

David de Rothschild, founder of Sculpt the Future and, more recently, Adventure Ecology, speaks about individuals’ collective capacity to make a difference in global warming and the power of interacting with, not just talking at, children.
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Nice Human Ecology photos

Some cool Human Ecology images:

CHE Bookshelves
Human Ecology
Image by London Permaculture

CHE Bookshelves
Human Ecology
Image by London Permaculture

CHE Bookshelves
Human Ecology
Image by London Permaculture

Nice International Development Policy photos

A few nice International development policy images I found:

Congressman Howard Berman
International development policy
Image by Center for American Progress Action Fund
U.S. Global Development Policy in the 21st Century: The Implications for Reform

March 18, 2010, 9:00am – 10:30am

Click here to watch the video: www.americanprogressaction.org/events/2010/03/globaldevel…

Over the years, the United States Agency for International Development has been weakened both in terms of capacity and authorities. The Obama administration came into office with a firm conviction that global development is a key tenet of an effective and proactive foreign policy.

There are currently two major global development reviews being conducted at the National Security Council and the State Department that look to strengthen and modernize U.S. development policy. These ongoing reviews are complemented by significant legislation in both the Senate and House of Representatives that could add greater coherence and strategy to U.S. global development policy. CAP’s sustainable security program has been at the forefront of this debate and calling for a strengthening of USAID.

Please join us for a keynote by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Howard Berman, who will discuss the committee’s plans for reform of U.S. foreign assistance laws and programs. Chairman Berman’s remarks will be followed by a high-level panel of experts who will focus in on the Obama administration’s evolving approach to defense, diplomacy, and development.

Featured Speaker:

Congressman Howard Berman

Introduction by:

Rudy deLeon,Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress Action Fund


John Norris, Executive Director, Enough

Peter McPherson, President of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges

Eli Adashi, Former Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences and the Frank L. Day Professor of Biology, Brown University

Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin, President, Middle East Institute

Moderated by:

Ken Gude, Associate Director, International Rights and Responsibility, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Green Building Industry’s Growth is Revolutionary Says New Book by Green Building Consultant

The Green Building Revolution book cover

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) November 1, 2007

With the number of LEED-registered and LEED-certified green building projects increasing at rates approaching 70-80% year-over-year, the new book by leading green building consultant, Jerry Yudelson entitled “The Green Building Revolution” shows why this trend has become a “revolution.” Yudelson’s book not only chronicles the dimensions of this growth, but provides its manifesto as well.

The new book from Island Press (http://www.islandpress.org) will be launched at the upcoming Greenbuild conference in Chicago (http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/), including a special book signing on Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 between 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. It will also become available for sale for the first time at the Island Press booth at Greenbuild and online ($ 25.00 for paperback, $ 50.00 for cloth). The Foreword to “The Green Building Revolution” is written by S. Richard Fedrizzi, CEO, U.S. Green Building Council.

“The Green Building Revolution” introduces readers to the basics of green building and to the projects and people that are advancing this movement. With more than 30 interviews and case studies, this green building book shows readers why and how to start thinking about designing, building, and operating high-performance, environmentally aware (LEED-certified) buildings on conventional budgets.

Yudelson asserts that this green building movement has reached a critical mass of architects, engineers, builders, developers, professionals in government, and consumers. He says, “Green buildings are showing us how we can have healthier indoor environments that use far less energy and water than conventional buildings do. The federal government, twenty states, and more than sixty U.S. cities already require new public buildings to meet green standards.” According to Yudelson, “This is just the beginning.”

The scope of “The Green Building Revolution,” as Yudelson describes it, now includes commercial buildings, schools, universities, public buildings, health care institutions, housing, retail, hospitality, interior design, property management, and neighborhood design. Illustrated with more than 50 photos, tables, and charts, and filled with timely information, “The Green Building Revolution” is the definitive description of a major movement that’s already begun to transform our world.

About Jerry Yudelson

Jerry Yudelson, is a leading green building consultant and national authority on green buildings and corporate sustainability, with four books on green buildings and more than three dozen magazine and newsletter articles to his credit during the past three years.. He is also the senior editor of the web site, http://www.igreenbuild.com , where he writes a monthly column. Mr. Yudelson is a former Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council, a national nonprofit with some 10,000 corporate, agency and institutional members. He has trained more than 3,000 people in the LEED green building assessment framework since 2001, and he served on two national committees developing the next generation of green building standards.

About the Green Building Consulting firm, Yudelson Associates

Yudelson Associates, Tucson, AZ, http://www.greenbuildconsult.com , is a green building consulting company dedicated to “growing the business of green building” and facilitating sustainability initiatives in higher education and the corporate world. Yudelson Associates offers project-specific green building consulting services, green building marketing consulting, workshops, keynote speaking, and corporate or institutional sustainability planning.


Alvaro Umana on Ecosystem Payments

Alvaro Umaña discusses payments for ecosystem services at an ICCF Congressional Staff Briefing. Alvaro Umaña, PhD is the Counselor for Central America and Belize at the Inter-American Development Bank. He is the former director of the Environmentally Sustainable Development Group at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. He was the first Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Costa Rica under President Oscar Arias. Previously he was director, professor, and founder of the Natural Resources Program of the Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas in Alajuela. Dr. Umaña received a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Stanford University.

Established in 1944 and named after the New Hampshire town where the agreements were made, Bretton Woods I created a system that made the dollar the reserve currency of the world. In addition, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank were established. Globalization is the process of breaking through the protective barriers designed to separate the nation-states from the world system. Between 1944 and 2008 (BW I and II) all the nation-state barriers have been removed with exception of the national regulatory laws governing financial institutions, insurance companies, mortgages, and Wall Street. The real purpose of BWII is to establish the framework for a global regulatory system. This also presents the possibility of merging all regional currencies into a global currency. On the agenda for 2009 is the passing of the Treasury’s “A Blueprint for a Modernized Financial Regulatory System”, which transfer to the Federal Reserve the remaining financial assets of America, effectively gutting our country. Bio – Joan Veon is a business woman, international journalist and renown expert in the areas of global economics, Sustainable Development, and the Sustainable Development. Since 1994, Joan has covered 100 global meetings, seeking answers to the evolving economic trends, and many of the world issues we are faced with today.
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The Design People Ranked 408th Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte?s 2010 Technology Fast 500?

The Design People Ranked 408th Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2010 Technology Fast 500™

El Segundo, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2010

The Design People Inc., a leading website development and online marketing provider, today announced that it ranked number 408 on Technology Fast 500™, Deloitte’s ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2005–2009. The Design People grew 210% during this period.

“We’re honored to rank in the Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ for three consecutive years.” said Tiger Bitanga, Chief Executive Officer of The Design People. “Open source, social media and cloud technologies are taking the entire web design industry by storm. We’re grateful to have a team that is agile enough to leverage opportunities that newer technologies present into online success for our customers. We especially thank our people and our clients for partnering with us to make this possible.”

“The Design People and the other 2010 Technology Fast 500™ winners forged ahead in a challenging economic environment to realize exceptional growth,” said Phil Asmundson, vice chairman and Deloitte’s U.S. technology, media and telecommunications leader. “Deloitte commends The Design People for this impressive accomplishment.”

“The Design People has proved itself to be one of the fastest growing tech companies in North America, and we are proud to honor them as one of the 2010 Technology Fast 500™,” said Mark Jensen, managing partner, venture capital services, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

The Design People previously ranked #209 as a Technology Fast 500™ award winner for 2009 and #233 for 2008. Overall, Technology Fast 500™ award winners for 2010 had revenue growth ranging from 146 percent to 164,079 percent from 2005 to 2009, with an average growth of 2,361 percent.

For additional detail on the Technology Fast 500™ including selection and qualifying criteria, visit http://www.fast500.com

About The Design People

The Design People, Inc. North America is an El Segundo, California website design company that specializes in website development and effective online marketing solutions for businesses of all sizes.

For more information on The Design People, Inc. please visit http://www.thedesignpeople.com or call 1-800-850-7707.

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP. Please see http://www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.

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Cynthia McKinney Economic planks – Green Party Presidential candidate

Cynthia McKinney, Green Party Presidential candidate talks about some Economic Planks including the Federal Reserve, the Pentagon’s lost money, our values should be reflected in the budget. www.runcynthiarun.org
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What benefits do developing nations receive over developed nations?

Question by JM: What benefits do developing nations receive over developed nations?
Other than the Kyoto agreement, in which developing countries need not take as much action against pollution, are there any other areas of international relations or standards that are more lax for developing nations?

For example, does China take advantage of its “developing nation status?”

Best answer:

Answer by e.G.dude the cool freshman
Well developed nations most of the time have a technological advantage. Also they have higher quality-of-life’s and are wealthier. But today it’s the world’s richest nations who are doing the most polluting. China is probably the biggest polluter of all the developed nations. Yes I think China takes somewhat advantage of it. But they have the 3rd largest economy, so I see no need to call them “developed” anymore.

What do you think? Answer below!

Community College Summit: Opening Session

President Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak to the first-ever Community College Summit about the role community colleges play in developing America’s workforce and furthering education.
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ecological resouce base and ethnic conflicts

The 16th world congress on IUAES, 2007 section 4 of the indigenous technology and ecological resources under ethics and ecological resource management was chaired by Prof. Ghulam Mohyuddin Wani former Director & Professor SKUAst- Kashmir & FAST patron-in-chief on 28th of July, 2009.  After introductory remarks of panel chair, introducing chairman and co-chair and after brief introduction on the topis by prof wani,the first speaker of the session , Dr. Kamal Aryan from Nepal was asked  to present his presentation  on the topic “Why certain species become a part of human culture?a case from an indigenous community, Chenpang of Nepal.”

He described the relationship between agriculture and human culture.While describing the Chepangs as one of the primitive indeginous community ofNepal,using a number of uncultivated wild plants as food.He presented the wild use of self growing species as human food and described their agriculture community approach.  The thrust of his topic was on shifting cultivators. Nepal Chepang, che – meaning dog and phung meaning Hunting.  The main presentation rose following discussion points & recommendations.

Traditional socio-economic culture is webbed into agriculture.What is uncultivated today may be a cultivable crop tomorrow. A mechanism of identifying uncultivated, intuitive crops in wild could be evolved through these  diversity fairs.

He showed some slides displaying uncultivated plants examined by him and presented in the fair on 13-10-2006.

Many plants including Indian water plants are joining the fray of uncultivated foods procured by chepangs. In answer to many questions he narrated that the  germplasm base of these uncultivable plants is dewingling & measures to conserve them are urgently needed  Next speaker on the panel was Dr. Muzzaffar Assadi prof and chairman dept of political sc from university of mysore,india  , India who discussed the issues involved in socio-economic disturbances with establishment of national parks for wild life.He emphasized the role of eco development for conserving bio diversity and indicated need for the reforms and rights of the tribial displaced under wild life or any other act to preserve ecology or the wildlife.He stressed on rights of humans and recommended that while caring for the environment and ecology including wildlife we should not forget and ignore the rehabilitation or alternative livelihood for the tribials.

He emphasized various issues connected with eco-tourism.  He emphasized that wildlife act of 1972 in India displaced 23 m tribal population.  Thus, a conflict was induced with a conservation & development process from above.  Bottom-up- approach and participatory reconciliation is recommended.  A university using 100 ha protected area was fined for 6 billion & thus university was closed.  He suggested reconciliatory mode of protection than the induced one, which gives rise to a conflict.

 Chairman Dr. Wani drew his attention to the raising human-wild-animal conflict with interruptions of wildlife habitat, the wild life becomes agitated.  The speaker however explained that tribal’s virtually worship wild animals and protect them.  However, this conflict needs resolution and proper redressal  measures at global level.

Ethnic conflicts dreaden human society around the globe.  A more reconciliatory mode  needs to be adopted by Govt. and people in power.  A legislature needs to be uniformly adopted and applied.  It was felt that even though many democracies claim the safety of its people on law books, its application is yet to be achieved, giving rise to different kinds of ethnic conflicts and cleansing.

The last speaker Dr. Karma Oraonn,Professor and head dept of anthropology,Ranchi university spoke about atrocities and difficulties of tribal’s in Jharkhand state.  He too emphasized that tribal development  needs participatory approach and not a law from above ,which is unpractacable and unethical. He was critical of the present system of beurocratic approach which does not help the poor and tribial.While identifying himself as a tribial  he said  Jharkhand has 7 million tribal’s. Noly a few have acesss to policy and planning. People rights shall not surpass human rights, he  too emphasized very vehemently..

In his concluding remarks co-chair Mr.claudio o Delang from Honking  emphasized a developmental process akin to the socioeconomic conditions of all ethnic groups round the globe.  Chairman Prof. G.M. Wani, summed up the proposed recommendations as:

What is needed, the application of modern technologies like GIS etc to unveil the biochemical, biotechnological & other medicinal value of these uncultivated, wild growing flora & fauna.He stressed on the use of DNA fingerprinting and modern techniques for identification of nutritive and medicinal value of the crops.A move to conserve them and grow them may be necessary as it may save water and other organic resoucer as these are wild grown and need no irrigation or fertilizers.They could be the income rising and micronutrient ecological resources to be propagated and utilized. Various NGO, world organization like WHO, FAO, wild life trust must come up with participatory developmental assistance progammes in all such cases. More agricultural development for economic upliftment is suggested. Agriculture & livestock development is central to upliftment of ethnical, tribal nomiads New innovative and adequate models suggested by various authors in this conference needs to be perfected & tested under various geographic location .The world funding organization should support these programme. At the end he thanked organizers of 16th world congress to invite him & provide a chance to chair the session.He also thanked the foundation for advancement of science and technology of Kashmir for their support for this congress.



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