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The benefits of skills training.

Admittedly the title The One Thing Electricians, Chefs, and Entrepreneurs Have in Common attracted me because I’ve played electrician, cook and entrepreneur, so it caught my eye.  The article reinforces the knowledge that nurturing head, heart and HANDS is important to become a whole person.

The One Thing Electricians, Chefs, and Entrepreneurs Have in Common

You’d be hard-pressed to name three jobs that seem to have as little in common as an electrician, a chef, and an entrepreneur. But even though the work couldn’t be more different, these jobs share one important trait: they all require practical skills that can be gained through hands-on experience in the real working world, not just books or theory or classroom study.

These are just a few of the well-paid, middle skills jobs that represent the opportunities of tomorrow. Many people think of middle skills jobs as menial, low-paying jobs with no opportunities for advancement. This couldn’t be farther from the case. The reality is that today, there is a bevy of respectable, well-compensated, upwardly mobile careers that don’t require a traditional four-year education.

In many countries, vocational study unfortunately has a history of being seen as less respectable than attending university. But with unemployment and underemployment rates of college graduates at such high levels in the U.S. and elsewhere, it’s time for this perception to change. It’s time to spread the word that skills training, perhaps now more than ever, is possibly the most reliable pathway to an interesting and rewarding career.

3 Good Reasons to Consider Skills Training

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Data shows global growth now past tipping point. Global collapse occurring. Whole systems change imperative.

Economic research published by the University of Melbourne analysed the predictions made in the ground breaking 1972 book Limits to Growth, and notes that the actual trajectory followed in the four decades since has followed the worst case scenario.

The 1970s computer model has proved remarkably accurate in predicting developments in the world economy, population and resource consumption, according to the study published by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

The Limits To Growth business-as-usual scenario foresaw the beginning of “overshoot and collapse” in about 2015, predicting a death rate rise would start about 2020, with the half-billion-per-decade population declines kicking in from about 2030.

As average standards of living fall at rates faster than they have historically risen due to disruption of normal economic functions (note the global financial crisis) enormous social tensions will rise, especially where wealth inequality is greatest.

Recent data shows that the life span in developed countries is already declining, principally because of diseases caused by over eating.  Surely that is decadent.

Sadly, cynics, like me, can point to a silver lining – that reducing the population is the cure for a planet being consumed by humanity.

The opportunity to enlighten global management systems is waning.  I strongly urge leaders to adopt integral and holonic thinking in renovating systems and policies.  Common Sense must be applied.

University of Melbourne: “Is global collapse imminent? An updated comparison of The Limits to Growth with historical data”  PDF

EU- Environment: “Limits to Growth” predictions borne out, analysis finds

Genetically Modified Organisms and the deterioration of health in the United States

Genetically Modified Organisms and the deterioration of health in the United States by N.L. Swanson, 4/24/2013

Read this pdf: GMO-health

Extracts:

Peddlers of both chemicals and genetically engineered seeds claim that GMO food is “identical to non-GMO products.” They claim that genetic engineering is no different than plant hybridization, which has been practiced for centuries. It is the reason they gave, and the EPA accepted, for not having to submit GMO food to rigorous testing to obtain EPA approval. It’s up to the companies that manufacture GMOs to research and determine the safety of their products.

Not only are the bacteria genes themselves potentially toxic, but the plants can be sprayed directly with herbicides, the herbicide-resistant plants absorb the poisons and we eat them. It’s difficult to understand how this can be considered “essentially” the same as plant hybridization.

Of the 144 crops approved by the FDA, 75% have been genetically engineered to either withstand direct applications of herbicides or they contain an insecticide Bt toxin, or both. In the mid-’90s, scientists figured out how to combine more than one trait in the same plant. These were first released in 1997 and are called “stacked gene traits.”

In 2012, 93% of all soy, 88% of the corn and 94%U.S. was genetically engineered.

Glyphosate use increased 6,504% from 1991 to 2010

Glyphosate residues of up to 4.4 mg/kg have been detected in stems, leaves and beans of glyphosate-resistant soy, indicating metabolism of the herbicide. This means that the Roundup ReadyTM plants are absorbing the herbicide and you cannot simply wash it off

Cancers of the thyroid and liver especially seem to track with the advent of GE crops and associated glyphosate applications. Thyroid cancer seems to affect women more often, while males are more susceptible to liver cancer.

The Academy of Environmental Medicine has issued a position statement on GMO food stating, “…several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption including infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.  “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation as defined by Hill’s Criteria in the areas of strength of association, consistency, specificity, biological gradient, and biological plausibility. The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.” They further state that “because GM foods have not been properly tested for human consumption, and because there is ample evidence of probable harm,” they call on physicians to educate the public and warn their patients to avoid GM foods.

People are ill and they are not waiting for scientists to tell them that GMOs are making them ill. Rachel Linden said in an interview on Weekly Women’s GMO Free News, “I don’t know why science has replaced common sense. I don’t need to check with my doctor to know how I feel when I eat GMOs and how I feel when I don’t eat GMOs. I don’t need a scientist to tell me forty years from now that they were wrong about GMOs. I’m going to decide for myself right now.” Case studies are piling up of patients who have shown dramatic improvement after taking their doctor’s advice and eliminating GMO food. Wouldn’t that be so much easier if they had labels?

Big pharma being paid to poison our planet. New GMO and agent-orange/glyphosate mix to hit earth in 2015.

Argentina-GM-human-pics4The US EPA is set to approve new GM seeds and toxic sprays made by Dow Chemical in the face of scientific opposition.

There are millions of dollars on the table.  Dow will take market share and expand the use of mono-culture and toxic sprays.  These initiatives are inherently unsustainable, but in the short term will make money for executives and shareholders of Dow.

GM, monoculture and toxic herbicides and pesticides are unsustainable because they require huge fossil fuel inputs to operate.

They are dangerous because they encourage the development of super-weeds and introduce risks of transgenic hybridisation which can decimate habitats and local species.

The extensive use in Argentina of genetically engineered soy crops combined with spraying since 1996 is well documented.  The tragic consequences of this strategy, which has enriched politicians and landowners at the expense of normal people, are visible.

According to Dow, heavy use of Roundup, herbicide Monsanto brand glyphosate, triggered an explosion of herbicide-resistant “super weeds” that are hard for farmers to fight and which can choke off crop yields. Such weeds now infest roughly 70 million acres of U.S. farmland.

OCA: Condemns EPA Approval of Dow Enlist Duo Herbicide

Genetic Literacy Project: Natural Resources Defense Council sues EPA to block rollout of Dow Enlist Duo GMO system and  Enviros file suit to block new Dow AgroSciences GMO herbicide and seeds and  Enlist Duo: Everything you need to know about new dual herbicide resistant crops

Scientific American: EPA Approves Dow’s Enlist Herbicide for GMOs

Forbes:  Dow Chemical Receives USDA Approval To Commercialize Its Enlist Corn and Soybean Seeds In The U.S.

Reuters:  U.S. regulator set to approve Dow’s Enlist herbicide

Dr Mercola:  Glyphosate: The Toxin So Dangerous It’s Causing Catastrophic Birth Defects and Argentina—A Poster Child for the Health Hazards of GMO Crops

CTV News:  Birth defects, cancer in Argentina linked to agrochemicals: AP investigation

Care2: Monsanto Pesticides are Making Argentinian Kids Very Sick

Sustainable Pulse: Dr Swanson: GMOs Cause Increase in Chronic Diseases, Infertility and Birth Defects

EcoChildsPlay: GMO soya causing birth defects in Argentina thanks to glyphosate

WTSP:  Argentines link health problems to agrochemicals

GMO Evidence

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Tell nestlé to stop trying to patent the fennel flower.

Keep nature free.

They want to charge you for water, although it falls from the sky.

They profit from selling the main cause of obesity, sugar, a drug more addictive than cocaine to children.

Next I suppose they will pay-off governments to profit from the air we breathe.

Tell Nestlé to stop trying to patent the fennel flower.  Sign this petition.

And stop buying their products and sell any of their shares you own.  All of them.

Population and wealth – a picture of the sad, obvious inequality.

This graphic from The Economist sums up what we all know but don’t like to face (as @RustyRockets just pointed out).

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So 0.7% of the people have 44% of the wealth, and 68.9% of the people have 2.9% of the wealth.  That doesn’t sound fair, or like democracy, or Christian/Islamic/Bhuddist, or … anything to be proud of.

Yellen about the benefits of education.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in a speech yesterday that “public education spending is often lower for students in lower-income households than for students in higher-income households.”

The Fed’s unusual comment on education came in a speech, delivered at the Conference on Economic Opportunity & Inequality sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and named education as one of the four “building blocks of opportunity” that could help reduce inequality, with the other three being parents’ financial resources, starting a business, and inheritance.   Of the four areas, education is where the state can make the greatest impact.

The focus on education is timely, as new techniques, facilitated by IT, are evolving rapidly and offer a chance to rejuvenate learning.

BloombergBusinessWeek:  Janet Yellen on the Broken Way America Pays for Public Schools

Garlic – a wonder food.

Garlic! The French love it.  The Koreans love it.  We love it.

Strong and crunchy raw, or soft and sweet when cooked.  Or crushed into a paste with sea salt to be added to anything.   Tasty? Yes!  And also invaluable as a remedy for common ailments as its antiseptic properties can purge your body and help you sleep.  As the cold season gets going in the northern hemisphere, have a crushed clove of garlic with a spoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon in a cup of hot water before bed and you’ll wake up feeling better, sooner.

And it looks like garlic’s wondrous properties can also help fix trees.  It is being injected in to old trees to save them from disease.  It’s not a sustainable remedy as better woodland management is.  But it has special applications and endorses its therapeutic reputation.

BBC: Garlic injection could tackle tree diseases

DTRTTRW in yoga pants: FouseyTube

More than 15 million people have watched Yousef Saleh Erakat’s most popular video – the Yoga Pants Prank.  It’s funny and it works.

Erakat highlights embarrassing aspects of modern culture, like men gawking at women (when they shouldn’t) and women flaunting their booty in public, which encourages men to be misogynistic and other women to flaunt theirs.  He covers alot of culturally sensitive issues, especially ones faced in bicultural communities like arab/american.

Have a look at this BBC report to get an insight in to Erakat Doing The Right Thing The Right Way.

He has two million subscribers to his YouTube channel FouseyTUBE.

OK, and here’s the Yoga pants video.