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Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Action, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Food, Future Tech, Genocide, Human Rights, Ideas, Idées, Native, Sci/Nat, Time, Violence, Wars, World |

“It is estimated that every hour three species are lost forever; that’s 70 a day, 500 a week, 27,000 species ever year… which would make it the fastest mass extinction in our planet’s history. There is no doubt about the cause, it’s us. ” — Andrew Marr – “The sixth global mass extinction…” “We are into the opening stages of a human-caused biotic holocaust – a wholesale elimination of species – that could leave the planet impoverished for at least five million years. — Norman Myers —> the BBC 2 series […]

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Salgado & The Salt of the Earth – a review

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Art, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, France, Highlights, Human Rights, Native, Now, Peace, Photo, Politics, Racism, Review, Spectacle, STL, Travel, Wars, Women, World |

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau. My review: Like Don McCullin, another photographer who has been on the alert for a very long time, Sebastião Salgado cares very much about the entire planet. SalgadoSML Salgado with the statuesque features of a Greek oracle figure looks straight at us; what is to be revealed?
As he plunges over and over into the “heart of darkness” without renouncing its splendor, it is as if his own heart’s chambers expand each time. […]

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Être Là + Where You Are is Who You Are = Solitude & Claudie Hunzinger

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Art, Books, Care, Dance, France, Ideas, Idées, Music, Now, Peace, Sci/Nat, Women |

Another way to be and to think — Une autre manière d’être et de penser: “When we are alone, we lose our identity. We spread out into everything that surrounds us, we become what surrounds us… if one is outside, one becomes absolutely what one sees. We become the air, we become the forests, one becomes the grass. – Quand on est seul, on perd son identité. On se déploie dans tout ce qui vous entoure, on devient ce qui vous entoure… if one is outside, one becomes absolutely what one sees. We become the air, we become the forests, one becomes the grass.” […]

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The Ebola Emergency: A Scream-Un Cri/Grito/Grido!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Asia, Care, Death, Genocide, Health, Now, Politics, Racism, Security, Wars, Women, World |

“To put out this fire, we must run into the burning building. This is a transnational crisis, with social, economic and security implications for the African continent. It is your historic responsibility to act. We cannot cut off the affected countries and hope this epidemic will simply burn out… UN member states cannot focus solely on measures to protect their own borders. Only by battling the epidemic at its roots can we stem it.” – From the speech at the UN by Dr. Joanne Liu, MSF international president. […]

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The Uncivilization Manifesto

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Care, Eco, Now, Peace, Politics, Spectacle, Wars |

…The shifting of emphasis from man to notman: this is the aim of Uncivilised writing. To ‘unhumanise our views a little, and become confident. As the rock and ocean that we were made from.’ This is not a rejection of our humanity — it is an affirmation of the wonder of what it means to be truly human. It is to accept the world for what it is and to make our home here, rather than dreaming of relocating to the stars, or existing in a Man-forged bubble and pretending to ourselves that there is nothing outside it to which we have any connection at all…

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Sauvez Les Enfants du Dr. Beat Richner (Beatocello) – [Save his Children!]

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Asia, Cancer, Care, Death, France, Health, Music, Peace, Politics, Sci/Nat, Time, Youth | 4 comments

Every year he saves 100 000 lives – Jährlich rettet er 100 000 Leben – Chaque année il sauve 100 000 vies. Son credo : «développer une médecine de riche pour les pays pauvres»/His credo: «develop rich medicine for poor countries» – over 80% of all pediatric health care in Cambodia is provided by his hospitals.

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