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No, we are not selfish – co-operation is at the heart of our existence | Charles Leadbeater | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Far from being quaint and anachronistic, collaboration and co-operation underpin our most innovative activities

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The How-To’s of WWOOF’ing | BootsnAll Travel Articles

WWOOF.

What in the world wide web does a word like that mean? If you are anything like me, up until recently it sounded like something that had more to do with canines than it did organic food or traveling for that matter. As soon as I started researching my round the world (RTW) trip, though, the word WWOOF would pop up on website after website and in conversations with veteran independent travelers nearly non-stop.

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Farmers protest over supermarket milk prices

20 July 2012

Hundreds of farmers blockaded milk plants into the early hours in protest at the price supermarkets pay for milk.

WATCH via http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18920667

über IG Milch

Ovid: Metamorphosen, Die vier Weltzeitalter (Ov.met.1,89-150)

Aurea prima sata est aetas, quae vindice nullo,

Erst nun sprosste von Gold das Geschlecht, das ohne Bewachung
90

sponte sua, sine lege fidem rectumque colebat.
poena metusque aberant, nec verba minantia fixo
aere legebantur, nec supplex turba timebat
iudicis ora sui, sed erant sine vindice tuti.
nondum caesa suis, peregrinum ut viseret orbem,

Willig und ohne Gesetz ausübte das Recht und die Treue.
Strafe und Furcht waren fern; nicht lasen sie drohende Worte
Nicht an geheftetem Erz, noch stand ein flehender Haufe
Bang vor des Richters Gesicht: Schutz hatten sie ohne den Richter.
Noch nicht hatte, gefällt auf heimischen Bergen, die Fichte,
95

montibus in liquidas pinus descenderat undas,
nullaque mortales praeter sua litora norant;
nondum praecipites cingebant oppida fossae;
non tuba derecti, non aeris cornua flexi,
non galeae, non ensis erat: sine militis usu

Andere Welt zu sehn, sich gesenkt in die flüssigen Wogen;
Noch von keinem Gestad’, als dem ihrigen, wussten die Menschen.
Noch umgürteten nicht abschüssige Gräben die Städte;
Kein krummgehendes Horn und keine gerade Drommete
War, kein Helm, kein Schwert. In behaglicher Muße vergingen,
100

mollia securae peragebant otia gentes.
ipsa quoque inmunis rastroque intacta nec ullis
saucia vomeribus per se dabat omnia tellus,
contentique cibis nullo cogente creatis
arbuteos fetus montanaque fraga legebant

Ohne des Kriegers Bedarf die Tage den sicheren Völkern
Undienstbar und verschont von dem Karst und von schneidender Pflugschar
Nimmer verletzt gab alles von selbst die gesegnete Erde,
Und mit Speisen zufrieden, die zwanglos waren gewachsen,
Lasen sie Arbutusfrucht, Erdbeeren an sonniger Halde
105

cornaque et in duris haerentia mora rubetis
et quae deciderant patula Iovis arbore glandes.
ver erat aeternum, placidique tepentibus auris
mulcebant zephyri natos sine semine flores;
mox etiam fruges tellus inarata ferebat,

Oder am rauhen Gerank Brombeeren und rote Cornellen
Und von dem ästigen Baume des Iupiter fallende Eicheln.
Da war ewiger Lenz, und gelind mit lauem Gesäusel
Küsste die Blumen der West, die sprosseten ohne Besamung.
Nicht vom Pfluge bestellt trug bald auch Halme die Erde;
110

nec renovatus ager gravidis canebat aristis;
flumina iam lactis, iam flumina nectaris ibant,
flavaque de viridi stillabant ilice mella.

Ohne zu ruhn ward grau von belasteten Ähren der Acker.
Ströme von Milch nun wallten daher und Ströme von Nektar,
Und gelb tropfte herab von der grünenden Eiche der Honig.

Das silberne Zeitalter ( 113-124)

Postquam Saturno tenebrosa in Tartara misso
sub Iove mundus erat, subiit argentea proles,

Als nunmehr, da gestürzt in des Tartaros Dunkel Saturnus,
Iupiter lenkte die Welt, da folgte das silberne Alter,
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auro deterior, fulvo pretiosior aere.
Iuppiter antiqui contraxit tempora veris
perque hiemes aestusque et inaequalis autumnos
et breve ver spatiis exegit quattuor annum.
tum primum siccis aer fervoribus ustus

Schlechter als Gold, im Werte voraus dem rötlichen Erze.
Iupiter schmälerte nun die Zeit vormaligen Frühlings
Und ließ wandeln das Jahr durch Winter und ungleichmäßgen
Herbst und flüchtigen Lenz und Glut vierfältig geschieden.
Jetzo geschah es zuerst, dass schwül von trockener Hitze
120

canduit, et ventis glacies adstricta pependit;
tum primum subiere domos; domus antra fuerunt
et densi frutices et vinctae cortice virgae.
semina tum primum longis Cerealia sulcis
obruta sunt, pressique iugo gemuere iuvenci.

Brannte die Luft und das Eis starr hing, von den Winden verdichtet.
Jetzo traten sie ein in Wohnungen. Wohnungen waren
Höhlen und dichtes Gesträuch und mit Bast verbundene Zweige.
Jetzo wurde zuerst in gezogenen Furchen der Ceres
Samen verscharrt, und vom Joche gedrückt aufseufzten die Rinder.

Das eherne Zeitalter (125-127a)
125

Tertia post illam successit aenea proles,
saevior ingeniis et ad horrida promptior arma,
non scelerata tamen;

Drauf als drittes erwuchs nach ihnen das eherne Alter,
Wilder im Sinn und derb und den schrecklichen Waffen geneigter,
Aber verbrecherisch nicht.

Das eiserne Zeitalter (127b-150)

de duro est ultima ferro.
protinus inrupit venae peioris in aevum
omne nefas: fugere pudor verumque fidesque;

Hart ist das letzte von Eisen.
Jählings brachen herein in die Zeit von schlechterer Ader
Alle die Greul; es entflohen die Scham und die Treu’ und die Wahrheit,
130

in quorum subiere locum fraudesque dolusque
insidiaeque et vis et amor sceleratus habendi.
vela dabant ventis nec adhuc bene noverat illos
navita, quaeque prius steterant in montibus altis,
fluctibus ignotis insultavere carinae,

Und an die Statt einzogen Betrug und tückische Falschheit,
Hinterlist und Gewalt und verruchte Begier des Besitzes.
Segel entfaltete nun der Schiffer den wenig bekannten
Winden, und Kiele, die lang auf hohen Gebirgen gestanden,
Schwammen geschaukelt umher auf nimmer befahrenen Wogen.
135

communemque prius ceu lumina solis et auras
cautus humum longo signavit limite mensor.
nec tantum segetes alimentaque debita dives
poscebatur humus, sed itum est in viscera terrae,
quasque recondiderat Stygiisque admoverat umbris,

Fluren, zuvor wie die Luft und das Licht der Sonne gemeinsam,
Zeichnete jetzt mit begrenzendem Strich vorsichtig der Messer;
Und nicht wurde geheischt bloß Saat und schuldige Nahrung
Von dem ergiebigen Feld: ein ging’s in der Erde Geweide.
Schätze, die jene versteckt und stygischen Schatten genähert,
140

effodiuntur opes, inritamenta malorum.
iamque nocens ferrum ferroque nocentius aurum
prodierat, prodit bellum, quod pugnat utroque,
sanguineaque manu crepitantia concutit arma.
vivitur ex rapto: non hospes ab hospite tutus,

Werden gewühlt ans Licht, Anreizungen böser Gelüste.
Heillos Eisen bereits und Gold heilloser als Eisen
Stiegen herauf: auf steiget der Krieg, der streitet mit beidem
Und mit der blutigen Faust schlägt klirrende Waffen zusammen.
Lebensbedarf gibt Raub. Von dem Wirt ist der Gast, von dem Eidam
145

non socer a genero, fratrum quoque gratia rara est;
inminet exitio vir coniugis, illa mariti,
lurida terribiles miscent aconita novercae,
filius ante diem patrios inquirit in annos:
victa iacet pietas, et virgo caede madentis

Selber der Schwäher bedroht; auch selten sind Brüder in Eintracht.
Tod gar sinnet der Mann dem Weib, wie diese dem Gatten;
Graunvoll brauen den Trank Stiefmütter von bleichendem Sturmhut;
Lang vor der Zeit schon forscht der Sohn nach den Jahren des Vaters.
Achtende Scheu ist dahin, und von blutbefeuchteten Ländern
150

ultima caelestum terras Astraea reliquit.

Kehrte die Jungfrau heim, Astraia, der Himmlischen letzte.

via Ovid: Metamorphosen, Die vier Weltzeitalter (Ov.met.1,89-150).

Brainwashing Techniques You Encounter Every Day (and How to Avoid Them) ››lifehacker.com

While it’s pretty unlikely that you’re a target of deliberate brainwashing, it is likely that you’re subject to some of the common techniques associated with the less-than-ethical practice. Here are a few common methods you encounter on a regular basis and what you can do to avoid them.

First things first, what is brainwashing exactly? Wikipedia offers a concise definition:

Mind control (also known as brainwashing, coercive persuasion, mind abuse, thought control, or thought reform) refers to a process in which a group or individual “systematically uses unethically manipulative methods to persuade others to conform to the wishes of the manipulator(s), often to the detriment of the person being manipulated”.

  • Basically, it’s a form of extreme manipulation. We often associate the practice with cults and don’t consider its presence in everyday life, yet the techniques used in brainwashing are frequently leveraged by advertisers, news networks, politicians, and others. Alex Long, writing for hacking blog Null Byte, provides an outline of some of the most common brainwashing techniques. Here are the most notable:
  • The manipulator offers you a number of choices, but the choices all lead to the same conclusion.
  • The same idea or phrase is frequently repeated to make sure it sticks in your brain.
  • Intense intelligence-dampening is performed by providing you with constant short snippets of information on various subjects. This trains you to have a short memory, makes the amount of information feel overwhelming, and the answers provided by the manipulator to be highly desired due to how overwhelmed you feel.
  • Emotional manipulation is used to put you in a heightened state, as this makes it harder for you to employ logic. Inducing fear and anger are among the most popular manipulated emotions.

When reading this list, you’re likely able to think of a few examples of these techniques. News channels and political parties often repeat a consistent message when they want to get their point across. Short snippets of information is also a common tactic on news networks. Advertisers love to offer choices that all lead to their product, and emotional manipulation is common in people you’ll encounter as well as in most forms of media—even seemingly (and sometimes actually) harmless mediums like film. These techniques are everywhere. They aren’t turning you into a zombie, but they are informing many of your choices. The good news is that you can avoid them if you’re proactive.

How to Avoid Brainwashing Techniques

Brainwashing Techniques You Encounter Every Day (and How to Avoid Them)Avoiding brainwashing techniques often involves avoiding the brainwashers themselves, but this is next to impossible. Taking advertising as an example, you can’t avoid them all and attempting to do so can be rather expensive if you still want to watch television and movies. Your best bet is to cut out what you can and, when you can’t, seek balance. Finding balance is often easiest by simply providing yourself with the information you need. All you need to do is the following:

  1. Identify the manipulative message you’ve received.
  2. Find an opposing message, whether it’s manipulative or not. Also attempt to find the most neutral and unbiased account of that same message.
  3. Compare your different sources and decide how you feel.

Brainwashing, whether mild or extreme, is possible in a large part due to isolation. If you only hear the brainwashed message on a regular basis, and rarely (or never) expose yourself to alternatives, you’re going to be far more likely to accept what you hear without thinking. If you want to avoid the brainwashing techniques discussed in this post, your best bet is to surround yourself with a spectrum of information rather than simply settling for the message that makes you feel comfortable. After all, that’s often what the message is aiming to do.

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Gary Critchley enjoys his first day of freedom after being in jail for 30 years ››Sunday Mercury

Mar 4 2012 by Adam Aspinall, Sunday Mercury

A FORMER punk rocker jailed for over three decades for a crime he insists he did not commit has shared his first taste of freedom with the Sunday Mercury.

Gary Critchley

Gary Critchley, 49, from Birmingham, has been released from prison on parole after 31 years behind bars.

And he is currently learning how to deal with a very different world to the one he has been forbidden from seeing since he was locked up at the age of 17 in 1981.

Gary said: “It feels great to be out, it really does. But it is so strange getting to grips with everything because so much has changed.

“It is like the whole of Birmingham has gone up a gear. Everything is so much busier to how I remember it and there are so many more people about.

“Certain neighbourhoods I knew when I was younger have completely changed their character.

“I could not believe what I was seeing when I saw that the Longbridge factory had gone.

“It was very sad.

“Birmingham is also so much noisier then it used to be but it also looks much more modern in the city centre.

“There is so much for me to see and do, and there is so much for me to learn, that it is going to take time.

“I am just so happy to be out. I am enjoying every minute of it.”

Gary was jailed for the murder Edward McNeill, who was found bludgeoned to death in a London squat in 1980. There were no forensics to tie him to the crime and witness statements blaming someone else were never heard in court.

To everyone’s disbelief Gary was convicted of murder and ‘detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure’, the juvenile equivalent of a life sentence with a recommendation that he should serve ‘no more than nine years’.

Gary has since lost multiple appeals and the Criminal Cases Review Commission has, so far, refused to re-open his case.

But the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation and The Innocence Project UK have taken up the fight to overturn his conviction.

Meanwhile, Gary said he was relieved to be finally a free man once more and says he hopes to try to make money by selling his paintings.

While in prison he became a prolific painter and won a Koestler award for some of his works.

He has also been encouraged by staff of Cambridge University, who exhibited several of his paintings in their library.

He even sent a painting to Nelson Mandela, who wrote a thank you letter to him and wished him luck with his bid to clear his name.

He said: “I am really keen to work. But I will not be able to do that for a while due to the demands of my parole conditions.

“As I wait for these to work out I think I am going to try to make some money by selling some of my paintings.

“I have had a lot of praise for them in the past and think if I could set myself up in a studio or something like that I could make a good effort trying to make a living out of it.

“So I am going to focus on enjoying my life and clearing my name.

“It is extremely important for me to do that, not just for myself but also for my long-suffering mum.

“My brother Alan was murdered in 1987 and my dad John was killed by a drink driver so I cannot be the only male left in my family with the tag of a murderer. I will not let that happen and I will clear my name.

l For more information visit http://www.justiceforgarycritchley.org

adam.aspinall@sundaymercury.net

via Gary Critchley enjoys his first day of freedom after being in jail for 30 years – Sunday Mercury.

Spanish police brutalize student protesters in Valencia <<http://roarmag.org

by Jerome Roos on February 21, 2012

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Conjuring up memories of Franco’s dictatorship, a peaceful student protest in Spain was violently disturbed by police assaults on harmless minors.

A peaceful protest against budget cuts in education in Valencia, Spain on Tuesday ended in bloody police repression. Conjuring up memories of Franco’s brutal dictatorship, squads of riot police violently assaulted a group of some 300 students, arresting at least 26 and leaving scores injured. YouTube footage displayed a policeman forcefully pushing two girls onto a car, while photos emerged of young kids with bloodied faces surrounded by riot police.

While the regional police chief branded the students “as the enemy” and insisted that riot police had merely deployed “proportioned physical force”, reporters on the scene confirmed that the baton-wielding police forces had even fired rubber bullets at the students. Despite the Spanish newspaper El Publico reporting “brutal police aggression”, hundreds of students took back to the streets in the evening and encircled the University of Valencia in protest.

Tuesday’s demonstrations, which come a day after over a million Spaniards took to the streets to contest the governments’s labor reforms, marked the fourth straight day of student protests in Spain’s third largest city. Valencia is one of the most heavily hit regions in Spain’s crippling debt crisis, and with the newly-appointed Rajoy government pushing through even more harsh austerity measures, budget cuts have left most schools without heating.

The images coming out of Valencia have already caused widespread indignation on social media and in the Spanish press, and are likely to feed into further protests in the days ahead. Solidarity demonstrations have been called in Madrid and Barcelona. As we previously pointed out after the crackdowns in Barcelona, New York and Oakland, this type of police violence will, in the end, only further reinvigorate our resistance.

 

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‘Bangkok bombers’ were assassins not terrorists, says Thai official | World news | The Guardian

Senior security official seems to corroborate Israel’s claim that explosions were part of thwarted Iranian assassination plot

Iranian bomb suspects in Thailand

Three Iranian bomb suspects identified by police as, from left, Saeid Moradi, Mohummad Hazaei and Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh in Bangkok. Photograph: AP

The three “Bangkok bombers” suspected of attempting to carry out an attack in Bangkok are more likely to be assassins than terrorists, a senior Thai security official has said. This potentially corroborates Israel’s claims the three men were thwarted in an Iranian assassination plot similar to earlier attacks on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia.

“The exact target we are still investigating, but we are looking at ‘who’ the target was rather than a general terrorist attack of ‘a big city’ or ‘crowds of people,’ ” the official said on Wednesday on condition of anonymity. “If it is an assassination attempt, it could be the armed services, drug lords or diplomats. We have to figure out who they were trying to assassinate.”

The official said the nationalities of the suspects had yet to be confirmed. “They have Iranian passports and documents, but we haven’t concluded that they are in fact Iranian, which is why we are looking in detail at this case,” he said.

A fourth suspect was added to the case late on Wednesday after a court approved warrants for the arrests of four people travelling as Iranian nationals, the Bangkok Post reported. They were the alleged bomber Saeid Moradi, 28, Mohummad Hazaei, 42, Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, 31, and Rohani Leila, 32, a woman who is said to have arrived in Thailand with the others and rented the house where a cache of explosives was found. Leila’s whereabouts are unknown.

One of the suspects was detained by Malaysian police in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday while trying to board a flight to Tehran, the Nation reported.

Further details about the alleged bomber, Saeid Moradi, who lost both legs in the last Bangkok explosion, emerged. He is said to have flown into Thailand on 8 February from South Korea, and spent five nights in the resort town of Pattaya. He checked into the Top Thai hotel with only a backpack, the Bangkok Post reported, and was later joined by a friend who had a large bag with him. The two men hardly left the room, the Post reported. “Mr Moradi was good-looking and dressed neatly, as if he was a young entrepreneur,” one member of staff told reporters. “He was also polite and I can’t believe that he would be a bomber.”

The DIY explosives found in a Bangkok house after a series of blasts rocked the capital on Tuesday were similar to devices used against Israeli embassy targets in India and Georgia, Israel’s ambassador said on Wednesday, a day after Israel’s defence minister accused Iran of being behind the thwarted attack.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called the allegations “baseless” and said Israel was attempting to sabotage its relations with Thailand.

Five people, including the alleged bomber, were injured in three explosions in Bangkok’s bustling Ekkamai neighbourhood at about 2pm local time. The first explosion occurred at a house rented by three Iranian nationals who, according to police, fled after homemade explosives accidentally ignited. Two men fled while the third, wounded and disorientated from the blast, attempted to hail a taxi before throwing a grenade at the car and another at police. He missed his target and the grenade detonated in front of him, blowing off one leg and requiring the amputation of the other.

In the house, Thai police found and defused two magnetic bombs that could be attached to vehicles, resembling those used in attacks against Israeli embassy targets, said the Israeli ambassador, Itzhak Shoham.

“They are similar to the ones used in Delhi and in Tbilisi,” Shoham told the Associated Press. “From that we can assume that there is the same network of terror.”

A bomb squad source quoted in the Bangkok Post said that each bomb could cause serious damage within a 40-metre radius, and that such bombmaking methods had never before been seen in Thailand.

via ‘Bangkok bombers’ were assassins not terrorists, says Thai official | World news | The Guardian.

Apple: Poor working conditions inside the Chinese factories making iPads «Mail Online

‘Working excessive overtime without a single day off during the week’
‘Living together in crowded dorms and exposure to dangerous chemicals’
Two explosions in 2011 in China ‘due to aluminum dust’ killed four workers
Almost 140 injured after using toxin in factory, reports New York Times

By Mark Duell

Last updated at 8:10 AM on 27th January 2012

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Working excessive overtime without a single day off during the week, living together in crowded dormitories and standing so long that their legs swell and they can hardly walk after a 24-hour shift.

These are the lives some employees claim they live at Apple’s manufacturing centres in China, where the firm’s suppliers allegedly wrongly dispose of hazardous waste and produce improper records.

Almost 140 workers at a supplier in China were injured two years ago using a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens – and two explosions last year killed four people while injuring more than 75.

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