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In the US, today some people will give thanks for what they personally have. Others will focus more on what has gone right for family and friends. And others will dig deeper and think hard about what they can do to take an even longer view, and to create a platform where even more people will be thankful a year or a decade from now.

Seth Godin: Culture and Selfishness http://bit.ly/1jNvIaF

Indeed, if you took all of the genius that has allowed us to put a man on the moon and applied it to an understanding of the ocean, what you get is Polynesia.

Wade Davis

Vietnamese “chopstick” etiquette

  • As with Chinese etiquette, the rice bowl is raised to the mouth and the rice is pushed into the mouth using the chopsticks.
  • Unlike with Chinese dishes, it is also practical to use chopsticks to pick up rice in plates, such as fried rice.
  • One should not pick up food from the table and place it directly in the mouth. Food must be placed in your own bowl first.
  • Chopsticks should not be placed in the mouth while choosing food.
  • Chopsticks should never be placed in a “V” shape when done eating; it is interpreted as a bad omen.

In every culture all around the world, storytelling is how people connect with one another. State-of-the-art technology will change, but state-of-the-heart storytelling will always be the same.

Sid Ganis

If you understand something in only one way, then you don’t really understand it at all. The secret of what anything means to us depends on how we’ve connected it to all other things we know.

 AI researcher Marvin Minsky

(Source: the99percent.com)

It’s a small world…

…so they say. But set your first steps to the tune of travel and you’ll fall into an excitingly diverse world of culture that is as large as it ever was.

climateadaptation:

The needs of the many vs the needs of the few… Chief Raoni breaks down when he learns he’s lost a section of the Amazon river to a dam. No matter the context, it remains very difficult for me to see a man cry. 
Update: The site crashed. 

blua:
The chief Raoni cries when he learns that brazilian president Dilma released the beginning of construction of the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte, even after tens of thousands of letters and emails addressed to her and which were ignored as the more than 600 000 signatures. That is, the death sentence of the peoples of Great Bend of the Xingu river is enacted. Belo Monte will inundate at least 400,000 hectares of forest, an area bigger than the Panama Canal, thus expelling 40,000 indigenous and local populations and destroying habitat valuable for many species - all to produce electricity at a high social, economic and environmental cost, which could easily be generated with greater investments in energy efficiency.
 
It was brought to my attention that there is a petition we all can sign to help support these indigenous people and the Amazon. Please take a second to check it out below or comparable petitions that are available. Thank you.
http://amazonwatch.org/take-action/stop-the-belo-monte-monster-dam

Just last month, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and film maker James Cameron (Alien, Terminator, Avatar) visited the Chief and his village.

climateadaptation:

The needs of the many vs the needs of the few… Chief Raoni breaks down when he learns he’s lost a section of the Amazon river to a dam. No matter the context, it remains very difficult for me to see a man cry. 

Update: The site crashed

blua:

The chief Raoni cries when he learns that brazilian president Dilma released the beginning of construction of the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte, even after tens of thousands of letters and emails addressed to her and which were ignored as the more than 600 000 signatures. That is, the death sentence of the peoples of Great Bend of the Xingu river is enacted. Belo Monte will inundate at least 400,000 hectares of forest, an area bigger than the Panama Canal, thus expelling 40,000 indigenous and local populations and destroying habitat valuable for many species - all to produce electricity at a high social, economic and environmental cost, which could easily be generated with greater investments in energy efficiency.

It was brought to my attention that there is a petition we all can sign to help support these indigenous people and the Amazon. Please take a second to check it out below or comparable petitions that are available. Thank you.

http://amazonwatch.org/take-action/stop-the-belo-monte-monster-dam

Just last month, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and film maker James Cameron (Alien, Terminator, Avatar) visited the Chief and his village.

(via sav3mys0ul)