It must be Friday.

Environmental Economics

Once again, we can blame the profit motive for much of the evil (i.e., because I can't focus on work while I eat my daily turkey and cheese on wheat at my lousy desk: This Saturday, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, making him the first non-quarterback to throw a TD pass for the Pats in over 10 years. It also lead to this text-message conversation. via www.funnyordie.com.

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Ursula K Le Guin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at NBA

The Alien Next Door

Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art.The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art.We The name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Neil Gaiman presents lifetime achievement award to Ursula K. Le Guin at 2014 National Book Awards from National Book Foundation on Vimeo. Ursula K.

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Hamburg citizens vote to buy back energy grid

Green (Living) Review

The motivation for Hamburg citizens? That energy supply is a basic public service that should not serve profit motives. On September 22nd, citizens in Hamburg, Germany’s second biggest city, not only re-elected Angela Merkel as chancellor but also gave their electoral mandate to the city authority to buy back the energy grid in their Hanseatic city.

Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

Green Prophet

Investigating the profit-motivated push to make genetically modified food ‘halal’ Back in December 2010, a conference held in Penang, Malaysia with biotechnology experts and halal proponents ended with the conclusion that genetically modified food was halal ( ‘permissible’ for Muslims) as long as the sources from which they originate from are halal.

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I Have A Dream

Environmental News Network

When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” Though Martin Luther King Jr. may be best known for his influence on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Voting Rights Act of 1965, he was also an early leader in the Environmental Justice movement.

Naomi Klein to Degrowth Conference: Climate Change Can Deliver 'People's Shock'

Green (Living) Review

" It was the time of the rise of "free trade" and WTO trade tribunals, austerity policies that clash with measures that could prevent and deal with climate disruption, the global north''s refusal to own up to climate debts it owes the global south, and the privatization of energy sector fueled by profit motive.

China buys Israel’s largest food producer putting Zionists on edge

Green Prophet

This should be even more important than the profit motives on behalf of company directors. Sensational food production issues in Israel are covered by Green Prophet. These issues have included exposure of cruelty in the meat industry ; frozen fish from China that are pumped with water and Chemicals , and meat being fed with feces and pumped with toxic contaminants. It now appears that the Chinese are not only adding chemicals to food products being sold in Israel.

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Israeli Meat Fed With Feces and Pumped With Toxic Contaminants

Green Prophet

The bottom line to this story appears to be the profit motive of raising “factory farm” animals instead of those raised on organic food and kept in more sanitary conditions: “The supermarket expects to make a profit of 30% on my chickens,” an organic poultry grower told the Haaretz reporter. It takes only 38 days to raise a chicken for slaughtering – not a very nice existence.

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Death by Prescription

Living In a Toxic World

In our society we have accepted the profit motive but we need to be careful at how it is achieved. Death by Prescription is a book written by Terence Young that looks into the role pharmaceuticals played into his daughter's death and the wider implications of "Big Pharma". Here is a book review and a video interview with Mr. Young. I listened to an audio interview with Mr. Young recently and he is well-informed on the topic.

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When Can Sustainability Drive Business Growth?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Creating shared value may be an important motivator for many companies. It is a way to make sustainability a core part of business and to leverage profit motives. Sustainability and business growth don’t usually get talked about together. But an increasing number of businesses see sustainability as a key to generating value in the face of social, economic, and environmental change.

It may be time to change habits, as well as light bulbs

Green (Living) Review

And believe it or not, money doesn’t really motivate us very much. We are more apt to act based on values, curiosity, self-esteem, and other non-economic motivators. Especially in economic difficult times such as the one in which we find ourselves in the early part of the 21st century with the Great Recession not as yet gone way, saving money is a prime motivator. The majority of us have a profit motive.

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ALEC in Wisconsin: The Hijacking of a State | PR Watch

PR Watch

Alec is behind the profit motives of the NRA-backed gun manufacturers and presented more than 20 states with similar "No retreat legislation". Skip to Main Content Area. Contact Us. News Feeds. Podcasts. Privacy Policy. RSS Feeds. Volunteer. Optional Member Code. Sign up. Reports Lisa Graves. Mary Bottari. Brendan Fischer. Rebekah Wilce. Harriet Rowan. Contributing Writers Beau Hodai. Jill Richardson. Wendell Potter. Will Dooling. Take Action. Latest News. Media Video Archive.

Focus on your country’s Gross National Happiness

Green Blog

The profit motive will still be there to pursue those ventures. What are we in this for, anyway? This thing we call life and living. Is it really to earn enough money to buy lots of stuff, thinking that will bring happiness? The car. The house. You know, the stuff. Well, happiness science tells us without doubt that once we get past a certain minimal material threshold (security, food, clothing, shelter, mobility, education, health, etc.),

Dumpster diving; 2009's fastest growing industry

Green (Living) Review

The Freegan movement is a total boycott of the economic system and its profit motive, and long may it continue, I hasten to add. by Michael Smith Dumpster diving is more than likely going to be the fastest growing industry of 2009 There are many people out there that go dumpster diving on a regular basis and many get most of their food even that way, let alone other items for their homes and even their home offices.

In Search of a New Paradigm—Part 1: Is Our Love Affair with.

The Alien Next Door

According to Kenneth Turan of the New York Times , Moore’s “notion that capitalism, far from being a system that rewards excellence, is a scheme set up to make a profit on absolutely anything. He tells the story of 150 years of working history in America, where productivity, wages and profit all rose with consumption until the 1970s when, among other factors, wages leveled out due to reactions to the post-war economic recovery of competitors like Japan and Europe.

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Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Ramez Naam

Conservancy Talk

When you look at the companies that have really won customers over in technology – say, Apple and Google – you find that they spend billions of dollars on R&D each year, often spending that much on a product before they ever make a dime back in profits. Ramez Naam: You’ve been incredibly eloquent in your book and in person on the way that businesses can be taught to save money or boost their profits by investing in nature.

The Venus Project: Bombastic Dream or Realizable Future?

The Alien Next Door

Obsolete Monetary System : “Our current monetary system is not capable of providing a high standard of living for everyone, nor can it ensure the protection of the environment because the major motive is profit…In a monetary system purchasing power is not related to our capacity to produce goods and services. I just believe that it is impossible to keep on living as we do today, destroying consciously the environment in order to create more financial profits.

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Freegan: strategies for sustainable living beyond capitalism

The Green Changemakers

Freeganism is a total boycott of an economic system where the profit motive has eclipsed ethical considerations and where massively complex systems of productions ensure that all the products we buy will have detrimental impacts most of which we may never even consider. Freegans employ a range of strategies for practical living based on our principles: We live in an economic system where sellers only value land and commodities relative to their capacity to generate profit.

Beyond business as usual: ten principles to promote Nigerian social capitalism

The Green Changemakers

The remarkable growth in the non-profit and philanthropic sector across the world, even through the recession, is in part an effort to create alternative strategies and institutions to help communities failed by so many of the 20th century capital models. Any effort to instil social principles into the profit motive of capitalist institutions ? by Jacqueline Copeland-Carson www.alliancemagazine.org ‘Wealth is not what a man has; it’s what he gives away.’

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Freegan

The Green Changemakers

Freeganism is a total boycott of an economic system where the profit motive has eclipsed ethical considerations and where massively complex systems of productions ensure that all the products we buy will have detrimental impacts most of which we may never even consider. Freegans employ a range of strategies for practical living based on our principles: We live in an economic system where sellers only value land and commodities relative to their capacity to generate profit.

The Garden Of Simplicity

The Green Changemakers

Without the compelling goal of exploring inner potentials, it seems unlikely that there will be sufficient motivation to adopt voluntarily a way of life of material simplicity. The motivations of such people tend to be highly private and specific — desire to escape the "rat race," personal disillusionment, boredom with the job, the desire to live a less plastic life, and so on. By Duane Elgin , author of Voluntary Simplicity [link] Simplicity of living is not a new idea.

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