Archive: 12/2014

US Unable to Counter ISIS Despite Billions Spent on Weapons

By Patrick Cockburn 
CounterPunch
29 December 14

There is a scene in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass in which Alice meets the White Knight who is wearing full armour and riding a horse off which he keeps falling. Alice expresses curiosity about why he has placed spiked metal anklets on his horse’s legs just above the hoofs. “To guard against the bites of sharks,” he explains, and proudly shows her other ingenious devices attached to himself and his horse.

Alice notices that the knight has a mouse trap fastened to his saddle. “I was wondering what the mouse trap was for,” says Alice. “It isn’t very likely there would be any mice on the horse’s back.” “Not very likely, perhaps,” says the Knight, “but if they do come, I don’t choose to have them running all about.” It’s as well “to be provided for everything”, adds the Knight. As he explains his plans for countering these supposed dangers, he continues to tumble off his horse.

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Mark Braverman's Love of Israelis & Palestinians

by Paul Olson & Rich Little

The Palestinian Rights Task Force of the NFP Omaha Chapter recently did Nebraskans a great favor by bringing Mark Braverman, executive director of “Kairos USA,” to the state. The following article summarizes and expands on the views expressed in Braverman’s talks.

Mark Braverman has the credentials, describing himself as follows on his website:

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TEDxLincoln | Growing Food, Growing Community: The Example of the Hawley Hamlet

NFP State Coordinator Tim Rinne delivered a talk at the 2014 TEDxLincoln event November 14 on climate change and local food. His 14 minute speech can be viewed at the following link on YouTube.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Since 2010, Tim and his wife have gone from a measly little tomato patch to six tenths of an acre (the equivalent of roughly 65 yards of a football field). They have planted over 50 fruit and nut trees and two dozen berry beds, set up two chicken coops and two beehives, and now have 20 neighbors actively participating in what they call their hamlet.

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LOCAL VIEW: City Dwellers Can Grow Food in a Risky Climate

Lincoln Journal Star
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Tim Rinne

It’s been a year of bad news for the security of our food supply.

In March, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that “Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to further erode food security — particularly in urban areas and emerging hot spots of hunger.” All aspects of food security, the report stated, are potentially affected by climate change, “including food access, utilization and price stability.”

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