– EU moves to restrict hormone-disrupting chemical found in plastics Green groups welcome a historical ruling recognising that bisphenol A (BPA), found in TVs, plastic water bottles and kettles, poses a threat to human health. • BPA is linked to a range of hormone-twisting health effects including cancer, learning difficulties and diabetes. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images – by Arthur Neslen  at The Guardian Friday 16 June 2017 • A chemical found in CDs, DVDs, kettles and water bottles could soon be restricted after the EU authorities ruled that it posed a threat to human health because of its effects on hormones. The European chemicals agency (Echa) voted unanimously that bisphenol A (BPA) was an ‘endocrine disruptor’, linking it to a range of hormone-twisting health effects including cancer, learning difficulties and diabetes. The substance has already been singled out for its toxicity to the human reproduction system. The Green law group ClientEarth, which contributed to a 20-year battle against BPA, said the decision was “historic” and called for rapid action by the authorities. “Now BPA is finally recognised as an endocrine disruptor, the EU and national governments must act fast to limit the irreversible damage this chemical does to people and […] Read more
Making Sense: Were you born in the last 30 years or so – Listen up! Excerpt of Simon Sinek from an episode of Inside Quest. 15 minutes worth watching and 27 million plus views on Twitter, and over 7 million on YouTube. Making Sense http://www.insidequest.com/ This clip published on YouTube Oct 29, 2016 Millennials From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Generations – Lost Generation – G.I. Generation – Silent Generation – Baby boomers – Generation X – Millennials  – Generation Z • Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are the demographiccohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends. Demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years. Millennials, who are generally the children of baby boomers and older Gen X adults, are sometimes referred to as “Echo Boomers” due to a major surge in birth rates in the 1980s and 1990s. The 20th-century trend toward smaller families in developed countries continued, however, so the relative impact of the “baby boom echo” was generally less pronounced than the original post–World War II boom. Millennial characteristics vary by region, depending on social and economic conditions. However, the generation […] Read more
La Era de la Estupidez – The Age of Stupid – 2009 Franny Armstrong – Subtítulos en Español Published on YouTube Nov 14, 2012 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content. Read more
How to practice emotional hygiene | Guy Winch | TEDxLinnaeusUniversity • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. We have medicine cabinets for common physical injuries like cuts and colds but no toolkits for common psychological injuries such as failure, rejection, guilt, and loss. In his inspirational talk, Guy Winch tells us that “you can’t treat a psychological wound if you don’t know you’re injured”. Guy teaches us a lesson on why it is so important to practice emotional hygiene. Guy Winch Ph.D. is a psychologist, speaker, and author whose books have been translated into 15 languages. His most recent book, Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries (Hudson Street Press, 2013) examines the surprising ways in which seven common psychological injuries (Rejection, Loneliness, Loss, Guilt, Rumination, Failure, and bouts of Low Self-Esteem) impact our behavior, emotions, cognitive functioning, and physical health, and provides science-based treatments to heal the wounds they inflict. In both his writing and his talks, Dr. Winch aims to bridge the gap between the science of psychology and its practice in the real world. He is passionate about translating current […] Read more
What does it mean to be beautiful? | Esther Honig | TEDxVancouver • In a project titled “Before and After”, Esther Honig sparked a global conversation on beauty ideals. The results were both positive and negative, and may have left more questions than it answered. Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015. YouTube Tags: beauty, identity, TED, TEDxVancouver, TEDxVancouver 2015, Vancouver, TEDx, Rogers Arena, Vancouver speakers, Vancouver conference, ideas worth spreading, great idea, In the spring of 2014, journalist Esther Honig embarked on an unconventional social experiment. She sent her image to 50 strangers around the world and asked that they use Photoshop to “make her beautiful.” The results sparked a worldwide conversation around beauty ideals and globalization before taking an unexpected twist. On June 24, 2014, the project went viral and was featured on Buzzfeed, TIME, The Atlantic, CNN International, Good Morning America, The Today Show and many other prominent media properties. It wasn’t long before her face had become a public domain, highjacked by marketers. In order to take back the narrative surrounding her project and her identity, she had to relinquish ownership, confront the criticisms and allow her project to take on a life […] Read more
Thank you Becky, for sharing your experiences with us – do pay some attention to what she says – don’t judge, just relate. If you have questions about any of the topics raised, please let Sparky know, so that we can create a social space to discuss, analyse and find solutions and positive response to current social issues. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content. Read more
There’s more to what you believe than you think. By Daniele Anastasion. Read the story here: nyti.ms/2eiXb8w You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content. Read more
Global Climate – Political Climate Starr Forum lecture at MIT with Noam Chomsky on climate change and President Trump. • Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as “the father of modern linguistics”, Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has worked since 1955, and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism. • Published on YouTube Mar 24, 2017 March 23, 2017 – 5:00pm to 6:30pm You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content. Read more
GOOD DEEDS DAY? 93 countries worldwide have taken part in Good Deeds Day. Here’s the story and mission of the global annual event: Home IN A NUTSHELL Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition of good deeds. All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content. Read more
World Meteorological Day – 23 March 2017 Clouds play a pivotal role in weather forecasts and warnings. They help to drive the water cycle and the entire climate system. Throughout history, they have inspired artists, poets, musicians, photographers and countless other enthusiasts. Understanding Clouds is the theme of World Meteorological Day 2017 to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water. Clouds are central to weather observations and forecasts. Clouds are one of the key uncertainties in the study of climate change:  we need to better understand how clouds affect the climate and how a changing climate will affect clouds. Clouds play a critical role in the water cycle and shaping the global distribution of water resources. ¨ On the lighter side, World Meteorological Day will provide an opportunity to celebrate the inherent beauty and aesthetic appeal of clouds, which has inspired artists, poets, musicians, photographers and countless other enthusiasts throughout history. World Meteorological Day marks the launch of a new edition of the International Cloud Atlas after the most thorough and far-reaching revision in its long and distinguished history.  The new WMO Atlas is a treasure trove of hundreds of images of clouds, including a few newly […] Read more
In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers. This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. The RSA is a 258 year-old charity devoted to driving social progress and spreading world-changing ideas. Follow the RSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents Like the RSA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rsaeventsoff… Listen to RSA podcasts: https://soundcloud.com/the_rsa See RSA Events behind the scenes: https://instagram.com/rsa_events/ —— This audio has been edited from the original event by Becca Pyne. Series produced by Abi Stephenson, RSA. Animation by Cognitive Media. Andrew Park, the mastermind behind the Animate series and everyone’s favourite hairy hand, discusses their appeal and success in his blog post, ‘Talk to the hand’: http://www.thersa.org/talk-to-the-hand/ You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content. Read more
España and Violence Against Women ANGELA LONG observes an unflagging commitment to victims of gender violence in the land of machismo • The United Nations defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” Wikipedia.org – Violence Against Women The Conversation.com/are-todays-standards-for-being-a-real-man-leading-to-violence-against-women • Every other night, there it is on Spain’s TV news: ‘mujer asesinada, machista violencia’. Woman killed, machisto violence: there’s no real equivalent of machista/machismo in English, but we all know what it is. Yet something has been lost in the translation to English usage. ‘Machismo’, discovered in the 1960s, was equated with robust masculinity, a hairy chest, muscled arms, the dark hair and glinting eyes of a Latin lover. _ Way too benign. In the heart of Spain, machista indicates hatred, an ancient disgust and cruelty towards women. The figures for women killed by their partners are shocking, around one death a week, both in their cumulative total and in each individual tragedy, as they are recounted heartbreakingly by the news cameras. This year, after not even two months, 16 women […] Read more

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