Dec 112017
 

The Minerva Initiative  (American Dept of Defence (DoD)). My original source of information,  an American DoD URL, no longer valid:  http://minerva.dtic.mil/overview.html.  But keep reading.  Minerva was re-branded, has a new website. The Minerva Initiative is a Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored, university-based social science research initiative launched by the Secretary of Defense in 2008 focusing on […]

Dec 112017
 
2014-06-12  Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown,  The Guardian    (The Minerva Research Initiative, DoD funding of research in the Social Sciences at Universities)

RELATED:   The Minerva Initiative   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/12/pentagon-mass-civil-breakdown Social science is being militarised to develop ‘operational tools’ to target peaceful activists and protest movements The Pentagon is funding social science research to model risks of “social contagions” that could damage US strategic interests. Photograph: Jason Reed/REUTERS Nafeez Ahmed A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme […]

Dec 072017
 

You will handle the following in your own good way! In “The Golden Notebook“, author Doris Lessing writes:   “The other thing taught from the start is to distrust one’s own judgement.  Children are taught submission to authority, how to search for other people’s opinions and decisions, and how to quote and comply. As in […]

Dec 072017
 

Mysticism, and reactions of readers, to the mysticism   QUOTE:   P. 63 – 65  “I had experiences there that changed my life.  In time these strange things that began to happen to me when I was out on the prairie, not only in that particular field, but in others as well, began to come together […]

Nov 042017
 

EU on brink of historic decision on pervasive glyphosate weedkiller  (Monsanto, roundup),  The Guardian. Oct 24, very good article.  Update, Oct 25, the EU temporarily dodged the bullet (again). AVAAZ and other organizations have successfully campaigned, mobilizing millions of people to stop the poisoning.  We have been active on this file through the years. There […]

Nov 012017
 
2017-11-01  Book: “Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science”  by Carey Gillam   (glyphosate, roundup, Monsanto)

Hart writes: Glyphosate is not necessarily the subject of a new crusade for me. But I do believe that family and friends should know about it. For their own and the health of their families. There are ways to reduce the risks. The info about the chemical is particularly important in the EU right now. […]

Sep 172017
 

– – –   Good grief!  Good thing it doesn’t take me five years to get all postings from “draft” to “published”! NANCY WRITES: Sadly, evidence is not sufficient if people cannot hear it.  That is why I appreciate Randy Olson’s Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking.   “If we want to communicate with people who […]

Jun 092017
 

Joanna Kempner’s work:   how social relations shape the production of knowledge research investigating  how the social world shapes what we do not know  I stated this way: the pharmaceutical companies have a great impact on what gets researched, and on what gets reported. – – – – – – – – – Joanna Kempner   was one […]

Jun 052017
 

I did a google search on “Monsanto Papers”.    I have never seen so many articles come up that are in French.   Comparatively few in English.  Nothing from Canadian English sources, at least not in the first few pages of search results.   NY Times article, March 14th comes up on page 1 of listings.  Very troubling that […]