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Earth Balls by Sunspire  Cost: $8.39 for 35 balls. That's $16.78 per pound of candy.
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Ethical Halloween Candy That Doesn’t Suck
Trick or treat? Each Halloween, American kids dress like ghouls, hit the streets, and collect as much candy as their pillowcases can carry. But behind those fun-size treats lies some real horror: Most chocolate producers rely on cocoa at least partially harvested by child slaves. In recent years, select fair-trade manufacturers have gained traction in the chocolate marketplace by eliminating child laborers from their supply chains. But most fair-trade companies don’t market their candies to kids. A hippie-dippy dark-chocolate bar isn’t a very valuable commodity when all the other kids on the block are trading king-size Butterfingers. But there are some offbeat treats out there to satisfy your little monsters. Click through for a guide to the most kid-friendly fair-trade Halloween options. Original article: www.good.is Related articles October is Fair Trade Month – Don’t Buy CHEAP CHOCOLATE for Halloween!! (chocojavasocialjustice.wordpress.com)... Permalink
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Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Peter Singer
Ethics Matter Series Peter Singer, Julia Taylor Kennedy InterviewPeterSinger.mp3 Having trouble with audio or video playback? Click here Utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer lives up to his beliefs, giving away 25-30 percent of his income to alleviate absolute poverty, and defending animal rights–or as he puts it, “extending equality beyond the species boundary.” Here are his thoughts on these topics and more. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Visit: thelifeyoucansave.com for more info Original article: (http://www.carnegiecouncil.org) Related articles Peter Singer on Henry Sidgwick’s Ethics (3quarksdaily.com) Does... Continue Reading
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Margaret Atwood’s New Book is Made of Straw Paper
Margaret Atwood, writer and Canada’s National Treasure, is issuing a limited edition of her latest book on straw paper. The paper is made solely of straw leftover after the grain harvest. Her new book, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, will be the first in North America to be printed on this energy saving paper. The book, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, is the story of her relationship with science fiction and brings together three unpublished lectures on this theme. It will be printed on “Second Harvest” paper. This is paper made from the leftover... Continue Reading
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New Yorkers say something nice
Think New Yorkers are rude? Think again. The people at Improv Everywhere decided to put a megaphone on a lectern in public places across New York City, encouraging passersby to “Say Something Nice.” The project was a collaboration between Improv Everywhere and the Guggenheim Museum exhibition “stillspotting nyc.” It’s nice to know that when given the opportunity, people can spread positive messages to those around them — even in the city that never sleeps.... Permalink
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Do Good Bus To Tour Alongside Foster The People…With Your Help
Except for the sparkling white charter bus sitting in Bryan Trainor and Jennifer Barrette-Trainor’s driveway on Sept. 30, one wouldn’t suspect the quiet neighborhood to be hosting one of the more popular bands to pass through the Quiet Corner in some time. Foster the People, whose song, “Pumped Up Kicks” is number three on Billboard’s Hot 100, was in town for a private acoustic concert. But this fundraising event wasn’t about the band, so much as the charitable work carried on by the Do Good Bus, in which they arrived. The bus is the brainchild of Rebecca Pontius, sister of... Continue Reading
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Poverty isn’t just a game
You’ve lost your job. You’ve lost your house. You’re down to your last $1,000. Can you make it through the month? Jenny Nicholson is tired of hearing how the poor are poor because they make poor choices. Let’s see what kind of choices you make when it’s your turn to be flattened by the economy. That’s the idea behind Spent, an online game Nicholson created to challenge popular misconceptions about poverty. Play it at www.playspent.org. So far, it’s been played more than a million times by people from around the world. And Nicholson is challenging every member of Congress to... Continue Reading
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Connected | In Theaters 9/16
We humans are all ever-increasingly connected with one another [as cell phones and the internet foster still-further-reaching institutions, as global trade networks continue to expand, etc] is beyond dispute. What the sum total impact of this dizzying array of newfangled connections will be is, on the other hand, entirely disputed. Some hold out hope that a world in which we are ‘interdependent’ on the millions of people we’ve never met will be a world in which we take better care of each other, as well as our resources. Others see a world of festering apathy, of populaces glued to screens... Continue Reading
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Plentitude Economics
New Dream Mini-Views: Visualizing a Plenitude Economy from Center for a New American Dream on Vimeo. Presented by The Center for a New American Dream, and summarizing the content of Schor’s book Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, what I love about this video is that it absolutely brims with positivity, excitement and optimism. This is not about letting go of a system that is working well, yet is unsustainable—it is about accepting our status quo is broken, and taking our culture and our economy to the logical next step in ensuring health, happiness and planetary stability.   Related... Continue Reading
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