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August 16 2012

TERRA 715: TRUST Iowa

In this episode of the TRUST series, meet Glori Dei Filippone, a 13-year-old girl from Des Moines, Iowa. If we think about it, we can all remember a moment when we realized something was fundamentally wrong with our environment. For Glori Dei Filippone, her eyes were opened early to the environmental costs of meat production. Not only does Glori recognize the harm it causes to the animals, she also understands the harm it causes to the atmosphere. The magnitude of the atmospheric problem is summed up by a 2006 finding by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations that estimates the carbon emissions associated with the livestock industry to be 18% of global emissions. Her knowledge leads to wisdom. Glori has been working at the Des Moines Farmer's Market since she was eight years old. One day, a blind lady walked up to the stand and picked up an apple. She asked Glori, "Is this an apple?" Glori answered that it was. She then asked if it were red and Glori responded, "Yes." The blind lady then shared, "It feels very beautiful, I'll take a bushel." It really hit home with Glori how this woman didn't need to see something to believe it was there. Glori equates this with climate change understanding that we can't just deny all the evidence that climate change is there just because we can't see it all the time. Her wisdom leads to action. Glori has also learned to never give up. A lesson that is very valuable in her fight to stop human-induced climate change. In honor of Mother's Day last year, she filed a petition at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources asking the agency to adopt and implement a Climate Recovery Plan. This plan, based on the best available science, would establish peak global carbon dioxide emissions by 2012, reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by at least 6 percent every year, and commit to widespread reforestation. The petition was denied so she brought her case to court. The district court judge dismissed the case so she is now heading to the Iowa Supreme Court on appeal. For more infor­ma­tion about the law­suits and other TRUST youth, please visit: www.ourchildrenstrust.org

April 12 2010

Democracy Now! - 20100412 - "This Is How These Soldiers Were Trained to Act" - Veteran of Military Unit Involved in 2007 Baghdad Helicopter Shooting Says Incident Is Part of Much Larger Problem

We speak with a former member of Bravo Company 2-16, the military unit involved in the 2007 helicopter shooting of Iraqi civilians that killed twelve people, including two Reuters employees, as seen on the military video released by WikiLeaks. “The natural thing to do would be to instantly judge or criticize the soldiers in this video,” says Josh Stieber. “Not to justify what they did, but militarily speaking, they did exactly what they were trained to do…If we’re shocked by this video, we need to be asking questions of the larger system, because this is how these soldiers were trained to act.” [includes rush transcript]

April 09 2010

Democracy Now! 20100408 - EXCLUSIVE: One Day After 2007 Attack, Witnesses Describe US Killings of Iraqi Civilians

Witness
As the US Central Command says it has no plans to reopen an investigation into the July 2007 helicopter attack that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, we play never-before-seen eyewitness interviews filmed the day after the attack. [includes rush transcript]

April 06 2010

Le vendredi 29 septembre 1939

Norwich

Dans la guerre (4)

Jean-Paul Sartre, Marmoutier (Bas-Rhin)

Le vétérinaire se saoule tous les soirs, il essaie d’embrasser toutes les femmes qu’il rencontre. Si elles résistent, il crie: « Attends voir, je vais te poteler le cul de force. » D’autre part, bagarre au mess des officiers. En conséquence de quoi des mesures sévères… vont être prises contre les soldats.

Un sergent trouve moyen de...

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