Sunday, April 19, 2015

YES WE CAN: Booting Corporate Power, Communities Are Taking Back Control

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/04/14/booting-corporate-power-communities-are-taking-back-control-their-water

In the last fifteen years, the researchers note there have been 235 cases of such public take-back spanning 37 countries. A recent notable example happened just last month in Jakarta, Indonesia, where, the researchers write, a citizen lawsuit brought the privatization of the city's water systems to a end, as the private control "was deemed negligent in fulfilling the human right to water for Jakarta's residents."

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Gratitude Beats Materialism

How Gratitude Beats Materialism, by Jason Marsh, Dacher Keltner:

 This won’t come as a surprise to anyone tracking the science of happiness, which suggests that material things are unlikely to boost our happiness in a sustained or meaningful way. In fact, research suggests that materialistic people are less happy than their peers. They experience fewer positive emotions, are less satisfied with life, and suffer higher levels of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.