Flogging new book by claiming that – Mindfulness is stopping the world from thinking – Telegraph

Dr Zeldin, who was promoting his new book ‘The Hidden Pleasures of Life’ said that it was important to get out and ‘discover the other inhabitants of the world.’

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Data thieves gain access to 100,000 U.S. taxpayers’ information: IRS

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Muslim Frenchwomen Struggle With Discrimination as Bans on Veils Expand – NYTimes.com

So far, France has passed two laws, one in 2004 banning veils in public elementary and secondary schools, and another, enacted in 2011, banning full face veils, which are worn by only a tiny portion of the population.

But observant Muslim women in France, whose head coverings can vary from head scarves tied loosely under the chin to tightly fitted caps and wimple-like scarves that hide every strand of hair, say the constant talk of new laws has made them targets of abuse, from being spat at to having their veils pulled or being pushed when they walk on the streets.

In some towns, mothers wearing head scarves have been prevented from picking up their children from school or from chaperoning class outings. One major discount store has been accused of routinely searching veiled customers.

Some women have even been violently attacked. In Toulouse recently, a pregnant mother wearing a head scarf had to be hospitalized after being beaten on the street by a young man who called her a “dirty Muslim.”

Statistics collected by the National Observatory Against Islamophobia, a watchdog group, show that in the last two years 80 percent of the anti-Muslim acts involving violence and assault were directed at women, most of them veiled.

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Australia looks to scrap tampon tax after student protest

The Australian government on Tuesday bowed to pressure and took the first step to end a controversial sales tax on women’s sanitary products, a day after a student carrying a giant tampon confronted the treasurer on television with a petition demanding change.

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New Jersey traveler dies from Lassa fever | CIDRAP

A New Jersey man who was hospitalized after returning from West Africa died last night from a Lassa virus infection, the second case to be detected in the United States since 2014, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement.

The CDC said though Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease similar to Ebola and common in West Africa, it is less likely to be fatal and spread from person to person. It can cause severe disease, however, as it did in the New Jersey man, and efforts are under way to identify the man’s contacts.

Those who were in close contact will undergo 21-day symptom monitoring.

via New Jersey traveler dies from Lassa fever | CIDRAP.

Words of the Zapatista Youth: Compañera Selena

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Words of the Zapatista Youth: Compañera Selena

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Words of Compañera Selena, Listener,[i] at the May 2015 Seminar “Critical Thought Versus the Capitalist Hydra”

Good evening compañeros and compañeras of the Sixth.

Good evening brothers and sisters.

Good evening to everyone in general.

The topic that I will be explaining to you, actually I will read it to you, is the same topic the other compañera presented on, but with more information about the youth, both Zapatistas and non-Zapatistas.

We as Zapatista youth are facing a low intensity war that the bad government and the bad capitalists wage against us. They put ideas into our heads about modern life, like cellphones, clothes, and shoes; they put these bad ideas into our heads through TV, through soap operas, soccer games, and commercials, so that we as youth will be distracted and not think about how to organize our struggle.

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“Dismiss Whatever Insults Your Own Soul” – Walt Whitman

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Love the earth and sun and the animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others,
Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people.

Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown,
or to any man or number of men,
Go freely with powerful uneducated persons,
And with the young, and with the mothers or families.

Re-examine all you have been told
in school or church or in any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul;
And your very flesh shall be a great poem…

And have the richest fluency, not only in its words,
But in the silent lines of its lips and face,
And between the lashes of your eyes,
and In every motion and joint of your body.

~ Walt Whitman ~ Preface to Leaves of Grass…

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