Man, one day I am being schooled before I even get my eyes completely open, today, I slept like there was no tomorrow and woke up after 7am. But I am determined to put this understanding out, so please bear with me if it sounds rushed, it is.
My last reading of the day on Sunday gave us all so much to chew on, so much more than I realized in that moment. Sometimes, we can see things and even try to understand those things, until we move into our own similar experience, there is no way to fully understand it’s depth. Continue reading →
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EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker has unveiled a $390 billion (€315 billion) investment plan to stave off recession and jumpstart the sluggish European economy.
The European Commission plan will make billions of euros available for investment projects throughout the 28-nation bloc, with a heavy emphasis on financing for infrastructure, small businesses, education, youth employment, and telecoms.
Investment will for the most part be private; Juncker foresees €252 billion in new private money. The EU will provide €21 billion for a special fund to be managed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) which it will allow it to give out €63 billion in loans. Of the €21 billion, the Commission is putting up €8 billion from the EU budget and the EIB €5 billion.
Today we turn a page: We are adding the 3rd point of a virtuous triangle: An ambitious +realistic Investment Plan for Europe #investEU
The failure of the St. Louis County grand jury to hand down an indictment against the officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown caused uproar and protest, but law enforcement experts say that indictments against police officers are rare.
The perceived lack of indictment of police by grand juries could be due to multiple reasons, including a Supreme Court decision in a case involving orange juice, as well as the complex relationships between police departments and district attorneys.
There have been close to 1,000 people killed by police since January 1, 2014, and over 1,750 since May 2013, according to the website FiveThirtyEight.
Against those figures is data from the FBI Crime Reports – based on police departments’ own records – which say that of the 533,895 police officers hired to protect and serve 247 million Americans, 27 officers died in 2013 in the line of duty. In 26 cases, those deaths were caused by males. Fifteen of the men were white, 11 were black, and all had criminal records.
I always enjoy John Beckett’s contemplative musings, and this piece combines personal experience, ancient Mayan ruins, modern Mayan civilization, a ghost story of sorts, and important questions to ask ourselves as individuals and as a society. John’s a self described “Pagan, Druid and Unitarian Universalist,” but for some reason this piece particularly reminds me of the prayer of confession in the Episcopal Church, which seeks forgiveness “for things done and for things left undone.” As the days shorten into winter nights and the world around us continues to offer chaos, I find myself going deeper inside, too. This is an uncomfortable read, but one that asks us to consider what is ours to do.
In a world of imperfect options, at what point do we fight for our lives or for sacred things threatened with destruction? “[W]hat necessary acts are we neglecting because we find them unpleasant? What helpful changes have we not made because they carry risks, risks that are far less than those faced by the players on the Uxmal ball court?” Worth an introspective read.
Over 40 people have already died in a plague outbreak on Madagascar and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a “rapid” spread of the bacterial disease carried by rats in the capital Antananarivo.
The death toll of the bubonic plague outbreak in Madagascar has risen to 47, Secretary-General of the Health Ministry of the island state Philemon Tafangy said on Tuesday, while the number of suspected plague cases reached 138.
The first reported case on the island was a man from the village of Soamahatamana on August 31. He later died on September 3.
On November 4, the Health Ministry notified the WHO of a plague outbreak. Since then, plague cases have been reported in 16 Madagascan regions – two percent of which are the pneumonic form.