Reviews : Books
Awakening to Zero Point: A Review - Sunday, 31 December 2006 - 12:00 PM
"Everyone feels it. Something has changed – something feels different now, during these days."  With these words, Gregg Braden opens his controversial first book, Awakening to Zero Point: The Collective Initiation .  Braden, a one-time geologist, computer systems designer, and technical operations specialist for such diverse firms as Phillips Petroleum, Martin-Marietta, and Cisco Systems, whose own personal research on ancient mystical texts and sacred sites led to the publication of this book, now writes and speaks full time.
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Beauty: An Examination of Social Perceptions - Sunday, 31 December 2006 - 12:00 PM
As I study other cultures and learn that all things are interconnected in some sort of a thoughtful, but wordless way, I have come to the conclusion that our perceptions of attractiveness are merely the manifestation of a particular set of social stimuli that are indeed observable; yet, more often than not, go un-observed. Meanwhile, as I have come to understand it, beauty is the singular essence that resides within all.
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Being True Requires Self and Societal Analysis - Sunday, 31 December 2006 - 12:00 PM
In our quest to better know ourselves and to have others better understand us, we must begin by being true to ourselves. There are many instances in the history of humankind, whereby those of less than noble ideals have sought to uphold disingenuous ideas, thereby causing masses of people to be misled into looking in one direction, when all the while they should be looking in the other for the source of their discomfort.
Reviews : Books
Disposable People: A Review - Sunday, 31 December 2006 - 12:00 PM
Disposable People, by Kevin Bales, presents in disturbing and often uncomfortable detail what he labels as "new slavery" within the global framework of capitalism. Having traveled to Thailand, Mauritania, Brazil, Pakistan and India Bales illustrates for readers the dire conditions in which his respondents live and toil day after day. When discussing the new slavery, Bales points to four elements that allow for its persistence: Slaves are cheap and disposable; Control continues without legal ownership; Slavery is hidden behind contracts; Slavery flourishes in communities under stress. According to Bales, with these conditions in place, a way of life for 27 million people (conservative by his estimates) around the world is strengthened.
Reviews : Books
Domestica: A Review - Sunday, 31 December 2006 - 12:00 PM
In Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo's Domestica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadow of Affluence, readers explore, along with the researcher, an oft overlooked element of domestic labour in America. In examining this particular manifestation between the haves and have little, Hondagneu-Sotelo has provided a "scholarly" treatment where Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed fell short. This is by no means an indictment of Ehrenreich's work, quite the contrary.

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