4 Things We Need to Give Up to be Happy

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV [Read more...]

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A BROCCOLI OPPORTUNITY (Film)

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Broccoli City is looking for bright and dedicated interns to help us get ready for the launch of our documentary. Our documentary research/production interns spend 10 hours a week from the confront of there own homes. Helping us pull various details together on documentaries and short videos that focus on issues such as Food Justice, Environmental Justice, and Healthy living in Urban communities.

Qualifications:

- General knowledge and love of Social issues surrounding Food Justice, Environmental Justice, and Healthy living in urban communities.
- Internet Savvy and comfortable using Google Docs
- MUST be comfortable learning and adapting to new technical skills
- Tapped into the health scene (blogs, news sites, social media) (a plus)
- Applicants familiar with Final Cut Pro (a plus)

As a research/production intern, you will provide research and investigative leadership and work closely with our senior executives to investigate, find critical footage, news and other content on specific issues that we’ll be covering in our various campaigns. This is an opportunity for you to learn first hand what it takes to make impactful documentaries and be a part of a team committed to social justice.

Email: Cindy@broccolicity.com if interested.

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The Food & Beverage Monopoly

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It’s a well known fact that the landscape of the food and beverage industry is shaped by a handful of major players. And as the smaller “health-focused” brands continue to infiltrate the market, giant companies have taken notice and are acquiring them without hesitation.

This info graphic gives a detailed look at the specifics behind which major companies own your  favorite brands.

 

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You can not be Bored…

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As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable? But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what’s happening now.” How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such a fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself as anything less than a god? And, when you consider that this incalculably subtle organism is inseparable from the still more marvelous patterns of its environment—from the minutest electrical designs to the whole company of the galaxies—how is it conceivable that this incarnation of all eternity can be bored with being?”

~ Alan Watts, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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Obama Administration Announces Climate Change Funding

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According to the Huffington Post, the Department of Energy has announced plans to allocate $4 billion towards the fight against climate change. In a statement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said:

“As the President emphasized in his Climate Action Plan, it is critical that we take an all-of-the above approach to energy in order to cut carbon pollution, help address the effects of climate change and protect our children’s future. Investments in clean, low-carbon energy also provide an economic opportunity. Through previous loan guarantees and other investments, the Department is already helping launch or jumpstart entire industries in the U.S., from utility-scale wind and solar to nuclear and lower-carbon fossil energy. Today’s announcement will help build on and accelerate that success.”

The Department highlighted several key technologies it anticipates will receive loans, including hydroelectric dams and drop-in biofuels. Earlier this week, Climate Central reported that June was the third month in a row where carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere topped an average of 400 parts per million. This is the longest amount of time in recorded history that CO2 levels have been this high.

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10 Habits Of People Who Follow Their Dreams

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1. They see challenges as opportunities

Most people interpret fears as obstacles and tend to run away from them. People who live their purpose successfully have developed the capacity to see fear as a sign of what they really need to go for and put all their courage and energy into it.

2. They see life as a game.

Having this vision of life opens up space for playfulness and creativity instead of limitation. This also cultivates qualities of resilience, problem solving and confidence that helps them take risks to get to the next big place.

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Death By Consumption

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In this stunning presentation, Wall Street bank Credit Suisse gives us a candid look into the harmful role that sugar plays in our lives. Sugar consumption has increased by 45% in the last 30 years and makes up 17% of our diet, accounting for $470 billion towards the global health care system (nearly 10% to be exact).

And which country consumes the most sugar? The answer can be found below.

 

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The Largest GIF

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INSA is back yet again with one of his famous animated GIF-ITIs. This time with MADSTEEZ of their 8-story (120ft) mural for Pow! Wow! Taiwan, the largest in the country and the worlds biggest GIF-ITI piece yet! Our minds continue to be blown.

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Photo of Day…

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#TheSmileProject is Back

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Hey Friends!! We are excited to announce that #TheSmileProject is back!! This is the second year of this Outdoor Carnival and we are always looking to be platforms for small businesses and non-profit organizations.

If you have a small business, and/or a non-profit organization and you would like to be involved…Please email info@broccolicity.com for more info!!!

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Know Your Microwave

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A Dose of Hajime Sorayama

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Hajime Sorayama is a Japanese illustrator, known for his precisely detailed, erotic airbrush portrayals of women and feminine robots- and one of my all time favorite erotic artists. He often uses ideas from pin-up art, and re-creates them as furutistic chrome-plated gynoids in suggestive poses. [Read more...]

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7 Ways to Eat Good While on a Hood Budget

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The following are 7 Ways to Eat Good While on a Hood Budget. But bottom line always remember, we can pay now or pay later (in suffering and doctor bills etc) when it comes to our dietary discipline and choices.

This was written by Stic of Dead Prez. Get the tips. [Read more...]

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Sustainability: Every Little Bit Helps

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By Leslie Vandever

 

“Sustainability.” We toss the word around like a beach ball, but what does it really mean? The root word, “sustain,” means to “strengthen or support physically or mentally,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. “Sustainability,” though, primarily means “able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.” The secondary meaning reads “conserving an ecological balance by avoiding the depletion of natural resources.”

 

Ah. That’s it.

 

When we talk about sustainability as it pertains to ecology, we’re actually talking about taking good care of our only home—Earth—even as we use its bounty to live healthy, comfortable lives. The word means using those resources—the air, the water, the land and everything that goes with them—without totally using them up or destroying them.

 

Until the Industrial Revolution, which started around the second half of the 19th Century, humankind had little effect on the Earth’s overall health. But with the advent of railroad, the cotton gin and factories; fossil-fueled internal combustion engines, automobiles, and machinery; the migration from the farms to the cities—and then back out of the cities into the ever-growing suburbs, with the automobile the preferred mode of transportation—the scale tipped out of balance.

 

Today, we know what we need to do to tip it back. But with a world population of an estimated 7.2 billion people, it’s going to take far more than good intentions. Governments all over the planet are grappling with the intertwined problems of air and water pollution, energy production and conservation, the destruction of land and wildlife, trying to work out how to fix it all Before It’s Too Late.

 

But what about the little guys? You and me? What can we do to make living our lives in these times gentler and less damaging to the little bit of the Earth and its resources we interact with and consume? Here are some answers.

 

Personal Sustainability Ideas

There are a lot of small things you can do every day that can help to increase sustainability. These are just a few:

  • Go vegetarian for a while each week. For two days out of seven, for instance, or try skipping meat for at least one meal each day.
  • Buy reusable cloth bags for your groceries and make use of any plastic grocery bags you have already for other things.
  • Get a reusable water bottle and refill it at home from the tap. Stop buying and tossing out used plastic water bottles. Consider a reusable coffee mug for your fill up at the coffee shop, too.
  • Recycle household waste: plastics, aluminum, cardboard, and glass.
  • Compost vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, etc. for your garden.
  • Set your household thermostat for 66 degrees Fahrenheit or below in winter. In the summer, set it for 80 degrees or higher.
  • Wash all your laundry in cold water using a biodegradable detergent. Then, line-dry your laundry if you can.
  • Make sure your house is well-insulated.
  • Install low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilets, and limit your shower time to five minutes or less. Time yourself!

 

In Your Car and at Work

Driving a car helps to degrade your local air quality and contributes to climate change. But there are ways to lessen the impact. Try these ideas for the workplace, too:

  • Get regular maintenance and tune-ups for your car. Keep your tires properly inflated to increase gas mileage by up to 10 percent.
  • Try to run all your errands in one trip, rather than taking several short trips. Consider riding your bike instead of driving your car.
  • Use cruise control on the highway.
  • Avoid rapid acceleration, braking and speeding.
  • Take public transportation, car-pool, or ride your bike to work.
  • Use both sides of a sheet of paper before adding it to the recycle bin.
  • Turn your computer off and unplug it at the end of the day. Or, make sure it goes into hibernation mode to conserve energy.
  • Print documents only when you really have to.
  • Turn off office lights if they’re not needed.

 

While each of these ideas are small by themselves the more people incorporate them into their daily life a large sustainable difference will be seen.

 

Leslie Vandever is a professional journalist and freelance writer with more than 25 years of experience. She lives in the foothills of Northern California.

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Pixel Pancho x Case Ma’Claim (New York City)

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Last week in New York City, Pixel Pancho teamed up with Case Ma’Claim to work on this sweet collaboration on the streets of Brooklyn, USA.
The newly formed duo spent their Sunday afternoon working on this seamless collabo which is featuring Pixel’s robotic elements with Case’s signature hands.

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