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My focus as a journalist and as a person is to help all I can with survival and quality of life, here, now, and beyond.

Doing that involves---in my opinion---engaging our heads, hearts and hands to build better relationships (1)among people, (2) between people and other animals, and (3) between people and the natural environment.

The goal is to meet human wants and needs in a way that promotes better relationships or 'better ecology', according to (1) (2) and (3), including but perhaps not limited to the following : food, water, shelter, medicine,
education, finance, transportation, communications, security, and community.

Most of my journalism work is for WCRS Columbus (, the Columbus Free Press, Columbus Underground, and my own website Here Now and Beyond ( )

In terms of better relationships among people, some key ideas that interest me are non-hierarchical social networks of mutual aid and/or 'paying it forward'; participatory democracy, and other ways in which we the people live at our potential for self-actualization.

In terms of better relationships between people and other animals, my guess is that we humans improve our prospects for survival and quality of life if we get beyond our anthropocentrism.

In terms of better relationships between people and the natural environment, my guess is that---as is the case with our view toward nonhuman animals---we improve our prospects for survival and quality of life if --all else being equal---we seek to use human ingenuity so as to work in harmony with the Earth, instead of seeking to use our mental powers to dominate and exploit it.

It is also my guess that changing our attitudes toward other animals and the Earth is the basis for new (and better ? ) forms of spirituality. Some might refer to that as 'eco-spirituality.'

Via 'eco-spirituality,' humans may be able to do a better job of using our intuitive and emotional faculties in harmony with our rational faculties.

Many forms of theology involve articles of faith that can't be reconciled with scientific reasoning. With 'eco-spirituality' we may not have that problem.

I'm queer, agnostic, vegan and relate to many aspects of socialism and some aspects of anarchism assuming I understand what those terms mean. But I intend to not limit myself to collaborating only with liberals; progressives; or left-wing, eco, or other radicals.

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Food Sovereignty Activists: Stop World Bank's Support for Corporate Land Grabs As the World Bank promotes its seven principles of Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) at its annual conference in Washington D.C. from April 23-26, food sovereignty activists with Via Campesina, National Family Farm Coalition, and other groups are calling attention to the bank's role in land grabs.
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Pigs, cows, and chickens are the 99 percent, says animal rights activist Though the products of their bodies seem to be just about every place where we expect to find food, these members of the 99 percent suffer mostly out of sight and out of mind to the omnivore general public. These animals don't get pepper-sprayed or arrested at protests but spend their entire lives in jail or--- as some animal liberationists say--- in concentration camps. They need humans to speak up for their rights.