Average cost of family health plans pushes above $20,000 for first time Minneapolis Star Tribune

Poli Sci. Globalisation. why are voters so anxious? …. well, big picture wise, let’s take post WW2, real income for middle to lower middle class families have remained stagnant and/or lowered. while cost of key areas of life: housing, healthcare, higher ed, transportation, energy, have all increased steadily. add in job insecurity plus structural debt, and we have an environment made for polarisation, populism, politics of anger, etc. all of these elements are explosive enough — layer on top of this social media, and elements of our global political landscape make far more sense. remember too, this is not a uniquely American issue — globalisation touches every corner of this globe, and so there are echoes of this all across the world. Professor Liang

Average cost of family health plans pushes above $20,000 for first time Minneapolis Star Tribune

26 September 2019

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The History About Each Vegetable Seed to Crop

Globalization. Food and the World. now that you are submitting your first brief essay and thinking (i hope ….) about the next essay, this is a good example of what we are looking for …. is this a credible website? to cite information i would like to see a second, peer reviewed source in your next paper. but this is a good beginning. it also gives you a very quick global overview — if you overlay these sources, with what happened in global history in the last 2,000 years, tie that in to the migration patterns of your own family, then you would have a good outline for things to research and analyze. finally, i note with interest (and a little bit sighing ….) that the three comments from readers concern grammar and whether tomatoes are a fruit or vegetable …. ah, humans, always endearing and befuddling and aggravating at the same time! …. Professor Liang

The History About Each Vegetable Seed to Crop

The History About Each Vegetable

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Special report: Higher education’s existential crisis Axios

all classes. super important, especially when read in tandem with the reports re: student debt shared previously. also important to remember this — yes i focus on higher ed because for now this is the business i am in, and this is the realm that you are a part of — but the patterns affecting the business of higher ed are connected with broader, global and national forces we have unleashed — either by deliberate policy choices (divestment in education, transferring debt to individual students, hollowing out of middle to lower middle classes ….) and/or unintended consequences of our full embrace of globalisation (high tech, consumerism as an ideology/religion, formal higher ed as the only credentialing ….) as leaders of the future, and global citizens, all issues worth studying. for Poli Sci, a larger parallel to the concept i introduced re: digital reality mismatched with our analog polity …. Professor Liang

Special report: Higher education’s existential crisis Axios

https://www.axios.com/colleges-universities-crisis-e437549e-b5ad-4e6c-8bab-f32db1065d14.html

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Food and the World – Globalization, Migration, Food, Fusion – Chifa in Quito, Ecuador – by Megan Gonrowski. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy

Food and the World – Globalization, Migration, Food, Fusion – Chifa in Quito, Ecuador – by Megan Gonrowski. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Repeater Books) NB Buddhist Studies

Gloablisation and all classes. i wonder how other major faith practices would have reacted to a book-cover taking their main spiritual leader and/or deity and adding this “art work” of Mr. McDonald to her/his likeness? i myself am a free speech militant, so am not thinking about protesting or banning or anything like that — though i did sigh and make a face. for our classes the larger point is the dollar sign at the core of globalisation (and hence, our age) that i put on our blackboard — everything can be bought and sold, everything can be monetised and commodified, even religious concepts like “mindfulness” …. and because the world has become globalised, one part of the globe, the wealthier side, can easily borrow (take? steal?) religious or other ideas from poorer parts of the globe. i haven’t read the book yet, but i am guessing the “Mc” is a shot not just at the capitalism of it, but also the distortion, superficiality — much like fast food is sort of food but also a superficial, lesser version. and the phrase “capitalist spirituality” is really interesting to me, well worth thinking of other examples. and remember, in our classes we resist and disobey this push towards either/or’s — on a global scale phenomenon like this must be critically analyzed. on the other hand, to me, if individuals in the West receive solace from even the most watered down versions of mindfulness, then i am glad for this. Professor Liang

MCMINDFULNESS: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Repeater Books)

Ronald E. Purser, “McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality” (Repeater Books, 2019)

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