climate change / International / seeds / Syria

Doomsday “Rescue Seeds” Tapped from a Norwegian Global Strategic Vault

In a little discussed impact of war, the global store of strategic seed reserves has now been tapped by a Syrian seed bank.  This sounds quite strange under the circumstances, but here’s how the Huffington Post wrote the story: “The request to take out a small amount of the millions of total seeds from within … Continue reading

art / Culture / Curiosities / Good News Stories / music

Lebanese Pianist Delights in Prague Airport

I love this idea of pianos appearing in public places around the world!  Of course the quality is far from ideal, but people with talent can provide a bit of spontaneous happy enjoyment for all.  What a wonderful gift–not to underestimated years of disciplined practice– to be able to play for people.  Continue reading

Architecture / art / Arts & Culture / Culture / Curiosities / Economic Development / Innovation / International / Middle East / Museums / urban design

Saadiyat–The Island of Happiness for Culture Vultures

 When I first launched Curated Eclectica, I chose as my background theme my favorite culture creation project in the world: the Saadiyat Island project–a museum mecca extraordinaire, which the New York Times called “A Cultural Xanadu.”   I first was delighted to discover this project upon visiting a scale model exhibit at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and … Continue reading

Economics / Health and Wellness / Medicine / News Commentary

As If We Weren’t Already Vigilant About Physicians’ Advice…Scary

This Op Ed from the NYT shines some light on direct industry incentives which will test doctors’ ethics when they prefer to prescribe drugs other than recommended and/or refer to doctors outside their “system.”  Oh, to be born in Norway where relatives will be picked up from anywhere in the world if they’re sick, where they’re cared … Continue reading

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The Whole Foods Teardrop–and Business Strategy

OK, not to be sappy here or deluded as to its purely philanthropic purpose but I have to admit that this weekend’s Washington Post article about Whole Foods’ gutsy new stores in Detroit and Chicago brought a tear to my eye.  Not being overly sentimental, I wondered now where did that come from?  Well, more than anything, … Continue reading

Culture / Curiosities / foreign affairs / Human Rights / International / international relations / Middle East / Politics

Twisted Progress: Announcing the New “Frequent Checkpoint Card”

This just in:  Israel will issue 250 biometric cards to business people and merchants for people crossing the Erez Checkpoint between Gaza and Israel. The cards allow expedited security screening at Israeli-controlled crossings. Found this other artful photo of a better-than-typical checkpoint pedestrian walkway.  Sharing here while most are far different by an order of … Continue reading