|This week’s focus is on the environment, politics and economics
All Environment News All the Time: That’s the promise of a new 24/7 environmental radio station, Radio Ecoshock.
Inexpensive Solar Power for Intentional Communities: Even small villages in struggling nations can afford the improvements and self-sufficiency that solar power provides, thanks to a new installation model called Solar Power Village. Thanks to Jeff Gold of the Canadian Green Party for the link.
Who’s Using Green Power: The US EPA is now tracking and ranking US organizations on how much of the energy they consume comes from renewable sources. Thanks to reader ‘Robert’ for the link.
Bush Gives Big Agriculture Polluters a Free Pass: In his latest shameless corporatist act, Bush is providing the agriculture oligopoly an exemption from EPA pollution rules if they volunteer for a ‘study’ on how bad the pollution is.
Yet More Evidence of Accelerating Climate Change: A new scientific report commissioned for the UK government shows the climate in the arctic warming at a rapidly accelerating rate, with dire consequences for the planet.Thanks to Dale Asberry for the link.
Multi-Party Voting Decision-Maker: Canadians are fortunate to have several political parties to choose from, although lack of proportional representation sometimes makes that choice moot. But here’s a really neat tool that walks you through all the issues and tells you (sometimes surprisingly) how close each party’s platform is to your personal views.
US Politics & Economics:
Who’s Lobbying Whom: A new service of the Center for Public Integrity, Lobbywatch tracks the source and destination of money designed to influence public policy and law. Thanks to Craig of Craigslist via James Coughlan for the link.
US Consumers Spending More Than They Earn: Overspending by US consumers has now reached its highest level since the darkest years of the Great Depression. Well, they’re just following the horrible example set by their federal government.
US General Health Care on Verge of Collapse: For those who can’t afford private clinics, finding a general practitioner is now nearly impossible, and it will get worse without Medicare reforms that stress prevention instead of expensive care, say the American College of Physicians.
Gore Vidal Doesn’t Like Imperial Presidents: A delicious rant by the always-eloquent Vidal on the US president’s propensity to act like a Roman emperor.
US Rich-Poor Disparity Balloons Again: The disparity between the ultra-rich and the rest of America soared again in the latest statistics (2003) just released. The gap is now comparable to that found in corrupt third world dictatorships. The share of total wealth owned by the top 1% has now grow from 39% to 58% in just 15 years, and is accelerating — up 4%in just the latest year.
Bush Cabal Wants to Fight the Net: In case you missed my earlier mention of this — a scary report about Homeland Security’s plan to own, and if necessary, destroy the Internet as part of the War on Terror. Thanks to Dale Asberry for this link, and the one that follows.
‘Chinese’ Film Mocks US Dependence on Cheap Chinese Labour: Savage and absolutely hilarious — but long (15 minutes) Sundance festival film explaining how China is exploiting the unsustainable US trade deficit to leapfrog the US as an economic power.
Russia Brags About Circumventing US Missile Shield: Angry about the US’s “do what I say, not what I do” stance on nuclear disarmament, Putin announced that their new armaments are smart enough to circumvent any anti-missile defenses. Thanks to Mark Matchen for the link.
UK Neocon Calls War With Iran Inevitable: The logic of the neocons in saying there is no choice but to launch yet another disastrous ‘preemptive’ war, this time with Iran, is so perverse it’s terrifying. Thanks to Dale Asberry for the link.
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--- My Best 100 Posts --
Preparing for Civilization's End:
What Would Net-Zero Emissions Look Like?
Why Economic Collapse Will Precede Climate Collapse
Being Adaptable: A Reminder List
A Culture of Fear
What Will It Take?
A Future Without Us
Dean Walker Interview (video)
The Mushroom at the End of the World
What Would It Take To Live Sustainably?
The New Political Map (Poster)
Complexity and Collapse
Save the World Reading List
What a Desolated Earth Looks Like
Giving Up on Environmentalism
The Dark & Gathering Sameness of the World
The End of Philosophy
The Boiling Frog
What to Believe Now?
Conversation & Silence
The Language of Our Eyes
Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care
Several Short Sentences About Learning
Why I Don't Want to Hear Your Story
A Harvest of Myths
The Qualities of a Great Story
The Trouble With Stories
A Model of Identity & Community
Not Ready to Do What's Needed
A Culture of Dependence
So What's Next
Ten Things to Do When You're Feeling Hopeless
No Use to the World Broken
Living in Another World
Does Language Restrict What We Can Think?
The Value of Conversation Manifesto Nobody Knows Anything
If I Only Had 37 Days
The Only Life We Know
A Long Way Down
No Noble Savages
Figments of Reality
Too Far Ahead
The Rogue Animal
How the World Really Works:
If You Wanted to Sabotage the Elections
Collective Intelligence & Complexity
Ten Things I Wish I'd Learned Earlier
The Problem With Systems
Against Hope (Video)
The Admission of Necessary Ignorance
Several Short Sentences About Jellyfish
A Synopsis of 'Finding the Sweet Spot'
Learning from Indigenous Cultures
The Gift Economy
The Job of the Media
The Wal-Mart Dilemma
The Illusion of the Separate Self:
Did Early Humans Have Selves?
Nothing On Offer Here
Even Simpler and More Hopeless Than That
What Happens in Vagus
We Have No Choice
Never Comfortable in the Skin of Self
Letting Go of the Story of Me
All There Is, Is This
A Theory of No Mind
The Ever-Stranger (Poem)
The Fortune Teller (Short Story)
Non-Duality Dude (Play)
Your Self: An Owner's Manual (Satire)
All the Things I Thought I Knew (Short Story)
On the Shoulders of Giants (Short Story)
Calling the Cage Freedom (Short Story)
Only This (Poem)
The Other Extinction (Short Story)
Disruption (Short Story)
A Thought-Less Experiment (Poem)
Speaking Grosbeak (Short Story)
The Only Way There (Short Story)
The Wild Man (Short Story)
Flywheel (Short Story)
The Opposite of Presence (Satire)
How to Make Love Last (Poem)
The Horses' Bodies (Poem)
Distracted (Short Story)
Worse, Still (Poem)
A Conversation (Short Story)
Farewell to Albion (Poem)
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