Photo by the amazing UK nature photographer Linny.
A decidedly green hue to this week’s links:
The Law of the Commons: Seventh Generation proposes ten principles for protecting the commons, as an antidote to the ‘privatize everything’ extremists:
Grassy Narrows Boreal Forsest Slated for Weyerhauser Bulldozing: Another petition for Canadians to sign, in the first battle in Big US-Owned Forestry’s war on Canada’s boreal forest.
Scenario: After the Dollar’s Collapse: Another scenario of the future, reminding us that another Great Depression is likely, and what it will mean. This one is from FTW’s Carolyn Baker, via the Adaptation blog. I think that, like most future visions, this one is a bit exaggerated (evicting millions from their homes serves no one’s purpose, and won’t happen, but most of the rest of this scenario is credible) and has the time line much too short (2030s, not 2010s), but it’s still interesting and well-written.
Pull Your Weight, Do Your Job: A nostalgic Garrison Keillor remembers the time when work meant something.
Whole Foods Ain’t Green: The libertarian CEO of Whole Foods, which has tried to cash in on the green movement by selling expensive organic products from far away to rich people, acknowledges that he believes corporations are above people and the law, and shouldn’t be subject to prosecution. Corporations don’t kill people, people kill people.
Planned Obsolescence: A report in Grist reviews Giles Slate’s new book Made to Break and explains why corporations are motivated to make and sell shoddy products that break quickly and fill our landfill sites.
Who Killed the Electric Car?: Also in Grist, an interview with the makers of the new cult film on the rise and fall of EVs.
Using the Internet for Green Activism: Interesting and far-ranging article by Vijay Gupta in WorldChanging about why the promise of the Internet as an organizing, personal activism, information finding and aggregation tool for a greener world hasn’t occurred, and how we could use it better.
Supreme Court Says Gerrymandering Is Constitutional: Hey, cheating to win elections is just the American Way.
Afganistan: Just an Anarchic Front in the War on Drugs: A new report from the UK-based Senlis Council warns gullible Canadians that there is no peace to keep in Afghanistan, and that Afghanis fed up with the inept and destructive occupation of their country are becoming just as mad at Canadian military lackeys as they are at the Americans that caused the mess. Bush-adoring Canadian PM Harper is, of course, furious at the report.
US Report Confirms Growing Social Anomie and Isolation: A new American report says Americans are increasingly feeling detached and remote from others and their feelings and values. This is what the Adams book I reviewed at length has been talking about. Thanks to Dale Asberry for the link.
Thought for the Week: From Gore Vidal, as cited in Burning All Illusions, the book I reviewed yesterday:
Although [we are spending billions seeking antibiotic cures for diseases], the true epidemic [in our society] can never be discussed: the fact that every fourth American now alive will die of cancer. This catastrophe is well kept from the public by the tobacco companies, the nuclear power companies (with their bungled waste disposal) and other industries that poison the Earth so that corporate America may enjoy the freedom to make money without the slightest accountability to those they are killing.
What if that $30B that Buffett has earmarked for Gates’ Foundation to find “cures” for the world’s top 20 diseases ends up discovering that the cause of most of these diseases is not microbial, but rather the very industrial activities that produced suchobscene profit and wealth for, among others, Buffett and Gates?
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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
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Too Far Ahead
The Rogue Animal
How the World Really Works:
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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
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Learning from Indigenous Cultures
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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
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Your Self: An Owner's Manual (Satire)
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