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Mexico’s Fraudulent Election: James Galbraith says unwillingness to conduct a full recount indicates that Mexico’s recent presidential election, like the US elections in 2000 and 2004, was subverted by fraud and other illegal activities that changed the result.
Bush’s Pathetic Legacy: Writing in the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg, IMO the most articulate essayist alive today, looks back at how Bush squandered the good will that we all felt for America after 9/11, and then went on to destroy America’s reputation.
ABC/Disney Becomes Propaganda Arm of US Extreme Right: The fraudulent propaganda piece “The Path to 9/11” will still be presented on ABC after frantic last-minute editing of its most egregious untruths. The fact that government propaganda will be shown at all as a supposedly factual drama shows how much pull the US extreme right has on the corporate-owned media. Time to turn off this network for good.
Wall Street’s Schadenfreude: Andrew Leonard at Salon’s HTWW explains why bad employment news is greeted with joy on Wall Street.
Just Say No to Colonialism & Imperialism: Also from Andrew, a review of why Botswana, which fiercely resisted European colonialism and Europe’s imposed imperial models, is Africa’s success story and a model for all struggling nations.
Our Lost Connection to Animate Earth: Ecologist Stephan Harding eloquently argues that our disconnection from Gaia lies at the root of many of our culture’s destructive and unsustainable behaviours.
Portal to Green Products and Services: Fivelimes plans to be a global portal and peer rating service for all things green.
BP Forced to Confess Environmental Negligence: Facing bipartisan hearings on the spills, cracks, lack of maintenance and lack of inspection of its Alaskan pipeline operations, BP dodged and weaved, but this notorious greenwasher came out covered in slime. “Representative Joe L. Barton, the Texas Republican who is chairman of the full committee and who has sponsored many measures favorable to oil interests, was not mollified. Mr. Barton said that if ‘one of the worldÄôs most successful oil companies canÄôt do simple basic maintenance needed to keep the Prudhoe Bay field operating safely without interruption, maybe it shouldnÄôt operate the pipeline…I am even more concerned about BPÄôs corporate culture of seeming indifference to safety and environmental issues‘ Mr. Barton said. ‘And this comes from a company that prides itself in their ads on protecting the environment. Shame, shame, shame.’ Ä� This from a Texas Republican.
Why the Peak Oil Survivalists Have It All Wrong: Permaculturist Rob Hopkins assails neo-survivalists for going it alone in their preparations for The End of Oil, instead of helping and working with others. Right on. Thanks to David Parkinson for the link and the two that follow.
…and a Wiki for Preparing Together: An Ohio group has started a wiki for all things related to relocalization (“bioregionalism, permaculture, renewable energy, sustainable family farms, local economies, personal and family preparation, nonviolent social action, self-defense, appropriate technologies, green building and community currencies, as alternatives to the destructiveness of the status quo”).
Advice on Reforming Our Unhealthy and Unsustainable Food Production System: From The Nation, from 12 people with the credentials and experience to know a better way.
The Challenge of Finding People Online: HBS researchers and the MIT Media Lab are trying out ‘virtual dating’ as a means of increasing the success rates of online social networking tools. “In the process of using Virtual Dates, couples may pick up more cues about each other than they would through a standard, one-dimensional chat client. Is my date responsive or funny? Are they on time? How do they relate in real time? How does it feel to sit (virtually) across from them?” This has application to finding business partners, too. Thanks to Innovation Weekly for this link and the one that follows.
Over-Engineered Products Get Returned: Niall Murphy reveals that half of all electronic product returns are due not to defects, but due to the user not being able to figure out how to use the product. He then goes on to advocate more customer-producer collaboration in product design.
Why We Do Dumb Things: Guy Kawasaki reviews the book Why Smart People Do Dumb Things (like not backing up their computers until it’s too late). In a nutshell, say the authors, it’s hubris, arrogance, narcissism and the unconscious need to fail. I’m not sure there isn’t a more fundamental reason: unwarranted optimism. We do what we must, and only when we must. Until then, we convince ourselves, it won’t happen to us. Thanksto Craig De Ruisseau for the link.
Online Stress-Reduction Exercises: Georgia Southern U. offers audios, workshops and games to get your stress under control. Thanks to Andrew Sidwell for the link.
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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)
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