Nov
16

You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding

You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding. – Terence McKenna

Nov
04

In old times, when it was asked, ‘‘How can we abolish slavery?’’ the answer was ‘‘Quit stealing

In old times, when it was asked, ‘‘How can we abolish slavery?’’ the answer was ‘‘Quit stealing." – Frederick Douglass, 1894.

Oct
30

Although we believe that public education should equip students with skills to enter the workplace, it should also educate them to contest workplace inequalities, imagine democratically organized forms of work, and identify and challenge those injustices that contradict and undercut the most fundamental principles of freedom, equality, and respect for all people who make up the global public sphere

Although we believe that public education should equip students with skills to enter the workplace, it should also educate them to contest workplace inequalities, imagine democratically organized forms of work, and identify and challenge those injustices that contradict and undercut the most fundamental principles of freedom, equality, and respect for all people who make up the global public sphere. – Giroux and Giroux

Oct
29

First, liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity

First, liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity. Quite the contrary, it is the vehicle of savage, destructive nihilism . . . . How long can we accept the fact that what is needed for running water, schools, hospitals, and food enough for all humanity is a sum that corresponds to the amount spent by wealthy Western countries on perfume in a year? – Badiou

Aug
28

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence — those are the three pillars of Western prosperity

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence — those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. — Aldous Huxley

Aug
28

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence — those are the three pillars…

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence — those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. — Aldous Huxley

Aug
28

“Some people never go crazy

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ~ Charles Bukowski

Aug
27

“The natural conversion of sunlight to electric charge that occurs in all green-plant photosynthesis after 1 billion years of natural selection may already be the highest net emergy possible

“The natural conversion of sunlight to electric charge that occurs in all green-plant photosynthesis after 1 billion years of natural selection may already be the highest net emergy possible.” – Howard T. Odum

Aug
10

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Jul
09

To those who followed Columbus and Cortez, the New World truly seemed incredible because of the natural endowments

To those who followed Columbus and Cortez, the New World truly seemed incredible because of the natural endowments. The land often announced itself with a heavy scent miles out into the ocean. Giovanni da Verrazano in 1524 smelled the cedars of the East Coast a hundred leagues out. The men of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon were temporarily disarmed by the fragrance of the New Jersey shore, while ships running farther up the coast occasionally swam through large beds of floating flowers. Wherever they came inland they found a rich riot of color and sound, of game and luxuriant vegetation. Had they been other than they were, they might have written a new mythology here. As it was, they took inventory. – Frederick Jackson Turner

Jun
07

"Another reason why radical reformers are misjudged by ordinary men is that they view existing society from outside, with hostility towards its institutions

"Another reason why radical reformers are misjudged by ordinary men is that they view existing society from outside, with hostility towards its institutions. Although, for the most part, they have more belief than their neighbors in human nature's inherent capacity for a good life, they are so conscious of the cruelty and oppression resulting from existing institutions that they make a wholly misleading impression of cynicism." ~Bertrand Russell

Apr
06

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Apr
05

Reality overtaking the ability to deny

Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are few climate-change skeptics amongst those who grow the world's food – if any. Farmers don't have to read UN reports to know how radically their weather is changing. And consumers don't need academic studies or bullet points to know that food prices are steadily rising.

Think the new climate report is scary? The food-pocalypse is already upon us
Richard Schiffman: Riots. Towns gone dry. Soaring prices. Crushing starvation. If this sounds like fear-mongering from scientists, talk to the farmers

Apr
05

Reality overtaking the ability to deny

Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are few climate-change skeptics amongst those who grow the world's food – if any. Farmers don't have to read UN reports to know how radically their weather is changing. And consumers don't need academic studies or bullet points to know that food prices are steadily rising.

Think the new climate report is scary? The food-pocalypse is already upon us
Richard Schiffman: Riots. Towns gone dry. Soaring prices. Crushing starvation. If this sounds like fear-mongering from scientists, talk to the farmers

Apr
01

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. – Marcel Proust

Mar
21

It is only painful if you were paying attention in the first place

What “used to be” is painful to remember.

Elegy for a Country’s Seasons by Zadie Smith
There is the scientific and ideological language for what is happening to the weather, but there are hardly any intimate words. Is that surprising? People in mourning tend to use euphemism; likewise the guilty and ashamed. The most melancholy of all the euphemisms: “The new normal.” “It’s the new normal,” I think, as a beloved pear tree, half-drowned, loses its grip on the earth and falls over. The train line to Cornwall washes away—the new norma…

Mar
21

It is only painful if you were paying attention in the first place

What “used to be” is painful to remember.

Elegy for a Country’s Seasons by Zadie Smith
There is the scientific and ideological language for what is happening to the weather, but there are hardly any intimate words. Is that surprising? People in mourning tend to use euphemism; likewise the guilty and ashamed. The most melancholy of all the euphemisms: “The new normal.” “It’s the new normal,” I think, as a beloved pear tree, half-drowned, loses its grip on the earth and falls over. The train line to Cornwall washes away—the new norma…

Mar
13

In total, Luxor, the city of the famed Valley of the Kings, received nearly 1

In total, Luxor, the city of the famed Valley of the Kings, received nearly 1.2 inches of rainfall. This is nearly 30 times the average yearly rainfall for this desert land, which it received in just one day.

Global Warming and a Mangled Jet Stream: Germany Breaks All-Time Record Highs for Early March, Aswan Egypt Experiences First Rainfall Since 2012
According to reports from WeatherUnderground and WetterOnline, Germany experienced some of its hottest ever recorded temperatures for early March last week. A large region including a swath of citi…

Mar
13

In total, Luxor, the city of the famed Valley of the Kings, received nearly 1.2 inches…

In total, Luxor, the city of the famed Valley of the Kings, received nearly 1.2 inches of rainfall. This is nearly 30 times the average yearly rainfall for this desert land, which it received in just one day.

Global Warming and a Mangled Jet Stream: Germany Breaks All-Time Record Highs for Early March, Aswan Egypt Experiences First Rainfall Since 2012
According to reports from WeatherUnderground and WetterOnline, Germany experienced some of its hottest ever recorded temperatures for early March last week. A large region including a swath of citi…

Mar
12

Reality denied comes back to haunt

Reality denied comes back to haunt. – Philip K. Dick

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