Nov
09

Not to know what has been transacted in the past is to be always a child

Not to know what has been transacted in the past is to be always a child. – Cicero Google+: View post on Google+

Nov
07

The entire concept of infinite growth on a finite planet is flawed

It always has been. It is truly unfortunate that we decided to create an economic system that requires growth to function. This hard physical limit to the fantasies of finance is coming home to roost. It has been for over a decade. Couple the limits with global heating and its effects on production, of food… Continue reading »

Oct
10

A Facebook comment from a woman who lives in South Dakota about the snowstorm and…

A Facebook comment from a woman who lives in South Dakota about the snowstorm and the cows. Re: the cattle/storm-you might have to dig just a little, but no, we did NOT have much warning-until the day before, the forecast was for rain, then for a little snow, then quite a bit of snow. What… Continue reading »

Oct
10

Another reason to take down capitalism before it's too late

The problem we’ve got is that much of the space that was used for cocoa ­plantations is no longer there. The Chinese love their cars and they have found that rubber makes more money than cocoa and at a much quicker pace. Cocoa farms are being chopped down and turned into rubber ­plantations because they… Continue reading »

Sep
28

Wendell Berry: “I would argue that it is not human fecundity that is overcrowding…

Wendell Berry: “I would argue that it is not human fecundity that is overcrowding the world so much as the technological multipliers of the power of individual humans. The worst disease of the world now is probably the ideology of technological heroism, according to which more and more people willingly cause large-scale effects that they… Continue reading »

Sep
26

It would be nice to understand the why

It is simply too bad that we won't be able to act at this late date. So while those few of us who are capable can continue to seek understanding of our situation, at least for scientific sake, I just don't see that understanding having any impact on how the world is run by the… Continue reading »

Sep
24

It sounds more like a social problem than an economic problem

I guess that is what happens when you define everything in terms of money. Eventually everything begins to look like an economic problem. Even in economic hard times, the United States already has an economy that produces the equivalent of over $190,000 for every family of four. At some point we must ask when enough… Continue reading »

Sep
19

"Man, owing to an egoism that is too shortsighted about his own interests, his…

"Man, owing to an egoism that is too shortsighted about his own interests, his penchant to take pleasure in all that stands at his disposal, in short, owing to his carelessness about the future and his fellow men, seems to labor at annihilating his means of preservation and even at destroying his own species. By… Continue reading »

Sep
18

I spent a long fruitless hour yesterday trying to convince a denier

His position was that climate change is an ideologically driven pile of crap designed to steal peoples liberty and force us all to eliminate fossil energy so that a small group of oligarchs could seize control of our society. No arguments to critical thinking, rationality, scientific literature or common sense would shake him from his… Continue reading »

Sep
18

The rest of the biosphere knows that we are all in this together

What is wrong with us? Embedded Link Get touchy feely with plants: Gently rubbing them with your fingers can make them less susceptible to disease Forget talking to plants to help them grow, gently rubbing them with your fingers can make them less susceptible to disease, a new article reveals. Gently rubbing the leaves of… Continue reading »

Sep
17

Collaborative consumption is a growing trend in urban areas

Reshared post from +Samara Sonmor Collaborative consumption is a growing trend in urban areas. I am not sure it easily applies to rural lifestyles… but I wonder if it could be.  Google+: View post on Google+

Sep
15

An incredible resource.

An incredible resource. Embedded Link Encyclopedia of Life – Animals – Plants – Pictures & Information The Encyclopedia of Life is an unprecedented effort to gather scientific knowledge about all animal and plant life where pictures, information, facts, and mo… Google+: Reshared 1 times Google+: View post on Google+

Sep
14

Business as usual, in the form of denying there is a problem and continuation of…

Business as usual, in the form of denying there is a problem and continuation of the fossil fuelled madness that we call industrial civilization, will lead to 10C by 2100. So what's the plan? The link between rapid climate change and human extinction is basically this: the planet becomes uninhabitable by humans if the average… Continue reading »

Sep
12

I look through my stream every day and wonder. 

There seem to be an awful lot of people who either don't think that this system is badly screwed or everyone is scared shitless that it is and they do not have a plan B. So assuming that everything is not perfect now, and we can see that it isn’t, how are we blind to… Continue reading »

Aug
31

Does anyone still have hope?

If yes, what is it that gives it to you? The sad truth is that there’s no guarantee against heartbreak, in this or anything else. It looks like things are going to get bad, possibly really bad, even within my children’s lifetimes. The decisions we’re making today will reverberate for centuries, and so far we’re… Continue reading »

Aug
24

I find the results of industrial civilization sickening so I guess that makes us…

I find the results of industrial civilization sickening so I guess that makes us even. Many people may find these results sickening and I encourage careful deliberation before sharing these findings with others who are not deeply tuned-in to the latest climate science. Embedded Link What the climate models don’t show – Fairfax Climate Watch… Continue reading »

Aug
21

How much of the damage from not taking action should we lay at the feet of those…

How much of the damage from not taking action should we lay at the feet of those who cannot fathom the real world and have aggressively pursued a "do nothing strategy"? What is the opportunity cost of destroying the biosphere? Scientists are putting out the warning call that rapid, life-threatening climate change lies ahead in… Continue reading »

Aug
21

There is no end to education

It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.– Jiddu Krishnamurti Google+: View post on Google+

Aug
21

In the search for resilience and independence it is important to recognize the reality…

In the search for resilience and independence it is important to recognize the reality that our culture has created. Those who are "winning" are actually the most dependent on the system, and during times of stress and duress are the most likely to acquiesce to the demands of that system. This is the opposite of… Continue reading »

Aug
18

So much Internet

So little time. Embedded Link http://www.abeautifulmessinside.com …midlife mindfulness, madness, & mumblings Google+: View post on Google+

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