Jan
23

Diversification, the enemy of conformity

The system is clearly broken and the game needs to be changed: We need a new blueprint for the economy and a new infrastructure and culture to support it.

Sharing: Direct Action for the new economy

The system is clearly broken and the game needs to be changed: We need a new blueprint for the economy and a new infrastructure and culture to support it.

Jan
22

The Baltic graph gives much food for thought

No wonder governments are gutting science. If you don't have observations to explain, you can just make shit up and drive it to the bank.

Awakening the Horrors of the Ancient Hothouse — Hydrogen Sulfide in the World’s Warming Oceans
“Dead Cthulu waits dreaming…” H.P. Lovecraft In the 1930s, pulp horror writer H.P. Lovecraft penned tales of ancient monsters called Old Ones that, if awakened, would emerge to devour the world. …

Jan
22

The scientific discourse misses the fact that the ability to deny is an amazing human…

The scientific discourse misses the fact that the ability to deny is an amazing human phenomenon, a product of sheer complexity of our emotional, linguistic, moral and intellectual lives. Denial is a complex unconscious defense mechanism for coping with guilt, anxiety and other disturbing emotions aroused by reality. – Stanley Cohen

Jan
21

Considering that most deniers are free market types who think that the whole 'global…

Considering that most deniers are free market types who think that the whole 'global heating' thing is a socialist conspiracy to keep them away from the shiny things, I too often wonder why no scientists are willing to step up and publish and receive all that oil company cash which is just waiting for 'real' evidence against AGW.

To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of climate change denial is how deniers essentially never publish in legitimate journals, but instead rely on talk shows, grossly error-laden op-eds, and hugely out-of-date claims (that were never right to start with).

Why Don’t Climate Change Deniers Publish Papers?
To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of climate change denial is how deniers essentially never publish in legitimate journals, but instead rely on talk shows, grossly error-laden op-eds, and hugely out-of-date claims (that were never right to start with). In 2012, National Science Board member James Lawrence Powell…

Jan
20

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Jan
13

Comfort, the prevailing word for Progress, in its many different aspects and to varying…

Comfort, the prevailing word for Progress, in its many different aspects and to varying degrees, forms a sufficient aim for the majority of civilized men of our era. Under these conditions of our times, man is only open to divine values in carefully measured doses, kept within limits so that they do not trouble his bourgeois conscience or threaten the material well-being he has acquired. – Boris Mouravieff

Jan
05

But we sure are creating shareholder value like mad

And harnessing innovation to improve efficiency, which will bring us to the end that much sooner.

Are we really that insane?

Our quenchless capitalism has driven us to the brink of ecological destruction. And our endless consumption has given way to the rampant industrialization of this beautiful planet. It has resulted in the poisoning of earth's precious waters, the extinction of innocent species, the destruction of our majestic forests, the genocide of future generations, the polluting of our air, and the desecration of our planet.

Daily Kos: The Boulevard Of Climate Catastrophe : Humanity’s Path To Perdition & The Moral Imperative To Act
The Climate Reality
We are hovering around 400 ppm for carbon in the atmosphere which is 50 ppm beyond the safe threshold; 350 ppm. The planet, as a result of CO 2 being pumped into the …

Jan
04

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Jan
03

Real power is achieved when the ruling class controls the material essentials of…

Real power is achieved when the ruling class controls the material essentials of life, granting and withholding them from the masses as if they were privileges. – George Orwell

Dec
29

Fear not the path of truth, fear the lack of people walking on it

- Robert Francis Kennedy

Dec
20

Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed

In one self place, but where we [the damned] are is hell,
And where hell is must we ever be. - Mephistophilis

Dec
13

“Without music, life would be a mistake” –Friedrich Nietzsche

“Without music, life would be a mistake” –Friedrich Nietzsche

Dec
01

History shows that there is nothing so easy to enslave and nothing so hard to emancipate…

History shows that there is nothing so easy to enslave and nothing so hard to emancipate as ignorance, hence it becomes the double enemy of civilization. By its servility it is the prey of tyranny, and by its credulity it is the foe of enlightenment. – Lemuel K. Washburn

Nov
29

I wonder what the treatment is

The manual identifies a new mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. Defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.

Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses | The Unbounded Spirit
Critics charge that it’s because they have too much time on their hands. New mental illnesses identified by the DSM-IV include arrogance, narcissism, above-average creativity, cynicism, and antisocial behavior. In the past, these were called “personality traits,” but now they’re diseases.

Nov
28

As soon as your level of activism requires a paycheque, it's over

Money buys things. Taking makes you owned. And from there it is only a matter of time.

If a doctor determines that you have a deadly disease and fails to fully inform you, that’s Medical Malpractice. If a green activist knows full well the seriousness of an issue and fails to address it head on and instead comes up with a plan that diverts movement energy to useless efforts that merely prop up bad politicians instead of noting, much less seriously challenging, the underlying causes of the eco-threats – all the while cashing substantial foundation grants and selling books – that’s Activist Malpractice.

Activist Malpractice » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
Activist Malpractice

Nov
23

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you…

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. – C. S. Lewis

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Nov
22

This is the same species of beings that we trust to build nuclear power plants.

This is the same species of beings that we trust to build nuclear power plants.

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Диспетчер проекта Фильтрада

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Nov
17

And yet we somehow think we are capable of replacing all of the ecosystems we are…

And yet we somehow think we are capable of replacing all of the ecosystems we are destroying with something "better".

“The Kaibab Plateau in Arizona became a game preserve in 1906.  Deer hunters were kept out, and 6,000 large carnivores were deleted.  The deer population skyrocketed from 4,000 to 100,000, and the vegetation was promptly vacuumed up.  In the winters of 1924 and 1925, 80,000 deer starved to death.  Ecosystems pay an enormous price for the stunning ecological ignorance of literate, educated people, who spend years in miserable classrooms carefully absorbing spooky illusions.”

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What Is Sustainable: Where the Wild Things Were
For the first billion years of life on Earth, all of our ancestors were single celled. One day, we aren’t sure why, a hungry organism ate a delicious bystander, and became the first predator. Predation inspired evolution to become very creative. Some organisms became mobile by developing cilia …

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Nov
14

Should be core reading before people are allowed on social media.

Should be core reading before people are allowed on social media.

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An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected a small set of common errors in reasoning and visualized them using memorable illustrations that are supplemented with lots of examples. The hope is that the reader will learn from these pages some of the most common pitfalls in arguments and be able to i…

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Nov
12

So what is your take on this?

Overpopulation or overconsumption?

Now, lets address the same situation (we are at the brink of running out!) but instead focus on overconsumption as the problem rather than overpopulation. Lets say that right now, altogether the people on this planet are over-consuming resources at a rate making us in danger of running out of resources. We can look at and attack issues of waste and resource misuse to address this problem. The richest among us would be required to clean up their acts.

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Notes on Why I Think “Overpopulation” Should Become an Abandoned Term
I really, really, vehemently hate the term “overpopulation”. Other people are often shocked by this notion, particularly those who know me as an outspoken environmentalist. “Are you not concerned w…

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