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Are There Two Basic Movements, or Three?
Martin LeFevre: Is the “arc of the moral universe” an illusion, or does “it bend toward justice” as Martin Luther King famously said, and Barack Obama maintained to his last day in office? (Even as he handed over the most powerful office in the world to a malignant narcissist.) ... Being a philosopher of no faith, in the sense of a belief system, and little faith, in the sense of trust without evidence, I have a perennial question about whether there are ultimately two, or three, movements in human consciousness...
Feb 18, 2017, 9:05pm

Meditations
Communing with Death
Martin LeFevre: The hillsides and banks of the streams are at their greenest now, just before spring in the Central Valley. A few trees are already in bloom, and the first smells of spring are in the air ... Water rushes by with tremendous force, a perpetual motion sweeping everything before it, including one’s thoughts if one lets go of the self's illusion of control. Paradoxically, the mind slows down, and thought becomes a trickle.
Feb 15, 2017, 3:48pm

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Regarding Sources and Wellsprings
Martin LeFevre: committed, the one that made the media-government complex apoplectic was when he derisively spoke the truth to Bill O’Reilly: “What, you think our country’s so innocent?” ... Though the truth of his rhetorical question is self-evident, it’s necessary, in the present zeitgeist, to ask: Are Donald Trump’s psychological complexes solely his own, or do they reflect a national neurosis?
Feb 12, 2017, 6:22pm

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As the Old Order Crumbles
Martin LeFevre: I’ve had the gift/curse of being able to see the near future (one or two years out) with visceral (not intellectual) certainty. Each time I’ve asked: If you know something is going to happen, and can do nothing to stop it, what is one’s responsibility and response?
Feb 9, 2017, 12:14pm

Meditations
The Roots of an Invasive Species, Man
Martin LeFevre: Scientists now speak of the ‘Anthropocene Age’—the domination of the earth by man. It’s meant to be scientifically neutral term, as if a sentient species rapidly warming the atmosphere, depleting and destroying the oceans, and bringing about the Sixth Mass Extinction in the entire history of life on earth is normal ... Humans are an invasive species, one that has been introduced into nearly every ecological niche on earth. Many people secretly or openly hope an Everest-size asteroid wipes us from the face of the earth so nature can begin again. Rousseau molders in his grave ...
Feb 7, 2017, 1:18pm

Meditations
Home Is No Country
Martin LeFevre: America has never felt like home to me. Now it doesn't feel like home to millions of other Americans, whether they were born here as I was or not. Forget the 'misery loves company' cliché. Where are people, who felt the United States was the last great hope of the world, to find home now? ... The fear this evil administration has inspired in all decent Americans is palpable. When I hear Christians say that the Lord sent Donald Trump, I ask, which lord, the Lord of light or the lord of Darkness? ...
Feb 2, 2017, 5:23pm

Blogosphere
Trump Can’t Make America Great Again without Immigrants
Juan Cole: The reason for which the US has continued to grow and to remain politically competitive with the big boys is not the birth rate of the groups who consider themselves “white.” ... It is because since 1965 the US has let in about 1 million immigrants a year. About a third of those nowadays are from Latin America and about a third are from Asia. ... Ironically, it is white nationalists, with their hatred of foreigners and xenophobia who are endangering American competitiveness in the new century... Visit Website ]
Feb 1, 2017, 2:00pm

Commentary
Trump is the Less Effective Evil
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: “Trump benefited from policies enacted by predecessors and gave himself wider latitude to carry out human rights abuses.” ... Democrats owe their members more than just speaking up when Trump commits an illegal act. That is just a starting point. The Trump presidency is proof of the Democratic Party’s irrelevance. Its failure is proof that new politics are needed. Claims of lesser/greater evil must not rule the day. All of the evil must be excised no matter where it comes from... Visit Website ]
Feb 1, 2017, 1:49pm

Meditations
Can We Live With Clarity?
Martin LeFevre: To err may be human, but to resign to contradiction is to embrace darkness. What's the answer to the comedy writer's riddle, "can we live with contradiction?" Hint: When have we not? ... The dubious counsel implicit in the question becomes apparent later in the scribe's diatribe: "cutting ourselves - individually and as a culture - some slack for being inconsistent." ...
Jan 31, 2017, 3:10pm

Consider This....
THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
Raymond Lo: The Year of the Rooster, 2017, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two elements – with Yin fire sitting on top of metal. According to the cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the inter-relationship between the elements, Fire conquers metal and so they are on the destructive cycle and have fighting relationship. Normally such conflicting elements means disharmony. In particular Yin Fire symbolizes a candle flame which is flickering and unstable, hence it also represents a emotional, sentimental and sensitive person, it is not quick temper like Yang fire, but it can be tense and nervous and its temper will accumulate and once explode, it will be more serious than yang fire... Visit Website ]
Jan 31, 2017, 2:50pm

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From Holland to Finland to Scotland, Basic Income Could Be a Reality Across Europe
Steve Rushton: Universal basic income is emerging as a realistic policy position across Europe. As we reported in late 2015, local authorities across the Netherlands are currently running trials to award every citizen unconditional money from the state. And this year, Finland started an experiment of 2,000 randomly selected people, all of whom currently receive out of work benefits. ... The first monthly payments of ($590) were paid into those people's accounts within the last week, and the trial will examine the impact of that money on overall employment... Visit Website ]
Jan 31, 2017, 9:36am

Commentary
A New Wrinkle in the War on Truth
Ed Kemmick: You know you’re living in strange times when the maker of the world’s most popular dictionary feels compelled to send out a tweet defining the word “fact.” ... As National Public Radio reported, there were actually two tweets, one defining “fact” as “a piece of information presented as having objective reality,” and a later one saying that the word “is understood to refer to something with actual existence.” ... The people at Merriam-Webster sent out those tweets after seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people looking up the definition of “fact” on the internet... Visit Website ]
Jan 31, 2017, 9:13am

Commentary
Trump’s America: States set to outlaw protesting
Larry Rubin Republican state legislators across the country are introducing bills that would, in effect, outlaw peaceful protesting ... The proposals range from bills that would impose inordinate fines and jail terms on protesters to measures that would allow police and automobile drivers to kill them. ... The Republicans are trying to disguise some of their bills as public safety measures aimed at preventing traffic from being blocked... Visit Website ]
Jan 30, 2017, 4:49pm

Commentary
Follow the Money: How to Read Peer-Reviewed Science
George Wuerthner: The first thing I do is look at the occupation and affiliation of the spokesperson. Obviously if you are reading a study about the safety of smoking cigarettes and the authors work for tobacco companies, this would raise a yellow flag of caution. But it is not always as obvious that there are conflicts. ... Next I look at the journal where the research was published. Not all journals are equal. Some are much more discriminating in the papers accepted for publication. ... one then must look at the funding source for the study... Visit Website ]
Jan 30, 2017, 4:33pm

Meditations
Evil Trumps Reason
Martin LeFevre : ... it's precisely now that we must affirm the inherent beauty and goodness of life. We humans are very imperfect creatures. The goal is not to perfect ourselves, or "form a more perfect Union," but to awaken and enlighten ourselves within the context of humanity as a whole. ... The assertion of reason as the highest principle has allowed the darkness in American and Western consciousness to go unexamined and unchallenged. Reason is necessary but not sufficient, especially in the face of evil...
Jan 28, 2017, 5:09pm


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