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Two Hinges of History
Martin LeFevre This is the second “hinge of history” in my lifetime. I didn’t think I’d live to see another, after the simultaneous collapse of the USSR economically and politically, and the US ethically and culturally.... But here we are, witnesses and participants in the slow-motion collapse of the post-World War II international order, indeed, of the nation-state system itself. ... Part of history is pre-determined, like a runaway train before a sharp turn and inevitable derailment. A ‘hinge of history’ is a chance to change course after the crash by preparing for it. In earlier times, the context was one’s people or nation. In the thermonuclear age, it is humankind as a whole. ...
Jun 22, 2019, 3:31pm

Meditations
Negation, Meditation and the Work
Martin LeFevre : Soon after I left my family in Michigan and moved to California at 20, I went on a memorable 4-night backpacking trip with the Sierra Club into the High Sierras. Our destination was Kingsley Cave, the site of a massacre of Yahi Indians who made their home around Lassen Volcanic Peak. ... The genocide of the Yahi was the final extermination campaign waged by the American government and people against Native Americans. ... How were they able to sustain themselves? ... The two great original sins of this nation were slavery and the decimation of Native Americans. The legacy of both persists to this day. ... As long as America cared about the rest of the world, and at least attempted to lead with respect to human rights, we retained our soul as a people. No more. How does a nation recover its soul? ...
Jun 20, 2019, 2:30pm

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Scraping Bottom at “The Failing New York Times”
Martin LeFevre
Mainstream media hacks are spewing ever-increasing twaddle. It’s not enough that the MSM was instrumental in producing President Frankenstein by hewing to the potholed roads of the status quo, and then benefiting from a “Trump bump.” Now they’re going all in with techno-babble. ... An example of the latter can be found in the eminent New York Times: “Cellular agriculture has started producing one of the world’s tastiest steaks, Wagyu…a template for a better, freer and more affluent world, a world where we provide for the needs of everyone — in style.”

No, that wasn’t penned nearly 60 years ago by the writers of “The Jetsons,” but by a futurist having us all on with a piece entitled: “The World Is a Mess. We Need Fully Automated Luxury Communism.” ...

Jun 16, 2019, 1:55pm

Health
Two-hour ‘dose’ of nature significantly boosts health – study
Damian Carrington, The Guardian, UK: A two-hour “dose” of nature a week significantly boosts health and wellbeing, research suggests, even if you simply sit and enjoy the peace. ... The physical and mental health benefits of time spent in parks, woods or the beach are well known, but the new research is the first major study into how long is needed to produce the effect. If confirmed by future research, two hours in nature could join five a day of fruit and veg and 150 minutes of exercise a week as official health advice. ... The researchers were also surprised that it did not matter whether the two hours in nature were taken in one go or in a series of shorter visits, or whether people went to an urban park, woodlands or the beach. ... The study did not attempt to find out why being in nature was so beneficial, but White suggested a sense of tranquillity could be the key... Visit Website ]
Jun 13, 2019, 12:05pm

Environment
In the face of a changing climate, our buildings need thermal resilience.
Lloyd Alter: Aging energy infrastructure and extreme weather events due to climate change can lead to extended power outages that cause buildings to be much too cold or hot to inhabit. Intelligent enclosure design can take advantage of passive measures to futureproof buildings. ... Thermal autonomy is a measure of the fraction of time a building can passively maintain comfort conditions without active system energy inputs. ... This is where you design your building to need as little heating and cooling as possible, for as much of the year as possible. Doing this reduces energy consumption, extends the life of mechanical equipment, and reduces peak demand on the energy grid, an important consideration if we are going to electrify everything ... "The sad reality remains that many indigenous and vernacular forms of architecture from centuries ago provided a higher level of thermal resilience than many of our contemporary architectural expressions."... Visit Website ]
Jun 12, 2019, 5:30pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The Central Park Five and the Limits of Suffering
Margaret Kimberley: As a New Yorker this columnist will never forget the awful events that unfolded in 1989. When a white woman was raped, beaten and left unconscious in Central Park, five teenagers were swept up in a police dragnet. Anton McCray, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson and Raymond Santana confessed on video after hours of food and sleep deprivation and in some cases separation from their parents or other adults. ... None had legal representation. ... They were all convicted and spent between 7 and 13 years in prison. ... They should have been released immediately when DNA testing proved that none of them had assaulted the victim. ... But they were condemned by people like Donald Trump who paid for a full-page newspaper ad asserting their guilt and demanding the death penalty. ... Trump was part of a very large and influential lynch mob. ... As for delayed justice, the City of New York did not compensate the men until 2014, twelve years after they were exonerated. ... The payment wasn’t made for the simple reason that mayor Michael Bloomberg refused to allow it... Visit Website ]
Jun 12, 2019, 5:00pm

Environment
Arctic sea ice loss affects the jet stream
Tim Radford: The jet stream affects northern hemisphere climates. And global warming affects the behaviour of the jet stream. Prepare for yet more extremes of seasonal weather. ... The jet stream – exploited by jet aircraft on the trans-Atlantic routes – is made up of westerly winds that, at an altitude of 10 kilometres, stream around the planet in the mid-latitudes, at speeds of up to 500 km an hour, and push weather systems from west to east. ... Rather than stick to a course more or less parallel to the Equator, these winds have been observed describing dramatic waves. ... as the Arctic sea ice retreats, the atmospheric waves have warmed the polar stratosphere in ways that have been amplified by the behaviour of the ozone layer... Visit Website ]
Jun 11, 2019, 5:18pm

Health
Processed foods are a much bigger health problem than we thought
Julia Belluz: They’ve been linked to disease and overeating. Could our microbiome explain why? ... What if there’s something unique about ultraprocessed foods that primes us to overeat and leads to bad health? ... A new, intriguing hypothesis offers a potential answer. Increasingly, scientists think processed foods, with all their additives and sugar and lack of fiber, may be formulated in ways that disturb the gut microbiome, the trillions of diverse bacteria lining our intestines and colon. Those disturbances, in turn, may heighten the risk of chronic disease and encourage overeating. ... ultraprocessed foods are created in factories. They’re pumped full of chemicals and other additives for color, flavor, texture, and shelf life. This processing generally increases the flavor and caloric density of the foods, while stripping away the fiber, vitamins, and nutrients.... Visit Website ]
Jun 11, 2019, 4:50pm

Commentary
Why is the Ruling Class Putting Up With the Idiot-King?
Bruce Lerro: As we know, the Idiot King is full of surprises. If you were a member of the ruling class would you be pleased with his performance? In the space of less than two years Trump has alienated Europe as Italy, Germany and even England are turning towards Russia and China for resources. He has wrecked relations with China. ... Look at the neoliberal press. They work for the ruling class. Yet day after day they respectfully report on his escapades, treat him with respect in public even though they loathe and despise him. ... The ruling class has never understood the system from which their wealth derives. Capitalism has been in a decedent phase since the 1880s or so ... We can now say without any hyperbole or dogma “name one capitalist country that works”. ... The ruling class is lost... Visit Website ]
Jun 11, 2019, 4:10pm

Environment
The Permafrost Nightmare Turns (More) Real
Robert Hunziker: Permafrost covers 25% of the Northern Hemisphere. It is the world’s largest icebox, and its landmass is 4.5xs larger than Antarctica, 6.5xs larger than the United States. It is stuffed full of carbon locked in frozen ground accumulated over eons, which, by way of contrast, makes coal power plant emissions look bush-league. ... Scientists that have long studied the gradual thawing of permafrost are now experiencing a dramatic switch from their former “eyes wide shut” viewpoint, i.e., refusing to see something that’s in plain view because of preconceived notions. ... Gradual permafrost thaw is now passé: “Turetsky and an international team of researchers are looking at something very different: Rapid collapse of permafrost that can transform the landscape in mere months through subsidence, flooding and landslides”... Visit Website ]
Jun 10, 2019, 3:52pm

Consider This....
Creative + Strategic = Effective Movements for Change
Rivera Sun: If you want to make change, think outside the protest box. It’s easy to get hung up on demonstrations. ... Creativity is key to making your actions meaningful and memorable. Paired with a sound strategy, creative actions can be unstoppable. ... we have to remove tangible support from the problem (think: boycott the business, go on strike, walk-out of schools and workplaces) while putting resources into the solution (think: worker-owned cooperatives, restorative justice, solar panels, local food). ... Oil and gas companies wanted to build a pipeline through 800-acres of land owned by Alberta artist, Peter von Tiesenhausen. So, in 2003, he covered the earth with art ... This move protected his land under copyright law... Visit Website ]
Jun 10, 2019, 3:28pm

Meditations
Love Is Not a Feeling; It's a State of Being
Martin LeFevre: The wind gusted all day today, keeping the temperature unseasonably low, and the foothills splendidly clear. The creek still runs cold, clear and fast, and it was good to sit beside it and watch the outer and inner flow. ... It's a strange thing how love comes with stillness of mind. Personal love flows out of caring, friendship, partnership or attachment. But it isn't the love that infuses nature and the universe, which many philosophers and scientists deny exists. ... Why does the movement of psychological thought prevent the perception of beauty and the reception of love? ... The basic reason appears to be quite simple. Thought is an instrument of separation. It is an evolutionary mechanism par excellence that gave humans the capability to remove objects, build up knowledge, and develop skills...
Jun 8, 2019, 5:34pm

Health
Racism is a Public Health Crisis
Jessicah Pierre: Racism is often viewed as an action performed by individuals. But even if we got rid of all America’s prejudiced individuals, racism would still exist in the systems they built. ... As governments struggle to address (or even acknowledge) these racial inequalities, officials in Milwaukee, Wisconsin decided to take a unique approach by declaring racism a public health crisis. ... By declaring such racism a public health crisis, Milwaukee County officials are committing to put racial equity at the core of all city procedures, to advocate for policies that improve health in communities of color, and to train their employees on how racism impacts residents. ... Finally, they hope to encourage other local, state, and national officials to recognize racism as a public health issue... Visit Website ]
Jun 8, 2019, 5:01pm

Did You Know
Human rights in the US are worse than you think
Lauren Wolfe: A new report examining human rights in the United States and around the world has just been released, and its findings are disturbing: The US is doing abysmally in several key categories, including the right to freedom from extrajudicial killing, the right to participate in government, and the right to be safe from the state. ... Of the 12 human rights categories, from press freedom to quality of life, measured by the Human Rights Measurement Initiative — a global nonprofit data analysis organization based in Wellington, New Zealand — there are several in which the US has “strikingly poor results” ... The report, released Thursday, looked at three broad categories of human rights globally: empowerment, safety from the state, and quality of life. ... The US empowerment score was just 4.9 out of 10. This “tells us that many people in the U.S. are not enjoying their civil rights and political freedoms,” the report says... Visit Website ]
Jun 7, 2019, 5:41pm

Environment
The Madness of Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Niklas Hagelberg: A system worried about global warming and the health impacts of air pollution should stop aiding companies that produce those public threats ... Fossil fuels — oil, gas, coal and their derivatives — pollute the atmosphere and emit the greenhouse gases that are ramping up global heating to dangerous levels. And governments around the world are subsidizing this pollution. ... There is a special kind of madness in a system that funds the healthcare burden from asthma, respiratory diseases and lung cancer, and at the same time funds companies that pollute the air and contribute towards these health issues in the first place. ... Global fossil fuel subsidies cost taxpayers about $400 billion. Imagine if these public resources were directed to finance sustainable development, clean energy and climate action... Visit Website ]
Jun 7, 2019, 5:15pm


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Consider This....
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