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  • What Does “Doing the Work” Really Mean?  

    Martin LeFevre:  For uncounted millennia, humans have been externally oriented. During indigenous times and in previous ages, being externally motivated was necessary for survival. Now our survival as a species depends on enough people doing the inner spadework. Even after the Industrial Revolution, when more and more people had the leisure for reflection, self-examination was […] —>

  • We Can Start Thinking in Centuries

    Peter Yeung: A new book explores how a global shift toward long-term thinking can solve the problems caused by our here-and-now mindsets. … The Long View: Why We Need To Transform How the World Sees Time, by BBC journalist Richard Fisher … We exist today because of a chain of consequences and decisions by the people who came before us, and that leads to a duty to posterity and a sense of stewardship. … Read here —>

  • 15 Reasons Why Mass Media Employees Act Like Propagandists

    Caitlin Johnstone:  If you watch western news media with a critical eye you eventually notice how their reporting consistently aligns with the interests of the US-centralized empire, in almost the same way you’d expect them to if they were government-run propaganda outlets. …  what you find is a much larger, much less centralized network of factors which tips the scales of media coverage to the advantage of the US empire and the forces which benefit from it. … Some of it is indeed conspiratorial in nature and happens in secret, but most of it is essentially out in the open.Read here—>

  • Children Don’t Need To Be Conditioned

    Martin LeFevre:  Meditation can be defined as the process of freeing the brain from its enslavement to conditioning. I don’t practice any system of meditation for doing so, since systems, techniques and methods are themselves forms of conditioning.   While still in my teens I stumbled upon passive watchfulness and active questioning, which are the […] —>

  • Why Tree-Planting Schemes Aren’t a Silver Bullet

    Tara Lohan:  There are a lot of ways that tree planting can go awry — especially as people aim to hit arbitrary metrics. This includes planting trees in the wrong places, like in native grasslands or wetlands. Or planting nonnative trees that take up too much water or create other dangerous conditions. … Getting trees in the soil is only part of forest restoration. Caring for those trees is also crucial. … The proximity of newly planted trees to those already growing can be beneficial. … Read here—>

  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Sheepdogging and Liberal Fantasy

    Margaret Kimberley:  Bruce Dixon coined the term “sheepdog” to describe the role that Bernie Sanders would play in the 2016 presidential campaign … herding activist energies and the disaffected left back into the Democratic fold  … to tie up activist energies and resources … till the summer of 2016 when the only remaining choice will be the usual lesser of two evils.” … Robert F. Kennedy Jr. takes positions that need to be heard. It is good that a presidential candidate opposes U.S. interventions around the world and pledges to end the censorship that the state and big tech carry out. … But … Read here .. —>

  • AI’s Quantum Leap Demands a Quantum Leap in Human Intelligence

    Martin LeFevre:  The surreal hype, false hope and potential harm from AI are flooding the field with would-be philosophers. Even pundits are saying things like, “To make good on its promise, artificial intelligence needs to deepen human intelligence.” But how can intelligence be deepened when people don’t know what it is? There is the idea […] —>

  • Cities Are Becoming More Like Sponges

    Peter Yeun:  Water management that prizes lakes and greenery over concrete makes for less flood-prone cities — and prettier ones, too. … Trying to protect cities with hard, gray infrastructure made of concrete is doomed to fail.” … The idea is … to create cities filled with natural spaces such as parks, lakes and wetlands — which are capable of absorbing, storing and cleaning rain and floods — as well as smaller tools like bioswales, rain gardens, permeable pavements and green roofs.  … This emerging approach to urban water management also soaks up all kinds of other benefits: green, nature-based spaces provide habitat for wildlife … Read more—>

  • Most Propaganda Looks Nothing Like This

    Caitlin Johnstone:  The most common articles of propaganda — and by far the most consequential  …. the mundane messages, distortions and lies-by-omission that people are fed day in and day out to normalize the status quo … Another related method of manipulation is agenda-setting — the way the press shapes public thinking by emphasising some subjects and not others … the press “may not be successful much of the time in telling people what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling its readers what to think about. … Read here—>

  • The US and Never-ending War – Review of The U.S. and Perpetual War

    Roger Stoll: John Rachel – The U.S. and Perpetual War: Interviews and Commentary … Question #11 Who actually defines and sets America’s geopolitical priorities and determines our foreign policy? … the “blob” — the unelected, bipartisan, self-replicating network of senior Washington policymakers (NSC, DoD, CIA) plus the chairs of the House and Senate Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees; engaged former generals, admirals, and ambassadors; major defense contractor lobbyists; and key think-tank and media pundits… & The banksters in London and Wall Street are the essential movers and shakers of US-UK-NATO foreign policy. … Read here —>

  • The Ending of Psychological Thought

    Martin LeFevre:  The afternoon is hazy, probably from the huge wildfires in Canada, and Sentinel Rock in the canyon beyond town is partially obscured. The reasoning mind chooses not to drive to Upper Park, but when upon reaching the deciding point, I continue driving from a deeper place without choosing to do so.    I […] —>

  • Biden’s Debt Ceiling Betrayal is a Democratic Party Tradition

    Margaret Kimberley:  Joe Biden is continuing the ignoble tradition of colluding with republicans while pretending to fight them. The latest debt limit drama is another betrayal of the people. … Biden then announced his willingness to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget. What is being cut? Not money for Ukraine … he would accept republican demands that medicaid and SNAP benefit recipients be required to work at least 20 hours per week … some 600,000 people would lose health coverage and 275,000 people would lose SNAP benefits every month … Read here—>

  • The War in Ukraine Was Provoked

    Jeffrey D. SachsThe Biden administration’s insistence on NATO enlargement has made Ukraine a victim of misconceived and unachievable U.S. military aspirations … Recognizing that the war was provoked helps us to understand how to stop it. … The first was the U.S. intention to expand NATO to Ukraine and Georgia in order to surround Russia … The second was the U.S. role in installing a Russophobic regime in Ukraine by the violent overthrow of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in February 2014. … Read here—>

  • Preparing For the Aftermath When Putin Uses Nukes in Ukraine

    Martin LeFevre:  Like many others, I have a very bad feeling about the slow-motion proxy war between Russia and America in Ukraine. The recent meeting of the G-7 in Hiroshima, of all places, with its lovefest and weapons bazaar for Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has added to a widespread sense of dread. Bizarrely, a movie touted as […] —>

  • The Ancient ‘Wonder Material’ Sucking CO2 Out of the Atmosphere

    Peter Yeung:Though public awareness is low, some scientists believe “biochar” is quietly becoming the world’s first major carbon removal success story … A kind of black powder, it is made by heating up organic matter such as wood chips, manure, leaves, or indeed coffee husks, in the absence of oxygen (to prevent its combustion, which would emit CO2) in a process known as pyrolysis. The creation of biochar removes CO2 from the atmosphere, and in doing so, turns the natural decay of organic matter into a carbon-negative process  Read here—>