We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, January 22, 2010

Past Decade Warmest on Record, NASA Data Shows

from the NY Times, registration required. This seems to be getting some coverage in mainstream media, but I have little doubt that some scientist somewhere in the world will, once again, report the opposite and that will be covered much more extensively in MSM.