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 Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The Pacific Ocean is now warming 15 times faster than it used to
The link between ocean temperatures and hurricanes is very convincing, hence the results of the study reported in this article is another indicator (among many others) that we are heading for more extreme weather events if dramatic changes in the way humans live continue to be put off until some distant future. Asians have been experiencing the worst effects and are clamoring for change. However, we still see reports like this that suggests that we still don't know, the implication being that we need more studies before taking any action.
Notice the way the author frames the issue--"conservatives" are the evil-doers. If we just vote in liberal capitalists everything will be fine. (sarcasm) Gee, I thought that Obama was one of these liberals--he promised "change" didn't he?