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

Friday, February 28, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, February 28, 2020

Back in 2009, before the holiday season, Dr. James Hansen appeared on the Tonight Show with David Letterman.  I downloaded a file copy so I could show it offline.  Some time later the interview was purged from the channel.  Luckily I had saved that copy.  I posted it on my personal YouTube channel where it's gotten about 7k views over six years.
Well here goes, folks.  Everything he said then is just as true now.  We have made zero progress towards reducing our carbon emissions, and the Money Boys are still trying to figure out how to 'make a buck' off of the current climate emergency. 
  • Coronavirus Update featuring Guy McPherson, retired Professor of Biology, from his YouTube channel Edge of Extinction. (Note: In this episode, McPherson offers a very startling prediction about global warming that is based on very questionable statistics (according to him). You should know of his past analyses about the effect of aerosols on global warming: see this, or if you are not technically challenged, see this.) 
  • America’s Hundred Year War on Socialism by Deena Stryker from New Eastern Outlook. (Note: Although Stryker doesn't exactly address "America's Hundred Year War on Socialism", she offers sound observations about the current election scene in the USA.)