The looming end of the Mayan long-count calendar has prompted fervid doomsday predictions on the internet, mass arrests in China, and a small tourism boom in southern Mexico. But Bolivia's president, Evo Morales, says the date is the beginning of a new era of peace and love. "…the Mayan calendar's 21 December 2012 is the end of the non-time and the beginning of time. It is … [Read more...] about Peter: “Evo Morales – Entering the Pacha, a new beginning”
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[See updates below] Our so-called leaders from around the world seem to be incapable of taking the decisive action that is essential. (Maybe we should call it COP-OUT 18‽) Even the World Bank recently issued a report saying the consequences of world inaction on global warming will be 'catastrophic'. I can see why the T-shirt pictured above is popular among participating … [Read more...] about Peter: “COP-Out 18 [UPDATED]”
The tar sands issue isn't only about the danger from pipelines crossing the U.S. so the dirty tar sands oil can be refined and shipped overseas, it's about the destruction of thousands of square miles of wildlands in Alberta, severe health impacts on thousands of indigenous people, and a major increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The Canadian government and regulators bow to … [Read more...] about Tar Sands Hell
Robert Frost’s ‘Fire and Ice’* doesn’t really have anything to do with global warming or endocrine disruption, but there is a parallel in the presence of two major threats that humanity faces today: global warming and the ubiquitous presence of synthetic chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system. I believe the threat of endocrine disruptors is on a par with global warming—a … [Read more...] about Fire or Ice? (Does it matter?)
(With apologies to Robert Frost and his poem by the same title) When I saw the headline 'Attitudes on Arabs, terrorism shifting' in today's Morning Call, I expected to read that people here in the Lehigh Valley were finally getting over their prejudices and stereotypes about Arabs & Muslims. Instead, I learned that even as other fears have decreased, ‘wariness of … [Read more...] about The Road Not Taken
By Gary Olson In the wake of the despicable atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, I authored an opinion piece in which I argued that painful as it was to write or read, 9/11 was “blowback” for a long trail of abuses perpetrated by the United States in pursuit of a misguided notion of “national security.” While people around the globe — including the Muslim world — grieved at our loss … [Read more...] about What did we learn from 9/11?
Among the many Republican presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower anticipated the current self-reinforcing aggregation of wealth and power to corporations and the already-wealthy. In 1864, in a letter to William F. Elkins, Lincoln wrote: “As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power … [Read more...] about Two Republicans Who Saw the Danger
One of the videos in Tom Ulrich's email the other day shows former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich giving a clear, easy-to-understand explanation of what happened to the economy and why—in only 2 minutes! Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTzMqm2TwgE In later posts to his blog, Reich covers two related concerns: Why Medicare Is the Solution, Not the Problem The … [Read more...] about Why All the Fuss About Cutting Spending is Nonsense!
By Gary Olson — It may be too early to draw absolute lessons from the U.S. military's assassination of Osama bin Laden, but here are a few observations and questions. First, why have 7,000 Americans died in Iraq and Afghanistan and hundreds of thousands of civilians been killed, only to have bin Laden executed by Navy SEALs in a location only 35 miles north of Islamabad, … [Read more...] about Killing bin Laden leads to questions…
Do schools and our current educational system function in sustainable ways—and do they prepare students to live sustainable lives? Hundreds of years ago, the people knew waht this meant, but many of us seem to have forgotten. One of the Great Laws of the Iroquois was ‘In every deliberation we must consider the impact on the seventh generation.’ In 2000, Penn State issued a … [Read more...] about Education and Sustainability