Category Archives: Rediscovering our Humanity

Ushering in the Closing Chapter of the Human Species

(From  Ken Orphan): The epic assaults being carried out against the vulnerable around the world at this very moment will determine the fate of our species and the living earth itself.  To the powerful this statement is hyperbole at its extreme, but to those of us on the other side there is no condemnation that is too exaggerated when it comes to the destruction of communities and of the biosphere itself.  The attacks are taking place along ancient rivers in the American Dakotas, in the life drenched rain forests of Ecuador, in historic olive groves in Palestine, in the melting tundra of the Arctic circle, in the sun baked Niger Delta, and in the war torn or misery laden shanty’s of Aleppo, Kolkata, Jakarta, Nairobi and beyond.  These may seem like separate instances to some, but they are a part of a global struggle and the outcome will in all likelihood determine our collective future and that of millions of other species that we share this planet with.

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Sanders: Failures of Globalization

[Zero Hedge/NYT] Surprise, surprise. Workers in Britain, many of whom have seen a decline in their standard of living while the very rich in their country have become much richer, have turned their backs on the European Union and a globalized economy that is failing them and their children.


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Pope Francis calls for sweeping action on environment

New York Times: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action.

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Overconsumption, Overpopulation in Pictures

How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people.

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Zero Hedge: Reasons behind current War Fever

ZERO HEDGE: The political elites, Federal Reserve and special interests that really run the show hiding behind Congress and the president of either party in America’s closed two-party monopoly seem to be running scared in many regards. They rightly have many fears for their political future as well as the profits and survival of the major international corporations and banking interests that support the current political leadership and regime.

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Addressing Social Issues Key to Big Company Survival

Forbes: January 1, 2025, Irving, Texas: Exxon Mobil is proud to announce that its exit from the extraction and production of nonrenewable resources is now complete.

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50% of Planet’s Biodiversity Destroyed

The world has lost 52 percent of its biodiversity since 1970, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced in a study released today on the state of our planet.

According to the Living Planet Report 2014, “the number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish across the globe is, on average, about half the size it was 40 years ago. This is a much bigger decrease than has been reported previously, as a result of a new methodology which aims to be more representative of global biodiversity.”

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Longing for Mayberry

With the situation in Ferguson and Iraq, I thought it would be a good idea to re-post this essay I wrote in 2007 (it reads like it could have been written yesterday).  This and other essays can be found in the book A World Without War.

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BEFORE MAKING THE POINT HERE I must admit that I received three traffic-related tickets in the last three years in my home state of Maryland. The tickets came from a variety of policing agencies: state, county, municipal. I was required to take one day’s worth of driving school or face having my license suspended. I took a 40 question test and that was that, unless of course I get another round of tickets. To be sure, I’ve become a better driver as a result.

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