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A Symbol of Our Sick Culture

According to an AP story carried in The Oregonian, a man was found dead in his foreclosed home three months after he had passed away, apparently of a heart condition. His mummifying body was found by the cleaning service that the bank had hired. This is so symbolic of our general failure to take care of…Read more

IPCC Synthesis Report Cliff Notes

You don’t have time to read all 116 pages of the IPCC’s Climate Change 2014  Synthesis Report before the quiz? Here is a good quick rundown from Mark Fischetti at Scientific American: 29 Bullets Tell All about Climate Change. As you read it, keep in mind that as alarming as the findings are, this is…Read more

The Raging Grannies in Seattle blocked the entrance to the office of the Washington Department of Ecology Thursday morning. There’s a video at this link. They were there to protest the safety standards that are being proposed for oil-by-rail traffic through Washington. But when one considers the climate impacts of continued use of fossil fuels,…Read more

If you are worried about whether the Republicans or Democrats will control the US Senate next week, relax. It doesn’t matter . As I hope you know by now,  money will be the puppeteer that makes the D’s and R’s dance around the stage. Check out this article on Truthdig. More money than ever is…Read more

Yay! By way of Common Dreams: An Oil Change International report entitled Material Risks: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development finds that citizen blockades and other resistance actions are heavily impacting the bottom lines of oil companies and drilling operations. Resistance works!  

Is Revolution Brewing in the US?

On Alternet this morning there is an excerpt from the book The Economics of Revolution by David Degraw. This is part 3 of the book. Links to Part 1 and 2 can be found there. This will be my bed time reading this evening. There are plenty of disturbing stats in the excerpt to highlight…Read more

Depressed About Climate Change?

If you are depressed about climate change, and you should be, you’re not alone. As the bumper sticker goes, if you’re not depressed, then you’re not paying attention. An article on Grist discusses the problem of depression among scientists, and other “frontliners”, such as activists, who study and consider the effects of climate change every day. It…Read more

Ustream for Occupy PDX Vigil

I don’t know how you may feel about the Occupy movement. If you don’t support it for whatever reason, I’m not going to waste my time trying to convince you if you don’t get it by now. If you do support Occupy, please read on. As you may already know, Occupy Portland has been running…Read more

Planting Seeds

It seems like no matter how bad things get in the world at large, spring can always fill me with the sense that it’s all going to turn out alright. It is probably a delusional optimism (an irrational exuberance almost) considering the actual state of things. If you plant a garden though, sometimes you just…Read more