Blog changes, announcements.

10/24/16: (1) Posts have become worse than sporadic! Causes generally the same: House/yard projects often tackled manually and ‘creatively’ given limited resources.  (2) I’m also slightly more involved in local group activities around food production and exploring societal needs/concerns. That’s good news – has been my plan since moving here and house/yard “surprises” effectively sent me on a 10 yr diversion. (3) The world indeed still moves along – nationally, globally with significant and frequently worrisome intermixing of the two. Progress on 3 challenging critical fields of understanding is decidedly mixed.  Earth-care trouble spots are global and multiple with clashes we must expect. The Dakota Access pipeline is presently a key focus for Native Americans and Allies in US, with Canadian First Nations support, although Canada’s First Nations and Allies face equal and steady challenges there.  A second, economic systemic failure to meet actual needs of human and other life forms, is related to land/resources exploitation. Profit remains the prime motivator. Social Darwinism – despite its frequent debunking – seems an unrecognized, unexamined, underlying belief for most of the world’s “successful” populations. As a species, we still don’t get it – cooperation, rooted in hardwiring, allowed our hunter-gatherer forerunners to survive. Withholding gains for private accumulation to any significant degree, and restricting access to essential resources or to knowledge/skill required to use them, would have been deadly not only to h-g but to our species. By late 20thC much on innate cooperative and empathetic urges had been explored. Research  – both in hard (neuro) and ‘soft’ (social) sciences – has confirmed and furthered understanding that we best thrive in mutually supportive practices. Thus, the third challenging critical field flows from what I’ve laid out re economic systemic failure. We remain ignorant and unimaginative when it comes to understanding how our hardwired species psychology.  Inborn, very normal, psychological needs drive human motivation , belief, and choice (action).   Critical questions we do not yet routinely ask are “What do I believe?”, “Where/how did I learn this?“, and “Where did those who taught me learn these memes and paradigms?” (4) Editing posts/pages:  Mega editing of neglected posts/pages needed – ‘links’ and ‘fridge door’ – especially, but not yet touched. No progress with this, it’s been back burner for a very very long time. (5)  A reader might ask: “What’s this blog’s position on ‘spiritual vs rational‘?” Answer: First, I strongly appreciate arguments against ‘magical thinking’; Second, ‘staying blissed out’ is escape from active responsibility in issues like climate warming, poverty, marginalization, and war. Third, I make no claim to know Buckminster Fuller‘s insights well – thoughts, math, or science. But I imagine my understandings compatible with his: There is an ‘integrity’ to forces at play within natural laws that drive the cosmos; the integrity is profound enough to be recognized as ‘sacred’ in some sense. To me, ‘sacred’ applies to our species potential, and also to the natural world’s dynamic landscape, watershed, oceans, and all flora/fauna found within. ….. This blog’s overall theme? Questions, thoughts, and challenges that encourage us to know “who we are” and “how we can more closely realize deep human promise.”WELCOME! Comments and share options on nearly every page or post!


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Starving In The Spring

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Originally posted on The Dish:
The Arab Spring nations, such as Egypt and Syria, have struggled with food security: The food import dependence and lack of foreign exchange is all the more worrying as the global food crisis of 2008  [seen above]…

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Shrouded in Secrecy Has Far-Reaching Consequences

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Originally posted on The Noah Project:
A fellow blogger suggested, in a recent comment, that we should all pay close attention to The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as it will have far reaching consequences for U.S. laws, workers rights, the environment…

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Dominican Republic Records 30 Percent Increase in Organic Food Production

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Originally posted on The Noah Project:
From the Fresh Plaza website: The Dominican Republic recorded in the past six years a steady 30 percent increase in the production of organic food, with which it has established itself as one of…

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Shut Up and Listen – Cont’d.

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Originally posted on The Noah Project:
Peasant communities all over the world are beginning to realize that, although intensive agriculture might boost crop yields in the short term with seemingly little effort, in the long term it pollutes water sources and…

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Outside the Box Diplomacy – John Kerry, Maybe – Dennis Rodman, for Sure

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Einstein is often quoted on problem solving: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — What better application for outside the box problem solving than world adversaries discovering community? Kerry may have stumbled into it – who knows. Rodman seems intentional. —- The questions for the rest of us are “Do we believe such caroming is in the mix?” and “What can we do to ‘lever’ outside-the-box conflict resolution ideas to best outcome for all humanity?” Continue reading

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Deep Wrongness – American Momentum to Attack Syria, (4 Video Insights)

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This post notes and values wide-spread American opposition to the proposed Syrian bombing. It also raises concerns, examines ‘willful blindness’, ‘manufacturing consent in democracy’ — and concludes it’s entirely likely that “strategy toward larger goals” explains why ‘bombing and smashing’ is the only proposal made. —- Insights from 4 highly knowledgeable and thoughtful people included via video clips. — A quote central to the blog’s theme: “…emotionally potent over-simplifications must be provided by myth makers.” — Democracy, at its core, is never about silence, never about ‘hierarchy and deference’. At its core, democracy is about asking critical questions and drawing intelligent, thoughtful conclusions on behalf of all involved – especially those most vulnerable. — Children, families, and neighbors – all alive today in Syria and in refugee camps – cannot speak to our legislators. We must speak for them. — They do not need our bombs in addition to what they already experience. Continue reading

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Adam Curtis’: “The Century of The Self” (video)

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“Buyer beware” works better if the buyer is aware of his/her subconscious ‘decision drivers’! Here is the full version of Adam Curtis’ “The Century of The Self”. All four episodes are ‘one viewing’, about 4 hrs in length. With greatest gratitude to ‘therebel.org’ who posted on Vimeo! Continue reading

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Dr. Martin Luther King: “Beyond Vietnam” Spoke to our Relationship To All Nations (Video)

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Reverend King was not ‘just about’ domestic inequality. He taught of need to be all inclusive of all humanity. He spoke consistently with eloquent force and compassion on need for America to cease military-linked violence against people of other nations. … A warning given by Dr. King in his “Beyond Vietnam” speech is now chilling — considering where we’ve been and what we’ve done in the years since. Has violence of war – meeting violence with greater violence – ever really brought humanity closer to enduring peace and thriving community? —– Listen to Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. — What holds us in the Middle East? Who are the children and families, the neighbors in community, of Syria, of the entire region? What is the shared human longing that they experience with us? Continue reading

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Exactly.

Originally posted on Whatever Works:
(George Packer has a chat.) UPDATE : Dearest readers, as much as I’d like to lay claim to the words that follow, I cannot. They aren’t mine. The ‘dialogue’ here is from George Packer at The…

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