March on Washington – 50th Anniversary – Dr. Martin Luther King Shared His Dream (Video)

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This weekend’s national events include honoring the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. I post an embedded version here. I do not review the historical context, but provide a link for that information. Both sound and video quality (of the event in real time) are good. Continue reading

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Reclaiming Our Humanity – Follow-up on Oklahoma Shooting-death of Australian Student

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The people of Duncan Oklahoma may need to keep their thoughts centered on the situation in their community. I hope they do, I hope they do so with some wisdom, and I wish them well. — The rest of us might best help by giving thought to our own immediate cultures and follow-through with thought about our national culture. — What do we want our American culture to emphasize and encourage – empathy – or emotional detachment? What is our ultimate goal? Post also reviews “share the prosperity” culture and economics of post-WW2 and the 1960’s in contrast to now, with particular emphasis on role of economics. Continue reading

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Oklahoma Teens Alleged Murder of Australian Exchange Student – America’s Pathological Detachment

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Who are these accused boys? What is the world they inhabit? … I mean ‘who are these young Americans’ and ‘what American world do they inhabit’. … By briefest sketch, these youth are young Americans living in a nation that practices little else but ‘detachment’. … This shooting may be a consequence of a culture such as we have in America – a culture pleased, at least until now, to rely on ‘detached’, ‘measured’, ‘reasonable’ restriction of empathy in order to ‘get things done’. Continue reading

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Human Role in Growing Dead Zones in Gulf of Mexico and Elsewhere

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Essential to earth stewardship issues: Tom Philpott at Mother Jones posts an excellent article (August 14, 2013) on Gulf of Mexico dead zones (devoid of oceanic life or thriving life). … comprehensive, with excellent graphics (maps, etc) – a few key points from, and link to, Philpott’s article here … Continue reading

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Of Buckminster Fuller – With Devoted Appreciation (Video)

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Every time I … dip into the mind, personality, and world of Buckminster Fuller, (1895-1983), I ‘fall in love all over again’. …As you watch the film “Reflections: R. Buckminster Fuller (1977)”, you will meet a person who speaks from the heart, (without a trace of sentimentality), about where his inventive mind takes him, (on a journey through the cosmos, while rooted in practical, pragmatic, goals). … His solutions lie in creative thinking, creative design, and attention to resource use. He explains how observing a ‘typical and normal’ situation triggered questions for him that informed his creative mind. He presents his vision of what could be – if we choose to ‘make it so’. He expresses confidence that IF we so choose, we’ll find ourselves ‘freed up’ from deprivation and fighting. Once ‘freed up’ we’ll enter humanity’s next range of possibilities. … Continue reading

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Earth’s Dilemma – Scope and Pace of Human Industrially Based Destruction

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What do Fukushima Daiichi and a small community in the bayou country of Louisiana have in common? Each is the location of unfolding “impossible” environmental disasters of “unthinkable” toxicity to earth, earth’s waters, and to life – including of course human. At this time, neither disaster has knowable solutions. …I think it’s safe to say – multiple on-going and unhealed environmental disasters exist. …If everyone …were …to appreciate ‘scope and pace’ is a critical factor in rapidly accelerating and accumulating damage. It is possible for us to overwhelm earth’s natural restorative processes. …also suggested by Tim Murphy in his Mother Jones article, referenced and quoted in this post. Murphy says: “… never before, (have humans extracted natural resources from the earth) at the rate and magnitude of today’s petrochemical industry.” This post expands awareness from Fukushima Daiichi and the Bayou Corne Sinkhole to include other large-scale scenes of current, on-going, environmental devastation and whole-region toxification. Continue reading

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What is Willful Blindness vs What is a Whistle-blower?

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What is ‘willful blindness’, how influential is it in our personal, workplace, community, and political lives? What motivates whistle-blowers? Margaret Heffernan reviews what she’s discovered as answers to these questions in a 15 minute TEDx talk. Well worth a listen! Continue reading

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Problems Viewing Adam Curtis’s BBC series The Century of the Self and Why You Should Find a Way to View It

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Unfortunately, one of my favorite, most ‘revered’ links is now almost (but not quite) unavailable. Adam Curtis’s “The Century of The Self” BBC mini-series has practically vanished! … Today, (6 August 2013) I’ve researched it’s availability. … Here’s what I’ve learned re the availability of The Century of The Self series, and notes on its value in understanding manipulation … Continue reading

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It’s this way because we want it this way

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Originally posted on Whatever Works:
From Bloombery News, this is something that’s been screamingly obvious, and widely known. It has, however, been barred from any examination of American health care reforms. Because Denial isn’t just a streetcar, it is a national state…

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Bee and Wasp Die-off – Our Inescapable Need to Steward All Life

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I suspect a good many people ‘sort of’ realize we’ve got a bee die-off problem. But as with other troublesome questions that challenge high consumption lifestyles, it seems we briefly acknowledge an issue, then go back to living the very lives that could conceivably do us in – along with the rest of the living world! The trouble with our high consumption, convenience seeking, habitual way, is that it ignores the very real interdependency of all life. One could say we’re choosing to be or to remain ignorant. Probably not a wise choice. Continue reading

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