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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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Notes on new page – LIST OF ON-GOING TOXIC ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS, NATIONAL AND GLOBAL

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(Aug 9 2013, have added some info and links on some items.) This page lists on-going environmental disasters nationally and globally. It’s purpose is to help us recognize how wide-spread environmental destruction – due to human activity – has become by early 21st Century. I believe we now overwhelm earth’s capacity to repair and restore itself. It cannot keep up with our pace and scope of toxins spewed onto land and into oceans and sky. It’s not easy to quickly locate a list such as this … therefore, I’m going to attempt it. Please read more – you may be able to help! (To bypass this introductory post – go to right hand column, ‘Essential Practices”, and find page “List of environmental disasters …”) Continue reading

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America’s All-Too-Human Ignorance – and How Cute Kitten Videos Can Lead to War or Peace

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As some of our policy makers continue to emphasize war against Iran, (see current news and links below my signature) – or as we in other ways stay on the path of brutality, we can notice the ‘old paradigm’ at play. We can begin a shift toward ‘something tender and good’. We can do so immediately – we can choose to correct the inclination to war against another people. The posted March 2013 TalkingStickTV interview with Cathy Breen – who was in Iraq as peace worker when ‘shock and awe’ began in 2003, and who has re-visited the people of Iraq several times including late 2012 – is highly recommended, Continue reading

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We Are The Help That’s On The Way (If We Pay Attention)

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David Brooks observes: “This is symptom of a larger problem.” The larger problem is that our entire culture’s sense of ‘success’ is skewed to a measure of success that lacks social trust. It would take much writing to ‘unpack’ the relevance of what Brooks ‘runs by us’ in a mere 18 minute talk. Instead of trying to do so, I post the talk here. Enjoy and take heart! We’re on the right track! Continue reading

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Strauss-Kahn, IMF, Justice – Lessons for Humanity

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When in university, I told a friend I hoped “to one day write all that needs to be said in a single sentence”. This single post brings me closer. For me, it’s possible to ‘see’ much of “all humanity’s 21st century challenge” captured in the ‘S-K, IMF, Justice’ drama. This post explores what the drama suggests to me. … I see no viable option for humanity but to ‘dream a big INclusive dream’ and ‘go for it’. Continue reading

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IMF Policies and Dominique Strauss-Kahn; Strauss-Kahn’s Arrest Effectively Removes His Influence?

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“Ultimately, employment and equity are building blocks of economic stability and prosperity, of political stability and peace. This goes to the heart of the IMF’s mandate. It must be placed at the heart of the policy agenda.” (Dominique Strauss-Kahn to the IMF) NOTE: By Tuesday afternoon, with more info on victim made public, I’ve added an update to my original post. This story has at least two, not necessarily easily connected, ‘threads’ worth thought. One is appropriate legal response and justice in support of the victim; one is our mindfulness of IMF policy – broad global issues of justice. Overall theme at “Thoughts From The Well” is to encourage our use of the 21st Century to transition from ‘head/power-over’ paradigms in human society to ‘head/heart’ paradigms. Continue reading

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Ecuador’s Long Struggle with Chevron and its Predecessor Standard Oil

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The Ecuador-Chevron video I’ve made available here is 3 minutes. All humanity, all life everywhere, is vulnerable to deadly exploitation by our well-entrenched economic practice of “progress by profit and profit by expansion.” Status-quo’ does not challenge itself. The challenge must come from that ‘ordinary voice’, and the ordinary voice must be informed, thoughtful, and firm. Continue reading

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Glencore: Profiteering from hunger and chaos – Features – Al Jazeera English (Reflections)

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This world needs economic systems that do what economic systems ‘theoretically’ are supposed to do. They’re supposed to serve humanity. They’re supposed to help us uplift ourselves and one another toward greater fulfillment of our astonishing potential and promise. … This post features an Al Jazeera article on food insecurity, but offers also larger awareness. The better we understand, the better we can be strict and clear in our questions and demands to those we elect. Continue reading

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Iraq: The War Card – The Center for Public Integrity (Thoughts After Killing bin Laden)

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I managed to keep my questions and thoughts to myself until yesterday …caught mention of a US drone attack in Yemen. “?Yemen? ?Yemen!? What’s that about?…”So this”, I thought, “is our next unfolding? We’re going to wreak havoc here and there with our blind drones – we’re continuing this aggressive chase?”… I remind us of the meaning of the word ‘integrity’… Continue reading

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May Day: a new global movement « 21stcenturymanifesto (Response)

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What I especially value in Sutton’s piece is that he reminds us of the universal nature of a general ‘uprising’. It is world-wide. He briefly notes many ‘movements’ of current time. I would add Iceland and Asia. From my perspective, this is not only ‘political’. The rising is, as American founders said: “unalienable” – inborn and inevitable….We (all humanity) do have this time, this 21st Century, to “pull together” thousands of years of experience and contemplation – and to – finally! – “get our ‘head/heart’ act together! Continue reading

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