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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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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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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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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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Millennials Meet to “reRoute” Our Economy

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Originally posted on The Noah Project:
By: Keith Harrington: Huffington Post In case you missed it, this past spring students at over a dozen universities and colleges across North America gathered on their campuses to lay the foundations of a new millennial-led movement…

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Zimmerman Trial – What of the Restorative Justice Process ?

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Neither Trayvon Martin nor George Zimmerman was born to become known for the reasons we’ve come to know them. How does a society weary of wasted and lost potential of the new-born infant begin to find deeper understanding, even healing, that might lead to a better future? “What if Restorative Justice practices were (or had been) used – to combine justice with healing from this painful event?” My thoughts and some wisdom from experts … There is a nagging – to many, sacred, – sense that “we have something better to bring to Tribe Human than we’ve found so far”. … I believe that nagging has always pestered us. It explains much … It pesters us for a reason … Continue reading

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Oil Train Disasters do NOT Justify the XL Pipeline (Lac Megantic)

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We are so locked into expand and exploit, are so addicted to high-consumption lifestyles, that we’ll use any argument available to convince ourselves and others that “its regrettable to destroy earth, but what choice do we have?”. This is truly a beyond bizarre line of thought. We claim to be an intelligent, curious, optimistic, problem solving species that is willing and able to ‘slog through difficulty’ for a better tomorrow. I believe this is true about us; I believe we can, if we decide, find our way out. However, I see us behaving as if we don’t really want to identify how threatening our ‘systems and styles’ are to this earth’s essential vibrancy, without which – life as we know it does not exist, period. (What is already underway with tar-sands mining/processing in northern Alberta almost defies description. It is not good. photos, links, info re XL and related earth/life issues.) Continue reading

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Notes on the Potential of Transformative Justice

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I’ve posted previously on Circle Justice and on Restorative Justice; I’ve a modest resource page for these in my “Essential Practices” section, see right hand column, this page. Both Circle and Restorative Justice models place emphasis on healing individual and community – healing of victim, perpetrator, and rupture in community brought about by harm done. With this post, I want to alert readers to the emerging “third form” of healing justice – Transformative Justice. Continue reading

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Reminders about ourselves …

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Today’s offering “… a ‘repository’ where foundational ideas, ‘samples’ of our human doings, and pointers to possible solution – that I find valuable and important” – are collected in one place. One theme not well represented here that I nearly daily comment on with passion and plea is ‘earth care’ – our stewardship of all earth, all life. … Continue reading

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