Sometimes the truth comes out. Not often, when you’re talking about media. It’s here, though, short but not sweet. A friend sent this to me, and I hope you’ll send it on however you can. Those of us who love this country are sick at what it has become, and, as the guy in this short clip says, the first step to fixing something is to tell the truth about what’s broken.


First Noosphere World Forum

September 8, 2011

A friend  sent  me to this website:

It took a while for me to get beyond the artwork. Unfortunately their presentation is in reversed type (white over a background) so I took this text from this page and reformatted it so I could read it. Now, I haven’t yet read the other pages, but this seems to me an important initiative. The analysis feels real. It ties in with what I have felt in my bones for most of my lifetime: We are in a once-in-a-species-lifetime transition and it’s a good and hopeful thing!

Arguing about whether climate change is manmade or natural seems to me somewhat beside the point. (It’s clear enough that it’s happening, and, more to the point for me personally, I have “known” since the 1970s that we would live long enough to see Antarctica, or a large part of it, come out from under the ice. That tells me that it isn’t some catastrophic anomaly, but part of a larger picture that I, and of course countless others unknown to me, sensed decades ago.) How much of it is being caused or aggravated by human activities is a matter of debate. The fact that people on all sides of the issue are using it to advance their own agendas is also beside the point. If people could find a way to make hay out of the fact that the sun shines and then, suspiciously enough, doesn’t shine, every 24 hours, they would. The facts the scientists or researchers on one side of an issue are cooking the books doesn’t mean (a) that those on the other side aren’t doing it too, or (b) that the book-cookers may not be correct regardless. (After all, even if cheating is all-pervasive, somebody still has to be more right than others.) Ad hominem arguments are irrelevant, though I notice that the dirty bastards on the other side of the issue use them all the time.

(If that last sentence didn’t make you smile, re-read it. If, re-reading it, you take it as a statement of fact, you’ve gotten too deeply enmeshed in your ideology.)

The importance of addressing the issue as part of the larger noosphere issue is that things seen in context are less likely to be seen distorted; less likely to giver rise to accusation and counter-accusation, and far more likely to lead us off into new, even exciting, mental vistas.

This is another case of my commentary being as long as the piece I’m passing on! Okay, here it is.

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John Michael Greer’s weekly column “The Archdruid Report” has become a regular stop for blog-surfers looking for interesting and challenging perspectives. The people who are still entering pro-Obama and anti-Obama comments on the blog, a full year after I ran someone’s column about him, ought to read this column and do some actual thinking, instead of just reacting. This from

Salvaging Learning

The other day, courtesy of the public library system here in Cumberland, I had the chance to curl up on the couch with a copy of Canadian journalist Jonathan Kay’s survey of American conspiracy theorists, Among the Truthers. I’m sorry to say it was a disappointing read. Kay’s an engaging writer and the book has some good moments, but on the whole it was a depressing reminder of the reasons that the word “journalistic” has become a synonym for “facile and tendentious.”

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Liberals in the era of Theodore Roosevelt thought that the  evils of the capitalist system could be contained by government regulation of the economy. Liberals in the era of Franklin Roosevelt — given power in the aftermath of the catastrophic collapse of the Great Depression — set up regulatory agencies to do just that.

Conservatives beginning in the era of Ronald Reagan pooh-poohed the dangers of capitalism and did their best to remove layer after layer of regulation.

Fukushima is the tip of the iceberg that is going to sink both theories. An honest look at society shows that the regulators always wind up being owned and operated by the regulated; it also shows that regulation is sorely needed.

While it is not at all clear what the answer may be — maybe there isn’t an answer — it is clear that neither liberals nor conservative theory is in close  touch with reality, and that while the cock-sure ideologues argue, our lives hang in the balance.

America’s Nuclear Nightmare

The U.S. has 31 reactors just like Japan’s — but regulators are ignoring the risks and boosting industry profits

The Davis-Besse nuclear generating station in Ohio, where a football-size hole overlooked by NRC inspectors nearly caused a catastrophe in 2002

Beyond Money

May 7, 2011

Via a friend, a website featuring little things you can do, now, without preparation, to prepare for the coming changes. Click through to read it on Bill Totten’s website,

Coping, caring, and building community


by Thomas H Greco

Beyond Money (April 29 2011)

As the financial and economic ground continues to shift beneath our feet, it becomes ever more imperative that we reduce our dependence upon the institutions and structures that we have come to depend upon and take for granted. The financial tsunami of 2008 and the continuing aftershocks should be a wakeup call. The stock markets may be up (for now), but that should not be taken as comforting evidence that everything is “getting back to normal”. …

How do we cope with all of that? It is, of course, as the proverb says, both a challenge and an opportunity. I have suggested before that society is on the verge of metamorphic change that offers the promise of a more peaceful and harmonious world in which basic needs are met and everyone has the opportunity to realize their fullest potential. But it will take the right kind of action to make that vision a reality. It will require that we take sharing and cooperation to new levels, and that we create new structures that can serve the common good. An essential part of that is building community.

On that score, I take inspiration from Richard Flyer and the Conscious Community Network. Richard recently posted a list of 37 ways to build community. No Act is Too Small! You can click on {2} below to learn more, but I have extracted the 37 ways here for your convenience. I’m sure Richard won’t mind. — Thomas H Greco


Bear in mind that this URL has at its top the column for Wednesday May 4, 2011. If you click on  it on May 12, 2011 or later, you will get a different — but probably just an intelligent and thought-provoking — column.

Michael Ventura’s “Letters at 3AM” column for the Austin Chronicle:

The Inevitability of the Unexpected

The unexpected always happens


Rule 1: The unexpected always happens.

It is never possible to foretell every possibility.

Rule 2: Safety is not a human option.

To call anything “safe” is only to state that it is safe relative to what is expected. But sooner or later, Rule 1 soars in with the unexpected.

Rule 3: History always misbehaves.

“History” is commonly defined as the past, but really, it is a mode of behavior, the collective behavior of human beings romping with one another and with the planet. History is a continuous interaction in the unavoidable present: intense, ongoing, multi, always defying expectations, one surprise after another.

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