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(6 comments) SHARE Friday, November 1, 2019 The Chilling Arrest of Max Blumenthal
This past weekend, with the arrest of Max Blumenthal, we were reminded again that leftist activism and independent media in the United States are increasingly under siege.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 9, 2020 COVID-19 Denialism is Rooted in the Settler Colonial Mindset
COVID denialism in the US is problematic to say the least. The nation is facing a public health crisis that's far worse than it needs to be, as shown by the examples of countless other nations around the world that have largely suppressed the first wave. In fact, the US is one of the most dangerous places to be for this pandemic.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Our Veggie Gardens Won't Feed us in a Real Crisis
Massive flooding and heavier than normal precipitation across the US Midwest this year delayed or entirely prevented the planting of many crops. The situation was sufficiently widespread that it was visible from space.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 11, 2019 We Should Stop Insulting Animals and Own Our Own Humanity
While we keep talking this way saying that people are sheep, cops are pigs, and generals are hawks that's not going to happen. People, cops and generals are all Homo sapiens. We can't be anything else. We must acknowledge that reality, with humility and respect, and get to the work of cleaning up our mess.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, August 16, 2019 The Case Against Voting for President
As individuals, our choices make very little difference to the state of the world, often virtually none. Nonetheless, those same choices can have significant effects on ourselves, sometimes profoundly.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 16, 2019 Coups-for-Green-Energy added to Wars-For-Oil
I abhor the fascists that ran Morales out of office, especially the ones in the US. We have no business messing with anyone's right to self-determination. I hope that Morales is able to return to power, as he has pledged to do.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 25, 2020 This is What Collapse Looks Like
We can't say we weren't warned. Since the beginning of this misbegotten project called civilization, there have been dissidents in word and in deed. At every step of the way when we have chosen to walk with ecocide, we could have taken a different path, but didn't. Now here's the reckoning.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 17, 2019 O Christmas Tree, Toxic Christmas Tree!
I first became aware of the toxic nature of Christmas tree farming in 2011 when I was farming in Polk County with my friend Clarabelle, in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
SHARE Sunday, October 20, 2019 Rare Wildflower vs. Mining Company (Part 1)
If the plant were to be listed by the Feds or by Nevada, then the CBD (or other parties) could seek to curtail Ioneer's activities, in part or in whole. Donnelly believes they have a better chance of success with the state, which he described as "more nimble" than the Feds.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 14, 2019 We Need to Stop Believing in "Belief"
"I don't believe in belief. I think belief is a tremendously stultifying force. What I'm interested in is freedom, and I noticed very early that a belief absolutely precludes the possibility of holding to its opposite, and therefore if you believe something you have" limited yourself."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Thinking Outside the Social Media Echo Chamber
Lately, it's been popular to refer to the increasingly narrow worldview that we receive this way as an "echo chamber.",,, Rather than picturing ourselves along a spectrum-defined by only two dimensions-we can envision ourselves in bubbles,,, This admits to being in a bubble, which is honest.
SHARE Thursday, June 25, 2020 Interview with a Tree-sitter
On June 9th and 12th, I interviewed Lupine, a tree-sitter who is currently participating in a Redwood Forest Defense campaign to stop logging at a site in Humboldt County, California.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 1, 2020 Centering the Earth
Something remarkable is happening in the US in 2020 in terms of public awareness of race.
The George Floyd uprising, two months in duration so far, has brought formerly fringe ideas into the mainstream, shifting the entire frame of discourse to the left.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 15, 2019 Reflections on Technology & Culture at my Half-Century Mark
I have remained intrigued about age as it relates to history. So, I value the experiences of people ten to twenty years older than me who have clear memories of the Sixties and early Seventies, and I am interested in the views of those twenty to thirty years younger who never knew the world without the internet.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2020 Trying to Go Deep on Social Media is Like Trying to Dig a Hole from a Moving Vehicle
What's happening at all the George Floyd protests around the country? How many people are showing up? What are the demographics? How many cops are there? Which community organizations are involved? Are local elected officials helping or hurting? Who really broke that window or set that fire? What about these reports of incitement by white supremacists?
SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2020 Eight Reasons Trump Doesn't Need to "Cancel the Election"
Voter suppression is the elephant in the room in 2020. It was in 2016, too, and I find it amazing that the trauma of Trump's victory didn't lead to first exposing and then rooting out the widespread fraud. But then, as you'll recall, Clinton's loss was blamed on "RUSSIA!" for two and a half years, to the exclusion of every other issue or element.
SHARE Wednesday, August 19, 2020 "But What I Really Want""
When I look around at what amounts to "the left" in the US, I find it to be full of compromises, with nearly nothing to be excited about.