Monday, December 31, 2007

The Story of Stuff

Leigh sent me to this video: The Story of Stuff: it is clean and persuasive and well worth the 20 minutes it takes to watch.

She makes some strong arguments for changing the way we consume.

As I approach the new year I will be more mindful of my consumption, more deliberate with my finances and my health, and more intentional with my relationships.

"You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" ---Steven Wright

Thursday, December 27, 2007

World ends in catastrophic floods, right wingers and conservatives hardest hit…

J-Dub writes about this on his blog, MoCommonSense.com---I certainly don’t agree with J-Dub very often, but I enjoy reading all the same.
He and I have a healthy and respectful mutual disagreement, which is rare in these “polarized” times.

Mr. Lindorff wrote in the Baltimore Chronicle a quick little op-ed predicting a catastrophic climactic shift and openly hoping that it disproportionately affects people in the “red states,” or to put an even finer point on it, conservatives.
While I understand the spirit of the writing, it boggles the imagination that; A. an intelligent commentator would embrace this sort of logic, and B. the Baltimore Chronicle would give him a megaphone to preach from.
“Global warming” as it is sold to the public is a farce, an imaginary statistical bugaboo created by environmental activists with a political agenda that is too radical to openly state and is activated via small integral steps. The American people and scientist in particular are correctly skeptical about people making proclamations about the future climate, as we have been down this road before: a little humility is in order.
The PLANET is a complex system, with thousands if not millions of variables interacting. To claim that our increased emission of CO2 is responsible for increasing the global mean temperature is a deliberate misinterpretation of historical data for the express purpose of advocating a specific regulatory change---namely the forced conservation of fossil fuels—and more specifically an attempt to hamstring the American economy.
To be clear: I believe that we should be good stewards of the planet, I believe that we should pursue alternative technologies, but to abdicate our national energy policies to a small but vocal group of “green” activists would be disastrous.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

After 50 years of clinging, it's important to remember not to cling

“Castro” issued a statement this week hinting that Cuba’s official transition from ego-maniacal communist dictatorial rule will proceed smoothly…to another egomaniacal communist dictatorship.
“My basic duty is not to cling to office, nor even more so, to obstruct the rise of people much younger, but to pass on experiences and ideas whose modest value arises from the exceptional era in which I lived,” said “Mr. Castro,” after dying due to complications from stomach surgery in February of 2006.
So after almost a half century of crushing opposition and holding on to power by force while oppressing the people of Cuba, the official propaganda of the state has been forced to lay the foundation for transition to the next dictator---let’s hope his reign is significantly shorter than his brother’s.