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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Greatest Nation in the World

First this, if you haven't seen it or want a reminder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyzDRc34l2g Then this: America could be the greatest country in the world again by overturning a few centuries' of bad habits of thought, assumption, lack of national introspection. Here is one issue that... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The war is between tribal and civil mentalities.

Tribal thinking holds family and kin to be the center of Us, and everyone else is Them. Tribal mentality is profoundly defensive of the tribe/clan/kin/religion's beliefs, rituals, and values. and sees the Outsider as threatening all of that and therefore, the tribe's existence. Tribal thinking is... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Well, here's a thing!

I found this on Facebook today, from Bill Moyers, one of the few true and honest journalists in America today. After I watched it, I wrote: There are two Americas. One belongs to The People, as declared and intended by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It is... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 26, 2015

It makes no sense

...that patients are told No food after midnight before your surgery, regardless of whether that surgery is at 8am or 3pm. Why not, don't eat any nearer than 8 hours to your surgery? Do doctors think we are too dim to work out the actual time?...that appointments are made for 4pm with the full... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 16, 2015

No, the cows don't keep their calves...

It is one of the items on the animal rights agenda, to get people to stop buying from industrial dairies that only care how much milk an animal produces in its lifetime, without caring a whit about its actual life. Same with the goat milk industry. It's not the contented backyard goat or cow kinda... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Democrats take the stage...

...and they had a debate! They spent no time smacking each other down, and with some pretty direct questions from Anderson Cooper, moderating, issues were discussed and character explored. A couple of thoughts occurred to me: There were five on stage, only two of whom can really be hoping for the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Winning with compassion

So much is changing in the world in the ways we think of ourselves in relationship to others, both of human and non-humankind. It lifts my heart every time I see a report of new public policy embracing compassion and acknowledging our role as Earth's stewards where it has all been about exploitation... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bambi vs The Big Bad Wolf

https://www.facebook.com/atchuup/videos/1456047227995347/?fref=nf I sure hope this video gets to the people who most need to see it: the ranchers who decry the destructiveness of wolves in an environment, for instance, and the legislators in Alaska who think massive wolf-hunts from helicopters are a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This speaks for itself...

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/18/ig-nobel-prizes-2015 The biggest point to be respected here is that even apparently silly science can have great serious science implications. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 21, 2015

With a hat-tip to Naut, who also loves history!

History is such a fragile thing. It's all very well to say, no, it is what happened, it's indelible, it is actual... So it is, an event, an action, plays out its options and leads to its conclusion. But that isn't history. History is the story of what happened, and that is prey to any agenda, any... Sign in to see full entry.

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