Climate change makes normal winter seem cold

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Damn this horrible weather! What a nasty winter we're having, eh? There has been a lot of complaining about the cold and the snow this winter. You can’t open your Facebook feed without hearing about the “unusual winter” and people’s personal gripes with the weather in their area. The polar vortex that dunked much of the country into unusually cold weather for a few weeks was, admittedly, … [Read more...]

Again, against Big Brother

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Tomorrow, February 11, Transition Voice will join a worldwide Internet protest against online surveillance by the NSA and other U.S. spy agencies. Below we re-post a call-to-action from the group Demand Progress. If you care about protecting freedom on the Internet, we hope you'll take part. -- Ed. Dear Users of the Internet, In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship … [Read more...]

A walk in January

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The only sounds are crows and wind. The winds resemble distant trains without the reassuring rhythm. They persist too strongly, and while I can't say that the trees object and are complaining, many have retreated to their shelters for the winter. No, this is not a pulse of power; it seems a determined, endless current, though it really is only a wave, the rhythm of which is not obvious yet. … [Read more...]

Growing up from the need to always grow

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In the Western World, growth is our mantra.  Our schools, our religions, our governments, our businesses, all our institutions bombard us with the same message that to be all that we are meant to be means we have to grow. Growth in and of itself can be a good thing, but unfortunately the growth that can be our doom is material growth, which has limits. So instead of thinking for … [Read more...]

2014 In and Out list

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It's a sacred duty we take up at the beginning of the new year. Donning our psychic caps and tuning in to the Noosphere we delve deep into what really matters in crafting our annual "In and Out" list. And thank G-O-D that we do. Having again viewed what passes for mainstream "In and Out" lists — for example the list in the Washington Post — we can only hang our heads in shame knowing we share … [Read more...]

Dignity in dabbling

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We offer the following quote from inspired science fiction writer Robert Heinlein for all you DIY generalists out there. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new … [Read more...]

Study finds shift to ‘dark money’ in climate denial effort

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The largest, most-consistent money fueling the climate denial movement are a number of well-funded conservative foundations built with so-called "dark money," or concealed donations, according to an analysis released Friday afternoon. The study, by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert Brulle, is the first academic effort to probe the organizational underpinnings and funding behind … [Read more...]

‘Tis a gift to be cold

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The beauty of the universe expresses itself in simplicity. --Margaret J. Wheatley Winter is the time of year when we are confronted head-on with simplicity. In the latitude where I live, as the earth turns away from the sun, temperatures drop. Water molecules slow down to the point where water freezes as cold envelops the landscape. Most plants go into a state of rest - they shed their … [Read more...]

‘The Giving Tree’ a heartbreaking classic for kids and adults

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Shel Silverstein’s classic The Giving Tree is a  love story between a boy and a tree that turns dysfunctional in the end. Like all the best children's books, The Giving Tree isn't just for kids. And given what industrial society is doing to the Earth, Silverstein's story, which first came out in 1964, is more relevant for adults today than it ever was. When the boy was little he spent his … [Read more...]

Warsaw conference a bust as climate emissions reach record high

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The disappointing climate conference in Warsaw, Poland -- which was intended to lay the groundwork for a global climate agreement in 2015 -- stands in sharp contrast to the continued growth in emissions of greenhouse gases. Negotiators and activists alike confront not only the fact that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reached the highest annual total to date, but also a shifting geographic … [Read more...]