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...]

The answer to climate change

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When I give these climate talks, by the end people are typically agitated and full of questions. “What technology is going to fix this?” “How are we ever get people to agree on a solution?” “I’m just one person, what could I possibly do that would make an impact?” My answers often catch people a little off guard: I try to instill that more important than any technical fix is a cultural change, … [Read more...]

Fear for free!

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The big brouhaha over former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's whistle-blowing revelation that the government is tuning in to every last thing We The People are doing has resulted in exactly the effect that an authoritarian government would most want to achieve: leaving us all quaking in fear and paranoia. For my part, I'm neither ready to declare Snowden a hero nor to … [Read more...]

Get apocalyptic: Why radical is the new normal

Tim DeChristopher

Feeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet? That’s hardly surprising: Life as we know it is almost over. While the dominant culture encourages dysfunctional denial—pop a pill, go shopping, find your bliss—there’s a more sensible approach: Accept the anxiety, embrace the deeper anguish—and then get apocalyptic. We are staring down multiple cascading ecological … [Read more...]

Papal infallibility comes to climate science

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A year ago, I had a good job as a producer at a digital marketing firm.  Like many people I was aware of climate change, but it was just another issue in a long list of troubling issues facing the world.  Then I saw this TED talk, by Paul Gilding. With most TED talks, the audience is awed by the depth of human ingenuity and filled with positive visions of the future.  Gilding's talk wasn't like … [Read more...]

Double, double, toil and trouble

Devil on Wall Street

Hey anons, goblins, ghouls, ghosts and hallowed party-goers, Looks like on the eve of the election there’s going to be one hell of a party on Wall Street, one on Capitol Hill and hundreds more in front of banks and other prime locations all over the land. “We all just need a good night off, to relax and have fun.” Invite your friends, invite your enemies and bring back the spirit of all … [Read more...]

Clean power for all (Offer not available in some areas)

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A year ago I would've loved the optimistic and can-do tone of Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects. The book is not only inspiring. It's also realistic. While all too many solar panel and wind turbine buffs are Polyannas who promise that America can enjoy decades of economic growth in the future if only we'd dump dirty energy for solar and wind, … [Read more...]

The rain on our parade: a letter to my dismal allies

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Dear Allies, Forgive me if I briefly take my eyes off the prize to brush away some flies, but the buzzing has gone on for some time. I have a grand goal, and that is to counter the Republican right with its deep desire to annihilate everything I love, and to move toward far more radical goals than the Democrats ever truly support. In the course of pursuing that, however, I’ve come up against … [Read more...]

Not even a spoonful of sugar could help

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Television anchor Edward R. Murrow is credited with this expression: "Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar." Murrow understood the power of television to misinform the masses. This strategy has worked brilliantly on every front, but none more pronounced than the all-important issue of global climate … [Read more...]

Junk food for Jesus

Jesus at Chick-fil-A

I'm a Christian. But I wouldn't eat at Chick-fil-A even if the company's CEO were St. Francis of Assisi, Mother Theresa or Dietrich Bonhoeffer. And it's not really because I disagree with the views of the company's actual CEO about gay marriage. It's because I think that Chick-fil-A's whole business model is itself basically un-Christian, despoiling God's creation in all too many ways. All that … [Read more...]