As if he could peer into the future, Henry David Thoreau is credited with the expression: "Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves." Herein I present a few recent examples of obedience at home. This essay is hardly comprehensive, and the hits keep coming, so this essay represents a minor start to a major issue. I'm certain many more … [Read more...]
Action by government on Transition issues with opportunities for advocates to engage the political system for positive change.
Gasland 2, the sequel to Josh Fox's documentary about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, introduces a frightening image. It's not another money shot of tap water on fire, though the water well hose lit up by the owner of a multimillion dollar home in Parker County, Texas is a wonder. Nor is the most frightening image an internal gas industry memo … [Read more...]
Humanity has come to a defining moment in its two hundred thousand year evolution: we are at a place where we either have to give up or we have to stand up. Last night, amidst a backdrop of fear-creation by the security state, where you either shut up or face the consequences, my wife and I were talking about standing up to empire and what it might mean. The … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
It was a good day recently when the European Commission voted to ban the use of a class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, for two years. Fifteen countries voted for the ban, which is not enough to constitute a “qualified majority.” That’s the reason for the sunset on the ban after two years. The moratorium applies to all member nations of the European Union and … [Read more...]