This page provides information from external sources, information that I believe is important to the understanding of the issues of global warming. Color Code: green = web links; red = my comments; black = direct quotes from sources.
Mr. Mueller Is Following the Money (20170615)
A rather crude article, but it hits all the sore points of this insanity of politics.
The responses to the testimony.
Cashing in on the Rise of the Alt-Right (20170616)
The strange nature of our society, as it becomes more polarized.
WTF is going on in the UK? (20170609)
Strange politics is also part of other areas of the world.
A potential harbringer of the future.
New Solar Milestone Has Big Consequences (20170606)
Progress is slow, but ongoing.
A good summary of Trump issues.
A good article on local action regarding the off-loading of consumer costs, and the possibility of legal challenge — a slow, but necessary, step in a more mature process.
Protecting oceans is paying off (20170608)
Jack Kornfield often has brief but intersting comments of living with the insanity. My own stance is that we need much greater emphasis and availability of teaching on how to do this work. Otherwise such articles simply become another ‘should’ of how we should live.
A good summary of the multiple reactions to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord.
We may be surprised at how things play out… (20170603)
I’ve previoiusly noted the possibility that Trump’s exit from the Paris Accord may have surprising outcomes — this article also supports that.
Why Orwell’s ‘1984’ matters so much now (20170125)
Likely an accurate metaphor for the Trump era.
President Trump’s Epic Fail on Paris (20170601)
The deed is done; now we see the blowback.
Oil and plastic are choking the planet (20170525).
Excellent article on renewable alternatives.
What is Universal Basic Income? A brief history. (20170525).
Having attended a TED talk on the advantages of Guaranteed Income, I have become a strong advocate. It potentially have major benefits in eliminating poverty, and promoting much better health and education as well as significant reduction of crime.
Like many aspects of modern technology, the dark side is significant. There are many legal ramifactions, especially in the use of gene pools for further technological advances.
Global warming continuing to worsen. (Are you surprized?)
The Disappearing Data Project (20170522)
The continuing dangers associated with American politics.
An astounding statistic!
The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal (20170324, with ongoing updates)
American politics is incredible, and determines much of the fate of the world.
Global warming issues as presented by reliable reporters.
More environmental catastrophes!
If we ever decide to resolve our cultural difficulties, it is women who will lead.
Comments on global warming, especially the current politics.
Most of us are overwhelmed with data, and we have a huge need to take a break from technology.
The Broken Mirror, a Fractured Movement and the 2016 Elections (2016 November 6)
We live in such a complex culture, currently in painful decline. Unfortunately it will get worse before it gets better (if at all).
Examples of greatness within the unraveling of our culture.
The denial of the unraveling.
Post-truth — how complex the world is becoming!
All the ways in which we distort information to bring our desired meaning.
The complexity/duplicity of politics depends on how it is viewed.
the complexity of the disinformation processes
Exploring the multitude of factors surrounding our inability to resolve global warming
US Congressman John Lewis has recently stated
Another example is this blog post from Jim Garrison
The insanity of current US politics
First, some fascinating technological innovations
Second, some commentary on civil disobedience.
Climate Disruption Dispatches with Dahr Jamail
The best source I know for reliable information regarding our current climate
Two excellent articles on reconquest consciousness — rare examples as to what human beings are capable.
Selected responses to the election of Donald Trump as future President of the USA
YouTube videos with up-to-date information regarding global warming
An example of what may come, and its consequences
Ezra Silk’s commentary on our social dilemma.
The inadequacy of Canada’s response
Sources of information in my attempts to understand the energy issues in the Vancouver area.
I encountered the book Cosmic Consciousness in 1975 when I was six months into the spontaneous occurrence of it in my life. The book validated my experience, and in particular the description from page 72 to 75 was totally accurate of an encounter with mystery that totally transformed my life.
David Suzuki’s notes that humans are the dominant predator of the world, yet our common characteristic is that we degrade ecological systems. Healthy predator-prey relationships improve system resilience, and thus we fail abysmally as predators, further evidence of how unhealthy we are as a species.
The Court That Rules The World (20160829)
Consistent with the adage “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” there is much in the modern legal system that does not reflect justice, but merely legal maneuvering — a sad state of affairs with respect to the possibility of a mature culture.
A World At War (20160815)
McKibben: Time To Declare A War … (20160815)
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, indicates “We’re under attack from climate change — and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.”
An excellent presentation detailing the many factors involved in global warming.
Past presents warning on greater warming (20160715)
Recent documents that allude to the worsening of our climate, such that we are very close to the edge, if not already starting to fall.
Recent research suggests that 54% of people … acknowledge high risk
A huge number of people are aware of the dangers of global warming; they need somehow to be mobilized (I will do a future post to look at this).
There have been a variety of investigations of the nature of evil, but it is not a topic that is easy to explore.
Long, detailed, but very good.
Far too complex for me to understand. I would need to get a degree in Economics (to add to my collection).
I have therefore joined the Climate Mobilization in its pledge of action.
Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History presents interesting commentary how people function, in this case the threshold of anxiety that prevents change.
Margaret Klein Salamon’s writings describe the many ways in which people ignore the reality of global warming.
The average temperature for the first quarter of 2016 is 1.48°C, at the temperature level of the non-binding Paris COP21 agreement. The fact that our culture is NOT in emergency response is insanity!
see here for excellent visual representations
Dramatic visual presentations of what is happening. Scary!
It is likely that, by 2°C, we will have irreversible changes
Even more scary!
The scientific community is in agreement (at least 97% consensus)
But the political morass wages on!
A good talk on the numerous ways in which the difficulties of modern life wear us down.
The Climate Mobilization (previously referenced 20160728)
For me, The Climate Mobilization organization is an effective stance for challenging the issues of global warming. I have taken their Pledge to promote discussion of and political challenge to our current dilemma.
A brief video showing the potential changes that can be made to modern cities.
An artistic presentation of a possible future city. The work has been donated to the University of Cincinnati Foundation for use in architecture, design and urban planning. Prior to the death of the artist, I had his verbal permission to use his work.
Gaian Democracies (previously referenced 20160629)
The appointment of Barry Johnson as UK Foreign Secretary has stirred widespread concern of the risks to our culture of falling into greater pain. We live in such interesting times!
More information on how dire our status is as we approach the edge of destruction.
There is a huge need for maturity in the leadership of a mature culture. Recent events in Britain are not good examples.
Barry Johnson’s work on polarity management as a way of understanding difficulties is an important addition to my understanding.
Roy Madron and John Jopling present a detailed study of how democracy would function in a mature culture.
A modern process that may make for much more effective organizational functioning.
Gradually in our culture, there are emerging groups that offer deepening of community processes. Tamarack in Kitchener Ontario seems to be one of these organizations.
Scientific materialism is the philosophic ontology (perspective on the nature of being) which dominates modern life; it assumes that only physicality exists. Especially it assumes that consciousness is physically based in the brain, and that when we have explored the neurosciences enough, we will understand the nature of mind. It is not a perspective to which I ascribe.
Neoliberalism is the ideology (a comprehensive normative collation of beliefs which define the individual) which underlies modern consumerism, and its ills. It assumes that only the marketplace is of importance, and that competition is the defining characteristic of human relations. I recommend the book The Parable of the Tribes as a study of the nature of power as the underlying key to civilization and its ills.
Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations, 20160621
On the importance of unconditional and conditional love.
The reactions expressed in this BBC article suggest to me a man of emotional immaturity, someone at high risk of self-righteousness, and therefore highly unlikely to be committed to cooperation, let alone his own personal growth.
2016 predictions on potential temperature rise
2013 predictions of the impact on species
A good site for current information on global warming, including the daily levels of CO2, with comparisons of past data.
A very good summary of the impact of global warming, from one degree centigrade to six degrees.
(The news sometimes sounds good, but . . . . Fortunately one of my sources often highlights important details.) The article includes: But … then listen to the rest of the news . . ., and then indicates many issues whereby the promises are potentially invalidated.
(I subscribe to the blog of Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation (cac.org). I find him to be one of the most spiritually mature individuals that I have encountered. His reflections offer much for those seeking personal and cultural maturity.) Eric Fromm, in his classic book The Art of Loving, states that the healthiest people he has known are those who received from their two parents and early authority figures a combination of unconditional love and conditional love.
I am not against guns; I am against the insanity that allows private massacres such as are common in our current society. As a physician myself (albeit Canadian), I am almost ashamed that they (the American Medical Association) have not pushed hard for public research prior to this.
She delineates the absolute need to know your “enemy” — he/she is human too.
We are approaching a time when the technological issues of climate change will be resolved. Other indicators are: David Suzuki’s summary of feed-in tariffs. and ThinkProgress’s summary on lithium-ion battery technology.
The status of this woman can be corroborated (it is in the public record of the legal system) — but it is not in the public record of the media blitz that is so invasive. For me, it is essential to maintain both discussion and privacy.
Added 2014 July 18
(Illustrating the difficulty of changing behaviours by rational information) greater scientific literacy and numeracy were associated with greater cultural polarization: respondents predisposed by their values to dismiss climate change evidence became more dismissive, and those predisposed by their values to credit such evidence more concerned, as science literacy and numeracy increased
(Illustrating the difficulty of changing behaviours by rational information) a large number of psychological studies have shown that people respond to scientific or technical evidence in ways that justify their preexisting beliefs.
(a vital distinction in creating a vision) we all have blinders in some situations. The question then becomes: What can be done to counteract human nature itself? . . . paradoxically, you don’t lead with the facts in order to convince. You lead with the values—so as to give the facts a fighting chance.
Added 2014 July 15
David Suzuki is both an entertaining speaker as well as an internationally acclaimed environmental activist.
For First Time, California Gets Ready For Mandatory Water Restrictions (from 20140714 Thinkprogress.Org)
(Illustrating our cultural acedia) Californians have been looking to the sky all year for signs of rain, and in January Gov. Jerry brown declared a drought emergency and asked for voluntary cuts by residents of 20 percent. A board survey recently found that statewide water use had declined by just five percent since then.