External Sources

Ideas

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.

Added 20170619

Mr. Mueller Is Following the Money (20170615)

A rather crude article, but it hits all the sore points of this insanity of politics.

Comey’s testimony was a media disaster for Trump. These headlines prove it. (20170609)

The responses to the testimony.

Cashing in on the Rise of the Alt-Right (20170616)

The destruction of political norms started decades ago. Here’s how it happened. (20170618)

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.

Scientists stunned by Antarctic rainfall and a melt area bigger than Texas (20170615)

A potential harbringer of the future.

New Solar Milestone Has Big Consequences (20170606)

Progress is slow, but ongoing.

Defiance of Trump spawns international workarounds with U.S. states, cities (20170609)

A good summary of Trump issues.

How to Fight Trump’s Paris withdrawal by taking climate justice into our own hands (20170613)

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)

Fascinating research.

Accepting One’s Quirky Personality (2017)

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.

Added 20170607

World promises to stand and deliver after Trump’s ‘train wreck’ climate decision (20170602)

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.

Added 20170601

Why Orwell’s ‘1984’ matters so much now (20170125)

Turns out the Trump era isn’t ‘1984.’ It’s ‘King Lear.’ (20170528)

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.

Mark Zuckerberg joins Silicon Valley bigwigs in calling for government to give everybody free money (20170525)

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.

Ancestry.com is a scary thing (20170517.

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.

Added 20170523

Increased awareness is key to resolving the climate crisis (20170518)

Thanks to global warming, Antarctica is beginning to turn green (20170518)

Scientists say the pace of sea level rise has nearly tripled since 1990 (20170522)

Global warming continuing to worsen. (Are you surprized?)

It’s tougher than it should be to impeach Donald Trump (20170517)

There’s No Way Republicans Will Truly Confront Trump on His Scandals. It Would Destroy Their Party. (20170518)

The Disappearing Data Project (20170522)

The continuing dangers associated with American politics.

Added 20170515

Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world’s population, says Oxfam (20160118)

An astounding statistic!

The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal (20170324, with ongoing updates)

Why Trump’s Firing of Comey Should Be Investigated (20170510)

American politics is incredible, and determines much of the fate of the world.

‘We all knew this was coming’: Alaska’s thawing soils are now pouring carbon dioxide into the air (20170508)

Trump’s staff reportedly feeding him Internet hoaxes on climate (20170515)

Global warming issues as presented by reliable reporters.

Millions of Americans Are Drinking Contaminated Water—and Don’t Even Know It (20170503)

Trump’s EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers. (20170515)

More environmental catastrophes!

To Understand the Cost of the War on Women, Look to Mississippi (20170505).

If we ever decide to resolve our cultural difficulties, it is women who will lead.

Added 20170507

Central and Eastern Canada face heavy flooding

Blueprint For A Climate Emergency Movement

The Top 10 Resistance Victories in Trump’s First 100 Days

‘It can’t just be a march. It has to be a movement.’ What’s next for climate activists?

WATCH: Populism’s ‘backhanded service’

Research sheds light on dark corner of B.C.’s oil and gas industry

Comments on global warming, especially the current politics.

Busy Is The New Stupid

Why we need to slow down our lives

Most of us are overwhelmed with data, and we have a huge need to take a break from technology.

Added 20170423

‘It scares me’: Permafrost thaw in Canadian Arctic sign of global trend

As coral reefs die, huge swaths of the seafloor are deteriorating along with them

Climate Change As Genocide: Inaction Equals Annihilation

The Broken Mirror, a Fractured Movement and the 2016 Elections (2016 November 6)

A Future to Fight For: A Conversation with Frederick Douglass in the Shadow of Trump (2017 April 21)

We live in such a complex culture, currently in painful decline. Unfortunately it will get worse before it gets better (if at all).

Added 20170418/20170419

He Quit His Corporate Job To Help His City’s Needy

Love Your Enemies. What Does It Mean? Can It Be Done?

scientific method

Examples of greatness within the unraveling of our culture.

The Climate Lie

The denial of the unraveling.

Added 20170326

Word of the Year 2016 Is . . .

Post-truth — how complex the world is becoming!

Added 20170228

List of Cognitive Biases

Cognitive Bias Codex

All the ways in which we distort information to bring our desired meaning.

Added 20170226

The Untold History of the United States

The complexity/duplicity of politics depends on how it is viewed.

Added 20170122

even a major sceptic Richard Mueller converted

the complexity of the disinformation processes

Added 20170122

Crisis Reading groups

Exploring the multitude of factors surrounding our inability to resolve global warming

Added 20171117

the intelligence report jointly released

US Congressman John Lewis has recently stated

 Another example is this blog post from Jim Garrison

what Trump could accomplish

The insanity of current US politics

Added 20170114

First, some fascinating technological innovations

A way to turn our carbon emissions into rock

The Vertical Farm

Your Breakfast Is About to Take a Weird Turn

Second, some commentary on civil disobedience.

several individuals who are engaged in civil disobedience

an open letter to former President Obama

Added 20170109

Climate Disruption Dispatches with Dahr Jamail

The best source I know for reliable information regarding our current climate

Added 20170106

Consciousness and Conquest

Preconquest Consciousness

Two excellent articles on reconquest consciousness — rare examples as to what human beings are capable.

20161112

Shocked, Grieving, And All In For All Life

Dear Mr. Trump

Trump, climate and us: A letter to those who won’t give up

The United States Is Not About to Spiral Into Fascism and Tyranny

Selected responses to the election of Donald Trump as future President of the USA

Added 20161111

State of the climate and oceans Nov 2016

Dr. Reese Halter, The Climate In Crisis: Epitaph Earth?

YouTube videos with up-to-date information regarding global warming

Here’s Everything Donald Trump Has Promised to Do on His First Day as President

An example of what may come, and its consequences

Added 20161005

The Climate Emergency and the Election: A Pathway to WWII-Scale Mobilization

Ezra Silk’s commentary on our social dilemma.

Canada releases plans for a nationwide carbon tax

The inadequacy of Canada’s response

Added 20160921

Metro Vancouver: competing visions fight for the city’s soul

Expansion of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline

Port approves changes that will see coal ships loaded on Fraser River

Tilbury LNG Facility Expansion Project

B.C. split on Kinder-Morgan pipeline, but local MP says Burnaby is ‘off-the-charts opposed’

Assessing the risks of Kinder Morgan’s proposed new Trans Mountain pipeline

Sources of information in my attempts to understand the energy issues in the Vancouver area.

Added 20160911

Cosmic Consciousness

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.

Added 20160910

The simple-minded nature of human super predators (20160906)

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.

Added 20160909

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.

Added 20160816

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.”

Added 20160813

The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi – The Four Noble Truths … Climate Crisis (20150514)

An excellent presentation detailing the many factors involved in global warming.

Added 20160811

Past presents warning on greater warming (20160715)

Scientists have found a perfect illustration of how the climate is spiraling ‘out of control’ (20160728)

Climate Change is Here and Now, Dire NOAA Report Warns (20160802)

Seas aren’t just rising, scientists say — it’s worse than that. They’re speeding up. (20160810)

A Murdoch-Owned TV Channel Will Air A Landmark Climate Series Before The Election

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.

Added 20160807

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).

I also know from Hannah Arendt’s work on the banality of evil and Milgram’s work on obedience to authority, that the possibility of evil is a fundamental human characteristic.

There have been a variety of investigations of the nature of evil, but it is not a topic that is easy to explore.

Added 20160805

read the key documents on The Climate Mobilization site

Long, detailed, but very good.

the older Keynesian economics and how they were replaced by neoliberalism

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.

Worth reading.

Added 20160731

The Big Man Can’t Shoot

Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History presents interesting commentary how people function, in this case the threshold of anxiety that prevents change.

Living In Climate Truth

Margaret Klein Salamon’s writings describe the many ways in which people ignore the reality of global warming.

Added 20160730

first three months of 2016

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!

TED talk on apathy

A good talk on the numerous ways in which the difficulties of modern life wear us down.

The Climate Mobilization (previously referenced 20160728)

Added 20160728

The Climate Mobilization

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.

Added 20160718

retrofitting of Manchester

A brief video showing the potential changes that can be made to modern cities.

Victory City

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.

Added 20160717

Gaian Democracies (previously referenced 20160629)

Added 20160714

the reaction this appointment

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!

Added 20160711

Warning from the past: Future global warming could be even warmer

Mass extinction forecast with 6°C temperature rise

current CO2 level

A degree by degree explanation of what will happen when the earth warms

More information on how dire our status is as we approach the edge of destruction.

Added 20160705

EU supporters march in London, denouncing Brexit vote

David Cameron’s dumb referendum

There is a huge need for maturity in the leadership of a mature culture. Recent events in Britain are not good examples.

20160704

Polarity Management

Barry Johnson’s work on polarity management as a way of understanding difficulties is an important addition to my understanding.

Added 20160629

Gaian Democracies

Roy Madron and John Jopling present a detailed study of how democracy would function in a mature culture.

holacracy

A modern process that may make for much more effective organizational functioning.

community development

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.

Added 20160627

scientific materialism

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

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.

Added 20160715

Boris Johnson is foreign secretary: The world reacts

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.

Added 20160711

Warning from the past: Future global warming could be even warmer

2016 predictions on potential temperature rise

Mass extinction forecast with 6°C temperature rise

2013 predictions of the impact on species

CO2 Earth: Are We Stabilizing Yet?

A good site for current information on global warming, including the daily levels of CO2, with comparisons of past data.

A degree by degree explanation of what will happen when the earth warms

A very good summary of the impact of global warming, from one degree centigrade to six degrees.

Added 20160625

Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era

(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.

Added 20160621

Unconditional and Conditional Love.

(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.

Added 20160615

The Most Powerful Medical Association In The U.S. Gears Up To Fight Congress Over Guns

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.

Added 20160614

Confessions of a former covert CIA agent – Amaryllis Fox.

She delineates the absolute need to know your “enemy” — he/she is human too.

Added 20160611

Iceland Carbon Dioxide Storage Project Locks Away Gas, and Fast

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.

Added 20160609

The Stanford Rape Victim Controlled The Public Narrative Without Giving Up Her Privacy

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

The Tragedy of the Risk-Perception Commons: Culture Conflict, Rationality Conflict, and Climate Change (preliminary draft)

(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

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

(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: An elder’s vision for our sustainable future

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.

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