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Colorado Violence In Perspective: Nature, The Media, Real And Perceived Violence, By Margaret Emerson

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You know what else is happening right now? There has been unprecedented melting of glacial ice in Greenland. We are poisoning ourselves and the environment with toxins. We are depleting soil quality and clean drinking water. Species are dying off. We are on the downhill slope of Peak Oil. Climate change has entered the phase of negative feedback loops and we probably won’t be able to alter its course, even if we all stopped driving and using electricity today. The last time the temperatures rose this quickly was during the Permian extinction, which killed all but 3% of life on Earth. . . . → Read More: Colorado Violence In Perspective: Nature, The Media, Real And Perceived Violence, By Margaret Emerson

Massacres, Droughts, And A Society Unraveling, By Carolyn Baker

Aurora Vigil

What in the paradigm of industrial civilization causes not only such grizzly violence of epic and epidemic proportions, but what in that paradigm causes us to so blatantly and blithely ignore the global warming-generated drought that is shriveling at least one third of this country? Are the two issues related? . . . → Read More: Massacres, Droughts, And A Society Unraveling, By Carolyn Baker

On The Far Side Of Denial, By John Michael Greer

Stages Of Grief

The application of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ five stages of grief to the process of dealing with peak oil has become common enough in the peak oil scene that an offhand reference to one stage or another in a talk or blog post on the subject rarely needs an explanation. It’s not just peak oil: the sequence of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance has become part of the common currency of thought in the modern world. For all its drawbacks and critics—and it has plenty of both—the five stages do a tolerably good job of modeling the way many people go through the grieving process in most contexts, which is after all as much as any theoretical structure can be expected to do. . . . → Read More: On The Far Side Of Denial, By John Michael Greer

How To Think, By Chris Hedges

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And here is the dilemma we face as a civilization. We march collectively toward self-annihilation. Corporate capitalism, if left unchecked, will kill us. Yet we refuse, because we cannot think and no longer listen to those who do think, to see what is about to happen to us. We have created entertaining mechanisms to obscure and silence the harsh truths, from climate change to the collapse of globalization to our enslavement to corporate power, that will mean our self-destruction. If we can do nothing else we must, even as individuals, nurture the private dialogue and the solitude that make thought possible. It is better to be an outcast, a stranger in one’s own country, than an outcast from one’s self. It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into the fantasies embraced by a nation of the blind. . . . → Read More: How To Think, By Chris Hedges

Scientists Attribute Extreme Weather To Man-Made Climate Change

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Researchers have for the first time attributed recent floods, droughts and heatwaves, to human-induced climate change . . . → Read More: Scientists Attribute Extreme Weather To Man-Made Climate Change

Peak Oil Oppositional Disorder: Neurosis Or Psychosis?, By Dmitry Orlov

Drilling On Thin Ice

If you feel that the distinction between denial and delusion is just a minor, innocuous terminological difference—a gratuitous splitting of hairs on my part—then pardon me while I whip out my Sigmund Freud: in The Loss of Reality in Neurosis and Psychosis [1924] he wrote the following: “Neurosis does not disavow the reality, it ignores it; psychosis disavows it and tries to replace it.” [p. 185] What psychosis replaces reality with is delusion. . . . → Read More: Peak Oil Oppositional Disorder: Neurosis Or Psychosis?, By Dmitry Orlov

Four Fiscal Cliffs Ahead And A Jobs War, By Paul Farrell

Fiscal Cliff

Election wars are masking the fiscal cliff that America is destined to drop off in early 2013, warns the Congressional Budget Office. History tells us our politicians will slowly drive America off the fiscal cliff and into a mid-1930s-style sinkhole. Why? Because no matter who’s elected, our dysfunctional government will continue to be driven by secretive super-PAC billionaires obsessed about either holding on to or regaining the presidency in 2016. . . . → Read More: Four Fiscal Cliffs Ahead And A Jobs War, By Paul Farrell

Hope Is For The Lazy: The Challenge Of Our Dead World, By Robert Jensen

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…our world is not broken, it is dead. We are alive, if we choose to be, but the hierarchical systems of exploitation that structure the world in which we live — patriarchy, capitalism, nationalism, white supremacy, and the industrial model — all are dead. It’s not just that they cannot be reformed, but that they cannot, and should not, be revived. The death-worship at the heart of those ideologies is exhausting us and the world, and the systems are running down. That means we have to create new systems, and in that monumental task, the odds are against us. What we need is not naïve hope but whatever it is that lies beyond naiveté, beyond hope. . . . → Read More: Hope Is For The Lazy: The Challenge Of Our Dead World, By Robert Jensen

Our Liberation: A Crashing Empire, By William Kotke

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The Empire is crashing! Hooray!!!! The exploding population has met the dwindling resources. For many centuries we of the “civilized” world have been the physical and mental captives of elite groups within our societies that control us physically and feed us mentally. Those who have always assembled themselves around the emperors for six thousand years; the preachers, the money changers and the generals, provide for us the values of our societies, the power relationships and provide their created image in our minds of the picture of reality they wish us to view. Now the breakout. . . . → Read More: Our Liberation: A Crashing Empire, By William Kotke

Society Not Ready For Heat Waves Coming With Climate Change

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The USA has yet to experience such an extreme heat event, but some experts believe that with climate change it’s only a matter of time. . . . → Read More: Society Not Ready For Heat Waves Coming With Climate Change