Fountain of Light
What Are We Not Paying Attention To?
Martin LeFevre: Researching an environmental organization of shared intent and goals, I was struck by a core question on its homepage: "What are we not paying attention to?"... As much as I agree economically and politically with the core values of many non-governmental organizations that care about the health of the earth and humankind, there are underlying philosophical premises that need to be brought forth and examined...
Oct 3, 2015, 3:42pm
Rad American Women A-Z
Elaine Elinson: "Rad American Women A-Z" is an alphabet book with a difference. Though each page illustrates a different letter - starting with A, for Angela Davis, and ending with Z, for Zora Neale Hurston ... They are scientists, poets, pilots and activists from a wide range of backgrounds and historic eras. Half are women of color. They all persevered against challenging odds...
Oct 2, 2015, 12:57pm
The Source of the ‘New Cold War’: The Basic Disagreement Between Obama and Putin
...The ideological difference in the new cold war is just as big as it was during the cold war; but, this time, America is anti-democracy, and its opponent, today's Russia, is pro-democracy - or at least not outright fascist. America has transformed just as much as Russia did, and they've switched sides. This doesn't mean that the USA's fascism is like the USSR's communism was, but instead that both fascism and communism are opposed to democracy. Ours is a different type of dictatorship than the USSR's was, that's all. That's the bottom-line...
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Oct 2, 2015, 12:26pm
Reflections on Lake Apserkaha
Martin LeFevre: Arriving at Lake Apserkaha in the mountains of southern Oregon for a men's gathering around the theme, "Embracing Climate Change," I was dismayed, but not shocked to find the lake was actually a pond. The water was nearly a quarter-mile from its normal shoreline at the edge of the forest...
Oct 1, 2015, 11:12am
Dialogue: Does Hope Prolong Suffering?
Martin LeFevre: Q-1: I watched a documentary recently about the Uruguayan soccer team that crashed in the Andes many years ago, and were forced to eat the flesh of the friends to survive.
One of the fellows, now a middle-aged man, was asked how they kept their hopes up. “Hope only prolonged the suffering,” he said. This raises the question, is there such a thing as true hope? Is hope inherently a false thing?
Sep 28, 2015, 6:05pm
The Human Brain
Martin LeFevre: It’s spiritually immature in the extreme for a pope or a pundit to believe that “dogs go to heaven.” For a pundit to write such blather is silly and sentimental; for a pope to do so is spiritual malpractice...
Sep 27, 2015, 7:06am
A history of bad medical advice
Joel Edwards: "Trust your doctor" or so goes the saying. You wouldn't blindly trust a car salesman. You'd ask a lot of questions to see if a car is right for you. But most of us have been conditioned to believe our doctors are infallible. To question their judgment is akin to blasphemy. Students of medical history know better...
Sep 25, 2015, 10:29am
How imperialism drives the refugee crisis
THE ECONOMIC relationships of imperialism are the root cause of this great displacement. They create stunted development and instability in the majority of the world in multiple ways. One is siphoning of capital... Another is the predatory lending that leaves countries with crippling debt burdens... Then there is the exploitation of labor and resources by multinational companies, which are given carte-blanche to pillage so long as they pay off the right politicians...
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Sep 24, 2015, 11:26am
The Sacred Is Not Personal
Martin LeFevre: Though I was brutally raised Catholic at a time when children were forced to attend Mass in Latin six days a week (five before school and once on Sunday), I no longer have an ax to grind with the Church. The word catholic has come to mean to me what it truly means: universal. Still, all this Pope Francis veneration is hard to take...
Sep 23, 2015, 5:25pm
Refute the Doctrine of Christian Discovery: an Open Letter to Pope Francis
John Kane: ...as Native people who have born and still do bear the effects papal edicts, specifically colonialism and the racism tied to the Doctrine of Christian Discovery... it is "racist, scientifically false, legally invalid, morally condemnable and socially unjust" and I might add; sinful... Repudiate, abolish and rescind those papal bulls. Your failure to do so forces us to deny the granting of your request for forgiveness...
Sep 23, 2015, 11:10am
Radiation Impact Studies: Chernobyl and Fukushima
"Chernobyl and Fukushima Studies Show that Radiation Reduces Animal and Plant Numbers, Fertility, Brain Size and Diversity... and Increases Deformities and Abnormalities"... Moreover, low doses of radiation, aka "radiation hormesis", is not good for humans... the significant issue regarding radiation exposure for humans is that it is a "silent destroyer" that takes years and only manifests once damage has occurred...
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Sep 23, 2015, 10:37am
The Republican Insurgency Against the Judicial Branch
Thom Hartmann: Even though Chief Justice John Roberts warned three years ago that we were heading towards a major judicial crisis if something weren't done soon about the rising number of judicial vacancies, they've gone ahead and delayed votes, put off hearings and done pretty much everything in their power to stop the senate from voting on Obama's nominees... What's really going on here is another example of the "Caucus Room Conspiracy," the plot Republicans hatched on the day President Obama took office to prevent him, our nation's first Black President, from building up any legacy what-so-ever...
Sep 22, 2015, 2:08pm
Refugee Crisis - Brought to You by Western Imperialism
The great majority of Westerners has no idea how many human lives of what George Orwell used to call "un-people" have been sacrificed in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, in order for them to be able to maintain their routine and unrealistically high standards of living... Many refugees come from formerly rich countries that were attacked, destabilized and in some cases destroyed by the West: Iraq, Libya and Syria... In Calais, a 25-years-old Syrian man, Hassan... shouted: "Many of us are not really emigrating. We are just chasing a thief! We want to go where they took our possessions!"...
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Sep 22, 2015, 1:41pm
The Leap to Human Being
Martin LeFevre: At present, Homo sapiens is not an intelligent species, but a very unintelligent one. Humans are only potentially intelligent. Is the ecological crisis humans have created may be compelling us to take the next leap in consciousness? I feel so...
Sep 21, 2015, 4:10pm
Holland's Wind-Driven trains & 4 other Hopeful Green Energy Stories for Today
Juan Cole: In three years, all Dutch electric trains will be powered by wind turbines, either turbines in the Netherlands itself or in nearby Belgium or Scandinavia. The Dutch rail system transports 1.2 million people a day and was releasing 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide before this new wind energy system began being implemented...
Sep 21, 2015, 11:56am