Archive for January 6th, 2008

Americans consume too much and that is going to change dramatically.

| January 6, 2008 | 4 Replies
Americans consume too much and that is going to change dramatically.

Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as the author of  “Guns, Germs and Steel” and “Collapse.”  In an op-ed piece in the January 2, 2008 NYT, he reports that American rates of resource consumption are horribly out of wack with the rates of other inhabitants of […]

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Engaged but not Enraged

| January 6, 2008 | 2 Replies
Engaged but not Enraged

It is five days into the new year, and I am glad of that – 2007 was a particularly trying time for me, full of a lot of personal and professional changes and challenges. It is good to have a fresh chapter to write, a blank page upon which to scribble. I am, as usual, […]

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Why did Obama win in Iowa?

| January 6, 2008 | 1 Reply
Why did Obama win in Iowa?

Why did Obama win in Iowa? This video gives you a good idea of why. Obama adopted, as his motto, “The fierce urgency of now.” Obama is not a mere speech reader, as you can see from this speech he gave on November 10, 2007. He really hits some solid notes along the way.

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Mother Nature is amoral

| January 6, 2008 | 5 Replies
Mother Nature is amoral

Best known for his attacks on Father Nature, Sam Harris is now warning us about Mother Nature: Might we be better off just leaving things to the wisdom of Nature? I once believed this. But we know that Nature has no concern for individuals or for species. Those that survive do so despite Her indifference. […]

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Won’t and Can’t

| January 6, 2008 | 2 Replies
Won’t and Can’t

Yesterday, I saw the following quote on a t-shirt in a little souvineer shop in Hannibal, Missouri: A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. This quote uses a formula that could work for many other verbs, too.   Instead of “read,” you can substitute “think,” “vote,” “empathize,” “speak,” “listen,” or […]

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