Archive for the 'Writing' Category

February 6th, 2016

NOTE: THE FIRST TWO POSTS- BERNIE COMES FROM BEHIND TO SPLIT IOWA 50/50… AND ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS… -ARE STUCK TO THE TOP OF THE PAGE. NEWER STORIES DO APPEAR BELOW.

HUSSY, MADAM, COURTESAN, SPINSTER, WENCH…

January 28th, 2016

George Carlin famously gave us the seven dirty words that you can’t say on television: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. The Oxford University Press, in an exercise of collocation, went Carlin one better and gives us eight words that indicate English (or for we secessionists on the other side of the pond, […]

HERE’S TO A GOOD 2015 AND A BETTER 2016…

January 1st, 2016

For the first few years of blogging I was obsessive about my reader statistics. I think we all were. That changed with time and not until Roldo Bartimole began publishing his essays here did I begin to regularly watch the number again. The past 12 months have been pretty good, as the numbers above indicate, […]

THE KEY TO CHANGE IS FINDING OUR WHYS

December 25th, 2015

The why we must seek, however, is not why we want to change, but rather why we do what we want to change. Oliver Burkeman’s column The truth about inefficiency reminded me of Thomas Moore’s Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism. While Moore focused specifically on Sadism, the principle involved is that we take actions—that […]

SEVENTY-FOUR YEARS LATER, FEWER REMEMBER…

December 7th, 2015

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet […]

DECROISSANCE, MINIMALISM FOR A SMALL PLANET…

November 16th, 2015

A great deal of thought in recent years has gone into how reducing our use of material resources could be managed in ways that actually improve quality of life overall—what the French call selective degrowth. [In French, decroissance has the double meaning of challenging both growth, croissance, and croire, to believe—invoking the idea of choosing […]

QUESTING FOR DELIBERATE PRACTICE

November 14th, 2015

I thought I wrote about deliberate practice earlier, but this morning, after a longish search I’ve turned up zip at Have Coffee Will Write. In my head this was something I first read in one of Oliver Burkeman’s columns, but I found nothing there. (While walking Buster this morning a different search criteria came to […]

NO ONE CAN SEE ME WRITE IN THE DARK…

November 10th, 2015

I’ve always been a bit of a cave dweller, a person who prefers darkened spaces with only the minimum of task lighting, and now Oliver Burkeman has provided me with a rational: I’m disinhibited in such places. Burkeman writing in Anonymity isn’t just for crooks and trolls for The Guardian expounds: Inhibition and disinhibition are […]

PLAYING CHICKEN WITH OUR ONLY PLANET…

November 7th, 2015

The essay below also appears today in the North Royalton edition of The Post. We cannot sanely burn the carbon reserves—oil, natural gas and coal—now on the corporate books. What is this bizarre reality where we waste hundreds of millions of dollars searching for more? One driven by greed so strong that the people responsible […]

NAOMI KLEIN ON THE GREAT TRANSITION, PART II…

October 21st, 2015

We will need comprehensive policies and programs that make low-carbon choices easy and convenient for everyone. Most of all, these policies need to be fair, so that the people already struggling to cover the basics are not being asked to make additional sacrifice to offset the excess consumption of the rich. That means cheap public […]

THIS SCARES THE BEJESUS OUT OF BILLIONAIRES…

October 19th, 2015

This is a message that I have done my best to repeat for most of my life: if you want to save the planet, don’t recycle, don’t reuse, feckin’ reduce the amount of crap you buy. Naomi Klein phrases the sentiment much better. Deep emission cuts in the wealthy nations have to start immediately. That […]

NAOMI KLEIN ON THE GREAT TRANSITION

October 18th, 2015

Changing the earth’s climate in ways that will be chaotic and disastrous is easier to accept than the prospect of changing the fundamental, growth-based, profit-seeking logic of capitalism. The rest of us are going to have to quickly figure out how to turn “managed degrowth” into something that looks a lot less like the Great […]

NAOMI KLEIN ON FETISHISING OUR GDP GROWTH…

October 17th, 2015

Now, I realize that this can all send apocalyptic—as if reducing emissions requires economic crises that result in mass suffering. But that seems so only because we have an economic system that fetishizes GDP growth above all else, regardless of the human or ecological consequences, while failing to place value on those things that most […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A FREE PRESS IS A RARE PRESS…

October 14th, 2015

Hard to believe that it has been 15 years since I ended a singular attempt to cover the machinations of the city’s political and power people and institutions. The quest was via a small newsletter called point of viǝw. In my “Saying Goodbye” message in December 2000 to subscribers I tried to offer a rationale […]

WE CAN’T ALLOW THE TPP TO REPEAT NAFTA…

October 14th, 2015

The errors of this period [the passage of NAFTA] cannot be undone, but it is not too late for a new kind of climate movement to take up the fight against so-called free trade and build this needed architecture now. That doesn’t—and never did—mean an end to economic exchange across borders. It does, however, mean […]

LABOR SOLD OUT BY BIG GREEN…

October 13th, 2015

We missed an opportunity in the ’60s when we failed to unite labor and the anti-war movement. That failure haunts us today when we look how the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street might have been a devastating force in American Politics. So too, has this bad decision haunted, and continues to haunt, the environmental […]

WHEN CHEAP LABOR IS GONE; BUILD ROBOTS…

October 11th, 2015

It is not that companies moving their production to China wanted to drive up emissions: they were after the cheap labor, but exploited workers and an exploited planet are, it turns out, a package deal. A destabilized climate is the cost of deregulated, global capitalism, its unintended yet unavoidable consequence. p. 81-2 From This Changes […]

WHEN TRADE IS KILLING US, KILL THE TRADE…

October 10th, 2015

To allow arcane trade law, which has been negotiated with scant public scrutiny, to have this kind of power over an issue so critical to humanity’s future is a special kind of madness. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz puts it, “Should you let a group of foolish lawyers, who put something together before they […]

RAIF BADAWI AWARDED PEN PINTER PRIZE…

October 7th, 2015

The PEN Pinter Prize for 2015 has gone to Raif Badawi and James Fenton. The prize, named for 2005 Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, is awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon […]

WHEN THE FIRE CHIEF IS A PYROMANIAC…

September 21st, 2015

The continuing story of Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 10 years and 1,000 lashes for the crime of speaking his mind has taken a bizarre turn as the United Nations has appointed Faisal bin Hassan Trad as head of a key human rights panel that is tasked with naming experts that determine […]

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