Saturday, February 16, 2019

Naomi Klein: A transformative worldview

From gig and dig to care and repair: Naomi Klein frames the change we need. She argues that the Green New Deal is a necessary vision but will require we the people to support and engage it on many levels, for social movements are what move legislators.

"Now that the resolution is out there, however, the onus is on all of us who support it to help make the case for how our overlapping crises are indeed inextricably linked — and can only be overcome with a holistic vision for social and economic transformation [] connecting the dots between the many parts of daily life that stand to be transformed — from health care to employment, day care to jail cell, clean air to leisure time."

The goal of meditation

Yes, it is a contradiction in terms. From Sam Harris in Waking Up (p. 140):

"But it is important to realize that true meditation isn't an effort to produce a certain state of mind—like bliss, or unusual visual images, or love for all sentient beings. Such  methods also exist, but they serve a more limited function. The deeper purpose of meditation is to recognize that which is common to all states of experience, both pleasant and unpleasant. The goal is to realize those qualities that are intrinsic to consciousness in every present moment, no matter what arises to be noticed."

Meditation memes

In other words:

WaPo fact checks Dump's emergency declaration

They focused on the following 5 lies. Understandably they didn't fact check every lie, as that would take longer than the actual speech.

Nance: Manafort is a Russian agent

And Manafort is directly connected to Dump and Dump's own Russian conspiracy. It's only a matter of time now until Mueller reveals all.

Maher's monologue on the national emergency

The real emergency is a wannabe fascist dictator hell bent on the destruction of democracy. And the Repugnanants seem determined to let it happen.

Maher on the Democratic purity test

Yet again the PC liberals are railing on Presidential candidates because they're not liberal enough. Which is exactly why we have the child-man fascist Dump right now. Let's not make the same mistake again.

Feudal serfs

Same story, different day.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Managing planetary collapse

Joe Brewer's article on framing our environmental situation. The above framing acknowledges that we are currently engaged in planetary collapse, yet empowers a select few who have the emotional capacity to engage with constructive work while accepting the dire situation. Hence my little blog is my own attempt to do something about the situation.

"Those select few who 'self-select' into this frame will recognize this logical contradiction. Yet they are also emotionally competent to stay in the tension of holding the paradox long enough to see the way through to the other side. […] only when we are able to accept what we can’t change will we begin this constructive and empowering mode of inquiry. This gets us back to the stages of grieving. The people who have reached a level of healthy acceptance that many kinds of collapse are now inevitable will also gain the (unrecognized) ability to discern what they can do to avoid some of the collapse patterns."

A real emergency

For the entire planet, one being ignored while a fake emergency is declared. Get politically active and get the real emergency addressed now. One thing though: Call it climate chaos, catastrophe and/or crisis. The word change does not inspire the sort of urgency necessary to address this real crisis.