Environment Category

Behind the surface

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates suggests that looking merely at the surface of things as most of us do in our daily lives, will not lead us to understand the phenomena that underpin the workings of the world.  While this is not welcome news, it actually explains why we are so easily misled by people with […]

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CaliforniAmerica

After the lament I subjected you to yesterday, how about something short and sweet? California is thriving.  Read this little article.  I could not have said it better myself :-): http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/feb/09/california-success-irks-right/ How is the Golden State succeeding now?  Let me count the ways: Schools are getting more funding than they have in twenty years – […]

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The Haunt of Red October

It’s finally October, a time of year most of us in the Northern Hemisphere look forward to for its cool, crisp fall days, the turning leaves, familiar signs of harvest.  I do too.  But for us here in our Southern California idyll, October comes with trepidation. This week it has been as hot here as […]

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Babes ‘n’ arms

The New York Times now has a running series of articles as a category, focusing on guns and the NRA.  I happened to notice two of them this week that are particularly concerning and both have to do with the fact that children are being targeted for gun sales and are also killing each other […]

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POVerty and the shadowy TPP

I have been reflecting on the American way of life recently.  All the tumult over the Affordable Care Act has dredged up a great deal of emotion, mostly fear, and of course as I have said repeatedly in past posts here, stoked by international as well as national corporate interests.  There are corporations, backed by […]

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