Daily Archives: March 17, 2021

The Verdant Age – Balancing Civilization with Nature


Facing Future

Published on Feb 25, 2021

Our times demand a spirituality that can encompass the enormous challenges of the #ClimateCrisis​, brought on by our misunderstanding of man’s role in the cosmos. Guy Lane proposes a new philosophical approach, which he calls Vita, referring to the whole living system of our planet. He finds that, while there is no contradiction between science and spirituality, the world’s religions, which predate the scientific revolution, have yet to fully address the Anthropocene, where man’s actions have desecrated the natural world.

We have always hungered for meaning. But that ‘hunger’ has been filled with junk food, plastics, and all the products that a delusional economic system, based on the impossibility of #EndlessGrowth​ has fed us. Instead, we have to ground ourselves in a philosophy that fulfills our real purpose, which requires that we integrate productively and synergistically with the rest of the biosphere. How we fill that hunger will determine ‘if’ and ‘how’ we might survive.

If we act as #WisePlanetaryStewards​, we can bring on a #VerdantAge​ where a new civilization can potentially continue in balance with Nature for millions of years. Otherwise, we will rapidly and catastrophically overheat the atmosphere and the oceans within the next decades, and bring about the end of life on our planet.

PAUL BLANCH NUCLEAR MELTDOWN


Facing Future

Published on Mar 4, 2021


The public is strongly encouraged to attend the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) virtual hearing, on March 9th at 2pm -4pm EST at which Stuart Scott will be joined by nuclear engineer Paul Blanch and #PublicWatchdogs​ executive director Charles Langley to expose dangerous safety violations at the #SanOnofre​ nuclear waste storage facility in San Clemente, California.

Access details below. They will speak in support of Public Watchdogs petition demanding that the agency justify its conclusion that the risks of flooding, corrosion or other event, that could result in the release of toxic radiation, are impossible or “non-credible” While the rest of the world uses steel casks that are 10-19 inches thick, the nearly 2,000 tons of highly radioactive waste at the San Onofre is stored in 73 thin- walled steel canisters ⅝ inch thick, just 100 feet from the Pacific Ocean.

The result of even one canister being breached or leaking could be a radiation release on the order of what was released at Chernobyl in 1986.

International Scholars Warning on Societal Disruption & Collapse


Facing Future

Published on Dec 26, 2020

More than 500 scientists and scholars have signed the *International Scholars Warning on Societal Disruption & Collapse*. It is a stark warning about the possibilities of societal disruption and event collapse. These subjects can no longer be avoided in ‘polite conversation’ with the pretense of not wanting to upset people. What you don’t discuss, you don’t understand, and if it is a possible reality we may all need to face, then it is imperative that we allow ourselves to enter into it in conversation.

Vandana Shiva: Food System Transformation and Reversing the Climate Crisis

TheNOFAVT

Published on Nov 13, 2014

On November 2nd, 2014, Dr. Vandana Shiva spoke at Contois Auditorium at Burlington City Hall in support of Vermont’s first in the nation no-strings-attached GMO labeling law.

The law will require labels on genetically engineered foods sold at retail outlets in the state of Vermont starting in July of 2016. The bill was signed into law on May 8, 2014. Unlike labeling laws passed in Maine and Connecticut, Vermont’s law does not require other states to act first before products will be labeled.

The day the bill was signed into law, a consortium of corporate interests including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, and the Snack Food Association announced that they would sue the state to stop the law from going into effect. Initial arguments in the case are expected to start in late 2014 or 2015. For more information please visit http://www.vtrighttoknowgmos.org

Food-matters,

The Backbone of our Food System: Farmworker and Rural Communities


The Edible Schoolyard Project



Started streaming 80 minutes ago

Speakers: Dolores Huerta, Nikiko Masumoto

With First Native Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Hope Grows U.S. Will Confront Toxic Uranium Legacy


Democracy Now!

Published on Mar 17, 2021

Deb Haaland, a tribal citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, is being sworn in as secretary of the interior and will be the first Native American ever to serve in a U.S. presidential cabinet. Just four Republicans joined Democrats in voting to confirm Haaland, who will manage 500 million acres of federal and tribal land. Haaland will also oversee government relations with 574 federally recognized tribal nations and is expected to address the legacy of uranium mining on Indigenous land and other areas. Leona Morgan, a Diné anti-nuclear activist and community organizer, says that while it’s “impossible to expect one person to correct the centuries of racism and policy that have really devastated our people,” there is hope that Haaland will use her power to make important changes. “She will be held accountable,” Morgan says.

[Excerpt from: Dr Tess Somervell (Worcester College, Oxford), ‘Narrating Climate Change: The Great Storm of 1703’]

[Excerpt from audio-recording of lecture (pending permission):]

2 Mar 2021

by TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

Environmental Humanities Lunchtime Seminar

Dr Tess Somervell (Worcester), ‘Narrating Climate Change: The Great Storm of 1703’

Giants: The Global Power Elite: Peter Phillips

Who holds the purse strings to the majority of the world’s wealth? There is a new global elite at the controls of our economic future, and here former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils for the general reader just who these players are. The book includes such power players as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett.

As the number of men with as much wealth as half the world fell from sixty-two to just eight between January 2016 and January 2017, according to Oxfam International, fewer than 200 super-connected asset managers at only 17 asset management firms—each with well over a trillion dollars in assets under management—now represent the financial core of the world’s transnational capitalist class. Members of the global power elite are the management—the facilitators—of world capitalism, the firewall protecting the capital investment, growth, and debt collection that keeps the status quo from changing. Each chapter in Giants identifies by name the members of this international club of multi-millionaires, their 17 global financial companies—and including NGOs such as the Group of Thirty and the Trilateral Commission—and their transnational military protectors, so the reader, for the first time anywhere, can identify who constitutes this network of influence, where the wealth is concentrated, how it suppresses social movements, and how it can be redistributed for maximum systemic change.

Reviews

“Adam Smith warned that the ‘masters of mankind’ will pursue their ‘vile maxim: All for ourselves, and nothing for other people.’ There could hardly be a more apt description of the recent era of savage capitalism, straining for new heights under cover of Trump’s antics. Who exactly are the masters? This remarkable inquiry lifts the veil, providing detailed and often shocking revelations about the astonishing concentration of private wealth and corporate power, its institutions and integrated structure – and not least, its threat to civilized and humane existence.” —Noam Chomsky

“Peter Phillips’s book is a timely reminder that as the transnational capitalist class/global power elite changes it is vital that critical researchers keep up with these changes. The reader will find impressive documentation of the institutions and personnel driving capitalist globalization in its destructive and relentless search for growth and profits.” —Leslie Sklair, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Giants answers, in great detail, the commonly-asked but little-known question: who really pulls the strings? This book outlines the handful of individuals who manage the most powerful think tanks, investment firms and corporate boards who make society’s decisions at the expense of the planet. … Giants is

an essential tool to understand those at the reigns of empire and capitalist hegemony, so we can be empowered to fight for our survival.” —Abby Martin, The Empire Files

“Following decades of research on power elites, Peter Phillips’s book Giants exposes the power networks that link the world’s wealthiest individuals and organizations and the ideological justifications that sustain their power. Impeccable original research provides the foundation for an impassioned call to action that reflects Phillips’s abiding commitments to social justice and human rights. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand socioeconomic inequality in the twenty-first century, and it is vital inspiration for those committed to creating a better world.” —Andy Lee Roth, associate director, Project Censored

“If you want to know who is actually ruling the world – read this book. If you want to know the organizations they use and the networks that create them – read this book. If want to know ‘what needs to be done’ to stop them from destroying the planet – read this book and then take action.” —David Cobb, 2004 Green Party presidential nominee and co-founder, Cooperation Humboldt

“For anyone who wants to know precisely where we are today, and why – and who knows that we can and must go somewhere else – Giants is a book to read, and recommend, right now.” —Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media Studies, New York University

About the Author

PETER PHILLIPS has been a professor of political sociology at Sonoma State University since 1994, was the director of Project Censored from 1996 to 2010, and the president of Media Freedom Foundation from 2003 to 2017. He has been editor or co-editor of fourteen editions of Censored, co-editor with Dennis Loo of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (Seven Stories Press, 2006), and editor of two editions of Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism (Seven Stories Press, 1999 and 2004). He was a co-host of the weekly Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio with Mickey Huff from 2010 to 2017, originating from KPFA in Berkeley and airing on forty stations nationwide. He teaches courses in Political Sociology, Sociology of Power, Sociology of Media, Sociology of Conspiracies, and Investigative Sociology. He was winner of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Best Political Book in 1997, the PEN Censorship Award in 2008, the Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications in 2009, and the Pillar Human Rights Award from the National Association of Whistleblowers in 2014. He lives in a redwood forest near Bodega, California, with his wife, Mary Lia.

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  • Publisher : Seven Stories Press (August 8, 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1609808711
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1609808716
  • Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.52 x 1.01 x 8.23 inches

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Cornel West – “My Ridiculous Situation at Harvard”

The Tight Rope

Feb 23, 2021

In a special edition of The Tight Rope, Dr. Cornel West speaks freely about his “ridiculous situation at Harvard” with respect to his being denied tenure at the institution. Join Dr. West and Professor Tricia Rose for a conversation as they reveal some of the possible underlying reasons for the rejection and as they dredge up the bedrock systemic issues at play in higher education. The Tight Rope just got a lot tighter! For additional insight into this matter of critical importance, check out the interview in The Chronicle of Higher Education with Max Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief of The Real News Network: https://www.spkerbox.com/chronicle