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Re: OT reducing your carbon footprint
On Sep 3, 2008, at 1:04 PM, Jeff Larson wrote:
>> -- a resistance or refusal to adapt and adjust to the
>> changing conditions and needs of the evolving planetary situation.
>> (Hence archaic brutal traditions like genital mutilation, whaling
> I love how we can make a connection between some average
> Joe-Fox-News-Watcher-Baptist in rural Ohio and genital mutilation.
Well, don't forget those darn rural Ohio whalers.
The liberal blogoshpere does not seem as toxic to me, they mostly
seem to respond to the constant right wing manipulations of
nationalism, patriotism and the demonization of liberals that has
gone on for more than thirty years now.
Bill O'Reilly seems more toxic than Michael Moore but I have only
seen snippets of them on tv. I have never seen a Michael Moore movie.
I prefer Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn to the corporate media display
Sure, the extreme Left can be insufferable bullies, thuggish and
But I think a large part of the Right is those with an Authoritarian
mindset as well as a tendency to think in binary Good vs. Evil terms.
A particularly toxic brew when it comes to solving problems and
getting along with people.
I think the Reagan/Conservative revolution has brought America to
It does not make sense to put all your cash into military budgets and
allow the infrastructure (including education!) to crumble.
I don't think fair and balanced means that Creationism should get
equal time with Evolution.
It means there is something very wrong and it has been going on quite
I found this wistfully interesting:
In any case, the vehement efforts to debunk climate change are a
distraction and miss the point which is that human impact is
excessive and unsustainable.
I personally think the healthy carrying capacity of the planet is
about 3 billion people and we are way beyond that. Some think the
capacity is one billion.
But this is not the forum to hash such things out and these are just
my impressions and non-expert opinions.
Jeff, you seem to have a good attitude and a healthy skepticism. But
if you think of yourself as in the middle and viewing all sides
equally, then I would suggest you might consider that the middle has
actually been pulled to the Right for decades.
And of course, at the end of the day there is no left/right red/blue
whatever, it is just us monkeys and the ecology that birthed us.