A Few Questions to Ask Yourself – but you probably won’t bother

Question 1: Why are there five times as many empty(unoccupied) houses/apartments in as there are homeless people in San Francisco? (Source: https://sf.curbed.com/2019/12/3/20993251/san-francisco-bay-area-vacant-homes-per-homeless-count)   Question 2: How does the US Presidential Democratic Primary system work? Why does it matter? (Source: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-fivethirtyeight-2020-primary-model-works/)   Question 3: Why have we ignored that our relationship with technology is destroying the […]

The Problem with Everything

The problem with everything is that human beings have a tendency to take the short term self-interest choice over the long terms self interest choice. We are, for some reason, wired for it. I understand this, but I’m having a hard time explaining it in words. Let’s say there is an apple tree next to […]

Schools are not safe in the USA – Nowhere in the USA is, actually

Another child murdered in a school today in the USA. 8 years old – doing nothing but going to school. I keep thinking of someone telling me it is irresponsible to travel overseas with my child – too dangerous – yes, but not as dangerous as staying home and sending my child to school. I […]

2017 World Happiness Survey – Thoughts on Happiness

There are a lot of very short news stories about the Global Happiness Survey – most of them read something like “Norway is the happiest country in the world” – and then they talk about the top ten countries and the places and the place of the USA and the bottom two or three countries […]

Trash is cash and other stories of not wasting.

Think space exploration isn’t worthwhile? Wondering what we will use for energy when the oil is all gone? Are you disgusted by all the garbage our society produces? Check out this juxtaposition of the three seemingly unrelated ideas… Calgary-based AlterNRG’s plasma gasification technology uses a process developed for NASA to superheat landfill garbage and convert […]

Ramblin’ Man: Friends of the Trees

Michael Pilarski and Friends of the Trees by Vago Damitio Michael Pilarski is taking action to save the worlds forests.Inspired by Richard St. Brubaker, who promoted tree planting internationally; Pilarski helped found Friends of the Trees Society (FOTS) in 1978. FOTS mission is to double the worlds forests, inspire, enable, educate, and assist people to live in harmony with […]

Is Religion the Answer to the Environment

While it would be nice to say that religion is the answer to the ecocrisis (and all the rest of our problems), the truth is not so simple. While there are many passages in holy books of the world that instruct believers to preserve, protect, and value nature (class discussion 12/04) ; the problem is […]

True Social Justice as Societal Healer

True justice involves ‘removing social domination’ as well as removing the domination of nature. It is this ethic of domination which has led to the ills of our society and the degradation of our environment. By creating true justice, it is likely that we would also restore the imbalanced natural state of our world to […]

Disturbing things

Housing in California And how Bush sees himself: He made no predictions about when or if he’ll be vindicated, but appeared convinced that he’s been right, even though voters repudiated his party in last month’s elections. “We’ll come back,” he said of Republicans as he chuckled. “And I’ll be out there, the old sage, sitting […]