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Cher Fauvél426This is my Elite Raw Rocks Shared Circle!This is my circle for anyone interested in raw, organic, vegan nutrition!May be you just wanna investigate raw living a little? You will find the leaders in this circle.Please G+ and share if you would like to be added :)Be sure to share the original post.Welcome to Raw Rocks Shared Circle!  #rawliving  #rawfood #rawfoodlifestyle #organic   #rawnutrition  2014-07-05 15:20:52500313CC G+
Krzysztof Skomra4,828New circle 201404031. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream1. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia #techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup 2014-04-03 21:55:02501349CC G+
Aleksander Adamczyk0New circle 201404031. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia EN.1. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream#techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles#AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery  2014-04-03 21:29:32501011CC G+
Becky Collins2,634Learning and Knowledge Management Circle - Feb22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:31:49991013CC G+
Richard Heby748Hey Poetry People, It's A Circle About Poetry, People!Hi all! This is a circle of poets, poetry readers, poetry lovers, and sharers of poetry! I've included haiku writers, sonnet sharers, assonance aficionados, kings of rhyme, and more! You'll find some interesting posts about poetry if you add this circle! Add this circle if you've loved poetry forever, or if you want to learn more!If you want to be included in this circle or later circles then just follow these 5 simple steps:1. Give this post a plus one!2. Comment on this post, saying something you like about poetry3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. ...and most importantly— reshare this circle to your followers or to the public!2014-02-09 22:22:112038411CC G+
J.J. Truth Warrior308Poets#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #hyperballmaster #hyperballcircle2014-01-08 18:13:12221003CC G+
Kyle Pearce116A great Google+ Circle of Educators!  2013-11-24 15:10:12501606CC G+
Jan Havrda20,092Sediment.Google+ guys so old, dinosaurs redden.2013-11-15 00:01:5020620525CC G+
Tessa Schlesinger12,664These are the people I follow. If you would like to follow these people, feel free. There is no guarantee that they will add you if you do. You will be following them because you would like to hear what they have to say. There is no need to plus it, add a comment, and then share it in order for you to be added to some new circle which will be shared. This is the way we shared circles for the first two years. So feel free to add, or not. And I'm not in it so it isn't promoting myself. It's a gift to you, if you would like it. And, I suppose it's a gift to those who are in the circle that I freely give with no expectation of return.2013-11-03 12:52:17133335CC G+
Fabian Weiland531#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #research #learning #communications  2013-10-31 09:13:1597104CC G+
Tiberiu Igrisan448Science (part 1)#science #sciencecircle #sharedcircles  2013-10-14 18:53:04257123CC G+
Sindicatum Sustainable Resources0Please join and share the Sindicatum Sustainability Circle, read our blogs and join the discussion http://sindicatum.com/category/blog/ ~Thanks and have a nice day!2013-09-12 09:00:03376000CC G+
Jan Havrda15,046This is Absolute CircleOriginally collected by #MoanLisa  aka +Maria Morisot and slightly modified, these are very special G+ folks. #AbsoluteCircle   #Absolute   #Circle  2013-07-29 20:16:442513313CC G+
Ole Olson14,742Leaders of Google+ in #progressive   #politics  Add this circle for a well vetted collection of thought leaders that post a high degree of quality political content. The focalizers here are also excellent engagers. I have been sculpting this circle since G+ began. Other public circles I've shared that you might like:The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/PETHgTMqpcDVisual and/or Fun content https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/DbBUtg3f8q8Top Science Circle https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/WYqn7FXjsAmProgressive Media on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/1t3HVRfNhuCForward Thinking Journalists on Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/4h7jniYWcxaMy Top Circler Circle https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/cjSWip8ayqH #Liberal   #Green   #SharedPublicCircles   #Occupy   #CircleOfTheDay   #Environment   #PublicCircle   #activism   #CircleSharing   #Unions   #Feminism   #HumanRights   #LGBT   #secular   #science  2013-05-21 17:23:0549516413CC G+
Ole Olson12,447This is my main political circle. It contains people that post a high ratio of left leaning political content. If you are not progressively inclined and would like to be removed from this circle, please let me know.  #SharedCircles   #Liberal   #progressive   #politics  2013-04-12 16:31:0349016213CC G+
Jason Hurtado Daniels12,888Shared CircleSustainability and Clean TechnologyThis is the first installment of a community I am growing. Please let me know if you want to be included. Frequent sharers about: #biology #biomass #biomedical #energy #environment #ethanol #gardening #food #geothermal #green #innovation #international #internet #Linux #methane #opensource #organic #renewable #science #software #solar #startup #strategy #sustainability #technology #wave #web #wind #wireless#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle  2013-01-16 01:47:255005711CC G+
Vago Damitio8,732Creative Circle #9 of 11Creative Circle 1 of 11I am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better! I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 23:51:52143001CC G+
Rob Salzman16,138Time to share again.  This circle contains my primary news feeds.  This is the circle I start and end my day with.  If you want a vast amount of interesting, compelling content, you couldn't do much better then including is circle. 2012-12-14 17:12:23125114CC G+
John Deering808Atheist, free-thinker circle.These people have all sorts of interests and come from all walks of life, so are sure to liven up your stream, without filling it full of religious posts. If you need help with adding circles as a whole or picking a few, then please let me know.cheers #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #atheist   #athiet   #freethinker   #skeptic   #sceptic  2012-10-13 09:09:33500305CC G+
Rob Salzman12,186This is a circle of the 89 people who are my primary stream - these people are the ones I read first.  They are intensely good.  Fair warning - they mostly share my lefty type values.    2012-10-08 04:43:26904210CC G+
Rob Salzman11,508This is a circle of the 77 people who are my primary stream - these people are the ones I read first.  They are intensely good.  Fair warning - they mostly share my lefty type values.    2012-09-28 16:52:5777319CC G+
Alister Macintyre9,520Here is my circle of people who like to (and have demonstrated capability of) having a civilized conversation about Current Events from a Progressive point of view.2012-09-11 06:05:57252533CC G+
Hek Waves775In August, it was about one year I started my „Hek Waves“ stream on G+. In the meantime, I had the opportunity to “circle up” with a considerable group of people sharing interesting, amazing, sometimes critical and – if it’s needed – also a bit odd and jolting content. But – and that’s the point – it has always been a valuable, friendly, enlightening and engaging contribution to my personal G+ stream. Therefore, I think, that the first G+ anniversary is a good opportunity to say thanks to some of the top influencers of my stream and the best way to say Thank You on G+ is sharing carefully selected circles to the public. So, let me start with a first ”Thank You Circle”:This circle contains a first selection of people sharing social, political or environmental content on G+. It’s a pretty colorfull circle, so it doen’t address a single social direction or opinion. But it always contains people with a valuable point of view. And that’s, what makes G+ so unique. #ThankYouCircle   #reshare   #sharingiscaring   +Shared Circles on G+ BTW: Special thanks to +Susanne Ramharter  and +Andrew Hartwell  for the foundations to this circle.2012-09-02 12:33:1513724521CC G+
Blythe Metz9,883The #stopmonsanto Circle - Make sure you update, share and please join in! #NOGMO   #YESON37   #stopmonsanto  We all have a right to know what we are eating! #eathealthy  BlessingsBlythe2012-08-28 03:13:234835514CC G+
Blythe Metz9,649Good day to you all - here is the update of the #stopmonsanto  If you want your food labeled and believe in healthy planet and healthy living feel free to join and share our #stopmonsanto  circle!2012-08-13 18:38:47472114CC G+
Blythe Metz9,544A fabulous Circle of plus people all dedicated to  #stopmonsanto  - We all support #GMO labeling! We all care about what we eat and what is happening to our planet!Join us!BlessingsBlythe2012-08-10 17:45:19470826CC G+
Evan Peterson2,843Irrelevant Circle?I've seen a good many circle shares of people who are the top X people in a person's circles sorted by relevancy according to Google+ algorithm.It seems to me that the most relevant (hey Google, thanks for that categorization, by the way) people are already fairly good at getting and maintaining positions in circles because they do crazy things like interact with us, write their own posts, plus shit--all that. And all of this relevancy circle sharing just makes everyone else more and more irrelevant.So I am sharing my circle of the 93 least relevant people in my circles, according to Google (note: it was 100 when I filled it, but G+ won't share the 7 that have since dropped the service--maybe if someone had thought they were a little more relevant they'd still be here).For whatever reason, these people are still on Google+, and they aren't as interactive. Maybe it's because they don't want to be (some of them write pretty fabulous posts though). Maybe it's because they don't know how to work the system (or don't care to--you go girls!).For whatever the reason, this is my Google+ Irrelevant People Circle, add, enjoy, ignore, whatever--Irrelevants, I salute thee!2012-07-29 00:23:19922206CC G+
Julian Belilty172Added 2 Shared GREEN Circles today & thought it would be nice to share an integrated Sustainability Circle with Google+...enjoy! :)Thank you +Not My Earth (Not My Problem) & +Gideon Rosenblatt for sharing! #green   #sustainability   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #climatechange   #globalwarming  2012-07-26 14:50:30386306CC G+
Gideon Rosenblatt15,969Green CircleIt's been a long time since I've updated this shared circle of people interested in protecting the planet. Who's in this circle? It's a mix of people I know who are actively working on environmental issues and people who have indicated that they are interested in this area. Good folks. We need you all. 2012-07-26 13:59:4921543812CC G+
Blythe Metz9,079502 in the #stopmonsanto  circle! A circle who appreciates organic food! #nogmo  food! People who are fed up with the crimes of Monsanto! 3 weeks old!Add, share and join!BlessingsBlythe2012-07-23 03:16:45498319CC G+
Blythe Metz9,073Here is the update of the #stopmonsanto  circle! Please make sure you all click to add our new members! Please feel free to re share! Also please let me know if I missed you and you would like to join!It's a large circle of like minded people who care about our planets health! And the food we eat and feed our children!BlessingsBlythe2012-07-22 19:05:24493334CC G+
Blythe Metz9,060Good day to you #stopmonsanto  circle! 484 strong! Let's all share an add!Help us get #GMO  labeled! Help us #stopmonsanto  BlessingsBlythe2012-07-19 18:53:54481048CC G+
Blythe Metz9,035The #stopmonsanto circle is 462 strong! A fabulous group of people that believe in GMO labeling and our fed up with the crimes of #Monsanto!Please update, share and let me know if you would like to be added!2012-07-17 17:59:31462514CC G+
Blythe Metz8,909Good Morning #stopmonsanto - Hope you all slept well!Today is a Match day! If you have contributed yet please do! $1 is worth $2 -Indiegogo.com/stopmonsanto -Please add share our circleBlessingsBlythe2012-07-15 16:46:20452714CC G+
Blythe Metz8,909Update on the #stopmonsanto circle! 447 people that all share belief in an healthy planet and labeling foods properly!Please share update and add!Thank you all for your support!BlessingsBlythe2012-07-15 00:25:30447629CC G+
Alan Bombria5,910This is my atheist/humanist/freethinker circle.  People are in this circle not just for being "good without god", but for being critical thinkers, contending for their position without being contentious, or just plain posting interesting or thought provoking material.  This is the circle I maintain the most meticulously.  Enjoy!2012-06-10 15:48:58267406CC G+
Jadey A-S Wilson3,457My Artists/Writers CircleI suppose it's a little late for Circle Sunday in most parts of the world but I've been meaning to share this mixed Circle for quite a while. Some of the people within it are purely artists, others are writers, but so many are both that I've never really sat down to sort them out into separate ones. A great number of the people here are wonderful engagers, as long as Masters of their crafts – which are often many and varied. Others are more reticent, but that might well just be my experience – yours may differ...Any road, I hope you'll find some interesting and inspiring people within this group:+Loren Groves _; you were looking for artists and +Lord Parker; I've owed you some Circle shares for a long time, here's a start._2012-06-04 04:14:51246611CC G+
Mike Clancy4,510Science & Technology ... if you want it, this is where you'll find it. These people are interesting and active. If you're in it, share it ... if you want into it, +1 it. It's that simple!2012-04-20 03:25:1149912626CC G+
Best Shared Circle1,571Thanks you adding us.. #bestsharedcircle #sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircles2012-04-15 02:32:575016213CC G+
Kamy Sha0#SharedCircle2012-04-11 18:43:39495100CC G+
Marita Deis0#sharedcircle2012-04-10 12:24:08498001CC G+
Alex Diaz (alexdiazeco)2,406Do you have a green circleSo many of you have joined since the last time I shared this circle that I think it's about time to reshare it. If you don't have a green circle of your own, feel free to adopt this one and keep adding people of like mind to it. If you think you should be in it, please let us know so we can all add you.Unfortunately, G+ doesn't let us share more than 500 at a time, and this circle is considerably bigger, so many of you were left out, and there's no way to know who it was without going one by one, which I lack the time to do right now.Still, the share serves a high purpose, so here it is.2012-04-07 18:57:54500030CC G+
Mike Clancy3,675By far my largest (and favorite) circle, this is a great list of engaged science & technology lovers. As with my sci-fi circle, +1 this if you would like to be added to the circle, share it if you're already in it and want your own circles to grow.2012-04-05 16:33:35460101733CC G+
Simone Oech750This is a circle +Moan Lisa shared. I could not figure out in that moment how to share the actual circle so I added it to my circles and now am resharing it.... it only looks like "My" circle. Since Moan tends to collect interesting people, cirlce these and make up your own mind if you want to see the postings. I know ther are very interesing people in the circle, 'cause I have a number of them in mine. #moanlisa2012-03-30 06:43:264993212CC G+
Bill Shevlin2,547It has been a while since I shared my Green Circle. There are some really great people to interact with in this circle who are very active. If you are not part of this circle and are into #sustainability #green #energyefficiency #renewableenergy #solar #windpower or just want to make a difference let me know.Please feel free to share the circle and spread the Green around.2012-03-25 04:57:523911018CC G+
John Kellden4,179The Moneyball TeamGoogle+ Visionaries, take 2An update of the circle I previously shared. I've removed most of the big hitters.I figured they're in the ten thousand range or more and will survive being cut. Will share them in a new circle in the not too distant future. I also removed some Google Pages. This is the Moneyball Team of Google+. And I mean that as the highest possible praise.#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #circleshare2012-03-19 13:04:39500648CC G+
John Kellden4,179Google+ VisionariesThese 365 people are mandatory to interact with. I suggest you set aside a moment each day for each one in this circle. Which is why I've added 365 people. Seriously, do.Ok, so it's not humanly possible to do that. Think of it as a Google+ smorgasbord of awesome people then.As with my previously shared link of 500 Great Google Plus People, I've looked at these people from a number of different angles. They passed with flying colours. :)#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #circleshare2012-03-19 11:09:54365231829CC G+
Kathy Morlock19,759CIRCLE SHARE - INTERACTIVE MEN NEW TO YOUR CIRCLESRecent additions to your circles - you felt were very interactive.This should enrich anyone's stream. I know most of these people and they are great.2012-03-16 23:41:3568659CC G+
Susanne Ramharter3,133Fridays are for sharing circlesto the new people who have put me in their circles: many thanks! Some of you I have already had contact with, to the rest, I would like to reciprocate with this circle. It is hand-picked, and contains people who are funny, intelligent, knowledgeable, and engaged.You will find information about social media, google+, as well as cognitive science, books, travel and art, some agitation against encroaching on civil liberties (SOPA, ACTA, censorship - mostly from me ;-) inspirational as well as snarky things, and yes, the occasional cat. But everyone here is friendly and has great things to contribute, so feel free to share the circle if you like.Have fun!2012-03-09 15:46:5631329919CC G+
Mike Clancy1,885Five hundred people who are active on G+ and interested in science and technology. Is that cool or what?2012-03-05 00:41:4850012915CC G+

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2013-03-19 22:50:22 (23 comments, 8 reshares, 26 +1s)

The 10th Anniversary of a Great Lie

I've just read this linked letter, on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the US invasion of Iraq, and wanted to send it on. It says what should have been said, by millions of us, ten years ago.

It's striking how powerful the social agreement is that normal, essential moral judgments aren't applied to those of great wealth or power. No senior figure of the financial industry has been called to account for their crimes. Not one, despite the millions of Americans who lost -- and are still losing -- their homes. And these two men -- Bush and Cheney -- will probably not travel outside US borders much for the rest of their lives for fear of being arrested for war crimes. But that's about the only consequence they will suffer for the human tragedies Tomas Young lists below. Not for those, nor for the moral degradation of our... more »

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2013-02-06 01:07:33 (11 comments, 12 reshares, 17 +1s)

Using Centers for Disease Control and FBI numbers, just since Robert Kennedy's murder in 1968, 1.4 million Americans have died from guns. Historians total US war dead from the Revolutionary War onward at 1.2 million.

Most plusones: 26

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2013-03-19 22:50:22 (23 comments, 8 reshares, 26 +1s)

The 10th Anniversary of a Great Lie

I've just read this linked letter, on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the US invasion of Iraq, and wanted to send it on. It says what should have been said, by millions of us, ten years ago.

It's striking how powerful the social agreement is that normal, essential moral judgments aren't applied to those of great wealth or power. No senior figure of the financial industry has been called to account for their crimes. Not one, despite the millions of Americans who lost -- and are still losing -- their homes. And these two men -- Bush and Cheney -- will probably not travel outside US borders much for the rest of their lives for fear of being arrested for war crimes. But that's about the only consequence they will suffer for the human tragedies Tomas Young lists below. Not for those, nor for the moral degradation of our... more »

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2013-12-31 20:16:26 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

EARTH & US: THE SCALE OF CHANGE

Three major publications on climate have come my way in the last week. Each is sobering. Together, they feel apocalyptic:

1. New cloud modeling suggests that warming by 2100 is likely to be 4 degrees C rather than 2. (And that, of course is just the part that will have happened by then of an already committed much larger change -- all of Greenland's ice and most of Antarctica's gone within a few more centuries.)

2. The shutting down of ocean circulation because of the diminishing temperature differential between the equator and the poles: a 30% decline in bottom life in the North Atlantic by 2100. (And the end point, of course with further CO2 is anoxia for most of the oceans, a great reduction in atmospheric O2 and a surge of H2S -- the mechanism that caused all but one of earth great extinctions.)

3. A major Nature... more »

EARTH & US: THE SCALE OF CHANGE

Three major publications on climate have come my way in the last week. Each is sobering. Together, they feel apocalyptic:

1. New cloud modeling suggests that warming by 2100 is likely to be 4 degrees C rather than 2. (And that, of course is just the part that will have happened by then of an already committed much larger change -- all of Greenland's ice and most of Antarctica's gone within a few more centuries.)

2. The shutting down of ocean circulation because of the diminishing temperature differential between the equator and the poles: a 30% decline in bottom life in the North Atlantic by 2100. (And the end point, of course with further CO2 is anoxia for most of the oceans, a great reduction in atmospheric O2 and a surge of H2S -- the mechanism that caused all but one of earth great extinctions.)

3. A major Nature article suggesting that we have reached the limits of increased productivity from industrialized agriculture, and that decline has already begun -- just as we need to double food production over the next five decades or so. (I'm inclined to believe that genetic engineering may well buffer another few decades, but no more.)

As we arrive at 2014, how does the scale and import of all of this figure in the decisions we will each make over the rest of our lives, knowing that, every day, we are the biggest beneficiaries of the status quo, and are deciding the fate of lots and lots more of life than just us?___

2013-10-12 00:17:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Heads up. BitDefender is repeatedly telling me that the petition page has malware. It probably doesn't, but someone managing the petition needs to figure out what the problem is.

Meantime, the text (visible on this page)  is simple, and easy to print out for your household or your workmates to sign en masse, and then drop off at a store.

Heads up. BitDefender is repeatedly telling me that the petition page has malware. It probably doesn't, but someone managing the petition needs to figure out what the problem is.

Meantime, the text (visible on this page)  is simple, and easy to print out for your household or your workmates to sign en masse, and then drop off at a store.___

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2013-09-17 19:20:09 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)

This Strikes Me as a Very Big Deal Indeed

. . . and in a wearyingly familiar pattern, has been almost unreported in the US (Google turned up only the Sacramento Bee so far among significant media), but is widely reported in China. What does it mean? Likely that California will lead the Western World in renewable energy and adaptive technologies, partnering with the giant polluter that is also the world's largest researcher and investor in climate tech.

This Strikes Me as a Very Big Deal Indeed

. . . and in a wearyingly familiar pattern, has been almost unreported in the US (Google turned up only the Sacramento Bee so far among significant media), but is widely reported in China. What does it mean? Likely that California will lead the Western World in renewable energy and adaptive technologies, partnering with the giant polluter that is also the world's largest researcher and investor in climate tech.___

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2013-04-18 21:37:34 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

Gabrielle Giffords

90% of Americans, in multiple polls, supported the very modest gun-control measures in the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey BILL. So did 4 brave GOPers. But four Democrats, "Red-Staters," made the Republican filibuster work. The hero who stood up in the Senate Gallery and shouted "Shame on You!" spoke for all of us.

Democrats are unlikely to reclaim the House in the next decade -- right-wing gerrymandering seems nearly bomb-proof. That being the case, what's the value of a Democratic-led Senate that does something like this? And little else.

Democrats, end the filibuster.  Or lose the Senate, because lots of us out here will simply abandon funding the worthless charade of Congressional politics.

If you haven't read Giffords' passionate denunciation of the vote, here it is:

Gabrielle Giffords

90% of Americans, in multiple polls, supported the very modest gun-control measures in the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey BILL. So did 4 brave GOPers. But four Democrats, "Red-Staters," made the Republican filibuster work. The hero who stood up in the Senate Gallery and shouted "Shame on You!" spoke for all of us.

Democrats are unlikely to reclaim the House in the next decade -- right-wing gerrymandering seems nearly bomb-proof. That being the case, what's the value of a Democratic-led Senate that does something like this? And little else.

Democrats, end the filibuster.  Or lose the Senate, because lots of us out here will simply abandon funding the worthless charade of Congressional politics.

If you haven't read Giffords' passionate denunciation of the vote, here it is:___

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2013-03-30 03:48:29 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)

Fossil Logic

Subsidizing school lunches is wrong. Subsidizing solar is wrong. Subsidizing anyone poorer than you is wrong. But oil? The International Monetary Fund calculates that the total US subsidies to fossil fuels is half a trillion dollars. PER YEAR.

Fossil Logic

Subsidizing school lunches is wrong. Subsidizing solar is wrong. Subsidizing anyone poorer than you is wrong. But oil? The International Monetary Fund calculates that the total US subsidies to fossil fuels is half a trillion dollars. PER YEAR.___

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2013-03-19 22:50:22 (23 comments, 8 reshares, 26 +1s)

The 10th Anniversary of a Great Lie

I've just read this linked letter, on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the US invasion of Iraq, and wanted to send it on. It says what should have been said, by millions of us, ten years ago.

It's striking how powerful the social agreement is that normal, essential moral judgments aren't applied to those of great wealth or power. No senior figure of the financial industry has been called to account for their crimes. Not one, despite the millions of Americans who lost -- and are still losing -- their homes. And these two men -- Bush and Cheney -- will probably not travel outside US borders much for the rest of their lives for fear of being arrested for war crimes. But that's about the only consequence they will suffer for the human tragedies Tomas Young lists below. Not for those, nor for the moral degradation of our... more »

The 10th Anniversary of a Great Lie

I've just read this linked letter, on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the US invasion of Iraq, and wanted to send it on. It says what should have been said, by millions of us, ten years ago.

It's striking how powerful the social agreement is that normal, essential moral judgments aren't applied to those of great wealth or power. No senior figure of the financial industry has been called to account for their crimes. Not one, despite the millions of Americans who lost -- and are still losing -- their homes. And these two men -- Bush and Cheney -- will probably not travel outside US borders much for the rest of their lives for fear of being arrested for war crimes. But that's about the only consequence they will suffer for the human tragedies Tomas Young lists below. Not for those, nor for the moral degradation of our country into one where torture is tolerated or even defended, and the violation of every single protection of the Bill or Rights is shrugged off as just a casual cost of the "War on Terror."

--Bill___

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2013-03-12 19:00:31 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

At today's press conference, news of the strongest, most detailed evidence yet that Mars had a period when conditions for life were favorable. We're rapidly arrowing in on the key question: in the Universe at large, does life ignite whenever it has appropriate conditions? Or not?

At today's press conference, news of the strongest, most detailed evidence yet that Mars had a period when conditions for life were favorable. We're rapidly arrowing in on the key question: in the Universe at large, does life ignite whenever it has appropriate conditions? Or not?___

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2013-03-07 21:08:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

To endure, democracies need to deal head-on, and always, with their relationships to money and power. The US in 2013 is a near-perfect example of poor attention. And corn, as it turns out, could be a great way to focus our attention. Would you have guessed that, in terms of its ability to FEED people, the US corn industry is less productive than Bangladesh or Egypt? The reasons for this are a case study in the (ailing) arts of democracy.

To endure, democracies need to deal head-on, and always, with their relationships to money and power. The US in 2013 is a near-perfect example of poor attention. And corn, as it turns out, could be a great way to focus our attention. Would you have guessed that, in terms of its ability to FEED people, the US corn industry is less productive than Bangladesh or Egypt? The reasons for this are a case study in the (ailing) arts of democracy.___

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2013-03-04 04:42:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

We lament the science illiteracy of Americans as we struggle with population-level understanding of climate, energy, evolution, health, vaccines and many other issues. Rightly so.

But the economic illiteracy of Americans is equally awful, and that fact paralyzes politics and the general public dialog and leaves us at the mercy do sharks and charlatans.

Watch this clear, factual presentation of data.

The argument about raising tax revenues on top earners may be received differently, if the public weren't so terribly misinformed about the reality of the wealth distribution in America.___We lament the science illiteracy of Americans as we struggle with population-level understanding of climate, energy, evolution, health, vaccines and many other issues. Rightly so.

But the economic illiteracy of Americans is equally awful, and that fact paralyzes politics and the general public dialog and leaves us at the mercy do sharks and charlatans.

Watch this clear, factual presentation of data.

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2013-02-18 19:20:16 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)

Can you name them? They're up there in honor of their post-Presidential achievements: Nixon (avoiding jail), Ford (golf), Reagan (don't remember), HW Bush (golf, skydiving), W Bush (not being invited to the 2012 Republican National Convention).

and then there is the back side of Mount Rushmore

Now can you name them all?

Happy Presidents Day!

#HappyPresidentsDay  ___Can you name them? They're up there in honor of their post-Presidential achievements: Nixon (avoiding jail), Ford (golf), Reagan (don't remember), HW Bush (golf, skydiving), W Bush (not being invited to the 2012 Republican National Convention).

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2013-02-08 19:23:25 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Here and there among the immensely profitable obesity of American culture, there must be other attempts to turn things around. What initiatives do you know of? Or is there a website, organization or Google community you know of? I'd love to collect some resources here.

Here and there among the immensely profitable obesity of American culture, there must be other attempts to turn things around. What initiatives do you know of? Or is there a website, organization or Google community you know of? I'd love to collect some resources here.___

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2013-02-06 01:07:33 (11 comments, 12 reshares, 17 +1s)

Using Centers for Disease Control and FBI numbers, just since Robert Kennedy's murder in 1968, 1.4 million Americans have died from guns. Historians total US war dead from the Revolutionary War onward at 1.2 million.

Using Centers for Disease Control and FBI numbers, just since Robert Kennedy's murder in 1968, 1.4 million Americans have died from guns. Historians total US war dead from the Revolutionary War onward at 1.2 million.___

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2013-01-25 01:40:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

The cooperative model suggested in the first sentence is how much long term policy is done in Scandinavia and Germany.

So let's GO -

"'Industry is telling us in no uncertain terms that the United States needs to adopt clear, consistent, long-term energy policies that allow American businesses to thrive, make our country more energy secure, and advance environmental imperatives,” said Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program. “Our research shows that there is a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity in the clean energy sector. U.S. industry has the capacity to be a leader, provided we have the right policies in place. It’s time for Congress to support a comprehensive energy strategy by delivering long-term certainty for businesses and investors in renewable power.'”___The cooperative model suggested in the first sentence is how much long term policy is done in Scandinavia and Germany.

2013-01-22 23:17:23 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Greetings from the Elder World

Eclectic and compelling, a reminder to expand our awareness and caring beyond the boundaries of our individual lives.

Greetings from the Elder World

Eclectic and compelling, a reminder to expand our awareness and caring beyond the boundaries of our individual lives.___

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2012-12-19 16:42:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

A vivid reminder that poetry isn't simply personal, and isn't in its nature inconsequential. Sign a petition for this man, yes, but use this outrage to raise the stakes for your own poetry.

What's the most important thing you could say today? And how do you shape that into a poem?

#Qatar   #poetry  tks @davidcnswanson___A vivid reminder that poetry isn't simply personal, and isn't in its nature inconsequential. Sign a petition for this man, yes, but use this outrage to raise the stakes for your own poetry.

What's the most important thing you could say today? And how do you shape that into a poem?

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2012-12-19 03:32:52 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

Here's the title poem from my book May Touch Redeem Us; you can hear me read it in one of the (PG) video clips posted on  a Kickstarter that's currently funding (take a look and back us if you like what you see and hear).

"Bill & Desiree" is an explicit erotic biography of the two of us which has won awards on three continents; we're very proud of it. It's currently out of print and the filmmaker wants it to be available again. 

Here's the poem:

A Small Poem about Tenderness

Tonight I would be the provider of solace, the caregiver,
in the face of all that had afflicted you this day.

But when you took me fully in your mouth, small,
yielding, your encompassing warmth and sweetness

without urgency or agenda, every door opened,
every hurt and hesitation was healed. I gave myself
more »

Here's the title poem from my book May Touch Redeem Us; you can hear me read it in one of the (PG) video clips posted on  a Kickstarter that's currently funding (take a look and back us if you like what you see and hear).

"Bill & Desiree" is an explicit erotic biography of the two of us which has won awards on three continents; we're very proud of it. It's currently out of print and the filmmaker wants it to be available again. 

Here's the poem:

A Small Poem about Tenderness

Tonight I would be the provider of solace, the caregiver,
in the face of all that had afflicted you this day.

But when you took me fully in your mouth, small,
yielding, your encompassing warmth and sweetness

without urgency or agenda, every door opened,
every hurt and hesitation was healed. I gave myself

up to you, and you gave me myself, whole and at peace.
Would you like to be inside? you asked, looking up 

from your giving. And in a moment you were above me,
radiant, wordless, emptied of urgency and injury,

and this thoughtless joy rose in my bones, this joy
conceived in love, refracted in your eyes, easy as breath.

Each day, each enfolding night may we come to each other
healed, jubilant and patient, each day of all the days

we may be graced with. May no hurt ever be stronger
than the simplest act of love. May touch redeem us.
.
.
.___

2012-12-19 03:22:34 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

I'm a poet and writer, a naturalist and mountaineer, and a 3-generation dad, in no particular order. I've been involved for many years in public policy and politics, mostly on the local and regional level. 

I'm caregiver for Cristina, my wife of 40 years, and 11-year the partner and lover of Desiree. My poetry is in turn family or nature-centered or attentively erotic. I've received awards as a poet, fiction writer and editor, in addition to recognition for my environmental and nonprofit work.

I hope this little community will be a chance for stimulation and virtual connection. I love comment and criticism.

I'm a poet and writer, a naturalist and mountaineer, and a 3-generation dad, in no particular order. I've been involved for many years in public policy and politics, mostly on the local and regional level. 

I'm caregiver for Cristina, my wife of 40 years, and 11-year the partner and lover of Desiree. My poetry is in turn family or nature-centered or attentively erotic. I've received awards as a poet, fiction writer and editor, in addition to recognition for my environmental and nonprofit work.

I hope this little community will be a chance for stimulation and virtual connection. I love comment and criticism.___

2012-12-19 03:10:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

This poem is from the book Three Crows Yelling written by myself, William Keener and Michael Day. The book won the 1999 Looking Glass Prize for Poetry. The poem has been a favorite at readings over many years.

Gog and Burr

Six-thirty in the morning
the twenty-eighth of February.
Frost last night,
blue sky this morning
glowing above the mist that floats among our trees.
I am fifty-four
and you, my son, are two.
We are in a cave
that anyone else might mistake for bedclothes
tented up by knees.
I am growling
and looking at least a little stranger than usual,
shaggy, big-pawed, ponderous.
You have let your tongue
wander almost completely free of your mouth.
Your face has a deliberate look, attentive
but superbly stupid.
You are a gog -- 
a spaniel, a basset -- 
and I, with a rumblyg... more »

This poem is from the book Three Crows Yelling written by myself, William Keener and Michael Day. The book won the 1999 Looking Glass Prize for Poetry. The poem has been a favorite at readings over many years.

Gog and Burr

Six-thirty in the morning
the twenty-eighth of February.
Frost last night,
blue sky this morning
glowing above the mist that floats among our trees.
I am fifty-four
and you, my son, are two.
We are in a cave
that anyone else might mistake for bedclothes
tented up by knees.
I am growling
and looking at least a little stranger than usual,
shaggy, big-pawed, ponderous.
You have let your tongue
wander almost completely free of your mouth.
Your face has a deliberate look, attentive
but superbly stupid.
You are a gog -- 
a spaniel, a basset -- 
and I, with a rumbly growl, am a burr,
as anyone with half a brain could see.

Reading this some long time from now
you will remember nothing
except perhaps that you have read this once or twice before,
but it is a fact
that this particular day
began in this particular way.

Love is not a declaration.
It is an accumulation of acts.
.
.
.___

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2012-12-09 20:36:22 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 3 +1s)

The Climate Crisis - What Should Obama Say?

A compelling article by the prolific polymath Joe Romm of Climate Progress on what made Lincoln's speeches so potent and so memorable. My challenge to you: Write a speech as least as brief as the Gettysburg Address (270 words) that Obama could use to launch a world-changing US response to climate. Post your ideas in comments.

The Climate Crisis - What Should Obama Say?

A compelling article by the prolific polymath Joe Romm of Climate Progress on what made Lincoln's speeches so potent and so memorable. My challenge to you: Write a speech as least as brief as the Gettysburg Address (270 words) that Obama could use to launch a world-changing US response to climate. Post your ideas in comments.___

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2012-12-07 22:46:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

eXtinction

This powerful, beautiful 5-minute film has won multiple festival awards. It's clearly the passionate personal project of supermodel Raines, tracing humanity's ongoing environmental collision against her own lifespan, loss after loss through the coming decades. It's easy to criticize its overcertainties, and just as easy to be entranced by her undefended  nakedness, exquisite photography, or Carl Sagan's compelling warning. Not perfect, but fresh: a compelling voice in our most essential conversation.

eXtinction

This powerful, beautiful 5-minute film has won multiple festival awards. It's clearly the passionate personal project of supermodel Raines, tracing humanity's ongoing environmental collision against her own lifespan, loss after loss through the coming decades. It's easy to criticize its overcertainties, and just as easy to be entranced by her undefended  nakedness, exquisite photography, or Carl Sagan's compelling warning. Not perfect, but fresh: a compelling voice in our most essential conversation.___

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2012-12-05 15:20:42 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 7 +1s)

Oligarchic Libertarianism

The glacial, four-decade-long rightwing putsch against the American judicial system is beginning to pay off big time.

Oligarchic Libertarianism

The glacial, four-decade-long rightwing putsch against the American judicial system is beginning to pay off big time.___

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2012-11-24 16:11:31 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)

Lots of things to admire about Sen. Goldwater, but the seeds of much of the extremism of modern Republicans started with him. And then of course he lost out to Reagan, and a bunch of people arrived in Washington who had no agenda but power.

 Goldwater & Reagan would be considered socialists by today's extremist conservatives. ___Lots of things to admire about Sen. Goldwater, but the seeds of much of the extremism of modern Republicans started with him. And then of course he lost out to Reagan, and a bunch of people arrived in Washington who had no agenda but power.

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2012-11-24 16:00:22 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 18 +1s)

Despite the severest introspection, I can't tell if I'm posting this for the magnificence of the art or the magnificence of the snark.

___Despite the severest introspection, I can't tell if I'm posting this for the magnificence of the art or the magnificence of the snark.

2012-11-24 06:01:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

A Great Film - The Sessions

My partner Desiree and I just walked in the door from seeing an fine movie indeed, one I recommend to you without reservation. "The Sessions" is built closely around the life and writings of Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes), a 38-year-old man almost completely paralyzed in childhood by polio, and his first sexual experiences with a surrogate (Helen Hunt). I'm not sure I've ever seen a film with such compelling, easy honesty about bodies, and have rarely encountered one so gently straightforward about sex. And it's in American theaters!

Part of the magic of the film for me was having actually met Mark and some of the great folks who worked with him, in Berkeley a few years before his death in the late 1970s.

No car chases. No pathological sex. Not a single serial killer. Just a little truth around the lifelong challenge... more »

A Great Film - The Sessions

My partner Desiree and I just walked in the door from seeing an fine movie indeed, one I recommend to you without reservation. "The Sessions" is built closely around the life and writings of Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes), a 38-year-old man almost completely paralyzed in childhood by polio, and his first sexual experiences with a surrogate (Helen Hunt). I'm not sure I've ever seen a film with such compelling, easy honesty about bodies, and have rarely encountered one so gently straightforward about sex. And it's in American theaters!

Part of the magic of the film for me was having actually met Mark and some of the great folks who worked with him, in Berkeley a few years before his death in the late 1970s.

No car chases. No pathological sex. Not a single serial killer. Just a little truth around the lifelong challenge each of us faces, every day, of puzzling out how to be alive.___

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2012-11-20 22:21:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Might Do Us All Good to Do This

Spiritually, politically and calorically.

But to make it as meaningful as possible, we should probably also limit the kinds of food stores we buy at to those like the ones in the poorest parts of our country, rural and urban. And then keep careful, public note of the informed decisions we make about eating as healthily as possible from those sources - information which our poorest may not have.

How about cooking on a hot plate, or not being able to cook at all? And would we be willing to subject our kids to any of this? (And if not, why is it bOK for others' kids?)

Might Do Us All Good to Do This

Spiritually, politically and calorically.

But to make it as meaningful as possible, we should probably also limit the kinds of food stores we buy at to those like the ones in the poorest parts of our country, rural and urban. And then keep careful, public note of the informed decisions we make about eating as healthily as possible from those sources - information which our poorest may not have.

How about cooking on a hot plate, or not being able to cook at all? And would we be willing to subject our kids to any of this? (And if not, why is it bOK for others' kids?)___

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2012-11-20 22:20:43 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

Might Do Us All Good to Do This

Spiritually, politically and calorically.

But to make it as meaningful as possible, we should probably also limit the kinds of food stores we buy at to those like the ones in the poorest parts of our country, rural and urban. And then keep careful, public note of the informed decisions we make about eating as healthily as possible from those sources - information which our poorest may not have.

How about cooking on a hot plate, or not being able to cook at all? And would we be willing to subject our kids to any of this? (And if not, why is it bOK for others' kids?)

Might Do Us All Good to Do This

Spiritually, politically and calorically.

But to make it as meaningful as possible, we should probably also limit the kinds of food stores we buy at to those like the ones in the poorest parts of our country, rural and urban. And then keep careful, public note of the informed decisions we make about eating as healthily as possible from those sources - information which our poorest may not have.

How about cooking on a hot plate, or not being able to cook at all? And would we be willing to subject our kids to any of this? (And if not, why is it bOK for others' kids?)___

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2012-11-20 20:05:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Climate - Building a Long Term Consensus

The Scandinavian countries and Germany have been home to remarkable, broad-based efforts to build durable, long term policy around major issues. The impetus to do that has often come from corporations, largely because it enabled them to plan business strategies for the long term.

One illustrative result - beyond good governmental policy: A majority of the manufactured housing created in all of Europe is built by Scandinavians, on the basis of highly integrated policies that cover everything from sustainable forest management onward.

Maybe, just maybe, as you can see in the article below, the magnitude of the climate crisis is stirring the same sort of business initiative on a worldwide scale.

I'm no economist, but I wonder: if they were supported by stable, forward-looking governmental policy, could the immensec... more »

Climate - Building a Long Term Consensus

The Scandinavian countries and Germany have been home to remarkable, broad-based efforts to build durable, long term policy around major issues. The impetus to do that has often come from corporations, largely because it enabled them to plan business strategies for the long term.

One illustrative result - beyond good governmental policy: A majority of the manufactured housing created in all of Europe is built by Scandinavians, on the basis of highly integrated policies that cover everything from sustainable forest management onward.

Maybe, just maybe, as you can see in the article below, the magnitude of the climate crisis is stirring the same sort of business initiative on a worldwide scale.

I'm no economist, but I wonder: if they were supported by stable, forward-looking governmental policy, could the immense current profits of the fossil fuel industries be used to leverage those companies toward climate-constructive change and away from their focus on carbon extraction? ___

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2012-11-16 01:35:11 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

The Urgency of Climate Disruption

A prominent financier calls out the seriousness of the issue and urges the scientific community to take more emphatic action.

The Urgency of Climate Disruption

A prominent financier calls out the seriousness of the issue and urges the scientific community to take more emphatic action.___

2012-11-15 15:57:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)

The Speed of Light, Humans, and Starships

I'm reading Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312. Yesterday I got to a brief chapter that, on its face, is a description of four starships - humanity's first - that are being built by disassembling Nix, one of Pluto's minor moons, and building enormous hollow, spinning cylinders in which Earthlike habitats will be created. Robinson then describes the four successive propulsion methods that will be used over years to accelerate the four ships to 0.02 c, 2% of the speed of light. But mostly in this chapter, he talks about distance.

Here's a little of what he writes:

We say "four light years" and those words, "four" and "year" fool us; we have little grasp of how far light travels in a year. Step back and think about 299,792,458 meters per second. Think of that speed as traversing 671... more »

The Speed of Light, Humans, and Starships

I'm reading Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312. Yesterday I got to a brief chapter that, on its face, is a description of four starships - humanity's first - that are being built by disassembling Nix, one of Pluto's minor moons, and building enormous hollow, spinning cylinders in which Earthlike habitats will be created. Robinson then describes the four successive propulsion methods that will be used over years to accelerate the four ships to 0.02 c, 2% of the speed of light. But mostly in this chapter, he talks about distance.

Here's a little of what he writes:

We say "four light years" and those words, "four" and "year" fool us; we have little grasp of how far light travels in a year. Step back and think about 299,792,458 meters per second. Think of that speed as traversing 671 million miles every hour. Think about it traversing 173 astronomical units a day; an astronomical unit is the distance from the Earth to the Sun, 93 million miles -- crossed 173 times in a day. Then think about four years of days like that. That gets light to the nearest star. But we can propel ourselves to only a few percent of the speed of light; so at 2 percent of the speed of light (ten million miles an hour) it will take about two hundred years to go those four light years.

It takes a hundred thousand years for light to cross the Milky Way. At 2 percent of that speed -- our speed, let us say -- five million years.
. . .

So. Our little pearl of warmth, our spinning orrery of lives, our island, our beloved solar system, our hearth and home, tight and burnished in the warmth of the sun -- and then -- these starships we are making out of Nix. We will send them to the stars, they will be like dandelion seeds, floating away on a breeze. Very beautiful. We will never see them again.___

2012-11-12 20:40:12 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

This petition is getting close to the 25,000 signature requirement for the White House to formally respond. And this is a strategic time to lean on this issue, hard, to begin to undo the enormous harms of the "War of Drugs."

I signed this petition, and you should too. For the hell of it. Thanks to +annie bodnar for linking it earlier. You should follow her. She is awesome.___This petition is getting close to the 25,000 signature requirement for the White House to formally respond. And this is a strategic time to lean on this issue, hard, to begin to undo the enormous harms of the "War of Drugs."

2012-11-11 18:42:58 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)

Motion to Secede from the United States of America

People at both ends of the spectrum talk about leaving the country -- secession or emigration -- when they're  frustrated politically, but so far, except for slavery and the Vietnam War, there have been no mass exoduses.

With the possible exception of Texas, there are no red states that could secede and be likely to survive economically, mostly because of their long histories of corruption and oppression. They're also the states most dependent economically on the Federal government. 

So let's focus on fleeing -- emigration.

If you decided things really were severe enough to depart instead of grandstanding, where would you go? I assume you'd want to flee to a place that meets more of your political checklist than the US.

For the Left, that's easy: almost any place in theres... more »

Motion to Secede from the United States of America

People at both ends of the spectrum talk about leaving the country -- secession or emigration -- when they're  frustrated politically, but so far, except for slavery and the Vietnam War, there have been no mass exoduses.

With the possible exception of Texas, there are no red states that could secede and be likely to survive economically, mostly because of their long histories of corruption and oppression. They're also the states most dependent economically on the Federal government. 

So let's focus on fleeing -- emigration.

If you decided things really were severe enough to depart instead of grandstanding, where would you go? I assume you'd want to flee to a place that meets more of your political checklist than the US.

For the Left, that's easy: almost any place in the rest of the developed world, except for countries like Greece and Hungary which may be drifting toward right-wing fascism, or Russia, a destructively corrupt oligarchy.

For the Right, it's more difficult, or so it seems to me. The place can't have universal healthcare (socialism!), or much tolerance for any sort of non-white diversity. But you probably wouldn't want to go to a country where YOU would be the minority that was discriminated against, either. And you'd probably need a country that had a history of relative equality and a thriving middle class, so you wouldn't be doomed to poverty. So where? Care to make a list?

[Of course, you might be super-wealthy, in which case the odds are high that you've long abandoned any real allegiance to the US or its political system anyway.]

Somebody needs to do a red-and-blue map.___

2012-11-11 04:44:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Leading the Country

I'm more than a little astonished to find myself quoting Maureen Dowd, but nobody's said it better:

_Last time, Obama lifted up the base with his message of hope and change; this time the base lifted up Obama, with the hope he will change. _
                                           --Maureen Dowd, NYT Sunday Review 11/10/12

Leading the Country

I'm more than a little astonished to find myself quoting Maureen Dowd, but nobody's said it better:

_Last time, Obama lifted up the base with his message of hope and change; this time the base lifted up Obama, with the hope he will change. _
                                           --Maureen Dowd, NYT Sunday Review 11/10/12___

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2012-11-11 04:36:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

I remember vividly how startled my middle daughter was when I told her that her grandmother, when she came of age, was not allowed to vote. American history opened up for her in a whole new way at that moment.

What the 2012 election would have looked like without universal suffrage. Maps of electoral college votes using rules from 1850, 1870, 1920, 1970, and 2012.___I remember vividly how startled my middle daughter was when I told her that her grandmother, when she came of age, was not allowed to vote. American history opened up for her in a whole new way at that moment.

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2012-11-11 04:31:31 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

This might just be a place - a powerful place - to reestablish the notions of unions as one of the key institutions in a large-middle-class democracy, and a striking place to begin to address lavish corporate welfare.

___This might just be a place - a powerful place - to reestablish the notions of unions as one of the key institutions in a large-middle-class democracy, and a striking place to begin to address lavish corporate welfare.

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2012-11-10 17:01:15 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

One of those cases where the making of a compelling documentary is as powerful as its content.

___One of those cases where the making of a compelling documentary is as powerful as its content.

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2012-11-10 16:49:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Bill McKibben: Do the Math

My latest post urges you to Do the Math.___Bill McKibben: Do the Math

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2012-11-08 19:45:03 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

How Good Men Are Grown

David Brooks has a lovely, important piece up at the NYT -- Brooks, usually the smooth face of the Ugly Right, has given us something of real value, something quite at odds with the authoritarian, controlling mindset of much conservatism. Here are a few teasers:

“It was the capacity for intimate relationships that predicted flourishing in all aspects of these men’s lives.”

It’s not that the men who flourished had perfect childhoods. Rather, as Vaillant puts it, “What goes right is more important than what goes wrong.” The positive effect of one loving relative, mentor or friend can overwhelm the negative effects of the bad things that happen.

After college, he tried his hand at theater. He did not succeed, and, at age 40, he saw himself as “mediocre and without imagination.” His middle years were professionally andmaritally unhap... more »

How Good Men Are Grown

David Brooks has a lovely, important piece up at the NYT -- Brooks, usually the smooth face of the Ugly Right, has given us something of real value, something quite at odds with the authoritarian, controlling mindset of much conservatism. Here are a few teasers:

“It was the capacity for intimate relationships that predicted flourishing in all aspects of these men’s lives.”

It’s not that the men who flourished had perfect childhoods. Rather, as Vaillant puts it, “What goes right is more important than what goes wrong.” The positive effect of one loving relative, mentor or friend can overwhelm the negative effects of the bad things that happen.

After college, he tried his hand at theater. He did not succeed, and, at age 40, he saw himself as “mediocre and without imagination.” His middle years were professionally and maritally unhappy. But, as he got older, he became less emotionally inhibited. In old age, he became a successful actor, playing roles like King Lear. He got married at 78. By 86, the only medicine he was taking was Viagra. He lived to 96.___

2012-11-08 16:59:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

This share is my third post of the morning on this important issue. Thanks, +Susan Stone 

___This share is my third post of the morning on this important issue. Thanks, +Susan Stone 

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2012-11-08 16:45:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

The Election & Obamacare

A more in depth look at the future of the ACA. The hope, and the most likely longer term scenario, of course, is that the ACA's reforms are so powerful and beneficial to so many of us that the sabotage won't work. But nothing's guaranteed.

The Election & Obamacare

A more in depth look at the future of the ACA. The hope, and the most likely longer term scenario, of course, is that the ACA's reforms are so powerful and beneficial to so many of us that the sabotage won't work. But nothing's guaranteed.___

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2012-11-08 16:41:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

The Health Election

The news has mostly focused on the marijuana initiatives, but the subtler red-state campaign to damage implementation of the ACA has been much more pervasive.

The Health Election

The news has mostly focused on the marijuana initiatives, but the subtler red-state campaign to damage implementation of the ACA has been much more pervasive.___

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2012-11-06 21:56:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Democracy for White People -- Our Kind of White People?

These kinds of problems don’t happen in Oregon and Washington state, which conduct their elections by mail. That system is not perfect, but no one has to wait for hours in the cold or confront deeply misinformed poll workers.

What’s amazing and inspiring is that millions of people are willing to brave these indignities to participate. At some point, officials in every state capital and ultimately in Washington should treat them with the same degree of respect by adopting uniform and rigorous national standards for voting and a system that works. It doesn’t have to be this hard.

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Democracy for White People -- Our Kind of White People?

These kinds of problems don’t happen in Oregon and Washington state, which conduct their elections by mail. That system is not perfect, but no one has to wait for hours in the cold or confront deeply misinformed poll workers.

What’s amazing and inspiring is that millions of people are willing to brave these indignities to participate. At some point, officials in every state capital and ultimately in Washington should treat them with the same degree of respect by adopting uniform and rigorous national standards for voting and a system that works. It doesn’t have to be this hard.

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2012-11-02 18:06:10 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)

Will Sandy Trigger a Great Rethinking?

We humans have short, selective memories, preserving and shaping myths over millenia . . . and straggling back after major reminders to rebuild on volcanoes, barrier islands and flood plains, to reconstruct irrigation civilizations after their inevitable catastrophic collapses.

Will climate change and its increasing energetic Big Events eventually trigger some emergent quality in our brains and mass behaviors that will help us cope with the kinds of long-term consequences we turn loose? We can hope, but we don't know.

Yet here and there, we do see some rethinking. California, California's Bay Area, New York, Federal Flood Insurance, ground water pumping . . . even the carbon volcano we have set into eruption. 

What are coping skills for the very different world that's on its way? What in this article about... more »

Will Sandy Trigger a Great Rethinking?

We humans have short, selective memories, preserving and shaping myths over millenia . . . and straggling back after major reminders to rebuild on volcanoes, barrier islands and flood plains, to reconstruct irrigation civilizations after their inevitable catastrophic collapses.

Will climate change and its increasing energetic Big Events eventually trigger some emergent quality in our brains and mass behaviors that will help us cope with the kinds of long-term consequences we turn loose? We can hope, but we don't know.

Yet here and there, we do see some rethinking. California, California's Bay Area, New York, Federal Flood Insurance, ground water pumping . . . even the carbon volcano we have set into eruption. 

What are coping skills for the very different world that's on its way? What in this article about NYC makes long good sense? What's just bad old habits repeated?___

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2012-10-31 21:10:14 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Obama Administration Advised Police To Not Arrest Occupy Protesters
JudicialWatch.org recently gained the response they wanted on their November 11, 2011 Freedom of Information Request. They found themselves handed pages upon pages of documentation from the White House on their responses to the Occupy movement, which began last year. The emails show that the Obama administration was against the crackdowns on the movement. With Romney being on record as being against the Occupy movement itself, these letters give insight into the mind of the administration in Washington.

Obama Administration Advised Police To Not Arrest Occupy Protesters
JudicialWatch.org recently gained the response they wanted on their November 11, 2011 Freedom of Information Request. They found themselves handed pages upon pages of documentation from the White House on their responses to the Occupy movement, which began last year. The emails show that the Obama administration was against the crackdowns on the movement. With Romney being on record as being against the Occupy movement itself, these letters give insight into the mind of the administration in Washington.___

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2012-10-31 21:02:34 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 7 +1s)

2312 - Kim Stanley Robinson

My copy of Stan's new, giant novel of the future just arrived at our front door. I opened it about 2 minutes ago, and was so struck by the opening paragraph that I want to share it here:

"The sun is always just about to rise. Mercury rotates so slowly that you can walk fast enough over its rocky surface to stay ahead of the dawn; and so many people do. Many have made this a way of life. They walk roughly westward, staying always ahead of the stupendous day. Some of them hurry from location to location, pausing to look into cracks they earlier inoculated with bio-leaching metallophytes, quickly scraping free any accumulated residues of gold or tungsten or uranium. But most of them are out there to catch glimpses of the sun."

2312 - Kim Stanley Robinson

My copy of Stan's new, giant novel of the future just arrived at our front door. I opened it about 2 minutes ago, and was so struck by the opening paragraph that I want to share it here:

"The sun is always just about to rise. Mercury rotates so slowly that you can walk fast enough over its rocky surface to stay ahead of the dawn; and so many people do. Many have made this a way of life. They walk roughly westward, staying always ahead of the stupendous day. Some of them hurry from location to location, pausing to look into cracks they earlier inoculated with bio-leaching metallophytes, quickly scraping free any accumulated residues of gold or tungsten or uranium. But most of them are out there to catch glimpses of the sun."___

2012-10-20 14:52:22 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Lance Armstrong & Avoided Costs

This detailed analysis of Armstrong's dilemma and calculations is righteously angry at someone who got away with so much, so superbly, for so long. But the big issues are much, much bigger.

Armstrong's an extraordinary achiever - as a doper, but also as an endurance cycler and a public figure. And sports are almost certainly filled with thousands who do what he did - the pressures are life-devouring. No matter the regulatory environment, the public shaming, the doping wars will continue, always, at enormous human cost - Schwarzenegger's heart, murderous 'roid rages, cancers, deaths. Because in many sports, you can';t be a serious competitor otherwise.

Artificial enhancement. It goes way beyond sports. Look at our politics: the invention of GW Bush, a lazy oaf from a connected family, as a US President. Or the... more »

Lance Armstrong & Avoided Costs

This detailed analysis of Armstrong's dilemma and calculations is righteously angry at someone who got away with so much, so superbly, for so long. But the big issues are much, much bigger.

Armstrong's an extraordinary achiever - as a doper, but also as an endurance cycler and a public figure. And sports are almost certainly filled with thousands who do what he did - the pressures are life-devouring. No matter the regulatory environment, the public shaming, the doping wars will continue, always, at enormous human cost - Schwarzenegger's heart, murderous 'roid rages, cancers, deaths. Because in many sports, you can';t be a serious competitor otherwise.

Artificial enhancement. It goes way beyond sports. Look at our politics: the invention of GW Bush, a lazy oaf from a connected family, as a US President. Or the larger political Right in the US, built on a foundation of psychologically potent, almost silly lies, aimed at "low-information voters." But, if you want political power . . . there are the tools. Pretty irresistible.

We're in a new era. 

What are strategies for building institutions - sports, politics, finance, or the deep, urgent issues like climate - that are functional and durable in the face of high-tech manipulation? We don't yet know. But the time is running out to discover them.___

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2012-10-19 23:42:08 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

Is the Climate Change Puzzle Becoming Self-Assembling?

The pace of bad news seems to be not just accelerating, but the pieces interlocking and interacting more and more.

Is the Climate Change Puzzle Becoming Self-Assembling?

The pace of bad news seems to be not just accelerating, but the pieces interlocking and interacting more and more.___

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2012-10-19 23:22:59 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)

Daniel Ellsberg - On Voting & Real Consequences

Daniel was a rather diffident visitor to our next door neighbor for a few years - and remains one of my civic and political heroes. Here he speaks eloquently about the potential costs of the cynicism and disillusionment in American politics. Send this - with urgency - to swing state friends who are talking about not voting or about "making a statement" with a third party vote.

The Supreme Court's political guerrillas took just a few hundred votes from Al Gore. Ralph Nader, with Republican money, took 93,000.

Daniel Ellsberg - On Voting & Real Consequences

Daniel was a rather diffident visitor to our next door neighbor for a few years - and remains one of my civic and political heroes. Here he speaks eloquently about the potential costs of the cynicism and disillusionment in American politics. Send this - with urgency - to swing state friends who are talking about not voting or about "making a statement" with a third party vote.

The Supreme Court's political guerrillas took just a few hundred votes from Al Gore. Ralph Nader, with Republican money, took 93,000.___

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2012-10-18 03:27:31 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Twenty

Beautiful and enormously sad. I didn't realize there was music like this out there these days.

A beautiful, sad song that tells an important story that we can't forget. ___Twenty

Beautiful and enormously sad. I didn't realize there was music like this out there these days.

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2012-10-11 17:34:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

Powerful - and the Opposite of Angry

We need to find more ways like this to speak out against the forces of oppression.

Every Woman You Know Needs To See This Powerful Message From Several Mostly Naked Ladies.

#gop #women #woman #mitt #mittromney #plannedparenthood #womenshealth #paulryan #romney2012 #biden #contraceptiverights #womensrights #barackobama #naked___Powerful - and the Opposite of Angry

We need to find more ways like this to speak out against the forces of oppression.

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2012-09-26 19:31:53 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

Warming: By Sea and by Land

Warming: By Sea and by Land___

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