The Disaffected Lib: The Anthropocene, Think of It This Way

Astrobiologist David Grinspoon describes the Anthropocene, Earth’s new geological epoch this way: “We’re at the controls of planet Earth, but we’re not in control.“ True enough. We, mankind, are in the driver’s seat and we have the pedal to the metal only no one has taken the wheel. Gazing over the countless transformations in Earth’s ...

The Disaffected Lib: Shove Down. We Need to Set a Lot More Places at the Table.

It seemed like a grim consolation prize in the global overpopulation sweepstakes, the notion that mankind’s numbers would peak at somewhere in the vicinity of 9-billion before eventually ebbing to a more sustainable level. Well, so much for that. A new study says we’re heading for 11-billion by 2100 and it could just keep going ...

The Disaffected Lib: Civilization At the Crossroads. What If We Make the Right Choice?

While the future of human civilization looks gloomy, mankind might actually make it through this century repositioned to face a wonderful future.   It all depends on whether we can muster the courage to choose life – for all.   If not, we may be condemning ourselves to life for just about none. I’ve just ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: God Created Adam and Eve Not Adam and Steve

I’m really not sure why religious right wingers always seem to use this phrase in reference to the Adam and Eve story (as well as other Old Testament references) to justify their claims that homosexuality is an abomination (and as the Catholic school system would call it “intrinsically disordered”). The lesson from the Adam and ...