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Writings of J. Todd Ring: What do I want? Revolutionary change – nothing less will do at this critical time in our history

I want nothing short of revolutionary change, a radical change, a renaissance. I think it is needed – urgently needed: and I do not think that human beings are going to survive at all without it. We have, inadvertently, pressed our backs against a wall. I think we need to rise to a higher level . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: What do I want? Revolutionary change – nothing less will do at this critical time in our history

CuriosityCat: The Ukraine Tipping Point

Ukranian Divide

Events in Ukraine are at a tipping point, and can go in one of two directions: towards a resolution that keeps Ukraine as one state, but with substantial powers devolved on regions, or a Russian influenced and assisted breakup of the state. The tipping point was reached at the Geneva meeting this . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Ukraine Tipping Point

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The rise of Bitcoin: and the challenge to the global domination of big money

The following article was written on October 25. I wanted to read it over once more before publishing it, then got busy with other things and forgot about it. In the roughly six weeks that have passed since the writing of this article, the Bitcoin prices have gone from roughly $200 to over $700. There . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The rise of Bitcoin: and the challenge to the global domination of big money

Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Mexico City: A study in impermanence, and a lesson to us all

pablo lopez luz photographs the concrete waves (or carpet, as he puts it) of Mexico City The unbelievably sprawling concrete carpet of Mexico City seen in these photos make me think… Gorgeous country, beautiful culture and people, horrible government, amazing capital city – but utterly unsustainable, as most cities are. Watch for the ruins […]

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LeDaro: Global Warming

The clock is ticking and countries around the world need to take action now.

350 or bust: “I Have A Dream”: How Great Leaders Inspire Us

An inspiring TED talk from Simon Sinek, motivational speaker and author of Start With Why about how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” This video should be required viewing for climate activists who want to communicate with others about why climate change is the pivotal issue of our times.

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Mayans, the ecological crisis and the end of the world: a little sanity please

It seems like a lot of people are going to extremes with regards to the Mayan predictions – and I mean the skeptics as well as the fanatics. Some are dismissive of the Mayans altogether, while others are taking a very literal and grossly overly simplistic view, and thinking the world will end on a . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Mayans, the ecological crisis and the end of the world: a little sanity please

350 or bust: Earth May Reach Tipping Point

* More links: Scientists Uncover Evidence Of Impending Tipping Point For Earth Carbon Targets Need Strong New Measures, Panel Argues

350 or bust: Scientists: Catastrophic Tipping Point Looming

The evidence continues to pile up: humanity’s uncontrolled appetite for slashing, burning, and polluting is rapidly pushing the earth’s ecosystem to a tipping point that will have disastrous consequences for our children and grandchildren: A prestigious group of scientists from around the world is warning that population growth, widespread destruction of natural ecosystems, and climate . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Scientists: Catastrophic Tipping Point Looming

350 or bust: A Sane Response to Collective Insanity

My version of the old adage nothing is certain but death and taxes is that the only thing we know for sure is that things will change. That’s true for this blog, too; I’m still undecided on what direction, if any this blog should take in the future. This reflects my own ambivalence about where . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: A Sane Response to Collective Insanity

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Opening the Doors OR Circling the Wagons?

Who hasn’t heard of One Member One Vote? Then there’s the amendment put forward by the Young Liberal Commission.Jim Curran has started a forum topic at En Famille to discuss this issue. He puts the wording for both right there up front.I’ve been trying to think of a way forward. I’m in concert with the . . . → Read More: Seeing Red in the Southwest: Opening the Doors OR Circling the Wagons?

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Opening the Doors OR Circling the Wagons?

Who hasn’t heard of One Member One Vote? Then there’s the amendment put forward by the Young Liberal Commission.Jim Curran has started a forum topic at En Famille to discuss this issue. He puts the wording for both right there up front.I’ve been trying… . . . → Read More: Seeing Red in the Southwest: Opening the Doors OR Circling the Wagons?