Monday, August 31, 2009

Afghanistan Strategy Not Working, US Commander McChrystal to Tell Obama | CommonDreams.org

Afghanistan Strategy Not Working, US Commander McChrystal to Tell Obama | CommonDreams.org: "'Outside the major cities, Afghan administration is non-existent. As President Obama must realize, whether Afghanistan is led by Hamid Karzai or anyone else, the problem for the international coalition is not one of insufficient force; it is insufficient government,'"

What's an imperialist invader to do? They don't have enough government the United States can lean on, so we can force them to host our pipeline and military bases in their country.

"The Taliban were already running courts, hospitals and even an ombudsman in parallel to the government, making a real difference to local people…

Damned anarchists!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The future of agriculture

In Cuba, local farmers respond to rapidly increasing oil prices by bringing their farms close to home.

This article about local farming in Cuba is a preview of how our food will be grown in the future, in and around our homes, in our neighborhoods, on the outskirts of our towns and cities. The 100 mile meal will become the 10 mile meal, the ten block meal and the backyard meal.

Everyone can grow something at home, on a patio in pots, in planters on the concrete apron of a mobile home, in what once was monoculture grasses in our yards.

It's time to grow up!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Oil Lobby's 'Energy Citizens' Astroturf Campaign Exposed


The Huffington Post exposes a new fake grass roots campaign to oppose US climate change legislation.

Greenpeace obtained a memo calling for oil company execs to encourage their employees to engage in fake activism against climate change legislation.

Can you say "Conflict of Interest?"

Sure.

Lockheed Fire "consumes" 6,800 acres

Dramatic photographs and lurid headlines do little to accurately describe the Lockheed Fire now burning in the mountain slopes north and west of Santa Cruz. The area over which the fire has burned does indeed encompass 6,800 acres. But that doesn't mean the fire is that big, nor does it mean that everything within that acreage has been burned.

The fire consists of a moving front of largely low-lying flame that occasionally bursts dramatically into the treetops. These are the images that sell newspapers and advertising space. Though much is burned, much is not, leaving behind a forest that is considerably healthier than before the fire. Officials wax on about "resources" being lost, referring of course to resources that benefit humans, not the healthy forest, resources that pay the salaries of hard-working firefighters.

Interestingly, this fire is following the same path and covering the same footprint as the 1948 fire that started long before Lockheed cut down trees to build their, well, whatever it is, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It will be interesting to learn if the proximity of the Lockheed facility had any causal relationship with the Lockheed Fire.

Life goes on. The fire spreads its nutrient ash liberally hereabouts, the forest is refreshed and renewed. We hope the critters are able to make their way through surrounding development to safety, so they can return when the ground has cooled.

Ain't Nature grand?

Monday, August 03, 2009

Reinhabiting the Economy

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/08/03-2

BUCHAREST - Serge Latouche, professor emeritus of economic science at the University of Paris-Sud, is one of the main proponents of "the society of de-growth".

The need for a 'de-growth' society stems from the certainty, he says, that the earth's resources and natural cycles cannot sustain the economic growth which is the essence of capitalism and modernity. He calls for "abandoning the objective of growth for growth's sake, an insane objective, with disastrous consequences for the environment." The need for a 'de-growth' society stems from the certainty, he says, that the earth's resources and natural cycles cannot sustain the economic growth which is the essence of capitalism and modernity.