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Event Suggestions

  • Literacy not required book club - we are all illiterate in some way, help each other read books that we just don't understand!
  • Atmospheric reading potluck - bring food, set up candles and appropriately positioned lights and lounging/sitting areas - then eat and read together - no talking!
  • Documentary/Film Screenings
  • Teach Ins & Seminars

A revolution is not a bed of roses;

it is a struggle between the future and the past.


Art is the opposite of dissipation,

in the spiritual, and physical sense, of the word;

it is concentration; desire that seeks incarnation.


Sacrifice is none other

than the production

of sacred things.


The likely end of civilization is foreshadowed

in a new draft report by the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),

a generally conservative monitor.


The report concludes that increasing greenhouse gas emissions will have a

"severe, pervasive and irreversible impact for people and ecosystems."


The world is rapidly approaching a temperature where the the melting

of the ice sheet over Greenland which is vast, will be unstoppable;

sea levels will rise and major cities and coastal plains will flood.


A study in Science magazine warns that

"even slightly warmer temperatures

will start melting permafrost,

which will release greenhouse gases trapped in ice,

with possible fatal consequences."


The IPCC report reaffirms that

the "vast majority" of known fuel reserves

must be left in the ground

to avert intolerable risks to future generations.


      Hello Alberta...Is anybody out there?


Meanwhile the major energy corporations Suncor, Syncrude, President Harper

make no secret of their goal of exploiting the Tar Sands and looking for more.


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The beginning of civilization coincides

closely with the geological epoch of the Holocene,

which began over 11,000 years ago.


A new epoch began about 250 years ago,

The Anthropocene epoch, when human activity

impact on the physical world became significant...


One index is the extinction of species,

now estimated to be about the same rate as it was

65 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth.


That was the climate change that

ended the age of the dinosaur,

which opened the way

for small mammals to proliferate,

and eventually you...


Today humans are the asteroid that is ,

condemning much of life to extinction.


"But we thought we were shooting stars."


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Meanwhile The New York Times reports

huge Midwestern grain stocks are rotting

so oil from North Dakota can be railed

then shipped to Asia and Europe

while people are starving...


You know.

You know.


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Arundhati Roy suggests that the

"most appropriate metaphor

for the insanity of our times"

is the Siachen Glacier,

where Indian and Pakistani soldiers

have been killing each other

on the highest battlefield

in the world for years.


The glacier is receding

and revealing "thousands

of empty artillery shells,

empty fuel drums,

ice axes, old boots, tents

and every other kind

of waste

that thousands

of warring human beings

generate."


And as the glaciers melt,

India and Pakistan face disaster

not from each other

but from mutual stupidity.

"Hey c'mon I recycle"


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Sad, sad species.

Poor, poor owl.


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Write that funky music white boy.

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