HomeUncategorized11/25 News Roundup & Open Thread
newest oldest most voted
Notify of

I’m listening to Morning Joe on XM Radio. I’m amused at the pundits who say that most Democrats a want centrist candidate. I don’t think they know what most Dems want. It’s what they the pundits want.


The discussion topic was this:


Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death



Pow! Right in the ……


🙂 !!


I would have to add that financially comfortable people may often want a centrist too, so that the sweet applecart doesn’t get tipped over.


And their specific cor-crap media owners They gotta tow the cor-crap company narrative or get fired



Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is warning the world that unless the obsession many world leaders have with gross national product (GDP) comes to end, there will be little chance of adequately fighting back against the triple-threat of climate destruction, the scourge of financial inequality, and the crises of democracy now being felt around the globe.

In an op-ed publish Sunday in the Guardian, Stiglitz says that these interrelated crises of environmental degradation and human suffering have solidified in his mind the idea that “something is fundamentally wrong with the way we assess economic performance and social progress.”

“Something is fundamentally wrong with the way we assess economic performance and social progress.”—Joseph StiglitzDefining GDP as “the sum of the value of goods and services produced within a country over a given period,” Stiglitz points to the financial crash of 2008—and the so-called “recovery” which has taken place in the decade since—as evidence that the widely-used measurement is not up to the task of providing an accurate assessment of the economy, let alone the state of the world or the people living in it.

“It should be clear that, in spite of the increases in GDP, in spite of the 2008 crisis being well behind us, everything is not fine,” writes Stiglitz. “We see this in the political discontent rippling through so many advanced countries; we see it in the widespread support of demagogues, whose successes depend on exploiting economic discontent; and we see it in the environment around us, where fires rage and floods and droughts occur at ever-increasing intervals.”



US law enforcement officials preparing for fresh Keystone XL pipeline protests have privately discussed tactics to stop activists “by any means” and have labeled demonstrators potential “domestic terrorism” threats, records reveal.

Internal government documents seen by the Guardian show that police and local authorities in Montana and the surrounding region have been preparing a coordinated response in the event of a new wave of protests opposing the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada to Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Civil rights organizations say the documents raise concerns that law enforcement is preparing to launch an even more brutal and aggressive response than the police tactics utilized during the 2016 Standing Rock movement, which drew thousands of indigenous and environmental activists opposed to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) to North Dakota.


It’s called corporate fascist FRightwingnut extremism. Nothing new about it. 🙁

Don midwest
Don midwest

overwhelmed by environmental change

I have to be careful writing to my relative in the fire area of Northern CA because she is so upset she doesn’t want to hear anything that enhances her fear. I sent her the see-through scientific globe, also a work of art, showing the earthquakes around the earth along with their depth and intensity. Basically, she said get out of my life. I know all about earthquakes and fires so don’t send me something like this.

This is a word that just came up this morning.


(environmental change) A form of homesickness one gets when one is still at home, but the environment is changed.

Origin: Coined by Australian philosopher and researcher Glenn Albrecht of the roots sōlācium (comfort) and algia (pain).

from wiki on solastalgia

Solastalgia (/ˌsɒləˈstældʒə/) is a neologism that describes a form of mental or existential distress caused by environmental change. In many cases this is in reference to global climate change, but more localized events such as volcanic eruptions, drought or destructive mining techniques can cause solastalgia as well.[1] Coined by philosopher Glenn Albrecht in 2005[2], it was formed by the combination of the Latin words sōlācium (comfort) and the Greek root -algia (pain). Differing from homesickness, solastalgia refers to the distress specifically caused by environmental change.[3] In 2015, the medical journal The Lancet included solastalgia as a contributing concept to the impact of Climate Change on Human Health and Wellbeing.[4]

Glenn Albrecht calls himself an ecopsychologist

I am going to include some links I found on quick searches that some might be interested in.

Search his name and find TED talks, etc. Here is an interview published 3 months ago by a fellow ecopsychologist from Canada


He recently published a book whose title is next and the link is after that

Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World

An interview with Glenn Albrecht about his new book and solastalgia.


from the interview

Why did you write Earth Emotions?

“Earth Emotions explains what a love of life means and pinpoints the implications of its opposite. The contest between life-affirming and life-destroying forces has now reached a tipping point.

“I am an emotional person with regard to my home, the Earth, as I have been shaped by places and people who influenced me to become an Earth lover (my sumbiography). Once a person loves something and wants it close to them, that feeling never leaves. I love everything about life from the now revealed microscopic to the charismatic big beings that are easily seen. However, it is the community of life that I like and love the most. The ‘biocomunen,’ the shared life between multiple species and beings, is the real but intangible object of a love of life. Earth Emotions explains what a love of life means and pinpoints the implications of its opposite. The contest between life-affirming and life-destroying forces has now reached a tipping point. I wrote the book to help people tip towards the life-affirming, the terranascient. From that point onward, they have rejected the Anthropocene and are in the next age, the Symbiocene.”

And, writing from Oxford,


Where in the world did I hear about this word? Bruno Latour


Can you post that see-through globe?

Skip to toolbar