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    @flo ❤️😍❤️

  • Replying to: @Miraz

    @Miraz Ha! Agreed. I think Klingon would be great.

  • Replying to: @JohnBrady

    @JohnBrady @annahavron Oh I love the subversion, these are great ideas!

  • Replying to: @manton

    @manton Yes but he continues sending the weapons doesn't he? With virtually no restriction or pause. Just one of the many stories recently. He's doing it in the open.

    I've not simplified the war. On the contrary, I'm paying very close to the details everyday via a range of respected sources. And that includes the details of the "peace deal", the details of the "aid avenues", etc. The inconvenient truth is that he's saying one thing publicly but the details, if one chooses to actually look, reveal that the public statements contradict much of the diplomacy.

    There are people simplifyng the war, it's not me.

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    @darby3 @ndreas Yep, all the time!

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    @ben_hr ❤️❤️

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    @manton If he get's my vote it will be despite my disgust of his support of genocide and only because the alternative is an outright fascist. History will show that Israel has committed war crimes, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Given his very long support of Israel and ongoing willingness to support them with the weapons they are using at this moment to commit the crimes, I suspect that history will not show him in a favorable light.

    I continue to be dumbfounded at so many Americans' willingness to look the other way. If anything what it's made clear is that a predominately white middle class America is deeply fearful of loosing what they have. There doesn't really seem to be a moral or ethical framework for middle class America other that fear of loss of their position and priviledge. And within that it comes down to being in quiet support of a system deeply rooted in a history of white supremacy and which is still an active expression of that white supremacy. We don't talk about it but that doesn't negate its reality. It's the core of our ongoing national/domestic violence, our willingness to export violence via foreign policy and war profiteering, etc.

    It's all so much bigger than a comment to a blog post so I'll stop there.

  • Replying to: @patrickrhone

    @patrickrhone Oh, good question. I suppose I'm simplistic in my thinking about it and the thoughts I'll provide won't be all that satisfying or helpful. I'm laughing at myself as I write this but in truth, I approach this from the how do we communicate to a six year old. Which is to say, my thinking about it simplistic an that way: it's somewhat childish because it goes to the heart of basic human decency if there is such a thing.

    For me it's not about deep thinking or calculation but basic fairness and being blunt about it. Parents claim to love their children and grand children. Most(?) humans want to think of themselves as fair and decent. We tell ourselves stories about being good and moral.

    In this case, the hard, razor truth is that we are all helping one another, through a commitment to collective "sin". We'll all go ahead and do the wrong thing together so we can dillute our guilt. We can pretend that there is nothing to be done. We let ourselves put our individual contribution to the problem and our responsibility for the fix into the collective pool, asserting that the responsibility falls to politics, to something outside of our control. Something we can't be held accountable for.

    In short, we're all engaging in a shared lie because it's convenient. Because we think we can dillute or pretend away our guilt.

    Long thinking, in the context of the climate emergency, is what I would call a basic human respect for future humanity. For our children and grandchildren. It's actively and honestly reckoning with the future world we are making for them today.

    The truth is we've made mistakes, lots of little mistakes that were easy to make because they were the simple little things of culture, the gradual build up of lifestyles that just seemed normal to do. And I'm speaking here of those of us in the US and the "developed" North of the world. The "good" life, the American Dream: the house, the picket fence, the cars, etc, the material elemens that were woven into the fabric of daily life, that have come to be our "necessities".

    At some point along the way we began to demote the roles of fairness, common good and health in our shared vision of what constituted a "good life". We set aside any commitment to real and meaningful public health. It was a tricky messy process because large scale human society is complicated. The weaving of culture-making is complicated. The interactions happen in so many overlapping layers and processes (within processes) grossly simplified as politics, economics, education, religion, etc.

    But along the way we traded current and future health for the sugary goods being offered by capitalism. We allowed our common culture to tilt away from asking questions about the future. We gradually gave up our responsibilites as public citizens in exchange for private consumerism and in so doing created a vacuum in the decision making process we call democracy which was filled by the interests of capital in the form of professional lobbies.

    To return to the sharp point, the decent thing to do is to care about the future of our fellow humans and to reckon honestly with what our way of living has done. We own it because it's the right thing to do. It's not about a payoff. It's not about what we get out of it. The deal is we reckon with the pain and suffering we've caused to others in the world today. The deal is we reckon with teh pain and suffering we've caused to all future humans.

    That's the simple deal and the honest reckoning.

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  • Replying to: @samjc

    @samjc Given your interests I think you'll like the episode as well as the general mission of the podcast. As far as podcasts that cover climate and energy I think it's one of the best.

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    @jabel Well said. I'm currently reading Becky Chambers' book, A Prayer for the Crown Shy and there are similar threads coming up. Same for the first book in the series, A Psalm for the Wild-Built. If you've not read I suspect you would like both.