“Hoping for a society that is based on open space, public recreation, and accessible means of equality is a dream inherent with living in an urban environment. As our surroundings have largely turned commodity fetishism and our rights the prescription of conservative ethics rooted in egotism, we live among the challenging image of a silent majority.”

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A graph!

Global-CO2

Note this measures emissions per year, not emissions cumulatively. Also note the little dip in 2008. That was on account of the recession. This clearly indicates that in order to thwart climate change industry must pretty much stop. All the policy-making and conscious consumerism has done very little to address the actual problem, while what has had an actual impact is an economic downturn.

This is shocking to me, but not depressing. There’s a lot of opportunity here and it’s up to us as a species to figure it out. What kind of values do we need? What do we do about this? These questions are rote but they’re important and good ones. And the answer is nowhere near “try to shop at Whole Foods once in a while”.

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This51MKIb0DpPL is a well written, humbling, and very interesting book detailing some of the strange findings of psychology. I recommend it to everyone for the mere fact that it helps one understand their own brain which is a pretty cool thing if you’re… you know, alive.

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Here‘s a pretty touching and insightful piece by Bruce McCulloch of Kids in The Hall.

“I have not been offered any, nor have I required any religion.”

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Driving around I’ve been seeing a lot of PZEV namepates with “Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle” underneath. It’s a strange term (how can something be partially nothing?) so I decided to do some amateur research which lead me to another funny acronym: SULEV or “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle”. What are these people 12!?

And to compound the silliness you have the fact that the creation of new vehicles produces as much or more pollution than the vehicle itself will over its entire life

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“…the last few years of the postmodern era have seemed a bit like the way you feel when you’re in high school and your parents go on a trip, and you throw a party…. For a while it’s great, free and freeing, parental authority gone and overthrown…. but the sense I get of my generation of writers and intellectuals or whatever is that it’s 3:00 a.m. and the couch has several burn-holes and somebody’s thrown up in the umbrella stand and we’re wishing the revel would end. The postmodern founders’ patricidal work was great, but patricide produces orphans, and no amount of revelry can make up for the fact that writers my age have been literary orphans throughout our formative years. We’re kind of wishing some parents would come back. And of course we’re uneasy about the fact that we wish they’d come back…. Is there something about authorities and limits we actually need? And then the uneasiest feeling of all, as we start gradually realizing that parents in fact aren’t ever coming back — which means we’re going to have to be the parents.”
     –David Foster Wallace

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