Friday, May 27, 2016

In Hiroshima 71 years after first atomic strike, Obama calls for end of nuclear weapons - The Washington Post

In Hiroshima 71 years after first atomic strike, Obama calls for end of nuclear weapons - The Washington Post 



This is good leadership. The Buddhists say the mind has to go before action. (Can't say this applies to everyone currently in our knee-jerk reaction pop culture). But we should be thoughtful if we as a group and as individuals are to move forward.



So it is responsible to put this vision forward, and reduce nuclear arsenals.



And work toward peace.



Toward a world without the need for nuclear weapons.



So props to Obama. Has my heart-felt support and thanks for this.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Late May Clipboard of Interest

LA's population now over 4 million! Here
Hope the City Council and Mayor keep sustainability -- more public transportation, more parks and green space, high quality of life. Cause traffic and density and trying to get around is making things tough up in here!

Scripps's Professor Richard Somerville has a positive take on our efforts to combat climate change Here
“I think the Paris talks accomplished more than all the previous talks put together,” he said. “They produced an action plan, in which governments committed to what they would do to reduce carbon dioxide and other heat trapping gases into the atmosphere. It provides a means of tracking that, and for governments to revisit it every few years. I think it’s very hopeful, and I’m guardedly optimistic.”

Friday, May 20, 2016

Helpful Hints: 4 Things to Diminish Cancel

To be more personally sustainable, "Roughly half of cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented or forestalled if all Americans quit smoking, cut back on drinking, maintained a healthful weight and got at least 150 minutes of exercise each week." 

The findings are published online this week in the journal JAMA Oncology.

India Records Its Hottest Temperature Ever - 51 degrees Celsius

Here And monsoons will not come for another month and a half.

"This year — as temperatures hit new highs — the monsoon is especially eagerly awaited as several parts of the country are reeling under a drought brought on by two years of weak rains.
The prolonged heat wave this year has already killed hundreds and destroyed crops in more than 13 states, impacting hundreds of millions of Indians."
"Hundreds of farmers are reported to have killed themselves across the country and tens of thousands of small farmers have been forced to abandon their farmland and live in squalor in urban slums in order to earn a living." 

Related news

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/unchartered-climactic-territory-after-record-april-earth-has-now-been-hotter-than-ever-for-an-entire-year

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/pacific-ocean-swallows-five-solomon-islands-and-human-caused-climate-change-is-to-blame-study 

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/swathes-of-middle-east-and-north-africa-will-be-too-hot-for-humans-as-early-as-the-2040s-study

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Climate, Flora, and Fauna Change, Specifically

Here The Delaware Water Gap, with 69 known plants community types, 39 of which are listed as threatened. With enough variety to allow for the migration of species as a result of their historic range's conditions changing. Such an interesting place. Brook trout threatened (warming waters), invasive plants coming, just a microcosm of change. And beautiful, simply beautiful, magical.

Monday, May 9, 2016

GOP Party Fracturing

Here "Faultlines: GOP's Civil War Deepens"

Good. It's time for the backwards party to modernize. Perhaps some factions will press some progress into the party platform, like climate change is man-made and bad, torture is against the Geneva convention, immigrants and gays are people too, all manner of 21st civilized nation notions. Or not.
But there is some hope that within the chaos, a more mature, relevant Republican Party will emerge. Hope so. They are riding into obsolescence super fast currently.

"Past presidents, party leaders and prominent Republicans are all choosing sides, from unenthusiastic acceptance (Bob Dole) to pledges not to vote for either party in November (former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lindsey Graham) to musings about a third-party bid (Bill Kristol)."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

L.A. Mayo Eric Garcetti: 'Trump is on the wrong side of history' - May. 4, 2016

L.A. Mayor: 'Trump is on the wrong side of history' - May. 4, 2016 



"Trump is on the wrong side of history," Garcetti told CNN's Cristina
Alesci at the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles. "It's a big
mistake for the Republican party or any party to blame immigrants when
this country has always been a country of immigrants."

Climate Change Theatens Oxygen Level in Oceans?!!

Here Wow, and holy sh**. The unforseeable effects of man-created, fossil fuel global warming are terrifying. Imagine us not acting quickly enough, and creating dead oceans. #therealdonaldtrump #theGOP #thekochbrothers

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Neil Young details new live album 'Earth' | EW.com

Neil Young details new live album 'Earth' | EW.com 

Nice! "The environmentally themed (and appropriately titled) Earth drops June 17 and features performances of songs from throughout Young’s storied, decades-long career."

Neil's got some big balls, as big as his heart. "Living with War" was a visceral kick in George W. Bush's numbskull balls, track after track. Look forward to this offering.

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012
I've been thinking some about the Winter Solstice, the Mayan end of the 30,000-year-cycle on 12/21/12.

What if in fact the world did end? To live consciously, even though this probably will not happen, it is honest to take a bit of an inventory.

Am I happy with how I've lived my life? (Yesterday, I thought mostly yes, with some areas for improvement, as below.) Are there changes I would make?
Would I have tried to forgive those that were hostile or disappointing to me?
Would I spend more time with those I loved the most, telling them that, feeling that more?
Would I be happier, grateful for what I have, what I've experienced, the joy, the beauty in this world?

Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above.
So this time can serve as a point of rebirth for all of us. If we think about it.

Because somewhere I realized I think maybe mankind deserves it. !
The way we are killing each other, killing the planet.
How selfish we are, and snotty to those around us. Petty, competitive. Why is this? Do we have to behave this way? (I say no, it greatly detracts and misdirects energy from the full-time celebration in which we could engage, the great multi-cultural, multi-rhythmic dance we can sustain here.)

Maybe God or the Great Universe is fed up, and will pull the rug out from under us.
Don't think I can say we could blame Him/Her/It.

But it probably won't happen. (Probably not! This time.)

Still we are finite on this ride.

It is a time to think, am I happy with how I've lived my life?
Hopefully most of us can say yes.

For the part of us that have a little worry, a little sadness....
This is the time to be present.
This is the time to be the person you want to be, that can die at peace, that can hope to every day be able to look yourself and the Universe in the eye and say, how beautiful, smiling, and thank you. Let's do that.

Antidotes to Violence, a.k.a., Take Charge of Where Your Head's At - here

Tell Congress to Strengthen Gun Control Laws NOW - here

Good News & Brain Food News -
Christians & Muslims Gather, for Peace here
Good News - Top RIO+20 Summit Posts here
The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com
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