Wednesday, September 30, 2015

California's Economy Leading the Nation

Here And we have some of the most robust greenhouse gas emission standards in the nation.
Someone said you can't grow the economy and cut emissions? Check out California.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Georgia executes Kelly Gissendaner, despite plea from Pope Francis

Here The headline says much about Georgia, values, and our current Supreme Court.

California Governor Jerry Brown Press Conference September 2015 on SB350, Climate, California's Clean Energy Future

Here Jerry is fired up. September 2015. Big oil got the petroleum use reduction targets knocked down and out of this bill. Jerry is fired up, think he starts around 18 minutes in. Great stuff. We all have to keep ratcheting up our game, targets, and lowering our greenhouse gas emissions, one day, one hour, one legislative moment at a time. I'm fired up too. This is our future.

Russia, Syria, Obama, Putin, ISIS and Ukraine

Here    Russian President Vladimir Putin said, "...ready to restore relations with America to the normal scale.” Adding that, “it wasn't our choice to limit them."

So Russia making a pact to share intelligence with Iran and Iraq on Syria, without prior US consultation or involvement, is a pretty big end-around.

This article is an interesting look at the headline subject from a Russian point of view.

Seeing the quote above, does that mean Obama is willing to give up and/or forgive what's up in the Ukraine, in order to play nice with Russia to try to fix (or slightly defuse, or what have you) the situation in Syria?

Big political football here.

Per the article, "The West despises Assad. Nevertheless, his government is far more palatable than ISIS or the total collapse of the Syrian state." An interesting perspective clearly without merit.

Importantly, Putin also "...suggested a broad international coalition against terrorism, "similar to the anti-Hitler coalition" of the past. Putin implored Muslim religious leaders to show "guidance" to stop the spread of terrorism associated with the faith."

Stay tuned.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Five Aspects of Happiness

Here from We know this, and it angers us a little because we don't always (or even often) consciously remind ourselves of them. Or actively live them.
Two of the five are that (1) Happiness does not equal excitement; and (4)  Real happiness requires being challenged and contributing to the world in a purposeful way.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Read Pope Francis' Full Homily at Madison Square Garden - ABC News

Read Pope Francis' Full Homily at Madison Square Garden - ABC News 

More great stuff, about finding spirit in big cities. Like yeast in dough.

Full Transcript of Pope Francis' Speech at the United Nations General Assembly

Read: The Full Transcript of Pope Francis' Speech at the United Nations General Assembly

Inspiring. Historic. Let's find our best selves too and get along with this thing called civilization, progress and evolution. We can and should be doing so much better.

My Thoughts on John Boehner's Resignation --

I'll weigh in, FANTASTIC. He's been the ballast to progress, the ball and chain tying us to obsolete, old white, greed favoring ways. Threatening to shut down the government, not working with Dems on important issues of our time, etc., etc., shameful. That he scurries out of the public eye just in time for avoiding the excoriation he should receive is fitting for him. To watch him behind the Pope for over an hour, and hear such beautiful notions and leadership from Francis--and seeing Boehner the man most responsible for the CHASM between where we are and where we should be--was brutal. Mr. Boehner, take your exit immediately and with shame.

Other thoughts on his party and resignation from NYT comments, some more harsh, some more nuanced:

Robert Lee (

Toronto 15 hours ago
Bad week for the GOP. With the Pope speaking out for refugees, global warming and sharing the wealth, and China coming around on carbon emissions, what's left of their sorry platform?

frankly 32

by the sea 22 minutes ago
Maybe the pope touched his heart, and he realized that as captain of the lost boys on Republican Island, he was not engaged in the good fight but the fight against goodness -- with bleak prospects for a favorable judgment from the past, the future, or the Catholic God that Francis embodies. I hope Boehner will next avail himself of two of the church's finest institutions: confession and repentance. Chalk another plus up for the Francis Effect. 

Christine McMorrow

Waltham, MA, 02452 2 hours ago
I have mixed feelings about this. I have no doubt that the papal visit did something to him, as he was weepy all day yesterday. While I doubt it was the final trigger--I think his mind was already made up--I think perhaps the pope's exhortation to stop congressional divisions and enmity really moved him.

That said, Mr. Boehner was an abysmal speaker. He presided over the most contentious, polarizing, do-nothing Congress in likely US history. His feckless betrayal of President Obama over the grand bargain in 2011 enraged me. I think he always tended to play one side against the other in order to save his own reputation.

Well, it didn't work. He fabricated, he prevaricated, he refused to rein in the loony Tea Party (resulting in even more of them being elected the year after) and he continually insulted the president, perhaps to show his most rabid members he could be "tough."

For me it didn't work, and he is as much responsible for the nonstop political impasses as the Tea Party crowd itself. I place 50% of the blame on his shoulders. If he knew he wasn't up to the job, he should have resigned several years ago.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

China to Announce Cap-and-Trade Program to Limit Emissions - The New York Times

China to Announce Cap-and-Trade Program to Limit Emissions - The New York Times 

Let's hope so. We all have to begin where we can, buy in, and proceed accordingly and ambitiously.

California has done it, is meeting its clean air standards faster than projected, and its economy is doing well.

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.

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