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Archive for February, 2008

flipflop day arrives

Posted by thoughtnotstatic on 28 February 2008

flipflop dayWahoo! My flipflops came out of the closet yesterday at precisely 3:47 pm, indicating only six weeks until the start of Summer. Sorry Phil, I don’t mean to steal your thunder, but it looks like we’re in for a short Spring around here this year.


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critical competencies: (green) economics

Posted by thoughtnotstatic on 25 February 2008

Tom Prugh of the Worldwatch Institute has contributed a gem of a blog over at WorldChanging, touching on 7 “reforms that would make economics truer, greener, and more sustainable.” These are a part of the first chapter of the Worldwatch Institute’s “State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy”.

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when unintended consequences are a good thing

Posted by thoughtnotstatic on 21 February 2008

“Evolution Wins as Creationists (Accidentally) Switch Sides in Florida”

The terms “evolution” and “scientific theory” had never appeared in Florida curriculum guidelines. Now, thanks to the insistence of religious conservatives, these terms are written into policy and must be taught. Meanwhile, teaching “creationism” remains illegal.

Sometimes, amidst all the unintended consequences that bring us down, it is nice to have stories like this.

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the miXed taPe to be iced

Posted by thoughtnotstatic on 20 February 2008

the miXed taPeWell, after two years on the air, I’ve decided to put The miXed taPe aside indefinitely. Simply a matter of too much else competing for my time, and not wanting to squat on a stale station.

My final playlist (published below) will be in rotation through March. I’ve burned a few discs of this playlist, as well as a couple others.miXed taPe iMix Drop me a line if you’d like a copy. A partial playlist (of all songs in the iTunes inventory) is also available as an iMix.

I’ll continue to create mixes upon request. I’ve been told they make great gifts.

Without further adieu, here’s the final list…

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time for a nature’s rights movement

Posted by thoughtnotstatic on 19 February 2008

the lorax Mister! he said with a sawdusty sneeze,
I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.
And I’m asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs–
he was very upset as he shouted and puffed–
What’s that THING you’ve made out of my Truffula tuft?
– from The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, 1971

Isn’t it time – no, isn’t it way past the time – to grant the trees (and rivers, streams, oceans and prairies) a legal voice of at least the strength we grant our unnatural inventions such as corporations?

Such is the position taken by Cormac Cullinan in his essay, “If Nature Had Rights“, published in the January | February Orion Magazine.

Instead of the legal system such as we have today, where ecological decisions are made and challenged primarily in consideration of whether correct procedures have been followed, “consider how much greater the prospects of survival would be for most life on Earth if mechanisms existed for imposing collective responsibility and liability on human communities and for restoring damaged relations with the larger natural community.”

Cullinan recalls the ideas of then USC law professor Christopher Stone who, over three decades ago played ‘spoze in his classroom: “What would a radically different law-driven consciousness look like? … One in which nature had rights … rivers, lakes, trees … How could such a posture in law affect a community’s view of itself?” Judging from the reaction he got from his class, it seems professor Stone might as well of been Dr. Seuss, writing of some sort of childish make-believe world, disconnected from the real world in which trees, rivers and such “are objects, not subjects, in the eyes of the law are are by definition incapable of holding rights.”

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