Tag Archive for AtThePrecipice

Our Lazy Relationship with Reality

This week Roy Scranton — combat veteran, author, and Notre Dame professor — published what is in essence a manifesto explaining why, in the face of nearly-assured ecological doom, he chose life. It reminded me of Samuel Beckett’s closing to The Unnamable: “…where am I, I don’t know, I’ll never know, in the silence you…

Last Second Shot

If you’re lucky enough to get out for a snorkel or a scuba dive, it’s obvious from the get go. The coral graveyard below the surface, that is. And unless you’re a purposeful ignoramus, your own part in that devastation hits home quickly. But even if you’re trapped in in a world of emails, tweets,…

You Elected Him, and Now You’re Surprised?

Only if you’ve never seen his highlight reel.. Here’s how he deals with criticism:   Here’s how he deals with personnel decisions:   Here’s how he treats women:   Here’s how he treats diplomacy:   Here’s how he treats contractors:   Here’s how he deals with policy making:   Here’s how he treats golf scorecards:  …

This Is Happening

The message from scientists studying the effects of climate change: “climate change needs to be addressed as an issue now playing out, not something that could happen in the future.” The proof: “a survey of studies has determined that climate change has had a particularly dire effect on mammals and birds on the endangered species list.”…

Hole in the Heart

The Washington Post reports that “Americans are dying from a rash of pathologies, sicknesses and addictions that experts call “diseases of despair.”” But don’t believe for a moment that this collection of disease is limited to the U.S. It’s a global thing. The question is, what’s at the source? What are so many people missing…