Citizen Action Monitor

Why do ordinary people commit evil acts? asks Scottish writer A.L. Kennedy

Kennedy explains the causes of harmful behaviour and suggests ways we can encourage good behaviour. No 2110 Posted by fw, November 29, 2017 “In short, we know the recipe for … Continue reading

November 29, 2017

On the climate change front, the climate science news out of Washington just keeps getting worse

Only way to resolve the crisis is “by dramatically curbing our use of fossil fuels,” says new report mandated by Congress. No 2109 Posted by fw, November 28, 2017 “You … Continue reading

November 28, 2017

What ‘spirituality’ is not: Thomas Metzinger finds just one meaning of ‘spirituality’ with a “semantic core”

‘Incorruptibility’ is the semantic core of a truly philosophical concept of spirituality. No 2108 Posted by fw, November 27, 2017 “A further aspect that is important for an enlightened, secularized … Continue reading

November 27, 2017

“I predict that during the next decades, we will increasingly experience ourselves as failing beings.”

“We will experience ourselves as beings who collectively and stubbornly act against better knowledge” – Thomas Metzinger. No 2107 Posted by fw, November 26, 2017 “In the external world, climate … Continue reading

November 26, 2017

What Canadians should know about the Net Neutrality battle raging in the US

My questioning comment on an online news source draws a helpful, informed reply from p.munkey. No 2106 Posted by fw, November 25, 2017 A couple of days ago I posted … Continue reading

November 25, 2017

COP23 is latest “attempt to forestall our headlong rush towards oblivion,” declares Kevin Anderson

“Holding to 2°C is now much more of a profound challenge than we appear able to accept.” No 2104 Posted by fw, November 22, 2017 “I’ve endeavoured below to capture … Continue reading

November 22, 2017

WOW! Months after citizen’s angry Town Hall outburst over healthcare, video still captures attention

Articulate New Jersey husband, father blasts GOP Congressman — “Just sit on down. You’re done!” No 2103 Posted by fw, November 20, 2017 “I’m not done yet! I’ve got the … Continue reading

November 20, 2017

BLOCKBUSTER 2012 documentary on today’s crises — Alarming truths left unsaid for too long

Crises we face today were created by humans — What is created by humans can be changed by humans. No 2102 Posted by fw, November 19, 2017 “Most societies have … Continue reading

November 19, 2017

Foundations for the economy of tomorrow derive from four simple first principles cited in Chapter 8 —  

Enterprise as service; Work as participation; Investment as commitment; and Money as a social good. No 2101 Posted by fw, November 17, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

November 17, 2017

Our debt-based money system is the biggest challenge facing sustainable investment financing

Find out what our “debt-based” money system is, and why, if not changed, it could be a transition show-stopper. No 2100 Posted by fw, November 16, 2017 To access all … Continue reading

November 16, 2017

Jackson assesses the massive investment demands of a transition to a “Prosperity without Growth” economy

The impact of a transition of this scale on our ongoing economic performance is unclear, but the benefits of a new vision of prosperity are indisputable. No 2099 Posted by … Continue reading

November 15, 2017

Work in the employment-rich service sector is not only more fulfilling, it’s material-light

Service-based vocations “have the potential to restore the value of decent work to its rightful place at the heart of society.” No 2098 Posted by fw, November 13, 2017 To … Continue reading

November 13, 2017

Thinking in terms of services reveals new ways to decarbonize, dematerialize economic activity

Services-based enterprise features “non-polluting energy sources, selling non-material services, not polluting products.” No 2097 Posted by fw, November 11, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 11, 2017

ICC’s decision to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan is “completely political”

The ICC has become a white man’s “Western, racist, imperial tool” targeting Africa, says Francis Boyle, international law prof. No 2096 Posted by fw, November 10, 2017 “The ICC prosecutor’s … Continue reading

November 10, 2017

American voters are misinforming themselves with fake news lies and inaccuracies

“The most consequential offenders in the dissemination, and success, of fake news is the American education system.” No 2095 Posted by fw, November 10, 2017 “Gore Vidal once remarked, ‘Half … Continue reading

November 10, 2017

James Hansen issues a 13-point call for climate change action at COP-23 in Bonn

“We are entering a period of consequences and are in danger of being too late.” No 2094 Posted by fw, November 09, 2017 “Given that governments were instituted to serve … Continue reading

November 9, 2017

To avert dangerous global climate change, we must downscale economies of rich nations 4-6% per year

Costa Rica proves its high level of wellbeing, minimal ecological impact, has little to do with GDP growth. No 2093 Posted by fw, November 08, 2017 “In the coming decades, … Continue reading

November 8, 2017

Tim Jackson calls for a systematic re-construction of economics capable of delivering a lasting prosperity

Ironically, rampant consumerism provides an opportunity to recalibrate our capitalist economic system. No 2092 Posted by fw, November 07, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 7, 2017

Proof of genetically inherited altruistic behaviour means we can move beyond the selfish gene

Societies structured to cultivate long-term vision, altruism, and self-transcending behaviours, while penalizing selfish behaviours, will flourish. No 2091 Posted by fw, November 5, 2017 To access all other synopses from … Continue reading

November 5, 2017