Citizen Action Monitor

Canada’s Charter Rights reveal truckers’ misinformed allegations are “deeply lacking in merit”

Despite truckers’ rallying “Fuck Trudeau” cry, he has little jurisdiction over their demands, and has become a symptom of irrational extremism. — No 2815 by fw, February 11, 2022 — “Prior … Continue reading

February 11, 2022

“The dream of a smooth energy transition is little more than a comforting shared illusion” – Pt. 2 of 2

Moreover, says Dr. William Rees, even if it were possible, it would not solve climate change and would exacerbate the real existential threat facing society, namely overshoot. — No 2809 … Continue reading

December 19, 2021

“The dream of a smooth energy transition is little more than a comforting shared illusion” – Pt. 1 of 2

Moreover, says Dr. William Rees, even if it were possible, it would not solve climate change and would exacerbate the real existential threat facing society, namely overshoot. — No 2808 … Continue reading

December 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Biden’s ill-conceived virtual “Summit for Democracy” reflects misunderstanding of “democracy”

The U.S. should start with the reconstruction of its own democracy before preaching to others. — No 2806 by fw, December 12, 2021 — My synopsis of key ideas Professor … Continue reading

December 12, 2021

Don’t blame capitalism. Capitalism itself isn’t “bad”; it’s the effects that are bad. — Nate Hagens

Capitalism has allowed us to throw a two-century party – We trashed the place, drank the booze, burned the furniture — It’s time to wake up, act like adults, and … Continue reading

December 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Humans are doomed to go extinct — and soon, says paleontologist, evolutionary biologist

“Habitat degradation, low genetic variation and declining fertility are setting Homo sapiens up for collapse.” — No 2802 by fw, December 3, 2021 — “As a paleontologist, I take the … Continue reading

December 3, 2021

Blaming fossil fuel companies and taxpayer subsidies is easy but misguided, says Nate Hagens

“We are vastly underpaying for fossil hydrocarbons, given what they do for us, and given what their widespread use is doing to the biosphere.” — No 2801 by fw, November … Continue reading

November 30, 2021

What’s the hell’s up with this fast-growing Evangelical church targeting Toronto millennials?

And what prompted three prospective members of the church to change their minds and drop out? No 2783 by fw, October 3, 2021 Evangelicalism, or evangelical Protestantism, is a worldwide trans-denominational movement … Continue reading

October 3, 2021

Despite incontrovertible evidence, Trump supporters refuse to believe the 2020 election results. How come?

Philosopher of Science, Lee McIntyre, sees deniers of reason as people who gain their sense of personal identity and enhanced feelings of purpose and personal power by adopting the core … Continue reading

September 29, 2021

Oxford University study offers more proof that combatting Delta variant cannot rely solely on vaccinations

If vaccinated people can still spread COVID-19, high immunization levels will not stop the virus, dashing hopes for herd immunity. — No 2771 by fw, August 20, 2021 — “A … Continue reading

August 20, 2021

Why is it that what we think we know for sure just ain’t so? Nate Hagens explains

We engage mostly in common talk that just doesn’t capture the entangled reality of our modern complex societies. — No 2770 by fw, August 19, 2021 — “Our minds deal … Continue reading

August 19, 2021

US historian struggles to account for Donald Trump’s unprecedented impact on his party and the country

He concludes that it’s changes in America that have changed the nation’s politics and history, making possible the creation of a lying, grifting Trump. — No 2768 by fw, August … Continue reading

August 17, 2021

The prolific, inimitable Nate Hagens strikes again: This time with a new book on the human predicament

“This will be the century which tests the human potential for mediocrity against the human potential for greatness.” — No 2759 by fw, July 25, 2021 — … “Earth’s currently … Continue reading

July 25, 2021

Myth #22: Nate Hagens discredits claim “We Can Always Get More Resources If We Have More Money”

“We can create money, but we cannot create energy, only extract what exists — FASTER.” No 2757 by fw, July 5, 2021 — “We can create money, but we cannot … Continue reading

July 5, 2021

Myth #14 : Nate Hagens unveils evidence that upends the presumption “Technology Will Solve It”

“When technology is combined with a growth imperative in the financial markets, there is no way to shrink energy use.” — No 2756 by fw, July 4, 2021 — “Okay. … Continue reading

July 4, 2021

Myth #11: Nate Hagens challenges the accepted belief that “Climate Change is the Core Problem”

“From a systems perspective, a more complex story emerges.” — No 2755 by fw, July 3, 2021 — “First, if a hypothetical, benevolent alien scientist were to look down on … Continue reading

July 3, 2021

Myth #19: Nate Hagens dismisses the insistence we can achieve Net Zero!! (by 2050 or any date)

“When people use the term “Net Zero” it’s mostly shorthand for maintaining economic growth while doing some magical technological salvation in the future.” — No 2754 by fw, July 2, … Continue reading

July 2, 2021

Myth #21: Nate Hagens rebuts claims that “Renewable energy can power THIS civilization”

“The popular myth is that we can somehow swap out the dirty energy with clean energy technology while also continuing to consume at today’s income and GDP levels.” — No … Continue reading

June 30, 2021

“This has been a sledgehammer of a presentation. I’m exhausted.” — Nate’s closing thoughts

“One category, I think, is glaringly missing – How the heck do we live our lives during this Crazy Time? Lastly, an idea I think is essential, is love.” — … Continue reading

June 28, 2021