Citizen Action Monitor

How fake news compromises human rationality, posing a grave threat to reasoned discussion and democracy

“Before democratic politics can begin, we must be able to distinguish between opinions and facts, fake news and objective truth.” No 2547 Posted by fw, November 19, 2019 “’Fake news’ … Continue reading

November 19, 2019

“Is it too late to stop dangerous climate change?” Scholars submit nine essays in response

Several respondents agree that never giving up matters more than meeting some “too late” deadline.    No 2543 Posted by fw, November 10, 2019 In my prior repost, I featured … Continue reading

November 10, 2019

The heated rhetoric of climate deadlines and threats of human extinction exaggerates what science actually says

Climate change is not a black and white issue, and there’s no absolute truth of what climate change means or demands of us. No 2542 Posted by fw, November 7, … Continue reading

November 7, 2019

We live a time-driven existence, ruled by the speed of our communication technologies

The situation is dire — We’re losing our ability to know who we are and what is important to us. No 2533 Posted by fw, October 22, 2019 In March … Continue reading

October 22, 2019

MYTH BUSTER! – Clean, renewable energy will NOT be our salvation!

Hard evidence shatters 15 myths about alternative energy sources – Turns out they are neither clean nor renewable. No 2527 Posted by fw, October 1, 2019 “The fiftieth anniversary of … Continue reading

October 1, 2019

Why has the shift to renewables stalled despite repeated promotions of the Green New Deal movement?

Conceptually, transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables looks straightforward enough — in reality it’s quite complicated. No 2524 Posted by fw, September 25, 2019 “There is significant talk in the … Continue reading

September 25, 2019

How leftists/progressives can counter the “fear and security narrative” of the American ruling class

Global interdependence and solidarity are central to the needed change, argues Prof. Derber. No 2520 Posted by fw, September 10, 2019 “But on the issue of militarism, I think it’s … Continue reading

September 10, 2019

How the US ruling class sells fear to impel people to identify with and depend on elites for sense of power

“I can feel good about myself because I’m part of this great nation, led by these wealthy people who often are seen as vested by God in maintaining the moral … Continue reading

September 9, 2019

Without drastic cuts in our consumption, cutting emissions alone won’t halt environmental decline

Even if we transition to renewables, our use of natural resources to make more stuff to consume will continue to grow. No 2517 Posted by fw, September 6, 2019 “Reaching … Continue reading

September 6, 2019

How a citizens’ assembly could play a critical role in UK’s Extinction Rebellion’s climate emergency plans

But UK’s parliamentary committee gets 5 things wrong in announcing it will establish a citizens’ assembly. No 2513 Posted by fw, August 30, 2019 “The climate crisis demands an urgent, … Continue reading

August 30, 2019

Why do Trump supporters cheer for a man who is publicly known to be a racist and congenital liar?

Attribute it to their need to conform to fellow supporters’ core belief that he speaks for them. So much for critical, independent thinking. No 2509 Posted by fw, August 22, … Continue reading

August 22, 2019

“Humans didn’t evolve to see and understand reality in the true sense”

“But why would evolution produce creatures that can’t recognize the truth?” No 2508 Posted by fw, August 20, 2019 To access links to other posts by Nate Hagens about The … Continue reading

August 20, 2019

Dopamine isn’t “bad”; it’s our culture’s high-stimulation temptations that we must be wary of

The problem is a glut of our culture’s trivial pursuits have the potential to overwhelm life-enriching ventures and harm the environment. No 2507 Posted by fw, August 18, 2019 To … Continue reading

August 18, 2019

How dopamine complicates our efforts to transition to sustainable energy and economic pathways

Dopamine, the brain’s chemical messenger, drives our relentless, consumptive, “wanting” behavior. No 2506 Posted by fw, August 17, 2019 To access links to other posts by Nate Hagens about The … Continue reading

August 17, 2019

Green growth is not the solution to the climate crisis – So how come world leaders keep promoting it?

Leaders embrace IPCC’s 2018 proposed techno-fixes that promise to cut emissions even as economies grow. No 2505 Posted by fw, August 14, 2019 “You may have missed it, but a … Continue reading

August 14, 2019

We’re headed for an increasingly complex, lower quality energy system, says Dr. Nate Hagens

The bad news – Few are planning for a world with a smaller energy footprint, with far fewer benefits No 2504 Posted by fw, August 12, 2019 To access links … Continue reading

August 12, 2019

From fossil fuels to renewables – Dr. Nate Hagens’ “informed reality” of the daunting challenge ahead

Promises of 100% renewables by 2050 misrepresent the reality of current fossil fuel energy facts, says Hagens. No 2502 Posted by fw, August 7, 2019 To access links to other … Continue reading

August 7, 2019

The nature of our human predicament told in 34 videos uploaded to You Tube by Dr. Nate Hagens

Available here — An organized list of Hagens’ embedded videos for easy access and viewing. No 2501 Posted by fw, August 6, 2019 To access links to other posts by … Continue reading

August 6, 2019

The Mueller hearing confirms that Americans are living in a fact-free, post-truth era

Both parties filter Mueller’s testimony through their own ideological frames of reference, and viewers’ choice of news source determines the “facts” they get. No 2496 Posted by fw, July 27, … Continue reading

July 27, 2019