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On Donald Trump and How We Got Here

One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise When I find myself in times of trouble, I’m less interested in Mother Mary’s wisdom than I am in Joe Hill’s: Don’t mourn; organize. There’s a sense in which Trump’s election is a surprise, similar to how we somehow seem to be continually surprised when easily predictable […]

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Norris Thomlinson December 20th, 2016 Filed in Essays No Responses

The Myths of Renewable Energy

This culture will not act to stop or significantly slow global warming. This culture will sacrifice—read kill—the planet rather than question the socioeconomic system that is killing our only home. How do we know that? Well, here are a few good reasons. Let’s start with Donald Trump. No, even though the president-elect of the United […]

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Norris Thomlinson December 12th, 2016 Filed in Essays No Responses

Top 10 Ways to Destroy All the Water on Earth

Human intervention has been responsible for polluting and emptying water resources at a criminal rate. I love looking at lists of our culture’s greatest achievements. I’m always astounded, for example, to read of the stupendous effort that went into building the Pyramids of Giza: At least 10,000 people worked for 30 years to erect giant […]

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Norris Thomlinson August 24th, 2016 Filed in Essays No Responses

When I Dream of a Planet in Recovery

In the time after, the buffalo come home. At first only a few, shaking snow off their shoulders as they pass from mountain to plain. Big bulls sweep away snowpack from the soft grass beneath; big cows attend to and protect their young. The young themselves delight, like the young everywhere, in the newness of […]

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Norris Thomlinson March 12th, 2016 Filed in Essays No Responses

Sustainable Development is a Lie

“Sustainable development” is a claim to virtue. The word “development” used in this sense is a lie. The word “develop” means “to grow,” “to progress,” “to become fuller, more advanced.” Some synonyms are “evolution, unfolding, maturation, ripeness,” and some antonyms are “deterioration, disintegration.” And here is a real usage example from a dictionary: “Drama reached […]

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Norris Thomlinson November 19th, 2015 Filed in Essays No Responses