Friday, March 23, 2018

Fwd: Two excellent articles

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From: John H
Attached are two excellent and very different articles on two critical subjects for all Americans to consider with all seriousness.  They each, in their own way, discuss 'elephant in the room' issues to which the national media give only scant attention; and, when attention is paid, it is usually focused on the wrong aspects of the issues. 

The first, by Andrew J. Bacevich, offers a telling look at The New York Times negative coverage of all things Russian to the exclusion of coverage of U.S. military and political machinations all around the globe which impacted millions and millions, unseating multiple governments and creating an unimaginable refugee crisis in many of these same areas.  If you happen to be in the Pittsburgh area on Friday evening, labor lawyer and peace activist Dan Kovalik will be discussing many of these issues in a book presentation at the UU Church of the South Hills in Mt. Lebanon, 1240 Washington Road at 7:00 p.m.  This should be an interesting and important event to attend.

The second article from my favorite alternative news site, naked capitalism, concerns what is almost certainly the greatest existential threat to humankind in all of recorded history, global climate change.  It argues that unless we begin to attack climate change from the perspective of supply limitations all of our efforts will be for naught.  This is an important and oft neglected aspect of many activists efforts on this issue.  I have to admit that while I am a long-term cynic about the prospects for stopping or even significantly limiting global climate change, I strongly believe that it is absolutely real and the dangers it poses to humankind (and most other life on the planet as well) are not at all understated and need to be addressed with all due urgency.  However, I hold serious doubts that we humans, ensconced as we are in the comforts of carbon-based energy, really will be willing to make the changes necessary to have a significant impact upon the climate.  As I occasionally do, because they are usually excellent, I have included the comments to the article.

Please do check out these two excellent articles.



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