The Dull Insistence of Gravity

  “What did it mean to fly? A tremor in your soul, To resist the dull existence of gravity.” On this, the completion of my 42nd circumnavigation of the sun, on this little satellite we call home, spinning through the seemingly infinite darkness of space, it gives me reason to pause and remember that we are only held in place by the gravity of the earth and the sun. Tied to the dirt, the only home I will ever know,...

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Climate Change Debate is Now Officially Over

  Yesterday I was pointed to a video titled “The Most Terrifying Video You Will Ever See“. While this video is now nearly 7 years old, the message it outs forward is even more relevant today than it was in 2007. The man who made the video, Greg Craven, has since turned this analysis of the problem of debating climate change into a book called “What’s the Worst That Could Happen? A Rational Response to the Climate...

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Are You A Humanist?

  The definition of “humanism”, like many “isms”, is hard to pin down. Every self-described humanist has their own idea of what constitutes humanism, and even stronger opinions about what humanism “is not”. What is striking though is that the definitions of humanism seem to stem from whatever the describer’s own interests are. For instance, many humanists also identify as atheists, agnostics or...

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Climate, Environment, Economics and Human Well-Being

  Recently I have written about the Australian government’s totalitarian approach to ruling this country, and how they are attempting to quash dissent by making the channels of information disappear. While this government’s aim is to make their movements as opaque as possible, I couldn’t imagine how what they are doing could be more transparent.  While pandering to the mass media, and particularly the Murdoch owned...

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Shut Up! Be Happy! – Silencing of Dissent in Australia

  “We interrupt this program with a special bulletin: America is now under martial law. All constitutional rights have been suspended.” – Jello Biafra – from Ice T’s album The Iceberg, 1989. In 1989, in the opening track to Ice T’s album The Iceberg, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedy’s fame did a spoken word piece titled “Shut Up! Be Happy!” (full lyrics here). In it he paints an...

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