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Oh, That Decade

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2009 at 1:29 am

December 31, 2009

Environmentally, cross-civilizationally, geopolitically, spiritually, economically, democratically – humanity failed to progress much this decade. And so it’s only fitting that we failed, most basically, to name it. For 10 years the decade has pretty much been called nothing at all.

Now, with the end upon us and the customary decadal summations making the rounds, the only locution we’ve managed to confer upon it is the decade, as in best, worst, biggest, baddest, funniest of the decade.
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Turn Off the Oven!

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2009 at 2:57 am

December 17, 2009

With climate change talks on the verge of achieving next to nil in Copenhagen, it’s not too early to start thinking of new ways to rescue our ailing planet.

One of the easiest things we can do is also the most salubrious and that is to give parenting a rest. Don’t have children. Just don’t. Seriously. Read the rest of this entry »

Raising the Temperature in Copenhagen

In Uncategorized on December 15, 2009 at 3:30 am

December 15, 2009

During the Bush years the developing world got more vocal in blaming the West for a spate of global challenges, including climate change. The West in turn showed a greater willingness to treat developing countries as more equal partners. That’s the upside. Read the rest of this entry »

Spot the American(s)

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2009 at 2:41 am

December 11, 2009

MAKASSAR, Indonesia – Spot the American(s) and the European(s).

A youngish couple, the woman blonde, pale, with blue eyes and a tad plump, her partner, skinny, taller than average, wearing a loud branded T-shirt, cargo pants and Velcro sandals. Meet on the guesthouse deck a slim solo traveler about their age, scarf knotted about his V-neck T-shirt, a literary novel open beside his steaming cup of black Torajan coffee. Read the rest of this entry »