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Living in the Futurist Dream (1913)

How does this sound as a description of our world? Aside from #17 below which makes no sense in this list, I’d say this pretty much describes the present. 1. Acceleration of life to today’s swift pace. Physical, intellectual, and sentimental equilibration on the cord of speed stretched between contrary magnetisms. Multiple and simultaneous awareness […]

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Those Who Push These Plans…In the Name of Security

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Conference on Internet Freedom Remarks Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Fokker Terminal The Hague, Netherlands December 8, 2011 Excerpts: After all, the right to express one’s views, practice one’s faith, peacefully assemble with others to pursue political or social change – these are all rights to which all human beings are entitled, whether they […]

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Beer, Bratwurst and Better Internet Privacy Policies

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This morning I stumbled upon (in the un-trademarked sense of the phrase) this article on Search Engine Watch, German State Bans Facebook Pages, Like Buttons. The German Independent Center for Privacy Protection has required local (German) websites/businesses to take down their Facebook pages and remove Facebook “like” buttons from their own websites. Why? ULD Commissioner Thilo […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]