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A war in which few women have a say And mindless GOP males crave control

There is a war on women underway That's tearing at the nation's very soul A war in which few women have a say And mindless GOP males crave control 
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Fewer to no cars. Free energy sources. Brain power to create human energy generation.

Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage, and how it could | Grist: "6. Long time horizons and far away places: Victims of climate change are viewed as far away in space or time. “The consequence of this spatial and temporal distance is that victims of climate change are likely to be seen, at best, as relatively less similar to oneself than are nearby contemporaries, and at worst, as out-group members.” Climate victims are seen as Other, and you know how we tend to treat the Other."
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Most of us operate on two levels what we say or tell ourselves and what we do To the extent that we are able to integrate these we create in what we do a change Doing things that make for a decent response to climate change is Herculean I cannot wave a wand and switch to  the way of living I see and know in my mind I hardly know where to begin I do know that I knew the problem and the  solution before there was any talk of climate change So did many people intuitively …

There is no moral hostility to climate change

Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage, and how it could | Grist: "5. Moral tribalism: Messaging about climate has tended to focus on liberal values (harms and unfairness) and disregard conservative values (loyalty, respect for authority, and purity/sanctity). As a result, many conservatives “have been left not just uninvolved in action on climate change, but morally hostile to it.”"
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The text above betrays the two thousand year captivity to error The error is to see characteristics as values Values are things you do willfully Tolerance democracy helpfulness are all active values that are universal When they are not willed history moves along but is less pleasant than it might be Fairness is subsumed under democracy Harms under helpfulness and democracy Loyalty under non-idolatry  Respect for authority under non-idolatry Moral hostility to climate change is like saying one takes umbrage because the sun is shining There is no moral hostility to climate chang…

Pleasure is a gulp of pure fresh air and a glass of cool clean water

Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage, and how it could | Grist: "4. Uncertainty breeds wishful thinking: It’s not clear exactly how climate change will play out, and “uncertainty about future outcomes generally increases self-oriented behaviour and … promotes optimistic biases.” When scientists communicate the probabilistic nature of climate impacts (for instance, through analogies like “loading the climate dice”), “recent research shows that individuals often misinterpret the intended messages … and tend to do so over-optimistically.”"
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Here we meet a fork in the road Nietzsche knew that most people cared only for comfort And the old pleasure pain is still a good measure of what will work and what will not But by the same token perceived pleasure may lead to an overabundance of pain I think that there are ontological values  that have been here all along Tolerance helpfulness democracy non-idolatry These all contain the spectrum nature of reality We wou…

When we don't perceive it is not because we can't but because we won't

Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage, and how it could | Grist: "3. Guilty bias: We’re all somewhat to blame for climate change. To avoid feeling guilt, shame, and regret over that, “individuals often engage in biased cognitive processes to minimize perceptions of their own complicity,” especially when “individuals and communities feel incapable of meaningfully responding behaviourally.”"

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We are perfectly aware of our complicity in everything
The fact is sin is neither original nor unusual
Social climbing is the main means of trying to ignore it
Those who have given up on social climbing are better
able to perceive the truth
Democracy is a social admission of complicity
We are not merely complicit
We are a spectrum from things we cannot stand to
things that bring smiles to angels
We are mercurial smart insightful intuitive
The reality is painful
When we don't perceive it is not because we can't
but because we won't

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No politician dares to run on the slogan car free

Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage, and how it could | Grist: "2. The blamelessness of unintentional action: Nobody is heating the atmosphere on purpose. It is seen as an unintended side effect of other activities. And people treat intentional harms much more severely than they do unintentional harms. So “understanding climate change as an unintentional phenomenon with no single villain may decrease motivation to right past wrongs.”"
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We are happy to be informed of side effects We are inundated with expositions of the perils of consuming pharmaceuticals The side effect of cars and driving is death and injury Wasted time and aggravation Having to watch lugubrious and chauvinistic car ads We are not happy if the side effect balances light on  the pleasure pain scales When the alternative to driving would  be anathema  So the only solution would be an alteration that would make anathema disappear That alteration is car free communities  that have all ameni…

Climate Change Denial Smart Because The Implications Are So Disturbing

Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage, and how it could | Grist: "
1. Abstractness and cognitive complexity: Climate change is tough to understand. It “requires cold, cognitively demanding and ultimately relatively less motivating, moral reasoning.” People underestimate this. Very little that arrives in our worldview through a purely intellectual route ends up stirring the viscera."
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Climate change is fully understood by most The dumb rejection is actually resistance to change The changes are so huge that the dumb response is reasonable No one wants to face it except folk like me who are weird  and who have said for five decades and more that we cannot deal with what we have done to the planet without getting rid of the causal agents Show a climate change denier a better world through the creation of one
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War on women, Obama trusted, GOP conspiracy & Other Recent Tweets 8/23/12 8:06 AM

1h No prime time in Tampa for Ann Romney  /more GOP war on women? ExpandReplyDeleteFavoritedBuffer 1h In Poll, Obama Is Given Trust Over Medicare  Expand