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Thoughts on Reversing Global Warming

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  Hiya, I relatively recently submitted this to an essay writing contest on global warming, and thought I'd share my entry here. It's short, and I tried to incorporate a bunch of ideas and tendencies I align with, like libertarian municpalism, Peak Oil, animal liberation, etc.Mainstream discourse over global warming, and climate change more broadly, has largely remained on the surface, doing little but set back minimally the pace of its threats to everyone’s well-being and the continuation…

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A year gone by, a new year ahead

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Let me start by wishing everyone a happy and productive new year.  It has been one year now that IOPS has been self-managing also at the international level. Looking back, how did that work out?  I have to say, not well. The results are, frankly, very disappointing. A system by which members can contribute their membership dues is still not in place. Even more disheartening: the content curators did not generate or facilitate any new content. In general, activity on the website dropped…

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Why we should go on with IOPS

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As anyone can see, IOPS is not doing well. Although new members keep coming in, the activity level here is close to absolute zero. So a natural question is, Why bother? Why not simply admit that IOPS is a failure and give up?  The essence of my argument for not giving up is that “something like IOPS” is needed, and that there is currently no alternative. I do not feel a particular loyalty to IOPS as an organization, and if I see a better alternative I’ll be happy to jump ship,…

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Project proposal: IOPS Wiki

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The idea of creating a wiki for IOPS has come up several times in the past and has already resulted in an IOPS Examples Wiki. This blog is the latest attempt to get a wiki going. If you'd like to participate, please leave a comment.The rationale behind building a wiki is that IOPS (and activists in general) need knowledge resources to be able to effectively do their work. A wiki could be ideal for that purpose because:- it requires only moderate technical skills- it supports easy restructuring and…

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The Anthropocene Choice for Humanity

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[Trying a bigger pic here. Anyone into the Anthropocene? ] Ten Propositions on the Anthropocene Choice for Humanity 1.We are now in the ANTHROPOCENE: a new evolutionary phase of the planet since about 1950 defined primarily by one species, Homo sapiens, largely determining planetary evolution 2.Like all previous evolution, the Anthropocene is proceeding blindly, UNCONSCIOUSLY, mainly  via market mechanisms and the self-serving, narrow-focus decisions of technocratic and power elites 3.The Unconscious…

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Reading Rorty, Reading Trump

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Deplorable.   Mrs Clinton cast too widely, be it a basket or a net. However her general sentiment was right. The election of Trump was the latest entry to the list of American deplorables, following from Iraq, Reaganomics, Vietnam, Jim Crow, slavery, the genocide of indigenous people--to name just a few whoppers.   But while past deplorables were typically enacted by agents of the state, Trump's election is a failure of the people. (And it is pointless to complain, at this stage, about…

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Call for Candidates for the Adjudication Committee

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The task of the adjudication committee is to ensure an orderly process for conflict resolution. The committee can hear parties in a conflict, consult other members, and issue a binding ruling. Hopefully, it will not need to come in action more than once or twice a year. It will set its own rules and procedures, which may be fairly informal, but should aim for the following: Any IOPS member may bring a case, whether they are personally involved in the presumed conflict or not. Committee members who…

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