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Wednesday, August 24, 2005


We have just hit a bifurcation point in dealing with oil depletion. While the wingnuts have jumped the shark and started talking crazy (e.g. Pat Robertson), the progressive faction have assumed measured tones and remained focused on awareness. It boils down to confronting the issues through innovative ideas versus engaging in pure confrontational politics. The latter approach leads to a zero-sum game whereby you lash out a perceived enemy, vanquish him, and then go on to the next villain in line. The Robertson's of the world have to face their own personally customized Dominion when their last adversaries disappear. I have started to equate extractionism with Dominionism, since at some point in this trajectory the 'minions have to pick a fight with an enemy they cannot defeat -- the Earth's limited resources.

On today's DemocracyNow! radio show, Amy Goodman laid out the landscape perfectly. The first half of the show presented the agenda of the Pat Robertson right, while the second half included, to put it bluntly, downright non-insane ideas.
  1. The Cannon of Christianity: Pat Robertson Calls for the Assassination of Hugo Chavez
  2. Hybrid Cars: How Alternative Technologies Are Shaping the Future of Car Travel

Read the transcripts or download the podcast.


Professor Blogger Bubba said...

I love your picture of Robertson. In keeping with the spirit of his TV show and comments, it would only be better if you could show blood coming out of his belly (just kidding Pat).

I caught you double entendre regarding the CERA report. I will see what I can do, but no promises. I haven't seen it myself, nor do I know anyone who has it.

4:30 PM  
Professor Blogger Bubba said...

Oh, and also, I liked the capuchin monkey to. Unfortunately, I was poaching that picture from another web page and it was taken down. Now you have to look at my REAL persona.

4:32 PM  

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