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Possible Worlds

1.World before humans arrived

2. World humans have  altered.

3. World made to suit the wants of the powerful.

4. World we live in each day as individuals.

5. World we share with others for better and worse.

6. World we’d like to live in as individuals.

7. Ideal world for all.

8. Non-existence. No world at all.

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Many Feel Aliens Have Visited Us And Are Walking Among Us—Maybe Aliens Would Do A Better Job Taking Care Of The Earth

According to a Reuters poll, one-in-five people in the world believe that aliens have arrived on Earth and are walking around the planet disguised as humans.

In the United States, almost one-in-four believe this to be true.

From the poll—

“Those who believe that “alien beings have come to earth and walk amongst us in our communities disguised as us” (20%) are more likely to be men (22%) compared to women (17%), under the age of 35 (25%) compared to those aged 35-54 (16%) and those over the age of 55 (11%) and those more likely to be higher educated (22%) compared to those who are lower or middle educated (19%). There is virtually no difference in terms of income level (lower 22%, higher 20% or middle 19%) and marital status (married 19% versus other 21%).”

I won’t commit one way or another as to if I am one of these aliens. All I’ll say is that enslaving the human population and draining the Earth’s oceans is on my agenda. I’ll be blogging about these concerns soon.

Scientist Stephen Hawking has recently said that we should not be making efforts to contact aliens.

Here is some of what Dr. Hawking says

“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”

Here is what Scientific American magazine said about Dr. Hawking’s views.

From Scientific American—

“A species that masters the difficulty of space travel would certainly seem to have the brain power to mine its own resources without having to travel tens of light years (at least) to ravage our home. If Mars had dense forests of mahogany trees and bountiful oceans of bluefin tuna, would it really be worth the expense to mount an expedition just to raze and fish the planet? Even the most environmentally insensitive among us would have to concede that the hundreds of billions of dollars needed just for a round-trip to Mars could be better spent to, say, develop the technology to harvest trees sustainably or to cultivate bluefin tuna on farm.”

I can just see some Native Americans sitting on a beach in the 15th-century. They are saying that people who could come across the great waters could surely find enough gold to meet their needs instead of sailing around the earth and killing people in the pursuit of gold.

Less exciting than aliens coming to take our planet from us, are the prospects for life in places other than the Earth in own solar system.

Here is a list from Wired magazine of the five most likely places in the solar system where life might be found.

There might be some microbes or even some fish type creatures in our solar system. I hope that proof of life in the solar system is found while I’m still living. I’d like to know the answer to this question.

A great book to learn about the solar system is The Grand Tour–A Traveler’s Guide To The Solar System by Ron Miller and William Hartmann.

As Dr. Hawking worries about what aliens might do to the Earth, maybe we should treat the Earth better as human beings. The Earth is a lot more than just people. Maybe if we are such poor keepers of the planet, we should be replaced by other beings.

Maybe aliens will come to wipe us out under the assertion that if we are not removed, we will destroy the Earth. Maybe the Earth is more important than human beings.

The Earth was here before we were here and it will be here after we are gone.

Here are facts about the Earth from National Geographic.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Greenpeace Chief Naidoo Moves Focus To Climate Change And Global Poverty

Recently on Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now program, I heard an interview with the new Director of Greenpeace.

Kumi Naidoo, of South Africa, is the first African to lead Greenpeace since it was founded in 1971.

(Above is a picture of Mr. Naidoo. I don’t know who that young person is next to him.)

Here is the Democracy Now interview.

Here is a profile of Mr. Naidoo from the BBC.

The BBC story says Greenpeace is shifting its focus from whaling and nuclear power to issues of global poverty and climate change.

Mr. Naidoo asserts that climate change is a matter of basic justice and human rights.

Mr. Naidoo says wars take place because of resources depleted and shifted by climate change, and some are forced to become refugees because of changing conditions on the Earth.

Here is an excerpt from an article Mr. Naidoo wrote for the BBC—

“I have been an activist for the majority of my life, and my personal journey began at the age of 15 in apartheid South Africa where I was involved with the liberation struggle, eventually having to flee to the UK in 1987. After the release of Nelson Mandela, I returned to South Africa and was involved in strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world, both through Civicus – the global organisation aiming to boost citizen involvement in issues – where I served as secretary general for the past 10 years, and through the Make Poverty History campaign of which I was one of the founders in 2003….I have always personally connected the poverty movement with stewardship for the environment; and having served for the past year as chair of tcktcktck, the global campaign for climate action, it felt like a natural progression to move to Greenpeace… I see a need to bring together the poverty movement and the environmental movement as we face up to the greatest challenge of our time: climate change….Climate change is real and happening now. It already accounts for over 300,000 deaths throughout the world each year, according to the Global Humanitarian Forum. Not only that, but I am aware that time is very much against us. We must take radical action, and I believe that the work that Greenpeace does across the globe is vital in our understanding of climate change and also the actions that are needed.”

Science Daily writes that climate change could worsen poverty in developing nations.

Here is the Greenpeace USA web home.

I enjoy the article on the Greenpeace site called “Hounding Obama in Oslo.”  It is about Greenpeace in Oslo asking President Obama to take the lead on climate change as he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize.

Greenpeace merits our attention and support. This new focus on global poverty and climate change addresses some of the most pressing issues in our world.

( Below–The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior.)

December 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Distractions To Make Up For Lost Post

 

I had a nice long post ready to go. But when I hit the “publish” button, all the words went away. I don’t know where they went. I don’t have time to get much together before bedtime.  I have to be at work early tomorrow. Yet I know you folks count on a post each day from Texas Liberal.  So I’ve assembled a few distractions for you to stare at until I update the blog in about 24 hours.

Above is a running mule. Sometimes you run and run and still don’t seem to make much progress.

Below is the spinning Earth. We are all sisters and brothers on the Earth.

Next we have a house being built. You don’t see that much anymore.

Here we have pink heart becoming gay pride symbol indicating my support for gay marriage.

Here we have a boat and a bridge. Regular readers of this blog will know I like the ocean and water and boats.

Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was a great President who strongly enhanced the role of government in our economy.

And, finally, a tree and a leaf. This is a symbol of both death and renewal.

Thanks for reading Texas Liberal.

January 16, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Uncategorized | , , , , | 5 Comments

Sputnik/Earth/Us

 

(Blogger’s Note–This is a post I ran last year on this date. It’s been tweaked just a bit. The post got a lot of traffic and it is something I enjoyed writing.)   

Today is the 51st anniversary of the launch of Sputnik.

To mark the day, I’m running a big picture of the Earth.

The Earth is where you and I and all our brothers and sisters live.

The Earth is all we have. No transporter beam or stargate is going to take you anywhere else. If you believe in some sort of afterlife, that’s great. But as far as I know, the Earth is all we’ve got. 

The big problems we have today— climate change, global economics and living standards, and issues of war and peace— are problems that transcend borders.

We need to get our imaginations around the fact that we are dependent on others. We need to work with other nations and other people far away from what we narrowly define as our homes.

Sputnik was an act of the Cold War. Yet our imaginations allow us to see Sputnik as a first step in calling our attention to the fact we all share this planet and we must live in a way that respects the value of all people.     

That is the power of imagination. Politics is at core an act of imagination.

October 4, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Sputnik Reminds Us We Are On The Earth As Brothers & Sisters

 

 Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik.

To mark the day, I’m running a big picture of the Earth.

The Earth is where you and I and all our brothers and sisters live.

The Earth is all we have. No transporter beam or stargate is going to take you anywhere else. If you believe in some sort of afterlife, that’s great. But as far as I know, the Earth is all we’ve got. 

The big problems we have today— climate change, global economics and living standards, and issues of war and peace— are problems that transcend borders.

We need to get our imaginations around the fact that we are dependent on others. We need to work with other nations and other people far away from what we narrowly define as our homes.

Sputnik was an act of the Cold War. Yet our imaginations allow us to see Sputnik as a first step in calling our attention to the fact we all share this planet and we must live in a way that respects the value of all people.     

That is the power of imagination. Politics is at core an act of imagination.

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October 4, 2007 Posted by | History, Politics, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

   

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