• joe shikspack commented on the diary post Can the US political system deal with climate change? by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-18 14:27:44View | Delete

    hi wendy, my mellow is, um, still smooth(?), your comments don’t upset me. regarding unions and support for keystone xl, support hasn’t been universal , though it would be fair to say that it has been mostly aimed at whatever seems to preserve jobs. i have no slavish devotion to bill mckibben. i have criticized him regarding [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Can the US political system deal with climate change? by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-18 09:00:45View | Delete

    thanks!

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Can the US political system deal with climate change? by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-17 11:58:41View | Delete

    afternoon jayraye, thanks much for your input into the article!

    yep, our chances of making progress on this issue would seem to improve dramatically if 99% of us can all agree to pull together.

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Can the US political system deal with climate change? by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-17 10:56:41View | Delete

    i haven’t yet had a chance to read it, yet (i’m on the list at the library) though i’ve heard quite a number of interviews with her and generally have a good impression of the work. from the interviews, i get the sense that she has found the climate issue to be a sort of [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Can the US political system deal with climate change? by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-17 10:31:19View | Delete

    afternoon cass, it looks to me like capitalism is pretty close to doing itself in and is increasingly looking to corporatist (some would call it fascist) governmental solutions to the problem of retaining power and position for the .1%. i’ve been thinking lately that if we impose what it would really take to implement climate [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Can the US political system deal with climate change? by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-17 09:23:33View | Delete

    exactly mafr, once the interests of west virginians are aligned with what is needed for climate change mitigation, opposition will vanish. given a substantial stake in renewable energy solutions, i would wager that west virginia could become a national hotbed of support for climate-friendly actions – fighting just as hard for them as they now [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Can the US political system deal with climate change? by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-17 08:17:53View | Delete

    morning al, the solutions would be a lot easier if we could just say that we will make sure that everybody is taken care of, now let’s get to making the earth a habitable environment for future generations. instead we have entrenched interests, largely caused by an untenable economic system. your experience with the resistance [...]

  • ThumbnailThe American “system” has been a bit tardy in its response to climate change. Experts tell us that the longer it takes to make needed changes, the more difficult it will be to make them. As 350.org’s Bill McKibben puts it:

    We’re talking about a fight between human beings and physics. And physics is entirely uninterested in human [...]

  • The American “system” has been a bit tardy in its response to climate change. Experts tell us that the longer it takes to make needed changes, the more difficult it will be to make them. As 350.org’s Bill McKibben puts it:

    We’re talking about a fight between human beings and physics. And physics is entirely uninterested in [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Just Don’t Call It Democracy by Big Al .

    2014-11-16 12:04:52View | Delete

    right on, al! the other thing that is kind of invisible in discussions about democracy, representation and power is the economic system. democracy, as you point out, is supposed to distribute power evenly amongst the citizens. our economic system, on the other hand, tends to concentrate power into a vanishingly small number of the citizens. [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Mr. Obama’s Bipartisan “Achievements” by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-11 19:56:51View | Delete

    thanks for the link. i was a little surprised to check back and find out that this post had acquired a new life overnight. i’m glad that people enjoyed it. B)

    so, heh, it’s not dead yet.

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Mr. Obama’s Bipartisan “Achievements” by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-10 19:28:38View | Delete

    hi pluto, good to see you. they have to do with president obama in that he is the fellow whose job it is, for two more years, to bring home the bacon for the .1%. there is little doubt that the next president (like the prior ones) will continue on the same trajectory with only [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Mr. Obama’s Bipartisan “Achievements” by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-10 14:38:38View | Delete

    i’m sure, though, that he will find comfort in the millions of dollars that will come his way from grateful wealthy people and corporations in his post-presidency. no doubt he’ll build a beautiful library in which his many achievements will be spun into the fluff of comfortable remembrance and his war crimes will be washed [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Mr. Obama’s Bipartisan “Achievements” by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-10 11:11:11View | Delete

    it appears that china is pushing something called the free trade area of the asia-pacific (ftaap), which the us isn’t biting on. see: US says TPP is its priority, as China touts free-trade zone . on the other hand, there have been rumors that china might be considering joining the tpp. i’m not familiar with this news [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Mr. Obama’s Bipartisan “Achievements” by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-10 08:25:09View | Delete

    absolutely gulfgal, obama could have been another franklin delano roosevelt. instead, he chose to be another ronald wilson reagan.

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Mr. Obama’s Bipartisan “Achievements” by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-10 07:48:00View | Delete

    interesting predictions, al. B)

    what do you think; once the war of terror spreads to russia and china, will the blanket commemorators finally get it that the war of terror has little to do with stateless terrorists and everything to do with full-spectrum dominance?

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Mr. Obama’s Bipartisan “Achievements” by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-10 07:44:22View | Delete

    morning don, the only real question is whether the rethugs in congress will sign on to the trade deal. my guess is that they will, since the bipartisans are working in behalf of the people who want yet more corporate power. if the rethugs grant obama fast track authority, it will be an indication that [...]

  • joe shikspack wrote a new diary post: Mr. Obama’s Bipartisan “Achievements”

    2014-11-10 06:38:10View | Delete

    There has been a lot of talk, now that the elections are over and the legislature has fallen into the hands of Republicans about what this will mean for President Obama’s agenda and the Democratic agenda generally. This election season my inbox was full of Democratic politicians begging for money to foreclose the possibility of [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post How do you fight? by joe shikspack.

    2014-10-01 05:53:16View | Delete

    realtime:

    If the stupid Tea Party can take over a significant part of the Republican Party, the progressives can do the same to the Democrats.

    the tea party was successful in large part because it is an extension of corporate politics and funding and had the support of the right-wing media wurlitzer . progressives, correctly understanding that corporate power [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post How do you fight? by joe shikspack.

    2014-09-30 14:06:16View | Delete

    al, i wonder if it is because none of them want to lead a revolution. hedges does talk about the need for a revolution and for radical (peaceful) civil disobedience, but i don’t think that he fancies the role of revolutionary leader.

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