Protecting and preserving nature: an essay

Environmentalists protect and preserve nature, at least the ones that come from the tradition of conservation. And that's fine. But such a formulation of environmentalism does present a particular dilemma: what parts of nature should be protected and preserved? If we are really to understand which ones we'll want to protect and preserve, and which ones we won't, we'll have to examine, very closely, all of our social phenomena, something the conservationists haven't done.

Open Thread - 03-25-22 - The Crown of Creation?

This week I searched the bookcase and dusted off my copy of Nuclear War Survival Skills that I bought back in the 80s. Having turned 30 years old in 1984 and thinking I had lots of time ahead of me I ordered the book just in case the unthinkable happened. I was not about to slouch towards Bethlehem willingly, despite that rough beast whose hour may have come at last.

As I leafed through the pages a couple of random memories struck me, like a well placed critical mass of linear U-235 dominoes about to be toppled.

The Stunning Beauty of the Super Moon, Tonight

Here are a few of what I thought were the most stunning videos I’ve seen on YouTube, as of this evening…

CNN via New York Today (photos/videos from around the world):


Some Summer Flowers: Street Prophets Sunday All Day Brunch

Welcome to Sunday Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is new with you. I finally felt good enough to take my smaller camera out and take some pictures of the beautiful flowers we have growing around this apartment complex. I must say I have never lived in a more beautiful landscaped place then here. Of course I sort of forgot to check the weather report first figuring that early in the morning was going to be okay.

Beauty and Fear Part One: Street Prophets Thursday Coffee Hour

Welcome of Thursday Coffee Hour. I try and present things to look at that are a break from all politics all the time. I am fortunate in the fact that this year I live is a beautiful apartment complex with people in the front office who actually want us and understand disability needs. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and lets us know what is new with you.