‘ As Nelson Mandela has said, “there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” By that measure, our current failure to provide stronger protection of children in the face of corporate-caused harm reveals a sickness in our societal soul. ‘ — Joel Bakan (via NYTimes op-ed).
“More than ever, an urban nation plagued by obesity, sloth and a surfeit of digital entertainment should encourage people to experience the wild — but does that mean nature has to be tame and lawyer-vetted?
My experience, purely anecdotal, is that the more rangers try to bring the nanny state to public lands, the more careless, and dependent, people become. There will always be steep cliffs, deep water, and ornery and unpredictable animals in that messy part of the national habitat not crossed by climate-controlled malls and processed-food emporiums. If people expect a grizzly bear to be benign, or think a glacier is just another variant of a theme park slide, it’s not the fault of the government when something goes fatally wrong.” — Timothy Egan (via NYTimes op-ed).
“We ought to teach true, serene airplane sleeping in college, with a primer class as a high school elective.” — Virginia Heffernan (via NYTimes op-ed).
” Do we protect native plants because they’re better for the earth, or because we hate strangers? A cherished principle of environmentalism comes under attack…” (via Boston Globe)
- Humans: Earth’s Most Invasive Species (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- Innovative Approach To Invasive Species: EAT THEM!!! (naturalhistorywanderings.com)
- UK torture inquiry “secretive and deeply flawed” (omaymen.wordpress.com)
- Torture (dooce.com)
- Is Torture Ever Acceptable? (socyberty.com)
- Obama bans war criminals, except our own [I think there may be more to this than meets the eye.] (jhaines6.wordpress.com)