Category Archives: The Dysfunctional Status Quo

The Dysfunctional Status Quo

A Psychopathic President, Staying Awake, and One Planet Thriving

A psychopath is going to the white house. Four lessons to learn and act on.

Health Consequences of 85,000 Human-made Chemicals

The market for chemicals designed for World War II fell flat at the war’s end. What to do with the infrastructure and knowledge used to create these chemicals? Find a new market. Enter the chemical revolution in agriculture and other areas as well. But, without a precautionary principle (test for safety first and then mass […]

“The Great Reckoning” by Davidson and Rees-Mogg – Donal’s notes

Short Summary The economy is bad and getting worse. Put money in diverse assets (including 5-10% in gold and silver) and insurance in multiple countries. Be prepared for government services to be provided privately (e.g., water, education, security). Divest yourself of investment real estate, especially in large cities. For maximum safety move to small, rural […]

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Role in Health

What happens if we can eliminate a child’s experience of (1) crime in the home, (2) neglect, and (3) abuse (physical, mental, and sexual)? We see reductions in a host of health problems these early stressors cause with rates of return on our investment of up to 150%. Among the problems that can be reduced […]

The United States of Oligarchy?

“It is enough that the people know there was an election.” J. Stalin “When the electorate believes that elections have been free and fair, they can be a powerful catalyst for better governance, greater security and human development. But in the absence of credible elections, citizens have no recourse to peaceful political change. The risk […]

Thriving on One Planet: The Big Picture

The big picture of One Planet Thriving: (1) Our modern way of life is the largest, most unethical failure in human history. (2) We know how to reverse that failure and thrive on one planet’s worth of resources. (3) The trick is transitioning to that way of life. For more detail, read this post which, in turn, has links to more detailed posts and resources.

Reflections on my first summer at Troy Gardens Cohousing

Since moving to Troy Gardens Cohousing Community last November (2013), many people have asked me what is cohousing and what does it actually look like. I’ve spent some time trying to process my own experience of living here and to communicate why cohousing is an important option.

The First 9/11: Chile (and other U.S. involvements)

On the anniversary of the World Trade Center — and attempted Pentagon — attacks, it is worth remembering and having a moment of silence for the “first 9/11” that occurred in Chile on 9/11/73, when the democratically elected President, Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a U.S.-sponsored coup d’état. Augusto Pinochet became the leader of a brutal […]

Money: Wealth, Inequality, & Health

Lots of cool information and videos relating wealth, income, and their distribution to health and well-being.

Notes from UW Sustainability Forum, March 7, 2013

Sustainability Forum at UW-Madison Engaging Change: Our Food, Our Energy, Our World Craig Benson & Pat Eagan (Darren Harris = MC) Funding sources: NSE, SIRE (UW), EPA: P3 Sustainability Metrics Initiative (SBMI): STARS Operations (Faramarz Vakili, Director of Campus Sustainability Operations) 20 million sq ft of buildings 8th largest city in the state if separated […]