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Renewable Energy – Linchpin of Recovery: The New Mexico Experience

Here in New Mexico we are banding together while bracing ourselves for the demanding pull of the political pendulum. In the few short weeks of her oil and gas backed regime, Governor Suzanna Martinez has caused many persons of basic sensibility to lapse into bewilderment. Is she fully desensitized to our basic needs of clean air and uncontaminated ground water or merely the mouthpiece of corporate interests? Or is she a true believer that our oil driven consumer society is as American as Chevrolet and must be preserved at all costs? Continue reading

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From The Inside Out, The Real Path To Power

By George Cappannelli We are at an interesting, some say, critical crossroads in our history. The battle currently underway between the left and the right over whose philosophy will shape the next chapter in American history is heating up dramatically. … Continue reading

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These Awkward Times

Frankly there does not seem to be much to celebrate these days! Aggressive/Depressives are running the show in Washington and in other world capitals. They are squandering our precious financial, physical, emotional and spiritual resources, abusing our planet, turning their backs on genocide, denying the real challenges and missing the true opportunities of our time. There is also so much media madness that feeds our obsessive compulsive focus on war, possible pandemics, and violence while offering us trivialized forms of entertainment called ‘reality shows.’ But unless I am willing to deal with my despair and admit the absence of celebration in my life, I will not only continue to slide deeper into this emotional muck and mire that confounds much of the world today, but I will also continue contributing to the conditions that are causing it. Continue reading

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The Politics of Money in a ‘Glocal’ Economy

The word is out that economics, never a science, has always been politics in disguise. I have explored how the economics profession grew to dominate public policy and trump so many other academic disciplines and values in our daily lives. Economics and economists view reality through the lens of money. Everything has its price, they believe, from rain forests to human labor to the air we breathe. Economic textbooks, Gross National Product (GNP) and the statistics on employment, productivity, investment, and globalization—all follow the money. Happily, all this focus on money is leading to the widespread awareness of ways money is designed, created and manipulated. This politics of money is at last unraveling centuries of mystification. Continue reading

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Wrong Way Corrigan…Wrong Way Governors!

As I was reading a story in The New York Times by Kevin Sack entitled For Governors, Medicaid Looks Ripe For Slashing (01.29.11) Wrong Way Corrigan’s name popped into my mind and I found myself wondering if many of our Governors are flying the wrong way on purpose these days or if their course is the result of a major navigational error. Continue reading

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The Power of One

Is it becoming as clear to you, as it is to an increasing number of Americans that truly, effective solutions to our most serious challenges in education, environmental and financial reform, job creation, healthcare, life care,and immigration are being held hostage by a political process that is seriously impaired, if not permanently broken? If so, you may believe it is time to correct this problem. What you may not believe is that the fix is easier and more accessible than a lot of us imagine. It lies in what I call, ‘the power of one.’ Continue reading

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Old Math, New Math, Washington Math…2+2 Should Still = 4

Too many countries, including our own, appear “to have made financial commitments that are significantly greater than their fiscal capacities.” I stress the word ‘appear’ because although anyone who has ever done a budget understands that when expenditures exceed income debt results, no one knows – at least from the perspective of the well being of the planet and of the species that reside here – whether debt and what amount of it is a good or bad thing. As we examine the issues we need to consciously decide what kind of nation we want America to be so that we can then decide how to make this re-envisioned nation a reality. Continue reading

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The Day of The Wolf – On The Politics of Engagement

In this stimulating article on the political environment in America today, George Cappannelli encourages us to remember Thomas Jefferson’s warning – “Once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors shall all become wolves.” Continue reading

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