Interview with NukeBuster Shaun Burnie re: SONGS

Just over a year since they last visited Idyllwild to educate us about the crisis at San Onofre’s Nuclear Generating Station, Shaun Burnie and Kendra Ulrich returned to our mountain community for a celebratory respite from their intense schedule of activism. Continue reading “Interview with NukeBuster Shaun Burnie re: SONGS”

What about the nuclear waste? NRC’s response: “I have the same question”

17 Idyllwild Conversationalists trekked down to Dana Point for the NRC’s October 9th hearing on SONGS. Towards the end of the night, the three Idyllwild girls managed to ask a key question to NRC Region 4 Administrator Elmo Collins: “Do you know what to do with nuclear waste, and if not, why do you keep making more of it?” Check out this video to hear the entire exchange.

mind mapping our way to food security

Check out our wild mind map! At our last meeting, we brainstormed on some of the ways we might disentangle our community from the industrial food chain and create a more sustainable, healthy standard of living for all interested Hill residents. I organized the ideas from that Conversation and the one prior, and I created a mind map using a free online collaboration tool. Continue reading “mind mapping our way to food security”

wendell berry: in distrust of movements

“I HAVE HAD WITH MY friend Wes Jackson a number of useful conversations about the necessity of getting out of movements — even movements that have seemed necessary and dear to us — when they have lapsed into self-righteousness and self-betrayal, as movements seem almost invariably to do. People in movements too readily learn to deny to others the rights and privileges they demand for themselves. They too easily become unable to mean their own language, as when a “peace movement” becomes violent… Continue reading “wendell berry: in distrust of movements”

conversation #5—inquiry into capitalism

At last week’s meeting all participants arrived at a consensus that we should further explore the subject of capitalism at our next meeting on Wed. Nov 2. The following questions arose:

let the journey begin!

Markopolo and Zoraborealis embark on a cross country rail trip to the Occupation of Wall Street and the Occupation of Washington. Is democracy still breathing in the USA? Stay tuned to find out. Continue reading “let the journey begin!”

who killed economic growth?

Yes, crimes were committed, and the Wall Street criminals escaped (for now)—not only unscathed but rewarded with infuriating bonuses. But Richard Heinberg’s new book The End of Growth makes a compelling case that the real source of the economic downturn is more systemic than villainous. Our economy is based on a fantasy of infinite growth, and it clashes with the real world of finite resources. This brief 6:30 short nicely summarizes his argument. If it sparks your curiosity you’ll want to check out some excerpts from his book.