This article is titled “It’s a cold, hard fact: our world is becoming a better place”
And it charts how much of the world’s population is under “Full Democracies”, as if the category itself is indicative of any country’s particular implementation of those claims. I question this because I’m an American, where “Full Democracy” has gradually become less and less so. Fewer and fewer people in those “Full Democracies” (with variations and exceptions of course, but it is the larger trends of oligarchy and spreading through “Global economics” that spread this around, and we can see it fruits in the world’s “democracies” becoming increasingly oligarchic and experiencing mass unrest.
we must learn to separate the individual officers, the lower-case police as humans, from the capital P- Police, the system and the problem. For Christians, we stand with people but we stand against systems of oppression. “Fuck the Police” can be possible in a Christian context, because it is the real cry of people, because it is a cry of solidarity, because we do not cry it of people but of systems.
via Ferguson and the Church’s Responsibility: A Call to Black Power — Theology of Ferguson — Medium.
I believe this is right. Churches certainly could use a theological education on SYSTEMS. They seem to need it , because they seem to have adopted the knee-jerk reaction to “criticism of the system” as “misbehaving” and “un-American” (and since when did “UnAmerican become more of a transgression than “UnChristian”? It happened when American Christians became comfortable within the system and , in the process, bought into its narrative).
Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated”
via As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated”.
A major study recently published in New Scientist found that “scientists may have hugely underestimated the extent of global warming because temperature readings from southern hemisphere seas were inaccurate,” and said that ACD is “worse than we thought” because it is happening “faster than we realized.”
From the above mentioned study:
Comparisons of direct measurements with satellite data and climate models suggest that the oceans of the southern hemisphere have been sucking up more than twice as much of the heat trapped by our excess greenhouse gases than previously calculated
Also covered in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, the improvements in climate measurement technology has opened up the sobering thought that we have yet to see additional effects, on top of the already cataclysmic effects already being predicted. The complexity of the ecosystem should be clue one about how much we still dont know. Now we see evidence that it may be closer than we have long thought to when the chickens come home to roost.
Doesn’t seem to be “dead”….
As long as corporate corruption and undemocratic shenanigans continue, the people will not continue to acquiesce. Now if only we can light a fire under our populace here in the states.
If Londoners can do this, why can’t we? (Answer, we can and do, but it needs to get persistent and un-“missable”…..the #PeoplesClimate and #FloodWallStreet for instance. And let’s not forget HongKong and #OccupyCentral. Come on US Citizens! People aren’t giving up around the world. Until they listen and take this serious, it’s no time to stop. We have to MOBILIZE to REVOLUTIONIZE the economy for a host of reasons. Most seriously threatening is the urgency of climate change, and the CHANGE that this requires (just finished Naomi Klein’s book this weekend) and then finished Tavis Smiley’s Death of a King, about the final year of MLK’s life, and his dedication to extending his work into the realm of the taboo for U.S. oligrachs: The Economic “guiding principles” that run this country. MLK stepped “over the line” with that forray into the forbdden. The forces here in support of that 1% have grown powerful and entrenched, and they have a media to “educate” us about “the way things are” (as they want us to see it).
Naomi Klein, the award-winning journalist and author of global best-sellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo discusses her most provocative book yet, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. – from the YouTube description
We’ve continued on the road of more and more emissions for 25 years since we were told by scientists that this was a perilous road. There WERE initially many less radical solutions legitimately on the table (as far as the science goes) at that time. But now, Naomi says, “The solutions have become ideologically heretical”. The economic system cannot continue to be left as is, unchecked, and undaunted by the scenarios that have now become glaringly (and seemingly sufficiently) obvious.
This should be scaring a lot more people than it is. When we see people laugh off the idea that “time is running out”, we get a glimpse of the mass denial that has been tragically and criminally thrust upon us by the forces of unchecked oligarchy; forces which care only about their continued dominance and wealth, to the detriment of everyone (including themselves).
This is a dire ECOTHEOLOGICAL crisis, and therefore a direct theological crisis, for if we irresponsibly push ourselves (or allow ourselves to be PULLED) down this road of climate degradation and upheaval, there will be no more theology for us to do. We will have abdicated our God-given responsibility and call to be stewards of life.
via Naomi Klein Live – This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate – YouTube.