As early as the 70s, James Lovelock advanced what people still refer to as the Gaia “hypothesis,” claiming that all living organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to regulate our atmosphere, and form a synergistic self- regulating complex interconnected system which maintains conditions favoring life on the planet. He collaborated with Lynn Margulis to co-develop the discipline of endosymbiosis. Lovelock’s conclusion: living organisms, through their effect on water and on water bearing clouds, modulate the Earth’s systems in an on-going feedback loop, and that the most humble, least complex organisms, the bacteria, attest to the unity of all…


Now that our planet is up to 441 ppm, the highest level since between 4.1 and 4.5 million years ago, we take a look at the many ways humans cannibalize the Earth. This week we look at one of these issues: cannibalizing people. In subsequent issues we hope to look at other areas such as forestry, mining, agriculture, pastoralism, militarization, and war, all of it propped up by the Capitalist system of “unlimited growth.”

A recent Chris Hedges article, “Dying for an I-Phone” points out that because most products now reaching the U.S. are manufactured in China, which has a…


Despite my lack of training as an ethicist, I know complicity when I see it, to wit: $735 million additional dollars in U.S. weaponry aid to Israel, a nation-by-fiat, that is in fact a settler colony with a genocidal instinct baked into it as it aims to clear more and more land for settlement, regardless of who else might happen to live there.

Despite massive demonstrations around the world, both in major cities in the U.S. and abroad in solidarity with Palestinians living in occupied Israeli territory, the Biden administration quietly managed to transfer $735 million of military aid, in…


Brokered by Egypt to end the conflict between Israel and Palestine, aceasefire was announced to the world to go into full force and effect at 2 AM May 21st. To celebrate, Israel attacked the worshippers in this Friday’s mosque at Al Aqsa, one of Islam’s holiest places, using stun grenades and gas bombs, wounding at least 20 worshippers.

More sophistry than ceasefire, this Have-Your-Cake-and-Eat-It kind of dodge is one of Israel’s favorite gambits.

Every year Israel receives $3.8 billion from the U.S. in military aid. Additionally Biden has asked for $735 million more, allowing Israel to purchase weapons with the…


Last week the UK’s Guardian expressed shame over what it called “the worst error of judgment,” namely the British 1917 Balfour declaration guaranteeing Jews a right to a “homeland.” It may not have been the error in judgment the Guardian alleges. The strain of anti-Semitism in Britain runs strong and deep, dating from the arrival in England of those Jews fleeing Eastern European persecutions even before the Middle Ages, and reflected in some of their names: the Anglicized St. James (Sint Yames) and Disraeli. They were different, they wore enormous cartwheel sable hats, they spoke Polish, Yiddish, Lithuanian, God knows…


Last week the UK’s Guardian expressed shame over what it called “the worst error of judgment,” namely the British 1917 Balfour declaration guaranteeing Jews a right to a “homeland.” It may not have been the error in judgment the Guardian alleges. The strain of anti-Semitism in Britain runs strong and deep, dating from the arrival in England of those Jews fleeing Eastern European persecutions even before the Middle Ages, and reflected in some of their names: the Anglicized St. James (Sint Yames) and Disraeli. They were different, they wore enormous cartwheel sable hats, they spoke Polish, Yiddish, Lithuanian, God knows…


(Note: Art Matters: Murals depicted below were painted on the plywood boarded up store fronts in Minneapolis following the cop murder of George Floyd.)

The U.S.A. history of policing, so-called “law enforcement,” starts with slave patrols, home-style militias dedicated to catching runaway slaves, and returning them to their “owners.” With such roots, can “law enforcement” ever be reformed?

And, now that law “enforcement” has become the war at home is reform even possible?

1033 is the name of the war-come-home in pilot cities like Minneapolis and Portland, both of which are fully occupied 24/7 by our domestic armed forces known…


(Note to my readers. This is the tenth year since this newsletter first went into publication in 2011.)

BY NOW, everyone except political ingénues is aware that voting restriction laws are either being considered, or have already been passed into law, in 47 states. The purpose of these laws is to make voting harder, to skew the voting demography in favor of white, non-POC people, non-formerly incarcerated people, and against poor people, disabled people, normally the demography that tends to vote Democratic in our glorious rigged two-party electoral system.

Those of us who care are aware of this in all…


Well, slouching may be an exaggeration, but my reluctance can’t be described any other way. The subject is nuclear, both war and energy. And of all our planetary issues, nuclear, the nuclear of power and the nuclear of war, both joined at the hip, one not possible without the other, is — at least in my view — the most dire. Even more dire than global warming And that probably explains my reluctance. Bear with me.

There is something to celebrate, and something to mourn. The good news first. After years and years of patient work for peace, by, among…


It shouldn’t surprise anyone that in 2021, some 156 years after the Civil War, Congress managed still to vote down a $15.00 minimum wage. To cite the names of the eight Democrats who voted against it (Manchin, Sinema, King, Carper, Tester, Shaheen, Hassan, and Coons) is a distraction. To point out their net worth (Coons $10 million, King, 9.49 million, Manchin $7.62 million, Carper, $5.73 million, Shaheen, $3.82 million, Tester, $3.67 million, Hassan, $3.47 million, Hassan, $3.47 million, Sinema, N/A) is a distraction. …

Cecile Pineda

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