Anger emerges from a provocation, the person’s interpretation of the provocation, and their mood at the time. Interpret and decide what it means to you first.

Anger emerges from three interacting factors: a provocation, the person’s interpretation of the provocation, and their mood at the time. Before you actually get angry, you interpret that provocation. You decide what it means to you, and whether or not you can cope with it. These thoughts we have when provoked matter a great deal. When you catastrophise (ie, blow things out of proportion), …

54% of Westerners see climate change as a “very serious” problem

The consensus to invest more in conservation is up to 92% of voters now, from 84% in 2011, and is nearly equal across the Western states. Those feelings also cross the partisan spectrum, Metz said, with 98% of Democrats wanting more protection and 87% of Republicans, according to new results from a long-term, eight-state poll run by Colorado College.  Neighborhoods with …

Real, greatly improved citizen engagement

Jan 2021 Michael Baskin, Chief Innovation Officer for Montgomery County, MD and Govlaunch co-founder, Lindsay Pica-Alfano collaborate to share insights to help guide efforts for more meaningful and effective engagement. See: https://www.boston.gov/departments/youth-engagement-and-employment/mayors-youth-council https://cities-today.com/industry/4-guiding-principles-citizen-engagement/ What is real citizen engagement? Most think of citizen engagement as a good turnout and vibrant Q&A to close a meeting. But citizen engagement can be so much …

Why and how conspiracy theories work

Voltaire once said: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities” — and he was right. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/03/opinion/qanon-conspiracy-theories.html – Believers in conspiracies will often automatically dismiss factual claims disputing their beliefs. Jovan Byford, a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University in England, makes the case that Conspiracy theories seduce not so much through the power of argument, but …

Resources for decentralized organizing, Bill Moyer’s MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, Facilitating online meetings and more

Bill Moyer’s book, Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements. Also on the Commons: The Four Roles of Social Activism and Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements (MAP Stage 6). Transformational Change Leadership: Stories of Building a Just Future 1. Online Meeting Guides to Get Through COVID-19 Getting Started with Online Training and Facilitation – Jeanne Rewa Facilitating online meetings – Daniel …

Facebook as a regulated utility?

Excerpt from Steven Hill, Should President Biden Revoke Section 230? https://www.laprogressive.com/revoke-section-230/ Jan 2021 Facebook is no longer simply a “social networking” website – it is the largest media giant in the history of the world, a combination publisher and broadcaster with approximately 2.6 billion regular users, plus billions more on the Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram. A mere 100 pieces of COVID-19 …

Why It’s Time to Fight the “Data-Industrial Complex

Tim Cook on Why It’s Time to Fight the “Data-Industrial Complex” “They’re manipulating people’s behavior,” the Apple CEO tells GQ in a frank conversation about his hope that Apple’s new privacy initiatives will help solve some of the internet’s scariest problems. By ZACH BARON, January 28, 2021, in GQ It has become relatively common for tech observers and even regular everyday citizens to …

M4All saves money while covering everyone. Support for Medicare for All reaching 70%, according to Fox. Health insurance companies double profits. Over 90 million Americans uninsured or underinsured and can’t afford to go to a doctor when they get sick

By Matt Bruenig the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an estimate of the cost of implementing a single-payer health insurance program in the United States. The CBO’s report is more exhaustive than any other recent study on the subject and concludes that replacing our current system with a single-payer system would insure every American while reducing overall health spending in the country. …

74% support regulating CO2 as pollutant and 82% support rebates for PV or EVs. Even amidst pandemic, a majority of registered voters support making climate action a high or very high priority 66% said developing sources of clean energy should be a high or very high priority

82% support providing tax rebates to people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels. 82% support funding more research into renewable energy sources. 80% support generating renewable energy (solar and wind) on public land in the U.S. 78% support providing federal funding to put solar panels on the roofs of public schools. 74% support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant. …

Butchering the Mythic West

Manifest destiny, the concept coined by newspaper editor John O’Sullivan, a proponent of annexing Texas, called on early American citizens and settlers to claim their right to land from coast to coast. As a doctrine, it depended on the notions that white Americans were morally superior, that these white Americans had a mission to spread our institutions as far across …