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As the Climate Collapses, We Ask: "How Then Shall We Live?"

This is the first installment of a monthly series by Dahr Jamail and Barbara Cecil, entitled, “How, Then, Shall We Live? Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse.”
Although the wind
blows terribly here,
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.
—Izumi Shikibu

This commentary is the first of our series, “How, Then, Shall We Live?: Finding Our Way Amidst Global Collapse.” It is about the moonlight leaking between the roof planks of this ruined house.

It is not written to convince anyone of anything, or to get things back on track. It is not a survival manual. What we have to say is not written on the wavelength of fear.

Dahr has been on the front lines digging out the truth around climate disruption for nine years. Before that, he spent more than a year in Iraq reporting, unembedded, on how the US occupation of that country was impacting the Iraqi people. He has, more recently, had to digest staggering climate information ahead of the wave of the general public, fielding in himself a cavalcade of disbelief, grief, anger, hopelessness and desperation. He thus describes this commentary as “the inevitable conclusion of all my war, political, environmental and climate reportage.”

For 20 years Barbara’s work and writing has guided people through life-changing transitions, with an ear to a deeper sense of purpose and meaning behind chapters of life that are ending. Her understanding of what it takes to change, in fundamental ways, has been a setup for the mega transition necessary for us all as the world we have counted on dissolves.


Harris knocks Biden on crime bill: 'It did contribute to mass incarceration in our country'

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) knocked Joe Biden on Wednesday after the former vice president said the 1994 crime bill he helped write did not lead to mass incarceration.

"I have a great deal of respect for Vice President Joe Biden, but I disagree with him," Harris, a former prosecutor, told reporters in New Hampshire.

"That crime bill, that 1994 crime bill, it did contribute to mass incarceration in our country. It encouraged and was the first time that we had a federal three-strikes law. It funded the building of more prisons in the states. So, I disagree, sadly."

Biden, who was a senator from Delaware for decades, was instrumental in pushing for the crime bill, which critics have said led to a spike in incarceration, particularly among African Americans.


His article The Ocean is Coming opened my eyes to climate change


I dig it out and read it sometimes.

Another good one



Bernie Sanders on the Alabama anti-abortion bill being signed into law.

"The governor of Alabama just signed a near-total ban on abortion. What an utter disgrace. But we will not give up. Extremist politicians in every state have worked for decades to ban abortion. We will not let them win."

Biden has attacked Bernie, in fact, wants to kill him because a woman Biden made

made uncomfortable came out with her story. Mind you, there is no proof the Sanders campaign was behind any of the accusations. But the Biden campaign went with it anyway. Likes and praises Dick Cheney "I actually like Cheney" ... I get on with him. I think he's a decent man." That's some high praise indeed.

And “shares a warm relationship” with Pence so there's that.

Axios reported on Tuesday that several people close to Biden are suspicious that the Sanders camp is "at least partly behind the anti-Biden campaign."

In addition, one of Biden's top backers believes he is still moving forward with an upcoming campaign announcement and "is ready to kill Bernie" when he jumps in the race, according to Axios.

Former Vice President Joe Biden's past praise for his immediate predecessor is garnering a fair amount of negative attention just one week into his 2020 campaign.

During an event at George Washington University in October 2015, Biden said he thought former Vice President Dick Cheney is a "decent man."

"I actually like Dick Cheney, for real," Biden said at the time. "I get on with him. I think he's a decent man."

An aide to Pence said the vice president doesn’t seek a signoff from Trump for his outside discussions, but given that the two speak daily, “I’m sure it wouldn’t come as a surprise to the president” that he talks with Biden and Cheney.

The aide said Pence “shares a warm relationship” with Biden, “and they’ve spoken many times, particularly on foreign affairs matters.”

The outreach between Biden and Pence flows both ways.

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