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September 08, 2006


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Granted that New Orleans is geographically vulnerable.
But the Katrina disaster was manmade to the extent that much death and suffering could have been avoided with levees that were maintained, evacuation plans that worked, some political will to go and, for instance, let the prisoners out of their flooded county jail cells.

Lee Kottner

Couldn't agree more, Em. It's hard to think of an example where governmental authorities fell down quite so hard on the job as they did in New Orleans. Which doesn't bode well for other similar events.


Hey Ann,

After that hot weekend I spent visiting with you in NYC, how can you say all this?!! How dare you!! LOL.

I wish other people were as open-minded about most issues as you are on this one. It is heathly for any society to question established beliefs. After reading Freakomonics this summer, I started remembering all my statistics work in grad school. If the facts don't support commonly-held beliefs, then what do we believe? In this case, about the environment.

I'm personally torn by the idea that humans need to self-destruct as a species because we have failed miserably and "oh my gawd, we're all going to die." As I see it, either way, the earth wins.

Lee Kottner

Yeah, that weekend! That alone could make anyone believe in global warming. Really, it's not that I disbelieve or don't agree with the scientific data, I'm just curious about the methodology. I'm a long-time conservationist, but I do believe there's a balance to be had between human activity and the environment. And extremism either for or against on this issue serves no one.

I'm not even sure that most of the culprits disbelieve the data. I think it far more likely that they don't give a rat's ass.


I know the science is relatively new but Gore's film is compelling and according to most scientists is mostly on target. The film has gotten me involved in environmental issues again and buying "green" light bulbs (but not the green party bulbs). If you get a chance, rent the DVD if it is out by now. If you see it, share your thoughts.


The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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