A Puff of Absurdity: Requiem for the American Dream

This is Chomsky’s last long-form documentary. It came out in January, but I hadn’t heard about it until recently. I paraphrased/transcribed the 72 minute video liberally with links to further readings below. It’s about the American Dream: the idea that you can be born poor but work hard enough for a home and car and ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Requiem for the American Dream

This is Chomsky’s last long-form documentary. It came out in January, but I hadn’t heard about it until recently. I paraphrased the 72 minute video liberally with links to further readings below. It’s about the American Dream: the idea that you can be born poor but work hard enough for a home and car and ...

A Puff of Absurdity: How to Let Go of the World

I was really looking forward to seeing the latest Josh Fox film on fracking. I liked Gasland, and then Chris Hedges gave this film a nod, which means a lot to me. And then one reviewer wrote that the film will “restore your faith that we, as a people, have the power to save ourselves.” Exactly ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Helping People Get Outraged

John Oliver’s show about surveillance is a must see: Amazing, right!?! But what sticks with me most, as a teacher and an environmentalist, is this line:  “Is this a conversation we [American citizens] have a capacity to have?” Bingo. When intelligent people speak passionately about what they think is most important for the world to ...

The Disaffected Lib: Heather Mallick Lowers the Boom

Is this blunt enough for you? “The planet is headed for a climate catastrophe, and soon. Make that now. Your reaction will be either a quick calculation as to whether you’ll be able to die in time to skip the whole thing, or an appalled realization that your children are in for pain and your ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Wente’s "It Girl" Article

It’s curious that Margaret Wente is so clear about the errors Klein commits in her new book, when it appears from Wente’s article today, “The It Girl of climate change doesn’t get it,” that she’s looked at “every interview, excerpt and review,” but hasn’t actually read the book.  It reminds me of a film buff ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Naomi Klein’s Climate Change Battle

Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times So far, I’ve just dipped into This Changes Everything, but the introduction alone is a compelling read.  I made my way through Shock Doctrine several summers ago, and it broadened how I think of the world.  This should be an interesting trip where even the Nature Conservancy doesn’t escape scrutiny. ...

The Scott Ross: Politically Correct Alberta Isn’t Alberta

When it comes to women, immigrants, and religion, Alberta isn’t known for its political correctness, but when it comes to Alberta’s oil, that’s a different story. It’s not a slight against Albertans to say for the most part they pride themselves on not being politically correct. Western Canada has been known for its straight-talking and ...