Handbasket Report–Notes from the Field

I was going to post a series of recent news stories, but then I ran into an op-ed piece. It’s by Chris Hedges. Here’s his online bio:

Chris Hedges, the author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, spent two decades as a foreign correspondent covering conflicts in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.

He worked most of that time for the New York Times, where he was one of a team of reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for their coverage of global terrorism.

He received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. He is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and a Lannan Literary Fellow.

And he obviously had enough time to do a lot of reading on other subjects.

Click the link for his 10 March 2009 Atlantic Free Press article “We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction.”

Hedges mentions some older work by Lovelock, who just came out with some new pronouncements. Do I even need to post Lovelock’s latest? Oh, but why not? “‘Gaia’ Scientist Says Life Doomed by Climate Woes.

Hedges isn’t an environmental scientist, and Lovelock’s Gaia theory gained him crackpot status when he introduced it. That this theory is now widely accepted doesn’t mean he’s not still a crackpot. By all means fact-check both Hedges and Lovelock.

I, meanwhile, am going to go read financial news to cheer myself up. Today, we saw a bit of a sucker’s rally. S & P up 6.37 %. Yippee.

All is well. Sleep tight.



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