David R Allen

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    Where is the Honest Broker. The “Colin Powell” to keep the administrations feet on the ground. It’s starting to look like the management committee for Jones Town.

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    Select the 100 most pressing problems you face, including problems for the world. Number them on a White Board…. Look at it. Now rub them all out. Write this up.

    Civilization must be sustainable for the next thousand years.

    Anything else you think is important, isn’t. Because if Civilization is not sustainable, you can’t do any of your…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    @Dan. Powerful quotes….

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    I think there is a strong case that Trump is a Narcissist, and a probability that he is a sociopath. Summarized thus.

    Glibness and Superficial Charm

    Manipulative and Conning. They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible

    Grandiose Sense of Self

    Pathological Lying

    Lack of Remorse, Shame or…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    I know it’s blasphemy to quote scripture in the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science but when you read this… I think it’s worth a run.

    Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency,

    Forgive them Father for they know not what they do…

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    In the same view it is difficult to see how any of the “products” of the human brain may be said to have any evolutionary value.

    And yet our entire body is the product of 3.5 billion years of evolution. Not a protein. Every structure. Our very DNA. Every chemical reaction. There is not one location in the body that is the way it is, ind…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    @Melvin

    People are going to take care of themselves first here, there and now.

    Is this a good thing… Isn’t this text book Tragedy of the Commons. I can take my little bit and it won’t matter. Echoed by 7.5 billion people on the planet. How do you change this to I will think of the long term survival of the planet first… and if there…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    I am pleased that they are seeing these results. I’ve oft speculated that religion must have some evolutionary reward for it to have persisted so strongly over time, and independently within unconnected tribes all over the world. There must be a strong evolutionary selection pressure to favour individuals who are “religious”. Loyalty to tribe.…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    So many parallels with totalitarian regimes. Lists. Naming. Registers. Words empowering the crazies. McCarthyism. The Star of David on shop fronts. Sorry for quoting scripture but it seems apt to describe those that have brought America to this precipice.

    Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    Thank you Alan4D. I’ve just come back to this. You’ve covered what I would have said. I would highly recommend Merchants of Doubt Robert Firth. I suspect your essayist, while making valid points, may not understand the cunning and determination of the enemy in opposition. Like the line from The Terminator.

    “They Will Never Give…

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  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    why the climate activists have so utterly failed to make their case

    There is a difference between a “Climate Activist” and a climate scientist. That people with a social conscience feel that inaction is a crime against humanity, specifically against my grand children is perfect justification for feeling passionate and doing what they can to…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    This surprised me. I expected better from the species, Homo Sapiens.

    A study from Standford University of their students (Presumably a higher intellect than societal norm) where they tested the students ability to identify real news and facts in social media. Like it or not, social media is where most of the world now get their “Facts” that…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    Sorry to quote the bible on the Richard Dawkins page… but the words just fit.

    Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    He equates capitalism with Judaeo Christian values.

    He must be reading a different bible to the standard version.

    Matthew 6:24
    “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

    James 5:1-6
    Come now, you rich, weep and h…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    These are complex problems with complex solutions. The solutions offered in the front bar, while they may appeal to stupid white men, are not the solutions that will work. In politics, its about votes. Trump told his intellectual challenged support base what they wanted to hear. But the solutions offered, won’t work. I hope he tries to do…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    This will Trump’s greatest crime against humanity. Post Paris, with a better than expected 1.5 degree target the world for the first time was starting to see a light on the horizon. China is the largest user of renewable energy and has the fastest uptake rate. India is now making noises that they realize coal will not be their energy…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    I can see a possible realignment of the Rational Free World with America as an outlier, if Trump implements his rhetoric. The rest of the world will have to go it alone on global warming. The rest of the world will have to deal with Iran if Trumps tears up the UN Security Council sanctions. Ditto free trade, and a dozen flash points around the…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    The parallels with the little Austrian corporal abound. Make Germany great again. German’s woes could be blamed on external forces. Abuse and blame on minorities. Nationalism on steroid.

    The German establishment thought they could control the corporal but they failed. I am hearing rhetoric from Republican establishment that they will be able…[Read more]

  • David R Allen posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    Another fatal sign is that affluent Norway with the equivalent of an urban area population of 5.2 million people, accounts for 30% of all EVs driven in Europe. >

    It’s a pity I can’t post photographs here. When touring Oslo, I notice what looked like hundreds of parking meters all over the city. But they had cables attached to the cars.…[Read more]

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