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« EcoTalk's Team | Main | Interview with Ronald Wright »

April 10, 2005


Sunshine Jim

interesting show this weekend.

i refuse to concede the planet to the

selfish and psychotic. long term planning

at least on a personal level is my goal.

every little bit helps. making ripples

in the pond so to speak. i realised

a long time ago that we had the

ability to repair and maintain

this fragile lifeboat. only

lack is the awareness and

will to effect change.

Sunshine Jim


Into the still pond

a drop falls from Gaia's eye

and the ripples spread

Sunshine Jim


working in the yard

planting fruit trees there for us

the squirrels approve

Sunshine Jim

Sound economics may lie at the heart of humanity's evolutionary success


SINCE the days of Adam Smith and David Ricardo, advocates of free trade and the division of labour, including this newspaper, have lauded the advantages of those economic principles. Until now, though, no one has suggested that they might be responsible for the very existence of humanity. But that is the thesis propounded by Jason Shogren, of the University of Wyoming, and his colleagues. For Dr Shogren is suggesting that trade and specialisation are the reasons Homo sapiens displaced previous members of the genus, such as Homo neanderthalensis (Neanderthal man), and emerged triumphant as the only species of humanity.

Neanderthal man has had a bad cultural rap over the years since the discovery of the first specimen in the Neander valley in Germany, in the mid-19th century. The “caveman” image of a stupid, grunting, hairy, thick-skulled parody of graceful modern humanity has stuck in the public consciousness. But current scholarship suggests Neanderthals were probably about as smart as modern humans, and also capable of speech. If they were hairy, strong and tough—which they were—that was an appropriate adaptation to the ice-age conditions in which they lived. So why did they become extinct?


We've been 'getting the word out' on environmental issues since the 1960's and quite frankly its not enough, not even close.

Its long past time for real action that has real effect. This amounts to lawsuits. Massive amounts of lawsuits. Non stop lawsuits with real evidence, real science, real expert witnesses, real lawyers not worried about politics, real plaintiff's and real proof.

Talk talk talk doesn't do shit. Sorry, but its true.

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