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Craig K. Comstock
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Author of Gift of Darkness: Growing Up in Occupied Amsterdam,Craig K Comstock is a book creation coach and former director of the Ark Foundation. He produces and hosts a weekly TV show. He is co-author of books including Sanctions for Evil: Sources of Social Destructiveness, with Nevitt Sanford (Beacon) and Citizen Summitry and Securing Our Planet, both with Don Carlson (Tarcher).

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Our Renewable Future

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 12:34 AM

Are we greens resigned to repeating a sad litany of the Arctic melting, wildfires raging, weather getting weird, of tipping points, new expressions of denial, and all the rest of it? Or are there any models of enormous beneficial changes at the last minute? I'm thinking of something bigger than...

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From Grief to Joy

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 7:35 PM

After loss, Franbcis Weller advises, find other people with whom to express your grief. This is not the time for self-reliance. It hurts to keep grief private. Mourning with social support leads to the possibility of joy. That is his basic message in his new book.

As a...

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The Power of Compassion

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 4:43 PM

It's back, the admirable Canada of the Vietnam-war era. Fresh from winning the Canadian election and then appointing a gender-balanced cabinet, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shown up the entire GOP Presidential field with regard to the Syrian refugees. In contrast to fear-mongering and bullying, Trudeau personally...

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Keeping Busy?

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 3:50 PM

The exchange has been heard so often in the street and at parties that it's almost unremarkable: "Keeping busy?" "You bet." It's a friendly greeting, asking for ritual assurance that the acquaintance is following one of the precepts of our civic religion. And generally the expected answer follows, because to...

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On the Ground in Russia

(95) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 7:42 PM

After traveling to Russia for more than 30 years as a "citizen diplomat," Sharon Tennison isn't buying the war propaganda intended to demonize Putin and cast us back into a Cold War. Originally a nurse in San Francisco, she has traveled in Russia more extensively than most citizens of that...

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What Overshadows the American Century?

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Reading a mistaken news story about his death, Mark Twain famously replied that it was "greatly exaggerated." Joseph S. Nye Jr. says something similar about the judgment that America is in decline, that its century in the sun is nearly over.

Nye does the great service of examining...

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Escaping the Perils of Group-think

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:46 PM

Western policy in Ukraine and some other places shows signs of "group-think" among decision-makers. Almost everyone among advisors wants to be thought of as being "on the team." Of course there are bureaucratic turf battles within any government, but it's a rare figure who can risk the charge that he...

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A Different Kind of Hot

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Selling the sizzle if not the steak, the Harvard Crimson serves up a feature called "the 15 hottest freshmen." It is a Bay Area couples therapist, yogi, and author named Stuart Sovatsky who savors a different kind of hot. In a new book, he offers an alternative metric...

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Living Dangerously

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 10:50 AM

It's happening again, a TV presentation intended to wake people up to the challenge of the age. n 1983 ABC screened a movie called The Day After. It depicted the results, in the region of a heartland city, of a nuclear exchange.

This week, Showtime features the...

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A Gift from the Collapseniks

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 8:47 PM

Of what possible use is it to imagine the end of civilization or even of the species? Is this kind of imagination simply a pessimistic indulgence or can it contribute to "green" and other positive results?

When I was a child, my family's pastor used to elbow into...

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Book Review: Mindful Molecules

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 12:20 PM

In contrast to the war on drugs, MAPS wants psychedelics and substances such as marijuana and MDMA adopted as prescription medicines. The acronym stands for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. This non-profit group has just made available Manifesting Mind, a book that describes some of the positive uses...

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Transform While There's Still Time

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 6:51 PM

In her book titles Carolyn Baker features such scary words as "demise," "chaos" and "collapsing," but her goal is mainly soul building. The stressful outer reality is a provocation. In Baker's daily digest of challenging news ("Speaking Truth to Power"), she welcomes a whole range of "collapse-aware" writers,...

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The Freedom of Simple Living

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Every Saturday my Dad would sit down with a tall lined book that said "ledger" on the front and enter all checks written and receipts saved by his wife. (Today we'd do it on a screen.) The tense exercise would always end with Dad being annoyed if not angry, calling...

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The Miracle of Seeds

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 3:55 PM

The water supply of a permaculture center and seed repository is threatened by plans to spray its adjacent watershed with a powerful herbicide at the end of the month. Why? The owner of this land wants to convert it from scrub to trees, which need sunlight to start their growth....

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The Liberal Media

(5) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 1:32 PM

No doubt we do have a "liberal media" but it consists mainly of professional comedians. Except for the brilliance cast by a tiny fraction of periodicals, by an edge of the Internet, and by a few shows on cable or public TV, the liberal media (a plural noun treated routinely...

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Responding to Killer Gas

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:25 PM

What's a President to do when confronted with killer gas? But let's say that the gas in question threatens the President's own country and that Tomahawk missiles are utterly irrelevant. I refer not to poison gas released in a Damascus suburb, but to greenhouse gases being emitted, as a "side...

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What We Can Learn From the End of the Cold War

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Has a big factor been ignored in analyzing the end of the Cold War in the 1980s, and if so, what's a lesson for today? As part of the explanation for a radical change of policy, did Gorbachev and his circle fear that the system of "mutual assured destruction" (MAD)...

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The Whoosh of Flamethrowers

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 2:53 PM

Handsomely praised for the way it presents a motorcycle-driving, art-world-loving young heroine nicknamed Reno, who vrooms across the Bonneville salt flats and then takes pains to photograph her tracks, Rachel Kushner's Flamethrowers was inspired in part by a movement that is mentioned in the text only once: in passing, on...

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Healthy Masculinity

(6) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Seven men have been back in our valley for a few days after an intensive weekend training. They call each other "brothers," though they're not from the same family of origin. They are being welcomed home by an evening audience of 60, including wives, partners, kids, and men who have...

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Chilling Out Globally

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 1:35 PM

What has the atomic number of 16, and is liable, in the form of a compound, to be spritzed into the stratosphere by the mega-ton? You'd be right if you said sulfur. That's one of the interventions suggested by geo-engineers to reduce global warming, along with such initiatives as making...

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