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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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Escaping the Perils of Group-think

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:46 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 | 1:55 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 | 11:50 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 | 9:47 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 | 1:20 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 | 7:51 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 | 11:33 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 | 4:55 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 | 2:32 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 | 2:25 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 | 6:15 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 | 3:53 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 | 12:43 PM

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 | 2:35 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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Who's Got the Social Inventions?

(10) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Global warming challenges us to go beyond ordinary political tactics to the level of social inventions. Ordinary tactics can be heroic, seemingly all we have, and even effective up to a point, but in this case we may need to supplement them with tactics not drawn from past struggles.


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What's Your Story?

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 12:08 PM

"They stand up in front of friends and hundreds of strangers and tell personal stories that maybe only a spouse has heard," said Mark Yaconelli, founder of The Hearth, which sponsors quarterly story-telling events in my Northwestern town. "Some of these tellers unburden themselves of shame and grief...

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Is MLK of Use to Us Now?

(3) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 12:00 PM

The main talent of Martin Luther King Jr., among many, was an ability to lift into wide awareness brutality and unfairness that a majority had been willing to ignore. The struggle for racial justice is not over (for example, the same Supreme Court that proclaimed the personhood of corporations is...

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Monro's Damage Control

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 1:27 PM

In contrast to the normal search for comfort and security, John U. Monro had a tropism toward challenge. He tracked it the way a sunflower follows the brightest point in the sky. Leaving the deanship at Harvard College in 1967, Monro was famous for taking a humble job at Miles,...

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The Dirty Secret of Climate Change

(282) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Amid all the complex data and opinion about climate change, the dirty secret is quite obvious, so simple and awkward that it's rarely discussed. The dirty secret is that, under present conditions, at least in the short-term, alternative energy costs more than fossil fuels.

Perhaps some unforeseen...

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Abundance Gifting

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 5:38 PM

Somewhere in the holiday season between shoppers breaking down Walmart doors on Black Friday and the wise men showing up with gifts for the baby Jesus, my town has been holding an event known as the "Abundance Swap."

The name could be somewhat misleading because...

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