Dreams of Avalon
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Today is Earth Day, a day that inspires awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. The Army is making great strides to help the environment through its Net Zero initiative. The Net Zero approach is comprised of five steps: reduction, re-purpose, recycling and composting, energy recovery, and disposal. What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day? To learn more about Net Zero, check out this article: http://goo.gl/Y4ILU
|April 17th||7:30 ~ Contradance w/ Diane Silver at Marin Masonic Hall |
San Rafeal, CA
|April 21st||7pm ~ House Concert at Sequoia Temple |
San Mateo, CA
|April 22nd||8pm ~ Contradance w/ Diane Silver at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church |
San Francisco, CA
|April 23rd||8pm ~ Contradance w/ Diane Silver at the Colma Community Ctr |
|April 24th||8pm ~ Contradance w/ Diane Silver at the Hill and Valley Club |
While the Army has long encouraged soldiers to “be all that you can be,” it has institutionally prevented women from reaching new heights as it restricts the career fields in which they can serve — namely, the combat arms community and direct-contact units.
Those restrictions seem destined to change as military and congressional leaders give careful consideration to softening — if not eliminating — combat exclusion rules.
“I’m confident that this is an area that is going to change,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said during an April 7 visit to the U.S. Division Center Camp Liberty in Baghdad. “Time scale of the change, I have no idea.”
Even those who officially support degrowth are forced to disguise it as progress, lest they lose whatever small support they have. There is no way to support extensive public services without an industrial economy, yet degrowthers feel obliged to claim the contrary because most of them come from the left and being on the left here means maintaining that state funding for your lifestyle is an inalienable right.
Should a left winger (or anybody else for that matter) state the truth — that is, that the years of affluence are nearing their end and that we, as a people, are going to have to live with far less — he would be immediately branded as a dangerous extremist and an accomplice of whatever conspiracy is fashionable at the moment.
In fact, politicians' options are far more limited than laymen's.
Acting openly to prepare for the future is impossible – we would be quickly out of a job. We can, of course, prepare covertly for the future. I am persuaded that a few leaders, and at least some services, do this. The problem is that the changes needed to adapt to the end of the industrial society are so drastic that one cannot implement them stealthily. Moreover, even a gradual implementation is likely to be met with fierce resistance... and there would be no shortage of would-be presidents to capitalize on that.