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Kurt Vonnegut's 1988 Letter to the Future More Relevant Today Than Ever Before

 

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In 1988, my then Hyannis Port neighbor, the late Kurt Vonnegut, wrote a prescient letter to the Earth's planetary citizens of 2088 for Volkswagen's TIME magazine ad campaign. His seven points of advice are perhaps more relevant today than at any time in human history. We should keep this advice in mind this election year and adopt Vonnegut's recommendations while we still can.

Kick Kennedy, EcoWatch

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Jul 21, 2016 | Here's his letter:

Ladies & Gentlemen of A.D. 2088:

It has been suggested that you might welcome words of wisdom from the past, and that several of us in the twentieth century should send you some. Do you know this advice from Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet: 'This above all: to thine own self be true'? Or what about these instructions from St. John the Divine: 'Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment has come'? The best advice from my own era for you or for just about anybody anytime, I guess, is a prayer first used by alcoholics who hoped to never take a drink again: 'God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.'

Our century hasn't been as free with words of wisdom as some others, I think, because we were the first to get reliable information about the human situation: how many of us there were, how much food we could raise or gather, how fast we were reproducing, what made us sick, what made us die, how much damage we were doing to the air and water and topsoil on which most life forms depended, how violent and heartless nature can be, and on and on. Who could wax wise with so much bad news pouring in?

Kick Kennedy is a part-time writer for EcoWatch. ... Health · Adventure · Animals · Science · Business · Politics.

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  • Part 1: 31 scientific societies just told Congress to take their climate denial and shove it.
  • The problem, though, is that it's unlikely to do anything to change the toxic dynamic on Capitol Hill or beyond.
  • Part 2: Thanks to upcoming heat wave, July 2016 may become the hottest month on record in the U.S.
  • Human-caused climate change makes it more likely that warm temperature records will be set. 

 

Good Cops Turn In Their Own Officer After He’s Caught on Dashcam Beating Handcuffed Man

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  • While this handcuffed man’s actions may have been questionable, there are plenty of incidents during which cops stood by and watched their fellow cops beat non-violent, and even innocent individuals without saying anything. Good cops turning in the bad ones is a huge part of the solution to bridging the divide in America, and the officers who were unafraid of crossing the blue line deserve to be recognized.
  • Related: A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick

Justin Gardner, The Free Thought Project

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http://stmedia.startribune.com/images/ows_146119297325843.jpgJuly 21, 2016 | In a rare move that actually protects and serves the community, police turned in one of their own after dashcam audio caught him beating a homeless suspect in handcuffs.

Officer Christopher Eisen was put behind bars after being arrested on a felony battery charge. He is now on unpaid leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigates the matter.

“You threaten my (expletive) family. I’ll (expletive) kill you,” Eisen can be heard saying on the dashcam video.

Justin Gardner is a peaceful free-thinker with a background in the biological sciences. He is interested in bringing rationality back into the national discourse, and independent journalism as a challenge to the status quo. Gardner finds inspiration in the garden and people who promote peace and goodwill to all life.

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A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick, David C. Couper, The Progressive 

There is a long and difficult road ahead of us. We know what it is because we have heard it before for so many years. The 1968 Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (Kerner Commission) identified the problem: we are becoming two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal. It’s the same today.

 

Where Did We Go Wrong?

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  • I never realized how dumb our cities are until I saw what a smart one looks like.
  • There's community and there's commuting. Let's not confuse the two.

Maz Ali, Upworthy

 

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March 10, 2015 | With the population growing and most of it happening in cities, these Canadian journalists wanted to take a closer look at whether our sprawling modern villages are up to the task of housing more humans.

Over half of the world lives in urban areas. That includes over 80% of people in the United States and 81% of folks in Canada, where this report was produced. Therein lies the problem.

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Maz Alii: Offender of the status quo. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter to help multiply good messages.

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