Jan 112012

A good friend reports that his discussion group  last week, “was very optimistic and happy, most believing that we are just in another down cycle and things will be returning to “normal” in the best of all possible worlds.” Discussing the Occupy Wall Street movement with another friend I was told that they are just a bunch of people who ought to be looking for work. This is the “dirty hippie” meme put forth by the mainstream media.

In an era when our major TV networks and cable news are owned by a handful of large corporations those who seek the truth are forced to look elsewhere. The internet has been important in this regard. Anyone (this blog as example) can pontificate or point to articles of interest and make an effort to influence a circle of readers, small though that circle may be.

On the internet one can find recaps of the economic situation like this one which are so clear and well-articulated that the arguments are difficult to refute. This writer lays it out with some predictions which you can bookmark to validate or invalidate his point of view.

I lean toward getting my information from individuals who I have highlighted in past blog posts: Kunstler, Greenwald, Adams, Sinclair, Fosse, Rawles,  and others I have probably mentioned in passing: Dr. Sircus, Smith, Taibbi, plus others I haven’t mentioned at all like Tim Bolen.

Sara Miller McCune

So here’s another recommendation for a source of information less tainted by corporate interest: Miller-McCune Magazine which you can subscribe to for $15 a year. This is a non-profit magazine started by Sara Miller McCune, owner of Sage Publishing which publishes academic books and journals. It’s one of those big companies you never heard of (unless you have a Ph’d). They also have a free newsletter where many of their excellent articles are reprinted. And, if you are inclined you can “like” them on Facebook.  You can sample some articles here.

It is rare in this day and age to find a news source not controlled by a giant corporation trying to drive their point of view into our psyche. With Miller-McCune a single  person still controls the company with a caveat that it can’t be sold after her death unless it loses money two years in a row. Her personal story is worth reading.

She writes: “We have no specific political agenda to promote, and hardly any axes to grind. Our passion is simply to find solutions to problems and improve the quality of life on the planet.”

A refreshing take from an independent publisher.


  5 Responses to “Miller-McCune”

  1. I agree with the Strauss Howe statement, “Predicting specific events is a futile human endeavor. The world is so complex and individual human beings so impulsive and driven by emotion, that the possible number of particular outcomes is almost infinite.” Whether gained from “mainstream media”, watching streaming videos, or reading Blogs, it is always wise to maintain ones skepticism, and balanced view of information presented.

  2. I like Sara’s ending, “….simply to find solutions to problems and improve the quality of life on the planet.” That is the part of the Transition movement that I am interested in. I really get turned off by the doomology aspects. That we have to do this, “or else we are doomed”. An interesting observance I made, at least to me, about the groups around the world predicting the end of the world last May, was that when the month passed, and we were all still here, they didn’t feel a need to stop advocating the end of the world. They merely changed the date. They can continue their doomology forever! Those advocating that we have to change the way we live, or we are doomed, may be right. We just can’t be exactly sure when, or if the end will come, or if there is any point in changing our lifestyle this late in the game. Or maybe they are wrong. Maybe I can survive my lifetime, and let others worry about it. I think a better approach would be, that we all need to change our lifestyles into a more sustainable mode, simply because it is the right thing to do, and a better way to live, than we have in the past. Those that don’t agree are probably doomed anyway 🙂 What we need is, “….simply to find solutions to problems and improve the quality of life on the planet.”

  3. I think the Transition Movement is very optimistic. I’m talking about Rob Hopkins Transition Town Movement which I need to do an update on. The problem as I see it is that most people don’t recognize there is a problem, thus the need to try and illustrate it in strong terms.

    Re: your comment on skepticism. In my defense, I was skeptical of that weather report you posted on Nextdoor!!

  4. Weather is quite transitional 🙂 And so it appears, mostly wrong…

  5. One of the nice features on Nextdoor is, when I make ill advised comments there, I can go back in and delete them………

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