Kristine Mattis

Kristine Mattis

Kristine Mattis holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources. She is no relation to the mad-dog general. Email: k_mattis@outlook.com

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There’s no room in the Facebook culture for depression or for exposing the reality of our insanely difficult lives in our insanely corrupt and unforgiving society. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 31, 2019
Fantasy and Fatality in the Facebook Era
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.—James Baldwin Seven weeks ago, my father died—abruptly, unexpectedly, and prematurely. I say that as a simple matter of fact because despite my utter heartbreak, no amount of euphemisms or platitudes will...
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People are saying the Green New Deal is impossible. What is impossible is saving our planetary ecosystem while preserving our current way of life. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 01, 2019
There’s Nothing Radical About the Green New Deal
We are at the precipice of ecological collapse. There are no two ways about it. And despite what you hear, it is about far more than just catastrophic climate change. In a nutshell, our current biological predicament is the result of overuse of natural resources beyond their capacity to regenerate...
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Exploitation of the environment through over-extraction of resources and toxic pollution are externalities that are rarely discussed in the context of “the market” or economic growth. (Photo: iStock) Views
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
An Economy That Does Not Consider Ecology Is Not Sustainable
Have you ever noticed that economics dominates our news? All day long we hear reports on the Dow and NASDAQ. There are business sections of newspapers. Television and radio news includes market reports, financial reports, and money reports. Segments of major news programs are dedicated to economics...
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Suffice it to say, much of what we are used to in our lives is antithetical to sustainable life and probably has to go. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, October 26, 2018
Eco Crises: Doom & Gloom, Truth & Consequences
We can't save the world by playing by the rules because the rules have to change. Everything needs to change and it has to start today….To all the politicians that pretend to take the climate question seriously, to all of you who know but choose to look the other way every day because you seem more...
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Brett Kavanaugh (left) and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (right). ( Views
Friday, September 28, 2018
What Brett Doesn't Know: Ten Lesson From the Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings
The Brett Kavanaugh hearings proved to be yet another shameless foray into political theatre – not much more than a spectacle of the utmost proportions. Surrounding one highly credible and candid witness (Christine Blasey Ford), we saw self-serving members of Congress jockeying for future positions...
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Monday, September 10, 2018
When Selling Out Is Not a Sacrifice
The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism. — Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. You show me a capitalist; I’ll show you a bloodsucker. — Malcolm X Has enough time elapsed that we can finally speak frankly about all of the hoopla over a cynical sneaker endorsement...
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Sunday, August 12, 2018
Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: The Environment Crisis Requires Overhauling Our Corporate Industrial Civilization
We’re an egoistical, delusional lot, us humans. We’re the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species? Charlatan academics, ecomodernists, and tech giants...
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Sign reads: Keep Out Views
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Dispatches from the War on Cancer: Detection as Prevention, Chronic Disease as Cure
Ten years ago on June 25, 2008, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. My grandmother passed away the night before. She was just two weeks shy of her 96 th birthday. I had planned to spend it with her. Instead, I re-routed the frequent flier miles I was to use for that visit to a plane ticket for my...
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"Imagine ending the game." (Common Dreams: CC BY-SA 3.0 US) Views
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The Game Never Named, the Addendum Never Spoken
Remember that silly game we used to play with fortune cookies from Chinese restaurants? Maybe people still play it. It’s the one where you read your fortune and tack on “… in bed” to the end of the sentence – like, “You will soon meet a mysterious stranger … in bed.” The supplemental phrase usually...
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Saturday, June 03, 2017
Of Course Trump Has No Moral Compass on Climate. Now It's Up to Us
At the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) marked the first international treaty to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by nation states to attempt to avert the impending disaster of global climate change. By December...
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