Monday, November 18, 2013

Definitely in our face -- everywhere "NEW AGE"

I subscribe to Google news report alerts on earthquakes.  This just came in my box.  I blinked even more at the news source than the earthshaking object of the reporting:  "THE NEW AGE" aka "TNA".  Dorothy's right.  It's EVERYWHERE!

How and why did they come up with the name?  "New Age" is specialized terminology.  I would appreciate any insights and/or links to similar mainstream news usage of the usual esoteric terminology.

I spoke in Peoria, Illinois for a week back in the 1980s.  I was well received there and still hear occasionally from old Peoria friends.  My condolences to that region and others affected by the terrible tornado weather this immediate past weekend.  Two hundred fifty thousand people are without power in the Detroit area.  We fortunately escaped the high winds with our own power intact, but given what has happened in the Philippines and other parts of the Midwest the past two weeks, I can hardly complain.

Stay tuned and stay safe!


Friday, November 08, 2013

Fascinating New Ager vs. New Ager debate occurring - Nuclear vs Anti-Nuclear


There is a fascinating debate taking place on CNN tonight.  It appears to feature many prominent New Agers debating each other on the Nuclear Power issue.  I tend to agree more with the pro-nuclear than the anti-Nuclear elements.  CNN tonight was playing the Sundance film of Pandora's Promise.

The pro-nuclear people claim it will reverse climate change.  Of course, my readers know I am deeply skeptical about the human-caused climate change claims.  However, it appears that there may be divisions in the New Age world between the "too many people" and "we must supply energy to the world's growing population" elements of the New Age Movement.

Ralph Nader and the Sierra Club are lined upon the side of "alternative energy", i.e. windpower, solar power, etc.  Stewart Brand (Whole Earth Catalog), Newt Gingrich, and others are lined up on the "we need more nuclear power NOW side of the debate.

I must confess I found it refreshing to find New Agers of the obvious Environmental Movement  division such as Amory Lovins, Helen Caldicott, Ralph Nader, the Sierra Club  and others taken to task for propagandizing the world in general and USA in particular against nuclear power use.

My jury is still out on the nuclear safety issue.  I tend to believe it may be necessary to supply necessary electricity and conveniences to struggling people in Third and Fourth World countries.  I don't think "global warming" is a rationale.  But I think those advocating for the need for expansion of nuclear power supplies may be correct.  Even though the bulk of the debaters are New Agers, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

What do you think?

Stay tuned!