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by Bundokji
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

Well, you won't see solar panels on troop-carriers or fighter jets, will you? But ... https://www.coolaustralia.org/exploding-fuel-tankers-driving-u-s-army-to-solar-power/ and https://theconversation.com/how-solar-power-can-protect-the-us-military-from-threats-to-the-electric-grid-83698 and they ha...
by Bundokji
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

Most politicians and decision makers are wrong - in particular, they are out of date. They were right twenty years ago (remember the Gulf War?) but haven't realised how fast things have changed, or the implications of exponential growth. Do you remember desktop computers being clunky and expensive ...
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

That's partly true, since new technology allows extraction of resources which wee previously impossible or uneconomic to extract. However, those new resources are still more expensive to extract than the older ones (that shouldn't be a surprise, since everyone always goes for the cheapest and easie...
by Bundokji
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

Its also interesting that a part of Mohammad bin Salman's vision for the future of Saudi includes heavy investment in renewable, but this coincided with an increase in oil production in the short term. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/12/how-real-saudi-arabia-interest-renewable-energ...
by Bundokji
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

The Aramco IPO will be initiated soon. It will be interesting to see how the market will evaluate the risks associated with investing in the world's largest oil company.
by Bundokji
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Buddhist community declares emergency
Replies: 28
Views: 969

Re: Buddhist community declares emergency

Which raises the question: should Buddhist communities officially engage in political activism? I think of environmentalism more as a new religion than political activism (there is a strong relationship between religion and politics). The fact that most environmentalists are leftist is because most...
by Bundokji
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

Well, I agree, but I think you may be confusing expert statements by scientists with political arguments. [Of course, the person making the political argument might be a scientist, just as they might be a businessperson or a lawyer, but in that context their primary role is "politician" or "politic...
by Bundokji
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

The problem is that without the interpretations and modelling, data are just numbers and essentially useless. Apart from in very simple cases, it's not possible to separate the data and modelling in science. That's actually what makes it science in the first place - that it provides predictions tha...
by Bundokji
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

No, those who use alarm as a vehicle to promote their climate agendas are alarmists. I have not conflated "the science" with "the alarmism" in this topic, even though others have. This is very interesting point. Where does alarmism begins? are scientists exempt from it or does it begin with them? A...
by Bundokji
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

You really think that the people working on climate modelling are idiots? The measurements and calculations are hardly abstract. I've no idea what "authenticity" would mean in this context. I think most of what we call "experts" have developed the skill of translating the world of experience into l...
by Bundokji
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

Personal connection is great. However in complex issues one's direct connection and experience can be wildly misleading. If it were not, there would be no need for science, or other knowledge systems. I think the issue of climate change has more to do with authenticity (or lack of) than with scienc...
by Bundokji
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

No, whether intentional or accidental, that's another strawman. What I was speaking about was experientiality and the greater personal connection to that which can be directly experienced, versus that which is derived from the papañca-saññā-sankhā of another. I think this is the crux of the matter!
by Bundokji
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Bill Maher: The Fudge Report
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: Bill Maher: The Fudge Report

I think its more difficult to assign responsibility to obesity in the same way we do with other behaviors that we consider harmful. One reason is that the act of eating itself is considered necessary and healthy (unlike smoking or drinking for example). Also not all forms of obesity are a result of ...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Buddhist Economics
Replies: 6
Views: 893

Re: Buddhist Economics

I think its easy to see why many would link Buddhism to the idea of sustainability, whether it is environmental or economic sustainability. In Buddhist practice, we are encouraged to see the danger of a certain trade-off between short term pleasures/comfort and long term well-being. The choices, as ...
by Bundokji
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Minogue, Multiculturalism and an appreciation of more Noble Truths
Replies: 12
Views: 753

Re: Minogue, Multiculturalism and an appreciation of more Noble Truths

So with all that said, given that this is an "Engaged Buddhism forum, a nonsectarian community discussing the application of the Dharma to social and environmental issues" how do you use the Dhamma to [1]"see through" and [2] not be impacted by secular ideological tyranny in the 21st century? I thi...
by Bundokji
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: UTC eliminate time zones?
Replies: 9
Views: 634

Re: UTC eliminate time zones?

KathyLauren wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:49 am
Let's keep it simple for now and just eliminate daylight saving time.
Indeed!
by Bundokji
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Beyond GDP
Replies: 1
Views: 326

Re: Beyond GDP

Interesting speech. Where i live, we had a relatively long public holiday last week and one famous and wealthy businessman sent a letter to the prime minister complaining about public holidays which stirred a debate within the country. Its difficult to tell if he was describing the excesses of publi...
by Bundokji
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Beyond Meat
Replies: 20
Views: 2214

Re: Beyond Meat

I think different parts of the world experience different trends. When i was young, food was very well balanced where i live consisting of a main source of carbs (rice or bread), vegetables and a small amount of animal protein. We used to eat a small amount of meat only during lunch which is the mai...
by Bundokji
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Another war in the Middle East?
Replies: 14
Views: 1355

Re: Another war in the Middle East?

Iranian official threatens to seize British oil tanker An Iranian official has said a British oil tanker should be seized, if a detained Iranian ship is not released. British Royal Marines helped officials in Gibraltar to seize the super-tanker Grace 1 on Thursday, after it was suspected of carryin...