Tina Beier with “Sound & Fury Book Reviews" offers a favorable review of . I like her literary taste!

youtube.com/c/SoundFuryBookRev

These kinds of personal stories, well told with emotional authenticity (compare to old-school “trip reports”!), are going to help legalize practice in this year. coloradosun.com/2022/08/07/mic

"Oh the joy of missing out.

When the world begins to shout

And rush towards that shining thing;

The latest bit of mental bling–

Trying to have it, see it, do it,

You simply know you won't go through it;

The anxious clamoring and need

This restless hungry thing to feed.

Instead, you feel the loveliness;

The pleasure of your emptiness.

You spurn the treasure on the shelf

In favor of your peaceful self;

Without regret, without a doubt.

Oh the joy of missing out."

—Michael Leunig

Brian George, whose first book of essays, *Masks of Origin: Regression in the Service of Omnipotence*, is due out from later this year, has a new piece published with Dark Mountain Project.

dark-mountain.net/black-gold-p

"What happens when the dark forces of the Underworld seep into the 'real world'? Brian George charts the demise of US counterculture in the 1970s, as a shocking vision about power he received at the time has manifested in the following decades.

And here is perhaps my favorite:

The Universal Destination of Goods.

"The universal destination of goods is an overriding principle in Catholic social teaching, as it relates to economic ethics, and basically says that the goods of the Earth belong to everybody, without exclusion, without exception, not just to the rich."

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"How about this concept of integral human development?”

"It’s very simply the good of the whole person and each person. So each person means you can’t exclude anybody from the common good. But the whole person means you want the development of all people across all dimensions of human flourishing."

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"[T]he common good is the good of our shared social endeavors that transcends the good of each individual and can’t be divided into the individual goods that make it up. It’s basically the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We are bound together and community, tied to each other intimately. And that includes the economic sphere."

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I grew up Catholic, but left Catholicism behind me when I began reading widely, learning Buddhist meditation, and taking philosophy and literature more seriously, as a young man. That said, as I’ve grow older, I can recognize a lot of value in the Catholic worldview, even if its theology may disagree with me.

“Cathonomics" is one area where we can agree, if this includes the common good, integral human development, integral ecology, and solidarity among its principles.

resilience.org/stories/2022-05

a poem about war and the everyday 

War/life balance—
How does one achieve
the optimum?

Cold War, Gulf War, War on Terror,
War on Drugs, Race War, Sex wars,
Culture wars, Tweet wars—

War in Ukraine, war in Somalia…
All our lives: war movies, alien invasions
At war with ourselves

And every day, we go back to work
Back to our arts & sciences
Return to our measured critique

While the War Machine rumbles
And the Beast feeds…
And our childrens' futures bleed.

Just had a beautiful conversation with Andrea van de Loo, a writer with the co-op who is working on a memoir that goes back to her childhood during WW2 in Holland, and follows her experiences through the countercultural movements of the '60s, communities, , the sexual revolution, and much more. Now entering her 9th decade, Andrea has so much life experience and elder wisdom to share. “The Pressing Stones” will be published by Unimtely Books whenever it’s done!

I’m loving exploring all the interesting instances and individuals using . The is much cooler than the tweetsphere. This is how the Internet *used to feel like*. The only difference is, we were innocent then; now we are experienced. I speak for myself, anyway.

Another #introduction tip for new Mastodon users ( like me ):

Unlike Twitter, which shows strangers' posts in your feed once they get popular or once your friends like them, Mastodon appears to only show you posts by people you're following and posts they've boosted ( which is Mastodon-ese for RT )

So if you appreciate someone else's post and you also want your followers to see it too, you need to click those boost arrows. Just clicking the fave star won't make it visible to your followers.

Oh man oh man oh man oh man -- the Ingenuity Helicopter on #Mars swung over and took a view of the backshell and parachute used to land Perseverance on Mars! It is so cool what we can get up to when we have a little drone accompanying our rovers. #JPL #Mars #Astronomy #Perseverance #Space #Science
Raw image: mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multime

And now we have a sales tax license to conduct business from our 'economic nexus' in the state of Colorado. On top of our beautiful new PO Box number (3). We’re officially ready to sell lotsa lotsa books and not get in trouble. Will the ecstasies of adulthood never cease?

So as you may know from my #introduction and bio, I study exoplanets!

These are planets around other stars. One day I'll do a thread about how we find them, but for now I'll talk about how I'll be using #JWST to study their atmospheres!

Recently we just passed over 5,000 discovered exoplanets and the number is growing rapidly! This means we have lots of potential targets for JWST, and it's hard to prioritize our time!

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I own my own social network, too. It does pretty much the same thing the other one does, without the asinine algorithmic advertising and self-serving billionaire BS—it's just a little bit lonelier, perhaps, at this stage. But that could change...

Hey, want to own your own social network with me?

Cosmos.social is welcoming new members. Social.coop, too. There are many diverse communities in the fediverse, distinct yet interconnected. Pretty cool concept. Take your pick!

"Untimely Books is an indie publisher of literary works that bend the mind, question the contemporary, and reimagine horizons of thought, feeling, and action for an integral age. As an imprint of Cosmos Cooperative (a creative community & member-owned publishing platform) and Metapsychosis (a journal of consciousness, literature, & art), Untimely Books serves as a conduit for diverse forms of writing by Cosmos members, including original works of fiction, poetry, philosophy, essays, and memoir."

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