Forest Green Magazine's Blog (12)

Big Green and Big Carbon

By Daniel Rigney

A recent Houston Chronicle editorial deplores the power of “Big Green,” described as “the well-funded environmental lobby that stands foursquare against any fossil fuels development.”

I’ve heard of Big Business, Big Government, Big Oil, Big Pharma, and even Big Data, but this is the first I’ve heard of Big Green.

A…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on May 24, 2013 at 12:48pm — 1 Comment

Growing Green Memes

By Daniel Rigney

cross-posted to Open Salon (Danagram)

We earthlings think and speak in clichés, those little cultural expressions we string together like colored beads to form strands of effortless thought.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

We couldn’t have survived as long as we have without our human treasury of clichés, platitudes, catch phrases, slogans and the like. These are the common…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on April 18, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Fixing Our Broken Cliché System

By Daniel Rigney

We human beings think almost entirely in clichés. We can’t help ourselves. Like scratched grooves on a vinyl record (remember those?), we repeat the same familiar expressions over and over and over and over and over. When others speak them back to us, we call them conventional wisdom.

How much longer can we tread the tired neural pathways of the past? How much longer can deny that our antiquated cliché systems are…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on March 21, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Houston Existentialism (Poem)

By Daniel Rigney (with apologies to Carl Sandburg, “Chicago,” 1916)  

 

Carbon dealer to the world,

Launcher, shipper, creator and healer of cancers.

Power player, gerrymanderer, engineer of inequalities.

Sprawling, storming, steaming, warming

City of the Big Fortunes.

 

They tell me you are acquisitive and I believe them, 

for I have seen your…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on January 4, 2013 at 4:00pm — 13 Comments

The Accelerating Treadmill

By Daniel Rigney

... a reflection on the trajectory of globalization in the 21st century:

BETTER! $TRONGER! FASTER!  Better! $tronger! Faster! Better! $tronger! Faster! Better Stronger Faster faster better stronger faster better stronger faster better stronger faster better stronger faster better stronger faster better…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on December 23, 2012 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

The Gun Belt

By Daniel Rigney

If you live in one of the gun states (those with high rates of gun ownership per capita), you’re probably living in North America’s red belt, a geopolitical formation in the shape of a long-barreled six-shooter aiming toward the sky, its barrel descending from the muzzle of Alaska through Canada’s conservative…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on December 19, 2012 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

North Pool Meltdown: Santa Moves HQ to Hong Kong

By Forest Greene

Christie Claus, daughter of Xmas Inc.* founder, chairman and CEO Santa Claus, called an unexpected news conference today in Hong Kong to announce the company's plan to move its global headquarters to China in 2015. Most of Xmas Inc’s far-flung manufacturing operations, including its toy division, are already located in southern China, where the average hourly wage is about 75¢.…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on December 12, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Is Houston Sustainable?

By Daniel Rigney (“Forest Greene”)

For a potential writing project on Houston's alternative futures, I invite interested readers to respond to the question, “Is Houston Sustainable?” If you have a thought or two on the subject, please comment below (if you’re a member of OS) or email me at drigney3@gmail.com.  Subject Line: “Is Houston Sustainable?”…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on December 3, 2012 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Elon Musk's Vision

By Daniel Rigney

The visionary has been defined as one who can see light in the darkness. Ever on the lookout for hopeful signs in a dusky world, I’m putting my background in sociology and future studies to work as a talent scout, scanning the cultural horizon for potential visionaries whose eyesight -- or night vision -- is better than mine, and who have the remarkable ability to foresee or intuit (or even…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on November 30, 2012 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Forthcoming in Forest Greene: The Magazine That Doesn't Exist Yet

By Forest Greene

Here's a preview of thought-provoking  (I hope) ideas for articles to appear in forthcoming  issues of Forest Greene, the magazine of sustainable culture:

 

The Selective Luddite

The Gated Soul -- Life in the Outer Suburbs…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on November 28, 2012 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

A Sculpture in Every Yard!

By Daniel Rigney

True story: In the spring of 2011, a merry band of pranksters at Rice University in Houston mummy-wrapped a campus statue of the university’s founder and purportedly sold it to the city’s Museum of Fine Arts for more than two million dollars.  …

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on November 24, 2012 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Judging the River (Poem)

By Daniel Rigney

 

World's finest river? Be the judge.

If  depth is what you want,

the Congo wins hands down --

its deepest point 800 feet beneath the air.

The Congo has its shallows, to be sure.

But where it's deep, no other river can compare.

The narrowest river in the world, Mongolia’s…

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Added by Forest Green Magazine on November 21, 2012 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

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