by Geoffrey Chia
By way of preamble, I begin with an insulting message to Professor McPherson:
I understand some people have called you insane. They are quite right. By the standards of the prevailing establishment you are completely insane. You are as insane as those abolitionists who opposed slavery. You are as insane as those antiracist activists who fought for civil rights. You are as insane as those Germans who opposed Hitler. If everyone was as insane as you, there would be no wars, there would be no poverty and humanity would not be headed for extinction. This would be completely unacceptable to the truly sane people who run this world, who will not have a bar of your insanity.
“You are a slow learner, Winston.”
“How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”
“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”
“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
On Monday, 24 February 2014, McPherson delivered a presentation about climate chaos at the Odd Fellows Hall on Orcas Island, Washington. Audio file is embedded below, along with a pdf of the Powerpoint file. With apologies for the awkward file arrangement, YouTube video from similar presentations will be embedded within a couple weeks.
The audio file was causing problems (increased bandwidth use by 300x and has potential additional expense for mobile users, who account for around 1/3 of the traffic) and is temporarily disabled. Support is assisting in getting it back on line in a low-impact format.
Had we not done so, the site would be inaccessible by the end of 2/28/2014. – Doomer Support.
Brief television interview broadcast live in Winnipeg on Friday, 7 February 2014 and available only within Canada is linked here.
Support the making of Pauline Schneider’s film here
Wednesday, 26 February 2014, 7:00 p.m., San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard Street, Friday Harbor, Washington, “Climate change, fossil-fuel addiction and energy decline”
Thursday, 27 February 2014, 7:00 p.m., King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma, Washington, reading excerpts and signing Going Dark (donation for space and expenses appreciated)
Friday, 28 February 2014, 7:00 p.m., Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, Washington, “How Shall We Act in Light of Climate Chaos?”
Friday, 7 March 2014, Antigone Books, 411 North 4th Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, reading excerpts and signing Going Dark
The Next Step: Living Courageously in a World of Transition, a 7-day seminar, 24-31 May 2014, Moho Creek, Belize, Central America.
The Next Step: Living Courageously in a World of Transition, a 14-day seminar, 12-25 June 2014, Izabal, Guatemala, Central America.
Going Dark is available from the publisher here, from Amazon here, from Amazon on Kindle here, from Barnes & Noble on Nook here, and as a Google e-book here. Going Dark was reviewed by Carolyn Baker at Speaking Truth to Power and by more than 20 readers at Amazon.