Just Having a Conversation

It remains our opinion that just having a conversation is among the most effective things one can do in our society. We have plenty of stuff… much more than enough of it. Our problems are of distribution and isolation. Not only is a more-than-the-weather exchange an enjoyable experience of sharing knowledge, furthering understanding, and connecting with someone in an honest way, it builds a better world.

We are repeatedly inundated with an abundance of kindness and openness from people of all backgrounds and dispositions. Indeed, when one actually makes the time to dig into a real verbal exchange with someone, one finds that even the most unlikely of folks share more ideas and desires than one might imagine. A respectful, enjoyable, and mutually beneficial interchange nearly always occurs.

So after some frisbee at the beach and before porching the night away playing music, we ate great food and drank absurd amounts of coffee while connecting time and again with a bunch of amazing people all over this town.

In the spirit of conversation, I will say little more for now, but invite you all to please send us a message with your thoughts, questions and ideas. We aim to make this experience not only amazing for ourselves, but something of benefit to those around us in our space, in our thoughts, and in our hearts. (Cheesy! Trite! True!)

I leave you with this conversation, in the form of a podcast, where we sat down with Tim and Chris while in Athens to discuss the apropos notion of the true cost of things. We hope you find it amusing and informative (or at least a catalyst for discussion about matters of importance).

Athens Occupier Radio: The Consensus Show: Episode #1

xo,
J-Ho

Oh, and here are some more awesome photos that Kim took of us chattin’ with her eager, inspiring, totally awesome students!

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So much intrigue!

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Lovin’ the wave!

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Reading = winning.

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Behold! Our future!

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3 thoughts on “Just Having a Conversation

  1. As for the podcast and the idea of a fee-and-dividend carbon price, here’s a brief description of the bill Sen. Sanders (our favorite) and Sen. Boxer have put forward. It’s not perfect, but it would be a very strong step in the right direction – it’s got a dividend! If you agree, e-mail/call/go visit your representatives and senators…nothing good ever happens without public pressure! – Adam

    • Price Carbon. To help reduce current carbon 80 percent by 2050, impose a carbon fee of $20 per ton or carbon or methane equivalent, rising at 5.6 percent a year for 10 years. This would apply to the 2,869 largest polluters (oil refineries, coal mines, point of importation) covering about 85 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

    • Family Clean Energy Rebate Program. With 60 percent of the carbon fee revenue, the program would use the Alaskan model of an oil dividend to provide a monthly rebate to every U.S. resident. “This is the most progressive way to ensure that if fossil fuel companies jack up prices, consumers and families can offset cost increase on fuel and electricity, according to data from the Congressional Research Service.”

    • Protect Communities from Fracking. So that the carbon fee does not harm communities due to increased production of natural gas, end the exemption for fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act

    • Ensure Fair Trade and International Cooperation. To ensure that all countries play by the same rules, imported fuels and products would also be charged the same carbon fee that domestic fuels and products pay, unless the exporting nation has a similar climate program and already charges a fee on carbon.

    • Pay Down $300 billion of the national debt from carbon fee revenue over 10 years.

    • Invest in Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy. With some of the revenue raised from the carbon fee, invest in efficiency and energy technologies that will “reduce emissions, create jobs, and position America as a clean-tech leader.”

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