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"Tell everyone on this train I love them"

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When I saw the photo of Taliesan Myrddin Namkai-Meche, age 23, in his graduation cap and gown it
took my breath away. It is not just that he was young. It was that, for just an instant, I thought he was my son who lives in Portland and went to Reed College too. The resemblance was so striking that I began to weep... as a mother. His mother called him her baby boy and shining bright star.

They are so beautiful and brave, these men who rode the Portland MAX train that day. The two who died: Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and Rick Best, 53, a veteran who lived in a Portland suburb with his family. The only survivor, Michah Fletcher, is a 21-year-old poet. I weep for them all, and for the girls whose lives were at risk.

I weep for our country. We are all on this train.

The New Superpower

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Paul Hawken:
"There is another super power here on earth that Is an unnamed movement. It is far different and bigger and more unique than anything we have ever seen. It flies under the radar of the media by and large. It is non-violent; it is grassroots. It has no cluster bombs, no armies, and no helicopters. It has no central ideology. The very word “movement,” I think, is too small to describe it. This movement is humanity’s immune response to resist and heal political disease, economic infection, and ecological corruption caused by ideologies. This is fundamentally a civil rights movement, a human rights movement; this is a democracy movement; it is the coming world."