Jul
30

Civilization means "living in cities"

Cities require resources beyond what they can contribute and waste sinks beyond what they can dispose of. This requires a hinterland. Sometimes those who are already using the hinterland object and we always solve it by violence. If there are no people on the land, there is no one to object. If these people continue… Continue reading »

Jul
30

When we talk about compassion we talk in terms of being kind

But compassion is not so much being kind; it is being creative [enough] to wake a person up. – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Google+: View post on Google+

Jul
30

We appear to have a faith based food system

Is it a lack of information driving our inability to act rationally? Or do we simply not care? Does this all sound very familiar? That's because last year Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey (yes, million) because of Salmonella contamination, followed by 185,000 pounds a month later. Embedded Link East Coast Meat Recall:… Continue reading »

Jul
28

Doomed

We are simply doomed. Pohl’s possessions do bring some joy, of course, albeit in some cases it’s when they’re being tossed out. “It’s cathartic,” she said, happily recalling the dumpster outside her home when she moved a few years ago. “I felt so light.” Embedded Link New study says American families are overwhelmed by clutter,… Continue reading »

Jul
28

For any system to control you, it must stand between your work and your food

I know there are other needs like shelter and water and warmth, but in most regions, food is the big one. In a forager hunter tribe, or a family of subsistence farmers, your work directly creates your food. You might be poor, but you're free. In industrial civilization, you probably have a job that has… Continue reading »

Jul
28

And Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Pakistan

I am still waiting any signs of democracy from Libya. Or any signs of civil society for that matter. If the actual intention is to bring peace, justice and democracy to countries with serious sectarian problems, we had best stay home. We are total failures at it. This is what Washington did for Iraq. Far… Continue reading »

Jul
28

But it is your fault you don't have a job

Or a community centre. Or a library. Or a retirement fund. If only you had been more corrupt, more psychopathic, more dedicated. Idiots. They didn’t just blow up finance, they oversaw the swiftest transfer of wealth to the very top the world has ever seen. They screwed workers out of their jobs, they screwed homeowners out… Continue reading »

Jul
28

Just look at us

Everything is backwards. Everything is upside-down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information, and religion destroys spirituality. – Michael Ellner Google+: Reshared 3 times Google+: View post on Google+

Jul
28

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Jul
27

Advertise it as a hot tub and charge admission

Use the proceeds to buy some rechargeable AAs from Walmart. In the Chicago area, a twin-unit nuclear plant had to get special permission to keep operating this month because the pond it uses for cooling water rose to 102 degrees; its license to operate allows it to go only to 100. Embedded Link Rise in… Continue reading »

Jul
27

Sad to say that we mostly live up to their view

The US is fighting beside 3 different terrorist organizations in Syria. The actions on the ground are very different from what the Western media is reporting. Now the Presidential candidates are demanding the right to censor the reporting on their campaigns. What country are we living in? Alongside Creel’s recollections, out of their experiences in… Continue reading »

Jul
27

I started two Silene capensis (DreamRoot) plants this spring and hope to harvest…

I started two Silene capensis (DreamRoot) plants this spring and hope to harvest one for its roots next fall. The other will be allowed to go to seed to make more. Scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Psychiatry in Munich and for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and from Charité in Berlin… Continue reading »

Jul
27

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Jul
27

The banks handle the money, the government handles the muscle to keep the competition…

The banks handle the money, the government handles the muscle to keep the competition out and prices up. What a sweet deal. Just like the rest of the corporate economy. HSBC has been found to have handled $7bn in narco cash, "and this is the starter for 10", Woods now says. "We'll get the full… Continue reading »

Jul
27

This is what the great depression would have looked like if there had been a public…

This is what the great depression would have looked like if there had been a public safety net then. Embedded Link 46.5 Million Americans, Record 22.3 Million US Households, On Foodstamps; 8,753,935 On Disability | ZeroHedge America's transition into a welfare state continues, as May saw a new all time high number of American households,… Continue reading »

Jul
27

A large part of our current economy is based on make work jobs

They are profitable busy work that doesn't really do anything smart or productive. Between improving technologies and massively more people we simply do not have enough busy work to go around. At the same time, our best thinkers don’t seem to have good answers for what comes next. Our best colleges are training students for jobs that… Continue reading »

Jul
27

You cannot borrow growth

You can't print it either. What won't be revised is that over the past two years, the US has added 2.42x more debt than it has added GDP. Embedded Link In Q2 America Added $2.33 In Debt For Every $1.00 In GDP | ZeroHedge As noted before, courtesy of the GDP revision, all the kneejerk… Continue reading »

Jul
27

And as long as we keep believing that all of the difficulties in life our our fault…

And as long as we keep believing that all of the difficulties in life our our fault we will never support changes that could actually make a difference. Most disturbing of all: the more unequal the society, the more people try to rationalise the system. For example in countries in which men hold more sexist… Continue reading »

Jul
27

First energy, now food

So much for those dreams of global domination through the economy. As food supplies tighten, we are moving into a new food era, one in which it is every country for itself. Embedded Link World in Serious Trouble on Food Front « EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement Lester Brown. In the… Continue reading »

Jul
27

Sounds like they would fit right in to this culture

These are all aspects of human behaviour that we have put on a pedestal as a model for us all. These people are more likely to be risk takers, opportunists motivated by self-interest and greed, and inclined to dominate or subjugate those around them through manipulative means. Embedded Link How Will the 99% Deal with the Psychopaths… Continue reading »

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