|Friday, May 10, 2013 Do the math. or: Walk around THIS!" Solar Eclipse|
Contents: Do the Math: WATCH THIS FILM!
Dumbass Criticism: Sorry about this, feet of clay and all that; Humility: or so;
Jokes: My father told me; Joe Oliver: Speaking of jokes, a bad k-k-Canadian one;
Solar Eclipse for Kiribati: Consolation prize for a rising sea level?
Daniel Pudles: Illustrator; Hong Kong: Photographs by Michael Wolf;
The Shallows: Read it if you must but don't buy it; Keith: A pome comes to mind;
Wayne: Mr. Hollywood is gone; the best I could do for an obituary.
Labels: 350, Bill McKibben, Ian Fry, James Hansen, Keith, Keystone, Kiribati.
|Monday, May 6, 2013 Occupation of Belo Monte, May 2 ..." |
News, Film Anúncio de uma Guerra in Portuguese & English;
Letters: (from the front lines) #1 #2 #3 #4, #5 Help us!, #6;
Gilberto Carvalho, Funai:(José Eduardo Cardozo, Marta Azevedo),
News Updates, Media Devolution.
Useful Sites: (open in new tab) Blog, Indigenous Brazil, Cimi, Xingu Vivo, Stop Belo Monte, MPF/PA, Agência Brasil, Agência Pará, Altamira Hoje, ISA ...
Labels: Belo Monte, Ya Basta.
|Wednesday, May 1, 2013 May Day|
Certainties? "... pettiness that plays so rough ..."
Contents: Begin: 'Swish', Screech, London Dock; Certainties: Death & ideology;
Uncertainties: Continuum of non-violence; Complicity: 99%+1%=100%; two clues;
The Public Square: This Internet thing is now the public square buddit don't work;
Nicholas Carr's 2008 Atlantic essay and 2011 book 'The Shallows';
How To Live? Buddhists & canny drunks; Dysfunctional Stories: TV & porn;
Yoni Yum: Another view of 'Primary Concern'; Misgivings: Is this OK?; Amazônia GIS: Raisg.
Labels: Boobage, Buddhism, Clitoris, Correctitude, Internet, Keystone, Marajó, Naomi Klein, Northrop Frye, Primary Concerns, Tim DeChristopher, WH Auden, Yoni Yum.
WAKE UP CANADA!
Contents: A Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) campaign towards events on May 30th; David Suzuki at the WFCU Centre in Windsor on Wednesday April 25th for kick off; Melina Laboucan-Massimo and Sam Harrison; Matthew Chisholm, Karen Rooney, James Hutt, Sonia Grant, Brigette DePape, and Meghan McCarthy of CYD; Waglisla fast.
And Tim DeChristopher is free at last - some pictures and a video from Earth Day in Salt Lake City.
Labels: Brigette DePape, Climate Justice, Good News, Keystone, Lucky '13, Peter Kent, Tar Sands, Tim DeChristopher.
|Thursday, April 25, 2013 Full Moon|
Compos mentis (or not) and home. "Gimme a string bean, I'm a hungry man."
Begin: Lunar eclipse, snowdrop, 7-ball;
Boto: River dolphin, feet of clay, ubiquitous foolishness;
Watershed:(Cognitive Maps: Moon River;
Muskoka Watershed: Umwelt, Nicholas Carr's The Shallows;
Internet Odyssey: Stuck with road maps?; Try Again: Lucky, time spent, Karma?;
Bala Falls: Controversy resolved; Layers:) Alice Murphy, Tony Clement, etc. 10%'ers;
Home: Robert Frost, 'when you have to go there they have to take you in' (Not!);
Tar Sand Terrorist: Peter Kent, Joe Oliver; Cracked Pot: River dolphin, sorry.
Labels: Glen, Peter Kent, Quitter, Robert Frost.
|Monday, April 22, 2013 Earth Day|
Sink sank sunk (sibilant). / (There, that didn't take very long.)
Positive vibes for Earth Day: Goldman Prize, Thin Ice, Judy Rebick, TCAN;
Bathetic: Outrageous complaints;
Joanna Macy: Another Buddhist? They are always sooo complicated;
Internet: Where it is (and is not); Lot: A story for an age of collapse;
Jim Hansen: Retirement & beyond; Peter Sale: In Huntsville April 20; FAO Food Price Index: Update;
Uakti: Águas da Amazônia was the high point; Straight Talk? Excuses for honesty;
Anima: Ongoing discovery;
'Vantage #11: If this is Alz' then it's not all bad; and a particularly apt Peanuts cartoon.
Labels: 'Vantage, Amazônia, Anima, Buddhism, Earth Day, Gabor Maté, Internet, James Hansen, Kateri Tekakwitha, Lester Brown, Peter Sale, Pogo, Quitter.
|Friday, April 12, 2013 Friday the 12th|
Occupy the Spirit (pre-ach). / Three days smoakless.
Ruach: Hebrew: רוח/ruach; Greek: πνεῦµα/ pneuma; Latin: spiritus ... wind & breath;
Honeybees: John Atkin, Chief Operating Officer of Syngenta;
Numbers: How much energy do we use? How much do we get from the sun?;
Amazônia: Imagine! Naming a place Castelo dos Sonhos/Castle of Dreams;
Chris & Retha: In South Africa Chris Hani's death is remembered around April 10th, and Retha Harmse;
FFF: Fuck For Forest, a different kind of activist; Coming up: Peter Sale in Huntsville for Earth Day.
Labels: Amazônia, Earth Day, Honey Bee, Peter Sale.
|Friday, April 5, 2013|
Occupy the Spirit (pre-lude). / What it's like on this side of the mirror.
Hydroelectric: I always thought hydroelectricity was clean - now, not so much;
Tapajós & Valdenir Munduruku: Bring in the army and shut those people up!
Legends & Music: Philip Glass, Uakti, Águas da Amazônia;
Carta Mundurukú: Letter from the Munduruku people March 29 2013 - translated.
Labels: Amazônia, Anima.
|Thursday, March 28, 2013 Maundy Thursday|
Occupy the Spirit (pre-face). / Beneath contempt is ... laziness & indifference.
The Gist: Two scientific reports on how neonicotinoid pesticides are killing bees;
Details:(I: Provenance - how I found the reports;
II: Calculations. How much does it take?; III: Monga Bay & Cargill);
Plus More:(I: Additional reports and the penny drops on Acetylcholine;
II: Symmetry with the overall environmental catastrophe; III: Who's to blame?);
Sermon: Is there any such thing as an 'intellectual environment'?
Labels: Copyright, Honey Bee, Norman Borlaug, ppb, Robert Frost.
|Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Full Moon|
Big Famine Moon.
Begin: Doonesbury Harmonic Convergence, Romeo & Juliet;
Software:(BookOS Texts on-line - BookOS & BookSC, the fallacy of reading on-line;
Caveat I (Douglas Adams) Good from far but far from good;
Open Source: So obvious but ...; Caveat II: A tradeoff;
Handel: The Messiah for Easter at Knox Presbyterian church, a bust);
ppm & ppb: Trying to find simple (minded) rules of thumb;
Honey Bees vs Neonicotinoids: Three scientific papers;
Confusion: Any honest person who has looked at this science should be screaming from the rooftops!;
Beyond the Zero: Thomas Pynchon 'Against the Day', some thoughts & excerpts;
Bit of News: Fossicking in the Internet compost; Coming Up Soon: Lecture by Peter Victor at UofT.
Labels: Bahá'í, Cholera, Elizabeth May, Haiti, Handel, Honey Bee, Internet, Peter Victor, ppb, Thomas Pynchon, Zimbabwe.
|Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Equinox|
Modern mind. (... Mind? ... Modern? ...)
Urban Consciousness: Anything but the facts will do;
Venus de Pedra: LRB -> T.J. Clark -> Jill Cook at the British Museum;
Carbon Tax: Cap & Trade vs Fee & Dividend, Jim Hansen;
Connectivity Cost: Mobile telephones & data charges;
Updates: No Dash For Gas, Honey Bees, cosmic endings, Ken Kesey;
Edward Burtynsky: Some photographs & his 2005 TED talk; Rhyming Slang: Human discretion;
Beyond the Zero:Thomas Pynchon 'Against the Day', 'A Journey into the mind of Watts', 'Entropy'.
Labels: Abishag, Anima, Carbon, Honey Bee, Ken Kesey, Thomas Pynchon.
|Friday, March 15, 2013 Ides|
Diehard, not. / (I don' care'f I do die do die do die do ... Johnny Cash.)
David Suzuki & Jeff Rubin: at University of Western Ontario in October 2012;
Oratory List: Collection of good speeches from Severn Suzuki to Naderev Sano;
All vs Honey Bees: Owen Paterson, Bayer, Syngenta, Monsanto, Dupont;
Here's for the Pope: Finally get a response to an email & choke.
Labels: David Suzuki, Dennis Meadows, Gwynne Dyer, Honey Bee, Lula, Noam Chomsky, Oxum, ppb, Quitter, Robert Frost.
|Sunday, March 10, 2013 Tibet 1959|
Deixe de bobagens! Cala boca! Vai embora ... / G'wan! FCOF! STFU! (Ok.)
Diehard:(Again: Email to Waglisla fast connections;
Again again: Bella Bella Community School logo;
Again again again: Replies? As close to none as makes no nevermind;
Soup & a road trip: Jay McGinley. Still make pretty good soup though;
Cognitive dissonance: Reaches a K-Pg boundary, geometry, Bill Brandt);
Keystone:(Sequestration: The Tragedy of the Commons; The Mighty Ship of State;
José Mujica of Uruguay: José Mujica and Lucía Topolansky, & Verónica Pamoukaghlian;
State Department Report: John Kerry; Kerri-Ann Jones;
Hand-wringing & Bleating: Bill McKibben bleats; Michael Brune I expected better; Rick Mercer;
Hagiography: Revkin & McKibben & Matthew Nisbet; Object Lesson: Jason Russell & Kony 2012;
Wrinkles: Any role for fundamental Christianity?;
Tzeporah Berman: Joe Oliver; Stephen Harper; Alison Redford; Bairdy; Brad Wall; nothing;);
Food:(FAO: Duelling pundits; Abdolreza Abbassian; Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed;
China: Plans for a carbon tax?); Perfect Moral Storm: Update;
Bicycles: A few ambiguous stories; Charlie Brown & Lucy; Joan Baez: Love is just a four-letter word;
Drat Google: They are so obvious!;
Cadence:(Finis Kaputt Caput: Ai ai ai; Garden: Candide; Tim DeChristopher; John Goodman in Treme;
Beyond the Zero: Thomas Pynchon, 'Against the Day';
Choices: "It's true sometimes, you can see it that way."; The Cat: Another tiny story).
Labels: Carbon, Correctitude, Crazy, Décroissance, FAO, Internet, James Hansen, Keystone, Patrick White, Stephen Gardiner, SThomas Pynchon.
|Friday, March 1, 2013 Leeks today!|
If it were up to me ... / but everybody's busy & nobody's listenin'.
Leeks:(Three Jovial Welshmen: Dewi Sant, Pelagians, Quietists, tranquility;
Agamemnon: Apeneck Sweeney, Tereus, Procne, Itys, Philomela;
Shylock: Al Pacino, two versions);
SLAPP:(No Dash For Gas: vs EDF Energy;
Ron Plain: There is some fucking shit I will not eat!;
Climate Scientists & Activists: John Abraham, John Stone, Danny Harvey, Mark Jaccard,
Bill McKibben, Tzeporah Berman;
Hierarchies: Clayoquot Sound in the summer of 1993, Kennedy bridge;
Slappers: Marjory LeBreton, Stephen Harper, James Inhofe, James Sensenbrenner, Lisa Murkowski,
Sarah Palin, Rona Ambrose, John Baird, Elmer Derrick, Lisa Raitt, Janet Holder, Chuck Szmurlo,
Peter Kent aka 'piece of kent', Dan McDougall, Dave Heineman, Russ Girling, Bev Oda, Joe Oliver,
Ellis Ross, Alison Redford, Shawn Atleo, John Duncan;
Spies: In Belo Monte, Kitchener/Waterloo, Toronto, & the UK;
Buddhists: Phagmo Dundrup, Tsesung Kyab, Death & Taxes);
Brasil: Fernando de Noronha, Salvador, Bahía, Porto de Pedras;
Zero: One is (not) enough; Beyond the Zero: Thomas Pynchon 'Against the Day'.
Labels: 350, Belo Monte, Bill McKibben, Buddhism, Facebook, Ivan Illich, Keystone, Northrop Frye, Ron Plain, Samaritan, Swallow, Tar Sands, Thomas Pynchon, TS Eliot, WH Auden.
|Monday, February 25, 2013 Little Famine Moon|
A Chicken Little kinda guy. or: Wolf! WOLF!! There's a wolf among the sheep!
Begin: Kinks Tired of Waiting, and an Easter hymn Ride On, Ride On In Majesty (?);
Ron Plain: The MOTHERFUCKERS are going after Ron Plain! (Judge David Brown);
Fairy Tales:(Chicken Little: a variety; Walt Disney: imagineering, DSM;
Emily Dickinson: #340 'I felt a funeral in my brain');
Internet:(Darn Google!: Oh well ... It's wet and it's warm and it's free eh?;
Spammers: The hungry get hungry enough to begin to think);
Manic:(Joe Oliver: A silly 'activist' email; Resonance: None;
Dissecting Live Frogs: 20/20 hindsight);
Standstill: Standstill in the temperature record? (Not!);
Belo Sun again: Interview tith Stan Bharti by Kirk Exner, for gold, all the good news is bad;
Barach Obama - a Freudian typo: 'Barach' is Hebrew for ‘to go through, flee’ according to Strong's;
Fracking Maps: Misinformation from such a height makes me angry;
Bucket Toilets: The lingering shame of Mangaung (?);
Two articles:(Will Braun: A thoughtful piece on pipelines in Canadian Mennonite Magazine;
Brendan Smith:) Not so thoughtful at Rabble;
Lately: News, all bad but Hey! that's what it's mostly like;
Cosmic Wrapup: Joseph Lykken - The end of the cosmos as we know it(?), João Magueijo 'A República das
Putas', there's something about Guy McPherson, well now everything dies baby that's a fact;
Beyond the Zero: Thomas Pynchon 'Against the Day'.
Labels: Aamjiwnaang, Climate Justice, Cosmos, James Hansen, Phosphorus, Ragnarök, Rape, Ron Plain, Thomas Pynchon, Toilets, UN.
|Sunday, February 17, 2013 Good News!|
Forward On Climate, march to the White House, Washington D.C., February 17.
Timeline: Michael Brune hones his message - THE SPELL HAS BEEN BROKEN!;
40,000 in Washington: Just say NO to Keystone, Occupy Earth, Michael Brune says
we are going to win and I believe him.
|Saturday, February 16, 2013 Good News!|
Marina Silva - Rede Sustentabilidade. Ordem e Progresso (e Amor).
Contents: Marina Silva's invitation to the encontro Rede Pró-Partido (with English subtitles); and co-founder Heloísa Helena; photographs; Guerreira da Sustentabilidade / Sustainability Warrior.
Labels: Brasil, Marina Silva, Partido Verde.
|Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Ash Wednesday, Good News!|
Keystone XL protest, Washington DC, White House, Wednesday February 13.
Contents: Fifty people detained by police at White House demanding Obama stop Keystone XL. Michael Brune puts his money where his mouth is.
Labels: Good News, James Hansen, Keystone.
|Sunday, February 10, 2013 Year of the Snake|
Trying to nail down a blob of mercury; Clutching at straws; Whatever.
or: Wha ... ? said Jack the lad.
THE MAIN THREAD: [Begin: Undoing a snarl one loop at a time;
Khomani: (The Gods Must Be Crazy: San, Dawid Kruiper, k'waa/luck,
The Great Dance (2000) by South Africans Craig and Damon Foster;
Bradford Keeney: Aesthetics of Change (1983), Gordon Wasson, suspended judgement;
Palimpsest: Romantic & sentimental notions, simple mistakes, intentional mistakes etc.;
Progress: Snowstorms, k'waa explained, blemishes on The Great Dance);
FAO: Equivocation, Abdolreza Abbassian;
Idle No More: Disillusionments, Theresa Spence, Raymond Robinson, Ron Plain, Ezra Levant,
but whatever else may be said - they opened a door)];
OTHER STUFF: [Belo Sun again: MPF negative on Belo Sun's Volta Grande, Belo Sun stock losing value,
Thaís Santi & Meliza Barbosa procuradoras in Altamira;
Cod: John Crosbie, Bay Bulls Canada Day 1992, still bragging the sleveen;
Naomi Klein again: Timeline, probably extraneous opinions;
Corporations: EDF, No Dash for Gas, APP in Jambi - Sumatra - Indonesia, Grande Cache Alberta;
Luncheon with Enbridge: CEOs Pat Daniel ... Al Monaco, always the same bogus mentality;
Real Climate: Global warming continues much as predicted];
Time Gentlemen Please: “Getting and spending we lay waste our powers.
... up-gathered now like sleeping flowers.”
Labels: Belo Sun, Cod, John Crosbie, Liminal, Lucky '13, Naomi Klein, Ron Plain.
|Saturday, February 2, 2013 Groundhog Day|
Don't know, can't say. (So ... why're you lookin' over your shoulder then?)
Contents: Imbecile Euphemisms: If I listened long enough to you I'd find a way ... ;
Dylan's Tempest: A close reading turns up too much coded Christianity;
Attawapiskat: Doesn't look so bad - I would be satisfied;
Gold:(Belo Sun: Patrocinio & Rainbow as well as Xingu Volta Grande (Ouro Verde,
Grota Seca, & South Block);
Senador José Porfírio: (is a municipality), ISA (Instituto Socioambiental) challenges environmental
reports, goes to MPF(Ministério Público Federal);
Stan Bharti: Owns/runs Forbes & Manhattan Inc. aka F&M, with his buddy Pierre Pettigrew;
Bharti School of Engineering: Project whatever personality works and kiss ass as necessary;
Guyana Update: Joan Chang, gold miner, versus Isseneru Village Council (she wins));
Damn Google: If it ain't broke (puh-leeze) don't fix it.;
Nomenclature: Omnibus, Bill C-38, Bill C-45, some resources;
Recently:(Nicholas Stern: Everything about him seems tentative;
Activists you say?: Trent Hawkins, Michael Brune, John Bennett, Doug McArthur;
Nigeria Shell verdict: Eric Dooh, Allard Castelein, Henk Wien; not liable for most Nigeria claims;
Carbon Trading: Cap & Trade vs Carbon Tax, What about Fee & Dividend Gawdammit?!;
Al Gore New book - The Future; Barack Obama: Fiddles While Planet Burns, Beyoncé lip synch);
Closing Time: No communication with the 'movement', it's enough to get you down;
Beyond the Zero: Thomas Pynchon's 'Against The Day' with excerpts.
Labels: Attawapiskat, Belo Monte, Belo Sun, Carbon, Coal, Gold, Greed, Nigeria, Northrop Frye, Poison Fire, Shell, Thomas Pynchon, Ya Basta.
|Saturday, January 26, 2013 Wolf Moon, Good News!|
Lucky '13 (Mark II.) Heal our broken selves.
Contents: Bottom Line: Not until we have a plan to heal the planet
that also heals our broken selves and our broken communities
do we have a hope;
Naomi Klein 1: Recapitulating the trip; 2: Adjusting perceptions; 3: A-and more;
Recently: (Barack Obama: Second Inaugural Address, Nebraska ... a lame liberal;
Margaret Wente: A self-serving woman of a certain age (& Ezra Levant);
Boris Johnson: A hard-right wannabe;
Greenpeace Reports: 2015 or 2020, not that much much to choose really;
UK vs. EU: "Fog in Channel: Continent cut off." - an island nation);
Hunger Strike: Theresa Spence & Raymond Robinson gave it up for some bullshit bureaucrat's
blancmange; except that's what they wanted all along; but yes, they opened a door;
At the Demo: No Line-9! from City Hall to Allan Gardens to Maple Leaf Gardens; the unions are lame;
Negative Resilience: Heisenberg uncertainty principle of the soul; Carlos Dias, Clementine Hunter, Toad.
Labels: Carbon, Good News, Keystone, Lucky '13, Naomi Klein.
|Tuesday, January 22, 2013|
Totally Different (Not!) It's midnight and I really should come clean.
Contents: CALL TO ACTION! NO Line 9, Saturday, January 26, 2013;
Dipshit Flake: OK, it's all a hoax then, satisfied?;
Lesson from the Waglisla Fast: QED on 'stupid knucklehead' (me, that is);
Doom is Good: Suits my age; suits my situation; suits my brand of guilt;
Ehrlich: 'The Population Bomb' & 'Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided?';
Musical Vision: Bob Dylan Queen Jane Approximately 1965; Neil Young Alabama 1972;
Leonard Cohen Closing Time 1992;
Paranoia: Glen up on a desk - Three Examples:
Idle No More: Theresa Spence & Raymond Robinson, continuum of protest;
Fundamental Transformation? Economics & petty politics more like it;
Day 41: Interview with Kevin Newman on Question Period, Sunday January 20;
Virtual Print Media: The (Evil) Media; NYT dismantles environment desk;
Why haven't the alternative media picked up the slack?;
Social Media We go in the streets chanting "The people, united, can never be defeated!" But we are not
united, and consequently we certainly can be defeated - sorry to tell you;
Blogger: Poor programmers, ill-defined standards, etc.;
Final Note: Louis Lesosky the gardener aka Crowbird & Occupation Apple Tree;
Sorry About the Exaggeration Joeri Rogelj '2020 emissions levels to limit warming to below 2 °C'.
Labels: Attawapiskat, Copyright, Décroissance, Glen, Internet, Liminal, Martin Buber, Northrop Frye, Ragnarök, Thomas Pynchon.
|Monday, January 14, 2013 Ides|
There's gold in them thar hills! or: All that glisters is not gold.
Contents: Begin: The Merchant of Venice & Belo Sun Mining Corp. Canada BSX:CN;
Mining.com: Carnaval girls with nice tits;
Ela tem fila: Mostly horny Canadians: Kinross Gold Corporation, Yamana Gold Inc., Jaguar Mining Inc.,
Aura Minerals Inc.; plus AngloGold Ashanti Limited from South Africa;
Good as Gold: What might clean gold mining look like? (one asks); no such thing industrially;
Who are these people? Peter Tagliamonte, Mark Eaton, Helio Diniz, Stan Bharti, Clay Livingston Hoes,
C. Jay Hodgson, Rui Botica Santos, Catherine Stretch;
Postscript: Canadian gold miners in Guyana & French Guiana; map; they've even got Reality TV for this - A
Rumble in the Jungle; Nadav Kander pictures of the Yangtze River.
Labels: Belo Monte, Belo Sun, Gold, Greed.
|Thursday, January 10, 2013|
Totally Different. ('Eunoia? Is that it?)
Contents: Three foundations: 1962 - Silent Spring, Rachel Carson (1907–1964);
1973 - Small Is Beautiful, Fritz Schumacher (1911–1977); 1972 - The Limits to
Growth, Dana Meadows (1941-2001), Dennis Meadows (1942-) et al;
Totally different: Dennis Meadows is talking about discount rates but the question
works at another level too;
Disconnects: Various, Richard Brautigan 'In Watermelon Sugar'; Something else I might be wrong about;
Problématique: Same quandary faced by Stéphane Dion when his 'Green Shift' failed to ignite;
Complete cultural disconnect: The crux of the matter is not only whether the human species
will survive, but even more whether it can survive without falling into a state of
Catching up: Tim DeChristopher, Stephen Gardiner, Simon Critchley, UN FAO, Paul & Anne Ehrlich.
Labels: Dennis Meadows, EF Schumacher, Eu-words, FAO, GMO, Keith, Rachel Carson, Richard Brautigan, Samaritan, Simon Critchley, Stephen Gardiner, Tim DeChristopher.
|Thursday, January 3, 2013|
Contents: Victoria Island: Raymond Robinson of Cross Lake Manitoba has joined
Theresa Spence on Victoria Island in Ottawa;
Images: Trying to see what is necessary and stay with the Lucky '13 energy;
Baby steps: Review the pundits, trying not to hear what I know I heard.
|Monday, December 31, 2012 New Year's Eve|
Lucky '13 - the year we turned it around (!)
ROUND DANCE AND CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL
IN HONOUR OF CHIEF THERESA SPENCE
[There is a gap, from July to December 2012 which will eventually be filled in.]
Previous Index: September 2005 - July 2012.