Learning How To Live All Over Again. Dealing With the Anger and Continual Backsliding Upon The Acceptance of Meaninglessness. Overcoming The Schizophrenia Of Awakening.

by Jonathan DeJong

There has always been a sense in the back of my mind that nothing really matters. How could it be that all of this “existence” really has some kind of end purpose? If you sit and think logically about it, if there is some endgame, some divine plan that is supposed to end up somewhere, then the end, it would seem, would be something to avoid. After all, the end result would be that nothing beyond that end goal matters. Once the goal is achieved, life is meaningless. So if that is the case, then the idea of an infinite ebb and flow of energy and consciousness makes a lot more sense. Life is still meaningless, but now it is an infinite field. It is not linear. It is an eternal playground. Nothing is important unless you give meaning and purpose to it. Being awakened from the role playing in the dream state, should free us. It should allow us all to simply spread our wings and throw off the shackles of this nightmare. And then, of course, I use the term “we”.

There is only the dream. There is no me or we. There is simply infinity. Logically I know this. Logically I know that nothing we do ultimately matters. Logically I know that I am simply living one thread of awareness to the exclusion of all others. There will be others. There have always been others. It is simply a never ending ride down the stream of life; experiencing only what is the next adventure around the next bend in an ever winding, never ending stream of consciousness.

I find that concept to be wonderful; freeing. I yearn for the letting go. Holding on creates anger. This bend in the river – the western industrial capitalist complex – has created some amazingly difficult habits from which to break. The most formidable being the continual neurosis that one needs to “get” somewhere. The delusion that striving and building and achieving somehow are important in and of themselves. The duality I feel is that the conscious awake me knows it is all a hologram. I know that this “person” is an imaginary construct. I know this is the dream state playing itself out and I am simply riding in the canoe. But, the Calvinist mental illness that has been brow beaten into all western beings, is the default behavior that rises when the defenses are down. We fall back into the dream and go back to acting like striving matters. The anxiety ramps up, the inability to relax causes stress, personal interactions with those close to us in the dream become strained, and we hypnotically fall back into the unconscious world of striving and attachment. Fear rears its ugly head, and peace is lost.

My spiritual autolysis has nothing to do with waking up. I am awake. My spiritual autolysis has to do with breaking 50 plus years of habits; 50 years of reacting habitually because the outside world, and those children deemed to be in positions of authority said I was supposed to have because that is the way of “reality”. The ultimate hoax is having to be taught by those who have not awakened themselves. Habits get formed, neural pathways become strongly wired together, and then when awakening happens, those pathways create doubt, anxiety, uncertainty, and a wish to get back to what has always been considered “normal”. Normal is a lie. It is the paradigm created by fear, by children, by a ruse. This plane of existence is severely, and by every definition of the term, mentally ill.

I have lived an entirely schizophrenic existence. It is the source of all of my pain. It is a mental split. There are two people involved. The first is the inner me. The awakened me. That being is awareness. It is the being that has always “known” reality. It is the wounded child that has never been able to live fully out in the open – The being who had never been allowed to truly and without resistance become completely me. Parents, society, financial issues, needing to “be” someone, always took precedence. After all, when the majority of the humanoid energy blips keep telling you that, and sometimes forcefully, a kid is going to repress him/herself. You come into this physical world utterly dependent upon others to raise you and educate you. Lost in the translation is that they don’t teach you to think for yourself. Because of this we internalize our sense of worthlessness, integrate into society, and the awakened being sits in a prison box in the recesses of one’s mind,an ever present murmur, but ignored, driven back, demonized, guilted into submission.

The second person in this schizophrenia is the ego. It is that being that the wider society in the dream state has become expert in cultivating. It is the source of all striving, all wars and corruption, all oppressive religions based on reward and punishment, and it is a brutal, fear amplifying, task master. It is intensely real, and for those asleep in the dream state, they are playing out their role in this delusion, with no questioning that there might be a very easy way to quell this cataclysmic existence. It is the face I put on when I meet with clients. It is the authoritative father figure I wear when dealing with my son. It is the dutiful, patriarchal husband armor donned when protecting one’s family. It is the constant and exhausting striving to make the farm work better than all of the other homesteads because “someone” is watching and that means failure isn’t an option. It is the worry what others think, or even the denial that one thinks that is important. If you are the animate ego with no connection to the imprisoned awareness within, your only motivation can be a striving after the physical and avoiding the negative scrutiny of others. Salvation is beyond you because you are of original sin and filth. Awakening and heaven must be given to you… because you are deemed worthless.

The ultimate war within is the ego relentlessly bludgeoning the awakened child so completely as to render the ego dominant. Thus, the external world we experience. The dream state is made manifest by the dreamer. Those who have fully let the child out; learned to live in the dream state yet fully aware, often flame out. Suicide, substance abuse, mental illness, or fleeing to anywhere so as to create an escape can all be a means to that end. The most profound struggle a human can go through is to dethrone the ego and put the inner aware being in control.

The more evolved have learned that meditation is a way to help break the habits. Some lose themselves in the life of altruism. But for so many, they still cannot let go. Awakening means to realize that the suffering poor and the greedy rich are all constructs. There is nothing. Habit breaking means choosing what game you want to play in this stream while never losing sight of the fact that it is a game. To break the habits and replace the DVD that has programmed your mind, the awakened being needs to create triggers to help snap you back into lucidity when you find yourself acting unconsciously again.

True awakening cannot happen without anger. When the torment becomes a true mental illness, because the reality of meaninglessness can no longer be suppressed, a lifetime of repression to succeed in a dream becomes a rage, a rejection of the dream itself, a mental breakdown, and one’s previous life flames out like a strip of birchbark struck by a flint. You look back on all that you did in your life unconsciously, and shake your head in disbelief. You simply cannot believe what you did with yourself and to yourself over all of that time because you let a wider society… that doesn’t even exist… torture you for so long. Aggravating as it is, there is no one to blame; not even yourself. Because ultimately, it was a dream. It still is a dream but you now accept it without keeping the knowing being encased in that lead mental casing preventing you from accessing it and using it fully. The challenge, now that the inner person has slain the outer egoic and asleep being, is to quit falling back into the trap. Funny how Christians also call a falling away – backsliding. But in the awakened state, backsliding is simply falling back to sleep and allowing the lifetime of habits to retake the helm and once again begin trying to paddle up stream.

The trick is to do nothing unconsciously. The way to break habits is to act as though you have never really lived before. Deliberately slow down, watch what you are doing and be aware of what you are thinking. Are you rushing through a task to get somewhere else? Are you thinking that what you are doing isn’t important and that you wish you were doing something else? Why? If it is important and the task you are doing is boring… does it need to be done at all? If the other seems more important should you really stop what you are doing and go do that? Why?

Buddhists do something called walking meditation. They deliberately put their awareness on each step they take, not allowing their mind to wander. One step, the next step, the next step, etc. Being present in the activity to try to quell the monkey mind. My habit to break is the thinking that I am needing to get somewhere. There is no where to get TO! There is only what I want to do to play in the field while I am able to. After that, its simply conversation.

Do I want to garden? Yes. Then garden and quit thinking you need to go paint. Do you want to observe with your telescope? Yes. Then don’t do shit during the day that will make you too tired to observe. Do you want to resume archery for fun instead of competition? Yes. Then use the space you have on the farm to do that! Use it again as your zen sport! Do you want to be in shape and live the mostly-terian or Flexitarian life? Yes? Then quit sabotaging yourself and do it… quit worrying about what others may think… they don’t EXIST! And more to the point – don’t matter!

The issue of social acceptance is another layer that Maya uses to keep us imprisoned and is very powerful. The only way to quell the fear is to grab the thought, look at your intention, then consciously decide if that is in your best interest given the game you have decided to play. I suppose you can play the “I want to worry about what others think” game, but in most cases, considering the deep slumber and pre-programmed responses these movie-extras have memorized, it is certainly not helpful. Do you love to be a modern homesteader, using your physical ability to grow your food, increase your level of self-reliance, and detach yourself from a corrupt, polluted, and destructive wider paradigm? Yes? Then do it. Do it regardless of whether the golfers, mall crawlers, and general citiot population think it valuable or not. They are IRRELEVANT!

So my spiritual autolysis is no longer about extricating the demons in my head. It is the process of habit breaking. The anger of meaninglessness comes from the stark understanding that everything you were taught to believe and everything you have done up to this point was wrong. I think that had we been a product of the indigenous who had rights of passage around the age of puberty, that there would be far more awakened beings. Our child like society killed off the people who really were enlightened, who had a success rate of waking people up of probably 90 percent because it was built into their culture. From that point, we have run around for centuries wondering how to attain enlightenment; thinking we needed some Babahooha or Swami-Salami from the east to wake us up. We invaded the North American holy land and killed off the priestesses because “we knew not what we do”. So now, instead of a vision quest at 13, we go psychotic for 50 years wondering why the pain of the imprisoned child of awareness inside of us needs drugs, or worse, the pain of ending it all.

Be deliberate in your actions. Be in control of your thoughts. Remove yourself from environments that pollute you and force you back into old unconscious habits, and dare to act differently than your programming when you are in familiar settings that you know don’t serve you. In order to live the knowing, to align yourself with that which you know logically to be true, you have to learn how to live- not all over again- but for the first time. Awareness is not enough. Habit breaking is the autolysis that will align you with the real. Question every thought you have ever had. Question why you do any physical action. Throw away that which hinders and keep what helps; but ultimately be mindful of everything, until being mindful becomes the habit.

So what game do I choose to play consciously? Runaway Climate Change is a fact. It is unavoidable in this existence. It is the pinnacle achievement of the ego-driven mindset. Everything about it, including extinction, is the result of a world that is completely asleep. It is the crowning achievement of the industrial civilization stage upon which this self-proclaimed intelligent species has created. I choose to play in this existence by rejecting that civilization. I have rejected it ever since I woke up in High School. I looked upon our species with disgust, but because I was beholden to the role models and people “in charge” it was repressed and it ended me up in the church. I reject the intelligence of our species. I value how humans change for the better pretty dramatically when they are in small social tribes. I choose to work toward local food, local community, and people lending help to people. If I can find that or if I can play a part in creating it, I will. If not. I’ll do it some other way.

No one will escape the pain of climate change. Memento Mori, remember your death. Knowing that you are going to die and keeping that awareness about you, should, in itself, change the way you behave and act on this stage. I choose to embrace the miracle of growing things. It stands in stark contrast to the wider slumbering egoic culture that strives to kill and mine everything in its path. If this world implodes and the universe folds up on this little pebble in the great void, my energy will reverberate into the eternal fabric that at least one person in this blip of an existence valued life and the natural world. I choose to use my physical abilities to work with the field. I choose to reject what ego has wrought. In the end, it doesn’t matter; but the universe planted this seed of revulsion in me back in the years that the native americans would have sent me out on a vision quest. I went on one and didn’t know it. I found myself and I hear its message. Detach from that which pollutes you, embrace that which feels right, do nothing as though it has ultimate significance. Float down your river of homesteading, don’t attempt to fight. Do it until it is indicated that you should do something else, and let that raft take you there.

I also choose to let go of controlling my world. Everything is what it is. Its all going to happen anyway… or maybe it won’t. Nothing I do is going to change that. I choose to watch world events as though they are a comedy, not something of ultimate significance. Everything is a giant comedy and my sense of humor is perfectly suited for it.

I reject the religion and sciences that revolve around ego. I choose to work to join myself with the field of energy and consciousness. My alter is my telescope, my zen is my bow, my sacrament is my farm. My tribe are those who choose to orbit those fields. But they too, will be free to find themselves and either continue to orbit or move to another plane.

There are certain realities to these choices if you don’t want to increase pain. Physical needs need to be met. At some point, the pain of work – my only forced habit of attachment to the egoic industrial civilization construct – at some level needs to be endured. The only result that can happen from eliminating that is to become a street person. It doesn’t seem to be indicated, but it does seem to be indicated that it needs to not be taken so seriously. If the ego driven world is going to wreck the lives of millions again, there is nothing on earth that I can do to stop it. In the end, it is not my fault. It is the result of children acting as if they are adults. There is nothing so blatantly obvious than the fact that we live in a world of children. They have had no right of passage, no help in awakening, and every construct of that civilization is designed to keep them trapped.

So I have anger associated with the awakening to meaninglessness. Should I have had a choice I would have avoided this existence altogether. The fascinating piece in all of this is how much bigger my understanding of infinity has become. This isn’t the only me. There are infinite versions. All of them are dreams, none of them mean anything, and that, ultimately, is the most freeing thing I can imagine. Freedom to play, freedom to choose, no matter what the slumbering play actors do.

(Throughout this I have referred to a word “Autolysis” It is a word coined in a trilogy by Jed McKenna which means to “devour one’s self”. It is a process by which he asserts can free the mind to reality. I highly recommend the books, as I know several others in this community would)

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Comments 81

  • Thank you again, Jonathan for a very insightful and thoughtful essay. I picked up on the term “Autolysis” right away, and I think its a keeper. I will return to re-read you essay and reflect on it — I think it speaks to the very heart of the matter of giving up our trappings and living a more conscious and aware life.

    There are so many forces pulling us back into this dream state that this struggle to free ourselves and really live is a daily chore. We still have mortgages and taxes and all the trappings of this artificial culture in which we have been embedded since birth.

    You and I are on very similar journeys — probably everything but the bow — though I have an appreciation of Osage Orange or Bois d’Arc for other reasons! I also find my sanity and perspective through astronomy (no “L”!), which I find very humbling and connecting. If there is a way for me to write to you directly, I would like to do so — please advise. I tried the link to your farmstead from back in April, and it didn’t work for me. I’m at green works vt at g mail dot com (just remove the spaces)

  • Page not found test.

  • Brilliant, Jonathan. Out of the park. Memento mori, indeed.

    And yeah, IMO everyone with a sense of humour about the whole “waking up business” should read Jed McKenna before they die.

  • “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
    ― Jiddu Krishnamurti

    Krishnamurti is one of the best at teaching you to think for yourself,if you listen and understand what he says you will be living in the moment as never before.

  • I yearn for the letting go

    This is life’s program. ok if you want to be worm food.

  • Great essay! I can also wholeheartedly recommend the Jed McKenna trilogy for those still seeking truth.

  • Wonderful essay, Jonathan – an enjoyable read and great advice.

    Let’s hope I can at last post a comment again.

    Here goes.

  • Yes, throw off the programming; escape from the matrix.

  • http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/08/movement-declassify-911-materials-gathers-momentum.html

    Movement to Declassify 9/11 Information Gathers Momentum

    9/11 Commission Chairs, Congressmen and Intelligence Officers All Call for Declassification

    The 9/11 Commission Co-Chairs – Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean – have called for the 28-page section of the 9/11 Commission Report which is classified to be declassified.

    Kean said that 60-70% of what was classified shouldn’t have been classified in the first place: [short video of his speech]

    Congressman Thomas Massie read the 28 classified pages of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry into 9/11 (the joint Senate and House investigation into 9/11) and immediately called for them to be released to the public: [short video of his speech]

    A bipartisan bill – introduced by congressmen Walter B. Jones (Republican from North Carolina) and Stephen Lynch (Democrat from Massachusetts) – would declassify the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry which implicate the Saudi government.

    Former Congressman Ron Paul is also demanding the 28 pages be declassified: [short video of his speech]

    The Co-Chair of the congressional investigation into 9/11 – Bob Graham – and 9/11 Commissioner and former Senator Bob Kerrey are calling for either a “permanent 9/11 commission” or a new 9/11 investigation to get to the bottom of it.

    Senator Graham has lobbied Obama for years to release the 28 pages and to reopen the investigation, but Obama has refused. The former Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and 9/11 investigator has even resorted to filing Freedom of Information requests to obtain information, but the Obama administration is still stonewalling:

    Graham said that like the 28 pages in the 9/11 inquiry, the Sarasota case is being “covered up” by U.S. intelligence. Graham has been fighting to get the FBI to release the details of this investigation with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and litigation. But so far the bureau has stalled and stonewalled, he said.

    And high-level former NSA official Thomas Drake provided testimony to the 9/11 investigations documenting that the “official story” of 9/11 makes little sense, as the intelligence agencies had all of the information they needed to stop it. Drake’s testimony has – for no real reason – been classified.

    [there’s more, but you get the idea – it ain’t happenin’ . . . yet]

  • Amazing Lost Footage Surfaces As Reporter Makes News Out Of Chaos On 9/11
    http://tellmenow.com/2014/07/amazing-lost-footage-surfaces-as-reporter-makes-news-out-of-chaos-on-911/

    Recently released was a roll of seldom before seen footage as one reporter tried to do his job as effectively as possible amongst the chaos.

    Showing several different things, from one of the towers collapsing, eye witness accounts to the mayhem that ensued are all caught on tape as the reporter tries to interview anyone who would talk with him. Take a peek at the over 20 minutes worth of footage.

  • Anything actually “de-classified” will just muddy the water. THese people aren’t going to release anything. Where the hell was Graham in the beginning? Why only 28 stinkin’ badges, uh, I mean, pages?

  • Scared Scientists
    http://www.scaredscientists.com/

    A quick chat to the experts and it’s immediately apparent that climate change is not only real: it’s serious. Very serious. But this isn’t what scares scientists. They’re afraid humanity will continue to bury its head in the sand; instead of facing its greatest challenge head on.

    In his black-and-white photography series “Scared Scientists,” Nick Bowers captures a raw element not often associated with scientific knowledge. For the series, Bowers interviewed a selection of scientists in varying fields, capturing the frightened looks on their faces while they contemplated their findings. The photos are minimalist but intense, each wrinkle and crease pointing to a human unease we can all connect with.

  • Pathetic. Eat some ice cream or something. Guy has a shtick. It works for a failed academic. He didn’t think he would create a cult, but whoops, he did. Don’t drink the kool-aid. Besides, ice cream tastes better.

  • Lord have mercy! Another Klansman!

  • This essay is a great contribution, one of the very best IMO, and his upon probably the most relevant aspect of what NTHE is all about, the conflict between what society expects and what our own mind-hearts tell us. This sentence particularly holds true for me: “Those who have fully let the child out; learned to live in the dream state yet fully aware, often flame out.”

    I have flamed out and have risen from the ashes – this is where the adage what does not kill you makes you stronger. Having gone through this process, I naturally tell myself it was necessary for me to grow and acquire the necessary humility to be able to maintain the right balance between dealing with the conflicting demands of life in a material world.
    I really think this conflict is at heart of most discussions here (which is probably why I find this forum more interesting than most).

    I think it is important to strive. Even if you strive for peacefulness, you are striving. But it’s important to strive for what gives you peace, makes you happy, whatever criteria YOU use. It’s important to not strive for whatever is based on other people’s expectations (or the expectations of the Matrix). Even if you take on responsibilities, your goal should be to either strive to fulfill those to the best of your ability if that is what you desire or make a graceful exit.

    I see my six year old daughter living the life of a child. She is truly a carefree spirit. She has taught me a lot..

  • “Anger is better. There is a sense of being in anger. A reality and presence. An awareness of worth. It is a lovely surging.”

    ― Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

    “It’s important to maintain the kind of rage that allows you to resist.”
    ― bell hooks, Outlaw Culture

    I do not like woo-woo. And I frequently get the impression that the purpose of many of these discussions is to enable the very privileged western world a comfortable “out” for their responsibility and complicity in the unfolding horror.

    I lived in a Buddhist country the past 6 years and I have watched Buddhism used to perpetrate
    the most vicious fascist horrors – all to the benefit of Western corporations who are reaping super-profits off the backs of people conned into it and who should know better. I used to revere Buddhism, but not any longer since I can see it warped to the ends of power just like Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Shinto, ad infinitum.

    Like I posted yesterday, this is not time to go full tilt woo-woo. It is time to get off your complacent, rationalizing, ridiculously over-privileged ass, look the problem in the eye and do what has to and needs to be done. Mental health, as Fanon suggested, comes from resistance, not from new forms of fully rationalized denial.

  • Buddha, Jesus, Mohamed, Ganesh, Amaterasu, Yoga, Meditation, Vishnu, LaoTze, Li Sun-Shin, the Quakers, L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Later Day Saints, much less the church of NTE, is not going to save you. You are on your own. Good Luck.

  • Thanks, Jon! I’ve read a lot of good things here on NBL, but this article really identifies with many of my own life’s inner experiences. It was very satisfying to see such a view shared. I will make this article something I will return to again and again.

  • – endless hand wringing by people comprising only 4 % of the world’s population yet consuming over 25 % of it’s resources.

    This feel-good psycho-babble is insidious much like the corporate media’s propaganda.

    A very simple way to show it’s effects is to count the number of times “I” (me, mine) appears in both the essay and the comments of the people who like it, plus how they, like drug addicts, attack those who don’t fall for it, or even merely say they’re not interested in it.

    – it makes people self-absorbed. If you spend your time helping others in a non-intimate way, these addicts attack that as well.

    Barbara Ehrenreich

    Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

    comments:

    “Boy is it nice to see someone exposing Positive fucking Psychology, The Secret, the “prosperity gospel,” and all the rest of the American happytalk crap. I get so sick of it. I get so fucking sick of it.”

    “touchy-feely-warm-and-fluffy glib platitudes”

    “I’ve been waiting my whole life for someone to write this book. THANK YOU! Ever since the positive thinking curriculum in sixth grade I’ve loathed the philosophy.”

    “understand that the opposite of positivism is not negativism, but realism. Ehrenriech does a masterful job of taking on the “happyness” culture that pervades business, organized religion and pop psychology”

    “Thank goodness for The Great Recession. It came exactly at the right time. And global warming too! For the last 40 years or so (but especially since the 1980s) Americans have absorbed the opiate of positive thinking.”

  • 65 times “I”, “me” “my”

    there’s a far simpler (and shorter) way to embrace meaning.

    Concentrate on doing things for others, and eventually they will start doing things for you.

    Putting yourself in the service of others shows them you truly care about them, so naturally they reflect that empathy back to you.

    When people who are dominated by negative emotions they become so wrapped up in themselves, it becomes a downward spiral. They become more & more isolated, so other’s are less & less likely to give a damn about them.

    They slowly whither & die..

    But when you re-direct your thoughts and actions to helping others, you break this cycle. You reach a balance where you have all the personal interaction you want.

    Another aspect is to learn skills and gain knowledge that helps other people. Because when you’re smart, people need you.

    In fact they can grow dependant on you and start demanding too much of your time. This is where the balance part comes in – you choose how much personal time you want for yourself, your own personal space, a place to think, to design, to build.

    So much to do, so many interesting things to learn, not enough hours in the day, tends to cut into sleep. Have to balance that too. Your brain is buzzing with thoughts when you fall asleep, you keep thinking while dreaming, you wake up with much awareness of what the dreaming was about, you jump up and start soldering the new design you dreamed. You keep working on it until it’s done, no coffee, no breakfast. Then go show it to the people in your life “see, look what I made for you”

    “wow, it’s great. how did you think of that?”

    “I designed it in my dreamns”

    “Oh, I make breakfast”

  • The EGO is an activity, NOT a STRUCTURE.

    The European psychoalalytic linguistic framining from the last centure would tend to reinforce thi flavour of EGO as a psychological structure, however, in life, in living people, it is an ACTIVITY.

    Therefore, it can stop being done, and one can live in the NOW!!

    It Can Be.

  • @ c_i

    ..so naturally they reflect that empathy back to you.

    When people who are dominated by negative emotions they become so wrapped up in themselves, it becomes a downward spiral. They become more & more isolated, so other’s are less & less likely to give a damn about them.

    They slowly whither & die..

    Hahaha, but I, I, I, I, have some personal experience and expertise in this area, in this arena.

    If you have total love, empathy, give everything of yourself, just as your analysis suggests, they WILL give a damn about you, they WILL care about you, they WILL love you…

    And what happens ? The fuckers will eat you alive, like hyeanas and vultures, they will wake you at 3 am with the good news to tell you how much they love you, they’ll queue up at the door and get angry that you don’t let them all in at once, they’ll camp on the lawn, they’ll ruin and despoil everything you try to do for them, with their love and appreciation, because they love and appreciate you so much…

    All this works AUTOMATICALLY, just like Monty Python’s Life of Brian, ‘Blessed are the Cheesemakers’ sorry, that’s a typo, should be ‘Peacemakers’, stone the Cheesemakers to death…

    Go AWAY ! Leave me ALONE ! I do not WANT your ‘love and empathy’, let me have some fucking peace, so I can slowly wither and die ! 🙂

    Life is FATAL, it’s a terminal disease, we are all withering and dying, each moment is precious beyond measure, has infinite potential, never returns…

    What about the other species ?

  • false dichotomy

    I didn’t see you use the word balance – I did say it twice..

    The context is in finding meaning, nothing more. What relationships one builds with other’s beyond personal meaning becomes a question of personalities, commitment, maturity, and so on.

    There’s no magic formula to building relationships, no wand you can wave, no spell you can cast. These are outside the scope of the core problem, of finding personal meaning.

    You concentrate on becoming a likeable, knowledgeable, helpful person, and in the process you eventually team up with like-minded individuals, to whatever extent and whatever ways you want, based on a balance of time set aside to continue improving yourself as a person vs the time spent helping others.

    Other species are again outside the scope of this technique.

    – there’s not much time or energy left to think about them if you yourself are dysfunctional to begin with..

    If you’re lacking in meaning, you have to get yourself together (which the most effective outcome of is to build personal relationships with other people) before you’re in a position to really engage in helping other species.

    – but you can skip that if you’re not ‘a people person’

  • @ Ozman

    The EGO is an activity, NOT a STRUCTURE.

    The European psychoalalytic linguistic framining from the last centure would tend to reinforce thi flavour of EGO as a psychological structure, however, in life, in living people, it is an ACTIVITY.

    Therefore, it can stop being done, and one can live in the NOW!!

    It Can Be

    This garbled misspelled nonsense is presented as your personal wisdom ?

    A structure and an activity are not mutually exclusive. A water fountain is both.

    Of course you can live in the ‘now’. Where else are you going to live ? Are you living last year, or next year ?

    What is it that lives in the now ? The ‘me’, the ‘self’, the ‘ego’ ?
    If it’s none of these, then what is it ?

    Cue Robin Datta, who will give a bewildering opaque summary drawn from Vedantic and Buddhist doctrine, concerning the ‘I’ and the ‘Not-I’ and how butter melts in the mouth, and, probably, none of us will be much the wiser.

    There are many different schools of thought which feature the word ‘ego’ and they have different ways of understanding the term, so U suggest it’s better not to add confusion to a very confused area, by mixing up, e.g. Freud/Jung, Hindu/Buddhist, modern scientific psychology, and other paradigms.

  • The meaninglessness of life.

    Noun. meaninglessness – a message that seems to convey no meaning.

    “There has always been a sense in the back of my mind that nothing really matters. How could it be that all of this “existence” really has some kind of end purpose?”

    I always wondered, as a Child, why there is anything, when there should be nothing. I’ve never found the answer. Many times I wish I did not exist – but I am somehow forced to – and even feel an inner compulsion to preserve this existence – even though sometimes I did not want to.

    It may be, but not necessarily so, that the message of life is to enjoy it. For it is fleeting.However, that brings up another question – for we are all different, and one’s enjoyment might bring others pain, or worse.

    SO really, there are no answers.

    And life is, perhaps, truly meaningless. But today I enjoyed the Sun on my face as I rode my bicycle.

    And tonight, I am enjoying thinking about meaninglessness and the Universe, while consuming some beers, burning some coal (to produce the electricity which lights the room, powers the fan, the computer and the internet) and sharing some thoughts.

    Thoughts which are not profound nor do they change anything.

    But these thoughts, and existence may be the product of something greater, which I do not understand.

    That which to me is meaningless – may be meaningful to other processes in the Universe.

    And interesting thought from an interesting man, Dr. Paul LaViolette:

    The Om is the “sound” of cosmic creation that occurs throughout the universe. In the context of the ancient physics of subquantum kinetics, it is the minute energy impulse imparted when each etheron pops into existence in its new etheron state in the course of its endless journey through ether states. Shiva Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer, creates this sound by shaking the drum which he holds in his upper right hand, his hand of creation. In his left hand he holds the flame of dissolution which represents the departure of etherons as they transmute into the next etheric state in their chain of evolution. Together this process of etheron creation and dissolution denotes the ever-present cosmic flux.

    The Om also signifies the continual omnipresent fluctuation of the ether, the substrate that extends throughout the universe, underlies our physical existence, and forms what physicists call the zero-point energy continuum. This stochastic subquantum vibration is driven by the random transmutation events that etherons are continuously undergoing. Every subatomic particle that is continously created throughout the universe is nucleated by a rare mega-fluctuation, or critical fluctuation, that from time to time emerges from this zero-point continuum. Hence the process of physical creation is ultimately spawned by the Om.

    And so. Perhaps my existence is merely that of a biological machine to further the existence of greater mechanics that shape the Universe and give it existence.

    For there should be…

    NOTHING.

  • Eckhart Tolle. The Power of Now. Read it.

  • ulvfugl

    Wow, seems you are saying that a confused area of psycho-spiritual understanding should just stay that way.

    I don’t think what I said was confused, but if you need to correct everyone else according to your own sense of knowledge base, go ahead but remember to let go as you do, and breath, that way it is in the NOW.

    You may need to follow your own path, and perhaps also accept others are allowed to too. Share more and you may feel happier.

    However, if you need it spelt out in simpler terms:

    EGO is a VERB, not a NOUN.

    Easier for you?

    I wish you well.

  • @ Ozman

    However, if you need it spelt out in simpler terms:
    EGO is a VERB, not a NOUN.

    Sorry to disappoint you, but ego is a noun.

    Unless you are Humpty Dumpty.

    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean- neither more nor less.”

    You can, of course, make up any old shit, to please your self. You’ve done it before, Ozman, no surprise that you do it again. But making up shit is not the same as having wisdom, or insight, or saying something intelligent or useful, is it.

    You should re-read my comment. It did not say Wow, seems you are saying that a confused area of psycho-spiritual understanding should just stay that way. quite the opposite, it said if you want to clarify, you need to be aware of how the word ‘ego’ is given very different meanings in different contexts and by different belief systems.

    You obviously have no idea about this problem, and introduce your own idiosyncratic madness, by deciding, uniquely, that ‘ego’ shall be a verb. You explain nothing, you clarify nothing, you add nothing, you demonstrate your abject ignorance.

  • http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/ebola-becoming-harder-to-treat-us-experts-rapid-mutation-could-render-treatment-and-vaccines-ineffective/

    Ebola becoming harder to treat —US experts: rapid mutation could “render treatment and vaccines ineffective”

    August 2014 – AFRICA – As countries across the world battle to contain the spreads of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the killer ailment appears to be devising means of circumventing efforts to stop it, researchers have said. Experts claim that the virus is “rapidly and continually mutating, making it harder to diagnose and treat.” This is just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared, on Saturday, that the index case, Patrick Sawyer, in a “devilish” connivance with some Liberian authorities, intentionally brought the disease to Nigeria. He also noted that the disease, which he said had become a global problem, had been taking a toll on Nigeria’s economy, charging the Federal Government to partner the World Health Organization (WHO), European Union (EU) and government of America in containing the virus. Sunday Tribune’s finding showed that result of a research by a team of American scientists indicates that the initial patients diagnosed with the virus in Sierra Leone revealed almost 400 genetic modifications, concluding that this could render current treatment ineffective and put vaccines that are being worked on for its cure in danger. According to reports, the team of researchers, under the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and Harvard University, analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes which were collected from 78 patients diagnosed with the disease in Sierra Leona in the first 24 days of the current outbreak. Dr Pardis Sabeti, a senior associate member at the Broad Institute and an associate professor at Harvard University, who was among leaders of the research, said “by making the data immediately available to the community, we hope to accelerate response efforts.

    [there’s more]

    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/iceland-volcano-erupts-again-one-day-after-scientists-declared-eruption-over-aviation-warning-raised-to-highest-level/

    Iceland volcano erupts again, one day after scientists declared eruption over: aviation warning raised to highest level

    August 2014 – ICELAND – Iceland has raised its aviation warning level after a new eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano Sunday morning. The eruption was described as “a very calm lava eruption” which could “hardly be seen on seismometers.” Planes are now banned from flying within 6,000 feet of the volcano peak. Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing ash that disrupted air travel across Europe. It happened in roughly the same place as an earlier eruption on Friday morning, and is the third to happen in the area in the last week. Scientists have been on high alert after Iceland’s largest volcanic system has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks. The news comes just one day after geologists in Iceland lowered the alert and said the eruption of Bardarbunga was over. If this recent eruption teaches us anything, it tells us just how unpredictable these volcanic systems are and that nature has a mercurial mind of its own. -WGN TEP

  • https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26122-no-more-pause-warming-will-be-nonstop-from-now-on.html#.VARYbdDD_cs

    No more pause: Warming will be non-stop from now on

    Enjoy the pause in global warming while it lasts, because it’s probably the last one we will get this century. Once temperatures start rising again, it looks like they will keep going up without a break for the rest of the century, unless we cut our greenhouse gas emissions.

    The slowdown in global warming since 1997 seems to be driven by unusually powerful winds over the Pacific Ocean, which are burying heat in the water. But even if that happens again, or a volcanic eruption spews cooling particles into the air, we are unlikely to see a similar hiatus, according to two independent studies.

    Masahiro Watanabe of the University of Tokyo in Japan and his colleagues have found that, over the past three decades, the natural ups and downs in temperature have had less influence on the planet’s overall warmth. In the 1980s, natural variability accounted for almost half of the temperature changes seen. That fell to 38 per cent in the 1990s and just 27 per cent in the 2000s.

    Instead, human-induced warming is accounting for more and more of the changes from year to year, says Watanabe. With ever-faster warming, small natural variations have less impact and are unlikely to override the human-induced warming.

    “The implication is that we will get fewer hiatus periods, or hiatus periods that last for a shorter period,” says Wenju Cai at the CSIRO in Melbourne, Australia, who wasn’t involved in the work.

    [there’s more]

  • Muddled enough to be
    Déjà moo.

  • moooo o o o!

    http://damnthematrix.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/the-most-depressing-discovery-about-the-brain-ever/

    The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever

    Say goodnight to the dream that education, journalism, scientific evidence, or reason can provide the tools that people need in order to make good decisions. Originally published at Alternet, this article resonated with me, a lot, particularly following from the recent discussions on the viability of solar power.

    Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. His primary research interests are risk perception, science communication, and the application of decision science to law and policymaking. His latest research paper is called “Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government,” but you may as well call it “Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do Math.” You sometimes see this occurring in the comments on even this blog!

    Marty Kaplan, the author of this piece, writes:

    Kahan conducted some ingenious experiments about the impact of political passion on people’s ability to think clearly. His conclusion, in Mooney’s words: partisanship “can even undermine our very basic reasoning skills…. [People] who are otherwise very good at math may totally flunk a problem that they would otherwise probably be able to solve, simply because giving the right answer goes against their political beliefs.”

    In other words, say goodnight to the dream that education, journalism, scientific evidence, media literacy or reason can provide the tools and information that people need in order to make good decisions. It turns out that in the public realm, a lack of information isn’t the real problem. The hurdle is how our minds work, no matter how smart we think we are. We want to believe we’re rational, but reason turns out to be the ex post facto way we rationalize what our emotions already want to believe.

    It’s obvious, really; after decades now of trying to get people to alter their behaviour on all sorts of issues, I have failed. OK, I may have bent a few people, myself included mind you, but on the whole nobody will change their belief systems, no matter the evidence. When people are misinformed, giving them all the facts in the world to correct the errors of their ways only makes them cling to their beliefs more tenaciously. I have witnessed this so many times now, I even know when to stop talking and wasting my time. Flat Earthers will always be Flat Earthers.

    Quoting again from Alternet… here’s some of what else was found:
    People who thought WMDs were found in Iraq believed that misinformation even more strongly when they were shown a news story correcting it.
    People who thought George W. Bush banned all stem cell research kept thinking he did that even after they were shown an article saying that only some federally funded stem cell work was stopped.
    People who said the economy was the most important issue to them, and who disapproved of Obama’s economic record, were shown a graph of nonfarm employment over the prior year – a rising line, adding about a million jobs. They were asked whether the number of people with jobs had gone up, down or stayed about the same. Many, looking straight at the graph, said down.
    But if, before they were shown the graph, they were asked to write a few sentences about an experience that made them feel good about themselves, a significant number of them changed their minds about the economy. If you spend a few minutes affirming your self-worth, you’re more likely to say that the number of jobs increased.

    The implications for contentious issues, like climate change and limits to growth are enormous. If I hear one more time we have enough oil to last us another 500 years…… I may go berzerk! Studies of how our minds work, such as this one, suggest that the political choices people make are impervious to facts that contradict us. How else, for instance, can one even explain the election of our Prime Moronster?

    Climate Change denialism implies a psychological disorder. Denial can only be described as business-as-usual for our brains; more and better facts don’t convert badly informed voters into better thinking citizens. It just makes them more committed to their faith and beliefs. In the entire history of the universe, no Murdoch Press readers ever changed their minds because of anything they might read here…… When there’s a conflict between faith and beliefs, and plain evidence, it’s the beliefs that win. Once a believer in nuclear power, always a believer. The power of emotion over reason isn’t a bug in our human operating systems, it’s a feature says Kaplan.

  • I remain bewildered, pissed off, resigned and hopeless.
    All these goddamn experts on every side of the issue and
    we still all get to die like rats trapped in a burning building.
    What good is your belief system when there is nothing left to eat?
    What higher levels of living will you achieve when there is nothing left to drink?

    All this smug saintly certainty that with the right breathing technique or frame of mind will somehow make the death of everyone you know and love okay. Fuck that. In between laughing at the endless folly of the human race, I’m weeping bitter tears. I laugh at the presumption presented here and weep for the whales. I laugh at my own failing body and weep for the lions. I laugh at you and weep for the spiders. It seems like a much better option than figuring out where the fuck my atoms will be in a hundred billion years.

  • Crazy (Horse) Inventor,

    Thank you for ur comments.

    Babble makes you dizzy also. It is worthless.

    Barbara is a stellar writer.

    May the White man overcome his curse. (good luck)

  • Rx:

    Read Einstein quotes.

    Marvel at the mysterious.

    Listen to Snatam Kaur…

    Oh my Soul, you come and you go
    Through the paths of time and space.
    In useless play you’ll not find the way
    So set your path and go.

  • Why human designed efficient technological systems are fraught with problems:

    Contraposition ~q -> ~p
    date: february 28th, 2014

    Rube Goldberg Nature
    written by: barath

    And about our rushing headlong towards the cliff:
    Resource Insights by Kurt Cobb
    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Ruin is forever: When the precautionary principle is justified

  • “We want to believe we’re rational, but reason turns out to be the ex post facto way we rationalize what our emotions already want to believe.”

    Reptilian brain in the back seat is the “boss” (= bucket of stinking s**t). The mammalian/primate brain is in the driver’s seat, and seems to be apparently in control. But it takes the vehicle wherever the boss tells it to. It even uses rationality and speech to justify where it is going.

    “nobody will change their belief systems, no matter the evidence.”

    Rationality is handled by the mammalian/primate brain and is overridden by inputs from the reptilian brain. To have the vehicle go somewhere else, one must address the reptilian brain through appeals to emotions and values. This has been known since antiquity, and in modern times codified by Josef Goebbels, Edward Bernays and others. It is a multimillion dollar advertising industry known derisively as Big Ad. It addresses fears such as ageing, and desires such as social status in very subtle ways. And repetition drives the message home.

  • @ Grant Schreiber

    What good is your belief system when there is nothing left to eat?
    What higher levels of living will you achieve when there is nothing left to drink?
    All this smug saintly certainty that with the right breathing technique or frame of mind will somehow make the death of everyone you know and love okay.

    You completely miss the point.

    Your own personal shallow cynical Robert Crumb / Monty Python / Comic Strip view of existence, may be fine and adequate for YOU, but that doesn’t mean everyone else has to be satisfied with that shrivelled and embittered take on life, does it.

    It actually makes a vast difference what your belief system is, when there is nothing to eat or drink.

    It’s got nothing to DO with making the death of everyone you know and love OKAY.

    You do not understand even the simplest basics of spirituality, Grant.

    You pour scorn and derision upon an area of knowledge about which you are completely ignorant.

    It doesn’t matter that you are ignorant. That’s your OWN business. If you are happy and satisfied, then FINE. But you need reminding, dear fellow, that there are other people in the world with views and insights which you ought to respect, even if you find them incomprehensible.

    For thousands of years human beings have endured the most extreme hardship and suffering, famines, plagues, massacres, the constant loss of beloved wives and babies in childbirth, chronic disease, tremendous difficulties.

    They survived. They discovered ways of being that helped them to cope. They found spiritual strength.

    Your OWN smug dismissal of ‘breathing exercises’ and ‘frame of mind’ and ‘saintly certainty’ is quite appalling conceit and arrogant stupidity. You have no idea at all what you are talking about.

    The spiritual domain is not rational or reasonable. Why should it be ? You want it to comply with your 19thC Materialist Enlightenment logic, but why should it ? It doesn’t. There is nothing logical about WHY the Universe exists or WHY we exist and are here and all this is happening, it would be just as ‘reasonable’ for there to be nothing whatsoever.

    Humans have explored their inner world for thousands of years. They have discovered ways to connect to the subtle levels of being that most people are completely unaware of. Just as many people deny that they have dreams, and many people cannot recall their dreams, there are others who are expert at lucid dreaming, some people develop expertise in the spiritual realm.

  • I’m so much in agreement with so much of this essay, it’s hardly worth picking at nits, but there were a couple of things that came to mind.

    One is that the most meaningless word I can think of is “meaninglessness”. One man’s meaning is another man’s discarded assumption, and I’m not ready to say that our daily lives are meaningless. I do agree that the search for “ultimate meaning” (whatever that is) is probably a garden path leading to a rabbit-hole leading to a No Exit sign.

    On the other hand, meaning is everywhere, all the time, in the small things and in the large things we manage to sense with the tools we were born with, such as they are. I am now thinking, for instance, of the term “fractal”. I probably never heard that term until I was over 40 years old…but the fractal nature of the universe is something I now “see” everywhere I look. And it contributes to a feeling I have that I call “meaning”. Not the only example of what I’m getting at, either. Does that make any sense?

    Second thing, I’m not sure anger is necessary for true awakening. It’s natural, for sure…but sooner or later you’re going to get past it, and as far as I’m concerned, the sooner the better. True awakening for some people might be just as likely to make them laugh their ass off as get pissed off. It’s all in how the bus hits you when it runs you over, and it has to do with your personality, of which there is more than one type, from what I understand. Just my humble opinion, flavored by the Wise Men and Great Books of my own limited experience.

  • “On the other hand, meaning is everywhere, all the time, in the small things and in the large things we manage to sense with the tools we were born with, such as they are.”

    A frog from a great river fell into a well and met another frog that was born and grew up in the well. When well-frog asked the river-frog where the latter was from, the river-frog said that he was from a vast river. The well frog stretched out his arms and asked “As big as this well?” “Much, much bigger” came the reply. “How can that possibly be?” asked the well-frog, and try as he might, the river-frog could not convey to the well-frog the vastness of the river.

    All meaning is specific to its frame of reference. Meaninglessness becomes possible when there is no subject (no “I”) and therefore no anchor point from which to do the referring. Short of that, meaninglessness is an intellectual exercise associated with the concept of “Lila” (Divine Play), well short of realisation.

    “Second thing, I’m not sure anger is necessary for true awakening.”

    Not everyone has that realisation. In fact it is an obstacle to realisation.

  • Nihilism, it seems, is the mind-shattering, universe-refuting, all-subverting truth. It is the Lovecraftian encephalopod in the room that philosophers and theologians have been conspiring to ignore since that bore Socrates came on the scene. Before him, Greeks not indoctrinated into the Cult of Reason knew the score, and called it Chaos. Shamans, of course, have always known, or I should say, un-known. For the process of endarkenment is a process of unlearning what one has learned, of burning books and killing idols and excising memes placed in one’s mind by education. If one’s worldview is an operating system, Nihilism represents a full hard drive reformat.

    The postmodern era is quite a remarkable one for Western civilization, having witnessed an unprecedented eruption of and reformatting via Nihilism. Nietzsche saw it all coming in the 19th century, though he could never have predicted the myriad manifestations of the Chaotic impulse: Futurism, Expressionism, Existentialism, Jazz, Absurdism, Cosmicism, the Beats, Buddhism, Deconstruction, Psychedelia, Occultism, etc. It’s been a hell of a party, and it’s still not over yet.

    However, I think it’s fair to say that the preliminary results of this orgy are in, and they are grim. For we see throughout the “nihilized” modern world ideologies of self-deprecation, anemic birthrates, mass immigration, addiction, depression, social atomization, consumerism — all symptoms of cultures that are being murdered by the memetic weapon of mass destruction that Nihilism apparently is. “Without religion, the people perish,” so forth, so gone.

    What is to be done? A true nihilist would probably say “nothing”. How one reacts to watching one’s own culture die is surely an acid test that determines whether one truly values nothing. Personally, I feel a twinge of regret and a sense of loss, for I know that the nihilistic culture that I’ve known and liked is not long for this world. I know nature’s brutal logic ensures that nihilistic non-breeders will die out, and more fecund believers will replace them. As ridiculous as, say, mid-twentieth century French culture was, it was uniquely extreme and subversive in ways that no civilization has ever been, and perhaps ever will be again. As the high water mark of civilized nihilism, our time will stand for the ages as an example of the grand absurdities our species is capable of.

    But I have few illusions. I know that the coming dark age, or theocracy, or police state will not tolerate my kind. I know that we brethren of the Holy Church of Nihil are pure subversives — memetic terrorists who offer nothing that civilization needs to function. For the world just doesn’t require our non-truth to carry on, and is in fact better off never unknowing and going mad from the revelation. And that, I think, is just further proof of the terrible truth we keep. So contain us, vilify us, even kill us, and I wouldn’t blame believers. In fact, I would consider it our final victory.

  • White Nose Syndrome is killing millions of bats and has now spread from the East coast to the South and Midwest……..Monarch butterflies are on the edge of extinction………A mysterious fungus that originated in Israel and has now spread worldwide is causing the extinction of amphibians…….Bumblebees/Honey bees/ and other native pollinators are being decimated by Colony Collapse Disorder………and now it’s fireflies……..

    “Fireflies may be Nature’s most magical animals. You can be walking down a street at night, or sitting on your porch, or camping out, and there they are, flitting about right next to you, blinking on and off like tiny fairies. But they’re not fairies – they’re fascinating and vulnerable insects that play an important role in the web of life while reminding us that Nature is a special place.

    Sadly, firefly populations are quickly shrinking. Some companies actually pay people to capture thousands of these animals so they can harvest the chemicals in fireflies that produce their light, even though the same chemicals, called luciferase or luciferin, can be made in a laboratory synthetically. Urban and suburban development destroys the places where fireflies live and breed. Light pollution also disorients fireflies, making it difficult for them to reproduce over time.

    Here’s how you can help keep Nature’s little light bulbs shining bright:

    * Don’t capture fireflies! Fireflies are very easy to capture because they fly so slowly, and they usually hover within range of an eager hand. Resist the urge to grab them. And whatever you do, don’t try to capture them to ship them off for research. The research kills them in the end, which is totally unnecessary.

    * Turn off outside lights at night. Fireflies flash their lights to signal to each other, attract mates, and warn when they sense danger. Artificial light could throw off their sense of where to flash when. Turn off porch and yard lights, and draw your blinds at night to darken your landscape.

    * Let logs and organic litter accumulate. Some fireflies lay their larva in rotten logs and the organic matter that builds up under trees and bushes. If you’ve got the space, leave sections of logs or thick branches on the ground where they can host fireflies as they decay.

    * Set up a fountain, bird bath, or pond. Most fireflies thrive around water and marshy areas. While you don’t want standing water that will attract mosquitoes, a gently moving fountain or a bird bath or pond could help a lot. Plus, you’ll attract bees, birds and butterflies, as well.

    * Garden organically. Fireflies and their larvae can ingest poison from plants that have been sprayed with toxic chemicals. They may also eat other insects that are contaminated. Organic gardens will breed healthy fireflies!

    * Use natural fertilizers. Like pesticides, fertilizers that contain toxic chemicals may fell fireflies. Use organic compost below bushes and trees and in garden and flower beds. Fertilize lawns with a very slow releasing product and the minimum amount needed to grow a healthy lawn without posing a threat to wildlife.

    * Let your lawn grow a little longer. Fireflies stay mainly on the ground during the day, so mowing the lawn short and frequently can disrupt their life cycle. Let your lawn grow a little longer between mowings, or convert a part of your lawn to taller grasses that will be both beautiful and beneficial.

    * Plant trees. Fireflies do best in pine and native trees and in the litter (pine needles, bark pieces) that fall onto the ground below their canopy.

    * Create a firefly friendly community. As much as you do around your own home, you can magnify the benefits to fireflies by getting others in your neighborhood to do the same thing. Invite your neighbors to a firefly party – no flashlights allowed! – to enjoy these special creatures and talk about how, together, you’ll do your part to keep them blinking.”

  • @FriedrichKling

    Thanks for the tip. The thought had not occurred to me before; I know of three locations in the vicinity where there are several thousand glow worms; getting them out intact would involve partially destroying the banks they have borrowed into. But, hey, what’s the difference between that and what Shell, BP, Exon etc. do? Fuck up everything up for a quick profit: isn’t that the game?

    For those who have not been following NZ political developments, it is now abundantly clear that politicians are corrupt liars. And not just National, of course.

  • 99% of everything that ever lived on earth is extinct.
    We are the 1% in our minds only, for now.

    WHAT THE PROBLEM REALLY IS
    ► 10,000 years ago humans and our livestock occupied just 0.01% of all the land-air vertebrate biomass on earth.
    ► Now humans and our livestock occupy 97% of all land-air vertebrate biomass.
    ► Humans and our livestock now consume over 40% of earth’s annual green biomass production.
    ► 50% of All Vertebrate Species will be gone by 2040.
    ► 90% of Big Ocean Fish gone since 1950.
    ► 50% of Great Barrier Reef gone since 1985.
    ► 50% of Fresh Water Fish gone since 1987.
    ► 30% of Marine Birds gone since 1995.
    ► 28% of Land Animals gone since 1970.
    ► 28% of All Marine Animals gone since 1970.
    ► 50% of Human Sperm gone since 1950.
    ► Extinctions are 1000 times faster than normal.
    ► Ocean acidification doubles by 2050.
    ► Ocean acidification triples by 2100.

    WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT IT
    ► Our hi tech, green energy world requires conflict minerals, rare earth elements, heavy metals, nano materials and graphite. Search for rare earth mining in China on YouTube and see what special hell your solar panels and wind turbines produce in outer Mongolia.

    ► Graphite is used for all our batteries and is mined in China emitting deadly fine air particles resulting in a poisonous smog that washes down from the skies in an ash laden rain that covers crops and water. Graphene, produced for batteries, is water soluble and can cut through human cells. Both graphite and graphene are deadly poisonous.

    ► Solar cell manufacturing produces 3 greenhouse gases that are over 10,000 times worse than C02.

    ► Five wind turbines produce 1 ton of radioactive residue and 75 tons of toxic water. Wind turbines only work at 25% of their rated capacity up to 90% of the time.

    ► Over 2 million children died in the Congo for the conflict minerals green energy needs. Thousands of people die in Chinese mines every year.

    ► Prof. Jian Shuisheng of the Jiatong-University estimates the production of just 6 solar panels requires one ton of coal.

  • “Both graphite and graphene are deadly poisonous”

    Elemental carbon is chemically inert, but COAL on the other hand contains Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium, Uranium, Thorium and other toxic heavy metals, not to mention millions of tons of C02, Nitrous Oxide and other greenhouse gases.

    Now about solar & wind

    Old fashioned windmills don’t produce such wastes, nor require rare earth minerals. The are new thin-film solar cells (I have some) that are basicly just printed on sheets of glass – the kind of solar cells being referred to in this hit piece are silicon, the oldest kind, produced back in the days when chip manufacturing didn’t concern it’self with pollution, energy costs or mineral acquisition.

    There are also flexible and painted solar cells, including ‘low tech’ DIY home made flexible cells made from copper foil, and now even roofing shingle cells, semi-transparent window glass cells (meant to be used as a replacement for low-e or tinted glass)

    This fossil fool hit piece (which I’ve seen you paste here several times before) cherry picks only the very worse examples, exaggerates the toxicity (like calling inert carbon ‘deadly poisonous’) and completely ignores what impacts fossil fuels AND NUCLEAR have (this very hit piece is often cited by big oil & big nuke to try to whitewash/greenwash themselves)

    Then there’s solar heat, which can be as low tech as movable shades, blinds, houses built from organic materials (even bales of straw) situated to allow sunlight to fall into living spaces, solar hot water as simple as a container painted black, using common, recycled waste that otherwise would have gone into the landfill or incinerator.

    – empty buckets, old barrels, vegetable oil lampblack mixed with flaxseed oil for the paint, etc. (no petroleum products used at all for this paint) – just go back to the days before fossil fuel, before plastic, study the Amish – they have no tech, no electricity, no refrigerators

    candles, oil lamps, preserved foods by drying, smoking, salting, canning on a wood stove, and they didn’t even directly try to use solar in any way (growing crops is the most basic ‘solar power’, wood is also indirect solar power)

    you plant a tree, let it grow, chop it down with an axe or hand saw, burn the wood, generate steam, power a generator – low tech, low impact solar 🙂

  • Exhortations to close the barn door with the horse already mooning and receding:

    OpEdNews
    Game Over for Humanity?
    By Michael Byron
    August 18, 2014 at 20:33:20

  • The bottom line, we’re all gonna die, but then wasn’t that always the case.

  • @ c_i

    you plant a tree, let it grow, chop it down with an axe or hand saw, burn the wood, generate steam, power a generator – low tech, low impact solar

    Yes. Well, that’s interesting. That’s a system, to produce something that humans need.

    Humans designed systems to produce what they needed, long before they understood that they were designing systems.

    Some of the systems that they designed during that period are fabulous, and we can learn a lot from them. Many are insane, they are destructive and counter-productive.

    Now, we have permaculture (amongst other approaches) which means being fully conscious of every aspect of the systems that we design.

    So, ideally, what you want to do is get exactly what you, the human, want, but without causing any harm. Sort of, minimise colateral damage. So, a perfect system is one that provides what you need, but causes no harm at all.

    I tried designing these, for every part of my life. First in paper, as theory and research, then putting into practice.

    The most amazing discovery is that you can get BETTER than perfect. 🙂

    Just because people are dead, doesn’t mean they were stupid.

    Looking at this…’you plant a tree’

    They selected the right species, they planted them in quite curious ways, we don’t even fully understand…three together, maybe

    ‘let it grow’

    ‘chop it down’

    ‘with an axe’

    How about a stone axe, then you don’t need an iron ore mine, or a steel mill, or even a black smith.

    In Britain, oak, ash, willow, elm, sweet chestnut, hazel, yew, sycamore, etc, will all regrow after being cut.

    So, this means you can do coppice management. You cut a smallish area and harvest the wood. This mimics the natural effect that happens when a large tree falls and opens the canopy to let in light. This is part of natural woodland ecology.

    It means that, the seed bank in the soil, that is waiting for a large old mature tree to die and fall in a storm, explodes into life, with all the accompanying flowers, insects, small mammals, birds.

    The trees then regrow, until the canopy closes, which cuts off the light to the forest floor. This happens very much faster than for planted seedlings, because all the trees already have their mature root systems established. The typical cycle might be every 12 or 20 years.

    This was done in the British Isles for thousands of years, and provided the local community with all the wood they needed for every kind of application. The trees themselves can live for many centuries, some that remain are over a thousand years old, after having been continually cut in this fashion.

    It’s a system that can be sustained indefinitely, and actually has a much higher biodiversity than a woodland that is not managed and harvested in this way. So, not only do the humans get what THEY want and need – which isn’t just the wood, actually, the forest provides all kinds of other stuff – but all the OTHER species also benefit.

    There are NO LOSERS with this system, there is NO HARM caused.

    I think that is of great significance and interest, theoretically, and certainly I was shocked to discover it was even possible, having assumed all systems are destructive to varying degrees.

    This system, combined with terra preta/bio char and the very best of understanding in a whole range of different disciplines, mean it would be quite easy to design fully integrated self-sustaining human communities, that are harmless. We know how to do it, sewage can be cleaned with reedbeds, etc. All the basic needs can be met in eco-friendly ways.

    There are some problems re metal tools and other equipment like that. You mentioned the Amish. They seem to be continually negotiating where they draw the line.

    If you stay with horse transport, do you stay with rubber inflatable tyres and steel wire spokes ? I bet they have synthetic petrochemicals in them and likely made in China. Back to all wood wheels ? Or solid metal rims ?

    You could go back to previous versions of many technologies, of course, but then you hit the problem that Ted Kaczynski and Jacques Ellul identify. We humans like to take the line of least resistance. Capitalism and consumerism exploit this weakness. Planned obsolescence.

    That’s why we get pre-sliced bread. Ffs, that’s why we get ready baked bread in shops, rather than baking it ourselves at home.

    I’ve been talking to people about this stuff for more than thirty years. Nobody has been very interested in how not become extinct. What gets them excited is how they could get a 20% return on their investment in only 6 months.

  • Crazy Inventor,

    graphite, graphene health links:
    http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/graphene-miracle-material-or-potential-hazard/
    http://www.greenoptimistic.com/2013/07/15/researchers-discover-properties-of-graphene-harmful-to-human-cells/#.VAR5ffldV8k
    http://www.nanotechetc.com/2014/05/graphene-pollution-maybe-not-so-great/101919.html
    http://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=graphite%20rain

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-03/china-s-rare-earth-toxic-time-bomb-to-spur-12-billion-of-mines.html
    http://collapseofindustrialcivilization.com/2014/08/22/alternative-energy-fetishes-and-temples-to-technology/

    Green Energy Illusions.

    ► Solar Panels.

    Prof. Jian Shuisheng of the Jiatong-University estimates the production of just 6 solar panels requires one ton of coal. This works out to about 660 lbs of coal per square yard of solar panel. This is because the silicon has to be baked at 2,000°F. One company cut down 5 acres of woodland to install solar panels to manufacture plastic bags.

    The manufacture of solar panels lets off some of the deadliest greenhouse gases known to humankind. These include hexafluoroethane (12,000 times stronger than CO2), nitrogen trifluoride (17,000 times stronger than C02), and sulfur hexafluoride (23,000 times stronger than C02). Solar manufacturing plants produce 500 tons of hazardous sludge each per year. This sludge is never included in the solar industry carbon footprint data. Chinese solar waste disposal firms have been witnessed dumping this waste behind school yards.

    Five kilograms of hydrogen chloride per square meter of solar panel is used to liquefy the metallic silicon. Silicon carbide is used to cut the silicon into wafers. Cadmium telluride panels, or emerging thin film technologies, utilize untested nanomaterials that pose a threat to the environment and workers during the manufacturing and recycling stage.

    Dust, humidity, haze, and even heat dramatically affect solar panel output. Solar panels lose up to 1% of their efficiency each year lasting some 20 – 30 years, after which they become toxic waste, containing things like cadmium and other heavy metals. While the cost of the silicon wafers are dropping, they only make up 20% of the installed costs. The expensive power inverters solar panels require break down every 5-10 years and have to be replaced.

    ► Wind Turbines.

    The manufacture of 5, one-megawatt, wind turbines produces 1 ton of radioactive residue and 75 tons of hazardous waste water used to extract and process the needed neodymium. Neodymium is a rare earth mineral. Rare earth minerals are not rare, but they are found in very low concentrations. Neodymium is extracted from crushed rocks using sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide. Then it is processed using solvents, heating and vacuum techniques that require plenty of coal power. Vast unregulated tailings ponds of poisonous water have destroyed whole villages in China.

    There are 16 other rare elements. All with the same story.

    There is no known replacement for neodymium. During its mining, metals such as arsenic, barium, copper, aluminum, lead and beryllium are released into the air and water, and are toxic to human health. Neodymium is only one of many rare-earth metals that our smart phones and green energy systems need.

    Wind turbines only produce 25% of their rated power output over 90% of the time. This means that fossil fuel plants have to burn fuel on standby in case the wind suddenly drops. Since this power is intermittent, we would need at least ten times as much solar-wind power to displace one unit of fossil fuel power.

    It is possible to build wind turbines without rare earth elements, but doing so increases the complexity, decreases reliability, and jacks the generator weight up, which in turn means all the support structures have to be more massive, all of which results in higher cost.

    ► Rechargeable Batteries.

    The rechargeable lithium ion batteries we use in everything from the Tesla Electric Car, and Prius Plug-In Car, down to our smart phones, all rely on one critical component―graphite. Graphite is one of the main causes of the terrible air pollution in China. It comes from airborne particles given off by mining operations and washes down from the sky with the rain. Graphite particles foul the air and water; they also damage crops and human lung tissue. This type of smog has gotten so bad that China has shut down several of their graphite mines, creating a shortage and higher prices. Even the mining operations for the newer liquid metal or molten salt batteries for 100% “green” energy would poison the biosphere.

  • To crazy inventor

    Did you know that the new $2 billion Ivanpah solar plant in the Mojave desert is a death ray that ignites birds in mid flight? When their bodies fall to the ground, they leave smoky trails in the sky called streamers. It is estimated up to 30,000 birds per year will die this way at just this one green power plant. Bigger solar plants of the same type are in the works. These birds are attracted to the bugs who are attracted to the shiny, pretty lights, just like us. During its construction, some 3,000 endangered desert tortoises were killed by heavy diesel equipment. Thousands of wage slaves are killed every single year in China’s mines to help produce the exotic minerals for its construction. This is referred to as the “Green Economy”. If we changed the whole planet to green power, we would kill the earth we call home.

  • Crazy Inventor – my last reply may not pass moderation due to links.

    i googled “graphite mining in China” and “graphite rain” as well as “graphene pollution”. Any reader who does this will find out how deadly poisonous these two materials are.

  • crazy inventor,

    i live in a log cabin in northern canada on 20 acres of woodland, i have a huge garden, ponds, wood stove, generator etc. i have been a survivalist since the 1970s. i store and preserve food in abundance. i do not think this will help in the long run, but we really don’t seem to care about the long run, do we? without mining, there is no axe, or saw or generator or free stuff from the dump. there is no solar powered mining heavy equipment, or wind powered mineral separators. Dr. Ugo Bardi thinks we are slipping below the break even point for the EROI of many essential minerals.

  • to crazy
    this is one of my favourite efforts

    ► 10,000 years ago humans and our livestock occupied just 0.01% of all the land-air vertebrate biomass on earth.
    ► Now humans and our livestock occupy 97% of all land-air vertebrate biomass.
    ► Humans and our livestock now consume over 40% of earth’s annual green biomass production.
    ► 50% of All Vertebrate Species will be gone by 2040.
    ► 90% of Big Ocean Fish gone since 1950.
    ► 50% of Great Barrier Reef gone since 1985.
    ► 50% of Fresh Water Fish gone since 1987.
    ► 30% of Marine Birds gone since 1995.
    ► 28% of Land Animals gone since 1970.
    ► 28% of All Marine Animals gone since 1970.
    ► 50% of Human Sperm gone since 1950.
    ► Extinctions are 1000 times faster than normal.
    ► Ocean acidification doubles by 2050.
    ► Ocean acidification triples by 2100.
    ► 90% of Lions gone since 1993.
    ► 93 Elephants killed every single day.
    ► 2-3 Rhinos killed every single day.
    ► Bees die from malnutrition lacking bio-diverse pollen sources.
    ► We are on track to lock in 6°C earth temp rise in just 13 years.
    ► Mass Extinction becomes unstoppable and irreversible in 40 years.
    ► Permian mass extinction of 95% of life took 60,000 years 250 million years ago.
    ► Dinosaurs mass extinction took 33,000 years after asteroid impact.
    ► Anthropogenic mass extinction will take 300 years max.
    ► This mass extinction is 100 times faster than anything before us.
    ► 1 million people born every 4½ days.
    ► It takes 10 times as much “green” energy to displace 1 unit of fossil energy.
    ► Efficiency and conservation only causes more growth within current system.
    ► Antarctic meltdown now irreversible and unstoppable.
    ► Arctic methane burst is irreversible and unstoppable within current system.
    ► World Bank says we have 5-10 years before we fight for food and water.
    ► We combine bacterial DNA with our food plants.
    ► We put massive amounts of pesticides and herbicides into our food.
    ► We add nano metals and particles to our food.
    ► We add man-made, computer designed, synthetic DNA to our food.
    ► We add thousands of different chemicals to our food.
    ► We are eating stuff that never existed on earth before.
    ► We are turning into mutants because of our food.
    ► We are wiping out all life on earth because of our food.
    ► Long after the mass extinction, our mutant food plants will live on.
    ► 2 million children were killed in the Congo for our conflict minerals.
    ► 1 million children were killed in Iraq for our cheap oil.
    ► Asian child slaves fish in empty oceans for our seafood dinners.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28463036

  • ah yeah, the fossil fool ‘death ray’ talking point too.

    thanks for confirming that for me.

    “changing the whole planet” to a “green economy” is a figment of the imagination, and ignores everything I said about low tech old fashioned methods. Mining elemental carbon in a nation with the worst record for environmental protection, and the actual chemical properties of elemental carbon are two entirely different things. I mentioned lampblack produced locally – this is also elemental carbon, and once more – is inert.

    Biochar is also elemental carbon..

    – meant to reverse global warming by sequestering CO2 out of the atmosphere

    At no point have I defended the cherry picked examples you’ve pasted for your cherry picked version of a ‘green economy’ covering the ‘whole earth’ – but only provided examples of green activities outside the realm of such pasted cherry picked fossil fool stink tank talking points.

    “I googled it” – try studying chemistry instead, you might learn something. The ‘whole earth’ has plenty of paste parrots already, hell even here the infestation is severe..

  • “without mining, there is no axe, or saw or generator or free stuff from the dump”

    what timescale are you looking at ?

    we can recycle (in fact we’ll have to recycle due to ‘peak minerals’) for decades which is longer than the time we have left anyway.

    Overpopulation is the core problem. Paste something from the corporate media about that..

  • http://robinwestenra.blogspot.co.nz/2014/09/revisiting-fukushima.html
    Tuesday, 2 September 2014

    Revisiting Fukushima

    How Badly Is Fukushima Radiation Damaging the Pacific Ocean?

    [quotes]

    Fukushima Pumps Out Contamination

    Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) is the utility in charge of the (FNPP #1) Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant No. 1 (“dai-ichi). They recently admitted that FNPP#1 is releasing a whopping 150 billion becquerels of tritium and 7 billion becquerels of cesium and strontium of contaminated water, every day, into the ocean (7). Compare that to the Japanese government limit for food that does not allow over 100 becquerels per kilogram in food to be sold as produce.

    Fukushima: Worst Nuclear Disaster In History

    It is estimated by the State of California Natural Resources Agency that the initial Fukushima accident released nearly double the amount of radiation compared to Chernobyl (8).

    Eco-Damage

    Dr. Tim Mousseau has carried out extensive biological research at both Chernobyl and now Fukushima prefecture and found the same patterns of genetic mutations and damage to insects, birds and other organisms caused by the high doses of radiation released by the accidents (13).

    As one observer noted to me regarding ocean collapse and climate change:

    I think its a state-change in the Pacific eco-system and that Fukushima was simply the precipitating catalyst (26). Entropy was rising in the Pacific for many reasons but whole-scale chemical and elemental contamination (e.g., lead, mercury, uranium, strontium) had already pushed the world’s oceans towards state change. There are also quite a few earth changes that have increased ocean acidification. I really think the climate change problem distracts from the more encompassing problem of broad scale eco-system collapse. (Maija Nadesan, personal email communication, August 29, 2014).

    Animal Die-Offs Worldwide

    In 2013, yachtsman “Ivan MacFadyen says he was shocked by absence of sea life during his 37,000km voyage between Australia and Japan” and described the Pacific Ocean as “dead” due to “severe overfishing.” He reported that the ocean was strewn with “copious amounts of rubbish” and that “[i]t started to strike me the closer we got to Japan” the deader the ocean became (27).

    There are multiple causes to the destruction of the flora and fauna of the planet including pollution (from rubbish to radiation), habitat destruction, poaching/over harvesting of species for human consumption and even geophysical disruptions that are now taking their toll on marine habitats.

    Whether or not you share the eschatological position of the website, End Times Prophecy, I was amazed to come across this list of animal die-offs at their page, “Mass Animal Deaths for 2014.” It is truly horrifying and appears to be entirely verifiably, factual information (28).

  • Graphite and graphene production is set to grow, grow, grow! While China has temporarily shut down several graphite mines due severe smog, Malaysia is set to take up the slack. Graphite is used in just about everything, including ipads, kindles, smartphones, electric cars, hybrid cars etc. Anything that includes a lithium rechargeable battery. Tesla is building a mega-giant battery plant to build what is laughingly called a “green” car, moronically oxymoronic. These cars will presumably drive on hemp roads. The only thing that may outlast humanity for a while will be our genetically modified trees like eucalyptus or palm oil trees.

  • That’s a problem of consumerism and techno-utopia and ‘grow grow grow’ population.

    “ipads, kindles, smartphones, electric cars, hybrid cars”

    I don’t have any of those things, I ride a bicycle. (note that tire rubber also contains carbon black however it can be produced the old fashioned way from non-fossil fuel sources)

    “lithium ion cells”
    I recycle these, from them otherwise going into the landfill, when I run across them.. There are other battery chemistries or better yet no battery at all.

    Pump water into an elevated tank by day, drain this water to turn a turbine by night, compress air by day, heat an insulated tank of water by day, spin a flywheel by day.

    Compressed air cars do quite well I’m told, for the lazy or disabled..

    Tesla is a perfect example of billionaire false greenwashing – the battey pack contains 1,700 lithium ion cells, any one of which can fail starting a chain reaction that can’t be extinguished. (I have 8 of such cells) You have to be very careful with them, they turn into flamethrowers upon over-charge, or even overdischarge then charge.

    Lithium is a terrible battery chemistry.

    NOTE: we’re both exceeding the 2 post a day guideline

  • to crazy
    low tech will not save 9 billion people, but i will consider your carbon is inert arguement.

    For readers, there is nothing wrong with pasting important information you will never see elsewhere.

  • crazy_inventor,

    Hang in there! U are the best!

    shep

  • Test – Linux

    Science, Left Out
    Global Warming and Mythmaking Follies
    by ROBERT HUNZIKER

  • crazy_inventor

    Nice to see you here. You have a sympathetic POV to my intuitive one. And you have a science background on top of it! However, I think of our predicament as a huge chess-like game where you don’t know all the moves. But then, reasoning it all out isn’t everything.

  • inventor
    thank you for your last post

  • and second last maybe

  • to tom

    we will have go to with thorium to clean up the uranium
    all reactor extraction waste is not accounted for properly
    fukushima will last for hundreds to thousands of years
    we have no choice now
    some rich folks may survive
    but i’m just simple that way

  • Go away Robert. Just brutal. Guys cult lives on . Ice cream, not kool-aid.

  • Just catching up on reading. Great contribution Jonathan, and it resonates in many ways. I plan to review it on occasion.

  • “Detach from that which pollutes you, embrace that which feels right, do nothing as though it has ultimate significance. Float down your river of homesteading, don’t attempt to fight. Do it until it is indicated that you should do something else, and let that raft take you there.”

    I relate to this. The first phrase is something I can work on more.

  • “Detach from that which pollutes you, embrace that which feels right, do nothing as though it has ultimate significance. Float down your river of homesteading, don’t attempt to fight. Do it until it is indicated that you should do something else, and let that raft take you there.”

    I relate to this. The first phrase is something I can work on more. A lot more, maybe.

  • @ artleads

    You have a sympathetic POV to my intuitive one. And you have a science background on top of it! However, I think of our predicament as a huge chess-like game where you don’t know all the moves. But then, reasoning it all out isn’t everything.

    More vacuous bullshit from the Master of Vacuous Bullshit. Ed Bernays’s and Goebbels would both be proud of the PR spin that turns ignorance and lack of education into ‘an intuitive point of view’. Brilliant !

    However, grovelling and ingratiating yourself with every poster here can’t conceal the fact that you are clueless, can it, artleads, and that you have no idea what you are talking about, or what this blog is about.

    And your ‘intuitive POV’ isn’t much use either, is it, re your ‘retro-fitting the highways’ that you mention on the forum.

    You see, in your astounding arrogance and conceit, it never ever crosses your mind that you might not have a God Given Right to build fucking highways, AT ALL, and to drive wherever you want, AT ALL, and that Mother Nature doesn’t care about your assumed entitlement to do whatever you please. And it is such stupidity and hubris that guarantees the extinction of all of us.

    But because you have not the slightest understanding of ecology, or biology, or the biosphere as a system, none of that enters your egocentric worldview, as you imagine yourself heroically saving humanity from the Apocalypse,’the Artist as Moses, leading us to the Promised Land, by his superior gut instinct’.

    Fucking bullshit artist.

  • @ ulvfugl

    A pair of TED talkers duplicated the exact same radiation sound I posted on the internet archive, and went on & on about ‘how beautiful radiation sounds’ with none of my original motivations or concerns about protection from radiation (in other words they stripped it of any morality and presented it as strictly entertainment) then a pro-nuclear website presented it as the same thing – how pretty radiation sounds..

    Needless to say I wasn’t too happy about it, but I did release it public domain ;(

    When people compliment you they often don’t have the same value system you do and such compliments can be construed as insults or insincere, but it’s a symptom of ego, of vanity, which isn’t my purpose to contribute. Only to help as many people as possible.

    My agenda was only to encourage people to build their own radiation detectors (I went through the same process at moon of alabama, and once interest waned I stopped contributing there too)

    So with that in mind, this weeks community affairs :

    “on February 6, 2014. Back in May, New World Notes featured an interview with McPherson recorded after his talk. Now we broadcast the talk itself.

    posted to radio4all 07-04-2014”

    [audio src="http://archive.org/download/NewWorldNotes330-TheScienceOfClimateChangepart1/NWN-330_ClimateChangeScience-1_192k.mp3" /]

    [audio src="http://archive.org/download/NewWorldNotes331-TheScienceOfClimateChangepart2/NWN-331_ClimateChangeScience-2_192k.mp3" /]

  • Daniel,

    Can u see it now! ulvfugl is a sick, sick puppy. Nothing but rage as he (this cannot be a woman) sees his white, most “excellent life”, being torn to shreds. Obliterated! Poof!!! HA!

    Guy,

    Sorry for the negativity but if there is anyone that needs to be barred from NBL, it is u know who.

  • @ Shep

    You are a simpleton.

    Def. : n. A person who is felt to be deficient in judgment, good sense, or intelligence; a fool.

    I support DGR. I WANT this Ind Civ torn down. Sooner the better.

    @ C_i

    You need the < not the [

  • Jonathan,

    “Buddhists do something called walking meditation. They deliberately put their awareness on each step they take, not allowing their mind to wander. One step, the next step, the next step, etc. Being present in the activity to try to quell the monkey mind.”

    Plus the archery and gardening practice and the mindfulness in general. Always seeking the beauty (and meaning) in the trivial. It’s not new. Others have practiced this before. But given the sophistication of art today, living like this can be seen perhaps as a new art form.

  • @ ulvfugl

    the blog is adding those

    I’m simply pasting the links beginning with http and ending with mp3

    – if the blog wants to mangle them and put them in quotes (part of HTML markup formatting I realize) then not include them at all on the forum mirror, that’s fine by me

    ..maybe it could be fixed

    again it may be because I keep js disabled whenever possible so no fancy buttons or formatting/tagging options are shown to me

    js is a huge security risk and people concerned about their security & privacy keep it disabled

  • @shep the general consensus is that ulvfugl’s intellectual contributions make his psychopathy worth enduring and, apparently, yes, it’s been weighed and determined. Personally, I don’t agree as it is clear that we are screwed and so how many ways do we need to dissect it at this point. What we need is the kindness Guy calls for in the face of NTE and ulvfugl is not capable of kindness, but that’s my opinion.

  • As ulvfugl has stated several times, if you’re contributing to increased understanding, bringing facts, knowledge or wisdom to the table, or even not, but at least acknowledge the data on NTHE, or even only trying to comfort people about it, or even just being sincere, none of that is a problem.

    Lacking any of those qualities, I’ve got to wonder what some people are doing here. He doesn’t just wonder, he says outloud why he wonders and what he wonders about.

    I don’t have any trouble understanding that.

    NOTE: this is my third post on this thread today, I invite replies on the forum

  • @ugots, please get a grip. On the forum you talk about all the “harm” ulvfugl has done. What harm? He’s a guy WRITING ON THE INTERNET.

    If you can’t deal with reading what people may write on the internet, then maybe you should take up another hobby.

  • .
    those who rattle the hornet’s nest should expect to be stung
    .
    Hremann Hess:
    Govinda asks the now-elderly Siddhartha to relate his wisdom and Siddhartha replies that for every true statement there is an opposite one that is also true; that language and the confines of time lead people to adhere to one fixed belief that does not account for the fullness of the truth. Because nature works in a self-sustaining cycle, every entity carries in it the potential for its opposite and so the world must always be considered complete. Siddhartha simply urges people to identify and love the world in its completeness.