Arts and Minds

I’m copying below, verbatim, an essay I posted 3 May 2012. I’ve added a few introductory words and an embedded song.

“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds”
~ Thomas Merton

I’ve become even more convinced, since writing this essay, about the relevance of a whole, integrated life. Not because such a life will bring happiness. Certainly not because it will lead to success, as measured in this money-first culture. Rather, because of enlightenment, or awareness. I’ll quote Adyashanti on the topic:

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”

 

The overdeveloped left hemisphere of my brain tells me one thing. My emerging artistic side tells me another. But before we get to the core of the issue, a little personal history is warranted.

During my final decade in the classroom, I pushed an integrative agenda. Attempting to bridge C. P. Snow’s eponymous “Two Cultures” in a manner consistent with Edward O. Wilson’s Consilience, I required every student in each of my science courses to complete a significant piece of art or literature as a major part of the final grade. Naturally, the students hated the exercise and despised me, until the projects were complete and shared with the entire class, at which point the students unanimously agreed it was the most important activity they’d ever conducted in college. University administrators uniformly detested the exercise and just about everything else that happened in my classrooms. And this was even before universities had become widely recognized as money-making scams reflective of this entire culture. From a personal perspective, as I’ve pointed out before, the process of classroom-based integration caused me to lose my reason-driven way and venture deep into the emotional abyss of feeling and understanding.

Therein lies the dilemma I face. Perhaps you face it, too. I know nary a scientist who actually understands and takes meaningful action on any of the following primary issues, much less all of them: human-population overshoot, destruction of non-industrial cultures, extinction of non-human species, peak oil, global climate change. I know plenty of scientists who teach some of these topics, I just don’t know any who understand and act on them.

Conversely, I know several artists who understand the whole enchilada. Most of these people are marginalized by society because they are mere artists, so they have no voice. I’m not suggesting scientists have sufficient power to alter policy, or that any of these topics have politically viable solutions, but scientists can and have used reasonable argumentation to alter the views of a few thoughtful citizens. In general, and with a few notable, high-profile exceptions, artists have been less effective.

But back to me — my favorite subject, after all — and my internal struggle. My heart keeps informing me, with its never-ending screams into my inner ears, that we must terminate this set of living arrangements before it kills us all. My brain, on the other hand, tells me it’s too late: Near-term extinction is locked in because of Fukushima (times 400 and change) and the climate-change result of exponential methane release in the Arctic. Both paths of horror indicate our species has a few decades at most, and they represent merely two of three paths to human extinction within a single human generation. Well, three I know about. There are doubtless others, including the deepening extinction crisis, but I’m trying to maintain my trademark optimism. And I’m certainly not depending on the people who claim to be in charge because I know they lost control years ago, even though they keep juggling chickens and chain saws in an effort to distract the masses.

In light of this overwhelming onslaught of horrifying information, my heart tells me to seize the day, go with the flow, and a few other tattered cliches. It tells me to breathe deeply and laugh often, to throw off the shackles of transitioning in place to more fully immerse myself in nature and humanity, even if it means going down with the ship of empire. Or maybe that’s the limbic part of my brain rising to the fore, not my heart. My obnoxiously contrarian brain — the cognitive part to which I’m particularly well tuned — chimes in with unwelcome advice aimed at convincing people of our dire straits, as if I’ve made even a minor difference, while of course trying to destroy this irredeemably corrupt system.

In addition to my overdeveloped science side, I’ve no doubt there are other contributors to my inability to lean toward heartfelt intuition. Five decades of cultural programming come immediately to mind.

Integrating these two disparate approaches seems impossible, although I didn’t see it that way when I was asking students to do it. On the other hand, I didn’t realize they were running around like blue arsed flies, an approach I’ve subsequently adopted (thanks to Sue from the U.K. for information about the blue arsed fly). Perhaps that’s why I can’t answer this question: How does does one simultaneously follow his heart and his brain when they point in opposite directions?

This internal struggle feels like a battle for my non-existent soul. That reason rules, for now, leaves my heart in shards. The inability to integrate myself, to become fully human, leaves me with heartache that is irreconcilable and perhaps even lethal. After all, human survival requires a heart and a brain.

 

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  • ” Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”

    – Adyashanti

    Funny “Adyashanti”, another self-proclaimed fuckin GURU, hahaha. To Hell with all these funny, lost Gurus, who eradicate TRUTH while at the very same time claiming that they are telling the TRUTH, muhahaha. Ok, no problem, Adyashanti’s truth eradicated, mission accomplished 3:-)

    Ah well, I imagined anthropogenic climate change to be true^^ I imagined Doctor Guy McPherson to be true^^ I imagined the NBL blog to be true^^ I imagined Lidia and all people, who claim that there is no free will, but responsibility to be true^^ No? Well, then I can give a fuckin SHIT about ANYONE claiming ANYTHING to be true, muhahaha, yeah.

    ” The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds.”

    ~ Thomas Merton

    Exactly. Furthermore, this blog post is about art and mind, at least, the title says so- therefore I will grab my geetar now and leave the rest to you…

    http://tinyurl.com/o9qy57h


  • Yeah, those, who follow their heart, often loose their mind and those, who follow their mind, often loose their heart. The heart fights the mind and the mind fights the heart- THIS is real Hell. HOW the fuck can this hellish struggle come to an end?! You are here, in Hell, to find out and LIVE the answer, muhahaha. Have fun 😎

    ” Heart and Mind

    SAID the Lion to the Lioness – ‘When you are amber dust, –
    No more a raging fire like the heat of the Sun
    (No liking but all lust) –
    Remember still the flowering of the amber blood and bone,
    The rippling of bright muscles like a sea,
    Remember the rose-prickles of bright paws

    Though we shall mate no more
    Till the fire of that sun the heart and the moon-cold bone are one.’

    Said the Skeleton lying upon the sands of Time –
    ‘The great gold planet that is the mourning heat of the Sun
    Is greater than all gold, more powerful
    Than the tawny body of a Lion that fire consumes
    Like all that grows or leaps…so is the heart

    More powerful than all dust. Once I was Hercules
    Or Samson, strong as the pillars of the seas:
    But the flames of the heart consumed me, and the mind
    Is but a foolish wind.’

    Said the Sun to the Moon – ‘When you are but a lonely white crone,
    And I, a dead King in my golden armour somewhere in a dark wood,
    Remember only this of our hopeless love
    That never till Time is done
    Will the fire of the heart and the fire of the mind be one.’ ”

    – Edith Sitwell

  • “How does does one simultaneously follow his heart and his brain when they point in opposite directions?”

    By chopping wood and carrying water.

    The reptilian brain, (the limbic system), is associated with emotions (short-term) and values (long-term). It is non rational and nonverbal, the boss in the back seat of the limousine who communicates to the driver where to go.

    The intellect, with speech and rationality is in the mammalian & primate and brain, the neocortex. It is in the driver’s seat but takes its orders from the person in the back seat and manufactures its own rationalisations for why it is doing what it is doing.

    The division into rigtht and left hemispheres was based on experiments in which the connecting band of fibers across the midline, the corpus callosum had been surgically divided, usually in the treatment of epilepsy. In very rare cases, the band may be naturally absent. With the connections intact, no separation of function of the two hemispheres is discernible.

  • Blue-arsed Fly is the name of my next band.

  • .
    @Guy, thanks for sharing your musings.

    I feel as though I could share a ton on this subject, but I think I won’t bother. 🙂

    .
    @Henry, thanks for not avoiding playing Thank U again. It was well worth listening to a second time.

    .
    @Shallel, that’s one of my all time favorite Gabriel pieces. Thanks for the video of him alone at the piano. I hadn’t seen that one yet. So chill.

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    Careful you two, you’ll get a reputation you know. 😉

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    Even though the tune I’m embedding here is a cover, her interpretation in 6/8 and her phrasing style makes this performance a work of art all unto itself. Woman can this girl ever emote. With music, it’s not always about the thing. Often it’s just about the moment. Art isn’t about what’s leftover afterward, it’s about the experience you have while doing it. It’s participatory, not observational. Artists laugh heartily at those museum snobs who stand around discussing the deep meanings within artist’s works. The artist rolls their eyes at those ridiculous interpretations and false assumptions. Anyway, here’s Roberta, I was feeling her.

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  • (LWA — I’m a fan of the song, recent discovery, was busy with a baby when it came out, so I’m still catching up, discovering gems like this 18 years after.)

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    I woke up just now with a thought — thoughts — that I perhaps should not have (Ed A., are you listening?).

    Maybe it started with my last dream before waking, about a feisty 4-year-old girl in another country, my Halloween candy-collecting date two years running, and recent roller-skate champion over kids twice her age, chasing off bullies. “She did what!?!” Go Gabriela!

    Maybe it’s because I just saw “Point Break”, a story-lite but spectacular extreme sports movie with a message of a sort. Maybe our sort. Is that you, Bodhi? Ozaki?

    Earth, Air, Water, Fire. Taking peoples’ homes and lives. Or, how to use the elements?

    Maybe it was the bit of news yesterday about them bulldozing neighborhoods to create firebreaks. And I’ve always thought the concept of setting backfires was just a bit ironic. Risky way to create a firebreak? Guy, you might know more about this than I ever will. This time, though, I suspect there’s no stopping it.

    But using a part of civilization to create a firebreak — against itself?

    Maybe it’s that I’m still digesting Tim Garrett’s concept of civilization as a heat engine. Not yet complete in my mind, as something else suggests itself: Parts of civilization are also Fuel.

    Hmmm, bet those oil workers never thought of their own homes as “fuel”.

    Maybe someone did?

  • Follow the heart. That is what I have bee screaming here for 2 yrs with little success. My own inability to communicate well is why I have little success. Of that I am certain. You know what to do because the heart is telling you. You know that to let this fucking syphilization continue unchallenged for two more minutes is unconscionable.To defend that which is beautiful is extremely satisfying. Derrick has a new book out. I am sure it was written with the same relentless love an passion as all that came before. I know what he will say and yet I love to read him because it is all heart. “sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul” edward abbey

  • .
    Regarding that Fort McMurray fire, it’s interesting to note that this is far from the largest forest fire Alberta has ever had, even recently. The Richardson fire in 2011, which was just slightly N.W. of Fort McMurray, burned 1,700,000 acres of boreal forest, and also threatened facilities in the Athabasca oil sands. It resulted in several evacuations and shutdowns. That fire also would have killed, injured, and displaced countless numbers of terrified and suffering animal, birds, insects, and plants, just like the current fire will be doing.

    Nobody noticed that Richardson fire at all though, just locals. The animals didn’t have much ‘stuff” to lose I guess, like power boats and quads and structures. No human has been injured by this current fire as of yet. It shows what’s important to our civilization; ourselves and our stuff.

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    @steve … I followed Dave’s exact SHUT IT DOWN advice twenty years ago, with the same reasoning. Numbers are what’s required for that to have much of an effect. A strike fails if the company can just truck in scab consumers, er, I mean workers (or both.) But I like Dave’s sentiments about action through non-participation. I took that route, but not a lot of others did or would. The idea of self sacrifice has never really appealed very much to the hoarding masses. They do like to bitch a lot. But sacrifice? Not so much.

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  • From: The Greg Hunter Show: Alasdair Macleod.

    Macleod is a precious metals expert who explains that China plans to usher in a “new industrial revolution in Asia.”

    The quote is from 20:38 onwards:

    “Now that period is over, and the reason it is over is because China now has its thirteenth five year plan, which is aimed at developing the rest of Asia. I mentioned the Shanghai Cooperation Organization before. What she wants to do is to take all that part of Asia and, if you like, give it an industrial revolution. Something that this country took a hundred-fifty years, they’re going to achieve in about twenty-five to fifty years.

    “This is going to require massive capital investment. It’s going to require huge amounts of copper for electricity grids, apart from updating their own electricity grid, which they’re behind on. It going to require huge amounts of cement, huge amounts of iron ore….”

    And, of course, huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • http://www.themonkeytrap.us/earth-day Get this guy on your radio show.

  • “I am fond of pigs.

    Dogs look up to us.

    Cats look down on us.

    Pigs treat us as equals.”

    – Winston Churchill

    (Symbolic Racism: A Look At The Science, 12)

  • @LWA,
    Thanks for the Roberta Flack posts. She has a wonderful timbre to her voice and her phrasing ,piano, music that will take you away, somewhere else.
    I have been playing /practising a lot this week. Probably 3 hrs a day this week, as I have two gigs this weekend with my trio. I always record myself when I practise, always listening back to what I can leave out, pear down. There are no lies when you listen back to yourself, if I am not singing through my horn and playing from my guts it is bullshit , I am always looking for that timbre, that depth, if there is too much information I need to pear it back to the melody and strong phrasing in my solos. These are conscious things I need to do and finally it becomes unconscious, it becomes my truth and I just close my eyes and play.
    In my life today I try to “keep it simple” and pear it down and go with my guts, I get this from the music, it squares me up, sets me straight and I can leave out a lot of information. I am more available for my kids and they understand this is the essence.
    I found this Chet baker documentary this week and was astounded that he had no concept of chords at all, he just heard it all in his head. I bet that Louis Armstrong was like that too

  • @ Nemesis
    Don’t be bitter, my friend. I think you have misjudged Adyushanti’s message.
    There is a Buddhist anecdote; Master so and so comes into the class and says “Joe has just had an enlightenment experience.” The other students all congratulate Joe and ask how he feels. The Master says “he is just as miserable as he was before.”

    Best Wishes

  • As discussed on many occasions, we are governed by criminals, and the system is geared to promoting crime. Or, the system is geared to promoting crime, and we are governed by criminals:

    ‘Described as a whistleblower, the source of the Panama Papers singles out New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key saying; “Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand has been curiously quiet about his country’s role in enabling the financial fraud Mecca that is the Cook Islands.” ….

    The Panama Papers provide a compelling answer to these questions: massive, pervasive corruption. And it’s not a coincidence that the answer comes from a law firm. More than just a cog in the machine of “wealth management,” Mossack Fonseca used its influence to write and bend laws worldwide to favour the interests of criminals over a period of decades…….

    That being said, I have watched as one after another, whistleblowers and activists in the United States and Europe have had their lives destroyed by the circumstances they find themselves in after shining a light on obvious wrongdoing…….

    Hopelessly backward and inefficient courts have failed. Judges have too often acquiesced to the arguments of the rich, whose lawyers—and not just Mossack Fonseca—are well trained in honouring the letter of the law, while simultaneously doing everything in their power to desecrate its spirit…….

    The collective impact of these failures has been a complete erosion of ethical standards, ultimately leading to a novel system we still call Capitalism, but which is tantamount to economic slavery. In this system—our system—the slaves are unaware both of their status and of their masters, who exist in a world apart where the intangible shackles are carefully hidden amongst reams of unreachable legalese……

    Historians can easily recount how issues involving taxation and imbalances of power have led to revolutions in ages past. Then, military might was necessary to subjugate peoples, whereas now, curtailing information access is just as effective or more so, since the act is often invisible….

    http://www.interest.co.nz/news/81460/panama-papers-whistleblower-issues-statement-hits-out-nz-prime-minister-john-key-says

  • For those scientists & pilgrims, who may be interested.

    The brave firefighters battling the Fort MacMurray conflagration have been forced to EVACUATE THE ORIGINAL EVACUATION CENTER.

    The community of Anzac 31 miles south of Ft. MacMurray is being evacuated because the blaze cannot be contained.

    The fire has grown to more than 200,000 acres.

  • I like to consider myself a geek-artist slave.

    I warned you about High pressure blocks over breadbaskets.

    The Mighty Ω Block Hit Fort McMurray!

    Is Humanity Next?

    The Vast High Pressure Omega Block Caused The Fort McMurray Fire, Will It Kick Off Mass Starvation. from collapse

    http://lokisrevengeblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/the-hot-mess-political-climate/

  • Interesting:

    Humans Paid for Bigger Brains With Gas-Guzzling Bodies
    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/05/humans-paid-for-bigger-brains-with-gas-guzzling-bodies/481071/

    original study:
    Metabolic acceleration and the evolution of human
    brain size and life history

    http://tinyurl.com/jr6annh

  • From R. Callaghan’s blog:

    ‘We will run out of cheap fertilizers ,good soil,reliable weather,groundwater,fresh surface water,and mountain snow packs all at the same time that heat,extreme weather,energy costs and populations increase.’

    There will probably be Climate-related wars, very low grain reserves and pandemics as well,due to a lack of effective antibiotics,if the present trend is any guide.

    And still most are so clueless about the impending perfect storm that they think it is vitally important that they have children. What a time to be born.

  • How does does one simultaneously follow his heart and his brain when they point in opposite directions? Monday, heart. Tuesday, brain. Wednesday, heart…Sunday, sleep?

  • @ David Higham
    “And still most are so clueless about the impending perfect storm that they think it is vitally important that they have children. What a time to be born.”
    I would rephrase the word clueless….to uneducated
    I engage with many, many people in their homes each month, as I have a small business, what I see is… people getting on with their lives, uneducated to all this here, people are having kids, yes …they see life as linear… they know nothing of Guy McPherson and N.B.L and the dire nature of global warming and its time-frame. I hold no judgement. Do you?
    I knew about global warming before I had kids, but knew nothing of the real time-frame and still believed there was hope at the time; I was reading early hope books by Bill McKibben etc, till I found Guy
    So, I have 2 children David…am I clueless.
    Perhaps you need to see the bigger picture before you make such bold judgments on people. Most people have no education to the real science. Obviously you do not have children. Are there any other people here on N.BL that have children?

  • @ David
    Or better put David?what is your story?have you ever been clueless

  • WARNING: LONG POST! My apologies ahead of time.

    This is actually a response to the video from “A Man and His Work.” I watched it a few days ago but didn’t have the time to write my response at the time.

    At around the 20 minute mark, Guy starts talking about “The 6 million Dollar Man” and Mike does that sound effects noise. I’m thinking “That sounds more like he’s doing Chevy Chase from Caddyshack” and then I realize- 30 years and COUNTLESS viewings after I saw that movie- that Chevy Chase was doing the 6 Million Dollar Man sound that whole time when he was sinking all those putts, telling that story of his college roommate or whatever. I had NEVER considered that. But it’s so fucking obvious. Blew my mind. And then Guy says, “It’s also the sound…” and I think he’s going to mention Caddyshack. But he doesn’t. He gives some Chuck Norris reference that I don’t recognize…

    Then, and only then, does Mike say something like, “It’s also the sound Chevy Chase makes in Caddyshack…”

    I’m telling you people, I lost my shit. I burst out laughing so loud my neighbors must have woken up. I laughed until I cried. I was literally cheering. As if I was involved in the conversation myself, or they psychically (and inter-dimensionally) somehow “heard” me give my two cents.

    Was I high at the time? Probably. The point is this: enjoy these salad days, my friends, when you can relax by the creek with your buddy and chat about The 6 Million Dollar Man and Caddyshack. When you can laugh in your bed and turn the lights out for a good night’s sleep.

    Those days are numbered and we all know it. But whatever. We’ve known that for a long time. And it’s not like there haven’t been people living The End Times for awhile now. Here’s a recent example…

    http://vcnv.org/2016/04/26/arriving-in-erbil-and-wondering-what-lies-ahead/

    And here’s a pretty powerful and awesome message for everyone on here:

  • Henry Holt,
    I guess we could use the word ‘unaware’ instead,or several synonyms.It is a big subject which has been mentioned several times here.
    I don’t know if you read the Ehrlich paper which I posted a couple of days
    ago. I will post the link again. This covers one aspect of the problem,which is that we live in a culture which is pervaded with myths.
    Most people haven’t been taught ecology,or taught themselves, so it is easy to understand why they accept the myths which underpin our industrial civilisation.
    Paul Ehrlich mentions in several of his books that we should be teaching basic ecology in primary school.
    Too late now to change things now. I think that it would be preferable
    if people didn’t have children now,to avoid the suffering they will in endure in the next few decades,but perhaps you have a different opinion.
    It doesn’t matter what either of us would like,obviously. The world rolls on.
    I don’t think it matters much about me personally.but as you ask,I studied enough biology and ecology to understand the impacts of overpopulation on the natural world pretty early on,and have no children,and had a vasectomy as soon as I could.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41247-016-0003-y/fulltext.html

    http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/2011/07/galactic-scale-energy/

  • David,
    In your words..Too late to change things now
    And the world rolls on
    I say all we have left is to love all children.And to be there for them.
    It is what it is.


  • @Feed Jake

    It’s a pitty, that the words I write can’t be heard, because then you would realize, that I am realy laughing and having fun most of the time here at NBL. Why should I be bitter about Adyashanti? He isn’t my guru and I am no buddhist at all. I quote Buddha from time to time, like I quote Hesse or Einstein or Trakel or Rilke or Aurobindo ect. But I am no Buddhist, I don’t follow anyone, except myself. It’s a wonderful, wonderful spring day here in Germany, everything is blooming, the birds are singing, so I will just enjoy a lazy day, I just enjoy life another day, nothing to gain, nothing to loose, just happy and free, standing on my own feet, at home within myself and completely at ease.

    Best Wishes

  • @Nemesis
    It sounds wonderful. I wish you a great spring and a wonderful year.

    Best wishes


  • About enlightenment:

    To me, every child is enlightened, the tree in front of my window is enlightened, the sun is enlightenment and the moon is enlightenment as well. So what should I miss? Absolutely nothing 🙂

    To me, this blog is just like songs, like music, like a concert and every single song, every single note got it’s purpose. There is absolutely no reason, to be bitter about any blog, about any comment. Really, I just enjoy the Music, as usual and I hope, everyone of you enjoys the Music too 🙂


  • “Most humans, in varying degrees, are already dead. In one way or another they’ve lost their dreams, their ambitions, their desire for a better life. They have surrendered their fight for self esteem and they have compromised their great potential. They’ve settled for a life of mediocrity, days of despair and nights of tears. There are no more than living deaths confined to cemeteries of their choice. Yet they need not remain in that state. They can be resurrected from their sorry condition. They can each perform the greatest miracle in the world. They can each come back from the dead.”

    “Most of us build prisons for ourselves and after we occupy them for a period of time we become accustomed to their walls and accept the false premise that we are incarcerated for life. As soon as that belief takes hold of us we abandon hope of ever doing more with our lives and of ever giving our dreams a chance to be fulfilled. We become puppets and begin to suffer living deaths.”

    The above from Og Mandino….from his book “The Greatest Salesman in the world”. If you’re going to read only one more book during your life, the above might be a good choice.

    One could also do worse than choose ‘The Teachings of Don Juan’ via the writing of Carlos Castaneda. Always profound, don Juan continuously pointed the way to opening our eyes. Try ‘Journey To Ixtlan’, and ENJOY the ride.

  • @ Nemesis

    Long ago, the great Indian teacher Kanha sang this song of the path:

    When moving through reality, like space,
    The desire to go anywhere
    Is a ghost’s quest to reach the horizon.
    Wishing to get to the juicy conclusion,
    You’re a deer chasing the water-mirage.

    You’ve been buddha from the very beginning!
    Big mistake to become buddha again.
    Why would you think
    You can re-create the enlightenment of someone else?

    Best Wishes

  • I went for a walk to get some cookies at the store, on the way I chanced upon five little ducklings. Seeing that they were alone and no other parenting ducks were with them, I contemplated scooping them up and……… a hawk swooped down and in an instant there were four little baby ducklings. When I got back home I ate a scrambled chicken egg for breakfast, the hawk and I have a lot in common.

  • “Are there any other people here on N.BL that have children?”

    I am jumping on the occasion: yes there are. babies from the mid-eighties. I knew then, but could not get over the lushness of nature. the trees were soooo strong. the sky, the stars, the birds, the air, only 3,5 billion humans. even if it had all started, it was extremely difficult to give up hope.
    when this son of mine, who knows how fragile, asks: What should I do mom? I tell him to have fun. and it is what he does (here visiting an exposition at the Vancouver Art Gallery with his japanese friend from hula class)
    I think this video goes well with the title Arts and Minds… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc8Xvya0zDU&feature=youtu.be

    as far as burning coal watching shit, I’d rather watch my crazy baby

    thank you Guy for this space. really. hope I am not misusing

  • Two years ago when I first encountered NBL and the initial shock wore off that we had failed the second horror came to light. A lifetime of loving the earth was inconsequential to its long term survival. All the personal sacrifices made were totally irrelevant. The second most depressing aspect of this truth is that it would encourage others to do absolutely nothing to stop the daily horror of industrial civilization. I submit to all of you here at NBL that you have never truly participated in what it means to live with the heart. You have apathetically given whatever shreds of your heart you ever possessed unknowingly to this deadly set of daily living arrangements. This truncated, heavily compromised pathetic plastic lifestyle is all you will ever know because we are all so blindly ensconced at its rotten core. The love of your children is more of an inward looking narrow experience of true love. How can your love be anything but compromised when in the next room of the slave owners southern mansion the master is raping a 12 yr old black girl.

  • .
    @Nemesis and Feed Jake

    I liked your enlightenment quote about the classroom Jake. Here’s another one.

    While walking up the mountain the young boy says to the old yogi, ‘Yogi, what does enlightenment feel like?’ The old yogi stops, sets down the heavy sack he has slung over his back, and straightens up for a moment in relief from the strain. ‘I see’, says the boy, ‘So tell me yogi, what is it like after enlightenment?’ The old yogi once again slings the heavy sack over his shoulder and carries on walking up the mountain.

    Like Nemesis said, without all the other far more important non verbal cues, my musings here (even the sparring that goes on) are taken far more seriously than they ought to be. Your definitely missing out on all the eye rolls and grins and funny sarcastic hand gestures from me. Text is a poor medium for social communication.

    There’s been a few musical synchronicities with the music posts here lately. Nem, I was going to post ‘Into The Mystic’, and now you have gone and posted it. I’ll fucking put you in hospital. (See, I’m jabbing the air with an imaginary cane over here, but some people can’t see that.)

    Lighten up people. That’s what enlightenment means. Children have been dying young since the start of this farce. It is what it is.

    .
    @Henry Jazzman … I haven’t watched the Chet vid yet, but I plan to, probably today. Thanks for that in advance (I’m assuming.)

    .
    Here’s one for my space friends. Those fear videos are just a lead up to Marks Blue Beam 9/11 sky daddy lazer light show. You got’s to think this through a little deeper. I’m not mocking anyone here either, or being sarcastic at all. Avoid the propaganda. Don’t follow the people preaching the fear. We are your friends.

    Who didn’t adore Karen Carpenter? And where is Wrrrargh?

    .

  • Provisional sea ice data is now coming back online at NSIDC…

    https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

  • And all religion offers is a false refuge from reality. There is no place to hide people. We will soon suffer as much as all those we ignore. And come on people, Bhuddism with its goofy notion of what a sentient being is, and again, somehow, a nasty male human (bhudda) ends up at the top of all living beings!!! And eating plants somehow causes no suffering. What a complete lack of imagination.

  • I find it hard to feel sorry for https://youtu.be/uQZxcSRGqlo

    typical global warming deniers that get paid an average of 100 000 a year getting paid cash to to kill the biosphere and forest fire season hasn’t started yet.

  • You might not feel sorry for the people of Fort McMurray, but consider the experience of the swift running animals fleeing the fast moving fire with little chance of survival, and the animals incapable of fast movement with no chance to not die horribly. I also feel sorry for the trees and other plants rooted to the ground.

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    @steve.

    I think you’re maybe missing the point. The fear of death tends to make people cling hard to ideologies like capitalism, which is the ultimate attempt to build a material fortress against dying, like those people in Fort McMurray, who are willing to prostitute themselves for a paycheck. They cling fearfully to life, and will do anything to stay alive. Literally, anything.

    Some spiritual paths seek to dispel that myth about death, the fear of ceasing to exist.

    And please, no straw man arguments about Christians or other similar religions. Those aren’t spiritual paths, they’re tools used by empire to make people extra fearful of dying. With all that judgement supposedly waiting for them, most Christians will try to avoid dying like the plague. That’s the modern implementation of Christianity. The fear of dying keeps them working for empire quite nicely, and often right to the grave.

    Some paths seek to free the mind, not trap it. Jean’s comment addressed this nicely.

    Not that I’m attached to any particular outcome. Just playing the game is all. Think of it as having desktop preferences.

    Maybe some of us here are just urging people to stop handing empire their life on a silver platter. Same message as you, actually.

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    “And ignorance and hate mourn the dead
    [There’s your] believing, [there’s your] believing”

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    Muse, Uprising …

    “Interchanging mind control
    Come, let the revolution take its toll
    If you could flick the switch and open your third eye
    You’d see that we should never be afraid to die

    (so come on)”

    “Rise up and take the power back
    It’s time the fat cats had a heart attack”

    .

  • @ steve

    “The love of your children is more of an inward looking narrow experience of true love. How can your love be anything but compromised when in the next room of the slave owners southern mansion the master is raping a 12 yr old black girl”

    I would say that the untrue nurturing of our children(us) is where the problem lies and started.We were not taught the way of the indigenous which is to nurture all the biosphere,the aboriginals as example (the dreaming was the future , present and past all in one dialogue) however we all were taught the way of industrial civilization. I am a recovering from industrial civilization. My father and mother were missing on these issues.
    Today myself, wife and kids are attending a workshop stomping the footpaths by a indigenous that educates the weeds and native plants are growing on the footpath and local quarry that can be eaten used as medicine etc.I will no doubt meet other like minded there for my kids to engage with.
    Hopefully we can agree that all here(at N.B.) each will have there own version of only love remains.My love remains with the whole biosphere and the indigenous,my family and others,and the arts a remedy ,i can choose to be angry(which sometimes i am) or i can choose to take action. We can thank Guy McPherson for his words of truth and wisdom

  • ‘The first-ever legally binding global climate deal aims to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (34.7 Fahrenheit).’

    https://rt.com/news/342227-solomon-islands-sinking-reef/

  • New meaning given to “global dimming” (“This Century” and “Global Dimming”).

    Perhaps, then, “the Tar-Sands Area Fire” will recharge the dimming?

  • @steve: “A lifetime of loving the earth was inconsequential to its long term survival.”

    And?


    LWA: “Text is a poor medium for social communication.” Especially when one uses it poorly.


    “Who didn’t adore Karen Carpenter?” Me.

  • @Andrew Taylor Wild life? the place is a toxic wasteland.Anything that drinks the water in the area gets poisoned.Fire is probably a quicker death.

  • Rusty, one of the youtube videos showed fleeing deer running from the fire. I don’t think those deer, or even family pets left behind (Some people had only minutes to leave -“where’s the cat!”),would chose death by fire.
    Yes, it’s a toxic wasteland, but animals lived near the tar sands. The odds are that millions of them perished with many more to come since this fire won’t be put out for weeks.

  • The fear of (or the aversion to) the cessation of one’s distinctive individual identity blocks realization. Realization includes the end to misperception of the “I” as real, and clinging to the concept of a “soul”. In spite of the appearance of continuity, the change in one’s individual identity from infancy to old age is like assuming another identity altogether.

    As in the case of the rope misperceived as a snake in a dimly lit room, a claim that 50% or 90% of the snake has become rope is just as dubious as a claim that snake became a rope for two days or for one week.

  • That was an interesting presentation at the West Berkeley branch of the Berkeley Public Library, Guy! I could tell the vibes in the room tightening up, the air thickening with despair, as your presentation proceeded. Good one! I left before questions, because i had a lot of things to do, but also figured i’ll let the people who are new to this ask questions. Great seeing you in person, if i had it together i could have arrived early and met face to face, but didn’t. The woman who posed the first question just didn’t get it, thinking that a 1% reduction (via carbon-absorbing billboards whose chemistry she doesn’t understand and planing trees) in the new emissions into an atmosphere which has already way exceeded its limits, really makes a difference. Nor does she understand that you aren’t telling people to do nothing, as if she thinks people will only do what’s right if it benefits them, the kind of thinking which got us here.

  • I just saw your vid about your plans for the radio show/pod cast. Before you guys go into hibernation, try to get Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn on the show to talk about their documentary “Cowspiracy” and the continuing environmental disaster and runaway global warming engine that is industrial food production. I’m watching an interview with them and Chris Hedges and just discovered that my carved turkey and bacon sub is likely contaminated with turkey shit and pig shit and is shot full of antibiotics among other tasty things. Pardon me while I barf. Maybe you might consider adding a section to the monster essay about food production and global warming. It would be a shocker!

  • Dredd-
    Thanks for the “Wildfire” video. Always loved that song!

    Just finally finished watching “The Big Short”- the movie about the Subprime mortgage crash- and realized that Guy is sort of like the Christian Bale character (with the exception that Guy isn’t going to profit off his discovery). In the sense that he connected the dots and started telling people about the inevitable before the shit started really happening. Actually, he starts out as the Christian Bale character and ends up like the Steve Carell character. Except even that guy cashes in at the end…

    Anyway, is there anyone else here that saw “The Big Short” and who sees the parallels?

    Here are the lyrics from the video I posted earlier. I was just listening to it again, and while it’s repetitive, I think it’s important for everyone here. Of course, this is before William Onyeabor went a little nuts himself (link to his documentary follows):

    “Good name is better than silver and gold
    and nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name
    Good name is better than silver and gold
    and nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name

    I have a good name, I have a good name
    and nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy my name.

    Do you have a good name, do you have a good name?
    then nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody should buy your name

    I mean what I am saying!

    That nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name.

    Good name is better than silver and gold,
    and nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name.

    I mean what I am saying!

    That nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name.
    Good name is better than silver and gold
    and nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name

    Do you have your conscience? Do you have your conscience?
    Then nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody should buy your name…

    I have my conscience!
    I have my conscience!
    And nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy my name

    Good name is better than silver and gold
    And nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name

    Come on!

    Good name is better than silver and gold
    and nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name

    I have a good name, I have a good name
    and nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy my name

    Do you have a good name?
    Do you have a good name?

    Then nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody should buy your name.

    I mean what I am saying!

    That nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name.

    Don’t sell your conscience, don’t sell your conscience
    as nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name.

    Good name is better than silver and gold
    and nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name

    Come on!

    Good name is better than silver and gold
    and nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy your name.

    Do you have a good name, do you have a good name?
    Then nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody should buy your name.

    I have a good name
    I have a good name
    and nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy my name

    I mean what I am saying!

    That nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody nobody can buy my name!


  • @steve

    ” And come on people, Bhuddism with its goofy notion of what a sentient being is, and again, somehow, a nasty male human (bhudda) ends up at the top of all living beings!!! And eating plants somehow causes no suffering. What a complete lack of imagination.”

    I didn’t know, that Bhudda is at the top of all living beings- at least, he never claimed such a funny thing^^

    But, yeah, the painfull crying of the salad and the bananas I have eaten today still rings like Hell in my ears. But, anyway, is there any reason to lament against vegetarians? I mean, salad and bananas suffer like Hell, when I eat them. But what do you eat then? I mean, animals suffer too, when they get killed and eaten, right? And did you know, that you need a nervous system to feel any physical pain? To my knowledge, salad and bananas don’t have any nervous system, but animals do ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nervous_system ). Btw:

    If you are a real friend of Mother Earth, think about that:

    To produce 1kg meat, you need 100kg (plant-) food.


    Uhm, if you want to tell the TRUTH in Empire, then you could be in real danger, yes, you could be KILLED for telling the Truth, because Empire and countless rih folks prefer lying, cheating, threatening- therefore, John Doe, the source of the Panama Papers, remains anonymous:

    ” John Doe’s Manifesto

    … Income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time. It affects all of us, the world over. The debate over its sudden acceleration has raged for years, with politicians, academics and activists alike helpless to stop its steady growth despite countless speeches, statistical analyses, a few meagre protests, and the occasional documentary. Still, questions remain: why? And why now?

    The Panama Papers provide a compelling answer to these questions: massive, pervasive corruption. And it’s not a coincidence that the answer comes from a law firm. More than just a cog in the machine of “wealth management,” Mossack Fonseca used its influence to write and bend laws worldwide to favour the interests of criminals over a period of decades…”

    http://panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de/articles/572c897a5632a39742ed34ef/

    We will see, if that massive lying and cheating of Empire and it’s rich friends/agents is “good for survival” in the long run, muhahahaha 3:-)

  • The NSIDC seems to have found a work around for the Arctic sea ice satellite data.

    The magic ice show (Arctic Sea Ice & Antarctic Sea Ice Are Different Types).

  • @ LWA and Robin Datta

    So, do you guys think continuity itself is an illusion?

    Best Wishes

  • @ nemesis,To grow food for humans to eat one must violently remove all living beings from a piece of land down to the bacteria and then plant it to human use. What is more rare than an old growth redwood forest? A tall grass prairie. I submit to you that the most ecologically destructive tool man has ever produced is the plow.And who knows what fine affinities grass have.We all know to be reincarnated as a cock roach is to step down in bhuddist cosmology. I hope to be reincarnated as a ant,wolf,raven,etcetera.No I do not want to be part of bhuddist cosmology.To be emotionally attached to this living earth is the penultimate of existence. To love all life and to consequently hate all who would wantonly destroy it permanently is where I want to be. Anywhere else is nowhere!@ lidia yes I have failed at trying to save the earth in the long\short term…and yet, When I murder an invasive species in the vast rangeland of the western united states almost immediately raven, coyote,magpie,fox and myriad other beauties are elated to find this fat manna from heaven. @ all others,When my mother (earth) is dying of terminal cancer (civilization) and the orderlies (exxonmobile etcetera)come to rape her at night I will meet them in the darkened stairway to hopefully spare her from those horrors in her last hours. @still others, Can a clerical worker in auswitz go home at night and properly love their children. I really do not think they can.

  • Milendia,

    You quoted someone who asked: “Are there any other people here on N.BL that have children?”

    I have three adult children, all in their forties. I also have 4 grandchildren. Although I admit that I am only an occasional contributor, I don’t know if that qualifies to answer the question but nevertheless… for your information, I’m a father.

  • .
    @Feed Jake … I’m trying to find the right words to answer such a complex question. (Without it being too much of an Oprah essay, lol.) Etymology has stripped most of these concepts out of modern language, and quite on purpose in many cases. You almost have to build and label a entire set of concepts anew for such things to be discussed. Like the way certain ideas didn’t become clear to Carlos until after a very long time of being around Don Juan, and even then only after he revisited what he thought he was understanding multiple times over. I will try and get back to you though. Let’s see if Robin has some words about your question of continuity.

    Remember, the I Ching gets you to realize that what appears to be scientific continuity is actually not necessarily so, and that certain continuities are just expectations that can be defied quite easily. It really freaks people out when you alter what they expect to be continuity, like I warned you about before. Very sunken people have some of the silliest ideas about what is ‘set in stone’ about their lives, even in the simplest of non-mystical ways. This is one way empire has tricked our minds.

    Don Juan actually instructed Carlos to break mental habits and patterns in order to purposely disrupt what he (and others) only assume to be continuity. That’s how Carlos slowly built a mindset that could alter his assemblage point and slip into other realities. He got there by consciously breaking continuity whenever he noticed a habitual perception, response or mental pattern. Controlled folly. It’s almost as though continuity is just the habit of having certain preformed convictions about what one expects one is going to perceive. Consensus reality.

    You can break free from a lot of continuity and yet still have a lot of continuity still remaining. It’s a complicated subject. Robin often speaks to being ‘all the way over’, whereas I speak a lot about adjusting consensus reality only slightly while still remaining quite a bit within it.

  • A mountain lion’s predator tooth, the long one, has as many nerve endings as a human finger. The lion can quickly find and slip it between the third and fourth vertebrae and quickly paralyze its prey from the neck down. It then drags its prey into the underbrush and eviscerates (feeds)on it. I contend that watching a beautiful animal lovingly feeding on my remains as I feel no pain more worthy than the endless convoluted speculation on the nature of reality that humans forever participate in. “one life at a time please” Henry Thoreau Postscript : May all my posts here always need to be moderated

  • Andrew Taylor Not many creatures choose death.As for cats they devastate the song bird population and Deer are garden terrorists. We all die and that toxic wasteland is almost a guarantee that we kill every living creature.I’m sorry but having weighed empathetic thoughts pre post I still have a hard time feeling sorry for Fort McMurry.
    First Nations downriver of oil sands development in Alberta expressed their concerns. Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Councillor Willis Flett, Mikisew Cree First Nation, wanted their voices heard.
    “We’ve seen a drastic change in water contamination going down the Athabasca River, which has a direct impact on our reserve,” said Adam, whose community is located approximately 280 kilometres northeast and downriver of Fort McMurray.
    The scene is unearthly. A choking stench fills the air. Water levels in the Athabasca River are lower than they’ve ever been. Residents no longer trust the water, nor the fish that swim in it. Huge plumes of smoke jet out from the towering stacks. Air cannons let out loud blasts to scare the birds and prevent them from landing in the highly toxic tailing ponds that stretch well into the distance.
    Now where did my dam cat go?

  • .
    @Dredd … yes, thanks for Wildfire. Love that song, especially the part about the owl behaving symbolically.

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    @Henry Holt

    I watched that Chet Baker video, thanks again for that. I guess May 13th will be the anniversary of his death. RIP Chet. I played in a quartet for awhile with a trumpet player (plus keys, bass and drums.) I prefer a sax, but the trumpet on lead was interesting too. We called ourselves ‘Project Ozma’ (the name of the early SETI project, lol.) It seems like I played Chet’s tune ‘Stella By Starlight’ in almost every bebop group I ever played with. A classic. That scene from the video at 14:00 of Tempus Fugit was monstrous.

    You know, I’ve gigged with a lot of people who didn’t know a lick of theory. Some of them were the hottest players around. A lot of country players are like that, and they just ‘know’ all the standards from their genre in their ears. Then they simply transfer those sounds onto other songs when they aren’t as familiar with something. Some of the people I know who went to music schools … never joined a band or ever played a gig. I always thought that was notable, and weird. I try to blend both worlds. When practicing or learning new things, I apply the rote knowledge. But once at the gig, it’s all from the gut, like you said. Theory is also handy for communicating ideas to other players. But when actually playing, I try and play sounds (feelings actually), not notes.

    .
    Thanks again for that video Henry. I loved it. All the best to you and to your wonderful family as well.

    .
    What do you play, tenor, alto, soprano? All of them?

    .
    Hey, did you know May 4th was Dave Brubeck day? (5/4) (lol, a little jazz musician joke there.)

    After Chet’s Stella, I’ll lay some Joe Farrell on you (From my fav Chick album … ‘Friends.’)

    That first song on ‘Friends’ is my favorite.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypn1QogPxWw

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    @Lidia

    I’m starting to get the impression that you’re actually quite attracted to me.

    You know your band rocks when you have a bi-locating tambourine player who can change his looks at will and simultaneously appear side by side with himself looking like two entirely different people.

    .


  • @steve

    ” @ nemesis,To grow food for humans to eat one must violently remove all living beings from a piece of land down to the bacteria and then plant it to human use. What is more rare than an old growth redwood forest? A tall grass prairie. I submit to you that the most ecologically destructive tool man has ever produced is the plow.And who knows what fine affinities grass have.We all know to be reincarnated as a cock roach is to step down in bhuddist cosmology. I hope to be reincarnated as a ant,wolf,raven,etcetera.No I do not want to be part of bhuddist cosmology.To be emotionally attached to this living earth is the penultimate of existence. To love all life and to consequently hate all who would wantonly destroy it permanently is where I want to be. Anywhere else is nowhere!”

    Com on, man! Then why don’t you just STOP EATING and then you will be reincarnated as a cockroach… again 😎 And please, don’t tell me all your FUNNY BLA BLA about bHuddism- I am no bHuddist at all. STOP WAISTING MY PRECIOUS TIME, PLEASE 😎


  • @steve

    Man, don’t YOU have to eat as well ?! What are YOU eating, if you eat no meat and no agriculture products ?!

  • @ Steve

    Basement! (I promise.)

  • @ steve – mod note

    steve I think you missed the basement. Please try again.

  • mod note

    steve ~ I deleted your latest attempt at an overpost, and your other posts here going back to mountain lion tooth. once you start abusing the rules that much, I have no trouble deleting you. from here on out, any more posts will go in the basement: meaning threads besides this one.

    further rule abuse will likely result in a ban.

    ~ mo

  • chain that guy in the basement.

  • and hit his knee-caps with a ball peen hammer.

  • April 2016 CO2: 407.57 ppm
    April 2015 CO2: 403.45 ppm
    Year-on-year increase: 4.12 ppm

    Wow. I know it has been discussed before, but one (or more) of 4 (or more?) things appears to be occurring:
    * Countries are fibbing about emissions and CO2 emissions from industrial/agricultural sources has not really stabilized.
    * Feedbacks are kicking in such that rapidly increasing temperatures are driving increasing CO2 releases from “natural” sources.
    * CO2 sinks are failing (forest uptake declining, warmer oceans absorbing less CO2, etc.).
    * The El Nino impact on CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere is greater than expected.

    We appear to be going faster than expected in the wrong direction. Peak typically comes in May… provided the northern hemisphere firestorm doesn’t nudge things a bit.

    Link: http://www.co2.earth/daily-co2

  • @ Steve I gess you think jest ‘cuz I’m a bhoodist that I won’t defend myself. Well, I think you’re a tremendously ignorant asshole, with a grossly inflated sense of self-worth and nothing whatsoever to back it up with. But you’re probably right–I should try to be like you ‘cuz it’s working so well for ya!(Bless your heart!) I gotta go–mom’s tellin’ me to get off my sister and come to dinner.

    Best Wishes and Yaaahoo!

  • Chained in the basement by our most moderate moderators ?
    Perhaps they could save a few electrons by not explaining why someone’s being bumped into an earlier thread and just shortening the Dispatch Memo to read:

    It puts the lotion in the basket…

    I just checked with Google and it can bring anyone unfamiliar with the phrase up to speed almost immediately.

  • THEIR GENTLE PASSING

    Like the flame which burns within us,
    Human hearts of tender valor
    Hold steadfast to a cherished hope
    That reason shall abound

    To pluck the crown of victory
    From current heedless course
    Before the moment leaves us ever
    Stranded in remorse.

    Like a dream which dies on waking
    Bleeding colors into gray,
    Sharp-edged memory drifts and hazes
    As mind faces light of day.

    I shall mourn their gentle passing
    For if the last should fade,
    What dream could replace this
    Vivid grandeur unrestrained?

  • Continuity implies incremental change but can include many dimensions and magnitudes for those increments.

    After the first lungfish clambered ashore, there was continuity through all generations to humans: each succeeding generation was clearly like its predecessor! So we are continuous with lungfish. If the increments are sufficiently large, the serial change is not perceived as continuous. It is a large increment from lungfish to human.

    Iron is reached by nuclear exothermic (heat-producing) reactions: fusion of smaller atomic nuclei and fission of the bigger ones. All the atoms up to iron can be produced in stars. Bigger atomic nuclei than iron have stored energy that is released when they break. To make those atoms in the first place requires the unimaginable energies and pressures of supernovae.

    Cobalt has one more proton than iron, so it comes from a supernova. There is one atom of cobalt in each molecule of vitamin B12 and there are four MILLIgrams of the vitamin in the human body, but it is essential to human life. So without a very tiny bit of properly bound cobalt a human would be dead! Without continuity after sone prior supernova “we” wouldn’t be around. That is a different dimension of continuity from genetics.

    Continuity can mean many incompatible and even incommensurate things, depending on what parameters one chooses. But as is said, “sabbe sankhara anicca”, all compostie things are transient”.

  • I attend a discussion group at church. A topic is picked out and group leader explains the topic for the first 15 minuets or so and the rest of the hour consists of taking turns offering our thoughts and opinions. Well there is one person that always seems to want to interrupt and toss in his view without waiting to be called. So towards the end my turn was called and I started to voice my opinion when this certain other person makes himself heard above my voice. Well I just lost it,having waited my turn and all, I blurted back at him “DO you ever shut up? What the fuck is wrong with you? I waited my turn I hold the floor so shut the fuck up! The room fell silent the moderator reminded me it was Mothers day and asked if I wanted to finish my say.

  • @ Nemesis
    “To me, this blog is just like songs, like music, like a concert and every single song, every single note got it’s purpose. There is absolutely no reason, to be bitter about any blog, about any comment. Really, I just enjoy the Music, as usual and I hope, every one of you enjoys the Music too”

    Yes, yes. I used to play tenor in a horn section for a Van Morrison covers band, I just loved it man, belting out those lines on Domino, Into the Mystic and Did you get healed.

    @LWA
    Man that Chick Corea album is going to get some serious listening by me, wow!! I will consume that this evening. Thank-you that is a gem I have never heard before.
    Sounds like you have played with some serious Guys.
    Just cherish the interplay between Stan and Chet, love that album, also relish the moment on the video where they do the duet, (this is how I really love to play. Not just me out front blowing the crap out it, but, with a trio I know well and intertwining with harmonies and melodies) Chet and Stan really dig each other, they are connected at the hip, there interplay is like dancing on clouds, not to mention they may have probably hung out together partying (scoring speedballs) in Amsterdam in the late sixties early seventies, Amsterdam was pretty out there then. Who Hoo.. a few casualties’ there.
    Stan Getz is my go to tenor player; he is the one I listen to the most. I have a wonderful album of Stan’s with Bill Evans and when I drive up to my 10 acres in the bush, I turn it full on and listen to it every time never tire of it. I feel like I am soaring and flying when I am only driving.
    I started on Alto and then moved to Tenor and then at one stage had all of them, now I only have a Tenor and have given my Alto to my daughter, I think I am due for anther soprano after listening to the beginning of that Chick Corea album. I am turning 55 this year and have been playing sax since I was 22(which is a late starter)
    I stared my journey to afro American based music through these guys and I have been playing Blues Harp since I was sixteen and I would hitchhike with it in my back pocket

    On another note,
    My wife and I and kids went to that wild foraging workshop on Sunday.
    Brilliant! This Diego is a total eccentric, right on the tracks. There were about 12 people who attended, it was held at the back of some crappy park in inner Sydney. He asked everyone why they were attending? This Lady pipes up “I’m Here for the Zombie Apocalypse!” our kids thought that was quite funny and straight away we knew we were in the right place.
    So he proceeded to walk us around all these weeds that could be eaten and used for medicine, he showed many natives too.
    He used terminology like. “Harvesting Rules. Be nice to the colony, don’t be an arrogant human.E.G. If there are 20 Dandelion’s only pick 2”
    His slogan is ‘Stop Mowing your lawns Australia, EAT THEM”
    we have booked into the medicine workshop next month, will keep you posted. The kids have not stopped talking about it and remember all the plants by name.

    http://www.diegobonetto.com/#book-foraging-tours

  • “Constantine’s Sword”, James Carroll
    copyright 2001

    some quotations:

    1. Lenny Bruce: “Jesus wasn’t born in the 20th century, because then, pious Christians would have to wear tiny electric chairs around their necks.”

    2. “…everthing we know of Hitler suggests that, once finished with the Jews, he would have targeted for elimination, one way or another, those whose loyalty to Jesus competed with loyalty to the Third Reich.”

    3. “I found it necessary to return to the original cross of Jesus of Nazareth, tracing throught the generations of his followers who interpreted that cross as a sign of God’s favor, who put it on their martial banners and at the center of their creed, who wore it on their breats, attacking Jews. I have traced the story through the advent of conversionism, to the Inquisition, to the Enlightenment, when the organized hatred of the Jews served the Church’s purpose in new ways.”

    The DVD ends with: Aaron Neville: ‘With God On My Side’

  • I left off this:

    NO WAR IS HOLY

  • Study: Renewable Energy, Coffee And Wine Cure Cancer

  • babajingo and LWA … you are welcome.

    The gravity of a Hippy Physicist (The Warming Science Commentariat – 3).

  • Aspirational Trolling, when a troll’s reach exceeds his grasp on reality.

    Or, how to see things that aren’t there without drugs.

  • Well, I guess we are Amerika now,

    ‘Reagan ‘voodoo economics’ at the heart of Scott Morrison’s budget’

    http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/economy/2016/05/07/reagan-voodoo-economics-the-heart-scott-morrisons-budget/14625432003219

    A quote:
    “How else can you explain the spending priorities of the 2016 budget, summed up in three figures by the chief economist of The Australia Institute, Richard Denniss? “Forty-seven per cent of the value of those personal tax cuts goes to the top 1 per cent of income earners. Seventy-five per cent goes to the top 10 per cent. Zero goes to the bottom 65 or so per cent.””

    ‘Michael Parenti, The Darker Myths of Empire: Heart of Darkness Series’

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOF56wYTl1w

    It’s been an honour…

    😉

  • .
    @babajingo

    Thanks for the William Onyeabor film. Going to watch it next for musician docs month. 😉

    .
    @shep

    Maybe I wasn’t clear about this idea of no fear. I wasn’t suggesting a violent uprising. lol, that would be put down rather quickly with tanks and smart bombs and drones. The idea was to drop the fear that motivates people to show up at their funny money jobs collecting their paychecks. Like the non violent hippies in a way. Sort of a non compliance thing. Of course fighting violence with violence is foolish. ‘Uprising’ and ‘giving the fat cats a heart attack’ through ‘not being afraid to die’ wasn’t a call to arms. It was a call for non compliance. People would be surprised at all the fear based things that don’t come true when they stop being part of the machine. Bob Marley wasn’t about violence at all, just revolution through a different means. Love, not bombs.

    .
    @Dave

    Isn’t it nice having the two post rule here? It keeps things orderly, everybody gets their say, and everybody gets their two turns per day to say whatever they want to share. That way everybody gets their planet Kolob in the Celestial Kingdom. Unless you over-post, and then Stan gets you. I’ve been to RfM and read those essays. Cheer up brother.

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    @Henry Holt

    That ‘Friends’ is unknown to a lot of Chick Corea fans for some reason. It gets faster with sambas later in the the album. I liked the slower grooves better. But yes, hearing the soprano and flute as bebob tools is a nice change. Enjoy! As far as playing with heavy cats … it’s more that I did A LOT of different things in music. Played almost every style at one point professionally. Theater, to philharmonic, to massive country music concert arenas, to heavy classic rock clubs. But it all started as a wee kid on the be-bop with a great teacher. I even switched instruments from drums half way through life and started fronting shows as a keys/synths/lead vocalists. I never went ‘to the top’, but I did leave no stone unturned. I even played in a Reggae band for a number of years doing originals and Bob Marley covers. Recently I was fronting a Pink Floyd band exploring some B3 improvisation at the psychedelic raves. Lately I’ve just been being though. Taking a bit of a musical break, which I flow with too when it happens.

    Cheers Henry. Enjoy the Joe Farrell tones, and the zombie apocalypse.

    .

  • As any ice sheet melts, sea levels along coastlines as much as 1,500 miles (2,000 kilometers) away will fall as seawater escapes from the reduced gravitational pull and the crust lifts. The escaping seawater flows clear across the equator: the melting of Antarctica affects the U.S. East and West coasts, and Greenland’s disappearance impacts the coastline of Brazil. These regional differences are significant — such as in the case of the East Coast of the United States.”

    (The Warming Science Commentariat – 3, quoting NASA JPL).

    Which means that additional sea level rise will take place whereever that “escaping seawater” (a.k.a. ghost water) eventually ends up.

  • Fellow pilgrims, put down your petty personal bickering & go to robert scribbler now.

    The blue water/ice free Arctic looks increasingly possible this summer/fall.

    Near term extinction in our faces.

    Guy’s 2030 date may be too late.

    The fearsome Ft. McMurray fire is being exacerbated by methane release from the Arctic, as I peck.

  • I am quite pleased today. I have cobbled together my property tax payment and have it mailed out as we speak. I get a chuckle out of paying my taxes no matter what they are, because I try to maintain an income level as low as I possibly can, my taxes, like a wealthy persons might be, are next to nothing. Living well, as the old expression goes, is the best revenge. Stay home, take a walk, talk to a down and out lonely person, brighten their day. Live on and spend as little money as possible. Enough is a feast to behold. Stop the personal shopping for needless crapstuff, we can SHUT IT DOWN!

  • @nemesis To try to answer the question OF “what I eat”. I eat everything but nasty fucking grain. Eating should be done in a way that is ecologically sustainable, the way a predator does. Ecology is the only morality. Or to badly quote Aldo leopold “anything done that compromises the integrity of the biotic community is wrong and anything that stabilizes the biotic community is right.” And that painfully obvious understanding of right and wrong has not been found in any religious text…. EVER. And that my friends anulls all religion in a few words. No support of militant action to end empire is exactly what empire wants. Back to its 9 minutes till midnight…,no no 8 minutes to midnight…, oh you are all wrong it is 6 minutes to midnight.


  • @Henry Holt

    Yeah, we are lucky, we got Music. Love to hear, that you playd Van Morrison. I do that too. Van the man inspired my whole musical life and he still does. He is for real and always gave a shit about “success” in the music business. Rock on, Music bro! And thanks so much for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, this is the real shit!


    @steve

    ” To try to answer the question OF “what I eat”. I eat everything but nasty fucking grain. Eating should be done in a way that is ecologically sustainable, the way a predator does. Ecology is the only morality.”

    Aha. Uhm, can you imagine, what the planet, what precious wildlife would look like, if 7 billion people would feed, like predators, on wildlife ?! Obviously not.

    ” And that painfully obvious understanding of right and wrong has not been found in any religious text…. EVER. And that my friends anulls all religion in a few words. “

    Wow, cool! But what about billions of people, who are still into religion ?! You need to seriously talk to them and change their minds, otherwise, your “anulling” of “all religion” is nothing but another funny joke of yours 😉

    ” No support of militant action to end empire is exactly what empire wants.”

    Aha, sounds quite adventurous. So, let’s get concrete:

    What weappons do you use, to fight Empire “militantly”? AK-47? Panzerfaust? Karate? Or just mouth?


    Btw:

    Does anybody here at NBL think, that you, that we are near extinction, near REAL Death? These children can teach us, what being near real Death really feels like:


  • Everyone thinks I am all mouth. I have a pending aggravated assault charge in Idaho for beating the crap out of a rancher after he caught me hunting invasive species on his land… I mean national forest property where Guy’s clean water comes from. I have returned to my truck after hiking to find all the windows broken out. I have run drunk clownboys,or is that cowboys, out of my camp at night with a browning nine mm. I have been threatened by the whole ranching community of catron county when I worked on the mexican wolf reintroduction campaign. Any more questions about my committment from the do nothing crowd at NBL?


  • @steve

    Ok, thanks for you straight statement. You will fight Empire with a 9mm. Cool 😎

    But what about the rest of your comment:

    ” To try to answer the question OF “what I eat”. I eat everything but nasty fucking grain. Eating should be done in a way that is ecologically sustainable, the way a predator does. Ecology is the only morality.”

    I repeat my question about your feeding habits:

    Can you imagine, what the planet, what precious wildlife would look like, if 7 billion people would feed, like predators, on wildlife ?!

  • Education is an auto-didactic process. Some of the most highly educated people
    I know don’t have a degree of any kind.Some of the least educated have a PHD.

    I can’t speak for Guy, but I believe he will admit that for the most part–
    and the most important part of all in his education,is what he taught himself.

  • @LWA

    Quote from John C. Lilly:
    In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true is true or becomes true, within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the mind, there are no limits… In the province of connected minds, what the network believes to be true, either is true or becomes true within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the network’s mind there are no limits.
    The Human Biocomputer (1974)

    Casteneda gives himself away in the story where he visits a brujo whose specialty is storytelling. Don Juan explains that the role of the storyteller is to push the limits, to make people think about what is possible. That is how Casteneda saw his role as a storyteller. I know Casteneda claims that continuity is an illusion, one so important to your sanity that if your mind senses a break in continuity, it instantly compensates by filling it in or ignoring it. You know, Casteneda was heavily influenced by Gurdijeff, who I really don’t understand. Maybe you’d have better luck.

    Best Wishes

  • This from just another “Professor Emeritus” born in Idaho… (me). Also, perhaps, one of those artists alluded to in Guy’s essay –
    With left-right brains, we are xenophobic within and to ourselves. In pursuit of some sort of excellence we try to be cognizant of fact and consequences (where did truth go?). We try with varying success to hold the extreme ends together in our inner and outer living.
    “In Last is First” is an art work of mine that Guy graciously accepted–once, sometime ago. I listen to and read, in reciprocal gratitude, his musing in this essay and others on the need for psychic integration (and I read C.P. Snow decades ago, and Wilson, Margulis, et all, as well). Had a Zen artist-scholar-teacher early on. Still living with what I’ve come to feel is that impossible dilemma Guy’s essay flags. I have one essay on NBL from this artist’s point of view/mind–but don’t see an “essay archive” list anymore…?

  • @ LWA

    By the way, in 1970 I was listening to the Beatles, Tull, etc. The Carpenters were definitely totally uncool. Then, maybe 20 years later I heard Karen Carpenter again, and was totally blown away. What an amazing singer! And before autotune. And she played drums while doing that amazing singing. I don’t care what anyone else thinks. Great choices.

    Best Wishes

  • Steve – I’m convinced, you’re a nasty hombre not to be taken lightly. If we ever run into each other, I sure hope I’ve got my Mossberg handy. And “invasive species” is human construct. The plants and critters just do what comes naturally as the situation changes and opportunity arises. But meanwhile, I am truly curious. What exactly are you feeding on out there in the bush? Are you in competition with the newly reintroduced wolves?

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    @Feed Jake

    Thanks for your insights and quote from John C. Lilly. I wouldn’t want you to think I’m hung up on Castaneda. I mainly used his example as a bridge to a common language, knowing that you had also read his books. I myself think the whole subject is more about direct experience rather than intellectualized theory from any one book or books. Also, as Robin has pointed out, continuity can mean several different things. Such is the limitation of language I suppose.

    I know people whose mental health is utterly dependent on the continuity of the stock market, the notion that governments work to benefit the general public, and the continuity of their having a job to go to next Monday morning. To some, those ‘systems’ breaking down would constitute chaos, as if the world would stop spinning were these things to suddenly become ‘not true’ for them. Yet, we know these are just intellectual continuities formed within these peoples minds and aren’t truth’s whatsoever. Just mental constructs. Ideas. Opinions. Beliefs.

    The I Ching is an example of a work suggesting actions and behaviors which can dispel certain notions about the continuity of events more than addressing the continuity of physical objects per say. Yet to some people, events in time can be as solid and guaranteed as physical objects are. Where is the line there? That’s another interpretation of what can be meant by ‘continuity.’ The continuity of events. Are events altered through expectations? Is our behavior affected by these expectations and assumptions as well?

    Then there is the continuity of physical reality, which is probably a subject I won’t get into very much here, at least not at this time. It’s a touchy subject for some readers I think.

    Again, there are those whose sanity is completely dependent on a steady income and having a regular job. As an example, musicians get over those ‘beliefs’ quite quickly, proving these ‘continuities’ are merely illusions; they’re just peoples beliefs and convictions about their world. I guess in that way, continuity could be considered a rather subjective notion. Some people may need counseling when they break up with a girlfriend, yet ten years later they may barely even remember that person anymore at all. Is that not a demonstration of a mere dependency on the illusion of an expected continuity while they were in that relationship? Then one day years later it suddenly wasn’t so important as it all once seemed to be.

    I know you did the dreaming stuff with your hands. Did you ever run through a very thick bush forest at night, using the gait of power, and have the trees just not be there anymore, and also maybe find you had crossed a great distance in an ‘impossible’ time frame? That’s broken physical continuity. Walkabouts and survival vision quests (even urban ones) can also be tools to break certain assumptions about continuity within objective physical reality.

    For me, all this is experiential, not something one can just intellectualize from books. It has to be experienced. The books are things I find useful after the fact, information that I can then point to and recognize as somebody else’s exploration of similar ideas. To me, it says a lot whether the book came first, or the book came after someone’s personal experimentation and experiences. For me, the books are mostly just reverse engineering tools for these ideas and concepts. Sort of like validation tools, or tools to provide a language for communicating the ideas with others. The books can provide a common framework and language to work from.

    Where are you at with this idea of ‘continuity?’ Also, I guess, what sort of continuity are we talking about? Physical or events?

    .
    P.S. Jake … I’m not the hugest fan of the Carpenters by any means. However, over the years I’ve come to appreciate ANY one expressing themselves musically. I don’t treat bands or musical genres like sports teams anymore. Most of it is all good to me now … the idea that somebody bothered to make some music at all. Someone was inspired, so they did some music. Groovy. That’s what I appreciate.

    I was just kidding too about the tambourine player. I know nothing about that tambourine player, lol. But ya, I don’t hate Karen. All music is good for someone somewhere at sometime. I try not to judge, even if I do have my own preferences and favorites. Karen was a sweetheart. Hooray for her and her musical legacy. 🙂

    Oops. Oprah post again. Damn. If you’ve read this far, feel free to skip the rest.

  • Sorry too for my lazy html tag. Doh!

  • Karen had/has such a lovely voice.

    As does Thom

    (their newest song from their newest album):

    Dreamers
    They never learn
    They never learn
    Beyond the point
    Of no return
    Of no return

    And it’s too late
    The damage is done
    The damage is done

    This goes
    Beyond me
    Beyond you
    The white room
    By window
    Where the sun goes
    Through

    We are
    Just happy to serve
    Just happy to serve
    You