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Seeking alternative online friends [Apr. 27th, 2011|08:48 pm]
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sladebrigade
In thirties age and into dumpster diving for food, simplicity et.c. and seeking similar for email friendships. Age and location of lesser importance so please send message on LJ if interested. Thanks!!
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(no subject) [Oct. 25th, 2008|07:20 pm]
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beatsoul
Storm systems roil

I want you to roil.
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(no subject) [Oct. 21st, 2008|06:38 pm]
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beatsoul


human translation
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(no subject) [Oct. 8th, 2008|08:05 am]
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jesuisgringoire
I'm in college.  I've dropped out three times and still have a full scholarship.  I'm thinking about a forth.  I'm a gay, vegetarian, anarcho-pacifist.  neo-pagan, too.  I could put myself into more boxes if you'd like.

I'd like to go off the grid.  I don't want to pay taxes.  I don't want to shop at wal mart.  I've had enough of bombs and sweatshops and industrial agriculture.  there are so many days where I feel like if I were to really listen to my conscience that I'd just get up and leave, hitchhike somewhere, stop using money.  I don't know how to do much.  I write a mean research paper, which is not exactly the sort of skill I need for this.  does anybody know of someone or somewhere I could go to?  I'd love to be a gypsy for a while - or settle down with some cool people and learn permaculture and some skilled trade things like carpentry or something.  renaissance fair nerds are cool too - I'm all about learning how to make my own clothes, instruments, and stuff like that.  I know I can't be the only one out there who feels this way.  the only reason I'm not already out on the road is because I'm afraid of doing it alone, and not knowing where to go.

what's up, folks?  anybody hear me?  anybody already doing this?
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Add your name to the list of people opposed to hate. [Sep. 28th, 2008|12:39 pm]
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scarytrees
[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]
[Current Music |kimya dawson "everything's alright"]


Are there any fans of the Southern Poverty Law Center here? www.splcenter.org/index.jsp

Looking through their site, I just found a really good map they have showing hate groups in your state and around the United States. There is also a thing where you can add yourself to the map opposing hate. I really like that and just like the idea of the map growing more and more of people opposing hate and seeing places get more and more green with people opposed to it. If you want to add yourself to it go here: www.splcenter.org/center/petitions/standstrong/ 
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(no subject) [Sep. 9th, 2008|09:50 pm]
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grizzlyeric
I'm a better anarchist than you
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for what it's worth [Sep. 6th, 2008|01:05 pm]
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beatsoul
I'm just glad ya'll are here, despite the small member list.

I just got some used books in the mail:


A Language Older Than Words - Derrick Jensen
The ISLE Reader - ISLE

and:

The Winter 08 Isle Journal


Introduction:
37/M/California
I've spent the majority of my life observing the chaos from the outside, trying to make sense of it all.

I am not an agent of disorder. I seek to embrace/restore/educate regarding the inherent collective disorder.

And the ways the puzzle fits.
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outrageous - a signal? [Sep. 1st, 2008|11:50 pm]
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grizzlyeric
http://www.marxistsfr.org/history/etol/newspape/isj/1968/no034/berger.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ
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(no subject) [Aug. 30th, 2008|11:28 pm]
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grizzlyeric
flag wars


I watched this film today. I was very moved by it and had to nix my afternoon plans and go on a long bike ride to get back into a functional frame of mind. The film shows, in all of it's contradictory complexity, how coldly and beaurocratically cruel people can be. Even people that know how it feels to be discriminated against are capable of the same discrimination. At the same time, it shows subtle and not so subtle individuals that do their best to maintain their humanity and dignity in their own way in spite of a system that does not operate in a case by case, subjective way.

The surface of the film is the conflict between the black residents of the neighborhood and gay and lesbian whites that move in and fix up the "historic" houses, thus petitioning for and getting new zoning laws to keep their property up that have the effect of pushing the original residents of the neighborhood out. Both sides are shown at their worst. A white man says that if they don't want to fix up a house, they shouldn't live in it. A black man says he'll never allow his son to be in the first grade class that the teacher who is gay leads. But I think this initial conflict, racism and homophobia, is merely the surface of the film. The real enemy of the film is ignorance, failure to see anyone as an individual, and a society that values signed pieces of paper over all else, and soon centers upon a woman that is suffering from serious health problems trying to keep the house she lived in her entire life, a few heros, one unexpected, emerges by the end of the film which is nonetheless a sad ending.

Another silent actor in the film is nature itself, which is what every single person has to fight when deciding to build or maintain a manmade structure that is not integrated within the nature of its place.

The film is in a verite style, in some ways reminiscent of Time for Burning, and one of men in the film I particularly admired had a way of speaking similar to that of the barber (and later, senator) of the Time for Burning. The issues are in a way the very same, things don't change much over the years.

I also think of a short novel of Steinbeck that I read a long time ago, In Dubious Battle. I remember Steinbeck saying that he was just hoping to help people understand eachother better.

Watch this film, find it somewhere, at a library preferably. Perhaps pbs will air it again sometime. It is beautifully shot, very carefully made, - passes no judgement, but only reveals the complexity, cruelty, and nobility of human nature.


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(no subject) [Aug. 28th, 2008|01:57 am]
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grizzlyeric
they school

I watched this video today and a few others by dead prez. I really found this one interesting. The video consists of students stuck in a classroom set up to detain them, which is what classrooms often are while yelling back at the dorky, overweight teacher. Personally, I felt bad for the teacher, because, I know I probably look like him when I teach. Though, one loses sympathy for the teacher when he yells at a kid for a stupid reason. I think about the school system a lot. It's really depressing.

My wife and I both recently graduated with teaching degrees and really want to go out there and let kids be creative and explore, not be graded, talk about social issues, explore meaning. She's an art teacher and I'm a music teacher, but even in these creative fields, we are scared of what will happen to us and what we'll have to force the students to go through. For now I'm stalling in graduate school and she's teaching piano lessons. Perhaps we'll find some other way to live. It's really a shame that children don't have access to a fair education, one that they and their community control. What should a person do? Should a teacher go into the system anyway, and try to change things or just let it be? As long as the kids are forced to be there, perhaps it's ok for a teacher that's lost faith in the system to be there, too.
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