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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2008|03:19 pm]
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grizzlyeric
Here's a link to an article by a writer of popular nonfiction I'm coming to enjoy, Richard Manning.

http://www.wesjones.com/oilweeat.htm

I'm reading a book by him about the american grasslands. His approach adds anthropology, literature, and mythology  to the mix in addition to what is often solely political or health/ecological in the work of others. As a result it certainly has challenged my own preconceptions of what civilization and agriculture are, and in any case gives one a broader scope to work with.
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(no subject) [Aug. 11th, 2008|04:50 pm]
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grizzlyeric
I haven't done anything in here for a while, but I still like this concept, so here goes.

Has anyone read anything by John Zerzan? He just appeared on our local radio station and I'm fairly impressed. Here's some videos I found with a simple search, I'm sure one could fine more with a little digging.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3l-HM8piXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlnAYeWWwt8

I'm finding a serious gap in the internet - I enjoy buying bicycles at garage sales, etc. but find they don't often stay in working order after a few months riding them - I hate bike shops, they don't really seem to be set up for someone that wants to fix up dumpster finds and use bikes for transportation - if anyone knows anything about do it yourself bike restoration, repair on the cheap or knows of some internet sources, please let me know.
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fences [Feb. 27th, 2008|04:19 pm]
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grizzlyeric
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/2/27/holes_in_the_wall_texas_border

I guess the rich people don't have to have the 18 foot high wall built on their Mexican border properties. Golf courses, too, seem to be exempt. I think some high-up person said the wall is going to keep us safe from all of those Mexican terrorists.

Don't people in the party that is anything but grand, but probably old, like to gloat about the fact that one of their idols the one guy to tear down a wall in a dramatic fashion?

By the way, as a reminder of the inadequacy of the Democratic party, even with a charming face, please take note that both Obama and Clinton voted for the bill authorizing this wall to be built.
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(no subject) [Feb. 17th, 2008|12:43 pm]
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grizzlyeric
Here's a chart with lots of information from a chicago based group posted on their website.

http://vcnv.org/assessing-voting-factions-in-the-house-of-representatives

They have lots of other goodies on the site, as well. I admire what they are doing.
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food irradiation [Feb. 11th, 2008|12:04 am]
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grizzlyeric
This issue was on the horizon, and I had thought about it, but hadn't read anything on it until today in a local paper. They have a website, but I could't find a direct link to the article.

The bottom link has a nice fact sheet you can download from the organic consumers association.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/irradlink.cfm#Handouts

So are people just being paranoid or is this something scary? I think it's a bit creepy, myself. I decided to ditch my microwave a few months ago and feel pretty good about that. This is worse than microwaving, though, from the sounds of it. The article I read said that the process creates chemicals in the food that aren't found in nature, also, there's radioactive waste to deal with.

On a related issue, someone wrote a letter to another local paper stating very briefly that cell phones are frying our brains, and people in Europe are aware of this, but not in the U.S. Has anyone heard of this or researched it? There have always been the vague rumours of this since the advent of cell phones, but I've never known anyone to take it seriously. Is anyone out there ready to give up their phone?
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This week's episode was particularly good [Feb. 8th, 2008|11:18 pm]
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grizzlyeric
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkle7leyBq8
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bio-terrorism [Feb. 7th, 2008|10:06 pm]
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grizzlyeric
In light of the recent "energy bill" and keeping with our energy theme so far, I thought I'd point out a headline from today, that smart people with advanced degrees in science or something like that don't think ethanol is such a good idea.

propoganda

NPR story

Abstract from the actual article published in Science
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thermodynamics [Feb. 6th, 2008|01:28 pm]
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grizzlyeric
pulled from "Energy and Equity" by Ivan Illich

Up here in Wisconsin, this lovely state that I've just moved to, we've got probably about 8 inches of snow accumulated over night. It will snow every day this week and we are expected to get sixteen inches by the end of the day. Apparantly this is a record setting year for snow accumulation.

This is no problem for me, I can walk to most any destination that I need from day to day, however, I still own a car, which is a problem. The city does not allow people to leave their car anywhere for longer than 48 hours, further, during "snow emergencies" (today qualifies) one has to park on the even or odd side of the street, depending on what day it is. So I had to move my car.

After wiping the snow off the car, getting unstuck out of the drift I was already parked in, and subsequently getting stuck about three or four times, I finally managed to find a parking place about 8 blocks away. Once out of my car, I felt relief. My feet can handle the snow. I'm not a danger to anybody around me, and I'm using energy very efficiently.

I passed by several vans pushing and pulling eachother out of drifts. I passed a beached Doritos delivery truck. The driver was out in front of the truck kicking the snow with his boots half-heartedly. He looked at me and said "this sucks."

This does suck.

In Ivan Illich's works, his theses are always variations on the same theme; humans have created structures intended to render one specific task easier but actually make that task more difficult. Besides energy, he has written on the school system and the medical establishment. Perhaps it's because of our expansionist mentality, that what we have is never enough. The system is not designed to be content.

Energy and Equity was written in the 70's, so some of the statistics given in the link are not up to date, but I think they paint a relevant picture.
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First Post [Feb. 2nd, 2008|03:11 am]
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grizzlyeric
Here is the first post in the first community I've created. I'm hoping to have a community where all sorts of different interelated topics can be explored, and not just limit things to one topic or one format. Also, a community where dogma is not the doctrine.


I think the world is in some scary shit and we're being attacked from all sides, socially, culturally, chemically, biologically, politically, academically. We need to keep open discussions about anything and everything which makes the world and our understanding of it better. I hope this community will be welcoming and fairly intellectual, but it doesn't always have to be the latter, but always the former.

I have a history of frustrations with communities. One I joined was one about NPR, I thought, wow, cool, I can discuss news stories with people. Turns out, only links were allowed, nobody wanted to discuss anything. So then I joined a community about natural living. Cool, I thought, ways to recycle, be more green, etc. Most posts were about birth control, acne, and shampoo. I joined a vegan community. Finally, I thought, people like me to talk about veganism with. I was promptly told that I wasn't vegan! It's a good community, though, that was just a tough thread that day. I don't want that to happen here. I am in some other good communities, though. One is called raw veganism and the other musicphilosophy (it needs to be updated more, though). I think posts on either of these subjects would be interesting. Really, I like all the above mentioned things, but I think it would be cool to have a community that focuses on a lot of the different issues that are all so intertwined these days.
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