• Another advance in beneficial energy conversion...
    https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/revolutionary-blast-furnace-vaporizes-trash-and-turns-it-into-clean-energy/?fbclid=IwAR22NwtF3FtVpsp2DrIVbQ_AR2yFEEcOKZq2UtSS1MVsmE8V-Sc9PeWgzvc
    Another advance in beneficial energy conversion... https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/revolutionary-blast-furnace-vaporizes-trash-and-turns-it-into-clean-energy/?fbclid=IwAR22NwtF3FtVpsp2DrIVbQ_AR2yFEEcOKZq2UtSS1MVsmE8V-Sc9PeWgzvc
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  • A 2019 Look Back Rant.

    I sit here at my desk, waiting for the year to end. Please let it end! I don’t know how much more of this assfuckery i can take. You know that sound that nails make as they are being scratched down a chalkboard? That’s how it feels to have lived and breathed thru this year. Admittedly, there have been the odd one or two rays of light in a sea of dumbfuckery. But i’ll get to those a bit later.

    As the shops light up brighter than a politicians morals, i feel i must remember and say fare ye well to what has gone. Or in plain english – fuck off and die 2019! That sound a tad harsh? Maybe. But think about it. This year has seen british politics taken over by the oligarchy of debauchery – Brexit. They have had 4 fucking years to get this deal sorted. And as always, they leave it right till the last minute. And the British press propaganda that has gone along with, is just mind blowing to the Nth degree. We, the general public, will never know what this deal consists of. Nor will we know just how shit it really is until many years down the line when we look back and say – “Good lord,that was bloody awful! How dare they sell us out!” And I have said many times before, that this “deal” reminds me so much of the TTIP that never was.

    And lets not forget that only 1% of the british voters, voted in Boris Johnson as prime minister this year. If that doesn’t show up how rubbish the voting system is in this country, i don’t know what is. Altho i guess we should be thankful we don’t have a voting system like that in America. To be fair tho, what other choice did we have? After all Boris was coached by none other than Steve Bannon. Name sound familiar? It should. He was a big part of Trump’s electoral campaign. Trump’s P.A if you like. Bannon even had a post in the white house. But then, for some reason he got booted out. He then came over here and started schooling Boris as Trump mark 2. Has he succeeded? Well, at the time of writing, we don’t know. But if Johnson wins this election, then yes. And Trump will have power over someone else too. Because you know, Trump treats countries as his personal companies than he can just do what he likes with.

    Take his beef with China. America needs China more than China needs america. And that is why the US going in hard with a scrupulous amount of sanctions. I must also add that China is one of those countries that has said it doesn’t want to trade in american dollars. Iran is another country that has said that too. And America has sanctioned them too this year. But there’s no coincidence tho,right? It’s all to do with nuclear weapons.

    As more and more countries around the world held massive protests about the unjust laws that their politicians have been forcing upon them, is the time of a global revolution just around the corner? Is this the time of a great upheaval and when we see the beginning of a more just and fair world? Seeing people holding up signs, marching to the beat of drums,signing songs of hope and peace and anger, bring much hope for the future of where the human race as a whole could go. For those who repeatedly try to peddle fake news and try and degrade those who tell the truth, are getting their comeuppance. Karma is the giant show kicking them up the arse. I hope that this trend doesn’t fade. And if you feel like you want to stand up for whats wrong, then do it. Doesn’t matter if all you can do is just retweet or re post something that keeps the topic in people’s minds. THAT is what is needed. Keep the ideas alive. As they say, you can’t kill an idea. The ripple of dissent will wash away the centuries of shit that’s clogging up the toilet of politics.

    There was also the imprisonment of one Julian Assange. Now, Assange is a bit like Marmite. You either love him, or hate. There ain’t no inbetween. And what with those who are protesting about him being imprisoned, which i get. Altho, the UK is not the only country to imprison people for saying the truth. But I think one of the other things about this case that many have seen fit to overlook, is the conditions of all prisons in the UK. Prisons should be livable, but some say that these places are not up to that standard. Many were built in the 1900’s and so are crumbling and dilapidating. Most need to be refurbished so that at least those inside are warm. But it’s not just the prisons themselves. It’s the guards who look after them. There are those who will blatantly flaunt those power for their own gain.

    Israel went on an epic rampage this year. Many at mass protests held by Palestinians who were rightly angry at Israel for demolishing their homes, were killed. Including children. Was this outrage spread across the world and condemned by world leaders? Heck no. And why would they when most have a vested interest in keeping Palestine and Israel as it is. They don’t care about the loss of life that happened. They only care about they powerful “friends” that they make in this world. All to help progress to the top. Israel killed these folk because they were standing up for the forefathers and their families who were being ousted from their homeland. Killing anyone, no matter who you are or where you are from, just so you can seem the bigger person, is wrong. Always was and always will be.

    What else happened? Mmmmmm, oh yeah an impeachment came to pass. I can finally tick that one off my bucket list.But back to the point. To put it bluntly, it’s all very well to impeach Trump BUT Pence ain’t much better. In fact he’s worse. And he does it all with a smug smile. And Trump is far from the problem. Getting rid of him will not solve the problem. And his administration has shown many just how crap, criminal and corrupt the government really is. So getting rid of him is like losing the cap on a bottle and just using any old thing to replace it. But it doesn’t quite fit. Trump, and all presidents before him, are nothing more than figureheads to big conglomerate headed by old,white oligarchs. Pence will be the latest in a very long line.

    All in all, I think this year has been one of hope. Hope that people are finally,after many,many years, seeing through the lies and bullcrap that MSM and the powerful try so desperately to shove down our throats everyday via what they laughingly call News. If we can keep this powerful objective around the world, keeping the powerful in line and accountable, then I think you can safely say that things ARE changing. And for the better. No one said getting a change would be easy or quick, but i believe. This left or right thing is so old news. I’m going straight down the middle. Less congestion down that path.

    My one hope for 2020 is that I continue to see through the lies and the bulllshit that the politicians and the mainstream media continue to force feed us everyday. If i can get even a slight slippery grasp on what the fuck is going on, how to unfurl the grasping bloody fingers of the powerful, then i shall be one step closer to that better world we all talk about.

    Will you join me?
    A 2019 Look Back Rant. I sit here at my desk, waiting for the year to end. Please let it end! I don’t know how much more of this assfuckery i can take. You know that sound that nails make as they are being scratched down a chalkboard? That’s how it feels to have lived and breathed thru this year. Admittedly, there have been the odd one or two rays of light in a sea of dumbfuckery. But i’ll get to those a bit later. As the shops light up brighter than a politicians morals, i feel i must remember and say fare ye well to what has gone. Or in plain english – fuck off and die 2019! That sound a tad harsh? Maybe. But think about it. This year has seen british politics taken over by the oligarchy of debauchery – Brexit. They have had 4 fucking years to get this deal sorted. And as always, they leave it right till the last minute. And the British press propaganda that has gone along with, is just mind blowing to the Nth degree. We, the general public, will never know what this deal consists of. Nor will we know just how shit it really is until many years down the line when we look back and say – “Good lord,that was bloody awful! How dare they sell us out!” And I have said many times before, that this “deal” reminds me so much of the TTIP that never was. And lets not forget that only 1% of the british voters, voted in Boris Johnson as prime minister this year. If that doesn’t show up how rubbish the voting system is in this country, i don’t know what is. Altho i guess we should be thankful we don’t have a voting system like that in America. To be fair tho, what other choice did we have? After all Boris was coached by none other than Steve Bannon. Name sound familiar? It should. He was a big part of Trump’s electoral campaign. Trump’s P.A if you like. Bannon even had a post in the white house. But then, for some reason he got booted out. He then came over here and started schooling Boris as Trump mark 2. Has he succeeded? Well, at the time of writing, we don’t know. But if Johnson wins this election, then yes. And Trump will have power over someone else too. Because you know, Trump treats countries as his personal companies than he can just do what he likes with. Take his beef with China. America needs China more than China needs america. And that is why the US going in hard with a scrupulous amount of sanctions. I must also add that China is one of those countries that has said it doesn’t want to trade in american dollars. Iran is another country that has said that too. And America has sanctioned them too this year. But there’s no coincidence tho,right? It’s all to do with nuclear weapons. As more and more countries around the world held massive protests about the unjust laws that their politicians have been forcing upon them, is the time of a global revolution just around the corner? Is this the time of a great upheaval and when we see the beginning of a more just and fair world? Seeing people holding up signs, marching to the beat of drums,signing songs of hope and peace and anger, bring much hope for the future of where the human race as a whole could go. For those who repeatedly try to peddle fake news and try and degrade those who tell the truth, are getting their comeuppance. Karma is the giant show kicking them up the arse. I hope that this trend doesn’t fade. And if you feel like you want to stand up for whats wrong, then do it. Doesn’t matter if all you can do is just retweet or re post something that keeps the topic in people’s minds. THAT is what is needed. Keep the ideas alive. As they say, you can’t kill an idea. The ripple of dissent will wash away the centuries of shit that’s clogging up the toilet of politics. There was also the imprisonment of one Julian Assange. Now, Assange is a bit like Marmite. You either love him, or hate. There ain’t no inbetween. And what with those who are protesting about him being imprisoned, which i get. Altho, the UK is not the only country to imprison people for saying the truth. But I think one of the other things about this case that many have seen fit to overlook, is the conditions of all prisons in the UK. Prisons should be livable, but some say that these places are not up to that standard. Many were built in the 1900’s and so are crumbling and dilapidating. Most need to be refurbished so that at least those inside are warm. But it’s not just the prisons themselves. It’s the guards who look after them. There are those who will blatantly flaunt those power for their own gain. Israel went on an epic rampage this year. Many at mass protests held by Palestinians who were rightly angry at Israel for demolishing their homes, were killed. Including children. Was this outrage spread across the world and condemned by world leaders? Heck no. And why would they when most have a vested interest in keeping Palestine and Israel as it is. They don’t care about the loss of life that happened. They only care about they powerful “friends” that they make in this world. All to help progress to the top. Israel killed these folk because they were standing up for the forefathers and their families who were being ousted from their homeland. Killing anyone, no matter who you are or where you are from, just so you can seem the bigger person, is wrong. Always was and always will be. What else happened? Mmmmmm, oh yeah an impeachment came to pass. I can finally tick that one off my bucket list.But back to the point. To put it bluntly, it’s all very well to impeach Trump BUT Pence ain’t much better. In fact he’s worse. And he does it all with a smug smile. And Trump is far from the problem. Getting rid of him will not solve the problem. And his administration has shown many just how crap, criminal and corrupt the government really is. So getting rid of him is like losing the cap on a bottle and just using any old thing to replace it. But it doesn’t quite fit. Trump, and all presidents before him, are nothing more than figureheads to big conglomerate headed by old,white oligarchs. Pence will be the latest in a very long line. All in all, I think this year has been one of hope. Hope that people are finally,after many,many years, seeing through the lies and bullcrap that MSM and the powerful try so desperately to shove down our throats everyday via what they laughingly call News. If we can keep this powerful objective around the world, keeping the powerful in line and accountable, then I think you can safely say that things ARE changing. And for the better. No one said getting a change would be easy or quick, but i believe. This left or right thing is so old news. I’m going straight down the middle. Less congestion down that path. My one hope for 2020 is that I continue to see through the lies and the bulllshit that the politicians and the mainstream media continue to force feed us everyday. If i can get even a slight slippery grasp on what the fuck is going on, how to unfurl the grasping bloody fingers of the powerful, then i shall be one step closer to that better world we all talk about. Will you join me?
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  • MATT TAIBBI

    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/the-color-revolutions-come-home?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoxOTcxMjE3LCJwb3N0X2lkIjoxNzg0MjcsIl8iOiJORlU1biIsImlhdCI6MTU3NTIxMDcyNywiZXhwIjoxNTc1MjE0MzI3LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItMTA0MiIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.7MxyTFROAUlEB0A1YdMFQyDIsaClzEPuRQZEUUfEVko
    MATT TAIBBI https://taibbi.substack.com/p/the-color-revolutions-come-home?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoxOTcxMjE3LCJwb3N0X2lkIjoxNzg0MjcsIl8iOiJORlU1biIsImlhdCI6MTU3NTIxMDcyNywiZXhwIjoxNTc1MjE0MzI3LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItMTA0MiIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.7MxyTFROAUlEB0A1YdMFQyDIsaClzEPuRQZEUUfEVko
    The Color Revolutions Come Home
    The first round of televised impeachment hearings is over. What was the point? Support for impeachment nationally was unaffected by hearings. In battleground states, public enthusiasm may even have declined. Conviction of Donald Trump in the Senate remains a fantasy, as not one Republican has budged. Despite months of constant coverage denouncing him as a criminal, Trump’s approval rating has
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  • Check out Edge: "To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves."

    From about Edge: "The third culture consists of those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are.

    It is a large enough umbrella to also include the "digerati," the doers, thinkers, and writers, connected in ways they may not even appreciate, who have tremendous influence on the emerging communication revolution surrounding the growth of the Internet and the Web.

    Edge is a living document on the Web that displays "the third culture" in action. The "content" of Edge is the group of people who connect in this way. Edge is a conversation."
    https://www.edge.org/event/the-possible-minds-conference
    Check out Edge: "To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves." From about Edge: "The third culture consists of those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are. It is a large enough umbrella to also include the "digerati," the doers, thinkers, and writers, connected in ways they may not even appreciate, who have tremendous influence on the emerging communication revolution surrounding the growth of the Internet and the Web. Edge is a living document on the Web that displays "the third culture" in action. The "content" of Edge is the group of people who connect in this way. Edge is a conversation." https://www.edge.org/event/the-possible-minds-conference
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  • https://www.blackagendareport.com/race-central-both-revolution-and-reaction-latin-american
    https://www.blackagendareport.com/race-central-both-revolution-and-reaction-latin-american
    Race is Central to Both Revolution and Reaction in Latin American | Black Agenda Report
    The world birthed in the near extinction of one-fifth of humanity still exists, in the social relations bequeathed to the Americas by conquistadors and enslavers. “In Latin America, U.S. influence means White Power.”
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  • "Public Campaign Calls for Revolution in Use of Pension Funds"

    But don't worry - this is not a bail-out for billionaires, rather, this is being done "in order to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality & injustice, & “defeat climate change” by 2030."

    Because you know how concerned the rich are about those they must exploit to stay rich. And how much they care about the Earth that they pulverize daily - in order to further their profits.

    "The Declaration says it is crucial for the UN to serve as a champion of sustainable finance both globally and at national levels, in order to achieve the SDGs."

    And again, I will keep saying it, the World Economic Forum (WEF) partnered with the UN in June. They are in charge of the so-called SDG's.

    The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg – for Consent: The House is On Fire! & the 100 Trillion Dollar Rescue [ACT IV]

    http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/

    #LateStageCapitalism
    #MarchingForCapital
    #SaveTheBillionaires
    #GND #4IR




    http://sdg.iisd.org/news/public-campaign-calls-for-revolution-in-use-of-pension-funds/
    "Public Campaign Calls for Revolution in Use of Pension Funds" But don't worry - this is not a bail-out for billionaires, rather, this is being done "in order to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality & injustice, & “defeat climate change” by 2030." Because you know how concerned the rich are about those they must exploit to stay rich. And how much they care about the Earth that they pulverize daily - in order to further their profits. "The Declaration says it is crucial for the UN to serve as a champion of sustainable finance both globally and at national levels, in order to achieve the SDGs." And again, I will keep saying it, the World Economic Forum (WEF) partnered with the UN in June. They are in charge of the so-called SDG's. The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg – for Consent: The House is On Fire! & the 100 Trillion Dollar Rescue [ACT IV] http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/ #LateStageCapitalism #MarchingForCapital #SaveTheBillionaires #GND #4IR http://sdg.iisd.org/news/public-campaign-calls-for-revolution-in-use-of-pension-funds/
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  • Turns out, the revolution will be televised.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ALrQNOIs04v_7y6yTAY6g
    Turns out, the revolution will be televised. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ALrQNOIs04v_7y6yTAY6g
    Bernie or Bust Television
    The Bernie or Bust Show episodes 1-50 can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/eupchorus
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  • A strange thing happened yesterday. My account here was deleted without my knowledge and not by my initiation. Unless I was possessed by demons and I am suffering from amnesia or my gmail was hacked, I am at a loss to explain what happened. I could only sign up.again with another email account. Everything I had posted is gone. In case there are some who are interested, I will repost the comments about McLuhan here because they are too lengthy to fit into a comment slot.

    Marshall McLuhan was 'the media guru' of the 1970s and 80s, a Canadian scholar who titillated the imagination of many with his enigmatic and illuminating pronouncements --- " We invent things and thereafter they invent us."

    According to McLuhan, media is anything that we invent. And each invention is an extension of some part of ourselves. Clothes are an extension of skin, written words of memory, telephone of voice, cars of legs, electronics of our nervous system. During the latter part of his life, he attempted to summarise his diverse and exploratory ideas into a book called The Laws of Media.

    Everything we invent, he concluded, has four essential effects.

    - First, each invention enhances or exaggerates the body part or faculty of which it is an extension. Thus, our car allows us to 'run' faster and farther, thereby shrinking our experience of physical distance. Cars created suburbs and --- because we climb into them and wear them like skin --- they also create private space in public places.

    - Second, each invention obsolesces an old technology by replacing it with a new one. Thus, just as the telegraph displaced hand-carried messages, telephones displaced the telegraph, thereby shortening time and contributing to the immediacy Mcluhan called "The Global Village".

    - Third, each new invention retrieves something old by using it in a new way. Thus, the first content of television became old movies, thereby inviting a nostalgia by rekindling our reflection of the past. TV has also rekindled our interest in nature by bringing it ever more vividly into our living rooms. Cities have inspired a romance with nature.

    - Fourth, when pushed to the limit, each new invention reverses the effect for which it was intended. Thus, the car, which was supposed to eliminate the horse manure that polluted the 19th century cities, has now rendered some cities nearly uninhabitable because of toxic air emissions. And suburbia has created the traffic gridlock that increasingly renders car travel impossible.

    Each of our inventions 'massages' us into a new shape, changing how we think and behave. We become what we make. "You shape your tools and they shape you," McLuhan said. "It's a loop --- you start out a consumer and wind up being consumed." So the complex networks of manufacture, distribution, and marketing that accompany consumer goods get us on a treadmill we can't afford to get off. Economic necessity demands an escalating use of natural resources, an incessant intrusion into wild spaces, and a perpetual wreckage of natural ecologies to sustain the economic machinery we have invented. Thus, we ruin nature to rescue it. To save traffic from gridlock, we cover more farmland with freeways. To grow farmed salmon, we destroy wild salmon. The economic system we have created to serve our needs completes its 'loop' by turning everything into economics.

    "Too much of anything," McLuhan said, " will always bring the opposite of what you thought you were getting." Coal, the new fuel of the 18th century that was supposed to save England's forests by replacing wood as the Industrial Revolution's source of power, is now threatening forests with toxic air and global warming. The air plane travel that was supposed to make faraway and exotic places reachable, has turned the world into crowded tourist traps of homogenized sameness ---

    " No one goes there anymore," said Yogi Berra,
    " it's too crowded."

    The bulldozers, excavators, chain saws and factories that were supposed to make our human lives so much easier, are now causing the environmental degradation that might make our lives --- and the lives of many other creatures --- extremely difficult. In compliance with the Fourth Law of Media, McLuhan predicted ominously, "Even the global village is coded, in the end, to reverse."

    If McLuhan is correct,this means that the global village will begin to fracture and the parts will begin to isolate. "Pushed too far," he predicted, "many become one, one become many." We are beginning to get some sense of how this fracturing could occur. Violence is one possibility. As McLuhan said, the quest for identity is a central aspect of the electric age, and violence is the only way we have been able to achieve identity --- note terrorism. But peak oil could have a devastating effect on the international movement of goods and the interconnection of people. Exhausted natural resources could isolate countries by inducing them to give priority to their domestic interests. And the social and political unrest that could be triggered by extreme climate change would likely fragment the global village.

    McLuhan wasn't trying to describe an ideal world; he was attempting to describe a real one.

    He personally did not like change. But he believed we could avoid the worst effects of our inventions if we understood their impacts and anticipated consequences --- "Nothing is inevitable, provided that you are aware." So he said of his Laws of Media, "They come in hope but they only work as questions." What do our inventions enhance, obsolesce, retrieve or reverse? The trick is to recognize the patterns before we are victimized by results we do not want.

    The dilemma, as McLuhan was fond of saying, is that we drive into the future looking through the rear-view mirror. We only see where we have been, not where we are. But, if we angle ourselves just so, we can almost see the present.

    And if we carefully consider our inventions and the state of our surroundings, we can guess where we are going.

    The most current guessing should be enough to inspire change in our thought and behaviour --- before the loop completes itself and the consumers are consumed.
    A strange thing happened yesterday. My account here was deleted without my knowledge and not by my initiation. Unless I was possessed by demons and I am suffering from amnesia or my gmail was hacked, I am at a loss to explain what happened. I could only sign up.again with another email account. Everything I had posted is gone. In case there are some who are interested, I will repost the comments about McLuhan here because they are too lengthy to fit into a comment slot. Marshall McLuhan was 'the media guru' of the 1970s and 80s, a Canadian scholar who titillated the imagination of many with his enigmatic and illuminating pronouncements --- " We invent things and thereafter they invent us." According to McLuhan, media is anything that we invent. And each invention is an extension of some part of ourselves. Clothes are an extension of skin, written words of memory, telephone of voice, cars of legs, electronics of our nervous system. During the latter part of his life, he attempted to summarise his diverse and exploratory ideas into a book called The Laws of Media. Everything we invent, he concluded, has four essential effects. - First, each invention enhances or exaggerates the body part or faculty of which it is an extension. Thus, our car allows us to 'run' faster and farther, thereby shrinking our experience of physical distance. Cars created suburbs and --- because we climb into them and wear them like skin --- they also create private space in public places. - Second, each invention obsolesces an old technology by replacing it with a new one. Thus, just as the telegraph displaced hand-carried messages, telephones displaced the telegraph, thereby shortening time and contributing to the immediacy Mcluhan called "The Global Village". - Third, each new invention retrieves something old by using it in a new way. Thus, the first content of television became old movies, thereby inviting a nostalgia by rekindling our reflection of the past. TV has also rekindled our interest in nature by bringing it ever more vividly into our living rooms. Cities have inspired a romance with nature. - Fourth, when pushed to the limit, each new invention reverses the effect for which it was intended. Thus, the car, which was supposed to eliminate the horse manure that polluted the 19th century cities, has now rendered some cities nearly uninhabitable because of toxic air emissions. And suburbia has created the traffic gridlock that increasingly renders car travel impossible. Each of our inventions 'massages' us into a new shape, changing how we think and behave. We become what we make. "You shape your tools and they shape you," McLuhan said. "It's a loop --- you start out a consumer and wind up being consumed." So the complex networks of manufacture, distribution, and marketing that accompany consumer goods get us on a treadmill we can't afford to get off. Economic necessity demands an escalating use of natural resources, an incessant intrusion into wild spaces, and a perpetual wreckage of natural ecologies to sustain the economic machinery we have invented. Thus, we ruin nature to rescue it. To save traffic from gridlock, we cover more farmland with freeways. To grow farmed salmon, we destroy wild salmon. The economic system we have created to serve our needs completes its 'loop' by turning everything into economics. "Too much of anything," McLuhan said, " will always bring the opposite of what you thought you were getting." Coal, the new fuel of the 18th century that was supposed to save England's forests by replacing wood as the Industrial Revolution's source of power, is now threatening forests with toxic air and global warming. The air plane travel that was supposed to make faraway and exotic places reachable, has turned the world into crowded tourist traps of homogenized sameness --- " No one goes there anymore," said Yogi Berra, " it's too crowded." The bulldozers, excavators, chain saws and factories that were supposed to make our human lives so much easier, are now causing the environmental degradation that might make our lives --- and the lives of many other creatures --- extremely difficult. In compliance with the Fourth Law of Media, McLuhan predicted ominously, "Even the global village is coded, in the end, to reverse." If McLuhan is correct,this means that the global village will begin to fracture and the parts will begin to isolate. "Pushed too far," he predicted, "many become one, one become many." We are beginning to get some sense of how this fracturing could occur. Violence is one possibility. As McLuhan said, the quest for identity is a central aspect of the electric age, and violence is the only way we have been able to achieve identity --- note terrorism. But peak oil could have a devastating effect on the international movement of goods and the interconnection of people. Exhausted natural resources could isolate countries by inducing them to give priority to their domestic interests. And the social and political unrest that could be triggered by extreme climate change would likely fragment the global village. McLuhan wasn't trying to describe an ideal world; he was attempting to describe a real one. He personally did not like change. But he believed we could avoid the worst effects of our inventions if we understood their impacts and anticipated consequences --- "Nothing is inevitable, provided that you are aware." So he said of his Laws of Media, "They come in hope but they only work as questions." What do our inventions enhance, obsolesce, retrieve or reverse? The trick is to recognize the patterns before we are victimized by results we do not want. The dilemma, as McLuhan was fond of saying, is that we drive into the future looking through the rear-view mirror. We only see where we have been, not where we are. But, if we angle ourselves just so, we can almost see the present. And if we carefully consider our inventions and the state of our surroundings, we can guess where we are going. The most current guessing should be enough to inspire change in our thought and behaviour --- before the loop completes itself and the consumers are consumed.
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  • Excellent convo w/ Rick Strassman on #Psychedelics #DMT...

    Rick Strassman, MD, is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. He is author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule -- A Doctor's Revolutionary Research Into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences, Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys to Alien Worlds Through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies, and DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: a New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible. He has also authored a novel titled Joseph Levy Escapes Death.

    Here he describes the process of setting up a program to research the psychedelic drug, DMT, at the University of New Mexico. It took two years to obtain the required permissions, as there had been a twenty year hiatus in psychedelic research on human subjects. He describes the many precautions required for such research. He also discusses, in great detail, the stages of a DMT experience. Half of his research participants described communication with intelligent, autonomous entities while in an ostensible out-of-body state.
    Excellent convo w/ Rick Strassman on #Psychedelics #DMT... Rick Strassman, MD, is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. He is author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule -- A Doctor's Revolutionary Research Into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences, Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys to Alien Worlds Through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies, and DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: a New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible. He has also authored a novel titled Joseph Levy Escapes Death. Here he describes the process of setting up a program to research the psychedelic drug, DMT, at the University of New Mexico. It took two years to obtain the required permissions, as there had been a twenty year hiatus in psychedelic research on human subjects. He describes the many precautions required for such research. He also discusses, in great detail, the stages of a DMT experience. Half of his research participants described communication with intelligent, autonomous entities while in an ostensible out-of-body state.
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