Naomi Klein on Place, Pace, Perspective, and Climate

Connection is a decision, Wall St. decides otherwise. ‘Getting rid of’, favourite phrase of a narrow mindset disconnected from responsibiilty to nature and the world. The Divided Self. One does not have to ‘get rid’ of water (flood waters) or waste. Recycle and eliminate the uncreative financial model. Participate in the rhythm of life, rather than destroying it.

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

“The most radical thing you can do is stay home,” – Gary Snyder

Wendell Berry – The Mad Farmer’s Liberation Front:

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.

Complete poem at end of post.

Naomi Klein in The Nation, by way of the Guardian:

The importance of the intensely local

Climate change is place-based, and we are everywhere at once. The problem is not just that we are moving too quickly. It is also that the…

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Poison Arrows

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Sapping soul, standing there

This tree, tall and wide

Raises beauty, lime leaves hide

On gnarled reach, soft green field

Under blue sky heaven,

For-get-me-nots sit, rushes grow.

Through streams,

Golden Bough
Golden Bough

Dark darts in sombre pools

Black, silky tadpoles swim.

Hate leaves it’s mark

Lacerations in bark.

Darkness falls as love entwines

With sorrow.

Healing circles, a starry cloak.

Poison arrows fall

Sky kisses oak

Water shimmers, flows

Forever Holy Wells

Where green moss grows.

Softly we arise

Time in Eden slows,

As fairy rings compose.

Bird’s calls and life’s echoes drift,

Shattering water’s crystal repose.

Sustainable Food Revolution

Bealtaine Cottage ~ The Oldest, Independent, Permaculture Smallholding in Ireland! Conceived, Designed, Planted and Worked by One Woman!

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Living in a time when the cost of food is rising day on day, it might be time to re-think the lawn! This is what Bill Mollison, one of the founders of the Permaculture movement has to say on the subject:

Bill Mollison
“. . . every society that grows extensive lawns could produce all its food on the same area, using the same resources, and . . . world famine could be totally relieved if we devoted the same resources of lawn culture to food culture in poor areas. These facts are before us. Thus, we can look at lawns, like double garages and large guard dogs, [and Humvees and SUVs] as a badge of willful waste, conspicuous consumption, and lack of care for the earth or its people.Most lawns are purely cosmetic in function. Thus, affluent societies have, all unnoticed, developed an agriculture which produces a polluted waste product, in…

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Time

Time
Time

A girl, a woman, a mother Hot tears fall Time has past Remember all Nothing did last Waterfalls flow Over rock Over soft green fern Eros’s arrow Satin petals’s of sorrow Velvet pink rose Flows upon winding streams White light beams On distant snow Tears of light Silver and gold Silent in the blue Blue womb of night.

Will Gas Break Wind? Will Wind Pass Gas? Bloomberg Can’t Decide.

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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Excuse me?

In conflicting articles, Bloomberg tries to get its arms around the race between Wind power and Natural Gas.  The two have been neck and neck leaders for most new electrical capacity, with solar coming up on the outside.

Bloomberg – April 6:

Wind power in the U.S. is on a respirator.

The $14 billion industry, the world’s second-largest buyer of wind turbines, is reeling from a double blow — cheap natural gas unleashed by the hydraulic fracturing revolution and the death last year of federal subsidies that made wind the most competitive of all renewable energy sources in the U.S.

Without restoration of subsidies, worth $23 per megawatt hour to turbine owners, the industry may not recover, and the U.S. may lose ground in its race to reduce dependence on the fossil fuels driving global warming, say wind-power advocates.

They place the subsidy argument in the context of fairness…

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