Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Sigh of Relief


  1. In honor of Satish I copied as much of his NBL as the word count on this site allows: "There’s only one legitimate piece of counsel worth listening to from people, whether they know you well or not. And that is: Whatever you do, please don’t take advice from people who don’t know you very well, especially when it’s a matter of life or death. (There’s no contradiction above, I checked!) mo flow, you framed it very wellI think, ultimately, the ONE is playing a game with ONEself. “Leela” (Divine Game) The trouble starts when one looks around and asks “but why all the suffering and pain?”. It falls to us to reckon with why the ONE would endure such suffering. It appears to me that suffering is just the flip side of joy and the ONE can’t have one without the other. To know joy, the ONE must suffer. But then, why do some people seem to have most of the joy and some most of the suffering? It doesn’t seem like a just game, however divine it might be. And then I wonder if perhaps there is something to the whole reincarnation thing. We may not understand it now, or in this lifetime, but ultimately, it will come out fair and square, to mathematical precision. That, we call Karma.
    One observation: those who said there’s no free will were quite certain of it. They were vehement in their arguments. And those who said there is a free will staked their position on a sliding scale, a continuum, a bit unsure, a bit reluctant to declare their position.

    1. (Sorry for the format edit) If we let go of our fixation with absolutes, we’d realize that we don’t have to reach a conclusion on the free-will debate tonight. It seems unsafe to leave it at that, the uncertainty chafes at our psyches prodding us to be more definitive. That’s modern scientific man, scared of ambiguity and doubt, seeking solace in a world of guarantees and predictability. This is rather new in human history. The addiction to absolutes, hard data, and formulas has been on the rise only within the last few thousand years and really more like in the last 500 years. The addiction to a world of objective reality goes along with it.
      Consider the fence. A fence was an unknown thing, a foreign concept to the Native American when the settler came along planting one. To the native, it was rather confusing. He looked at it from far away and wondered why anyone would divide a land that way? What about the animals that need to go from one side to another? What about mass migrations? Those were some of the questions that came up for the native.
      On the other hand, the fence meant something altogether different to the settler: security, privacy, certainty, and ownership…the first two very legitimate needs of humans everywhere but the others not so much (peculiar to modern man). Either way, the fence represents very different things to these different peoples. It “means” different things. And it’s the meaning that is oftentimes more important than the thing itself.
      Then comes along a scientist. He takes one look at the native and another at the settler. “It appears to me that you look at the situation quite differently misters! Let’s see if we can do something about it.” The scientist walks up to the fence and pulls a few things out of his thing bag and goes about measuring the height of the fence posts, the thickness of the barbed wire, the tension in it, the spacing of the knots, the spacing of the fence posts, the color of the paint on the posts, etc. “There, we can all agree on certain things now… welcome to the world of objective reality. Truly a triumph of modern Science”
      Objective reality is reduced reality. It focuses on things and not what the things mean. Human beings have always and will always live in a world suffused with meaning. To the extent that we deny it, to the extent that we take refuge in measurable quantities, to the extent that we employ empiricism to describe our lived experience, to the extent that we disallow others to express their reality in the way they choose, we become more machine-like. In fact, where we stand today, some sections of the population have/are separated from their humanity to a degree not ever before seen in our history.
      When Ray Kurzweil said the singularity is near, he was referring to the merger of man and machine. I used to think that singularity would be achieved, if it ever would, by making machines more human-like. Little did I know that it could also be achieved by making man more machine-like. It turns out it’s much easier to turn man into machine than the other way around. Kurzweil was right. The singularity is near. Welcome to the world of machine men where the next generation of humans, at least in the West, will be focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, and learn computer programming in 1st grade.

    2. “So get over whatever strange meanings you two have attached to this fence. It’s just a thing. That’s all that matters. That’s how we build consensus here on out. What? The animals? Don’t get so emotional, man” So here we are in a world suffused with symbolism but we go to great lengths to deny it. This is the age of separation and reductionism. Is it any wonder that those of us who subscribe to a materialistic worldview, one where objective reality rules, one where Science has taken over all aspects of lived experience, are most likely to deny the existence of free will? Machine men see the creation around them as a vast machine in itself, the working of which is determined by the laws of thermodynamics, energy gradients, formulas and other such very definitive, tangible, and measurable aspects. What humans are capable of perceiving is vastly more grand than that. And a lot more interesting. A lot more wondrous.
      Looks like in the age of extremes, the ONE has fragmented ONEself into an ever more number of pieces, bits, ideas, and worldviews. There’s my worldview. My subjective reality. Thank you!
      I used to be a machine man. I used to work with them and live with them. That’s how I know so much about machine men. There was this one time when I helped develop a formula to calculate her share of rent for a friend who was going to live with 3 other roommates. I went about it in a very scientific way, measuring square footage of all the rooms, private as well as common areas, attaching weights to different areas based on their usability (a square foot of patio space is less usable than a square foot of private bedroom space so it gets a lower weight), etc. The Excel spreadsheet looked great. I was so pleased with my method. Then I proudly presented it to my friend and her roommates. You had to see their looks of disbelief. I, of course, thought they didn’t really get it and were in awe of my superior intelligence. It took me a while to realize they thought I was nuts. And it took me much longer to realize they were more interested in humanity, not machines! They were all psychology majors

    3. All the above is from Satish on NBL. There is even more (good stuff) but my copy & format finger was forced to reduce to 4k words.

      Dare I add: Maybe the ONE is in evolution. A reincarnation of one where more joy can be experienced with less of the duality of really dark matters. Mo better in a galaxy coming to a universe near you soon.

    4. I loved the fence analogy. and the "dividing the rent" story is one of the most hilarious things I have ever read.

      Satish, thank you so much for your writing, and sharing everything you do, so well!


  2. The National Geographic piece with Bill Nye is a classic example of what Gerald calls “yuppie deception”. This program is targeted toward a specific audience. It’s the same audience that the print version has catered to for decades, running stories of endangered species in Papua New Guinea on one page and advertisements for Land Rover 4-wheel drives and Canon SLRs on the next. It’s an audience mostly made up of mostly urban, mostly self-proclaimed liberal professionals who have a certain level of disposable income. We can see them at Peet’s Coffee in San Francisco and Whole Foods in Berkeley.

    The strategy seems to have been: talk about the emerging crises, go where most mainstream media sources have never gone, present an extreme and dire diagnosis of the situation at hand, settle on a more moderate interpretation of it and propose solutions that are personally satisfying (buying electric cars!)

    Yuppies like moderation. They are as used to psychological comforts as they are used to material comforts. There are numerous publications and media channels that cater to providing that middle-of-the-road, don’t-rock-the-boat interpretation of facts to this class of people. And they make good money doing that.

    The program attempts to show Guy as a former regular, but one who has gone off the deep end, retired to a mud house and stocked up on doomsday supplies. It presents him as someone separate and different and unlike the average member of the target audience. It sets the stage for what’s to come next. Solutions. Yuppies like to believe we have technological solutions. Eventually the overall message is: you might run into this guy who is proposing near term human extinction. We have done the work for you and have scoped him out so you don’t have to. Keep calm and carry on. And if your conscience is still not at ease, buy an electric car and install solar panels.

    The fact that money was spent on such a program is proof that awareness of the possibility of NTE is rising and that such a trend is a cause for concern for certain people in charge of managing yuppie opinion. The airing of this program is an act of desperation.

    1. Thanks for the above, Satish. it's a wonder of understanding. I wish it could get wider reading. I saw some types like this yesterday...tall, trim, balding slightly, forty-ish. They reeked of every part of your description. Moderation with shocking intensity.

      And later I thought that in order not to be like that, one must not wear the right clothes and shop at the right places. One must be broken somewhat, disheveled somewhat. It's very hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven, even if he is liberal and votes the right way.

  3. Satish is possibly the most articulate, interesting and, well rounded individual I have ever come across!!

    There are others - but so few and far between. I went back for fun and noticed that Satish has posted approx. 99/100 pieces on KUKU since 2013. Amazing. When the internet goes down, I will go to my music and KUKU for nourishment till the end.



    This is perfect: " It's very hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven, even if he is liberal and votes the right way."


  4. All,

    This is an example of one of endless perfect comments by Satish:

    “I don't have much love for intellectual property rights. They cause a certain kind of intellectual and mental constipation that restricts the free flow of ideas.” Satish Musunuru – Second Post on KUKU.

    I once had a debacle of a discussion with one of the conceits of the world, Morris Berman, on this issue - If only I had Satish writing for me!


  5. I'm still a bit stymied over this no freewill business & life is an illusion because I've put a lot of energy into caring about nuclear safety for a long time. And before that I thought environmental protection - including LAND USE - in Costa Rica was important in actual reality.

    Truth. Honesty. Integrity in who we are. Having our actions & choices matter in some small amount.

    Then again, this is the first year I was more influenced by feeling connected to virtual reality friends than all the people I work with in full physical reality. (At least I met Lidia in person)

    Okay I get it that there is mostly empty space between sub-atomic particles. So I'm to sail off convinced nothing has any meaning. No freewill to even try to care about those who will continue to decommissioning? David Koch has all the power and we are supposed to be convinced we can't lift a finger???

    The official mantra of ozone layer recovery is a lie. Without the ozone layer, there would be no terrestrial life on Earth. The sun feels increasingly hot on your skin because it is. Even the backs of whales are being sunburned. UV readings are skyrocketing around the globe and the damage is mounting at blinding speed. Many have begun to notice the intense UV radiation as the protective layers of the atmosphere continue to be shredded by illegal flourocarbons. Shipped from China to A/C companies in Brazil. recently on TV news.

    The Canadian government has long since been refusing to let their scientists communicate with media. In the US, "gag orders" have been placed on all NWS and NOAA personnel. Nearly all current information is controlled. Finding the truth is an ever more difficult endeavor. A rapidly growing mountain of scientific data makes the lethal consequences of hydroflourocarbons all too clear. Despite the Montreal protocol many countries still manufacture ozone depleting destructive and toxic chemicals. NASA tracks evidence around the globe. Is industrial pollution similar to biological warfare?
    Ozone damage is our greatest and most immediate threat short of nuclear disaster. - See more at: http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com

  6. About a week ago I wrote on NBL that events were in the works to disrupt the Paris summit. Sorry but if you are one of the ones in the line of fire I bet it seems awfully real.

    I highly respect Guy but he is in fierce denial of Solar Radiation Management. Funny because even the new COOL IT issue of National Geographic has a full color spread of the variety of proposed Geo-engineering projects. Most every Gvt branch openly admits we have funded all sorts of technical & chemical research projects. Not even a secret that Agent Orange was sprayed during Vietnam....so I'm still a little confused why McPherson is so adamant that a few chem-spray tests which are even shown in Nat'l Geo never happened. I'm only bringing this up because the new atmospheric test project at DUGWAY PROVING GROUNDS in Utah might be of interest to those who are not in denial of work in progress that involve timelines. The Pentagon is fully aware of Climate Change. DARPA, DoE, DoD have systems in the works that impact negotiations. Certainly it is dangerous to keep altering nature, however, some believe it will buy time. (I work with nuclear safety issues so it is my job to keep warning of rapid disaster if the chemistry or physics of some proposals do not bode well prior to application.) Guy is correct that the "Flying Spaghetti monster" does not exist. But www.darpa.mil is a huge research operation with extensive sub-contracts. Some top secret things do exist. And some people are concerned about even a fraction of what does get revealed.

    It's hard for those who accept free will to explain it. Free will is loaded with uncertanity. flowing variables. responsibility. consequences.

    It's easy to be adamant about a totally deterministic universe. Easy to put limits on any knowledge. Refuse freewill and most likely things will get determined for you. Isn't evolution endless, even when it comes full circle to a cosmic crunch?

    Born with side effects from Nevada atomic tests. Maybe a past life where I died of cancer after helping creating the atomic bomb? I'm going a little kuku with what really matters. The spirit of these concepts is pulling me here. Karma return or truly a MO FLOW reality where nothing actually exists at all ??????????

    1. I've never said "nothing actually exists at all."

      what I have said is what is frequently perceived to be here is actually illusion.

      there is a reality here that is actually Real.

      these two things are Real, for example:

      ~ unconditional love

      ~ total unity

      this is one thing that is not Real:

      ~ fear

      if you want to know whether the world you are experiencing is illusion or Reality, here is a guide. fear is frequently useful in the illusion, and love is frequently useless.

      in the world of Reality, this is completely reversed. fear is never useful, and love is a constant experience.

    2. If asked what was real, I'd give a very limited response. My awareness seems real, but I'm not as convinced that anything else is. What I see in the mirror doesn't exist anywhere that I can clearly define. (Different species would see me differently, so which version is correct?)

      I like what New Age people say about the universe (not that I care what that is): "The universe rewards effort" is my favorite.

      Most of them might agree that the world is in constant dialog with us. Which might explain the tradition of the rain dance, or the tradition of prayer. People wouldn't have continued to do it if it didn't (or never ever did) work.

      Nature abhors a vacuum. If you worry about what misguided people do, it is next to useless. The vacuum exists, and misguided people will naturally fill it in the absence of anything else being there.

      Trying to stop what misguided people do is next to useless if you don't pose an alternative to compete for space within the vacuum. The positive trumps the negative, although it may take time, eons, even multiple lifetimes (as some people think there are.)

      Without vision a people perish.

      It is easier to change the whole world than to change one discreet part of it. I like the sound of this 60s song title (although I was never sure what it meant): Everything Is On The One. :-)

  7. There's a way to know when a local, discreet initiative is a part of changing the whole world. I think it can be intellectually explained, but for now I rely on an internal sense. In the US, county government could be the ticket. Since counties go up to the borders of other counties, what gets done in one county affects the neighboring ones. And so there should be no end to the change till the whole planet has been "covered." So what if it's impossible? So what if we fail? The universe rewards effort. It will do what it will do.

  8. ARTLEADS - very well put. Heck maybe if I had a past life at Los Alamos atomic bomb building - it sure makes sense that the universe also rewards wrong efforts with a second lifetime of clean up. Time soon enough to return to being ranger marco picking up plastic on the playa.

    On my way south I've accepted a temporary offer to finish up a project I started at Max Planck - Scripps Institute in Jupiter Florida. I've had some very inspirational private e-mails from Mo Flow. Sort of amazing as it turns out Max Tegmark is part of the Planck clean energy research. From the purest stand point we do the impossible expecting no reward & total failure. Then surprise - the ART of your inspiration LEADS to a whole new world above & beyond.

    Shep - I think of you often, especially when I follow your father's footsteps back down the Crystal River in time. Hope to get more personal time as soon as I'm free of D.C. I had a great phone conversation with OLD GROWTH FOREST about Native American matters and much more that will stay in my soul where ever I voyage. From the Hubble Telescope to an Electron-mircoscope I wish everyone REALLY good karma. Very vast & very very small...ONE & all

  9. Hey Mark,

    Hope you're being careful (although the situation seems too crazy as to really matter) :-)

  10. Mark,

    This is Shep.

    It was my maternal grandfather, not my father, who was a member of the Homosassa Fishing Club. He died in 1927 in his early 50's.

    Just happened to stumble on this picture of some of the members in 1905 as I was checking for the correct spelling for Homosassa!


    Happy sailing into retirement. Quitting work is the best and most satisfying I've ever did. I got certified as a novice sailor at a place called Blackbeard's in Darien, Ga. It was a blast. It was intense and veeeery serious. Ed Nutting, who played with the Dallas Cowboys in the 60's and 70's and his wife were in my class of about 10-15, as I remember.. The owner/instructor could seemingly sail in a dead calm. He was remarkable and cool as hell. Hell,I wanted to 'sign on' with somebody - anybody. Never came to fruition tho.

    Send me an e-mail sometime: shepherd2121 at teleclipse.net. I kinda old so don't wait too long.

  11. Is Trump an idiot savant? His ability to understand what people want to hear, and even get behind what they want to hide, is remarkable. I wouldn't take him lightly. But there is that idiot part...


    As to putting the natural planet before human artifice, I see that as a paradox. Now, humans put us first, maybe not understanding how destructive we tend to be. I guess that's a result of civilization, especially of the industrial kind. Way to smart and powerful for our own good. We're good at cutting off the limbs we're sitting on. And that limb cutting might be social as well as environmental. We're also good at dominating the weaker of our species. But that doesn't seem to work for the benefit of the species as a whole. Or else we wouldn't be here.

    But if this is true and we know it, we also know that other people didn't think as we (in the west) do. They were happy enough building their world out of the nature around them that when civilization threatened they fought against it. And that way of thinking was sustainable over what to us seem like an eternity. They put nature first because they couldn't conceive of doing otherwise. They didn't build fences or dam rivers or dig for oil. Civilized people called them stupid and backward.

    So we the civilized ones could conceivably make our world out of what we have around us--artificial things like concrete, roads, machines, but also nature. And a reasonable understanding of our world is that the artificial things were made from nature, and not the other way around. As we have set it up, to put nature last, we will surely perish, and without lifting a finger to help ourselves. We can't think this way and live.

    Quite apart from whether it could save us or not, a more rational path of action is to put first things first. That would mean, however fraught and problematic it is, however much joyful creativity it unearths, that the conceptual aim of action is to do no harm to nature, and beyond that, no harm to anything or anyone. Given that it is in stark contradiction to business as usual, this reversal of priorities can only be conceptual for now. It is a question of how we think. And it assumes that thoughts matter, and can unleash energy, which can unleash action.

    1. Well said, Artleads...

      "But if this is true and we know it, we also know that other people didn't think as we (in the west) do. They were happy enough building their world out of the nature around them that when civilization threatened they fought against it. And that way of thinking was sustainable over what to us seem like an eternity. They put nature first because they couldn't conceive of doing otherwise. They didn't build fences or dam rivers or dig for oil. Civilized people called them stupid and backward."

      I keep coming across instances where people put down our ancestors as dumb, unintelligent, confused idiots. At a dinner table conversation last week, there was talk about how someone in the past must have tried eating poisonous plants and did everyone who came after them a big favor by sacrificing themselves and adding to the knowledge of humanity. I'm not sure that's how our ancestors behaved. Trial and error is a modern approach. Back then, we were great listeners and we knew by observation and experimentation what's worth trying and what's too risky. Science claims the empirical method as something that came into existence just recently. The thought that perhaps humans have long been masters of careful observation, record keeping and diligent experimentation scares the modern man. It doesn't fit well with the story of progress.

    2. Thanks, Satish. It seemed to belong here. What a privilege to have such things read and comprehended by others (as I can count on finding only here).

    3. Trump is only "out niggering" them (a George Wallace tactic that he admitted to AFTER HE ENDED UP IN A WHEEL CHAIR.) and if you notice, everytime he says something outrageous his polls go UP! He is nothing but a bully; a rich brat bastard. His children are so pathetic I throw up at the sight of them. I'm voting for him because it will bring us down even faster. Yeeehaaaa!!!!!!! Got to keep up with these racist thug moron pigs here in the South.


    4. Come to think of it, is Trump similar to Hitler? Are there parallels? In the 1930's Germany was hurting and despondent I am told from the disaster called WWI. Hitler rallied the troops so to speak, denounced certain sects and set people against each other, made some fell superior, some despised?

    5. Yep he is a fascist. Just read an article by Henry Giroux that confirms it.


  12. Project "Cap Cities" Bio-tests to be conducted by 2017 now in full progress at Dugway Air base biological weapons lab Utah: Here is a little background info on past tests conducted on US population to help prove what is very likely to happen in the next test series.

    In 2006 the military tested how a biological or chemical weapon would spread throughout the country by spraying bacteria as well as various chemical powders — including an especially controversial one called zinc cadmium sulfide. Low flying airplanes would take off, sometimes near the Canadian border, "and they would fly down through the Midwest," dropping their payloads over cities, says Cole.

    These sprays were tested on the ground too, with machines that would release clouds from city rooftops or intersections to see how they spread.

    Dr. Cole cites military reports that documented various Minneapolis tests, including one where chemicals spread through a school. The clouds were clearly visible.

    To prevent suspicion, the military pretended that they were testing a way to mask the whole city in order to protect it. They told city officials that "the tests involved efforts to measure ability to lay smoke screens about the city" to "hide" it in case of nuclear attack, according to Dr. Cole's account.

    The potential toxicity of that controversial compound zinc cadmium sulfide is debated. One component, cadmium, is highly toxic and can cause cancer. Some reports suggest a possibility that the zinc cadmium sulfide could perhaps degrade into cadmium, but a 2007 report from the National Research Council concluded that the Army's secret tests "did not expose residents of the United States and Canada to chemical levels considered harmful." However, the same report noted that research on the chemical used was sparse, mostly based on very limited animal studies.

    These air tests were conducted around the country as part of Operation Large Area Coverage.

    "There was evidence that the powder after it was released would be then located a day or two later as far away as 1,200 miles," Cole says. "There was a sense that you could really blanket the country with a similar agent."

    City tests were conducted in St. Louis, too.

    In 2012, Lisa Martino-Taylor, a sociology professor at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, released a report with data pointing toward how the army's experiments could be connected to cancer rates in a low-income, mostly black neighborhood in the city where zinc cadmium sulfide had been tested. She said she was concerned that there could have been a radioactive component to some testing, though she did not have direct evidence for that possibility.

    Her report, however, prompted both senators from Missouri to write to the Army secretary, "demanding answers," the Associated Press noted at the time.

  13. Dugway to resume dispersing microorganisms over a swath from South Dakota to Minnesota; monitoring revealed that some of the particles eventually traveled some 1200 miles away. Further tests covered areas from Ohio to Texas and Michigan to Kansas. In the Army’s words, these experiments “proved the feasibility of covering large areas of the country with [biological weapons] agents.”

    Previous tests on record:
    Serratia marcescens bacteria. Open-air testing continued through the 1960s, with the Special Operations Division operatives simulating even more audacious assaults. In 1965 they spread bacteria throughout Washington’s National Airport; a year later, agents dropped light bulbs filled with organisms onto the tracks in New York’s subway system. “I think it spread pretty good,” participant Wally Pannier later said, “because you had a natural aerosol developed every few minutes from every train that went past.” President Nixon’s 1969 termination of the United States offensive biological weapons program brought an end to the open-air testing, but the American public did not learn of this testing until 1977. Relatives of one elderly man Edward Nevin who had died of a nosocomial infection six months after the San Francisco tests sued the

    The main reason to present this case is to build evidence for my final serious warning about the 5.6 Billion BIOTERROR budget approved by congress for 2016-17. You can verify by checking Dugway base. An induced pandemic has economic & population control benefits. If there was only one plan I would not report, However there are hundreds so that gets my full attention after awhile. Big reason we are in a rush to secure the nuclear power sites.



    (a) PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES.—The Secretary of Defense may not conduct (directly or by contract)

    (1) any test or experiment involving the use of a chemical agent or biological agent on a civilian population; or
    (2) any other testing of a chemical agent or biological agent on human subjects.

    (b) EXCEPTIONS.—Subject to subsections (c), (d), and (e), the prohibition in subsection (a) does not apply to a test or experiment carried out for any of the following purposes:

    (1) Any peaceful purpose that is related to a medical, therapeutic, pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or research activity.
    (2) Any purpose that is directly related to protection against toxic chemicals or biological weapons and agents.
    (3) Any law enforcement purpose, including any purpose related to riot control.

    So section (a) prohibits these cruel and inhumane chemical and biological tests on humans.

    Then section (b) says that the prohibitions in section (a) do not apply to tests carried out for virtually any purpose. So section (b) completely negates the prohibitions of section (a).

    In Other Words:
    The U.S. government can test chemicals and biological agents on humans for nearly any purpose they desire.

    The Following Should Also Be Noted
    The term "biological agent" as stated above in (a)(1) is defined in (e) as follows:

    (e) BIOLOGICAL AGENT DEFINED.—In this section, the term
    ‘‘biological agent’’ means any micro-organism (including bacteria,
    viruses, fungi, rickettsiac, or protozoa), pathogen, or infectious substance,
    and any naturally occurring, bioengineered, or synthesized
    component of any such micro-organism, pathogen, or infectious substance,
    whatever its origin or method of production, that is capable
    of causing—
    (1) death, disease, or other biological malfunction in a
    human, an animal, a plant, or another living organism;
    (2) deterioration of food, water, equipment, supplies, or
    materials of any kind; or
    (3) deleterious alteration of the environment.

    In Other Words:
    The U.S. government can test chemicals and biological agents on humans that cause death, biological malfunction, and deleterious alteration of the environment. The term "deleterious alteration of the environment" applies to all radioactive elements.

    Informed consent may take place in any public forum, and in any format by any U.S. Government agent.

    Survival skill #1 pay attention if you want to live....

  15. Regarding all this extremely heavy handed and top down "experimentation"--I'm not sure it is entirely malevolent and not also a bunch of godzilla actions by forces that are detached from humanity and gotten completely out of control--I don't see a way to stop them. But it takes me back to land use at the local level. If local entities rigorously govern and monitor their own land, looking also at the relationships to the wider world, that would be a start to resistance. It requires building something new to challenge and finally replace the crumbling old. But the old is en route to wiping us out if we don't get building the new world in a hurry.

  16. Apparently, this is what you get with central government. In one sense, it is simply too big to be accountable. And then a central military becomes its own beast. I know this doesn't describe it: we get something like the military/industrial/media complex.

    From al;l I can discern, the people doing these draconian things are lost themselves, and don't know what to do. They are working with the only paradigms they have, and they see no alternatives. And they are right: there ARE no alternatives. We've gotten ourselves into a bind.

    On the blogosphere, I've heard others talking about benevolent dictatorship. And while I don't have cogent arguments to support it (depending a lot on intuition) I find the idea worth considering. Maybe it's that being out of time as we are, there's no time for democracy. I'm not sure. But can we divide the pie into technologic dictatorship and philosophic dictatorship? Or into establishment dictatorship and vernacular dictatorship? Top down, bottom up? (Can there be a bottom up dictatorship?) It seems that people cannot lead themselves on a mass basis, and require leadership from a leadership cadre.

    1. (cont'd)

      Someone said that the human species as a whole is as smart as the least smart. (Smart could be interchanged for a better term). The species is networked. There is no survivable alternative to working together as a species. And that's what we're not doing.

    2. LAND USE AS ART (thought experiment)

      Land use activism is part of my art. It is a form of conceptual art. Land use is a container for other levels of art. Like nesting boxes that fit inside each other, art objects can nest in each other, from the size of a miniature to the open landscape-seen-as-art. The smallest scale of art--easel painting, etc.--fits inside rooms that fit inside buildings that fit inside yards. With each expansion of the "container," the less personal and more inclusive or collaborative the "art." By the time we expand to global scale, everything is involved in the "work." The art, then, must grapple with all the potent issues of humanity. That includes practicality.

      The "artist" must resolve the huge differences, discrepancies, inequalities that bedevil all levels of the art, especially at the global scale that confronts massive species loss, ocean death, deforestation, patriarchy, climate change, fascism...

      Paul Krugman, a leading liberal voice of the mainstream, thinks that reducing overregulation of housing in cities is one of the main ways to reduce inequality in cities. I realize that this is one hopeful thread in a huge tangle of threads from which a somewhat orderly tapestry must be created.