Permaculture Campaign (Politically Correcting)


Wanted to release a compilation of pictures, memes related to spreading permaculture ideas via the Permaculture Campaign, which I launched the end of January. Also, some door to door educational campaigning is in the works, and there is a budding facebook contingent that merged with NJ Permaculture Group if you are curious.

Karlos Generalizations And Memes On Permaculture:

Permaculture is the bridge that allows humanity to leave its barren desert island and cross back to the land of holistic ecosystems

If our actions don’t follow the word permaculture in to the main stream, we are up Shit’s Creek.

Examples (Before and After) of Large Scale Permaculture Restoration




My Thoughts Inexactly: Y is for Youthanizing

Throw all of yourself at life, for life will then have no other option but to absorb you. Throw anything less, and you will be bounced back in to the abyss from whence you came.

Spiders are forever caught in their own webs. Leave them their to starve!

The death of death is sure to coincide and accelerate with—not prevent—the death of birth. Only a mind marred by western concepts could be blinded to this.

Fooled are those who conflate dying with aging.

If we pour everything in to a last gasp, we may discover it to be our first true breath. Don’t save yourself for the future, for then the future will be safe from you.

Giving your hope to the future is something that might be blown away with the winds of time, but giving your promise to the future is to be the winds of time.

What is life if not the creation of beauty despite the circumstance of limitations?

If the alcohol is to loosen you up for dancing, so be it. If the alcohol is to loosen the music up, you are better of dancing in the silence.

Speak love to power—give it a dose of that which it is least familiar with.

The more of an empath you are, the more times you die during a single life.

A lack of leaders has not produced a lack of followers.

You are going to die one day, why be miserable and sedentary and spread it across several days?

The land breathed us in to life; how long can we continue if we are suffocating the land?

Children are the only afterlife we should be thinking about, and that afterlife is in great doubt.

There is no space for a leader of the free world, there is only room there for leaders.

Keep showing up. There is no investment in the future that compares to your throwing yourself in to every new present.

May the remainder of your life be the rest of your time, not your rest time.

The young die, or the young live—the old are perpetually dying.

Believe in something that most people fail to do over the course of their lives—believe in yourself!

A culture that has devolved so low to produce individuals saying “what does it matter? I’ll be dead in a 100 years” does not have much farther to devolve. Though an individual speaks such an utterance, it is spoken for the total culture.

When it becomes an eat dog world, it’s not far from an eat human world.

“It is written” is cured by fire; we can burn by flame or forgetfulness.

Before we rise up we must wake up, for a revolution is in name only if is attended to by sleep walkers.

Flags are ever woven with the thread of war so long as they exist by the threat of war.

Extinction is a serious topic, precisely because there is no more kidding.

When the energy reveals itself to you, you will finally be revealed to you.

Water is the only blueprint I will follow.

Many that commit suicide don’t wish for its reversibility, but many who commit homicide do come to wish for this. Think before you arm yourself, and think even and most especially of what ideas others have armed you with.

Jesus was insane, so why shouldn’t he pop up at a mental hospital from time to time?

The healthiest water is always flowing, and so too is the healthiest love. Don’t keep it all to yourself—find love for another, and love will be finding you.

The stupidity of recent nostalgia is that those who see a return to previous times as an improvement fail to see that those very previous times will return them right back to our current struggles, with the problems only multiplied.

Don’t blame a fire for burning, blame that which is old and dried up.

Why do those who supposedly represent the people always dress in the fashion that they represent the government?

If you are not literate in love, fluency in all the world’s languages will not save you. They will be as impotent as the words in a book never opened.

Only evil can be spoiled by love.

The save-up-and-work-until-retirement-age model isnt going to work for the generation being born right now. they will all be retired without retirement. Due to in large part by the retiring without retirement of their recent ancestors.

Don’t ever lose the love—better to lose yourself.

Radical politics without permaculture is rootless; permaculture without radical politics will never flower.

Nature needs to be doing more of the work than we are, or we are doing something wrong. We are certainly doing something wrong to nature.

Feeling the heights of existence one will also feel the lack and the loss, for the dilated eye sees new highs and new lows.

Most humans don’t realize how much structures confine them, because structures confine them.

Environments that dissuade your attention and your intention, are not environments to reproduce—we certainly won’t be reproducing in them for much longer.

Love—because evolution is backwards without it.

Thank goodness we say things but do other.

Anger is love on the defensive, not hate on the offensive.

In folklore lies the most potent wisdom, layered over and diluted so that it might be more palatable to the gradually evolving mind. Taking folklore literally, as with religion, is to drink a laxative for want of nourishment.

When in doubt, get out.

Related Previous Aphorism Posts:

Y is for Yearning

N is for No things

N is for Nothing

F is Forcing (ov)

F is for Facing

F is for

R is for Recurring

R is for Resisting

Q is for Quelling

M is for Masquerading

J is for Jousting

V is for Vanquishing

W is for Willing (ov)

W is for Willing

E is for Escalating

G is for Gathering

Z is for Zeroing

L is for Lamenting

Lternate Lphabet Lliteration

My Thoughts Inexactly (Primero)

Monks on Mountains: Grounding Buddhism in its Context

In an effort to divorce themselves from the desires of this banal world, (Buddhist) monks will meditate to both cleanse and refocus their minds and bodies so that they can reach a peaceful or higher state unencumbered. However, as one who likes to offer immanent critiques (or explanations) of all human practices to gain a better view if such practices should continue or not, I wanted to focus on the stereotypical view of a monk meditating against the awesome backdrop of a mountain valley system. This recurring mountainous surroundings context might be more important than any of the ideological system surrounding meditation in truly understanding Buddhism, and more largely humans in this world.

So why would monks tend towards living in these places, or perhaps an even more accurate question is why would these mountainous regions breed meditating monks in the first place? The answer that I have compiled is not that these places are otherworldly, but that they are so loaded with worldly energy that the bodily interactions they activate and enhance in a person (a monk) is far more potent than normal bodily desires in more plain geographies (in permaculture terms, there is a lot greater “edge” here). There is so much nurturance for a body to passively absorb in the mountains that some of the many needsL found in animals elsewhere are non-central here due to energetic abundance. At least one of the core modes in which this abundant mountain energy is freely given to the dwellers of mountains is through grounding—the importance of grounding for one’s well being is heralded by an array of practitioners from different times and paradigms, and occasionally even science helps elevate grounding above the psuedo-science mud (¡though that may be where grounding prefers to dwell!). So mountainous ranges are not merely places that allow monks an escape from the chaotic world of becoming so that they can connect more fully with the higher world of being; rather, quite to the contrary, they offer the most intense and deepest connection to the world of becoming because of their varied terrain that is full of a flux of vital energies. From the perspective of a human midway up a mountain side facing an adjacent valley and mountain, they are receiving a double grounding by the closeness to the majestic mountain across the way, and as a huge bonus they have a third connection to the sky that is lacking for most other humans living in the plains and coasts (skyscraper city livers may have sky access, but to gain this they sacrifice their only access to grounding, which is over the long term more important… we are less birds than ground dwellers!).

Mountains in a non-mathematical sense are truly a tripling of the Earth’s swaddling of our bodies and minds that we so desire and need as we truly are infants—very dependent on a healthy geography and ecosystem. To have this reassurance and love is our nirvana, and the heights of nirvana burn the strongest from the places where life is fullest, not where life is empty and being emptied.


L Though many needs may be subtracted from living in such an environ, one that is probably an addition is a need for oxygen. This serves as possible explanation for the cultural adoption of meditation, as in its geneaological origins, for a slow deep breathing serves not just the function of allowing a wide passageway for the calm, strong, and reassuring energy to enter, but also as a necessary source of compensatory oxygen in a lower oxygen environment.

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State Forests: What the State Hasn’t Grasped Yet

¿Destroying Old Forest to Build New Forest?

Context:    Since I don’t trust the state agencies to fully and appropriately consider voluntary suggestions, and because I don’t expect nor want to come to depend on another entity (especially the state) to do the right thing for my benefit, I decided to repost what I wrote on the NJ’s Department of Environmental Protection Comment Form. It is an issue that has specific and generalizable lessons to be learned (including many Machiavellian undertones and ulterior motives at play), though it is dubious whether or not the lessons from the past—and lessons from an accessible imaginative thinking process that all we humans have a capacity for— will come to guide the current particular issue at hand. That issue, the issue which I am writing towards below, can be read more about here.

Regarding the viability of the Sparta Mountain WMA plan, it seems to
me that there will be unintended consequences and impacts to the
surrounding area and ecosystems, not to mention resetting the overall
biomass already established (including the oft forgotten fungal
kingdom established underneath). The people who have the highest hopes
for the implementation of this plan will not be the only ones
executing it when time comes and contracts are signed. If this plan
passes (which I hope it does not), many of the people taking part in
its implementation will be subcontracted, transferred, or temporary
employees who do not hold the values of organizations like the DEP and
NJ Audubon Society; their workmanship will come to show their lack of
commitment in obvious and not so obvious ways that lead to harmful
aftereffects to the surrounding acreage. It is my opinion that we
should trust in nature to manage the area far more than we should
trust in ourselves; what species unbeknownst would we be endangering
to this area if this plan goes through? Are we right to weigh and
privilege the lives of one bird and a few particular trees knowingly
and unknowingly against many other species of plants and animals that
must die during the course of this plan being implemented. Further,
the precedent that is being introduced and reinforced here is to make
exceptions to the protection law—such is the law’s failing as well as
our own.

In a broader scope, since this seems like the appropriate place to
suggest forward thinking on matters of land stewardship, I have the
following thoughts:
If you want to reforest habitat in New Jersey for endangered species,
your efforts should go to ripping out industrial wastelands that are
capping the ground with cement/buildings/pavement, and enabling forest
succession to occur at its own, unhandicapped pace. Further, if public
efforts were channeled instead to prevent the next ten suburban
developments and corporate campuses from being constructed, we would
be saving hundreds of acres of wild land right there, by choosing to
do nothing! This to me is exponentially wiser and better for the
future inheritors of this land, whether they be


I didn’t realize the logging profitability aspect when I wrote into the comment form yesterday, but upon reading the article in full now (it was quite extensive for my ADHD tendencies, so I feel quite accomplished!), it paints in new complications and subtleties to the issue, which usually serve to muddy the debate and allow the stronger contender (the state) to push through what it wanted to do all along. I don’t think logging is the whole story anyways, but it is certainly a contributing vector, along with the companies that will bid-and-win the enviable public contracts. Finding these ulterior motives deeper in the article fleshes out what I wrote and the thought processes that I used to get there sans such information, and reaffirms the mental faculties I have cultivated to evaluate current human tendencies in industrial-financial state-capitalism; I have renewed confidence in myself to see through the layers of bullshit that are employed to continue the tumorous and perilous pushing forward of ill-conceived and mal-conceived human projects on Earth. I enjoy praising myself publicly, particularly knowing how politically incorrect it is to do so, not in the least because I know we live in a time of very very incorrect politics.

Going further down the road of politically incorrect tendencies, I do place a degree of trust in my stereotypes; I think we have stereotypes built in to our psyche for good reasons. My stereotypes of NJ Audubon’s Vice President of Stewardship John Cecil—and what a bureaucracy they must be to have such a concise title—tell me that he is not forthright, based merely on his words in the article and the picture of him. Something visually strikes me about him that is very disingenuous: he is clean shaven, wearing a well kept suit, a poser that clashes with the leafy background behind, and one who cares more about constructing appearances (whether visually or linguistically); he is a marketer, one familiar with tactics employed by public relations divisions; whether or not he is an avid bird conservationist, I would warrant he is much more interested in watching his money grow. He is not a particularly evil man, just banally so, like many of his neighbors in this state and country that has blazed so far down the wrong path, through an old and sacred forest.

In summation, to ground ourselves, I think we all need to ask: “what would Treebeard do?”

till your brain dead: Mental Tilling is Killing our Brain’s Innate Capacities

I think it is fruitful to lichen (liken) the terrain of the human brain to that of soil, both of which perform orders of magnitude better when they are given the adequate amounts of organic supports. Whether that organic support be material in the sense of being quality food, rich perceptual interactions, or immaterial entities like enough sleep or enough time to think and grow ideas, missing any one of these will limit the fecundity of the brain. This last key input—enough time to think and grow ideas—is one that my fellow writers are probably acutely aware of, and when this condition of necessary expansive time is not available, it is a major limiting factor for what the brain can do.

A brain that wishes to have this solid bloc of time to develop subtle and expansive consciousness needs to have a space in which that time can be free to flow unimpeded. When rich, fungally inoculated soil is dug up all at once by machinery, the boon of energy resultant that can grow crops is short lived (a season); so too, when a brain is dug out and exposed bare via perceptual or chemical interruptions—the types that derail rather than dovetail—the energy released is angered and frustrated, masked as productive only in a societal system that glorifies destruction. The great webs of genius are irretrievably lost, or at best tunneled away deep from the ravages of a beached consciousness drowning in the unprotected shallows. The gray matter is rarely tilled by the earthly forms of an eagle crying, a breeze gusting, or even melatonin surging sleep forward; it is unearthed by interruptions of the modern making: phones and sirens ringing, solicitors selling, traffic clotting, schedules over-scheduling—soccer practices, piano lessons, and their intermediate steps of transportation. Colors recede, shades of gray fade, and our minds are left in the painful predicament of black and white thought.

Fertility Nipped in the Bud

Modern contrivances have our brains filled with weeds, surfacing as bare, half-baked soil, because the ecosystems that should have been preeminent to keep vital energy flowing have been frustrated so many times that their growth is rarely attempted anymore. The havoc is wrought at a much younger age these daze, where the minds of children haven’t even had much of a chance to feel around the wonderful spaces that are their brains before they is tilled, row cropped, allowing very little of the deep hyphae connections between the isolated plants to emerge. Shallow rooted weeds grow there predominantly, and if someone comes around and tries to inoculate their brain with deep ideas, most of the children are so repulsed that they utter (now) common notions like “thinking hurts”, or “thinking is hard”. Thinking is one of the most efficient systems for the human animal in terms of the fruit it bears versus the energy expenditure. A fertile imagination and deep integration of perceptions allows the human animal to have a very rewarding interaction with the larger ecosystem, something under siege for the last 50 years at least, but probably in a creeping sense over the last 5,000.

Robin Hoods of the Forest

In regards to the fallen trees and branches within our forests, the poor management practice of controlled burns inside, or, even worse, outside of the forest is an action that slowly removes biomass from the natural cycle. Forests have evolved many different uses for the dead wood and when we utilize only one of them (burning), and we do it on our clock and not theirs, we are robbing them of their fodder and cause long term weakening. Forests want to concentrate decomposing life forms, especially fungi, in to dead wood, and store moisture and other nutrients in to the woody tissue. For those of you upset by this—don’t give in to the knee jerk reaction of supporting a new law or regulation or repealing an old one (besides, it’s probably buried in the particular idiosyncratic bylaws of the individual forest); any such mediated actions as asking for permission or trying to govern others are sure to frustrate and remove much of your true power from its being utilized. You are an animal, just like many others that exist in the forest, and you have a place in a forest ecology as well, one that is not just as pure observer/witness to a slow death. Lo! There is much a forest lover can do to help the forest in this regard, and it is considerably good stewardship:


When you come in to contact with a pile of wood, like that pictured above, have each hiker in your troop take one or two logs from the pile. Next, proceed onward, continuing down whatever trail, and occasionally let a log lose deep in to the brush off the trail, where the forest will happily eat it and turn it to better use than any burn would. Ironically, dear Robin Hood, you are stealing from the poor (i.e. weak minded forest policy machines that are part of the larger malnourished total populous) and helping to enrich one of the richest lifeforms around: the forest. But such theft for the rich is a good thing, for unlike economic trickle down theory, a stronger forest has many “trickle down” effects for the rest of us, not least of which is literally appearance of stronger, more frequent, and more generous creeks. Forgotten logs and nurse trees are stores of moisture that help along an acute abundance of lifeforms in a concentrated area. Such an action is many magnitudes more valuable than recycling plastic or paper products through your town’s recycling services.

Note: If you are sure that the pile on a park trail is someone’s private firewood stash (like the rangers), or is used for some heating entity within the park, then you might choose to refrain from this activity as you are ruining their considerate frugality and potentially causing a greater dependence on fossil fuels for heating. But if you know they do controlled burns, then you can rest assured that whatever you take from one such pile, will be replaced for their needs from another controlled burn pile.

from Semper fi to Seppify: a marine to leave behind and a mariner to join

Building Lakes, Building Eco-Systems, Building Life… this is what Sepp Holzer does!

De-Marine the rigid wave structures that wash away a man and rename him a marine!

De-Marine the institution of death that is responsible for killing those other to it, and ruining those otherly nuances of those internal to it!

Re-marine the land as Sepp Holzer—the ultimate soldier of water—has shown us by adding thermologically diverse ponds and lakes to remind an acre what it’s truly capable of!

Re-marine to return nuances to a dying eco-system that is thirsty for difference, but receives only the same petrol dose of fertilizer and pesticide!