So, for better or worse, and I embrace the contradiction (our age is one of great contradiction) I’m an anarchist running for governor! Here is a video explaining one aspect of my proposed platform –
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.
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.
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title: 2 Chess Variants
“King without a crown” (or crown-less King)
→ Basically before the game begins, each player chooses from their 16, which piece will be their true king, and the king piece will be their figurehead; this will not be revealed to their opponent until that piece is captured (ending the game). All pieces are still to move as they normally would, so if black’s E-file pawn is their king, it can still only move as a pawn. Check on the figurehead king (which might be the real king) is still part of the game, and must be defended against, but checkmate of this piece if it is a false king will not result in the end of the game, but merely a capture if the opponent so chooses.
→ 8 pawns, 1 king, 7 queens replacing the other minor/major pieces in the backfield. I don’t know that this would be much fun after a few goes, but I liked the name and cultural idea behind it from a jesting point of view (I’m much more fond of polyamory!)
“this shit’s chess it ain’t checkers” to which I reply “perhaps that’s why it’s shit” – Today forward is your Untraining Day
title: Facebook Note On Trump
[posted this on facebook, and thought if I put it on that insidiousness, I should put it here]
Ahead of Trump’s official beginning, wanted to share some thoughts… My feeling” is that the vast majority of Trump “supporters” chose him to be their champion to “take back this land” despite his racism, NOT because of it. I think its a poor choice on their part anyways because I don’t think a champion, especially one like trump, is what is needed to truly solve our problems, and seeking a single person or group beyond those immediately/locally around us is what perpetuates the problem, and so can never be the solution.
But, the question is begged: who/what do they want to take the land back from if not majorly the immigrants that the most flagrant among them purport to hate/blame so much?
I think it’s the same entities that most of us have long wanted (or would want) to be free of, who really deserve most of the blame (along with their engineers long dead), long before the distraction of our energies and anger towards Trump—
The Fascist Corporate Control, the 1% and their bought institutions, along with all the nefarious entanglements to the state which have us now in a time of a leviathan “deep state”, expressed as countless industrial complexes. Whether under Trump or Clinton, the oligarchs as a class are joyously squeezing more wealth/resources than ever unto themselves. I think supporting Trump will prove to be foolish, but I think we would be foolish for making his supporters our prime enemies… seems a lot like a gladiator fight to me. We need to look out and see the engineers of our oppression and the infrastructure that condition and cage us, not other victims who harbor such antiquated racist notions that I pity them more than I fear them (an honest check-in though, is that I am a white male, so I cannot speak to the real fear that some of you have, and I am always learning and up for new learning).
I was angry long before trump came around, and was against the american empire’s imperialist agenda long before trump started campaigning against it to appease the libertarian camp; I listened to my zinn/chomsky/roy like a good boy. I had great sorrow for the obviously dying planet long before trump started piling on new promises of injury to that which is already deeply ailing.
Most importantly, long before trump and still to this day and onward now that he is somehow part of the political landscape we must endure, I still think the solution to all these problems is the same:
We must live in tight communities, work locally for local interests (not corporations!!!), be vigilant of the life around us (especially protecting the water!! and soil!!). As far as living, we have many beautiful examples of how to “take back the land” from any neo-feudalism that the corporations would have us blindly wander in to; these examples are both the native tribes as well as the migrant communities that have not caved in to weak WASP nuclear-family styles. Very foolish to want to kick out one of our greatest hopes! The central and south american, middle eastern, far east, and south asian communities that I have the benefit of being surrounded by have within them the wisdom that the rest of us can emulate and join in with. We are all human and those important aspects of us that have been repressed by this dystopia—love, compassion, immediacy, tenderness with others—can all come quickly roaring back, for we ARE that and not our veneers. It is still here despite its cultural neglect, and is far more powerful if we just give it a small window to reemerge by taking some leaps of faith. I was fortunate enough to have more than a decade experience in an Indian family that taught me unimaginably important life lessons about the need for others, I hope I can pay this forward. It is not just us that need this new tribal closesness, but the ecosystems we are a part of too. If we don’t do this, the human race is lost, it will reach its finish line (along with many many other victim species).
So, summarize here a bit, I think our energies are best put towards rebuilding community, shifting our lifestyles to local living (no working for corporations!) that has us not dependent on distant places for food, energy, social relations, and not letting money, laws, cultural norms, hierarchies, get in the way of treating each other as humans that we see (“I see you” from avatar). The solution is all immediately around us. When we look far for the solution, the solutions move farther. We need more mirrors and windows, not telescopes. ¡Venceremos!
title: Morpheus Swung By, otra vez (9 memes)
he was more wordy than last time, though perhaps less profound
title: Deep Thread Of Evil In The (western) Human Psyche
This insidiously twisting (not curving) root has become visible to me, being the base poison to many different motivations and phenomena that have something akin to envy within them. Simply stated (best), it is felt as the great pain knowing that others—especially those one felt close to at times—experience happiness and joy without one’s presence or influence. It is deeply painful, though it reveals a symptom to a deeper wound that is the loss of the tribal… this is my go-to disease when in doubt. But it intuitively fits, and if one was completely present with an intimate group and their vibrations, these jealousies of the joy of others happening concurrently and distantly would not have space to fit in. The feeling of distance can only exist without the full feeling of closeness (tautological).
So then a cure (I am quite reluctant to say “the” cure) would be to become present, as we all ought to be, in our own surroundings. But as stated elsewhere, our living environments are generally not conducive to being fully present.
In lieu of such a primitive fix being immediately available, I can only say that awareness of the clawing at your insides from feelings stemming from this want for being part of other’s immediate worlds is a good start. It can feel as a sheer wall that could plague one eternally, but life has climbed over inverted walls and ceilings, so take on the challenge with me!
related post – Globalization Does Not Exist
title: The Protestant Control Ethic, and Relativism*
The implications of Max Weber’s connection between the Protestant Work Ethic— and how it evolved to buttress capitalist efficiency and productive obsessions—has some grand implications also for non-protestant inhabitants that have nevertheless been exposed to the protestant types (whether through already living in their community, or being victims of a culturally protestant empire). The effects (victimage) goes beyond being a mere colonial subject or the product of a neo-civilizing project (i.e. through missionaries), but to the way these encountered others were regarded by the deep-seeded protestant motives of their imposers. The logic is as follows:
Were the hard working Protestant types truly influenced by an obsession to get in to heaven and prove to themselves that they were the chosen ones—reflected in their secular successes, i.e. how capitalist they were—also would be their motives to discourage and obsesses over what others were doing, for they would be potential heaven-bound competition. This current in counter-tension with the forces within their Protestant culture that wanted to destroy non-Christian culture of “the savages” and carry out the Christian call to bring them in to the fold, but nevertheless I think that this was/is an actual undercurrent that seems evident in the obsessions of governing/policing the behavior of others. It might also go a long way to explain, in part, why Western programs since Lutheran ideas have failed so miserably to establish successfully dominated subjects despite huge advantages to hegemony. This conflicting agenda might be endemic to relations with imperial subjects. It has morphed several times over during many generations, but can roughly be stated now as the fear that others are doing something that oneself is missing out on; so rather than miss out on something special, one then just takes away the ability from others to have that something special to happen (through policing), or you make sure the events are captured and mediated on the news, in pornography, in advertisements, and somehow one’s own tentacles are entwined in the sinews of others.
To summarize: what was once a religious based deep fear and deep obsession that others might be the alternates who get in to heaven, is now a deeper fear and obsession that others might be having joy that does not include oneself or is not permitted first by oneself, and the goal is to actively erode the ability of others to do this. I think such deep, consciousness-buried, motives are wielded by among others, the Neo-Cons, and why within their psyche they truly must feel uneasy most of the time UNTIL they can see their projects of “full spectrum dominance” realized.
*I intuit that it is co-emergent with the rest of this argument herein, that an amoral relativism also conquers the minds of westerners under the capitalist yoke. Everything becomes valued in terms of its relative value—it becomes a mean towards the ultimate and only end which was originally one’s own acceptance in to heaven (with limited seating) but is now one with the most wealth and status, as designated in socio-economic terms.
title: Mexicans For Resident, 2017+ (Uniting With Mexicans)
For fear of being named ignorant and quixotic, I stall putting my name to such gross simplifications and stereotypes as may be contained herein, but for love of my dreams of a better world and in union with my fellow humans, I stall no longer. I am going to briefly speak (outline) my vague hopes in a people (Mexicans, especially those now in the USA) that I think naturally wield most of the answers the western humans need help with, whether or not either group knows it.
¡Español es la lengua de la revolución! The much more indigenous central Americans who yet speak Spanish due to early European colonialism—ranging from southern Mexico to Honduras and Guatemala—are now in significant numbers in the United States, and what a loss to us all if they are forcibly removed or feel compelled to leave these lands behind. I think Subcomandante Galeano (formerly Subcomandante Marcos) had an immediate intuitive sense of the decency and potency of these darker-skinned people a long time ago, which was in part what drew him to them. Whether or not this was true for him, it is certainly true for me, and I feel drawn to them for what I empirically observe. They are the embodied realization of so many of my idealizations.
They blow the leaves of others for economic surviving, but they leave their own leaves to sow eco-systemic thriving. First generation Mexicans, Hondorans, Guatemalans, and others I’ve encountered from Central and South America, still have cultural wisdom and often first-hand experience with agriculture, something northern Americans have all but forgotten. Their poorer places of origin are less dependendent on machinery for food production, a real benefit to their non-esoteric yet precious wisdom. They have voluntary simplicity built in to so many aspects of their lives, and are chastised often for living in such close quarters which is really something to be applauded by any who speak of reducing carbon. The culture of the Mexicans that have migrated to the United States is largely invisible (subaltern), even to the radical eyes who have utopian hopes and carry them out with intentional communities. May this not remain the case…
The Mexicans usually do not fancy to dress themselves in revolutionary ideology or ideas, which perhaps speaks to how truly revolutionary they are, in their naked unadorned selves. They ride bikes while we drive cars, they huddle together while we drift further apart, they relax and listen to music while we push relentlessly forward for profit or to pay debts we’ve allowed ourselves to incur. Perhaps not as radical as some un-contacted peoples, but fortunately for us we are in contact with them and they can do a lot for us just by following their examples, to help us realize our radical dreams. Learning Spanish can go a long way in going a long way with them. However, this is a time limited opportunity. The second generation Mexicans are imperiled by the American consumer culture whilst our generation and younger are actively being sterilized to the fertile opportunities that migrate in as pollen on the wind.
May we consciously open ourselves up to their beautiful ways and habits for a needed cross pollination, and so too their language so that we may learn so many balancing remedies that western culture is so obviously lacking. Again as reminder, I sense this is for a limited time only. ¡Adelante!
title: Gaming The Olympics
Merely an observation that there is a quasi-predominance of water games in the Olympics and it has come to favor those places and countries with a history of water interaction. Oceania, and previous coastal people’s prestige have set the tone with the engineering and adoptions of these games in to the canon of athletics, to the dis-benefit of largely arid and land locked nations (Mongolia?) as well as poorer ones (the two are not always in correlation), though not surprisingly sports are a reflection of political and sociological realities.
Yet, we do spend very little time as a species in the water regardless of our location relative to bodies of water, but still there are a whole slew of water events that require grand and esoteric infrastructural investment to propagate.
title: Poor Ritualization And Superstition
As a probable factor of how superstition grew in to cultural normativity, a hypothesis I am chewing on is that there were one or a series of poor teachers of some older, non-superstition imbued practice. For example, the original creators and practitioners of a Shamanic-vibration practice to acutely alter consciousness would as they aged probably teach a new generation, if the practice were found to be particularly useful by the culture. As generations wear on, there is a likelihood that a poor teacher and/or a quack practitioner who didn’t have the essentials of the ritual down, would continue the practice anyways and after some generations of this, and the uncritical cultural reverence for the practice, albeit now a morphed one, would render the practice impotent and empty, bereft of its original real energy. Rather than ridding themselves of the voided practice, cultures that are built on strict adherence to tradition fill in the gaps of the lacking-practice with a faith (belief) in the power of the practice without any real tangible evidence. Superstitions are part and parcel of this process, and they emerge to protect and keep people from straying from the practice or belief in its power; bad things may happen to those who commit sacrilege.
title: I Wish My Grandparents had…
“I wish my grandparents had fought these forces when they had the chance”
“I wish my grandparents had fought these forces when they had the chance”
“I wish my grandparents had fought these forces when they had the chance”
—will say our grandchildren if we fail them now.
title: Bad Earthen Methylation To Destabilize Climate Cycling
The Earth is constipated by human shit in all sorts of systems that are not used to being clogged with it. The extracted purities, the volatile metals brought to the surface, the energy being floated out of the Earth’s concentrated mass and atmosphere (when bringing this up in conversation I’ve been referred to an article called Earth Battery—link to be provided when I find it), the non-ice-age die offs, and other symptoms the Earth is subjected to, are pulling all the parts out of sync with each other, which is in many regards the death of the whole (by my expression of mereology). I don’t doubt that eventually the Earth can regain some of its former glory and avoid becoming a sister planet to Venus in climate regards—just how much before the sun finishes its 10 billion year life cycle, is an important question to consider.
With ice-age die offs that are mentioned popularly to assuage those who have fears that the current species extinctions has precedence and is “natural”, I think the causes and the timing are quite different (making them unprecedented); also, the former die offs are bounded by an oscillating rhythm, whereas the contemporary die off is under unbounded human control which is unrhythmic and antirhythmic, and hard to adapt to (in evolutionary terms). It is sure to continue to cause new damage until some sort of ethical awakening to what humans actually are—as told to us by the rest of the planet, not by our own artificial ideologies—comes to pass.
After learning about my own methylation problems, thinking of the Earth as having off-kilter methylation is not my merely personifying the Earth (although the Earth should be conceived of as a being rather than a mere sphere), but it is a profoundly real and relevant phenomenon that science would shy away from because of conservative scientific dogmatism and its generally brutal western imperial disposition that has scorn for anything “woo woo”. This of course leaves so this and so many other things scientifically unexplored, keeping it “woo woo” (a catch 22).
Return to the ice age? The die off that comes with a global cooling may be when some of the most creative and important developments to the life attire emerge. There is a healthy cycle of regeneration of these frost-tolerant (or cold thriving) species, that maybe need to reemerge every several thousand years for some unbeknownst diachronic role to the larger biosphere. But these species, at risk of being killed now—along with all other species inhabiting the planet during this Holocene die off—are at population nadirs that may go lower and preclude them from ever re-emerging; or if an ice age were to come with accelerated vigor, their time might not have yet come (perhaps something to do with their genetics), and they might not contribute what is needed to the rest of the living populations that ushered them in to existence and ecosystemic relevancy. They might have provided and be mutually leaned on to provide, among other actions, some sort of digestion in the gut and soil microbiome.
We don’t really know what great swaths of populations we are killing and what small niches of populations we are fostering with our climate destabilization, beyond the shallow studies done by the scientific community. But we can with good reason say that we are and must be killing some species that play crucial roles that we are not yet aware of, because we aren’t (and will never be) aware of them. We may find their fossils, or we may find their fossils next to ours.
title: Pregnant With… (meme)
title: Our Aversion To Vigilance 2015
Vigilance is constitutive to life, and humans have not needed the faculty (for lack of a better word) of vigilance. It hasn’t been part of their needs, so that’s primarily why things go to shit so frequently/easily, because of a lack of vigilance. Not because of our programs, but because we don’t have the life energy to we used to, to be vigilant and watch and protect things with our bodies (but with paper, the way we throw paper money at things). Laws aren’t our version of vigilance, they are our aversion to vigilance, and they display fully our lack of it as we have to write down codes that are not naturalized within us, and we need to hire enforcers to be the bodies that have it as a job to monitor these laws.
Systemic reform is a handshake with those whose hands are covered in blood.
The lack of a public searching for an ulterior motive is precisely the ulterior motive that public relation’s branches most hope to accomplish.
Only among children—our sane counterparts—does it make any sense to use the saying “one step at a time”. It is otherwise absurdly misplaced, for we have brought upon ourselves the absurd world we do 30 miles at a time.
Good people coerced to do bad things: also known as capitalism.
That we think we are privy to the chess game of the elites is itself part of their larger chess game. We are not the interior decorators of their throne rooms but they the decorators of ours. They decorate our minds with fanciful ideologies of control, and laugh at the comedy.
Contemporary class warfare is not so much about the rich stealing from the poor, but the rich engineering a poor that freely gives to the rich their land, their labor, their possessions, and pretty soon their children. Government plays the role of a pump medium to keep this exchange generally moving in one direction, and banks seem to be the benefactors.
We all need a god to believe in, and we all need to believe in ourselves. Why not combine the two?
At what point do we call the diluted soup water?
Circumstances don’t have to get to the point of being lifeless, to realize the grave danger of less life.
The inclination to put off fighting the battle, is the one of the most prominent aspects of the battle that we have to fight.
An individuated life is only a step away from death; fortunately for the individual they have some say in the direction of their next step.
We must begin to work frantically if we are to regenerate all the vastness that we have lost, to give our children a chance in this hell.
An unsuccessful genocide gets blamed on the disease responsible—people; a successful genocide gets blamed on a different disease, smallpox.
People who believe everything they are told are a haven for those who profit on lies.
The IOU that outlives you, outlives itself. The untimely mortality associated with the IOU is what makes it an immortal weapon of the powerful who use it as an immediate denial of resources. We masses similarly have the ability to deny others access to resources, but for we don’t see ourselves as masses but as individuals.
To pardon the world’s sin is not to take it away, but to give it millennia to flourish unchallenged.
The nature of our crimes tells of how far from nature we have strayed.
Representative democracy is the human version of a dog run—we use up all of our own energy in a space narrowed by those who we let be our masters. While the oligarchs promise they’ll take care of our shit, they leave it there long enough for us to run through it and get infected by it.
The livestock industry milks, bleeds, and slaughters all the other herd animals—why should it be any different for we humans?
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