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THEN WINKS – by HAFIZ

Everything is clapping today,

Light,
Sound,
Motion,
All movement.

A rabbit I pass pulls a cymbal
>From a hidden pocket
Then winks.

This causes a few planets and I
To go nuts
And start grabbing each other.

Someone sees this,
Calls a
Shrink,

Tries to get me
Committed
For
Being too
Happy.

Listen: this world is the lunatic’s sphere,
Don’t always agree it’s real,

Even with my feet upon it
And the postman knowing my door

My address is somewhere else.

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My very existence is an admission of guilt. Placed before a blank sheet of paper, any blank sheet of paper, I instinctively begin to set down the list of my latest crimes. What else can I do? The very thoughts of a person like me are crimes against the state. All I have to do is think: and immediately I become guilty. In spite of all my efforts to correct this lamentable tendency to subversiveness and intellectual sabotage, I cannot possibly get rid of it. ~ Sir Thomas Merton, 1960


Mainstream consciousness made a relatively big step in the last year, from environmentalism being something of birkenstock granola’s to the now hip greening of just about everything, and that isn’t nothing. However, it remains mostly a marketing tool and a way to claim a degree of responsibleness. The true green economy is not something one can buy at Safeway, Wal-mart, or any other corporate entity. Rather, it is more likely to be found at the local farm store, in a how-to handbook or a DIY project around your own community; this may be the next layer of development for mainstream consciousness. This is an evolutionary tale after all.

While our elected officials piddle away the time with silliness like the new CAFE standards for vehicle efficiency and the so-called Energy Bill, making target of 35 mpg by 2020, most of Europe is already there. The truth of our future scenario lies somewhere between communalism and anarchy, of which, the federal government will be a minor player, if at all – short of a truly revolutionary leadership mind coming forward and not being utterly ignored by today’s version of what passes for media. The first step many of us can take that would be truly green might be to turn the television on it’s side and make a planter box of it.

Other commentors of present day on these topics of peak-oil, climate change, and the slipping economy are beginning to suggest that we have arrived at crucial times. Bill McKibbon speaks of having already passed the target point of CO2 in the atmosphere, “The biggest political and economic task we’ve ever faced: weaning ourselves from coal, gas and oil – has to happen now, and everywhere. No more passing the buck. We need huge changes in every aspect of your daily life. . . . The problems of global equity alone may be too much — the Chinese aren’t going to stop burning coal unless we give them some other way to pull people out of poverty.” Frankly, I think he’s really on to something here, giving China something. We could eliminate our military and use the defense budget to send food and cash, maybe send some to the middle east while we’re at it. Oh, yeah, right – I forgot about all those pesky terrorists, hmm . . . .

Tom Whipple writes this week of a coming “perfect storm” of sorts, “Within the next year our liquidity problems, unsatisfied demand for oil, growing food and water shortages, and other consequences of overindulgence appear likely to merge into an unprecedented economic storm.” He also breaches the notion of ‘peak resources’ in general, which I also touched on a couple years back. James Kuntsler reviews circumstances in the USSR pre-collapse, “Official Soviet agriculture was such a fiasco for half a century that the Soviet people were long-conditioned to provide for themselves. For decades, 90 percent of the food was coming from tiny household gardens, wherever it was possible to grow stuff.” Then goes on to note that what served local communities best was maintaining personal networks based on mutual trust. Sounds to me a familiar foreshadow,

Just what would America look like if 90% of food was coming from tiny household gardens? I wonder what sort of “green marketing” scheme Safeway would be engaged in. I wonder if we even need Safeway? I wonder if Safeway will take the lead on developing networks of local producers? I wonder if Exxon will take the lead on developing solar and wind and hydrogen systems? I wonder if the federal government will maintain it’s irrelevance? I wonder if a flavor of post-modern DIY communalistic anarchy (aka local networks) will develop a level of sophisticated integration in time enough to substantially limit our collective emissions and waste? There are clues that this new anarchy is beginning to develop, and by this ‘anarchy’, I mean simply individuals and local communities acting independently, leading through small acts on very local levels. Maybe we are beginning to get it, if only the mainstream would catch on in a real and meaningful way. In any case, there is likely to be a die-off somewhere along the way and I imagine that a version of survival-of-the-fittest and Karma will dictate those terms.

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windows sucks

it is really wonder to me that Anyone uses windows.

about a year ago, at the end of my frustration with windows, i jumped cold-turkey to a linux based operating system, ubuntu. i am not geek, though i can get around a machine maybe a little more than average. today i am reminded why.

there was one application i was wanting to try for personal use, sadly only available in windows. so i dug out the windows hard-drive i still have. first, the email app couldn’t even register a password to check email, so i had to use the web-based version. secondly, it couldn’t open my browser after hibernate, i had to reboot. next the app i wanted required winzip, a proprietary app that you have to pay for, which i won’t. so i went to try a free trial version, but that couldn’t even install itself because i need a special service pack for the version of windows i’m using.

in the end i cannot access the program i was after in the first place, after about an hour of Dicking around with windows BS. this is why i HATE windows – just fuckoff, really – make it Twice.

i am back now in my utterly free ubuntu 6.06, aka dapper drake, not only loving it, but having gone this full year now without one single crash. as they say, “it just works.” thank you.

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spaces and places

with a toast to el Nuevo. though i don’t speak latino, not well at all – maybe only enough to order a burrito and pee. i would say more, but i’ve no idea what that would be. likely i would end up just rambling on about nothing much of anything, or we all just sit in Silence

i wonder how pointless this all would be if it all really were anything to begin with – yet we just go on around making it all into something, and there are things, right? besides, it’s treason to suggest Nothingness, particularly with so much money to be had.

well, that should be about enough to get started on. just this.~

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