Planting trees is something just about anyone can do from urban dweller to those in rural areas – a form of forward thinking at it’s best.
Below are two links that speak to this featuring two incredible Chinese men and the village of Piplantri in India and the approach they have taken, a sort of forestation and education program.
It’s difficult to think of a more pressing or timely criminal case than the one against Monsanto – since the inception of this blog I’ve accused Monsanto of crimes against humanity.
I’m not a ground breaker in this as it is an accusation that countless others have made on a global scale.
All things a step at a time, but I say governments and politiicans that have facilitated Monsanto’s ecocide and serial crimes against humanity need to be held to account as well.
Political cronyism, influence, and money will play a large part in this as the indictment plays out – all three are assests Monsanto has in great abundance at it’s disposal that may enable them to overcome such a legal challenge just as they have in other cases and other countries.
What they won’t be able to overcome is the attention it will generate that will raise global awareness, an awareness that could increase a related activism and force governments to step up.
In the midst of global conferences about climate change the clear and present danger Monsanto represents should be a part of any narrative and any solutions agreed upon.
Monsanto will trot out their bought and paid for “scientists” to present what they will claim to be studies validating the user friendly and environmentally safe products they produce but people shouldn’t be fooled when such an attempt is made and understand there is a history within the scientific community of some selling out just as there is elsewhere.
I’ve often wondered why groups like Anonymous haven’t prioritized entities like Monsanto as I doubt few would deny the damage and loss of lives related with Monsanto qualifies as a form of terrorism in it’s own right.
When it comes to complicity in Monsanto’s crimes against humanity I say those who own stock in the company or use their agri products are equally guilty.
Below is a link that enumerates the various companies Monsanto either
owns or has purchased stock in, it should be an eyeopener.
What will further startle the reader is that Monsanto is also purchasing stock in various “organic” companies.
I’ve never completey bought into the consumer based “organic foods” industry whether they be large or small, always suspecting there might well be more to the story and claims presented.
Regulations that define what can be labelled natural, “lite”, and healthy are enough to lead to a little skepticism.
I have no doubt there are natural/organic food companies with integrity that exist, but any for profit industry always in my opinion warrants a little scrutiny as a matter of common sense.
I like the sound of this, takes the long view while attempting to address the issues of climate change and unemployment.
Seems like a no brainer to do something comparable here, the stumbling block of course would be the monetary end of it, what company gets to make a profit and how much rather than a true public works project.
This could very well be a government funded program seeing how it doesn’t have a problem throwing money at numerous questionable projects in lieu of one like this that has an obvious and immediate benefit.
An estimated three to six billion trees are lost annually in the Amazon rainforest representing an average of between eight hundred thousand to a million and a half per day according to 2005 estimates.
Rainforests compose something like six percent of this planets surface, yet they are home to approximately fifty percent of the world’s total animal and plant species while producing 20 to 30 percent of the oxygen we breathe.
Estimates are that if the current trend in deforestation continue rainforests will cease to exist in forty years.
If every person alive today would plant a tree for themselves and one for each of their children it could make a difference, it wouldn’t be a solution but an incremental step in the right direction and something for people to think about the next time they decide to cut down a tree.
If you have to have a real tree for xmas consider purchasing a live one you can replant.
You don’t do the kind of work I do without get banged up at times, so this blog is something of an homage to traditional ways of healing.
Grandmother’s knowledge of these traditional ways is encyclopedic – name a medicinal herb or plant property and she can tell you whatever you want to know and lead you into the woods, plains, or mountains to show you where it can be found and the correct manner in which to harvest it.
You don’t just uproot a plant or start indiscriminately whacking away, there’s a way to go about these things, a protocol involved that’s long on respect and appreciation with an eye to the future….. conservation.
Grandmother has a knife that belonged to her grandfather, it’s her favorite tool I’ve come to believe.
Good in the kitchen, good for cutting most things with the exception of sewing material as there are scissors available, and good for the harvesting of plants and herbs – keeps it razor sharp as well.
When honing it I once offered to do it for her, she assured me she was grateful and I was “skilled” at such things but something she preferred to do, and so she does, leaving all other sharp instruments to grandfather or me.
I don’t blame her either as this knife is very personal to her – unlike other ethnicities a person grandmothers age has few if any “inherited” items from their grandparents.
She told me once when she hones it she thinks of her grandfather, the man he was, and the way our people lived then, that she can still see him going about it, the care and attention he invested.
For us that has been pretty much the way of it, memories and stories told, no photo albums to go through, keepsakes, or old letters to read again.
Grandmother’s knowledge of the medicine ways didn’t come from a book or a website, and she’s not selling any licenses like Crow Dog, they weren’t transcribed as lessons to study – they were imparted verbally and demonstrated hands on, she spent more time in the “classroom” that any doctor or nurse have ever been required to, and she’s passing that on to her daughters.
So, when it’s a strained muscle, a nick, cut, or bruise and grandmother says drink this or applies a salve or balm she’s made nobody asks “what’s this” or “does it taste bad”, she’s probably going to volunteer that information anyway, doesn’t matter whether she does or not though as it works.
Grandmother’s big on maintaining a balance, saying all things have a connectivity and if that balance isn’t observed problems arise.
This balance translates to harmony and mutual respect in the home, to eating in a good way, being active, having responsibilities and attending to them, personal hygiene in thought and body.
Introducing nothing like alcohol or drugs into the body it cannot handle and will disrupt the bodies balance.
To always be united as a family, to demonstrate that so no doubt arises in others and to remember it isn’t about me but us – us as a family and us as a people.
Healing properties exist in these things just as they do in herbs, plants, and ceremonies – that’s why it’s important to protect and nourish them.
I’m a long time advocate for alternative energy, but at the same time I’ve always cautioned that people should be vigilant when it comes to anything that will impact or slow the level of profit utility companies make.
Corporate profits rely on dependency, their customers are dependent upon them and they intend to keep that way as long as they possibly can.
They can go on about concerns for the environment, their “green” efforts and all the rest of it but their priority is profit and that very dependency even if it means riding the fossil fuel horse until it collapses, until every river of any consequence is polluted and dammed, until every water spigot spews ignitable gas from fracking and every home features damage from fracking generated earthquakes.
Rate hikes to connect to the grid, an inevitability, but how about a comparable increase in credit for the energy generated by solar and fed back into the system?
How about a consumer revolt for a change instead of merely griping and then settling into the groove?
How about putting public utility commissions and politicians on notice that they serve the public, not corporate interests, and if they don’t bear that in mind then they better take as much money and perks from lobbyists as they can while they can because come next election they’re out of office.
Only the rich have solar? BS, take a look around middle class and lower middle class neighborhoods.
Solar and anything labeled green come with their own level of greed, manufacturers and suppliers are charging as much as they can get away with while praising and welcoming you to the green club.
It’s the same with anything ecofriendy, healthly, or comes with the moniker green from vitamin/nutrient suppliments to energy, organic food and anything else you can find in the green market place.
All the things that benefit people are price gouged, and that translates to effectively shutting out a huge number of people who could use them most.
So this is a “test” in California? It isn’t a test but a model for others to follow who will be ably abetted by every “public servant” they own.
There are municipalities that have passed ordinances making it illegal to collect rain water falling on your property, they claim to own it.
Really? How about the sunshine that falls on your property, or the air you breathe on your property, they going to claim a proprietary right to that as well?
Sounds farfetched? Consider how farfetched claiming ownership of rainfall and making it illegal to collect it was in the immediate past.
The sleeping giant, the American electorate, watch out when they wake up – right, if the past is prologue the sleeping giant will continue to slumber making Rip Van Winkles twenty years of sleep look like a cat nap.
Will continue to elect dyed in the wool Washington insiders who in turn will continue to name corporate heads to cabinet positions and engage in the Orwellian Newspeak and Doublethink that is part and parcel of who they are.
According to a person I know, in the 80’s I believe it was, there was a movement on in California to enact no fault accident insurance, it was touted as consumer friendly, going to lower insurance costs for everyone and the public bought into it.
Needless to say in short order following passage there was a dramatic increase in rates.
The point being the minute corporations begin telling you it’s all good and you’re going to save money is the minute you should begin opposing whatever they’re pushing.
The same I think would apply to the majority of politicians, the minute they stand around pontificating and jingling the change in their pockets like a used car salesman telling you all about how good something will be for you then it’s time to begin asking them the hard questions and letting them know they will be held accountable.
Case in point, a classic – NAFTA – a bill whose sole intent was to increase corporate profits by allowing them to export manufacturing and jobs.
A Republican authored bill that then President Clinton went all out for to support promising it would immediately create a couple of hundred thousand jobs – but then Bill and wife Hillary have always been corporate stooges and the public should have know it was bs.
Another case in point – the repeal of Glass/Stegall that in effect gave the banking industry free rein and in no small part led to the economic fiasco just a few short years ago, and again a legislative wet dream of the Republicans that then President Clinton promoted as well.
Another example of this Orwellian Newspeak and Doublethink is Obama’s much ballyhooed trip to Alaska with all the available photo ops from posing for photos with indigenous people to a backdrop of breathtaking landscape as he goes on about the environment and responsibility to protect it – then to approve legislation for offshore deep drilling in the Beaufort Sea/Dutch Harbor waters, a catastrophe in the making with the predictable it’s good for the country, going to create jobs, reduce dependency, and no doubt translate in some unexplainable way to reducing the size of or staunching rate increases.
Now if it truly is about the environment and the public government would forego the corporate cronyism and begin an all out effort to convert to alternative energy – that isn’t going to happen because every penny of profit hasn’t been wrung from fossil fuels yet, and government is all about cronyism and the well affected transition from being representative to being a corporatocracy.
The national debt is something like eighteen trillion dollars – if it were never increased how long do you think it would take to pay that off? How many generations?
Eighteen trillion and counting – don’t rein in spending like ordinary people are compelled to do, no just keep raising the debt ceiling, keep printing more Monoply money, keep issuing bum checks, and keep kicking the can down the road until the entire house of cards collapses.
Unlike you the government doesn’t have to concern itself with debt for the above mentioned reasons – funny though isn’t it if you print up some bogus money, write a few bad checks, or don’t pay your bills you’ll wind up in jail or on the streets homeless with a cup trying to sell a few pencils.
Government is either a servant or a master, in that it is reflective of the electorate. Apparently the electorate decided at some point they wanted a master.
This isn’t all about corporate and governmental responsibility – it’s about the responsibility of people who absolutely aren’t willing to sacrifice any perceived comfort or essential.
Turn your thermostat down? Hell no, let someone else turn their’s down.
Cut back on fuel and energy consumption? Hell no, let someone else cut back.
Plant a little garden in the back yard or enlist neighbors in a communal garden? Hell no, I’m too busy multi tasking on Facebook, twitter, or whatever.
Go for energy efficient vehicles, devices, and appliances? Hell no, let others go for them.
People just as willing to kick the can down the road or leave it to others.
I sometimes think it would be in the best interests of all if corporations were nationalized, became a public utility, the mere suggestion leading to an outcry by “patriots” in defense of democracy while they ignore the reality that the current version of democracy has become unrecognizable.
Nationalizing, bad idea? How about commonsense regulations and a proactive enforcement?
No, we can’t have that either as it wouldn’t be good for “bidness” and probably lead to multiple cases of spontaneous human combustion among the rank and file conservatives and their talking heads.
Am I on a rant? Hell yes, about time everybody began to.
“It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.”
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”
You’re probably saying huh? along about now, but this copy/paste speaks to an internet reality and something Google leads the pack in – if you’re alright with all that then no need to read any farther as this reality obviously hasn’t and won’t make any difference to you.
The intrusive nature of Google is actually lending itself to being labelled as malware by a growing number of internet security suites – you okay with that as well?
Yeah I know, you love Google, it’s fast, trendy , and there’s that loyalty thing, but loyalty should be predicated on mutual respect and a two way street – suppose there are alternative browsers based on the open source Chromium, a fork of Chrome, equally as fast or faster that has stripped all the invasive tools from your browsing experience?
Would you be interested in one of them or content to continue being pimped and have every aspect of your internet time data mined and sold?
I’ve blogged about privacy issues before and believe it has become a defining issue of the times, the above is from one such browser by the name of Epic, there are others like SRware and Ixquick – Epic may stand the tallest among them as Goggle demanded they surrender the IP addresses of users and Epic told them to take a flying leap, that David and Goliath thing – the underdog people are inclined to rally behind.
Anything you currently do on your present browser of choice you can pretty much do on any of the three mentioned, probably faster, and undeniably more secure and respectful of your privacy.
Of course this gives a wedgie to Google, their ilk, and those infamous “social networking sites” but I consider that to be turn about is fair play – after all they’ve been pimping people for years and arrived at the point where they contend they have a right to do anything they want to with a battery of attorneys, an obscene amount of wealth, and more than one politician authoring and voting in favor of legislation to facilitate this egregious claim.
And please, don’t even try to go to the if you’re not doing anything wrong you don’t have anything to worry about thing, as I’ve said before if that is the metric, the one you believe in, then never close drapes on your windows and allow your neighbors to open every piece of snail mail that comes to your house and read the entire contents – post your assets and debits on a neighborhood telephone pole for all to see, in fact set up some outside speakers that can broadcast your cellphone or Skype conversations – if a family issues arises let everyone in on that as well. If you have to take a laxative or ingest a lot of fiber inform everyone…after all you’re not doing anything wrong.
If you’re an advocate of “going green” one of these non GMO “growers” is about as close as you can come to on the internet – by green I mean more of an organic experience meant to address the environmental pollutants so prevalent on the net……not the green Google and others are stuffing their pockets with.
Here’s something else to consider – Google, yahoo, etc are making a lot of noise about their concerns for your privacy, they’re even offering “extensions” to insure that in an effort to lull you into a false sense of security or complacency – and that do not track option you click on? Googles already said it doesn’t matter to them, they’re going to continue doing what they want to do.
This from the very people who assisted NSA programs like Prisms – so the question can only arise if they’re really concerned about privacy why would any demand of Epic a list of IPs for those whose use Epic?
Why would malware and spyware companies increasing classify Google as a major offender?
So why not check out an alternative? Nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
As these alternatives are based on open source and not supported by pimping should you decide they are the vehicle for you you might want to consider sending them a small donation… in effect handing a stone to David.
Think about the below from the Epic fb site – you’re being pimped like a common whore and yet unlike a common whore not even receiving a penny.
Maybe you can rationalize that in some convoluted way but if you have children or other family members can you do the same when it comes to them? Are you willing to?
From November of 2014:
“Firefox is going to use your browsing history to target ads to you! Apple is going to use your Browsing History to target ads to you! Mozilla already makes nearly $1 MILLION A DAY!! Apple makes $500 MILLION A DAY!!!!!
And that’s not enough…so they’re selling your privacy.
We believe privacy matters. Epic doesn’t sell you out, in fact in Epic there is no browsing history to sell “