Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Science Fails The Science Test!



We are told that science is pure
We are TOLD that science is PRO-gress
We are told we would be "in the dark ages"[assuming/implying that would be "bad"] without science
Thank goodness we know climate change is real! Thanks Exxon! [Exxon and other Big Oil had the science to prove human induced climate change in the 1970s. They made changes to their rigs, etc. But they dared not tell "us".]

But is science really "neutral" and "value free"? Anyone that took a grade one science class - you know with play-dough and paint - knows that science is NEITHER!

As Kathy Greeley and Sue Tafler state: "The way science is used - the kinds of questions asked, the kinds of research funded, the application of scientific theories - is determined by those controlling the pursestrings and values of each society." We see in our society that this "pure and undefiled" striving for knowledge serves the class interests of a small elite group that values profit and private property over humans, nonhumans and their well-being. Not only so, but their very existence is determined by both the material and ideological class interests of the few.

Scientists are put on the pedestal - or, more precisely, behind the high priest veil of infallibility and wisdom. We must seek their blessings and submit to their prescriptions for a better world. The class nature of practice of science is blurred - not even brought "to the light" - as we are taught to follow their "expertise" without question.

Surely, they would do no harm to us! Hmmm. Who made the atomic bomb? Where did chemical weapons come from? Where did all weapons come from? Who/why were the #1 killer of kids come from? [cars - not to mention the formation of ISIS as a result of wiping out nearly 2000000 Iraqis, ad nauseum!...]. Who created the surveillance systems that are following what I am writing and you are reading at this exact moment? Who is benefiting from recombinant DNA [GMOs being one example of them]. Without the regulation of government and, even, the blessing of government, what will become of the above?

Let us not forget that the majority of research if for the military or business [or the biz of military: the U.S. spends about 60% of its budget on military! Well they do have to "lead" the world in the way of peace, love and kindness!].

Seeking, demanding technological solutions to social and political problems, the establishment ideology continues to persuade us of our power-less-ness and the need for submission.

We will continue the discussion here and also look at, perhaps the biggest "un-scientific" area of science: nutritional science - at https://123EatMeOut.blogspot.ca  The idea of creating a hypothesis, testing it, retesting it, changing it, etc. is almost non-existent in many areas of science - especially that of "food", as we will see.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

You Ain't Notin' Un-less...

You ain't notin'
Un-less....
Less than un
A, One, No-thing

Unless you're published
Unless you're certified
By someone who is certified
Legitimized by a higher authority/power

Don't give up
Your authenticity
You-r genuine-ness
To be approved

By them
By some out-side body
Body of government
Body in hu-man form

Stand up
Challenge
Defeat
Bombard

The status quo
The celebrity cult-u-r-e
The "I'm no-body un-less you certify me to be some-body"
The "I'm accept-able because you approve of my words, thoughts, looks, style, car, job/no job, ...]

My American Dream is about trampling
Down the white picket fence to
Let the weeds grow and take over the world
While their yellow flowers pollinate and feed wild bees

While you trample the poor
I'll stand in your way
I'll get in your way
Come join

Once the road is closed
The flowers burst through
The smells over-whelm
Joy is once again lived through community

I turn toward you
I see the translucent colours reflected in your eyes
The flowers blowing through your hair
The setting sun's glow envelopes your long golden hair


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Earth Hour: The Ultimate Lip Service

Driving to see a film on air pollution.
Turning off the lights for 1 hour.
Church and non-churchie people feelin' good
About doin' notin' [say in Jamaican accent]

Keep the same
Ting goin' [J accent continued]
Keep the same
'blind eye' not see-in'

Mean-while the likes of Trump
deny human induced climate change
as he flies his jet every-where
as his hair [read: squirrel {sorry squirrel}] flies every-where

John Duffy congratulates Trudeau for 
"a position that allows it's oil to be digested
ethically by people who are concerned
about environmental issues". 

Ethical destruct-i-on
[Yes "I", you, us...]
of the air, water, land, soil

But it's ok: 
you are ethically doing the right thing

You care about the environment
You are a good person
honk honk
wake up!!!

But it's ok
The pipeline is shiny
We aren't burning the filthy gooo
Some-body else is

We are good people
Vroom .... watch me go
Oops I left a light on
Better drive home to turn it off!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The HIDDEN Mean-ing of "Happy New Year"


"Happy New Year"
"Merry Christmas"
"Have A Nice Day"

What do these mean?

Be happy
Be merry [a word never used except at Christ-mass]
Have a nice day as I go back to my crap job

I asked a guy what he meant
He said it's a phrase for between Christmas and the new year
I laughed

But he was caught off guard
Like robots 
People regurgitate what they are told to

And expected to say
Without thinking
Without heart

Mind-less dribble
Heart-less dribble

No soul
No love
No substance
No feel-ing

Shallow words 
For 
Shallow people

Shouldn't we strive for meaning in our
Words
And lives?!

How 'bout changing things up:

Suggesting others care for the air
We breathe

How 'bout caring about the rights of workers?!

How 'bout caring about equality, social justice, peace...?!

How 'bout saying something that might make people think?!

That might change their/our way of thinking
Our way of living
Our way of be-ing

To be more in harmony
With one an-other

More harmony
With
Nature

[We are part of/
Dependent on
Nature]

Should we 
Be happy
If we cause suffering?

Should be having
A nice day
As we yell at our child?

Are the dead humans and non-humans
Killed out of our greed and convenient life-styles
Happy?

Are the war policies that increase our wealth
By selling armaments to Saudi Arabia
Helping those attacked by Saudi Arabia
Have a nice day?

The super-ficial platitudes
Must pass away
Like an approaching cockroach

The empty words
By-pass
The heart and the mind

Let's say something
A little less
Self-indulgent!

Let's challenge
One an-other
To be/do better! 

We need 
To stop fear-ing
Others 

Time to grow up
And stop wanting others'
Approval

We need to speak out for the voice-less
And the weak

Do the right thing
Say the right thing

Have a nice day 
{While you ...}
 



I

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Shattered Dreams: Limits To Growth Or Nightmares



What exactly is this thing nice-ly named "growth". It sounds wonder-full. Like a seed sprouting from the soil and bringing forth life to all.But that is the good type of growth.

Today, growth means more highways, more shopping malls, bigger box stores, bigger factory/prison farms [you know where the animals are literally/figuratively locked up inside and eating food that acidifies their stomachs leading to e-coli growth, etc.], more surveillance [i.e. less privacy], bigger houses [for the few who can afford them - for example: the average house in Toronto is going for $1,200,000 today!]. Shall I continue?

It's a big definition that is far from exhausted here. So what are the "costs". Well, less green-space, which means less clean air, water, soil. Forests being wiped out by the second with bigger machines [that employ less people!]...farms turning into deserts through industrial agriculture's rapist act-i-on-s....land being ripped up for resources such as oil, precious minerals to make i-phones and solar panels...Where can you go to hear "silence" or the absence of cars? Where can you go and see stars at night and darkness all around? Where can you go and be afraid of bears and cougars revealing some eco-systems still intact?

What happens to the workers? In the drive for higher profits, the workers lose rights, jobs, security. No longer does daddy have the same job his whole life. Women still don't get equal pay today! If you speak up you lose your job. Without any representation, be it a union or some form of collectivization, the worker is evermore a cog in the face-less machine. S/he doesn't matter. When the employer doesn't want you anymore, s/he will hire people to tell you to gather your stuff and leave - no notice - no face-to-face. Security guards will be there to assist you - especially in case you want to show some emotion, other than a smile.How dare you?!!!

With almost 9,000,000,000 arriving - the land, water, and air cannot sustain/survive. With most of the world living in cities now, where do people expect the land, water, air to come from? Who even wonders what happens to the exhaust from their car goes?  Does the investment holder care about the above being wiped out/polluted/taken from the peasants living there? And these are the ones called "ethical funds". 

Over 1,000,000,000 are starving right now. Yet we see food in the stores literally taken from their homelands to supply Europe and North America. Along with the food goes the labour, soil nutrients and water necessary to grow these. Banned chemicals are exported from the U.S. and applied by workers without any protective gear nor rights. The workers, the water, and the land are poisoned. And look at those huge grapes from Chile! The produce coming out of Mexico is huge - as are breasts of  little girls who have been poisoned by the chemicals. The chemicals alter the hormones of girls too young to grow breasts. So enjoy those avocados!

Isn't it time to end the nightmare? With  $100-170,000,000,000 in taxes not being paid in Canada alone, we see who is en-joy-ing the sweet dreams and who are living the night-mare [and don't forget the non-humans]! So what are you, us, all of us going to do?

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Electric Cars Un-Plugger: They Devour!





Some run to their electric cars pro-claiming they are “saving the world”. I ask from what?! Are these cars better than their gasoline counterparts?


·         The operating of them is only as “clean” as the source of electricity they use. In Ontario, 61% of the electricity comes from nuclear. Radiation and the issue of waste disposal are sure hazards.


·         All cars kill. They are the #1 killer of kids! In the U.S. there are more than 6,000,000 accidents per year, on average; over 2,000,000 injuries and about 50,000 deaths! Electric car resolve nothing in this respect.


·         The pollution to MAKE any car is immense.So if you think buying a new car will reduce pollution, keep dreaming.


·         The operation of any car pollutes: even the particular matter coming off the tires is a serious air pollutant. 


·         All vehicles result in more traffic. More traffic results in more lost time due to just sitting there – and, driving them! Billions are lost in productivity. 


·         People are fat and out of shape – and stressed! Driving does wonders for the body, heart and mind!


·         Eco-systems are wiped out for cars. The habitats of all life forms, including humans are wiped out and degraded for highways and roads to plow through.


·         Noise from cars causes great stress that leads to chronic health issues – including cancer. Perhaps electric cars are quieter but they do not sound like little chirpy birds that could be there instead!


·         Corporate control of our lives continues. The governments in Canada and the U.S. have bailed out – handed out – huge sums of money on “our behalf”. Has this really helped the average citizen? Are we really “free” or chained to our cars [or the illusion of need]?


·         Ever wonder why there is immense flooding? Well, let’s see….you wipe out the trees, swamps,…and put in concrete or pavement that doesn’t absorb the water as the forest/swamp does…and wham-o! 


·         Turtles are fighting a losing battle: one of the major causes for their decline is people intentionally hitting them! So if the road through their swamp isn’t enough to disrupt/kill them, stupid car drivers – including electric car drivers – will get them! Many die crossing roads also – along with many other nonhumans [and humans].


·         Cars and roads separate people from people and from nonhumans. Studies have shown that the busier the road, the less people cross the street – preventing people from developing community and having mobility. 


·         Cars stop community. How often do you get a smile, a hug, a handshake while driving? Instead you get a clenched fist, scornful looks, curses, even blows. But when walking or biking people oft say hi, chat, hug, make new friends and feel happier. They feel part of a community that cares – not of one that is selfishly just out for them-selves – and willing to hurt you emotionally or even physically, if it comes to that!


·         Cars are very expensive and depreciate greatly. Bank loans, insurance, fuel, maintenance, depreciation…are just some of the outrageous expenses! The myth that it’s cheaper than taking the bus is false. It’s estimated the true costs are about $1 per kilometer! And that is not including the wars fought to get materials to operate/build them! Even electric cars use fossil fuels in their construction. And guess what materials are used to make the roads?


So get out of the car “mode”! Get some exercise and meet and greet those around you. And do something good for the world now and find alternatives to this insane [destroying our habitat!] way of living/dying/taking lives.

Monday, 25 January 2016

"Science: Anti-Organic"



While there are organic and inorganic compounds in the chemical world, these are not what most think of when they hear the word "organic". There was much opposition from "Science" when people started making and using long-standing organic methods like composting. The challenge was to an industry that trans-formed war-time killing chemicals like "agent orange" into pesticides, herbicides and even chemical manures or fertilizers.

The late Sir Albert Howard was a well-know proponent of natural, organic methods like composting. Fighting invalidation from those making fossil fuel based products, and a bundle from them - Howard knew the corporate media, research stations, agriculture universities/colleges, professors - would beckon their savior Science to save them.

And "Science" ran to their defense!  That was back in 1947. Ironically we see much the same now. Yet the mass has caught onto organic so it's "organic" is not such a bad word now. But it has been a long struggle. And while Howard saw the need for people to compost, few still do. Either they have the city do it for them, or just ignore it altogether.

Composting saves about 1/3 of all "waste" from going to the land-fill. But what is more important is that it is magic! To see some discarded bits of food become soil in a short time is awe-some! Then to apply it to the ground and watch more food grow! What an amazing process.

Sadly basically no-one, but this author and a few others, talk about composting the "waste" from our own bodies. Watch for a post on this, likewise, amazing process.

Howard saw "science" and the whole apparatus of corporate owner-ship of our world as detrimental to this world. Each part justifying the other. Science has taken on an even more "magic" role today. Still it is very oft the corporate world using it to support making its products. Let's remember the destructiveness of these chemicals, the atomic bomb, all bombs, and the list goes on. This is why we need independently funded science that searches for truth - not things to sell! But when many, if not most, "scientists" work for corporately funded universities, drug companies, arms manufacturers, etc., is it suitable to both call them scientists and to trust them?

Thursday, 24 December 2015

U.S. Justice: Dream Somebody Rapes You And He Will Go To Jail! Well, If He Is Black...


Today Clarence Moses-El is out of prison. 
All the evidence says he is/was innocent. 
Even the real rapist has confessed.

 How did Moses-El get convicted? 
Well, simply put, the woman dreamed it was he who raped her. 
Some dream!
Some night-mare!
Some "justice" system.

Evidence ignored
Rational-ity denied

Even after raising money while in prison to get the evidence checked for DNA etc., the box - marked "Do Not Destroy" was destroyed by the police. 
There to "serve and protect"
Whom?

Even after the rapist confesses
The court sat on the confession
2 years!!!

And even today the DA who has been after him still wants another trial. Hmmm. Justice?

An innocent man locked away for 28 years.
Police and court corruption
Racism
Stupidity

Past time for reform
The system needs to be destroyed
Let the people rule
Let justice begin! 

See for more and Moses-El's facebook page


Friday, 4 December 2015

Dispossessed but defiant: An international photo exhibition on Indigenous struggles

Finally, there is an Art Show that makes a statement about justice or the lack thereof. Too much "art" is just self-indulgence ad nauseum! As Brecht said "Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it".

At the reception of the Art Show, Danielle Boissoneau, of Idle No More, spoke on native people in Canada. She thinks that art is one way to get people to change and make the world more just. She noted the terrible residential schools and other horrors that should be well known to anyone living in Canada. It really is time for all to no longer be idle. We need to demand change. Now.

Yara Shoufani, co-chair of Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights (McMaster), also spoke on Palestine. Sadly most Canadian don't know much about the continuing injustice done to the Palestinians. They continued to be occupied, illegally, according to the UN! They live under apartheid conditions. Yet the Jewish settlements continue to expand. This continues with U.S. support or blind eyes

One picture of the exhibit showed the immense Palestinian farms before being taken over by the Jews. It also showed the Jaffa orange - created by Palestinians. The exporting of the oranges used to be a major source of income for many farmers. Now it is hard to even get to your land, if you have any left. Not only does the Wall prevent you but this wall also takes up 10% of Palestinian land. How just is it that some are taken from their land, homes...so that others may possess them?

Sadly, the corporate media deceives most to think all is fine. As Danielle said, we need to think for ourselves. While there are great sources like Democracy Now, we need to share with our peers and especially those that may disagree with us, as Yara noted. 

The dispossession nature continues to plague the entire world in the name of progress and capitalism. What is being done to stop this? Watch for discussion on the talks in Paris.

I pointed out that it's ironic that the Jewish Scriptures condemn such injustice. Habakkuk [ch.2] notes:

Because you have plundered many nations, 
the people who are left will plunder you...
Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain
to set his nest on high...
Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed
and establishes a town by crime

The conquest of all countries/land/nature is well described by the above verses.More discussion can be found here

Danille is on the left and Yara on the right. See here for more shots. The exhibit finishes December 9 at the The Pearl Company

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Atomic Attack 70 Years Later

We played in the forest
Every day

"Come here little birdies"
And they flew over 
And we played
Till dark

We smelt the wonder-ful
Flowers
And watched the bumble bees
Gather pollen and buzz near our heads

We chased the butterflies
And told the frogs
All our secrets

Then we heard 
Then we felt

Shock waves
Heat waves
Radiation waves

Burning
Sizzling
Screaming

De-form-ed bodies
Tortured by deformed minds
From far far away

Truman tells the public how amazing the bomb is...
Like a foolish child playing with his new toy

Thank you scientists, engineers, business and government "leaders"
 

Sense-less

Attack

Advance-ment in science
[and domination/arrogance]

140,000 Murdered in Hiroshima
3 Days Later: 70,000 Victims in Nagasaki 

[numbers say no-thing
about the truth of the agony]

Today the U.S. continues to spend over $1,000,000,000,000 on updating the evil weapons, while Obama said in 2013 that he would decrease the insanity.



Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Clean Air Or Die Of Cancer! "Your" "Choice"!

The environment, like the human, has certain unalienable rights,
and those rights are endowed to it by the Creator and,
as a result, they may not be summarily dismissed or violated.
It is the obligation of society to respect and protect
these rights with the same procedures, institutions, and legislative
initiatives that are employed to guarantee and protect the rights of [humans].
And even if it, at times, must be done...
at the expense of personal privileges
and individual rights.
-Jonathan Helfands, "Religion and Environmental Ethics"
from "The Green Bible".

Sadly, the poor do not have these rights...as well as many others. One just needs to be minimally aware of the abuse of Blacks in the USA by the police to see that many have no rights...and we see that a few have all the rights. "Power corrupts...absolute power corrupts absolutely....". So when/what are we doing to take it away. "Just a few bad apples"...ugh! When exploitation is SYSTEMATIC, changing a few players won't do the job. 

While we do have to "sacrifice" for others. Is it really "that" hard to compost your poop, grow some food, walk, ride, bus.... But let us not forget it is corporations, the military, factory farming [an other HUGE corporation], to name a few,  that must take responsibility and repent [change]. Considering that California is having a huge drought, most of the water goes to factory farms [torture prisons]. The vast mono-crops of almonds and rice continue. Growing food in a desert for the rest of the country/world is not sustainable or reason-able.

Let's rip up lawns, get chickens and plant veges.See earlier post for more ideas to participate in. And remember, we need the land to grow on. So how do we get it back?

The ants got it right:
 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

"I Don't Care That My Lawnmower Pollutes," says Young Mother Of Two

That's right. Why care about the pollution from cutting a HUGE lawn? She's "not an "environmentalist"' - so why should she care?! I should have asked what that all means. But I was a little stunned by her apathy, and the disconnection between human activity and pollution. And the disconnect between us and "the environment" - the air, water, land...we are part of them and need them all. More importantly though, she lacked any sense of responsibility for how she lives, others live or, ultimately, how civilized man [sic indeed] lives. I did reply that I would think she would care since she has 2 young boys to think of.

The dis-c o n n e c t
is a jolt to the head
or more to the heart
zzzzzzz

Will a jolt 
make people wake up?

Haven't all the reports
on climate change
and habitat loss
and no clean water
no edible fish...
ad nauseum
made an 'impact'

When is it enough to stop
and think
to stop
hurting others

and our-selves

in-sanity 
is destroying
the habitat
you live in

does that include
deluding our-selves
into thinking 
or non-thinking?
[that we have no impact
both on our surroundings
and to change our impact]

time is running out
so it's time to start running
toward solutions
toward change
toward caring
and self-sacrifice

Why do a few privileged
get to use up all the resources
and live in luxury
and self-indulgence
while most can't even get a glass 
of water?

stage 1: denial
stage 2: entitlement
stage 3: justification

stage 4:


Monday, 4 May 2015

The Soil Is A-Live: Pooping And Having Babies





Walking on "my" land
The leaves moving
Rustle Rustle, Russell?
What/who is it?

I get scared
I run
I hide
I come back

I must get the torch
I want to see
What I hear
What is it?

I see the fiddle heads popping up
I hear the leaves move
Is there an animal playing in them?
Is something fighting?

I sneak up
I peek
I hear the peepers far away
Clothing the night in bliss

The leaves move
I get a glimpse
A huge worm has made a tunnel
And now is….

Pulling the leaves
Down into the hole
Chewing Eating Pooping
A great resource

But I walk by the neighbour’s
Silence
Silent Dead Lawn
The Silent Sound Of Death

But “our” land
Is A-live
Full of worms
And poop

Perhaps no queefs
Or farts
But just poop
That will feed the plants

Popping out of the soil
The new plants spring forth
In the spring
Full of life, as is their womb.

The land is not mine
It is ours
Two hand-fulls of soil
Have over 6000000000 life forms in it

We share this precious place
So I feed them
I provide a home
And they provide a home for me

And they provide life
The soil sequesters the carbon that "we" make
But we need to stop making
And, rather, make more a home

A living hone
For the worms and other organisms
That partner with us
To make a home for us all.