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the author of this journal will now be writing under the lj name towardwild. this journal, lahermite, will be deleted once it's been backed up. it's time for a fresh start! please friend towardwild if you wish to keep reading my thoughts and musings. thanks!


Oct. 7th, 2010 01:02 pm
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headline right now on the news: why are killer whales dying at sea world?

real easy answer:

do you really really think you'd want to live to an old age if you were kept thus?

logan's lj

Jul. 15th, 2010 10:37 am
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thanks to a heads-up by [ profile] ahavah_ehyeh, i had logan's lj switched to a memorial status. this means nothing more can be posted to it but it won't get deleted for non-activity.

([ profile] loganbrooks - fuck, man, you still have the ability to shatter my heart into a billion pieces more than the billions you've already shattered it into. i dread the day when my heart is no longer capable of breaking further. hopefully that won't happen til my last day in this body, the day that i once again get to melt into you. my love, you are missed. so very fucking much.)

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in this news article on autopsies being done on animals dying down in the gulf,, is this bit:

"In the meantime, at places like the Texas Tech institute, the oil spill has set off a mad scramble to fill in the gaps in knowledge. In one laboratory, jars of BP crude in various stages of weathering await analysis to determine their relative toxicity. In another lab, graduate students paint precise amounts of oil on incubating duck eggs. Tanks of fiddler crabs awaited a shipment of Corexit 9500, the dispersant being used by BP in the Gulf.

In the end, Dr. Godard-Codding said, scientists will not find a single smoking gun. The evidence — results of laboratory tests, population counts, assessments of how well oil-drenched animals survive after rehabilitation — will all be circumstantial."

so fucking typical. animals are dying, poisoned, their food and water destroyed, and these fuckers are ordering oil and dispersants to poison even more, in the name of science.

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does anyone know of a hands-on place that houses the equipment used in magic shows? like the fake guillotene, and the box that people are cut in half in. preferably in the eastern half of north america.

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there are credible challenges to the theory that oil is ancient forests.

what if... oil is like the planet's blood? a tree's sap?

taking a little would be replenished, but hitting an artery/tapping too many times can mean death.

i keep reading of fissures in the floor of the gulf of mexico....


Jun. 7th, 2010 11:52 am
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i'm actually against this. while on the surface it seems like a good idea, we can't go back in time. the incredibly miraculous niche that allowed the existence of a being, once destroyed, cannot be recreated. did these scientists not watch jurassic park? humans need to stop playing god. we really do a bad job of it. if we want to protect endangered species, we need to stop destroying their environments NOW. this path, of human-as-god, leads down a scary path, one where this biologically diverse planet becomes one fucked up human experiment and wilderness no longer exists.
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more here:

this is the gulf of mexico. dying. being murdered. i cried showing these photos to my children. my heart shatters into a billion more shards. there is no place for this anger. it's familiar, though. i see images of our planet being murdered all the time. forests clear cut. mountains blown up. rivers polluted. islands of trash the size of states gyrating in oceans. and the machine keeps turning. keeps eating and destroying. this one is a little more personal. my husband's ashes swim in the gulf of mexico. i've communed with the dolphins that call these waters home. i've danced in the waves of this beautiful ocean during a lightening storm. so watching its murder is indescribably more intense.

but they continue to drill. and continue to plan to drill more. and get approval for new drilling. and they continue to plan to create oil spills in the arctic so they can clean them up and learn from that. the arrogance of humanity, the greed that uses and excuses that arrogance, is unforgivable. this planet is, as far as we can tell, unique. this little niche of perfect balance that allows us these lives is being destroyed.

in perpetuation of an unnatural way of life for a small percent of humans. but that small percent of humans are so addicted to that unnatural way of life that they will continue it at all costs.

at all costs. and today a small part of that cost is the gulf of mexico.

the planet is fighting back. when are we going to join it?
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amazing list of good reading for young people. posting here to keep it in one place. copied off the dj forum. Read more... )
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oh, and i'd just like to add a comment about the latest band-aid:

fixing a leaking box by putting another box on top of it has not worked throughout history. why oh the fuck why do you think it will work now.

veto boxes!
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RAGE (Resistance Against Global Ecocide)
Points of Agreement
Issued APRIL 22, 2010:

Comrades, you are alive right now at this crucial moment and you carry a grave responsibility. We have one last chance to save our planet. It might already be too late, but certainly by the next generation it will be too late. Domesticated humans, here’s your chance to do something important: dedicate yourselves to stopping the murder of the Earth.

These are the Points of Agreement for Resistance Against Global Ecocide:

1) The world is being killed by deforestation, pollution, and climate change caused by a growth economy based on the burning of oil and coal.
2) Without a living planet, nothing else matters. We must urgently use all means necessary to stop ecocide.
3) The economic system (global capitalism, industrialism, civilization, kleptocracy, imperialism, the military-industrial complex, The Machine—whatever you want to call it) works by converting the natural world into dead commodities for profit. The system is structurally incompatible with a living planet.
4) Unless we stop it, this system will consume the natural world until nothing is left. We must destroy it before it kills us all.
5) Those who profit from this system will not give up their power and wealth voluntarily. They will (and do) wage war on anyone who threatens their dominance. We must fight them and win.
6) Our primary, most urgent task is to unite all who can be united to stop ecocide before it’s too late. During and after this process, we can struggle over how we want to organize society and how to live sustainably. As they say, “First kill our common enemy, then we can kill each other.”

Or, if you prefer it really simple:

1) The world is being killed.
2) We must stop ecocide immediately.
3) The economic system is incompatible with a living planet.
4) We must destroy the system.
5) We must fight the system’s enforcers, and win.
6) Unite all who can be united to stop ecocide.

Comrades, it is time to act. Defend your home, your selves, your planet. Join the Resistance Against Global Ecocide.

That is all.
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so, kids have been tased for having hissy fits in school, for not taking a shower when told to, why not tase them before they're even born. seems like the logical next step, no?

summary: 7 months pregnant women caught doing 12 miles over the limit. refuses to sign the ticket or get out of the car. cops tase her 3 times, finally drag her out of the car, throw her belly down on the floor to handcuff her, and arrest her.

for doing 12 miles over the limit. what the fuck is this world coming to?

and a court of appeals ruled 2:1 that this was a justifiable tasing. well, of fucking course they do.

bullshit bullshit fucking bullshit.
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updated [ profile] heartbluff after a long hiatus. spring is here!
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all that remains

i first met the dog within days of its death. maybe within minutes. i wasn't even sure it was dead. it looked like it had just lain down and gone to sleep. i stood looking at it for ages, that first time, seeing if it was breathing, watching real close for signs of movement, any sort of movement. after a while, and my two dogs not paying any attention to it whatsoever, i determined it was dead. big, pretty, sheepdog-looking. laying down there, off the road, about ten or fifteen feet from the creek. it had a collar on, i could see, an orange hunting collar. but no radio transmitter, like hunting dogs have. my dogs and i walked on, me sad at the pretty dog laying there dead. more so because it was such a big, pretty dog. all animals make me feel sad when they die, human and non-human; they're not getting to see ~all this~ anymore, so i'm sad for them. but some make me sadder than others, and this big pretty dog, laying there unclaimed made me sadder. my son said, "we should bury it" but i said no. let's just leave it there to return to the earth. i figured it would start being nibbled at pretty quick. a dead deer a little further down the road was completely gone within two days, its dead body being eaten by many a passer-by. but the dog didn't get nibbled at, not obviously, anyway. it just lay there, near the creek, as if asleep, and the snow fell and melted and fell and melted, and gradually the dog started to decay, and the kids and i watched. at some point, something inside of me got the better of me and i climbed down there to see if there was a tag of any kind; any human family sitting wondering where their friend had got to. but there wasn't. just an orange collar and a chewed-through foot of string attached to it. i went to get my camera when the dogs face started to become hair and bone and teeth, a startling and amazingly beautiful image, but that was the day my camera broke, so the dog went unphotographed. still its body, just laying there, unclaimed, saddened me, but i can't quite figure out why. death is natural, it's all around us. obviously, for sanitation purposes, we can't leave large corpses just laying around everywhere, but this wasn't that kind of situation. why was the dead dog any more different laying there decaying to any bird, or possum, or groundhog? why would a dead human, laying there unclaimed, be any different?
i went away for a few weeks. the snow fell and fell and melted, and i got a new (old) camera. i came back, the snow all gone, and took my camera down to see the dog. but it was gone. all that remained were a few white and black hairs. even the collar and rope are gone. was the dog claimed, taken away to be buried somewhere? finally eaten? did its bones and collar wash into the creek and away?
"the dog's gone back to earth" my daughter explained. yes, it surely has.
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i don't.

we pulled out onto the busy beach road and drove up it a little ways. and there, right in front of us, was logan's work truck. of all the places in pinellas county it could be, it was right there in front of us, on this day of all days, at the exact moment we were on the road.

baby, i miss you so much. thank you for the sign that you're still here, with us, if only in spirit and "coincidences".

i love you infinite.

logan david brooks
01/30/81 - 02/23/05

good stuff

Feb. 5th, 2010 08:32 pm
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anarchist interpretation of the A B Cs:
(thanks to for the link)
(i haven't finished going through it yet and could already expand on it! great idea. i've been thinking a lot lately about kids books told from an an anarchist or anti-civ perspective, so seeing this was cool.)

and a great clip from six feet under:
dead dad's ghost: "you hang onto your pain like it means something, like it's worth something. let me tell ya, it's not worth shit. let it go. *sighs* infinite possibilities and all they can do is whine..."
traumatized son: "well, what am i supposed to do?"
dd: "you can do anything, you lucky bastard. you're alive! what's a little pain compared to that?"
ts: "it can't be so simple."
dd: "what if it is...?"

what if it is...
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green sea slug processes sunlight into energy like plants do. first creature known to cross the plant-animal "boundaries":
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i'm posting his last 2 entries in their entirety not because of the movie he's mentioning (i haven't seen it) or because of the gathering he just attended (i didn't attend) but because, in between the movie and the gathering, what he says is really frikken brilliant! and the posts work great even though they're being read most recent first:

January 11. (permalink) By popular demand, I'm going back to Avatar. First, we shouldn't be surprised that conservatives hate Avatar... unless we think about the meaning of "conservative". The movie supports the most traditional of traditional values: a tribal society living in balance with nature, and defending its culture through violence. So how can "conservatives" hate it? Because in practice, conservatism is an emotional state, and people in that state don't care what's traditional or radical for humans in general -- they only care what's traditional or radical for them personally. So you can make the most untested and wildly maladapted society in history, and after a couple generations, all the traditionalists will angrily defend it and attack the ways of the previous hundred thousand generations.

It also turns out that leftists hate Avatar, but only a particular breed of leftists, those with academic training in identity politics. Annalee Newitz wrote When will white people stop making movies like Avatar? And David Brooks, a centrist, calls Avatar the White Messiah fable. Their point is that this is one of many films that turns someone from our culture into the leader and "most awesome member" of an alien culture, and that it would be more politically correct to show the aliens saving themselves without our help.

That's a good point, but it's hard to count the number of points they're missing: A movie must take viewers on a journey, and the journey has to start from where we are. If the people from the alien culture were the protagonists, only a few dedicated liberals would go see it. How many of you have seen El Norte? And any Hollywood blockbuster must make its protagonist super-awesome. Nobody complained that Bruce Willis was more awesome than anyone else in Die Hard. Avatar opens the door to that complaint by putting its hero among another race, but you'd have to be blind to think that race is the heart of the movie.

Of course, Newitz and Brooks are blind. Newitz is a techie and Brooks is a huge supporter of "progress", so they can't stand the thought that Avatar has made a billion dollars with a message about ecology and the human race: that we are not the rulers of a pile of resources but the servants of a living planet, that an extractive economy is not just unsustainable but evil, that our place is among dangerous wild creatures and not our own sterile devices, that it was wrong for us to conquer the Indians, not because their skin was a different color, but because they lived better.

Did we conquer the Indians? When lefties say that Avatar purges white guilt, they are making several questionable assumptions: that we are white, that we feel guilty, and that white guilt is a good thing. This is an obsolete view of race. A more helpful view was pioneered in the zine and book Race Traitor: that "white" is a social class only loosely connected to pale skin, that thinking of ourselves as "white" makes us obedient to an unjust system, that the best thing "white" people can do is not to sit around feeling guilty for the crimes done in the name of whiteness, but to disown whiteness and take the other side. Every one of us has ancestors who lived more or less like the Na'vi, and who were violently conquered by disconnected, resource-extracting cultures. If we all stop identifying with those cultures, the whole game is over.

We did not conquer the Indians. The Babylonians, the Romans, the English, the Spaniards, the Americans conquered us... but not completely. The reason Avatar is so popular, and so important, is that it is helping us to remember who we are.

Of course, what to do with that awareness is a much harder question. No matter who we think we are, we are still dependent on the conquering system for our survival. We're not going to voluntarily kill ourselves, and I think it's silly to try to limit ourselves to technologies that existed 20,000 years ago. The important thing is that we make the shift from an extractive economy to a sustaining economy, and from the made world to the found world. And we might not be able to make that shift once and for all -- we might have to keep making it again and again.

January 9, late. I'm done with the Olympia events and heading down to Portland tomorrow. At my talk Thursday, and at the Awakening the Dreamer symposium today, I kept noticing one issue: When affluent Americans ask "what can I do", they mean, "What can I do to save the whole world? What can I do to turn industrial capitalism around in its tracks, to halt species extinction and reverse arctic melting, to feed all the starving people without further increasing the population, to transform human consciousness and witness a global utopia in my lifetime?"

My answer is, you can't do shit. And I'm a woo-woo optimist. I think that beneath all events is an invisible Flow that is intelligent and loving. I think that any human system that goes out of balance with human nature, or with other life on Earth, is doomed to fail. I think that in all possible futures, dandelions will grow through ruined Wal-Mart parking lots. But within this optimism, I see room for epic catastrophes. And some catastrophes are now so far along that "what can I do to stop it" is the wrong question, and the right question is "what can I do to survive it, to help others survive it, to minimize suffering and prepare for recovery?"

Find a landbase and build the topsoil; plant fruit trees and vegetable gardens; learn to forage and hunt and repair stuff; learn uncommon useful skills; make local friends; work to make your city and region more sustainable and resilient; make friends in other regions in case you have to move; gradually shift more of your activities and dependencies out of the money economy; break your addictions; get healthy; spend your money on tools and skills and long-keeping food; meditate; exercise your intuition. This is not meant to be a complete list, but a list of examples of the kind of thing you should be doing. The title of my talk was "Weeds through Pavement", because when pavement turns to forest, the pavement does not turn green and put down roots -- plants crack the pavement and grow through it. So do that.
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attention new people who added me due to a mutual friend:

i keep this journal pretty locked down. please don't take that personally, but sometimes i post stuff i don't want the "general public" to know, and i've been burned in the past when people have read stuff they shouldn't, so i keep this journal mostly locked. but i understand your love of our friend, and your need to know should anything happen (which it won't, because she's going to get all healed super quick and will be posting as normal!!!!) she has given me your names, and i have kept them in my email, so should anything happen (which it won't!!!), i promise i will let you know. and, in that case, i have her livejournal password, so i can just post on there for you all to read!

thank you for your love of her. she SO very much deserves it. but she's going to be fine. she really is. or i'll kill her myself. *snort*
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very interesting article, by way of, about why northern europeans are pale skinned, eyed, and haired:

basically tying it in to vitamin d deficiency from the introduction of grains into the gulf stream warmed baltic states.

i think it's fair to add that not only did pigment change but social structure also changed with the introduction of the notion of superiority. white human's hatred (fear) of all things brown and wild and its desire to control (own) it all stems from its perceived evolutionary superiority to its predecessors when it's actually a deficiency! it's almost a karmic joke (if it weren't for the nearing total destruction of it all).


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