William Hunter Duncan

On Healing the Earth and People

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Published on The Doomstead Diner on November 28, 2016

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As an American citizen, I find that neither the Democratic or Republican parties say much of anything that resonates with me. Most of what they talk about are social issues they intend to do nothing about, as a means to divide us to more easily rule over us; otherwise most of what I hear is just Orwellian for whatever corporations, banks and big donors want, but don't want you to know or understand.

 

 

 

Politically, I'm an Anarchist. If you share the view of Anarchy of the Democratic and Republican parties, then you probably suppose I want chaos in the streets, mayhem, everyone against everyone else, death and destruction. But that is just projection, because that is what you are increasingly getting from the strict command and control leadership of Dems, Repubs, Corp, Bank and super rich people.

Anarchy is the Way of Nature. Anarchy is the way nature organizes, evolves effortlessly. Nature is resilient, irreducibly complex and sustainable. Humans at least are material, of nature, of the earth. It follows then there is the capacity within humanity for self-rule, spontaneous organization. I think you see that whenever there is a crisis, many people simply begin to organize a functioning society to meet simple necessities spontaneously.

Those who rule over us tend to believe however, either we are not of this earth (of God), so the rules of nature don't apply; or the opposite extreme, we are of nature and nothing else, it is all about competition, I can do pretty much whatever I want in the interest of my evolution (basest instincts). And so they feed us these ideologies that we might be separate from our true nature and each other.

If humanity were able to organize more as nature does, life would be more peaceful. An anarchic people would be self-organizing, core-strong, practicing self-rule. An anarchic people would value cooperation above competition. A truly anarchic people would take care of the earth and each other.

Organizing ourselves contrary to nature, we build immense, complex but inflexible societies one after another, every one of them collapsing under the weight of that complexity and inherent contradiction.

We now risk even human extinction, or worse, reducing the health of the biosphere such that we wipe out the majority of species and leave a severely degraded existence for a few wretched survivors.

Those who rule over us seek to divide us, by preying upon our prejudices, by exacerbating ancient hatreds, by encouraging us to percieve in absolute Good vs Evil, by highlighting petty grievances – while ignoring the overwhelming similarities between us, denying the systemic corruption that oppresses us all.

There are several tangible things we could do, that transcend race, ethnicity and political divisions, that would allow us to unlock the potential of individuals, strengthen communities, and make of America a true shining light and leader in the world.

1. Debt Relief
2. Redefine Currency
3. Land Policy
4. Rebuild Community
5. Shift in Consciousness

A simple list (the fifth one is a kind of summation of the four). Politically unimaginable in America, but the great thing about a Democratic party in a state of collapse, and a Republican party that doesn't know it is dead yet, it's a very creative time to imagine a different America.

1. Debt Relief

Don't you think that because money is so central to this society, that a study of economics would be central to a grade school education? Many American kids might be earning money by the time they are 15, yet the vast majority of American adults have no idea what the Dollar is, how it is created, or who owns it.

Why is that? Because an uninformed people are more easily made debt serfs.

Banks create money out of nothing, It is a slight of hand magic trick. They "loan" it into existence, as when they issue a mortgage, or they "buy" junk assets from distressed financial institutions and investors, usually for the full value, creating money and a corresponding and then-some amount of debt, or a claim on future production, ie interest. The money doesn't exist anywhere in reality: like some genie, say "poof", a cloud of smoke appears and suddenly it says right there on that piece of paper or computer, X amount of $'s exist – and everyone believes it.

Making money this way makes for a lot of debt. In fact, the debt can't do anything but increase exponentially over time. Thus, the Dollar is the greatest ponzi scheme ever created. Since 1980 debt has climbed relative to wages, and since 1970, considerably faster than GDP. Do you imagine these trends are sustainable indefinitely? Over time, more and more production, instead of re-invested into society, is consumed in the form of debt payments, until society breaks under the obligation.

There is a reckoning coming for the Dollar. Those who control the dollar imagine the whole world and all it's people indebted to it. But even total global domination doesn't prevent debt from growing out of control, eventually. Total global domination is not likely to happen, so the reckoning is likely coming sooner rather than later.

What would benefit regular people most, and the economy generally, would be debt relief. Growth in debt is inflation official bean counters ignore. Debt is eating away at purchasing power.

Debt Jubilee is a very old concept, mentioned in the Old Testament. A wiping away of debts, a kind of starting over, starting fresh. The ancients recognized runaway debt has a pernicious effect, causing great discord, and eventually, uprising against the creditors.

Those who own the majority of that debt are the richest among us. The most powerful among us. But it is also owned by pension accounts, IRA, 401K, retirement accounts of all kinds. There are a lot of people invested in that debt, maybe half the society, who are the "rentiers", people "letting their money work for them", which is also living off the production of the lesser half, or rather, most of the rest of the world.

The economy is swamped by debt, something has to be done or there will be ever greater discord.

2. Redefine Currency

The Dollar is the world's greatest ponzi scheme. It is an ever greater claim on future labor/production, which stagnates the economy, eventually collapsing the currency.

But it is not enough to wipe out the debt, if you just start over the same process of debt creation. The very nature of currency has to be judged. The dollar is like a mechanical hamster wheel that spins ever faster. Over time, regular people are expected to work more for less return. The product available to them becomes ever more shoddy, yet the price increases. The demands of the dollar and debt encourages wasteful, predatory and even parasistic and cannabalistic use of resources. Growth then amounts to more pollution, ever more garbage and a ruination of ecosystems. All talk about the sustainable is just that, as long as the core currency demands the unsustainable.

Imagine, instead of a debt- and waste-based currency, what about a regenerative one? Instead of propping up a leisure class, a currency that is generated by the very act of production, and ecological healing, empowering all?

For instance, I have been hiking around the Twin Cities this fall, marvelling at the abundance of Eurasian buckthorn. A non-native, berry producing shrub that grows to about 20 ft, it is a diuretic to mammals so deer and rabbit won't browse the saplings (while they do eat native berry producers.) Birds particularly robins, scatter the seed across the landscape, the seeds are efficient germinators, it grows in dense patches crowding and shading everything else out. It is most noticable in the late fall because the leaves remain green after most of the forest is barren because of the cold.

Now imagine Joe Schmo spends his day ripping out buckthorn saplings, and by the very act of that labor, he generates currency? Money appears in his account relative to his labor. No one pays him, the money is simply generated.

Joe and Jill Smith start an organic farm on former GMO industrial corn mining land. Simiarly, they generate money simply by the act of growing vegetables, by producing food. They can also sell product for cash to people like Joe Schmo, but otherwise their labor literally creates money.

Tyrese Jackson generates money by picking up and delivering produce from local organic farms to urban areas. Maria Gonzalez generates currency by feeding and taking care of those who can't take care of themselves.

Thereon, throughout all the menial, "chop wood, carry water" tasks of developed, civil society. Taking money creation away from centralized powers, and from those ambitious, ruthless types who strive to rule over us, giving money creation back to "we the people."

Central to this notion of a regenerative currency, would be about healing. Healing people and the earth. The act of healing and restoring ecosystems would generate currency. Healing, restoration and sustainability would be incentivized.

3. Land Policy:

Land policy, such as it is in America, favors monopoly control, by large corporations and banks, agribusiness on ever larger land holdings, and the treatment of most of the land including public and private, inherenty extractive and exploitative.

Nor are these monopolies held accountable for the pollution they release into the biosphere. This is an "externalized" cost acting as another kind of debt, to be paid by society, by sucker consumers.

A new currency as described would encourage and incentivize the expansion of wild lands, while facilitating the healthy production of food and necessary materials, while eliminating pollution. If monopolies were forced to pay for their pollution, none would exist.

The script would be flipped. Favoring individuals and small groups, preventing monopoly, destructive, extractive, predatory behavior.

The economics of the local would be paramount. Local, responsible, ethical, sustainable, restorative, generative; a people with a close connection, care and concern for the land will protect it.

4. Rebuild Community:

Favoring small producers, citizens and small business over monopoly would help restore community. By empowering individuals economically, in relation to the needs of local community, local community is made more resilient and sustainable, healthy. Whatever your skills are, there is a need, and if filling that need generates income automatically, it is empowering people to fulfill their destiny.

As it is, globalization has hollowed out rural American communities. It has removed income potential, chaining most to low wage service employment and social welfare programs, such that many have turned to meth, heroin and alcohol to "escape." Many escape to the cities, where the forces of predatory capitalism congregate. Agricultural land prices around small communities have been preverted by a combination of monetary policy, the revolving door between corp/bank/gov, and globalist trade rules, putting local land out of reach economically, leading to a sence of helplessness, disconection, depression and dispair.

There are many who would be restored spiritually, given the opportunity to thrive economically, restoring a sence of community and healing the land and waters around community.

Some communities can't be saved, others will rebuild, some might spring up where there was none.

The point is, if trends continue, the whole of the earth will be a rich mans play ground, a mostly destroyed, degraded, polluted, ecologically barren tennant farm and mining camp, if the vast majority are huddled into the cities to live a "virtual" existence. Strong communities are made of strong people with strong ties built with love, care and concern. Such a people are not so easily reduced to consumer, junkie debt serfs.

5. A Shift in Consciousness

We are now more than 7 billion people on planet earth. That is by definition, humanity "separated from nature." In a way too, it is humanity succumbing to the most brutal of all ecological rules, overpopulation in the precence of over-abundance; it happens with rabbits, reindeer and rats etc too. But it is also humanity assuming there will always be a technical sollution, or that God will save us, or aliens will…

The 'solution" probably looks more like unintended mass starvation and war, if humanity stumbles into resource constraints and point-of-no-return biosphere damage. Most signs seem to point to a very dumb human totality going berserk.

It doesn't have to be that way. If humans are in fact an intelligent species, a radical shift in consciousness is possible.

America is supposed to be a place where a diverse people come together to structure a society that would benefit all. It was not meant to be the consumer driven seat of global warmongering and economic control, global empire, for the benefit of a new internationale aristocracy. It was not supposed to be utopia for grifters, nihilists and sociopaths.

It was supposed to be a culture free from the rule of tyranny; a society protecting the right of all, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

America could be the seat of a new kind of consiousness. I still believe, where America goes, the world will follow. This new consiousness would be focused on healing people and the earth, particulary the waters. Aware that a healthy earth will be reflected in healthy people and likewise, that we are All relations, that the way of Life is cooperation.

We are all of the earth. How we treat the earth is reflected in body and mind. The biosphere is suffering, as are people. Heal the earth and people will be healed.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

 

 

 

Reflections, Post-2016 Election

 

 

 

 

After the "surprise" 2016 sweep by Republicans nationwide, including the Presidency of the United States of America, by Donald John Trump, I can say at least that I am relieved not to be occupied with passage of TTP/TTIP/TISA trade agreements, war with Russia or the invasion of Syria.

I'm loving the comeuppance in the media. Telling us what we are supposed to believe doesn't work as well anymore.

I've been holding my breath, only pointing out on social media, the success of Republicans has less to do with any virtue in them, than the failure of Dems to stand for the middle class, working poor or poor, abandoning them to globalist/monopoly market forces.

What is a Democrat anymore? What is a Liberal? Whatever they are, we are all about to get a big dose of Republican, whatever that is (retro-grade moneygrubbing and warmongering?)

I didn't vote for Trump; nor did I vote for Hillary. Good conscience, you've got to be kidding me. Democrats are in denial, wanting to shame people like me, because I am clearly a misogynist, racist bigoted stupid idiot, not to vote for Hillary. "Not ready for a woman president," despite that I voted for a woman who wasn't a war-loving economic elitist.

I think one of the biggest problems with America is our inherited Western duality, the indoctrinated tendency to see all things in Absolute good vs evil, black and white, light and dark, not as complementary and necessary to each other, but inherently opposed, ever at war.

Dems still love to mock George W Bush for saying, "you're either with us or you are with the terrorists," But Dems lost this election, in part because Obama and Hillary are not Good, to Trump's Evil, and so Dems did not hold either Obama or Hillary accountable for record income inequality, systemic corruption, a privatized, unchecked, unaccountable military, treating whistleblowers like spies, the total surveillance state, trends toward direct rule by corporation and bank – Dems have no more credibility. What, all this is goood when a Dem presides over it, but evil when a Republican does?

Instead of focusing on issues, Dems reduced the conversation to a gender, ethnic and race one, trying to ride an unenthusiastic coalition of professional women, black folk, Hispanic/Latino and other minorities, Muslim and LGBTQ, focused not on systemic corruption in economics and politics, the war machine, total surveillance, but on white power, white privilege. Not a winning strategy.

A lot of white people suffer in this system too. I want to stand with that coalition, but not if it means I have to hang my head between my knees, for my gender/ethnicity/race.

Dems remain in denial, falling into old divide and conquer patterns, doing it badly. Many are now focusing on the electoral college, as if the electors might flip the vote, give it to Hillary. So that Hillary can preside over a Republican Congress, who only agree on war, and corp, bank and billionaire (monopoly) power? So that you can confirm for all those Bernie and Trump supporters that the system actually is rigged and the establishment will take what it wants no matter what? There is nothing civil about civil war. Hillary didn't lose because everybody who didn't vote for her is a racist bigot woman hater. Acting out of denial is a bad idea, generally.

Grieving takes healing and time. There are many stages. You can't skip or cheat.

So what will Trump do? Not even Trump knows. He said a lot of things on the campaign trail, and I don't necessarily believe he believes half of it, not deeply anyway. There are only two things he said that truly matter to most of his voters, that he will focus on the American economy more than the global, and draining the swamp, cleaning house in Washington.

Hell will have no fury like Trump supporters, if he betrays them by embracing neo-liberal/neo-con principles, embracing the establishment he railed against, reinforcing existing predatory economics favoring monopolies, and the war machine and the total surveillance state continue to expand exponentially.

But then, maybe Trump voters will be like O and H voters, excusing the most heinous because their "good" guy did it.

It's early yet, but it appears Trump is surrounding himself with the ususal characters, who will be incapable of doing anything but reinforcing what is heinous about the status quo, predatory/cannabalistic economics, and incessant warmongering. The sheer momentum of the State will likely overwhelm him, he will simply fall in line, and nothing fundamental will change.

Except that Republicans nation-wide are adept at manipulating the system to entrench themselves. In the next two years they could gerrymander the voter right out of democracy, making America Republican indefinitely. Except that Republican elite are just as dense as Dem elite, and while it remains to be seen whether Dems learn anything from this election, I'm certain elite Republicans won't, offering up nothing but what they have offered up before, over-stepping their "mandate" by about 1000 years.

Pence leading the transition team, a true inside elitist if there ever was one, assures all the same elite actors will be recommended, while the bureaucracies will not be hampered, as much as filled with true believers in the hoax that is climate change, the holy holy market and the sole-sanctity of the fetus.

If there are serious market disruptions in the next two years, part of me expects Trump to go full authoritarian. I'm hoping instead he focuses on cutting the legs out from the Military Industrial Complex, the neo-liberal agenda of direct rule by corp and bank, and rebuilding America's productive capacity.

More, the world needs debt relief. Americans need debt relief. The world needs a reprieve from war. The world needs healing. America needs healing.

I don't hear much of that coming from either party. I don't expect it from a Trump Administration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections on the Morning After

Off the Keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

 Published originally @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis

Many are calling the American midterm 2014 elections a Republican rout, a repudiation of Obama and the Democratic agenda. More like, Democrats have no agenda, nothing to say of any consequence, and a little Republican something is better than Democrat nothing. Never mind, that Republican something is tax cuts for rich people, gutting of environmental protections, dismantling of programs for the poor, MORE WAR and shows of force domestically, the dismantling of the Republic in favor of multinational corporations and banks. But then, that is what Americans have got from their government Left or Right, for 40 years, so what kind of rout is this really?

What will the Republicans do with their “rout”? 2015 will see bill after bill, from massive tax cuts for rich people, the gutting of the EPA, outlawing abortion, opening the Keystone XL pipeline, dismantling Obamacare, probably every bill structured in such a way that Obama will not sign it. Consequently, nothing will be done, and 2016 will be all about new elections and Billary vs the Bushes, aristocratic cock fighting, two years of worse gridlock than we’ve seen. About the only thing we can be certain of, coming from this government, is MORE WAR.

Americans generally seem to have taken a hard right turn, what with them voting Republican at the states level too, even in Dem-leaning states. Which is more a symptom of the poor and Dem working-class not showing up to vote, in the absence of a Liberal standard bearer (to chant mindlessly for.) What will Billary’s slogan be? Hope? Change you can believe in? Americans have seen their wages collapse, faced with rising debt and high fuel costs (which the Fed doesn’t consider in their CPI/inflation hoodooo); in all the time since electing Mr Hope, we have heard little but economic misinformation from Washington, recovery this and recovery that, which has felt like stagnation or worse to anyone not tapped into QE free $Trillions$ from the Federal Reserve. That, and what incompetence! The CDC is like the poster child of the disfunctional government agency, all-official in appearance only, more about managing perceptions, than viruses and bacteria. That and ISIS, that hideous step-child of American foreign policy; what evil genius, the Republican establishment, to double-down on all the policies that exacerbate violent, radical Islam, in the name of fighting existential evil. Americans are duped; more war will only serve to destroy America as empire. By voting Republican, it is like Americans have said YES to the geopolitical show of force, YES to war.

Here in Minnesota, “energy independence” was on the lips of everyone running for office on the Right. That suggests too, many Americans believe we are at the verge of a new golden age of fossil fuels, the only thing standing between America pumping TWICE what we pump now, is Democrats captured by radical environmentalism. LOL. Never mind we are drilling like mad pretty much everywhere we can, and we are still 8 million barrels a day short, and the economics at $80/brl or less don’t work – that is how misinformed Americans are, that we can be told it is the fault of Democrats that oil isn’t $30/brl and we aren’t drilling TWICE what we are, and we believe it. At least Minnesotans didn’t fall for it, keeping their do nothing/say nothing Dem Gov and US Senator.

Indicative: neither party here in Minnesota, nor the media, ever mentioned the fact that mining for copper/nickel in northern Minnesota, will lead to 200-500 years of sulphuric acid in the waters – for 20 years of mining (though that is a fact admitted by the Canadian company that wants to do the mining, PolyMet.) All I heard from every candidate on either side, was that the mine should happen, as long as we do it “responsibly” of course. Which speaks to the national mood, and the Republican “rout”. Americans want a “healthier” economy. We don’t care how. If war will do it, fine. If mining will do it, fine. If drilling wherever will do it, fine. If letting the banks and corporations do whatever they want, fine. Consequences don’t matter, future generations don’t matter; we want a better economy NOW!

Nothing will improve the economy, however, until something is done about the Federal Reserve; fiat, fractional reserve currency; and the banks. Debt costs are drowning the real economy. That and increasing corporate, multi-national monopoly. That and strained resources globally, and technological elimination of jobs. But these are issues most Americans heard NOTHING about this election. Nor will they hear about it next election. When Billary runs, poor and Dem-leaning working class turn out in hordes, and the Dems ROUT!

Back and forth we go, where it stops nobody knows.

The simple fact is, America as empire is dying; a gutting of the
empire is taking place. What will be left of America, when the empire is
gone? Democrats or Republicans, the collapse of America as empire will
proceed apace.

I voted!

Off the Keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Published originally @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis

 

Monarch Butterfly

Off the Keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Published originally @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis

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One day when I was about eight years old, my father, standing in the front door, said to me, “Son, come take a look at this.” I stepped out onto the sidewalk, looked up, and saw that our basswood tree (which was really five genetically identical, mature basswoods, from one original,) had turned orange. It took me a moment to understand what I was looking at. There were 30,000 monarch butterfly, resting on that tree, fluttering their wings; as a chorus.

As marvellous as that was, I think I thought, that is what happens to people: tens of thousands of monarch butterflies stop and rest on a tree in their yard. I looked for them every year after that, but they never came back. Not like that.

As an adult, I have planted butterfly-friendly flowers wherever I could. My garden has 200 species of plants, many of which are butterfly friendly, especially liatris, blazingstar. Three summers ago, one of my liatris had peaked, standing almost six feet tall, six stems fully flowered; from sunrise until sunset, 40 monarch butterfly feasting, at any given time, for most of the month of August. (People stopped by to film it, I heard; I wish I had; no money no camera.)

 

I have scattered common milkweed seed in this garden, by the bedroom, because it smells great; which common milkweed, monarch butterfly lay their eggs on, the leaves of which are the only thing the caterpillar will eat (common milkweed makes the monarch caterpillar and butterfly toxic to predators.)

 

For some reason, swamp milkweed thrives in my garden, which is attractive to the mature monarch butterfly, but not so much to the larvae; the common milkweed didn’t take, at least not where I scattered it. It popped up in a place I didn’t scatter the seed; unfortunately, where it doesn’t get enough sun to bloom, shaded as it is by the neighbor’s looming, aged silver maple dooming my house, and the elderberry in the corner, by the garage and the fence (keeping watch).

Last summer, 2013, I saw a monarch butterfly most days, into September. Usually only one at a time though. I rejoiced the few days I saw two at a time. One time, two summers ago, I saw a pair mating, which they did while the female was flying, the male hanging upside down, under her, like a rudder (of a ship on the sea.) They fluttered back and fourth through the garden at least six times (nowhere else in the neighborhood so friendly.) Last year, their numbers were down Continent-wide, throughout the season. This winter, 33 million over-wintered in their forest resting places, in central Mexico. Historically, there are more than a billion.

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I only saw as many as I did in 2013, as my garden is surrounded almost entirely by wasteland, which makes my garden an oasis. Yes, I am in the midst of a 3-million person metro; from a butterfly perspective, it is a wasteland.

Not as much the wasteland America’s “breadbasket” has become. Wherever corn is grown, and corn is grown intensively from central Mexico to South-central Canada, is hostile territory to monarch butterfly. That’s a long way to have to travel, everywhere toxic pesticides/herbicides, roads like an automated river of air full of deadly projectiles, nothing to eat. Add to that, last year, severe drought in Texas and Oklahoma, northern Mexico. (Severe drought this year in California.)

Monarch, leaving their heavily logged over-wintering rest, in the mountains of central Mexico, are not the monarch that return to Mexico. It’s the fourth generation that returns to Mexico; the first breeds in northern Mexico, Texas lower breadbasket, bayou, dies; second generation flies to the upper Midwest, central valleys, rust belt, Atlantic coast, breeds, dies; third generation hangs around, as far as southern Canada, heads south, breeds again wherever they are, die; fourth generation catches the high winds and heads for central Mexico (aggressively-logged) highlands.

If any of these stages are interrupted, their numbers drop. Which hasn’t been too much of a problem, the last 10,000 years at least (since the end of the last ice age); until humans got it into their heads that it doesn’t matter what we do to the earth, 7+ billion of us now, 320 million here in America in the most turbo-charged of all nation states…

Drought in northern Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma has alleviated, somewhat. The central breadbasket is worse every year, for toxicity and loss of butterfly/wild habitat; they are forced to follow rivers, from city to city, where they can still find a few edible flowers. There has been some planting along roads, but then, they get hit by vehicles. Most people plant flowers that are great for GDP, super showy, for ego – of little use to butterflies. And city people esp in the suburbs, love their pesticides. Add in vehicle exhaust, coal burning; they have to breathe the same air we do. If you know health care is 20% of GDP, you might imagine monarch butterfly are a bit more sensitive.


Then of course you have international finance in control of most of the breadbasket/growing places; all that free QE money (same way they are trying to take the Ukrainian breadbasket; that and debt; you control the food, you control the people.) George W. Bush returned millions of acres of fallow, semi-wild CRP land (Conservation Reserve Program), to big ag, GMO corn, and broad spectrum poisons, esp Monsanto Roundup glyphosate. Obama acts more like a monarch than a butterfly. EPA?; see aforementioned International finance, bank, corporation, Monsanto etc.

In other words, the monarch butterfly is on the verge of extinction.

More horrific than that – the monarch butterfly going extinct – who cares (if the 23 people making 35 comments to this article is any indication?) Stupid bugs. Congratulations Science, Church, Commerce, you have successfully separated people, psychologically, from the natural systems all life depends upon.

Monarch butterfly extinction, would break a lot of hearts. Including mine. And, canary-in-the-coal-mine extraordinaire, THE bellweather: it would be clear at that point, esp if people are mostly indifferent, this megalith we call civilization, will collapse before it will question BAU, Leviathan, Great Beast, even unto all species extinction, even unto our own…(as if Fukushima isn’t canary enough.)

I hope that doesn’t happen, either the extinction of the monarch butterfly, or the extinction of people. So, in good faith, plant flowers that monarch butterfly need, if you are in their path; any flowers with nectar; there are all kinds of butterflies, moths, bugs that need flowers, people too; the best way to fight bad bugs is with good bugs, lots of flowers/habitat. LOL. Plant flowers wherever you can, anybody. If the monarch butterfly survives, it won’t be because of big banks, big corporations, or big government. It will be people, casting seed, tending flowers, even housing the caterpillar or the chrysalis, to keep it safe.

Which is where I have failed the monarch butterfly, insofar as I didn’t save any milkweed seed last fall, when I could have. Floating about, with it’s parachute-like filigree, in the fall (I know two places close by.) Hard to find in the spring, the seeds scattered.

 

I’m planting several gardens this spring. Here, @ Off The Grid in Minneapolis; the second, surrounded by corn; the third, urban like this, but wilder and younger. Fruit trees and big gardens, grape vines, berry canes; even citrus.

If you have any common milkweed seed, let me know. (Maybe besides good monarch butterfly habitat we need to create good people habitat too…)

Feedback for Obama

 

Off the Keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Published originally @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis

The White House
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I got an email from the White House. They wanted some feedback. For the record:

 

We’re looking for your feedback

 

As a subscriber of White House email updates, you get messages from
us from time to time to keep you in the loop on the President’s
priorities and what’s going on at the White House and around the
administration.

 

Today, we want to hear from you.

 

What’s the most important policy area to you?

 

Energy and Environment:

 

There is no serious, nor honest conversation going on about either energy or the health of the earth in America, in the mainstream. Cornucopian abundance is the only topic that can be discussed. Fracking exempt from the Clean Water Act? Fracking as a new energy revolution? LOL. Fukushima? Anyone? Anyone? Aging nuclear all over America. Systemic pollution? Loss of habitat? Extinction of the monarch butterfly? The only thing that matters to this administration and most of the American people, is economic growth. To hell with the health of the earth. Burn up it’s resources as fast as possible, to maintain growth. Growth, growth growth. Like it’s the ONLY thing that matters. Well, guess what, there aren’t resources enough to keep this leviathan going. But, ever the word in the media, and from the Administration – American Energy Independence, the economy is improving!

 

 

Second most Important:

 

National Security:

 

The Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific trade pacts being negotiated in secret, are treason. Patriot Act, NDAA indefinite attention, the killing of Americans, suspension of Habeas Corpus? Drones soon to fill the American skies? NSA into EVERYTHING. Sixteen, Sixteen “Intelligence” agencies! A Constitutional Lawyer President has overseen the construction of a total surveillance state. All that is required now, for totalitarian takeover of America, is a crisis. Congratulations. But then, most of consumer America seems content with it – except for all those guns the people have been buying. (I don’t own one, so don’t send the swat team in, please; just sayin’.) BTW, all those 40cal hollow points you Feds have been buying, all those executive orders to streamline the plans for martial law, I know you know a crisis is coming. Lame duck prez, it’s well past time to be honest with the American people. Your legacy is in the balance; it doesn’t look good for you at this point, all those banks bigger than they were, that asset bubble they’ve been building in the stock market, car loans, the rental housing market, that military/police state that is now such an integral part of the Economy…my recommendation is, nullify the Federal Reserve and start a new currency. But that is never going to happen, is it? Well, best of luck. Starting a war with Russia, over those neo-nazi’s in the Ukraine, and the desires of the IMF and International financiers, by proxy to get into Syria and Iran. Best of luck, seriously. You are going to need it. That, or better yet, divine intervention. 🙂 

 

What would you like to see more of in White House email communications?

Honesty.

 

What would you like to see less of in White House email communications?

Propaganda.

 

What would you like to see more of on the White House website?

News about steering Law enforcement away from petty non-violent offenders particularly about cannabis, toward the masterminds of this economy, gov, total surveillance military industrial complex. The Decriminalization of cannabis. Degrowth. Decentralization. (Hey, a guy can dream 😉

 

What would you like to see less of on the White House website?

 

Propaganda, the same tired repetition of stale, ideological issues, divide and conquer.

 

Is there anything else you want to tell us? :

 

I already published this on my blog @ offthegridmpls.blogspot.com, and @ doomsteaddiner.org, where I am an administrator. So if the FBI, or the IRS, or any other of the like show up, it will get around. Best of luck, really, I am on your side. And I don’t mean I’m a Democrat, nor a Republican; I’m an American. I love my country. I love the people of my country. Blessings. 🙂

 

Seed Sorting Day

Off the keyboard of William Hunter Duncan
Published originally @ Off The Grid in Minneapolis
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Salvaged last fall.

I’ve never had good seed starting conditions in this house. My starts are always small, leggy, compared to what is available. This year, I’m going to build a greenhouse outside these three windows. I’ll access it by crawling through the window next to the bookshelf. I will have a door outside too, but I would rather not open it until planting time. I will circulate air through at night, and hopefully it will add heat to the house during sunny days. Add moisture to the interior of the house; it has been so cold, and the air so dry, my throat and sinuses are raw.

These are some very happy plants.

This is a clementine. I bought it at the uber retail outlet where I worked, last June. It is three times the size it was when I bought it. All that new growth is from the last month. I’m going to buy a bunch of citrus trees this spring, sprout some avocados. Put them in big pots, keep them out on the sidewalk and driveway in the summer, haul them inside in the fall.
This is a Jasmine I bought at the grocery store. All those green shoots are growth from the last two weeks. Needs a bigger pot, like the clementine; and a bigger trellis.

 

Jasmine flowers, slowly opening.
This is my rosemary. See those two tall shoots out front? All new growth this winter.
Oh, and these.

I’ll be building some sizable gardens at a few of the houses where I work. I have a plan to experiment with seed saving, while planting a mixture of heirloom and hybrid. Hopefully too, planting a bevy of fruit trees. I’m ordering about 12 more fruit and nut trees and shrubs, for this house. By this fall I might have 70+ fruit and nut trees, shrubs and vines, on this 3/16th acre lot.
The spring greenhouse will be temporary. I hope to expand it in the fall, and make it more permanent, extending it most of the full length of the south of the house, incorporating passive solar heating of water, and aquaculture. I want to try to grow pepper vines. I’m going to try to get off natural gas as much as possible in the next year. I would like to expand the house and garage, make them super efficient, self sustaining to an extent – but I’m going to need a little help with that.
So anyway, see, it’s an exciting time. 🙂 I am in love with this life. So don’t suicide me, dudes 😉 Plant fruit and nut trees, build gardens. Sing dance share.

Cannabis

Off the Keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

First published Dec 22, 2010 @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis

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[Author’s Note: I wrote this article back in 2010. I copied it here this morning in the forum, during a fairly vigorous discussion started by Golden Oxen, as to whether or not the legalization of marijuana was a kind of con by TPTB, to have their illicit cake and eat it too (take the profits from the sale of cannabis AND from law enforcement/private prisons.) I was encouraged by Surly1 and Luciddreams to publish it here. I have since been unable to find ANY reference for the DEA pamphlet described below, other than on my blog, as if I made it up. Back then I wasn’t linking sources. Whatever it was I read, forgery or the real deal since expunged by the DEA for extraordinary lies that can no longer stand, it seems to no longer exist. The statements are close enough to DEA and NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) bullshit proffered over the years, I’m not so worried about looking like a fool. Everything else stands as stated.]

 

I was at my sister’s, with my niece, as my sister was at the hospital having her second child, when I saw the Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowski on the Lehrer Hour. He was publicizing a recent National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study, which found increased drug use among American teens. I found it curious that Czar Kerlikowski spent the entire segment talking about the scourge of marijuana, making little of the studys conclusion that Ecstasy and pharmaceutical abuse is up as well.

Looking into it, I found a 2008 Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) pamphlet called MARIJUANA: THE CAUSE OF ALL DRUG ABUSE. The cause? Reading through this pamphlet, and NIDA and DEA websites, it occurred to me that, if someone hopes to sound authoritative on a subject, and make sense, it helps to have some understanding of the subject. One wonders what kind of damage is required in the brain, to suggest that marijuana smoke is “50-70% more cancerous than tobacco smoke,” while not being able to point to one cancer death anywhere, ever, attributable to marijuana, while the National Cancer Institute tells us, of the 438,000 deaths directly attributable to tobacco smoke, 40% are due to cancer?

I thought smoking pot was supposed to screw up your brain?

The stance of the Government on Cannabis can only make sense if you know nothing about the plant. Learning about the plant coincides with learning a truth about the State.

 

There are four primary reasons Cannabis is illegal. And not just illegal, but the focus of our Government’s war on drugs, a civil war, Americans against Americans.

I. There are as many as 200 different medical conditions that respond favorably to marijuana. There is no known plant or compound that is so widely beneficial, with so much potential for market share. Or rather, as it can be grown indoors or outdoors just about anywhere in the United States, it is a market share eliminator. Pharmaceutical companies are the second most powerful lobby in America, behind the Oil Industry. They will do whatever is necessary to maintain control of that market share.

II. Hemp, the unsmokeable variety of Cannabis, is without question the most useful plant on the planet. It is so useful, so flexible, it could be the raw material for a multi-trillion dollar tier of industries, from paper, to food, to clothing, to bio-fuel, to housing material, etc. It can grow just about anywhere, and it does not require herbicides. It would also compete with corn for room in the fields, which means all of corporate Agri-business and most industrial food producers align against hemp, as do logging interests.

III. There are, according to the DEA, 45,000 people in federal jails on marijuana convictions. That does not include state, county and private facilities. There are more than 500,000 marijuana arrests each year. Marijuana laws keep law enforcement and prosecutors busy, and jails full. In addition, treatment facilities benefit from an influx of “offenders”, often under-age, who are given a choice between jail and treatment. An industry has sprung up around drug testing, though the only thing such tests are likely to find is marijuana, as nearly everything else (being more objectionable) leaves the body more quickly; and there is no evidence of any kind that shows a decrease in work-production among those who smoke marijuana.

IV. Smoking pot makes people peaceful. Ronald Reagan called it “the most dangerous drug in America,” not because the plant is dangerous, but because it can help people stop, think and consider, which is dangerous for the State. Had we all puffed in 1979, we might have reconsidered the idea of turning American Democracy into Plutocratic Empire. It’s hard to build and maintain Empire if the people desire peace. Felony marijuana convictions disenfranchise the poor and the peaceful, preventing them from voting. That, and simple marijuana possession, under the statutes of the State, is cause for the State to confiscate everything you own. A constant reminder to those who tend toward peace – we the State have established and maintain the power to destroy you.

Suppose I want to make hemp paper. I can import hemp from Canada, or the European Union, but I cannot buy it from a farmer in the United States? Why? This is a free enterprise system, yes?

The violence of the marijuana trade would decrease to non-existent within a year, if it was legal to grow. But that is not the point, if you are the State. It is instructive that the only people who want to keep marijuana illegal, more than the experts at the NIDA, or Law Enforcement, or big Ag or pharmaceutical peddlers, are big time drug dealers. The flower of Cannabis sativa [Indica], marijuana, which is the flower of a weed, is as much as $3000-4000 a pound, more if you sell it by the eighth ounce. It would be about $10 a pound if anyone could grow it, without fear of having their life destroyed by the State.

Hemp is so valuable in real terms that it may prove to be incredibly important to local economies in an age without abundant fossil fuels. American ingenuity loosed on that plant would transform the culture dramatically, in a healthy way. It may prove to be such a prolific plant, that when fully established as a commodity, it could help provide local sustainability and autonomy, even help put an end to the dominance of the centralized Nation-State.

Cannabis prohibition, top to bottom, is a lie. No Republic that rests so fundamentally upon a lie can stand. It is not a Republic when the State perpetuates such a lie. A government that practices such a lie is not fully legitimate. A democracy beholden to such a lie is not fully mature.

We can all agree, smoking marijuana under the age of 18 is not a good idea, at least not in daily abundance. Under observance, for understanding, in a sacred way, is something else entirely. This however, takes maturity to understand, accept and teach, maturity made criminal by the State. The cultural ninnie would rather demonize than understand in a mature fashion, which only makes a thing more attractive to young people who are not attracted to hypocrisy and self-righteousness.

The criminal status of marijuana, because it rests on a lie, makes the growing, selling and smoking of it an act of defiance against tyranny. Though all things in moderation, sayeth the wise sage. Growing, selling or smoking becomes less political the greater the profit, the greater the consumption. With exceptions, of course. Medicinally, I trust you to know what you need. For profit, are you out to feed your family, or are you after bling?

The criminal status of marijuana, because it rests on a lie, makes the prosecution of those laws subject to conscience. But what is conscience, to one whose livelihood depends upon the maintenance of a lie?

Treason cum Revolution begat Coup

Off the keyboard of William Hunter Duncan
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Originally published Jan 20, 2014 @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis
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Article III, Section 3, of the US Constitution, suggests a limited definition of treason:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and
comfort.

Conventional thought would have it, this implies actual assist, of a clear enemy, such as giving him money, sustenance or protection, in a time of war, against the United States of America; or, directly as a citizen waging war with an enemy, against us. We think in terms of the young disillusioned kid who gives up his middle class life to go to East Africa, to fight for Islamic fundamentalists, al Qaida and associates. Or first generation immigrants sending money to their former home to fund terror groups. Or the guy who liberates documents pointing to gov malfeasance, that we might know what our government is up to in their myriad fronts in their war on just about everybody (they even describe a “war” on poverty). Never mind this Federal Government is suspected of financing and perhaps directly arming al Qaida and affiliates in Libya and Syria at least. Empowered by dubious claims after 9/11: the Patriot Act, NDAA/Indefinite Detention/Executive Discretion on Habeas Corpus, the proliferation of drones, NSA surveillance of every digital communication, militarization of the police, the enormous, bureaucratic Department of Homeland Security, two hideous wars and dozens of conflicts – one begins to wonder, who’s side is who on? What is treason, exactly?

 

Concerning Citizens United, and the recent DC Appeals repudiation of an open Internet, one begins to ask, who is funding what, in the best interest of this US of A? Just about anyone on earth might invest in our corporations, can invest in any Fortune 500, including Defense contractors. GE has more foreign employees than American, pays next to nothing in Federal taxes. The Supreme Court designation of such entities as “persons” with most of the rights of a citizen, such “persons” international in their scope; that money is a form of “free speech”; so that 10’s of billions of dollars of free speech from “persons” for whom their prima facie duty is fiduciary, to the shareholders whatever their nationality, greater than the obligation to any one Nation-State. Which after 13 years of exceedingly lucrative (for some “persons”) war, fracking, asset bubbles, increasing global pollution, my free speech emails to my Congressional representatives are worth what, exactly? Sold to international corporations to track my consumer/political sentiments, probably.

 

But of course, that would make pretty much everyone who funds international corporations (and banks), a traitor by degree, if those who have given so much power to these “persons” international in their scope and inherently conflicted in their allegiance, are such. Making me something of a traitor for shopping at them (hard to survive economically if I don’t). Which then, we wouldn’t be a bunch of traitors, but a revolution. “Without a shot fired,” said a fellow blogger, JeffZ, when I told him my theory. True, but then, there have been many shots fired in defense of corporate imperialism.

 

What comes next for democratic America, if corporations and banks make the rules? Based on policemen recently acquitted for beating a homeless man to death, paid vacations for beating people up, otherwise turned into para-military; affluenza as a legal justification for the wealthy to kill the comparably poor; total surveillance capabilities; the absolute domination of the MSM, in the making of the public discourse; everywhere de-regulation, writing laws for corporate/banking benefit (ALEC, TPP, TAFTA), filling gov institutions with corporate and banking revolutionaries, the revolution appears to be complete.

Which, given the civic ignorance of Americans generally, you get what you pay for. I’m not optimistic about any counter-revolution. What with most of those talking about the Constitution, waving it as they would a bible,  and the gun crowd among them as likely to deny climate change as they are peak oil; believing, to dismantle government would be a return to some happier time – yet as prey to corporations as any political body, and often fawning of the “job creator” oligarch; such a counter-revolution would look to be more fascist in it’s scope than nurturing of freedom, and open.

So it seems, democracy for the last 40 years at least, was something we said we wanted, but we got a revolution whether we wanted it or not, without objecting much, and it seems we have entered, or are coming out of, or proceeding through, some grotesquely proto-darwinian Time of the Caesars. Anyone ready for a Clinton/Bush Presidential battle?

What we have now is the pageantry of Democracy, without the substance. What do I hear people talking about in bars, public places? Money and sports, mostly. Bread and circuses.

 

So really, it’s not a revolution or treason, but more like a coup, or hostile takeover. Which is what WWIII is going to be about, presumably, as WWI was about the deposing of monarchical empires, that this will be about the deposing of political nation-states in favor of direct corporate and banking rule. All important legal concerns funnelled through a tribunal in Brussels. That should be fun. Seriously, TPP and TAFTA might accomplish it, without the war. Orderly transition, to corporate and banking totalitarianism. The end of America as a free, sovereign state, unto it’s dissolution. Republic cum imperial hegemon begat plutocratic corporatocracy.

Otherwise I’m hopeful that all fifty states de-criminalize cannabis, and a very different kind of eco-nomic thinking emerges. LOL.

WHD

Prophesying 2013/2014

Off the Keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Originally published Dec 31, 2013 @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis

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End of the year predictions? Of course, I said recently I think of the Winter Solstice as the true New Year – Dec 31/Jan 01, entirely arbitrary. But then, most of West Civ. is still mired in the Gregorian, and I am a supposed natural mystic, in the, um, bizness of prophesying, So I suppose I could comment on 2013 becoming 2014.
What was 2013? The year we got our reprieve from the world ending, apparently. Depending on your perspective. I guess when I think about this video, I sort of have my doubts about that.

 

What is that, the CIA? Anyone remember Mockingbird? What sort of pathology is this, this consumer script, to save the economy? To keep the world as we know it from ending? Is this what people are good for, buying stuff they don’t need, to support the debt to support things like – bankers and nuclear facilities? – until we can’t buy things anymore? I’m not sure which is more deadly, potentially, bankers or nuclear faclities, whether we keep buying shit we don’t need or not, which of course humanity cannot think about putting that reckoning off forever. Don’t be shocked if Fukushima blows again in 2014.

 

 

I was watching old Sandy Hook “hoax” videos last night, until 3am. God knows why. Talk about pathology; It is hard to tell who loves guns more, the Left or the Right in America. Of course the Left only wants Law Enforcement, the CIA alpha ETC, Imperial war machine to be armed to the teeth, whereas the Right wants everybody to be so stockpiled and willing. Watching the various videos of the immediate aftermath of that very sordid event, it is very much as if half the Sandy Hook parents cared more about pacifying and disarming average Americans than they did their own dead children, which is very strange, but then who can account for the pathology of consumers, in the land of more guns than people? I know that event happened in 2012, but it was the effects of that spectacular failure in every respect, that we felt in 2013. I don’t think we can leave that to TPTB to decide what is what, any more than we can 9/11 or the Boston Bombing. But we probably will. Speaking of Mockingbird, we tend to remember history how we are told.

 

I much prefer watching this sort of thing. The proper use of a vehicle.
These folks did well in 2013. I wish more people would act more like them, in 2014.

 

Otherwise, there does seem a growing fringe consensus, despite that we survived Dec 21, 2012, that 2014 is the year global debt meets it’s reckoning. The Chinese are playing pin the tail on that dragon, while the Rising Sun islanders nextdoor are feeding homeless to it. The Europeans thought they slayed it; we Americans thought we could ride it.

Smaug makes trillions for somebody, which trillions somebody’s aren’t inclined to give up; Hobbits may be about all that’s left, by the time that fire stops burning. Whenever it starts. (Would we even have a 2014 election if that dragon started blowing more than smoke? More like WWIII.)

 

For awhile I thought 2014 might be the year we initiated the first SUNstead. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear there are any more people involved, than when we started talking about it in 2013. It hardly seems we have time left, but then maybe I am conflating my own life with that of civilization, and I am just thinking I would like to see the fruit and nut trees mature, the second generation to grow into adulthood.
While I work on building that, I expect the stock market to continue to give Damocles a migraine. Why does he need the sword to fall on his head, if he’s just going to levitate until it splits him in half? Idiot might have the sense to get out from under that sword, but kings aren’t made to abdicate the throne. I wish I could say the age of petty emperors would end in 2014, but best case scenario in my cosmology is, 200 years at least. Which is about how long I expect it will take, before Industrialism plays itself out. Of course, I’m an optimist compared to some, who think we won’t get out of this century without a mass extinction and a zero point, or the former but not the latter; I’m like a shining sun compared, lol.   
Where was I? Oh right, stock market. See debt smaug.
I met a woman at the end of 2013 :). We talked for like 15 hours total, on three occasions. I suspect my reality would ruin the bliss of her shopping, though. I can’t let shopping happen without thinking about reality. Which made it a little too like pretending for the both of us, I think. No woman no cry.

 

I’ve been watching more of Bob lately. Which reminds me I’m almost out of cannabis. Oh right, fascist state. Funny, I was thinking recently how curious it is, that Colorado is now king of cannabis, Confined Animal Feed Lots (CAFO) and Fracking. I wonder if cannabis will make them come to their senses? Probably you’ll see a fascist backlash, if too many Coloradans start questioning the latter. I would expect my own state to expand CAFO and mining before they authorize cannabis. Here in Minnesota it will possibly be decided in 2014, whether or not we are going to pollute the waters with sulphuric acid and heavy metals, for the next 10-25 generations, with a single generation of mining. Cannabis prohibition OMG! If TPP and TAP trade pacts become law, it won’t even matter what the people of Minnesota or any other state think about mining or pollution or cannabis, no matter how high they are or not. The most vocal of them will get the Bob treatment.

 

As for 2014 in America, and a definitive metaphor, this New Year’s Eve? It’s so cold, ravens
are roosting in the middle of the day, in the tree outside my window; I
shot a rabbit, I was going to eat it, but I think I’ll feed the ravens instead;
I’m going to go buy some alcohol, and then eat the left-over Chinese
I bought last night. I threw the rabbit outside; the ravens flew away.
I got drunk and high and forgot the Chinese.
(maybe it will make sense this time next year.)

 

Anyway, if anyone want’s to talk about SUNstead prospects, or anything else, check in. I’m on gmail. The Doomstead Diner. SUN. I don’t
often check Facebook or my website.

 

Merry New Year – Happy 2014

 

WHD

Simple As That

Off the Keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Originally published @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis

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The ArchDruid John Michael Greer wrote a most interesting blog post this week. In it he compared Anton Lavey‘s Satanism, Ayn Rand, and elements of GOP and various purported Christian agendas. As the favored tendencies of the GOP so resemble Lavey’s diabolical morality and Rand’s Objectivism, Greer speculated as to whether Rand-isms (paeans to Ayn) had become code between the followers of the prince of lies:

“…The Satanic Bible….a book-length screed denouncing Christian morality and upholding an ethic of raw selfishness and might-makes-right. It’s still very much in copyright, so I’m not going to quote it here, but any reader who turns its pages will find the present social policy of the GOP precisely reflected in LaVey’s dismissal of two thousand years of Christian teaching about our duty to care for one another, his shrill denunciations of the vulnerable and needy as “parasites” and “vampires,” and his insistence that the successful owe nothing to anybody else.


Greer called his post satire, but it cuts a little TOO close to the truth.

As the number of devil worshippers in evangelical churches and the Christian end of the Republican Party increased, though, their most pressing need would have been some surreptitious way to signal their involvement to those who shared their convictions, without believers in the Christian gospel being any the wiser. Coming up with a Satanic shibboleth that would be instantly recognizable to other devil worshippers, but completely opaque to devout Christians, might seem like a tall order, but it’s one that seems to have been met with aplomb.


Yes, this is where we discuss Ayn Rand.

I love it. I encourage everyone to read it 🙂 From the comments:
William Hunter Duncan said…[slightly….edited]

That’s the most interesting post I have read in a long time, anywhere 🙂

So I was visiting my parents this week. Christmas Eve, my father was watching Fox news. Eric Bolling was celebrating a young entrepreneur, as a “maker, not a taker.” Then he was celebrating $10,000 tips to servers for dinner (on bills around $500-600), “Tips For Jesus” [It perhaps not occurring to many Christians, the irony of a rich man giving tips to Jesus, about giving. ‘the best way to give to the poor is to get super rich!] I turned to my born-again Christian mother and said, “It’s Jesus birthday, let’s celebrate money making and rich people!” She gave me as close to an evil eye as I have ever seen from her.

Then my father turned it to CNN. They were wailing about [for intervention in] South Sudan. I turned to my mother and said, “See, CNN is just as bad. Here, look at this 3-page paid advertisement that reads like an article, in this Dec 30, 2013 Time magazine. It’s about all the great investment opportunities in South Sudan. How much do you think this is trouble stirred up by multinational corporations, for the benefit of multinational corporations?” Who owns CNN? Time Warner. My mother says to me, but those there are evil Muslims killing Christians! I said, “you all come from the same Abraham, I don’t see why you can’t get along.” “My,” she said. “you are far gone.” LOL

She’s no Satanist, but she’ll believe just about anyone who claims to be Christian. And she’s been taken in….

Incidentally, thinking further, I was wondering what Christians would have to say if those who initiated the total surveillance states were proto-satanists, and not really the Christians they claim to be? 😉

WHD


John Michael Greer said… William, a good point. I’d encourage you and other readers to spread the word! 😉

Bolling and his Fox News ilk were not merely busy managing a proto-satanic moral agenda about rich and poor (are autistic people makers or takers?), they were busy blaming the deflationary 2013 holiday retail numbers, on The Affordable Care Act. Because of course, the shitty retail numbers couldn’t have anything to do with a trillion dollars of student loan debt (due predatory capitalistic institutions of higher education and their investors and creditors); or turning half the workforce into marginalized, economically insecure part time/seasonal/contract “associates”; diluting the dollar with 85 billion dollar-a-month shifts of private loss to private gain/public debt; generalized global resource constraints; or guys like Bolling making millions, sanctifying expanding inequality and the rights of multi-national corporate/banking/finance overlords to run rough over everything and everybody.

It’s a dark magic, the way they are silent about Fukushima. What were the topics that could be talked about this holiday Christmas season? Retail sales, Duck Dynasty, Health Care Hijinks, and South Sudan. NSA was in the news, but only to talk about what was being done to fine-tune the total surveillance state. Notice there is not a serious national discussion about who set it up, how and why. What for? Why do we really need it? For whom? You (whom) want to be able to record every digital communication – but you won’t talk about Fukushima, and you stopped measuring radiation in the atmosphere? You want to know what everyone is saying and doing digitally, at all times, and record that information for eternity – but you don’t want us to read the global trade pacts you are negotiating, before you enact them into law? The only thing we can talk about, apparently, is that which will service economic growth no matter what cost. We cannot talk about Fukushima anymore than we can talk about nuclear facilities here in the States. Cannot talk about corporate/finance takeover of nation states, evisceration of existing law. Cannot talk about what crisis could initiate what nightmare expansion of the existing military/police state with full internal dispersal of drones/total surveillance?

It hardly matters if there are genuine satanists in the various levels of government. Capitalism mirrors any serious definition of demonic, the way it is so dependent on lies and evasion of the truth, the show of force. Even the current guy in the typically uber-obtuse-about-the-poor office of the Pope gets it! LOL. If you were part of a cabal of Satanists or proto-satanists attempting to destroy the earth or enslave it, just because, you couldn’t invent a better way than to convince most people they are consumers, that producers can be rich without limit. Or invent a more powerful machine for the managing of mass consciousness than the MSM. Seriously, does “devour the body of the earth without limit, that we might become rich without limit,” sound like Jesus talk to you? Sound sense, even? But that is basically the message of Christ-mass, and consumerism generally.

Which, btw, few Americans could believe those towers could be brought down by Christians. Which initiated this total surveillance, increasingly paramilitary state. But what if the perpetrators were Satanists, or proto-satanists, masquerading as Christians? Could you believe it then? What then, if some of the the most basic tenets of Capitalism are effectively Satanic? Why is Capitalism so dependent on proto-fascist, mercenary, all-seeing controls?

Of course Marxism is as dead as industrialism, so don’t go there. Marx saw Capitalism devouring itself. He didn’t see how readily and unremittingly his glorious centralized workers party would devour and despoil the earth. Jobz! Jobz! Jobz!

So it would seem time for some revisioning, eh, about where we are headed?  Because they are otherwise setting up more wars, Christian-Muslim-Jew, Capitalist-Socialist, rich-poor, white-nonwhite. Strong-weak. Divide and conquer.

I mean, seriously, if you were a Satanist, assorted minion of the devil, wouldn’t you totally glory in the spread of nuclear energy, weapons? How would you get off, setting off one, or hundreds of nuclear charges over the years? The people cowering before you! What wicked glee, Fukushima. And if you don’t get cancer from radiation, wait for long term immersion in systemic chemical toxicity! Off-shore, deep water oil platforms? Fracking? The price of progress? Or a plan to enslave the earth? Or simply to destroy it? How to make the people glory in their self-destruction? Seriously, how would you laugh and laugh to hear the monarch butterfly population has crashed? What proverbial orgasm would be the total surveillance state, military/industrial complex? Drones? Seriously, demon.

So btw, how far along the continuum of societal and biosphere/specie collapse are we, if monarch butterfly go from 100 million to 3 million, 2012-2013? About time something shifted for the better? But then, most everybody thinks that means, more growth, more stuff, more money, which only exacerbates the problem. Societal collapse may mean an extended period of lawless consumption, war and pollution; laws barely protect what’s left.

What’s needed is not a change in behavior, or even a weeding out of Satanists or proto-satanists, but a mass shift in consciousness. Mass consciousness now capitalist/consumer/proto-satanic, is fundamentally indifferent to and uncaring about the health of the earth. If we are to survive as a species and not be enslaved, some new consciousness will have to learn to care for the earth. To care for each other. To care for all things.

Simple . As . That

WHD

Playing Hookey

 Off the keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Published first on Off the Grid in Minneapolis

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I’ve stayed home from work, the last two days. There have been -30 windchills, temps as low as -7. It snows each night, hard, dry snow that when compacted becomes glare ice you’ld be safer to skate on. Local roads become rutted, worse than gravel roads studded by constant heavy traffic, bone jarring (in my old van). The freeways become spin-out zones. Who wants to get stuck, stall out? Yeah we have cell phones (not everybody) and yeah people will arrive to help (for a fee). But… I have the luxury of staying home, as the company I work for has no immediate need for me – though I am on call. I don’t get paid except for the hours I work. I haven’t done much these two days, but move about the Internet, reading this and commenting that, thinking, eating, writing. Being lazy.

 

What sort of economy have we built, that people have to work today? Tonight it’s supposed to snow an inch or two, with temps as low as -14. What do you suppose the roads will be like tomorrow? Wouldn’t it be safest if everybody just stayed home?

 

What heresy! Seriously though, what have we built? The agents of the Federal Reserve are playing with fire, this very cold winter, as Kunstler so clearly called out (harsh, clever and direct even by Tyler Durden standards.)  So what, we have to light a fire to feed this debt burdened economy, to make it grow, more mining, more nuclear, more fracking, more consuming, that it might serve what – bankers? You might as well tell me I am serving mammon, for how much I want to be serving the fiat Dollar right now, today. Granted, some have to work today, like many of my co-workers, caretaking those who can’t take care of themselves. But otherwise, there isn’t that much that NEEDS to be done right now, for the majority, and those who are working should get paid more, eh? How’s that for sensible? But bankers have no sympathies, nor do corporations, nor government. This economy cannot stop. It will not stop!

 

 

Exclamation point. I was commenting on Huffpost today, called “sigh – another economic illiterate” by one cMontalvo. His cornucopian vision for the maintenance and restoration of the status quo economic-growth paradigm, is mining under the sea for fresh water, and industrial nuclear fusion. I replied, among other things, based on his avatar, photo “a rose is just a rose, unless it has teeth, in which case it lives on blood and not soil fertility” (of course as you can see, it is really a urinal shaped like a female mouth shaped like a rose) (and Huffpost thinks a third of my comments are beyond the pale.) Shortly after that I learned that HuffPost is requiring all commenters to sign in to Facebook to verify you are who you say you are (and perhaps cut down on some of the trolling.) I haven’t signed into Facebook in perhaps a year. That was fun. More and more I wonder about this all-seeing-eye, this economic juggernaut that knows everything digital about me.

 

A letter came from work, today. I missed the dead-line, for signing up for benefits for 2014. Oops. They put a letter in my in-box a few weeks ago, though I notice they didn’t seek me out at the last minute. No doubt they feel backstopped by the Affordable Care Act, and are fine, to not have to pay their share of my coverage. Which is fine. I am ambivalent, insofar as I already pay a considerable amount of social security (which is paying for this business to exist), and I am curious about how the government will respond to me not carrying insurance. Curious, that hardly anyone assumes social security will provide for my retirement or care, but that everyone assumes Institutional Health Care including Insurance will be here, 30 years from now. I live as if comparatively little of it will, and take care of myself more or less as if I will never have access to institutional health care. (Acting as if the SUNstead will be all of that for me.)

 

No one commented last time (except UB and Surly1 on the Diner), which is partly why I wonder; would you think I was crazy if I said future generations were telling us to exploit uranium, drain and pollute aquifers and surface waters, mine in sulfide beds and shale and under the sea, and buy plastic crap to throw into landfills and burn and plasticize the ocean with, as fast as we can, to serve corporations and governments and bankers, that future generations might drive in flying cars and robots will clean up our mess and no one will work and everyone will have a clean shelter, healthy food and water and platinum health care? I could probably start getting paid for this. I hope everyone otherwise sent a comment. (Who are the Waterbearers, again?)

 

UPS guy and gal just showed up. Dropping off something for work, that didn’t NEED to get dropped off today.

 

I should work tomorrow. But I don’t NEED to work tomorrow. Granted, I have to pay the same amount of debt, no matter how much I work, how much I make this month. Though most of my Internet activity could be classified as work, except the owners of money would not say so, the drivers of THIS economy.

 

But then, I’d be fine if all debt were wiped out tomorrow, and usury be declared punishable by death. LOL

 

Which I know I’m in the tiny minority about. But I’m pretty sure the vast majority are going to come around to that way of thinking 😉 (amnesty for all the current practitioners, of course.)

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Addendum: Budget Deal this quick means QE taper

Sulphuric Acid in the Land of Ten-Thousand Lakes

Off the keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Originally published @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis

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Actually, it’s more like 15,000 lakes, but ten-thousand is a nice even number with a long history, which rings. People remember it. I grew up on the shore of Lake Carlos, one of a chain of lakes in west-central Minnesota, where three major ecosystems come together: the Eastern deciduous, the prairie and the northern spruce and pine. I am old enough to remember a comparatively sleepy lake, more fish houses on the ice in winter, than boats in the summer. Boats the last two decades inundating the lake, followed closely by zebra mussels. The usual residential “home” building orgy. They say silver carp are coming, to extinct native fish.

If that isn’t insult enough, the polluting of the sacred waters of this state, a Canadian company named Poly-Met wants to open a copper-nickel sulfide mine, in northern Minnesota, not far from the beloved Boundary Waters Wilderness. There is a boom-worthy amount of copper-nickel, they say, and there are a dozen corporations or more, many of them international, lining up behind Poly-Met, to pick at the carcass of the iron-ore Boom, that went mostly bust.

The trouble is, these copper-nickel deposits are tucked in sulfide, which turns into sulphuric acid in contact with air and water, leeching thereafter, wherever water will go. The waters have heretofore been more pristine, in the northern part of the state, less population, less top soil, less farming

What we know is, and everyone involved acknowledges, including Polymet, it is something like a 20-year potential boom. Water flowing from these sites, containing sulphuric acid and heavy metals, has to be filtered by reverse osmosis. If you have ever bought a gallon of such water, you know it is something like $2/gallon (and they don’t start with sulphuric acid in the base.) The trouble again is, this would have to go on for something like 200-500 years.

Five-hundred years is 25 generations. More than twice as long as America has been a Nation. Anyone care to ask what they have to say about filtering sulphuric acid from a few hundred million gallons of water from a dozen or more sites, every year, for 450 years? I can say that I speak for them, when I say they would rather not. They tell me, most of that time, they won’t be able to. Even if they could, why should they have to? Who are you….

Polymet readily acknowledges, that mining will take place for 20 years, and filtering of waters will have to take place for 200 years, in their recently released environmental assessment. You can be sure if they are saying 200, it will be longer. What poverty of care for the earth or even our children or their children, we show, what delusion, to take seriously such a corporation when they assert they will be around even 40 years from now, to manage their mess, 20 years after income from the mine has ceased to flow? What madness is this, to think that after 40 years when all the principle players in this are dead or dying, the people in the midst of life then will be happy to clean up, for the whole of their lives, OUR mess?

Not that I am surprised, this being up for debate, those with the most to gain of course making no mention of such generational responsibility. “Why would we pollute this place? We live here?” False premises – you ARE going to pollute the place, as soon as you start drilling, and it will not stop until the whole thing is naturally played out, 500 years after you open that wound. You won’t and really can’t stop that, any more than anyone is going to remove the zebra mussel from Lake Carlos. If you are going to move boats from one infested lake to a clean one in a different watershed, you can’t stop the spread. If you don’t mine you won’t pollute.

But what does anyone expect, in a state where we are holding nuclear material by the hundred ton, on a flood-plain island in the Mississippi River (Prairie Island), if we are talking generational injustice? Anyone care to ask what posterity would have to say about that.

Everybody of course knows this is WRONG. But when money is involved, nothing is sacred, and nothing else matters. The only thing in the country that is truly holy, is the Dollar (but even that now, we have defiled.)

All of this against the bank-drop of the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Partnership trade pacts, negotiated in secret, attempted to be fast-tracked into law without consulting Congress, by the Obama Administration. If the rumors about these trade pacts are true, mom who’s toddler jumps in the creek and is burned by sulphuric acid, can go talk to that corporate tribunal in Brussels, if she has a problem (or presumably, similar corporate minions stateside.) Brussels tribunal is not going to support local concerns, over Intl corporate “persons.” Leeching sulphuric acid into the waters will be effectively legal (just as it is currently legal that the Feds can disappear the protesters, if they deem them threats to “national security”. Seriously, is there a greater threat to national security now, than corporations, central and TBTF banks, gov run amok?)

But then, if the rumors are true and America loses reserve-currency status of the Dollar, people will be begging for economic progress even if that means sulphuric acid in the waters, and all of this will be fast-tracked, to hell with anything but making it like it was when credit flowed in the streets.

But you can’t go back. You can’t get the zebra mussel out of Lake Carlos once it’s there, you can’t get back the reserve-currency status of the Dollar once you’ve lost it, you can’t really fix Prairie Island nuclear facility once it has gone critical, and you can’t really prevent sulphuric acid from leeching into the waters once you’ve opened up a sulfide mine.

Which is why these nickel-copper sulfide mines cannot open. And there is a chance yet, to prevent them. The State of MN is taking comments, holding meetings. Please, let everyone know about it. Use every channel. Be like water with the message. This sulphuric acid could leech into the Great Lakes, so this is an issue for the entire watershed, on both sides of the Intl border. This can be stopped. It is only one thing, in a long list of grievances, increasing pressure on the ecosystems of the earth, but it’s an important one. If we defile the waters of the Land of Ten-Thousand Lakes, this way, what hope is there, after the indifference that surrounds the Fukushima debacle, that this will not cascade, this defiling, everywhere on earth, everywhere in America? There is already a very lengthy list of lands that remain defiled, that remain poisonous, that next to nothing is being done about.

Human beings are 70% water. What we taint the waters with, we become. Treating the waters as sacred, we heal Life.

There are 25 generations, waiting. Speak up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Garage Greenhouse

                                                                                                                                                                             Off the keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

 Published Originally @ Off The Grid in Minneapolis

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Three scrap sliding glass doors, recycled lumber and some acrylic glass I found in a dumpster. The rack is covered with 3 and 4mil poly sheeting, a greenhouse within a greenhouse.

 

 

This old radiator I inherited from the blogger @ Eighth Acre Farm. The idea is, one more thing to collect solar energy. The effect is probably not negligible, but probably not that effective. It should be facing the other way, the long side facing the sun, but there isn’t room.

 

 

The view from inside the garage. I had been pulling the rack inside every evening, as it has wheels. But the garage tends to be like an icebox, and it occurred to me, perhaps the concrete of the driveway is radiating heat somewhat during the night. I’ve been leaving the rack outside now in the greenhouse, just opening it up to add water, every third day.

 

 

The temperature at floor level inside the rack seems to stay around 40 degrees, no matter what, cooling somewhat in the evening when it is exceptionally cold outside: 3F the lowest outside this year. The bottom of the rack is covered with a sheet of 1 1/2in, rigid pink insulation.

 

 

The lowest of the four racks. Below are four bulk cooking oil, plastic containers, filled with water. They should be painted black (but I keep forgetting to buy black paint.) Otherwise, solar energy seems to pass through without heating the water much. Though, it seemed to me that of the four racks, this lowest one sprouted second, though now there does not seem to be much difference between the lower three racks, in terms of growth. In fact the plants in this lowest rack appear more yellow now than those of the upper three racks.

 

Early sprouts. I have seen the soil temp on days when there is sun all day, @ 60F. Lately though we have seen much sun in the morning, overcast most of the afternoon when the sun is strongest. Even on cloudy days when the temp outside is in the 20’s, I have seen the soil temp @ 50F. Here it is actually lower than the air temp at the bottom of the plant rack, about 38F, @ 11am on a sunny morning after three or four days of sun in the morning, cloudy the rest of the day.

 

 

 

The racks are about 10in wide, 70in long and 3.5in deep. I filled each with 3in of potting mix, scattered spinach, lettuce and lambs quarter seed, about 30 different varieties, and then applied 1/2 inch of homegrown compost. Here are several different kinds of plants sprouting, on the second level. Spinach, lettuce and lambs quarter appreciate cool temps.

 

 

The real magic seems to be on the top rack, about twice the growth, about twice as fast, the plants appearing much healthier. Heat rising, of course. I imagine the soil temp here is more moderate, and warmer generally.

 

 

 

I planted, the second weekend in November. Three weeks of growth, slower than it would be, planting outside in the spring, but not by much, at least not here @ the top level. We are still three weeks away from Solstice, when the sun is lowest in the sky, so growth is not going to speed up. After Solstice, there might be a gradual increase in sunlight, but temperatures outside on average will be less than they are now, for the following two months, January and December.  In March the greenhouse will be for starting the spring and summer vegetables.

 

While I have heated this greenhouse using nothing but solar power, my intention is to insulate the garage, and build a rocket stove, pulling the racks inside over-night. Burning small amounts of wood, I hope to moderate overnight temperatures around the rack, to moderate temps inside it. At present, because the racks are shallow, soil temperature fluctuates too radically 60-38F, considerably more than it would in the garden in the spring. Heating the garage even slightly, overnight, would help maintain soil temp generated by the sun, putting less stress on the plants, making consistent growth more likely.

 

Otherwise, I am happy with the progress. It would have been better to start a month earlier, at the beginning of October, so the plants would not be at such a tender stage when the temperature dropped outside consistently below freezing. Still, I’m hopeful that I will have some edibles by the Solstice, with slow growth throughout the winter.

Mon(ster)santo: Past, Present, Future

Off the keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Published on the Doomstead Diner on September 5, 2012

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Few institutions typify the urge to dominate, the urge to control, more than the corporation known as Monsanto. Incorporated early in the age of chemical optimism, 1901, the chemical incarnation Monsanto-of-old, is best known for it’s production of DDT, PCB’s and Agent Orange. If that sounds like a list of weapons of mass destruction to you, like a list of crimes against humanity, then you will not be surprised necessarily, to find that Monsanto is now a “bio-tech” company more or less in charge of the global food supply, more responsible than any other entity, for the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMO). That Monsanto is located pert’ near the geographical center of the contiguous 48 American States (St Louis), at the center of America’s “breadbasket”, should not be surprising, if you understand modern America as a fascist construction. But then, if you think of Monsanto and America generally as a fascist construction, you probably are growing at least some of your own food, and tend to avoid GMO’s to the extent you can, and probably are in favor of labelling. In which case, if GMO’s make you uncomfortable, Monsanto thinks you are an elitist condemner of the poor, and more or less an Enemy of the State/eco-terrorist/luddite scrum. LOL. (Notice the above corporate emblem has nothing to do with health, food or people. Though Monsanto otherwise bills itself as a “Sustainable Agriculture Company”.)

 

How inverted has the totalitarianism of the West become, that this guy is able to make an argument about caring for the poor, and get away with it? This guy eats children for breakfast, with a side of puppy dogs and a garnish of baby rabbit balls (oops, jackass, that was not a child, that was a young woman lol.)  This guy never met a fascist he wouldn’t plot the rape of the planet with, over $500 martinis. And yet America defers to clowns like this as if they are the pinnacle of evolution/imperialism, as if the requisite evil of uber-success is no barrier to gross admiration, genuflect before the gods of rapacious greed and crass materialism, all. In a just society a guy like this doesn’t exist. In this society, where corporations like Monsanto rule the roost, he gets to be a host of one of the most highly rated television shows on the mob-neutering boob-tube, (where he glories in raising the bar of cynicism in the most cynical mean-spirited nation there ever was.) Seriously, how does this Monsanto/GMO shill even get to go on television to call this principled young woman a shill, and not be widely denounced, unless this is something very like the fascist North America I claim it to be? This guy would put DDT/PCB/AGENT ORANGE in your breakfast cereal, if he thought he could make a buck and get away with it.

 

The interviewer here should probably be delivering these questions on his knees. Listening to Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant, one might be reminded of Hannah Arendts’ statement that the most common characteristic of fascism is it’s general banality.

 

One might better know the character of the thing, by the actions of it’s principle henchmen (less it’s public face.) For instance, the Supremacist Court (aka Supreme supporter of corporate/gov/banking rights) says if you plant non-GMO soybeans in a field next to Monsanto GMO soybeans, you cannot plant your non-GMO second-generation seeds, because of genetic drift. See, beans cross-pollinate quite easily, over long distances. So it is fairly well guaranteed, the regular soybean in one field is going to be contaminated by the GMO next door, genetically. That should be cause to say that GMO is a kind of monopolistic tyranny. But when Monsanto has more rights than people, plants or the land, the Supreme Court is just an elevated version of pit viper Monsanto lawyers glorying in the dressing-down interrogation of gentle old farmer/seed savers. This is an older piece worth reviewing. specifically 16:30-18:10

 

 

Which of course if there were any real farmers left, pit vipers like these might get a pitchfork through the heart. But most of what is left of farmers are Archer-Daniels-Midland/Cargill/Monsanto tenant agri-businessmen, who for the most part care about the health and welfare of land and people about as much as Monsanto cares about labelling GMO. Such an amoral people cloaking themselves in the morality of “feeding the world” should be repulsive; but then, in a nation ever at war, upon invasion, ordering it’s soldiers to shoot on sight every male between the ages of 16-65, spraying depleted uranium bullets all over the countryside, lecturing other nations about war crimes, the stench of hypocrisy is so thick as to choke a devil.

 

Clarence Thomas recently ruled in Bowman vs Monsanto , a case that basically put the final nail in the coffin of seed saving of soybeans, or even the growing of non-MonsantoGMO soybeans. He might have recused himself, being a former Monsanto lawyer, if he were a good man and not a fascist, but it hardly mattered as the decision was 9-0 in favor of Monsanto. Michael Taylor (pit viper extraordinaire), who was instrumental in assuring that GMO’s would not be labelled, and in allowing bovine growth hormones into the food supply, is Obama’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods @ the FDA (a goddamn lawyer!). Perhaps if you voted for Obama and are disappointed with his drift toward all things totalitarian, he will treat you like a spy and charge you under the espionage act for uttering in jest, the word Hope; such is the nature of governance in this age of imperial rot. As far as these people are concerned, you might as well be an Indian subsistence farmer.

So the situation as it stands, is that we in America have handed over the production of food to the enemy’s of all that is good, amoral socio-paths, psychopaths and war-criminal makers of weapons of mass destruction. America, where 200 years ago nearly everyone was engaged in the growing of food, presently a mono-cultural food desert, 2013, in thrall to warmongers. Next time someone says to you that we are feeding the world, ask them how many more desperately poor people living in abject poverty there are, than there were in 1800? The answer is, about 2-3 billion. Combined with a near complete dependence on fossil fuels in food production, and increasing Geo-political instability, that is a holocaust in the waiting, enough to make Adolf Hitler look like a pissant school yard bully.

 

Where do you suppose the executives of Monsanto are going to be, as that plays itself out? What about the leadership of the FDA and USDA, who have sanctified this hideous arrangement? A Congress that has allowed Monsanto GMO to proceed into the food supply without ANY human trials (the same Monsanto that was responsible for DDT, PCB’s and Agent Orange,) and minimal testing generally?

 

One does begin to wonder, if GMO’s are a not-so-subtle, not-so-unconscious plot to rid the world of it’s “useless eaters” ie regular people. There is an easy solution to overshoot, don’t you know? At the very least, what is the food equivalent to Goldman Sachs shorting (betting against) the toxic mortgage securities they sell to “muppet” clients? Or “defense” contractors paying politicians to talk about “humanitarian” war? Government fraternizing with al Qaeda in Syria/Libya, which “terrorists” were otherwise the impetus for eviscerating the Constitution, setting up of the total surveillance state?

 

Monsanto executives investing in the Health Care industry. Which you can bet they do, every single one of them, seeing as Health Care is about the only industry (other than war making) that is growing, in an economy that is otherwise stagnant. Make ’em sick and profit bookoo, off both sides of the proverbial coin.

All this focus on Monsanto, though. Don’t forget about Syngenta, or Dupont, or Dow.

 

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I was in my local grocery store recently, and I thought to myself, is there anything in here that isn’t genetically modified, including the people?

 

The primary feed animals – pigs, chickens and cattle – are almost all being fed some GMO corn and soybeans. The list of additives in non-animal food products, derived from GMO corn and soybeans is extensive; effective as sweeteners, emulsifiers, preservers, etc, and so cheap (because of industrial scaling and government bias), that nearly every food product on the shelf, is likely to contain one or more on this list (I would list them all here but the list would be longer than the article.)

 

Which is why “they” won’t label GMO food-products as such, why they resist so intensely, the fight to inform people about what we are eating. Because if they had to label products that contain GMO, people would realize the extent to which we have been duped, treated as guinea pig science experiments. Many would be horrified, to realize virtually everything on the shelf is GMO. There would be an exodus away from GMO product, and even perhaps a kind of legal retribution, cutting severely into the profits and even freedom of those who create and use GMO to feed animals and people.

 

Maybe there would be an exodus. Maybe not. It is also a truism, the degree to which the mob has been neutered. While Continental Europe on the whole has refused GMO, there is nary a movement in America to require labelling, let alone cut GMO from the food supply. Whatever people like to say about corrupt corporations/gov, our faith in Authority and Expertise is overshadowed only by our Techno-narcissism. This being so strong as to be unimpeachable, no matter how fat and sickly the average American becomes, no matter to what extent our industrial/corporate “Health Care” system is bankrupting us. We are the least healthy, most doctored people on earth.

 

Seriously, it is impossible to imagine a more effective system of tyranny than to compromise food (and water), while providing unsustainable over-abundance, while offering up an endless banquet of entertainments. All the better to harness the power of the mob, for the purpose of the ruling of the world, and the ruling of the world is what the corporations and banks and government of America do. That is the “they”, who operate most effectively in the dark, the elite players, who resist at every turn the free flow of information about what is really going on.

 

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At the Doomstead Diner, we have been working on something we call the Sun Project (Sustaining Universal Needs), a land acquisition non-profit. We are hoping to acquire approximately 100 acres, on which to build a self-sustaining, eco-technic permaculture farm, to sustain approximately 150 people. Long term, we hope to set up a network of such farms.

Rotational grazing of cows/cattle, pigs and chickens, value added meat and dairy products; market gardening; beer, wine and mead production; off-the-grid building/training; campgrounds; festivals. A self-sustaining and to a degree self-organizing model of neo-tribal living, combining the best and most responsible of the culture we inhabit, and the best of those cultures that were here when Europeans landed.

 

Permaculture is a design concept, melding the wild and the domesticated, first outlined by Bill Mollison of Australia, expanded here in America by many, including Toby Hemenway: “[Permaculture] gardens…a riotously abundant landscape in which all the pieces work together to yield food, flowers, medicinal and edible herbs, even craft supplies and income for the human inhabitants, while providing diverse habitat for helpful insects, birds and other wildlife…where nature does most of the work, but where people are as welcome as the other inhabitants of the earth.”

 

 

 

There is a surpassing genius inherent in nature, that Humanity has been attempting to subdue and destroy for most of the last 5000 years, accelerated especially since the “enlightenment” following the work of Bacon, Newton, Descartes et al and the birth of Science. That has come to a kind of terminus. We are 7+ billion now, at the precipice of one last desperate attempt to exploit and mine the resources of the earth to sustain a growth pattern and a way of life that is unsustainable, potentially destroying the capacity of the earth to sustain anything like our current numbers, or humans at all, or even life above the single-celled.

 

There is no more clinging to the status quo that is not doomed. Adapt, as nature so eloquently teaches. Seek harmony with the earth. Heal the body, heal the biosphere. Become like the waterbearers… in the coming of a new Aeon.

 

WHD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blair Longley, Radical Marijuana Podcast Part I

Podcast off the microphones Blair Longley, William Hunter Duncan, RE and Monsta666

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Aired on the Doomstead Diner August 28, 2013

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Of all the greatest frauds perpetrated against humanity, there are none greater than fiat, privately owned currency, the nature of God (the dominant interpretation of, not the reality), and the demonization of life and the earth generally (the dominion of Satan; the cold, existential, nihilistic material of deterministic Science.) A subset of the latter of this trinity of benighting influences, the most fundamental of symbols, is the prohibition on cannabis. How the most useful plant on the planet became the most illegal, is the subject of this most recent of Diner podcasts. With us, Blair T. Longley, party leader of the Marijuana Party of Canada.

 

It won’t take long for you to realize, Blair is not your stereotypical pothead. In fact, you might want to get high to wrap your head around this one. Bear with him through the politics talk at the beginning. He’s just getting warmed up.

 

I’m mostly a bystander here. RE has plenty to say, Monsta puts his two cents in. How it ends, I’m dubious about; I don’t get how you embody the quintessential aspect of the dominating paradigm, violence, and not become the thing one opposes – there’s plenty of precedent, freedom fighter cum despot. (That’s RE’s conclusion, not Blair’s necessarily.) Otherwise, trust your judgement.

 

When I finished listening to this I was like, good gawd, there’s a second half! LOL. In the second half, we get more into the spiritual nature of things. This first part is more nuts and bolts; useful, even necessary in the understanding of the world one inhabits, the world one is conditioned to, the world to which one has grown accustomed. Like I’ve said, if you want an open discussion about the state of play, there’s hardly a more open place than the Diner. Best of luck.

 

WHD

 

 

PS: the song introducing and concluding the podcast is “Don’t blame me I voted for Willie Nelson,” by the artist who calls himself Human. That is not necessarily a political endorsement by Blair Longley, but I don’t think he’ll have a problem 😉 Willie Nelson has not necessarily endorsed the views of Blair T. Longley or Human. 🙂

Homo insane insatiable (americanus)

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Homo insane insatiable (americanus):

A particular, -sub, -sub class of Homo sapien sapien, characterized by a deeply-ingrained sense of entitlement, invincibility, historical inevitability; while manifesting a particularly weak assessment of economic, political or ecological reality.

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Huffpost is reporting that Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, thinks Larry Summers would be a bad choice as Fed Chair.

“In Taibbi’s view, Summers will continue many of his predecessor’s
policies — specifically quantitative easing, a complex policy under
which the central bank purchases securities from the Federal government
and private financial institutions in order to provide the financial
system with capital.”

To which I replied:

LOL. I’m sorry, did HuffPost mean, Qurantative Easing, a system by which
the Fed “prints” money to the tune of 85 billion a month, which they
give to big banks, in exchange for their bad bets on toxic mortgages and
such? Every American thereby paying for it, in less and less buying
power of the dollar, as in real inflation more like the 10% range rather
than the next to nothing reported by the Fed? Which 85 billion the
banks do not lend, but bet on riskier and riskier money making schemes,
by which they will take the profit but sell the losses to the Fed? Good
Gawd, HuffPost.

And by the way, Summers is the one talking about scaling back QE (though
he won’t.) The Left’s beloved Yellen is perfectly fine with endless QE.
Inflation is GOOD! says she.

I mean, how insane has this country become, when Matt Taibbi can’t distinguish between which elite non-choice? How honest can he be, really? You can’t tell me he isn’t freaked out by the death of Michael Hastings (cue the MSM, how to insinuate a crash was drug caused contrary to the facts.) What was that, “Vampire squid?” What, vampire squid managing director is a rapist? Good Gawd, why don’t we just give up the pretences and put O and GWB up for co-president, 2016. What’s uglier than co-tyrants presiding over a country full of fascists? A warmongering Hilary, apologized for because she is a woman, that’s what. Or yes, her status quo equivalent warmongering gangster apologizer on the Right. Fuck.

Meanwhile the Left thinks the new fight is to make a Manning a Chelsea, and one can’t tell if that’s some twisted homage to Bill and Hillary’s heir, or just another excuse to deny the total surveillance capabilities their beloved leader O has been nurturing. We do adore our royal families. (“Turd-blossom” didn’t serve GWB because g was a commoner. LOL)

(Thank you, Bradley Manning. I’m sorry so much of our country has lost it’s mind.)

Do I want to live in a society where women are empowered and gay and trans-gendered people are respected? Absolutely. What is the rest of the world to make of us then, torturing people, incarcerating millions, many for the pettiest of reasons, dropping drone bombs on women and children whose men don’t respect their women and gays (!), and don’t support our thirst for oil, putting people away for espionage who reveal state war crimes, rapes and murders, while the rapists and murderers and their defenders go free to commit more, in the name of fighting terrorism?

Meanwhile HuffPost and most of the rest of the mainstream media can’t
quite agree on how much to tone down the threat of Fukushima. One week
the corporation TEPCO is admitting 200-300 tons of nuclear water flowing
into the ocean every damn day, with no end in sight, there is no plan;
the next thing you know the mainstream media is reporting there was this
one spill, these few times (read, everything is under control.)

Meanwhile my whole working life has been dedicated to the maintenance and building of an infrastructure financed by bankers, making nuclear and fracking necessary, among other hideous assaults upon the ability of the earth to sustain Homo sapien sapien. And the only people really talking about rebellion in America (Liberty, Tea Party, Libertarian) are people who think climate change is a fiction of Illuminati/Lefty types, oil is infinite, and as often as not the earth is six or eight thousand years old.

As for that Qurantative faux pas in my Huffpost comment, I think, who is more the danger to freedom in this world, fundamentalist religious types or International Financiers? It isn’t an either or, actually.

Who is a total surveillance state built to spy upon? The NSA and their corporate brethren exist to maintain the power of International Financiers, corporations, banks, military, law enforcement and the state. It doesn’t matter if the perceived enemy is Muslim, or any American, elder, woman or child.

I was in my local grocery the other day, and I was like, is there anything in here that isn’t GMO?

Fukushima? GMO? The wars against Muslims for oil, the fascist controls and abuse of Plants and Fungi? Sounds like the makings of a holocaust to me.

Nuts.

 

 

PS:

(As for the image above, the ape didn’t become human because they  discovered the use of a club. More like, the ape became human because they ventured onto the savanna and ate psilocybin mushrooms. 😉 )

 

As for evolutionary advantage, lol, there’s a podcast I did in two parts, with Blair Longley, party leader, Marijuana Party Canada (W/ RE and Monsta666) at the Doomstead Diner, coming Sunday Aug 25, 2013. Blessings,
WHD 🙂 )

 

In the Newz

Off the Keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Published originally @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis, Aug 23, 2013

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Markets were jubilant Thursday, on newz that the United States had finally embraced efficiencies.

“Consumers and the Great Holy Market have spoken,” said new Head-Ideological Spokesperson, Priss Lipsmith. “In the interest of efficiency, the Democratic and Republican parties have merged, to create the America Kicks ASS! party. Americans will be better served as a result.”

When asked if s/he thought that might be contrary to the spirit of democracy and the Republic, Lipsmith replied, “What is your name? See the man in the mask before you leave.”

Not everyone was such a hater. The Wall Street Gernal opined, “Too-big-to-fail has proven such a boon to the banks, it only makes sense for the Federal Government. Keeping up the pretence of ideological differences is a terrible waste of capital that would be much better served fattening the golden calf  (market) (us, bitchez).”

In a question and answer survey with new Head-Ideological Spokesperson Priss Lipsmith, the path for the new government was most assiduously outlined.

Q – The global bond market has been in chaos. There have been concerns that there is looming, a financial crisis potentially worse than that in 2008. How will this new government respond?

PL – No.

Q – No, what?

PL – Next question.

Q – Um, there are some concerns, particularly on the West coast, that Fukushima is spiralling out of control.  How does this new government respond?

PL – The NSA, FBI and CIA have all confirmed that “Fukushima” is actually a low-budget soft-porn film created by a UCLA grad student. All copies including the film maker have been disappeared, I mean rendered – renditioned.

Q – uhhh…There are rumors that the status of the “petro-dollar” and the dollar as the world reserve currency, are imperilled. Many are reporting that the Chinese and the Russians have been acquiring copious amounts of gold, in support of a gold-backed Yuan, as a replacement for the dollar.

PL – The Espionage Act is very clear. ANY information imperilling the ability of the America Kicks ASS! party to properly function as the TRUE WILL of the people, is in violation.

Q – But the Chinese and the Russians cannot be in violation…

PL – I wasn’t talking about the Chinese or the Russians. Next question.

Q –  (gulp) The situation in Egypt threatens the flow of oil out of the Suez canal. With Brent crude at $111/brl, that could cripple the global economy. Does this government have a plan to contain the situation?

PL – Mubarak is back. Don’t worry your pretty little head about it.

Q – But, the Arab Spring…

PL – (sing song) Rains keep fallin on my head…

Q – And…um…a similar situation could arise in the straights of Hormuz if there is a concerted effort between Iran, China and Russia, to challenge the dollar. With a weakening Saudi state, that could spell very difficult times for America.

PL – Repeat, three times: American Energy Independence. American Energy Independence. American Energy Independence. Click your heels, Dorthy. Oz is just around the bend.

Q – But there are signs that the fracking revolution is little more than an asset bubble in the spirit of the housing bubble and the tech bubble before that.

PL – WTF did I say about the Espionage Act? Do you remember those text messages you sent to that man who is not your husband? Right. Next question.

Q – (tentatively) Many are concerned about Climate Change, that it may become difficult for humanity to feed itself, if the climate continues to be destabilized. Does this government…

PL – Well, you’ll be happy to know that everyone in the America Kicks ASS! party is in fact Monsanto GMO, designed to resist climate change. No worries (Cheshire grin)

Q – (more assertively) It is also widely believed that the military and law enforcement in this country, are self-perpetuating, and growing in a way that is not healthy for the country.

PL – What is good for this gander is good for the people. All right, that concludes this question and answer. I hope I have alleviated any of your concerns about the transition from two-party plutocracy to one-party despotism. If not, the NSA will be recording any and all communications, ongoing. Have a nice day! 🙂

 

Late Summer Apex

Off the keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Published originally @ Off The Grid In Minneapolis Aug 12, 2013

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It was reported last week that TEPCO, the corporation responsible for the “clean up” @ Fukushima, has been lying about nuclear contaminated water discharging into the ocean – that contaminated water is now, and has been for some time, pouring into the ocean, some 200 tons a day! It has also been reported this week that no less a personage than Hillary Clinton, assured Shinzo Abe and his nazi cohorts, secretly, that America would continue to purchase Japanese sea food, that the Federal government would not test it for contamination. Which means there could be nuclear contaminated sea food in America’s food supply.

Where has this readily available information come from? Well, aside from the links, I can tell you where it did not come from: your friendly corporate-owned Main Stream Media (MSM). I mean, they are reporting on the spill, sort of, but not the extent of it, nor the extent to which Fukushima is a disaster IN PROGRESS, with no discernible strategy to fix the predicament other than lying about it being a predicament that has no available fix.

Meanwhile, the NSA is collecting data on every American, maybe even every keystroke as I type this. And Americans collectively yawn.

As for Hillary, I’m not sure what kind of strategy it is to turn a blind eye to the potential poisoning of Americans, if she wants to be president. But then, poisoning Americans is probably not enough to prevent a little more than half of American voters to elect her (instead of that other evil candidate.) How are they going to know anyway, if the MSM won’t report it? After all, every branch of government and the MSM will line up to assure Americans they are not being poisoned, no matter what the evidence, as evidenced by the 100,000+ chemicals readily circulating in the biosphere. And Americans, so inured to chemical usage generally, even if they knew what Fukushima was, even if they knew their government was allowing potential nuclear contaminated sea food into the food supply, would probably not stop eating it, if they are accustomed, imaging as they tend to do that the government exists to protect them, whatever the evidence. If Americans will believe every word out of the FBI as if it were the gospel of God Himself, then they certainly aren’t going to question the government saying the food is safe, or fracking does not pollute the water supply, or the NSA and secret courts are defenders of liberty. LOL

I mean, this is the Apex of humanity? We are the most evolved people who ever lived? The possibility of devolving is about as readily acknowledged, as economic de-growth, or that this civilization will collapse as all civilizations inevitably do. That de-volution might precede civilizational collapse, does not occur apparently, to a people who allow a “bio-tech” corporation to be put in charge of the food supply, which corporation conspires with this government, not to let the people know when their bodies are taking in genetic material manipulated by said bio-tech company. That we are being poisoned, fattened and weakened by TPTB is not cause to alarm, apparently, to a people poisoned, fattened and weakened, otherwise gorged on the entertainments.

So something like 20% of the economy is dedicated to Health Care for the poisoned, fattened, weakened and misled, and about 20% of the economy is Law Enforcement police state building and maintenance, to keep the poisoned, fattened, weakened and misled that way, and war making, and the rest of the economy is basically about making people sick, and people buying cheap toxic consumer garbage. But hey, America is the GREATEST!

I mean, I get to write this stuff, and not get hauled away to some legal, secret prison, never to be heard from again – as long as no one is listening, of course. Which, no comments on my last two posts, something like 76 listens on the Toby Hemenway podcast after a week, that’s not nobody, but not enough thankfully, for government minders to come snooping around building a case to muzzle me. LOL See, talking about the Goddess has it’s perks – hardly anyone will take you seriously, including, probably your government, unless there were like, millions of you taking action. Actually, I expect there are in fact millions of you, taking action in small ways, at the fringes. Most of you, less poisoned, less fattened, less weakened, less naive than your average consumer. LOL

Enjoy the rest of the summer. I don’t recommend sea food at this point, though. Nor the MSM. Or the Federal government. Or any corporation, bank, or any law enforcement agency. They are all in on it. 😉 LOL.

Podcast: Toby Hemenway on Permaculture

Off the keyboard of William Hunter Duncan
Recorded from the microphones of Toby Hemenway and William Hunter Duncan

Published on the Doomstead Diner on August 7, 2013

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The Toby Hemenway – Permaculture Podcast!

But first, In the NewZ (with special credit to Diner newshounds Surly and JoeP): Big bank launders drug money, uber bank buys big bank, to no account; Frackers acting like mafia; A new housing bubble built on lies and malinvestment; Bio-terrorists @ monster corporation in charge of the global food supply; Masked mercenaries patrolling public lands on behalf of industrial billionaires; Swat raids to kill baby deer? The NSA knows every character as you type it (Liberals seem fine with that, while conservatives seem to want that power in private hands.) And Gaia seems awakened somehow, like maybe the next thirty years aren’t going to look anything like what we have come to expect, least of all what we are told it will look like by those who maintain and control BAU.

We don’t shy away from serious issues, here at the Diner. Just as much, we are about solutions, which we are trying to bring to the forefront. Permaculture, growing your own food, making habitat for all living things, is part of that. I’m convinced it’s a fundamental aspect of any scenario by which humanity navigates industrial collapse with anything like grace.

Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture, seems to agree. He and I, along with Monsta666, discuss that in this Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 Doomstead Diner, Monsta of Doom podcast. Too, we talk about what permaculture is, and what might be accomplished with it. We talk about water, and Toby’s epiphany, from Biotech career, to permaculture evangelist for the earth. We talk about community.

From the Diner community,

WHD

(PS – The artist who’s music appears, goes by the name Human)

Three Sisters

Off the keyboard of William Hunter Duncan

Published originally @ Off the Grid in Minneapolis, Aug 01, 2013

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What have I been doing lately, @ 40? Not writing blog posts, obviously. Though I did post articles @ the Doomstead Diner in July, one on the Trayvon/Zimmerman thing and another with RE, on free speech, Constitutional hypocrisy and Brandon Smith of Alt-Market, which was cross-posted @ The Burning Platform. TBP readers called me Dumfuck and Dipshit, but I told them they were divine ;), so all is well. Otherwise I have been working @ uber garden center, uber retail outlet, doing whatever I can to undermine the system, in the gentle, easy-going way I do. I told the GM it is “insane” to throw in the trash compactor those hundreds of seed packets and all that seed starting equipment. He said my heart was in the right place. I didn’t point out to him, what that implied about the condition of his own heart, nor that it wasn’t my heart I was focused on, but the condition of my soul. Still, I had cajoled the Burpees women into giving me a few seed packets.

 

A lot more than these end up @ non-profits, etc. Ferry Morris? Jiffy? Martha Stewart? Into the compactor.

 

I get down, every time I walk back to receiving, looking at the bin holding perfectly good merchandise headed for the compactor, different stuff every day. There is a crew, that is part of their job, to pull the merchandise that is to be marked down and compacted, and to throw it into the compactor. I don’t envy that job, but then much of what I am expected to do is sell poisons, to kill weeds and bugs. I guarantee I have more weeds and bugs in my garden than just about anyone in this city, but not even the mosquitos bother me much, nor the hornets, wasps, ants, etc, nor even the dreaded Japanese beetle this year. More often than not, most of the time, when I try to steer people toward Eco-smart, plant derivative mostly, non-toxic sprays, they get uncomfortable, visibly, like there is something wrong with that (at least if they use that spray they won’t kill every bug they aren’t aiming at.) Some are dismissive, as if they know anything about it.  Sometimes I tell people the chemical they are about to buy has been linked to bee colony collapse disorder. Most of them get uncomfortable like they know what they are doing is wrong, but they buy it anyway. More and more I talk to people about my garden, and the insects and weeds there, the weeds I eat, the attracting of insects and birds and bats to eat insects. I have as yet failed to steer anyone set on buying chemicals away from chemicals, though I am not at all averse to using phrases like, “neuro-toxin”, “broad-spectrum poison” and “good bugs, like monarchs”. I tell them until the ants living in my garden prove to me that they are a detriment, they get a free pass, unless they come inside, which few do, there being so much to eat outside apparently. Most people can not be talked to about their chemical use. I do talk a few people out of buying general shit they don’t need (this store typically comes close to doubling the sales it was built for. A few Associates act jealous that we didn’t get the $500,000 upgrade next-door-city, uber retail outlet brother got. Few complain to management about the pay, shitty schedule, no hope for benefits etc). Hey guys, a good note: I’ve encountered a number of beautiful women who are gardening for the first time, but not really knowing what they are doing, or really why. (None seem too impressed by me in my apron.) LOL.

 

(speaking of ants, (and snakes))

 

 

Every day I think, I could build just about any dwelling, I can grow way more food than I can eat, I have more plant knowledge than anyone I know. And this is what my culture, the Twin Cities greater metro, has for me to do, to sell shit people don’t need that is toxic to them and the earth, for $10/hr part time, with a schedule that changes every week, with only one of four shifts @ 8 hours, with 4hr shifts in the middle of the day. (Six years ago they paid $12/hr for this work.) While terrorism task force commandos ride metro transit around here busting up the few fights and arresting pot smokers @ $80,000/year? Yesterday too the GM sat us down in groups to inform us that the termination process has been simplified so it is less confusing. I’m convinced there is something like a systematic process by which they are attempting to make the situation so economically intolerable that none but the few who are well compensated will stick around long, so they can continue to hire an ever revolving workforce at an ever lower cost. I’m certain that if I were to stay, whatever meager raises I would receive would be considerably less than real inflation. A guy came in complaining that he paid more for sod somewhere else because we didn’t have as much as he needed. I thought but didn’t say, that’s because they probably pay their people a dignified wage – your low cost facilitates wage slavery. I won’t necessarily hesitate next time.

 

Otherwise, I am enchanted by my garden. Writing now, I’m watching a male cardinal, ready himself for a bath in the pond. He is considerably more wary about it than the female, who can be indulgent about it I judge, soaking herself repeatedly, several times a day. LOL. I’ve seen yellow finch, native and English sparrow, sometimes at the same time. While the male cardinal favors the gravel path, the female, the sparrows and the finch seem to prefer the beach. I’ve seen as many as a half dozen birds bathing at one time. 🙂 (Excuse the poor quality – I work with an early generation digital camera running on AA batteries. Which it gobbles up like crazy but I’ve dropped it a half dozen times and it still works. LOL) The female cardinal. She was there awhile before I caught her on video.

 

(Sorry, but the fascists at google blogspot won’t let the video transfer from my blog, html or otherwise)

 

I took much of the spring garden in, and planted the fall garden. Here is cosmo with borage, with beets and baby swamp milkweed.

 

 

 

Mr Rufalumpagus, all growed up 🙂 LOL

 

 

 

 

It maybe looks like more than it is. Maybe forty lbs of edibles. I saved the beet and kohl rabi leaves and stems, a few of the turnip stems, freezing them to break down the cell structure, which I’ll boil with other veges into soup base.

 

 

 

 

 

This is the peninsula out by the driveway. Swamp milkweed, evening primrose, amaranth.

 

 

These are the happiest potatoes in this garden. The ones out in full sun look ragged.

 

 

Morning glory leaf, with boltonia, and zinnia in the background.

 

 

Zinnia with borage and golden alexander. That’s a potato flower on the left.

 

 

Name the flowers: Zinnia, amaranth, borage, golden alexander, cosmos, sunflower.

 

 

 

Joe Pye at top, and something white flower I forgot the name of bulb I bought @ uber garden center.

 

 

Down in there is the lettuce bed. It will grow slow and won’t bolt (go to seed) as soon.

 

 

My neighbors junk pile. Considerably more people are drawn to that than there are, drawn to this garden.

 

 

 

 

Dahlia, with a pair of morning glories poised like dragons. Here is an interesting video about the life of plants. (Head nod to Agelbert.)

 

 

 

One of the morning glory wrapped around the neck of the dahlia facing the other way, the other morning glory searching for an opening.

 

 

The second morning glory, not finding an opening, joins the first, along with a third.

 

 

This has become something of a food and flower ornamental bed. Cabbage that I planted as seed, late. Tomatillo that have naturalized in this garden, popping up all over the place. With scattered, young spiderwort.

 

 

 

The heart mountains there in the background are morning glories covering my compost piles.

 

 

Purple cone flower, near where the blue flag bloom in the spring. Tick trefoil on either side foreground. Elderberry bush, fruit ripening. A young Clapps’ Favorite pear against the backdrop of elderberry.

 

 

 

 

My front “yard” meadow. A young couple stopped by the other day and started ripping out flowers. They said they thought the place was abandoned. I put a sign out.

 

 

 

Bergamot on the sidewalk. The flower petals make a nice, smokey tea. When I was planting the fall garden, I heard a couple comment to each other about what a great idea the flowers in the treasure chest are. Followed shortly by a woman who complained, as if exasperated, “What a ridiculous path we just took,” as if the plants were a little too close, even touching her.

 

 

Sunflower, bald like me 🙂 (an offering)

 

 

This is the center of my garden, the bed where I plant something with some more sacred intent. Last year, contemplating the power of the sun to end Industrialism as we have known it, half expecting a harsh CME solar slap in the face for our polluting, insatiable ways, I planted red sunflower like the one above. This year it’s all about food. Corn, beans and zucchini.

 

 

 

 

Last evening, at the end of a grinding five day stint @ uber garden center – three 6am-starts in four days after four-months closing until midnight and later many nights – I bought some beer, Hop Rising, and some blackberry wine, and proceeded to get super high and drunk. Then I found these, some kind of native pollinator, at rest on a small amaranth, in slumber, at the center of the bed, the absolute center of the spiral that is this garden. They probably have a hive somewhere here, their ancestors perhaps having found this garden to their liking. Their offspring and their offspring ongoing might habitate here as long as this garden exists. Many people who shop @ uber garden center would spray these. I’ve noticed a distinct reduction in all pollinator numbers, generally.

 

 

Then I found this dragonfly.

 

 

 

Contemplating this scene, realizing I want every human to feel at ease as much as these insects do here, thinking about garden tours, classes, trainings, I heard a young man on the sidewalk say to his friends, “This is the yard I want!” The four of them were walking away, when he noticed me and said he loved my garden. I told him I heard what he said earlier, and that he had “made my day.”

 

As they walked away, I thought to myself, why didn’t I invite them in, to see this scene? That is my challenge, the cancer in me, metaphorically speaking, snip snip, don’t get too close. I am Minnesotan too; it is said of Minnesotans, they will give you directions to anywhere but their own house. Then I saw two young men lingering on a corner down the street, one of them the young man I had spoken with, so I waved to them to come back. They did, Mike and Tom, canvassing for Sisters’ Camelot. I invited them into the garden. Tom is a certified Permaculture expert. When I showed them the pollinators sleeping, reminding him, the first plant he named when he walked into the garden was Amaranth. I told Mike about the synchronicity I perceived, him saying what he said, and what I had been contemplating at the time. I told them about this blog, and the Doomstead Diner, and SUN (Sustaining Universal Needs, land acquisition, community building non-profit.) We discussed the difficulty in maintaining community. We agreed that hemp should be a foundation of an entirely different kind of economy.  I gave them $10 of uber bank, uber retail outlet money. They gave me some tobacco.

 

Sometime after that Melodee walked by, with three young girls, Lily, Molly and Tabitha, and a young boy named Kingston. Melodie informed me that she had been defending me to her husband, who thinks my garden is “so overgrown”, telling him I grow 60% of the food I eat, even exaggerating on my and this garden’s behalf. LOL. I didn’t ask her how she knew that I grew so much food. I did tell her to tell her husband I have nine gallons of strawberry wine and blackberry wine brewing. Next time I see her, I’m going to tell her to challenge her husband to drink a beer with me and take a tour of this garden.

 

Then Tess walked by. I seem to see Tess about every six months or so. She complimented me on the garden, we talked, there was a tension in the air, mostly mine. I invited her to take a tour. She was with her big, mild mannered dog Wainright. I showed her the pollinators and the dragonfly, after I warned her that I was super drunk and high. LOL. When I explained the intent behind the bed the pollinators and the dragonfly were resting in, that it was all about food this year, I called out “corn, zucchini, and beans”, and she said, “three sisters.”

 

I was super awkward, and yet managed to proposition her in a veiled way at least three times. What would Wainright do, while…. Wisely, she declined my drunken-high advances – gross. Besides I seem to recall now, sober, she is married or coupled at least, and she is so adorable and friendly and kind that I’m sure I would get along with whoever she is coupled with, and I don’t mean to sow drama like that. She did not seem to be offended, and we parted ways. Not before I reminded her though, this was our third meeting.

 

So as I like to repeat:

 

My Goddess, My Goddess, My Goddess; My name is William Hunter Duncan and I am in service to you.

 

My Goddess, My Goddess, My Goddess; My name is William Hunter Duncan and I am in service to you.

 

My Goddess, My Goddess, My Goddess; My name is William Hunter Duncan and I am in service to you.

 

 

PS: I did a podcast with Toby Hemenway, of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, and the website Pattern Literacy. Coming to the Doomstead Diner soon.

 

Blessings,

WHD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Great Pause Week 20: Coronation Part I"With the number of Covid patients closing in on 20 million, epidemiologists hope the virus has [...]

"Your future is a story you were told, like Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy."Thirty years a [...]

The Great Pause Week 18: Midwinter Down Under"Our objectives are low-tech, anti-fragile, and human-centered. By using tools of permaculture [...]

The Great Pause Week 17: Toppling Mount Rushmore"We are being schooled in the deficiencies of human neurobiology."President Cobblepot and [...]

The Great Pause Week 16: Cash Bounties for Scalps"The word “redskin” has been coined to refer to these trophies."Paris, June 15, 1756. Anti [...]

The folks at Windward have been doing great work at living sustainably for many years now.  Part of [...]

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A new climate protest movement out of the UK has taken Europe by storm and made governments sit down [...]

The success of Apollo 11 flipped the American public from skeptics to fans. The climate movement nee [...]

Today's movement to abolish fossil fuels can learn from two different paths that the British an [...]

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In reply to psile. That virus is relentlessly spreading globally. Meanwhile in our local rural groce [...]

In reply to Gail Tverberg. "With so many payments in cash, the government cannot collect taxes [...]

In reply to Hubbs. Exactly. The JAMA article commits the traditional logical fallacy of "post h [...]

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Hey Steve what do you think if the idea that the 1K/mo digital UBI for US citizens 18 and older (plu [...]

Who was it who used to argue here years ago about how much fat could be cut from the system? Was it [...]

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Do Central Bankers Recognize there is NO GROWTH?

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Singularity of the Dollar

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