Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I was once a student in a punk T-Shirt hooked on screwed-up scenarios. That's how I became the esteemed cultural figure that I am today.

Utah fires its state archaeologists

Utah state archaeologist Kevin Jones was laid off from the Utah Department of Community and Culture on Tuesday. Officials say the measures were budget-driven, but skeptics suspect it is related to opposition of a proposed UTA station.

Tribune Article


Firing of Utah Archaeologists Alarms Community

Guv: Controversy didn’t get Utah archaeologists fired

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Posted this before but ............

The Outlawing of Adventure

Outlaws have always been adventurers, but adventurers have not always
necessarily been outlaws. Until about the turn of the century, or even
later, it was easy for people to just take off with nothing more than what
they could carry on their backs. They could camp almost anywhere, bathe in
any river, streams or pond, and wander where they chose, without the fear
of being busted. In cities, they could play music, juggle, dance or
otherwise perform on the streets in exchange for food. They could choose
their own risks, decide for themselves what chances they would take...and
not be outlawed for it.

But now, real adventure is largely against the law. This is no
surprise. Industrial civilization is based on control, and control is
easiest in a mono-culture. Diversity tends to undermine order and, as much
as possible, is suppressed. So today, even on public lands, we are told
where to hike, wheere to camp, where to bathe, where to climb. We see signs
everywhere prohibiting us from taking risks, from going where we choose,
from living as we choose. We are ordered to get permits to go into the
wilderness, to let the government know what we are doing. In most cities, a
permit is required for street performance ( and, in many, it is outlawed),
which means getting approval from a government committee ( or, in Boston,
the police department). And if you wish to wander in foreign lands,
passports and visas are required. The government will tell us that this is
all for our own good, but in reality, it is an attempt to limit diversity,
the possibility of adventure and the extent to which people can experience
wildness and wonder. The authorities are trying to restrict wnadering to
its commodity form...the vacation. They want the wilderness to be a
spectacle to be observed but never participate in. They want the streets to
be places associated with work and pay...not with the amazement and wonder
that street performers often bring. They want music, dancing and playing to
be entertainment, and uninhibited street performance could go beyondthat
and become a festival of free play. Without the constraints of these
retrictive laws, too many people might get a taste of wild freedom and of
the marvelous, and might start rebelling against work-and-pay society. No
society can actually abolish adventure. At worst, society can outlaw
adventure, and I doubt that many people reading this are afraid to be
outlaws. As society strives to enforce conformity, we will face it with an
attitude of rebellious defiance, confronting it with our refusal to be less
than all we desire to be. Like all rebels, we have wild imaginations and
are quite capable of finding our way around the rules. No law is stronger
than its ability to be enforced. By keeping a low profile, we can camp
where we choose, wander where we choose...as long as the "Alternative
Living" articles in Live Wild Or Die have shown. In cities, if we want to
play , dance or sing in the streets, we can do so, stopping or claiming
we’re only doing it for our own pleasure if the police try to harass us. If
enough people gather to hear or join our fun, the cops may not be able to
get through. If the permits are photocopiable, it may become worthwhile to
get one, photocopy it and pass it along to anyone who might be interested,
underming the purpose of the permit. Where street performance is completely
ilegal...who’s to stop you from playing for your own pleasure in a park?
And if the festive spirit spreads, so much the better.

Some will ask..."but why not just stick to the wilderness in our adventure:
isn’t living wild what we’re interested in?" Cities are part of the reality
created by civilization. Millions of people live in cities and ignoring
them won’t make them go away. If a spirit of wonder and wild adventure is
impossible in cities, then the creation of a world free of domestication is
a pipedream. For what is going to tear down the cities, if not the wild
energy of rebellious city dwellers tired of the drab, homogenized, sterile
existence the city offers them, and inspired by s vision of how full and
passionate life could be? And would not wandering festivals of wonder and
rebellion, freely sharing music, dancing and play be a way of inspiring
such a vision? So, wild adventurers, let’s wander where we choose,
spreading wonder and rebellion in defiance of a society that strives to
outlaw adventure.

...A Nameless Gypsy Outlaw

We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine, and the machine is bleeding to death.

Poetry written in gasoline........

Ink, Ink, and more Ink.....

This evening I will be getting my side tattoo finished.......

Friday, June 24, 2011

The World's First Baseload (24/7) Solar Power Plant

Gemasolar is a 19.9-MW plant with a 15-hour 'battery'. Gemasolar's expected production is 110,000 MWh per year--or about enough to fully power 25,000 households. Gemasolar to produce electricity about 6,400 hours per year - a capacity factor of 75%. Gemasolar's power tower has a height of 140 meters (459.3 feet.)

The receiver on top of the tower is like a radiator that is heated to a temperature of about 565 degrees Celsius (1,050 degrees Farenheit) by the sunlight reflected by 2,650 heliostats with a total reflective surface of about 300,000 square meters (3.32 million square feet.)

Have I mentioned.......

The Eighth Day

A collaborative exhibition by
Colby Vincent Edwards,
William Franevsky,
and Jarrett Scherff

The Eighth Day

“Si Ego Certiorem Faciam … Mihi Tu Delendus Eris”

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Into The Fire

Press For Truth Presents Into The Fire
World leaders and activists from around the world gathered for the G20 Summit. With over 19,000 police officers and security personnel on hand, the results lead to over 1100 arrests, martial law in downtown Toronto, and the most massive violation of civil liberties in Canadian history.

1 Million Acres of Grand Canyon Watershed Protected From Uranium Mining

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar extended interim protections from uranium mining today for Grand Canyon’s 1-million-acre watershed through the end of 2011; the secretary also announced his support for a 20-year mineral withdrawal across the same area. Both protections ban new claims and block new mining on existing, unproven claims.

Indigenous Independent Media

Fit in, Be cheerful, or someone might think your weird.....

Something to think about.....

Flag-waving patriotism is dangerous to individuals.
When the home tribe is threatened, or when it is preparing to attack its neighbor, everyone’s loyalty bears closer inspection. This produces a shameless rush to rally around the flag with an embarrassing excess of fervor. As Voltaire said “Patriotism is a refuge of cowards."

” The most glaring flaw of group-think patriotism is
revealed by the patriot himself when he exclaims, to an approving crowd of riled-up tribesmen: ‘my country, right or wrong.’”

Echos of the past.....

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

How long has it been? Think about you a lot around this time of year......

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Only Thing Governments Have Done

Dead Horse Bay, A Living Museum Of Trash

At the far southeastern edge of Brooklyn sits Dead Horse Bay. The name is an evocative, and quite literal, one. It harkens back to the 1800s, when dead horses from around New York City were sent to a lonely, remote place called Barren Island to be processed and made into things like glue and fertilizer. Because of this, the water that surrounded the island was called Dead Horse Bay.

It was not just horses that were processed on Barren Island. It was a clearinghouse for all sorts of muck, filth and grime. From the 1850s onward, trash from Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx was sent to the island, as were many kinds of dead animals. The island housed a community of around 1,500 people, who lived, worked in factories and went to school there.

Not surprisingly, though, the mixture of animal corpses and all that trash created an almighty stench. As far back as 1899, the state legislature was debating how to curb the smell—and the processing facilities that produced it. In the late 1920s, the city shut down the factories and filled in the water that separated part of the island from the mainland with trash and turned it into Floyd Bennett Field, New York’s first airport.

A Living Museum Of Trash from Brooklyn Ink on Vimeo.

In the 1950s, a cap on one of the containers for the landfill burst, sending trash flowing onto the beach that had been created when the land was filled in. Trash, both old and new, has continued to cascade onto the sands of Dead Horse Bay ever since.

Ever wonder what it would be like to fix a camera to a hula hoop, focused on the inside of the ring?

Me neither but what the hell.....

The cost of sanity, in this society, is a certain level of alienation.......

Santa Clara River......wandering.....

Brian Haw : January 7th 1949 - June 18th 2011

Minority of One - Brian Haw by crazations

Brian Haw website

"The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The machines were reduced to smouldering piles of misshapen metal.....

.....and the smell of gasoline clung to his clothing

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Something to think about.....

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

John Muir

Sunday, June 5, 2011

"The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild, and what I have been preparing to say is,

that in Wildness is the preservation of the World

Saturday, June 4, 2011

"…the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not."

END:CIV - Resist or Die

"If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?"

Something to think about.....

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Albert Einstein

The 3-D Act

Here's the abridged "wish list" and a response to each entry:

1. Put oil and natural gas leasing on the Outer Continental shelf on a fast track, holding lease sales every nine months and making them dependent on commercial expressions of interest (rather than, say, ecosystem requirements) to determine what parcels should be leased. Ensure that a year after the bill becomes law, there will be three lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and one off the coast of Virginia.

In other words, this would put oil interests first and make ecological considerations near-obsolete. It would also mean much more drilling in the Gulf and off the East Coast.

2. Open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to an "environmentally sound program for the exploration, development and production of the oil and gas resources ..."

Republicans have been after this for years, but there's a reason they haven't gotten it: Cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic, as we saw with the Exxon Valdez, is excruciatingly difficult -- and spills therefore do immense damage to the native habitats and local economies.

3. Expedite lease sales for companies seeking to extract oil and natural gas from complex geologic formations like oil shale and tar sands in the West.

The GOP wants to bring the devastatingly destructive tar sands operation like the one in Alberta, Canada, to the United States. Remember, that operation produces what is considered the "dirtiest fuel on earth".

4. Set a nine-month deadline for the environmental review of any federal action like such leasing.

Read: less talk, more drilling.

5. Prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying carbon dioxide or methane from agricultural activities ... as a pollutant. No state ... could get federal permission to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from passenger vehicles.

Whatever happened to the conservatives' love for states' rights? Why couldn't a state decide to reign in carbon pollution if its voters approved such an effort? Seems pretty tyrannical -- in reality, it's just an effort to appeal to the auto industry and its lobby in DC.

6. Allow state governors to declare emergencies, which, once declared, require federal officials to ignore the provisions of the Endangered Species Act when dealing with the emergency.

Who needs endangered species anyways?

7. Allow mountaintop removal mining to proceed at Spruce Mine in Logan County, W. Va..

The EPA has gone some ways towards stalling these destructive projects, but the GOP wants to do its buddies in the coal industry a solid and let them get back to blowing up mountains for profit.

8. Reinstate the oil and gas leases in Utah that were purchased in the last years of George W. Bush's administration.

Obama overturned these right when he got into office for a reason -- they were rushed and unlawful.

9. In California's dry central valley, ensure that no federal scientific report ... requiring water for endangered fish be allowed to interfere with farmers' rights to their historical maximum allocations.

Yes. Let's agree to never let science inform our policy-making ever again.

10. Expedite approval of construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States.

Ah, the tar sands oil again! Let's get that stuff flowing to the US asap, and encourage one of the most environmentally-damaging projects in history to keep at it.

11. Give Shell oil a long-delayed license to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea above Alaska.

Why not? Everyone else will be doing it, so why can't Shell?

12. Prohibit federal agencies from paying legal fees to environmental groups that prevailing lawsuits challenging the government's environmental stewardship ...

After they've opened up every square inch of the nation for drilling and let private interests have priority over any semblance of ecological preservation, they need to discourage pesky green groups from challenging the status quo in court.

Friday, June 3, 2011

"None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so."

scammed from Swing Your Pants

Belo Monte Damn

As opposition to the proposed Belo Monte Dam on the Amazon’s Xingu River grows, Amazon Watch and International Rivers have created a 10-minute Google Earth 3-D tour and video, narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver. The production, entitled Defending the Rivers of the Amazon, supports Brazil’s Xingu River Forever Alive Movement.

The Belo Monte Dam would be the third-largest hydroelectric dam in the world. It would divert the flow of the Xingu River, a significant tributary of the Amazon, to produce electricity for industrial mining operations in the region.

Xingu Forever Alive

In the process, the dam’s reservoirs would flood 668 square kilometers and displace more than 20,000 people. Late last week, the Brazilian government signed the concession to build the $17 billion-dollar project, ignoring local, national, and international opposition.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Laser study to reveal secrets of Texan prehistoric paintings

COMSTOCK, Texas — A complex colorful mural painted on canyon walls some 4,000 years ago in West Texas is getting modern laser treatment as researchers try to unlock its mysteries and protect it from the unintended consequences of a nearby reservoir

Panther Cave, among the best known of several hundred prehistoric pictograph sites that dot the rugged canyons along the US-Mexico border, is being scanned with lasers to produce a high-resolution 3-D image in efforts to gauge the mural's deterioration and detect images long ago erased by Mother Nature. They hope the project will help them preserve and decipher one of the oldest stories in North America.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I take no pride in my compulsive need to turn happy clowns into sad clowns.....

But hey...the fucking clowns started it...

Oh, Have I mentioned lately.......