Archive for the shift (of ages)

4.26.11

the boy with the incredible brain

Holy smoke.

Pop some popcorn and watch this doc in lieu of some craptastic reality show. Two minutes and it will suck you in! Such powerful proof that we have extra-sensory, super computers between our ears that can access so much more than the tiny fraction of “reality” most of us are limited to perceiving. Here’s the direct link. (Hat tip: Spiritually Deep Dish)

Posted at 1am on 4/26/11 | 2 comments | Filed Under: documentaries, the shift (of ages) | read on

4.10.11

whitewash

Arnold Gundersen is a nuclear engineer with 30 years experience who was an expert safety witness in the Three Mile Island case. He’s a whistleblower who was personally attacked by the industry for speaking out (and then vindicated.) For the past few weeks, he’s been providing short, concise weekly video updates regarding Fukushima. He’s also analyzing official NRC reports and interpreting information that others are too inexperienced (or hesitant) to tackle. This guy is scientific, totally legit and not an alarmist.

Side note: as reported by the Guardian, the “official” number of people effected by Chernobyl is bunk. The Chernobyl disaster was completely white-washed, just as we are witnessing with Fukushima. It’s important to realize that the numbers and statistics around Chernobyl being used to make comparative assumptions about the ramifications of Fukushima are incorrect and grossly underestimated.

Posted at 6pm on 4/10/11 | no comments; | Filed Under: environment, the shift (of ages) | read on

4.9.11

love

Really intrigued by this project. Indie filmmaker/photographer William Eubank built the replica of a space station in his parents front yard and filmed, Love, the story of a man alone, trapped in a space, and how he keeps himself emotionally alive. I was unfamiliar with the band Angels & Airwaves (with Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge) before this trailer. They produced and scored the film. Looks and sounds like a powerful film with a beautiful message of hope and resilience.

(‘Tis the season for more and more of these kinds of films, books, tv shows, etc. as humanity enters the do-or-die zone.)

Posted at 1pm on 4/9/11 | 3 comments | Filed Under: film, the shift (of ages), trailers | read on

3.20.11

I AM

Posted at 8pm on 3/20/11 | 5 comments | Filed Under: documentaries, film, the shift (of ages) | read on

3.3.11

uncontacted tribes

Watching this footage of one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes, my heart flooded with a nauseating combination of awe, urgency, happiness and dread. The film was shot to prove to Peru’s president that these tribes do, in fact, exist and need to be protected from oil workers and loggers who invade their villages or simply kill them in order to access their land.

Survival International is campaigning hard to protect these and all indigenous peoples around the world. It goes without saying that these wisdom keepers and their knowledge are our link to a sustainable and holistic future. Even though many tribal leaders and shamans are sharing their knowledge as fast as they can, I can’t help but wonder if once they are all gone, our opportunity for radical transformation leaves with them.

Posted at 2am on 3/3/11 | 1 comment | Filed Under: do something!, environment, the shift (of ages) | read on

3.2.11

miraculous

Watch the 3 minute Skin Gun clip from NatGeo TV because you have to know this exists. A little graphic, but worth some squeamishness for the happy ending.

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2.15.11

the holy mushroom

Watching this will be the most fascinating 6 minutes you’ll spend all week. The first minute is a brief introduction by Paul Stamets discussing his astounding book – Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Save The World – a mycological manual for rescuing ecosystems. The next five minutes consists of fantastical high-speed footage of mushrooms and fungi doing their thing.

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This review of Stamet’s book nicely highlights the most salient and mind-blowing ways that mushrooms can reverse environmental damage like: soil contaminated by heavy metals and industrial toxins, filtration for contaminated water, strengthening forest eco-sytems and controlling pest populations. Absolutely astounding!

Just goes to show that Mother Nature has already provided the magical tools needed to heal our world and make things right. Especially, when we consider the biologically healing properties of mushrooms as well as the *sacred* uses of (ergot or psilocybin) mushrooms as a gateway substance to better understanding higher consciousness and the nature of God. It’s no wonder ancient wisdom keepers from both East and West have revered the mighty mushroom for centuries.

P.S. There’s this TED TALK with Paul Stamets, but unfortunately, does not include the spectacular time lapse footage of mushrooms and fungi blooming, exploding, spreading and feeding.)

Posted at 2pm on 2/15/11 | 2 comments | Filed Under: books & writing, environment, the shift (of ages) | read on

2.12.11

egypt

Article from STRATFOR: Mubarak’s Resignation in Context

“After two weeks of popular protests, Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as Egyptian president, handing responsibility for the country’s governance to a military council.

What This Is

This is a military succession. Mubarak is a former air marshal. All of the leaders of Egypt since it achieved independence in the first half of the twentieth century have been military leaders. The military holds all relevant levers of control in the country. At present, the only thing that has changed is that the specific personality at the top of the organizational pyramid has left (along with his family). Even at their peak, the protesters outnumbered neither the military nor the internal security services, which have roughly 1 million members between them. Compare this to the 1979 Iranian Revolution or the 1989 Central European revolutions when millions of people (in countries with far smaller populations than Egypt’s 80 million) turned out to protest. The military had the option of cracking down on the demonstrations, but did not see the benefits of such an option outweighing the costs. In fact, the demonstrations in many ways helped the military apply pressure on Mubarak to force his departure. In showing restraint, the military both co-opted the protesters, and demonstrated to the vast majority of Egyptians that the military could be trusted with the country. There were two audiences — those on the streets where the cameras were focused, and the other being the millions of Egyptians who, regardless of how they felt about Mubarak, did not feel compelled to join demonstrations that were disrupting everyday affairs. And the combination of the relatively small size of the protests and the military’s end-goal meant that the situation never rose to the point that the military feared losing control over the environment. As such, this transfer of power is a relatively orderly, internally managed process. The military is now playing a more overt role in managing the state, but the underlying power structure remains intact.

What This Is Not

Unlike previous days where protesters concentrated on Tahrir Square, on Feb. 11 they were more dispersed, with the 6th of October bridge, state television headquarters and the presidential palace also seeing considerable activity. However, despite the broader geography of protests, it appears that the total number of protesters did not appreciably increase: perhaps only from 200,000 previously to 250,000 today (out of a metropolitan population of about 17 million). While it is significant that large protests are occurring at all in an Arab state where anti-regime protests are normally quickly quelled, the demonstrations simply did not reach critical mass to overwhelm the regime.

Now the protesters on the streets — not to mention the international media — obviously see this differently. They see this as very similar to those other “revolutions” and are going to be on quite a bit of a high. So far their numbers have not proven sufficient to force the military to do anything in particular (as opposed to being just large enough to be used by the military to press Mubarak), but nothing tends to put people into the streets like a sense of momentum.

The protesters, while their numbers have not grown, do have a vote in how this goes. They obviously agitated for a more pluralist system, but the military is not going to be in a rush to meet these demands. If the protesters disperse, then the military will be free to rule as it sees fit. If not, then it will be a contest between their ability to mobilize and the military’s ability to constrain them. The balance of forces — for now — is clearly in the military’s favor, but managing revolutions as the military has thus far done is hardly an exact science.

What Is Next

And so we watch the military even more closely than we watch the protest. There were a number of points since the protests began when it was not clear to STRATFOR if everyone within the military leadership was on the same page. Information at this point indicates that martial law may be imposed and military law (assuming there is a difference) is a possibility to be imposed, a logical step regardless if the military is unified (and wants to definitively end any disruption to the transition process) or if they are not (and they need some time to sort through the details).

There undoubtedly will be much talk about this or that constitutional provision and whether what the military is doing is or is not technically legal. But remember that the Egyptian president acting under “civilian” rule had the ability to amend the Egyptian Constitution at will, and send those amendments to the parliament for ratification. The powers of both the president and the parliament are now formally in military hands. Now that the military has “given” the protesters what they asked for — for the military to remove the president, the very definition of a military coup in most times and places — it is hard to imagine that the military will be taking a less liberal view of their powers than Mubarak allowed himself. We assume that for the next few weeks military rule will be based on the 1952 model when Gamal Abdel Nasser overthrew the government, with the ruling council composed of mostly if not entirely military officers.

If this follows the patterns of similar evolutions elsewhere, direct military rule means that the parliament will be dissolved (in name if not in fact) and the military will (at least nominally) preside over a transitional system until civilian rule can be reintroduced. But Mubarak’s government was never civilian in the first place. There certainly may be some rearrangements of titles and offices, but at its core this is cosmetic. The military was in charge before military rule was declared. The military is obviously in charge now that military rule has been declared. And so it is up to the military to determine what happens when military rule ‘ends.'”

*(Thanks to my dad for pointing me to STRATFOR.)

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12.9.10

keep it straight, yo

In general, I’m obsessed with historical radicalness and tipping points, which is why I am so fixated on this Wikileaks phenomenon. It feels like such a HUGE deal and I can’t stop thinking about it (though, I’m sure plenty of people out there could care less.) However, for those who do care, check out this super short summary that speaks for itself: The BFD of The Wikileaks Era. Also love this excellent piece (The Crux of the Wikileak’s Debate) detailing how the lies surrounding the Wikileaks phenom are becoming ‘fact’ –as much as Saddam’s WMDs. Whatever your opinions on the Wikileaks phenomenon, even if you don’t really care, at least keep the fundamental facts straight.

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LIE #1: Wikileaks “dumped a quarter of a million” cables for general public consumption.
FACT: Only 960 cables have been released, about 2% of the total cache.

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LIE #2: Wikileaks “indiscriminately” released cables that provide no value other than satisfying people’s “prurient” interest.

FACT: These 960 cables were selected via a collaborative editorial process that included some of the world’s most respected news organizations: The Guardian (w/ The New York Times), El Pais, Le Monde and Der Speigel. Cables were chosen that specifically *corresponded to stories already released* by these major papers – i.e. cables determined to be newsworthy by managing editors.

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LIE #3: Wikileaks “carelessly” put innocent people in danger.

FACT: All the above newspapers published the cables *before* Wikileaks. Additionally, once Wikileaks finally did make the 960 cables available on their website, ALL redactions suggested by editors of said newspapers were applied to protect identities.

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Just had to put this out there after mentioning these facts to a few friends who were under the impression that Wikileaks posted 250,000 random cables on their website “just because they could.” The Wikileaks process is not perfected, and there is much refining to be done, but it’s not the “random dump” of information that mainstream media is reporting.

Posted at 4pm on 12/9/10 | 1 comment | Filed Under: the shift (of ages) | read on

12.8.10

shell

A few months ago I posted how I’d no idea that the Niger Delta “has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates.” Today’s cable leaks highlighted by The Guardian show how Shell Oil has systematically infiltrated the Nigerian government. I pray this gives some environmental legal activists out there a sound basis for taking decisive action against Shell. Or are these oil giants untouchable?

WikiLeaks cables: Shell’s grip on Nigerian state revealed

The company’s top executive in Nigeria told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew “everything that was being done in those ministries”. She boasted that the Nigerian government had “forgotten” about the extent of Shell’s infiltration and was unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations.

The cache of secret dispatches from Washington’s embassies in Africa also revealed that the Anglo-Dutch oil firm swapped intelligence with the US, in one case providing US diplomats with the names of Nigerian politicians it suspected of supporting militant activity, and requesting information from the US on whether the militants had acquired anti-aircraft missiles.

Posted at 4pm on 12/8/10 | no comments; | Filed Under: environment, the shift (of ages) | read on

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