Here’s a pair to draw to. I think the big question is which one has fewer democratic aspirations for his country and the world. That’s a Saudi King on the right and an american king wannabe on the left. My guess is they are not planning to go hunting together, probably going to talk about crude oil. Ever wonder why they call it crude?
One of these turkeys has less than 2 years left. There’s something to be thankful for.
Sure! Of course! And it can be haven as the material dimensions of a small blue planet start to squeeze us.
Herewith, courtesy and credit to Katagiri-Roshi: From Returning to Silence – Zen Practice in Daily Life.
Ritual is constantly painting a portrait of our life, setting in motion the interactive commuminon between us and the universe. Without ritual we cannot do anyting. The poem “To Paint the Portrait of the Bird” by Jacques Prevert, is a good example of the interacting communion of appeal and response that is rutual or the essential nature of repentence:
First paint a cage
with an open door.
Then paint something pretty
for the bird.
Tip of the hat to genius and agent provocateur – Laurie Anderson.
This small blue planet seems like a bit of a fractious place these days.
The Israeli’s are committing genocide against the Palestinians.
The Russians have their foot on the throat of the Chechans.
The Right-Center (fascist?) government of Mexico has the gloves off with the common people of Oaxaca.
Iran and Korea are trying to muster a nuclear weapon stash, the United States has decided to help India increase its nuclear arsenal.
Yikes! What a mess for a small blue planet.
There is a really optimistic and fulfilling path available for those of us who think waging global war to determine who gets to pump and burn the last barrel of oil is a stupid idea.
You can read all about it at Community Solutions.
I think it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. People are lining up at Walmarts to get a good deal on their playstations, some are getting robbed and shot while standing in line, but hey, as the ever philosophical Rumsfeld has noted: stuff happens.We watched a video from the library last night – The End of Suburbia, Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream. Filmmaker/Director – Gregory Green, producer – Barry Silverthorn. It has a grim, but entertaining message for about 70 minutes – the catastrophe facing us in the form of oil depletion – peak oil – before it shifts gears and starts talking about how we can adjust and survive.
End of Suburbia – It got two green thumbs up here at Small Blue Planet. Very entertaining,full of important information presented in a way that may help more folks understand what lots of us already know.
So, as we start talking among family about how to celebrate the holidays, me and mine are moving more and more towards an agreement to bring presence instead of presents to our gatherings. Maybe we don’t need to stand line to buy presence? Maybe we just need to invoke presence and give presence that nobody will want to return or trade?
Hat tip to Bobby Dylan for a good line.
Boy, the wind did blow a bit though here in the south sound this past week. And my waterlogged extended family in the WA Cascades tell me we just went through a thousand year flood. Folks are talking about more money to build, repair, and maintain dikes and levees. Levies for levees, as it were.
But down the coast a few miles, the folks in Santa Barbara, CA are taking a deep breath and a longer view. They have a developed the lightblueline project to keep the “oceanfront down at the beach.” They have a cool idea to help us see the impact of business as usual. I think Santa Barbara must be a cool city in many ways.
The premise of the lightblue line project is that a predictable worst case scenario of global warming is a 7 meter rise in sea level. That is based on the sea level rise if just the Greenland ice sheet was to melt. What can you say? That’s a big ice cube. And it is melting.
The mood of the electorate was pro-environment in the November 2006 election cycle with almost all of the US ballot initiatives dedicated to the premise that land and resource use is first and foremost an economic right went down to defeat.
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The 2006 midterm elections are behind us and the dems appear to be in charge of the House and the Senate. Bingo, Bango, Bongo, Mr. Rumsfeld decides the very next day that he needs to spend more time with his family.
If the family is avoiding Rummy he can always go traveling and chat with his old time buddy, Saddam Hussein. Or he go visit Old Europe, maybe take a tour of the World Court at The Hague. Whatever, he has some time on his hands now.
Anyway, for any young people who are unfamiliar with the guys in the picture above, one was sentenced to hang in November 2006 and the other one is a war criminal.
Well, my first foray into hosting a blog. And we are up and running. Lots to learn about Word Press software. I guess I could also be interested in learning how to get linked up with other progressive websites, individuals, and groups, but I am kind of thinking that has to happen on the fly, I am not interested in some kind of IPO blitz to attract traffic.