"T Boone's Windmills and The Myth of Scarcity"We already have windmills. We have windmills. Windmills, wind, sun, waves - already have it. This seems to be going right by the brains of people today. People have fallin' so deep under the spell of the monetary rulers of the world that they are looking at a plan to sell the wind to them seems like an altruistic venture.
The selling point for the venture is to free us from our dependence on the importation of fuel for use in the creation of usable energy. It's still a for profit venture. People say, "Well, of course. It's not like you can get something for nothing". Who said? Who told us that we couldn't, can't, won't ever get something for nothing? This is a teaching. There are no rules that say anyone has to adhere to a teaching. There are no rules that say we have to follow certain rules. We have been taught that we must follow certain rules if we want to have the best society. Well, do we? Do we have the best society? The only people who are still preaching that sermon are the same ones that started it, and those who have been completely indoctrinated. Do we know the definition of a cult? One of the things a cult will do is separate the inductee from their family and their previous life. They also collect anything of value from the members, for the good of the cult. The last is to obvious to need an explanation but the first is the most significant. Why not allow the newbee to bring their family into the cult. Why separate them? The main reason for this is that there is no guarantee that the family is susceptible to the brainwashing necessary to convert them. In other words they may be to healthy. You can't convert the healthy.
Do we live in a cult society? Are all societies a form of cultism? Is the monetary system a cult? I would say that our current monetary system is much like a cult. It has a massive education system that gathers up the most susceptible minds, that of the near infant, and starts the programming necessary for acceptance of an insane system. This insane system becomes the norm. The system becomes the family unit. It is the home. It is the central moral code. It is a lie. The lie is - you can't get something for nothing. There are a lot of other lies: we must have laws to protect us from ourselves, we must have governments, we must have faith, hope, the best system is the "For the good of the whole" system.
It's becoming obvious to a multitude of individuals that we have been indoctrinated. That we have been lied to on such a grand scale that it is hard to see. When something fills the entire screen one can't see that there is anything else. There doesn't seem to be any edges. So it doesn't appear to be the "thing" but the "whole". The "for profit system" is not the whole. It's a thing. Society, as we view it in our minds, is not a whole. Neither are countries, races, religions or ideals. These are all "little" things. The earth is a little microscopic thing in the whole. Life on earth is a tiny speck.
We can stop viewing this stuff as a whole, a permanent, at any time. We can stop listening to lies and propaganda at any time. This is always the first step. The mission of the rulers to fill our minds with the "fear of each other" can be changed to nothingness at any time. It's the same with the, something for nothing, idea. Our ideas, that fill the entire viewing screen, can be brought into a real perspective today. We can all make the shift right now. In between this - and this - we can cast off the mental chains that hold us in the dark.
So what about windmills? Great idea. They've been a great idea since the person with the idea got the idea. But in the current environment it doesn't have great meaning. The idea that people have been given is that if we can move from pollution type fuel to clean fuel our lives will be greatly improved and we will be on our way to a better world. That, is not true. Windmills won't free us from dependence and servitude. We will simply replace the "form". Dependence and servitude fill the screen and it's hard to see them. It's that lack of apparent edges again. They lose there thingness and take on the quality of allness. Nothing in the view screen is allness. It's all things. Little things. Easy to stop things. Not the great big things that have been erected in the minds eye. We just need to step back. We need to get a look at the edges. We can also turn off the projectors. TV is the main projector. Politicians and there minions use the media to constantly fill the screen of our thought world. Like the movie theater, if the projector is turned off the picture that filled the screen is gone.
This whole energy game that we play is projected for us. We do not have an energy crisis. The oil industry has an energy crisis. It is out of "easy to get" crude. It is now beginning to project a different picture for us. It's a picture of a more ethical, for profit machine. It shows you hydrogen and windmills. It puts little leaves and green growing images in it's ads and pictures. It changed it's voice and appearance. It shows pictures of engineers in flannel shirts, with whiskers. Young scientists working in studio designed labs who care about the environment. They love you. They love your children. They love windmills.
"Clean natural gas?"Natural gas is often described as the cleanest fossil fuel, producing less carbon dioxide per joule delivered than either coal or oil. However, in absolute terms it does contribute substantially to global emissions, and this contribution is projected to grow. According to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Working Group III Report, Chapter 4), in 2004 natural gas produced about 5,300 Mt/yr of CO2 emissions, while coal and oil produced 10,600 and 10,200 respectively; but by 2030, according to an updated version of the SRES B2 emissions scenario, natural gas would be the source of 11,000 Mt/yr, with coal and oil now 8,400 and 17,200 respectively. (Total global emissions for 2004 were estimated at over 27,200 Mt.)
In addition, natural gas itself is a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide when released into the atmosphere but is not of large concern due to the small amounts in which this occurs.
When drilled in the US, the CO2 pumped out with the natural gas is released directly into the atmosphere. This amount of CO2 is not counted with the release of the CO2 when natural gas is burned.
I was talking to my mom the other day. I suggested, as I always do that she move, from the North West, to someplace sunnier. I would build her a suitable box and put in a solar system. She said no. She also said that there was an article about a guy up there, where it rains 2/3's of the time, who is getting all his power from a Solar System and has some left over that he sells back to the grid. So why do we think about "gas" at all?
Well let's see:
The world's largest proven gas reserves are located in Russia, with 4.757 x 1013 m-squared (1.6 x 1015 cu ft). Russia is also the world's largest natural gas producer, through the Gazprom company. Major proven resources (with year of estimate) (in billion cubic metres) are world 175,400 (2006), Russia 47,570 (2006), Iran 26,370 (2006), Qatar 25,790 (2007), Saudi Arabia 6,568 (2006) and United Arab Emirates 5,823 (2006).
The world's largest gas field is Qatar's offshore North Field, estimated to have 25 trillion cubic metres(9.0 x 1014 cu ft) of gas in place-enough to last more than 200 years at optimum production levels. The second largest natural gas field is the South Pars Gas Field in Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. Connected to Qatar's North Field, it has estimated reserves of 8 to 14 trillion cubic metres(2.8 x 1014 to 5.0 x 1014 cu ft) of gas.
Well, as usual, it's profit. Notice how important Iran is in the whole scheme of things. No country incurs such wrath from the worlds megalomaniacs than some country setting on a fortune in natural resources and refusing to play the game. The game is the same game played out by little assholes in schools and street corners everywhere. It's the "Gimme your lunch money" or we'll beat your head in - game. Venezuela has all that oil and Iran's got all that gas and the bullies are just goin' nuts because - they want it.
Why Are Record Numbers of US Soldiers Committing Suicide?
The US military is grappling with a record number of soldier suicides. At least thirteen soldiers took their lives last month. That's down from the twenty-four military suicides in January and eighteen in February, but still in line with the most number of suicides since record keeping began. As many as 143 soldiers reportedly took their own lives last year. Continue reading at democracynow.org
Major scandal erupts involving Rep. Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales and AIPAC
Other obligations prevent me from writing until later today - and I intend to focus on Rahm Emanuel's war-crimes-protecting proclamation that Obama's desire for immunity extends beyond CIA officers perpetrating torture to the "policy makers" who ordered it (watch today as the hardest-core Obama loyalists start explaining how the UN doesn't matter, international treaties are irrelevant, and war criminals need not be held accountable) -- but, until then, I wanted to highlight this extremely important and well-reported story from CQ's Jeff Stein, which involves allegations of major corruption and serious criminal activity on the part of Democratic Rep. Jane Harman. Here's one crucial prong of the story: Continue reading at Salon.com-greenwald-criminal activity on the part of Democratic Rep. Jane Harman
Abundance In The 21st Century
"The Myth of Scarcity"What are myths? Usually we think of a myth as a story that uses imaginary characters to explain an actual event. Myths are used to teach lessons. Like what it means to grow up, become an adult. A lot of what we think of as myth today may not be myth at all. History is full of myth. Or is it full of actual rendition which we are taught is myth? This is a fascinating journey for anyone who is looking for something to study and learn. What you learn, from evidence, may surprise you. But what I am focusing on today is the intentional creation of myth to replace fact. We could just call it a lie. We could call it propaganda. But I was looking for a good title. So there you have it.
When we think of scarcity what comes to mind? You could include money, housing, jobs, food, time. It all depends on who you are and where you live. It also depends on what you personally decide has value. It's important to remember that all value is set via the personal decision. It's easier to look at value as importance. What is important to me, may not be important to you. Most people have decided that securing a mate and raising a family is important. This sets the importance for a lot of, now related, things. Jobs, income, food and housing takes on a whole new dynamic. I've never had the desire to have a family - so a house, that I would live in for a long time, has no value for me. Finding a job where I can work for thirty years? Never crossed my mind. Going to heaven? Haven't heard any "going to heaven" stories that sounded attractive.
But is there those things that have a universal value? Food and shelter would seem to be of universal value. Things, that if we don't have we die. Food and shelter are available resources. The earth grows things all the time. If we want corn - we plant and raise corn. Why then do people starve? Most of us have flown from one place to another. What do you see when you look out the window at the world below? Mostly, it's just empty land. Mile after mile of empty land. Why doesn't some body live there? Why are we bunched up in cities like ants and bees? Why do we stay in the dirtiest places on earth? Cities are and always have been the filthiest places on earth. Why live in or around one? What do they have to offer? OK, so it's jobs - income. The most valued resource. Why is it the most valued resource?
We all decide what value to assign to "things". Why is income - money - top on the list? OK, that's easy too. No money, equals no food, no house, no family etc.. Now - why? We simply accept it as the way things are - why? People say, "That's life...". That statement is false. We haven't approached the subject of life. Life has nothing to do with it. Why is it that money is the most valued item on the menu? Why does it occupy more "thought time" than anything else? My opinion is that is it has been arranged that way. Evidence is available to support this opinion. Money has been placed between people and resources. If you control money, you control resources and in turn, control people. Money is the - tool of power - to gain more power and maintain control. This power structure has propagated "The Myth of Scarcity".
If we are ever going to wrest our existence from the clutches of the power mongers, we have to disarm them. There are ways of accomplishing this. They all involve a union of people. A joining of ideology and intent. The way I see it the fastest way to shake off the yoke is through boycott. This takes a determined solidarity. This also involves a certain amount of temporary discomfort. It also calls for an agreement. A common goal. A coming together by a majority of people, willing to do whatever it takes to defeat tyranny. One thing is inescapable. We most accept it at the innermost level - In a monetary system there will inherently be scarcity - In a resource based system there is inherently abundance. As I was writing this page I remembered "the people at Zeitgeist have already said the same thing". So I went to the site and sure enough there it was. So I'll let them take over from here...
The Means is the End:We intend to restore the fundamental necessities and environmental awareness of the species through the avocation of the most current understandings of who and what we truly are, coupled with how science, nature and technology (rather than religion, politics and money) hold the keys to our personal growth, not only as individual human beings, but as a civilization, both structurally and spiritually. The central insights of this awareness is the recognition of the Emergent and Symbiotic elements of natural law and how aligning with these understandings as the bedrock of our personal and social institutions, life on earth can and will flourish into a system which will continuously grow in a positive way, where negative social consequences, such as social stratification, war, biases, elitism and criminal activity will be constantly reduced and, idealistically, eventually become nonexistent within the spectrum of human behavior itself.
This possibility is, of course, very difficult for most humans to consider, for we have been conditioned by society to think that crime, corruption and dishonesty is "the way it is" and that there will always be people who want to abuse, hurt and take advantage of others. Religion is the largest promoter of this propaganda, for the "us and them" or "good and evil" mentality promotes this false assumption.
The reality is that we live in a society that produces Scarcity. The consequence of this scarcity is that human beings must behave in self preserving ways, even if it means they have to cheat and steal in order to get what they want. Our research has concluded that Scarcity is one of the most fundamental causes of aberrant human behavior, while also leading to complex forms of neurosis in other ways. A statistical look at drug addiction, crime and incarceration statistics, finds that poverty and unhealthy social conditions comprise the life experience of those who engage in such behavior.
Human beings are not good or bad... they are running, forever changing compositions of the life experience(s) that influences them. The "quality" of a human being ( if there was such a thing ) is directly related to the upbringing and thus belief systems they have been conditioned into.
This simple reality has been grossly overlooked and today people primitively think that competition, greed and corruption are "hardwired" elements of human behavior and, in turn, we must have prisons, police and hence a hierarchy of differential control in order for society to deal with these "tendencies". This is totally illogical and false.
The bottom line is that in order to change things for the better fundamentally, you must begin to address root causes. Our current society's system of "punishment" is outmoded, inhumane, and unproductive. When a serial killer is caught, most people jump up and down and scream for the death of that person. This is backwards. A truly sane society, which understands what we are and how our value systems are created, would take the individual and learn the reasons behind his or her violent actions. This information would then go to a research department which considers how to stop such conditions from occurring through education.
It is time to stop the patchwork. It is time to begin a new social approach which is updated to present day knowledge. Sadly, society today is still largely based on outmoded, superstitious dispositions and resolutions.
It is also important to point out that there are no utopias or endings. All evidence points to perpetual change on all levels. In turn, it is our personal actions everyday of our lives that mold and perpetuate the social systems we have in place. Yet, paradoxically, it is also our environmental influences which create our perspectives and hence world views. Therefore, true change will come not only from adjusting your personal understandings and decisions, but equally from changing the social structures that influence these understandings and decisions.
The elite power systems are little affected in the long run by traditional protest and political movements. We must move beyond these 'establishment rebellions' and work with a tool much more powerful:
We will stop supporting the system, while constantly advocating knowledge, peace, unity and compassion. We cannot "fight the system". Hate, anger and the 'war' mentality are failed means for change, for they perpetuate the same tools the corrupt, established power systems use to maintain control to begin with.
The Distortion and Paralysis:When we understand that all systems are Emergent and constantly in a state of evolution, along with the reality that we are all Symbiotically connected to nature and each other in the most simple yet profound ways, forcing the realization that our personal integrity is only as high as the integrity of the rest of society, we then see how twisted and backwards our social establishments are and how their perpetuation is largely the cause of the social instability in society. For example, the Monetary System has been long deemed a positive force in society due to its claim to produce incentive and progress. In actuality, the monetary system has become a vehicle for division and totalitarian control.
It is the ultimate form of "Divide and Conquer" for at its very core are the assumptions that
(1) We must fight each other in order to survive.
(2) Humans must have this reward "Incentive" to do anything meaningful.
As far as Number 1 (We must fight each other in order to survive.), this characteristic of 'competition' in the system guarantees corruption in society on every level, for the basis is "us against them". Many argue that the "free market system" is good... but it is corrupt in the modern day due to bad policies, favoritism, bailouts, etc. They assume that if a "pure" free market was allowed to flourish then it would be okay. This is false, for what you are seeing today IS the Free market at work, with all its differential advantage and corruption. No laws will ever stop the insider trading, collusion, monopoly, labor abuse, pollution, planned obsolescence or the like... this is what the competition based system produces without fail, for it is based on the premise of taking advantage of others for profit. Period.
We must begin to transition out of these oppressive ideals and move towards a system which is "designed" to support human beings... not force them to fight in order to survive. As far as Number 2, (Humans must have this reward "Incentive" to do anything meaningful.) this is just a sad and an incredibly negative perspective of the human being in general. To assume that a person must be "structurally motivated" or hence "forced" into doing anything, is just absurd. Think back to when you were a child and had no idea what money even was. You played, were curious and did many things... why? Because you wanted to. However, as time goes on in our system, that natural curiosity and self-motivation is stripped away from people, as they are forced to conform to the specialized, compartmentalized, nearly predefined labor system in order to survive. This, in turn, often creates a natural rebellion within the person due to the forced obligation, and this is how we came up with "leisure" and "work" separations. The laziness assumed to exist by the monetary system proponents (who claim it produces incentive) do not recognize this. In a true society, people would follow their natural inclinations and work to contribute to society not because they are "paid" for it, but because they have a greater awareness which recognizes that contributing to society helps them just as much as everyone else. This is the heightened state of awareness we hope to communicate. Your reward for contributing to society is the well being of that society... which, in turn, furthers your well being.
Now, putting things into perspective, it is important to understand that our world is currently run, undeniably, by a small group of dominant men in high positions of those institutions which are most dominant in society- Business and Finance. The establishment of government is in tandem with the influence and power of corporations and banks. The life blood is money, which is, in fact, an illusion that now has little relevance to society and serves as a tool for manipulation and division along a kind of social organization that guarantees elitism, crime, war and social stratification.
Simultaneously, individuals are taught that being "correct" is what creates their value as human beings. This state of being "correct" is directly related to the prevailing values of society itself. Therefore, those who accept and support the social system's views are considered "normal", while those who disagree are considered "abnormal" or even "subversive". Whether it is the dogma of a unique social tradition, or the alignment with a worldwide establishment religion, the basis is the same: Intellectual Materialism.
As we realize that knowledge and hence our institutions are always evolving, we see that any belief system which claims to "know" anything, without allowing for dispute, is a failed perspective. Religion, with its foundation in faith, is the king of this distortion, as it claims to know something definitively about the most complex and elusive origins of human kind, and this simply is not possible in an emergent universe.
That being said, it is then realized that equally as dangerous as the Establishment Power Structures, are the people who have been conditioned to completely accept the static understandings put forth by these systems... therefore becoming: "Self Appointed Guardians of the Status Quo". This applies to every system, especially political, financial and religious systems. Since people's identities become associated with the doctrines of a Country, Religion or Business ethic, it often becomes very difficult for a person to change, for his or her identity has become combined with the ideologies which have been imposed upon them.
Therefore, they perpetuate the doctrine of the institution, simply to maintain their personal integrity, as they see it.
We must break this cycle, for it paralyses our growth not only as individuals, but as a society.
The Truth and Transition
Once we understand that the integrity of our personal existences are directly related to the integrity of the earth, life and all other human beings, we then have our path predefined for us. In turn, once we realize that it is science, technology and hence human creativity which creates progress in our lives, we are then able to recognize what our true priorities are for social and personal growth and progress. These points denoted, we can then see that Religion, Politics and the Money/Competition based Labor system are outdated modes of social operation, which must now be addressed and outgrown. Our avocation is to achieve a social system which operates without money or politics, while allowing superstition to work itself out as education flourishes. It isn't the right of any person to tell another what to believe, for no human has a full understanding of anything. However, if we pay attention to the natural processes of life, we then see how we can align with nature and thus our path becomes more clear.
For example, many people are worried about population growth on the planet, while very spooky comments by despotic figures like Henry Kissinger claim that some kind of "reduction" is needed. This is, of course, very scary. However, the real question remains: Is population growth really that bad? The answer is that from a scientific perspective the earth can handle many, many times more people if need be, once high technology is harnessed. 70% of our planet is water and cities in the sea ( one of many projects by Jacque Fresco ) are the next step. In turn, education about life operations will inform people as to the ramifications of their reproductive interests and population growth will naturally slow as people begin to realize how they are related to the planet and its carrying capacity.
In fact, the only true "government" that can possibly exist is the earth and its resources. From there, all possibilities can be assessed. This is why an intellectual unification of all countries is needed, for the most important information we as a species can have is a full, highly detailed assessment of what we have on this planet. Just as you would examine the land and resources of an acre of land to see what you could do or grow on it, this is what needs to happen with the planet in order to optimize what we are capable of as a species, resource wise.
Of course, many who consider the ideas presented above will often ask: "How can we do this considering the distorted value systems which are currently in operation.? How do we make such a move or transition?" This is, of course, the most difficult question. The answer: We have to start somewhere. There are many things that can be done by a single person or community that can begin to shape this vision. The most important step is education.