Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

27 November 2008

Scientist suspended for speaking out

The Council for "Scientific" and Industrial Research (CSIR) has gagged and suspended a researcher who's warning that South Africa has used 98% of its "spare" water capacity and is headed for social turmoil if nothing is done to protect our water supply.

No one knows for sure, but it looks like he has caused some political turmoil among the haves of South Africa ... criticism is not good for them just before an election ... so now they are trying to shut him up.

I'm neither surprised nor amazed by this. People who speak out against the destruction being wrought on our beloved planet, by industry and their lapdog politicians are always gagged, brutalised and sometimes murdered - the world over.

Anti-dam activists in China have lost their lives speaking out against mega-industrial projects. Earth firsters in the US are defined as "terrorists" and many of them are sitting behind bars as I write: Daniel McGowan, Jeffrey Luers and others ... http://greenscare.org/ Indian environmentalists like Sunita Narain have had their families threatened and physically assaulted.

So today I pay tribute to Dr Anthony Turton for speaking up and speaking out. Isn't it amazing how short sighted people are, choosing political expediency over the future survival of their children and grandchildren?

Here is a fact or two for consideration:
  • we live on a finite planet, with finite "resources"
  • south africa's rivers and streams are highly polluted and at some point their dilution capacity will be compromised - there will be no way to treat them and clean the water for consumption
  • look north at the cholera epidemic, that is how quickly a country can collapse into chaos
WAKE UP! Stop suppressing the truth dammit!

21 November 2008

Apocolypse now?

You may not need to write your last will and testament after all. Now a group of pessimistic scientists from the U.S., the UK and France say humanity has reached the point of no return and has little hope of continuing life on Earth. More ...

A new study published by The Open Atmospheric Science Journal says the concentration of CO2 in the planet’s atmosphere has reached the point at which irreversible changes to climate start. Even if the concentration of carbon dioxide is lowered from its current level in record time, the catastrophic effects will still occur. The scientists give us about 30 years till the end of the planet to which humans are adapted.

11 November 2008

Trolls forever

Beware the trolls, for they have magical powers and even when they have been turned to stone, they may still send a shiver down your spine!

Changelings

"In one Swedish changeling tale, the troll child grows up at a farm while the human child grows up among the trolls. Everyone advises the human mother to brutalize the changeling so that the trolls would change children once more. However, the woman refuses to treat the innocent but maladapted troll child cruelly and persists in treating it as if it were her own. Eventually, the husband decides to leave his wife, as he can no longer support living with the troll child. His distraught wife allows him to leave her, because she can not abandon an innocent child, although it is a troll. When the husband has walked a distance into the forest, he meets his own son who tells him that he is free from the trolls. Every time someone tried to be cruel to the troll, his troll mother was about to treat the human child in the same manner, but when his mother sacrificed what was dearest to her, her husband, the trolls realized that they had no power over her and had to release the human child." enwikipedia

02 October 2008

Report urges meat rationing to save climate

"FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The report’s author warned that campaigns that encourage people to change their eating habits voluntarily were doomed to end in failure. People will have to be rationed to four modest portions of meat and one liter of milk a week if the world is to avoid runaway climate change, a major new report warns. The report, by the Food Climate Research Network, based at the University of Surrey in England, also says total food consumption should be reduced, especially “low nutritional..."

23 September 2008

quote

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." ~ ee cummings

16 September 2008

Perfumes linked to infertility fear

Infertility and cancer linked to perfumes
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/infertility-and-cancer-linked-perfumes-34699

What the Chemical Industry Doesn't Want You to Know
http://www.ewg.org/node/27129

Women warned not to wear perfume during pregnancy
http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/health/Women-warned--not-to.4443471.jp

Chemical 'risk' to future fertility
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7590641.stm

Perfumes linked to infertility fear
http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5gjW75dz9NpS1eWki-tr9DB4v3ASQ

FDA Favors Industry Science on BPA
http://thepumphandle.wordpress.com/2008/09/15/fda-favors-industry-science-on-bpa/

CIVILIZATION MUST BE SYSTEMATICALLY DISMANTLED BEFORE IT WIPES OUT LIFE ON EARTH!

05 September 2008

Victory for Pachamama in Ecuador

Ecuador Constitution Would Grant Inalienable Rights To Nature

by Eoin O'Carroll

Ecuador's proposed constitution includes an article that grants nature the right to "exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution" and will grant legal standing to any person to defend those rights in court.

Voters will get to decide on Sept. 28 whether to adopt the new constitution, which would allow the president to run for reelection, to dissolve Congress, and to exert great control over the country's central bank. According to Reuters, 56 percent of Ecuadorans approve of the proposed document.

The blog Green Change quotes the five articles that acknowledge rights said to be possessed by nature, or "Pachamama," a goddess revered by indigenous Andean peoples whose name roughly translates into "Mother Earth."

Read the full article on the wonderful commondreams.org website

14 July 2008

Let them eat oil

My fingers are crossed that a new revolution is about to sweep the globe. An anti-development, anti-economics, anti-expansion, anti-state revolution that takes us back to our communities. A revolution that allows us to control our own futures and have a say in the decisions that may destroy the landbases that feed us.

The crumbling west, the rising asian tigers and the "developing" world are all very different, and in very different stages of evolution, yet all depend on oil.

So may the oil run dry soon, very soon.

There are some exciting dissident actions emerging among very ordinary people. This makes me very happy.

This revolution MUST be televised. If not, the middle-class masses will miss it!

One more favourite site: "Rocks are slow moving spirits and they are all Elders. Rocks may seem cold and unfriendly but they’re not. You just need to be patient until they speak. The most talkative Rock Elder I know lives next to Grandmother Ash and, when the light is just right, he has a human face. I often look at him when I sit under Grandmother and he gives advice occasionally. He tells me to work slowly to build what I want. Be steady and firm in the basics so that the imagination and intuition can wander wherever they want and always have a safe home to return to."
Rock elders by Carol of the woods


19 June 2008

There is a god / goddess!

To counteract the negativity of my previous post, herewith some good news from my favourite daily newsletter from Carolyn Baker:

Beaten-down dog from Vick case has his day
Pit bull rescued from famous dogfighting ring now helps cancer patients

Leo — rescued from heavy chains that confined him as one of the pit bulls in former NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring — is a lover, not a fighter. He now happily frolics in a clown collar as he makes the rounds at the Camino Infusion Center, where he brings comfort to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy ... read the full article.

18 June 2008

Last night I listened to a man die

As a child growing up in a mining town, I learned to sleep through loud blasts. But the BOOM that reverberated through my bedroom at 3am this morning ripped into my dreams and had me sitting upright in bed, wide awake!

Seconds or perhaps minutes passed, and then the terrifying sound of non-stop automatic gunfire echoed around the valley where I live. I felt like I was in a warzone and the cold shiver that rippled down my spine had nothing to do with the fact that it is mid-winter and everything to do with the fact that I knew someone was dying in a hail of bullets. I knew instinctively that this bout of violence had taken a life.

The dogs around the Moot area broke into howls and barks as if they had been hit.

This afternoon I finally managed to put a name to the person whose death I had heard and felt. He is Inspector Jaco Botha of the Villeria SAPS. Today his six year old son and his wife are a broken family.

I hate what we (in)humans do to each other and to the natural world.

Jaco, may your soul rest in peace and may the world you left behind change. May people start to see the error of their ways and start to care and look after each other again, instead of killing each other.

I know Jaco is a neighbour of ours. I have probably walked passed him at the local cafe or greengrocer. Jaco is my neighbour. And I don't like it when common criminals kill my neighbour!


Robin Hoods?

I'm an anarchist, and as such, I am supposed to believe that those who steal from the rich and give to the poor are Robin Hoods ... "heroes".

But, as much as I hate what banks, financial institutions and the corporate world in general do to ordinary people, I cannot support these murderers. I can't believe that criminals who steal explosives from mines and use them to blow up ATMs to steal money from banks, are anything more than greedy lowlife's who do not shirk to kill in order to feed their hunger for money and materialism.

These are not poor hungry people, stealing to feed their families. So I condemn them in the strongest possible terms.

SA has a damaged soul

It is a rare occasion when I agree with a politician, but I agree with Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool, who told a debate in Johannesburg on Tuesday night that South Africans had to recognise that the nation probably still had a "damaged soul".

He was referring to the recent xenophobic violence which has swept through South Africa (see post below), as well as the broader problems of violence, abuse, sexism and crime, which are rampant throughout this tragic country.

So how do we get ourselves out of this mess? Mass therapy? I don't know, but maybe the new world we are about to experience will stop the madness.

Roll on TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it), roll on peak oil, roll on the fall of western civilisation. Perhaps when we are forced to return to a simple life of loving and tending our landbases, our families and our future, we will stop these murderous monsters in their tracks.

15 June 2008

Peak oil is going mainstream

The UK Independent has featured quite an edgy article about the end of the oil age ...

13 June 2008

Tribute to elders

"When an elder dies, it is as if a library has burned."
- - African Proverb

21 May 2008

Hatred of the other

The violence flaring up all around us in Gauteng over the last couple of days is a stark reminder of how governed people hate the other.

The "other" may be people of other races, people of other language groups, women (ever listened to jokes being told by men around a braai), homosexual people, Shangaan people, Jewish people, kulaks, nature, animals (non-human people), bushmen or the wilderness.

While horrifying and saddening, the xenophobic violence currently raging in South Africa is not surprising. The widening gap between the haves and have-nots across the globe is fast becoming a chasm. Expect more and more of this kind of violence the world over in coming years, especially in cities with large populations of urban poor.

The urban poor are growing in number and they are exposed to the luxurious lives of the elite as they drive past in their BMWs and splash mud onto the pavement where the homeless are living, sleeping and dying.

An interview with Paul Verryn on the radio yesterday, struck me like a bolt of lightning. He was describing how he and his team at the central methodist church in Joburg are trying to house some 2000 people fleeing from the violence. A lot of these people are being forced to sleep on the pavement. And yet just two doors away is a world class hotel, most likely half empty, with clean water, food, beds and warmth. Just two doors away are all the things that are basic human rights. The things that these people need right now.

That's why we're in shit. This whole world is run by power hungry psychopaths who want more and more for themselves and are willing to give less and less to the "other".

As long as civilisation exists ... we are all endangered species.

16 May 2008

The San, the Khoi and anarchists

While visiting the web forum of some or other translators' organisation in South Africa, I stumbled upon a discussion about the origin of the word "Aitsa". These Afrikaans speakers had an idea of the meaning of the word, but if the had known the actual origin of the word, they would have a much deeper understanding.

Heitsi Eibab is an ancestral spirit of the KhoiKhoi people. He has magical powers and when witnessed by people, they would exclaim "Heitsi Eibab!" or "Heitsi Eibib!". Over time this exclamation has been shortened to "eitsa" or "aitsa". Once you know the origin, the meaning is apparent.

This reminded me of some excerpts I had read from the diaries of early travellers along South Africa's coastline. These so-called civilised, racists bliksems wrote of the Khoi and San people:

Thomas Herbert, 1627: "Their language is rather apishly than articulately sounded, with whom 'tis thought they have unnatural mixtures...During the time I stayed amongst them, I saw no signs of any knowledge of God, the law of Nature being scarce observed: No spark of Devotion, no symptom of Heaven or Hell, no place set apart for Worship, no Sabbath for rest..."

MY comment: You saw no place set apart for Worship because everything around them was worshipped, the animals, the rocks, the sky, the ground upon which they walked and the water they drank. EVERYTHING is sacred to the bushmen, you fuckwit. Everything was worshipped, unlike you who only worships that which is man-made!

John Milford, 1614: "These people are the most miserable, destitute of Religion in any kind, as farre as we can perceive and of all civility: their speech a chattering rather than language; naked save a short cloake of skinnes on their shoulders, ...eate that which dogges would hardly digest.

MY comment: The less said the better, except to add that those who follow organised, misogynist, civilised religions are the ones currently devastating the planet, practicing genocide, ecocide and war, while systematically causing the extinction of every living being. Talk about miserable and destitute!!

Pyrard de Laval, 1610: "the people who live along this coast ... are very brutish and savage ... They eat human flesh and entirely raw animals, with the intestines and guts without washing them, as do dogs... Further, they live without law or religion, like animals.

MY comment: When civilisation collapses, De Laval's descendants, those living in the cluttered cities of modern Europe, are going to resort to natural survival techniques in a crisis. Like the San people he observed, his descendants will scavenge to survive and yes, they too will eat the innards of animal (the most nutritious part) and yes, when things get really desperate they may even eat their fellow human animals!!

When the oil becomes scarce and trucks and power generators can no longer operate, people in London and Paris, where 80% of food is imported, will get very very hungry, very very quickly.


As a matter of interest, here's what the language experts on the translation website had to say about the meaning of aitsa:

I wonder what the Afrikaans term " aitsa " means?
Thank you!

See explanation below

Aitsa does not really mean anything in itself, it is more of a word of exclamation, eg: "Aitsa, look at that" or "Aitsa, he's about to get a hiding!"

It is also used as an exclamation to indicate something nice, e.g. Aitsa, what a nice girl/car/house, etc.

I am not sure of the origins of the word itself, though I guess it comes from one of the other local languages. The original meaning is lost on most Afrikaans speakers, however, and it is used in the sense as given above, whether this is correct in terms of the original meaning or not.

05 May 2008

Multinationals make billions in profit out of growing global food crisis

  • 100 million people face severe hunger
  • Monsanto's net income for the three months up to the end of February this year had more than doubled over the same period in 2007, from $543m (£275m) to $1.12bn.
  • Monsanto's profits increased from $1.44bn to $2.22bn.
  • Cargill's net earnings soared by 86 per cent from $553m to $1.030bn over the same three months.
  • And Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world's largest agricultural processors of soy, corn and wheat, increased its net earnings by 42 per cent in the first three months of this year from $363m to $517m.
  • The Mosaic Company, one of the world's largest fertiliser companies, saw its income for the three months ending 29 February rise more than 12-fold, from $42.2m to $520.8m, on the back of a shortage of fertiliser.

05 March 2008

The world's coming food crisis

And why your grocery bill is about to get a LOT higher ...

"On the amount of grain fed each year to cattle in the United States, you could feed 850 million people as vegetarians," says David Pimentel, a Cornell University agricultural scientist who studies the global food economy. "That's not a value judgment. It's a fact."

08 January 2008

Times are Tough



Famous Zim elephant bull shot dead

Angus Shaw | Harare, Zimbabwe
07 January 2008 04:32

Tusker is dead, shot by rangers after New Year's revellers at a safari camp provoked the elephant into trampling several cars, conservationists said on Monday.

Tusker, a towering 50-year-old bull, was shot on Sunday at the Charara camp on the shores of Lake Kariba, 370km north-west of Harare, parks officials and the independent Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said.

"Tusker was the resident Charara elephant ... he was a legend and a great favourite of tourists and locals alike," said Johnny Rodrigues, head of the trust.

Read more if you can ...

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