Saturday, October 29, 2011

With Equality Comes Health...

Richard Wilkinson ~ Professor Emeritus of social epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, in this very revealing TED talk presents the latest scientific evidence of just how much we suffer – at all income levels – when living in societies with high degrees of income inequality. Even the wealthy lose in such circumstances and why it is so important we collectively evolve toward economic systems fundamentally built upon the bedrock of egalitarianism.

Richard Wilkinson – How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

There are no leaders. There is only Humanity.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

As we do unto others, so we do unto ourselves.

You hungry little guy?

In Chinese legend there exists a mythological beast called the Taotie. This creature is unlike all others in that it possesses a ravenous and inexhaustible appetite and therefore cannot prevent itself from eating. As the legend goes this monster if left unchecked eventually consumes everything surrounding it and then faced with no other sources of food and still wracked with ceaseless pangs of hunger has no other alternative than to cannibalize itself – first its tail, then toes, fingers, feet, hands, legs, arms and finally its own torso until all that is left is its head which then perishes leaving in its wake a wasteland.

The Taotie is an allegory and warning for the dangers of greed and where it can take us if we allow it to do so. It is also a great analogy for any processes which are fundamentally dependent on endless growth.

Today we have our own Taotie and it comes in the form of our debt-based currency system – a system that cannot survive without infinite growth and therefore must descend into every possible corner of the biosphere and even ourselves for opportunities to convert what is in its path to monetizable assets. The problem of course – which we are beginning to wake to as the world economy continues to shudder – is such a process cannot go on forever when living in a finite and delicately balanced system such as the one here on Earth.

This next two-part presentation by Charles Eisenstein – author of the Book "Ascent of Humanity" among others – is a must for those who wish to see our species achieve an ecologically sustainable and socially healthy society – thus starving the Taotie and in-turn preventing us from ending our days in its belly.

Charles Eisenstein, "Money and the Turning of the Age"

Part 1:

Part 2:

P.S. Click here for his YouTube Channel if you are interested in more on this topic and a myriad of others.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

No Pony For You!

A phenomenal article on the looming challenges we collectively face with our energy infrastructure by Tom Murphy ~ Associate professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego:

Sustainable Means Bunkty to Me
Excerpt – "A child who wants a pony might first be asked to demonstrate that he or she can feed and take care of a gerbil, then graduate to a kitten, a puppy, a goat, and finally a pony. Currently, we’re not taking care of our gerbil, so we have not demonstrated that we deserve a pony. Perhaps we also don’t deserve to be brandishing the term “sustainable” for chicken-scratch contributions."

How bout a Gerbil-Pony instead?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Simple Rules | Remarkable Truths!

Feynman's curiosity is infectious!

P.S. Watch full screen in HD for maximum awe!

The honour is the kick of discovery!

Richard Feynman on honours...

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The Beauty of Science...

The late Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman reflects on the beauty to be found through the lense of science.

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Some statistics every person on Earth should know...

Just learned these pleasant statistics recently:
  • Combined world military spending in 2010 came to 1.63 trillion dollars (The U.S. alone representing 45% of this total.) That is $233 for each man, woman and child in the world.
  • 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day (almost half living on less than $2.50 a day.) 

Stuff to ponder as humanity moves forward. Pass this on if you are as shocked as I am by this.

Can I borrow some seashells?

As we all look around these days, one thing that seems to be lurking around almost every corner and inundating our lives at a fundamental level is debt. We see it almost everywhere in society today – credit cards, school loans, auto loans, payday loans, mortgages, small businesses loans, municipal, State & Federal bonds, IMF (International Monetary Fund) loans to other countries, Credit Default Swaps... the list goes on and on. As we look upon the world today, it seems there is more of it than ever before and in actuality this – as a matter of fact – is true. There has never been a time in all of human history where there has been so much debt and strangely as we move into the future this trend will be accelerating. Why? ...Well, I don't want to give away the punchline of this next presentation, but for those of you who have already had a chance to view the documentary, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward you may already know the answer. For those who haven't then I highly recommend taking the time to see it, since it will challenge many of your basic assumptions, offer a myriad of new insights on where a great deal of today's societal ills originate from and more importantly bring fresh ideas & solutions to their resolution. 

In any case, thought you might enjoy this next presentation, which after a brief introduction begins with an interesting story of seashells on a secluded island and with it offers us a new vantage on the state of affairs we find ourselves in on our own little island called Planet Earth.

The Story of Stuff...

Every consumer product we own today comes with a fascinating story. This video is a MUST watch!

To see where the tale goes from here check out the Story of Broke...

The Free World Charter

A short video to contemplate:

Can you smell the hypocrisy???

Excellent short film on the Occupy Movement:

The United States of Feudalism

Hey fellow peasants!

You'll like this:

Finding The Root Causes...

As we watch the economic systems of the world continue to fracture, contort and collapse all around us a few visionaries out there are zeroing in on the root causes of the mess we find ourselves in and with it offer fresh insights into where we can all go from here to put such misery behind us. Ben McLeish is one of them. 

This excerpt from an upcoming British documentary interviewing McLeish is absolutely eye-opening:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Democratic & Republican Parties are Two Sides of the Same 1% Coin...

Extra! Extra! Read all about it...

Want to get the real scoop on the Occupy movement? Don't look to corporate media. Get it direct from the 99%...

The Occupied Wall Street Journal 

Issue #1:

Saturday, October 8th issue #2:

To download the PDFs in the "Scribd" toolbar at the bottom of the PDF viewer click on the button that looks like a cloud with a down arrow in it.


We know why!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Two-Dimensional Thinking in a Multi-Dimensional World...

In 1884 a book called "Flatland" was published that explored what life might be like in an imaginary two-dimensional world where its citizens could go left, right, forward and back but had no idea of the third dimension that surrounded them. The people of this world merrily went about their business constructing their society within the confines of this limited planar view. Since all they knew was constrained to this surface over generations this notion of reality was ingrained into the very fabric of their culture – their traditions, beliefs and institutions all reflected back to them this singular vision.

Then one day something new happened when a little at first but then with greater frequency objects from the third dimension (cubes, sphere, cones...) began to pass through and occupy their space – from the Flatlanders' perspective popping into and out of existence and creating all kinds of bizarre shapes as they spun and rolled about. At first the Flatlanders simply laughed at these events or turned away in horror since such things completely defied what was deemed possible; and what years of flat-tradition and flat-academic insight told them could never be.

As time rolled by however a few began to question the old ways – since what they were experiencing could no longer be "squared" with this new emerging reality – and with much concerted effort (and a bit of luck) these stalwarts finally managed to hit the jackpot and the theory of the "Third Dimension" was born! Of course, when this grand discovery was enthusiastically shared with the rest of Flatlander society the discovers were branded infidels and locked in a 2D-tower ( looks like this: ====[> ) for the rest of their days. THE END. 

...well not really. A few generations later – since those damn cubes and spheres kept showing up – eventually the theory of the Third Dimension came to dominate and almost everyone came around – except a minority in the F.O.P. (Flat Old Party).

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed this lame story and saw the not very subtle analogy embedded between the bad puns – namely that today we all are trapped one way or another in our own cultural "two-dimensional" planes and why this next video offers a fascinating peek outwards into the emerging realities now impinging on our world:

Peter Joseph  |  "When Normality Becomes Distortion"

What's "dirty" is the system we are all chained to – not the Occupy protestors.