“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
Artwork by Luis Quiles
Everywhere we look are the blaring messages concerning “Climate Change” and “Global Warming”. There are innumerable explanations, opinions and “facts” that firmly lay the blame at the feet of us, human society. It is our fault and now our responsibility.
Apparently we have to cut back on everything from gasoline consumption to how much toilet tissue we use. We have in many places elaborate re-cycling programs. Blue boxes, Green boxes and trash bins for the rest, much of which is never actually recycled. Many municipalities and governments wish to implement carbon taxes and some have started to do so.
“Premier Kathleen Wynne is pledging to unveil a carbon-pricing plan this spring as Ontario looks to ramp up its fight against global warming.” –The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
We also have a multitude of eco-warriors from individuals to organizations such as Greenpeace all doing their damnedest to turn the tide of this catastrophe, or at least, this is the way it would appear on the surface. We even had the the movie and box office hit, “An Inconvenient Truth” staring United States Vice President, Al Gore. However, in 2007 a London Judge, Mr Justice Barton, stated that, “…nine significant errors in the film, some of which, he said, had arisen in “the context of alarmism and exaggeration”, according to an article in the Guardian Newspaper.
“Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.”
In fact the words used to describe Gore’s movie by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, in Washington, DC, are “One-sides, Misleading, Exaggerated, Speculative” and “Wrong”. They conclude by saying:
“Vice President Gore calls global warming a “moral issue,” but for him it is a moralizing issue—a license to castigate political adversaries and blame America first for everything from hurricanes to floods to wildfires to tick-borne disease…Nearly every significant statement that Vice President Gore makes regarding climate science and climate policy is either one sided, misleading, exaggerated, speculative, or wrong. In light of these numerous distortions, AIT is ill-suited to serve as a guide to climate science and climate policy for the American people.”
But what else should we expect from a politician of his calibre? Has any politician ever told the entire true? Somewhat doubtful. So the issue is not about “Global Warming” per se, but about pollution. If the Global Warming debate is complex and misleading, pollution is not. It is straight forward, or at least we would hope so. Even here, we have a massive imbalance of information, because we are constantly told that it is CO2 that is the main culprit and “we” are the ones responsible. “We” of course means the average citizen and tax payer, rather than any corporation or industry. However, this is a fallacy. Pollution from CO2 is an issue, but it is secondary to a much worst pollutant, that being methane.
“Methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 on a 20 year time frame”
The movie “Cowspiracy” (found on Netflix) examines the massive impact on the environment that domesticated livestock has. This impact includes, not only methane emissions, but the gigantic amount of water consumed, along will feed, the land set aside to produce the feed and grow the crops, and most alarmingly, the unstoppable deforestation in places such as the Amazon used to graze more cattle. The estimates are that between one to two acres of rainforest are cleared every second.
This amazing and startling documentary clearly shows that the major issue is not the burning of fossil fuel, but the raising of domesticated livestock. Basically cow farts and all the environmental impact that goes along with this industry. And as usual, we will foot the bill as we are being mislead and lied to by governments and NGO’s alike.
Many in the “Alternative” sector of society have issues with “Big Government”, “Big Industry” and especially with “Big Pharma”. If you are old enough you will remember the battle that raged throughout the 1990 when finally the US Government took the Tobacco Trust to court. Eventually they were prosecuted under the RICO act and found guilty of racketeering.
“On August 17, 2006 Judge Kessler issued a 1,683 page opinion holding the tobacco companies liable for violating RICO by fraudulently covering up the health risks associated with smoking and for marketing their products to children. “As set forth in these Final Proposed Findings of Fact, substantial evidence establishes that Defendants have engaged in and executed – and continue to engage in and execute – a massive 50-year scheme to defraud the public, including consumers of cigarettes, in violation of RICO.” Found at: http://publichealthlawcenter.org/topics/tobacco-control/tobacco-control-litigation/united-states-v-philip-morris-doj-lawsuit
So we really should not be surprised that cigarettes are a health hazard as the information linking them to cancer goes all the way back to the 1920s. But, how about other household ingredients? How about sugar?
In this amazing documentary sponsored in part by TVO and Rogers, there is overwhelming and damning evidence that Sugar is a death threat if taken to excess. And, unfortunately, sugar is everywhere often hidden under different names. This documentary is worth the watch and could save your life. Found on Netflix and elsewhere. The Warrior.
IS SUGAR THE NEW TOBACCO?
“How did the food industry get us to stop asking the question: is sugar toxic?
It all starts with a secret PR campaign dating back to the 1970s. For forty years, Big Sugar deflected all threats to its multi-billion dollar empire, while sweetening the world’s food supply. As obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates skyrocket, doctors are now treating the first generation of children suffering from fatty liver disease. The sugar industry is once again under siege. They dodged the bullet once. Can they do it again?
Today, industry is deploying its old tactics and pulling out the old adage “we just eat too damn much.” This time consumers aren’t buying it. The critics have gotten smarter, bolder, and madder and science is catching up.
Pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Robert Lustig thinks we’ve all been ‘frucked’ by industry. He’s evangelical, blaming sugar for a waiting room filled with obese kids with fatty livers. His flock of five million online followers grows daily. In the court of public opinion, he’s part of a leading group of experts who are putting sugar on trial.
But Japan’s not waiting for the verdict. For the first time in history, their children are burdened with lifestyle diseases that their parents never faced. To counter a health crisis that could sink their economy, Japan’s introduced a radical new law that takes aim at another ‘bottom line’: the girth of the nation’s waistlines.
Pulling back the curtain on the sugar-coated tactics of an industry once again under attack, this documentary will give you a chilling feeling of déjà vu. Today the industry is back sweetening the message. But this time, history comes knocking.
When the doors closed at the Great Western Sugar Company in Colorado in 1976, someone forgot to sweep the floor. Gathering dust in the archives were 1500 pages of internal documents exposing how the Sugar Industry used Tobacco-style tactics to dismiss troubling health claims against their products. Denver dentist turned postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF School of Medicine, Cristin Kearns, knew she’d stumbled on something big: the industry’s secret playbook. Her mentor, Stan Glantz, the superstar professor from San Francisco who brought down Big Tobacco warns, it’s going to get dirty.
While industry and science duke it out, are we sitting on a dietary time bomb?”
“It’s debatable whether George Orwell surmised the ominous threat of totalitarianism that inspired him to pen the dystopic vision, 1984, would extend worldwide and resurface nearly seven decades after its publication. But the novel’s apt description of a world on end have undoubtedly come to pass.
Innumerable examples evidence how 1984 would better be described as a dark portent than a fascinating read, but one thing — the political language dubbed Newspeak, employed by the ruling government, Ingsoc — seems to have served as an instruction manual for the American empire.”
Complete article found at: http://theantimedia.org/george-orwell-1984-came-true/
“REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time – the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.
Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality – tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority – while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.
Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time – the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.”
The most stunningly beautiful and visually provocative documentary to-date. A true masterpiece! -The Warrior
Contains some graphic content
“SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.
Expanding on the themes they developed in BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.
The filmmakers approach non verbal filmmaking with an understanding that it must live up to the standard of great still photography, revealing the essence of a subject, not just its physical presence. SAMSARA was photographed entirely in 70mm film utilizing both standard frame rates and with a motion control time-lapse camera designed specifically for this project. This camera system allows perspective shifts to reveal extraordinary views of ordinary scenes. The images were then transferred through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K digital projection format that allows for mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity. SAMSARA will be a showpiece for the new, high-resolution 4K digital projection, the HD format, as well as standard digital and film projection.”
More information found at: http://www.barakasamsara.com/
A free online version is available at Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/116877832
Bumpersticker found in the United States
It is difficult to say when choice, bias and preference, gives way to bigotry and hatred. Are we born with a hate gene? One would image that hatred, or at least a strong dislike, would be based on experience. For example, I personally hate poached white fish, such as sole. When I was a kid my mother insisted on serving this to me along with leaving the skin on. This slimy delight was so repulsive, that the gag-response was only a matter of time. So, I can honestly say that I “hate” that food dish. Therefore, my hatred is based on experience.
Kids often say that they hate school or they hate homework and sometimes, actually quite often, they will say that they hate someone, usually another kid, a school-mate. As we mature, this impulse often wains as our emotions are not so polarized. That being said, there are many who hate other humans, other cultures and especially religions that differ from their own. At first glance this might be understandable. Look how many people root for a football or hockey team to the point of completely demonizing some other rival. I would say, that at the root of this mentality is an overwhelming need to belong to a group, to be an “insider”, and as so often seen in society, simply follow the other sheep and subscribe to the predictable herd-mentality.
However, when talking about hatred of other religions and societies, the blatant reality is that the bigot in question has about as much personal information and experience as they do about open heart surgery…meaning none.
In-other-words, they are completely ignorant. So where does bigotry and hatred come from if the hater has never met, mingled or mixed with the demonized group in question? The obvious answer is that it came from the controllers and administrators of the group of which they are a member. It is a fact that kids are only race-sensitive if influenced by their parents, close family members or the social group they belong to. Kids are “colour-blind” and understand basic fairness.
The reality is that bigotry and hatred are taught, and they are always taught for a reason. “Our group is better than their group” is the usual slur that the crusaders chant in an effort to rally the troops, due to the fact, that at the very core of this behaviour are people who are manipulative, insecure, and often unstable. People, or groups, who build their strength on the subjugation of others, normally through the use of slander and demonization, are fundamentally psychopaths; meaning lacking moral or ethical beliefs. Strangely, they are often the ones who claim the “moral high-ground”, expounding spiritual and godly claptrap. The best tell-tail sign is when the group claims special privileges and that “god” (usually one that they or their founders created) has blessed them with being “Chosen”.
The sad truth is that bigotry and hatred are the domain of ignorance. Ignorance is propagated by the “Shepherd” in an effort to control and influence the “Flock”. Ignorance on behalf of the flock is embraced, because they want to belong and have little to no self worth or moral integrity. This, of course, is the machine that drives the planet keeping spiritual development to a minimum and thus ensures that the masses stay stuck in a self-perpetuating vacuum. -The Warrior
“This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.”
Available on Netflix
He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool; avoid him.
He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a student; teach him.
He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep; wake him.
He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man; follow him.
-Persian apothegm, Sanskrit Saying
Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād (c. 1450 – c. 1535), also known as Kamal al-din Bihzad or Kamaleddin Behzad (Persian: کمالالدین بهزاد), was a Persian painter and head of the royal ateliers in Herat and Tabriz during the late Timurid and early Safavid Persian periods. -Found at: Wikipedia
“In the long run nobody is entitled to remain ignorant.” ― Joseph Rain
“Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.” ― Criss Jami,
Image by Banksy