After the first two decades of environmentalism, a problem arose: people sympathized with the environmentalists, but didn’t see the root of the problem. Further, they were terrified of more Government regulation and didn’t want another group vying for power in Washington and Brussels. So, out of the consternation that followed, the Deep Ecology movement was born.
We believe that true ecological sustainability may require a rethinking of our values as a society. Present assumptions about economics, development, and the place of human beings in the natural order must be reevaluated. If we are to achieve ecological sustainability, Nature can no longer be viewed only as a commodity; it must be seen as a partner and model in all human enterprise.
We begin with the premise that life on Earth has entered its most precarious phase in history. We speak of threats not only to human life, but to the lives of all species of plants and animals, as well as the health and continued viability of the biosphere. It is the awareness of the present condition that primarily motivates our activities.
We believe that current problems are largely rooted in the following circumstances:
- The loss of traditional knowledge, values, and ethics of behavior that celebrate the intrinsic value and sacredness of the natural world and that give the preservation of Nature prime importance. Correspondingly, the assumption of human superiority to other life forms, as if we were granted royalty status over Nature; the idea that Nature is mainly here to serve human will and purpose.
- The prevailing economic and development paradigms of the modern world, which place primary importance on the values of the market, not on Nature. The conversion of nature to commodity form, the emphasis upon economic growth as a panacea, the industrialization of all activity, from forestry to farming to fishing, even to education and culture; the drive to economic globalization, cultural homogenization, commodity accumulation, urbanization, and human alienation. All of these are fundamentally incompatible with ecological or biological sustainability on a finite Earth.
- Technology worship and an unlimited faith in the virtues of science; the modern paradigm that technological development is inevitable, invariably good, and to be equated with progress and human destiny. From this, we are left dangerously uncritical, blind to profound problems that technology and science have wrought, and in a state of passivity that confounds democracy.
- Overpopulation, in both the overdeveloped and the underdeveloped worlds, placing unsustainable burdens upon biodiversity and the human condition.
As our name suggests, we are influenced by the Deep Ecology Platform, which helps guide and inform our work. We believe that values other than market values must be recognized and given importance, and that Nature provides the ultimate measure by which to judge human endeavors.
Deep Ecology movement
This was a more sensible approach because it came closer to a whole vision of a new society to replace the past, in which we the people can see our activities continuing in an altered form.
In extreme politics, we have to deal with the threat people feel from any new form of regulation. They hear NO when we talk about important things; they are accustomed to government and social welfare groups obstructing their lives, not empowering them.
Deep ecology aims to get around this by telling the truth about the root of the problem — too many humans, zero focus on the human-environment interaction as a fundamental part of our society; it’s sort of a tag line we add on to things like “oh and it’s green so you get tax credits” — and also suggested a different order, based on a spiritual concept of harmony and love.
Interesting; beats the hippies for radical, that’s for sure.
With the proliferation of dangerous superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, the unusual treatment is gaining respect from researchers across the country.
That shift in thinking reflects a growing regard for the complex and largely unknown bacterial ecosystem inside the human body.
The “microbiome,” as it is known, is now the focus of a $115 million federal research project to investigate the symbiotic bond between humans and their bacteria.
“If the normal flora in the colon is destroyed, in my book, you replace it,” said Aas, a gastroenterologist who is now semi-retired.
The cure? Replace all the bacteria in the patient’s gut with a tiny dose of someone else’s stool.
Vomitous. Yet, it makes sense. We each carry within us a culture of microbes that are helpful to us.
If they are destroyed, something must replace them. It will be either infectious microbes, or helpful ones — from the stool of someone else.
Our grandparents who told us to not be afraid of a little dirt had a good point. What we know and have mastered won’t kill us, so we should expose ourselves to the microbes around us and get to know them.
It’s the same way with the cultures of nations. If you don’t nourish them, in all their glorious weirdness, they die out, and are replaced by the unhelpful — parasites.
I find myself asking: why is it that people online are such irrational, queeny bitches?
The answer: like people in our society, they’re narcissistic and delusional, but it’s easier to do online because you can claim to be a King and no one will immediately know the difference.
People think they gain points by making niggling criticisms, spouting big words, spouting small words, repeating media memes, making dumb jokes, acting “unique,” being dramatic… don’t you realize it’s a trap?
Sick people want you to waste your life. They want to drag you down. Nothing makes them happier than seeing you stumble over your own feet, tangled up in a net of their bullshit. They win / YOU LOSE , and that’s the end of it. It makes them feel better about being losers.
I see a lot of this behavior on this forum, but it’s 25% of the time here versus 55% of the time at the other forums I like.
I see a lot of this behavior in metal, now, and it explains why all metal now is liberal and inconsequential. There is literally nothing good coming out, except the “exceptions” who have been around for decades. Gimme a break. Rock music is just as bad.
Durrrrr… maybe traps take a long time to spring… from 1968 to 2008… making people complete narcissists.
Think of it this way:
Someone learns to do something, like make great metal or start a society. Others who come after can only see the effects, not what motivated this person.
They pretend to be that person and imitate his gestures, not his ideas. How monkey!
Soon you have idiots competing for appearance, not knowing that they’ve killed the goose that laid the golden egg.
No wonder humanity hates itself. The stupidity is oppressive.
For you the person reading: the trap is out there. People want you to think you’re a Big Deal without having done anything important, like having written a black metal album as good as Burzum. You being a Big Deal comes at the cost of everyone else being a Big Deal, so you’re all equal — and equally non-important now. You can trade your MySpace bands and no one is going to care about any of them. It’s a trap.
The only way to escape the trap is to get over yourselves. You can do it through philosophy, but only applied with discipline — not while you’re listening to Portal, playing your ironic WOW character and posting to some dumbass metal forum. You need to get over yourselves.
Some Dumb Forum
The disease of modernity is one of introversion.
Our gadgets do the work; we command them; we master nature; now the question is: what’s in our souls?
Most people have garbage in their souls. So they do stupid unproductive things like drive around in RVs, bang hookers and deal drugs, listen to moron music, and so forth.
Other people, trying to compete with them, start imitating their narcissism. The result is chaos.
[B]us loads of mentally retarded and severely handicapped patients from a state funded facility called The Caswell Center were being transported to the voting location and their black democratic state employee aids were voting for them. They claimed they were assisting; but, how can institutionalized mentally retarded patients know how to vote much less make a reasonable logical decision? Most of them cannot read or write and many of them are also blind.
Here’s The Caswell Center in all of its glory.
What a dirty election, and so close! — the candidates must not be that different. Yet one ascribes to an insane Neo-Stalinist denial of reality, and the other is basically a party man and conservative in the sense that he won’t deviate from what has worked for the last eight years — which most of the nation does not believe has worked.
Yet it’s clear it won’t solve anything because the system itself is so entrenched: lobbyists, media influencing votes, the vast armada of clueless entitlement-seekers, and so on. This country is awash in parasites, like a dying dog.
The head of the Hillsborough GOP, David Storck, distributed an email from a Republican Party volunteer saying the voters are a threat.
That’s because, as the volunteer says in the email, he sees “car loads of black Obama supporters coming from the inner city to cast their votes for Obama.”
It goes on to say, “This is their chance to get a black president and they seem to care little the he is at minimum a socialist and probably Marxist in his core beliefs.” The Republican volunteer says that is because, “After all he is black- no experience or accomplishments but he is black.”
Hillsborough Commissioner Kevin White says, “There’s no place in our community for those types of views.”
Tampa Bays 10
What’s more racist:
(a) Voting for a candidate because he’s of your race
(b) Pointing this out in an email
Perfetto’s biggest fear, he says, is that he’s going to reoffend. His measure of success isn’t reassuring. “I haven’t bought pornography yet, and I’ve been out (of prison) almost a week,” he said yesterday.
He failed so frequently in prison that he “maxed out” his sentence last week and landed in Concord alone, broke and homeless. He can’t get into a shelter, because none takes sex offenders. And he can’t get treatment, because he can’t pay for it.
He’s compulsively self-destructive, dangerous, and can’t stop failing. We will either:
(a) Pay lots of money to watch over him.
(b) Kill or exile him.
I would rather the money went to positive things, like schools and parks.
It seems that, at least in America, we’re rage-deficient, a passive-aggressive generation, if you will. We bottle up our rage at our jobs, at those around us, at wars, all to maintain a sense of comfort in the known. What I am saying is nothing new, nothing extraordinary – it is probably a clichéd platitude by now – but that doesn’t make it any less true. The question that needs to be asked, however, is where has the rage gone? Where is the purifying, obsessive voice that the emotion lends to human individuals?
Rage is indignation mated with aggression. We have no deficient of indignation, entitlement, resentment, envy, etc.
What we need isn’t rage, but a rage for creation of a new culture and new nation to replace what has become a tired shadow of its past imitating that past while nodding to the future, like a heroin addict on the nod.
I find that the best of classical music has this rage for order, or vir.
Below is a letter from investor Andrew Lahde, someone who decided to say “kiss my ass” on the way out the door, preferring to profit from an empty, materialistic industry but with a long-term view on life much more healthy than any of his contemporaries.
I applaud Mr. Lahde for doing the right thing and not giving into the soulless pursuit of money. He has plenty of money to retire on now; why not go for a hike, buy a house in a remote area, and live off the land with that money instead of living in congested cities and attending parties with other empty creatures? The best part about Mr. Lahde’s success is that most of his money came from the knowledge that the sub-prime debacle, as he calls it, was going to come home to roost at some point, and when it did, all his bets proved correct.
Without further ado:
Today I write not to gloat. Given the pain that nearly everyone is experiencing, that would be entirely inappropriate. Nor am I writing to make further predictions, as most of my forecasts in previous letters have unfolded or are in the process of unfolding. Instead, I am writing to say goodbye.
Recently, on the front page of Section C of the Wall Street Journal, a hedge fund manager who was also closing up shop (a $300 million fund), was quoted as saying, “What I have learned about the hedge fund business is that I hate it.” I could not agree more with that statement. I was in this game for the money. The low hanging fruit, i.e. idiots whose parents paid for prep school, Yale, and then the Harvard MBA, was there for the taking. These people who were (often) truly not worthy of the education they received (or supposedly received) rose to the top of companies such as AIG, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and all levels of our government. All of this behavior supporting the Aristocracy only ended up making it easier for me to find people stupid enough to take the other side of my trades. God bless America.
There are far too many people for me to sincerely thank for my success. However, I do not want to sound like a Hollywood actor accepting an award. The money was reward enough. Furthermore, the endless list of those deserving thanks know who they are.
I will no longer manage money for other people or institutions. I have enough of my own wealth to manage. Some people, who think they have arrived at a reasonable estimate of my net worth, might be surprised that I would call it quits with such a small war chest. That is fine; I am content with my rewards. Moreover, I will let others try to amass nine, ten or eleven figure net worths. Meanwhile, their lives suck. Appointments back to back, booked solid for the next three months, they look forward to their two week vacation in January during which they will likely be glued to their Blackberries or other such devices. What is the point? They will all be forgotten in fifty years anyway. Steve Balmer, Steven Cohen, and Larry Ellison will all be forgotten. I do not understand the legacy thing. Nearly everyone will be forgotten. Give up on leaving your mark. Throw the Blackberry away and enjoy life.
So this is it. With all due respect, I am dropping out. Please do not expect any type of reply to emails or voicemails within normal time frames or at all. Andy Springer and his company will be handling the dissolution of the fund. And don’t worry about my employees, they were always employed by Mr. Springer’s company and only one (who has been well-rewarded) will lose his job.
I have no interest in any deals in which anyone would like me to participate. I truly do not have a strong opinion about any market right now, other than to say that things will continue to get worse for some time, probably years. I am content sitting on the sidelines and waiting. After all, sitting and waiting is how we made money from the subprime debacle. I now have time to repair my health, which was destroyed by the stress I layered onto myself over the past two years, as well as my entire life – where I had to compete for spaces in universities and graduate schools, jobs and assets under management – with those who had all the advantages (rich parents) that I did not. May meritocracy be part of a new form of government, which needs to be established.
On the issue of the U.S. Government, I would like to make a modest proposal. First, I point out the obvious flaws, whereby legislation was repeatedly brought forth to Congress over the past eight years, which would have reigned in the predatory lending practices of now mostly defunct institutions. These institutions regularly filled the coffers of both parties in return for voting down all of this legislation designed to protect the common citizen. This is an outrage, yet no one seems to know or care about it. Since Thomas Jefferson and Adam Smith passed, I would argue that there has been a dearth of worthy philosophers in this country, at least ones focused on improving government. Capitalism worked for two hundred years, but times change, and systems become corrupt. George Soros, a man of staggering wealth, has stated that he would like to be remembered as a philosopher. My suggestion is that this great man start and sponsor a forum for great minds to come together to create a new system of government that truly represents the common man’s interest, while at the same time creating rewards great enough to attract the best and brightest minds to serve in government roles without having to rely on corruption to further their interests or lifestyles. This forum could be similar to the one used to create the operating system, Linux, which competes with Microsoft’s near monopoly. I believe there is an answer, but for now the system is clearly broken.
Lastly, while I still have an audience, I would like to bring attention to an alternative food and energy source. You won’t see it included in BP’s, “Feel good. We are working on sustainable solutions,” television commercials, nor is it mentioned in ADM’s similar commercials. But hemp has been used for at least 5,000 years for cloth and food, as well as just about everything that is produced from petroleum products. Hemp is not marijuana and vice versa. Hemp is the male plant and it grows like a weed, hence the slang term. The original American flag was made of hemp fiber and our Constitution was printed on paper made of hemp. It was used as recently as World War II by the U.S. Government, and then promptly made illegal after the war was won. At a time when rhetoric is flying about becoming more self-sufficient in terms of energy, why is it illegal to grow this plant in this country? Ah, the female. The evil female plant – marijuana. It gets you high, it makes you laugh, it does not produce a hangover. Unlike alcohol, it does not result in bar fights or wife beating. So, why is this innocuous plant illegal? Is it a gateway drug? No, that would be alcohol, which is so heavily advertised in this country. My only conclusion as to why it is illegal, is that Corporate America, which owns Congress, would rather sell you Paxil, Zoloft, Xanax and other addictive drugs, than allow you to grow a plant in your home without some of the profits going into their coffers. This policy is ludicrous. It has surely contributed to our dependency on foreign energy sources. Our policies have other countries literally laughing at our stupidity, most notably Canada, as well as several European nations (both Eastern and Western). You would not know this by paying attention to U.S. media sources though, as they tend not to elaborate on who is laughing at the United States th
is week. Please people, let’s stop the rhetoric and start thinking about how we can truly become self-sufficient.
With that I say goodbye and good luck.
All the best,
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The internal campaign idea is to twist, distort, humiliate and finally dispirit you.
We pay people and organize people to go to all the online sites and “play the part of a clinton or mccain supporter who just switched our support for obama”
We do this to stifle your motivation and to destroy your confidence.
There is a huge staff of people working around the clock, watching every site, blogs, etc. We flood these sites. We have had a goal to overwhelm.
Sprinkle in mass vote confusion and it becomes bewildering. Most people lose patience and just give up on their support of a candidate and decide to just block out tv, news, websites, etc.
This surprisingly has had a huge suppressing movement and vote turnout issues.
Some Obama Staffer
It’s hard to buck a trend, and admit that Barack Obama is a SOCIALLY popular candidate with almost no substance.
He’s not really a good public speaker. He doesn’t have any articulated plan. His tendencies don’t differ from those of other Democrats.
So why do people like him?
He’s the man who fits the role. They are angry at George Bush because they don’t like wars and the economy has had a periodic downturn, although that has nothing to do with who’s president.
They’re angry at this economy because some were winners and hey, they’re not. They’re the people who DO NOT earn $140,000 a year and live in the suburbs, which means that as our country slides into third-world status, they’re going to be the bottoms not the tops.
They’re angry and like rioters, they’re going to throw a hissy fit and then ignore it when what is promised to them is also ignored. They do not have a constructive plan, only a destructive one: revenge at The Other.
Ignorance has no clearer face.
Jesus Christ was not God, and Mary was not a virgin, according to a controversial new book written by an Australian Catholic priest.
“What a breathtaking know-all, to claim he knows the mind of Christ contrary to scripture and tradition. His words rob Christianity entirely of its meaning and purpose,” Father Robbie told News Ltd.
“The Council of Nicaea settled the question that Christ was God in 325, so he is 1700 years out of date.
“The rest is a regurgitation of every discredited 19th-century liberal Protestant German cliche in the book.”
Sounds like liberals telling biological determinists or conservatives or traditionalists that they’re crazy, out of date, not Progressive enough, etc. and it’s the same mechanism: imply ignorance of the other to hide your own.