Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

Links of the Month: August 2022

cartoon by Michael Leunig, of course August in many countries is the month for holidays, for rest, for reflection and preparation for the slog ahead. At one time it was the month where you were most likely to see people … Continue reading

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We Already Live on Mars

cartoon by Shizzblatt on TAHT comics on reddit It’s easy to ridicule the techno-utopians who, in their ongoing denial and defiance of civilization’s accelerating collapse, talk and scheme about leaving this planet and building a new civilization on another one. … Continue reading

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An Age of Wonder

This clip is an 8-second excerpt of a short doc on tardigrades by Journey to the Microcosmos; this is almost exactly what I see under my little $15 microscope. You probably wouldn’t know it from the dark tenor of my … Continue reading

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Pretending It’s Better Than It Is

Painting in oil pastels, “Family Portrait”,  by the Polish graphic artist Sławek Gruca.  “When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.” — Anais Nin There seems to be a propensity among the human species to put on our best face in … Continue reading

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Addicted to Crude

There are few pipelines in North Dakota, so while oil is valuable enough to truck out (weather permitting), the natural gas byproducts are not, so the gas is simply, legally, burned off, “flared”, wasted. Photo by Tim Evanson from wikimedia, … Continue reading

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Plus Ça Change: Lessons from a Mall

current mall/parking lot footprint near my home, showing proposed towers It has been above 35ºC (close to 100ºF) all week here in Coquitlam. Like most Vancouverites I have no air conditioning. On top of that, I’m on Day 15 since … Continue reading

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Collapse, Not Apocalypse

Thomas Cole’s ‘Destruction’, the fourth of his five-panel series ‘The Course of Empire‘, 1836. Public domain. Several people have pointed me to Chris Hedges’ latest article “The Dawn of the Apocalypse”, which includes a lengthy summation of the current state … Continue reading

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It Just Is

more on radical non-duality, and some new scientific theories; the usual caveats apply for those who find such blather annoying image of the galaxy group Stephan’s Quintet, new, from NASA’s Webb telescope I was never a fan of The Matrix, … Continue reading

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Automating Away Customer Service

cartoon by the late New Yorker cartoonist Robert Weber, one of the few cartoonists who worked mostly with charcoal There is a double interface between the producers and customers of the things we buy and sell: sales and marketing, and … Continue reading

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Not Meant to Govern Each Other

The late David Graeber talks with Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, image from London Real (2015) The gradually accelerating collapse of our economic and financial systems, political systems, health and education systems, essential infrastructure, civil discourse, and of course our climate … Continue reading

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