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 The New Norm8 comments
picture31 May 2010 @ 09:12, by Unknown. Environment, Ecology

Yo World...

Well what it boils down to is that
so in order to mitigate such the following may be of value and meaning:

- a 10% carbon tax
- $3.00 per liter gas and a 25% royalty to Gov
- 10% of the seats in the House of Commons for the environment
- a global cap on population at 7 billion people + or - 250 million
- a global cap on automobiles at 800 million + or - 25 million
- posting of green bonds of $1 billion for potentiality environ
damage projects,
- climate instability insurance policies,
- ban of autos for those under age of 35,
- Subsidies and tax breaks to renewable energies and pubic
- Tax breaks to green companies
- LEED and ISO 9000 & 14000 Standards
- Fines and imprisonment and restorative justice consequences for
ecocrimes and torts
- Green Certification of Products and Services
- Bicycles and walking
- Green Buildings and houses
- Eco-villages and Eco-cites
- Urban Gardens
- Solar Greenhouses
- Freeze Corporate Taxes
- Have more Earth Hour Days
- Passage of Bill C- 311 on Climate Change, Canada
- Passage of Bill C- 469 on Environmental Rights, Canada
- Regular maintenance and testing of BOP on oil wells and sites
- Implementation of Green Jobs initiative
- Home and Business Eco retrofits
- Eco-education, upgrading and training
- Implementation of water reclamation and conservation measures
- Implementation of Environmental and Endangered species
- DNA bar coding of 100 million + species
- Bank capitalization with the sale of "Global Peace Bonds"
- Greater usage of Trains and Buses, less use of Air Planes
- Green Infrastructure Retrofits and upgrades and maintenance

or something to that effect...
ed jonas  More >

30 May 2010 @ 06:13, by erlefrayne. Economics, Financing, Banking
The events in the Eurozone are now getting to be more alarming. Forecasters are now claiming that another round of recession is in the offing, as the bubble burst that began in Greece will spread to Spain, Ireland, and other member-states of the EU.

Will liberal capitalism continue to live a life that seems to hang in the balance? Or will capitalism need to restore itself through totalitarian means? What’s so wrong with the system that it just can’t be sustained enough?  More >

 StereoTypes are debased Concepts8 comments
29 May 2010 @ 18:00, by johnjoseph. Philosophy
False logic and Syllogism  More >

 The Transition Movie
29 May 2010 @ 10:27, by scotty. Environment, Ecology
( Thanks Niwalen - because of you that I found this BRILLIANT film ! )

In Transition 1.0 from Transition Towns on Vimeo.

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience (Transition Guides) (Paperback) ... [link]

28 May 2010 @ 02:27, by erlefrayne. Economics, Financing, Banking
Eurozone is burning. Before the flames would reach infernal levels, the contagion effects thereof burning the other regions of the globe, a global financial conference should be convened most urgently.  More >

 Survival of the Enlightened8 comments
picture28 May 2010 @ 01:03, by Unknown. Environment, Ecology

Yo humans

I guess my reasoning for not wrecking the environment and climate in the first place, is that in so doing, we don't know how to fix it when broken, as we don't even understand it when not. The interdependence of the environment and humans and climate is such that for our own sake we must thread lightly upon it and hence ourselves less we desire not life and living itself and if such is the case all or many such humans should be aborted from the start.

Though I suppose we throughout the generations are slowly learning of this interdependence which we thus must pass on to the knowledge and understanding to those of the future. It is not thus merely a quaint ideological sentiment this love and regard for the environment but the sentiment of survival of the enlightened and aware.

this to might pass

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 Memorial Day, 2010, A National Disgrace0 comments
27 May 2010 @ 13:49, by gsosbee. Violence, War
See my comments this Memorial Day on the outrageous criminal activities of the fbi/cia,et al against veterans, even as Gary Sinise parades about in pretentious concern for our suffering vets.

This Memorial Day is day of National Disgrace for the corrupt USA's treatment of its own war veterans and for this nation's phony wars on the people of the world.The so-called "GOP Savior" Gary Sinise should stop insulting the veterans with his pretense of concern for them, especially as many suffer from unlawful assaults & mistreatment by the thugs of the government of the United States of America (i.e.: the fbi/cia assassins).

See my reports on this subject as follows: The intel services (fbi/cia) force suicide on some veterans with the full knowledge of VA. Other veterans prefer death to a padded cell or jail. In any event , Gary Sinise, stop the charade that USA cares for and has patience with its veterans. You are an actor, Gary, now playing politician on the backs of injured and killed veterans. Your silly ads are sadly laughable to all knowledgeable vets.

[QUESTIONS! geral sosbee (956)371-5210]

Actor Gary Sinise floated as possible GOP savior [cnn-photo-caption image= [link] caption="GOP strategist Nicole Wallace names Sinise and others as possible GOP saviors."] WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Nicolle Wallace, a top adviser to George W.



The following Indy group is appartently controlled by the fbi/cia and this group deletes every report I submit regarding fbi/cia atrocities, even while the Indy thugs pretend to offer a forum for "Police State". Here is the deletion of the above report:

U.S. | Police State and Prisons
The following post may have been a test post, a duplicate, or could have been hidden if it violated this site's Points of Unity. If you think this item should not have been hidden, first make sure it wasn't posted twice and you were just unable to find the other copy of the post. If that was not the case, you can contact the editorial collective by e-mailing

Memorial Day, 2010, A National Disgrace
by geral Thursday May 27th, 2010 8:23 AM
See my comments this Memorial Day on the outrageous criminal activities of the fbi/cia,et al against veterans, even as Gary Sinise parades about in pretentious concern for our suffering vets.

 The Scent of Lilacs. . .
25 May 2010 @ 08:09, by susannahbe. Natural Health & Healing

"If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in bloom,
maybe your soul has never been in bloom." - Terri Guillemets

Not long ago, the tangled branches of the lilac outside my window, were highlighted with snow. Through the long winter I watched and waited until life returned and the buds began to swell.

Now heavy with blossom and basking in the glorious sunshine, today, the sweet scent of lilacs reached into me through my open window and called me outside. . .

I am thinking of the lilac-trees,
That shook their purple plumes,
And when the sash was open,
Shed fragrance through the room.
- Anna S. Stephens

Lilac grows up into the endless blue of the sky
a splash of colour added to the vast palette of greens.

Here comes the time when, vibrating on its stem, every flower fumes
like a censer; noises and perfumes circle in the evening air.

- Charles Baudelaire

Outside the air is heavy with perfume, the huge purple bush is laden with flowers and the tall white lilac trees are magnificent reaching up into the endless blue, blue, sky.

The warmth of the sun, the buzzing of the bees
and the sweet scent of lilac everywhere . . .

My lilac trees are old and tall;I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roof and streets, to find the bees.
- Lousie Driscoll, 1875 - 1957

Breathe in the scent of Lilacs . . .


 The Cloud - or Last call / Final Calling wake-up call ?
picture 16 Apr 2010 @ 21:01, by feecor. Environment, Ecology
Yesterdays eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano called back lasting memories, a story from 1988, where in the press conference Prof. Degens was not ready to paint a icture a lasting nightmare of an overheated planet or ice-age planet.
The media pushed hard but he refused to paint a nighmare scenario, as this would not be science he said roughly, the media should look back in earth history and make out there own conclusion, he only mentioned later that new might be only the degree of possible rapid change.
For people in environmental research this is obvious if we think twice, but it was for the media something they angrily commented: Scientists not telling what to expect and what is going on !
Now 22 year later this looks funny, now we know, even created possible ceilings and guard rails, as politics were more demanding than media, to have scientist do the forecast or outlook requested. But what is this IPCC knows and can predict the Future, specially when there are obviously only futures in plural and can not be predicted Neither in natural nor in social and cultural human worlds !
This is not a contrarian view ! I was reading with Ernst Ulrich von Weiszsäcker about CONTRARIANS already in the late 80ies, when he was in Bonn and Brussels, about these denying "CONTRARIANS" who refused to consider man-made impacts - on this considered stable and endless system of Planet Earth !
What an ignorance ! please see this article soon hitting the streets: "ignorance or compassion" [link] or the work on GLOBAL CHANGE we introduced in late May 1990. Please wait for May 30th "Challenges to Science and Politics" touring exhibition.
At this point I can only link to the exhibition [link] and EARTH IN TROUBLE ! [link] and check Human Dimensions and Human Responsibility with time and space horizons (Hans Jonas) , as this is the time, likt with Mount StHelen where we can experience natures ! non-point polution impacts!

Why I call this piece? Last call / Final Calling ? Because I think we should follow up on this question: Do we need "New Science, new Language, new Thinking ?
HOW ABOUT? OLD and proven, traditional and NEW Thinking and Doing and Sharing ? [link]

please come back later - we had challenging days these days and years and need to step back, consider deep and other questions and answers

Meanwhile follow the links and consider what the founder of this encyclopedia of systems and cybernetics said about complexity, surprise and predictability when we introduced the new edition:
[link] and maybe these concepts to consider being concrete and share common frames and schemas: [link]

In Santa Fe we learned that the more we study complexity, the more we are perplexed ! So let us step back, check the issues and context and not not consider we know whne we do not ! - or just need to meet at certain number to be safe and can continue to muddle trough as always, all heads deeep in the sands, fogs, dust, ashes....

Finally, what we experience today is not the last call ! Nature as icon in time has experienced much worse in times, but humanity is getting more fragile ever day, so we have to be on the watch on the proportions and consequences, the potential infliction of suffering. [link]

MORE about the CLOUD here: [link]

 Learning (expanded) Non-violent Communication via Skywork21 comments
picture12 Apr 2010 @ 15:12, by jhs. Peace
(The following is a response to several inquiries in the past few months)

Wiki sez:
"Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a process developed by Marshall Rosenberg. It is a way to communicate with greater compassion and clarity. It focuses on two things: honest self-expression — exposing what matters to oneself in a way that's likely to inspire compassion in others, and empathy — listening with deep compassion. One central tenet of nonviolent communication (also called "compassionate communication") is that everything a human being does (whether benign or hurtful) is an attempt to meet their human needs. NVC postulates that conflict between individuals or groups is a result of miscommunication about these needs, often because of coercive language or manipulative language (e.g., inducing fear, guilt, shame, praise, blame, duty, obligation, punishment, or reward)." [link]

Sounds good? Alright. What's new? (Actually, can there be anything new on Communication, Science and Sanity after Korzybski???)

It seems that social customs in our times is at such a low level that people rush to register for a course in behaviour adjustment that should be plain obvious and the (very!) good news is that the movement actually finds a lot of followers and 'certified trainers'. Communications, on the Internet in especially, occurs mostly in a vicious and poisonous mode and those who claim to 'educate others' are often the worst culprits in expressions unworthy for educated people.

The success of a course like that makes one wonder, though. How come one needs a seminar to learn what should be the 'norm'?

Theory and praxis are two things and even though there are models of communication more concise and encompassing (spare me the long list, plz!), and 'training the basics' and APPLYING it in daily life is priceless.

Again, any decent mode communication can be found compatible with the rules of NVC, called fittingly the OFNR process model, so by all means, I encourage everybody to become a CVNC Certified Trainer as well.

Wiki sez further:
"The NVC model has three or four steps depending on the mode of use.
1. Observation
2. Feelings
3. Needs
4. Request (optional, depending on mode)

The two modes of use of the NVC model are
1. empathy, including both self-empathy, and empathy for another, and
2. honest self-expression, including "please" (request) and "thank you" (gratitude)"
[end of quote]

This is great, when applied. Yet some of the crucial parts of miscommunication are missing: failure to answer-up (acknowledge) in an adequate timeframe, jumping abstraction levels, and interruption of a communication in process.

Of course, if we would integrate those two points into the OVNR, most TV talk shows would be classified as 'violent'.

How can one learn obviously sane behaviour patterns?

Skywork, a group process to access the collective subconscious layers, often called the 'morphogenetic field', is based on the rules above, including the 'expanded model', plus a few others. We can witness and testify how the basic sanity of communication in action. We can SEE, FEEL, and UNDERSTAND that a sane communication is a crucial part in solving problems, whether in individual problems or group conflicts. Skywork APPLIES these principles, plus a few others, to do this and in the process the participants can incorporate them into their own strategies and patterns of success in life.

In other words, instead of TALKING about it, Skywork group processing is the faster route to actually ADAPTING the principles of sane communication in daily life.

(The first, immediate comment to above:)
My friend Bruce [link], one of the most Korzybski [link] experts I know of and his official biographer (stay tuned for the release in 2010!!), lauded&upgraded my blurb thus:

"The problem with old wisdom is to make it new in one's life and practice. What makes wisdom timeless is that it is always timely."

mx: Amen!  More >

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