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You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding. - Terence McKenna
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Although we believe that public education should equip students with skills to enter the workplace, it should also educate them to contest workplace inequalities, imagine democratically organized forms of work, and identify and challenge those injustices that contradict and undercut the most fundamental principles of freedom, equality, and respect for all people who make up the global public sphere. - Giroux and Giroux
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Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence — those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. — Aldous Huxley
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“The natural conversion of sunlight to electric charge that occurs in all green-plant photosynthesis after 1 billion years of natural selection may already be the highest net emergy possible.” - Howard T. Odum
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I've been thinking of plants, and modeling various industrial solar PV or solar thermal designs.  By the time you get to producing a synfuel (say, Fischer-Tropsch) and then burning that (storage or transport), you're not much ahead of plants in terms of total solar energy conversion.  Maybe 10% at the high end, as low as 2-3% at the low, which is comparable to plant growth (1-3% solar conversion to cellulose / starches).

Plants also build themselves, repair themselves, provide their own transport systems, defend themselves against pests, and provide their own structural support -- all of which I consider "plant services" which humans would otherwise have to provide.

Plants do generally have fairly specific growing conditions, and require nutrients and fertilizer, which limit growth potential.

I'm still really not sure that humans, building structures and equipment which will need replacement on a 20-40 year basis (most PV systems), maybe longer for solar thermal, though I kind of doubt it, can beat that.

On carrying capacity, I've been looking over a few refs this evening, and that's sobering stuff.  But I tend to fall in the general range you guys are talking about:  500m to 2 billion.  I figure a standard of living of roughly early-to-mid 20th century in terms of resource consumption.  If you scale your infrastructure right that's actually not horrible, and could be quite pleasant.  Other alternatives ... not quite so much.

+Chris George I've missed seeing your posts, found a bunch looking for Paul Chefurka refs after +John Poteet shared some links earlier.
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To those who followed Columbus and Cortez, the New World truly seemed incredible because of the natural endowments. The land often announced itself with a heavy scent miles out into the ocean. Giovanni da Verrazano in 1524 smelled the cedars of the East Coast a hundred leagues out. The men of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon were temporarily disarmed by the fragrance of the New Jersey shore, while ships running farther up the coast occasionally swam through large beds of floating flowers. Wherever they came inland they found a rich riot of color and sound, of game and luxuriant vegetation. Had they been other than they were, they might have written a new mythology here. As it was, they took inventory. - Frederick Jackson Turner
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"Another reason why radical reformers are misjudged by ordinary men is that they view existing society from outside, with hostility towards its institutions. Although, for the most part, they have more belief than their neighbors in human nature's inherent capacity for a good life, they are so conscious of the cruelty and oppression resulting from existing institutions that they make a wholly misleading impression of cynicism." ~Bertrand Russell
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Reality overtaking the ability to deny.

Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are few climate-change skeptics amongst those who grow the world's food – if any. Farmers don't have to read UN reports to know how radically their weather is changing. And consumers don't need academic studies or bullet points to know that food prices are steadily rising.
Richard Schiffman: Riots. Towns gone dry. Soaring prices. Crushing starvation. If this sounds like fear-mongering from scientists, talk to the farmers
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+Edward Morbius People are showing up at our community garden amazed that there's a space where people can grow food. They're living on pasta, beans and ramen with little or no vegetables. I give them what I can. 
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In old times, when it was asked, ‘‘How can we abolish slavery?’’ the answer was ‘‘Quit stealing." - Frederick Douglass, 1894.
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First, liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity. Quite the contrary, it is the vehicle of savage, destructive nihilism . . . . How long can we accept the fact that what is needed for running water, schools, hospitals, and food enough for all humanity is a sum that corresponds to the amount spent by wealthy Western countries on perfume in a year? - Badiou
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“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ~ Charles Bukowski
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Anti-war, pro-justice.

I stream stories that point out the hypocrisy of citizens who never question their own governments. My government is attached at the hip to the US, a vassal of Empire. I criticize it and I criticize their rulers. This is my duty as a citizen. I know that the other guys are assholes. I don't live there. Let their citizens work on their government, I have my hands full here. I criticize to improve things.

People tell me if I don't like it I should move. I tell them that if they want to support venal, corrupt hypocrites as leaders to find a country where they also do that kind of thing and move there. I am busy here trying to make my country a better place to live.

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NOTHING appears more surprizing to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we enquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find, that, as FORCE is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular. - David Hume

Do you have beliefs? A political point of view? Do you mind testing them against others who have different beliefs than you?




Here is a comprehensive quiz to place your beliefs on the political spectrum. Here are my results so that you get an idea of my outlook on things.

I am here to sharpen the only tool that I have that distinguishes all of us from the animals. My mind. I will take my beliefs and engage you in a conversation, a discussion, an argument to test your beliefs against mine. If your argument is sound and you have convincing premises, I will change my mind.

How about you?

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy 






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  • Thompson Rivers University
    General Studies, 2012
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