Grist to the Mill

gristWhile George Orwell wished this metaphor to have gone the way of the dodo, I find it an appropriate expression given all that has happened since the election results on November 8th declared Donald Trump king.  Protests are flaring up in cities, mostly in the U.S., but also here in Canada where people are genuinely shocked that Hilary Clinton lost to the ‘Apprentice’.  People who feel this election should have ended differently are now challenged to raise their voices and not their fists.  It is a good thing to have a voice, to protest injustice and all round unhappiness with the way things are.  It’s how things change and is the basis for all rebellions but is certainly not an inevitable outcome for our unrest.  We, of course, will repeat our cycles over and over again until we finally get it.  The cycles teach us that we have power, but more often than not we end up abusing it and hurting each other.

Some negative people I’ve met truly want another World War, another French Revolution, another Louis Riel Rebellion.  We have enough recent history that we could learn our lessons and construct a reality far different from the one we have known.  We have been unplugged from the Matrix and now we can choose whether we want to go back.  Like Grist, we are a grain that cannot be made into anything new until we have the grinding force of an immense stone bearing down on us.  The hope is that we can, in fact, be transformed by this latest election, be awakened to our human potential and our connectedness.  Imagine if we did that…..maybe politicians would be obsolete.

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Healing the Shame That Binds You

John Bradshaw’s message is still relevant today and opens a dialogue about what continues to plague society today. Bradshaw (for me) presents the necessary work that we all must do to examine where in our lives the unhealthy shame has permeated our lives and behaviors.

Watch this 6 part series here:

We all need to do our own work….getting real and discovering our humility…

I thank my friend LWC for introducing me to this amazing man…..

Medical Aid in Dying: What Are We So Afraid Of?

To what end do we attempt to avoid that appointment with death? By what device can we hold back the machine of the cosmos and the dimension of time? We create and take great pride in that creation but fail to honor the cycle…to bring it to close. By denying death, we deny compassion and it is only those who are not knocking at it’s door that dare to say it is an un-natural thing.

Impact Ethics

Dave Langlois worries about the consequences of normalizing medical aid in dying, but nonetheless argues that grievously ill patients should be able to ask for, and receive, help in hastening their death.

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Our Authentic Selves…

Recently, I’ve struggled with the idea of my Authentic Self… who am I…really??  I’ve seen people, claim they are free, awakened and aware to what is going on in the world, who (despite this awakening) continue to follow a guru, a leader, a personality.  These personalities, be they politicians, anarchists, or religious leaders, promise us true freedom, yet by their very being present the slippery slope by which we enslave ourselves.  Who dares ask: What doctrine do they preach?, What benefit do they offer? What answers do they hold to the questions we have? This is a power that such personalities have… answers to our questions, freedom from our oppression, an outlet for our rage. The tragedy is that the desire for freedom, swings us like a pendulum from rejecting one personality (a Prime Minister, a Pope, a Teacher) in favor of another (an Anarchist, A Freedom Fighter, A Drill Sargeant)….still suspended by the same chain. So how to become truly free?  I believe the first step is to reject the personality entirely and to explore the motivations and aspirations of those personalities who claim to be working for our benefit.  You will indeed see a hypocrisy….and a choice.

What GRIDEX II should be teaching us

If anyone ever tells you that emergency preparedness drills are a piece of cake, they’d be lying to you.  If they said that the scenarios are thought out to take into consideration every possible outcome… again lying.  Emergency preparedness drills can only simulate a ‘best-guess’ as to how the real thing might actually go.  As in life, an infinite number of outcomes or futures exist that can be caused by the smallest thing.  Take Fukishima for example, in a recently produced documentary, it was revealed that the safety valve failure that would have mitigated the meltdown of the reactors was actually caused by the meltdown of the reactors.  What engineers failed to understand when the safety valves were designed is that the valves only functioned properly when reactor pressures were very low (as in normal operating conditions).  The valves failed to work when the increasing core temperatures produced elevated steam pressure which forced the safety valves closed.  Now Japanese engineers are no dummies, but somehow, as always human error combined with the actual environmental conditions provides a perfect storm kind of scenario that NO ONE can anticipate.

The same is true with all Emergency Preparedness Drills.  As much as we think we can prepare for the worst, it seems the worst is always, well, worse than we can prepare for.

This week several important events are happening.  First, the NERC (North American Electrical Reliability Corporation) is holding a two-day series of scenarios on the 13th and 14th called GRID EX II, to simulate electrical grid collapse.  Secondly, TEPCO will be attempting to remove fuel rods from the Fukushima reactor site on November 15th.  What is disturbing about these events is that officials have vastly underplayed the significance of these events and what they mean in the grand scheme of things.

NERC officials have stated that grid collapse is a guarantee, either by cyber attack (super hacker/EMP/Nuclear) or by natural occurrence such as a CME (coronal mass ejection) aimed at earth.  What is most frightening is that the greater public has not been educated in how they might survive such an event and certainly has not been involved in the planning of recovery should such an event occur.  Right now NERC is merely interested to see what the grid is capable of doing, what problems might arise and how they might be dealt with.

Recently, National Geographic aired a program showing us what we might expect during a grid failure.  It was nothing short of apocalyptic.  However, as an article by the Center for Security Policy points out:

“If National Geographic’s docu-drama is unrealistic about anything, it understates the threat by creating a scenario in which a nationwide blackout lasts just 10 days.  Among seven U.S. government studies conducted since 2004, a consensus has emerged that the electric power industry is not prepared to cope with manmade or natural EMP threats that could inflict a nationwide blackout lasting not days, but months or years.” – GRIDEX II Keeps Americans in the Dark

Have people been sufficiently warned about this or do you think it would come as a complete surprise?  If history teaches us anything it is that we should hope for the best, but always prepare for the worst.  Lets not forget what happened with Katrina.  Not only was the situation handled badly resulting in UNNECESSARY deaths, but the recovery from such an event never fully happened.  Let us not forget that this scenario has already happened:

Power Outage in 2003 affected millions of American and Canadian citizens.
Power Outage in 2003 affected millions of American and Canadian citizens.

It was ten years ago that the power outages struck Canada and several U.S. states.  This event impacted seven states and there were over 50 million people without power.  Although there have been some improvements made to our power systems since that time, we still suffer from frequent power surges and are at risk of solar flares impacting our grid system.  The flare that took down the Quebec grid cost 1.5 billion dollars in damages, with 250 million of that cost being from destroyed perishables.  The relatively ‘small’ occurrence that happened 10 years ago caused a relatively small blip in our world – what would happen if another Carrington Event occurred in today’s world?  The impact on our society and economy would be incalculable. ” – Pyrolysis blog

Bottom line is that we all have a responsibility to do what we can to prevent what we can, prepare to survive what does happen, and to chose to NOT turn against our fellow man in times of crisis.  We have to come to the realization that those powers that be may not have a stake in our survival, only in their survival.  You and I may be collateral damage to a corporation that also acts as it’s own lobbyist.  So whose best interests will they serve? Certainly not yours or mine.

That is why we must make a choice to stop waiting for our government, our corporations, our leaders to save us.  We must decide that it is possible to get educated, get prepared and when TSHTF, to remain calm.  It is possible to come together as a community, to share our resources and to become a better society than the one we left off from.  It’s up to us.

 

More Stupid Christians

Now that I have your attention… I wanted to post this video to stimulate your braincells… For the time being, forget who you are (Christian, Muslim, Jew or Athiest) and pretend you’re an Alien. Pretend you’ve come to this planet from afar to find out who this strange species existing on earth is and what pre-occupies their time. Aside from Football, Reality TV, Internet and Lady GaGa… what is it that makes Humans tick? Faith, or belief, would likely be a concept unknown to an Alien race visiting our globe, and a logical Alien (like the Spock kind of Alien) would find our passion for ‘religion’ to be ….well…illogical. Watch this video (pretending your an Alien), and see if you don’t find yourself wondering…”What the Heck?”….

p.s. – this article is not posted here because I believe Christians are bad… I just believe there are bad Christians….

Take Back Your Power – Trailer 2013

Synopsis
Utility companies are replacing electricity, gas and water meters worldwide with new generation “smart” meters at an unprecedented rate. Take Back Your Power investigates the benefits and risks of this ubiquitous “smart” grid program, with insight from insiders, expert researchers, politicians, doctors, and concerned communities. Transparency advocate Josh del Sol takes us on a journey of revelation and discovery, as he questions corporations’ right to tap our private information and erode our rights in the name of “green”. What you discover will surprise you, unsettle you, and inspire you to challenge the status quo. Join the discussion here: http://vur.me/s/TakeBackYourPower/