Bill Hamilton and his friend prove that when your inner voice tells you to get moving to help people, you pack up your extreme all-terrain vehicle and get moving to help people.

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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.

Canadians invite California, Oregon and Washington to join Canada | ThinkPol — Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

It’s not surprising to think that separation from the Union would be a logical next step for those states who showed a decidedly Clinton fanbase.  While it’s an idea that would mean travel down the west coast of our continent would be unfettered and filled with dreams of Disney, it would be a logistical nightmare to accomplish.  While I don’t have the education to articulate all the ways this would be a drain on our country (NAFTA would need to be ratified, California is drier than a hens fart and nevermind the drug problem we already have in British Columbia and the rest of the West), I have my doubts that the drawing of new borders would be acceptable by a president who is intent on border security and a safer nation.  While it’s a nice gesture by typically nice people, it’s far from realistic or achievable in my opinion.

https://thinkpol.ca/2016/11/12/canadians-invite-california-oregon-and-washington-to-join-canada/

via Canadians invite California, Oregon and Washington to join Canada | ThinkPol — Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

No country for young women: Honour crimes and infanticide in Ireland

What’s wrong in Ireland is symptomatic of what’s wrong with so much of the world… an over inflated sense of ‘what’s socially acceptable’ promulgated by the deeply entrenched barbs of our religious upbringing. It has disallowed the human condition and the cost has been too many human lives…

Feminist Ire

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When I was in first year in secondary school in 1997, a girl in the year above me was pregnant. She was 14. The only people who I ever heard say anything negative about her were a group of older girls who wore their tiny feet “pro-life” pins on their uniforms with pride. They slagged her behind her back, and said she would be a bad mother. They positioned themselves as the morally superior ones who cared for the baby, but not the unmarried mother. They are the remnants of an Ireland, a quasi-clerical fascist state, that we’d like to believe is in the past, but still lingers on.

The news broke last week of a septic tank filled with the remains of 796 children and babies in Galway. The remains were accumulated from the years 1925 to 1961 and a common cause of death was malnutrition and preventable disease…

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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.

The Thirst for Identity

Who are you…who am I…and better, who am I relative to who you are…

Larval Subjects .

cat-lion_mirrorPerhaps a somewhat disturbing thought with respect to how we think about contemporary political struggles:  In the Manifesto, Marx and Engels famously say that under capitalism “…all that is solid melts into air”.  Contrary to Heidegger with his romanticism about rootedness– being a Black Forest peasant is probably much better from the standpoint of a philosopher contemplating their existence from afar than for Black Forest peasants themselves; just ask the people of the Limousin region of France –one of the great things about capitalism is that it erodes local customs, traditions, and superstitions, revealing subject as “void”.  Every subject alternatively becomes “noone and everyone” because all essentialist identities (the Great Chain of Being where everyone has a place and function) are eroded under capitalism.  From an economic, quantitative point of view, a child can do the same labor as a man and a woman and a black man and…

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Against Holism: The Argument from Entropy

An alternative viewpoint to Holism is Individualism and this article on entropy shows that we are after all, individuals subject to chaotic relationships to other individuals and therefore painting us with a holistic brush negates our individualism and our ability to choose our relationships with things. Some great food for thought when it comes to the subject of globalization, ecology and economy and the ideas such as a New World Order or Occupy or Transhumanism….

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entropyIn the last couple years I’ve spilled a lot of ink arguing against holism or the thesis that everything is related to everything else.  This is not because I believe that relations are unimportant– indeed, the only thing that really interests me are relations –but rather because I think this position says too much.  From a holistic perspective, for example, I’m unable to make sense of ecology.  While many ecotheorists defend holistic ontologies, the actual practices of ecologists and environmental scientists reveals something different.  In their practices, they show supreme attentiveness to the fragility of relations, and focus on what happens when elements are subtracted from ecological networks (e.g., the extinction of a species) or added to a network (e.g., increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere).  This wouldn’t be possible unless entities possessed some minimal autonomy from their relations.  So while I can agree with the holist when they…

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