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Perma Future

Remember when permaculture took root nearly a hundred years ago, back in 1978? Ha! Wild how time flies, and ideas grow. Bill Mollison and David Holmgren would be proud papas, were they to see the world today. Their permababy has flourished into a permaworld! It took a...

Millennial Mess

I was a fucking millennial mess. In and out of the psych ward, psychotic, bipolar, whatever comorbidity du jour; for a year I ended up chemically lobotomized by antipsychotic wunderkind Abilify, and it’s out-of-vogue older brother Seroquel. I slept 16 hours a day,...

To: Justin Trudeau

(In Burnaby, British Columbia, protestors pull together to stop Kinder Morgan tearing into indigenous territory. Photo by Roger Pimenta) RE: Trans Mountain Pipeline No. No, and again, no. A hundred billion times, no. Absolutely and unequivocally no. No under any...

Not Radicals, But Self-Propagandizers & Fashionistas

Hitler’s mass-rally appearances were constructs of words, military symbols, architectural backgrounds and nationalistic emblems designed to have maximum effect on giant mobs gathered in the open air. Propaganda today has evolved to an entirely different level. We are...

Growth? What fucking growth?

Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever is either a madman or an economist. — Kenneth Boulding   I just heard a commentator on BBC say that the mood in Davos was decidedly ebullient this year . . . that the world’s business and political elite were...

Loneliness

The Silicon Valley in which I live, a culture infused with the cocaine high of technological breakthroughs, grates against my earthly sensibilities. Riding on the crest of adrenalin, discovery, and money, what many in the fair Bay Area know, is not in fact what is....

Be Fucking Brutal

A psychiatrist told Nan Goldin she would end up just like her sister. Instead, Nan left home at 14 and discovered the camera. It became the only way to preserve the world around her as it crumbled after her sister’s suicide. Nan did not see the squalor of living as an...

A Nation Of Moral Midgets

I would have expected that all of Israel’s renowned writers would publish a thundering joint condemnation while the Gaza shooting was still going on. It did not happen. The political “opposition” was contemptible. No word from the Labor party. No word from Ya’ir...