Imagine what an alien species would think of a race that wastes it’s 2nd most precious resource for no actual viable purpose. We do so many things without question. So many of us chose to remain willfully ignorant, we think : someone else will take care of the big issues. We think that we can do what ever we want, and not worry about to consequences because there are people in charge of making sure the planet does not blow up… Is that what you think? you are wrong, we the people will decide the fate of this planet. The governments and the corporations could care less.
So open your eyes… I know they have been closed for a while and you did not even realize it…OH SHIT! Yeah, the world has become a fucking scary place. No No No, don’t run and bury your head in the sand, that won’t make it go away. It is up to each of us the fix our home. We can all do just 1 simple thing and there are lots of choices for that 1 simple thing. There are so many ways to reduce the depth of your footprint, you don’t have to give up your truck for a bicycle (although you could convert it to run on corn oil). If everyone would just make 1 (YES 1) environmentally friendly change in their household we could start reversing the damage that has been done to this planet.
Don’t care? you should… If you keep damaging something, anything, eventually it will break. Current science predictions show an Extinction Level Event by the year 2070. This event will be man made…If we keep on the path we are on now, we can stop it, it’s still not to late. Do you have kids? 2070 might not matter to you, but it will matter to them, and it will matter to their kids even more.
Do you think about what happens when you turn on your car? when you turn on a light? Well when enough people do it, all the time, non stop, year after year what happens is a long complicated and drawn out series of events that creates problems. Because we do not stop and change our wasteful habits these problems need solutions. So those people who are in charge of figuring out how to give us ( the general public ) what we want, end up coming up with the most cost effective solutions they can. These are often bad solutions like Fracking and Drilling. Now I am no fan of big government or corporate America. But to blame anyone other then our selves for these problems is irresponsible, to expect others to fix the problem for you is negligent and lazy.
Lets say we live in a world of inexhaustible fuel and resources (which we clearly do not) In such a world what are the effects of the simple above mentioned action of turning on a light switch. Well, On your end alone, just turning on 1 light switch causes a very very very small amount of green house gas to be released into the atmosphere – the light itself is not the culprit, but the energy it cost to turn that light on. The problem with this? Well it comes down to natural light from our sun. Light from the sun that normally reflects off of the ocean and back into space gets trapped in the upper atmosphere because of these clouds of green house gasses. So the light from the sun just reflects back down again (even been in a hall of mirrors?) As this continues to happen earth continues to heat. I could go on and on, but if you do not understand what the green house effect really is (even though we have been hearing about it since the 1970’s), there are a lot of people that can explain it in much more depth and clarity than myself. All the information is right here on the World Wide Web. (Yep there is more stuff here than cheap entertainment.) Essentially we are cooking ourselves, the earth can’t fix this, the earth does not have a system in place to deal with this while keeping the climate stable. The government can’t fix this. Someone smarter than you can’t fix this, people paid to fix this – CAN’T FIX THIS! Only we the collective human species can fix this.
My solution is not to turn out all the lights and live in the dark, it is not to stop driving to work, I acknowledge the energy I am using right now to operate this computer is releasing green house gasses into the environment through a series of events that ultimately add up to the way the power company provides power to my home.
Seems overwhelming doesn’t it? Seems like Doom is coming and there is just no way to avoid it right? Well nothing could be further from the truth. If everyone just made 1 minor change, things would start to come back into balance. We can burn coal, we can burn fuel, and we can do it in a safe amount for the environment. The problem is we are way way way past the safe bar right now.
Lets start with something simple, and fun, that will actually save you money, and increase your own happiness while at the same time help out the earth. This picture is a perfect example of someone living in a Suburban bedroom community that is making a difference…These people know “Lawns are dumb” and are doing something positive with their front yard.
LAWNS! 30 gallons of water per day is what the yearly average amount of water is used to keep your grass green.
If you Plant a garden, you will use less water to water it than you would grass, You will have more Water retention, you will attract bees and butterflies, and birds (without which human numbers would start to drop very quickly). You will reduce the need for over farming and the destruction of top soil. You will be eating healthy fruits and veggies and not ones covered in poison. You will save 100s of dollars every month on produce. Did I mentioned Gardens are great therapy? Plants also help to filter the air, hey who doesn’t want cleaner air? If you are one of the few people who uses their lawn for recreation, chances are there is a nice park not far from your house, you can walk to it and get some exercise, at a park you can meet new people, and have some time away from the house with your family.
I am not seeing a downside yet…
Plants and trees also create Oxygen (our first most precious resource)
You can have a green grass lawn…..
So maybe you do not want to garden, or it is to much “Work” or… Or … OR…. whatever. Keep your green lawn, there are hundreds of other things you can do at your home everyday to help save this planet. Here is a list. http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/save-earth-top-ten.htm
Most likely aliens have already visited us, and what did they find? ” No INTELLIGENT Life to be found”
Live long and prosper \\ //
It does not matter who you think is right or who you think is wrong. There is no good or right side in a war. There is no good enough reason to ever kill another human being, and certainly never a reason to kill children, or to classify the death of Innocent civilians as “Acceptable casualties.” The media tells you what they want you to believe, the Media is a weapon of mass distraction that is controlled by the stock market. Humans are not inherently evil, People do not instinctively want to kill other people. Soldiers on both sides of any conflict are brainwashed and fed propaganda. Years after a war is over if you ask any soldier on either side of the war they fought in if they feel like they did the right thing, 99 out of 100 of them will say NO. Armies are controlled by governments, and governments (just like your favorite news station) are controlled by the stock market.
The only side worth taking in any war is the side of peace. Scary to think in a world made up of billions of humans, only about 1,000 have any real power, and these people are essentially the only truly evil that exists on this planet, they just turn others to their cause with power and manipulation , so they can get even richer, these people have no regard for any human life other than their own.
I am not stupid enough to believe every single person that is not part of the people in control are angels, But honestly I think most people really have good hearts. I also think there are a lot of reasons why people go bad, the invisible class system that still exists, poverty, desperation, sexual abuse, and religious and sexual persecution all affect peoples development. It’s amazing what a person is willing to do to feed their children, or protect what little they already have. This global poverty, destruction, and desperation I do blame on those in power.
I have trouble understanding the US opinion on the Gaza / Israel war. The US news is showing the Israel / Gaza situation so 1 sided, and the American people are eating it up. John Kerry makes a huge humanitarian plea, and Americans are slandering him? Are you kidding me? After all this time people still believe what they see on the news, and what other people tell them to believe. Do your research, and form an opinion based on your own findings, do not let a new anchor give you your opinion for you.
The truth is Israel has broken UN regulations more times than Iraq did under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Israel forces military service on all their citizens, they openly admit to war crimes and torture.
Gazan children are being killed playing soccer on the beach, and the US is just watching it happen, because for some reason it’s okay for Israel to do the same things Iraq did. it just makes me sick, violence,war,death, hate. It’s so sad to see Humanity still resorting to killing children over invisible lines on the ground, Money, and religion. Now I am not saying I think we should get involved , I do not think you can fight violence with violence. But it is interesting that the US is just watching this happen. I know this post wont change anything, or make people care. And I am not taking sides in this either, but Dammit! I wish people would just stop hurting each other and live in peace. Humans are capable of so much more than this.
—Update my add was deleted from Craigslist because of its content only 8 hours after it was posted, In those 8 hours I got 2 somewhat well written non offensive responses, 1 telling telling me how Evil of a person I am, and about 5 telling me to “F-Off” I posted the 2 that I feel are appropriate for all readers in my Comments section.
8 Hours and it was deleted…yet dozen of adds asking for free art and music still exist.— The link below no longer works but I wanted to preserve the original post so below this screenshot of the original add, is the original post I made on WordPress earlier today.
Does this add seem ridiculous to you? http://asheville.craigslist.org/fbh/4576234223.html Now read it again but reverse the position and services of the 2 main parties involved in this add. Does it seem as ridiculous?
(in the event the add is deleted and the link stops functioning, I have posted a screen shot of the add on the bottom of this post)
My CL add will run for 30 days. With several other adds in different places in an attempt to raise awareness for the value of art, music, and literature. You should not have to be Dead, Katy Perry, or on the New York Times best seller list to make a living as an artist.
Exposure for my art and free drinks does not feed my children
I will post the unedited replies to this add as they come in in the Comments section as myself, for as long as the add is active.
It is very common to see adds just like these almost anyplace in the country, and somehow people are conditioned to think this is acceptable.
A great opportunity for artists!
We need a talented artist with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign skills. We require a Logo for our sign and front end apparel. We also need a 4 page menu and wine list. This is an open competition to all artists interested, we will use the best work submitted.
Compensation: Great exposure, eat for free.
Live musicians needed
Looking for talented local band to play 15 song set list. We will require you to perform at 8 pm and again at 11 pm. If interested please contact me to set up an audition.
Compensation: Get exposure for your band! Sell your CD’s before and after your performance. Did we mention? Free Drinks!
Is give peace a chance.
Well maybe that is the problem right there, people who want peace are by nature not going to be aggressive, you can say it all you want, but the people who need this message are not listening. The problem is you can not fight for peace, you can’t force someone to be peaceful. You can not tell someone who has been hating someone else for so many decades to stop hating them, when they are so consumed by hatred they do not even know why they started hating them in the first place. So forcing peace on the world can never happen. But that does not mean Peace can never happen, it’s just going to take courage , far more courage then it takes to hate and destroy. People are going to have to start trusting again, and stop looking at human life as a statistic on a screen in a war room.
YES! Special interests groups do control the media, and they show every country a different story, none of which are true.
Every single time we go to war, every single time we are told by the media that American has to respond to the current “Evil Nation”. That nation is being told the same thing about us or about the nation they are in conflict with. If your an average American you have a sense of pride and patriotism, you believe that we are a righteous force protecting the world and bombing the bad guys. You believe in pick up trucks, shotguns, and country music and that somehow we are gods chosen people and we are always right in everything we do. Well I am here to tell you that you are wrong! a good part of the world sees us as warmongering , self obsessed, glutenous pigs, that will go to war with anyone that disagrees with us. So you see it’s a matter of perception, of media, and of government propaganda.
It is ignorant to think that once you cross some made up line on the earth , the people that live on the other side are so different than you that the only way to deal with them is to kill them.
Does it even matter where, why, or who? Isn’t it simply a violation of Humanity itself to kill for any reason? Your God does not want you killing, and even if you do not have a God, your soul , your heart, and the very essence of humanity and the universe itself does not want you killing either.
I have believed for some time now that there are 2 difference species of human beings on this planet. There is nothing about war and violence that seems Human to me at all, there is no part of me that wants to kill, or bomb, or rape. This might seem like a very negative post, but in fact from my perspective It seems the less evolved humans make up a very minor part of the Global Human Population, yet somehow they are the ones with the power. We are all one regardless of race, sex, and religious beliefs. I know more people that think this way then do not. So why are we still killing each other over things like invisible lines drawn in the ground, oil, and what or who we chose to worship? Because a handful of primitive humans consumed by power, lust, hatred, and greed are running the world? Well it is time to take the world back and reclaim and redefine what it means to be a Human. But how do we get started?
Recently I got into a brief conversation with someone on Facebook about selflies. After I made the statement: ” Please stop taking puckered lip selfies everyplace you go, God knows we have enough of them already.” The young women replied by telling me that a lot of these people are lonely, a lot of them take these pictures to help themselves feel less lonely. I can see her point to some extent. But the Duck-lipped-fawn-eyed pose the women do, and the Smolder-faced-squinting-glare that men make is for lack of a better term… Silly. These people are taking the same picture over and over, day after day, and sometimes hour after hour. It seems part of these peoples brains must not be functioning properly to think that this is normal. Most of these pictures either take place in a bathroom medicine cabinet mirror, or are just at the end of the persons reach, so they are so up close you can not even tell the persons location. So clearly these pictures are not about “Look where I am today” – They are more likely about “Look at me, Like me, do you think I’m Attractive?”
When this started, I just dismissed this behavior as pure teenage vanity and pop culture. This was something that just 5 years ago people were not doing this at all, it started with teenagers (Who by the way are not doing it anymore). Remembering my teenage years I can acknowledge that I did all kinds of dumb things. I also took part in some really stupid events, and had some really stupid ideals about life. So it was easy for me to over look these Selfies as things kids were into. This like most things teenagers are into would surely only last for a few months until it was deemed not cool anymore. Then it would be sure to pass from existence, with only an occasional joking reference to remember it by, much like the mullet.
(I can’t tell you how thankful I am that I did not have a camera phone or the internet when I was a teenager to document my stupidity. My teenage behavior only exists in my memories and the memories of a few of my friends.)
What started as a bit of teenage culture has turned into an epidemic. This is no longer teenage girls looking for approval and compliments, or teenage boys showing off their fit stomachs, not anymore… This has turned into something that these teenagers parents have started doing. These are grown men and women, And they are not just doing it occasionally. So what is this really all about?
I would make the case that if this is rooted in some sort of loneliness, that a lot of these cases of loneliness are actually self-inflicted, and are a direct result of social media addiction, as there is nothing really social about social media at all. Of all of your Friends, and Followers, how many of them do you actually see in person, or do things with outside in the real world? The continuing breakdown of society year after year seems to just grow stronger, and it is being fueled by cheap and easily accessible technology. As we delve further and further into digital life,and are further and further removed from organic life where will we end up 10 years from now? We are already replacing cashiers with machines, things like this removes us from interacting with other humans, and intern removes us from our own humanity.
There can be a lot to be said about this cheap, easily accessible, and over-saturate world of technology being a form of brain washing, while our governments and the leaders of the world fight wars, drain our resources, and refuse to listen to the people of the citizens of the world, we find complacency in the escape we make into the fantasy worlds of: social media, world of warcraft, and, netflix. 80 percent of world lives in Poverty, with no hope, and no quality of life. But hey…. Here is a free phone to keep you from thinking about your situation. The rest of the world is made of people who actually can pay their bills , put a little in the bank for a rainy day or a family vacation. while the .1 percent live in God like wealth, with 10 families that control the entire global economy. People do not even know how to make eye contact anymore, or have a conversation without a screen involved, or leave their homes without technology in their pockets. So how on earth are these people going to stand up for change, and make a difference. How are people who are so dependent on technology ever going to be able to be away from it long enough to make their voices heard? (okay I am getting a bit off subject now, Ill try to come back to this in a later post)
I see so many children trying to get their parents attention while their parent sits on their phone ignoring them.
This problem goes far deeper then me being annoyed by people taking pictures of themselves. I love technology, I love video games I even love being able to have silly debates on facebook, or writing this blog that probably no one is reading.But, I do not let any of those things replace life, real experiences, or real friendships. When I leave the house, I leave my phone in the car. When I go to sleep I turn the phone off. And guess what nothing bad has happened! I haven’t missed anything important, and there was no emergency I was unable to respond to. I worry about people , I worry about humans, I am not trying to put anyone down , I am not trying to attack anyone. There are people I have known personally for years, that I know for a fact have created their own loneliness through media addiction, not the other way around. I am not here to judge anyone, as I am far from a perfect human being. However we do not allow people to lay in bed all day when they are depressed, we recognize the problem and do what we can to help them. Selfie addiction has been proven to be an OCD like addiction behavior that can lead to diminishing quality of life, depression, anxiety, obsession, eating disorders, exhaustion, and in some very rare cases even suicide attempts. Why is it not okay for a depressed person to lay in bed all day, but it’s okay for a media addicted person to not be able to take step without checking their phone or taking a picture of themselves? This is not about Self portraits. People have been taking self portraits since film cameras, and painting them before cameras even existed. This Selfie issue I have, is not about if you take a picture of yourself doing something fun, or with a friend. It is about the people who are doing it non stop every hour. This is not healthy, and someone needs to wake them up. I have a “friend” that has posted over 2000 selfies in a 3 month period of time. There is a new picture of himself just about every hour yesterday including one of him during the middle of a medical exam. I am sorry but this goes far beyond loneliness. We have interventions for alcoholics don’t we?