It's all pretty screwed. The best thing - -> large mother fucking meteorite! Perhaps kilauea crater will slide into the ocean. That would do it.
Chris, I don't have all the answer, I'm just some techie goof that is as frustrated as you.
I do know that the most powerful think we can with our money is buy locally.
Giving money to the local sandwich shop rather than McDouche, never ever go to walmart, say away from huge hardware stores, home depot, etc. Be proud of that. Be proud that you are broke as shit because you didn't save $3 bucks on bulk sausage at super kmart!
YES they are waaaaaaaaaay cheaper, but what is really happening?
All across the nation, people are losing their downtowns, their central base, or whatever you want to call it. You know why? Well, we just keep going into those BIG ASS global marts (Walmart is the best example).
They pay shitty wages to young kids, divorced moms, and illegal immigrants. They aren't socially responsible. Who told you that? Yes, they may be more accountable in a lot of ways, but look who is paying off bush so he will reduce their taxes and reduce pollution restrictions, etc.
people come to the store and pay less. What happens is that that local money instantly LEAVES the local community and wides up at corporate headquarters in little rock, or new york.
While all the local money is being sucked out of town, it's also snuffing out the local mom and pop stores that cannot compete with the prices. It's a huge circle of local death. The core dies and people sprawl outwards, turning more pasture into concrete, disrupting more ecosystems, encouraging more reproduction.
This is leading to local communities losing power, losing control of their own destiny. This is globalization.
Eventually, all the power would leave the people and be in the hands of the one global group that owns all the global businesses.
That goes for WATER as well. If we continue on this pace, some global group will own all water rights in the world.
It's ugly. Most people have no clue to this at all. NO clue. Society is getting further and futher away from nature. That's the whole problem. WE are under a huge diabolical spell. It has been cast. We are slaves to the machine. It's the real version of the Matrix. What will wake us, I don't know.
NEVER NEVER EVER give into this!!!!!
At the end of 2012, when the biosphere morphs into the noosphere, it will trigger the cosmic PSI BANK to release its memory (I has something to do with the Van Allen radiation belts and DNA). At which point, we will be reminded of what we really are...the world as we know it will end and things will be better. So we've got that going for us.
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When I read your reply, Aaron, I am of course reminded of many of the reasons why I still take JFK2 over Bush...but I hardly feel there is a positive option for our planet...I had a little back and forth with someone on RSS (RED SEA SCROLLS - on Huskerillustrated.com) this am...about the drug companies...it started with Levitra's new "Tackling Men's Health" campaign...give me a break, what are they going to tell us about health? that we can fix anything with a pill...then someone said "hey I get paid to do cancer research because of products like Levitra.." Then the wave of realization that we are just caught in a horrible loop...thousands need the big companies, whether it is drug, soda, or mac-n-cheese, as employers and providers...society would collapse on itself without the monster corporations, and they are perhaps evolving into something better than what they used to be...companies that are developing a conscience and a resposibility, maybe out of necessity...anyway...today was colored by that thought that there really is no going back, there might be little pockets of the old reality playing at their little communal ideals, but they also still rely on the outside world and just an exercise in ego, that they can be right and separate from the masses, which is BS...sort of a "Brave New World" kind of thing with the wild lands outside society, I don't think it really could stand on its own... so ultimately, how does it work out? how should we proceed politically, socially, economically, morally...?
I know we have talked about living as close to that deepest cosmic groove, the vibration of life...how does the Iraqi war fit that? how does Monsanto's bioengineering fit that? how does heavy metal fit that? hip hop? opera? SUV's? bicycles? electronics? advertising? philosophy? religion? opinion? family? conversation? whatever...
just a little depressed with with the Human Condtion as it now seems to be
today...someone give me some answers!