the holistic radical

April 23, 2006

forewarned is forearmed

Filed under: Uncategorized — sesame seed @ 2:30 pm

I think one of my initial hesitations about starting a blog (a diary you compel others to read), besides the time issues involved (I want to at least fake coherence, which, as a writer, takes a painstaking devotion), was the fact that we’re not a free country in the United States.

Not at all. Don’t think for a second that the Internet is an instrument of democracy. It’s another instrument of capital, a very product of the military-industrial complex (ARPAnet, anyone), and not released en masse until it was found it could increase the speed of commercial transactions, thus increasing profit. (For example, airlines were the first to go ahead with networked computing for reservations and such, just as deregulation took off.)

After all, remember, these were the folks who said, “There will never be a global market for more than five personal computers.” Well, not only has it come to pass that the increased commericalism that the computer provides has enhanced capitalism’s stranglehold on the world (factoid that this so-called “digital,” “paperless,” age uses more paper than ever before), but the computer itself has become another planned-obsolescence fetish item, and we are all guilty co-conspirators,

Basically, don’t think that because you post something anonymously on the internet, you won’t get hounded by the feds. In actuality, you can and will get prosecuted for “obsecenity,” with charges magnified because things posted on the internet will be considered “interstate transmissions.”

They can and will tap your phones.

They can and will enter your home, can and will arrest you, and monitor you before your trial takes place. They will abuse your rights in the search for evidence. Once you are on their list, they will be ever vigilant in proving whatever they want to prove, constucting whatever reality they want to make. If you are maybe an eccentric person with kinky opinions, you’d still better keep them to yourself in this repressive time, because it means you might be promoting some kind of subversion. You may be simply a loudmouthed jerk with no connection to international terrorism, but you will be connected to it. While I am not a fan of loudmouthedness, it is every person’s right. To protect our precious standard of living known as “capitalism,” we’ve given the state the right to terrorize private citizens who go against the grain, or who are just born too poor to participate in the first place.

Internet service providers generally have cooperated with revealing what IP addresses such messages come from, and whether you use a private or public terminal is irrelevant.

This is not science fiction, but reality. Be careful in what you read and what you write, unless it is on consumerism’s side. If you write or think in service of capitalism, then you are even allowed to start wars and kill people. Anonymity is impossible in this age of public pleasure and public control. Your very desires are manipulated.

April 21, 2006

Be vegetarian for earth day and save the planet

Filed under: Uncategorized — sesame seed @ 3:00 pm

Hey everyone, if you’re really serious about saving the planet–as well as saving yourself, go vegetarian, or preferably, vegan. this is a quick post & i’m sure there will be others on this issue to come. the advantages to the planet & to health have been documented, so I will not reiterate what a little research on your part could do:, for example.

Just try not eating meat for 1 day. See how much better you feel. Keep going and look at what you’re eating, think about what it was. I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 2 years now & I never thought I ate “much” meat–we were & are kind of too poor to afford meat in my family–but, looking back, we did eat a lot of meat & cannned tuna & god knows how much hormones, antibiotics, & mercury.

Don’t get on me all about protein. I get a lot of protein from soy, leafies, and other legumes. The body does not need so much “protein” anyway, and the American diet is suffering from too much protein and not enough fiber, which has been documented. I’m repairing the damage done by years of meat eating and hopefully will come out even and, at some point, lower my risk for cancer & premature aging. Vegetarianism is not only a “beauty secret,” it is an ethically beautiful thing to do, and makes me appreciate animals more as themselves–conscious creatures, rather than beings for our service. I have become more enthusiastic about vegetarianism with each passing day that I participate in this humble movement, and can only talk about my great experience with it rather than “convert” anyone. But if I can be helpful with my story, that’s great.

Undoubtedly, a plant-based diet is best for the planet and you and is what nature intended, the most healthy diet on earth for both longevity and enhanced quality of life. We are animals and not designed to eat other animals’ flesh!

Being vegetarian minimizes the ecological footprint we humans are leaving on the earth–and, as evidenced by dying species and shrinking icecaps, we’d all better do something about this ecological footprint but quick. I was concerned as a kid about where all the trash goes, but I was not educated until college where I made some close friends with vegetarians–I can’t believe I didn’t make the connection between vegetarianism and environmentalism before. In high school, I thought vegetarians were a little weird, but that was because of my strong cultural bias bringing me up with meat-eating, which dominates everywhere. Undergoing wo years of vegetarianism has meant a vast improvement in health and spirit, and I will never touch meat again. Living today, with many fake meats available, there’s no need to (I don’t really eat these often, but if you need to, it’s still better than meat). Vegetarians are very fortunate today to benefit from so many cultinary innovations and so many media technologies making recipies and tips widely available. Nor is it necessary to adopt the label “vegetarian” to adopt the lifestyle, if you don’t want to, though I have found it can make you many friends!

We are in the 6th wave of extinction, I just heard last night, this one the only one caused by humans. Let’s fill our plates sustainably and enjoy a new definition of “abundance.” Americans should be grateful for what they have without trying to steal resources from others of modify them with chemicals in an attempt to “improve upon nature.” Evolution is beyond human control, though we can’t admit that. Science should help us understand, but not modify, the environment. We are very fortunate to have so many resources at our disposal, so let’s use those tools and energy to save the earth, not destroy it. We could have 100% employment that way.

science and business beating out church and state

Filed under: Uncategorized — sesame seed @ 2:26 pm

This is part of an essay I probably won’t finish right away, but as Earth Day is approaching, and every day I am reading more about the peril the Earth is in, I feel it important to state my piece.

The past century feared the mixture of church and state, but now we have no reason to fear that, as it has already happened, and the state has become, to our ennui and alternating dismay, a kind of religion in itself, with every politician a minister, every lawyer a monk or nun, and every president as irrelevant, infalliable, and caricatured as the pope, all thinking they are representatives of order who can guide us toward living “well,” living “a good life.” Today what we must fear is the intersection of science and business, which is a frontier that is largely unlegislated—and with our cult-like devotion to capitalism, will remain so. Business can invent whatever it wants, whatever machinery of destruction or alteration of the environment, without reproach from communal ethics, it seems, because communal ethics has not articulated itself in a way that has not involved supremacies and competitions. Hence our suspicion of all forms of communality in this culture, which is truly unfortunate. We see the elements of livability in our culture precisely in those treasured holdouts of communality—public libraries and public parks are two big but endangered examples. So business can alter “science” to serve its capitalistic ends, and this is already happening, and when someone goes from saying the earth is flat to making a profit from saying the earth is flat, we are in grave danger. Americans eat dead food and spray toxic chemicals in their homes and business spins this perversion of science as “progress.” Yet the millions who are enlisted in the army of big business cannot be persuaded to quit their posts, because in capitalism, no one wants to take such a chance. It is more lucrative to be on the team inventing products to destroy the ozone rather than the team working to save the ozone. Knowing better, why is there a single aerosol can in circulation? Knowing better, why are styrofoam cups not extinct? Knowing better, why is recycled paper not only cheaper, but why is it not the only kind of paper available—why are trees still being cut [and at a faster rate than we could ever replant them] to make paper? In capitalism, bravery—those who are truly brave—are those who resist capitalism, who forge a responsible life and who do not waver on what a responsible life is; in capitalism, poverty is too devastating for most people to bear, and that is why capitalism persists, precisely because the only thing it has been successful at is the demonization of poverty. It is true that the law has sold out and lost its muscle. But somewhere along the line, science has sold out as well, and we are really suffering for it. Divert the botox research and the viagara research money until we find a cure for AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s, MS.

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