The Tree of Life

In the center of the vortex of energy that exists outside my window is a tree.  It is a crepe myrtle that, in the growing season looks similar to this example…

The one here though is set away from this home by about 20 feet.  And beneath it sits a bird bath.  Not the bird bath it was many years ago when it was less aged.  The actual bath part has broken off and is now plays its cosmic role by serving as a platter for seed at Ristorante Birdville.

Version 3.8 of the bird bath uses a recycled plastic base from a department store shopping basket as its bowl.

As the wisdom of nature would have it the purple color of the base seems to have emerged from a Dow Chemical lab that was working in a chromatic concert with the colors of the flowers on the crepe myrtle, seen in this picture in contrast with a butterfly.

I honor the Tree of Life today because it symbolizes one of the central truths of our existence – the inseparable interdependence between the many “things”, organic and otherwise, which creates  expression of artistic perfection that graces our world.

In other word, diversity.

The constant refilling of the bird bath created an constant supply of spilled water that the roots of the tree drank.

The many birds that daily visit the Tree bring their appetite not only for seed, but for small bugs.  many of these bugs are harmful to the Tree.

The abundance of bright purple flowers almost all year around attracts butterflies and bees as well.  They keep the flowers blooming in a seeming endless cycle of love and romance and birth.

Even the woodpecker merely inspects the Tree.  He chooses not to peck on it.  Though he will clean his bill  on the tree.  (In the previous sentence I am glad it’s called a bill and not a pecker).

Diversity provides the nutrition for healing.

This is a little branch on the Tree of Life.

Update: 1/20/11 8:47 PM

“Biodiversity is not just about some plants. It is about the very web of life and about how ecosystems work. Biodiversity is the very foundation of an economy that is perennial,”

Vandana Shiva

Toxic culture leads to destruction of ecosystem

“The developed countries are designing what they call green economy which is essentially a bio-mass economy and are putting it as a model. Countries like India should articulate with vigour our own biodiversity to protect our ecosystem and knowledge system,” she said.

Vandana Shiva (Source: http://www.inmotionmagazine.com)

Shiva said economy, democracy and cultural diversity of a country was dependent on biodiversity. Since the introduction of liberalisation in the nineties, 2,50,000 farmers had committed suicide in the country, she said.

Farmers are being forced to buy genetically-engineered seeds and pesticides, Shiva said, adding, “The combination means indebtedness, which leads to suicide. It is the result of a twisted way of thinking about both nature and economy.”

Shiva said a “toxic culture” was leading to “total destruction” of the ecosystem in the country. In Punjab, the number of cancer patients was going up with the increase in the use of pesticides in farms, she said.



A local food supply is a safe food supply – Monsanto sics the dogs

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal U.S. Sought to Retaliate Against Europe over Monsanto GM Crops

U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the Bush administration drew up ways to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified seeds. In 2007, then-U.S. ambassador to France Craig Stapleton was concerned about France’s decision to ban cultivation of genetically modified corn produced by biotech giant Monsanto. He also warned that a new French environmental review standard could spread anti-biotech policy across Europe.

Almost every single staple in a person’s diet is composed of engineered food products.  The rise of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions can be traced on a direct and causal path to the dominance of engineered foods.   (Given that this common knowledge, one has to wonder what motivates our political leadership to decide to harm other countries in order to force a corporate product upon them).

Food, Inc. discusses Monsanto and its role in your kitchen quite well.  Here’s the trailer…

Within the context of the food supply, disintermediation is actually a relatively easy task to accomplish.  Citizen awareness is obviously the essential element.  But once the information and properly assembled and contextualized, we find that the way back home is not really that difficult.  Local organic food co-ops, farmer’s markets and other forms of community supported agriculture are springing up in communities all across the nation.

As a vegetarian during childhood, and then a meat eater who grew very fond of cheeseburgers and Walter Dogs, I always found that trying to go back was extremely difficult in the 80’s.  It is only during the prior decade that I have noticed an ample selection of vegetarian meals, sufficient to have allowed me to return to a veggie, bean and lentil based diet.  The occasional (two times a year) meat that is consumed is as far removed from factory farming as possible.

What one must question  is the value of convenience and the cost of inattention.

Vision: Time for a New Theory of Money

We as a community can create our own credit, without having to engage in the sort of impossible pyramid scheme in which we’re always borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.

The reason our financial system has routinely gotten into trouble, with periodic waves of depression like the one we’re battling now, may be due to a flawed perception not just of the roles of banking and credit but of the nature of money itself. In our economic adolescence, we have regarded money as a “thing”—something independent of the relationship it facilitates. But today there is no gold or silver backing our money. Instead, it’s created by bankswhen they make loans (that includes Federal Reserve Notes or dollar bills, which are created by the Federal Reserve, a privately-owned banking corporation, and lent into the economy). Virtually all money today originates as credit, or debt, which is simply a legal agreement to pay in the future.

 

Money as Relationship

In an illuminating dissertation called “Toward a General Theory of Credit and Money” in The Review of Austrian Economics, Mostafa Moini, Professor of Economics at Oklahoma City University, argues that money has never actually been a “commodity” or “thing.” It has always been merely a “relation,” a legal agreement, a credit/debit arrangement, an acknowledgment of a debt owed and a promise to repay.

The concept of money-as-a-commodity can be traced back to the use of precious metal coins. Gold is widely claimed to be the oldest and most stable currency known, but this is not actually true. Money did not begin with gold coins and evolve into a sophisticated accounting system. It began as an accounting system and evolved into the use of precious metal coins. Money as a “unit of account” (a tally of sums paid and owed) predated money as a “store of value” (a commodity or thing) by two millennia; the Sumerian and Egyptian civilizations using these accounting-entry payment systems lasted not just hundreds of years (as with some civilizations using gold) but thousands of years. Their bank-like ancient payment systems were public systems—operated by the government the way that courts, libraries, and post offices are operated as public services today.

In the payment system of ancient Sumeria, goods were given a value in terms of weight and were measured in these units against each other. The unit of weight was the “shekel,” something that was not originally a coin but a standardized measure. She was the word for barley, suggesting the original unit of measure was a weight of grain. This was valued against other commodities by weight: So many shekels of wheat equaled so many cows equaled so many shekels of silver, etc. Prices of major commodities were fixed by the government; Hammurabi, Babylonian king and lawmaker, has detailed tables of these. Interest was also fixed and invariable, making economic life very predictable.

Please read the rest of this article here:

http://www.alternet.org/story/149294/vision%3A_time_for_a_new_theory_of_money_

We the people, are gradually recognizing the power that has been accumulated by the forces arrayed against us.  The primary vehicle of their power is their money.  To be as simplistic as possible.  If we don’t need their money they die.

As the author of this blog, my mission in life is to ask as many people as possible whether the emperor really really wearing such beautiful robes.
DISINTERMEDIATE.  It means get rid of the agents in your life that are destroying that life in the name of convenience.   If you remember one thing, remember this; THEY create the dependency within us.  We merely acquiesce because everyone is doing it.  NO MORE.

A plea to Julian Assange

First and foremost Mr. Assange, thank you for the greatest contribution to mankind in the 21st century.  Yours and Mr. Manning’s actions are the stuff of hope for humanity.

Having said that, please, Sir, please review with haste and release without delay any and all documents that will advance the currently held suspicion that the FIRE  (finance, insurance, real estate) sector engaged in a methodical scheme to impoverish the middle class in order to continue the upward transfer of billions, if not trillions, of taxpayers’ funds from public coffers into such productive national investments as Lloyd Blankfein’s deferred compensation package.

…breathe…

Many, many people are living lives of limbo because they find themselves in circumstances that are truly Orwellian in nature.  If your disclosures can help the people make their case against the Fed and its clients, then you should help now, without delay.

The truth that blinds

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

~ Stephen Colbert