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The road to the future leads to the past

Ray Jason 

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An ordinary sunset was about to turn extraordinary. AVENTURA was resting between voyages — way down south in the Banana Latitudes. We were anchored in a cove so serene that the birds seemed to fly at half speed in order to preserve the tranquility.

A native cayuco slowly emerged from behind one of the islands that frame this tiny bay. A man and a woman were gently rowing their dugout canoe through the pale, peach-glazed water. When they swung their bow around and faced the west, I recognized the young couple. They had stopped by yesterday and traded a freshly-caught fish for some cooking oil.
They stowed their oars in the cayuco and drifted about 30 yards off my starboard side. She leaned her back against his chest and his chin cradled the top of her head. Although the twilight panorama that we were savoring was only mediocre, I suspect that their contentment was as transcendent as mine.

Suddenly, this exquisite peacefulness was destroyed by the roar of an outboard engine as a shiny American powerboat came blasting through our little sanctuary. Two overweight guys laughed drunkenly as they watched their wake nearly capsize the little native canoe. I looked over at my neighbors and shook my head in disgust. They responded with body language that said, “Sad, sad, sad.”

A few minutes later, with the euphoric spell broken, they slid a fishing line into the water, and then started to row towards a nearby island. As I watched them depart, I realized that every element of this dusk-soft panorama was so elemental, that it could have taken place 500 years ago.

While their cayuco drifted to the south, with the lovers lazily fishing, I turned back to the west and caught a glimpse of the drunken gringos roaring out of sight. Because I am blessed (or cursed) with the philosopher’s need to contemplate such symbolic vignettes, I began a meditation that took me deep into the star-plush night. [Read more →]

October 30, 2013   No Comments

Premiere for “Somewhere In New Mexico Before The End Of Time”

Michael Sosebee

 

The film screenings were superb and well-attended. There were many intelligent, informed questions. And yes, the film covers near-term human extinction, even though filming was nearly complete before I reached that conclusion myself. Many of the scenes in the trailers didn’t make the final cut. Post-premiere Q&A is embedded below.

Let me start with saying thanks for supporting our film. There had been a lot of stops and starts based on other commitments (by all parties involved) and there was a time a while back that I was completely out of money to pay my own bills so funding a film about “the end of the world as we know it” seemed a tad redundant. However in December of 2012 an anonymous source funded the final production and printing of this documentary film. Thank-you mystery person.

The story is primarily about Guy McPherson, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, who walked away from a tenured academic post to a permaculture settlement in New Mexico as a formal protest against “Industrial Civilization.” His “dire” messages from his academic post has been met with denial, obfuscation and he was largely marginalized. [Read more →]

May 22, 2013   No Comments

The Myth of Hunter-Gather Hardships

Stephen Harrod Buhner

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Anthropologist Richard B. Lee (center) interviews !Kung San in southern Africa’s Kalahari Desert.

In-depth examination of hunter-gatherer societies has, however, conclusively shown that their lives have been empirically based, more efficient, less terror-ridden, less stressful, and less concerned with food production than our own. As the anthropologist Mikal Aasved observes, “The ethnographic record speaks for itself in refuting the myths and outmoded ideas concerning the life of early man.”

Aasved goes on to note that the anthropologist Richard Lee, in the mid-1960s, engaged in The first controlled study of subsistence living among hunter-gatherers with the !Kung Bushmen of Africa’s Kalahari Desert. The region in Which the !Kung people live is among the harshest on Earth .Lee, Through the use of detailed diaries, kept a complete record of food production and in take during his stay .He noted that the !Kung consumed an average daily diet containing 2,140 calories and 93.1 grams of protein, figures that, Mikal Aasved notes, are “high even by American standards.” [Read more →]

April 21, 2013   No Comments

The Money Masters ~ Full Movie

The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole…Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world’s money…” THE MONEY MASTERS is a 3 1/2 hour non-fiction, historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today. The modern political power structure has its roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money. The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned “central” bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation, including America, has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers. Segments: The Problem; The Money Changers; Roman Empire; The Goldsmiths of Medieval England; Tally Sticks; The Bank of England; The Rise of the Rothschilds; The American Revolution; The Bank of North America; The Constitutional Convention; First Bank of the U.S.; Napoleon’s Rise to Power; Death of the First Bank of the U.S. / War of 1812; Waterloo; Second Bank of the U.S.; Andrew Jackson; Fort Knox; World Central Bank

January 24, 2013   No Comments