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17Apr/110

Weeds

Posted by Nate

Take your pick.

  • A nuisance plant that multiplies too fast and that shows great tenacity and perseverance in continuing to grow where it is not wanted.
  • Any undesired, uncultivated plant that grows out of place and competes with other plants for water, nutrients and space is a weed.
  • Weeds are plants which grow where they are not wanted and if not kept under control they will compete with other for the nutrients and water in the soil.
  • Any plant, usually herbaceous, that is a nuisance, interferes with other, intentionally grown plants, and is invasive.
  • Rapid, unchecked growth

We are destroying our planet

Weeds

Growing

We are special!

This place is ours

Hungry for more

Multiplying

We are the strongest!

We deserve this

Destroy, exterminate all in our way!

All this is given to us, to us only.

Growing and multiplying.

Need food-more food.

We eat and multiply and destroy everything in our path.

Because we have the right.

Exterminate!

We will always grow and multiply.

The more of us the faster we grow.

We need more food!

Invasive species

Invasive species

......Where is the food?...

  • Invasive species:Indigenous or native species, that disrupt by a dominant colonization of a particular habitat from loss of natural controls (i.e.: predators or herbivores).

It's us

19Mar/110

Still Flying

Posted by Nate

In light of what is going on in the world now, I tried to organize my thoughts and my ideas about the state of affairs on this planet.  It sounds a little grandiose but we do need to get "out of the box" sometimes and look around, look up, pause and try to analyze where we are as a society. Here are a few points to consider.  It seems that a set of current events around the world points to common crises.

Food shortages in the world.

Coming hunger

Hunger

One billion people do not have enough food.  It fuels anger towards the governments and the countries that support these governments.  The food shortages will continue just because there is not enough for the growing population.  In addition the climate is changing, the weather is becoming more extreme.  We do not know how the climate change will affect crops around the world.  Contributing to the problem is mono agriculture (mono cropping).  Wikipedia: “The crop more susceptible to disease as genetic similarity between plants makes them equally vulnerable.  An example of this would be the potato famine of Ireland in 1845–1849 and, according to Devlin Kuyek, is the main cause of the current food crisis with monoculture rice crops failing as the effects of climate change become more acute."  Food prices are on the rise and will continue to rise.  Food production in the world is falling behind growth of the population.

Unemployment.

In my opinion the unemployment will continue to get worse.  There are many reasons - higher productivity is one;  another is that our employment rate depends on consumption.  So it depends on dwindling natural resources.

Pollution.

Pollution

For the sake of the Economy.

It is a scientific fact that no matter where we pollute,  the pollutants become air borne and travel around the globe.  So no matter how hard we are trying to clean up our air  dirty air from China  comes to America.

Natural events like hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and many others.

We call them natural disasters.  That is what it is to us.  It is just because there are so many of us.  No matter where the event occurs somebody gets hurt.  We may not know in what way we affect the climate change.  We just know we do.

Science, technology and the economy.

Will technology by itself save our civilization?  I believe that in order to survive we need to grow and develop spiritually. So instead of devising new ways to kill each other, we should work on ways to advance physiologically and mentally.  We still do not know the full capabilities of our minds and our bodies.  But if we don't change, what we call technology may actually cause the crush of our civilization.  Just one example - it seems that as a society we are caught in a vicious circle.  We devise new technology, new ways to increase production to make more stuff for our consumption.

Wasting the Planet

Wasting our Planet- We make cars to drive to work

- We drive to work to make more cars
- We build roads to drive our cars
- We need fuel to drive our cars in order to make more cars that use more fuel.

And we have to ask ourselves, do all these activities make us happy?  Meanwhile we are still flying. We behave like nothing is happening.  We are talking about the economy, the GDP growth and the unemployment as if nothing is happening around us.  We keep wasting natural resources.

The rift between rich and poor is widening.  Considering the shrinking resources, the rich will grab more and the growing underclass will have less.  If the current situation continues, I see a scenario where a small group of super rich will control the planet and all the resources.

But we are still flying. We fell off the cliff and are falling down.  But in the meantime we are flying and it feels good.  As one roofer said after falling off the roof, "Flying is fine...it is landing that is the problem."  Our economy in my opinion resembles the inverted pyramid.  We are depleting the planets resources - the foundation of our economy.  But we keep expanding our production capacity.  We keep building up and, as our society becomes unstable economically, it also becomes unstable socially.

What I see in our country:

- Erosion of freedoms
- Erosion of the middle class
- Erosion of educational standards
- Erosion in leadership in scientific research
- Erosion in environmental protection
- Erosion in dollar value
And on and on….

In short, the DECAY of society... life cannot move backwards...it dies.  But where do we move forward?  More and more people realize that we cannot continue to do what we are doing.  But we are set in our ways and change is hard.

So, where is there a solution?  We cannot predict the future.  But we know that even if we could have an unlimited energy source and learn how to make food out of thin air, we will run out of air.  In this universe it is impossible to make something from nothing.

Wasting our future

Can we eat this?

Let's imagine that tomorrow some products will disappear - Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, all  cereals and bottled water - to name a few.  Will we survive that kind of “disaster”?  Probably.  Now think of all the resources that could be saved - energy, raw materials...and think about pollution?  Could we use these freed resources for more important purposes?

But what if rice disappears tomorrow? Will people feel it?  For the world it would be a catastrophe.  Whether we want it or not we will be forced to make hard choices.  If there is no rice people will not use bottled water instead.  And all these problems affect the very structure of our society.

What makes us happy

Happiness.

Now let us think about what we do need to be happy.

-Nature

-Food

-Shelter

-Security

-Love

-Social interactions.

I do hope that science and technology will bring us to an understanding of the limits of technology in our advancement as a species.  Time to make a choice!  What do we want?  Even if you worry about your money or perhaps you have a false sense of security, you cannot be secure if poverty is growing in our country.  Our civilization is in an obvious and dire need of replacement with a new and better system, characterized by morality and logic in both its economic operations and personal value systems; a system that would not be corrupt in any area, including the military, and indeed would not foster global competition to acquire resources in the first place, as our current system routinely does...that has historically resulted in war.

   

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