Dec 122011
 
The Sun, Our Savior

I first met Joel Bellenson in my Commercial Drive neighborhood when I was working at a café where he was a regular. I overheard him on more than one occasion talking about hydroponics and I knew that he was a scientist and geneticist. So when it came time for me to write about food systems and the Occupy Movement I knew Bellenson would have some interesting insights for me. Originally from a very conservative suburb of LA, Bellenson was a computer programmer as a child. He went to Stanford University [Read More]

 
Crisis: Part of Ecological Cycles?

.          The Occupy Movement, above all is a cry for help.  When it began it was leaderless, without demands, without social prerequisites to join in the call of distress.  The only agreement everyone can make – across the board – is that change needs to happen.  The system needs correction.  How to do this and where to start, is another matter.  What should come first and who should do it are issues with a plethora of differing opinions. .          In my interview with Joel Bellenson, a genetic engineer, computer programmer [Read More]

Dec 112011
 
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“… On the twenty-third half-moon of the recalibrated Traversian cycle, a civil war raged between a race of machine called the Dronatics and their masters and creators, the Mechticians. The last hope of the Mechticians was a carrier spaceship and its flotilla commanded by admiral Cerzach. Losing to the Dronatics advanced weaponry, the Mechticians had no choice but to abandon their home world and space-travel to uncharted coordinates in search of a new world. Having escaped from the Dronatics’ radars, the Mechticians managed to find a new potential home in [Read More]

 
Occupy Suburbia (and the "American Dream")

At the time that I have posted this, the most commonly used tag in this blog has certainly been “food systems.” While it is important to recognize how conventional food production has altered the way that human societies have subsided on and related to their land, there is another major way in which humans interact with their landscapes.  We inhabit them.  Now, though it is no secret that the bursting of the housing bubble and the following waves of foreclosures was tightly linked to the same financial institutions which have [Read More]

 
The Empire Strikes Back

On December 7th, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced the North American Common Security Deal. How do you feel about this? Do you perceive this as the first phase to consolidate our nations into one “new modern order” (e.g. new world order). Do you foresee this plan as the first phase to open the door for mass corporate take over of Canada’s farming and resources industry? Let’s hear your opinion on this important issue! Also, as you watch the video, take notice of 2:40 (it sounded as if he [Read More]

 

  Guest Speaker:   [Answers from an executive in the Canadian financial industry]   The Occupy Wall Street Movement started on September 17th 2011 in New York City has spread across the continent, creating awareness as well as conflict in major cities across the US and Canada. The fallout from the movement has created many other Occupy Movements, such as the Occupy Canada Movement and the Occupy Vancouver movement in Vancouver, British Columbia. The movement focuses on protesting economic inequality as well as high rates of unemployment and corruption within [Read More]

 

On October 6, 2011 journalist Chris Hedges appeared on CBC’s The Lang & O’Leary Exchange.  This is an important video to view for a few reasons.  The first is that Hedges provides a good overview of the flaws in the American economic system and why people are angry.  The second is that this segment is a perfect example of what “othering” people does for intellectual discourse.  At 3:29, Kevin O’Leary begins his attempt to discredit Hedges’ perspective by questioning his sanity.  Hedges manages to remain calm and continues his argument, [Read More]

 
Andrew Potter: Framing the Occupy movement

As a good background for understanding the Occupy movement, I highly recommend reading The Rebel Sell, written by Andrew Potter and Joseph Heath, because it provides an interesting perspective on system change.  They recognize the need for change but highlight the ways that the usual proponents of change, the “counter-culture”, often inadvertently work against their own goals.  Additionally, Filthy Lucre, written by Joseph Heath, is an excellent book for anyone wanting an understanding of North American economics and why meaningful change to our system is so difficult to achieve (whether [Read More]