New life for your XP/Vista/ME computers!

May 3, 2014 on 9:08 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi – I’m a pro computer tech, and I have a proposal for you that is highly cost effective and ultra functional.

Do you have a Windows computer that is running – or can run, any version of Windows >before< Win7?  Win XP has just reached end of life cycle, Windows Vista was a shambles, and Windows Millennium was worse.

So what can you do with an old computer that still works, but has a funky OS, and doesn’t have the horsepower to run Win7?

You can use it as a doorstop, or throw it away, but I’m here to tell you some interesting news.

There’s a better way…

I can set that old computer up with a free and legal operating system from the Linux family.  The OS itself is free, and it only takes about three hours (tops) to set up.  It’s a fully functional OS, comes with a nice collection of web browsers, productivity software, games, media viewers and other goodies.  And you can add literally thousands more programs – all free.  It’s also >very< virus resistant.

Let me give you some background, so you can understand what is possible.

I work on three OS platforms, Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.  Linux is (IMO) the gold standard for operating systems.  The versions I use are free, legal, 99.9% virus proof, and run rings around Windows in terms of speed!  They are also easy to install, easy to learn, and additional free (and legal) software for games, productivity, and anything you want, is available online at various software repositories (repos).

Linux is the popularized version of Unix, the OS that runs on many main-frame computers.  It’s way more solid and versatile than Windows.  A guy called Linus Torvalds re-wrote (part of) Unix for use on home (small) computers.  Since it was Linus’s Unix, it was quickly dubbed Linux, and the name stuck.  I don’t want to bore you with all the details, if you’re curious, check out the link below for mega-info.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux

I can rescue your data, wipe Widows, and install a kick-ass version of Linux on a computer in about three hours.  At my standard rate of $30/hr, that’s $90.  There’s a 10% discount for cash, that brings it down to $81.  A full re-install of Windows is at least eight hours – believe me, I’ve timed it!  What you get is essentially a new computer, and it comes with a full complement of all types of software.  All free, all legal, way faster than Windows will ever be – and more virus-proof as well.

What are the caveats?  Not many – the computer has to be physically OK.  Linux is software, it can’t fix hardware problems – although it can work around many of them.

You have to have a reasonably fast, working, Internet connection to make full use of Linux – but that’s true of any operating system.  You also have to learn a new graphical user interface (we call then GUIs) to do what  you’ve always done with your computer.  But a modern Linux GUI isn’t gooey at all – it’s simple to understand, fully functional, and ripping fast!  With Linux you can do >anything< that you can do with a Win/Mac computer.  Typically, you can also do it faster, and for free.

One major difference is that your support (and it is very good support) comes mostly from the Linux community online.  I once had a printing problem with a Linux computer, and posted a query to an online forum.  I had a correct answer back in 10 minutes, from a guy in Australia.  For free.  Linux users go out of their way to help other Linux users – especially newbies.  We help each other, because nobody else >can< help us.  And we have learned over the years to do it very well.

If you are down for getting your support from the worldwide Linux community, rather than your corner computer store, you will get amazing heartwarming help quickly.  And 99% of the time, for free.  In all the years I’ve worked with Linux, I’ve never had to pay for support from the online community.  It has always been graciously and generously given for free.  If you can post to a support forum, you can get it too.  And of course, I will help you as well, but this is how I make my living, so some support is free, but I have to strike a balance.  If you need more, my rate is $30/hr, with a 10% discount for cash.

There are over 600 different versions of Linux!  At first, the number of choices are staggering.  But I’ve spent years testing different versions, and learning them.  There are the common versions of Linux, like Ubuntu, Mint, and Mepis.  I can’t say I’ve met a version of Linux I didn’t like, but the one I like the best out of the dozen+ I’ve tried is called Puppy Linux.  Puppy is small, fast, full featured, compatible with both old and new computers, and enthusiastically supported by the Puppy community.  To learn more about Puppy Linux,please check out the link below.

http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm

To give you some idea of how >many< Linux distributions there are, look at the list at the link below.  And this list is by no means complete, new versions are constantly being created.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_distributions#Slackware-based

Here’s an excerpt from the intro to a video I did on YouTube:

“Puppy is an ‘amateur’ operating system – it is coded and maintained by the Puppy Linux community.  It is free and legal.  Forever.

“Puppy is not a ‘professional’ or commercial operating system.  But amateur comes from the Latin ‘amo’ – love.  An amateur is someone who does it out of love, from the heart.  A professional is someone who does it for money…  Which one do you think will be motivated to do a better job?”

The video itself is about how to create a bootable CD with Puppy, and it’s at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rza1UbS4VyE

With the death of XP, there are a >lot< of older computers that would benefit greatly from a Puppy implant. But those computers’ owners have to learn that such a thing is both possible, economical, and enjoyable. Puppy Linux is super fast, fun, clean, graceful, and easy to use.

I am so confident you’ll love Puppy Linux, that I’ll make you a great offer!  Bring your computer to me, and I will test it with Puppy at NO cost to you.  If it works, you can have me switch it immediately, or you can make an appointment to do so.  The test can be done by booting Puppy from a CD, as Puppy is a ‘live CD’ version of Linux, and will work directly from a CD or a USB drive, without having to be installed on the computer. It’s great for testing computers, and data rescue as well.

Puppy works on better than 90% of the computers I try it on.  If it doesn’t, I have other Linux OS versions to try.  All at NO cost to you, until you agree that I should install a version of Linux on your computer.  If you don’t agree, there is no cost at all.  If you do agree, your clock starts when you say “yes” – the test time is a free introduction to me and Linux.

Please call or email if you want to work together to rejuvenate your old computers?  You’ll be astonished at the results!

Thanks,

John Hechtman
“Computer help in NYC”
(Hell’s Kitchen, 46th St/9th Ave)
917 628 0192 – cellphone
jhecht@ix.netcom.com <—- primary
jhecht410@gmail.com
Skype name = jhecht410
www.zenarrow.com

Grid The Roads!

September 22, 2013 on 6:32 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Please sign this petition if you have not already done so? It’s a (very) long shot to think we could achieve it – but it would be a world-changer. A world saver…
I started the petition on Change.org, but Move On has allowed me to re-post it.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/grid-the-roads

Grid The Roads!

By John Hechtman (Contact)

To be delivered to: The New York State House, The New York State Senate, Governor Andrew Cuomo, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama
Petition Statement
Install solar (photovoltaic) panels over all public roads. We throw away terawatts of electrical power by not doing so!
Petition Background

I started this petition with Change.org. Sign there or at the Move On URL above.

http://www.change.org/petitions/federal-state-and-local-governments-grid-the-roads-install-solar-cells-above-all-public-roads

This project would have massive benefits for the US economy, its citizens, and the Earth as a whole. The idea is simple – install solar (photovoltaic) arrays above all public roads. This provides a huge range of benefits! To list some:

*For brevity, let’s call these installations PVAs – for photovoltaic arrays. The PVAs could (first) reduce or perhaps eliminate the electricity needed to light the roads at night, or in cloudy weather. Electricity generated during the daytime could be stored in large capacitor holding stations for use after dark or when needed.

*So called ‘excess’ electricity could be fed back into the existing electrical grid. This would have many powerful benefits.
*Doing so would reduce the cost of electricity nationwide, both for individuals and corporations. That alone would give the US economy an enormous boost.

*Generating local PVA electrical power would reduce our burning of fossil fuels, thus reducing global warming.

*Since PVAs are a sustainable/renewable energy source, we greatly reduce the risk of social collapse from Peak Oil, Peak Coal, etc.

*The manufacture, installation, and maintenance of the PVAs would create a fantastic number of local jobs. Jobs that could never be outsourced, or eliminated, as they have to (always) be done on a local basis. Jobs that will always be needed to maintain and expand the PVA infrastructure. After the first round of PVA installation on Federal highways, the project can be continued on state and local roads. The more PVAs we install, the lower the cost of the electricity generated.

*Since the land below the PVAs is already dedicated to roads, very little additional land is needed to implement the project. Nor would land have to be seized under ‘eminent domain’ – the small tracts needed for capacitor holding stations could be bought or leased.

*Such a national campaign would provide funding for research and development of ever more efficient PVAs. The more we do it, the better we’ll get at it, and the lower the price of electricity drops. Plus, the more we do it, the less (and less) fossil fuel we need to burn for electrical power. It’s a win-win that keeps on winning for everyone.

*Properly designed PVAs could partially shield roads from rain and snow. This not only makes driving safer, but reduces plowing and salting costs in winter time.

*PVAs could be used to provide charging stations for electric vehicles, thus helping still more to move the US toward renewable resources.

*By reducing our need for oil and coal to create power, we not only reduce the pollution from burning them, we also reduce the pollution created by mining/extracting them. Further, we increase US national security by becoming less dependent on foreign oil. It could also help disaster-proof the US power grid, making it more resilient in case of natural or man-made outages.

*We could eliminate the need for dangerous, non-sustainable, polluting nuclear power.

*We can move beyond the conflict of government projects vs. private industry projects. The US government could work in tandem with existing power companies to create the needed infrastructure. The government could help finance construction, and then receive revenue from the power generated in the form of new taxes. Even with some tax load, the new electrical power will be cheaper than current power sources. Industry would get subsidies, just as the US government subsidized the construction of the highways themselves, along with many other historical examples.

*This concept is not theoretical, it is very similar to two new projects in India. The first one is the Canal Solar Power Project that is currently working. The only real differences are the use of roads, rather than canals for the underlying right-of-way, and the scale of the project. More info is at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canal_Solar_Power_Project The second project is from the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) where scientists have proposed a pilot solar power project at a Gujarat state highway. Through computer simulation the scientists believe that a solar roof cover on the 205 kilometre (km) Ahmedabad-Rajkot highway can generate 104 megawatts (MW). The GERMI scientists note that the elevated structures that would support the solar PV modules would also help in rainwater harvesting. If applied to the railway network such projects could supply power to the trains and may help reduce the dependence of Indian Railways on diesel.

Read more on the second one (PVAs over roads) at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/04/02/indian-scientists-propose-solar-roofs-for-roads/?utm_source=Cleantechnica+News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=af255b9dd6-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN#gsc.tab=0
The second report came out a few days after I first posted this petition, so I’m close to the Zeigeist…

*Historically, we have developed our infrastructure to only meet one need at a time. But more enlightened design, along with better technology, can help us create roadways that serve multiple needs, all at the same time. Just as some ecologically designed buildings sequester rain water, and harvest solar power, so too, our roads can become multi-function, multi-benefit infrastructure. Truly, this is an idea whose time has come.

On an ever more crowded planet, infrastructures must be designed to provide not one, but multiple benefits. GRID THE ROADS!

2 great FREE films this Saturday in the East Village!

October 13, 2011 on 3:28 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Two remarkable films about the medical and industrial uses of hemp

Location: Jimmy’s 43 bar/restaurant at 43 East 7th St (just West of 2nd Ave)

Time: 1 pm Saturday, Oct 15, 2011

“When We Grow” is an amazing look at the 1,000’s of things you can do with hemp when you DON’T smoke it.  You can make food, fuel, beautiful fabrics, hempcrete – which is like concrete, but stronger, lighter, and greener.  You can also make paper – the Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper.  It’s also possible to make lightweight plastics that are stronger than steel.  Plus,hemp can be used to stop soil erosion, provide animal feed,and make rope – among other uses - too many to enumerate here.

“Run From The Cure” is the story of Rick Simpson, a Canadian farmer who grows medical marijuana, and gives it away for FREE!  He’s given it to many cancer patients who had been told they were terminal – beyond any hope, or possibility of treatment.  And many of the people he’s given his hemp oil to are still alive today – and credit their survival to Rick’s hemp oil…  Rick says, “If I’m a drug dealer, I must be the stupidest drug dealer in history, ’cause I don’t make any money at it.”  He just cures people.

Watch “Urban Roots” + 1 more on Saturday 1-Oct-2011 for FREE!

September 28, 2011 on 12:09 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Location:  Jimmy’s 43 bar/restaurant / 43 East 7th St, just West of 2nd Ave.

Time / date:  Saturday, 1-October-2011 / 2:00 PM start

The kind folks at Jimmy’s 43 are letting us have another screening on Saturday, 1-Oct-2011, at 2 pm.  We’ll be showing “Urban Roots” and another great film to be determined (perhaps by your vote).  More on that in a bit.

“Urban Roots” is one of the most hopeful documentaries I’ve ever seen!  It’s about people in Detroit taking over abandoned land and buildings, and creating organic farms on them.  Little liberated micro-farms that get community people involved, teach organic farming, and, BTW, grow great tasting organic food!  Some gets sold, some gets given away free to local people who want or need it.  It doesn’t hurt that the film has some wonderful Black music in the sound track either.

Here’s a link to the Urban Roots homepage where you can watch the trailer, get more info, and buy the DVD:

http://urbanrootsamerica.com/urbanrootsamerica.com/Home.html

It’s not just a movie, it’s a movement.  One that needs to spread across America…  As we lose jobs and industries nationwide, people are going hungry, or eating junk food that makes them sick, weak, and stupid.  This film shows what people can (and are) doing to change that!

Here’s what Leonardo DiCaprio says about the film.  He’s a guy who might know a thing or two about good films (grin).

“Urban Roots is an inspiring film about the emergence of urban farming in Detroit; it shows what’s possible after the collapse of the industrial era and how we begin building a sustainable future for all.”

PLEASE COME!  And bring your friends!  This is a make-or-break screening for us at Jimmy’s 43.  The turnout for our first screening was tiny.  If we get a good crowd for this event, we can keep screening at J’s 43.  If not, we’re back on the street…

Now about that voting I mentioned earlier.  Please give us feedback on which film you’d like as the second feature?  We can play any film that is available on the internet, or that people bring on a DVD.  I have (legal) techniques for downloading anything that can be viewed online.  Plus, I’m happy to show them to anyone who wants to learn how.

My personal vote would be for “When We Grow” – a documentary on the thousands of uses for industrial hemp.  Hemp is a fantastic plant that can be used for food, fuel, medicine, clothing, paper, and hempcrete – a new building material that is stronger, lighter, and less polluting then ordinary concrete.  It can also be made into a high grade plastic that is stronger than steel.  Did you know that the Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper?

You can watch “When We Grow” online for free.  Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSKJrgGqx_E

We’re trying to have a ‘theme’ for each screening, and combining “Urban Roots” with “When We Grow” gives us where you can grow stuff, and what (among other things) you could grow there – if our laws were made rational.

FWIW, industrial hemp has essentially zero THC content, so you couldn’t get high from it, even if you smoked a pound!  Yet ALL hemp is illegal in the USA, and hemp products must be imported, costing us millions of dollars a year in lost revenue and taxes.  Why are the laws so repressive? Look to Big Timber and Big Cotton lobbies for the answer…

“When We Grow” is my personal choice, but we’ll go with whatever the majority want.

Please vote/RSVP?  It would be great to know how many people are coming.

‘There is no religion greater than truth, and a truthful person know no fear.” – Rig Veda

Thanks!

John Hechtman

“Computer Help In NYC!”
www.zenarrow.com
voxmail = 212-459-4323

3 Great FREE films! – Saturday 3-Sep-2011 at 2 PM in NYC

August 30, 2011 on 9:06 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

We’re BACK! No stinkin’ hurricane is gonna shut us down for long…

3 Great FREE films! – Saturday 3-Sep-2011 at 2 PM in NYC

The M.O.R.E. project is proud to present a ‘fair use’ screening of THREE outstanding films this coming Saturday 3-Sep-2011. Two are shorts and one full length film. There is NO admission fee!

The three award winning films are “The Story Of Stuff” at 2 PM, then “The American Dream” around 3 PM, and third “GasHole”. They will be shown in the back room of a great bar in Greenwich Village called “Pour George” at 35 West 8th St, New York, NY 10011 / (212) 253-2999. Take the N/R to 8th Street, the 6 to Astor Place, or the A/C/E to West 4th St.

The Story Of Stuff – http://www.storyofstuff.com/ (short)

From the SOS website, “With over 12 million on-line views, The Story of Stuff is one of the most widely viewed environmental-themed short films of all time. Since its release in December 2007, The Story of Stuff has been shown in thousands of schools, houses of worship, community events and businesses around the world.”

Annie Leonard wrote and narrated the film. She has a knack for presenting large concepts in an easy to understand, entertaining, and amusing way. The film features her speaking in front of cleverly drawn animations.

The American Dream – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPWH5TlbloU (short)

Do you know how your money is created? Or how banking works? Why did housing prices skyrocket and then plunge? Do you really know what the Federal Reserve System is and how it affects you every single day?

“The American Dream” takes an entertaining but hard hitting look at how the problems we have today are nothing new, and why leaders throughout our history have warned us and fought against the current type of financial system we have in America today. You will be challenged to investigate some very entrenched and powerful institutions in this nation, and hopefully encouraged to help get our nation back on track.

GasHole – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qbdTcvr8bQ (full length)

“GasHole” is about the history of oil prices and the future of alternative fuels. The film is a broad, yet detailed examination of our dependence on foreign supplies of oil. What are the causes that led to America turning from a leading exporter of oil to the world’s largest importer?

The film examines many different potential solutions to our oil dependence. It also presents compelling evidence that technology to improve energy efficiency has been suppressed. It shows that people have had their careers wrecked, or even been killed for opposing the vested interests in oil and energy distribution.

If you are coming to the event, please RSVP to me, John Hechtman at jhecht410@gmail.com. You don’t have to do this – as long as we have space to seat you, no one will be turned away. But Pour George is not a huge place – it would be very helpful to have a rough idea of how many people are coming.

This screening is brought to you by the M.O.R.E. project in collaboration with Drinking Liberally and Pour George. M.O.R.E. stands for (M)edia (O)ut (R)each (E)ffort. Our aim is to create public, no fee screenings of outstanding documentary films and videos. The media we’ll present is widely acclaimed, often award-winning, and always both enjoyable and educational. For more about M.O.R.E. please go to www.zenarrow.com and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Additional info at https://ioby.org/project/more-media-out-reach-effort-bringing-eco-critical-information-all

“Hope has two beautiful daughters;
their names are Anger and Courage.
Anger at the way things are,
and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”

- St. Augustine

3 Great FREE films! Sunday 28-Aug-2011 in NYC

August 24, 2011 on 6:55 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

3 Great FREE films! – Sunday 28-Aug-2011 at 2 PM in NYC

The M.O.R.E. project is proud to present a ‘fair use’ screening of THREE outstanding films this coming Sunday 28-Aug-2011. Two are shorts and one full length film. There is NO admission fee!

The three award winning films are “The Story Of Stuff” at 2 PM, then “The American Dream” around 3 PM, and third “GasHole”. They will be shown in the back room of a great bar in Greenwich Village called “Pour George” at 35 West 8th St, New York, NY 10011 / (212) 253-2999. Take the N/R to 8th Street, the 6 to Astor Place, or the A/C/E to West 4th St.

The Story Of Stuff – http://www.storyofstuff.com/ (short)

From the SOS website, “With over 12 million on-line views, The Story of Stuff is one of the most widely viewed environmental-themed short films of all time. Since its release in December 2007, The Story of Stuff has been shown in thousands of schools, houses of worship, community events and businesses around the world.”

Annie Leonard wrote and narrated the film. She has a knack for presenting large concepts in an easy to understand, entertaining, and amusing way. The film features her speaking in front of cleverly drawn animations.

The American Dream – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPWH5TlbloU (short)

Do you know how your money is created? Or how banking works? Why did housing prices skyrocket and then plunge? Do you really know what the Federal Reserve System is and how it affects you every single day?

“The American Dream” takes an entertaining but hard hitting look at how the problems we have today are nothing new, and why leaders throughout our history have warned us and fought against the current type of financial system we have in America today. You will be challenged to investigate some very entrenched and powerful institutions in this nation, and hopefully encouraged to help get our nation back on track.

GasHole – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qbdTcvr8bQ (full length)

“GasHole” is about the history of oil prices and the future of alternative fuels. The film is a broad, yet detailed examination of our dependence on foreign supplies of oil. What are the causes that led to America turning from a leading exporter of oil to the world’s largest importer?

The film examines many different potential solutions to our oil dependence. It also presents compelling evidence that technology to improve energy efficiency has been suppressed. It shows that people have had their careers wrecked, or even been killed for opposing the vested interests in oil and energy distribution.

If you are coming to the event, please RSVP to me, John Hechtman at jhecht410@gmail.com. You don’t have to do this – as long as we have space to seat you, no one will be turned away. But Pour George is not a huge place – it would be very helpful to have a rough idea of how many people are coming.

This screening is brought to you by the M.O.R.E. project in collaboration with Drinking Liberally and Pour George. M.O.R.E. stands for (M)edia (O)ut (R)each (E)ffort. Our aim is to create public, no fee screenings of outstanding documentary films and videos. The media we’ll present is widely acclaimed, often award-winning, and always both enjoyable and educational. For more about M.O.R.E. please go to www.zenarrow.com and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Additional info at https://ioby.org/project/more-media-out-reach-effort-bringing-eco-critical-information-all

“Hope has two beautiful daughters;
their names are Anger and Courage.
Anger at the way things are,
and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”

- St. Augustine

2 Great FREE films – Sunday 14-Aug-2011 at 2 PM in NYC

August 8, 2011 on 4:03 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

The M.O.R.E. project is proud to present a ‘fair use’ screening of TWO outstanding films on Sunday 14-Aug-2011. There is NO admission fee! A ‘fair use’ screening must be FREE!

The two award winning films are “Gasland” at 2 PM, and “Fuel” around 4 PM. They will be shown in the back room of a great bar in Greenwich Village called “Pour George” at 35 West 8th St, New York, NY 10011 / (212) 253-2999. Take the N/R to 8th Street, the 6 to Astor Place, or the A/C/E to West 4th St.

By coincidence (or serendipity) both film makers are named Josh. And they are both describing the same issues – but from different and complementary perspectives.

“Gasland” by Josh Fox explores the truly deadly consequences of extracting natural gas by the process called hydraulic fracturing aka “fracking”. This process has reportedly already contaminated drinking water in 34 states and unless we block it, fracking will soon start in areas whose water feeds New York City.

People are being sickened and killed by fracking all over the country, but the laws that are supposed to protect us have been bypassed by Halliburton and other large companies.

Josh F’s courageous film digs deep into what fracking is, what it does, how it kills, and who profits from (literally) ‘making a killing’…

“Fuel” is the story of Josh Tickell, filmmaker and eco-evangelist, who spent eleven years exploring real-world energy alternatives to oil, coal, and natural gas. He put his findings into his film along with his brave spirit (as did Josh Fox).

Josh T found that there ARE real ways to create power that do not poison the Earth and all the living beings who share it. In his film, he explores energy creation from wind, solar, tidal and biofuel power sources. He also makes a fantastic case for biodiesel fuel created by algae from sewage and industrial waste. Both things that God knows, we have no shortage of…

His approach is not theoretical, Josh T has a diesel van that he has been running for a decade on biodiesel fuel he creates from used cooking oil. Take a ride with Josh in the “Veggie Van!”

If you are coming to the event, please RSVP to me, John Hechtman at jhecht410@gmail.com. You don’t have to do this – as long as we have space to seat you, no one will be turned away. But Pour George is not a large place – it would be very helpful to have a rough idea of how many people are coming.

This screening is brought to you by the M.O.R.E. project in collaboration with Drinking Liberally and Pour George. M.O.R.E. stands for (M)edia (O)ut (R)each (E)ffort. Our aim is to create public, no fee screenings of outstanding documentary films and videos. The media we’ll present is widely acclaimed, often award-winning, and always both enjoyable and educational. For more about M.O.R.E. please go to www.zenarrow.com and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Additional info at https://ioby.org/project/more-media-out-reach-effort-bringing-eco-critical-information-all

Our focus will be on media that exposes the connections between (and among) polluting energy systems, global warming, environmental destruction, economic disruption, food and water shortages, political instability, and the myriad of other problems we are collectively endangered by.

Our goal is to entertain and educate at the same time. We want to show people the existing problems, then encourage and inspire them to help create viable solutions.

“Hope has two beautiful daughters;
their names are Anger and Courage.
Anger at the way things are,
and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”

- St. Augustine

How to (maybe) save the Earth!

May 20, 2011 on 2:05 pm | In Uncategorized | 1 Comment

To all who have commented here, thanks! I’ve not yet been able to figure out how to make your (non-spam) comments visible. Workin’ on it among other stuff.

But now to the meat of this post. I’ve recently come across a stunningly good video that accurately portrays the danger, and the hope, within our current ecological/political crisis.

The video is called ‘End:Civ – Resist Or Die’. here’s how to see and use it.

Go to:

http://endciv.com/

1 – Enter the site
2 – Watch the video ‘End:Civ – Resist Or Die’
3 – Click on the ‘Deep Green Resistance’ button and start reading

Here’s a start:

What is Deep Green Resistance?

Deep Green Resistance is an analysis, a strategy, and a movement being born — the only movement of its kind.

As an analysis, it reveals the last 10,000 years of human history–the rise and dominance of civilization–as the culture of death that is now threatening every living being on Earth.

As a strategy, it critiques ineffective lifestyle actions and explains their inevitable failure to stop the destruction of people, species, and the planet. In contrast, DGR offers a concrete plan for how to stop that destruction.

As an aboveground movement, just now taking its first steps, Deep Green Resistance is based on this analysis and implementing this strategy. And we’re recruiting.

No more ineffective actions – piecemeal, reactive, and sad. No more feel-good, magical-thinking, navel-gazing, consumer-based, capitalist-approved denial and dead ends.

The goal of DGR is to deprive the rich of their ability to steal from the poor and the powerful of their ability to destroy the planet. This will require defending and rebuilding just and sustainable human communities nestled inside repaired and restored landbases. This is a vast undertaking but it needs to be said: it can be done. Industrial civilization can be stopped.

DGR’s strategy involves two separate parts of the movement – an aboveground and an underground. The aboveground works for sustainable, just, and participatory institutions, and assists the frontline activists with loyalty and material support. And In any resistance scenario, the underground dismantles the strategic infrastructure of power. This is a basic tactic of both militaries and insurgents the world over for the simple reason that it works. But such actions alone are never a sufficient strategy for achieving a just outcome. This means that any strategy aiming for a just future must include a call to build direct democracies based on human rights and sustainable material cultures. Which means that the different branches of resistance movements must work in tandem: the aboveground and belowground, the militants and the nonviolent, the frontline activists and the cultural workers. We need it all.

And we need courage. The word “courage” comes from the same root as coeur, the French word for heart. We need all the courage of which the human heart is capable, forged into both weapon and shield to defend what is left of this planet. And the lifeblood of courage is, of course, love.

So while DGR is about fighting back, in the end this movement is about love. The songbirds and the salmon need your heart, no matter how weary, because even a broken heart is still made of love. They need your heart because they are disappearing, slipping into that longest night of extinction, and the resistance is nowhere in sight. We will have to build that resistance from whatever comes to hand: whispers and prayers, history and dreams, from our bravest words and braver actions. It will be hard, there will be a cost, and in too many implacable dawns it will seem impossible. But we will have to do it anyway. So gather your heart and join with every living being. With love as our First Cause, how can we fail?

Philosophical Jabber

August 7, 2010 on 4:43 pm | In Uncategorized | 1 Comment

There is a recent article on Alternet with the long-winded title, “Why Near-Death Experiences Are a Flimsy Justification for the Idea That We Have Immortal Souls”

The URL is below, if you’d like to read the original.

http://www.alternet.org/belief/147763/why_near-death_experiences_are_a_flimsy_justification_for_the_idea_that_we_have_immortal_souls_/

I started reading the comments. I rarely reply to comments, as good writing is time-intensive. One of the comments aroused me to the point of making this reply:

>Well here’s the thing… religion is about faith.

I disagree. Some religions, some of the time are about faith. “You have to have faith!” Faith is needed only when the actual experience is lost. Christianity started as an ecstatic group theogamy. It was a path – like many others, to bring a person to the experience of God/Tao/Gaea/Higher Power/Force. We hunger for this contact – that’s why the posts here are so heated!

The authentic religious experience – the perception (internal and intangible) of a larger reality is the manna, the well-spring, that fulfills and nourishes us. But it is not scientifically provable. It is a personal perception. For an exquisite explanation of this read R.D. Laing’s wonderful book “The Politics of Experience.”

Another great book is “The Tao of Physics” by (IIRC) Frihold Capra. It shows the convergence of ’science’ and ‘religion’ occurring in the realm of quantum physics. Reality is. It just is. If you understand it, that’s good for you, because your understanding will permit you to work with reality, rather then trying to oppose it. If you don’t understand it, reality still is – and it can bite your a$$!

There is a Zen saying that the intellect is a wonderful servant, and a terrible master. So too, the scientific method. It is a only a tool, to be picked up when appropriate, used, and then put down.

There are shovels and there are paintbrushes. Both are tools. I would not attempt to dig a hole with a paint brush, nor paint a picture with a shovel.

I am both a Taoist and a technologist. I believe in the validity of of the scientific method, and I believe in the validity of my own personal (unprovable) experiences. I would never attempt to persuade you by argument of a larger reality. Instead, I would try and help you have the experience of a larger reality yourself (if you wanted to try). When that occurs, there is no need for argument, and little need for words…

Ecstasy is from the Greek – ‘ex statis’ – out of the body. If such a state cannot exist, why do words for it exist in every language that I know of?

Political Rant – Boycott BP!

May 29, 2010 on 4:44 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Here’s a link to what the BP oil spill is really costing. It’s from CBS, so I’d say it errs as being too conservative…

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/04/30/national/main6447428.shtml?tag=featuredPostArea

Do all of you want to do something really effective? A LOT more effective then
signing petitions, or calling you Congresscritter! BOYCOTT BP! And also BOYCOTT BP AFFILIATED COMPANIES!

Your vote and mine don’t mean s**t in terms of real power. Few actions that we can take do…

But money – that’s what these sociopathic corporatists pay attention to. Money! That’s all they look at – how much money can we make (steal)? When we hit them in the wallet, that’s when they will start to pay attention…

So don’t buy BP gas for your car. Find out where your heating oil comes from, and if it’s BP, just switch to another oil company.

A boycott is a legal, free, nonviolent method of making our voices heard – in the only way that counts – economically!

What a concept, using the (somewhat) free choice of a capitalist market, to punish those companies who abuse the market, and their customers on a global basis. And this oil spill WILL have global consequences. Drastic and tragic ones…

Anyone want to join me in starting a website called www.boycottbp.com? Oops better check on that asap! (grin) Darn, too late!

And PS – please pass this blog post on to as many people as you can. Let it go viral…

UPDATE – courtesy of reader Sharloch at Alternet, here’s a way to find out what companies are BP affiliates.

“Most BP subsidiaries can be recognised by the BP or Amoco name although others include The Standard Oil Co. Inc and more obscure examples such as Grangemouth Polypropylene Ltd. Wholly owned UK subsidiaries are suffixed by the letters Ltd (Limited Liability Company) and most US subsidiaries by the letters Inc. (Incorporated). A full list of subsidiaries can be found in Who owns Whom (vol.1 – UK & Ireland) available in the UK at most major libraries.”

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