William Edelen: Krishnamurti —The Sage of Ojai


Ojai, California is nestled in the radiant mountains just south of Santa Barbara. I say “radiant” because famous there is what they call their “pink moment” when every evening at sunset, all the mountains and valley are covered with a rich and bright “pink” color that is gorgeous to witness.

Ojai has a reputation of being one of the artistic and cultural centers of the United States. Many of the creative giants of the world beat a path to the “Sage of Ojai” Krishnamurti, a mystical genius who pointed their lives in a new direction: Joseph Campbell, Joan Halifax, Julian Huxley, Thomas Huxley, D.H. Lawrence, John Lennon, David Bohm (Nobel in physics), Jonas Salk, Charlie Chaplin, and too many more to name.

In my 18 years of my Sunday Symposium I have for some strange reason not spent an entire session on this “sage of Ojai” though often quoting him.

Based on my own life experiences, at 90 years old, I soon realized

Are You Loving Your Servitude Yet?

of two minds . com

Global Crisis: the Convergence of Marx, Orwell and Kafka

The global crisis is not merely economic; it is the result of profound financial, sociological and political trends best captured by Marx, Orwell and Kafka.

The global crisis is best understood as the convergence of the modern trends identified by Marx, Orwell and Kafka. Let’s start with Franz Kafka, the writer (1883-1924) who most eloquently captured the systemic injustices of all powerful bureaucracies–the alienation experienced by the hapless citizen enmeshed in the bureaucratic web, petty officialdom’s mindless persecutions of the innocent, and the intrinsic absurdity of the centralized State best expressed in this phrase: “We expect errors, not justice.”

If this isn’t the most insightful summary of the Eurozone debacle, then what is? A lawyer by training and practice, Kafka understood that

Todd Walton: Cautionary Tales


“My stories run up and bite me on the leg, and I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.” Ray Bradbury

Before the advent of personal computers, CDs, digital cameras, digital recordings, the interweb, cell phones, e-books, cyber pads and downloadable everything, long before Amazon and Google and Microsoft, when manuscripts were still typed on typewriters and editing was not instantaneous (which may have been a good thing) I met a man, a writer, who told me a cautionary tale I will never forget.

I was in my early twenties and hoping to become a successful writer and musician, though at the time I had yet to sell a story and was making peanuts

Will Parrish: Hack & Squirt, Part 2 —Herbicide Poisoning in Mendo…

Part 1 here

From a ridgetop knoll on Bald Hill, in Anderson Valley’s “Deep End,” the Rancho Navarro home of Elaine and Mike Kalantarian affords a generous view of the wooded hills to the northeast. They share the home, which they purchased in 1997, with their 12-year-old daughter. In the foreground, a hill spans out above a tributary of the Navarro River’s north fork, John Smith Creek. The towering Sanhedrin Mountain rises out of the distant east background, its name given by Missouri-born pioneers who wrote with awe in their journals regarding their encounters with seemingly limitless stands of massive, old-growth redwoods in hills much like this one.

Most people who live today among these ancient forest remnants share a watershed with a large corporation

Gina Covina: Laughing Frog Farm News…

Laughing Frog Farm

We made our first trip to the Mendocino Farmers Market last week, with a new crop of onions, beautiful carrots, the first Dark Star zucchinis and Asian cucumbers, and an assortment of greens. Not a huge amount of vegetables, but I’m amazed we have anything, what with this year’s bumper crop of plant-eating insects, industrious gophers, and a gang of feral peafowl that removed most of the sweet pepper plants from inside the hoop house.

I’ve had to eat pesto constantly (darn, my favorite) since the basil was too cosmetically challenged to go to market after the cucumber beetles got to it. I’ve held off on using even organically-approved insecticides like Neem oil because so many frogs live in the vegetables. Instead we pinch any beetles we can catch

The Big Reset. Don’t Get Left Behind…


It’s a gloomy, rainy day outside and I’m stuck in front of a computer.

That makes it the perfect day for thinking about the future of the global system and why resilient living isn’t an option, it’s a necessity.

A highly likely future to explore, as opposed to the very unlikely “Zombie Apocalypse,” is a global financial collapse.  In this “Zombie Apocalypse” the zombies don’t eat your brains, they eat your financial assets.

How might a financial collapse occur?  I found a presentation that Raoul Pal gave late last month in Shanghai that makes a very compelling case for financial collapse.

Raoul is a Goldman Sachs alum that went on to co-manage one of the world’s largest hedge funds in London.  He now writes research for senior money managers at the Global Macro Investor from his (early) retirement home on the coast of Spain.  In short, he’s an insider’s insider.

The presentation is very straight forward, incisive, and very dark. It makes a clear case why the current version of our global financial system will collapse and what the results of this collapse will be.

Can Participatory Food Make Local Food Abundant?

Resilient Communities

I love the idea of participatory food.    In fact, participatory food may be the way we achieve better and more abundant food in the future.What is participatory food?  It’s when an entire community participates in the growing, preparing, and eating of food.

Participatory food isn’t new.

We enjoy many the benefits of participatory food at home when we cook, eat, and clean up meals as a family (intentional communities that share meals are an attempt to replicate this experience across a larger “tribal” group).

However, the big question remains.

How does participatory food work in a larger community?

I’ve identified three ways this may work. All three are based more on the production (growing and raising) of food than on the consumption of it.

Creator of “The Story of Stuff” Shows What’s At Stake with the Commons…

On The Commons

Annie Leonard weaves commons sense, hard facts, witty animation and an engaging “everywoman” narrator role to illuminate complex problems that threaten the commons, and offer promising solutions.

Annie Leonard is one of the most articulate, effective champions of the commons today. Her webfilm The Story of Stuff has been seen more than 15 million times by viewers. She also adapted it into a book.

Drawing on her experience investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues in more than 40 countries, Leonard says she’s “made it her life’s calling to blow the whistle on important issues plaguing our world.”

She deploys hard facts, common sense, witty animation and an engaging “everywoman” role as narrator

Self-Evident Truths…

Orion Magazine

A no-nonsense declaration

There isn’t a chance in hell that something like the original Wilderness Act could be passed today. Environmentalists today are too much on the defensive. Sure, there have been green platforms and policy papers, but nothing I’ve read matches the urgency of this moment. So I decided to draft a declaration. It goes like this:

We, the citizens of the United States of America, hold these truths to be self-evident: that a rapid decline in living conditions is taking place all around us; that compromise is no longer an adequate way forward (and perhaps never was); that more drastic measures must be taken immediately in order to preserve a livable planet. From these beliefs springs the following list of demands:

We demand that the United States Constitution be rewritten to explicitly prohibit the privatization of profits and the externalization of costs by the wealthy, and to immediately grant both human and nonhuman communities full legal and moral rights. Corporations should no longer be considered persons under the law. Limited liability corporations must be immediately stripped of their limited liability protection. Those whose economic activities cause great harm—including great harm to the real, physical world—should be punished. Environmental Crimes Tribunals