October 7, 2015

Public Not Invited To TPP Debate

Just one of many of the problems with the TPP and the global corporate take over.

We have been shut out and shut up. As citizens were demoted to consumer status we lost our seat at the debate. No one is listening to our views. Unless they affect profits, no one cares.

Disoriented by gorging on cheap goods and services we failed to notice the coup going on as we shopped our way to materialist bliss. As the TPP trade deal is finalized we can see that the corporate take over of the world is almost complete.

We can also see that capitalism is broken.

Our governments have been corrupted by corporate money to the point that elected officials don't work for The People any more. Other than at the ballot box, our voice has ceased to matter.

All this occurs as many are waking to the grim future if capitalism continues down the path that misdealings like the TPP follow. Collapse seems like a likely outcome.

Hundreds of "corporate advisers" have been allowed to access the TPP document and trade negotiators. The following are some of the more well known corporations that have helped write the agreement.

American Petroleum Institute
Archer Daniels Midland
BNSF Railway (Tar Sands)
Federal Express
Ford Motor
General Electric
Georgia Pacific
Hewlitt Packard
Johnson and Johnson
Kraft Foods
M&T Bank
Procter and Gamble
US Chamber of Commerce

All the public has seen are documents that have been leaked.

While we have been shut out and shut up in such negotiations, we can still vote with our dollars. As of yet corporations can't sue us for not buying their products. If enough of us do this, things will change.

"Businesses have changed when the public came to expect and require different behavior, to reward businesses for behavior that the public wanted, and to make things difficult for businesses practicing behaviors that the public didn't want. I predict that in the future, just as in the past, changes in public attitudes will be essential for changes in businesses' environmental practices.”  - Jared Diamond, in Collapse

If I am not invited to the debate I will make my non-materialistic lifestyle speak for me. A mass movement of simplicity would show the powers that be that we can structure better lives with them or without them.

Affect their profits - that will get their attention. The list above is a good place to start. You can find a more comprehensive list of TPP conspirators here.

October 4, 2015

My Hybrid

This solar hybrid lantern charges even on overcast days.

I am a new owner of a hybrid. It recharges with any light source, and can go eight hours on a full charge. It will hold a charge for years, is water resistant, and is extremely durable.

My hybrid is a light, more commonly known as a camping lantern. Its 12 bright LED's run on solar, or a battery backup. Over the past several months I have never needed to use the batteries.

Initially I was looking for a bedside table lamp, but conventional varieties weren't doing anything for me. After letting go of most of our possessions last year before moving, we have been in a position of deciding what to replace.

Bedside table lamps didn't make the list. Neither did bedside tables. Instead, I put a chair from our kitchen table next to the bed, then bought the hybrid light to go on it.

The lamp puts out 200 lumens of light, the equivalent of only a 25 watt incandescent bulb. While it's not a lot of light, it does have a 10 meter radius. There is plenty of light to smooch (or snog) by. Or read a book together.

During the day I move the lantern to the window to recharge in the sun.

My hybrid light is eco-friendly, efficient, and reminds me of camping. But mostly, I think photons are fun, especially the ones that come from the Sun every day. I want to capitalize on that free energy as much as possible, and this is my small start in that direction.

September 30, 2015

The Travel Hoax

"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked; it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet." - Franz Kafka

There are a few things the global travel industry doesn't want you to know. Things like you can find everything you need right where you are, or very few humans will ever travel, or the grass is not greener anywhere else.

The travel industry is like any other - they will say and do whatever they have to in order to get people to part with their pesos. This includes advertising, propaganda, social pressure and shaming. Anything to get a piece of the trillion dollar per year global travel pie.

Over the past few decades the industry has spent large to create a narrative in which all humans for all time have always yearned to be somewhere else. As the story goes, it is always better to be anywhere except where you presently happen to be.

If you don't travel, or want to travel, there is something wrong with you.

Don't get me wrong - I have traveled in my life and enjoyed it a great deal. But it is hardly a pre-requisite to being a good person or having a fulfilling life.

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." - Carl Jung

Some say that travel is an education unto itself, and it can be when approached as a learning experience rather than just a diversion. But just as it is possible to pass through school and learn very little, one can have traveled and not learned from the experience.

When spending money is the goal, our focus is always directed outward and away from ourselves. The answers are always over there. But in order to really figure this life and our place in it, we have to go the other way. We have to go within.

Our inner space cannot be commodified, which is why we mostly ignore its existence, or the rewards of plunging its depths right where we are at.

The secrets of our selves, and the universe, are in us and freely available. They can be revealed to anyone willing to live consciously and turn their attention away from trinkets, baubles and other distractions.

Everything you need is right at home. Right in your area, your neighbourhood, your mind.
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