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Planetary Culture & The World Game

On the topic of democracy, a person I know poses the following questions:

1. Are we all qualified to make the right decisions when it comes to our governance, and societal policies? We elect people to do this because there is other work for us to do.

2.  Would we be overwhelmed by decision fatigue, something that already occurs in our everyday lives?

To which I replied:

Interesting questions. The current practice of the global democracies we see today is so non-functional that it could be hardly even recognized as democracy. In fact, so many believe it’s not even. My answer to your question would be: that we are totally all qualified to make those decisions and choices. And the advent of various technologies (like the internet) means that we would still have the time to do our other “work”. I think at this point there could be a major overhaul in every way we do things. Buckminster Fuller had the incredible idea to play the World Game…and that was 60 years ago! Imagine how things might change positively if we actually employed all the technology we have for purposes outside of entertainment and convenience. Starting with a zoomed-out initiative to end nationalism. Check this out, guys! [links]

About the position paper Plan for Rapid Transition Toward Regenerative Society  http://planetaryculture.com/toward-regenerative-society…

The actual PDF of the paper http://planetaryculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/PositionPaper_ID4_Internet.pdf

About the World Game http://bfi.org/about-fuller/big-ideas/world-game

 

Putting poop where it belongs

I’m going to talk about poo now.

Since my baby was born,  I clean an average of one shitty diaper every couple weeks.   We’ve never used plastic diapers, and in eight months, I’ve used up one package of wet wipes. We’ve never needed any rash cream. We use cotton tri-fold inserts and second-hand shells that make up a small load of laundry every 3 days.  It’s not as difficult as you may think.  If you want to learn the not-so-magical ways of “pooping” your baby, and Elimination Communication, read on.

Eight months ago I gave birth to my son, Fox Buckminster. With the support of my close friend, Cora, and the wisdom in a book she loaned me, Fox and I have been successful at habituating the same “shit outside your pants” technique that all of us grown-ups seem to  prefer.  Cora lent me Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene  when I was about 6 months preggo. Reading it was so fascinating, I devoured it twice. Interestingly, this book was not filled with instructions on how to successfully achieve a harmonious diaper-free life, rather, it was a general philosophical outlook on naturally parenting a baby with emphasis on their elimination needs.  I learned that most of Earth’s population does not rely on conventional diapering methods, instead, moms  just “pee and poo” their babies using some kind of form of EC.  Aside from talking a lot about Elimination Communication, there was so much great advice on gently approaching my new role as a mommy in a flexible and unique-to-the-individual style. I appreciated the attitude that was kind of like  “use a diaper whenever you want, man. There are no rules, just do whatever works for you. Here are the facts about what’s going on, so make your choices based on those, and don’t forget your good intuition, sister.”

Anyhow, eight months later, and Fox pretty much craps in the toilet, the sink, outside, or his potty all the time. I don’t catch every pee, and like I said, I miss a poo a couple times every month,  but he does pee almost every time I take off his diaper. As most diapering moms and dads know,  it is indeed the natural inclination to eliminate when clothing is removed.

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The Nitty Gritty

So if I had to “give instructions” on how to poo your baby, this would be it:  just give them enough opportunity to do it, and they will usually take it. But it has to be under the right conditions.

What are the right conditions? Well think about under what conditions you need in order to pinch a loaf. For me, I have to feel like I’m in a safe environment where I’m not going to be disturbed. I have to have privacy. Be in a calm mood. Things that help, are the feeling of my butt supported in a familiar position, taking a big deep breath or two, and lots of time to just sit and wait for my guts to move things along.  What I’ve just described are all of the things I make sure are in order for Fox, every time I poop him.

 Babies are the same as grown-ups in this regard.

I hold him in the same position, in the same circumstances, every time. When do I know when he has to go? I don’t, really. But I make sure to give him the opportunity at all the times it seems logical: upon waking up in the morning, lunchtime, if I hear a fart, if I notice him grimace or grunt a little, if it’s been a long time since his last elimination, etc.

It’s just a myth that babies, even newborns, cannot control when they eliminate. Peeing and pooing is not like you get so full of it, that it squishes out ’cause there’s no room left inside you, no. Not at all. Instead, it’s like, your mind and body chooses when to squeeze out whatever is in there, no matter how much it is. Even if you don’t necessarily have to pee, if you make it seem to your body like you’re going to go (like the ritual of going into the private bathroom and sitting on the cold toilet seat), chances are you can get some out. Babies bodies function mostly like adult ones. They aren’t creatures from another planet.

Peeing

Peeing is more like, dribble dribble dribble all day long. If you’re not actively peeing them every 15 friggin minutes, they figure no need to hold it and wait for the next available opportunity, hence dribble dribble dribble. So if you’re set on zero diapering,  you’ll have to be okay with having a fairly pee-soaked life. I’m not so down with that, which is why Fox wears a cotton diaper most of the time we’re out of the house.  When we’re at home or outdoors in fair weather, he’s usually bare-bummed. I have some pretty mindful approaches including lots of receiving blankets that do most of the catching for me.  At night, we sleep on a fleece-lined water-proof blanket in case of leaks. Most of the time he sleeps without a diaper, right next to me in our family bed. I don’t try to catch every pee, because, holy jeez…chasing that dribble all the live-long day is not for me. BUT POOING! We catch almost all of them, simply for how less frequently it happens.

Techniques

Here’s how we started out. As soon as he was born, my mom bought him a stand-alone regular potty in which I placed on the changing table next to our bed. Against the wall I placed a mirror in front of the potty, which was facing away from me. I always kept a little water in it, so it wasn’t so nasty to empty. I would hold him over the potty, one thigh in each hand, and using the mirror, could clearly see his butt and balls. Big deep breath, make the cue-noise (“ppsssss!”), flex my ab muscles against his back, maybe make a grunt or two. Monkey see, monkey do.  Every time, either pee or poo,  his testes would shrivel up and his butt would move down. The key here is to give him lots of time.  At the beginning, I would stand there for like ten minutes waiting for his little body to do the deed. If he signaled he didn’t have to go, I would take him away immediately. Do not force him to stay! If you think he still has to go, try again in a few minutes.  When he is done, his testes would loosen and fall, and his anus would tuck back up between his butt-cheeks. Thats-it-thats-all. Easy peasy. Pass the toilet paper squares.

I consistently kept this same ritual. Over time, he began to realize the objective and I wouldn’t have to wait there so long. I was becoming more and more in tune with his elimination, because after all, I knew exactly how much of my milk was going into him at any given time. As Fox was practicing all of this new having-a-body stuff, I was practicing all of this new mommy stuff. We both got better and better at it. I got less reliant on seeing his under-parts, and he needed my cues less and less. He began to sit up on his own, so we made a graduation to the bathroom so he could sit on the toilet with my support. No matter if we’re on the boat, in a park, on a beach, in the woods, or in a bathroom, I make sure the circumstances, conditions and our ritual is the same.

In closing…

To diaper or not to diaper? Or to diaper only sometimes (like me)? Cotton or plastic? The way I see it, it’s all a question of how do you want to spend your time, and how happy is your child going to be? Think of all the time (and money) it takes to buy the diapers and products. The time it takes to change them and wipe all that crap off their skin. Then weigh that time spent against standing there one-on-one with your love, just waiting. Then there’s the well-being of your child. Think about your baby living with their own waste stored in that saggy undercarriage. A plastic barrier of airflow to their skin  and interrupting how they sit and move their legs. All for what? The convenience for you, their parent?  Then there’s the task of having to “train” them one day out of the blue to not eliminate in their pants anymore. You’ve taught them to go in their clothes all this time, and now you have to train them to go in a toilet instead?  Something about that seems unfair to me. Not to get all judgy here, because some parents are faced with making difficult decisions based on circumstances outside their control – such as really sensitive skin. The point is that it’s important to thoroughly understand why it is we choose what we choose.

Some of my friends are having babies, and I wanted to share with them (and others) just how darn easy it is to poo and pee your baby. The list weighing COST vs. BENEFIT is astounding.

If you’re interested in beginning with your little-un, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. Not to mention oddly gratifying. The sense of accomplishment is weirdly compelling.  You can start when your child is any age, but if you begin at birth, I imagine the process and progression to elimination independence is easier for everyone.

If you’d like to read the story about how Fox’s home-birth went, here is the link: http://ashta.ca/thoughts/howfoxwasborn

Mainstream media lies

The mainstream media lies.
Doubt not this fact any longer, for it is killing us all.

Guilty is this industry sometimes of specific false information, but mostly this lie is one of omission.

Omitting important information like [food systems, poverty issues, criminal corporate acts, etc.] and choosing stories like [celebrity gossip, violence worth fearing, patriotism etc] is neglect of the responsibility it has had for educating the public mind. Lies through omission.news

Mainstream media is (supposedly) tasked with informing a (supposed) democratic voting public. It is not by accident that irrelevance prevails. Indeed, the function of these stories is to shape the way you think about things. It is no secret this industry is owned and controlled by very few. A very rich few. Every time a journalist’s story is denied by an editor, DOUBT NOT that decision was made to benefit the financial stake-holders.

Had we been given a fair representation of news stories from the beginning, would we have to face the  catastrophic world so many of us endure? If the public were properly informed by the institutions we trust to inform us, what kind of poverty could have been saved? Fortunately now, we have access to all of the stories all the time. We don’t need the television programming any more. Indeed, we can program our own brains.  So kill your television, and disregard that “newspaper”!

Ignorance is a choice in the age of the internet

BC Pipelines explained

In a nutshell, this is what I understand.

  • Stupid humans have built an existence dependent on the finite resource of fossil fuels.
  • Even though existing technologies were developed along the way, they have been effectively oppressed through sabotage, collusion, conspiracy, and even murder.
  • The world’s almost completely run out of fossil fuels. Now we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel to get the last of it – literally.
  • The colonial “first world” state of Canada has the biggest supply of what’s left. It’s in Alberta, Canada’s Texas.
  • Alberta oil sands have to be washed before it can be used.
  • Idiotically, sending it to China in rickety tin cans is the only way to accomplish this at a profit.
  • It’s sent through a massive piping system across Alberta and out to BC’s coast where the tin cans get loaded.
  • We idiotically buy it back from China at full price as a finished product.
  • This process has proven to do major harm to the environment and communities.
  • Examples of extraction harm: Dries up watersheds. Poisons watersheds. Causes entire communities to deal with new cancers. Destroys ancient wildlife ecosystems. Etc.
  • In every instance, oil spills into the environment. Every time.
  • Given the size, limited turning radius, dodgy navigation area and construction quality of the tankers, a spill will certainly happen.
  • Television “programming” has out-rightly lied to those who still allow themselves to be subjected to it. The commercial showed terrain depicted in the left photo, while reality is depicted in the right photo:
  • Examples of spillage harm: loss of healthy ocean life, destruction of ecosystems, loss of pacific fisheries, loss of BC tourism.
  • The tax-paying residents of BC will have to foot the bill to clean the spills and repair the damage done.
  • It’s become obvious to many that fossil fuel use can be obsolete if only the greedy fuckers who stand to make BIG BUCKS would allow it’s obsolescence.
  • We need the rest of Earth’s fossil fuel supplies to create the renewable resource conversion technology to power generations to come.

Instead, all this damage is for huge profits for few, and continuing idiotic mass consumerism and pseudo-convenience.

That’s why this is such a big deal?

To benefit few rich families, global society is denied technology and systems that would replace refined fossil fuels entirely. Some argue that in order to manufacture all of this replacement technology to power the coming generations, we would need every drop of fossil fuel – of which we are now literally scraping the bottom of the barrel for. Instead of allowing such mainstream realization, the status quo remains hypnotized by television, being told everything is fine. Continue consumption. Drive to the dollar store. Buy those things you think you must own, but don’t really need at all.  “Everything is okay.” B.C. people are choked because a bitumen spill will probably one day ruin our pristine corner of Earth.

But isn’t this just another problem to add to the list?

The list that boils down *every time* to the very same root cause of every single discernible problem on Spaceship Earth?

The debt-based monetary global financial system.

This is what must be DONE AWAY with.

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The replacement is already underway. Bitcoin is the future of our surviving planet.

In the meantime, we must remember to be kind, to vote with our dollars (and milliBits), to turn off the programming, to choose the least-consumption option (like local food) and to never be afraid to zoom out enough to recognize what all of our problems come from: the debt-based global currency paradigm operated by a few greedy assholes by their private greedy banking cartels. We must not fear each other. Don’t worry about what others think of you. Just do and say what is in your heart, without fear of judgement by those around you. At the same time, don’t judge others. We must remember to be kind.

Once the debt-based monetary global financial system is changed, EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE. We are the 99%!

Oh, and if anyone thinks Justin Trudeau will do shit about what I’m talking about, this is what he told me when I asked him:

Cooking and the Joy

A couple weekends ago, we saddled up 3 families and drove across the big island to Tofino for a surfing getaway retreat weekend at a chalet we often rent. With plans to create some delicious meals, Jamie was sure to bring his copy of the iconic book The Joy of Cooking (the chicken chasseur was devine, by the way). One night, I picked it up and became absolutely fascinated by the seemingly endless well of food knowledge.

No other cookbook I’ve known about is as encyclopedic or comprehensive about food as Joy.  The recipes are written in a fluid easy to understand way, unlike the common format of listing ingredients then listing instructional steps. I’ve learned so much about cooking in general, because whenever I open the book (and most often its not even to follow a recipe), there are paragraphs explaining a bit about each little method, custom, history, trick, or variation of a given dish or type of food.  It’s been revised 8 times since it’s original 1931 release. Upon returning home, I immediately set out to find my own copy, and ended up with the 6th edition (1975) found at the literacy center downtown Nanaimo for an unexpected 25% discount. Another reason I friggin love it, is because it’s so big that when you open it, it stays flopped open to your page when placed on a surface.

It seems that my affinity for cooking has taken really long to develop, but after watching the following video, I realize it’s not just me who’s been misled.

Trending on Facebook now with the heading “After watching this, you’ll never eat McDonald’s french fries again!”, this video of Michael Pollan’s short form talk does a great job at summarizing a pretty substantial concept: cooking and our relationship with food is important to understand. I first heard of Pollan’s work when he was a guest on Democracy Now! talking about the book he wrote while actually learning how to cook. It’s called Cooked: a natural history of transformation and it’s on my list of most wanted books (along with the latest edition of Joy, hint hint). Brilliantly, it’s made up of 4 parts: Fire, Water, Air, Earth – describing his own new understandings of cooking with each of these elements.

Fire: creatures of the flame
Water: a recipe in seven steps
Air: the education of an amateur baker
Earth: fermentation’s cold fire

Here is a video review of Cooked