I don't know if it's a workable idea or not, but, I wish it was. I'm sick and tired of reading about footballers buying "bling" while me and my family can't even afford to buy clothes from anywhere except charity shops (but at least we've got clothes full stop). The distribution of wealth is fucking ridiculous both domestically and internationally.
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Environmentalism has become a religion, writes Martin Livermore in this week's Green Room; humans should take off their hair shirts, and enjoy the lifestyles which progress has created.
With the decline of Christianity and Marxism, environmentalism has taken the place of religion for many
We humans have an uneasy relationship with the natural world.
It seems to me that one of the main reasons for this is that we regard ourselves as apart from Nature; as unnatural by definition.
In reality, Homo sapiens is just one more species.
Admittedly, a few key evolutionary advantages make us remarkably adaptable and, currently, the ultimate generalist; but it still makes us part of Nature, and our use of human ingenuity is every bit as natural as a spider's web or a swallow's migratory pattern.
Nevertheless, our very intelligence sometimes makes us realise how little of the natural world we truly understand, and puts us in awe of the forces of Nature.
In past times, this awe would have been ever-present. In modern cities we may be less aware, but it only takes a hurricane or tsunami to remind us.
This feeling of powerlessness before the forces of Nature led to early forms of religion.
Although they were replaced in time by the current great world religions, in a strange way we are returning to our earlier beliefs.
In the West, with the decline of organised Christianity and the discrediting of Marxism, environmentalism has taken the place of religion for many.
In the words of Frank Lloyd Wright "I believe in God, only I spell it Nature". Googling "environmentalism as religion" returns 854,000 hits.
Rich societies cure environmental problems like urban smog
The new orthodoxy teaches that Mankind is guilty of Original Sin by despoiling Eden (the pre-Industrial world).
This guilt must be assuaged by repairing the damage and protecting all other forms of life.
For the deepest Greens, the only real solution is the disappearance of our species from the Earth - the ultimate sacrifice - and for many others a much smaller "optimum" population of humans is a desirable goal.
I have to admit that, in this case, the word "natural" doesn't seem appropriate; what other species would want to become less rather than more successful?
In fact, all species affect their environment to a greater or lesser degree.
Termites build complex homes, beavers construct dams to alter the flow of streams and grazing animals profoundly alter the balance of plant species.
People do the same. The difference is that we have a uniquely greater capacity to do so.
But, as this capacity has grown, so has our awareness of the consequences, and our ability to make rational choices between options.
So, in the last half-century, environmental quality in the developed world has improved greatly by almost any measure.
Britons may regret the death of the whale which swam up the Thames recently, but a generation ago it would probably have died in the polluted water well before it got within sight of London.
A generation ago, the Thames whale would probably have died in polluted water well before it got within sight of London
Clean air and clean water are things we would all reckon to be good things.
But in most other respects, it is really impossible to say that an effect on the environment is either "good" or "bad".
At the risk of sounding post-modernist, these terms just represent value judgements; why is a dormouse better than a rat?
And when we try to manage the environment actively - to do what is "right" - the result isn't always what we expect.
Well-meant but misguided efforts to conserve bison in Yellowstone Park by culling wolves led to an unsupportable population increase followed by collapse.
Today, wolves are being encouraged once again.
Actively preventing forest fires (because they are "bad") causes a build up in brushwood. When this inevitably does catch fire, the results are far more destructive than if periodic blazes had been allowed.
We may think that hill farming or low-input arable farming are good because they create ecological niches for wildlife and landscapes which are visually pleasing; but they represent profound changes to the "natural" environment.
Organic farming creates as much dislocation to the ecology of a field as does more conventional management.
So, let us get our perspective right.
We are as much a part of Nature as any other species, and we need to stop feeling guilty about our impact on the environment.
Not many of us, given the choice, would encourage the wanton destruction of habitats or species, but surely our first priority must be the needs of poorer members of our own species.
That is the law of Nature.
I don't neccesarily agree with all this, as it could be argued that it's the poorest members of our own species that will suffer most from the destruction of the natural environment, but I do believe that we need to see ourselves as a part of nature and that if we do destroy the world, it is perfectly natural. This computer is nothing more than an advanced version of the sharpened stone used to crack nuts open. Not that much more advanced actually, I sometimes think the damn thing would make a better nutcracker.Quote
But who's to say those things aren't natural? Sure they weren't here at the dawn of time
Actually they were. Everything was. We've just reconfigured it into new combinations. If you waited long enough, the car or the microchip would have assembled itself!
Just click the link, then hit the video search button for "loose Change" and click the first one that comes up. Just watched it. Mental stuff. A great documentary that makes me very very afraid!
I use ebay and have never had any problems. It's the same as anyplace, you just have to be careful who you deal with. However, I'm surprised they allow people to sell real fur on there. If I didn't use ebay so much, I'd bid high in all the fur auctions and then just refuse to pay for any of them...auction sabbing.... Someone wanna go for it? How about you Cromlix, since you don't use it anyway? Meanwhile, I'm gonna write a letter of complaint.
I think most people are full of shit to be honest. Sure, lot's of people follow a few shamanic practices, but there's definately not many people who are actual Shaman. As I understood it, to be a shaman you A) have to be born with a certain character B) have to be trained almost exhaustively for many years by a Shaman. I've seen a few shaman groups and societies who all dress up like native americans and bang plastic bohdrans at weekends. Pah. That's a joke. Then there are a lot of mis-guided raveheads who are by their very nature always seeking some sort of spiritual individuality.
A Shaman was the head of a tribes spiritual destiny. Saying that you are a shaman is similar to claiming that you are the pope just because you've read a few passages from the bible and you wear a crucifix.
I remember reading a while back that when a shaman chooses an apprentice, one of the biggest traits they'd look for was sense of humour, particularly the ability to laugh at oneself, at misfortune, and at generally the whole of reality. This indicates that they see it for what it is, a dream, a metaphor, a fake skin stretched tightly over the spiritworld.
People who go round saying that they are an actual Shaman haven't got a sense of humour. They're so busy looking inwards that they can't see their part in the spirit web.
All this trouble because someone printed a picture of Mohammeds mug...
I would have no trouble eating an animal that I'd killed. IF I could kill one. The only reason I'm veggie is because I don't feel comfortable paying someone else to do it for me. If I did end up on the hypothetical desert island, I would hunt to survive. That's fair. At least the animal has a chance to escape, thus facilitating their evoloution as only the ones that can escape my spear will live to breed.Quote
If it's them or me, then I'm back in the ecosystem and it's survival of the fittest!
I love that dok. I'm soooo stealing it for next time someone takes the piss.
If my only contact with the Islamic faith had been what's been in the media in the past few days, I would assume that the word "muslim" was synonymous with "Nazi". Looking at the pictures, reading the articles, I keep feeling that Islam is a horrible regime, not just a religion.
I'll definately be there in a purely recreational capacity. Sod working at a festival!
I'm not gonna say anymore in case I come across as racist, which I'm not. But freedom of speech is very important to me, and I am very grateful to live in a country where I can say "Jesus titty-fucking Christ" without fear of a stoning (the bad type!).
This is such a load of rubbish. Did anyone see the interview on ITN at lunchtime? I'm sorry, but, the fanatics who kick up a fuss about a cartoon are the ones that need to be charged with inciting religious hatred. After watching them storm the danish embassy in Indonesia I...gah. Sorry, I'm feeling really angry about this. The woman interviewing the muslim guy on the news was trying to make the point that celebrating the Sept 11 attacks was offensive to westeners, but the bloody muslim wasn't listening at all.
There's something funny going on. Either the media is being very selective with how they portray muslims, or Islam actually is an evil religion. This guy in the news room was actually trying to justify murdering anyone who draws a picture of Mohammed. Even trying to say that muslims have a right to do it in this country as part of their religious freedom.
Seriously. I can see the far right rubbing their hands with glee.
I'm totally with you. In my opinion you haven't really climbed a tree until you've done it with naked feet. I always go barefoot when I can. Dogpoo isn't your friend though, trust me.
Plus I HATE wearing socks, they make me feel sleepy and nauseous.
I'm sure it won't be a problem. I would recognise any one of you by the smell...
Aww. Sorry. Maybe I hogged all the positive energy and good luck. I passed.
I will send you a tiny little bit of luck, but I can't afford much. I need it all because at 11:48 I'm taking my practical driving test. May the gods smile upon both of us...
I think that instead of poisoning the grey squirrels, they should give steroids to the red squirrels. And possibly arm them. That should redress the natural balance.
Seriously though, the grey squirrel has decimated the red population in a very short time, so, I think that something should be done, but killing animals to save them isn't it. Ever.
Sterilisation isn't ideal, but, if handled intelligently and with compassion, could provide an alternative to the dreaded "cull".
Then again, should people be intervening in evolutionary matters? Obviously the Grey squirrel is the fittest survivor, and maybe we should let them drive the red's to extinction. Maybe we should get those crazy jap scientists in to make them glow in the dark? That'd make 'em much easier prey.
Quote from Minwah
Anyone who had a C64 will remember this...
They're still going you know. Jeff Minter (Llamasoft game guru, Camel/Llama/Sheep worshipper extraordinaire) worked on the new Xbox 360 (he made the lightsynth that plays when you stick in an audio cd)
Ahem. Anyway, here's my contributiton:
Why should we save those crazy whaling bastards? And what from exactly?
Or do you mean the frozen food chain? Because I'm not to hot on them either...
Does anybody actually like Menzies though? He seems a bit rubbish to me...
One argument is that Alcoholism is an illness, and if he'd been diagnosed with..I dunno, MS, then he'd still be in charge. Not neccesarily saying that I agree with that tact, but, meh. Then again, Heroin addiction is an illness, but, a junkie wouldn't get any sympathy at all, so touche Kristen. Shut-up you fool.
Hope he recovers though, 'coz he wasn't a bad bloke.
Yeah, but it's shite.
This is my damn fool dog making a damn fool of himself outside my bedroom window. His name is Satchmo, and he talks. Non-stop. Not in English though obviously....I think it's in Portugese...
(By the way, I live in a bungalow, Satch isn't just incredibly tall.)
So, Charles Kennedy has been forced to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats. I personally think it's an awful decision that will see the party losing a lot of the ground they've managed to gain over the past 10 years or so.
If a person has a problem, they make the person go away. I think that say's a lot about the modern politician.
With you all the way. The only time anything like that is acceptable is in a reserve for endangered species. It's not acceptable that a creature should need human assistance to keep the species alive, but, neccesary. Not in Zoo's though. It's tragic to see magnificent creatures displayed that way. I think it teaches children to see the natural world as something to be conquered, which is obviously not healthy. Caged pets too. That's bollocks.
Ha ha ha ha ha! Way to fuck over the Iraqis Mr President!
Cliched but whatever, Oak trees are the most powerful trees around.
Quote from BBC News
Today's teenagers 'more literate'
Teenagers are more literate than they were 10 years ago, one of the largest studies of exam papers suggests.
They use better punctuation, more complicated sentences and are better spellers, according to University of Cambridge researchers. A study of GCSE papers from 1994 and 2004 suggests candidates have a wider vocabulary, but do use more slang.
What do people make of this? Personally, I can't believe it. The amount of chimps that I just won't talk to online thanks to their constant "txt-speak" is ridiculous, so, erm...yeah.
Can this be true? Could better spelling actually be the positive influence of new communication methods such as mobile phone texting and the internet? Is the overall view of a nation "dumbing down" wrong?
I thought it was really rare for cheese to be made with animal renet nowadays anyway? Short of getting a list of ingredients before each meal, and then checking the ingredients of each ingredient, you can't really be so picky.
When I eat out, if it don't say meat on the menu, then that's good enough for me.