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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
10:35 am
Sunday, July 5th, 2009
9:26 pm
9:16 pm
something of intrest
from the drugwar

Here's an outline to a speech I gave on hemp. It gives a few reasons why (I think) hemp is superior to wood (see II-B), though keep in mind that the outline is a rough draft.

I. The first reason why our country needs industrial hemp is that it is an invaluable source of fuel in the form of biodiesel.
A. Hemp was the fuel that early engineers intended for us to use.
1. Rudolph Diesel invented the diesel engine with the intent that it would run on hempseed oil (NAIHC, 1997).
2. Hempseed oil was the primary fuel for automobiles for over thirty years after the invention of the internal combustion engine.
B. Hemp is a substantially more eco-friendly fuel source than petroleum.
1. We are currently experiencing the effects of global warming, and fossil fuels contribute to this phenomenon; hemp, however, does not.
a. Hemp fuel burns clean.
b. Petroleum produces sulfur, which causes acid rain.
2. While growing, hemp plants release oxygen into the atmosphere (Taiz & Zeiger, 2006).
a. This combats global warming by reducing the atmosphere’s CO2 percentage.
C. Hemp is the earth’s primary biomass resource.
1. Planting 6% of our land with hemp would satisfy our nation’s energy needs, eliminating our dependence on foreign oil (Earleywine, 2003).
2. Hemp can produce four tons per acre every four months (NAIC, 1997).
3. Hemp can produce ten times more methanol than corn (Earleywine, 2003).

II. Industrial hemp is the greatest source for fiber, working well as a textile and paper.
A. Compared to cotton, hemp is far superior.
1. Hemp has been grown for fiber and food for the past 12,000 years (NAIHC, 1997).
2. The fibers from hemp are stronger, longer, more absorbent, and more mildew-resistant than cotton (NAIHC, 1997).
3. Hemp fabrics block UV rays better than any other fabric (NAIHC, 1997).
4. Hemp produces more fiber per acre, needs less water and pesticide, and causes less environmental harm than cotton (Earleywine, 2003).
B. Compared to trees, hemp is the far superior paper.
1. Hemp can be recycled several more times than paper derived from trees (NAIHC, 1997).
2. Hemp typically produces between three and eight tons of dry fiber per acre (NAIHC, 1997).
a. This is four times more than an acre of trees (NAIHC, 1997).
3. Hemp paper lasts a very long time and does not yellow (NAIHC, 1997).
C. When desperate, during resource shortage experienced from World War II, our government re-legalized industrial hemp during the war, but then following WWII, changed the law once again, making it illegal to grow industrial hemp (USDA, 2001).

III. As a food source, industrial hemp is invaluable, being environmentally friendly and nutritious.
A. Hemp is an environmentally friendly food source.
1. Hemp is much more environmentally friendly to produce than the crops with which it would compete (Earleywine, 2003).
B. Hemp is a highly nutritious food source.
1. Hempseed oil is the richest source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, the fats that are good for us (NAIHC, 1997).
2. Hemp is high in protein (NAIHC, 1997).
3. Hemp by itself can support diets of entire populations.

IV. High-Value Cash Crop
A. In 1938, Popular Mechanics published an article hailing hemp as the “new billion dollar crop.” Back in 1938, a billion dollars was a lot more than it is now. I’m not trying to push for people getting high—I’m pushing for what many strongly believe to be the answer. Our world is still warming, we’re still dependent on foreign oil, our economy is still failing, people are still going hungry, people still can’t afford clothes, we are still cutting down our forests, but we still won’t try something different. Over thirty other industrialized nations are enjoying the benefits of industrial hemp (NAIHC, 1997). Please, let’s be sensible. Let’s give hemp a chance.

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Current Mood: chipper
8:29 pm
Please help me speak out.
We require the restoration of the constitution that we’ve lost in the past eight years. I’m trying to put together an organization, I’m very energized about this but I’ve never done anything before. But I am fearless and I am angry will anyone help me?

The first amendment - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I’m an artist, people were talking about pamphlets I can help there
I plan to call my movement “Save America” homage to Abby Hoffman

Current Mood: sore
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
2:22 pm
the Freak Revolution
After thinking about it and trying various things for a couple of years, our new approach to fixing the world is the Freak Revolution. We're putting all our efforts and all our hearts into it.
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
10:58 pm
beyond civilization
Monday afternoon, my family watched 'What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire'. Like most documentaries in it's genre, it assumes the watchers are not quite awake yet, and uses scare tactics to make it's points, and by the end I felt battered and terrified and sick. We stopped half-way through to check-in, and I was nearly hysterical and almost suicidal and totally hopeless and cried so hard I couldn't breathe.

Hang in there, it gets better.

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Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
11:11 pm
Hi, my name is ScaryJ and I thought I'd say hello. I am have been interested in practical environmental activism for a long time and I would like to be more active online. I am at the stage of buying my own house and I intend to put my principles into practice.
I hope this is a good place for information sharing, debate and being able to discuss practial environmentalism and good practice. I am happy to discuss my views, listen to others and provide a practical antidote both to rampant neo-conservatism and 'stop-the-world-I-want-to-get-off' green politics.
Thursday, October 5th, 2006
2:39 pm
Wow, cool! We just joined an awesome social networking site called Zaadz. I know, social networking sites are a dime a dozen, but the reason I'm so excited about this one is that it consists solely of people dedicated to fixing the world. They're doing part of what we had hoped the Fix The World Wiki and this community to grow into -- helping like-minded people to share their experiences and connect with each other. It's got a bunch of awesome people, lots of excellent book recommendations, a pretty good blog, and a good community ("pod") system. It's still getting started and a lot of the features are not quite useful yet, but I'm glad I got in while the username "pace" was still available. (;

Check out my profile, and Kyeli's, and Sera's!

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
2:06 pm
Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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Monday, July 24th, 2006
12:39 am
Hi everyone

First post of a main topic here. Just wanted to let everyone know about our completely FREE projects and websites - we run the control-free network (http://www.controlfree.net - a network of sites) and we are spreading the word around.

The control-free network is a resource with free information in text, audio and video files, as well as links to a collective and other helpful websites.

The files not linked to from the website can be downloaded from us for free on SoulSeek (download this great file-sharing program for FREE at http://www.slsknet.org) - and to do this, just add our username, freeinfo.

All of the items we share are free and we take careful precautions not to share copyrighted material, as the fucking feds are always watching our shit (and your shit).

Also, this has been crossposted a bit.

So take care, check us out if you get a chance,
Peace, solidarity
-mc nf1
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
8:38 am
Letter To A Young Activist During Troubled Times
Letter To A Young Activist During Troubled Times

I'm posting this here both to share and also so I can go back and read it whenever I'm feeling discouraged.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
3:25 pm
"What's done to children, they will do to society."
Monday, January 30th, 2006
3:24 pm
long time, no words
And now, a lot of them! :)

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Current Mood: content
Friday, December 30th, 2005
4:45 am
"Don't bother with self-work, it's futile and will only get you down"

ladydreamtime posted a link to a study concluding that introspection is harmful and will only lead to unhappiness. It's an interesting read, but I have two major beefs with it.

  1. The study they're drawing their conclusions from is about the success or failure of relationships. It may well be the case that intuition is more reliable than analytical introspection when trying to determine one's feelings about something or someone. This doesn't support the overly general conclusion that introspection is harmful.
  2. I think it's more like this.

    Yes, at first introspection and self-work just suck, and they make you unhappy. Most people give up after a few tries, because they reach the same conclusion as the cited study. But if you remain dedicated to it, you end up happier after pushing through the suckfulness. Realistically, it's a lot more bumpy, probably more like this:

    but my point remains the same.

I find it a bit depressing that the meme of "Don't bother with self-work, it's futile and will only get you down" is being spread. How sad it is that so many people actually buy into this lie! Out of fear of change, out of ignorance that change is possible, or out of misinformation that change is desirable -- regardless of the reason, it's a damn shame. I want to make as many people as possible aware of the knowledge that self-improvement is possible and can help you live a happier life. This is part of what I hope to achieve by collecting, ontologizing, and reviewing all these self-improvement resources in the hopes that others will find them useful. More and more people than ever before are conquering fear, ignorance, and misinformation. There's still a long way to go, but I'm happy to take a few small steps along the path.

EDIT: heptadecagram has some illuminating thoughts on the matter as well.
Thursday, December 8th, 2005
4:37 pm
a rant about peace and love
(xposted from my lj))

We were driving back to work from a lovely lunch when we passed a shopping center that'd been festively decorated for the holidays. They had signs calling for 'Peace' with doves and other such peaceful things all along the roadside. I turned to my love and said, "You know what my least favourite thing about this holiday is?"

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Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
11:26 pm
Social responsibility in engineering. NOT!
From Stu Baurmann's hotlaundry blog:

But very quickly, back to the notion of the enemy's troops being killed by our robots.  Maybe it will never happen.  Even if it does, maybe it's not really a fundamental change in warfare; what's the line between an "intelligent" heat-seeking missile and an "intelligent" battlefield killing robot?  Maybe not an important one philosophically. 

But if it were to happen, what would be the net outcome?  I think it would basically mean "we can kill the enemy a little more easily now, so war is a little easier for us."  Now, what's the impact
of that message at home, and what's the impact on the mindset our potential adversaries? I think there's definitely more than one answer to the latter, and it's important to consider the knowns and unknowns here. 

Then we must ask ourselves point-blank: is research into the development of battlefield robots a world-peace-and-stability-enhancing or a world-peace-and-stability-degrading activity? Remember, I'm not saying "killer robots" are the only or even a probable outcome of the research.  Those answers aren't fully knowable, are they?  They depend on lots of decisions not yet made.   My point is that developing the potential for autonomous battlefield vehicles is the nominal goal of the research, and  that's what we do know, dig?   Bottom line:  The fact that we accept military labelling of so much of our nation's and colleague's R&D work means that we as engineers are ultimately operating under an outdated sense of social responsibility, collectively.

If we all just clap and let everyone say "wow, those robots are neeto, I wonder what kind of X...", we are blowing it.  The world is not our 9th grade science fair.

More on DARPA , libertarianism, Iranian Space Pogram...
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
1:00 pm
Thank you, Stanislav.
If you've been enjoying the past twenty-two years of your life, take a moment and think some kind thoughts about Stanislav Petrov, the man who made them possible.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
6:09 pm
Amnesiac God Theory
I just finished reading The Game Of God, loaned to me by elphie. It was a quick read and very thought-provoking. I wrote up a short review of it on the wiki, and also created a page on the Amnesiac God Theory.
Sunday, September 11th, 2005
2:11 pm
a real life flier...
Check this out! (especially jmurton626)

Find Each Other

also, Live before you die

and, Models needed

Hang on
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
10:53 am
progress update
Most of my fix-the-world work lately has been reading and adding content to the wiki.

After I finally finished reading A Brief History of Everything, I took a break to read Harry Potter, but now elphie has lent me 5 more interesting fix-the-world-type books, so those are next on my queue.

I've also been working on the wiki a lot. I recently created oodles of new pages:

Many of these pages were refined from earlier LJ posts on this community.

Are me, acheron_hades, wyndhover, and red_tanya the only ones who actually think that the wiki is useful? If so, do any of you guys have any suggestions for what else we should be doing, or what we could do to get more people involved?
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