The Fifth Sacred Thing by dreamnectar dreamnectar.deviantart.com
I’ve read “The Fifth Sacred Thing” three times over…I love everything about the book. The strong heroes and heroins; the eerie possibility that this is our future…and that at the end of it all, there is HOPE. I have my fingers crossed that this will be one of those rare occasions when the movie doesn’t fall 10,000 miles short of the book.
“The Fifth Sacred Thing is an upcoming feature film based on the best selling novel by Starhawk, and is set in 2048, where an ecotopian San Francisco defends itself from invaders using nonviolence and magic.”
“We live in a culture where everything tastes good but nothing satisfies.”
― Daniel Pinchbeck
TEDx – “Daniel Pinchbeck’s talk at the TEDxChelsea conference, held June 1, 2012 at the School of Visual Arts. The conference theme was “The true value of art is seldom what someone is willing to pay for it.”
“Daniel Pinchbeck is the executive director of Evolver Holdings, which includes evolverintensives.com, realitysandwich.com, evolvereditions.com, and evolver.net. He is the author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey Into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (Broadway Books, 2002), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2008). He is featured in the documentary 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. He writes a monthly column for Dazed & Confused.”
“Katerina Tarnovska is a Ukrainian preschool teacher, a kickboxing world champion and a self-proclaimed descendent of the legendary warrior women of the Amazon. In 2002 she founded Asgarda, a martial art exclusively for women that is inspired by the tribal traditions of the Scythian Amazons. In the past decade, more than 1,000 ladies have been entrusted with the teachings of the Asgarda, which Katerina says is the only fighting style specifically tailored to the female form.”
“. . . the Earthship is the epitome of sustainable design and construction. No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building.”
“What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony.
However, these experimental structures that defy state standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities, who are backed by big business. Frustrated by antiquated legislation, Reynolds lobbies for the right to create a sustainable living test site. While politicians hum and ha, Mother Nature strikes, leaving communities devastated by tsunamis and hurricanes. Reynolds and his crew seize the opportunity to lend their pioneering skills to those who need it most. Shot over three years and in four countries, Garbage Warrior is a timely portrait of a determined visionary, a hero of the 21st century…”
Tha Truth is a conscious/political underground hip hop artist and “rap-tivist” (rapper/activist) known around the Philadelphia area for battling inequality, poverty, discrimination, and injustice. He has performed in countless venues at concerts, colleges, marches, conferences, and benefits…
“Since 2006 Tha Truth has released four underground political rap albums that attack the forces that maintain the status quo. In 2006 he released “Tha Civil Rights Movement,” which was followed in 2007 by “Tha Civil Rights Movement Part II.” 2008 saw the release of “Tha People’s Music” album, on which Tha Truth sums up U.S. history from 1492 to present (inspired by Howard Zinn). Tha Truth’s latest work, “Tha Mis-Education of the Masses,” was released on May 19th (Malcolm X’s birthday and 2 days before Harvey Milk’s birthday). This CD makes the same points as his previous projects, while adding sarcasm, humor, metaphors, and a more diverse array of beats.” Bio
I first met up with Jay waybackwhen on MySpace. He is a most gracious & inspiring man who went out of his way to help me transcribe his lyrics so they could be shared with prisoners…I’ve never forgotten his kindness – and I sure have never stopped enjoying his outstanding tunes. I hope everyone takes some time to check out the rest of his work here at Tha Truth. Check out more tracks from Mis-Education of The Masses - or better yet, order a copy of one of his CD’s!
“When you get rid of things and you’re willing to have less, you’re given a gift of more…”
“Dan Price was once a successful but stressed out family man in Kentucky but left it all behind twenty years ago to live underground in the Oregon woods. Now, he survives on just $5,000 per year. He’s the Hobbit hole man who walked away from the 9-to-5 life, dug himself a house under a horse pasture and he has never looked back.”
Greetings world. We are anonymous. We are the people.
Governments of the world: take this message as your last will and testament. The game is officially over. Social media has given birth to something new. Now it’s time to set the record straight. This video is intended as that spark that gets delivered straight into the hearts and minds of the world. This video is an idea – a shared idea – so listen very carefully and make sure you are sitting down…
On the 5th of November 2013, Anonymous call for a day of global civil disobedience.
This bizarre, lawless land in the California desert is inhabited by drug addicts, eccentrics, army vets, hippies and just plain old weirdos. Slab City is referred to by its residents as “the last free place in America.”
So…you want a revolution, eh? Pissed off…fed up…you know bad things are going bump in the night but don’t know which way to turn for help when officers are murdering people – and pets – all over the place. Your government representatives have gone deaf and blind. Your online activity is not only not private, but can and will be used against you in court…doors are getting bashed in, your milk is no longer legal, your neighbors can vanish and be indefinitely detained & families are being terrorized by armed and masked SWAT men in the middle of the night…
It is time to do something…NOW!!
Enough is enough!! Our founding fathers would not have stood for this and neither should we!!
Elizabethan Era – “Women pirates were a relatively rare occurrence but nether-the-less some female pirates did exist. Women were considered to be an undesirable addition to a pirate ship. All famous pirates had their own Pirate Code of Conduct which was agreed between the crew and Captain. These codes were governed by their own laws, called Articles. Article VI of the Pirate Code agreed by Bartholomew Roberts ( Black Bart ) and his pirate crew in the Shipboard Articles of 1721 stated:
No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man shall be found seducing any of the latter sex and carrying her to sea in disguise he shall suffer death.
Women were known to get over such codes by cross-dressing. Females dressed as men in order to seek their fortune, or to follow husbands to sea. The most famous women pirates included Anne Bonney and Mary Read.
The most famous woman pirates were:
Anne Bonny (1719-1720) Female Pirate of the Caribbean Mary Read – Famous English Female Pirate of the Caribbean Lady Killigrew (1530-1570) Grace O’Malley – Famous Irish woman pirate who commanded three galleys and 200 men Mrs. Peter Lambert of Aldeburgh, Suffolk Jacquotte Delahaye – Female Pirate of the Caribbean Anne Dieu-le-veut – Female Pirate of the Caribbean Charlotte de Berry – Woman pirate Mrs Ching – Chinese wife of a pirate who turned to Piracy after his death Mary Crickett (or Crichett) was a female pirate who was hung
via Easy Oops- “Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood. The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake. Africa was her home for many years and Tippi became friends with the ferocious animals and tribespeople of Namibia. As a young child, the French girl said, “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.”
Parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert documented Tippi’s life and relationships with the African wildlife and transformed those moments into captivating books and movies. Tippi of Africa, published in 1998, told Tippi’s story of she and her parents, and Tippi’s close bonds with wild animals made her quite famous. Her mother said, “She was in the mindset of these animals. She believed the animals were her size and her friends. She was using her imagination to live in these different conditions.”
More from Easy Oops- “Looking past some fairly obvious and natural parental worries, Tippi had the most amazing upbringing. Not many of us can say that we lived a real life adventure where we rode ostriches in our free time or that our best friend growing up was an African elephant, one of the largest animals to walk the earth! You can see a video of Tippi, below, with some of the animals as well as a trailer for the Bridging the Gap to Africa documentary.”
“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”
~While so much of our attention is turned towards the impending war(s) and evils of the world right now, I thought it would be good to focus on some of the GoodStuffs that are also happening on this crazy-wonderful planet of ours. ~
Green School in Bali, Indonesia is giving its students a natural, holistic and student-centered education in one of the most amazing environments on the planet…The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools awarded Green School the “2012 Greenest School on Earth“. This was an affirmation of the program we provide to enrich and nurture our students.
Our amazing campus has been created by master craftsmen, designers and builders, landscape architects and gardeners using a blend of cutting-edge technology and traditional materials and methods. The result is a truly inspirational teaching and learning environment that stimulates critical thinking and creative problem solving.
“Green School was conceived by its founders in 2006 following their excitement at reading the Three Springs concept document for an educational village community, authored by Alan Wagstaff. The school opened its doors in September 2008 with around 100 pupils and a tailor made campus that had only recently emerged from the jungle and rice fields. Since then it has grown physically and in student numbers.”
“Green School combines the talent of several and very differently gifted individuals. Its founders, John and Cynthia Hardy, have been residents in Bali for more than 30 years and recognise a unique opportunity to create something truly inspiring and outside of the structural, conceptual, and physical limitations of many traditional schools. Alan Wagstaff, educational consultant and the author of Green School’s original curriculum, has been involved in cutting-edge education for more than a quarter of a century. Jürgen Zimmer, professor at The Free University of Berlin, brings his hands-on educational experience to the School that has helped him develop a global network of schools.”
This is pure genius! I’d love to see something similar here in the states but oh me, oh my…just imagine the uproar there would be from kennel clubs and breeders nation wide! I can see the lobbyists lining up already to prevent any effort to elevate “mutts” to an animal with monetary value…
“Folks, it’s time to evolve. That’s why we’re troubled. You know why our institutions are failing us, the church, the state, everything’s failing? It’s because, um – they’re no longer relevant. We’re supposed to keep evolving. Evolution did not end with us growing opposable thumbs. You do know that, right?”
― Bill Hicks
“Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.”
― George Carlin
“Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men’s reality. Weird heroes and mold-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of ‘the rat race’ is not yet final.”
My brain is still chewing on this word. The sound…the feeling…the taste of it. I lie awake at night and twist the word around and around…slowly bending it, watching it spiral around and down and down into the darkness where it fades away…only to rise up again in a flashing neon image I cannot erase from my mind.
“Danger, Will Robinson…Danger..!”
Note the line on the sign about respirators being required…that one really makes me laugh…in that snarky, assholish kind of way, that is. We just found out that the respirators Dad used on all of his industrial painting jobs were full of…mesothelioma-causing asbestos. It’d be a real hoot if it weren’t so damned infuriating.
For years my dad sacrificed any kind of normal home life in order to take on huge industrial jobs -often out of town – to pay the bills. He spent his life painting water treatment and sewage plants, copper-smelting stacks…sometimes he would lay on a skateboard inside of huge sections of pipe, just wide enough for a man’s shoulders to fit through…all geared up in his “safety respirator”, he’d spray industrial paints and coat the insides of the pipes…with toxic paints, of course.
When I was about 10 years old, Dad, his dad and my older brother worked a job painting at the Kennecott Mining operation up in Hurley, NM. They had a little travel-trailer parked between the train tracks that carried the mining cars and a little stream that bled off from the mines. The stream was yellowish and sometimes smelled funny but on weekend visits, we kids would splash and play in it anyways. The fumes from the smelting process would drift down the canyon and get locked-in & they caused the most bizarre of hallucinogenic dreams at night…good times, eh? Parts of the smoke stacks our menfolk worked on were made from heat-resistant asbestos brick…but not to worry because they were safe and wore their masks…