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compost-scavenging deer [Nov. 6th, 2015|11:34 am]

Noticed this yearling checking out my compost pile for goodies. He picked at it a bit, but unfortunately I had emptied out woodstove ash overtop it all earlier in the morning...
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'first' snow 2015-2016 [Nov. 5th, 2015|08:15 am]
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We've had some light flurries, but this is the first snowstorm of the season that has really accumulated anything... Nov 5th! It has been very late to freeze, to snow, in the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Denver this autumn.

On days like today, I tried to put out some sunflower seeds for the birds, like nut hatches, inspired once by a former friend here in CO who enjoyed birdwatching.

As I have most years since moving here in 2008, I enjoy the use of a wood pellet burning stove. This year, I'm making an extra effort to provide most of the base heat from wood pellet fuel. Every BTU of wood-based heat throws carbon back into the air that was already in circulation, vs the burning of natural gas fossil fuels that introduce CO2 that had been out of circulation in geological deposits.

It's running down on the first floor providing heat for the home, with some light extra electrical space heating in my office room where I spend most of the day.

Mushi, my cat companion, is generally alright with this arrangement and enjoys basking in the heat.
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blues berry muffins [Nov. 4th, 2015|08:34 am]

When life gives you the blues, make blues berry muffins!

Blues Berry Muffins
(whole wheat oat-bran blueberry applesauce muffins)
source: modified internet recipe
makes: 8-10 muffins
prep time: about 30 minutes

1 cup  -  flour
1/2 cup  -  oat bran
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup - honey
1  -  large egg
2 Tbsp.  -  extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup  -  applesauce, apple butter, or apple juice
2 tsp.  -  vanilla extract
1 tsp.  -  lemon juice (optional)
1 cup  -  fresh or frozen blueberries (allow to thaw)

Preheat oven to 375'F
Line muffin tray w/paper cups
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
In separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients until well-blended. Add to dry ingredients, mix minimally to combine into chunky mix.
Stir in blueberries.
Pour mixture into muffin cups.
Bake for 20 minutes @ 375'F. Remove when golden brown.
Remove from pan, let cool.

I like to make it a point to use the best ingredients available, and suggest USDA Organic certified versions of all ingredients. Grains and oats will ideally be freshly-milled or refridgerated and sealed if stored after milling; health food stores sell flour as a refridgerated perishable. Another version of this recipe uses 1/2c all-purpose and 1/2c whole wheat flour, so you can play with it a bit. Grass-fed free-range hens lay the best-tasting eggs.
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(no subject) [Sep. 21st, 2015|10:16 am]
This is more of a footnote for future historical reference, but in the past week we've seen the Japanese democracy undermined and fed into a furnace with their executive and legislative branch ramrodding through a revisionist anti-pacifist 'revolution' despite a preponderance of majority democratic opposition.

Organisers said about 120,000 people took part in Sunday’s 'anti-war law' rally in the capital [Reuters] (08-30-2015)

What is going on? This warning article from last year summarizes what has since been attempted and appears to have gone through as of this week:

"(Jun 27 2014) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to continue to press for Cabinet approval of a “reinterpretation” of the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan... this so-called reinterpretation is entirely illegitimate and poses dangers to Japan’s democracy.

To be clear on what this so-called re-interpretation means, the prime minister is seeking to circumvent the constitutional amendment procedure mandated by the Constitution itself, and to dictate a radical change to the meaning of fundamental principles in the Constitution by way of Cabinet fiat, with no Diet debate or vote, and no public approval.

The very process violates fundamental principles of constitutionalism and the rule of law, while the substance of the proposed reinterpretation does further violence to these principles.

Turning to the rule of law, the primary principle at the foundation of the rule of law is that no person or agency is above the law. Its very essence is the idea that there is one set of laws to which every person and entity is subject, and which is applied equally to all. Thus, not only is the government subject to the law, but government power must be exercised through and in accordance with the law, and not through the use of discretion or arbitrary fiat..."  (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/06/27/commentary/japan-commentary/reinterpreting-article-9-endangers-japans-rule-of-law/)

Remember this-- everything that follows from mid-September 2015 was against the will and dignity of the Japanese people. The UN, the US and the Obama administration, and even the mainstream news media barely even commented on this dark affair, looking the other way or turning a blind eye to the rise of authoritarianism and the degredation of rule-of-law in Japan against the outspoken will of their civil society and democracy.

What's the point of even trying to live a good life if your best efforts can be swept aside seemingly without thought or effort by a Bush adminstration or Abe Administration supported by their degenerate lack of sanctity for enlightenment principles of equality and rule-of-law? Whether or not this is about a need for the JSDF to transition to a more conventional nation-state military service, it should absolutely be about the slieght of hand that is going on within their government to accomplish it and the stark public opposition to both the manner and the nature of the changes.

Militarists understand all too well their own ability to sweep-aside and dominate pacifists in civil and government affairs on any number of pretenses, natural or manufactured. I'm not optimistic for the future of Japan, and, similarly, watching the US political process and zeitgeist ever since the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence announced unprosecuted US War Crimes, their perpetrators still at large and their consequences looming larger in the world with each passing year. The unnecessary and deceitfully-justified 2003 Iraq War and actions in Saharan Africa have led to chaos and anarchy and directly to ISIS/ISIL/DAESH and their escallating consequences. This is the outcome of Bush's American Exceptionalism 'experiment' in the 2000s. Oh, that and our US$18.1T+ national debt.

I've graduated from concern, to worry, to fear for the future of the United States of America and a livable future for its people over these past few years. Obama was elected to stop all of this, and he only hit the accelerator pedal on manifestly unconstitutional and unlawful interpretations of executive power that have aided and abetted US fascism and hegemony, generally. As US fascism further metastasizes, the world burns and is in urgent need of absolute and uncompromising environmental policy reform. Basically, we're all fucked. Even if the hell of our own political creation doesn't destroy us, even if the unchecked biocidal contamination and pollution pervading agriculture doesn't poison us, we can rest assured that the unlivable hellscape that our planet is presently becoming will land the hard finishing blow on human civilization and progress.

Do you have children? What do you tell them?
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The Humanist Manifesto, II [Feb. 28th, 2015|09:32 am]

There seems to no element of this which is not worth embracing-- More details here:


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(no subject) [Feb. 23rd, 2015|01:43 am]
"What is powerful about Bell's theorem is that it doesn't refer to any particular physical theory. It shows that nature violates the most general Assumptions behind classical pictures, not just details of some particular models. No combination of local deterministic and local random variables can reproduce the phenomena predicted by quantum mechanics and repeatedly observed in experiments."

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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2015|09:27 pm]

It's always fun to compare articles between languages (or search for knowledge in other languages) and see where and why points of difference arise. Here's a fun example, one that goes in the public water of a majority of Americans (but not my well water):

The English article is quite sparse, talks about use for water fluoridation... You'll notice the hazard indicators aren't very extreme.


Then, we have the German article, translated via google:


"gelling agent, opacifier, insecticide and rodenticide, synthetic cryolite production, beryllium..." All sorts of pretty clear warnings about toxicity, reactivity.

I'm glad it isn't in my water. So is most of the non-English speaking world. Really makes you wonder...
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(no subject) [Dec. 17th, 2014|12:19 pm]

Self-knowledge is always hard won, and in my experience nobody acquires much unless circumstances force it; the process is simply too painful. Having entered into a condition of pain — and if you do not think this nation is in pain, please explain in the comment box — we can face the truths that practically drown us now and alter course decisively. This is our opportunity.


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WTF, Google? [Dec. 14th, 2014|09:19 am]

Okay, yes, that sounds like something we all need to explore in depth, so that all involved are sent to a credible institute of justice. Probably the Hague's ICC.


... so much for journalism? I don't understand, how do we move from "12,011 more" to "no articles related?"

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Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State [Dec. 13th, 2014|11:01 am]
There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power.

During the last five years, the news media has been flooded with pundits decrying the broken politics of Washington. The conventional wisdom has it that partisan gridlock and dysfunction have become the new normal. That is certainly the case, and I have been among the harshest critics of this development. But it is also imperative to acknowledge the limits of this critique as it applies to the American governmental system. On one level, the critique is self-evident: In the domain that the public can see, Congress is hopelessly deadlocked in the worst manner since the 1850s, the violently rancorous decade preceding the Civil War...

Yes, there is another government concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose. My analysis of this phenomenon is not an exposé of a secret, conspiratorial cabal; the state within a state is hiding mostly in plain sight, and its operators mainly act in the light of day. Nor can this other government be accurately termed an “establishment.” All complex societies have an establishment, a social network committed to its own enrichment and perpetuation. In terms of its scope, financial resources and sheer global reach, the American hybrid state, the Deep State, is in a class by itself. That said, it is neither omniscient nor invincible. The institution is not so much sinister (although it has highly sinister aspects) as it is relentlessly well entrenched. Far from being invincible, its failures, such as those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, are routine enough that it is only the Deep State’s protectiveness towards its higher-ranking personnel that allows them to escape the consequences of their frequent ineptitude.

-- http://billmoyers.com/2014/02/21/anatomy-of-the-deep-state/
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