Peoples Library of Occupied Vancouver:Current events
- Literacy not required book club - we are all illiterate in some way, help each other read books that we just don't understand!
- Atmospheric reading potluck - bring food, set up candles and appropriately positioned lights and lounging/sitting areas - then eat and read together - no talking!
- Documentary/Film Screenings
- Teach Ins & Seminars
A revolution is not a bed of roses;
it is a struggle between the future and the past.
Art is the opposite of dissipation,
in the spiritual, and physical sense, of the word;
it is concentration; desire that seeks incarnation.
Sacrifice is none other
than the production
of sacred things.
The likely end of civilization is foreshadowed
in a new draft report by the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),
a generally conservative monitor.
The report concludes that increasing greenhouse gas emissions will have a
"severe, pervasive and irreversible impact for people and ecosystems."
The world is rapidly approaching a temperature where the the melting
of the ice sheet over Greenland which is vast, will be unstoppable;
sea levels will rise and major cities and coastal plains will flood.
A study in Science magazine warns that
"even slightly warmer temperatures
will start melting permafrost,
which will release greenhouse gases trapped in ice,
with possible fatal consequences."
The IPCC report reaffirms that
the "vast majority" of known fuel reserves
to avert intolerable risks to future generations.
Hello Alberta...Is anybody out there?
Meanwhile the major energy corporations Suncor, Syncrude, President Harper
make no secret of their goal of exploiting the Tar Sands and looking for more.
The beginning of civilization coincides
closely with the geological epoch of the Holocene,
which began over 11,000 years ago.
A new epoch began about 250 years ago,
The Anthropocene epoch, when human activity
impact on the physical world became significant...
One index is the extinction of species,
now estimated to be about the same rate as it was
65 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth.
That was the climate change that
ended the age of the dinosaur,
which opened the way
for small mammals to proliferate,
and eventually you...
Today humans are the asteroid that is ,
condemning much of life to extinction.
"But we thought we were shooting stars."
Meanwhile The New York Times reports
huge Midwestern grain stocks are rotting
so oil from North Dakota can be railed
then shipped to Asia and Europe
while people are starving...
Arundhati Roy suggests that the
"most appropriate metaphor
for the insanity of our times"
is the Siachen Glacier,
where Indian and Pakistani soldiers
have been killing each other
on the highest battlefield
in the world for years.
The glacier is receding
and revealing "thousands
of empty artillery shells,
empty fuel drums,
ice axes, old boots, tents
and every other kind
of warring human beings
And as the glaciers melt,
India and Pakistan face disaster
not from each other
but from mutual stupidity.
"Hey c'mon I recycle"
Sad, sad species.
Poor, poor owl.
Write that funky music white boy.