The Treadmill

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seat belt buckleat night from my bed with window open (cuz it’s summer) i hear the night shift at TRW stamping out seatbelt buckles, a cog in the wheel of the industrial revolution geared towards endless consumption. when i worked for them long ago, after stamping they were shipped to mexico (from ontario), made into seatbelts, and back to car and truck manufacturers in the US and canada. the stamping reminds me of the ‘dark satanic mills’ in william blake’sjerusalem‘. he was concerned about the effects of the industrial revolution, a technical revolution but not necessarily a spiritual one. in the poem blake (1757-1827) asked four questions: ‘and did those feet in ancient time walk upon england’s mountains green? and was the holy lamb of god on england’s pleasant pastures seen? and did the countenance divine shine forth upon our clouded hills? and was jerusalem builded here among these dark satanic mills?’ questions asked but no answers given. what were these mills making? they were making thread, for cloth, for mass-produced clothes william blaketo clothe the workers who made the thread, made the cloth, made mass-produced clothes…. the beginning of ‘stuff‘, cheap stuff. i used to have a loom, but even in production-mode i never could have made clothes as cheaply as i bought them. (coincidentally, my daughter posted this: https://youtu.be/VdLf4fihP78.) from thread to seatbelt buckles. two hundred years after ‘jerusalem’, are we children of the industrial revolution or of william blake?

Music

the heavyweights brass bandPaul Metcalfe (back, right) plays saxophone in The Heavyweights Brass Band.

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green sky projectGreen Sky Project, Star in a Jar.

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penguin cafe orchestraPenguin Cafe Orchestra, Music For A Found Harmonium–which co-founder Simon Jeffes (1949-1997) ‘wrote on a harmonium that he had found dumped in a back street in Kyoto’. (Click images for music.) Of the name 1976‘Penguin Cafe Orchestra’ he said, ‘I had a strange, recurring vision: there, before me, was a concrete building like a hotel or council block. I could see into the rooms, each of which was continually scanned by an electronic eye…. The scene was for me of ordered desolation. when in rome--pcoIt was as if I were looking into a place which had no heart. Next day, … a poem popped into my head. It started out, ”I am the proprietor of the Penguin Cafe….” And it went on about how the the red book--pcoquality of randomness, spontaneity, surprise, unexpectedness, and irrationality in our lives is a very precious thing. And if you suppress that to have a nice, orderly life, you kill off what’s most important. Whereas in the pco livePenguin Cafe … there is an acceptance there that has to do with living in the present…. That random element in life has to be respected, the messy bits, the noisy bits, the inconvenient displays of human energy.’

yann tiersenYann Tiersen, The Best Of Yann Tiersen On Piano.

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elp in concertAlso, see Friday.

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Radio-Everyone-12_0924113235464_16x9_620x350-from-cbcA playlist inspired by the UN’s Global Goals. Note Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production, featuring “Feather, Fur and Fin” by Danny Michel.

hejiraJoni Mitchell, Hejira (tx, bc).

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the anteatersThe Anteaters, Giles Farnaby’s Dream.

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augustus pabloAugustus Pablo, Java. Perhaps his most influential album, King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (tx, sc).

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Polaris-Promo7_0921080702246_16x9_620x350from-cbcBuffy Sainte-Marie won the 2015 Polaris Music Prize for her new recording, Power In The Blood. She performed ‘electrifying’  at the gala (here and here). ‘Her spoken-word interlude … was a powerful, poignant reminder of how much we need her now more than ever.’

power in the bloodWhen Power In The Blood was released, the CBC said: ’74-year-old Buffy Sainte-Marie reasserts herself as the vital and thrilling musician she is, a Canadian icon we can believe in and a powerhouse provocateur. She’s a voice of reason, as ready with the rallying cries as she is with the pointed indictments of social injustice, racism and corporate greed.’

braids at polaris galaSome other finalists: Braids, Miniskirt

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viet cong at polaris galaViet Cong, March of Progress.

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Tuesday, 2015 September 22

unnamed(6)Paul Dewar (NDP) and Colin Griffiths (Green) accepted a petition from Brad Firth, better known as Caribou Legs (pictured), who ran across the country ‘raising much-needed public awareness and political will to restore federal protections for our endangered lakes and rivers…. They also each affirmed their respective party’s commitment to protecting’ them.
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Xivulo_resize.jpg__1024x575_q85_subsampling-2watched gorongosa park (lion mystery) and planet oil (the carbon wars). read the bbc’s ‘what happens if we run out of oil?

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Wednesday, 2015 September 23

Kakabeka Falls, OntarioThe Ontario Clean Air Alliance notes, ‘Nuclear power is no solution to the climate crisis. We will be in Paris in December [at COP21] to demand a safe, clean, and affordable nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system.’ (pictured is potential hydro power, a safe, clean, renewable energy, which Canada has in abundance.)

baby sloth-from pbswatched nature’s miracle orphans and up in arms: how the gun lobby is changing canada. read institutions worth $2.6 trillion have now pulled investments out of fossil fuels (tx, sh).

Thursday, 2015 September 24

deep ecologyThe second principle of deep ecology promotes the ‘richness and diversity of life forms’.

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Friday, 2015 September 25

elp-welcomeafter the quietest.concert.ever listened to something louder: live elp.

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Saturday, 2015 September 26

walking from dsfDavid Suzuki notes, ‘A cornerstone of our current economy, consuming goods, may give us fleeting pleasure, but it isn’t making us happier. Studies show the pleasure derived from food, sex, exercise, and time with loved ones or doing meaningful work takes much longer to fade.’

treadmillone of the benefits of being severely disabled is that i’m no longer much of a consumer. i think of it as being off ‘the treadmill’ (you know, you work more so you can consume more so you can work more so you can consume more so you can work more so you can…). however, today, i bought a couple of necessities, some threads (from dark satanic mills?)….

Sunday, 2015 September 27

wonders of lifewatched walking through history (battle in the glens) and wonders of life (endless forms most beautiful).

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Monday, 2015 September 28

mythologyRichard Rohr writes, ‘When mythologies and religions are no longer effective, all transformation ceases and you have a quickly declining culture, with a high degree of mental illness and neuroses. One must ask if this is not our present situation.’

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australopith-early-hominin-skulls-from pbs.orgwatched nova (dawn of humanity).

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