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re Microchip Passports

Something to keep an eye on?–which has stirred many a researcher’s and regular citizen’s mind on the problem of double-edged security…

For anyone not fed up with the over-exercised dichotomies involved:
New e-passports won’t have biometric data
, by Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press (October 26, 2010)

Re ETs


My heart is yearning for something sci-fi-ey that just refuses to happen (no ETs yet–officially):
Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman denies Sunday Times report that she is to become Earth’s first contact for ETs
, by Matthew Weaver , Guardian News Blog (September 27, 2010)

Here’s a Physics of the Impossible interview with Michio Kaku on the UN “move”:


posted by revillusi0nz | September 29, 2010

But check out also:
New Earth-like planet discovered: Gliese 581g is in the ‘Goldilocks zone’ of its solar system, where liquid water could exist, and is a strong contender to be a habitable world by Ian Sample, science correspondent, Guardian (September 29, 2010)
“The number of systems with potentially habitable planets is probably on the order of 10 or 20 percent, and when you multiply that by the hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way, that’s a large number. There could be tens of billions of these systems in our galaxy,” said Vogt. [astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz; Vogt et al. exoplanet report, 44 pgs only]


I am expecting updates on Steve Bekow’s WPcom blog The 2012 Scenario, discussing as announced “UFO/ET Disclosure, First Contact, NESARA, Accountability, Terraforming, Ascension, and the Golden Age” from the p.o.v. of a UT graduate and Vancouverite (?), who’s tried his head and hand at 3 disciplines for PhD topics, and remained paradigm-independent.


Or if you like, practise with Jody Foster to the music of Barry Bredemeier:


posted by barryb36 | April 15, 2007 (from Carl Sagan’s movie Contact)

I’ve been reading Bateson (and about) lately, with tremendous pleasure–credits to E.B.!!!–and am posting below an image that caught my aesthetic-ecosonic attention:

Bateson and Mead leaving Bali for New Guinea 1938
From the Library of Congress exhibition pages of Margaret Mead

The story of the image quoted:

    When Mead and Bateson departed for New Guinea, their Balinese secretary, I Madé Kalér, commissioned a painting from one of Bali’s most notable painters to commemorate the occasion. 
    The painting shows Mead and Bateson leaving Bali and heading for New Guinea on a boat. The Balinese are on one shore and the Papua New Guineans on the other, with Mead and Bateson in the center.
    At the top, the Balinese volcano spells out “goodbye” and “good luck.” Below and to the right, the New Guinea volcano says “welcome.”

“HB2U, ES!”–a few days into its second 1/2 year. When I started it, I couldn’t be sure if we’d come this far 🙂

Taking the opportunity to remind the readership: You can also drop a message privately at

For the “HB2U, ES!” occasion, sharing a little wonder of nature I came upon–a pepper with a heart–which gave me a major ecosonic tickle at the time of discovery:

and a beautiful love song from YouTube, posted by lionriver | June 23, 2007

Le Retour Des Grues / The Return of the Cranes (a very interesting ar-rangement of an original Bulgarian folk song, with style-shift in accom-paniment and slightly so in harmony, very typical voice quality, chords.
TX for the link to Alex)

Tomorrow being our Txgiving Monday, ES and I are embedding for the WP audience “Canadian Thanksgiving Turkey or Vegetarian Dinner” from YouTube:

         posted by danc3ingqu33n on December 12, 2009

Thanksgiving Day Update:
I confess, the above was just an excuse to tag on to a thought or two regarding the politicization of vegetarianism vs. carnivorism.

Why is it “cruel” to consume animals but not plants? If animals are “living creatures”, isn’t that the case with plants?

The eco-consonant answer would have to be somewhat more complicated than a simple Yes/No, Right/Wrong dichotomy would allow. I have never been a big meat-eater, to which my grandmother could attest–she had to coax me, even trick me into eating meat, since she believed in proteins, having had a life which spanned both the hungry aftermath of World War I and then the years before-during-after World Ward II in Europe.

What I am driving at is that I do not have a principled, justifiable reason to feel “nobler” than the average meat-eater, merely because most of the time I do not crave meat. I still consume vegetables. Not to forget minerals like salt, all the Vita-Vim for Women Ca, Mg,…

So the multi-edged question, What would constitute eco-consonant Human-Biotic Nature Relatedness, and I might say Abiotic Nature as well, if we are to push that line of thought to its logical extreme? Can we draw the line between survival-justifiable fauna-flora-abiotics consumption? And, really, ANY drastic modification within any of the three classes?

“Sleeping on” the above for a few years now has not yielded other than a Sliding Divide solution. And, Yes, negotiating such a Divide would no doubt involve a mind-boggling mix of considerations determined by different “situatedness“-es, hence physiological needs, socially-constructed habits/norms, axiological beliefs.

More Txgiving links:

The origins of Canadian TG, going back to French explorer Martin Frobisher’s safe homecoming celebration in 1578 and the Native Indians’ harvest-related rituals for a sufficiently long time before him:

The Pilgrim origins of the American version (1621), instituted as an annual civic holiday in various formats since President Lincoln’s proclamation

but also reaching toward influences from the Spanish in Florida (1565), pilgrim celebrations in Leiden (1574).

Oh, and btw, the above link speaks of Txgiving incarnations world-wide–in Grenada and the Netherlands.

coming up 🙂

Well, looking back about a week later:
October 10, 2010 is an initiative of the “Global Work Party”. You can visit Bill McKibben’s site for some info regarding this day in October dedicated to celebrating Climate Solutions: 

According to Care2 “5943 Events in 183 Countries” marked the event.

Below you can see a smiling Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada and a “fan” of Bill McKibben, giving her lecture on democracy in Canada at U of T. The montaged-in photo (top left) shows her in a symbolic “ten-fingers-for-10/10/10” pose at the subsequent book-signing session.

University of Toronto, Aug. 16, 2010, Koffler Building.


October 2010


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