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“Rats and roaches live by competition under the law of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.”

Wendell Berry (via azspot)

Thanks to all who’ve contacted me about the Micah Award. An honor - and a beautiful time of year to celebrate Kit’s legacy and memory.

If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.

But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you’re the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers – the US and Russia – still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth.

So do the carbon barons. But when we talk about violence, we almost always talk about violence from below, not above.

Call Climate Change What It Is: Violence (via azspot)

This artist engages identity, branding, perception, and more by wrapping an old Nissan Pathfinder in the skin of a new Cadillac Escalade.
It is an interesting read and the part about forging a brand strikes close to home. I did that in middle school, too.
This project reminds me (in reverse) of an old SNL parody commercial for a car protection system that basically wrapped your new car in the skin of a junker, complete with a loosened bumper and a simulated oil drip.

This artist engages identity, branding, perception, and more by wrapping an old Nissan Pathfinder in the skin of a new Cadillac Escalade.

It is an interesting read and the part about forging a brand strikes close to home. I did that in middle school, too.

This project reminds me (in reverse) of an old SNL parody commercial for a car protection system that basically wrapped your new car in the skin of a junker, complete with a loosened bumper and a simulated oil drip.

Guerrilla stunt in downtown Vancouver, by the Plastic Pollution Coalition. 
"A giant plastic six-pack ring is tangled on a wildlife sculpture at the corner of Georgia and Thurlow St…. #PlasticIsForever"

Guerrilla stunt in downtown Vancouver, by the Plastic Pollution Coalition.

"A giant plastic six-pack ring is tangled on a wildlife sculpture at the corner of Georgia and Thurlow St…. #PlasticIsForever"

Participation »

dailyasterisk:

Participation: that is what’s going to save the human race. Once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life, as much as talking, physical exercise or religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang — while pounding grain, paddling canoes or making long journeys. Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? Finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. And when one person taps out a beat while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.

Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

In honor of Pete Seeger, who died today at age 94 after a life filled with creating and playing music for the good of all.

Looking forward to reading this one with the kids!

My son Jonas turns 6 in March. At night, he nestles into the curve of my right arm to delight in our latest literary adventure. He loves stories with knights and battles. Or stories with pirates and battles. While I share his enthusiasm for such stories, I feel a small pang of guilt as I read battle-laden tales. After all, I’m a pacifist.