Saturday, April 28, 2018

What if the world's environmentalists focused on pesticides / soil health instead of CO2?

... then Monsanto wouldn't have been allowed to get away with calling their products a solution to climate change at least. They wouldn't have been allowed to net billions in subsidies based on that false claim. 

Imagine billions of dollars of taxpayer money focused on restoring small, real farms producing real food, overturning fraudulent court cases filed by GMO companies against small farmers, instead of being put to line the pockets of billionaire energy company bosses and politicians like Al Gore. 

Imagine not seeing state-sized toxic lakes forming as a by-product of a taxpayer-funded green push

Imagine thousands of environmental studies courses around the globe spending just as much time on teaching about soil health as they do about CO2. 

Imagine an intergovernmental organisation under the aegis of the United Nations collating a 97% consensus from the world's scientists and calling on all world governments to put a halt to subsidizing runaway pesticide companies.

CO2 and the single-minded, monocropping-style obsession with it and it only, has been a major distraction from real environmental solutions that would have prevented the problem far upstream. But the people who will point that out have been classified by our high-horsed friends as climate change deniers to kill off their voices. Their inputs will not make it to policy consultations because they have been demonized.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Josh & Rebecca Tickell
Date: Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 12:24 AM
Subject: What's up Bay Area? Kiss The Ground Book tour coming your way...

Dear friends and family,
Maybe you saw the cover of the New York Times this week, maybe you heard your neighbor talking about it, or maybe you're already a soil hero amongst us but if you haven't heard yet? SOIL (aka "dirt") has been the hot topic lately. I know I know, we've been talking about it for years but guess what, the world is finally waking up. And now is a more critical time than ever to keep the movement alive and turn this conversation into action!
If you live in the Bay Area or want an excuse to get out of town next week, join us for these very exciting Kiss The Ground events happening (and stay tuned for more dates and cities to come in the Kiss the Ground book tour!)
Tuesday May 1st
7pm-9pm PST at Book Passage, Corte Madera
space is limited so reserve your spot here

Kiss The Ground Book Signing & conversation with
Josh Tickell and Carla Vernon, President of Annie's Homegrown

Join Carla Vernon, the President of Annie's Homegrown and Kiss The Ground book author, Josh Tickell for a Conversation about the importance of regenerative agriculture and healing our soils. Learn about Annie's commitment to advancing regeneration through their production model and get an inside scoop on how a big business was able to commit themselves to soil health.  Oh, and get your Kiss The Ground Book copy signed by Josh while you're at it!

Wednesday May 2nd
7pm-9pm PST at The Victorian Theatre, San Francisco
space is limited so reserve your spot here

How to Regenerate the Earth and Reverse Climate Change – a talk by Kiss The Ground Book author, Josh Tickell.
Featuring opening acts by the SeaStars

Join Sundance Award-Winning, Oscar Shortlisted, NY Times Critics' Pick author/filmmaker, Josh Tickell for an eye-opening, heart-palpitating presentation that reveals the true hidden story of what is happening to Earth's climate and how to fix and reverse some of the largest trends we are experiencing today. Drawing from his book and upcoming film, Kiss the Ground, Tickell  will unravel a powerful story with hope, tools and life-changing takeaways. 

Help bring about a rapid shift from a degenerative economy to one that supports the mutual thriving of people and planet. Join Josh May 1st - May 4th in SF for the ReGen18 conference where hundreds of world changers in philanthropy, business, government and citizen activism will convene to foster the emergence of a new regenerative society. 
In other news, as part of Ojai's Earth Day celebration, Rebecca organized a friendly but firm protest against the spraying of Roundup herbicide on our local public parks. (Roundup contains an ingredient called glyphosate which is suspected to cause cancer). As a result of the political action, which was joined by a number of local concerned parents, children and citizens, the Ojai valley Land Conservancy agreed to stop spraying Roundup at a popular local park. Not only did the protest make an impact, but the community is now looking at natural weed reduction methods like using goats and herbivores, as well as organizing community hand and mechanical removal of weeds. Thank you to all who showed up to voice your support this Earth Day!
We are so excited to show the Bay Area some love next week and can't wait to see you there! As always, if you can't make it, you can always catch up with us on Facebook or instagram :)
Josh, Rebecca, and the team at Big Picture Ranch 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Why I don't agree with putting Climate Change education in schools (as if it's not already there)

I'll recommend watching a movie called "Tomorrowland" to see the flip side of the "let's make it compulsory in schools" argument, from the psychological perspective. It's been out since some years now, had George Clooney in it, and comes on movie channels too now and again, probably also available online. Just the first half hour will show you the effects of the future-less hell we have unleashed on our next generations through the gloom and doom way.

From the perspective of schoolchildren, I'll state that the best way to make someone hate a topic is by making it part of the mandatory curriculum. And there is a major need right now to remove several specializations from compulsory school syllabi, for the simple reason that the specialists who pioneered those fields did so by not having to study 100 other specializations at the same time before they even hit adulthood.

Coming to more inconvenient territory, just got this in the inbox next to the email arguing for putting climate change education in school curriculum (and last time I checked, it's already very much in!) :

And I'll advise using a more neutral search engine that doesn't tinker with rankings when looking it up.. 

It's interesting how in the West, the anti-GMO folks have been saying all this time that the attention lavished on climate change has seriously distracted from the much-needed attention on environmental toxins, GMOs, heavy metal contaminations, cancer-causing pesticides, additives, fluoridation of water supplies, etc. NaturalNews is one source that I see consistently breaking the demonization I've been taught in our circles, that anyone who objects to climate change agenda must necessarily be a pro-pollution pro-fossil-fuel person and they must be doing it because they're being paid millions by evil polluters. Reality, in my experience, is a bit more nuanced. 

Instead I now see billions in taxpayer as well as billionaire funds being spent on a small (and by now quite priestly) class of scientists and career NGOs to focus completely and exclusively on CO2, and nothing is left for investigating much more tangible issues of pollution. There is no intergovernmental panel or all-world-leaders-summit to investigate and legislate at the global level against harmful pesticides or toxins in our environment.. that part we've been told only penny-less grassroots activists and mothers of disabled children have to deal with and governments will back the polluter side only as far as that topic is concerned. No action for change needed there apparently. Resources that were meant to be dedicated to combat pollution have been diverted en masse to climate change, and the polluters have been given a free pass. So much so that major polluters like Monsanto are getting away with claims that their products are helping in combating climate change.

There's also the problem I have with folks thinking that destroying democracy and bringing in more laws and tightly controlling each and every thing that moves and censoring 99% of humanity to only let qualified phd's call the shots (aka technocracy) is the best way to solve any problem. I see a lot of those tendencies in the climate change world, and I can confidently say that the whole skeptic movement exists primarily because of these technocratic urges that people who have spent much their lives behind ivory gates in privileged institutions (non-reality that is being paid for by others) of academia seem to be more prone to. This is even why I don't see the left-wing as a satisfactory counter to right-wing politics. "My dictator will be better that your dictator" doesn't quite ring a bell for me, sorry. So the push to target children to teach about climate change to.. let's remove the rose-tinted glasses of innocence and nobility and break this down to what it really is:

It's a more gullible population that is under your absolute psychological and physical control and doesn't have the ability or agency to question or walk away from what you are telling them. Its a population that will gladly mirror back your opinions in exchange for grades and artificially magnify your self-righteousness, where brown-nosers will win your favor and free-thinkers will get into your bad books. It's a component of the human population that is much easier for you to indoctrinate (well, at least that's what it appears) as you need not worry about feedback mechanisms. Their only means of countering your onslaught is disinterestedness in life itself which is reportedly on an extreme rise. That's the reality of schools, and increasingly of colleges too with bans on diversity of thought on either side of the spectrum. They are dictatorships. That you prefer shifting your discourse from democracy to dictatorship, from grownups to minors, from the real world to gated institutions with captive audiences, is an indication not of democracy being bad but of your discourse and possibly your ideology itself being too weak to survive reality.


This came as a response to an article shared below. I couldn't help but notice that a side that has been pushing their side to millions are complaining about the other side 

Climate  Olivia Rosane
Apr. 13, 2018 01:18PM EST
Majority of Americans Want Climate Education in Schools

In a rebuke to efforts by the Heartland Institute and at least 10 state legislatures, a large majority of Americans believe climate change should be taught in schools, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) reported Wednesday.

When the YPCCC asked Americans, "Should schools teach our children about the causes, consequences, and potential solutions to global warming?", a national average of 78 percent either somewhat or strongly agreed that they should.

Moreover, a large majority shared that view in all of the 50 states and more than 3,000 counties surveyed, whether or not they favored Republicans or Democrats in elections.

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

The results suggest that efforts in at least 10 states to alter how climate change is addressed in state educational standards are out of step with voters.

For example, YPCCC holds up the case of Idaho, where state legislators argued that no section on human-caused climate change should be included in state science standards, but instead arguments for and against a human role should be presented. Scientists and educators successfully argued that such a move would damage the education and futures of students by presenting a scientific consensus on an urgent issue as up-for-debate. The final decision was in line with the majority of Idahoans views, since, according to YPCCC data, 76 percent of them support climate education.

The same is true for the residents of other states debating their science standards, including Texas, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

National Center for Science Education Deputy Director Glenn Branch told Business Insider in 2017 that, when it comes to determining state science standards, "the two topics that arouse the most discontent and controversy are climate change and evolution."

But the YPCCC data suggests that that controversy is manufactured at the political level and not felt by most Americans.

One key controversy-monger, according to YPCCC, is the climate-denying think tank the Heartland Institute. In March 2017, the fossil-fuel-funded group sent out 25,000 copies of a book called Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming to science teachers nationwide.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Which of these is a better driver?

This is inspired by a tweet I saw some time ago. I can't track it down now, but the message here covers more.

Given the same journey distance and time and nearly identical cars, we have two kinds of car drivers:

A. Someone who pressed the accelerator and brake a lot in the journey

B. Someone who uses them sparingly, and only when needed.

Of the two, which would you say is more proficient at using the accelerator and the brake? Or, overall, in driving the car?

Let's change tracks. Apply the lines above to emotions.

Which one would you say is of higher emotional intelligence? A or B?

Would you say that the people whom you see being more emotional more of the time are automatically more qualified when it comes to emotional intelligence?

Who do you see talking about things like emotional intelligence more often?

Ok, changing gears again now. Let's see... 

Political choices?

Physical strength?

Military strength?

Police force?












Moral Indignation?




Which is the better driver? The one who is seen and heard doing a whole lot of it all the time, or the one who manages things such that minimal doing is required?

Are your value systems equipped to handle the differences between the two? Are your ways of measurement and judgement designed to bias you toward one or the other?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A weapon against youtube's censorship regime: extract entire channel's metadata

This is an offering to all the people out there who are suffering from Youtube's arbitrary and politically motivated censorship regime.

Please use this one-web-page tool to backup the full metadata and statistics of any video channel. 

You can then feed a column from this data same list into youtube-dl or other programs to download ALL of that channel's videos.

With this metadata backed up it's possible to #MoveOn to other platforms and carry over all the views, likes statistics, video titles, descriptions etc. It can also help to take periodic snapshots and investigate fraudulent tactics like reduction of views (which is not explainable in any way!) and likes.

Also, this page/script is completely self-standing : the data flows directly from youtube's API to you. No third party gets any info of any kind. I haven't even kept any usage tracker for that reason. It's a fully client-side javascript that you can Ctrl+S and save to your computer and run from there. Also, you do not need to be the owner of the channel to do this. Anyone can take metadata backups of any video channel. #Infowarriors Assemble!

There are conservative/libertarian coders out there too you know, we're not all SJWs! 

Note: Please follow the instructions on the page carefully. It involves setting up a Youtube API key, and finding the unique id of the "uploads" playlist of the channel. You can reach out for help if you get stuck by filing an issue

#youtubecensorship #youtubepurge #youtubedemonetization #youtubeshooting #censorship #SJWs #infowars 

Trump is more of a Kejriwal than a Modi

The way the US establishment and mainstream media is treating Donald Trump, it's clear to me he's more of a Kejriwal than a Modi. 

Unfortunately the Indian civil society, pro-democracy folks, dissenters against totalitarianism etc are still trapped in identity politics and left-right paradigms will keep analoguing Modi with Trump despite piles of evidence to the contrary. 

They will accept blindly what the US mainstream has given them and then tell their fellow Indians not to blindly accept what the Indian mainstream gives them. 

This false slotting together of Modi and Trump has only bolstered Modi's electoral chances as people who know better about US politics take Trump's positives and hastily ascribe them to Modi, and in converse, they will hastily ascribe the Clintons' corruption and the deep state to everybody who dares to stand against Modi.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The ceiling isn't entirely made of glass.

Sharing some food for thought... I intend to write further on this topic but not now.

The idea proposal : The ceiling isn't entirely made of glass.

Sharing a video.. with a request: Please WATCH the content (clippings from various Jordan Peterson's talks) of the video and don't directly get triggered by the title. The title is put by the uploader for clicks. It does NOT reflect the actual content of the video. Instead, the video brings the reality behind the differences and the reason for being compassionate about it. It promotes inclusion, whereas the blind ignorance of these differences under the guise of political correctness is only making things more difficult for everyone and ultimately will lead to workplaces where employers (even female employers) are simply too scared of employing women at all.

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