This year, treat your family to the Nova Scotia experience. You’d have to go to China to see nature like this.
One fine September day, Daphne and I set out to explore the deeper woods and farther reaches of the hinterlands of Nova Scotia. Along the way we camped deep in the back woods, enjoyed some tasty forageables, and shared moments with amazing wildlife.
Under Harper, business was king. Money was god. And any environmental problems that got in the way of making money were shuffled under the carpet. Federal environmental investigators were quietly silenced simply by not assigning them cases. Scientists had their research destroyed and their jobs threatened.
During the Harper era. the Nova Scotia NDP and Liberal governments each worked in collusion, allowing the spraying of woodlands with glyphosate and the expansion of fish farms and pushed for fracking.
Yesterday, the NS provincial Liberal government approved the use of glyphosate on Nova Scotia forests again. On the same day, CBC news discovered that in New Brunswick the top researcher on the impacts of glyphosate was silenced by sending her on “mandatory, unrequested leave” during the time the approvals were done.
When persons have asked NS Minister of Environment, Margaret Miller, about her “research” showing glyphosate to be safe, she has blocked them. But screen capture covers a multitude of sins.
Harper may be gone, but under the federal and provincial Liberal leaders, the dishonourable Trudeau and McNeil, it’s business as usual as our provinces continue their traditions of ecocide and lying to the public. Once again, in the name of Monsanto.
The Anti-Civilization movement . . . people never get us. Often, they’re afraid of us. At best, they don’t understand us and regard us with suspicion.
I’ll try to illuminate you. We aren’t violent. We aren’t going to war or going to become anarchist terrorists because we don’t believe humans organize good societies much beyond hunter/gatherers. Ergo, we aren’t going to fight for any human systems.
We often seek to escape humans and every trapping of civilization. We have a strong dislike of civilization and people, though we tend to like individuals well enough.
We tend to be either strongly politically active or absent, rarely between, and rarely from motives that most persons are going to understand. We have no political ambition and we aren’t trying to better civilization. We see it as a 5000 year failed experiment that humans keep doing, so our main interest is limiting its harm. Once that’s done, we’ve had enough of the failed game that is politics in every flavor.
People often tell us (more often yell at us) that we shouldn’t give up on civilization. We recognize that civilization has wrought more harm on humans and the environment than the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, and its only getting worse. So when you tell us we shouldn’t give up on civilization, to us it’s like hearing, “Let’s keep playing with the nukes til something good happens.”
We’re typically anti-tax. We don’t really need civilization. We don’t want it. But we’re forced to pay for the experiment.
While we don’t wish harm on others, we’ll be glad when the civilization experiment is done. We don’t need it, we won’t miss it and it’ll be better for Earth and humans as a whole when it’s gone. You might think of us as optimistic apocalypsists.
Last reminder. The August foraging class is next Saturday, August 27. There are only three openings remaining. In this end-of-foraging season class, we will focus on late harvest forage: mushrooms, wild seeds and grains, wild fruits, late blooming herbs, as well as discussing late season concerns such as coping with bears fattening up for winter.
Some of you have messaged that you wish to attend, but I haven’t yet received your registrations or deposits. Please be aware I cannot hold slots open without this. Classes are small to provide the best learning experience for each student. Once the slots are filled, they’re gone for another year.
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“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.”
In this episode, we’ll take a walk down a typical back road like you might find anywhere in east Canada or New England and discover some of the abundant and easily accessible forage available to the watchful, knowledgeable person.
Among edibles, we will cover: sweet clover, bladder campion, burdock, arctic raspberry and viper’s bugloss..
We will also cover the poisonous plants buttercup, tansy ragwort and groundsel.
And we’ll observe some wildlife.
Over the last several months during which America’s increasingly screwed up political system wrested with its increasingly hideous selection of presidential candidates, I have watched the Right eagerly embrace a collection of religious fanatics, and a son of a warmonger, and a simple minded, narcissistic, womanizing fascist. But this isn’t about the Right, it’s about the opposing political slope, and during these ugly months I have watched the Left vie between two candidates: a man with a lifetime of public service virtually free of scandal and steadfast commitment to values, and a woman who’s entire life has skirted the edge of crime and ethics and who many–even among some of her supporters–wonder if she is a sociopath. (As a mental health expert, there is not the slightest doubt in my mind she is a sociopath).
When I recount the history of Bernie Sanders, I find a man who has been an activist all his life, who has been faithful to his wife, and who has walked an unpopular road in America, standing for meaningful causes like equality, health care and access to education without compromise to Big Corporate interests. A man who, even in the course of his campaign, refused to accept Big Corporate backing. The first man in an incredibly long time who really stood for the people of America.
Opposing Sanders was a woman who has been first lady, who tried when she was first lady to “expand the role of the first lady”, as if she could turn it into some sort of political office, and in that ongoing hunger for power and a place in the annals of history has run twice more for office. A woman who’s entire career has been plagued by scandal at political and business levels. Who has been a verbal proponent of fracking, pipelines and GMOs. Who has walked the thin edge of the law. In this woman’s history is an amazing trail of opponents suddenly refusing to testify against the Clinton’s and occasionally dying. Who’s own husband pardoned any number of convicted criminals associated with their scandals on his last day in office. In this woman’s current campaign were a paid and volunteer internet army of disinformers and propagandists spreading lies and doubt about Sanders in the dirtiest style of American politics, and I know this for a fact because I knew several of these people.
So what is it about any of this that makes me doubt feminism? Well, first you should know I have never considered myself a feminist. If there is a philosophy I have always believed in, it’s that ancient shamanic belief that all life is sacred, all life is of equal value (no, this has nothing to do with BLM and originates decades before the BLM movement was ever thought of). Like all followers of shamanry, I believe the world is animated with spirit–that life itself is spirit–and that it all has intrinsic and equal worth. So, while not a feminist per se, I considered feminism an allied philosophy.
But what makes me now incredibly doubtful of the merits of modern feminism (at least the American flavor) is that many feminists I’ve known during this entire, most recent fiasco of a campaign and typical political series of hatchet jobs, knew of HRC’s faults. They discussed this with me in numerous venues. They were cognizant of the problems associated with her. They at times wondered if she was a moral person. Yet they would say, “But she’ll be a woman leader”, as if they made up for all of it. They threw away a man who was truly aligned with their values of equality of access to health care and education and the American tradition of a fair chance to support a Big Corporate puppet on the basis that she is female.
So, while American feminism claims to be about equality, these persons have demonstrated it is not. It is, as much as misogyny, about sexism. Sexism is a bias toward a sex, and it doesn’t matter which sex.
As I’ve said before, I will never vote for Hillary. Save your cries of, “But don’t you see? She’s the lesser evil!” The truth is, and again, I am telling you this as a mental health expert and behavior analyst, “I don’t see it.” I truly doubt whether a simple minded, hateful narcissist is a less dangerous evil than a cunning sociopath. Gender is irrelevant in my eyes, which makes me more a true feminist than the American pseudo-feminists who support Hillary on the basis that she is female. I don’t see gender. I will stand with the right person for the job, and encourage everyone I can influence to do the same.
Bernie or Jill, but never Trump or Hill.
Go Green. The DNC and the GOP are broken.
“Yet the forest was what it always was: a place of sunbeams and shadows, mysteries and secret lore, things knowable and a place to become lost in faerie tales. The forest is the forest; a home if you understand it; an alien, fearful thing if you are ignorant of its ways.”
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