Category Archives: bearings

Just Beyond Yourself

A frequent occurrence here at DP: we begin down one path in search of a particular voice, only to hear the call of some other being in an entirely different direction or dimension.

This week, we intended to reflect upon a few provocative utterances on the nature and culture of violence from the voice of Roy Scranton, yet we were led astray — happily, willingly — towards bells and blackbirds as embodied in the thought and poetry of David Whyte.

Two brief excerpts below, with images from a recent exhibition of “just beyond” works by the extraordinary Chiharu Shiota.

UNCERTAIN JOURNEY

REFLECTIONS ON TIME AND SPACE

In an earlier interview, Whyte expands on what it means to live at the frontier just beyond the self, with reference to his time as a marine biologist:

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Chiharu’s website provides the following artist profile:

Confronting fundamental human concerns such as life, death and relationships, Shiota explores human existence throughout various dimensions by creating an existence in the absence either in her large-scale thread installations that include a variety of common objects and external memorabilia or through her drawings, sculptures, photography and videos.

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Sacred Strides For Healing

Now comes roving DP correspondent Jon Swan:

Jon Swan is a poet, translator, and free-lance writer, whose articles on environmental issues have appeared in several magazines, including Tikkun. New and collected poems can be found on-line at jonswanpoems.  He and his wife live in Yarmouth, Maine.

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For an update on tribal legal eradication of the executive order to desecrate Bears Ears, we refer you to the Native American Rights Fund. Efforts by Earth Justice to obstruct the slaughter of Tongass Elders have also been successful —  so far.

For more strides towards the sacred, we also highly recommend the below linked video, a kinetic convergence of sacred energy against the infernal celebration of the mundane.

 

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FB = Filter Bubble

Now comes early Facebook investor Roger McNamee with concise, accurate and informed comments on the insidious, addictive nature of Facebook.

DP readers will be familiar with the critique, one that we explored in numerous posts. Yet the publication of McNamee’s ZUCKED brings fresh texture and personal details to a story that will end, in time, with the widespread rejection of Facebook by parents (FB is toxic), teens (FB is so uncool), and by legislators (FB is a corrosive threat to fundamental values within democracy).

Images are from promotional materials related to The Truman Show.

 

THUMBPRINT FOR A SURVEILLANCE ALGORITHM

 

 

PLEASE LIKE ME ON FB

 

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Revulsion Into Revolution

We are grateful to a longtime DP reader for steering us to a lucid interview with Eileen Crist, following the publication of her book Abundant Earth. A few excerpts below, interwoven with revolting images of clearcutting in four California counties, relayed from stopclearcuttingca.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She closes with a cautionary critique of reliance upon “hope”:

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In the category of revulsion in search of revolution, let us close with the below transcript from a recent press conference where the American style of environmentally catastrophic human supremacism was brazenly promoted to the rest of the planet.

MR. MULVANEY:

The focus of the event will be global growth and challenges to the global economy, specifically dealing with things like rejuvenating incentives for growth and prosperity; rolling back prosperity-killing regulations; ending trade barriers; and re-opening energy markets.  So, taking a lot of what we have been doing here domestically with such success and trying to encourage the rest of the world to get onboard as we sit here and our economy does so well.  You look all across the world right now, and the rest of the world is either at or near recession.  And we really do think that we have hit on a formula that works not only here but that would work overseas, where we take the G7 as the opportunity to try and convince other nations that they can have the same successes by following the same model.

 

Then during the Q & A, that mostly centered on how holding the G7 at a Trump-branded resort was not a naked conflict of interest:

 

MR. MULVANEY:  Okay.  Anybody else on G7?

Q    I got one more.  Is there any precedent in your studying of the G7 of a G7 Summit being held at a property owned by the President or a President?

And my second question is: As you’re looking at the content of what you want to do next year, it’s probably going to be hot in Florida in June.  Will climate change be one of the issues that you discuss?

MR. MULVANEY:  The first question is, no.  I don’t know if another President has ever done it.  I don’t know if another President has owned a property that was even considered for G7.  So, no, we haven’t — I don’t know the answer to that question.

Climate change will not be on the agenda.

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Message to Mr. Mulvaney and the Circle of Death for which he is a mouthpiece:

 

 

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Rebel For Life

This week, we simply relay select images from around the globe in strong support for the ongoing Extinction Rebellion:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Great Choir

Now comes our fellow mountain rambler Robert Macfarlane with two brief excerpts from the exceptionally well-conceived magazine Emergence. As an intermezzo, we offer a link to a “border ballad” by Richard Skelton, whose music is one of the voices in “this great choir” that keeps us going here at DP.

 

 

CHOIR BLOCKAGE

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Where Grizzlies Dance

As the long-suppressed transition from a culture of extraction to a culture of connection gains momentum, there are increasingly frequent occasions to celebrate, such as the death knell for a decades-long effort by developers to brutally transform pristine and sacred wilderness into a glaciated playground for the world’s most conspicuous consumers. From the press release:

 

 

For those not familiar with the long struggle to keep Jumbo wild:

 

Fortunately, we can now change the verb tense in the first sentence above, from “is” to “was”.

 

DEFEATED MASTER PLAN FOR A JUMBO DESECRATION

 

As for the noble Griz:

 

CLICK FOR VIDEO FROM THE KTUNAXA NATION

 


Memories of Evil

We are indebted to a DP correspondent for nudging us towards a new book by Susan Neiman, provocatively titled Learning From The Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil. As we await the book’s arrival to our local independent bookstore, we relay the below excerpts from the publisher’s website. Images are from the lifelong researches of Christian Boltanski into, through and against the darkness.

 

MONUMENT 1984

TABLEAU NOIR 2007

 

ENTRE TEMPS 2004

 

SHADOWS FROM LESSONS OF DARKNESS 1987

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In an early DP post, we identified the transport of Chiricahua Apache to Florida as a prequel to the more fully articulated transport and concentration camp network that would emerge fifty five years later. So it goes.

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Our House Is On Fire

As fires continue to devastate the Amazon, another conflagration rages out of control in nearby Bolivia. This week, we relay an outstanding alarm bell essay by a former Bolivian ambassador to the UN named Pablo Solon, translated and published on the website of Ecologist: The Journal for the Post-Industrial Age.

As Solon points out, the Bolivian government appears to think that deforestation is ok if the resulting land is used for the production of “sustainable” biofuels. Such thinking will eventually have unthinkable consequences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meanwhile, a fire extinguishing boat has recently arrived on the shores of Turtle Island:

 

 

On arrival, the distinguished passenger shown above stated:

Even on a sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, I heard about the forests in the Amazon rainforest — the fires in the Amazon rainforest, yeah. And it is, of course, devastating, and it’s so horrible. It’s hard to imagine. So, I mean, we need to — I mean, this is a clear sign that we need to stop destroying nature, and we need — and our war against nature must end.

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Where Dreams Die

Now comes artist Alvaro Enciso, with his efforts to recognize and commemorate hundreds of deaths in the Sonoran Desert; human beings seeking sanctuary within the northern “Goliath”.  From a recent interview on Democracy Now:

 

 

 

 

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In an Artist Statement, Enciso writes:

 

 

 


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And finally, from his own story:

“Proper credentials” be damned — we are grateful for such art. 

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