Today, while rummaging through a drawer, I found an old calendar of botanical watercolors that I had forgotten all about. I brought it home from a trip to Milan in 2006 where I found it at an apothecary shop, L'Erbolario Lodi, that has the most luscious herbal soaps, cosmetics, and other toiletries. As it happens all their calendars from 1995 can be viewed online, so the pictures here are taken from random years. They are gorgeously reminiscent of the natural world that is fast disappearing.
kitchen table comic). The link between global warming and hurricanes, floods, and droughts is as plainly common sense as the perfectly matched continental puzzle pieces which merge to create Pangea in that other "theory", of plate tectonics..which was, incredible as it seems, initially a controversial proposition as well.
So why won't I participate in this worthy endeavor today? Simple - sour grapes...a double dose, in fact!
this essay. I recommend going straight to "Final Empire", Chapter 9, which examines the fallacious virtues of our supposedly "advanced" civilization over the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, general acceptance of which has been perpetuated by the (patriarchal) ruling classes throughout recorded history.
corroboration for this challenge to mainstream orthodoxy can be found at the ongoing archaeological dig at Göbekli Tepe - but following is only a tantalizing snippet because next, I still have to get on with my sour grapes, Reason Number Two:
"A surprising fact about the Neolithic revolution is that, according to most evidence, agriculture brought about a steep decline in the standard of living. Studies of Kalahari Bushmen and other nomadic groups show that hunter-gatherers, even in the most inhospitable landscapes, typically spend less than twenty hours a week obtaining food. By contrast, farmers toil from sunup to sundown. Because agriculture relies on the mass cultivation of a handful of starchy crops, a community’s whole livelihood can be wiped out overnight by bad weather or pests. Paleontological evidence shows that, compared with hunter-gatherers, early farmers had more anemia and vitamin deficiencies, died younger, had worse teeth, were more prone to spinal deformity, and caught more infectious diseases, as a result of living close to other humans and to livestock."
(Alternatively, depending on the steadiness of your blood pressure, you could detour and check out a review of this fabulist excuse for obscene income disparity, which is expounded upon in a book by Edward Conard. He was able to retire at age 51 from Bain Capital as a multi-millionaire, and now wants to convince everyone that destroying jobs is a jolly fair way to get rich, and by the way honestly, it's something of a myth that the ultra-wealthy live all that extravagantly, multiple homes and private jets notwithstanding. Seriously!)
I received no answer! What a surprise! Never mind...This is right up there with the famous Monty Python number, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life! Even has the whistling...and you know how to whistle, don't you?
A comment linked to the following youtube, which is kind of amazingly on point (not least for some music from 9 Inch Nails which is downright uncanny). So, thanks, Richard (author of Against The Grain which I now must read) for pointing me towards the films you mentioned that are excerpted in your fascinating video, I can't wait to see them also. Perhaps you have some advice about the caged animals. I feel so terrible and ashamed that we have had two birds in our kitchen for many years, and I know I can't let them go because they would die instantly. But I often think now, especially when I am watching the staggeringly graceful swoops of wild birds outside and how high and fast they go, how incredibly maddening it must be to have the ability to fly and never, ever be able to do so.
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