The Telepathic Rodent

Today we’re looking at PETA and humane rodent control to try to reconcile the conflict between killing and non-killing economic models involving animals. The argument has been raised by many practitioners of vegan livelihoods why farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and any other craft would need to kill an animal in order to survive or even to make a living. Many omnivorous people remain confounded by the question of the “Rise Peter, Kill and Eat” question that is so deep within the human psyche. Separating metaphor from anecdote is where we start:

From PETA: “Sometimes those in power claimed that juvenile or dark-skinned human beings couldn’t feel pain. Sometimes the powerful claimed that their superiority was granted by God. Our society no longer believes that any human being has the right to rape, torture, or enslave another human being for any reason. We accept that all human beings share a fundamental value and celebrate our differences.” — source

Now anyone who grew up with Tom and Jerry on TV knows that the predator-prey model can indeed be funny, but the difference between the screen world and the real world clears up when you are cognitive of how the mouse feels while it’s being eaten alive by the cat – which we never saw on the screen. I remember picking my dog, Duke, up from the side of Highway 60 after he’d been run over by some asshole driving the speed limit but not paying attention. This is the problem… People telling other people how to live, what to eat or wear, where to drive, what they can and can’t laugh at or about… what to deny or accept.

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I know what you’re thinking…

The Telepathic Rodent is OzoneFarm’s publication for dealing with cognitive empathy issues.

Orbital Perspective

Astronaut and space man, Ron Garan speaks on NASA’s Fragile Oasis blog:

“Seeing the Earth from this vantage point gave me a unique perspective – something I’ve come to call the orbital perspective. And at its core is the undeniable and sobering contradiction between the staggering beauty of our planet and the unfortunate realities of life on our planet for many of its inhabitants.” Ron Garan – Seeing Earth From Space

I wanted to be a spaceman.

When I was a teenager growing up in a quiet mid-western USA town, I would sometimes climb the water tower and gaze out at the woods and fields in the distance and survey the sleeping town below. Usually I was all alone, but a few times I dared a few buddies to climb up there, too. The vantage point offered a mind-altering perspective of the world below as rural towns in the 1960s weren’t very exciting. No one even knew nor cared that we were up there. Being physically above the planet surface gave me an overview allowing me to see Highway 60 winding through the rolling plane and all the tiny streets that framed the town from edge to edge and top to bottom. For me, the experience was an introduction to holism and a foretaste of seeing the world from a higher plane. We all benefit from from seeing the big picture more clearly via the lenses of the Global Free Internet, especially when we gain control of the “filters” and learn to apply them.

No matter where we are on the planet, its strength and beauty seems obscured by some kind of unrest, chaos, or disorder. I’m grateful that I had the relative comfort of a home devoid of machine gun fire, mortar attacks and military jets flying over. This Christmas, I wish for a way for those children in Pakistan, Ukraine, Syria, Gaza and other parts of our world where violence has become “normal” to have assurance that there is someone “up there” who has an eye on them and a better plan for their future. I believe that the ideas for solving the problems are coming down from above as a new wave of spiritual rainfall to water the seeds that have been planted in our collective conscience and consciousness in a most mystical way. Many people are heeding a quiet call to disruptive action that seems to ring out on every continent and in all languages at the same time from a source that simply can’t be identified as Earthly in origin. Have you heard it, too?

I have to agree with Ron the spaceman:

“Up there, hovering above Earth with my orbital perspective, I came to believe that the answer to why our world still faces so many critical problems — in spite of the ample technology and resources we have at our disposal — lies primarily in our inability to effectively collaborate on a global scale.”

Thanks for participating and accepting the dare to challenge the status quo. As we embark on the grandest mobilization of ideas, resources, data, research, thought and collaborative effort our world has ever known, be sure to stay tuned in and connected to that higher calling!

Crucify Santa?

Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Baby Jesus are all three in grave danger of being #unbelieved in all the time. Where is good myth going? Should it at least point to some kind of truth? Looking for evidence of UFOs is easier than finding anything that resembles faith these days. The show-me-the-money people always seem to win. If money were real, and currency was something not to take for granted in terms of value, what is the value in lying to your children about Santa? Why is teaching your kids about Jesus illegal in so many countries? So what if he’s considered a myth. You don’t need an AK47 to shoot the Easter Bunny do you? Is myth so unimportant in your life that you cant acknowledge Kris Kringle’s humanity? Why not do the same for Joseph’s stepson? (So what if he thinks he’s God?)

Forging tools for the new music industry

Our strategy is to eventually develop Linux sound servers in favored venues and start capturing the live scenes.

I’m finding the “right” people for my fan base, support network and band. The cooperatively-owned server places “command and control” capabilities straight into the hands of our awesome team. We host ourselves from a fully functional Internet-aware Venue, thus creating an outlet for our creative energies in real-time.

I think A&R people, artists, venue developers and many others will like the free or really inexpensive tools we’re forging. Our fans are the real captains of this new industry. Connecting with one another is what matters.

Here is a sample form that we may use to plug your venue into the future OzOneFarm.net

 

Business as UN-usual

Truth in business online and off is finding its way through all of the hype and deception. The Internet gives creative people a platform devoid of the dire need for hard physical capital like the “old system” required even just to get the first feelers out. We’re using as many free services as we can to build a base of triple bottom line businesses – people, planet, profit. But in the 21st Century, profit has a different meaning altogether from its classic definition formed in greed and self-interest.

Many other terms are changing their definitions as the context shifts modes from the reckless to the sensible. We have collectively found the need for what sustains and helps us survive our own past madness. We are waking up to what should have, could have and would have been  35 years ago through a series of wake-up calls to what shall, can and will happen if we are to survive. What we have discovered is that Nature has given us abundance that we were simply too blind (or blinded) to see. We are made not only to survive but to thrive.

“Growth” is not for markets, companies or even social networks. It is again for the Natural world – trees, grass, flora and fauna and the ecosystem itself – as it was for Early Humankind. Scarcity was a modern myth. Now, we’re seeing people and ideas coming together through openness and sharing via the Public Domain, the Creative Commons, Open Source Licensing and other tools that show the willingness to express love and kindness through our work and insights. Rather than locking ideas away as ‘intellectual property’ or ‘trade secrets’ many of us have decided to buid and use the “Commons” approach and share everything we can. We have discovered that security – social, financial, even physical is at best a set of illusions based also in myth. Open, honest effort to build real community is true security.

“Business” is the art of staying on task; remaining focused yet open; being ready for unexpected change; becoming adaptable to emergent and divergent realities; accepting gifts; receiving instruction; listening to expressed needs; recognising unique skills:::

“Profit” is the act of receiving that which is given. The gift of life cannot be “earned” but it must be appreciated and nurtured through mutual respect and tender loving care. Profit in business has nothing at all to do with making money or building private wealth any more. When we value our world, it will take care of us. We are learning now to add value to our built environment that honors the natural environment that was here when we arrived and will remain when we’re gone.

See the rough draft of Business as UN-usual on Facebook.