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I think we’re living into increasingly fascist times. Never in my lifetime have the concerned public needed so much permission from the powers that be to, to do good things to change the world and prevent impending catastrophe. They’re filling our heads full of fluff and tying our hands.
 
Sometimes you just wish you could write your hopes and concerns across the sky - and that people with their heads in the clouds would have to notice your words. …I read that sky writing was made illegal though, several decades ago - because it was deemed quite effective at getting peoples’ attention and powers didn’t want it used for spreading political messages. It wasn’t because of the environment - well, not because of the natural physical environment. It’s about the sociopolitical one.
 
I had a dream once that I was standing in a booth/ desk with a keyboard at an abandoned/ quiet train station or transportation hub, and computer monitors we hanging down, suspended on some kind of invisible strings, from the clouds.

In the next sequence of the dream I was standing bare in the mirror and there were backwards messages across my skin that I could only read reflected in the mirror.
 

BetteTheRed

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Well, I just participated in a Zoom webinar, with Dr. Michael Dowd, who was in "6 unpalatable unpleasant truths" mode about the environment/future of society. He states, categorically, as a fact, that we are in the closing years of a collapsed civilization. The End Of The World As We Know It. Pretty sobering, and I'm afraid, pretty accurate.
 

Luce NDs

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Is collapse of civilization sort of pithy in all cores of virtue?

Thus I am pith'd ... as poll with his split lip ... dismembered rabbis? Total dissociation ... thus departed ... hares as it is!

Kohl mined ...
 
Well, I just participated in a Zoom webinar, with Dr. Michael Dowd, who was in "6 unpalatable unpleasant truths" mode about the environment/future of society. He states, categorically, as a fact, that we are in the closing years of a collapsed civilization. The End Of The World As We Know It. Pretty sobering, and I'm afraid, pretty accurate.
It is. In the case of the vapour used to write messages in the air, though, the environmental impact was next to nothing. And the fuel used would be less than for regular daily domestic and transatlantic flights. I mean, if the commercial necessity of flight, and the invisible signals and waves we rely on not to be interfered with - hadn’t grown so much since, and there was room for flying little puffs of words across the sky occasionally.
 

BetteTheRed

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I think a few puffs of words in the sky would neither hurt the environment past its already tipped point, nor particularly help spread any kind of message which probably won't help, so it's a lose-lose or a win-win...

I was really responding more to your "random thoughts about whatever". This seminar was a bit of an eye-opener. Do we fall into despair, or make the best of what we have? He was quite stark about it. Pics of his 2-year old granddaughter: she won't live as long as we will, but she'll have the best life she can while we can contribute to it.
 
I find it really sad and refuse to totally give up hope. Make the best of what we have sounds like: “Eat, drink, and be Merry until the end of the world.” If that’s the case I don’t think it’s a good idea.
 

Luce NDs

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Do we feed on our very self if trying to eternally expand?

There seem to be limits as a moral concern ... thus the thin man of story standing alone ... as Putin spoke of Ukrainians ... to the last one standing ... what if that item stands within you ... is that destructive? Could explain the gnawing sense of con science that differs from pre science ... what we didn't see previously? Life is a learning experience except those that hate knowledge, etc. That's the NU's for todays para Nuyah ... fear can create terror or respect ... of the vast unknown!

Thus the little bits were known as we chitz ... I thin-X! Then there is the topic of madmen, insanity and crazy routes of infinite economy ... in context crap ... then we move on ... to a small cluster it may appear stupid or naivete personified ... to grow constantly ... cosmological joker .... or gas ...
 
Rogers outage across Canada. Sometimes I really worry about our dependence on electronic communication being to the extent that it is. It also affects people who don’t have cellphones and who still use mostly cash getting stuck in the middle of the confusion. For example, right now the ferries are in turmoil because their debit and credit machines depend on Rogers. I was supposed to travel today but will not be (I use rogers for some things and use a debit card). I can only imagine the stress at the ticket booths and cafeterias. People waiting in line to travel for the weekend not able to purchase tickets. I’m gonna skip that scene today!
 

Mendalla

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Rogers outage across Canada. Sometimes I really worry about our dependence on electronic communication being to the extent that it is. It also affects people who don’t have cellphones and who still use mostly cash getting stuck in the middle of the confusion. For example, right now the ferries are in turmoil because their debit and credit machines depend on Rogers. I was supposed to travel today but will not be (I use rogers for some things and use a debit card). I can only imagine the stress at the ticket booths and cafeterias. People waiting in line to travel for the weekend not able to purchase tickets. I’m gonna skip that scene today!
It's a mess and more of these critical infrastructure services need to look at redundant providers, which is what my company (healthcare) does. We try to put two connections in every office and make each from a different network/provider. That way, when something like this happens, we just flip a switch (sometimes we can make it automatic) to the other provider. It isn't always possible but someone like Interac should be able to do it.
 
Lots of people still depend on public/ shared wifi and whatever phone provider they can get get subsidized or whatever. It’s a necessity for most and/ or all people, including poor people without choices in the matter. It’s concerning.

I wonder how many people couldn’t have their telehealth/ zoom medical appointments today.
 
On that vein. I found out that my doctor is taking a year off. I’m with a community clinic/ general practice that is really busy and serves lots of people from marginalized populations. My doctor got Covid in around December and was working from home ever since - so I only had two in person visits with her. Now, they’re trying to find a locum to replace her. She most likely has a huge caseload. :(
 
I often feel like the powers that be are deliberately picking on the “weakest”, to try to wear us down into non-existence…and they’re making policies that support that endeavour. Those who are comfortable don’t notice it so much. Often, they notice the result, and scapegoat the people living in the resulting conditions. Homeless people and those struggling to cope with poverty and deteriorating mental health, physical and emotional environmental conditions, addictions, and such - are a symptom of the greater problem - but they get treated like the problem.
 

Luce NDs

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Neighbour is an internet consultant ... he is baffled by the number of experts in the field that appear to have deficiencies in some spaces of their mined and thinking process ... great digs!

I tell him he is not alone ... a UCC comment that is virtually not understood by many authorities in the great unknown ...

It is like guilders in the professional world ... as bad as any union to make everything the same an all follow the same MS Takes ... imagine perfectionists protecting one another in the midst of great Eire ...

Thus some of us immerse ourselves in the great unknown and environment darkness ... while looking for ode lights ...Yah Seuss? The volume on old folk and cold thermometer is laughable ... some get heated at the probes and pokes with drawstrings ...
 

Northwind

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right now the ferries are in turmoil because their debit and credit machines depend on Rogers. I was supposed to travel today but will not be (I use rogers for some things and use a debit card). I can only imagine the stress at the ticket booths and cafeterias. People waiting in line to travel for the weekend not able to purchase tickets. I’m gonna skip that scene today!

Man I'm glad I'm nowhere near anything to do with BC Ferries today. What a gong show that must be. We'll be heading back onto the island on August 16. I worry about the number of sailing cancellations lately. We'll have to bear that in mind when we want to head back. We prefer to sail to Nanaimo. We can sail to Swartz Bay if necessary.

I often feel like the powers that be are deliberately picking on the “weakest”, to try to wear us down into non-existence…and they’re making policies that support that endeavour.

It's not getting better. When the pandemic started I thought it might mean changes to improve the system. I thought it could improve the health system and long term care. Imagine being so naive at this age. :LOL:

I had also thought that restaurants might improve wages/benefits to attract staff. Today I heard of some very cheap option that is being used. I didn't catch the beginning of the piece. I think it was some kind of robot. Greed rules again. :(
 
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