Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Emerging Us

We will, when uninhibited, undergo fluid, perpetual change. This awareness aligns us and leads us on a continuous path to growth and progress.

Being wrong is erroneously associated with failure, when in fact, to be proven wrong should be celebrated, for it is elevating someone to a new level of understanding, furthering awareness. 

There is no such thing as a smart human being, for it is merely a matter of time before their ideas are updated, changed or eradicated.

Instead of weapons of mass destruction, it's time to unleash something much more powerful: weapons of mass creation. Our true divinity is in our ability to create, and armed with the understanding of the symbiotic connections of life, while being guided by the emergent nature of reality, there is nothing we can not do or accomplish. 

The most powerful course of action is simple. We have to alter our behavior to force the power structure to the will of the people. We must stop supporting the system. The only way the establishment will change is by our refusal to participate.

~ Peter Joseph, Zeitgeist Addendum

Memorial Day

US soldiers in Iraq work for US corporations, not the people. Propaganda forces us to believe that war is natural, and the military is an honorable institution. If war is natural, why are there eighteen suicides every single day by American veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder? If our military men and women are so honored, why is it that 25% of the American homeless population are veterans?

~ Peter Joseph

Time Travel

If you had the chance to go back in time for 24 hours, when and where would you go? What would you do when you got there?


Sunday, May 29, 2011


Its spirit touches all who enter.

~ Tony George

Saturday, May 28, 2011

How Paragliding Works

If you have any extra sunshine, please send it to Issaquah. I want to fly!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Another Giant Leap

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.

~ Rebecca West

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ghost Dog

It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. 

~ Rebecca West

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nation Down To Last Hundred Grown-Ups

Who Are You Free To Be?

My old philosophy professor Norman O. Brown would periodically interrupt his lectures, tilt his head upward as if tuning in to the whisper of some heavenly voice, and announce in a puckish tone, "It's time for your irregular reminder: We're already living after the end of the world. No need to fret anymore."

The implication was that the worst had already happened. We had lost much of the cultural riches that had given humans meaning for centuries. All that was going to be taken from us had already been taken.

On the bright side, that meant we were utterly free to reinvent ourselves. Living amidst the emptiness, we had nowhere to go but up. What remained was alienating, but it was also fresh.

Working from the hypothesis that you're living after the end of the world, what are you free to do that you weren't able to do before? Who are you free to be?

~ Rob Breszny


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What We See

We are all visionaries, and what we see is our soul in things.

~ Henri Amiel, Swiss philosopher

Volcanic Lightning


Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.

~ Helen Keller

Monday, May 23, 2011

Fly As Far As You Can

Red Bull X-Alps 2011 trailer from USA Team - RedBull Xalps on Vimeo.


I, to the world am like a drop of water
That in the ocean seeks another drop,
Who, falling there to find his fellow forth,
Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself.

~ William Shakespeare

We Are Not In Control

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Day The World Didn't End

On the day the world didn't end, the Lightning beat the Bruins, Alex Tagliani won the pole for the Indy 500, and a volcano called Grímsvötn erupted in Iceland. The day before the day the world didn't end, I went paragliding for the first time this year. Shaking the dust off my wings, getting up off the mountain, feeling the sun on my face and floating around in thermals again was great. I look forward to many more such flight as the post-non-apocalypse continues.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Path of Destiny

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.

~ Francois Mauriac

Reach The Beach

To him that will, ways are not wanting.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Primitive Future

The people of future generations will win many a liberty of which we do not yet even feel the want.

~ Max Stirner, German Philosopher

The people of the present already feel wanting of these liberties, and we are weary of losing them to a future that never arrives.

~ Will, Temporal Dissident


Most people guard against going into the fire, and so end up in it.

~ Rumi

Rich Germans Demand Higher Taxes

For Those Who Don't Need A Computer

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Force

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

~ Helen Keller


Release date: 11 August 2011

Wealthy men can't live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.

~ Ayrton Senna

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

~ Joseph Campbell

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Edge Of Self

Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.

~ Walt Whitman

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Breathe. Let go. Remind yourself that this moment is the only one you know you have for sure.

~ Oprah Winfrey

Friday, May 13, 2011

No Regrets

Imagine it's 40 years from today. As you look back on your life, what is the one adventure you regret not trying?

Lion Gold Sky

I accept your inalienable right to be marvelous.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

To Conquer

He only earns his freedom and his life who every day takes them by storm.

~ Goethe

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Plastic Into Oil

Intro To Permaculture

We Are Capable


It's weird to think that someday I won't be here, that none of us will be here. The Earth and everything upon it will be totally different. This is nothing new, just another normal day in the universe, but I'll still miss you.

Monday, May 9, 2011

What police respond to when the murder rate is 0.00

Sight Seer

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.

~ Anais Nin

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lessons From Atlas Shrugged

This Way

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

~ Anais Nin


Friday, May 6, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fish Food

Sorry to dampen the party atmosphere with Libertarian principles, but there's another aspect of Osama's death that bothers me, best expressed  by R. Lee Wrights:

"What happened to the foundation of jurisprudence in America - innocent until proven guilty? Where is the requirement to produce evidence in order to convict? What about the right to face your accusers and answer charges brought against you? What has happened to the separation of powers set forth in our Constitution? When was the power to convict and execute individuals transferred solely to the Executive branch?"

Exactly. After ten years, billions spent, and countless lives destroyed, I would have liked to have at least seen a trial. Hell, even Saddam got one of those.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Believe Nothing

The Light of Reason

On May 1, 2011 Pres. Barack Obama appeared on national television with the spontaneous announcement that Osama bin Laden, the purported organizer of the tragic events of September 11th 2001, was killed by military forces in Pakistan.

Within moments, a media blitz ran across virtually all television networks in what could only be described as a grotesque celebratory display, reflective of a level of emotional immaturity that borders on cultural psychosis. Depictions of people running through the streets of New York and Washington chanting jingoistic American slogans, waving their flags like the members of some cult, praising the death of another human being, reveals yet another layer of this sickness we call modern society.

It is not the scope of this response to address the political usage of such an event or to illuminate the staged orchestration of how public perception was to be controlled by the mainstream media and the United States Government. Rather the point of this article is to express the gross irrationality apparent and how our culture becomes so easily fixed and emotionally charged with respect to surface symbology, rather than true root problems, solutions or rational considerations of circumstance.

The first and most obvious point is that the death of Osama bin Laden means nothing when it comes to the problem of international terrorism. His death simply serves as a catharsis for a culture that has a neurotic fixation on revenge and retribution. The very fact that the Government which, from a psychological standpoint, has always served as a paternal figure for it citizens, reinforces the idea that murdering people is a solution to anything should be enough for most of us to take pause and consider the quality of the values coming out of the zeitgeist itself.

However, beyond the emotional distortions and tragic, vindictive pattern of rewarding the continuation of human division and violence comes a more practical consideration regarding what the problem really is and the importance of that problem with respect to priority.

The death of any human being is of an immeasurable consequence in society.It is never just the death of the individual. It is the death of relationships, companionship, support and the integrity of familial and communal environments. The unnecessary deaths of 3000 people on September 11, 2001 is no more or no less important than the deaths of those during the World Wars, via cancer and disease, accidents or anything else.

As a society, it is safe to say that we seek a world that strategically limits all such unnecessary consequences through social approaches that allow for the greatest safety our ingenuity can create. It is in this context that the neurotic obsession with the events of September 11th, 2001 become gravely insulting and detrimental to progress. An environment has now been created where outrageous amounts of money, resources and energy is spent seeking and destroying very small subcultures of human beings that pose ideological differences and act on those differences through violence.

Yet, in the United States alone each year, roughly 30,000 people die from automobile accidents, the majority of which could be stopped by very simple structural changes. That's ten 9/11's each year... yet no one seems to pine over this epidemic. Likewise, over 1 million Americans die from heart disease and cancer annually - causes of which are now easily linked to environmental influences in the majority. Yet, regardless of the over 330 9/11's occurring each year in this context, the governmental budget allocations for research on these illnesses is only a small fraction of the money spent on “anti-terrorism” operations.

Such a list could go on and on with regard to the perversion of priority when it comes to what it means to truly save and protect human life and I hope many out there can recognize the severe imbalance we have at hand with respect to our values.

So, coming back to the point of revenge and retribution, I will conclude this response with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., likely the most brilliant intuitive mind when it came to conflict and the power of non-violence. On September 15, 1963 a Birmingham Alabama church was bombed, killing four little girls attending Sunday school.

In a public address, Dr. King stated:

“What murdered these four girls? Look around. You will see that many people that you never thought about participated in this evil act. So tonight all of us must leave here with a new determination to struggle. God has a job for us to do. Maybe our mission is to save the soul of America.We can't save the soul of this nation throwing bricks. We can't save the soul of this nation getting our ammunitions and going out shooting physical weapons. We must know that we have something much more powerful. Just take up the ammunition of love.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King, 1963 -

~Peter Joseph


Osama Bin Whatever

Maybe Osama is dead, maybe he isn't. Maybe he had something to do with 9/11, maybe he didn't. It's not as if we haven't been lied to before. I didn't see the body they threw in the ocean, or if there was any body at all, and I doubt I'm even qualified to identify a dead Osama anyway. To me these are all just stories, and it doesn't matter if they're true or not, because our fundamental condition hasn't changed. The facts don't matter, only what we believe. We're so hard up for good news, we'll take anything, even if it means momentarily ignoring "Thou Shalt Not Kill" so Father Obama can say "God Bless America" while our Christian nation dances in the street. No doubt this event will be used to "further our interests," but I'm sure abolishing the Patriot Act (now that we're all feeling safer and more jubilant) isn't one of them. Killing Osama won't raise the Towers, bring back the dead or heal the wounded -- not ours or "theirs." The sad, sick reality is that we've all been fucked, I just can't tell who's been fucked worse -- the families of the victims, our troops or the civilians who got caught in the crossfire. America's been in a state of continual warfare since before I was born, so I doubt the next ten years will be any better. What's incredible is knowing that it doesn't have to be this way. We could create a wonderful civilization for everyone if we wanted to. But no, if it doesn't make a profit, fuck it. Everything is always about money, and that's why this life is both a tragedy and a joke. The fact that America has wasted the last ten years making itself and the world a more terrible place to live makes it even worse.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Where Beliefs Live

Ultimately, we are all feeling creatures who sometimes reason -- not reasoning creatures who sometimes feel.

- Men's Health, May 2011