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  • michael
    Message 1 of 13 , Nov 5, 2004
      > Hello friend,
      >
      > It's been a long time since I last sent a message to you. So much has
      > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard to know where to start.
      > I'll be sending a few messages to you in coming months, exploring
      > several vital issues and a fascinating, compelling project I'm leading
      > that is scheduled to launch in the first half of 2005.
      >
      > But on the day of an election almost universally seen as a key
      > inflection point for the United States and the world, I'd like to
      > share some thoughts on issues bigger than those talked about by either
      > candidate for President.
      >
      >
      > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
      >
      > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S.
      > has declared a "war on terror that will not end in our lifetimes". The
      > Bush administration has established a new pre-emptive National
      > Security policy, radically expanded budgets for defensive and
      > offensive military operations, invaded two countries, only one of
      > which -- even according to the official story now -- harbored real
      > threats to our nation, and cracked down on civil liberties at home.
      >
      > The results so far: the Muslim world is inflamed toward the U.S. like
      > never before in the history of our nation. Afghanistan remains
      > significantly in the control of warlords, yet is struggling to achieve
      > stability amidst hopeful elections, resistant fundamentalists and a
      > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that remains central to its
      > economy. And the primary objective of that war -- Osama bin Laden --
      > remains at large.
      >
      > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be spinning out of control.
      > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and Iraqi officials are rising.
      > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a world that relied upon
      > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a different kind of outcome
      > would follow from their attempt at liberation. As a result of the
      > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully likely that new Osama bin
      > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis witness the dismemberment of
      > their family members -- now numbering at least in the tens of
      > thousands.
      >
      > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian reaction to unilateral
      > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming laws of social physics we
      > should have learned many wars ago.
      >
      > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East conflict between Israelis
      > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by Washington. And its
      > temperature continues to rise. In the past three years, thousands have
      > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall -- unthinkable in 2000 -- is
      > now racing towards completion, and politics on both sides of that wall
      > continue to polarize.
      >
      > In this context, it is essential that people around the world explore
      > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign policy are actually that same
      > as those officially declared by the Bush administration. For it is
      > possible that the real objectives are quite different than those you
      > know about. It is possible that the real objectives have a lot to do
      > with an epochal crisis facing human civilization, an event likely
      > known best to oil men. It is an event that will challenge every aspect
      > of our modern life, an event that is just now breaking into public
      > view: Peak Oil.
      >
      >
      > The Energy Crisis
      >
      > If you have followed my writings in the past five years, you know that
      > I have supported efforts to discover new solutions to this epic
      > challenge of our time: developing new, non-polluting energy and
      > propulsion technologies for the growing appetites of modern society.
      >
      > In the past six months, it has become clear to me that we are running
      > out of time to respond to this challenge, much more rapidly than I
      > previously expected. It is increasingly clear that our world will soon
      > experience an event called Peak Oil. The implications are beyond
      > serious. The implications are almost beyond description. The
      > implications are urgent, perhaps even more so than the problems of
      > terrorism or global trade or domestic social contracts.
      >
      > Why? Peak Oil is the moment in time when humanity has consumed half or
      > more of the oil cheaply available for exploitation. Thereafter, the
      > aggregate production of oil begins a permanent decline, its price
      > begins a permanent climb, and the global economy begins to
      > destabilize.
      >
      > Oil doesn't just propel our cars. It lights, heats, cools and powers
      > our homes. It makes every piece of plastic, prints every computer
      > chip, carves every beam of steel and wood, prepares every bite of food
      > we eat, and delivers every drop of water we drink. It enables you to
      > read this email.
      >
      > With this in mind, consider the following quotes. First, from one of
      > the most highly regarded energy analysts in the investment banking
      > world, Matthew Simmons (http://www.simmonsco-intl.com/default.asp):
      >
      > "The situation is desperate. This is the world's biggest serious
      > question... If you read The Perfect Storm , where a freak storm
      > materializes out of the convergence of three weather systems, our
      > energy crisis results from the same phenomenon.
      >
      > "It is past time. As I have said, the experts and politicians have no
      > Plan B to fall back on. If energy peaks, particularly while 5 of the
      > world's 6.5 billion people have little or no use of modern energy, it
      > will be a tremendous jolt to our economic well-being and to our health
      > — greater than anyone could ever imagine."
      >
      > Asked if there is a solution to the impending crisis, Simmons
      > responded:
      >
      > "I don't think there is one. The solution is to pray. Under the best
      > of circumstances, if all prayers are answered there will be no crisis
      > for maybe two years. After that it's a certainty."
      >
      > In May 2004, Simmons explained that in order for demand to be
      > appropriately controlled, the price of oil would have to reach $182
      > per barrel. With oil prices at $182 per barrel, gasoline prices would
      > likely rise to $7.00 per gallon.
      >
      > Matthew Simmons has been sounding this alarm for years. For a long
      > while, he was a lone "voice in the wilderness." In the past year or
      > so, however, many experts have begun echoing his sentiments. Ali
      > Samsam Bakhtiari, the vice-president of the Iranian National Oil
      > Company has stated:
      >
      > "The crisis is very, very near. World War III has started. It has
      > already affected every single citizen of the Middle East. Soon it will
      > spill over to affect every single citizen of the world."
      >
      > The assertion that the world is about to enter Peak Oil is not just
      > the view of its partisans. The New York Times, Washington Post,
      > Newsweek and National Geographic have all covered this emerging crisis
      > in recent months.
      >
      >
      > Tomorrow's Integral Revolution, Broadcasting Today at IntegralNaked.org
      >
      > For these reasons and many others, people around the world are coming
      > to realize that we are experiencing a very unique moment in history.
      > When the trends of our energy supply, international crises,
      > globalizing economy, world environment, pharmaceutical pollution,
      > social conditions and technology advances are overlaid upon a chart of
      > time, a startling pattern becomes plainly visible: lots of exponential
      > curves all heading toward infinity or zero in a short period of time.
      > This pattern foretells of something both frightening and strangely
      > exciting at once. It reveals that in the next few years, humanity will
      > experience a transformation like none other in our history -- a
      > transformation that some of us now call "The Singularity".
      >
      > "Singularity" is a concept from physics and mathematics that describes
      > a condition in which things go so "non-linear" that they are totally
      > unpredictable. Not just in practice, but in theory. When we enter a
      > singularity, our imperfect ability to predict the future becomes not
      > just more imperfect, but it nearly vanishes altogether, and whatever
      > may emerge on the other side of imminent events is concealed by
      > complexities far beyond our grasp. In other words, over the next few
      > years -- at most, over the next couple of decades -- we will
      > experience profound changes in our ways of life, yet we cannot really
      > predict what those changes will be or how they will unfold.
      >
      > If this perspective is accurate, and I believe it is, then people all
      > over the world will soon be paying more and more attention to deeper
      > and deeper questions. Questions about the challenges we all face.
      > Questions about how to overcome them. Questions about what matters
      > most. Questions about the future. Questions about the meaning and
      > nature of life. Even questions about our destiny.
      >
      > I've studied these kinds of questions for many years, and I'd like to
      > share with you one of the most potent sources of insight and wisdom
      > I've encountered.
      >
      > Ken Wilber is perhaps the world's leading expert studying the deepest
      > thread in the tapestry of life: the evolution of consciousness and its
      > expressions in society and Nature. He is also one of the most
      > insightful philosophers living today. I believe his work represents
      > one of very few visions that are rugged enough and true enough to span
      > across the coming singularity. In other words, I believe his life work
      > represents one of the few visions that will guide us through the
      > transformations that lie directly ahead.
      >
      > Ken Wilber is the pioneer of the "Integral Model" -- a breakthrough
      > theory describing how the subjective and objective aspects of our
      > lives and our world interrelate. The Integral Model is rapidly
      > becoming recognized as an essential intellectual tool for deeper
      > understandings of evolution, human experience, human history and
      > possible futures.
      >
      > In 2000, I had the distinct honor of helping to sponsor the inception
      > of Ken Wilber's Integral Institute -- a multi-disciplinary think tank
      > tapping some of the brightest minds alive to apply the Integral Model
      > to business, politics, art, spirituality, psychology, and other
      > everyday domains of our lives. By 2004, two of the key objectives of
      > Integral Institute have been achieved: establishing a leading
      > destination on the Web for the captivating conversations occurring at
      > the frontier of social evolution (http://integralnaked.org), and
      > establishing the first-ever accredited university-level educational
      > program in Integral Studies (http://www.integralinstitute.org/iu.htm).
      >
      > IntegralNaked is a series of unedited, uncensored, live, and taped
      > live conversations among the most influential, provocative, and
      > important thinkers and leaders in today's world. These intense, raw,
      > straightforward discussions -- delivered by audio streaming -- cover a
      > comprehensive sweep of issues relevant in today's world -- from
      > business to personal growth, from public education to meditation, from
      > politics to ecology, from sexuality to spirituality.
      >
      > One of Ken's most recent hits is his commentary with Larry Wachowski
      > on the meaning of the paradigm-shattering film, The Matrix. Somewhere
      > in the archives, you can also listen to my recent interview with Ken.
      >
      > If you'd like to set your mind on fire with ideas that are changing
      > your world, check them out at http://integralnaked.org.
      >
      >
      > A Vision of the Third Millennium
      >
      > For several years, I've been working on projects intended to help
      > address the deepest crises we all face. I invite you to check out
      > drafts of some of my writings, available at http://firmage.org. Some
      > are easy to read, others are more difficult to absorb. Right or wrong,
      > they all reflect my view of the potential solutions we must explore.
      >
      > Stay tuned for some important announcements about these efforts.
      >
      > Be well,
      >
      > Joseph P. Firmage
      >
      >
      >
      >
    • Sergio Montinola
      Dear Michael, MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS FOLLOWS; ... BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, THE END OF A JOURNEY BEGINS WITH ONE STEP FORWARD . The ...
      Message 2 of 13 , Nov 6, 2004
        Dear Michael,

        MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS FOLLOWS;

        --- michael <mdearing@...> wrote:

        >
        > > Hello friend,
        > >
        > > It's been a long time since I last sent a message
        > to you. So much has
        > > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard to know
        > where to start.
        > > I'll be sending a few messages to you in coming
        > months, exploring
        > > several vital issues and a fascinating, compelling
        > project I'm leading
        > > that is scheduled to launch in the first half of
        > 2005.
        > >
        > > But on the day of an election almost universally
        > seen as a key
        > > inflection point for the United States and the
        > world, I'd like to
        > > share some thoughts on issues bigger than those
        > talked about by either
        > > candidate for President.
        > >
        > >
        > > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
        > >
        > > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of September
        > 11, 2001, the U.S.
        > > has declared a "war on terror that will not end in
        > our lifetimes".

        BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, "THE END OF A JOURNEY BEGINS
        WITH ONE STEP FORWARD".

        The
        > > Bush administration has established a new
        > pre-emptive National
        > > Security policy, radically expanded budgets for
        > defensive and
        > > offensive military operations, invaded two
        > countries, only one of
        > > which -- even according to the official story now
        > -- harbored real
        > > threats to our nation, and cracked down on civil
        > liberties at home.

        FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DYING FOR.

        > >
        > > The results so far: the Muslim world is inflamed
        > toward the U.S. like
        > > never before in the history of our nation.

        THE MUSLIM WORLD IS ALSO INFLAMED TOWARDS "TERRORIST"
        AMONG THEIR FLOCK. DO NOT CONFUSE THE MUSLIM WORLD
        WITH "TERRORISM".

        > Afghanistan remains
        > > significantly in the control of warlords, yet is
        > struggling to achieve
        > > stability amidst hopeful elections, resistant
        > fundamentalists and a
        > > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that
        > remains central to its
        > > economy. And the primary objective of that war --
        > Osama bin Laden --
        > > remains at large.

        SO BE IT. DO NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OSAMA BIN LADEN IS
        CAPTURED AND DECAPITATED.
        > >
        > > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be
        > spinning out of control.
        > > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and Iraqi
        > officials are rising.
        > > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a world that
        > relied upon
        > > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a different
        > kind of outcome
        > > would follow from their attempt at liberation.

        GUSH AND BLAIR WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE END.


        As
        > a result of the
        > > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully likely
        > that new Osama bin
        > > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis witness
        > the dismemberment of
        > > their family members -- now numbering at least in
        > the tens of
        > > thousands.

        THIS IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN THINKS AND HOPES TO
        ACCOMPLISH. DID THE WAR ON HITLER BREED MORE HITLERS?
        WHAT MAKES BIN LADEN DIFFERENT? YOUR ATTITUDE OF
        SURRENDER WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.

        > >
        > > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian
        > reaction to unilateral
        > > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming laws
        > of social physics we
        > > should have learned many wars ago.

        WRONG AGAIN, HISTORY PROVES OTHERWISE. THERE IS NO
        SUCH THING AS "A FOREIGN CULTURE". THERE IS ONLY ONE
        CULTURE, THE CULTURE OF LOVE, PEACE AND A FREEDOM OF
        CHOICE NOT DICTATORS LIKE BIN LADEN, SADDAM AND
        HITLER.


        > >
        > > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East
        > conflict between Israelis
        > > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by
        > Washington. And its
        > > temperature continues to rise. In the past three
        > years, thousands have
        > > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall --
        > unthinkable in 2000 -- is
        > > now racing towards completion, and politics on
        > both sides of that wall
        > > continue to polarize.

        PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT ISRAEL AS A NATION AND BUILD
        THEIRS ON LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM. "TERRORISM" CANNOT
        BE A SOLUTION.
        > >
        > > In this context, it is essential that people
        > around the world explore
        > > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign policy are
        > actually that same
        > > as those officially declared by the Bush
        > administration. For it is
        > > possible that the real objectives are quite
        > different than those you
        > > know about.

        "DOUGHTING TOMASES" IS THE ENEMY'S WEAPON. THE U.S.
        FOREIGN POLICY IS A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION NOT ONLY A
        BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ELECTION IS OVER, THE PEOPLE HAVE
        SPOKEN.


        It is possible that the real
        > objectives have a lot to do
        > > with an epochal crisis facing human civilization,
        > an event likely
        > > known best to oil men. It is an event that will
        > challenge every aspect
        > > of our modern life, an event that is just now
        > breaking into public
        > > view: Peak Oil.
        > >
        ANOTHER MISGUIDED THOUGHT AWAY FROM "LOVE,PEACE AND
        FREEDOM" THE ONLY VIABLE SOLUTION.
        > >
        > > The Energy Crisis
        > >
        > > If you have followed my writings in the past five
        > years, you know that
        > > I have supported efforts to discover new solutions
        > to this epic
        > > challenge of our time: developing new,
        > non-polluting energy and
        > > propulsion technologies for the growing appetites
        > of modern society.


        THIS IS COMING IF NOT ALREADY HERE.
        > >
        > > In the past six months, it has become clear to me
        > that we are running
        > > out of time to respond to this challenge, much
        > more rapidly than I
        > > previously expected. It is increasingly clear that
        > our world will soon
        > > experience an event called Peak Oil. The
        > implications are beyond
        > > serious. The implications are almost beyond
        > description. The
        > > implications are urgent, perhaps even more so than
        > the problems of
        > > terrorism or global trade or domestic social
        > contracts.

        TO PEOPLE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD, THERE IS NO HOPE.
        TO LOSE HOPE IS TO DENY GOD. TO DENY GOD IS THE REAL
        PROBLEM.
        > >
        > > Why? Peak Oil is the moment in time when humanity
        > has consumed half or
        > > more of the oil cheaply available for
        > exploitation. Thereafter, the
        > > aggregate production of oil begins a permanent
        > decline, its price
        > > begins a permanent climb, and the global economy
        > begins to
        > > destabilize.

        PEAK OIL IS NOT GOD, MAN PROPOSES AND GOD DISPOSES.
        > >


        > > Oil doesn't just propel our cars. It lights,
        > heats, cools and powers
        > > our homes. It makes every piece of plastic, prints
        > every computer
        > > chip, carves every beam of steel and wood,
        > prepares every bite of food
        > > we eat, and delivers every drop of water we drink.
        > It enables you to
        > > read this email.

        GOD ENABLES ME TO LIVE AND READ. OIL IS MATERIAL. THIS
        I BELIEVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE US LIVE.
        > >
        > > With this in mind, consider the following quotes.
        > First, from one of
        > > the most highly regarded energy analysts in the
        > investment banking
        > > world, Matthew Simmons
        > (http://www.simmonsco-intl.com/default.asp):
        > >
        > > "The situation is desperate. This is the world's
        > biggest serious
        > > question... If you read The Perfect Storm , where
        > a freak storm
        > > materializes out of the convergence of three
        > weather systems, our
        > > energy crisis results from the same phenomenon.

        THIS IS THE THOUGHT OF A NON-BELIEVER. AS THE SAYING
        GOES, "THERE ARE NO NON=BELIEVERS IN FOXHOLES."

        > >
        > > "It is past time. As I have said, the experts and
        > politicians have no
        > > Plan B to fall back on. If energy peaks,
        > particularly while 5 of the
        > > world's 6.5 billion people have little or no use
        > of modern energy, it
        > > will be a tremendous jolt to our economic
        > well-being and to our health
        > > � greater than anyone could ever imagine."
        > >
        > > Asked if there is a solution to the impending
        > crisis, Simmons
        > > responded:
        > >
        > > "I don't think there is one. The solution is to
        > pray. Under the best
        > > of circumstances, if all prayers are answered
        > there will be no crisis
        > > for maybe two years. After that it's a certainty."
        > >
        TRUE PRAYER IS THE ONLY RECOURSE. GOD AND NOT MAN CAN
        SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS AND UNCERTAINTYS.

        THE REST IS WISHFUL THINKING.

        > > In May 2004, Simmons explained that in order for
        > demand to be
        > > appropriately controlled, the price of oil would
        > have to reach $182
        > > per barrel. With oil prices at $182 per barrel,
        > gasoline prices would
        > > likely rise to $7.00 per gallon.
        > >
        > > Matthew Simmons has been sounding this alarm for
        > years. For a long
        > > while, he was a lone "voice in the wilderness." In
        > the past year or
        > > so, however, many experts have begun echoing his
        > sentiments. Ali
        > > Samsam Bakhtiari, the vice-president of the
        > Iranian National Oil
        > > Company has stated:
        > >
        > > "The crisis is very, very near. World War III has
        > started. It has
        > > already affected every single citizen of the
        > Middle East. Soon it will
        > > spill over to affect every single citizen of the
        > world."
        > >
        > > The assertion that the world is about to enter
        > Peak Oil is not just
        > > the view of its partisans. The New York Times,
        > Washington Post,
        > > Newsweek and National Geographic have all covered
        > this emerging crisis
        > > in recent months.
        > >
        > >
        > > Tomorrow's Integral Revolution, Broadcasting Today
        > at IntegralNaked.org
        > >
        > > For these reasons and many others, people around
        > the world are coming
        > > to realize that we are experiencing a very unique
        > moment in history.
        > > When the trends of our energy supply,
        > international crises,
        > > globalizing economy, world environment,
        > pharmaceutical pollution,
        > > social conditions and technology advances are
        > overlaid upon a chart of
        > > time, a startling pattern becomes plainly visible:
        > lots of exponential
        > > curves all heading toward infinity or zero in a
        > short period of time.
        > > This pattern foretells of something both
        > frightening and strangely
        > > exciting at once. It reveals that in the next few
        > years, humanity will
        > > experience a transformation like none other in our
        > history -- a
        > > transformation that some of us now call "The
        > Singularity".
        > >
        > > "Singularity" is a concept from physics and
        > mathematics that describes
        > > a condition in which things go so "non-linear"
        > that they are totally
        > > unpredictable. Not just in practice, but in
        > theory. When we enter a
        > > singularity, our imperfect ability to predict the
        > future becomes not
        > > just more imperfect, but it nearly vanishes
        > altogether, and whatever
        > > may emerge on the other side of imminent events is
        > concealed by
        > > complexities far beyond our grasp. In other words,
        > over the next few
        > > years -- at most, over the next couple of decades
        > -- we will
        > > experience profound changes in our ways of life,
        > yet we cannot really
        > > predict what those changes will be or how they
        > will unfold.
        > >
        > > If this perspective is accurate, and I believe it
        > is, then people all
        > > over the world will soon be paying more and more
        > attention to deeper
        > > and deeper questions. Questions about the
        > challenges we all face.
        > > Questions about how to overcome them. Questions
        > about what matters
        > > most. Questions about the future. Questions about
        > the meaning and
        > > nature of life. Even questions about our destiny.
        > >
        > > I've studied these kinds of questions for many
        > years, and I'd like to
        > > share with you one of the most potent sources of
        > insight and wisdom
        > > I've encountered.
        > >
        > > Ken Wilber is perhaps the world's leading expert
        > studying the deepest
        > > thread in the tapestry of life: the evolution of
        > consciousness and its
        > > expressions in society and Nature. He is also one
        > of the most
        > > insightful philosophers living today. I believe
        > his work represents
        > > one of very few visions that are rugged enough and
        > true enough to span
        > > across the coming singularity. In other words, I
        > believe his life work
        > > represents one of the few visions that will guide
        > us through the
        > > transformations that lie directly ahead.
        > >
        > > Ken Wilber is the pioneer of the "Integral Model"
        > -- a breakthrough
        > > theory describing how the subjective and objective
        > aspects of our
        > > lives and our world interrelate. The Integral
        > Model is rapidly
        > > becoming recognized as an essential intellectual
        > tool for deeper
        > > understandings of evolution, human experience,
        > human history and
        > > possible futures.
        > >
        > > In 2000, I had the distinct honor of helping to
        > sponsor the inception
        > > of Ken Wilber's Integral Institute -- a
        > multi-disciplinary think tank
        > > tapping some of the brightest minds alive to apply
        > the Integral Model
        > > to business, politics, art, spirituality,
        > psychology, and other
        > > everyday domains of our lives. By 2004, two of the
        > key objectives of
        > > Integral Institute have been achieved:
        > establishing a leading
        > > destination on the Web for the captivating
        > conversations occurring at
        > > the frontier of social evolution
        > (http://integralnaked.org), and
        > > establishing the first-ever accredited
        > university-level educational
        > > program in Integral Studies
        > (http://www.integralinstitute.org/iu.htm).
        > >
        > > IntegralNaked is a series of unedited, uncensored,
        > live, and taped
        > > live conversations among the most influential,
        > provocative, and
        > > important thinkers and leaders in today's world.
        > These intense, raw,
        > > straightforward discussions -- delivered by audio
        > streaming -- cover a
        > > comprehensive sweep of issues relevant in today's
        > world -- from
        > > business to personal growth, from public education
        > to meditation, from
        > > politics to ecology, from sexuality to
        > spirituality.
        > >
        > > One of Ken's most recent hits is his commentary
        > with Larry Wachowski
        > > on the meaning of the paradigm-shattering film,
        > The Matrix. Somewhere
        > > in the archives, you can also listen to my recent
        > interview with Ken.
        > >
        > > If you'd like to set your mind on fire with ideas
        > that are changing
        > > your world, check them out at
        > http://integralnaked.org.
        > >
        > >
        > > A Vision of the Third Millennium
        > >
        > > For several years, I've been working on projects
        > intended to help
        > > address the deepest crises we all face. I invite
        > you to check out
        > > drafts of some of my writings, available at
        > http://firmage.org. Some
        > > are easy to read, others are more difficult to
        > absorb. Right or wrong,
        > > they all reflect my view of the potential
        > solutions we must explore.
        > >
        > > Stay tuned for some important announcements about
        > these efforts.
        > >
        > > Be well,
        > >
        > > Joseph P. Firmage
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        >
        >
        >
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        ... From: Sergio Montinola To: Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 11:25 AM Subject: Re:
        Message 3 of 13 , Nov 6, 2004
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: "Sergio Montinola" <sjmosprey2001@...>
          To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 11:25 AM
          Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fwd:The Coming Singularity

          I sugest that we keep this shit off of our discussion sight.
          William.



          >
          > Dear Michael,
          >
          > MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS FOLLOWS;
          >
          > --- michael <mdearing@...> wrote:
          >
          > >
          > > > Hello friend,
          > > >
          > > > It's been a long time since I last sent a message
          > > to you. So much has
          > > > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard to know
          > > where to start.
          > > > I'll be sending a few messages to you in coming
          > > months, exploring
          > > > several vital issues and a fascinating, compelling
          > > project I'm leading
          > > > that is scheduled to launch in the first half of
          > > 2005.
          > > >
          > > > But on the day of an election almost universally
          > > seen as a key
          > > > inflection point for the United States and the
          > > world, I'd like to
          > > > share some thoughts on issues bigger than those
          > > talked about by either
          > > > candidate for President.
          > > >
          > > >
          > > > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
          > > >
          > > > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of September
          > > 11, 2001, the U.S.
          > > > has declared a "war on terror that will not end in
          > > our lifetimes".
          >
          > BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, "THE END OF A JOURNEY BEGINS
          > WITH ONE STEP FORWARD".
          >
          > The
          > > > Bush administration has established a new
          > > pre-emptive National
          > > > Security policy, radically expanded budgets for
          > > defensive and
          > > > offensive military operations, invaded two
          > > countries, only one of
          > > > which -- even according to the official story now
          > > -- harbored real
          > > > threats to our nation, and cracked down on civil
          > > liberties at home.
          >
          > FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DYING FOR.
          >
          > > >
          > > > The results so far: the Muslim world is inflamed
          > > toward the U.S. like
          > > > never before in the history of our nation.
          >
          > THE MUSLIM WORLD IS ALSO INFLAMED TOWARDS "TERRORIST"
          > AMONG THEIR FLOCK. DO NOT CONFUSE THE MUSLIM WORLD
          > WITH "TERRORISM".
          >
          > > Afghanistan remains
          > > > significantly in the control of warlords, yet is
          > > struggling to achieve
          > > > stability amidst hopeful elections, resistant
          > > fundamentalists and a
          > > > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that
          > > remains central to its
          > > > economy. And the primary objective of that war --
          > > Osama bin Laden --
          > > > remains at large.
          >
          > SO BE IT. DO NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OSAMA BIN LADEN IS
          > CAPTURED AND DECAPITATED.
          > > >
          > > > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be
          > > spinning out of control.
          > > > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and Iraqi
          > > officials are rising.
          > > > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a world that
          > > relied upon
          > > > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a different
          > > kind of outcome
          > > > would follow from their attempt at liberation.
          >
          > GUSH AND BLAIR WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE END.
          >
          >
          > As
          > > a result of the
          > > > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully likely
          > > that new Osama bin
          > > > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis witness
          > > the dismemberment of
          > > > their family members -- now numbering at least in
          > > the tens of
          > > > thousands.
          >
          > THIS IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN THINKS AND HOPES TO
          > ACCOMPLISH. DID THE WAR ON HITLER BREED MORE HITLERS?
          > WHAT MAKES BIN LADEN DIFFERENT? YOUR ATTITUDE OF
          > SURRENDER WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
          >
          > > >
          > > > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian
          > > reaction to unilateral
          > > > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming laws
          > > of social physics we
          > > > should have learned many wars ago.
          >
          > WRONG AGAIN, HISTORY PROVES OTHERWISE. THERE IS NO
          > SUCH THING AS "A FOREIGN CULTURE". THERE IS ONLY ONE
          > CULTURE, THE CULTURE OF LOVE, PEACE AND A FREEDOM OF
          > CHOICE NOT DICTATORS LIKE BIN LADEN, SADDAM AND
          > HITLER.
          >
          >
          > > >
          > > > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East
          > > conflict between Israelis
          > > > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by
          > > Washington. And its
          > > > temperature continues to rise. In the past three
          > > years, thousands have
          > > > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall --
          > > unthinkable in 2000 -- is
          > > > now racing towards completion, and politics on
          > > both sides of that wall
          > > > continue to polarize.
          >
          > PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT ISRAEL AS A NATION AND BUILD
          > THEIRS ON LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM. "TERRORISM" CANNOT
          > BE A SOLUTION.
          > > >
          > > > In this context, it is essential that people
          > > around the world explore
          > > > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign policy are
          > > actually that same
          > > > as those officially declared by the Bush
          > > administration. For it is
          > > > possible that the real objectives are quite
          > > different than those you
          > > > know about.
          >
          > "DOUGHTING TOMASES" IS THE ENEMY'S WEAPON. THE U.S.
          > FOREIGN POLICY IS A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION NOT ONLY A
          > BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ELECTION IS OVER, THE PEOPLE HAVE
          > SPOKEN.
          >
          >
          > It is possible that the real
          > > objectives have a lot to do
          > > > with an epochal crisis facing human civilization,
          > > an event likely
          > > > known best to oil men. It is an event that will
          > > challenge every aspect
          > > > of our modern life, an event that is just now
          > > breaking into public
          > > > view: Peak Oil.
          > > >
          > ANOTHER MISGUIDED THOUGHT AWAY FROM "LOVE,PEACE AND
          > FREEDOM" THE ONLY VIABLE SOLUTION.
          > > >
          > > > The Energy Crisis
          > > >
          > > > If you have followed my writings in the past five
          > > years, you know that
          > > > I have supported efforts to discover new solutions
          > > to this epic
          > > > challenge of our time: developing new,
          > > non-polluting energy and
          > > > propulsion technologies for the growing appetites
          > > of modern society.
          >
          >
          > THIS IS COMING IF NOT ALREADY HERE.
          > > >
          > > > In the past six months, it has become clear to me
          > > that we are running
          > > > out of time to respond to this challenge, much
          > > more rapidly than I
          > > > previously expected. It is increasingly clear that
          > > our world will soon
          > > > experience an event called Peak Oil. The
          > > implications are beyond
          > > > serious. The implications are almost beyond
          > > description. The
          > > > implications are urgent, perhaps even more so than
          > > the problems of
          > > > terrorism or global trade or domestic social
          > > contracts.
          >
          > TO PEOPLE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD, THERE IS NO HOPE.
          > TO LOSE HOPE IS TO DENY GOD. TO DENY GOD IS THE REAL
          > PROBLEM.
          > > >
          > > > Why? Peak Oil is the moment in time when humanity
          > > has consumed half or
          > > > more of the oil cheaply available for
          > > exploitation. Thereafter, the
          > > > aggregate production of oil begins a permanent
          > > decline, its price
          > > > begins a permanent climb, and the global economy
          > > begins to
          > > > destabilize.
          >
          > PEAK OIL IS NOT GOD, MAN PROPOSES AND GOD DISPOSES.
          > > >
          >
          >
          > > > Oil doesn't just propel our cars. It lights,
          > > heats, cools and powers
          > > > our homes. It makes every piece of plastic, prints
          > > every computer
          > > > chip, carves every beam of steel and wood,
          > > prepares every bite of food
          > > > we eat, and delivers every drop of water we drink.
          > > It enables you to
          > > > read this email.
          >
          > GOD ENABLES ME TO LIVE AND READ. OIL IS MATERIAL. THIS
          > I BELIEVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE US LIVE.
          > > >
          > > > With this in mind, consider the following quotes.
          > > First, from one of
          > > > the most highly regarded energy analysts in the
          > > investment banking
          > > > world, Matthew Simmons
          > > (http://www.simmonsco-intl.com/default.asp):
          > > >
          > > > "The situation is desperate. This is the world's
          > > biggest serious
          > > > question... If you read The Perfect Storm , where
          > > a freak storm
          > > > materializes out of the convergence of three
          > > weather systems, our
          > > > energy crisis results from the same phenomenon.
          >
          > THIS IS THE THOUGHT OF A NON-BELIEVER. AS THE SAYING
          > GOES, "THERE ARE NO NON=BELIEVERS IN FOXHOLES."
          >
          > > >
          > > > "It is past time. As I have said, the experts and
          > > politicians have no
          > > > Plan B to fall back on. If energy peaks,
          > > particularly while 5 of the
          > > > world's 6.5 billion people have little or no use
          > > of modern energy, it
          > > > will be a tremendous jolt to our economic
          > > well-being and to our health
          > > > - greater than anyone could ever imagine."
          > > >
          > > > Asked if there is a solution to the impending
          > > crisis, Simmons
          > > > responded:
          > > >
          > > > "I don't think there is one. The solution is to
          > > pray. Under the best
          > > > of circumstances, if all prayers are answered
          > > there will be no crisis
          > > > for maybe two years. After that it's a certainty."
          > > >
          > TRUE PRAYER IS THE ONLY RECOURSE. GOD AND NOT MAN CAN
          > SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS AND UNCERTAINTYS.
          >
          > THE REST IS WISHFUL THINKING.
          >
          > > > In May 2004, Simmons explained that in order for
          > > demand to be
          > > > appropriately controlled, the price of oil would
          > > have to reach $182
          > > > per barrel. With oil prices at $182 per barrel,
          > > gasoline prices would
          > > > likely rise to $7.00 per gallon.
          > > >
          > > > Matthew Simmons has been sounding this alarm for
          > > years. For a long
          > > > while, he was a lone "voice in the wilderness." In
          > > the past year or
          > > > so, however, many experts have begun echoing his
          > > sentiments. Ali
          > > > Samsam Bakhtiari, the vice-president of the
          > > Iranian National Oil
          > > > Company has stated:
          > > >
          > > > "The crisis is very, very near. World War III has
          > > started. It has
          > > > already affected every single citizen of the
          > > Middle East. Soon it will
          > > > spill over to affect every single citizen of the
          > > world."
          > > >
          > > > The assertion that the world is about to enter
          > > Peak Oil is not just
          > > > the view of its partisans. The New York Times,
          > > Washington Post,
          > > > Newsweek and National Geographic have all covered
          > > this emerging crisis
          > > > in recent months.
          > > >
          > > >
          > > > Tomorrow's Integral Revolution, Broadcasting Today
          > > at IntegralNaked.org
          > > >
          > > > For these reasons and many others, people around
          > > the world are coming
          > > > to realize that we are experiencing a very unique
          > > moment in history.
          > > > When the trends of our energy supply,
          > > international crises,
          > > > globalizing economy, world environment,
          > > pharmaceutical pollution,
          > > > social conditions and technology advances are
          > > overlaid upon a chart of
          > > > time, a startling pattern becomes plainly visible:
          > > lots of exponential
          > > > curves all heading toward infinity or zero in a
          > > short period of time.
          > > > This pattern foretells of something both
          > > frightening and strangely
          > > > exciting at once. It reveals that in the next few
          > > years, humanity will
          > > > experience a transformation like none other in our
          > > history -- a
          > > > transformation that some of us now call "The
          > > Singularity".
          > > >
          > > > "Singularity" is a concept from physics and
          > > mathematics that describes
          > > > a condition in which things go so "non-linear"
          > > that they are totally
          > > > unpredictable. Not just in practice, but in
          > > theory. When we enter a
          > > > singularity, our imperfect ability to predict the
          > > future becomes not
          > > > just more imperfect, but it nearly vanishes
          > > altogether, and whatever
          > > > may emerge on the other side of imminent events is
          > > concealed by
          > > > complexities far beyond our grasp. In other words,
          > > over the next few
          > > > years -- at most, over the next couple of decades
          > > -- we will
          > > > experience profound changes in our ways of life,
          > > yet we cannot really
          > > > predict what those changes will be or how they
          > > will unfold.
          > > >
          > > > If this perspective is accurate, and I believe it
          > > is, then people all
          > > > over the world will soon be paying more and more
          > > attention to deeper
          > > > and deeper questions. Questions about the
          > > challenges we all face.
          > > > Questions about how to overcome them. Questions
          > > about what matters
          > > > most. Questions about the future. Questions about
          > > the meaning and
          > > > nature of life. Even questions about our destiny.
          > > >
          > > > I've studied these kinds of questions for many
          > > years, and I'd like to
          > > > share with you one of the most potent sources of
          > > insight and wisdom
          > > > I've encountered.
          > > >
          > > > Ken Wilber is perhaps the world's leading expert
          > > studying the deepest
          > > > thread in the tapestry of life: the evolution of
          > > consciousness and its
          > > > expressions in society and Nature. He is also one
          > > of the most
          > > > insightful philosophers living today. I believe
          > > his work represents
          > > > one of very few visions that are rugged enough and
          > > true enough to span
          > > > across the coming singularity. In other words, I
          > > believe his life work
          > > > represents one of the few visions that will guide
          > > us through the
          > > > transformations that lie directly ahead.
          > > >
          > > > Ken Wilber is the pioneer of the "Integral Model"
          > > -- a breakthrough
          > > > theory describing how the subjective and objective
          > > aspects of our
          > > > lives and our world interrelate. The Integral
          > > Model is rapidly
          > > > becoming recognized as an essential intellectual
          > > tool for deeper
          > > > understandings of evolution, human experience,
          > > human history and
          > > > possible futures.
          > > >
          > > > In 2000, I had the distinct honor of helping to
          > > sponsor the inception
          > > > of Ken Wilber's Integral Institute -- a
          > > multi-disciplinary think tank
          > > > tapping some of the brightest minds alive to apply
          > > the Integral Model
          > > > to business, politics, art, spirituality,
          > > psychology, and other
          > > > everyday domains of our lives. By 2004, two of the
          > > key objectives of
          > > > Integral Institute have been achieved:
          > > establishing a leading
          > > > destination on the Web for the captivating
          > > conversations occurring at
          > > > the frontier of social evolution
          > > (http://integralnaked.org), and
          > > > establishing the first-ever accredited
          > > university-level educational
          > > > program in Integral Studies
          > > (http://www.integralinstitute.org/iu.htm).
          > > >
          > > > IntegralNaked is a series of unedited, uncensored,
          > > live, and taped
          > > > live conversations among the most influential,
          > > provocative, and
          > > > important thinkers and leaders in today's world.
          > > These intense, raw,
          > > > straightforward discussions -- delivered by audio
          > > streaming -- cover a
          > > > comprehensive sweep of issues relevant in today's
          > > world -- from
          > > > business to personal growth, from public education
          > > to meditation, from
          > > > politics to ecology, from sexuality to
          > > spirituality.
          > > >
          > > > One of Ken's most recent hits is his commentary
          > > with Larry Wachowski
          > > > on the meaning of the paradigm-shattering film,
          > > The Matrix. Somewhere
          > > > in the archives, you can also listen to my recent
          > > interview with Ken.
          > > >
          > > > If you'd like to set your mind on fire with ideas
          > > that are changing
          > > > your world, check them out at
          > > http://integralnaked.org.
          > > >
          > > >
          > > > A Vision of the Third Millennium
          > > >
          > > > For several years, I've been working on projects
          > > intended to help
          > > > address the deepest crises we all face. I invite
          > > you to check out
          > > > drafts of some of my writings, available at
          > > http://firmage.org. Some
          > > > are easy to read, others are more difficult to
          > > absorb. Right or wrong,
          > > > they all reflect my view of the potential
          > > solutions we must explore.
          > > >
          > > > Stay tuned for some important announcements about
          > > these efforts.
          > > >
          > > > Be well,
          > > >
          > > > Joseph P. Firmage
          > > >
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            --- William Stocker <stoc85@...> wrote:

            >
            >
            > ----- Original Message -----
            > From: "Sergio Montinola" <sjmosprey2001@...>
            > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
            > Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 11:25 AM
            > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fwd:The Coming
            > Singularity
            >
            > I sugest that we keep this shit off of our
            > discussion sight.
            > William.
            >
            >
            >
            > >
            > > Dear Michael,
            > >
            > > MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS FOLLOWS;
            >
            > >
            > > --- michael <mdearing@...> wrote:
            > >
            > > >
            > > > > Hello friend,
            > > > >
            > > > > It's been a long time since I last sent a
            > message
            > > > to you. So much has
            > > > > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard to
            > know
            > > > where to start.
            > > > > I'll be sending a few messages to you in
            > coming
            > > > months, exploring
            > > > > several vital issues and a fascinating,
            > compelling
            > > > project I'm leading
            > > > > that is scheduled to launch in the first half
            > of
            > > > 2005.
            > > > >
            > > > > But on the day of an election almost
            > universally
            > > > seen as a key
            > > > > inflection point for the United States and the
            > > > world, I'd like to
            > > > > share some thoughts on issues bigger than
            > those
            > > > talked about by either
            > > > > candidate for President.
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
            > > > >
            > > > > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of
            > September
            > > > 11, 2001, the U.S.
            > > > > has declared a "war on terror that will not
            > end in
            > > > our lifetimes".
            > >
            > > BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, "THE END OF A JOURNEY
            > BEGINS
            > > WITH ONE STEP FORWARD".
            > >
            > > The
            > > > > Bush administration has established a new
            > > > pre-emptive National
            > > > > Security policy, radically expanded budgets
            > for
            > > > defensive and
            > > > > offensive military operations, invaded two
            > > > countries, only one of
            > > > > which -- even according to the official story
            > now
            > > > -- harbored real
            > > > > threats to our nation, and cracked down on
            > civil
            > > > liberties at home.
            > >
            > > FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DYING FOR.
            > >
            > > > >
            > > > > The results so far: the Muslim world is
            > inflamed
            > > > toward the U.S. like
            > > > > never before in the history of our nation.
            > >
            > > THE MUSLIM WORLD IS ALSO INFLAMED TOWARDS
            > "TERRORIST"
            > > AMONG THEIR FLOCK. DO NOT CONFUSE THE MUSLIM WORLD
            > > WITH "TERRORISM".
            > >
            > > > Afghanistan remains
            > > > > significantly in the control of warlords, yet
            > is
            > > > struggling to achieve
            > > > > stability amidst hopeful elections, resistant
            > > > fundamentalists and a
            > > > > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that
            > > > remains central to its
            > > > > economy. And the primary objective of that war
            > --
            > > > Osama bin Laden --
            > > > > remains at large.
            > >
            > > SO BE IT. DO NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OSAMA BIN LADEN IS
            > > CAPTURED AND DECAPITATED.
            > > > >
            > > > > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be
            > > > spinning out of control.
            > > > > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and Iraqi
            > > > officials are rising.
            > > > > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a world
            > that
            > > > relied upon
            > > > > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a
            > different
            > > > kind of outcome
            > > > > would follow from their attempt at liberation.
            >
            > >
            > > GUSH AND BLAIR WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE END.
            > >
            > >
            > > As
            > > > a result of the
            > > > > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully
            > likely
            > > > that new Osama bin
            > > > > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis
            > witness
            > > > the dismemberment of
            > > > > their family members -- now numbering at least
            > in
            > > > the tens of
            > > > > thousands.
            > >
            > > THIS IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN THINKS AND HOPES TO
            > > ACCOMPLISH. DID THE WAR ON HITLER BREED MORE
            > HITLERS?
            > > WHAT MAKES BIN LADEN DIFFERENT? YOUR ATTITUDE OF
            > > SURRENDER WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
            > >
            > > > >
            > > > > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian
            > > > reaction to unilateral
            > > > > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming
            > laws
            > > > of social physics we
            > > > > should have learned many wars ago.
            > >
            > > WRONG AGAIN, HISTORY PROVES OTHERWISE. THERE IS NO
            > > SUCH THING AS "A FOREIGN CULTURE". THERE IS ONLY
            > ONE
            > > CULTURE, THE CULTURE OF LOVE, PEACE AND A FREEDOM
            > OF
            > > CHOICE NOT DICTATORS LIKE BIN LADEN, SADDAM AND
            > > HITLER.
            > >
            > >
            > > > >
            > > > > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East
            > > > conflict between Israelis
            > > > > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by
            > > > Washington. And its
            > > > > temperature continues to rise. In the past
            > three
            > > > years, thousands have
            > > > > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall --
            > > > unthinkable in 2000 -- is
            > > > > now racing towards completion, and politics on
            > > > both sides of that wall
            > > > > continue to polarize.
            > >
            > > PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT ISRAEL AS A NATION AND
            > BUILD
            > > THEIRS ON LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM. "TERRORISM"
            > CANNOT
            > > BE A SOLUTION.
            > > > >
            > > > > In this context, it is essential that people
            > > > around the world explore
            > > > > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign policy
            > are
            > > > actually that same
            > > > > as those officially declared by the Bush
            > > > administration. For it is
            > > > > possible that the real objectives are quite
            > > > different than those you
            > > > > know about.
            > >
            > > "DOUGHTING TOMASES" IS THE ENEMY'S WEAPON. THE
            > U.S.
            > > FOREIGN POLICY IS A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION NOT ONLY A
            > > BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ELECTION IS OVER, THE PEOPLE
            > HAVE
            > > SPOKEN.
            > >
            > >
            > > It is possible that the real
            > > > objectives have a lot to do
            > > > > with an epochal crisis facing human
            > civilization,
            > > > an event likely
            > > > > known best to oil men. It is an event that
            > will
            > > > challenge every aspect
            > > > > of our modern life, an event that is just now
            > > > breaking into public
            > > > > view: Peak Oil.
            > > > >
            > > ANOTHER MISGUIDED THOUGHT AWAY FROM "LOVE,PEACE
            > AND
            > > FREEDOM" THE ONLY VIABLE SOLUTION.
            > > > >
            > > > > The Energy Crisis
            > > > >
            > > > > If you have followed my writings in the past
            > five
            > > > years, you know that
            > > > > I have supported efforts to discover new
            > solutions
            > > > to this epic
            > > > > challenge of our time: developing new,
            > > > non-polluting energy and
            > > > > propulsion technologies for the growing
            > appetites
            > > > of modern society.
            > >
            > >
            > > THIS IS COMING IF NOT ALREADY HERE.
            > > > >
            > > > > In the past six months, it has become clear to
            > me
            > > > that we are running
            > > > > out of time to respond to this challenge, much
            > > > more rapidly than I
            > > > > previously expected. It is increasingly clear
            > that
            > > > our world will soon
            > > > > experience an event called Peak Oil. The
            > > > implications are beyond
            > > > > serious. The implications are almost beyond
            > > > description. The
            > > > > implications are urgent, perhaps even more so
            > than
            > > > the problems of
            > > > > terrorism or global trade or domestic social
            > > > contracts.
            > >
            > > TO PEOPLE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD, THERE IS NO
            > HOPE.
            > > TO LOSE HOPE IS TO DENY GOD. TO DENY GOD IS THE
            > REAL
            > > PROBLEM.
            > > > >
            > > > > Why? Peak Oil is the moment in time when
            > humanity
            > > > has consumed half or
            > > > > more of the oil cheaply available for
            > > > exploitation. Thereafter, the
            > > > > aggregate production of oil begins a permanent
            > > > decline, its price
            > > > > begins a permanent climb, and the global
            > economy
            > > > begins to
            > > > > destabilize.
            > >
            > > PEAK OIL IS NOT GOD, MAN PROPOSES AND GOD
            > DISPOSES.
            > > > >
            > >
            > >
            > > > > Oil doesn't just propel our cars. It lights,
            > > > heats, cools and powers
            > > > > our homes. It makes every piece of plastic,
            > prints
            > > > every computer
            > > > > chip, carves every beam of steel and wood,
            > > > prepares every bite of food
            > > > > we eat, and delivers every drop of water we
            > drink.
            > > > It enables you to
            > > > > read this email.
            > >
            > > GOD ENABLES ME TO LIVE AND READ. OIL IS MATERIAL.
            > THIS
            > > I BELIEVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE US LIVE.
            > > > >
            > > > > With this in mind, consider the following
            > quotes.
            > > > First, from one of
            > > > > the most highly regarded energy analysts in
            > the
            > > > investment banking
            > > > > world, Matthew Simmons
            > > > (http://www.simmonsco-intl.com/default.asp):
            > > > >
            > > > > "The situation is desperate. This is the
            > world's
            > > > biggest serious
            > > > > question... If you read The Perfect Storm ,
            > where
            > > > a freak storm
            > > > > materializes out of the convergence of three
            > > > weather systems, our
            > > > > energy crisis results from the same
            > phenomenon.
            > >
            > > THIS IS THE THOUGHT OF A NON-BELIEVER. AS THE
            > SAYING
            > > GOES, "THERE ARE NO NON=BELIEVERS IN FOXHOLES."
            > >
            > > > >
            > > > > "It is past time. As I have said, the experts
            > and
            > > > politicians have no
            > > > > Plan B to fall back on. If energy peaks,
            > > > particularly while 5 of the
            > > > > world's 6.5 billion people have little or no
            > use
            > > > of modern energy, it
            > > > > will be a tremendous jolt to our economic
            > > > well-being and to our health
            > > > > - greater than anyone could ever imagine."
            > > > >
            > > > > Asked if there is a solution to the impending
            > > > crisis, Simmons
            > > > > responded:
            > > > >
            > > > > "I don't think there is one. The solution is
            > to
            > > > pray. Under the best
            > > > > of circumstances, if all prayers are answered
            > > > there will be no crisis
            > > > > for maybe two years. After that it's a
            > certainty."
            > > > >
            > > TRUE PRAYER IS THE ONLY RECOURSE. GOD AND NOT MAN
            > CAN
            > > SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS AND UNCERTAINTYS.
            > >
            > > THE REST IS WISHFUL THINKING.
            > >
            > > > > In May 2004, Simmons explained that in order
            > for
            > > > demand to be
            > > > > appropriately controlled, the price of oil
            > would
            > > > have to reach $182
            > > > > per barrel. With oil prices at $182 per
            > barrel,
            > > > gasoline prices would
            > > > > likely rise to $7.00 per gallon.
            > > > >
            > > > > Matthew Simmons has been sounding this alarm
            > for
            > > > years. For a long
            > > > > while, he was a lone "voice in the
            > wilderness." In
            > > > the past year or
            > > > > so, however, many experts have begun echoing
            > his
            > > > sentiments. Ali
            > > > > Samsam Bakhtiari, the vice-president of the
            > > > Iranian National Oil
            > > > > Company has stated:
            > > > >
            > > > > "The crisis is very, very near. World War III
            > has
            > > > started. It has
            > > > > already affected every single citizen of the
            > > > Middle East. Soon it will
            > > > > spill over to affect every single citizen of
            > the
            > > > world."
            > > > >
            > > > > The assertion that the world is about to enter
            > > > Peak Oil is not just
            > > > > the view of its partisans. The New York Times,
            > > > Washington Post,
            > > > > Newsweek and National Geographic have all
            > covered
            > > > this emerging crisis
            > > > > in recent months.
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > > Tomorrow's Integral Revolution, Broadcasting
            > Today
            > > > at IntegralNaked.org
            > > > >
            > > > > For these reasons and many others, people
            > around
            > > > the world are coming
            > > > > to realize that we are experiencing a very
            > unique
            > > > moment in history.
            > > > > When the trends of our energy supply,
            > > > international crises,
            > > > > globalizing economy, world environment,
            > > > pharmaceutical pollution,
            > > > > social conditions and technology advances are
            > > > overlaid upon a chart of
            > > > > time, a startling pattern becomes plainly
            > visible:
            > > > lots of exponential
            > > > > curves all heading toward infinity or zero in
            > a
            > > > short period of time.
            > > > > This pattern foretells of something both
            > > > frightening and strangely
            > > > > exciting at once. It reveals that in the next
            > few
            > > > years, humanity will
            > > > > experience a transformation like none other in
            > our
            > > > history -- a
            > > > > transformation that some of us now call "The
            > > > Singularity".
            > > > >
            > > > > "Singularity" is a concept from physics and
            > > > mathematics that describes
            > > > > a condition in which things go so "non-linear"
            > > > that they are totally
            > > > > unpredictable. Not just in practice, but in
            > > > theory. When we enter a
            > > > > singularity, our imperfect ability to predict
            > the
            > > > future becomes not
            > > > > just more imperfect, but it nearly vanishes
            > > > altogether, and whatever
            > > > > may emerge on the other side of imminent
            > events is
            > > > concealed by
            > > > > complexities far beyond our grasp. In other
            > words,
            > > > over the next few
            > > > > years -- at most, over the next couple of
            > decades
            > > > -- we will
            > > > > experience profound changes in our ways of
            > life,
            > > > yet we cannot really
            > > > > predict what those changes will be or how they
            > > > will unfold.
            > > > >
            > > > > If this perspective is accurate, and I believe
            > it
            > > > is, then people all
            > > > > over the world will soon be paying more and
            > more
            > > > attention to deeper
            > > > > and deeper questions. Questions about the
            > > > challenges we all face.
            > > > > Questions about how to overcome them.
            > Questions
            > > > about what matters
            > > > > most. Questions about the future. Questions
            > about
            > > > the meaning and
            > > > > nature of life. Even questions about our
            > destiny.
            > > > >
            > > > > I've studied these kinds of questions for many
            > > > years, and I'd like to
            > > > > share with you one of the most potent sources
            > of
            > > > insight and wisdom
            > > > > I've encountered.
            > > > >
            > > > > Ken Wilber is perhaps the world's leading
            > expert
            > > > studying the deepest
            > > > > thread in the tapestry of life: the evolution
            > of
            > > > consciousness and its
            > > > > expressions in society and Nature. He is also
            > one
            > > > of the most
            > > > > insightful philosophers living today. I
            > believe
            > > > his work represents
            > > > > one of very few visions that are rugged enough
            > and
            > > > true enough to span
            > > > > across the coming singularity. In other words,
            > I
            > > > believe his life work
            > > > > represents one of the few visions that will
            > guide
            > > > us through the
            > > > > transformations that lie directly ahead.
            > > > >
            > > > > Ken Wilber is the pioneer of the "Integral
            > Model"
            > > > -- a breakthrough
            > > > > theory describing how the subjective and
            > objective
            > > > aspects of our
            > > > > lives and our world interrelate. The Integral
            > > > Model is rapidly
            > > > > becoming recognized as an essential
            > intellectual
            > > > tool for deeper
            > > > > understandings of evolution, human experience,
            > > > human history and
            > > > > possible futures.
            > > > >
            > > > > In 2000, I had the distinct honor of helping
            > to
            > > > sponsor the inception
            > > > > of Ken Wilber's Integral Institute -- a
            > > > multi-disciplinary think tank
            > > > > tapping some of the brightest minds alive to
            > apply
            > > > the Integral Model
            > > > > to business, politics, art, spirituality,
            > > > psychology, and other
            > > > > everyday domains of our lives. By 2004, two of
            > the
            > > > key objectives of
            > > > > Integral Institute have been achieved:
            > > > establishing a leading
            > > > > destination on the Web for the captivating
            > > > conversations occurring at
            > > > > the frontier of social evolution
            > > > (http://integralnaked.org), and
            > > > > establishing the first-ever accredited
            > > > university-level educational
            > > > > program in Integral Studies
            > > > (http://www.integralinstitute.org/iu.htm).
            > > > >
            > > > > IntegralNaked is a series of unedited,
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            > > > live, and taped
            > > > > live conversations among the most influential,
            > > > provocative, and
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            > > > These intense, raw,
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            > > > to meditation, from
            > > > > politics to ecology, from sexuality to
            > > > spirituality.
            > > > >
            > > > > One of Ken's most recent hits is his
            > commentary
            > > > with Larry Wachowski
            > > > > on the meaning of the paradigm-shattering
            > film,
            > > > The Matrix. Somewhere
            > > > > in the archives, you can also listen to my
            > recent
            > > > interview with Ken.
            > > > >
            > > > > If you'd like to set your mind on fire with
            > ideas
            > > > that are changing
            > > > > your world, check them out at
            > > > http://integralnaked.org.
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > > A Vision of the Third Millennium
            > > > >
            > > > > For several years, I've been working on
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            > > > intended to help
            > > > > address the deepest crises we all face. I
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            > > > you to check out
            > > > > drafts of some of my writings, available at
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            > > > > are easy to read, others are more difficult to
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            > > > > they all reflect my view of the potential
            > > > solutions we must explore.
            > > > >
            > > > > Stay tuned for some important announcements
            > about
            > > > these efforts.
            > > > >
            > > > > Be well,
            > > > >
            > > > > Joseph P. Firmage
            > > > >
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            Message 5 of 13 , Nov 7, 2004
              Same to you.



              --- Sergio Montinola <sjmosprey2001@...> wrote:

              > I aggree, if you aggree to do likewise.
              > Serge
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > --- William Stocker <stoc85@...> wrote:
              >
              > >
              > >
              > > ----- Original Message -----
              > > From: "Sergio Montinola" <sjmosprey2001@...>
              > > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
              > > Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 11:25 AM
              > > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fwd:The Coming
              > > Singularity
              > >
              > > I sugest that we keep this shit off of our
              > > discussion sight.
              > > William.
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > >
              > > > Dear Michael,
              > > >
              > > > MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS
              > FOLLOWS;
              > >
              > > >
              > > > --- michael <mdearing@...> wrote:
              > > >
              > > > >
              > > > > > Hello friend,
              > > > > >
              > > > > > It's been a long time since I last sent a
              > > message
              > > > > to you. So much has
              > > > > > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard
              > to
              > > know
              > > > > where to start.
              > > > > > I'll be sending a few messages to you in
              > > coming
              > > > > months, exploring
              > > > > > several vital issues and a fascinating,
              > > compelling
              > > > > project I'm leading
              > > > > > that is scheduled to launch in the first
              > half
              > > of
              > > > > 2005.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > But on the day of an election almost
              > > universally
              > > > > seen as a key
              > > > > > inflection point for the United States and
              > the
              > > > > world, I'd like to
              > > > > > share some thoughts on issues bigger than
              > > those
              > > > > talked about by either
              > > > > > candidate for President.
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of
              > > September
              > > > > 11, 2001, the U.S.
              > > > > > has declared a "war on terror that will not
              > > end in
              > > > > our lifetimes".
              > > >
              > > > BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, "THE END OF A JOURNEY
              > > BEGINS
              > > > WITH ONE STEP FORWARD".
              > > >
              > > > The
              > > > > > Bush administration has established a new
              > > > > pre-emptive National
              > > > > > Security policy, radically expanded budgets
              > > for
              > > > > defensive and
              > > > > > offensive military operations, invaded two
              > > > > countries, only one of
              > > > > > which -- even according to the official
              > story
              > > now
              > > > > -- harbored real
              > > > > > threats to our nation, and cracked down on
              > > civil
              > > > > liberties at home.
              > > >
              > > > FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DYING FOR.
              > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > > The results so far: the Muslim world is
              > > inflamed
              > > > > toward the U.S. like
              > > > > > never before in the history of our nation.
              > > >
              > > > THE MUSLIM WORLD IS ALSO INFLAMED TOWARDS
              > > "TERRORIST"
              > > > AMONG THEIR FLOCK. DO NOT CONFUSE THE MUSLIM
              > WORLD
              > > > WITH "TERRORISM".
              > > >
              > > > > Afghanistan remains
              > > > > > significantly in the control of warlords,
              > yet
              > > is
              > > > > struggling to achieve
              > > > > > stability amidst hopeful elections,
              > resistant
              > > > > fundamentalists and a
              > > > > > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that
              > > > > remains central to its
              > > > > > economy. And the primary objective of that
              > war
              > > --
              > > > > Osama bin Laden --
              > > > > > remains at large.
              > > >
              > > > SO BE IT. DO NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OSAMA BIN LADEN
              > IS
              > > > CAPTURED AND DECAPITATED.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be
              > > > > spinning out of control.
              > > > > > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and
              > Iraqi
              > > > > officials are rising.
              > > > > > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a
              > world
              > > that
              > > > > relied upon
              > > > > > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a
              > > different
              > > > > kind of outcome
              > > > > > would follow from their attempt at
              > liberation.
              > >
              > > >
              > > > GUSH AND BLAIR WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE
              > END.
              > > >
              > > >
              > > > As
              > > > > a result of the
              > > > > > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully
              > > likely
              > > > > that new Osama bin
              > > > > > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis
              > > witness
              > > > > the dismemberment of
              > > > > > their family members -- now numbering at
              > least
              > > in
              > > > > the tens of
              > > > > > thousands.
              > > >
              > > > THIS IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN THINKS AND HOPES TO
              > > > ACCOMPLISH. DID THE WAR ON HITLER BREED MORE
              > > HITLERS?
              > > > WHAT MAKES BIN LADEN DIFFERENT? YOUR ATTITUDE OF
              > > > SURRENDER WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
              > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian
              > > > > reaction to unilateral
              > > > > > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming
              > > laws
              > > > > of social physics we
              > > > > > should have learned many wars ago.
              > > >
              > > > WRONG AGAIN, HISTORY PROVES OTHERWISE. THERE IS
              > NO
              > > > SUCH THING AS "A FOREIGN CULTURE". THERE IS ONLY
              > > ONE
              > > > CULTURE, THE CULTURE OF LOVE, PEACE AND A
              > FREEDOM
              > > OF
              > > > CHOICE NOT DICTATORS LIKE BIN LADEN, SADDAM AND
              > > > HITLER.
              > > >
              > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East
              > > > > conflict between Israelis
              > > > > > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by
              > > > > Washington. And its
              > > > > > temperature continues to rise. In the past
              > > three
              > > > > years, thousands have
              > > > > > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall --
              > > > > unthinkable in 2000 -- is
              > > > > > now racing towards completion, and politics
              > on
              > > > > both sides of that wall
              > > > > > continue to polarize.
              > > >
              > > > PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT ISRAEL AS A NATION AND
              > > BUILD
              > > > THEIRS ON LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM. "TERRORISM"
              > > CANNOT
              > > > BE A SOLUTION.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > In this context, it is essential that people
              > > > > around the world explore
              > > > > > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign
              > policy
              > > are
              > > > > actually that same
              > > > > > as those officially declared by the Bush
              > > > > administration. For it is
              > > > > > possible that the real objectives are quite
              > > > > different than those you
              > > > > > know about.
              > > >
              > > > "DOUGHTING TOMASES" IS THE ENEMY'S WEAPON. THE
              > > U.S.
              > > > FOREIGN POLICY IS A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION NOT ONLY
              > A
              > > > BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ELECTION IS OVER, THE
              > PEOPLE
              > > HAVE
              > > > SPOKEN.
              > > >
              > > >
              > > > It is possible that the real
              > > > > objectives have a lot to do
              > > > > > with an epochal crisis facing human
              > > civilization,
              > > > > an event likely
              > > > > > known best to oil men. It is an event that
              > > will
              > > > > challenge every aspect
              > > > > > of our modern life, an event that is just
              > now
              > > > > breaking into public
              > > > > > view: Peak Oil.
              > > > > >
              > > > ANOTHER MISGUIDED THOUGHT AWAY FROM "LOVE,PEACE
              > > AND
              > > > FREEDOM" THE ONLY VIABLE SOLUTION.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > The Energy Crisis
              > > > > >
              > > > > > If you have followed my writings in the past
              > > five
              > > > > years, you know that
              > > > > > I have supported efforts to discover new
              > > solutions
              > > > > to this epic
              > > > > > challenge of our time: developing new,
              > > > > non-polluting energy and
              > > > > > propulsion technologies for the growing
              > > appetites
              > > > > of modern society.
              > > >
              > > >
              > > > THIS IS COMING IF NOT ALREADY HERE.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > In the past six months, it has become clear
              > to
              > > me
              > > > > that we are running
              > > > > > out of time to respond to this challenge,
              > much
              > > > > more rapidly than I
              > > > > > previously expected. It is increasingly
              > clear
              > > that
              > > > > our world will soon
              > > > > > experience an event called Peak Oil. The
              > > > > implications are beyond
              > > > > > serious. The implications are almost beyond
              > > > > description. The
              > > > > > implications are urgent, perhaps even more
              > so
              > > than
              > > > > the problems of
              > > > > > terrorism or global trade or domestic social
              > > > > contracts.
              > > >
              > > > TO PEOPLE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD, THERE IS NO
              > > HOPE.
              > > > TO LOSE HOPE IS TO DENY GOD. TO DENY GOD IS THE
              > > REAL
              > > > PROBLEM.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Why? Peak Oil is the moment in time when
              > > humanity
              > > > > has consumed half or
              > > > > > more of the oil cheaply available for
              > > > > exploitation. Thereafter, the
              > > > > > aggregate production of oil begins a
              > permanent
              > > > > decline, its price
              > > > > > begins a permanent climb, and the global
              > > economy
              > > > > begins to
              > > > > > destabilize.
              > > >
              > > > PEAK OIL IS NOT GOD, MAN PROPOSES AND GOD
              > > DISPOSES.
              > > > > >
              > > >
              > > >
              > > > > > Oil doesn't just propel our cars. It lights,
              > > > > heats, cools and powers
              > > > > > our homes. It makes every piece of plastic,
              > > prints
              > > > > every computer
              > > > > > chip, carves every beam of steel and wood,
              > > > > prepares every bite of food
              > > > > > we eat, and delivers every drop of water we
              > > drink.
              > > > > It enables you to
              > > > > > read this email.
              > > >
              > > > GOD ENABLES ME TO LIVE AND READ. OIL IS
              > MATERIAL.
              > > THIS
              > > > I BELIEVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE US LIVE.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > With this in mind, consider the following
              > > quotes.
              > > > > First, from one of
              > > > > > the most highly regarded energy analysts in
              > > the
              > > > > investment banking
              > > > > > world, Matthew Simmons
              > > > > (http://www.simmonsco-intl.com/default.asp):
              > > > > >
              > > > > > "The situation is desperate. This is the
              > > world's
              > > > > biggest serious
              > > > > > question... If you read The Perfect Storm ,
              > > where
              > > > > a freak storm
              > > > > > materializes out of the convergence of three
              > > > > weather systems, our
              > > > > > energy crisis results from the same
              > > phenomenon.
              > > >
              > > > THIS IS THE THOUGHT OF A NON-BELIEVER. AS THE
              > > SAYING
              > > > GOES, "THERE ARE NO NON=BELIEVERS IN FOXHOLES."
              > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > > "It is past time. As I have said, the
              > experts
              > > and
              > > > > politicians have no
              > > > > > Plan B to fall back on. If energy peaks,
              > > > > particularly while 5 of the
              > > > > > world's 6.5 billion people have little or no
              > > use
              > > > > of modern energy, it
              > > > > > will be a tremendous jolt to our economic
              > > > > well-being and to our health
              > > > > > - greater than anyone could ever imagine."
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Asked if there is a solution to the
              > impending
              > > > > crisis, Simmons
              > > > > > responded:
              > > > > >
              > > > > > "I don't think there is one. The solution is
              > > to
              > > > > pray. Under the best
              > > > > > of circumstances, if all prayers are
              > answered
              > > > > there will be no crisis
              > > > > > for maybe two years. After that it's a
              > > certainty."
              > > > > >
              > > > TRUE PRAYER IS THE ONLY RECOURSE. GOD AND NOT
              > MAN
              > > CAN
              > > > SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS AND UNCERTAINTYS.
              > > >
              > > > THE REST IS WISHFUL THINKING.
              > > >
              > > > > > In May 2004, Simmons explained that in order
              > > for
              > > > > demand to be
              > > > > > appropriately controlled, the price of oil
              > > would
              > > > > have to reach $182
              > > > > > per barrel. With oil prices at $182 per
              > > barrel,
              > > > > gasoline prices would
              > > > > > likely rise to $7.00 per gallon.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Matthew Simmons has been sounding this alarm
              > > for
              > > > > years. For a long
              > > > > > while, he was a lone "voice in the
              > > wilderness." In
              > > > > the past year or
              > > > > > so, however, many experts have begun echoing
              > > his
              > > > > sentiments. Ali
              > > > > > Samsam Bakhtiari, the vice-president of the
              > > > > Iranian National Oil
              > > > > > Company has stated:
              > > > > >
              > > > > > "The crisis is very, very near. World War
              > III
              > > has
              > > > > started. It has
              > > > > > already affected every single citizen of the
              > > > > Middle East. Soon it will
              > > > > > spill over to affect every single citizen of
              > > the
              > > > > world."
              > > > > >
              > > > > > The assertion that the world is about to
              > enter
              > > > > Peak Oil is not just
              > > > > > the view of its partisans. The New York
              > Times,
              > > > > Washington Post,
              > > > > > Newsweek and National Geographic have all
              > > covered
              > > > > this emerging crisis
              > > > > > in recent months.
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Tomorrow's Integral Revolution, Broadcasting
              > > Today
              > > > > at IntegralNaked.org
              > > > > >
              > > > > > For these reasons and many others, people
              > > around
              > > > > the world are coming
              > > > > > to realize that we are experiencing a very
              > > unique
              > > > > moment in history.
              > > > > > When the trends of our energy supply,
              > > > > international crises,
              > > > > > globalizing economy, world environment,
              > > > > pharmaceutical pollution,
              > > > > > social conditions and technology advances
              > are
              > > > > overlaid upon a chart of
              > > > > > time, a startling pattern becomes plainly
              > > visible:
              > > > > lots of exponential
              > > > > > curves all heading toward infinity or zero
              > in
              > > a
              > > > > short period of time.
              > > > > > This pattern foretells of something both
              > > > > frightening and strangely
              > > > > > exciting at once. It reveals that in the
              > next
              > > few
              > > > > years, humanity will
              > > > > > experience a transformation like none other
              > in
              > > our
              > > > > history -- a
              > > > > > transformation that some of us now call "The
              > > > > Singularity".
              > > > > >
              > > > > > "Singularity" is a concept from physics and
              > > > > mathematics that describes
              > > > > > a condition in which things go so
              > "non-linear"
              > > > > that they are totally
              > > > > > unpredictable. Not just in practice, but in
              > > > > theory. When we enter a
              > > > > > singularity, our imperfect ability to
              > predict
              > > the
              > > > > future becomes not
              > > > > > just more imperfect, but it nearly vanishes
              > > > > altogether, and whatever
              > > > > > may emerge on the other side of imminent
              > > events is
              > > > > concealed by
              > > > > > complexities far beyond our grasp. In other
              > > words,
              > > > > over the next few
              > > > > > years -- at most, over the next couple of
              > > decades
              > > > > -- we will
              > > > > > experience profound changes in our ways of
              > > life,
              > > > > yet we cannot really
              > > > > > predict what those changes will be or how
              > they
              > > > > will unfold.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > If this perspective is accurate, and I
              > believe
              > > it
              > > > > is, then people all
              > > > > > over the world will soon be paying more and
              > > more
              > > > > attention to deeper
              > > > > > and deeper questions. Questions about the
              > > > > challenges we all face.
              > > > > > Questions about how to overcome them.
              > > Questions
              > > > > about what matters
              > > > > > most. Questions about the future. Questions
              > > about
              > > > > the meaning and
              > > > > > nature of life. Even questions about our
              > > destiny.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > I've studied these kinds of questions for
              > many
              > > > > years, and I'd like to
              > > > > > share with you one of the most potent
              > sources
              > > of
              > > > > insight and wisdom
              > > > > > I've encountered.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Ken Wilber is perhaps the world's leading
              > > expert
              > > > > studying the deepest
              > > > > > thread in the tapestry of life: the
              > evolution
              > > of
              > > > > consciousness and its
              > > > > > expressions in society and Nature. He is
              > also
              > > one
              > > > > of the most
              > > > > > insightful philosophers living today. I
              > > believe
              > > > > his work represents
              > > > > > one of very few visions that are rugged
              > enough
              > > and
              > > > > true enough to span
              > > > > > across the coming singularity. In other
              > words,
              > > I
              > > > > believe his life work
              > > > > > represents one of the few visions that will
              > > guide
              > > > > us through the
              > > > > > transformations that lie directly ahead.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Ken Wilber is the pioneer of the "Integral
              > > Model"
              > > > > -- a breakthrough
              > > > > > theory describing how the subjective and
              > > objective
              > > > > aspects of our
              > > > > > lives and our world interrelate. The
              > Integral
              > > > > Model is rapidly
              > > > > > becoming recognized as an essential
              > > intellectual
              > > > > tool for deeper
              > > > > > understandings of evolution, human
              > experience,
              > > > > human history and
              > > > > > possible futures.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > In 2000, I had the distinct honor of helping
              > > to
              > > > > sponsor the inception
              > > > > > of Ken Wilber's Integral Institute -- a
              > > > > multi-disciplinary think tank
              > > > > > tapping some of the brightest minds alive to
              > > apply
              > > > > the Integral Model
              > > > > > to business, politics, art, spirituality,
              > > > > psychology, and other
              > > > > > everyday domains of our lives. By 2004, two
              > of
              > > the
              > > > > key objectives of
              > > > > > Integral Institute have been achieved:
              > > > > establishing a leading
              > > > > > destination on the Web for the captivating
              > > > > conversations occurring at
              > > > > > the frontier of social evolution
              > > > > (http://integralnaked.org), and
              > > > > > establishing the first-ever accredited
              > > > > university-level educational
              > > > > > program in Integral Studies
              > > > > (http://www.integralinstitute.org/iu.htm).
              > > > > >
              > > > > > IntegralNaked is a series of unedited,
              > > uncensored,
              > > > > live, and taped
              > > > > > live conversations among the most
              > influential,
              > > > > provocative, and
              > > > > > important thinkers and leaders in today's
              > > world.
              > > > > These intense, raw,
              > > > > > straightforward discussions -- delivered by
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              > > > > streaming -- cover a
              > > > > > comprehensive sweep of issues relevant in
              > > today's
              > > > > world -- from
              > > > > > business to personal growth, from public
              > > education
              > > > > to meditation, from
              > > > > > politics to ecology, from sexuality to
              > > > > spirituality.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > One of Ken's most recent hits is his
              > > commentary
              > > > > with Larry Wachowski
              > > > > > on the meaning of the paradigm-shattering
              > > film,
              > > > > The Matrix. Somewhere
              > > > > > in the archives, you can also listen to my
              > > recent
              > > > > interview with Ken.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > If you'd like to set your mind on fire with
              > > ideas
              > > > > that are changing
              > > > > > your world, check them out at
              > > > > http://integralnaked.org.
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > > A Vision of the Third Millennium
              > > > > >
              > > > > > For several years, I've been working on
              > > projects
              > > > > intended to help
              > > > > > address the deepest crises we all face. I
              > > invite
              > > > > you to check out
              > > > > > drafts of some of my writings, available at
              > > > > http://firmage.org. Some
              > > > > > are easy to read, others are more difficult
              > to
              > > > > absorb. Right or wrong,
              > > > > > they all reflect my view of the potential
              > > > > solutions we must explore.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Stay tuned for some important announcements
              > > about
              > > > > these efforts.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Be well,
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Joseph P. Firmage
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
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            • Michael Worham
              Hi William, Thanks for speaking up here - it certainly needed to be said. It s a real dissapointment when I log on and see half a dozen Fukuoka Farming mails,
              Message 6 of 13 , Nov 8, 2004
                Hi William,

                Thanks for speaking up here - it certainly needed to
                be said. It's a real dissapointment when I log on and
                see half a dozen Fukuoka Farming mails, and they are
                mostly related to individual beliefs, views, and
                opinions that don't really relate to the subject.
                There's a saying that you should never discuss
                Politics or Religion amongst friends, and while
                Fukuoka-san's philopohy incorporates elements of both,
                I feel that these make just a part of his ideas. Some
                on this group however, focus too heavily on the
                phiosophical element, going to the extreme, and
                consequently distorting the message with their own
                prejudices and ideals. Well, we are here to discuss
                Fukuoka, not their meanderings.

                I wil take a phrase that I read recently about
                sustainable development and this "alternative
                culture": "Just make sure that you are an eco-warrior,
                not an eco-worrier". You have to practice what you
                preach, but in the case of certain more vocal speakers
                on this forum, I wonder how far they are from really
                practicing Mr Fukuoka's guidelines.

                Let's all try to stay on course and focus on his
                teachings. We do not need to be distracted by
                individual ideologies and in-fighting. Please let's
                stay on the subject! A couple of years ago, this group
                was very dynamic, with a good, strong spirit: we also
                had people who were speaking from experience. When it
                comes to natural farming - and if you remember, this
                IS what we are supposed to be discussing - there is no
                substitute for experience. We should be sharing the
                fruits of our struggles to learn what has long been
                forgotten. Fukuoka shows us the path, let's follow his
                principles instead of taking winding diversions.

                Peace and light,
                MIchael


                --- William Stocker <stoc85@...> wrote:

                >
                >
                > ----- Original Message -----
                > From: "Sergio Montinola" <sjmosprey2001@...>
                > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
                > Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 11:25 AM
                > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fwd:The Coming
                > Singularity
                >
                > I sugest that we keep this shit off of our
                > discussion sight.
                > William.
                >
                >
                >
                > >
                > > Dear Michael,
                > >
                > > MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS FOLLOWS;
                >
                > >
                > > --- michael <mdearing@...> wrote:
                > >
                > > >
                > > > > Hello friend,
                > > > >
                > > > > It's been a long time since I last sent a
                > message
                > > > to you. So much has
                > > > > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard to
                > know
                > > > where to start.
                > > > > I'll be sending a few messages to you in
                > coming
                > > > months, exploring
                > > > > several vital issues and a fascinating,
                > compelling
                > > > project I'm leading
                > > > > that is scheduled to launch in the first half
                > of
                > > > 2005.
                > > > >
                > > > > But on the day of an election almost
                > universally
                > > > seen as a key
                > > > > inflection point for the United States and the
                > > > world, I'd like to
                > > > > share some thoughts on issues bigger than
                > those
                > > > talked about by either
                > > > > candidate for President.
                > > > >
                > > > >
                > > > > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
                > > > >
                > > > > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of
                > September
                > > > 11, 2001, the U.S.
                > > > > has declared a "war on terror that will not
                > end in
                > > > our lifetimes".
                > >
                > > BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, "THE END OF A JOURNEY
                > BEGINS
                > > WITH ONE STEP FORWARD".
                > >
                > > The
                > > > > Bush administration has established a new
                > > > pre-emptive National
                > > > > Security policy, radically expanded budgets
                > for
                > > > defensive and
                > > > > offensive military operations, invaded two
                > > > countries, only one of
                > > > > which -- even according to the official story
                > now
                > > > -- harbored real
                > > > > threats to our nation, and cracked down on
                > civil
                > > > liberties at home.
                > >
                > > FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DYING FOR.
                > >
                > > > >
                > > > > The results so far: the Muslim world is
                > inflamed
                > > > toward the U.S. like
                > > > > never before in the history of our nation.
                > >
                > > THE MUSLIM WORLD IS ALSO INFLAMED TOWARDS
                > "TERRORIST"
                > > AMONG THEIR FLOCK. DO NOT CONFUSE THE MUSLIM WORLD
                > > WITH "TERRORISM".
                > >
                > > > Afghanistan remains
                > > > > significantly in the control of warlords, yet
                > is
                > > > struggling to achieve
                > > > > stability amidst hopeful elections, resistant
                > > > fundamentalists and a
                > > > > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that
                > > > remains central to its
                > > > > economy. And the primary objective of that war
                > --
                > > > Osama bin Laden --
                > > > > remains at large.
                > >
                > > SO BE IT. DO NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OSAMA BIN LADEN IS
                > > CAPTURED AND DECAPITATED.
                > > > >
                > > > > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be
                > > > spinning out of control.
                > > > > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and Iraqi
                > > > officials are rising.
                > > > > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a world
                > that
                > > > relied upon
                > > > > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a
                > different
                > > > kind of outcome
                > > > > would follow from their attempt at liberation.
                >
                > >
                > > GUSH AND BLAIR WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE END.
                > >
                > >
                > > As
                > > > a result of the
                > > > > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully
                > likely
                > > > that new Osama bin
                > > > > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis
                > witness
                > > > the dismemberment of
                > > > > their family members -- now numbering at least
                > in
                > > > the tens of
                > > > > thousands.
                > >
                > > THIS IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN THINKS AND HOPES TO
                > > ACCOMPLISH. DID THE WAR ON HITLER BREED MORE
                > HITLERS?
                > > WHAT MAKES BIN LADEN DIFFERENT? YOUR ATTITUDE OF
                > > SURRENDER WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
                > >
                > > > >
                > > > > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian
                > > > reaction to unilateral
                > > > > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming
                > laws
                > > > of social physics we
                > > > > should have learned many wars ago.
                > >
                > > WRONG AGAIN, HISTORY PROVES OTHERWISE. THERE IS NO
                > > SUCH THING AS "A FOREIGN CULTURE". THERE IS ONLY
                > ONE
                > > CULTURE, THE CULTURE OF LOVE, PEACE AND A FREEDOM
                > OF
                > > CHOICE NOT DICTATORS LIKE BIN LADEN, SADDAM AND
                > > HITLER.
                > >
                > >
                > > > >
                > > > > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East
                > > > conflict between Israelis
                > > > > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by
                > > > Washington. And its
                > > > > temperature continues to rise. In the past
                > three
                > > > years, thousands have
                > > > > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall --
                > > > unthinkable in 2000 -- is
                > > > > now racing towards completion, and politics on
                > > > both sides of that wall
                > > > > continue to polarize.
                > >
                > > PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT ISRAEL AS A NATION AND
                > BUILD
                > > THEIRS ON LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM. "TERRORISM"
                > CANNOT
                > > BE A SOLUTION.
                > > > >
                > > > > In this context, it is essential that people
                > > > around the world explore
                > > > > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign policy
                > are
                > > > actually that same
                > > > > as those officially declared by the Bush
                > > > administration. For it is
                > > > > possible that the real objectives are quite
                > > > different than those you
                > > > > know about.
                > >
                > > "DOUGHTING TOMASES" IS THE ENEMY'S WEAPON. THE
                > U.S.
                > > FOREIGN POLICY IS A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION NOT ONLY A
                > > BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ELECTION IS OVER, THE PEOPLE
                > HAVE
                > > SPOKEN.
                > >
                > >
                >
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              • Sergio Montinola
                Dear Michael and William. Michael is 100% right. I second the motion. Lets talk Fukuoka and forget distortions and distractions. Serge M. ...
                Message 7 of 13 , Nov 8, 2004
                  Dear Michael and William.

                  Michael is 100% right. I second the motion. Lets talk
                  Fukuoka and forget distortions and distractions.

                  Serge M.




                  --- Michael Worham <mworham@...> wrote:

                  > Hi William,
                  >
                  > Thanks for speaking up here - it certainly needed to
                  > be said. It's a real dissapointment when I log on
                  > and
                  > see half a dozen Fukuoka Farming mails, and they are
                  > mostly related to individual beliefs, views, and
                  > opinions that don't really relate to the subject.
                  > There's a saying that you should never discuss
                  > Politics or Religion amongst friends, and while
                  > Fukuoka-san's philopohy incorporates elements of
                  > both,
                  > I feel that these make just a part of his ideas.
                  > Some
                  > on this group however, focus too heavily on the
                  > phiosophical element, going to the extreme, and
                  > consequently distorting the message with their own
                  > prejudices and ideals. Well, we are here to discuss
                  > Fukuoka, not their meanderings.
                  >
                  > I wil take a phrase that I read recently about
                  > sustainable development and this "alternative
                  > culture": "Just make sure that you are an
                  > eco-warrior,
                  > not an eco-worrier". You have to practice what you
                  > preach, but in the case of certain more vocal
                  > speakers
                  > on this forum, I wonder how far they are from really
                  > practicing Mr Fukuoka's guidelines.
                  >
                  > Let's all try to stay on course and focus on his
                  > teachings. We do not need to be distracted by
                  > individual ideologies and in-fighting. Please let's
                  > stay on the subject! A couple of years ago, this
                  > group
                  > was very dynamic, with a good, strong spirit: we
                  > also
                  > had people who were speaking from experience. When
                  > it
                  > comes to natural farming - and if you remember, this
                  > IS what we are supposed to be discussing - there is
                  > no
                  > substitute for experience. We should be sharing the
                  > fruits of our struggles to learn what has long been
                  > forgotten. Fukuoka shows us the path, let's follow
                  > his
                  > principles instead of taking winding diversions.
                  >
                  > Peace and light,
                  > MIchael
                  >
                  >
                  > --- William Stocker <stoc85@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > ----- Original Message -----
                  > > From: "Sergio Montinola" <sjmosprey2001@...>
                  > > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
                  > > Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 11:25 AM
                  > > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fwd:The Coming
                  > > Singularity
                  > >
                  > > I sugest that we keep this shit off of our
                  > > discussion sight.
                  > > William.
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > >
                  > > > Dear Michael,
                  > > >
                  > > > MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS
                  > FOLLOWS;
                  > >
                  > > >
                  > > > --- michael <mdearing@...> wrote:
                  > > >
                  > > > >
                  > > > > > Hello friend,
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > It's been a long time since I last sent a
                  > > message
                  > > > > to you. So much has
                  > > > > > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard
                  > to
                  > > know
                  > > > > where to start.
                  > > > > > I'll be sending a few messages to you in
                  > > coming
                  > > > > months, exploring
                  > > > > > several vital issues and a fascinating,
                  > > compelling
                  > > > > project I'm leading
                  > > > > > that is scheduled to launch in the first
                  > half
                  > > of
                  > > > > 2005.
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > But on the day of an election almost
                  > > universally
                  > > > > seen as a key
                  > > > > > inflection point for the United States and
                  > the
                  > > > > world, I'd like to
                  > > > > > share some thoughts on issues bigger than
                  > > those
                  > > > > talked about by either
                  > > > > > candidate for President.
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of
                  > > September
                  > > > > 11, 2001, the U.S.
                  > > > > > has declared a "war on terror that will not
                  > > end in
                  > > > > our lifetimes".
                  > > >
                  > > > BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, "THE END OF A JOURNEY
                  > > BEGINS
                  > > > WITH ONE STEP FORWARD".
                  > > >
                  > > > The
                  > > > > > Bush administration has established a new
                  > > > > pre-emptive National
                  > > > > > Security policy, radically expanded budgets
                  > > for
                  > > > > defensive and
                  > > > > > offensive military operations, invaded two
                  > > > > countries, only one of
                  > > > > > which -- even according to the official
                  > story
                  > > now
                  > > > > -- harbored real
                  > > > > > threats to our nation, and cracked down on
                  > > civil
                  > > > > liberties at home.
                  > > >
                  > > > FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DYING FOR.
                  > > >
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > The results so far: the Muslim world is
                  > > inflamed
                  > > > > toward the U.S. like
                  > > > > > never before in the history of our nation.
                  > > >
                  > > > THE MUSLIM WORLD IS ALSO INFLAMED TOWARDS
                  > > "TERRORIST"
                  > > > AMONG THEIR FLOCK. DO NOT CONFUSE THE MUSLIM
                  > WORLD
                  > > > WITH "TERRORISM".
                  > > >
                  > > > > Afghanistan remains
                  > > > > > significantly in the control of warlords,
                  > yet
                  > > is
                  > > > > struggling to achieve
                  > > > > > stability amidst hopeful elections,
                  > resistant
                  > > > > fundamentalists and a
                  > > > > > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that
                  > > > > remains central to its
                  > > > > > economy. And the primary objective of that
                  > war
                  > > --
                  > > > > Osama bin Laden --
                  > > > > > remains at large.
                  > > >
                  > > > SO BE IT. DO NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OSAMA BIN LADEN
                  > IS
                  > > > CAPTURED AND DECAPITATED.
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be
                  > > > > spinning out of control.
                  > > > > > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and
                  > Iraqi
                  > > > > officials are rising.
                  > > > > > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a
                  > world
                  > > that
                  > > > > relied upon
                  > > > > > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a
                  > > different
                  > > > > kind of outcome
                  > > > > > would follow from their attempt at
                  > liberation.
                  > >
                  > > >
                  > > > GUSH AND BLAIR WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE
                  > END.
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > > As
                  > > > > a result of the
                  > > > > > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully
                  > > likely
                  > > > > that new Osama bin
                  > > > > > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis
                  > > witness
                  > > > > the dismemberment of
                  > > > > > their family members -- now numbering at
                  > least
                  > > in
                  > > > > the tens of
                  > > > > > thousands.
                  > > >
                  > > > THIS IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN THINKS AND HOPES TO
                  > > > ACCOMPLISH. DID THE WAR ON HITLER BREED MORE
                  > > HITLERS?
                  > > > WHAT MAKES BIN LADEN DIFFERENT? YOUR ATTITUDE OF
                  > > > SURRENDER WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
                  > > >
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian
                  > > > > reaction to unilateral
                  > > > > > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming
                  > > laws
                  > > > > of social physics we
                  > > > > > should have learned many wars ago.
                  > > >
                  > > > WRONG AGAIN, HISTORY PROVES OTHERWISE. THERE IS
                  > NO
                  > > > SUCH THING AS "A FOREIGN CULTURE". THERE IS ONLY
                  > > ONE
                  > > > CULTURE, THE CULTURE OF LOVE, PEACE AND A
                  > FREEDOM
                  > > OF
                  > > > CHOICE NOT DICTATORS LIKE BIN LADEN, SADDAM AND
                  > > > HITLER.
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East
                  > > > > conflict between Israelis
                  > > > > > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by
                  > > > > Washington. And its
                  > > > > > temperature continues to rise. In the past
                  > > three
                  > > > > years, thousands have
                  > > > > > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall --
                  > > > > unthinkable in 2000 -- is
                  > > > > > now racing towards completion, and politics
                  > on
                  > > > > both sides of that wall
                  > > > > > continue to polarize.
                  > > >
                  > > > PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT ISRAEL AS A NATION AND
                  > > BUILD
                  > > > THEIRS ON LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM. "TERRORISM"
                  > > CANNOT
                  > > > BE A SOLUTION.
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > In this context, it is essential that people
                  > > > > around the world explore
                  > > > > > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign
                  > policy
                  > > are
                  > > > > actually that same
                  > > > > > as those officially declared by the Bush
                  > > > > administration. For it is
                  > > > > > possible that the real objectives are quite
                  > > > > different than those you
                  > > > > > know about.
                  > > >
                  > > > "DOUGHTING TOMASES" IS THE ENEMY'S WEAPON. THE
                  > > U.S.
                  > > > FOREIGN POLICY IS A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION NOT ONLY
                  > A
                  > > > BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ELECTION IS OVER, THE
                  > PEOPLE
                  > > HAVE
                  > > > SPOKEN.
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > >
                  > === message truncated ===
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
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                • Vijay Wilankar
                  Dear All: I agree with Mike. We have to be focussed and nothing other than Fukuaka s Farming. Let us all follow it strictly. That would help us all. Regards,
                  Message 8 of 13 , Nov 19, 2004
                    Dear All:

                    I agree with Mike.

                    We have to be focussed and nothing other than Fukuaka's Farming. Let us all follow it strictly.

                    That would help us all.

                    Regards,

                    Vijay ....from India.

                    Michael Worham <mworham@...> wrote:
                    Hi William,

                    Thanks for speaking up here - it certainly needed to
                    be said. It's a real dissapointment when I log on and
                    see half a dozen Fukuoka Farming mails, and they are
                    mostly related to individual beliefs, views, and
                    opinions that don't really relate to the subject.
                    There's a saying that you should never discuss
                    Politics or Religion amongst friends, and while
                    Fukuoka-san's philopohy incorporates elements of both,
                    I feel that these make just a part of his ideas. Some
                    on this group however, focus too heavily on the
                    phiosophical element, going to the extreme, and
                    consequently distorting the message with their own
                    prejudices and ideals. Well, we are here to discuss
                    Fukuoka, not their meanderings.

                    I wil take a phrase that I read recently about
                    sustainable development and this "alternative
                    culture": "Just make sure that you are an eco-warrior,
                    not an eco-worrier". You have to practice what you
                    preach, but in the case of certain more vocal speakers
                    on this forum, I wonder how far they are from really
                    practicing Mr Fukuoka's guidelines.

                    Let's all try to stay on course and focus on his
                    teachings. We do not need to be distracted by
                    individual ideologies and in-fighting. Please let's
                    stay on the subject! A couple of years ago, this group
                    was very dynamic, with a good, strong spirit: we also
                    had people who were speaking from experience. When it
                    comes to natural farming - and if you remember, this
                    IS what we are supposed to be discussing - there is no
                    substitute for experience. We should be sharing the
                    fruits of our struggles to learn what has long been
                    forgotten. Fukuoka shows us the path, let's follow his
                    principles instead of taking winding diversions.

                    Peace and light,
                    MIchael


                    --- William Stocker <stoc85@...> wrote:

                    >
                    >
                    > ----- Original Message -----
                    > From: "Sergio Montinola" <sjmosprey2001@...>
                    > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
                    > Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 11:25 AM
                    > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fwd:The Coming
                    > Singularity
                    >
                    > I sugest that we keep this shit off of our
                    > discussion sight.
                    > William.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > >
                    > > Dear Michael,
                    > >
                    > > MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS FOLLOWS;
                    >
                    > >
                    > > --- michael <mdearing@...> wrote:
                    > >
                    > > >
                    > > > > Hello friend,
                    > > > >
                    > > > > It's been a long time since I last sent a
                    > message
                    > > > to you. So much has
                    > > > > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard to
                    > know
                    > > > where to start.
                    > > > > I'll be sending a few messages to you in
                    > coming
                    > > > months, exploring
                    > > > > several vital issues and a fascinating,
                    > compelling
                    > > > project I'm leading
                    > > > > that is scheduled to launch in the first half
                    > of
                    > > > 2005.
                    > > > >
                    > > > > But on the day of an election almost
                    > universally
                    > > > seen as a key
                    > > > > inflection point for the United States and the
                    > > > world, I'd like to
                    > > > > share some thoughts on issues bigger than
                    > those
                    > > > talked about by either
                    > > > > candidate for President.
                    > > > >
                    > > > >
                    > > > > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
                    > > > >
                    > > > > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of
                    > September
                    > > > 11, 2001, the U.S.
                    > > > > has declared a "war on terror that will not
                    > end in
                    > > > our lifetimes".
                    > >
                    > > BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, "THE END OF A JOURNEY
                    > BEGINS
                    > > WITH ONE STEP FORWARD".
                    > >
                    > > The
                    > > > > Bush administration has established a new
                    > > > pre-emptive National
                    > > > > Security policy, radically expanded budgets
                    > for
                    > > > defensive and
                    > > > > offensive military operations, invaded two
                    > > > countries, only one of
                    > > > > which -- even according to the official story
                    > now
                    > > > -- harbored real
                    > > > > threats to our nation, and cracked down on
                    > civil
                    > > > liberties at home.
                    > >
                    > > FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DYING FOR.
                    > >
                    > > > >
                    > > > > The results so far: the Muslim world is
                    > inflamed
                    > > > toward the U.S. like
                    > > > > never before in the history of our nation.
                    > >
                    > > THE MUSLIM WORLD IS ALSO INFLAMED TOWARDS
                    > "TERRORIST"
                    > > AMONG THEIR FLOCK. DO NOT CONFUSE THE MUSLIM WORLD
                    > > WITH "TERRORISM".
                    > >
                    > > > Afghanistan remains
                    > > > > significantly in the control of warlords, yet
                    > is
                    > > > struggling to achieve
                    > > > > stability amidst hopeful elections, resistant
                    > > > fundamentalists and a
                    > > > > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that
                    > > > remains central to its
                    > > > > economy. And the primary objective of that war
                    > --
                    > > > Osama bin Laden --
                    > > > > remains at large.
                    > >
                    > > SO BE IT. DO NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OSAMA BIN LADEN IS
                    > > CAPTURED AND DECAPITATED.
                    > > > >
                    > > > > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be
                    > > > spinning out of control.
                    > > > > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and Iraqi
                    > > > officials are rising.
                    > > > > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a world
                    > that
                    > > > relied upon
                    > > > > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a
                    > different
                    > > > kind of outcome
                    > > > > would follow from their attempt at liberation.
                    >
                    > >
                    > > GUSH AND BLAIR WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE END.
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > As
                    > > > a result of the
                    > > > > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully
                    > likely
                    > > > that new Osama bin
                    > > > > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis
                    > witness
                    > > > the dismemberment of
                    > > > > their family members -- now numbering at least
                    > in
                    > > > the tens of
                    > > > > thousands.
                    > >
                    > > THIS IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN THINKS AND HOPES TO
                    > > ACCOMPLISH. DID THE WAR ON HITLER BREED MORE
                    > HITLERS?
                    > > WHAT MAKES BIN LADEN DIFFERENT? YOUR ATTITUDE OF
                    > > SURRENDER WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
                    > >
                    > > > >
                    > > > > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian
                    > > > reaction to unilateral
                    > > > > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming
                    > laws
                    > > > of social physics we
                    > > > > should have learned many wars ago.
                    > >
                    > > WRONG AGAIN, HISTORY PROVES OTHERWISE. THERE IS NO
                    > > SUCH THING AS "A FOREIGN CULTURE". THERE IS ONLY
                    > ONE
                    > > CULTURE, THE CULTURE OF LOVE, PEACE AND A FREEDOM
                    > OF
                    > > CHOICE NOT DICTATORS LIKE BIN LADEN, SADDAM AND
                    > > HITLER.
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > > >
                    > > > > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East
                    > > > conflict between Israelis
                    > > > > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by
                    > > > Washington. And its
                    > > > > temperature continues to rise. In the past
                    > three
                    > > > years, thousands have
                    > > > > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall --
                    > > > unthinkable in 2000 -- is
                    > > > > now racing towards completion, and politics on
                    > > > both sides of that wall
                    > > > > continue to polarize.
                    > >
                    > > PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT ISRAEL AS A NATION AND
                    > BUILD
                    > > THEIRS ON LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM. "TERRORISM"
                    > CANNOT
                    > > BE A SOLUTION.
                    > > > >
                    > > > > In this context, it is essential that people
                    > > > around the world explore
                    > > > > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign policy
                    > are
                    > > > actually that same
                    > > > > as those officially declared by the Bush
                    > > > administration. For it is
                    > > > > possible that the real objectives are quite
                    > > > different than those you
                    > > > > know about.
                    > >
                    > > "DOUGHTING TOMASES" IS THE ENEMY'S WEAPON. THE
                    > U.S.
                    > > FOREIGN POLICY IS A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION NOT ONLY A
                    > > BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ELECTION IS OVER, THE PEOPLE
                    > HAVE
                    > > SPOKEN.
                    > >
                    > >
                    >
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                  • jimmy allen
                    It is all needed. The emotional opinions are simply the manure for the bigger farm to grow. Why not use it for fertilizer? The emotional releasing is
                    Message 9 of 13 , Nov 19, 2004
                      It is all needed. The emotional opinions are simply the manure for the bigger farm to grow. Why not use it for fertilizer? The emotional releasing is stimulation for some individuals growth - that is natural. Fukuoka's farming can be a tool (not the goal) used to reach the goals that exist beyond our little personal gardens on the land, as well as for our little gardens. To duplicate Fukuoka would be a mistake.
                      Natural blessings,

                      Vijay Wilankar <vijaywilankar@...> wrote:
                      Dear All:

                      I agree with Mike.

                      We have to be focussed and nothing other than Fukuaka's Farming. Let us all follow it strictly.

                      That would help us all.

                      Regards,

                      Vijay ....from India.

                      Michael Worham <mworham@...> wrote:
                      Hi William,

                      Thanks for speaking up here - it certainly needed to
                      be said. It's a real dissapointment when I log on and
                      see half a dozen Fukuoka Farming mails, and they are
                      mostly related to individual beliefs, views, and
                      opinions that don't really relate to the subject.
                      There's a saying that you should never discuss
                      Politics or Religion amongst friends, and while
                      Fukuoka-san's philopohy incorporates elements of both,
                      I feel that these make just a part of his ideas. Some
                      on this group however, focus too heavily on the
                      phiosophical element, going to the extreme, and
                      consequently distorting the message with their own
                      prejudices and ideals. Well, we are here to discuss
                      Fukuoka, not their meanderings.

                      I wil take a phrase that I read recently about
                      sustainable development and this "alternative
                      culture": "Just make sure that you are an eco-warrior,
                      not an eco-worrier". You have to practice what you
                      preach, but in the case of certain more vocal speakers
                      on this forum, I wonder how far they are from really
                      practicing Mr Fukuoka's guidelines.

                      Let's all try to stay on course and focus on his
                      teachings. We do not need to be distracted by
                      individual ideologies and in-fighting. Please let's
                      stay on the subject! A couple of years ago, this group
                      was very dynamic, with a good, strong spirit: we also
                      had people who were speaking from experience. When it
                      comes to natural farming - and if you remember, this
                      IS what we are supposed to be discussing - there is no
                      substitute for experience. We should be sharing the
                      fruits of our struggles to learn what has long been
                      forgotten. Fukuoka shows us the path, let's follow his
                      principles instead of taking winding diversions.

                      Peace and light,
                      MIchael


                      --- William Stocker <stoc85@...> wrote:

                      >
                      >
                      > ----- Original Message -----
                      > From: "Sergio Montinola" <sjmosprey2001@...>
                      > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
                      > Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 11:25 AM
                      > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fwd:The Coming
                      > Singularity
                      >
                      > I sugest that we keep this shit off of our
                      > discussion sight.
                      > William.
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > >
                      > > Dear Michael,
                      > >
                      > > MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS FOLLOWS;
                      >
                      > >
                      > > --- michael <mdearing@...> wrote:
                      > >
                      > > >
                      > > > > Hello friend,
                      > > > >
                      > > > > It's been a long time since I last sent a
                      > message
                      > > > to you. So much has
                      > > > > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard to
                      > know
                      > > > where to start.
                      > > > > I'll be sending a few messages to you in
                      > coming
                      > > > months, exploring
                      > > > > several vital issues and a fascinating,
                      > compelling
                      > > > project I'm leading
                      > > > > that is scheduled to launch in the first half
                      > of
                      > > > 2005.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > But on the day of an election almost
                      > universally
                      > > > seen as a key
                      > > > > inflection point for the United States and the
                      > > > world, I'd like to
                      > > > > share some thoughts on issues bigger than
                      > those
                      > > > talked about by either
                      > > > > candidate for President.
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of
                      > September
                      > > > 11, 2001, the U.S.
                      > > > > has declared a "war on terror that will not
                      > end in
                      > > > our lifetimes".
                      > >
                      > > BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, "THE END OF A JOURNEY
                      > BEGINS
                      > > WITH ONE STEP FORWARD".
                      > >
                      > > The
                      > > > > Bush administration has established a new
                      > > > pre-emptive National
                      > > > > Security policy, radically expanded budgets
                      > for
                      > > > defensive and
                      > > > > offensive military operations, invaded two
                      > > > countries, only one of
                      > > > > which -- even according to the official story
                      > now
                      > > > -- harbored real
                      > > > > threats to our nation, and cracked down on
                      > civil
                      > > > liberties at home.
                      > >
                      > > FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DYING FOR.
                      > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > > The results so far: the Muslim world is
                      > inflamed
                      > > > toward the U.S. like
                      > > > > never before in the history of our nation.
                      > >
                      > > THE MUSLIM WORLD IS ALSO INFLAMED TOWARDS
                      > "TERRORIST"
                      > > AMONG THEIR FLOCK. DO NOT CONFUSE THE MUSLIM WORLD
                      > > WITH "TERRORISM".
                      > >
                      > > > Afghanistan remains
                      > > > > significantly in the control of warlords, yet
                      > is
                      > > > struggling to achieve
                      > > > > stability amidst hopeful elections, resistant
                      > > > fundamentalists and a
                      > > > > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that
                      > > > remains central to its
                      > > > > economy. And the primary objective of that war
                      > --
                      > > > Osama bin Laden --
                      > > > > remains at large.
                      > >
                      > > SO BE IT. DO NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OSAMA BIN LADEN IS
                      > > CAPTURED AND DECAPITATED.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be
                      > > > spinning out of control.
                      > > > > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and Iraqi
                      > > > officials are rising.
                      > > > > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a world
                      > that
                      > > > relied upon
                      > > > > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a
                      > different
                      > > > kind of outcome
                      > > > > would follow from their attempt at liberation.
                      >
                      > >
                      > > GUSH AND BLAIR WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE END.
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > As
                      > > > a result of the
                      > > > > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully
                      > likely
                      > > > that new Osama bin
                      > > > > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis
                      > witness
                      > > > the dismemberment of
                      > > > > their family members -- now numbering at least
                      > in
                      > > > the tens of
                      > > > > thousands.
                      > >
                      > > THIS IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN THINKS AND HOPES TO
                      > > ACCOMPLISH. DID THE WAR ON HITLER BREED MORE
                      > HITLERS?
                      > > WHAT MAKES BIN LADEN DIFFERENT? YOUR ATTITUDE OF
                      > > SURRENDER WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
                      > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian
                      > > > reaction to unilateral
                      > > > > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming
                      > laws
                      > > > of social physics we
                      > > > > should have learned many wars ago.
                      > >
                      > > WRONG AGAIN, HISTORY PROVES OTHERWISE. THERE IS NO
                      > > SUCH THING AS "A FOREIGN CULTURE". THERE IS ONLY
                      > ONE
                      > > CULTURE, THE CULTURE OF LOVE, PEACE AND A FREEDOM
                      > OF
                      > > CHOICE NOT DICTATORS LIKE BIN LADEN, SADDAM AND
                      > > HITLER.
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East
                      > > > conflict between Israelis
                      > > > > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by
                      > > > Washington. And its
                      > > > > temperature continues to rise. In the past
                      > three
                      > > > years, thousands have
                      > > > > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall --
                      > > > unthinkable in 2000 -- is
                      > > > > now racing towards completion, and politics on
                      > > > both sides of that wall
                      > > > > continue to polarize.
                      > >
                      > > PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT ISRAEL AS A NATION AND
                      > BUILD
                      > > THEIRS ON LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM. "TERRORISM"
                      > CANNOT
                      > > BE A SOLUTION.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > In this context, it is essential that people
                      > > > around the world explore
                      > > > > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign policy
                      > are
                      > > > actually that same
                      > > > > as those officially declared by the Bush
                      > > > administration. For it is
                      > > > > possible that the real objectives are quite
                      > > > different than those you
                      > > > > know about.
                      > >
                      > > "DOUGHTING TOMASES" IS THE ENEMY'S WEAPON. THE
                      > U.S.
                      > > FOREIGN POLICY IS A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION NOT ONLY A
                      > > BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ELECTION IS OVER, THE PEOPLE
                      > HAVE
                      > > SPOKEN.
                      > >
                      > >
                      >
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                    • waybackwitch
                      was the coming singularity really off topic? Masanobu: The African governments and the United States government want people to grow coffee, tea, cotton,
                      Message 10 of 13 , Nov 19, 2004
                        was the coming singularity really off topic?


                        Masanobu:

                        The African governments and the United States government want people
                        to grow coffee, tea, cotton, peanuts, sugar - only five or six
                        varieties to export and make money. Vegetables are just food, they
                        don't bring in any money. They say they will provide corn and grain,
                        so people don't have to grow their own vegetables.

                        The people in Ethiopia cook rice, barley and vegetables. They are
                        happy being small farmers. The United States government is telling
                        them to work, work, like slaves on a big farm, growing coffee. The
                        United States is telling them that they can make money and be happy
                        that way.

                        African government is discouraging home gardens and small farming.
                        During the last 100 years, garden seed has become scarce.

                        (from an interview in 1986)


                        --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, Vijay Wilankar
                        <vijaywilankar@y...> wrote:
                        > Dear All:
                        >
                        > I agree with Mike.
                        >
                        > We have to be focussed and nothing other than Fukuaka's Farming.
                        Let us all follow it strictly.
                        >
                        > That would help us all.
                        >
                        > Regards,
                        >
                        > Vijay ....from India.
                        >
                        > Michael Worham <mworham@y...> wrote:
                        > Hi William,
                        >
                        > Thanks for speaking up here - it certainly needed to
                        > be said. It's a real dissapointment when I log on and
                        > see half a dozen Fukuoka Farming mails, and they are
                        > mostly related to individual beliefs, views, and
                        > opinions that don't really relate to the subject.
                        > There's a saying that you should never discuss
                        > Politics or Religion amongst friends, and while
                        > Fukuoka-san's philopohy incorporates elements of both,
                        > I feel that these make just a part of his ideas. Some
                        > on this group however, focus too heavily on the
                        > phiosophical element, going to the extreme, and
                        > consequently distorting the message with their own
                        > prejudices and ideals. Well, we are here to discuss
                        > Fukuoka, not their meanderings.
                        >
                        > I wil take a phrase that I read recently about
                        > sustainable development and this "alternative
                        > culture": "Just make sure that you are an eco-warrior,
                        > not an eco-worrier". You have to practice what you
                        > preach, but in the case of certain more vocal speakers
                        > on this forum, I wonder how far they are from really
                        > practicing Mr Fukuoka's guidelines.
                        >
                        > Let's all try to stay on course and focus on his
                        > teachings. We do not need to be distracted by
                        > individual ideologies and in-fighting. Please let's
                        > stay on the subject! A couple of years ago, this group
                        > was very dynamic, with a good, strong spirit: we also
                        > had people who were speaking from experience. When it
                        > comes to natural farming - and if you remember, this
                        > IS what we are supposed to be discussing - there is no
                        > substitute for experience. We should be sharing the
                        > fruits of our struggles to learn what has long been
                        > forgotten. Fukuoka shows us the path, let's follow his
                        > principles instead of taking winding diversions.
                        >
                        > Peace and light,
                        > MIchael
                        >
                        >
                        > --- William Stocker <stoc85@s...> wrote:
                        >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > ----- Original Message -----
                        > > From: "Sergio Montinola" <sjmosprey2001@y...>
                        > > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
                        > > Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 11:25 AM
                        > > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fwd:The Coming
                        > > Singularity
                        > >
                        > > I sugest that we keep this shit off of our
                        > > discussion sight.
                        > > William.
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > >
                        > > > Dear Michael,
                        > > >
                        > > > MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS FOLLOWS;
                        > >
                        > > >
                        > > > --- michael <mdearing@m...> wrote:
                        > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > > > Hello friend,
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > It's been a long time since I last sent a
                        > > message
                        > > > > to you. So much has
                        > > > > > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard to
                        > > know
                        > > > > where to start.
                        > > > > > I'll be sending a few messages to you in
                        > > coming
                        > > > > months, exploring
                        > > > > > several vital issues and a fascinating,
                        > > compelling
                        > > > > project I'm leading
                        > > > > > that is scheduled to launch in the first half
                        > > of
                        > > > > 2005.
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > But on the day of an election almost
                        > > universally
                        > > > > seen as a key
                        > > > > > inflection point for the United States and the
                        > > > > world, I'd like to
                        > > > > > share some thoughts on issues bigger than
                        > > those
                        > > > > talked about by either
                        > > > > > candidate for President.
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of
                        > > September
                        > > > > 11, 2001, the U.S.
                        > > > > > has declared a "war on terror that will not
                        > > end in
                        > > > > our lifetimes".
                        > > >
                        > > > BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, "THE END OF A JOURNEY
                        > > BEGINS
                        > > > WITH ONE STEP FORWARD".
                        > > >
                        > > > The
                        > > > > > Bush administration has established a new
                        > > > > pre-emptive National
                        > > > > > Security policy, radically expanded budgets
                        > > for
                        > > > > defensive and
                        > > > > > offensive military operations, invaded two
                        > > > > countries, only one of
                        > > > > > which -- even according to the official story
                        > > now
                        > > > > -- harbored real
                        > > > > > threats to our nation, and cracked down on
                        > > civil
                        > > > > liberties at home.
                        > > >
                        > > > FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DYING FOR.
                        > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > The results so far: the Muslim world is
                        > > inflamed
                        > > > > toward the U.S. like
                        > > > > > never before in the history of our nation.
                        > > >
                        > > > THE MUSLIM WORLD IS ALSO INFLAMED TOWARDS
                        > > "TERRORIST"
                        > > > AMONG THEIR FLOCK. DO NOT CONFUSE THE MUSLIM WORLD
                        > > > WITH "TERRORISM".
                        > > >
                        > > > > Afghanistan remains
                        > > > > > significantly in the control of warlords, yet
                        > > is
                        > > > > struggling to achieve
                        > > > > > stability amidst hopeful elections, resistant
                        > > > > fundamentalists and a
                        > > > > > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that
                        > > > > remains central to its
                        > > > > > economy. And the primary objective of that war
                        > > --
                        > > > > Osama bin Laden --
                        > > > > > remains at large.
                        > > >
                        > > > SO BE IT. DO NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OSAMA BIN LADEN IS
                        > > > CAPTURED AND DECAPITATED.
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be
                        > > > > spinning out of control.
                        > > > > > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and Iraqi
                        > > > > officials are rising.
                        > > > > > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a world
                        > > that
                        > > > > relied upon
                        > > > > > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a
                        > > different
                        > > > > kind of outcome
                        > > > > > would follow from their attempt at liberation.
                        > >
                        > > >
                        > > > GUSH AND BLAIR WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE END.
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > As
                        > > > > a result of the
                        > > > > > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully
                        > > likely
                        > > > > that new Osama bin
                        > > > > > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis
                        > > witness
                        > > > > the dismemberment of
                        > > > > > their family members -- now numbering at least
                        > > in
                        > > > > the tens of
                        > > > > > thousands.
                        > > >
                        > > > THIS IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN THINKS AND HOPES TO
                        > > > ACCOMPLISH. DID THE WAR ON HITLER BREED MORE
                        > > HITLERS?
                        > > > WHAT MAKES BIN LADEN DIFFERENT? YOUR ATTITUDE OF
                        > > > SURRENDER WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
                        > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian
                        > > > > reaction to unilateral
                        > > > > > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming
                        > > laws
                        > > > > of social physics we
                        > > > > > should have learned many wars ago.
                        > > >
                        > > > WRONG AGAIN, HISTORY PROVES OTHERWISE. THERE IS NO
                        > > > SUCH THING AS "A FOREIGN CULTURE". THERE IS ONLY
                        > > ONE
                        > > > CULTURE, THE CULTURE OF LOVE, PEACE AND A FREEDOM
                        > > OF
                        > > > CHOICE NOT DICTATORS LIKE BIN LADEN, SADDAM AND
                        > > > HITLER.
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East
                        > > > > conflict between Israelis
                        > > > > > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by
                        > > > > Washington. And its
                        > > > > > temperature continues to rise. In the past
                        > > three
                        > > > > years, thousands have
                        > > > > > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall --
                        > > > > unthinkable in 2000 -- is
                        > > > > > now racing towards completion, and politics on
                        > > > > both sides of that wall
                        > > > > > continue to polarize.
                        > > >
                        > > > PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT ISRAEL AS A NATION AND
                        > > BUILD
                        > > > THEIRS ON LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM. "TERRORISM"
                        > > CANNOT
                        > > > BE A SOLUTION.
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > In this context, it is essential that people
                        > > > > around the world explore
                        > > > > > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign policy
                        > > are
                        > > > > actually that same
                        > > > > > as those officially declared by the Bush
                        > > > > administration. For it is
                        > > > > > possible that the real objectives are quite
                        > > > > different than those you
                        > > > > > know about.
                        > > >
                        > > > "DOUGHTING TOMASES" IS THE ENEMY'S WEAPON. THE
                        > > U.S.
                        > > > FOREIGN POLICY IS A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION NOT ONLY A
                        > > > BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ELECTION IS OVER, THE PEOPLE
                        > > HAVE
                        > > > SPOKEN.
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > >
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                      • benonthenet
                        I agree that we should stick to discussions of natural farming. Anyone who wants to discuss politics and other topics can discuss them on boards where that is
                        Message 11 of 13 , Nov 19, 2004
                          I agree that we should stick to discussions of natural farming.
                          Anyone who wants to discuss politics and other topics can discuss
                          them on boards where that is appropriate.

                          Benjamin
                          (Long Beach, CA)


                          --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, jimmy allen <flowqi@y...>
                          wrote:
                          >
                          > It is all needed. The emotional opinions are simply the manure for
                          the bigger farm to grow. Why not use it for fertilizer? The
                          emotional releasing is stimulation for some individuals growth -
                          that is natural. Fukuoka's farming can be a tool (not the goal) used
                          to reach the goals that exist beyond our little personal gardens on
                          the land, as well as for our little gardens. To duplicate Fukuoka
                          would be a mistake.
                          > Natural blessings,
                          >
                        • angela flynn
                          I have not had much time to contribute lately, I moved and started a new job with an organic landscaping company and am finally feeling settled, but my .02¢
                          Message 12 of 13 , Nov 19, 2004
                            I have not had much time to contribute lately, I moved
                            and started a new job with an organic landscaping
                            company and am finally feeling settled, but my .02� is
                            to allow a broad range here. All of us who farm are
                            potentially effected by political happenings. It is
                            important to keep abreast.

                            The whole gm topic is of vital importance. When these
                            crops cross pollinate with non gm crops, the resulting
                            seed becomes the property of the patent holder of the
                            orignal gm seed. The case of Percy Schmeiser in
                            Canada is a unfortunate example of what can happen to
                            a farmer who had been saving and developing seed for
                            15 years.

                            I believe the goal of these multinationals is to take
                            over the entire seed supply. There is an effort to
                            stop this in California. Three counties have passed
                            ordinances to prohibit the growing of gm crops. And
                            there will likely be a state wide effort in the near
                            future. Vermont has passed legislation to protect
                            farmers from any gm cross polination, holding the
                            patent holder liable.

                            If you can, see the "Future of Food" a documentary on
                            this topic produced by Deborah Koons Garcia. Here's a
                            link to a review and how to get the film.

                            http://www.organicconsumers.org/ge/future-of-food.cfm

                            Regards,

                            Angela

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                          • William Stocker
                            ... From: waybackwitch To: Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 8:28 AM Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Re:
                            Message 13 of 13 , Nov 20, 2004
                              ----- Original Message -----
                              From: "waybackwitch" <waybackwitch@...>
                              To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
                              Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 8:28 AM
                              Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Fwd:The Coming Singularity


                              >
                              >
                              >
                              > was the coming singularity really off topic?
                              >
                              >
                              > Masanobu:
                              >
                              > The African governments and the United States government want people
                              > to grow coffee, tea, cotton, peanuts, sugar - only five or six
                              > varieties to export and make money. Vegetables are just food, they
                              > don't bring in any money. They say they will provide corn and grain,
                              > so people don't have to grow their own vegetables.
                              >
                              > The people in Ethiopia cook rice, barley and vegetables. They are
                              > happy being small farmers. The United States government is telling
                              > them to work, work, like slaves on a big farm, growing coffee. The
                              > United States is telling them that they can make money and be happy
                              > that way.
                              >
                              > African government is discouraging home gardens and small farming.
                              > During the last 100 years, garden seed has become scarce.
                              >
                              > (from an interview in 1986)
                              >
                              >
                              > --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, Vijay Wilankar
                              > <vijaywilankar@y...> wrote:
                              > > Dear All:
                              > >
                              > > I agree with Mike.
                              > >
                              > > We have to be focussed and nothing other than Fukuaka's Farming.
                              > Let us all follow it strictly.
                              > >
                              > > That would help us all.
                              > >
                              > > Regards,
                              > >
                              > > Vijay ....from India.
                              > >
                              > > Michael Worham <mworham@y...> wrote:
                              > > Hi William,
                              > >
                              > > Thanks for speaking up here - it certainly needed to
                              > > be said. It's a real dissapointment when I log on and
                              > > see half a dozen Fukuoka Farming mails, and they are
                              > > mostly related to individual beliefs, views, and
                              > > opinions that don't really relate to the subject.
                              > > There's a saying that you should never discuss
                              > > Politics or Religion amongst friends, and while
                              > > Fukuoka-san's philopohy incorporates elements of both,
                              > > I feel that these make just a part of his ideas. Some
                              > > on this group however, focus too heavily on the
                              > > phiosophical element, going to the extreme, and
                              > > consequently distorting the message with their own
                              > > prejudices and ideals. Well, we are here to discuss
                              > > Fukuoka, not their meanderings.
                              > >
                              > > I wil take a phrase that I read recently about
                              > > sustainable development and this "alternative
                              > > culture": "Just make sure that you are an eco-warrior,
                              > > not an eco-worrier". You have to practice what you
                              > > preach, but in the case of certain more vocal speakers
                              > > on this forum, I wonder how far they are from really
                              > > practicing Mr Fukuoka's guidelines.
                              > >
                              > > Let's all try to stay on course and focus on his
                              > > teachings. We do not need to be distracted by
                              > > individual ideologies and in-fighting. Please let's
                              > > stay on the subject! A couple of years ago, this group
                              > > was very dynamic, with a good, strong spirit: we also
                              > > had people who were speaking from experience. When it
                              > > comes to natural farming - and if you remember, this
                              > > IS what we are supposed to be discussing - there is no
                              > > substitute for experience. We should be sharing the
                              > > fruits of our struggles to learn what has long been
                              > > forgotten. Fukuoka shows us the path, let's follow his
                              > > principles instead of taking winding diversions.
                              > >
                              > > Peace and light,
                              > > MIchael
                              > >
                              > >
                              > > --- William Stocker <stoc85@s...> wrote:
                              > >
                              > > >
                              > > >
                              > > > ----- Original Message -----
                              > > > From: "Sergio Montinola" <sjmosprey2001@y...>
                              > > > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
                              > > > Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 11:25 AM
                              > > > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fwd:The Coming
                              > > > Singularity
                              > > >
                              > > > I sugest that we keep this shit off of our
                              > > > discussion sight.
                              > > > William.
                              > > >
                              > > >
                              > > >
                              > > > >
                              > > > > Dear Michael,
                              > > > >
                              > > > > MY REPLY OR COMMENT IS CAPITAL LETTERS AS FOLLOWS;
                              > > >
                              > > > >
                              > > > > --- michael <mdearing@m...> wrote:
                              > > > >
                              > > > > >
                              > > > > > > Hello friend,
                              > > > > > >
                              > > > > > > It's been a long time since I last sent a
                              > > > message
                              > > > > > to you. So much has
                              > > > > > > transpired in the past 3+ years, it's hard to
                              > > > know
                              > > > > > where to start.
                              > > > > > > I'll be sending a few messages to you in
                              > > > coming
                              > > > > > months, exploring
                              > > > > > > several vital issues and a fascinating,
                              > > > compelling
                              > > > > > project I'm leading
                              > > > > > > that is scheduled to launch in the first half
                              > > > of
                              > > > > > 2005.
                              > > > > > >
                              > > > > > > But on the day of an election almost
                              > > > universally
                              > > > > > seen as a key
                              > > > > > > inflection point for the United States and the
                              > > > > > world, I'd like to
                              > > > > > > share some thoughts on issues bigger than
                              > > > those
                              > > > > > talked about by either
                              > > > > > > candidate for President.
                              > > > > > >
                              > > > > > >
                              > > > > > > A Forcing Function for a New Civilization
                              > > > > > >
                              > > > > > > Since the paradigm-shattering attacks of
                              > > > September
                              > > > > > 11, 2001, the U.S.
                              > > > > > > has declared a "war on terror that will not
                              > > > end in
                              > > > > > our lifetimes".
                              > > > >
                              > > > > BUT AS THE SAYING GOES, "THE END OF A JOURNEY
                              > > > BEGINS
                              > > > > WITH ONE STEP FORWARD".
                              > > > >
                              > > > > The
                              > > > > > > Bush administration has established a new
                              > > > > > pre-emptive National
                              > > > > > > Security policy, radically expanded budgets
                              > > > for
                              > > > > > defensive and
                              > > > > > > offensive military operations, invaded two
                              > > > > > countries, only one of
                              > > > > > > which -- even according to the official story
                              > > > now
                              > > > > > -- harbored real
                              > > > > > > threats to our nation, and cracked down on
                              > > > civil
                              > > > > > liberties at home.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DYING FOR.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > > >
                              > > > > > > The results so far: the Muslim world is
                              > > > inflamed
                              > > > > > toward the U.S. like
                              > > > > > > never before in the history of our nation.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > THE MUSLIM WORLD IS ALSO INFLAMED TOWARDS
                              > > > "TERRORIST"
                              > > > > AMONG THEIR FLOCK. DO NOT CONFUSE THE MUSLIM WORLD
                              > > > > WITH "TERRORISM".
                              > > > >
                              > > > > > Afghanistan remains
                              > > > > > > significantly in the control of warlords, yet
                              > > > is
                              > > > > > struggling to achieve
                              > > > > > > stability amidst hopeful elections, resistant
                              > > > > > fundamentalists and a
                              > > > > > > record-setting, exploding heroin trade that
                              > > > > > remains central to its
                              > > > > > > economy. And the primary objective of that war
                              > > > --
                              > > > > > Osama bin Laden --
                              > > > > > > remains at large.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > SO BE IT. DO NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OSAMA BIN LADEN IS
                              > > > > CAPTURED AND DECAPITATED.
                              > > > > > >
                              > > > > > > For the moment, at least, Iraq appears to be
                              > > > > > spinning out of control.
                              > > > > > > Daily attacks on troops, contractors and Iraqi
                              > > > > > officials are rising.
                              > > > > > > Beheadings of hostages are horrifying a world
                              > > > that
                              > > > > > relied upon
                              > > > > > > pronouncements of Bush and Blair that a
                              > > > different
                              > > > > > kind of outcome
                              > > > > > > would follow from their attempt at liberation.
                              > > >
                              > > > >
                              > > > > GUSH AND BLAIR WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE END.
                              > > > >
                              > > > >
                              > > > > As
                              > > > > > a result of the
                              > > > > > > chaos unleashed in Iraq, it seems painfully
                              > > > likely
                              > > > > > that new Osama bin
                              > > > > > > Ladens are being minted every time Iraqis
                              > > > witness
                              > > > > > the dismemberment of
                              > > > > > > their family members -- now numbering at least
                              > > > in
                              > > > > > the tens of
                              > > > > > > thousands.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > THIS IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN THINKS AND HOPES TO
                              > > > > ACCOMPLISH. DID THE WAR ON HITLER BREED MORE
                              > > > HITLERS?
                              > > > > WHAT MAKES BIN LADEN DIFFERENT? YOUR ATTITUDE OF
                              > > > > SURRENDER WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > > >
                              > > > > > > In Iraq we can see the inevitable Newtonian
                              > > > > > reaction to unilateral
                              > > > > > > occupation by a foreign culture, reaffirming
                              > > > laws
                              > > > > > of social physics we
                              > > > > > > should have learned many wars ago.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > WRONG AGAIN, HISTORY PROVES OTHERWISE. THERE IS NO
                              > > > > SUCH THING AS "A FOREIGN CULTURE". THERE IS ONLY
                              > > > ONE
                              > > > > CULTURE, THE CULTURE OF LOVE, PEACE AND A FREEDOM
                              > > > OF
                              > > > > CHOICE NOT DICTATORS LIKE BIN LADEN, SADDAM AND
                              > > > > HITLER.
                              > > > >
                              > > > >
                              > > > > > >
                              > > > > > > Meanwhile, the central vortex of Middle-East
                              > > > > > conflict between Israelis
                              > > > > > > and Palestinians remains largely ignored by
                              > > > > > Washington. And its
                              > > > > > > temperature continues to rise. In the past
                              > > > three
                              > > > > > years, thousands have
                              > > > > > > died, a new 20-foot-high Biblical Wall --
                              > > > > > unthinkable in 2000 -- is
                              > > > > > > now racing towards completion, and politics on
                              > > > > > both sides of that wall
                              > > > > > > continue to polarize.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT ISRAEL AS A NATION AND
                              > > > BUILD
                              > > > > THEIRS ON LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM. "TERRORISM"
                              > > > CANNOT
                              > > > > BE A SOLUTION.
                              > > > > > >
                              > > > > > > In this context, it is essential that people
                              > > > > > around the world explore
                              > > > > > > whether the objectives of U.S. foreign policy
                              > > > are
                              > > > > > actually that same
                              > > > > > > as those officially declared by the Bush
                              > > > > > administration. For it is
                              > > > > > > possible that the real objectives are quite
                              > > > > > different than those you
                              > > > > > > know about.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > "DOUGHTING TOMASES" IS THE ENEMY'S WEAPON. THE
                              > > > U.S.
                              > > > > FOREIGN POLICY IS A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION NOT ONLY A
                              > > > > BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ELECTION IS OVER, THE PEOPLE
                              > > > HAVE
                              > > > > SPOKEN.
                              > > > >
                              > > > >
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