Bare Bones Biology 193 – Population Media in Texa

At Bare Bones Biology we try to think very clearly about which other organizations we support, and to make those decisions based on how much good is likely to come from the work these organizations are doing.  The greatest possible good that we could do for the future of humans at all levels — the individual level, the human population level, and the whole biosystem — would be to balance out the numbers of humans on earth to correlate with the amount of food, water and air that the Biosystem can produce.

 

One of our favorite charitable  organizations is Population Media Center.  They have an excellent web page, a daily blog that’s one of the best I’ve seen, and they operate worldwide, providing information and modeling wise choices for individuals and communities.  Texas badly needs this discussion, so we were lucky recently to meet with the new Texas State Director of the Population Media Center, Keith Annis, who was on campus with some excellent media resources.  So, I’ll stop talking and share some of what he had to say.

 

PMC“Two years ago in Texas we were involved in a historic drought for us, and as a result many cattle producers sold off their herds, so we’re about to see a real spike in the price of beef.  And as you were saying, no farms no food.  Well, no water no farms.  And that’s where we are.  Our farmers don’t have water in southern parts of Texas to do their rice farming, and cattle producers’ pastures are drying up.  While that may not sound like something to be optimistic about, I am, because I think as a society we pay attention to the things that are closest to us, and there’s very little that’s closer to us than the food bill.  Specifically, the folks in our families who are doing the shopping are finding that rice is too expensive, and meat is too expensive, and if things keep going as they are in California, fruits and vegetables are going to be too expensive, and that will really bring it home and make it a reality that not having water is a real big problem that we are experiencing here and now.  It takes it from the theoretical to the dinner table, quite literally.

 

“So I’m optimistic, because I think that level of direct impact on families, on people, here in Texas and around the nation, will help raise awareness and help them to understand that this is an issue that we can solve fairly easily through the work that Population Media Center and others are working on is modeling   family planning and education for women and young women about the importance of family planning and moving in the direction where every family is a planned family and every child is a planned and prepared for child as much as is possible.

 

“Through the good fortune of being in this country, we haven’t had to make those choices in a long time, but a smaller family is more affordable family.  A smaller family is a family that you don’t need to spend as much at the grocery store to feed and to keep healthy.  With the increase in cost of food, with the drought, we will begin to see the benefits of those decisions much sooner.”

 

For more information about the Texas Chapter of Population Media.org you can go to www.populationmedia.org.  You can contact Keith Annis, Director of the Texas Branch of Population Media.org at KAnnis.PopulationMedia.org.

 

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We Don’t Know What to Do?

We often complain that we do not hear from scientists, yet I am one and I am often treated as though I am more ignorant than the most under-educated person on line. No wonder most scientists ignore the people who do not care enough to even study the problems — but only are willing to listen to more and more gossip about their own special interests. Scientists have better things to do. Most of them are trying to save humanity.

And about at this point of my thinking came into my hands one of the best summaries I have seen of our current position on the earth. So I try to share it with you and what do I get?

It’s for sale. Isn’t that a commentary on our culture! And it would probably be illegal to post it on my web site. Oh well, you can find it the old-fashioned way – in a library.

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/SUS.2013.9847

State of the Living Planet
Thomas E. Lovejoy
Sustainability: The Journal of Record. August 2013, Vol. 6, No. 4: 183-185

It’s not impossible to learn about real facts. That’s what libraries are for:

Or you can do what I am planning to do tomorrow – go to a seminar at your nearest university, where you can talk to real people who are studying real issues. I don’t know of any PUBLIC university that will actually kick you out the door if you have a genuine interest in learning something and you try to not behave like most people do on Facebook. That’s what public institutions are for. To benefit the people.

That’s why the corposystem is trying to privatize them.

Also Facebook apparently won’t post an unlinked pdf, so I haven’t yet found a way to share it with you, but I can quote what I consider to be the most important sentence in this excellent paper:

“All of that is divorced from the reality of how the planet works.”

OK, that’s my expertise. That’s what I have been trying to share for over a decade! FIRST LEARN how the system functions; if you poke at it here, what will happen over there? “First do no harm.”

If nobody cares about factual reality, but only about human snake oil and pipe dreams, then of course I am wasting my time. And so are you. It’s worse than doing nothing.

Pity the grandchildren, their legacy.

Bare Bones Biology 191 – David Barsamian

David Barsamian created Alternative Radio (http://www.alternativeradio.org) that plays on KEOS and actually around the world every week, with some of the best facts and opinions available these days. I’ll
write about Alternative Radio, briefly, below the transcript.

Barsamian2“Well, let me say this. In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. We live now in a time of tremendous lying and
perfidity, and citizens need to inform themselves. Chomsky (http://www.chomsky.info/) says it’s the task of citizens in a democratic society to educate themselves, so they will be able to resist the propaganda that’s cascading upon them through the media and through the educational system.

“Propaganda is, first and foremost, destroying the truth in terms of U.S. foreign policy. It completely misrepresents U.S. intentions outside the country. Everything the United States does is always presented in very benign, benevolent terms. If there is anything tragic that happens, then you’ll notice they use the passive voice and say that ‘mistakes were made’ or ‘it was an accident, it was not intentional.’

“So I think, to be able to resist this kind of propaganda it’s very, very important to be informed. I mean, many Americans don’t even know that they don’t know what they have lost because of the paucity of public education. Many people have lost the ability to distinguish evidence from opinion.

“So when you watch something on FOX news, all those gas-bags and blow-hards who know nothing about nothing, they’re not talking about facts. They’re talking about opinion. Not evidence. So when they say things like, ‘Iran is an aggressive country, OK let’s say that’s the case. Iran is an aggressive country. The fact is that Iran has not invaded another country in 250 years. You can’t go more than two and a half years in
any part of U.S. history and make that statement. The United States is constantly directly invading, occupying other countries, undermining them through economic warfare, political warfare, and straight-out military invasion. So the historical record often is at extreme variance with the propaganda tropes, and propaganda plays a huge role for manufacturing consent for imperial foreign policy, as well as domestic wall-street policy.

We have an economy run by the 1%, as the Occupy movement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_movement) says. It’s an economy by and for the financial elites, the bankers, the people who own the economy.

“And this makes perfect sense, because one of the founding fathers was John Jay, the first President of the Continental Congress and the first SupremeCourt Justice of the United States. He said: ‘Those who own the country ought to govern it.’ http://books.google.com/books?id=wRYzAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA2 There you have it, right at the beginning of the founding of this country you have a statement that 1% should
control the 99%. Another example is James Madison, who is endlessly quoted, but not this quote: ‘The aim of government (this is a direct quote) is to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority. Simple English. The minority of the opulent, that’s the rich, and the majority is everybody else. And that’s what we have today, economically, and it hasn’t changed very much, it’s just gotten worse in the United States.”

And then Lynn pops in here: “I’m doing OK. Why should I care?”

Barsamian: “There’s a very important human quality, which is compassion, and if we see our fellow human beings suffering or in some way disadvantaged, we have to extend ourselves as much as possible to help them in any way we can. I think that’s what makes us human. That’s what makes us humane.”

Of course you know David Barsamian’s comments are about politics, but I find it fascinating that all or nearly all posts about any serious issue come down to the same sorts of subjects and points of view. I can read through this whole broadcast above and replace the political topics with science topics and nothing is changed except that good science gets to work with already-established facts and most of politics is about cause and effects based in historical evidence. Yet we can’t change facts and we can’t change what already has happened. I think it’s time to get the good information and use it well instead of trying to prove that facts aren’t real and history didn’t happen.

And that’s why David Barsamian has continued to offer us real fact-based information from the lips of experts – not only about politics, but about all the many issues that are currently being overwhelmed by special-interest propaganda.

I’ll be out of town, attending a program led by Fr. John Dear and Roshi Joan. I’ll tell you about that when I get back. Meantime, I do hope you have the chance to listen to the opinions of an honorable, outspoken media man. I hope he is not one of the last.

An audio copy of the above transcript can be downloaded here

Or at http://www.BareBonesBiology.com

Recommended References:
http://www.alternativeradio.org/
http://www.chomsky.info/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_movement
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/const/yates.htm
https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/

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New Bitsy Books on Sale

I have outwitted the BLURB web site and figured out how to make the Bitsy Books available (OK, I had to call on their help desk). Next step is pricing and all that, but let’s just wait a week and le the early comers get the books at cost. Except for the original, Bitsy’s Dog Park Diary, which remains unchanged at http://blur.by/1j1VSIN the following new books will be on sale until next Sunday, when I hope to rearrange the face of this blog to include more info about the books. Or you can go now and read them on line.

Bitsy in the wilderness
http://blur.by/LXRUEY

Bitsy Out West
http://blur.by/1fnFu4o

And in addition:

Vision without Fission
http://blur.by/1ff0nPb

How Life Stays Alive
http://blur.by/1gmLVFj

Barsamian

I just sent the below out as a flyer, and a friend in the Northeast answered instantly:

“Ooh, envy. To the people who actually get to hear him.
I note with interest that he too has gray hair. Our generation is stepping up.”

(What she means is her generation is stepping up. My generation is dying off, some of the greats, too bad we are needed, but we all want to come to meet David Barsamian.)

Unfortunately I will be in New Mexico while he is here.

I met and interviewed David Barsamian in Santa Fe, a couple of years ago, https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/, and listened to his presentation. Now he is coming to the Brazos Valley to benefit KEOS, and I encourage y’all to attend. It should be an energetic event.

Lynn Lamoreux
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Fundraiser for KEOS Radio 89.1

Barsamian2David Barsamian, award-winning creator and director of “Alternative Radio,”will speak at a KEOS fundraiser on February 28. His talk, “Capitalism & the Environment,” will address the question of whether the deep transformation needed to save our world can take place under our economic system.

The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, in College Station.

A $10 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away.

Barsamian, a highly acclaimed journalist and author, will also be interviewed live on KEOS at 2 p.m. that day, Friday, February 28. The station airs “Alternative Radio” from 6 to 7 p.m. each Thursday.

KEOS would like to thank the College Station Courtyard Marriott for providing the room for Barsamian’s talk. The hotel is located at 3939 Highway 6 South in College Station, on the east side of the Bypass at Rock Prairie Road. The phone number is 979-695-8111.

For additional information on the talk, contact: Janis Atkins, 255-1048