Archive for February, 2011

PJ Harvey – Musician

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2011 by Drogo

A Review of PJ Harvey’s Music

PJ Harvey’s songs were heard at my colleges during the 1990’s. I remember hearing her at college, but was not a fan. Now that I am putting the name (and face) with the specific music (because of interviews), I do hear 2 styles. Her older 1990’s style seems more “Rock’n’Roll” with fast low pitched vocals (gritty blues), and the newer style does seem more “Pop” with slow high pitch vocals (more like Bjork). She said she was trying to make the latest album “Let England Shake” “nice to listen to” and “the vocals fit for each song”. So she intentionally sang these War Songs more like a little girl, way less adult than her previous style; which is a very odd mismatch, yet a pleasant experiment.

I guess the softer sound will appeal to a more gentle pop audience. I was most interested in her family’s bio as rock quarry/musicians. Her life story must be very interesting! This review is an opinion and observation, not a critique (those are reserved for snobby critics that put artists down at whim). Her new album was thought-provoking to me, and I recommend it as she humbly asserts she has tried to touch on serious topics while communally entertaining.


SCOD Thesis 2000 Spiritual Phases

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by Drogo

music by Shepherdstown Band:  BRUHA

FIRE From Ice

Posted in Nature Studies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Drogo

Arctic Ice Methane Flames

Flaming Jets of Methane Fire from Ice

Visible Proof of Methane Gas Trapped under Ice

Arctic Ice contains trapped Methane Gas, so when the ice melts from Global Warming the Methane is released into the atmosphere and adds to Global Warming. It is a snow ball effect of pollution, as Methane is 23x the effect on our atmosphere than CO2. It sounds academically scientific, but these flames are visible evidence of the Methane Gas deposits.


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Musician Chris McKinley “Rise of Tides”

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Interviews, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles, Song Lyrics & Analysis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2011 by Drogo

Chris McKinley

Band “Rise of Tides”

1. Why did you start “Rise of Tides”:

To make waves, big waves, little waves, all kinds of ripples in space. Though, it was actually another band when I started, called Sidewalk Renegade. The name Rise of Tides came from an old song we wrote called, “Saw You”. The intro lyrics went:

“Improvised discreetly
A coupe disguised keenly
Masquerading as democracy…
I see waves crashing and crushing
I see masses combined as One rushing
To the lands where the sands of time are sold by the dime
Appearing here before my eyes
A rise of tides”

And so that’s the kind of vision that Rise of Tides was born out of, and the way we found the name.

It’s been an ongoing process of co-creation. Initially I was just a shy poet at heart that was fortunate enough to be encouraged to sing and suddenly found in music that most potent form of communication and greatest fulfillment I’d ever experienced, so the rest just fell into place.

2. Tell us a little bit about your band:

It’s really just us and our hearts, so perhaps saying anything’s saying too much when the music itself is the best communication.

We are like minded artists with a shared deep appreciation for the power of music, (art in general)’s capacity to effect change and inspire progression, inside one’s own self and the outside world.

We all have a deep love for the art, are moved and inspired by that vital, most open expression this rich medium grants us. We enjoy music of every variety (that is, honest music made for open-hearted creation’s sake) and find the phenomenon of sounds as music fascinating for when brought together they seem to be able to engender high-level communion, fullest communication, share joy, make sadness beautiful, offer reflection, empathy and personal connection, even revelation in so many emotionally riveting ways.

3. How does your music express progressive ideas?
Rise of Tides supports all progressive movements where Peace is the Way, supporting eco-consciousness, co-creation, self-reflection, and growth through expansion of self.

I would say that there’s a lot that can be read into lyrics-wise, for those interested, though it’s the music the guys in the band create that gives the context.

For me our music simply feels like a natural evolution of rock music with various influences that help us push the boundaries, thus in this way it could be said to be progressive as well (though commercial radio may have confused things a bit over the years). Fortunately we’re no longer limited to radio to explore and find new music to appreciate.

4. What are some of your favorite progressive ideas?
I’ll provide a few quotes that chime with me.

“The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he he has attained to liberation from self.” -Einstein

“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men,—that is genius.” -Emerson

And Martin Luther King Jr:
“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values….
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring….
This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men. This oft misunderstood and misinterpreted concept — so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force — has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.”

5. How important is “Organic” design in your life, as opposed to simple mechanical design? For example in the food you eat, buildings you live in, and work you do…

Poetry, music and artistic-activism are my life’s true work. Aside from that I’ve been health conscious as far as what I eat and drink for a large part my life now, buying from organic farmers through Fair-Trade whenever possible. Especially by supporting local farmers by visiting local farmer’s markets.

I support the rising world revolutions for peace and justice, free and open software movements, the KillerCoke campaign, GnosticMedia, TragedyandHope, among many other positive-action groups.

Organic just makes sense. Eco-consciousness allows us work with naturally efficiency that is most conducive to long term enjoyment and survival of this living, Earthen mother-ship. The excess industrialization our living planet suffers can be heavy and distressing, I’ve found it helpful to remember this wonder that has created us as such able stewards and this gives me great hope, understanding that this is all just part of the process. Ever seen Woody Harrelson’s flash-poem? “Thoughts from Within?”

6. Do you have any other plans for future “Development” of these or any other goals? Advice for others?

Rise of Tides supports Ubuntu/Linux and the free and open software movement and look forward to doing a lot of work in this regard. We are excited to be kicking it off this year with the Ubuntu partnership and coming very soon, as well as new tracks from our first official album release!!!
We are presently preparing a couple of new members to tour with us, though very soon you shall be able to find us supporting various righteous, progressive movements, positive campaigns, festivals, benefits and would love suggestions if anyone knows of something they feel Rise of Tides should be involved in.
Advice for others? To live an authentic life. To question everything. To seek Truth and inquire within. Love without condition. Be willing to be wrong in order to know what’s right. Watch Paul Stamets Ted Talks on 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World. Stay young at heart. Always leave room to grow, and don’t eat the yellow snow, unless it’s after a reindeer that looks like he thinks he’s flying and you want to go flying with him, then go for it, but really, that’s at your own risk.

Chris’s related links:

links to the band’s pages!/riseoftides

Video for Lullaby can be found online as well @

Woody Harrelson’s “Thoughts From Within”

Woody Harrelson’s Video for his Poem

Scott Walker: Bad for Teachers and Other Living Things

Posted in Education / Schools, Events / Celebrations, Politics on February 18, 2011 by eposognatus

Wisconsin is open for Business! So says Scott Walker in his campaign ads and in response to criticism to his increasingly criticized proposals. So far as one can tell, it is open for business, but only if you swear to cling to a fossil-fuel economy, reject proven, efficient technologies, and want to turn back the clock on worker’s rights about 100 years.

All this week in Madison, tens of thousands have been protesting Walker’s “budget repair bill.” You have likely heard that this proposal will increase the amount state employees must pay towards their pensions and healthcare, and this is what many on the right have made all the fuss out to be over. However, the bill would also strip these workers of their collective bargaining rights. You remember collective bargaining, right? That little thing that brought us the weekend and a decent wage?

The events of this week in Madison have played out in extraordinary sequence. A brief timeline to summarize:

Friday, 11th February, 2011: Walker introduces his Budget Repair Bill

The plan calls for cuts to 175,000 state employees, including teachers, nurses, and prison guards… but not Police or Fire personnel (who supported him heavily in elections…).

Walker also announces he has alerted the Wisconsin National Guard, and that they are “prepared to respond wherever is necessary.” He declares that he has every confidence that state employees will continue to show up for work and do their jobs. But he says he’s been working on contingency plans for months just in case they don’t.

Walker says he’s not anticipating any problems…

Sunday, 13th: Protests begin in Horicon.

Monday, 14th: Students and Teachers begin protests state-wide. 400 Gather at capitol for nightime vigil.

Tuesday, 15th: Teachers hold a sick-out. 40% (~1040) of Madison area teachers and staff call out and schools are closed. Teachers and students protest. 3,000 fill the capitol rotunda and an additional 10,000 fill the capitol square. Hundreds testify during 17 hours of public hearings.

Wednesday, 16th: Crowds swell to a reported 30,000. Schools remain closed.

Thursday, 17th: All fourteen Democratic senators walk-out, leaving the senate without a quorum and unable to place a vote on the bill, stalling it. Walker’s attempts to round them up with the State Highway Patrol are foiled when it’s later discovered they’ve left the state entirely. Walker declares he will not concede on collective bargaining.

Friday, 18th: Obama called Walker’s bill “an assault on unions.” Walker tells Obama to mind his own business, saying on Fox News Friday morning, “It would be wise for the president and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budget, which they are a long ways from doing.”

Many here feel this to be a historic moment. Not only because protests of this magnitude have not been seen here in some thirty years, but also because of the unity they represent. Many have joined the protests to support those who cannot go themselves for fear of reprimand or loss of their job. Parents, children, friends. All have come to engage in a clear demonstration of direct Democratic process, which Walker and other state Republicans continue to condescendingly refer to as “disappointing” and “disrespectful,” pointing out how they of course responsibly “showed up for work today” while so many others couldn’t be bothered. Last we checked, Walker’s healthcare was pretty secure, and he probably doesn’t need to worry too much about his bargaining rights.

Walker calls to Democrats to return to session “Out of respect for the institution of the Legislature and the democratic process” yet it is the Democratic process he and his cronies seek to destroy. His threats to use the National Guard to put down rebellion are particularly distasteful, in light of past clashes in this country.

Robin Eckstein, a former Wisconsin National Guard member, Iraq War Veteran from Appleton, WI says: “Maybe the new governor doesn’t understand yet – but the National Guard is not his own personal intimidation force to be mobilized to quash political dissent. The Guard is to be used in case of true emergencies and disasters, to help the people of Wisconsin, not to bully political opponents. Considering many veterans and Guard members are union members, it’s even more inappropriate to use the Guard in this way. This is a very dangerous line the Governor is about to cross.”

We must also asks ourselves, as one protester’s sign does, “Can the National Guard teach Organic Chemistry?”

Rainforest Pollution & Deforestation

Posted in Nature Studies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2011 by Drogo

Rainforest History, Status Updates, and Studies

Amazon Rainforest History

Amazon Rainforest Chronology of Deforestation

Amazon Studies

Amazon Rainforest Oil Pollution by Texaco & Chevron in Ecuador

Understory Oil Pollution Article

Venus Loves Saint Valentine

Posted in Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by Drogo

Venus Approves Saint Valentine’s Day Love

Valentinus was a Roman Christian priest martyred during the reign of Claudius II (Claudius Gothicus). Valentinus was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians. Helping Christians at this time was a crime. Claudius liked Valentinus, until he felt pressured to convert. Valentinus wanted Claudius to change his Religion from the Pantheon of Rome to Christianity, so Claudius condemned Valentinus to death. Valentinus was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate in 270 AD.

The name Valentinus was popular in ancient Rome. Valentinus comes from the Latin “valens” meaning “valiant, brave, strong, passionate”. It is unknown why February 14th is Celebrated as Saint Valentine’s Day. Perhaps there was an earlier Pagan Festival on this date, as with most other Holy Days. I imagine for as many cupids that are used now for this day, that it was perhaps more fittingly Aphrodite’s Day or Venus’s Day.

Since Valentine’s Day is about LOVE, I feel that the Goddess Venus approves of this Christian Holiday. I see Saint Valentine as one lesser aspect of the Supreme Goddess of Love. Venus’ love knows no bounds, where as St. Valentine is bound largely to Christian couples in a Capitalist Consumer Society. So every day is Happy Venus Day!!! Amen, Blessed be.