Archive for November, 2015

ON DOGS AND OWNERS

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Legal / Laws, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 28, 2015 by Drogo

SCOD Community Theory regarding pets, owners, and justice laws.

Dogs have more simplistic brains than humans, but they can be mischievous, unpredictable, and dangerous in similar ways. There should be less dog owners, as most owners are irresponsible. If there cannot be less dog owners, than we need better owners. I am not sure that either can be achieved legally, unless new laws are made restricting the ownership of dogs in urban areas. In wild or rural settings, less civilized situations should be expected.

Problems with Bad Owners and Dogs

We must admit that there are both bad owners and bad dogs. Dog owners tend to let their dogs act however they want, and either cannot or do not control them. Bad dogs and their bad owners are a menace to society, as often one cannot be distinguished from the other. Bad dogs and owners act together in ways that put other citizens in danger of being threatened and bitten, if not severely mauled or killed. Saying that there are ‘no bad dogs, only bad owners’ is a false statement; as there most certainly are bad dogs, just as any mammal that is able to kill and eat other beings, can act more or less harmful to others in subjectively bad ways. Some ‘bad’ dogs are bad most of the time; some dogs may be good some of the time with their owners, and bad some of the time with strangers; and some dogs may be good most of the time, and bad some of the time. Animals can be ‘dicks’ just like humans. Im not sure why people think that animals are supernatural angels; when clearly dogs may attack and try to kill many other types of animals, not just humans. I think we have a desire to own a magical unicorn that will only give us unconditional love and have no other motives; but this is not the reality of Nature. Mammals one and all, have emotions and desires which motivate their behaviors; some are more loving and some are more hating, and I do not believe it is only one species that is capable of being ‘good’ or ‘bad’, that would be truly racist, since humans are considered a ‘race of species’ (the human race). there are WAY TOO MANY DOGS walking irresponsible owners around the sub-urbs, and many owners that should not have dogs in public. The problem is not a case of some of us ‘not liking dogs’, since plenty of dogs are easily loved, petted, snuggled, and played with by people that do not like bad dogs or bad owners. Also the problem is also not about dogs ‘sensing emotions’, as many people who are bitten by dogs were happy minding their own business, or calm and content before they get engaged and attacked by dogs that do not want to behave or listen to humans.

Solutions to Bad Owners and Dogs

Both bad owners and bad dogs should be held accountable for their behavior and actions. Leashes and walls are important to control dogs. When dogs are not restrained by walls or leash, and are out-of-control, anyone that witnesses them should call upon the owners by yelling “LEASH!”, to get the owners to secure the dog by body and collar, and apply the leash. Owners cannot be trusted by saying ‘my dog does not bite’, because dogs can go many years before biting, until they bite someone. Dogs, like humans, can change their behavior not just from sickness, but also threats to their security; such as a new dog or person that they feel competes for their attention from and influence over their owner.

First ‘problem incidents’ are identified; such as dogs aggressively threatening people that do not deserve it, or dogs barking or acting chaotically without civil control. Next it should be determined how severe the situations are, on a scale of 1-10; 1 being perhaps a one-time non-repeating minor annoyance, and 10 being the dog killed or mangled a person or animal that has some value (we might not call a dog bad for attacking Hitler). Then punishments should be determined for various levels of severity. 1-5 could be considered more resolvable, and requirements to make amends or fix the problems should be demanded with time limits. 5-10 could be considered less resolvable and will require the removal of either the dog or both the dog and the owner; if the problem was too harmful or clearly will continue despite efforts. Finally it is the responsibility of those in control of the SCOD community to deal with these issues, remove those that need to be removed, and follow up to ensure the safety of the shire.

Severity of Problem / Examples / Solutions

1 dog barking too much – muzzle the dog

2 dog chasing or barking – keep the dog contained

3 dog chasing, barking, or jumping on – muzzle the dog, keep the dog contained

4 dog allowed by owner to act chaotically – muzzle, keep contained, and mandate training of both

5 dog threatening to bite – muzzle, confine, and mandate training of both; countdown to eviction

6 dog nips or scratches – muzzle, confine, and mandate training of both; countdown to eviction; fine $25

7 dog bites, scratches, and barks – muzzle, confine, and mandate training of both; countdown to eviction; fine $50

8 dog maims another pet – muzzle, confine, and mandate training of both; possible eviction; fine $75

9 dog maims a human – muzzle, confine, Evict; fine $100

10 dog kills – muzzle, confine, Evict; fine $500; call police if needed

 

  • Human’s should be held to similar legal standards

Systems of Government and Economics

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Economics, Philosophy, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 28, 2015 by Drogo

There are some good systems of government and economics, but human failings can ruin any system, as there is no perfection of any state in reality. Humans have misused cases of Communism as much as they have misused cases of Capitalism. You can argue that one system is better than another, but perpetuation of one system does not mean that it is successful; for example a king may rule for many years but that does not mean that they were good to their people. Jesus showed that Communism could be a wonderful thing, if limited by size and time; just as many business people may think Capitalism is good, while it most certainly hurts many people who cannot compete. Democracies can fall victim to mob rule of the ignorant masses, just as Republics can be controlled by Capitalist corporations as an Oligarchy and Plutocracy. Greedy and lazy and psychotic people will abuse any of these systems, but poor people have been working harder and spending more proportionately in taxes than rich people or big corporations.

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In 2017 the Military Industrial Complex backed by our President is cutting funding for all humanitarian or ethical agencies, and pumping 50 billion more into the military. America spends over 600 Billion annually on the military budget, while all other countries spend under 200 billion, and most under 100 billion if they even have that much money (international economic budget statistics according to the IISS). The IISS is the International Institute for Strategic Studies; “a British research institute founded in 1958 for international affairs. Since 1997 its headquarters have been in London, England. The 2013 ‘Global Go To Think Tank Index’ ranked IISS as the ninth-best think tank worldwide” (Wiki). We spend more on ‘health care’ than military, but half the country is poor, and can barely afford the basic costs of living including health insurance. Our government does not work well for most of its population.

SCOD is developing an overall master plan for micro-economics between friends for communities, that can apply and be integrated with the larger existing economy. Surviving and thriving within our means should be our fundamental right to work in life. We should be allowed to survive by having our basic access needs met, in an organic environment aided by group systems, to be able to be self-sufficient; regardless of any desire for more wealth or other work. There will always be lazy and greedy people, but for the majority who are reasonable with the means to be rational, they can be who they are and do what they want without ruining a fair economic model for all. We know that the new economic model cannot be ruled by plutocrats, oligarchs, tyrants, or despots of any kind, even those claiming to be ‘representatives’. Ancient Greece exposed the deadly flaws of democracy when they put Socrates to death, so there must be constant reminders of the worst human tendencies of mobs, and laws that respect civil rights that value life. This is the middle-ground between the existing Patriarchal plutocracy dominated by aggression, and the future Matriarchal utopia of an almost moneyless system based on right to life, right to work, and equal rights for ‘We the People’. This means having natural renewable resources freely available for all.

People value what they want, but dont reach out to others who they dont think they want anything from. It is a natural problem that should be at least talked about more, as to how to value those that do not do what we want, or dont offer what we want, as many are not able to constantly adapt to what others want, because they recognize what they will be given in return is not always fair if they are generous and others are not. I think there is often a stalemate in these groups as to how to approach others. Differences in communication can cause huge problems when negotiating projects. If people can work out a friendly pattern of communication that works to solve complex problems before real tough issues come up, they should use all means necessary. We need to use many approaches; time banks, shared projects, CSA’s, Green Investments, etc.

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Rich vs Poor, the economic class game that ignores national wealth inequality and the value of human life. Economic models show that if the richest 1% would not be allowed to hoard the nation’s wealth, it would allow the poorest to be able to afford to live, and it would expand the middle class (Professor Mark Blyth, Brown University). Corporate profits are higher now than they ever were in recorded history (Robert Reich based on national statistics, accounting for inflation, since 1947, relative to percentage economy) ; Average Americans are not getting enough income to buy their products, so companies are buying their own stocks, like during the 1920s, you know…. just before the Stock Market Crash and Great Depression. The main argument against distributed wealth has always been war propaganda against Russia (Red Scare), which was really based on xenophobia, but it is American to believe we are ‘all created equal’ and ‘we the people’ get to decide in democracy.

Tribute To Summer

Posted in Poems, Uncategorized with tags , , on November 17, 2015 by Drogo

On The Wild Side essay for November 2015

A TRIBUTE TO SUMMER

When the roses have opened,

when the bee hums again,

Wait for me by the ocean

when old June comes again.

Only say to me, Summer,

that you’ll always come true –

Then go way from me Summer,

let go of me, do .”

– verse of a song by Kentucky folksinger Jean Ritchie

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This is the last warm day before the first frost, or so the weather forecasters are predicting. I am exulting in the sun and the warmth, but my heart grows a bit melancholic knowing of the impending freeze. Today the wild asters are blooming profusely here, and thousands of bees are humming while hard at work storing up nectar and pollen for hibernation. I know that in a couple days, after the frost, many flowers will be dead. However, if it is not a hard frost some wild asters will continue to feed the bees right on through October. Also, about this time, box turtles are thinking about digging into the soft soil of the forests, soils which will be as hard as a rock all too soon. Migrating birds are congregating for the flight further south, many have already left, and my doors are mostly closed to keep in the warmth. As well, we humans are all in the midst of the change from light clothes and jackets to corduroy pants, heavier coats, hats, gloves and boots.

I love the song by Jean Ritchie called “Let Go of Me Summer”. Her words and the haunting melody capture the feelings many of us have at this time of year. I hope to sing it soon, if only to myself and the gardens I love. It is what I call a seasonal song. Most native indigenous tribes around the world had spiritual songs about the change of the seasons and, in fact, songs for daily changes from sun up to sun down. The birds certainly have no trouble singing at appropriate times, and so I know that I am no different. I will sing this song to strengthen my heart against the cold front and the losses that follow. I will sing it out to the valley, to the garden which was so abundant this year, and I will sing it out to the memory of open windows and doors and the easy flow of bodies from house to the gardens.

However, I will also enjoy the refreshing difference which this change brings. The trees are already putting on quite a show and the cooler air is most welcomed. Indeed, the gardens, as well as the gardeners, deserve a much needed rest. Finally we have time to write those letters or that book, do some cross stitching or woodworking, cuddle up by a warm wood fire on long cold nights, or clean those places we neglected while we were out in the garden growing our crops and mowing our lawns. Preparing for the holidays will take priority in many of our lives, though it can also become a crazy time. I suppose the important thing is to always have a thankful heart and to do our part in creating love and joy in the world, no matter the season.

Well, I must soon stop typing and get outside into this glorious day. There is still work to be done. My house plants which have benefited from being out under the arbor need to be brought in before the frost, as well as any tomatoes lingering on the vine. Even though I planted my garlic on time, I still have not planted lettuce, spinach, parsley, tah tsai and radish seeds in my cold frames. Once those seeds are planted, French intensively, Indian summer warmth and regular sprinklings will get them off to a good start. Then, as in many years past, I will have my salad greens through the cold weather. It is amazing how well cold frames work. (but that is another subject for another article).

I will leave you now with another verse of that wonderful song by Jean Ritchie. It reflects a sentiment which runs deep in the soul of many a person and cuts to the core of what is precious in life.

 

Let go of me summer, let go of me please.

I love your slow music, I love your green trees.

But I’ve miles for to go now and promises to keep,

So let go of me summer, let go of me please !”

Enjoy the season, whichever one is upon you !!

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Christine is a Master Habitat Naturalist in the State of Maryland and is available for consultations as to how to make your property , no matter now small, wildlife and wildflower friendly. Songbirdschant@gmail.com

Important Philosophers

Posted in Philosophy with tags , on November 16, 2015 by Drogo

The Most Important Philosophers in History

Drogo’s favorite philosophers

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Ancient Pagan 700 BC – 200 AD

Thales, Pythagoras, Empedocles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus,

Ancient Greek Sages, Cicero, Caesar, Aurelius,

Medieval Christian (Islamic Golden Age) 200-1300 AD

Augustine, Francis, Aquinas, (all the rest are Muslims)

Renaissance Christian 1300-1600 AD

Luther, Machiavelli, More, Bacon, Descartes

Enlightenment Christian 1600-1800

Hobbes, Locke, Newton, Voltaire, Hume, Rousseau, Diderot, Kant, Jefferson, Franklin

Industrial Age 1800-1900 (subdivision of science, politics, theology, and psychology)

Schleiermacher, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Emerson, JS Mill, Darwin, Kierkegaard, Thoreau,

Marx, Engels, Nietzesche, Freud, Buber, Husserl,

Space Age 1900-2000

Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Popper, Sartre, Godel, HLA Hart, Einstein, Wright, Fuller, Quinn

National Living Wages Value Artists

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Critical Commentary of Civilization, Economics with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2015 by Drogo

SCOD economic theory – Living Wage Revolution & The Arts

Artists are people too, and humans in American society have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In the future all free people, including all Artists of all kinds (visual, dance, music, etc), should be supported as human beings, regardless of their abilities, economically by government funds on a ‘living wage’, paid for by wealthy corporation and Wall Street mega-business taxes. The price of food, shelter, and utilities should also be kept low, so as not to neutralize the value of money. Unregulated Capitalism and Inflation devalue human and monetary worth. These changes are needed, because throughout history all those who desire to make art, not as a hobby but as a living, have found that only a very few can do so, when governments are run by belligerent greedy assholes that prefer war over art. Many of the most otherwise peaceful and joyful victims of society get lost in deep cracks between the common work and under-funded shallow health-care systems. The common criticism that oppressing authorities have of socialism is that it ‘will allow people to be lazy while others work hard for the same amount’; and that is total bullshit because first of all those that are able to make more money with work would do so, as those that achieve more or better work will be rewarded extra pay and accolades for their accomplishments. Also working hard does not always produce better results than working smart, and those of us who become demoralized by lack of funding and no hope, would be motivated by the fact that we would be appreciated and given what we need to live our lives. Living wages could be reduced as legal penalties when laws are broken, and removed when incarcerated in prison institutions that provide their basic needs during their stay. In this way the greedy can still be greedy, but not at the expense of others that contribute greatly to civilization who have not been valued by economic systems as a whole since the dawn of history. An economic revolution is needed, and all artists should be leading it!

Circular Economy – Dame Ellen MacArthur

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